Bowling attack in all weather, the best bats abroad make India formidable: Mike Hesson
HAMILTON: An all-weather bowling attack and improved batters' ability against pacemakers in overseas conditions have made India a formidable unit in all formats, the former New Zealand head coach feels. Mike Hesson .
Hesson, who will take care of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2020 season , also said the 5-0 rout of New Zealand in the T20 series shows the current lot of Indian players is exceptionally talented.
India is much better now and is improving all the time. His bowling attack now adapts to all conditions worldwide because his bowlers, pacemakers and spinners are very good. That's something they haven't always had, said Hesson. said.
And the ability of their batters to play bowling at a pace has also improved the more they have traveled. So this group of players is an exceptionally talented group. The victory of this series will help them (for the World Cup in Australia later this year).
The following is an ODI series of three matches, and India-New Zealand will play the first game in Hamilton on Wednesday. Hesson said the new New Zealand rhythm attack will have to finish its task.
However, he feels that the subsequent series of two tests will be a different proposal despite New Zealand's recent 0-3 defeat in Australia.
"New Zealand had a poor tour of Australia and they would be hurt with that. But up to that point, their Test cricket was exceptional in the last 2-3 seasons, probably even longer.
"New Zealand know these conditions well. From a Test bowling point of view, if there is something in the surface, likes of Tim Southee will exploit it and Trent Boult should be back as well. Neil Wagner asks different questions too, so I am really looking forward to it.
India will have the expectation of winning this series of tests. But New Zealand is a very difficult place to win test matches. You cannot take anything for granted and I am sure that India will not, Hesson said.
Hesson also blamed New Zealand for making some questionable decisions during the T20 series in which they lost consecutive games in a Super Over.
"Losing in such a manner can become a bit of habit. Once New Zealand lost a couple (Super Overs), they almost started dreading the Super Over. And once you do that, you are not in the right frame of mind.
Again, even in both Super Overs, New Zealand was in situations in this series where they could have won it. They will look back and wonder if they used the correct bowling option (Tim Southee) at that time.
Rhythm changes can be useful in a Super Over instead of trying to force New Yorkers, Hesson calculated.
While India marked a couple of question marks in terms of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and the rhythm department with young people, there are still some question marks left in their preparation for the World Cup.
Power-hitting in the middle, for example, as Shivam Dube went off-colour as the series progressed. Additionally, Rishabh Pant didn't get any chances as K L Rahul kept wickets.
They were testing different players in this series (and local season). They tried Shivam Dube and Manish Pandey, who played slightly different roles, and I think they have found enough about those players. Of course, if you have the ability to bring Hardik Pandya (currently injured) to the backend, that gives him an extra dimension.
On the vital question of M S Dhoni, Hesson opined that India already had established plans if the former employer did not return after the IPL as speculated. Dhoni hasn't played a competitive game since the World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand in July.
"It seems like India have moved on. And they have certainly had to put their plans in place for when that (Dhoni's retirement) happens. I have heard in the press that a lot depends on the IPL in terms of how Dhoni operates. If he is in good touch then obviously he plays, but looks like India have moved past MSD at this stage."