As of this moment, India remains the team to beat. Perhaps with their most dominant phase in the format currently underway, this Virat Kohli-led outfit has become a side full of match winners.
There remains the odd flaw in the middle, but then recent results suggest that this is a team supremely high on confidence. New Zealand, on the other hand, hasn’t been in shape they are usually expected to be. The side failed to win even a single game in the ICC Champions Trophy earlier and hasn’t played as a team since then. The second warm-up game against the Board Presidents XI was a perfect mood changer for them, as Ross Taylor and Tom Latham piled up impressive tons to register a 33-runs victory for the Blackcaps.
With the iconic Wankhede Stadium set to host an ODI for the first time in nearly two years, the stage is set for the series to commence on a grand scale. The last time an ODI was played here, South Africa crushed India by over 220 runs. Who knows, the first ODI could be India’s turn to inflict similar wounds on New Zealand?
Below, we have a look at the predicted Indian XI for the first ODI.