New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 2nd day February 7, 2014

McCullum, quicks keep India down


India 130 for 4 (Rohit 67*, Boult 2-20) trail New Zealand 503 (McCullum 224, Williamson 113, Anderson 77, Ishant 6-134) by 373 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Brendon McCullum narrowly missed improving his best Test score, but his second double-century formed the bedrock of New Zealand's strong first-innings total after being put into bat at Eden Park. His seamers then complemented his effort by nipping out India's top order cheaply before Rohit Sharma stemmed New Zealand's progress with an attractive array of shots that fetched him a half-century. He took India past 100 without further damage until bad light brought an early end to play.

McCullum was measured instead of cavalier during a century stand with Corey Anderson, scoring only 53 out of 133, which ensured New Zealand resumed in the manner they had finished on the first day. He stepped it up after the partnership was broken.

On 192, McCullum charged the third delivery of the last over before lunch, from Ravindra Jadeja, and cleared the fielder at long-on. He then swished the last delivery through square leg to end the first session on 202. McCullum was the last man dismissed, caught on the boundary by a sure-footed Jadeja, giving Ishant Sharma his sixth wicket. Ishant had managed to take a five-wicket haul after 19 Tests, but he was expensive as New Zealand racked up 174 runs in 31.4 overs on the second day.

McCullum had resumed seven short of his 150 and reached the milestone with a well-timed straight drive in the third over. His next boundary - a whiplash cut through point off Ishant - came eight overs later. The score, though, had been boosted by a series of boundaries by Anderson.

Had India learned from the first day, they would have noted how the New Zealand batsmen had feasted on short deliveries. Their approach seemed to have changed on the second, when Zaheer Khan and Ishant started with fuller balls, drawing thick outside edges in the first few overs. The short delivery, however, made a re-appearance after only five overs and was duly dismissed with a powerful pull from Anderson. The force of the shot didn't seem to make an impression on Ishant, who repeated a bouncer in the same over only to be dismissed through square leg again.

Anderson had been circumspect at the start his innings on the first day, but the power of the batsman who owns the record for the fastest ODI century was in full show as a mis-timed drive off Ishant rocketed to the long-on boundary. Anderson racked up eight boundaries in the 31 balls he faced on the second day. The second of those - a dab through gully - brought up his second 50-plus score in Tests; the third brought up New Zealand's second consecutive century stand.

Against benign bowling, Anderson looked set for his second hundred but was cut short by a poor decision from umpire Steve Davis. He was struck above the knee roll by an Ishant delivery from round the wicket and replays indicated the ball would have missed the stumps on both line and height. The innings, and the partnership with McCullum, however, meant that New Zealand continued scoring at frenetic pace.

Bowling an extended spell, Ishant picked up his fourth wicket when he had BJ Watling caught at third slip. He used the short-ball attack again in search for his fifth only to be hooked for a couple of sixes by Tim Southee. His nine-over spell cost India 60, and Ishant returned to complete his five-for with the wicket of Ish Sodhi.

The pitch that had seemed dormant during the first innings sprang to life once New Zealand began bowling. Trent Boult overstepped off the first ball of the innings but compensated by striking twice in the opening over. Since that 187 on debut, Shikhar Dhawan had scored only 132 runs in his next six innings. His fortunes plummeted further in Auckland, where he fell for a three-ball duck. Aiming to hit Boult through midwicket, Dhawan was squared up by the seam movement and caught at gully.

Boult then made the big breakthrough with the last ball of the over, the extra delivery drawing Cheteshwar Pujara into an uncharacteristically loose drive. The batsman could only edge it to the wicketkeeper and India were 3 for 2.

Tim Southee compounded India's problems by bowling a nasty bouncer that flicked Kohli's thumb, hit the helmet and lobbed to second slip. The batsman appeared unhappy at the decision, but hot-spot and the snickometer confirmed the dismissal.

That was the ball of the day, until Neil Wagner's delivery to dismiss M Vijay. Batting with the poise he showed in South Africa, Vijay was making progress. He had hit five delightful boundaries before Wagner, bowling from round the wicket, angled the ball in and got it to straighten just enough to hit the top of off. The batsman thought he had his stumps covered, but was beaten on the outside edge.

India were 51 for 4 and had it not been for Rohit, their situation could have been worse. He made the customary slow start, scoring 1 off his first 24 deliveries, but then hit eight boundaries and a six. Three of those came in one Wagner over: a pull in front of square followed by a punch through covers and a late cut over the slip cordon. With Rahane, Rohit added 79 at more than four an over. However, with India still 174 short of the follow-on mark, they have a mountain to climb.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mzm149 on February 8, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    @Nawab67: The striking difference between home and away records shows that home pitches are doctored badly to favor the batsmen to inflate their records. I hope it's not to tough for you to understand though I highly doubt it.

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    @ Mahi Bal on (February 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT) - Why are you stating the obvious??

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    @ ram91106 - I don't agree. I think most Indian fans are genuinely concerned!!! Short of experience does not justify India's pathetic performances - The lack go fight and burning desire is blatantly obvious??? You may be right that SOME are bashing the team for the fun factor but MOST are genuinely concerned or they would not waste their time like I am doing now. Losing 9/10 Tests overseas (about to become 10/11) is not respectable by any stretch - experience notwithstanding! Indian players are best paid and hero-worshipped in India. Coming from a country of a billion, they are getting hammered by little NZ where cricket is not even their top sport!! Look at the embarrassing pace Ishant is bowling at? Look at how the batsman fell over cheaply? Look at the pathetic drop catches and slips not stopping the ball from going to the boundary? Look at what BCCI is doing to assist development of pace bowlers?

  • Maroubra_Flyer on February 8, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Great comment ram91106. Your guys are young & inexperienced & have done well considering. Pick & stick has always been the aussie mantra & most players need close to 30 tests to be really good. Don't be like England who chop & change too much, they are influenced by negative comments in their press etc. Stick by your team India, they will definitely come good. On thing however, you can't win overseas if you never play on bouncy wickets. In Aus we have a variety - Brisbane seam/swing, Adelaide batting/spin, Perth bounce, Melbourne bounce/swing, Sydney spin. Our tracks were always like that even when the Windies had their 4 quicks. OK we lost more often than not, but eventually our guys improved. India need a variety of decks (Feel sorry for Ishant). I think Nagpur? bounces a bit more. 2 tracks bounce & swing, 2 low & spin each tour to India & watch India take over the world (you must be killing your quicks with those low wickets, I'm sure they're there).

  • heathrf1974 on February 8, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Great comeback by India. Can dreams come true?

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    indians team is lion of their home only.cant make any success oversease. specially where the ball moves. but in India on slow n flat wicket can beat any team of the world. its reason why India become no.1 becose of playing their more then 70 percent matches at home.

  • sashichand on February 7, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Replica of SA Tour!!!!!!! No one has survived half a days play. Will Team india can manage to play till EOD's Play in the 2nd Innings

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    flat track bullies collapse like a house of cards.

  • mzm149 on February 8, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    @Nawab67: The striking difference between home and away records shows that home pitches are doctored badly to favor the batsmen to inflate their records. I hope it's not to tough for you to understand though I highly doubt it.

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    @ Mahi Bal on (February 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT) - Why are you stating the obvious??

  • Johnny_129 on February 8, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    @ ram91106 - I don't agree. I think most Indian fans are genuinely concerned!!! Short of experience does not justify India's pathetic performances - The lack go fight and burning desire is blatantly obvious??? You may be right that SOME are bashing the team for the fun factor but MOST are genuinely concerned or they would not waste their time like I am doing now. Losing 9/10 Tests overseas (about to become 10/11) is not respectable by any stretch - experience notwithstanding! Indian players are best paid and hero-worshipped in India. Coming from a country of a billion, they are getting hammered by little NZ where cricket is not even their top sport!! Look at the embarrassing pace Ishant is bowling at? Look at how the batsman fell over cheaply? Look at the pathetic drop catches and slips not stopping the ball from going to the boundary? Look at what BCCI is doing to assist development of pace bowlers?

  • Maroubra_Flyer on February 8, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Great comment ram91106. Your guys are young & inexperienced & have done well considering. Pick & stick has always been the aussie mantra & most players need close to 30 tests to be really good. Don't be like England who chop & change too much, they are influenced by negative comments in their press etc. Stick by your team India, they will definitely come good. On thing however, you can't win overseas if you never play on bouncy wickets. In Aus we have a variety - Brisbane seam/swing, Adelaide batting/spin, Perth bounce, Melbourne bounce/swing, Sydney spin. Our tracks were always like that even when the Windies had their 4 quicks. OK we lost more often than not, but eventually our guys improved. India need a variety of decks (Feel sorry for Ishant). I think Nagpur? bounces a bit more. 2 tracks bounce & swing, 2 low & spin each tour to India & watch India take over the world (you must be killing your quicks with those low wickets, I'm sure they're there).

  • heathrf1974 on February 8, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Great comeback by India. Can dreams come true?

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    indians team is lion of their home only.cant make any success oversease. specially where the ball moves. but in India on slow n flat wicket can beat any team of the world. its reason why India become no.1 becose of playing their more then 70 percent matches at home.

  • sashichand on February 7, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Replica of SA Tour!!!!!!! No one has survived half a days play. Will Team india can manage to play till EOD's Play in the 2nd Innings

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    flat track bullies collapse like a house of cards.

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    think should have enforced follow on. now gives India chance to bat out for draw

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Forget anything else ... Gavasker's commentary is pathetic... Any permutation or connotation to prove that indian team can win from here or every game ... He should just retire from any sort of cricketing activity as he is losing his mind

  • fair_paly_1 on February 7, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    So, 202 all NZ bowling better than SA?

    But Ishant Sharma 6 for even better than your heart out NZ bowlers! He is Dhoni's trump cad.

  • heathrf1974 on February 7, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    The only disappointing thing is the lack of fans at the ground. The NZ team are going fantastic and deserve more support.

  • ICKY on February 7, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    Indian team should thank BCCI for making them something out ofnthe world and soon that crazy BCCI chief will take India out of ICC to show the world, we are holy cow. Indian team is still the best batting side but is under pressure due to having to face questions of a ateam out of the world. Get thhe crazy BCCI officials hell out of their seats and dump them. Indian team can come back to be a competitive team.

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    my team for wc15 sachin, gavaskr, bedi, kapildev, amarnath, kirmani, dravid, ganguly,srinath, prasad, laxman & kumble 12th man ; )

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    indian players look like aliens..they are not familiar with non -flat track cricket, yet they want to rule the poor world of cricket. shame..

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    this country wants to create new system call 2 tier test team. they shud in the 2nd tier.

  • on February 7, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    The way dhoni was playing, he should be saying to himself. I do not know this version of cricket

  • mannan_ma on February 7, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Winning the toss and inserting the opposition to bat is an inherently negative strategy. Good teams bat first when on winning a toss. They put on over 400 in the first innings and try and put pressure on the team batting second. Teams that have the positive grain in them follow this simple method. If evidence is needed then look up the records of teams like Australia and West Indies of the past. Teams not sure of either their batting or bowling do exactly what India is guilty of doing. Indian board needs to reinvest the moolah it is making in good sporting pitches and not in minefields that they come up with in domestic cricket.If the current trend of India going abroad and loosing against one and all continues then rest assured people will shun cricket and turn to other sports which will cut off the moolah for the board and the players.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 7, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    The helicopter man is gone. Now the tail is up. May be some fightback from the tail!!!

  • on February 7, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    india can play good cricket in their home ground.other event like world cup,asia ,any odi,t20 series outside of their country they cannot play well.

  • on February 7, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Subcontinent teams always seem to struggle with swing and seam when in temperate climates. Perhaps before touring, they should consider extended practice sessions (or even whole games) with balls doctored to behave in this way. Shouldn't be difficult. A harder bouncier core. Slightly unbalanced. More raised and rougher seam. One side permanently glazed. Come to think of it, introducing this ball to twenty/20 could add a new dimension. Or during the bowling power-play in 50 over to give a real advantage to the fielding side. Watch this space ...

  • graham66 on February 7, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    What on earth is going on with test crowds in NZ? They're in a great position, against an outstanding team, in the country's biggest city, and there are about 25 people there. Does anyone have any idea why?

  • on February 7, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    I think credit of this improvement of NZ bowlers should go to Chaminda Vaas also because I have seen this new emerge of NZ fast bowlers during their last visit to SL where Vaas trained them as a consultant..Specially the left armers..

  • GeoffreysMother on February 7, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Absolutely excellent start by Boult and Southee. Surely this is the best Kiwi team since the days of Hadlee, Crowe and Wright (if not ever). The only problem is the number of Newzealanders in the crowd in a city with over a million people. I've counted more Moa's than supporters.

    Come on Kiwi's (including my daughter and son in law) get yourselves there!

  • Chris_P on February 7, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    @KANCHANA623. "Australia didn't whitewash Sri Lanka in their last series." What does a 3-0 result over 3 tests represent then if not a whitewash?

  • fr600 on February 7, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    A follow-on is inevitable.

  • on February 7, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    With around a dozen catches dropped by India, NZ would have scored 500 even if Mitch Johnson, Steyn and Philander were bowling in this match. Pathetic fielding. Yes, all Indian bowlers were really "unlucky." It is the fielders who let India down this time.

  • lobsterchampion on February 7, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    I am trying to defend Indian team, but for all those who are critisizing India's overseas performance, tell me which team in the recent past has performed well abroad. England were thrashed in Aus just a few months after they looked like world beaters against the same side in their own backyard. They were also comprehensively beaten by Pakistan in UAE couple of years ago. Australia lost badly to India and England away from home less than a year ago. Paksitan were thrashed by SA in SA a year ago. Pakistan even lost a test match to Zim away from home. SL lost to Aus in 2012-13 season. The only team that has performed equally well at home and away is SA. Having said that, I do agree that India's pace bowling attack is probably among the weakest in the world. Given the fact that WC is just a year away in Aus-NZ, team management has to think seariously about pace bowling options.

  • on February 7, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Its just two days and people are already being judgemental. Give it some time. Fine India might lose....but for that to happen NZ need to get the other 6 wickets too. We probably have arguably the batsman with all the weaponry in his Arsenal in Rohit Sharma, still out there. On his day he can take any bowling unit apart. Give it some time before launching an attack on how India hasnt changed its ways. Shikhar Dhawan's honeymoon period is over and he has to get back to earth again or it opens doors for Gautam Gambhir yet again. Dhoni should realize Zaheer though bowling pretty decent isnt a long term solution and should make way for Umesh Yadav. But then Dhoni would rather prefer someone who plays in Yellow rather than picking someone actually decent. Time we keep Dhoni away from the selection unit and see the results. BleedBlue people....or for now...BleedWhite and get behind the boys. We still got this.

  • on February 7, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    I think India should start looking for a better test captain. Dhoni simply has no idea how to handle fast bowlers. When India lost a home series against Pakistan in 2005, then captain Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the team. Whereas Dhoni has lost all the overseas tour since 2011, except the Champions Trophy..Then why can't BCCI take strict approach against Dhoni.

  • on February 7, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    @GRV JPR looking forward to seeing what you have to say after todays play?? are you taking the mickey or what?? absolute tool!!

  • Nampally on February 7, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    @Greatest _Game: Yes, India is #2 in the ICC Test Rankings. This is based on their points. But the way they are playing against a #8 ranked test side, doubts the validity of ranking. That is why I challenged India to live up to their ranking. Also if India is to retain that ranking, they need to make several changes. I agree that Dhoni needs to be replaced because he lost every overseas Test series due to poor captaincy- particularly XI selection. My choice of new Test Captain is Rohit Sharma, if he can retain his Test spot. ZAK is past his best @ 35 + age. It is time to groom younger fast bowlers like Aaron, Pandey, Yadev & others not in the squad. India also needs 2 good openers. I have repeatedly pushed for technically sound Ashwin to open with Vijay or alternate like young Rahul (also a WK). Ashwin opening will also provide an additional bowler. The middle order is fine under Kohli, Pujara, Rohit & Rahane. Dhoni ignored all RH leg spinners in Tests so long. India needs one NOW.

  • heartbreakerz on February 7, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    WOW...some indian fans are still living in a fool's paradise....they are now giving various excuses (young team, transition...etc) but they were the ones who predicted that india gonna smash the kiwis even before the series began...n now suddenly they realise that their team is young...Lol

    India almost got whitewashed to #8 ranked team...but still we have some fans claiming that they are the best in the world.

    The truth is that india(with this team) are not good enough to win overseas n its not that they are unbeatable at home...which Eng n Pak proved recently. So it would be better if these blind fans can see the reality n accept it instead of giving poor excuses

  • hp1011 on February 7, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    I think the buck should stop with the captain and the selection committee. Take a tough stance. Lay it our clearly as to what is expected and what is not. For a batsman; top six (must maintain an average of at least 35 per batting innings counted over the last ten batting outings). If it, drops, you are out until you prove in the domestic cricket that you are worthy of re-entry in the Indian team, if there is a spot for you. For a bowler, the runs per wicket can not exceed 50 in five test matches. If it does, you are out and to be replaced by someonelse. In a country where billions of rupees are being made and young talent that can not get a chance it is not fair. For its part, BCCI needs to build some cricket grounds close to the ocean, and some at high elevations with bouncy laid tracks to simulate weather in other parts of the cricketing countriesm Let the best prevail. No exceptions. Lay it out for one and all to foster competition and challange to be worthy of inclusion

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    What's the excuse of Dhoni and our batsmen now?? IN SA, they had the excuse that they didn't have a single practice game, and they were facing thunderbolts from Steyn and Morkel. What's the excuse now?? Getting out to 130 kph dollies!! Batsmen like Dhawan should never be taken outside India.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 7, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Its now a confirmed fact that after consistent failures in SA and now NZ - Dharwan has now been officially registered by the ICC as the complete and ultimate flat track bully. Shame on those fans saying he was going to be Legend and likened him to Lara. lol

  • tests_the_best on February 7, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    @mzm149, what your long list of statistics leaves out is the fact that unlike odis, there are a lot of draws in tests and it's quite creditable for a subcontinental side to even draw a test overseas.

    One example: you quote "In south Africa India won 2 out of 17 matches (11.8%) Pakistan won 2 out of 9 matches (22.2%)" (You also left out Pak 0-3 whitewash last year from the above)

    But the detailed numbers are: W=2, L=8, D=7 for Ind vs W=2, L=9, D=1 for Pak which shows that Ind has clearly been better than Pak in SA.

    Similar numbers for other countries show that Ind has actually performed better than Pak in Aus & WI. I concede Pak has better results than Ind in Eng/NZ/SL. Also Ind/Pak never won series in SA/Aus but Pak never won a test series in WI (even in last 10 yrs when WI has been very weak) while Ind won 3 test series in WI including one in the 70s.

    Above facts show there's little to choose between Ind/Pak in overseas tests but Ind fared better in tougher places like SA/WI/Aus.

