The 'war' within and the curious case of Ross and Brendon!

The relationship between the current and former captain is critical for a healthy New Zealand dressing room.

updated: June 17, 2013 18:50 IST
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Cardiff: Cricket analysts have always tried to read the lines between 'warring' players and how their relationships impact the performance of a team. Almost every Test-playing nation has had its fair share of controversies. For example, the rapport between a Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag has been a topic of much introspection in recent times.

The 'personality' war is not a unique phenomenon. This is more of a norm than exception. Fortunately for Team India at the Champions Trophy, it's been a very happy dressing room with Dhoni the only senior statesman in a squad with no dominant 'senior.' A Sehwag or a Gautam Gambhir is clearly not being missed as India have won every game in UK with consummate ease thus far.

New Zealand missed a great opportunity to seal a Champions Trophy semifinal berth when they lost by 10 runs against England at the Sophia Gardens on Sunday evening. Chasing 170 for a win in a rain hit 24-overs-a-side contest, the Black Caps got pretty close after Kane Williamson struck a 54-ball 67. New Zealand were ultimately left reflecting on what might have been had their top order not crashed to 62 for five in the 14th over.

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