He, however, has never played a T20 global but his form in domestic cricket over the past few seasons has forced New Zealand's selection committee to call him back to give impetus to the pace attack, which has been weakened by injuries.
India has also announced its 16-player team for the series, which begins at Eden Park on January 24. He has also represented the national team in a Test match where he returned wicketless in 2010.
Yesterday New Zealand announced a 14 member squad that will be led by their regular skipper, Kane Williamson.
New Zealand have called in Hamish Bennett to shore up their attack for the Twenty20 series against India this month, while Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson remain on the injured list. In that league tournament, Bennett took 14 wickets in just 10 games.
"We're delighted to have Hamish back in the fold for what will be a huge series against India", Chief Selector Gavin Larsen said, according to Cricbuzz.
New Zealand Team Squad 2020 Against India - Hamish has been an impressive performer in the limited-overs in New Zealand's domestic arena.
"We all know that he brings a good rhythm and a good rebound, but it is the clever variations that he has added that make him such a complete T20 bowler", he added.
Kane Williamson missed the last T20I series due to injury issues. In his absence, New Zealand lost the T20 worldwide series against England.
In the Black Caps' squad, the 28-year-old Bruce will be swapping places with Colin de Grandhomme, who will be a part of the first three T20Is in Auckland and Hamilton.
"We see both Daryl and Jimmy as important allrounders in the T20 format".
He last played worldwide cricket in May 2017, when the Black Caps navigated a one-day tri-series with Bangladesh and Ireland without several regulars who were busy with Indian Premier League commitments. "We clearly want to win the series in front of us, while also considering our wider ICC T20 World Cup campaign plan", added selector Larsen.
New Zealand T20 squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Hamish Bennett, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
New Zealand A squad: Tom Bruce (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy, Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie, Jimmy Neesham, Ollie Newton, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, George Worker.