Christchurch: New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has said that India are notorious for not touring his country, and therefore, this could be an advantage for his side in the upcoming series.
"This will be a huge challenge," stuff.co.nz quoted Vettori, as saying.
Vettori is at least in a position to fight fire with fire at the top of the order with Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum reunited.
Ryder missed the drawn Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia with a shoulder injury while the hard-hitting Jacob Oram returns as a batsman only, although he did bowl in the nets today.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not overly fussed about the outcome.
He doubted any psychological damage would be inflicted either way.
"I''m not worried too much. Every game is a new game whether it is Twenty20, one-day or a test match. It doesn''t make a huge difference to the entire tour," Dhoni said.
New Zealand have only won one of their last 10 Twenty20 internationals -- the second against the West Indies in Hamilton on December 28.
They have played India once -- and won by 10 runs during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. India were eventually crowned champions.
The second match is at Wellington''s Westpac Stadium on Friday.