India can take home positives from lost tie

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003, 16:44 [IST]
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Bangalore: India's loss to New Zealand is disheartening but there is this consolation that the team did fare much better that it did while in England. So that is a positive sign.

I suppose it will take time for a team that touched the pits in the English summer of 2002, to get itself back on the rails.

After India's resounding win against England in the opener, I was overwhelmed with warmth to see the team back to winning ways and was keenly looking forward to today's (Tuesday) encounter.

After the spinners had done well, I felt New Zealand was in for tough time - firstly our spinners can be deadly dangerous if they strike the right note, secondly New Zealand was without Pullar the wrecker-in-chief in England, and a couple of others.

But to be fair to the spinners, we cannot expect them to win India matches all the time. We need to develop on overall strength.

The current lot is a talented lot and all is not lost. There is still a long way to go in this tournament and if any of the lesser teams can upset the big two, the field will be thrown open.

Coming back to today's match, it is apparent that our bowlers have failed to contain the opposition to a competitive total. Chasing 249 is definitely on the higher side, especially in women's cricket. But then you are playing the world champion side so competition is definitely stiff.

The way India has gone about its reply, it suggests that the Indians were more concerned about putting up a decent total on board than chasing the target. Although the approach may not be justified, one can't find too much fault with that.

Given India's recent showing, putting up a decent total itself can be considered a moral victory. At least from the openers point of view this time around they have succeeded in not exposing the middle-order.

I understand given the circumstance, India's approach was slow and not relevant to the context of the match. However, now that the match is lost, Indians could take the experience of lasting 50 overs out in the middle and put it to constructive use in the later matches.

I hope India can defeat either New Zealand or Australia and give itself a chance to qualify for the play-off.


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