New Zealand’s tailenders displayed gusty innings and denied, what seemed like a definite win to India. India needed just one wicket in the final 9 overs of the game but Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel held on to the tight defense. Cricketing Pundits believed that India should have declared their innings earlier however, the head coach Dravid defended the team’s decision to declare at the particular time.
During the post-match interaction with the media, Dravid elaborated that all three results were possible half-hour before the declaration. Craig Mcmillan, the former New Zealand batsman however fails to agree with Dravid and says that the head coach will, of course, defend the decision since he is part of the decision-making group.
In his words, Mcmillan said “Rahul Dravid would have been part of that decision-making process so of course, he has to say that he got it right. But I think he’ll realize that teams had lost time because of bad light. So you had to keep that fact into the equation as well that you’re probably not going to get the full 90 overs in because of bad light”
According to McMillan, if India had declared 10 overs earlier, they would have been able to pick up the last wicket and would have gone up 1- 0 in the series. McMillan believed that overs were lost due to bad light in this test match and it was unlikely to get 90 overs in the day.
McMillan believes that a target of 250 – 260 would have been enough for New Zealand. India was collapsing in the second innings with 51 for five when Shreyas Iyer, R. Ashwin, and Saha pushed the team score to 234, setting a formidable target of 284 runs for the opposition.