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Alex Carey: Shreyas Iyer Got Potential To Lead India

Alex Carey said that Shreyas Iyer has got potential to lead India one day in future as he captained his franchise Delhi Capitals to the runners-up position in IPL 2020.

He said the statement ahead of the limited-overs series between India and Australia consisting of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, which will also mark the return of Team India in international cricket after a gap of more than 7 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Image Credit: Google)

Alex Carey: Shreyas Iyer Got Potential & Will Be Fantastic Leader In Future For India

India last played cricket while touring Australia’s neighbouring side New Zealand while ODI series against South Africa was postponed after the abandonment of the first match due to rain. Shreyas Iyer has every quality that needed for a captain as he led from the front, was aggressive and dynamic, backed players besides being technically strong. His rise as a batsman and as a leader has been simultaneous.

In a bold move, maybe best one by Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) a couple of seasons ago in the IPL was made when Shreyas Iyer was assigned as a captain. Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey said that undoubtedly in Shreyas Iyer, India have found a future leader.

“No doubt he’s got the potential to lead India one day. I think Shreyas is going to be a fantastic leader moving forward,” said Carey answering to a Hindustan Times question in a selected media interaction on Tuesday.

He is one of those rare cricketers who thrives under pressure and in crunched situations as responsibilities tend to get the best out of him. He proved that in his first assignment as a leader back in IPL 2018. A 23-year-old youngster who had played a handful of matches for India was given the responsibility to lead an IPL side.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. BCCI

In his first match as skipper of Delhi Capitals after Gautam Gambhir stood down after the first leg, Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten 40-ball 93 to give hope to a team running on life support.

Delhi finished last but Shreyas Iyer scored 411 runs at an average of 37. Since then both the team and skipper have gone strength to strength. In 2019, he led DC to their first playoffs in 7 years, scoring 463 runs. And this year, he once again bettered his tally by amassing 519 runs in DC’s best season in recent memory. Delhi Capitals failed to cross the final hurdle but his captaincy stood out throughout the series.

“His ability to connect with all the players in the group was fantastic. He took the focus off himself and worried more about the group. He’s been really successful for the last couple of seasons for Delhi,” Carey said when asked to describe what made Iyer special as a leader.

Shreyas Iyer has played only 18 ODIs and 22 T20Is with 1 ODI century. In 79 IPL matches, Shreyas Iyer has scored 2200 runs averaging above 30. He scored above 300 runs every time since IPL 2017.

Alex Carey: Shreyas Iyer Is Still Young And Learning Besides Being A Fantastic Batsman And Person

Alex Carey, who played the entire IPL under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy highlighted the right-hander’s ability to connect with players as his biggest ability. Alex Carey played 3 matches in IPL 2020 scoring 32 runs when Rishabh Pant was absent due to injury. This was Alex Carey’s first IPL.

“He’s still young and learning his crafts. He’s a fantastic batsman and a great person as well. To connect with every player in a big squad like Delhi is quite a tiring task but he was excellent in managing that. His positive attitude towards the game and his partnership with Ricky really worked well for us. The future is very bright for him,” he said.

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Alex Carey Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In international cricket, Shreyas Iyer rose to be India’s best answers to the dreaded No.4 question returning as India’s highest run-scorer in the five-match T20I series against New Zealand earlier this year with 153 runs averaging 51. He backed that up with an even better ODI series where he scored 217 runs averaging 72.33.

India will begin their return to international cricket with the first ODI against Australia on November 27 at Sydney, where Shreyas Iyer would hope it also launches another chapter in his life trying to cement his spot as a batsman besides being a potential leader who wins matches for his side.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson.

Mike Hesson Talks About India’s Failure In Recent New Zealand Tour

While India failed to challenge the hosts New Zealand in the recent ODI and Test series, the former New Zealand Head Coach Mike Hesson credited the Blackcaps for those successes. Hesson also pointed out that the Indian captain Virat Kohli’s struggle with the bat was not the only weak point for India in that tour.

Before the coronavirus started to dominate the world, India toured in New Zealand early this year. The visitors started that tour in a very positive way with the five-match T20I series victory by the 5-0 margin. But then India suffered the back-to-back whitewashes in the three-match ODI series (3-0) and two-match Test series (2-0). In the Test series, India failed to put the challenging fights in both the Test matches.

Mike Hesson, New Zealand vs India
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The New Zealand conditions were challenging for everybody: Mike Hesson

Though Hesson thought that India were the best side to travel to New Zealand, the former Kiwi coach felt that the conditions during the Test series were too challenging for the visitors.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Hesson told the Mumbai Mirror, “I thought India is probably the best equipped to have traveled to New Zealand, but the conditions were challenging. They weren’t ridiculous in any means, and they were challenging in both games (in the two Tests which India lost).

