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Underdogs’ show triumph for Tests

india Updated: Nov 19, 2010 23:00 IST
Daniel Vetorri
Daniel Vetorri
Hindustan Times
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We need to continue doing what we have done so far on the tour in the final five days of this engrossing Test series. Sometimes when you have done well, you try and do something different to continue that success. But we will keep banking on the simple plans we have.

Harbhajan Singh has been the key for India in batting. He's been one of the reasons why we have been held back after we have been able to get into decent positions. Our batting has been coming good with our top six being outstanding. We need them to come good one more time so that we can push for a win.

I have been asked if a drawn series will mean a moral victory for us. I do not agree with that. When you start thinking like that then you are on the back-foot straightaway. We are here to win a series and that was our stated aim before hand. We knew that it was a really tough ask. But it is a good starting point for us.

We need to carry on from that.

I have been on three full tours to India with New Zealand in 1999-2000, 2003-04 and now. All three times we have done well as a team in Test matches. It has been because our batting has held up well against the spinners.

Now our guys are more used to playing spin than before. We realised from our mistakes in Bangladesh that you don't have to be aggressive against spinners. We did that there and came unstuck. Here we have been able to build an innings which has been very important.

This past week, Test cricket has also shown that if world class players like Chris Gayle, Younis Khan stand up, then a team can generate momentum and the others can follow them.

It has been really great for world cricket that three underdogs have done well in Test cricket. TCM