After winning the ODI series against Pakistan, New Zealand are all set to face India in a three-match ODI and T20I series. The series kicks off with the first ODI in Hyderabad on January 18. The Kiwis are the top-ranked ODI side at the moment while India are placed fourth. The series continues the preparations for both teams for the ODI World Cup later this year.
Both teams have announced their ODI squads. Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue while Tom Latham will lead the Kiwis. Most of the players who played in the ODI series against Sri Lanka have been named for the series against New Zealand.
For the Kiwis, most of the players who played in the series against Pakistan have been retained for the India tour. Regular skipper Kane Williamson has decided to opt out of the tour. Matt Henry is ruled out of the India series with an abdominal strain. Adam Milne also pulled out of the series citing a lack of preparation time.
New Zealand last played an ODI series against India in November 2022. They won the first ODI in Auckland. The next two in Hamilton and Christchurch were washed out due to rain. The upcoming series will once again spice up the rivalry between both sides.
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.
Henry Nicholls is expected to replace Kane Williamson in the batting order. Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, and Ish Sodhi are the Kiwi bowlers have plenty of experience playing in India. In this article, we take a look at New Zealand’s probable playing XI for the first ODI against India. However, Tim Southee and Trent Boult are missing from the series which is a matter of concern for the Kiwi skipper Latham.
India vs New Zealand: NZ Playing 11 for IND, 1st ODI
The southpaw will open the batting. He scored 153 runs in the three-match ODI series against Pakistan including a century in the second ODI. He made his ODI debut for New Zealand in 2021 and played just 15 ODIs so far. In 2022 he played 9 ODIs, scoring 200 runs averaging below 30.