After the T20 World Cup 2022, India are about to get underway with their next assignment as they tour New Zealand for a bilateral white-ball series starting Friday, November 18. Both Men in Blue as well as the Kiwis enjoyed a good campaign in the World Cup and finished as semifinalists.
Both teams will now start afresh in T20Is with an eye on the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 which is scheduled to be held in the Caribbean and the USA. The first leg of the limited-overs series comprises of three T20Is which will be played across three venues- Wellington, Mount Maunganui, and, Napier on November 18, 20, and, 22 respectively.
India will be fielding a second-string side as many senior players including the likes of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, among others have been rested for the series. The Indian T20I team will be led by star all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Meanwhile, emerging tearaway speedster Umran Malik has been given an opportunity to prove his mettle in New Zealand conditions.
Veteran wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has been excluded from this T20I series with Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson being the first-choice wicketkeepers.
While Harshal Patel, and, Mohammed Siraj have been selected to bolster the pace attack, the inclusions of wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, and, spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar can boost the spin attack.
Meanwhile, veteran offie Ravichandran Ashwin as well as left-arm spinner Axar Patel who were in action in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup have not been included in India’s T20I squad. Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been give a chance to cement his place in the shortest format.
Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar whose performances were not up to the mark in the T20 World Cup has managed to find a place in the T20I squad.
On the other hand, the Black Caps will be led by their regular skipper Kane Williamson and the hosts have left out veteran batter Martin Guptill and seamer Trent Boult ahead of the T20I series.
New Zealand vs India T20I Series: Here’s All You Need To Know About The Schedule
1st T20I- November 18, Sky Stadium, Wellington
2nd T20I- November 20, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
3rd T20I- November 22, McLean Park, Napier
New Zealand vs India T20I Series: Broadcast & Live Streaming Details
There will be no live telecast of the New Zealand vs India series on TV in India. All the matches of the tour will be live streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
New Zealand vs India T20I Series: Squads
Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant (vc & wk), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik