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India vs New Zealand: New Zealand cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan responds to Indian fans’ jibe with ‘meaningless series’ remark


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New Zealand cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan weighed in on the continued India vs New Zealand T20I Series with a remark that did not go down well with the Indian supporters. The out-of-favor New Zealand player used the phrase “meaningless series” to define the T20I series that New Zealand lost with another game to play. Responding to a fan’s remark, McClenaghan also stressed that New Zealand toured India 72 hours after losing the T20 World Cup final to Australia and having to play three matches within a span of five days. He also reminded the fan that India enjoyed a 10-day rest after bending out T20 World Cup early.

On a fan’s post that said, “New Zealand lost the series,” McClenaghan replied: “Did they? You mean in a meaningless series 72 hours after a WC final defeat by 3 matches in 5 days against a team with 10 days rest in their home conditions? “

New Zealand lost the T20 World Cup final to Australia on November 14 in Dubai and had to play the first T20I in India on November 17 in Jaipur on November 17.

The visiting team lost the first T20I by five wickets. When asked to bat, New Zealand scored a competitive total of 164 runs in 20 overs that India overcame with two balls left.

The action moved to Ranchi where the Indian team regained the upper hand from New Zealand and won the match comfortably by seven wickets. India’s newly appointed T20I captain Rohit Sharma won the toss again, asking Tim Southee’s men to bat first.

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India were set a target of 154 runs which they easily chased down in 17.2 overs to put up an unbeatable 2-0 lead.

The last T20I match to be played on Sunday in Kolkata.

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