India vs New Zealand 2021: Wasim Jaffer anticipates New Zealand to go for a draw and India to be ultra-aggressive. When the two sides meet on the final day of the Kanpur Test. Early on Sunday, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamison had reduced India to 51/5. However, Shreyas Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, and Axar Patel have formed some mature combinations.
In addition, the hosts had difficulty penetrating the lead of 294. Also, in the second innings, New Zealand lost Will Young, and they were 14/1 at stumps. After the day’s play, Wasim Jaffer spoke with ESPNcricinfo. Also, said India will be happy to see New Zealand attempt chasing the total. But admitted that they are unlikely remarked that Day 5 is “looking down” for the Black Caps.
“275 (280) on the last day is always going to be tough and I think they (India) knew that and that is the reason why they probably declared. And they would be happy if New Zealand goes for runs. That will give them a chance to pick wickets. On a pitch like this, if somebody just goes into the defensive mode it might get a bit difficult. But India knows that New Zealand will only try and bat out for a draw which will make them have three-four guys around the bat and you know, it’s looking down for New Zealand from hereon,” Wasim Jaffer said.
India vs New Zealand 2021: The hits of 65 and 61 by Iyer and Saha were important. The game was turned around by Ashwin’s 32nd-minute cameo. Five borders were established, reversing the pressure. Allowing the Indian dressing room to settle on the guests. For the second time in the match. And then Ashwin made Young his victim.
Lastly, During the same discussion, Daniel Vettori added to Wasim Jaffer’s arguments. Vettori admitted that India might have been better-placed by attacking more before declaring. But added that Ajinkya Rahane would still be pleased with the situation.
“India would be satisfied with just one wicket. When you watch something like that, you say to yourself, ‘Why couldn’t they have gone harder and given themselves another 6-7 overs to put New Zealand two down and make tomorrow’s proceedings radically different?’ India is still in command, and that lead is rather intimidating when it comes to a Kanpur wicket on the fifth day,” Wasim Jaffer said.