India A vs New Zealand A, 2020: 4 standout India A players from the unofficial ODI series
India A lost the three-match series by 2-1.
Updated - Jan 27, 2020 1:30 pm
While the Virat Kohli’s Team India is busy dominating Kane Williamson’s men in the five-match T20I series, the India A team suffered a 1-2 series defeat against New Zealand A in the three-match unofficial ODI series. India A’s tour of New Zealand began with the One Day warm-up games (two matches) which the visitors won comfortably. It was followed by the three unofficial ODIs with the series opener being played at Lincoln after which the caravan headed to Christchurch for the remaining two fixtures.
Despite a five-wicket win in the first game, India A failed to clinch the series having lost the next two matches by 29 runs and 5 runs respectively. Overall, it was a clinical display from the Tom Bruce-led New Zealand A side who made a strong comeback despite trailing 0-1 after losing the first game at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Now, both these sides will lock horns in the two unofficial Tests beginning on January 30 at Christchurch before moving to Lincoln for the remaining fixture. Despite going down 1-2, India A put up a strong performance in all three matches and there are plenty of positives to take from this series.
On that note, let us look at four players who were exceptional for India A in the three-match unofficial ODI series against New Zealand A.
Four India A players who impressed in the series:
1) Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan finished as India A’s highest run-getter (third overall) in the series having amassed 115 runs. The 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman came up with crucial knocks under pressure for India A while chasing in both the matches he played. After scoring 44 (55) in the second game, the Mumbai Indians star top-scored for his side and almost helped them clinch the series decider with a magnificent 71* (84 balls) that included eight fours.
Despite his valiant knock, India A fell short of the target (271 runs) by just five runs. Ishan was also brilliant with his glovework behind the stumps taking two catches each in the second and third ODIs respectively. The youngster who impressed everyone in the domestic circuit and IPL has once again proved as to why he is one of the wicket-keeper batsmen to watch out for in future with his batting and wicket-keeping credentials in this series.
Ishan Kishan is also under the selectors’ radar as India continue to find a long term replacement for MS Dhoni in both ODIs and T20Is.