New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori is satisfied with the performance of the Kiwi top order but believes the team,which beat India in both the Twenty20 matches,can do even better.
“We have still got some execution issues. We can always do them a little better,” said Vettori.
The left-arm spinner,though,was happy with the top order’s performance. “The most pleasing aspect has been the top four with the bat. They get us off to great starts and then finish it. That is exciting because the top four wins a lot of Twenty20 games and a lot of one-day games. They will be together for a pretty long time as they are all young. So it’s exciting times for New Zealand cricket,” said Vettori.
Vettori was also happy to see New Zealand making progress in the ICC ODI rankings. “I’m a numbers man. So I look at the rankings and see where India is placed and where we are placed. We are pretty close and in our home country we always play pretty well here and we have a pretty good record,” he said.
The skipper also promised a riveting contest in the five-match ODI series starting March 3 in Napier.
“I think it’s going to be a close contest. I know both teams have played well in these Twenty20 games and would have felt like they had chances to win. So it’s going to be pretty close (in the one-dayers),” Vettori said.
The 30-year-old felt the two successive Twenty20 wins over India at home would give his team plenty of confidence ahead of the one-day series.
“I think our team will be feeling good and it will stay pretty similar for the one-day series.”
Vettori was also quick to note India’s prowess and felt they could not afford to drop their guard against the visitors at any point of time.
“India have played some great cricket over the last year or so and will be confident. They know they can bounce back. We knew right from the start that we would have to compete and play some real good cricket if we want to beat India and that’s the mantra that will stay for the one-day series,” he said.
Talking about the crowd trouble that nearly threatened to overshadow the match,Vettori said,”You don’t want those things to happen. It is a little disappointing. It is hard to comment on because I could only see it from a distance. You don’t want those things happening in a Twenty20 international because you just want the game to play out and the result comes from there.”