India vs New Zealand: Wasim Jaffer says “Tendency of staying on the back foot”

India vs New Zealand: Wasim Jaffer stole a small technical fault in Mayank Agarwal’s technique. After the opening batter’s dismissal on Wednesday. Jaffer said Agarwal’s “tendency to stay on the back foot” and play with an open stance. Also, exposes him to out-swing bowling and precludes him from leaving fourth-stump balls. After a 10-month absence from Test cricket, he is making a comeback. For his 28-ball 13, Agarwal played cautiously. Kyle Jamieson, who kept probing around the off-stump line, was continuously bothering him. In the eighth over, the batter went looking for the out-swinger. Giving the keeper an easy catch is also a plus.

“I think he could have left it. He would be unhappy that he played it. I mean, he was playing and missing quite a few balls. He has a tendency of staying a little bit on the back foot, outswingers do pose him a little bit of a problem. He gets opened up, gets chest on quite a lot. That’s something he needs to work on in his game, especially in conditions where there’s the lateral moment. That’s exactly what happened,” Wasim Jaffer said.

India vs New Zealand: Wasim Jaffer says "Tendency of staying on the back foot"

Wasim Jaffer

“In that small innings, he didn’t look confident against Jamieson and he obviously found that edge. He would be unhappy that he played at those balls that he should have left alone,” Jaffer added.

India vs New Zealand: Furthermore, India won the toss and opted to bat first in Kanpur. After Agarwal’s dismissal, Gill of 52 off 93 and took the attack on Cheteshwar Pujara of 26 off 88 also settled in on the other end. The hosts concluded the first session with a healthy scoreline of 82-1. Moreover, Jaffer added that while Mayank Agarwal would be disappointed with his dismissal. As well as India would take their first-session effort with both hands.

“Lastly, I think they’ll take it very happily. The first session is very important for any team if you bat first. Even if you score 60-70 or whatever and do not lose more than 1 wicket, I think you’ll be happy and take that because the rest of the sessions will go to get easier and easier. So I think India played brilliantly. Mayank would be a bit unhappy because he didn’t score runs but Shubman Gill was outstanding and Pujara just being Pujara,” Wasim Jaffer said.

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