Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer has expressed his disappointment over they way Team India performed on the tour of New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led side started the tour on a brilliant note by clean sweeping the five-match T20I series. However, things went downhill from there on.
They were thrashed 3-0 in the ODIs and 2-0 in Tests. The drubbing in Tests was the first defeat for India in the ongoing World Test Championship. The defeat has further extended India’s dismal record in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries. And Wasim Jaffer believes the defeat does not sit well in India’s World No.1 tag.
While India have been at the top of the ICC Test rankings for more than three years now, they have failed to do well overseas. In 2018, they lost Test series in South Africa and England although they manged to win one Test in both the nations. At the end of the year, they registered a historic Test series win in Australia.
“I myself was very disappointed by the NZ tour. India had won the T20Is so well 5-0 but then they lost ODIs and Tests one-sided. The team is so strong in each department and that is why I was more disappointed. We shouldn’t be beaten like this when you are the no. 1 in the world and you plan to stay on the top and dominate like AUS and WI,” Wasim Jaffer told India Today.
“But those teams are so known only because they dominated outside of home. India too has these capabilities but we are not being able to do that the way we should. We won a historic series in AUS but none in SA, ENG and NZ. A team is judged as great only if we dominate in these places. Everyone knows that beating India in India is very difficult – be it any team. But only if we win Test series in these places, we would be convinced that this really is the world no.1 team,” he added.
India, meanwhile, continues to be on the top of the ICC Test Championship points table with 360 points. Australia are second behind India with 296 points.