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After India boasted of a powerful batting line-up 2000s, questions were raised about who would replace the batsmen the team relied on. David Leggat writes in the New Zealand Herald that at least in ODIs, Indian cricket is in strong hands.
Impossible to replace, you would think? But here we are, with Tendulkar the last, and greatest of the sextet, having barely taken his leave and the Indians are off and running again with another group who, certainly in the ODI game, are making their reputations as an exhilarating group in their own right.
This group have a pile to do over a period of time. Still, they will aim to blaze a path around New Zealand from Sunday, and undoubtedly have rich talent. Cutting them down to size will be a key task for New Zealand's bowlers if the hosts are to push the world No1 side hard in the series.
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