Asia cup winner India were once again beaten in their own ground after New Zealand spin trio of Nathan McCullum, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi left the star-studded Indian batting line-up distraught in the ICC World T20 opener on Tuesday.
This isn’t the first time that the Indians were flummoxed by spin. It began in the Test arrangement against England at home in 2012-13 when Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann went through the Indian side with 19 wickets in the second Test at Wankhede. Panesar completed with a five-wicket pull in the following experience at Eden Gardens to seal a notable arrangement for the guests.
The Indians were at the end of the day at the less than desirable end, this time in England in 2014 where Moeen Ali completed with 19 wickets in the five-Test arrangement. It happened again in Galle last August where Rangana Herath asserted 7-48 in the second innings to help Sri Lanka win the opening Test by 63 runs.
There is no one would have given the relatively inexperienced NZ spin trio a chance to defend 126-7 against an in-form Indian batsmen on Tuesday in wrold T20 at India. Aided by a turning Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium pitch, the Kiwis stunned the hosts by a 47-run victory.
The most stressing signs for India was the way its top-request collapsed, particularly against Santner (4-11) and Sodhi (3-18) who were playing their 6th T20 global on Tuesday.
Agreeing the Dhoni, spinning tracks are more difficult to bat on. “I have always said that it’s actually more difficult to score runs on a turning wicket than on a seaming track. You can commit an error and get out very soon on a turning wicket. You have to be able to adapt. I felt this day was more about adaptability than looking to hit big,” reported by Dhoni .