New Zealand completely outplayed the Indians in the first test at Wellington to complete a 10 wickets victory over the visiting side.
Always known for their batting, Indian side failed to even reach 200 run mark in both the innings of the match. This is the first loss for India in the ICC World Test Championship after 7 consecutive wins.
The following reasons were prominently observed in the loss for India :
Inexperience in Opening Batsmen
India opened with two young batsmen in this series. Prithvi Shaw in particular didn’t looked good. His inexperience was clearly visible in his body language and approach. Mayank Agarwal got starts in both innings but could not convert into big one. These guys needs to learn the art of playing big innings. As they play matches and get exposure, they will eventually learn this art.
Pujara and Kohli’s Form
The most senior players in the Indian side Chetewswor Pujara and Virat Kohli weren’t amongst runs in this match. Pujara has been one of the prominent member of Indian test side in recent times. The amount of runs he has scored against quality sides makes him India’s triumph card in the longest format of the game.
Virat on the other hand, hasn’t had much success in this format as compared to what he has done in limited overs specially One Day Internationals. The failure of Pujara and Kohli puts added pressure on guys like Ajinkya Rahane to perform with the bat which was clearly visible in this match.
Bumrah’s Ineffectiveness Continues
Bumrah continued his scarcity of wickets after the recently concluded one day series. He was wicketless in the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand. He managed just a single wicket in this match. Indian side would definitely expect a lot from their pace spearhead from limited overs. Bumrah desparately needs to step up and get back to wicket taking rhythm if India are to show fighting spirit against Kiwis in their home soil.