After handing New Zealand a 5-0 drubbing in the T20Is, India will look to dominate Kiwis in the three-match ODI series that will commence tomorrow at Seddon Park City, Hamilton.
New Zealand find themselves in a spot of bother as their mainstay of batting, Kane Williamson, is the latest addition to the growing injury list. The 29-year-old forms the spine of New Zealand's batting but he will be unavailable due to the shoulder niggle.
Strike bowler Trent Boult and Matt Henry are part of the crocked players and, as a result, it greatly impacts the home side's chances to compete with India.
In the absence of regular skipper, Tom Latham will call the shots while Mark Chapman will cover for Williamson. Chapman is coming on the back of consistent performances in the domestic cricket.
Chapman has represented Hongkong before moving to New Zealand and keeping in view his international experience, he is tipped to smoothly transition to the international arena. Moreover, Kyle Jamieson is going to fill up the vacant spot in the pace battery.
The comeback of seasoned all-rounders Jimmy Neesham – who was in terrific form in the ICC World Cup 2019 – and Colin de Grandhomme will add solidity to the middle order and, not to mention, increase bowling options for the hosts as well.
India have been dealing with their own share of injury woes. T20I captain Rohit Sharma will miss the series after picking up a calf injury during the fifth T20I on Sunday where he was struggling on the field and got medical attention during the match but he had to retire hurt eventually at 60.
Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw are set to fill up the vacant slots in the top order but they will have a tough ask to fill the shoes of Shikhar Dhawan and Sharma who have been brilliant and arguably the best opening pair among their contemporaries.
In the last ODI encounter in the World Cup 2019, New Zealand outsmarted India in the semifinal by 18 runs where the likes of Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry wreaked havoc on star-studded Indian batting line-up.
That being said, a demoralizing defeat in the T20Is and whitewash against Australia prior to India series does not bode well for the Black Caps as they struggle to find their mojo. The ODI series though presents a good opportunity to get back to the winning ways.
Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jadhav
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w/c), Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn