India will be looking to continue their excellent form on their first overseas tour this season. Virat Kohli-led unit did exceedingly well across all three formats last year. The side dominated in red-ball cricket and managed to beat teams like West Indies and 5 South Africa on home soil. The tour to New Zealand will be their biggest challenge as they play five T20Is, three ODIs and 2 Test matches.
The visitors will kick-start their tour with the five-match T20I series that is slated to begin from 24th January. Mohammad Shami and Rohit Sharma make their return to the T20 squad. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has ruled out of the T20I and ODI series due to injury. Jaspreet Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Shami are prominent pace options for the side for the T20I series.
On the batting front, the side will be depending on the likes of Lokesh Rahul,Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to do the bulk of the scoring. Rahul has been a consistent performer for the side in the T20 format. The opener did well in the T20I series played against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Since Jan 2019, Lokesh Rahul has been in excellent form with the bat and accumulated 455 runs in 12 innings at an average of 45.50 with five half-centuries to their name. He will be looking to make an impact with the bat in this five-match series in New Zealand.
Besides Rahul, India looks heavily reliant on Indian Captain Virat Kohli to produce runs on regular basis. Since Jan 2019, Kohli has topped the batting charts for India in the T20 format and accumulated 522 runs in 13 outings at an average of 74.57 .
He has smashed five half-centuries in this period. Given the conditions will be excellent for batting, expect Kohli to pile on the runs in New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma will be looking to improve his numbers in the T20 format this season. Since Jan 2019, Sharma has scored 396 runs in 14 matches at an average of 28.28, which is not quite up to his standards. He will be looking to deliver runs for the side at the top of the innings.
On the bowling front, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini and Jaspreet Bumrah to make crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Rookie pacer Navdeep Saini has shown impressive form for the side and claimed 11 wickets in 8 matches at a strike rate of 7.36.
The conclusion of the T20I series will see India then take on New Zealand in the three-match ODI series. The opening game of the series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on 5th February.
The side will concluded the tour with a two-match Test series against New Zealand. The opening game of the Test series will be played at Basin Reserve in Wellington from 21st to 25th February. The second and final game of the series will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch from 29th February till 4th March.
New Zealand vs India 2020 Schedule
1st T20I –New Zealand vs India
Friday, January 24, 2020, at 06:50 GMT
2nd T20I – New Zealand vs India
Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 06:50 GMT
3rd T20I –New Zealand vs India
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 07:00 GMT
4th T20I – New Zealand vs India
Friday, January 31, 2020, at 07:00 GMT
5th T20I– New Zealand vs India
Sunday, February 2 , 2020, at 07:00 GMT
1st ODI– New Zealand vs India
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 02:00 GMT
2nd ODI – New Zealand vs India
Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 02:00 GMT
3rd ODI – New Zealand vs India
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 02:00 GMT
1st Test – New Zealand vs India
Friday, February 21, 2020, at 10:30 GMT
2nd Test – New Zealand vs India
Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 10:30 GMT