Indians hate getting out, says Santner
New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner, at the pre-match press conference, vent out his frustration after losing three games in a row. But at the same time, he defended his team as a ‘very good side’ to play against. However, that doesn’t change the fact that they have been outsmarted by the visitors in all aspects of the game.
“We have been outplayed in all three games. It’s been a little bit disappointing to lose three games in a row but we are playing a very good side,” Santner observed. “India has shown just how good they are in all conditions. We have not been good enough but there are signs there that we are getting better,” he echoed.
Though they have been handed defeats, Santner reckons that there are a lot of lessons and positives to take from the defeats. “We saw a great partnership in the previous game and I thought we were much better with the ball. It just needs to be a continuation of what we have been doing. We have got two pretty important games coming up – hopefully, we can win this one here and move onto Wellington with some momentum,” he said.
Earlier, the skipper Kane Williamson said that the team needs early wickets to put pressure on the opposition. However, Santner thinks otherwise as he believes the key to success is to keep taking wickets through the middle. At the same time, he remarked the fact Indians hate getting out and the best way to stop them is to find ways to get wickets according to Santner.
“I think the plans have been pretty solid – maybe the execution’s been off at times. I guess the key for us is to keep taking wickets through the middle, keep being aggressive. “They obviously hate getting out – just got to find ways to try and get wickets,” Santner said.
Santner went on to shower praises on India’s productive spin duo- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for pulling off spectacular bowling spells in the series. The deadly spin duo posed a major threat to Kiwis’ batsmen and as a result, they both took 14 wickets.
“They are bowling very well at the moment. The slower pace that they bowl is tending to get a little bit more out of the wicket than guys like myself and Ish who bowl a little bit quicker.
“But that pressure is also being built off the back of the starts we have had (with the bat) – we have always been two down after ten (overs) allowing them to settle into their work,” he noted.