After suffering a comprehensive 4-1 one-day worldwide series loss, New Zealand will be aiming to regain some confidence in white-ball cricket when their three-match T20I series against India begins on Wednesday. Pant was excellent in India A series against England Lions and must be given a chance in the shortest format of the game where he's most destructive. Pant is a part of the T20I squad for the three-match series against the Black Caps.
The Men in Blue powered their way to a 4-1 win in the one-dayers - their biggest-ever victory margin in any series in New Zealand - with a commanding display.
As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role.
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Coach Gary Stead said Guptill failed a fitness test but he remained hopeful the big-hitting opener would recover in time for the One-day worldwide series against Bangladesh starting next week. The visitors will now play three T20Is against the Kiwis, the first of which will be played tomorrow at Wellington.
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Shubnam Gill could make his T20I debut, while Rishabh Pant will come back into the side after missing the ODI series. Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, India have a strong squad to challenge the Kane Williamson-led side in what promises to be a cracker of a series from Wednesday. "New Zealand will, however, take heart from the sustained excellence of Trent Boult, whose incisiveness will be crucial to their fortunes at the World Cup", Laxman wrote. Both sides will look to maximise every global exposure that comes its way, thus adding some context to the T20Is.