IND vs NZ T20I Series Preview
A new era dawns in Indian cricket, with Ravi Shastri passing on the baton to Rahul Dravid. Having been disqualified a little earlier from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian side has a little more time under their belt to get used to the new arrangement, whilst the New Zealand unit will be reaching India a little late because of their continued involvement in the ongoing World Cup.
There is a burning desire in this Indian unit to go out and do a fine job in this series, and perhaps get a little vengeance for what New Zealand did to them a couple of weeks ago. The Blackcaps outplayed the men in blue in every department, and that win proved to be decisive in knocking India out of the tournament. New skipper Rohit Sharma could bring some major changes in approach, which according to many, is much-needed in this unit.
New Zealand will be here to partake in a Test series and T20I series. This will be the first time the Kiwis will be playing a Test series in India after five years, and having lost 3-0 last time, the task won’t be easy for them this time as well. India have continued their unbeaten streak of not losing a Test series in India since 2012, and it will be difficult for the Blackcaps to deny them another addition in that run.
IND vs NZ Live Streaming Details and Where to Watch on TV
All the games involved in this New Zealand visit will be streamed live across the Star India network. On television, you can watch the game on the Star Sports channels across multiple languages, whilst the live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Dates & Venues for IND vs NZ T20I and Test Series
This tour will kick off with the T20I series on November 17th. The next two T20Is will be played on alternate days, on the 19th and 21st. The second T20I will be played at the JSCA stadium, Ranchi, and the third at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
After a 4-day break, the action will shift to Kanpur for the Test series (25th November). New Zealand’s tour of India will end with the second Test at the Wankhede, Mumbai. This will be the first Test series to be played between these sides in India after the hosts’ 3-0 win in 2016.
Squads for IND vs NZ T20I and Test Series
India Squad for T20Is:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj
New Zealand squad for T20Is:
Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee
India squad for Tests:
Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
New Zealand Squad for Tests:
Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell (wicketkeeper), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Will Young
IND vs NZ Series Prediction
It won’t be easy for the visiting side to exert their dominance as they do not have a lot of time to be prepared for the T20I and Test series. Fatigue could play a bigger role for them, when compared to the Indian side. Considering a fact that they are a very spirited unit, they might sneak a win in the T20Is and lose the series 2-1, but it’ll be very difficult for them to avoid a 2-0 defeat in Tests.