India's Predicted Playing XI for 1st T20I against New Zealand

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The Ranchi stumper last featured in a T20 match in July.

It wouldn't be wrong to say that India will include the three-match series as part of their curriculum for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019's preparations. The 3-match T20I series is also an opportunity for Dinesh Karthik, who has done well as a finisher but is still not a sure starter in the playing 11. Nineteen-year-old Shubman Gill showed glimpses of his much talked about talent in the final two ODIs but did not allow himself to settle in his debut series.

The 37-year-old, who has the most number of stumping to his name in worldwide cricket with 190, once again showed his antics behind the stumps when he dismissed Jimmy Neesham during New Zealand's chase of 252 runs.

Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the pace attack which comprises of Mohammad Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Neesham was hit on the pads while trying to sweep Kedar Jadhav's delivery.

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The hosts will hope to bounce back from the disappointing ODI series and start off the shortest format with a win.

Guptill had sustained the injury while throwing a ball during fielding practice on the eve of the fifth ODI after which he was forced to miss that contest.

The visitors have already sealed the ODI series 4-1 and would like to end the tour on a high.

Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be considered as one of the best finishers in the world but he is equally a master when it comes to standing behind the stumps with gloves. India was powerful in all ODI clashes except for the 4 ODI, but the T20 is all a different stage. In the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, India's top-order is likely to be bolstered by the presence of wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.

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