India bull-dozed New Zealand in the first test in Kanpur. New Zealand lost without any fight. It will be the same story in Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 30th September, 2016.
India will defeat New Zealand with handsome margin in 2nd test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The match will start on 30th September, 2016.
India defeated New Zealand in the first test at Kanpur by 197 runs. From that time New Zealand team had developed a strong fear against spin bowling. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are in tremendous form. So New Zealand will face the same spin attack in Eden Gardens and collapse again.
There is going to be some changes in Indian team. KL Rahul had faced injury and is out of the test series.
He will not play the rest 2 tests. Gautam Gambhir has been taken in the team. But it is not sure whether Gautam Gambhir will play the 2nd test. There is traffic jam in the Indian batting line up. Firstly Shikhar Dhawan, another standing opener is not getting chance.
Murali Vijay cannot be dropped. He scored 67 and 76 in the 2 innings in Kanpur test. Cheteshwar Pujara at No 3 had scored 62 and 78 runs in the 2 innings in Kanpur and is automatic choice for 1st down position. In fact due to pressure from team management, he had played more aggressive cricket in 1st test. His striking rate was even faster than Murali Vijay.
Virat Kohli is automatic choice for 2nd down position. Although he had failed in the 2 innings in Kanpur test, he has class and will score runs if he stays in the crease. Ajinkya Rahane scored 40 runs in the 2nd innings in Kanpur test. So India has to think whether to drop Rahane and bring in Gambhir. Even Rohit Sharma had scored 34 runs in the first innings in Kanpur test and 68 not out in the 2nd innings. Dropping him will be risky.
India also has an uphill task in selecting the bowling line. While Ashwin and Jadeja are direct entries, India may feel the requirement of another spinner. It will be wise to include Amit Mishra. His sharp leg spin can be lethal against New Zealand. Between Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, India can drop one of the bowlers. If the Eden Pitch favours spin, Kohli wont be using the 2 pacers for more than 5 overs each in every innings. If that is the case, either Mohammad Shami or Umesh Yadav can be dropped and Amit Mishra included in the side.
Regarding New Zealand, they have one change. J Patel will replace Craig in the bowling department. Craig contracted injury and left India. They don’t have any solutions to the problems in India.
In Kanpur test it has been seen, that the New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Boult and Wagner were big failures with the new ball. For the first 50 overs in Kanpur test Boult and Wagner could not take more than 1 wicket in 50 overs. But they don’t have any other alternative. Southee went back with injury. Boult and Wagner did well with the old ball when it helped reverse swing. The only New Zealand bowler to show some impression was Santner.
Santner, the left arm spinner captured 5 wickets in 2 innings in Kanpur test. But Santner gave a lot of runs against India. He has a bad tendency of bowling in the leg stamp line. All the Indian batsmen including Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Rohit Sharma are very strong off their toes. So leaking of runs in the matches had damaged New Zealand interests. Sodhi also went for a lot of runs.
One of the big differences of Indian spinners with the New Zealand ones lie in the variations. Ashwin gives carom ball, orthodox off-spin, top-spin and drifter. All the variations are in same action. He got 203 wickets in only 37 tests. The way he is going he will break the records of Muralidharan and Warne in tests. New Zealand did not do any homework against Ashwin and the run-getters Williamson and Ross Taylor gave their wickets to Ashwin showing their weaknesses against spin. Ross Taylor got run out in the 2nd innings in Kanpur test. It is cardinal offence in a test.
Guptill is a very bad player of spin. Latham played well in the first innings of Kanpur test scoring 63 runs, but in the 2nd innings he was a big failure. He has only one shot in his armoury, that is sweep shot. But he does not know which ball to sweep.
The only 2 batsmen who had shown some resistance was Ronchi and Santner. Ronchi scored 80 runs in the 2nd innings of Kanpur test, while Santner scored 72 runs. They can only play spin, the rest are big burden in the team.
New Zealand can try bringing Elliot and Neesham because their batting is hopeless. The batsmen don’t know how to use the crease in spinning tracks. Good batsmen should step out twice in every over to keep the spinners guessing. Excepting Williamson none of the other batsmen have the skill. The tail-enders are worst. They cant even contribute 40 runs with 4 of them together. For India Ashwin scored 40 runs in the first innings. Jadeja scored 42 not out and 50 not out in both the innings in Kanpur test. New Zealand bowlers should learn from Indian bowlers how to bat. They neither can hit sixes, nor block the balls.
New Zealand had come to India many times, and the performances of giants like Martin Crowe, Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming still haunts the spectators. This is probably the worst New Zealand team that has graced Indian soi.
The only thing that can save New Zealand is rain. If it rains in Eden Gardens and completely 2 days are wasted, the test can end in a draw. Otherwise it will be a one-sided show where only India will dominate. The viewers hate one-sided games. But as New Zealand has not learned from their mistakes and has no interest to learn how to play spin bowling, it will again be a one-sided show.
The two-time ISL runners-up are not having the best of the result so far. The team is slowly, and steadily restoring the parity, and these stars, both overseas, and homegrown, have played contributed immensely to their gamepaly.
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