WELLINGTON, February 5: Having sealed a five-match ODI series against New Zealand by a 4-1 margin, India will look to continue their momentum when they take on the Kane Williamson-led side in the three-match T20I series, beginning at the Westpac Stadium on Wednesday.
India will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who was rested for the last two ODIs and the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand as a part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) workload management.
Rohit Sharma, who led the Men in Blue in Kohli’s absence in the last two ODIs, will continue to lead the charge and look to record their maiden T20I series win in New Zealand.
Excited to test NZ’s bench strength in T20I series against India: Williamson
The deflating ODI loss behind him, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Tuesday said he is excited about the prospect of testing unheralded players against a “top” team like India in the T20 series starting on Wednesday.
New Zealand have drafted in two debutants — all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and right-arm pacer Blair Tickner — in the T20I squad besides all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijen, who has played just one T20 and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert (8 T20s). The Kiwis lost the five-match ODI series 1-4.
Williamson said with Martin Guptill ruled out due to a back injury, some rookie players will be in action in the three-match T20 series against India.
“Martin (Guptill) has been ruled out of the series because of a back injury. We have a different squad altogether with some new faces. We are going to see some debutants throughout the series and it is really exciting,” the Kiwi skipper said on the eve of the opening T20. (Agencies)