India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 4th day

Kohli, Dhoni deliver win in thriller

The Report by S Rajesh

September 3, 2012

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India 353 and 262 for 5 (Kohli 51*, Dhoni 48*, Pujara 48) beat New Zealand 365 and 248 (Franklin 41, Ashwin 5-69) by 5 wickets
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Virat Kohli roars after the winning runs are hit, India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 4th day, September 3, 2012
Virat Kohli paced his innings well to score his fifth Test fifty in a critical situation © Associated Press
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Virat Kohli, the architect of so many ODI run-chases, scripted another one, this time in a Test, to hold together India's nervy batting line-up and lead the team to a 2-0 series victory. On another tense day of what has been a wonderful Test match, on a wonderful Test pitch, New Zealand fought hard all the way, and came up on top against some of the heavy weights of India's top order. Kohli, however, held firm, and with MS Dhoni offering sensible support, India finally chased down the target of 261 late in the evening, under lights, on another overcast day in Bangalore, with Dhoni ending the contest with a four and a six off successive balls. The end was emphatic, but for much of the day, the chase wasn't.

India's top four batsmen, all topped 25, but none got to 50, as New Zealand scraped and forced errors. Kohli walked in to bat at 152 for 3, after Sachin Tendulkar was bowled through the gate for the third time in the series, and soon saw India slide to 166 for 5, with only Dhoni and the tail for company. With the ball bouncing and seaming around a bit, and with Jeetan Patel getting some turn and bounce, India, and Kohli, had much to do.

As is his habit, Kohli started slowly, offering the bowlers plenty of respect. His first scoring stroke, though, was an emphatic one - a fluent cover-drive off a Trent Boult half-volley - and when he followed that with an off-drive in the same over, he was on his way. Between the gorgeous drives, though, was plenty of circumspect batting, as he defended solidly, and left deliveries outside off. After scoring no runs in his first 15 balls, Kohli scored 17 off his next 34. Only after having faced around 50 balls did he show more extravagance, exquisitely whipping one from Patel through wide mid-on, and then creaming three fours off a Southee over - a whip through midwicket, a cover-drive, and a straight-drive. His last 34 came off 33 balls, in what was the definition of a well-paced innings.

Dhoni, on the other hand, was frenetic at the start, scoring 19 off his first 16 balls, including a slog-swept six off Patel. That eased the pressure somewhat, with Ross Taylor perhaps missing a trick by keeping Patel on instead of attacking Dhoni with pace from both ends. As Kohli upped the tempo, Dhoni eased off, taking singles, rotating the strike, and not striking another boundary till victory was well within reach. The partnership between the two was worth 96, and it was a match-winning one.

The sixth-wicket pair finally won it for India, but for most of the day New Zealand put in a terrific performance in the field: the fast bowlers mixed up their lengths on a responsive pitch, testing all the Indian batsmen with the short stuff, while Patel flighted it, bowled at a slower pace, and flummoxed more than one batsman in a line-up which usually plays spin well. The only passage when they seemed lost for ideas was when Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were spanking it to all parts during a first-wicket partnership of 77 in less than 12 overs.

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  • With his 14th Test win, MS Dhoni becomes the most successful India captain in home Tests. He went past the previous record of Mohammad Azharuddin (13 wins).
  • The target of 261 is the highest achieved in Bangalore. India's total is also the highest ever made in the fourth innings in Tests in Bangalore.
  • The 96-run stand between Virat Kohli and Dhoni is the third-highest sixth-wicket stand in the fourth innings for India. The highest remains 136 between Sachin Tendulkar and Nayan Mongia in Chennai in 1999.
  • Virat Kohli became the sixth India batsman to score a century and fifty in the same game against New Zealand. Rahul Dravid is the only Indian batsman to score a century in both innings against New Zealand.
  • The 77-run stand between Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag is the first fifty-plus opening partnership for India since the 67-run stand against West Indies in Mumbai in 2011.
  • Tendulkar was dismissed bowled for the third time in three innings. The last time he was out bowled in three consecutive innings was in 2002 in England. Only Rahul Dravid (55) and Allan Border (53) have more bowled dismissals, than Tendulkar (51).
  • For the fourth time since 2010 and the second time this year, India's top four batsmen failed to score a half-century in the match. The aggregate of 218 runs (top-four batsmen) without a half-century is, however, the highest ever for India.
  • R Ashwin ended the series with a tally of 18 wickets. His tally is joint-second on the list of most wickets picked up by an Indian bowler in a two-Test series.

However, once they broke through, with Sehwag charging down the pitch and getting deceived by the flight, they fought all the way. Gambhir lost his way after a fluent start, scoring one off his last 20 balls after making 33 off 38 in Sehwag's company. Cheteshwar Pujara, who had starred with 72 in India's win over Australia at the same ground on his debut, had a mixed time here, mixing some pleasant drives with some nervy moments against both spin and pace: his hooking didn't always inspire confidence, while Patel repeatedly had him playing and missing at straight deliveries. He finally dismissed Pujara off a bat-pad catch for 48 with the score on 158, but would have dismissed him 24 runs earlier, with Pujara on 37, had Brendon McCullum, keeping wicket instead of the injured Kruger van Wyk, not muffed up a simple stumping chance.

India seemed to have taken a stranglehold on the game when Pujara and Tendulkar were involved in a 69-run stand, but New Zealand continued to press hard. The pair had to fight off a tense period before lunch as New Zealand recovered after the opening onslaught: only 17 runs came off the 12 overs after Sehwag's dismissal. However, both Pujara and Tendulkar were getting into groove, with the batsmen managing forcing shots through the off side to ease the pressure, when a 40-minute rain delay, which forced an early tea, stopped India's momentum.

Soon after resumption, India slumped from 147 for 2 to 166 for 5. Tendulkar was bowled for the third time in three innings, playing across the line to a full one from Southee that moved in a bit, while Suresh Raina had a brain freeze: not yet off the mark after facing nine balls, he charged wildly at his tenth, tried to blast it over midwicket, missed, and found his middle stump knocked back. It's a stroke that should give him nightmares, especially if he doesn't get another opportunity at Test cricket in the near future. In five home Tests against New Zealand, Raina has scored 84 in seven innings at an average of 12.

At that stage there was plenty to do for India, but then Kohli and Dhoni ensured there'd be no further hiccups.

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (September 5, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Replace Gambhir with Unmukt Chand, 10dulkar with Badri, and Raina with Irfan Pathan. Badri and Pathan are much better batsmen than 10dulkar and Raina.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (September 4, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

sad thing is for us indian fans that three of our 3 batmen combined batmen in gambhir,tendulkar and raina averges put together still dont average more than ashwin a no.8 batmen

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

This B'lore wicket was an excellent Test match wicket and kept both teams in the game until the 4th day and more importantly had the spectators interested and aso ensuring a result. But this wicket has also exposed India's weakness and i think if we give Aus/Eng these kind of wickets it would be a tough ask for our boys, so i think we should go for spinning tracks for matches against Eng/Aus.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Anyone knows, what is happening to Unadgat? As a teenager he had a "7-for", that too against WI "A" team, in WI. Wasim Akram had identified him as "future India material". Many saw the same kind of potential with Sandeep Sharma, in the just concluded World U-19. Will Sharma go the Unadgat way? Zak is not getting any younger. We need to have 3-member pace attack for the senior team on a fairly consistent basis, from which the tour selectors can pick ANY 2 depending on the conditions on that day. When are we going to see that?

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@Bhavesh Buch. By and large I agree with you. But...Which new fast bowler was REALLY tried out here? Yadav was the only one included in the XI. (Irfan, whose skills were gradually getting retrieved was kept out). You started off snubbing Yadav by throwing the new ball to Ojha! Later too, Yadav was given some semblance of decent spells, only when Zak has to fetch his medical waist belt to wear on. When Yadav started spraying, I didn't see anyone going over to him, to advice/ encourage, before his run-up ( Both Zak & Sachin used to do it) So many young pacers are hoping and waiting... to,get a chance ... to play... and develop their skills... before stronger teams visit India, or when India tour abroad. Where are they getting recognized. Where are they getting chances?

Posted by dork29 on (September 4, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

I think this series has been good in many ways, though the quality of opposition has not exactly been top notch. Virat's batting and more importantly his temperament have been exemplary. He is the fulcrum around which the Indian batting will revolve around for a long time to come.Pujara looks earnest, but needs to work on his temperance. He instinctively hooks the short ball, which can be detrimental to his future, particularly in countries like Australia and England. But he has potential.Rohit Sharma should come in. Granted, he has issues, but he is the most gifted of all. More than Rahane I think Unmukt Chand hast to be drafted in ASAP. He is supremely talented and the shots he has played in Australia have established his pedigree beyond a shadow of doubt.He should open with Gambhir or Rahane. Kohli should come in at one drop. Sehwag would be at number 4. Rohit Sharma at 5 and Pujara at 6. Then Dhoni. Raina is 12th man (for his fielding).That should be the team we should work towards

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Rahul Vs Sachin. All the past statistics are useless. In the recent past, there is a great similarity and a great dissimilarity. SIMILARITY: Reflexes of both declined, started missing the line, and getting either bowled or LBW. DISSIMILARITY: Rahul was honest and modest enough to admit his decline and left with dignity and grace. Sachin is refusing to accept the reality, and is inviting pity at best or ridicule at worst.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 4, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

guys don't bash sachin for everything.even i want sachin to retire as it's time to give chances for young batsmen but there is no need to abuse sachin.he served indian cricket for more than 22yrs.in 90's sachin dominated every bowling attack in the world.he is not at his best at the moment but good batsmen will always score runs even in their tough times.i don't see sachin getting dropped against eng so we shud support him to make good scores.leave it to sachin he knows when to retire.

Posted by Scube on (September 4, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@Ahsan Rafiq: That's an interesting analysis! Hats off for the attempt!

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Which mindless bloke would call Ashwin as a part of the tail? He scored test tons before Kohli did and had better average than Kohli before the last test.

Posted by Scube on (September 4, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

@RandyOZ: While posting such outrageous comments like Aus consistently dominating everywhere (except Moon that I hope you'll magnanimously agree), will you be typically laughing out loud at yourself or do you just type with a straight face and serious intent? Just curious to know! Thanks in advance for clarifying.

Posted by kc69 on (September 4, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

And thus everyone kept Irfan Pathan out of the Indian team(Once again)

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 4, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Got to feel for the little master. He is at such point in his career that he will need to keep delivering at least every second time he goes out to bat. Else questions about his inclusion in the team will keep coming. Though im a big of SRT, i must say that i was a little dissapointed when he got out 3 times in a similar manner. By his reaction, i guess even he did not like it too. He seems to be under pressure all the time. Not sure why?

Posted by Scube on (September 4, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@coolindianfan: It's unfortunate that you haven't followed Cricket closely enough! The 55 balls that bowled Dravid are the most unplayable deliveries ever bowled in the history of Cricket and MCC / ICC have accordingly documented them for posterity! On the other hand, Sachin got dismissed 51 times (despite playing 22 more tests) to the easiest deliveries ever bowled by club class bowlers as in the current series! That's what Dravid_blah_blah_blah has been earnestly trying to enlighten all gullible fans like us! Hope, you aren't amused!

Posted by serious-am-i on (September 4, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

@RandyOZ: Time to get over past, don't u think so ? Aus dominance has been a thing of past, no need to debate about it all over again. At least India haven't lost a test series in home for over 7 years which no other team in the world could boast off.

Posted by serious-am-i on (September 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

@Stark62: are u talking about the English squad which hasn't won even a single match against India in India for over 10 ODI's ? Or are u talking about Eng which hasn't won an series in India for over 20 years ? Yes, India have issues to sort out but for sure Eng is not going to win the series in India. I will be surprised if even they win 1 test match in India. Remember, Eng are not getting a match in Bangalore or Mohali where it ideally helps the pacemen. Get ready for an interesting series, it could be a close battle though.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

rahul dravid is average in comparison to sachi so rahul supporters stop calling sachin to retire rahuls record in aus 2002 averaged 21 in 2004 against lessers attack like brad williams braken average 50 again in 2008 against best attack he failde in 2011 he failed sachin has great record in aus rahul in south africa 2002 he failed 2006 he failed and 2011 he failed like hell why we compare him with sachin who scored 2 centuries against steygun dale steyn pathetic to hear.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (September 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Great fightback by India. Excellent display of talent by the youngsters - Kohli, Pujara and Ashwin. Dhoni is a great fighter. For all those people who used to say - Sachin is India, and India is Sachin, where is he now?

