Team India arrives in New Zealand
The Men in Blue landed in New Zealand on Monday for a five-match ODI series against the hosts, first of which will be played at Napier, starting January 19.
Indian captain MS Dhoni said it will be a 'study' tour for the team, ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which will be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The skipper has given full backing to his side that has recently lost the ODI and Test series against South Africa. The ODI series in New Zealand will be a good exposure for youngsters who will be looking to make the cut for the World Cup, feels Dhoni.
The visitors will also be wary of a new crop of bowlers that have impressed lately in the home side. New Zealand is a tough team to beat and the Indian team is not taking them lightly, says the captain. Meanwhile, India's star batsman Virat Kohli is all set to go out and perform.
Here's what he had to say after arriving in Napier via a connecting flight from Auckland.
Napier welcomes us with pleasant weather and great scenery. Cant wait to get onto the field. pic.twitter.com/flOItd9r5h— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 13, 2014
The series starts with the 1st ODI at Napier and will go on till January 31 in Wellington. The Test series will begin on February 6, with the opening Test being held in Auckland, followed by the final Test in Wellington on February 14. India will be playing a two-day practice game on February 2 and 3 at Whangarei before the Test series commences.
The last time an Indian contingent traveled to New Zealand for a bilateral series was in 2008/09, where they triumphed 1-0.