New Delhi: New Zealand once again brought their fighting spirit to the fore as they pulled off a dramatic draw against India at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur in the first of the two-match Test series. With that, the Blackcaps have managed to keep themselves alive in the series and a win in Mumbai will give them a historic series victory against a team that has hardly put a foot wrong in home conditions.Also Read - IND vs SA Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Hints India vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Captain, Vice-Captain, Playing 11s For Today's India vs South Africa ODI, Injury And Team News of Match at Newlands, Cape Town at 2.00 PM IST January 23 Sunday
The real talking point, however, will be the umpires taking the light meter out after every over in the final 30 minutes of the final session that might have robbed India of a Test win. With the amount of time that was wasted in checking whether the light is good or not, India might well have squeezed a couple of overs more and in a game of margins, it can make the difference between a win or a draw, especially when you are just a wicket away from victory. Also Read - India Sees Dip In COVID Cases With Over 3.33 Lakh New Infections; 525 Fatalities In 24 Hours
To be fair to the umpires, they were just following the protocols that are laid down and the International Cricket Council (ICC) should take much of the blame for not tweaking the rules of the game to make it fair for all parties, the audience being one. It made little sense when two spinners are bowling in tandem to be checking the light after every over and if anything, even if the light was bad, the only people who are in danger of getting hurt was the close-in fielders and not the batters. Also Read - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Cancels Her Wedding Amid New COVID Restrictions as Omicron Spreads
The light these days takes into account the fielders safety as well but the point is simple for the ICC to look into. The umpires were in their right to check the safety of all players involved but the thing which is surprising is that it happened almost every day of the Test match and surely we could have started half an hour early or extended each of the first two sessions of the Test match. Something ICC needs to look into in the future.