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

We failed to put pressure on youngsters - Boult

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Trent Boult, the left-arm seamer, has said New Zealand missed out on an opportunity to put pressure on India's young batsmen on the opening day of the first Test in Hyderabad. Cheteshwar Pujara, batting at No.3, scored an unbeaten century and Virat Kohli supported him in a 125-run stand after the loss of India's openers.

"It was an awesome innings. He (Pujara) is very patient and played well. I think India batted well. They played an attacking brand of cricket at the start and we took early wickets of the big guns," Boult said. "The plan was to put pressure on younger players and we had a big opportunity to cash in but we missed the bus there."

Boult picked up two wickets himself, those of Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar, who was bowled for 19. This is Boult's fifth Test and he's picked up 14 wickets so far at 31.21.

"It was a obviously a huge wicket of Sachin. It is something I will always remember," he said. "It was special to get Tendulkar out. It (the ball) got in and I was lucky to sneak through his defence. It is a huge honour."

While India will think they have a slight edge, New Zealand did well to pick up two wickets in quick succession before the close, dismissing Kohli and Suresh Raina. Pujara, however, will have MS Dhoni for company on a track he believed was slowing down and looked good for spinners to bowl on.

Boult, though, was focussed on bowling out India. "The first hour tomorrow morning will be a big opportunity to go at the batsmen and get a couple of wickets. The first-hour wicket will be a different. The game is still very balanced."

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  • rhtdm302 on August 24, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    if this is the way Indian openers are going to play then England have a good chance of winning the test series in India

  • Jack_Tka on August 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    For a young bowler like Boult, its definitely a great achievement to get Sachin's and Gambhir's wkt in their own backyard. He's good bowler. And by the time, I write this comment, Ross Taylor has missed the second slip catch in this match. Catches win matches: As England's recent outing proves that very well. had Ross held those two catches, the socrecard would've read entirely differently.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Raina o Raina. I think his performance is due and some others waiting in the bench.

  • beejaytee on August 24, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Boult certainly held up his part of the deal. Really impressed with this guy. I do hope Bracewell is going to be able to bowl on day 2, because otherwise NZ will be risking injury to Martin & Boult. Wonky selection to start with, I thought. Franklin should have replaced Flynn to make room for Southee or Wagner, who both created plenty of chances and had batsmen looking uncomfortable in the West Indies. But no, NZ will just keep carrying failing batsmen in the name of "balance". Lots of pressure on Boult & Martin to make inroads this morning!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 24, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    @MattyP1979: Something makes me think you are actually a KIWI living in England. Anyway, yeah the test match could get interesting. India still have plenty of batting to come. Ashwin was actually an opener for his state team in the Ranji Trophy not so long ago. He's KP in the reverse who started out as an off spinner. Zaheer Khan can hang around for a while unless he decides to slog it all off. So India looking good for 400 but then again the first hour is crucial in the morning session. Speaking of England, England have an excellent chance this time around in India. However, a draw is the most likely result from an England's perspective or an Indian victory IF India play really well.

  • MattyP1979 on August 24, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Cmon NZ a good day for them would make this an exciting test. If they get a couple early the could quickly find themselves in bat. I for one agree with most here about Raina that he is good batsman in the sub but awful outside. That is why he has been included in the side as Ind next tour in 2046. Looking forward to seeing what Eng will be up against when Ind come out to bowl. Heard some positive things about a few of the youngsters.

  • playinrain on August 24, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    We need better from Taylor in the slips, that was lame...Flyn isn't that flash under the helmet either, but sometimes, there just isn't anyone in the team who is so he maybe drew the short straw on that one I guess. Where is Southee??? I'd arguee he's a better new ball bowler than Martin most of the time, and definitely better than Bracewell of late! Well bowled Trent!! Pity Taylor bowls him in too longer spells. I guess with Bracewells long hops and Martins pies at the other end, there's little choice!

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

    @MattyP1979: Yes I agree. India will always have good batsmen. But our bowling is horrific. I mean they are not entirely bad but they are itsy-bitsy. We need penetration in our bowling. Except Zaheer, the rest are young and green. They will need plenty of matches to get their mojo going. However, then the problem is that India might not win many games of test cricket. And, the average Indian supporter expects A LOT from his/her team. The pressure can really get to the players. So if Indian fans are prepared to wait patiently for a few years then we can definitely put some good quality bowlers on the field.

