The upcoming India tour of New Zealand will be LIVE and exclusive only on Prime Video from Nov 18 to 30th
Prime Video launches a new mini-series on the platform titled Taking Guard that celebrates India’s Historic Rivalry with New Zealand and builds anticipation for India’s quest for Kiwi glory ahead of the series.
Produced by Prime Video, the six episodes focus on India’s past tours to the Land of the Kiwis and hopes for a better outcome during the forthcoming trip in November.
Taking Guard features former cricketers from India and New Zealand sharing insights, anecdotes, and analysis.
India’s most-loved streaming service, Prime Video, with viewership from 99% of India’s pin codes, gears up for LIVE cricket with India men’s tour of New Zealand beginning Nov 18th to Nov 30th. The limited-over series will consist of three T20Is and an equal number of ODIs..
They will be available to watch LIVE and exclusively on Prime Video, the official rights holder to stream all men’s exclusively and women’s cricket matches played in New Zealand for the India market.
Fans excited to watch the bi-lateral series live on Prime Video will also get an additional ring-side view into the storied rivalry between two giants of the short format game, as the streaming service announced today the launch of a six-part mini-series Taking Guard: India’s Quest for Kiwi Glory. Taking Guard explores India’s fabled rivalry with the Kiwis, going back to 1967, through archival match footage, soundbites, and graphics.
The documentary moves seamlessly through varied themes chronicling India’s tour to New Zealand over the years. Former greats of the game, who lend their voice in telling this riveting story, include Ravi Shastri, Ajit Agarkar, Danny Morrison, Simon Doull, and Ian Smith.
Harsha Bhogle, who has not only witnessed this rivalry from close quarters but has been the voice narrating the highs and lows from some of these matches from the commentary box, also talks about his experience.
The new series launched exclusively on Prime Video today.
“At Prime Video, we are committed to super-serving our customers in India, providing on-demand access to the best in entertainment across formats, genres, and languages,” said Chaitanya Divan, Head of Sports, Prime Video, India. “We are now excited to bring them the best in live sports and provide a new viewing experience of the anticipated bi-lateral tour this November between the two titans of the cricketing world – India and New Zealand.”
“Indians have a huge appetite for cricket. We are excited to present the new exclusive mini-series Taking Guard before India’s highly-anticipated tour to New Zealand in a few weeks. Featuring insights and analysis from cricketing legends, Taking Guard casts the spotlight on the rivalry between the two countries, which barely sees any baring of the teeth, snarling or heated moments on the field but is full of intense competition and peppered with mutual respect.
We are thrilled and look forward to this contest between two terrific, evenly-matched sides. As the action moves from Australia to New Zealand, we will announce a few more initiatives for cricket fans in the coming weeks.” Divan added.
This mini-series is part of Prime Video’s unique programming initiative around the upcoming series that starts on 18th November with the first T20I and concludes with the last ODI on 30th November. Watch the series here – https://bit.ly/TakingGuard. Watch the trailer of the series here – https://bit.ly/3DUVCwy
As a part of the multi-year partnership, international men’s and women’s cricket matches played in New Zealand across all formats – will be available exclusively on Prime Video India.
18th November 2022
New Zealand vs. India, 1st T20I
20th November 2022
New Zealand vs. India, 2nd T20I
22nd November 2022
New Zealand vs. India, 3rd T20I
25th November 2022
New Zealand vs. India, 1st ODI
27th November 2022
New Zealand vs. India, 2nd ODI
30th November 2022
New Zealand vs. India, 3rd ODI
Team India recently announced the white ball squad for their tour of New Zealand. The series promises to be an exciting chapter in the next generation of Indian cricketers preparing for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup next year. It will mark Hardik Pandya’s debut as a Team India captain of the T20I squad and will have Shikhar Dhawan lead in the fifty-over format.
The T20I team features as many as eight in-form players from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad, including Hardik, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Arshdeep Singh. In addition, in the fast bowling department, Mohammed Siraj and Deepak Chahar come in for the T20Is and ODIs, respectively. The young Shubhman Gill, who led the India A team against their Kiwi counterparts, is expected to make his international debut for India in the shortest format of the game in this series.
New Zealand has had a terrific campaign in the shortest format of the game recently, and the last time India toured New Zealand was in 2020, where they played two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20I matches. While the T20I series was a clean sweep for India, New Zealand won the ODI series, which was also their first clean sweep against India in an ODI series with three or more matches. Will the two evenly matched sides recreate that same magic of the previous tour this time? Fans will have to wait and watch.
Fans on Prime Video can also access a host of cricket programming and highlights and watch clips of key moments from the matches on the service shortly after each game ends.