The Indian team has already won the series against New Zealand before the third and last T20 match to be played in Kolkata. Both India’s batsmen and bowlers have performed brilliantly in this series. While the team took the first match played in Jaipur by five wickets, while the second match played in Ranchi, the house of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, won by 7 wickets in a one-sided fashion. New Zealand’s out-of-favour fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan is unable to digest such a defeat against India and has vented his anger on social media.
He has criticized the Indian team for holding the series immediately after the T20 World Cup final. Describing this T20 series between the two teams as “meaningless”, McLenaghan said that our team has to play with a team that is playing in their home conditions after 10 days of rest. McClenaghan commented on AB de Villiers’ retirement on Twitter, after a cricket fan reminded him of New Zealand’s T20 International series loss to India.
Did they? You mean in meaningless series 72 hours after a WC final defeat with 3 games in 5 days playing a team with 10 days rest in their home conditions? https://t.co/jldmmH58YZ
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) November 20, 2021
To this McClenaghan replied, “Did they lose? He was referring to Australia’s defeat to New Zealand in Dubai on November 14 in the final of the T20 World Cup. Let us inform that McClenaghan played the last match for New Zealand in 2018. The thirty-five-year-old McClenaghan has played 48 ODIs and 29 T20 Internationals since his debut in 2012. Significantly, the three-match series between India and New Zealand started on November 17. The third match between the two teams will be played in Kolkata today.