Team India advanced to the finals of the white-ball series against New Zealand despite the absence of key players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, who were all eliminated from contention in the semi-finals of the 2022 Twenty20 World Cup. The all-rounder Hardik Pandya led the Indian side in the Twenty20 Internationals, which were hampered by rain on multiple occasions and were won by the travelling team 1-0 to win the series. However, Team India was defeated in their first one-day international (ODI) match on Friday, while their second match in the series was called off due to rain on Sunday. In the first game, team captain Shikhar Dhawan had an outstanding performance, scoring 72 runs, and he and Shubman Gill put together a tremendous partnership, scoring 124 runs together. Dinesh Karthik, a veteran wicketkeeper-batsman for India, heaped praise on Dhawan and stated that the selectors will undoubtedly go with him if India qualifies for the ODI World Cup in 2023.
“That is my opinion. From the vibes I’m getting, there’s no question that he should be in the starting lineup for the World Cup. If it weren’t the case, they wouldn’t be putting up with him being around. They could have simply moved on from him despite the fact that he is well into his 30s at this point.
“The fact that they have him demonstrates that they are very keen about having him in the ODI team,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz. “Just the fact that they have him shows that.”
“He has been a gun player in ICC tournaments, someone who rises to the occasion, and he plays at a fair clip consistently.” “He has been a gun player in ICC tournaments.” Even throughout the 2019 World Cup, he performed admirably up until the point where he was hurt.
According to him, “he is somebody you can count on unless something radically changes in terms of his form completely falling off,” and he went on to say that this could happen.
Dinesh Karthik continued by stating that Dhawan is deserving of trust as an opening batter due to the fact that he is familiar with the game plan.
“As an opener, you can put your faith in him because he is familiar with his game plan. According to Dinesh Karthik, “He makes really good use of the crease, he has everything to play for, and most importantly, it would be another chance for him to lead a team before the IPL, and that is something he will be looking forward to.”
Dhawan has been given the responsibility of leading both Team India and the Punjab Kings in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (2023). In addition, Dhawan was selected to lead Team India.
When play was stopped due to darkness in the second One-Day International match, India had reached 89 for one after being sent into bat, with Shubman Gill on 45 and Suryakumar Yadav on 34.
After a first weather delay that halted play for nearly four hours when India was on a score of 22-0 after 4.5 overs, the match was reduced to a 29-over format before it resumed.
When play was restarted, an additional eight overs were bowled before the rain forced the players to retreat once more to the pavilion and prevented any further action from taking place.
After taking the first game of the series on Friday in Auckland by a score of seven wickets, New Zealand now holds a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.