Things that you need to know about India Vs New Zealand ODI Series 2016
After a long Test series, team India and New Zealand are back in colors, and this time, they are clashing against each other in the One Day International series. The Test series has been a disappointment for the Kiwis and would like to take the revenge while the men in blue would again try to repeat the result of test series.
Here is the list of things that you need to know about India Vs New Zealand ODI Series 2016.
Hardik Pandya’s Debut
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle
Hardik Pandya made his debut in the first One Day International of the India Vs New Zealand ODI Series 2016. Although he seems to be around for a long time, this young all-rounder hadn’t yet made his One Day debut before this match. After the impressive performances in the Asia Cup and World T-20, Hardik had already been sounding like a familiar name in the Indian team, but the youngster couldn’t find any place in the team as he performed badly in the IPL and then injured himself too.
It was a special moment for him, as he was given his first One Day cap by Kapil Dev, the legend. He became the man of the match for his bowling performance as he took three wickets.
This time, Dhoni will be leading his bowling troops without the Ashwin-Jadeja combination. The selection committee decided earlier this month to rest the duo after the Test Series. Along with Ashwin and Jadeja, Mohammad Shami was also chosen to have a rest. Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, and Jaspreet Bumrah will fill in their shoes for the series.
Delhi One Day Match
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The Second One-Day match between India and New Zealand will be played on the 20th of this October. Incidentally, the famous cricketer and former Indian Opener, Virender Sehwag will be celebrating his birthday in Delhi on the same day. He isn’t doing commentary in the One Day Series, but it will be interesting to see if he will show up during the match in the stadium on that day.
‘Nayi Soch,’ Team India’s Initiative with Star
With the start of the One-Day Series, some of the TV commercials were also aired, starring the cricketers, Kohli, Dhoni and Rahane in the ‘Nayi Soch’ video. This initiative by Star, shows these team India cricketers wearing their jersey with their mother’s name printed on it, signifying that one’s mother can also represent them. These ads are rather heart touching.
Second Most Matches as Captain
By the end of this India Vs New Zealand ODI Series 2016, MS Dhoni is the second on the list of the most number of games played like a captain. After the first ODI, he is just one match away to equal the record of the former Australian team captain, Allan Border, who has played 178 matches. At the top of the list sits Ricky Ponting, with 230 matches as the captain, under his belt.
It will also be interesting to see how the New Zealand team comes back from the defeat of test series as the shorter format will allow them for more chances of a win. The fans will also be expecting the comeback Suresh Raina eagerly. Currently, the left-hander is down with a fever.
Here is the Schedule of India Vs New Zealand ODI Series 2016
Hope you will enjoy this series as both the teams are equally poised and its a different ball game altogether compared to Test Matches. New Zealand is far better team in ODI’s when compared to Test team and we are going to witness some terrific cricket matches in next few days.