Former England captain Michael Vaughan once again trialled the squad India After suffering a seven-wicket defeat by New Zealand in the first ever international match at Eden Park, Auckland. Vaughan, who is very active on social media, often gets into Twitter fights with former India player Wasim Jaffar. The Englishman has long been a vocal critic of India’s team approach, especially in white-ball cricket.
Shikhar Dhawan & Co failed to defend a target of 307 runs against New Zealand on Friday. Tom Latham blasted a stunning century and captain Kane Williamson complimented him well with an unbeaten 94 as the Indians bowlers were having a forgettable day at Eden Park.
After India’s defeat, Jaffar took to Twitter and suggested that the visitors had missed a sneaky chance by not bowling their sixth bowler against New Zealand.
“Well played BLACKCAPS Made 300 look like 270. Williamson all class as always but Latham stole the show. Not easy for an opener to move down the order and stay successful. India missed a feint by playing 5 bowlers. #NZvIND,” he tweeted. Jafar.
I played with distinction @employee 👏🏽 Making 300 look like 270. Williamson all rows as always but Latham stole the show. It is not easy for the opener to move down the rank and remain successful. India missed a trick by playing 5 bowlers. # unfind pic.twitter.com/bcGnf6K5Ry– Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 25, 2022
Vaughan was quick to respond to Jaffar’s tweet when he took a shot in India’s ODI side.
He wrote: “They are an old ODI team.. you need at least 6 if not 7 options bowling..”.
Debutant Imran Malik took two wickets for India while Shardul Thakur took one while the other bowlers remained nonchalant while defending a competitive goal.
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer scored 80 off 76 balls while captains Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill scored 72 and 50 respectively in their fourth hundred-plus stand. As the opening pair this year to push India to a 306/7 challenge, it was New Zealand. In trouble at 88/3 in 19.5 overs.
But Latham took the match away for India, as he carried an inexperienced bowling attack all over the park to end up unbeaten making a best score of 145 off 104 balls, with 19 from fours and five sixes.
He also stitched together an unbeaten run of 221 off 165 balls with captain Kane Williamson, who was the perfect ally and unbeaten at 94 not chasing the total with 17 balls remaining. For India, they lost the plot by the ball when Latham and Williamson were attacking them, especially after the forty.