New Zealand will miss out on the services of their captain Kane Williamson as he has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against India due to a shoulder issue. The 29-year-old had suffered the issue during the third T20I and was forced to miss the next two games.
He was fit for the fifth T20I that took place on Sunday but NZ took a precautionary call by resting him so that he is fit for the ODIs. But it looks like Williamson needs some more time to get fit.
Tom Latham will be leading the home team in Williamson’s absence. The wicketkeeper-batsman had recently taken over the charge during the third Test against Australia as well. Latham has 6-1 win-loss record in eight ODIs that he has captained the side so far.
“Kane has had an X-ray scan which cleared him of anything serious, but it’s best for his recovery that he avoids aggravating the joint for the next few days. He will continue his fitness training sessions throughout the week and will start batting again on Friday with the prospect of being available for game three next Tuesday,” NZ’s team physio Vijay Vallabh said.
Mark Chapman, who has played five ODIs so far (two for Hong Kong and three for New Zealand), has been called into the squad. The left-handed batsman recently scored a century in the third unofficial One-day against India A and followed up with another century in the first unofficial Test match as well.
In the Super Smash 2019/20, Chapman scored 225 runs and scalped seven wickets in 12 matches. He hasn’t bowled in ODI format but is expected to do all-rounder’s job if given a chance.
Apart from Williamson, Rohit Sharma is another player who has been ruled out but he will miss all three ODIs and two Test matches. The India opener had suffered a calf issue during the fifth T20I and had to walk off the field. Mayak Agarwal replaced him for three ODIs.
The first ODI of the series takes place tomorrow at Seddon Park in Hamilton.