India v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Guwahati November 28, 2010

'We have to play a lot better' - Taylor

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Ross Taylor, who captained New Zealand in the absence of Daniel Vettori, has said the way his team batted in the middle overs was "disappointing" and one of the main reasons for their 40-run defeat in the first ODI at Guwahati. New Zealand lost five wickets for 38 runs at one stage, and it took a 67-run ninth-wicket stand between Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum to give India a few anxious moments.

"The wickets of Scott Styris and Grant Elliot for us were the turning points of the match. Probably we could have pulled it off if we had wickets in hand."

Taylor said he hoped the team was getting its quota of losses out of the way early. "Like Twenty20, one-day cricket is all about momentum. It would have been nice to start off on a winning note. Now we know that we have to play a lot better than we did today."

Brendon McCullum and regular captain Vettori both missed the game because of back problems, and Taylor said they are being monitored on a day-to-day basis. "We are here to try a few different combinations, and I'm sure they will work out. Vettori makes a big difference on any track he plays on."

He was also full of praise for centurion Virat Kohli, who is his team-mate with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. "He batted very well. It was a chanceless innings, especially the way he paced it. He also got good support from Yuvraj Singh. It was a very well-made hundred by a young cricketer. It would have been good to get him out but he deserved this hundred.

"The way he has played for India in the last 12-18 months has been outstanding. I'm sure if continues to do this way, Test cricket won't be far. It's good to see him scoring a hundred but a little disappointing as he scored against us. Hopefully we can stop him in the next game.

Taylor defended his decision to bowl first, saying credit must be given to India's batsmen for the way they played. "The outfield was a little bit bumpy but there was nothing to complain about it. Both the teams played on the same outfield. The pitch also played pretty well. Probably it was a 250 wicket. The pitch played a lot better than we expected."

As for his own form, Taylor, who top scored for New Zealand with 66, said he should have pushed on to get a hundred. "It was disappointing with the way I played in the Test series. I still batted okay, I was just disappointed with the way I got out. Today was okay, I needed to get into the three figures. It was disappointing. Hopefully I can get better."

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  • arvindthiru on November 30, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Looking at the way virat is constructing his innings, India should play him in the middle order consistently for the WC. My team for the world cup would be Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat, Yuvi, MS,Raina, Bhaji, Praveen, Zak, Nehra. We can definitely extract 10 overs from our part timers Yuvi,viru,raina and sachin in Indian Conditions. Ashwin, Yusuf,Vijay, Uthappa, Munaf, should complete the 16 man squad. In the playing 11, Sachin, gambhir and virat can consolidate a long innings and let viru, yuvi, MS and raina to play their natural game and this way we should consistently reach scores around 300 consistently. In the bowling, PK and Nehra should bowl the new ball coz they are not good with a slightly older one..as MS uses PK to bowl 8 over up front, thats how it should be and Zak and Nehra bowl well in the end overs..this team can definitely win the WC !!!

  • Razor88 on November 30, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Mr.Professor - I quiet Disagree.Its Better to have him than Saha...

  • The_Professor on November 30, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    All those calling for the inclusion of Uthappa, I wish you would just shut up! This man averages 27, 41 and 32 in ODI, First Class and List A, respectively - hardly a compelling case for inclusion into the Indian team in any form. You are out of your mind if you disagree!! There are many more younger batsman with better cases such as Pujara, Rehane, S Tiwary etc. People like Uthappa and Jadeja should not be allowed any where near an international arena.

