Harare, July 30 (): The fourth one-day international of the ongoing series between India and Zimbabwe has been postponed by a day due to general elections in the African country. The match will now be played at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, on August 1 instead of the original date of July 31.
India has won all the first three ODIs against Zimbabwe. So, the rest of the two ODIs of this series are immaterial to India as they are now at a position of 3-0 in the 5-ODI series. For the remaining two ODIs, India could take a chance for the new players who are really in need of some match practice.
India is touring Zimbabwe with Virat Kohli leading the side for the ODI series. Kohli has plenty of captaincy experience, having led India to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2008, Delhi on the domestic circuit and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
Our star captain MS Dhoni has been rested for this series. Many new youngsters have also been included in the team as key players Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin are also given rest by the selectors.
Most of the youngsters who are touring Zimbabwe have really done well for India. Amit Mishra has taken nine wickets from three ODIs, but he is not a part of the India A squad which is touring South Africa after the Zimbabwe tour.
With so many young Indian cricketers touring Zimbabwe, hopes are high to use this trip to win further honours with the national side, Mishra said that all the players had done so well in domestic cricket. There is a lot of healthy competition going on and everyone wants to do well for India, so it is working for the Indian team.
India are currently the No.1 ranked ODI side, and have won four of their last five series. Moreover, India have won six consecutive ODIs — three each at Port of Spain and Harare.