WATCH: Incredible Effort From Mitchell Santner Earns Him An Award Despite Not Being In Playing XI
New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner didn't get to start in both the test matches against India, nonetheless, he made his presence felt. In the 2nd test at Wankhede, Santner's brilliance in fielding attracted praises from everyone.
In the 47th over of India's first innings, Mitchell Santner made a brilliant flying save while fielding at the boundary. This valiant effort by Santner immediately boosted the NZ team's morale. Shreyas Iyer smacked a cracking shot towards the leg side on Somerville's delivery. When the ball contacted Iyer's bat, it looked like a certain boundary.
However, Santner had other plans. Fielding at the boundary rope, he flew in the air and stopped the ball from crossing the boundary. Nevertheless, he stopped 5 runs for his team which earned him applause from his teammates. This resulted in Mitchell Santner getting the award for 'Best Save of the Match' and prize money of Rs. 1 lakh, without even being in the playing XI.
In the concluded 2-match test series between India & New Zealand, the hosts were able to win the series 1-0 by winning the second match at Wankhede by a margin of 372 runs. Up next, team India will tour South Africa for 3 test matches and 3 ODIs. The tour is scheduled to start from 26th December.
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