India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore August 30, 2012

India start overwhelming favourites

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Start time 0930 (0400 GMT)

Big Picture


It's not often than an Indian Test win fails to top the sports pages, never mind the cricket pages. India's comprehensive victory over New Zealand in Hyderabad though was relegated to a sideshow last week as Unmukt Chand's Under-19 team won the World Cup in Australia. That India's first five-day success in nine months was so overshadowed was a measure of how lightly New Zealand are treated as a Test opposition, and how heavily India are expected to win.

New Zealand's Test fortunes seemed on an upswing after upsetting Australia in Hobart, following that up with their biggest Test win ever - an innings-and-301-run thumping of Zimbabwe - and the emergence of several talented young quick bowlers but the optimism has faded over the past few months. The home series against South Africa was always going to be a difficult challenge, but the capitulation on the tour of the Caribbean and against India last week has led to despondence among New Zealand fans. Much has already been written about the frail batting, the scarcity of centuries and the doubts against spin. The Bangalore Test presents a chance to show they are better than they have shown in recent times.

India, meanwhile, couldn't have asked for a better series to gauge how to fill the void left by the retirement of middle-order stalwarts Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Cheteshwar Pujara will be relieved after marking his return to the Test arena following a one-and-a-half year absence with a big century. Virat Kohli also solidified his position with a fifty and, after a wretched Australia series, India's attack finally looked Test-quality again.

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Suresh Raina has been an integral member of India's limited-overs sides for several years now, but Test cricket has proved tougher to crack. Kohli and Pujara have earned themselves middle-order spots at least for a handful of Tests, leaving Raina's place as the most vulnerable. The Test against a feeble New Zealand offers Raina the chance to make the runs necessary to keep a host of challengers at bay.

Ross Taylor has repeatedly stressed on the need for his batsmen to make centuries if New Zealand are to compete in Tests. He himself has only one hundred in more than two years, and that too against a lightweight Zimbabwe. With Jesse Ryder sidelined, Brendon McCullum promoted to the opening spot, and Daniel Vettori injured, New Zealand need Taylor to shore up the middle order.

Pitch and conditions


The Chinnaswamy track isn't expected to be as spin-friendly as the one in Hyderabad last week, and the quicker bowlers are likely to have more of a role to play. The big concern for the organisers, though, is the weather. There have been evening showers over the past few days in Bangalore, and the predictions are for rains over the weekend as well.

Team news


MS Dhoni has ruled out experimenting with the India line-up ahead of the tougher Tests against England and Australia later in the season, which means the same XI which won the first Test is likely to feature in Bangalore as well. There have been some fitness concerns over Pujara, who was struck on the knee while fielding at short leg in the first Test, but Dhoni said Pujara is expected to play. "Pujara is a bit sore, but the good thing is he batted today at the nets and fielded also," Dhoni said. "He got a hard hit which means it will take some time to heal but I don't think it is restricting him in the field."

India (likely) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav.

New Zealand also aren't expected to make too many changes. Taylor said he was backing his batsmen to deliver after the dismal performance in Hyderabad. The one change they could consider is bringing in either Neil Wagner or Tim Southee for Chris Martin, who was dropped as recently as the second Test against West Indies last month.

New Zealand (likely) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Daniel Flynn, 6 James Franklin, 7 Kruger van Wyk (wk), 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Trent Boult, 10 Jeetan Patel, 11 Neil Wagner/Chris Martin.

Stats and trivia

  • The Chinnaswamy Stadium isn't India's happiest hunting ground, with only one Test win in close to 17 years. Against New Zealand, though, India have won both Tests at the venue.
  • After his pair in Hyderabad, Martin is now level with Glenn McGrath on 35 Test ducks, with only Courtney Walsh (43) ahead. Martin's seven Test pairs is a record.
  • Brendon McCullum is 45 short of becoming the sixth New Zealand batsman to reach 4000 Test runs

Quotes


"Sachin Tendulkar may score 45 or 50, still people think he has not scored runs. He has always been under this kind of pressure. He is enjoying cricket and he wants to still improve in every practice session."
MS Dhoni

"You have to reach a stage where mentally as well as with your stroke-play in attack and defence, you can dominate them. Not the other way around by letting them dominate you."
Former New Zealand coach John Wright has some advice for the visitors' batsmen

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Raina is the only enterprising young batsman who looks complete for test cricket in terms of talent and technique. Badrinath is not even young and he's had some chances in which he has clearly shown that he isn't international cricket material .

