Date: 17th November 2021
Time: 7 PM IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
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The Kiwis are set to lock horns with India in the 1st T20I of the 3-match series on 17th November 2021. While the Indian side had to head home right after the group stage of the T20 World Cup, New Zealand finished as finalists where they lost to the Aaron Finch–led Australia.
The T20I series marks the beginning of the Rohit-Dravid era, with Rohit Sharma leading the team as a full-time captain. The loss against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup would be quite fresh for Team India and they’ll aim to settle the scores, given the home advantage. However, the Blackcaps too have had a remarkable campaign in the recent World Cup and look in great form. The stage is set for some exciting cricketing action in this home series.
Walking in from a very recent World Cup final loss, the Kiwis will look forward to washing their wounds by winning the series against India. Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill will be the top batting options from the side. Besides them, Jimmy Neesham can be smart options in one’s fantasy team. New Zealand’s bowling has been one of their key strengths off late with Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi being the key bowlers.
Given that many big names like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah are missing the T20I series, it’s likely that many new faces will get to make their debut under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Having said that, many IPL stars including all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel could be picked in the game. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul would be the top picks for the Indian side, with the latter being a bankable captain choice. Additionally, in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar would lead India’s pace attack.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer/Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Tim Seifert (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman/Lockie Ferguson
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant
Batters: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Daryl Mitchell, Martin Guptill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer
All-rounders: Jimmy Neesham, Venkatesh Iyer, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal
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