India can’t be regarded as a great team: Michael Vaughan
Following their meek performance on the opening day of second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, former England captain Michael Vaughan has criticised Team India, saying they have to win in countries like New Zealand and England to be regarded as a “great team”.
This statement comes on the back of India’s yet another batting disaster in New Zealand, as they were folded for a paltry total of 242 runs in their first innings, having failed to produce an impressive batting show in a must win match.
While Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari tried to show some resistence but could not hold their innings together for long, the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja fared even worse — all of them were dismissed in single digits. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scored 12 runs.
For New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson took a 5-for and conceded 45 runs while Tim Southee returned figures of 2 for 38. The Kiwis then went on to reach a score of 63 without any loss at the close of first day’s play.
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the number one-ranked Indian Test team are trailing the two-Test series in New Zealand 0-1 as they lost the series opener by 10 wickets in Wellington.
Following such performance from the visiting side who are leading the table of the ICC World Test Championship, Vaughan took to social media to say India were schooled by New Zealand on how to play on such tracks.
“NZ giving India a lesson in how to play in conditions where the ball moves through the air … They can’t be regarded as a great team till they start winning in places like NZ & England ..” Vaughan tweeted.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 29, 2020
Vaughan’s tweet also carried reference of India’s last tour of England back in 2018, when they were thrashed by a 1-4 scoreline by the Three Lions in their five-match Test series.