Senior New Zealand campaigner and captain was found appreciating the Indian cricket team whilst reflecting their performance after two straight defeats in the T20Is. India is becoming “better and better” away from home, he said. New Zealand has lost the 5 match T20I ind vs nz series with two straight sweeps and one nail biter. The New Zealand players, however, have been quite sub-par as compared to the Indian players which has been the difference between the two sides in this series.
“India have played well. They’re a great side and they’re full of world-class players. The first game is the one that slightly got away on us but we were certainly outplayed in the second game. We know it’s always tough when you play against India and they’re becoming a better and better side away from home as well. We know we need to be on top of our game if we need to beat India,” Southee said on the eve of the third T20. He also asked his batsmen to raise the standards, whilst competing with the powerful and star studded batting lineup of India. He believes that if they keep looking forward and focus on their strategies, they would pull through in this ind vs nz series. He also believes that if they bring India out of their comfort zone, they would be able to provide tough competition. When he was asked about if they had made any special strategies for in-form Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, he said that they were not targeting any batsmen in particular. This could have been the reason for the Kiwi downfall in this ind vs nz series.
“As I say, in this Indian side, there’s not one or two guys but the whole side who have quality, not only with the bat but with the ball as well. Those tactics might change as the series goes on as you see more of the players,” Southee added. As it could be seen that their tactics have changed, it might help the Kiwis win the next match. Also, it needs to be taken into account that India might make some changes in their lineup to give a chance to the youngsters on the bench, which might solidify New Zealand’s case in this series. Having lost the series, now it is a battle of respect for them and let us hope that they put their hearts and souls in these matches.