IND vs NZ 1st T20 : Probable Playing XI for team India, Prithvi Shaw to wait more

Hardik Pandya

After achieving a 3-0 clean sweep in the ODIs, team India is preparing to face New Zealand in a three-match T20I series that will begin on Friday. Due to the absence of players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, all-rounder Hardik Pandya will once again wear the captain’s hat, with Suryakumar Yadav serving as his deputy.

The lineup for the series now includes valorous opener Prithvi Shaw. However, as Pandya intimated in the press conference on Thursday, the 23-year-old is unlikely to be in the starting XI for the Ranchi T20I. Shubman Gill, who won the ODI series player of the series award, and Ishan Kishan are anticipated to start as the openers. Rahul Tripathi, who had promising traits in the prior series, will be assigned the No. 3 spot. Superstar batter Suryakumar Yadav is a lock to go to No. 4 on the list.

India’s team has a number of all-round players, including the captain Pandya. Pandya is most likely anticipated to be the No. 5 overall. The Men in Blue are likely to place all-rounder Deepak Hooda at No. 6 for more bowling options because he can rotate his arms as needed. Washington Sundar, an all-around player, is anticipated to be the second spinner because of the balance his batting abilities bring to the team. He will probably bat seventh, then.

India has two choices for top spinner in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. But the management might choose Chahal over Kuldeep at No. 8 given his successful T20I career. Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, and Shivam Mavi, three bowlers, are set to be the team’s pacers as eight of the eleven have been completed.

These, might be the expected playing XI for Men in Blue where the young players will have a opportunity to fire in absence of senior players in the team. Earlier this month, the hosts, led by Hardik, defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in a three-match T20I series.