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

We failed to put pressure on youngsters - Boult

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Rohit 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 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.

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

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

  • Beau 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!

  • Jay 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.

  • Mathew 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.

  • Conrad 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!

  • Jay 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.

  • uncle bob 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.

  • Jay 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.

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