Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and Dhawan

first_img Akshay Ramesh NapierJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 12:26 IST Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma scored a century each in India’s 2-1 win in an ODI series in Australia earlier this month (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play New Zealand in a five-match ODI series from January 23Virat Kohli’s men arrived in Auckland on Sunday ahead of the first ODI in NapierRoss Taylor will be one of India’s major threats in the upcoming series as the veteran has been in fine formNew Zealand’s batting mainstay Ross Taylor has insisted the hosts’ fast bowlers will have their work cut out against a top-quality Indian batting unit in the upcoming five-match ODI series, starting January 23 in Napier.Taylor, who is expected to lead New Zealand’s challenge with the bat, also heaped praise on India captain Virat Kohli, calling him “the best one-day player going around”. However, the veteran batsman has warned his team against focussing too much on Kohli, saying India have two top quality opening batsmen in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.India arrived in Auckland on Sunday ahead of the first ODI which will be played in Napier on Wednesday. The visitors are high on confidence after having started the World Cup year with a historic series win in Australia.Kohli was once again at the thick of things as he led India’s fightback in Adelaide in the second ODI after a series-opening defeat in Sydney against Australia. The top-ranked ODI batsman scored 104 as India successfully gunned down a 299-run target before sealing the decider in Melbourne on Friday.A smile is the best way to unwind. Kohli (@imVkohli) January 21, 2019Apart from Kohli, Rohit Sharma also showed signs of peak form when he slammed a daddy hundred in a losing cause in the first ODI. Meanwhile, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has seemingly hit form as he walked away with Man of the Series with three successive half-centuries.Kohli best one-day player going around: Tayloradvertisement”Kohli’s a sensational player, probably the best one day player going round – easily, really,” Taylor was quoted as saying by Stuff on Monday.”It’s easy to get caught up in him, but they’ve got two pretty good openers up the top in [Rohit] Sharma and co to come out before Kohli gets in. [Shikhar] Dhawan’s got a very good record as well. I’m sure the fast bowlers will have their work cut out.”India are expected to face a stiffer challenge than they did in Australia as history isn’t in favour of the touring side. The Asian giants have managed to win only one series in seven attempts. They were beaten 4-0 in a five-match series on their last tour in 2013-14 season.Ross Taylor is expected to be one of the major threats to Kohli’s visiting side as the veteran Black Caps batsman has been in fine form over the last 12 months. Since 2018, Taylor has scored at an average of 92 in 13 ODIs.Taylor scored 281 runs, including a century and two half-centuries, in their 3-0 defeat of Sri Lanka earlier this month. The good news for New Zealand is that Taylor has deemed himself fit for the upcoming series against India despite suffering a finger injury during a T20I against Sri Lanka in Auckland. Reuters Photo”I have 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,” Taylor said.”But you’re still human and you still have to start again, and it’s exciting against India.”Also Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | New Zealand tough side but it will be advantage India: Madan LalAlso Read | Michael Bevan finished matches with fours, MS Dhoni does so with sixes: Ian ChappellAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael ClarkeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Ross TaylorFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India cricket teamFollow Shikhar Dhawan Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanIndia tour of New Zealand 2019: Seasoned campaigner Ross Taylor, who has been in sublime scoring form, said he is looking forward to the challenge of facing India in the upcoming five-match ODI series.advertisementlast_img read more


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