New Zealand Cricket apologise after removing banner that promotes sexual consent

New Zealand Cricket apologise after removing banner that promotes sexual consent

New Zealand Cricket and Westpac Stadium have apologised after their decision of removing the banner which was promoting sexual consent during the first T20 International match between New Zealand and India at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. 


The sign on the banner, which wrote “No means no”, was directed towards the 27-year-old bowling all-rounder of New Zealand, Scott Kuggeleijn, who had faced rape charges twice in 2016-17. First-time he was not being punished as the jury could not reach a decision; while the second time, he was found not a guilty in a trial.

During the trial in the Hamilton District Court, Scott Kuggeleijn admitted that the woman involved twice had said that she didn’t want to have sex with him. The 27-year-old cricketer later texted her the day after the incident to apologise.

Many questions, as well as criticism, have sparked outrage for his selection in New Zealand squad for the T20 International matches. The woman who took the banner told Stuff that they had an extremely ‘uncomfortable’ experience.

“My friends and I were surrounded by multiple security guards. It was a very uncomfortable experience,” stuff.co.nz quoted the woman as she saying.

“They acknowledge they didn’t do the right thing in this instance and are committed to ensuring it won’t happen in future. I’m really heartened by how responsive they’ve been and hope everyone can have a fun, safe time at cricket in the Cake Tin in future,” she said.

“No means no, and that’s a message everyone should be able to stand by,” the woman further added.

However, New Zealand Cricket and stadium management have apologised for their action and public affairs manager Richard Boock said NZME that the decision to remove the banner was a mistake.

“We agree the course taken was an over-reaction and unnecessary, and the sign certainly wasn’t offensive,” said New Zealand Cricket public affairs manager Richard Boock.

“NZC has a venue policy that does not allow the targeting of players – but policies are guidelines; they’re not written in stone, and we should have shown better judgement and exercised more discretion,” Richard Boock said.

“We apologise unreservedly and will be discussing this in our debrief with a view to avoiding similar mistakes in the future,” Boock further added.

Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon, however, agreed to meet with the woman. He was due to meet with her and apologise officially on Thursday.

“In hindsight, this was an over-reaction and we should not have taken that course of action,” Shane Harmon told Stuff.

Kuggeleijn scored twenty runs from seven balls in New Zealand’s record 80-run victory against India, but he failed to impress with the ball, gave thirty-four runs from his two overs.

Also Read: NZ v IND First T20I As it happened

New Zealand v India T20I series: Players to watch out for

New Zealand v India T20I series: Players to watch out for

The hosts might seem vulnerable at the moment due to the heavy loss of 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series against India, but the story ain’t the same in T20Is. New Zealand have a lot of positives in the T20I front. 


Colin Munro might not have been successful in the ODI series for New Zealand but the batting all-rounder amassed 500 runs at an impressive strike rate of almost 180 in T20Is last year. Besides, there are some surprises in store from both teams. The three-match T20I series starts on February 6.

Here are some players to watch out for in the upcoming T20I series:

Jimmy Neesham

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Due to Martin Guptill’s unavailability, Jimmy Neesham was incorporated into the New Zealand T20I squad for the series against India. His presence in the lower order has been helpful for the Kiwis during the ODI series. The T20I is well anticipated to witness Neesham’s spark. His 32-ball 44 in the final ODI in Wellington added to his decent role as a seamer was quite impressive even though New Zealand lost. 

Also Read: Predicted XI for the first T20

Scott Kuggeleijn

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With Trent Boult being rested, New Zealand was open to some newness. The bowling all-rounder from Hamilton, Scott Kuggeleijn, has all the experience in the shortest format of the game. He is new to International Cricket but his expertise has been showcased in the Super Smash Twenty20 league. Kuggeleign has taken 14 wickets and scored 59 runs in T20s during the ongoing New Zealand domestic season. 

Also Read: Everything you need to know about the T20 series

Shubman Gill

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After Virat Kohli was rested for the rest of the New Zealand tour, the 19-year-old Shubhman was incorporated into the Indian squad. He scored just nine and seven in his two ODI appearances. The Indian coach, Ravi Shastri has backed the youngster who is full of talent. With no one else likely to take the 3rd spot, India might play Gill at one down. His enthusiasm in playing shots have proven hard during the ODIs but if he settles down, he might turn out to be the perfect hitter for the visiting side.

