Scott Styris Has Words Of Advice For India Ahead Of Christchurch Test
Team India kicked off their New Zealand tour ever so well against the hosts and in fact, they got much better as the games progressed in the T20I format. Virat Kohli-led team took one step ahead in intensity and dominated the Kiwis in all facets of the fact and in the process, they whitewashed the hosts by a massive margin of 5-0.
However, the script was the other way around in the three-match ODI series. The momentum shifted to the Kiwis as the Men in Blue completely lost the plot and thus the hosts inflicted ODI series whitewash on India to settle the score.
When all the focus switched to the Test series, India once again struggled to pose a threat to the hosts as they lost the match by ten wickets at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
After a heavy defeat in the first Test, Team India is expected to make some changes in the playing XI in an attempt to level the series. The second and last Test match is scheduled to take place on February 29 (Saturday) in Christchurch.
Kohli highlighted that he should not be too harsh on his team. India hardly showed teeth in the batting brigade as they failed to cross 200 in both the innings.
Scott Styris names one change India should make in the second Test match
Meanwhile, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris came up with important words of wisdom for the Indian national cricket team ahead of the second Test. The former Kiwi all-rounder named one change Kohli should make in the second Test match.
Speaking in the post-match discussion show on Star Sports, Styris said India should include Shubman Gill into the team in the 2nd Test in a bid to strengthen the batting line-up.
“I am currently, as I have been for a year or two, flying flag for Shubman Gill. I think he is a special talent who India are leaving out unnecessarily. I think he could be the mainstay along with Kohli for the next 10 years for this batting line-up for India. I am not sure if he feels the same way, I would get him into the side, said the former Kiwi international.
At the same time, Styris admitted that India might find it tough to decide as to which position the bright prospect Gill should come out and bat.
“India and Australia usually bring their new players at no. 6 positions. So India have that option. They can say, ‘Look Prithvi, we know you are young, we’ll come back to you in another conditions’, maybe put Vihari up the top or put Shubman Gill at 6. Or of course, they can put him straight into the top of the order because that’s where he usually bats,” he added in a statement.
Meanwhile, India will be keen to level the Test series in Christchurch.
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