The Indian cricket team left on Saturday for a tour of New Zealand (IND vs. NZ). Team India will play a 3-match T20 series against host nation New Zealand under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya after dropping out of the T20 World Cup. After the T20 series, an ODI series of the same number of matches will be played between the two teams.
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Shikhar Dhawan will lead Team India in the ODI series. Pandya, along with Suryakumar Yadav, leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Rishabh Pant, departed directly from Adelaide airport for New Zealand.
Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, Team India’s mid-range batsman, were seen sleeping on the ground at Adelaide Airport with their heads together.
After losing the T20 World Cup, Indian team captain Rohit Sharma, former captain Virat Kohli, opener KL Rahul, wicketkeeper and batsman Dinesh Karthik, spinner R Ashwin, all-rounder Axar Patel and fast bowler Mohammed Shami are returning home. Of these, Dinesh Karthik and R Ashwin will now rarely be selected in T20 International cricket. Not only this, but also the entire coaching staff of Team India will be changed as they are equipped as well. VVS Laxman and Co are going to New Zealand.
India’s squad for the T20I series against New Zealand
Hardik Pandya (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Vice Captain & World Cup), Sanju Samson (World Cup), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Moh. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umran Malik.
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India Squad for New Zealand ODI Series
Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Vice Captain and Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen and Umran Malik.