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Tendulkar is only going through a bad form & can soon come back to top form like he had bad form from 2003 to 2006 then came back & remained at top from 2007 to 2011 WC .........He is facing technical issue & when you have a proven career then u shouldn't look at coaching manual to coorect it, instead u should look at full videos (not mere highlights) of your fluent innings......In Sachin's case the main difference is that whenever he has played fluent long inn 1). At short execution point he would have been upright with head slightly to leg side as opposed to off 2). He played face on 3). He played with open face even for leg stump aimed deliveries ..4).Further he should play with bat in front of pads with face open to fully eradicate lbw & bold for ever .....With this successful technique of his he had minor weakness of playing too often towards gully but it is fine trade off bcz few will carry to gully & even fewer will be caught as opposed to getting bold & lbw.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Tendulkar is only going through a bad form & can soon come back to top form like he had bad form from 2003 to 2006 then came back & remained at top from 2007 to 2011 WC .........He is facing technical issue & when you have a proven career then u shouldn't look at coaching manual to coorect it, instead u should look at full videos (not mere highlights) of your fluent innings......In Sachin's case the main difference is that whenever he has played fluent long inn 1). At short execution point he would have been upright with head slightly to leg side as opposed to off 2). He played face on 3). He played with open face even for leg stump aimed deliveries ..4).Further he should play with bat in front of pads with face open to fully eradicate lbw & bold for ever .....With this successful technique of his he had minor weakness of playing too often towards gully but it is fine trade off bcz few will carry to gully & even fewer will be caught as opposed to getting bold & lbw.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Whilst a two test series does not benefit either team, there has been one positive and that is Pujara. I liked the look of him and playing at home has hopefully improved his confidence. To NZ credit their fast bowlers performed better than India and had there been DRS in place their efforts may have got the rewards they derserved. If Eng do there homework and their pacemen are disciplined they will feel that they have a chance.

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

The U19 match completed and people neglected to mention one name who gave the title - Sandeep Sharma. He was not even mentioned by Ian Chappell. Sandeep is a candidate to be looked at by MRF.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

WE SHOULD NOT BE SO HAPPY WITH THE PERFORMANCE. BECAUSE IT IS NOT OUR GREATEST WIN. FIRST TEST WAS FINE BUT IN SECOND TEST INDIA HAD FIGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE RUN. ANS AS FAR AS NO.6 SPOT IS CONCERNS REHANE SHOULD GET CHANCE. BECAUSE RAINA AND ROHIT HAS GOT THEIR CHANCES TO PROVE.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Zaheer has been a worry in both these tests but Yadav is young and fast bowlers won't hit their peak until about 27 so he has quite a few years to go. As long as he learning and continues to improve, India must back him. I'm afraid the case for SRT is almost non-existent. The problem is that the BCCI will never drop him because of all that he contributed to Indian cricket and because his presence will guarantee interest buy his die-hard fans which means advertising which means income for the BCCI. The only way for another batsman will bat at 4 is if SRT retires or he decides not to play a series which IMO is unacceptable regardless of his past achievements or he is injured. Whilst SRT continues to play for in his words the team and the country and the BCCI continue to select him not based on performance, Indian cricket is actually becoming weaker.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Even after the humiliations suffered in Eng and Aus, there's no sea change in Indian cricket. There should be no automatic choices and selection must always be based on performance. Performances can be improved by making the domestic competitions more competitive such as the recent BCCI changes suggested by Ganguly & Co. But to have Sehwag and Gambhir as openers regardless of how they perform does not do anything for anyone other than their supporters. Sehwag is at best a 1 in 10 batsman but continues to be picked as opener when he has neither the technique nor temperament for that position. The concern is that if he decides to bat in the middle order he would be guaranteed a place like SRT is. Genuine competition for places can only be good for the India team but this requires a professional approach to the game but thanks to the incompetents at the BCCI, we have none.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

It was dull series,,, no team gained anything out of it,, except Ashwin and Oza added more wickets in their kitty,, Interesting to wait and see what they get in SA and Aus,,,, Also interesting to see what our new breed of fast bowlers can produce there,,,

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

@Stark62:Going by your name,I assume that you must be an english..anyway we are least bothered about what BAN has done..and as far as England is concern..the caliber of their pace attack in unhelpful conditions is not hidden any more..tough time ahead mate..

Posted by sribunny on (September 4, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

India has done a good job..kiwis fought well..gave a good competition

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Shivarama Varambally your's is a great idea, IF you want India to remain strong at home but continue to lose 4 zip everytime they travel. It is regressive. Australia and England may do whatever they please, we shouldn't be bothered by that. Let's get OUR act together though. If India has to become the best team in the world, they have to have the ability to play in whatever conditions and wherever, whenever. Preparing dust bowls that favour your style of batting is great way, not to achieve that. If Australia and England want to be good only at playing swing and seam, good for them, doesn't mean we don't need to become better than.

It is precisely this attitude that's rife in most of India's sporting outlook. Let's be good in parts. Being good in parts is not a recipe for excellence, it's however a great formula for mediocrity. I am not saying we need to keep preparing moist green tracks all the time. No. I am saying that we need to mix and match to create a balance of skills.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (September 4, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

i really dont understand why raina is still there in the team!!!utter waste of slot he is!!! tendyla should retire soon!! zaheer is ageing so odi retirement for him on the cards....sehwag gambhir are the opening pair at present so rahane can bat at no.6!! where is irfan pathan??? he is at present the best test all-rounder in india..likewise ojha is bad in batting so murali karthik should be brought..he has played in the county and has experience in foreign pitches!!! so my squad (for all conditions): gambhir, sehwag opening pair. kohli, pujara, badri/rahane, rohit, tiwary, middle order.. dhoni(wk), pathan, ashwin, murali karthik, bhajji( for farewell), zaheer, aoran, yadav(good line and length needed), ishant... the sole aim of the team should be to win matches alone.. not to keep a team according to the wishes of the captain...so bcci pls wake up!!! ur comments pls!!!

Posted by Night_Fury on (September 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

I don't think we indians should be happy or proud with this win. I loved the way they thrashed NZ in 1st test but even NZ gave them run for there money in 2nd. Batting at number 6 is a concern and raina is pathetic. Time for Yuvi to come back again. Bowling is our perennial problem. AUS and ENG would be tough customers in case we preform like this. All those Sachin bashing guys should understand that he would perform. If he wont he wld retire himself. Cant imagine who would fill up number 4 position if he leaves. Raina has been given so many chances. He is a good limited over player but we need to find strong VVS like number 6, otherwise it wont be long before teams start thrashing us at home. I am so disappointed writing this.

Posted by beejaytee on (September 4, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

@praveen: No excuses, just my honest opinion. Ross Taylor is always diplomatic in victory or defeat. @Shivarama: Adelaide turns, as does Sydney. This has been pointed out many many times in the past. I want to see India produce fast bowlers, which wont happen until they get some decent pitches.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@beejaytee "Certainly wouldn't have seen Ashwin taking tons of wickets over there" - how did you conclude that ? After one series abroad in which no spinners did well...nice. Can we apply the same logic to all other players too ?

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 4, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

@Shivarama Varambally on (September 04 2012, 07:47 AM GMT)...Well said!! If we want to play and practice swing and bounce conditions we have Dharmasala pitch and Mohali pitch..Organize first class matches there, even some ODI's then improvement comes. It's a process, need to show patience though.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

I agree with Dhoni that India should have turning tracks which is our strength. It is ridiculous to prepare fast/ bouncy tracks to simulate overseas conditions. By the same logic, will Aus/ Eng prepare turning tracks? Each country has its own strengths based on physique and culture. Pakistan have a great tradition of fast bowling in spite of similar pitches. Because our tracks turn, we have had fantastic spinners and batsmen. Do we want to lose that? This is just one more example of blindly aping 'western' methods without thinking. All that will happen is that we will have 'average' players of spin and pace, instead of having great spinners and great players of spin! Of course, we need to play more abroad, so that our players can become more comfortable with pace/ bounce. For e.g, Indian hockey currently neither has the great skill of yesteryear, nor the physical play of the Europeans as a result of 'foreign' coaches and methods. We need global thinking, but local solutions!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 4, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

@beejaytee on (September 04 2012, 05:04 AM GMT)..What are you finding?? Excuses?? And i guess you have sense organs working to understand that there are many who complimented this pitch, includes Ross Taylor NZ captain. You will not expect this pitches. We will give you perfect spin tracks to play.

Posted by bobmartin on (September 4, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

To all those adoring fans of Tendulkar I have this to say...No matter how good or great you were, no-one deserves a place simply because of past achievements. Ask any champion who has failed to defend his title and he will tell you that past glories count for nothing in the present. No matter how big you were, failure is still failure. And there's an old saying..." The bigger you are, the harder you fall" .. and for all those who won't see what is staring them in the face, here's another "There are none so blind as those who will not see".

Posted by rtruth90 on (September 4, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Tendulkar = Advanced JayaSuriya

Posted by naveenk on (September 4, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Hats off to Kohli with his technique and temperament.Kohli and Dhoni again showed they are the perfect match winners.Only a few Indians players are good at hooking , for pujara its going to be very difficult playing at bouncy pitches if he does play shot pitch balls he is going to struggle in Test crciket.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 4, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

To all my fellow Indians who are turning this into a Sachin vs Dravid debate- Could u please remember that both of them are legends and have done yeoman service to Indian Cricket. A little bit of maturity and RESPECT is needed when commenting on such greats

Posted by beejaytee on (September 4, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Indian fans celebrating this pitch are kidding themselves. Southee was awesome, but the only assistance the pacers got was from the clouds and the occasional uneven bounce. Typical Indian #2 pitch: #1 is the dustbowl, #2 is the batter's paradise. Any Test team other than NZ would have racked up 500 or 600 easily in the 1st innings, and even NZ would have got 400+ with DRS and/or without Bracewell's chance run-out. Without Southee's 7, India could have got anything in the 2nd innings, and NZ threw away at least 6 wickets in the third. Let's not mention that this should have been a home series for NZ. After tying with SA, I think they'd have beaten this particular Indian side on home (or even decent) pitches. Certainly wouldn't have seen Ashwin taking tons of wickets over there. I say this because I want to see India compete in *all* conditions, not just those tailored to their strengths.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 6:01 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. and please don't say Adam Gilchrist he was a wicket keeper, asking a wicket keeper to open the inning after 90 or so overs wicket keeping is stupid. here is what i think in test most difficult thing is to open the inning or No. 3 batman. that is why he chose to bat at no.4 so that he can make more records.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 4, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Congrats to Team India for a hard fought win and to the Kiwis for a much gutsier performance this time round.@ RandyOz, LOL!! Man u r stuck in a time warp, u think this is 2002? Ur present team wouldnt even win at home forget abroad!!

Posted by prnthv on (September 4, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Once again strong indian team performed well at home but still there are few areas they have to improve a lot. Top order has to be consistent and zak has to take few wickets.... India at home lost just one test in dhoni's captaincy by this we can say it will be a tough tour for english and the ausies...

Posted by Chris_P on (September 4, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

@chokkashokka. We'll revisit those statements when they tour there, ok? Not sure why you can't accept when other teams perform well. It's not just about your team, you know.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 4, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

@ thedugganaut If it was so bad, then I am sure at least some experts would have pointed out the same. Barring 1 or 2 bad decisions in the entire series, the umpiring standards were pretty good. If you think you were wronged then prove it. I have been following the match and the ball to ball commentary here in cricinfo as well and I hardly saw any howler not out/out decision barring Jeetan Patel in the second innings and Guptill in the first test and Mc Cullums LBW that was not given in the second innings of the second test. NZ played poorly and lost. As simple as that.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

tendulkar should retire now....sorry guyz bt it iz true...rohit or rahane should be included.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (September 4, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Posted by nilankaraja on (September 03 2012, 20:02 PM GMT), Atleast one thing everyone know, SL team don't win matches in fast bouncy wickets,add flat pitches also.Overall not good in any condition.Just talks like Sanga don't win you matches.

