New Zealand v India, 1st ODI, Napier

McClenaghan, Anderson deliver win

The Report by Sidharth Monga

January 19, 2014

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New Zealand 292 for 7 (Williamson 71, Anderson 68*, Taylor 55, Shami 4-55) beat India 268 (Kohli 123, Dhoni 40, McClenaghan 4-68) by 24 runs
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Virat Kohli was out for 123, New Zealand v India, 1st ODI, Napier, January 19, 2014
Beaten but not bowed: Virat Kohli was exceptional in scoring his 12th century in ODI chases, but ended up on the losing side © Getty Images
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This is new territory for Virat Kohli. He averages an astonishing 64 in chases, at an even less believable strike rate of 92, but he has now scored a second-innings century in a defeat, his first in 12. This will take getting used to, but there were other sights you better get used to. Corey Anderson scored 68 off 40 to take New Zealand to 292, and then took the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane to further his credentials as a limited-overs allrounder. Mitchell McClenaghan, too, reinforced a knack as clean as his side-parting of producing something special out of nowhere: with 70 required off eight overs and six wickets in hand and Adam Milne injured, McClenaghan took the wickets of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in one over, and Kohli in the next, to turn the game New Zealand's way.

It had all gone awry for New Zealand after they had attacked India all day long. From 129 for 4, the two best chasers of our time, two of the best of all time, coolly added 95 in 14 overs. Even the exceptional New Zealand fielding had begun to falter: Kohli was missed by Jesse Ryder on 95. Milne, whose raw pace was fodder for some and fear for others, had walked off with a sore back. New Zealand were running out of options. The conferences got longer. That's when Brendon McCullum went to McClenaghan.

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  • The 24-run win was New Zealand's first against India in seven ODIs. The last victory against India was in Dambulla in 2010.
  • MS Dhoni's catch to dismiss Ross Taylor was his 300th dismissal in ODIs. He is the first India wicketkeeper, and the fourth overall, to reach the landmark. Brendon McCullum was Dhoni's 463rd catch in international cricket. He drew level with Rod Marsh at No. 5 in the list of wicketkeepers with most catches.
  • Mitchell McClenaghan picked up four wickets - the sixth time he's taken four or more wickets in 19 ODIs. McClenaghan has 47 wickets at 19.78 and at a strike rate of 20.4.
  • Mohammed Shami's figures of 4 for 55 were his best in ODIs. His previous best was the 3 for 42 he took against Australia in Ranchi last year.
  • Virat Kohli made his 18th ODI century, in his 119th innings. Before Kohli, Sourav Ganguly was the fastest to 18 ODI centuries, having taken 174 innings. This was Kohli's 12th ODI hundred in chases and the first in a defeat

Two balls later, when Dhoni came on strike, the field told you a short ball would be tried. Against one of India's best against the short ball. This bouncer, though, was perfect. Skiddy, and headed for the helmet. Dhoni was beaten for the pace, and the tope edge went into the helmet and looped towards leg gully. Luke Ronchi, who had earlier helped Anderson along with 30 off 18, covered ground and dived to take the catch. With Jadeja came a slip and a short cover. He was a rabbit caught in the headlights, and duly edged through the third ball he faced.

Kohli, already past the hundred, wasn't about to give up. He took 13 off the next five balls he faced. India were still in it. With 56 required off 35, though, McClenaghan got lucky. Kohli drove a low full toss to that man Ryder at short cover. Ryder didn't make a mistake this time. Kohli couldn't believe what had happened. Earlier in the night, he wore the same look, watching from the non-striker's end, when Nathan McCullum flew at mid-off to send back Rahane, Anderson's second wicket on the night.

Until then it had been Anderson's night. His assault came at a time when India had managed to pull New Zealand back every time they threatened to run away with aggressive cricket. From the moment Ryder hit a six in the first over, India kept producing timely wickets to slow things down. When Mohammed Shami got through Ryder, who scored 18 off 16 and threatened much more, the next 10 overs brought New Zealand just 28 runs. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, though, rebuilt the innings with 121-run stand in 24.2 overs, both scoring fifties, but India somehow got Williamson just before the Powerplay, slowing the hosts down again.

When New Zealand would have looked for more than eight an over, the six overs leading into the 40th brought them just 32. This was when Brendon McCullum and Anderson began to open up. Twenty-seven came off the next two, but Dhoni produced a special catch - his 301st dismissal - standing up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar to send back Brendon McCullum. Anderson, though, unfurled a vicious assault hitting mammoth sixes over the leg side. Ishant Sharma was sent onto the roof, Mohammed Shami smoked into the smoking area in the parking lot. Almost every time he got a length he could get under, Anderson set up to hit a six over the leg side. If it was too wide to go to leg, Anderson showed he could go wide of mid-off too. In all, he hit four sixes and three fours.

There was no respite: at the other end, Ronchi slog-swept Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes and a four in the 45th over. Thirty-nine came from the 44th and the 45th overs, after which India regrouped a little, but they had still conceded 75 in the last seven, and could have easily added 20 to that 293-run target, given New Zealand's fielding.

It was all going to plan for New Zealand: Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Raina had fallen to short balls, and Rahane to an exceptional catch. It was now a matter of just one more wicket, but Kohli, batting for the first time in New Zealand, and Dhoni betrayed no signs of anxiety as they went about building their innings. Kohli was delightful in his driving through the off side, and dismissive when pulling. He once just defended a 153kmph delivery for four. The chase calculator in the back of his head had worked almost perfectly, but in the end he had to make do with a warm consolatory standing ovation from McLean Park.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on (January 22, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

What a stubborn fellow this Dhoni is! He refuses to learn from past mistakes! His decision to continue with those players who are failing to perform on a consistent basis is simply perplexing.

The openers are failing to give a good start, with Rohit Sharma looking more and more circumspect; Suresh Raina continues to have problems with the short ball while Ravindra Jadeja is not able to showcase his batting skills at all.

The bowlers are equally listless, unable to make impact with the extra bounce in the track: Ishant Sharma is almost lethargic while Ashwin and Jadeja are unable to extract anything from it. Ashwin has taken only one wicket in his last 80 overs in international cricket and he can not be persisted in the team just on the basis of his batting, whereas Jadeja is occupying the 7th position in the team, which is of an all-rounder. But Jadeja has not been able score any runs at this position, raising a big question mark about his batting ability.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy there is no doubt that Kohli is current no 1 batsman & Sachin is all time no 1 batsman.but my point is that if check out the stats, u will find that par totals on all grounds in non Indian matches is on avg 70 runs less than totals that Indian bowling concedes..Indian batsmen have to score 70 extra runs at 1.5 rpo extra SR every match compared to any other team batsman..situation even worse in tests for Indian bowling..If Kohli or Sachin were in any other team having same batting record, their 95% innings would have been match winning & people would not have called them selfish or not a match winner....Viv Richards, SA, or Pak batsmen's match winning ability is largely due to good bowling support..Sachin's & Lara's carrier is best example of need of bowling support. Match winning rate of their 100s was 90 % till their mid carrer but decreased to meager 20 % in later half of carier despite their avg & S/R only improving, bcz WI & Indian bowling greatly declined post 2003

Posted by digambara on (January 21, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

It is high time Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ashwin are dropped since their performances in overseas matches are poor. Varun, Ambatti Rayudu and Binny should be tried in the 2nd ODI.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian : you should check the record of pujara in list A matches before judging him as "he can't improve strike rate " he has better strike rate in list a than Rohit... and his average is more thank kohli.... and where in the innings that you saw any selfish in kohli's inning?? did you see his strike rate ( it is over 100 ) and compared to that of rohit( 3 from 23 balls) , remove his innings from score card and you find just 150 for 9... and "overrated" lol.... first match in newzeland and scored century, that's overrated??? if thisan is.overrated then what should be the batsmen from Pakistan called??? Sachin had more overseas runs than in India...what does the word overrated means anyway??18 centuries.from 120 matches with 5200 runs at average of 52 at the age of 25 is overrated???over 30000 runs in international career with more than 16000 runs overseas is overrated?? get well soon

Posted by truebleue_cricfan on (January 21, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Dear Dhoni, why this persistence with Ishant Sharma? Is he superman? Spiderman? Mandrake? Phantom? Or did he fall into a magic potion when he was a baby? What could it be? What could possibly be the reason why he is a regular in the team? Ok, I get it! He is Tarzan. The wild hair, thats the give away! Ahhhh, now its crystal clear to me. With Tarzan in your side how can you possibly lose? Thanks a lot, Dhoni, for making us all realize what a gem we have in the team.

Posted by wolf777 on (January 21, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

If Indian cannot bowl their quota in allotted time limit, then the fault is that of Dhoni's and no one else's. He is responsible as a captain to ensure that his fast bowlers speed things along. It is pathetic excuse of not playing four fast bowlers. If someone continues his leisure walk back up to the mark despite warnings, bench him for next couple of games.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (January 21, 2014, 0:11 GMT)

India has a couple of glaring problems, but they have the potential to fix them right on their bench. A couple of swaps should do it. Varun or Pandey in for Ishant...should have been done long ago but whatever. I feel like Varun has more experience and should get preference, but if he fails/gets injured, we have a good backup. We don't need two spinners in NZ. Jadeja seems to be a better spinner than Ashwin at the moment, so retain him (or Ashwin) but we only need one. Bring in Binny for a go. A decent seam bowler and can thonk the ball for some much needed lower order impetus. Raina seriously needs to sort out his short ball problem. 9 years since his debut, he has had enough time. Give Rayudu a chance. Give Rohit one match at least and if he fails, we should get Pujara in. He has proven he can score fast when needed, and is technically, the best batsman we have. But even without him, we can improve just from our bench strength.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 20, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

Congrats to NZ Team and NZ fans. NZ clearly was the better team and played better cricket. Baggage in the Indian team: Dhoni (in overseas tests), Raina, Nohit, Jadeja, Ishant and Ashwin (to some extent). Some of these useless fellows will have a good match at some point. That is not the same as 'answering' their critics. That is just random chance when you keep playing match after match. The bane of Indian cricket is Dhoni. Just chuck him out from captaincy and let his blue-eyed poster boys know that they are dispensable too. Things will fall in place immediately. This is just getting down to ridiculous levels that we are beginning to lose to Kiwis. What next? Lose to minnows Sri Langa?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

Demand of high SR every match vs all sides leave Indian batters with no option but to attack every ball be it good bad short etc against strong bowling & fielding sides.......For all those supporters of Pujara in ODI, Indian batting is only failing bcz of demand of too high SR - Every inn Ind has to produce 300.......... Pujara can only harm SR not boost it................Besides another selfish inn by overrated Kohli just like Tendulkar??????????????.......................Bhi bowlers r also supposed to do their job..........feel pity for great Indian batsmen whose great inn go in vain due to poor indian bowling leaking 300 + every time & r declared selfish

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

I believe the credit for Indian defeat goes to a good extent to Rohit. Starting scoring rate has a great impact on the mindset and dominance of the team. Rohit has played in a similar fashion many time in one days. He's a great test player but we should replace him with Pujara for one day. Even Dravid seemed good only for test in the beginning though his run rate was great due to singles. Pujara seems new Dravid and we should replace Rohit with him.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 20, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Bring in Pujara to open with Dhawan, Remove Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma. BCCI should pay them perks for life long but should not consider them for any team. They are that bad at international level. Varun/Pankaj Singh/ Rishi dhawan should come in place of Ishant. Move Raina to number 8 and give jadeja his number 4 position team should do well. has to go

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 20, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Dhoni mentioning that he was very satisfied with India's comback in the death overs is enough for Ishant to retain his place. I dont see Varon or Umesh making it to XI at least for 2nd ODI, let alone Ishwar who will spend his time in nets the entire tour but for the tour game. I see the same XI playing 2nd ODI as Dhoni likes to back his unit no matter what the outcome was in the last game! Question is on the selectors, while they are so firm to keep GG, Viru, Yuvi, Bhajji out of the side, why so special treatment to Ishant! One burst of 4 wkts in SA is not enough to retain his spot. He came back well in that last 2 overs, but he still cannot pick wickets and if he can't then he should not be in the XI. If Varon or Ishwar never gets to play, then they may well become next Dinda.

Posted by colossalNORTH on (January 20, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Enough life lines for both the Sharma's in the team. I am not sure if we are thinking about putting the best team forward or trying to satisfy somebody's ego. Rohit drop from the team is over due and Ishant leaking runs in almost every ODI is so predictable. What is point of taking so much young talent when we only decide to play them in the last match, when the series is already lost. We miss Kartik and Gambhir for sure. Jadega is having an awful ODI season too, too scared to face fast bowling. Definitely Stuart Binny, should be given a chance along with Rayudu. The number of chances we gave to Rohit if same had been done for Rayudu or Aron , we would have had some new talent developed by now. Let 's select the best team for the country not for the individual captain or the team management.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

When is Dhoni going to learn that he can't win with bowlers like Ishant Sharma and Ashwin?? It's time to drop those 2 - forever. Also, if you have walking wickets like Raina and Rohit Sharma in your team, how can you expect to win??

Posted by aa61761 on (January 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

KIWI'S will win the ODI and Test series against the 1/3 of the so called "BOG 3". New Zealand may be a small country by population but they have a lot of Big & Strong lads who can propel the ball in excess of 150 Km/h. Once this young guy Adam Milne finds the right line and length, he will be another Shane Bond. Watch out India you are about to be wiped out by KIWI'S. Go KIWI'S from Pakistan.

Posted by tanmaymore87 on (January 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

how many times we have to see Ashwin getting thrashed all over the park...he was thrashed by Australia in India then in South Africa & now in NZ...can anyone tell MSD that he is not leading CSK but India....play Binny or Amit Mishra or Aaron or Pandey in place of average T20 spinner who needs only dustbowls to spin the ball.

Posted by Prakmca on (January 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Indis lost the game first time, when Ishant was selected to play this game. Poor bowling. Dhoni's captaincy these days are really very bad. Having Ishant in the team, it is really advantage for opponents. Next Rohit, he is not facing bowler like Styen, he played out 2 maiden overs of Southee.... 23 balls for 3 runs, lost the game there one more time. After powerplay, there was little bit of lack of urgency between Kohli and Dhoni. They could have scored little faster than they did.

India cannot afford to have 2 spinners (Jadeja is NOT AN ALL ROUNDER)... Please stop using that word. He is mere a spinner these days. Either Ashwin or Jadeja once can play ODI format NOT BOTH.

Posted by Naresh28 on (January 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

AS FAR AS INDIAN BATTING IS CONCERNED they can get rid of a problem by playing PUJARA as a batsman. Shami started bowling far later than Ishant, but look who is streets ahead. Ishant should not be in the ODI team. Kumble used to take lots of wickets - what is Ashwin doing? We cannot continue to carry players when there is talent to replace - playing 11 slots are few.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

persisting.with.ashwin, raina.is.understandable as they are from csk.... conflict of interest.... but what is.it with ishant and.rohit.finds place everytime???

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

y cant rahane open to bat and rohit to bat at no.4 and he is good at there

Posted by kalyanbk on (January 20, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

India has some world class players and some substandard players. This has always been the case where a Tendulkar or a Kohli had to be lonely flag bearers. The team is carrying passengers such as Rohit Sharma, Raina and Ishant Sharma. It was sad to see Ishant bowling in the 120s while a swing bowler like Kumar was bowling 137. They have had so many opportunities and now it is time to try others like Pujara, Rayudu and Varun Aaron. What happened to Praveen Kumar?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

ODI defeats abroad are becoming routine features. Dhoni should understans that some players are just not performing. First is Rohit who was scoring like a King in India is looking a beggar on foreign soil. Ishant Sharma who was dropped after poor performances was again included for this ODI. Ashwin is also looking ordinary. It's high time India should think of including Pujara in the ODI team at least for away matches. If drafted in the team now he can be of great use in the WC to be played in Aus-NZ.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

@Meety : nobody is against ishant sharma stats, we know he has very good stats... but look what he was when he.played CB series and look to which level he degraded himself... he tries too many things... as I have heard, he.doesn't listen to coaches ( much like viru) he is not clear on which department to concentrate, swing or pace, he.is two minds.... some matches he bowls over 135kmph and in some matches he bowls below 130kmph... all needs to do is go back to nets, learn basics from your coach, and concentrate on basics for about 6 months and cone back strong.... no point in playing a player who tries too many things in real game.... I once watched interview of wasim, he said " it took me 6 months to practice and bowl close to the wicket by 1 inch" and he didn't play competitive cricket at that period... that's is what we area expecting....

Posted by strokemaker11 on (January 20, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

The real problem is not losing the game but persisting with very average players who cannot learn - Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, jadeja and Ashwin. The more you persist with them India is going to go down and down. Time to replace them. Bring back Gambhir and Harbhajan and Pandey/Aaron Varun.

Posted by rajkirp on (January 20, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

Losing is not a problem. But knowing what causes you losses and then continuing to select those players that are not going to contribute is the problem. Ashwin, Jadeja and Ishant are just not there - especially Ashwin and Ishant. They need to be dropped. Raina also is a question mark. To expect that these 4 will help us win matches leading to world cup is wishful thinking. I am expecting change in Indian XI for the second ODI.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

why does dhoni field first on every sort of pitch?? does he think the likes of rohit raina jadeja can perform under pressure?? they are not in the same league as Dhoni ans kohli... rahane is exception, he needs to settle.down first.... why does batsmen need.to be under.pressure everytime, let bowlers learn how to defend, if you.are not.confident on your bowlers, change the bowlers.... bring in New blood instead of same.old unproven ishant and ashwin....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

@Gvjpr Cricket has a funny knack to bring people back to earth soon. Funny-Feelers don't always get it right.

Posted by manojen on (January 20, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

India lost the game at the start and end of its chase. Excellent fielding from Kiwis, which made all the difference. Rohit is out of place in bouncy tracks. Bring in Murali Vijay to open, and Ishant has to go for sure. Even while batting, Shami should have come ahead, he has good temperament.

Posted by crimsonbull on (January 20, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

India needs a really,really, fast bowler with variations. the bowling is below par for a No1 ODI team.

Posted by SHK1 on (January 20, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

I think everyone has figured out the Indian weakness... short pitched bowling. I predict similar results in the rest of the matches in this series. Regarding Pakistan being a useless team, head-to-head Pak still lead India despite recent losses.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (January 20, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

Well another loss and the stubbornness of Dhoni is hard to fathom.Despite knowing that bowling is the Achilles heel,he's not trying at all to overcome those deficiencies, which is hard to understand.Ashwin/Ishant and Jadeja have struggled largely in the middle overs to get any breakthrough whether in India/abroad.More often than not, opposing teams have very set batsmen for powerplays and lots of wicket in hand for last 10.Yet, it is nowhere in his vision to atleast look for good quality replacements such as Mishra, Rasool, Rishi Dhawan,Pankaj. Even Maxwell,Hafeez,Peterson bowl with lot of discipline and take wickets regularly in middle overs than Ashwin who does not keep it tight or take wickets or deceive anyone.Same with trying out options in place of Raina.A team so many question marks at No. 4,5,7 in bat order,quality spinner and pace bowlers is doing nothing much to solve the problem. It is for this resistance to change that they'll fail badly at next World Cup.

Posted by Symbian_Rock on (January 20, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

Enjoy the thrashing home bullies.. India winless since Tour of south africa

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

It is good to see a bit of consistency in selection of the New Zealand team. The current team looks very stable : Ryder and Guptil to get off to a quick start (and the Indians were lucky they didn't get going or they would have been chasing a lot more), Williamson and Taylor (probably two of the most under-rated batsmen in world cricket) to bat through the middle then the power of McCullum, Anderson and Ronchi to finish an innings (where only one or two of them need to fire to have a massive last ten overs). Then in the bowling ranks the aggression of McClenaghan, consistency of Mills and Southee (to a degree I know) and the consistent spin of Nathan McCullum. This looks like one of the best teams New Zealand has had in a long time and they look good for the world cup in home conditions next year. Hopefully not many changes will be made selection wise.

Posted by nishha77 on (January 20, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

India need to make two changes , Varun aaron or Ishwar pandey for Ishant and Binny for Ashwin. Raina is better spinner compare to Ashwin in skidding pitches. Ashwin and Ishant are liabilities as fielder in one day format. Hope before next world cup Harbhajan ,Yuvraj will regain their form and couple of pace bowler (from Varun aaron , Ishwar pandey, yadav, ) will come though.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

@GRVPR : agree with your view on Lankan and pak team, but I don't this is accident... newZeland deserve more respect than what ranking suggest.... please be carefull with predictions, I am staunch Indian fan.btw

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

MSD, for a change, bat first. Not everyone is as good as you and kohli while chasing. Let other young batsmen play without pressure.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

@aussie1993 : just like how AUS cried after India chased 350+ twice back to back.. just like how AUS cried after ashes in England, just like.how AUS cried after white wash in.India from past 3 test series... just like how.aus.cried after failing to reach semifinals in CT13, just like how AUS cried after jadeja a mediocre bowler walk through your dismal batting line up. just like how AUS cried after they failed to win a single test in India sine last 8 test matches in India...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

@Sonnygong : how many matches did rahane get to play? he hardly played 30 matches, remember both rahane and rohit are same ages and got chances at same time... look at rohit he already got 100 chances and still not.proved anything, don't be harsh on rahane... you have seen how he.played in test matches in SA... so keep patient with rahane.... rohit needs to go asap

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

@suhail mirza: and yeah your world class bowlers couldn't win against Ireland, and Zimbabwe beat pak in test.... so you better keep shut.... kohli is proven and is light years ahead of any Pakistani batsman... same.kohli scored 183 against the so called best bowling attack in Asia cup..

Posted by Delicasy786 on (January 20, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Indian other batsmen should also realize their responsibilities . Why Virat always ? No doubt he is such a Superb batsman now adays but u cannot pressurise him every time .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

India's problems are multi-fold 1) it starts at the very top - Rohit Sharma - after his disastrous starts in SA, it is fairly evident that he is not cut out for an opener. His offside run producing hits (even singles) are non-existent and he simply gets tied up putting pressure on Dhwan 2) MSD, for his plain, down to earth common sense talk is not a great analyzer of the game. His team selection policy simply baffles me. Raina's attitude is great but he is a sitting duck abroad but the selection which continues to baffle me is Ishant - what a waste? his lack of bite in bowling, purpose and plain old common sense (if he had blocked out 48.4,5 and 6th ball, it will be Williamson in the last over. Shami could have hit a 6 and scared him a bit..anything is possible in this day. who in their right mind except MSD can send Ishant ahead of Shami?). How can MSD miss out an over for Shami? absolute lack of sense and finer aspects. Net, net If India bats first and puts up any total,NZ will chase

Posted by Meety on (January 20, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

@ shanks1967 on (January 20, 2014, 4:28 GMT) - Sharma may of played a bad game, he may not be a good fielder (although I think he gives 101%), his batting is no good, but look at his career ODI bowling stats. No Indian bowler with more than 38 wickets has a better career S/R than him (he is level with Agarkar). Short Form cricket is about Strike Rates - which means taking wickets. In ODIs Sharma is about the best pace bowler India have EVER produced. Sharma 32.9, Z Khan 36.1, Dev 44. Puts things in perspective?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Ishant needs to go Aaron in

Posted by naren1983 on (January 20, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Its time for Pujara to step-in to ODI squad at No. 4, we definetely need a reliable player like him at this position with Kohli. Since Yuvraj & Raina are not showing their consistency, its time for Pujara to play some good amount of matches before WC 2015. We have an another concern in the top, Rohit is taking lot of time to score quick runs, it creates pressure to other player especially in chasing. Dhoni should send alarm to him by having third opener like Rahane/Gambhir. Also question raises in the spin department, Jadeja is bowling well but failing often in the batting department. Ashwin is not effective in foreign condition, need to try some options like Binny, Rishi Dhawan, Mishra to play in round robin, so to select best XI.

