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New Zealand name one surprise in T20I squad to face India

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Hamish Bennett has been recalled by New Zealand ahead of their T20I series against India

New Zealand have mixed things up regarding their team for the T20I series against India.

Several of their top players are out injured and the Kiwis have had to dig deep to name their side.

Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult are all out with problems and the Kiwis recalled Hamish Bennett after almost three years.

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Hamish Bennett is a surprise call-up by the Kiwis ahead of the T20I series against India

Jimmy Neesham is another player missing out due to an injury and the Kiwis are trying something different with Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Bruce.

De Grandhomme will be available in the first three T20Is and will be replaced by Bruce for the last two in the five-match series.

Kane Williamson will lead the team out and there are some stars that could cause problems to India.

Kiwis looking to win against one of the best

Martin Guptill is one of the best in the world and needs to be wary of the threat possessed by the Indians.

Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro are also part of the team. It will be interesting to see how Bennett does against a star-studded Indian batting team too.

Hamish Bennett last played for the Kiwis nearly three years back (Image credit: Getty)

Tim Seifert, Blair Tickner, Daryl Mitchell and Scott Kuggeleijn round off the T20I squad for the Kiwis.

New Zealand and India will also play ODIs and Tests in what is a rarity in international cricket.

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Not many teams play a complete series involving all three formats of the game, and it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top in the end.

New Zealand T20I squad vs India: Kane Williamson (captain), Hamish Bennett, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

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