Pragyan Ojha, a former left-armed player from India, praised the partnership of Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja for the fifth field on the first day of the first test in Kanpur. The hosts were in trouble at 145-4 in the second session before the pair went to work and ended the day undefeated.
Jadeja came in at bat at No. 6 in the absence of Rishabh Pant and proved to be a capable ally of established rookie Shreyas Iyer. The duo watched the rest of the day with minimal threat and forged a vital and intact 113-race partnership. While speaking on Cricbuzz, Ojha said:
“We can say that this is like a partnership that defines the match, because if this partnership had not happened, India would have lagged far behind in this contest. These batsmen stood their ground when India needed a partnership and now they have laid a solid foundation. India fell behind in the second session, but went on to claim the third session. So it was a very good partnership. “
Ojha also opined that India just needs to hit through time and seek to hit as long as possible. With the pitch showing a hint of spin and rough spots forming near the crease, Ojha feels like the team hitting last will be in a lot of trouble. Ojha added:
“The longer India plays in the first inning, the more damaging it will be to NZ in the fourth inning. The second new ball didn’t move as much as the first, if the closers don’t get help it will put pressure on the spinners.”
India finished Day 1 with a healthy score of 258/4. Shreyas Iyer shone in her debut with a fifty, while Ravindra Jadeja also brought up the seventeenth fifty of her Test career. Kyle Jamieson was the choice of New Zealand bowlers, and the variable bounce from his bowling alley was the undoing of most Indian batsmen.
New Zealand failed a trick by not playing Neil Wagner: Ojha
The Blackcaps, like India, opted to play 3 spinners, which meant Neil Wagner had to give way. The presence of the seamer on the left arm was only lost on the first day and the spinners were not effective in an attack sense. Ojha felt the spinners kept things tight, but they never bothered the Indian hitters. He added:
“New Zealand missed a trick by not playing Neil Wagner. The spinners pitched well and kept things tight, but they never played at a level where it seemed to bother the Indian hitters and get wickets. Wagner should have played instead of a spinner. If you look at his numbers, he is very effective on these surfaces, the angle at which he throws and also the reverse swing with the old ball. These are all New Zealand’s strengths. This will be something the New Zealand think tank Zealand will study, “elaborated Ojha.
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The spinning trio of Ajaz Patel, William Somerville and Rachin Ravindra threw more than half of the overs on the first day, but failed to collect a single wicket.