Here are the main players for India and New Zealand in the fourth ODI.
Leading 3-0 in the five-match series, India will be looking to make it a fourth win on the bounce come Thursday when the two sides will commence their skirmish on the field. For New Zealand, it’s a completely different story though. Having conceded the series to India with an unsavoury and agonising show, the fourth ODI is a match to regain some of their lost glory. They’ll be leading two of their star performers in Kane Williamson and Trent Boult to step up and be at their exuberant best if they are to regain some ground in this 5 match series.
Ahead of the fourth match of the five-match series on 31st January, we take a look at the main players for India and New Zealand in the fourth ODI and how they can help take their side to a victory owing to their immense and flamboyant skill set.
Main Players for India and New Zealand in the fourth ODI
In Bumrah’s absence, Shami has become the mainstay of this Indian pace battery, taking centre stage with some illustrious performances. He’s been extremely dependable for India throughout the first three matches, helping incur a solid batting line-up’s collapse with his consistent line and lengths that have seen him persist and stick true to his game plan.
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Shami has used his massive versatility brilliantly to mix up the deliveries extremely well, not allowing the batsmen to ever get too comfortable at the crease when facing him. While he’s caused the new ball to deviate, he’s been exquisite in the second part of the innings as well, working up the batsmen with an ominous showing with some real belters.
He picked up 3 in the last match to become the man of the match and for the second time in this series and India will need him to turn up and be magnificent as ever to help restrict New Zealand to a well achievable total.
With two half-centuries in as many matches, Rohit has been assured at the top, helping his side get a good start and seeing off the new bowlers successfully along with Kohli. With Virat not featuring for the remainder of the series, Rohit needs to play out another good inning for his side, especially with the middle-order expected to go through some changes as India looks to try out some new faces to strengthen their bench for the world cup.
After his half-century in the first match, Williamson disappointingly has not got another big score in the series. While he’s looked good in the short innings and churned out in the concurrent two ODIs, his failure to build a huge inning has let his side down massively.
The fourth ODI brings with it an incredible opportunity for Kane Williamson to show the world why his name is right there at the top in the current crop of batsmen. He possesses an immense arterially of shots, one that can decimate any bowling attack and Williamson needs to showcase him against India, taking the incentive on himself to deliver an outright match winnings knock.
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While Williamson will be hungry to get massive runs under his kitty, his side needs him to be able with his leadership as well. He’s been good in short bursts throughout the series, faltering at times to let India break free of the shackled they’ve found themselves in owing to Williamson’s tepid captaincy and the New Zealand captain needs to ensure he’s proactive and quick with his decision making, ringing in the right changes as and when needed in the encounter.
Without a doubt, New Zealand’s best bowler this series, Boult has troubled India’s batsmen like no other from his side. His immense pace paired with the ability to read the game so well has seen him send down absolute humdingers in the first three ODIs, smashing the ball into the Indians at a consistent pace of 140km/h.
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Such has been the scrumptious touch that Boult has been in that he’s sent back India’s captain Virat Kohli twice this series, a wicket that speaks at great lengths about how scintillating Boult has been with the ball. He’s an ever dependable bowler, delivering always when asked of him and expect him to be as good as ever come the fourth ODI.
He’s the one who loves taking the responsibility on his shoulders and if he can for once get some bale support from the other end, India can find itself in huge trouble to negotiate New Zealand.