Ind loose to Nz...but gain a minor hope
Yes India, as expected, lost to Nz today. But they gained a minor hope of a new permanent member in the team in JP Yadav. He should definitely be given a few more chances and watched closely.
And meanwhile Fleming agreed that he lost a bit of ground in letting the 9th wkt partnership build for India. He's damn right. It was as close as 6 balls away from loosing the match, when Bond got Pathan with his last ball of 9th over. Had they seen of Bond, there was not much threat in Nz attack. Ofcourse if the rest of them had even 'thought' of this statement, Pathan would not have needed to bat.
Sure they can only go up from here ? I mean, how much lower can the batting go. Surely one out of top six will fight, and get support from some others, next time (when we face Nz). Ofcourse with Zim if we put a good show, which we normally should, we win comfortably, and if we don't, we can still manage to scrape through.
And the bowling is coming off nicely, except Harbhajan, who has to figure out a few things. He was getting bounce on the pitch, and should have made it count. But I still expect the same team to play Nz next time around. For Zim game, there may be changes. Maybe RP comes in place of Agarkar. And Raina in place of Rao ? But I don't believe its largely a 'team combination' problem. I think they all will struggle. Its a bigger thing.