IND vs NZ Predicted XI: Team India is ready to play its first international match after the T20 World Cup. In the absence of senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, under Hardik’s captaincy, the team will play a three-match T20I series against New Zealand at home. It is starting from 18 November (Friday). In the match to be held at the Sky Stadium in Wellington, Team India will look to start with a win relying on their young players. However, before that, one of the biggest challenges before coach VVS Laxman and captain Hardik will be to choose the playing XI.
The place of most of the players in the Indian team is almost confirmed but in the absence of the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, there can be a fight for the opening slot. The team mainly has four contenders for this place. In such a situation, read on which 11 players the team can bet on in the first match.
whose place is fixed
Hardik Pandya is the captain of the team and Rishabh Pant is the vice-captain, due to which both of them are sure to play. Apart from this, Suryakumar Yadav, the leader of the team, will also be seen playing. Shreyas Iyer will be included in place of Virat Kohli. At the same time, it is also decided to play star spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was on the bench in the World Cup. Washington Sundar is there to replace Akshar Patel, while Arshdeep Singh’s place in the fast bowling is also confirmed. Umran Malik and Mohammad Siraj may get a chance for other options of fast bowling.
What are the options in the opening
The team has four options to meet the shortage of Rohit and Rahul. Among them, left-handed wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan is the main contender. Apart from him, right-handed wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson will also be an option. At the same time, Shubman Gill, the right-handed opener and who recently scored his first century in T20, may get a chance to debut. Apart from these, Deepak Hooda is also an option for the opening.
This could be the playing XI:
Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (VICE CAPTAIN & WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Siraj
Full Squad of Team India:
Hardik Pandya (captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain and wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik
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