Hello everyone! This is your host Parth Minawala on behalf of Cookieway and team, we welcome you all to another article, and we hope you guys are doing absolutely fine. We got a really good response on our previous article which was based on the on-going Women’s World Cup, a big thanks goes to all the lovely audience! Well, getting back to the topic of the on-going India vs NZ test series, it was sheer dominance from New-Zealand and their bowlers in particular at the 1st test match in Basin reserve who would have expected the debut-ant Kyle Jamie-son, to create such a conundrum for team India! and Boy, he just didn’t contribute with the ball, but he also proved his capabilities with the bat, he stitched a solid 9th wicket Partnership along with Colin De Grandhomme, he was instrumental in getting the teams total to 348, at a time when New-Zealand were tottering at 230-8, at that moment NZ were just 40 odd runs ahead of team India’s modest 191 runs, the skipper Kane Williamson also scored a valiant 89 runs before giving away an easy catch towards cover, well after the skippers wicket NZ lost another 3 wickets before stumps on Day 2, but the start of Day 3 saw a mini-collapse and after that India definitely thought that the game was on, but it wasn’t until the Lanky pacer got into the grove and started smashing the likes of Ashwin and Bumrah and just didn’t allow India to make any in-roads after that he looked really confident in his stroke-play as it was evident from his clean striking of the ball. On the other hand Colin de Grandhomme also got the requisite support to pace his innings as well, NZ’s innings ended at 348, but not before a cameo was played by Trent Boult. Talking of the debut-ant, it is said that the new-comer Kyle Jamie-son was a regular opening batman for his school team, and he also played some other competitive sports as well.
The new-comer also proved his batting mettle in the ODI series as well, and especially in the second ODI, where it proved to be the major difference between both the teams. Yes, it seems like this guy has come here to stay and make his mark if he plays consistently and keeps shelling out such all-round performance every now and then. Well nothing much to talk about India’s batting in both the innings, as expected the first day of the match was curtailed by rain, with India ending at a score of 122-5, India expected some resurgence on day 2, but NZ bowlers (Kyle and Bolt) were just to good to handle and they completely dismantled the rest of the Indian batting. Kohli also getting out by prodding at a delivery outside off-stump which has been his weakness since a long time, the only resistance which India got was from Rahane and opener Mayank Agarwal as expected before they both got out from a beauty of a delivery from Tim Southee, The second innings wrote no different story, again it was the batsman to getting acquainted with the pace and bounce and eventually playing the false shot and loosing patience, the NZ bowlers also did well to bowl consistently around the “corridor of uncertainty”.
Trent Boult picked up a total of 5 wickets, and his bowling partner Tim Southee also claimed a whopping 9 wickets in the entire test match repectively, and debut-ant Kyle picked up a total of 4 wickets. The only silver-lining in terms of Indian bowling was Ishant Sharma as he also picked up 5 wickets for 68 runs, along with Ashwin who also picked 3 for 99 in the first innings. In the second innings India just got a lead of 9 runs, before getting all-out, NZ openers chased it down withing the first 2 overs. Kohli was not up-to the mark in this match, as he also ran out of patience on both the occasions by playing unwanted shots. The match got concluded on Day 4.
Talking the skippers word, in the post-match presentation Kohli defended his team from the critics who trying to disgust the teams efforts as a whole, Kohli defended by saying that – The media is trying to portray this as a big loss, even after being on the winning side nowadays on most number of occassions people are lamenting about this one loss even after being victorious on so many number of occasions. Reportedly this was India’s first ever loss in the test championship, this loss cam after “7 straight wins’, but we as fans do hope that India plays well on foreign conditions as well, like they do at home as well. India are currently No.1 with 360 points alongside their name, well that isn’t the predicament at this stage, the larger issue is playing at the global level and sustaining their performances against top teams in their own backyard.
If we go to see, then all the senior players from the NZ Camp were on the mark (Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Southee) including the debutants, but when it comes to India it was just that “one-off” performance from the seniors. Bowlers like Bumrah and Shami are expected to take full advantage of greener surfaces, and batsman like Pujara are not expected to commit such blunders but it just did not click when it was required. Also another interesting thing to be seen is whether the much talked about batsman “Shubman Gill” gets his maiden test cap in the 2nd test, he will most probably play as an opening batsman by replacing Prithvi Shaw who hasn’t been up to the mark in the many games he has played so far in the series. Well let’s wish for some good cricket and no one-sided matches, so that we can thoroughly enjoy the battle between two of the best teams, in one of the best formats of the game!
So, this was our full over-view and insight from the first test and the series in general, we will be back with another article after the second test which commences on 29th of February. Until next time is goodbye from your host Parth Minawala and the Cookie-way team. C ya and Cheerios!