Indian ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma said that it is great for him personally that India start their ODI series against New Zealand in Mumbai.
“It makes you feel good about yourself. (There is) No better way to start the series (than) at your home ground so its great that I personally start this New Zealand series here,” he said. The series starts on Sunday, October 22 with the first match being played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. India had only last week concluded their T20I series against Australia that was preceded by an ODI rubber. While India won the latter 4-1, the T20I series was 1-1 draw with the last match being washed out.
According to Rohit, it is good that there hasn’t been too big a gap between the two series and that India would like to churn out performances such as the one against Australia on a consistent basis. “We would like to continue where we left against Australia,” said Rohit, “Good thing is that there has hardly been any time between the Australia series and New Zealand series so the guys are in their groove. I hope we put up the same performance as we did in the last series against Australia.”
Ready for Boult
Rohit also admitted that facing Trent Boult would be a challenge for India due to a dearth of experience for the hosts batting against left-arm seamers. At the same time, he also expressed confidence that it won’t be something that the batsmen cannot handle. “The last time India had a left-arm seamer was a long time back,” said the Indian vice-captain, “I think Zaheer Khan was the last who played for India in ODI format. Our team is used to that now and we have performed exceedingly well. For us as batters, it will be a challenge to face a left-arm seamer and Trent Boult being one of their prime left-arm fast bowlers, it will be a huge challenge for all the batters to come good against [him]. We played them last time and we know what they’ll bring to the table and we know what they’re capable of as a bowling unit. It’s not just about one left-arm seamer, I guess their complete bowling unit we have to look at.”