How Colin Munro has failed to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket for New Zealand remains one of the greatest mysteries in the sport. From that squad, only Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are part of the current squad.
The first T20I at the Westpac Stadium also provides the opportunity to visitors to bounce back after a defeat in the last match of the ODI series. For someone who has won matches for India in the recent past, Karthik is usually the one who is left out when it comes to trying other players. It was his good form in the T20Is in Australia that earned him a recall to the ODI squad, so he'll know the context of the series more than anyone else. Last year, he made his Test debut against England and has churned out some exceptional performances both as a keeper and as a batsman. Captain Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the charts for batsmen and bowlers. "Of course, this format demands aggressive batting and I'll try to display it tomorrow and in the further matches", Dhawan added.More news: Pels want four first-round picks from Lakers for Davis
The 29-year-old left-armer, who swung the ball prodigiously to claim five for 21 and helped New Zealand to a win in the fourth match, has moved up seven places to grab third position. During the 37th over of the innings bowled by Kedar Jadhav, Neesham went for the sweep but ended up missing the ball completely.
What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand? India are likely to include Rishabh Pant and it will be interesting to see which player makes it into the team.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading India's bowling attack with Khaleel Ahmed. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series.