India suffered their first-ever ODI series whitewash since 1989 after a 3-0 drubbing against New Zealand recently. This had come after the Men In Blue's 5-0 annihilation of the hosts in the T20I series. The focus now shifts to the Test series which will be underway on February 21. However, in the 10-day gap that both teams get, the Indian players decided to take a much-deserved break before getting back to business.
The Indian players had visited Blue Springs in Putaruru on Thursday and enjoyed the scenic beauty of the location. The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Jasprit Bumrah, etc. were seen enjoying themselves. The image was posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
The two teams will now collide in the first of the two-match Test series from February 21 onwards. The match will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington and the action will commence at 4:00 AM IST. The series-deciding second Test match will then be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch between February 29 and March 4.
The Test series will also form a part of the ongoing inaugural ICC World Test Championship where India are currently on top of the points table. However, it will be interesting to see whether Kohli & Co. can emulate their Test greatness overseas. Before the Test series, the Indian team will be taking on New Zealand XI in a three-day practise match which will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday.
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