India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 1st day August 23, 2012

Pujara ton highlight on India's day

257

India 307 for 5 (Pujara 119*, Kohli 58) v New Zealand
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The first day of the Hyderabad Test gave India a sign of the leading contender for their vacant no. 3 slot. Cheteshwar Pujara's maiden Test century, more than 20 months after he last played for India, helped his team come up for air more than once and they finished the first day on 307 for 5.

Pujara's unbeaten 119 was an innings of glacial composure and helped the Indians tide through their dips in a day that remained for the better part tightly competed. The game is more in India's control now: the total has just crossed 300, captain MS Dhoni is batting on 29 alongside Pujara and the batsmen believe the wicket has begun to slow down, the ball started to turn. Regardless of how much of the turning is just hokey talk, New Zealand do bat last and India do have two spinners.

Hyderabad was expected to offer proof of what India's gen next middle-order was supposed to look like following the retirement of both Dravid and Laxman. If Pujara has just got his finger prints all over the No.3 slot, Virat Kohli had done enough in the last year to let it be known that his place in the team these days is a given.

Pujara's fourth wicket 125-run partnership with Kohli formed the centerpiece of India's batting today. When Kohli came in to bat, India had lost their seniormost specialist batsmen - Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar - with more than half the day's play remaining. The score was 125-3 and New Zealand's three-man frontline seam attack (James Franklin's military medium not exactly threatening) were asking enough questions of a side that has lost eight of its last 11 Tests.

Pujara and Kohli paced and weighted their partnership well. They were helped by the fact that, the moment Tendulkar fell, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor continued to offer the batsmen Jeetan Patel at one end for as many as eight overs. No matter what or who came to them from the other end, for a passage of time Patel was, for all his containment, the pressure-releasing bowler.

New Zealand were not helped by their slip cordon either - make that by their captain Taylor, whose nightmare could said to have begun in the morning, when he lost the toss. Three genuine catches went down today; these do not including Daniel Flynn backpedalling from square leg trying to get to one that Sehwag had ballooned up off Chris Martin or Pujara's only chance all day, when on 60, to Flynn at short leg. The three New Zealand let go were all behind the wicket and Taylor featured in all of them: Sehwag on 35 hit one between Taylor and the keeper Kruger van Wyk; Patel had Kohli pushing at one when on 46, with Taylor caught on the wrong foot, and Dhoni went through Taylor's hands off the second ball he faced.

It was a pity because for most of the day New Zealand's seamers had kept at their job. They made use of the new ball and the conditions that helped them eke out any swing, getting rid of the Indian openers inside the first session, Sehwag and Gambhir both falling to loose shots. Tendulkar was gone less than an hour into the second session, Boult bursting through his gate with one that swung late into him. Boult was New Zealand's bowler for most of the day, sending down a controlled line, moving the ball both ways at good pace.

When the third session began, however, Pujara and Kohli were able to lean on the bowling. India had knocked off 35 runs inside the first five overs after tea. Doug Bracewell limped off with a cramp in the second over, bringing on backup Franklin with makeshift spinner Kane Williamson turning up to bowl a few overs to inch New Zealand closer to the second new ball.

Franklin went for three boundaries in the second over after tea and Pujara deposited Williamson's half-tracker in the stands over midwicket. Kohli looked in complete control, all classical style merged with contemporary improvisation. In the first hour after tea, India's two middle-order tykes had put up 56 in 11 overs to the New Zealand allsorts combination of Franklin, Williamson and Patel.

Martin was brought back to stem the tide and against the run of play Kohli, who had crossed his fifty by edging one off Patel, tried to square cut Martin, like Sehwag had. Like Sehwag, he too edged it to Martin Guptill at second slip, out for 58.

By then Pujara was already on 95, having raced through the second half of his innings, close to a run a ball. This after his first 50 had come off 119 balls, batting alongside Sehwag and Tendulkar. Unmindful of the calm that is associated with India's No 3 slot, Pujara glided one past gully for a boundary off Martin to reach 99 and blocked the next three. Only when Franklin drifted down leg did Pujara flick him to fine leg and sprint through for the single that took him to his century. His grin was the size of the stadium.

Ten runs later, Raina was out, caught behind flicking Patel down leg. Which once again seemed to remind Pujara of his duties as anchor: Dhoni came in at 260-5, the two putting on 47 in the 15-odd overs they had to play out to stumps. Without Bracewell, New Zealand had to split the new ball between Martin, who had already bowled five spells in the day and Boult, who bowled his 16 overs in six lots.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • prolapse on August 26, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Congrats to India U19 winning worldcup. Now with regard to the test match, no wonder you don't want DRS because if you used it both Guptill & McCallum would still be there. Shame on you

  • on August 25, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    It's too early to see Pujara as a replacement of Dravid or Laxman, but he has the temperament.He just need to perform well in overseas countries.

  • HARISHGUDRY on August 25, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @ M.Vijay: need to include M.Vijay for test team,do u really think he deserves a look at him about including in the team? if so, on what basis? if u do, it'll be similar to Raina's story. he was dropped on non performance & given chance again without doing anything in the format, we can see the result: 3 valuable runs on the scoreboard. performing in South Africa in T20 formats is entirely different from performing in test cricket i think? If Badrinath was given the chance as we gave to MV, he would have been a success. Now also he's not getting chance bcoz dhoni raina friendship. so sad:-( never seen a player getting chances just bcoz he's a good friend of the captain!!!

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 25, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Drop Tendu and bring in Badri. Tendu has become a burden on his team. Gotta feel bad for Badri. He won't get a chance until Tendu retires, and at this rate Badri will retire before Tendu.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on August 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    i have only one reply to all sachin's critics: look at the link below

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;qualmin1=5;qualval1=matches;spanmin1=30+Jun+2011;spanval1=span;team=6;template=results;type=batting

    tell me now... who should be out of the team?? why is performance not a factor?? and this is only for the last 12 months... if you go back another year, there is no one even close to tendulkar...

  • serious-am-i on August 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @Flighted_kiwi: Well said mate, let me put my prospective here. When I joined cricninfo for commenting, I used to comment only about the current matches - or what the article was supposed to be for, its only after I saw the bad mouths from other quarters I had decided to get into the pit as well, there is a limit to digest as well when lot of foul terms are coming your way. I had appealed quite a few times to keep the topic on & not to drag it to some others especially don't end up with comparing about teams/players who weren't part of it but it wasn't heard really. So, its become a hard reality, point a few comments on the match & fight with others in the remaining hatred spreading users. Period.

  • on August 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    19 runs 62 balls-dead wicket- how much longer do we need to endure this for Mr God. Please leave now and let us see a couple of young lads who need to be blooded on Indian wickets.

  • on August 24, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Every time the TV showed Sachin's dismissal of yesterday, I was hoping to see an "unplayable" ball. Alas, it wasn't. It was a straight wicket to wicket one with some pace, but no wickedness. It was a pure and simple case of SLOW reflex. Before he could sight the ball, it had knocked down the middle stump. And, it is not the first time it is happening. Being a 73 year old, I know too well that you can't fight the ageing process... for ever... and ever. Yes, maturity, grace, and willingness to sit back and enjoy life, and continue to relish all the admiration ... all this can be developed... with age! When will we see that happening?

  • screamingeagle on August 24, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Short answer to Sachin critics. Look at his stats for the last 10-20 tests and compare with others. Incl VVS btw. Then start yapping about his failures and stuff. I saw a post that he hasnt had a 100 in the last 10 tests. Is that a necessity? He has had 2 90s and an 80 in that period. A few 50s as well. Seriously, dont post because you like to write. Make a factual point, no hot air..

  • M.Vijay on August 24, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Why we can consider Murali Vijay in stead of Rahane including in the playing 11. He is a good Batsman for all type of cricket. If we test to build the middle order with Sewag / Gambhir Murali Vijay will suit with both the opening batsman..

    For Newzeland serious he is not in the playing Squad. but we can use in the forthcoming South african series in SA.

    and one more thing He( Murali Vijay ) is having better record in South african pitches in IPL & CLT20.

  • prolapse on August 26, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Congrats to India U19 winning worldcup. Now with regard to the test match, no wonder you don't want DRS because if you used it both Guptill & McCallum would still be there. Shame on you

  • on August 25, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    It's too early to see Pujara as a replacement of Dravid or Laxman, but he has the temperament.He just need to perform well in overseas countries.

  • HARISHGUDRY on August 25, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @ M.Vijay: need to include M.Vijay for test team,do u really think he deserves a look at him about including in the team? if so, on what basis? if u do, it'll be similar to Raina's story. he was dropped on non performance & given chance again without doing anything in the format, we can see the result: 3 valuable runs on the scoreboard. performing in South Africa in T20 formats is entirely different from performing in test cricket i think? If Badrinath was given the chance as we gave to MV, he would have been a success. Now also he's not getting chance bcoz dhoni raina friendship. so sad:-( never seen a player getting chances just bcoz he's a good friend of the captain!!!

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 25, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Drop Tendu and bring in Badri. Tendu has become a burden on his team. Gotta feel bad for Badri. He won't get a chance until Tendu retires, and at this rate Badri will retire before Tendu.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on August 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    i have only one reply to all sachin's critics: look at the link below

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;qualmin1=5;qualval1=matches;spanmin1=30+Jun+2011;spanval1=span;team=6;template=results;type=batting

    tell me now... who should be out of the team?? why is performance not a factor?? and this is only for the last 12 months... if you go back another year, there is no one even close to tendulkar...

  • serious-am-i on August 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @Flighted_kiwi: Well said mate, let me put my prospective here. When I joined cricninfo for commenting, I used to comment only about the current matches - or what the article was supposed to be for, its only after I saw the bad mouths from other quarters I had decided to get into the pit as well, there is a limit to digest as well when lot of foul terms are coming your way. I had appealed quite a few times to keep the topic on & not to drag it to some others especially don't end up with comparing about teams/players who weren't part of it but it wasn't heard really. So, its become a hard reality, point a few comments on the match & fight with others in the remaining hatred spreading users. Period.

  • on August 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    19 runs 62 balls-dead wicket- how much longer do we need to endure this for Mr God. Please leave now and let us see a couple of young lads who need to be blooded on Indian wickets.

  • on August 24, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Every time the TV showed Sachin's dismissal of yesterday, I was hoping to see an "unplayable" ball. Alas, it wasn't. It was a straight wicket to wicket one with some pace, but no wickedness. It was a pure and simple case of SLOW reflex. Before he could sight the ball, it had knocked down the middle stump. And, it is not the first time it is happening. Being a 73 year old, I know too well that you can't fight the ageing process... for ever... and ever. Yes, maturity, grace, and willingness to sit back and enjoy life, and continue to relish all the admiration ... all this can be developed... with age! When will we see that happening?

  • screamingeagle on August 24, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Short answer to Sachin critics. Look at his stats for the last 10-20 tests and compare with others. Incl VVS btw. Then start yapping about his failures and stuff. I saw a post that he hasnt had a 100 in the last 10 tests. Is that a necessity? He has had 2 90s and an 80 in that period. A few 50s as well. Seriously, dont post because you like to write. Make a factual point, no hot air..

  • M.Vijay on August 24, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Why we can consider Murali Vijay in stead of Rahane including in the playing 11. He is a good Batsman for all type of cricket. If we test to build the middle order with Sewag / Gambhir Murali Vijay will suit with both the opening batsman..

    For Newzeland serious he is not in the playing Squad. but we can use in the forthcoming South african series in SA.

    and one more thing He( Murali Vijay ) is having better record in South african pitches in IPL & CLT20.

  • rock.rockyin on August 24, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    sad to see Raina failing . I remember him saying he would like to go to Aus during this break and hone his skills for greentops. Now BCCI and dhoni have roped him into the team when he himself never had the confidence of getting back to Indian test team.There are good quality county matches going on in England why cant BCCI send rohit,raina etc players till the end of county season of mid oct or end of sep........again in 3 years time we will sit back and think what went wrong. pure failure from BCCI.

  • OnlyRec on August 24, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Its better to wait for 1-2 years to see how a player performs on overseas tours and then start giving him credit for his achievements if they perform away from subcontinent. I do not see much of difference between this NZ attack and quality bowling unit of any domestic team(Mumbai, TN, Rajastan of late) and wicket is the same. I am sure even others like Rahane and Mukund would have scored big against this attack.