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

India's problem can be solved easily after these tweaks: Replace IShant with Umesh Yadav ( don't worry about his economy but back wickets taking ability) Shammi is picking 3 wickets on an avergae every match for 50 runs, if Umesh can pick 2 for 55 that's 5 top order wickets for 110 runs. Bhuvi usually picks 1 for 40. This makes it 150 for 6. Jaddu picks 1 for 55 on an average overseas. That makes 205 for 7. Next 3 are tailenders, can't we stop them from scoring more than 50. That 255 runs. Much better than 300 we keep conceding every game. This could even be more less if another striker Varon Aron is included.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

before getting latein this series please replace rohit , ishant & ashwin & bring rayadu, vroon/pandey & biiny in

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

time the captain realizes dat its not fun to play with the expectation of billions of supporters and fans. talk about defending the world cup. must be kiddin. if so adament then why select such a big squad..simple 11 will do with non performing so called talents like ishant rohit jadeja ashwin being alloted permenent places and toy with the performers like kohli shami bhuvi etc and dropping them on the very criteria dat they consistently perform..shame on the captain. a loser to the core. if india needs to be at the pinacle then first thing dat needs to be done is to kick out this captain cum politician from the helm and drop him from the team. this is team india n not csk or some clown team. n he is not the owner of it. its wonderful to see the loss n for me its not the country which lost but rather the captain's team. satisfying indeed. hope to see such more defeat to this loser in future...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

after nzl win the first game I think visitors will take charge from here this series wil nail bitting series,bt I hope nzl will win d series by 3-2 or 4-1

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

I think there were 4 to 5 overs where there were around 20rpo scored consistently. Apart from that our hero Mr. Ishy was Batting was left to test Kohli and Dhoni once again. Nothing else notable from batting. I think more than aggression if batters had shown application this would have been a very easy chase on a great batting strip.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

@vishwas reddy pak beat 2-1 to ur so called world champion in ur home nd ur hero virat coulndnt play in a single match

Posted by shanks1967 on (January 20, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Congrats to the Kiwis. Kohli played a lone fighting hand. The full responsibility of this loss goes to ONE PERSON. His name is Ishant Sharma. He gave away 72 RUNS IN 9 OVERS. He would have gone for more but some balls were fielded well. He by way of his fielding would have given atleast 10 more runs, because whenever ball went to Ishant bloody Sharma the KIWIS boldly converted 1 to 2 or 2 into 3. His batting, the less said the better. Throw him out on the next plane back to India. He does not even deserve to be in the state Ranji team. Bowls one good spell in 20 games and these guys are keeping him on, for God knows what reasons. BIG LIABILITY. Should be shown the door out permanently.

Posted by alesana85 on (January 20, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

Great start for NZ, it's pretty clear India is in for a short pitched fast bowling barrage this summer. Virat Kohli is the real deal, 18 ODI centuries & he's only 25, phenomenal record. Interesting to see how the Indians respond to NZs bowling tactics for the rest of the series. Impressed by NZs aggression with the ball & agility in the field, the decision to leave out Kyle Mills was justified.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

@Haz95: I can say India team won test series in newzeland, England westindies. I can say we drew test series in aus, SA. can you say that??? I cam say we won odi series in newzeland, aus, England, lanka, WI,can you say you that?? except for the ODI Series you won in SA, there is nothing you can hang on to. I can say our batsmen got double centuries in AUS,how many fifties your batsmen scored in AUS? I can say we have won 5 Asia cup, 2 world cup, 1 t20 cup and 2 CT,can you say that?I can say 3 Indian bowlers name is there in top10 wickets takers list in test can you say that? I can say kumble single handedly took all 10 wickets of pak, can you say mushtaq did that?? I can say viru scored 300+ against mighty saffas and "best bowling attack" PAK.... can you say that??? I can say I have a home ground of our own, can you say that??? I can acknowledge the good cricket, can you do that??.... the answer is you simple can't say any of the above. you can simply boast about bowling of yours..

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

Get a funny feeling - India will win every match from now on! Accidents can't keep happening again and again. This is not a street level mediocre useless team like sri lanka and pakistan.

Posted by Jan on (January 20, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

I didnt watch the match but chekced the scores often. This piece gave me a live relay of waht happened. Nice narration Sid.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 20, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

Once again below par performance from our overhyped team against No. 8 ranked team. We have only Kohli and Pujara who can thrive in all sorts of conditions. All the others including CAPTAIN EXCUSE are flat track kings. We recently proved to the cricketing world that we are not among top 4 (SA, Aus, Eng, Pak) as our ranking shows in tests. Now, we are showing the same thing in ODI as well. Flawed ranking system has to be completely changed.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Jadeja walks in, snicks, and goes. Aswin bowls, leaks runs, and leaks more runs. Ishanth has locks. Runs in, bowls, and it rains sixes. Rohit. A couple of lovely strokes and then goes. Suresh Raina. Before you can finish saying that he is back in the pavillion. That is 5 players not contributing at all. So why not gambhir, irfan, yousuf, uthappa, yuvraj, harbajan? Also why not try out the new selections? If you don't experiment now, then when will you Mr. Dhoni? The world cup is here and no use experimenting when it is too late. Or is it that no one cares about how India performs?

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

Dhoni has said he will not experiment with the eleven in this series. It means same team will play all the matches.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

Why hang-on with Rohit Sharama. He is not good . His utter failure can not go on any longer. Selectors, please bring in somebody to replace him. Also think of including Zaheer Khan in the team and Pujara .Non-performers should go.

Posted by latecut_04 on (January 20, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

Can we have some perspective especially from INDIAN fans here for heavens sake.The reason for NZ win is EXCEPTIONAL cathcing(read it again.)catches to dismiss Dhoni and Rahane were simply STUNNING.Dhoni's dismissal was the key becasue it seemed like Dhoni-Kohli would see India through.It was a short ball slightly erring in line and he was right to go for that shot.dont see any one else in world cricket taking that catch except may be SA and AUs keepers on their days.Also what wrong has Rahane done to get SO MUCH flak.Agreed it was a poor shot becuase he hit it uppishly but did any one watch the one sided full dive from Mccullum????Rohit seems bogged down but i would advice Rahane and Rohit to switch places because Rohit is a stroke maker suited for middle order.Raina is making conscious attempts to hit short balls to the ground but ultimately perished to a short ball yet again.Time is running out on him...Indian bowlers did bowl well at the death.(for a change).

Posted by cricket_ahan on (January 20, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

I'm happy with the current crop of selectors and their decisions, bar one - Ishant Sharma! Why is he still in this squad? He has little, if any, variation, and his ability to bowl at the death in ODIs is probably one of the worst in the world - look what happened yesterday, and in the series against Australia in India before. He does seem to be trying hard, but his results are just not backing it up. The selectors need to do what they have done with the rest of the team and back players in form, or blood new talent. They have brought Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat with them - what better chance than now to give them a go??

Posted by benedicts on (January 20, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

These players are not suitable in foreign pitches Rohit Sharma Ishant Sharma Suresh Raina Ashwin

This is common sense , Selectors and Captian do not have, but the public has that common sense

Posted by benedicts on (January 20, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

Selectors should consider different players for different conditions These players are total waste in foreign pitches Rohit Sharma Suresh Raina Ashwin Ishant Sharma

Posted by himanshu.team on (January 20, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

India need to make a couple of changes to this side. Unfortunately, as they have already picked up the squad for ODIs, one of those changes cannot happen i.e. replacing Raina with Pujara. Just imagine if Kohli truly had a partner who was able to hold one end off at the middle of Indian innings, it would have been so much easier for us to chase the total down. Also, that would have prompted a much needed change in batting order, i.e. Make Rahane open the innings and bring Rohit in at no.5 after Pujara. Other change which could be made right away is replacing Ishant. He was a touch lucky in SA and people thought he is actually a good bowler who had an off day against Faulkner. The reality is other way round. There is a kid in the squad who bowls yorkers consistently. Ee have Bhuvi who bowls beautifully with the new ball and if we can have a bowler who bowls yorkers at will during death overs, over bowling will look so much better. Plus he bats and fields much better than Ishant too

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

@Snow Snake Uh, I wonder if you're an Indian supporter, Lol. We won away series vs South Africa and England and drew Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

@Haz95 And he did against Narine, Rampaul, Bravo who all are current days' best t20 exponent. Stop moaning "Vaas and Murali".

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Why is India still persisting with Ishanth Sharma? Hasn't he done enough to get himself dropped?

Posted by skabc23 on (January 20, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

We can not win unless Dhoni changes his attitude. Problem lies in his thinking. He doesn't take a defeat seriously. He blames new ODI rules. He thinks if he gets a target below 300 (even it is 290+) to chase then his bowlers are bowling well!!!!!! and now responsibility lies with batsmen to chase. He doesn't understand that a score above 250 has never been easy for any team to chase.

The way he praised his spin bowlers after post match ceremony, don't be surprised if he will go with both Ashwin n Jadeja in 2nd match also!

I think Dhoni has made his mind whom he wants to play with in WC2015. He is giving those players more matches to play and not trying any new talents. I think Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, Ishant and Rogit are his favorites and he dreams to play with them in World Cup. Due to poor performances of Ishant he may finally have to leave him. A hunger for winning is only seen in KOHLI. This should be in each n every player. You must feel the defeat and do the introspection.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

After 200 Shewag has been dropped, and Sachin retired... Now its time to Rhoit to be retired/dropped. Dhoni's team ie Raina Ashwin Mohit should b replaced!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

Dhoni needs to be open and accept deficiency in his fast bowling armory. Ishant Sharma has been in for such a long time. If only Dhoni could put in quarter of the same efforts on other fast bowlers. He has to stop believing in miracles and look at better prospects. There are many who could have been effective starting from Shreeshant. Well that's history now, no pint in proding it. Wake up Dhoni!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Remove Raina,jadeja,ashwin,rohit,dhawan and then v will start winning.....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

One person I know who'll be disappointed is Manoj Tiwary. He was dropped after scoring a century to make place for Rohit Sharma. He is probably the best fielder in the country as well. Now highly unlikely to come back until after the world cup.

Posted by rakon_me on (January 20, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Indian fans....No need to feel dejected....Dhoni's Men will come back and take the series and retain the number one ranking.....mark my words...

Posted by Naeem578 on (January 20, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

First of all to that featured comment should not be featured bcoz it is not a manly thing to get excuse for the defeat on the basis of past n to say that it doesn't matter losing. A defeat is a defeat n one should accept it. Secondly the bitter fact is that ind hasn't won a single game Test or an ODI since they have stepped out of ind recently. For our friends who create n like hype so much. A fact is a fact.

Posted by Underbelly83 on (January 20, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Ishant Sharma needs a haircut. He looks ridiculous.

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

The comments here worry me. Seems like people are looking for a solid defensive number 6. That is a recipe for defeat. We need an attacking player who can hit boundaries at will. Most teams has that, India did have Yuvraj in last world cup and it made all the differnce.Otherwise we will only have MS Dhoni to clear boundaries in last few overs, a way too much dependency on 1 man for a major world cup.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

@Haz95 : talking of riaz... do I need to remind you the.bowling card 4 overs none for 60.. in the sane Asia cup which bd beat us.... kohli made a mockery of him and we never saw wahab riaz again in any match.... winning matches in their own soil heh.... coming to batting , which us not worth speaking of... your batting line up barring misbah falls.miles behind the least ranaji ranked team....I ask you the same question, how many series you drew in AUS ans SA? how many icc trophies your bowlers won for you??? what's your record against India in world cup??? India is a team.which.won a test series in.England, newzeland, westindies, Lanka and pak... we drew in SA which no other Asian team can only dream of, we drew in aus ( except for that Sydney test, else we.would have won comprehensively) ... we have won ODI Series in aus, newzeland, eng, WI, pak, Lanka, ...only left is SA which will come eventually, we went to finals in WC03 which was in SA, t20 again in SA, CT13 England....

Posted by pradeepsays on (January 20, 2014, 2:21 GMT)

The persistence with both Ishant baba and Raina is baffling! What does it take to drill some sense into this team management? Match after match series after series both have been consistent with their bad performances! While the former is clueless in his bowling, the latter is like a rabbit in the headlights while facing fast bowling! Are we keeping them for the odd 4 for or the odd 40 runs?? It comes only once in a few series! The word "professional" means the person's profession is his/her only source of livelihood and he/she specializes in what he or she does. That means that is the only thing they do! So why can't a bowler bowl in the right areas most of the time if not always? Why can't a batsman leave a bouncer if he feels he cannot play it well? Or why can't he practice this in the nets with a bowling machine? It is time both these players realise their shortcomings and leave graciously than comprising their country's pride!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

@aussie1993 : just like how AUS cried when India chased 350+ twice back to back, just like how you cried after losing to the spin of ashwin who he himself is mediocre, just like how you cried after getting back to back white washes in India and ENG, just like how you cried after failing to enter the semi finals in CT13, just like how you cried looking at the last 8 test results of AUS in India, it's 8-0 for India btw...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

@Haz95 : coming to bowling, no Indian boasted about our bowling line up.... lest speak about batting, mishbah is the only one.who.can.compete in higher level. not to mention even he doesn't have a siangle.odi century and less talk the better about his strike rate. and the rest of your batting line up will fall short in front of our lowest rank ranaji team....

Posted by AnoMaLy on (January 20, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

Nice win by the kiwis. Don't understand why Indian selectors and Dhoni choose to overlook Pujara as a ODI batsman. He can easily replace Rohit or Raina. Also Ishant can be replaced by Binny/Aaron. If Yadav was in the ODI squad I would have given him a chance in place of B Kumar. B Kumar was looking good with the bat until Ashwin got him run out. He could be handy with the bat.

Posted by rydwan78 on (January 20, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

It seem that NZ becomes at their best performance after they were white washed by BD.

Posted by Dhanno on (January 20, 2014, 1:30 GMT)

raina was beating his chest "#4 spot is mine". Now when touring NZL, where one has to face fast bowlers on pitches that assist them, he is shielded by capt. Was brought down to 5, hoping that if Rahane plays slow and makes 30-40 then Raina's defencies can be covered (he didn't get enough time, so he had to play strokes blah blah). Raina and Rohit are pure waste. So many games, only good on flat tracks

Posted by SLMaster on (January 20, 2014, 1:28 GMT)

What a fielding unit a NZ is? NZ is superb in the field. Fielding won them the match.

Posted by theRule19 on (January 20, 2014, 1:24 GMT)

When will the selectors really understand that it is high time for R.Sharma, I.Sharma, Ashwin, Raina and Jadeja to be shown the way out forever..These blokes are serious non-performers outside India and wonder why they still persist with these guys. Bring in Rasool, I.Pandey, and others from the First class arena where talent is just waiting to be given an opportunity and simply wasted outside this team. With these players MS Dhoni will always find difficult to win either ODIs or tests.

Posted by 777aditya on (January 20, 2014, 1:17 GMT)

Corey Anderson reminds me of a certain zulu (Lance Klusener) - what's scary is that he is a better fielder. Lusty hitting, feisty bowling, and live wire fielding make him a genuine talent to watch out for. His New Year eve's feat backed up by such a 'strong' performance yesterday promises more smacking performances to follow. His six off Ishant (the perennially lucky/unlucky person - lucky because he keeps getting selected and person because very difficult to call him a bowler) was humongous! His 'playing in the V' is a widespread array of atrocious shots which spells doom for the best of bowlers - of course Ishant's but a howler!

Posted by kandykolla on (January 20, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Well done Kiwis...!! Great show...!! Please protect your new breed of players by not sending them to IPL...!! Well done kholi...doesn`t matted if india win, you got your centuary ...!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

@haz95....Anderson may be second in your book but the most important fact is that Anderson holds the official record. Why can't you accept that someone has gone quicker?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

don't understand why we keep playing Ishant sharma, when he continues to leak runs. Correct team for these conditions would be to replace Ashwin, Ishant and Raina with Binny, Pandey and Pujara.

Posted by cricfan_aus on (January 19, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

Overall a very good ODI match. Congrats Kiwis. I believe Ishanth is the best player that an opposition can have, with batting skills same as Chris martin and bowling as ..none other than him self. Replacing him with someone who can leak 10 runs less, make 10 runs in 5balls and stop 5 runs means Ind will give out 25 runs less to the opposition.

Posted by sixesandfours on (January 19, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Aswin is a bad selection and he made runout and bad bowling and NZ spun is better than Ashwin. It's better to replace him with Binny and Ishant with Iswar. India selectors should not show regional bias by keeping Ashwin and Ishant for long time. Rohit needs to change his attitude and play responsibly. It's a last few chances for Rohit before Gambur takes the place as opener.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

I'm concerned about Milne. Great aw talent, but his comments to the press make it clear he's going primarily for speed. At his age, it's no wonder he was forced off with a bad back. It's great to be able to bowl 150km bouncers, but line and length is still the primary aim if you want an injury-free career. We don't need another quick who breaks down every five minutes!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

AlexK LOL Sehwag- let us see if he keeps his spot in Delhi Ranji team for next season

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 19, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

Good work Kiwi's. Some exciting new talent there just in time for a home World Cup I see. I expect NZ to do it's usual job of punching miles above it's perceived weight and knocking a few more fancied sides out of the tourny on their way to the quarters/semi's. Once there they'll fight like the demons they are but go down in agonising fashion to one of the really big guns.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

It's time Ishant says bye to international cricket. He has to face the fact that he is not the bowler 5 or 6 years ago.

Raina should go back to India and strengthen his backfoot play and prove to the selector why he shud play.

The selectors should change as they are too chennai super kings biased. Don't know what good Ashwin and jadeja are outside IPL or India.

Rohith is just a lucky guy. Produces 50 after 10 matches. He is just wasting balls now.

Shud find a replacement big hitter for Raina. Maybe binny for that extra overs or Samson or Yusuf Pathan .

Anyway drop No hit and Ishant for zaheer.

Posted by SkyCutter on (January 19, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

I was not expecting NZ to win even one match in the five match series. They are No. 8 in the ODI rankings (last in terms of the big eight). They played very well.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (January 19, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

Nobody talked about the NZ fielding. They may not have one outstanding player, but together they add up their skills and deliver.

The field placements and ground fielding were superb. The Indian batsmen were held in check when even their best shots were being cut off by excellent ground fielding. I think NZ saved at least 50-odd runs with their fielding and made the batsmen go for the high risk shots which brought wickets. Great captaincy by NZ captain.

At this rate, I would say India's chances of retaining the world cup in 2015 are minimal. Australia look pretty good with SA not far behind. NZ and SriLanka are great triers capable of surprises.

Posted by satchander on (January 19, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

When is Dhoni going to drop Ishant? Only after we lose 0-5 to NZ. He is the worst bowler on this planet and he keeps getting picked again and again. Why cannot we select Varun or Ishwar. And what is Raina doing on bouncy pitches? We all know he will get out to short pitched deliveries sooner than later. There is no point in picking players we know are not suited for the conditions. Dhoni is just a bad captain when he backs players blindly like this. I know Dhoni fans will come back with comments that he has won ODI WC, T20 WC etc etc - agreed but what about the present. Everyone knows Ishant should never be on this indian team but why is he there???

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

well done NZ once again it is proven that this Indian team is very much overrated. The IPL is not the same standard as international cricket. The greats of Indian Cricket made a name for themselves by poving their worth on international level. These young talents gets their fame from domestic level but fall away as soon as they meet the best in the world. In order to be named as a great, you need to be consistent over a long period of time playing at home and away. So far only Kohli, of the new generation, has shown that class and a team consist of 11 players

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

India needs pujara at 1 down. He can bring some stability to the batting order. Raina does not fit at 2 down. Need a better all rounder than jadeja (good only in indian conditions). What happened to pathan. We need a fast bowling all rounder. Ishant sharma has had tooooo many opportunities. Need to spend more time on bowlers like sammi, varun aron, umesh yadav, kumar and not waste time on ishant. Looks like a difficult season of indian cricket with aus and eng coming up after this.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

@Blackholesun Win and score predictor= wasp. first innings predicts score by correlating all game data played at venue to give a predicted score .second innings percentage chance of winning based on all data at that venue.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

I think India should just stick to Playing at home. Wasn't Dhawan supposed to be the next big thing. I guess he should wait till the next home series.. just saying

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

Long live ishant sharma!!! Adds mediocrity to the indian bowling line up which is good from an opposition perspective. In contrast it was good to see kumar bowl so well at his speed...still tells you there is value in cricket for basic skills and its execution. Refreshing to see.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 19, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

My 2015 world cup team 1. Sehwag 2.Dhawan (Rahane) 3. Kohli. 4. Pujara 5.Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja (need fast bowling all rounder) 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer khan 10. Shami 11. Kumar.

We need players who can bat against short ball. I think raina and yuvi and rohit sharma are suspects

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Guys relax. You make them stars when they do wonders in IPL. Don't blame them now, these are over rated kids! Raina jadeja Ashwin, dhawan! Look at the time before IPL, Dravidi, sachin, Azar, Ganguly, kumble, srinath Robin TRUE stars!

Posted by SonnyGong on (January 19, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

This is yet another Indian loss due to poor batting. Why persist with Rahane and Rohit ? The team selection is such that - there is no other choice but to include them. This is a terrible state of affairs. Rahane and Rohit are from Mumbai but there is no quota system is there? Yuvi should have been included in spite of form. He must be in our 2015 plans and be given enough exposure and we did not do that. Yuvi is the one really won us the world cup if you evaluate the match by match performance of the Indian team in the WC. India must find a few more batsman who can deliver other than rahane and Rohit in teh one dayers. Varun Aaron mush be played in the next match. Hey MSD - you much use your clout and prepare a team with match winners, we must give speed a chance with VA.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

People are commenting on NZ's inconsistent performance and lowest rank..thats becoz Nz was lack of talented players since 2003-2012..however, its makes me sad whenever i heard that Nz gets beaten from BAN or WI..but now, the time has changed and NZ team got some new breed of talented players like COREY ANDERSON, MILNE, RYDER is also back...along with other good players who were inconsistent but after all these years they get matured and finally..NZ team groomed in a good shape...being a cricket fan, i feel good that NZ team is performing well and they will be one of the tough opponents in upcoming tournaments/events

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

I look forward to the day Ishant Sharma announces his retirement. When will that day ever come?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Congrats NZ........go and whitewash indians.....

Posted by cricpanther on (January 19, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Replacements for Team India

1. Dhawan >> Gambhir 2. Rahane>> Yuvraj 3. Dhoni as a captain>> Gambhir/Raina 4. Dhoni as a batsman>>Dinesh Karthik/Sehwag 5. Dhoni as a wicket keeper>> Dinesh Karthik 6. Ishant Sharma> Zaheer Khan / J. Undakat 7. R Ashwin>> Amit Mishra

Posted by AQ13 on (January 19, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

wouldnt india be better off playing zaheer instead of ishant sharma?

Posted by cricpanther on (January 19, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

Congrats to Black Cats Kiwis!! Superb performance. Corey Anderson what a player!!!! He gives the memory of Great Greatbach of former NZ batman!! Here for indian's point of view, replace the batsman who got out with bad skill batman manner. Here is the list where batman got uncomfortable and got out in auckword fashion, 1. Dhawan 2. Dhoni 3. Rahane All there are such a s tupids in Indian side. There is one more on list is Ishant Sharma!!!! New four should get replaced asap then India could have some chances to fight.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (January 19, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Need to look beyond Ishant. If you are ok with your spearhead giving 60 for 1 in 10 overs then why not give a chance to someone like Yadav or Aaron or Ishwar too, they can't do worst than Ishant. One spinner will do just fine for India, Binny deserves a chance for the sake of future of Indian cricket, quick fire 40 odd runs to go with a steady 5-7 overs will be gr8, if Jadeja's fielding is more precious than his batting then i guess Ashwin can be dropped for Binny .

