Jadeja shines as India lose to NZ in practice match

Tuesday, 28 May, 2019

New Zealand quick @trent_boult, who returned 4/33, speaks to @PathakRidhima after his side's victory over India in their #CWC19 warm-up match. "Like I had said, last year there were some good performances and because of that we have seen 4-5 players in the IPL this year".

"If the ball's swinging round like that I think we know what to do".

With a squad capable of punching above its weight, perennial dark horse New Zealand are out to shed the tag it has failed to part ways with, despite trying nearly every trick in the book.

While India can do experiments in the warm-ups, the author feels that they should be careful, as over-experimenting could hamper their confidence.

"So ideally I would love to see more than 10 teams participating, but also at the same time not to compromise on the standard of playing". That's the best practice you can get.

"Coming from India where you play on flat, low-bounce wickets, suddenly you're in England and batting first on a spongy wicket".

"I definitely want to bat out in the middle before we start the real deal".

"We wanted to test ourselves in tough conditions, to perform there". "So nothing to worry as a batting unit". Under overcast conditions and a pitch which favoured the bowlers, India elected to bat first and struggled to find their way back into the match after suffering an early blow against the Black Caps and being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs.

Despite having a good recent overall record, both India and New Zealand received wake up calls just before the World Cup.

"It will come, everyone has a lot of experience so we're happy". Ravindra Jadeja (54 not out off 49, 6 fours, 2 sixes) has completed a well-made half-century, giving the Indian top-order some serious batting lessons. New Zealand bowlers restricted Indian batsmen with Trent Boult scalping four and Jimmy Neesham taking three wickets.

"It was typical English conditions, wicket was soft initially but it got better as day progressed. For example it was very hard for us to select fast-bowlers for the World Cup because there were a lot of good names around including the likes of (Mohammad) Amir, Junaid (Khan) and (Usman Khan) Shinwari", said the 49-year-old.

While the jolt before the main tournament gets underway is better than facing the heat during the group games, the manner in which the trio of Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul got out will leave a lot for coach Ravi Shastri to ponder about.