Navdeep Saini
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Last Update on: February 8th, 2020 at 06:52 pm

India’s fast bowler Navdeep Saini is quite popular for his antics with the ball. But, on Saturday, the world witnessed a Saini masterclass with the bat. He forced the spectators to witness a nail-biting finish of the India-New Zealand ODI at Eden Park. His batting performance earned him a lot of praise from fans and experts all across the globe.

But, his valiant effort wasn’t enough for India to cross the finishing line as they lost the second game of the three-match series and eventually lost the ODI series too.

India’s hopes of coming back in the game faded away when Saini departed off Kyle Jamieson trying to send the ball beyond the boundary.

Saini came into bat at a crucial time and stitched a beautiful partnership with Ravindra Jadeja of 76 runs for the ninth wicket.

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Navdeep Saini Regrets Going Back To The Pavilion:

As soon as Saini departed, India’s hopes seemed to fade away.

Saini himself was disturbed a bit after the dismissal and has now opened up on how he feels about it?

“I will regret when I go back and see the video. If I hadn’t got out, maybe the result could have been different. Will regret that I took it so close and maybe could have gotten closer,” Saini said at the post-match press conference.

New Zealand vs India 2020
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Saini also revealed as to what was the plan going ahead with Jadeja.

“We felt the wicket was flat and if we could stay till the end, the match could go close. So we were trying to contribute as much as possible and take the match to the end. Jadeja had told me that if you get a boundary ball hit it. Otherwise, take singles or doubles, try to keep patience and we can take the game to the end,” the young fast bowler added.

Performances Should Get Better: Navdeep Saini

Meanwhile, Saini is dejected after the series loss. He mentioned that players should work on improving their performance.

“You feel bad that you lose the series obviously, but we will learn from our mistakes. Winning or losing doesn’t matter much but our performances should get better,” Saini said.

India will now play for pride in the final game of the series. The series defeat has come as a shock to the Men in Blue as this is their first bilateral series defeat in a long time.

Especially after having clean swept the T20I series 5-0, it wasn’t expected that this Indian side will struggle so bad in the ODI series.

It is a time for team India to introspect and work on their shortcomings in the 50-over format.

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Priyam Singh

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