There was no real appeal from either Southee or Latham. Both of them gave the impression that the ball had missed Hooda's bat. The on-field umpire too was on their side as he took no time to signal a wide. That's where New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson came into play.
Reacting to Deepak Hooda's statements about Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and India's top order, former India cricketers Mohammad Kaif and Ajit Agarkar said the all-rounder was reluctant, perhaps a bit scared too to clearly say that he wants to bat at No.3 for India.
Hardik Pandya-led Team India will lock horns with the Black Caps in the 1st T20I at the Sky Stadium. Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has backed a star player to feature in the Indian playing XI for the series opener on Friday.
For the crucial tie against the Proteas, captain Rohit Sharma made a single change in the playing XI - Deepak Hooda in for Axar Patel - and former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir found no logic in the decision as he was left surprised at the call.