India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 2nd day September 1, 2012

Kohli, Raina save India the blushes

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India 283 for 5 (Kohli 93*, Raina 55, Southee 3-35) trail New Zealand 365 (Taylor 113, van Wyk 71, Ojha 5-99) by 82 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Led by a Virat Kohli classic, after staggering somewhat at two points of their innings, India find themselves within 82 runs of the New Zealand first innings total of 365. Plus a healthy chance in this Test match. At stumps on day two, India were 283 for 5 with Kohli seven short of his century and MS Dhoni four short of his fifty.

Kohli formed the core of two middle-order partnerships that ensured that the Indians kept moving ahead. Just after lunch, India had wobbled at 80 for 4, before Kohli became the fulcrum of the Indian resistance even as New Zealand's impressive seam bowlers threatened to get their teeth into the Indian lower order.

A fifth wicket stand of 99 with Suresh Raina took control of the Indian innings after the loss of the top four. A sixth-wicket unbeaten 104-run partnership with Dhoni had made the most of the softer old ball. New Zealand's triumvirate of leading quick bowlers, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult had an outstanding day of purpose, energy, swing bowling and wickets, more than ably aided by their fielders. In the final count, though, New Zealand were held off by these two partnerships.

At stumps, the Indian response was centered around Kohli's most intelligently compilied knock. He came in at 67 for 3, at the fall of Virender Sehwag's wicket. In the early part of innings, he gave the bowling due respect and with two aggressive partners at the other end, Kohli played at his own pace. He was neither over-defensive or overdosing on the aggro. His strokemaking was of the highest calibre, his first boundary only off the 21st ball. He stepped out confidently to hoist Jeetan Patel over midwicket for six and hitting Boult, Bracewell and James Franklin down the ground for straight boundaries. A controlled pull off his face to Bracewell was sufficient proof of his calibre.

Raina's 55 was a different kind of fifty. It had aggression mixed in with an urgency to find security around his No. 6 spot. He was the prime mover in the partnership with Kohli, given enough opportunity to go onto his front foot. His three boundaries in the second over he faced from Bracewell, however, included a cracking pull shot. When Patel tossed one up, Raina struck a sweet six over extra cover. He was given a reprieve on 48, stumped off a no ball off Patel. His innings came to an end quickly after tea. Like Hyderabad, he was caught trying to tickle one down the leg side, this time to Southee.

Much like Raina had done on his arrival during a crisis, Dhoni led his innings with big-hitting strokeplay. He took maximum benefit of the fact that his counterpart had offered him Patel's off spin at one end for as many as eight overs. Dhoni charged down the wicket against Patel, taking on the fielder at long-on and belted two sixes over his head. That kicked off his innings and got the partnership with Kohli going at a good clip.

Regardless of what was happening to Patel, Boult, Bracewell and Southee got the ball to move at good pace, even if they were a bit lenient by not putting enough short ball queries to Raina. Like he had done in Hyderabad, Ross Taylor overbowled Patel at a time when his three seamers were - between them - asking constant questions of the batsmen. Rather than use Franklin's very medium pace to wobble the ball around, Taylor chose to fall back on Patel.

Until then, New Zealand had given themselves the best chance in this Test, Southee instantly justifying his selection over Chris Martin, not only because he'd hit a six during his brief time at the crease. Within ten overs of the Indian innings, Southee had the wickets of Gautam Gambhir, shouldering arms and having his bail disturbed, and Cheteshwara Pujara, mistiming a hook leaving the hosts at 2 for 27.

At the other end, after a watchful start, Sehwag lashed at the bowling. At the lunch break he was on 39, with seven boundaries, an surviving an appeal for leg before and two nicks through the slips. His partner Sachin Tendulkar played at a subdued pace, searching for touch and timing.

In his first over after lunch, Bracewell's leg stump line to Sehwag was meant to eliminate the width and room he gobbled up on his way to 43. The third ball was whipped to the square leg boundary. The fourth ball, slightly straighter, was hit uppishly and ended up in the hands of the flying Flynn at short midwicket.

When Tendulkar hit a classic straight drive off Bracewell, it offered the clue that he may finally have settled in. One ball later, came the bowler's denouement: Tendulkar played all over a straight one and was bowled through his defence. It is the second time that Tendulkar was bowled through the gate in this series. Within eleven balls after lunch, India were tottering at 80 for 4 before Raina and Kohli got together.

Play had started half an hour early and New Zealand lost their last four wickets for 20 runs, within 45 minutes. The two overnight batsmen, Kruger van Wyk and Bracewell who added 99 for the seventh wicket, met with contrasting ends. van Wyk fell to a sustained spell of inquiry from Zaheer Khan, trying to guide one through to third man, Gambhir-style, but instead edged it to a diving Raina at second slip. Bracewell was unlucky to be the non-striker who ended up backing Southee too far. Ojha finished with 5 for 99, when he had Southee leg before for a lusty 14.

Overall, it was a tight day's Test cricket; New Zealand have kept throwing the challenges, Southee finishing with 3 for 35 and Bracewell 2 for 66; the control of the game will, however, depend on what India's last batting pair do on Sunday morning.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mathewjohn2176 on September 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @chris_p and silly point, there you go ,finally got two LBW decisions :)

  • on September 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    all the best team india i wish u w3i9n t20 world cup

  • on September 2, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Dhoni should utilze the potentials of Ashwin upto the the level he possess. Ashwin seems to have been under utlized of both his batting and bowling skills. If it continues, it is a loss for India but Ashwin with his constancy will continue to be a part of the team.

  • jasonpete on September 2, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Posted by Chris_P on (September 01 2012, 23:41 PM GMT), It was a helpful condition yesterday due to cloudy and rain.The ball swung a lot and NZ bowlers did a good job .

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 2, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    India should be comfortably beating NZ... have NZ got better or India worse?

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Ashwin Batting averages in his last 3 series

    Vs West Indies in India - 121 runs at 40.33 Vs Australia in Australia - 143 runs at 35.75 (2nd best in that series) Vs New Zealand in India till now - 69 runs at 69.00

    Most of the runs came batting with Tailenders. Had he got time with regular batsmen he would have scored runs. He has the better technique than Dhoni in Swinging conditions.

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Pujara showed gaping holes in his technique. He doesn't have the grace or technique required for international cricket. Before long, he will be back to the domestics when teams like Eng and SA exploit his short ball weakness . He looked like a tail ender playing the short ball ! Hilarious.....

  • anandjuly15 on September 2, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I am sorry to say for NZ fans, NZ's performance especially in test both home and away (especially abroad) has been dismal since 2007 which coincides with departure of players like Stephen Fleming who was probably one of the best captains around and also other players like Bond (who was been on and off due to injuries and exiles), Mcmillan, Mark Richardson, Astle, Oram, Styris as well. I recollect series in India 99 -2000 and also 2003 -2004 (in 2003-2004) they enforced a follow on as well, performances were credible if not match winning.

    Also it seems Apart from SA and Australia (Aus who will be tested) during the course of the tours abroad in next 2 yrs, all other teams seems to be tigers at home and lambs abroad.

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    UNMUKTA CHAND MUST REPLACE SACHIN IMMEDIATELY

    SHRIKANT must be replaced by Gavaskar aqs a selector

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Sachin must retire now or must be dropped like Ganguli Getting bowled out shows the weakness of any batsman It will be pity if Sachin will retire when he will break all batting records of scoring maximum zeros in tests and was clean bowled record number of times . Long live Ferrari dealer

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @chris_p and silly point, there you go ,finally got two LBW decisions :)

  • on September 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    all the best team india i wish u w3i9n t20 world cup

  • on September 2, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Dhoni should utilze the potentials of Ashwin upto the the level he possess. Ashwin seems to have been under utlized of both his batting and bowling skills. If it continues, it is a loss for India but Ashwin with his constancy will continue to be a part of the team.

