It was challenging: Mitchell Santner on T20 series against India

India clean swept New Zealand in the three-match T20 series

By Web Desk
November 22, 2021
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After playing the T20 World Cup final against Australia, New Zealand traveled straight to India for the T20 and Test series against the hosts, India.

As regular captain, Kane Williamson withdrew from the T20 squad to prepare for the Test matches, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santer took over the captaincy in the three-match T20 series.

Captain for the third T20, Mitchell Santner believes it was challenging for the Kiwis to come and play against a strong India side after the World Cup.

"It's been a challenge. It's been a quick turnaround from the World Cup. But we pride ourselves on turning up and playing some good cricket against a very good Indian side and winning a series. It's tough to do and they showed once again that it's a tough challenge," Santner said.

Santner said that the Kiwis had trouble taking wickets at the top as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played phenomenal cricket.

"It was a challenging series. It's always challenging to come to India and play a really good side. We were good in patches. The challenge for us was to get wickets at the top and we couldn't throughout the series. But credit the way Rohit and KL batted at the top," he said.

The left-arm off-spinner also said that dew played a major role in the series as the conditions kept changing in every match.

We had our chances, but the conditions changed in every game and dew played a major factor. And then again tonight, it was there, but it didn't get any worse. We were outdone in this series but we're looking forward to the 12 months towards the next World Cup."