Virat Kohli doesn't want to force Ajinkya Rahane bat in middle-order

Will Boult continue India's left-arm struggles?

IND v NZ: Rain free Mumbai to host first ODI

They have a rejigged squad for the series against India, but the old troubles remain. The middle-order that is a revolving door.

On the eve of the first One-day global at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, rest and recuperation and the importance of staying fresh was a topic Kohli spoke about.

Rookie Shardul Thakur finds himself in the team as much for the rotation policy as for his sharp form in the recently concluded "A" series against New Zealand.

"India's record is very good at home". Both Taylor and Latham fired a century each in New Zealand's warm-up against Board President XI on October 19.

Williamson urged his teammates to avenge last year's narrow ODI series defeat to India by putting in the performance of their lives this time around. It is important to adapt and sometimes play the long game even in one-day cricket because if you can build pressure on some of those surfaces, that can help you take wickets, because we know that in one-day cricket or any format, taking wickets is really important.

"For us as batters, it will be a challenge to face a left-arm seamer and Trent Boult being one of their prime left-arm fast bowlers, it will be a huge challenge for all the batters to come good against [him]", he said.

Virat Kohli's India, which swept the three-match Test series against the Black Caps a year ago, can regain the top ODI spot from South Africa if they win the series 3-0. The ever-dependable Ajinkya Rahane hit 244 runs that included four half-centuries, while all-rounder Hardik Pandya amassed 222 runs. Dinesh Karthik might have to tussle with Manish Pandey for a middle-order spot. "Him and Williamson are very similar".

The pitch in Mumbai wore a brownish look on Saturday, amid fairly dry conditions. He will be the 13th Indian to the landmark.

South Africa and India are each tied on 120 points in the team standings.

Virat Kohli's men can return to the summit though with a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in this ODI series.

Munro has never opened in 57 matches across formats in global cricket so far. Only two openers can play and we don't want to confuse him and make him play in the middle order. "These guys were here on the A tour and experienced these conditions for a while, coming into the series, which is always good", he said. We always had in mind to bring wrist spinners into play.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and right-arm leg break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal have established themselves as India's latest attacking combination, keeping veterans Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out of the team.

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