The tour of New Zealand went from sweet to sour for the Indian cricket team. From a 5-0 whitewash in the T20 series, Virat Kohli and the squad lost the ODI 3-0 to the hosts, and now a poor performance in the first Test has them trailing behind 1-0. In the meantime, Indian opening batsman Mayank Agarwal took it to Twitter to show some good times he was having with his teammates. In front of a disappointed and agitated fan base, the photo wasn’t received well.
The squad was scheduled to leave Wellington in the wake of the first Test, to fly to Christchurch to face the Kiwis in the final match of the series at Hagley Oval. Today earny morning, Mayank Agarwal tweeted a group photo of himself with Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant and the skipper Virat Kohli, walking on the jet bridge. The picture was captioned with: “Straight outta Wellington🤘🤘 #traveldiaries #TeamIndia #onthego #entourage”
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) February 25, 2020
Ishant Sharma also tweeted the same photo later.
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) February 26, 2020
However, the fans were not happy to see the Men in Blue superstars in a touring mood, and were all over the two cricketers’ Twitter handles with their vexed reactions. While a few received the picture with nice reactions, the better half of the two players’ followers poured their frustrations over in the replies.
Stop posing and start playing
— suresh raju (@sureshraju8899) February 26, 2020
With The big fat L
— prathap (@prathaap618) February 26, 2020
You guys just got embarrassed in the first test… perhaps lay low off the social media for a while?
— Phil Inn (@AFLsportsman) February 25, 2020
Not the type of attitude to have after losing pathetically in the 1st test😏
— Sushant SK (@sushant_S1995) February 26, 2020
pant ko abhi k abhi bahar kro team se
— pardeep patel (@pardeepyahudii) February 26, 2020
Practice or sightseeing
— Amey Namjoshi (@AmeyVNamjoshi) February 26, 2020
Stop roaming, practise n play good cricket..u have not gone there for shopping
— Arunkumar B (@Arunkum15483182) February 26, 2020
Continue enjoying ur free tour to newzealand. ..
— maurice Almeida (@mauriceAlmeida3) February 26, 2020
Kaam nahi hai opener duno ka 😡😡😡😡
— Jiban Rai (@jiban_143) February 26, 2020
— swapnil mandavkar (@mandavkarswapn1) February 26, 2020
Coolers style look superb but form 😏
We wake up at 4 am and watched 3 day 3 hrs game .worst batting ever i seen since last decade consecutive 4th loss at nz you guys thinking you are the hero but steadily into zero s 😖😞
— 🅿okkiri vijay🔥🔥 (@Thalapathy_No1) February 26, 2020
Guys enjoy but concentrate on bat nd ball
— Nagendra (@nagendrakumarkv) February 26, 2020
Let’s loose this test in 3 days.. nd den IPL is coming
— AS_K (@ankisp) February 26, 2020
Concentrate on playing..
— ķíńğ màķèŕ (@medilaj) February 26, 2020
That’s guy on the right is just a show off…. he only knows how to pose for camera 👎
— Mahaveer (@007mahaveer) February 26, 2020
Please dont lose again by An Innings Again !!
— Singh.Mani (@SinghMa08620809) February 26, 2020
You are all Selfish Cricketers bcoz of all of them Forget Our MSD (Here Our Means Only Fans) And I Wish to Lose Once Again Next Match Without MSD u are all Nothing 💜❤ Congrats 🎉🎊 😅😂
— Sathishkumar.N (@Sathish7N) February 26, 2020
May God save your Swag from Christchurch weather😀
— Sunil T Purakkal (@suniltpn) February 26, 2020
To lose another game!
— maverick (@moibrahims) February 26, 2020
Come on Ishant. You guys were very poor in the 1st test. No need to carry on like rock stars on social media
— Phil Inn (@AFLsportsman) February 26, 2020
Instead of Putting Tweets with Headweight concentrate on Game
— Thalapathy Fan * (@farsat143) February 26, 2020
Plz focus on winning games instead of check-ins . Focus on performance , instead of appearance , for endorsements .
— ish_kumar (@saxenaish) February 26, 2020
Caption: Me and my bois going to lose another test.
— shatan not beezlebub (@66beelzebub) February 26, 2020
Despite the overall poor performance, it was only Agarwal and Sharma who shined above the rest. The opener scored a total of 75 runs across both innings, along with putting up a sweet half century in the second innings.
On the other hand, Sharma has made a stunning comeback to the pitch. The veteran picked up five Kiwi batsmen in both innings, and secured his 11th five wicket haul of the red ball format.
With just one match remaining to conclude the New Zealand tour, Team India will make an effort to end the final Test match with a victory, as they take on the Black Caps this Saturday.