Guptill was injured before Sunday's fifth ODI against India in Wellington which the tourists won by 35 runs to wrap up the series 4-1. India are high on confidence after having beaten the hosts in the five-match ODI series 4-1. Hotstar.com will live stream the match in India. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series.
Other batsmen to move up in the latest rankings update include the Australia duo of Glenn Maxwell (up two places to 30th) and Shaun Marsh (up from 60th to 43rd).
What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand? Agreed that Dhoni found his lost form last month and is certain to board the flight to England, he still should not be rested in the matches leading to the World Cup.
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Both the Pandya brothers, Krunal and Hardik, might well be part of the same XI for the first time in national colours. BCCI regularly shares a glimpse from the show after every match India wins.
Similarly, for India, the core of the team is expected to be the same as was in the ODIs with a couple of new entries. Boult topped the rankings in January 2016, and is again on his way up, with only India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan ahead of him.
Comparing their T20Is numbers, Ahmed had picked up six wickets in six matches at an average of 33.16, an economy rate of 8.65 and a strike rate of 23.
If India manage to resist their temptation of playing a left-arm pacer, Kaul should take the new ball alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Wellington.