New Zealand top-order batsman cautioned the Kiwis of Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the 1st ODI. He feels apart from the Indian captain Virat Kohli, the Blackcaps also need to do their homework well for the openers. He feels Kohli undoubtedly is a sensational batsman but he also feels it is easy to get him caught up. Both Kohli and Taylor are top batsmen and have shared the dressing room with each other at the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“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.”
“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, India captain Virat Kohli has two milestones in his sight when India lock horns with Kane Williamson’s Blackcaps in a five-match ODI series. Kohli could break one and equal the other in the opener itself. He needs a century to equal Virender Sehwag for most centuries by an Indian against New Zealand. Sehwag has six, whereas Kohli has five and is equal with Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli also needs three runs to pip Sehwag as the second leading run-getter against the Kiwis in One Day Internationals.
The Kiwis have won 21 out of the 35 games played in New Zealand. The last time India toured New Zealand in 2013-14, the faced an embarrassing 4-0 whitewash. However, India had won 3-1 in 2009 with MS Dhoni’s India being the first Indian team to win a series in New Zealand.
The 1st ODI is slated to be played on January 23 at Napier.