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.