He has dismissed Virat Kohli many times in international cricket and New Zealand pacer Tim Southee on Monday credited helpful pitch conditions for the feat he “didn’t know” about.
“He is obviously a class player and doesn’t have many weaknesses. I think the wicket had a little bit of assistance with the new ball and if you put it in the right areas, there was enough there to ask a few questions. It is about assistance and the pitch conditions,” Southee said on the eve of the third ODI here.
“It is your job to take wickets...And Virat is a great player and he has been in great form. Especially in run chases he is exceptional, so I guess it’s always nice to see the back of him. I didn’t know that was the most,” he added.
Southee said his side’s 2-0 series win over India in the current three-match contest shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as New Zealand, consecutive ODI World Cup finalists, has been playing well in this format for a while now.
“They have been two great games of cricket and the ODI side has played some good cricket for a while even though we have been missing some important guys,” he said referring to injuries to key players such as regular skipper Kane williamson. “The guys have played great ODI cricket for a while now, although it was our first time since the World Cup. But the group has played well for a long time,” he added.
Southee played with a stomach bug in the second ODI but led the bowling attack bravely. He bowled Kohli with a sharp inswinger. The pacer seems to have recovered from his illness, while New Zealand have been further bolstered by Williamson’s return from injury.
Despite missing vital stars like Williamson, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, the hosts etched out an easy 2-0 lead.
Southee said it was a good sign of the pace wares as well as a domestic structure that threw up man-of-the-match debutant Kyle Jamieson in the time of need. “It was pretty tough but you have made the commitment to play. So you have to crack on and not leave your teammates hanging. Try to do a job for the guys,” he said.