India's Predicted Playing XI for 1st T20I against New Zealand

06 February, 2019, 08:42 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • India tour of New Zealand 2019 MS Dhoni has been declared fit for the fifth and final ODI in Wellington

While on the other hand, Rohit Sharma, who will captain the visitors in the absence of Virat Kohli, would want to gain an advantage over the Kiwis by overpowering them in the 1st T20I which will be played on Wednesday at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. With Trent Boult being rested, New Zealand is short of in-form bowlers.

Both the Pandya brothers, Krunal and Hardik, might well be part of the same XI for the first time in national colours.

As far as Dhawan is concerned, he has tasted success in limited-overs cricket and has well and truly been one of the major reasons why the Men in Blue are a brute force in white-ball cricket.

New Zealand cricket team will be looking to turn things around after losing the ODI series 4-1. "Of course, this format demands aggressive batting and I'll try to display it tomorrow and in the further matches", Dhawan added. Good performances in the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand means there won't be much pressure on him, so it's all about having a hit and being game-ready.

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Coach Gary Stead said Guptill failed a fitness test but he remained hopeful the big-hitting opener would recover in time for the One-day worldwide series against Bangladesh starting next week. The spin department will consist of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner have earned maiden call-ups.

Best economical pick: Replacing the injured Martin Guptill, James Neesham has a golden chance to cement his place in the team for the Black Caps. Ish Sodhi should slot right into the XI along with Mitchell Santner. With MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the side, there is a lot of chances they keepers might be rotated.

India has accumulated 122 points on the back of series wins over Australia and New Zealand and is placed behind England (126) in the fresh list, the ICC said in a statement.

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