India’s fielding coach R Sridhar confirmed that India will be looking to provide some much needed game-time for the reserve India players in the coming two ODIs against New Zealand. (ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma’s 200th ODI: His top five innings for India)

India have already wrapped up the five-match series 3-0 and with Virat Kohli already rested  for the final two games, it provides opportunity for India to experiment. (ALSO READ: Mohammed Shami gives India an alternative to Bhuvneshwar Kumar)

“See, winning is a habit which we would obviously want to continue. When you’re one-up or three-up against a team, you want to continue with the form; you want to don’t want to let down the intensity,” said Sridhar during the pre-match presser ahead of the 4th ODI to be played at Hamilton, on Thursday. (ALSO READ: I won’t drop struggling Blackcaps stars: Coach Gary Stead)

“At the same time, we also need to give game-time to our reserves. There’s just seven games remaining for us before we play our first World Cup game. We should not end up in a situation where the main eleven has played and the reserves have not got enough game time, and then suddenly they have to play an important crucial game in the World Cup.” (ALSO READ: Shubman Gill debut looms as New Zealand chase respectability

“And that is what we would like to achieve from the remaining two games in this series and no better place than New Zealand to simulate the conditions in England in June,” he added. (ALSO READ: Our execution has been off at times, admits Mitchell Santner)

India have been dominant in the first three ODIs and Sridhar feels that the pieces are falling into place ahead of the World Cup in England later this year.

“We are playing some good cricket more the last few months, especially with the white ball. I think all the pieces are falling together. If you see the team, it’s quite an experienced unit. The top six have all been there right from the 2013 Champions Trophy. So fitness levels are really gone up with a trainer Basu Shankar working very hard. And the kind of effort our bowling coach Arun has put in with the bowlers – that’s what really stands out,” he said.

Sridhar also said that the while India’s batting has been tip notch, with the bowlers racking up some good numbers in the last year, India looks like a complete unit now.

“India was always a fabulous batting country but it’s the way the bowlers have started picking up wickets during our different phases of the game. Bhuvi and Shami are potent forces with the new ball and then the spinners come in. Not only against New Zealand, they did that against South Africa earlier in 2018, when we won 5-1. They did that against England, against West Indies. They did it in the Asia Cup.

“The experience of the team combined with the kind of fitness levels, and the bowling which has gone about ten notches higher is making it look like a complete unit. Augers very well for the World Cup,” he said.