Kuldeep Yadav

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India’s much-celebrated chinaman spinner, Kuldeep Yadav was enormously successful in the ODI series against New Zealand. His grip over the conditions and puzzling the batsmen has been on point. He was dropped in the last ODI given to his unproductive performances in the 3rd and 4th ODI. Nonetheless, he took two consecutive four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs; an Indian record.

Kane Williamson 

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The captain of the New Zealand team might open the batting alongside Colin Munro in the absence of Guptill. Williamson has opened the batting in 27 out of his 54 T20I appearances, averaging 38.52 in that position as opposed to an overall average of 31.64. In those 27 games, The Blackcaps have emerged victorious 17 times. Over the last 10 T20I innings, he has managed to keep his average over 32.

Tim Southee

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Southee sat out of the team in the last ODI as he wasn’t prolific in the series. His form is a concern in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. But he is a successful bowler in the shortest format. An added advantage is his success record of eight wickets at 13.77 in T20Is at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington- the venue to the first T20I.

NZ v India T20I series: All you need to know

NZ v India T20I series: All you need to know

After a series of triumphs for India, in the longer format, the focus is back on T20 International Cricket. India emerged victorious overall in Australia and also thrashed New Zealand by a margin of 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series. 


The teams couldn’t extract a result in the T20I series in Australia, but India have set their eyes like a hawk on the upcoming T20I series in NZ. The hosts, on the other hand, will eye redemption in the T20I series. The Blackcaps will need to prove themselves in the T20I rubber in order to make up for the 1-4 loss in the ODI series.

Even though the Twenty20 format is a cut short variation of ODIs, it involves different tactics and strategies. So NZ will have the chance to start afresh without lurking behind due to defeats of the recent past. India would want to continue their winning spree. The wounds have hopefully healed for the hosts. They face India in the first T20I in Wellington tomorrow on February 6.

New Zealand’s top order in ODI was one of the main reasons behind their failure in the ODI series. The frontline batsmen couldn’t make as much impact when facing India’s well-armed bowling unit. But the story isn’t the same with regards to the shortest format. Martin Guptill won’t feature in the T20I series due to injury. NZ chose Jimmy Neesham as his replacement. The opening department would be led by Colin Munbro who is an expert in this format even though he failed in the ODI series.

On the other hand, the visiting Indian side would have the confidence and energy carried forward from the ODI victory. India has been consistently winning throughout all formats since their 1-4 defeat in the Test series against England last year. New Zealand lost 3-0 to Pakistan in the T20I series held in November last year. But comfortably defeated Sri Lanka in all formats after that.

Also Read: Predicted XI for the first T20

The visitors look all set even in the absence of Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team, just like in the last couple of ODIs. Shubhman Gill might secure the 3rd spot in this scenario. The bowling department is also set in the absence of Jasprit Buumrah. Spin duo Kuldeep Yadav- Yuzvendra Chahal will try to choke the hosts as they did in the 50-over format.

FIXTURES

New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I, Feb 06, 08:00 PM local time, 12:30 AM IST

New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I, Feb 08, 07:00 PM local time, 11:30 AM IST

New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I, Feb 10, 08:00 PM local time, 12:30 AM IST

VENUE

Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Pitch and conditions: The Westpac stadium offers swing to the pacers. Chase is generally preferred in this ground. 

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson(captain), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham

India Squad: Rohit Sharma(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya

7 Bizarre Incidents That Stopped A Cricket Match

7 Bizarre Incidents That Stopped A Cricket Match

The first One Day International of the ongoing series between India and New Zealand was stopped for a while due to sunlight as players weren’t able to spot the ball properly. 


This is not the first time in history that sunlight caused disruption in a cricket match. In fact, history suggests that more unusual incidents have stopped play earlier. Here we have listed the most bizarre reasons below.

AIRCRAFT

When a German fighter plane headed towards the home of cricket during World War II, the play was stopped between Army and RAF at the Lord’s. The players laid down on the ground and spectators were asked to recede under the stands.  Later it was learned from Wisden that it was the “first flying-bomb to menace Lord’s during the progress of the match.” The bomb finally dropped to Regent’s park according to Wisden.

