Former pacer Zaheer Khan highlighted the positives for Team India from the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand. The Hardik Pandya-led team won the three-match series 1-0. The first was washed out due to rain, while India secured a comprehensive win in the second T20I. The third and final match ended in a tie after rain played spoilsport.
Team India had several great performers in the T20I series. Right-handed batter Suryakumar Yadav won the Player of the Series, for his outstanding century in the second T20I. Zaheer Khan expressed that Suryakumar Yadav’s batting was destructive and has had a phenomenal run this year. While reviewing the series, Zaheer Khan said to Prime Video,
“One word: Surya. The way Surya was batting was too good and destructive, really taking the attack to the opposition and what a phenomenal year he has had. This was the last T20 in the calendar year and he has scored close to 1200 runs in the whole season, 11 fifties if I am correct. So he has had a phenomenal run. That’s something which he should now take it forward into the next year as well and continue with whatever good work he has been doing.”
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Another positive for me was the bowlers today: Zaheer Khan
Former pacer Zaheer Khan further expressed that India’s bowling in the third T20I was one of the positives. Team India bowled New Zealand out for 160. Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj picked up four wickets each in the innings, while Harshal Patel took one wicket. Zaheer Khan termed Mohammed Siraj’s performance “spectacular”. He said,
“Another positive for me was the bowlers today. New Zealand was in a very commanding position at that stage in the game with Conway and Phillips really looking strong. Then to take that many wickets and restrict New Zealand to a total like this, which was actually below par, was something that was very special. Siraj was spectacular. So I think those were the good positives from this tour so far.”