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5 reasons for India’s win over New Zealand in 2nd test match

India produced an excellent performance in the second Test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. They defeated New Zealand by 178 runs to win the series 2-0 and reclaim. There were some moments in the match that Indian team was tested but excellent performances by batsmen bailed them out and won the match.

Here we look at the five reasons for India’s win over New Zealand in 2nd test match.

  1. Wriddhman Saha’s contribution in both innings

Wriddhman Saha played a key role in India’s win during the second Test match. In the first test match when the Indian were struggling at 200 for 6, Saha came to the rescue and scored an unbeaten 54 in the first innings to help India post a competitive total of 316 runs. In the second innings too India were struggling at 106 for 6, Saha played solidly and remained not out on 58 to give India a substantial lead. For his brilliant performance in both innings, the wicketkeeper batsman was named the man of match award at his home ground.

  1. Partnership between Pujara and Rahane in the first innings

India won the toss and choose to bat on the first day. Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Kohli were dismissed early, to leave the home team at 46 for 3. Rahane and Pujara played with solid technique. Their partnership helped them get out of trouble and make sure that India reach a good total. Both the players completed their half centuries. Rahane and Pujara put on 141 for the fourth wicket which steadied the innings. Pujara was the fourth wicket to fall at the score of 187. His contribution to the team was 87.

  1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s superb bowling spell

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was exceptional in the first innings. He bowled with great control and did not allow the New Zealand batsmen to score runs easily. Kumar picked 2 wickets with new ball and after the rain break on the 2nd day, he made sure of a New Zealand collapse that resulted in an 112-run lead in the first innings. The three of his better wicket were Taylor, Santner, and Henry. He picked a total of 5 wickets, giving away just 48 in 15 overs which ensured that India gets a big lead in the first innings.

  1. Contribution from Kohli, Rohit and Saha

India was struggling at 24 for 2. Kohli came to the crease and played with positive approach. He timed the ball and put pressure back on New Zealand bowlers. India was then reduced to 43 for 4. Kohli and Rohit Sharma put 48 for the 5th wicket. Kohli was dismissed for 45. After that, Rohit Sharma and Saha put on 103 runs for the 7th wicket which helped India to get out of trouble. Rohit Sharma played one of his best knocks ever in Test matches. Rohit Sharma scored 82 runs.

  1. Great bowling effort by Indian bowlers in 2nd innings

Indian bowlers did a brilliant job in the 2nd innings. Ashwin, Jadeja and Mohammad Shami picked 3 wickets each while Kumar picked 1 wicket. New Zealand were 104 for 2 at one stage and after Nicholls’ wicket, New Zealand batsmen failed to put any resistance against spin or pace. Mohammad Shami bowled with great discipline. The two Indian spinners did not give away many runs but also made sure they pick wickets at important times. It was a great bowling display by the Indian bowlers which ensured that New Zealand were all-out for 197.

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Saha’s two 50s put us on the back foot: Taylor

Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) New Zealand’s stand-in captain Ross Taylor, deputising in place of the indisposed Kane Williamso, said on Monday it was India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha’s unbeaten 50s in both innings that took the game away from them.

“Winning key moments were important. The way Saha came out in both innings when the game was in balance, those two 50s put us on the back foot. Any time you are 100 runs behind on first innings even when got early wickets in second innings they were still 150 runs ahead and knew it’d be tough on that wicket,” Taylor told reporters after the match here.

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India thrashed the Kiwis by 178 runs to win the three-match series 2-0 and get back to pole position in the Test rankings dethroning arch-rivals Pakistan.

Taylor hopes to get a similar pitch in the next game starting in Indore from Saturday.

“Rohit’s innings was outstanding but full credit to our bowlers running in. A similar wicket would be good and hopefully regular skipper Kane (Williamson) can win the toss in Indore.”

Winning the toss, according to Taylor, wouldn’t have made much of a difference.

“It would have been nice to bat first but I don’t think that would have made too much difference. They put us under pressure at times and we weren’t able to sustain it with the bat.”

The Kiwis have struggled to cope with the sweltering heat at this time of the year in India. Both in Kanpur and in Kolkata, the tourists found their going tough and were drained frequently.

