New Delhi: The Indian cricket team has been on a rampage this World Cup, winning all its first four matches quite convincingly. The team till now has looked invincible and it shows on the points table with the Indian team placed on number two, up in the race to make it to the semifinals.
But the Sundays encounter with New Zealand is going to be a challenging task for the team simply because they have not been able to defeat the kiwis in the big World Cup matches in the past.
While the team combination looked absolutely perfect. Till now, the injury of is all-rounder. Hardik Pandya has put the team balance in a bit of a dock.
Hardik Pandya suffered an ankle injury while he was bowling in the match against Bangladesh on Wednesday. As per management, he will not be able to play in the match against the New Zealand tomorrow. In his absence, exports say that Suryakumar Yadav can be handy replacement simply because of his sharp skills and impact as a middle order batsmen.
There are another options in the form of wicket-keeper batsmen, Ishan Kishan, but with KL Rahul already in the team as a wicket keeper, chances of him making into the team 11 are quite bleak.
It’s in that scenario, Suri Kumar Yadav becomes the hot favourite to be included in the team 11 for the match against New Zealand.
In another change of scheme of thing, the Indian team would like to play, one more specialist, bowler, specially keeping in view the batting strength of the New Zealand team which has been on rampage all the season.
Over the past four matches, Shardul Thakur’s performance has not been up to task as per many and Mohammed Shami who has been warming the bench can will be called in to replace Thakur playing 11.
Shami has had a great season this year, his bowling performance has been really good coming up to the World Cup and hence it becomes an obvious choice. If the team wants to play another specialist, bowler against the Kiwis in the match.
Both New Zealand and India have been unbeaten in the World Cup till now and both of them would want to beat one another to remain and beat and going forward. The top four teams and the table make it to the semifinals which will be played later.
As per experts, both SuryaKumar, Yadav and Mohammed Shami will be called in to have a match against New Zealand. This match is being toed as one of the most challenging and important match in the World Cup. 2023.
So, while experts are suggesting and expecting inclusion of both Surya and Shami in the team, whether they make the cut and get a spot is something that only the time will tell.