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India excited about day-night Test against New Zealand, says Shikhar Dhawan


first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan is excited about the planned day-night Test against New Zealand later this year. India will host New Zealand for a three-match Test series in October-November. (Full IPL Coverage)”We are excited for sure. I always believe change is always good. If things go well, it’s a new thing for batsmen, for the bowlers also. It’s going to be good to try our hands on the coming thing,” Dhawan said.India have a hectic Test schedule, featuring 18 home and away matches till March next year.’T20 makes bowlers smarter’Dhawan’s Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, said T20 has brought in major changes in cricket as the players are expected to be more quick and agile in the shortest format.”It’s always a challenge. Test cricket is also a challenge. Every format has its own challenges. In Test cricket, you have to bowl. In T20, you have to mix things. But T20 makes bowlers smarter. They know how to change the things very quickly and how to change according to the batsman,” Kumar said.”If you look at the first year of IPL, there were only limited things, bouncers, yorkers, slower. But now, in the last couple of years, if you see, many kind of slower balls, slower bouncers, these things make boys smart,” he said.Dhawan chipped in saying that the shots, played in T20, are now making their way into Test cricket as well.”Even for batsmen, because of T20, we are bringing the (IPL) shots into Test cricket. So, the revolution that has come in cricket, it has come after T20. Basically, we had to apply our minds,” he said.advertisementBhuvneshwar on T20 bowlingReplying to a query, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he has different approaches for his first spell (in T20 matches) and death bowling.”Different way to approach first spell and death: There is a different way. I always try to swing the ball in the first six,” Kumar said.Replying to a query, Dhawan said he was not interested in acting and that he would like Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to play the role of Shikhar Dhawan if a biopic is made on his life.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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