Virat Kohli and Co. are riding high on the success of two back-to-back victories against Sri Lanka and Australia this month. They are all set to lock horn with the New Zeland cricket team in the upcoming long tour to New Zealand that will kickstart from tomorrow.
Ahead of the start of the T20 international series, the Indian skipper talked about the heartbreaking defeat of the Indian team by the hands of Kane Williamson led New Zealand cricket team in the ICC World Cup semi-final.
It has been so many months to the heartbreaking semi-final loss in the World Cup in England last year but the memories are still afresh in every cricket fans’ minds. After registering 7 back-to-back victories in the World Cup tournament over teams like South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan, Team India lost the semi-finals.
Had it not been for that one throw from Martin Guptill which ran out MS Dhoni, India would have lifted the 50-over World Cup trophy at Lord.
In an interview, talking about Team India’s heartbreaking defeat by New Zealand during the World Cup semi-finals, Virat Kohli said:
“It’s all about being competitive on the field. They are one side that has set the right example for teams to carry themselves on the international stage. We were actually happy for them when they qualified for World Cup finals. When you have lost you have to look at the larger picture. So nothing about revenge.”
Here, check out the full schedule of India’s tour to New Zealand:
January 24 (Friday): 1st T20I at Eden Park, Auckland (12:30 PM IST)
January 26 (Sunday): 2nd T20I at Eden Park, Auckland (12:30 PM IST)
January 29 (Wednesday): 3rd T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton (12:30 PM IST)
January 31 (Friday): 4th T20I at Westpac Stadium, Wellington (12:30 PM IST)
February 2 (Sunday): 5th T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui (12:30 PM IST)
February 5 (Wednesday): 1st ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton (7:30 AM IST)
February 8 (Saturday): 2nd ODI at Eden Park, Auckland (7:30 AM IST)
February 11 (Tuesday): 3rd ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui (7:30 AM IST)
February 14-16: Three-Day Practice Match, Seddon Park, Hamilton (3:30 AM IST)
February 21-25: 1st Test, Basin Reserve, Wellington (4:00 AM IST)
February 29-March 4: 2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (4:00 AM IST)