Posted by soumyas on (January 19, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Pujara,Zaheer,Binny should be playing for Raina, Ishant and Jadeja. Raina is pure waste outside india, Zaheer is always better than Ishant, and Jadeja is giftedd wicket and a mediocre bowler outside india, so stuart binny entitles a chance to play in place of Jadeja. But with IPL coming in CSK players are prefered than any other.

Posted by Haz95 on (January 19, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

This Anderson guy seems very good but even now his fastest 100 still comes second to Afridis, who did it vs Vaas and Murali...Nevertheless, he's a future danger man for NZ

Posted by Haz95 on (January 19, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

@vishwas Let me tell you again, we just beat South Africa 2-1 in an ODI series in SA and drew a test series 1-1 where you guys lost pretty much 3-0 in odis and 1-0 in tests, You're amazing bowling cause SA to make 450 or so on a 5th day wicket, well done... India won the world cup in 2011 because it was in India, no other reason...What happened when you guys lost to Ban in the Asia cup where SRT scored another useless 100 and Pak one the Cup? Misbah is Paks best batsmen and probably one of the best in the world atm, pity he has no1 supporting whilst Indians bowlers are all flops and there isn't even 1 lone tiger, Shami would get owned by our lower levelers like Sohail Tanvir(leading wicket taker of IPL 1) or Wahab Riaz. We have beaten top class teams in their own soil whilst u struggle to beat an Australian A team in ur own soil. I said Virat has long since he hasn't the attitude or the career span of Sanga. I didn't even say Jayawardene was good cos he's simply ok at best..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Kohli is fast developing into India's best man with the willow. Well done young man. You are filling some huge shoes very nicely. The other one is Mohammad Shami. He is delivering in every match. These two are definitely the pick of India's latest crop.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (January 19, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Let us make few changes before it is too late. Raina must go back to his original batting position where he scored most his runs. Does not look like he is ready for promotion. Rahane is definitely a test batsman. Please let him be. Pujara and Rahane are in Dravid and Laxman mold. Rohit's future has to be decided by the end of this series. Get Samson and Unmukt ready ASAP. Jadeja had a forgettable game. But him and Ashwin together in XI outside the subcontinent makes no sense. This was the first game of the series and there is no excuse for Ishant to bowl around 128kmph. His bowling is devoid of every characteristic of a fast bowler (no pace, no swing, no seam, no guile or imagination, no bouncer, no yorker). Somebody explain.

Posted by BatBowlCatch on (January 19, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

The reason NZ's ranking is so poor is due to inconsistent selection. Time and time again after a couple of failures players are dropped and then a few games later they are back. I wouldn't be surprised if NZ have used more players in limited overs cricket in the last couple of years than any other nation. Now we are seeing a consistent line up and these are the rewards. This is a truly genuine World Cup contender. Every team needs a superstar or two and NZ now have Anderson and McClenaghan. Time to let these 13 or so players build as a unit and they will be world beaters. P.S. I love all you passionate Indian supporters. I can't wait to visit your country one day.

Posted by SnowSnake on (January 19, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

BTW all those people asking why NZ is ranked so low. Well, just like every team in the world, NZ does well playing at home. Winning games at home conditions does not count much in ICC rankings.

Posted by SnowSnake on (January 19, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

Rohit, and Raina are totally useless batsmen. Jadeja is hardly an all rounder. Ashwin is useless. Ishant is a net practice bowler. You cannot keep #1 ODI ranking for long with this kind of players. I think India believes too much in its batting prowess.

Posted by NZCricketfan1 on (January 19, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

As we kiwi's have been saying for some time our team is on the rise. We have more talent than I think we have had in our whole history. We even have an emerging ODI bowling squad and a test bowling squad. We usually don't have this luxury.

This win over India is further evidence of our improving team. Hope we can go on and play well from here. However I do note we have 2 of the ODI"s scheduled for Hamilton NZ's most spin friendly pitch. This has never been done if a 5 match series in NZ before. Further evidence of India's power I suspect. Fair enough given history.

Great win black caps. I great century Kohli that boy is all class.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

It's simply a silly move to play Ishant !

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 19, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

dnt cry indian fans u r going to lose ur no 1 odi spot in couple of days india:119 rating aus:118 rating as australia have already clinched the odi series 3-0 nd still 2 odi to go so wait nd watch

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Great going NZ!! I think Corey Anderson is my new favorite middle order batsman. I am just glad he didn't do what he is doing now when the NZ team was in Bangladesh!

Posted by lefthandopener on (January 19, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

One thing is clear that dhoni is not intelligent captain as dada was if ganguli is ind captain at present then he never play with ishant he play with varun aaron dhoni making same mistakes in every game in sa play with two spinner same in nz and same result dhoni is just luckyyyy captain

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

This will be the perfect batting order and team Dhawan,Rohith,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Raina,Binni,Jadeja,bhuvi,Shami,Aron And Dhoni should use Raina as a bowler instead of Aswin

Posted by pmukund_ on (January 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

We need bowlers who can consistently bowl fast with control, swing and bounce. Just try and remember McGrath, Donald, Waqar, Akhtar, Akram, Shane Bond, Brett Lee or look at Steyn, Mitchell Johnson and the current Aussie attack. What is the difference? When you train for any sport, if you recover from your training, you should be better in the next session. What do you need to recover? Diet and sleep. If you don't recover, you get worse instead of getting better. Just look at how well Dale Steyn looks after these aspects. Imran Khan, Michael Holding, Aquib Javed and Dale Steyn have talked about this, but have we taken their advice? Currently, only Mohammad Shami looks to be trying to put everything into every ball. Do what it takes to recover: red meat, veggies and fruit, nutritional supplements and disciplined sleeping. And not when you start playing professionally, but since the day you are born. Also scout for raw talent, even work capacity among the labor class.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

India got exposed yet again in foreign conditions

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

pujara have test tag so cant play one day...so sad

Posted by USIndianFan on (January 19, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

The selection committee seems to be failing. Need to bring in alternatives to Raina and Ashwin. Ishant needs to be replaced with a Yadav or Aaron. Curious what the selection board/committee is doing. Dhoni needs to be leashed a bit as he seems to be playing favorites. And Rohit seems to be getting complacent..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

one final word on.newzeland team... the ranking deceives their team.... they a're much bbetter team than.what ranking says... they can.only get better from here... can see the potential in their players... blend of youth( Anderson, Williamson, meceglan, milne, boult) and to go with it the experience.of Ross Taylor, macullum, Ryder, southee will make a very good team... this team will be a very interesting for WC15... I would say this will be a team to beat by the start of WC15.... all the best guys... hope these guys get back to the glory of Fleming, astle, Macmillan, crains, bond, tuffy and vettori.... all the best from India

Posted by HopefulIndianCricFan2 on (January 19, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

How does Rohit and Raina get so many chances? Its pathetic to watch these 2 get out and play! I feel they both should be dropped. Ishant is also a baggage. Not sure what he brings to the table. He might be effective in 1 out of 10 games.

India once again proved they are flat track bullies. When there is a good bounce and carry they play like a club team.

Does the Indian team even know how win overseas?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Timely victory for NZ with proposed changes to ICC. India terrible at tunning between wickets, NZ better in the field and Ishant bowled 9 terrible overs. India always wind when Kohli gets a ton, not anymore!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

flat crack heroes has lose their game again..congratz kiwis u deserve it

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

@eilsaky: are you kidding?? the three guys you mentioned as as same as Rohit, Raina and Jadega....Dont even consider Sehwag, he is not even able to score in domestic cricket now...DK, Rayudu, Binny, Rasool will be good choices...as the matter of fact even Irfan will be handy in these conditions with his batting and bowling skills...

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Some serious changes needs to be done in our team...Rohit, Raina, jadeja, Ishant and Ashwin are pure passengers in this team...With this team we cant even win a single match no matter we play against which team...Dinesh Karthik should have been selected? even after good performances he is still being ignored...DK, Rayudu, Ishwar Pandey, Rasool there are so many talents still waiting to get chances...Its all because of Dhoni's arrogancy that Ind keeps on loosing...we are never inshort of talent we are losing only because of bad team selection.....

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (January 19, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

I wonder why selectors are not picking Pujara for ODI's. He could be a perfect ODI player and reliable like Kohli and can try at opening slot or 4th slot. Rohit needs to be dropped for all the outside india series. Give chances to Rahane and Pujara. coming to bowling department, MSD should try with Iswar Pandey and Varon Aaron instead of Ishant and Ashwin/Jadeja. my ODI choice is: Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, MSD, Raina/Rohit/Yuvi/(ANY), Binny,Ashwin/Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Iswar Pandey, Aaron.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

@ Assertive Indian - you make a good point about NZ's low ranking. Remember, this team has just come together against the West Indies. Like any good side, it starts from somewhere, hence the low ranking. People underestimate NZ. Just ask the English and the West Indies when they came to our shore, or even Australia in the last test match against them. The youth and potential is there now. Expect this series to be close. I don't think anyone can predict who can win. Especially with both teams top 6! Explosive!

Posted by sid2677 on (January 19, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

It is totally inexplicable that Ishant Sharma keeps on leaking runs and still gets selected. Umesh Yadav never gets a chance, and the other bowlers warm the bench. Even Bhuvnesh bowls 10kmph faster than Ishant. Despite Anderson and Ronchi scoring several runs in the last 10 overs, I feel it was between 20-40 overs when India lost the game. Ashwin, Jadeja and Ishant were not threatening at all. Ashwin may be good on slow flat tracks, but in these conditions, he's not very helpful. We need a bowling all-rounder, and need to try out Binny. There's no point in him being part of the team and not playing a game. And about Rohit Sharma, perhaps the most lucky and overrated batsman who has played for India.....a total flat track bully! No other batsman has been ever persisted with, doesn't matter if he scores 200 or 300 on a flat track.

Posted by eilsaky on (January 19, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Yuvraj, Sehwag and Gambhir should play for Chennai Super Kings if they want to return to Indian Colours

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

WHen is Dhoni going to use Rayudu. He is superior player in terms of Technique than Raina.For the next game 2 changes will be a near perfect XI. Replace Ishant with Stuart Binny. He is Seam bowler who can bat better than Jadeja. Replace Raina with Rayudu.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

@Haz95 : kohli.has a way to go??? lol... he is way ahead.if any batsmen in limited overs cricket... and no the stats say things, check the.stats of hearth and ashwin and guess what they both cab have fight... less talk the.better about current malibga, one name.is.enough for him to tremble.. and you know that name.... Kula is nowhere in the picture now... and dilshan is.out and.out slogger who can.slog only on flat tracks of premadas and ssc.... less talk the better about mahela... God know how he.played 400 matches, that shows pathetic state of Lankan batting talent...

Posted by eilsaky on (January 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Dhoni's unstinted support to Rohit, Ashwin & Jadeja is flabbergasting. The Chennai Super Kings affiliations should not blur his thinking & approach to national side. These three guys are useless in conditions of New Zealand & Australia. The earlier he understands this, the better it will be for Team India.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

@Haz95 : coming to odi... mind if u ask you how many icc.tournaments your so called best bowling win for you??? making the talent count heh??? lol.... yes ours is average bowling unit, but guess.what your entire batting unit comes no where near to bangla, except for misbah who unfortunately is the most hated guy among yourselves.... the.ranking us based on the tournament you win and India have won 6 series in 2013 which your team can only dream about... oh yes 6 ( 3 outside India, and 3 in India) ... we was world.champions and champion.if.champion (CT13 for some reason and the reason he we have won the trophies... let me ask you this again... how.many series you drew in aus and SA??? the answer is 0 ... yeah you heard it... 0.. on top of that white.wash in south Africa with. you guys making a mammoth score of 49... lol...

Posted by loks07 on (January 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

@To those who are generalizing all Indians as arrogant: Aren't you doing absolutely the same thing then?

@To those who are making fun of the number billion which happens to be Indian population: A polite reminder that we billions have absolutely no say in selection. A bunch of stubborn political bullies decide who represent us billions without any say of ours! Please refer to my earlier comment even before a bowl was bowled in this match; I was absolutely aghast and frustrated by the team selection when I know that there are indeed few deserving players from this billion who can bring us some pride but will not be allowed to do so.

I wish BCCI is dissolved and things are made more transparent so that I don't have to face such humiliation by the world about something which I don't even have control on!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Still the same story with India , not able to win matches overseas. It doesn't matter for Indian Team where they are playing with SA or Kiwis , all they know is how to lose and just lose.Dhoni always come up to defend himself and his team.We re tired now to listen his repeated words where he applauds his bowlers to restrict opposition under 300 . Why not restrict opposition under 250? Why not to make strict benchmarks? But he lives in his own stubborn world.Kiwis shown today the meaning of team play and a dynamic selections based on performance but not on favoritism.Solid display of fielding.Really don't know what Ishant is still doing in the team ( Dhoni favoritism) ? Raina has still got as much chances as he should have got.But instead of improving , he is getting worst.Ashwin who is wicketless since last 3 matches overseas is also a surprised selection.India needs a genuine opener but not a hit & try method like Rohit who blocks the ball uselessly rather than changing the strike.

Posted by eilsaky on (January 19, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Mantra to success for team India. Bring back Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj. Get rid of Chennai Super Kings players.

Posted by winner2008 on (January 19, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

@SachinRao, yes, absolutely. Everyone think about the same for the past few months. 1) Rohit sharma:- We dont need this indian flat track bully 2) Ishant sharma:- No pace..No talent..only two Big legs and Some luck.. 3) Ashwin: He is not an genuine spinner at all. Do anyone remember old days, our kumble and bhajji get 5+Wickets/innings even in unfavourable conditions? 4) For Jadeja, he helps in half favourable conditions with ball, and sometimes with bat too even if he is not a genuine allrounder

I would like to bring back Gambhir,Pujara,Umesh and also include Varun Aaron and Amit Mishra. For this, we need to post Ganguly as selection head

Sadly, Dhoni wont drop any of those people.. I would like say one thing to Dhoni.. be prepare for a big defeat in wc2015 if you are still trying to stick with your dear friends. Remember, its not your family business..its Indian Team..beware!!

Posted by eilsaky on (January 19, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Lets see if they think about dropping Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja and Ishant. No players from South based IPL teams are dropped from team India. Despite repeated failures of Jadeja and Ashwin they are still in the side and Amit Mishra is still warming the bench. Yuvraj, Gambhir were dropped for a couple of failures, but Ashwin, Raina Jadeja and Ishant have been persisted with despite numerous failures. Indian Cricket team seems to be a personal property of Mr Srinivasan and Mr M S Dhoni. God save Indian cricket and also world cricket. It is going to be a repeat of what happened in England and Australia as long as India plays with these bits and pieces cricketers.

Posted by 22many on (January 19, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Just shows no matter what form of the game you play ,if you have good partnerships and field well, all other parts of the game drop into place. Well done NZ and the Williamson /Taylor to me was the difference. Allowed those to follow to show their skills. NZ were on the brink with 2 down for very little.

Posted by trvsastha on (January 19, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

New Zeland did not win It is India that lost the game: Our bowlers were in fierce competition - not in bowling tight but in letting New Zeland score freely - in sixes and fours - over after over. Hail India! the ... is ....!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Team India must remove both Sharma's and Raina from team effective immediately. All three of them have been given ample of opportunities to prove themselves and now have become a burden on the team. Replace them with Rahne, Amabti and Pandey.

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (January 19, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

@Sakthiivel: Optimism is good :). Only Indians fighting well would not do, end result matters. I really felt bad about Kohli that his excellent innings went on vain, and it is due to wrong team selection. Till Ishant, Jadeja, Raina are not replaced with Aaron, Binny and Rayadu India would be 0-3 down. No point in changing the team then. Moreover if Dhoni wants to play a spinner, Ashwin is definitely not the choice in NZ. To me both Jadeja and Ashwin are baggages carried to this tour. I would be surprised if any of them succeeds in NZ condition. I also agree with most that Rahane should be opening when Rohit has to play at no. 4. Finally, to Indian selectors - Pujara MUST feature in ODI squad at least in AUS and NZ conditions. He can play the role of Dravid in ODI, and his strike rate is not so bad, probably he would do better than Rohit's 3 runs in 23 ball.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 19, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Congrats to NZ Team and NZ fans. NZ clearly was the better team and played better cricket. Baggage in the Indian team: Dhoni (in overseas tests), Raina, Nohit, Jadeja, Ishant and Ashwin (to some extent). Some of these useless fellows will have a good match at some point. That is not the same as 'answering' their critics. That is just random chance when you keep playing match after match. The bane of Indian cricket is Dhoni. Just chuck him out from captaincy and let his blue-eyed poster boys know that they are dispensable too. Things will fall in place immediately. This is just getting down to ridiculous levels that we are beginning to lose to Kiwis. What next? Lose to Sri Langa?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan, Isanth Sharma, Rohit Sharma from these players avoid two players and include Stuart Binny and also they need one more all rounder like Rishi Dhawan, Parvez Razool, Jalaj Saxena (he can bat as opener too), Baba Aparajith, Iqbal Abdullah, Surya Kumar Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh (in lower order he is excellent batsman). So many options they have; but selectors cannot see like these players. If one more all rounder included in today's match in place of Ishanth Sharma, the match result was different (except selectors; everybody know that one). (If selectors cannot avoid Isanth Sharma, include him in eleven and allow him to sit pavilion and play with 10 players, then India have more chance to win).

Posted by Haz95 on (January 19, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Yousufahmed1? LOL since when is Rohit Sharma better than Dilshan, Kohli has a way to go to be considered among Sanga, Kula, Mal and Herath are faar more superior than Bhuvi, Ishant and Ashwin.... That has to be the most pathetic thing I've heard, Ashwin is nowhere near Herath who along with Ajmal, Rehman and to some extent maybe Ojha are the best spinners currently in tests.

Posted by Haz95 on (January 19, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

@Vishwas We are not talking about tests here, I said especially ODIs...I'm guessin 9-0 means nothing right? Pak beat Aus and Eng in the 2010 in ENG so yeh. The Same Eng team which produced the figures 2-1 in a certain individuals country.... And if you wanna bring in Zimbabwe, don't you remember when your talented Rohit hit 114 only to lose by 6 wickets in 2010? I don't recall Pak losing to Afghanistan any time soon but. Funny thing, remember South Africa Dec 2013? 2-0 and saved by the Rain in the third where a 20yo produced 3 back to back 100s whilsts days before Pak managed to beat the very same team 2-1 defending totals as bad as 210. Remember jan 2013, another 2-1 where a young Junaid Khan dismantled India and Jamshed producing twin centuries?Pak may not have the batting but our bowling is much better at its job than your batting...The only immune team being Sri Lanka... I can continue but I don't wanna disrespect since India has talent, too bad they fail to apply it..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

BCCI has become a laughing stock. They organize foreign tours of Indian Team without practice matches. India, therefore, continues to fail on foreign soil, a few weeks ago in South Africa and now in New Zealand. BCCI is only interested in "money", not in the "sporting excellence" of the Indian Team. The present BCCI, therefore, should be disbanded and anew BCCI,whic h consists of ex-cricketers with a vision for the" sporting excellence" of the Indian Team, should be formed.

Posted by SachinRao on (January 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Though it seems a knee jerk reaction...i would be worried with the performance rather than the result. I would suggest the following changes: IN: Rayudu, Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey & Varun Aaaron OUT: Rohit Sharma , Suresh Raina (Both are very talented but lack of consistent performance cant be ignored for so long....Raina has done a lot for India but only in India), Ravindra Jadeja (Cant bat & when bowling fails looks stupid) , R Ashwin (cant bowl in unresponsive conditions) & Ishant Sharma (The biggest disaster..should be done away for some time).

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Seems Rohit Sharma has ended his dream run and back to his own inconsistent ways. On top of that his strike rate in ODIs of late is a concern. However, he has got the right to play this entire series and if he does not score at least one 50+ score, he should be dropped from the ODI side. Pujara will be a much better option, even in ODIs, on this soils come the WC. Ashwin and Jadeja can not play in the same team out side subcontinent. For the moment I will prefer Jadeja for tests and more so in ODIs. Its high time India unearths a pace bowling all rounder to play outside the subcontinents. Stuart Binny should be given a try in place of Ashwin, and Rishi Dhawan seems a better prospect to me. Ishant should never play in any limited over matches and one among Yadav and Aron should be tried. We badly need an express fast bowler in our side in away matches. Yadav seems more suited to Tests whereas Varun Aron may be tried in the ODIS.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Dear Sir, In the first place the selection of putting Rahahe in ODI is a very biig mistake. In ODI'S the team has to be very different. The present players will have to sense the present condition of the team and will have to play according to the circumstances. I saw the pitch and found out out that our guys were not be accsotomed to the ball which is over their shouldrer, Lets hope they will improve in the coming ODI's and there is lot of hope they will recover since the grounds are small. Thanks. With regards, Vernon

Posted by rakon_me on (January 19, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Having observed Dhoni, I think india will go with same team next match and win it...

Posted by Cruzan on (January 19, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Rather than whinning who was right or wrong, MSD should take a bold decision to go at No. 4 and play his natural game, without getting scared of a defeat.

Posted by hnlns on (January 19, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Indian tour selectors must show commonsense and drop Rohit Sharma and Raina and bring in Rahane to open with Dhawan and give a chance for Rayudu and Binny to prove their abilities in the next 2-3 matches. Rohit has got enough opportunities and wasted every one of them, here and in SA as well. Raina keeps failing to the same trick. If they are still persisted with, then the ODI series might be gone for Indians in the 3rd ODI itself.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Assertive Indian …aaron and umesh can also bowl at 150 k's…if they are given a chance...its good to learn from your mistakes but it is stupid to keep repeating them. The 2-5 Indian loss to NZ before the 2004 Worldcup as on seaming tracks. It was a point when Ganguly and John Wright read the significance of the seam bowlers could play in the world cup. Srinath, Zaheer and Nehra who was in the form of his life provided a very potent bowling attack for the 2004 WC. Dhoni on the other hand keeps on making the same mistakes again and again and is not open to giving other upcoming players a chance .

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

@amilag : dude India have won 33 matches in odi when.Sachin.scored century... that's gives a win.percentage of more than 70 , same goes with tests too...check stats with stats guru... and this is first match India lost while.kohli scoring.century in.chasing...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

My team for second ODI:1)Ajinkya Rahane 2)Rohit Sharma 3)Virat Kohli 4)Shikar Dhawan 5)Ambati Rayudu 6)MS Dhoni 7)Ravindra Jadeja 8)Stuart Binny 9)Ishwar Pandey 10)Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11)Mohammad Shami.Top 6 outright batsman along with MSD.Whereas batting can be as deep as No.10.In pace,10 overs from Bhuvi,10 from Shami and 10 from Ishwar and maybe 8 from Binny.Spin can be handled by the full-timer Jaddu and part-timer Rohit.About 12 overs in between them(Jaddu=10 and Rohit =2)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

@monjur : lol you are the.least eligible to comment here... what's your test win percentage??? won just 3 since you were allowed to okay tests....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

@Haz95 : what's wrong with kohli?? he is backing his attitude and arrogance with his performance... there is no denying that... regarding test pujara and jadeja came.from very strong ranji mould where they teach you how to be a perfect test batsmen.. kohli just entered Indian team as fresh school.boy... so he requires time.in test... not to mention he already has 5 centuries in tests and 2 already away from home...

Posted by drnaveed on (January 19, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

the indian television commentators , ravi shastri there in SA , and now sunil gavaskar in NZ seems to be over confident with this particular indian team , saying that " this is a different Indian side " ... but the result are not different at all from the previous visits of the Indian team to SA and NZ. dhoni should start thinking other than jadeja and ashwin, he should keep in mind that yes he can win matches on Indian pitches with the help of these 2 bowlers , but not on pitches outside the sub continent , and also it is a fact that the 3 Pakistan spinners ( ajmal ,afridi and m. hafeez ) are much better than the indian spinners.

Posted by baranasai on (January 19, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

well done Kiwis/good bowling and aggressive batting and consistency on the field. Indian openers did not do well especially Rohit was out of sorts. Every thing was left to Virat to sort out.Again bowlers did not have any control they were thrashed in most parts especially Ashwin and Jadeja have not commanded any respect. Poor fielding as well/I am sure Indians had a bad day and will come back to do well in next match onwards. Good luck

Posted by rajanfromottawa on (January 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Bring in guys who have proved themselves in overseas conditions. Vijay for Rohit, Pujara for Raina. Ishant should be replaced by Binny or Varon. No point in providing more chances to Raina and Ishant when there are others who are waiting to prove themselves.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

@Haz95 : yes man Inc ranking is nonsense.. how can a team which bundled for 49 in tests and which have not won a single match in CT13 and have not drew a single test series in aus and SA is.place below India??? pak should be.no1 after all PAK has extraordinary batsmen who as a whole team can score only 5 runs less than what Dhini scored today... great achievement indeed... after all PAK is the team who can.lose to Zimbabwe another great aachievement and they can also remain without even drawing single test series in aus and SA another feather to PAK achievement.. how can a team which lost to Afghan placed below a team which won CT13 in England??? not fair icc.... May be you should.see.ranking upside down, you can get a better.picture of your team.....

Posted by lankantone on (January 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

"SLslinga" definitely you will get the invitation for the crickets funeral. bcz at the moment india starting to dig a pit to put dead cricket through selfish 2 tier test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Results of Last seven matches between Bangladesh & Newzealand was in favor of Bangladesh( 7-0). Now understand why India always avoid welcoming Bangladesh in India. India is always a cat in outside their country.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

@Ahmad uetian : flat tracks, spin tracks, bouncy track, fast track, dead track. leave tracks, against Zimbabwe,Ireland,Afghan, Kenya... no matter which ever the opposition is Pakistan batting is same they are the worst batting line.up...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

@Slslinga : same applied for you.... look at your player to player.comparison guy, not to mention yourself... there should be some sense while commenting... blind bashing is never good for health...

Posted by shammini on (January 19, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Some minds in the Indian camp need to change - specifically from a World Cup point of view. Ishant, Raina and to an extent Rohit and Jadeja should NOT be in the squad, let alone in the team. These 4 ALWAYS start off under pressure and end up playing and failing at the catch up game. This is the perfect time to try out atleast 2 new contenders/match. Dhoni has lost the capability to think. He can't select the right team, struggles to make innovative changes on the field and more importantly doesn't do enough to inspire others. He is always happy to play the containment game. Look at how selfish his statements are with the idea of playing 4 fast bowlers - other teams in the world do it, and they are a lot faster than most fast bowlers in the Indian side. The only positive outcome from this game, not stating the obvious is Bhuvi's bowling. The lad has finally learnt the importance of yorkers. Its high time to let some passengers go.

Posted by Haz95 on (January 19, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Altho I despise Kohlis poor behavior, he will be an All time great in ODIs...But until he gains the temperament in his Batting, he will not be an All time in tests and will end up like Dhoni....Pujaras made 352 and even Jadeja has triple centurys but Kohli doesn't have the temperament to pass 200 as his FC figures show, he will need to learn this if he wants to excel in Tests.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (January 19, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

@ siri12345 : Mate, India have lost to SA in ODI thats because they did not have a single practice match. Its such a short series of 3 odi's and 2 test matches. No one bothered about the ODI result. and in Tests, India has done very well though it has lost in 2nd test. Pak, can beat any team in a given day and can loose to a team like Zim too and that's what has happened. Pak lost to SL(a minnow team). I bet with you that if India looses with 5 - 0 white wash here, then I will never see cricket matches in my life. Today it was almost a win for India, but unfortunate MSD dismissal made the diff tot he result. Check India vs SL last 2 years matches, Its 80 and 20% in favor of India lol. Remember SL never won a single test match. lol. Next to this series, we have Asia Cup series, then check who is going to win the series. Come with bunch of excuses in prior because SL is going to loose in hands of India.. for sure...

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 19, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Rohit Sharma's batting approach is totally beyond comprehension. He starts of so slowly as if it were a test match and puts too much pressure on Dhawan. He just eats away to my balls at the start inside the PP. Not sure why the coach and captain don't tell him to score more freely.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

people should stop bias against jadeja... he is far more.good.player than his batting position of average suggest.... he plays at no.4 in ranji and he got 3 triple hundreds for some good reason..... look at his batting order he plays at 8 ... no way he can play aggressively from the word go, that's not his natural game... he is not slogger.... I am sad that he.plays so much down the order... but no way we can see a.change.in his batting order... he have to live life at no.8 position...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

@nampally : I would not agree with you there on no4 spot, yes India needs pujara not in no4 but in opening spot along with dhawan... pujara mikes ahead of any batsmen in Indian batting line up in terms of technique... even slightly ahead of kohli... and we need to wait a little while with rahane, this guy has been one of the most unluckiest guy... he deserve more chances... I would suggest pujara instead of rohit. or pujara at 3 kohli at 4 rahane 5 followed by dhoni... no place for raina in my team anyday... and regarding bowling you were spot on except that bhuvi is a must for WC15... yadhav is another unlucky guy, pace is a very good thing which dhoni completely neglects... ashwin will never be in 15 member squad for away ODI matches... and ishant... lol he won't even be 13th in our gully team.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Sorry to say Ishant must be sent back to play domestic cricket. With a pretty modest odi & list a record he's been very lucky to play for so long. Next game Aaron should be brought in.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 19, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Good clasical century by kohli.he really showed the likes of dhawan rohit nd other club level batsmen how to bat.kohli is the only batsman of india in the current team who is int standered.it is dissapointing to see indian fans critisizing our team.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (January 19, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

NZ won this game because: Anderson and Ronchi scored freely off everyone, and secondly, because of the fielding of NZ. Nothing more needs to be said. Ashwin went to bat at a time when his only option was to swing the bat at every ball. Please, please take a look at the game from the time Ashwin came in to bat. The three players coming after him are 'one ball' batsmen, totally useless with the bat. Maybe, Ashwin should bat before Dhoni. Sorry guys, I call it as I see it. I am way out in Canada.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Buncing tracks, swinging tracks, spinnig tracks, slow tracks, fast tracks, long boundaries, short boundaries,.....whatever tracks..... vs AUS, SA, NZ, Pak, SL, Ban.......vs whatever team one thing remains constant .

INDIAN BOWLING GETS NOTHING BUT THRASHING............hahhahahhah...

BCZ INDIAN BOWLING IS WORLD"S WORST EVER

Posted by Haz95 on (January 19, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

I don't understand all the criticism to Rohit and Co, he was only 197 runs away from another 200, and Ashwin was only 5 wickets away from another 5 wicket haul, oh wait he hasn't even got a 4-for and Sir Jadeja only needed another 50runs to be considered an allrounder, Ishant only needed 23 runs less to keep his Economy less than 5.... Remember the Indian team is 'talented' and there is only one Batsmen who's centurys go to waste...Obvious 5-0 defeat for New Zealand, Sir Jadeja has caused India to go 1-0 so far with his greatness. LOL, hilarious watching India overseas...And this is why ICC rankings are absolute nonsense, Cricket is just as much as a mind game as it is ability-wise...which is why a #8 team beat the #1... Pak is still the best in the subcontinent, especially in ODIs.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

I would suggest dhoni to play Vijay instead if dhawan, anirudh instead of virat, badrinath instead of rahane, mohit sharma.instead of shami, shadab jakathi instead of bhuvi, and that would make a dream team of yours.... the invincible team.... lok

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Indian's overseas performance is poor......

Posted by JOHNCSPACE on (January 19, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Again readers..Cricket is a TEAM sport, individual contributions like VK's are very valuable but not a match winner, the whole team has to perform equally in all depts like the KIWI'S this game and the formidable Australians...of course

Posted by TrueFactors on (January 19, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

It was shocking to see how Indian talented batsmen played on NZ pitch. I would never pick Rohit Sharma as opener and Raina or Jadeja in team on pace wickets.These three are truly pathetic batsmen on bouncy pitches. In tests, I would pick Ashwin on bouncy pitch as batsman all-rounder and bowling all-rounder on turner pitches, but not for ODI. For bouncy pitches, this will be my ODI team. Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Yuvi, Rayudu, Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Irfan, S. Binny, Rishi Dhawan/B Kumar, Shami. Jadeja will be replaced by Rohit sharma as a spinner and with finisher role. Yuvi will be a used as a spin option along with Rohit Sharma. If Yuvi is not in form then replace him with better batsman of pace like Karthik or Chand or someone else. We need players who at least play at 90 strike rate and make about 30-40 runs to get us closer. Rayudu is much better on bouncy pitch than Raina.

Good Luck India.. Tough time ahead...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

@neelabhsamvastar : yes man India took we took hone.pitches to CT13 which was played in india, and to west Indies too, and also for CB series which we won in 2008 and yes for t20 world cup too and also in WC2003 and numerous natwest series and also in the last tour to newzeland where we.won both test and odi series....lol

Posted by MiddleStump on (January 19, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Fanatic Indian fans can pick their favourite moment. Was it Ishant Sharma bowling at a furious average speed of 125K? Was it Raina getting out to the short pitched ball again? Could it be Rohit Sharma setting up the run chase at the top by scoring 3 runs off 23 balls? Why not all rounder Jadeja failing with both bat and ball and getting out without troubling the scorers? How about the entire bowling unit? Kohli almost ended up with the best economy rate though he hardly bowls. Overall a good precursor to an early exit from the World Cup.

Posted by Tusharg007 on (January 19, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Kohli is in great form of his life, somebody need to stick at the other end with him till Kohlis innings dont come to end and for this job Pujara or Rahane are perfect,and i am sure that India will get positive result

Posted by sergio11 on (January 19, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

@@ CodandChips..yes Anderson,Ben Stokes are gud players no doubt abt dat...bt jadeja is nt a lower order batman..all the 3 triple he got was wen he battd at number 4 for his domestic side...he is nt a "ball one" slogger..he need bit of a time in the middle and then only he can launch..bt unfortuntly he wnt get dat much tym in the middle..hence failing with the bat..bt dat inability wth the bat he is more the compensating wth the ball i guess..he was the 2nd leading wicket taker last year..with a golder ball performnc at champions thropy....got wickets in al surface..5/32 against WI at the oval..6/138 at durban..most importantly he wnt leak runs...for a spinner who balls in power plays to hav an economy of 4.60 is nt bad..if u can see his performnce at champions thropy with the bat..47* against SA and another vital 47 at the final..its nt the he is a flop wth the bat..mind u..to go with 52 wick last yr..he got 500 odd runs with 35 battng avg..is dat a bad performnce???

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 19, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Amazing game l! loved the aggression of NZ bowling v the Indian batsman what a treat and start to a series !

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

opener should be able to rotate strike, not waste balls, this is where the combination of viru-Sachin and viru-gauthi stand out differently, viru was the attacker and Sachin and gauthi were giving him strike making both comfortable.. you have got dhawan who attacks from word.go, and you stand there giving maiden over again and again... if. this guy plays like this for WC15, lol I can't imagine kohli saving every time...

Posted by Nampally on (January 19, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

It is clear that Indian batting & Bowling needs new faces in XI. Dhoni's stubborn persistence with the same guys revokes the definition of Insanity- Repeating the same mistakes but expecting better results! The Selectors gave Dhoni New bowlers in each Squad but he benches them ! A Team with one of the best top 3 ODI batsman in the World, like Kohli, deserves at least 3 more reliable batsmen + at least 2 good pace bowlers. It is obvious after Pujara's outstanding performance in SA, he should have been an automatic choice for #4 in ODI, instead of unnecessary debate for this spot. Opening spots are also wide open & need better bats. Secondly, Aaron was always considered to be the best fast bowling talent apart from Yadev. Aaron is finally fit & in the squad but not in XI- Why?. On Fast wkts. Yadev, Aaron + Shami should be the 3 fast bowlers- all in 140 + Kph range. Last but not least India needs Pujara & Kohli to replace Dhoni as Captain for Test & ODI formats- Crucial for 2015 WC Win!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

why cant dhoni understand that this is not csk team this is team India. stop giving chnaces to ashwin, raina and jadeja.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

if I were ishant I would have retired from cricket and would have settled playing for my gully team.as 13th player.... I mean cone.on man, you are a fast bowler for some reason, there are plenty of guys who are desperate for chances, and you are lucky for getting infinite chances.. dont take it fir granted... have some self respect and perform

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

There is a famous Bob Dylan Song…how many roads must a man walk down. Well how many loses should India suffer before we drop Ishant and give chances to other pacers, to other spinners and to other batsmen. The sad part is we may down to lose 0-5 and the great captain will persist with Ishant, Raina and Aswin, not swap position of Rohit Sharma and not giving Aaron Varun, Ishwar Pandey and Stuart Binny a chance.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

for those who are attacking dhawan just remember this, he.only played 8 matches in.India and just got one century out of 6 in India, rest all are outside subcontinent (2 in England, 1 in WI, 1 in Zimbabwe) ... lol... and this is first match in.newzeland and scored.good 30+ ...what mire you need??? irony is you people are good with your mediocre batsmen folding their bat for just mediocre 20+ runs outside home, but you want every Indian batsmen.to score century every match.... lol.. get well.soon kids...

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (January 19, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

This is the truth of Indian cricket team which has always been a weak and average team.It can't perform on fast pitches of Australia, new Zealand, south Africa. It can perform only on home pitches.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

i dont understand why ishant sharma and stil in the time. he is not learning from his mistakes.

Posted by amilag on (January 19, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

Loosing cause hundreds...winner goes to India...Sachin and now it is Kholi..Go..Hi..hi..team India..a

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

before the series started dhoni said he is not taking NZ lightly.....lol

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

@sameer warun : dude get facts right... Sachin has got a winning record of over 70% in century scoring ODI and same can be said about tests too... you should check what stats you are referring to. .

Posted by northwest on (January 19, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Ishanth:please have some self respect and stay away from the team. I have started losing interest in Cricket. You don't belong to the team. No one can get so many chances playing so badly for so many games.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 19, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Ah, I remember how all us Indians were so excited over how well our young batsmen were playing. We have already found our next generation of players to replace the greats before them, they said. These fearless, new breed of players will take world cricket by storm, they said. Indian cricket will reach new heights in 2014, they said. With India playing overseas for months now, the only good memories we'll see in a long time might be repeats of Rohit Sharma's and Dhawan's performances on Star Sports' "Believe" shows.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

@siri12345 : just.like how Indians are favourites when they play against Lanka???

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

It seems that MSD can only make strategies with Indian flat tracks in mind, why he keeps on picking Ashwin and Jadega in SA and NZ when they have failed again and again?. India is the #1 ODI team, but I believe even the Associates have a better team selection policy than this. Why does he pick the non-performers Rohit/Raina/Ishant/Ashwin again and again? He should shed his ego and at least give chance to Raydu/Aaron etc, it can't be worst than this. Finally tough luck to Kohli, he had to play under an unimaginative captain, who doesn't want to learn from his mistakes because of his ego.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Nobody noticed that Harbhajan was kicked out of the team because of his awful overseas performances, and now Ashwin who is one of the most hyped bowler by Dhoni. He doesnt even look like taking a single wicket, forget about wickets he doesn't save runs as well.

Ashwin, Raina, Ishant sharma are luckiest cricketers on earth to be backed so much and given so many chances despite their continues failure. Shocking to be honest.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

how many more chances is Raina going to get apart from that nothing worries me I am postive that India will win the series and are on the right track for the 2015 wc . But something desperately needs to change in bowling department . I will make 3 changes for next match Rayudu for Raina Binny for Ashwin Aaron for Ishant

Posted by RMCroos on (January 19, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Common NEWZELAND we need 5-0 !!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Let's face it guys. These international matches are not practice session to "learn from" These matches are to display all that you have learned with grit and determination. The intensity of Indians need to be much higher if they are to remain a formidable team in this format. Here the team should see how SA, NZ, Aus intimidate other teams with their outstanding performance in the field. Rohit, Ishant, Raina, and Ashwin are on a slide. Their recent performance does not warrant retaining them in the team too long. The shortcoming against short ball was apparent for all to see. Shikar and Raina do not seem to have the technique to handle the bouncier pitches. Pujara and Rayadu should be inducted soon.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

1.gambir2davan3pujara4kholi5rahane6dhoni7raina8jadeja9binny.10shami11bkumar should be our team if raina can n't bowl 10 overs then think another allrounder or varun aron. rohit irsant,aswin should go now probably raina and jadeja if he oesn't perfom with bat

Posted by TSJ07 on (January 19, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Well.I wrote to cricinfo just after the toss and they posted it as well that with Ishant, Raina and Ashwin in the team we are playing with 8 players and I was proved right.Dhoni has tried to play his favorite Ashwin Jadeja Raina in the 1st match. He did the same against SA when we need only one spinner outside subcontinent. Ashwin is supposed to take wickets in the middle which he has failed to do since one year.It was for same reason Bhajji was thrown out of the team and now its the turn of Ashwin.Raina has been given too many chances he has become embarrassment for us,Indian fans.Same here,if Yuvi the proven match winner can thrown out for just 5-6 failures then why not Raina.Infact he was awarded grade A pay recently.Enough said abt Ishant,no more plz.That guy has become a joke with his long hair. Abt Rohit this should be the last series,enough talent has been seen by Indian fans.No more plz. Dhawan can persisted.Without Yuvi,Ghambir,Bhajji i'm not sure how we r g'ing to win WC15??

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Not sure why Jadeja was in the playing eleven..Batting all rounder..?.. Bowling all rounder..?.. 2 spinners in NZ conditions..?.. This guy had forgotten how to bat.. Binny should be playing in the next match.. Rohit Sharma is taking too many balls at the top and he doesn't make any significant score as well.. We cannot go to the world cup with this team. Need to find a replacement for Raina as well..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

India must give jaddu a small break and bring stuart binny and varun aaron in place of ishanth sharma and space rohit sharma and rahane in their respective positions. Ashwin should bat at 7 and binny should bat at 8 as he is relatively new to international level

Posted by Nampally on (January 19, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Once again Dhoni's selection of XI did India IN!. Aaron @ 145 KPH is the #1 Indian Bowler on a fast bowler's pitch. But as expected Dhoni preferred Ishant to Aaron despite his >7 runs/over record. With Shami having injury problems, Dhoni was lucky to have him come back to take 2 more wkts. in 5 overs after his injury. NZ's Anderson slogged 68 runs with no fast bowlers to contain him. Aaron would have been the answer. India gave too many runs in the last 13 overs- from 153 to 292. But for an amazingly fantastic century by Kohli, India would have been swept off the radar! Unfortunately Pujara the other guy who scores consistently, is kept out of ODI's by Dhoni. Jadeja reserves his "Ducks: when playing for India & can only score triple centuries in Ranji. Finishers Dhoni & Raina did not do their job! You cannot win just on the shoulders of one batsman, Kohli & one bowler, Shami, in a Team Game Where are the other 9 guys? The shocking part is Dhoni will go with the same XI for ODI #2!

Posted by siri12345 on (January 19, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

this result is hardly any surprise to anybody except delusional indian fans.i will not be surprised if nz wil win 5-0 this series.they r strong favourites to win 5-0.

Posted by sameer_warun on (January 19, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Now It's kholi ,I think he starts new era ! earlier It was tendulkar !! got 100 but match lost !!! sachin's 90% 100's IND lost in ODI's !!can search on cricinfo stats ! Sachin retired but kholi start ! but all these flat track bullies !

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 19, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

The two Sharma's are dragging the rest of the team down! One leaking runs at 9 per over and other wasting 4 overs to score 3 runs! It should be the other way round. If Nohit had not wasted so many balls, Kohli/Dhoni could have taken India home.

Posted by cricket_watcher on (January 19, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Hello Dohni & BCCI , To win team in abroad we need to get right batsmen, right bowlers & fielders. Batting side - We need at least 2 to 3 batsmen like Kholi, so please include Pujara & Sanju Samson(who played very well in IPL and under 19 world cup) in one day. Move Rohit Sharma to 3/4 position, he failed consistently as opener. Bowling side - Replace Ishant sharma & Ashwin with Stuwart Binny and Ishwar Pandey. Spin bowling does not work in abroad, so replace Ashwin with S Binny or Ishwar Pandey. this gives good oppor youngsters Here is my suggested team please accept . 1) Dhawan

2) Cheteshwar Pujara - Move Sharma to 3/4 position he is consistently failed as opener

3) V Kohli

4) AM Rahane/Rohit Sharma/Sanju Samson

5) SK Raina/Rohit Sharma/Sanju Samson

6) MS Dhoni

7) RA Jadeja /Sanju Samson

8) S Binny - R Ashwin should replace with Binny

9) B Kumar

10) Ishwar Pandey - I Sharma should replace with Pandey

11) Mohammed Sha

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

We can ask how many ever why is he playing why is he not playing and as fans we have been doing for years now.Majority of Indian batsmen except Kholi are flat track bullies who can score 100 200 in India and say I am great incase any of you guys remember the aussie series back home in India pitch offered some movement and bounce and your boys struggled and immediate effect complete flat tracks basically we cannot play out of India young guns all blah blah only on paper.One more thing as long as Dhoni is captaining India Raina Ashwin Ishant shall play be rest assured and Dhoni has said he will lead India in WC in Australia oz pitches pace bounce movement and we end up coming out before super 6.Indian bowling has been pathetic for years so no use talking on it.On pitches in oz nz sa dhoni plays 2 spinners as he put 4 pace bowlers slow over rate ban for captain and loss of match he has a preset notion so no use complaining live with it as long as he captains India

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

India is too much lucky that shane bond is retired too early. just imagine what would your great batsman do against him.anyway, my prediction is 3-2 in favor of nz.nz young players are playing really good.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Sharma, Dhawan, and Dhoni gave their wickets playing pull or hook shot to a short rising delivery. In Dhoni's defense, he received a faster ball that jumped up quite fast, but Sharma and Dhawan for sure have to stop playing the pull shot. This shot has cost India many a match in recent times.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (January 19, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

If not for that insane catch from mccullum Rahane also would have scored some runs. India exposed the trio of Kohli, Pujara and Rahane in SA and they got results. I think India should call pujara in the team and expose this trio again, I am sure we will get good results.

Posted by VJGS on (January 19, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

India might have lost the match, but I was really impressed to see that they came very close to the target. Almost everyone was expecting India to surrender meekly and for the first half of the Indian innings, it did seem that way. Kohli and Dhoni did exceptionally well to bring the match back into India's favor. It was a shame that they couldn't finish the match, but that doesn't really matter for Indian cricket. Results are unimportant at this stage of the WC Preparations. What is important is that they figure out a good line-up and settle down and play good, competitive cricket. It was good to see Rahane bat at #4. Pujara might replace Rohit Sharma if Kohli/Rahane can open the innings with Dhawan. I don't really see Binny getting a chance in the team any time soon - especially if Dhoni is going to play 2 spinners. But Ishant Sharma has to go. Even in bowling friendly conditions he looks out of sorts. I do think he has talent, but needs some time off to recuperate and find some form.

