The Indian team suffered a heavy defeat by 10 wickets in the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand and conceded 1-0 lead. However, despite the loss, Ishant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal were the only positives for India in an otherwise forgetful outing for the visitors in the game that ended inside four days.
Ishant went on to take a 5-fer in the first innings while Mayank top-scored in the match with a total of 92 runs in two innings. Ishant and Mayank took to Twitter on Wednesday to share travel pictures which included the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, and wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant.
Soon after the duo posted the pictures, fans started trolling Team India as one fan asked them to focus on their game rather than posing for pictures. A Fan tweeted: “Stop posing and start playing”.
Stop posing and start playing
— suresh raju (@sureshraju8899) February 26, 2020
“90’s team pose on pitch vs 20’s team pose only on internet,” another fan joined in.
90’s team pose on pitch vs 20’s team pose only on internet.
— Bhavin (@MSD07fan) February 26, 2020
“Stop roaming, practise n play good cricket..u have not gone there for shopping,” a fan said on Twitter.
Stop roaming, practise n play good cricket..u have not gone there for shopping
— Arunkumar B (@Arunkum15483182) February 26, 2020
In the first Test, the Indian team was bundled out for a meager total of 165 after being put in to bat by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in overcast conditions. India lost five wickets on the first day before rain washed out the final session.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson scored 89 runs but it was the last three wickets that created the major difference between the two teams. New Zealand was at 225 for seven at one stage but the last three wickets added as many as 123 runs that helped them take a handy lead of 183 runs. In the second innings, India’s top order failed once again and was bundled out for 191.
With just nine runs needed for the win, Tom Blundell and Tom Latham took just 10 deliveries to help New Zealand register their 100th Test victory. Both the teams will travel to Christchurch for the second and final Test, starting Saturday.