IND vs NZ: India did not force a follow-up, even though they bowled NZ for 62© AFP
India bowled out New Zealand on Saturday in the first innings of the ongoing second Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for a meager total of 62 – the lowest Test total on any side on Indian soil. Despite the lead of 263 runs in the first innings, Indian captain Virat Kohli did not force the follow-up on the Kiwis. The decision surprised several former and current cricketers. In the same light, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who is not part of India’s Test setup, explained the reason behind Kohli’s decision.
“I get the feeling that you have to understand that there is of course a tour through South Africa to follow. If you only get this Test match, you will not get extra points if you win in three or four days. I “The more you bat, the weaker the wicket will get. So, it will be easier for them (India) to roll over New Zealand in the second innings,” Karthik told Simon Doull during an interaction on Cricbuzz. said.
“They now have a chance to bat, they are far ahead in the game, and have more than enough runs. But they are just trying to rub it in and make sure all the bases are covered.
“I’m sure they would like to see (Cheteshwar) Pujara get some runs, Virat Kohli if he gets a chance to bat and score some runs. I think they will declare and it will surely “It’s not about resting the bowlers a bit. I just feel like they are not in a hurry to declare with three days left in the game,” he added.
“If the points system said you would get more points if you got them all or forced follow-up than it would have made more sense. So, I think the decision is right because they want to give their batsmen a shot.” he continued.
After bowling out New Zealand on Day 2, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara took the hosts 69 for no loss, leading the visitors by 332 runs.
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