In Stats: After Test Whitewash, India Eye Encore in NZ ODI Series
India stands at number four while New Zealand is third in the ICC ODI Rankings.
After three enthralling Test matches, India and New Zealand are all set to begin what promises to be another exciting contest – this time with the players donning coloured clothing and playing under lights.
The cast of both teams will undergo changes too; there will be a change at the helm for the home side, with MS Dhoni returning as captain of the Indian team. The Indian squad will sport a new look, with only six players who featured in the Test squad named in the 15 for the first three one-dayers.
The Kiwis meanwhile have retained the bulk of the squad that competed in the Test series and have been further boosted by the addition of Tim Southee, Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich.
India Eye Rise in ODI Rankings
The two teams are closely packed in the ICC ODI rankings, with New Zealand slotted in third place and India at fourth.
The five-match ODI series provides the teams the chance to make a move up the rankings; best case for India, if they clean-sweep the ODI series, they can move to third place in the ICC rankings. If the Kiwis beat India 5-0, they can finish level with table-toppers Australia – at 118 points.
Blackcaps – Tough Side to Beat in ODIs
In the last eighteen months, both teams haven’t been able to play anywhere close to the form that took them to the knockout stages of the World Cup 2015. It is worth remembering that New Zealand were undefeated right until the final of the tournament where they lost to Australia, while India’s first and only defeat in the competition was in the semi-final.
India Aims to Overturn Poor ODI Run
While India have dominated Test cricket since that world event, their performance in white-ball cricket hasn’t been anything to write home about. In the last 18 months, India have lost bilateral series in Bangladesh, against South Africa at home and in Australia, and their only triumphs have been on the two tours to Zimbabwe.
History to Favour Hosts
Indian cricket fans will expect a marked improvement in the performance of the Men in Blue in the forthcoming 5-match ODI series. The Indian team can take plenty of inspiration and confidence knowing New Zealand’s dismal record in ODIs in the country; India have so far hosted the Kiwis in 27 bilateral ODIs and have been victorious in 21 of them.
The last time New Zealand beat India in an ODI match on Indian soil was on 6 November 2003 – at Cuttack; India have won the next six ODIs since.
India Unbeaten Against NZ in ODI Series at Home
The Kiwis meanwhile will hope to compete better than they did in the just concluded Test series and fare better than visiting Kiwi teams of the past.
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