India lead 2-0 in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.© AFP
India lead the three-match T20I series 2-0 against T20 World Cup 2021 runners-up New Zealand. The Rohit Sharma-led side have already won the series but are eyeing a clean sweep when the two sides face off in the final T20I at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Meanwhile, veteran Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal heaped praise on Team India for their stellar performance against the Blackcaps, especially after their poor performance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
The Indian team has rested some of its key players from the three formats like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja for this series ahead of the full tour of South Africa next month.
Kamran Akmal lauded the Indian team management and said that this is the right way to manage the workload.
“Nice win for Team India with new players against the team that played in the final of T20 World Cup. No other team does this, but India has a huge pool of players and they are looking forward to the tour of South Africa. Kamran Akmal said on his YouTube channel, “The management is also handling the workload very well.”
The wicket-keeper batsman also praised Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills and said that the opener has been aggressive while captaining the Indian team against New Zealand.
“Brilliant captaincy from Rohit Sharma and the way he bats, he has been aggressive with the way. India are playing really well. Good start for both the captain (Rohit) and the coach (Rahul Dravid).
In the absence of star names, the Indian selectors have included some fresh faces in the squad like Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer.
Of these, Harshal and Venkatesh made their debut in the current series. Harshal was adjudged the Player of the Match on his debut during the second T20I in Ranchi.
The last time these two sides met in a bilateral T20I series was back in 2020 in New Zealand, where the Virat Kohli-led side had eliminated the Kiwis in a five-match series.
With a different captain calling the shots, the Indian team will be hoping for a second consecutive whitewash on New Zealand in T20Is.
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