India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

Fakhar, Imam move up in ODI rankings

Jadeja's late bloom in the format assured him a ticket to the World Cup, but Pandya's brilliant comeback in the New Zealand series has left a question mark on the spin-all rounder's position in the team.

All in all, it is going to be a stunning contest at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Wednesday. Hotstar.com will live stream the match in India.

The preceding ODI series solved a part of the puzzle as India look to finalise their 15 for the World Cup. The hosts would be under some pressure after a heavy series loss at home against the Indians.

India who played terrific cricket in the ODI series was shocked in the fourth ODI when they were bowled out for just 92 runs.

Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues formed a successful opening partnership in the ODI series and India are expected to continue with the same pair in T20Is.

Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have also been included in the squad. Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side.

Rohit Sharma will be India's stand-in captain as Virat Kohli has been rested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the last two ODIs and the entire T20I series.

India T20 squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.

Hardik Pandya showed why he is considered a risky player when he smashed a match winning knock of 22 balls 45 runs. Interestingly, with a total of 79, India also has the record of the lowest team total between the two teams.

"We've identified Rachin as a player of interest for a significant period of time now", selector Gavin Larsen said.

The middle-order consists of youngsters Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell.

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