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Nothing new, India lose yet another series abroad
India suffered a humiliating defeat in the recently concluded India-New Zealand ODI series, where they lost 4-0. This is India's second straight ODI series loss with South Africa defeating India late last year. This brings into picture India's dismal performance in foreign conditions.

''We need to produce such pitches in India, which offers bounce and pace, if not, we will always struggle abroad,'' said Karsan Ghavri, former Indian cricketer. Those occasions when India has played at home, they have looked extremely good, in fact sometimes, impossible to beat. It is primarily due to the flat pitches in India, where they rule the roost. But the same set of players struggle when they come out of their comfort zones and play under alien conditions.

Madhav Apte, former Indian cricketer said, '' We lost the recent series due to the failure of our bowlers. They clearly lacked penetration. But from the same pitches, the New Zealand bowlers extracted so much and helped them take wickets.'' It reflects the quality of bowlers in the Indian team. The home bowlers knew the weakness of the Indian batsmen and were bowling short pitched deliveries. Barring Dhoni and Kohli, none of the Indian batsmen stood upto the fight.

''Virat is the only batsman in the team, who has a great temperament, technique and hunger for runs to play abroad,'' said Ghavri. Kohli looked in great form as he single-handedly took on the kiwi bowlers, though all his effort went in vain. He scored a century along with two half centuries in the series – the best Indian player in the series.

But, Ghavri does not agree that it was bowlers alone who must be held accountable for India's defeat, but the batsmen as well. He said ''Both the bowlers and the batsmen failed. The bowlers did not stick to the right length, and the batsmen also faced problems with the risisng ball.'' Players such as Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina could not make any difference with their willow in the recent series. A lot were expected from this Indian team, who were considered favourites before the series got started. After this loss, some of the players might even face the axe for the next ODI series.

The Indian team looked out of touch and lacked experience as well. Most of the players who played in the tournament were inexperienced in such conditions. Hence, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer and Yuvraj's absence was felt by the Indian team. The results could have been different, had India sent an experienced team. So, does failure of the youngsters pave the way back for these senior pros?

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