New Zealand paceman Kyle Mills says his team will try to get into the groove for the upcoming World Twenty20 by getting the better of India in the second Twenty20 match, today in Chennai.
Chennai: New Zealand paceman Kyle Mills says his team will try to get into the groove for the upcoming World Twenty20 by getting the better of India in the second Twenty20 match, here today.
Mills said going into a major tournament such as Twenty20 World Cup, getting the momentum is crucial.
“I’m a firm believer in the fact that cricket is a big momentum game. If you have momentum on your side then it instills confidence in your team and you can sort of work with that throughout the tournament. Tomorrow night is a starting point to get into a good place to work towards the World Cup,” Mills said on the match eve.
The World Twenty20 will begin in Sri Lanka from September 18 and today’s game is the last international assignment for the two teams ahead of the tournament. “It’s unfortunate that the match got washed out a couple of nights ago. It’s disappointing ahead of a major tournament. It would’ve been good to play against a quality team in India. Hopefully, the weather gods hold up and keep the rain away for tomorrow night so we can get some much needed game-time ahead of the big tournament,” Mills said. Mills said losing the Test series was disappointing but they still took a lot of postives from it.
“I think, it as an exciting time for New Zealand cricket. Especially with a young bowling group who have put in some fine performances in the recent past. The first Test was a big switch from the usual New Zealand kind of play and even some of the Indian cricketers will acknowledge that from the bowling group.
Lay-off hasn’t taken a toll: Balaji
Comebackman Lakshmipathy Balaji feels that his absence from international cricket for past three years hasn’t made him rusty and he is putting in yards under bowling coach Joe Dawes as India prepare to take on New Zealand in the 2nd Twenty20 International here tomorrow. “The long lay-off did not rust my skills in any way. It’s been a competitive three years in IPL and Ranji Trophy as well as some other first-class matches,” the soft-spoken Tamil Nadu skipper told mediapersons during a pre-match conference.