The Indian cricket team arrived in Napier on Monday for a five-match ODI series against New Zealand starting January 19. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the tour will be a learning experience ahead of the 2015 ICC World Cup to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
With several members touring New Zealand for the first time, Dhoni feels, the ODI series will give valuable information to players who are expected to make the World Cup squad. "It's good exposure for them," Dhoni said. "The grounds here are a very different shape and it's difficult to exactly pinpoint the fielding positions. They are quite different to where you usually place your fielders. Overall it'll be a fantastic tour for all the guys."
Dhoni is backing his young team that recently lost the ODI and Test series in South Africa. Saying the Kiwi conditions will favour seamers, Dhoni feels the Indian bowlers are capable of doing a good job. "Overall I'm quite happy with the bowlers. Again it really depends on the conditions. But if the wicket is favouring the fast bowlers we've definitely got bowlers who can make the most out of the new ball," he said.