Delhi, March 9: Complacency and success never go hand in hand. Over-confidence has spelt the downfall of many giants in their face-offs with smaller teams. India has to guard against these two tendencies for even though it has shot to the top of Group B, it can not afford to take its position for granted.
Indeed, Dhoni and Co should be wary of the destructive potential of the so-called under-dogs - in the Netherlands. In a couple shrewd maneouvers and plays, they can overpower a mighty opposition and have them grovelling. After all, Ireland was able to accomplish just this against Pakistan in the last World Cup, and after coming off a 27-run defeat to their perceptible equals Bangladesh, in this edition, who would have imagined that they would consign England to defeat? That is just how unpredictable the World Order in cricket can get.
Why only last week, Canada had Pakistan on the mat, bowling out the title-contenders for a meagre 184. They then just lacked the fire power to reach home, falling short of their objective by 46 runs in the end. But they stretched Pakistan and made them sweat for a victory in a match whose result appeared to be a forgone conclusion from the moment it was scheduled.
One must also remember that the Netherlands possess some quality players in their ranks. Ryan Ten Doeschate who has had a wishy-washy time since his 119 off 110 balls against England, stands out as a big potential threat. If he is allowed to regain his groove, there is no telling the lengths he can progress to. After all, he is not being touted as the "Kapil Dev" of the Netherlands for nothing.
Doeschate has some capable team-mates in Tom de Groove, Tom Cooper, captain Peter Borren and opener Alexie Kervezee. All are champion batsman in their own right and bear the wherewithal to effect an unexpected win.
Furthermore, the Indians may pride themselves in playing spin with relative ease, given the gamut of "breaks" they have in their own side. But considering Dutch off-spinner Pieter Seelaar has taken 3/45 against the West Indies and given that India struggled against the turn of Ireland's George Dockrell in Sunday's game, they should be careful of what's in store for them.
The Netherlands may indeed be coming off three successive defeats, the last two rather thumping ones, wherein they lost by margins of over 200 runs. But they will be itching to make a statement about their worthiness on cricket's greatest stage before their time in this World Cup is true. India must be careful, they are not at the bitter receiving end of their insidious plans.