  • jasonpete on September 2, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Posted by Chris_P on (September 01 2012, 23:41 PM GMT), It was a helpful condition yesterday due to cloudy and rain.The ball swung a lot and NZ bowlers did a good job .

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 2, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    India should be comfortably beating NZ... have NZ got better or India worse?

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Ashwin Batting averages in his last 3 series

    Vs West Indies in India - 121 runs at 40.33 Vs Australia in Australia - 143 runs at 35.75 (2nd best in that series) Vs New Zealand in India till now - 69 runs at 69.00

    Most of the runs came batting with Tailenders. Had he got time with regular batsmen he would have scored runs. He has the better technique than Dhoni in Swinging conditions.

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Pujara showed gaping holes in his technique. He doesn't have the grace or technique required for international cricket. Before long, he will be back to the domestics when teams like Eng and SA exploit his short ball weakness . He looked like a tail ender playing the short ball ! Hilarious.....

  • anandjuly15 on September 2, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I am sorry to say for NZ fans, NZ's performance especially in test both home and away (especially abroad) has been dismal since 2007 which coincides with departure of players like Stephen Fleming who was probably one of the best captains around and also other players like Bond (who was been on and off due to injuries and exiles), Mcmillan, Mark Richardson, Astle, Oram, Styris as well. I recollect series in India 99 -2000 and also 2003 -2004 (in 2003-2004) they enforced a follow on as well, performances were credible if not match winning.

    Also it seems Apart from SA and Australia (Aus who will be tested) during the course of the tours abroad in next 2 yrs, all other teams seems to be tigers at home and lambs abroad.

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    UNMUKTA CHAND MUST REPLACE SACHIN IMMEDIATELY

    SHRIKANT must be replaced by Gavaskar aqs a selector

  • on September 2, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Sachin must retire now or must be dropped like Ganguli Getting bowled out shows the weakness of any batsman It will be pity if Sachin will retire when he will break all batting records of scoring maximum zeros in tests and was clean bowled record number of times . Long live Ferrari dealer

  • Chris_P on September 2, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @shortsillypoin. You're right, I checked. 12 LBW's against NZ and none to India to date. From the 20 or so overs I saw last night, there were more than a couple that normally would have been referred. Interesting stat that, and somewhat intriguing.

  • on September 2, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I thnk 450 is a good score in this pitch

  • Resultpredictor on September 2, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    India is going to take big lead today and New zealand will collapse in second innings giving India an easy victory.

  • on September 2, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Stop criticizing sachin. He is a legend and the youngsters learn from him. Actually drop sehwag and zaheer and bring back Sunil gavaskar and kapil dev. They are legends and have so much to offer to youngsters. Do consider kirmani and bedi to be included in the team for bright future for India.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on September 2, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Take it easy guys..Sachin played a bad shot selection..He will soon score big..He had lot of pressure during England and Aussie tour to score 100th century..the pressure given by you and media.. he will be back soon so save your comments for that if you want to post it..Sachin keep playing and it is up to you when to reitire..May God Bless God of Cricekt..

  • on September 2, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    With Suresh Raina hitting the sweet spot in test matches, India all of a sudden looks pretty strong with a really good bench strength. Virat Kohli's sublime form has given India the extra edge that it needed since a long time. He provides a totally new dimension to the team's batting line up. Kohli might have taken over Dravid's number three spot in ODI's, but his game is no way near to that of Jammy.

  • Mervo on September 2, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Kholi has been a real find for India and highlights why Tendulkar should retire and stop blocking younger talent. Dhoni is so good on Indian wickets after making almost no contribution with the bat during the whitewashes in England and Australia.

  • Farce-Follower on September 1, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Get back Gavaskar into the team. He is a legend. There is no one to replace him. The fans love him. Hey, I am just using the same alibi that is used to defend wicket #4.

  • Chris_P on September 1, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Imsrk. Gilchrist opened once in the second innings in Brisbane (I was there) as Australia tried to chase quick runs for a declaration. Maybe using Matthew Wade is a better example. Good effort by the Kiwi bowlers in unhelpful conditions.

  • on September 1, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Virat Kohli Respect! From Pakistan.

  • AvidCricFan on September 1, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Sachin needs to express his love and passion for cricket in different ways at this point in the life. He can get into coaching and administration. He can get into grooming Arjun for future.

  • spiritwithin on September 1, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Thomas_Ridge >> He never fared well against fast bowlers, especially against Australian fast bowlers. He struggles against short deliveries, for obvious reasons and in my opinion, he is nothing special. most australians respects dravid a lot more than tendulker. tendulker's overseas record is poor and he is not in the same league as ponting, lara, border or hayden>>.....really???sachin averages 54 in aus & Eng,ponting averages poor 41 and 28 in eng & india,the only place where ponting is better is in SA where he averages 51 but again sachin also is not far behind at 46..hayden he averages 50+ only in india,at home and WI and struggles everywhere..sachin's overseas record is-average 55,home average-55..did u just wake up from dream??he may be struggling atm but dont use this excuse to ridicule his performance with silly logics

  • MattyP1979 on September 1, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Big fan of Kolhi, looks a decent batsman. In 8 or 9 years when Ind next play outside the sub it might be a good test for him. I think he would fair better than Raina. Raina is not a test player but I hope he scores a few more so he is picked when Eng tour. Sehwag just looks like a man that has been found out, Eng will try and cut out the boundries (which will be good for his waist line). NZ showing some fight but will need a very good day tomorrow to win this match one feels. All square right now but it could shape up to be a good match.

  • Allan716 on September 1, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    If I saw correctly, Sachin Tendulkar was bowled playing across the line while trying to whip the ball through mid-wicket. When you are bowled through the gate you are playing on the offside and the ball goes through the gate between bat and pad!

  • Sachin_the_god_forever on September 1, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Here So many cricket pundits talk about sachin's retirement... you peoples know cricket that much than sachin?are you cricket pundits responsible for sachin's selection in his 16th age?then why the hell you people take the responsibility and ask for his retirement? the one who played more than 23 years knows when to play and when to retire...if he knows that he cannot play he will surely quit...GANGULY once told'Never write off great players like sachin,dravid,ponting.They will know what to do and when to retire.'..sachin already met so many downfalls like this and comeback strongly before this... you cricket pundits please tell me what you achieved in cricket to talk off a great sportsman the world had ever produced....all those who are telling sachin is playing for records are jealous about him..shame on you people...sachin is a true legend and great ambassador for the game of cricket..more than that He is an indian...he will come back strongly...

  • fozameer456 on September 1, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Kohli the batting sensation! What a great batsman he has become!his class in one dayers,his aggression in t20's, what else do we need as a cricket fan! Two players are fun to watch at the current moment i.e VK and Hashim Amla. cant stop watching these two players! Sachin sir with due respect its time for you to go now!its enough of you now.you have all the records in the book,you have earned enough respect from people around the globe.sir please retire now,and give youngsters a GO! Waiting for virats 100 and best of luck to both the teams!may the best team WIN

  • jango_moh on September 1, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    some of the comments here shows pure ignorance.... india is going through a transition and sachin needs to be there to guide him... if ur going by bad form, then gambhir and dhoni should have been dropped long time ago, they are useless outside india, and sehwag should have dropped down the order... nywys, well played by raina and kohli... and i thought pujara handled the seaming ball very well, until he got out to the hook (even that was not the worse shot, he was caught pretty close to the boundary), and for those saying NZ is a weak bowling unit, if u really saw the match today, u wud not say that... they hve a bunch of really good fast bowlers, two of them were easing bowling 140+, and seaming the ball.... not bad for an indian pitch, it will slowly start taking turn as well in the coming days....