“The New Zealand conditions were challenging for everybody, especially in the first innings. Things certainly got easy later on. The first innings was challenging for anyone coming from overseas.”

The latest New Zealand tour was one of the worst international tours for the batsman Virat Kohli. In fact, in his Test career, it was the worst series where he played more than one Test. Though the Indian captain has maintained the top position in the ODI batting rankings, he lost the top position in the Test batting rankings, and he is now standing in the second position in this Test batting rankings.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Talking about India’s struggle in the New Zealand tour, especially in the Test series, many have raised fingers on Kohli’s batting failure. However, Hesson also reminded that Kohli wasn’t the only player to struggle in that series. Rather than, Hesson credited the New Zealand bowlers for maintaining the domination over Kohli and his boys.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson (Image Credit: Google)

Hesson added, “When the ball seams, there is very little time to adjust. You need time to adjust your technique. He certainly was not the only one (to have struggled). Also, New Zealand’s plans for Virat were exceptional. New Zealand has had the best of attacks for a long time and they challenged the Indians.”

Mike Hesson is currently the Director of cricket operations of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, due to the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak, the IPL 2020 has been postponed.

Gautam Gambhir,
Virat Kohli and Gautam gambhir. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Gautam Gambhir Slams Critics Of Virat Kohli

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has always been at the forefront in keeping his voice related to cricket. This time he backed Indian captain Virat Kohli and his team by taking a dig at critics and media after they slammed the team for their poor show in New Zealand.

Indian team toured New Zealand to play five-match T20I series, three-match ODI series, and two-match Test series. The visitors had clean-swept Kiwi’s in T20I series whereas they were whitewashed by New Zealand in the ODI and Test series respectively.

The tour saw the drop in the performance of Virat Kohli. He could not touch the mark of twenty in the four innings of Tests while he only scored a fifty in the whole tour.

All in all, in the ODI series, he scored only 75 runs while in Tests, he scored 38 runs. It was one of the worst tours of his career history. For which, he was heavily criticized by the fans.

Gautam Gambhir lashed out at the critics of Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli, India, New Zealand vs India 2020, India, Test Series, Christchurch
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Gambhir, in his column for TOI, expressed his disappointment in the way Kohli and his team were targetted after their disappointing show against New Zealand.

“I was once again disappointed by the way critics went after Virat Kohli and his men after the 2-0 Test series loss against New Zealand. Everything was questioned. Selection choices, the atmosphere in the dressing room, Jasprit Bumrah’s sharpness, or the lack of it, and even Virat Kohli’s eyesight,” wrote the 38-year-old.

He continued, “Prithvi Shaw was touring New Zealand in India colours for the first time. Mayank Agarwal is not too old in the piece. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the dependency on Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were way too much. In the end, the conditions proved way too challenging.”

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Virat Kohli was pumped up after Williamson’s dismissal. Credits: BCCI Twitter

Further, he also added the areas where India was lacking behind. India missed Ishant Sharma’s experience while he also criticised the management for not retaining KL Rahul in the Test squad.

Meanwhile, India will try to get back in the form in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa which has started from 12th March.

Shubhman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Test series, Test Debut, New Zealand
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Google)

Harbhajan Singh Questions India’s Selection Rules After Shubman Gill’s Exclusion

The veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has questioned on Indian team selection process after the youngster Shubman Gill hasn’t been selected in the playing XI during the Test series of the recently concluded New Zealand tour.

India recently-completed their full international tour in New Zealand which ran for around one-and-a-half-month long. The visitors started that tournament in a great way by winning the five-match T20I series by the 5-0 margin.

But then they lost the three-match ODI series 3-0 and two-match Test series of that tour by 2-0 respectively.

Indian batsmen massively failed in the Test series where the visitors scored only 165, 191, 242 and 124 runs respectively.

Shubman Gill was in form for India A in New Zealand tour

Ahead of the beginning of international series in New Zealand tour, India A started to play one-day matches against the hosts New Zealand A. Later, they also played first-class games against the same side. They also played some practice matches in that tour.

Gill mostly performed consistently for India A in that tour as he scored 50, 24 and 30 runs respectively in the List A games.

Later, in the first-class matches, the 20-year-old right-handed batsman scored 83, 204* and 136 runs respectively for India A.

