New Zealand’s substitute captain Mitchell Santner (Mitchell Santner) appeared exhausted during the virtual media interaction late on Sunday night. Santner is usually polite in video calls, but the thousand-yard gaze when asking him questions is not to be missed. Who can blame him? The two sides participated in three T20I matches in three cities in five days. All this came just a few days after the New Zealanders entered the UAE ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final in an inspiring way.
Participating in the T20I series and defeating the Indian team 3-0 was opportunistic at best and cruel at worst.
The New Zealand cricket team also didn’t help. They appointed the same team for the T20 World Cup and the Indian Tour. If it was just to give senior players time to celebrate their performance in the World Cup with family and friends, then it would have been wise to let senior players rest (only Kane Williamson opted out to stay fresh to participate in the test).
Given the pressure of operating in the bubble, a lot of work has been done recently to protect the physical and mental health of players. On the eve of T20Is in Jaipur, the captain of the first two games, Tim Southee, bravely stated that the busy schedule does not allow time to “stop and think” about possible mental stress.
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Southee cannot be blamed for sticking to the party’s line in public forums, but one can imagine him taking a completely different position when the Zoom camera is turned off.
Bilateral series”, as former Indian coach Ravi Shastri explained in a recent interview protector,It is not meaningful. This is especially true in this case, because it is too early to prepare for next year’s World Cup. By the way, Shastri cited India’s 5-0 series sweep against New Zealand in early 2020 to illustrate his point. “Who cares?”, adding that he didn’t remember a ball from those games. A year later, Shastri and many others may not be able to recall the highlights of this 3-0 victory.
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Perhaps New Zealanders hope that some outstanding performances may increase their bets before the IPL big auction. But what new hidden skills do franchisees hope to see from these established stars?
As far as India is concerned, the early withdrawal of the World Cup and personnel changes have ensured that the team enters the arena with a healthier attitude. With some positive gains, Harshal Patel and Venkatesh Iyer have made a good start for their international careers. Pacer Harshal won the best candidate for the competition in Ranchi and then performed a full range of performances here. Al ran some, and his steady moderate speed showed that he could fill Hardikpandia’s position.
Two test series started in Kanpur by Thursday. The thrills and thrills unique to the five-day cricket match should allow you to watch it better.