On Monday, Hardik Pandya replaced Vijay Shankar in the third One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series against New Zealand making an immediate comeback to India’s playing XI, at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. MS Dhoni was missed out as India made double changes to the site that won the 2nd ODI. Earlier this month, Pandya was sent home after sexist comments made on a popular television chat show. Later the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended both Pandya and KL Rahul. His suspension was dismissed last Thursday and he rushed to New Zealand to rejoin the team.
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand won the toss and choose batting with Mitchell Santner coming for Colin de Grandhomme in the only change for the hosts.
India has defeated third-ranked New Zealand in the first two matches making it clear that India will be the team to beat in the 2019 World Cup.
Team India won the series by 8 wickets while bowling first and then took over the game 90 runs by two after choosing to bat.
On Monday, India made two changes in their playing XI. MS Dhoni, who has a sore hamstring, was replaced by Dinesh Karthik while Pandya returned for Vijay Shankar.
Indian captain Virat Kohli said that “It’s good to have him back.”
“He’s someone who has provided really good balance to the side. He can give you five or six overs and pick up wickets, and then his hitting power everyone knows,” Mr. Kohli added.
In the match, New Zealand chooses two spinners, Santner, and Ish Sodhi.
“The spin throughout the series has been effective and naturally on a used surface you’d like to think they’ll come into play a little bit more,” Williamson said.