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New Zealand Team Lacks Determination, Grit And Fight – Sourav Ganguly

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni Led Indian ODI Team record their historic 900th ODI win, when they won the series opener against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday, where the Men in Blue leading with 1-0 in the 5-match One Day International Series.

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Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly feels that if New Zealand perform like that previous matches they can not win the matches and they are going to be have prepare for one more whitewash by India.

During in a chat with Times of India, Dada said after the victory in Dharamshala, “I was watching the game & I have seen the Test series as well, with all due respect to everyone in the Kiwi team, they want this series to get over as soon as possible. I think they (New Zealand) have given up hope, they have given up coming back and trying to beat this Indian team. There is no determination in that side, there is no fight or grit in that team”

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Ganguly also added about the New Zealand’s senior batsman, who could manage only 190 runs on the board. He said, “You see Martin Guptill, innings after innings he has been rolled over by the Indian quicks. New Zealand cricket has never beaten the likes of Australia, South Africa or England as they never had that much talent but when you see dismissals like the ones of Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor, you just don’t see the determination. The only way they can come back is show some fight. If Tim Southee at no. 10 can get a fifty, if Tom Latham can bat with grit and determination then I really don’t see why the others cannot.”

Virat Kohli once again proved that he is the star batsman for India in an ODI run chase who has scored unbeaten 85 runs against the Kiwis in the first ODI. Dada highly praised Kohli for his batting, “When you see Virat Kohli bat you see the fire, you see the hunger, you see the feet moving, it is just a different mindset. It is just his quality, he enjoys batting in ODI cricket. Players go through this period when they start believing sub-consciously that I will just walk on and get runs and that is exactly what has happened to Virat Kohli. To be honest I don’t see Virat Kohli facing any problems with this New Zealand attack specially when they get only 190 on the board with this white ball & on these pitches.”

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MS Dhoni has credited Indian bowlers for this victory and hugely praised ODI debutantHardik Pandya who took 3 wicktes for 31 run. Ganguly said, “Dhoni showed a lot of faith in Hardik Pandya. The young fast bowler Pandya created trouble for them (New Zealand), Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami all have created trouble for them, so in a side when every opposition bowler is giving trouble for the batsmen then you don’t win. From my point of view what lacks in this New Zealand team is fight. I have see New Zealand teams in the past under the likes of Stephen Flemming and Brendon McCullum, there was a lot more heart in those sides as compared to this one.”

The second ODI match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on 20th October.

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