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Even while your article tries to make it seem as if Suresh Raina has been the underachiever among himself, Kohli and Pujara , the fact is that Raina has played far more valuable knocks than Kohli or Pujara or both combined together ! Kohli+ Pujara have scored 2 hundreds and 4 fifties whereas Raina alone has scored 1 hundred and 6 fifties ! He was the only obstacle left for England's win at Lords . We all know that England is a far better test side than Australia now and also English conditions are way more tougher than Australian conditions . Henceforth it's a bit of a shame to point that out as a blemish in Raina's longer format abilities when even the most experienced of players who have played more than 2 test series in England before also failed. Raina is definitely far more talented than any of the other young players and he's technically very equipped as well . A fifty from Kohli and a hundred from Pujara against a feeble test team has cemented their position eh ?? Hilarious !

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 31, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    India will thrash NZ by an innings once again.....

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 31, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Raina is a very hardworking cricketer but still, i would prefer him to concentrate on the limited over formats which comes very much naturally to him and not push him into tests and make him do something which doesn't come to him that fluently. We do have Rahane who is technically and temperamentally better than Raina for llonger format. And with Viru expressing desire to come into middle order on retirement of stalwarts, why not move him to no.5 and have Rahane opening the innings? Atleast they can test in home games.

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | August 31, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Against a "feeble New Zealand" aye??? Words like that can come back and hurt you Siddarth Ravindran. I hope they do on this occasion, at times NZ can pull out a big game - Hobart last year is a prime example. If we can just get some runs and hold our catches. Our fielding was overshadowed by our terrible batting in the last test, but it was equally terrible, we need to hold our catches and support the bowlers working hard in trying conditions. If you can take a positive from the hiding we got in test one, it would've been for me the way the attack never gave up. So let's go "feeble New Zealand" and produce an upset --- pleasssssse, at least don't get thrashed again.

  • POSTED BY beejaytee on | August 31, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Well, all loyal NZ fans know our side reserves their best performances for when they are completely written off by everyone (see Hobart, 2011). If the batsmen can cobble together 300 per innings and Tim and Trent can get a couple each early on, it'll be game on. Come on, Kiwis!

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | August 31, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    CoorparoMaverick Bradman - sure, Sobers, Kallis - arguable considering batting - they were/are peerless allrounders. Pollock? Which one ? (not Shaun please) .

  • POSTED BY AB_IND_FAN on | August 31, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Team INDIA will win this series

  • POSTED BY Flighted_kiwi on | August 31, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    The NZ media have reported that there will be one chance with Southeee coming in, possibly for Bracewell. No Nethula. Regardless of which bowlers they switch round the message appears to be one of fail as a batsman and you'll be given plenty of chances, fail as bowler (and none of them went wicketless but thanks to the batsmen only got one chance to bowl) and you are gone. Personally I think at present you can make a strong argument for an extra bowler in preference to a batsman. If your batters can only get you 160 tops in each innings then dropping one will have minimal effect. Your only slight chance is to stack your bowling and hope they can keep you in the game.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | August 31, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    we shud never play test matches in bangalore which doesn't assist spinners.test matches shud be played only in mumbai,kokata,delhi and chennai.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Raina is the only enterprising young batsman who looks complete for test cricket in terms of talent and technique. Badrinath is not even young and he's had some chances in which he has clearly shown that he isn't international cricket material .

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Even while your article tries to make it seem as if Suresh Raina has been the underachiever among himself, Kohli and Pujara , the fact is that Raina has played far more valuable knocks than Kohli or Pujara or both combined together ! Kohli+ Pujara have scored 2 hundreds and 4 fifties whereas Raina alone has scored 1 hundred and 6 fifties ! He was the only obstacle left for England's win at Lords . We all know that England is a far better test side than Australia now and also English conditions are way more tougher than Australian conditions . Henceforth it's a bit of a shame to point that out as a blemish in Raina's longer format abilities when even the most experienced of players who have played more than 2 test series in England before also failed. Raina is definitely far more talented than any of the other young players and he's technically very equipped as well . A fifty from Kohli and a hundred from Pujara against a feeble test team has cemented their position eh ?? Hilarious !

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 31, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    India will thrash NZ by an innings once again.....

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 31, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Raina is a very hardworking cricketer but still, i would prefer him to concentrate on the limited over formats which comes very much naturally to him and not push him into tests and make him do something which doesn't come to him that fluently. We do have Rahane who is technically and temperamentally better than Raina for llonger format. And with Viru expressing desire to come into middle order on retirement of stalwarts, why not move him to no.5 and have Rahane opening the innings? Atleast they can test in home games.

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | August 31, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Against a "feeble New Zealand" aye??? Words like that can come back and hurt you Siddarth Ravindran. I hope they do on this occasion, at times NZ can pull out a big game - Hobart last year is a prime example. If we can just get some runs and hold our catches. Our fielding was overshadowed by our terrible batting in the last test, but it was equally terrible, we need to hold our catches and support the bowlers working hard in trying conditions. If you can take a positive from the hiding we got in test one, it would've been for me the way the attack never gave up. So let's go "feeble New Zealand" and produce an upset --- pleasssssse, at least don't get thrashed again.

  • POSTED BY beejaytee on | August 31, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Well, all loyal NZ fans know our side reserves their best performances for when they are completely written off by everyone (see Hobart, 2011). If the batsmen can cobble together 300 per innings and Tim and Trent can get a couple each early on, it'll be game on. Come on, Kiwis!

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | August 31, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    CoorparoMaverick Bradman - sure, Sobers, Kallis - arguable considering batting - they were/are peerless allrounders. Pollock? Which one ? (not Shaun please) .

  • POSTED BY AB_IND_FAN on | August 31, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Team INDIA will win this series

  • POSTED BY Flighted_kiwi on | August 31, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    The NZ media have reported that there will be one chance with Southeee coming in, possibly for Bracewell. No Nethula. Regardless of which bowlers they switch round the message appears to be one of fail as a batsman and you'll be given plenty of chances, fail as bowler (and none of them went wicketless but thanks to the batsmen only got one chance to bowl) and you are gone. Personally I think at present you can make a strong argument for an extra bowler in preference to a batsman. If your batters can only get you 160 tops in each innings then dropping one will have minimal effect. Your only slight chance is to stack your bowling and hope they can keep you in the game.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | August 31, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    we shud never play test matches in bangalore which doesn't assist spinners.test matches shud be played only in mumbai,kokata,delhi and chennai.

  • POSTED BY mikriket on | August 31, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Oh no, here we go again. Another disgraceful performance by the NZ cricket batsmen will cause NZ cricket further damage and distain. NZ should now refrain from top international cricket for the next three -four years and bring in the next generation of batsmen and administraters

  • POSTED BY CoorparooMaverick on | August 31, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    To jango_moh, greatest cricket *India* has produced. He's not better than Bradman, Sobers, Kallis or Pollock to name a few.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | August 31, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I dont mind raina getting one more chance.This will only reinforce opportunities for Rahane and Rohit(provided he scores big in domestic season) for bigger tours coming up.Fortunately Pujara and Kohli have lived up to their billing.Now I hate to see Raina fade off from the Test scene completely as he is a terrific fielder,team man and a scrapper any team wants.But since his problem is technique etc I will love to see Rohit take his place and then this middle order can more than make up loss of VVS,RD&SRT(soon?) Sehwag must be told to bat down the order which he himself has been asking for.Rahane MUST open with Gambhir,he is too big a talent to be benched.My ideal middle order in the near future Gambhir|Rahane|Pujara|Sehwag|Kohli|Rohit| And plz DUMP DHONI as captain for Gambhir,he is a massive liability to Ind cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    I think Sachin has a very crucial role in the next year. With Pujara batting above him and Kohli batting below him, the two will get ample opportunity to bat him. And that will be extremely useful to both of them to mature. I think Sachin should play his natural game though. I got the impression that he was trying to play like Dravid at Hyderabad. Whenever he tries to get too defensive, he gets stuck. His technique is solid enough as it is and he will be much more secure if he plays his natural blend of attack and defense.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    For deliveries aimed at off stump Sachin Tendulkar needs to play with open face towards cover point rather than back to bowler like pujara did & Sachin himself has done in all his fluent inn .........For deliveries aimed at leg stump he should look to play them towards mid on rather than mid wicket.......................If he does this he will never ever get bold or lbw & as far as outside edging is concerned this techniques offers too much resistance to the ball to carry to slips.

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | August 30, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    some ppl just cant get over the sachin selection... get over it!!! he's still better than any player in the team, if somebody is good enough to replace him, they would have by now... stop whining and enjoy the last few yrs of the greatest cricketer ever!!!!

  • POSTED BY JerryV on | August 30, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Speaking as a disinterested outsider, I commend India on grooming a walking wicket. Raina makes Jimmy and Stuart's job 1/10th easier.

  • POSTED BY sameer111111 on | August 30, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @TRAM: Totally agree. Badri really is getting a raw deal. I like Raina and feel he is quite hardworking, but it is more than clear that he would never be successful in bouncy pitches. Badri hasn't done too badly in the limited opportunities he has got. Half century in 2 test against the best bowling attack in the world is not the worst you can do.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | August 30, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Wish all the luck in the world to NZ they might need it. Raina is simply not a test cricketer and I just don't understand his inclusion. As for Ind attack looking test quality I agree they look better but 18/20 going to the spinners just shows how much Ind rely on home conditions. With teams that play spin better and Ind occoasional outside the sub-cont tests Ind will simply be mid table unless they can find quality quicks.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    not a chance , if they cant win at home, forget about travelling

  • POSTED BY jameckin on | August 30, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    I feel sorry for NZ batsmen especially Brendon Mccullum who was wrongly adjudged LBW to Yadav alongside Guptil who was also on the wrong end of awful umpiring and fell LBW to Ojha. These incorrect decisions would not have changed the end result, but may have salvaged some pride.

    Umpires MUST be strictly mandated to refer every decision to third umpire if they are not cent percent sure about it. In addition, ICC must put mandatory health check ups to ensure these old umpires can see things from a distance. The vision of a human fades as he grows old, therefore mandatory check ups are definitely needed. If they are in place then they are not being managed correctly.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta Runs are runs whoever scores them. What Dhoni was pointing was the undue pressure and unfair criticism that the biggest sports legend in India is treated with. If there are not enough new guys better than Sachin to push him out, why should he stop scoring runs or stop playing. Age is not a factor.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | August 30, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Oh My god. How many chances Raina get in test cricket and denying others opportunities. Dhoni & Raina motive simple, they want to be together every where, this is not possible starting from CSK to etc etc. Someone like Kapil can sought at Dhoni saying stop non-sense palying Raina and denying chances to Badri & Rahane.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Raina should never be tried for Tests. We should have Rahane as opener with Sehwag coming at 6. Sehwag can play the same role Gilly used to play for the Aussies. Moreover , Sehwag is not getting any younger, negotiating new ball on overseas pitches won't be that easy for him with slowing reflexes.

  • POSTED BY corporaterock on | August 30, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    To all those who try to mock the Ghost who walks - Please do note that the man has 52 test Not outs, which is more than Sachin Tendulkar himself.

  • POSTED BY skdivi88 on | August 30, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Please bring Rahane and Badrinath for Raina and Sachin (He has played enough and keep him for Aus and Eng) and please no more Raina where you play more than 30 to 40 balls man its not One day match for play just 30 to 40 balls here you have to save your wicket and play for long periods like couple of hours no minutes.

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | August 30, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Badri for Raina will make the side more compact. Enough of pampering the likes of Raina.

  • POSTED BY skdivi88 on | August 30, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Bring Rahane and Badrinath in place of Sachin and Raina and Please Give Chance to Youngsters atleast in Home Ground against Mediocre New Zealand instead trying against quality Aus or England. Remove Ojha and bring Ishant Sharma as its not spin friendly pitch but for seamers.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on | August 30, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Rahane deserves a chance......Hez been consistently performing for 4 years in domestic season at an average of 60+ ....and then what actually brought him into selection for the first place....those few knocks in the "IPL"....love indian cricketers! hate indian selectors~!.....Under dhoni i dont think he will get more chances...Dhoni likes only flashy players~RAINA@ROHIT@ !

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Bangalore pitch is tailor made for Taylor; since he had been an active member of the Bangalore Franchise in the IPL. Should know the pitch, like the back of his palm. The singer may sing; but the backup dancers may not be up to the mark. But, McCullum, Willaimson & Guptil had shown on many different surfaces their quality. They can't be that bad in providing the backup. Taylor, give them the lead. Looking for (rather hoping for) a good competitive cricket. Being an Indian, of course, "Good Luck" , India!

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    India will win the series 2-0.

  • POSTED BY muloor on | August 30, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    new zealand win ....1 - 1 ...100% sure .good luck kiwis

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    A youngster like Rahane getting a 30 or 40 is more valuable for Indian cricket's future, than Sachin getting a 45 or 50, Mr Dhoni. At least, you don't have to indulge in this sycophancy.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Phantom, my favourite phantom! Hope you can break Walsh's record soon. One thing is sure; he is a wonderful guy; never ever reacted to any silly jokes around him. Hats off to you Martin the gentleman!

  • POSTED BY cric_fan_ on | August 30, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    McCullum should either keep wickets or he shouldn't be selected, he doesn't offer much as a specialist batsman.

  • POSTED BY cric_fan_ on | August 30, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    does anyone know why Vettori is not in the NZ side?

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | August 30, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    So no chance for Badri? Raina will get another chance, another chance, another chance .... And one day Raina will score a century, may be after 20 more chances and then we can all say 'oh ya we know he is a great batsman, he is great asset for the team'. For Badri, in spite of scoring 56 against Steyn&Co in his first test, he will be ignored after 3 innings chances.

  • POSTED BY MunafAhmed811 on | August 30, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I am happy India is winning although frankly its not a meaningful series. But then 20 years later the stats will count and show India as having won a series against NZ so thats good

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | August 30, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    "India's attack finally looked test-quality again" WHAT ???? Come again ???? are you serious ? ashwin and ojha took 18 wickets, against some of the worst players of spin on a track that spun from first delivery , and they are never going to bowl togethr outside India...so which test quality are u talking about ? I really hope, for the sake of Indian cricket, that u were being sarcastic!

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Meaningless Test series, the word TEST doesnt have any meaning here. Mere surrender by the kiwis to the mighty Indian Peacocks. Its time ICC looks to organize Triangular Test Series. I think Dhoni can try Badri. Hard luck Kiwis make the peacock shiver with they come further down under to NZ...

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    "Sachin Tendulkar may score 45 or 50, still people think he has not scored runs" - lol, sooo true!! The fans have damn high expectations from him... Even a century in his next match wouldn't be given much importance by the fans because "it was only against a poor side like New Zealand."

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 30, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    THE REASON WHY U-19 WC VICTORY WAS MORE HIGHLIGHTED IN MEDIA WAS BECAUSE THEY WON A TOURNAMENT ABROAD SOMETHING WHICH OUR SENIOR TEAM CAN'T DO THESE DAYS .HYDERABAD PITCH WAS ALOMST A DUST BOWL . I WANT TO SEE A NATURAL BANGALORE PITCH WHO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO BOTH FAST BOWLERS & SPINNERS .

