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Number four the focus as India face New Zealand in warm-up

LONDON: Armed with pedigree, group of workers and form, favourites India will glance to hit the ground running when they face New Zealand of their opening warm-up recreation of the World Cup on Saturday.


However, with India yet to transparent the haze of confusion over the quantity four position, it'll be a lot more than a ritual of permitting one top-order batsman after some other -- behemoths in their own proper -- a success in the center.

The trip at the Kennigton Oval will go beyond experimenting with their highly skilled bowling attack, and moderately slightly of focus shall be on KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar, contenders for the quantity four slot.

Dubbed the most challenging World Cup ever owing to a layout that could be a throwback to the 1992 edition, Virat Kohli's staff nonetheless arrived at the United Kingdom assured of adding to its two titles in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) showpiece tournament.

India won the tournament in 1983 and 2011.

Kohli's men, 2nd at the back of England in the one-day global rankings, will start the tournament some of the favourites alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia.

They start their campaign in tournament right kind against South Africa in Southampton on June five, however India gets their first feel of the mega tournament in the iconic British capital.

While the arch lighting fixtures shall be firmly skilled on their talismanic skipper, the #1 batsman in 50-over as well as Test cricket, India, and their opponents, would also keenly watch their fancied pace attack that could be a mixture of speed and guile.

In Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as openers followed by way of Virat Kohli, India have one of the most finest and potent top three on the earth. Veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, all-rounder Kedar Jadhav and the big-hitting Hardik Pandya supply depth to the line-up.

Opponents will follow the facility of India's seamers to take advantage of the stipulations, which might be crucial issue going ahead.

Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler on the earth, leads the pace battery alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik.

Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal upload selection to India's attack, and Kohli sees them enjoying an influential function in the coming weeks.

The seasoned Ross Taylor, one of the most finest limited overs batsmen in recent years, had mentioned it was once good that New Zealand were enjoying India in the follow recreation. The opposite also holds true for India, as New Zealand offers them the type of challenge that could make Kohli's staff battle-hardened.

Kohli has expressed self belief in his facet's skill to reside as much as the billing, while his counterpart Kane Williamson also expressed how pleased he was once to have the squad back together, with New Zealand having closing performed an ODI on February 19 against Bangladesh.

"It's been great get together for the last few days. We've not played together for a couple of months but we're not the only ones in that boat. The guys are excited to be back in camp which is really refreshing, and we're looking forward to the challenges that we have got coming up," Williamson had mentioned at the Captain's meet.


India: Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

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