India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar expressed his displeasure at New Zealand's ploy of taking batting breaks in between the balls of Ravindra Jadeja as it seemed to have disturbed the bowler's rhythm. Bangar also said that the matter should be pointed out by the umpires and the match referee.
After a brilliant show with the ball on the opening day of the first Test against India, New Zealand batsmen opted to play mental games as the Green Park stadium started to aid spinners on the second day. During the second session of Day 2, the New Zealand batsmen, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, took unscheduled breaks even after they had a breather when rain stopped the play in between, and Sanjay Bangar thinks that this has helped them to counter the short run-up of Jadeja. Bangar said,
"The break of rain and the intermittent breaks in between definitely hampered the bowlers' rhythm. That is something that we need to be aware of. And if somebody has come out with a ploy we need to negotiate that as well,” reported The Times of India.
Urging the umpires to look after the matter seriously, the Indian batting coach said, “He added, "That may have been a strategy, and that is something we have spoken of. We need to make sure that we are getting a lot of overs and that is something that the umpires are aware of that no matter how hot and humid the conditions are, you still have to make sure that the continuity of the game is not hampered."
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