In awe of Jasprit Bumrah, New Zealand wicket-keeper Tim Seifert says the Indian speedster’s delicate variations have been tough to decide within the ongoing T20 collection and his facet wants to a study a factor or two about adapting from the guests. India beat New Zealand by seven wickets within the second T20 International in Auckland on Sunday to seize a 2-zero lead within the 5-match collection.
Bumrah returned with figures of 1-21 from his 4 overs as Indian skipper Virat Kohli modified his bowling plans from the primary sport.
“Even in the first game, Bumrah bowled slower balls that were going wider. Normally, death bowlers get into straighter lines, plus yorkers and mix it with chest height. He kind of changes things a lot and is tougher to play,” Seifert stated.
“…the ball was holding a lot more which made it tougher. So sometimes as a batsman you have to move away from the stumps and see if they bowl straight. I was backing myself to do something different instead of just standing there at the wicket,” stated the stumper, who remained unbeaten on 33 off 26 balls.
“It was tricky and the ball was holding a little bit. When Kane (Williamson) got out in the over against Yuzvendra Chahal, we knew it was the over to push because they had Bumrah coming back,” he added.
He stated New Zealand batsmen want to take a cue from their Indian counterparts on how to adapt to completely different circumstances rapidly.
“…Indian batsmen showed how to get under the ball and time it. They showed it a couple of times that and on the slower wickets you just have to keep it like that. Once you lose your shape, you are not in position,” he stated.
“Try to get them (bowlers) off line or off balance, try to get into that position to hit good balls. That’s T20 cricket as well. Sometimes it’s going 100 per cent but some times you have to take a breath and re-assess. Indian batters did that well.”
Seifert believes New Zealand bowlers did moderately effectively within the two video games however they’ve been outplayed by the Indian batsmen.
“To be honest, in the first game they were 110-1 and they had wickets in hand. We didn’t bowl too badly in that first game. In the second game, we only got 130 and it is tough to bowl at Eden Park (with that total),” he stated.
“170 was the goal in thoughts however when you get 130 on the board, that was going to be very laborious at Eden Park towards a staff that is very sturdy and taking part in rather well. But our spinners had been excellent. Good balls have gone to boundary. He stated coming into the T20 collection on the again of a misplaced Test rubber in Australia additionally didn’t assist New Zealand’s trigger within the first two video games.
“Boys are coming off a Test collection (in Australia) and a whole lot of them haven’t performed T20 cricket for some time,” he stated.
“But for some like me, I have had the Super Smash for the last two months, so I have played a lot of T20 cricket. They have two games under their belt now so hopefully they will have a better understanding.” Asked if New Zealand would need to play on India’s energy of chasing, Seifert replied, “Even in ODI cricket, India have chased down massive totals however I believe on that wicket it was going to get slower and slower.
“But with that small goal on Eden Park, one thing particular has to occur with prime six (for a collapse). One batsman acquired fifty and the opposite was batting very effectively. We wanted prime 5-six within the first 10 overs,” he stated.
The Black Caps are nonetheless assured of bouncing again within the collection. The third T20 might be performed right here on Wednesday earlier than back-to-back matches in Wellington and Mt Maunganui. Seifert stated they want to replicate the 2019 tour of India, the place New Zealand got here out 2-1 victorious within the three-match collection.
“We have lost the first two games but we haven’t played badly. We definitely haven’t played our best though while India has played very well. If we lose the series on Wednesday, it is not the end of the world. But if we can turn things around, and win, we will take things from there,” he stated.
“We won the series 2-1 last time, so we have to treat it like a three match series again. But we have to treat it like the first two are must-win games.”
Seifert stated New Zealand have loads of time and matches to put together for the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this 12 months.
“We are not playing our best at the moment. There are 20-odd games before the World Cup, and that tournament is the pinnacle, so we will get there (in preparation),” he signed off.