New Zealand are well aware that it is extremely difficult to come back after collapsing to 62 in the first round, but young all-rounder Rachin Ravindra promised that his team would fight on day four of the second Test against India. The Indian origin Ravindra again showed resistance (2 strokes of 23 balls) with Henry Nicholls (36 strokes of 86 balls) to clear the day with 140/5, even as India were on the verge of a series-winning second Test.
“It’s always hard to get thrown out for 60, a lot of things went wrong,” the 22-year-old said after the end of the third day’s play.
“We are all striving to get better. We tried to put that kind of thing behind. It was not our best performance, but we knew we had another round and we will continue to fight from there.”
“It’s important for this game to learn from what you’ve done and move on to the next thing, not necessarily dwell on what’s happened,” he said.
Ravindra also got three wickets, including Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who made a careful 36s before playing one to his pieces from the left-arm spinner.
Asked how much of his bowling was in his batting, he said, “I do not think I carried too much.”
“I think I had an understanding of the surface and what I was doing from when I bowled to adopting a game plan. It’s important we keep our intentions high. Get in good positions and strangle the ball nicely.”
Ravindra played 18 of 91 balls under a fading light to help New Zealand win a draw in its debut Kanpur Test.
“I’m not going to say I defied India, it was a collective team effort, it was pretty cool to be out there to the last.
“Yes, I want to take confidence from that, but we still have a very, very long way to go again. Two days, 180 overs, there is a lot of cricket to be played,” he said.
For New Zealand, another spinner of Indian descent, Ajaz Patel, was their lone warrior, finishing with 14 wickets from the match including his 10-for in the first round.
“I could not be happier with Jazzy (Ajaz). He is an incredible guy and an amazing spinner. Every time we gave him the ball, we knew he would give us a result. Having him on the team is also useful for me and the others on the team, “he concluded.
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