India will have to bounce back on day three to make a comeback into the on-going Test against New Zealand. After being dismissed for 318, the hosts could take only one wicket on the rain-curtailed second day as the Kiwis scored 152 to take the driver’s seat in the match. Expressing his disappointment after the rain ended the day’s play, India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar said that the rain and intermittent breaks in between hampered the rhythm of Indian bowlers. The former Indian cricketer attended the press-conference after the end of day’s play.
On the number of overs lost due to rain:
Ideally, we would have loved to have the number of overs we lost today. It (the ball) started to turn a bit, bowlers were getting into a good rhythm. The break of rain and intermittent breaks, in between, definitely hampered the rhythm of our bowlers. That is something we need to be aware of it and if somebody has come out with a ploy like that we have to negotiate that.
On whether the New Zealand batsman deliberately tried to slow down left-arm spinner Ravinder Jadeja:
Not to read much into it. There are certain areas wherein every individual looks to get an advantage over the opposition and even we do that at some point in time. Ultimately it’s the spirit of the game that needs to be kept intact. Umpires are aware of it and they make sure that certain corrective measures will be taken in the days to come.
On whether the hosts can make a comeback:
For new batsmen, it will be a struggle. In the second session we bowled well. Spinners and pacers kept the batsmen under pressure. It’s a matter of wicket. We have to be patient. We will have to wait for that one breakthrough. There were a few close calls in the second session. It’s a matter of putting pressure back on them.Every touring team comes out with a plan. They applied themselves well. If you go back into the game, we were in a similar position. We were 150 odd for one at one point in time, so when the ball starts to get older and batsman are a bit tired, you get a breakthrough. Then it can be a totally different ball game. Williamson batted the same way, Vijay and Pujara batted for us.