Virat Kohli and Co. have arrived on Kiwi’s shores for a one-month long tour which includes five-match T20I series, three-match ODI series, and two-match Test series. The New Zealand and Indian teams will face each other for the first time after the World Cup 2019 campaign in England.
In the pre-match conference ahead of the New Zealand first T20I match, skipper Virat Kohli discusses the busy schedule of Team India. He said it is difficult to travel and immediately adjust to foreign conditions while considering the time zones, too. He hoped that in the future matches these things shouldn’t happen in the first place.
“It is definitely getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That is how compressed the gap has become,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference before the first T20I with New Zealand.
“I think this kind of travel and coming to a place which is seven hours ahead of India time is difficult to adjust immediately. I am sure that these things will be taken into consideration much more in the future,” he further added.
“Every T20 is important”: Virat Kohli
After registering the win over Australia, within five days, India will play the first T20I match on Friday (24th Jan). Kohli believes it’s tough to manage when it comes to such busy schedule but also considers that every T20 match is important ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia in October, this year.
“The last series we played against Australia was ODIs so we spent more time on the field, but we played a few T20s before that. Having played a lot more cricket than just T20s in the last three games, we will find it easier to come here and play even though with less time (to prepare).”
“We are looking forward to that and starting with the series because this is the year of the world cup and every T20 is important,” Kohli said.
Meanwhile, the first and second T20I matches will be played in Eden Park, Auckland. While the third, fourth and fifth games will be played at Seddon Park, Westpac Stadium and the Bay Oval.