The Indian team led by Hardik Pandya will have another chance to start their new journey in this format. After Men In Blue failed to win the T20 World Cup 2022, being knocked out of the tournament in the semi-finals, they travelled to New Zealand for the T20I series, followed by an ODI series.
Hardik leads the T20I team, and Shikhar Dhawan will lead the one-day squad. The goal for the Indians in these T20s is to set a new roadmap ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is just 18 months away. However, the series started on a sour note for both parties as it was thoroughly washed out.
Wellington’s weather played a major spoilsport, ensuring that even the draw didn’t take place between India and New Zealand in the 1st T20I. The two captains then shook hands, and the campaign moved to Mount Maunganui.
The weather here is also unpleasant, and rain was announced on the day of the match, i.e. on Sunday (November 20). The Indian team received a traditional welcome at Mount Maunganui, with Maori powhiri welcoming the touring Indian cricket team to Bay Oval. Hopefully, there’s at least one shortened match on our hands.
Hardik has a lot on his mind. One of the things is the top-notch mindset. Will India open with Ishan Kishan or Rishabh Pant alongside Shubman Gill? It will be interesting to see. Hardik would also like his point guards to deliver; keep an eye out for Umran Malik.
New Zealand will also look to revive their squad after failing to reach the 2022 T20 World Cup final. They lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals. There are a few new names in this team, led by Kane Williamson. It goes to an exciting series.