New Zealand coach John Bracewell, a former off-spinner himself, said that Jeetan Patel was picked for the Champions Trophy with an eye on the World Cup. His views on Patel:
What do you think of Jeetan?
He is a good learner. He has taken every opportunity he has been given and bowled well on every occasion. He has good instincts for his skill.
How much has your experience of Indian conditions helped Jeetan?
Not much. The players spend a lot of time touring around the world and we get a lot of information off TV. We are pretty aware of the conditions everywhere and Jeetan is both a really good student of the game and has a fair understanding of what is required.
Is there any area he has to work on?
He is continually searching to move forward. He is not always satisfied and has a tremendous work ethic, and sometimes you have to pull him back and say ‘hey listen, that’s enough. You have got to be satisfied with what you have done today’. He will always keep working until he falls over. I have to try and control that. That is not a complaint. It is great to have a guy on tour you have to stop working rather than start working.
Is New Zealand looking at spin as a key role?
Yes. We always had the World Cup in mind with Jeetan. This is another opportunity for both spinners to gain in experience together and with Daniel having a history of back trouble, we are making sure we have an adequate replacement for when he is unavailable.