New Zealand cricket team have decided to donate to Mumbai Cricket Association’s museum which is yet to be made as a respectful gesture.
While off spinners Ajaz Patel provided the match ball and his match shirt which he got after achieving the historic 10-wicket haul in the 1st innings of second test against India in Wankhede Stadium, the blackaps’ skipper who wasn’t the part of Mumbai test due to elbow injury has also donated his recently wore T-shirt to MCA.
India vs New Zealand Test Match 3rd – 7th December 2021 pic.twitter.com/iEks1MIMsf
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“After we talked to NZ’s media manager Willy Nicholls to ask if the visitors can provide any stuff for our upcoming museum as a memory-piece, the NZ captain was polite enough to give his T-shirt as a respectful gesture”, a MCA source told to press.
A day after the Wankhede test, Patel made clear that he was happy enough to contribute to MCA for their upcoming museum and was feeling special and proud enough on leaving a beautiful memory behind in Mumbai with his name written on it which will always remind of the historic achievement by the Mumbai-born Kiwi cricketer.
New Zealand lost the 2nd test by 372 runs which also was the decider after the 1st test was drawn at Kanpur. This was NZ’s heaviest defeat and India’s biggest test victory in terms of runs which confirmed India the no.1 spot in ICC Test Rankings and 3rd spot in the ICC World Test Championship table as they clinched the series 1-0, the 14th consecutive one on home soil.
Ajaz Patel was the one who gave a superb performance for Kiwis who got his career best figures of 14/225 in the 2nd test match, dismissed all 10 Indian players by himself in 1st innings whereas Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer the two centurions of the series for India left pure marks with their promising performances with Ashwin continuing to spin the magic at home turf, became the first to take 50 wickets in 2021 a feat he has achieved for the 4th time in his career.
India will now tour South Africa for 3 ODIs and 3 Tests starting from December 26 with many puzzles to be solved, specially for the experience campaigners like Cheteshwar Pujara, captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane who haven’t been at the best of touches for months now with some new comers eyeing the dream selection to be seen as the future for the India team.