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Kanpur's first Test against New Zealand resulted in a dramatic draw for the Kiwis.

A nail-biting maiden Test match between India and New Zealand in Kanpur produced some exhilarating moments.

Indian players were put to the ultimate test during the first Test match between India and New Zealand in Kanpur, despite a draw. India and New Zealand’s exciting draw in Kanpur on Monday serve as a reminder that the longest format of cricket is still very much alive and kicking despite periodic doubts about its long-term viability. All of the cricket’s movers and shakers were glued to their seats during the match, including current and former players as well as experts.

Kumar Karthik lauded New Zealand’s fighting attitude and described the Test as an ideal one. he wrote:

“Incredibly well-executed! Great job by both teams in delivering this thriller. #TeamIndia would be pleased to see how well @ShreyasIyer15 and @ashwinravi99 have done on the brighter side of things.”

Debutant Shreyas Iyer was lauded for his outstanding performance in both innings by opener Mayank Agarwal.

“So close, yet so far away. Everyone put in a fantastic effort. On her debut, @ShreyasIyer15 put on a fantastic show. On to the next one, then.”

It was Virender Sehwag who thanked the guests for their bravery on the final day of the tournament. In the second Test in Mumbai, he believes it would be a great match.

“This is the best form of cricket. New Zealand made an incredible attempt to keep the test match alive. An experienced India. Mumbai is expected to be a great show.”

Even David Warner, an Australian cricketer, joined the chorus of praise for the quality of the game on display during the last five days. he wrote:

“Test cricket at its finest! After a grueling five days of cricket, a tie is a result. The reason we enjoy it is because it’s so easy to use. Having a great time in Mumbai for the 2nd test. #newzealand #india Ashes!! Can’t wait to see what happens.”

Jimmy Neesham expressed how happy he was of his team after they escaped a difficult draw.

“Quite a courageous display. Proud of the boys! BLACKCAPS @INDvNZ”

In contrast, Ayaz Memon slammed New Zealand’s batters and detailed how they lost the initiative after making solid starts in the first half of the game

“All in all, the draw was a solid outcome for New Zealand after losing the first innings and having to bat last on a pitch with varying bounce. Both innings they surrendered momentum with a defensiveness that was completely out of character for their batting style.”

At the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Dec. 3-7, will be the second Test match.

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