  • Stat1977 on February 7, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    I just saw the way Macculum and Williamson batted, for a moment I thought is this the 6th ODI, run rate is 4 plus.Are these rankings real? No.8 vs no 02? Seriously..Ranking never reflects the performance outside home.India lost all 04 series away.Eng, AUS, in NZ..and still the number 2.Very good trend for NZ,have a great chance to seal the WC 2015.Go black caps! Bring the honor as great AB brought all the time!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 7, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Hope this Indian team learns from repeated failures and performs better in WC 2015. That is what matters in the end. Keep playing outside India, get right combination of players for WC 2015.

  • durber99 on February 7, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Most of the time Indian supporter don't respect others. Newzealand got whitewash twice against Bangladesh but nowadays India got almost whitewashed (4-0) against Newzealand!! I think Srilanka & Pakistan could play far more better cricket than India in Newzealand. **India took 20 years to win their 1st test match & Newzealand took 26 years to win their 1st test match. Newzealand respect everyone but Indian always wants to criticize others.... Frequently they make comments.... Bangladesh.... not capable to play Test cricket, even they are the only country, yet not invite BD cricket team in India!! I would like to ask questions to Indian..... after passing more than 60 years in test arena... you are still under dog in abroad while playing a test match. Before make criticize to others just analyse your record in abroad (Outside of Asia). Don't hurt others. Don't think about only money, don't blame others continuously, Do not try to destroy, try to help each other. Be friend & keep unity.

  • Flighted_kiwi on February 7, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    @ GRVJPR: I understand supporting your team but your prediction that the Indian batsmen are going to thrash NZ all around the park is extremely fanciful at best. Maybe they will. The Big 3 may also show some humility and act in the best interests of the game. But the reality is India have to bat the whole day to even get close to parity in this match. Re umpiring howlers, even the most one-eyed supporter surely can't believe India have suffered here. Yes, Fulton should have been out LBW but he was a walking wicket and was out soon after. Anderson was given out in full flight to a howler. Boult had 2 genuine LBW's not given. Umpiring advantage to India I think. Re why NZ are lingering at # 8 in rankings. The rankings do not reflect present reality. They cover up to 4 years: ancient history! If NZ win this series 2-0 they will rise 6 points to 87 (7th place). India drop 7 points to 110 (3rd place). Do you seriously think India being 23 ranking points ahead would mirror present form?

  • sapnil2000 on February 7, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    yes after they get supreme power, they will ask all opponenets to lose against india because stronger india is better for world cricket, lol

  • Nampally on February 7, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @ram91106: Gavaskar scored 774 runs in his debut 5 match Test Series against WI when he was just 20 years old with "no Test match experience". This was against Gary Sobers' team at its peak & in WI. A good batsman finds a way to stay at the crease & score runs thru' disciplined batting to make his talent count! So I do not buy your philosophy that these guys are failing because they lack test match experience. Out of 4 Wkts. that fell at least 2 were due to rank bad play! When you face a target of 503, you have to be patient & leave every ball outside the off stump + short balls with New ball well alone. That is a basic rule you learn at your college not at the Test match level especially when NZ is bowling with 5 men slip corridor! A batsman like Sehwag at his best, would have torn this bowling to shreds! Discipline, Responsibility & patience is missing from this team whether batting or bowling. We had a rare glimpse of it vs. SA in Test match#1 where India batted with Discipline.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 7, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @mzm149.. Wow you get it now? I thought it will takewhole life time for you to understand. I am glad that your brain is helping you a little. BTW, question for you Einstein, if a player happen to make his debut at home, is he not suppose to score runs? Just curious....

  • Kays789 on February 7, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Why this pathetic indian team even bothers to tour is beyond me. For as long as anyone can remember they've never had a half decent bowler who could win a test on his own. So long as they play on those ridiculous roads they call cricket pitches in india all's well and good. Only reason this country is one of the 'big three' is the billion plus population. Not for any decent cricketing talent.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on February 7, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    NZ should also utilize Corey Anderson who has been creating pain for the visiting teams. Wagner little bit losed and did not get the desired results and his wicket Murali is the best available openers to indian selectors and nothing else. NZ still have the new ball just first change this morning should be anderson and then see the results. NZ win.

  • IAS2009 on February 7, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    winning and loosing is part of game, what irritates me is Indian fans think their team is Aussies of 90 but in reality it is far from it, their existing players are not super stars, it is good some one put India overseas record for reality check. give a break to the players, it is tough to win on road. India give a beating to Aussies at their home, it is nice to accept the reality of team performance over seas, Pakistan have the best record of winning over seas from sub continent teams, they won series in England, beaten WI in WI when WI and in Pakistan when WI were at peak. recent Pakistan is battered have no home games and crowd to support and still competes at very high level, they beating England 3-0 also.

  • bhushanB on February 7, 2014, 19:25 GMT


    Be patient with Ishant..... so wait until he plays his 100th test? In such helpful conditions he could not even control the line or length and gave away short slow balls or bowled at pads.... on 2nd day first session..... So wait until when?

    How will a (supposedly) front line spinner like Ashwin learn anything in life time, if he starts off bowling negative line around the pads, from round the wicket... it was disgusting to watch Sanath Jayasurya do it... but he is a part timer, with single point agenda to contain runs......

    And with >90 kmph darts, not sure how Jadeja will learn that it is the guile, loop and variation in pace that are spinner's weapons in test matches.. and not stump to stump speed darts....

  • geevee97 on February 7, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @just IPL Just watch my comments at 6:17 GMT and see the article written by Abishek purohit regarding this.. wonderfully written article.. .. i know you haven't watched the match.. Ishanth Sharma was awful.. still he will have no shame in telling that he bowled good lines and that is why he is getting the reward.. because that is the maximum he can think.. he is not an intelligent bloke by any means.. if anybody half intelligent had a debut bowling like him, they would have by now become one of the all time greats like steyn.. instead he has the worst figures after 54 matces by any specialist bowler who has ever played the game so far.. i pity you and Ishanth.. and sure he will play another ten years and he will be india's highest wicket taker..

  • WC2011Champs on February 7, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Learn from NZ. They are doing everything, I mean everything, right at the moment. I thought after WI series and non-stop cricket they will be a tired team. But they are still going superbly!!

  • live_for_cric on February 7, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    get a life guys.....this a young team n it needs the support of its country to mature....dont forget these batsmen are the same ones which were praised for their temperament and fight in S.A....if u want to criticise please do so of the bowling...period

  • on February 7, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    It is a real shame that India can't produce 2 fast bowlers out of 1.2 Billion people. And the ones we have don't seem to bowl with a common sense. I remember even 30 years ago our coach used to put a handkerchief down on the pitch where he wanted us to hit the deck and the bowlers learned the right areas to bowl. How difficult it is for any of their teammates to talk to the bowlers to bowl with a plan and bot just hurtle the deliveries one by one without any plan. Very frustrating to watch this, and that too against a mediocre batting line up.

  • angel19 on February 7, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    @mzm149 @Yousufahmed1 good point mate what about that

    Pakistan in India 33matches 5 wins 7 loses W\L 0.71%

    India in Pakistan 26matches 2 wins 7 loses W\L 0.28%

  • dreamliner on February 7, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    mzm149; just for completeness do you have the outcomes for test matches played between these teams in India and Pakistan?

  • WC2011Champs on February 7, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Pujara for ODIs anybody? His dismissal was very uncharacteristic and that's what mixing ODIs to tests does to a pure player like him. Anybody noticing Rahane is a completely different batsman. This is his third test and his scores are consistent. He has already played several t20s and ODIs for India and what is his top score there? Test cricket is so much like chess that you want to wait out the opposition, the new ball, the swing, tire them before asserting yourself. I think India needs to preserve Pujara, Vijay, Rahane, Kohli and also 2-3 bowlers just for tests. There is enough cricket and batsmen out there for ODIs and slam bang T20s. Gambhir once batted for 7 hrs marathon and then he turned into a batsman who has to touch every ball outside off stumps.

  • Temuzin on February 7, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    mzm149 : can you also post matches lost by India and Pakistan in those countries? You may find Pakistan has higher percentage of loss too.

  • mirandola on February 7, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    India may have all the sponsorship, TV and rights money in the world; what they haven't got - with a couple of honourable exceptions - is a team worth watching. Can't beat or even draw with New Zealand??? Good God y'all!

  • on February 7, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Why was the comment from mahibal featured... too Anti-indian team... Give them a break... Bowling was expected to be like this... Batting just had a hiccup... remember this tea does not have dravid, sachin and laxman... Did ppl in the comments notice the fight vijay showed... how sharma and rahane scored more than 4 an over!!! agreed with ram91106...

  • on February 7, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    NZ let Ishant have 6 wickets (by going after him throughout their innings), thus ensuring the selectors cement his place in the Test Series. With the worst career bowling average amongst pace bowlers from both sides, and the only Indian bowler in the side (7+ tests) to average under 3 wickets per match, it's time to give someone else a chance. 3 wickets * 3 matches = 9, meaning we expect him to fetch 3 more wickets in potentially 5 NZ innings left in the series, not worthy of a place in the national side.

  • pradeepsays on February 7, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Forget the 5 bowler or 4 bowler combos. In overseas tests, India should go with 1 wicket keeper and 10 batsman. The batsman can roll their arms over. They won't get many wickets but the opposing batsman are not going to keep batting forever if they want to win the test match. At some point they will declare and our 10 batsman can just bat through the test match. Atleast lot of potential batsmen will get a chance to bat for India. Once back home, they can go back to 5 or 4 bowling combinations and win the matches. So India stops losing overseas and keeps its home record intact. We will no longer look so pathetic being ranked higher than we deserve! Or better still, since the BCCI is looking to control world cricket, they should make it mandatory for India to play only at home and others can travel here. Given that Indian public forget so easily and flock to see these under performing cricketers during home matches paying huge amounts in ticket prices, the BCCI coffers will remain full!!

  • Greatest_Game on February 7, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    The New Zealand team has improved dramatically over the last year, and is now playing very very good cricket. Much of the conversation here concerns india's performance, but little credit is given to the Kiwis, and they deserve a lot.

    This young NZ team has learned much over the last year, and the results are there to see. They are growing in confidence with each series, the confidence needed to finish off opponents in close matches. If they continue to dominate this match and series as they did in the ODIs, the points disparity between the teams is so great that NZ would accumulate a lot, & would move up the rankings pretty quickly and likely pass WI & SL and perhaps Pak.

    Interesting times in test cricket.

  • amilag on February 7, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    this Indian team is full with flat track bullies! whenever they step outside India they get white washed!

    Another white wash on the cards!

  • on February 7, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Bring back 'Sachin Tendulkar'

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @ ALL INDIAN POSTERS bashing the team repeatedly to score a few brownie points with others and appear unbiased,impartial and knowledgeable... Most of the players we are bashing Dhawan,Rohit,Rahane,Ashwin,Jadeja,Vijay have a test experience of around 50...even Kohli,Pujara,Shami combined have 39 tests...Shami is 5 tests old...Yadav is 4 5 test old...11 of our players together dont have 100 tests under their belt...yet we are showing guts...we are fighting it out..we are not collapsing in under 3 days...our biggest drawcard has walked off into the sunset...shouldn't we give this bunch some time to settle??? have we already exited the world cup 2015 in the first round??? We are not playing Farmville that we can harvest the benefits after 120 hours... it takes time for a side to settle...even when the fab 4 played we started winning afte 2003..when they were 28 to 29 years old...every team has youth and experience..we dont have it...we are starting afresh...have faith...stay patient..

  • mzm149 on February 7, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    I knew Shikhar Dhawan's and Rohit Sharma's début scores were complete fluke. Oh wait they played their début games at home. Now I get it why everyone calls them flat track bullies.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    It's as clear as daylight that Dhawan is useless outside India, and that Zak is finished. Also, Sir Jadeja's bowling is not test standard. He is a brilliant fielder and can still contribute with the bat. Shami looks tired - he can use some rest. Please try Yadav and Ishwar in the next match.

  • mzm149 on February 7, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1: Don't bring defeat to Zimbabwe and "flat track bullies" argument into discussion to compare India and Pakistan. Pakistan has better overseas record as compared to India.

    In south Africa

    India won 2 out of 17 matches (11.8%) Pakistan won 2 out of 9 matches (22.2%)

    In England

    India won 5 out of 52 matches (9.6%) Pakistan won 9 out of 47 matches (19.1%)

    In Australia

    India won 5 out of 40 matches (12.5%) Pakistan won 4 out of 32 matches (12.5%)

    In New Zealand

    India won 5 out of 21 matches (23.8%) Pakistan won 10 out of 29 matches (34.5%)

    In West Indies

    India won 5 out of 45 matches (11.1%) Pakistan won 5 out of 23 matches (21.7%)

    In Sri Lanka

    India won 4 out of 18 matches (22.2%) Pakistan won 6 out of 18 matches (33.3%)

    In Zimbabwe

    India won 3 out of 6 matches (50%) Pakistan won 6 out of 8 matches (75%)

    In Bangladesh

    India won 6 out of 7 matches (85.7%) Pakistan won 4 out of 4 matches (100%)

  • Giant-Guru on February 7, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Test matches or ODIs the result is the same, what a shame! we need to learn from the NZ players like the young Williamson or the experienced McCullum, but learn what? TEMPERAMENT which is the essence of any good player. Temperament is what is lacking in Indian players, for those who have seen how Shikar Dhawan got out is enough evidence of lack of temperament. When you have 500 runs to chase (thanks to theIndian bowlers for helping NZ pile up such massive score) you don't play like you are playing T-20. I tell you most players in the team are good for T-20 and not test or even ODIs. India need to rebuild the team - a fresh new look with a different approach and a different leader who is a googd planner rather than an in-apt watcher with an emotionless face. When can you be so calm and composed??? only when you care the least for the outcome of the match. Dhoni must go, give S.Dhawan a break so he can develop the attitude needed for the long format.

  • Greatest_Game on February 7, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    @ Gimhana Fernando writes "Then again,when NZ,AUS,SA,ENG and WI fair abysmally in the subcontinent,no one says a word. In short,nowadays all teams are lions in home conditions and kittens away."

    Really, Gimhana Fernando. You don't seem to know much about modern test cricket!

    Since 2007 SA have played 12 test series away, & did not lose a single one! Out of 32 tests they lost just 5: 1 each in India, Eng & Aus in 2008, 1 in India in 2010, & one against Pakistan in the UAE in 2013. In no series did they lose more than a single match.

    Unbeaten in an away series for 7 years, with a Win/Loss ratio of 3.2 shows clearly that South Africa are not "kittens away." As a point of reference, SA is the only team to win back to back series in Australia since the West Indies in 1988 and 1992! Specifically, as SA did not lose one of five series on the subcontinent, & it is obvious that they did not "fare abysmally" there at all.

    Get your facts right before making such sweeping condemnations!

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Most players were in their first international tours...and yet we could draw a match which admittedly we should have won but it was inexperience in crunch situations that made us draw it...the second match we went into a fiery Steyn...remember that the much vaunted Philander only polished off the tail...Philander has been the nemesis for the subcontinent teams with his nagging line and length...against Pakistan contaning Misbah and Younis 15..against SL having Sanga and Jaya 16...however he picked up less than 10 against a greenhorn team...that means though we lost eventually we fighted it out..again I say this team is coping with the loss of its biggest star...the biggest in the game probably after Sir Don though I am sure I will receive brickbats for this...How were the Aussies after the retirment of Ponting and Hussey??? again i say we have started the transition... this team has an exciting team many other teams can say so??BMac and Rossco are n their 30s too...

  • MiddleStump on February 7, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    @Daredevilfromdelhi. Dhoni does not HAVE to win a World Cup to prove anything. He has already done it once. Obviously you have not been paying attention to his scores in the ODI series. Put them right next to the scores of the top 4 or 5 'specialist' batsmen in the batting order! As far as changes, you can have your Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, or anybody else. India is NOT even coming close to winning the next World Cup even if Adam Gilchrist gets ten years younger and decides to play for India. The entire team is awful big time. There is no easy fix for any captain or coach. Get used to a few more years like this.

  • toucheandsuch on February 7, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Shikhar's left leg slides towards leg side and this flaw is a huge negative for any batsman leave alone a test opener. He needs to be dropped until he can show improvement. However the real problem is the bowling. Zaheer is finished as he can't bend the ball back into the right hander from over the wicket. That is why he resorts to bowling round the wicket so often. Given the choices, India has to play 5 bowlers and hope 2 or 3 perform! It may be a good idea for Ashwin to do a Ravi Shastri and offer to open the batting since Rahane has refused the slot. I think Ashwin has the skill and temperament to do decently. Zaheer should be "rested" and Yadav or Pandey given a chance in the 2nd test. This one is gone anyway...

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Even the much maligned Ishant is 24... there was a young tearaway...he debuted at the age of 19 or 20...had his average in the high 30s..was dropped for some years...frustrated often...was belted around everywhere by everyone...however he is now the next best bowler in England cricket history...his countrymen compare him with Steyn...Ishant on his day is irresistible too...He has a decade at the minimum going ahead...Shami is also just 24...Most of the bowlers wating in the wings are in that age bracket...Yes our primary strength is batting and spin bowling...but Ashwin is 27,Jadeja is 25...Ojha is 27, Mishra is 31...they have expect immediate fireworks is foolhardy...Eng and Aus in 2011-12 was an over the hill team with badly out of form players and rotten luck with injuries... SA was the test by was a battle of veterans against a greenhorn side...predictably we lost but we ran them close...didn't capitulate inside 3 days...contd

  • KANCHANA623 on February 7, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    @sidh78, Australia didn't white wash SriLanka in the last series. SriLanka drew with England in England. Previous Indian team was some what better, but current Indians r flat track bullies.

  • CodandChips on February 7, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Do Indian fans not realise that it takes time for a team to evolve. They have brought in many young players over the last year. Also this is only their 3rd test away in 2 years. Relax and wait. Your team has potential.

  • on February 7, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @GRVJPR like the 2 howlers already against NZ with Andersons LBW going down leg and Boults middle stump decision getting a head shake? So far if NZ win it will be despite the umpire. That said I love watching these teams play, if weather holds we may avoid a draw and see some real drama and real test of characters for players on both teams!

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    How is it forgotten that Clarke,Watson.Rogers,Harris,Johnson are in the wrong side of 30s?? Even Siddle is nearing 30...Can they be considered veterans of the sport?? of 11 five would be probably playing their last 3 or 4 years...where is Alex Doolan??where is JC Silk??? where is the next Australian cricketer primed for greatness like MC Clarke or MEK Hussey??? Has he been blooded in yet?? Will Doolan even play in the SA series?? I maintain this is still an Indian team with most of its players playing their first or second overseas tours...we have a potential 10 to 15 years ahead of us to look forward to...we have started rebuilding...granted that we haven't set the telly on fire with the explosive batting displayed in the sub-continent...But how many teams with an average age of 25 or 26 play at home in the manner that our cricket team does?? The only experienced hands are a 32 year old captain and a 35 year old medium pacer...others are in their starting steps...contd

  • on February 7, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Oh!!! almighty critics of Indian cricket please let us know how to win in foreign soil n perform every single time they turn out in field ... Because ur team is doing all da thgs rght n winning every match . Indian chase down 350 twice thrice not a big deal , was jst a child game isn't it ? winning world cup ... oh dats jst happened ... champions trophy was jst a walk over of others mst b ... give ur words A BREAK ... every team whether its Aus r SA r Eng n INd ve to deal with this problem . non of da teams r strong enough to do well in alien condition ve to struggle a bit .. bt cricket's quality has gone done for sure every team n nation need to do smthg to uplift it so dat cricket can contn to b game to watch ... Lets prey for cricket n its betterment ...

