After losing by 21 runs in the series opener in Ranchi on Friday, Team India will play New Zealand at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday. The top order, which struggled in the Ranchi tie, or the bowling unit was thus anticipated to be changed by the team management. But as Prithvi Shaw was once again passed over in the selection of the starting XI, skipper Hardik Pandya and head coach Rahul Dravid enraged supporters on social media. (Live Score: India vs. New Zealand, 2nd T20)

For the second T20I, India changed only one thing. Umran Malik, a young fast bowler, was omitted in favor of Yuzvendra Chahal, an additional spinner since the squad anticipated that the track would favor spinners more.

“Yuzi enters as Umran loses out. Many people were eager to see the KulCha return since they are wicket-takers. We have three proper spinners who can pinch if necessary, and the way Washi is playing, “After losing the toss, Hardik stated.

Since his T20I debut for the squad in 2021, Shaw hadn’t received a call-up for the Indian side till now. His return, however, was fueled by a strong performance in the local league, when he amassed 363 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022. India kept supporting Shubman Gill as their opener despite the run-scoring frenzy.

“We had also considered batting first, but bowling is also acceptable. Although our team is young, we have already discussed accepting the challenge and doing tough things. Losing the first game and then having two games remaining in a bilateral series can’t be more challenging. awaiting this game with interest. Mistakes will be made, and we will gain knowledge from them. They must visit and take part in the sport. I just want to relay it to the squad because we should all keep in mind why we began playing this sport in the first place “As India was allowed to bowl first by New Zealand’s captain Mitchell Santner, Hardik continued.