Injured Guptill out of India T20 series

Who will pave the way for Rishabh Pant?

Team India will enter into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as one of the hot favourites.

As far as Dhawan is concerned, he has tasted success in limited-overs cricket and has well and truly been one of the major reasons why the Men in Blue are a brute force in white-ball cricket. The India pacer has been getting back to his very best after a lengthy injury layoff and his performances in the ODI series wins over the Aussies and the Kiwis should put him in good stead ahead of the T20 battle.

"My last T20 season went really well and I'll like to keep going with the same mindset and approach". The 3-match T20I series is also an opportunity for Dinesh Karthik, who has done well as a finisher but is still not a sure starter in the playing 11. The spinners will be crucial in the middle orders as this might not be a high-scoring game. Their batting struggled all series in familiar conditions, and that will be a cause for concern, but then again, they weren't allowed to get away by the quality of the Indian bowling.

They will hope to carry the same form into the shortest format, in which they are yet to have won a single game on New Zealand soil. The first match will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. However, Mithali will continue to be in focus and it would be interesting to see what role she plays with the bat in the first match, especially after she was earlier criticised for the team's slow strike-rate.

LIVE Streaming of India vs New Zealand 1 T20 match will be available on Hotstar.

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya.

New Zealand batsmen, including skipper Kane Williamson, squandered their starts in the chase but the home team remained in the contest until Jimmy Neesham was dismissed in the 37th over.

  • Stacy Allen