These are unique times for the world of cricket. With packed schedule, bio-bubbles becoming norm in cricket, teams are employing ROTATION POLICY to rest tired limbs. But the visiting Kiwi team to India will be doing something very unique this series i.e ROTATION POLICY for the captain of the team.
According to the information coming out from the Kiwi camp, New Zealand will name new captain for each of the 3 T20 matches. It was announced on Tuesday that regular captain Kane Williamson will be resting for all 3 T20 matches.
Tim Southee was named captain for the Jaipur clash only. The information coming in from New Zealand team is, either Mitchel Santner or Trent Boult will take over as captain of the team in 2nd T20. The ROTATION POLICY for Captain will be followed for the 3rd T20 as well.
Why New Zealand will be changeing Captain every match?
New Zealand camp feels players are extremely tired after playing T20 World Cup & to prepare themselves for the two match test series – it is important that everyone gets equal rest.
This is the reason Kiwi team is likely to rest Tim Southee after the 1st T20 game.
“We have to make some decisions in the next 24 hours around how people scrub up, whether we rest anyone in terms of being just getting completely ready for test matches,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead was quoted by the Kiwi media.
“It’s the first time that I can remember that we’re so quickly into another series immediately at the back-end of the T20 World Cup” Stead added.
New Zealand currently leads the ICC Test Rankings with India 2nd on the ranking charts. The Kiwi coach & the team doesn’t want to lose the status, i.e the reason team is extremely serious about the two test matches in Kanpur & Mumbai.
On Tuesday as well, New Zealand test specialists were seen training in two sessions in Jaipur. While the T20 Squad joined the rest just in evening for a short hit.
On the ground in Jaipur! Full training for the Test Squad group in the morning and then a short runaround for the T20 Squad just in from the UAE in the afternoon at Sawai Mansingh Stadium ahead of the first T20 against India on Wednesday (Thursday morning NZT). #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/LyTcGBR8bS
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The Kiwis approach clearly shows where there priority lies. The success in two test matches vs India is the priority and even if it comes at the expesne of T20 Series, the visiting team is ready to pay the price.