“We wanted the sixth bowler to come in, so Sanju Samson missed out, and Hooda came in. And Chahar was picked because he can swing the ball well. A few of our guys are resting, but this side is still strong, shows the depth of our squad.”
Sanju Samson had a decent score of 36 runs against New Zealand in the opening ODI of the series on Friday in Auckland. However, Samson was ruled out from the series for the second match at Hamilton on Sunday. When Sanju Samson was dropped out, fans took to social media to vent their anger. Samson was replaced by all-rounder Deepak Hooda along with Deepak Chahar coming in for Shardul Thakur.
Dhawan praised youngster Shubman Gill, who made a score of 45 not out in 42 deliveries,
“All the senior players are resting right now and get all youngsters here. It is already showing a bit of depth. We are quite confident about them, and all these young boys responded well in the past series as well. It is exciting that it makes me feel so young. I must say that it is just a good exposure to come in and play in West Indies, and New Zealand, and at the same time, they have been performing so well. Shubman has been batting so well in these conditions, and scoring runs. Even Umran Malik in the last game, his bowling was tremendous to see in the last game. The transition and maturity they are gathering at a quick pace when I compare to the last era are good.”
Dhawan reassured that Team India will focus on getting things right in the final match of the tour at Christchurch on Wednesday. He said,
“It (weather) is not in our control. You just have to wait. We were waiting for the game to get started but cannot help it. Now looking forward to the next game. As a team, we are process-oriented and we make sure we show good process and intent on the field. We do the processes in the right way, things will surely come in the right way for us.”
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