The year 2019 was an incredible one for India in many ways. They began the year by registering their maiden Test series win in Australia and went on to remain unbeaten in Tests in the year. India also finished the year as the number one side in the world. Further, they had a successful year in ODIs as well, with the World Cup semi-final loss being the one major disappointment.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for Indian cricket in 2020.
Sri Lanka in India T20Is
India begins the year with three T20Is against Sri Lanka at home. The first match will be played on January 5 at Guwahati, the second at Indore on January 7, and the third at Pune on January 10.
Australia in India ODIs
After Sri Lanka, Australia will visit India for a short three-ODI tour. The first match of the series will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on January 14. The second and third games will be played at Rajkot and Bengaluru on January 17 and January 19 respectively.
India tour Of New Zealand
In one of their biggest challenges, India will play 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs and two Test matches in New Zealand in January-February. The first two T20Is will be played at Eden Park, Auckland. The next three games will be held at Seddon Park in Hamilton, Westpac Stadium in Wellington) and the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui respectively. The three ODIs will take place at Hamilton, Auckland and Mount Maunganui while the Test matches will be played at Wellington and Christchurch.
1st T20I: January 24 (Auckland)
2nd T20I: January 26 (Auckland)
3rd T20I: January 29 (Hamilton)
4th T20I: January 31 (Wellington)
5th T20I: February 2 (Mount Maunganui)
1st ODI: February 5 (Hamilton)
2nd ODI: February 8 (Auckland)
3rd ODI: February 11 (Mount Maunganui)
1st Test: February 21-February 25 (Wellington)
2nd Test: February 29-March 04 (Christchurch)
South Africa in India ODIs
After a long tour of New Zealand, India will face South Africa at home in three ODIs in March. The matches will be held at Dharamsala, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
1st ODI: March 12 (Dharamsala)
2nd ODI: March 15 (Lucknow)
3rd ODI: March 15 (Kolkata)
England in India (ODIs and T20Is)
England will visit India for a short series, which will feature three ODIs and three T20Is, in September-October. The series is being seen as a preparation for the ICC World T20 in Australia.
ICC World T20
The seventh edition of the World T20 will take place in Australia from October 10 to November 15. India will play South Africa, England, Afghanistan, and two qualifiers. India’s detailed schedule is as below:
1st Group Game: vs South Africa, October 24 (Perth)
2nd Group Game: vs Qualifier, October 24 (Melbourne)
3rd Group Game: vs England, November 1 (Melbourne)
4th Group Game: vs Qualifier, November 5 (Adelaide)
5th Group Game: vs Afghanistan, November 8 (Sydney)
India tour of Australia
India might play a short T20 series ahead of the World T20. They are likely to stay back in Australia following the conclusion of the World T20 to play four Tests and three ODIs. The schedule is yet to be confirmed.
--Renin Wilben Albert