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VVS Laxman revealed why India did not enforce a follow on NewZealand

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It wouldn’t be wrong to say that India is very well-ahead against New Zealand in this second test. After being devoid of a win in the Kanpur Test match, owing to NZ’s tailender’s gutsy efforts, India has come back strongly right from the beginning of this test match. While the pitch has been favourable for the spin right from the first day, the Indians were able to post a challenging score of 325 runs. In reply, NZ succumbed to 62 runs.

After bowling NZ out for 62 runs, eyes were on Virat Kohli as everyone was expecting him to enforce a follow on. However, the captain decided that India would bat again. Now VVS Laxman has revealed the reason why India might have opted for batting even though they had a comfortable lead against NZ.

Laxman pointed out that India wanted to give opportunities to the batsman to score freely without any pressure, keeping in view of the difficult South African tour where the pitches offer seam, swing and bounce. India has plenty of niggles in their middle order, with the likes of Pujara and Rahane not being in form for nearly the last two years. Laxman told the host broadcasters Star sports.

India will travel to SA and will play only 3 Test matches and 3 ODIs. As per earlier plans, 4 T20s were also a part of the tour. The tour was rescheduled upon request from BCCI to CSA. The T20s will be held later. Tour will commence from 26th December.

Upon being asked whether the Indian batsman will be batting for runs or for time, the cricketer replied that the batsman play for time in the test matches. Once they have gained time in the innings, the runs come freely.

Shubhman Gill had an injury which is why Chesteshwar Pujara came for opening with Mayank Agarwal. During the 2018 tour of South Africa, while Team India won the T20s comfortably by 2 – 1 and ODIS comprehensively by 5 – 1, they lost the initial outing of the tour in the form of Test Matches and lost by 2 – 1. India will be looking to create history this time in South Africa as they have never defeated Proteas before in their own backyard.

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