CAR

It was during a Ranji Trophy match at the Palam Air Force Ground in 2017. Delhi were playing against Uttar Pradesh and the featured players of Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Suresh Raina. On the 3rd day of the game, a car drove onto the field despite all security. A gate of the stadium was directly connected to the main road. The designated personnel weren’t at the post and the car ran into the ground escaping the security. It even circled the pitch twice before the officials quickly took necessary action. Later the offender was handed over to the police.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

It was the special test match between Indian and England, arranged in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BCCI in 1980. But the second day coincided with a total solar eclipse and the scheduled rest day was brought forward. England thrashed India to win the match by 10 wickets. Ian Botham single-handedly won the match by his all-around performance

TIGER (?)

A spectator spotted a ‘tiger’ and match was stopped between Hampshire and South Wells at Rose Bowl Nursery Ground in 2011. A concerned member raised an alarm and it was believed that an escaped white tiger was hiding near Hedge End. Players rushed back to safety and officers went to investigate along with a helicopter. Later it was found out to be a toy tiger and play resumed after twenty minutes.

GRAVY

In 2007, when the players of Lancashire and Kent came back after lunch on the last day a commotion started and fire alarms went off. The fire brigade arrived in no time and two fire engines rushed to the ground. It was surreal because there was rain prediction earlier. All were waiting for a shocking sight of the pavilion when finally the reason was revealed. It was unreal and funny. The overcooking of a certain dish by few amateur cooks was the sole reason for thick smoke and fire alarms.

TOAST

During 2017-18 Sheffield Shield at Brisbane with 18 runs required by New South Wales for a victory against Queensland and the fire alarm in the stadium went off. The fire trucks arrived promptly and finally found out a burnt toast to be the reason behind the chaos. Nathan Lyon overcooked his toast so much that the smoke caused the fire alarms to go off.

CALAMARI

During a Castle Cup match in 1994-95 Daryll Cullinan hit Roger Telemachus for a six over mid-wicket, and the ball fell into a pan of fried calamari. Yes, you read it right! It took around ten minutes for the ball to cool down and the play was stopped for that time being. It took time for the umpires to remove the grease and seafood from the leather. Later even Telemachus found it difficult to grip the greasy ball. Wisden reported, ‘Fried calamari stopped play.’

5 Fastest Bowlers To Complete 100 ODI Wickets

5 Fastest Bowlers To Complete 100 ODI Wickets

Mohammed Shami carried on his good form in New Zealand to become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in One Day Internationals. 


On Wednesday Shami picked up the wicket of Kiwi opener Martin Guptill in the first ODI of the India New Zealand series and achieved this feat. This record was previously held by Irfan Pathan who had gone to this landmark in his 59th ODI whereas Shami achieved it in 56 matches. From India, the other three bowlers who are in the top five fastest Indian to complete 100 wickets are Zaheer Khan (65 ODIs), Ajit Agarkar (67 ODIs) and Javagal Srinath (68 ODIs).

Overall Mohammad Shami stands at the 6th position jointly with Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult in the list of the fastest bowler to get 100 ODI wickets.  Let’s have a look at the top five fastest bowlers in this list.

Rashid Khan

5 Fastest Bowlers To Complete 100 ODI Wickets

Rashid Khan from Afghanistan became the fastest bowler to take 100 One Day International wickets in just 44 matches. He achieved this feat on March 25, 2018, against West Indies and took the wicket of Shai Hope in Harare. Afghanistan won the match by seven wickets. Rashid has been really quick in his journey and his difference with the second fastest bowler is the list is of eight matches.

Mitchell Starc

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Australian bowler Mitchell Starc is the second fastest bowler in the list. On August 21, 2016, he took the wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva to complete his 100 One Day Internationals wickets. Starc took only 52 One Day matches to record this achievement. He picked up three wickets and the host country was lost by 3 wickets in Colombo.

Saqlain Mushtaq

5 Fastest Bowlers To Complete 100 ODI Wickets

Saqlain Mushtaq, the veteran Pakistani bowler still remains one of the top bowlers in this list. During Independence Cup 1997 Saqlain achieved this landmark against Sri Lanka in Gwalior in his 53rd ODI match. He took three wickets in the match and Pakistan won it by 30 runs. This particular record of Saqlain Mushtaq was unbroken till Starc broke it in 2016.

Shane Bond

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Shane Bond from New Zealand stands at the 4th position in this list. He took 100 ODI wickets in his 54th One Day match. On January 23, 2017, he got his 100th ODI wicket against England. Bond picked up two wickets in the match held in Adelaide Oval and New Zealand won it by 90 runs.

