In top gear now after the splendid sequence of series victories in Tests and ODIs, India is all set to confront whatever challenge the Kiwis are programming to offer in the T-20 matches starting tomorrow (February 6). Needless to say that the majority opinion is in favour of India adding one more series win unless something goes horribly wrong.
India is likely to make a few changes from the ODI squad. The induction of the pace bowler from Punjab, Siddarth Kaul, is being talked about. Siddarth will come as a replacement to comes as the replacement for Mohammad Shami. As an under 19 star, Siddarth has several notable performances especially in the IPL.
More than the changes in the bowling combinations it is the batting line up that one is awaiting to see. There is a lot of expectation about Rishab Pant portrayed as at the most exciting batsmen in the present lot in the squad. He is also a wicket keeper who performed well in the recent Test series. Left handed, he is perceived as one who can devastate the rival bowling in a matter of minutes. Hardik Pandya is another one in the team who can collar any attack as he exhibited in the last ODI match scoring 45 runs in 22 balls.
It is very clear from the composition that India can select a very strong playing XI for this format given the experience and expertise available starting from the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikkar Dhawan capable of explosive start and the fireworks of the rest headed by the veteran MS Dhoni.
The home team is bound to make a last ditch effort to cast off the off the dismal record earned so far. Even one victory in the three matches will be of some consolation. Trent Boult, the best bowler so far for the Kiwis has been rested. The focus therefore will be on Southee, the tall and well built medium fast bowler, is viewed as one who can trouble the top order.
Another newcomer will be Daryl Mitchell, a right arm pace bowler who has a fairly decent performances in this grade.
But there is no denying that a lot rests on the form of its seasoned batsmen like Ross Taylor and Tom Latham led by the formidable skipper Kane Williamson. The bad news is that opener Guptill will be unavailable for the series owing to an injury.
Whatever the composition that finally emerges from both sides, there is never a dull moment in this format. The slang bang approach begins from the first ball and the excitement touches the peak in the final five overs. So a riveting eye-catching cricket lies ahead in the series for follower from tomorrow.