Christchurch: New Zealand’s Mitchell McLeangan has termed the India-New Zealand series in the aftermath of the Twenty20 World Cup in Christchurch as meaningless. India won the first two matches of the series, forcing New Zealand to return to action in a few days’ time. The third match of the series is scheduled to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today.
In response to a comment from an Indian fan on Twitter, McLean described the India-New Zealand series as ‘meaningless’. South African batsman AB de Villiers, who retired yesterday. McLeanaghan commented below De Villiers’ post. Below this, an Indian fan reminded McLeangan that India had won the Twenty20 series against New Zealand. McLeanaghan responded to this comment as follows;
‘Did they lose? Isn’t that the pointless series they had to play within 72 hours of losing the World Cup final? Besides, did you not have to play three matches in five days against a team that was given 10 days rest at home? ‘ – About McLean.
The New Zealand team played the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai on November 14, followed by the first Twenty20 match in India on November 17. The Kiwis, who played their second Twenty20 after a one-day break, will go down to the third Twenty20 today. It is this series of matches that has led McLean to describe the India-Kiwis series as ‘meaningless’.
McLean, who made his debut for New Zealand in 2012, has played 48 ODIs and 29 Twenty20 Internationals. The last match was in 2018.
English Summary: Mitchell McClenaghan terms ongoing India-New Zealand T20I series ‘meaningless’