Big picture: India are dominant in ODIs at home too.
It is not talked about as much as their remarkable domestic record in Test cricket, but India are perhaps just as dominant in their conditions in ODIs. Since the start of 2010, they have played 25 back-to-back home series, and won 22 of them.
However, they may now face a tougher challenge. New Zealand have been among the most competitive ODI teams to tour India of late – their two most recent series here in 2016 and 2017 were both decisive – and they are fresh off a 2-1 win in Pakistan.
But New Zealand will know that India can be beaten in sub-continental conditions, and they can look to Bangladesh – who beat India 2-1 at home just a month ago – for that. For hints on how to do this. Quality spin that strikes the stumps can be a key ingredient.
Either way, win or lose, New Zealand will want to grab as many insights as possible ahead of their return to the World Cup. A strong performance now could put them in the right place to mount a serious title challenge in October-November.
India WWWWL (Last Five Complete ODIs, Most Recent First)
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In the spotlight: the opportunity to make your own case for cushions
India have made it clear that their preferred opening combination is Rohit Sharma and Shibman Gill till the World Cup. That leaves no place in his first-choice XI. Ishan KishanWhose last ODI innings was the fastest double century in the format. But now he has got a chance as KL Rahul is missing the series due to personal reasons. If he can seize the opportunity, he will not only put pressure on a number of batsmen in India’s ODI line-up but also make a case to be picked ahead of KS Bharath in the first Test against Australia next month. .
Team News: Ayer out with back injury
Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the series with a back injury, and Rajat Patidar has taken his place in the squad. Iyer’s place in the XI, however, is likely to go to Surya Kumar Yadav, with Kishan taking over the keeping gloves and the second middle-order spot from Rahul. Washington Sundar is likely to come in for Akshar Patel, who is also out of the series.
With Hardik Pandya back after rest in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, India could go two ways with their attack – three specialist quicks and Hardik, which would allow them to play Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, or three One has to choose between spinners. In this case they can both pick wrist spinners.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Surya Kumar Yadav, 5 Ishan Kishan (wicket), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvinder Chahal, 9 Mohammad Shami, 10 Muhammad Siraj, 11 Imran Malik.
New Zealand (Probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Dion Conway, 3 Mark Chapman/Henry Nicholls, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (Capt & WK), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 & 10 two Henry Shipley, Doug Bracewell and Jacob Duffy, 11 Loki Ferguson.
Pitch and conditions: Hyderabad’s pitch is likely to help spin.
In six ODIs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, spinners have averaged 38.70 and conceded 4.96 runs per over, both significantly better than the corresponding figures for fast bowlers (although it should be noted that they bowl more overs in difficult phases) 40.84 and 5.74. In the most recent ODI here, in March 2019, India won by six wickets as its spinners – Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav – posted 27-0-110-3 to restrict Australia to 236. Return the combined data. So expect spin. , Wednesday to play an important role. The weather is likely to be clear with a maximum temperature of 31 degree Celsius.