The third T20I between New Zealand and India could give hints of what is to come as it will be their last game of the format this year, hoping to head into 2023 with more answers than questions.
This was a series with no pressure akin to that of a World Cup and with most batters without any baggage, and India will hope the young faces can help lighten at least some of the luggage from the management’s shoulders. After all, who knows what the incoming selectors might have in mind?
New Zealand LLWLW (Last five completed matches; most recent first)
New Zealand (probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway (wk), 3 Mark Chapman, 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee (capt), 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Lockie Ferguson
India (probable): 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Rishabh Pant (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Hardik Pandya (capt), 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
“Everyone watched some of his shots in amazement. We have had a few discussions already, and will have some more tomorrow morning before the game around how we can combat him.”
No prizes for guessing that Gary Stead, New Zealand’s coach, is scratching his head around Suryakumar Yadav’s 111*