India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day

Mental capitulation against spin - Taylor

Abhishek Purohit in Hyderabad

August 26, 2012

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Ross Taylor walks back after another failure, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day, August 26, 2012
Ross Taylor had scores of 2 and 7 in the Test © AFP
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Ross Taylor has said New Zealand's capitulation to R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in the Hyderabad Test was more to do with a mental block against spin than technical shortcomings. New Zealand lost 18 of their 20 wickets to Ashwin and Ojha to begin their tour with an innings defeat, in stark contrast to their previous visit here when they had put India under pressure in the drawn Ahmedabad Test.

"A little bit of technique but I think most of it is probably in the mind," said Taylor, who made 2 and 7 in the game and fell both times to Ashwin. "[It's about] trusting your defence and trusting your attacking shots. When you get bogged down, it puts a lot of pressure on you and there was a lot of pressure going out there. It's about rotating the strike, finding your single options. We are not big players of using our feet, so we need to create lengths in different ways."

Taylor pointed to New Zealand's highest partnership of the game - Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum added 72 for the second wicket in the second innings - as an example of showing an ability to survive against spin. "I guess any time you are bowled out for 160 [159 and 164] both times, you have got to be disappointed. We have three-four days to rectify that. Obviously spin is an area we need to work on and come back harder and stronger for Bangalore [in the second Test]. I thought Kane and Brendon applied themselves really well for a long period of time and showed that it can be done."

McCullum and Williamson had batted through the truncated morning session on the fourth day, but the former was given out leg-before when on 42 soon after lunch by umpire Steve Davis off Umesh Yadav. Replays indicated the ball had hit the bat and pad simultaneously even as a furious McCullum stormed off swishing his bat.

Taylor was asked about the absence of the Decision Review System. "Obviously [there is] no DRS. The umpires are human and make mistakes. It's a part and parcel of cricket. Different parts of the world have different rules in different sports. It's part and parcel coming to this part of the world."

New Zealand crumbled after McCullum's dismissal, losing their last nine wickets for 66 runs, and their last seven for 26. Taylor said India had put a lot of pressure on the New Zealand batsmen and praised the efforts of Ashwin and Ojha. "Not only Ashwin, Ojha bowled very well and they bowled well in tandem. They put a lot of pressure on us, bowled in very good areas. They are both very good spinners in turning conditions. When the ball does turn and bounce a lot - when it does turn, it is a lot easier to play but when it bounces [as it did in this game], it's a different ball game.

"I guess when you enforce a follow-on and have got a big total, you can have a lot of men around the bat and [MS] Dhoni did that. Come Bangalore, we need to be as positive as possible, clear the mind, trust our defence, but also find a way of scoring runs."

Ashwin felt Bangalore won't be as easy for India as Hyderabad was, and was pleased with the winning start. "Last time when New Zealand were here, they batted really well and almost drew the series. But this is a good start. We knew this was not a venue where we had won the last time, so came here with a lot of apprehension but at the end of the day, I thought we did really well as a unit and won the Test in four days.

"I think there will be a much stiffer contest in Bangalore, the [New Zealand] batsmen will come out with better plans. So we will also have to be up for it. The team had a tough year [in 2011] but it happens with every team. We have to put that behind and we are starting on a good note. Hopefully we can continue and have a great season."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

india i home behave as a lion .where as in abroad become memne ,its not good ,try to maintain all winning habit every where

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

NZ were not helped by the three adverse decisions in the second innings. Guptill, McCullum and Bracewell were casualty to umpiring error. May be they would have put a better show but for that.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

Being a balanced PKi fan (not frenetic) with enough cricket research & knowledge I would say that we must give credit where it is due..1). In tests Pk fans r right that Ind batters Lax & Sehwag r flat track bullies as in recent SA WI ENG & AUS tours their overall avg is 29 & 21 respectively and this has been the story for their entire career The main reason being lack of footwork..But certainly Tendulkar & Dravid r not as on same tours they avged 45 & 41 respectively & their avg has been 50 in these countries - people will wrongly think that it is low avg, in fact it is nearly the best avg by any foreign player in these countries.....2). In ODI batting, mainly SRT has been big game player & consistent performer with tournament final & WC avg of over 50 & Gangully comes nxt. Sahwag has been a dasher who has mostly performed in unimp matches & capitalized on weak oppositions like WC 170 vs ban Dravid has been ODI jinx. Kohli is good but is yet to perform in big games i.e finals & WC

