About the Match
A 3-0 whitewash in the recently concluded Test series put India at No.1 spot in Test rankings whereas in ODIs India is just below New Zealand, basking at No.3 spot with 113, closely followed by India with 110. India will now host a 5 match ODIs with the 1st ODI match to be played at Dharamsala on 16th Oct. India certainly enjoys an enviable position with players tumbling records one after other, youngsters waiting in the wings, thirsty for proving their mettle; the Kiwis too are a fine mix of players with experience and some of them having participated in the IPLs, are familiar in playing in Indian conditions. It surely is going to be a treat for the cricket loving Indian crowd on Sunday.
Some of the players Dhoni has at hand have just tasted success against the opponents in Tests. Kohli is at his best with a double century in the last test and a handsome win against the Kiwis. He can fit any format with ease and perform for the success of the team.
Ajinkya Rahane has been invincible in recently played matches; Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are all proven players who can turn the fortunes for the team at opportune moments and have the capability to deliver in the hours of need. Manish Pandey can give good company to Rahane in the top; most of the top order batsmen have very respectable averages. Raina will, however, be absent from the first game which is a big setback for Indian middle-order.
Bumrah, Jayant and Umesh Yadav, have tasted success with their speed with good support from the slow bowling allrounders. With a combination of medium pace and turning balls in the attack, and swashbuckling hard hitters in batting, India can throw serious challenges to the visitors.
Williamson has a good mix of experience and variety; proven players with all-round capabilities, especially in Taylor, Anderson, and Guptill, the team is equipped with good potential to perform with bat and ball.
Sodhi, Henry are specialist bowlers with other allrounders gelling well to fill the gaps. They have a tough task in hand in facing India with resources in abundance in all parts of the game in any format. They have a well deserved No.3 spot in ODI ranking, having faced West Indians and Sri Lankans recently.
Though Indian conditions are different, being unpredictable from place to place, Williamson and company have good resources to put India in a spot in favorable situations.
India certainly has the advantage of playing at home; New Zealand can take satisfaction of playing in front of a sportive and unbiased crowd who appreciate a good performance. Both have performers and game changers when it is needed. India has players lending good support to each other, raising the level of the game. With recent successes, India can certainly out beat the Kiwis in the contest at hand in Dharamsala