No room for complacency for Dravid and team India
“We have to keep our feet on the ground”, Rahul Dravid after the clean sweep
As predicted, team India won all three matches against New Zealand and that too in fine fashion. Like we said in our blogs that it doesn’t really matter for team India if they bat first or bowl, they have their eyes set on the prize and they got the team to win a match from any situation.
The conditions were very difficult for bowlers at the iconic Eden gardens. Since, the sun sets early in the eastern region of the country, dew plays a huge role in the first innings as well and it was evident. The Kiwis were dropping catches, misfielding’s and many such things. They are one of the best sides in the world when it comes to fielding but it was a horrible performance from them last night. Team India capitalized on that and specially captain Rohit Sharma. Whenever he plays here, he seems to do something special and Sunday was no different. He scored a brilliant fifty when everyone on the other end was losing their wickets. Everyone contributed their bit except for Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant who scored 0 and 4 respectively. Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer had the perfect opportunity to take the game dip but they failed. Scoring in 20s won’t guarantee them a place in the Indian team specially when the likes of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya are out. Deepak Chahar played a brilliant cameo in the end scoring 21 off just 8 balls and with that India reached the total of 184 runs.
While this total looks good but in reality it wasn’t. The sole reason being is the dew. It was really tough to grip the ball but what the Indian bowlers did was absolutely commendable. India dismissed New Zealand for 111 and with that won the match comfortably. Axar Patel picked 3 giving away just 9 in his three overs. Harshal Patel picked 2 while Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Chahar picked one each. This bowling performance should give them a lot of confidence considering how difficult the conditions were.
The newly appointed head coach of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid isn’t the one who’ll go with the flow. The Indian legend in the post match interview said, “It’s not easy for New Zealand to show up after the World Series final and play three games in six days. We have to keep our feet in the ground”. This is what is needed in the Indian team and if Dravid sets the tone, the team will do much better than what they have in the past. Coach also said that the players who are not a part of the test team can celebrate but the players who are needed to sleep early as they need to wake up at 7:30 for the test series. The role model is here and hopefully with his guidance, team India will reach the place where every Indian fan wants to see them.
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