Several veteran players have been rested for this series, while others are out due to injuries. It permits the players to raise their hands and demonstrate that they belong at this level. Let us look at three Indian players who have a point to make in this series.
With a three-match ODI series against New Zealand, India begins preparations for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Men in Blue last played an ODI series in New Zealand in 2020, losing 3-0. The team, led by Shikhar Dhawan, will have everything to prove this time. Several veteran players have been rested for this series, while others are out due to injuries. It permits the players to raise their hands and demonstrate that they belong at this level. Let us look at three Indian players who have a point to make in this series.
Washington Sundar made his One-Day International debut against Sri Lanka in 2017. However, he has only played six matches in the format in the last five years. Ravindra Jadeja has taken over as the team’s spin all-rounder, while injuries have forced Sundar to withdraw from the team’s plans. Sundar will seek to cement his place in the bottom middle order now that he is completely fit and Jadeja is unavailable. He has an advantage over other all-rounders because he bats left-handed and bowls off-spin.
He has an excellent record in New Zealand, taking 10 wickets in five innings. He is making a comeback in the Indian team after being dropped and then injured. Kuldeep performed admirably against South Africa earlier this year in favourable home conditions. He would hope to improve on his performance from the previous series in order to secure a spot in the ODI XI for the wrist-spinner position.
He is regarded as India’s next prominent fast bowler. He has already proven his worth in the IPL 2022, where he was among the top wicket-takers for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). His outstanding IPL performances earned him a call-up to the national team. Malik, who made his debut against Ireland, has been costly in all three T20Is. But the selectors believed in him and chose him for India A’s series against New Zealand A earlier this year. Despite lacking extensive List A experience, Malik has been called up for his first ODI. He would be itching to get onto the field and prove this worth.