Taylor made no bones about the fact that this was up there with the hottest Tests he has been part of so far.

“Definitely up with hottest Test series I’ve been part of. A lot of their bowlers and batsmen were tired too. It’s Ideal to send players and get exposure. It all comes down to funding, but we are lucky some players come into IPL who mix and mingle with the stars of today to get knowledge. Kohli says it is cooler in Indore so I’m happy.”

Regular captain Kane Williamson could not play this Test due to illness. Asked whether the ace batsman was missed, Taylor said, “Anytime you have your skipper and best player out is disappointing but there has been times when Kane hasn’t played One-Day Internationals and this probably isn’t going to be the last time, with injuries, the team has to step up.”

“We can’t rely on Kane all the time. It was good to see him walking about (on Monday). I’m sure he’ll be a bit lethargic over the next couple of days, it’s still pretty tiring losing a few kilos and being stuck inside. But there are positive signs he’ll be ready for the next match and it will obviously be good for the team to have our skipper back.”

Taylor said reverse swing did play a part and that the game was decided in the second innings.

“With the new ball it did swing and around and nip. If you saw the way Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami bowled they were able to put us under pressure. But once the ball did get soft it wasn’t as easy for the pacemen. Reverse swing did play a part,” Taylor said.

“It was something I thought we did well but could do a little bit better. Anytime you come over here you know the ball is going to get soft, you have to find other ways of putting pressure on. I thought we were able to control the run-rate in that first innings but in that second innings they played very well and took the game to us.”

On positives drawn from this Test by New Zealand, Taylor said, “In hindsight it would have been nice to score a few more runs and if India were 40/3 in the second innings and their lead wasn’t as much, any time you are playing catch up from that far behind.”

“At the end of the day we were beaten by a better side. Our pacemen were definitely a positive and even the way Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel bowled.”

“Jeetan’s coming in wasn’t easy after only being in the country for a day and a half. To bowl as well as he did in that first innings and score some valuable runs, we could have been even further behind the eight ball. Yes we are disappointed, we’ve got to take the positives and hopefully we can play better in this next match.”

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Virat Kohli hails Saha as the best wicket-keeper in India

Indian test captain Virat Kohli has claimed that Wriddhiman Saha is the best wicket keeper in the country after India has clinched the series against New Zealand 2-0 at Eden Gardens.

The Bengal batsman has made the most of the chances in this series against NZ as he looked solid despite being demoted to No.8 due to great form of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Saha performed strongly in the second Test as he made key contributions with the bat in both the innings. The 31-year old has made crucial contributions as he scored fifty in both the innings and remained unbeaten in the match as he scored 54* and 58* respectively.

After the win which saw India reclaim the No.1 position in Tests after 2010, Virat Kohli said: “Saha is brilliant. He is the best keeper in the country right now. He is doing a great job in Test cricket. He is wonderful behind the stumps, with the bat as well, something we wanted him to come good”

Saha has managed to replace MS Dhoni as a batsman and a wicketkeeper in the recent days as Dhoni is hardly missed after his retirement in the Test format. Saha excelled in his role as a wicket-keeper batsman as he is playing very well along with the tail-enders which is making Team India’s batting look much stronger.

The 31-year old has been in great form off late as he has managed his maiden test ton against West Indies prior to this series and has looked solid so far in the ongoing test series against New Zealand.

“That hundred in West Indies really helped his confidence. You can now see he wants to fight it out, he understands how to play with the tail, and he backs himself to go over the top and play his shots when under pressure. That’s key for him. He’s been a revelation for the side,” said Virat Kohli referring to the ton he scored against West Indies.

India and Virat Kohli hopes that Saha continues his current form as the team will have great batting depth with Jadeja coming at No.9 which could prove vital as India are going to play a long home series over the next few months.

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“I am very happy for winning the series,” says Man of the match, Saha

Indian cricket team cruised to an easy Test victory against New Zealand in the penultimate Test match of the series. Team India had a tough start to the Test match losing few early wickets but Cheteshwar Pujara once again came to the rescue scoring the third consecutive half-century in the first innings. Rahane and Saha also joined him in his mission with Saha continuing his great form in the second innings as well scoring two not out half-centuries in the game. It was a difficult pitch to bat with the ball sometimes bouncing to an unreachable height whereas kept sometimes kept low with no bounce at all.

