- Ashwin has been for a brief while interrupting the umpire's sight in his follow-through after delivering the ball in this match.
- Ajinkya Rahane also had to join in the chat between Ashwin and Menon.
There have been a few strange turn of events at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur during the ongoing Test match between India and New Zealand. While the usually reliable on-field umpire Nitin Menon is in the middle of what has been an ordinary game from his own high standards, with several of his on-field decisions getting reversed, he was on multiple occasions seen having a word with veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Notably, Ashwin has been for a brief while interrupting the umpire’s sight in his follow-through after delivering the ball in this match which prompted the umpire to have a word with the spinner. However, in the process, Ashwin was not stepping onto the danger area, as was confirmed by the replays, and was well within his right to go ahead with the same follow-through.
Later, Ajinkya Rahane, who is captaining India in this game, also had to join in the chat between Ashwin and Menon. While the three had a chat midway during the 77th over, they also had a rather animated discussion in between overs.
Check out the video of this animated chat here:
Meanwhile, seems like the advantage is with New Zealand as of now in the first Test of the two-match series. After bowling out India for 345, the Kiwis are currently on 197/2 after 85.3 overs. The BlackCaps openers Tom Latham and William Young put on 151 run for the opening wicket to put NZ in the front seat.
With just 153 runs needed for parity and the wicket starting to deteriorate now, New Zealand would want to utilise this situation to their advantage and take a substantial lead which makes their second innings job relatively easier. Meanwhile, India have taken the field on Day 3 of the Test match without preferred wicketkeeper Wriddiman Saha who has a stiff neck.
In his absence, KS Bharat has been keeping the wickets for India. Post the Kanpur Test, the teams will head to Mumbai for the second Test and the final match of New Zealand’s India tour starting from December 3.