ODI World Cup 2023: India Playing XI against New Zealand

Team India are on a roll after winning four games in a row convincingly against opponents like Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh while New Zealand are also unbeaten in this tournament with four consecutive victories in this tournament. Hence this game in Dharamsala will be key for both the teams to perform well and maintain their winning run in the showpiece event.

Here, in this article we will have a look on how India’s probable XI could pan out against this classy New Zealand side. Additionally, it would be seen if Hardik Pandya’s absence will hurt the side or can they pull a win in his absence. 

Openers: Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma

India will continue with regular opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in this game which have been very successful in this calendar year so far.

Middle Order: Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan

World’s best ODI batter, Virat Kohli will continue to bat at number 3 position, while Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul would bat in the middle order and in the absence of Hardik Pandya, young lad Ishan Kishan is expected to play in place of him.

All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur

India star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will bat at number 7 position, while Shardul Thakur is expected to be preferred over Shami due to his batting prowess and Ashwin might not be considered in the team once again due to the playing combination.

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj would play as frontline pace bowlers for Team India, while Kuldeep Yadav is expected to play a key role with the ball as mystery spinner along in the middle overs alongside India’s star player Ravindra Jadeja.

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