Ushering in Indian Cricket season after a big gap, New Zealand is all set to battle out Indian challenges in the upcoming series against India in Sep/Oct 2016. New Zealand will play 3 x tests and 5 x ODIs. Can New Zealand beat India in it’s own den? That is a big question. Just wait and watch.
Schedule Of Matches
3x Tests will be played as under:-
- 1st Test- 22 to 26 Sep- Kanpur.
- 2nd Test- 30 Sep t0 04 Oct- Kolkata.
- 3rd Test- 08 to 12 Oct- Indore.
5x ODIs (all Day/Night) will be played as under:-
- 1st ODI- 16 Oct- Dharmasala.
- 2nd ODI- 20 Oct- New Delhi.
- 3rd ODI- 23 Oct- Chandigarh.
- 4th ODI- 26 Oct- Ranchi.
- 5th ODI- 29 Oct- Vishakhapatnam.
Indian wickets are prone to assist spinners- turning wickets. Thus, spinners are likely to play a dominant role in the series. Seamers can trouble batsmen with reverse swing.
New Zealand, ranked 7th in ICC test rankings are always capable of springing up surprises in performance just like Pakistan team. The squad consists of very experienced batsmen and all rounders who are accustomed to batting conditions having played in Indian Premier League matches. The bowling fortress includes class pace and spin bowlers who will really test batting prowess of Indian (2nd in Test rankings) top order.
India line up is almost the same which toured West Indies in recent past. The top order is really strong but, not in great form and will be tested against good bowling line up of New Zealand. Choice of playing correct batsmen will decide the course of the match. In bowling department, India has good medium pacers and spinners to trouble any batsmen in the world.
- Very strong and experienced batsmen- H Nichols, M Guptil, R Taylor, K Williamson,
- Seasoned all rounders- J Neesham and M Santner.
- Authentic pacers- D Bracewell, T Southee, T Boult and N Wagner.
- Spinners- M Santner and M Craig (off break)and I Sodhi (leg break).
- Trusted Wicket keeper L Ronchi plus upcoming T Lotham (hard hitter) and B J Watling.
- Overall, a well balanced team capable of taking on any team in the world on their day.
- T Lotham, BJ Watling, M Craig and N Wagner/ T Boult may be rested for first test match.
- Trump cards for series- M Guptil, R Taylor, K Williamson, J Neesham, T Southee, M Santner and I Sodhi.
- Strong batting line up on paper- M Vijay, KL Rahul, S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Sharma.
- Only two all rounders- R Ahwin and R Jadeja.
- Only one wicket keeper- W Saha. KL Rahul can do the job in crisis (IPL experience).
- Pacers- I Sharma, M Shami U Yadav, B Kumar.
- Spinners- R Ashwin and R Jadeja (Off break), AMishra (leg break).
- Overall, team is balanced but genuine all rounder is missing. R Jadeja seldom scores runs. R Ashwin too is unpredictable.
- KL Rahul batted well in West Indies but may not be given a chance ahead of M Vijay and S Dhawan
- B Kumar, U Yadav, K L Rahul and C Pujara may be rested in 1st test.
- Trump cards for first test- M Vijay, R Sharma, V Kohli, A Rahane, I Sharma, R Ashwin and A Mishra.
- Indian batting line up is consistent. Uncertainty of opening pair.
- V Kohli likely to hit a low in series.
- Spinners of both sides are well matches- capable of leg and off break bowling.
- New Zealand pacers are faster and are more experienced than Indian counter parts.
- Test series will be Interesting- Batsmen vs Spinners.
- Captaincy- K Williamson is a shrewd and cool as against nervy and impulsive V Kohli.
- Overall, New Zealand has an edge due to better all rounders and batsmen in test series but India has an edge in ODIs due to top order hard hitting batsmen.
Likely Winner of Test Series- New Zealand and Of ODI series- India