India vs New Zealand series promises excitement, fun and a lot of quality cricket on offer. India vs New Zealand series has always been competitive. The first ODI begins at Mumbai on October 22, Sunday. India will be eager to win another ODI series after winning the last three against West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia comfortably. There will be a few battles to watch out for between players. Shikhar Dhawan vs Tom Latham, the two left-handed openers for India vs New Zealand, will be eager to prove a point or two.
Dhawan would look to get back among runs as there is stiff competition for places with Ajinkya Rahane waiting in the wings. Latham would look to score runs in Indian conditions.
Cricwizz analyses performance of these two players to decide who is a better batsman of the two. (Please note that the comparisons are based on the players’ limited-overs cricket records at the international level)
Aggressive and attacking: Dhawan lives by the sword and dies by the sword. He plays attacking cricket right from the word go. He does not like bowlers to dictate terms to him. He has been successful with his strategies so far, giving India few flying starts in company of Rohit Sharma. But there is also chance of Dhawan losing out due to too many shots early in his innings.
Difficult to stop when on song: It’s near to impossible to stop Dhawan when he is on song. He likes to bat the opposition out of match with his big hitting and timing. He is an asset to the team at the top of the order. He and Rohit Sharma form one of the most successful opening pairs in ODI cricket.
Inconsistent, but impact player: Dhawan is prone to inconsistency and he has been replaced a few times due to that. But he is an impact player and raises his game in knockout and important games. Hence, he is an asset to team when he is in full flow. Despite his indifferent form, he averages a healthy 44.45 in ODIs, but a poor 20.72 in T20Is.
Dhawan as opener in limited-overs cricket:
Not a first-choice opener, but he has settled in the role now: Latham was shuffled up and down the order before finding form as an opener. New Zealand have realised it’s best to use the young New Zealand cricketer as an opener. He has three tons and 4 fifties as opener in ODIs. New Zealand would be banking on Latham to give good start in the ODI series against India.
Averages 46.46 as an opener in ODIs: Latham has been successful in his role as an opener for New Zealand in ODIs. He averages 46.46 as opener, a fair success percentage. However, after Luke Ronchi’s retirement, he will have to burden the responsibility of keeping. Can Latham excel in both of them?
Here’s Latham’s records as opener in limited-overs cricket.
Against each other: Latham averages better against India in ODIs in the limited opportunities he has played. Dhawan has a poor record against New Zealand and would look to make amends in the upcoming series.
Dhawan against New Zealand:
Latham against India:
Note: Latham is yet to play a T20I against India.
Verdict: Dhawan has the experience, skills and temperament to shine in limited-overs cricket. He has been effective as an opener for India despite his indifferent form. Rohit and Dhawan form a lethal opening combination for India. Latham is still an understudy and need to put up good performances against stronger teams to be considered a better opener than Dhawan. Our vote goes to Indian southpaw.