Posted by jasonpete on (September 4, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Posted by  Ted Osborne on (September 03 2012, 17:50 PM GMT), No wonder this average NZ team won a test match in Hobart and leveled the series against aussies in their home condition last year.@herath, it's good to see no more muddy,minefield pitches or win toss pitches in srilanka.But still they are mostly flat pitches only.SL-pak series proved it.@nilankaraja, when SL going to learn to win matches in both pace and spin friendly wickets first? They look out of place in both these conditions including the home .

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 4, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

RAINA doesnt have test match temperment , no doubt he is a very good player of shorter vertion , we dont need a player who scores a 40 ball 50 once in a while & fail most of the time in need ,we have belters in SAHWAAG , WE REQUIRE A BATS MAN with all weather tecknic , BADRI is right choice , WE SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE IRFAAN , & also try HAWAANA, SAMI AHMAD . DINDA is use less in tests .

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 4, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Pujara shows lots of promise and Virat already is. So, two of the four slots in middle order are not that much worry. Rest 2? Raina might be replaced by Yuvi when full fit. Is Yuvi the best available? We do need to find a replacement for Sir Sachin. Even if he doesn't retire now, he will in near future. I dont see much cricket left in him. Not sure what is with the openers. Always batting as if they are on fire and are fighting to get out. With loads of experience, none like to see them play and get out like the way are doing it these days. Especially with tons of experience going out of the middle order. Good to see Dhoni back to form in home conditions. Provided good hand almost every innings.

Posted by chokkashokka on (September 4, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Well done team India - No. 1 teams win tests at home and that too on wickets which offer assistance to visiting teams. You cannot expect that in jolly old England or Australia for that matter. Now the curators of the wickets where the next 8 Indian test matches are to be played need to be brought back to the reservation and return the English and Australian hospitality - wickets better be slow low and turning square from day 1. Enough of of this playing nice.

Posted by thedugganaut on (September 4, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Keep your head in the sand Maddy20. I don't know how you can possibly defend the umpiring, particularly in the first test. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, I am picking you didn't actually watch any of it. If this had happened in NZ to another team I wouldn't be gloating; I would be extremely embarrassed.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 4, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

@Stephen_Smith - How about your NZ boys dancing around our spin and getting rolled over for 160 odd runs in both innings of the 1st test?

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

New Zealand lost the Test. India didn't win it. The final session was the deciding session where India fought back and sneaked out a victory. Congratulations India. Having said so- SRT- it's high time you retire. If this is your performance against the number 8 ranked Test team, heavens only knows what you will do when the number 1 and 2 ranked teams, South Africa and England visit India. Ashwin: too early to call the cards. He has not been tested outside South Asia and also against top teams. For the moment: India can celebrate cautiously since South Africa and England are soon due. New Zealand can only lament on what could have been a drawn series in India. Well done.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (September 4, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

It's time to get rid of grandpa 10dulkar. He has completely lost his touch. Our batting is safe in the hands of new kids on the block - Kohli and Pujara. In fact Kohli at this stage is much better than what 10dulkar was at this stage in his career. Badri deserves a chance in place of Grandpa. Raina should be banned from Test cricket and his place should be given to an all rounder like Irfan Pathan. It's time to blood in new pace bowlers, like Shami Ahmad or Parvinder Awana.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

I dont understand why Sachin should retire or be dropped. Now scoring in the 30s average is bad ( past 20 innings or so ) ??? And why are folks still mentioning Rohit Sharma ??? There are a 100 players who deserve to atleast get a chance before this guy ever sees an international game ever. Rahane, Tiwary, Bisht, Pandey, Badri, Mukund, Unmukt, the under-9/13/16 team players, the retired ones, and finally Rohit sharma...HE IS THAT BAD AND DOESNT DESERVE A CHANCE...

Posted by vathabivaranan on (September 4, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

How many chances were given to Raina? As Sanjay said, he had to strengthen his defence very much not at the cost of somebody like Badrinath who waits to bolster the Indian middle order. So Raina should work out with some experts to be a strong batsman in defence. Pujara though showed all promise but I am afraid how he is going to tackle spinners particularly on a turning wicket. He was very much at sea while facing NZ;s Patel in the second innings. Still one has not seen the best from Ojha, the left arm spinner. Though the New Zealanders could not play him well due to the pitch assistance other left armers like Murali Karthik would have been more vulnerable for the batsmen. Why the selectors could not use him in Tests is a very big question eventhough he was the man of the Test match when he played a few years back at Mumbay.

Posted by cheguramana on (September 4, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Good win for INdia. 2-0 was pretty much expected before the series. But it was good that the Kiwis fought hard in the second test and made the Indians work for their victory. These home ground Test series are ideal for the young middle order to build confidence : Pujara, Raina, Kohli. Series agnst ENG and AUS will be much tougher, but at least they have started on a good note. Overseas tours will be even tougher. I hope BCCI and the team Coach groom them and train them well, these guys look like they will serve Indian cricket well for years to come.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 4, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

MSD can work with what he is given. Cannot go and sit a see matches to select few players for team. It is selectors who have a do this quick. Find replacements for Zaheer, put them into squad. We need around 4 quality pace bowlers to play tests any time. Two fast and two swing bowlers. Ishant, Yadav, Zaheer, Irfan, Sreesanth,Munaf Patel, R.P singh, Praveen Kumar, Aaron we have who played International games earlier and ready for come back. All the selectors and BCCI have to do is work hard with this bowlers during this period of 2 months until England team comes in the nets at NCA , Bangalore. Selectors should supervise them , their bowling at nets. We urgently need good fitness bowlers. If we can plan from now then by other series starts Indian pace bowling will be ready.

Posted by NanoTechnology on (September 4, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

A damn good match. This point needs to be driven home again and again, because some people don't listen: When was the last time a truely good game of test cricket was played on a flat wicket?

Well done to NZ for showing some real fight after taking another media hammering in the days before the match. However, they did the same in Hobart a while ago, but then fell into their old habits. A win would have been nice, but India (Kohli in particular) deserved to win with that 4th innings. That's all we ask of our team, putting some runs on the board so our bowlers can show their stuff, and fighting to the end. A few good wins will start to trickle out of such a formula, but how to get it to stick... well... that's why the coach is paid well right?

Posted by cricketfannik on (September 4, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

well done Team India. althou NZ played realy well. they are improving side just need to sort their batting line ups, well if vettori would have been der then NZ might have clinched the victory. anyways good test cricket all around. and shame on ppl who are saying sachin should retire.Aus , Nz and Pak did this big mistake where all the best players retired @ the same time and look they are still rebuilding splcy NZ still looks like they need 2-3 more years to find right balance. Ind need Sachin not only becoz of his skills and technique but for his experienece and guiding youngsters ahead in test cricket. Look what Mr. Raina did coz he is T 20 spclist. Have u ever seen such a shot by a test player. india need to learn who is test player and who is not. even Jonty rhoods, klusner and Michael Bevan were the best odi players still didnt play much test cricket as it was destroying their 50-50 technique.same with Raina should be in t 20 and 50-50 max and Sachin ppl want him to scre 100 alway

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

Re: No. 6 spot. IRFAN was getting his form (both bowling & batting) back. And, we keep him out of the test team! He could have been ideal for that spot, instead of Raina. Irfan at 6, Dhoni at 7 and Ashwin at 8, would have provided the batsmen-bowler balance. With these three in place, the absence of genuine all-rounders would not have been felt, this badly.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

@Cricology. The issue is not about Sachin making money, doing what he loves extremely well, which he USED to do. The issue is about the FUTURE of Indian cricket, and about allowing one who is past his shelf life, being kept on the main display. And blocking the path of young blood, almost till they get frustrated.

Posted by tests_the_best on (September 4, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

In the mid 90s, a certain Steve Waugh made a comment about Ricky Ponting being the future of Australian cricket. It might be early days, but looking at Kohli's Aus tour, bunch of odi hundreds and now this nz series, it could be apt to say that "Virat Kohli is the future of Indian cricket". The upcoming Eng and Aus tours should reveal for certain if that's the case. Exciting times for India's next generation, can't wait for the next 2 series!

Posted by dalboy12 on (September 3, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

DRS needs to be brought in, but in this match it was more just the luck went against the Black Caps, a couple of times Kohi got edges to short bowls that fell in space that said -- he is a superb batsman. Black Caps showed that if they can score runs then they have a bowling attack that can trouble teams. We just need more runs from our batsman, we needed another 70-100 in that second innings. Also would like to see Boult hit the gym, he is an awesome bowler who gives 110% which is great, but he has to be the smallest and slightest fast bowler in the world, he was getting upto 145km/hr which is awesome, but would like to see him bulk up a bit so he doesn't get injured and have injuries ruin what looks a promising career. My only other points Ashwin bowled great, Dhoni is a funny mix - I find him a very conservative captain yet there is nothing conservative about his batting. And Kohi as already mentioned was superb.

Posted by gitapat on (September 3, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

It is time Tendulkar retired.He must be replaced by Badrinath.It is obvious that Raina is not Test material and a replacement not being Yuvraj or Rohit Sharma is found.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 3, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

@Jonathon Josephs and others making outrageous accusations I would like you to explain which 5-6 decisions you were talking about. Provide proof that it was an incorrect decision, using the cricinfo commentary and quote the over and ball no. I am really getting sick of these pathetic Poms still reeling from the sound spanking from SA and taking their frustration out with their favorite pastime of bashing India. I guess you resort to such things, when you can neither win at home nor away, despite of claiming you are no.1!

Posted by Nerk on (September 3, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

New Zealand should have won this one. They threw away victory in their 2nd innings with some poor batting. Not to take anything away from India, who, depsite being behind for much of this test, kept fighting and it paid off. Well batted Kohli in particular. But NZ have to stop saying 'well, we nearly won' and start actually winning.

Posted by lovepork on (September 3, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

It was bang bang Kohli again, what a player. Congrats to Dhoni and boyz, well done!

Posted by passion_for_crick on (September 3, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

All those seeking replacements, I think none have done any research. Rohit and Ajinkya to make test debues Rohit Sharma - http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/34102.html Ajinkya Rahane - http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/277916.html Badri and Mukund both averaging 21 so far Subramaniam Badrinath - http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/26806.html Abhinav Mukund - http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/302582.html Rohit has been inconsistent of late, Rahane hasnt had good India A tour of W.I this year, Badri days are limited and hasnt done much to note about in limited days so far and neither has Mukund. So considering the replacement options I think the current 6 batsmen should and look all set to play at least the Home series against Aus/Eng.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 3, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

@shortsillypoint Do you know how to Count? 7 LBWs for NZ and 2 for India. That too because NZ could not read the spin of Ojha and Ashwin. If you actually watched the game then you would know that all those lbws were plumb as a duck. Read the cricinfo commentary for wickets if you want.Also I would like you to know that Mc Cullum was let off by Davies once in the 2nd innings. 2.3Khan to McCullum, 1 leg bye, 134.4 kph, not given by umpire Davis, loud shout from Zaheer, this one was angled in from round the stumps, and hit McCullum in front of middle as he shuffled across, he is lucky to be still there, that was gone Now a No.1 bat given nout out and a No.11 ruled out pretty much evens it out. Stop being a cry baby and learn to enjoy the game. I guess you have already started making up excuses for a sound thrashing at the hands of India this winter!

Posted by vglant on (September 3, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Time for Ten-Dull-kar to leave in a respectful manner.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Everyone criticizing sachin i tell you he will be back with a bang.......Mark my words

Posted by playinrain on (September 3, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

How disappointing! From the moment Patel was fired out.(where was the batsmans benefit of doubt under the traditional umpiring system?), India were assured an easy run chase. What might have been an interesting run chase had a psychological total of 300 been posted we might have had a ball game. India deserved to win, but it was a somewhat predictable ending, to what had been a fascinating Test up to then. Well batted Kholi and MS! Maybe McCullums botched stumping could have added some pressure too, but I guess the horse had bolted by then!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 3, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

First of all congratulations to Team India !! Wonderful, hard fought victory !! Well played NZ, you were brilliant to watch. Those of you who think NZ are average need to get your heads checked. This was a GREAT test match between 2 cricket playing nations. I didn't see any weakness with the NZ team other than some inexperience with their batting. They will only get better with 3 superb fast bowlers. Now regarding India, I STRONGLY feel Sachin Tendulkar should consider retirement. He's past his prime and this shows in the way he gets bowled to deliveries pitched on middle and leg. He's also a little slow to respond to bouncers. I admire Sachin but he should think about the team's future. Secondly, Suresh Raina is NOT test match material. His rush of blood almost cost India the game. Dhoni should drop him for the England series and bring in Rahane who is a better player. Lastly, WOW ! What a player Virat Kohli has become ! I hope he continues his form for years to come. God bless.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

This is the right time,sachin to retire. Should not allow him any more to block youngsters.any way he is not going to be fit for next world cup,then what for keeping him in the team.selectors has to decide,as a true cricket fan I don't want to see him in coming home series against England

Posted by nilb on (September 3, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

I thought this series is played in NZ.. What a shock.. it's in India.. Oh that explains everything. We all know whats going to happen to Indian batsman in fast tracks.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

i have seen players playing cricket even at the age of 42. considering sachins performance in recent years,he is performing better of the age.and his fitness level is good.he didnt drop catches like dravid and laxman in recent tests.leaving this three innings alone and considering the over all performance of sachin throught the year and over the years india needs sachin badly both as a batsman and very experienced campigner..india is one place where cricketers were worshiped as god and treated badly when they didnt score.many ppl dosent know the game fully and talking about sachin thats very sad.there are enough youngsters in the side sachin is the only experiecned and valuble player.last but not least cricket is a team game and whole team should perform well to win a game there is no point in blaming the only man who is performing alone (this is for ppl asking y india loosing despite sachins 100).

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 3, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

All those who are pointing out that Sachin last scored a test hundred X days ago need to see that He has had 2 90s and 1-2 50s in the meanwhile. Also, aren't you the ones who say that scoring 100s does not matter - why are you then talking about Sachin scoring 100s now? Also remember that Sachin got out right after a rain induced break - it is not easy to get the focus back after such interruptions so stop looking too much into his dismissal. His 3 consecutive bowleds are not too much worrying either. The first one was due to a beauty from Boult that many batsmen would have struggled to either going to the stump or getting lbw. His 3rd bowled was due to trying to flick a good length bowl from the front foot rather than from the back foot. Only his 2nd bowled was a clear case of failure to ensure proper hand-eye coordination with the req footwork so stop trying to magnify the likely lapse three folds. He got out flicking to Adam Dale in 97 too after scoring 177 so don't read much.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 3, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

If ONE shot can decide how good Raina is for Test cricket, how about the umpteen times Gambhir has got out playing that same stupid shot poking the ball outside the off stump? And how many times has Sehwag found the single lone fielder at deep third man early in the innings? Let the young man learn and let him settle down. There are enough and more opportunities for about 20 players coming up. There won't be a permanent 11 or even 15 playing for India in the coming future.

Posted by SDCRIC on (September 3, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Its time to hire Andrew Strauss as our (India's) new retirement coach. He can help setup a retirement road map for our legendary cricketers who now supply us memories but not performances. He will coach our cricketers how to retire with class (and when India needs them to) ... before we get whitewashed on the road in SA/Eng/Aus next time around..

As a template we can start with Tendulkar (within next 2 months), Sehwag (within next year), Dhoni/Gambhir/Zaheer (within next 2 years)... Of course if we are facing Bangladesh/Ireland/Netherlands soon in a series then we can give our stalwarts more time so some of them can break some records before retiring...

Posted by crazy.mechanic on (September 3, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

The derogatory remarks made by the people on this page about Tendulkar sure boils your blood. For a man who has served the Indian Cricket for 22 years incessantly and all he gets at the end is abuses and blames. Well i think the the hypocrisy against him has to be stopped. He plays the game he has loved and lived unlike us who just sit and pass comments on the game. I wish he retires soon not because he has lost his midas touch but to keep his true fans joyous always.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 3, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

@scoobydoo or scube or blah blah blah or whatever, yaawwnn.... Getting castled 100% of the times in a series - this unique record belongs to Statchin Selfishkar. That too against NZ at home. Hahaha.... Got it???

Posted by slippingsillypoint on (September 3, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Although India were by far the better side and deserved the series victory, I can't help but feel for New Zealand and the many rough decisions they got handed in this series. If it were the other way around, i have a strange feeling we may be hearing more from Indian supporters and the BCCI. Time to move with the times fella's, your way behind the technology eight ball.

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

It was really a hard fought victory for the Indian team after there comprehensive win in Hyderabad. Hats off to kiwis for giving such a wonderful fight. Most enjoyable aspect in this match was the performance of youngistans. They really showed lot of maturity and skills esp Pujara and Kohli. Pujara will take atleast another 20-25 test matches to have a complete grip over test cricket. Pujara;s test of character will be tested outside sub-continent pitches esp in SA, Aus and England. In this entire series only 5-6 players have contributed significantly. Another heartening thing in the second innings of India was of Sachin's knock. Even though he scored 27, the shots he played were just awesome. He is out form and have noticed his footwork against the spinner was quite good. There is nothing wrong in his reflexes. He is SIMPLY OUT OF TOUCH. Big knock is due from him and he will prove his critics wrong..

Posted by gnshah on (September 3, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

i would say an average series for indian batsmen. only Kohli, Pujara and Dhoni had some good batting. sehwag, gambhir should get their act together and start playing like masters they are. it's time for Sachin to bid Adieu to cricket. nevertheless an ok series for india and wecome victory in test series.

Posted by TRIN999 on (September 3, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

I am not a great Tendulkar fan ,but those who are demanding that he should be dropped or forced to retire from Indian team,must think one more time .At the present scenario other than Gambhir no one is a proper test player(even he is paltry),and Kohli and Pujara yet to establish in international test level .Cricket is a learning game ,if anyone have seriously watched the game today , one would have noticed how Pujara ducked the ball after trying to hit every short ball ,cz of sachin only.I seriously don't think that there is any problem with Sachin ,he dint performed well cause the last international match he played was in the ASIA cup some 4~ 5 months back ,whatever is being reflexed because of less international exposure. With Dravid and Laxman already retired there must be some one who can teach and guide the youngsters.I guess most of us will agree that one learns from practicals only, not from coaching same works for Cricket also.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Funny how the Indians are finding it hard to put away an average NZ side. Indians are hopeless at batting on pitches which provides some assistance to the bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

IS SACHIN TENDULKAR FOLOWING DRAVID WAYS IN GETTING BOWLED? Yes it appear that Sachin is following Dravids way in getting bowled between the bat and the pad continuously for 3 times during the recent series. If I recall similar situation has caused Dravids distraction in attention and confidence. Ultimately the critics and pressure built by the Press and media made Dravid to hang his boot. If Sachin continues to have this problem whether same pressure will be faced by the legend or he is spared? Only time would decide this. However in my opinion the reflex of the legend is coming down which is natural in view of advanced age. Legend should graceful hang is boot and pave way for the yougsters before India takes up overseas tour.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 3, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Here is what i feel Indian team management need to think of: 1) An immediate replacement for Sachin in squad. There are bigger tours ahead and if Team management is still in dilemma over Sachin then it may cost Team India. I feel BCCI need to advice Sachin to go and play Ranji's and come back in form. If selectors feel after looking his play that he is playing good like same old Sachin then taken. If not replaced immediately. Making Sachin to play in domestic cricket is not an insult, it should not be taken like that.The real insult is failing miserably in the match. He need to prove himself again by hitting some runs in Ranji and gain the fluency he used to have. Only if achieved need to be taken. 2) On our fast bowling.Zaheer's fitness issues need to be attended. If not fit should not be taken. We have to decide this two guys future. Both are aged and leading Indian crciket in batting and bowling respectively in terms of experience. If they themselves are unfit how can they inspire?

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 3, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

No surprise the most successful captain for India as you say is calling for more turning wickets in india!No wonder he got a whitewash here and in Australia last year. He should follow Mahela's and Sanga's advice to SLC. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by ShawnHolmes on (September 3, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

this match has proved how poorly indians bat against fast bowlers on non-flat wickets. well done to the black caps. no dan, oram and other key players but the team still did well.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

V.Gud win for India...Virat n Dhoni was in their gud touch...It was a team performance. Except SRT all hav done their part so well...Gud luck for T20..

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 3, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Well played NZ with what was on paper a weak team. The 1st test may not have so one-sided and this one entirely different had there been DRS in place. India must surely have sympathy for NZ and WI last year for being on the end of some poor and game changng umpiring having been there themselves and that with DRS. 2 points come out of this - firsly Ind must now reconsider its own stance re DRS in home tests and secondly home series victories against NZ and against WI last year must taken with a huge pinch of salt. One positive is that Raina score more in his first innings that Sachin did in both innings of this test. It's now time for Dhoni to having a difficult conversation re succession planning with SRT. All things considered I don't Alistair Cook and England will be worrying too much about this winter. In fact probably just the series they need to begin their ascent back to regain their no1 spot.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

well done make it possible to get no.1 position in test

Posted by csowmi7 on (September 3, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Here's an interesting fact. Anil Kumble only had 4 man of the series awards in his entire career. Harbhajan Singh also had only 3 man of the series awards. Ashwin who is only 8 tests old already has 2 man of the series performances. I mean this kid has 49 wickets and a batting average close to 40. These stats dont lie. This guy for the moment is the future of India's spin department. Will be extremely interesting to see how he performs against Australia and England.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

It was good to see the younger brigade lead India, notwithstanding the average competition. Now its time to have a solid 15 for Test cricket that will sustain - barring unforeseen injuries or events - for the next 24-36 months, starting the England series. The team needs to be young,energetic in the field, and have the temperament to soak in pressure or fight through it.

Here's my starting 11: Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Badri, Sehwag, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Yadav, Zaheer.

The subs will be Tiwary, I Sharma, A Mishra, Dinda. Sehwag can be the backup opener, Badri can play any of 3-6, and really Dinda/Sharma are the only experienced pacers we have for test cricket. Aaron is injury prone, the U-19 players need more 1st class exposure through domestic and 'A' team type experiences.

Zaheer is needed during the transition. Sachin has to retire before Australia, if not before England.

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (September 3, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Is Sachin still counting? Well keep counting. It has been 611 days since he scored a century. For him, its " Hobby' as someone mentioned but for many youngsters its a passion and life and waiting for their opportunity. Show them the way and announce the inevitable. Dont keep blocking the way for youngesters. Leave gracefully like Dravid and VVS which made them really special.

Posted by binojpeter on (September 3, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Those who criticize Sachin should remember that overs from 20 till the end of tea is the crucial session in the fourth innings. Because during that phase, ball gets soft making it difficult to get runs and hanging around is key so that after tea session when pitch eases a bit, we can go for the charge if we still have wickets in hand. Sachin played a crucial innings and made sure that another wicket did not fall soon.

Posted by trueanalyst on (September 3, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Mandeep Singh has huge potential and was a prolific scorer in Australia when he toured as an Under 19 Player.He had also scored a big 151 in that tour.I expect India's middle order to comprise of Mandeep Singh,Chateswar Pujara,Virat Kohli and some other worthy player at number 6.I expect Unmukth Chand and Ajinkya Rahane to open for India in a couple of years time.This batting line up has got awesome potential

Posted by trueanalyst on (September 3, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

@Rahul Chennuri,Home tigers have rapidly become endangered species.At present there is only one home tiger and that is India.A team that was whitewashed 5-0 and was defeated by Newzealand at home can never be considered a home tiger.A team that was defeated 2-0 by first reasonable opposition can also be not termed home tiger.South Africa is not a home tiger as its home performance is far less satisfatory than away performance ,remember the team which was the first one to defeat Australia in Australia for a long time squandered the series to the same team Immediately within a month.Unfortunately If Suresh Raina continues in the team and Recordulkar continues to pick and choose his tours ,India will be in serious trouble .Iam desperately hoping Mandeep Singh and Unmukth Chand come good in Newzealand A tour becos those 2 Kids have got the potential to fill the big boots of the legends who have retired and also those who are struggling now.

