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Thursday, July 30, 2009

India vs New Zealand 2009: Why India is the Favorite?

(This entry was originally posted on Friday, February 20th, 2009)

This is perhaps the first time that India is touring New Zealand and India is the hot favorite to win the ODI and Test series. For the last two decades, each time, India visited NZ, they suffered humiliating defeat at the hand of the home team. In fact, team India lost many matches in low scoring affairs. This thing made many fans back at home ashamed and angry. The main reason players like Ganguly, Dravid and Tendulkar suffered was that the pitch always supported fast bowlers and they are bad against playing pace attack.

This time, New Zealand team does not have any recognized fast bowler. Shane Bond is playing for ICL and that is why he is banned from the national team. In fact, New Zealand has a very weak team now and recently, when they came to Bangladesh they struggled a lot against Bangladesh cricket team.

Another thing that should go in the way of team India is that they are in excellent form lately. They have defatted Australia, England and even Sri Lanka in the last few months. That is why, most people now think that India is the hot favorite in New Zealand tour 2009.

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