Jan 19 (): After suffering a disappointing defeat in the South Africa tour, India is visiting New Zealand for five one-day internationals and two Test matches with a positive frame.
Fixtures of India Tour of New Zealand 2014
|01/19/2014||India v New Zealand||ODI||D/N||McLean Park, Napier|
|01/22/2014||India v New Zealand||ODI||D/N||Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|01/25/2014||India v New Zealand||ODI||D/N||Eden Park, Auckland|
|01/28/2014||India v New Zealand||ODI||D/N||Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|01/31/2014||India v New Zealand||ODI||D/N||Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|02/06/2014||India v New Zealand||Test||Day||Eden Park, Auckland|
|02/14/2014||India v New Zealand||Test||Day||Basin Reserve, Wellington|
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell McClanaghan, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tim Southee.
India: MS Dhoni (capt), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey.
India must win the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand so that they can retain their No 1 status in the ICC team rankings. Now, India is at the top of the ICC ODI team rankings table with 120 ratings points and New Zealand is at the eighth-place by 34 ratings points.
India have been the No 1-ranked ODI side since January 2013, when it replaced England at the top. If India lose the series, starting on Sunday in Napier, they will lose their number one and as many as six ratings points.
India’s young batsman Virat Kohli will start the series in New Zealand as the highest-ranked batsman on either side. Currently, Kohli is in second position in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen with 859 ratings points, just 13 behind No 1-ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa. Kohli could reclaim the No 1 rank he last held in November 2013, by showing a good show with his bat.