India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: The first ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Hyderabad today. This ODI will see at least 3 changes in India’s playing XI as two players are out of the squad while one player is set to sit out the series due to injury. In such a situation, many changes are likely to be seen in the Indian team.
In fact, wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Akshar Patel had sought leave from BCCI, as both these players are probably going to get married. The matter of KL Rahul’s marriage is almost fixed that he is going to get married on 23rd January. At the same time, the team got another blow in the form of Shreyas Iyer, who has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series due to a back injury.
In place of these three players, Ishaan Kishan can get a chance in Team India as wicketkeeper, while Suryakumar Yadav will play in place of Shreyas Iyer. However, Hardik Pandya will also return to the playing XI, replacing Surya in the last match. At the same time, there is every possibility of Shardul Thakur playing in the playing XI in place of Akshar Patel, which will give some depth in the batting.
India’s possible playing XI
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (Wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand’s possible playing XI
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c, wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner/Dau Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson