India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day August 26, 2012

Ashwin spins India to innings win

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India 438 (Pujara 159, Dhoni 73, Patel 4-100) beat New Zealand 159 (Franklin 43* Ashwin 6-31) & 164 (Williamson 52, Ashwin 6-54) by an innings and 115 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For all that spin bowling is considered an art involving guile and deception, India's spinners took apart the New Zealand batting with the precision of surgeons combined with the calculation of mathematicians. The first Test in Hyderabad had a severely truncated third day and a slightly curtailed fourth, but ended with a day to spare.

India won by an innings and 115 runs, its spinners taking 18 of the 20 wickets to fall. New Zealand, following on in their second innings, were all out for 164 an hour before the scheduled close of play on Sunday, losing their last nine wickets for 66 runs.

At the top of the pile stood R Ashwin, who finished the game with his first ten-wicket bag in Tests, taking 6 for 54 in the second innings and a match tally of 12 for 85 - the best figures for an Indian bowler in Tests versus New Zealand.

Ashwin sent down a repertoire of flighted off-breaks and top-spinners of varing pace, made canny use of his special "carrom" ball. It helped clean up the New Zealand tail, with four still left for the taking after tea. Ashwin got three of the remaining four, two with the carrom ball that leaves the batsman. Ashwin's second-innings tally followed up his 6 for 31 in the first.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha bowled in perfect tandem with Ashwin, both making maximum use of the frequent bite and bounce on the surface, and also the struggle of the New Zealand batsmen against spin. Ojha's match tally was 6 for 92.

The morning session was delayed by two hours due to rain and India's push for victory was resisted handsomely up by a gutsy 72-run second wicket partnership between Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson. They batted all through the 90 minutes before lunch, scoring 51 careful runs and holding off the Indian spinners.

McCullum's departure early on in the second session gave the Indians the opening. New Zealand's last nine wickets fell for 66 runs; it had taken a few pieces of masterful spin to pull the ground out from underneath New Zealand's feet.

It all began when McCullum steamed off when given out leg before in Umesh Yadav's second over after lunch, an inside edge the source of his fury. The sound of the inside edge appeared decisive but replays showed simultaneous points of contact off both bat and pad. McCullum was later reprimanded by the match referee for showing dissent to umpire Steve Davis' decision. McCullum's had been a sagacious innings, the perfect senior colleague in partnership with the 22-year-old Williamson, scoring 32 in close to three hours of batting.

Until then, McCullum had played the assured hand, Williamson taking the risks of trying to drive against the spin. Ashwin tried to lure him into a false stroke. In the first session, the waiting game worked for New Zealand, Williamson driving Ashwin down the ground for a boundary the moment he over pitched. McCullum pulled out his patent pull shot when Ojha bowled one short and on leg stump. It was New Zealand's session in which their batsmen held some control.

After the break, though, came the deluge. If McCullum fell to a somewhat controversial lbw, seven runs later, Ross Taylor shouldered arms to Ashwin, who got the ball to turn and knock the top of his off stump. Williamson - clearly New Zealand's batsman of the entire Test - held his own at the other end, getting to 50 with a steer past third man for three.

With less than half an hour left for tea, Ojha, who had bowled 11 overs non-stop from one end, came in for his second spell of the day. The second ball was a peach: it looped up towards the stumps and drew Williamson forward. As it pitched, it bounced and turned away from him, nibbled at the edge of Williamson's bat and flew to Virender Sehwag at first slip.

Daniel Flynn, who had until then played foil to Williamson, tried to sweep Ashwin in his 54-minute innings for the first time. The end result was identical to his first innings: unequivocally, leg before for 11. Three runs later, Ashwin worked out the dismissal of James Franklin, with five minutes left for tea. Franklin nicked a climbing off break, and Sehwag dived to his right to take a one-handed catch at first slip. Five wickets had fallen for 54 runs in the 30 overs between lunch and tea. Right there, New Zealand's time in the Test match was as good as up.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Yousufahmedl on August 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    g.narsimha, we managed to thrash you all in Bangalore in 2005! We have won more tests in India than any other side because we have a great cricket history. We even have produced great batsmen. You Indians keep refusing DRS all to safeguard your overrated batsmen. If DRS was used non stop, India were to lose even more tests for sure.

  • Yousufahmedl on August 29, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Hindh88, yeah why cant the Aussies tour Pakistan at all? They never toured Pakistan from 1998 onwards. So without any home cricket for us against the Aussies how can we get home advantage?? We managed to win 3-0 against England in tests this year when you all got clobbered in style 4-0 at the hands of England. We also managed a test match win in England in 2010, when you all managed none the following year. You all are mere flat track bullies. Have nt England lost more than 6 series in a row against Australia from 1987 to 2005? Check your facts before talking!

  • Yousufahmedl on August 29, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @g.narsimha, Indians achieved more than others in the region?? Look at our win loss ration in tests. We have won more tests than what we lost. Look at this link below. We have played less tests than India overall but won more tests than India, who have lost more tests than what they have won. See this http://stats.espncricinfo.com/india-v-new-zealand-2012/content/records/283877.html

  • g.narsimha on August 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    contin,,baring few wins in ua u r team done nothing during this period all d hell brok out after our worst away performance in decades in eng, aus , every one had a field day in demeaning our greats is it apropriat to rubbish them based on just few bad performance delebratly ignoring thier previos performances if a batsman counted to b best , will have to prove in all conditions ,than bowl;ers also need to go through on those parameters, u declared MURALI, WARNE, SAQLAIN as best bowlers THAN WHAT ABOUT THEIR PERFORMANCE against INDIA all mesebly failed WARNEE WaS UTTER FLOP AVE 50 + IN ALL FORMETS IN HOME & AWAY MURALI WAS also pathetic could not win a single test in iIDIA for LANKANS SAQLAIN FARED FAR BETTER EVN THOUGH HE PLAYED FEWER MATCHES THAN THESE 2 HE WAS BEST AS HE PROVED SOME THING AGAINST his ERAS best batting line up against spinners , i have stats to prove so my dear at the end of the DAY result metters , & we achieved more than others fr ths REGION ,

  • DINESHCC on August 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    AHmed Uetian: Despite all these facts and figures (may be true also) India beat Pakistan in WC and also Asia Cup convincingly. If you have any doubt ask Wahab Riaz 4-0-50-0.

  • g.narsimha on August 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    AHMADUITEN-WE never claimed that our boling was great had we been blessed with even a reasionable all weather bowlers with rhis formidable batting line up our team would have been counted along the great teams of WI, AUS , REG U R STATS I DONT AGREE with out result those are meaningless winning is important,this just whining where the result its wothles even after scoring 330= U R LOst , FEW ARE TAKING CREDIT THAT WE COULD RESTRICT SO& SO WITH IN 200 , but than u fail to score those runs for a win ,wether u gives 5.6 runs per over or 4 at the end of the day result metters in that aspect we have achieved them in most of the places in the last decade I WONT AGREE THAT SAHWAAG IS ordinery, flat track bully perfoms agnst weaker opposition , see he was instrumental in a series win in PAK , is it pak in its own place is weakr opposition , his scores in AUS, SA U R NOT DEFERENT FROM OTHER IND BASHERS ,MY SIMPLE LOGIC IF U CLAIM IAM THE BEST THAN SHOW THE RESULT , contin......

  • Hindh on August 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @pak victorius Yes all indian fans know how pakistan was whitewashed by australia for 4 test SERIES IN A ROW FROM 1999-2010...LOL Now that is a record only pak can create...

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT

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

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:36 GMT

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

  • on August 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    bye bye Bhaji............

  • Yousufahmedl on August 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    g.narsimha, we managed to thrash you all in Bangalore in 2005! We have won more tests in India than any other side because we have a great cricket history. We even have produced great batsmen. You Indians keep refusing DRS all to safeguard your overrated batsmen. If DRS was used non stop, India were to lose even more tests for sure.

  • Yousufahmedl on August 29, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Hindh88, yeah why cant the Aussies tour Pakistan at all? They never toured Pakistan from 1998 onwards. So without any home cricket for us against the Aussies how can we get home advantage?? We managed to win 3-0 against England in tests this year when you all got clobbered in style 4-0 at the hands of England. We also managed a test match win in England in 2010, when you all managed none the following year. You all are mere flat track bullies. Have nt England lost more than 6 series in a row against Australia from 1987 to 2005? Check your facts before talking!

  • Yousufahmedl on August 29, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @g.narsimha, Indians achieved more than others in the region?? Look at our win loss ration in tests. We have won more tests than what we lost. Look at this link below. We have played less tests than India overall but won more tests than India, who have lost more tests than what they have won. See this http://stats.espncricinfo.com/india-v-new-zealand-2012/content/records/283877.html

  • g.narsimha on August 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    contin,,baring few wins in ua u r team done nothing during this period all d hell brok out after our worst away performance in decades in eng, aus , every one had a field day in demeaning our greats is it apropriat to rubbish them based on just few bad performance delebratly ignoring thier previos performances if a batsman counted to b best , will have to prove in all conditions ,than bowl;ers also need to go through on those parameters, u declared MURALI, WARNE, SAQLAIN as best bowlers THAN WHAT ABOUT THEIR PERFORMANCE against INDIA all mesebly failed WARNEE WaS UTTER FLOP AVE 50 + IN ALL FORMETS IN HOME & AWAY MURALI WAS also pathetic could not win a single test in iIDIA for LANKANS SAQLAIN FARED FAR BETTER EVN THOUGH HE PLAYED FEWER MATCHES THAN THESE 2 HE WAS BEST AS HE PROVED SOME THING AGAINST his ERAS best batting line up against spinners , i have stats to prove so my dear at the end of the DAY result metters , & we achieved more than others fr ths REGION ,

  • DINESHCC on August 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    AHmed Uetian: Despite all these facts and figures (may be true also) India beat Pakistan in WC and also Asia Cup convincingly. If you have any doubt ask Wahab Riaz 4-0-50-0.

  • g.narsimha on August 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    AHMADUITEN-WE never claimed that our boling was great had we been blessed with even a reasionable all weather bowlers with rhis formidable batting line up our team would have been counted along the great teams of WI, AUS , REG U R STATS I DONT AGREE with out result those are meaningless winning is important,this just whining where the result its wothles even after scoring 330= U R LOst , FEW ARE TAKING CREDIT THAT WE COULD RESTRICT SO& SO WITH IN 200 , but than u fail to score those runs for a win ,wether u gives 5.6 runs per over or 4 at the end of the day result metters in that aspect we have achieved them in most of the places in the last decade I WONT AGREE THAT SAHWAAG IS ordinery, flat track bully perfoms agnst weaker opposition , see he was instrumental in a series win in PAK , is it pak in its own place is weakr opposition , his scores in AUS, SA U R NOT DEFERENT FROM OTHER IND BASHERS ,MY SIMPLE LOGIC IF U CLAIM IAM THE BEST THAN SHOW THE RESULT , contin......

  • Hindh on August 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @pak victorius Yes all indian fans know how pakistan was whitewashed by australia for 4 test SERIES IN A ROW FROM 1999-2010...LOL Now that is a record only pak can create...

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT

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

  • on August 29, 2012, 0:36 GMT

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

  • on August 28, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    bye bye Bhaji............

  • Yousufahmedl on August 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @g.narsimha, admit Pakistan have excelled without home cricket. We have won more tests in England than India! Also, we have beaten India more times in tests than you all have beaten us in Pakistan. In tests and ODIs, Pakistan have beaten India more times and no one can challenge that. We won our 2nd ever test in history and that was by an innings against India. Pakistan has simply been the land of great bowlers. You all were meant to play us in March and we know why that did not happen.

  • on August 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    The fact is, India are right out of our (NZ) team's league and we will very, very rarely beat them in test cricket. If India select a really below strength team, eg pick their fourth XI, play extremely poorly and suffer a string of terrible umpiring decisions, then this NZ team may make a match of it. We have a few guys who can occasionally do well in the hit-and-hope short forms of the game but we just don't have many who are up to test standard.

    NZ has only a population of four million and we have six domestic cricket teams, which gives us a pool of about 80 players from which to select our national team. Few of those 80 players are any good, most are rubbish.

    But full credit to India, you have some wonderful players and it's no disgrace to lose to a quality side like yours. I hope your boys have a great season, I enjoy watching them in all forms of the game. Good luck at the world cup -- and please beat the Aussies!

  • ani. on August 28, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    kiwiRocker, india has not overseas series for ages?? .u seem to remember only 8-0..just before england tour . india won test series in west indies and newzealand. ya wi not a stong team .. but pakisatn never won series in WI even against low ranked wi of last 10 years. Indian is only subcontient team to win a test series in England, drawn in south africa & Australia in last 10 yrs...whe was the pakistan last time won a series in england .. 98?? or ateast drawn a match in Australia? what about recent tour of srilanka..India won 4-1 and pak lost 3-1

  • g.narsimha on August 28, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    WICKY ROY PAK LOVER - my humble advise to u why ur wasting u r energy on india relatd thread to prove that INDIANS ARE MEDIOCRE, USE LESS , reminding us of our last 2 tours , my dear inspite of all those drubbingS we have enough amunation to with stand , our youngesters just proved that our future is bright , if ENG, AUS can beat us at thier own back yard we h too HAVE been doing for ages same to these teams dont waste u r energy, no takers man nothing will change, with few india haters screaming at the top of thier throat that INDIANS are mediocreteam ,flat track bullies , during the last 2 years we have been touring out side , now its their turn , now its u r turn also , we are also eagerly waiting u r upcoming trours to SA, AUS , but i am the one mark my words expecting the enabitable no chance , with the present hope less batting, one lone spinner but cant win u matches out side UAE , LAST TIME IN AUS it was 3-0, 5-0 , cant win in SL , SO MY DEAR THINK OF U TEAM ,

  • g.narsimha on August 28, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    KIWIROCKER-WICKYROYPAKLOVER - WHYthe hell u people coming on INDIA related threads & say all nonsencical things on our players , do we cant have the right to love our players , we are not after u to accept that our ASHWIN is BETTER THAN U R SO CALLED GREAT AJMAL , why this hatrade , we are not sayiing such demeaning things on u r players if u cant apriciat some body than stay away if more than one billion admire any body that metters whether our GREATS , SACHIN, DRAVID, SAHWAAG or ordinery, over hyped blah,, is subject metter to critics but stats prove who stands where i have so many times counterted u people with stats if we are such a use less & u r team is all weather team than show the stats had u r team won more matches than INDIA IN AUS, SA , MORE SERIES THAN INDIA IN ENG , what about winning a series in WI , than why this whinning , i have been following u 2 people on all cricketing thread , u r in the habit of bringing indians on evry thread & rubbish them , JUST JALOUS

  • desi-blue on August 27, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @MattyP1979:Ahhh!!How dare you question our away record again???..LOL...Seriously though whilst I agree that our away record has been no great shakes over the last year or two i.e- losing 8 on the bounce..the same can be said about ENG'S record in Asia don't you think??..infact i guess the main contention people had in thinking that ENG did not deserve No.1 status was precisely due to this very reason..whilst SAF had a fairly decent record in Asia..ENG'S record was and still is absolutely atrocious...as for the inevitable spin battle..like I said in my previous post,even though it may seem a little far fetched at this point..I dont think it would be a bad idea for IND to go with 3 spinners..Ashwin,Ojha and Harbhajan...now that would really set the cat among the pigeons...(Mwahahahaahhaha...)

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    .@Dinesh,u R absolutly spot on in calng saqlain "mediocre" ds z so bcoz he had a vry gd record against "an extremly avarage bt highly ovr hypd indian "batng line up,am i right? Lolz, i dn't know why al indian fans feels blesd in talkng about post 2000 era bt i guess it was due to that ur team was nt too ahead above d "minnow" status its jst they startd performing litl bit above average nthng more(it z fantastic enuf 4 their standards though) if u Feel exaltd in discusng post 2000 era than we pakis feel d same in boastng d ovral records,as that limitd era 4 indian team z well ovr now,case closd!.we want restoratn of pak.ind test series as wel.

  • DINESHCC on August 27, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    KIWIROCKER: All of a sudden you again reappeared. After predicting Pakistan lifting U19 WC for the 8th place, you suddenly disappeared after seeing India's Performance. Saqlain is the finest spinner? Then why he could not play for pak thereafter. Taking wickets against mediocre teams doesn't make him world's best spinner. Sehwag scored 309 against your team that too in your backward. Does it mean that all your bowlers are mediocre. You were many a times commented that Tendulkar is a useless player. Then why you give importance Tendulkar giving respect to Saqlain. Please see through your yellow eyes the statiscs of India OZ & Pak OZ matches in Australia since 2000. Since 2000 India won 2 matches lost 7 matches. Whereas the Pakistan record is 0-9. The only test they won is played at a neutral venue. In fact pak lost a home series also against Australia 3-0 (under the captaincy of Waqar) which India never lost against any team. Please try to give respect to other team also.

  • dinesh-dk on August 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    for all those ppl who are crying that the pitch is low and slow.spiners friendly.whats wrong in that if england can prepare green pitch then why cant india prepare for rank turners that ll give us the home advantage.....also the ppl from india who are shouting for sporting tracks in india that supports fast bowling please understand that spin bowling is also part of cricket.if india make green pitch then spin bowling will become extinct....if the batters want to learn the art of playing at green pitches let bcci select some venues like dharmashala and prepare a grren pitch and train the promising domestic players there....

  • MattyP1979 on August 27, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Although NZ never turned up at all, and they are a frankly very poor side Ind should have gained confidence after this win. In all truth they played very well and I was impressed with the bowlers. Eng will find it difficult (though not impossible) against Ind. I still feel that Ind spin duo are not as good as Monty/Swann even at home. It is the application of the batsman that made the difference here and possibly will against Eng. If Eng have not learnt hard lessons from UAE they will surely struggle, if they have it could prove to be a very good series.

  • AMAZINGFAN on August 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    @wickyroypaklover,if ur pak is a great side then why r they consistently losing to india for past 5years.yes pak had upper hand before 2000 but after that ind dominated ur ordinary pak side everywhere.lol u can't even win a game against us in wc.we all know how ur ordinary bowlers got thrashed by our indian batsmen in asia cup.

  • CandidIndian on August 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Instead of getting into useless arguments with foreign fans, Indian fans should introspect some important points . India is only Asian team to win test series in England and drawing series 1-1 at Aus and SA in last 10 years,is current Indian team good enough to repeat such performances? have we learned anything at all from hammering in Eng and Aus .Sehwag and Gambhir were struggling against kiwi bowlers on slow tracks, how will they face Anderson ,Broad and Finn later this year? is Raina who came in place of Laxman will last more than 10 balls outside India on swinging tracks?many questions need to be answered.

  • MattyP1979 on August 27, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Congrats Ind. But it seems no matter how many wins they have at home there will always be questions asked of them abroad. I suppose it is handy they dont leave the sub-cont for 2 years then. Thats right 2 years. 2 years. They played at home for 2 years 1 year ago. By any stretch of the imagination that is a pretty long home season. Was impressed with this win, and am more convinced than ever it might prove a very difficlut place for Eng to tour. Kholi looks a really fine player and deserves the chance to prove himself in SA, Aus, NZ, Eng, WI (you know not home). 2 years....if he gets injured during the away leg of the Ind season/decade he might never play outside the sub.

  • Nilesh_T on August 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    All said and done, bottom line is the Indian team qualifies fully for the title 'tigers at home and mice overseas' . Beating a mediocre team which on current form would struggle even against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is no big deal. Against quality opposition on two recent overseas tours, the same team ( well, almost) got completely exposed and was thrashed left and right. Backyard bullies, no need to blow any trumpets, sorry.

  • georgebhai on August 27, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Vow! Indian bowlers look like real tigers. Are we thinking of our bowling attack when we travel to South Africa in 2013?

  • sumit176 on August 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    i request indian fans not to waste energy arguing neighbour country fans...their fans cant digest that cricket is over in their country and are busy overhyping their mediocre players....seems they havent learnt any lesson from u19wc debacle

  • 100_rabh on August 27, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Statchin..loved the name @RandyOZ. Praveen Kumar is not playing 'coz 2 spinners are enough for NZ, we don't need a 3rd one. BCCI preparing ground for No. of test matches-0 scoreline against Saffas next year. Sincerely hoped that they will prepare sporting pitches which will test Indian batters against average swing bowling of NW but who will teach the word VISION to BCCI

  • veerakannadiga on August 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover Anil kumble might not have been the greatest spinner the world has seen, but the fighting spirit he had, well, very few equal that.Nobody just gifted him 500+ wckts. If he has taken that many wckts, he should have been a decent enough spinner.Warne was the best(last) spinner the world has seen. Ajmal and Murali's bowling actions(especially when bowling the wrong 'uns) are suspect.By the way Anil Kumble took 10 wckts in one innings @ Delhi vs. Pak. That is enough for us. We don't need a world class spinner, we want to win against Pak. AMEN.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Poor hapeless Indian fans like Mathew John with heaps of free time will make R.Ashwin next Saeed Ajmal and Ojha next Graeme Swann. Irfan Pathan had bowled one yorker and he had become next Wasim Akram!Where is he now a days? Counterstrike: Your comments make no sense. Pakistan won a test against Australia in England and against England in England 2010. This is something India could not manage. Stop disrespecting one of finest spin bowlers ever( Saqlain Mushtaq). Players like Tendulya respected him. Sehwag did not do anything son!He only scored a 300 on a Multan flat track after being dropped six times! Saqlain had his knees finished by that time. Sehwag is a flat track bulley who averages 29 in 4th inngs of a test match! Go and do some analysis before posting! India is a lowly ranked test playing nation that has not won overseas for ages!Where was Ashwin and co when India was humiliated 15-0 in England and Australia.Real plus in this test is how Trent Boultt made Tendulya take a bow!

  • jonnybtestmatch on August 27, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I am glad to see the India groundsman producing wickets that give assistance to some bowlers. Even thought preparing dustbowls will mean my English team will lose here later, I always prefer watching games where the bowlers have help. Hopefully the days of 700-5 dec vs 600-3 dec are over. Kudos for to Inida for this.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Countrstrike 1.6,if i m givng u respct,it doesn't mean our batsmen r 2nd to ur batsmen(our bowlrs r still far far betr than urs,check out stats 4 last 5 yrs,we r bst,betr than sa,aus),i can describe numerous occasins,where our batsmen mockry of ur great kumbles,srinaths,prasads,lets talk about afridi punchng harbhajan for four 6's,n who can forget balaji watchng his own endng at afridi's buthchersome stroke play at delhi,do i need more to tel? I gues laxman,dravid r no mor n then sachn,zaher ,sehwag about to say bye bye,so what about ur team's future? These ashwins nt gona make big difrnce to our pak team , i can represent my favourble set of stats to prove that ind z worst test team in cric history among pak,sa,wi,aus,ind.

  • on August 27, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Some useless fellows still blaming ASHWIN.. I dont know y?. If he takes wickets also and wicklet less also.. I dont know the thinking login behind this bullish human brain.. See the record for the first 7 tests by an any indian player. 43 Wickets by an Indian(Leading wicket taker) also with NZ after 7 matches.. Even Prassana and Hirwani not there!(Note Hirwani has taken 16 wickets in his 1st test match).. These mad people always blames is any player played brialliantly also... unless they themself for CRICKET for the country...

  • TheIndiaRockers on August 27, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @Posted by on (August 27 2012, 07:55 AM GMT) ..... Its really ridiculous stating kumble as donkey, he is one of the great bowler in circketing world did u forget kumble as taken 10 wicket haul in an innings against PAK(10/74).. I was always gives respect to a pak team & great bowler like wasin,waqar etc.Because of your humiliating comments i was just replying to ur comments....@WickyRoy.paklover-- I feel really bad as i commented previously as a cricketing fan i should have not commented like that..Its because of ur pak friends comparing kumble with donkey...

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 27, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @rahulcricket,@countrstrike1.6,with huge respect(as both of u r among lots of othr candid indian fans),i know it realy hurts as kumble was ur bst spiner by far,bt frnds,by any strecth of imagnation,by any set of stats,facts n figr,he z neithr a great bowlr nor any way equal to murali,warne in tests n no way near to saqlain in odis,now on ajmal,is 1 or 2 tests or jst 1 series z enuf to judge greatnes of a certain plyr? He playd 1 or 2 tests in aus,by d same count A VERY LOUD APPEAL TO ALL INDIAN FRNDS,"do u have any provd data that pitchs at uae,sharjah,dubai r lake or square turners? We dn't thnk so,some of them equaly troublesome 4 both bowlrs n batsman n batsmen cannt go into midle n start hitng through d line n show their natural game,some of them equaly suport seam bowlng as wel n as a reslt paki batsmen had no clue of finn's pace,my point z these pitchs r nt road like flat nor r square turners,actualy it was paki spiners who made it look that way.

  • jasonpete on August 27, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Posted by  Muhammad Ali on (August 27 2012, 07:55 AM GMT), By looking at your comparison, no doubt one thing is discoverable ie. afridi is a donkey just like Kumble.ROFL

  • Jaydeb_Indian on August 27, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    It is their bad luck really as New Zealand are the first team that India is playing with in home conditions after loosing 8 tests on a raw. BCCI would certainly not wished to gamble by preparing neutral pitches ..........The curators were bound to prepare spin friendly track that will surely assist Indian spinners.........& help them to regain their pride after two consecutive series loss in England & Australia few time ago........

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 27, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Posted by chathuradil on (August 27 2012, 07:48 AM GMT), hey you visited wrong article.Flat track bullies are bullying in SLPL tournament ahead of world cup.LOL.

  • Scube on August 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Front_Foot: Agree with you that DRS should be made mandatory and feel sad that the game is run by a spineless org that can't stand up to one board full of jokers! But, can't see how you came up with 5 decisions against NZ! I could only think of Pujara's not out decision & Guptill's lbw! I'm not sure, Brendon's decision would have been reversed by DRS as there wasn't enough evidence to suggest that it was bat first and hence it might have stayed with the umpire's decision! But, the benefit of doubt in the first place should have gone to the batsman. When it didn't, DRS might have stayed with the umpire! Btw, DRS would have given Flynn out lbw first ball. Not that, it made any difference to the match!

  • chathuradil on August 27, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    go....go....flat track bullies.

  • ste13 on August 27, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Morale boosting victory for India. As I said before, there is no problem with batting. Although excluding Pujara, it was average in this test. Still, the players like Gambhir, Kohli, even Dhoni can sparkle. The big worry is pace bowling. Tests agains weaker teams should be used as an opportunity to check young prospects. Unlike some critics here I think Ashwin and Ojha are international level. Ojha was getting wickets in county cricket last year, so I do not understand harsh treatment here. Agree that England series will show the real value.

  • on August 27, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    i was seriously looking for the fight. NZ of 2010 was not a very healthy team and came out of losses also. but they showed fight and gave india a scare. first 2 tests were drawn becoz of it. in the first test india was on backfoot. india only won the 3rd test to clinch the series. In WC they were highly underrated having whitewashed by bangladesh and india in subcontinental pitches. they fought hard and was the only non-asian team to hold its place in semis after beating SAf. NZ is still njot healthy but they have not shown the fight like they did in 2010. Umpiring decisions were poor, agreed. but this is not enough to hide the loopholes of present kiwi team. after all, it could have only decreased the victory margin for india. NZ must be thankful to God, that due to delayed starts and much early finishes, game was streched till 4th day otherwise 3 days were enough. I am not against kiswi or kiwi fan, but this is reality and its better to face it instead of giving excuses.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 27, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - For how long will you keep deceiving yourself ? Akram, Waqar, Inzy's era is OVER ! This current Pak team is nothing as compared to that of Wasim's era. In last 10 years, Pak have performed more pathetic overseas than India. Against Aus, Eng and SA in away matches Pak's W/L ratio is 0.12 whereas India's W/L ratio considering same parameters is 0.35. Wake up call for you. Waqr, Wasim won't return to continue the records you are stating, it is going to be worse and it indeed is as I stated. We have all witnessed how good Saqlin was. Remember that test in which Sehwag destroyed career of your favourite Saqlin in your own backyard ? Indeed Shameful ! And about Qadir he was the most ordinary spinner Pak have ever produced even Hafeez is better than him. Sachin when he was 16 or so, hit Qadir for consecutive 4 sixes just proves that Qadir didn't even deserve to be in Domestic Team of Ireland. It is just that Pak didn't have a better spinner so Qadir kept on playing !

  • on August 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Ashwin, although New Zealand is not a formidable opponent for Indian Test fans to draw a conclusion. The real challenge will be England who may not have a formidable record in South Asia (except for Bangladesh that doesn't matter much like New Zealand). In the mean time, India should test out more prospects while the world waits for what is now evident- Sachin completing 200 Tests, playing in the next World Cup and blocking his place unlike Dravid and Laxman.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @jackthelad - Being an Indian fan I'm NOT excited with this win (unlike those fans who keep praising their fast bowlers who take wickets on pitches that offer so much bounce and pace) as I know in sub-continent Indian spinners dominate. But after a pathetic tour to England and Aus this big win was needed. Yeah playing spinners seem nightmare for some of NZ batsmen but with passage of time, they will get use to it. Walliamson is The Future of NZ. About India - Our batsmen generally struggle in Aus and Eng. But Unmkut and boys beating Australia in Australia and winning World Cup brings a fresh air of relief that Indian future is in safe hands.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 27, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - Zia Ul haq and Ehsaan Adil both are better than Indian 'seam' bowlers of U-19, No Doubt, as they both have pace which is the only criteria you people look for in a fast bowler, and might even make it to Pak team soon. But I hope they both would not turn Asif and Amir's way. :)

  • reality_check27 on August 27, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @min2000 atleast india are kings at home nobody can beat them here not like england who lost at home as well and lost to west indies in west indies and havent been able to win a single test series on subcontinent wickets in more than 15 years so some of u who say that india should change there pitches to fast bowling than engalnd should chage it to spin as they have had the wrost record of playing in subcontinent than india on fast tracks and green tops. the only team which deserves to be no 1 is south africa abd kiwis managed a draw in australia the test series was a draw while they have lost every where what does that tell u about australia and @no second chance pitches in india are fair if one side can score 400 wy cant the other same thing happenede in australia they were scoring 400 while india was not should we say thats not a fair cricket please think and comment .

  • rahulcricket007 on August 27, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @MUHAMMAD ALI . KUMBLE A MEDIOCRE SPINNER REALLY . HIS AVERAGE IN AUS IS BETTER THAN MURALI . HE HAS FOUR 5 WKTHAULS ON AUSTRALIAN PITCHES . HOW MANY DID AJMAL OR SAQLIAN HAS ? EVEN IN ENGLAND HIS RECORD IS GOOD .

  • MattyP1979 on August 27, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Congrats to Ind it was a clinical performance. NZ really look a poor team right now. I was praying that the 2 tests might actually be a contest but alass. Ind do look a decent side at home, though Eng will surely provide a sterner examination, especially as they will play 2 decent specialist spinners. An exciting contest soon as Ind batsman play spin better than Eng but Eng have the better spinners.

  • reality_check27 on August 27, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    @min2000 atleast india are kings at home nobody can beat them here not like england who lost at home as well and lost to west indies in west indies and havent been able to win a single test series on subcontinent wickets in more than 15 years so some of u who say that india should change there pitches to fast bowling than engalnd should chage it to spin as they have had the wrost record of playing in subcontinent than india on fast tracks and green tops. the only team which deserves to be no 1 is south africa abd kiwis managed a draw in australia the test series was a draw while they have lost every where what does that tell u about australia and @no second chance pitches in india are fair if one side can score 400 wy cant the other same thing happenede in australia they were scoring 400 while india was not should we say thats not a fair cricket please think and comment .

  • on August 27, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Ashwin Proves he is the Best Spinner In India.. He is way better than the Present spinners.. and Harbhajan can take a retirement now.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 27, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I WANT THE SAME TYPE OF PITCH USED FOR ENG SERIES . LET'S SHOW THEM WHAT IS HOME ADVANTAGE .

  • TheIndiaRockers on August 27, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover -- According to you U19 indian team player does not have any talent except U.Chand. Did u remember the same untalented indian team beat pak over talented team..Lol...Dont worry about indian team,worry about ur own pak team for losing.....

  • on August 27, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Somebody was speaking about DRS and at some time will go against India. Well, they seem to have forgotten that it has gone against India a lot of time and that is the reason they are against it. We already saw in England how the hot spot showed no signs and still umpire gives it out and this, mind you, has gone against India. Coming to wickets, everybody who saw the match can clearly say that there were no devil in the track. Even if they are given deadly spinning tracks (which is not the case), how is it bad when England prepares pitches conducive to swing bowling with a ball designed to swing much more than physics can define Or Australia and South Africa who give you bouncy pitches where even a mid 120 kph ball can go over your head. Playing spin is an art with so many foreign players who can play spin because they are good at what they do. If a team can't play spin they deserve to loost. Isn't that what is said about India when they can't play bounce?

  • anver777 on August 27, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Ashwin's magic dumped Kiwis !!!!!! since Ashwin/Ojha combination is working very well for Ind right now, Bhajji's chances for tests looks very very gloomy !!!!

  • Prats6 on August 27, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    A lot of people would say, India won on a turner. Yes they did, but turners also constitute wickets. If a wickets seams, its considered good, if it spins, not.. why this double standards? Yes, India will still be humiliated in Eng, SA, Aus is another thing altogether!

  • Dhanvanth on August 27, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    India have had great players, right, but they have never really dominated the sport for long time, which the WI and AUS have done..for that to happen, they need to have a stock team, injuries notwithstanding..mainly the team should comprise 5 specialist batsmen, a keeper-batsman, an allrounder, 4 bowlers(according to the conditions)! They should be able to win in all countries, like the present SA..otherwise they ll always be prone to criticism!!!

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on August 27, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I have lost interest in watching any cricket without DRS. Umpires r human & they r bound to make mistakes. " Its not far away when Indian team will be on the receiving end for the lack of DRS & then lets see". Also, the Indian wickets on which the test matches r being played should a fair enough one for both the teams. The ball is spinning a lot & bouncing too. It's not a fair wicket for Test cricket. Again time will tell. DRS & such wickets will bring downfall for Indian cricket. This is IMO.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 27, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @piyo-thanda jiyo-thanda,come on man!,ur undr 21 kids win d wrldcup thats great! Havng said that,d best thing any cricktng natn can extract z that they can forsee their future of crickt by watchng these young.guns bt frankly speakng except of unmukt chand n harmet,nt any othr guy 4rm ths team looks a real deal at al,its all same old story with ur young seamrs havng a vry mediocre pace n dependng on swing n seam,even unmukt looks like anothr Rohit sharma (his stature,some of his shots sugest this) bt i hope he would nt turn sharma's way,lolz as far as pak's u19 team z concernd,i gues we have found babar,zia.ul.haq,nawaz,etc,so i m cntent with these discovries.

  • Dhanvanth on August 27, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @ Alexk400: moving sehwag to no.5 s good step but chand s too young. rahane would be better!

  • on August 27, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Being a nZ cricket fan for a long time, Taylor is not a captain, capt should be brendon mccullum and VC Kane. Taylor should be left to fail at 4 till he can work out how to change formats. New zealand loses all its talent to quickly Flem cairns astle mcmillian all guys who should be nearing there retirement now not years ago..

  • Alexk400 on August 27, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    OK time to move sehwag 5th ..and bring unmukt chand to open with Gambhir

  • grizzle on August 27, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    on_the_level: That is *not* a justification for poor umpiring decisions. Bad decisions are like a bad pitch: they might create the same conditions for both teams, but they ruin the spectacle for everybody. In this case, NZ were indeed royally screwed. Of course, they may have lost anyway, but this kind of thing leaves a sour taste in the mouth, IMO.

  • lankawa on August 27, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Of course most decisions went against Black Caps partly cos they were following on. India will keep the home advantage and they can win (against NZ) without the help of umpires. One of the issues NZ has is we play very little international games. If India ever wants to become a real force like South Africa, they will have to produce a genuine fast bowler and a world class spinner. India is one of the top 4 teams. Well-done.

  • Min2000 on August 27, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    India and NZL have one thing in common - neither side have any world class bowlers and as a result both sides are frequently beaten, even humiliated, when playing away from home.

  • cricketfannik on August 27, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Totally agreee with shiva89 1 good performance or bad performance cant say sachin lost his touch or youngsters should come in. We cant afford to lose all in one go. Sachin still as young as we can imagine. He still have good cricket in him coz his technique and skills are awesome, has no flaws in his batting or cricketing skills. its good to see india winning by an inning. As far as i remember dhoni hasnt lost a Test series @ home so far which is good thing.only 2011 was bad for ind cricket losing so badly althou we drew the series in 2010 splcy in Safrica which is a big thing. we cant say that india will do wel overseas but seems like they can strart wining at home get some confidence back and come back to wining terms in overseas. forget 2011 lets just cncentrate on series per series. :)

  • Front_Foot on August 26, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    on_the_level - no one has said NZ lost because of poor umpiring decisions. They were beaten by a better team and deservedly so. All we are after is a level playing field where good toil (such as McCullumn in the 2nd innings) is rewarded not sawn off by a decision that could be corrected so easily. India were always going to win but wouldn't it be better to see a competitive spectacle? 5 poor decisions is almost a quarter of their wickets. No team is going to be able to compete when that happens. Results in a poor spectacle for fans of both sides.

  • dalboy12 on August 26, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Few comments from a Kiwi --- yes our team is weak at the moment, but Indians remember you very recently lose 7 in a row and some of them were big loses. DRS should be used in all tests, even if the projected path is not used, but McCullum decision the not out against the Pujara when it clearly hit his glove show that projected flight is just one small part of DRS and even without it, it can save a lot of wrong of decisions. Indian spinners bowled really well in this test and all teams except maybe Pakistan who play spin really well would have struggled - so lay of the kiwi bashing a bit. Lastly, NZ is a weak team at the moment, they struggle against genuine pace and spin - our bowlers don't do too bad (we really missed Vettori in this test) but our batsman are weak. The shining light is Williamsom who fought hard in this test and is only 21. But we need to be wiser with our planning in both WI and India we didn't have warm-up games to get use to conditions they are a must here in Ind

  • Vijay_P_S on August 26, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Quite unfair to NZ as they got a few bad decisions. Otherwise they could have shown more fight and made Ind bat again. I feel sorry for McCullum. He really applied himself against his natural instincts and it had to end that way. How long are we going to let India get away from not using DRS and pretend all is well?

  • Herath-UK on August 26, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Good win but do these wins on spinning wickets augur well for india?Should take the cue from the Sri Lankan Board in producing wickets like Pallekele to win abroad which looks a good strategy. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Pennyweight on August 26, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    India played magnificently in this test match. Their spinners were a joy to watch. The umpires most definately did not have a good game though. NZ played the price of no DRS - Mc Cullum, Taylor, Flynn all had poor decisions go against them that would have been overturned by DRS. Whereas Pujara had a poor decision go in his favour. I applaud the Indian team's performance, but really think India cricket now needs to embrace DRS technology....

  • on August 26, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    New Zealand were outplayed, however, their cause was further hampered by bad Umpiring decisions. All wrong decisions went against New Zealand. India is unbeatable at home, Pitches, Crowd and Umpires all favor India.

  • on_the_level on August 26, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Here we go again. NZ supporters blaming the defeat on the BCCI and their refusal to have the DRS system. Remember, it is the same for both teams, and India could easily have had decisions going against them if only the NZ bowlers had created opportunities for decisions in the first place!! Get over it. NZ have to look at their team composition for the next test, and perhaps include Nethula as the second spinner. DRS or not, you still need 20 wickets to win a test.

  • on August 26, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    NZ is real minnow test cricket country.I am sure this NZ Kidz will beat by even BD in Test matches ! Really poor performance.Ireland should be included instead of NZ in test Cricket

  • sk12 on August 26, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @ jackthelad - all the 'brags' from the INdian fans were responses directed towards the commentors degrading the Indian team in this forum.. Check all posts before commenting.. No one is said we are a perfect team.. We just say we are a real force at home.

  • shiva89 on August 26, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    As far as sachin is concerned, he has limited his appearence from last 3-4 yrs. he has been a part of 50 odd odis and carried an avg of almost 50. in tests he avgs more than 45 in last 3-4 yrs. its just that we are not seeing enough of sachin and youngsters are performing so well that even one failure can put him under pressure through media, critics etc. we all know after losing dravid n laxman at once we cant afford to lose another experienced guy. still early days for kohli n pujara. good prospects for the future but experience in middle order gives strength. raina is still not convinced for no. 6. hence, this spot is still brittle. you cannot have a all-young young approch at this level. it can happen in T20s but certainly not in tests n ODIs. experience is must otherwise every team should have played with young and energetic lads and make your senior players retire when they reach 35. what if now hussey retires, what wl happen to new looking inexp aus team? they require him badly.

  • anrich on August 26, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Umpiring decisions aside...there surely can be no justification for denying the use of at least some of the technology, even if you believe the projected path technology to be flawed...I feel the contest is uneven. NZ are woeful against spin particularly, but lack strength in all areas of the game just now. When put on a pitch that India requested to be a strong turning wicket, basically there was only ever going to be one result. India, of course, have the prerogative to prepare wickets as they wish in their own country, but perhaps they need to recognise that fact for others...when India toured NZ in the early 2000s they were heavily beaten on green-top pitches and refused to tour again unless more favourable wickets were prepared for them to make it into a contest. NZ Cricket cannot survive without Indian tours financially, so had to comply, with the result that the last tour was a better spectacle and they won. Perhaps India could take a risk and make the next wicket more even?

  • shiva89 on August 26, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @muhammad ali: india has produced many spinners n they also had long careers. but kumble has been long lasting and was never dropped (provided the competition among indian spinners), was made the captain and took 600 plus wickets. i can easily call him best indian spinner ever. but it happens that away conditions make u dance on their tunes. for ex: murli has a pathetic record on australian tracks, warne was thrashed whenever he came to india. but kumble has a great home record and decent away record as well. see for indian tour of aus in 03-04 and 07-08. he was fabulous against lara n co. in 2002 and 06. against england in 07. because of such consistency and never say die attitude he was there always and achieved great heights or otherwise a couple of failures in india kicks u out of team even if its bhajji who has a lot of experience. home conditions are considered good for host nation always because of its familiarity and this happens with every country. for ex: pak beat eng in UAE.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 26, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @g.narisma,@countrstike1.6,i gues saqlain was by far d bst odi spinr of his time n his record,neithr against ind,nor while plyng in ind z too bad,pak's away record z stil betr than d ind(i hope u would cnslt stats guru),pak vs aus last time was 1.1 in eng ,ur was 0.4 to aus (when u had laxman,dravid,sachn,kohli,zaher,harbhajan) n aus were plyng their weekst side(by their standard) would u plz check pak vs ind in ind(in al frmats) pak have domintd ind evry where except wcps,kumble was jst a gd spiner nthng else u intrminglng of stats can nevr make hm a legend at al,he kept on plyng as ind had no othr option n he would nt b a part of any cmpetitive bowlng line 4 too long,

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 26, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    @jackthelad: So, you expect us to lay low and be solemn about this magnificent victory ?! Weak or not, NZ are an ICC test nation. Sure, they are not strong but a TEST win is a win. WHY shouldn't Indians celebrate this victory ? Would England or Australia lay low after winning a test against NZ ? Hmm... tell me. Yes, Indians will celebrate and as always will tend to get vocal. That's just who some of us are. It's our way of life. Indians do get a bit emotional over their team's victories because cricket is really the only major sport in India. So any win is followed by an out pour of emotions and praises. On the flip side, when the team does not do well, there are criticisms and outbursts of anger. It's just who Indians are as a people. You have to let it go by.

  • Krk8r on August 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Win is a win - home or away- and should be appreciated. A good team is expected to perform well at home and away and it applies equally to all teams. If you win away but lose at home, it hurts. If you win at home but lose away putting a good fight, it is at least a commendable effort.

    Cricket has come a long way over 125 years - DRS currently is not a conclusively better alternative and has limitations that India doesn't prefer. It is that simple and nothing wrong in saying so. It'd be wrong only if India supports grudgingly with reservations. That'd be devious.

  • on August 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Well said jango_moh. completely agree with you

  • CandidIndian on August 26, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    @Michael Kent-Adding to what you have written ,NZ needs someone who can lead like Fleming used to do, this guy has lot of contribution in NZ cricket , why is he not a coach i cant understand. @Randy Oz-unfortunately selectors in our country are not brave enough or should i say logical enough @jango_moh my point is that give home advantage,its good and challenging for opposite team too and you will get lot more wins instead record making boring games.

  • cool2cool on August 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: You attack the visiting teams, so how can a team visit your country?

  • jackthelad on August 26, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Ok, guys, let's act like reasonable adult human beings and talk about cricket. This was a really class innings, and a class double spell of bowling, from a couple of Indian players against a (let's face it) not very good New Zealand side. Now - tell me, Indian fans, why you seem to feel the necessity to brag and crow about every tiny advantage, while conveniently forgetting your own team's frequent lapses? What do you think you have to prove, and to whom? Cricketing proof happens on the field, not in fools' mouths.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 26, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Home or Away, a test win is a win. Congratulations to India !!! Well done boys. NZ really struggled. They could have still played much better than this though. Hopefully we can see a better match in Bangalore.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 26, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover I heard your Under 19 team finished at no 8 after losing to Bangladesh. You must be very proud - it is quite an achievement by your Pakistani high standards to not finish at the absolute bottom. Congratulations and keep it going. That's the spirit !!

  • Front_Foot on August 26, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    No team in international cricket can lose 5 wickets to rubbish umpiring decisions and still put up a fight. The batting was poor and India deserve their win but it is a hard watch when one team is hammered by the oppoition AND the umpires. All anyone wants is consistency and this was not what NZ got. Very hard to watch without getting furious at the injustice of it all hence the reason the DRS has to be mandatory. Sorry India it is in the best interests of cricket - you need to get on board.

  • on August 26, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    alarming point is that the strike bowler in mr.Zaheer Khan has taken a leave and has become a ordinary bowler. The same happened to Chaminda Vaas, Wasim Akram Waqar Yunis and Brett Lee. Hope by next year some one take his position as strike bowler for team Inida

  • LetThereBeLogic on August 26, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    @Mohammad Ali: I don't understand why a spinning track is undervalued by people. If that's a dust-bowl then green tracks should be termed as pasture:) Point is every country has some home conditions and people have to respect it. India is so strong in spinning conditions that they have won test series not only in India but also in Pakistan and SL (who have similar conditions) in last 12 years without losing any series to them at home.

    Point with flat track winners! Then why not England or NZ or OZ should be considered only *Fast Track Bullies*? If Kumble is mediocre because he does not perform well overseas, then why the world class bowler like Steyn looks Mediocre in India? Point is everyone performs good mostly in home conditions and suffers otherwise. It's not only Indian Cricketers alone, everyone. Only some teams like Aus from 2000-2005, are winners everywhere.

  • on August 26, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    NZ won only one game in all formats in the series vs South Africa, and only one game in the series vs West Indies. They look unlikely to beat India in any games on this tour. Without a doubt, we are watching the 'death' of an international team right now. NZ cricket fans are doing it very tough, but every cricket fan loses here - one less cricket team in a very small international pool is on the cards as NZ Cricket gets relegated in its own country to a sporting backwater.

  • on August 26, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @Mohammad Ali... if u r talking Anil Kumble a mediocre bowler,, then why not ur country's so called great spinners been able to go past even 300 test wicket let alone 500 or 600...u referring that Kumble's record outside Asia were pathetic.. see again.. Pakistan's record in those conditions have been more pathetic,, in spin department , I m saying.. i don't remember any Pakistani spinner getting through line-up in Australia or West Indies... but I do remember Kumble making them dance in those condition..

  • CMike on August 26, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Apart from Proteas, no one should dare to open their mouth to talk about home victory and away losses. Every test playing team have pathetic records in away series (Pak, England, India, Srilanka, West Indies (Aussies to an extent)....

  • jango_moh on August 26, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @randyoz.... is ponting still playing?? maybe u shud look at his retirement instead of sachin who has never had an extended run out of form.... btw, praveen kumar is not in the team bcos after he came back from injury, he has lost his direction and his swing, he prob needs some time to get it back... @candidindian, this was by no means a big spinning wicket... the pitch had slow turn and some bounce... a real turner(compare to a green top in eng) in india will have quick turn and bounce, that is when u really are in trouble....

  • thalalara on August 26, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Whoever has criticized the Selectors its better for them to keep quite for some time...hmmmm

  • yoohoo on August 26, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Praveen Kumar isn't playing because he is not a first choice bowler for india in tests. In Eng we had so many injuries coming into the series (not an excuse but a fact conveniently ignored by most), that Praveen had to be made the strike bowler. That he did okay says the bench strength is not a total dumpster, nothing more.

  • ooper_cut on August 26, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    It was a pathetic game(not a match) against a pathetic opponent. No one from the Indian side will genuinely feel great about anything even Ashwin, although he is a terrific prospect for India along the Kumble breed. He may not be a great spinner and hence suffer in fast pitches, but he is a thinking bowler, an intelligent lad, I am sure he is there to stay with India for a long long time. I am waiting to see Eng/Aus/Sa come here and play on these kind of pitches and how our great spinners can put it across them, now that is a challenge.

  • edgie on August 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    India will only be a great team once they win consistantly away from home. Winning at home when the conditions suites u is hardly setting you up for success away from home. Look at the Proteas, they have been very good away from home, ironically the place they have not won recently (though in the same breath have not lost either) is in India. India have a good squad, but if they (and their supporters) think that a test victory over a below-par New Zealand in home conditions means they are close to being world no 1, think again...

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    @ CandidIndian, I agree. Frankly even I don't like such home advantages. @RandyOZ, do you agree that should be followed in all countries especially like AUS and ENG where they are currently and hugely depending on home advantage? There should be some solution for this. How about preparing pitches suitable for visiting countries?

  • 158notout on August 26, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Well done to Ashwin. I have to say when I have seen him play away from home I thought he looked like the worst Test spinner India have ever picked but at home he looks brilliant. His run-up and bowling action look very poor but the result is class. he always looks like a decent ODI bowler but in Tests I didn't think he would make it. This result does not prove anything but it goes a long way towards it.

    I was not so worried before about Englands tour this year as I did not think India had the class of spinners that Pakistan and even Sri Lanka have but now I am getting a bit more concerned. I could foresee a couple of high scoring draws but England better watch out if not they will be shot out for a similar total to NZ!

  • on August 26, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    This is a nice little warmup series for India. Can't wait for the England series, that one should be a better test of India's abilities.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    I watched some of this game in England and India did indeed look impressive batting and in the field. I previously watched NZ v WI and they do have a tendency to collapse after good starts, the Indian bowlers stuck to their task and they cracked like eggs. I sure hope England have been practicing their technique against spin :/

  • Rodman5 on August 26, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Indomitable force? India lost 7 matches back to back; they are giants at home but they are ridicilously woeful outside their own doorsteps. Congratulations on the World Cup win though, but dont get too far ahead of yourself

  • on August 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Why is everyone making a big deal about India winning with all countries in home turf but not away.. Why cant I ask the same about why Aussies or SAs or the Brits cant win in India and only win in their home turf ? Just as Subcontinent players cant play the rising delivery, the rest of the folks cant play the spinning delivery.. lets all accept this fact and continue to appreciate the win.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on August 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @RandyOz: Its too early to call UChand. He will get his time but not now... it took 4 years Kohli (another U19 Star) to cement his place... Ind has batting talents, There are many batsmen like Pujara,Badrinath,Rahane etc who have excellent records in domestic records... They will get their chance first to prove themselves out side of Subcontinent. Its Ind bowling which needs strong backup.

  • RahulPatil89 on August 26, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Congrats team India for win.Spinners did superb job.Indian fielding specially catching seems to be improved.This win can give lot of confidence to youngster.It's good to watch Dhoni playing good in tests.@Anubhav- Harmeet has time to come.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 26, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Funny to see some fans getting all excited about India beating New Zealand, who are probably the worst test side in the world. India have fallen such a long way since their humiliation and whitewash at the hands of England, that beating the worst team in the world is all their fans have to cheer about.

  • on August 26, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @muhammad ali: what is wrong with preparing dustbowls? every team uses home advantage, why shouldn't we? and apart from S. Africa, each & every team struggles overseas, and are bullies at home. so what's new? & for the record, Kumble has the 3rd most wickets in test cricket (after Murali & Warne).. so if a mediocre bowler can do that we are ok with that type of mediocrity.

  • sosweetrahat on August 26, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    only in india they can do the magic

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 26, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    @ Muhammad Ali - Kumble , medicore spinner ? Just like Saqlin ? or Qadir ? or both ? Check out Shane Warne's record in India. The Best leg-Spinner in the World has The Most Pathetic record in India. So that nullifies your point. Btw, Thanks for your wishes.

  • jabbarbe on August 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    It's important India don't get carried away with this victory over a weak NZ side. England hav batsmen who play spin well, so plenty to work out. There are still some questions with the batting. It's important the trio of gambhir, sehwag and Tendulkar get some much needed time in the middle before the Poms come knocking. and well done india U-19 team! @Muhammad Ali The only decent team Pak has managed to beat was at UAE, so save it!

  • spence1324 on August 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    @maddy20 no other team can beat india at losing 8 tests in a row overseas o wait! only india can!

  • on August 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    No one can deny the fact that we are Invincible in home condition. No other team in world cricket other than INDIA can be so sure of their winning performance when it comes to cricket in their country of origin. This is a great win. Need to repeat same with Pakistan and Australia. Today, a great day for Indian Cricket, doubled my happiness with ICC U19 worldcup. Well done INDIA keep it up. :-)

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @ RandyOZ - I can see another Pornting in maiking in your U-19 team - Bosisto. He is the right guy to show Pornting his way ! I hope, Aus board seriouisly consider Bosisto for National Squad and make Pornting Quit Cricket. This guy Pornting has had enough. Btw, I'm a fan of Pornting.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 26, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    @ RandyOZ - Just like your Ponthing is NOT ready to go same is with SRT. Someone like Bosito can easily replace him.

  • screamingeagle on August 26, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Randyoz, I am sure SRT would have been waiting to hear from you to retire. Anyway, thanks for the comments. Strange that you are on these forums, or maybe not, since you love dissing the team in one way or other. By the way, loved that cakewalk comment on the U-19 forums. Nice backflip to qualify that as a tongue in cheek comment, once you ended up eating your own words.

  • TRAM on August 26, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Dhoni, please bring in Badri in place of Raina for he next test. Raina will any way play for India in shorter forms. For Badri, who is test material, this is now or never in his career. At the most Badri can play for another 4 years during which he can groom youngsters (being older). Please do not destroy a top performer's career.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover - A guy other day was bashing India for the reason that they don't play low-ranked teams to grow their confidence and now when India is playing NZ (which will also help NZ batsmen in WC T20 as they will get use to sub-continent pitches which can be seen how sensibly McCullum handled Ashwin and Ojha in 2nd innings as comparted to 1st), you guys allege that BCCI does it for record ! India playing a test after quite a big gap of 8 months or so, I guess, after touring Aus and Eng and you still have problem. U want Ind to play Aus, SA and Eng in their own backyards again and again ? Should we never play with lower-ranked teams in India ? Why this jealousy or should I say hatred ?

  • VivtheGreatest on August 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Congrats to Team India for their first Test victory in the post Dravid-Laxman era but lets not get carried away, it was at home against a NZ side which is so ordinary it would struggle to compete in the Ranji Trophy

  • on August 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @RandyOZ tell me your view on keeping PONTING in Aus team...and I will tell mine about SRT....

  • on August 26, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Great bowlers mostly hunt in pairs. Hope the powers, who matter, would not disrupt this pair (Ashwin-Ojha ) developing into a formidable one by breaking them and squeezing in others - especially those who failed consistently over the past few years, despite their laudable achievement of the past ! ( Great stars of the past -- batsmen, bowlers, or any one else -- what they could be given is benefit/farewell matches and NOT hauling them back / or NOT gently nudging them out)

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover Yes perhaps that would teach Pakistanis to win some matches and not CHOKE. Because in every crucial game in big tournaments, Pakistanis manage to choke. LOL.

