India v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Nagpur, 3rd day November 22, 2010

'I apologised for getting Sachin out' - Andy McKay

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Boomtown Rats may have spoken for most when they sang 'Tell Me Why I Don't Like Mondays', but for New Zealand the first day of the week started perfectly. Sachin Tendulkar went to the ninth ball of the morning and by the time the opening hour was up, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina had joined him back in the pavilion. India's lead was 135 but the situation was salvageable.

Seven hours later, when Brendon McCullum and Gareth Hopkins walked off, the complexion of the match was very different. Rahul Dravid grew in fluency as the day progressed and with MS Dhoni staying true to his attacking instincts en route to 98, New Zealand were pushed into a corner. It will now require a couple of their batsmen to do a Laxman-and-Dravid to get out of this one.

Andy McKay, who took 1 for 120 on debut and looked pretty lively at times, refused to accept that all was lost. "If we can bat in partnerships, play to our strengths and work through tomorrow ... we're obviously looking at it session by session," he said at the end of play. "There's still two days of cricket to go. Our goal is to push deep into the fifth day and see where we go from there. The pitch is pretty flat at the moment, but I'm sure it'll start taking a bit more turn over the next couple of days."

India will still have a pretty hard ball to call on come the fourth morning and McKay suggested that surviving the first session was pivotal to New Zealand's hopes of saving the game. "There's a difference between the new ball and the old ball, particularly the carry through to the keeper," he said. "We're starting to see a little bit more up and down [movement]. Not too much sideways. I feel that the new ball will do a bit more in the morning given that we've had earlier starts. There's a bit more in it for the seam bowlers that first hour. We used those conditions quite well this morning."

McKay was the one to break a few thousand hearts in the day's second over, slanting a quick delivery across Sachin Tendulkar to take the outside edge. "I actually apologised to the crowd at the end of the over," he said with a smile. "I bowled quite well yesterday and I think that warranted me taking the new ball with Chris Martin today. The ball that I got Sachin with, I was looking to bowl pretty quick and put a bit more effort into it. And it paid off. Another couple of wickets would have been great, but to get a player like Sachin Tendulkar as my first wicket is fantastic."

Except for a 71-run hour after lunch when Dravid and Dhoni found the gaps with regularity, New Zealand were seldom sloppy, and the bowlers were again backed up by some exceptional fielding. Dravid said as much later when asked about the rate of scoring. But once the ball went soft and with no recognised second spinner in the New Zealand ranks, India were always in control of the situation.

Though it's his aptitude with the bat that New Zealand need now, McKay insisted that he had enjoyed the tussle with a vaunted batting line-up in alien conditions. "I think I've been lucky with the handful of one-day games I've played," he said. "I've come up against Sehwag and a couple of other big players. I don't think one-day cricket's too far withdrawn from Test cricket, but this is obviously a different grade altogether. To come up against this line-up, while daunting, is also very exciting. I really enjoyed the opportunity today."

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  • vardarajan on November 23, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    @ balamoorali

    -Be thankful to god for doing justice to RD -Be thankful to him that RDs innings were not cut short by umpiring blunders - atleast 20 + times sach has faced incorrect decisions post 2000 -Be thankful to god that sachin fans are not like RD fans ... they don't curse rd because of their love for sach ...the same can't be said about RD fans as your post demonstrates .. often i have seen RD fans wishing sach get injured so that rd crosses his total (orkut's wall comm in 2007)

    You know prayers and curses have great strength ... No Australian who is a hayden fan would ever want ponting to fail ..No Pakistani would ever curse inzy to fail because he likes yousuf or younis ... No Srilankan would ever wish for jayawardena's failure because he likes sangakarra -----------but for people like you and most RD fans sach is a bigger enemy than opposition

    RD bats against 11 players in opposite team ,sachin plays against 11 opposition players, 2 umpires & lacs of curses from rd fans

  • vardarajan on November 23, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    mr balamooorali is there a concept called as no of innings played or not ? if you want to post stats post it completely not partial ones

    sachin missed many a matches through injuries (including a series against a worst windies in 2006) - u have conveniently dropped these criteria

