Score big: Jaffer to Indian batsmen ahead of second Test vs New Zealand
Wasim Jaffer, a domestic cricket giant, states unless the Indian batsmen construct on to their starts and put a big overall on the board, recovering in the Test series versus New Zealand will be incredibly hard.
India were humbled by 10 wickets by the hosts in the opening Test as the speed trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamison ran riot.
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“Virat has a lean patch for a while, so I am expecting him to come back stronger. Pujara needs some runs under his belt. Most importantly they need to convert their starts into three figures, if that dosen’t happen and if we don’t put score of 350-400 runs then it is difficult,” Jaffer informed PTI.
“In 200-250 (runs) you can’t win a Test match unless there is much help from the pitch. When we bat first or bat second, we need to score 400-450 runs,” the former India opener stated.
The domestic stalwarts is coaching a side in the continuous DY Patil T20 Cup being held here.
Jaffer likewise felt that the team getting bundled out for below 200 in the first Test was not beffiting of its primary rank in the longest format of the game.
“They kept our run-rate in check and kept our batsmen under pressure for long periods. I felt that in the first innings the conditions were favourable for bowlers, but they worked out an strategy of bouncers and we should have batted better in the second innings. To get out both times under 200 is unlike the number one Test team,” he stated.
Jaffer was positive that India would recuperate as they have actually done it in the past.
“There is no doubt that they India will come back hard in the next Test (at Christchurch), which they should and they have always done that in the past. Whenever they have been put under pressure, they have bounced back very strongly. I’m expecting the same thing,” he stated.
Thinking About that India are not playing a Test for an extended period after the second game in New Zealand, Jaffer feels it will be an important Test for Shubhman Gill or Prithvi Shaw, as one of them will get an opportunity.
“Rohit (Sharma) is not there and he is a seasoned player and India actually missed him. Anybody who gets a chance, Shubhman or Prithvi, it’s a crucial very test match for them,” he suggested.