Friday, September 02, 2005

So what next ?

Fairly comfortable victory for India once again, this time against NZ. It does seem that things are starting to fall in place for this Indian side. And as it appears from this story, the Indians are starting to relax and enjoy the tour.

One reason, I feel, for India's away success (relatively) is due to the fact that they have started enjoying their tours more. It helps them relax, put behind the extreme pressures they face back home, and clear the minds for the fresh approach. Wright and Chappel seem to have instilled this quality in the team.

Ofcourse its still a long way to go, the Nz bowling was below par, the Indian batting was fluent only in patches, the singles were being missed a bit too much, but there were still enough positives.

And now, having the confidence of achieving a decent victory, I expect to seem some more plans being put to test in the next game against Zim. I expect to see Karthik play, maybe even RP gets a game. And JP may bat up the order.

The biggest plus, to me, seems to be that the visible improvement over the last two games seems to have calmed some of the nerves of the players. The tour seems to have kick-started for them now. No matter what happens in the finals against Nz, I now expect this team to have a nice comfortable tour resulting in good build-up of momentum entering into a tough seasons.

Btw, most of you reading this would already know that I've agreed to be a contributor at the Sight Screen blog. I still hope to keep writing relatively regularly here as well.

7 Comments:

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September 02, 2005 11:58 PM  
Blogger Vijay said...

The best sign of a team on the mend is that it shows a willingness to gut it out even when things are not going well. They did that in the first game vs NZ. They definitely were in all of the games vs SL. Now they've got a victory against a decent team. The biggest gain we may have gotten from this game is that the team would have regained the feeling on what it takes to "win". Confidence is a crazy thing, it doesn't take much to get a good streak going. I think Fleming made a big mistake by resting Bond and Vettori. If you have a team down for the count- you should do whatever it takes to keep them there. (BTW India was guilty of the same over confidence problem early on vs Pakistan- and Pakistan used that opportunity to fullest, until it became impossible to put the genie back in the bottle any more)

September 03, 2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger worma said...

agree Vijay....the team was putting hard-work...and as Chappel said, if hard work means anything, then we should see results. I dont care what the results are, as long as that effort is consistent. And here in this series, I am able to see that.
And true, India let Pak gain momentum....had India played as tough as they could, Pak did not deserve to get the results they achieved. Atleast not in test matches. In ODI they are a much more balanced side.

September 03, 2005 6:21 PM  
Blogger Vijay said...

By the way, it was rude of me to just sound off. I want to thank you for setting up this blog, and also for your contribution to Sightscreen. With Sightscreen and your blog- I get my cricket fix. What a breath of fresh air- to be able to talk passionately about Indian cricket. Can't get what those 11 guys do on the field out of this little brain. Anyway, thanks again for doing this. Its just great.

September 03, 2005 6:34 PM  
Blogger worma said...

thanks, vijay, for visiting. Catch you again later, here and on Sight Screen.

September 03, 2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger puranjoy said...

hey worma, have been a regular follower of sightscreen. as much as i like prem's posts, ur comments are also highly appreciated. and checked out ur blog recently. nice stuff, keep them coming. ad with u also on the authors' list in sightscreen, it has got an added dimention..

September 04, 2005 9:33 AM  
Blogger worma said...

puranjoy, thx for checking out. hope to keep writing.

September 04, 2005 2:32 PM  

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