Posted by MPeter999 on (January 19, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Well done Boys It was a very good batting performance.. Very sad to be on the losing end after Virat Kholi's blistering century.. But 290 was always tough... Positive start to the series India.. Special Mentions to our Batting Stars Virat Kohli, M.S.D and too some extent S.Dhawan and Our new bowling star Mohammed Shami.. But Sadly just one bowling star with very little support stars (not including Ishant Sharma) and just 2 - 3 batting stars (not including Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja) is not good for the future and not good when the world cup title defense is just exactly 1 yr from now.. Come on M.S.D & Mr.Fletcher.. It is time to see beyond Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja too (ofcourse Jadeja is good with ball but not with bat).. Please give VARUN AARON a chance inplace of ISHANTH SHARMA , Please give STUART BINNY a Chance inplace of RAVINDRA JADEJA and AMBATI RAYUDU inplace of Suresh Raina... Please Give them a chance and see what they offer. Please

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

I don't thing so India team great batting line up. Home country Aswin also made century out if home opener also can not made century. Where is opening batting like shewaq gambir and sachin ganguly rohit sharma he can play middle order

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

There are no excuses for Dhoni this time as he has the fire power to use in the Team India and if he does not utilize them its a big mistake.He has to let other players get the experience of Playing in NZ this time if he really cares for the Team India to do well in the 2015 WC. His love for Raina is his doomsday as he refuses to use the only all-rounder,Stuart Binny, taken on the tour who can easily replace Raina.It is the most silly argument he is presenting that with 4 Seam bowlers the taem always lag in bowling the requisite no. of overs in time and the Captain gets penalised! But if the bowlers can get the opposition out that would not happen. What is Ishant Sahrma doing in the side in spite of his short comings in bowling in ODIs, why cant others get the baptism by fire in the actual play or else what is the need to take these guys on the tour if they are not going to be given a game to show their class. If it would be prudent for Dhoni if Ashwin bats at no 7 instead of Jaddu...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

The pattern in clear for Dhawan now , if he get a good start he will be on fire with boundaries but when reaching in 30 (30-40) he will try to pull or hook a bouncer and will give skier catch , if the opposite team drops that he will reach 90 or 100 and he will take India to strong position

For Raina, he will get a bouncer now and then because the world know that is his weakness but he want to prove them wrong when he reaches 10-16

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

time to change the playing 11 its high time tat flat pitch bullies like rohit jadeja rains should be allowed to play in games played only in india

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Well it happens with new teams.It was all Ashwins fault.If he hadnt run out Bhuvi,India could have pulled off this match and even if he had run him out,he should have gone for a few hits.India should learn from Faulkner how to win lost matches. Please please please replace Sharma with Binny or I Pandey.

Posted by SHAHUDHA on (January 19, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

once again india lose the game with v'kholi centurie.he is the averagable batsman in the world,bad luck for this time,better luck next time...keep on supporting india..

Posted by amilag on (January 19, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Quite expected result. India get beaten by other teams, this time a very low ranking team, when they tour outside India...

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 19, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

@ Matt.au, I agree with your no hand-out comment, specially to test playing nations, they should be self sufficient at the highest level. There should be some help for associate nations. Big three can ask for bigger chunk of the profit if they contribute more but how can they demand all the decision making powers and exemption from relegation?!

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (January 19, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

As soon as I saw the Indian team at the start of the match, I thought here we go again - India hasn't learned a thing from our recent SA tour! This is not like playing at home & again picking two front line spinners in your bowling attack is wrong, wrong wrong! Both Ashwin & Jadeja went for around 100 runs in each of the three matches in SA & took just two wickets between them. Today was the same & totally predictable - it simply allowed NZ to play risk-free cricket after the loss of their two early wickets & get to nearly 300 which proved a winning total. On top of this, we keep on picking the clueless Ishant - bowling poorly at just 125kph! Just simply ridiculous! Raina has been found out as a flat track bully & needs to be dropped! Rahane & Rohit needs to swap batting positions as Rohit is clearly struggling to get the innings going at the top & then inevitably gets out to a stupid shot! We are going to keep on getting thumped by choosing the wrong players when playing abroad!

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (January 19, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

As soon as I saw the Indian team at the start of the match, I thought here we go again - India hasn't learned a thing from our recent SA tour! This is not like playing at home & again picking two front line spinners in your bowling attack is wrong, wrong wrong! Both Ashwin & Jadeja went for around 100 runs in each of the three matches in SA & took just two wickets between them. Today was the same & totally predictable - it simply allowed NZ to play risk-free cricket after the loss of their two early wickets & get to nearly 300 which proved a winning total. On top of this, we keep on picking the clueless Ishant - bowling poorly at just 125kph! Just simply ridiculous! Raina has been found out as a flat track bully & needs to be dropped! Rahane & Rohit needs to swap batting positions as Rohit is clearly struggling to get the innings going at the top & then inevitably gets out to a stupid shot! We are going to keep on getting thumped by choosing the wrong players when playing abroad!

Posted by ali14pakistani on (January 19, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Predicted that Kholi will get a century and India will win, first fine was predictable - he was already 96, second was a jinx!!!!!

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (January 19, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

@Jatin Sutaria excellent point mate, this is definitely npt the best 11, Ashwin, Ishant, Rohit Jadeja cannot be in the top 11 of even Bhutan 11. Whats the point exactly to follow and root Indian team then ?? Its more like rooting for Dhoni's ego than rooting for our national team. So many chances have been given to these players and yet he is reluctant to give chances to new players rather wishing them to keep grinding in Ranji and other domestic tournaments.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

A few players of Team India should only be selected for tournaments organised in India. BCCI should seriously consider a few replacements. Rohit Sharma, who needs 22 balls to score mere 3 runs should be replaced by Chetashwar Pujara. I am pretty sure Pujara can score 3 of 6 balls and save India 16 balls. Ishant Sharma should be replaced by some genuine pacer like Varun Aaaron as even a school kid can play the most disastrous bowler in world cricket. Suresh Raina should quit cricket and be appointed as Mr. Dhoni's personal secretary. Ashwin should learn from spinners like Mishra and Ojha how to turn the bowl if he wants to be considered as a spinner. I cannot think of a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja as India hardly has any allrounders to can perform at an international level. The playing 11 should be Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Mohammad Shami for the NZ tour.

Posted by keerthitommy on (January 19, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

India should replace ishant with aaron and binny instead of ash/jaddu. Rayadu instead of raina rahane should open the innings as he has the right technique.Rohit should be moved to no 4 My team for 2nd odi dhawan rahane kohli rohit rayadu binny dhoni ash kumar aaron shami

And for the next overseas series Pujara should be drafted into odi squad.If rohit doesnt perform pujara should play ahead of him

Posted by Sakthiivel on (January 19, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Indians fought really well., Looking for another interesting series., Hope Indians pull it up.,

Posted by BVNaresh on (January 19, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

I am now convinced that Dhawan's big backlift is going to let him down on overseas bouncier tracks and as a result we have yet another FTB (Flat Track Bully)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Hey guys! Pl. try to understand Dhoni's predicament. If he dares to drop any one from the non-performing middle order, he might find himself dropped.Perhaps that is the reason why he constantly talks about 'experience' even if that means experience in receiving drubbing consistently.

Posted by sayan273 on (January 19, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

why ishant is still there in the team ? They should try umesh or varun they at least they have more pace than ishant.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Wen india won icc champions trophy becas tht time pitches in england it was end of the county seadon pitches bound to slow down nd its supported spinners this why indian team won icc trophy in england, In south africa our spinners performence was pathetiic nd its continuing in Nz nd pace bowlers not up to international sttandards except shami nd dhoni has not giviing chances to pacy bpwlers lik umesh nd varon arun, Why Raina is playing on bouncy tracks he is only subcontinent player, ofter icc has introduced new rules lik two balls nd two boouncers in one over destroyed Raina dreams.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 19, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Kohli is in a league of modern greats like kp cook clark and amla abd at a very early age who can perform anywher in the world in any format of game. Far better than likes of sanga and co. Who cant do anything outside subcontinent

Posted by Matt.au on (January 19, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Posted by SportsObserver - Cricket has survived for more than a 100 years without much financial backing and it will survive in the future as a sport...

I personally hope the current proposal you are on about makes some of the cricket boards around the world take a look at themselves.

Perhaps they may get out of their offices and start spreading the game of cricket far and wide in their own backyards. Get it to the people, make the people love the game again so they may go and pay to watch a game. Increased crowds will bring increased sponsorship/advertising as that's what the sponsors/advertisers want eyballs on their products.

It's hardly savvy marketing to pay millions to show their corporate lable at empty stadiums.

It would nearly make sense for many of the boards to throw open the games they host just to get crowds back watching cricket. Show the sponsors their money is being well spent and hopefully, spend they will.

Stop just lining up for the annual handout from above

Posted by ramsrr on (January 19, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

We have lost both in Tests and ODI in England , now in South Africa we were outplayed in Tests and ODI, and again in Newzeland today.. We are making too much experiments with youngsters and in the present team barring Kohili, Dhoni, Aswin and Inshant ( who is totally out of form) no one has real exposure playing in bouncy pitches ..We are kings of flat pitches, to suit our needs and slaves of fast track pitches.. In the past Great Cricketers were built with long stint like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman,..But now experienced cricketers who have played many international pirtches like Shewag, Gambhir and Yuvaraj who were match winners and in World Cup now being forgetten..It is the selection policy and Dhoni and his men mind set of favourite players like Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Rohit..such interference in selection by Captain's liking not good and that too world cup approaching in 2015..Australia who are building up a seemers and excellent batting order are fully geared up for Worldcup

Posted by Samdanh on (January 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Great innings from Kohli. I wonder what would happen to India performances, especially in ODIs, in absence of Kohli and Dhoni. Though India has potential to turn around to success in this ODI series in NZ, unfortunately, the overseas losses continues for now.., with pain

Posted by Imran707 on (January 19, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Well played NZ but amazingly this didn't make the headline on cricinfo, infact it is not even on the main page!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

why is india not trying out Rishi Dhawan(a meduim pacer all rounder) in place of jadeja?

Posted by himmat on (January 19, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

indians.....this ain't your tailor made pitch.......Come on New Zealand , put these indians where they belong......rock bottom !!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

@ VKohlitheGreat :shkir dhawan(a good example for a flat track bully), kusal perera(still his early days), rohit sharma(exellent example for a fast track bully, first he play as a middle order batsman when fail given a chance to open), dilshan(play well any where in the world, in his early courier he play as a middle order batsman and play well and when promote in the order play far better), virat(a great one day player), sangakkara(a great test player), raina (yes has a good avg than MJ, about fielding well MJ has the most catches in a courier), MJ(a good test player), dhoni(definetly better captain and a good finsiher than mathews), kulasekara vs bhuvi(from bowling speed did not judge whose the better one, actually bhuvi is not a permanant player in this indian team isnt it?, kulasekara once no 1 odi bowler in the world), herath vs ashwin (check bowling stat). plz publish cricinfo...

Posted by RMCroos on (January 19, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Weldone new zealand we need 5-0 !!!!!

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (January 19, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Suggestion to team India: 1)Make Kohli open 2)Bring in Pujara at three 3)Let Rohit bat at four in place of Raina 4)Keep Bhuvi and Shami but replace Ishant with Yadav 5)Try Binny instead of Ashwin but let him bat at seven 6)Have a little more faith in Jadeja but let him bat at eight.

1)Kohli 2)Dhawan 3)Pujara 4)Rohit 5)Rahane 6)Dhoni 7)Binny 8)Jadeja 9)Bhuvi 10)Shami 11)Yadav

Its worth a try...at least for overseas tours.

Posted by Pu-ja-ra on (January 19, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Ishant - why?

Does he know something we don't?

Maybe something embarrassing about the captain or selectors or board?

Otherwise, why?

Posted by couchpundit on (January 19, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Raina as pathetic as can be. Dhoni will you start thinking about cricket's future than your player management company's future?

Raina was not only hurried to hit the ball his body reaction was one of scared human.

Posted by John_Mil on (January 19, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Good Fight Team India..But could have been on the winning side if there was a real and planned fight till the end.Best of Luck to Kohli.And Dhoni is doing a fine role at the end always But he could not finish it today.On the other side I'm not sure what Rohit is doing as a Opener from the SA tour.He scored runs in Indian pitches.Now this is a real test for him.Not a Good idea wasting too many balls to get in to form.Also Jadeja,Raina, Aswin.Not sure what to say..Hope they and the team aware of their current form.Chances could have been given to Gambir,DK,Shewag,Manoj Tiwary,Irfan Pathan,Abishek and may be some of the others who are in good form in the foreign conditions after looking at the series with SA.No doubt Rohit,Jadeja can be in the team for a long time as long as Dhoni supports..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Good effort by the Indian team, considering that this is the first tour of NZ for most of these players. We got close, but the usual suspects: Rohit, Raina, Jadeja in batting and Ishant (again...why?!) in bowling let us down badly. 10 less runs while bowling and 10 more runs while batting would have done the trick. Dhoni really needs to let go of Raina...he is a spent force. Rohit...he could be given a few more chances, but the rope is getting shorter. The fact that Ishant is still here is surprising. He should have been dropped permanently after the Faulkner demolition. Otherwise, it was alright...not great, but a decent performance. I suspect that India will do much better in the 2nd ODI.

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (January 19, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Congratulations team New Zealand. A good team effort and almost everyone made contributions. Anderson is really a great find. A seam-bowling all-rounder is always a joy to watch and I hope that he fulfill's the immense talent. About India, they are an excellent ODI team regardless of where they play. But Dhoni's stubborn persistence with the likes of Ishant, Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina is quite mind-blogging really. I am not quite sure why India is so skeptical about trying out promising players like Rishi Dhawan, Parvej Rasool, Amit Misra.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

why ishant again .... and if jadeja performs like this ..soon he will be out of team ... we need couple of genuine all rounders in top order in fact fast bowling all rounders, now binny should come in place of ashwin ,,and raina should go home ..he cant play in pacy conditions ...or somebody should pour some confidence to the guy .... varun arron should come in for ishant ..and it will be wise to use rahane to open the innings in pacy conditions ..

Shikar , rahane, Kohli, Rohit ,Jadeja, Dhoni,Binny,Aswin ,Kumar,Aaron,Shami

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 19, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Well done New Zealand!! Time to show the "Big 3" that they are nothing more than big bullies. India and England want two tier system with relegation and want exemption for themselves... India were thrashed by SA, now is beaten by no. 8 ranked team...By the looks of it England will go down 0-10 in Australia. And you act like world cricket is in big trouble and you are the "Saviors". Cricket has survived for more than a 100 years without much financial backing and it will survive in the future as a sport, the main threat to the GAME of cricket is coming from you "Big 3".

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Well what to make of a match wherein the Indian captain continuously refuses to put his best 11 on the park. There is no way we can have 2 spinners playing on a deck that offers them nothing. Add to that Ishant Sharma. India just can't compete with 2 bowlers on the park - no body can. Even South Africa can't compete even if it has 2 Dale Steyns and no backup otherwise. However well done NZ - despite dropped catches it was their fielding that won them the match. Saved at least 20 runs on the field. As far as India is concerned - well I can't see why we should support the team when the best 11 is not playing. Gone were the days when there were none available. Now you have Aaron and Pandey cooling the heels and they are destined to be cast aside only to be thrown into the equation when it wouldn't matter.

Posted by HariVenks on (January 19, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

I think it is better either Ashwin or Jadeja play outside the subcontinent. Playing both does not make sense. raina/rohit can bowl one or two overs also Kohli.. Jadeja's batting is a concern for indian team. He is not behaving like a batsmen who scored 2 triple centurie in domestic matches. I think 292 was chaseable. I am very impressed with Corey Anderson. Man..he hits a looong way....he reminded me of greatbatch..though greatbatch was an opener..I think after haris and crain.,s he is going to be a good allrounder that Kiwis needed. I really wish that he gets chances in Test matches. Obviously he will get a good offer in IPL. but someone should educate him about the priorities. guys like him, Warner, Gayle; Dhawan will make test matches more intresting...

Posted by shrastogi on (January 19, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

The reasons for India not batting first on a good pitch after winning the toss could have been 1. Indian bowlers come under pressure in chase by opposition 2. Indian team has been chasing rather well. Though there is no need to make lot of changes Rohit Sharma, Raina & Ishant Sharma cant take their places in the side for granted and their performances should be montiored match by match. When would Jadeja contribute with bat in an open match situation - the last time he did so was in Australia. Despite all this I think India should do well in the series (I'm an Indian you know :-)).

Posted by CodandChips on (January 19, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Why do India insist on picking Raina and Ishant Sharma time and time again. Makes no sense. Also why Jadeja is such a poor international batsman, with 3 triple hundreds in domestic cricket, is beyond me.

Time of the young all rounder has arrived. Corey Anderson of New Zealand, James Faulkner of Australia, and Ben Stokes of England (and hopefully Chris Woakes/David Willey/Scott Borthwick as well).

Posted by sumit1982 on (January 19, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

I think some of the current Indian batsmen need to go and play some county cricket in England to improve the batting.

For gr8 example is rahul dravid when he play for Kent and Scotland.

Posted by sergio11 on (January 19, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

@@ThilankaK...sorry to tel man..poor knwledge abt at game...Jaddu and Raina batted most of there career at number 7 and 6 respectivly...for number 7 batmans thatz amazing avg dude...:) Rohit also..only last year he strtd to open for Ind..he made 1200+ runs dat year...how many games have Rahane played my dear frnd??about the bolwing i cannt see a worst bolwing avg in dat...jaddu 32 and most importnly ecnomically of 4.70 is just awesum...shami 28...is awesum dude...IND became N0 1 by winning 6 series in a row..by winning world cup and champions thropy..dey hav won in NZ in 2009 with a even weaker bowlng line up...:) dey have won series in AUS in 2007..it nt like some teams who havnt won a series abroad for 14 long years...

Posted by sony_sr on (January 19, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

How long can dhoni keep ishant sharma in team?

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (January 19, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Thankyou Dhoni you have won us the world cup but have also brought our team back to the dark 90s. Thankyou for your stubborness in selecting the proven failures in Ashwin, Ishant, Sir Jadeja and ofcourse the mighty Rohit Sharma. If things keep on going like this, you and BCCI's greed will kill the Indian cricket, never take things and fans for granted, just look at the popularity of hockey before and after 80s. If you just keep on losing and failing and still being stubborn then thats what happens. If Ishant and Ashwin plays again in the next match, I am personally going to boycott this entire series and the tests afterwards.

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

This kind of stupid team selection is done by a captain who is well past his prime in captaincy..still if Dhoni givs anothr chance to Ishant Sharma itll b a disaster and Dhoni will lose upon his fan following..also Rohit Sharma is a disaster in d team..n Raina..Dhonis friend..similarly Ashwin too..n jadeja must now b considered a mere bowler..no more an allrounder please..itll b lyk abusing players lyk kallis..team India's bench shud b: Dhawan..pujara..kohli..rahane..gambhir dinesh karthik..dhoni..kedar jadhav..binny..rishi dhawan..rasool..jadeja( as a bowler)..amit mishra..ojha..aaron..ishwar pandey..shami ahmed..b kumar..u yadav.. and if r captain still persists widh both d greattt Sharmas, Raina and Ashwin our dream of retainin d world cup will b in jeopardy..n d only reson will b MSD..simply bcoz d players who deservd chances dint get it..n also d captain of d team must b either gambhir or pujara..kohli needs anodr couple of years experience..he will b one of d greats to hv played

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

prior to the team selection I had mentioned in one of my comments that vinay kumar is a class bowler.The selectors need to persist with him.see, today itself he bundeled out punjab single handedly that too after suffering from an injury.Ishant on the contrary and unlike vinay lacks certain essential qualities for being effective at intl. level.His wrist position while releasing the ball and seam position are not ideal. Bhuvneshwar too has become too predictible.His delivery mechanism is such that the ball reaches the batsmen at a very convenient slanted angle.consequently his incoming balls are sighted in advance by the batsmen.so he needs to work out a curtly Ambrose like straightened trajectory for the ball to be deceptive and penetrative. Despite repeated failures Rohit is I maintain, a class act.Dhoni needs to boost his confidence or if things still dont work out well he may be asked to swap batting position with Rahane. such little things may brighten prospects for India.

Posted by realfan on (January 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

i dont understand the strategy of dhoni going with two spinners for every ODI matches irrespective of bowling conditions... clearly the seamers are more than effective under the new rules, why do you need an extra spinner( ashwin ) who is more liabilty ( no fielding, no batting, no wickets either ) ....

Posted by vrkp on (January 19, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

First of well done kiwis for a good win. From Indian point of poor team selection and poor captaincy from dhoni caused defeat.

We can't win anything unless we get rid of bowlers like ishant and vinay Kumar. Ushant was supposed to be generating steep bounce and faster according to msd but in reality his fastest ball was 133kph. Even bhuvi was bowling constantly in the mid 130s most of the time. Mad has to swallow his pride and pick pujara instead of raina. We can't have both raina and jadeja in away matches anymore. Rohit will be persisted for fe more matches bcos of his batting in 2013.

Msd captaincy was Poor esp when it comes to rotating bowlers. Its a unpardonable mistake that your best bowler on the day (shami) could not get to finish his 10 overseas while rubbish bowlers such as ishant is given same no. Of overseas as shami.

If msd wants to win the series, he shd drop ishant forever from all formats. Also, only two out of three raina, ashwin and jadeja shd be in the final 11

Posted by Marby on (January 19, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

To all the Indian Fans....sorry, but chicken little has struck, and the sky is falling on all your team. Please send for reinforcements and call up the deli under 11'S because obviously one lose against the Black Caps is a national disaster. Gratz to the NZ team for playing well, and keep up the good performance.

Posted by realfan on (January 19, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

what evrybody is forgetting is ," the new rules " ruined the bowling, i am not saying this because india lost, even if they had chased it down i would have said this, i would haave sadi INDIA WON DUE TO NEW RULES i mean look at ht eteams score, scoring 280+ is as easy as you can get, not onlyt in india, even in australia two teams score 300+, now dont tell their bowlers are mediocre or their batsmen are supireor.... india chased 350+ twice due to new rules... thats why the spinners around the world has no mercy... they just cant contain anything in middle overs.... this rule change is absolute disaster for everyteams bowling department.... there was a time when you score 250+ win was assure to you, now is the time where you need to score 320+ to make sure you defend a target...... you might say that i told this becaus india lost, but think yourself and reply .. this 4 fielders outside 30 yard circle is absolute disaster...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

well played kiwis!!! Ishant- we miss you, come back to india, we will play high jump.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@the pacifist - well said sir, very balanced comment and very sporting of you to acknowledge the NZ team too. look forward to good debates with you...

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (January 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Oh and forgive Rahane. The man was actually unlucky, unlike Ishant. Plus, he's proved himself i tougher circumstances.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

mr dhoni how long u will gv chances to raina, jadeja and ashwin , mind you your playing for indian team not chennai sk , we dont mind losing play the reserves binny , rayadu etc

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

Pl drop Rohit and Raina. Why Dhoni or team management hesitates to drop these liabilities even after repeated chances...

Posted by pratit on (January 19, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

Ishant Sharma must himself be wondering what he needs to do to get dropped. Pujara needs to be included in place of Raina. Jadeja's batting has also degraded. Two spinners do not need to be included outside the subcontinent. Binny needs a go. He can't do much worse. India also should have included Rishi Dhawan in this tour. Everybody needs a chance to show what they have got. No point sticking with proven failures.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

There is nothing wrong with the current Indian lineup. Only 3 players have played in NZL before this series - Raina, Dhoni and Ishant. So lets wait and see the series result. There are still 4 games left!

