Only a few days following the climax of the T20 World Cup, the relentless cricket-schedule moves on to the New Zealand tour of India starting with 1st T20I of the 3-game series at Jaipur, Rajasthan.
After the debacle in the UAE it is the dawn of a new era in Indian cricket with former great, Rahul Dravid taking the reins of the men’s senior team. Meanwhile New Zealand will need to put behind the disappointment of crumbling at the final hurdle of a major tournament after its heartbreaking loss less than week ago.
Cricket Betting Tips – India
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Rohit Sharma is the captain after Virat Kohli stepped down from the role in the shortest format. The squad features quite a few players who had good campaigns in IPL ’21 but did not make the cut for the World Cup squad.
KL Rahul should open the innings with Rohit Sharma but Ruturaj Gaikwad might get the nod after an outstanding IPL season. Shreyas Iyer looks likely to take the no.3 role followed by Suyakumar Yadav. Rishabh Pant could be given a rest with Ishan Kishan coming in as his replacement and Venkatesh Iyer could also make his debut as an all-rounder down the batting-card.
The bowling-unit will be very different from the one in the T20 World Cup. Mohammed Siraj will probably take the new-ball with Avesh Khan, who is expected to make his debut for the country along with Harshal Patel after the latter finished as the top wicket-maker in the tournament. Meanwhile, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal will be the two spin-bowlers of the team.
Cricket Betting Tips – New Zealand
888Sport Cricket Odds: 2.70
New Zealand will have largely the same squad for this 3-match series from its outfit in the T20 World Cup. But Kane Williamson is being rested ahead of the Test series with Tim Southee standing in as the captain of the side.
Martin Guptill will continue to open the batting with Daryl Mitchell with the pair turning into a formidable partnership of late. Mark Chapman is likely to fill in at the vacant no.3 role with wicketkeeper Tim Seifert replacing the injured Devon Conway as the next man in the batting-card. Glenn Phillips and Jimmy Neesham are the two power-hitters lower down the middle-order.
Trent Boult was in terrific form during the T20 World Cup but he might be handed some rest with the Test series looming ahead. Lockie Ferguson will take the new-ball with Tim Southee after returning from his spell on the sidelines while Adam Milne will continue as the third seamer of the unit. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner will be crucial as the two spinners of the team.
Top Cricket Betting Tips
Lokesh Rahul Total Runs: Over 24.5
KL Rahul has enjoyed excellent form across all formats during this calendar year including the IPL. The Indian top-order batsman had a slow start to the World Cup but finished the tournament with 3 half-centuries on the trot.
Martin Guptill Total Runs: Over 19.5
Martin Guptill has been in superb form for New Zealand this year and had a pretty campaign in the T20 World Cup. The Kiwi opener has contributed at least 20 runs in 4 of his previous 6 matches with 1 half-century.
Highest Opening Partnership: India
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will probably open for India and both batsmen have imperious records on home-turf. Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell are in decent form but might need time to adapt to the new conditions.
Extra Betting Tips
Top New Zealand Wicket Taker: Ish Sodhi (4.10)
Top India Wicket Taker: Axar Pateel (5.75)
t20I Betting Prediction
After the disappointments of the T20 World Cup, India will be raring to get a winning-start under new coach Rahul Dravid. New Zealand will still have some hangover from the blues of losing in the final and will possibly need a few games to return to its former self.
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