We are excited to create history, says Tim Southee before the series-decider
After being thoroughly outplayed in the Test series, nobody was expecting New Zealand to put up a good show against India in the ODI series. However, the Kiwis have proved everyone wrong and given the hosts a tough time in the first four matches of the five-match ODI series. The series is currently locked at 2-2 and New Zealand fast bowler backed his team to create history by winning its first ever bilateral series on the Indian soil. The visitors will be flying high after registering a 19 run victory over the hosts and will fancy their chances of winning the series decider in Vizag on Saturday.
“I think the guys are pretty excited to do what no other NZ side has ever done before – come over here and win a one-day series. The excitement in the group is very high,” the New Zealand pacer said.
The visitors have a poor record in the Indian subcontinent and have lost all the three bilateral series in the Asian country. However, Southee said that his teammates are excited to finish the tour on a high by making history.
“Everyone is really looking forward to tomorrow. It’s been a long tour for some guys and it’ll be nice to finish what’s been a tough tour on a high note. The spirits are high and everyone is excited about the challenge for tomorrow,” Southee added.
After the fourth match,former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said that the Kiwis had a better understanding of the wicket than the hosts as Kane Williamson , after winning the toss, not only opted to bowl ignoring the dew but also picked three spinners in the playing eleven.
Southee said that the good communication between the batsmen and bowlers was the reason behind his team’s win at Ranchi.
“I think it’s just the communication. From the batters spent some time in the middle and what they find tough they feed that information to the bowlers,” Southee said.
“If we bowl we give information to the batsman. Not every time we can get it right. Just give ourselves the best chance to read the conditions and adapt quickly.”
Talking about his team’s assessment of the Vizag pitch, he said:“Kane and (coach) Mike will look at the wicket and they’ll come up with the best side they think suited for the wicket.”
“We’ve chopped and changed throughout the series. The pitches have changed in each game. So I guess it’ll be whatever we think the best mix is for this game.
He also heaped praise on Indian batsman Virat Kohli who single-handedly won two matches for his team in the series.
“He’s a quality player especially when India is chasing, his record chasing is phenomenal. He’s obviously a big wicket when any side plays against India. Him and Dhoni their records are unbelievable,” he said.
He also opined that apart from Dhoni and Kohli, the Indian team has lots of quality players and the Kiwis cannot take them lightly.
“We have to keep taking wickets. They got quality players in and around those two. We saw the games we’ve won its come down to their last wicket partnerships. They’ve scrambled few runs as well. Not only Kohli but it’s important to keep taking wickets,” he concluded.
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