  • Temuzin on August 23, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Guys get off Raina's back. He is one of the best fielder and good batsman. He will prove it in second innings.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Trent Boult bowled very well. He's a typical left arm swing bowler and in helpful conditions could become a lethal weapon. He tried his best out there on day 1 but the conditions weren't favourable to him. It was two paced, and slow like a typical Indian pitch. Still, NZ have done well to have India down by 5 wickets. I am not entirely sure whether India are in the driver's seat. They need a minimum of 400-450 runs to really put the screws around NZ's batsmen. If NZ manage to bowl out India for 350 then it's game on. India have inexperienced bowlers and Zaheer cannot do all the hard work. It will become an interesting test match.

  • rhtdm302 on August 24, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    if this is the way Indian openers are going to play then England have a good chance of winning the test series in India

  • Jack_Tka on August 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    For a young bowler like Boult, its definitely a great achievement to get Sachin's and Gambhir's wkt in their own backyard. He's good bowler. And by the time, I write this comment, Ross Taylor has missed the second slip catch in this match. Catches win matches: As England's recent outing proves that very well. had Ross held those two catches, the socrecard would've read entirely differently.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Raina o Raina. I think his performance is due and some others waiting in the bench.

  • beejaytee on August 24, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Boult certainly held up his part of the deal. Really impressed with this guy. I do hope Bracewell is going to be able to bowl on day 2, because otherwise NZ will be risking injury to Martin & Boult. Wonky selection to start with, I thought. Franklin should have replaced Flynn to make room for Southee or Wagner, who both created plenty of chances and had batsmen looking uncomfortable in the West Indies. But no, NZ will just keep carrying failing batsmen in the name of "balance". Lots of pressure on Boult & Martin to make inroads this morning!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 24, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    @MattyP1979: Something makes me think you are actually a KIWI living in England. Anyway, yeah the test match could get interesting. India still have plenty of batting to come. Ashwin was actually an opener for his state team in the Ranji Trophy not so long ago. He's KP in the reverse who started out as an off spinner. Zaheer Khan can hang around for a while unless he decides to slog it all off. So India looking good for 400 but then again the first hour is crucial in the morning session. Speaking of England, England have an excellent chance this time around in India. However, a draw is the most likely result from an England's perspective or an Indian victory IF India play really well.

  • MattyP1979 on August 24, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Cmon NZ a good day for them would make this an exciting test. If they get a couple early the could quickly find themselves in bat. I for one agree with most here about Raina that he is good batsman in the sub but awful outside. That is why he has been included in the side as Ind next tour in 2046. Looking forward to seeing what Eng will be up against when Ind come out to bowl. Heard some positive things about a few of the youngsters.

  • playinrain on August 24, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    We need better from Taylor in the slips, that was lame...Flyn isn't that flash under the helmet either, but sometimes, there just isn't anyone in the team who is so he maybe drew the short straw on that one I guess. Where is Southee??? I'd arguee he's a better new ball bowler than Martin most of the time, and definitely better than Bracewell of late! Well bowled Trent!! Pity Taylor bowls him in too longer spells. I guess with Bracewells long hops and Martins pies at the other end, there's little choice!

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

    @MattyP1979: Yes I agree. India will always have good batsmen. But our bowling is horrific. I mean they are not entirely bad but they are itsy-bitsy. We need penetration in our bowling. Except Zaheer, the rest are young and green. They will need plenty of matches to get their mojo going. However, then the problem is that India might not win many games of test cricket. And, the average Indian supporter expects A LOT from his/her team. The pressure can really get to the players. So if Indian fans are prepared to wait patiently for a few years then we can definitely put some good quality bowlers on the field.

  • Temuzin on August 23, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Guys get off Raina's back. He is one of the best fielder and good batsman. He will prove it in second innings.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Trent Boult bowled very well. He's a typical left arm swing bowler and in helpful conditions could become a lethal weapon. He tried his best out there on day 1 but the conditions weren't favourable to him. It was two paced, and slow like a typical Indian pitch. Still, NZ have done well to have India down by 5 wickets. I am not entirely sure whether India are in the driver's seat. They need a minimum of 400-450 runs to really put the screws around NZ's batsmen. If NZ manage to bowl out India for 350 then it's game on. India have inexperienced bowlers and Zaheer cannot do all the hard work. It will become an interesting test match.

  • nattuz on August 23, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    indian needs to take the kiwis seriously and horn their skills very well in preparation for the tough series ahead agains the aussies and the pommies!! sticking to the basics and learning to bat patiently will go a long way in improving the overall morale of the team that got seriously thrashed during the last two overseas tours!!

  • SanjivAwesome on August 23, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    I feel the game is even. I have long posted that Suresh Raina should be excluded from Tests - alas India selectors keep persevering with under-performers in their Tests!

  • on August 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    If I were Boult I would be worried.Newly arrived bowlers who have dismissed Tendulkar have never made a great career in international circuit. Tendulkar is always generous with these bowlers

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

    Taylor's poor captaincy and slippery hands costs dearly for newzland...why is badrinath taken into the squad?for warming benches?....only God can judge Raina's selection..

  • TrueFactors on August 23, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Numbers proved once again - Raina is one of best 50 overs and T20 player, but not for tests. - Pujara and Rahane are best at test level - temperament and technique wise. - RSharma is over-hyped and incapable in both places with his attitude or technique. - Kohli is team's best 50-over player and more than capable at T20 or test level as well. - If given opportunity and not tagged as test player then, Pujara will prove himself as one of classy best player in 50-over matches as well. (No T20 please..) Hope, we will see this soon in coming years.

  • MattyP1979 on August 23, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Ind have always produced very good batsman. Kholi looks a very decent player and might even be able to handle himself outside the sub, if Ind ever play outside before he retires that is. NZ are not out of this yet and I hope for another good days play. They will not have a better chance to beat Ind at home than this though it would need a brillaint team effort.

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

    Waseem Akram to Boult. That wicket of Tendulkar is always special to bowlers around the world.

  • bigdhonifan on August 23, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    So Pujara is 'Dravid', Kohli is 'Laxman' and Raina is 'Ganguly'. But what joy that Tendulkar is still 'Tendulkar'!

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

    Come on Trent, be a little less harsh on you. You did put pressure on the players--senior or youngsters. It just was not your day as far as only one yougster goes--Pujara. Virat is no longer a youngster; and you and your colleagues did very well to take those five wickets. Things could have gotton much better for you had your captain decided to cooperate a bit; but such things happen. Now, focus on restricting them to under 400 tomorrow and pinch your batters to show some resolve. If the pitch has started showing turn, you are in for a real challenge!

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

    Come on Trent, be a little less harsh on you. You did put pressure on the players--senior or youngsters. It just was not your day as far as only one yougster goes--Pujara. Virat is no longer a youngster; and you and your colleagues did very well to take those five wickets. Things could have gotton much better for you had your captain decided to cooperate a bit; but such things happen. Now, focus on restricting them to under 400 tomorrow and pinch your batters to show some resolve. If the pitch has started showing turn, you are in for a real challenge!

  • bigdhonifan on August 23, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    So Pujara is 'Dravid', Kohli is 'Laxman' and Raina is 'Ganguly'. But what joy that Tendulkar is still 'Tendulkar'!

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

    Waseem Akram to Boult. That wicket of Tendulkar is always special to bowlers around the world.

  • MattyP1979 on August 23, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Ind have always produced very good batsman. Kholi looks a very decent player and might even be able to handle himself outside the sub, if Ind ever play outside before he retires that is. NZ are not out of this yet and I hope for another good days play. They will not have a better chance to beat Ind at home than this though it would need a brillaint team effort.

  • TrueFactors on August 23, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Numbers proved once again - Raina is one of best 50 overs and T20 player, but not for tests. - Pujara and Rahane are best at test level - temperament and technique wise. - RSharma is over-hyped and incapable in both places with his attitude or technique. - Kohli is team's best 50-over player and more than capable at T20 or test level as well. - If given opportunity and not tagged as test player then, Pujara will prove himself as one of classy best player in 50-over matches as well. (No T20 please..) Hope, we will see this soon in coming years.

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

    Taylor's poor captaincy and slippery hands costs dearly for newzland...why is badrinath taken into the squad?for warming benches?....only God can judge Raina's selection..

  • on August 23, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    If I were Boult I would be worried.Newly arrived bowlers who have dismissed Tendulkar have never made a great career in international circuit. Tendulkar is always generous with these bowlers

  • SanjivAwesome on August 23, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    I feel the game is even. I have long posted that Suresh Raina should be excluded from Tests - alas India selectors keep persevering with under-performers in their Tests!

  • nattuz on August 23, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    indian needs to take the kiwis seriously and horn their skills very well in preparation for the tough series ahead agains the aussies and the pommies!! sticking to the basics and learning to bat patiently will go a long way in improving the overall morale of the team that got seriously thrashed during the last two overseas tours!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 23, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Trent Boult bowled very well. He's a typical left arm swing bowler and in helpful conditions could become a lethal weapon. He tried his best out there on day 1 but the conditions weren't favourable to him. It was two paced, and slow like a typical Indian pitch. Still, NZ have done well to have India down by 5 wickets. I am not entirely sure whether India are in the driver's seat. They need a minimum of 400-450 runs to really put the screws around NZ's batsmen. If NZ manage to bowl out India for 350 then it's game on. India have inexperienced bowlers and Zaheer cannot do all the hard work. It will become an interesting test match.