New Zealand’s regular provide of left-handed batsmen will come in useful in Thursday’s World Cup match towards an Indian group with out that selection of their prime order, senior Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor stated on the eve of the match.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s harm has not solely robbed India of a left-right pair on the prime of their order however has additionally left the two-times champions and not using a southpaw within the prime half of their batting.
In distinction, New Zealand have three left-handers of their prime six, together with opener Colin Munro.
“Obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India,” Taylor instructed reporters at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. “He and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they’re right and left-handed. I think we’ve had a similar balanced side for a long time, and when you do have a right-left hand combination, it does put pressure in different ways on the bowling opposition.”
A left-right mixture forces bowlers to change line and size whereas the fielding captain can be compelled to tinker with subject settings each time the batsmen change ends.
Taylor stated such selection within the batting lineup was essential to take advantage of the World Cup grounds. “A lot of these grounds in the UK have a short boundary to one side, and if you’ve got two right handers or two left handers, you can’t exploit it as much… It’s traditionally a short boundary here. If that is the case, then hopefully we can exploit it with the right and left handers.”
A lot will rely upon how New Zealand fare towards the wrist-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav however the 35-year-old Taylor reckoned the duo may bowl barely extra defensively at Trent Bridge.
“Shorter boundaries can sometimes play in the minds of the spinners, one might spin a little bit more defensive, but with the weather around and so much uncertainty, we’ll just have to wait and see,” he stated.
The 2015 finalists have made an ideal begin of their quest for a maiden World Cup title, successful their first three matches earlier than the event was hit by poor climate, which has already resulted in three matches being both known as off or deserted.
“I said at the start of the tournament that luck is going to play a part,” Taylor stated. “England is a beautiful place, but it’s not famous for good weather. In saying that, there’s still a long way to go in this tournament. I’m sure there’s going to be rained out games that could have freaked us along the way.”