India v New Zealand Cricket – All You Need to Know (2020)
India v New Zealand Cricket has been an enthralling watch over the years. Both countries have had their fair share of memorable wins, and painful losses. Here is all you need to know about the cricketing history of the two countries, their squads for the upcoming series, betting tips and predictions, and some interesting statistics.
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Test, ODI and T20I Series– Latest News, Squads, Betting Tips and More
India v New Zealand Cricket has been an outstanding watch over the years. While India are known to play a power-packed brand of cricket, The Kiwis are a gritty team, and know how to churn out results. Their last meeting came in the 2019 World Cup Semifinal, with New Zealand coming on top.
India’s Tour of New Zealand kicks off with a 5 Match T20 Series, the First Match of which is set to take place on the 24th of January, 2020, at Eden Park, Auckland – India will be itching to exact revenge on New Zealand. The two teams will face off in an ODI, and Test Series as well, with India’s Tour of England ending on the 4th of March, 2020.
Here is all you need to know about India v New Zealand Cricket, 2020.
|1||24th January, 2020||Auckland||07:00 GMT|
|2||26th January, 2020||Auckland||07:00 GMT|
|3||29th January, 2020||Hamilton||07:00 GMT|
|4||31st January, 2020||Wellington||07:00 GMT|
|5||2nd February, 2020||Mount Maunganui||07:00 GMT|
*Scheduled Time May Be Subject To Change
|1||2nd February, 2020||Hamilton||07:30 GMT|
|2||5th February, 2020||Auckland||07:30 GMT|
|3||8th February, 2020||Mount Maunganui||07:30 GMT|
*Scheduled Time May Be Subject To Change
|1||21-25th February, 2020||Wellington||04:00 GMT|
|2||29-4th March, 2020||Christchurch||04:00 GMT|
*Scheduled Time May Be Subject To Change
New Zealand’s Squads
T20 Squad –
Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Blair Tickner, Tim Seifert (Wicket-Keeper), Mitchell Santner, Colin Munir, Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn
ODI Squad –
(Yet To Be Announced)
Test Squad –
(Yet To Be Announced)
T20 Squad –
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Lokesh Rahul(Wicket-Keeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur.
ODI Squad –
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul (Wicket-Keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper).
Test Squad –
(Yet To Be Announced)
Latest News& Betting Tips
India have been in excellent form up late. Be it in the T20I, ODI, or Test Format, they had a dominant 2019. They completed their 11th Consecutive Home Test Series Win against South Africa, in October, 2019, beating Australia’s record of 10 Consecutive Home Test Series Wins. They also beat the West Indies for the 10th Consecutive Time in a Bilateral ODI Series, in December, 2019.
India followed this up with a crushing T20I Series win over Sri Lanka, beating the Lankans by a margin of 2-0. India head to New Zealand after playing an ODI Series at Home, to Australia. This by far, will be their sternest test in the Home Season yet, and India will hope to beat the Aussies, before taking on the Kiwis on their Home Turf.
Rohit Sharma is back into the T20I Squad for the T20I Series against New Zealand, after having been rested for the T20I Series against Sri Lanka. Sharma has been in tremendous form, and scored an unprecedented 5 Centuries in the 2019 World Cup. He backed this up with runs in each and every series that he played in 2019, making a comeback in the Test Fold as well.
Sharma is one to look out for in New Zealand. Hardik Pandya had a successful Back Surgery in October, 2019, and will probably make a comeback into the National Team for the ODI, or Test Series against New Zealand. As things stand, he has not been named in the squad for the T20I Series.
Sanju Samson was initially dropped from the T20I Squad altogether, after having played just the 1 Game against Sri Lanka. Notably, he was in the T20I squad for the series against the West Indies, and Sri Lanka. Owing to Shikhar Dhawan’s injury in the ODI series against Australia, played in Janaury, 2020, Samson has been recalled to the squad, and will replace Dhawan.
Among the notable entries in India’s ODI squad, Prithvi Shaw finds himself back amongst the reckoning, as he scored a scintillating 150, off 100 balls, in a match for India A against New Zealand XI. He too, is replacing Dhawan, who would have been selected in the ODI squad, if he was not injured. Notably, Shaw was banned from playing cricket till November, 2019.
New Zealand rounded off a good year with a poor Test Series against Australia, in Australia. Not only did they get whitewashed, but they put on a very poor show. It must be noted that New Zealand suffered from an injury crisis midway through the series, having had to make 5 Changes to the team who played the Second Test against Australia, for the Third Test.
That being said, Tom Latham has broken his pinky finger in the Third Test against Australia, and will not be taking part in the T20I Series against India. He may return to the side for the ODI, and Test Series. Trent Boult injured his right arm in the Test Series against England, in November-December, 2019, and is touch-and-go, come the T20I Series against India. Boult is their best bowler by a mile, and New Zealand will be hoping for his return sooner, rather than later.