  • on September 1, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    looks like no 3 &4 for future batting line up, after sachin's retirement is sealed with Pujara and Kohli.so till Sachin retires they should be no 3 & 5. let's not disturb their positions. in my view sehwag should come down to no 6 to give the lower order some stability. i don't think we can rely on raina and dhoni in SA pitches. sehwag is a champion. even if his reflexes deteriorates as he edged furthe, he will be effective in lower middle order. As far openers are concerned, my suggestion is to grow gambhir and rahane combination as future opening pair with Chand as stand-by. the only question is future no 6. none of raina, badri, manoj tiwary or rohit sharma gives any confidence.

  • on September 1, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    i would agree, I think it is time for the legend to retire, perhaps after the england serie, you never know, he may want revenge against the poms in our own backyard!!

  • on September 1, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    everone is asking for Sehwag's head but they must remember that it is only runs from sehwag's bat which won test matches for us. His approach is risky but India can afford him. As far as Rahane is concerned, he was not surviving to new ball even in one dayers but there is urgent need for Gambhir and Sachin to tighten their defences as the wall is no more to shield sachin and raina from the new ball if there is early loss of wicket.

  • gothetaniwha on September 1, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    No DRS = NZ never had a chance , Sehwag out three times today .

  • iccchariman on September 1, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Sir Sachin, I feel it is time for you to think beyond cricket. You are a true Legend. You will remin in the hearts of millions of fans around the globe! A champion, arguablythe best after Sir Don Bradman. We Salute you!. Age is catching up you sir, Foot and wrists wont move as quick as mind feels at the age of 39! it shows in your batting. IT IS SAD FOR US, UR FANS AROUND THE GLOBE to watch you struggling against an average bowling unit that too on Indian soil.This is not the Sachin that we know, that India and the world has seen past 23 years.The 4s, 6s, 50s, 100s and 200s came out from your bats will remain in our hearts forever. Nothing is constant in this universe! So as the greats like you. It is imperative that you have to go behind the curtain one day. It is time for you to anlyse yourslef IF YOU REALLY ENJOY YOUR CRICKET AT THE MOMENT. We cant see you going out as Sanath Jayasurya. You deserve a better send off from the world of cricket!

    With a heavy heart, a true fan of u

  • IamdKing on September 1, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Tomorrow (3rd Day) will prove a testimony to India's Gen X cricketers. Time is now for the Kohli's, Ashwin's and the Ojha's to show their mettle in their respective fields. And, please you cricketing illeterates, stop commenting on Sachin. He knows better than anyone, when to retire. Two innings of 17 & 19 doesn't mean he looked like a debutant and silly stuffs like that. Remember he hit his 2000th boundary today! 2000th means 8K runs in boundary. Even the legendary Bradmans did not have 8K runs in all, and here is a guy who has 8K in just boundaries!! So respect the person!

  • on September 1, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    why not drop gambhir ? only becoz he is younger & what raina has done so far (except this 1 inning) to be in the test squad ? its a stage of formation with dravid & laxman already gone & sehwag & gambhir being unpredictable. if selectors really want to bring change, include unmakt chand as an opener instead of gambhir along with sehwag or rahane or pujara & bring smit patel as a reserve wkt keeper

  • jay_vkjay on September 1, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Well played Virat Kohli. His good innings unknowingly puts pressure on Tendulkar. Kohli looks best fit for the no.4 slot. Hope that Virat makes his second hundred tomorrow morning, and make it a big one.India should aim 450 plus.

  • marlboro19 on September 1, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Sachin's "poor" form- 13 matches @ 36 . That's not far from overall avg of Dhoni, or kohli before the current test match. He is still the bes batsman playing around, but more importantly he is one of the best thinkers of the game. If he thinks he has the enough ammo to equal his all time best form , it's enough for me. Anyone rooting for Sachin to retire is assuming more cricketing knowledge than him.

  • on September 1, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Tests or ODI's or t20's Virat Kohli is the best player on the Planet........

  • StopSmoking on September 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Barely a comment here without mention of Sachin! Hmmm he has still got it. :) Don't know what fans will talk about after he retires.

  • Itachi007 on September 1, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Another record : Sachin Tendulkar was bowled for the second consecutive innings in this series. He became the third batsman after Rahul Dravid and Allan Border to be bowled on fifty or more occasions.

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    can everybody get off sach's back plz.. u guys are not going to decide when a man with 22 years of xperience should retire. he'll call it quits when the time comes. He ll silence everybody wid hundreds in the next few games.@randyoz: u better give retirement advice to ponting mate.

  • marlboro19 on September 1, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Contrary to what most people say, i think NZ has a bright future. This NZ team has an avg age of about 26, and Southee is going to be a 'great' fast bowler- it was thrilling the way he has been extracting movement in Indian Subcontinent .NZ can definitely beat Eng in Eng on the current form. Their batting is still not solid, but if they get just one solid batsman- like dravid/amla they would be very, very competitive indeed. Good luck NZ, i wouldn't mind if India draws with you guys, it will be good for cricket.

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    For the Sachin worshippers; Sachin bashers; and critiques of the game. SRT is a very special human. He will keep on playing till he touches 200 Tests. Then he will carry on playing for as long as his legs allow him. He is of special commercial value. Then he will be rested until the next World Cup and if all goes well will make a come back in 2019 to open for India in the World Cup with little Arjun. Have some sympathy for the 'human' Sachin. The poor man is a victim of circumstances. Just see his face and body language during fielding. Poor man!

  • CRICLOVR_91 on September 1, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @ Sunil Reddy: Sir, your devotion for Sachin is commendable but would'nt you agree that by this logic Sunil Gavaskar and others of old generation would have continued till even today & we would never have got to see Sachin?? :) Sachin has been great but he's past his prime and since he has been playing for so long and has seen so many ups & downs he's unable to see the writing on wall.. Moreover, dont you also feel that instead of making Sachin loose his respect among team members & followers due to his repeated failure, shis absence from dressing room would be better as it would compell youngsters take up the responsibility!!!!!

  • Kaushiktrendy on September 1, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I understand many ppl wanting sachin to step down and few fools bashing sachin come wat may like randyoz and dravid_gravitas. Well personally i feel dat we should give d great another series before we start asking him to retire. It is indeed painfull to watch sachin bat like this but he surely deserves one more series. If his performance doesn't improve against england then there's really no reason for my and a billion others idol to step down. I hope to watch him for once as a vintage tendulkar that he was before he retires.

  • captain_spark on September 1, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    It seems Sachin fans think he has risen beyond the game and the team, immune to all criticism because of his stardom and past achievements. India team is for qualified and in-form players who can win matches, not for greats who are well over their retirement age with little or no-contribution to the present team..I also respect Sachin but it is time for him to retire with honor and dignity my friends...

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I guess it time for Sachin to retire not that I doubt his skill but his reflections with age is natural

  • mensan on September 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    It's very welcome for me that so many indian fans have changed their minds about tendulkar and now stressing that he should retire. Previously he was considered god of cricket by every indian. Tendulkar is now 39 years 130 days old. No one is expected to do consistently well at this age in today's cricket. He has left no record to break. No one knows why is he still playing.