  • DeathKnell on August 24, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Naresh28 on (August 23 2012, 20:35 PM GMT) - good one dude.... @All others - ignore guys like Ted...there are always few guys who are like "rain on someone's parade"...with no good points to make a healthy discussion

  • aravabalaji on August 24, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Well, Badri, considered as next in line to any of the Fab Four, will get his due only after the exit of all the four. He should have been in the team after the exit of Ganguly but is still waiting in the wings whereas everybody else is overtaking him and have been pampered with chances. While we have found Dravid in Pujara, why are we toying with the place of Laxman when we have ever-reliable Badri? The question remains. Is there a place for hard-work & perseverance in the current set-up?

  • Flighted_kiwi on August 24, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @Milhouse79 - Agree totally. There seem to be a large number (especially Indian, Aussie & English fans) who use these pages to slag off each other and their countires. Add to that the large number who seem to be upset at certain players being in a team or their favourite player not playing - I concede that can be a little more relevant. But very few of the posted comments seem to be about the actual match. We have a young Indian player in Pujara who has played extremely well, a young bowler in Boult who has bowled sharply and got some reward. There has been slow over rates by NZ, dropped catches, an umpiring let-off for Pujara at the end of the day that would have moved the advantage a lot more to NZ - this would likely have been out if DRS was available. So many possibilities for discussion about the actual match. Maybe cricinfo for set up a page for those who just want to slag off each other and their countries and leave these for comment about the actual cricket.

  • heathrf1974 on August 24, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    He's a quality test batsman Pujara, with a good temperament. I was surprised he didn't tour Australia. Maybe he was injured.

  • beejaytee on August 24, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Well played, Pujara. Lovely innings. Helped by Ross Taylor's odd rotation of bowlers, but still very impressive. Looks like he has a big future.

  • itsganu on August 24, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    I am happy Raina failed. I hope he fails in all the innings he plays so thathe won't bein the squad. For sure if he is in the team he will be in 11 :-) He is not a test material. India should have taken Rahane and played Sehwag in the middle order. This will give rahane exposure in the opening as he is considered to be future and give strength in the middle order when Sachin retires.

  • TheIndiaRockers on August 24, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    @Lermy -- So final conclusion is replacing NZ batsman? I mean ur Grandma is better player than current NZ batsman .The pitch is same for both the team, its inability to play against spinner . As you commented, better suggest NZ selector to select your grand ma as a opener for NZ team....What a funny ..

  • Meety on August 24, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @@Dravid_Gravitas - have you added the last two words to your old nickname?

  • Meety on August 24, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I have felt ever since I saw him against Oz, that Pujarra was the heir apparent to Dravid. This is evidence of it. He will have to prove himself overseas to be a genuine like for like replacement of the Wall. At this point - India have seemed to have shored up ONE vacancy in the batting line up, but there is still another vacancy, & how long will Sachin go on playing scratchy starts at a S/R of 30? I am not a fan of Kholi, but I no a good batsmen when I see one, & he is a very good batsmen. I don't think India will struggle quite as much as I first thought a year ago. Although I think Sehwag is becoming a liability at the top of the order & Ghambir needs to make a score soon!

  • MattyP1979 on August 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    I think most of us are getting ahead of ourselves here. There is a 2 test series before anythinig else. Ind in front but things could change. Bang on about Eng/SA/Aus if you must, but it does a dis-service to NZ. All in all it is the Ind bowlers I want to see. Indians have batsman who avg over 100 in the domestic league and cannot get a test place. In other words it has rarely been the batsman that have let the side down. If NZ can restrict Ind to under 400 they are still in it.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 24, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Day 1: Indian team batting was good to manage to score above 300 on first day. But the way Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli got out as highly disappointing.Loose shots by their standards.Need to fix it by second innings. On Raina i feel until he is playing with good technique and there is a good feel among the coaching staff he should be allowed. Looking at scores always a bad way to judge unless he is so poor like Rohit Sharma in technique.Technique doesn't only count how you play short balls. Every ball how you play it matters.. . . Newzealand bowlers were really posing some challenging questions. Need to respect their bowling and leave few before attack. Overall it was nice day of cricket with little edge towards India. But have to remember a point that NZ is alien to these conditions. It will be interesting to see how they will come out and play on 2nd day.

  • Chris_P on August 24, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Hey Ted. Try to button it & at least keep the chest beating when it's appropriate. Bowling lengths & lines differ depending on pitches & conditions. There is no way Australian length bowling would work in India. It's not our series, just sit back & appreciate the cricket for the great game it is. Why toss insults? For what end?

  • on August 24, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    I agree with the comments before mine.. A true number 3 is if he can weather all surfaces, all conditions... too early to jump to conclusions..

  • cricketfannik on August 24, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    hahahaha joke of the year by Mr. @tmp789 hahahaha ROFL man thats how u take decisions lol

  • peterss on August 24, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Raina should have been left out and he has proved why. Badri in place of raina

  • on August 24, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @Robin Kaul. In defense of SRT, you were asking, "who will guide the youngsters in the team?". Simple Answer. Duncan Fletcher. That is what he is mainly paid for.

  • ac_Indian on August 23, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Feel a little sorry for Raina, was unlucky to get out the way he did.

  • wolf777 on August 23, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @ tmp789 Pujara does not have Nohit Shrama's style! He does not look so graceful when he edges to the Wicketkeeper. Like Nohit he does not ooze talent. Nope, he does not make the act of getting out so graceful as Nohit Sharma. Drop him and pick Nohit Sharma for next 80 Tests. He is the one with talent….LOL.

  • ac_Indian on August 23, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @ Milhouse79: spot on dude...its almost saddening to see abuses floating around in these pages, and so quickly focus moves from cricket to something else, something ugly. Culprits are few, but from all the countries, and it takes only a few to spoil things.

  • intcamd on August 23, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    I am glad Pujara did well, but it still remains that Laxman was treated disgracefully. And Dhoni is too big for his britches. We all remember the manner in which he flopped miserably in England and Australia. As a captain and wk and batsman. He is good at managing the media but playing Aus/Eng/SA on the field is different from giving a sound bite onTV. Anyway, we will probably win one may be even two of these NZ tests, and predictably Indian fans will go overboard as they always do, and if Tendulkar scores a century (which is likely given that good teams are coming up next and this is his best chance) then watch out, we will be in hype heaven, but then we will come crashing down soon enough. Just remember last year post WC.

  • maddy20 on August 23, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    @Ted Batting friendly wickets? Huh Your mighty ponting averages 21 in the most batsmen friendly wickets in the world. May be thats why they were cleanswept by a bunch if grade cricketers 2-0 twice in a row in India.As for English fans you really need to stop worrying about us right now. Your team is neck deep in you know what! Thwaked away in UAE, pummeled at home. Hell even WI gave you guys a run fir the money. For a team that had gone from average to inept, these English fans keep shooting their mouth off. After December we will see how many English fans would be able to boast about their No.1 team.. err... Ex-No.1 team!

  • __PK on August 23, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    "... helped the Indians tide through their dips ...?" Can anyone tell me what that's supposed to mean? And LOL, crindo77, when there is not a single article on cricinfo that doesn't feature a post about Tendulkar.

  • Mervo on August 23, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Good to see a new batsman doing well. Now if only old Tendulkar would retire. Gambir and Dhoni, seem to never get runs abroad at all any more, but on the super slow wickets are 'lions' at home. They should also be in the frame for replacement by younger players who can bat in all conditions.

  • serious-am-i on August 23, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @tmp789: Tiwary isn't a player with tight technique and if u mean that to be hilarious post let me highlight u the example of Marcus North of Australia who had to face the similar fate, scored a century in his last innings never to play again. At least Tiwary got a chance after all, Marcus North hasn't got a chance till date similar applies to Jason Gillespie, scored a double hundred and never to be played again for Aus.

  • Jaffa79 on August 23, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Jeez...this is puerile! When did these pages stop being about cricket and just be about pretty nationalistic mud slinging! Look, SA have played well & are deservedly on top but need to win more series to pull out ahead, England haven't become terrible overnight; they need to improve on the subcontinent (like others) & look at their recent catching/top order batting. India need to transition their younger batters through & improve their bowling stocks & general fitness. The Aussies have a good stock of quicks, who they need to keep fit but need to hope some young batters come through as they are light in this department & have been rolled far too many times in recent years. All teams have been in the ascendancy in the last five years or so and I suspect there will be some tight test series between these teams (& Pakistan) in the next few years with nobody dominating like the Aussies and Windies teams of yesteryear. Look at your own teams and don't just sneer!

  • BG4cricket on August 23, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    India was a little loose with some of their shot making at times but the Kiwis really paid the price for not capitalising on the chances created with some very sloppy fielding and catching led by the skipper. 5 dropped catches is something a very limited Kiwi team can not afford but early wickets in the morning will give them a chance as the Indian batting after Ashwin is pretty threadbare. The test I think will be decided in the first hour today - if Pujara can continue his impressive breakthrough innings and bat around what I am sure will be an aggressive approach from Dhoni, India will quickly take the game away from New Zealand. PS - Taylor deserves to miss the next test for the appalling over rate yesterday - 3 overs short even with the extra 30 minutes and 25 odd overs of spin. Not good enough for the crowd and viewers on TV.

  • tmp789 on August 23, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    I think Pujara should be dropped and Rohit should be called in afterall Majoj Tiwari was dropped after century. Sheer latent talent trumps everything icluding temperament, results etc.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    @Lermy: Yeah, yeah.. how about you go and tell that to all the groundsmen in England, Australia and SA to become 'neutral' by preparing spin friendly wickets for Asian teams ???? There will ALWAYS be home advantage. India WILL prepare pitches that are most likely to suit them. Sure, they won't be inept dust bowls out right but they will spin come days 3, 4 , and 5. It's up to the visiting teams to ADAPT and MASTER those conditions. India are superior at home, have been for quite some time. There is no point in sulking over it. Playing at home is never a challenge to India as it is supposed to be. It's their overseas game that should be improved two fold. I am sure they will learn from their experiences.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @stephen_smith: 'Grade' cricket ? Are you crazy ?! It was SUPERB test match cricket. Good bowling by the NZ; though their fielding leaves a lot to be desired. Good application from most of the Indian batsmen. It was TOP NOTCH test match cricket. What more can you ask for ? I am a cynic of test cricket and yet I enjoyed it. Sure, ENG vs SA was a high profile series. BUT, remember that ANY team playing INDIA is a high profile series. It's INDIA for God sakes.

  • crindo77 on August 23, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Will people please stop bringing England and Australia into this, and keep posts relevant to the series? We will have plenty of time for that come October. @yorkshirematt, India tour SA for boxing day Test next year. Hence the need to get a stable middle order with some success behind it in the coming home season 10 Tests. India have suffered badly in Tests in SA before, although recently they have done well. Drew 1-1, and lost 2-1, after going 1 up, in last 2 tours, if memory serves correctly. Digressing, as the cricketing world grows closer, with IPL, County, foreign coaches, teams should play more equally, under different conditions. You can't stop green tops or dust bowls being prepared, and rightly so; Chennai should remain what it is, as should Trent Bridge, and WACA. If England can't play spin on turners, and India struggle with swing and bounce, its the failure of the respective boards. But hopefully we will see these inequalities become less prominent in the coming years.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: I think you forgot how your precious Aussie team only managed to salvage a DRAW against this supposedly 'weak' NZ side. Did you forget how Dougie Bracewell made your batsmen dance to his chin music at Hobart ? Except Warner, every Aussie batsmen struggled to reach double figures in that test match. India will NEVER underestimate NZ as they rightly should. Yes it's TOUGH for the Kiwi side to play in India, but in a game of cricket, especially test cricket, there is a need for prolonged concentration. India needs to still bat long and post at least 400 if they are to put NZ under pressure.

  • Naresh28 on August 23, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    This link on SACHIN by IAN CHAPPELL of Oz is especially for TED OSBORNE http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/577206.html How Sachin as a 19yr tamed Perth pitch.

