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3 Indian Players who may not get a chance to play in the series against New Zealand

Following a dismal performance in the T20 World Cup 2022, India will prepare for a white-ball trip to New Zealand. For both limited-overs matches, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli have been rested. In the absence of the senior players, Hardik Pandya will skipper the team in the shortest format, while Shikhar Dhawan will head the team in ODIs.

India has named a roster of 16 players for each of the white-ball events. Each member of the team has shown their ability to flourish in New Zealand conditions on the cricket pitch. However, it is not certain that the club management will be able to offer chances to every player on the squad, and some players may not even receive a single game.

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Number 1. Kuldeep Sen

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Kuldeep Sen is a unique breed of fast bowler on the Indian circuit who can routinely clock above 145 kmph. In the 15th season of the Indian Premier League, the 26-year-old showed off his bowling prowess, scaring hitters with his scorching speed. He appeared in seven games for the Rajasthan Royals, taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 9.41.

Kuldeep was outstanding in the just concluded Irani Cup. The speedster created havoc with the ball while representing the Rest of India, taking eight wickets. Because of his strong performances, the speedster has been picked for the forthcoming ODI series against the Blackcaps. However, the Rewa native is unlikely to make his international debut in New Zealand.

India’s 50-over team includes star seamers Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh, and Deepak Chahar. The Trio has consistently performed for the Men in Blue and hence will be higher in the pecking order. Furthermore, if the think tank is looking to add an express pacer, they may be drawn to Umran Malik, who has more experience playing on the big stage.

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Number 2. Harshal Patel

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Harshal Patel has recently been a regular in the Indian T20 lineup. He has appeared in 23 games and took 26 wickets at an economy rate of 9.20. The 31-year-old has earned a reputation for himself by tricking hitters with his several varieties of slower balls and has been serving as the Men in Blue’s death-overs specialist.

However, the Gujarat-born batsman has been a pale shell of his former self since returning to the Indian T20 setup after recuperating from a rib ailment. Harshal grabbed one wicket in three T20I games against Australia, surrendering runs at an alarming average of 12.37. When Rohit and company faced South Africa in three T20Is, he allowed runs at a dismal economy of 10.00.

The bowling all-rounder was part of India’s team for the T20 World Cup 2022 but did not play. Harshal has been selected for the forthcoming T20I series against New Zealand, although breaking into the starting XI would be difficult.

Hardik and his teammates have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammad Siraj at their disposal. The trio can make the ball speak and has shown their swing bowling expertise several times. The conditions in New Zealand will benefit their bowling style, and the team management may choose them for the XI. Furthermore, if India wants to add another dimension to their bowling, they have the option of speedster Umran, who can comfortably register speeds of above 150 kmph.

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Number 3. Shahbaz Ahmed

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Shahbaz Ahmed has a track record of success on the Indian domestic circuit. The 27-year-old has 663 runs in 31 List-A games with a strike rate of 92.21 and 28 wickets at an economy rate of 4.52. The Haryana-born batsman put on a display in IPL 2022, scoring 219 runs in 16 games with a strike rate of 120.99. He also has four wickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Shahbaz came into the Indian team thanks to outstanding performances on the home circuit and a lucrative T20 event. The excellent all-rounder appeared in two One-Day Internationals against South Africa, picking up three wickets in two games at a 5.05 economy rate.

Shahbaz has been included to India’s ODI squad for the forthcoming New Zealand trip, although his prospects of making the starting XI are slim. Washington Sundar, who has established his mettle in the international arena, will be a terrific foil to ace leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for the Men in Blue. Sundar is therefore expected to beat him to the spin-bowling all-rounder spot in the next New Zealand series.