IND vs NZ, 1st ODI: Who will replace Shreyas Iyer? Know India's probable playing XI

Sports Tak Staff
January 18, 2023

India are set to lock horns with New Zealand in the three-match ODI series which is slated to kick off from January 18 (Wednesday).

Right before the ODI opener, India dealt with a huge blow as their star batter Shreyas Iyer was ruled of the series due to back injury.

However, Rajat Patidar was named as Shreyas' replacement in India's squad for the three-match ODI series, but is unlikely to play the first ODI.

Double century sensation Ishan Kishan is expected to take KL Rahul's place in India's playing XI who has been given rest for the three-match outing.

In that case, let's have a look at India's probable playing XI who can make a cut for the first ODI.

India's skipper Rohit Sharma won't disturb the opening pair which will see the centurion Shubman Gill batting beside him.

Number 3 will be bolstered by India's very own century machine Virat Kohli while Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are expected to strengthen middle order.

All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar will fancy their chances in the no.6 and no.7 spots in India's playing XI.

Mohammed Shami will spearhead India's bowling line-up with Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik and Kuldeep Yadav by his side.

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