IND vs NZ: 5 Players to watch out for in ODIs
In order to have success in the upcoming bilateral series, these players' performance will be crucial.
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After winning the multi format limited overs series against Sri Lanka, India are ready to host New Zealand for three ODIs and T20Is, respectively. For the series, KS Bharath and Shahbaz Ahmed have been included in a 16-member ODI squad as KL Rahul and Axar Patel won’t be available due to prior family commitments. New Zealand will also miss the services of their most experienced players in Kane Williamson and Tim Southee as both have been rested.
In the absence of Williamson, Tom Latham will hold the captaincy mantle in ODIs and his objective will be to win the maiden ODI series against India. On the other side, Rohit Sharma and his boys will also look to register another victory on their home soil. The series becomes more crucial for the Indian side as they are gearing up for the upcoming ODI World Cup, which will be played in their den.
In the upcoming competition, all eyes will be set on these players as they've given some thrilling performances for their respective teams in the last few games.
Here are 5 players to watch out for in ODIs
5. Michael Bracewell
Michael Bracewell will be a vital cog in the upcoming competition against the Men in Blue. As an all-rounder, his role will be to strengthen all the departments in the games. So far, in 13 innings of 16 ODIs, he has scored 322 runs at an impressive strike rate of 107.33. With the ball too, he is a wicket-taking and economical bowler for the Black Caps.
The 31-year-old has picked up 14 wickets in 16 innings at an incredible economy of 4.83. So far, he has played only one ODI match against India, in which he bowled only two overs. In the upcoming series, he will look forward to surprise the visitors with his all-round skills. On the turning tracks of India, he will strive to outclass batters with his off-break bowling.
In the recently concluded ODI series against Pakistan, he was excellent for his team hunting four batters in three matches at an economy of 3.90. However, he couldn’t be efficient for the team amassing only 58 runs in three games at a strike rate of 93.54. In the forthcoming series, he will back himself to gain his batting form too.