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With a lot of players competing for spots in the team, former cricketer and current analyst Aakash Chopra had a say on the Indian squad for the mega-event.

The five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand have come to an end with the fifth ODI played at Wellington. 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 Men in Blue powered their way to a 4-1 win in the one-dayers - their biggest-ever victory margin in any series in New Zealand - with a commanding display. If he succeeds in impressing the selectors and the team management again, he might get a last moment ticket for the flight to England for the 2019 World Cup. During the 37th over of the innings bowled by Kedar Jadhav, Neesham went for the sweep but ended up missing the ball completely.

In the bowling department, India will miss the services of pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has also been rested.

As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role. They beat India 2-0 in the 2008-09 in the sole bilateral series played on New Zealand soil till date.

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Having featured in the Top 4 run-scorers in the ODI series, both of them would be looking to carry forward their good form in the T20Is as well.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval has been named captain of the New Zealand XI side for a one-off 50-over tour match against Bangladesh, in Lincoln on Sunday.

The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington and it will start from 08:00 pm India time.

Showering praise on young stumper Rishabh Pant, India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday termed Pant as "an asset" for the team.

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