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Having produced two dominant performances in the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of their ongoing five-match series against New Zealand, this Indian side has been given an extended run to a few fringe players with some of the premier bowlers having been provided extra time to rest. The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma have all got some more time to rest and recuperate after playing critical roles in the Test series, even though one among them missed out on the entire series due to illness. Ishant is fit and is taking part in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 for Delhi, which means, his match fitness will not be in question when it is time for prepare for the home Test series against England. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 4th ODI at Ranchi

The retention of the 14-member squad barring the exit of Suresh Raina who remains unfit following illness certainly proves that the new batch of Indian selectors are not in any mood of experimentation and they want the national side to carry on the same job which they have done so far. There was a minor blip when the batting failed collectively in the second ODI versus New Zealand at Delhi, but any good team will take one or two failures on the way as defeats help checking for the shortcomings.

However, there are a few tricks, which the Indian selectors have missed. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli in particular will carry high expectations in the five-Test series against England, and by not giving them rest for the final two ODIs versus New Zealand, the selectors have thrown out the chance of these three batting mainstays getting some rest in between the big India Cricket season.

Maybe, the Indian selectors do not want to go about their task the way their peers in Australia do. The bizarre and daft decision to rest Steven Smith during the ODI series in Sri Lanka and not giving Josh Hazlewood a chance to learn more about ODI cricket in South Africa, the Australians saw their decisions backfiring at them horribly. At times it becomes a crime to fiddle with the winning combination, and maybe this is something which would have been in the mind of the Indian selectors when they retained the Indian side barring Raina, who was allowed to leave the national camp.

While it is unfortunate for Raina to have missed out on the entire series, at a time when his place in the limited-overs side is not certain, the others will continue to get their chances. With two more ODIs left in the series, there is still time left for Manish Pandey to score big runs coming in the middle-order and even Kedar Jadhav, who surprisingly has delivered with the ball.

There are a few others such as Mandeep Singh, Jayant Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni, who have warmed the benches so far in this ODI series. Hardik Pandya has been making impressive moves in his debut ODI series, and Umesh Yadav, who is known for being erratic as well as being expensive in ODI cricket, has been in a completely different mood. While Yadav has been costly at times, but his fielding has been top-notch along with a few spells, which feature some totally unplayable deliveries. Yadav and Pandya have formed a nice little pair with the new ball so far, getting a few wickets in the New Zealand top-order early on and maybe they will continue sharing the new ball in the last two matches as well.

For someone who is at the peak of his performance not just Kohli but any batsman in the world would not want to walk off and take rest at a time when he is in rich form. Kohli had a minor blip in the second ODI when he chased one down the leg, looking for runs and got a faint edge to the wicketkeeper. But with his innings of 85 not out and 154 not out in the first and third ODIs respectively, the Indian run-machine has already given ample ominous signs to England.

The opening pair of Rohit and Rahane have surprisingly been off the mark, as both the batsmen have failed to make most of good batting wickets in all three ODIs so far. It will be difficult to choose who has been poor among Rohit and Rahane, as both the right-handers have thrown away their wickets at times when they looked settled for big innings. On his part, Rahane will have to be extra cautious since there is a very stiff competition between batsmen in the Indian side, and with the likes of Mandeep and KL Rahul and even Shikhar Dhawan in the fray, his position can be in jeopardy.

The decision to not make any changes in the Indian squad for the last two ODIs against New Zealand may appear as a move that warns Dhawan, who was injured in the second Test against the Kiwis and was advised rest for 15 days. The left-handed dashing batsman, who is infamous for his inconsistency, may also find his place in jeopardy keeping in mind that there was Gautam Gambhir making a fine comeback to Test cricket in the final Test against New Zealand.

The fourth ODI will be played at the home ground of the Indian captain, and MS Dhoni will be pleased with the way the runs came out from his bat in the third match. Dhoni too has been in need of big runs, and his innings of 80 off 91 balls in a tough chase will keep critics at bay. However, for Dhoni having declared in public his inclination to bat at No. 4 will also throw up a challenge of scoring a century, which the veteran cricketer has not been able to deliver in the last three years. Dhoni s last ODI century came in October 2013, and it is imperative for him to go on and notch up a big hundred to solidify his claim of coming in at No. 4.

(Devarchit Varma is a senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)