A freakish ten-for and good old Indian dominance: India v NZ review

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A freakish ten-for and a good old Indian dominance: India v NZ series review

We review the recent two-Test series between India and New Zealand – which India won 1-0.

Talking Points:

  • Is India v New Zealand a major rivalry? Or a filler between marquee series?
  • New Zealand’s decision to pick Will Sommerville for both Tests
  • India’s immense depth – winning comfortably despite so many of their first-choice players out
  • Ajaz Patel’s freakish ten-for
  • Tim Southee’s exceptional spells in the subcontinent
  • Mohammad Siraj’s ability to stay in the fifth gear
  • Is Rahane out of form or in decline?
  • Kohli’s lean trot and his atypical nature of playing spin
  • Which Indian batsmen played spin the best?


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)


  • The boy from Mumbai – Ajaz Patel on his long journey – After The Whistle
  • Tim Southee and a five-for of rare mastery – Sidharth Monga on Southee in Kanpur – ESPNcricinfo
  • 10 and then gone? What could be Ajaz Patel’s Black Caps fate on return home – stuff.co.nz
  • The Perfect 10 and cameraman Taqi Raza – Devendra Pandey – Indian Express
  • Ajaz joins Laker and Kumble in all-ten club – S Rajesh – ESPNcricinfo
  • Kandy Test 2002, Murali 9/51 – via @cric_archivist – Twitter


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