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The former India player, Madan Lal has warned the visitors to be wary of a balanced New Zealand team ahead of the limited-overs series, which begins on January 23rd. As India recently conquered Australia in the ODIs; looking to do the same against the Kiwis would be tough, Madan Lal thinks so. However, he backed his statement by mentioning the results NZ have attained in the recent past.
Conquering Kiwis will not be easy – Madan Lal
Under Virat Kohli, India achieved a unique feat; beating Australia for the first time on their home soil in the bilateral series. With their heads high, the unit had already touched New Zealand and would be gearing up for the battle. Meanwhile, both the teams will play five ODIs and three T20Is; with the first 50-over game starting on Wednesday in Napier.
Talking to Sports Tak, Madam Lal said New Zealand is a potent side at home; and achieving what India had achieved in Australia would not be easy. However, he still didn’t rule out India’s chances of playing positive cricket and coming on top.
“New Zealand is a tough side. I think they will give a tough fight to India because they have a very balanced team and also have experienced players in the side. It will be better for India to face a tougher team ahead of the World Cup. When you play matches against these teams, it only benefits the team. They have a quality batting line-up and their bowling attack is also very good,” Madan Lal told Sports Tak.
“I think, it will be advangate India in New Zealand. They will be confident after beating Australia in their own backyard. We have also given them tough fight in the last few India-New Zealand series. But we can not take them lightly,” he added.
India’s numbers in NZ aren’t glittering
India in the past had travelled to New Zealand on seven occasions for the bilateral series. Off the 34 matches played on their soil, India has won only ten, losing 21. What’s more worrying? India has won just once, in 2008/09 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, New Zealand has found success in four of them. On the last tour in 2013/14, India suffered a thrashing; losing the five-match series 0-4.
MS Dhoni loves playing in New Zealand
Moreover, MS Dhoni, the man who hogged all the limelight by winning the Player of the Series in Australia; has some incredible numbers under his belt in New Zealand. Off the 12 matches played against the Kiwis, MS has scored 541 runs at an average of 90.16. Also, he has six fifty-plus total but is yet to reach a hundred.