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New Zealand cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan weighed in on the India vs New Zealand T20I series with a comment that did not go down well with the Indian fans. The out-of-favour New Zealand player used the phrase “meaningless series” to define the T20I series, which New Zealand lost with one game still to go. Responding to a fan’s comment, McClenaghan also stressed on the fact that New Zealand toured India 72 hours after losing the T20 World Cup final vs Australia and had to play three games within five days. He also reminded the fan that India enjoyed 10 days of rest after their early exit from the T20 World Cup.
On a fan’s post that said, “New Zealand lost the series,” McClenaghan replied: “Did they? You mean a meaningless series that spanned 3 games in 5 days, 72 hours after WC’s final defeat. Also playing a team with 10 days rest. Home position?.”
did they? You mean meaningless series 72 hours after WC’s final defeat with 3 games in 5 days to a team playing in their home conditions with 10 days rest? https://t.co/jldmmH58YZ
— Michelle McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) November 20, 2021
New Zealand lost the T20 World Cup final against Australia in Dubai on 14 November and were to play the first T20I in India three days later on 17 November in Jaipur.
The visiting team lost the first T20I by five wickets. Asked to bat, New Zealand posted a competitive total of 164 runs in 20 overs, which India overhauled with two balls to spare.
The action shifted to Ranchi where the Indian team again led New Zealand to a comfortable seven-wicket win. India’s newly appointed T20I captain Rohit Sharma again won the toss and asked Tim Southee’s men to bat first.
India were given a target of 154 runs, which they easily achieved in 17.2 overs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
The last T20 match will be played in Kolkata on Sunday.
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