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New Zealand vs India 2019: 3 takeaways for India from the 5th ODI

Anuj Mishra
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2. A rejuvenated Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

While India were struggling to put up a decent total on the board, Hardik Pandya came in to bat at No. 8 with seven overs left, and whacked 5 sixes and 2 fours in his innings. His final overs cameo ensured India reached a respectable total.

Later in the match he dismissed the in-form batsman Ross Taylor too. Pandya is a genuine all-rounder who provides depth in the batting lineup and solves the problem of the fifth bowler, and it would be to India's great benefit if he kept up his good run of form.

3. Kedar Jadhav's golden arm

Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav

With the Indian side heavily dependent on Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, it sometimes creates a problem when the top order fails. But Kedar Jhadav’s inclusion in the middle order strengthens the batting line up significantly.

With his recent exploits with ball, Jadhav could also prove to be regular bowling option. In the 5th ODI he bowled around 7 overs - the same as Bhuvneshwar Kumar - and picked up the crucial wicket of Kane Williamson.

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Edited by Musab Abid
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