New Zealand vs India: 4 players Virat Kohli and Co badly missed in the Test series

New Zealand vs India: 4 players Virat Kohli and Co badly missed in the Test series

Team India suffered yet another series whitewash on this tour having lost all three matches in the ODI series earlier.

KL Rahul of India
KL Rahul of India. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After a crushing ten-wicket defeat at Wellington in the first test, the number one ranked test side was expected to bounce back at the Hagley Oval in the next fixture. Despite a seven-run first-innings lead, the batting collapse in the second innings (124 all out) at Christchurch once again made life difficult for the visitors who lost the encounter by seven wickets as New Zealand chased down the target of 132 runs with the loss of just three wickets.

With this defeat, Team India suffered yet another series whitewash on this tour having lost all three matches in the ODI series earlier. Though the Men in Blue started off the tour on a high by clinching the T20I series 5-0, skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian team management have a lot to ponder about after the disappointing results in ODIs as well as Tests.

Despite losing the ODI series, India put up a comparatively stronger display of batting in those three games which they couldn’t replicate in the tests. Team India missed several proven players who could have helped them perform better in the test matches given their credentials, experience and the familiarity with the pitch conditions.

On that note, let us look at four players Team India missed in the just-concluded two-match test series which Kane Williamson’s men clinched 2-0.

Here are the four players:

1. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma Test century
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India’s limited-overs vice-captain who featured in four out of five T20Is against New Zealand was ruled out of the ODI series as well the two test matches due to a calf injury. Rohit Sharma’s absence was not just felt in the 50-over format but also in the tests given his experience, stroke play and the kind of impact he can provide at the top-of-the-order.

Though Shubman Gill replaced Hitman in the Test squad, he did not get an opportunity to prove himself as Prithvi Shaw opened the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal at Wellington and Christchurch. Playing his first-ever test match outside India, young Shaw couldn’t make much of an impact at Basin Reserve having managed just 16 and 14 runs respectively.

Although he bounced back strongly by amassing a half-century in the first innings at Hagley Oval, he failed to get going in the second innings. Also, India’s highest run-getter in Tests last year Mayank Agarwal who was expected to continue his impressive run wasn’t consistent in providing solid starts for the visitors. Thus, Rohit Sharma being side-lined due to injury weakened the Indian batting line-up which suffered a major collapse in both the matches.