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    @FirstDrop...what i meant wasn't to belittle the efforts of Katich,Martyn or Langer... the series was led by Gilly who played an aggressive brand of cricket...the Indians were found out by the shrewd captaincy of the man Adam Gilchrist... Ricky returned to play in the dead rubber and promptly India won the match...what i meant to say was that Gilly's captaincy ensured that Australia won the series...yes we are playing pathetically now but is the period from 2010 to 2013 September a long forgotten past of the Australian cricket era?? India were out maneuvered by a solid block of defensive wall in AN Cook and the bloody genius of KP in 2012...however apart from South Africa we have the best home record in the past was only in 2012 that an away team won a series...a gap of 8 is it that when we talk about Australia we have exciting talent...Contd...

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 7, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Could not agree more w.r.t., Shikhar Dhawan. If you cannot contribute decently at least 20-40 runs outside India, you have no right to occupy the slot. I think the selectors may have made a major mistake by dropping Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. They should have been given chances at least in Tests. The manner in which Shikhar got out was really hilarious and at same time ugly.

  • Daredevilfromdelhi on February 7, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    @middlestump - From when did dhoni became worldclass when he is a sitting duck on pitches with a bit in it whether it is against spinners at home or fast bowlers abroad.He had done nothing at home against england in 2012 nor has he done anything outside the subcontinent in his entire career.I still rate dinesh kartik much better than him in test matches,don't know when the selectors will get rid of him.If this guy leads india in world cup, i m pretty sure india will be knocked out in the first round.

  • lol_india on February 7, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    I have not seen a remarkable inning by Shikar Dhavan after the cheap thing he did to Shane Watson. The way he imitated Shane Wastson's injury was really really cheap and disappointing which ruins the quality of cricket. This might be due to the poor education system in India where people dont know what are the good qualities and what are the bad qualities. For Shiker Davan, the God has given the punishment. There are some decent players in Indian team like MSD. I am a true fan of MSD. But Shiker Davan, u deserve this.

  • mensan on February 7, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    with 6-for, Ishant has confirmed his place for next 2 years. :)

    Everyone blaming Dhoni for setting too defensive fields, and Indian bowlers not taking wickets and only trying to contain. I think this is just practice for upcoming IPL.

  • on February 7, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Really disappointing performane by india !!! They performed way below ecpectation and bowlers are main culprit ! But dhoni should remain captain anyway !

  • GRVJPR on February 7, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Now the real hammering starts for New Zealand. After India were 50 for 4, two new comers of India has exposed new zealand bowling. I wonder what will be the comments tomorrow when NZ bowlers will be thrashed to all corners of the park.

  • Greatest_Game on February 7, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @ Nampally wrote "If India is really #2 Test team in the World …"

    India is not the #2 test team. That is staring you in the face, as obvious as Dhawan's international failure! Indian fans must accept reality.

    India built up ratings points during a long home run, & that inflated their ranking, but it seems they can't win a game outside India. With tours of Australia and Eng coming up, they will slide further. India may have a chance in Eng as that team is a wasteland, especially without KP, but without any bowling in Aus they will be slaughtered.

    India must rebuild their bowling. Zak is finished, & Ishant, has a lot of heart, is not going to win tests alone! Furthermore, India must re-consider their openers. Gambhir & Sewag could hardly do worse than Dhawan & Vijay, & experience & stability is badly lacking in this highly overrated team.

    Dhoni's captaincy may be the biggest change required. It is not working, & neither did his rebuilding. CSK's squad will not win test matches!

  • mensan on February 7, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    @GRVJPR... DRS was meant for those howlers.

  • MiddleStump on February 7, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Indian fans must understand something. The team has never done well consistently in its 80 year test match history. Whenever they have performed well, it has been due to a few world class players in the team and when they retired the team once again reverted to poor performances. In the 70s, the famed spin quartet along with Gavaskar and Viswanath won matches. Then there was Kapil Dev. There was another purple patch in the Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble era. The decline started in 2011 during the final year of Dravid and later Tendulkar. At the moment there are only two world class players (Kohli and Dhoni) of whom one is shouldering added responsibility as a wicket keeper and captain. The fact is they are a weak side even at home (England beat them!) and simply pathetic abroad. Replacing one mediocre player with another will not change results by much. The fact is there is no available world class talent. A long and painful rebuilding process is needed and there are no easy answers.

  • Temuzin on February 7, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    And now we know why Dhoni selected 7 batsmen, one all rounder and three bowlers. He knows that Indian bowling is pathetic and hopes batting to salvage some pride. Lets hope Indian batting saves the blues.

  • GRVJPR on February 7, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    If NZ are that good why they are lingering at number 8 in rankings. And let me see if they are good enough to win this test without some howlers from umpires. Umpires made SA win durban test against India otherwise dale steyn looked toothless and grumpy.

  • hnlns on February 7, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan has to be kicked out of the team and curtly told to go back and practice how to bat on lively pitches with bounce and movement, like the ones at Lahli and Roshnara and then prove his worth for one full season. He is proving time and again that he is a sitting duck and a delight for opposition bowlers. Rather than including him and face repetitive flop shows, it is better to give an opportunity for some raw talent.

  • on February 7, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    The need of the hour is for the chnange in Captaincy for Test. You cant win matches by just containment, you need bowlers who can get wickets and this is the point that Dhoni does not realize. He reckons that if the bowlers fail then he has a long batting line up to get going, but if you can bowl the opposition out in 250-300 then you donot have to worry about a long batting lineup. How easily our bowlers let the game slip away by not bowling wicket to wicket but little wide hoping for an edge which never comes and when it comes they drop it like hot lava ! So a Captain who is confident of knocking the opposition team is the Need of the Hour ! Go Advertise for "WANTED CAPTAIN TO WIN MATCHES FOR INDIA". At the moment Dhoni must be smiling that it is good he opted for 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers, since our top order screwed it up again.

  • Speng on February 7, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    "The pitch that had seemed dormant during the first innings sprang to life once New Zealand began bowling."

    That kind of thing is usually an indication that the previous team weren't bowling that well. That and the fact that other than Shami the bowlers were going at 4+ an over is another indication...

  • dnsvija on February 7, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    We have good bowlers. We need to get away from Zahir Khan and Ishanth Sharma. Both are not aware that it is the good length or the fuller pitched balls that are getting us the wickets. Besides, we need to employ attacking fields. With defensive fields, we will never get wickets. Also, we need to have a third man all the time as our slip fielders rarely field/catch any shots/snicks that is a foot away from them, so it is better to save runs. Dhoni goes for defensive field placements soon after one or two shots are played to the boundary, whatever be the situation. He needs to mend his ways of selecting frequently failing players...

  • AussiePhoenix on February 7, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Many people here are criticising Indian players. The reality is that NZ is better, and playing better cricket. Simple.

  • naf_criclover on February 7, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Indian team's performance recently is nothing better than the second tier teams. Batting lineup is weak, bowling is okay although not dependable, and fielding is below par as always. And they are always hasitant to play matches with their neighbors, which begs the question why is India still playing test matches. It managed to win world cup by playing the most experienced and old players of all times with no team building structure and now here we are! Well good luck for the future...from BD.

  • on February 7, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    INDIA: It is time to bring back SEHWAG, give Dwahan a rest.

  • bhushanB on February 7, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Looking at the way Rohit and Rahane played.. looks like these two are more suited for the longer version of the game..... They need a little time to get settled in and have an eye....

  • Sultan2007 on February 7, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    HAs anybody noticed that in the 6 games so far, NZ has been able to put out the following bowlers - Milne, McLenaghan,Bennett,Neesham,Henry,Southee,Anderson,Mills,Bennett,Boult, Wagner. 11 bowlers and almost everone has made an impact. Shame on us. Even if we were not constrained by the size of the touring party we couldnt find these many quicks PLUS spinners worhty of playing the international game. Makes me laugh reading Srinavasan's statements on this Healthy India nonsense. What is the value of an obnoxiously rich BCCI. What have they done for the health of indian cricket except chase an egotistical and arrogant self serving agenda?

  • on February 7, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Sehwag should replace vijay? I understand that Dhawan is out of form,but vijay is playing very well.He got out to a peach today.Vijay should be groomed as he has the temperament to play tests.He handled Steyn and co as well as Pujara in SA. And as for Sehwag,i am a big fan(everyone is) but his time has come. He just averaged 20 in ranjis. So even if vijay fails we must look up to other option from the Ranji

  • on February 7, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    India should get 5 spinners. Capable of turning and bamboozling any batsman on any surface. Wet or dry. White ball or red. Cold or warm. Windy or staid. That's our strength. MSD is taking is us back to the horrible days of Azharuddin and Sachin's captaincy. Hoping like the millions below poverty line - waiting for something to happen. Maybe they will announce that only T20 is official ;)

  • gshant on February 7, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Lot of comments that Indian team bowlers could have done better. But there were lot of missed catches and the fielding department is equally to blame. I think the teams have to study each batsman and form a plan to attack with proper field setting. Don't they have technology to do this? By the way, McCullum's innings had lot of freak shots and a not a clean one.

  • 2nd_Slip on February 7, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I have to say cricket fans must really start giving South Africa credit for being the best cricket side in the world at the moment. Every other test team looks pathetic away from home and are world beaters(CAN'T BEAT SOUTH AFRICA THOUGH) at home. I bet every team fancies winning when playing at home and the opposition being anyone other than SA lol, good for the game i say

  • Noboundary on February 7, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Ishant getting a 5-wicket haul is not a good sign at all! This only means keeping out a good bowler waiting to get in! Ishant along with Zaheer was responsible for NZ getting away from 30 for 3 to a possibly winning score! Knowing that pace works in NZ why are we keeping out Umesh and Aaron? If Ishant can get so many chances in spite of poor performances (including this one..yes I consider this a poor performance) why not Umesh and Aaron? They at least have pace and are definitely more capable of learning than Ishant!

  • myStraightTalk on February 7, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Why everyone keep saying our bowling is week for long time? Do India does not have talented fast bowler and spin bowler? Yes we have talented bowler its up to the coach and captain to find the right mix and create competition to get the talent from the bowler. Dhoni always sticked with Ishant, Ashwin,.. and did not created any pressure to the opposition with our bowlers. Dhoni strategy are predictable along with the poor filed placing. If our bowling unit failed it means our captain failed and Dhoni does not want to take any responsbility for the result. Look at NZ current captain and former captains(Fleming,Crowe) they all where captaining ordinary team players and still they produced excellent result because of the innovative and excellent decision to get the talent out from their players.

  • Batmanian on February 7, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    It is clear that India does not have the bowling to compete in this Test. But the big question is, does NZ have the discipline to execute their skills and win it?

  • SRAMESH5 on February 7, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    The problem is with the Captain who is making continuously poor decisions on selection of bowlers for Test matches. He does not have faith on our new crop of fast bowlers. He still persists with old veterans like Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma who have lost pace to 130 -135 Kph. In foreign pitches, you need genuinely quick bowlers and the first bench mark for selection is the capability of bowling consistently at 140 Kph & above for 20 overs a day minimum per bowler. So if you have three fast bowlers at 140 Kph, that gives you 60 overs a day. If you go with 4 fast bowlers you get 80 overs a day out of the mandatory 90 overs. But with Zaheer mostly 130 kph we are 2 bowlers short on foreign wickets. Why do we waste talents like Umesh Yadav, Ishwar Pandey along with Shami who all bowl at 140 kph. Why did we not select Varun Aaron another who clocks 140 Kph minimum. Dhoni just does not have confidence in new bowlers and will always persist with old timers and Spinners to take wickets!!

  • Nampally on February 7, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    It was a strange sight to see an umbrella field with 5 in the slips corridor + short leg & a silly mid off for the opening bowlers of NZ- bowling <135 KPH!. Nevertheless they got India to 10 for 3. Boult got 2 gift wkts for most undeserving balls- one almost a wide outside the off stump. The other one was when Dhawan was looking desperately to get out determined to snick it. That was pathetic batting show- a lesson in lack of discipline & Responsibility. While India scored heavily by leaving the balls outside to off stump well alone in SA Test series, the reverse was the case vs. NZ. Thanks to Rohit & Rahane, India restored some level of respectability to finish the day at 130 for 4. What is the point in going for an additional batsman at the expense of a bowler, when these batsmen are undisciplined. If you stay at the crease, runs will come easily on this wkt. as shown by McCullum, Williamson & Anderson earlier. NZ scored 404 via these 3.Can India take a page & repeat this 3-man show?

  • ultimatewarrior on February 7, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    In all the matches played outside subcontinent (only exception champions trophy 2013 & world T20 2007) under dhoni India had gone from one low to newer lows only but still he is undisputed Aus, 0-4 Eng, 0-1 SA what next he want achieve more.......he is modern day azharruddin (lion at home and lamb in fast pitches against serious opposition)........only thing is that he is getting unconditional support of bcci prez(also more home matches comparatively earlier)....very poor world cup 2015 is on the sight....

  • vinubabu24 on February 7, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    No point in blaming Rohit for his poor show in SA, it was his first overseas test tour and should be given sometime. We all know how poor Virat and Pujara fared in there first overseas trips. Kohli in fact was really poor untill that innings of Adalaid. Be patient.. Rohit n Rahane will become two assets fro Indian test team

  • on February 7, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Bowlers improved, but fielding is now poor. I think Indian team is not properly focused on their task. Low motivation level or something.

  • Nampally on February 7, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    It has been a most disappointing performance by India in all departments of the game so far! Some Fans are defending such shabby performance by saying that it a young side on its first tour abroad. Sorry, If you are not up to it, you do not deserve to play for India! These guys should be given a lesson in "Discipline & Responsibility" before every Tour abroad after selecting the right team. Start with Captain- Replace Dhoni with Rohit Sharma or alternate, in Tests. We need a leader who can get best out of his XI. I was highly disappointed by Pujara playing the worst suicidal shot. For a guy who prides himself in Never giving away his wkt. that was crazy! On this wkt. NZ got a double ton & century by their 2 batsmen. Where is India's response to this with heavily loaded batting side? Dhawan & Pujara were 2 gifts to Boult @ 132 KPH! You cannot win matches when you drop catches of opposition & give your wkts, as gifts + Be Ranked #2 Test side! Where is your sense of pride & Dignity?

  • Blade-Runner on February 7, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    I think that New Zealand are on their way to a massive victory here, could be by an inning or at least by 10 wkts. India are certainly looking down the barrel here. lol On the other hand, what were they thinking to achieve here with club level cricketers like Dhawan, Vijay , Jadeja n so on ? I remember some fans were calling Dhawan a legend a few months back. lol Anyway, It was an outstanding collective effort by Black Caps. GO Kiwis !!!!

  • on February 7, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    At present Ashwin is the best spinner available in indian Side, some may claim that Mishra, Ohja, Rashool are better than him.. If that was the case then why they are not able to competate with Ashwin in Indian pitches... I dont think Mishra or Ohja are in competition with ashwin as they are turning the ball away from Right handers... the only competition is Rashool but i dont think that will be the case... Ashwin just got limited opportunities in oversees he toured in Australia and performed decently both with ball and bat ( Much more than Harbhajan and Kumble during their 1st tour) and against South Africa he bowled beautifully in dead pitch ( Just see how Jadeja bowled pathetically yesterday ) . I think Dhoni does not have common sense to compare players..

  • on February 7, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    need a good opners give chance to ishwer pandey and umesh yadav

  • on February 7, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Everyone has been quick to criticize Vijay and Ashwin before SA tour, asking them to be dropped after every single failure; no one thinks about Dhawan! 7 innings for 132 runs after the 187 and still hardly anyone talks about it! Had Ashwin played (with or without Jaddu), India could've done much better there.. MSD, somehow, is making a series of poor selection decisions since that test which has carried over to NZ ODIs and now this test! In the next test, play Ashwin as the opener (he has opened in his career and is technically capable) and as someone just mentioned above he can be the next Ravi Shastri (but a better bowler than him!). Drop Zaheer and bring in Yadav, as Zak's career is definitely coming to an end!

  • Westmorlandia on February 7, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Dhawan doesn't seem very used to batting conditions in places like New Zealand. He just doesn't have a feel for the moving ball, I guess. I think he is worth perservering with, though, because he has a good eye and a good attitude.

    Ishant Sharma doesn't seem any better than he was 2-3 years ago. He reminds me a bit of Steven Finn for England - he should be better than he is by now.

    Khan doesn't have the pace any more - bowling at less than 130 kph is no good at all at Test level, when ideally you want to be regularly over 140 kph at least. His accuracy wasn't even that great!

    I think India should stick with its batting line-up, who are mostly still learning, but need to have a good think about who else should be bowling alongside Shami.

  • KrishnanAndy on February 7, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    India still can save this test match. Rohit Sharma for all the extreme levels of criticism he is enduring looks good enough for at least a century if not more. Rahane has already shown what he is capable of and does seem to be evolving towards the objective of adequately replacing VVS. Who knows with Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja he may well emulate the stunning Cal innings played by Dravid and VVS against the Aussies.

    The good part of this match is with two full days gone, all the three (or shall we say four if you include the tie) are possible.

    Yes. Our bowling is indeed the weak link. Umesh Yadav certainly needs to come in and replace the aging Zaheer.

    Krishnan Anand

  • on February 7, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    the first hour of tomorrow's game will decide the fate of this test ,

    if india can survive , rahana and rohit could make kiwis pay for

  • on February 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    How come no one is criticizing the poor fielding display of the Indian team? Should we not expect something better in this department from a relatively young team? Had some dropped catches been taken, the complexion of the match would have changed!

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 7, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Only if both sitter catches from McCallum and Williamson were not dropped, NZ too would have folded out for around +/- 200. Nonethless India should have bowled better after Lunch. Interestingly many posters don't understand the intent of India for a lead role in ICC. It ain't matter if you are last in Tests or ODIs..It's all who and how much they are bringing to the table. Its all about power and control, the more money you contribute the more power. Its along the lines of NBA or NFL in USA.

  • vrkp on February 7, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    @ AllBlacksandBlackcaps - That goes for almost all current test teams. Almost every team is great at home and poor in away matches but win outside also once a while.

    Aus - last 7 out 9 tests were lost in away matches. Eng - though they won in India (albeit after almost 3 decades) they were rubbish in UAE vs Pak, in Ashes and drew 0-0 in NZ last year even though they had one of the best pace bowling attack at that time.

    Pak and SL - both struggle in Aus, Eng, NZ and SA.

    There are some exceptions with every team. They occassionally win a test/series in away conditions. eg. Eng winning in Ind, SL winning a test in SA etc,

    But overall, except for WI in 80s and early 90s and Aus in late 90s to 2000s, there is no team which can be called as dominate in 8 out 10 matches irrespective of the pitch and conditions.

