India vs New Zealand: A fresh start for Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan

Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava

Napier: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan played some scintillating knocks in 2013. While Dhawan made an impressive debut against Australia at Mohali, Rohit Sharma became the third Indian to score a double century in ODIs. But after their failure against South Africa on seaming conditions, all eyes would be on these two batsmen against the Kiwis.

The Proteas bowlers bowled a barrage of bouncers to Dhawan throughout the series, and the left-hander was dismissed most of the times while playing an awkward shot. Rohit on the other hand couldn`t live up to the expectations after slamming a century in his debut Test against West Indies.

On the Proteas soil, Team India managed to show some teeth as Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane played some significant knocks. But the onus would be on these two batsman against New Zealand, where India do not have an impressive record.

It`s high time both these batsmen prove that their brilliant knocks in India weren`t fluke, and they have it in them to excel under overseas conditions as well.