New Zealand vs India: 5 Player battles to watch out for
The tour of New Zealand is certainly India's toughest assignment post the debacle of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Published - Jan 23, 2020 1:30 pm | Updated - Jan 23, 2020 3:58 pm
After just 5 days post an intense series against Australia at home, Indians are set for their long tour of New Zealand spread across all the three formats of the game. India don’t have a great record in New Zealand across formats despite that they will take a lot of confidence from the ODI series win they earned last time they were here.
Team India has been playing a lot of cricket this home season but barring Australia no other opposition has presented them a challenge. The tour of New Zealand is easily India’s toughest assignment post the debacle of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Kohli and Co would want to bury their loss against the Black Caps in the semifinals of the World Cup and get one over this Kiwi side. There is a lot to look forward to in this long tour consisting of 5 T20s, 3 ODI’s, 2 Tests.
As the tour is about to begin let’s take a look at 5 battles that can spice up this contest over the course of the next month:
1. Rohit Sharma vs Trent Boult
Rohit Sharma is one of the finest batsmen in the limited over formats and is going to face a stern test against this New Zealand side when he opens in the Test format. Rohit has in the past has had some problems against good left arm in-swing bowlers, and this contest with Trent Boult looks fascinating.
The likes of Jason Behrendorff, Mohammad Amir has troubled him in the past, and Rohit will have a point to prove when he faces his new Mumbai Indians teammate when they square off in this tour. Trent Boult has not been named in the T20 squad after an injury he picked up in the tour of Australia, but he could come up against Rohit in the test or the ODI series and cause some early problems for the Indian opener.
Rohit has a very average record against Trent Boult in the ODI format with the Kiwi pacer having dismissed him 4 times in the 136 balls he has bowled to him. Rohit has a strike rate of only 64.7 against the left-arm bowler. Rohit will be keen to get over his troubles against Boult by the end of this tour.