India starts tomorrow in the first ODI of the 5 match series and it is very crucial that the visitors actually shrug off the over exuberance and over aggressive approach and start getting back to the basics, try and create partnerships…..
As was apparent from the two T-20’s we lost, just going hammer and tongs is not going to work… This New Zealand team has found a few really good youngsters and to take them lightly will be playing into their hands.
They have just had a real close series with Australia and almost beat them in Australia… not just that now with Oram and Ryder back they are even more balanced and stronger in batting…
India must concerntrate on having partnerships while batting and do the basics right, run the singles well, bring the field in closer and than take their chances. Not get tempted with the dibbly dobbly bowlers or the small boundaries too soon ….
Cricket is a very simple game and its best if it is left simple, but if you go in thinking you will just blast the opposition and not do not care about the basics you can fall into trouble fast.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a wise head on his shoulders and he will do well to tell each player to forget bout playing for the galleries and put the team ahead…. I cannot fathom how people after hitting 3 sixes of three balls still try to hit a fourth six in the first 10 overs…. sensibility has to prevail and singles taken…. elongate your innings… in the last 5 overs with wickets in hand our players can pulverise the bowlers….
Important to get the team into that situation. The wise head Sachin, returns and that should help calm the younger dare devils. Ishant’s injury will have to be watched carefully as he will be most crucial in the Test Matches that shall follow….
India has the potential and the class and have been consistent off late. So to expect a 5-0 drubbing of New Zealand is not too much to ask for … but the team will have to learn from the skipper who works like a workman and gets the results for his team… even though he can play like a Sehwag or Yousuf Pathan, he plays for the team.
Very often shortcuts are dangerous… hope the Batsmen have learnt that lesson and the One Dayers will be a different story….