Twitterati was elated when Shikhar Dhawan, India’s ODI captain for the ODI series against New Zealand, announced India’s playing XI for the first ODI of the three-match series against the Kiwis. While Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh made their ODI debuts for the Men in Blue, Sanju Samson was inducted into India’s playing XI after being neglected for the T20I series.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss at Eden Park in Auckland and they elected to field first in the first ODI. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill were back as the openers in the side for team India whereas, the team management decided to go ahead with only 3 pacers in Umran Malik, Arhsdeep Singh, and Shardul Thakur.
Twitter Reacts As Umran Malik Makes His ODI Debut And Sanju Samson Gets Game Time
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (w), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand (Playing XI): Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (w), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan said at the toss, “It’s an amazing place, I enjoy playing over here. No issues batting first, I would have bowled first. I feel the wicket is a bit sticky but the sun is out and it should dry out soon. With this team, we have played a few series earlier as well. It’s a good opportunity for all the youngsters to perform and show their talents.”
“We are very fortunate that we’ve got Indians all over the world and they keep supporting us, we are grateful for it. We’ve got 2 debutants – Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik,” the skipper further added.
Twitter was elated with India’s playing XI and below are some of the tweets of fans expressing their content:
#UmranMalik in match and could bowl as many as 10 overs. Today’s match is something exciting to watch. #Pace #Cricket
— Dr. Hari Babu Sata (@harisata) November 25, 2022
Finally thanks BCCI for giving opportunity to umran and Sanju Samsun .
— Yash Buddhdev (@YashBuddhdev2) November 25, 2022
160 dalke aaj pak ko jawab dena
— Karthik Gupta (@Yerramtweets) November 25, 2022
Umran Malik is playing. 🙏#NZvINDonPrime
— cric guru (@bccicc) November 25, 2022
after long time i am so happy
for one player debut he is umran malik.we should use genuine fast bowlers as early as possible because their careers too short amid injuries ,he might nt bowl same speed after 6-7 years and it’s rare talent for indian cricket.
— Vamsi (@Kr17Vamsi) November 25, 2022
Scenes today 💥 ft @umran_malik_01 @SunRisers #UmranMalik #NZvsIND pic.twitter.com/qekxlPtmWp
— Raghul (@Im_Raghul15) November 25, 2022
#UmranMalik and #ArshdeepSingh are making their ODI Debut today.
Congratulations🎉 to both of them. #NZvIND | #NZvINDonPrime
— CRICXPERT (@CRICXPERT04) November 25, 2022
Le Sanju fan :- utsav ki taiyaari Karo……💪💪💪💪
— Sanjay Mali (@MSanjayy007) November 25, 2022
Umran Malik debuts for India today. Excited to see this youngster! #IndvsNZ
— Ayushmaan Walia (@ayushwalia) November 25, 2022
Finally SANJU & UMRAN in the playing 11#SanjuSamson #UmranMalik #NZvsIND @BCCI
— Sanju Feby (@SanjuFeby) November 25, 2022
Congratulations to arshdeep and umran malik
Best of luck team india
— Saket Bhatt (@Saketrock) November 25, 2022
— Venkat sharma (@venkat020202) November 25, 2022
Finally #UmranMalik & #SanjuSamson get a game…
— A_Verma 🔗 (@A_Verma05187) November 25, 2022