India v New Zealand, ODI series 2017 - Statistical Preview

AB de Villiers has overtaken India skipper Virat Kohli to clinch the numero uno spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

India v New Zealand, Pre-series: Combined ODI XI

Hardik Pandya had a series to remember as he shined throughout, with 222 runs and 5 wickets he managed a spot in lists of top 5 highest scorers as well as 5 highest wicket takers and was deservingly awarded man of the series for his overall display. "It will be a huge challenge for all batters to come good against", admitted Rohit. A couple of series back, the captain came and spoke about that he considered him as a opening batsman and I don't know if he (the captain) wants him to bat at four again.

On his personal form: You feel good when you score runs, the last few years especially it's been really good. "We still did not put out our best performance in that last series, which was a hard-fought series, but we still were striving for that performance that we knew we could put out and hopefully we can show that in this series". They certainly deserve their position.

Just a year since coming to India for a full series, New Zealand are back in the country, this time for a much shorter duration.

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However, New Zealanders will bank on their senior-most batsman and former captain Ross Taylor, who scored a cracking century at the Brabourne Stadium against the Indian Board President's XI in their second practice game. Our team is used to that now, and we have performed exceedingly well. Other than Virat, only 12 Indian cricketers have played 200 match in worldwide cricket in limited over series.

The Indian team, though, has been on the bus for quite a relentless ride and with a lengthy South Africa tour not far off and a Sri Lanka series squeezed in right before that, there is a universal feeling that the players would do well to steer themselves off burn-outs. "There are no illusions that we need to come out and play our best cricket". But, when it comes to one-day cricket, Kohli is head and shoulders above everyone. "Generally, wickets here at Wankhede are good surfaces and will expect something similar", he said. Yeah, it is different. "We have mentioned the word aggression in captaincy before but sometimes, in our conditions where the ball moves off the seam with our seamers, aggression is often seen as having slips and various catchers", he said. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac.

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