Flightless Kiwi(s)

Updated: 03 February 2011 20:35 IST

The Kiwis are visiting India after a gap of 7 long years and with a humiliating series loss against Bangladesh in the back if their mind, it will take a huge task for Daniel Vettori and his men to beat an in form Indian side which would look to consolidate their position at the top of the Test rankings.

Flightless Kiwi(s)

The Kiwis are visiting India after a gap of 7 long years and with a humiliating series loss against Bangladesh in the back if their mind, it will take a huge task for Daniel Vettori and his men to beat an in form Indian side which would look to consolidate their position at the top of the Test rankings.

When they visited India last in 2003/04, the tourists' line-up boasted of names like Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle, Mark Richardson and Craig MacMillian.

Batsmen who might not figure in any of the World XIs lists, but they possessed the necessary guile to grind out the opposition. And they did exactly that on the tour frustrating the spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh and the 2-match series ended in a stale 0-0 draw.

If the Bangladesh tour is something to draw an opinion from, then Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha will enjoy a good hunting period this November.

The present crop of batsmen, excluding the tenacious Ross Taylor do not have the experience and the skill to face high quality spin bowling and hence they are bound to struggle on the tweak friendly tracks at Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Hyderabad.

Kane Williamson is a talented batsman who is expected to make his debut and will hold the key in the middle-order along with the experienced Taylor.

Brendon McCullum will be the main man upfront and a lot will rely on the broad shoulders of this wicket-keeper batsman if the Kiwis have to give India a fight.

Chris Martin will be spearheading the seam duties along with either Daryl Tuffey or the newcomer Hamish Bennett.

Skipper Daniel Vettori will play his 100th Test match when he takes field during the first Test in Ahmedabad and the left-arm spinner is without doubt one of the best in the business.

New Zealand like many other teams before is going through a churning period where a permutation combination is being worked out to find the right XI in all formats of the game.

An upset though can never be ruled out but if form-book and ability is the parameter to judge how the series would go, then Indian cricket fans should look forward to another whitewash.

Topics : Cricket India New Zealand Bangladesh
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