India v New Zealand, Pre-series: Combined ODI XI

India v New Zealand, Pre-series: Combined ODI XI

He was followed by his opening partner Ajinkya Rahane who scored a brilliant 244 runs with an average close to 50 and held the second spot in list oh highest run-getters for India in the series.

When Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli played together for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2008, the Indian batsman had not become a household name - although Kohli had captained U-19 to glory a few months ago. "So we got Dinesh, who has always played in the middle-order..." Even in the three, only two can play in the eleven. We felt KL opens mostly where he plays, we don't want to have a situation like Jinks was going through in between - having to play in the middle order forcefully because the top order was doing well. I don't want to confuse him too much [by] making him play in the middle order.

Team India star opener Rohit Sharma is all set to start the bilateral series against New Zealand from at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on October 22. Repeating that performance could be easier said than done as India have a different team, a different captain, and not least, a different attack.

"We always had plans of bringing wrist-spinners into play, but we honestly never thought of playing two [wrist-spinners] together, but you know, they [Kuldeep and Chahal] are so good together that it's tempting to play them in every game". He also clarified that both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will at the moment have to take a backseat as far as ODI cricket is concerned. It is a rhythm thing. "We certainly look to give chances to guys who we think have the ability to perform at this level". That can hamper the most important format for us i.e Test cricket.

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"We need to find our best bowling combination before we reach the World Cup (in 2019) stage", Kohli told reporters on Saturday.

"Ashwin and Jadeja have played for 6-7 years of limited overs cricket for us regularly".

"And you know, contrary to a lot of things being said left, right and centre, we understand how the dynamics of this team are going forward, and that is something which will be very hard to explain. People only focus on results and we are now getting the results, so we are very happy with the way things stand". "This should not be an area where players are changed according to form, you need to look at all aspects in terms of how many games you are playing, how much rest you are getting", Kohli said. "So, we are very happy with it".

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