  • serious-am-i on August 23, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @CRKS: LOL true but are we seeing rains now my friend LOL !! if we did we might have been saved from the power cuts. @yorkshirematt: Aus may end up doing well mate compared to Eng, they have usually done better than Eng even when they lost in India. Other than Finn, I don't see any others troubling Indians at all. Swann is over rated, he is good only against lefties, and India hardly has any lefties in their squad. India last toured SA in late 2010, early 2011 Dec 2010 to Jan 2011.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: Confidence comes from winning and so does arrogance comes from not accepting the defeats! OZ team is a sinking ship and winning is something a DISTANT goal for this ever transition phase of OZ. I'm sure Afghans will be itching to play your team and so do Pakistan. I'm sure the series result will help Pakistan cherish it for a long time. Just like how your team keeps motivated by the last CA series. "Catching up with OZ" - Current ICC rankings says it all. LOL! and i'm sure SA are also eager to extend their domination in Australia.

  • itsthewayuplay on August 23, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Why does Dhoni keep choosiing Tendulkar who last scored a century 12 tests and 18 months ago and since decided to pick and choose the games he wants to play. Getting bowled around your legs is no longer unsurprising when sweeping, there's no shame losing your off stump to a pacy delivery that's angled in and seams away from the right-hander But when the ball hits the middle of your middle stump , the batsman is only left with questions and for someone of Tendulkar's age and declining form and reflexes, he must surely take stock and accept that the only answer in the best interest of Indian cricket it that it's time to give others an opportunity and protect what's left of his legacy. Come on Dhoni be brave and give a chance to Badrinath or Rohit Sharma at no.4.

  • ssenthil on August 23, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @Lermy, I think you need to learn much more about geology. No country in the world try to produce a different kind of wicket against it's nature, simply you can't have a green track in India against it's nature. May be Mohali and Bangalore pitches may offer a little more for fast bowlers but nothing can't be done in other venues. Test cricket is best when every team face every kind of situation and win in that. Sub-Continent pitches due to hot conditions can produce only spinner friendly wickets which will start to break from 3rd day afternoon itself, while Eng and NZ will produce Green tracks which offer a lot of swing but not much speed. SA and Aus will produce pitches which offer, swing, seam and bounce as well, that's why this 2 countries giving more result oriented tests then any other countries. Don't be blind, just educate yourself. Playing against Spin is also an art like playing against fast, swing and seam bowling.

  • ssenthil on August 23, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @yorkshirematt, Generally when Aussies play in India they get some best venues which will favour a little more for the fast bowling and Aussies spinners always thrashed in India including the greatest Warne, while Aussies fast bowlers found more success always in India. If you see Eng, Anderson and Broad bowling below 135's and only the recent inclusion of Finn was able to bowl over 140k's consistently while all Aussie bowlers will be definitely bowling over 140k's. India's next test assignments are 4 tests vs Eng in Nov-Dec 2012, 4 Tests vs Aussies on March-April 2013 and long gap without any test until SA tour where India plays 3 Tests in Dec 2013 followed by ODI series in 2014. India as always tours SA in Dec-Jan but now every 3 years unlike earlier every 4 years.

  • OttawaRocks on August 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Lets call a spade a spade on who's test cricket's top team. For starters, lets burst the bubble of our good English and Aussie friends who are under the sad mistaken impression that they actually have a #1 test team. Baloney. Their batsmen have consistently failed on subcontinent pitches for decades despite these pitches being considered 'batsmen friendly' pitches. So chalk up a big FAIL for these substandard English and Aussie batsmen even though "their grandmothers' could score on them. Enough said.

  • superstar100 on August 23, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    it's nice to watch DHONI bating now !!!! sehwag oo dear thanks for your little Entertainment !!!! i watch cricket for fun no mater who won but i wana enjoy everyshoot of you !!!! thanks veeru for making test matches intresting !!!!

  • on August 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    If Laxman had not retired and playd today and scored the runs(19) as by SRT,,media would have pressed for his retirement !!! IF u say for VVS.. Y dunt u ask SRT for retirement ??? huhh !!

  • yorkshirematt on August 23, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    @ssenthil I agree that the English will struggle in India with no swing or seam movement, but I don't think this Aussie side will do much better. You say they rely on pace and bounce, but they're unlikely to get much of that in India either. When do India go to SA? Haven't they only just toured there recently?

  • serious-am-i on August 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @Lermy: Yeah sure bring your granny on, I will ask my grandpa to bowl to her and we will see how she will score a century on these flat decks. LOL!!! Indian pitches are suited for batsmen for the first 2 days from 3rd day pitch starts to wear out, from 4th day batting turns tough and 5th day is a horror story on most occasions, that's how an original Indian pitch is supposed to work with. This is not your English pitch or Aussie pitch. Its Indian, the current pitch is a result producing one for sure. Its turning on the very first day and it has bounce as well. If u want to see a pitch with little more assistance to fast bowlers then it would be either Bangalore or Mohali for test venues & rarely Nagpur, other than these 3 most of the Indian wickets will be spin friendly wickets. Some times curators fail to prepare proper sporting wickets its when we get to see tons of runs with no wickets going down, like the one we had in SL when Ind scored 500+. SL ended up scoring 950+ some yrs back

  • CRKS on August 23, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @Stephen_Smiths ...soaring heat in hyderabad?? clearly you didn't saw the match.. I was at stadium today .. mostly cloud cover till noon .. we might see 1 or 2 showers during test match .. August is rainy sesaon in INdia.

  • ssenthil on August 23, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Indian youngsters real test will start only when Aussies landing here, I m sure Indians will easily thrash the over hyped Brits attack at Home as there won't be swing in offer. But Aussies rely on fast and bounce. Then when we will go to SA there is the real test, I still remember after doing well against Aussies at home, the same Pujara looked like a sitting duck in SA against SA bowling attack. So I would wait until we start to tour to say anything abt Indian young batsman.

  • crindo77 on August 23, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    The sight of SRTs middle stump going for a stroll in face of the moving ball brought back memories of Dravid's rocking stumps in Oz. No matter how frequently SRT says he still enjoys the game, the great man's reflexes are obviously getting slow. He hasn't scored a century in the last 10 Tests, or played an innings of note. If at all he decides to play the whole home season, I think India will and should be without SRT in SA 2013. After Dravid and VVS, its time for SRT; he knows the game too well to do otherwise. India need Rohit Sharma to man up and get his act together by then. He can be the perfect no 4 between Pujara and Kohli. I respect Manoj Tiwari's efforts but his problems with the short ball and a pace are all too obvious at no 4. Maybe at no 6, he will be bet a better bet. That is if someone can convince the selectors that Raina's had his 9 lives.

  • Sachin_the_god_forever on August 23, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Well played pujara!!!Other than sachin's dismissal, sehwag,gambhir,kohli all of them fell to bad odi shots..

  • crindo77 on August 23, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Agree with Rahul Reddy; sitting on concrete stands in 35 degrees with no toilets will bring fear instead of fervour for Test cricket.At least thanks to IPL Indian grounds have now seats. Facilities in most Indian grounds is still appalling. Single young males most suited to withstanding physical hardships form the large part of the spectators. BCCI fills its coffers and its office bearers sit in A/C corporate boxes and give out free premium tickets to favourites. Indians have moved on from being treated like cattle in the name of supporting Test cricket.

  • Lermy on August 23, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Forget about neutral umpires. What we need is neutral groundsmen, so that tests in india aren't played on unresponsive strips of rolled mud that play like concrete roads. My grandmother could make a century batting on tracks like that, especially against the current NZ attack. Chris Martin is a joke. The only person he really scares is his hip/knee specialist.

  • serious-am-i on August 23, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: yeah sure why not, that's why it took your team almost 20 years to win a test series in India rite and lose 2-0 to India when u last visited ? Your final frontier lol!!! Your so called best batsman after Sir Bradman, Ponting has pathetic record in so called easy conditions. Its agreed India didn't play properly in last series of Eng and Aus but this doesn't take away their good performances in the past. Sachin has his best record against AUS so does VVS not just in India but in Aus as well. There is nothing here to learn from Aus batsmen over here, if at all there is anything to learn it would be for fast bowlers how to keep fit and how to maintain pace even after injuries which most Indians failed to do so, on batting tips no thanks its u, who have to learn from SAF and Ind on how to play in India@Stephen_Smith: yeah the class cricket like England never winning a test series in India for over 20 years, has the most pathetic record in subcontinental conditions.

  • Kaushiktrendy on August 23, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Gud going India!!!!! we should start posting big scores before eng and aus arrive. it seems like we have lost d art of scoring big......

  • nachami on August 23, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    I want to understand from some of you... what is the parameter for measuring a cricketer's performance - If a batsman : ALWAYS 100 If a bowler : ALWAYS 5 WICKETS??? According to me, may not be possible for both. An outstanding batsman does score 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, etc consecutively. So, why is that a bowler considered to be worst if he takes only 1 or, 2, or 3 wickets?? Come on guys - use standard parameter to measure the performance of batsmen and bowlers.. Lets be fair to the cricketers .. The team has to win.. That is all.

  • mark2011 on August 23, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    what a luck Ind has today... how many ctaches NZ put down and end of the day even appeal for Pujara was also turned down.. Unlucky Black caps...hopfuly Ind wil hav win on flat track..

  • maddy20 on August 23, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    @Stephen_Smith Atleast NZ drew the series against SA unlike the former world's number 1 test team that crashed to the worst defeat in the history of test cricket at London!

  • Kaushiktrendy on August 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    IF rahane has to come into d team then viru should be the one who should go rather than sachin given his performances outside the subcontinent !!! viru cant be taken for another tour overseas. And Sachin will play the whole season barring injuries and he should... if v replace rahane with viru and badri/tiwary/rohit(he deserves a go at test level) for raina then d indian team will have adequate batting strengh.

  • warneneverchuck on August 23, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Raina is not a long term option in test and so is dhoni

  • yorkshirematt on August 23, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Saw a bit of the game an like the look of this Pujara bloke. A proper batsman who looks like he can construct a long innings. Who says India have no talent coming through? They don't know what they're talking about.

  • ansram on August 23, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @Ted Osborne - If batting in India were so easy, would you mind clarifying Ponting's test record in India? Also explain why Australia got whitewashed here in 2010.

  • foursandsixes on August 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @Joshy, Ryna and Dhony are great frynds of Srykanth. But don't you realyze that both Pyjara and Ryna is in tym ryght now, so don't nyd to drop Pyjara to keep Ryna in the tym for next match.

  • usernames on August 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    English team and class? Got to be the joke of the year! I think English fans are still sulking in their loss to SA. They received an absolute shellacking at their home. Oh, and before you forget, Pakistan defeated them 3-0. They are a disgrace away and can't win against good quality teams at home. Class? Ha!

  • MattyP1979 on August 23, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I for one never comment on how the match will progress before both teams have a go. Ind strength has always been their batting. Day 1 to Ind 4 days to go. I hope for a good mini serie.

  • vinaykmr on August 23, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    pujara the most deserving player to grab no.3 spot of indian team. got a well deserved hundred and he is not yet satisfied merely with his hundred n going strong n gr8 guns. he is known to hv big temperament having scored continuous 3 tripple centuries. all d best pujara.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 23, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    It seems from all the media and comments that it's perhaps time Tendulkar and Ponting hang up their bats.

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    india has a lot of talent like pujara. so keeping away laxman is a good decision.

  • screamingeagle on August 23, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Lol, No VVS, RD etc; so what do people do? Turn on Sachin, of course. I guess each time he fails to get a 50 or 100, calls to drop him will start? And get who in? Raina? Drop Raina and get Rahane or Badri in, would be my call. Anyway, SRT will in probability would leave in 2013 is my guess; after the SA tour. Actually, I pity the poor guys breaking into the team. They will soon realise that we Indians love to hype up our heroes and then bring them down ... hard.

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Eat_sleep_play_cricket. Confidence comes from developing a winning habit mate, it's something you folks don't know much about. We have been in our worst period of Cricket in the last 20 years and we are about to play SA in a test series later this year for no.1, lol. We are still waiting for India to catch up to Australia. Good luck and try not to loose another 15 matches in a row.

  • SoulTaker on August 23, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Look who's talking..@Ted Osborne: Our so called ordinary team beat you 2-0 when you toured India last time and even lost the ODI series....lol...y dont u talk about that or do you want to talk about the 4-0 thrashing that you received recently from the Poms this year..cant rest on your past laurels mate thats what Eng did and they exactly got what they deserved...

