Seam-bowling allrounder James Neesham, who had been initially left out of the T20I squad, has now been drafted in as Guptill's replacement. Tim Seifert or Kane Williamson might open with Colin Munro during the T20I series against India, with both Guptill and Henry Nicholls not in the squad.
Shubman Gill, the exciting young prospect, should bat at No 3 with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan retaining the opening berths. Then there will be a promotion for Rishabh Pant to No 4. Pant is a fantastic talent. Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni offer middle-order experience.
In ICC Ranking for T20I, India has placed 2nd position whereas New Zealand has placed 6th position in the point table.