India didn’t lose a series in Australia and would hope to keep that run going in New Zealand also. Following their biggest series win in New Zealand, India would be eager for a first-ever T20I series win as well.
Rohit Sharma captained India would look to take that momentum into the three-match T20 series as the homestretch of a memorable three month tour of Australia and New Zealand appears.
“We too are humans and our bodies need a bit of rest. Of course, we would be looking to the win the series and carry the momentum back home for the Australia series,” opener Shikhar Dhawan said on the eve of the game.
Keeping that in mind, a fresh Rishabh Pant could make a difference especially with plenty of calls for his inclusion in the World Cup squad. Pant has been given place in T20 team.
He is being seen as a long-term successor to veteran MS Dhoni and now would be a good time to get that process underway. “He is an aggressive batsman, an asset for the team, can take away games from opposition in a very short time. I hope he grabs this opportunity (in T20s) with both hands,” said Dhawan.