India squad for T20I series against New Zealand: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.
On Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in (BCCI) said Bumrah was rested and his place will be taken by paceman Mohammed Siraj. "Keeping in mind the workload of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia", BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
Virat Kohli and his pace ace Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the individual charts and India could reach within one point of leaders England in the ICC ODI team rankings, provided they win their next eight matches.
Rohit Sharma will return for the ODI series after skipping the fourth test against Australia to spend time in India with his family. He bowled over 157 overs during the entire series.
India's Jasprit Bumrah, right, celebrates with teammate K.L. Rahul after bowling out Australia's Peter Handscomb on day 4 of their cricket test match in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.
Meanwhile, Kaul too has been in superb form for his state Punjab in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. He has ten wickets in his last two first-class games against Kerala and Hyderabad. Among global batsmen, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill have retained their third and 14th positions after scoring 281 and 153 runs, respectively, while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has dropped out of the top-10 to 11th position.
The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on 15 January before the tour ends in Melbourne on 18 January with the third match. Following that, India will fly further south to take on New Zealand in five ODIs and three T20Is.