Kiwis hope to retain T20 touch

Kiwis hope to retain T20 touch

Hard hitting left-hander Colin Munro said New Zealand were aware of their good record against India and hoped to get a good start in the T20 series, beginning here on Wednesday.

New Zealand have never lost to India in T20. "Everyone looks forward to playing Twenty20. It's a lot of fun and all the players enjoy it. We've been lucky enough in the last couple of years to be successful at it, so looking forward to the series. It should be a good one," Munro said ahead of the three-match series.

New Zealand are without the experience of Mitchell McClenaghan and Luke Ronchi but Munro felt they have been suitably replaced. "Obviously you can't replace Ronchi overnight in terms of his experience but Tom Latham has done really well. To score as many runs in a new role, it's only good for him. In terms of losing Mitchy, well, he's not lost, he's still available. But you look at our bowling attack and everyone has played in India for a few tours now so we have an experienced bowling attack."

Munro, who replaced Tom Latham to open the batting, said it required few adjustments from him. "The big challenge for me was just finding a good tempo to bat at. I like to say that I want to go in and try and blast off in the first ten but it's not always going to be the case, especially when you're playing against Bhuvi and Bumrah. They're probably the best opening bowlers in these conditions going around the world. It's always a bit hard to start off. I thought I did okay in the first game. The second game, not so well. And then obviously just having a chat with the senior players in the team who said, just go out and take your T20 game and see how it goes. Luckily, for me it came off," he said.

For India, young Shreyas Iyer hoped to be included in the playing XI. "I am very flexible and I don't mind batting at any number. Even in the IPL I was shuffled from number four to number three and it didn't really matter because I am comfortable playing in any position," said Iyer who is fresh from hitting a century against South Africa A.

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