India not underestimating Zimbabwe


India have put their surprise series defeat at the hands of Bangladesh out of their minds and will be going all-out to beat Zimbabwe in the upcoming tour, according to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane.

It is unlikely that India are going to suffer the same fate against Zimbabwe as they did in Bangladesh, but Rahane insists the team will be taking nothing for granted and they are going to the Southern African country "to win games".

"Bangladesh is in the past now for us," Rahane said. "We're thinking about the present series and our plan will be to back our strengths and back our games, rather than looking at Zimbabwe's strengths. Give our best and play to our potential. We're here to win games.

"We all know that Zimbabwe is a good side. They've been playing pretty well recently and we're expecting a good series here.

"The boys are looking forward to the series and we're not taking Zimbabwe lightly. We're respecting them, and respecting their cricket. We've got to play good cricket.

"Zimbabwe have got a pretty balanced side. They played pretty well in Pakistan, and they've good, experienced batsmen these days, good allrounders and bowlers.

"And they're getting better day by day. So we respect them, but at the same time we'll play our own cricket."

The series is the perfect opportunity for India to test their gameplan against the new ODI rules and playing conditions, especially with regards to fielding restrictions.

"We have to wait and watch here, because it's the first game [with the new rules]. After the first game we'll develop an idea about what sorts of strategies we need to use for the new rules.

"But it's quite exciting, with new fielding restrictions and free hits off all no-balls. It is very exciting, but we have to wait and watch how these new rules will go forward."