Ross Taylor feels their performance against spinners will define their way in the series

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Ross Taylor feels their performance against spinners will define their way in the series

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New Zealand star Ross Taylor believes that his side’s performance against spinners will majorly define the way they progress on their India tour. The 33-year-old also heaped huge praises on his former IPL teammate Virat Kohli, stating that he will be one of the best players ever to play the game.

New Zealand must have kept a close eye on Australia’s tour of India prior to this where India’s wrist spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal unleashed complete destruction upon their batsman claiming 13 wickets in the process. The Kiwis have struggled to play against spinners in the practice games as well and knows coping with them will be their biggest challenge in the ongoing series. New Zealand’s experienced middle-order batsman Ross Taylor feels spin has always been India’s biggest strength at home and how they perform against them will go a long way in defining the outcome.

Speaking to India Today, Taylor said, “Anytime you play India, spin will be a big factor. The way they play our spinners and the way we have to combat their spin. We have had a good hit out. Nadeem and Karn Sharma also put us under pressure at numerous times and the way we go against spin will go a long way in knowing how we go in this series.”

India’s latest resurgence as one of the top sides in world cricket has stemmed from a collective bowling performance, which goes way beyond Yadav and Chahal. And Taylor, being a regular in the IPL is well acquainted with the other weapons India have in their arsenal.

He said, “Fast bowlers with Bhuvi swinging it early and also Bumrah. Hardik is turning himself into a world-class all-rounder. We know we have to be at top of our game. Their batting line up as well, our bowlers will have to be at their best.”

India is currently led by one of the best players in world cricket, Virat Kohli, who have taken India to the number 1 spot in Test and ODI rankings and himself stand among the top three centurions of all time in ODI cricket alongside Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.

Taylor, who has played with him in his yesteryears of IPL in Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise, has seen him grow over the years from a star young batsman to someone carrying India’s burden and thinks he will end up being one of the best in the business.

“I have enjoyed watching Virat grow and have followed his progress from the young player of 2008 for RCB to the player he is now… To see him where he is today and the consistency he has and now with the added responsibility of captaining the country that he has taken with both hands. I am sure for the next however long he wants to play, he will be one of the best players of all time to have played the game.”

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