Cricket and India have had a very colourful history, and it can be said without a shred of doubt that Cricket is one of the most important and followed sports in the country. Attracting thousands and thousands of spectators, every time they play, the Indian team has mostly been performing quite well the last couple of seasons. The incredible support that they get from the fans is also something that contributes to their success.
Since Bangladesh’s tour of India the end of 2019, India has been part of two international tours – one with Sri Lanka and another one with Australia. Veteran, VVS Laxman said that the series win against Australia was to be a boon ahead of New Zealand Tour. That being said, India has several tours lined up even this year, along with their campaign for a win at the ICC T20 World Cup, 2020.
- India Tour of New Zealand:
India’s tour of New Zealand will span across the months of January, February and March 2020, and will comprise of 2 test matches, 3 ODI matches and 5 T20 matches. The matches will be held at Eden Park, matches will be held in Seddon Park, Westpac Stadium, Basin Reserve, Bay Oval and Hagley Oval. The T20 series, which sees the return of Rohit Sharma and the replacement of Shikhar Dhawan with Sanju Samson in the T20 squad and Prithvi Shaw in the ODIs begins on January 24 at the Eden Park in Auckland. The ODI series is set to start of February 5 at Seddon Park while Basin Reserve in Wellington, on February 21st, will host the first of the two-Test series. India has been in more or less great form, except the occasional hiccups in the bowling order, and will look to further their unbeaten run in the shorter format after a sensational home season where they won against South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
2. South Africa Tour of India
Next up is South Africa’s Tour of India. India will host South Africa for 3 ODI matches, in the month of May. The first one will be played at Dharamshala, the second one in Lucknow and the third one at Kolkata. If there are any points which can be kept in mind from the India vs. South Africa Test Series, it’sthat India is in good form. Their batting order is providing ample support though on rare occasions the bowling order has been an issue for them. But the test series saw better performances from the fast bowlers and Ravichandran Ashwin’s impressive innings. Moreover, the fact that they have played against South Africa recently, and performed extremely well, albeit in a different format, tips the balance in India’s favour.
3. T20 World Cup:
With the ICC T20 World Cup knocking on everyone’s door, the preparation for the same are also at a peak. The 7th edition of the tournament will be held in Australia, this time, in the months of October and November. Coach Ravi Shastri has said that the upcoming ODIs will help India prepare for T20 Cricket World Cup. While KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami are locked for the squad, there is some uncertainty regarding Hardik Pandya owing to his injury. Rishabh Pant’s inconsistency along with the discovery of KL Rahul’s skill at the wickets, also makes Pants chances uncertain. Other players contending for a spot in the playing eleven are Shreyas Iyer, who has the upcoming New Zealand series to prove his mettle, Washington Sundar, and Krunal Pandya, both of whom performed well in the series they played. Rahul Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav are contending for ins with an outside chance.
4. Asia Cup
To India is set to participate in the Asia cup tournament scheduled for September 2020 a new controversy has emerged. The Indian Cricket Team has refused to tour Pakistan, where the tournament was slated to occur, due to the bilateral tension between the two countries. The Asia Cup, to be played in the T20 format, in order to prepare for the World Cups later will now thus be held in either Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Dubai. India has won this tournament a record six times and with their current form in the T20 format, they are firm favourites to win it again.
All in all, India has a very exciting season coming up, and they will have to be at their absolute best to emerge at the top. They have been playing good cricket the last few months and they might end up with extremely positive results in the world cup if they manage to hold on to this form and momentum.