India had a rather great outing against Sri Lanka in the recently concluded ODI series which the hosts won 3-0.
The star performers of this series were Virat Kohli and Mohammad Siraj who played some key roles in all three matches.
Recently, ICC has elevated both Kohli and Siraj in their respective ODI rankings.
Kohli has now climbed to the fourth spot in the ICC ODI batters’ rankings while Siraj has climbed to third place in the bowling rankings.
Additionally, Kohli now has 750 rating points in the batting charts and the New Zealand series can see him climb to the second spot.
Moreover, Kohli is not too far behind the South African pair of Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock who are second and third respectively.
On the other hand, Siraj can easily dethrone New Zealand’s Trent Boult in the bowling charts based on his current performance.
In the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Kohli hit two centuries and was the Player of the Series.
Siraj is probably the best 50-over bowler that India has at the moment and against Sri Lanka, Siraj scalped 9 wickets in just three matches.
Since 2022, Siraj has been in pretty good form for India and has continued his good form even in yesterday’s match.
In the first ODI against New Zealand at Hyderabad, Siraj returned with a four-for, and India won the game by 12 runs.
India to lock horns with New Zealand for ODI and T20I series
Meanwhile, India and New Zealand will lock horns for the second ODI at Raipur’s Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium on the 21st of January.
This is the first time that Raipur is going to host an international match.
Just before the series, India lost Shreyas Iyer because of a back injury. Shreyas has gone to NCA for rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, Rajat Patidar has been roped in Iyer’s place while Suryakumar Yadav is going to feature in all of India’s three ODIs.
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