India A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial Test, Vizag, 3rd day September 4, 2013

Juneja ton keeps India fighting for lead

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India A 408 for 7 (Juneja 178*, Jagadeesh 91, Bracewell 3-75) trail New Zealand A 437 (Devcich 115, Anderson 100, Kulkarni 3-53) by 29 runs
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Manprit Juneja's fifth first-class century helped India A end the third day of the unofficial Test in Visakhapatnam within a touching distance of New Zealand A's first-innings total. Juneja was unbeaten on 178 and with only three wickets remaining, he will be key on the fourth morning if India are to take the lead.

India trailed by 343 at the start of the day but Juneja and VA Jagadeesh, the overnight batsmen who had stabilised the innings on the third afternoon after the early losses, helped the home team progress past 200. The two shared a stand of 197 for the third wicket before Doug Bracewell dismissed Jagadeesh nine short of what could have been his seventh first-class century.

It took another 18 overs, however, for New Zealand to make the next strike as Juneja scripted an 88-run stand with his captain Abhishek Nayar, who reached his half-century in quick time. Nayar, fresh from his century in the previous match, needed only 55 deliveries for his 57. But New Zealand clawed back with a couple of wickets in quick succession when Bracewell picked up his third and Corey Anderson had CM Gautam caught behind.

However, Juneja found adequate support from the lower order and he added 37 and 33 with Jalaj Saxena and Shrikant Wagh. He went onto frustrate New Zealand during the last 15 overs of the day with an unbroken 34-run partnership with Dhawal Kulkarni, who played out 50 balls for his 4.

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  • Cpt.Meanster on September 4, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    This display from Juneja is yet another testament to the HUGE pool of talented batsmen coming out of India's first class system. We should be PROUD of our youngsters who are simply better than players from other countries. Given the right opportunities, they can comfortably replace our former greats. I am extremely pleased for Manpreet Juneja, this kid has serious talent. I hope Unmukt Chand gets back to scoring runs, he too is a vital cog for the future.

  • on September 4, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    After performing admirably for Gujarat last season across all the domestic formats, we got to see Juneja for the first time during the last IPL Season for the Delhi Daredevils. Although he was not able to make any significant contribution for them, the thing that impressed me about him was that he looked a very compct player at the crease and always had time on his side to play his shots. He got out while trying to force the pace which often happens to many batsmen and I am sure that Juneja will be able to overcome that problem quite quickly given the talent that he has. Who knows he might already have worked on it. He needs to perform in a similar manner for at least one more Ranji Season before getting into the scheme of representing the country. India has a lot of talented batsmen right now and those who are first in line must grab their opportunities if they don't want to be out of the side too soon. Best of luck to the young lad and hope he makes it big in the International Arena.

  • on September 5, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Just rubbish. Boring matches on a dead placid wickets with lots of centuries. dont see any use of it. Secondly it proves that Indian bowling is just pathetic. A land with thousandtimes more population than Newzealand and not a single bowler who can bowl 140+...

  • on September 5, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Whats the use of the test matches on flat tracks? We should groom youngesters on Aussie type of pitrches where bowl would swing and moment World cup venue is decided, BCCi should ask groundsmen to prepare seamer friendly wickets for dometic cricket so that they can be groomed for upcoming world cup. We should have a strong base but not for only flat tracks. On these flat tracks, even Sir Jadeja hits triple ton whoc cant even see the bowl while playing seamers on seamer friendly pitches.

  • Criketanand on September 5, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    M juneja is a very good player showing on his 1st class avg and recent showing against NZ. But India needs to help these kids become better and world class by sending them overseas to play in other countries for a season or 2 of first class games in those countries to learn different training regimes and different pitches and different intensities. This will prepare them for future when they play test and know how to adjust to different conditions and different players etc.

  • anshu.s on September 5, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    king_julien , i agree with you that Juneja is not cut our for IPL, he looked out of his depth batting for DD at this season's IPL , It will be good for Juneja,Indian cricket and the franchisees not to have him play IPL , but then you can't blame the likes of Pujara and Juneja for having the burning desire to prove themselves in all three formats and resist attempts to pigeonhole them as a Test specialist.

  • Naresh28 on September 5, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    @cpt.meanster - well put, India will have selection headaches with the amount of talent coming thru - especially in the batting/spin bowling departments. As an Indian cricket fan its nice to know and we can overcome the departure of the senior stalwarts. I must admit I did not know Juneja's first class average was 72 and only after the following the score on cricinfo, I decided to look it up. Longevity (no of balls faced) will hold some players better suited to Tests.

  • king_julien on September 5, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Manpreet seems to have the appetite for big scores, someone not satisfied with just a century but usually gets a big score. A very good temperament indeed. If he does keep performing like this, he should be included in test team after 2-3 more seasons. (not more, not less) . He's not built for the IPLs, hope BCCI stops picking players on IPL form.