New Zealand’s talismanic presence, Captain, and best player, Kane Williamson is suffering from Influenza A, and may regain full health in time for the T20I Series. Matt Henry had his broken thumb splinted, and should be back in the New Zealand squad for the ODI Series. Lockie Ferguson too, is in the injury list, and is suffering from a right-calf strain. He has been bowling in the nets, and is expected to return to the team for the ODI Series.
The number of injuries to the New Zealand Squad should give younger players coming through the ranks a chance to perform in the T20I Series. That being said, experience is key to winning against any team, let alone a team performing as well as India, at the time of writing.
Owing to the number of injuries New Zealand are suffering from, it is of no surprise that they have recalled fast bowler Hamish Bennett, for the T20I series. Bennett has not played an International game for the Black Caps since 2017, and the 32 year old fast bowler will be hoping to make an immediate impression.
Betting Tips and Predictions
When it comes to analysing the prospects of winning a bet, a strong home team almost certainly holds a slight advantage over the touring team. That being said, India’s Tour of New Zealand may see this notion being proven wrong. India are coming off an excellent run of form, beating South Africa, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka, in all the series‘ they contested against these teams.
India have a wonderful crop of batters and bowlers, and look like one of the most balanced teams in world cricket, at the time of writing. New Zealand on the other hand, lost the T20I Series against England, in November, 2019, while winning the Test Series by a margin of 1-0. They were beaten convincingly in the Test Series against Australia, losing by a margin of 3-0.
To compound to their troubles is the fact that they are suffering from an injury crisis, and see several of their key players missing. That being said, India v New Zealand Cricket sees a T20I Series starting on the 24th of January, 2019, and the T20I Format of the game is as unpredictable as it gets.
India are favourites going in to the T20I Series. Before placing any bet, you must perform your due diligence, and scout several bookmakers. Some bookmakers offer better odds for the same betting variants, and you must opt for a bookmaker opting the best odds, so that you can reap maximum profit. India comes with odds of 11/20, when it comes to a To Win the Match Bet.
When placing a Top Team Batsman Bet, look no further than Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Sharma and Kohli are more likely than not to score big, and at the time of writing, are the Two Leading Run Scorers in T20I Cricket. They have been carrying the Indian Team in the shorter format of the game, and are expected to carry their good form into the T20I Series against New Zealand. Kohli comes with odds of 5/2, while Sharma comes with odds of 11/4.
Placing the same bet on Kane Williamson, makes sense from a New Zealand perspective, although you are more likely to win on Sharma or Kohli. Williamson comes with odds of 3/1. When it comes to a Top Team Bowler Bet, placing a bet on Jasprit Bumrah, or Yuzvendra Chahal is likely to lead to a victory. Bumrah is one of the best bowlers in world cricket, if not the best, and he is likely to perform well in New Zealand, as New Zealand are likely to field a weaker squad in the T20I Series.
Bumrah comes with odds of 9/4, while Chahal comes with odds of 3/1. Chahal is a ‘Spin King‘, and he is likely to spin a web around the New Zealand players. New Zealand’s main bowlers are out of contention for the T20I Series, in the form of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry. If New Zealand are to win. Placing the same bet Tim Southee makes sense from a New Zealand perspective. Southee comes with odds of 333/100, while Wagner comes with odds of
Placing a Most Sixes Bet on India is more likely than not to result in a win. Avoid placing A Hundred To Be Scored In The Match Bet, as hundreds are rare in the T20I Format. Similarly, when it comes to placing a A Fifty to be Scored in the Match, you must look to punt on either Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Kane Williamson scoring a fifty. As things stand, the odds of A Fifty to be Scored in the Match, stand at 9/50. You can also choose to place a Most Run Outs Bet, or a Highest Opening Partnership Bet, but these bet types are very hard to predict. The odds for Most Run Outs stands at 5/2 for both teams.
Race To 10 Runs Bet is another interesting betting variant, which should be made use of in-play. If either team bats first, and gets off to a good start, they are likely to send in a pinch-hitter towards the end of the innings, at the fall of a wicket. This batsman will be sent in with the instructions of hitting every ball, and trying to extract maximum runs, and is most likely to Race To 10 Runs faster than others. KL Rahul comes with the best odds in this betting variant – 9/10.
Important Events in the History of India v New Zealand Cricket
Important Events in the History of Indian Cricket
Cricket was first introduced to India in the 18th Century, by European Merchant Sailors. While India’s First Cricket Club was established back in 1792, in Calcutta, India played its First Test Match at Lord’s, on the 25th of June, 1932, in turn becoming the 6th Team to be granted the status of playing Test Cricket. At the start of India’s initiation into Test Cricket, India fared rather poorly, and was one of the weakest sides in Test Cricket.
