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NZ tour will be litmus test for Dhoni's captaincy: Ganguly

cricket Updated: Feb 25, 2009 14:17 IST

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Expressing concern over lack of practice matches for the Indian cricket team on the tour of New Zealand, former skipper Sourav Ganguly on Friday said that the visit will test Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership ability.

"The series will judge Dhoni as a captain as he has led the squad mostly in the sub-continent. But the side did well under him to beat Australia in the ODI's Down Under," Ganguly told reporters in Mumbai.

The left handed batsmen, who led India during the last tour to New Zealand in 2002, said lack of match practice for the squad in tough conditions will only add to the challenges.

"The worrying aspect for the side is that there is no warm-up game. It's tough, especially when you are playing in Australia, England and New Zealand," Ganguly said.

Ganguly, who was here for a promotional event of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders of which he is the captain, said the Black Caps were difficult to beat at home but the Indian side had the necessary quality to perform the job.

"New Zealand is a tough side to beat at home but ours is also a good side," he said pointing out that India had done well in similar conditions in Ireland and England under Rahul Dravid in 2007.