Bret Lee

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Former Australian pacer Bret Lee currently holds the record of a 5th fastest bowler to reach 100 One Day Internationals wickets. Formidable Lee took his 100th ODI wicket on January 25, 2003. Australia won the match against England by three wickets in Melbourne and Lee had a 5-wicket haul.

Debut Century Of Surinder Amarnath, A Forgotten Hero

When the second member of the second generation in Bharadwaj family, Surinder Amarnath Bharadwaj made his Test debut on this day in 1976, the world witnessed a classy and a flashy show. 


Surinder Amarnath’s start was so charismatic and promising that everyone was ready to be in his aura for the next few years.

Surinder Amarnath, son of Lala Amarnath and brother of Mohinder Amarnath made his presence feel much before his international debut. His Ranji debut came when he was only 15. In 1967 during a schoolboys tour to England 11 runs required for victory with three balls left. An 18-year-old boy smashed a full toss to win a match for the Indian boys. Indian cricket got a glimpse of what coming next in a few years. Surinder went on to play an unofficial test against Sri Lanka in 1975-76. He scored 118 runs and lived up to his potential during his official debut at Auckland a few months later.

Surinder Amarnath (Image: punjabigram)

This was the first time Sunil Gavaskar was leading a test for India as a standby for Bished Bedi. New Zealand were bowled out for 266. While chasing Dilip Vengsarkar fell early and India were 16-1. Surinder Amarnath walked in. He proved his worth and scored a hundred (124) on the second day of the match. Thanks to his partnership of 204 with Sunil Gavaskar (116) that India managed to secure a lead of 148 runs. Then EAS Prasanna picked up eight wickets for 76 runs and New Zealand were all out for 215. Although Surinder just scored nine runs in the second innings, India went on to win a match comfortably by eight wickets.

Lala and Surinder became the first father-and-son pair to score hundreds on Test debut. Unfortunately, he could never score another century although he had some notable innings in his short career. He scored two consecutive centuries in four innings against England at home but due to an injury early on the tour of Australia he had to return home. He scored 63, 14, 40, and 63 in consecutive innings against England at home in 1976-77. His stints with Pakistan during the 1978-79 tour were reasonably well but he was never considered again for the international stage.  In 10 test matches, he played for India Surinder Amarnath scored 550 runs at an average of 30.55.

An aggressive batsman Surinder Amarnath continued to play for domestic tournaments and showed his caliber time to time. His 235 for Delhi against the rest of India in 1980-81 initiated talks of his inclusion in the team for the Australia tour. Unfortunately, it never materialized.  While recalling about the innings Surinder Amarnath revealed in an interview how he kept proving himself to the world.  When he wasn’t picked up for the Australia tour, the selectors were criticized by the media and cricket fraternity. To Surinder, it remained an unsolved mystery forever,

“It will remain a mystery why I was not picked. There was too much politics no doubt because I was not dropped for want of performance. I was in a very good form and deserved to be picked on merit. Sadly I was not.”

New Zealand v India 1st ODI: Five talking points

New Zealand v India 1st ODI: Five talking points

HIGHLIGHTS


India entered the first ODI against New Zealand as favorites and the result was just a reestablishment of the fact. The world No. 2 aced the New Zealand exam as they clinched a comfortable 8-wicket win against the hosts. India’s newest and overall fastest entry into the 100-wicket club, Mohammad Shami was adjudged the Man of the Match. India now lead the five-match ODI by a 1-0 margin.

Shami’s accuracy with the new ball

India’s highest wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup, Mohammad Shami is back in form right before the World Cup 2019. With the early wicket of Martin Guptill he entered into the 100 wicket club in ODIs, becoming the fastest Indian(56 matches) to do so. In his 2nd over, he dismissed New Zealand’s second opener, Colin Munro, as well.

Kuldeep-Chahal exploit New Zealand’s middle-order woes

The Indian spin duo successfully exposed New Zealand’s weak middle-order during Napier ODI. Kuldeep took the key wicket of Kane Williamson who scored 64 runs in New Zealand’s total of 157. Chahal took care of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, who are otherwise considered to be good players of spin.

Milestones reached

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 75 yesterday in the 1st ODI. Shami’s 3 for 19 fetched him the Man of the Match award. While Dhawan reached the milestone of 5000 ODI runs, Mohammad Shami became the fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets. The previous best was Irfan Pathan’s record of 59 matches. Shami thus broke a 15-year-old record.

