As the New Zealand series knocks on the door, India vice captain Rohit Sharma thinks that facing and handling New Zealand bowlers as a whole will be a huge test for the Indian batsmen. The Indian opener also expressed his concern about facing New Zealand ace Trent Boult and said he will be a ‘challenge’ to Indian batters.
Rohit also thinks it will be difficult for them because India team hasn’t had a left arm pacer for a long time in the international circuit.
“The last time India had a left-arm seamer was a long time back,” Rohit said at Wankhede Stadium.
“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.”
Rohit also added that they know the capability of the Kiwi bowlers and in the past they have done exceedingly well in Indian conditions, so the batsmen will have to be prudent to the whole unit.
India’s last regular left arm pacer was Zaheer Khan, since then the likes of Barinder Sran and Pathans have only played a handful of matches. Though the players have left arm pacers in their respective IPL teams, Indian side have often struggled against lefties in the recent past.
Zaheer in the World Cup in 2011
From Mustafizur Rahman to Mohammad Amir, India have had their issues against them. Also Boult was terrific in the Blackcaps last tour in India. The fiery Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler dismissed Rohit twice in that series.
Amir after taking Rohit Sharma’s wicket in the Champions League Final
Indian team though are practicing to counter the left arm pacers by facing long spells of Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar. India face the Kiwis on Sunday as the three match ODI series inaugurates.