Shouldn’t get too caught up with Kohli, says Ross Taylor

Shouldn’t get too caught up with Kohli, says Ross Taylor

In the recently concluded ODI series against Australia, Sharma brought up his 22nd ODI century in Sydney making 133 runs but ended up being on the losing side.

Just like India, New Zealand are also heading into the series following a 3-0 win in the three-match ODI series and 1-0 win in the lone T20I match against Sri Lanka. The 30 year old has amassed 1355 runs in 2018 at an outstanding average of 112.91 in the 50 over format and was also amongst the runs in the recently concluded ODI series against Australia.

Team India led by Virat Kohli arrived in Auckland for the upcoming ODI series with New Zealand. "(But) you've got two pretty good openers at the top, (Rohit) Sharma and (Shikhar) Dhawan, before he gets in".

After heroic performances by both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, it was time for MS Dhoni to be the matchwinner in the third and final ODI, and his form in particular with the bat was sensational as the top order continued to produce the goods without relying on their questionable lower order. "It's easy to get caught up in him". Since then, they have lost 3-2 in a hard-fought series to number one ranked side England and drew a three-match series in the UAE against Pakistan 1-1.

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While Kohli averages a staggering 113 in ODIs in 2018, Taylor's average is 92 in the same period across 13 ODIs.

On the back of a stellar ODI series against Sri Lanka, where Taylor notched up scores of 54.

Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri was all praise for former Indian captain MS Dhoni after the latter played an important role in India's ODI series win against Australia. "Different shots against spinners at different stages have maybe evolved my game in a positive way", said Taylor.

"But you're still human and you still have to start again, and it's exciting against India".