Devcich version 2.0 hunts ODI success

Black Caps all-rounder Anton Devcich is optimistic that his hard work during the off season will translate into a revival of his ODI career.

After a solid domestic season and a stint in the Caribbean Premier League Devcich feels ready to tackle India in an ODI series.

Devcich said after arriving in Dharamsala: “During the winter I went over to the CPL and played on slow wickets.

“That’s the best preparation I could have had. Then I got home, did some conditioning work and technical work on spin indoors. I also played a couple of games down south, which was helpful.

“I managed to get in some outdoor training too, which is unheard of at that time of the year in New Zealand. With the different types of wickets we face over here, West Indies has similar climates and pitches. Just having that experience hopefully holds me in good stead.”

The all-rounder feels he has matured in his time away from the national team set up and is eager to cement his place in the side with solid performances in what will be his third trip to India.

Devcich continued: “I’m more mature now.

“I was trigger-happy back in the day when I played last. I left the team under injury, it’s good to be back to see what the new culture is all about.”

Twelve of the Test squad members who endured a whitewash at the hands of India have been retained and Devcich feels they will bring valuable experience to the ODI unit.

The all-rounder concluded: “It was a tough series. It was very hot, and the conditions were testing.

“Although we didn’t pick up any victories, the boys got a lot of experience out of that. Hopefully the ODI wickets aren’t as spinner-friendly, and we can post some good scores and bowl well on those wickets.

“If you look at the team, we’ve got two world-class batsmen, top 10 bowlers, new spinners and a couple of all-rounders. Our team is balanced; hopefully we can upset India here.

“The confidence within the group is still high. There’s no better place to come and test your skills. They’re tough to beat here; they’ve got a big hold over world cricket at the moment, with the way they have played. If we can perform and do what we plan to, we can be very competitive.”