India opt to bowl; No Mithali in XI

India opt to bowl; No Mithali in XI

India opt to bowl; No Mithali in XI

Colin Munro is expected to start the proceedings along with Kane Williamson.

They will hope to carry the same form into the shortest format, in which they are yet to have won a single game on New Zealand soil. Despite the change in format, at least a couple of Indian cricketers will be looking to press their ODI case with sound performances in the T20I series.

Rohit Sharma now has a shot at history as he prepares to lead India in Virat Kohli's absence in the upcoming three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.

Williamson's battle against Kuldeep should be an intriguing one. But there are still a few spots up for grabs and the T20 series can help the Indian team management zero in on the squad for the mega event in England in May-July.

Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the T20 series due to injury.

Guptill will return to Auckland to rest, with an eye to next week's ODI series against Bangladesh. His ODI record might scream average but the opener has shown his brilliance in patches when it comes to the 20-over format.

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After the remarkable victory in ODI series, India will look to bag the maiden T20 series as well.

Munro won't have it easy against Bhuvneshwar.

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".

It is worth mentioning that India will be playing a T20I in New Zealand for the first time since 2009.

Dhoni, who has the most number of stumping to his name in worldwide cricket with 190, was on every cricket fan's lips for his brilliant effort with the gloves to dismiss New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham in the fifth and final One-Day global on Sunday.

Ferguson will be tasked with stopping Rohit.

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