Posted by Testcricfan on (August 29, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

@paps123: I agree the Test series between Eng & SA showcases better quality of cricket, but don't mention the pitches have something for everyone. Swann, the best orthodox spinner in the world, averaged 77 and Tahir, didn't do much better. I think they would disagree with you. By the way, Did you watch the match before drawing your conclusions? India did make 400+ in the same wicket, Kiwi pacer Boult & Martin both moved the cherry around, admittedly not as much as in England, but this was not a poor wicket by any stretch of imagination. The wicket demanded that the bowlers pitch on the 'mat' and attack the stumps, and not expect slip catches like in bouncy wickets...Guys like Ashwin and Yadav who do that were successful. Zaheer, who largely depends on conventional and reverse swing was not successful...what does that say to you? You need to adapt your technique according to the wicket, it applies to bowlers as well, not just the batsmen.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

contd........Dhoni, Yuvi & Raina r good cameo players...........3). Pk balling is certainly far superior than Ind as e.g in last 1 year PK ODI E/R is 4.3 (world's best) & of Ind is 5.6 (world's worst) despite playing on similar pitches........For comparison always compare apples vs apples e.g. In Asia cup we saw PK receieved 240 & 230 from Ban & 180 from Sl whereas on same pitches Ind received 290 from Ban & 250 from SL similarly in WC on Asian flat tracks Pk received 170 from AUS & 220 from Sl whereas Ind received 260 from AUS & 280 from SL.......... Saqlain & Ajmal r world class - share league with Murli & Warne and r far superior than any of their Ind counterparts based on all bowling stats & their performance in big matches .

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

Being a balanced PKi fan (not frenetic) with enough cricket research & knowledge I would say that we must give credit where it is due..1). In tests Pk fans r right that Ind batters Lax & Sehwag r flat track bullies as in recent SA WI ENG & AUS tours their overall avg is 29 & 21 respectively and this has been the story for their entire carrer The main reason being lack of footwork..But certainly Tendulkar & Dravid r not as on same tours they avged 45 & 41 respectively & their avg has been 50 in these countries - people will wrongly think that it is low avg in fact it is nearly the best avg by any foreign player in these countries................2). In ODI batting mainly SRT has been big game player & consistent performer with tournament final & WC avg of over 50 performances & Gangully comes nxt. Sahwag has been a dasher who has mostly performed in unimp matches & capitalized on weak oppositions Dravid has been ODI jinx. Kohli is good but is yet to perform in big games i.e finals & WC

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

India should field team considering tougher overseas tours if they want to avoid hatrick of clean sweeps.. below team in order might help that... Rahane Gambhir Pujara Viru Kohli R Sharma/Raina Dhoni Ashwin/Ozha Yadav Srisanth Varon Arun/Ishant

Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Yes, I agree India struggle on overseas pitches, so do English, AUS, NZ struggle in Indian pitches, but most of the Indian pitches are flat which are called neutral pitches, which are neutral for both spin and fast bowling, as always mentioned why don't we make spin pitches and let Aus struggle in India like Aus make fast pitches and we struggle. Is not correct calling us flat pitch bullies. What if we call you Fast track bullies.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Badri should be drafted into the playing 11. Drop either Sachin or Raina. Now is the chance to give him a test run.

Posted by Gyanendra_Mishra on (August 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@masodur2000, Dear friend while posting any figures please verfy urs stats, after all you are currently with worlds best cricket database (ESPN_STAR). There is no use if you put wrong values in any odd post. Btw I agree that INDIA lost infact white wash against ENG and AUS last year 4 test each, but had managed to won a series against WI (2 - 0) in a 3 match series. In last 25 matches INDIA had won 8 matches and lost 10 matches and 7 drawn. And because of that two whitewash in ENG (4) and AUS (4) INDIA loose their rank after staying at top for more than a year. And whoever spread the myth that INDIAN are bad in foriegn pitches, just dig in to the records page of INDIA, no need to go anywhere you will get all your queries in cricinfo itself.

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