The second One-Day International match between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain on Sunday in Hamilton. At that point in the match, India’s score stood at 89/1, and there were only 12.5 overs available. In the competition, Team India was given the instruction to bat first. The rain started falling for the first time in the fifth over. When play finally resumed, over three and a half hours later, the game was shortened to 29 overs for each team. The rain, however, continued to be a problem, and it eventually forced the cancellation of the play. Deepak Hooda and Deepak Chahar have replaced Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur in India’s playing eleven for the second one-day international (ODI). These two players had taken the places of Shardul Thakur.
Shikhar Dhawan, captain of India, was questioned about the team’s decision to make two changes to their playing XI after the second one-day international match was called off due to rain.
“We wanted Hooda to come in rather than Sanju Samson because we wanted the sixth bowler to be able to bowl. And Chahar was chosen because of how well he can swing the ball in both directions, which contributed to his selection “explained Dhawan.
Dhawan continued his commentary by saying the following about the game: “Because this is outside of our control, all you can do is wait. We couldn’t help but be anxious for the game to begin while we waited. Now I’m excited for the third game in the series.
I was fairly taken aback by the quality of the surface; I had anticipated that there would be quite a bit of seaming, but there wasn’t as much as there was in the previous match. It was beneficial to bat on, and it was quite heartening to watch Shubman perform at such a high level.”
The fact that this team is still formidable despite the fact that some of our players are getting some rest demonstrates how deep our roster is.
Talking about leading Team India, Dhawan said: “That’s a lot of fun, and it makes me feel really youthful (laughs). No, but in all seriousness, this is a terrific opportunity for the folks who have travelled such a long distance to witness how Shubman has batted and how Umran has bowled. I’m glad to see that transformation.
We want to make sure that all of our procedures are running smoothly, and we also want to give a terrific show in Christchurch. I really hope that we can win and yet have a good time.”
On Wednesday, in Christchurch, the third and final one-day international match between India and New Zealand will take place. At this point in the series, New Zealand had a 1-0 advantage.