Visakhapatnam: After a string of low scores in List A as well as first-class matches, opener Unmukt Chand will like to make amends as he leads India A against New Zealand A in the opening encounter of the three match 50-over series, here, on Sunday.
The India A squad for this series is different to the one who played two matches in the longer format against the same opposition. The likes of Manprit Juneja, Vijay Zol and Abhishek Nayar, who scored centuries in those two first-class games are not a part of the limited-overs side.
Instead, there will be Karnataka-batsman Robin Uthappa – who played 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is for India, is expected to open the batting with Chand, who will be equally desperate to get a substantial score under his belt.
The middle-order has some flashy yet exciting players like former India U-19 captain Ashok Menaria, Maharashtra’s Kedar Jadhav and wicket-keeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who has been the find for Royals during the last edition.
The bowling attack will be led by Dhawal Kulkarni, with Vidarbha’s Shrikant Wagh, Punjab’s Sandeep Sharma and Odisha’s Basant Mohanty being the other option.
While all-rounder Jalaj Saxena will be manning the spin department, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma will like to keep Sandeep Patil and Co. interested in him with a long season coming ahead. (PTI)