They did not win a Single Test Match for 20 Years, winning their First Test match in 1952. In fact, in the first 50 Years of India playing Test Cricket, India won just 35, of a possible 196 Test Matches.The Indian Team started garnering strength in the 1970s, with the emergence of players like Kapil Dev, and Sunil Gavaskar. India went on to win the 1983 World Cup, and improved ever since.
Before the turn of the century, India performed poorly away from home, and performed exceedingly at home. This has changed since the start of the 21st Century, as India have started winning matches overseas as well. This change was overseen under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, and has been ably carried forward by MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli.
India won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup under MS Dhoni’s stewardship, and are one of the best sides in world cricket. They also won the 2007 ICC Twenty20 World Cup, the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Important Events in the History of New Zealand Cricket
New Zealand Cricket witnessed its First Test match against England, in 1930, at Christchurch. They were the 5th Team to be granted Test Playing Status. Much like India, New Zealand were one of the weaker sides in Test Cricket at their time of initiation, and won their First Test Match in 1956 – 26 Years after playing their First Test Match.
New Zealand played their first ODI in the 1972/73 Season, against Pakistan, and are one of the most consistent sides in World Cricket. While New Zealand do not boast of the most talented side in World Cricket, they have always been known to be a gritty side, who know how to churn out results.
They have never won a World Cup, and fell agonizingly short in the 2015 ICC World Cup, and the 2019 ICC World Cup. They have played in 8 World Cup Semi-Finals in Total, Winning 2, and Losing 6. They have also taken part in 2 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup Semi-Finals, losing both.
The only ICC Tournament that New Zealand has won, is the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy. Notably, New Zealand played against India in the final, beating them by 4 Wickets, in the 50th over, with 2 balls to spare.
Notable Current Players
Virat Kohli–Kohli is a Modern Legend of the game, and one of the greatest batsman to have ever graced the game of cricket. He is an elegant stroke maker, with a huge appetite for runs. What strikes the eye about Kohli is the fact that he plays the same game in all three formats of the game, albeit at a different pace – You will never find him slogging the ball. He has an average of over 50, in each format of the game, and is the leading run scorer in T20I Cricket. We would not be surprised if he ends his career as the leading run scorer in ODI Cricket as well, surpassing his compatriot – Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
Rohit Sharma – Sharma is among the most elegant players to have played the game. His stroke play makes batting look easy, and he is another one of those players with a huge appetite for runs. He is probably the most talented batsman in the history of Indian Cricket. Sharma burst on to the scene as an opener rather late in his career, and that is what has probably stopped him from overtaking Kohli’s status as the best batsman in the world. Nevertheless, he is a worthy second, and has since cemented his place in the side, in all three formats of the game. He is the second highest scorer in T20I Cricket.
Jasprit Bumrah – From making a name for himself in the Indian Premier League, to becoming one of the best bowlers in world cricket – Bumrah has had quite the journey. Bumrah has an odd action, yet he bowls with a ferocious pace, has excellent variety, and bowls a deadly Yorker. He is an excellent bowler in all three formats of the game, and can bowl a mean line in Test Matches, at the Death in T20Is, or in the Middle Overs in ODI Matches – Troubling batsmen all the way.
Kane Williamson – Williamson is on his way to becoming the greatest ever batsman, and captain in the history of New Zealand cricket. He is a fantastic batsman with a sound technique, and is an excellent tactician in the field. It is of no surprise that he has led his team to two World Cup Finals – In 2015 (As a Player), and 2019 (As a Captain), despite not having the strongest of squads. Williamson is yet to reach his prime, and is already among the Top 5 Batsman in the World, in the Test, and ODI scheme of things.
Ross Taylor – Taylor is an unsung hero of sorts. Taylor has been a part of the New Zealand setup for many a year, and is one of the best batsmen in their history. He is an aggressive player, with a sound, yet quite odd technique. He is known to take the game to bowlers, although he has slowed down over recent years. There is no doubting his obvious talent, and he will go down in history as one of New Zealand’s finest batsmen.
Trent Boult – Boult is an excellent bowler, and among the best in the world. He bowls with a fiery pace, and maintains an excellent line and length. He has great control over the ball, and is New Zealand’s talismanic presence with the ball in hand. New Zealand invariably win, when he performs well. Boult is yet to reach his prime, and he is already among the Top 5 Bowlers in the World, in all three formats of the game. He is likely to end his career as the greatest ever bowler in the history of New Zealand cricket.
Interesting Recent Matches and Head-To-Head Statistics
India v New Zealand Cricket has witnessed many a fascinating clashes. India and New Zealand have faced off in 57 Test Matches, with India having the upper hand. India have won 21 Matches, recording a win percentage of 36.84%, while New Zealand have won 10 Matches, recording a win percentage of 17.54%. 26 Matches have been drawn between the two sides.
