India vs New Zealand T20Is: Five players to watch out for
The India vs New Zealand three-T20I contest can throw up exciting performances with quite a few young players in both sides.Updated: Oct 31, 2017 10:40 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India clash with New Zealand in a three-T20I series starting in Delhi on Tuesday. Here is a look at the five key players who could possibly decide the fate of the cricket series.
New Zealand are known for their wicket-taking abilities in T20Is and Matt Henry, who has a good limited-overs record, could find himself in the reckoning. With Tim Southee struggling in the ODI series, Henry could be an able replacement. With 16 wickets in just six ODI games in Asia, his performances merit serious consideration. Plus his stint with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League would also come in handy for the Kiwis.
Colin De Grandhomme
With Jimmy Neesham dropped and Corey Anderson sidelined after back surgery, de Grandhomme becomes New Zealand’s undisputed No. 1 pace bowling all-rounder. His development over the last 12 months has been impressive and is surely the visitors’ X-Factor heading into the series.
Since making his T20I debut in 2012, de Grandhomme has played eight matches, scoring 75 runs with a highest of 41 not out. He has taken three wickets in four innings with a best of 2/22.
The 22-year-old has been proving his worth in the domestic circuit for quite some time now and it’s a well-deserved selection ahead of the three-match series. The format, however, has never seemed to bother Iyer, who has excelled in the Ranji Trophy as well as the IPL. His power-hitting coupled with the ability to face fast bowlers would be the thing to watch out for in the upcoming series.
Dinesh Karthik has thrown his hat in India’s No. 4 ring, claiming the position would be good for him to bat and excel in, if given a decent run. His exploits in the Pune ODI have all but ensured he’s set to get a longer run. With India set to tour South Africa and England next year, Karthik would look to put on consistent performances and solve India’s middle-order woes.
The Ludhiana-born New Zealand player will hope to exploit favourable tracks and torment the strong Indian batting line-up. Being out of consideration due to inconsistent performances, Sodhi will look to put on a good show and force his way back into New Zealand’s Test and ODI sides.
Sodhi, who last played a T20I against Bangladesh earlier this year, has taken 21 wickets in 12 games at an outstanding economy rate of 6.80.
First Published: Oct 31, 2017 10:39 IST