Cricket: Blackcaps suffer Ish Sodhi injury blow before one-day series opener against India

The Blackcaps have suffered an injury blow before their one-day series opener against India, with spin bowler Ish Sodhi ruled out.

Sodhi will miss the first ODI at Hyderabad, after injuring his ankle in New Zealand's series-clinching win over Pakistan on Saturday.

Already without frontline fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the Blackcaps will be forced to bank on their reserves to come out on top against the Indians.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is expected to lead the attack, along with veteran Doug Bracewell, and rookies Blair Tickner and Henry Shipley.

In Sodhi's absence, the Blackcaps' only frontline spinner is allrounder Mitchell Santner.

Blackcaps captain Tom Latham hopes to have Sodhi back for the remainder of the three-match series, but is excited at the opportunity to promote new players.

"They are not in the side and that leaves a massive hole for us," he said. "On the other hand, it presents an opportunity for other guys who have been around the squad. 

"Everyone has played international cricket in the squad, which is a bonus. It is their turn to step up.

"Luckily, we have Lockie Ferguson, who has played a lot of cricket in India.

"Unfortunately, a niggle for Ish and he won't be available tomorrow, but fingers crossed he will be available for the next couple of games."