It will be “mentally tough” for New Zealand against India in the upcoming tour: Dinesh Karthik

Team India will play 3 T20Is and 2 Tests against New Zealand.

SportsTiger Staff Administrator

Updated - 15 November 2021 2:35 pm

The T20 World Cup final saw Aaron Finch's side defeat New Zealand to clinch their maiden World Cup title in the shortest format of the game. A power packed performance from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh powered Australia's innings as they defeated the Kiwis with 8 wickets in hand and 7 balls remaining.

Watch: The Australian side celebrated the landmark win by drinking from their shoes last night

However, this match would be a bitter pill to swallow for New Zealand. Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik believes the Kiwi squad won't have much time to think about their defeat as they prepare to meet Team India at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on 17th November. Team India will play 3 T20Is and 2 Tests against New Zealand. This will also be a crucial tour for both the teams.

New Zealand have had a good cricket season in the recent past. They were also part of the final in the ODI World Cup in 2019 and World Test Championship earlier this year. Karthik felt that the series can act as preparation for the WC slated for next year for both teams.

Karthik opined that the tour will be "mentally tough" for Kane Williamson's side.

While previewing the upcoming T20I series between India and New Zealand on Cricbuzz, Karthik said, “It will be a bit hard mentally. New Zealand had a great year, finals of both the World Test Championship and the T20 World Cup, one they won and one they lost. They will take this bilateral series as a step to the WC next year. They’ll do everything they can do to put up a good show in India.”

He also went on to add that India is capable of putting up a good show.

While previewing the upcoming tour, former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan also shared a different perspective for both the teams. He believed that this loss might help the New Zealand team to move on and play better.

“Had they won the tournament, being champions and being asked to play again in 3 days time, that would have been the worst thing possible because you want to enjoy what you have done. Since they lost the tournament, it’s not a bad thing that NZ have to play again in 3 days time, it will help them move on,” opined Zaheer.

Looking at Team India's performance, the squad has done considerably well in the home games. Hence they would be determined to bounce back after their failure in T2O WC.