India vs New Zealand: Without Shikhar Dhawan, will India be the same?
India’s third match in World Cup 2019 against New Zealand is organized in Trent Bridge, Nottingham today. By winning the previous two matches against South Africa and New Zealand, India had earned 4 points in the World Cup. New Zealand has won all the matches that it had played and is at the top position with 6 points. Today’s match will be prominent for both the teams since a victory can decide who replace the top position.
India had a huge shock recently with Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb injury in the match against Australia. K L Rahul that comes down at the 4th position will be opening the match with Rohit Sharma in the current match. the replacement for the 4th position hasn’t been officially announced by the BCCI. Players, Dinesh Karthik, and Vijay Shankar are the available replacements. Losing Shikhar Dhawan is a significant change in the team, it is quite difficult to predict India’s performance against New Zealand, but the victory against Australia might act as an excellent motivator to perform confidently.
New Zealand, on the other hand, has an excellent team who are in excellent form. New Zealand’s past three matches were with Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Of the three teams, only Bangladesh has proved to be a worthy competitor. In the match against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, New Zealand had achieved a victory of 10 wickets and 7 wickets respectively. Today’s match against India is a real test to New Zealand team as India is relatively a stronger team compared to the previous ones. India’s victory against teams like South Africa and Australia might put New Zealand at a spot where they carefully need to strategize and execute their game plan.
The match will begin at 09:30 AM GMT / 03:00 PM IST and will be streamed live across the world on all the top networks and streaming providers.