Former chairman of selectors Sandip Patel was dissatisfied with the best way the Indian staff, particularly the batsmen struggled in New Zealand. Patil lashed out at the batsmen and mentioned that they did not adapt and regulate to the situations which isn’t the best way the number one Test facet on the planet performs. “New Zealand beat us convincingly [2-0] and it was painful to see our batsmen not playing their natural game. To me, this was beyond comprehension. Doing what comes naturally to you is the only way you can put runs on the board. All of them have played enough cricket to adjust,” Patil instructed mid-day.
“I am aware that teams struggle against us but if you want to be the No.1 team in the world, you have to succeed in all conditions. Are we going to be the No.1 team only at home? Ravi Shastri [head coach] will soon come up with a statement and say we have learnt our lessons and we will take the positives. But what will happen,” he additional added.
Patil bemoaned the truth that the batsmen allowed the New Zealand bowlers to dictate phrases as they performed too defensively and didn’t present any optimistic intent to get the scoreboard shifting.
“Here, you are prodding, prodding, leaving and leaving more balls and score 10 runs in 70 balls—not acceptable. Not for a moment I am saying be reckless or flashy. You just cannot go into a shell. These guys are brilliant cricketers [so it’s all the more distressing],” Patil added.
India misplaced the second Test match in below three days and regardless of the efforts of the bowlers, the batsmen failed to face up and make runs. Captain Kohli too spoke concerning the lack of runs and the way the bowlers weren’t backed up by the batsmen.
“We played well in the first innings here with the bat. It was a combination of us not having the right kind of execution and New Zealand playing well. Batsmen didn’t do enough for the bowlers to attack. It’s disappointing as a side when the batsmen don’t back up the effort of the bowlers,” Kohli mentioned after the match.