Recently, the marathon tour of team India to New Zealand got concluded. On the tour India won the five match T20I series with a margin of 5-0. After that team just lost their way and India got white washed in three-match ODI series and two-match test series.
Main reason behind these loses in test series was their batting performance. Almost all the Indian batsmen failed to score with Mayank Agarwal scoring 102 runs in 4 innings highest among all the batsmen. The second best was of Cheteshwar Pujara with 100 runs. Indian bowlers tried to make up for the loss, but they couldn’t compete with New Zealand bowlers.
Sanjay Manjrekar, the cricketer-turned-commentator, in a question-answer session on twitter said that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar would have done better in the conditions in New Zealand. He also cited the example of Black Caps bowler Colin De Grandhomme.
An Indian fan asked Manjrekar whether Bhuvi and Deepak could have made a better impact in New Zealand in comparison to Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Shami.
In reply to above question, Manjrekar wrote, “Bhuvi and Deepak Chahar’s bowling styles were more suited to the conditions we had for the Tests. Look at DeGrandhomme’s effectiveness as a bowler.”
India had played 7 test matches in ICC Test Championship so far before this series and won all of them. India were table toppers with 360 points from 3 test series. But now they lost 120 points in this series.
In an interview, speaking on India’s 2-0 test series loss, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli opined on things that went wrong.
Virat said, “So I think the outlook as far as I am concerned, and as far as I saw things happening, was not ideal for us in this series. We were not positive enough, we were not brave enough in moments, which we have done in the past.”
Kohli further added, “In the crunch moments [previously], we have just gone for it; even though we have lost, still we compete. Those are things for me that need to be ironed out.”