  • SoulTaker on August 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Ted Osborne: Our so called ordinary team beat you 2-0 when you toured India last time and even lost the ODI series....lol...y dont u talk about that or do you want to talk about the 4-0 thrashing that you received recently from the Poms this year..cant rest on your past laurels mate thats what Eng did and they exactly got what they deserved...

  • SoulTaker on August 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Ted Osborne: Our so called ordinary team beat you 2-0 when you toured India last time...lol...y dont u talk about that or do you want to talk about the 4-0 thrashing that you received from the Poms this year..cant rest on your past laurels mate thats what Eng did and they exactly got what they deserved...

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Pujara is the new Wall in the making. Raina a recommendation candidate. What a contrast. One by merit and other by reco.....

  • SoulTaker on August 23, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: ya u r right we lost 0-4 and we also remember the 2-0 thrashing when ur team toured India and we also remember the 4-0 whitewash which your Australian team faced in England this year. Man.... get a life....stop ur hypocrisy...let ur team tour Ind and am sure we will make u eat dirt.....

  • Mayfare on August 23, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    - On all the debate around whether SRT should play or not: We need him to guide our young team as any transition is best when its brought about in a phased manner! Anyways, he is the only one who could play outside India! - Raina should leave test arena and focus on limited overs only - More importantly Dhoni should stop persisiting with Raina for two reasons 1. It brings an end to nepotism 2. Creates space for another player - English Team: Cricket is not only about playing Seam, Swing and Bounce; successfully playing spin and in the subcontinent would be your true test. Everyone can be a champ in their backyard, and James Taylor could be a prodigy!!

  • yorkshirematt on August 23, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Watched a bit of the game and was very impressed with Pujara (even if he does have an unpronouncable name) A proper batsman who can construct a long innings. My kind of player. Just goes to show what these people who say India have no one coming through to replace the old guard actually know.

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Real fun in going through some comments describing Ganguly as a better batsman at time of retirement as compared to SRT as of now.

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @ Ted Osborne.. even your team lost all matches they played in the last bilateral series in India...

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Kudos to India. Keep the winning momentum going.

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 23, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Congrats on the player who got an unbeaten 100 and clearly India's day but just want to say that everyone knows India will most likely win this 2-0 considering who the opposition is and where they are playing so I wouldn't brag on about it that much but just want to say that its for sure now that Tendulker is past his best so I don't understand why he's continuing to play maybe for more personal glory i.e. 200th test first time ever so cynical :)

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @Uttam Kumar .. I like that spirit man.. keep it up..

  • on August 23, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    IN NEXT TEST POOJARA MUST DROPPED, HE BECOME ' INJURED'' .BUT DHONY'S FAVOURATE RAINA INCLUDE THE TEAM. BECAUSE HE SCORED ''BIG'' SCORE.IN WHAT REASON RAINA IN THE TEAM? NO ONE KNOW.EXCEPT DHONY AND SREEKANTH. WHAT A SHAME !

  • foursandsixes on August 23, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @TedOsborne Ozzies are going to lose the series in India and the the Ashes to the Poms! Yeah!

  • Cric299 on August 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    He certainly looks like he has it in him to succeed in Test cricket. Not so sure about his place in the ODI team but definitely he will be a regular in Indian Test team like Laxman. I get reminded of Hashim Amla also who was initially labelled as a Test specialist and later he just raced into ODI charts.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: LOL! optimism is good over confident is bad! Hope the OZ transition will not be forever. Good luck!

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Everybody donot fuss about less crowds at hyderabad.They were not given tickets during the match time.i saw match at stadium.Tickets are only given day before and online tickets were not at all given.There were almost 5000 people waiting to watch the match.And ground doesn't have a top.It is really red hot in Hyderabad today.U really cant expect crowd in those conditions without a top.Moreover the complimentary tickets played their part too.im expecting good crowd at weekend.im impressed by today's crowd.Even facilities at ground were hilarious.Not even good water facility is available.

  • kunderanengineer on August 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    I think Raina is more suited to limited overs cricket and SRT should take the cue from Dravid and Laxman and pack it in and give players like Rahane and Tiwary or even Mukund a chance to develop. India have no choice but to go through a rebuilding period and who knows there may be other Pujaras out there waiting to be discovered.

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    The wicket-keeper-batsman of the under 19 team, Smit Patel, can be groomed to replace Dhoni. Smit is not captaincy material. Gauti is. Gouti plays better and with more responsibility, when he is the captain. The top five for tests, for the next 5 years could be Rehane, Gouti, Pujara, Kohli & Tiwari. An "improved"version of Rohit Sharma could also come into reckoning. You see... it is so easy to retire Viru & Sachin ,without much problem. And, even Dhoni, with a youngster with test match temperament. If we are going to lose some matches / series in South Africa, Australia, & England, I would prefer to lose playing these young boys. At least they (and the team) will gain for the future.

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket. Well, our so called team in disarray just hammered your great Indian side 0-4 and also convincingly beat you in the CB series :) Our team is going through a transition but I will bet that we can still wipe the floor with your ordinary Indian team every time we meet. Enjoy mate

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    hey!!mr harsh u were only 1 year old infant when SACHIN SIR made his international debut...so think b4 u comment u moron...u think u hv a better knowledge of players.den y dont u apply for a post in bcci...u think international cricket is a gulli danda or street cricket match..dat whoever doesnt score isnt a gud batsman...saale bat pakadna bhi aata hai kyaa tumko...so think b4 u comment without hving any knowledge..and mr sam roy bengali ho isliye ganguli k support me bol rahe ho..i m sure u dont even know gangul's birthday..how dare u ompare two batting legends(st & sg)why dont u shut ur mout...grow up man!!!listen to urself wat u say...damn!!idiot!!

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    And those asking for Tendulkar to retire to give chance to young blood... how much young blood do u guys need to induce... with dravid and laxman gone,there is allready place for three youngsters in the team... with kohli, pujara and third one(rahane/badri/rohit) having minimal exposure to foreign conditions, who is going to groom them... did you even notice their recent performance against West Indies B team in WestIndies... My dear friends you cant juss fill ur whole team with young people and expect them to win straightaway... Remember, We won 2012 world cup not because of a young team but because of a motivated team.. and you need people like tendulkar to motivate these youngsters.... let these boys turn into men and he would go himself..

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: Dude thank you for taking the interest in India vs NZ series. Your interest and your comment very much shows how Indian performance motivates fans outside India. "Ordinary Indian batsman" - WOW! I did think Aussies were extra ordinary when they were whitewashed in England recently who could not face the short ball and outside the off stump ball swinging ball. Its often easy to point fingers at the world champs when your own team is under total disarray! All the best to your team who is already crying about UAE HEAT!

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    With all due respect to Sachin....,Can we replace Sachin with Rahane, for at least the next test? PLEASE ! We don't need an old player IN THE PLAYING XI to guide the young ones. Duncan is OLD enough to do that job. Hopefully the Bombay lobby will not protest, since both are from Bombay. It is always wise to replace a "past" with a "future". (Also, can we keep guys like Viru, Gouti, & Dhoni only for ODIs and T-20s, if possible) We need players like Rahane & Pujara for tests. I am sure, we can find more players like them for tests. In fact Tiwari is also good for the long version. If Rohit Sharma is sent for a short stint to some school for "self-discipline & hard work", he too could be a good prospect.

  • jay_vkjay on August 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Congratz Pujara..... Go and make it a big Double hundred..but will dhoni stay with you? I don't think so....

  • Nampally on August 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @cricisme: Yes Pujara is a name on its own. His comparison to Dravid is based on his reliability & technique as a batsmen. Dravid is a legend who will be hard to replace. Hence emergence of Pujara only gives the Cricket Fans the confidence that India has a potential replacement for Dravid in Pujara. So any comparison should be taken in that light. Pujara would consider it an honour to be compared to great Dravid - not a pressure on him! Also a few commenters mentioned about "simplicity" of Pujara. The Art of batting is not simple by any means. You need talent + sound technique and its execution with intense concentration over a long period to convert it into a big score. This is not "Simplicity". This "overall package" is needed to create great players like Tendulkar, Dravid & Laxman. Pujara has the entire package whilst some so-called "Talented Players" like Rohit Sharma are lacking some of this package.Rohit needs to acquire the missing attributes & make a threesome with VK & CP.

  • rbrb on August 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @Stephen_Smith class cricket by the english team u gotta be kiddin me :)

  • sgrp on August 23, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    The selectors should take RD's recommedndation for Rahane and Ashok menaria seriously. RD has allways been a selfless servant of Indian Cricket. Remember Multan 2004???????????

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Dont get over delighted by Pujara's inning its agaisnt New Zeland & in India.The most unfortunate part was the dismissal of Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar & Kohli who missed the opportunity of hitting hundreds against tame bowling attack of Newzeland.Tendulkar too need to analyze himself after this series, if he is planning to play against Aus next year, he is fooling himself.

  • sgrp on August 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    The Indian Test playing 11 for the rest of the season (India based Test Matches)according to me should be 1. Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Dinesh Karthik/MSD 7. Ashwin 8. Irfan Pathan 9. Harbhajan Singh 10. Umesh Yadav 11. Pragyan Ojha

  • Sanoop_r on August 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    And so the bashing continues, if He scores well, you say, He scored against NZ and that too in the subcontinent, where was His technique when He played Aus and Eng? what more has He to prove? why can't He give chance to youngsters to play atleast against NZ... if He does not score, He is too old, cannot bat, He has lost his touch, plays for money, personal records, vested interests, slow reflexes, selfish player...

    What ppl dont recognize is the commitment that He has to perform well for the team. He Himself has said that as long as He has the passion He will play... Not everyone is like Him. Take for example, the practise sessions he undergoes. It will put a debutant to shame. Does He get paid for practise sessions?NO...Do His records improve in practise sessions? NO..Is He fighting for a place in the team? NO!

    People, please vent your frustration somewhere else and stop pulling down an Indian who has brought so much glory for our country that you all could not even dream about !

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @Tamil_SL: Dhoni is no different from other captains? Let me bring out few differences a) Indian were the world champions under dhoni's leadership! b) India are a force to reckon in ODI because of Dhoni's ;eadership c) Srilanka lost 4 -1 and t20 recently because of dhoni's leadership. Now the reasons for selecting Ashwin - wait, have you followed indian cricket recently, if yes! you would not have made such a lame comment. Dont comment just for sake of writing, please THINK!

  • sgrp on August 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Raina should retire and allow Rahane the chance :-)

  • ciphernzilch on August 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: what have your Aussies achieved in India? If batting in India was so easy, then why is it that your (so called) greatest batsman Ponting has an average of only 26.48 with just one hundred and 3 ducks in 25 innings? If Indians prod and poke in Australia, what do Aussies do here in India? They have danced to the tunes of Kumble and Harbhajan. If Indians have to learn from Aussies, don't forget, Aussies have a lot to learn from Indians too. Every team is good in their own backyard. You are only talking about India in Australia 2011/12. What happened to Australia in India in 2010, 2008, 2001, 1998, 1996??

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    happy with the indian batting but if kohli make a hundred then i will b more happy. my fav cricketer kohli.

  • sgrp on August 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @harshdas88 : You will have to bear with ST for the entire season. He has to complete 200 Tests. Poor Ajinkya Rahane

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on August 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Awesome innings by pujara ....we'd definitely want someone like him to be our new wall...@DHONI!..don't b selfish and give guys with better domestic performance a chance over raina......Rahane,badrinath,rohit and tiwary all average over 55 in first class....and i think any of those 3 other than badrinath should be considered...considering his age and no we shouldn't want ( in csk/TN fan's words "indian Michael Hussey debuting in 30s" ) considering for longer run.... Its really sad to see Rahane is considered only as a reserved opener..and not as a dynamic batsmen (atleast in test format) ....

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @Stephen_Smith: Mate! dont you worry when england tours india later this winter it would be even boring. Its pathetically painful to watch england in sub continent when they bundle out in 3 days and no idea what to do with the turning ball. Oh course later complain about heat (In winter?) Yes! - Excuses do get lame!

  • maddy20 on August 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Raina, Sachin, out. Rahane, Badri in if we want to win against England and Aus.

