IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

India vs New Zealand stands shoe-horned into a schedule that seems to bend the time-space continuum.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

Honestly, if the people who make these calendars are left to fiddle with the concept of time, there would be three new months to go with the other 12.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

So, here we are, with a series that will fade away, quite content in knowing it has no place in the grand scheme of things, but still willing to offer a few thrills and spills.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

New Zealand are tired. They are also beaten. But, in a sense, does it really matter?

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

Kane Williamson clocked out at the end of a grueling T20 World Cup campaign.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

Trent Boult remains but he may as well be sleepwalking, especially considering how Sunday will be his last engagement on this tour before finally leaving for home.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

Lockie Ferguson is only just coming back from a serious injury. And Devon Conway is still stuck on the physio's table.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

Meanwhile, on the other side, Virat Kohli is taking a break, Jasprit Bumrah too and Hardik Pandya, well, no one seems to know what's really going on with him.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

All of which adds to the feeling that these games in India have been more an obligation than an all-out battle.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I : Match Preview

That said, to the actual individuals, like Harshal Patel, who was finally given an international stage to showcase his talents, this contest that is the cricketing equivalent of jury duty may mean just a tiny bit more.