India vs New Zealand: India's strongest predicted playing XI for T20I series

India vs New Zealand: India’s strongest predicted playing XI for T20I series

The BCCI has already named the squad for the white-ball series.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

The T20 World Cup didn’t go the way India wanted it to after they lost against Pakistan and New Zealand on the trot. The remaining victories against Scotland, Namibia, and Afghanistan were not enough for them to climb up the points table. Hence they had to return to India after their last Super 12 match.

However, the Indian contingent doesn’t have much of a rest to reboot. The India vs New Zealand T20I series starts on the November 17 and senior players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. The Indian dressing room would look different hereafter after the contract of Ravi Shastri and his coaching team came to an end.

Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid was appointed as the head coach of the Indian side. Earlier, Virat Kohli officially announced his withdrawal from T20I captaincy and Rohit Sharma has been named as the skipper of the side along with KL Rahul as his deputy. The BCCI has already named the squad for the T20I series.

In the article, let’s take a look at Team India’s strongest predicted playing XI for T20I series:

1. Rohit Sharma (C)

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma, fondly known as the ‘Hitman’, is the new captain of the Indian T20I side. After Virat resigned from T20I captaincy, the first choice without any thoughts, was the 34-year-old former vice-captain. Rohit has been a successful T20 captain and we have seen his records in the IPL.

He has helped the Mumbai Indians lift the IPL trophy five times. His batting skills are exceptional and he is expected to lead the Indian team with efficiency as well. Coming from a blistering form in the latter half of the T20 World Cup, along with his responsibility of captaincy, all eyes would be on him.