Posted by RaviMani on (January 19, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

if kohli not concentrate on the matches india will score 100 or 150 .. every time india will depend on kohli.. openers does't give good start.they given few matches only.so india need good and consiteny openers like one of the best side is sehwag.i don't know why MSD and indian selectors not catch viru.he is the one of the most senior player in tem india.we can't imagine WORLD CUP 2015 INDIA TEAM without him.

Posted by realfan on (January 19, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

mechaglan is aboslute gem of a find for NZ bowling... this guys has already has 47 wickets in 19 matches, just 19, wow.... this guy is special.... i always has an eye on kane williamson, he is true batsman, great find, not to forget anderson, ross taylor is my fav, always impressed with tim southee,and man this milne guy can extrack huge pace... this newzeland team is the team to beat in WC15, as an indian fan i am extremly happy that newzleans won, hope dhoni learns some lessons about team selection....all the best for the WC15...:)

Posted by zaafee on (January 19, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

high time to kick few players and rethink of playing 11 on overseas conditions .. Ishant and raina should be kicked varun / umesh ambati shouold be played in there place overseas condition spin allrounder jadeja not justifying his selection as allrounder stuart binny should be tried

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

How many times must Raina fail for them to realize he should never get on a plane to go overseas?

Posted by RaviMani on (January 19, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

remove rohith sharma from odi's and select sehwag instead of him...today stats says he took 20 balls to made 2 runs and lost a match by 27 runs,,,,,.........

Posted by eastorwestcricketisthebest on (January 19, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Is indian batting too much dependent on KOHLI?? Remembering old days when sachin was expected to hit a century in every game..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

Dhoni stop supporting non performing CSK guys in the Indian team

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Looks like Indians bowling, fielding and batting let them down! NZ 5 - 0 IND!

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (January 19, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

First comment here! As an Indian supporter, I have to say, Kudos to McClenaghan. Brilliant bowling. Anderson was brutal. Taylor and Williamson were very good as well, and the fielding was spectacular! Well done! The Kiwis deserved this. :)

To the ever-loyal and forgiving fans on my side, calm down. The boys fought superbly well. Special mention goes to Kohli and Shami. Much has been said about Kohli, but Shami deserves plenty of praise. He looks to be a far more stable and effective prospect than Ishant was in '08. His action is clean, he has the yorker and the bouncer, is accurate, can swing and seam both the old and new ball both ways and he can bowl fast! Ishant and Raina should be dropped though. Too many chances. Maybe Rohit can get a breather for a match or two.

In our previous tours, we always looked like we were going to lose, even with the legends. This team had just pushed the most fearsome attack in their own backyard and are giving HOPE. Be patient, they will win soon. :)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Time for a certain Stuart Binny I guess..!!

Posted by Blackholesun on (January 19, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

What is wrong with Raina and Jadeja ? They haven't performed in last 8-9 ODI'S. Jadeja is looking more of a bowling all-rounder. He is going through severe drought when it comes to runs. Kholi is enjoying his ongoing form, only point of concern is that he looked bit impatient when he is into 90's.

Ishant Sharma is good for nothing. Neither can he bat nor can he bowl and on top this he is leaking runs. He is also a weak link when it comes to fielding. Other players should be given chance. Binny seems to be the ideal candidate. Tail MUST contribute in the run department.

Got a couple of questions. 1. What is WASP, displayed in the top right corner?

2. How much today's loss dents the Indian hopes to remain number 1 in ODI. The way the Australians are going there is another 5-0 whitewash on the cards and they were only six points behind India.

Posted by ABDULLABAIG on (January 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Rohit sharma faces 23 balls for getting just 3 runs, it is worstwhile for a opening batsmen toooo, rather than him a bowler can simply bat for getting 3 runs easily, he cant suited for BOUNCE pitches, please take Ambati rayudu and stuart binny instead of RG SHARMA and SURESH RAINA, Raina performance is not good as early, however he is playing just beacuse of DHONIs support, immediately give chance to young upcoming players, KOHLI is all time best player for india especially in chasing, his TON undergone in VAIN , beacuse TAIL ENDERS not upto the markkkkkk for getting even 20 runs especially in all caesss

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

India will win the series

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

ind shd throw away sharma and raina due to continuous poor form send them a team/county cricket to improve in bouncy pitches

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

@ ThilanK nice to see the stats but why have you left out Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. They are not just international standard players. They are the worlds best ODI players along with De Villiers, Amla and Sangakkara. Now that you have put out the stats find me a team with a better stats. If you would like to know Jayawardane averages less than Rohit, Raina and he also plays in some of the flattest tracks like SSC. In terms of ODI the batting is composed of reasonably good players and two of the best in the world making them potent anywhere (even today we made 250+ in the first game overseas). Apart from Jadeja, Shami and to an extent Ashwin we are struggling. Another interesting point is that the general scoring rates have risen. We have seen the relative ease with which 270 or 290 have been conceeded and chased in Aus but no one blames their bowlers.

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (January 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

ok no need to worry, invite NZ to Ind for 7 odis and thrash them. ranking will remain untouch. no need to worry. all is well, all is well, all is well...

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

we should bring in the following changes atleast in the near future.....DK, Manoj Tiwary/Pujara in for Rohit and Raina...Binny/irfan/anyother fastbowling allrounder in for Jadeja...Rasool/AmitMishra/Ojha in for Ashwin...Ishwar Pandey/Unandkadt/Varun Arun instead of Ishant Sharma....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

so the sub continent track bully started to score outside too,

Posted by pushpinder375 on (January 19, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

i cannot understand why ravinder jadeja is considered allrounder. when ever india needs him as batsman he always disappoints

Posted by thegreencaptain on (January 19, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

@ GRVRJP nice predictions you had for this series buddy boy, well here's one down the drain, good luck for the rest of the series!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Instead of playing Ishant Sharma who has been awful for ages, India should play Stuart Binny who will at least bowl better and gives us an extra lower order batsmen who can hit hard. Not to mention an excellent fielder as well.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Out side subcontinent with this attitude of play by 4 players Rohit,Raina,Jadeja and Ashwin ,Ishant if it continues it will big shame for India and if Indian captain still not bothers and tell them to change their way we are gonna loose most of times with these players..may be some occasional wins

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

this is like 90s where you have all the team members at one side of weighing scale and Sachin on other side and still Sachin was winning.... exactly same happening now.... kohli is better than Rohit, raina, jadeja put together.... dhawan is well.like.sehwag, can't.complain about him and rahane is way better than what you dhoni made him look like.... and shami is far better than ishant, ashwin, jaddu put together and nothing to complain about bhuvi. .. so it's literally playing with 2 and 1/2 batsmen (kohli 1, dhawan and rahane 2 and dhoni half) and 1 and 3/4 bowler, ( shami 1 and bhuvi 3/4) .... so a team of literally 4 and 1/4 players.playing.... lol... and this team wants to win a WC15....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Oh dear mighty India has been humbled. Who would have thought?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

If indian team wants to win 2015 World cup, we should remove some players on the basis thr performence on bouncy pitches nd thr technique it suitable fr Ausies conditions.. following players doesnt deserve to play in the Team.. 1. Ishanth 2. Jadeja 3.Ashwin 4.Raina 5.Dhawan 6. Rohith sharma..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

dhawan gambhir kohli pujara rahane d.karthik dhoni binny/jadeja i.pathan u.yadav b.kumar/shami

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

some stats against Ishant... NZ: 292 in 50 overs, (NZ-Ishant): 220 in 41 Overs so as an average NZ could score 268 in 50 Overs (if ishant delivers as other bowlers combined economy) IND: 268 all out ..... stats says Ishant caused IND this match....isnt it......

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

msd has a very unique thing of winning toss every time, but why.choose to bowl everytime??? don't expect batsmen to chase down the mammoth total which your bowlers set ..... first get rid.of that worthless two sharma's out of team...and stop favouring your ipl teammates....

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Indian ODI superstar's batting averages; Rohit Ave 35.69 (just got 200+) Dhawan Ave 43.55 (It's coming down after every match) Rahane Ave 24.68 (latest find) Raina Ave 35.39 (short ball bully) Jadeja Ave 30.04 (best all-rounder in the world) (Only dhoni & kholi is the international standard players) Let's see bowling averages; Jadeja Ave 32.47 (last year best bowler) Ashwin Ave 32.78 (they're main bowler) Shami Ave 28.14 (they're spearhead) I.Sharma Ave 31.29 (most hardworking bowler in world cricket) Bhuvneshwar Ave 32.67 (country's most swing bowler) (It's bating & bowling records parity much same!LOL) Then tell me how India Is NO.1?? & I wonder how they're won the world cup!!! I can't see India will win outside India with this team!!! I have one question, are these payers only India having out of 1.2 billion ??? It's a shame !!! SORRY my dear Indian fans !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Ishant Sharma needs to be Dropped for ever..His place in the Team shows India a very boring and brittle team..Why did they took Umesh,Varun and Pandey?? Binny should come instead of Ashwin or Jadeja next match...

Posted by Rags57 on (January 19, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

It is difficult to understand Dhoni's logic playing Ishant, that too in one-day games. His batting is not suited to limited overs games and he is no great fielder. He has been clouted around in the end overs and has struggled for consistency yet Dhoni bowls him for the 48th and 50th overs. Will Dhoni change at least the next time by bringing in either Stuart Binny (as an all rounder) or Ishwar Pandey (as a strike bowler)? The same is almost the case with Jadeja - he is a great all rounder in sub-continent tracks but not in Australia, NZ, England or South Africa. He has been an utter failure in batting and is ineffective as a bowler. So if Ishwar plays for Ishant then Binny should come in for Jadeja. And the third change Dhoni needs to make is to bring in Rayudu for Raina - too many failures for Raina outside the subcontinent - we need new faces. Else we are going to lose the series 4-1 or 5-0.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

@GavinFrank: It's not the first time the Kiwis have looked dangerous and been touted as potential World Cup Champions. They had better squads in the 1979, 1983 and 1992 World Cups but couldn't cross the semi final hurdle.

It's true that they are good enough to beat anyone on their day BUT in order to win a major ICC tournament, you have to go all the way. And so, I would be very surprised to see them lift the World Cup in 2015. They'll play spoil sport by ruining someone's tournament but they fall flat on their face when their big moment comes. That's the way it's been so far. Of course, there's a first time for everything - my disclaimer :)

Posted by csowmi7 on (January 19, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

@ThilanaK Out of Tendulkar's 49 ODI centuries 14 have led to defeats. Thats still a win percentage of 71.5% each time he scores a century. Out of his 51 Test centuries 11 have led to defeats. That means close to 79% of the time his centuries have led to a win or a draw. Compare this to Kumar Sangakarra. Out of his 16 ODI centuries 6 have led to defeats. Thats a win percentage of 62.5% when he scores a century. Kohli on the other hand has scored 18 centuries with only 2 leading to defeat. Thats still a win percentage of 88.8% when he scores a century. Please check your stats.

Posted by ketaann on (January 19, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

well done virat. What a brave inning! I guaranteed that jadeja,raina,rahane,(ashwin+all tail enders) could not past their series tallies beyond your 123 in this match even though they played all 5 matches. Can anyone tell me what is role of 5 bowlers, somehow bowled 50 overs and consider anything below 300 acheivement. Only two players(kohli,dhoni) are able to play international. Kohli has the bright future but not team india. He will score heavily but bowlers n other batsmen will waste that.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

now it's clear rahane won't play fir rest of the series, again project raina will begin, jaddu and ashwin are permanent, so is rohit sharma and ishant sharma, probably rahane, manoj tiwary, varun, pandey should get a citizenship of some other country, they may well become legends there....

Posted by sergio11 on (January 19, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

@@super_six..nobody is comfortable wth the pull in seaming and fast tracks..ENG players played all there life in decent enough fast and lively pitchs back in ENG bt wen MJ strtd to attack then consistently with short ball..dey struggled..wen its at ur eye level..most times ul be blinder with ur bat wen u try to pul..is defntly nt a controled short by any means...some time i may go ur way..some days it wont...:) its al abt finding the right ball to pull...and i dnt think this Ind players are worst players of dat short..virat played really well,Skihar too..Rohit never had the prob so as Rahane and dhoni..it Raina and Jadeja who look uncomfortable...i am a big fan of jadeja..bt sending him at number 7 at dese tracks is nt a gud idea..Binny can bat at 7,whch wil bring the balling opions and also its time to kick ishant out..Aaron and Binny must play instead of ishant and ashwin..ind always bgn slow strtrs..m sure dey wil win the series..

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Indian team still struggling in depth overs that's where we lost the momentum in this match hopefully dhoni nd his team will bounce back hard in next match !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

Indian openers doesnt hav a skills to bat on bouncy tracks, Rohith cant face new ball on seaming condition, Raina cant play bouncers nd cant bat on bouncier pitches, Jadeja cant bat nd cant bowl, Ishanth sharma doesnt hav a talent to play cricket, our spinners has been disastrous in one days, since one yr indian bowling has been pathetic nd trajedy bt still Jadeja,ashwin,ishanth has been included our team has young players bt stil our fielding has been weak, our captain reluctant to change bowling attack, coming world cup in Australia nd our team does not hav a talent to win it..

Posted by Sandt on (January 19, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

India should drop Raina, Ishant from the team. Also need to bring Rohit SHarma to middle order instead of Opening. He is not able to score quickly in the beginning.That is bringing pressure to other players.Also bring Pujara into the side. We need an attacking Opener in the mould of shehwag. Currently Uthappa is a good choice.He is an attacking player and have played international cricket earlier also.Now seems to be batting more sensibily.

Posted by cricketanand12 on (January 19, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Ys Indians are flat track bullies.England,West Indies ,Zimbabwe all had flat tracks. Remember you cant chase over 280 every time.dhawan was playing beautifully.raina's dismissal was the result of brilliant catching.actually weak link in india's batting is no. 4 and no. 7.Jadeja has bowled well but hasnt performed well as a batsman. In bowling Ishant hasnt bowled well and needs to be replaced because you cannot bowl too many full tosses abd short balls.varun aaron has somegood pace and can trouble thr batsman with some fuller lenth delieveries.

Posted by henchart on (January 19, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Why is MSD hell bent on opting to field every time he wins the toss in ODI's?Barring VK and to less extent himself and Dhawan none of the batsman be it Raina,Sharma ,Rahane or Jadeja has what it takes to chase down targets on pitches of Aus,SA and NZ .Pujara has got to be in ODI playing XI.Technically ,he is better than Sharma and Raina put together.Chasm of talent between Kohli and rest of his teammates reminds one of that between SRT and his teammates in early and mid 1990s.What a lone ranger SRT used to be those days especially on Aus and SA pitches.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

@IndianPunter: Excellent points, you said it succinctly.

Posted by njr1330 on (January 19, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

Just remind me... Has there ever been an ODI in which Kohli DIDN'T score a hundred!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Kohli looks like the best batsman in the world at the moment. Cook, Clarke, and Amla have all had some slides in form (especially Cook!) relative to 2012. India have another batsman in the top 5 of the world & that is Pujara. How can Raina, Rahane, or Rohit keep him out? Rohit has done well in overseas ODIs so needs another chance or two but not Raina. Every time the bowling gets good, Raina and Yuvraj fail. Every time. At least Rohit played off world's fastest Johnson on home pitches. Ishant's life membership of the team is a joke.

Posted by trail_blazer_cric on (January 19, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Nz played very well....in all 3 depts... india's overseas woes continue.....bowling was always the problem but in the recent past in overseas condition(SA odi series for example)...the batting has come under the scanner.....kohli is the only player who looks more than convincing in all formats of the game.....rest either have a withered temperament or accustomed to playing in home conditions...the worst thing is that odi performances of india in alien conditions are plummeting drastically before the WC 2015....winning the WC in aus-nz conditions would be the toughest thing ever for the team....i have a feeling that odi WC 2007 scenario would be repeated in 2015

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 19, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

@Shane Bond on (January 19, 2014, 11:05 GMT). Are you that famous Shane Bond from NZ, the great fast bowler from the last decade? Your facebook photo certainly suggests that! Man what a bowler you were, with such a perfect beautiful bowling action. Because of your injuries the cricket world lost a great bowler! I hope Adam Milne from your nation is able to have a long and fruitful cricket career. He may well be the fastest bowler in the cricket world today.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

I think we should not play dhawan as he is too aggressive ans can't play short ball, so replace him with Vijay, and rohit is permanent as he has too much talent.... even.kohli was very aggressive in the end, so we should Olay with anirudh srikanth and as we can see that's the end of rahane's career, replace him with badrinath. and we have fab 4 ( raina, dhoni, jaddu, ashwin) to follow and what is bhuvi doing, he.is.not giving enough runs for Indian batsmen to chase, so replace him with Vinay Kumar and shami picks all wickets so we should replace him also with dinda May be and we have legendary ishant who is very unlucky..... this US the future team for WC15..... lol.... lol.... dhoni lost my respect.... I was a huge fan of him especially in ODI, but anything has its own limit.... and my respect to dhoni reached its limit...

Posted by sreni on (January 19, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

For heaven's sake drop I.Sharma and ask Rohit to look for scoring chances within 10 deliveries else he needs to get out..cant waste 20 odd and then getting out. Also why Sami is batting below I.Sharma ? Though it will be little matter of concern, since I.Sharma should not be in team in any case. Drop Ashwin also for Binay/Arun , since in NZ , spinners are not going to be of any help..

Posted by mzm149 on (January 19, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

A reality check for flat track bullies.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

THIS is more than a wakeup call for the champs; take my word for it ; the kiwis will be very prominent in the next WC; for all you know it will be them vs Aussies in the finals; as for us, in this area , & with our present crop, it does not look promising at all; the thinktank instead of wasting time on the spinners should blood the Aaarons & Pandeys, & leave the spinners at home; our openers esp Rohit & raina esp are easy prey in this part of the world; but do we have any worthy replacements; sorry a big NO.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

THIS is more than a wakeup call for the champs; take my word for it ; the kiwis will be very prominent in the next WC; for all you know it will be them vs Aussies in the finals; as for us, in this area , & with our present crop, it does not look promising at all; the thinktank instead of wasting time on the spinners should blood the Aaarons & Pandeys, & leave the spinners at home; our openers esp Rohit & raina esp are easy prey in this part of the world; but do we have any worthy replacements; sorry a big NO.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

overall gud performance by Dhoni and kohli..shikhar, rohit,and raina shold be rested for next match..and in place of ishant plz use varun aaron

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 19, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

It's not the lack of talent but the lack of judgement from DHONI is selecting players which can do well on different type of pitches. I think IShant Sharma needs to go for a while. Give chances to new seamers, something N hasn't seen before. Binny in place of Ashwin, and Aron in place of Ishant. Also Mishra can be handy vs NZ as south africa ,new zealand are most ordinary players of leg spin.

Posted by mark2011 on (January 19, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Its foolish to think that every time Kholi scored a 100 that Ind gonna win...it will for some time but not forever...there's afailure for every one.. even SRT scored many 100s where Indi lost even badly....so no big difference to VK also.

Posted by ListenToMe on (January 19, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Reason for India's defeat: India went with 5 bowlers including Jadeja and Aswin. They cannot win matches abroad with both Jadeja and Aswin in team. Also they included the once in an year strike bowler Ishant! If they want to win matches, just make the following changes: 1. Remove either Jadeja or Aswin and include a batsman, say Binny or Rayudu. 2. Remove Ishant and include Aron. Aron has proved his ODI skills many times.

Posted by BMDeep on (January 19, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Well played NZ, the better team won today. Vkohli almost came to the rescue today but today it reaffirms d fact that Cricket is a team game , not an individual one. I really feel Corey Anderson is d diff bn d two teams. Ind picking early wkts followed by a rebuilding by d opposition is always on cards as their bowling in middle and death overs is utter waste. But if it wasnt for Corey, Nz wud have probably ended at around 260-270 which wud have been a diff game altogether. Not only wid d bat, he is turning out to b a serious contender wid ball aswel. He is not only keeping it tight but also picking wkts wid good balls makes him pretty much like Freddie. I for one wud look out for him in d future he deserves lot more credit than anyone else in d NZ team. I honestly feel Jaddu is turning out to b a come and goner wid d bat off late and his presence at d crease is making an already long Ind tail even more longer. I expect Ind batsmen to take up some responsibility from d next games.

Posted by Rajan_Sandilya on (January 19, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Kohli's ton has resulted in match winnings innings and hence is better than Sachin. That is such an immature comment!

1. Kohli's chase in two Matches against Australia: Who will mention Dhawan and Rohit century innings. It was because of them that Kohli cud take the battle ahead and chase mammoth targets

2. And With Sachin, name one player who supported him in the chase. Chasing 350,Sachin scores 175 .Where were other?

The number of examples are more and Text allowed by cricinfo is less. Take this example as a hint and do not make unfair comparisons!

Posted by Shrikar_11 on (January 19, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

Thank you rohit sharma for continuing to be a failure who can only score against the west indies.. every time he plays India actually play with 10 people and the opposition play 12. Lets not talk about ishant, at least that guy slightly decent, rohit is just a waste of space..

Posted by humi_cric on (January 19, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

Overall both teams played well, Virat Kohli once again showed his class. I am not expecting too much changes in the Indian side, as MSD doesn't like to change the combination (either winning or loosing), so may be only one change. Please don't drop Ishant Sharma, he is just going through the rough patch, bit unlucky (to be honest, I want to see NZ score big so that we can see Power hitters from India to try to chase down the huge total, and without I. Sharma, would be little difficult). Anyway good luck to both teams from a Pakistani Fan.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (January 19, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

I stop Watching Indian cricket and fallowing their scores! Would some one tell me whats the result please ??

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

Its been a good cricket game to watch ! its always good to watch when its not a one sided one . Whatever is going to happen in this series this new Indian side would learn a lot of this, which is good for its future....and no point in blaming Dhoni or anyone else for the loss. Lets keep supporting our home teams and wait for them to evolve.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (January 19, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

NZs population is less that my city of Bangalore, yet they have beaten India so many times. Our flat pitch kings(barring MSD and Kohli) continue to be sitting ducks against quality bowling. Well done NZ, thanks for teaching our so called superstars, who are treated like kings by the media and the masses, that its a different ball game compared to playing in Indore and gwalior and Rajkot. Raina can invest in yet another Porsche, but he'll never be able to play the short ball!

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (January 19, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

Indian players are superheros at flat small Indian grounds. But can't put bat to ball in swinging & seaming conditions.Now captain cool will say their was bit of dew.:P

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

@Rohit Ramesh NZ won against saffas in south africa and england in england. What are you on about?

Posted by akash112001 on (January 19, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

Too much dependence on Kohli and Dhoni.... They should be backed up with players like Pujara, Murali Vijay.... Bring Murali Vijay and Pujara in to the team in place of Rohit and Raina... Rohit can move down to No.4 in place of Raina... Even Rahane can open with Dhawan and Rohit can move down to No.4...

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

@yorkslanka: Your comment should be directed at yourself and your fellow Lankan fans who quite frankly are an absolute embarrassment. I used to think Lankan fans were sporting cricket lovers but reading the juvenile comments from your entourage on Cricinfo - and over a lengthy period - that opinion has to be revised. Your comment below puts you squarely into the very majority that you're mocking.

As for cricket being played on docile pitches, you should stick to the fare being offered in the UAE currently. No doubt, SL's current lead against your "brothers" has given you an extra dose of arrogance to take the opportunity to fire water balloons here, all after a single ODI.

As @Iceman29 pointed out, pls. look at your own countrymen before taking on a holier than thou attitude.

