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IND vs NZ: 3 Indian Players Who Can Make Their T20 Debuts In The Series.  After the conclusion of the Sri Lanka series at home, India will face New Zealand at home on January 18-January 24 in 3 IND vs NZ ODIs and on January 27-February 1 in 3 IND vs NZ T20Is.

Sri Lanka is set to tour India for a multi-format T20I and ODI series. During IND vs SL 2023 series, a 3-match ODI and 3-match T20I series will be played.

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The T20I series will be played first followed by the ODI series. During IND vs SL 2023 series, the three T20I games will take place on January 3, 5, and 7. The three ODI games are scheduled to take place on January 10, 12, and 15.

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Meanwhile, In February 2022, Sri Lanka has already toured India. The Sri Lankan team played an all-format series against India in February-March 2022. The visitors got thrashed by the Indians in all formats of the game. India won the Test series 2-0 & T20I Series 3-0.

Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah are fit but selectors want to see them doing match practice | Getty
Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah are fit but selectors want to see them doing match practice | Getty

Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of both ODI and Test series against Bangladesh and wasn’t considered for the Sri Lanka limited overs series. Ravindra Jadeja has recovered from his knee surgery. Jasprit Bumrah may also return for the New Zealand series. The duo, who have been on the sidelines for a long time, will not be rushed back into the national team.

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India are likely to be without the services of current T20I skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, among others, in the next edition of the 2024 T20I World Cup, which would make up for a highly new-look side. Virat Kohli rediscovered his best and was one of the standout batters of the T20 World Cup 2022.

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli have been rested after playing in the full tour of Bangladesh. Though neither of them asked for the break, the selectors felt they needed the rest.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Image Credits: Twitter

Young guns like pacers Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar, and batter Rahul Tripathi have been added to India’s squad for 3 T20Is against Sri Lanka. But the trio may not be present alongside Shubman Gill, and Ruturaj Gaikwad when the batters KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and pacer Jasprit Bumrah, and spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja returns subject to fitness clearance in the IND vs NZ T20I series.

India Squad For Sri Lanka T20Is:- Hardik Pandya (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

IND vs NZ: 3 Indian Players Who Can Make Their T20 Debuts In The Series

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar. PC- BCCI
Mukesh Kumar. PC- BCCI

Bengal pacer uncapped Mukesh Kumar was signed by Delhi Capitals for INR 5.5 crore though he entered the IPL 2023 auction at a base price of INR 20 lakh. Mukesh Kumar has made rapid strides in domestic cricket with his good lengths and ability to move the ball off the pitch.

The 29-year-old pacer was included in the ODI Series squad against South Africa but did not feature in the contest. He may debut in T20I in 2023 for the Indian team in either IND vs SL or IND vs NZ T20I series. The pacer made his first-class debut way back in 2015 as this is his maiden IPL contract.

Mukesh Kumar so far has played 23 T20s and picked 25 wickets with an economy rate of 7.20. He has been a part of the Indian A side for quite some time. In 33 first-class games, he has picked 123 scalps averaging 21.49 with six 4 wickets and as many 5-wicket hauls. He picked 6/40 for India A against Bangladesh A in his last competitive game. He may debut in the IND vs SL or IND vs NZ T20I series.

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