Indian batter Shreyas Iyer has admitted that he did not know he would be making his Test debut when the team arrived in Kanpur. Iyer said that it was a challenge as well as an opportunity for him to make his Test debut in the 1st Test against New Zealand. The 26-year-old sizzled with 105 off 171 balls as India posted 345 runs in their first innings. The Kiwis made a brilliant start in response, reaching 129 for no loss by stumps.
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, who starred for the team with three wickets on Day 1 of the Kanpur Test against India, said that him and Tim Southee enjoyed bowling early on since there was some movement and things seemed familiar. New Zealand have pitches back home that offer plenty of seam and swing and Jamieson was pleased to discover some assistance in Kanpur.
Team India’s stand-in captain for the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane has admitted that KL Rahul being ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand due to injury has been a big blow. He, however, expressed confidence the youngsters in the team will rise to the occasion. Apart from Rahul, Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test while Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant will miss both the Tests.
Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara has stated that Rahul Dravid coming in as coach of the Indian team will help not only the younger players but senior players like him as well. It is no secret that Pujara has modelled his game on Dravid. In fact, he took over the No. 3 spot in India’s Test team following Dravid’s retirement.
Team India coach Rahul Dravid has stated that while he is happy with the side’s win over New Zealand in the three-match T20I series at home, he wants the boys to be realistic about the result. Dravid pointed out that it was never going to be easy for New Zealand travelling to India immediately the T20 World Cup 2021 final.
After being named player of the match in the second T20I against New Zealand in Ranchi on Friday, Team India pacer Harshal Patel stated that he couldn’t have asked for a better debut. Patel claimed figures of 2 for 25, dismissing Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips as India restricted the Kiwis to 153 for 6. They then chased down the target in 17.2 overs, with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma hitting half-centuries.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed surprised at Rahul Dravid’s decision to take over as the head coach of the Indian team considering that he has a young family. Dravid’s coaching stint with the Indian team began with the first T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand in Jaipur on Wednesday. India won the match by five wickets following a mini-stutter.
India will take on New Zealand in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday, November 19. The match will take place at 7 PM IST and 1:30 PM GMT. India go in having won the first game in Jaipur by five wickets. Being a three-match series, New Zealand will have to win the second game to stay alive in the series
India and New Zealand come into the T20I series in India having experienced contrasting fortunes in the T20 World Cup 2021. While India crashed out in the first round having suffered massive defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand, the Kiwis made it to the final before stumbling at the last hurdle again