  • Natx on February 7, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    I'm tired of seeing excuses such as poorest bowling unit in the world. You have to deal with what you've got. That's what makes a good team. Why the heck India is still playing with zaheer? He is clearly past his prime and 1 bowling spot is wasted since SA tour. Get rid of him and give a chance to Pandey. Shami and him can bowl on off stump line all day. Make sure you take catches that come to slips than dropping them or standing too wide. That is not going to help any bowling unit even if you have wasim akram or dale steyn playing. Bhuvneshwar is good where there is some swing so keep him for NZ, Eng and one dayers. Use the likes of Aaron, Umesh for SA, Australia where pace and hitting the deck is more important than movement. 1 spinner is all India need outside sub continent. Drop Dhawan and look for a solid opener who can occupy crease and build an innings. That is more important in test cricket than trying to hit everything for four or six.

  • on February 7, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    How come some ppl withouth cricketing knowledge call sehwag back. He scored 225 in 19 innings at an average below 20.. Oly gauthi deserves a place ahead of dhawan. Vijay has done no harm as an opener in tests ,he is really judging d ball well. Ppl from india are brainless,vijay played steyn morkel and philander well and scored 97.. This should be the 11 for india 1.Vijay 2.gambir 3.pujara .kholi 5.rohit 6.rahane 7.MSD 8. ashwin 9.ishanth 10. Umesh yadan 11. shami ahmed

  • jerryman on February 7, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    The real test for Indian batting begins now . NZ recovered from 30-3 to end with over 500 .India from 10-3 , can they get to 500 . I really think DRS should be made mandatory to eliminate umpiring errors .to err is human and umpires are human too. Hopefully NZ will have some overcast conditions and their pace bowlers can use local conditions to their advantage . Dhoni cannot blame the toss this time , as he won it .. Good luck NZ . may the pace (force) be with you..

  • vrkp on February 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Now Ishant will get lifetime membership to the Indian team.

    Zak was supposed to act like a mentor to these new bowlers, but instead he is setting bad example by regularly bowling short pitched deliveries both wide-off and leg side. He should know that with his speed, it is asking for trouble.

    As far as Dhawan, he has failed almost in every single innings since WI tour of India. He should be dropped for next test unless he scores 100+ in the second inning of this match.

    If Dhoni really want us to win the next match, he has to go with 4 pacers+1 spinner combo.

    My XI:

    Ashwin, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane,Dhoni,Bhuvi,Yadav,Ishant(not he got 6 wkts he will not be dropped) & Shami.

    Zak and Jadeja to sit out of the 2nd match.

    I really think Ashwin can become the next Shastri (test opener+ decent spinner). He is definitely better bat than Dhawan and Co.

  • Waves239 on February 7, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Seriously Indian Team composition and strategy should be criticized. Every test playing nation comprise the team such that there exists at least a seam bowling all rounder option in top 7. India playing with 7 specialist batsmen and spinner at 8, has the scope of only 3 to fit in playing XI.

    Why is Stuart Binny in the squad? India should have gone horses for courses, on the fact pitch assisting seam bowlers. We don't need an analyst to explain the stakes that 4th medium pace bowlers bring to the table. From 30/3 if only we had that extra fresh option, pressure would have been immense on NZ batsmen.

    What's the strategy behind bowling 2 short balls per over, when you have 7+2 strong offside attack? If so for variation, that only releases the pressure built.

    India batting unit is put under huge pressure to chase 500! Remind you these batsmen hardly played any tests outside sub-continent and need some assistance from bowlers.

  • JRP100 on February 7, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Dhawans rope is getting shorter in tests, he needs at least one good innings in his next 3 in NZ otherwise he'll be getting the axe. Kohli and pujara can't be expected to play against the new ball within the first 10 overs in overseas tests all the time just because dhawan keeps slashing at deliveries outside his offstump. I'd say bring gambhir back but he had the exact same problem so india are pretty much out of options until they can find another decent opener for vijay who has done ok (at the moment thats looking like jiwanjot singh). Hopefully this is the start of a run of good form from rohit in tests and rahane continues his form from SA. Dissapointed to see shami not bowling so well after the first test against SA, although given his pace and swing he should be persisted with.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Who knew - Sharmas to India's rescue. This is a golden opportunity for Rohit Sharma and Rahane to seal their place in the Indian team. If they can score a century and then some (150+), they can make a name for themselves. Our openers are worse than our bowlers. It's time Shikhar Dhawan is shown the door. Maybe Gambhir, Lokesh Rahul or Jiwanjyot Singh can replace him.

  • on February 7, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    just need to change the top people like shri nivasan and selectors then they can pick the right team .we got plenty of talent sitting in dougout like umesh yadev .and donot understand if you are playing with six batsman and choose to field after won the tosss.need to change the test skipper.

  • on February 7, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    one loss india gett ready morning setion ithink imp if play well ok otherwise all is over fr india Rahane is key player

  • on February 7, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Ponting in last 5 yrs of his carrer managed only 3 100s & all 3 vs Ind 2 in 2012 test series & 1 in ODI in 2011 WC....................

  • on February 7, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Well played NZ..... Now the Whole cricketing world will Know ,,why India want to play Every tournament at home.... In SA , India was partially exposed...and now in NZ ,,, they were fully exposed... i really appreciate the talent and cricketing skulls of Indian team,,,but they should concentrate on improving their performance abroad... not in using unfair-means....It will be better for this gentle game...

  • latecut_04 on February 7, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    This should have been a low scoring game but for India's pathetic catching and bowling.A team's morale can be judged by dropped catches and all those butter fingers Indians showed yesterday were shameful to say the least.They are not demoralised they dont look interetsed or wanting to be on top of the game except very few.NZ shouldnt have scored more than 350 and India also would have posted somewhere near that.Stage should have been set for an interesting chase but this match is way beyond India right now.Expect India to fold for 275-300 and NZ to bat again.they will declare with a target of 500 and India will be again bowled out around 300 in the 2nd innings.mark my prediction.and i am not being a one eyed Indian supporter by the way.Cgats to Baz and Willamson and rest of the batsmen who stood up.also incisive bowlingBut this may not be possible against a more commited and better bowling effort unless shot selection is more judicious.Thats all.tragedy is these IPLers just dont care!!

  • rajcl on February 7, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    @ Peter_Jones2012, ya ofcourse sir we r going other countries because of money your`s reciving because of talent , indians r not atletics but we r more talented than others in other structure, other countreis reciving us thounds or lacks because that talent we have, in india lacks of doors open traditional culture( we r poor in money may be but rich in culture ) still in india lacks of forigners learning our tradiyional culture

  • First_Drop on February 7, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    @maganti - As a cricket fan (Aussie), I'm surprised by the number of indian fans who are happy to "take revenge at home" because thats the only place india win matches. Dont India try to win away? Do India only play away matches so that teams will tour India? Sorry, but that way of thinking is pathetic and childish.

    Heartily agree with most f the comments from our tran-tasman cousins. Really looking forward to little NZ (population 4million) thrashing big India (population 1.5billion)!! And pls India fans - leave the excuses behind - nobody outside of India is listening.

  • jb633 on February 7, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Why are Indians saying they are unbeatable at home. The Indians were schooled by an England team in 2012 that was not world class. Pretty much the same England side was found wanting in Australia, so are India even unbeatable at home any more? They hammered a poor WI side and doctored the pitches so badly against Aus it was almost a farce. @Martin000, your comments show a huge lack of ignorance. NZ are a good sporting nation and certainly better than India. Rugby is a sport very similar to cricket in that it is not globally mainstream. However NZ dominante rugby both home and away (all conditions all opposition). Whether you like rugby or not is irrelavent, but they have won various world cups in both league and union. Rather than adopt the childish wait till we play you at home attitude, why not try and provide insight to solutions to India's away performances. Accept you are average at cricket and build a bridge. Lots of the other Indian fans have.

  • alipk52 on February 7, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I Agree with you @shanks1967, but wanna make a correction, actually Indian bowling is not "ONE OF the weakest bowling in world" i am certain it's "the most weakest bowling" in world cricket, i never seen a team regularly conceding over 300 in ODIs and much more in tests, especially conceding 450 runs in 4rth innings is the worst you could expect from a bowling that's why it concludes us that India has the weakest bowling unit in world.

  • mnkgpt on February 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I think Indian test team should be different that of ODI. Thus player also will feel fresh in each series because of so much cricket.. Captain also should be changed for each formats i.e. Kohli for T20, Dhoni for ODI, Gambhir or Bhajji for Test.. And senior players should be included in Test. Test Team- Gauti, Viru, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvi, Bhajji, Shami, Jaheer, Praveen, Bhuvi, Irfan etc..

  • on February 7, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I think kiwi's are playing wonderfully since 12 months. They have found perfect combination in both limited formats and in test..Players lke Guptill and Ryder are still on bench in test , you can realize NZ strength from this. Bazz is captaining side well and fetching good result..Williamson has become "the wall" for NZ hope he continues like this..Taylor showing his worldclass class. I gotta feel bad for India because the result is going to be 6-nothing or 5-nothing..India be ready for 4th consecative test series whitewash. I hope NZ improves their ranking and moves to nothing less than Top 5. Love u Newzealand from NEPAL .

  • stormy16 on February 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Folks its day 2 of the test and one side hasnt finished batting yet - I think alot of you are jumping at too many conclusions with 3 days left! Yes NZ have done a great job to be ahead of the game and if it was a two day game, most of your comments would be valid!

    I saw someone's comment saying this is the best Kiwi side since the 80'. Ok there is no Haddlee or a Crow or Wright but I do think this is as strong as the Kiwis have been in a long time and shame Vittori is done. The pace unit is potent with variety and the batting of Williemson, Taylor and McCallum is solid.

    On the one day side, look out 2015, the Kiwis are going to be hard to beat when you add Anderson, Guptil, McCalum jnr. and Ryder to that mix as India already found out and the Kiwis will have home semi final.

  • Iceman29 on February 7, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    @ kiwicricketnut: we in India have great respect for Mccullum for his aggressive batting, he performs well against India especially...talking about the openers am amazed why NZ has not selected Martin Guptill since he was in great form than the current openers...

  • on February 7, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    we have lose many more test matches....but we have no got more time for 1st test win than india witewashed india odi series is enough for another 5 years for be happy...than our country win

  • kiwicricketnut on February 7, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    i must admit i havn't been a fan of mccullums in the test team for a few years now, i have never questioned him in odi's or t20's, never questioned his talent or his commitment to nz's cause, i even like his aggressive captaincy, the one thing i didn't like about him was his consistancy and the way he threw his wicket away, but you have to give credit where its due and it looks like he might finnally understand the importance of not throwing his wicket away with rash shots and finnally getting some consistancy into his game, maybe williamson and taylor are rubbing off on him, i actually hope he proves me wrong and this new found form is mccullum turning a long over due corner. one other thing id like to see is him move to opener to accomadate ryder, not ideal when a guy scores a double ton to go move him but our openers are rubbish, he's done it before and its just a logical solution

  • on February 7, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    This is very unfortunate to note that despite all growing technologies the umpiring is getting no better. Have closely seen crucial decisions go against lesser teams. In this match one of the NZ lefty got out of a poor adjudication while Sharma was plum LBW and was not given.

  • rmaganti on February 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I ask BCCI in the future to have a return series at home immediately after an away series. That way we can lose by a mile and then take revenge and win by a mile, at least in Test Cricket. In ODIs we keep losing occasional matches even at home. Unless Dhoni is sacked as captain, this trend will continue.

  • KishorKumar25 on February 7, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I think this same bowling unit might perform very well under new attacking captain, remember ? even ganguly did not have great bowling unit, still we performed way better overseas. Its time for our defencive captain to leave the test captancy.

  • CaseyWilliamOZ on February 7, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Even with Tendulker, Dravid etc, India were inconsistent. I guess, mediocrity is okay with the Indian fans, as long as India is able to win matches abroad once in a blue moon. This is the same Indian side, which was scoring so many runs at home a while ago, yet they are struggling in tough conditions. At the end of the day, you can not be a good player if you are only able to score runs on flat decks and in small grounds. India has been found out. Get ready to go home win less.

  • sidh78 on February 7, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    NZ is a very good team on fast bouncy seaming green pitches.ok they are strugled on spining tracks of sc not a big thing(even high ranked teams like aus. & eng also strugle on spining tracks.aus white washed 4-0 in india) but on fast seaming pitches NZ is very very good & strong team.thats why nz won one day series in SA.beat eng at home.beat aus in test in aus.india also always strugled in nz .only last time india played well in this tour of nz is very tough for our team will be very good of luck to both teams. @dear pak fans india very well know how to perform on green seaming tracks.last time india won test & one day series in Nz so dont worry.also ind batsmans perfomed well in SA last serirs.u should take care u r own pak team which was lost to medicore & clublevel team sl. u r batsman not even scored on Flattracks of uae against medicore sl bowlers.

  • heathrf1974 on February 7, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    This could be the best NZ team since the mid 80s.

  • on February 7, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    The fact is we don't deserve to be in the top league. Playing in dust bowls where we can chase down 350 runs every match does not prove anything. As long as the BCCI and the hosting Cricket Boards are making tonnes of money nothing else matters. And soon all will be forgotten when IPL show starts and all these players start going hammer and tongs. And please lets not even get to the WC squad discussion! With this team we wont even go past Round 1! Sad state of affairs......

  • Adam_Leban on February 7, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Good to see Indian fans making excuses for their teams pathetic display. Here is a old one but a good one; we were simply outplayed by a better team. BTW, those questioning Kiwis at sporting ability. Bud, Kiwis got more medal than India at the last Olympics. We take part in most sports and do better than 1.2 billion India as well. We even open our doors to thousands of Indians, who are desperate to leave their country and settle in clean n green New Zealand. Long live Aotearoa.

  • Iceman29 on February 7, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    While I congratulate NZ for their wonderful effort and am deeply hurt and sad by the way our team has been performing for the past couple of years outside subcontinent our future is looking very bleak...Dhoni is making it worse...Mr. Dhoni pls step down from the captaincy in Test matches atleast you yourself is not a test material then how could you manage a team...Blocking other youngsters chances is like you are crippling India's chances to win humble request for you to step down...

  • sidh78 on February 7, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Deaes SL and pak fan(good fans than sl fan but for some pak fans) plz check your teams records of last 3 tours against aus in australia. pak whitewashed by aus 9-0 and SL whitewashed by aus u r team whitewashed by australia by 3 times back to back.india only once whitewashed by australia.(but india also whitewashed aus 4-0) so please tell me who are the big FLATTRACK bullies.who white washed once or who white washed 3 times back to back.i give u stats for that plz refer . first we see pak records 1999-Aus 3-0 2004- Aus 3-0 2009-Aus 3-0. Whitewashed on every occasion. Now how about Sri Lanka. In Australia 2004 -Aus 1-0 2007-Aus 2-0 2012- Aus 3-0. fyi india won series in eng in 2007 and draw series(1-1) in south africa in last tour(almost won the series but rain and bad light save SA from series defeat).now u tell who are real flat track bullies.

  • chinnu_rocking231 on February 7, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    dhoni doesnot want to change his side , why dhawan and vijay persisted when we have gauti waiting in wings.. y dhoni is going with containing bowler like jadeja when we have bhajj/mish/rahul sharma/ojha who are genuine spinners and wicket takers atleast better than jaddu , Jadeja cannot make century and save a match neither can bowl opposition out ... why he is against irfan pathan PK .. or he can even try RP also if we give chnce to a player in 50 matches he ill clik in one or two matches thats is happng ere with vijay/jadeja/ishant here not tht they are skillfull to succeed he just reading laws of probability nbetter dhoni :( /....RIP Indian cricket.. till MSD's retirement or his change of mind

  • sidh78 on February 7, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Dear indian team bashers who call india flat track bullies please note the record of india on fast bouncy seaming tracks out side SC 1.india won 2 WC in 1983(ODI)&2007(T20)in eng & SA respe. 2.finalist in 2003 WC in SA 3.won CT this year 2013 in eng without loosing a single match(including warm up matches) 4.won CB series in aus defeating strong aus team having hayden ponting symond in 2008 in straight 2 finals 5.won Nest West trophy in eng in 2001 6.won U-19 WC in aus in 2013. 7.won test series in eng,NZ,WI 8.Draw test series in SA in 2011(1-1).nearly won that series but kallis inning save SA from defeat but india totally dominate that draw test match 9.nearly draw the test series in aus 2-2 in 2008 if umpiring in that series was not poor. 10.won tri series in WI in 2013. 11.india A team played very well in SA in 2013. Also india won many series & tournaments SL Ban. So if india is flat track bullies how can india have such good records on fast bouncy seaming pitches.

  • johnhamilton on February 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    @martin000 Serious chip in your shoulder there. Nz does very well in sport considering our population. One of the best countries in the world in the olympics per head of population - look it up. And we were 15th on the medal table, india was 55th Our national sport is rugby, and our national rugby team is the most dominant international team in any sport. We punch well above our weight in international sport, as you are experiencing right now. A little humility would go a long way

  • srikanths on February 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    How lomg can a Pujara and Kohli shore up the batting, after all they also can fail once in a way.Let us see whether Rohit Sharma can coms up with a big knock. He is long overdue

  • on February 7, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    We do need our captain to shed his favorites/dislikes tag and experiment with better choices. The lad Pandey did bag 3 wickets, and Shikhar Dhawan is not a horse for this course. Ask Ashwin to open, bring in Pandey for Jadeja and we have 4 fast bowlers and 1 spinner. Dhawan will not cut it here, it does not take a rocket scientist to tell Dhoni this. Until Dhoni does this, tune into Star sports - they have Jai ho reruns and the tagline Believe.

  • Iceman29 on February 7, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88: Yes we are getting beaten badly but bringing the "population" thing for those defeats is ridiculous :P...pls try to understand that no matter how big is our population at the end of the day only 11 players gets to represent the country and there are so much of politics going on, even Dhoni himself is selecting only his dont know anything abt our country so why post such self embarrassing comments in a cricket forum like this...dont get carried away by this result buddy NZ lost a series in Bangladesh recently what could possibly be more worst than that?..:P...P.S...every team are tigers at home....

  • Assertive-Indian on February 7, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @DRNZ: Tell your NZ players not to come begging for IPL contracts to play in an 'overpopulated and polluted' country. If it weren't for ICC FTP program, team India would never visit NZ for any purpose. We visited your nation in 2002, 2009, and now, after your cricket board begged us so many times.

  • sidh78 on February 7, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    dear SL fans u r sl team tii date NOT WIN A SINGLE TEST MATCH IN AUS& IND. oh no u not won a single tournament out side sl since 2001.u r real home flat track bullies.ind team thrashed u r SL team 4-1 at u r home & also many times at u r home. in the period of 2007 to 2014 india won t20 WC in SA ,CB series in Aus(defeated strong aus team& u r medicore team) won test series in england in 2007, won test & one day series in NZ in 2009, draw test series in SA 1-1 in 2011(dominated final in draw just escaped from defeat) won tri series in west indies(also defeating u r medicore team) last year.won WC 2011(again dfeated u r medicore team). won asia tell me what u r sl team achived in that period.i think u r not forgating the thrashing of malinga given by kohali in hobart& asia cup & making the malinga a ordinary sl are well behind the india.accept the truth & be humble.

