India vs New Zealand: India starts preparations for ODI World Cup, but Kane Williamson is still available | Cricket News

India captain Shikhar Dhawan watches a day-long international series against New Zealand as part of preparations for next year’s World Cup at home, but the opposing captain Kane Williamson preferred stay present on Thursday.
India were eliminated in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this month but dominated the T20 series against New Zealand.
The importance of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand has not been lost on Dhawan, who is leading an Indian team that lacks skilled players, including regular captain Rohit Sharma.

Dhawan told reporters on the eve of the first ODI in Auckland on Friday: “It’s a good opportunity for young lads to come play in New Zealand and test their skills and personalities in terms of conditions. different events.
“This is about preparing for the World Cup. The young boys have played well, it’s great to watch. The World Cup is still far away, but we have a fair opinion on the players.”
This has been a particularly important year for Dhawan, who has only played the 50-round format for India even though he has been named captain of the Punjab Kings for the Indian Premier League next year.

However, the left-handed opener was assured of being an international singles player.
“I consider it a blessing because I can also do other things,” the 36-year-old explained. “I’m a lot fresher and feel stronger than when I played all three modes.”
For Williamson, the immediate goal is to win the series against India.

“After a large volume of T20 baseball and the World Cup, of course the focus will shift to the next tournament and that is the ODI (global) tournament,” said the 32-year-old.
“(I’m) reluctant to call it preparation, it focuses a lot on the upcoming series and the cricket we want to play. So let’s focus on what’s in front of us but for sure there will be more cricket matches in one day coming up.”


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