Sun stopped play

Sun-strike at the McLean Park on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

New Zealand were bowled out by the end of 38 overs. The chase had started off almost immediately before Dinner. After coming back from the Dinner break, Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Doug Bracewell. In the same over, Shikhar Dhawan complained about the sunlight falling directly into his eyes causing irritation. The umpires suspended play stating it was unsafe for the players. Apparently, it’s a common case at the McLean Park where such incidents have happened before.

 

How Dhoni orchestrated Boult’s wicket

Kuldeep Yadav eased his way through the New Zealand tail. The hosts were 9 wickets down and Boult was on strike when MS Dhoni ideated a way to get Boult.

“He will defend eyes closed, you can go round the wicket and bowl the other one,”

called MS Dhoni. Kuldeep bowling round the wicket bowled a googly as Trent Boult sought the gloomiest defense. The ball moved away from him and caught an outside edge off Boult’s bat. Kuldeep’s reaction to this was amusing.

New Zealand v India: A look at the numbers

New Zealand v India: A look at the numbers

India now shifts focus on to the five-match ODI series against New Zealand after recording a historic win over Australia. India left Australia on a winning note and would want to continue with it.


The five-match ODI series in New Zealand commences on January 23, 2018, and ends on February 3. This series is followed by a three-match T20I series that commences on February 6. The last time the two teams faced each other in a 50-over contest was in 2017 when New Zealand toured India. It has been five years since India last visited New Zealand. The last time, India had faced a 4-0 defeat. The tourists would like t turn things around this time.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are in good form.

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli considered being the key for India here because of their incredible form. Virat Kohli recently won three major ICC awards and it only gets better. MS Dhoni has also been in good form as he won the man of the series award in Australia recently. the former captain could play an anchoring role in New Zealand. To showcase India’s performance trends in New Zealand, let us have a look at the numbers so far in the New Zealand-India One-Day International rivalry.

India’s Win-Loss Record in New Zealand: (W-10, L-21, NR-2, T-1)

India have a Win/Loss ratio of 1.159 against New Zealand in ODIs, overall. But in New Zealand, India’s Win/Loss record is quite weak. The ratio stands at 0.476 in New Zealand.

Most No. of Runs – Sachin Tendulkar (652 runs)

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most number of runs by an Indian player in Australia in ODIs. Tendulkar had amassed 652 runs in 18 ODI innings, with a commendable strike rate of 98.19. He has also hit 1 ton and 4 fifties. Amongst India’s current players, MS Dhoni has the highest number of runs against New Zealand- 456 runs at 76 batting average.

Also Read: Areas of concern for India

Highest individual score – Sachin Tendulkar( 163)

Sachin also holds the record for the highest score by an Indian player in New Zealand. He scored 163 against the home team at Christchurch in the year 2009. Virat Kohli’s 123 at Napier in 2014 is the highest amongst the current players.

Most No. of wickets – Javagal Srinath (38 wickets)

Javagal Srinath is long gone from the Indian side, but his record in New Zealand still stands. Irfan has taken 38 wickets in 18 matches, highest by any other Indian player in New Zealand. Irfan has an incredible economy rate of 3.87 along with an extraordinary bowling average of 16.52. From the current Indian squad, Mohammad Shami has the most number of wickets(11) for India in New Zealand.

Best bowling figures – Anil Kumble (5/33)

Anil Kumble took five wickets in an ODI against the home team, at Wellington in the year 1994. It remains the best bowling figures for an Indian bowler in New Zealand till date and the only five-wicket haul.

Highest team total (392/4)

India obtained a total of 392/4 against the Blackcaps in 2009, which is the highest score by the Indian team in New Zealand. India recorded this score in Christchurch and also emerged victorious in the match.

Lowest team total (108/10)

India’s lowest ODI total in New Zealand dates back to 2002. This match, that India lost, was played in Auckland.

New Zealand v India: All you need to know about the upcoming ODI series

New Zealand v India: All you need to know about the upcoming ODI series

HIGHLIGHTS

India will play five ODIs in New Zealand starting from January 23

After the ODIs are done, the two teams will play each other in a three-match T20I series

India have added the 19-year-old Shubman Gill to their squad

Jimmy Neesham and Tim Seifert ruled out, Santner and Latham come back 


After a historic bilateral triumph in Australia, the Indian team next conquest lies in New Zealand. India now have a five-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series ahead of themselves. The last time India toured New Zealand for an ODI series was in the 2013/2014 season. The 5-match ODI series had resulted in a 4-0 victory for the home team. The best India could do was secure a tie in the third ODI game. The Kiwis are currently ranked third in ODis would look forward to jumping ahead of India by the end of the series. The visitors would want to carry on with their winning streak and also improve their winning record in New Zealand.

