Ross Taylor, the veteran batsman from New Zealand has warned his country to be wary of the Indian National Cricket team’s opening duo, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming ODI series. Meanwhile, the Kiwis and the men in blues will clash in for a five-match ODI series followed by three-match T20Is.

Meanwhile, the duo of Dhawan and Sharam has been pivotal for India apart from their skipper Virat Kohli. Taylor noted that Kohli is the best ODI player currently and one cannot leave him out of the plan.

He’s (Kohli) a sensational player, the best one-day player going around, easily. It’s easy to get caught up in him,” Taylor told stuff.co.nz. “You’ve got two pretty good openers at the top, Rohit (Sharma) and Shikhar (Dhawan) before he gets in,” he added.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2019
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Since 2018, while Kohli leads the run charts in ODIs with 1355 runs at 112.91, Rohit Sharma is the second highest run-scorer during that period with 1215 runs at 71.47. Shikhar Dhawan is also not far behind and is at fourth place 952 runs at an average of 45.33.

I have understood my role

In addition to, Ross Taylor has been in good touch with the bat. In the recently concluded series, Taylor notched up scores of 54. 90 and 137. The veteran batsman noted that he has worked on his game and has evolved in a positive way.

New Zealand, 2019 World Cup, Ross Taylor
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I’ve played a few internationals now and understand my role in the team. I’ve worked on my game and try and rotate the strike early and be as busy as I can. Different shots against spinners at different stages have maybe evolved my game in a positive way,” Taylor concluded.

The five-match ODI series between Indian National Cricket team and New Zealand will commence from January 23 (Wednesday) at Napier.