Wagging tail, batting collapses – 3 reasons why India lost the 1st Test in Wellington | OpinionFebruary 24, 2020
Trent Boult and Tim Southee made the old ball talk at the Basin Reserve and India lost their final six wickets for 47 runs to surrender the 1st India vs New Zealand Test match. Captain Virat Kohli did say after the match that the Indian team will learn from the mistakes and carry on in the second match. However, there needs to be few changes made to the tactics and the side needs to rectify the mistakes made by them in Wellington.
We take a look at the big takeaways and 3 big reasons why India lost this match:
Opening stand is a concern
Prithvi Shaw has few technical flaws which were exposed in Wellington. The Indian management will back him and he will get another go in Christchurch, but his form and presence at the top of the order will be under the scanner.
“You don’t want to be too hard on the guys because Prithvi [Shaw] has played only two innings away from home now, and he will figure it out. He will find ways of scoring runs. He is a natural stroke-maker, and he will find ways of scoring runs and putting up good starts for us more often than not,” Kohli said after the match.
The ability of the openers to withstand the new-ball attack will go a long way in determining the context of the next match and this will be a big lesson for the side.
The wagging tail
Yes, India lost the toss, yes, they batted first on an extremely tough surface, and yes, they bowled when the pitch had evened out and there was not too much assistance for the bowlers. But the bowling group will put their hands up and acknowledge that they could have fared better and they could have been more adaptive to conditions.
This was one of the reasons why New Zealand ran away with the match. In their first innings, the final three wickets added 132 runs and this changed the complexion of the match completely. This has been India’s biggest problem in overseas conditions a