India’s predicted XI for first T20I against NZ

After a 4-1 win over New Zealand in the five-match ODI series, the Indian Team will be eager to wrap up the T20I series as well, with the first game being held on Wednesday at Wellington. Rohit Sharma will be leading the team in the absence of Virat Kohli, and here’s looking at the predicted XI of the Indian side.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma to lead as Virat Kohli will be rested for the last two ODIs
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In the absence of Kohli, Rohit will be leading the team. After helping India win the second and third ODIs, the player had a quiet in the last two games and will be eager to latch on to his opportunities on a small ground.

Shikhar Dhawan

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Dhawan was among the runs in the first two games of the ODI series but floundered from the third game. His early collapse in the fourth ODI triggered a collapse for the Indian batting unit and the left-hander will be eager to get back his scoring form.

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Shubman Gill

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Gill made his debut in the fourth ODI of the series but he had hardly anything to write home about as the side were reduced to only 92 runs. The Punjab star contributed only nine runs and could score another seven in the next ODI. Gill has been given a lot of backing from Kohli and he will be eager to leave the country with a string of good scores under his belt.

Rishabh Pant

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Pant was one of the best performers in the Test series that faced Australia but was not a part of the ODI sides that met Australia or New Zealand. In the lead up to the World Cup, Pant has a chance to cement his place in the squad with a good performance here.

MS Dhoni

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Dhoni enjoyed good outings in Australia and New Zealand, before getting injured. He was the Player of the Series against the Kangaroos and played a winning hand against the Kiwis as well. He was sharp behind the stumps as well, and his run out to dismiss James Neesham is still being spoken about.

Kedar Jadhav

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Jadhav has been effective with both bat and ball in the tours to Australia and New Zealand. He is dependable with the willow and is more than handy with the ball as well, with his off-spinners bamboozling the rivals repeatedly. He might be in direct competition with Krunal Pandya for a spot in the XI, but in all probability, Jadhav will hold on to his place.

Hardik Pandya

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After being suspended for a few games due to off-field activities, Pandya scripted a decent comeback into the ODI team, with all-round contributions. Pandya was the hero with both bat and ball, and even earned a lot of praise from Kohli who said that Pandya improved the balance of the side.

Kuldeep Yadav

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Yadav once again had a successful ODI tour and grabbed four-wicket hauls in the first two games of the series. Though he was not among the wickets in the next two games and then sat out in the last ODI, Kuldeep is a match-winner and indispensable.

Yuzvendra Chahal

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Chahal finished with nine wickets in the ODI series and will be keen to carry on his form in the T20Is as well.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, Bhuvi will be leading the Indian bowling attack. The seamer had an off-colour ODI series and will be eager to step up ahead of the World Cup.

Khaleel Ahmed

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Ahmed played only one ODI against New Zealand, which was when India were bowled out for 92 and hence he had nothing to bowl at. He went for 19 runs in his three overs and will hope for a change in fortunes.

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