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India A vs New Zealand 2022: 1st ODI Best Playing 11 for Both

Sanju Samson to lead as we look at the best predicted playing 11 for both the teams for the India A vs New Zealand A 1st unofficial ODI 2022. 

The return of the India A matches have begun with a positive for the Indian team. The 3-match unofficial Test series saw India A winning the series 1-0 with 2 matches being ended as a draw. The series gave a glimpse of the future Indian stars with the likes of Rajat Patidar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Saurabh Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, etc., impressing with their performances. 

So, after a successful Test series, the focus now shifts to the limited-overs format with three List A for us, for the taking. While Priyank Panchal led the India A Test team, the List A team shall be led by crowd-favourite Sanju Samson. The talented wicket-keeper from Kerala, who also captained the Rajasthan Royals team in IPL will lead the 16-member squad filled with potential players.

The 3-match List A or Unofficial ODI series begins on September 22 with the second match being played on September 25 and the third match being played on September 27. The series is going to be a crucial affair as it will be the criteria for selection for the ODI series vs South Africa where most of the senior players will be rested. 

So, as we wait for the series to begin, let’s look at the best predicted playing 11 for India vs New Zealand A 2022 1st unofficial ODI.  Before that, let’s look at the List A squad for India A. Meanwhile, as per the leading cricket website, Betway, India A start as favourites to win the match with odds at 1.3. 

India vs NZ A 2022 – Official List A Series Squad for Team India: 

Batters: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar & Ruturaj Gaikwad 

Wks: Sanju Samson & KS Bharat 

All-rounders: Raj Angad Bawa, Shabhaz Ahmed & Tilak Varma 

Bowlers: Kuldeep Sen, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur & Umran Malik 

Team Strength: 16 // Captain: Sanju Samson

Match Details:

Tournament: New Zealand A Tour of India 2022 

Type: List A Series – 1st Unofficial ODI 

Where: Chennai

When: Sep 22, 9 am IST

Playing 11 for Both Teams:

Aside from the Test series squad, the List A squad for India A brings a lot of new names on the table. The aggressive Prithvi Shaw is back in the ODI squad, and we should see him open alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad. We also have an option of Abhimanyu Easwaran, but guess he will have to wait for his chances.

The middle-order should see Rahul Tripathi at number 3, Sanju Samson at number 4, and Rajat Patidar at number 5. While Sanju is the captain of the team, Rahul Tripathi has been traveling as reserve with the senior team. Whereas Rajat Patidar’s stunning form should see him making his List A debut for Team India. 

The lower-order should see talented all-rounders, Tilak Varma and Shahbaz Ahmed. Tilak Varma isn’t exactly an all-rounder, but apart from his great temperament as a batter, Tilak can offer a good part-time spin option. Meanwhile, it would be a good opportunity for Shahbaz, who was a part of the ODI series squad vs Zimbabwe.  

Coming to the bowlers, the loss of Navdeep Saini should make things pretty clear in the bowling unit. Shardul Thakur should lead the pace attack. Whereas Kuldeep Yadav should lead the spin attack. The rest two options can be one spin and one pace or two pace options. However, Team India could initially go with 2 more pace options. So, expect Kuldeep Sen and Umran Malik in the initial couple of ODIs. 

India A vs NZ A 2022: 1st Unofficial ODI Predicted Playing 11 for India A

Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (C&WK), Rajat Patidar, Tilak Varma, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Kuldeep Sen & Umran Malik 

India A vs NZ A 2022: 1st Unofficial ODI  Predicted Playing 11 for New Zealand A

Tom Bruce, Joe Carter,  Mark Chapman, Dan Cleaver,  Robert O’Donnell, Cam Fletcher, Rachin Ravindra, Joe Walker, Benjamin Lister, Jacob Duffy & Matthew Fisher 

So, that’s about the best predicted playing 11 for India A vs New Zealand 1st Unofficial ODI 2022. It would be a great series for a lot of Indian players, who are eyeing a spot in the Indian ODI team for the South Africa series.  

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