India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I

Ross Houston
January 24, 2020

This will be the first time that the "Men In Blue" will be facing the Kiwis since the two teams' encounter in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, back in August. Such tight scheduling has caused the Indian captain Virat Kohli expressing some frustration during his tête-à-tête with the press on the eve of the first T20I match. They're probably one side that has set the right example for teams to play at the global level and how they should carry themselves. They've very respectful of that fact and you can tell by the way they play - they're a quality side and we really have a lot of respect for them and vice versa as well, I think they have a lot of respect for us.

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson at the end of the World Cup semifinal.

India and New Zealand will play the first match of T20 worldwide series in Auckland on Friday and KL Rahul on Thursday showed some nifty glove-work during the practice session.

There has been intense debate in New Zealand whether captaining the side in all three formats put too much pressure on the 29-year-old, the New Zealand batting talisman who had below par innings of 34, 14, nine and a duck against Australia last month. India and New Zealand will play five T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests.

"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".

However, during the pre-match press conference of the series opener, Kohli said that it is quite impossible to be in any revenge mood simply because of how nice the New Zealanders are in person. "We definitely have to be at our best".

Australia's Steve Smith, who is counted to be one of the modern-day greats, on Wednesday heaped praise on Kohli and backed him to break more batting records in the near future. Now in New Zealand to represent India A on a shadow tour, Shaw has already posted scores of 150 and 48 in his two outing so far. And in New Zealand it's not something that's larger than life or the most important thing in life, I think it's part of the Kiwi culture and they just treat it as a sport.

Razzaq also claimed the Pakistani players can also surpass Kohli provided they get the same amount of support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which Kohli gets from BCCI.

"I think it's a wonderful balance and something that every team that comes to New Zealand loves".

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