New Zealand tour will be tough, says Dhoni

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Mumbai, Feb.18 (ANI): Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday that the forthcoming tour of New Zealand would be a tough assignment, as India has not won a series there since 1996.

Addressing a press conference here before the team's departure for a Twenty20 and a one-day international series, Dhoni said: It's better to start as underdogs (in a series). It's going to be tough, but international cricket is tough whether at home or away. We have heard how beautiful it (New Zealand) is. We would enjoy the tour and hopefully would come back with a couple of trophies. We don't bother whether we are playing in Sri Lanka or any other country."

He also revealed that when a member of team makes a mistake on the field, he does get upset.

"I do get frustrated at times when a mistake is made on the field. But I feel there's no point in abusing him there. I prefer to go back into the dressing room and point out his mistake. That helps him more," Dhoni said.

He used the occasion of the press conference to unveil the Indian team's new one-day kit-bold blue in colour in the presence of his teammates.

He also said that he would not be bungee jumping in New Zealand as his contract prohibits him from doing so.

Dhoni has been invited by Tourism Auckland to take up the challenge and bungee jump from the Auckland Harbour as a "stress buster".

Teammate Yuvraj Singh supported Dhoni and said "Our tour contract does not allow us to do bungee jumping."

The Indian squad is set to depart for New Zealand early tomorrow morning after attending the Cricket Board's annual awards function here this evening.

Zaheer Khan was among the six New Zealand-bound team members to walk the ramp with the new ODI outfit.

He said that he was enjoying the responsibility of leading the Indian attack.

The new "Dri-Fit" outfit, designed and produced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) official apparel sponsors Nike, is said to be ideal for steamy conditions. (ANI)

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