The series against New Zealand is going to be the final overseas assignment for Indian National Cricket Team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Perhaps, this is their best chance to look after their team balance, as playing in overseas games will give a clear idea about the game for the management before finalising their squad for the major event.

Virat Kohli also stressed the fact the winning for the country is always the main criteria but he wants to achieve that by experimenting with the team to sort out the combinations for the ICC World Cup 2019. He wants the team to be flexible.

We need a good balance – Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli believes that winning the game is their main target despite changing the combination at regular intervals. He wants to test few guys in the side and bring more calmness and composure in the team to make things look easy for the team.

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Indian National Cricket Team. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Kohli believes that his side wants to be flexible before heading into the major event. Further, the Indian skipper showers words of praise on New Zealand cricket for their style of play at the highest level. He pointed out few world-class players of Kiwis as well.

”Winning is an important factor when you are playing for the country. But, the main thing is not to be desperate at the moment at this stage. There needs to be a good atmosphere in the dressing room and also a calm approach to the game. We want to refine as a team before heading into World Cup. If we need to try players, we are open. We are not rigid, it is about finding the balance. Despite experiments, winning for India is paramount,” Virat Kohli quoted.

New Zealand vs India 2019: 1st ODI, Napier, Match Prediction
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”It is the fact that New Zealand is number 3 ranked team. It speaks about their consistency. We played them in India and lost a game in Mumbai. We felt like that they have good balance. They have got the mix of youth and seniors in the side. In the bowling attack, they have Tim Southee and Trent, who are experienced and enthusiastic to go got it. They are one of the most balanced sides in the world cricket, which is the biggest challenge,” he added.

Well, as Virat Kohli said, it is going to be a tough challenge for India against New Zealand. They haven’t got the best record in New Zealand, as they always faltered in tackling the Kiwis side at their home.

Meanwhile, it seems like India will make quite a few experiments in the upcoming 5-match ODI series in order to check the balance in the side.

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