Posted by Scube on (September 3, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

@Dravid_blah_blah_blah: Don't worry, Sachin isn't getting that record as it was retained forever by "You Know Who" in the previous Oz tour! Also, Sachin isn't going anywhere anytime soon! He is still short of one enviable record of scoring 3 tons in a series in which your team is whitewashed! He might even score the 3 tons, but to still get whitewashed, you need an expert Hole in the Wall to drop atleast 5 dollies! Do you know of any suitable candidate?

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 17:30 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. and please don't say Adam Gilchrist he was a wicket keeper, asking a wicket keeper to open the inning after 90 or so overs wicket keeping is stupid. here is what i think in test most difficult thing is to open the inning or No. 3 batman. that is why he chose to bat at no.4 so that he can make more records.

Posted by klapka on (September 3, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

I think its fair to say that India scraped through in the end. It is funny to see how the team management is unwilling to try out new combination even after getting owned overseas. Surely, having a couple of test specialists is a good idea. England surely would be a tough test later on. As for RandyOz, I dont think any team out there is worried about getting beaten by Australia. With their current line-up, I wouldn't advise getting off the plane anywhere in the subcontinent.

Posted by Scube on (September 3, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@rtruth90 (or rLIE90?): Can you kindly share your expert opinion on Sachin's following performances in successful 4th innings chases in the last 5 yrs alone: 56* vs Pak at Del, Nov 07 (>200); 103* vs Eng at Chen, Dec 08 (>350); 54 vs SL at Col, Aug 10 (>250); 53* Vs Aus at Bang(>200), Nov 10 & 76 vs WI at Del, Nov 11 (>250). How do they count as NOT EVEN ONE to your senses?

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (September 3, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

The word "thriller" in the title is a bit of an exaggeration. When I think of a "thriller", it's usually a 2 wicket or 1 wicket win or with a margin of 10 runs or below. Alright, a few wickets fell and made things a little exciting but it was still a 5 wicket win and looked fairly comfortable at the end. Well played, Ashwin, Ojha, Kohli and Dhoni.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

@Randy oz australia continue to dominate every where ? india england and australia are home tigers i think at present SA is the best test team u can ask me that india has 8 consecutive foreign defeats but australia also has defeats.I can say india played wonderfully if they win matches in foreign soil .At present their performance is just satisfactory

Posted by jasonpete on (September 3, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Posted by shortsillypoint on (September 03 2012, 12:27 PM GMT), I agree umpiring in this test series is very ordinary,but then ian gould and Davis are having horrid time since SL-pak series.But NOT all luck went in India's way.During NZ second innings,McCollum and guptil were out by LBW but umpire didn't give it,but then the openers failed to capitalize the umpiring errors and got out to loose shot.Well played NZ and India.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Two quick points. Sehwag should be sacked- not dropped- but sacked. Today was not the first time he let his team down by his recklessness. How our erudite commentators can excuse his lack of team spirit shocks me.

The second and very sad point. As a great admirer of Sachin, I was embarrassed by all three innings- particularly before lunch today.I feel very sad but I dont think we will ever see anything like the old Sachin again.

Posted by crindo77 on (September 3, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

If I didn't know what brain freeze meant, I do now after watching the incredible performance of Raina today. Somebody should tell him that one can be a very successful and be cherished as a matchwinning ODI and t20 player, which he is. Putting him in Tests will cause more heartbreak and worse still, start eroding his confidence in the shorter format form. Dhoni's win shouldn't hide India's growing batting worries. A valuable opportunity was wasted in not choosing Rahane or Rohit Sharma, at least for one Test. Never mind Gambhir and SRT, both of whom are batting slightly better than Raina, now a debutant will be thrown to the wolves, when England come next month, and will have a baptism by fire, all because the captain's best crony flopped expectedly again. Reminds me of what the Germans said about invading Russia- " Kick the door in, and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down." England feel the same, and now suddenly its Kohli's headache. Kudos Srikkanth. Superb planning.

Posted by Kulaputra on (September 3, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Isn't it time India had two more batsmen in the team in place of S Tendulkar and S Raina? If the selectors agree, it should not be Rohit Sharma but someone like Manish Pandey or others who have been performing

Posted by sweetspot on (September 3, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

It is so easy for people to criticize Raina, isn't it. He didn't do well under pressure today, but he made a decent 50+ in the first innings. If he is to be blamed for this sort of shot selection for once in Tests, how many times do we blame Sehwag? Raina has one hundred and seven or eight fifties in thirteen Tests. Kohli has 6 fifties and 2 hundreds in ten tests. All things considered Raina hasn't done too badly. He is after all, the only Indian to have scored centuries in all three formats, while playing for India. Let's cut him some slack.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Congrats to India while lot been said about Sehwag batting in middle order , but Gambhir is averaging 27 in test from 2010 and worst part is the way he is getting out dabs outside the off stump and indecisive footwork which is a big technique fault especilally for opening batsman .Eng and Aussie quickies will sort him out quickly ... hope fletcher irons out this defect

Posted by doosra786 on (September 3, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Well done to INDIA, managed to beat New Zealnad with 13 men.

Posted by cricology on (September 3, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

We Indian fans are just hopeless. The one who plays best are dubbed as 'best player on earth', 'the next God', 'best of the best' etc. And if someone fails, they are termed as villains. Sachin failed and many are shouting retirement. The best part is keep shouting, you all will never be noticed let alone listened. Sachin's failure in this series is disappointing but not ALARMING. We Indians are becoming increasingly commercialized so we always think that Sachin is playing for money. How many people in this world are LUCKY to have their HOBBY as their career. Very few. Sachin's hobby was cricket and he made that hobby into a shinning career big time. Players like Sachin are ONCE IN A LIFETIME and few failures would not perturb his place. For rest who call for his retirement can keep writing here. It's a joy to read so many comments related to Tendulkar. Keep writing.

Posted by salwal on (September 3, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

India is not making most of the talent they has in the form of virat kohli he should be batting at no-3 as he does in ODI's. He has brilliant innigs today as does pujara has but he is alot more experieced and matured player and as now all greats of india batting lineup are retired and sachine also will reitire soon he should be given more responsibility to bat for longer period of time and let other yougsters get confidence by batting with him. as if now dhoni is looking for someone at no-3 who has batter teqniqe to bat at no-3 overseas, and hence going for pujara but if you look at virat kohli he has scored his first hundred against austrailia in bouncing conditions he has looked more confident pulling the ball as compared to any other indian batsman, he has the attitude that's require to give indian players confidence that they can do it. looking at india's future he must bat at no-3 Dhoni listen don't wast what you have, in the hope of getting something out of nothing.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

first of all england will be clean swept by india and mark my words they all tests will be won my innings curators should prepare square turners to make englishmen cry for runs....

Posted by venkatesh018 on (September 3, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Wonderful Test match on a Wonderful Test pitch. Not a rank turner. Remember it, Mr. Dhoni...or shall I say MIND IT.

Posted by spot_on on (September 3, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Hummm.. Errrrr.. Is Sachin Doing a Ricky here... Better pull off from all cricket man.. It isn't worth it... Go on a high note !!!

Posted by wablo55 on (September 3, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Well played by Kohli and Dhoni to bring the team home. Kohli is going through a rich vein of form and his game has developed immeasurably in the last twelve to eighteen months. He is certainly becoming the best batter in the side and is a shining light for the future. Dhoni's performances with the bat in recent tests have actually been fairly encouraging and it is clear he thrives on the assumption of responsibility. The elephant in the room however is Sachin. The finest batsmen ever to play for India; maybe even the finest ever to play. The talents of the man are beyond question, but when he is consecutively bowled out by (with the greatest of respect to the Kiwis) inexperienced attacks on home wickets - his present abilities have to be brought into question. I have been a lifelong fan of Sachin, and have found his cricket and his ambassadorial presence, an inspiration over the years. But maybe it's time to call it a day. His retirement should be as dignified as the man himself.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@ Rahulcricket007. Just like Sachin can not change his desire to play for India despite all the handicaps, you can't stop from screaming and shouting: in internet etiquette, using all caps amounts to that.. Look at this *** Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 03 2012, 13:58 PM GMT) I M NOT AGREE WITH (sic) DHONI 'S STATEMENT WHICH COMPARED THIS PITCH WITH NAPIER . THIS PITCH WAS A VERY GOOD PITCH . EVEN A BIG CROWD COMES TO WATCH A FASCINATING MATCH *** And, you had been doing this all the time. By the way, what is the connection between Napier and 'big crowd' ?

Posted by Aryian007 on (September 3, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Even after that wild shot..Raina may find a spot in the indian team, while others will be warming the bench ....

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (September 3, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Good win..but i just don't want to see this team in future... we need to breed those youngsters having performed well on ranji circuits... my team would much be like ... 1.rahane(technically versed) 2.pujara(patient) 3.kohli(passionate) 4.tiwary(methodical)5.Rohit(if he doesnt prove he can be replaced)6.Robin bisht(most runs last ranji)/ashok maneria(recommended by dravid once..umm..anyone but raina lol./yuvi or sehwag if they are fit enough!)7.dhoni 8.Irfan 9.ashwin 10Ishant11Yadav 12.ojha(shud be there only on indian tracks)..u-19 stars like harmeet singh,chand,Sandeep s need to play in ranji first....also mukund should be considered for opening if selection's don't consider..bisht. i read that article on preserve zak nd schin...but just a question...how long will they last..even if we get em for SA ?..breed all of em together they'll be younger legs in fielding and more responsible for team!...though i know none of it will happen ;) ..

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Re: DRS. Once God exit, perhaps DRS may get an entry. But let me warn every one. With some of the jokers performing duty as the TV umpires, the remedy may turn out to be worse than the malady.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Oh, God; countless number of your admirers / followers have been begging for quite some time. Please respond with your blessings (you know, what; don't you). Don't prove that their God has feet of clay ... the glimpses of that fact was shown when the ball went past those and your bat, not once, but thrice!. Or, prove that you have misplaced your halo, some where. Or, has become just a Satish Acharya caricature! Please!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 3, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

With out the opening partnership b/b Gambir and Sehwag in 2nd Innnings India would have not won this match. Even though how pathetic their form was of late they played well to make 77 run partnership. But these two guys need to improve their game a lot. There are bigger teams coming and we know it will be tough. I know Gambhir and Sehwag will raise to the occasion...

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Wow. Ashwin will get one more test to play before the bashers will be all over him as usual. Imagine a Bombay player getting two MoS in the last 3 series played...and there would have been Bharat Ratna talk already.

Posted by spiritwithin on (September 3, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

@Stark62,india also struggled against NZ in 2010 yet they beat aus 2-0,cricket is not a simple arithmetic where A>B & B>C means A>C,a team like Eng which is so pathetic in subcontinent and they also lost at home to SA and exposed the English teams poorly its naive of u to start boasting so much,we saw the same chest thumping by poms when Eng visited india last year but went away with a 5-0 loss in ODIs,ur team cant even play spin of Jadeja in indian pitches,i fear this time Eng will get the beating of their life

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

In his retirement speech, VVS Laxman had mentioned this is the right time to give the youngsters a chance in home conditions against an inexperienced New Zealand bowling attack ahead of international assignments. In five home Tests against New Zealand, Raina has scored 84 in seven innings at an average of 12. So all those people rooting for Tendulkar to retire... zip your mouth!! Let the younger lot earn their place in the Test side!!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

We used to have a "Board President's Eleven" playing visiting teams as a starter. Before England's visit, can we revive that. And, can we try out some real young blood, including one or two deserving ones from the U-19 World cup winning team. Is that too much to ask for! ( Incidentally, Congrats to the Borad for arranging to send an "A" team to NZ. Similar teams should go to SA, Australia & England too)

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

@Sachin_the_god_forever on (September 03 2012, 12:32 PM GMT). Sachin's replacement was already there: Rahane. Nobody bothered to try him out. Sachin could have been kept in the dressing room to provide inspiration. Rahane opens with Gouti. Sehwag could have taken Sachin's place. It was as simple as that. And, if selectors had taken Irfan in the test team, he could have replaced Zak too. Zak could have given company to Sachin in the dressing room, for giving advice and inspiration ( which doesn't seem to be coming from another old guy who replaced the best coach we ever had!)

