New Zealand is a team that mastered the art of playing successful games in T20 format. This puts the team in a commanding position in the format, which in return, keeps India's prospect not as strong as that in the recently concluded series. The team will head-on with India, the top ODI team in ICC charts, itself being the top T20 team. New Zealand is bolstered with players well experienced in tournaments IPL, a pinpointed advantage. Additional, the team has a strong record especially against India. So far, in five tussles with the team, it won in each occasion.
In the present tour, New Zealand lost the preceding three-match ODI series by 2-1. India has been though a strong form especially in Test and ODI, but it's stance in T20 cannot be posed in a similar manner. Even in the recently concluded series against Australia, India could only level the series even if it nicked strong victories in other formats. Still, India's change of strategy in the format is quite apparent. Team India might come up with a facelift in the squad it put against Australia. Ashish Nehra will play only in the first T20, final appearance in the International circuit. The introduction of players like Shreyas Iyer can be a probable gamechanger.
New Zealand will collide with its old ensemble that always proved its worth against India. The team brought back Ross Taylor, while the likes of Martin Guptill will play to quench the thirst. Guptill is through a strong form in the format. He struck five half-centuries in the last 10 T20 matches. Also, Tom Latham, the most successful batsman against India will bolster in the primary batting line up. In bowling front, New Zealand is keen to introduce two spinners as a special fix for Indian pitch as well as batsmen. Colin Munro, top New Zealand batsman said his team has been lucky in previous fixture and they are looking forward to concluding this series in the same way.
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