HESSON WARY OF INDIA
NEW ZEALAND coach Mike Hesson said yesterday his players need to hit the ground running in India if they want to challenge the world’s top-ranked one-day international team on their home turf. New Zealand, rated fifth in the world, play the first of three one-dayers against India in Mumbai on October 22. Hesson said the Virat Kohli-led Indians showed their potency in the recent 4-1 ODI series win over Australia. “Look, their record at home has been phenomenal in the last two or three years,” he told reporters as the team departed New Zealand. “You know going over there that you have to perform, otherwise you get taught a pretty harsh lesson. It’s important for us to adapt really quickly.” Hesson said India presented unique challenges to touring players. “Obviously there’s the dew factor, the conditions are all very different depending on the grounds you go to,” he said. “We’re going to rely a lot of the experience of our senior players.”
tainly haven’t generated a strike-rate as a pair that we would like.” Hesson added that specialist top-order batsman George Worker could also be considered for the role, while hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips was also a possibility. The 20-year-old Phillips scored 140 not out in the second one-day match against India ‘A’ in Visakhapatnam two days ago, batting at No. 3.