Napier: With India touring New Zealand without the likes of Sachin Tendulkar for the first time, experienced Kiwi pacer Kyle Mills said his team will look to put pressure on the new-look Indian batting order during the one-day series starting on Sunday.
"Hopefully we can get into their top order. It's a different Indian side to what we've faced over the last decade and there's new players on the scene with a bit of hype about them. Kohli is obviously a quality player and Dhawan has done a pretty good job," Mills was quoted as saying by a website.
"I haven't really played a lot of their batsmen. Kohli is a very good player. I've watched footage of him and he's a class act and his record is stacking up to be as good as Tendulkar. He's going to have the weight of a nation, so to speak, on him to fill those shoes. There might be an opportunity for us to create that pressure on him," he added.
In a career spanning 13 years, Mills is curently facing a tough competition in the New Zealand fast bowling department with the emergence of young fast bowler Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan.
"Throughout my time this is the best depth in the bowling department that I've come across which is obviously healthy for the team," said the 34-year-old, who has played in 162 ODIs for New Zealand.
With a career average of 26.7 and economy rate of 4.7, Mills has been impressive over the years and he will resume his role with the new ball, if selected, as he has got the nod of coach Mike Hesson.
"My role has always been trying to get us off to a good start, keep the runs per over down and try to build some pressure and force some false strokes," he said.