Team India will host New Zealand in the opening match of the 3-match ODI series which will be followed by the 3-match T20 International series. Hyderabad will host the first ODI between these two teams on 18 January. The Indian team whitewashed Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series after their shock defeat against Bangladesh last month. He put in an impressive all-round performance against Sri Lanka, dominating the series with Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand lost the opening ODI against Pakistan but came back strongly by winning the last two matches of the series. Captain Kane Williamson and head coach Gary Stead are missing the tour along with star fast bowlers Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Trent Boult. In-form wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will lead the Kiwis, having scored 145* against India during India’s tour of New Zealand last month.
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New Zealand are at the top of the current ICC ODI team charts and have not lost any of their last five ODIs against India. These two sides have faced each other in a total of 116 ODIs so far, with India winning 55 and New Zealand 50. Here again another thrilling series is expected between these two teams.
There is no update on Yuzvendra Chahal’s shoulder injury as he missed the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka. Akshar’s absence will give India a chance to try Washington Sundar in the No.7 slot for an extended period. Shardul Thakur can be expected to play one match in the series, ahead of Umran Malik, who picked up crucial wickets in the middle overs but bowled at an economy of over 6.8 in both the matches against Sri Lanka And he was rested for the third. ,
Possible XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik / Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal / Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj
Henry Nicholls could be the frontrunner to replace Kane Williamson in the XI from his last game, while in the bowling department, the toss-up will be between returning medium pace all-rounder Atta Bracewell or Blair Tickner. All three last played for New Zealand in April-July 2022.
Possible XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c, wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner/Dau Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson
Fantasy XI Tip 1:
Tom Latham, Virat Kohli (c), Shubman Gill, Devon Conway (vc), Hardik Pandya, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav
Fantasy XI Tip 2:
Tom Latham, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill (c), Devon Conway (vc), Hardik Pandya, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Ish Sodhi