5 bold steps India selectors should have taken for New Zealand ODI series

5 bold steps India selectors should have taken for New Zealand ODI series

India could've resorted to some decisions keeping an eye on the future.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill congratulates Ross Taylor, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

India are all set to start their campaign in New Zealand. To begin with, Virat Kohli and Co will take part in the five match T20I series, starting January 24 at the Eden Park in Auckland. Last year, India lost at the hands of the Black Claps and the visitors would be keen to make amends.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already named the squads, also for the three-game ODI series. The squad for the Test series is yet to be announced though. It will be India’s first assignment overseas after their tour of the West Indies last year post World Cup.

Going into the series, India were faced with injury concerns to quite a few of their key players, including Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan. The selectors found solutions, but could’ve taken some bold calls looking into the future.

In the article, let’s take a look at five bold moved the Indian selectors could’ve resorted to: –

1. Giving the keeping gloves back to Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rishabh Pant’s concussion in the Mumbai ODI somewhat helped KL Rahul’s cause. The latter got to don the keeping gloves and didn’t flatter to deceive. Virat Kohli, was also impressed by the stumper’s prowess. Even as Rishabh Pant has made his comeback, it’s Rahul, who’s most likely to be persisted as the keeper in New Zealand as well.

It also allows the team to fit in an extra batsman.  Moreover, it means deviating from their long-term goal. Rishabh Pant hasn’t been at his best as a keeper, but the team management kept showing faith in him.

Now with Rahul being contemplated as the stumper, it could end up denting Pant’s confidence. With the T20 World Cup ahead, too much experimentation may end up backfiring. The management could have gone back to Pant with Rahul as the backup.