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Kohli and Co Eye Great Start against Kiwis in 1st Test

September 21
14:46 2016

kohNew Delhi, Wednesday, September 21– New Zealand cricket team would wish to breathe life in their cricket during the tour of India as they are set to play against India in ODIs and Tests. 1st Test is to start from tomorrow. The hosts have received an early jolt as Ishant Sharma – the pacer – is out of the opening Test being hit by chikungunya. Here is to mention that Sharma’s reverse swing and confusing bounce worked on more than a few occasions in the recent past.

Indian team was looking forward to use his skills as weapons to stay on the front but now, same will be expected from others. The Men in Blue are familiar with the fact that Kiwis are excellent in cricket. However, since the travelers eye to improve their record on the Indian soil, both teams have equal chance of rising. Even if the best foot is put forward by some then other players may get to learn a lot. Best performances usually come in tough situations given that the rivals try to do everything possible to increase stress. But the one that does not succumb to pressure outshines in the latter stages.

Only a few hours are left for the tournament to start. India will hope to give their best under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Seeing some good show from Lokesh Rahul in the last few months, it is likely that he may give his one hundred per cent to do his bit and contribute in the team’s success. If truth be told then pressure of performing well will be on Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Kiwis are acquainted with the calibre of Ravichandran Ashwin, who can brilliantly bowl as well as bat too. Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay’s role will be to give India a good start if they open India’s innings. Wriddhiman Saha has also been doing great. His focus will certainly be on giving India wickets through stumping and pouching the ball.

It has been a long time when people did not get to see something amazing from the end of Ravindra Jadeja. This could be his time to shine as nothing can be better than home conditions. Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav will eye a place in the Playing XI so that best efforts can be contributed. If truth be told then India can’t afford making any mistake while facing the opponents when meet in different formats of cricket. The joy of watching both India and New Zealand in longest format and 50-50 over game is going to be huge. Confidence is important to feel strong from within and rise in the condition with which Indian side is well familiar with. Kiwis, on the other hand, would give their best to beat all odds as they know how tough it may be to beat India in their den.

Test match is yet considered real cricket and that will be something that will make viewers stick to TV screens if they could not turn up in the stadium. Bearing in mind the unexpected outcome in cricket thanks to unpredictable show all of a sudden by some players, it can be said that upcoming contest is going to be extremely interesting. Here is to mention that the real action between India and Kiwis starts from September 22 and will come to an end on October 29. The tour of New Zealand to India is expected to be interesting enough in view of the fact that three Test matches are slated to take place between these cricket playing nations. The first match is to be played at Green Park in Kanpur. All preparations have been in full swing. What will be the mood of pitch in Kanpur is to be discovered after the match begins.

India must be keen to start well from the beginning and take lead so that unnecessary pressure can be shrugged off while playing at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore as these being venues for second and third Test matches. All focus right now is on Test series but five One-Day International matches that are to be played at 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 making people eagerly wait for the tournament to progress ahead.

Expectations from New Zealand are up as well being led by Kane Williamson, who is known for his outstanding footwork. Being one of the excellent players of spin, the Kiwi skipper may pose problem for Indian spinners. Having the natural talent to lead the squad, he might motivate Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls give their best through encouraging words and giving the kind of support a player needs while playing a match.

The latest victory of the South African players over Kiwis late last month in second Test must have lent a hand to both experienced and inexperienced cricketers of New Zealand learn from their mistakes and avoid its repetition. Expertise gained during recently concluded Test series, in which 1st Test ended in a draw, may turn useful in the future contests. They lost 2nd Test at the hands of Proteas by 204 runs. While facing India soon on the ground, they will certainly keep this outcome in mind. Before contesting against South Africa, New Zealand visited Zimbabwe to play two Test matches, which held at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo from July 28 to August 1 and August 6 to August 10. Zimbabwe lost both matches, making Kiwis enjoy easy wins.

A good show was needed from their end to prove they aren’t an underdog team but they did not succeed to be a threat in important tournaments. With some victories and defeats on the side, Kiwis spend a lot of time in the nets to not miss any chance to send India on the back foot. At the same time, India hope for developing the habit of winning that will help them rank up in the ICC rankings as well. Kohli’s men have great chance to regain no. 1 spot but that will come true only when excellent work is done against Kiwis. Besides this, it will be an opportunity for Kohli to try out new combinations on the field that can help the entire team be equipped for games that are to be played in the coming days. The New Zealand side will make all efforts to put into practice the strategies as planned in the hope of breakthroughs. After all, objective is to register win post adopting the unfamiliar conditions.

For the Men in Blue, the home condition can be an advantage but that doesn’t assure success at long last. The visiting group can also be victorious if hard work is done in a right way and direction. It is going to be hard to predict which of the team will be able to get success in its aim to put a humongous total and conclude innings of the rivals in a short span of time. If a glimpse is given over the batting stats of team India and Kiwis in Test format then Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar grab number 1 and 2 ranks with 1659 and 1595 runs, respectively. Brendon McCullum is at 3rd spot while and Graham Dowling is at 4th position. 5th place is taken by Bert Sutcliffe. Virender Sehwag is at 6th place, while VVS Laxman is at no. 7.  8th, 9th and 10th ranks are occupied by John Wright, Mohammad Azharuddin and Mark Burgess, respectively.

Records are made to break. All players who are the part of these cricket teams will have to shine to find their names in list of players who pocketed most runs, most hundreds, most fifties, most wickets, most five-wicket hauls, best economy and so on. Stats differ in the One day International and T20 matches. With increased possibility of seeing some natural talent in the Indian squad, people are probable to witness some blitzes as cricketers with not let the opportunity to stand out amid other go without utilizing it. If passion to excel drives them, it will be a bit easy to create a specific place in the hearts of viewers. It is time to perform and make best use of skills gained during practice sessions. Kohli, who is rightly considered frontrunner of the batting pack, will definitely try to lead the boys in Test format in a way that could guide them do well. The entertaining action begins tomorrow.

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