India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, Nov 25 – 29 2021, New Zealand tour of India
Match Result: Draw
Player of the Match: Shreyas Iyer
Match Report: Bad lights have made way for New Zealand to defend the test match. The end result is Draw. Of course, the Indians must be disappointed, given that they needed just one wicket. They looked good to win the match. When Williamson lost his wicket in the final session, we all knew what was going to happen. A batting collapse. Can’t really blame the Kiwis for their poor defence in the final session. The ball kept too low and it was hard to pick. The spinners were deadly and put a lot of pressure. Blundell’s dismissal was a sight that doesn’t happen every now and then. If you missed it, you got to check it out.
Rachin Ravindra, the 22-year-old debutant, impressed everyone with his composure. There were five Indian players surrounding him at the crease and he never got nervy. No loose shot, no impulsive attacking. It would be safe to say that he had big hand in New Zealand’s second innings to save the match.
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Ajinkya Rahane | India captain: “Not really. I tried my best. Very good game of cricket, they played really well. We came back really well after the first session. We wanted to get that partnership going. We were looking to bowl 5-6 overs in the end, but we needed that partnership to carry on. I don’t think we could have done anything different. The chat with the umps was about the light. As a fielding team, you want to bowl more overs, as a batting unit you don’t want to bat in that situation. The chat was about the light, but umpires made the call and I thought they were right.
I thought on this wicket the spinners had to bowl long spells. It was all about rotating the bowlers and they bowled really well. I am really happy for Shreyas. He had to wait a long time for his Test debut. He batted really well. The way he works, his record in FC cricket is really good. Virat is coming back for the next game. We’ll have to wait and see till the Mumbai game. I am not going to make any comments but the management will make a call.”
Shreyas Iyer | Player of the Match: “It’s a great feeling, but would been the icing on the cake if we had won the game. You can see that the pitch is still intact. We bowled really well. Mindset was to play sessions and play as many balls as possible. People say I am a flamboyant player, don’t curb my instincts, but I was just looking to play as many balls. Enjoyed batting with Ashwin and Saha. Happy with the overall performance of the team. The pressure is always there. They got off to a great start. Once we got a sniff and got quick wickets, we made best use of the situation.”
Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: “It has been touch and go around this time throughout the game. Terrific game overall. All three results were still at play. We showed a lot of heart to bat through the day. Some fantastic experiences for Rachin, Ajaz and Somerville. It was also nice to have a crowd here to see this game. The two fast bowlers that did play were outstanding. Bowling long overs was an unbelievable effort.
We know this Indian side is a very strong one. Experience overall in this game was good to have. There are things to touch on. Getting the overs under the belt was good to have. We have to prepare for a different kind of pitch in Mumbai.”
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Video of 4 Wickets taken by Jadeja on Day 5 : NZ 2nd Innings : Kanpur Testhttps://t.co/V0t49ruITJ— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) November 29, 2021