New Zealand Prepare To Take On A Rampaging Indian Side In 3 ODI, 3 T20 Series
New Zealand know they have a tough task ahead of them as taking on India in the sub-continent and coming out on top will require them to play exceptional cricket. The Kiwis did push India hard during their last series but went down 2-3. This time around, the task could be a lot harder as India is just coming off a 4-1 ODI series win over Australia.
Williamson Recognizes Sub-continent Challenge
Captain Kane Williamson has a lot of experience playing in India and remains confident that his side can put themselves in a good position to win. The Kiwis have retained an experienced squad which will form part of their core team but have also picked six players who have been playing in India with the New Zealand A side. This mix of experienced and young blood will be tested by a strong Indian battling line-up, wrist spin, top class death bowling and tracks that can vary from venue to venue.
Kane Williamson acknowledged that it was going to be a difficult task for the Kiwis and remembers that his batsmen struggled against the leg spin of A Mishra last series. Mishra is not in the ODI side anymore but they will still have to face the wrist spin of India’s new spin twins in K Yadvav and Y Chahal. Most of the Kiwis will be playing these two wrist spinners for the first time and it will be critical for New Zealand to succeed against them in order to post totals in excess of 280.
New Kiwi Players Will Have To Perform
India have shown in the recent series against Australia that they are a changed team because they no longer depend on one or two players to perform. Captain Kohli expects everyone in his team to raise their hand and deliver and the Indian team has responded well so far. Kane Williamson knows that it is a tough task to expose inexperienced Kiwi players to sub-continent conditions and expect them to perform and the performance of New Zealand A in India showed that most of the players have a long way to go.
New Zealand A lost both the unofficial Test series as well as the ODI series as the Indian A side proved a little too hot for the Kiwis at home. Coach Mike Hesson and the New Zealand selectors have absorbed Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Colin Munro, Todd Astle, George Worker and Matt Henry from the A side and whoever features in the ODI line-up will have to perform very well for New Zealand to be a threat.
New Zealand have shown in the past that they are a great ODI side and can rise to the challenge. Flat batting tracks mean that totals in excess of 300 will be on the cards and the Kiwis have the batting to post these totals as well as chase them down. It will all depend on their composure and approach on game day. The first ODI will commence on October 22 and take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.