Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl in the first cricket one-dayer against New Zealand on Sunday.
Brendon McCullum said,’We would have batted first anyways. We played some good cricket against West Indies. This is a completely different challenge. India are a much stronger side.
‘We want to develop some consistency. We have obviously got four very good fast bowling options. On a fast bouncy wicket here, Adam Milne is a good match. It’s just the way it is with four high class bowlers. You got to pick horses for courses. Whilst he (Mills) is not playing, he will help out the younger guys.’
MS Dhoni said, ‘We are looking to bowl first. Looks like a good, dry, hard wicket. It means it will not change over a period of time.
‘The practise facility is good. For about four/five days, the batsmen and bowlers spent time. The field positioning and with a strong breeze blowing, you have to take a wise decision.
‘Every series we play is important for us. It will be good for few guys who have not played in New Zealand to get used to the conditions here.
‘It is a fantastic preparation ahead of the World Cup. The bowlers will have to be smart to bowl in the right areas. If the batsmen get in, we will see some high scores.’
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum(c), CJ Anderson, L Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, AF Milne, MJ McClenaghan
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(c), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuveshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami