The limited-over series will feature three T20Is and the same amount of ODIs which will be live for fans on Prime Video. The video streaming platform is the official rights holder for all men’s and women’s cricket matches played in New Zealand for the Indian market.
Fans who are looking forward to watching the bilateral series live on Prime Video will also get an inside look at the steeped-in historic rivalry between the two titans of the shortest format of the game. The streaming service recently confirmed the unveiling of a six-part mini-series titled ‘Taking Guard: India’s Quest for Kiwi Glory.’
Across archival match footage, soundbytes, and graphics, Taking Guard delves into India’s legendary rivalry with the Kiwis, dating back to 1967. The documentary effortlessly travels across various themes as it chronicles India’s tour to New Zealand over the years. Former cricketers, including Ravi Shastri, Ajit Agarkar, Danny Morrison, Simon Doull, and Ian Smith, lend their voices to this riveting story. Harsha Bhogle, who has not only observed this rivalry up close but has also been the voice narrating the highs and lows of some of these matches from the commentary box, shares his thoughts.
Chaitanya Divan, Head of Sports, Prime Video, India, said, “At Prime Video we are committed to super-serving our customers in India, providing on-demand access to the best in entertainment across formats, genres and language. We are now excited to bring them the best in live sports and provide a new viewing experience of the much anticipated bi-lateral tour this November, between the two titans of the cricketing world – India and New Zealand. Indians have a huge appetite for cricket and we are excited to present the new exclusive mini-series Taking Guard before India’s highly-anticipated tour to New Zealand in a few weeks.
“Featuring insights and analysis from cricketing legends, Taking Guard casts the spotlight on the rivalry between the two countries, which barely sees any baring of the teeth, snarling or heated moments on the field but is full of intense competition and peppered with mutual respect. We are excited and look forward to this contest between two terrific and evenly-matched sides and will announce a few more initiatives for cricket fans in the coming weeks as the action moves from Australia to New Zealand.”
This mini-series is part of Prime Video’s special programming venture surrounding the upcoming series.