  • sgrp on August 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, Sourav ganguly, VVS Laxman are who they were. Chetheshwar Pujara is who he is. Comparisons are wrong. Tendulkar should have made way for Ajinkya Rahane if he is the true mentor that he is projecting himself as. Anyways you will see Tendulkar play the entire season as he has to complete a double century of tests.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on August 23, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Pujara is a quality batsman... that 72 against australia oozed class and it was just a matter of time before he returned to the team... atleast on indian wickets he will score heavily... his real test will come in south africa next year... Raina is a waste, seriously no point playing him... might as well play Irfan instead... tendulkar's dismissal reminds me of the one in pakistan in 2006...considering the tendulkar we saw from then on, these are ominous signs for one last hurrah... to be fair to him, atleast he didnt throw his wicket away like the other four...

  • SureshGovindaraju on August 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Why Badrinath is not in the squad in place of raina,who batted poorly in last two series...Badrinath has in it him to play atleast 3-4 years if he keep improving his fitness....

  • SoulTaker on August 23, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: lol...wat a joke..there is nothing to learn from your current Australian team...Actually it is your team that needs to learn from others...

  • DADA on August 23, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I don't understand selectors thinking. Why are we persisting with Raina for test. In my opinion Rohit Sharma should play test cricket and only test cricket. he has a wonderful average of 60 in first class cricket where as Raina has only 43.

  • ovzdatta151 on August 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Pujara;s temperament is good. He played well today, but he needs to increase his range of shots into his armory to succeed in an alien condition. There is no doubt about his talent and I am sure he will improve by leap and bounds as Virat Kohli did. Gambhir, Sehwag and Kohli were out because of there own fault. They just got carried away. Esp Virat he was really playing well. His choice of shot was wrong that cost him his wicket. Raina is no doubt a good player for 50 overs and 20 overs wicket. But in my opinion his approach towards test match doesn't compliment with his talent. Today Pujara really showed he has a good mind set for Test cricket.

  • 0080001 on August 23, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    this is very hard to digest because raina is simply a good twenty twenty player, an average one day player and a poor test player because even after being in the team for nearly 7 years raina has been the same old boy going to school he never graduated to the next level so going back to raina for tests is a step backwards it was poorly orchestrated should have gone to some fresh ones like rahane he showed some metal in england last year every body raina's woes against quality seamers and also quality spinners there is no quality spinner but he got out to patel that is shameful he should be omitted that was poor on part of dhoni he should think forward because raina is not even a stop gap arrangement and if he makes it for england tour of india english seamers will murder him in india also and that would an embarassment.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    It is an utter shame for the test cricket with such less crowds watching the game..... ICC - the controller of cricket are themselves to blame for such debacle, BCCI - who only promote T20 and ICC bends before BCCI...dare Indian to play on some Good tracks because everyone knows they cant..... We got such bullish flat tracks, sprinting bowlers , Poor commentators who are one sided ....

    I request ICC to make some real good tracks which assist fast bowlers

  • TheMysteryMan on August 23, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Got to love these armchair experts asking for Tendulkar's retirement when he has been India's best test batsman with entire batting lineup struggling to average 35 last year. At least have courtesy to check performance of our batsman before making comment. He is averaging well over 50 in last 4 years. Want to look at the stats, here they are. 2008 : Avg 48.31 - 2009 : Avg 67.62 - 2010 : Avg 78.10 - 2011 : Avg 47.25 -

    And as usual after one cheap wicket everyone is calling for blood. The simple fact is, no other batsman has been this consistant over last 4 years for India. Age means shit when you dont have another batsman capable of doing better. India has given chance to all youngsters in last 2 years in tests. None has proved himself. Pujara is finally fit and performing. He is the only candidate other than Virat who deserves to be in the team. Who do you think can do better job at No.4? There is nobody yet. Both Dravid and Laxman had significant slump in performance for a while.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    just a disappointing performance by raina......... but good start for india

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Firstly congrats to Pujara for his 1st century in Test. He definitely deserves a position in India test Cricket along with Rahne. I am a big fan of VVS and RD but i agree the fact that they have to retire one day and we should look at the future. I dont think India has any scarcity in the batting department with young talents like Pujara, Rahne, Kohli, Raina etc.. I am only worried about bowling. Every batsman in India has some weakness when they visit to overseas but its all depends upon how well you understand your limitations and apply on that day. Look at Gangully, Shewagh, Gambir, Laxman, Dravid and SRT etc.. they all have technical problems while batting. Some of the modern day bowlers of AUS, ENG and SA knows there weekness and attack them on the same lines. But there determination to stay at the wicket fetched them loads of runs. Best of luck India we have the talent to keep indian cricket alive keep going.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    sam roy first of all ganguly is no way near class of laxamn he cant play short stuff check his record in sa and australia and in his debt series in eng he scored against some ordinary bowlers also in aus this year tendulkar footwork was great and in his last few innings ganguly played in flat tracks in india he was just a ordinary test player ....

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    stephen smith india always has better crowd then england england are beggers in front of india also your class team now have no class hammered in england pak srilanka 5 nil one day in india now they will be hammered by india in india lollllz

  • praveen4honestremark on August 23, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @Stephen_Smith on (August 23 2012, 13:42 PM GMT)..Yes, of course England is class team. We all Indians saw your home series with SA. I think you won the series i guess. I forgot saying Congratulations. Congratulations upon winning over SA 2-0 . Your England bowler Philander was amazing to watch than over rated Anderson of SA. Really i mean. Such a great standard of cricket you play, we saw in UAE too. When you defeated Pakistan 3-0 with spinners. Pakistan spinner Swann was useless you know.Great players of spin you are. Amazing.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Pujara > Kohli > Sharma,Raina,Yuvi . Badri isn't even being given a chance!

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Keep enjoying Sachin haters..if he retires then you will not be having fun.. Am I correct? LOL

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    @ Ted Osborne....if batting in India is easy, then why doesn't Ponting score in India. At least we managed more than 50 in all our innings in South Africa. Why doesn't Australia pile up 600 every innings in India...??

  • Knowledge_Speaks on August 23, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    he seems to be nice man from heart. Not unlike whoes feets are not on ground like kohli, dhoni. Keep ur heart also good.

  • grizzle on August 23, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Great innings by Pujara! That let off from the umpire at the end left a bitter taste in my mouth though. Shambolic that India still plays without DRS! And this coming from an Indian fan.

  • g.narsimha on August 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    TED OSBORNE - I doubt whether u r an AUSSE , becouse it was one & only INDIA which not only challenged u r great team but also IND WAS THE TEAM WHO WON MORE MATCHES AGAINST KANGAROOS during those dominating days, reg REPUTATION OF indian batsmen IN AUS, PL GO THROUGH THE writings of late PETER REOBOCK IN SMH, u should should not talk just based on one bad tour in the recent past , if that is the case than u r team was also lost 2=0 last time my dear instead of wasting u r energy in demeaning INDIANS look out for u r team what happened in ENG recently .

  • pradeepsachin on August 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    In last 2 away series where India lost in England and Australia sachin is the second best batsman in India inspite of not scoring any hundred. And in southafrica series he is the best batsman from India helping to level the series to retain the no 1 spot. Now that Dravid, Laks and Gang has gone it is important for sachin to stay in the team until the 3 vacant spot gets a permanent player. At end of this series sachin will be the highest run getter in this series inspite of 1st innings flop.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Stephen Smith - no need for that, is there? Your world class Eng team lost 6 out of 11 tests since becoming no1 .

  • The-love on August 23, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I don't know why people want to eliminate Dhoni from the test team.He is giving his worst performance in tests still he is managing average of 37 that no wicket keeper has ever managed for India. Yes,I don't like Raina in this test team(although he is a great ODI finisher) but still I don't find anyone other than dhoni worth being captain of this side.

  • tommytucker on August 23, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Wow, SRT is still playing!! and not playing well either. Why doesnt he fall on his sword admirally and retire like VVS and Dravid. Evidence he is infactuated with records and wants to keep playing. Surely he is near the end of his career now. Interesting to see how india bowls on this surface.

  • usernames on August 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Great innings, Pujara! Make it a double hundred tomorrow. Lovely to see your game -- the most impressive thing is your repertoire of shots; backfoot, frontfoot, everything.

  • MAK123 on August 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Let Pujara enjoy the honeymoon till he is confronted by a real pace bowler on the bouncy tracks of Australia and South Africa or a the seaming wickets of England. We shall then see if he is even half the batsman that some people are making him to be

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    It was pretty bad sight to see Tendulkar pottering around for 62 balls 19. He was bowled neck and crop in the manner Dravid was during the last series in Australia. Dravid knew he had lost it. Tendulkar has also lost it. By continuing to play, he is blocking the entry into Indian team of talented youngsters and thus jeopardizing rebuilding of a new test team.

  • IndiaPrevails on August 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    It is a little funny that some of our aussie friends such as @Ted Osborne and others are commenting on the quality of Test cricket played in India when the Aussie team has actually lost its last two test series 2-0 in India. Also, it goes without saying that Indian performance was miserable on their last two overseas tours to Eng and Aus but it is not like Indian teams have never won games in Aus. Had it not been below par umpiring in 07-08 down under, India would have won the Sydney test and that series 2-1 on Aussie soil even before SA beat them over there. India definitely has its problems right now and needs some vision and rebuilding but Aussies should first take care of their own house having just got hammered in the just concluded ODI series in Eng. I rest my case...

  • reality_check27 on August 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @ ted osborne forget abou respect. atleast we are the kings at subcontinent no other team can beat us here but about ur team australia yes they were the best but this same new zealand side managed a draw in australia and u know ur going to lose against south africa. u lost to england that in australia 3 of them inings defeat and ur taking about playing good fast bowling and battings tips sorry mate that should nt be coming from you infact alone cook made more runs in ashes than the entire australian team in some of the test matches and just a remainder that in 80 with the tough westindies bowling we have beaten them in west indies while i saw ambrose get 7 aussie wickets at perth just for 1 run

  • aditya_017 on August 23, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @ SamRoy

    Lol, Ganguly and Laxman in the same sentence. One was jst average, in every sense of the word. The other a master at what he did, be it batting with the lower-order, batting in the 4th innings, or saving games fer the country from seemingly lost positions. Gangluly didn't even deserve a place in the playing 11 fer the 2nd half of his career, the only reason he lasted that long was because of the captaincy.

  • MrMankad on August 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    The English must be salivating. After seeing this kind of batting, I think India could lose 0-4 to the English later this year. Atrocious shots by Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli - still stuck in the IPL mentality, no application whatsoever. And Tendulkar seems like a huge liability. That ball would have knocked his stumps even if it was much much slower. Good that Pujara came through, but against tougher oppositions, I'm afraid this Indian side has been dismal, and will continue to be.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Pujara is going to be a great batsman just likes as Ricky Ponting & Rahul Dravid..And tomorrow he should make it count by hitting double century...

  • jasonpete on August 23, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Why does gambhir always do the same in every test matches? He doesn't learn,does he?everytime pokes the ball and throw away the wickets.Sehwag always live by luck and talk big later on.Kiwis shoud not drop catches,it will come to haunt them later on.Amazing to know highest opening stand between sehwag and gambhir is 38-0 in today's match after 9 test matches.No wonder indians lost 8-0 test in a trot.when your openers fails you always end up in losing,just like the current England opening stand failing to make big partnership.Still gambhir and sehwag don't learn from previous matches to value their wickets.Good pujara and kohli steadied the innings.If kiwis restrict India below 350-380, kiwis have a real chance .Tendulkar is looking like a shade of himself,raina needs temperament to stay in the crease for long time.Hoping for interesting day tomorrow.@ Ted, you cant speak for all,Australians do have enormous respect for tendulkar,laxman and dravid.

  • Rezaul on August 23, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Can anybody explain why Raina is there ahead of Badrinath. Its a test match not a T20 or ODI. Badri is far better suitable than Raina in place of Laxman.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Pujara is already a proven player in domestic circuit. He and Kohli show tremendous promise. Still the other spot is wide open in the lineup.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    harshdas--u need to learn to be a human first to talk abt the great man sachin. scoring century in india against weak team is not praisable but pujara scroing century turns u too talk rubbish abt sachin...u need to go to hospital and just knw even ur son will kill u in futre if u keep on talking bulshit like this.....

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    i think Pujara is Next "The Wall".

