India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: 'Heavy rain' in Wellington delays toss until further notice
The toss for the first T20I between India and New Zealand was on November 18 (Friday) delayed due to heavy rains and the grounds remained under covers, the official Twitter handle of New Zealand Cricket announced. Both teams remain indoors and were also spotted playing 'Football volleyball' in order to keep themselves warm and ready for the high-octane match.
"Heavy rain around Wellington means the covers are on and the toss is delayed until further notice," said a post on BlackCaps Twitter handle.
After the just concluded T20 World Cup failure, bigwigs-less India will look to start afresh in the T20I series against New Zealand with their new leader Hardik Pandya. The Men in Blue and Kiwis will lock horns with each other in the T20I series opener at the Wellingtonattack-at-all-costsn Friday (November 18).
Having not learned from their mistakes, India will aim to shed their archaic playing style for good with the help of a "young and fearless" bunch in the three-match T20I series.
After the World Cup debacle in the UAE last year, India did adopt an aggressive batting approach but by the time the next edition came knocking, the top-order was found wanting and failed to take the attack to the opposition.
India found themselves running in circles as the wait for their first ICC trophy in nine years got longer.
With the next T20 global event two years away, India have enough time to identify and groom the players for an attack-at-all costs approach displayed by England.
Hardik Pandya, who could lead the team in the next T20 showpiece, will be captaining the side in Rohit Sharma's absence.
New Zealand's squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
India's squad: Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.