Black Caps v India, fourth ODI

Gill, who helped India Under-19s win the junior World Cup a year ago in New Zealand, will bat at No 3 in Kohli's absence Hamilton's Seddon Park.

Rohit Sharma will take charge of the Indian team in the absence of Virat Kohli who has been rested for the remaining two matches of the series and the upcoming T20I series. The status of MS Dhoni's hamstring injury is not known but according to team sources, there is nothing much to worry about. Following Kohli's effusive praise, Shastri and Sharma might just give Gill a go and check if he can also be an option at No 4, where Ambati Rayudu has done a decent, if not spectacular, job so far.

Not since 2005 have New Zealand lost four consecutive ODIs at home - as part of a seven-match losing streak at the hands of Australia - but despite minor improvements as the series has progressed, nothing to date has shown an indication that a sudden turnaround is on the cards.

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Team India has already clinched the series with victories in the first three games. When you are up by 1-0 or 3-0 against a team, you want to continue with the form.

Other changes to the squad include the return of captain Kane Williamson to the Black Caps T20 side, replacing Henry Nicholls, with new ball bowler Trent Boult rested for all three matches. At the same time, we also need to give game-time to our reserves.

Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shubman Gill, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Ravindra Jadeja.

The experience and performance of the bowling unit are two things in the team's set-up that have made a huge difference, suggests the fielding coach.

New Zealand have asked Henry Nicholls to open with Martin Guptill, Todd Astle comes in for Sodhi, and James Neesham populates the all-rounder's spot with Colin de Grandhomme.

  • Rosalie Stanley