India suffered humiliation in the first ODI as New Zealand made a mockery of the target set by India. New Zealand made India’s 306 look like 270 as they chased the target with ease with 3 overs to spare.
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer feels India needs to make some changes in their playing 11 to bring about change in the result. Jaffer feels India needs to play Deepak Chahar in place of Arshdeep Singh to add some batting depth. This would also mean that the top-order plays with more freedom.
In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, Jaffer expressed his opinion that Rishabh Pant won’t be replaced but that Kuldeep Yadav would get a shot in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Jaffer in Conversation
“We may see Kuldeep Yadav playing in place of Yuzvendra Chahal. I think the Chinaman bowler brings more mystery to the table. Also, maybe Arshdeep get replaced by Deepak Chahar because then you will have depth in the batting. Chahar can swing the ball and since he adds strength to batting, the top-order batters can play more fearlessly,”
Jaffer told Cricinfo.
“Deepak Hooda is indeed a tempting option, but I don’t think he would replace Rishabh Pant who is irreplaceable, especially in this format,”
India needs to win the second ODI to stay alive in the series. The second ODI will be played on Sunday at Hamilton. Rain is predicted in the match. India would be looking to improve their mistakes from the last ODI and bounce back in style on Sunday.
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