Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma arrived in New Zealand 72 hours before the first Test.
Ishant took three wickets for 31 runs in 15 overs in New Zealand's first innings
Dainik BhaskarFeb 22, 2020, 02:50 PM IST Sports Desk. Ishant Sharma has slept for only 4 hours in the last two days. Despite this, he has kept Indian hopes alive by taking 3 wickets in the first innings of New Zealand. However, they are not happy with his performance. After the end of the second day's play, he said – I am not happy, because I have not slept for the last two days. It affected my bowling. I could not do what I wanted to bowl. The team asked me to play and I landed. I am willing to do anything for the team.
Ishant had arrived in New Zealand three days earlier by traveling 24 hours. In such a situation, it is proving difficult for them to keep pace with the times here. Regarding the problem of jet leg (time zone difference from one country to another), he said that it is not that I am not happy with my bowling, but I am not happy with my body, because last night I was only 40 minutes I was able to sleep and I slept only 3 hours a day before the test. The sooner you recover from jet leg, the better you will be able to perform on the field. Sleep is the best way to get out of it.
Credit goes to NCA for making me fit: Ishant
The fast bowler said about his injury that I had not thought about playing a test after my ankle was hurt. But the credit for my playing goes to the support staff of the National Cricket Academy. They worked hard with me. I never thought I would play the test, because the MRI scan showed serious injury to the ankle muscles. The experts advised me to rest for 6 weeks. However, I completed rehabilitation with an open mind. I was not thinking that I have to play the test.
New Zealand achieved a 51-run lead over India
New Zealand have scored 216 for 5 in the first innings on the second day of the Wellington Test. The Indian team was all out for 165 on the second day of the match on Saturday. In this context, the Kiwi team has taken a 51-run lead over India. BJ Watling 14 and Colin de Grandholm are 4 not out. For New Zealand, captain Kane Williamson scored the highest 89, Ross Taylor 44 and Tom Blendall 30 runs. Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma took 3 wickets, while Mohammed Shami got 1 success.