India ended their losing streak on their tour of South Africa with a six-wicket win with a ball to spare in a Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium.
Jeetan Patel has been picked as the only spinner in the 13 man squad.
After recovering from a hamstring injury, Michael Mason has also been confirmed in the team and will play for Shane Bond in the second match in Auckland on Boxing Day.
Northern Districts wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan has been named alongside incumbent Brendon McCullum, with the selectors keen to try McCullum as an opening batsman.
Also back in the side are Andre Adams, Peter Fulton, James Marshall and Ross Taylor.
NZ: Stephen Fleming, Andre Adams, Nathan Astle, Shane Bond (Michael Mason), James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, James Marshall, Brendon McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Jeetan Patel, Ross Taylor.