India will play a three-match One-Day International series against New Zealand after winning the T20I series 1-0. The first match is planned for Friday, November 25, at Eden Park in Auckland, and the next two matches will take place in Hamilton and Christchurch on November 27 and 30.
Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan will captain the team in the absence of other seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul, with Rishabh Pant serving as vice-captain. The last time India toured New Zealand, the Men in Blue lost the ODI series 3-0, and Virat was captain at the time, while Dhawan was not present.
This Preparation Is All About The Upcoming World Cup – Shikhar Dhawan
Ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand, Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan said that the series will provide excellent exposure to the young Indian players, who will look forward to playing good cricket in the tricky weather.
“To play good cricket and win this series, that’s what we are looking for. It will be a good exposure for the young players to come and play in New Zealand. To test their skills in different conditions. It’s a good opportunity for us to show our skills,” said Shikhar Dhawan in the pre-match conference.
“This preparation is all about the upcoming World Cup. The players are forming really well. It good to see that they are doing well and we have a really good idea…. who will get a chance to claim a spot in the World Cup squad,” he added.
Talking about the captaincy role, the Indian captain said, “I am really fortunate to get the captaincy of the Indian team. It is very nice to have this challenging opportunity. We have won a good series too. I was not hurt when the captaincy was taken back from me. I don’t feel bad if something didn’t go the way we wanted.”