The first match of the three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain without a ball being bowled at Sky Stadium, Wellington, on Friday, November 18. The second match of the series will be played on Sunday at Mount Maunganui, while the third and final match will be played on Tuesday at McLean Park in Napier, followed by a three-match ODI series.
India’s all-format captain Rohit Sharma, as well as senior batsmen Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, have been rested, and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya will captain India in the shorter format, while Shikhar Dhawan will do so in ODIs. VVS Laxman, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, and Sairaj Bahutule were added as the team’s head coach, batting coach, and bowling coach, respectively, in the absence of Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathore, and Paras Mambre.
Why Do You Need That Many Breaks – Ravi Shastri
Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri recently criticized Team India head coach Rahul Dravid for taking breaks and was unhappy with the BCCI’s decision to rest him for the tour.
“I do not believe in breaks. Because I want to understand my team, I want to understand my players and I want to be in control of that team. These breaks… Why do you need that many breaks for, to be honest? You get your 2-3 months of the IPL, that’s enough for you to rest as a coach. But other times, I think a coach should be hands-on, whoever he is,” Shastri said during a virtual press conference.
Rahul Dravid And His Team Put In Extensive Hard Work – Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin has come out in support of India coach Rahul Dravid’s defense, stating that players and support staff needed a rest after the T20 World Cup. The veteran spinner stated that the coaching staff was physically and mentally exhausted and needed a rest.
“I will explain why Laxman has gone there with a completely different team because even that could be interpreted differently. Rahul Dravid and his team put in extensive hard work ahead of the T20 World Cup, right from planning, since I saw this from close quarters, I’m saying this,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
“They had specific in-depth plans for each venue and each opposition. So they would have been under not only mental but also physical burnout and everyone needed a break. As soon as the New Zealand series ends, we have the Bangladesh tour. That’s why we have a different coaching staff led by Laxman for this tour,” he added.