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'Not taking NZ lightly' - Dhoni

MS Dhoni speaks upon the Indian team's arrival in Auckland for their tour of New Zealand

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

January 13, 2014

Posted by Nampally on (January 15, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Indian opening batsmen Dhawan & Rohit Sharma have to be really at their best for India to beat NZ in ODI's. Although India has Kohli, Dhoni & Raina to follow, India needs a good start on green NZ pitches to put up a winning total. India relies heavily on the batting for their wins. With Pujara being excluded, India have lost their best batsman who can cope with any pitch or bounce or pace. So Kohli has to be reliable, fast scoring sheet anchor. I expect the 5 bowlers to be Shami, Aaron, Kumar, Jadeja & Ashwin. But Dhoni has his own 5 which will never exclude Ishant Sharma. Unfortunately yadev seems to be excluded. What bowlers Dhoni chooses & how he handles his bowlers will be the crucial factor in the results of the NZ tour, especially if the batting fails. Good Luck India. I expect a step improvement from their performance in SA. They are the ODI world champions & need to play like them!.

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 15, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

@Posted by biggyd on (January 13, 2014, 20:33 GMT) "india have lost so many fans after the SA dribble, no-one cares who they play now except the india fans." The truth is in your face. Please see any discussion, for example today's NZ v WI dicussion Or any other non India games, someone will always have something to say about India. Even you would be following India. That's the power of INDIA.The Manchester United of cricket!!!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

Both teams may be evenly matched.though india have a better batting line- up but the kiwis have a better bowling attack.Dhoni & Co have a lot of ax to grind to come out successful against Kiwis. It is a good thing that Dhoni mentioned the words not taking lightly .Obviously on their backyard Kiwis are a force with lot of ammunition in their lineup too. Good luck to both teams . It should be a keen contest.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

India is ranked way higher in the ICC ratings than NZ. So, someone must have asked the question to Dhoni, "What do u think of the current NZ team?" Hence the answer, they are a very good side and we are not taking them lightly. Its a common expression in English language. This is a generic question people ask when a higher rated team tours a lower ranked team. No one would have asked him if he was touring England or Aus. Watch the full video before commenting. Bashing Dhoni for everything doesn't make u cool.

Posted by RMCroos on (January 14, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

same result as SA india will loose the series...

Posted by Naresh28 on (January 14, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

INDIA needs to graft hard to win. NZ will be just as tough as SA. Dhoni seems to be backing his players to the hilt cause we would have seen some changes in the team. Dhoni himself needs to do something about his batting. The tail needs to contribute at least 20-30 runs per player. Our bowlers need to lift their game more than ever before.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (January 14, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Wow seriously,people are so quick to judge someone by the look of the headline.Media asked whether he will take NZ lightly and in reply he said No.But many are already on a roll here with the half baked information.Anyway india never won a test series in NZ until the last series in 2009 .NZ team are very good at the moment and india team is relatively young and many playing for the first time there.It will be a hard fought series for sure.Good luck to both teams.

Posted by outforhatrick on (January 14, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

I think dhoni was answering to the questions asked, so the lightly could have been a question asked and we are hearing only the reply... anyways, india historically have not done well in NZ except for the last series.. so expecting a tough one for india..

Posted by sudhir98 on (January 14, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

One would laugh if one is not already crying! Dhoni has officially lost it. NZ is not going to roll over and play dead- they are very dangerous on their "drop in" pitches and it will be a miracle to have a successful series there. Who is going to take 20 wickets per game? Not take it easy- Delusions of grandeur.

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 14, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

As a kiwi supporter I wish Dhoni was taking NZ lightly cause that would have been a serious mistake. The NZ batting line-up on there day can destroy any bowling attack giving themselves a chance even against the big guns like India. NZ will win the ODI series 3 games to 2 with their power hitting.

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