first_imgPraising hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill, Elliott said Praising hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill, Elliott said New Zealand is benefiting for the faith shown in him by the selectors. “He went through a tough time. But the selectors were confident and stuck with him. New Zealand cricket is reaping the benefit. We are very fortunate to have someone as explosive with him at the top. He will be one of the senior batters in the team. We are seeing someone who is really maturing as a player.” Another South Africa-born teammate Colin Munro, who made his T20 debut in 2012, said he prefers batting at number three as it gives him more freedom. “I prefer batting at three because its give me more freedom than at 6 and 7. At number three I can go out and play my natural game, so number three suits my game,” said the left handed batsman. “India is going to be a tough (side), playing in their conditions. They are playing very good cricket at the moment as well. But we are worried about our preparations.” The 28-year-old player said that retired Brendon McCullum, who was aggressive both in his batting and approach as captain, had asked him to adopt a similar approach. “The biggest thing he (Brendon McCullum) said to me was to take the aggressive option. Both McCullum and (current captain Kane) Williamson take the aggressive option (as captain). Obviously Kane is going to bring his own style into the game, the way he leads. Kane has learnt a lot from Brendon,” he added. MORE PTI NRB SSR NP KHS AT BASadvertisementlast_img read more