Wriddhiman Saha, however, looked patient and controlled scoring half centuries in both innings. He was awarded Man of the Match award for his gritty efforts. It was a memorable victory for the team winning 250th Test match at home.

Saha was quite cheerful in the post-match presentation ceremony, here are some excerpts from the presentation party –

“I’m very happy for winning the series and getting my first man of the match,” Saha says. “My teammates and the crowd supported me a lot. Not much pressure. I’m just going in to bat, defending the good balls, rotating the strike, and putting the bad ball away to the boundary. The West Indies hundred boosted my confidence, but I didn’t score much in Kanpur, that’s why I took my time in the initial few balls. I just did my job behind the stumps, nothing much. I just keep watching the ball till the last, and soft hands, that’s it.”

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Captain Virat Kohli praises team’s all-round performance!

With seamer, Mohammad Shami taking the wicket of Matt Henry Indian players celebrate a 178-run victory against New Zealand at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. With the victory at the Eden Gardens, India has become the No. 1 team in ICC Test ranking.

Thanks to Virat Kohli’s aggressive captaincy that created a pressure on the Kiwi batsmen. New Zealand were 104 for 2, so it was a big collapse that helped India to win the series, with the final and third Test to be played at Indore.

Mohammad Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each.

Captain Virat Kohli praised his team, following the 178 runs victory. He appreciated all-round performances of his team, particularly players like pacers Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who was adjudged man of the match for his half-century in both innings of the match.

“Lovely Test match. Was a brilliant Test wicket apart from the uneven bounce here and there. It’s a wanted venue in India. Bowlers did well. Saha did well and Shami and Bhuvi contributing. We expect a fight from a side like New Zealand.

Talking about Wriddhiman Saha, Virat said, “Saha is the best keeper in the country and he is doing a great job. It is wonderful behind the stumps and can bat. He backs himself and can bat with the tail. Backs himself to play his shots.”

He was also asked about India’s first innings where Cheteshwar Pujara scored 80 and Rahne scored 77. In the second innings, it was Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha who helped India to salvage the innings after New Zealand took four quick wickets.

“In the 1st innings, we threw it away. In the second, NZ bowlers were good. Rohit was good and we all know about his love affair with Eden Gardens. I think in the last session when we wanted wickets, the crowd helped up pick them. That made a massive difference to Shami and put extra pressure on the new batsmen. To keep playing consistent cricket is our aim, and if we do that, with a long home season, we can be there. We have played really good cricket for the last one and a half years,” Kohli said.

Meanwhile, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a happy man to get back his rhythm.

The Uttar Pradesh pacer, who took five wickets in the first innings and one wicket in the second innings, said, “In India, we generally don’t get this kind of wickets (with grass cover) and I was just trying to make the most of it. It’s always good to be in the mix, you always work hard to play the match and when you contribute, it’s always special. Thanks to the physio and trainer, they really worked hard and pushed me to work hard (talking about his recovery from a troublesome ankle),” Kumar stated.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar also said that the time he spent out of the team helped him to gain the confidence as he understood the pain of being dropped from the team.

“When you are out from the team or not fit, you get matured in terms what you need to do to come back into the game and improve your game. I always enjoy bowling with Shami, especially when the ball reverses. He’s a great character. He’s the laziest in the team, but when he’s on the field he gives 100 percent. It’s a pleasure to know that the team is ranked No. 1. And to contribute to the win is great. It’s a sweet victory for us.”

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India beat New Zealand to win series, become top Test team

Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja spun India to an unassailable 2-0 lead and the No.1 ranking in Tests, pinning New Zealand down in a riveting see-saw four-day affair, to win the second cricket Test by 178 runs here on Monday.

Local boy Wriddhiman Saha was adjudged Man of the Match for his unconquered 54 and 58 in the two Indian innings at the Eden Gardens.

Besides Saha, contributions with the bat by captain Virat Kohli (45) and Rohit Sharma (82) in the second innings helped India post 263 after a top-order collapse threatened to take the match away from them.

