New Zealand vs India on February 6

Wednesday, 06 Feb, 2019

Kiwis will have a chance of avenge their ODI series defeat.

What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand? They beat Sri Lanka in a one-off T20I at home, but were whitewashed by Pakistan in UAE prior to that.

India hadn't won a T20I match against New Zealand until Virat Kohli led India to a 2-1 series win over a visiting Black Caps side in the 2017-18 season. But what transpired was the hosts were just not really up to it as they slumped to an unassailable 0-3 deficit in the ODI series.

India's legendary wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in the T20 mix after being omitted from the series against Australia in 2018 and his performance will also be keenly followed.

"He's an aggressive batsman and he can take away the game from the opposition in a jiffy". Both sides will look to maximise every worldwide exposure that comes its way, thus adding some context to the T20Is.

In his column for the Times of India, Laxman wrote, "Even though the series was already in the bag, it was pleasing to see Rohit Sharma challenge his batting unit and himself by opting to bat in testing conditions in the final ODI at Wellington".

"All of our players performed well in this series".

Coach Gary Stead said Guptill failed a fitness test but he remained hopeful the big-hitting opener would recover in time for the One-day global series against Bangladesh starting next week. He is looking forward to the first T20I in Wellington and is confident of doing well. He is one of the few all-rounders who can have so much impact and is a player you can bank on. The likes of Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya and Vijay Shankar will be hoping to make a mark if a chance comes their way. The best batsman in the New Zealand side will want to serve another reminder of his prowess in the shortest format after his stupendous IPL showings for Sunrisers Hyderabad past year.