India has climbed up the ladder of test rankings and reached the number one spot. And they are there to stay for a good amount of time now. Before India lock horns with England in another test series, we have a five match ODI series between India and New Zealand. The focus shifts again to the Dhoni's XI. Virat Kohli has done a great job as test captain and he returns back the captain's responsibility to MS Dhoni. Watch India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Live Streaming on HotStar mobile app with live Hindi and English commentary.
Dhoni has been in news even after his test retirement. He has been India's regular captain in limited overs cricket. He has also been in news with his biopic movie released recently. Above all, he looks fit and slim at an age of 35. While Kohli is gaining a lot of popularity, after the IPL this is Dhoni's another chance to grab some eyeballs on the ground. He won't be getting a chance to play International cricket soon because India plays ODI and T20 cricket in January.
Suddenly under Kohli's regime, test cricket seems to have retained a lot of popularity. A five ODI series between two test series along with change in captains adds to the flavour. Cricket fans would love to see this change and then revert to test cricket again. India has to play test series against England, Bangladesh and Australia. A pack test schedule for India.
India ranks fourth in the ICC ODI rankings. New Zealand is above India ranked on third. New Zealand might have looked a weaker proposition in the test matches, but they can provide a good resistance in the shorter format of the game. A 4-1 series win over New Zealand can provide India third position in the ICC ODI rankings.
Here are the squad details for India vs New Zealand ODI series:
MS Dhoni (C), Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav.
New Zealand squad:
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Anton Devcich, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, BJ Watling, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry