Last Update on: February 20th, 2020 at 11:30 am
A lot will be at stake when India take on New Zealand in the upcoming two-match Test series. First and foremost, the Virat Kohli-led side will be pride as the team will be desperate to bounce back after the humiliating whitewash in the three-match ODI series. The visitors started the tour on a brilliant note by clean sweeping the five-match T20I series.
However, New Zealand bounced back in style to win the ODIs. The Black Caps, in fact, faced little difficulty in getting the better of India. The tourists will be desperate to return to winning ways in the upcoming series, starting on February 21 at Basin Reserve.
The world number one Test side has been on a roll in the ongoing ICC Test Championship. With seven wins from as many games, India are currently at the top of the points table. India made light work of West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh to collect the maximum 360 points from three series.
New Zealand, on the other hand, are languishing at the sixth spot with just 60 points from two series (five Tests). But the past performance will count for little when both the teams lock horns in the first Test and New Zealand have made it clear that India are going to face a tough challenge.
The hosts have prepared a spicy pitch for the series-opener that will assist their pacers. On the eve of the first Test, the BCCI shared a picture of the pitch covered with grass and one can say that Virat Kohli & Co. have their task cut out. India have traditionally struggled on green pitches and will have to be at their best to do well in the upcoming game.
Here is the photo of the pitch shared by BCCI:
A day out of the 1st Test, this is what the pitch at Basin Reserve looks like.
Thoughts ? #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XND442GJFN
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 20, 2020
But while only time will tell how India performs on the pitch, the fans are sure that they will struggle. As soon as the BCCI posted the photo of the pitch, the fans came up with interesting replies, suggesting that India will struggle in the game.
Here are some of the reactions:
Where is pitch?
— Kumar (@Ek_Indian07) February 20, 2020
india is loosing 😂
— Mayank (@makmaddy17) February 20, 2020
NZ wins by an innings and 100 runs
— Rahul Dhere 🕗 (@RahulDhere3) February 20, 2020
Is there a picnic arranged or cattle grazing event pic.twitter.com/KqETBElvaW
— Kapil Shah (@newlifenewayss) February 20, 2020
It's not a pitch, it's a grass court!!! Tell our boys to carry a tennis racquet for batting!!! 😀
— Rambo4077 (@Rambo40771) February 20, 2020
India have to win the toss..to survive this test match till 4th day.
— RasMalai-LayMa (@sambodhan3) February 20, 2020