IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

How much cricket is too much cricket? Three days after playing the ICC T20 World Cup final, New Zealand will play the opening T20I against India.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

Now, more than ever, teams face the increasing need to prioritise player wellbeing and manage workloads.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

Tim Southee has admitted that the bubble life and quarantine has been taking a toll on players while India head coach Rahul Dravid stressed on the eve of the game that the management is already looking at ways to plan breaks for the players.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

The scheduling, especially for this series, is going to be extremely tough for New Zealand. They play three matches in five days before the Test series.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

Factor this, after a tough loss in the final where the players were at the venue till around 11 pm, they had to travel to Jaipur via Sharjah the next morning and prepare for the three-match series.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

But the road to ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia starts now and the players have been forced to keep going.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

New Zealand are coming off a draining world tournament and it won't be a surprise if they do lack the intensity.

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

India, on the other hand, can hardly offer any excuses, especially after their Group stage exit. New T20I captain Rohit Sharma spoke about the need to "create their own template" and

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IND v NZ : 1st T20 Preview

ensuring "the players are given the required confidence" in the lead to the tournament in Australia. And it'll be crucial for the new combination of Dravid and Rohit to set things right early.

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