Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's preference for green wickets for the two-match Test series against India beginning February 6 was apparent though he said the home team management did not give any instructions to prepare fast bowler-friendly pitches. (Click here for latest on India's tour of New Zealand)
"Eden Park does not look that green. Drop-in pitches are never green as it is and they always do something on their own. We don't give orders as such but we are pretty clear about what sort of pitches we want. But there is also a certain risk involved in that as well considering how good the Indian seamers are," said Hesson.
Hesson was, however, pleased that India-born Ish Sodhi was named in the New Zealand squad to play against India in the two-match Test series. 21-year-old leg-spinner Sodhi, who has played in five Tests, will be looking to impress against the Indians, in the absence of Daniel Vettori. "Ish has been doing well and he has bowled consistently. He is the best spinner in the country at the moment and he is only 21 years old. So that is a bonus," Hesson said.