Indian Fan Makes Fun Of New Zealand For Losing T20I Series, Mitchell McClenaghan Comes Up With A Savage Response
Indian Fan Makes Fun Of New Zealand For Losing T20I Series, Mitchell McClenaghan Comes Up With A Savage Response

Mitchell McClenaghan didn’t shy away from shutting down a Twitter user who taunted the New Zealand pacer after the Black Caps lost the ongoing T20I series to India. Rohit Sharma’s side have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

“New Zealand lost series,” said a fan in a tweet to Mitchell McClenaghan.

The left-arm seamer slammed back at the fan, saying that this is a “meaningless” series that started just three days after the Kiwis had lost the T20 World Cup final to Australia. He also pointed out that since India had been eliminated in the Super 12 stage, they had had more time to prepare than New Zealand.

Rohit Sharma and Tim Southee
Rohit Sharma and Tim Southee (Credits: BCCI)

Mitchell McClenaghan hits back at the Indian fan:

“Did they? You mean in meaningless series 72 hours after a WC final defeat with 3 games in 5 days playing a team with 10 days rest in their home conditions?” Mitchell McClenaghan replied back.

We haven’t had a lot of training with the nature of this series being so close together: Tim Southee

New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tim Southee spoke about the packed schedule, and cited it as one of the reasons for losing the series to India.

In the second T20I in Ranchi, the 117-run opening stand between KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma made the chase of 154 comfortable. Tim Southee reckoned his players hadn’t had the time to practice bowling with the wet balls to prepare them for bowling under dew.

Tim Southee, New Zealand Bowler
Tim Southee (Image Credit: Twitter)

“There was heavy dew throughout the whole night; there was dew already in the warm-ups. It played a factor for both sides; it did get a little bit worse as the game went on, but we knew it was going to be the case,” Tim Southee was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald after loss in the second match.

“I just don’t think we adapted to the surface as well as we could have. It’s tough; you can obviously train with a wet ball. We haven’t had a lot of training with the nature of this series being so close together, it’s just: play, travel day, play, travel day, play again. So there’s not a lot of training, so I think the guys just have to find a way.”

The third T20I is scheduled for Sunday in Kolkata. The T20I series will be followed by a 2-Test series, to be played in Kanpur and Mumbai.

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