Recently, New Zealand sent their A side for a tour of India before the main side got a thorough check of the conditions for the limited overs tour. They were thoroughly outplayed and lost both the unofficial Tests by an innings and the unofficial ODI series 3-0. The New Zealand main squad has a lot of players from the New Zealand A side. The Blackcaps would be hoping that their youngsters learnt how to get along in Indian conditions which might help them in the upcoming series. The Blackcaps pushed the Indian team to the limits in the ODI series last time; these sides met, barely 12 months ago. India managed to win the decider and eventually the series 3-2.
They will be hoping to better that this time for sure, given the side’s rich vein of utter dominance of late. India-New Zealand matches up in ODI’s has been pretty tight with India leading 49-43 in head-to-head matches. One match ended up as a tie, and five matches ended up without a result. Though India will be starting as favourites at home, New Zealand has enough ingredients to surprise Indians. We might be in for a cracker of a series.
Let’s take a look at top 5 wicket takers in India-New Zealand matches.