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Hadlee pleased with positive NZ.

THE legendary Sir Richard Hadlee, who took 589 international wickets for New Zealand, believes the Black Caps have been far a more attacking and positive team in comparison to India over the last one month.

" I think our team hasn't really allowed India to play well simply because we have been the attacking side. We've been the more positive side and some of our young players have stepped up, gaining more confidence. I think we have been the better of the two sides. Our bowling attack has been quite impressive and has taken India unawares and by surprise in some ways," Hadlee told M AIL T ODAY on the sidelines of the second and final Test match.

M. S. Dhoni and Co. have failed to win a single match on tour so far, losing the ODI series 0- 4 and also the first Test match in Auckland before having a good day on the first day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve.

India, the world champions, were hoping to draw their blueprint for the 2015 World Cup on this tour, but their hopes crashed after the home side beat them comprehensively in the ODI series.

" India will play a couple of games here in the World Cup.

We are obviously very pleased with the way the New Zealand team has played against the Indians in the one- dayers and the Tests.

However, in 12 months' time, their performance now will be irrelevant. When you go into the World Cup, it is all about tournament play. The fact that India are current World Cup champions, and the fact that they have had experience here, in 12 months' time, they are the team that you want to knock over. But, I still think that you have got fancy teams like South Africa, England and Australia," he said.

Unlike many former players, Hadlee says that the Indian Premier League ( IPL) has churned out future India talent and has been hugely useful.

" India, I think, will always have a good side. They have lost a few key players - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and one or two others. But, the young fellows coming in are absolutely magnificent players and are superstars of the future. I think IPL has really benefited Indian cricket.

Over time, you have created a big, broad depth of talent and when there is an opportunity of a young player being exposed to international cricket, they are pretty ready," he said.

Feels IPL has benefitted Indian side

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