But despite the visitors’ grit early on in their 376-run chase, they fell to the guile of Indian tweakers once again — similar to the first Test at Kanpur that they lost by 197 runs — managing a meagre 197 in their seconds outing.

The tourists started their run chase well, riding on opener Tom Latham’s (74 not out; 144 balls, 8×4) ninth half-century and contributions from Martin Guptill (24) and Henry Nicolls (24) at the top order.

But post-lunch, the in-form Indian spinners ran through the Kiwi batting. Both Ashwin (3/82) and Jadeja (3/41) made mischief in tandem, joining in the party was the raw pace and swing of Mohammed Shami (3/46), who shaved off the lower order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/28) claimed the remaining wicket.

Latham departed soon after tea, starting the slide. Ashwin’s mastery over his craft was on show as he floated an inviting delivery which forced the opener to drive away from his body giving a nick to wicketkeeper Saha.

Mitchell Santner (9) and B.J. Watling (1) followed suit in quick succession, Shami accounting for both the scalps.

Luke Ronchi (32; 60 balls, 4×4) fought briefly before Jadeja accounted for him, castling the 35-year old. Jeetan Patel (2) failed to replicate his first innings form, when he scored a gutsy 47, failing to comprehend the reverse swing generated from a good length ball by Buvneshwar.

Matt Henry (18) and Trent Boult (4) were cleaned up by Jadeja and Shami, respectively.

Earlier, India wrested back the second session from New Zealand as Ashwin and Jadeja took three wickets to deny the tourists any hope of a fightback at tea.

Latham staged a lone battle as top-order batsmen fell around him.

The hosts took 16 overs in the innings to get the first breakthrough. Ashwin pitched the ball fuller and it turned in from outside the off stump to catch Martin Guptill (24; 49 b, 3×4) off guard.

It was an important wicket just when the opening stand had started to look steady, engineering a partnership of 55 runs. The second-wicket stand between Latham and Henry Nicolls (24) was of 49 runs, helping the Kiwis reach 104 when Nicolls fell.

With the wicket offering a lot of turn, Jadeja made the most of it. Changing his angle to outfox Nicolls, who failed to come fully forward to cover the turn, the left-arm tweaker got the outside edge of Nicolls’ bat with Rahane taking the catch at first slip.

Ross Taylor, who is standing in for indisposed captain Kane Williamson, lasted only 26 minutes in which the right-hander scored just eight runs before falling to Ashwin’s guile, dismissed leg before wicket. Taylor played the wrong line leaving umpire Richard Kettleborough with an easy decision to make as the ball hit Taylor’s front pad.

Earlier, resuming at 227 for eight, India were all out for 263 in their second innings.

Wriddhiman Saha, who had run out of partners in the first innings after scoring 54, once again anchored the lower order, remaining not out at 58 (120 balls, 6×4) — his fourth Test half century.

The two overnight batsmen, Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23; 51 balls, 2×4, 1×6) were involved in a 56-run partnership that helped India cross the 250-mark and set New Zealand a target which no team has ever achieved in the fourth innings at the famed ground.

The stand was broken in the 10th over of the morning session when Bhuvneshwar misjudged the bounce of Neil Wagner’s delivery and offered an easy catch to short leg. It was Wagner’s 99th wicket in 25 Tests.

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New Zealand vs India 2ndTest Day 3: Five talking points

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti BCCI President Lt. Anurag Thakur, Virat Kohli & Indian team take part in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

The Indian team are in a dominating position on the 3rd day at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The New Zealand tail wagged for a bit to get them to 204 runs. In the second innings, the Indian team were struggling at 43 for 4 but Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Saha made sure that India has a huge lead of 339 runs with 2 wickets remaining.

Here we look at the five talking points of day 3.

  1. Lower order contribution from New Zealand’s tailenders

Starting the day on 128 for 7, Jeetan Patel and BJ Watling gave the New Zealand team a positive start by scoring runs at quick pace. Jeetan Patel did the bulk of scoring while BJ Watling gave him good support. Jeetan Patel was LBW by Jadeja but it turned out to be a No-Ball. In the next over Jeetan Patel was dismissed by Ashwin for 47 runs. Neil Wagner and Boult scored some vital runs to get New Zealand past 204 runs. Finally, they were bowled out for 204 runs with India getting a lead of 112 runs.

