As the dust settles down on India’s Asia Cup triumph, the team is getting ready for yet another very challenging season. Virat Kohli & Co. have tours of Australia and New Zealand lined up in addition to assignments against the likes of West Indies, Australia and Zimbabwe at home. The busy season will come to an end with the all important World Cup in England.
So here we take a look at all the series and assignments lined up for India from October to the next year’s World Cup.
India’s season gets underway with a full-fledged series against West Indies at home. It consists of two Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.
The opening Test will be held at Rajkot from 4 to 8 October, followed by the second Test from 12 to 16 October at Hyderabad.
The five-match ODI series will begin on 21 October at Guwahati, followed by the second ODI on 24 October at Indore and third ODI at Pune on 27 October. The final two one-dayers will be held at Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on 29 October and 1 November.
The ODIs will be followed by the three T20 Internationals to be held at Kolkata (4 November), Lucknow (6 November) and Chennai (11 November).
India vs West Indies Schedule October 2018
1st Test – October 4-8, Rajkot 2nd Test – October 12-16, Hyderabad
1st ODI – October 21, Guwahati 2nd ODI – October 24, Vizag 3rd ODI – October 27, Pune 4th ODI – October 29, Mumbai 5th ODI – November 1, Thiruvananthapuram
1st T20 – November 4, Kolkata 2nd T20 – November 6, Lucknow 3rd T20 – November 11, Chennai.
After the West Indies series, India will fly out to Australia for a challenging full-fledged series. The tour will get underway with the T20I leg. Both the sides will compete in three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs. Gabba will host the first T20I.
After the three-match T20I series, the two teams will compete in a four-Test series, the first of which will be played from December 6, 2018, at Adelaide Oval.
The second Test will be at the Perth Stadium and will begin from December 16. After a week’s break, the two teams will travel to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test which begins on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The fourth and final Test between the two countries will begin from January 3, 2019 at Sydney Cricket Ground, after which the two sides will square off in 3-match ODI series, the first of which will be played in SCG on January 12. The tournament will conclude with the third ODI at MCG on January 18.
India tour of Australia schedule:
November 21 – Australia v India, The Gabba, 1st T20I November 23 – Australia v India, MCG, 2nd T20I November 25 – Australia v India, SCG, 3rd T20I
December 6-10 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 1st Test December 14-18 – Australia v India, Perth Stadium, 2nd Test December 26-30 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd Test January 3-7 – Australia v India, SCG, 4th Test
January 12 – Australia v India, SCG, 1st ODI January 15 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 2nd ODI January 18 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd ODI
After taking on Australia, India will embark on a month-long tour of New Zealand. The series consists of five ODIs and three T20Is.
India’s tour of New Zealand schedule:
1st ODI – January 23, Napier 2nd ODI – January 26, Mount Maunganui 3rd ODI – January 28, Mount Maunganui 4th ODI – January 31, Hamilton 5th ODI – February 3, Wellington
1st T20 – February 6, Wellington 2nd T20 – February 8, Auckland 3rd T20 – February 10, Hamilton
The New Zealand tour will end India’s long stay in the southern hemisphere. Virat Kohli & Co. will then return home to take on Australia and Zimbabwe. The schedule for the Zimbabwe series is not announced yet.
Schedule of Australia’s tour of India 2019:
1st ODI – 24 February 2019, Mohali 2nd ODI – 27 February , Hyderabad 3rd ODI – 2 March, Nagpur 4th ODI – 5 March, Delhi 5th ODI – 8 March, Ranchi
1st T20I – 10 March, Bengaluru 2nd T20I – Vizag
India’s 2018-19 season will come to an end with the Zimbabwe series. The Men in Blue will then fly out to England for the World Cup.
India’s schedule at the World Cup including the dates for the semifinals and the final:
5 June: South Africa (Southampton) 9 June: Australia (Oval) 13 June: New Zealand (Nottingham) 16 June: Pakistan (Manchester) 22 June: Afghanistan (Southampton) 27 June: West Indies (Manchester) 30 June: England (Birmingham) 2 July: Bangladesh (Birmingham) 6 July: Sri Lanka (Leeds) 9 July: 1st Semi final (Manchester) 11 July: 2nd Semi final (Birmingham) 14 July: Final (Lords).