Our expectations are high: Vettori

 New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori trains during a net session on Friday ahead of the third Test against India at Nagpur. PTI

“Our expectations are high even though we are the eighth ranked team in the world,” the Kiwi skipper said on Friday. “We can’t be satisfied. The moment you are satisfied in world cricket, it is the start of your downfall. We can never put ourselves in that position because we aren’t good enough yet and we are looking to improve all the time. We are happy with what we have done but we are definitely not satisfied.

“It’s important we don’t get ahead of ourselves and just let the Test match play itself out. But we are certainly excited to be in this position (to score a series win in India).”
Asked if a series triumph would be particularly welcome in light of the Bangladesh debacle, Vettori replied, “Any series won is important. As a Test-playing nation, we haven’t had that many wins, our Test match game needs to improve.”

Vettori admitted India would miss Zaheer Khan. “Obviously, Zaheer has performed so well. He runs in and takes wickets, and any team loves that – particularly if he is a seam bowler in India and has the ability to reverse the ball. He will be a loss but Ishant Sharma has proved himself as well and he will be another challenge.”

Harbhajan Singh the bowler hasn’t troubled the Kiwis too much, but Vettori said New Zealand could ill afford to take him lightly. “I have stated on a number of occasions that he is one of the guys I really admire watching in world cricket. He is a fantastic spinner. He probably hasn’t got the results he would have wanted this series but we are always very mindful of him because he has such a vast repertoire and has proved himself for a number of years. There is no way we will underestimate him.” Harbhajan the batsman, however, has been a thorn in the Kiwi side with two centuries and a half-century in three innings. “That’s a real challenge for us, how we respond to him,” Vettori conceded. “He has played so well and he’s taken the game to us. When he comes to the wicket, hopefully we will be better equipped.”

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