  • warneneverchuck on September 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @Randy oz. What u Said is more applicable to Ricky pasting who is still dreaming to surpass the great tendulkar's records. Don't worry India will not loose this test like how u lost against NZ recently

  • Romenevans on September 1, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    @Sunil Reddy - Sachin Serving or Surviving? LOL! We don't need his selfish services anymore..plenty of young batsmen waiting on the bench...He is there just for obsession to create more records and waiting for Kallis and Ponting to retire so that there won't be anyone left to break his hopeless records....BUT! Yes But! Kohli will break all his records!

  • warneneverchuck on September 1, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @gurtez Sundhu. When did Adam gilcrist open in test for AUS.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 1, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    there is no question about it that tendulkar is aging... and the openers getting out early and exposing the middle order to the new ball is not helping his cause... but we need tendulkar for atleast the SA tour... we need one out of Dravid and Laxman too... i hope one of them comes out of retirement and plays again... till then, i think tendulkar should move to no.5 and promote kohli to 4... he is looking in good form and he is the one who will have to bat at 4 in the future... we must all understand that tendulkar is a great guide for the young players in the team... in the last test, in the early part of pujara's innings when he got beaten 5-6 times outside the off stump and became a bit restless, sachin walked up to him and advised him, like he had advised dravid and ganguly in 1996, or sehwag in 2000... i wonder would pujara have been able to make that 159 if he had kohli for company in the early part of his innings?? sachin's enormous experience should be put to great use...

  • 99999ggg44 on September 1, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    the only problem with sachin is that sometimes he gets too defensive and goes into a shell.his should play to his strength which is playing aggresive.the reason why he has a formidable record in ODI is that he plays his natural game which is aggresive.

  • cric_fan_ on September 1, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Strangely everyone is talking about saching, what about gautam gambhir, he is playing far worse. Umesh Yadav? what about him? the guy has only raw pace nothing else, he needs to learn, unfortunately for India the pacers either don't have pace or don't have brains to use it or in some cases both.

  • on September 1, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Stop talking about Sachin my dear cricket illiterates, he is a legend and serving to Indian cricket since 23 years so he knows very well what to do when to do, by failing in 2 innings after long break doesn't mean that his time is up. Still in India people are coming to stadiums just to watch Sachin, he don't need to score runs in every innings his presence is enough in dressing for young guns

  • anuprakir on September 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    It is very clear from his recent performances that Tendulkar has past his prime form. I just don't understand what more he wants to prove.I am sorry to say that only thing which seems to preventing him from retiring is that he is worried that his marketing value may go down if he retires.

  • saravanan666 on September 1, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Yes, Raina's innings was kind of trying to get security around 6th slot in batting order, just like how morgan tried desperately yesterday against SA

  • cricos06 on September 1, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    People criticize when Laxman is selected but what about Sachin. Strangely Gavaskar mentioned how Sachin's legs were not moving etc. etc. when he got bowled. But never anything about Sachin's retirement. It is time.

    This shows why VVS Laxman is VVS.

  • Naveen2307 on September 1, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Kohli is now in his best phase of his carrer.. may he create wonders for us............

  • on September 1, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Is it curtain time for the great man? Sachin was bowled playing his bread & butter shot. 41 balls, 4 runs agst NZ? Something isn't right. On the other hand I can watch Kohli bat all day. A fine young player. A future Indian capt, if I may say.

  • on September 1, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Question to all Sachin's Fan, please answer why doesn't sachin tendulkar opens in test match? every other country's openers in one dayers open in test matches as well.

  • jay_vkjay on September 1, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Tendulkar looked like a debutant today. The kind of shot selection he employed today to help himself out is pathetic.With Gambhir, Pujara and Sehwag already gone how can he defend his decision to play a cross batted shot to a straight delivery? Also he got a confident,in-form Kohli at the other end. 50th bowled in tests for Sachin. Heading towards another record.Only Border and Dravid ahead. Gambhir not even the shadow of what we saw in New Zealand in 2009-2010 series. Sehwag throwing wickets away after getting good starts. Standout performer is Virat Kohli, once again. Coming in at 67 for3, not opened his account when Tendulkar thrown his wicket away, to crumble India to 80 for 4,Stayed calm when Raina started with a floury of boundaries. But at the end of the day Indian innings found to be built around him.Didn't showed hesitancy to reach hundred,saving his wicket for the day. Well done Young lad.

  • SnowSnake on September 1, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    This shows how bad India were when they played England and Australia. Dravid, Laxaman and Tendulkar were pretty bad batsmen who appeared to have played well past their prime. Now that two are gone, their replacements Pujara and Kholi are making India look good.

  • RandyOZ on September 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Statchin seriously needs to retire. He is not up to scratch anymore and looks out of his depth. His chase for records is killing his team and now they are struggling to beat a lowly NZ.

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 1, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    i hate to say this but it's time for sachin to retire.he is getting out not to unplayable deliveries but he is getting out to straight balls.if ind wants to do well in sa then sachin must be dropped against eng.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on September 1, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Guys..Leave Sachin alone..He missed few innings. UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE given by Media and people like you to perform and to score CENTURY in every game..Come On..He got bowled in a smiliar fashion few years back but now YOU GUYS have a AGE factor to put pressure on him.Give me a break!!!.

  • on September 1, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    sachin hass given us a lot in cricket.but he is not in that control over his game.he is now39 and should retire from cricket.as the young kohli,raina.pujara are doing well so he should retire as early as possible to make a new indian team without dravid laxman and sachin

  • on September 1, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I think Tendulkar is about ready to retre or be dropped. His selection was fairly justified given that he was the second highest run-scorer from the Australia Tour (which many people seem to have forgotten), even though he didn't score a century.

    Now though, its probably time for moving on. Start grooming the likes of Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Sikhar Dhawan (who is most excellent opening material) and so on. We also need someone like Wasim Akram to be a fast-bowling specialist coach to groom our younger pacers.

  • on September 1, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Sachin's time is up, but the sad part is that he himself refuses to realize it. He might be interested in the game till he is 65, but that doesn't mean he will keep on playing till he is 65. On one hand, we Indians want a team that performs well everywhere, and on the other hand, we say that Sachin should keep on playing, that he has an important role to play in SA. How long will he play - till the end of time? I hope that Sachin realizes it is time, and retires before he plays any more embarrassing innings like the ones in the previous two Tests. This is no lean patch. IMO, this is the final call for Sachin to retire with dignity, like his two long-time "colleagues" have done. We don't want him to end up like Jayasuriya.

  • CRICLOVR_91 on September 1, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    The two failures against an ordinary New Zealand bowling attack has proved that Sachin Tendulkar era has come to an end.. Sachin you have scored just 828 runs at an average of 36 in 13 tests over last two years with only five fifties, a very average record for anyone and poor for you. By overextending your stay not only are you wiping out your remarkable memories but also hampering the formation of a future team!! And please, it would not be selfish on your part to go now, rather you would only help the young team to find its feet at home against Aus and Eng so that they are prepared for sterner test in SA next year. Thanx for making all of us proud to be an Indian Cricket fan for last twenty years but, we'll miss you a lot but please go, NOW!!!

  • N.Sundararajan on September 1, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai---- Sachin may say he is playing because he enjoys playing---the important thing is that the country and the supporters of the game should enjoy his playing---or else he can play in his backyard ! His performance has been pathetic since one year---and he is hoping to create the RECORD of all RECORDS---that he and his son would play together for India in Tests ! Or else, his commercial sponsors,whom BCCI also needs badly--will not let him be dropped ! It is time the BCCI, the Selectors and the media express decisively that this will be his last series ! We have had enough of pampering of one old man !

  • Rugsy on September 1, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    What an excellent report by Sharda Ugra. More power to her pen. There is little doubt that Tendulkar is past his prime and should retire. One cannot be sentimental about past glories to decide the present and the future of Indian cricket. The plain fact is that India has to be represented by the very best available and SRT is not among the very best any more.

