India’s Team Director and former bowling legend, Anil Kumble has praised his team for a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the just concluded b
India’s Team Director and former bowling legend, Anil Kumble has praised his team for a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the just concluded bilateral ODI series. India won the series 3-2 and Kumble believes that the team out-bowled, out-batted and most importantly out-fielded the Kiwis.
The series began with India taking the first game in Dharamsala comfortably and followed it up with a narrow win in Delhi. The Kiwis however hit back with a big 97 win in Mohali and a 12 run victory in Ranchi. The Series was eventually decided in the 5th ODI in Vizag where the Indians beat the Kiwis by 8 wickets with 19 balls to spare.
Kumble paid special tribute to the Indian batting line-up mentioning that it was the reason why the team managed to defeat the Kiwis. He praised the top three of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan who provided the team with solid starts throughout the series. He also praised Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina for their prolific run scoring.
Kumble also praised the Indian bowlers who were able to shut the Kiwis out in the crucial moments of the game and helped the team to defend low targets. He credited Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami for being economical and picking crucial wickets for the team in order to regain the momentum of the game.
Finally, Kumble heaped praises on the Indian fielding unit for their outstanding display in the series. Kumble said that it was the determined fielding from the Indians, along with the brilliant bowling and batting that led the team to victory. He praised Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan for their superlative catching and fielding abilities.
Kumble concluded that it was the collective performances of the batsmen, bowlers and fielders that enabled the team to outplay the Kiwis and win the series. He also admitted that there were certain areas of the team’s performance that need to be improved upon in order to ensure success in upcoming tournaments.
Kumble’s Analysis On Pakistan’s Outstanding Performance Against New Zealand
Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble has praised Pakistan for their performance against New Zealand in the recently concluded series. Kumble noted that the Pakistani side showed superior bowling, batting and most importantly fielding.
He was quoted as saying, “Pakistan played a good series. They out-bowled, out-batted, and most importantly out-fielded New Zealand.”
Pakistan’s Bowlers Out-performed New Zealand
Pakistan’s bowling attack was impressive throughout the series. Led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Pakistani bowlers consistently dismissed the New Zealand batsmen with their hostile bowling.
Shaheen was the pick of the bowlers and he ended the series with 14 wickets to his name. Moreover, all of Pakistan’s bowlers made a significant impact throughout the series.
Pakistan Batsmen Showed Superior Technique
Pakistan’s batsmen showed superior technique over the course of the series. They were able to build solid innings and capitalize on the loose deliveries provided by the New Zealand bowlers.
Babar Azam shone as the star batsmen for Pakistan. He finished as the highest run-getter with 263 runs to his name.
Pakistan’s Fielders Out-fielded New Zealand
Pakistan’s fielders were impressive. They were quick to cut off the runs and caused several run-outs. Not to mention the standard of their catching was also top-notch.
As a result, Pakistan was able to maintain a consistent level of pressure and prevent New Zealand from gaining any momentum. This was one of the key contributing factors that led to Pakistan’s victory in the series.
In conclusion, Anil Kumblehas praised Pakistan for their impressive performance against New Zealand. He noted that the Pakistani side out-bowled, out-batted and most importantly out-fielded their opponents. This is a testament to the hard work of the team and to the coaching staff for fostering such talent in the side.