Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell McClenaghan. Courtesy: IPL.

It is the moment where sports events all around the globe have come to a halt. Inevitably, cricket is also amongst them. But that has allowed the athletes to reflect on some of their past matches. Looking back to the Test series between New Zealand and India, pacer Mitchell McClenaghan opined that Rohit Sharma’s presence in that rubber could have been the difference.

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The Kiwis entirely outplayed the number one Test team in Wellington and Christchurch, losing it by 0-2. India’s batting was the culprit during the entire series as they managed to score over 200 only once across four innings. Rohit missed the leg due to a calf injury that he suffered in the fifth T20 international against the hosts in Mount Maunganui. He also missed the three ODIs preceding to the games in whites.

India vs South Africa 2019
Rohit Sharma (Credits – BCCI)

In a Q&A session on Twitter, McClenaghan had no doubts whether the swashbuckling opener’s presence could have changed the result. The left-arm pacer replied to the question by saying “Of course.” Leading up to the red-ball series in New Zealand, the 31-year old had been in ominous form. He was the leading run-getter against South Africa at home, amassing 529 runs in three Tests. The right-hander began producing a truckload of runs as soon as he got promoted to the top of the order in the longest version.

The men in blue began their tour in a promising way by beating New Zealand 5-0 in T20Is. Post that; the home side blanked them in the ODI as well as in Tests. Their captain, Virat Kohli’s form, spearheaded their problems throughout the tour. The skipper could score only 218 runs across formats in 11 innings, finishing with an awful average of 14. Kohli, who commenced the Test series as the number one Test batsman, exchanged his spot with Steve Smith due to his return of 38 runs.

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