India has been making rank turners in the recent series and has received a lot of criticism for the same. In fact, the Nagpur match that was used for the Test against South Africa in 2015 was called poor by the game’s apex body- ICC. However, former New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris feels that this time around India will not take the risk of making turning pitches in the upcoming series against New Zealand as the visitors have some quality spinners. In an interview with The Hindu, the Kiwi great spoke on various topics.
On Kane Williamson’s batting and captaincy:
By the time he finishes his career, he will be the finest batsman New Zealand has produced. I have no doubts about that. He uses his feet, is technically good, and has the temperament. He is a calm person, does not get too excited or angry about anything and has the mindset to be a strong captain.
On who is the best among Williamson,Virat Kohli, and Joe Root:
They are all very good. What will separate them is how many runs they get away from home, in challenging foreign conditions. This is why Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Dravid and Sehwag were so good.
On whether New Zealand’s batting lack depth:
It does. But much will depend on the fitness of Corey Anderson. If he is fit, then as an all-rounder he will add depth and value to the side.
On Ravichandran Ashwin:
Ashwin is an intelligent bowler. He has got four types of deliveries: the off-spinner, the arm-ball, the doosra and the carrom ball, and he mixes them up well.
On one think that stands out in Ashwin’s bowling:
The fact that he is able to release deliveries at different speeds from the same action. I saw Daniel Vettori do that. Ashwin picks a lot of wickets with his changes in pace without changing action.
On whether New Zealand is short on spin:
You all know what happened when India prepared a turner for the ICC World Twenty20 game in Nagpur. The Kiwi spinners won the match for their team. Mitchell Santner, the young left-arm spinner, is someone who has impressed me. And Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner, is an improving bowler.
I do not think India will prepare rank turners because the New Zealand spinners can do some damage as well.