See India vs New Zealand ODI series preview, expected performances, India vs New Zealand head to head, and inclusive pre-series analysis of the both contenders of the series. After suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of the Proteas, India now move on to test their caliber on New Zealand soil. They are going to play 5 ODIs and 2 test matches against New Zealand that will prove to be very exciting give the recent performance of both teams. They are struggling a lot away from home as fast pitches provided them ample time to settle into the rhythm. They tried their level best against might Proteas but ended up losing against them both in ODIs as well as tests. See India vs New Zealand Schedule & Time Table.
India vs New Zealand ODI Series Preview
Although, India lost to South Africa in ODIs very convincingly, they showed some fighting spirit in tests. However, the test series also proved to be dismal for them. Batsmen seemed to set into their grooves as most of them were into the scores. Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane are worth mentioning in this regard. Murali Vijay also contributed a little bit. Overall their batting was up to the desired standards. It was the bowling that let them down, both in ODIs as well as test matches. South Africa stumbled only in the first inning of the first test match but they punished Indian bowling quite severely in rest of the innings. India lacks a bowler that could penetrate into the opposition batting lineup. Even the spinners are struggling to threaten the batsmen. They are now going to New Zealand where the pitches will be fast and bouncy that will provide same sort of challenge to the Indian batsmen as they had in South Africa.
Talking about Indian form in ODIs, there are not much shining aspects away from home. They have rare victories against big teams when they step outside India. Recently, they beat Australia and West Indies that would have provided them sufficient match practice and confidence going into South Africa. However, they lost so badly in the ODI series that their confidence was completely shattered.
New Zealand is enjoying their summer season at home against West Indies at the moment. They will shortly turn to India for playing ODI series. They will have high morale going into this series provided they are able to beat West Indies in their bilateral series. West Indies is providing them a great challenge that could be threatening for New Zealand in the quest of moving ahead in the schedule towards tougher opposition. They lost to West Indies in their 1st ODI in a low scoring encounter. They tried to defend the low total very bravely they couldn’t succeed. New Zealand is not looking strong enough to knock out West Indies, forget about India which is much strong. However, India is itself under the challenge of facing fast pitches outside their home and they will seek a great challenge in playing in New Zealand conditions.
Indian team is introducing some new faces into their squad so that fresh blood is circulated in the body of the team. Ishwar Pandey has been called for playing test series. He is a very good fast bowler who has showed tremendous performances in the Ranji Trophy 2012-13. He is playing excellent cricket even in this season. He belongs to Madhya Pradesh. He will feature in ODIs as well along with the all-rounder from Karnataka, Stuart Binny a fast bowler from Jharkand, Varun Aaron. Yuvraj Singh has been in all sorts of troubles during the recent ODI series. He hasn’t made any significant contributions to the team ever since the series from Australia. Stuart Binny is a great all-rounder who has performed well in the Ranji trophy. He is the batsmen with great slogging ability in later stages of the inning when quick runs are required. Varun Aaron has played against West Indies in 2011 when he impressed all the selectors with his immaculate fast bowling. His pace is good enough to trouble even best of the batsmen in the world. He will put some strength in Indian bowling lineup that is struggling somewhat to find their right steps.
Pragyan Ojha will not play during the test series in spite of bowling quite well in 2013. He is averaging around 23 with the ball this year that is quite good considering the other bowlers of India. However, the selectors have preferred the pace bowlers in test matches considering the pitches in New Zealand that favor the fast bowling.
It will be a great battle between India and New Zealand since both teams have nearly equal chances in winning ODI series. Both teams will have to play out of their skins to come out as victors. Only time will decide the winner.