Gill, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh
Shubman Gill (Image credit: Twitter)

The youngster Gill was included only in the Test squad for the international tour in New Zealand.

Ahead of the two-match Test series in that tour, Gill featured in the one three-day tour game against New Zealand XI where he failed to score good runs (0 and 8).

During the Test series, Indian team management chose Prithvi Shaw over Gill in both the matches. In that Test series, Shaw scored 16, 14, 54 and 14 runs respectively.

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Prithvi Shaw (Image Credits: Twitter)

After the Test series, the 39-year-old Harbhajan Singh has raised the question on the Indian team selection process as he believes that team management is wasting the crucial years of the young talent.

Harbhajan believes that Gill deserves an opportunity to play for the national team.

Harbhajan Singh, Gill, Shubman Gill
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Twitter)

When India toured in New Zealand in early 2019, Gill made his ODI debut and played two ODIs in that tour where he scored nine and seven runs respectively.

Since then, he hasn’t played for India in international cricket yet.

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Dilip Vengsarkar (Image Credit: Google)

Dilip Vengsarkar Blames Selection Process For India’s Failure In New Zealand Tour

Former Indian cricketer and selector, Dilip Vengsarkar has hugely blamed the selection process for India’s thrashing defeat in the New Zealand tour during ODI and Test series.

India started the New Zealand tour by winning the five-match T20I series by 5-0. But they massively failed to continue that momentum as they lost all the matches in the ODI and Test series. While India lost the three-match ODI series by 3-0, they also lost the two-match Test series by the 2-0.

Dilip Vengsarkar, India, New Zealand vs India
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Talking about those loses, Vengsarkar claimed according to mirror, “I feel a lot of answering has to be done by the officials at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the office-bearers of the BCCI as these losses (Test series defeats) must not be pushed under the carpet after winning the so-called T20 tournaments.”

Ahead of the ODI and Test series in the New Zealand tour, India A played the one-day, and first-class matches against the hosts New Zealand A. Some of the Test and ODI players featured for India A in that tour. However still, it didn’t work much positively for the Indian team during the international series.

Firstly, Vengsarkar hasn’t been impressed to see that the India A players missed out the Ranji Trophy matches. Then, he has felt disappointed with the performances of the India A cricketers during the international series in New Zealand tour.

Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar (Image Credit: Photo Credit)

He added, “The India A team too travelled to New Zealand before this tour to build and assess the bench strength. Though the timing of the A team’s tour was wrong as many had to miss out on the Ranji Trophy matches and yet nobody in the A team impressed the selectors who accompanied the team on tours. Are our cupboards empty? I am sure they are not. The BCCI and NCA must come out with facts as to how the A tours have worked.”

Admitting the home advantage, Vengsarkar pointed out the massive batting failure was the big reason for India’s poor result in New Zealand tour.

Vengsarkar said, “Whenever the team tours abroad, the conditions almost always favour the home team and that must be acceptable. India boast of a good new ball attack but to win matches, it must be backed up by a decent total on the board which the batsmen failed to deliver.”

It’s unfortunate we don’t intend to learn from our mistakes: Dilip Vengsarkar

Vengsarkar feels that the present Indian batting line-up is only depended on Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli. The former Indian cricketer believes that team management is continuously putting faith on the struggling players instead of the in-form players.

Dilip Vengsarkar, India, New Zealand vs India
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He quoted, “It’s unfortunate we don’t intend learn from our mistakes but continue to depend on the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to deliver match after match besides experimenting with others making each one of them insecure about their positions in the batting line up.

“The Indian batting line-up has come to a stage where there could be all together a new batting order in the next Test match. It’s unfair to expect Virat and Rohit to perform in every match. It’s a team game and others have to chip in as well but shockingly, match after match, those who are in form are not picked and those who are struggling make it to the XI.”

In the Test series during the latest New Zealand tour, India scored 165, 191, 242 and 124 runs.

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Sanjay Manjrekar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Sanjay Manjrekar Reveals Two Indian Bowlers Who Could Have Made Difference in New Zealand

If Virat Kohli and Co. sit back and look at their performance in New Zealand, they would come to the conclusion that the bowling unit fought hard but the batters were not at their best which had handed them defeat after defeat in the two-match Test series. Well, former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar suggested the names of two bowlers who would have been more threatening in New Zealand conditions.

Taking to Twitter, the cricketer-turned-commentator, Majrekar, said that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar would be more fruitful considering bouncy pitches of New Zealand.

Notably, both the players are out of the action due to injuries.

Bhuvneshwar, who went under surgery, to overcome his sports hernia injury while Deepak Chahar is under rehabilitation period after he suffered from a lower-back stress fracture.

