New Delhi: Indian spinners at home are often lethal and few visiting batsmen are able to create an impression due to their constant struggles against slow bowling. But the one ploy that has often worked for foreign batsmen in India is the employment of the sweep shot, perhaps made most famous by destructive Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden. Now it also paid dividends for New Zealand in their win in the first ODI against India on Sunday.
Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is happy that centurion Tom Latham paid heed to his advice to play the sweep and reverse sweep which disturbed the length of Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Taylor scored 95 and added 200 runs with Latham, who struck an unbeaten 103 in New Zealand’s successful chase of 281 in the first ODI against India in Mumbai.
Kuldeep and Chahal bowled 20 overs giving away 125 runs with only a wicket in return. “With the sweep shot, We are able to put pressure on the spinners and forced them to adjust their lengths. I thought he (Latham) did that outstandingly well. I told him to reverse sweep and he did it, and he kept doing it,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference. (With PTI inputs)