  • on February 7, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    India is a team in transition , its a work in progress, you cant have a team that has lost top 6 players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS, Ganguly to be substituted in a series like this, younger teams will loose and then learn, the first test series of Dravid in Aus was a failure he followed it up with a memorable one in the next series. Dhawan should be given time , some players need time . Ditto for bowlers , I think Ashwin and Jadeja should be given time, Bhajji and Kumble took time to adjust , it was in their third or fourth away series that they started to perform, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvenshwar should have played , Ishanth may have picked some wickets but he is out of sorts bowler. India also must get a local bowling coach who understands our players, the bowlers are consistenly erring on line, even shami who has a spectacular inswinger is bowling outside off, this guys need guidance and some patience from fans

  • First_Drop on February 7, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @ ram91106 - You've got to make a valid point before you ask someone to 'think before they speak'. Firstly, saying that Aust only beat India in 2004 because of Gilly??? Clarke, Martyn, Katich, Hayden and Langer all outscored Gilchrist!! Not to mention that the single test India won was a dead rubber - Aust had already won the series. You're also failing to mention that the Aussie pace bowlers took the large majority of Indian wickets, in less than friendly conditons. Is McGrath and Gillespie's efforts not a substantial part of the series victory?

    All down to Gilly??? Perhaps you should "think before you speak"...

    Yu have also underlined the reason India gets criticised - good (but beatable) at home, but awful away from home. If only ever winning at home is enough for India fans, then that's okay with me - but I wouldn't want that for my team.

  • on February 7, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @rajcl Kohli's a special case but williamson can PLAY BOTH PACE AND SPIN WELL. I hate it when some dumb people without any reason whatsoever come all guns blazing for a poor arguement. Watch his 145* vs saffas and his century (debut) against India (in India). Respect others if you want it back.

    @martin000 I don't agree with Jordan but what is ruby?

  • CricketMaan on February 7, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    So Dhawan failed, but who next? Don't tell me its Jiwanjot, K Rahul et all. Any Ranji palyer scoring tons will be exposed opening batting on green turf and can't blame them coz they just dont get to play quality fast bowling on green turfs, so how on earth are they going to develop. With next in England we have no choice but to revert to Gautam!! Unless Dhawan does a miracle in one of the next 3 innings! So Ishant picked 6, that will keep him in the XI for next 5 Tests at least! Zak should go with grace! Please Zak you've been good for India, but time to push a young one and get them exposure (or exposed). A expensive wicketless Zak is same as expensive Umesh with a copule of wickets, but at least we build for future aka England and Aus!

  • Blackholesun on February 7, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Unusual to see Pujara chasing that wide ball, MUST have had an intuition that the ball is sent with a Divine Message, so gotta KISS it !

    Kohali was stunned by the bouncer and embarrassed to get out early, but I am sure he will bounce back.

  • johnhamilton on February 7, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Great team display by NZ, and lead from the front by a fantastic innings from Maccullum. I really hope the anti Maccullum/Hesson brigade can get over the whole issue now, we have a pretty good team in the making. Indian fans, you shouldn't be too despondent about your batting today. This NZ bowling attack in those conditions would have caused problems for any batting line up today, and still a long way to go in the innings anyway. I believe Trent Boult will end up in the top 5-10 bowlers over the next few years, he will lead our attack if he doesn't already. The Indian bowling attack is something to be concerned about though, as is the fielding, apart from Jadejas fantastic catch.

  • Jason_Key88 on February 7, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    ram91106. Truth hurts mate. That's why u are getting so defensive and acting like a little kid. Wait till u come to India mind-set. You can't handle the fact, India is getting a thrashing from the Kiwis. How many matches have India lost in a row now? Oh wait, u need more time because you have a team in transition. You weren't saying that before the series though. haha. GO through all ur excuses. India will still be a average team.

  • GRVJPR on February 7, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Some of the comments here are over the top really.It took Aussies 8 years to win 1 convincing series and go through transition. Indian players are good but need backing. But ZAK is old and past his expiry date, and same is true about dhoni.

  • Solid_Snake on February 7, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1: Do you even remember last Asia cup? Talking all big & forgetting the performance of your own team...World Champs were hammered by BD lol...And now Champs Cannot win a single game..Got hammered by all the teams.Look at the test matches record of India and also don't forget to check out ODI record lol..

  • sumit1982 on February 7, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    gr8 Counter attack by NZ captain these give enough time to the NZ blower to blow out India in cheap and pile up with huge lead in 2nd innings.

    Kholi bit unlucky. These time India batsmen need to attack sodhi not to get bob down like in ODI against Nathan McCullum.

  • martin000 on February 7, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88, how many major tournaments have you won mate, Not only in cricket but in any sports you play?? "Jack of all trades, master of none" will suit your island more than anyone else. Don't be big mouth as if you are the master of all sports. You may excel in sports like RUBY where you don't have to use your brain and blindly bash the opponent.Alteast use your brain to check where you stand in all other fields.

  • DJRNZ on February 7, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @Masculineffort, NZ batsmen live in beautiful NZ while Indian batsmen live in over populated and poluted India - take that Indian batsmen.

  • twistedseatbelt on February 7, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Its just embarassing watching Dhawan, if there ever was a reason to send a player home halfway through a series, it happened in South Africa, and yet here he is still in the team a month later, taking up the spot of a more deserving youngster.

  • First_Drop on February 7, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    The reason India's pace bowling is poor, is also the reason they are so hard to beat at home. Dead, spin friendly pitches and conditions do not encoourage the developnment of pace bowlers (if you were a young talented bowler in India, what would you rather do; bowl spin or pace? They do however, enourage the development of spin bowling and Batsmen adept at facing spin.

    So, very good at home, but awful away. And the fact they can't develop good fast bowelrs shouldn't be a surprise t anyone, let alone themselves.

    Still, having said that, I think this NZ side is underrated and deserve more credit than they have receieved.

  • sandy_bangalore on February 7, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    @ram91106 : What use this financial might are you talking about? LOL. We are a one sport nation and are completely useless in other sports, where even tiny nations wins double the medals in Olympics. Even with this soc alled might, our country cannot produce world class cricketers..instead we have flat track heroes who are clueless when the ball swings, seams, bounces or even turns. ANd medium paced trundlers who wouldnt scare a club team-Rishi dhawan, mohit, sharath etc! NZ cricketers probably earn a fraction of what our overhyped overrated stars earn, yet they are far more reliable and they have far better fast bowlers than us. And their countrys population is less than my city's! And are rugby world champs, with cricket a no2 sport.Your 2 years will probably be 200 years my friend, so wait long!

  • on February 7, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    looks like ishant has cemented his place in the indian cricket team for the next 2 years

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @all posters....LOL at us after winning a series here in India...we have won everywhere except South Africa and Australia which could have been just South Africa except for Sydney 2008...if we are homeground tigers and flat track bullies we are the best home ground tigers and flat track bullies....except for England who were too damn good in 2012 and Australia in 2004 who won due to Gilly nobody else has the bragging rights and status to question our away here in our "flat-tracks" and "dustbowls" and then comment on our away performances... thank you...otherwise are we Indians to consider you trolls as opportunistic and shallow without a grain of cricketing knowledge?? think before you speak please...

  • rajcl on February 7, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @ sharadgargconnect, 1.4 billions we r not backed this 11 , we r backed team INDIA`S 11 who ever it is , i want to play for india or i want select team for india but not its not in hands of 1.4 bilions peoples ( its logic ),,,, i accept aus & nz r favours of wc & sa is favour for t 20 , how could sl is stornger than india or asian countries,, they cant win the t20 world cup final in their home ,, in t20 any team can win on that day & india is better when they play thropies,

  • on February 7, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    The time has come for one of Shikhar Dhawan or Murli Vijay to be dropped as the competition for opening spot is heating. Likes of Gautam Gambhir , Jiwanjoth Singh, KL Rahul should be tried . Vijay has just got a 50 in last 5 test innings he has played and Dhawan has not got a 50 in last 11 international innings he has played.

  • Masculineffort on February 7, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    It seems New zealand batsmen have more runs than Indian Batsmen. So What? Big deal! Indian Batsmen have way more money than NZ batsmen. Take that NZ batsmen!

  • on February 7, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    I really can not understand the Indian cricket policy of selection.They always stress on batsmen and portray them as heros and media is full supporter in this regard.In case of Bowlers they r at not bothered.It is unbelieve ablt that u can not get a bowler like Wasim or Steyn fm such a huge population.Even spinner of Murli or Ajmal caliber are not searched.Very disappionting indeed

  • hellraiser9 on February 7, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Totally agree with @Francis Mathew .Very nicely put..Dhoni wont let go of the same team that failed in different countries in different series time and again. Not sure what Duncan Fletcher is doing there. Inida LOST the series even before it began. NZ are really teaching one big lesson but will india learn? No as long as Dhoni doesn't want to drop atleast 4 or 5 players from the team and include those who are HUNGRY for success and who have passion to do well India will never win. Its over.. NZ 'arrogance' matched with their outstanding skill with bat n ball on the field. India deserves this thrashing. NZ is doing it very nicely. I was never happy to see India lose before but after seeing no passion to win for country these sort of results should strike a blow at the BCCI selectors where it hurts most. Dhawan has been worked out, Rohit sharma - should be kicked out. Ishanth - , zaheer , jadeja , exposed completely, dhoni should not be allowed to select the team

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Another poor showing by the same attack. I cant understand how India's team management didnt learn from their experience in South Africa. It is getting beyond ridiculous that Ishant Sharma is getting a place in this attack - a Test avg of close to 40, pace of 135 at best, no consistency or pressure, no swing, cant field and cant bat. I mean he may as well play tennia for India on such selection criteria.

  • Sultan2007 on February 7, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Looks like Dhawan is being found out. He had a great maiden innings but lack of technique and judgement are proving his undoing. He is go outside the off stump. DOnt know why he tries that shot on the leg. Not the first time he has got out that way. His greatest strenght in his early innings was something left handers crave for. Sureness outside the off stump. Needs to find it quick otherwise it is curtains for him. On the bowling, the less said the better. Ishant got 6. I only hope MSD doesnt delude himself into believing that Ishant came good. It was all batsmen error or great fielding. On sheer bowling quality, he never looked like getting a wicket. The writing is clear for the old war horse, Zaheer. He tired hard but he is now done. Got to build an attack around Shami. Even at the cost of losing the next Test, we should blood Umesh and Pandey and see where that takes us. Zaheer can be the 5th bowler or Bhuvi. At leat we will have made an investment!

  • Rajeshn1094 on February 7, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Not to forget poor catching in the slips. Pathetic catching. India could have easily reduced NZ 50/5 if they had taken catches. Catches win matches :)

  • lyoung on February 7, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Is it me or did it appear that when NZ changed the ball, Sodhi got less turn?

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    I don't understand one thing though ... how's it possible that there is not a single fast bowler who can rattle the opposition .... we are a country of 1.2 billion people ... mind you and there are some cultures amongst us which has the best genetic pool ... so not all of us can be termed weak and incapable !!! Or is that a curse?

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    I think Indian team is putting lot of efforts to lose the match by innings.

    I hope dhoni will be the captain if india plays in India and select somebody else as captain if played abroad. Why because dhoni after winning the toss, electing to field both in one dayers and test matches as he did in India. Will it work out ? Pray god ?

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    New Zealand has out played India in every aspect all summer. Simple. India get some heart or stop whinging about it!

  • StuL on February 7, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Raining heavily but it will clear overnight. There will be a change in conditions tomorrow but it's hard to say what the impact will be- damp balls don't swing well but the outfield will be slower and the air much thicker than when it was overcast before. This is the first significant rain in a few weeks and although the pitch is covered it could sweat or who knows what. Keep watching cricket lovers because it will be an interesting day

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @rohanblue : exactly my thought on dhawan... i never liked his batting, even in CT13 i was not convinced.... no technique of top order batsman, long handle , no ballance whne playing shots.... no pattience..... no ptrice on his wicket... he always smiles after getting out.... not an international material...

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    All posters using the "big three reason" for bashing Team India's performance...we are in the big-three for a reason...namely financial might...if we are able to arm-twist the ICC to do our beck and call its beacause of our administrators cunning and financial acumen... we are able to fill our coffers and have a surplus...try to break-even before you want a share of the pie...Honestly if your respective national boards had been included would you be making this hue and cry??? CSA is protesting because it wasnt invited to join the triumvirate...PCB and SLC cant complain as they are hardly staying afloat...PCB has political turmoil and SLC doesnt even pay its players...Try to improve your financial standing first and then complain about unfair treatment...if you aren't an equal you won't be considered...Its Darwinism...Survival of the fittest...Apex Predator etc...I still maintain we are a team in transition..wait a couple years and then resume LOLing...

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Is this team the No.2 Test Team in the world? This team's pathetic performance in England, Australia and now in New Zealand shows how ill-prepared, both, the Team Management and the Teams are,. when Indian Team play on foreign soil. There is no "fighting spirit" in this Team.....wayward bowling,listless batting, dropped catches.There is obviously an "attitude problem " both in the Team and in the Team Management.It happens when politicians and businessmen, not ex-cricketers, become administrators of BCCI.Sreenivasan does not know how to form system in which every Indian player selected in the Team has the required determination, desire and discipline to play well especially in the foreign conditions. He does not care the sentiments of the Indian fans as well.This Indian Team is not at all a Great Team. The Great Teams ( eg. Aussie Team under Steve Waugh) do have the' mettle" to play well both in home and foreign conditions.

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    India will get another thrashing from NZ and I cant understand why the keep Dhawan in the poor against pase and bounce.... Media hyped him so much saying that he is next Shehwag and he himself started to believe it...but the truth is he is another flat track bully and very poor against short ball and silmply against faster balls..

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Bangladesh avoided the follow on against SL can the great Indian batting line up avoid the follow on ???

  • UK_Chap on February 7, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Somebody commented below that India are missing "the Wall", I think they are missing more than just the bricks, they are missing the cement and plaster..... Tee Heee.... here`s to the top tier of test cricket...

  • sharadgargconnect on February 7, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    India will loose this test match. India will loose this test series 2-0. India's chances are great only when they are at home. Because of 1.14 billion indian public who just get behind 11 men. India is easy to beat usually. New Zealand is a weak side in test match arena. South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka are much stronger side than New Zealand. But I think we should give credit to NZ as well. They will soon become No.1 odi team if they keep doing well. Australia and New Zealand are strong contenders for ODI world cup 2015. SAfrica and Sri Lanka are strong contender for T20 World Cup this year. Now that there is no Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman, Sehwag, Harbhajan and Gambhir india is really struggling at international cricket. I bet they will struggle more. Rohit Sharma is not good enough at this level. He is just a child slumdog millionaire. Rohit, Vijay, Dhawan and Rahane will come and go away quickly. New Zealand has firepower to life world cup 2015. They can be No2 test side as well.

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    once again it has been a sorry tale for the indian team,how long they gonna keep doing the same mistakes! when they had new zealand on the mat at 3 for 30 they couldn,t capitalise and bowl out them for a paltry total. normally any other teams would have been licking their lips to diss miss other teams in such far as i concern indian team is not playing as a unit,if you concern the bowlers they aren,t phsically and mentally fit enough when you compare with new zealand bowlers either they bowl too short or give width to batsmen further they couldn,t trouble the batsmen,it,s pointless to wait something to happen rather making things to happen,also they couldn,t bowl a long spell.if you concern about the batsmen they are not positive against pace bowling attack in SA and NZ most of the time they were on the defensive but if you compare with the opponents,the fielding is even worst they aren,t concentrating enough,over all lack of team work and too many youngsters in the team.

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @mahi bal. Are you complaining or is that a hate message towards the Indian cricket team. Everyone who follows CRICKET knows that Indian bowling unit is weak and for a fact Indians are never considered good in overseas condition especially after the retirement of sachin, dravid, Kumble, laxman. Yet, you can see the fights shown by our batsmen in the SA test series and do you heard the word"HOMEGROUND" The same English team who beat Aussies 3/0 were thrashed 5/0 when the word homeground was interchanged, in fact Indian Cricket team is the strongest team when played at home even with all these loopholes and a weak bowling unit. Lets wait and watch, I am sure, we all will see a fight back from India in the next 3 days.

  • Mark07 on February 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    As a commoner, I feel that the Indian team needs the following. 1. Get a good fast bowling coach. 2. Get rid of tired legs like Zak. You need a tear away fast bowler who can terrorize the opponent in away pitches.We could see Zak literally tired towards the end of day one with a stiff back, having bowled 20 overs. I dont see him bowling much in day two. 3. Fielding needs a marked improvement.Slip catching was pretty ordinary.Slip catchers need to train hard and get their reflexes right. 4. Few changes in batting order,particularly at the top. Get a regular opener for ODI/tests. 5. There is no point in complaining the performance of batters, when bowlers yield 500 odd per Innings in tests and 300 odd in each ODI.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @ sohaibahmad , Khurram Gulzar I have always appreciated PAK cricket and even supported them when they were hammered by Zim but reading comments from you fans, Bashing India all the time. Calling them flat track bully while you yourself get hammered by ZIM. Well now I am looking forward to the two tier system. I really want India to have the right to its money and spend it on India only not on nations like Pakistan and SL. Times change fellows. Asia cup is coming. And we will se who gets to lift that.

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    when your opposition scored more than 500 runs @ +4 runs per over, hardly makes any difference how many wickets you take, so meaning less 5 wicket haul for ishant and last time for Mr. Jaddu in SA

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    if sehwag,yuvraj....wants to come back in the Indian team,then the easiest way is that they hope csk picks them in ipl auction.feel sorry for gambhir and harbhajan beacause they are already retained by their ipl teams.

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    one thing is clear that new zealand will not lose this match

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    shots of the day no 1 ) kohli's straight drive off boult no 2 ) rohit sharma's back foot half drive and half cut through covers of another left hander.... :)

    so far shot of the match kane williamsons drive to mid off of shami for four...

  • mzm149 on February 7, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Just like India helped Australia in rising up the ODI ranking, they will help Australia in improving their test ranking as well after whitewash.

  • Essayl on February 7, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Inept bowling and some weak batting from India. Yes, NZ bowled well, but good batsmen are supposed to keep out good balls, not get out to them. Some critics will now start praising Ishant Sharma for taking six wickets. The reality is that he has taken five or more after 2 and a half years and 20 tests. Any first class bowler can do that if they are given so many chances. Out of the 6, 2 were batsmen thrashing the ball (McCullum, Taylor), 2 were loose attacking shots to balls well wide of off (Rutherford, Watling), 1 was not out (Anderson) and only one was a decent ball albeit to a tail ender (Sodhi). Unfortunately, this "performance" gives the selectors and Dhoni an excuse to pick Ishant for another 3 years, instead of trying out other bowlers. Horses for courses ? Neither Ishant nor Shami are particularly effective with the new ball, and India has a genuine new ball swing bowler in Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, yet they ignore him in NZ !! How dumb Mr Dhoni and Mr Fletcher...

