Middle order: Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rishabh Pant
While Shreyas Iyer failed to get a place in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2022, he is likely to get the nod ahead of Deepak Hooda. Iyer has been in explosive form in ODIs lately and will look to seal a place in the T20Is as well. The right-handed batter scored 191 runs in 3 ODIs against South Africa, including a century. He will be eager to continue his good run of form in the first T20I.
Numero Uno batter in T20Is, Suryakumar Yadav will be the leader of the Indian batting unit in New Zealand. In the absence of seniors, the onus will be upon SKY to deliver consistently as he will look to keep doing what he does best – scoring runs.
Rishabh Pant is the vice-captain of the Indian team on the New Zealand tour. The left-handed southpaw got the games towards the latter stage of the T20 World Cup. With many doubts regarding his place in the T20I team and Sanju Samson sitting on the bench, Rishabh Pant will be itching to prove his utility in the shorter format as well.