New Zealand have had a terrible tour of India so far. The Kiwis were whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series and what is even disheartening for them is that the team never looked to be dominating in any of those three matches. However, New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi feels that his team is looking forward to the ODI series and hopeful that the team is able to the disappointment of the Test series behind them.
He said that New Zealand have been playing really well in the ODIs lately and if they continue to play the way they have been doing in the shorter format of the game, they might well finish the long tour on a high. "It’s completely different ball game now, completely different cricket, a cricket which we have been playing really well for a while now. Tests are gone now. We can’t do anything about it. Now we are just looking forward to the fives ODIs," quipped Ronchi in a pre-match media briefing.
He went on to add, "We are a good ODI team and if we can continue playing the way we have been playing for a while now, it’s going to make for an interesting series."
It is to be noted that New Zealand were the finalists of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and the team was longing to take on the Indians in the ODIs.
"Our ODI cricket has been good for a quite a while now. We did not play that well in this Test series but in the past, we have done a great job in Tests as well. After losing 0-3 we are going to look at this ODI series and make sure we perform well and finish off the tour on a high. We will be positive going into each game and back our processes and skills," he was quoted as saying in The Hindu.
The New Zealand cricket team went into the Test series with injuries to some of their key player. "We have got some new players in the group as well who can bring new energy. Some guys in this group are quite seniors and have been for long enough to know their roles and know how to play cricket," Ronchi said.
"We have got some injuries in our bowling department but the guys that have come in are fantastic cricketers and have done really well for New Zealand. Everyone has got full confidence in everyone here."
India and New Zealand have played 27 ODIs in India so far of which the Indian team has won 21 encounters while the Kiwis were the victors on 5 occasions. One match yielded no result.