If India’s World Test Championship campaign needed a wake-up call then Wellington acted as the perfect alarm bell. India were outplayed pretty much in all departments to succumb to a 10 wicket-loss – their first in the World Test Championship – in the opening Test against New Zealand. Virat Kohli and his troops have now travelled to Christchurch – New Zealand’s most successful venue at home – in a must-win game. This is the problem when you lose the first Test in a two-match series. You don’t have any breathing space. Perhaps that is exactly what India need when they take on New Zealand in the second and final Test match at the Hagley Oval starting from February 29.
A solid 35 in the first innings followed by an even better 59 in the second – Mayank Agarwal was easily the best Indian batsman on display on a green Wellington track. If anything, he might be pulled up for the shots he played in both the innings to get himself out. India would be hoping for another good start from the man in form in Christchurch.
Prithvi Shaw has regained his fitness, coach Ravi Shastri has revealed. Even though the opener was not up to the mark in the first Test, he received massive backing from skipper Virat Kohli, who said that the youngster will bounce back once he gains experience. He is expected to be stay in the team.