Men’s ODI WC: India will not have the kind of balance used to in first four games, says Dravid on Pandya’s absence
Pandya has been ruled out of India's match against New Zealand after injuring his left ankle in their previous match against Bangladesh at the MCA Stadium in Pune. While trying to stop a boundary hit by Litton Das on third ball of the ninth over, Pandya seemed to twist his left ankle in his follow-through after slipping in the process of saving the four and went off the field, to not participate in rest of the game.
Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya gain big in ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings after series victory over New Zealand
Gill's 126 not out off 63 balls in the series decider at Ahmedabad that contributed to India's huge 168-run victory and helped seal the series 2-1, lifted him by an incredible 168 places in the rankings to be at 30th position. Gill, who has now slammed centuries in all three formats of the game, is ranked sixth in ODIs and 62nd in Tests.
Don't mind coming in and taking the role played by M.S Dhoni: Hardik Pandya
"I've played more games than any of those guys out there. So, I've known the experience and more than the experience part, it's where I've batted, and I've learnt how to accept pressure and I've learnt how to kind of swallow the pressure and kind of make sure the team and everything are calm," Hardik Pandya said in the post-match press conference.
3rd T20I: Shubman Gill's ton, bowlers power India to clinical 2-1 series win over New Zealand
Gill, who didn't have much success in the first two games, put on a batting show, smashing the Black Caps' bowlers all-round the park at the world's largest cricket stadium. Apart from Gill, the likes of Rahul Tripathi (44 off 22), Hardik Pandya (30 off 17) and Suryakumar Yadav (24 off 13) also made vital contributions with the bat.
3rd T20I: India win toss, opt to bat first against New Zealand
India, who won the last game, made one change in their playing XI as Umran Malik came in for Yuzvendra Chahal. "We're going to bat first. Want to put up some runs and take the game from there. Looks like a very good wicket, we played here in the IPL final where the ball did a bit more in the second innings," said Hardik at the toss.
3rd ODI: Gill, Rohit and bowlers power India to thumping 3-0 series win over New Zealand
With this convincing win, India rose to the top of the ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings. England, who had gained the top spot merely three days back following New Zealand's loss to India in the second ODI, are now in second position, with New Zealand slipping to the fourth spot.
3rd ODI: Gill, Rohit centuries; Hardik fifty power India to 385/9 against New Zealand
Gill and Rohit put on an excellent exhibition of batting by hitting sixes and boundaries all around the park, stitching a stand of 212 runs for the opening wicket. The likes of Virat Kohli (36), Ishan Kishan (17) and Suryakumar Yadav (14) got starts but couldn't convert them to big scores, otherwise, India could have scored even more.