  • Razor88 on November 30, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Very poor Selection as Usual : My Preferred Eleven - 1.Goutham 2.Murali Vijay 3.Virat 4.Yuvi 5. Raina 6.Robin/Dinesh 7.Praveen 8.Ashwin 9.Nehra 10.Sree 11.Patel. We now saw saha's Talent with the bad :\. It hurt India Pretty bad have him instead of Robin who can thrash any Bowling and Dinesh who can Milk any Attack :|.If qouta system is there its the Dumbest thing we can have to Promote the game :| Should Sack evey official and Bring new Board :| Something like ICB

  • sammykent on November 30, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Taylor 4. Williamson 5. Guptill 6. Styris 7.Franklin 8. Vettori 9. Mills 10. Southee 11.McKay 12. How / McCullum. How is the obvious replacement for Guptill if he is off colour, or any other batsman. McCullum needs to take back the gloves to give the team added batting depth (just odi's). Franklin should be a good number 7 and seems in good touch. Also he is a proven performer at international level. With Ryder, Williamson, Styris, Franklin and even Guptill able to bowl there is room to drop a bowler and go for a batting rich team. I would also consider a faster bowler like Butler to replace Southee.

  • sammykent on November 30, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Taylor 4. Williamson 5. Guptill 6. Styris 7.Franklin 8. Vettori 9. Mills 10. Southee 11.McKay 12. How / McCullum. How is the obvious replacement for Guptill if he is off colour, or any other batsman. McCullum needs to take back the gloves to give the team added batting depth (just odi's). Franklin should be a good number 7 and seems in good touch. Also he is a proven performer at international level. With Ryder, Williamson, Styris, Franklin and even Guptill able to bowl there is room to drop a bowler and go for a batting rich team. I would also consider a faster bowler like Butler to replace Southee.

  • PTtheAxis on November 30, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    where is utthapa? would have reached 300 if he was there at 7 .

  • OutdoorMiner on November 30, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    New Zealand were put off from the dog that came running onto the field. Whoever let that happen won the game for India

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    @Man007 It Is Not India A Because It Is The Combination Of Players Who Are Cement Their Place Ahead Of WC And Players Who Are Trying To Be Play For India In Future.

  • KAIRAVA on November 29, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Why is Wriddhiman Saha playing? Where is Dinesh Karthik?

  • arvindthiru on November 30, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Looking at the way virat is constructing his innings, India should play him in the middle order consistently for the WC. My team for the world cup would be Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat, Yuvi, MS,Raina, Bhaji, Praveen, Zak, Nehra. We can definitely extract 10 overs from our part timers Yuvi,viru,raina and sachin in Indian Conditions. Ashwin, Yusuf,Vijay, Uthappa, Munaf, should complete the 16 man squad. In the playing 11, Sachin, gambhir and virat can consolidate a long innings and let viru, yuvi, MS and raina to play their natural game and this way we should consistently reach scores around 300 consistently. In the bowling, PK and Nehra should bowl the new ball coz they are not good with a slightly older one..as MS uses PK to bowl 8 over up front, thats how it should be and Zak and Nehra bowl well in the end overs..this team can definitely win the WC !!!

  • Razor88 on November 30, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Mr.Professor - I quiet Disagree.Its Better to have him than Saha...

  • The_Professor on November 30, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    All those calling for the inclusion of Uthappa, I wish you would just shut up! This man averages 27, 41 and 32 in ODI, First Class and List A, respectively - hardly a compelling case for inclusion into the Indian team in any form. You are out of your mind if you disagree!! There are many more younger batsman with better cases such as Pujara, Rehane, S Tiwary etc. People like Uthappa and Jadeja should not be allowed any where near an international arena.

  • Razor88 on November 30, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Very poor Selection as Usual : My Preferred Eleven - 1.Goutham 2.Murali Vijay 3.Virat 4.Yuvi 5. Raina 6.Robin/Dinesh 7.Praveen 8.Ashwin 9.Nehra 10.Sree 11.Patel. We now saw saha's Talent with the bad :\. It hurt India Pretty bad have him instead of Robin who can thrash any Bowling and Dinesh who can Milk any Attack :|.If qouta system is there its the Dumbest thing we can have to Promote the game :| Should Sack evey official and Bring new Board :| Something like ICB

  • sammykent on November 30, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Taylor 4. Williamson 5. Guptill 6. Styris 7.Franklin 8. Vettori 9. Mills 10. Southee 11.McKay 12. How / McCullum. How is the obvious replacement for Guptill if he is off colour, or any other batsman. McCullum needs to take back the gloves to give the team added batting depth (just odi's). Franklin should be a good number 7 and seems in good touch. Also he is a proven performer at international level. With Ryder, Williamson, Styris, Franklin and even Guptill able to bowl there is room to drop a bowler and go for a batting rich team. I would also consider a faster bowler like Butler to replace Southee.

