India vs New Zealand: Tom Latham said it was “wonderful” to be a part of the Mumbai Test. Which saw a unique piece of cricket history etched. In reference to Ajaz Patel’s great efforts in becoming the third bowler. In the history of test cricket, he is the only player to take a 10-wicket total in one inning.
“It’s certainly an amazing game to be a part of as a 10-for has happened only three times in the history of the game. To be part of it is special, we’ll celebrate that with Ajaz,” Latham said.
Furthermore, India’s 372-run victory over New Zealand is their biggest win in terms of runs. In their first win over the opposition in over five years. They not only lost the Test series in New Zealand in the 2019-20 tour. But also the World Test Championship final in Southampton. In fact, India hasn’t beaten the Kiwis in any ICC tournament since 2003. Tom Latham condemned his team’s inability to follow up on their tough performance in the Kanpur Test.
India vs New Zealand: “Definitely, this was a poor performance. We expected things to be difficult in certain parts of the world. We didn’t follow up on the manner we played in the first Test match. You’re behind the eight-ball if you’re bowled out for 60. India deserves credit for the manner they played, and they obviously have a greater understanding of the conditions,” Tom Latham said.
Besides that, Tom Latham rued the fact that despite wanting to bat first. New Zealand lost both tosses and had to bowl first instead. Latham added that his side’s batting performances didn’t quite pan out the way they had hoped. The Test mace and the defending WTC, New Zealand has only four points in the 2021-23 cycle. Also, the second-fewest after Bangladesh. They will now play two Tests against Bangladesh in Tauranga and Christchurch.
India vs New Zealand: “Lastly, we head home, quarantine for a week, and then have a couple of Tests against Bangladesh. With the international cricket schedule, you need to get back on the horse pretty quickly. Look forward to getting home and then preparing for that series,” added Tom Latham.