India’s choice to ‘rest’ pacer Mohammed Shami in the should-win second ODI in opposition to New Zealand at the Eden Park in Auckland has left off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bamboozled. After profitable the toss, India captain Virat Kohli opted to bowl first and knowledgeable that India made two modifications to their enjoying XI that misplaced the primary ODI at Hamilton. “Mohammed Shami has been rested, we’ve got the Test series coming up, he’s one of the main bowlers for us,” mentioned Kohli whereas informing concerning the modifications.
Fast bowler Navdeep Saini was drafted into the aspect in place of Shami whereas Shardul Thakur continued to carry on to his place, regardless of making a gift of 80 runs in 9 overs in the Hamilton ODI. which India misplaced by four wickets. “I don’t why he (Shami) is not playing,” Harbhajan informed Star Sports in the pre-match present. Harbhajan agreed with the selection of Navdeep Saini however indicated that it ought to have been in place of Shardul Thakur, who conceded 80 runs off 9 overs in the earlier ODI, as an alternative of Shami.
Interestingly, former India World Cup profitable captain Kapil Dev had additionally vouched for Navdeep Saini’s inclusion in the aspect forward of the 2nd ODI. “You need a wicket-taking option. It is important to get Saini in the side not because India have lost the first ODI but he deserves a place in the side because of his pace and wicket-taking abilities. Look at Bumrah, he forces New Zealand to play him watchfully because whenever batsmen try to attack these bowlers can get wickets,” he informed ABP News.
Saini, who made his ODI debut in opposition to the West Indies, impressed together with his tempo, bounce and likewise the flexibility to bowl yorkers at the dying in opposition to Australia.
The different change that India made to their aspect was the inclusion of leg-spinner Yuzvendra in place of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who had given away 84 runs in Hamilton.
New Zealand, however, handed debut to tall quick bowler Kyle Jamieson in place of leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. While Mark Chapman was drafted into the aspect in place of Mitchell Santner, which means New Zealand went into the 2nd ODI with out a specialist spinner.