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Ravi Shastri warns team India ahead of the second ODI

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Ravi Shastri has warned the Indian team ahead of the second ODI against New Zealand. India were guilty of bowling short and not hitting a consistent line and length. The shortage of a sixth bowling option also hurt India in the opening ODI. 

Shastri Speaks

Speaking on air, during Prime Video’s broadcast of the 1st ODI, former India cricketer Anjum Chopra asked Shastri,

“In hindsight, now that the game is over when you look back at the start of the match, you look at the team from both the side, would you have had another bowler, a sixth-bowling option, in this Indian line-up?”

Shastri replied saying,

“I think seriously they will have to think of it. They will have to think of it.”

India posted 306 runs on the board in the first innings. Shreyas Iyer scored another half-century along with a cameo from Washington Sundar to help India put up a strong total on the board. 

During the chase, New Zealand were 88 for 3 in their 20 overs. But the experienced duo of Latham and Williamson bailed the team out of trouble as New Zealand cruised towards victory. Latham put on a batting masterclass as he scored 145 off 104 deliveries. The skipper Kane Williamson just fell short of his hundred by 6 runs as he finished with 94 off 98. 

Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, and Yuzvendra Chahal were the five bowlers that India used in the first game. Deepak Hooda, Deepak Chahar, and Kuldeep Yadav are their final three available bowling options. For the second game, India would be tempted to insert Hooda in order to add depth to their bowling and batting lineups.

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