Jeetan Patel has done well for his County side Warwickshire, during his absence from the Test team © Getty Images
Jeetan Patel has done well for his County side Warwickshire, during his absence from the Test team © Getty Images

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is hoping that spinner Jeetan Patel, who was named as a replacement in the squad for the injured Mark Craig, for the Test series against India, gets accustomed to conditions at Kolkata quickly. Patel’s flight that he had to catch from London was cancelled. He was scheduled to arrive early on Thursday morning, with a little more than 24 hours before the second Test starts at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. But now circumstances are such that Hesson feels, they are out of control and definitely not ideal. Patel though, will join New Zealand’s spin attack of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, by the look of things for the second Test.

“I don’t think things are ever simple when you are trying to get visas and people into a country,” Hesson said, as New Zealand prepare to make comeback into the three-Test series, after going 1-0 down. “Unfortunately his flight was cancelled but he is re-routing and will get here later tonight. It’s fine, it is a lot easier flight than coming from New Zealand where the time difference is significant. Jeets will be fine. Obviously every extra day you have here the better but we are in a situation where we needed a pretty quick replacement. We are delighted Jeets is coming over,” he added, as quoted by stuff.co.nz. READ: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test: Changes visitors should make for the Eden Gardens Test

Patel has done well for his County side Warwickshire, during his absence from the Test team. Apart from that he has taken 10 wickets in India at an average of 45.30 in three Tests and will be looking to add more to his tally. Hesson feels, except for adjusting to the temperature, Patel wouldn’t need much to change in his approach when he bowls on Indian wickets. READ: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli and co. need to weld chinks in their armour

“He plays a lot of games at Birmingham and they set it up pretty dry there. Jeets is also used to bowling with the ball that is a very similar shape, the Dukes to the SG, he’s already pretty much adjusted to that. The key adjustment will be the heat and we are hopeful he will make that quicker than most,” he said.