  • sammykent on November 30, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Taylor 4. Williamson 5. Guptill 6. Styris 7.Franklin 8. Vettori 9. Mills 10. Southee 11.McKay 12. How / McCullum. How is the obvious replacement for Guptill if he is off colour, or any other batsman. McCullum needs to take back the gloves to give the team added batting depth (just odi's). Franklin should be a good number 7 and seems in good touch. Also he is a proven performer at international level. With Ryder, Williamson, Styris, Franklin and even Guptill able to bowl there is room to drop a bowler and go for a batting rich team. I would also consider a faster bowler like Butler to replace Southee.

  • PTtheAxis on November 30, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    where is utthapa? would have reached 300 if he was there at 7 .

  • OutdoorMiner on November 30, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    New Zealand were put off from the dog that came running onto the field. Whoever let that happen won the game for India

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    @Man007 It Is Not India A Because It Is The Combination Of Players Who Are Cement Their Place Ahead Of WC And Players Who Are Trying To Be Play For India In Future.

  • KAIRAVA on November 29, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Why is Wriddhiman Saha playing? Where is Dinesh Karthik?

  • rohanblue on November 29, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    still indian fielding is a big worry, looks like few players dnt even knw how catch a ball, yusuf took a nice catch in slip, bt just see d replay of his catch, it looked like a 5yrs old kid catching a ball, ashwin droped one easy catch of hopkins, and ground fielding is also very average, india managed only 58 runs in last 10 overs and lost 7 wickets, dnt foget this nz team is without mcculum, vetori, oram and ryder, dnt knw why selectors wasting robin uthhapa, irfan pathan, and giving chances to useless players like saha and jadeja...

  • SUNDOS on November 29, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Ok,the Kiwis were outclassed,and the Indian benchstrength is a welcome headache for the selectors.There is much to be admired about the graciousness of the kiwis,they will unearth some pretty good players by the time this tour is over.Slow,low bouncy wickets,bumpy outfields,different climatic zones as the criss cross the country,they have taken it all in their stride.Should India relax,they could pay dearly as the Mills/ McCullum partnership threatened to cause some serious blushes.Indian conditions,and even Yuvraj is a wicket taker.Good show,a one sided match but there were moments that set up the series.A welcome change form the ill tempered Aussies,proves that the Southern Hemisphere is well behaved.

  • on November 29, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @Man007 You have read my mind. Hell if Bangladesh can beat them, so can India A!

  • on November 29, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Bizarre selections and batting order from NZ.. Williamson at 3? Tuffey at 7?? McCullum 9 / Mills 10??? Hopefully Baz and Vettori return to this lineup: Baz / How / Guptill / Taylor / Williamson / Styris / Franklin / N McCullum / Vettori / Mills / McKay But if the pattern continues will probably pick Tuffey or Southee ahead of Franklin.

  • mike5181 on November 29, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    1.McCullum (wk) 2.Guptill 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.Styris 6.How 7.Franklin 8.Vettori 9.Mills 10.Tuffey 11.Mckay - if that's not the team then do not bother showing up...its becoming embarrassing...really do not understand how these players can keep injuring "tweaking" themselves, harden up says the whole of NZ. Can anyone remember the last time we had a full strength team? Almost makes me sick watching Jacob Oram on that cricket show going on about how he plans to comeback blah blah softy.

