Sanju, Kuldeep, and Shardul star as India A whitewashed New Zealand A.
Sanju was named India A’s captain after missing out on selection for the T20 World Cup and the two bilateral series against South Africa and Australia. He might not be a regular member but he has got the streets.
Great performance by Sanju Samson and Co.
Sanju was appointed captain of the Rajasthan Royals in January 2021, and he has guided them to the finals once. His qualities as a captain are unquestionable, as he has once again produced results. A clean sweep with a half-century milestone. According to reports, he will be named vice-captain for the forthcoming ODI series against South Africa.
The Results as they happened.
The first two ODIs were both low-scoring affairs in which India A chased down the scores. In the first encounter, Indian all-rounder Shardul starred with a four-wicket haul, while the unsung magician Kuldeep took another hat trick in the second. Since all of the ODIs were played in Chennai, which is widely cited for spinners as it deteriorates over time, spinners like Kuldeep and Rahul Chahar were lethal.
IPL talents Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Ruturaj, and Srikar Barath were given opportunities. Prithvi played the style he knows how, scoring a swashbuckling 48-ball 77 while chasing a meagre total of 222.
The final one-day match was the lone high-scoring game, with India batting first for the first time and amassing a mammoth total of 284 with half-centuries from Tilak Verma and Sanju Samson. Rishi Dhawan, who reinvented himself in last season’s ipl and Tamil Nadu first division finals, contributed with a vital 34 and some wickets.
New Zealand eventually lost by 106 runs as under-19 prodigy Raj Bawa ripped through the visitors’ batting lineup with a 4-fer.
It’s always wonderful to see these encounters since it gives some undiscovered talents a chance to demonstrate what they’re truly made of. We are never short of talent, as games like this demonstrate.