  • on August 26, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    it was a very good pitch.....NZ were just ordinary against spin....i hope it will be a better contest with england later this year

  • Nampally on August 26, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Back to the future when the spinners ruled supreme!. Kudos to Ashwin & Ojha for exploiting the pitch to their advantage & to MS Dhoni in playing 2 spinners instead of benching them - as he did in the past!. If only Rahul Sharma & Ojha had played consistently in the XI, India would have given these youngsters much needed experience. If India needs to regain its #1 status in the Test Cricket, they need to develop bowling - Spin, Seam, Pace. Relying only on batting means the arrival of doomsday as happened on the England & the Aussie Tours.Let this be one more lesson for MS Dhoni & the Indian Selectors. While Pujara's batting was the highlight of the Indian innings, Ashwin & Ojha drove home the advantage by bowling India to victory. These 3 are all 25 year old guys!. Excellent fielding was the 3rd lesson. "Catches win Matches" was clearly demonstrated by the closein fielders.A Win is a victory whether it comes against NZ, SA or England. Congratulations on a magnificint win- Savour it!.

  • sumit176 on August 26, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @wickyroy...didnt babar aazam was supposed to lift the trophy today???hehehe

  • Psd1974 on August 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    @ Muhammad Ali : Thanks for your words of Appreciations, you still need talent to win at home. Hope you agree with it.

  • ka67 on August 26, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I dont understand the comments about spinning pitches and "Dust Bowls"....Aren't the pitches in Australia, England are seamer friendly? Can they make them spinner friendly? If not, why all this cry about spinner friendly pitches? Every team prepares the pitches to their home team's strengths..I agree that if you are a good cricketer (either bowler or batsman) you should be able to play under any conditions..dont blame the pitches..blame the cricketers..

  • Psd1974 on August 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover : Looks like something is burning here, anyways none of team is willing to come to your country so in some time, your stars will forget bowling and batting as well ..he he he.. Try to admire victories, that's what sports is about, anyways we have already seen your U19 stars as well. Anyways no doubt how smart bowleer Ajmal is, unfortunate for his talent that he is getting chance to play.

  • g.narsimha on August 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    MOHAMMAD ALI always request u people before posting imnsulting, demeaning coments on others pl check where u stand ANILKUMBLE who took 619 wickets is mdeacre out side, if indian pitches are dust bowls what about u r pitches in uae, erlier in pak all wickets in our region are more or less similar due to geographical conditions KUMBLE doent need certificates great player great human being un blemished carier no body questioned hir bowling actions he performed reasonbly at all places , his bowling ave- may be in 30s in eng, aus , sa than what about u r so called great AJMAAL his ave in AUS 111, IN NZ-58-SA 65 even in ZIM-32 few wickets on spinner friendly wickets at uae doesnt mrit counted to be great if ANIL WAS EXPENSIVE OUT SIDE THAN WHAT ABOUT QADIR, WARNEE, SWAAN, MUSHTAQ, SAQLAIN all those spinners never been seccessful in INDIA on so called spinning dust bowls , qaadir, warne ave more than 50 against INDIA, U CANT WIN IN SL,forget out side , in AUS 3-0,5-0 last time

  • Bogelking on August 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Good to see Indians return back to winning ways in test format. After the disastrous tour in England which India lost badly, the team was once again in winning ways against West Indies only once again to be trounced by Australia. What matters here is the home advantage that a team experiences, gaining an upperhand over the visting team. In order for that "dominance" creating wickets suiting to the morale of the team is not weird. That is what teams all over the world do. So adaptability is the key while a team tours to a Nation, which have contrary conditions of that in home. Indians should carry on with this morale of dominance not in home only, but also while touring foreign countries as well. This is not a criticism, but a grim reminder to the fact. Anyhow congrats once again for the Indians finishing of the Kiwis a day before the closure of the test match.

  • V-boy on August 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Its pitches and results like these that make the Indian cricket team utterly hopeless. You prepare these sort of pitches and then win by a country mile and somehow get it through your heads that you are the best cricket team in the world until you get klapped 8-0 where the pitches seem to be fair for both teams.

  • sumit176 on August 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover ..as usual u make tall claims as u did in u19 world cup.....hehehe...

  • CaptainKool on August 26, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Great day for Indians. Both teams have won. Well done boyz!!

  • Dubious on August 26, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @maddy20, you're simply wrong--Australia didn't lose a series at home between 1936 and 1955. That's 19 years. In fact, Australia didn't lose a series home or away between 1934 and 1953. So yes, there is a team that can boast such a record--even better.

  • 777aditya on August 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    This pitch was certainly not the monster it was made out to be. Indian batsmen like Pujara, Kohli, and even Dhoni showed that if you had the patience to bat sensibly, you could make runs. It just seemed that NZ had already started thinking about the second test before they started batting in the second innings. Remarkable coincidence - Umesh got 1, Ojha got 3, and Ashwin got 6 wickets each in both innings! Of course, the unworthy mention that Zaheer got 0 in both!

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    good win ... it was really heartning to see the crowds for test match in India ..which augurs well for future in India it would be great if IPL and Test cricket both flourish . Further amazing stats for wickets in both innings ashwin-6, ojha -3 and Yadav -1

  • nithucool on August 26, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    this is completely indias day!!!......moreover its delhi's day!.....chand played a brilliant knock kept himself calm ..winning the u-19 worldcup! sehwag took a blinder today in the session aftr lunch...good days are popping up for consistent show of indiancricket !

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    first thing i did look the venue..oh...its again in india,,,no wonder..after that i didnt wan to even read the article as everyone knows india is home champions..lol.if they did that in england ,aussi,or sa,,i will really think india is a great team..

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well done INDIA............:) From Bangladesh.....

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    king of own backyard,,as simple as that

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Not having DRS suspects the outcome of the game.

  • warneneverchuck on August 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @Mohamed Ali. At least we r winning at home u people r neither winning at hone nor outside. Even SL thrashed u. So better look at yor team

  • g.narsimha on August 26, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    WICHYROYPAKLOVER-LOL u r team hasve been playing these minnows, baring ENG nothing noteasable see the stats,pak in bd-2-0, pak in zim- 1-0, pak in nz-1-0, in wi 1-1, pak-sl in uae 1-0, u already had u r share more than what we had we are hosting NZ only for 2 tests , so dont tount , baring beating ENG 3-0 ON SPINNER FDRIENDLY PITCHES IN U R second HOME nothing noteasable u r team achieved out side asia, even lost in SL, before posting such coments u should have checked the stats.

  • muthuthewaves on August 26, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    i think how england gonna struggle when they tour india.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 26, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    So anothr "home made champion(ashwin)" is in makng? Long live bcci,we want pak vs ind test series now bcci.

  • CandidIndian on August 26, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    RandyOZ -Your words may sound harsh to some but that's the reality.Unfortunately in our country cricket record-makers like Statchin tonmaker and Overrated Sehwag (who has failed in every series since SA tour last year) are made gods.A successful test team needs big match players like Gilly,Waugh,Ponting,VVS,Dravid and Inzamam,records are just for bragging .

  • Dhanvanth on August 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @randyOZ: well sachin cant retire now..he has to guide the youngsters.. and pk s swing bowler good oly in swiniging conditions and with the new ball!

  • bumsonseats on August 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    randy when you get wickets like this why on earth would you need Kumar. expect these wickets to continue in india. when ashwin goes to places like eng sa aus he finds it hard to get wickets. perhaps wickets that makes it fair for the side winning the toss not to win a game is the norm. i expect if india win the toss against eng the score in that series will be the reverse to the last eng v ind, which to india and its fans will will be a must.

  • Great_Sport_Games on August 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Well Done India such an easy win! New Zealand are definitely declining and @SaulB....totally agree with you man, I think Ireland should be given Test status so that West Indies and below as a 2 tier can play plenty of games because they are big gaps now from top to bottom.

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Give Ashwin an assist as W.I. seems to have leapfrogged the inept KIWIS. W.I. must be feeling real good, having 11 KIWIS in the rear view mirror.

  • on August 26, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Yawn....same old story....U19 win, that's different story. Great job U19 team! ok, now get them into IPL and mess up the talent....

  • SoulTaker on August 26, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I feel really sorry for the NZ team.....i had a great respect for them especially when stephen Fleming was around....sad to c their decline...Our team should not be satisfied with this result because we have beaten a very weak NZ team....We should prepare for the Eng series...eagerly waiting for that one.....Dhoni should give chance to other youngsters such as Rahane and Badri to get prepared...have to bring in new fast bowlers thats where we are really lagging behind...Gud luch NZ team for the rest of the matches..

  • suprabadh on August 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    KUDOS TO INDIAN TEAM FOR TEST WIN AND COLLECTIVELY THEY PERFORMED. ALSO HATS-OFF TO UNDER-19 TEAM FOR WORLD CUP VICTORY. ONE CANNOT BELIEVE THE INDOMITABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YOUNG AND THE OLD. WE THE INDIANS ARE INDEED PROUD.

  • maddy20 on August 26, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @Michael Kent We have not lost at home to any opposition in 9 years. It will be 10 after the England series. Even at the height of their prowess, Aus managed to win 1 series here in 2003, their first in about 35 years. No other team can boast such a record.

  • Chennai_Voice on August 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    It was McCullam's dismissal that triggered the collapse. Poor decision to give him out and the one pitched catch by Kohli to dismiss Bracewell. Is it the reason India refuses to go for DRS? Shame on them! I wouldn't say neither McCullam or Bracewell would have turned the match. At least it would have given the Kiwis a chance to show some fight. Whats wrong with Kohli who claims such catches when the Kiwis were already struggling. India would have taken the wicket anyway. Its just a matter of gracefully taking it!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 26, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Hope icc would also arange ths type of tour to our pak team so that ajmal n co can reach some sort of rcord against these kiwi kids,we want hafez,taufiq to boast up their batng avrages by folowng footstps of their neighbor's board,keep it up bcci.

