India had a formidable outing on Sunday night, as they defeated New Zealand with a massive margin of 73 runs. This win helped them complete the whitewash on a somewhat depleted New Zealand side that was missing the likes of Kane Williamson and a few others like him. However, that does not take away anything from the Indian players who gave their best to win this series. Also, this is an incredible feat achieved under the command of the newly appointed head coach and captain.
While Rohit Sharma has been a part of this Indian setup for over a decade now, it was Rahul Dravid’s first stint with the senior Indian team. Although he has been familiar with the U-19 circuit and players at the NCA, coaching a team at the highest level is a different ballgame altogether. He didn’t falter, though, and procured what can be called the perfect result from the series at the end of the day. Dravid, however, is too modest and realistic to be celebrating it or calling it a feather in his hat.
In the post-match presentation, Dravid made it very clear that it was a very remarkable result for the team. However, realistically it was not that big of an achievement, keeping in mind that the Kiwis had to play the first T20 of this series three days after they lost the T20 World Cup final. Dravid said, “It was a good series win. Everyone played really well right through the series. It feels good, nice to start well. We are also quite realistic… (it was) not easy for NZ to play a World Cup final and then to turn up three days later and play three games in six days,” PTI reports. He added that the team would keep their feet on the ground, take all the positives from the win and move on.