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India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Tom Latham Going to Be Key for Kiwis, Says Wasim Jaffer

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test Tom Latham Going to Be Key for Kiwis, Says Wasim Jaffer

According to former India player Wasim Jaffer, Latham’s performance will be critical to New Zealand’s fortunes in the first Test that got underway on Thursday in Kanpur. This is the first Test of a two-match series between India and New Zealand, with the second scheduled to be played from December 3 to 7 in Mumbai. Jaffer felt Latham would do well in India as he is known for his ability to play the sweep shot.

Jaffer’s Statement in Social Media

“Tom Latham is going to be key for NZ. He has the game to succeed in the subcontinent. Plays the sweep shot well. Has a hundred in SL, two hundreds in UAE vs Pak, and got three fifties last time NZ were here. Ashwin v Latham is going to be a cracking contest.”

  Latham’s performance in Test cricket

Test Record Matches Runs Highest score Average 100s
Overall 60 4064 264 n.o. 41.38 11
Versus India 8 384 74 29.53 0
On Indian wickets 4 194 74 32.33 0

Williamson agrees that spin will dominate series

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also said that spin was likely to dominate the Test series versus India.

“I suppose it is important to adapt and adjust and see what might be the most effective. As we have seen in this part of the world, the spin component has been very large and it has played a big role in changing the complexion of the game. So I am sure both sides will be aware of that and looking to play strong spin component,”

– said Williamson while replying to an ANI query.

Kohli’s absence puts onus on Rahane and Pujara for India

Ajinkya Rahane is leading India in the first Test currently underway in Kanpur after Kohli chose to take a break from international cricket. With Rahul also out of the game with an injury, the onus will be on Pujara and Rahane to prop up the Indian batting. Kohli is expected to return to lead the team in the second Test in Mumbai. Before the Test series, India and New Zealand played a 3-match T20 cricket series that India clean swept 3-0.

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