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Tendulkar looks like Shahrukh khan with his new hairdo....Sehwag should have batted down and Rahane given a shot at the top.....not sure when Indian captains can show some enterprise

  • VVS_a_class_act on August 23, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar Mate, Love your comment. Iam looking forward to write similar post on cricinfo if someone fill the shoes of my Idol VVS. Hoping for such a moment.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Dravid's gone, Laxman's gone, therefore Sachin has to go? What sort of nonsense logic is that? If a player's in form, he remains in the playing XI, as simple as that.

  • xylo on August 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I watched the match for the first hour or so, and found Sehwag's batting to be awful. If he wants to bat in this fashion, the team might do a favor and replace him with Harbhajan Singh; he at least wouldn't flash at every single ball and just ride his luck.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    every good thing ends... so did the era of Dravid-Ganguly-Laxman ... Does this also mean, the era of Kohli-Pujara starts? time will only tell...

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 23, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Posted by  Ted Osborne on (August 23 2012, 13:23 PM GMT), so why don't you say the same for Aussie batsmen (eg: Ponting and many others)) who can't play in flat pitches ,if you think scoring runs in flat pitches are easier? dravid,laxman and tendulkar all proved in Aussie conditions by scoring lot of runs there in Australia.Age were against them when they came last time and now retired finally.Dont you think Ponting also prodding and poking without any proper shots in the recent time due to his age? Give respects to senior players who done exceedingly well for a long period of time except the last wo series.Who knows then Indians may give respect to few Ausse batsmen if their average is good in subcontinent.

  • bluefunk on August 23, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Pujara's played well, no doubt about it.. a lot of Wall-esque patience and fortitude. However, he was clearly out caught by Van Wyk off Chris Martin bowling with the second new ball. The ball grazed his glove, but it was too close for Ian Gould to call - and he understandably gave the benefit of the the doubt to the batsman. Blemishes like these mar the sheen of a first Test hundred. Martin Crowe thinks India's stand on the DRS is the only one with courage, and he might be somewhat right, so everyone commentating at the time was very polite about it. Sure, ball-tracking might be inaccurate, given variable soil and bounce on pitches across the world, etc., but surely there's an argument for including other useful parts of the system? About time someone from the Indian cricket establishment spoke up against this Luddite Tendulkar mainstream. DRS has its benefits, among its flaws; anyone recall Morkel buzzed on the helmet & wrongly given out caught behind the other day at Lord's?

  • reality_check27 on August 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @ ted osborne forget abou respect. atleast we are the kings at subcontinent no other team can beat us here but about ur team australia yes they were the best but this same new zealand side managed a draw in australia and u know ur going to lose against south africa. u lost to england that in australia 3 of them inings defeat and ur taking about playing good fast bowling and battings tips sorry mate that should nt be coming from you infact alone cook made more runs in ashes than the entire australian team in some of the test matches and just a remainder that in 80 with the tough westindies bowling we have beaten them in west indies while i saw ambrose get 7 aussie wickets at perth just for 1 run

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983....sitting outside and talking seems..easy yu go and try it then yu will know how much tough to be as a captain n to satisfy the all 11mems so be calm n mind yur tongue...and well played pujara,kohli

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 23, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @ Arulanthomas90 - If someone like Jayasuriya can play SLPL which demands agility (which he has 0% left ) and makes fun of himself so this is SRT who is still in good shape and has not lost his hair yet doesn't require your meaningless suggestion.

  • Raj12345 on August 23, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Common fans yell at Badri for Raina failure. How many chances Raina get.

  • on August 23, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @ ted osborne and dude don't forget that the same mighty aussies got humbled by india 2-0 in 2008 and the same thing will happen early next year.....no team except south africa can claim to be a deserving no .1 side in test cricket

  • screamingeagle on August 23, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Nice ton by Pujara, but dont start making him the next Dravid or w/e. Let the guy play a few series and then start labelling him. Strange though, new kid in the English setup makes 2 fifties and he gets talked up. Poor Pujara makes a few and it is just another test in India.BTW@Ted, your superb Aussie batters were looking pretty silly last time you guys came here. 2-0 or something, if I remember right. Anyway, only reason I liked Eng winning was coz they were thrashing aussies. lol

  • ShawnHolmes on August 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Not bad but Pujra will face the real test when he actually faces decent bowling attack. question to indians; is test cricket dead in india? the stadium was more than half empty today!!

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @ Ted Osborne - Even someone like Kumble has scored a 100 in England in a Test Match, So scoring on England tracks is no big deal ? You don't know anything about sub-continent. Scoring in sub-continent is no big deal ? Then why foreign batsmen struggle here ? The Fact is Indian batsmen play spin really well so in sub-continent (where you would find Turning Tracks) they score more runs as pitches don't help fast Bowlers here much. That's why foreign batsmen of Aus, Eng and NZ struggle here coz they have no basic skills to play spin. Get it ?

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Its little harsh on Raina being criticized here. Let this fellow settle down, he is a treat to eyes when on song and a great fielder too. Today he got out in a unfortunate way. People have days like Sehwag or Kohli had (dropped catches). This poor fellow did not get one, that's what is cricket is all about. And dear friends just have trust in him. He will surely be one of the greatest left hander to have played the game when he retires.

  • StatisticsRocks on August 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Ok My fellow Indians it's just one century and at home, so please let him keep his feet on the ground and let's not anoint him as the next Rahul Drvaid or VVS as there will be never be another Dravid or VVS. He definitely has shown time and again he has the temparament and techniuque to be not only successful but also bat for long hours in a test match. Clearly Indian opening pair and SRT struggled against a decent attack and that too at home. Sehwag was given so many lives and Gambhir what were you thinking poking outside the off stump. Clearly there are so many flaws in our batsmen and then there is one old man who has lost his reflexes and yet is adamant to continue instead paving way for a Rahane or BAdrinath. @Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar I am surprised you already found you next Dravid so soon.

  • Jason_Key88 on August 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    why bcci doesn't make old and useles tendulker retire? luk at dravid or ganguly. they retired themselves to give chance to another person. tendulker can't play.

  • Jason_Key88 on August 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    selfish and budda tendu should retire. it's time. he only plays for money and for personal record. he has never been a gud batsman, like dravid or ganguly. he scores runs on meaningless match but if india is in trouble, he will get out quickly. time to bring young player.

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas true that all Dravid's fans are supporting Pujara as they find the simplicity of RD in Pujara. Simplicity is not that simple to obtain..is it?

    but y have u added those last 2 words.....in supporting one should not hurt the other.....feel RD never hurt others........did he?

  • rahulcricket007 on August 23, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    what a good & patient innings from pujara . happy to see that india have someone llike pujara who is a pure test player . but i was disappointed with senior players . looks like gambhir still hadn't learn from aus tour . it is painful to see him getting out in same way again & again . sehwag needs to give respect to the new ball & once the ball gets 15 -20 overs old , he should play his natural game . sachin 's dismissal clearly shows that his reflxes have slowed down a bit . it 's quite amazing that he missed almost a straight ball .

  • Stephen_Smith on August 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    tuned in for a bit to watch the action but was really unimpressed by state of play. the stadium is nearly empty, the kiwi bowlers huffing and puffing in the soaring indian heat and inept indian batsman's playing grade cricket. miss watching class cricket by class teams such as england and sa.

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    How I wish three seniors in the Indian team were rested from this match. Or, from the series itself. I am not attempting to belittle NZ. Only trying to build an Indian team for the future. We could have tried out younger players: Rahane in place of Sehwag; not so young Badri in place of Sachin-- who have nothing more to gain or prove; and Irfan Pathan in place of the injury pron and 'ageing' Zak. Rahane and Badri together would not have scored any less runs than Sehwag & Sachin (Of course, according to the ever-knowledgeable Dr. Hind Sight!)

  • Tamil_SL on August 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Dhoni is no different from other Captains, want to keep his yes man in the team. Any Day Harbhajan is a better bowler than Ashwin. Ashwin hasn't proven himself yet consistently in ODIs forget about Tests.

  • SamRoy on August 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    It's official now. Ganguly at the time of his retirement was a far better player than Tendulkar is now. Heck Ganguly at the time of his retirement was better than Dravid and Laxman at the time of their respective retirements. Though Ganguly was close to Laman's class he was never in Dravid and Tendulkar's league because they were far superior batsman. That's why people should know when to leave the game rather than extending it. I know in Sachin's case there are vested interests and it is sad to see. If it goes on Sachin will soon be 4th worst batsman in the team (after 9,10,11).

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 23, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    The photo of the midget tendulker is quite funny, lol. The old man is still playing despite being washed up. India should beat nz because even West Indies managed to beat them. But if the new zealand fast bowlers can bowl well than they can take advantage and win.

  • cricisme on August 23, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    All you people stop comparing Pujara with anyone. He is who he is and that is Pujara. He may not have enough exp enough experience outside of India just yet but with time he will. What we know now is he is a good batsmen. You don't make 100 runs just like that regardless of where you play. You guys unneccesary put him under pressure. No one is asking other players to match their predessesor so leave the man alone.

  • KevinCostna on August 23, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I think its time India start building seperate teams for Tests and ODIs & T20s including different captains for different formats.

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    DAWN of new superstar in Indian Cricket and Sports..

    Wish you best of luck for rest of your career.. you may rise higher and higher..

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Ross Taylor is really testing my English. What they do in the slip cordon is known as "slip catching" or "catching slips"? If it is the latter, such slips can cost the match, in addition to demoralizing the bowlers.

  • jay_vkjay on August 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Pujara proved that why he is walking in at no.3, and Kohli ably supported him. Pujara-Kohli a new era in Indian test team just kick started. First time they have batted together, and 125 partnership..hmm....very good start. Feel sorry for Sachin and Raina. Gambhir and Sehwag may not be aware of the fact that, they are playing a five day match. Not only Pujara made a ton, but he remained unbeaten. Got the talent, class and great temperament. Well done Pujara and Kohli of course. Raina put too much pressure on himself. Tough for somebody like Badrinath and Rahane to watch Raina playing,and warming the bench themselves. Please bring Irfan Pathan to the side, and play with 5 specialist batsman,1 wicket-keeper,1 all-rounder and 4 bowlers. Trust the specialist batsmen. Irfan Pathan is such a gift to have at the start of the innings with swinging conditions. You need to take 20 wickets for a win in tests..

  • Keithnkin on August 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    With all due respect, Sachin`s retirement is long overdue.He had his days in the sun. Its time he makes way for the next generation Indian cricketers, like Pujara.

  • QingdaoXI on August 23, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Why on earth dhoni plays Raina in test team,when everybody knows that Rahane and Pujara are the best first class batsmen available in India among the young lot, kohli too is but he is a flashy and we need only one player like this in middle order, so kohli seals a deal, But Raina? When i saw Batting order 5. Kohli 6. Raina 7. Dhoni it was looking like a One day Batting line up, In all only Kohli qualifies to play at this level. Time to change the captain of the test soon, Make Pujara or Kohli the captain soon as Smith was made by South Africa at early age and built team around them,and play Rahane in playing Xi, he is going to play in next foreign tours.Why Sachin doesnt drop one position down, it is not harm Ponting is doing in test now and Border, Waugh all have done. if tendulkar plays at 5th position we can play both Pujara and Rahane at no3 and no4 spot and make a good team and Kohli at 6 will be very good if sachin is in squad and Please bring Kartilk to replace Dhoni

  • venkatesh018 on August 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    I saw only the middle session of Day 1. Trent Boult really impressed and he is a player for the long run and NZ did very well to pick him ahead of Southee. NZ got just one selection wrong in the XI. James Franklin should have been dropped and Wagner should have replaced him. Wagner is a real tireless bowler capable of maintaining sharp speeds. NZ need 5 bowlers in this heat. Franklin is neither a Test class batsman or bowler. Don't judge him by the low quality IPL.

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @Naresh. Mate, it's true most Australian fans don't have any respect for Indian batsman's because we can see, your players lack basic skills. In India, even players like Harbhajan can get a 100 as it's not a big deal to score runs on flat wickets. But doing it aboard, it's a different story. When India came to Australia, your Indian batsman's kept prodding and poking, without playing any proper shots. Learn from Australia and even the Saffers.

  • Resultpredictor on August 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Congrats Pujara for wonderful hundred, definitely he has the future.

  • Penny on August 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Time for Sachin to hang boots is fast approaching. Past performances are not a yardstick for present or future continuance. Hard as it is for Sachin fans, including me, to bear. ..... with Sehwag not too far behind, it seems..... I am sure India has enough new talent to fear too much...