  • on February 7, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    were are the people who says brendon cant play test cricket,yes he doesnt have the perfect technique but hes a real fighter at present his aggressive cricket is paying dividents for nz cricket,brendon ur the best captain at present

  • 4cricketluv on February 7, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I don't think India is taking this tour serious; they just want to get home. They have been on the road a long time. This tour is just to make NZ feel good about themselves as they have not been performing very well of late with on field and off filed dramas. Then there is the big ICC shakeup as well; so do not upset NZ too much as they need to hang on the apron strings of Australia to stay a co-host for next year's world cup. Therefor, I do not read too much cricket into this series/tour.

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88 ; same can be said about whatever the country you represent ( except SA ) they know only green tops... give them some trun and bounce and then see how they dance tot he tune of spinners

  • Venkiwaran on February 7, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    We can all curse, lament and snort. But this trend will continue as long as Mr.Dhoni is the captain. He lacks even the cricket intelligence of a school team captain. Standing back to pacers, imagining them to be Wasim and Waqar, persisting with guys like Ishant, Jadeja, Raina, letting the opposition off the hook, refusing to take the new ball.......... I just found the meaning of what "Cool" means. Its all about not knowing what is going on in the cricket ground, walking about stone faced and letting the game drift like nobody's business. I don't see a future for Indian cricket. You and I have don't have a say in the way the Indian team is run.

  • rajcl on February 7, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88, funny guys like u how many times u spoke about population if 1.2 billions people play in 1 match nobody can win a single match ( as cricket playing international merit countries ) & wiliams better than virat r u kidding in our home even our all batsman better than wiliams what he did in this serious, in last 5 odis first 4 matches was close to any team win, nz if plays in india not going to 1 match also close encounters we white wash u easily, for ur kind information match is not over

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @Murupara_madness : i think i said england played well last time... and i mentioned the best players of spin in SA ( ABD, AMLA, KALLIS ) ... i dont look too much into those series by KIWI, beating bangla has no credibility and same can be said about lankans under the current circumstances..... yes asians are poor travellers, and indians are better than any asia team.... we won in NZ, ENG, WI, drew series in AUS, SA.... and according to my knowledge lanka have not won a test in AUS, pakistan and lanka both have had whitewashes in both AUS and SA...

  • rohanblue on February 7, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    get rid of this overrated dhawan first, this dude is banking on his 2 centuries in odis he scored 8 months back,he is dancing in the pitch since sa tour, just hope that he fails in 3 more innings so that we can see gambhir, sehwag again, they wasted one year of gambhir's career, i am a fan of dhoni but i never liked the way he always supports his favourite players.............

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    @JustIPL : you sure have not watched the match... shami was the one who was asking questions to the batsmen.... 3 catches have been droped of him and one plumb lbw was not given.... ishant bowled well but his wickets were gifted.... so stop judging shami by his bowling figures...

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Two of the so called top three are in tailspin mode, just waiting for the Aussies to get it in SA.

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    rohit sharma showed his class today.he's our new vvs laxman.rohit would very soon become the mainstay of our batting lineup.

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    When vijay hits boundary and when rohit is on 1 run..Gavaskar praising both are stylish players..why he needs to praise Rohit at the time..merely happens?

  • haq33 on February 7, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Sorry I fail to see how Ishant has any ability whatsoever. He has never "run through a team" in the way a genuine quick bowler from the 90's would have, at least not for a very long time. He only takes big hauls when batsmen have already scored their team into an unbeatable position, just happening to be in the right place at the time when batsmen already know their team is safe in test match terms. His wicket balls are rubbish. He never sets batsmen up and relies on blind luck. In other words, I could take half of those wickets in my sleep. Rohit however does have some talent. He does try to start cautiously and often pays an unduly heavy price but that is forgivable as he clearly has ability. In other words, I could not score half of those runs in my dreams.

  • rajcl on February 7, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88, funny guys like u how many times u spoke about population if 1.2 billions people play in 1 match nobody can win a single match ( as cricket playing international merit countries ) & wiliams better than virat r u kidding in our home even our all batsman better than wiliams what he did in this serious, in last 5 odis first 4 matches was close to any team win, nz if plays in india not going to 1 match also close encounters we white wash u easily, for ur kind information match is not over

  • Nirdoshi on February 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    As being a neutral cricket lover, i found Indian players are lacking confidence and are not being able to rectify and improve their own problems. mental reunion need to be consider before anything else. they have potential to do anything imaginable however careful consideration need to be taken to select playing XI. If we compare this match to Srilanka Vs Bangladesh, i think india deserve to be no 10 test team in the world.

  • Nirdoshi on February 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    As being a neutral cricket lover, i found Indian players are lacking confidence and are not being able to rectify and improve their own problems. mental reunion need to be consider before anything else. they have potential to do anything imaginable however careful consideration need to be taken to select playing XI. If we compare this match to Srilanka Vs Bangladesh, i think india deserve to be no 10 test team in the world.

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    ha-ha @ram91106 . keep losing then. it is good for Indian cricket "the biggest of BIG3

  • sohaibahmad on February 7, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Come IPL and all will be well, the same critics would be falling over each other praising the 'flat track bullies'

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    All we can expect in this match is a few good individual but not a win the way Indian is playing . Dhoni is clearly out of his mind with standing too deep to pacers along with slips which means some catches will not carry to them. If you see Dhoni collects ball close to knee roll even balls that are bouncing with good carry This shows he is standing really too far behind the stumps.As a result slips are also standing too deep. On the other hand NZ wicketkeeper collects it at chest height which means slips are also further close to stumps with more catches carrying to them. Besides Indian slip fielders don't crouch low which is crucial to take catches which come very low as there is hardly any time to grab . I am amazed that captain has been ignoring this for too long . Same was the case in SA where some catches did not . I agree team is not playing well so captain should not be blamed .But Captain must address these issues . Indians should wait for rain to save this test match .

  • sergio11 on February 7, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Apart from pujara's dismissal..reaminig all 3 were unplayable balls..cannt do much about the ball is old and its stop swinging...its the perfect time to bat one actually realizing it..everyone critizing ind for poor bolwing but now i dont see a wicket going down soon...once the ball is old there is no assign for either spinner or seamer...hence NZ manager to recover from 30/3..ind on the other hand are in a similar situatn,it would have been good if either pujar or Kholi were in the middle..never the less.Rohit is playing well..and in these sorta condition Dhoni dont have a problem..same with jaddu...if Ind done lose a wicket tommarow for first 7 to 10 overs...ind wil post a big total.....TO ALL FRUSTRATED FANS..comes guys see its not abt captancy or poor bolwing...its about surving the new the ball is old...its nothing pitch really...can hit though the line sorta pitch now...

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on February 7, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Ishant proved that there are horses for courses. Shami who fared well in ODIs better then Ishant was clueless in the longer form despite two mornings of greentop pitch. I still believe Rohit is much better batsmen then Kohli and he did that by keeping india in the game so far. With NZ batsmen in full flow Ishant went for runs off course but dhoni relied on him the most. Ishant produced wicket taking balls constantly and that is why took 6 wickets but shami/zak/jad were not able to help him on the other hand. The richest board should look at the training/coaching of their workers to keep making that money they are boasting off. If they go on well on the third morning then india's lower order can still save the game. However, there is still 176 runs in arrears to save the followon.

  • apoorvajoshi13 on February 7, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Reading these comments from Indian fans(I too am from India) i can feel the pain that all of us go through seeing our team perform badly. And its so amazing that every cricket fan can point out that we need fresh bowlers/ try more bowlers but not Mr Dhoni.How long can he keep his eyes covered and say all is hunky dory? I feel sad at bowlers like Ishwar Pandey not given an opportunity but being net bowlers.Where is Mr Sandip Patil now? do our selectors ever have a say on who should play and who should not? I feel BCCI needs to follow ECB and ask Dhoni to retire from test matches neither is his captaincy inspiring nor batting(though he has played few good knocks lately)

  • Daredevilfromdelhi on February 7, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    @mahi bal & Shanks1967 - stop blaming the bowling,bowling will be as good as you demand from it.On pitches where 4 fast bowlers are a must,dhoni stubbornly continue to have 3 & still asks them to bowl 50 overs on the trot.What else can u expect other than 500 with tired fast bowlers on the first day.He will never do that because he knows that he is no better than a tailender in this team,the weakest spot in this team but nobody seems interested in asking anything from him.

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @IMG_SL : same thing as that happens to lankans everytime against mighty india....

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @geevee97 : lol well put.... to be honest i woke up at 3 in the mornign for both days and watched full day match.... honestly shami deserves a five for in this match... 3 catches have been put down in his bowling, 1 plumb lbw not give.... sums up witht he one wicket he got.... but ishant absolutly made no effort in thinking... taylor ( bad shot , once in blue moon dismissal ), rutherford ( again bad shot ), anderson ( bad decision ) MacB ( bad shot , great catch , nothing delivery ), rest two are tailenders...... nothing leterally.... but you know dhoni is as always, " ishant is hard working bowler"

  • sony_sr on February 7, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Ishant sharma will now stay in team for next 6 years!!!

  • SameOld on February 7, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Great stuff from the kiwi bowlers. Boult and Southee have been amazing lately, and Wagner continues to give them good support. I love Baz's unconventional field settings, but I feel for Wags having to bowl without anyone in the covers (it sure isn't helping his average or RPO). The best thing about today is only Pujara got out due to an error, the other three were all just excellent balls that would have got just about any batsman. Wagner's ball that got Vijay was damn near unplayable. Hope to a few more tomorrow! :)

    What to say about Baz? What a player, what an incredible innings. He was the only one who was going to get him out today, and he did it trying to push the game along instead of going for the personal glory of a new high score. Legend.

  • Iceman29 on February 7, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @IMG_SL: lol..better concentrate on BD series...they just scored more than 400 runs and giving a real headache to your team...its like kettle calling the pot black :P

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I bet of india goes for a series in Bangladesh now, India will badly loose badly, both in test and one days. See the way they batted against Srilanka. For India, the opening pair is not at all reliable. How can the selectors compare Murali Vijay better than Ghambir? Also, Dhawan is a made in indian batsman who can bat only in india. There are only two ways for Indian team to improve; 1. Develop quality fast bowllers ,2. Develop fast bowling pitches like SA, AUS, NZ in india, so atleast our batsmen can learn to play in those pitches. Its smells a 2-0 for India. Good Luck Dhoni and Team India.

  • Jason_Key88 on February 7, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Here we go with the excuses..India is a young side. You guys weren't saying this before the tour began did you? Your excuses are not good enough. This is international Cricket. You should be ready. NZ also has a young side but look at the difference. Your players are simply not good enough.

  • Murupara_madness on February 7, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    @realfan. Correct me if im wrong but didn't England win their last test series in India? Nz drew with Bangladesh and srilanka in the last two test serries in asia they played and I'm pretty sure the saffas have gone alright the last time they ventured into the "dust bowls" as well. The fact is (as much as I enjoy the Indians and their fans touring here) they are, and always have been, very poor outside of home conditions.

  • Daredevilfromdelhi on February 7, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Furthermore to add more to my earlier comment,i still consider our present day fast bowlers better than they were in 2007 when india defeated england in england under rahul dravid.It is just pathetic captaincy by MSD which shows us in such a poor light outside the subcontinent.The lesser said about his batting,the better it is.Poor dinesh kartik was asked to compete with other batsmen while he should have been a competitor for dhoni's spot in the team where he is a much better package than MSD.Faster india gets rid of dhoni & srinivasan,the better it will be for indian & world cricket.

  • Daredevilfromdelhi on February 7, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Furthermore to add more to my earlier comment,i still consider our present day fast bowlers better than they were in 2007 when india defeated england in england under rahul dravid.It is just pathetic captaincy by MSD which shows us in such a poor light outside the subcontinent.The lesser said about his batting,the better it is.Poor dinesh kartik was asked to compete with other batsmen while he should have been a competitor for dhoni's spot in the team where he is a much better package than MSD.Faster india gets rid of dhoni & srinivasan,the better it will be for indian & world cricket.

  • Mavericksan on February 7, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Its time for two teams for ODI and Tests bring back Gambhir and let him lead the test squad dont let another KP incident happen again. Keeper definitely new one for tests atleast karthik turn now. Bowling deptt I dont noe but Ojha should be a permamnent member not ashwin.

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    what I like about indian supporters is at least they are able to admit NZ is playing very very well which even some kiwi 'fans' couldn't bring themselves to do. I find it amazing to look through the indian batting who have impressive averages only to find that 90% of their big runs are scored at home, and sad to say I could look through any known player around the world and they all have at least one BIG score against India, for example BMac 225, 224 ryder 201. Your bowling really is a major problem...and IPL surely wont be helping that. Now your batting is getting exposed away from home. A tumble down all rankings is on the way for India by the looks...

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Naresh28 ; i never said its about only batting, in fact i say test matches is more about bowling than batting.... look at my comments in day1 article i said " only bowlers wins you matches , batsman just draw you matches " .... infact i am the biggest critic of our bowling and dhoni's mediocre captaincy in test matches..... i am wondering why you tag me in that coment...

  • Jason_Key88 on February 7, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    India are an awful side. They seem to thrive on concrete pitches and small stadiums at home but put some grass and movement on the pitch, and they crumble. India has larger pool of talent to select from than NZ or any other country, yet they still struggle. What a joke.

  • Flaaffy on February 7, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @tanstel. The reason India have to prove themselves out of the sub-continent is when they win a team inside India all you hear the whole time from their supporters is how good they are and that they are the best in the world. Before they travelled to South Africa every India supporter was going on how they are going to trash South Africa. So just maybe they have to prove themselves eveytime because they get put on a pedestal before the tour. Just to get the facts straight. South Africa have won in Asia 3 times since 2000, against Pakistan & twice against Bangladesh. Australia have won 4 times since 2000 India & Pakistan once and Sri Lanka twice. From what I can see only India have won against SA, Aus or Eng outside of the sub-continent since 2000 only once when they beat Eng in Eng.

    So maybe the Asian teams still have something to prove

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    @IMG_SL same thing that happens to SL every time they face India lol

  • jplterrors on February 7, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    This is no surprise NZ is way better then India, Williamson is way better then Kohli 113 to 1!!!!

  • Jason_Key88 on February 7, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    awesome to see NZ dominate India ay, a nation with 1.2 billion people, where Cricket is a religion. cricket is the only sport India plays well, otherwise, how are they at Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, Rugby or any of the Olympics events. Not great. unlike nz, a small nation which not only compete but wins as well. just shows, when it comes to desire and talent, NZ outperforms India by miles. just too sweet

  • Lermy on February 7, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Actually the worst aspect of the Indian performance was the catching. On a better day they could easily have had NZ out for half the 500 odd they scored. Its just one of those things. Later in the innings there were some brilliant catches. Its understandable to feel bad about your teams performance, but news flash, that's cricket.

  • IMG_SL on February 7, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    well! what happened to mighty Indian team?

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    I don`t know why all Indian fan shoted on Indain boling you know bolling is not issue the issue is captancy,it time of change the captin Dhoni is alwayse loke like a tire person last some month and series

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Indian batsmen are having a wonderful tour out there, literally!!

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    people stop judging rohit sharma in test matches.... he is on par with pujara in test matches... he is just not the same rohit sharma in ODI ( which is not his natural game ) same can be said to rahane.... the problem with we fans is, we judge players performance in tests based on his record in ODI and T20.... belive me rohit is not the ODI material, he is pure test class.... we can say the converse about kohli, but kohli doesnt have strong ranaji back drop and he takes time to get to test level.... same goes for ashwin, he is test material, and he is definately not ODI man... we should give credit to the players domestic level performances..... we judge jadeja as a slogger, but he is pure batsman 9 everytime hes has got time to settle in ODIs he scored big runs ) but he is being wasted at no7,8 in ODIs.... same can be said about him test matches, he is way better than dhoni in batting, but he bats with tail and he doenst know the art of batting with tail...

  • dunger.bob on February 7, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Well played you Kiwi's. Truly tremendous work. To be honest I thought McCullum's career was on the way down but it's looks as though he's having an Indian summer. Great stuff, now don't mess it up from here.

  • GRVJPR on February 7, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    It's not Ishant Sharma but Zaheer Khan who is the waste of time. If Zak could have picked 4 wickets for 132 (like ishant 6 for 132) NZ would have been all out for 264. Ishant did very well as he was not balling with new ball. Zaheer khan is an absolute joke, almost insult to India.

  • zexmanoz on February 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Taking 6 wickets gives a free game ticket for Ishant Sharma in coming 6-7 matches..I was desperately waiting to see Iswar Pandey in the squad but stubborn Dhoni has over confident in his team..Nz go on! ! Whitewash the Dhoni 11 so he must me kick off from Indian squad then only proper team can reconstruct and can beat any cricket team

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    why are u guys pulling down rohit sharma i dont understand. he has played three laxman-esque innings in 7 innings he has played in tests- 177 in kolkata when india was 83/5; 111* in mumbai when the last man joined him at 47 and now walking in at india 10/3 and trying to resurrect an innings which could have been over by now. so please relax and hope that india saves the follow on tmrw.

  • thaikkathameed on February 7, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    "Great, Ishant " ran through" NZL batting, now will play for next 5 years". NO, NEXT FIFTEEN YEARS.

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @tanstell87 and @Gimhana Fernando : agre with you both, especially happry with Fernado making that comment, hardly see sensible comments from lankans in indian article.... why do only asia teams should prove??? spin is also an art of bowling, batting on spinnig pitches is as difficult as batting on bouncy seaming tracks.... we hardly see any teams among AUS, SA, NZ, ENG do well in asian conditions.... AUS last won a test mattch in india was ages back , same goes for NZ, englad though they are pioneer of cricket they dont know the art of spin, saffas are less talk the batter about playing spin ( ABD, AMLA, Kallis exception ) .....

  • drnaveed on February 7, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    on number of times , v.kohli has shows displease , as if he has been given out wrongly by the umpire. And at times , even when he is bowled ,he has a strange look .he is a class batsman , he should avoid it , if he has nicked it , he should walk off ,when given out by the umpire.

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @gymhana fernando. you say "all teams are lions at home and kittens away from home". Really? South Africa is unbeaten in ALL away tours since 2006. Not bad for kittebs. Back to back wins in both England and Australia, 2 draws against india beating them in a test match on both tour by an innings plus. Yes they are kittens. Dont generalise when everyone knows that SA is not like the rest of the test playing nations. Look at the test rankings there is SA then daylight then some more daylight and then the rest

  • Mindmaker on February 7, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Go, Black Caps, go! As a neutral fan, I am liking this. You are striking resounding blows for the small guy. You are proving that the best place to talk about somes of the crazy issues that have been floating around is on the cricket ground and not in the board room. Continue to take the stuffing out of the bullies. You have our full blessings.

