Injury-hit New Zealand Call Up Hamish Bennett For India T20 Series

Jimmy Neesham

Jimmy Neesham

New Zealand will face India later this month. He has played one Test and 16 one-day internationals for New Zealand.

- New Zealand's team has been struggling with the injuries of key players since the Australian tour.

The itinerary for the five-match T20I series is as follows: 1st T20I- January 24, Auckland; 2nd T20I- January 26, Auckland; 3rd T20I- January 29, Hamilton; 4th T20I- January 31, Wellington; 5th T20I- February 2, Mount Maunganui. He has earlier played 16 One Day International matches and alone test match for New Zealand.

Hamish Bennett got a chance in the team due to injuries to bowlers like Trent Bolt, Loki Ferguson, Matt Henry.

Hamish Bennett is in line to make his T20I debut next week, almost three years since his last appearance for New Zealand.

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), 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.

Selector Gavin Larsen said the recall was just reward for the 32-year-old's form and perseverance.

Hamish Bennett celebrates taking a wicket.

"We are delighted to have Hamish in the fold for what will be a huge streak against India", said Larsen. With that, he is also clever with his variations and that is what makes him a well-round T20 bowler in the squad.

Kane Williamson returns to lead the squad after missing the England series in November with a hip injury. In his absence, New Zealand lost the T20 global series against England. New Zealand's A team Captain, Tom Burce will be available for the final two matches of the series alongside Colin Grandhomme, who will play the first three T20 global matches while James Neesham has been dropped from this squad.

"We see both Daryl (Mitchell) and Jimmy as important all-rounders in the T20 format".

The 32-year-old Bennett was a regular in the New Zealand one-day global side in 2011 but has played only four ODIs since, the last against Bangladesh in 2017 when several regulars were busy with Indian Premier League commitments. The series is also a chance for youngsters like Rachin Ravindra and Ollie Newton to step up and perhaps, stake their claim into the national team ahead of the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.

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