Tuesday, July 23, 2013

India vs Zimbabwe ODI Series 2013

India vs Zimbabwe 

Time for another ODI series for the Indian cricket fans. This time it is Zimbabwe who will host India for a five ODI series. A good series that would allow the world champions team India to test their bench strength and some of the regular playing cricketers for a while. Ten Cricket will telecast the matches live in India on TV.

Virat Kohli will lead the team as MS Dhoni is on a break - a well deserved break! India just completed its successful tours to England and West Indies where they won the Champions Trophy and Celkon Tri Series respectively. This team is on a roll and would love to strengthen their position on the top in ICC ODI rankings.

Let us have a look at the time table for this ODI series:
24th July 2013 - 1st ODI - Harare
26th July 2013 - 2nd ODI - Harare
28th July 2013 - 3rd ODI - Harare
1st August 2013 - 4th ODI - Bulawayo
3rd August 2013 - 5th ODI - Bulawayo 

The next world cup is to be played in couple of years and almost all the teams are trying to build teams full of youngsters. After the retirement of Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, etc. the youngsters have performed well. This series will test the bench strength which includes players like Unadkat, Shami, Vinay Kumar, Rahane, etc. Good performances from these players may seal their position in the team in future matches.

Eyes would be set on the batting of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who played well in Champions Trophy and Celkon Tri Series. Consistency in runs is expected from Virat Kohli and Karthik. Based on the opportunity available Rahane and Pujara seem to be committed to score good number of runs. In absence of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav; Unadkat, Vinay Kumar and Shami will get a good opportunity. While Ashwin is rested, Mishra has a point to prove.

Zimbabwe can't be taken lightly especially when they play at home. So let us expect few tightly fought moments in an ODI series where India looks clear favourites.

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