India's Tour of New Zealand Starts From Jan-23rd
After a successful tour against Australia, India is looking keen to take on another tour up with New Zealand. India is going to play 5 ODI’s and 3 T20’s against the Black Caps. The tour starts with the first International ODI at Napier on Wednesday.
Looking at the Indian side the team looks pretty confident as the ODI and Test Series wins against Australia has given them their tally. There are looking forward with the same spirit to steal another series in New Zealand.
Considering the World Cup dates coming soon, India need to work out on their middle order. M.S. Dhoni who sealed a stamping victory by coming at No 4 against the Australian ODI series, it seems the Indian Management and Captain are going to continue the same for the New Zealand Games too. In the recent pasts, Indian Team is juggling many players for the No 5 and 4 parts. But still, the confusion is moving around. Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu are in a tug for the chance.
Till now the batting order was mostly dependent on Shikhar, Rohit, and Virat, the recent touch from Dhoni will be playing a prominent role for this series. The bowling part is well handled by Bhuvi, Chahal and Kuldeep company.
New Zealand team is also in a terrific form having to register their Wins against England and Srilankan Series respectively and the favorite thing is they are playing in their home ground.
After the retirement by Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand team are in a confusion to fix the spot of the opening batsman who can open up with Martin Guptill. Speculations are that Kane Williamson will be joining Martin but should wait until we get the Playing IX card.
Ross Taylor speaking about the Series urged his Black Caps not to look in only dealing with Virat Kohli but also the openers Shikhar and Rohit who are there before Virat comes in.
There are even Some of the records that are on the verge by the Indian Team.
- First to break the record of Number of Centuries made against New Zealand, currently held by Virender Sehwag (6). Virat needs 2 more to go past Sehwag.
- Dhoni on verge of breaking the highest number of runs record against New Zealand. It currently stands with the Master Sachin Tendulkar (652 runs). Dhoni needs 197 more to go past Sachin.