Black Caps wary of ram­pant In­dia

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

NEW Zealand’s crick­eters 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, coach Mike Hes­son said yes­ter­day.

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 had shown their po­tency in the re­cent 4-1 ODI se­ries win over Aus­tralia.

“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,” he said.

He trav­els to In­dia with a core of nine play­ers, in­clud­ing cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson and bat­ting stal­warts Martin Gup­till and Ross Tay­lor.

He will pick a fur­ther six play­ers from the New Zealand A side cur­rently tour­ing In­dia. – AFP

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