Hamilton: Indian Batting Talent Staggers Mills

Hamilton, Mar 11:
New Zealand's most experienced pacer Kyle Mills is "staggered" by the wealth of talent in the Indian batting order but remains optimistic that the Kiwis would be able to contain the rampaging visitors by bowling dot balls.

"It is an extremely talented batting line-up. You have somebody like Rahul Dravid who can't even make it to the line-up. It staggers me.

"Their bats seem to be made of something special. We have to try and bowl a string of dot balls and put pressure on them and break their momentum," Mills told reporters ahead of the fourth One-dayer on Wednesday.

"I look back at some Aussie teams, with Gilchrist and Hayden both in form in the same innings. It was pretty tough to bowl at them. But at the moment there is (Virender) Sehwag, who some say is in the form of his life. Then you have (Sachin) Tendulkar and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni. You get a wicket and another very strong batsman comes in," he added.

Mills also feels that he had let his team, which trails 0-2 in the series, down by not taking wickets early in the innings.

"We had really specific plans against the batsmen, and we executed them really well in Australia. It is pretty obvious we haven't been executing them here, and we have suffered the consequences. But the plans are pretty good in general.

"I have probably let the side down in the last couple of games. I have not started off as well as I normally do or did in the series against Australia and West Indies. The responsibility falls on me as the leader of the attack," Mills said.

"If you get hit for four and sixes off good balls, it is hard to absorb it. But you can accept such punishment when you have bowled a poor ball. A half volley or a short ball is just not acceptable at international cricket," he said.

However, Mills said he was determined to settle scores. "The way we have played our last two-three games is disappointing. It comes down to execution and I will put my hand up and say I have not executed well. And I am looking forward to set things right," said Mills.

Mills, who returned to international cricket last week after an injury-forced hiatus, was happy that skipper Daniel Vettori was back with the team after recovering from an injury.

"Daniel is our best bowler. He is a quality left-arm spinner. He leads us really well and is quite astute. He has got to be a huge factor for us in the remaining two games.

"The team's looking forward to have him back," said Mills, hoping the tide will turn in New Zealand's favour." 


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