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Viewers Expect Indian Side Gain Useful Experience vs. Kiwis during Series in September

July 01
16:17 2016

indNew Delhi, Friday, July 1 – New Zealand will take a tour of India this year in September. What can be better than hosting a nation which is excellent in cricket and can make Indian players learn a lot by giving their best and compelling the rivals do everything to outshine. Despite the fact that more than a couple of months remain for the tournament to start and squads haven’t been announced yet, expectations will be sky high from the Men in Blue as losing at the hands of any country will not be something cricket fans would like in home.

Prior hosting New Zealand, India are to visit West Indies, who are to host 4 Test matches at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua, Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet in St Lucia and Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad from June 21 and August 22. Keeping in mind the unexpected outcome during the T20 Word Cup 2016, India can’t think of making any mistake while facing the rivals. Despite the fact that there is a lot of difference in the longest and shortest formats, game is all about feeling strong from within. If confidence if there, a team can rise in any condition, beating all odds.

The action between India and Kiwis will be interesting enough given that three Test matches and five One Day International matches are slated to take place. Starting from September 22, the tour of New Zealand will come to an end on October 29. Green Park in Kanpur has been selected to host the first game, Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore are the venues for 2nd and 3rd Test matches. Besides this, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam are the grounds to host 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th ODIs, respectively.

The latest victory of the Indian players over Zimbabwe must have lent a hand to both experienced and inexperienced cricketers learn from their mistakes. Skills gained during recently concluded T20 and ODI series will highly be useful in future contests. Besides this, New Zealand are to visit Zimbabwe to play two Test matches, which will take place at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo from July 28 to August 1 and August 6 to August 10. Zimbabwe will have to spend maximum time in the nets to sharpen their tools. A good performance from them will only prove that they aren’t an underdog team but a group that can be a threat in bigger tournaments. However, this is true that the process will take long to turn into reality. But that is not impossible. As soon as a habit of winning is developed, Zimbabwe can be back in the game at any point of time.

For New Zealand, it will be a chance to try out new combinations on the field that can help them stay equipped for games played in the coming months. The New Zealand side will have Kane Williamson, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Martin Guptill. The home side will try to implement strategies that could bring early breakthroughs. A similar squad is likely to visit India. Possibility of some changes can’t be denied at all. In spite of everything, objective is to win. And the Kiwis are aware with the fact that it is tough to beat the Men in Blue in their den.

If one wants to get an idea who could be the probables list from Indian side when New Zealand land on the Indian soil then eyes can’t be taken off the possibility of finding Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the Test matches will be of immense importance. Home condition can be an advantage for India but that doesn’t guarantee their success in the end. The travellers can be victorious if efforts are poured in a right way and direction. No one can exactly predict about the exact outcome when two teams contest in cricket unless a humongous total is put by one group and wickets are lost in a short span of time by the other Playing XI.

There have been several occasions when a few players played spellbinding knocks, taking everyone by surprise. A lot of things have changed by the time concept of T20 was introduced. Even in Test matches, some cricketers are able to pull off by pocketing more runs than the number of balls faced. Ideally, people consider Test format a slower one as usually players play slowly to give themselves proper time to settle. But the joy of watching contests that last for five days is totally different. Taking likelihood of ups and downs that can happen during the play into consideration, it is for sure that an interesting contest is on the cards. However yes, cricket lovers will have to wait a little bit for catching the entertaining action.

If a glance is given over the batting stats of India and New Zealand in Test matches then Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar hold number 1 and 2 ranks with 1659 and 1595 runs, respectively. Brendon McCullum and Graham Dowling are at 3rd and 4th positions, respectively. 5th spot is captured by Bert Sutcliffe, 6th place by Virender Sehwag, 7th by VVS Laxman, 8th by John Wright, 9th by Mohammad Azharuddin and 10th by Mark Burgess. Keeping these names in mind, it is for sure that the players who are new in the world of cricket will have to travel a long distance to see their names in list of players who pocketed most runs when two nations battled against each other at different time intervals.

In the list of most wickets, Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand grabs the top position. Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Harbhajan Singh, Daniel Vettori, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar and Subhash Gupte come after him and hold spots from number 2 to 10, respectively.  Stats are certainly different in the One day International and T20 matches. With high possibility of seeing some young faces in the Indian squad, there may be a chance that people witness some blitzes. A few cricketers during Zimbabwe tour showed determination to shine and contributed as much as possible from their end. If the same sort of passion continues to drive them, there may be a chance that they leave a long-lasting impression on the minds of the opposition and viewers. Practice can make them attain perfection in play. Kohli, who has been into terrific form these days, will definitely try to lead the boys in Test format in a way that could guide them do well.

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