India extended their celebrations of playing the 500th Test with a win over New Zealand at Kanpur. It was a fitting end to the match as far as the hosts are concerned. Chasing a record total of 434, Kiwis were bowled out for 236 in their second innings. Spinner Ravi Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief in the second innings as he scalped a five-wicket haul, his 19th in Test matches. In first innings, his spin partner Ravindra Jadeja was the one who ran through the New Zealand batting order.
New Zealand, in their first innings, were going at a good pace with partnership between Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. The spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja struck in tandem to put India in the driver’s seat. While Ashwin picked four wickets, Jadeja clamied a five-wicket haul to help India gain a valuable first innings lead of 56 runs.
Jadeja then shared an unbeaten 100-run stand with Rohit Sharma as both batsmen struck half-centuries. It was an all-round performance by Jadeja that earned him the man of the match award. Jadeja after the end of play on day four made a hilarious comment on why batsman finds it difficult to play on turning tracks. Also Read- With fine performance from Ravi Ashwin, India win by 197 runs
Jadeja during the press conference said, ”whenever a new batsman walks in on a turning track, looking at the footmarks the batsman gets scared because of the number of the footmarks and might not be able to defend confidently.” Also Read- Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja put India on verge of becoming number one
Jadeja’s take becomes funny only of you understand, Hindi or Urdu. He almost used a famous Indian slang there. Check out the video to find out Jadeja’s funny take on the spinning tracks.
After India registered a memorable win in the opening Test, Twitterati were not the ones to hold back and congratulated Virat Kohli and his boys. Also Watch- India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 5 Video Highlights
With this win, India inch closer towards regaining the number one Test ranking, which they lost to Pakistan recently. It was a perfect start for India to their long home season which features Test matches against England, Australia and Bangladesh apart from New Zealand. With 1-0 up, India now take on New Zealand in the second and penultimate Test at Kolkata on September 30.