New Zealand lost the toss in the first Test in Kanpur and had to bowl first.

Ajinkya Rahane and Kane Williamson
Ajinkya Rahane and Kane Williamson. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The opening Test of the two-match series between India and New Zealand commenced on Thursday (November 25) at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. When it comes to playing Tests in Asia, it becomes almost imperative for the teams to win the toss to have a chance to bowl in the fourth innings so that the spinners come into play. The luck was on Ajinkya Rahane’s side as India won the toss and opted to bat first.

New Zealand ended up losing their fourth consecutive toss on the tour. Their stand-in T20I skipper Tim Southee lost all three tosses during the recently concluded series to Rohit Sharma. India whitewashed the Kiwis bowling first on two occasions and then batting first in the dead rubber game in Kolkata.

Having said that, with dew present for the whole duration of the game, toss doesn’t play a huge role in T20Is in India. But when it comes to Tests, it is imperative, especially for the visitors to win the toss and bat first. And when the Kiwis lost the toss in the first Test, all-rounder Jimmy Neesham didn’t seem to be happy at all.

He is known for his witty tweets and replies on social media and the left-hander came up with a hilarious tweet. “Can somebody take a closer look at those coins please? #INDvNZ,” Neesham tweeted after Kane Williamson called it wrongly at the toss in Kanpur.

England won the Test in India earlier this year

England knows the importance of winning the toss early in the Test series in India. The Joe Root-led side was lucky in that aspect during the first Test in Chennai played earlier this year. They opted to bat first and posted a mammoth total of 578 runs in the first innings thanks to Root’s scintillating double century. By the time, England’s first innings ended, the pitch had started to turn.

India were bundled out for 337 runs in their first essay and could only muster 192 runs in the second innings with spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach enjoying a lot of success. No wonder Jimmy Neesham wasn’t happy after New Zealand lost their fourth toss on the tour.


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