1st ODI India vs New Zealand: India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was seen in the gym sweating it out ahead of the ODI opener at Napier. Dhawan has not been in the best of form and would like to correct that in the upcoming five-match ODI series. Dhawan was working more on his back and lower body, he was doing deadlifts. New Zealand top order batsman Ross Taylor has already identified Dhawan as a big threat along with Rohit Sharma in the upcoming series. Rohit and Dhawan have formed a stable opening partnership at the top and have been a success. “He’s (Kohli) a sensational player, the best one-day player going around, easily. It’s easy to get caught up in him,” Taylor told stuff.co.nz. “You’ve got two pretty good openers at the top, Rohit (Sharma) and Shikhar (Dhawan), before he gets in.”

Dhawan’s post was captioned as, “No shortcuts to hardwork! Only hardwork can make success look easy.”

Meanwhile, the Indian team arrived in Auckland yesterday to a huge fan frenzy outside the airport.

“I’ve played a few internationals now and understand my role in the team. I’ve worked on my game and try and rotate the strike early and be as busy as I can. Different shots against spinners at different stages have maybe evolved my game in a positive way,” said Taylor, who became the first New Zealand cricketer to score 20 centuries in ODI in the recently concluded ODI series against SL.

Meanwhile, the Blackcaps hold the edge against India at home as they have won 21 out of the 35 matches played and are extremely potent in known conditions. On the other hand, India is a team that has momentum on their side after the historic win against Australia in Australia.