Injured Guptill out of India T20 series

Injured Guptill out of India T20 series

Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma scored 80 runs each in that match putting on the highest opening partnership for India in T20Is. And the prospect of fours and sixes, because you know that the average first-innings total in New Zealand since January 2016 is 183, adds to the great day this is going to be. Both sides will look to maximise every global exposure that comes its way, thus adding some context to the T20Is. Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was not part of the ODIs, returns hungrier and sees this as a big opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup spot in the upcoming three T20s.

"Rayudu was the last one to enter the race and it needed only a handful of good knocks to put him at the top of the queue".

Cautions Pick: Shubman Gill is likely to miss out for the 1st T20I as he might be replaced by Pant.

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.


The team will also be relieved to have Hardik Pandya back in the squad for it given them the cushion of playing both their wrist-spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. It's their best chance to find success against India in this tour.

With Martin Guptill ruled out of the T20I series, the onus will be on Munro to hit the ground running. The batting will revolve around Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, while the all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham will provide the finishing touches.

With Trent Boult rested, the Kiwis will be looking towards Lockie Ferguson to the damage with the new-ball. "She will slot right in having already been with the squad for the ODI campaign". Whichever way the series goes, both sides will want to come out with pointers with the World Cup in mind. With MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the side, there is a lot of chances they keepers might be rotated.

Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and DD Sports will televise NZ v IND 1st T20I in India, and the coverage will start at 12:00 PM IST.

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