Black Caps wary of rampant India
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