  • on September 1, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    SRT has multiple roles to play for the team. He isnt there just to score runs for the team, but also use his experience and be a mentor to the younger guys. None of the other guys in the team can guide youngsters and sort out their problems and technical issues (not even duncan fletcher i think). All the senior players retiring at the same time wouldnt be a good idea. Even gambhir, sehwag, and dhoni haven't done anything in the past year like tendulkar. I can only use the word EXCEPTIONAL for dravid for the way he played in england. Kohli has been my fav player for sometime now. And he is showing why people compare him to SRT...

  • CbeCricket on September 1, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    It is very painful to watch SRT batting. Can he now retire greacefully rather than hang on to score runs to fulfill his personal dreams and records. He has to undersatnd that a chance has to be given to a youngster at home. Holding on to the spot and paly whenever you want with no result is unaccepatable.

  • on September 1, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    its time for selectors to take some serious action on 1. opening pair 2. sachin tendulkar. i m not asking them to drop sachin, gambhir or sehwag for the next series against england, but they need to pick 1 extra opener. besides they need to select a better reserve bench. its time for them to find a better no. 4 in the team !! the batting order could be : rahane-gambhir/sehwag, pujara, gambhir/sehwag,kohli,tendulkar/badrinath, dhoni

  • jasonpete on September 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    "The opening stand between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir yielded just five runs. In the last ten innings, the pair has not been involved in a single fifty-plus stand.".This tells a picture why india failing from England series,top order falter as always and mini collapse and game finish.India mostly relied on their openers to give good start during those successful period.Its high time gambhir and sehwag perform together and make some runs ,not only in IPL .@robin Kaul, look at your openers average for past two yrs before talking about no.6 and no.7 batsman.Always a good start in test cricket improves the mindset of midde order batsman.Tendulkar is a great player,but the way he got out in two innings ,signs are not looking good.Comparing dhoni getting out to tendulkar is out of place,where former is just a wicket keeper then batsmen( not much technique) but later is a great batsmen with record all over the world.But the way he is getting out is similar to dravid in Australia.

  • Venkatb on September 1, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    India should have a clear policy - the 2 batsmen with the worst batting averages over the past 2 Tests should be dropped until there is compelling reasons to bring them back - Tendulkar and Gambhir are the 2 currently - getting selected to represent India is not like being getting nominated or elected to Parliament where one can sleep in Parliament, contribute nothing and still get showered with benefits - over the past 3 years, Tendulkar has had the worst batting strike average of the top 6 Indian batsmen - he has become a pain to watch - die-hard SRT fans talk about how he won a match for India against Pakistan's Shoaib Akthar's opening over 10 years ago - right now he is helping teams win matches, unfortunately it is not his own team, it is the opposition!

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 1, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @rtruth: dont question tendulkar's heart... in every single game against glenn mcgrath, he took the responsibility to attack score runs off mcgrath... mcgrath's career economy rate is 3, he gives close to 5 rpo vs india is only due to tendulkar's assault on him...he stood up to greats like akram, waqar, pollock, murali and warne... he's always gone after the best bowler in the team, where others have been busy scoring off part-time bowler....where are the great bowlers like them these days??? lets see what your gutsy dhoni-kohli do against high quality bowlers like steyn in SA... now you're blaming tendulkar for not retiring, next year when india lose in SA you'll blame him for retiring... its no problem for him buddy, he'll take the blame quietly, he took it as a 16 year old, and he'll take it as a 40 year old...

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Sachin should play his natural game. he is too mush defensive.

  • vertical on September 1, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Tendulkar is missing straight balls just like Dravid was in Australia.His time is up ,even if he scores a big one they will be sporadic.This was the right time to hang up the boots and give youngsters a chance like Laxman.and Raina has horrible technique,totally not meant for test cricket,he will always struggle overseas.Even Yusuf Pathan has a better one than Raina.Rahane looks more solid to me.Manoj Tiwary is not very talented reminds me of Cowan from Australia.Most of all it has been a decade and India still has not found a replacement for Zaheer.India might still maintain it's winning record in India but will still struggle overseas

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    overall that was some good cricket the whole day..both team had their sessions and that's what we want to see Competitive Test cricket.well played newzeland and i think i am falling in love with Kohli's batting he is just too good at such a young age "Touchwood" :P

  • Arulan_Thomas on September 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    rtruth90. Yep, you are right. He never fared well against fast bowlers, especially against Australian fast bowlers. He struggles against short deliveries, for obvious reasons and in my opinion, he is nothing special. most australians respects dravid a lot more than tendulker. tendulker's overseas record is poor and he is not in the same league as ponting, lara, border or hayden.

  • Dhanvanth on September 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    sachin should retire...rahane must open with sehwag and gambhir should go down to no.6,\

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    First its good to see so many numbers in the stadium.kohili,dhoniand raina played well.there are signs that sachin should retire so any young batsman can get the opportunity.should replace gambir with rahena .

  • sdattas on September 1, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    How about no one talks about Gambhir and Sehwag not scoring runs or centuries to say? Sachin doesn't need to RETIRE, we don't have anyone as his backup

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    im not against sachin to be honest..but sometimes gr8 men dont know whn to move on. wht they did best for 20+ yrs..and its the only world they live breathe and see 24/7.. its not undermining his contribution to the game of cricket or his own class and legendary stature..

    legends face flak whn they dont know whn to let it go and move on.., BEST EXAMPLE IS KAPIL DEV.. he was immortal and legendary but honestly last few yrs of his intl career was just plain painful..

    we yearned whn ppl like kumble saurav dravid and laxman retired..why? its not just their timing thts right but the level of grace they carry with them whn stepping down the summit of international cricket..

    choosing to retire on a high is natural to most of performing artists or sportsmen..but to time it right is the tricky lock to pick..for all his timing with his bat..he is isnt timing his retirement right..as they say ppl started asking wont he retire rather why is he retiring..

  • rahulcricket007 on September 1, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @ROBIN KAUL . I AGREED THAT DHONI & RAINA DIDN'T PERFORMED IN OVERSEA TOUR . BUT HAVE YOU EVER WATCH SACHIN IN LAST 2 OVERSEAS TOURS . HE GETS OUT TO THOSE DELIVERIES ON WHICH HE EASILY HIT BOUNDARIES AT ONCE . HIS REFLEXES ARE GOING SLOW . I DON'T KNOW HOW WILL HE PLAY IN SA 2013 . ALSO WE CAN HOPE THAT OUR YOUNG BATSMEN LIKE KOHLI , PUJARA CAN SUCCED IN OVERSEAS . REMEMBER OUR PAST GREATS LIKE GAVASKAR , VISHWAHNATH ALSO RETIRED . INDIA HAS NO SHORTAGE OF BATTING TALENT .

  • KAIRAVA on September 1, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    The current Big 3 of Indian batting - Sachin , Sehwag and Gambhir havn't made a century in Tests for quite a while now. Sachin last made a ton in Jan 2011, more than 18 months ago, while Sehwag's scored his last hundred in Nov 2010, nearly 20 months ago. Gambhir, the worst offender among the 3, scored his last century way back in Jan 2010, which 32 months ago. This is just one of the many reasons which explains why India is languishing in 6th position in the current

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    well done Kohli.. This is DRAVIDism..........Play when there is pressure... Play when India needed......and play for India not for self.

