IND Vs NZ: New Zealand played the T20 World Cup Final on the night of 14 November 2021 in Dubai. Without a rest-day, they travelled to India on 15th November and landed in Jaipur on the same day. After a practice session on 16th, the Kiwis will come out to play the T20I series versus India on 17th November 2021.
Technically, the Kiwis just got one day’s rest before they take the ground to play the first of the three T20I matches in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Netizens were complaining about the short gap between NZ’s matches. Cricketer’s mental and physical well-being is at the center of these complaints. A user wrote, “How does one expect New Zealand to be mentally prepared for the India series after such a short gap between the #T20WorldCupFinal and the #INDvNZ series?”
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New Zealand will play a three-match T20I series against India starting from November 17 in Jaipur. The next couple of T20Is would be played on Friday and Sunday in Ranchi and Kolkata.
Take a look at some of the comments by social media users highlighting the short rest period for NZ players:
New Zealand are in Jaipur. Today is the 16th, so they play tomorrow.
I know cricketers are paid well, but this is torture.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@SachinAzharCT) (@ovshake42) November 15, 2021
I think #NewZealand team coming to India Today
Please 10 days give gap #NewZealand players need rest
17 Nov indvsnz 1st t20
— Be good and do good (@cinema_talks_) November 15, 2021
Wow #NewZealand cricket team just played the T20 World Cup final in Dubai on Sunday and they are now set a play a bilateral T20 series against #India in India on Wednesday giving them a gap of just TWO days to recover from the loss in final and prepare for the next assignment! ????????♂️
— Shiva (@shivadfilms) November 16, 2021
Similar complaints were made about players being ‘fatigued’ due to ‘excessive cricket’ after India’s T20 WC loss against Pakistan.
New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson will miss out on the action from the T20I series against India, to prioritise “preparing for the Test series starting on November 25 in Kanpur”. The New Zealand Cricket announced this in a statement.
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