Posted by Harizs on (January 19, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

As a Indian fan this is very upsetting not bcos of loss but bcos of dhonis stubbornness, y is he still keeping ishant rohit and raina in the team ,every team know the trick how to get raina out now, ishant is worst bowler. n pls get rid of Rohit sharma one of the most boring opening batsmen, he does nothing but add pressure to other batsmen(please bring openers like Robbin Uthappa). dhawan need to play more sensibly , rahane can be given couple of chances. jadeja is not a batsmen, bhuvi did well,shami was good as earlier but hemore needs support from other end too.he cant take all wickets alone. please for god sake get rid of non peerformers n stop favourtism ..this is really hurting .(if possible drop rohit forever n give chance to some desevring player ..rohit is wasting his talent..bring robin uthappa back n prepare ) Next XI shd be Dhawan,rahane,kholi,binny,dhoni, jadeja or ashwin, raydu (coz i really dont wanna see rohit ) shami,bhuvi or pandey, yadav..PLS PUBLISH

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Please stop giving chances to ishant,rohit, ashwin and raina

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (January 19, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Another lost by Indians outside home.. Proving they are no 1 team only at their home.. Indian team is a 2 great players with bunch of flat track bullys and a poor bawling dep.. Kohli and dhoni are great players as they can perform anywhere.. Ishant is a shame.. They should introduce some players like bunny and s.samson.. I m Sri Lankan But I really respect kohli and dhoni..

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

Now It's kholi ,I think he starts new era ! earlier It was tendulkar !! got 100 but match lost !!! sachin's 90% 100's IND lost in ODI's !!can search on cricinfo stats ! Sachin retired but kholi start ! but all these flat track bullies !

Posted by baranasai on (January 19, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

I entirely agree that the the Kiwis played well and deserved the win.The confidence they showed on their bowling so many dot balls and beating the indian batsmen /again the Kiwi batsmen attacking Indian bowlers -toothless Ishant Ashwin and Jadeja not able to contain the batsmen and gain some respect tell the story. It is accepted that the Indian openers did not start well-so we lost. I am not very happy about yorkslanka criticising Indian fans as being not liked by the whole cricketing world. If you don't like india it is your opinion not by every body. so please stop making high handed accusation. yes we don't have good bowlers and did not bowl well in important times. But we have also won so many good contests against good teams. Indians have friends all over the sporting world

Posted by unbeleaveable on (January 19, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

This going one good series, India played better than I expected and Kohli must be the best ODI batter in the world at the moment. India will only get better, so to win the series NZ needs to get better. Can they? Yes we still got Neesham a better bowling all rounder than Anderson, who bowls at 140kms and when batting hits the ball very cleanly and Mills who on the slower pitches like Hamilton and Auckland is very awkward at the start of the innings.t Also Guptill has been out of form, when he does find form he is very hard to stop. Analysing India, their opening bowlers were very good but the first change is a liability, and their spinners will be harder to play on slower pitches. They have two of the best players in the world in Kohli and Dhoni, they could be the difference between the 2 sides although NZ has batters right through who on their day can change a game. Williamson is the key for the Black Caps as he has the ability to make any attack look ordinary.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

Since 1 yr Raina could not made fiftey runs in his last 20 matches bt he is stil in the team, In case of ishanth why he is playing one day matches, even i am better player compare to them in bowling nd batting..

Posted by StreetView on (January 19, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

Rohit Sharma took 100 matches to prove his talent. Now will he take 200 more matches to score consistently? Oh wait. He is still scoring single-digit scores.LOL . As long as Dhoni plays the 2 Sharmas(Rohit & Ishant) India wont win anything, not even a tea cup :D - Indian fan.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 19, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

India have a fine batting lineup, but they need to perform every game because their bowling can't defend average totals.

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (January 19, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

So called World champions got beaten by no 8 team in the world. MOM award should be given to JADEJA & ISHANT.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

I don't understand why dhoni is persisting on Raina, ishant. This is definitely favouritism on the part of the Indian captain. They should have been dropped many years ago. They are a burden. If dhoni cannot do this, he should be removed as the captain. Pujara and varun Aaron should replace them. Ashwin is yet another candidate who must be dropped. A fast bowler could take place or have a wrist spinner take his place. Dhawan and Rohit should be persisted with till the end of the series. They might improve.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (January 19, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Must say Kohli is a machine. Raina fell to another short ball.He needs some serious fine tuning in his technique against short pitch stuff.Dhoni failed at wrong time. He takes the team to victory in 9/10 matches from situation like today.

Posted by keerthitommy on (January 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Raina ,Ishant should be out of the team. Raina cant play outside subcontinent.No need to say anything about ishant .He is the worst bowler that India has ever produced.There are many players who are waiting for their chances. Rohit is a flat track bully.India should have added pujara in the odi team.He has the right technique to play in overseas. Dhawan should be patient.He should learn how to convert his starts into a big score. It is not right to play 2 spinners in overseas condition.Jadeja is a better bowler than ashwin in overseas conditions but ashwin is a better batsmen than jadeja.India want to strengthen their bowling so i would pick jadeja ahead of ashwin.Binny should replace ashwin .If india want to strengthen their bowling aaron should be played.Instead of ishant india should play ishwar pandey..Instead of raina india should play rayadu.So my team for the next odi Dhawan rohit kohli rahane rayadu dhoni binny/jadeja kumar aaron pandey shami

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

It's high time to seriously think on Ishant..No doubt he is a fine bolwer..thats why he made it to Indian team..He looked completely out of form & man look at his speed within 125-130..sometimes 135..someone please give him "so called rest" & give a chance to some other bowler.May be Aaron/Ishwar. In conditions like NZ we need to play one extra seaming option. Binny can be added in place of Sir. Jadeja..Aswhin looked better spinning allrounder than Jadeja. About Raina..I think he should atleast get 1-2 more games..Best of luck guys..We will bounce back and gonna win the series..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

It amuses me that so many people put so much emphasis on rankings. All they do is make people underestimate lower ranked teams...

We all know India is the better team, but never has that ever meant that success was a guarantee. And if india had done their homework they would know that New Zealand has beaten both england and SA in ODI series recently.

Continue writing us of as failures to your own detriment.

Posted by Santyment on (January 19, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Now Dhoni will take it personally and will make two Sharma's and one Raina play next 2-3 matches until they perform a bit, just to prove his point of selecting them and in this process those who are performing will get frustrated and feel demotivated seeing their hardwork is being wasted. I think Dhoni should select a team of his own and approve it with ICC, its more a Dhoni team than Indian team. No experiment in selection, no change in batting line up according to situation, never..disgusting!!!

Posted by DataQue on (January 19, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

HAHAHAHA: This is too funny; India lost again!!!

Posted by tom120 on (January 19, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

New Zealand has never been a number 1 or number 2 team. But it doesn't mean it is a bad team. They have reached semi finals of world cup more than 2 times. They are a country with only 4 million population, with cricket not their popular game. They always trouble everyone. Remember that series in Australia where Bond bowled exceptionally, and which was the reason for the ouster of Steve and Mark Waugh. They have always been a tough competitor, and should not be underestimated. I thought India would win, as the pitch was flat, but NZ bowled very well. I hope NZ plays well throughout the series and gives India a tough time ahead, but I still think India would win the series. Today's pitch was a flat track. NZ need to give green tracks to India, then it would be interesting to see how Indian batters perform then. And for the last time, India won Champions Trophy because England prepared slow turning tracks, as a precursor to Ashes. Wining CT doesn't prove anything.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

A clever captain shuld not include Ishanth,Jadeja nd Raina, I can pull nd hook better then Raina nd Jadeja, playing 7 yrs all forms of cricket bt still could not play the bouncers..

Posted by Rock_cricket on (January 19, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

SL 83/3 on UAE Highway, match is becoming interesting, all haters please go and watch that interesting(?) more competitive (?) match. :)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Dhoni 9 out of 10 will chose to field on a batting friendly pitch even against Zimbabwe in a WC match, because he doesn't trust his pathetic bowling attack to defend 500 runs against a low rank team, so the safest bet is to try to restrict the minnows below 300 and then chase.lol

Posted by Abubvs on (January 19, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

@ Wow it enlightens me that whenever India loases, so many genuine fans turn out all guns blazing..we appreciate receiving your criticism, but Please dont bring the population factor into this and lets stick to Cricket. Your criticism makes our victories all the more sweeter as during that time nobody congratulates us and just say that it is because of the population

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

A lot of credit should go to Williamson and Taylor for their recovery stand after the loss of two early wickets. These two were knocking it about like a Sunday outing, taking singles at will. Williamson has impressed ever since his debut in India, he's a natural and I expect both of these two to be a big thorn in India's side during the Tests. I hope India have some plans for them because they'll bat forever so good is their temperament.

I can't help comparing Williamson to Root. It's a no contest for me, while Root has received a lot of attention from the English media, Williamson is highly underrated but by far the better cricketer.

Nathan McCullum also bowled well, i thought he out bowled our two spinners. And while Anderson's left arm somethings looked innocuous - I kept thinking we would surely attack his simpletons - he bowled with a lot of intelligence, varying his angles and bowling to his limitations.

I suppose it's too much to ask our beloved spearhead to do the same.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

Additionally I would like to say that I seriously dislike BCCI but think it is seriously unfair that the playing XI gets so much flak because of what the board does (such as the recent non relegation moves). Several ex Indian players like Kapil and Bishan Bedi have spoken against the BCCI showing that the players dont necessarily support the actions. There are also several people questioning the teams ranking. Since the 2011 world cup India have lost three bilateral ODI series (England 2011, Pak 2013, SA 2013). Even if you only include away stats India will be close to 1 as teams like Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka have hardly won games away. New Zealand on the other hand have lost 10-0 to Bangladesh and their home record is not superb (could only tie against West Indies).

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

Great win for newzealand india just need to think about their top order apart from kohli no one is going to score runs well played virat kohli BABAR ALI BHAYO

Posted by Rahul_78 on (January 19, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

Suresh Raina stats from Stats GURU for the period of 01/01/2013 to 18/01/2014: 35 Matches - Avg 34.26 - SR 84.45 - 5 50s - 0 100s Out of those 5 50s has scored 4 in one home series against England and he hasnt scored any century. He is not selected in Test squad and he has recently been promoted to A Grade central contract by BCCI. MSD chose him to bat at no 4 ahead of Yuvraj with an eye on 2015 world cup on what will be hard and fast Australian wickets. And everybody has seen how hopeless he has been against Mitchell Johnson on Indian wickets where batsmen were chasing 350 for fun. Somethings just doesnt make any sense sometimes.

Posted by mark2011 on (January 19, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

Congrats to NZ black caps for defeating flat pitch bully team once again....this is a good sign that Ind gonna struggle in next ODI WC which is going to be held in Aus/ NZ....well done NZ keeping india in an another lose corner which they deserve to be.....

Posted by Abubvs on (January 19, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Well Played Black Caps..you deserved to win..Indians have aslo done well albeit not crossing the winning line..@Indian haters --Welcome back we appreciate your continued interest towards Indian Cricket..makes it all the more interesting. @yorkslanka--Please stop preaching..if at all u want to preach..please preach your envious countrymen..believe me i have seen many Arrogant, Disrespectful fans all around the world (surprisingly including India) but as envious as you guys

Posted by x_lnc on (January 19, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Congrats NZ for winning the opener. It is the time for India to make drastic changes in the playing eleven, Rohit and Raina should be given a break for their lack of form lately, now coming to Jadeja should be replaced by Amit Mishra, Amit is better bowler then Jadeja and can also bat better then Jadeja, who completely forgotten batting and who got two triple centuries in first class, now last but not the least Ishant should be immediately replace by Varun in ODIs and Ishwar Pandey in Tests------ my eleven for atleast next two ODIs would be Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuwaneshwar, Shami and Aaron.

Posted by SumitBhardwaj on (January 19, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

Well done New Zealand. For the past 2 decades I have always found Indian teams struggling in NZ and I think it is a difference in the way the two teams handle the conditions. Today's match is a further indication to the fact that the so called 'hugely talented favorites of the captain" are only capable of winning matches in India in favorable conditions. Outside India they are way out of their depth because they dont have the talent / application to make them successful outside. Lets look at each case: Ishant: Has been carrying the tag of a talented but unlucky bowler for 6 years - that is almost the length of career people like Chetan Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar - two more talented and successful bowlers from India had. Raina - another one who is only capable of scoring in India - outside even club level bowlers would be eyeing to add him to their tally Rohit - IPL bully - after 100+ ODI is yet to find his feet outside India Ashwin - does not have even 25 wickets outside India Jadeja?

Posted by gavinfrank on (January 19, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Im gutted that India lost , but lets give credit where it is due. NZ played the better cricket on the day and were deserving winners. Congrats to them. I think they bowled much better than India and there in lay the difference. Im gonna say something that maybe many ppl will not agree with . But I think the Kiwis have peaked at the right time and with the world cup in a years time being played in AUS-NZ , I truly think they are front runners to win the competition. For long NZ were just a group of players who would exhibit the odd flash in the pan kind of brilliance although ability wise they have always had the potential to beat any1 on their day. However I think what we are seeing now is the emergence of not only brilliant individuals but collective all round excellence and brilliance from the whole team playing as a unit. My heart says India but if not , my vote goes to the Kiwis to win what would be their first world cup.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

In Indian Batting line up it seems that only Virat comes to the crease with some planning... if you hide him for some time all other weakness from the middle order will come out seriously.. Kohli is the guy who is handling all the burden mostly... if we talk abt other line up i think they know that Dhoni will support them even if they wont perform.. they dont have any pressure... thats y they are not consistent.. so all the other unit should feel some responsibility..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

NZ deserve respect for this win stop making excuses Indian fans best team won on the day

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

Raina is too good a player to waste his career because of an issue with the short ball. There are more impt deliveries to be weak against such as a straight ball! Instead of trying to hook/pull everytime he receives one aimed for his melon, how about adopting the strategy of simply ducking? His ego is getting the better of him.

If a bowler of Anderson's pace drops one short, sure go ahead and try to score some runs off it - even then, it's a risky shot that rarely pays dividends - but trying to hook Milne was farught with danger when Milne was clocking 140s on average.

That was really poor cricket from him. With ODI rules clearly in favour of the batter, he should know better: only one bouncer allowed, it's a delivery that's really hard to get right from a bowler's perspective, and a real effort ball that takes so much out of the bowler - the next ball is inevitably one that can be scored off. Mind you, the Kiwis were remarkably accurate with the bouncers 2day.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

go enzee!!!!

Posted by sharadgargconnect on (January 19, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

this Indian team cannot win overseas. I bet India will loose in new zealand 4-1 or 3-1. New zealand did well to play 4 seam bowlers but no so with pitch. The conditions and pitch all favored the indian batting line up. Last time, Virender sehwag and Virat Kohli made a hundred in Napier. It is a flat wicket. New Zealand should give India fast and bouncy pitch with seam movement. They should play 5 fast bowlers to knock out indians for less than 200. if NZ doesn't prepare a fast and quick wicket in hamilton, indian will win. NZ should play this team: 1 BB Mccullum 2 Neesham 3 Williamson 4 Guptill 5 Anderson 6 Ryder 7 Taylor 8 Ronchi 9 Southee 10 Mills 11 Mcclaghanan

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

@anteaus Those countries have similar conditions to New Zealand. The same way India's stats can be buffered up with their stats in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies as overseas tours. New Zealand's real test is in the sub continent. They have been whitewashed 10-0 by Bangladesh, lost 5-0 in the last ODI series against India. That shows that they are pretty poor touring themselves. I have never understood the double standards. Its perfectly well for teams like England, Aus and NZ to struggle in India (Lost two series in the last twenty years) but is an atrocious crime for sub continent teams to loose overseas.

Posted by ggaammeerr on (January 19, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

What do we call accepting and persisting with mediocrity? Cannot understand the logic of persisting with Ishant as he cannot get both his line and length correct. Jadeja is no more an all rounder and playing a genuine spinner like Mishra might make sense or playing Binny might be useful in those conditions. Raina and Rohit are two others who excel in flat pitches and are completely lost against genuine fast bowling. On the hindsight those 20+ balls wasted by Rohit at the beginning of the innings put a lot of pressure on the scoring and helped NZ with the wickets. Time to have a look at Rayudu. Ashwin has lost his wicket taking capabilities so our bowling is basically limited to Shami and Kumar's hands. My eleven for the next match would be Dhawan, Rahane (is a better option than Rohit in these conditions), Kohli, Rohit (as there is no other option), Rayudu, Binny, Dhoni, Mishra, Kumar, Shami, Aaron / Pandey

Posted by TaleEnder on (January 19, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

I dont understand people praising Virat and Dhoni in this match.. I understand Virat.. But y Dhoni? 165 runs required from 22 overs with just 1 proper batsman left.. He comes in.. I give all the probabilities here.. If he had got out early and India lost, people would say, the top four has already failed and there is no surprise Dhoni got out. If he had scored some runs (like he did today) and India lost, people would still praise him as they are doing today.. If had stayed not out till the end and India lost, people would say he tried his best and he is the number 1 batsman of all time.. If he had remained not out and India won, Oh..pls wait.. that has not happened yet.. Dhoni being the most experienced player/batsman has to come up the order and prevent the fall of quick wickets at the top, rather than comfortably sitting at number5or6 and accumulating his average. His runs are not contributing to India's win whatsoever..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Indian THE NO.1 ODI team ....ya ya ya just bcz of their home performance ...actually they are not capable of playing on bouncy pitches .....such a pity :-D

Posted by bobbo2 on (January 19, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Good game. I thought NZ should have made 310 plus so to win by the margin they did was a good effort. Will be interesting to see how India go on this tour. Bowling is an issue and NZ have some powerful batsman to take advantage of that. This idea that smaller nations should be shut out by the 'big 3' is nonsense when you see NZ play so well. If money is let to rule it will ruin the international game and even the big 3 will suffer in the long term.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

Let's talk about the Indian batting: Rohit was dismissed by mental games, pure and simple. he fell for the old verbals and was almost dismissed one ball after the podgy McCleneghan showed his insecurity by unleashing a few choice words. Really, Sharma batted like a schoolboy, swishing cross batted and then falling to the sucker short ball in McCleneghan's next over.

Unusually, Rohit fielded poorly in this game too, one of his attempts to stop a boundary with his legs could have resulted in an injury. A really bad day at the office and not the 1st time that a left arm oacer has bothered him: Tstsobe has given him plenty to think about on the last two tours to SA.

When Kohli wanted two off a Milne delivery but was restricted to a single, pretty much all the Indian fans with any knowledge would have known what kind of a delivery Raina was going to receive the very next ball. Seriously, what were the odds? Yet he still couldn't get into position quickly enough.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

did AUS win in INDIA? DID ENG win AUS? NZ is a team who saw 2 times White wash Against Bangladesh So please dont give lecture on Indian team Every Team Good in their Home condition

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

I think a perfect replacment for raina would hav been sourav tiwari.. nd for ashwin rishi dhawan

Posted by Anisar on (January 19, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

It's time to drop some favourite player of capt. cool MSD like Rohit, Jadeja and Raina with immediate effect. Their performance at abroad going down day by day and india continues loosing.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

Virat is the backbone of Ind batting ...dhoni sometimes looks like a walking wicket but virat is something big ...without him Indian team is nothing but a mess .....rohit is just a Maggi man ..dhawan is just a rookie he's not good at bouncy pitches not at all ....and raina's intl career is about to end .....as far as their bowling is concerned ...such a pity :D :D :D this Nz team is not the strongest of all but the way they played today really boosted up their confidence ....well Nz ...keep up the good work ....And Indian team ...just wait n watch :*

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 19, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

A country with 1.233 billion people more than New Zealand with an obsession over cricket can't even muster a team together to beat us. Enjoy the next couple of days 5-0 here we come.

Posted by RahulFantasyCricket on (January 19, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

@Campbell Weal: Im sorry but where was the Chanpions Trophy held? It was held in one of the most difficult places to play, in England, about as foreign to Indian pitches as it can get. They also won a Tri-Series a month later AWAY from home in West Indies. You're also being quite hypocritical. Didn;t you guys struggle in Bangladesh?! You guys lost the ODI series comprehensively an also failed to win a test match. And Bangladesh are ranked much less than New Zealand. So next time think and analyse before posting!!

Posted by gavinfrank on (January 19, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Man of the match - Ishant Sharma. Most hard working bowler - Ishant Sharma Most experienced bowler - Ishant Sharma If at all there was any doubt as to which side this first match would go , Dhoni eliminated it when he chose YET AGAIN to play Ishant. That he would play Ishant, Raina, Ashwin was an absolute no brainer. They are the most sound, gifted players of this generation, not to mention they have the experience. So what if they lack technique , class , hunger,cricketing brain and all those intangible unnecessary traits. So what if bowlers like aaron, binny, ishwar , yadav etc are waiting in the wings to be a given a chance, so what if pujara is the best talent to come out of india in recent times.....God save Indian Cricket!!

Posted by DJRNZ on (January 19, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

@cmatnz - Could not agree more! For a country with such a massive population obsessed with cricket it is pathetic India haven't done better for longer.

So many Indian fans were saying this would be an easy tour and 'look out here come our gods'. This is laughable and makes me even happier we bet India today - NZ a tiny tiny population where cricket is not the number one sport! Kholi and Dhoni are brilliant, rest a pretty average.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 19, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

We Indian fans should remember that rankings aside, NZ are a very good ODI and T20 side. For example, India has never won even a single T20 game against NZ anywhere in the world (India or abroad). During our last trip here in 2009, we managed to defeat them 4-1 or so, but then so many players like Sehwag and Gambhir were in a great form. So today I'd say that the team which played better cricket won. And India did not lose by a huge margin, so let us congratulate NZ on a great effort and a well deserved victory. We won the series against Aus by chasing 350 plus scores because in addition to Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan were also performing. But now with so many players out of form (Dhawan, Rohit, Raina, Jadeja), it is a miracle that we came this close. I think Dhoni should rise above personal animosities and try to get Gambhir and Sehwag back to strengthen the top order. Sehwag is a big match player, and he can come back to form just after one knock, and Gambhir is in a decent form.

Posted by Statchin.Tendulkar.the.Greatest on (January 19, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Its just one game, wait nd see todays match was just a fluke nd upset currnt India side is the best side after Aus warne/mcgrath era....

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

@yorkslanka: NZ played really played well no doubt about it....But we dont need your certificate of courtesy...before posting such comments pls look at your fellow countrymen's comments in this forum...Before even the match begins we always see some negative comments bashing Ind team either by SL or some Pak fans nowadays...it will be better we all stay away from each other forums....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

my team shikar dhawan rehane kholi pujara rohit dhoni binny jadeja kumar sami pandey/varun

Posted by Neil_J on (January 19, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

If India has to win matches, ppl like Ishant Sharma and Suresh Raina should be kicked out of the team.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

please make the indian team play on flat pitches and chase 350 plus scores now they will know when nxt yr world cup in aus R I p indian crickey

Posted by Leggie on (January 19, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

The consistent batting failure of India's top order (except Kohli) - in the last 3 ODIs should be a serious concern for the team management. The flow of runs certainly seems to have dried up. Shikar/Rohit/Raina and Yuvraj/Rahane have nothing to show. To be fair to Rahane, it was only his first ODI after a long time, but then, he does not inspire confidence of an ODI player. He must be preserved for Test cricket, and India needs someone else in his place. With 4 out of top 5 struggling so much on decent batting tracks that have a little more bounce is a serious concern. I don't doubt these batsmen's technique on bouncy conditions, but I just wonder if the management is playing ultra-safe and the batsman are not playing as freely as they would in India. This is where one has to question the role of Duncan Fletcher and team management in this ultra-safe approach. If India does not turn around and win the remaining 4 ODIs in NZ, Fletcher's role should be relooked at!

