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After the completion of the rain-marred three-match T20 series, which India clinched 1-0, they will face the New Zealand in a three-match one-day international series beginning on November 25at Eden Park in Auckland. The visitors are without some of the senior players like regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Hardik Pandya, who skippered the side in the T20Is, will also be out of action with Shikhar Dhawan set to don the captaincy hat.
Talking about the hosts, they have dropped experienced campaigners Martin Guptill and Trent Boult from the squad as destructive opener Finn Allen has been preferred over the veteran Guptill in white-ball cricket in recent times. Notably, Boult and Guptill both already released from New Zealand’s central contract. Talking about the playing XI, ODI regular Matt Henry should find a place and lead the pace attack with Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson.
India looks set to open with captain Dhawan and Shubman Gill with Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rishabh Pant in the middle-order. Speedster Umran Malik, who warmed the bench in the T20I series, might fget a chance in the ODIs. Other seam bowlers in the squad include Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and Arshdeep Singh. Both sides now shift attention to next year’s ODI World Cup as the preparations for the global event get underway with this series.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers ahead of the 1st ODI between New Zealand and India:
Head-to-Head: New Zealand and India have clashed in 110 ODIs so far, with the Kiwis winning on 49 occasions and India on 55. One game ended up in a tie and five have ended in no result. In New Zealand, both have faced each other in 42 matches with the hosts sealing victories 25 times and India 14. Two clashes ended in no result. Interestingly, the only tied game between the two teams took place at the same venue, Auckland in 2014.
50 – Rishabh Pant (3950) needs 50 runs to complete 4000 runs across formats.
1 – Tim Southee (199) is one scalp away from reaching the milestone of 200 wickets in ODIs.
1 – Shardul Thakur (99) needs one scalp to reach 100 wickets in international cricket.
9 – Devon Conway (41) requires nine fours to complete 50 fours in ODIs.
46 – Kane Williamson (2954) needs 46 runs to reach 3000 runs in the ODI format at home.
5 – Tim Southee (199) is five scalps away from surpassing Chris Harris (203) and becoming the third-highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in one-day internationals.