Another foreign trip for India and this time it is to New Zealand. After a long wait Indian team visits New Zealand for a tour that comprises of five ODIs and two test matches. This would be another litmus test for the Indian team that has to cope up with the pace and bounce of New Zealand pitches.
The tour will kick off with an ODI series on 19th January 2014 at Napier. This will continue till the fifth ODI which will be played at Wellington on 31st of January 2014. After a short break of a week, India will play first test at Auckland followed by the second and the last one at Wellington.
Here are the details of the schedule:
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI at Napier - 19 January 2014
India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI at Hamilton -22 January 2014
India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI at Auckland - 25 January 2014
India vs New Zealand 4th ODI at Hamilton - 28 January 2014
India vs New Zealand 5th ODI at Wellington - 31 January 2014
India vs New Zealand 1st Test at Auckland - 6 to 10 February 2014
India vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Wellington - 14 to 18 February 2014
Indian team had faced some tough time coping up with the bounce and pace of foreign pitches in recent past. But if they look back at the last New Zealand tour, they have some fond memories. India started off with a disappointing T20 series which was followed by some good performances in ODI and Test Series. India clinched the ODI series 3-1 and test series 1-0.
India has performed brilliantly at home in last few years and they have done pretty well in ICC events abroad. But they are fragile when they play test cricket abroad. Let us see how well can they perform on their tour to New Zealand.
This series will be broadcasted live on TV in India on Sony Six!