India and New Zealand can be called the top two test teams in the world for good reason because they played the world test championship final and it is now going to be a clash of the titans in India as the two teams face off. India hasn’t really faired too well in the competitions against New Zealand having lost the series away 0-2 and lost the WTC final too but this is a good chance for them at home to settle scores. But New Zealand are not going to be any pushovers in the India vs New Zealand series and it is going to be a tough battle. Here are the best New Zealand players you can pick in your dream 11 prediction
After resting out the T20 series, he would have got a lot of time to put the T20 final defeat on the back-burner. This is now going to be a chance for him to play like champions and perform like champions that they are. Kane has led the side beautifully and it is going to be another opportunity for him to perform well in this series. The pitches here are often conducive to spin and Kane is a very good player of spin. He will be expected to dominate the attacks quite easily. Kane is in great personal batting form too and is coming off a spectacular 85 in the world cup final. You would expect him to lead from the front and be the captain fantastic that he has been for his side. Expect him to dominate the spinners from the very beginning.
Ajaz has been a wonderful spinner for his team in the recent few series on the spinning tracks. While his record reads 26 wickets from 9 games, what must be factored in is the fact that he has played most of his cricket on the pitches that are not good for spin bowling. On these pitches that are dry and the ball is spinning miles, he is going to be a handful for the Indian batsmen. He is the one bowler who the batsmen will look to target quite frequently and therein lies his chance of getting wickets for his team and points for you. This is one player who is likely to take most wickets so he should definitely be a part of your team.
The wily veteran has seen the ups and downs of the New Zealand cricket and he would be the one person who has most experience of playing on these pitches. Trust him to bring those square shots or slogs to mid-wicket out as he hits it big against the Indian spinners. You do expect him to get a couple of scores here and if that happens, you could expect him to go big. Indian pitches do have sessions where the runs flow quite easily and there are going to be those sessions where he absolutely decimates the opposition. He is in the twilight of his career for sure but has been in the best form of his life and was India’s nemesis in the world test championship too.
Runs are going to be hard to come by against spin but if there are two batsmen who can cope with the Indian batsmen it is going to be the two batsmen mentioned above. Ajaz is also likely to cause trouble to the Indian batsmen among all the bowlers. So it would be best to select them.