There is no doubt about this year being a full-fledged cricketing season. We already have witnessed India playing Sri Lanka twice, reaching the finals of ICC Champions Trophy, thrashing the Australian team in the latest ODI series and this time it will be New Zealand. Currently, Team India resides at No #2 position in the current ODI rankings whereas Team New Zealand sits at No. #5. The Indian Cricket team is now scheduled to play three ODI matches against the Kiwis in Mumbai, Pune, and Kanpur.
Dinesh Karthik, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman has returned to the ODI squad for the three-match series against New Zealand, according to the BCCI announcement. Shardul Thakur and Shikhar Dhawan are also included in the 15-man squad announced, while KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja. R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav are left out. Talking about the batting side, Ajinkya Rahane in Dhawan’s absence seems to be in a blasting form and has made the most of the opportunity with four successive half-centuries, giving India the perfect start with Rohit Sharma at the top. With Dhawan back in the fray, India will be facing a task over choosing their first-choice pair.
If you want to take a look at the final squad for this upcoming New Zealand series next week, you can see it here.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur.
Also in other news, Indian strike bowler Ashish Nehra has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. He has been India’s pace battery for over two decades and being away from International matches for some time has given him the perfect timing for his farewell. He will bow out from the international scene after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand set to be played at his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.