After a tough 2020, the Indian cricket fans should buckle up for an exciting and busy 2021 as Team India will remain busy throughout the year. The cricket fans were deprived of action for most part of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the wake of the outbreak, cricket was suspended in March and for nearly six months, there was no action around the world.
International cricket finally resumed in July when England hosted West Indies. Since then, there has been cricket action on a regular basis. Team India returned to action in November through the ongoing tour of Australia. Prior to that, the Indian players took part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) too which was hosted in the UAE.
Unlike 2020, Team India will have their hands full in 2021. Virat Kohli & Co. are set for some big assignments in 2021 which will start with the third Test against Australia in Sydney. They are also scheduled to tour England in addition to playing the T20 World Cup at home. So with 2021 just starting, we are taking a look at Team India’s complete schedule for this year.
Australia vs India – January
India’s first assignment of 2021 will be to play the last two Tests of the ongoing four-match series against Australia. The Third Test will be played from January 7 in Sydney while the fourth and final Test will be played from January 15 in Brisbane. The fourth Test will be India’s last assignment on the long tour of Australia.
Home series against England – February to March
After returning from Australia, Team India will lock horns against England at home. India will take on the visitors in four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The BCCI has already announced the schedule and venue for the series. The series will be India’s first at home since the ODI series against Australia in January last year.
IPL 2021 – April to May
Unlike IPL 2020, IPL 2021 will be played in the original slot. While IPL 2020 was played in September-November because of the pandemic, IPL 2021 is set to be played at home between April and May.
Tour of Sri Lanka and Asia Cup (June-July)
The IPL will be followed by a tour of Sri Lanka. Team India are scheduled to visit the island nation for a three-match ODI series and five T20Is. After the conclusion of the bilateral series, the Men in Blue will defend their Asia Cup title in Sri Lanka,
Tour of Zimbabwe (July)
Following the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, India will leave for Zimbabwe for a limited-overs series. The tour was originally scheduled to happen in 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.
Tour of England (August to September)
The tour of Zimbabwe will be followed by one of the biggest assignments of the year – the tour of England. India will play five Tests against England in August.
Home series against South Africa(October)
After the tour of England, India will return home and will host South Africa in the month of October.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021
The home series against South Africa will be immediately followed by the biggest event of the year – T20 World Cup at home. The tournament was scheduled to be held in 2020 in Australia but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. India were later given the hosting rights for it while Australia will host the tournament in 2022.
Home series against New Zealand(November-December)
India’s home season will extend further with a series against New Zealand. The Black Caps will visit the subcontinent for two Tests and three T20Is in November-December. The series will also mark an end to India’s home season.
India tour of South Africa (December)
After the series against New Zealand, India will fly to South Africa in December. Both the teams will play three Tests and as many T20Is.