India wary of the Boult factor

Jasprit Bumrah

When India captain Virat Kohli leads his team at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the first ODI against New Zealand on Sunday, it will be his 200th match in 50-over internationals.

New Zealand ODI squad: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, George Worker, Henry Nicholls. The youngster was batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun, who bowled a fair bit to Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. New Zealand, on the other hand, has a different team dynamics. While India won the latter 4-1, the T20I series was 1-1 draw with the last match being washed out.

He also said that it is important for his team to continue from where they had left off against Australia.

On trend of small targets (especially against Australia): That completely depends on the wickets we play; if the wicket is helping the bowlers as a batting unit, you got to be very smart as to what you do as a batting group.

Sharma, who was the top run-getter against the Australia with 296 runs at just over 59 per innings including one hundred and two fifties, said that the team's strategies won't change much from the previous year, when they defeated New Zealand 3-2 in a five-match series.

Rohit, here, is partly correct in his assessment when he says that his batsmen have done "exceedingly well" against left-arm pacers.

The first match will be played on October however, New Zealand had a huge blow right ahead of the beginning of the series.

According to Rohit, it is good that there hasn't been too big a gap between the two series and that India would like to churn out performances such as the one against Australia on a consistent basis. For us as batters, I think it will be a challenge to face a left-arm seamer.

"To see him where he is today and the consistency he has and now with the added responsibility of captaining the country that he has taken with both hands".

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