India are set to play a full-fledged tour of New Zealand starting Friday when the first T20I will get underway. India and New Zealand series has been mostly controversy-free, but there has been enough healthy competition between the two teams.
Cricwizz takes a look at the few controversies between India and New Zealand across formats.
The drop-in pitches
During India’s 2002-2003 tour of New Zealand, Sourav Ganguly and his team were served drop-in pitches which were not fit for batting. Thanks to the pitches, the matches were over inside three days in both the Test matches. India ended up on the losing side, losing the series 2-0. But the pitches came for much criticism as New Zealand exploited India’s weakness against the moving ball. Even in the ODI series, India struggled to cope with
DRS controversy at Auckland T20I in 2019
Daryl Mitchell was given out LBW to a Krunal Pandya delivery in the Auckland T20I in 2019. Mitchell chose to review it. The replays showed the ball had grazed the bat before hitting the pads. However, the third umpire still ruled him out. Mitchell stayed back on his crease as he wasn’t convinced with the decision. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma checked with the on-field umpires, but Mitchell had to leave the field.
Virender Sehwag trolls Ross Taylor and vice versa
Post his retirement, Sehwag took to Twitter to make his PJs and he became headlines with his cheeky humour. He also trolled New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, calling him ‘darzee’ (Hindi equivalent for tailor). Ross responded with perfect Hindi to silence Sehwag. But they didn’t stop there. They continued to troll each other until it faded away. Sehwag has now stopped trolling current and former cricketers.