New Zealand pacemaker Kyle Jamieson admitted that the Indian team hit exceptionally well on Day 1, sometimes even hitting good balls, but insisted that the Kiwis themselves were happy with the way they threw. Jamieson, however, said he wasn’t really sure if 250 would be a total winner.
India was 62/0 after 20 overs, swinging, after losing the draw was a start that no one expected, but such was the skill with which starters Gill and Rohit Sharma hit, taking the attack to the Kiwis. They lost their next three wickets quickly, but the seasoned duo of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made sure it was India that finished the day strong, losing just 3 wickets in a day where conditions were tailor-made for the players. bowling.
Following Team India’s impressive hitting display, Kiwi sprinter Kyle Jamieson admitted after the day’s play that Kohli & Co. hit supreme. Jamieson acknowledged that the Indians sometimes even put up relatively decent balls, and claimed that Kohli’s men showed why they are one of the best teams in the world.
“They played really well, they put away bad balls and they were patient outside, our plan was to stay, keep things tight and we also got three important wickets,” Jamieson said Saturday.
“You look at their lineup, you hope those guys do well, they have good records and they’ve done special things around the world. They’ve saved slightly bad balls, they were able to score freely.
“They certainly played well in the first few hours. We tried to swing the ball a little bit and keep the guys engaged. It’s part of our arsenal, there were no plans in place for how we want to operate after that first hour.”
New Zealand surprisingly failed to make headway with Dukes’ new cherry and the Indian starters somehow put them off walking down the wicket to counter the swing. This was done in particular by the young Shubman Gill who, playing his first Test in England, looked comfortable against swing. Jamieson admitted that the Kiwis did not see the tactic coming and called it “interesting.”
“It was interesting, it’s not something we probably expected much,” Jamieson said.
“My opinion was, if they were walking, then they weren’t comfortable where I was bowling in the fold, so I tried to take that as a positive.
“The more they felt they had to move to throw us off the track, we could hold on and that could pay off.”
At the same time, even though India finished Day 1 as the happier of the two sides, Jamieson said he was satisfied with the performance of the Kiwi bowlers. The 26-year-old said that after the monotonous first hour, the bowlers recovered well and expressed his satisfaction with the consistency with which the bowlers were after lunch.
“It was crucial to try to get balls into reasonable areas for long periods, it was really nice how we did it during the day after they started well, to keep things in balance.”
Indian hitting coach Vikram Rathour had said 250 could turn out to be a competitive score, but Jamieson felt that, despite the ball moving, there is an avenue for batters to score runs on the Ageas Bowl field.
“We certainly haven’t talked about a number, I think there is an opportunity to score runs as a batting unit and there is still some help to get the ball moving and coming together.
“The Indian batsmen have shown that if you are patient, there are still runs to be done. So if 250 is a good score, only time will tell.”