  • premnauth on September 1, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    happy raina got some run when it matter, kohli is sublime

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I remembered saying some time ago that the ideal time for Sachin to retire was after the ICC CWC 2011, because it would have been an ideal time to gradually groom youngsters for the England and Australian test series that followed. India should be proud that they produced a Tendulkar. He was one of my favourite players too, but now, I am beginning to lose some respect for him. It's time to put sentiments aside and ask him to step down. You will see flashes of brilliance but he'll not consistently be at his best against Steyn and company next year at 40, the age where your reflexes get slower. A good Indian XI for South Africa 2013 would be: 1)Rahane 2)Gambhir 3)Pujara 4)Sehwag 5)Kohli 6)Badrinath 7)Dhoni 8)Praveen Kumar 9)Ashwin 10)Yadav 11)Zaheer Khan

  • rahulcricket007 on September 1, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    ONCE AGAIN OUR SENIOR BATSMEN FLOPPED & ONCE AGAIN A YOUNGSTER SAVED THE DAY FOR INDIA . NO NEED TO PRESERVE SACHIN FOR SA TOUR . SACHIN PLEASE RETIRE & PLEASE DROP GAMBHIR ALSO . HE DOESN'T KNOW WHERE HIS OFF STUMP IS ? @MOHIT MENON . PUJARA IS NOT BAD PLAYER OF SHORT BALL . HE PLAYS THE SHORT BALL VERY WELL . HIS DISMISSAL WAS BECAUSE HE PICKED A WRONG DELIVERY TO PLAY THE PULL . THE BALL WAS QUITE HIGH & WAS VERY FAST (143 KPH).

  • Leggie on September 1, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Very sad to see Sachin's struggles in the last two innings. Have not seen him this tentative all his 21 years of international cricket. May be it's really *the end* coming up this time!

  • rtruth90 on September 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @vatsatheboss. Yes Tendulkar has to play an important role on south africa tour. As he has been playing that role since the 23 years. The role is to make records and lose matches for India. gets out in pressure situation. Never faced McGrath,Akram,Ambrose,Walsh,Pollock,Akhtar,Waqar, Gillespie with heart. He is and will be a Coward forever Like Shahtri. I really appreciate the guts shown by Kohli,Dhoni They are not like bullied,Coward cricketers, They play like brave-hearts, Never care for records. Even if Tendulkar continues to play or not it dosent matter . He may score some worthless Centuries against Kenya and Bangladesh. Who cares .We like to see brave-heart Crickters like Richards,GilChrist and Inzamam

  • nikkam on September 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    sachin is getting bowled to straight balls...just like dravid was in the australian tour..if a batsman gets bowled to fast bowlers is indian wickets...it means a serious issue of hand eye coordination....also he was struggling even against spin..where he would play assuredly against shane warne...these are signals that he should retire...also opening pair must be changed as they are not consistent and expose the middle order too early...which lackign dravid...might be risky...I think Pujara and Rahane be given opening duties...while gambhir and sehwag can come in next...much like trott and petersen for england..kohli like Bell can come in next to save or accelerate as the situation desires...MSD comes next...thus i think based on englands batting roles...the next gen indian batting can be modelled...raina would be the one to miss out...he can be as back up to No.6...

  • on September 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Save Tendulkar for SA. What he will do...?? What he did in Last two overseas season..? It is better he leave and youngster should be groomed. I did not see any hunger in scoring runs from him. Kohli saved India along with Raina and Dhoni. Where is this Dhoni in overaseas test.? Raina you need to improve lot in test buddy. Take clue from Virat.

  • avmd on September 1, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I agree, no one can force Tendulkar to retire, but why can't he be dropped. He is not in the team for his current form, only due to his past record.

  • StatisticsRocks on September 1, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Well played NZ and Kohli. They bowled with fire the first hour or hour and a half. Indian fast bowlers were not able swing the ball or get the bounce but Southee and Boult did that with ease troubling all the batsmen. What can I say about SRT, why is he bent upon disgracing himself. Look his reflexes are not close to what it was 10 years ago. It's not his fault that he is old but his fault is that he is not realising that he is old. He thinks he is immortal. Why do great people lack common sense? Enough already. BCCI for sure has got no guts to drop this guy for their will be riots in the street of Mumbai. @vatsal: seriously it's people like u who like to live in the glory of the past. We all need to learn to move on and not bask in the sunshine of yesterday. No one doubts the greatness of SRT but when it comes to chosing between SRT and INDIA, I chose INDIA.

  • torsha on September 1, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    LOL lots of younger children criticize SRT or should I say mature people? One or two tests don't make him bad. YOU GUYS should always remember form is not permanent in any sport-person's life whoever then he/she is. He is not a machine either. He is not in the team regularly anyways. Please leave a little master aside.

  • Stephen_Smith on September 1, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    i guess sachin fanboys are gonna prowl this site and try to defend him now!! quite pathetic to see him play these recent years because he is past his best. no footwork, slow reflexes etc. i guess the lure of money and petty records are pushing him to continue!! is he a great like ponting, langer, hayden, donald b, no! but by indian standard he is something. later amigos

  • Bharat.Hindustan.India on September 1, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    retire srt pleaaase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VJGS on September 1, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Well done, Bangalore. Really heartening to see so much crowds for a Test match in India.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 1, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    tendulkar goes through a lean patch once every 6 years, it seems... i can remember the last time he was urged to retire when the wankhede crowd booed him off in 2006...same old reasons... he is aging, cant see the ball well, reflexes are not good enough, etc. etc. .... since then he has had the best 4 years of his career from 2007-2011... what happened folks, did he become younger suddenly??? its just a bad patch, he has been away a long time and you got to give him some innings to get rhythm going... we need him badly for SA... i cant imagine going to SA with gambhir and Raina....interestingly, a look at the averages starting from the England series(>10 tests): Gambhir-21, Sehwag-30, Raina-18, Dhoni- 36, Tendulkar- 35, Laxman-34, Dravid- 50, ... AGE IS NOT A CRITERIA... PERFORMANCE IS!!!

  • cover_drive12345 on September 1, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Kohli has got a hugely exciting future ahead of him, am getting more and more impressed as his excellent form continues. However I do think that a 20/30 from a new, upcoming batsman (Rahane, Tiwary) is much more useful to the future of Indian cricket than a 30 from Sachin.

  • on September 1, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    13 matches since 2011 - Tendulkar has 0 100's 800 odd runs avg of 35.. Time to retire with grace. He is holding up younger talented players that need the exposure.

  • on September 1, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Again retire sachin voices will be raised like anything. well the decision is in selectors hand. Nobody force a man to retire if he has still a passion to play, yes but one can stop him selecting to team if he fails consistently. Regarding gambhir/sehwag..they are slowly(fastly may be) moving to the zone of giving headache to team india opening worries. Need to up their game. Raina played good yet perished and dhoni looks set for another hit. But the man is Virat kohli..Along with Amla looks like a man who can hit centuries on any planet of solar system..and regarding its still early days..yes may be in test...but in one dayers he is already up there..

  • Extraz on September 1, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    A Pak fan here...great inning by kohli truly a legend in making,love to see him perform against every side except my Pak team:D...i think india will give a lead of around 150 runs.@Jindal Priyank...doesn't matter if sachin don't score in 1 or 2 innings he will still remain a world class batsman and i m sure he'll definitely score a big one in the next innings.Best of luck to you guys.

  • J._Doe on September 1, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    There was a time I would say that we need Sachin in the team no matter what. The batting revolved around the fab four. But the times have changed now and the likes of Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Raina, and lately, Pujara seem able to take on the mantle of the batting responsibilities. Yes, we will still lose matches, fold for a low score now and then, it's all part of the game. The great Sachin, I think, should sit back and watch these young lads and may be one day call his wife to the TV set, point to the cricket game on the TV and tell her "look at him...he reminds me of the way I used to bat..." much like the other great once did! Wonder what he is thinking!

