Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

The Indian cricket team retained their second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International rankings, released on Monday. He is looking forward to the first T20I in Wellington and is confident of doing well. From that squad, only Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are part of the current squad. As India will be eyeing their first T20 series win in New Zealand, it will be interesting to see whether Rishabh Pant get a place in India playing 11 for the opening T20 match. It was his good form in the T20Is in Australia that earned him a recall to the ODI squad, so he'll know the context of the series more than anyone else. "Of course, this format demands aggressive batting and I'll try to display it tomorrow and in the further matches", Dhawan added.

With Virat Kohli absent for India, it will once again be his deputy Rohit Sharma who will lead the men in blue.

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"Our best performance came in a crunch game" - South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was delighted with the way his team responded in the final ODI. The spin department will consist of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kedar Jadhav has also advanced eight places to 35th. The express New Zealand pacer has played only three T20s for his country so far but has managed to impress with seven wickets.

In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, India also can't afford to drop pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar which leaves them with only one spot of a fast bowler. With MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the side, there is a lot of chances they keepers might be rotated. New Zealand, meanwhile, have three ODIs and three Tests against Bangladesh to figure out their ideal combination for the World Cup.

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