IND vs NZ: Sunil Gavaskar believes that India benefited from New Zealand’s “timid batting” strategy

IND vs NZ: New Zealand’s “timid batting” attitude, according to Sunil Gavaskar, enabled India to advance. In a remarkable comeback in the second session of the Kanpur Test’s final day, which finished in a thrilling tie. In addition, New Zealand was 79 for one at lunch on Day Five, chasing 284. Tom Latham and night-watchman Will Somerville are well-positioned for a successful pursuit. As wickets fell, New Zealand dropped anchors. Also, a wicket continued to tumble before Rachin Ravindra, and No.11 Ajaz Patel survived. And almost nine overs to sneak out a draw.

“New Zealand managed to hold on by the skin of their teeth at Kanpur. Their timid batting after a terrific first session on the final day brought India back into the game, and once they started to get wickets in the second session, they simply piled on more pressure as they realized that the visitors were only keen on survival and not looking for a victory,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar.

“At lunchtime, Rahane and Dravid would have been a touch worried, for Latham and Somerville had set up a perfect platform for the following batsmen to play their normal game and take New Zealand home. Somerville fell to the first ball after lunch when Shubman Gill took a terrific catch running hard and diving forward,” Sunil Gavaskar added.

IND vs NZ: Sunil Gavaskar believes that India benefited from New Zealand's "timid batting" strategy

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IND vs NZ: In addition, from the second session of questioning New Zealand’s strategy. Gavaskar observed that the surface was deceiving him. On the other hand, the Kanpur track on Day Five wasn’t tough to bat on.

“New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson danced down the pitch and lofted the spinner. Over his head for a boundary. It looked as if New Zealand were going to look for a win. Then, inexplicably, the shutters were pulled down. And all that it did was allow Rahane to keep men in catching positions. The pitch on Day Five was not a bad one to bat on, as the first session had shown. Yes, the oddball was going to turn and maybe even bounce a bit more. Or even scoot along the ground. But it was not an impossible one to bat on,” Gavaskar said.

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