New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan termed India vs New Zealand T20I series a meaningless affair after the fate of the three-match series was decided after the first two matches itself with the Men in Blue clinching both the matches. The former Mumbai Indians pacer highlighted that the BlackCaps toured India 72 hours after losing the T20 World Cup final against Australia and had to plan three matches in a span of 72 hours.
The left-arm quick also outlined that India had enjoyed a 10-day rest since they bowed out of the World Event early and did not even make it to the semis. Moreover, the matches were being played on Indian soil which is certain of suiting the Indian team who are used to playing on these surfaces.
While an Indian fan had posted, “New Zealand lost the series,” McClenaghan replied: “Did they? You mean in a meaningless series 72 hours after a WC final defeat with 3 games in 5 days playing a team with 10 days rest in their home conditions?”
Here is their Twitter exchange:
Did they? You mean in meaningless series 72 hours after a WC final defeat with 3 games in 5 days playing a team with 10 days rest in their home conditions? https://t.co/jldmmH58YZ
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) November 20, 2021
Notably, New Zealand featured in the T20 World Cup final on November 14 in Dubai and had to play the first T20I in India on November 17 in Jaipur. The Kiwis lost this game by 5 wickets. In the second match on November 21 in Ranchi, yet again the Kiwis lost this time by a margin of 7 wickets. The Men in Blue then opted to bat first in the final T20I in Kolkata and also won that match comfortably by 73 runs.
Other than the match days, the off days also involved travelling which puts into context the hectic schedule New Zealand have been on. It was a no-brainer that Kane Williamson opted not to play in the T20I series to focus on the Test series.
The first of the Two tests will commence in Kanpur on Thursday where international cricket is set to make a comeback after 4 years. Coincidentally, the last international match here was also between India and New Zealand and was a One Day International (ODI).