Form in the last five ODIs

New Zealand: W-W-W-W-W

India: W-W-L-W-W

Win/Loss record:

India have a terrible winning record in New Zealand in the 50-over format. Out of 34 matches played India have won 10 and lost 21. While one match had resulted in a Tie, a couple of matches ended with No Result.

India News: MS Dhoni played a vital role in India’s win over Australia in the third ODI at the MCG. He played at No. 4 and scored an unbeaten 87 runs. But India is still looking for a stable No.4 batsman. Shubhman Gill could be the power hitter India has been looking for and would definitely be given a chance in the playing XI during the ODI series. Captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will lead the batting. While India still don’t have Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvi and Shami are expected to do their bit as they did in Australia.

Also Read: Areas of concern for India

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill

New Zealand News: Mitchell Santner will return to ODIs after a long hiatus due to his injury. Tom Latham has been brought out of rest and will overtake the wicket-keeping duty from Tim Seifert. Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be leading the pace attack as usual. All-rounder responsibilities might be taken up by Colin de Grandhomme or Doug Bracewell. The home team could also go for the third pacer option with Matt Henry/Lockie Ferguson and place one spinner, either Mitchell Santner or Ish Sodhi. The batting will be led by three of New Zealand’s best- Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, and Martin Guptill.

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wicketkeeper), Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

Most wickets by spinners in a Test match

Most wickets by spinners in a Test match

The recently concluded Test Match, at Pallekele, between Sri Lanka and England was witness to a new high for spinners. 


In the Test match between Sri Lanka and England, a total of 38 wickets were bagged by spinners from both teams combined. Amongst seamers, only Suranga Lakmal secured a single wicket. None of the English seamers could bag one. The remaining one wicket was a runout by Ben Stokes, dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne. 

There have been some other instances where spinners bagged almost all wickets in a Test match. Three of the top four of such incidents have happened in India. And of course, all of the top four in Asia. In all these cases, the hosts ended up on the losing side. 

 

Four times when spin took 35 wickets or more in a single Test match

 

38 wickets by spinners Sri Lanka v England at Pallekele, 2018/19

The Sri Lankan pitches are long known as the Spinners’ Paradise. Sri Lanka had just bid farewell to their frontline spinner Rangana Herath in the first Test match, at Galle. England dropped one of their frontline seamers Stuart Broad to accommodate Jack Leach in the eleven-man side. Turns out, it was the best decision that England made now that they have already won the three-match Test series 2-0. Man of the Match and skipper Joe Root made a cameo with the ball and bagged a wicket in the 2nd innings of the match.

 

37 wickets  India v New Zealand at Nagpur, 1969/70

Till date, out of the 34 matches played by New Zealand in India, they’ve emerged victorious only twice. This match was one of those rare couples of occasions. The match had witnessed 37 wickets bagged by spinners. New Zealand had won their first ever Test match in India by 167 runs. 

 

35 wickets  India v Australia at Kolkata, 1956/57

India first toured Australia in 1947-48 but it was not until 1956 that Australia first visited India. Australia had emerged victorious quite unexpectedly by a margin of 2-0 at the end of the series. The third Test match, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, was witness to spin taking away 35 wickets out of 40. Australia had won that match by 94 runs.

 

35 wickets  India v Pakistan at Bengaluru, 1986/87

The fifth Test match between India and Pakistan that had started on March 13, 1987, was witness to another incident wherein spinners had bagged 35 wickets out of a total of 40. The Indian and Pakistani sides were led by Kapil Dev and Imran Khan respectively. Even though Pakistan had won the match by 16 runs, Sunil Gavaskar was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 21 and 96.

 

Numbers

Match Players Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM SR 5WI 10WM Start Date
SL vs ENG  9 1760 1031 38 6/115 8/153 46.3 2 0 14-Nov-18
India vs New Zealand 11 1910 677 37 Jun-74 9/100 51.6 2 0 3-Oct-69
India vs Australia 11 1533 552 35 Jul-49 11/105 43.8 3 2  2-Nov-56
India vs Pakistan 10 1530 527 35 27-Jul 10/126 43.7 3 1 13-Mar-87