Bangalore: Former cricket star Kapil Dev said on Saturday New Zealand have a tough series against India as the home conditions and pitches would suit Sourav Ganguly's boys giving them an upper-hand. But Kapil warned that the "underdogs" Kiwis have the knack of rising to the occasion and cannot be taken lightly. Kapil does not agree that India were beaten convincingly by New Zealand when they toured last.
It's just that New Zealand exploited conditions and pitches at home to the hilt. Virtually blaming the pitches there, he said, "No body got more than 150 runs." India definitely holds upper-hand against New Zealand in the coming series at home and the Kiwis would find it "very difficult", Kapil said. Sourav Ganguly's boys are "well-equipped" in domestic conditions and "slow" pitches, he said responding to questions at a press conference here, arranged by movies and events channel MAX of which he is the brand ambassador.
Asked to comment on the county stint of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif where they have not been doing particularly well, Kapil said they need to focus more but pointed out they are "very young". "They have just started playing. They need to get adjusted to different conditions and get more mature.
They need to play a few more matches," Kapil said. He expressed happiness about the current crop of seamers in India, saying Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra have been bowling well, with Ajit Agarkar "filling up" whenever required. Praising Javagal Srinath, Kapil said, "We don't have to talk too much about Srinath. He has been proving it time and again." He also said Harbhajan Singh has been bowling "wonderfully well".