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

  • dummy4fb 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?

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