Insistent India Whitewash New Zealand
Another day and another feather in Team India’s cap! With accolades pouring from all over, Kohli’s men seems to have taken this team to an invincible stature. This is the first time India whitewashed New Zealand in tests and what an emphatic way to get to the top notch. The three match series was all about placid disposition and adaptability and India came on top comprehensively on all the three instances.The Kiwis succumbed to the hot and hostile conditions; barely managing to extend their dominance beyond a session throughout the series. They kept on losing grip every now and then and eventually had to accept a rather embarrassing defeat against the hosts.
The visitors failed to exhibit any fight and were rattled up easily by the home team. The big names too put up a ghastly performance. The failure of Taylor, Guptill and Williamson is a big concern for the management which is bound to aghast at the fiasco. Taylor’s form must be the talking point who tried to disguise his apprehension against spin in the last innings of the third test with his slog hits, no wonder he was yet again undone by Ashwin. The senior most batsman was arguably the biggest disappointment for the Kiwis. Williamson too ended the series as Ashwin’s bunny who dismissed him on all the four encounters, the Kiwi skipper managing to get a single score in excess of fifty.
Ashwin has made it a habit of picking the opposition’s best batsman. Be it de Villiers, Smith, Warner or now Williamson, he hasn’t spared any. The offie has foxed batsmen all over the world with his deception in the air and surgical precision and once the wicket starts to favour the spinners, he is impossible to bat against. It’s not just his talent that has rewarded him over the years but his intelligence and fine-tuning to the conditions that has bagged him the top spot as a test bowler. He is breaking records with every passing game and has got his name amidst the best to have ever played this game. He has been contributing with the bat lower down the order and that makes him an inevitable asset for the team.
The Indian spinners induced major collapse of the Kiwi batting on most occasions with Indore being no exception where the wicket was fairly abrasive around the driving length right from the first day. The team selection was anticipated to be argued in the final game where spinners had appreciable assistance but the leg spinner still rested but it was Ashwin who did the job for the skipper. Life seemed difficult for Indian bowlers till the end of first session on day three but the spinners got into the groove in the afternoon session and exploited the rough near the boots eloquently. Ashwin and Jadeja provided quick breakthroughs and India got into a formidable position. There was no looking back from there on and India sealed the series with a massive victory.
This series win is bound to give loads of self confidence and belief to the whole team. Many players found the stroke of form at the demanding stages of the game and the home conditions made it easier to clutch the series against a not-so-formidable New Zealand side. Hopefully the team can carry on the momentum going into the ODIs, though there are plenty of changes in the squad with some new names in the side. It’s a long season ahead and so fitness is an important aspect and India needs to keep that well in mind. Anticipating an enthralling contest at Dharamsala. Time to cheer for the Men in Blue!