When Rohit Sharma comes out to bat for the first T20 match to be played in Jaipur, he will at least face Tim Southee with the ball in front in the second over as he bowls with the new ball.
However, before going face to face on the pitch, Rohit Sharma will also have to win the toss in front of Tim Southee because this time it will not be Kane Williamson but Tim Southee. New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson will not play the T20 series against India starting on Wednesday.
New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Tuesday that Williamson would focus on the Test series after the T20I series. In his absence, experienced player Tim Southee will take over the captaincy of the team.
It is rarely seen that captaincy is handed over to a bowler in T20 cricket. Although one of Sri Lanka’s best bowlers (Lasith Malinga) has won the T20 World Cup for the team under the captaincy. Apart from this, recently before the T20 World Cup, South Africa handed over the captaincy to spinner Keshav Maharaj, who gave the team a 2-1 win in the T20 series.
After the captaincy, there will be a fierce face-to-face competition
Rohit Sharma is the most successful batsman to score 352 runs in 14 innings against New Zealand. Not only this, Rohit Sharma (80) has made the highest T20 score against New Zealand by any Indian. Tim Southee has also taken 13 wickets for India in 11 innings of T20.
Saudis are heavy on Rohit
Tim Southee has dismissed Rohit Sharma 3 times in T20. Rohit has been able to score runs on Saudi with a strike rate of just 111. Apart from this, the last time both these teams met on New Zealand ground, Rohit Sharma’s wicket was taken by Saudi. Rohit was able to score 23 runs in just 22 balls.
Hope not to play in bio-bubble for long: Saudi
New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tim Southee believes that spending a long time in the bio bubble affects the physical and mental health of cricketers and hoped that they will not have to play in a biosafe environment for long.
New Zealand are scheduled to play a three-match bilateral series in India that ends within five days, 72 hours after playing the final of the T20 World Cup against Australia in Dubai. Saudi Bio-bubble since the start of the second leg of the IPL in September are in. He said that preparing programs in the Kovid period is beyond his control but it affects the players.
He said, “What happened in the world in the last two years has made things very difficult with the bio bubble and segregation and after some time its effect is visible.”
Saudi will also remain with the team for the two-Test series against India while his new-ball partner Trent Boult will return home after the T20 series. “We don’t know what is going to happen in the future,” said Saudi. Whether we have to continue playing in the bio bubble or not and I think there is more pressure on you because of the segregation rule.
Captain Kane Williamson has been rested ahead of the Test series. The Saudis will lead the side in his place in the T20I series. The Saudis know that some things are beyond their control.
“So it’s something we can’t control,” he said. We have to adapt to it by getting used to it but it has an effect. I know a few players who have been in the bio bubble for a long time and it has had an impact on them after a while. Hopefully we won’t need to live in the bio bubble for long.
The fast bowler said that the workload of the players will be thoroughly looked into throughout the series.
“Yes, it is something that we have to look into,” he said. Playing three matches in five days and traveling in the meantime and then after two days we will play Test series.
Saudi said, “The workload of the players will be taken care of throughout the tour. We also have those 15 players who were in the World Cup squad and I think they will also be used throughout the series.