The Indian cricket team ended 2018 on a high note with the third Test win in Australia. If India keeps up the momentum, and wins the next Test, 2019 will be off to an excellent start.
The fourth Test in the four-match series takes place between 3rd and 7th January 2019. The matches take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Following the Test series is a three-match One Day International series against Australia. The games take place in Sydney on 12th January, Adelaide on 15th January, and Melbourne on 18th January.
The team travel to New Zealand for a five-match ODI series, and a three-match T20 International series. The New Zealand-India ODIs take place on 23rd, 26th, 28th, and 31st January, and 3rd February. T20I matches take place on 6th, 8th, and 10th February.
The Indian team returns home for a short rest before Australia heads to India for a tour. The teams play five ODIs and two T20Is.
Most of team India will play in the Indian Premier League, after which the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 begins in June.
More in Store for Top Indian Cricket Players
Players like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara will soon complete the Ranji Trophy. Once the Ranji Trophy is over towards the end of January, there will be little for them to do.
A BCCI source noted: “In the case of some of the Test specialists, we might play them against England Lions. England Lions are coming for a full series where they will play four day Tests as well as List A and T20 matches.”
In addition to Rahane and Pujara, Privthi Shaw, who is expected to regain full fitness, may also be included. Pujara was not picked in the IPL auctions, however, he will play in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.