New Zealand vs India, 2020: Combined XI of the Test series

New Zealand vs India, 2020: Combined XI of the Test series

Bowlers dominated the series overall as well while the hosts' batsmen did just enough to keep the team ahead every time.

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

India, the number 1 ranked side, came to New Zealand after winning seven consecutive Test matches in the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand, on the other hand, were clean swept by Australia just two months back and were hoping for a change in fortunes.

India last played a Test series in New Zealand back in 2014 and even then, they had lost the series. However, they had managed to draw one Test. However, the Virat Kohli-led side failed to put up decent totals with the bat even as the bowlers lived up to their reputation. Bowlers dominated the series overall as well while the hosts’ batsmen did just enough to keep the team ahead every time.

With the series done and dusted now, we bring you the best XI of the Test series:

1. Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Opening the innings is one of the toughest jobs in red-ball cricket. It becomes even harder in swinging conditions. Mayank Agarwal, though not in the best of forms, had a better series than his counterparts.

A total of 102 runs in four innings generally means that the batsman had a poor-to-average series, but not in this case. It’s been that kind of a series where the ball has dominated the bat. Leaving aside a few scores here and there, the batsmen from either side didn’t do much.

Mayank Agarwal was the only shining light in the batting department for India in the 1st Test match at the Basin Reserve. Although his scores of 34 and 58 were not enough, he showed everyone that he can be a long term prospect for Indian cricket.