Posted by arunmp3 on (September 3, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

only change i like to have is bring rahane in and make him to open with gambhir , viru shud bat in the middle order......

rahane shud replace raina......

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Though India won, please don't push the problems under the carpet. I feel relatively confident only about FIVE out of the ELEVEN. Kohli, Pujara, Ashwin, Ojha, & Captain. All the remaining seven are suspects. Enough has been written about that, by people concerned about Indian cricket from all walks of life. But, I don't see even the semblance of proactive measures. Many need send-offs. VRS does not seem to be applicable for old/ageing Indian cricketers. No one is willing to take a cue from the examples set by Dravid & VVS recently, and Sourav a few years earlier.The way we treat our youngsters is shoddy. Zak is ageing. Yadav didn't get the right support. Though Irfan had been around for long, don't forget that he is not that old, and is a perfect replacement for Zak, and you kept him out. With Irfan & Ashwin together, the team would gain tremendous balance. Rahane should have been tried as an opener, giving the slot given to Raina to Sehwag... tired of saying anything more!

Posted by TRAM on (September 3, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

And thus they destroyed Badri's career.

Posted by Kaushiktrendy on (September 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

contd.... coming to sachin. Am a huge fan of his and have no respect for some of the ppl here who says he plays for records n he 's selfish etc etc. Sachin looked lot fluent today than his earlier 2 scratchy innings. but it is indeed a worry that he's getting bowled often. reflexes slowing down?? perhaps but too early to say. but i do think he deserves one more series for a chance to redeem himself. if he doesn't perform in the england series he has to retire or better he has to play the first two tests against england and take a call. And for the attention of others, gambhir and sehwag have performed poorly than sachin in the last year or so. and we have a no.6 spot yet to be filled.so we have 3 potential spots to be filled by the youngsters. so the deserving candidates like rahane and badri can replace an opener and raina. so first let them fill those spots before we talk abt sachin blocking youngsters. I repeat if sachin doesn't perform the next series then surely he has retire...

Posted by Akshita29 on (September 3, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

So many lbw s against NZ . Dhoni had previously claimed hawk eye takes away the advantage of the spinners. Recent SL odis India got so many decisions in their favours (few might have gone against them too). There is not wrong with drs . There are some close decisions that may go either way even with drs. Thats not a problem as Drs is a mean to remove howler or very poor decisions from the game. I remember India's tour to aus where india had 4 or 5 decisions against them. And Ravi Shastri commenting " When you have the tech why don't we use it" and India actually got the umpires removed. Now that bcci does not want DRS indian commentators would say"thats part of the game . No nee for drs . Keep it simple." Every other nation has accepted it . India should also accept it .

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 3, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Hard fought win? The Indian Team had the Umpires on their side. I don't know how exactly it works out, but it seems that not taking UDRS is always working for India. There have been 5-6 key decisions this series that have been howlers that would have gone in NZ's favor. If I recall correctly, the last time India did not agree with an umpire (in their tour of West Indies before the famous England tour), Dhoni complained to the BCCI about the umpire (who was 95% correct) and had him fired. I'm sure most umpires are scared for their jobs and give India the benefit of the doubt in 50/50 situations. UDRS needs to be implemented in ALL games

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

lets pray dat dis is the beginning of a new era...

Posted by ste13 on (September 3, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Agree with a lot comments, with dork29 in particular. Very good game, but batting shortages of both teams made this pitch more challenging than it was in the reality. India has a lot of issues to be solved: 1/ openers, 2/ ST, 3/ SRaina, 4/ pace bowling. Biggest surprise for me was Dhoni batting, very responsible. Kohli example shows that with young players properly managed, they can adapt quicly. Few other names mentioned here should not wait longer.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

SACHIN AND RAINA MUST BE THROWN OUT PERMANENTLY FROM TEST CRICKETSRIKANT BE REPLACED BY GAVASKAR AND DHONI BE REPLACED AS A CAPTAIN BY GAMBHIR AND NOT KOHLI

MAMTA BENERJEE BE REPLACED BY THE PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE

INDIA IS GREAT

Posted by xylo on (September 3, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

So the moral of the story is to shuffle out Tendulkar and Raina, and get Rahane and Badri in.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Congrats to NZ team for its excellent fightback in the 2nd test, after the disastrous 1st one. That shows character. They have almost their entire bowling unit in place. And all of them are young. Batting is where the crunch is. Hope, Ryder recovers from 'all' his problems. Guptil seems to have lost his excellent form temporarily; but will bounce back. Rossy boy will be superb, if he can somehow maintain consistency. I am sure that there will be more KWs, to be tried out. They seem to be suffering from the same illness as India..."selectoritis"; a funny disease, which can be corrected only by a sensible cricket board. All in all, I see bright future. Best wishes & good luck.

Posted by shrastogi on (September 3, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

It was good that India had Dhoni at 7 with new ball relatively safe distance away. Dhoni has had his issues with new red cherry but other than that he was very impressive in this series. All his innings were under pressure and its good that he has led from front. Pujara and Kohli are going to be mainstay of Indian baating for time to come but Pujara would have to work on his shot slection against short ball. I'm not convinced about Raina. His shot today was same as what he played in SL in the test India won.That time he got away but today he didnt. Its time Rahane is brought in. The experienced top order was total disappointment and a word would quickly spread that against ST you need to ball to pitch up and let it swing. If ST retires youc an accomodate Badrinath or even think of Sehwag playing in middle order with Rahane opening. When you have 4 solid certanities in batting in middle order those playing first class cricket suffer. Hence you need backups in loop also.

Posted by Gerry_the_Merry on (September 3, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Just met Sehwag and Raina in Bangalore Airport. Shook hands with Sehwag and congratulated him. Raina also came forward and forcd me to congratulate him...!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

here is my 11 for next test to be played. rahane,sehwag,pujara,kohli,dhoni,irfan pathan,ashwin,ojha,yadav,sreesanth.got to pick sreesanth as he is ind only genuine fastbowler if he is matchfit. otherwise take a risk playing aaron. tendulkar , zaheer must retire. no badri or rohit sharma pls. abhinav mukund can later replace sehwag and dhoni must consider retiring from tests to give way to karthik. a good leg spinner must be found soon. the most important thing however would be to play irfan pathan and give him a long run.

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 3, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

We won in SA in 2012 and drew there dominating the third test, SA just saved, we won in eng, drew in AUS too, when was the last time your team ever won or drew in these countries :) haha

Posted by mikey76 on (September 3, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Problems for India. Raina is terrible. SRT needs to retire and Gambhir looks shot. Ashwin looks the only reliable wicket taker. England have a great chance of turning India over in a couple of months, if the wickets are anything like this our steamers will have a field day.

Posted by rnarayan on (September 3, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

A big thanks to the guys who prepared this pitch..

Posted by BellCurve on (September 3, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Between the beginning of the summer of 1924, when Jack Hobbs was 41 years old, and the end of the summer of 1928, when he was 45 years old, Hobbs scored 1626 runs at an average of 73.91. That's not bad for an old man! It shows there is hope yet for Tendulkar and his millions of fans.

Posted by couchpundit on (September 3, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

What is Sachin, Zaheer and Raina doing in Indian Team? Raina like Rohit has been given a Very Very Long Rope..lets face it he is no attapattu(SL player who came good after extended selection).

Time to blood and give a very long rope for Rahane and Mukund and replace sachin with sehwag in middle order.

Sachin Please leave before next selection committe kicks you out(i doubt any Selector having back bone to do it...however for good of indian cricket he needs to be shown the door. they would have to select lot of people if they are to respect ones idea of loving cricket more than anything...how about indian fan who wants india to win rather than sachin scoring hundreds). I suspect sachin is more concerned about his record being intact(vis-a-vis Ricky ponting who is close to his record) Anyways i hope sense prevails, over greed or one mans wish to keep playing for long.

Posted by GeorgeAndrews on (September 3, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Now Sachin should move out to give a chance to youngsters who are languishing in the bench.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (September 3, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

@Maddy20 - have you been watching the test? An example - the "caught" behind of Patel - the last NZ wicket - everyone but the umpire it knew was wrong and DRS would have put that right. Mc Cullums first innings and so on. 15 NZ LBWs v 2 for India - highly unusual. DRS is here to stay - get with the program or face accusations.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 3, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Congratulations to Team India and my fellow Indians and all Indian supporters. It was a good cricket match. To analyze here Indian batsman did good batting overall. But to see some batsman performances individually it is poor.In this test match Sachin was under scanner and had lot of pressure and he have to play under this same amount of pressure on field as there is no Dravid to shield him now. His scores are not real indication of how bad he is batting. When we see him on ground batting he is looking insecure in batting and that will hurt him and team. His fitness is also a concern. Raina played well in first innings but need to learn from Kohli. I think team management will have a discussion on this issue about his position. Gambhir and Sehwag are giving away wickets. They played well, but they are capable more than this. Especially Gambhir, he has foot work unlike Sehwag and can spin exceptionally well but unnecessarily poking ball. Sehwag, Gambhir. Kohli, Dhoni played well.

Posted by BellCurve on (September 3, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Don't write off Tendulkar! Jack Hobbs scored 2440 runs @ an average of 58.10 after his 41st birthday. Tendulkar is not even 40 yet!

Posted by Sheela on (September 3, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

New Zealand could have won this Bangalore Test if they had employed attacking field placements, especially with silly mid on or silly mid off especially after fall of tickets. With the sort of field placing, Indian batsmen could take singles and with lots of time left for the match, this eased the pressure on batsmen.

Posted by Kaushiktrendy on (September 3, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

And someone pls tell dhoni and the future selectors that we hav better batsman wit test match temperament than raina. Raina is a very good batsman in limited overs but he has his limitations and has no temperament to survive the grinds of test cricket. Just because dhoni plays well with his limited ability doesn't mean everyone will. And guys we have serious problems at the top. Gambhir hasn't performed in 2 and half years. Dats a huge huge dip in form and the way he's throwing away his wickets aftr starts is terrible to watch. Atleast we can bear with sehwag because he's still getting those quick forties but earlier once he got set he used to get above 150 regularly. I think the t20 has spoiled their temperament to last long. And hav to speak abt sachin too........... Contd

Posted by NairUSA on (September 3, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Relieved to see an Indian win and excited to see a closely fought test match. Good show by the New Zealanders to make India run helter skelter on their own backyard. India should better prepare turning tracks against England and Australia for series wins.

Posted by coolindianfan on (September 3, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar dude i did qiute like ur former name . i dont want to get down to sachin vs dravid debate i dosent make any sense as both of them were pillars of indian batting , but speaking of being castled dravid has been more number of times then sachin in tests even after playing 20 less test matches infact it was a relief for me that the last image of dravid being out wasent by ball hitting the timberafter the strings of bold in his last test series in australia

Posted by bolthaa on (September 3, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@Aazikhameed, Pls dont put pressure on Ashwin.. he is able to score freely just because there is no pressure on him.. .It works awesome.. The moment he is brought up the order, not only his performance will go down, his attitude will also turn into the likes of Rohit and Irfan....

Posted by cskfangg on (September 3, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Two things to notice about this tour & important note for upcoming eng&aus series.. 1.Pujara has the ability to takeover from dravid but there is noone to fit the shoes of laxman.. So India needs to find a solution..move ashwin to no.6 and let dhoni to frame the strike with tailenders with some powerhitting ... 2.Its about India's fast bowling and there is no use in discuss about this ... Altleast when sachin retires please groom a 50/50 fast bowling all rounder not 70-30 & 80-20... Bring back Ishant before he'd forget his bowling action...

Posted by bolthaa on (September 3, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Raina is doing a raviinder jadeja here..... hahahhahah.. .praise Dhoni....

