India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mumbai, Dec 3 – 7 2021, New Zealand tour of India
Match Result: India won by 372 runs
Player of the Match: Mayank Agarwal [150 & 62]
Player of the Series: Ravichandran Ashwin [70 Runs & 14 Wickets]
Match Report: Clinical display of all-round cricket by India. Both the batsmen and bowlers were impressive throughout the match. Mayank Agarwal has made a strong statement with his 150 and backing it up with 62. It is unfortunate that he will still not be the first choice opener for the South Africa series. Ashwin bagged another Player of the Series award, his 9th in just 33 series he has played. He keeps getting better and better with each match.
Jayant Yadav was a revelation and he made the most of his opportunity. Came up with his best figures in his 5 Test Matches career. Shreyas Iyer has knocked the door for his consideration as a middle order batsman in Test Cricket. Axar Patel’s quickfire 41 was pretty impressive. Kohli’s fans wait for the 71st century continues. He will have one last chance to score a century in 2021 at the South Africa tour. But he will be much pleased as a captain, having led his team to 14th successive test series win at home.
Virat Kohli: “To come back with a win is a great feeling, returning as the captain it was a clinical performance, something we’ve seen time and again. You want individuals to step up and guys did that. Even the first Test match was good, this was better. We discussed areas we could improve on, it was also a case of the opposition playing out a good draw and pitch not assisting the bowlers on day five like you expect it to. Here the pitch had a bit more, were able to create more pressure, also because there was more pace and bounce.
All in all, the pitch at Wankhede provided the opportunity to play good cricket all around. We all are serving Indian cricket, the previous management did a terrific job, now with Rahul bhai coming in, the mindset is the same. To take Indian cricket forward. It’s a good challenge in South Africa, that was the start of our perseverance to build abroad, Australia was an accumulation of those efforts. We have the belief we can win anywhere. It’s a tough challenge, something we want to achieve, everyone’s motivated.”
Tom Latham | New Zealand captain: “Disappointing performance. Knew it’d be tough in these parts. Getting bowled out for 60 puts you behind the eight-ball. If you come over to India, you probably want to bat first. The way the bowlers toiled in the first innings was great. It wasn’t quite the way we wanted it to pan out with the bat. Amazing game to be a part, a 10-for has happened only thrice in the history of Tests. To be part of it is special, we’ll celebrate that with Ajaz. We head home, quarantine and then have a couple of Tests against Bangladesh. Look forward to getting home and then preparing for that series.”
Mayank Agarwal | Player of the Match: “Feels nice to be among the runs, this knock will be special for me,” he says. “Very honestly, did nothing different after Kanpur. It was about having the mental discipline. Rahul bhai told me there’s no point thinking about technique mid-series. ‘This is the technique that has got you runs, have a solid mindset, stick to your game plans, the runs will come. Sunny G told me to keep my bat low, be more side-on. I couldn’t do that early on but it helped. I wasn’t really thinking of a century in each innings, but yes definitely should’ve converted the 60. Different challenge in SA, we relish as a team.”
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