India destroyed New Zealand 3 -0 in tests. All the tests were one-sided. The standard was very low. Batsmen like Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson looked like school cricketers.
Already viewership in Test matches had reduced a lot. These days spectators are interested to see One Dayers and T20 matches more. In that context worst teams like New Zealand diminish the interest in Test Matches. They are such a worst team which cannot even stretch the matches to 5th day. Both in the 2nd test in Eden Gardens and 3rd test in Indore, the matches ended in the 4th day.
There was a time the best cricketers played cricket. People of the caliber of Sir Garyfield Sobers glorified test cricket who had the capability of hitting six sixes in six balls.
He could bowl both seaming delivery and also spinning deliveries.
These days it is a shame that bogus batsmen like Guptill, Latham, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson play test cricket. It is really a shame that they are playing the same game which was glorified by stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Don Bradman, and others. Due to utter idiotic display of cricket, the matches ended up being one-sided and sub-standard.
Clive Lloyad brought West Indies cricket team in 1983. They played 6 test matches against Indian team which had defeated West Indies in the finals of the Prudential Cup in England. The fierce pace sensation Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Wayne Daniel really shocked Indian batsmen. It was a treat of the eyes to see Gavaskar fighting out against the fierce fast bowling. Gavaskar scored belted Marshall to different parts of the field in Delhi test. His century really counter-attacked West Indies.
Kapil Dev’s brilliant spell of bowling in Ahmedabad where he took 9 wickets in one innings against West Indies had really being remembered today. It was probably the best performance of any Indian bowler ever. All the big shots like Greenidge, Haynes, Richards, Lloyad, Dujon were beaten by Kapil Dev.
If we compare those performances with that of New Zealand this year it is a shame. It is such a worst batting side, who cannot play pace or spin. The technique is dismal. It is sad that they had not learned anything from legends like Martin Crowe or Fleming.
It is good that the Indian seamers like Mohammad Shami or Umesh Yadav had bowled at 88 miles per hour, although they did little bowling, with Ashwin and Jadeja bowling around 15 overs each on each day. But it was good pace.
Cricket becomes interesting there is strong fight between bat and ball. For example when Steve Waugh’s Australia faced Sourav Ganguly’s India in Eden Gardens, there was strong contest. India had huge deficit in first innings after brilliant spell of fast bowling by Glenn Mcgrath. But Laxman and Dravid played a magic innings in the 4th day. In the 2nd innings Laxman scored 280 runs while Rahul Dravid scored 180 runs. Then it was the magic spell of Harbhajan Singh which demolished Australian batting including legends like Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting. India won the match after strong contest.
The New Zealand team could not improve in any test. The opening partnership had been worst. I think Martin Guptill is the worst opener in test cricket presently. He left one of the balls of Bhubaneswar Kumar and the ball hit his elbow and broke the stumps. Batsmen having no technique should not be allowed to play test cricket. Latham is the other opener having no technique. Whenever he misses any ball, his line of taking guard is wrong and the balls hit him plump in front of the wicket. He got LBW many times in this series, sometimes to Umesh Yadav, sometimes to Ravichandran Ashwin.
The technique of Kane Williamson was pathetic. He had a bad tendency of always playing Ashwin at the back foot. He allowed the balls to fall on spots and turn square. He got out to Ashwin 4 times in the series and almost in the similar fashion, either getting bold or LBW. It is a shame that cricketers like Williamson have test average of 51. Batsmen of the callibre of Sir Colin Cowdrey, Geofrey Boycott, Sir Frank Worell, Mohinder Amarnath, Viswanath, David Gower will laugh at Williamson’s technique. The standard of test cricket has really fallen miserably. Only India, Pakistan, Australia and England should be allowed to play test cricket. All the rest of the teams should be disallowed.
It is difficult to understand whether Ross Taylor came to play cricket or create circus. Every innings he slashed outside the off-stump in the off spin deliveries of Ashwin. He never got out to any carom delivery or slider. It was orthodox off-spin. It is a shame that Ross Taylor has more than 5000 runs and average above 45. If he had faced bowlers like Marshall, Imran Khan, Dennis Lilliee or Muralidharan his average would have been 10.
The bowling of New Zealand had been equally disastrous. After the retirement of Daniel Vettori, there had not been one single spinner of any standard. Santner, Deepen Patel neither can turn the other way, nor bowl at stumps, nor can change the pace of the ball. It was stereotyped performance and Indian batsmen like Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara enjoyed the D grade bowling.
It is good that Indian selectors had given rest to the Indian bowlers Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja in the one day series versus New Zealand. They don’t have the standard to play and it is a waste of the resources like Ashwin, Jadeja. In the one-day matches it is again going to be a same story. A 5-0 whitewash.
Virat Kohli should insist the BCCI to have test matches against Australia and England only. England is coming in November. By playing against D grade teams like New Zealand will damage his standard of batting also. This entire India New Zealand series has been a very poor exhibition of cricket. Virat Kohli and Joe Root are the only 2 creative batsmen in the substandard world of test cricket today. Both Virat Kohli and Joe Root should play for the next 5 years at least.
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