India vs New Zealand: Where Virat Kohli and crew travel, Indian sponsors follow

India vs New Zealand: Where Virat Kohli and crew travel, Indian sponsors follow

The Virat Kohli-led Indian crew has traversed 7435 air-miles to attain New Zealand for a 42-day cricket tour, and Indian sponsors have followed. India will be enjoying 5 T20I’s, three ODIs and 2 Tests in New Zealand, and each of the three trophies will characteristic an Indian sponsor.

Noida-based water-purifier brand Kent RO has struck a title rights sponsorship deal with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and will lend their title to the T20 collection scheduled to commence this Friday. The ODI and Test trophies will be backed via Indian whisky manufacturer Royal Stag.

Another key sponsorship—the ‘Powered By’ slot for the entire six-week tour has been received through Indian software employer Ebix, additionally based out of Noida.


This is the first time that all the primary sponsors for an Indian cricket tour are from India; it has come as a much-needed improve for smaller cricket enjoying international locations like New Zealand, who struggle to generate revenue for the game. In the monetary 12 months 2018-2019, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said a internet loss of USD 825,000.

“With groups now searching ahead to the T20 World Cup later this year, the five Match T20 Series with India is no longer solely an perfect practise for our squad but also a gorgeous opportunity for followers to enjoy excessive nice T20 Cricket. We desire to thank the sequence companions that apprehend the global nature of the sport and aid cricket throughout boundaries,” a New Zealand cricket spokesperson said.

What’s in it for the sponsors? Industry professionals say distant places tours supply agencies a chance to partner with the Indian group at a extensive discount. Paytm, which obtained a five-year home title rights deal in 2019, can pay the BCCI R3.8 crores per match. Short-term title rights valuations for India taking part in away comes at a notably decrease rate say people involved in the deal, although they refused to reveal numbers.

Arshad Shawl, founder, Alliance Advertising who struck the deal for Kent said, “While consciousness comes naturally with more eyeballs (TV, along with digital), the experience, buzz and positive associations that rub-off from cricket without a doubt makes it a prevailing proposition. We have witnessed success for most of our brands leveraging cricket. Kent is a outstanding testimony.”


Ebix, a leading international supplier of On-Demand software program and E-commerce services will have a strong presence on ground, with mat sponsorship brand on-ground, and trademarks on boundary ropes, amongst other things. Ebix Chairman and CEO Robin Raina said, “Cricket in India has been the nice advertising vehicle for brands. The collection turns into more extensive when a cricketing electricity house like Team India is scheduled to play against the World Cup finalists New Zealand.”

Sponsors don’t need to have enterprise pursuits in the country—neither Kent RO nor Royal Stag have a footprint in New Zealand—because television viewership is what drives investment. And TV viewership is always excessive when Team India is in action.

In the recent past, India’s fine recognized dairy brand, Amul, strategically took up jersey rights for the South African cricket group for the T20 sequence in opposition to India remaining year. They additionally backed Afghanistan throughout the ODI World Cup in England, and New Zealand all through the 2017 Champions trophy to make most of the TV eyeballs. Kent RO too have leveraged the benefit of investing indirectly thru cricket in India, when they subsidized the group jersey for the visiting West Indies squad closing year.