The new head coach of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid has given a sum of Rs 35,000 to the ground staff of the Green Park stadium in Kanpur for preparing a sporting pitch for the first Test against New Zealand.
“We would like to make an official announcement. Mr Rahul Dravid has paid Rs 35,000 personally to our groundsmen,” the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) announced in the press box after the game.
Talking about the game, the clash saw some brilliant performances during the course. While Shreyas Iyer became the first Indian to score a ton and a fifty on his debut in Test cricket, spinner R Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become the third highest wicket-taker for India in the format.
The hosts had handed a target of 284 runs to the Kiwis and the visitors lost one wicket in the final session of the penultimate day to end the proceedings at 4/1.
The overnight batsmen Tom Latham and William Somerville had a decent start to the final day as the two batsmen didn’t let any wickets fall in the first session. But the Indian bowling unit made a strong comeback to scalp eight wickets in the next two.
But some solid batting from Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel helped the side to end the match in a draw as New Zealand scored 165/9 in the second innings. Ravindra Jadeja picked up four wickets for India.
The second Test will be played in Mumbai from December 3.