  • zn264 on September 5, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    India still couldn't match NZ's first total though, let's not forget that! Great work to the Black Caps and promising signs for the battle on home turf for these nation's top sides in a couple of months

  • kiwicricketnut on September 5, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    our best batting talent since crowe is williamson and he has a test average of 30, wouldn't it be great if we could produce a batter with a first class average in the 80's, don't think it will happen in my life time and im only 30, i always hold out hope one day one of our batters will step up and average over 50 at test level but im always let down. nz batters are terrible our only hope is to produce the best bowling attack in the world so our batters don't have to score much, got to envy india's batting depth.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 4, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    This display from Juneja is yet another testament to the HUGE pool of talented batsmen coming out of India's first class system. We should be PROUD of our youngsters who are simply better than players from other countries. Given the right opportunities, they can comfortably replace our former greats. I am extremely pleased for Manpreet Juneja, this kid has serious talent. I hope Unmukt Chand gets back to scoring runs, he too is a vital cog for the future.

  • on September 4, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    After performing admirably for Gujarat last season across all the domestic formats, we got to see Juneja for the first time during the last IPL Season for the Delhi Daredevils. Although he was not able to make any significant contribution for them, the thing that impressed me about him was that he looked a very compct player at the crease and always had time on his side to play his shots. He got out while trying to force the pace which often happens to many batsmen and I am sure that Juneja will be able to overcome that problem quite quickly given the talent that he has. Who knows he might already have worked on it. He needs to perform in a similar manner for at least one more Ranji Season before getting into the scheme of representing the country. India has a lot of talented batsmen right now and those who are first in line must grab their opportunities if they don't want to be out of the side too soon. Best of luck to the young lad and hope he makes it big in the International Arena.

  • on September 5, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Just rubbish. Boring matches on a dead placid wickets with lots of centuries. dont see any use of it. Secondly it proves that Indian bowling is just pathetic. A land with thousandtimes more population than Newzealand and not a single bowler who can bowl 140+...

  • on September 5, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Whats the use of the test matches on flat tracks? We should groom youngesters on Aussie type of pitrches where bowl would swing and moment World cup venue is decided, BCCi should ask groundsmen to prepare seamer friendly wickets for dometic cricket so that they can be groomed for upcoming world cup. We should have a strong base but not for only flat tracks. On these flat tracks, even Sir Jadeja hits triple ton whoc cant even see the bowl while playing seamers on seamer friendly pitches.

  • Criketanand on September 5, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    M juneja is a very good player showing on his 1st class avg and recent showing against NZ. But India needs to help these kids become better and world class by sending them overseas to play in other countries for a season or 2 of first class games in those countries to learn different training regimes and different pitches and different intensities. This will prepare them for future when they play test and know how to adjust to different conditions and different players etc.

  • anshu.s on September 5, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    king_julien , i agree with you that Juneja is not cut our for IPL, he looked out of his depth batting for DD at this season's IPL , It will be good for Juneja,Indian cricket and the franchisees not to have him play IPL , but then you can't blame the likes of Pujara and Juneja for having the burning desire to prove themselves in all three formats and resist attempts to pigeonhole them as a Test specialist.

  • Naresh28 on September 5, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    @cpt.meanster - well put, India will have selection headaches with the amount of talent coming thru - especially in the batting/spin bowling departments. As an Indian cricket fan its nice to know and we can overcome the departure of the senior stalwarts. I must admit I did not know Juneja's first class average was 72 and only after the following the score on cricinfo, I decided to look it up. Longevity (no of balls faced) will hold some players better suited to Tests.

  • king_julien on September 5, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Manpreet seems to have the appetite for big scores, someone not satisfied with just a century but usually gets a big score. A very good temperament indeed. If he does keep performing like this, he should be included in test team after 2-3 more seasons. (not more, not less) . He's not built for the IPLs, hope BCCI stops picking players on IPL form.

  • zn264 on September 5, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    India still couldn't match NZ's first total though, let's not forget that! Great work to the Black Caps and promising signs for the battle on home turf for these nation's top sides in a couple of months

  • kiwicricketnut on September 5, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    our best batting talent since crowe is williamson and he has a test average of 30, wouldn't it be great if we could produce a batter with a first class average in the 80's, don't think it will happen in my life time and im only 30, i always hold out hope one day one of our batters will step up and average over 50 at test level but im always let down. nz batters are terrible our only hope is to produce the best bowling attack in the world so our batters don't have to score much, got to envy india's batting depth.

  • reywob on September 5, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    NZ would die to be able to have someone who averages 70+ in first class cricket

  • usernames on September 4, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    This guy *had* a first class average of 72. The average would go up to 84, if he remains unbeaten, or 78 if he gets out. Tremendous!

