With this year’s T20 World Cup in sight, India would begin it’s first big assignment of 2020 on foreign soils in New Zealand this month. Keeping team building for the World Cup in mind the selectors have picked the squad for the 5 match T20I series.
As many were talking about Dhoni’s return as the former Indian captain himself hinted that he would be available from January to join the national squad his absence came as a shock to MSDians.
Not only Dhoni but wicket-keeper batsmen Sanju Samson was also dropped for the New Zealand tour after getting a single game in the recently concluded 3 match T20 series against Sri Lanka.
The squad for the T20 series is the same as the one picked for the Sri Lanka series except Samson. This might be a clear hint from the selection committee that Dhoni (who was expected to announce retirement from ODIs) is not in there fray for T20 world cup squad.
Shivam Dube and Navdeep Saini have got rewards for there performance while Manish Pandey has still got the selectors’ faith. Though the 3-match ODI series against Australia starting tomorrow would be a tough challenge, New Zealand is a real test in their home conditions.
India would be on full tour to New Zealand that would start with the first T20I to be played in Auckland on 24th January with three-match ODI series and two-match test series following it up.
India’s tour of New Zealand would conclude in the first week of March with the final test being played at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.