Umran Malik & Arshdeep Singh fight for ODI debut, Samson set to pip Hooda for 1st ODI, Follow IND vs NZ LIVE


India Playing XI vs NZ 1st ODI: India vs NewZealand ODI: India’s 2023 World Cup preparations begin against World No 1 NewZealand. While India…

India Playing XI vs NZ 1st ODI: India vs NewZealand ODI: India’s 2023 World Cup preparations begin against World No 1 NewZealand. While India are without several top players including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. But it is also an opportunity for the team management to experiment. In the trial and error run, the first two who are set for a big test are Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh. One of the two will get the nod for ODI debut on Friday. While Kuldeep Sen is also an option, Shikhar Dhawan is likely to pick Umran Malik for IND vs NZ 1st ODI as did not play in the T20 series. Follow IND vs NZ LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN. 

Umran Malik got a recall to India team. But he remained unused in the T20 series. On the other hand, Arshdeep Singh played in both games besides T20 World Cup. Although he is the preferred option going forward, in the seniors’ absence, VVS Laxman would want to test express pacer Umran.

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In the batting department, India have a lot of options. With Suryakumar Yadav set to get a longer run in ODIs to prepare for the WC, he is likely to seal the No 4 spot. But the competition for the spot is between Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson.

Sanju made a comeback to Indian team only to warm the bench in T20 series. However, as he is in the plans of the ODI team and the World Cup, he is set to get the nod.

The Kerala batter has been in fine form. However, with Deepak Hooda playing the all-rounder’s role, Samson has struggled to find the spot. Moreover, in T20 team, Hardik Pandya has sent a clear message, ‘more all-rounders the better.’

Considering that move, Sanju Samson will have to impress in the ODIs. He almost took India home against West Indies with a brilliant knock. With KL Rahul struggling to hit at high tempo, India may look at options including Samson.

“If they are sitting out… Sanju Samson, for example, we wanted to play him. But for whatever reason, we couldn’t. I can get into their shoes and understand how they are feeling. As a cricketer, it is difficult, whatever one might say. You are in the Indian team, but you are not getting a chance in the XI. So that’s difficult,” Hardik Pandya said after the T20 series.

India Playing XI vs NZ 1st ODI:

  1. Shikhar Dhawan (C)
  2. Shubman Gill
  3. Shreyas Iyer
  4. Suryakumar Yadav
  5. Rishabh Pant (WK)
  6. Sanju Samson
  7. Deepak Chahar
  8. Shardul Thakur
  9. Arshdeep Singh/Umran Malik
  10. Kuldeep Yadav
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

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India Playing XI vs NZ 1st ODI: What to expect from Team India in 1st ODI?

  • India will have the Shikhar Dhawan-Shubman Gill opening pair continuing in the series.
  • At No 3, Shreyas Iyer has made a strong case in Virat Kohli’s absence. He is set to continue.
  • Suryakumar Yadav is now a crucial member of the team. Although he may have to fight with KL Rahul for the World Cup spot, at present, his spot is secure.
  • Rishabh Pant will occupy the No 5 slot. Although he is woeful form, he will keep his place on the virtue of being the vice-captain.
  • The No 6 spot is where the contention begins. India would have ideally wanted an all-rounder. But with Sanju Samson around, India would take the chance.
  • But that also means India will be with just five specialist bowlers and no sixth bowling option.
  • With Deepak Chahar set to return, India will go with three-man pace attack with Kul-Cha as spinners.
  • Apart from Chahar and Umran, Shardul Thakur will be the third seamer.
  • Both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are India’s designated wrist spinners.

India’s squad for New Zealand ODIs:  Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC and WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik

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