  • theswami on August 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Dhoni's decision to open up a place for his pal Raina has failed, case for Badri .....

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Poor field placement and fielding by the black caps. They also failed to apply pressure on the average Indian batsman's by giving away to many easy runs. Australia consistently hammered the Indian batsman's by bowling short deliveries and keeping the line outside off. Also, I still can't understand how martin and patel get selected. Patel lacks variation and the ability to take wickets. In fact, when he actually takes a wicket, he is more surprised than anyone else. Anyway, black caps are going to end up in the curry in this series.

  • lemonstealer on August 23, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    people often talk about picking the best 11 and then picking the captain from the lot,surely that should apply to picking the batting order also,the best 11 should be picked and then they should be assigned batting positions,clearly rahane is a better batsmen than raina or badri for that matter,why the hell wouldnt you just play the guy at number 6,in fact it would help to have some one like rahane to counter the 2nd new ball against which the indians have struggled often over the last one year,besides rahane's been in scintillating form(im not even talking about the ipl,that doesnt count for much).i like dhoni but in matters of selection he can be irritatingly stubborn when its obvious raina is not going to contribute much in the long run as far as test cricket goes and on top of that you are delaying and incredible talents inclusion in the team just cuz he is perceived to be a reserve opener,for the record he has also batted number 3 for mumbai!why not just play the goddamn kid at 6!

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Congrats Pujara for maiden ton. Hope you can do better on outside India as well. Otherwise lots of youngsters do good in sub continent and struggle outside.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 23, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Cheteshwar 'Rahul Dravid' Pujara, what a man! What simplicity! What a second debut! Made your idol Rahul Dravid proud. All Rahul Dravid fans are yours for the taking. Love you. God bless you.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on August 23, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Congrats Pujara! he has the temperment to stay in test cricket. His game plan seems to be simple.It was good to see that Pujara played most of the new ball himself prtecting Dhoni from the new ball and ensured Ind did not loose any wicket. Raina wasted another opportunity. Badri should have given a chance. I am not against Raina, But Badri do not have many more years to prove himself. He has excellent domestic record and he deserves a chance. Its now or never for him!!. For NZ, its a familiar situation they are in now :). I did not expect them to very competative but surpised to see cathes were dropped. That is the last thing you expect from quality fielding side like NZ.

  • Nampally on August 23, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I often wrote in these Cricinfo columns that Pujara is the future of the Indian batting along with Kohli. By God they did not disappoint me by rising to the occasion. It must be tough for the young Pujara to come in @#3 trying to fill the Shoes of great Rahul Dravid. What a way to answer it with a briliant unbeaten century. Well done Chiteshwar. Hopefully this is the first of many such centuries to follow. I was also pushing for grooming Pujara to be the future Indian captain being the best suited guy. Hopefully that will follow after he establishes himself as the top batsmen. He has the right technique, talent, Concentration & patience - essential needs for a Test batsman. That should be the model for many young aspiring Indian batsmen to follow - especially for Rohit Sharma & Raina. India should be on track to get a score of >400, for the first time since the England tour. Personally I would have gone with a seamer like Dinda instead of Raina to help getting 20 wkts -MSD to Note!

  • torsha on August 23, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Ridiculous decision to pick Raina. They could have go with Badri or Rahane as simple is that. I know they might be thinking that without two legends, India's batting look weak so they picked Raina but come on, you need to give these opportunities to the deserve one.

  • on August 23, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Dil Maange more .. Chetheshwar .. With tons of runs to follow, SOLIDIFY YOUR PLACE, as No.3 is the exalted position all along occupied by the Great CHINESE/INDIAN WALL -- RAHUL DRAVID ! If you slip, there are batsmen around .. to grab that .. including Captain's Choice !!

  • Dhanvanth on August 23, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    A very classy century by pujara today has more or less sealed his place as a replacement for dravid...dat was a indeed a very good knock against a fighting New Zealand attack...kohlis 58 was undoubtedly sound in techniques but wat he lacks is the temperament and patience to stand in the crease for long hours and he has to really learnt it as quickly as possible. Raina is just not the Test kind of player and badri should replace him atleast in the 2nd test. I am only sad that rahane is benched for too long a time by dhoni, who always supports raina. To sum up, the now vacant no.3 and no.5 spots have almost been filled by pujara and kohli..but rahanes and badris future remains a big big question mark and the team management has to think abt it surely!

  • Metman on August 23, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Why is Raina in the squad ?...Why is Tendulkar STILL in the squad at age 39.?...what is he trying to prove....Dravid gone,Ganguly gone ever since,Laxman just gone.....

  • sawifan on August 23, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Congrats Pujara on a fine ton, IND batting stocks still look to be fine. Early days yet, but with both Kohli and Pujara in the middle order, team IND slump may not be too long. Though, there is the bowlers... @Naresh28, Why must you like so many IND fans mix up the formats. IND has always done well around the world in OD cricket, where pitches are made more docile to facilitate a short spectacle. And the under-19's are playing a OD tournament, not a Test series or similar length games. I'm not knocking your teams U-19 performance, its great, nor am i calling team IND flat track bullies, but please, please, don't confused OD success with success in the longer formats.

  • rohanblue on August 23, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    pujara played well against australia also, bt that was in india, not to forget he failed miserably against sa in sa, scoring a ton against nz in india will nt prove anything, let him score runs in sa, aus nd eng ......

  • wolf777 on August 23, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    The question is does he have the talent of Rohit Sharma? Does he make his shots, even an outside edge to the keeper look elegant and graceful? Above all, how does he bat in the nets?

  • Rajeshj on August 23, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Congrats to Pujara... but he has to understand that there is a lot more to be proved than this hundred... the pitch was not a menace.. the bowling was adequate, but never too threatening.. I don't think he can get such factors going for him with the likes of Aus/Eng/SA etc. Plus he and Kohli played quite a bit of flashy strokes and were even reprieved once or twice.. they won't get such compliments from other teams... terming their innings as flawless was a bit too much.. a good beginning, but lot more needs to be proved in the coming series..

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Good start for India, promising signs for Pujara. Can the Kiwis take some early wickets tomorrow and fight their way into the match? They surely won't give it away...... From an outsiders view it's pretty difficult to see how Raina was picked and scoring just three will only confirm the doubts of many..... Wow, I didn't realise India had a ten test season in front of them. With the World T20 on top they are going to be pretty lucky if they are still fielding their best xi by the end of it.

  • hard_hitter_guy on August 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Pujara was out due to injury, for Eng and Aus series. Here we have got a very good batsman who is technically compact and patient, who already proved against australia earlier. But the real test is when he travels overseas.

  • dhekar01 on August 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    All praise for Cheteshwar...Congrats. It's a good start and should get more time and patience..don't let the "paperwalas" run you out of cricket! On RAina, let's not rubbish him out totally. He is a good player and got enough chances. Let Badrin play the next test and equal number of chances so India will know who fits in which format of the game. Rooting for India to win BIG against this KIWI team...march to #1 starts here.

  • gitapat on August 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Both Dhoni and Raina are unfit for Test cricket.They should be replaced by Dinesh Karthick and Bardrinath.And Gambhir should be made the captain.

  • Romenevans on August 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    LOL Raina in the team? That was a shocker and on top of it he proved it right again with his 03 and a hilarious way to get out. What a waste....where is Rahane?

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Saw the comments on Raina, but I also have grave doubts over Gambhir too, no century for a long time and no significant innings too, with Sehwag at one end you really need good solidity at the other - Very happy for Pujara - excellent hundred coming in after a longish layoff!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Congrats to Pujara. Hope he will make it special by convert it to double hundred. All the best!

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Congrats pujara . Keep up the good work

  • akashchandran on August 23, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Pujara was injured before the Eng Tour of 2011. The selectors preferred Kohli and Rohit ahead of him for Australia. Anyway Pujara is likely to be the leader of the Indian batting in the next decade. As for Raina it is unfortunate that selectors are putting him under pressure by selecting him ahead of other deserving candidates.

  • Bogelking on August 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Good show pujara, after the memorable debut against SA, you are back with a bang. The century that he notched today was superb, not getting carried away by the thought that you are facing a below par attack. Please, do not consider that I am decimating the opposing team, but it has to be noted that they came back strongly to the game capturing two quick wickets of a well settled Kohli and Raina. I agree up to a point by some of my friend's comments that Raina is not upto the mark as far as test format is concerned. There is no doubt about the game changing trait that Raina possess in abundance. We should remember the way he tried to prolong the defeat of the team In Lord's, of a disastorous "white washing tour" in England. It is better to push S Badrinath into the team, for whom the format suits well and who have proved that in the first class level. But let us hope that Badrinath will get a chance in the next test at Bangalore. Good playing India, carry on with the momentum.

  • Johnny_129 on August 23, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Pujara is important for Indian cricket - his mannerisms and personality is of the traditional batsman...sort of like Vishy, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Not comparing him to the greats just yet - just saying, he has the quiet, no-nonsense, determined demeanor. Much needed in this time when there are so many 'bollywood stars' such as Rohit Sharma around. Kohli changed his wayward ways and look at him now - he'll get even better with a bit more humility.

  • AnSen1984 on August 23, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I am not being far-sighted...This guy Cheteshwar Pujara invokes awe in the sense that still some players exist who in this age can play the classical test match innings and not get bogged down. Great effort.Really happy for him. Pujara-Kohli will forge a partnership ala Dravid-Laxman! SRT is playing away merrily and can even continue till 50 if he can keep his fitness! :P But the question mark still comes over who can fulfill the spot that Ganguly vacated since it is still open! Raina can never survive the English,Australian or South African conditions......may be Manoj Tiwari?? Or Irfan Pathan may be??albeit a matured one! :)

  • veerakannadiga on August 23, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Gone are the days when batsman used to walk.This virtue ended with the likes of G.R.Vishwanath, Rahul Dravid,Brain Lara,Alec Stewart etc., retiring. Though Pujara played well for his ton, he should have walked after he nicked Martin.This only makes all the anti-Indians shout that our batsman perform well only without DRS.Sad that such a splendid innings had to be blotched.

  • crick_sucks on August 23, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Among the foursome awesome the one who had to go is still there playing for personal records and the others who played for the country have sadly left. Their absence is already being felt. The other one even though is not required in the best interest of the team still hasn't got any call from his "voice within" and continues to make some true cricket fans miserable.God how much longer do we need to put up with this selfish being. At least India has a good chance of winning this one in the absence of century from the one" who cannot be named".

  • guppys_classmate on August 23, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Badrinath will be ignored for a long time and one good day he will be just said "You are old and have not used ur chances (2 Tests & 7 ODI's) well"

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Meh .. flat track poor NZ bowling attack, nothing surprising. Deluded cricket team backed by deluded fans.

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Pujara's 1st class record suggests he is a long term high quality Test batsman in the making, 14 hundreds vs 21 fifties, very good conversion rate and a knock of patience today picking the right balls. They should be able to build their next top 6 batting order around him over the next few years.

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Raina will play the second test too...there is no way Dhoni will give Badri or Rahane a shout....it would have been nicer if Rahane was picked and Sehwag came in Raina's spot....that requires vision which Indians dont display

  • Kushalagr007 on August 23, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Pujara becomes the first man ever to score a century on 'second debut'!!!!! Congrats Pujara!!!!!

  • amclean on August 23, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I think I need to get my eyes tested, I could have sworn I just saw Franklin in our Test side. At least we can now be clear on Kim Littlejohn's selection philosophy: the best preparation for a Test match in India is to send your best allrounder to play county for Essex, drop him for the Test series in the West Indies and then bring him back surprised and unprepared but nicely rested. Good stuff NZ Cricket.

  • satish619chandar on August 23, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Even i feel that Raina need to be considered as limited over specialist in order to maintain his supremacy in one format and improve himself.. But i don't see much wrong in playing him in this series especially.. Though he is technically not that sound like others, he is the hardest trier in the team i have seen.. Plus, his usual nemesis the bouncer will not be that effective in OUR conditions.. Very good fielder who can always maintain the spirit of the team and bowl useful offies..

