Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja is highly impressed with the performance of the India National Cricket Team in their own backyard and he feels that the other sub-continent teams, including Pakistan, should learn from the Men In Blue how to dominate at home.
India hammered New Zealand by 8 wickets with 179 balls remaining in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Since the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, India have been undefeated in the ODI series at home. They have won against West Indies, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Ramiz Raja said that triumphing over India in their own backyard is a very difficult job for any team in the world. He added that the Men In Green also have the potential to dominate at home, but they have failed to produce good results.
“It’s tough to beat India in India. This is something to learn for other sub-continent teams, including Pakistan. It’s because Pakistan have enough potential, but the home performance in terms of results or series wins is not as consistent as Team India. This is an important milestone for India in the World Cup year,” he said.
Notably, Pakistan recently had a very poor home season under the leadership of Babar Azam. Pakistan got whitewashed by England in the three-match Test series as well as they lost the ODI series against New Zealand and failed to win a single Test against the same opposition.
New Zealand are not a bad team – Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja further said that New Zealand are a strong side, but they lost against India because of the lack of confidence in batting.
“New Zealand are not a bad team. They are the top-ranked side. They lost in their own game because there was no confidence, reliability and rhythm in batting,” he said.
Ramiz Raja also lavished praise on the Indian pacers, saying that they might not have express pace, but they definitely have the quality, which is needed to succeed.
“India speedsters might not have much pace, but there was quality. They have developed a habit of bowling in certain areas. Field adjustments were as per seam positioning. They created pressure with slips that were outstanding to watch. A complete performance. Spin also came and bowled well.”
The Black Caps were bundled out for 108 in the second ODI as Mohammed Shami bagged a three-wicket haul while Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar bagged two wickets each. Also, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav picked up one wicket each.