Fans slammed New Zealand cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan who took to social media to downplay India’s Test series win.
India beat the Kiwis by a mammoth 372 runs in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and went on to win the two-match series 1-0 after the first Test in Kanpur ended in a draw.
Team India registered their 14th consecutive Test series win at home, and while a number of former and present cricketers praised the Men in Blue for their achievement, McClenaghan wasn’t impressed.
The fast baller was n’t indeed a part of the team that travelled to India for the series and has n’t played a single Test for New Zealand, with his last transnational appearance coming in a T20I in 2018.
He wrote on Twitter: “Excited for India to beat the @ICC world test champions at home in there own conditions. Congrats”.
However, the post did not sit well with both Indian and New Zealand cricket fans, who immediately hit out at the 35-year-old.
One NZ fan replied saying, “As a BlackCaps fan, I have to say I’m very disappointed in you tweeting something provocative like this. That’s not what we are. As skipper Kane Williamson always says: learn to accept defeat with grace and give credit to the opposition where it’s due when we’ve been outplayed.”
India lost to New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship in England, but one-upped them in every way during the recent home series.
The Men in Blue haven’t had the best of luck against the Kiwis of late, losing their last five matches in ICC events – in 2007 T20 World Cup, World T20 2016, the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup, the final of the initial World Test Championship, and most lately the T20 World Cup.
India’s last win over the BlackCaps in ICC events dates back to the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. However, NZ have also struggled to win a Test series against India for a long time.
India’s next challenge lies in South Africa as they travel to take on the Proteas in a three-match Test series starting on December 26, followed by three ODIs. The tour which was scheduled to start next week was postponed due to the emergence of the new coronavirus strain in the country, but CSA have insisted that the tour will take place under strict bio-secure conditions.