  • on November 29, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Great Work Done By Yuvraj As An All-Rounder,Kohli As The Batsman, Ashwin As The Bowler....!But Worry Is One Of Them, Will Miss WC If Raina Perfom Well In Upcoming Matches (Even Though Yuvraj,Kohli,Ashwin Perform Well In Upcoming Matches). I Think WC Playing XI Will Be Decided In SA. What Will Happen If All Yuvraj, Kohli, Gambhir, Raina, Ashwin Performed Well In SA....? My Squad For WC: Dhoni(Captain),Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Ashwin,Harbajan, Nehra,Praveen,Zaheer,Ojha,Patel,Rohit Sharma. My Playing XI For Batting Pitch : Gambhir,Sehwag,Sachin,Kohli,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Ashwin,Harbajan,Praveen,Zaheer, Nehra. My Playing XI For Spin Pitch : Gambhir,Sehwag,Sachin, Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj, Dhoni,Ashwin,Harbajan,Zaheer,Nehra. My Playing XI For Pace Pitch : Gambhir, Sehwag,Sachin,Rohit Sharma,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Patel,Harbajan,Praveen,Zaheer, Nehra.Ojha Can Replace Ashwin If He Performs Extreamly Well In Upcoming Matches.

  • sweetspot on November 29, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    VIrat is settling down nicely to play the aggressive #3 position very well. Between him and Pujara, I think India have this spot covered nicely for tests after Dravid can make his graceful exit. If Yuvi starts playing fluently, India have a formidable batting line up, even without Sachin. Sehwag, Vijay, Gambhir, Raina, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni - should give the team plenty of freedom for the other spot. Raina will come out of his lean patch as soon as he gets more pace on SA wickets, just watch.

  • anver777 on November 29, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Good news for NZ is that Ross Taylor returns back to form early in the series but as he said Styris & co should perform better in the crucial middle overs ....NZ is missing Oram and i think they must drop Elliot and bring in Franklin who is in good nick right now....... hope McCullum will be fit for 2nd match !!!!!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 29, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Congrats! India-A won the match! :)

  • Deepkar on November 29, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Cont... Also i think india have to take some x factor eg yusuf pthan give him full freedom at no. 3 dont count him if he plays 3-4/10 matches thats enough like jayasurya of 1996 WC. Need to do something out of box like bring deepak chahar he can work like mendis did initially.

  • Deepkar on November 29, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Ashvin bowl well. Yvi can bowl with raina & sehwag 10 overs. Dont forget it was NZ but what against likes of SL where batsmans play spin better specialy SLA as there r so many lefties. Line up for WC will be 99% viru, srt, gavti, kohli,yuvi,raina, dhoni, bhajji, pk, zak, nehra. Now if pthan plays well & mind u he is impact player if he stays there for 15 overs can broke in to team he will be no. 7 but who will sit out? Raina or yuvi? I will go with raina. Also think ashvin better than bhajji as he is having surprises for batsmans bhajji cant take wickets every team keep wickets in hand & then hit in death overs he is also reason for indias poor death over bowling & i dont like his attitude ( now dont tell me about 2 100s his primary job is to take wickets)

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  • Deepkar on November 29, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Ashvin bowl well. Yvi can bowl with raina & sehwag 10 overs. Dont forget it was NZ but what against likes of SL where batsmans play spin better specialy SLA as there r so many lefties. Line up for WC will be 99% viru, srt, gavti, kohli,yuvi,raina, dhoni, bhajji, pk, zak, nehra. Now if pthan plays well & mind u he is impact player if he stays there for 15 overs can broke in to team he will be no. 7 but who will sit out? Raina or yuvi? I will go with raina. Also think ashvin better than bhajji as he is having surprises for batsmans bhajji cant take wickets every team keep wickets in hand & then hit in death overs he is also reason for indias poor death over bowling & i dont like his attitude ( now dont tell me about 2 100s his primary job is to take wickets)

  • Deepkar on November 29, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Cont... Also i think india have to take some x factor eg yusuf pthan give him full freedom at no. 3 dont count him if he plays 3-4/10 matches thats enough like jayasurya of 1996 WC. Need to do something out of box like bring deepak chahar he can work like mendis did initially.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 29, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Congrats! India-A won the match! :)

  • anver777 on November 29, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Good news for NZ is that Ross Taylor returns back to form early in the series but as he said Styris & co should perform better in the crucial middle overs ....NZ is missing Oram and i think they must drop Elliot and bring in Franklin who is in good nick right now....... hope McCullum will be fit for 2nd match !!!!!!!

