John Wright 'surprised' at India's Test winless streak abroad

Written by: Aprameya .C
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014, 15:26 [IST]
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Bangalore, Feb 10: Former coach John Wright is "surprised" at India's inability to win Tests abroad in the recent past under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

India lost to New Zealand in the first Test yesterday to prolong their wait for an overseas Test win for more than two years.

Wright 'surprised' at India's failures

With that 40-run defeat in Auckland, Dhoni collected an unwanted record of most Test losses abroad as an Indian captain. Dhoni now has 11 Test reverses on foreign soil.

New Zealander Wright, who was at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday to witness the Irani Cup match between Karnataka and Rest of India, said he did not realise India had such poor record in away Tests.

"It surprises me actually. I did not realise that," was Wright's reaction to ThatsCricket when told about India's recent overseas Test record.

India have not won a Test outside India since June 2011. Since then they lost 0-4 each to England and Australia, 0-1 to South Africa and currently trail 0-1 in the ongoing two-match series against New Zealand.

Wright, who formed a successful partnership with Sourav Ganguly, recalled that the skipper, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were very keen to win abroad.

"You got to try and be strong at home and away. Sourav, Rahul and Sachin were very keen to win away from home. They were very special," Wright added.

Wright, who is in the city for the IPL 7 Player Auction, said he was happy with New Zealand cricket.

"New Zealand have been pretty consistent. It is good for New Zealand cricket. It is good to see the youngsters are coming through," Wright, who is now the coach of Mumbai Indians, said.

When queried about what went wrong for India in the first Test in Auckland, he said: "It was the first innings (one of the reasons for defeat). However, they had an opportunity to win the Test (second innings, chasing 407). They needed one more partnership towards the end. The last 100 runs is always difficult to chase. It will be a good Test in Wellington. India will be keen to win it and square the series."


Story first published:  Monday, February 10, 2014, 15:22 [IST]
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