Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja feels that the Indian tailenders should have shown more fighting spirit against New Zealand bowlers on Day 3 of the World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
India were bowled out for a paltry score of 217 runs in the first innings of the rain-marred finale.
According to Raja, the dismissal of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja put the Kiwis in a commanding position.
“India have a lot of problems in this Test because they failed to post a good first innings total. Indian tailenders needed to show more fight. If they could have managed 10-15 runs each, it would have frustrated the New Zealand bowlers,” the 58-year-old said in his latest YouTube video.
For New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up five wickets, including the crucial wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli, while conceding just 31 runs.
It was Jamieson’s fifth five-wicket haul in 8 Test matches since making his debut against India last year.
Heaping praise on the Kiwi speedster, Ramiz Raja pointed out that the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was a major booster for Jamieson in terms of performance.
“New Zealand bowlers deserve a lot of praise, especially from Jamieson. His confidence has gone up ever since he returned from IPL. He received a good bounce and sideways movement due to the conditions,” the former Pakistani batsman added.