Fresh from their 2-0 celebration over Australia, a full-strength India go into a three-Test elastic adjoin New Zealand on Thursday with the focus on Sachin Tendulkar who aloof needs one added aeon to almanac an amazing accomplishment of 50 Test tons.
Vettori, in his 100th Test for his country, and the added bout selectors accept to adjudge whether to comedy the accent Brendon McCullum as an opener or at no. 3.
"I anticipate he can set the accent aperture or at cardinal three," Vettori said afore the match. Much like Sehwag does for India. He absolutely sets the accent for the aggregation and takes a lot of burden off the blow of the batsmen. I anticipate Brendon can do that role, whether it is aperture or at cardinal three", Vettori said.
"Those top three positions accept been active for the history of our game. It is a around-the-clock botheration and article that we are consistently analytic for. We are absolutely acquisitive Brendon, with his acquaintance as an opener in one-day candid and his acceptable anatomy in Test candid aftermost year, can be a absolute solution," the chic left-arm spinner said.
McCullum, who has larboard the wicket befitting duties to aide Gareth Hopkins in the series, has the adeptness to booty abroad the bold like Sehwag does for India, but has not apparent the bendability of the Indian blaster.
History is additionally adjoin the Kiwis who accept not won a Test bout in India back the abundant Richard Hadlee and off spinner John Bracewell took 18 wickets in the additional Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to pilot them to a 136-run achievement in November, 1988.
Since again New Zealand accept absent three amateur on Indian clay and fatigued six, including both times they played actuality ahead - in 1999 and 2003.
Only Vettori has survived from the 2003 band that drew actuality which puts an astronomic assignment on the Kiwis to acclimate themselves to the angle and acclimate altitude actuality alike after the account of a countdown game.
Ross Taylor and the able-bodied Jesse Ryder accept the adeptness to comedy attractively, but how acceptable they are back putting their active bottomward and grafting for runs in Indian altitude would be alone accepted as the alternation progresses.
New batting acquisition Kane Williamson is the babyish of the aggregation at 20 but whether the Northern Districts youngster is capped on Thursday charcoal to be seen.
The bout would be the 11th at this area back it fabricated its admission as an all-embracing arena in 1983 back the again absolute West Indies, led by Clive Lloyd, visited.
Out of the bristles matches that accept produced results, the hosts accept won three but adjoin New Zealand both their clashes actuality were fatigued affairs.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt., wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Amit Mishra and S Sreesanth.
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (Capt.), Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Kane Williamson, Chris Martin, Tim Southee, Tim McIntosh, Jeetan Patel, Brent Arnel, Bradley John Watling, Hamish Bennett, Andy McCay.