  1. Early blows to India’s top order by New Zealand bowling line-up

After the lunch break, the New Zealand pacers Henry and Boult picked important wickets to put the Indian team under pressure. Murali Vijay, Pujara , Dhawan and Rahane were being dismissed to leave India at 43 for 4. Vijay, Pujara and Rahane scored in single digits while Dhawan was LBW by Boult for 17. The Indian team lead at the time was a mere 155 runs.

  1. Captain’s knock by Kohli

Kohli came to the crease after the fall of Pujara wicket. The captain looked in great touch playing wonderful strokes off the fast bowlers and just timed the ball. Two more wickets fell at the other end. Kohli then played excellent strokes off Patel to disturb his line and length. He was dismissed by excellent delivery by Boult for valuable 45.

  1. A Crucial partnership between Saha and Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma and Saha put on an excellent sixth wicket partnership to help India out of trouble. Rohit Sharma came to the crease after the fall of Rahane’s wicket. In the beginning, he played second-fiddle to Kohli. After Kohli and Ashwin were dismissed, Rohit Sharma played a vital knock for the team. His 103-run partnership with Saha made sure that India reaches a total where they are on top in 4th innings. Rohit Sharma completed his half-century off 89 balls. After completing his half century, he continued to play in the same way. He was finally dismissed for 81 runs.

  1. An impressive bowling performance by New Zealand

The New Zealand fast bowlers were impressive again. In the first spell, Boult and Henry picked 4 wickets to put the pressure on the Indian batting line up. Henry was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3 wickets while Boult picked up 2 wickets. Wagner was not among the wickets but bowled with lots of aggression and speed. Boult bowled an excellent delivery to Kohli. The spinner Mitchell Santner picked 3 wickets as India emerge with a big lead of 339 runs and with 2 days to go, it leaves New Zealand with an improbable target.

“We make our team as per the situation,” says Saha on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s selection!

After struggling on the first day to put on a good batting display, India took the driver’s seat in the match by the end of the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Eden Gardens. The Indian team was dismissed for 316 runs and then they reduced the visitors to 128 for 7.Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the destructor-in-chief as he dismissed five Kiwi batsmen in one of the finest bowling spells by an Indian pacer in India. Interacting with the media after the day’s play team India wicketkeeper spoke on Bhuvneshwar’s surprising selection, pitch and much more.

Excerpts:

On Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s selection:

We make our team as per the situation. Umesh (Yadav) played in the last match but we thought the wicket would be a bit more seaming-friendly so Bhuvi came into the team.

On the effect of light (the final session was played under lights) on play:

There was more movement under lights. Vision gets affected under lights. Bhuvi and (Mohammad) Shami bowled in the right areas. We want to get them all out as quickly as possible tomorrow morning.

On the new Eden Garden pitch:

Some balls stayed low while some had extra bounce and carry. Maybe in one or two matches I had seen such kind of wicket here. It’s a result-oriented wicket which is good for both the teams. Obviously, he’s (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) a very good bowler. We have a very good bench strength. He really bowled well. Also, credit should be given to (Ravindra) Jadeja, Shami and (Ravichandran) Ashwin. We will look to carry that forward.

On his partnerships with lower order batsmen that helped India to get closer to the 300-run mark:

Our plan in the team meeting was to extend our partnership and carry the innings forward to get past 300. It happened with Jadeja and Shami giving a fine contribution.We always plan to score runs – be it a top order or lower order. If the lower order batsmen can chip in with some runs it will give a good boost and will be helpful for the team.The wicket was seaming a bit. The idea was to convert them into boundaries and rotate strikes otherwise we would not have got past 250-260. It happened that way. We wanted to hit the loose balls.We have a good understanding with everyone. So we can convert, rotate strikes. Everyone in our team can play shots.

On his knock of 54:

Everyone has appreciated the knock. I did not get much time as I had to come back for keeping. But I’m happy that I could take it to a respectable total. I’m happy for the team.It was much-needed to take the team forward and take the score past 300. Rahane and Pujara also batted well. Everyone contributed well. All matches are equal for me. I would like to contribute in every match.

