IND vs NZ: “India will start as runaway favourites, but the matches may not be that interesting” – Aakash Chopra on ODI World Cup 2023

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India beat New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final ODI against New Zealand at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday 24 January. The Men in Blue whitewashed the opposition for the second time in a three match ODI series at home in 2023. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes these pitches are not ideal for cricket with the ODI World Cup set to take place later this year India is held.

Team India set a massive target of 386 runs, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scoring both centuries and a partnership of 212 runs for the first wicket. The Kiwis staged a brilliant comeback with the ball and limited India to 385 runs. Devon Conway scored a brilliant century of 138 off 100 balls to keep hope alive in the match. Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur took three wickets and bowled out the opponent for 295 runs.

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These places are not great for cricket – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra expressed his disappointment with the batting tracks offered in recent times and said matches were not interesting to watch. The former Indian opener believes that high-scoring games are not good for the game, especially with the World Cup in October-November.

“When ODI cricket is played on such pitches, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma will hit a lot. Usually both will hit in the same match, otherwise one will definitely hit. The day they both leave early Kohli will destroy you. These fields are not great for cricket,” said Aakash Chopra.

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“If you just want to hit, you get more throws like that. Personally, I don’t think it’s a good thing, because when the World Cup takes place here, 400 points are easily scored. 400 runs is not a great game,” he added.

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The matches may not be that interesting – Aakash Chopra

Chopra believes India will start as favorites in the mega event, but the matches may not be interesting as scores have been close to 400 in three of the last six matches.

“Occasionally it’s okay, but when you see the last six games, three against Sri Lanka and New Zealand – Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad and then here – you get close to 400. The ODI World Cup will take place for sure , India will start as runaway favourites, but the matches may not be that interesting.

Following the ODI series, India will take on New Zealand on Friday, January 27 in the first T20I of the three-match series at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. Hardik Pandya will lead the squad in the shorter format, with Suryakumar Yadav serving as his deputy in the absence of senior players such as Rohit SharmaVirat Kohli and KL Rahul.

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