IND vs NZ Squad: 3 Biggest Takeaways For Indian Cricket Fans
Yesterday India’s squad for the upcoming bilateral series against New Zealand was announced and there were some surprises for the Indian fans to digest. There was a string of new faces on the cards while a few old ones were rested.
However, in general the fans seemed to be a bit more displeased about the chosen players and believe that the selectors could have done a much better job. Team India is going to be a part of three T20Is against New Zealand followed by three ODIs that is slated to be played right after the T20 World Cup.
Here are the three big takeaways from India’s squad against New Zealand:
#1 Grooming of Hardik Pandya as the next T20 Skipper begins
Despite KL Rahul currently being the vice-captain of India, all routes for India to be led in the future in the shortest format of the game lead to Hardik Pandya. Ever since his return to the Gujarat Titans, he has been excellent, not just as a player but as a captain. He knows the perfect mix of levity and seriousness. He can keep his players stoked up till the very end and most importantly, has no problems in dealing with stars. With Team India being touted as major firepower in the shortest format of the game, Hardik’s selection as the captain of the T20 side to be playing against New Zealand is a clear indicator of what is about to come.
#2 Consistency is the key
Prithvi Shaw pulled up a decent show in the ongoing SMAT and has been making a few ripples here and there to make a case for the Indian cricket team. However, snubbing him despite India opting for fresh faces was a clear indicator of the fact that for one to be a part of the Indian cricket team, one will have to do a lot more than stitch together a string of well-fought scores. They will need downright brilliance to stand out.
#3 The introduction of Shubman Gill in all formats begins
Despite questions being asked in the preceding edition of the IPL, Shubman Gill came out all guns blazing for the Gujarat Titans and flexed his muscles for all the right reasons. He was in total control of his innings and given the fine batter that he is, he mixed technique with power, thereby making him an absolute favorite for the upcoming days. As India’s opening woes in the T20 World Cup continue, in the forthcoming days, Gill may be pretty much the way forward.