Mike Hesson reckons New Zealand tour will be the toughest one for Rohit Sharma

Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said that Test series against New Zealand will be the toughest one for Rohit Sharma to prove his ability against the red ball.

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India are all set to take on New Zealand in a long outing in New Zealand. The tour will kickstart with the T20I series on January 24. There are many expectations and anticipations on Indian players on how they tackle in New Zealand conditions.

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Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson recently said that Test series in New Zealand will ge a big challenge for Rohit Sharma to prove his ability in the format. “Rohit just has to play close to the body in the first session and not go hard at the ball. If he does that, he will enjoy the batting conditions in New Zealand,” Hesson said.

At the same time he believes that Rohit Sharma will adjust himself to the conditions and put some runs on the board. He is also expected to see the battle between Rohit Sharma and Trent Boult. “Trent Boult versus Rohit Sharma in ODIs will be a fascinating match up with a little bit of swing on offer.”

Another interesting one in the Test series will be the batting battle within the skippers Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. He believes that if Virat Kohli get a good start with the initial 10 to 20 balls then he is unstoppable there too.

“For me, the match-up I am interested to see is how Virat Kohli deals with New Zealand seamers in his first 10-20 balls. If he can get starts in NZ, then his hunger for runs will make him difficult to dislodge Kane Williamson,” Hesson said.

Hesson further added that Kane Williamson needs big support from his teammates to dominate for a long time in the game with his batting. “He will score runs in NZ against any attack in the world. It’s what the other batsman can do to help Kane dominate long periods of the game that will determine the outcome of the series.”

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