Having been in supreme form in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship, good things were expected from the Indian team in the two-game Test series against New Zealand. However, the men in blue looked no match to visitors as Blackcaps bossed them in both the contests to take series 2-0.
One of the major reasons of India’s downfall was repetitive batting failures as the blue team scored 165, 191, 242 and 124 in their four innings. This was recently dissected by former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman who believes that there was a lack of application from the Indian batters in the red-ball games against Kiwis.
The veteran of 134 Tests and 86 ODIs highlighted the similar mode of dismissals of few cricketers to illustrate his point. Therefore, he added that Indian batters could have done a lot differently to produce better results.
“The batting group was caught napping by New Zealand’s plans for two Test matches in a row. I agree that the conditions were tricky and challenging, but that’s no reason why there shouldn’t have been a greater application from the batsman,” wrote by Laxman in his column.