Monday, February 16, 2009

INDIA VS NEWZELAND SERIES:India confident of revenge in New Zealand

The Indian team leave for New Zealand this week and the tour will be an important step forward in their journey for the number one spot in the ICC rankings. Over two T20 games, five one-dayers and three Test matches, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will be tested to the fullest.It is no surprise that the back-slapping and the smiles are in evidence these days in the Indian team. Indian win much more than they lose and the man who leads this bunch and the men who select it are pretty pleased.India had a miserable tour of New Zealand last time when they lost the Test and one-day series; so revenge is on their mind."I hope the wickets are better this time but we are well prepared whatever comes our way. We have enough time to assess what kind of conditions we will go through and the way the team is playing, I don't think there will be any issues in New Zealand," said Yuvraj Singh.New Zealand won't be pushovers although the team is short on superstars and they have sent out a strong warning to India with recent performances in Australia. Two young teams will come face to face and India's key men are pretty sure that they can combat any challenge."The whole world knows what kind of a team we have and we have the ability to beat any side, any where. Hopefully, if we stick to our game plan we will be able to beat New Zealand in New Zealand," stated Harbhajan Singh.

And the selectors have given quite a few men the opportunity to stake claim for a permanent shot at national colours. Ravindra Jadeja will have two T20 games to shine. Dinesh Karthik will have a chance to stake claim as a regular second choice keeper. Murali Vijay as an option for opener and Dhawal Kulkarni may get a go in helpful conditions to show his seam bowling ability."Conditions over there are going to be different; they will help the pacers. So I just have to stick to the line and length and bowl according to the plan," said Kulkarni.The team sets off on Wednesday for six weeks that will test their mettle to the fullest as international cricketers.

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