Black Caps coach Mike Hesson's gone on the front foot over his side's chances in their tour of India.
The first test begins on Thursday in Hyderabad, with the visitors not having a warm-up game beforehand.
Hesson says they haven't gone over there to lose.
"We're preparing to put India under pressure. We know we've got a lot of work to do in the next three or four days to make sure we're prepared but we're certainly going to put some good plans in place and be very positive in the way we look to play."
Pace bowler Tim Southee's confident they won't be disadvantaged.
"A lot of the guys have played a lot of cricket over the last wee while whether it's county cricket or the tour of the Caribbean. The guys had a week at home to freshen up and we've got five days leading into the test of training."
Brendon McCullum will return to an opening spot for the first time since last summer, alongside Martin Guptill.