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Mitchell Santner feels that the Indians have grown up at home playing spin and can play them reasonably better © Getty Images

New Zealand did not have the best outing when they toured India in 2016-17. However, New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner feels that one of the ways to stop the Indian batsmen from scoring is bowling quicker deliveries. He feels that Indians have grown up at home playing spin and can play them better than pace. However, he feels that even bowling fast will not be an easy task, especially to a well-set, dangerous Virat Kohli, who can destroy any bowler in any conditions. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2017-18, 1st ODI at Mumbai

“It is tough (to bowl against India). They are very good players of spin. They have grown up playing spin. I just try to keep it pretty simple. Bowl the ball reasonably quick on the surface and make the batsmen commit a mistake. If you get a few dots and build pressure that way, you can hopefully get a few wickets. That’s what I’ll be trying to do,” said Santner, as reported by PTI.

Speaking on how to stop Kohli, he said, “Not easy. He’s a very good player, and so is a lot of their team. They’re in good form. The way they played against Australia was very good. The last time we came here, we did okay. Hopefully we can do one better this time and take the series.”

However, Santner was confident of his past experience in the subcontinent. He looks to fare well in the upcoming limited-overs series: “We haven’t been here for a while. But for me, it’s about taking those past experiences of the way I bowled over here, and the way to bowl spin over here. So I’ll be looking to do that.” New Zealand take on Board President’s XI in warm-up tie

He also spoke on his spin lessons from Daniel Vettori. “I have [learnt from him]. He’s a very good left-arm spinner. I am not trying to bowl miracle balls every ball. It’s about tying up a batsman and waiting for them to make a mistake. Especially on wickets that offer a little bit, I watched a lot of Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. They just try to bowl very consistent and good areas and wait for the batsmen to hit a big shot and get out or run past one. I have taken a little bit of footage from there.”

Speaking on Hardik Pandya’s terrific form, Santner said: “He is a very good striker. He tends to hit down the ground very good. So I guess it’s key to take the length off him. I saw him hit Adam Zampa for 3 sixes in an over. So, once he hits one, he wants to keep going. So if you can tie him down or make him hit singles, hopefully he will try to play a big shot and go for a ball that’s not quite there. But yeah he’s a very good player and striker. So we have to beware.” Nehra confirms retirement from international cricket

However, Santner said that on a personal note, he enjoys bowling in the subcontinent, especially in India. “It always tends to spin here more, which is a good thing for me as a spinner. But yeah the Indians are very good players of spin, and we have to work really hard. Hopefully get a little bit of turn out there, but just hopefully be able to control them a little bit. Try and get a few dots in the over and try and be happy with maybe 4 an over.”

He also spoke on the memories of their triumph over India in the 2016 World T20: “I think on that day we did keep it pretty simple — tried to bowl relatively quick. Didn’t try and give them too much and let them make a mistake. We can learn from that experience and take it into this series. We have to adapt, if it’s not going to sin as much then you might have to change the way we bowl.”