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Plan was to play aggressively and in short partnerships: Saha

Kolkata Oct 1 (IANS) Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who spiced up Indians late-order batting on Saturday with a dogged 54 which helped the side go past the 300-run mark in the first innings, said the plan was to play aggressively from the start of the day.

“The plan was to focus on short partnerships. We thought 270-280 will be a good score initially then try for 300. Thankfully that happened with Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) and (Mohammed) Shami,” Saha told reporters at the post match press conference at the Eden Gardens here.

The diminutive batsman hit his first half-century at home and stitched crucial partnerships with Jadeja for the eighth wicket (41) and later with Shami (35) for the last wicket. India posted 316 in the first innings riding their lower-order performance.

Asked if it is a particular plan as in both Tests the lower order has contributed significantly, Saha said: “No always the plan is batsmen will make runs like they do. Then if tail-enders can contribute it is an added boost and is very helpful. We want to stretch this lower order run flow.”

Saha said that keeping in mind the ‘seaming wicket’, dealing in boundaries was what the doctor ordered.

“It is a seaming wicket in the middle. We needed to play our shots otherwise we won’t get past 260. So our plan was to score off boundaries. If we would have gone for singles the score probably would have been around 280. That was the plan.”

“After rain we got more movement. Vision was blurred under lights. We got three wickets in the final session and hopefully we can continue the good streak,” he added.

Saha also said that they have a good bench strength.

“We have great bench strength. As far as Bhuvi playing in this match is concerned, the team is formed according to who fits in for that match. Bhuvi was needed here so he played and he bowled outstandingly,” he said.

Saha wrapped up by saying that this innings was a ‘normal’ one for him and it was only vital as it helped the team get past 300.

“This was like any other innings. This was normal. The team is more important and I am happy the team went past 300 and I could contribute,” he said.

On the wicket which has raised many a eyebrow for its grass sprinkling and unpredictable bounce, Saha who has played a lot of cricket here said: “I have never played on this type of Eden wicket before. During my first class days also maybe once or twice but I don’t remember. I think this is a result-oriented wicket,” he added.

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VVS Laxman praised Mohammad Shami and Wriddhiman Saha

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman, the batting consultant of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) of ‘Vision 2020 programme’, congratulated  Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami for their impressive performances in national colours .

Talking to a journalist on the final day of the camp in Jadavpur University ground in Salt Lake before the Ranji Trophy season gets underway, the stylish right-handed said, “I think both Shami and Saha are doing really well for Indian cricket and we should be really proud of that.”

While Saha will play his 16th Test on Thursday against New Zealand in Kanpur, it will be Shami’s 17th outing in the five-day format.

Talking about Bengal’s chances  in the Ranji trophy, where they are in a tough group comprising off Punjab, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Mumbai. The batting legend said, “I am very happy with the way the camp has been conducted and organised despite the rain. I compliment the ground staff on the good work they have done with the wickets here.”

“Overall the batsmen have shown great work ethic. We have had long nets in the morning, then indoor sessions in the evening and also a lot of other drills. The kind of commitment shown by every one of them is commendable. Now they have to convert potential into performance.”

Laxman refused to pick anyone as the stand out player for Bengal team. Among the batsmen top order batsman Sudip Chatterjee has been among runs, scoring a century  in the recently held Duleep Trophy.

“I won’t pick out one player. I think Bengal batsmen did really well last season also, except that quarterfinal match against Madhya Pradesh, in the first innings.”

“The emphasis in the camp was to work on their skill, technique and the mindset. To play at the highest level, assessing opposition bowlers is very important. Talent only is not enough.”

“It is more about understanding their game. Once that is done then it’s very easy. We have had some very good discussions. As a coach I feel it’s about interaction rather than telling players what to do,” the Hyderabadi added.

Meanwhile, Laxman applause the pace battery of Bengal. “The team has got amazing bowlers, both fast and spin. I would love to see the batsmen score more centuries and double centuries for the state which will help win matches. For Bengal cricketers to shine, they need to win the Ranji Trophy.”