Kiwis wary of Indian resurgence: Vettori

Upstaging MS Dhoni's men in Twenty20 has given New Zealand the momentum but Daniel Vettori said his side is wary of an Indian resurgence in the ODI series.

updated: March 02, 2009 10:04 IST
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Upstaging Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men in Twenty20 Internationals has given New Zealand the momentum but skipper Daniel Vettori on Monday said his side is wary of an Indian resurgence in the one-day series that starts here on Tuesday.

"We are wary of their ability to bounce back pretty quickly," Vettori said.

"The way the Indians play is they come out and play with freedom. Once they get on a roll they are difficult to stop. At the moment, the roll is with us. We just got to make sure that we keep it going and keep putting them under some pressure because they have so many good players and so many good stroke-makers that they can take it away from us very quickly," he said.

Vettori said the Indians would especially benefit from the return of Sachin Tendulkar, who sat out of the Twenty20 matches.

"He brings a wealth of experience. He has been to New Zealand on a number of occasions and he understands the conditions. He is arguably one of the best batsmen ever to have played the game. As soon as you put him in the side, it definitely makes a difference," he said.

Vettori also felt that opener Virender Sehwag will be hard to contain.

"We know how aggressive Sehwag can be. I just want to see my bowlers put the ball in the right spot. If you are hit for a six from the right spot, then I can live with that.

"But if you go searching and start giving him width, then we are going to get ourselves in trouble. I respect the fact that he is one of the best players going around in the world. So if a good ball goes for six, I can handle it by just asking the bowlers to be as consistent as possible," he said.

Vettori said New Zealand, which has in the past struggled to put together a squad due to lack of options, now has wealth of talent.

"I think it is the most exciting bit, the fact that we can select from quite a big squad and the fact that some pretty good players have been left out. Before we went to Australia, it was tough to fill a 14.

"But now, it looks like a good team, particularly the batting line-up. I have been really pleased with the way they have played. The side is pretty strong and pretty settled, said Vettori, on there eve of the first ODI against India at the McClean park," he said.

Vettori said New Zealand would use Jacob Oram's bowling in tomorrow's game.

"We are looking to Oram bowling a few overs tomorrow. It definitely won't be a full spell but just to get a little bit out of him makes a big difference," he said.

He said New Zealand had the option of choosing either Ian Butler or Tim Southee for the final slot.

"That is the situation you want to be in as a captain. It makes it tough to sit down and say who you are going to leave out. In a lot of ways, we can give the occasional bowler a little bit of a break if he has had quite a full-on season. But majority of the time, we try to pull out our best eleven. If that is a tough decision, it is great for Andy (Moles) and me," he said.

He said there were a lot of expectation on Brendon McCullum.

"He has realised that even when you are not in form, you can score runs and actually contribute. I think Brendon would be the first to acknowledge that he hasn't been hitting the ball as well as he would like to but he is still getting the job done," he said.