World Cup 2023: Team India lands in Dharamsala, braces for New Zealand challenge, No Hardik Pandya In the team bus
The Indian squad is at Dharamsala getting ready, but Hardik Pandya is not available for the match against New Zealand.
The atmosphere in Dharamsala was filled with excitement as the Indian cricket team arrived in the picturesque town on October 20.
They were preparing for their eagerly awaited ODI World Cup 2023 match against New Zealand. The match was scheduled to take place on October 22 at the stunning Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
However, the Indian contingent arrived from their flight with a noticeable gap in their lineup.
Vice-Captain Hardik Pandya had to be ruled out due to an unfortunate ankle injury he sustained during their previous match against Bangladesh. Despite facing this setback, the Indian team maintained their optimism regarding their chances.
The Indian squad displayed exceptional form throughout the tournament, achieving remarkable victories against teams such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Australia.
The batting lineup, led by the dynamic duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, has consistently delivered, much to the delight of the fans.
Kohli, in particular, has been in magnificent form, scoring 259 runs in just four innings. He is second only to his opening partner, Rohit Sharma.
Despite the absence of Hardik Pandya, the Indian cricket team, a two-time world champion, was determined to put up a valiant fight against New Zealand. In this crucial encounter, their spirit and skill would be tested.
In contrast, New Zealand has also maintained a flawless record in the tournament, having secured four consecutive wins.
Their recent victory against Afghanistan was truly impressive, as they won by a commanding margin of 149 runs. This win showcased their exceptional form.
Despite nursing a thumb injury, Captain Kane Williamson exhibited his class by contributing 78 runs in the last match.
The clash between India and New Zealand in the World Cup was highly anticipated by cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Both teams were at the peak of their prowess, promising a thrilling spectacle.