Mohammad Yousuf Believes New Zealand Outplayed India In Recent Tour

Updated - 03 Apr 2020, 05:53 PM

Mohammad Yousuf
Mohammad Yousuf. Credit: Getty Images

Pakistan batting legend Mohammad Yousuf believes that team India were outplayed by the Kiwis in the recently-concluded tour. Having started the tour on a high, India whitewashed New Zealand in the five-match T20I series, becoming the first team ever to do so.

However, the BlackCaps turned the tables and avenged their defeat in style by clean sweeping the ODI series. Their winning run progressed in the Test series as well as they became the first team to beat India in a Test match and a Test series since the inception of the ICC World Test Championship.

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Mohammad Yousuf has reacted to India’s loss stating that New Zealand was the better of the two sides.

Mohammad Yousuf Reacts To India’s Loss To New Zealand

“New Zealand has always been a tough side at home and they have only gotten better in recent years and don’t forget they have some top pace bowlers who are not easy to handle in their own conditions,” Yousuf said.

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Mohammad Yousuf. Credit: Getty Images

“New Zealand just played much better cricket than India and sometimes I feel there is so much cricket being played these days that it is inevitable that even the best players will get tired and fatigued at some stage,” Yousuf added.

Yousuf Backs Kohli’s Poor Run During The Tour

“It can happen to anyone when you play so much cricket. That is why I agree in modern-day cricket fitness is paramount for players. In our days we could manage. But my belief is that if a player is not fit he just can’t give perform to his potential,” Yousuf said when asked about Virat Kohli’s flop show with the bat.

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Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Photosport.

Kohli had the worst series as a captain with the bat in the recently concluded India-New Zealand ODI series, as he could score only 75 runs in the three games he played. This was by far his poorest performance in a bilateral ODI series since his captaincy debut in the format.

His return to form is now long-awaited and spectators hoped for his comeback in the Test series. However, he was cheaply dismissed in all the four innings of both the Test matches. Kohli had scores of 2, 19, 3, and 14 in the four innings he played during the Test series.

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