  • geevee97 on February 7, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    The fellows who doesn't watch the match and only sees the score card and the commentators "Wow.. Ishanth sharma has finally answered the critics.. he has delivered when it mattered the most.. he has repaid the faith the selectors had in him (only 50 odd test matches).. this will give him the much needed confidence.. shami has played a lot of matches (5 matches), but he has not improved.. so better drop him if he doesn't perform in the next match".. But those who really saw the match (our commentatotors can be excused ), " dhoni, look at the way he bowled do you really think that Ishanth will become a good bowler.. Does he deserve the wickets he took in this match.. rubbish bowling.. no plan whatsoever.. do you remember one australian spinner,JJ Krejza who took eight wickets in an innings in India in 2008-9, where shane warne couldn't take eight even in a series before.. ..Does that make him superior to Shane warne..they dropped him after just one more match". But Look at Dhoni.....

  • thaikkathameed on February 7, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Dhoni and Ishant remind me of the FEVIQUICK advertisement duo. Now he has taken 6 wkts even though leaked half of NZ runs, he will retain a permanent place in the team/ GOD SAVE INDIAN CRICKET. The same goes with NOHIT Sharma. Dhoni is demolishing Indian cricket very fast and spoiling the careers of many budding cricketers. DHONI HAS TO BE URGENTLY KICKED OUT FROM TEST CRICKET SCENE. GOD PLEASE SAVE INDIAN CRICKET.

  • ram91106 on February 7, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @Indian posters....Stop whining guys...This is a young team...most of the players are on their first tours...Most of them are playing their first or second overseas tours...Yes they have played poorly in the SA series and NZ ODIs... with 25 odd year players we are able to atleast win matches at many other teams can say that?? We have batting talent and potential...Its time we stopped looking for the short term benefits and wait for the long term harvests...Remember Pakistan 89 we got beaten but Sachin emerged..92 Australia whitewash but Sachin proved himself...96 England lost series but got Dada and Dravid..98 Australia lost heavily but Laxman emerged ..2000-01 SA thrashed but out came Viru... lets not judge them all together at once... heck 2011-12 Aus whitewash gave us Virat Kohli as a future captain and one of the potential greats of the game... Even if two or three come out of this series with their reputation enhanced its good enough for now...World Cup is still 1yr awy

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @ModernUmpiresPlz ; i am sorry but i dont agree with you on INDIANS often appear on other test series articles and bringing sachin and dravid..... but it works conversly.... you can see lanka bangla series, harly any indian comment... when sanga score 300+ all went over the hill comparing sanga and sachin and discrediting sachin... i like you to take back your won .... hope the comments are mature enough not some same old " flat track bullys", " bcci buying things "... they are very immature things to say...peace

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 7, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    What excuse will the Indian fans make now? India is a young side. Well, so are the Kiwis. They have played less matches than India. India made wrong selection. Well, every new player you asked for, got hammered; Varun Aaron. Haha, Weren't you lot predicting a whitewash before this tour. What happened to all that bravado? You lot don't realize, when it comes to ability, India is limited to flat pitches. No heart or guts. India, you are overrated. Rather have the Saffas tour here mate. Go NZ and the All Blacks

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    just what expected from dhawan... he is no good, no proper balance while batting, no respect for his wicket ( smiles everytime when got out) long handle ( not many opener have that , expecially in tests ) .... indians expected much from him... dissapointment,... he never looked good after CT13, even against ZIM he was scratchy.... to be honest I never liked his batting..... very rare UN-pujara shot.... that was very not like him... but he will come good... vijay was good so does kohli... both got out to a beauty of deliveries... cant complain on them..... Rohit is a lot confident level headed batsman when he plays in test matches... he is alltogether a new batsman in this level... that what a strong ranaji foundation does to you... he looked very comfortable, so was rahane ... rahane was lucky( same can be said to fulton and anderson in NZ first innigs , part of the game ).... hoep these two make it big from here... they have the habbit of converting starts, hope they do....

  • thaikkathameed on February 7, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    To save Indian cricket, this IPL circus should be disbanded with immediate effect. If not the Indian cricket will become worst than school boys cricket or else women players should be included in the men's team.

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Excellent stuff from the Kiwi boys. They have humiliated India and shown, how useless they are, despite having larger pool of talents than New Zealand. How can India be ranked so high, when they can't even win matches away from home. This is the same side, which scores tons at home on flat pitches. All Indian fans who predicted this tour will be a easy one, eat your words. Your comments on this forum shows, how ignorant you lot are. Go NZ and the All Blacks.

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Now you know why India wants to change FTP and tip the balance in their favor for the foreseeable future :D Shame on NZC administrators for accepting their toffees and robing NZ and world cricket fans of balanced competitions

  • Naresh28 on February 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @realfan - cricket is about all departments not just batting putting in the effort. Indian BOWLING has been giving away countless runs. This demoralizes the team before they start batting. We drop catches and it just does not look like the fielders care. This attitude should stop. The captain's field placings are sometimes bizarre that even the commentators laugh - we as fans have just about given up on this team. Unless there is wholesome changes in the team fans are going to drift away.

  • CGKK on February 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    To ALL Indian fans I need to tell you a little about New Zealand. In NZ there are millions of TREES. It is one of our major exports to places all over the world..including you guys in India. We wait until these trees get too big....then we chop them down! When we heard here in NZ that a cricket team was arriving on our shores and they referred to themselves as part of the BIG THREE....the news paper missed out the H and spelt it BIG TREE!! So as Kiwi's we have just done what we are good at...we cut down that BIG TREE. Don't worry, we will send it back to you along with some glue so u can patch it up and re build something with it. Our tree's take 25 years to grow, we hope yrs are quicker.

  • Rags57 on February 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    This test is a goner now - India are going to be forced to follow on and would end up losing really big. It is clear now that Dhawan was a one test beauty - we rate someone too high too soon. He should be dropped for the next test and even if we do not have a regular opener we should get Rahane to open with Vijay and play Ashwin as a fifth bowler who can also bat like a true middle order bat. The only other meaningful change would be to get Ishwar Pandey as a fourth seamer in place of Jadeja - that would give India a decent combination to at least put up a fight.

  • on February 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Even though things dont look good, somehow I get a feeling india will be able to draw this game. No runs for pujara, virat, dhawan will surely leave them hungry for runs in the second innings and all of them will perform. The New Zealand bowling looks good, sharper than the Indian bowling but apart from the starting overs the wicket does not have too much for the bowlers. Infact had India made a good team selection they could have been in a better situation. I suggest jadeja out of 2 test for mishra or Ashwin and Zaheer out for Umesh. Still 50 50 on Ishant even though he got 6 wickets. The rest is not that bad and India might still win the 2nd test.

  • sundersingh on February 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Rohit scored 200* and rahane 150* then my mum told me wake up my son.......

  • yogicoolboy on February 7, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Good to see Sharma and Rahane playing well. Hope they continue their good work. I think they should bring Gambhir in place of Dhavan as he is struggling for form.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 7, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @realfan Actually I think you'll find Indian and non Indian fans react pretty quickly to the Indian team. The former because it's their team, the latter because Indian fans are always all over test series that have nothing to do with them and no relation whatsoever to India in any way, shape or form, often bringing up Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid for no particular reason. Gotta get one back every now and then, don't we?

  • Andy_D on February 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Ishant Sharma has definitely cemented his place in the team with 6 wickets but not a good news for team India! See how much runs he has leaked in the process. India and Dhoni should definitely play new guys and please get rid of Dhawan. He's good in Sub Continent pitch only.

  • csr11 on February 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    There is so much to like about the New Zealand team.. a bunch of gritty fighters they are and always have been. McCullum's innings was so much like MSD's double in the first test of the India-Aus series. That one set the tone for the series and India will be hoping that McCullums double is neutralized by a big one from Dhoni..

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    A read reckoner to stay in the Indian Team! 10 successive failures followed by a 50/100 is sufficient for Rohit Sharma 10 successive failures followed by a 4/5 wicket haul is sufficient for Ishant Sharma Being a Mumbai player is sufficient for Rayudu & Rahane Being a CSK player is sufficient for Jadeja Scoring runs would be sufficient for Dhoni to remain Captain

    As for the rest of them, they have to do their jobs in every game, and 1 bad is sufficient to be Axed...

    God made all things equal, just that some of them are 'more equal' than the others...

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Sachin has scored two centuries in NZ.. 113 in 1999 which could have been a match winning one only if chris cairns and the umpires would have thought otherwise. he returned in 2007 and scored a match winning 160. he also scored 163 in the ODIs and could have gone on to score 200 (he was retired hurt in 44th over).

  • tanstell87 on February 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Gimhana Fernando - i agree with you...why it is always that Indian, Sri Lankan & Pakistanis have to prove themselves in England,Australia, New Zealand & South Africa...

    South Africa last won a test series in Asia in 2000 England won in India after 28 years Australia have won in India only once in last 45 years(Sachin didn't play first 2 tests out of 4 of that series)

    not defending Team India as every one is aware that Dhoni plays his favorites ahead of other talented players...

    Harbhajan, Gambhir & Yuvraj are out of the team for loss of form still MS prefers Ashwin in ODI format - & Ashwin picks only 1 wicket since SA tour.

  • InsideHedge on February 7, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    I must say Ish Sodhi has been very impressive. I was expecting little spin from him on this wicket esp given Jadeja's travails but dare I say it, there's a little bit of the old Shane Warne drift towards leg stump and then biting spin towards 1st slip. Lots of bounce too. This guy looks like a very good prospect.

    He can bat too. OK, it's only been a few overs and he'll have plenty of difficult days in the future but on first looks, as deceptive as they can be, I was mightily impressed. I can see why they don't go with Nathan McCullum for the Tests. Kudos to Brendon too who could easily push for his brother. Will keep a close eye on this kid, I suspect he'll go much farther than Ash Agar!

  • TATTUs on February 7, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    This was expected. Our bowling concerns are still not addressed as they should be. After todays performance I am sure the media and the supporters will be looking at Dhawan and Vijays failure [important they are for sure] rather than looking at the shocking bowling performances over the last year and half. More disturbing fact is that there is seemingly no back up available. But nobody seems to take that seriously. Everybody is in an accepted-mode and is ready to swallow this fact. In batting we at least have Pujara, Kohli and Rahane who are at least decent players.

    For me as a supporter, at this time of exciting cricket with SA,AUS,ENG,PAK,WI,NZ all having brilliant matchwinners with the ball, India is way way behind. In the 90s and 80s we at least had the spinners. But this time around not even they are around. The cup board is absolutely bare. Unless some seriously identifies this as a problem, our fate will continue.

  • sundersingh on February 7, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Bad thing for India that 6 for 134 , this will hurt India for a long term.....

  • SJS1950 on February 7, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @ Mahi Bal . . . who said . . . "we dont hav batsmen who is techniqualy good, we dont play bouncers, our batsmen dont hav patience, we dont know how to build the inings, our openers cant face new ball nd even our middle order, we cant adjust our batting according to bouncier tracks, we dont hav batting coach, our bowling loopholes our bowlers cant bowl bouncers,line length, we dont hav swing bowlers, we dont break patnerships,our bowlers not fit enough to bowl 20 overs in a day, we cant control run rate, we dont hav spinner forget abt world class spinner even we dont hav good spinner, we dont hav good bowling coach, we dont hav skill full pace bowlers who can bowl inswinging yorkers.."

    All we need to do is keep playing IPL and all this will change ;o)

  • kohli_kuttu on February 7, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    I think we should make some excuses and quit this test series. These matches not only put us below Zimbabwe in test rankings it also bring down our batting "legends" like Dhoni's test averages drastically. The best thing we should do is invite WI to a series in india and make sure the pitch is full flat and the boundary lines are around 60m so that our star batsmen can regain their averages

  • CGKK on February 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    All sporting teams go through cycles. The Indian team is on a cycle, going downhill at at a nice smooth cruising speed. However, it is a very long hill and for you Indian Fans...they are a long way from the bottom of the hill. When they reach the will be an even longer and harder ride back to the top!! NZ team is riding along nicely at the moment and will reach the summit around 2015. India should plan around reaching the summit in 2019..because at the moment they do not have the managment, players or any plans in place to learn how to climb again. However, all is not lost India...along with England, you are part of the BIG THREE!!, Woo Hoo!!

  • realfan on February 7, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    lol these fans are quick to react arent they... especially then non indian fans reat quickly towards indian team, they are too judgmental.... this is the first test for evey play in tem india except for dhoni, zaheer.... and wow you guys want them to score big runs..... lol i am sure even if they play 10 test non of the pakisthan and lankan players cant match the numbers indians have..... stop this pathetic trolling .... match ..... NZ were 30 for 3 against then hopeless indian bowling on their backyard, and now indians who are playing for first time are in similar situation against better bowling attack... whats point in bashing every other player??? just shows your mental ability to take succes and failures.... grow up kids...

  • Iceman29 on February 7, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Well played NZ especially Brendon Mccullum who has always been the tormentor against India awesome display of agressive batting and commitment even in the field.... Now I feel Gambhir is far better than Dhawan who is not even trying to learn from his past mistakes...Vijay is also very vlunerable against swing bowling...We need a good solid openers...Kohli was unlucky....India was heavily dependent on Kholi and Pujara and now its seems like its heading towards innings defeat....Thanks Mr. Dhoni for destroying Ind team and also destroying the career of many cricketers career....

  • ButchiReddy_TimmaReddy on February 7, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    its the right time to replace dhavan and vijay with viru and gouthi in the following series with england.. otherwise we might get anther witewash ..P

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    as i keep on saying i continue that how can indian bowlers allow nz to score that much thats the only thing that we come out croppers outside the sub continent .the dayour bowlers ie get the opposition on the mat we'll start to win more and more .please make our pacers realize the line and lenghts to bowl on these wickets and ask them to bowl full and somtimes only a short ball as a weapon

  • rizwan1981 on February 7, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Hassan Javed

    I agree - If India takes over the ICC , pitches all over will be spin-friendly.The rules will be rigged to ensure India prevails- Every test nation bar , India adopted the DRS - Just shows that the ICC is a toothless tiger.

    Gimhana Fernando

    You are right - Even when Sachin TENDULKAR was playing , India performed badly in NZ-Only Dravid managed to make a significant contribution

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    On the positive side the Sharmas have finally played well.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @gimhana Fernando, Aussies beat you in 2011 ,whitewashed you in 2004,Kiwis drew with you in 2012.Forgot?How many series have India won in Australia-0,in SA -0 , similar time Australia, won 4 series, in SA and drew 2 and lost 0.SRL havent even won a single game in Australia.Pretty rich coming from you.Besides Steve Davies is India's 12 th man on the ground

  • Praba10 on February 7, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Why u ppl r blaming Rohit Sharma. Wat u ppl expecting from him in test. In 5 matches he played he scored 2 hundreds and a half century.. Wat else u need from him. dhoni and dhawn both are totally waste in test team.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Rohit i thinks still has got the ability. But the other sharma. Lord ishant sharma has got his ticket for next 6 matches as he has taken 6 wickets. so in the next 6 test matches that we will play he will give away free runs. and when will be on the brink of losing his spot in the team he will bounce back just like this and hence ishwar pandey our most talented bowler along with aaron and yadav should forget about their chances. Shami is still relatively new. And the so called leader od the pack zaheer khan who keeps kn carrying his experience tag with him fails to perform every time but is still a leader according to our selectors. Such is the condition of indian bowling. we have a leader of the pack who cannot consistently bowl 130s and more over in the right spot. Moreover we have a bowler(lord ishant sharma) who consistently fails to perform but now that he has. he will get the liberty to fail for next 4-5 matches.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    England will be very pleased that Ishant Sharma has taken six wickets in this test. Not because they like him because he will surely be in the playing 11 in England and some of the out of form players can get back to form.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    @gimhana what will you say abt pak ? they beat sa in sa wi in wi india in india nz in nz sl in uae england in uae ? btw for your kind of info uae is not pakistan ? waiting for your reply

  • sidh78 on February 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @ crl Shamalka , and SL always beaten by INDIA IN EVERY PART OF THE WORLD so now every one knows which team is best out of these 5 teams.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Here we go again, Ishant and Rohit have booked their seats in the team for another 3-4 years on the base of these performances. Irony is i'm also a sharma, and i hate to be one.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    @ Anuj Sharma .... they are all doing something called working :) Something you Indians know nothing about just like Cricket ..... THis Indian team is pathetic, proberly the worst Indian team ive seen in 40 years ....

  • PrasPunter on February 7, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Yet again, india got away with the absence of the DRS !! Corey Anderson was unlucky and Rahane was lucky !! The ICC can't enforce uniformity on a very simple issue . Wondering what value it really has. Waste of office space !!

  • S.Seshachalam on February 7, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Ridiculous performance. Team India requires immediate overhauling. Bring in new talent who will perform. Selection committee should get rid of zonal politics and select players on merit only....not based on zone and IPL!! Sack all the consistent non performers, however reputed they may be. Or else we will be witnessing the same performance over and over again. Hope wisdom prevails within the selection committee and they display proper accountability of their jobs.

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @CRLShamalka : by that logic Zimbabwe beat pak, pak beat Lanka.... so Zimbabwe better than Lanka!??? lol man you are pathetic...

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    all crying fans.... kohli's was out, yes he was out.... talking about his reaction.... did you see the replays??? it was merely a light graze to the thumb of the.bottom.glove and that has a thumb padding for protection.... he dint notice that graze.... commentators before.reply were saying it hit the helmet, they said it was very food decision after watching reply... come on guys.... there was not even a sound of ball HITTING. glove... it was mere a kiss.on its got superman to notice that....

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Iam very disapointed with ishanth 6 wkts becas now he wil play another 10 tests its not good fr indian team,Dhoni sticking to the same team which failed to take 10 wkts now same team playing with Nz, why dhoni sticking nd supporting CSK players, why indian team needs spinner on foreign bouncier tracks ? wen the last time we won becas of a spinner ? answer i cant imagine may be kumble was won in adelide in 2003-04 bt his figures wer 155/8 wkts, why would we need a spinner nd we dont hav good spinner, why dhoni not included pandey nd umesh yadav, dhoni reluctant to change losing team...a good captain understand this bt bad luck we dont hav ..

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Ishant Sharma has booked his ticket for two more years. It means more defeats for the Indian Team overseas. What a pity. Dhoni keeps the same bowling attack and India keep on losing. It goes on and on and we pathetic Indian fans hope for a change which never happens.

  • jango_moh on February 7, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    @Gimhana Fernando..... refreshing to see a factual statement here for a change.... ur absolutely right.... as of now, no team except maybe to an extent SA are great in their conditions, and below par outside of their conditions(they may play well in conditions similar to theirs, like ind in SL or vice versa, or SA in aus etc).... this is the new reality, and there is no point just putting the blame on ind only!!! i still think this situation is going to improve as more teams are in rebuilding phase with lots of youngsters.... so personally, i think there is nothing to worry about, infact many of the youngsters i see are learning quickly, be it SL, NZ or IND.... go cricket!!!!

  • starlover on February 7, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    After playing TEST cricket more than 60 years, one team can not be like. ICC had given India a lot of chances to improve their quality. If they can not play well, ICC should stripped off their test status!

  • on February 7, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @gihana, don't mention SA in that category of being kitten away from home. SA beat Aus,Eng and Pak away from home. Just admit it India are woeful away. Check the stats there my brother

  • rockstar207 on February 7, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    I want Sehwag n GHambir back as openers..

