New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham will miss the second Test against India in Kolkata due to the rib injury that kept him out of the first match in Kanpur, Coach Mike Hesson said on Wednesday. Off-spinner Jeetan Patel flight from England was cancelled which means he will land in Kolkata only a day before the Test gets underway on Friday.
We are not able to get any replacement in time who is a batting all-rounder. New Zealand lost fast bowler Tim Southee to an ankle injury even before the Test series started. India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja wreaked havoc on a slow, turning track in Kanpur, claiming 16 of the 20 Kiwi wickets.
The home side were pleased with the batting of Cheteshwar Pujara, who struck a half-century in each innings at a strike rate of over 50 to silence his critics and ease the pressure on him. But at least from team perspective and team management, there absolutely no pressure on Pujara he added. He is a very important cog in our team and we have seen over the years his contribution.