Team India suffered a humiliating defeat by 10 wickets in the first Test match against New Zealand in Wellington. In this match, barring Team India opener Mayank Agarwal, no other batsman could manage to score a half-century. After the match, former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan explained the technical problem of the Indian batsmen.
Team India did not adjust to the conditions.
In New Zealand, Team India performed disappointingly in all three areas. First batsmen flopped, then the bowlers went for runs. Moreover, it was always going to be difficult for the Indian batsmen to score runs in the difficult conditions of New Zealand. But the Kiwi bowlers got rid of the Indian batting order very easily. Now New Zealand cricket team’s former all-rounder Craig McMillan spoke about the lack of technique of Indian batsmen,
“They didn’t make any adjustments in the way they played, they threw their hands at the ball like they do in India. When the ball doesn’t bounce above knee-high you can get away with some of those shots – in New Zealand you don’t.”
The New Zealand bowlers performed brilliantly. In just three days, they won the match for their team, defeating the No. 1 Test team. Kyle Jamison took 4 wickets, Trent Boult took 5 and Tim Southee took 9 wickets in the match. Praising the bowling unit of the Kiwi team, the former Kiwi all-rounder said,
“When the ball’s swinging, and it did for most of that Wellington Test, Boult and Southee are geniuses. I haven’t seen India, the number one Test side in the world, dismantled like they were over those four days in Wellington.”
“Rare are the Tests in which the Black Caps beat the world’s number one Test side. To do so against a team who had won seven straight Tests, each by a massive margin, makes it even more impressive.” According to the News website, Stuff.co.nz .New Zealand entered the match after a 3-0 humiliation in their last series in Australia, making the win against India even more significant.
Christchurch will host the second Test starting from February 29.
India lost the first Test match by 10 wickets. Now the teams will play the second Test match from 29 February in Christchurch. Neil Wagner will return to the New Zealand team in this match. The Indian team may also make some changes to their team for the second test.
Ravichandran Ashwin did not score a single run with the bat in the Wellington Test. In such a situation, captain Virat Kohli can try to give depth to the batting order. So, he may include Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI in the second match.