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Badrinath was put in the squad after Laxman retired. Badrinath will not play in the second test with NZ as well.Will he be in the squad for next test series with England?

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Sachin needs to open up a bit. In the last test he was too cautious. Good luck India. Glad that the young brigade is performing. Giving enough chances Raina will get better and better. Short ball weakness is an Indian one and not his alone. People forget he scored century on debut. All the comparisions with Badri are pointless. Let badri keep playing ranji and score big runs, he is found wanting on the international stage. He has got many oppourtunities in Tests and ODIs combined. Never looked a part. Looks like a cat in front of a car on a dark road. Dazzled.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    bring Rahane for Suresh Raina

  • POSTED BY Naren6114 on | August 30, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Sehwag will get yet another 300 in this match.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 30, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    my predictions, 1-0 vs NZ (a washout in Blgr), 2-1 vs Eng (if KP and Swann returns), 2-1 vs Aus.

  • POSTED BY Suganth.T on | August 30, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    2nd Test in Bengaluru, 1st T20 in Visakapatinum and 2nd T20 in Chennal are all under Rain Threat. Hope Rain God will favour full Cricket.

  • POSTED BY premnauth on | August 30, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    ind's problem will be the same, playing on bouncy wickets overseas, spinners flourish at home and struggle overseas, Raina is not a test player, like yuvi will always struggle against quality bowlers, it would have been better off to to groom some other young batsman .

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  • POSTED BY premnauth on | August 30, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    ind's problem will be the same, playing on bouncy wickets overseas, spinners flourish at home and struggle overseas, Raina is not a test player, like yuvi will always struggle against quality bowlers, it would have been better off to to groom some other young batsman .

  • POSTED BY Suganth.T on | August 30, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    2nd Test in Bengaluru, 1st T20 in Visakapatinum and 2nd T20 in Chennal are all under Rain Threat. Hope Rain God will favour full Cricket.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 30, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    my predictions, 1-0 vs NZ (a washout in Blgr), 2-1 vs Eng (if KP and Swann returns), 2-1 vs Aus.

  • POSTED BY Naren6114 on | August 30, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Sehwag will get yet another 300 in this match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    bring Rahane for Suresh Raina

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Sachin needs to open up a bit. In the last test he was too cautious. Good luck India. Glad that the young brigade is performing. Giving enough chances Raina will get better and better. Short ball weakness is an Indian one and not his alone. People forget he scored century on debut. All the comparisions with Badri are pointless. Let badri keep playing ranji and score big runs, he is found wanting on the international stage. He has got many oppourtunities in Tests and ODIs combined. Never looked a part. Looks like a cat in front of a car on a dark road. Dazzled.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Badrinath was put in the squad after Laxman retired. Badrinath will not play in the second test with NZ as well.Will he be in the squad for next test series with England?

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 30, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    THE REASON WHY U-19 WC VICTORY WAS MORE HIGHLIGHTED IN MEDIA WAS BECAUSE THEY WON A TOURNAMENT ABROAD SOMETHING WHICH OUR SENIOR TEAM CAN'T DO THESE DAYS .HYDERABAD PITCH WAS ALOMST A DUST BOWL . I WANT TO SEE A NATURAL BANGALORE PITCH WHO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO BOTH FAST BOWLERS & SPINNERS .

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    "Sachin Tendulkar may score 45 or 50, still people think he has not scored runs" - lol, sooo true!! The fans have damn high expectations from him... Even a century in his next match wouldn't be given much importance by the fans because "it was only against a poor side like New Zealand."

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Meaningless Test series, the word TEST doesnt have any meaning here. Mere surrender by the kiwis to the mighty Indian Peacocks. Its time ICC looks to organize Triangular Test Series. I think Dhoni can try Badri. Hard luck Kiwis make the peacock shiver with they come further down under to NZ...