The T20I series between India and New Zealand produced some spectacular cricket, including a century and a hat-trick, and the focus is now shifting to the 50-over format as the two teams prepare to meet in the three- match ODI series. The Indians have a slight advantage in the overall head-to-head, having won 55 of 110 clashes between the two teams. The Blackcaps have won 49 games. But the last time India visited New Zealand in early 2020, they were swept 0-3 by the hosts in the ODI series. Add to that the deflationary loss in the semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup and India has lost 4 consecutive ODIs to the Kiwis.
So, this series offers Deputy Captain Shikhar Dhawan and his men the perfect opportunity to take revenge for those losses and also start India’s preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup next year. India’s last win in ODIs on New Zealand soil was in 2018/19 when Virat Kohli’s team won the series 4-1.
Shikhar Dhawan, who has managed the ODI team off and on for the past few years, has a spectacular track record. He has won 7 of the 9 games in which he has led the team and hopes to continue his winning streak.
The series offers a great opportunity for team management to try out some new faces in the absence of some senior players. It will be interesting to see if the likes of Umran Malik and Sanju Samson who couldn’t get a game in the T20Is get a chance to demonstrate their prowess in the ODIs or not. It will also be a chance for Suryakumar Yadav to take his T20I form to the 50-over format and prove once again why he is currently India’s leading batsman in white-ball cricket.
The series, which begins November 25, is available live and exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. It is a great opportunity for Indian fans and viewers to watch cricket on a platform that offers some unique offers. Live cricket is made immersive and accessible with multi-lingual feeds, fantastic studio programming and an excellent set of commentators to guide fans through the series.
The series also provides a chance for Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer to further cement their positions in India’s batting order in the absence of both Rohit and Virat.
As far as fans are concerned, a lot is in store for them in terms of viewing experience. Prime Video also offers a one-hour English-language live pre-show before each match. The mid-innings break will feature a 15-minute show which is a recap of the first innings and a preview of the second. The live programming also includes a 30-minute post-match presentation and analysis by Prime Video’s stable of cricket experts.
Prime Video puts together a new live sports viewing experience and offers customers new features such as in-game language selector and “Rapid Recap”. The in-game language selector allows customers to seamlessly change languages (e.g. English to Hindi) without leaving the game. Customers participating in a game in progress can catch up on impressive game highlights using the “Rapid Recap” feature before automatically switching to the live stream.
India last won the ODI World Cup in 2011 when it was played in India, and the 2023 event will be a chance to add a third world title to the cat and the road to that glory begins in New- Zealand.
Watch the New Zealand India tour live and exclusively on Prime Video. Coverage of the ODIs on November 25, 27 and 30 will begin at 6pm.
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