New Zealand tour of India, 2021: Full squads, Fixtures & Preview: All you need to know
Even before the dust settles following an action-packed T20 World Cup final, New Zealand are on the Indian shores for a three-T20I and two-Test series which will go on from November 17 to December 7.
It might be just another series on the fast-spinning cricket roster, but it holds a lot more value for Team India and their fans. New Zealand have proved to be India's nemesis in the last three ICC events and it's time to settle some scores.
The Chetan Sharma-led senior selection committee has made several changes to the Indian squad. Some signal towards a change in guard in Indian cricket with Rohit Sharma named as the captain of the squad, taking over from Virat Kohli, while KL Rahul is the designated vice-captain.
Others, like the omission of Hardik Pandya, indicate the team taking a new direction. Apart from Virat Kohli, multi-format players like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. Due to his fitness issues, Hardik Pandya has been sidelined from the squad as well.
Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar, who were part of the 15-member T20 World Cup squad, are the other absentees. Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel return to the squad. So do Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj, at the expense of Rahul Chahar and Shami respectively.
Apart from an injury to Devon Conway, New Zealand remain unchanged. And they don't have reason to change with the team performing exceptionally well in recent times.
The 1st of the three T20I will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. The T20I series will be followed by two Tests at Green Park, Kanpur and Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
India's T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
India's Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Cheteshwar Pujara (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
New Zealand's T20I squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
New Zealand's Test squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell (WK), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner
1st T20 International: 17th November 2021, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur: 7:00 PM IST
2nd T20I: 19th November 2021, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi: 7:00 PM IST
3rd T20I: 21st November 2021, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: 7:00 PM IST
1st Test: November 25-29, Green Park, Kanpur: 9:30 AM IST
2nd Test: December 3-7, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: 9:30 AM IST
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