Test India vs New Zealand: Where things went wrong for Team India in New Zealand | Cricket News
However, India remains at the top of the race for the World Test Championship and the fact that there is no five-day match for Kohli’s men before November, when they tour Australia for a series of four tests, It means that this loss may well be forgotten soon. Even so, the comprehensive defeat shows that India is far from being the formidable outfit it tries to project itself to be, especially when it comes to tests away from home.
TOI takes a look at the reasons behind the debacle in New Zealand …
A Kohli out of class
Kohli endured one of his worst patches in recent memory with 38 four-inning races. The Indian captain, who looked bright in England against the ball in motion in 2018, returned to his past difficulties trying to deal with the same movement in the New Zealand pitches. It is not known that the Indian captain makes the same mistake twice, but on the second test he was fired for the same delivery, albeit from a different bowler: a ball that came back a little out of the seam and caught it just ahead. With Kohli rummaging, the rest did not have the weapons to launch a counterattack and turned into some one-way traffic.
Rahane’s constant decline
Ajinkya Rahane has ceased to be the reliable player he once was. There could be different reasons behind the dramatic decline, but in New Zealand his technique seemed inadequate. He was completely at sea in the second innings of the second Test and Neil Wagner almost mocked him to throw his wicket. It has been a while since he has great careers away from home against a significant opposition, and the patience of team management may soon be exhausted. The likes of KL Rahul and Shubhman Gill are waiting in the wings and Rahane can have a fight in his hands while trying to keep his place.
Lack of a strong opening partnership
Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw got some races individually, but couldn’t click together. Tom Latham and Tom Blundell’s kiwi duo demonstrated the difference that a strong opening partnership made by chasing 132 in a difficult pitch on Monday. They got 103 together and the game ended, something that India could never do in the series. If they are going to remain competitive in Australia later in the year, it is an area that they need to solve.
Absence of a genuine bowler
The Indian pacemakers were the bright spot for the team, but the team lacked someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Deepak Chahar, who can really move the ball in the air. Trent Boult and Tim Southee did exactly that, making life miserable for India. Bumrah, Ishant and Shami’s Indian rhythm arsenal are the most successful bowlers and did their best. But it was the lack of variation that probably hurt India a little, even though the bowlers cannot be blamed for the defeat.
Musical chairs with the slot of the ‘guardian
We have seen different wicketkeepers for different formats used by many countries, but different ‘keepers for different places is the creation of the current management of the Indian team! Needless to say, it is not giving exact results. Virat Kohli, despite accepting that Wriddhiman Saha is the best wicketkeeper, is playing Rishabh Pant abroad for his batting skills, but the left-hander seems to have a sadly short ability against the moving ball. On top of that, it’s still not exactly bright behind the stumps, giving 20 byes in the first innings of a tight test match in Christchurch.