Kohli looked a promising player while representing RCB, and New Zealand star Ross Taylor was also a part of the franchise in 2008, so the Kiwi batsman knows Kohli from a young age. Trent Boult being one of their prime left-arm fast bowler it gives us a challenge.
On trend of small targets (especially against Australia): That completely depends on the wickets we play; if the wicket is helping the bowlers as a batting unit, you got to be very smart as to what you do as a batting group.
Coincidentally, should India go on to win Kohli's 200th ODI, it will also be the country's 50th win over New Zealand. It was pretty evident that whenever the ball was given to them, they came up with some or the other tactical plan and got rid of the set batsmen. So the challenge for us will be to adapt to that opposition quickly. Asked in which position Rahane will bat with the return of Dhawan, Sharma said it was up to captain and head coach Ravi Shastri to take a call on the matter.
Left-arm pace aside, as the series unfolds over the next few days, India would also know better of their much talked about No. 4 spot. "We played against Australia and they had different team dynamics".
If they continue to fire with the same intensity, it would be hard for New Zealand to contain the home team on a Wankhede track, which is expected to provide the ideal pace and bounce for the batsmen to go for the shots. New Zealand has different team dynamics.
24 - Number of matches Kiwis have played until June this year. "We would like to continue from where we left against Australia". The strategies and planning won't change from what we had last time around. "So we all have to be on our toes and keep performing the way we have in the last few years". When I started opening the innings, I spoke that I wanted to be consistent at the top because it's very important from the team's perspective. Boult had got Rohit out twice in the closely fought last series in October, taking six wickets in his four matches. So, in that space I am quite happy right now, but the hunger (for runs) will never go. For me, every series I play, I feel it is the first game of my career.
"It's always special to play in front of your home crowd".