India is scheduled to tour New Zealand in the month of January to play five-match one-day internationals and three T20Is. The visitors will begin their tour with the one-day series that begins from 23rd January.
Hosts New Zealand put in a dominant display with bat and ball to complete a clean sweep over Sri Lanka in three-match one-day series. Kane Williamson and co. have been formidable at home since May 2015 and have managed to win 28 games out of 36 played. The home side lost their last one-day series to England in March 2018.
The last time India played a one-day series in New Zealand was five years ago. Hosts New Zealand beat India by a margin of 4-0 in the five-match one-day series played in January 2014. So India will need to produce their best with bat and ball to upstage a dominant side like New Zealand playing in their own backyard.
Ross Taylor has been in splendid form over the past couple of years. He once again topped the batting charts for New Zealand in the recently concluded one-day series played against Sri Lanka at home. He scored 281 runs from 3 matches at an average of 93.66. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls also scored big runs for the side in the three-match one-day series.
Colin Munro will be keen to make a strong comeback after not doing much with the bat. He managed to only 121 runs from 3 matches. Captain Kane Williamson has been in decent form with the bat. All-rounder James Neesham made an emphatic comeback to New Zealand’s limited-overs side.
Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert also was decent behind the stumps and looking to put in good score in the upcoming one-day series against India that will begin from 23rd January.
Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee are three first-choice quick bowlers for the five-match one-day series. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi topped the bowling charts for New Zealand in the three-match series against Sri Lanka. He picked up 8 wickets at an average of 18.50. Mitchell Santner and Matthew Henry are other prominent options in the bowling department for the hosts.
On the other hand, India is currently playing three-match one-day series against Australia. BCCI has announced the ODI and T20 squads for the tour of New Zealand. Uncapped batsman Shubham Gill has earned his maiden call-up to the side. Siddharth Kaul and Vijay Shankar also included in the T20 squad for New Zealand series.
In recent times there has been over-reliance on the top order to deliver the goods with the bat. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Captain Virat Kohli are the premier players for India in the format. The main area of concern is lack of runs from the middle-order comprising of the likes of MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik.
Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammad Siraj, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are pace options for India for the one-day series. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravendra Jadeja are three spinners selected for the five-match one-day series.
The schedule and fixtures for New Zealand vs India Series is given as below:
New Zealand vs India 2019 Schedule
1st ODI –New Zealand vs India
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 02:00 GMT
2nd ODI – New Zealand vs India
Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 02:00 GMT
3rd ODI –New Zealand vs India
Monday, January 28, 2019, at 02:00 GMT
4th ODI –New Zealand vs India
Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 02:00 GMT
5th ODI – New Zealand vs India
Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 02:00 GMT
1st T20 – New Zealand vs India
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 07:00 GMT
2nd T20 – New Zealand vs India
Friday, February 8, 2019, at 06:00 GMT
3rd T20 – New Zealand vs India
Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 07:00 GMT