New Zealand’s Tour of India 2021

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The time has come for the Black Caps to face against the Men in Blue for a Tour of India as they come head to head for five upcoming matches. India are set to host the New Zealand cricket team and play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and two Test matches. As always, if you’re as excited as we are to see what is going to happen, we’ve also included our recommendations for online cricket betting, so you can get as close to the action as possible.

In this article, we will cover where both teams are standing in the ICC cricket rankings, how they have performed in previous tournaments like the WTC T20 World Cup, and see how they stand for these upcoming matches.

Recent History

The Indian cricket team would normally be strong favourites in both formats of the game, particularly with conditions in their favour. However, they come into this series off the back of a below par ICC T20 World Cup after defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand (8 wickets). By contrast, the New Zealand cricket team could start the tour as reigning World Champions of both these formats of cricket.

New Zealand will be crowned T20 World champions should they beat Australia the final on Sunday. This will be their first test series since their eight wicket victory against India in the World Test championship in England in June 2021. New Zealand are clearly not a test side to be taken for granted.

The ICC World Test championship Final saw two high-quality sides produce a thrilling contest of cricket in difficult conditions for batting: New Zealand winning late on the sixth day of a rain affected game in typical English conditions. This time, conditions will be to India’s liking and favour.

India will certainly be out to prove that their current ODI form is a blip and to test New Zealand in the five day game. Irrespective of possibly starting as double World Champions, New Zealand will be seeking to reinforce their place as a leading team in world cricket. Especially as the current ICC cricket rankings put them at the top of the table.

Team Changes and Information

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A big blow for the Black Caps is that they will be without Devon Conway in both formats after he broke his right hand during their semi-final match at the ICC T20 World Cup. The injury occurred when Conway hit his own bat in frustration after his dismissal and broke his hand in the process. Glen Phillips and Tim Seifert, both right-handed batsmen wicket-keepers will step in for the T20 games with Tom Blundell going behind the stumps in the tests.

Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are both unavailable for the tour, so New Zealand will have the same T20I World Cup squad, minus Conway, Grandhomme, and Boult, with Adam Milne named as injury cover. In the Tests, Ajaz Patel will lead the spin attack, with William Somerville and Mitchell Santner. Pace bowling will be shared by Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson. Rachin Ravindra and Glenn Phillips have also been included in the squad.


This series will be the first one under new team India coach Rahul Dravid, the former U19 Team India coach, who replaces outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri.

Team India announced a 16-member squad for the T20I series, where we will see Rohit Sharma lead India in the T20 series after Virat Kohli stepped down from captain and will remain out for the ODI series. Several other first-choice players will be absent from the squad such as Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, and Shardul Thakur. Therefore, there are a lot of fresh faces in the squad with Venkatesh Iyer and bowlers Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan will be making their debuts. In the test series, India will be without regular opener Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

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Upcoming Match Information

Take a look at the table below to find out where the five upcoming matches will take place:

DateMatch DetailsStadiumTime
Wednesday 17th November 20211st T20I Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur19:30
Friday 19th November 20212nd T20IJSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi19:30
Sunday 21st November 20213rd T20IEden Gardens, Kolkata19:30
25th – 29th November 20211st TestGreen Park, Kanpur09:00
3rd – 7th December 20212nd TestWankhede Stadium, Mumbai09:00