There was still no MS Dhoni while Mohammad Shami's spot went to Khaleel Ahmed. Shubman Gill took Kohli's place and, not surprisingly, found them big shoes to fill.
The spin threat of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuz Chahal remained but New Zealand must have taken confidence from the selection. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan they would have been unduly worried by the batting line-up. And the excellent Bhuv Kumar apart, the pace attack was ordinary.