Sanjay Manjrekar opens up on bowling style:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Credits: BCCI

Both Bhuvneshwar and Chahar are outswing bowlers who can bring out the best from a pitch. The duo is expected to soon join the Indian team.

India’s bowler in New Zealand pitches:

Looking at India’s bowler’s performance in New Zealand, The tall and veteran pacer Ishant Sharma was the only one in the first Test match to create problems for Kiwis batters. While Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah had to struggle, to find the perfect line lengths and good areas to bowl at. They both picked two wickets while Ishant snared five wickets. Besides, senior-most off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked three wickets.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Unfortunately, Ishant was ruled out of the second Test match as he suffered from an ankle injury so Umesh Yadav was included in the playing XI. Yadav was not as effective as the tall pacer. He picked up only two wickets.

On the other hand, Bumrah regained his form slowly and steadily but till then it was too late. Whereas Shami surfaced with a shoulder injury ahead of Kiwi’s second innings.

However, New Zealand’s bowling attack was stronger than the visitors.

With the likes of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and then Neil Wagner, the Kiwis were brilliant to push the Indian batsmen into troubled waters.

Virat Kohli, Ian Chappell, fab four
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: twitter.

Jab India Mein Yeh Log Aayenge, Tab Dikha Doonga: Virat Kohli Heard on Stump Mic

Virat Kohli’s behaviour at the post-match press conference, after losing the Test series 2-0, clearly reflected that he is thoroughly disappointed with his performance against New Zealand. He lashed out at New Zealand journalist, who asked him a bold question – and now his previous other statements are doing the rounds on the internet

The Indian skipper Kohli was unable to score a fifty in four Test innings. So much so, he could not even touch a 20-run mark in the recently-held Test series. His performance has astonished Indian fans and his avid followers across the globe, too.

Therefore, Kohli’s frustration was visible on the field when the opposition lost the wicket, he was caught hurling expletives at New Zealand fans during the second Test in Christchurch.

So, Kohli’s behaviour was questioned by a media person at the post-match conference. Thus, Kohli seemed annoyed by the reporter.

Virat Kohli’s aggression on the field:

Virat Kohli, New Zealand vs India 2020, Christchurch, second test
Team India and Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter

On Day 3, before the end of the play, the Indian skipper was caught using cuss words during New Zealand’s second innings at Hagley Oval.

Jab India mein yeh log aatengey, tab dikha doonga (I will show them when they come to India),” said the Delhi born cricketer according to Indian Express.

This statement by Kohli, who is admired in the cricket world, was criticised by his fans. His statement is clearly against the sportsmanship, especially being a dynamic leader of World’s No. 1 Test team.

Virat Kohli is known for showing aggression:

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Virat Kohli after getting a wicket (Image Credit: Twitter).

However, it also clears that Kohli is very confident about his team’s performance at home.

Evidently, they have beaten South Africa and Bangladesh pretty easily in the previous home season to enjoy the numero uno position.

So, it will be interesting to see the team’s performance when New Zealand tour India.

Meanwhile, South Africa will tour India to play three-match ODI series which will be played between 12th March and 18th March.

Moahmmed Shami,
Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Getty Images.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Mohammed Shami Suffers Shoulder Injury During Christchurch Test

New Zealand bowlers were quick to send off India back to the pavilion early on the third day of the second and final Test in Christchurch. India were halted at 124 as they set up a target of 132 runs for the opposition. While the host took only 36 overs to chase the target and registered the victory with seven wickets in hand.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled 13 overs and picked three wickets while Umesh Yadav bowled 14 overs and picked only one wicket.

However, Mohammed Shami, who troubled New Zealanders in first innings, bowled only three overs. It was shocking to see him bowling only a couple of overs on Monday.

Would Mohammed Shami recover well in time?

New Zealand vs India 2020: Mohammed Shami Suffers Shoulder Injury During Christchurch Test 3

The main reason for Shami not bowling much in the second innings was the blow he took on his right shoulder while batting.

When India had lost eight wickets, the pacer came to contribute with the bat. Though Tim Southee trapped him at mid-wicket and he was sent back early but before that, he was hit by Trent Boult’s short ball which struck his shoulder. And, he was also seen talking to Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri about the same before taking the field.

Shami was left with pain in his shoulder and was unable to bowl. He was seen signalling the skipper that he is struggling to bowl.

