With no apparent weaknesses, Virat Kohli seems in unstoppable form in all formats of the game. The current New Zealand team, though, are a well-prepared outfit, almost for all players and conditions.
How would former coach Mike Hesson stop Kohli in his current form?
“The key thing is if you can contain Virat Kohli in the first 10-15 balls where he has to take some risks to get his innings underway then that will provide opportunities. How you do that is dependent on the surface. But, if we found a magic formula, I’m sure it would be circulated all around the world very quickly,” Hesson told ESPNcricinfo.
Okay, stop the No. 1 ODI batsman, what about the No. 2 ODI batsman?
“Rohit Sharma is in incredibly good form at the moment and has been for a long time. The thing with Rohit is that once he is in, once he gets himself set, he generally dictates the outcome of the game. It’s making sure that the new-ball bowlers can attack Rohit early on whether it’ll be with swing or with some other variations wide outside the crease or whatever.”
Prediction for India’s upcoming five-match series in New Zealand?
“I think it was 4-0 last time with a tie. I think it’ll be 3-2, it’s going to be tight. I think Black Caps 3-2.”
New Zealand’s balance for the World Cup?
“I think there are a couple pieces of the puzzle the Black Caps would be keen to find out before the World Cup. Who is the allrounder? Who provides that balance? A lot of options there. From a bowling point of view, who’s going to take wickets in the middle overs when it’s flat? I think if they can get that sorted then the side’s looking very good.”