NZ, India move on from T20 WC regrets

India and New Zealand will both try to move on from disappointing campaigns at the Twenty20 World Cup in a white-ball series which begins in Wellington on Friday.

Both teams were beaten in the Cup semi-finals in Australia, India by eventual champions England and New Zealand by Pakistan, ending campaigns which had held much brighter promise.

The New Zealand series of three T20 matches and three one-day internationals allow both teams to immediately move on from those disappointments and look forward to the 50-over World Cup in India and next year.

New Zealand may have produced an almost perfect game in their opening World Cup clash with Australia in which hard-hitting batting was backed up by aggressive and accurate bowling. But the Black Caps couldn't reproduce that performance and have to work now on achieving consistency.

Young opener Finn Allen was their discovery of the tournament and is now established in the line-up to the point the veteran Martin Guptill has been omitted from the series. Allen set the tone in the win over Australia with his 42 from 16 balls but he also struggled to replicate that form.

"Finn's a very exciting talent," Kiwis captain Kane Williamson said at a recent media call.

"It's been great to see him in the side and expressing himself."

Williamson has form issues of his own. His 61 against Ireland was his brightest effort in an otherwise lackluster tournament and he was recently released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, his IPL franchise for the past eight seasons.

New Zealand have named the same line-up they used at the World Cup, except for fast bowler Trent Boult, who opted out of central contract with NZ Cricket earlier this year and head coach Gary Stead has indicated the selectors will give priority to contracted players.

"We're all aware of Trent's world-class ability but at this time, as we build towards more global events, we want to give opportunities and experiences to others," Stead said.

India have faced a greater backlash for their perceived failure in Australia. Much of the criticism has fallen on captain Rohit Sharma and calls have been made for former skipper MS Dhoni to be given an oversight role with the team.

"We know there is disappointment with the World Cup but we are professionals and we have to cope with our successes and cope with our failures," Hardik Pandya, who will captain India in Rohit's place for the T20 matches, said.

"We have to move forward and look forward to get better. We have to rectify the mistakes we made and ensure that in this series we don't repeat that.

"It's a new bunch, new guys with a lot of new excitement, new energy so it's going to be quite exciting."