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NZ vs IND 2022: “We Need To Implement Our Plans More Wisely” – Shikhar Dhawan

NZ vs IND 2022: “We Need To Implement Our Plans More Wisely” – Shikhar Dhawan
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Team India suffered a disappointing loss against New Zealand in the first of the three-match ODI series on Friday, November 25 at Eden Park in Auckland. They lost the match by seven wickets, as Tom Latham and Kane Williamson put up a great show at the ground. Team India skipper Shikhar Dhawan expressed that the team needs to implement their plans more wisely following the loss.

Batting first, Team India put on 306 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer slammed fifties in the innings, while all-rounder Washington Sundar’s cameo at the end, took India past the 300 runs mark. In response, Tom Latham smashed 145*, while Kane Williamson stayed unbeaten on 94 to take New Zealand home.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Shikhar Dhawan expressed that the team felt that 306 was a good total at the Eden Park. He added that they bowled short of length to Tom Latham, who capitalized on it. Dhawan stated that Latham’s innings shift the momentum toward New Zealand. He said on Prime Video,

“We felt good about the total. First 10-15 overs the ball did a lot. It’s a bit different than other grounds. Have to plan accordingly. Today we’ve bowled short of length and Latham attacked us there. That’s where he took the game away from us especially in the 40th over. That’s where the momentum shifted. Really enjoy playing here.”

Lots of learning for young boys: Shikhar Dhawan

Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan further expressed that the team would have been happier had they won, however, losses are part and parcel of the game. He added that youngsters will get to learn a lot from such situations. The left-handed batter said that they need to make sure to not bowl to the batter’s strengths. He stated,

“Would’ve been happier if we won but that’s part and parcel. They’re all young boys and lots of learning for them. Bowling side and fielding side as well (what areas need improvement?). We need to implement our plans more wisely and make sure we don’t make the batsmen play on their strength.”

The second ODI will take place on Sunday, November 27 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. New Zealand is leading the three-match ODI series 1-0 after a great win in Auckland.

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