New Zealand suffered yet another disappointment in the finals of the T20 World Cup 2021, losing by eight wickets to Australia. At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Kane Williamson-led side put up a valiant fight and produced 172/4 while batting first. The Men in Yellow, though, crossed the line with seven balls to spare thanks to half-centuries from David Warner and Mitchell Marsh.

The Kiwis, on the other hand, won’t have much time to mourn their loss because they have a crucial tour of India planned. Beginning November 17, New Zealand will play three Twenty20 Internationals and a pair of Test matches in the subcontinental nation. While the Blackcaps have recently trounced India, former Indian wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik believes that facing the Men in Blue after losing the final will test the mental strength of the New Zealand team.

Mentally, it will be challenging. New Zealand had a fantastic year, reaching the finals of both the World Test Championship and the T20 World Cup, winning one and losing the other. They’ll use this bilateral series as a warm-up for next year’s World Cup. “They’ll give it their all to put on a nice show in India,” Karthik remarked on Cricbuzz while previewing the T20I series between India and New Zealand.

Zaheer Khan, a former Indian sprinter who was on the same panel, had a different take on the situation. He believes that, despite New Zealand’s failure in the T20 World Cup final, playing cricket after such a short break would be the best way for them to move on.

“It would have been the worst thing in the world if they had won the tournament, been crowned champions, and then been asked to play again in three days, because you want to celebrate what you have accomplished. Since they lost the tournament, it’s not a bad thing that New Zealand has to play again in three days; it will help them move on,” Zaheer said.

Meanwhile, in recent years, India has performed admirably at home in a variety of formats. As a result, they’d be determined to keep their winning streak going. New Zealand, on the other hand, would back them to defy the odds after thrashing the Men in Blue by eight wickets in the T20 World Cup league stage.