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‘We’re not the same team’: Virat Kohli brushes aside India’s poor record, gives reasons why they can succeed in Test series against New Zealand

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‘We’re not the same team’: Virat Kohli brushes aside India’s poor record, gives reasons why they can succeed in Test series against New Zealand

India have been touring New Zealand since the late 1960s. In 6 decades of India travelling to New Zealand, their most successful one was the maiden tour in 1968 where they won 3 of the four Tests and took the series 3-1. Since then, believe it or not, India have managed to beat New Zealand in New Zealand only twice in more than 50 years. Their last victory came in 2009 in Hamilton, when India won a Test series in New Zealand for only the second time. 23 Tests matches, 5 wins, 8 losses and 10 draws – it is not the worst of records considering India’s iffy numbers away from the subcontinent but it is certainly not one to be proud of. Ahead of the series-opening first Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday, India skipper Virat Kohli was confident to change all that. “We have prepared in a manner where our fitness levels and concentration levels are such that we can compete against anyone in the world,” Kohli said. “That’s the kind of confidence we will carry into this series.”

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