Auckland – After India’s seven-wicket defeat in the first ODI against New Zealand, former Indian player and selector Saba Karim questioned the approach of young players Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson. Saba Karim noted that the two had extra pressure to protect their place in the playing XI.
During a televised discussion, Saba Karim said that if this is the approach, success is unattainable and the young players should be given self-confidence and fearlessness. If there was no fear, their approach to the game would have been different. Saba Karim said that India could have played aggressively and moved towards a better score.
Saba Karim opined that if you are playing to keep your place in the team then you cannot lead the team to victory and you are playing selfish cricket. Both are talented actors. But Saba Karim said that the insecurity about the team position has affected the performance of the players.
The Tom Latham-Kane Williamson partnership has dashed India’s hopes of victory. . Wicketkeeper Latham (104 not out 145 off 104 balls) and captain Kane Williamson (98 not out 94 off 98 balls) scored a brilliant 7-wicket win for the hosts. Latham and Williamson came together when New Zealand were reeling at 88 for three in the 20th over, chasing a target of 307 runs. The duo made a huge partnership of 221 runs for the fourth wicket and secured victory with 17 balls to spare.
Score: India- 306 for 7 in 50 overs. New Zealand 309 for 3 in 47.1 overs. Kiwis lead 1-0 in the 3-match series. The second ODI will be played tomorrow. Openers Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50) got off to a good start for India who won the toss and went into bat. After scoring 124 runs for the first wicket, both were dismissed in successive overs. Shreyas Iyer (80) then raised the score. Shreyas scored 94 runs with Sanju Samson (36) for the fifth wicket. The Indian score crossed 300 with the addition of Washington Sundar’s firework (37 not out in 16 balls).
English Summary: Former indian selector on Indian batters Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson