India bowling coach Bharat Arun has revealed that they will change plans for Ross Taylor and Tom Latham for upcoming matches of the series as they both snatched the Mumbai match from India. He also sees the visitors as a big challenge to hand India their first ODI series loss at home since 2015.
In the recent past, India enjoyed their dominance in the world cricket but New Zealand cricket team came out of nowhere to win the first of three One-day Internationals by six wickets at the Wankhede stadium. Taylor and Latham’s partnership helped the visitors chase down the target of 281 runs as they found the way to handle the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav with consummate ease.
“We have taken a good look at the videos of how they play and from where they sweep. Definitely, the plans will change for these batsmen,” Arun said as reported by PTI.
“These two wrist spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal) have done their job, they have time and again taken wickets. Sometimes it does happen that you get the desired wickets or you have plans in place but it doesn’t work out but then if you look at the overall percentages, I think they have very well shaped up and one odd match shouldn’t trouble us."
Because of the rotation policy of the Indian team management, young players got the opportunity to become a part of the playing XI as the management chalking out plans for the 2019 World Cup. The 54-year-old showed his confidence over the young wrist spinners' efforts and was quite satisfied with the plans going forward.
“These two boys have done exceptionally well for us and we would like to take a good look to them before we come upon the combination for the 2019 World Cup. So far they have shaped exceptionally well,” he added.
“We look at it as a big challenge right now. New Zealand, in all fairness, compete exceptionally well. They had a fantastic partnership and they went on to win the game. It’s a bigger challenge for us to come back. We know we have plans in place and it will be a good testing ground for the team on how you come back from behind and do well in the series,” he said.
The second ODI of the series will be played on October 25 in at the Maharastra Cricket Association in Pune.
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