New Zealand bring in two rookies for T20I series against India

New Zealand bring in two rookies for T20I series against India

New Zealand bring in two rookies for T20I series against India

Henry Nicholls needs some runs while Tom Latham is fresh off a half-century. India has handed debut to Shubman Gill.

Mitchell's selection comes after his recent good form in the national T20 competition with Tickner only selected to play in the final game of the series, replacing New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson. Rohit Sharma will lead the team in his absence. A win today and a four-nil lead will be India's biggest series victory across all formats in their 52 years of touring New Zealand.

The Men in Blue will head into the match without their star skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the remaining ODIs as part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) workload management. With the series already sealed, Rohit, who has a good record as stand-in captain and has three double hundreds in ODIs to his credit, would aim to tighten the noose around New Zealand in what could be another batting friendly track at Seddon Park. "I won't comment if he will make it to World Cup but he was phenomenal as an opener for India A in New Zealand", said Prasad.

India made a surprise move of resting MS Dhoni and gave backup wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik some game time in the last match. MS Dhoni is expected to be back after missing the last match due to a sore hamstring.


Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami can be rested for the upcoming matches as he has been playing continuously since the start of the Test series against Australia. Khaleel Ahmed or Mohammed Siraj might get a go in place of him while the spin twins will continue to feature with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the new ball.

Gavaskar believes that the two matches can give an idea how Gill adapts to the global cricket. At the same time, we also need to give game-time to our reserves. Both of them are likely to play in the playing XI.

Will Shubman Gill get a place in 4th ODI? However, they have now been drafted into the squad after proving their fitness in domestic cricket.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee/Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

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