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Kiwi Youngsters Pose Serious Threat To Men In Blue’s Supremacy

By on March 1, 2009


Joseph Hoover

Wellington, Mar 1 (PTI) When Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s legion set sail for the Antipodes 10 days ago they were a confident bunch, pretty much sure they could vanquish New Zealand in their own backyard.

But having suffered back-to-back defeats in the Twenty20 series, the visitors have been riddled with self-doubt, accentuated by the shoulder injury to pace ace Ishant Sharma.

That T20 world champions India lost both their matches here makes them vulnerable against a side which has been playing aggressive and positive brand of cricket.

Though the young Kiwis are in awe of Sachin Tendulkar, they have cared little for India’s record over the last 18 months, hitting it for sixes in the T20 games at Christchurch and the Westpac Stadium here.

The emergence of a new breed of young, exciting players who are positive and bold have done New Zealand a world of good.

They play their natural game and don’t fret about setbacks. The infusion of fresh blood has enriched the Black Cap’s stock, a position from where their international rating can only look up. If they win the five-match series hands down, they could upstage India (third) in the ICC ODI ratings. PTI

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