Will Boult continue India’s left-arm struggles?

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In recent times India have struggled to cope with world-class left-arm fast bowling from the likes of Mohammad Amir and Australia’s Jason Behrendorff.

That has left opener Rohit Sharma wary of Black Caps quick Trent Boult who is one of the best left-arm fast bowlers in the world.

Rohit indicated however that India would be looking at New Zealand’s attack as a whole.

Speaking from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai Rohit said: “The last time India had a left-arm seamer was a long time back.

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“I think Zaheer Khan was the last who played for India in ODI format. Our team is used to that now and we have performed exceedingly well.

“For us as batters, it will be a challenge to face a left-arm seamer and Trent Boult being one of their prime left-arm fast bowlers, it will be a huge challenge for all the batters to come good against [him].

“We played them last time and we know what they’ll bring to the table and we know what they’re capable of as a bowling unit. It’s not just about one left-arm seamer, I guess their complete bowling unit we have to look at.”

India lost their number one ranking in ODI cricket to South Africa after they claimed a 2-0 lead in their three match series against Bangladesh.

Virat Kohli’s men can return to the summit though with a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in this ODI series.

The first match of the ODI series takes place in Mumbai on Sunday.