  • on August 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    frankly speaking indian cricket has reverted back to 80s and 90s where they used to be whitewashed away from and always won at home..On indian dustbowls,even mediocre spinners like kumble had great records.His stats outside asia were pathetic.their current spinner ashwin is also going along that path..anyway congratz for victory though.any victory is a victory and should be congatulated because of sportsmanship...so congratz from a pakistani hardcore fan

  • rbrb on August 26, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    well done india and well answered the crictics ashwin

  • warneneverchuck on August 26, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @Randy oz y don't u ask ponsting to retire first and then talk abt Sachin.or u r still dreaming that one day ponying will surpass Sachin records

  • desi-blue on August 26, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Great to see the IND spinners performing well and doing what is expected from them...whilst it is obvious that the NZ batsmen aren't among some of the best in the world, you can only bowl to who is put in front of you and the IND spinners have done that brilliantly this game..I also feel that a certain Mr Harbhajan should not be counted out just yet...if the wickets against ENG are prepared accordingly IND could perhaps even go with 3 spinners to try and take the ENG batsmen out of their game (and even mess with their minds a little..lol)..I no it seems a little far fetched at this point in time but stranger things have happened...Btw..congrats to both the senior as well as u-19 teams on registering victories today.....

  • sweetspot on August 26, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    For a young man playing so many different types of cricket, and shining with the bat in any measure, Ashwin is shaping up to be a pretty special bowler! Ojha complements him beautifully at the other end and is a superb talent on his own. This could be the better of the spin combinations India have come up with in a long time.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    nice to see randyoz here talking about indian team abt sachin, there is a proverb in tamil (one of the main language in india), I ll translate it in english, the fox is crying, because the goat is in rain, lol, rofl

  • karthik666 on August 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    RandyOZ - because only 11 can play a cricket match

  • Dhanvanth on August 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @randOZ: u r rite.Chand is a future prospect but all of a sudden sachin cant retire. He has to guide the youngsters. It may take months to do that..the major disadvantage for India s dat, talents r aplenty but r going a waste:( praveen kumar s basically a swing bowler and s always injury prone so cant rely on him all the time.

  • anton111 on August 26, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    No lbws in the Indian innings. 7 lbws in New Zealand's 2 innings 2 of them controversial. India are kings at home.

  • silly_pt on August 26, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    we need more turn and bounce and dust for england and aus.. as it is english batsmen are no better than NZ against spin.. so the victory margin would be even greater..

  • Naresh28 on August 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    You win some and lose some. Those degrading NZ should stop. Each team can come good at one time or other. @randoz dont forget this NZ thrashed you guys at Hobart. just enjoy good cricket. Even India could return and wipe out that one bad series. Well done to India senior and India U19 for wins today.

  • Romenevans on August 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I can't wait to see both poms and aussies thrashed in India by our spinners. Fasten your seat belts guys!

  • rock.rockyin on August 26, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    congrats India. so why not our guys prepare a seam frndly or green wicket for Banglore. This shud be the way forward for us to win in overseas. we are anyway not going to loose the series. future tournaments shud be 3 matches..where in if India can win the first 2 we can defnitely go for Green top for 3rd match. or alteasat let Rohit.Raina.tiwary.kohli and many others to play in County cricket for few weeks atleast. we feel happy for a win in subcontinent and again in no time we curse the same guys...

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    LETS HOPE DAT DIS A NEW OPENIN....

  • ssenthil on August 26, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    @RandyOZ, Brave enough to show your face after your team was beaten easily in the WC Final, hmmmm Leave it Indian selection issues to Indian fans and Indian selectors. We have Both World cup now, no one can say that we win only in Sub-Continent, we beat Aussies in Australia to lift the U-19 world cup.

  • on August 26, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Its all okay but are these spinners all weather bowlers...I have hope for Ashwin but Ojha has to be more creative. Or else Harmeet will be ringing the door bell quite furiously.

  • ssenthil on August 26, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    People cry that this is spinner friendly pitch, I m sure it's not. There was something for spinners but nothing dramatic as semaers would get from a green top. I want better turning pitch when England tours here to show what is HOME ADVANTAGE.

  • SaulB on August 26, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    This is an indication that there are definitely 2 tiers in international test cricket. top 6 (Aus, SA, Ind, SL, Eng and Pak) and the rest (NZ, Bang, Ireland, Zim)(who knows where WI fit in, somewhere in the middle). the rest should play each other to get a shot at the top 6. Otherwise we land up with completely one sided uninteresting test series'.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Very good performance from Indian team to win the test match. Need to improve in fast bowling department. Umesh is looking good, what about Zaheer?? Not even 1 wicket..well wicketless may not reflect actual capability of Zaheer but if he keeps hiding behind some others performance in tests then better say good bye to test matches.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Hope icc would also arange ths type of tour to our pak team so that ajmal n co can reach some sort of rcord against these kiwi kids,we want hafez,taufiq to boast up their batng avrages by folowng footstps of their neighbor's board,keep it up bcci.

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Harbhajan has started taking wickets in England for Essex...see the recent matches

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/29264.html

    But i dont think he will get chances to play in Tests in future unless Ashwin gets injured.

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    well done team India. U-19 team also got the world cup title. Congrats to both teams. Well done, keep it up.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on August 26, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Great start. Lets keep our eyes set on England. Perfect series for Ashwin and Ojha to get properly warmed up for England. It will be very disappointing if we don't get 4 out of 4 dust bowls when they tour.

  • RandyOZ on August 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Good call @CandidIndian. Why don't they drop the non-performing Statchin and get Chand in there? He looks like a real prospect for India. Also, can someone tell me why Praveen Kumar isn't playing? He was easily India's best bowler in England.

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    CandidIndian, lets be really candid. The NZ cricket is just hopeless, way out its depth and this tour should never have been taken on. Williamson and Guptil (despite his recent low scores) are the only batsmen who can bat at this level. McCullem is a waiste of space--he's so inconsistant that he can only justify himself as wicketkeeper batting at no 7. Another failure and Taylor should be dropped until he puts in a full good domestic season. Flynn, Franklin, Brownlie etc simply can't bat. The time has come to start bringing in the under 19's and refrain from playing any top international side for the next three years

  • ravikb on August 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The partnership between McCullum and Williamson is 72 not 772 as mentioned in the article. If it was 772 it would have been highest partnership in all cricket!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    congratulation to Indian team

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Its time to say bye bye to Harbhajan Singh:)

  • Cricketsince1985 on August 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Well Done !! Team India!! Today We won U19 world cup and series lead with Kiwi's. Memorable day in the Indian history. We are proud of you guys !!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Fastest to 50 wkts in Tests

    Ashwin has 43 wickets in 7 test matches.

    Philander got to 50 wickets in 7 matches recently and is joint second fastest.

    If Ashwin gets to 50 wkts in the next match (8). He would joint third fastest in the World and also the fastest Indian to do so

    Kumble reached 50 wkts in 10 tests Hirwani - 11 Harbhajan - 11 Subash Gupta - 12 Chandrasekhar - 12 Prasanna - 12 Venkatesh Prasad - 13 Ojha - 13

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    772 run patnership.. are you kiddin me!!!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    772 runs partnership! Lol!

  • CandidIndian on August 26, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Best thing is pitch was made to help spinners and to give home advantage to India ,its good that another concrete road was not prepared to boost the records of Indian batsman.Winning is most important instead of bragging records.

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  • CandidIndian on August 26, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Best thing is pitch was made to help spinners and to give home advantage to India ,its good that another concrete road was not prepared to boost the records of Indian batsman.Winning is most important instead of bragging records.

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    772 runs partnership! Lol!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    772 run patnership.. are you kiddin me!!!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Fastest to 50 wkts in Tests

    Ashwin has 43 wickets in 7 test matches.

    Philander got to 50 wickets in 7 matches recently and is joint second fastest.

    If Ashwin gets to 50 wkts in the next match (8). He would joint third fastest in the World and also the fastest Indian to do so

    Kumble reached 50 wkts in 10 tests Hirwani - 11 Harbhajan - 11 Subash Gupta - 12 Chandrasekhar - 12 Prasanna - 12 Venkatesh Prasad - 13 Ojha - 13

  • Cricketsince1985 on August 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Well Done !! Team India!! Today We won U19 world cup and series lead with Kiwi's. Memorable day in the Indian history. We are proud of you guys !!!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Its time to say bye bye to Harbhajan Singh:)

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    congratulation to Indian team

  • ravikb on August 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The partnership between McCullum and Williamson is 72 not 772 as mentioned in the article. If it was 772 it would have been highest partnership in all cricket!

  • on August 26, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    CandidIndian, lets be really candid. The NZ cricket is just hopeless, way out its depth and this tour should never have been taken on. Williamson and Guptil (despite his recent low scores) are the only batsmen who can bat at this level. McCullem is a waiste of space--he's so inconsistant that he can only justify himself as wicketkeeper batting at no 7. Another failure and Taylor should be dropped until he puts in a full good domestic season. Flynn, Franklin, Brownlie etc simply can't bat. The time has come to start bringing in the under 19's and refrain from playing any top international side for the next three years

  • RandyOZ on August 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Good call @CandidIndian. Why don't they drop the non-performing Statchin and get Chand in there? He looks like a real prospect for India. Also, can someone tell me why Praveen Kumar isn't playing? He was easily India's best bowler in England.