After a pretty successful and dominating performance in the home season across the three formats, Team India will begin their New Zealand tour with the first of the five-match T20I series on January 24 in Auckland. India will also be locking horns with New Zealand in a three-match ODI series and two Test matches. The heartbreak memories of the 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand in the hearts of millions of Indian fans will also be revived.
India is coming in this series on the back of a magnificent ODI series victory against Australia at home which was played in just a week with the last matches being played in just three days. During the pre-match press conference, Virat Kohli criticised BCCI’s tight scheduling ahead of the important overseas tour.
“It is definitely getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That is how compressed the gap has become. I think this kind of travel and coming to a place which is seven hours ahead of India time is difficult to adjust immediately. I am sure that these things will be taken into consideration much more in the future,” quoted Virat Kohli.
“The last series we played against Australia was ODIs so we spent more time on the field, but we played a few T20s before that. Having played a lot more cricket than just T20s in the last three games, we will find it easier to come here and play even though with less time (to prepare). We are looking forward to that and starting with the series because this is the year of the world cup and every T20 is important,” he added.