Indian captain Virat Kohli has praised the way that the Black Caps play cricket, heading into tomorrow's opening ODI in Napier.
Having just achieved Test and ODI series wins away to Australia, Kohli's India side have travelled to New Zealand to face a Black Caps side in a rich vein of form, recently sending Sri Lanka home without winning a match across three formats of the game.
Speaking to media in Napier today, Kohli praised his side's next opponents, wowed by the way in which the Black Caps play.
"The fact that they are the No.3 side in the world speaks about their consistency over the last couple of years," Kohli said.
"We played them in India as well and got beaten by them in Mumbai, all the games were competitive and we felt like they had a really good balance in their team."
Kohli also spoke highly of the Black Caps' seam bowling attack, tasked with the job of dismissing the world's best batsman in the Indian captain.
"The bowling attack is experienced at the same time, and not that old," he said.
"Tim [Southee], Trent [Boult], all these guys are experienced, but at the same time, they have that energy and that buzz about them all the time.
"And they play their cricket in the right way, and that's something we always appreciate about the New Zealand cricket team.
"They are probably one of the most balanced teams in world cricket, and that's going to be the biggest challenge for us."
The five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand begins tomorrow at Napier's McLean Park.