After the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka, Team India will now face New Zealand for a three-match ODI and T20I series at home. The series continues the team’s preparations for the ODI World Cup later this year.
Rohit Sharma will lead India in the ODI series while Hardik Pandya will continue to lead the side in the T20I series. Tom Latham will lead the Kiwis in the ODI series while Mitchell Santner will lead the side in the T20I series. Kane Williamson has been rested for the series after the Kiwis won their maiden ODI series against Pakistan in Pakistan.
The series is slated to begin on January 18 with the first ODI in Hyderabad. The second and third ODI will be played in Raipur (January 21) and Indore (January 24). Both teams then play a three-match T20I series. The T20Is will be played in Ranchi (January 27), Lucknow (January 29), and Ahmedabad (February 1) respectively.
The likes of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma are supposedly not in BCCI’s plans anymore for T20I cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami are the other Indian bowlers who might have played their last T20I match for India in the T20 World Cup.
Hardik Pandya is possibly the next full-time T20I skipper and he has been keen on preparing a young team for the T20 World Cup next year. In this article, we take a look at three Indian players who can retire from T20I cricket after the New Zealand T20I series.
IND vs NZ: 3 Indian Players Who Can Retire From T20Is After New Zealand Series
It is highly unlikely that Rohit Sharma will be recalled into the India n T20I side anytime soon after his recent performances in the T20 World Cup. He scored 133 runs in the Asia Cup and 116 runs in the T20 World Cup. In both these major events, Rohit was not at his best with the bat.
Given that the team management is keen on giving young players an opportunity, Rohit should consider retiring from T20I cricket. He has scored 148 matches scoring 3853 runs including four hundreds and 29 fifties.