World Cup 2023: India are pretty tough to beat at home, Mitchell Santner wary of upcoming clash

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New Zealand went to the top of the ODI World Cup table after winning their match against Afghanistan in Chennai. Playing at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 18, New Zealand won their fourth straight game in a row. The Blackcaps will now have a tough set of fixtures when they face India, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan in their next four matches.

Speaking after the match, New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner acknowledged the same and said that the team will face a tough challenge from the Indian team, when they clash against each other in Dharamsala on October 22, Sunday.

“Yeah, we know they’re going to obviously be a challenge at home. They look pretty tough to beat. So, we’ll have to do our assessment in Dharamsala – see what the wicket’s going to do. And obviously there has been a little pace and bounce, but whether that is the case when we play them, we’ll see,” Santner said in the most match press conference.

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New Zealand started their campaign well with a 9-wicket win against England and then carried their momentum by defeating Netherlands, Bangladesh and now Afghanistan. Santner said that they will try to stick to their plan and continue the good work.

“We’ve just got to kind of keep doing us, keep focused on the things we want to and how we want to play. And obviously, it’s nice to be in this position to lead into this game, but we obviously know it’s such a long tournament and one loss isn’t going to hurt you if you win the rest, – or you kind of look at that at the start,” Santner said.

The spinner spoke particularly on Rohit Sharma, and said special focus will be on the India captain, given he had gotten off to strong starts in the tournament.

“So, we know they’re playing some very good cricket. I think power play with the ball is going to be very important. The way Rohit’s kind of getting them off to a flyer. And so, I think we have to similar stuff to what we’re doing, chip away, build pressure, do our things, see what happens,” Santner concluded.

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Oct 19, 2023

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