Team India after crashing Australia by a 4-1 margin in the ODI series is now gearing up for yet another dominating performance, this time in a three-match ODI series against New Zealand. The Men in Blue has been playing a terrific brand of cricket across all formats, and it will require something out of the ordinary for the visitors to harbour any hopes of winning the series.
The opening encounter of the series is scheduled to be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where India lifted the coveted World Cup title 6 and a half years ago. Team India opener Rohit Sharma was delighted to start the ODI series at his home ground where he has played all the age group level cricket.
“ It’s always special coming and playing in front of your home ground, where you grew up playing all your age group cricket. It Makes you feel good about yourself, not a better way to start the series at your home ground. So I feel its great that we….. I personally start the series at my home ground,” Rohit said during a pre-match press conference ahead of the opening ODI against the Kiwis.
The Men in Blue looks a dominant side on the paper and will start the series as overwhelming favourites. Shikhar Dhawan will return to the playing XI after missing out the series against Australia due to personal reason. It also means that Ajinkya Rahane who performed brilliantly in Dhawan’s absence will have to sit out.
The middle order is also getting into their groove, and it will be a matter of time before Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav start scoring heavily on a consistent basis. All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been a revelation for the national team and has starred with both bat and the ball during the series against Australia. He was also tried at No.4 on a few occasions, and the hard-hitting all-rounder didn’t disappoint.