The New Zealand Tour of India started with a three-match ODI series where India whitewashed the visitors. Now, both teams are set to take on each other in the three-match T20I series scheduled to commence on the 27th of January. India is currently placed at the top of the ICC Men’s T20I rankings whereas New Zealand is placed at the fifth spot on the rankings.
Indian team has rested Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma while KL Rahul and Axar Patel are also missing this series due to personal commitments. Hardik Pandya will be leading the squad named captain while Prithvi Shaw returns to International Cricket. New Zealand will also be missing their regular skipper Kane Williamson and pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Mitchell Santner is leading the team while Ben Lister is included in the team for the first time.
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India won three of their recent five T20I matches while New Zealand managed to win just a single match of their recent five T20I games. These two teams have played 21 games against each other in this format so far where India won 12 matches while New Zealand managed to win just a single game. An exciting contest is anticipated here between these two teams once again.
Ruturaj Gaikwad will not be taking part in the series. As confirmed by Hardil, Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will continue opening the innings. There’s also Prithvi Shaw in the squad this time, having forced his way back with the sheer weight of runs at the domestic level, and how India tries and bring him into the scheme of things will be something to keep an eye on. There’s no Harshal Patel in the squad, and the returning Kuldeep Yadav could challenge Yuzvendra Chahal’s spot.
Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav
After impressing in the ODI series, Michael Bracewell will be expected to play in the T20I series as well. Ben Lister could be making his debut, but Jacob Duffy will be challenging him.
Probable XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Ben Lister/Jacob Duffy
Fantasy XI Suggestion 1:
Devon Conway, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Shubman Gill (vc), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
Fantasy XI Suggestion 2:
Devon Conway (vc), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik