After a thrilling ODI Series, the focus shifts to the shortest format of the game. New Zealand takes on India in a three-match T20I Series starting on Wednesday, the first day of November. Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi would hold the first match of the series.
New Zealand who lost 1-2 in the ODI Series, are the No.1 ranked T2O side in the world. Whereas India is ranked 5th on the table. Although these rankings might not indicate the result of the match, it tells what can be expected from New Zealand. They are coming all gun blazing and India should be ready to return the fire.
Mohammad Siraj and Shreyas Iyer have been given a chance in the senior squad but the chances of them playing, look bleak. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma would lead the Indian Batting order followed by Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Manish Pandey. Hardik Pandya is expected to play the role of the hard-hitting all-rounder. Indian pace bowling will feature Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
This match also marks the last international appearance of the fast-bowling veteran, Ashish Nehra. Feroz Shah Kotla would be brimming with fans to see their own Delhite, to feature in his last game and get the most deserved farewell. Although his role in the game is still in doubt.
NewZealand batting order led by Tom Latham and Kane Williamson will be filled with confidence after a spectacular show with the bat in the ODI series. Ross Taylor and Colin Munro would be providing the stability in the middle and hard-hitting at the end.
Pace bowling is in good hands of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Ish Sodhi has also been included in the squad alongside Mitchell Santner for spin bowling support.
Overall it looks a tough match and both teams would like to take an early lead in the series.