India’s most-loved streaming service, Prime Video, amps up the excitement around the much-anticipated India men’s tour of New Zealand beginning November 18, with a series of announcements that are sure to delight fans.
India and New Zealand, both of whom have had a good T20I campaign in Australia, will face off in a limited-overs series featuring three T20s and 3 ODIs that will be played between Nov 18th and Nov 30th. The series will be LIVE and exclusive only on Prime Video, the official India territory rights holder to exclusively stream all men’s and women’s cricket matches played in New Zealand.
Prime Video will deliver live commentary and match-programming in English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Fans will also be treated to graphics in these languages. Former captains and cricketers like Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Gundappa Viswanath, Anjum Chopra, and Venkatpathy Raju, among others, will be bringing the matches alive with their insightful commentary in different languages as India tries to set the record straight against New Zealand. The BlackCaps knocked the Men in Blue out of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and also defeated India in the inaugural World Test Championship final in 2021.
The full slate of commentators for the series includes the following names:
English – Ravi Shastri, Harsha Bhogle, Anjum Chopra, Simon Doull and Murali Kartik, Gaurav Kapoor –(Presenter)
Hindi – Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajay Jadeja, Mohammad Kaif and Ajit Agarkar
Tamil –WV Raman, Hemang Badani and L Sivaramakrishnan, S Sriram
Kannada – Gundappa Viswanath, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shankar Prakash, Venkatesh Prasad, K Jeshwant
Telugu – Venkatpathy Raju, Sunitha Anand, Sudhir Malwvedi, Vijay Malwvedi
The cricket experience for the fans doesn’t stop here. Prime Video will also offer an English language live one-hour pre-show before each game. The mid-innings break will feature a 15-minute show which will be a recap of the first innings and a preview of the second. The live programming also involves a 30-minute post-match presentation and analysis by Prime Video’s stable of cricket experts.
Curating a new viewing experience for live sports, Prime Video will offer customers new features like an in-game language selector and “Rapid Recap”. The in-game language selector will allow customers to change language (e.g., English to Hindi) seamlessly without exiting the player. Customers joining a game in progress can catch up on impactful game highlights using the “Rapid Recap” feature before transitioning to the live stream automatically.
India men’s tour of New Zealand will be the first LIVE cricket series on Prime Video to feature advertisements, helping brands reach Prime Video’s premium base of highly engaged customers, spread across the country. Prime Video welcomed Airtel Xstream Fiber as the presenting sponsor of the broadcast featuring the six limited overs international matches. Consumer brands like MPL, Nescafé, Noise, OLX Autos, and Vida have come on board.