New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner was not a part of the team’s playing XI in a single match of the two-match Test series against India, yet he made an appearance. It is very rare in cricket that a player is not included in the playing XI and gets rewarded. But the same happened with the all-rounder Mitchell Santner of the Kiwi team. He was not included in the playing XI, but still, he was given a reward of one lakh rupees. The reason for this was his excellent fielding.
Santner was fielding as a substitute during the first innings of the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. William Somerville was bowling in the 46th over and Shreyas Iyer tried to get his first ball across the boundary line for a six. But Santner, standing on the boundary line, did such a brilliant fielding at mid-wicket, seeing that everyone started applauding. Santner stops Iyer’s shot from going for a six. Seeing this effort of Santner, the audience applauded.
The 29-year-old Santner was standing near the boundary line but jumping high, he first stopped the ball and then threw it to the other side of the boundary line. For this brilliant fielding, Santner received the ‘Best Save of the Match’ award and he won one lakh rupees as this award.
India tour very difficult for New Zealand
India’s tour was very difficult for New Zealand. At first, they lost the three-match T20I series 0-3. Then they lost 0-1 in the two-match Test series. New Zealand suffered a crushing 372-run defeat at the hands of hosts India in the second Test. With this defeat, New Zealand’s team also moved from the number-1 position in the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.
India’s biggest win against Kiwis
The win against New Zealand in Mumbai is India’s biggest win in Test cricket in terms of runs. Apart from this, it is also the biggest win in terms of runs on home soil. The earlier record was 337 runs which he made against South Africa in Delhi in 2015. With this crushing defeat, the wait for New Zealand to win the series in India also increased, and their dream of winning Test matches in India in the last 33 years was also shattered. This test series was part of the World Test Championship.