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NZ vs IND:- India Playing 11 vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, 2023. India finished a 3-0 clean sweep in their last ODI series at home against Sri Lanka while New Zealand won their last series 2-1 in Pakistan. Tom Latham will lead the Kane Williamson-less Kiwi side in the NZ vs IND ODIs. Shardul Thakur and KS Bharat have received India’s call-up for the NZ vs IND ODI series.

Rohit Sharma & Co reached Hyderabad on Monday for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting on January 18. Team India will have their official practice at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium from 2 PM. New Zealand currently is the No. 1 team in ICC ODI Rankings but India can replace them with a whitewash in the NZ vs IND series starting from 18th January.

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After a complete dominance of their neighbors, India is now up for the Kiwi challenge. The Blackcaps are coming here on the back of a 2-1 series win in Pakistan.

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After scoring his first hundred since 2019 in the Asia Cup 2022 game against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli is now back to his golden form in ODIs too. The former India skipper has scored 3 hundreds in his last 4 innings against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and will be the danger man for the visiting New Zealand team.

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Virat Kohli (PC-AP)
Virat Kohli (PC-AP)

As the absence of an in-form Kane Williamson puts New Zealand in a difficult position, Devon Conway would be the key player to watch out for in the NZ The southpaw batsman was named man of the series against Pakistan.

Devon Conway, New Zealand
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New Zealand will also be missing Tim Southee and Trent Boult in this series. There are many less experienced faces in the bowling attack.  Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner will have to lead the bowling effort for the visitors. India with their superior-looking squad would be the favorites but with New Zealand, if history is any indicator, you’re always in for a surprise.

India will have one eye on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 this year as they get ready to play New Zealand in the home series. Shubman Gill has knocked on the door with some consistent performances and will be one to watch out for.

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Shubman Gill (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credits: Twitter)

The NZ series will be a great opportunity to test the likes of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, and Kuldeep Yadav. Ishan Kishan continues to be part of the NZ vs IND ODI squad while KS Bharat comes in for KL Rahul.

Another change is in the bowling department as Shardul Thakur comes in for Arshdeep Singh. Bengal bowling all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed has replaced Axar Patel from the Sri Lanka ODI squad in NZ vs IND ODIs. India seem to be going for their best players for this NZ vs IND series.

NZ vs IND:- India Playing 11 vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, 2023

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
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Shubman Gill was Man of the series in the ODI series against West Indies and Zimbabwe where he amassed 205 and 245 runs respectively averaging 102.5 and 122.5. He hit his maiden century- a career-best 130 against Zimbabwe after scoring 98* against West Indies when rain intervened and he was denied a ton.

He scored a 60-ball 70 in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka and was involved in a 143-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma. He scored 21 off 12 balls in the 2nd ODI. In the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka, he scored a 97 ball 116 (his 2nd ODI ton) and was involved in a 131 run 2nd wicket partnership with Virat Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 166. He will look to continue in the same vein in the upcoming NZ vs IND ODIs. He averages 59.6 having amassed 894 runs in 18 ODIs.

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