    Also what can sachin do if same bowlers who get aussies in 60 overs at adelaide can't bowl them out in 2 days . rd's 305 at adelaide won the match whereas sachins 301 went into draw - if kumble and co forget the art of bowling within span of a week what is sachin's fault

    atleast aus is a great team ,same bowlers who won india a match when rd got 200 v/s zim while they could draw against same zim next match where sach got 200

    so + 550 for rd in won matches and -500 for sach as matches were drawn

    RD fans must be thankful to god that he has justice for RD's efforts whereas god loves to play spoilsport when sachin scores a masterpiece - 175 v/s aus in odi ;141 v/s pak in odi ; 136 v/s pak in tests ;

  • bala on November 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    For people who says Sachin better than Dravid look at this stats from 2000-2009 is the period india started to win more frequently abroad look contribution of both sachin & dravid

    Player Runs HS Ave 100 50 R Dravid 8558 270 54.85 22 42 Sachin 7129 248* 53.2 21 31

  • pramathesh on November 23, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    McKay's apology shows the extent to which NZ players feel jealous of Sachin's 49 test hundreds. If a team plays with the intention of denying an opponent batsman from achieving a milestone then that is the team to lose the test. NZ have failed to capitalize on the toss won for this test. All the hard work done by NZ in first two tests has been wasted by them in this test. Sachin is not going to apologise to McKay after India go on to win this series by 1-0 margin or making the debutant McKay see his first test as a loss for NZ. But Sachin's 61 will be one of the contributing factors for NZ losing this test. McKay will have realized that only getting Sachin out is hardly the job done. Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Dhoni also have to be dismissed-This is a perfect lesson for McKay or any bowler playing his 1st test to learn.

  • amit on November 23, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    No doubt New Zealanders are best characters on field

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Although I don't understand why we are discussing this but @ Sahil: A captain is only as good as his players plus a bit of brain, strategies nd luck.....As far as strategies nd cricketing brain goes Sachin is just the best that you can find in the country.....If you kindly recollect that Sachin took on the mantle of captaincy just when the whole game was surrounded by controversy and crisis..... We had quality in Harvinder Singh, Debashish Mohanthy as new ball bowlers, Sairaj Bahutule as the No.1 Sppiner and we went to play the mighty Ausises in their own backyard with such a Gr8 Team and obviously lost(although Sach again stood out).... Steve Waugh leading such a side would have struggled to win a match against Zimbabwe......

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    //while srt was taking his own sweet time in the 190s//


    You are wrong

    At Tea, Sachin 165 Runs in 312 Balls. After that, 22 Runs in 27 Balls. 187* (339b) 4,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,2 194* (348b)

    From 187, it was 7 runs in 9 balls :) After Tea Sachin has scored 29 Runs in 36 Balls [From 165* (312b) to 194* (348b)]

    Please don't spread wrong information that Sachin was slow at that point

    29 Runs in 36 Balls is 5 runs per over (or 4.8) and that is never a slow rate in a test match

  • Pavan on November 23, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    @Noorul : Andy McKay joins the following people who have got Sachin out on their debut

    Waqar Younis (Pak) Neil Williams (Eng) Paul Reiffel (Aus) Ujesh Ranchod(Zim) Ruwan Kalpage (SL) Mark Ealham (Eng) Franklyn Rose (WI) Adam Dale (Aus) Neil Johnson (Zim) Naimur Rahman (Bang) Jermaine Lawson (WI) Jacob Oram(NZ) Nathan Hauritz (Aus) Monty Panesar (Eng) Paul Harris (SA) Dammika Prasad (SL) Cameron White (Aus) Peter Siddle (Aus) Peter George (Aus)

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Does someone know for how many debutants sachin is the first wkt..Must have been another record in sachin's kity :)

  • Rohan on November 23, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    mark taylor declared innings against pak when he was in 334, and because he didnt want to break sir donald bradman's record, few stupid brains creating misconception abt people with their stupid self created stats, cricinfo has every info abt cricket, why dont u people check it before posting comments...

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