The ODI series, which starts on January 18

Remains important for both the teams as they prepare for the 2023 World Cup, scheduled for October-November in India.

The BCCI announced a strong squad for the ODIs.

Bumrah and Jadeja, both out due to injury, while Axar and KL Rahul are unavailable due to personal reasons, and Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out a day before the series with back injury.

India’s ODI squad against New Zealand

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik.

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill has all but cemented his place as the opener in the ODI side. He was picked up ahead of double centurion Ishan Kishan for the Sri Lanka ODIs, and justified his selection: 207 in 3 knocks at an average of 69 and strike rate of 122.

Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj has emerged as India’s unarguably best bowler in the powerplay in ODIs. Since 2022, Siraj has taken 23 wickets in the first powerplay (first 10 overs) of ODI cricket -the most by a distance in the world. Siraj is a strong contender to be in the starting XI of India’s ODI World Cup side even when all of Bumrah, Shami and Deepak Chahar are available.

Virat Kohli

There is no bigger brand in world cricket that Virat Kohli, even when out of form. Now, Kohli is back in form, and back to scoring ODI centuries like he used to his prime: Kohli has cracked 3 ODI centuries in his last 4 innings. But, even the best of Kohli’s supporters and admirers, would agree, all of them came on flat batting beauties, and in the first innings of the game.Virat Kohli will be the man once again who will generate the loudest cheer among fans, whether in the stadium or at home.