  • sweetspot on November 29, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    VIrat is settling down nicely to play the aggressive #3 position very well. Between him and Pujara, I think India have this spot covered nicely for tests after Dravid can make his graceful exit. If Yuvi starts playing fluently, India have a formidable batting line up, even without Sachin. Sehwag, Vijay, Gambhir, Raina, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni - should give the team plenty of freedom for the other spot. Raina will come out of his lean patch as soon as he gets more pace on SA wickets, just watch.

  • on November 29, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Great Work Done By Yuvraj As An All-Rounder,Kohli As The Batsman, Ashwin As The Bowler....!But Worry Is One Of Them, Will Miss WC If Raina Perfom Well In Upcoming Matches (Even Though Yuvraj,Kohli,Ashwin Perform Well In Upcoming Matches). I Think WC Playing XI Will Be Decided In SA. What Will Happen If All Yuvraj, Kohli, Gambhir, Raina, Ashwin Performed Well In SA....? My Squad For WC: Dhoni(Captain),Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Ashwin,Harbajan, Nehra,Praveen,Zaheer,Ojha,Patel,Rohit Sharma. My Playing XI For Batting Pitch : Gambhir,Sehwag,Sachin,Kohli,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Ashwin,Harbajan,Praveen,Zaheer, Nehra. My Playing XI For Spin Pitch : Gambhir,Sehwag,Sachin, Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj, Dhoni,Ashwin,Harbajan,Zaheer,Nehra. My Playing XI For Pace Pitch : Gambhir, Sehwag,Sachin,Rohit Sharma,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Patel,Harbajan,Praveen,Zaheer, Nehra.Ojha Can Replace Ashwin If He Performs Extreamly Well In Upcoming Matches.

  • mike5181 on November 29, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    1.McCullum (wk) 2.Guptill 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.Styris 6.How 7.Franklin 8.Vettori 9.Mills 10.Tuffey 11.Mckay - if that's not the team then do not bother showing up...its becoming embarrassing...really do not understand how these players can keep injuring "tweaking" themselves, harden up says the whole of NZ. Can anyone remember the last time we had a full strength team? Almost makes me sick watching Jacob Oram on that cricket show going on about how he plans to comeback blah blah softy.

  • on November 29, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Bizarre selections and batting order from NZ.. Williamson at 3? Tuffey at 7?? McCullum 9 / Mills 10??? Hopefully Baz and Vettori return to this lineup: Baz / How / Guptill / Taylor / Williamson / Styris / Franklin / N McCullum / Vettori / Mills / McKay But if the pattern continues will probably pick Tuffey or Southee ahead of Franklin.

  • on November 29, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @Man007 You have read my mind. Hell if Bangladesh can beat them, so can India A!

  • SUNDOS on November 29, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Ok,the Kiwis were outclassed,and the Indian benchstrength is a welcome headache for the selectors.There is much to be admired about the graciousness of the kiwis,they will unearth some pretty good players by the time this tour is over.Slow,low bouncy wickets,bumpy outfields,different climatic zones as the criss cross the country,they have taken it all in their stride.Should India relax,they could pay dearly as the Mills/ McCullum partnership threatened to cause some serious blushes.Indian conditions,and even Yuvraj is a wicket taker.Good show,a one sided match but there were moments that set up the series.A welcome change form the ill tempered Aussies,proves that the Southern Hemisphere is well behaved.