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Kartik: NZ are a very formidable side at home

Murali Kartik discusses India's prospects on their forthcoming tour of New Zealand

January 15, 2014

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Of course it all depends on how our steamers performs in New Zealand . India's performance in NZ is always average only and considering the strength of our bowling, I am not expecting much from India this time.

Posted by MasterClass on (January 17, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

As Murali said Jadeja offers Dhoni a lot of control with keeping one end tied down and even taking wickets in overseas conditions. Really looking forward to seeing how he goes in NZ. If only his batting was progressing better, but hopefully he will also work on that. He is very fit and can bowl long spells tirelessly without wavering in accuracy. Add to that an underdog scraping approach/attitude and you have one tough cricketer. Unfortunately Ashwin is not that fit and that is a big drawback to his effectiveness in foreign conditions where one has to use a lot of core body strength (think stomach and waist muscles) to impart extra revs on the ball to get it to spin on seaming tracks. Finger spin is not good enough. But hope he improves too, because competition is good and he is a pretty good bat.

Posted by Nampally on (January 16, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

NZ may be a formidable side at home but they are Playing the top ranked ODI + 2nd ranked Test team in the World. India should never forget their rankings & show that they are worthy of these rankings by rising to that level. My only fear is Dhoni's captaincy blunders. If only India had a different captain in SA, India would have won the Test series easily. Also Dhoni's opposition to inclusion of Pujara for the ODI's has left Indian batting grossly weakened. Pujara's loss is NZ's gain. India is stuck with Dhoni. They have to make the best despite Dhoni's irrational decisions. India has a winning team. They need to be "positive" not start the Tour with excuses about the shape of the ground or 4 outfielders, as Dhoni always does! A poor workman always blames the tools. A Champion team always finds a way to WIN. India should go in with confidence. Play disciplined game & never give up your wkt. cheaply. Bowl at the right spots instead of blaming bowlers. Take the catches & WIN the series!

Posted by wapuser on (January 16, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

India show was good in southafrica it could have been easily 1all this side has the potential to do well they will struggle initially as do any other visiting team Even aussies were thrashed 4 nil in India

Posted by couchpundit on (January 16, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

@IndianInnerEdge - Indian batsmen are good? did you see ODI and Last test match in South Africa..... are you diehard optimist or crazy?? I have to agree indian bowlers are not upto the mark and that has been the case for a long time...when you persist with whack job like ishant sharma for this long, guy should have some brains...i seriously question his mental faculty.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (January 16, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

All depends on how the pathetic pop gun indian bowling attack fare.....our batsmen are good enough.....weather india have the fire power to take 20 wickets.....one big way to resurrect the slagging careers of ishant, umesh, other glorified off spinners who pass off as our pacement is to make Craig McDermott the indian bowling coach.....else these will be cannon fodder....

Posted by wapuser on (January 16, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

I do n't thing so because lndia had done really well in last year

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