Indians should learn from 'never say die' Kiwis

Written by: Nivedita Aluri
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2002, 14:52 [IST]
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Indian cricketers need to learn a lot from the Kiwis. It's the same mighty Aussies that both the teams have faced. But, the results indicate a totally different story.

The New Zealanders have performed much better than the Indians, who in their batting order boast the presence of world-class players Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. The Indians also have world-class bowlers Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, who only happen to perform in the sub-continent.

Compared to the personal achievements of the Indian players, Kiwis have nothing to boast off in their favour. But the way they have played in the first One-dayer in the tri-series against Australia was just scintillating.

The Indians, who are supposed to be 'tigers' on their home soil, seem to lose their way on foreign tours. Even though Kiwis don't really have big guns in their team, like the Indians, they work as a unit and fight till the last.

The win over Australia in the first One-dayer in the tri-series between New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, is a perfect example for their 'never say die' attitude.

Prior to the One-dayer, the Kiwis also performed extremely well in three-Test series against Australia. Much to the surprise of Aussies, they played excellently as a team and gave the Aussies a tough time on the field. Twice in the series they almost beat Aussies. They would have definitely won in the first Test if not for the negative and defensive tactics adopted by the Aussies.

Many a time Indians have failed to reach their targets in crunch situations, whether they bat first or second. If the top three batsmen fail its almost sure that the whole team will collapse under pressure. They hardly put up any resistance or show any guts.

Hats off to the One-day specialist Chris Harris and Daniel Vettori for the way they fought to get the Kiwis back into to the game. They put up a brave fight and put a world record score of 72 for the eighth wicket in One-dayers, which gave them a chance to fight back.

Fight back, they did, in a style to which even the mighty Aussies stumbled. Kiwis have proved that 'fortune favours the brave'. But will the Indians ever learn that.

It's high time that Indians learnt a lesson or two from New Zealanders. Three cheers to New Zealand, hip, hip hurray!

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