Mohammed Shami’s injury a worrying factor for India:

Mohammed Shami, New Zealand vs India 2020
Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Google)

Thus, he was not bowling after lunch and Umesh and Bumrah, along with Ravindra Jadeja were only left in India’s bowling line up. Even Kohli also bowled an over.

Therefore, the BCCI released a statement over the same, updating about Shami’s injury.

“Mohammed Shami suffered a ball impact injury while batting. He is receiving treatment for the same and is currently off the field.”

However, it’s still not clear how serious Shami’s injury is, but it is surely a worrying factor for India as other pacers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are still recovering from injury.

Pertinently, India will face South Africa at home in the three-match ODI series.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand vs India 2020: Three Reasons Why India Lost The Test Series

After being clean swept by New Zealand, Team India has lost the first Test series since the start of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2019-21. Also, it was a first away series for India in WTC.

New Zealand pacers made conditions miserable for India’s batting line up. In the first Test match, India could not touch the mark of 200. Well, in the second Test match, the visitors came up with a better show but can not set up big totals.

Earlier, Kiwis won the first game by 10 wickets while the second one with seven wickets.

So, what had led the No.1 Test team to face such a drastic defeat in Test series?

Here, in this article, we have discussed the reason behind India’s failure against New Zealand.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Three Reasons Why India lost The Test series –

Below par totals:

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

India could not set up a fighting total against the Black Caps. At Basin Reserve, except Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane, all the other batsmen had a poor show with the bat. Besides, nothing changed for India in the second Test match at Hagley Oval.

In Christchurch, India put up 242 runs on the scoreboard in the first innings but it was not sufficient in front of the hosts batting line up. Kiwi brought their bowling attack back in India’s second innings, halting them at 124, which was another below-par total.

All in all, none of India’s premier batsman took up the charge of the game and they were bundled out in both the innings.

Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Test Playing XI, New Zealand vs India 2020
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli Clarifies Why Rishabh Pant Featured in Test Playing XI During New Zealand Tour

After suffering the whitewash in the two-match away Test series against the hosts New Zealand, Indian captain Virat Kohli has pointed out that the entire batting team failed in this series. He also talked about why they went with the youngster Rishabh Pant in this series rather than the experienced Wriddhiman Saha.

Before the beginning of the latest series, the no.1-ranked Test team India won all the seven matches of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

However, the Indian batting totally failed in the Test series against the hosts New Zealand as the visitors scored 165, 191, 242 and 124 runs respectively.

One of the biggest questions has risen from the beginning of the Test series was the selection of Pant in the playing XI.

Due to his inconsistent form, the youngster was earlier dropped from the Test playing XI after Saha fully recovered from the long-battled injuries. Though Saha played a superb role behind the wickets since his return, he hasn’t impressed with the bat yet.

Wriddhiman Saha, catch
Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)

In both the Tests of this New Zealand tour, the team management chose Pant for the wicketkeeping role as Saha warmed the bench.

We thought Rishabh Pant will come good in this series: Virat Kohli

Talking about this selection, Kohli claimed that Pant impressed them with his hard work in the practice. But while Pant once again failed to impress the team with his bat, scoring only 60 runs in this series (average 15.00), Kohli claimed that the entire team batting performance was not good enough.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kohli said after the completion of the series, “We have given a lot of chances to Rishabh, you need to figure out when is the right time to give someone a chance. I don’t see anyone taking their place for granted in this team, no one here has come in thinking that I am going to play every game.

“Rishabh has worked very hard behind the scenes, so we thought of giving him a chance in this series. We thought he will come good in this series, but as a collective unit, we did not show a good batting performance.”

Most of the Indian batsmen failed to shine in the Test series, including the skipper Kohli. While he recently lost the top place of the ICC Test batting rankings, the right-handed batsman scored only 38 runs with an average of 9.50.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 46, 29, 7 and 9 runs respectively in this Test series.

However, Kohli is confident enough on him as he talked about the importance of Rahane in this Test team.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kohli claimed, “Firstly, Rahane is one of those players who has been solid for us in Test cricket. It is about impact performances and he has played some crucial knocks. You also have to figure out as to how many guys average more than 40 in your team. Few games here and there if you don’t score runs, doesn’t mean you are a bad player. There are no issues there.

“In the Australia series, Pujara was the standout player. You cannot single out anyone. We have an aim of scoring big runs, it can happen with everyone scoring 50 or 60 or with one guy scoring 150 as Pujara did in Australia. In our team, we work as a collective unit.”

Before the Test series, India also played five T20Is and three ODIs owing to this New Zealand tour. While India won the T20I series by the 5-0 margin, they suffered the 3-0 defeat in the ODI series.

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