India vs. New Zealand: Fourth ODI Preview
India vs. New Zealand: Fourth ODI Preview

India have hardly managed a sweat in this ongoing series and go into the fourth ODI with the series already in their bag. The visiting team has been clinical with both bat and ball - with players like Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli leading the charge. However, a number of changes are expected from the side for the upcoming game, with Virat Kohli being rested for the remainder of the tour and Rohit Sharma, the stand-in skipper, likely to give youngsters a chance before the World Cup squad is narrowed down.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have looked unconvincing and at sea. They too have made changes to their team - dropped Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi - and the two replacements, James Neesham and Todd Astle, will be eager to make their mark.

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Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik (8 credits)

With uncertainty around Dhoni's participation in the match - he missed the third ODI due to injury, the safest option for this spot is Karthik, who was surprisingly not considered for the first two matches of the ODI series. The keeper, who has made it a habit of staying till the very end ever since his comeback into the national team, ensured he got the job done in the third ODI, stitching together 38 runs at run-a-ball. After the quick dismissals of Rohit and Kohli, Karthik got together with Rayudu to take India over the line.

Batsman: Rohit Sharma (10.5 credits)

Rohit started the

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Sarah Waris
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