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Confident India look to continue Test dominance in ODIs

Press Trust of India  |  Dharamsala 

Brimming with confidence after a clean-sweep in the Test series, would look to carry on their dominance over in the shorter format when the two teams lock horns in the first cricket ODI of the five-match rubber, here tomorrow.

After registering a 3-0 triumph over of in the Test series that propelled Virat Kohli's men to the numero uno spot in the rankings, the focus now shifts to ODI cricket.


The talismanic Singh will take over the mantle of captaincy from Kohli in the limited overs format.

With Kohli delivering as skipper in the Test series, the pressure will be high on as need to beat by a 4-1 margin to claim the third spot in the ODI rankings.

The Kiwis are currently ranked third with 113 points, while are at fourth with 110.

Going into the series, will start overwhelming favourites with the statistics clearly stacked against the visitors.

have never won a bilateral ODI series in India, having lost all four previous such rubber.

While in multi-team events, New Zealand's record on Indian soil is 18-11, the bigger picture is that the Kiwis have never won a bilateral ODI series in

lost all the four previous series played between the two teams -- in 1988, 1995, 1999 and 2010.

In fact, in the last series in 2010, India, which missed a few regular players and were led by Gautam Gambhir, whitewashed 5-0.

Both the teams have played 93 matches against each other so far with recording 46 wins while notching 41 victories. Five matches saw no results and one was a tie.

However, all is not lost for the Kiwis as in the last five ODIs played between the two teams, have won four and one was tied.

While inspirational has returned to the ODI scheme of things, the Indian team will be without three of its key players -- Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami -- all of whom have been rested keeping the gruelling season in mind.

The man who will miss dearly in the ODIs is Ashwin, who is in tremendous form of late with both bat and ball. Ashwin finished with 27 wickets in the 3-0 Test sweep, and now has 220 wickets, the most by any bowler after 39 Tests.
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The rest given to the three premier cricketers means off-spinner Jayant Yadav, left-arm spinner Axar Patel and Dhawal Kulkarni will get a chance to prove their mettle before the national selectors.

Hardik Pandya also made a comeback after being dropped during tours of Zimbabwe and United States respectively.

Medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is nursing a back strain, has also been left out of the squad along with veteran Ishant Sharma, who missed the entire Test series after being laid low by Chikungunya.

Kohli will be high on confidence after hitting a career best 211 against in the final Test in Indore.

Dhoni's last significant ODI innings was an unbeaten 92 against South Africa in October 2015, and he would be eyeing a strong performance to silence his critics at the fag end of his career.

But the loss of veteran Suresh Raina, who is down with viral fever and opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has a broken thumb has somewhat weakened India's batting line-up.

On the other hand, skipper Kane Williamson has the unenvious task of trying to rally his team following three Test losses.

The Black Caps will be strengthened by the return of their most successful bowler and most destructive batsman in Tim Southee and Corey Anderson.

Southee, who has 135 one-day wickets, missed the recent three-match Test series with an ankle injury and has not played a single ODI this year while Anderson, who has the highest strike of any player in ODI history, returns from an ankle injury to bolster the batting.
Teams (from):

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandaran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav and Abhinav Mukund.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O'Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson and Matthew Wade.

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