IND vs NZ, T20 World Cup 2021: The Virat Kohli-led Indian team is all set to take the field once again in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as they will be facing New Zealand on 31 October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Incidentally, both India and New Zealand are coming into this game after losing their respective opening match of the tournament against Pakistan. Thus, it will be an important match for both these sides.
Indian captain Virat Kohli mentioned during the pre-match press conference that Hardik Pandya is completely fit. However, Kohli also noted that seam bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur adds a lot of value in the Indian T20I team but did not reveal much about any changes in the playing 11 for the upcoming match against New Zealand.
“Shardul Thakur is always in the scheme of things, he has great potential and add lots of value in the team,” said India captain Virat Kohli ahead of the game against New Zealand.
“It’s very important to have 6th bowling option, whether it’s through me or Hardik Pandya – it all depends on the match situation,” he added.
IND vs NZ, T20 World Cup 2021
After Virat Kohli’s press conference and the other reports, the duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya are likely to retain their respective places in India playing 11 for the New Zealand clash. However, the Indian team management can also consider including an extra spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin or Rahul Chahar in the side to trouble the Kiwi batters.
On the other hand, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult also confirmed that Martin Guptil who injured his toe in the first match against Pakistan is now completely fit for the important game against India on Sunday.