New captain Hardik Pandya is also going to be tested in the series. Pandya, who is going to take charge in the absence of experienced players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul, is also being touted as the future captain. Especially in view of Rohit’s failure in the ongoing T20 World Cup, the demand for handing over the responsibility to the young Turk has gained momentum. However, Hardik has proved his captaincy by making his team Gujarat Titans the champion in IPL. But, this series will be a great opportunity for him to prove himself at the international level as well.
Rishabh can get the challenge
In the absence of Rohit and Rahul, Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill can open the innings. However, Rishabh Pant can also be given a chance in the top order. Dinesh Karthik was preferred over Pant in the T20 World Cup. Pant’s record in T20 International is also nothing special. In such a situation, he will have a chance to prove himself from this series. Ishan will also have a chance to establish himself as an opener through this series. Sanju Samson is also present in the team as the third wicketkeeper. However, there is little hope of him getting a chance in the opening matches. Washington Sundar will also return to the team with this series and he will also be expected to perform well with bat and ball. India is looking for a bowler with Jasprit Bumrah who can bowl at a stormy pace. In such a situation, Umran Malik is present with the team to play the game.
Host captain will be under pressure
Host New Zealand will field a strong team led by Kane Williamson. In the absence of Trent Boult, the team will try other fast bowlers. Opener Martin Guptill will also not play in the series and in such a situation, the responsibility of opening the innings will be on the shoulders of Devon Conway and Finn Allen. Questions were also raised about Williamson’s strike rate during the T20 World Cup and he will also be eyeing to find his rhythm.
India vs New Zealand
- 1st T20, Wellington
- face to face
- total matches 20
- India won 9
- New Zealand won 9
Probable Playing XI
India: Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya (captain), Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne and Lockie Ferguson.