India has begun their new year on a high. Anything that they touch turns into gold. They seem to be playing some ordinary cricket at times but still ending up on the winning side which shows the quality they possess.
New Zealand is a place where winning matches against the Kiwis is a mountain to climb irrespective of the formats. But this Indian team has made a mockery of it. They have won the 5 match T20I series 3-0 with 2 games to spare which has completely shocked the Blackcaps. India outplayed the Kiwis in the first two games but the 3rd game was as intense as it could get which resulted in a super over finish.
Unchanged playing XI for 3 games in a row!
The Indian team management who are known for chopping and changing their playing XI on a regular basis stuck to the same playing XI this time around in the first 3 games. Though, the result of the games going India’s way might have had a telling effect on it, Virat Kohli and the team management seemed to have reached a saturation point of chopping and changing things. Now with the series done and dusted, the skipper himself hinted at some changes for the remaining 2 games at the same time upholding the importance of winning those games.
Here’s what Virat said at the presentation ceremony
“it was just a see-saw game. We will try to win 5-0. There are a couple of guys who are sitting out like Saini and Sundar, they deserve to get a game. The idea is to win the remaining two games.”
India’s inestimable pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah might be rested since the series is done and dusted. The pacer made his comeback in the recently concluded Australian ODI series after being out of action for a good part of 5 months due to an injury. India might want to keep their treasured bowler fresh ahead of the ODIs.
Wellington is scheduled to host the 4th T20I game on Friday