Auckland: Indian players had their first practice session on Thursday ahead of a clash with New Zealand on Friday.
The Men in Blue have never won a T20I series against New Zealand in their den and this might be a good chance as India are riding high on confidence after beating Australia 2-1 in the recently concluded ODI series.
Meanwhile, the first and second matches of the T20I series will be played in Auckland. The series then moves to Hamilton for the third T20I and to Wellington for the fourth. The fifth and final T20I will be played in Mount Maunganui.
The teams will then return to Hamilton where the first ODI on February 5 followed by the second on February 8 in Auckland. The third ODI will be played in Mount Manganui on February 11.
This will be followed by a two-Test series, the first of which will be played from February 21 to 25 in Wellington. The tour ends in Christchurch where the second Test will be played from February 29 to March 4.