India regular captain Virat Kohli has been rested for the last two ODIs and the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the absence of Kohli. The extensive workload for Virat Kohli has been cited as the reason for resting the Indian skipper by the BCCI. There has been no replacement named as yet. The ICC cricketer of the year has been in ominous form in all forms of cricket. He has juggled formats better than most and with a jam-packed schedule that lies ahead for the Indian cricket team, the main player has been rested.

Rohit Sharma will not be a first-time captain as he has led the Men in Blue in the past and done it successfully at that. He is also the captain for Mumbai Indians, hence this is not something new he will undertake.

Meanwhile, India emerged victorious in the 1st ODI at Napier as they beat the Kiwis by eight wickets. It was a convincing win set up by the bowlers. Mohammed Shami with three wickets bagged the Man of the Match. He also became the fastest to 100 ODI wickets as an Indian. “The fast bowling group together believes they can knock any side over. And the belief in his (Shami) own ability and his fitness – this is the fittest I’ve seen him in his career. And his Test form has translated into one-day cricket,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

Dhawan scored 75 and remained unbeaten as he took India over the line chasing a paltry 158 to win. “Really important innings for Shikhar and we spoke during the sun break that he needed to finish the game to get some momentum. He is a dangerous player when in rhythm,” Kohli said.