After defeating Australia in the recently-concluded ODI series, the Indian side will be high on confidence as they take on the New Zealand side for a five-match ODI and three-game T20I series. With smaller grounds and shorter boundaries, New Zealand is known for producing high-scoring tracks and the upcoming clash between the two sides should have plenty of runs as well.
Both teams are equipped with world class and in-form batters, who can take the game away single-handedly on the day. While the Indians will rely on the trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to hand them good stars, the home team will be led forward by skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, who averaged more than 90 in the format in 2018. With nothing to choose from in the batting department, it will be the bowling unit that will likely shift games with their accuracy and consistency. The duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been troubling the rivals for well over a year and the way the Black Caps handle their spin will be crucial to the outcome of the series.
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni (8.5 credits)
After a below par 2018, where he averaged just 25 in 20 games, Dhoni came roaring back to form against Australia, where he ended with the Man of the Series award. The former skipper managed to convincingly finish off games, staying till the end in the last two games to ensure India was across the line.