Laxman raises question on Kohli's captaincy, India's embarrassing defeat in first Test match

New Delhi: Virat Kohli's captaincy is being criticized all around after suffering a 10-wicket defeat in the first Test match against New Zealand. Former India batsman VVS Laxman has questioned Kohli's captaincy. Laxman said that, in the first innings, Virat Kohli could not take advantage of the new ball, which was a big mistake. In the first innings, he should have had a long spell from the fast bowlers, but he handed the bowling to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin only after 4 overs.

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In the first innings, when New Zealand's score was 225 runs for seven wickets, then it seemed that the Kiwi team would be reduced soon, but it did not happen. Kyle Jameson shared a 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Colin de Grandhom. After the match, captain Virat Kohli himself also admitted that the last three batsmen of New Zealand added 120 runs and dismissed us from the match. In the first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin hit three balls for 99 runs, but the tail batsmen including Kyle Jameson and Trent Boult smacked his balls.

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Laxman further said that 'Team India had Ishant, Bumrah, and Shami, who could get New Zealand lower order batsmen out early, but you didn't give them an opportunity. Defensive fielding during the match also gave New Zealand a chance to score runs.

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