Team India had unilaterally defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series. After sweeping New Zealand in the ODI series, Team India’s eyes are set on the T20 series. Hardik Pandya is going to captain the Indian team in the T20 series. At the same time, senior players including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli have been rested for this series.
T20 cricket is not the top priority for Team India at this time and its full focus is on the ODI World Cup. That’s why the Indian team management is currently giving opportunities to young players. The T20 team against New Zealand mostly includes the same players who are likely to get a place in the squad for next year’s T20 World Cup as well. A total of 3 matches will be played in New Zealand’s T20 series. The first match will be played on 27 January 2023 in Ranchi.
Will Prithvi Shaw get a chance in the first T20?
Everyone’s eyes will be on whether Prithvi Shaw gets a chance in this first T20 match or not. Prithvi Shaw has returned to the team after a long time. Prithvi Shaw had scored a record-breaking triple century (379 runs) against Assam in the Ranji Trophy match a few days ago. If seen, Prithvi Shaw hardly gets a place in the playing-11 for the first T20 with Shubman Gill and Ishaan Kishan.
It appears that during the T20 series against Sri Lanka held this month, most of the players included in the playing-11 will get a chance in the first T20. That is, Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill will come to open. Whereas Rahul Tripathi can get a chance at number three. At the same time, Surya can come to bat at number four and Hardik Pandya at number five. After this Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar are likely to be tried. The remaining four spots will be for specialist bowlers.
Head-to-head record between the two countries
There is a possibility of a tough fight in T20 between India and New Zealand. So far 22 T20 matches have been played between the two countries in which India has won 10 and New Zealand has won 9 while 3 matches are tied. Super over was organized in two of these three tie matches in which Team India won.
Team India’s possible playing-11 in the first T20 against New Zealand: Shubman Gill, Ishaan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (captain), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal
Schedule of T20 series (all matches from 7 pm):
First T20 – January 27, Ranchi
Second T20 – January 29, Lucknow
Third T20 – February 1, Ahmedabad