Posted by bolthaa on (September 3, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

I heard somewhere sachin saying you can play as long as you perform... I CAN SEE THE TRUTH in his words.......... Just think.. Sachin has been the one man army in the 90s and early 2000s. So India put up a decent score, if sachin scored hundred no matter how fast it came...Along those lines, india won few matches.But the budda has not realized that there are 20 other guys waiting and tries to justify... To be very practical,, please retire and let someone else to earn as well.... Unnecessarily holding up crores of money in sponsorship.. Sponsors should think of long term and stop betting on Sachin.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

All the talk for sachin to retire and make way for some youngster..who exactly are we talking about?? Pujara is not exactly a newbie, has been scoring mountains of runs in domestic cricket for years..And not just runs, he spends a lot of time on the crease...perfect for the no. 3 slot, where he bats for saurashtra as well. As for Kohli, He is just in too good of a form to be dislodged. Exceptional talent and yeah he has been playing limited overs internationals for 3+ years now. And has performed consistently. Thats 2 people for the 2 who have retired. Who will come in next. Rahane is a no. 3 for Mumbai but he is being looked as an opener. Sachin bats no. 4. Is there really a youngster there at the moment who is better suited to score runs against anyone than Sachin. Skill and ability are the prime attributes for selection and that is what it should be. If there is a better batsmen for Sachin's spot. Please anyone. Suggest. ( Don't say Rohit Sharma, please :)...thanks )

Posted by Hindh on (September 3, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

WELL DONE INDIAN TIGERS coming from behind and winning on a greenish pitch. I love the fact that team after team come and get beaten in INdia....... Surely a great home record of wins ...Too hot for Aus and Eng fans to handle....

Posted by nyc_missile on (September 3, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Expected but got there by huffing and puffing.NZ bolwers-take a bow,you fought well with passion and aggression,pity your batsmen let you down.My heart goes to you.As for Ind,as some1 here mentioned,we need to look into areas of concern now than when we lose.Sehwag is too flashy and his irritating manner of dismissals only turns people against him,IMO his wicket gave the opening to NZ& slowed down the RR creating panic.Hence he must use his clout and volunteer to bat down the order.Time to blood Rahane now,hope Dhoni does it ASAP.Gambhir looks determined enough but as Dada said,needs to relax a bit and may be chant 'No poking outside off' a million times before going in to bat.SRT's time is up and its pathetic to see him miss straight deliveries,clear that he's just holding on stubbornly and selfishly.Time to hang up boots.Raina proved with that atrocious shot,he's simply not cut for tests.Rahane for Raina & Rohit for Sachin will be my changes in this otherwise promising squad.

Posted by bolthaa on (September 3, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

sachin will play 25 bad innings before coming up with one USELESS hundred. then everybody will praise him for next 12 innings before changing their minds and start criticize again for next 13 innings... hahahhaha.... good cycle... (dont know it is hero cycle or cycle agarbakti).... BCCI will keep this old cycle (no gear... he cant change gears) forever to mint money from likes of these flickering minds.

Posted by bobmartin on (September 3, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Well played the Kiwis.. Great to see some agression in your play.. As for Tendulkar... his run of poor form continues.. I would guess that if it were anyone other than him he'd have been out on his ear by now... Since January last year he's managed 1 century in 26 innings...and in the 19 innings where he has failed to pass 50, his average at best is 24. Still, never mind there's bound to be series coming up soon against either Bangladesh or Zimbabwe where he can show that he still has that golden touch...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 3, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

I M NOT AGREE WITH DHONI 'S STATEMENT WHICH COMPARED THIS PITCH WITH NAPIER . THIS PITCH WAS A VERY GOOD PITCH . EVEN A BIG CROWD COMES TO WATCH A FASCINATING MATCH .

Posted by armourofgod on (September 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Some one mentioned Grahm Swann..MoS in India series.....dont know if that broken elbow will help to turn the ball...else he ll get hit all arnd the park..welcome mate

Posted by Shaitan_Zindabad on (September 3, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Sad state of affairs for Indian cricket. Raina's inclusion was as baffling as his shot selection today. This pitch has exposed India's inability to cope with moderate seam movement and swing(barring Kohli & Pujara). One would have thought that after the 0-8 bashing our team's coaching staff and selectors would've taken steps towards addressing this. But, here we are. @RandyOz: England's and Australia's ability to cope with spin is even worse. You are at a website with a great database. Go check your team's recent record against India in India, and also the Ashes that you lost at home, and the 0-5 bashing to name a few. I hope Indian cricket doesn't have to go through a 'never-ending-transitional-period' like Australia is right now. Enough said. SA continue to be the only team to do well in 'away' tests.

Posted by bolthaa on (September 3, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

@Sachin_the_god_forever ( I clearly disagree).... may be the likes of rahane, badrinath and all unsung heros.... and clearly not the likes of Rohit adament(attitude) sharma...

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Congrats team India ... :)

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (September 3, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

I was very impressed with the fast bowling unit from NZ. Both Southee and Boult are fantastic. If they can do this in India I wonder what they can do in ENG and Australia where the ball talks way more than it does in India. Why didnt Southee play in Hyderabad. This also exposes the real problem India has wrt fast bowling. We need to groom more fast bowlers/ medium pacers. ZAK looks old and done. Umesh Yadav can bowl at 140k's but with not much control. I am really concerned about India's future in test cricket with the opening batting a big concern and the middle order so fragile except for Kohli. Raina clearly does not belong to test cricket and so does SRT anymore. It's too soon to comment about Pujara as we need mroe sample size on him but he looks like he has the temparement to play in test matches. WHy only 2 test matches with NZ. I am not sure how we are going to beat ENG at home later in December. Finally seeing bad decisions and so many LBW's agnst NZ I am all for DRS.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

With the exception of Raina, all the young Turks (Kohli and Pujara in particular) not only justified their selections, but in so doing they should give the selectors the confidence to induct those others who are on the verge of test cricket while they remove those who are clearly on the brink of retirement, of being dropped.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Well India managed to win, NZ fought well with good bowling attack. Indian seam bowling would be strengthened alot. Raina, Sachin can give chance to Pujara, Badrinath.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 3, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

@shortsillypoint Would you are to speculate how the lack of DRS helped India? There were no incorrect decisions that went our way. And to be honest this NZ team showed more spirit than the Aus team that was thoroughly spanked in the last two series and the uber funny Eng team that has not won a test series in India in a long long time. Infact NZ even drew the series vs SA unlike the two above mentioned teams that were thoroughly thrashed by SA in their own backyard. As such we ain't scared of them. Bring it on!

Posted by SnowSnake on (September 3, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

@RandyOz: Beating India in India is the ultimate test for any #1 team. While Australia were good, the current team does not have the record of the past team. Current Australia is similar to India where it mostly wins at home.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Good victory in 4 days . The players wives will be happy to go shopping on the fifthday. back of the cricketers mind this is always there. We can now drop Raina for ever from tests. He has to go back to ranji cricket for a couple of years. We can now get the under 19 captain in to tests. he may prove to be as good as Virat.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (September 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Kohli once again showed that why he is the best young player in the world. He is now getting into that grove to be a successful test cricketer. His average in tests already breached above 40(41.35). Well deserved MOM award for Virat. Well done Ashwin also, for his MOS award. Gambhir once again disappointed. Sehwag continued his forth innings fumble again. Pujara, riding on luck can't finish the game off. Raina proved that he doesn't belong to test arena. Spoiled a good opportunity to impress. Sachin got a hat-trick of Bowled. Once again playing across on a straight ball. Pathetic to see Sachin below Ashwin in Run chart of this series. Well done Kohli and Dhoni.....Eagerly waiting to see Yuvraj back in action in T20's..........

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Hahaha..... Elephant in the room got castled on 100 percent of the occasions when it came out to bat. A new record for the Elephant Statchin. Thoroughly deserving. Statchin should continue to play and keep making my days. Life will be dull without his hilarious batting. Hahaha.....

Posted by Gappistan on (September 3, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Don't understand why some fans want to replace Sehwag, he played his part in this match (took some catches and scored quick runs). Any captain would like him to go after the bowlers and score quick runs with the new bowl and before the pitch start deteriorating. Players like Warner, Sehwag, Afridi, McCullum and Gayle live by the sword and dies by the sword.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 3, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Good fightback by the Kiwis but in the end were outdone by the Indian Tigers. I see the Kiwis only have 2 saffas in their team, i think they should be more ambitious and adopt at least 3 more like England. To indian fans, I am keen to find out when 10dulkar is going to graciously fall on his sword and retire because its starting to look embarrassing now.

Posted by sam_screaming on (September 3, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

@RandyOz... you are living in 2006... Australia stopped dominating since 2008...

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

must practise at dharmasala ground to negate seam bowling.....well left Virat.....Robin Bisht must be a regular

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@RandyOZ - I agree Aus is better than India..but have you aussies already forgotten that you lost your last 2 test series against SA and Eng at home? An ASHES loss mate. What about losing to Kiwis at home? A 5-0 drubbing in England., a WC quater loss to India, now struggling against Pak shows your worth overseas. You better wake up from your dreams. Aus is just as any other team these days. Your glory days are well and truly over. You see at least we continue to be home tigers despite no great bowlers and new middle order. You guys cant even hold on to your home records!!! LOL

Posted by SamRoy on (September 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@Stark62 If India plays Rohit Sharma in place of Raina and either of Rahane, Badrinath or Manoj Tiwary in place of Tendular; England has zero chance of winning the test series in India; with KP or without KP. Problem is selection policies which are political in nature. If India plays the current team with "slogger" Suresh and 'Bowled'-ulkar, England has more than a fair chance of beating India.

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Dhonis statement at the end, this is like a Napier pitch Hmmmm come on BCCI your captain is telling you to make DUSTBOWLS , come on, just make then turn, what kind of a curator gives advantage to opposite team pathetic

Posted by Joby_George on (September 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

MS, for god sake don't include sewagh in the playing XI in T20 WC. He is no where near his form, looks he has lost his full touch.

Posted by rbrb on (September 3, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

The guys who want rohit to replace raina may havent seen the way rohit was dismissed in the sri lankan tour.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

‎2-0 it is but like it's always said,A win overshadows some problems and as I see it,if these problems continue,then we'll have enough problems against England.

1-Gauti is not showing the patience which he did some 2-3 yrs back consistently. 2-Viru is not converting his starts into big scores which he did for most part of his career. 3-Sachin is not the same Sachin. That's all I would say. Time to go please[Coming from a die hard Sachin fan] 4-NO.6 is a huge problem. Raina has wasted his chance once again. I'll again repeat,he's a terrific ODI and T20 player but guys like Tiwary,Badrinath,Rohit are all ahead of him in this race.

Bowling is fine. Bowling will never be perfect for India. We all know dat.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

To all the Sachin glorifiers,ask your so called master blaster to retire and give way to the youngsters.He is so pathetic in this series getting bowled thrice for below the score of 50.

Posted by rtruth90 on (September 3, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Kohli in his initial career, Played some matured match winnings innings. Where as the so called Indian batting greats(Including Tendulkar) never dominated in 4th innings of a test match with his batting. Sorry to say this, This is the reality . Tendulkar in his Complete career of 190 tests have never won a single match with his performance let alone a series. He might have won some man of the matches against Srilanka and likes , But never played for the country except he was so busy making useless records. Please Bcci kick him out . He is chokes big time in pressure situation and in Crunch matches.

Posted by dork29 on (September 3, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

It was a very good test match. It had all the ingredients, gave eberyone a fair chance and kept up the suspense. Three facts emerged out of this test and more importantly, this series. Virat Kohli is th emainstay of Indian batting, MSD is the best captain India has ever had and Sachin Tendulkar is FINISHED. he is playing out of memory and even that is not serving him right. Virat, in spite of his limitations in talent, is mentally so strong that he easily comes across as a colossus while batting. The best thing about him is, he puts a price on his wicket. he never gifts away his wicket. Bowlers have to earn it. He is the Wall. Pujara still has some way to go. Raina is a misfit for Tests. Sachin should retire sooner than later - preferably before the England tour : he is a liability now. Sehwag and Gambhir are also on their way out. This series was indeed a wake up call. the heroes are dead - long live the heroes....

