IND vs NZ: “If You Don’t Play Deepak Hooda…”

India won the T20I series against New Zealand 1–0, with the third and final match of the three-match series ending in a tie due to rain, with the scores level on the Duckworth-Lewis method. After the T20I series, India will play a three-match ODI series, and the first match is scheduled to take place at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, November 25.

The next two matches will take place in Hamilton and Christchurch on November 27 and 30. Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan will captain the team in the absence of other seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul, with Rishabh Pant serving as vice-captain.

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Anjum Chopra has chosen India’s XII for the first ODI against New Zealand in a video posted on her YouTube channel. The former Indian captain wants Deepak Hooda to bat ahead of a specialist batsman in the top six. Chopra feels that if Hooda is not included in the XI, India will lack the necessary balance.

“Which players will the Indian team want to go with in the first ODI? Let me start from the top – Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Hooda,” Anjum Chopra said.

Anjum Chopra
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“This is my chosen squad of 12 players. If you don’t play Deepak Hooda and go with the first eleven players, if you talk about the batters, all are very good but the batting order goes till No. 6. After that, you have five bowlers,” he added.

Shahbaz Ahmed Is An All-Rounder And Can Do Spin Bowling – Anjum Chopra

Playing only five bowlers, Chopra believes Dhawan will have no fallback option if any of them has a bad day. She picked Shabazz as part of her XII, but the spin-bowling all-rounder did not travel to New Zealand for the ODI series. In such a scenario, the Indian team will have to field Washington Sundar.

“I have included Shahbaz Ahmed because he is an all-rounder and can do spin bowling along with Yuzvendra Chahal and you have three seamers – Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh.”

Shahbaz Ahmed. PC-BCCI
Shahbaz Ahmed. PC-BCCI

“Will the Indian team want to go with five bowlers and six specialist batters? You can understand six specialist batters because we have to score runs, but only five bowlers, which means you will have to get Shahbaz Ahmed to bowl full 10 overs and none of the bowlers can have a bad day.”

Also read: IND vs NZ: “Deepak Chahar Should Replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar In India’s T20I Squad, I Feel He Is A Far Better Cricketer Than Him” – Danish Kaneria

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