India failed miserably in the first Test against New Zealand at Wellington. They may blame losing the toss as the reason for their abject surrender. But India cannot deny they were completely outplayed by the hosts in all quarters.
Cricwizz takes a look at reasons that led to India’s failure in the Wellington Test.
Batsmen failed to apply themselves
Indian Test batsmen relish tough conditions overseas. But they failed to live up to expectations in Wellington. Mayank Agarwal was good in patches and made a useful fifty in the 2nd innings. But apart from him, India were guilty of not having a stomach for the fight in difficult batting conditions. Kohli, who usually likes such challenges, was guilty of throwing it away and rest of the batsmen followed suit. Kohli, for once, failed to lead from the front. Other batsmen such as experienced C Pujara disappointed big time.
Except Ishant, fast bowling failed
Bumrah doesn’t look the same bowler he was before his injury. He has visibly struggled in New Zealand, which is generally tend to favour pace bowlers. But Bumrah couldn’t make it count. Mohammed Shami failed to inspire as well. Only Ishant Sharma did his reputation no harm. The lack of penetration from fast bowlers hurt India the most.
India went with R Ashwin and Rishabh Pant, who have been inconsistent with the bat. Their failures with the bat meant India tailenders could not rally around Ajinkya Rahane to bail Team India out. India’s tail was polished off quickly by New Zealand bowlers. Ashwin may have picked up a few wickets, but his woeful form with the bat makes his place questionable in the XI. W Saha and Ravindra Jadeja may be called back for the next Test.
Lack of strategies
New Zealand looked better prepared to exploit India’s weakness and the conditions on offer. And their bowlers and fielders backed New Zealand plans against each Indian batsmen.
Kohli, on his part, looked lost and made a few tactical blunders that saw New Zealand escape with a big lead when India had the chance to restrict the opponents to much-lower score in the first innings. India’s failures to execute their plans made the difference in the end results.