Mohammad Azharuddin predicts 5-0 win for India vs New Zealand in ODI series

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first_imgFormer India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin is mighty impressed with the way Indian team has performed in the ongoing one day international series in New Zealand. India produced clinical shows in the first two ODIs in Napier and Mount Maunganui to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The third match of the series will be played in Mount Maunganui on Monday.”I think 5-0. The way New Zealand are currently playing, I don’t think they will be able to win any match. But nothing is impossible in one day cricket,” Azharuddin told Sports Tak.Azharuddin also termed India a much better side compared to New Zealand, who are No.3 in the ICC ODI team rankings.”The India team is playing so good that it is compelling New Zealand to make mistakes. We thought New Zealand would put a fight but our team is a few steps ahead of them. We are a better side in terms of batting and bowling…I think there’s a scope for improvement in the fielding department,” he said.Azhar also batted for players like Shubman Gill to be given a chance in the fourth and fifth ODIs if India go on to take a 3-0. The two teams will meet again on Monday for the third match of the series.Virat Kohli will return home after the third ODI and in his absence Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the remaning two matches and the three-match Twenty20 series.”The way India are playing, I think Virat Kohli will return home with an unbeatable 3-0 lead. And if that happens, India can experiment in the final two ODIs. Players like Shubman Gill and other who have not been given a chance yet may play. Vijay Shankar hasn’t batted yet and I think he should be part of the final two ODIs. I believe Pandya should be promoted up to bat at No.4 in the final two ODIs. He is a capable batsman. We have to think out of the box and if he plays well at No.4, it’s good for India. I want new players to be given the chance after 3-0,” he said.advertisementAzhar also said Rishabh Pant should be included in the side in place of Ambati Rayudu during the World Cup.”I think Rishabh Pant should play in place of Ambati Rayudu in the World Cup. No doubt, Rayudu has played well so far but when you go for the World Cup your each and every player should be best. I believe, Pant should be given a chance. Kedar Jadhav can bat at No.4 and Pant lower down the order,” Azhar said.Former India cricketer Madan Lal said he was “disappointed” with the way New Zealand played so far in the series.”I think New Zealand is in shock. They are facing one of the best bowling attacks in the world. They failed to play 50 overs in both the matches. There’s no game plan as such. I think, they have lacked temperament and also have not applied themseleves the way the should have. Anything can happen in ODIs. It’s not that they cannot make a comeback in the series,” Madan Lal said.last_img

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