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Mental games passé for Kiwis

cricket Updated: Feb 25, 2009 14:13 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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New Zealand coach Andy Moles did not attempt any mental disintegration ahead of the first game. If anything, he wholeheartedly gave credit to India for their progress. "I think in all facets, they are the number one team in the world. You look at the way they have played over the last 18 months, they have gone round the world and at home and they have played very good cricket," said Moles. "They are coming at a time which will be a really good test for us. We can't wait for the series to start because we will really see areas that we need to improve in and things we are doing well."

It wasn't idle talk from the coach. Ross Taylor, their leading batsman, had this to say when asked whether the players also believed India were the top dogs. "I can only speak for myself but I think consistently over the last 12-18 months, India would be the best team going around in all forms of the game. They have beaten Australia consistently. Definitely, I think they are the world's best team at the moment."

The New Zealand T20 squad assembled for their first practice ahead of the series and were scheduled to meet Zach Hitchcock, who provides them with video analysis solutions, and John Wright later in the day to draw up specific strategies for playing the Indians.