New Zealand vs India 2020: Sanjay Manjrekar Reveals Why Indian Bowlers Failed to Upset Kiwi Batsmen
Indian national cricket team suffered one of the heaviest defeats at the hands of the New Zealand on the fourth day of the opening Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The hosts had all the ingredients to end India’s unbeaten streak (after seven Test wins) in the ICC Test Championship.
Kiwis were given a target of only nine runs in the second innings and they chased it with relative ease, and took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. The second and final Test match of the tour will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch starting from February 29, Saturday.
Talking about the first Test, Ishant Sharma registered a fifer while Ravichandran Ashwin picked three wickets to his name. Jasprit Bumrah continued his poor run of form in the game but somehow managed to pick a wicket.
Sanjay Manjrekar reveals why Indian bowlers failed to rise to the Kiwi challenge:
Meanwhile, the cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar revealed the reason why the Indian bowlers failed to pose a major threat to Kiwi batsmen in the opening Test in Wellington.
The former India batsman took to his official Twitter handle and came up with a short explanation while highlighting the fact that swinging the ball was an issue for the Indian bowlers.
“Why could NZ seamers get the ball to swing and deviate more than Indian seamers? Because on this surface wrist at an angle to swing the ball was needed. All three Indian seamers, though top class, are not really out & out swing bowlers. #INDvNZ,” Manjrekar tweeted.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is out of form at the moment said that Kiwis deserved to win the first Test. Despite a heavy drubbing at the hands of Kiwis, Kohli doesn’t want people to make a big deal out of it.
“For some people, it might be the end of the world, but it’s not. For us, it’s a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high. We understand that we need to play well to win, also at home. There’s no cakewalk at international level as teams will come and beat you. You accept it and that defines our character as a side. We know we haven’t played well, but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can’t help it as we don’t think like that,” Kohli said.
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