Inzamam-ul-Haq credits New Zealand but says India should have won the Kanpur Test in "two sessions" on Day 5
Former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq credited the New Zealand thugs for knocking through Day 5 of the first Test to secure a tie, but added that India should have ended the game in the first two sessions on Monday. India got 9 New Zealand wickets but the final wicket partnership between all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and No. 11 Ajaz Patel, which lasted 52 balls, denied them a win at Kanpur. Inzamam said India was a little unlucky, but they would be disappointed if they didn't knock out visitors on a day five stretch with three spinners - Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axaar Patel by their side -.
"India would be disappointed. I didn't think New Zealand would beat this Indian bowling attack on Day 5. India should have knocked them out. Jadeja bowled well for his four wickets but I expected a lot more from everyone.
"I really believe that the match should have ended within the first two sessions. I also said after day 4 that this match should have ended in the first two sessions of the last day," Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
The former right-handed man, who also worked as Pakistan's chief selector after retiring, said pursuing the 284-run target was never an option for New Zealand.
"I'm not sure whether we should give New Zealand credit or call India bad luck. It was already clear yesterday that New Zealand would not be able to win the game because it would not have been able to lower the score (from 284)." that there would be some wear and tear on day five and that players like [Ravindra] Jadeja and [Axar] Patel would not let the batsmen play because the ball was spinning, but that didn't happen, "he added.
However, Inzamam praised the New Zealand thugs for showing admirable patience on the final day of the game ahead of the Indian weirdo.
"I think New Zealand should be credited for beating on this course all day. New Zealand beating as a team. Whoever got in the middle put a price tag on their wicket. Their mindset was clear. They wanted at bat time, "said Inzamam.
The two sides will meet again in the second and final test in Mumbai from December 3rd.