New Zealand have arrived in India to play a 3-match ODI and T20I series respectively and this time around, they will be looking to amend the mistakes they did when they were here the last time in 2016.
Here, we look at those five key players from their team, on whom India will be having a close look as well.
The New Zealand captain is one of the best batsmen the country has produced. The last time he was here, he scored a century against India at Delhi. That was an importance knock which took New Zealand to a fighting total of 242 for 9 and then an inspired bowling performance sailed them through in the end. Williamson is among the fab 4 today comprising Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Joe Root and will be a massive wicket for India in this series.
Many might not believe but Ross Taylor has a relativelyt decent record against India. He has 2 centuries and 4 fifties against the host nation. He will be a key player in the middle order and if he starts spending time, Virat Kohli and company will have to think of new ideas to get rid of him.
He is fast and most importantly, he is a left arm pacer who can swing the ball. Left-arm pacers have been difficult to deal with for India of late. We saw what Mohammad Amir did to India in Champions Trophy final, an in-form Boult can do the same to the host in this series.
He came to India in 2016 for the first time and impressed everyone. Latham scored two fifties for his side. His knock of 79* and 61 came under difficult circumstances. Latham also has a sound technique which can help him play the spinner better.
A decent economy of 4.99 in ODIs and skills to bring the downfall of the best batting line-ups makes Mitchell Santner a player to watch out for in the series. The Nagpur performance will always be remembered and for the same reason, Indian batting cannot take this left-arm orthodox bowler lightly. He said on his arrival in India that he has special plans for Indian batters and has been watching the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, both left-arm spinners, very closely. He has also worked on his plan to deal with Hardik Pandya who is known for taking on the spinners.