Ronchi: Tests are past, ODIs completely different ball game

New Zealand batsman insists nation can only look forward in their Indian tour, not back

17:23 October 15, 2016

Dharamsala: New Zealand might have been bruised and battered by India in the Test series, but batsman Luke Ronchi on Saturday asserted that the visitors would be a completely different side when it comes to limited-overs cricket and they were banking on their recent good form in the ODIs to sign off the long tour on a high note.

New Zealand were humiliated 0-3 by India in the Test series but Ronchi backed his team to come good in the five-match ODI series, starting with the first game at the picturesque HPCA stadium on Sunday.

“It’s a completely different ball game now, completely different cricket, a cricket which we have been playing really well for a while now. Tests are gone now. We can’t do anything about it. Now we are just looking forward to the five ODIs,” the wicket-keeper batsman told reporters during the pre-match media briefing on Saturday.

“We are a good ODI team and if we can continue playing the way we have been playing for a while now, it’s going to make for an interesting series.

“Our ODI cricket has been good for quite a while now. We did not play that well in this Test series but in the past we have done a great job in the Tests as well. After losing 0-3 we are going to look at this ODI series and make sure we perform well and finish off the tour on a high. We will be positive going into each game and back our processes and skills,” insisted Ronchi.

Ahead of the ODI series, New Zealand have been bolstered by the return of their most successful bowler and most destructive batsmen in Tim Southee and Corey Anderson respectively.