Eden Gardens Test: Kane Williamson & Co need miracle to stop Virat Kohli's men from becoming No. 1 side
At Eden Gardens, the likes of Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill will have to raise their performances up by several notches, being the experienced campaigners in the squad.
Kolkata: After a comprehensive win in the first Test at Kanpur, Virat Kohli and his men are now eyeing the No. 1 spot in ICC Test rankings.
At Green Park, despite a good start to the opening Test, expectedly, New Zealand batsmen failed to tackle India's formidable spin duo – Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
New Zealand's confidence would have been dented the moment Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first.
However, after Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay added 112 runs for the second wicket in the first innings, the Kiwis did a commendable job by bundling India's mighty batting line-up for 318 runs.
While many believed India had put enough runs on board, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson shocked the hosts with a brilliant 124-run stand for the second wicket. But once Ashwin dismissed Latham, it triggered a batting collapse and India were in the driver's seat with a 56-run lead in the first innings. With momentum in their favour, India eventually beat the Kiwis by 197 runs. (READ: 1st Test, India vs New Zealand: As it happened in 500th Test...)
As the two teams now head to Eden Gardens – the Mecca of cricket, Williamson and his men would have to come up with multiple superlative performances to deny India from becoming the No. 1 side in Tests.
The likes of Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill will have to raise their performances up by several notches, being the experienced campaigners in the squad.
While Williamson did accumulate 100 runs from two innings at Kanpur, expectations are huge from him and he will have to come up with a three-figured score.
India, on the other hand, would be beaming with confidence. Despite right hamstring injury to Lokesh Rahul, they have two other established names in Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir as Murali Vijay's opening partners.
After three consecutive series wins under Kohli's captaincy, if India win the Kolkata Test, the number would not only increase to four, but India will dethrone arch-rivals Pakistan as the No. 1 side in Tests as well. (READ: ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli & Co will dethrone Pakistan from top spot if they win at Eden Gardens)