  • njr1330 on September 4, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Juneja's 1st class average is now 82....really, nothing more needs to be said!!

  • prasanna_79 on September 4, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    It would be a good idea to have a tie up with any of the cricket boards like australia,south africa or newzealand and send one of our A teams to compete in their FC tournaments so that our fringe players get more exposure to alien conditions and be ready for international challenges when their chances come. Particularly good performances by spinners & batsmen abroad should be given more weightage when it comes to selection.Indian bowling is the thing to be concentrated more on at the moment, as we need to develop a pool of young pace bowlers for all the conditions & quality spinners who can perform well on foreign pitches.

  • on September 4, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    This is the problem! Juneja is justifiably praised for the 100, but Jagadeesh with an equally important knock is ignored. To play for India A from Kerala and make 91 in your only chance is not to be ignored

  • Rohit... on September 4, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Juneja should be tried against weaker team and not against SA in green tracks.... With right amount of confidence, he can be the new Wall of India...

  • Naresh28 on September 4, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    MARK OF CLASS from Juneja to survive 336 balls and score 178; I always believe test players who can withstand all those balls are GOOD. Look at Pujara and Vijay also to an extent. as @al_bundy1 this guy has a first class average of 72 - thats quite something.

  • Haleos on September 4, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Give this kid a chance in the WI tests. We need to have a pool of batsman for SA.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on September 4, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Very very paciancy batting from juneja. Please keep this paciancy always.kepp it up. I think undmukth chand can be concentrate on his batting not on the advertises.instad of unmukth give chance to the rahul or akshat reddy.c.m goutham also wested his chances.it's time to test another keeper uday kaul.

  • pull_shot on September 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    well played juneja and I cant understand ehy he played only 1 ranji season upto now he would. have got more exposure and ready for indian selection.

  • on September 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Manpit juneja at 4 has 84 avg in fc cricket that good to replace sachin fo sa tour .sachin have retair giving chanch playar like m tiwari, rohit sharma, vijay zol, a nayar, a rahane, robin bista, ashok maneriya mandip singh etc

  • Al_Bundy1 on September 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Juneja has a first class average of 72. It's a good thing that he was given a chance in India A team. Now he deserves a shot at the Indian team. After Tendulkar announces his retirement after playing his 200th test, Juneja can be tried as no. 4 or no. 5 batsman in the Indian team.

  • Al_Bundy1 on September 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Juneja has a first class average of 72. It's a good thing that he was given a chance in India A team. Now he deserves a shot at the Indian team. After Tendulkar announces his retirement after playing his 200th test, Juneja can be tried as no. 4 or no. 5 batsman in the Indian team.

  • on September 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Manpit juneja at 4 has 84 avg in fc cricket that good to replace sachin fo sa tour .sachin have retair giving chanch playar like m tiwari, rohit sharma, vijay zol, a nayar, a rahane, robin bista, ashok maneriya mandip singh etc

  • pull_shot on September 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    well played juneja and I cant understand ehy he played only 1 ranji season upto now he would. have got more exposure and ready for indian selection.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on September 4, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Very very paciancy batting from juneja. Please keep this paciancy always.kepp it up. I think undmukth chand can be concentrate on his batting not on the advertises.instad of unmukth give chance to the rahul or akshat reddy.c.m goutham also wested his chances.it's time to test another keeper uday kaul.

  • Haleos on September 4, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Give this kid a chance in the WI tests. We need to have a pool of batsman for SA.

  • Naresh28 on September 4, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    MARK OF CLASS from Juneja to survive 336 balls and score 178; I always believe test players who can withstand all those balls are GOOD. Look at Pujara and Vijay also to an extent. as @al_bundy1 this guy has a first class average of 72 - thats quite something.

  • Rohit... on September 4, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Juneja should be tried against weaker team and not against SA in green tracks.... With right amount of confidence, he can be the new Wall of India...

  • on September 4, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    This is the problem! Juneja is justifiably praised for the 100, but Jagadeesh with an equally important knock is ignored. To play for India A from Kerala and make 91 in your only chance is not to be ignored

  • prasanna_79 on September 4, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    It would be a good idea to have a tie up with any of the cricket boards like australia,south africa or newzealand and send one of our A teams to compete in their FC tournaments so that our fringe players get more exposure to alien conditions and be ready for international challenges when their chances come. Particularly good performances by spinners & batsmen abroad should be given more weightage when it comes to selection.Indian bowling is the thing to be concentrated more on at the moment, as we need to develop a pool of young pace bowlers for all the conditions & quality spinners who can perform well on foreign pitches.

  • njr1330 on September 4, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Juneja's 1st class average is now 82....really, nothing more needs to be said!!