  • osman_pk777 on February 7, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    india needs solid openers bring in gautam.. if possible then sehwag.i think india had one fast bowler short in this game..hope they will learn from their old mistakes and bring in good fourth fast bowler..

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    pujara why oh why did you played a rash shot like that early in the innings.... that's so unlike you.... dhawan was expected, never last too long.... Vijay's and kohli's dismissal were the genuine ones... both balls deserve wicket.... excellent bowling from kiwis and dhoni should realise that he need to stand further up to the stumps while keeping.... rohit sharma is a way too different player in odis and tests... his confidence level goes up when he plays tests... he dint get big score in SA but was looked good... hope both rohit and rahane make it big from here.... reg bowling Indians I think were a foot shorter that what kiwis bowled..they gave ball much air to swing....

    of all today's match still I can't believe pujara played that shot.... why why why??? :-(

  • pull_shot on February 7, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Mc cullum hits 200,clarke 300, bell 200,cook 294 what next may be in above list bell 200 is ok remaining come on indian bowlers runs shouldn't be that easy

  • rockstar207 on February 7, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    highlight points: good batting by mccullum n good catch by jadeja to dismiss him.. Poor start by india 10-3 is very bad.... ishant sharma took 6 wickets that's very very rare n now we have to bare him for more than 20+ matches... Poor umpiring by steve... codey Anderson not out n Rahane was out. kohli doesn't want to leave when he was given out that's poor attitude n he was clearly out...

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    indian lions slaughtered by kiwi birds!

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    What a despicable plight of our team! how many years to rebuild?

  • vick2025 on February 7, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    I am just so fed up being an Indian team fan. We have a team that is number one in India for the most part but are newbie and act like the Ireland Zimbabwe teams outside. And to make things worse, there are greedy people like Srinivasan, who only care about how much profit they are making every year from cricket. Mr. Srinivasan, how will that help make India the leader cricket as you often talk about? Because then according to you, any country that is making the most money from cricket should be number 1 and not by if they are actually winning any matched or not. How about using 1% of that 125M+ you guys get to make flat-pitches in India so that these players don't look like idiots when they are playing outside of India. How many more games does India need to loose for you to realize that? I am just going to stop watching this team play until they win a game overseas. Period!


    A angry Indian fan

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    What a pity. Not trying to take any credit away from NZ but Indian team trying as hard as it could to prove NZ is close to being the best team in the world. Tim Southee appears Tim Styne and Williamson and Brenden appears Hasim and AB..! Such a shame to watch this team play.

  • ProdigyA on February 7, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    My worst fears are coming true...the two Sharma's I really hate are playing well...Dhoni must be having that wicked smile now...he he he I have them booked for the next few years now.

  • Rooboy on February 7, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Let's face it, his middle peg could be cart wheeling out of the ground and Kohli would still put on a petulant performance to indicate his amazement that an umpire has the temerity to give him out

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    It seems like almost all the subcontinent teams are out of their depth away from home.For those who criticize SL as being poor away from home,they better have a look at mighty IND now.And that goes the other way around as well.Then again,when NZ,AUS,SA,ENG and WI fair abysmally in the subcontinent,no one says a word. In short,nowadays all teams are lions in home conditions and kittens away.

  • Sir_Ivor on February 7, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    This New Zealand side looks like the team to watch out for. They seem to have everything and an enviable bench to choose from.They look the World Cup winners even at this stage. Best of luck to Brandon and his tremendous bunch.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 7, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Ind,as expected well on the ropes ,the batsmen exposed on a pitch with just a bit in it and pretty decent bowling by a handy NZ attack . And are very lucky not to be a wicket or 2 more down with the no of plays and misses and another Davies howler. Do feel for NZ that the absence of DRS has cost them big twice in matter of hours to make it worse Ind are beneficiaries. Hope they eek out a few more before stumps so that it dont cost them . Will set them well on their way with 3 days left. Just need to continue bowling the same way and it will happen. All the best, Kiwis!

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    well now come to India we will see you...we will produce dust balls and pick only spinners and ishant. who will all spin u out... and eventually after this rant of MSD and a few fans will loose 2-0, come bck to India smack a few sixes and all will be forgotten...we dont care abt producing a decent fast bowler, we need to take over icc so all the pitches can be made more indian friendly only then can we play some cricket

  • IndianEagle on February 7, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    it is right time to replace dhawan in top by ashwin. Ashwin will do better than dhawan and also bowl a bit. When will bcci drop dhoni from test team? How many more chances rohit will get?

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    India is missing 'The Wall'

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    what is wrong with New Zealanders ..All empty stands?? this is when your team is playing best cricket of their life.

  • MelbourneMiracle on February 7, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    NZ got beaten by Bangladesh in Bangla's own backyard, and now India is getting beaten by NZ in NZ own backyard, while Bangladesh is getting beaten by SL in Bangladesh's own backyard. So now every one knows which team is the best out of these 4 teams.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    I, for one, really want Indian team to perform badly in this test. At least this way they would know that there are some drastic measures and changes that should be taken. Maybe this is a good sign for the 2015 World Cup? And this is coming from a hardcore Indian cricket fan (I have my Accounting exam in the next 7 hours but watching the match instead of studying)

  • VinodGupte on February 7, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    dhawan's moustache has stopped twirling altogether. this is the curse of the debut century maker after amre and raina. rohit sharma could be next.

    speculations aside, it is unlikely that dhawan will ever be selected to play outside IND. gambhir is infinitely better than this flat track IPL bully.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Well done NZ

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    On those flat track players

  • Greatest_Game on February 7, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Wow. This is getting quite incredible. Earlier I had picked McCullum for a double, and Anderson for a century. I thought that maybe India were staging a comeback when Anderson fell 23 runs short, but there was not much relief! I had also picked N Z's bowlers to barrage the Indian batsmen, with Dhawan, Vijay & Nohit to fail, but backed Pujara and Kohli to be India's batting mainstays, with Rahane & Dhoni as the other contributors.

    Seems I was wrong about more than Anderson, with Dhawan, Pujara and Kohli gone for just 10 runs! What a shocker. Ishant takes six wickets, Dhawan & Pujara last for a total of SIX BALLS! Kohli a bust? I expected Dhawan to fail, that is what he does, but definitely not Pujara & Kohli! Those are good batsmen!

    I guess This means that Vijay & Nohit will probably make some runs and prove me wrong again?

  • srilankan1984 on February 7, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    India the Best Cricket Team...Ha ha ha....Shame on you guys...Great Pujara...Great Kholi...Hikssss

  • Sameeratennakoon on February 7, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Indian fans who were complaining about Sanga not walking after a dismissal, now what the heck you tell about Kohli. I really love players like Kohli and Dhoni cos they're great players.. But they should play their game like a gentleman.. Instead of going to own the game.. A fan from SL..

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    So it is confirmed that shikhar dhawan is a flat track bully. And has no sense of how to play carefully. He has gotten out cheaply outside of india and isn't making any use of the oppurtunities presented to him. Time to get a new player in. we don't need a player who makes huge chunks of runs on flat tracks we need a proper player who can bat on seamer freindly conditions and play sensibily as an opener.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    dhawan's days as indian opener are numbered.....bring back gambhir

  • ROX_xxx on February 7, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    "Power Full INDIA" getting a powerful Beat up

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    we dont need IPL. then we can improve. it waste time and our players skills too. see the scorecard of the match. it proves the ipl disaster.

  • black_bird on February 7, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    As i said, Ishan sharma will shine. Look, he took 6 wickets. and i know, some people will still criticize him. why you hate this guy so much?. India will recover from the early problem. Perhaps dhoni will score like Buzz. Innings victory for india. Finger crossed.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    I, for one, really want Indian team to perform badly in this test. At least this way they would know that there are some drastic measures and changes that should be taken. Maybe this is a good sign for the 2015 World Cup? And this is coming from a hardcore Indian cricket fan (I have my Accounting exam in the next 7 hours but watching the match instead of studying)

  • Kashi0127 on February 7, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    India batting need to be applauded - they beat their last low score of 42 all out!

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Dhawan proving to be bully. Time to bring Gambhir back into the squad. Poor shots by Pujara and Kholi who again pricing that he can't open. Vijay is solid and with Rohit a big partnership needed for him as well as for India.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the the world champions :-D

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    I think the test series is headjng in the same direction as the ODI's. Complete Whitewash. Poor Indians!

  • bootlicker on February 7, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    'Flat track bullies' can only play in India.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    nice job nz

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    From where I am the game started at 11 PM and I have been up all night. A bit disappointed with all 3 dismissals but I am glad the odds are against us. I would rather watch an Indian side struggling against a good NZ side rather than India winning easily. You can't make steel without putting it through fire and this is good for the long term success of our young team. The trolls will no doubt start with their rants but as an Indian fan I am enjoying the game.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Ohh God world no 1?????????

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Anti-Indian trolls wake up to a bright new day. The same record will play over and over again today. Yawn.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    This is just further illustrating tht fact that a team like india doesnt deserve to be at the top...a loss in the 2015 world cup will prove that 2011 was a fluke

  • MaruthuDelft on February 7, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Not just India selectors India fans too always get it wrong; Ishant. That only shows lack of innate intelligence. Ishant gave India the chance to force a win in SA by bowling well in the first innnings of first test in SA. Now he helps India put up a fight.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    after three early wickets can vijay play like ken and rohit like brendan..

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    people crying over kohli's reaction... guys come on he couldn't have noticed that Nick. the.ball hardly kissed the thumb of bottom hand... with all the padding used for protection no way he could have noticed that grazing... the noise was ball hitting the helmet.... give some benefit of doubt to him... I agree his reaction sometime will be dramatic, but this time no way he could have notice that graze...

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    yay! thats my boy mccullum. hope india will lose this test so badly ...

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Before any Indian fans start posting comments about the Kohli decision. It was OUT. I've seen it on slow motion replay with snicko. All commentators agreed it was OUT. Great decision made by the on field umpire. OUT, OUT OUT.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    I cant see any batting exp in the line up. no veru, gambhir, srt, rahul, vvs so who is going to get those 500 runs.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Dhini should be watching how front you should keep.... dhoni was atleast one meter behind where he should have been...

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    great inning by new zealand captin and his team member

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    I was shocked when pujara played that shot in the first over.. I still can't believe he just played that shot.... that is so unusual of him... after.watching how he left the balls outside off stump in SA anyone would be shocked with pujara playing that kind of rash shot in first over.... dhawan was expected, kohli's.was absolutely good earned wicket... that was very good decision, probably he did not knew that ball slightly brushed the glove.... but oh man pujara why just why did you played that shot???? tell me this is a dream....

  • skobe on February 7, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    NZ was 3/30 , if only India too could be resilient and fight back to at least get 350 +, Dhoni needs to play a capt knock like McCullum and prove that they deserve to be in the number 2 ranking.please play sensible and don't throw a way your wickets.

  • 4cricketluv on February 7, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    Is India really that bad or NZ really that good? Bangladesh must really be a top class team. Third force?

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    gr8 mcullum

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Really pathetic performance by Indian bowlers and Batsman

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Indian gods of flat pitches seem to be in trouble....

  • bhushanB on February 7, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    May be it was just me.... but that shot from Pujara...... makes me think.. he wanted to make a point.. by scoring fast from the beginning.. trying to make a bid for ODIs...

    otherwise he would never have played such a irresponsible shot...

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    McCullum <3 <3 <3 Its good to see KIWI's playing good at Test Matches....Wish you alda very best...:) :)

  • Mervo on February 7, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    GReat batting by McCallum. he was overdue, however, and India suffered. India, Lions at home and Lambs abroad and NZers are known for their love of lamb ...

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    I guess its a good way to finish up against India who are too good for us.

  • jb633 on February 7, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Wow, so after Indian fans were jumping up and down about our woeful performance against the Aussies, low and behold they are at it again. Those in glass houses should not throw stones. India are as bad as the next.

  • skobe on February 7, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Brilliant batting and bowling from NZ.The Indians are going down the drain very poor show , Dhoni dug his own grave by opting to bowl first. They will be crushed in this test too just like the ODI series. Surprised Pujara played such a poor shot, Dhawan i am not surprised for playing like that, he is totally out of form.May be time to bring back Gambir?

  • YesKayR on February 7, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Bad things continue to happen for India. More than NZ scoring 500 plus, Ishant taking 6 wkts is the worse to happen. Normally when some one takes six, he destroys the opposition. here he hasn't done that, but just cemented his place for how many more tests.. god knows. and dhawan already back in pavilion.

  • boomslanger on February 7, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    Ah! India start predictably, Dhawan gone for a duck. I was looking forward to see Boult bowl and saw two of his deliveries: as many as Dhavan did.India shall look to start again by following on.. a score of 350 or so? to get?

  • boomslanger on February 7, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Ishant Sharma shakes off the curses of million of his country people to take a 5-fer. HE has been the best Indian bowler but I hardly expect disappointed Indisn fans to agree. Shami has not done much for India after his debut series. Expected him to put up his hand here (like in first test in saf, then the second and I shall keep waiting for his spectacular shows. Zak is excused, he should've got more. Sad if he becomes point man for INDIA again. What does Jadeja do again? Fielded well. NICE catch. Power to Ishant. would have liked to see Cory bat on though and maybe get a hundred. Next time, I am sure

  • avmd on February 7, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Great, Ishant " ran through" NZL batting, now will play for next 5 years.

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    well playd Macullum n NZ after 3down for looks 500 plus imminent.this shows how Indian lions play outside. one oof the weakest bowling in world.

  • on February 7, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    The headline should read - "...NZ past 500"

  • boomslanger on February 7, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    I had predicted Ishant Sharma's 5-fer and got flamed for my efforts. Now he has it- the best Indian bowler on the side!! May he play for India for the next decade, even as the Shami's are teaching their grandkids how to bowl reverse swing, hopefully more than the odd match or two!!

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    india is going to lose this test sad but true

  • KANCHANA623 on February 7, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Well played Macy! From Big Three India will soon go below Bangladesh if they don't take some serious measures to rectify their bowling.

  • Nampally on February 7, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    NZ are already on their way to over 500 total.Four Indian bowers have bowled their hearts out & they deserve help from the over rated Indian batsmen. I like to see justification for Dhoni's insane XI selection from the batsmen. If India is really #2 Test team in the World, they need to show their batting strength. I hate to see Dhoni holding a press conference giving excuses for the batting failure. Indian batsmen have been pampered for far too long. Let us see some production which justifies India's ranking in Tests. It is clear that NZ think that this Indian team will crumble in batting & they are pressing for an innings defeat. That is huge gauntlet & Indian fans like to see a response from Dhoni's team. After Dhoni's huge blunders in XI selection + deciding to field instead of batting after winning the toss + very sloppy fielding & catching which enabled NZ to compile 500, this is the least India can do to save the Nation's pride. Is India up to the Challenge?

  • choppa13 on February 7, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Way to show all the doubters brendon just do it a bit more often 2 hundreds in the last 4 test matches is quite good apart from ross no one else has scored 2 but yes its the innings in between that need to improve but anyway great knock smack it around a bit more and aim for the triple(yeah dreams are free but we need someone to get there and what better chance then now)

  • IndTheBest on February 7, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Well done McCullum and NZ team! With due respect to what NZ has done, I more disappointed with the India's performance. Even though Ishant got four wickets thus far. His inclusion in the team and overall team selection was so poor that outcome was almost known. If I was the captain I'd have included Ishwar Pandey and one from Umesh/Kumar instead of Ishant and one less batsman. Four fast bowlers would have limited NZ under 375!

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    As a New Zealand supporter it is good to see NZ (regardless of winning tests/drawing) scoring test match hundreds. Taylor Williamson McCullum and one from Anderson within the last four months has been a welcome sight. This has often been a cause of criticism against NZ. Not converting starts and fifties into hundreds. As they say hundreds win matches. and with NZ scoring more hundreds than before out test record and ranking shall surely improve. I won't start on our impressive bowling attack just yet!!!

  • USIndianFan on February 7, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    India's troubles seem to stem more from shoddy fielding than bowling..

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 7, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Not a single comment... I thought whenever India plays badly or gets thrashed the comments count reaches 4 figures in no time...

  • ThePacifist10 on February 7, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Do us a favour and declare NZ. With Ishant and Zak bowling the way they are, we might as well give you 700 without wasting any more overs. Wake me up when we start batting for that is something we can still have pride in.

  • ThePacifist10 on February 7, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Do us a favour and declare NZ. With Ishant and Zak bowling the way they are, we might as well give you 700 without wasting any more overs. Wake me up when we start batting for that is something we can still have pride in.

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 7, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Not a single comment... I thought whenever India plays badly or gets thrashed the comments count reaches 4 figures in no time...

  • USIndianFan on February 7, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    India's troubles seem to stem more from shoddy fielding than bowling..

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    As a New Zealand supporter it is good to see NZ (regardless of winning tests/drawing) scoring test match hundreds. Taylor Williamson McCullum and one from Anderson within the last four months has been a welcome sight. This has often been a cause of criticism against NZ. Not converting starts and fifties into hundreds. As they say hundreds win matches. and with NZ scoring more hundreds than before out test record and ranking shall surely improve. I won't start on our impressive bowling attack just yet!!!

  • IndTheBest on February 7, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Well done McCullum and NZ team! With due respect to what NZ has done, I more disappointed with the India's performance. Even though Ishant got four wickets thus far. His inclusion in the team and overall team selection was so poor that outcome was almost known. If I was the captain I'd have included Ishwar Pandey and one from Umesh/Kumar instead of Ishant and one less batsman. Four fast bowlers would have limited NZ under 375!

  • choppa13 on February 7, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Way to show all the doubters brendon just do it a bit more often 2 hundreds in the last 4 test matches is quite good apart from ross no one else has scored 2 but yes its the innings in between that need to improve but anyway great knock smack it around a bit more and aim for the triple(yeah dreams are free but we need someone to get there and what better chance then now)

  • Nampally on February 7, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    NZ are already on their way to over 500 total.Four Indian bowers have bowled their hearts out & they deserve help from the over rated Indian batsmen. I like to see justification for Dhoni's insane XI selection from the batsmen. If India is really #2 Test team in the World, they need to show their batting strength. I hate to see Dhoni holding a press conference giving excuses for the batting failure. Indian batsmen have been pampered for far too long. Let us see some production which justifies India's ranking in Tests. It is clear that NZ think that this Indian team will crumble in batting & they are pressing for an innings defeat. That is huge gauntlet & Indian fans like to see a response from Dhoni's team. After Dhoni's huge blunders in XI selection + deciding to field instead of batting after winning the toss + very sloppy fielding & catching which enabled NZ to compile 500, this is the least India can do to save the Nation's pride. Is India up to the Challenge?

  • KANCHANA623 on February 7, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Well played Macy! From Big Three India will soon go below Bangladesh if they don't take some serious measures to rectify their bowling.

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    india is going to lose this test sad but true

  • boomslanger on February 7, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    I had predicted Ishant Sharma's 5-fer and got flamed for my efforts. Now he has it- the best Indian bowler on the side!! May he play for India for the next decade, even as the Shami's are teaching their grandkids how to bowl reverse swing, hopefully more than the odd match or two!!