Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

Cricket: Black Caps aware of India's secret weapon

Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Hashim Amla of South Africa during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup warm up. Photo / Getty
Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Hashim Amla of South Africa during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup warm up. Photo / Getty

Watch out for Jasprit Bumrah. That's the advice from Indian great Sachin Tendulkar and New Zealand have been doing their research on the unfamiliar opening bowler for tomorrow's start to the T 20 World Cup in Nagpur.

Bumrah has a deceptive action but hits the bat hard and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has picked up on his ability to take the ball away from the right handers and bowl yorkers.

He was not on New Zealand's radar last year but after picking up wickets in several trial games Bumrah is being touted as a key weapon in India's search for success.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson knew his side would also face a trial by spin, especially in Nagpur, as India looked to bolster their slow attack around Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja. The classy batsman had been very methodical and calm as he approached the buildup to this tournament.

Hesson said preparation had been "steady at best" with a win and a loss in New Zealand's buildup.

Listen: Mike Hesson on the Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast

Those games were against Sri Lanka and England in Mumbai where the surfaces were different from the low and slow conditions the teams will encounter tomorrow.

"It is a matter of how we start and that is probably going to define how well we go," Hesson told Radio Sport's Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast.

"We will play at least two spinners. Our bowling group is very competitive to be fair and regardless of which way we go and depending on the surface we could go many different ways but we will play at least a couple of spinners based on the surface we have got."

Nathan McCullum or Mitchell Santner could bowl their spin in the opening overs and they had been practicing with the new ball. If necessary Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott and Colin Munro could wheel down some overs on what looked to be a bare strip.

- NZ Herald

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