  • Stephen_Smith on September 1, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    not bad but another wicket could have helped set things up for tomorrow. this is where you miss bowlers like bond and dan.

  • on September 1, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    come on sachin u can play unti 65.... lol

  • ss2k on September 1, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Hmmm enthralling day of cricket . one cant dub pujara as bad with the short ball . he played some great hooks in the last match . he will improve as time wears on . raina was extremely scratchy .india has already invested 17 tests in him and its time to move on . badri or rahane perhaps ? and SRT hmm the moment we write him off he makes a comeback , think he would be needed in this dressing room for a while at least to mentor these new guys .

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    We should leave srt. he will be back and back with bang

  • vatsatheboss on September 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Sachin has to be there till the South Africa tour. He has an important role in this transition phase that India is undergoing. His experience is much needed now.. And no one here has the right to ask him to retire! He has done so much for Indian cricket that he has the right to choose when he retires! Show him his ideal replacement and he ll leave.. and mind you, his ideal replacement would be someone with awesome talent, proper technique and ability to bat in all countries and all kinds of pitches..Is there anyone available like that? Regarding his scores, we Indian fans have come to a situation where even a half century from sachin is not enough.We expect a century every time! Give him a break, folks! There are other batsmen in the India side..Let them do it..

  • PageCricket on September 1, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Message to Tendulkar : Please score some runs or just retire ! Since India are playing at subcontinent for next few months ,this is the perfect time to give some young chaps a go at the international level .

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Sachin go gracefully and probably you could contribute to the game as an able administrator ala Anil Kumble and we are sure that you will come out trumps there as well. You have entertained us for so many years and we would like to see you retiring gracefully

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    It's the right time to take a move on. SRT should think himself about the future of other young players who is waiting for their turn serve Team India in Test Matches. He debuted at the age of 16 years, but now at the age of around 40 denying the future of many Tendulkars who is waiting to show their talents. young bloods like Unmukt Chand has to get a chance to get into Test matches for India.

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @ praveen4honestremark on (September 01 2012, 10:51 AM GMT)... Have you ever seen dhoni getting out on foreign pitches... It amuses me that no one ask for his head in test matches... Why??? maybe because the overall prospects he brings to the team... Anyways I am not against dhoni, its just I am using the statement in defense of tendulkar... yes he dint score much recently but its the overall value he brings to the team.... and with dravid and lachhu gone, we need him the most now...

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on September 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    i want rahane in place of not been consistent for a while "gambhir" ...sehwag should continue playing at top or give his place to an aggressive opener....sachin should give his place away right now to younger lots. ..kohli should bat at 4.....need a new batsman ( probably tiwary or rohit) in place 5 and raina or yuvi(if he manages it) at 6...else looks good....bowling doesnt matter who comes in who goes...it never shows promise anyways -.-...

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Tendulkar is not finished yet.... without him, our middle order would be completely inexperienced... the likes of raina and dhoni are the walking wickets on foreign pitches... It is tendulkar who would be our saviour again...

  • Resultpredictor on September 1, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Kohli played composed and mature innings, definetly he can become one of the best batsman in test cricket. India well set to take 50-100 run lead which will be very crucial on this turning track. At this moment India are on top and overwhelming favourites to win this match.

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Stop bashing Sachin,,,its good Sachin is around it gives more reason to watch this test especially against NZ,,,,, Aswin should be given a try as opening /and as Sehwag wants to Come down lower and bat give the man a chance,,,,, You Never know Ashwin good be another shastri,, Look at Gambhir he failed ,,,so Relax on Sachin,,,he is Good for Sponsors as well as for Fans.

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Not very often we see the fans criticizing sachin in such huge numbers. Sachin is so selective in this appearances in both test and ODI s and this definitely affects the balance of the game especially when the team is in a rejuvenating stage.Fitness, age and agility will definitely plays a part in a persons performance, not just his interest in game.When asked about retirement, he is happily telling as far as he is interested in his game he ill continue. SRT, who has given you the right to put yourself in the Indian team when you don't perform , Just because you are interested In the game. Please dont drag yourself a few more years and make the team imbalance.

  • dinuhebbar on September 1, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    SRT is getting bowled thro the gate quite often or getting LBW. He should follow the example of Andrew Strauss, who hung up his boots admitting age is catching up to improve upon. SRT's may claim that he is still hungry (not sure whether for runs), is eating away opportunities of other talented youngsters (Not Rohit sharma, Pl).

  • Bhinder.Thind on September 1, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Old man is a delightful to watch. A lesson for youngster that how you should play straight ball by ordinary medium pacers.

  • jasonpete on September 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    I guess its time for gambhir to perform or give way for rahane.His performance for last two yrs looking really bad at average around 26 for an opener.indians failed miserably away in England and Australia due to the top order collapse for minimal runs.Just by winning the IPL trophy ,people were calling for his test captaincy.But look at his batting performances ,no hundred since jan 2010 and keep on playing the same shot ,poke and gets out.He doesn't learn in anyway.Sehwag plays good but he always throw away his wicket once settle down.Sachin looks out of place at the moment.Good ,young guys like kohli and Raina performing when top order failed.Bring young guys and play,by the time they will learn by experience in playing more matches.Kudos to dhoni for backing up kohli in Australia after he failed in first two test when critics were asking dhoni to drop him from test team.Kohli is a real talent.Keep up the good work.Finally well played NZ.You made Indians to work hard for their runs.

  • Kemcho on September 1, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Can we please have better quality of match reporting than this one?

  • kc69 on September 1, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I was a sachin fan but not anymore.I accept he was a great player but now when he gets out bowled on Indian pitches for a medium pacer(where ther is absolutely no swing) that should certify you are not good enough to play cricket.Come on sachin follow the path of Dravid and VVS.by the way can anyone pump commonsense into sehwag and gambhir on the way they "Give away" their wickets.

  • Dalajit on September 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Poor batting from SRT again, his innings continue with low scores 15, 08, 25, 13, 19, 17 in his last six innings with a strike rate around 35, should anybody needs to show him the stat! Last 24 innings and no century, it can not be SRT. If he can't focus after such a long rest, not playing ODI, T20 then what he could do in future to do well, it is time to go or play aggressively to score more with freedom. I think among all, he is the least pressure batsman in the middle as he knows, whether he scores or not, nobody have dare to say anything to him, then what really obstructing him to play freely. He should come out and simply play his aggressive mind, the only way to score runs, why to respect NZ bowlers in Indian condition, seriously he needs to think.

  • thahirbinhasan on September 1, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Somebody commented India's early loses in this innings was the result of non-respect to NZ. But it was proven ultimately wrong by Raina and Dhoni. They disregarded everything and attacked. That saved India.

  • on September 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    sachin is not going anywhere for another 2 years......................hey huys if sachin retires then who will guide the youngsters who are still raw at this level...................

  • Farce-Follower on September 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    The Kiwis know that there is a walking wicket and it comes at # 4. I can't imagine the great SRT being reduced to a pale shadow by Broad, Anderson, Finn, Pattinson, Siddle and gang. Please quit. You have provided us with great memories.

  • shortsillypoint on September 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Still waiting for the excitement of India's first LBW. Surely they cant go two tests without one? That is excellent batting. NZ with what, 12 so far, can learn a lot from watching.

  • ste13 on September 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Time for Sachin Tendulkar to declare his career over. He is one of the Greats and has nothing to prove. Kohli has matured quickly. International class.

