Good enough is not enough

Winning a series in NZ is pretty good, I reckon. In fact we couldn’t achieve that a few years ago when the fab five were still playing together and a lot younger. Actually, India haven’t won a test series in NZ in 41 years – so, the series win should rank pretty high….but let me state a few facts that would put things into perspective:

  • India is ranked No. 3 in the Test rankings and there isn’t much separating them and South Africa in the table. One could even argue that there is very little separating the top 3 teams at the moment.
  • New Zealand is ranked No. 8, ahead of Bangladesh.
  • The current Indian team has more experience and is far more superior to the New Zealand team in both batting and bowling.

The reason I am pointing these things out is because I am actually disappointed with the final result of the series. Dhoni should have declared at the end of the 3rd day and tried for an outright win. By doing so, he would have taken the weather completely out of the equation. Most people in India would happily settle for a 1-0 series win. That would be Good enough for them. Not for me. I have come to expect more from this team. I seriously think that this team can be the #1 team in the world, but that will not happen if we keep settling for a “good enough” result.  We should have come out of this series with at least a 2-0 win.

The series win sounds a bit hollow to me and I somehow feel the same way I felt after the series loss to SL last year. That may sound a bit harsh, but as I said earlier I’ve come to expect more from this team. To me, “Good enough” is just not enough…


7 responses to “Good enough is not enough

  1. I agree. While the Ganguly captaincy years brought about a sense of aggressive cricket (which continues in the Dhoni era), when we take a lead in a series abroad we move in to a conservative mode. The idea becomes more of “lets not mess this up” rather than, “lets win 3-0” or in this case 2-0.

    Until this attitude changes it doesn’t matter if we are ranked 1 or 2 because without a complete killer attitude, the ranking will keep changing. If you look at the great teams of the past, the West Indies of the 70’s and 80’s and the Aussie’s of the last 12-15 years, they didn’t stop despite having a lead in a series. A recent example of this is the 5-0 win in the last Ashes series. Hence, if we want to be a team of that level, we need to step it up. We def have the potential to be there….

  2. Mahesh…all good points. Of however, Munaf and Ishant had held their chances, and vitori was given out the whole discussion would have been different. I agree once they went past 500 lead, they should have declared. Raj

  3. I am fine with 1-0 personally. I know it was bad captaincy not to declare earlier, and more disappointing was the relatively slow approach on day 4, but Dhoni couldn’t risk not winning the series, even if it was just a 1% chance. I think everyone will remember this series as “India 1-0, were the much better team, and it should have been 2-0 but NZ were saved by day 5 rain.”
    The ICC rankings are pretty silly anyway – they don’t even seem to account for who gets the better of a draw, or weather, for instance. I would much rather see more Tests between these top sides to determine a true #1, but it seems like we will be waiting a while now for that while everybody plays crazy baseball-cricket. In any case I think there is not much to choose between the top three, home or away.

  4. Don’t agree Ron. I will remember this as a series where “India won 1-0, and were the much better team, and it should have been 2-0 but NZ were saved by prolonged India batting on day-4 despite everyone knowing about day 5 rain!”

    Please do not blame the rain for the result. Everyone knew it was hanging around! And anyone who thought NZ would make more than 500 to win that game should have their heads examined! Seriously! 🙂

    I don’t think the ICC Rankings are silly. After a long time, we seem to have a good rankings system that separates the wheat from chaff.

    What is there to chose between the top-3 sides is (a) fielding, (b) that winning mindset. India does not have either of those yet and that reflects in her #3 position!

  5. “Most people in India would happily settle for a 1-0 series win. That would be Good enough for them. Not for me.”

    Not me either! This 1-0 victory was indeed very hollow for me.

    And with just 1-0 victories we can forget to be even #2 side. Dhoni said that one can’t plan taking the weather into account. I say, forget weather, why could he not trust his bowlers to take 10 wickets while defending 531?

    Answer is simple—both Munaf and Ishant were much more than disappointing in the final match and the captain can’t risk of a plan to take 10 wickets with just 2 frontline bowlers looking like taking a wicket!

    Also the fielding was abysmal throughout the series and young brigade dropped many more catches than the seniors did. Catching is a serious worry.

    And Mahesh,

    This team cannot be number one side even with the killer instinct because it lacks firepower in the bowling department. Our bowlers keep running hot and cold and this inconsistency cannot take us to higher than where we are at present.

  6. I agree with chandan..
    that bowling department remain weak all the time because whatever the score you put on the board is no use till you don’t have power to defend it..
    And if you have strong bowling department, then you can win even after putting average score on the board. Best example is australia.

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