After the big success of India tour of Australia, Indian team is headed to New Zealand for 5 ODIs & 3 T20s. Indian team is high on confidence after winning the Test Series & ODI Series against Australia. The five-match ODI series will be played between January 23 and February 3 and that will be followed by a T20I series that will be played between February 6 and 10. New Zealand are ranked third in ICC ODI rankings and have lost one series at home (to England) since December 2017. Kiwis have a chance of jumping past India in the rankings at the end of the series.
The Men In Blue, on the other hand, would like to continue the winning momentum after securing their first bilateral ODI series win on Australian soil. After going down in the first match, India bounced back to win the next two in thrilling fashion.
Virat Kohli has been the backbone of the Indian batting line-up, but the skipper would be elated to see veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni returning to form. Dhoni played a pivotal role in India’s triumph over Australia as he was the leading run-scorer among the Indians, with 193 runs in three matches. After guiding India to victories in the final two ODIs, the 37-year-old cricketer showcased his match-finishing abilities in limited-over cricket.
Another interesting prospect that team India would like to examine ahead of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in May is Shubman Gill’s batting abilities at the senior level. The 19-year-cricketer hailing from Punjab is the latest inclusion in the Indian squad. He amassed 790 runs in 10 innings at 98.75 in Punjab’s latest Ranji Trophy campaign and was also part of the Rahul Dravid India A side that toured New Zealand last month.
1st ODI on January 23 in Napier at 2:00 AM GMT
2nd ODI on January 26 in Mount Maunganui at 2:00 AM GMT
3rd ODI on January 28 in Mount Maunganui at 2:00 AM GMT
4th ODI on January 31 in Hamilton at 2:00 AM GMT
5th ODI on February 3 in Wellington at 2:00 AM GMT
1st T20I on February 6 in Wellington at 7:00 AM GMT
2nd T20I on February 8 in Auckland at 6:00 AM GMT
3rd T20I on February 10 in Hamilton at 7:00 AM GMT
ODI: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill
T20: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar
New Zealand squad for first 3 ODIs: Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
Following are the broadcasting channels for different countries:
- Australia – Fox Sports & Channel 9
- ESPN – Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago
- Star Cricket – Hong Kong
- Fox International Channels – Malaysia
- OSN – Middle East & North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Western Sahara, Yemen)
- Star Cricket, Star Hub and Singtel – Singapore
- SuperSport – Sub Saharan Africa & South Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, St Helena, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Zimbabwe & South Africa)
- Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD3 – India (Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Bangladesh)PTV & Ten Sports – Pakistan
- GTV – Bangladesh
- SLRC (Channel Eye) – Sri Lanka
- Sky Sports – England, Wales, Scotland and Republic of Ireland
- Willow TV – United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa