This November, the men in blue will take on the Kiwis in a Twenty20 match in Delhi on the 1st of November at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.
The Squad for the match is out. New talents Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj will be joining the Indian squad for this match. Ashish Nehra will also be playing his last match in International cricket.
Here are more details on the full Squad which will be playing in this match:
Virat Kohli – The 28-year-old Indian skipper has emerged as one of the pack-leading faces of Indian cricket. He recently became the second batsman in history to slam a hundred in his 200th ODI. This leading run-getter has scored 1312 runs from 24 matches in 2018, hitting five centuries and eight fifties.
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Shikhar Dhawan – A left-handed opening batsman and occasional right-arm off break bowler, Dhawan scored the fastest century by a Test debutant off just 85 balls. His favourite shots are the off-drive and the straight drive.
Rohit Sharma – A right-handed batsman, Sharma started his international career at the age of 20. In 2014, he scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata which is the highest individual score in ODIs surpassing 219 by Virender Sehwag.
K.L. Rahul – Rahul made his international cricket debut in December 2014 against Australia at Melbourne. He is the third Indian batsman to score a century in all the three formats of International cricket.
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Manish Pandey – The first Indian to score a century in the IPL, Manish Pandey made his international cricket debut in 2015. Born on September 10, 1989, in Nainital, Pandey is a technically-strong middle order batsman.
Shreyas Iyer – One of the most watchable batsmen in the Indian domestic scene, Shreyas Iyer is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler. He joined the Indian Test Squad as cover for Virat Kohli in March 2017.
Dinesh Karthik – Making his first-class debut in 2002 as a wicketkeeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik established himself as a gutsy player with three half-centuries on India’s tour of England in 2007. He made his maiden Test century against Bangladesh.
MS Dhoni – The perfect blend of a role-model, Dhoni is the epitome of unprecedented success. This iconic player holds numerous captaincy records including most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and ODIs. He is the first Indian captain and third overall to win 100 ODI matches.
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Hardik Pandya – A revelation for Indian cricket, Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium fast. In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Pandya blasted 76 runs off 43 balls.
Axar Patel – A left-arm spinner from Gujarat, Patel entered the competitive cricket in February 2012. The 23-year-old player bowled consistently well in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2014.
Yuzvendra Chahal -A fine right-arm leg-spinner, Chahal made his first-class debut at the age of 19. He gave the second-best figures of six for 25 in the T20 cricket format. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
Kuldeep Yadav – India’s leading wicket-taker in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup, Yadav is also the first Indian bowler to make a hat-trick in Under-19 World Cup history. He made his ODI debut for India against West Indies on 23 June 2017.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Born on 5 February 1990, Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his international debut in the shortest form of the game on December 25, 2012. Kumar represents Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket and was picked up in the Indian ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in 2013.
Jasprit Bumrah – Yorker specialist, Bumrah was named in India’s squad for a series against Australia in 2015. He has been a very consistent player at the domestic level. He holds the record of taking maximum wickets by a fast bowler in a bilateral ODI series of five or fewer matches.
Ashish Nehra – One of the finest bowlers in the Indian cricket team, Nehra made his international debut against Sri Lanka in a Test match in 1999 and his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2001. The T20 match against New Zealand on November 1, 2017, will be the last appearance of this extraordinary left-arm seamer in International cricket.
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Mohammed Siraj – The 23-year-old bowler made his debut in 2015 playing for Hyderabad in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy. He became the highest wicket-taker for Hyderabad by taking 41 wickets.
New Zealand has outstanding players who have made it very tough for India to clinch victory in T20 matches.
Here is all you need to know about New Zealand’s Squad:
Kane Williamson – One of the brightest players in the New Zealand team, the 25-year old prodigy is the Captain of New Zealand’s cricket team. He made a century in his test debut against India in 2010. He was only 17 when he led the New Zealand Under-19 cricket team.
Todd Astle – An ace leg-spinner, Todd is the son of Alec Astle who played cricket in the 1970s. The cricketer made his International debut against Sri Lanka in the 2012 and has cemented his way in the team with his performance.
Trent Boult – A left-arm opening bowler and a right-handed batsman, Trent became ICC’s No. 1 Ranked ODI Bowler in January 2016. He also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.
Tom Bruce – Known to hit a big number with limited balls, Tom aroused the interest of domestic cricket lovers in New Zealand. He made his T20I debut for New Zealand against Bangladesh in January 2017.
Colin De Grandhomme – A big-hitting fast-bowling all-rounder, Colin De Grandhomme was a domestic cricket star before he made his first International debut in the year 2012. In the year 2013-2014, he had an outstanding spree where he fetched 629 runs and 30 wickets in 10 matches.
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Martin Guptill- Considered as the finest cricketers to ever play for England, Martin holds the record for highest individual score in World Cup and the second highest score in One Day Internationals.
Matt Henry– A right-arm fast-medium bowler, the cricketer made his International debut in January 2014 against India. He also plays for the IPL Team Kings XI Punjab.
Tom Latham – Son of the former cricketer Rod Latham, Tom Latham is an outstanding wicket-keeper batsman. In a career spanning 4 years, he has established himself as an old-school Test opener.
Henry Nicholis- With a versatile cricket style, this cricketer shot to fame when he scored 82 runs in an ODI match against Pakistan on 25 January, which eventually led to the team’s victory. He was named the Man of the match and hasn’t looked back since then.
Adam Milne – A remarkable right-arm fast bowler, Adam professionally started playing cricket since he was 18. His ODI Debut was against Sri Lanka in 2012. The cricketer also played for the IPL Team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the year 2016 and 2017.
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Colin Munro– Born in South Africa, Colin Munro has earned the reputation of a big hitter with his right-arm medium bowling. The ace bowler has many records under his belt and has also played for the IPL Team Kolkata Knight Riders.
Glenn Phillips- A top-order wicketkeeper-batsman, Glenn Phillips is only 20-years old and has already started charming people with his game. He made his Twenty20 debut in 2016 and was the highest run-scorer in it.
Mitchell Santner– A left-hand batsman, Mithcell Santner caught eyeballs with his remarkable performance in domestic cricket. He was then welcomed to International Cricket in the year 2015.
Ish Sodhi – Born in Punjab in India, Ish Sodhi moved to South Auckland when he was very young. After playing domestically, the cricketer made his International Twenty20 debut in July 2014 against the West Indies.
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Tim Southee – A right-arm fast-medium bowler and a hard-hitting lower order batsman, the cricketer was the third-highest wicket-taker at the ICC World Cup in 2011. Tim Southee made his T20I debut in 2008 against England.