India begin their home season by hosting New Zealand for three Test matches and five One-Day Internationals. New Zealand’s India tour kicks off with a three-match Test series, first of which will be played at Green Park in Kanpur from September 22-16. Kolkata and Indore are the venues for second and third Test respectively. Indore’s Holkar Stadium is the newest Test venue. There will be no day-night Test match as reported earlier.
The two teams will then face each other in five-match ODI series which starts from October 16 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsalaa. The ODI series ends with fifth and last ODI at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on October 29. No T20I match is on the itinerary between these two nations.
India, ranked number second in Tests, will want to get back to numero uno position. The Virat Kohli-led enjoyed top position on top of Test rankings for just five days before being toppled by Pakistan as India’s fourth Test match against West Indies ended in a draw due to rain.
India will have their eyes set on the number one Test ranking as India face England, Australia and Bangladesh next in the long home series.
New Zealand, on the other hand, come into the series with a defeat against South Africa in Tests. The Kiwis are placed seventh on Test rankings and second on ODI rankings. The visitors will be looking to do well in Tests and improve their rankings and record in India as well.
India has struggled at home in limited-overs fixtures while they have done well in longer format. The MS Dhoni-led side lost ODI series after winning the Test series against South Africa at home.
New Zealand’s tour of India ends with ODI series. There will be no T20Is on this tour. With long home season awaiting India, the home side will be hopeful of beginning on a positive note. The level of competition is expected to take an upward graph with New Zealand’s impressive record in limited-overs cricket.
MS Dhoni is expected to lead the ODI side and this will be his first assignment at home with new coach Anil Kumble. Under Dhoni and Kumble, India played two T20Is against West Indies in August, which was arranged just a month before.
New Zealand defeated India during the World T20 2016 and that will be playing on the minds of both the teams. The Kiwis will take cue from it and look to dominate the home side.
To say the least, an intriguing contest is on cards and the fans are in for a delight. The India-New Zealand matches have always produced some exciting stories and this series will be nothing short of it.
Ranked among world’s best two batsmen- Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will be on display. And that just adds to the already mouthwatering clash. Both the sides are packed with quality and flamboyant cricketers, so one can expect keenly fought contests.
With neck to neck record in 50-over cricket, India will be expecting some tough fight from New Zealand. Both Kiwi batsmen and bowlers will look to exploit the Indian conditions in their favour. There is an Indian Premier League (IPL) experience behind some New Zealand players which will be more than handy on this tour.