VVS Laxman said – Indian captain did not use the second new ball correctly, he had to get more overs than the fast bowlers.
'With the new ball, Kohli did not put the right fielding, so even after falling 2 wickets early, New Zealand took the lead of 183 runs'
Dainik BhaskarFeb 23, 2020, 04:06 PM IST Sports Desk. Former Indian batsman and commentator VVS Laxman has questioned Virat Kohli's captaincy in the Wellington Test. He said in the tee break on the third day of the Test – the Indian captain made a big mistake by not using the new ball correctly. He had to make a long spell with the fast bowlers. But, he came away with R. Ashwin after 4 overs. I mean you have three fast bowlers, he could bowl the lower order batsmen of New Zealand. You missed a chance and it could be a big win for Team India.
Laxman is upset that in the third day's play, India let the match slip by hand after taking two wickets early. He said – India could not get a grip on New Zealand even after taking wickets of Tim Southee and BJ Watling at the beginning of the third day. At one time it seemed that the Kiwi team would not be able to take a lead of more than 100 runs. But thanks to a 50-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Jamison and Colin de Grandhom, the Kiwi team gained an 183-run lead. This happened due to the defensive attitude of Captain Kohli. Especially after taking the second new ball.
Kohli brought spinner after 4 overs, this decision is wrong: VVS Laxman
He said that Kohli did not put the right fielding with the new ball because, when you are playing abroad, the new ball has a big impact on the match. But, he came back after 4 overs with the spinner which was a wrong decision.
Rahane's batting important on fourth day: Scott Styris
Meanwhile, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris said that Ajinkya Rahane will be the most important player for India on the fourth day. Currently Rahane is unbeaten on 25 runs. Styris compared Rahane's technique to Kiwi captain Kane Williamson. He said that the focus would be on Rahane on the fourth day. Because, his technique and approach to the game is like a Kiwi captain. However, from the other end, he (Rahane) needs to get along with fellow batsmen. If this did not happen, they would not be able to play their way. In such a situation, if India has to stay in the match then it is important to play Rahane.
India scored 144 for 4 wickets on third day
India finished 144 for 4 in the second innings at the end of the third day's play. Ajinkya Rahane (25) and Hanuma Vihari (15) are unbeaten. At the same time, Prithvi Shaw (14), Mayank Agarwal (58), Cheteshwar Pujara (11), Virat Kohli (19) have been out.