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    At intcamd: pujara probably wasn't selected as he was recovering from a knee injury and also the fact that Dravid was still playing. And I doubt that India are going to be the 7th best team considering the batting talent that can be brought up. And the bowling of the under 19 team is good and players like harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma need guidance and they could become good test bowlers

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Rohit , Badri, Manoj ... Please do not compare RAINA with any one , because after shree shree Ravindra jadeja ji , he is a adopted child of ......

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    A new star has zoomed on the Horizon. Pujara ! May his cricketing career live long !

  • Bruisers on August 23, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @intcamd - Do you ever appreciate good cricket when you see it? Pujara played better than what Laxman would have. Kohli will emulate Dravid in all aspects of batting. We have star batsmen like Tiwary, Rahane and Badrinath waiting for their chances. Lets not forget Rohit who can be deadly devastating once he regains his form and Yuvraj also coming back to the team soon. As far as Pak is concerned, you can worry about the replacements for Misbah and Younis as they will retire soon to deplete an already weak batting lineup.

  • on August 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Congrats Pujara ...... wish he can extend his innings tomorrow and make it even bigger ......all da best !

  • passionatecricbug on August 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Badrinath is way better than Raina and Kohli in test match cricket. Kohli can still improve. Raina has proved himself hopeless, just like R(N)ohit Sharma. Raina is great but only for one dayers and t20s. India needs to prepare bowlers for bigger challenges in future. This again raises the question on team selection. Why are we playing with only four bowlers. Why are we continuing to play R. Ashwin; Rahul Sharma shows better promise. And isn't it the right time to try other pacers like Pankaj Singh?

  • shrastogi on August 23, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Delighted with Pujara's effort. He has grabbed his chance. Wont praise him more as one would like to see him perform in more hostile conditions. But this ton should give him confidence that he belongs in the league. This is very important as he is not yet in India plans for 50 over and t20 cricket. Raina was the biggest disppointment - a very casual dismissal. He is going Yuvraj way as far as tests are concerned. Gambhir played the worst stroke of the day. His stroke was a one day or t20 shot. Tendulkar got a good ball but with his experience he is expected to do better. Virat & Sehwag got out the same way. India has an edge at the end of day 1. Thye should hope to score 400 and for that Dhoni would have to ensure that he learns from Kohli & Sehwag dismissls. They should see off the new ball and take it from there.

  • laxman72 on August 23, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @intcamd, pujara injured his knee in ipl2011 and had to undergo surgery then. hence he missed out west indies and england tour. more than badrinath, i believe tiwari deserved it more. he has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket over last few years, had played couple of huge innings in ranji last year and has the age on his side.

  • MunafAhmed811 on August 23, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Raina needs to retire from tests where he is liability and concentrate only on ODI/T20 where he is a huge asset. Rahaane, Pujara and possibly Rohit Sharma should concentrate only on tests only or at most perhaps ODI's. They are not made for T20s and will spoil their form/game instead if they attempt T20. Yuvraj ,Raina, Yusuf,Tiwary should stick only to ODI/T20s and not even think of tests. Only Gambhir, Kohli and to some Sehwag and Dhoni manage to adapt to all 3 form of the game and transition their game accordingly.

  • indiasupbangalore on August 23, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    So what if badri is 31, he has atleast 6 years left in him, make him a valid middle order batsman give him a chance, but badri has to do good overseas also. Raina please you are good odi,t20 batsman stay away from test.

  • love_4_the_game on August 23, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    good knock pujara. dono y raina is doin in this team ahead of rahane nd badri. 2day once again its proved.but gettin out to an off spinner... dhoni plz continue raina for the nxt match as well so tat selectors himself will throw him out of the squad

  • vishal_26 on August 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    well done Pujara and kohil keep it up guys... its nice to see India doing well in test cricket and going above 300 runs isn't easy Pujara make it look easy for India.. i hope to see Pujara kohil giving there best like this in all the series they are going to play in the future.. now coming to Suresh Raina it was a very disappointing performance getting an edge and taken by keeper i think Suresh Raina should get more practice in test cricket because i don't really understand the way he is playing good luck Pujara for tomorrow batting.. want to see the blowers having a good match.. good luck team India in the comings days for this test match

  • dheerajshetty on August 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Congrats Pujara, he played very well, so did Virat Kohli, looked like he would set for a hundred too, unlucky though. Raina keeps throwing chances given to him the test arena, possibly too many chances.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Congratulations Pujara !!!! What a splendid knock. In Pujara and Kohli, India have a BRIGHT batting future. I am VERY HAPPY. However, I am disappointed with Raina's selection in the team. Rahane or Badri should have made the cut. Both are technically and defensively astute. Anyway.. pretty good day for India. Also, some good bowling by NZ. Well tried Black Caps. I salute your effort. Interesting day 2 coming up.

  • on August 23, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    sachin bye bye, should retire as soon as possible, pujara, tiwary, ajinkya rahane, rohit sharma should get a chance.

  • kaneri2611 on August 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I didn't understand the logic behind including Suresh Raina in to playing eleven in fact in test team. HE has in own brilliance in shorter formats and this particular thing should be monitored by Selectors. Players like Justin Langer, Slater, Butcher did not played ODIs doesn't mean that are not class players. Every players has his own caliber to perform on the pitch and he shpuld be judged on those basis not on the favoritism. Rahane or Kaif or few others would have been a better choice.....

  • Empty-Sequence on August 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Really happy to see Raina failed!! This guy doesn't deserve to be in the Test squad.

  • on August 23, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    yes the day comes what we wanted to c for long time Pujara hits the ton. nice to c the boy did he has temperament to play long inning great camon boy do it again & again, otherwise there is a gang will kick u out of team the leader is Mr. srikant uh...

  • itsthewayuplay on August 23, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Sehwag lucky to get what he did and SRT bowled middle stump for 19 at a SR of 30 and yet a lot of comments about Raina. VVS and RSD made the ultimate sacrifice in cricketing terms by retiring to allow two oldsters to carry on and deny opportunities to other players. 5 wickets down against a team that was supposed to struggle. Ha!

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Raina, O mere Raina ! Consider yourself luck that Dhoni is your well-wisher otherwise World knows you are NOT a Test Match material. Badrinath is way way way better than you in defensive technique, it is just that he is 31, so he is being ignored. Kindly, make full use of GOLDEN opportunities you are getting. Learn from Pujara !

  • Naresh28 on August 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    No BADRI door is not shut, he should have come in place of RAINA. Badri will give solidity to the middle order after LAX's retirement.

  • on August 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Why raina is in squad???? When There are better test batsmen available in squad lyk rahane and badri........

  • on August 23, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Pujara deserved to be in the team, not so sure Laxman's replacement Raina was ideal though and If it was Dhoni's way of getting his favourites in the team ahead of Pro's like Laxman, he better make his presence count as well. As a wicketkeeper and a batsman he has been less than effective in the test scenario. Cant recall the last time he won us a game, scored those vital 50's or a century even.

  • intcamd on August 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I never understood why Pujara was not selectd to the Eng and Aus tours. Anyway it is water under the bridge. We lost 8-0 and will probably eke out a meaningless and yet hard fought 1-0 against this NZ team, but when the good teams come, we will lose again. This India team is shaping up to be no better than seventh best team in the world, ahead of NZ, Zim, and Ban but behind Pak, SL, and Win, and of course we all know where we stand against Eng, Aus, and SA.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Congratulations Pujara. It looked the way you batted that test cricket is so easy for you. And NO celebrations after 100. ah..You might have felt it's the contunity of domestic matches. Keep a smile, celebrate Pujara :)..hope you will but only after India wins. You want to be like Dravid in being simple,?? :) welcome we need you.

  • Naresh28 on August 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    According to some Oz/Eng fans we are called "FLAT TRACK BULLIES" and they dont have any respect for Indian cricketers. Well INDIA U19 have reached the finals in OZ backyard. Here is a youngster (PUJARA) who has replaced a stalwart in tests and he scores a CENTURY vs NZ today. Some of these fans mocked us that Bangladesh/IRELAND can beat us. Also according to these fans we have not scored 100's outside India. LAXMAN, SACHIN, DRAVID, SHEWAG, GAMBHIR, CHAND(new boy), GANGULY etc all have scored outside INDIA. Some of these were great when they were younger - so dont only look at the current picture.

  • kaneri2611 on August 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    New legend is on his making.. Cool head above responsible shoulder. CHINTU..U r gen nxt test crickter for India. Looking forward for more like this.....Wishing u luck.

  • on August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Best wishes to Pujara for his wonderful Hundred :-) Hard luck Badri.. your doors are shut...

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Congrats Pujara ! What the most important thing to note here is Pujara's Patience. He certainly has got it. This is what matters the most in Test Cricket. I would rate him above Raina, Kohli and Badri in this format of the game. Well done Pujara ! But still a LONG LONG way to go. We want you to justify your place in Team against stronger bowling line-ups too and I'm sure you would not disappoint us either. Good Luck !

  • praveen4honestremark on August 23, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    It was good batting display by Kohli and Pujara. But Kohli also went out playing poor shot. Opening stand given by Gambhir and Sehwag was crucial. Gambhir and Sehwag gave away their wickets as gifts. Should change their way of play, just should not poke ball. Tendulkar's dismissal of Boult reminded me of Diharo Feranando of Srilanka dismissing Sachin in same fashion in 2007 world cup.

  • on August 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    we can clearly see how much "mehmaan newazi" which means hospitality is going on. Before the series a few ads on Tv were ridiculous !!

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • on August 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    we can clearly see how much "mehmaan newazi" which means hospitality is going on. Before the series a few ads on Tv were ridiculous !!

  • praveen4honestremark on August 23, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    It was good batting display by Kohli and Pujara. But Kohli also went out playing poor shot. Opening stand given by Gambhir and Sehwag was crucial. Gambhir and Sehwag gave away their wickets as gifts. Should change their way of play, just should not poke ball. Tendulkar's dismissal of Boult reminded me of Diharo Feranando of Srilanka dismissing Sachin in same fashion in 2007 world cup.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Congrats Pujara ! What the most important thing to note here is Pujara's Patience. He certainly has got it. This is what matters the most in Test Cricket. I would rate him above Raina, Kohli and Badri in this format of the game. Well done Pujara ! But still a LONG LONG way to go. We want you to justify your place in Team against stronger bowling line-ups too and I'm sure you would not disappoint us either. Good Luck !

  • on August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Best wishes to Pujara for his wonderful Hundred :-) Hard luck Badri.. your doors are shut...

  • kaneri2611 on August 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    New legend is on his making.. Cool head above responsible shoulder. CHINTU..U r gen nxt test crickter for India. Looking forward for more like this.....Wishing u luck.

  • Naresh28 on August 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    According to some Oz/Eng fans we are called "FLAT TRACK BULLIES" and they dont have any respect for Indian cricketers. Well INDIA U19 have reached the finals in OZ backyard. Here is a youngster (PUJARA) who has replaced a stalwart in tests and he scores a CENTURY vs NZ today. Some of these fans mocked us that Bangladesh/IRELAND can beat us. Also according to these fans we have not scored 100's outside India. LAXMAN, SACHIN, DRAVID, SHEWAG, GAMBHIR, CHAND(new boy), GANGULY etc all have scored outside INDIA. Some of these were great when they were younger - so dont only look at the current picture.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Congratulations Pujara. It looked the way you batted that test cricket is so easy for you. And NO celebrations after 100. ah..You might have felt it's the contunity of domestic matches. Keep a smile, celebrate Pujara :)..hope you will but only after India wins. You want to be like Dravid in being simple,?? :) welcome we need you.

  • intcamd on August 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I never understood why Pujara was not selectd to the Eng and Aus tours. Anyway it is water under the bridge. We lost 8-0 and will probably eke out a meaningless and yet hard fought 1-0 against this NZ team, but when the good teams come, we will lose again. This India team is shaping up to be no better than seventh best team in the world, ahead of NZ, Zim, and Ban but behind Pak, SL, and Win, and of course we all know where we stand against Eng, Aus, and SA.

  • on August 23, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Pujara deserved to be in the team, not so sure Laxman's replacement Raina was ideal though and If it was Dhoni's way of getting his favourites in the team ahead of Pro's like Laxman, he better make his presence count as well. As a wicketkeeper and a batsman he has been less than effective in the test scenario. Cant recall the last time he won us a game, scored those vital 50's or a century even.

  • on August 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Why raina is in squad???? When There are better test batsmen available in squad lyk rahane and badri........