The Indian test team has made a winning start in the 2 test match series against New Zealand by winning an innings and 115 runs in the first test match played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.
R Ashwin was the hero of the match, talking career-best 12 wickets for 85 runs in a match. the off-spinner took 6-54 in the second innings and 6 for 31 in the first innings against New Zealand.
The Indian skipper also congrates the U19 Indian World Cup winner team, he said, “First of all, congratulations to the U-19 world Cup team, Chand batted really well.”
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor said, “We couldn’t sustain ourselves, the Indian bowling showed us a masterclass. we have come over here in 2010 and drew the first two games without a practice match, we can’t use that as an excuse. McCullum and Williamson played very well, myself included and a few other batsmen need to put up more of a fight. The batting, we need to learn how to play Ashwin.”
Indian captain MS Dhoni said, “Pujara batted well, (when we bowled) it was a hard-working wicket, it was difficult to get them out. We were also battling the weather, we were never sure how many overs we would get. Brilliant catching, Viru-pa got some very good catches, Kohli as well. It is something we want to continue.”
Further, Dhoni said, “It was important for Pujara as he was coming after an injury, he is someone used to playing big, long innings. He has a good temperament, he can play for long periods, and the stroke-makers can play around him.”