Posted by India_boy on (September 3, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

WTH ???? why is Ashwin the MOS? Kohli scored 2 fifties and 1 century in 3 inns. that he batted, at an avg. of 106.00, including the match where none of the top 4 scored a single fifty in both the inns.! in comparison, Ashwin bowled on a spinners pitch! I wonder if the people who decide these things even think about such factors!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Well done India.The chance of victory was the same after the first innings but everything turned around later on

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Shows what a good match you can have when you provide a sporting wicket and play in a place (or a time) where the temperature is not in the 40s. When the players enjoy playing, the rest of us enjoy watching.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (September 3, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

tim southee stands out among the bowlers. he has got a great future ahead of him. it's funny to see indian batsman's hopping around against the fast bowlers. too much kuryy i think :)

Posted by binojpeter on (September 3, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

One thing I am almost sure now. Even if we are going to win the England series, it will only be 2-1 and not anything more.

Posted by ramli on (September 3, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Nice ending to a good test ... Indians can be happy that their young batsmen came true when needed ... seam bowling would be strengthened with the arrival if Ishant ... can look forward positively to absorbing test series against Eng and Aus ... congrats to Dhoni, Virat (MOM) and Ashwin (MOS)

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 3, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Even though we managed a win but nothing to celebrat, except our record at home remained intact , IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALTOGER A DEFERENT STOREY HAD IT BEEN ENG, AUS, PAK, SA it seems that with this team ,it will be defficult to beat ENG in the coming series, unless we play on rank turners i would have held SAHWAAG sole responsible in case we lost this match , nearly 100 match veteran but the way he threw his wicket just un believable , 20s, 30s will not do against those top 4 teams , we should also have to see new bowl;ing options as ZAHEERS is failing us, DHONI doesnt have confident on YADAV .

Posted by 777aditya on (September 3, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Ashwin had a dream series as a bowler and he batted well enough to almost end any lingering hopes of Bhajji's comeback. Kohli just keeps getting better and better. Pujara, Ojha, and Dhoni had a good series also. One really feels bad for the likes of Rahane - he should have played in at least one match. Zaheer bowled well in patches and Sachin played a few breathtaking shots in between getting bowled thrice. Frankly, though, both have started to appear over the hill.

Posted by annys on (September 3, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

The problem with Raina is approach, he does not have a sound defence so when under pressure he always opts to hit out without any sense of the match situation.Badri or rahane surely need to take his place ITS HIGH TIME THEY DO.

Posted by Match_Referee on (September 3, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Even a weak NZ team can make Team India sweat for a victory in their own backyard... Eng. will complete a series win in India quite comprehensively with Swann being Man of the Series.... Thats for sure...Definately Dhoni will not ask curators to prepare turning wickets against England...

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 3, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Once again India home tigers with a pathetic record away. Much like England. Australia continue to dominate anywhere and everywhere.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 3, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

i think new zealand has got a great future in terms of fast bowling . the way their fast bowlers especially southee & boult troubled indian batsmen in indian conditions was something special , you usually don't see an overseas fast bowler getting a 7 wkt haul in india . most importantly all the three fast bowlers are young . bracewell is 21 years old , boult & southee are 23 years old .

Posted by dinuhebbar on (September 3, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Breaking news, in the 2nd innings, SRT has maintained his average of 27 runs for the year less than half of his career average of 55. During 2012, till date, in five tests at Sydney, Perth and Adelaide against Australia and at Hyderabad n Bangalore against New Zeland, Great SRT has scored 245 runs in 9 innings (41, 80,15,8,25,13,19,17 and 27) at 27.22 with only one fifty. Compare to this, Kohli has scored 501 runs (23,9,44,75,116,22,58,103 and 51) with 3 fifties and two centuries. This is what 'Hunger for runs' delivers. Everyone respect SRT's past records. But that should not let a talent suffer on bench just to satisfy his commercial commitments.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 3, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

from this series certain points are proved . 1. gambhir can't play offstumo line deleveries , he wil keep getting out in poking them whether on a green track or flat track . 2. sachin 's reflexes are gone slow . it's time to make a retirement plan for him . may be the eng tour will be perfect for him to retire . 3 . raina is not suitable for test level , the wild heave at the ball was not a test shot , if dhoni continue with him then i m sure gream swann will give raina some more king pairs like he give him in oval last year, drop raina try badrinath or rohit sharma at no. 6 position 4 . zaheer khan is fading . india need to find a replacement for him , also bowling coach needs to talk to umesh , he is becoming like a shock bowler , in one spell he will bowl half volleys while in the other he will bowl some beauties . 5 . virat kohli & pujara have the temprament to be a test player .

Posted by Romenevans on (September 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Well played NZ! They should be proud of their young pace attack, specially Tim and Trent Boult. Great match! Virat you beauty! Sachin please retire, we are bored of your mediocre batting and obsession for records. In fact i have just made a new record of posting a comment for Sachin's retirement....please!

Posted by khiladisher on (September 3, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

SALUTE TO KOHLI-HE IS ON ROUTE TO BECOME THE NEXT GREAT BATSMAN IN THE WORLD-HOWEVER SACHIN HAS TO RETIRE AND FOCUS ON RAJYA SABHA-3TIMES BOWLED IN 3 INNINGS IS NOT ON.LET THE NEXT SERIES BE HIS IDEAL SWAN-SONG GROUND.LAST 9 INNINGS HE HAS NOT CROSSED 27RUNS-THAT AT A RIPE OLD-AGE OF 39-CALLS FOR HIM TO BE SACKED FROM THE TEAM.

Posted by SnowSnake on (September 3, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

While India won, it has major batting problems. There are four highly unreliable batsmen who rarely score over 50. These are Gambhir, Shewag, Tendulkar and Raina. Earlier there were two more-- Dravid and VVS. This series was won due to three batsmen-- Pujara, Kholi and Dhoni. India needs to replace at least Gambhir and Raina asap with Tendulkar next in line.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Sachin's reaction after his dismissal was something I have never seen in my life. Pundits say these things are bound to happen for a player coming from a long layoff. If that is the case, Sachin has to blame himself for that. His inclination to skip matches and spend time with his family does not seem to be doing any good. At the age of 39, you won't have the agility of a 23-year old and eyesight, reflexes will have certainly diminished. To counter this, Sachin should keep himself fit and match-hardened. He has to play matches in domestic circuit to get that form back. With India not playing any test match till the month of November, Sachin should find a way to get match-hardened. England and Australian bowlers will be feeling that it is easier to breach Sachin's defense in India. One wonders how well he would play in SA 2013 tour where conditions will suit pacers. These are worrying signs.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

nice to see virat batting under pressure . dhoni is best captain india ever produce

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Conrates India now its time for Kangaroo curry with some English spices

Posted by kc69 on (September 3, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Now then is what i call a real test match however can anyone pump some common sense in both the openers as i said in beggining of the series Sehwag and Gambhir are free wickets you dont need to get it they will throw at you.However Kohli is a gem and i'm sure every format will have his name on top batsmen in a couple of years.

Posted by Aazikhameed on (September 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

i would like to see ashwin as a useful batsman for india,, dhoni needs to give some chance to him for up the batting order.........

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Great show by Kohli. What a controlled knock. Sachin should retire for the sake of youngsters to bloom up like Kohli. Superb show by Ashwin too. No chance for Bhajji for the time being. They must give chance to Rahane and Mukund immediately in place of Sachin and Shewag for the sake of good Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Sachin is slow now,, please realise dont fall low in your career take a sensible decision. We all love you but Ageing..........

Posted by premclement on (September 3, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Well done lads. keep it up and thrash Eng when they tour us in Nov. Good luck for the one dayers.

Posted by shaantanu on (September 3, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Request to Sachin Sir from an ardent fan of yours:Dear Sachin Sir,please call it a day gracefully before you lose the respect of your fans which you earned over the years and deservedly so.its time to give someone else a chance for the future of Indian cricket.you have achieved the heights of success.why would you want your fans to start disliking you......please sir please leave before its too late.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (September 3, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Congratulations on a hard-fought win against the gutsy Kiwi's. Good preparation for the upcoming series vs. ENG; should be a comfortable win for your guys and some sweet revenge for your last tour to ENG.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Team India...congratulations but you need to do a lot more to remove the tag of 'slow track bullies'.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Good performance...Tight win...Kohli kept his neve in the Company of Dhoni...early days yet but the young brigade has shown signs of arrival...knowing them, besides the Team, two other Happy Guys will be Dravid and Laxman.Well Done...

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

will tendulkar undertand about the aging factor and will he retire after this dismal performance??

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 3, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Gambhir once again poking deliveries outside..he is still not learning from australia series...time to take serious decisions.....and to all people whom are asking for sachin's retirement please better ask raina to retire in tests...he is not a test material..please raina make way for rahane please..

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Good comeback by Kiwis in this second test. It was not one sided as both the teams played with lot of fire in their belly. Well done Ashwin and Kohli you guys were wonderful in both the matches, not to forget Ojha who has bowled really well. Good start to the season for the Indian team. All the best guys, carry on the form to T20 WC in SL.

Posted by Kaushiktrendy on (September 3, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Very good win for india. It looks like we have found someone in laxman's role for now. Mind you there's no comparison. Wat laxman has done for india, it'l take lot of yrs of consistent performance for kohli to reach there. But for now we do have a guy who excels in chases and apparently has no weakness as said on air by ganguly. And pujara does look solid too.

Posted by premnauth on (September 3, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Raina is not test match material. Good to see NZ fighting and ind just did not roll them over this time in the end ind held their nerve.

Posted by Stark62 on (September 3, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Ind struggled against Nz and remember, Bang thrashed Nz not so long ago and that middle order seems so brittle with Dravid and Laxman's departure, plus Sachin didn't do much this series either and hasn't performed to his ability in a while.

Eng with KP or no KP, will win in Ind!!

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

The biggest problem for India is the No.6 slot.. It is not that easy to fill that slot as most batsmen are No.3/4 for respective domestic teams and need to have a good changeover in batting style at 6. There are two options. 1) Pick him as a guy who can bat with one of top 5. 2) Pick a guy who can bat with the keeper and tail and score at faster pace or counter attack. Most teams struggle to do it. Pakistan - Asad/Umar, England - Bopara/Bairstow, SA - Rudolph/Duminy. Australia are lucky to have Hussey there. The other teams have all rounders like Samuels, Mathews, NZ with Franklin now. Personally given Kohli's form, would like to see extra security for him and would love to see either Badri there or Rahane in at 6(bit harsh on him but no other go). I don't think Raina will be a long term plan after this mini series.

Posted by Sachin_the_god_forever on (September 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Sachin bowled again:-(...sachin please get back to some form otherwise your bashers will call for your retirement with the reason of making way for youngsters.....i dont know which youngsters they are telling...may be they are telling (ROHIT SHARMA,RAINA,JADEJA)

Posted by indianpunter on (September 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Good win. But, the shortcomings will go unnoticed. How a NZ side, without their best player, gave India a close run should evoke some tough questions. The selectors need to take a long hard look at Gambhir's position in the team, Sehwag's position ( both in the team and his batting position, if deemed eligible to play) and someone needs to talk about the elephant in the room. SA 2013 seems such a long way away for ST. I think his career will be ended by Anderson and co, when they come calling soon.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (September 3, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Despite some fine performances my lasting memory of this series will be of the umpiring; all the "luck" going India's way and the lack of DRS. I don't think Aus or Eng will put up with that. Time for India to join the real world.

Posted by 200ondebut on (September 3, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

SRT's form must be a bit of a concern. Time to retire ?

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 3, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Good win. This game shouldn't be counted as a "Flat track" win. A good track which aided both the teams and in fact, NZ might not get another track like this again in India under such conditions.. They did put a great fight and should be happy with the fight shown by their players.. But at the same time, match was up for grab and not sure why somethings were not done.. Why wasn't Kane bowling? He was the best spinner in their side in WI and shouldn't have been left unused.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

must say this was a excellent test match, great pitch and New zealnd fought well. Great game congrats India from a WESTINDIES fan

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 3, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Man of the Match should be Raina and Man of the series must be sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by vikas17071989 on (September 3, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Well done india...u scrapped ol d critics....

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