The Ind vs NZ 4th ODI is set to get underway in Hamilton on Thursday. Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian cricket team in the absence of regular skipper Kohli.
"I suppose the modes of dismissals - a couple of caught and bowleds that lobbed back to you, probably not how you traditionally see your wickets as an opening bowler". "I don't think it was a bad wicket". Gill averages over 60 in List A games during the Indian domestic season in 2018-19.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni also missed the match as he failed to recover from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the third ODI as well. A decision on Dhoni's availability will be taken before the toss on Thursday.
Ambati Rayudu could fill Kohli's spot in the order but can play only as a batsman after the part-time spinner was suspended from bowling in internationals on Monday. In case both Gill and Dhoni are included, Dinesh Karthik could well be rested. New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson said:We didn't expect the surface to behave like this. Their biggest problem has been the inability to read Kuldeep and Chahal, who have inflicted the maximum damage on the home team. Obviously a bit frustrating and disappointing to start the series like we did, but we know we've got the skills in the tank, we've got the plans that are set, we know they're good enough for anyone on the day, so that was satisfying. Martin Guptill, an otherwise unsafe player, has also not been able to survive the new ball.
Apart from the knocks from Tom Latham and Ross Taylor, there is not much in the Kiwi batting card to show for.
Mitchell will join the squad for all the three matches, while Ticker will replace Lockie Ferguson for the final match.
Boult and Colin de Grandhomme made the most of helpful conditions at Seddon Park as they shared 8 wickets between themselves with Todd Astle and James Neesham getting a wicket each. Pandya can add a lot to this team and is a bankable player in the Indian squad. "They've been there or thereabouts for most of the season and both featured in our New Zealand A short-format teams", ew Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said.
After the drubbing in the ODI series, New Zealand has invested in young faces for the upcoming T20I series.