Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar admits that India will face a stern challenge to adapt to conditions in New Zealand when they begin their tour later this month.
India have been in excellent form of late and are currently ranked third in both Tests and one-dayers, but will only enter the tour as marginal favourites in both formats due to their terrible record in the land of the long white cloud.
The sub-continental side last toured New Zealand in 2002-03 when they lost the Test series 2-0 and went down 5-2 in the one-day ties, and Tendulkar admits the side have a battle on their hands.
The Indians are set to leave for New Zealand on February 20 to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.
Tendulkar, 35, has toured the country on six previous occasions but it will be a first for most of the other members of the squad, led by the young Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The Indian squad for the one-dayers and Twenty20 internationals will be named on Friday.