Former India National Cricket Team head coach Ravi Shastri is expecting the star middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav and the young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh to shine in the upcoming limited-overs series against New Zealand National Cricket Team.
The Men In Blue will lock horns with New Zealand in a three-match T20I series and a three-match ODI series. The T20Is will be played on November 18, 20, and 22. The ODIs will be played on November 25, 27, and 30.
Senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been rested for the New Zealand tour. Hardik Pandya will be leading Team India in the T20I series and Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed as the captain for the ODI series. The 25-year-old Pant has been named as the vice-captain for both ODI and T20I series.
Meanwhile, former India National Cricket Team head coach Ravi Shastri has said that he is excited to do the commentary during the India tour of New Zealand 2022.
“It gives me great pleasure to come on-board the Prime Video commentary team to call the live action from India’s limited overs tour to New Zealand,” Shastri said in a statement.
“This is even more significant because it will give a new crop of India players a chance to be tested by the very best.”
He added that India’s two of the best performers in the World Cup – Suryakumar and Arshdeep – will deliver impactful performances on the New Zealand tour.
“I have watched some of these youngsters from close quarters, and believe this team is one of the best in the world in the short formats of the game.
“Expect some fireworks from Suryakumar Yadav, who is at the top of his game. Arshdeep Singh has been a revelation and is expected to shine in the series, as he becomes India’s highest wicket-taker at the men’s T20 WC,” he said.
The young Shubman Gill is already a star on the horizon – Ravi Shastri
Shastri also said that Shubman Gill, who has been included in the T20I squad for the New Zealand series, will be the player to watch out for. He said:
“The young Shubman Gill is already a star on the horizon when he gets going with his wide range of strokeplay and rotation of the strike in T20I cricket.”
The 60-year-old also warned the visitors of a “hard-fought battle” against the Black Caps.
“But make no mistake, this will be a hard-fought battle as India will not only have to face a tough bunch of Kiwis but also the conditions, grounds and the pitches that will most likely to have a tinge of the green. I am looking forward to a cracker of a contest and sure the commentary will be top-notch, matching the action on the field across the five languages,” he said.