Wasim Jaffer, who scored runs in domestic cricket, said it would be very difficult for the Indian batsmen to return to the Test series against New Zealand until they turn a good start into a big score. India suffered a 10-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the opening Test, with Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson wreaking havoc.
Jaffer said, "Virat has been in poor form for a while, so I hope to return to him in a great way." Pujara will have to score some runs. The most important thing is that they will have to convert their start into a score of three points. If it does not happen and if we do not score from 350 to 400, it will be very difficult. The former Indian opener said, "You can't win a Test match with a score of 200 to 250, unless you get help from the pitch." When we bat first or second, we have to score 400 to 450 runs. He is coaching a team in the ongoing DY Patil T20 Cup here.
Jaffer also feels that the Indian team's dismissal of less than 200 runs in the first Test was not in line with their number one ranking in the long format of the game. He said, "He tightened our run pace and kept our batsmen under pressure for a long time." I felt that conditions were helpful for the bowlers in the first innings but they adopted the strategy of putting a bouncer. We should have batted well in the second innings. The dismissal of less than 200 scores in both innings is not consistent with the number one Test team. Jaffer is confident that the Indian team will return as he has done before.
He said, "There is no doubt that he will return to the next Test in Christchurch, which he should do and he has always done it in the past." Whenever they are brought under pressure, they always come back strongly. I am expecting the same thing.