Match Preview – New Zealand vs India, India in New Zealand 2022/23, 1st ODI

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It is at this point in the endless cricket cycle that the 50+ format comes to life. The T20 World Cup is over, and with the next ODI World Cup less than 12 months away, the three-game series between New Zealand and India which kicks off in Auckland on Friday will be the start of their preparations towards the global event.

New Zealand lost the T20I series in the rain 1-0 to India, but they will know the only difference between the two teams was Suryakumar Yadav. And in ODI cricket, there is less chance of a player having such a big impact on a game. Plus, they can take inspiration from India’s previous tour of the country, when the visitors won the T20I series 5-0 but New Zealand bounced back to shut them out 3-0 in ODI (and 2-0 in tests).

India have automatically qualified for next year’s ODI World Cup as hosts. And despite Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah missing from this series, they still have a quality squad. Shikhar Dhawan is India’s alternate captain once again and will open the innings with Shubman Gill – the pair have three centuries of positions in eight ODIs.

Deepak Hooda may be the only hitter on Team India who can be trusted as a sixth bowling option, but in Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, India have plenty of batting depth.

Form Guide

New Zealand LLLWW (last five completed ODIs, most recent first)
India WWWW

In the spotlight

Mitchell Santner may not be a wicket-taker – he has 86 wickets in 84 ODIs – but he knows how to silence batters. Even on small New Zealand pitches, it has an impressive save rate of 4.81. If both teams’ attacking pace is equal, Santner’s spin could prove to be the difference.

Shubman Gill didn’t play during the T20I series, but he’s been in superb cricket form at 50 this year, scoring 530 runs at an average of 75.71 and a strike rate of 107.50. A similar performance in this series will go a long way to nailing down, at least, the role of reserve fly-half for next year’s ODI World Cup.

Team News

New Zealand have only offered five bowling options in their recent ODIs, and they could follow the same strategy again. If so, on the side that played the third T20I, Ish Sodhi and Adam Milne could be replaced by Latham and Henry. Sodhi is not part of the ODI squad, while Milne was expensive on stage T20I. Latham will also take over wicket-keeping duties from Devon Conway.

New Zealand (likely): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Tom Latham (wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 James Neesham, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Lockie Ferguson

With Dhawan and Gill opening, Rishabh Pant is likely to return to the middle order. If the team management chooses Hooda – he can also play with the ball – Sanju Samson will have to sit out again after not playing any of the T20I. Yuzvendra Chahal is the favorite for the wrist spot, ahead of Kuldeep Yadav.

India (likely): 1 Shikhar Dhawan (captain), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav

Location and conditions

Eden Park in Auckland is also a rugby venue that has extremely short straight boundaries, so expect bowlers to be short and wide. The boundaries get even shorter behind the wicketkeeper, so watch out for Suryakumar’s 360-degree stroke play. In terms of economy rate, spinners (4.79) performed slightly better than fast bowlers (5.03). The weather promises to be cloudy and windy, with temperatures around 18°C. At the moment, there is no rain forecast.


“The key in such cases is communication, whether from the coach or the captain. If this communication is there, the player knows why he is not playing because there can be so many reasons behind it. So when that clarity and transparency is there, even when an individual is feeling down, which is very, very natural, they also understand that it’s for a greater cause, for the greater benefit of the team. ”
India Alternate Captain Shikhar Dhawan on Sanju Samson not having a chance during the T20I series

“It’s tough, but you feel like it’s going to settle somewhere and I don’t know how and I don’t know what it’s going to look like. But there is a lot of cricket and a lot of teams have almost two teams at the moment, I play international cricket. I know there are always conversations going on trying to make it more appealing, any format really, context, different rule changes, etc. So we will see.”
Kane Williamson on the future of ODIs and whether the format is losing its appeal.


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