India Vs New Zealand Predicted XI, 1st T20I: Rahul, Saini likely to make the cut

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Last Updated: Fri, Jan 24th, 2020, 17:52:29hrs
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India Vs New Zealand Predicted XI, 1st T20I: Rahul, Saini likely to make the cut

Team India is set to take on New Zealand in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Eden Park, Auckland on Friday in a riveting contest. The visitors are on a roll having registered a thrilling 2-1 series triumph over heavyweights Australia just a couple of days back. However, there are several questions which persist over the playing eleven which will walk down in the opening clash, considering the depth of talent in the squad and constant tinkering of the management. Let’s take a look at the players who will be expected to walk out donning the blue jersey against the Kiwis in the opening fixture-

1) KL Rahul

2) Rohit Sharma

3) Virat Kohli

4) Shreyas Iyer

5) Manish Pandey

6) Ravindra Jadeja

7) Washington Sundar

8) Mohammed Shami

9) Navdeep Saini

10) Kuldeep Yadav

11) Jasprit Bumrah

Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson are expected to be sidelined in favour of KL Rahul, who has been excellent with the gloves and as an opener lately. Yuzvendra Chahal has been off-colour lately when given opportunities, with Kuldeep Yadav in decent form lately. The team management might also opt to go for a specialist pacer in Navdeep Saini, rather than all-rounder Shardul Thakur on batting tracks that New Zealand has to offer.

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