India didn’t stop hoping that the match could be won. New Zealand kept believing that the match could still be lost.
That’s what the series was all about. A 5-0 Whitewash shows you the score line but doesn’t show how close New Zealand went on including 2 Super Overs.
Choking is something that everyone relates to South Africa but in this particular series New Zealand have taken it to a whole new level.
So, what went wrong for the kiwis this particular time??
1. Lack of good pacers as Boult, Henry and Ferguson were not available
2. Lack of game finishing ability as they inched closer to victory in every match.
It’s a good wake up call for the kiwis before the mega World T-20 event as they have always performed well in 50 overs ICC events, but do they have the fire power to do so in T-20.
Talking about the Indian Side, have they actually found the rhythm, the combination??
Well the score line suggest yes they have found it. However you can not judge the potential of a side by looking at the results of just 1 series.
Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar will be the key to India’s World T-20 campaign but will they be fully fit by then?
If yes, how would the combination look like?
What happens to Kuldeep, Jadeja, Chahal, Sundar??
Which spinners will be the first pick?
All these questions will keep coming until we get clarifications about the availability of players. Also, the way bench players has performed, it would be difficult for Selectors and Virat to decide which players to go with.
The best part about this victory is that It has come in New Zealand the nearest territory to Australia where the actual battle would be fought. So this experience is certainly going to help leaps and bounds to the Team.
The only concerns in Australia would be :
1. Dimensions of grounds, which is larger than the grounds in any other part of the world.
2. The Bounce factor, which would test the Indian Batsman.
However, this Indian Side has got fitter players to counter the dimensions effect. The batsmen are way too good against short pitch bowling hence they might not face many issues.
Keeping fingers crossed and hoping for another ICC trophy…..