India v New Zealand Cricket has seen a more even-matched rivalry in ODI Cricket, with India having won 55 Matches, out of the 107 Matches that have been contested between these two countries, with a win percentage of 54.41%. New Zealand on the other hand, have won 46 Matches, with a win percentage of 42.99%. 6 Matches have been Tied, or Washed Out due to Rain.
When it comes to the T20I scheme of things, New Zealand has proven to be a dominant force, having won 8 of the 11 Matches contested between the two sides, recording a win percentage of 72.27%. India on the other hand, have won just 3 Matches, with a win percentage of 27.27%.
Interesting Recent Matches
- 2019 World Cup Semi-Final
The last time we witnessed India v New Zealand Cricket, was in the 2019 ICC World Cup Semi-Final. New Zealand batted first, and set India a Total of 240 to win. Indian bowlers performed exceedingly well, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking 3 Wickets for 43 Runs. Ross Taylor Top Scored for New Zealand, scoring 74 off 90 Balls. Having scored a lot of runs in the lead up to the Semi-Finals, India fancied their chances of winning.
In turn, India got off to a very poor start, losing their two best batsmen of the tournament, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, for one run apiece. New Zealand’s bowling line-up wreaked havoc on India, and dismissed India for 221 runs, reaching the ICC 2019 World Cup Final in the process. Ravindra Jadeja top scored for India, scoring 77 off 59 Deliveries.
- 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy Final
The 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy, saw India beat South Africa in the Semi-Finals, while New Zealand beat Pakistan, to meet India in the Finals. New Zealand won the toss, and decided to bowl first. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar had an excellent opening partnership, and added 141 runs for the 1st wicket. One would have expected India to score somewhat around 300 following this, but New Zealand bowled well to restrict India to just 264.
Ganguly scored a magnificent 117 off 130 deliveries, while Tendulkar scored 69 runs. In turn, New Zealand did not get off to the greatest of starts, and lost 5 wickets, with just 132 runs on the board. Up stepped Chris Cairns and Chris Harris, putting on 122 runs for the 6th wicket. While Harris was dismissed in the 29th over, Cairns went on to complete his century, scoring an unbeaten 102, to help New Zealand win their first ever ICC Tournament. New Zealand won the game by 6 Wickets, with 2 balls to spare.
- 1st Test Match, 2014 – India’s Tour of New Zealand
The 1st Test Match of India’s 2014 Tour of New Zealand saw New Zealand bat first, and put 503 on the board. Kane Williamson scored 113 runs, while Brendan McCullum scored a magnificent double century – 224 runs. In turn, New Zealand bowled magnificently, dismissing India for 202. Neil Wagner took 4 Wickets, while Trent Boult took 3 Wickets.
India staged an excellent, and improbable comeback, dismissing New Zealand for just 105 runs in the Second Innings. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma took 3 Wickets apiece. India was set a target of 407, and they nearly got there, losing the match by 40 runs. Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 114 runs, while Neil Wagner picked up 4 Wickets.Trent Boult and Tim Southee took 3 Wickets apiece.
- How many matches are India and New Zealand Playing? – India v New Zealand Cricket, 2020, will see 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 Test Matches played in between January, and March.
- Top Team Batsman Bet – You must successfully predict a batsman from a team who will score the most runs in a match.
- Top Team Bowler Bet – You must successfully predict a bowler from a team who will take the most wickets in a match.
- Most Sixes Bet – You must successfully predict a team who will hit the most sixes in a match.
- A Hundred To Be Scored In The Match Bet – You must successfully predict a player who will score a hundred in a match.
- Batsman To Score A Fifty In The MatchBet – You must successfully predict a player who will score a fifty in a match.
- Most Run Outs Bet – You must successfully predict a team who will affect the most run outs in a match.
- Highest Opening Partnership Bet – You must successfully predict a team who will have the highest opening partnership in a match.
- Total Runs Bet – You must successfully predict a margin above or below which the combined tally of runs of both teams will be scored in a match.
- Race To 10 Runs Bet – You must successfully predict which batsman will score 10 runs the fastest in a match.
India v New Zealand Cricket has always proven to be a mesmerizing watch. New Zealand Cricket has been on the high in recent years, having finished both the 2015, and 2019 ICC World Cup Tournaments as Runners-up. India on the other hand are performing exceedingly well, and will look to build on their wonderful performances, in the years to come.
India v New Zealand Cricket has seen many highs, and plenty of lows, and we expect high quality action to ensure whenever these two sides meet. Before placing a bet on these two sides, you must perform you due diligence, and ensure that your research entails gauging through team news, injury updates, team form, and fixture history.