India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said the curator is the “right person” to describe the track prepared for the second T20 international against New Zealand. Indian captain Hardik Pandya on Sunday criticized the standard of pitches used in the ongoing series against New Zealand and termed the Ekana Cricket Stadium pitch as shocking. The ball turned in the first T20I in Ranchi and it was no different on Sunday when New Zealand were bundled out for 99 for eight. India chased down the target with just one ball to spare.
“The curator is the right person to answer the question (on the pitch). But of course we knew it was going to be a big challenge and luckily we controlled the game,” he added.
“Anything in the 120-130 range would have been really challenging. We did well to restrict them to 99 and it was an achievable target,” Mhambrey said at the post-match press conference.
Mhambrey further said that the wicket looked challenging from the start.
“When we saw the wicket, we realized it was on the dry side. There was some grass in the middle but none at either end. When we came yesterday, it looked like it would turn and we realized it was will turn.” Be challenging,” he said.
The former Mumbai pacer lauded the bowlers for putting up a good show in the second match.
India dropped pacer Umran Malik for an additional spinner in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal, who achieved figures of 2-1-4-1.
The other three spinners Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav and Deepak Hooda also bowled economically, taking a wicket each.
He said that Chahal bowled in the powerplay as the right-handed batsman was batting on a turning wicket during that phase of the game.
“Chahal was included because we thought an extra spinner would help us. It really happened because he bowled well for us.
Mhambrey said, “You make decisions based on the surface and instincts. Hardik probably felt that a leg-spinner would help in that situation because the right-handed batsman was batting and he was taking turn. That’s probably why he Bowled in the powerplay.” ,
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