India's series loss to New Zealand a blessing in disguise: Rahul Dravid

India's dismal performance in New Zealand will give skipper MS Dhoni a chance to work on the team’s shortcomings for next year’s World Cup, feels legendary cricketer

Before leaving Indian shores, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt the tour of New Zealand would be an ideal exposure for the youngsters in the team to prepare for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

With the way the young brigade has performed, Dhoni must have got a reality check of the shortcomings in his team. Except in the third match where the visitors managed to tie the game, it has been New Zealand all the way.

While the Indian team aims for that elusive win against New Zealand in the fifth and final one-day international at Wellington today, Rahul Dravid sees the failure as a blessing in disguise for Dhoni & Co. “It is okay to have a bad tournament now than having a bad time in the World Cup. So, it might be a blessing in disguise for the team.

It (this tournament) would give them (team management) a fair idea of what players they would like (during the World Cup),” Dravid, who scored 425 at an average of 38.64 in 12 ODIs in New Zealand, told MiD DAY

The icc World Cup trophy which the cricket world will fight for in Australia and New Zealand next year. Pic/Getty Images
The ICC World Cup trophy which the cricket world will fight for in Australia and New Zealand next year. Pic/Getty Images

It is not just the bowlers who have struggled. Batsmen too have found the going tough. Apart from the skipper and Virat Kohli, no batsman has looked convincing at the crease. In the bowling line-up, only Mohammad Shami looked threatening.

Dravid is positive about the Indian team doing well at next year’s World Cup. “I am sure they have learnt a lot from this tour to New Zealand. There are some smart guys in that team.

Winning or losing is one thing, but they gained a lot of exposure from this tour which would help them in a year’s time when they go there again,” the former India skipper signed off.

  • Darshana31-Jan-2014

    I agree with Rahul Dravid. Before the 2003 world cup , the Indian team (saurav gangula was captain) had lost the entire one day series against NZ when Stephen Fleming was captain. The Indian team lost only two matches in that world including the final and that too against Aus.

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