India just sent Australia packing single international win its shores, while New Zealand were in receipt of a 4-0 for Bangladesh, the former whipping boys of international cricket.
India sit comfortably atop the world rankings of the test, while New Zealand are struggling to stay relevant.And, however, the series will not be treated with anything less than the utmost seriousness by the Indian contingent, and the contingent New Zealand, they must bring their best game in the field every day and wait a few pieces of India whether to entertain the thought of competition.
Main concern in New Zealand is a lack of enough quality players around Daniel Vettori – who remains their only consistent performer class. Vettori had to bear a load unenviable for some time now and it is difficult to see what he can do more after bowler team leader, among their most reliable and master drummer since.
New Zealand v Bangladesh fall bodes ill for their ability to handle the Indian bowling – particularly spinners – who revel in the home situation. In addition, they must also deal with Zaheer Khan, who looked in top form against Australia. They will need people like Taylor and McCullum Guptill put his head and shows great use throughout the series.
But the task seems to be batsmen a lot of fun when the task is considered Bowling.An inexperienced and suspect bowling attack will have to take on the most potent batting line-up in the world, and unless they show hitherto hidden skills, they will rely as much on the Indian batsmen getting out to their wiles as they will on them getting out due to their own mistakes.
India, on the other hand, almost a happy face the problem that the final selection of the eleven o’clock arrives. When the whole team in good shape, it is almost certain that Cheteshwar Pujari and Vijay Murali will have to wait a while ‘before adding them to the beginner, but pretty impressive career test.
There is no such dilemma in bowling, the team can go with Zaheer, Ishant, Harbhajan and Ojha. Sreesanth was a disappointment for the second test against Australia, although bowls well in patches. However, he did not do enough for low Ishant first option for the new ball partner Zaheer. Visors, both looked good, and we certainly expect a lot of wickets in the three Tests.Thankfully for cricket fans, the time of Ahmedabad should be mostly sunny, and there should be no interruption of cricket.