  • Akshita29 on September 1, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Sachin has been a great batsman but whenever the team is strugling or opposition bowler are bowlin well he goes to a shell and I dont remember him scoring big once he goes into a shell. Sachin will always be remembered as a great batsman and he has nothing left to achieve . So he should step down with dignity and pride and give some body like rahane a chance on the bigger stage

  • nitishbhatt008 on September 1, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Lets Kohli score here...SRT will show his class against England...

  • on September 1, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    SRT shd get out in all d tests very cheaply...i enjoyed d way he gone today..gud luck to indian cricket team..im waiting for his retirement..SELFISHKAR..agree wit mervo & bundy.

  • Monif on September 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Seems SRT want to make records which may never be broken. Playing 500 ODI(37 less) and 200 Tests (10 left). He is man of records, so go for it, who cares if he does not score, no one can ask him to retire.

    Waiting for completion of these milestones. Also he shares maximum WC played by Javed Miadad, so may may next WC too

  • enoughsrt on September 1, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Yes, now there are no distractors to hide SRT fro the spot light when it comes to his weaknesses. I am a great SRT fan but I honestly think too that it is time for him to hang is boots. Sachin, please exit in honour rather than be left out..please please

    So many talents are waiting for opportunities be in the Indian side and the competition is getting tougher. Look at the under 19 Indian side for instance..... so much talent and potential.

    Please SRT, you have done enough for he Indian Cricket.

  • liaqathussain on September 1, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    scahin playing at 39 , another 1 year of this and sachin will be remebered like jaysuria , a pathetic example of not knowing when your time is up, and now getting castled by nz bowlers on flat tracks. sachin you have led the way for decades time to retire gracefully and with dignity.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 1, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    SRT get down, it's enough now!! It's not because he is scoring less runs. He may get in next match. But the way he is getting out is pathetic sight to watch. He is just forcing himself to play at this age above his limits against the bowlers at this age of 39 with very poor reflexes and strokes. He may succeed with a century in a match but that will not be excuse on how unfit he is. I always felt in test matches that Dravid and VVS masked the failures of Sachin and it s rightly so. He fails with such a dignity and lack of fight. Salute you Sachin and your supporters who no matter how you play want you in team.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 1, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    SRT get down, it's enough now!! It's not because he is scoring less runs. He may get in next match. But the way he is getting out is pathetic sight to watch. He is just forcing himself to play at this age above his limits against the bowlers at this age of 39 with very poor reflexes and strokes. He may succeed with a century in a match but that will not be excuse on how unfit he is. I always felt in test matches that Dravid and VVS masked the failures of Sachin and it s rightly so. He fails with such a dignity and lack of fight. Salute you Sachin and your supporters who no matter how you play want you in team.

  • crindo77 on September 1, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Watching SRTs middle stump go for a stroll ,again, brought back memories of Dravid going from being the Great Wall to Gateway of India, in Oz, earlier this year. The great man looks uneasy, and time spent at the crease is a constant struggle. The occasional flash of sheer brilliance is still there, like the gorgeous straight drive right before he was castled. But they are becoming fewer than ever before. For arguably the greatest batsman of all time, scratching for 20-odd runs in a home series against NZ ( no offence , they did bowl well) is painful to watch. The spirit may still be willing but the flesh is weakening as we watch. And how does he feel sharing a dressing room with people who were toddlers when he was well into his career making Test centuries in Perth? SRT will not be dropped from the Test team; not at this stage of his career, at his stature. But the natural end looker closer than ever. We are watching the gradual end of a glorious career, and an era in itself.

  • Raju_Iyer on September 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Thank God selections are not based on facebook value; at this rate every match will see a new team, I almost fell out of my chair laughing on the suggestion about Jaffer; mark my words these same short attention span guys will be praising Sachin to the heavens after his next big knock..

  • on September 1, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Its time for Sachin to ask himself a few questions

  • Al_Bundy1 on September 1, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Tendulkar needs to go. As simple as that. Grandpa can barely see the ball. He should learn from Dravid and retire. If he doesn't, BCCI should show him the door. Kohli is our best batsman. He needs to play at No 4, and maybe Badri can come at no. 5. Also replace Gambhir with Jaffer or Chand.

  • on September 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Except Kohli no Indian batsman really looked like playing Test Cricket. But kudos to Raina for putting up a good partnership with Kohli !

  • on September 1, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    What happened SRT ? Why not scoring runs ? Kya ho gaya ? :(

  • Mervo on September 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Watching Sachin again miss a straight ball and be bowled by a New Zealand medium pacer is sad. He really should retire, or be retired. There are many young players, like he once was, ready to take their chance. Come on Sachin - do the right thing.

  • on September 1, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I guess this shows that Pujara is a weakling when it comes to playing short deliveries.

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  • on September 1, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I guess this shows that Pujara is a weakling when it comes to playing short deliveries.

  • Mervo on September 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Watching Sachin again miss a straight ball and be bowled by a New Zealand medium pacer is sad. He really should retire, or be retired. There are many young players, like he once was, ready to take their chance. Come on Sachin - do the right thing.

  • on September 1, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    What happened SRT ? Why not scoring runs ? Kya ho gaya ? :(

  • on September 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Except Kohli no Indian batsman really looked like playing Test Cricket. But kudos to Raina for putting up a good partnership with Kohli !

  • Al_Bundy1 on September 1, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Tendulkar needs to go. As simple as that. Grandpa can barely see the ball. He should learn from Dravid and retire. If he doesn't, BCCI should show him the door. Kohli is our best batsman. He needs to play at No 4, and maybe Badri can come at no. 5. Also replace Gambhir with Jaffer or Chand.

  • on September 1, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Its time for Sachin to ask himself a few questions

  • Raju_Iyer on September 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Thank God selections are not based on facebook value; at this rate every match will see a new team, I almost fell out of my chair laughing on the suggestion about Jaffer; mark my words these same short attention span guys will be praising Sachin to the heavens after his next big knock..

  • crindo77 on September 1, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Watching SRTs middle stump go for a stroll ,again, brought back memories of Dravid going from being the Great Wall to Gateway of India, in Oz, earlier this year. The great man looks uneasy, and time spent at the crease is a constant struggle. The occasional flash of sheer brilliance is still there, like the gorgeous straight drive right before he was castled. But they are becoming fewer than ever before. For arguably the greatest batsman of all time, scratching for 20-odd runs in a home series against NZ ( no offence , they did bowl well) is painful to watch. The spirit may still be willing but the flesh is weakening as we watch. And how does he feel sharing a dressing room with people who were toddlers when he was well into his career making Test centuries in Perth? SRT will not be dropped from the Test team; not at this stage of his career, at his stature. But the natural end looker closer than ever. We are watching the gradual end of a glorious career, and an era in itself.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 1, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    SRT get down, it's enough now!! It's not because he is scoring less runs. He may get in next match. But the way he is getting out is pathetic sight to watch. He is just forcing himself to play at this age above his limits against the bowlers at this age of 39 with very poor reflexes and strokes. He may succeed with a century in a match but that will not be excuse on how unfit he is. I always felt in test matches that Dravid and VVS masked the failures of Sachin and it s rightly so. He fails with such a dignity and lack of fight. Salute you Sachin and your supporters who no matter how you play want you in team.

  • praveen4honestremark on September 1, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    SRT get down, it's enough now!! It's not because he is scoring less runs. He may get in next match. But the way he is getting out is pathetic sight to watch. He is just forcing himself to play at this age above his limits against the bowlers at this age of 39 with very poor reflexes and strokes. He may succeed with a century in a match but that will not be excuse on how unfit he is. I always felt in test matches that Dravid and VVS masked the failures of Sachin and it s rightly so. He fails with such a dignity and lack of fight. Salute you Sachin and your supporters who no matter how you play want you in team.