Big picture: Gaikwad injured, Shaw ready to wait his turn
Rohit Sharma has no plans Skipping T20Is yet. Rahul Dravid “Don’t Know” If There Are Any Plans For India’s Split Captaincy; When asked about this during a press conference ahead of the third ODI, he asked the reporter to speak to the selectors. but for now, it is hardik pandya‘steam. Since the 2022 T20 World Cup, this will be the third consecutive T20I series where he will lead India.
In the pace department, Umran Malik and Shivam Mavi will have another chance to build on their performances against Sri Lanka.
Apart from Lockie Ferguson, their pace attack is also weak in terms of experience. Ben Lister and Henry Shipley remain uncapped in the format, while Blair Tickner and Jacob Duffy have only played 14 and eight T20Is respectively. The good news for them is that Ish Sodhi is fit, and his numbers in India are high: 16 wickets in ten matches and an economy of 6.64.
India WLWTW (Last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
new zealand tllwl
In the spotlight: Shubman Gill and Finn Allen
Shubman Gill He has had a great start to his ODI career, but is only three games old in T20Is, having made his debut during the Sri Lanka series. He had a good IPL last year for Gujarat Titans; He was the fifth-highest run-scorer in the tournament, but played more of an anchor role, scoring at 132.32. He didn’t have a good time during the Sri Lanka series, and usually takes his time to rest. For now, he has the backing of the team management but Shaw will be hot on his heels, especially if he slips.
India (Probable): 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya (c), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shivam Mavi, 9 Umran Malik, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal
new zealand (Probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway (wk), 3 Mark Chapman, 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Michael Bracewell, 7 Mitchell Santner (c), 8 Blair Tickner, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Ben Lister, 11 Lockie Ferguson
Pitch & Conditions: Win the toss and bowl
Ranchi is a bowl-first venue, with teams chasing 16 wins out of the 25 T20 matches held here. With dew expected to play a big role in the second innings, captains should have no hesitation in bowling after winning the toss, unless they want to challenge their bowlers. It should be a cool evening, with the temperature hovering around 15°C.