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (January 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Interestingly DHONI's favourites- Raina, Jadeja, Ishant, all failed. But DHONI feels his decisions are always correct. It is time to try the bench - Varon Aaron, Sanju Sampson, Stuart Binny replacing a few of your favourites.

WHen would Sunil Gavaskar stop talking non-sense. I think it is time for him to retire too as commentator. He was praising about Ashwin and Bhuvi's batting abilities and the centuries they scored in domestic cricket, is exactly when they got out. Anyway it is better that DHONI appreciates the fact that Ashwin, Bhuvi or Jadeja - none them are allrounders away from home condition. He and Indian selectors should look for fast bowling all-rounders at least for NZ and AUS conditions (Irfan Pathan, Stuart Binny should have been tried out).

Posted by eganclose on (January 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Cant understand how players like Raina, Jadeja, ishant sharma keep getting selected time and again. First match of the series was the best chance to try BInny, and Aaron

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Congrats to New Zealand, they deserved their win and were better than India in all three facets of the game, esp fielding where they took some super catches.

From an Indian perspective, one hopes that NZ were forced to play their A+ game. After dismissing two very dangerous players in Guptill and Ryder, India simply allowed the game to drift. Dhoni tried to rush his spinners thru almost in the hope NZ wouldn't notice. He also appeared to miscalculate, leaving Shami with 9 overs and having Ishant bowl the 48th and 50th overs. Ishant was also called onto bowl in the batting powerplay.

At this stage, one has to ask some serious questions on the justification of selecting Ishant Sharma. On what grounds is he even in the squad, let alone the starting XI? One of his attempted bouncers was comical, just compare his effort with that of McClenegan, Southee, and Milne. Sharma was the worst bowler on either side, by a mile.

Here's hoping the rest of the series is equally entertaining.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

I love the comments by Indian supporters that NZ only wins in NZ. Those commentators may wish to note that during the last year or so, NZ has won ODI series against SA, Eng and SL in those countries

Posted by Analytical_Sathya on (January 19, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

For dhoni self comes first, if India wins that is a bonus or else doesn't matter. Such a worst guy...

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

@ Iceman29 ; It's only last 1 & half years mate but when jayasuriya around india mean we won before match start ! you beauty !!! will see next time in world cup what happen SL vs IND on green track !! It's a big lol !!

Posted by nicevans on (January 19, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Great win for NZ This will certainly be a close fought series The key for NZ going foward is to get Kohli out early, would love to see Boult with the new ball, but they will probably just select Mils to replace Milne. When this Nz side clicks they can beat anyone on their day, Indian fans should now understand this But Nz can also be very inconsistent, beating the proteas and england away, then losing to bangladesh. As you can see rankings mean nothing!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Poor team selection.. Why is Ishant Sharma still playing?? Why is Ashwin still playing?? Jadeja has become a bowling all rounder.. What is going on??

Posted by Youhavetobekiddingthe3stooges on (January 19, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Maybe India should just play Aus and England in their own sandpit. Well played the Black Caps!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Quite a punch for India; especially against a team who was white-washed by BNG recently and considering the upcoming status of ICC where CA, ECB & BCCI will rule the cricket.........ironic i guess.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

I dnt think varun wud bring ny chang. we need sombody like zaheer or kumble or srinath badly. jadeja is gud . he can contain batsman in te middle overs bt ashwin is jst nt odi material. he shud b replacd by sm1 u has performed wel in domestic level . bring in som u19 or 21 playrs groom them. we need anthr kholis nd tendulkars. dnt forget that indian fast bowlers are at ther best wen they r young .

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

well done NZ show one of the so called big 3 how good they are away from home as usual aaash and ishant put in a good performence they are the back bone of indias bowling may they keep putting in those performences for years to come this time india had 5 days worth of practice so the only excuse dohni can come up with is that the squad is young altough some of the players have played 100+ matches once again well done NZ

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

For all the brilliance of Kohli and Dhoni, India would really have to figure out how to bat long outside the flatbeds at home first. We all know Kohli and Dhoni are special, but Dhawan and Rohit need more than just one Champions' trophy or a series against Zimbabwe. Rahane will get better, but somehow Raina's fielding alone does not justify his regular 20s and 30s, neither is his part-time bowling anywhere near that of Yuvraj. Jadeja is luckier, his fielding and steadily evolving bowling mean that his batting is mostly a bonus (just how it should be, you don't expect your number seven to hit 50s and win you matches). As for the bowling, if two men who started playing in 2012 are the strike bowlers, it spells nothing but disaster for another man who has 50+ test matches under his belt - or two supposedly fastest bowlers from India (Yadav and Aaron) who're mostly benchwarmers or nursing an injury. Time to try out Stuart Binny?

Posted by balajit on (January 19, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

NZ played well to win today. India needs to come up with some team changes if they are to do well in this series. NZ look strong playing at home.

India need to bring in Binny for jadea.Varun for Ishant & rayudu for Raina. Ask rahane to open & drop rohit to middle order.

NZ fielding is top class & that made huge difference today. 3 overs of India cost 56 runs ( 1 each from ishant, shami & jadeja) & that in the end was a huge factor. Indian batting for once failed in chase & match was lost. Cant just depend on batsman. wonder what the coaches are doing the bowling just doesnt seem to improve.

Dhoni needs to come out of his stubborn ways & provide chances to other squad members in place of non performing players.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

I have to say that India lost because of ishantsharma from his clublevel bowling and rohitsharma as he is a flat track bully as he doesn't have a talent to bat well in foreign conditions as we saw in Napier odi today

Posted by Jay219 on (January 19, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Do we need another away series loss to throw out useless pathetic players like ishant sharma? How many more series loss would BCCI and dhoni requires to give other fast bowlers a chance. Dhoni is now over cooled and needs to be rested and Kohli to be in charge who can at least express his mind to players then and there itself. I have no idea what ishant sharma has that he is in team always! MAY BE BECAUSE ISHANT SHARMA IS THE ONLY INDIAN PLAYER WHO CAN DELIVER A TON EACH TIME HE IS ON FIELD. RIP.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 19, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

How many games have India won since they left for the tour of SA? How many have they lost? Methinks claims that we have entered a period of Indian domination of world cricket are a little premature.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

where does Sri Lanka come into this indian fans? newsflash, you are playing NEW ZEALAND ...i would spend more time congratulating your opposition if i were you...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

Outside Indian pitch, India will hardly win over BD

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

now in cricket no sportsmanship only to entertain home crowed like chenima

Posted by legfinedeep on (January 19, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

When will this Indian team ever start performing consistently outside India? And how much more is it going to take to select Sharma and Dhawan only for matches on flat Indian roads where they can inflate their averages even more. But then again, what do you say when flat track bullies stop bullying even on flat tracks?

Posted by zanesm on (January 19, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

India, a nation of over a billion selectors none of whom could do any better than those in the official capacity.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

what happened to our world class finishers.

Posted by anteaus on (January 19, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

@Sridhar Reddy

new Zealand won ODI series in England and South Africa last year... Did India? If anything New Zealand win away more than at home lately in ODI...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

@ Campbell Weal, so according to you India can't win trophies outside India. LOL. I guess you have turned a cricket supporter after the completion of CT, where your team was thrown out of the tournament like a football. Your comments make no sense mate.

Posted by Harmony_not_Discord on (January 19, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

In the wake of "big three" conspiring to make a cartel, this was NZ chance to show that they are not have-nots. They did that pretty well as suggested in the preview with a victory over the No 1 ODI side.

It goes to show other teams do bring enough flair of their own. Money issue aside, when it comes to pure cricket there should be no division between the haves and the have-nots. Do not forget the great contributions made in world cricket by these teams.

Posted by cmatnz on (January 19, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Reading most of this article you'd either think India had won or been desperately unlucky. " two best chasers of our time, two of the best of all time" "McClenaghan got lucky"

Can we please stop with creating this God-complex around the Indian team? They have a history of being exceedingly mortal in NZ... for a nation of 1 billion, utterly obsessed with the game, it's laughable that they continually struggle to find 11 superstar all-rounders to beat a nation of 4 million.

Posted by sambuddy on (January 19, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Actually I am happy that India lost.Because India should not always win by individual brilliance and class of Kohli. Because win will overshadow poor performances by likes Sharmas and Raina. How long will they be allowed to be in team inspite of poor performances.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

well done to the Kiwi's on a good win on what appears to be a fairly docile track. Good first innings score and then as the world of the world apart from india knew, you're superior bowling attack defended successfully. Well done to kohli on scoring a ton, shame his team mates couldnt help him over the line.. @Majority of indian fans- let me help you with what you should be saying on here " well done to New Zealand on winning this match as you played better cricket in this game" - that is called being sporting, i have only seen a handful of similar comments from indians here..hope the usual suspects are enjoying their slice of humble pie this morning after the "its not a matter of us winnign just by how many" comments recently..learn the difference between confidence and arrogance and maybe the whole cricketing world wont dislike you.

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Blade-Runner writes "India simply can't win anything away from their home"....this is coming from a fan whose home team has not won anything outside their home and was always the bridesmaid...Also struggle to win against their neighbours for a long long time....gimme a break will ya.... :P

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Its tough being an indian team player when u get criticised like this. There are so many people saying india were hammered, india were thrashed and what not. In reality the game was cruising India's way until the 44th over before impulsive running and rash shots got the better of Bhuvi and Ashwin. The biggest worry for India is the third seamer. Bhuvi and Shami do a job and either pick wickets or restrict the opposition and despite the constant critisims the spinners werent that aweful (baring one jadeja over). Ishant however creates a gaping problem as he is not taking wickets and is giving runs at an inexcusable rate (8 an over). I feel that that clearly was the difference between the two teams.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@truecric_fan - LOL maybe show some respect to other teams in the future this is y everyone hates india becoz the amount of arrogance that is displayed by their fans...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

India is no 1 team from bottom:P

Posted by Kokako on (January 19, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Don't know why India are being called "flat track bullies"? This game was played on a flat track, as will the other ODI's presumably. Quite simply, the better team on the day won. Equally, it would be no surprise to see India win the next one. Kohli certainly looks talented. Some of the other batters though??……well let's reserve comment until the end of the series. Guess Mills will have to come in for Milne so another point of interest for the next game.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

I think raina nd ishant shud b droped. bring rohit down te odr rahane shuld open wit dawan nd pujara cud cumin at 4. also if rishi dhawan was included in te 14 he cud hav replaced jadeja or ashwin , dnt think binny is a big prospect. varun aron shud be playin in plac of ishant.

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 19, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

@calcu u might be kidding did u forget recent 2-0 in odi in sa and 1-0 in tests selfish indian fans

Posted by sumit1982 on (January 19, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Next game rohit out pujara in.

I think India played gr8 cricket its different pitch ,Indian boys never used of playing green top pitches .So,it takes two match to get used to the pace and pitch.

I think same think will happen to kiwis when they travel to India.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Well Played NZ Team. Best wishes for Team India for future games. Having some suggestion for team India. Rohith is not suited for open the bating with his current technique. Simple reason he is neither able to cover the line or rotate the strike. Southee is good bowler but not to guarantee 2 maidens at the start. Ridiculous approach. Dhoni should try him in the middle order. He can be good at critical moments. My team for new two game of the serious in order. Dhawan, Rahane, Kholi, Sharma, Jadeja, Dhoni, Binny, Ishwar, Buwanesh, Shami, Varun / Mishra. Jedeja is another crafty player who wish to play always big. Try him in this serious as replacement of Raina (my fav in CSK) who cannot learn few basic things after so many ODI games.

Hope our starts with shine in Star :)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 19, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

@calcu ; Thats what you said after the 1st match in South Africa. "We're no.1. We will bounce back. We will bounce back". lol Its so hilarious how you are trying to console yourself without accepting the fact that India are a mediocre side that can't win anything away from home.

Posted by Vivfan on (January 19, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Just a country of 4 Million, such sheer talent this country has, Hats off to you New Zealand, such a pleasure it has been watching Kane Williamsons maginficent Boundary, boundary of the match, his innings, CJ Anderson's Innings. And as for India; 1.3 Billion not much is to say is there.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 19, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Hmm wonder what captain cool will blame the loss on this time? And what excuses is he gonna bring up for the pathetic Ishant Sharma?

Posted by gavinfrank on (January 19, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Im sick and tired of seeing Ishant being given chances . Why is it that the Indian selectors are still persisting with this below average , sub standard bowler. Why is Dhoni still playing Ishant in every tour.Isnt it clear by now that this guy has no clue where to bowl in spite of playing for the last 5-6 years now. Surely there are better bowlers warming the bench. Surely Ishwar or varun or a rishi dhawan or binny would not bowl at 8 runs an over. Im sick and tired of hearing about his experience...what experience??? even bhuvi and shami bowled much better than him in spite of being junior bowlers. @ Ishant , please retire in the best interest of Indian cricket. It is becoming increasingly apparent that Dhoni is hell bent on playing his "favorites" no matter the wicket, the condition , overseas , underseas , home or away. Ashwin , rohit, ishant and raina will play no matter what. Im a huge fan of Dhoni , but i cant help but feel for Indian cricket to progress , dhoni has to go.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

india no more no 1

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (January 19, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

Kohli is slowly becoming one of the ODI greats...I seriously doubt Rohit's approach to the game or its Team management plan...he blocks at the initial stages and explodes later on...seriously man...this should not be the approach of an opener. this is not TEST cricket,it is an ODI..by blocking early on in the innings he is giving chance for the bowler to settle and this will increase once confidence and makes him a better bowler..yes..this approach can/may work for teams which has 2-3 stike bolwers but it fails and puts pressure to the middle and lower-middle order while playing with teams with good bowling unit like AUS, SA, PAK,even NZ for that matter...Rohit - do justice to your talent which every one speak of..change our approach of the game and prove your mettle on alien soils...Pujara has to come to the ODI side and it brings stability to the middle order..two spinners not needed in NZ conditions..get Binny in place of Jadeja/Ashwin..but I doubt Dhoni agrees to this.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

somebody said India win wc bcoz it was stage in India.. how may countries have won wc while hosting it none.. and Inida win champions trophy in England too...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

India should stop playing SL too often, because we look unbeatable when playing SL and gives us false impression of ourselves leading to complacency. Time for BCCI to send India A teams to SL and make our senior team concentrate on playing outside India against teams that matrer and not SL and Zimbabwe

Posted by indianpunter on (January 19, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

India are making the same mistakes over and over. Sharma as an opener doesnt convince me yet. Too many dot balls build pressure and he is too casual. The presence of Jadeja in the hut in a chase is a dispiriting; he wont get us over the line and of course.. there is Ishant ! If this is the "settled unit" Dhoni waxes on about, we are in for a shellacking in this series and WC2015. I hope it has not escaped anyone's attention that Raina fell to the short ball again.

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 19, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

@reddy aussie lost 3-2 in india but india always gets whitewashes

Posted by Lion-Rosh on (January 19, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

All Indian Players are flat track bullies ! they only can show off at India only.. Congrats New Zealand...................

Posted by Tipu061 on (January 19, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

A common story for team india, they are king on their own soil, but outside india, they are always minnows. indian current team is now only one man show.Dhoni has also lost his batting glamor. Best of luck India for rest of series.

Posted by Nuwas on (January 19, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

nothing to say yet but congratz NZ on ur win & great performance, it was too good a performance against a no.1 team.Good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 19, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

OK guys I am embarrassed to say that I got too carried away when Koli and MS were batting so well, it seemed like Ind will win with a couple of overs to spare. I did not anticipate Ind loosing 3 wickets recklessly. Jadeja had an off day. Congrats to NZ team, luck was on their side. I had predicted a 4-1 win for Ind way before series started. You will see. In the mean time NZ needs to figure out how to survive Kohlis onslaught.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (January 19, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

i think the better team won on the day. but oh my Dhoni, that was a bat first wicket for sure..nothing in it and it got slow later as well, Nz played way more aggressive than the meek indians. defensive mindset won't win us many games outside im afraid. Rohit Sharma way too defensive boy, he looks clueless against the quality pace to say the least. the fact is that odi batting looks weak. yuvi's best was past him so he was left out and the short ball is in Raina's head, dhawan is inexperienced and others are just average. So india is literally batting with just two proper odi batsman kohli and dhoni overseas.

Posted by senator01 on (January 19, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

India were lucky to get this close after being handed a full two extra overs because of wides...Were it not for Kholi and Dhoni, they would be an ordinary side at best. The fact this is 'new territory' for Kholi underlines that even more..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Good competitive game. I think this series will be 3-2 either way.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (January 19, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Get rid of Rohit, Ishant and Raina. Bring in Binny, Rayudu and Yadav / Aaron. Dhawan and Ashwin should also be on the radar. Jadeja should be utilized mainly as a bowler and can be dropped lower down in the batting order. Team India requires total changes. Imagine if Kohli had not performed today. Team India would have folded up for less than 100! I wonder how Ajay Jadeja commented today that India are still the better side compared to NZ!!

Posted by hiranya on (January 19, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

India still a "set unit"? It was a ridiculous comment by the Indian captain after loosing all the matches in South Africa!!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Mr. Sharma u r not in India so plz bat like a international caliber player not a roadside. Mr. Raina I guess u need to first play with tennis ball so dt u can play bouncers nicely. Mr. MSD plz stkp ur shits n choose a team that is well abroad as well

Posted by jatin.sutaria on (January 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Well that is what happens if you refuse to play your best 11. I mean, for God's sake, how can we play 2 spinners on a pitch that offers nothing for them. And remember Jadeja is just a mug with the bat on these conditions. How can we play Ishant Sharma when he continues to be pedestrian for 75 % of times he dons the Indian colors. And why the hell is Aaron, who can intimidate, not playing. Dhoni may be a good men manager but is a poor leader who always thinks spin is ours best asset irrespective of conditions.

Posted by thaikkathameed on (January 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

I dont understand why these bunch of jokers (selectors!!!??) keep on picking Ishant Sharma when there are many new really fast bowlers available in the country. This guy is bowling at high speed of 130 kph which even Stuart Binny can also bowl very easily. Same with Ashwin. He cannot succeed outside India. If he is really required to be in the team, then let him play only on Indian pitches. Please for the sake of our nation, take another young spinner who is also athletic.

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

Iceman29 ; It's only last 1 & half years mate but when jayasuriya around india mean we won before match start ! you beauty !!! will see next time in world cup what happen SL vs IND on green track !! It's a big lol !!!

Posted by fairfan70 on (January 19, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

Best bowler (Shami) and best batsman (Kohili) in the game were from India but that was about it. Six Indian batsman did not cross into double digits. It looks like Dhoni is in no mood to drop Ishant. Jadeja had a complete brain fade while batting and his bowling was completely innocuous (same can be said of Ashwin). It can be safely said the NZ spinners outbowled Indian spinners. If this performance were to continue in remaining matches (it looks likely), it will be 5-0 to NZ. On the other hand, the Indian batsmen will gain good "match practice" for the 2 test matches coming up ahead. LOL.

Posted by sandeep33 on (January 19, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

indians really playd beyond all expectd,,its only match one and four to go,dnt b over excitd,..remembr we are the current world and champians trophy winners,,pls note champians trophy was held in england,,

Posted by wildernick on (January 19, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

NZ outplayed India on a good batting surface. Key I believe for their success was the sustained pressure the NZers were able to put on this very good batting line up...next few games will be intriguing

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (January 19, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: India No:1 ranking is not a JOKE... India won two CC tournaments in last 3 years, Won lot of series with AUS, ENG, NZ, SL (So many), WI, SA (home). In the same time, SL lost all the tournaments played and never won a series even against NZ B-team at home.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

ajinkye should open and rohit must go back to his middle order birth or to the hut ., aswin no longer needed as there is no spin works out even though his batting ability ., Stuart bunny must replace aswin not jadeja., ishant must retain but not as death bowler ., -Baji

Posted by shortsillypoint on (January 19, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Well done NZ. The series is now set up nicely.NZ fielding was outstanding. Williamson needs to bowl more and he can learn from Kohli (what a talent) about converting 50's into 100's. Close game today.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

400 million vs. 4 million, enough said!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 19, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

It was so funny how Kohli was running 'n jumping all over the ground after his century while India were facing a tough chase. That showed he is following the footsteps of Tendulkar, if you know what I mean. After all, personal records what matter, right Kohli ? Then he got out when his team needed him most. India simply can't win anything away from their home. Home track bullies.

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

@sysubrceq0: More than the quick wickets we lost mainly due to the incompetency of our bowling...Ishant, Jadega and Ashwin should be rotated...Raina and Rohit Sharma dont have the confidence or the technique to play outside India...the only man who dont understands is mr. Dhoni....What happened to Ishawar Pandey, Binny?? These two guys will not get a single chance in this series and Dhoni will persist on these so called "Settled side"....We need immediete change over in this team...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

India need to change opener , tomany dot boll putting India in pressure. need to call back ghambhir to replace rohit

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

Well played India. This is just first match and still we can make it. I think its all over for Ishant Sharma atleast in ODIs. We need to get one good fast bowler in ODI.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (January 19, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

I am Indian Fan. Corey Anderson got MOM but I think Mitch Mcclenaghan should have got MOM. I think as an Indian it is he who won match for NZ. For Kohli, great fan of him. I think he should get little support.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (January 19, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Things happened just as expected..I don't wish to see India winning all the time, but hoped to see tight game..it happened to be tight, but just because of 2 players...not 11 players.... It is so disappointing that none other than Kohli and MSD come to the rescue all the time. Stunning innings from Virat, really loved it !

Its high time that Indian openers need to be warned about their place in the team. I wish MSD realizes this....If they could not deliver in SA conditions, how can they do it in NZ ?? Its disgusting to see how Rohit and Shikar threw away their wickets, in a decent pitch..

I hope to see Pujara, Rahane to open...and Binny into the side...that helps the team a lot....

Bowling wise....Bhuvi was in supreme form...and I hope he would be the same for the entire tour...Shami rocks...he has the nack to take wickets...Ishant, Ashwin must be out, giving way to Binny and Pandey...

MSD...request you to please revamp the team and go to Hamilton.

Posted by gaurav_ on (January 19, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

My Indian team for the next match: shikhar dhawan rohit sharma virat kohli ajinkya/raina (ajinkya if bouncy pitch) ambati rayudu m s dhoni stuart binny r ashwin bhuvi kumar amit mishra shami mohammad

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Bangladesh has bangla washed (white wash) New Zealand in last two consecutive series. and India losing to them in there own soil as they are no 1 in rank by winning in India. they lost last series in SA now probably losing here as well. is India afraid to play against BD that's why they r not inviting there neighbor in to their home?

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 19, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

pure home track bullies still australia gave 3-2 fight to india but india only 2-0 to sa nd 4-1 or 3-2 on cards

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

india got beaten!:')

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

why jadeja is still in the team. i think from last 2-3 yrs jadeja didnt play. and rohit extra tym is not enough tym to play. i think we have to make two teams for playing home condition and for overseas.

Posted by Sam_M234324 on (January 19, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Wow pretty nailbiting start to the series there. Really happy the Black Caps got over the line but we definitely saw why this Indian side is ranked so highly. Players like Dhoni and Kohli are true class. For me their bowlers Kumar and Shami actually looked extremely dangerous. They asked a lot of questions of our top order. I'd say this series will be a lot about learning to cope with them and taking the fairly toothless Ishant Sharma for the easy big overs. Williamson again showed why he's one of the most underrated players in limited overs cricket with a classy innings and great bowling under pressure, but I really want to see more from Guptill and Ryder at the top because their block and bash antics seem more miss than hit nowadays. Would love to see them knuckle down and bat deep into the innings to set up our middle order. Anyway great start by two really good teams and bring on Wednesday!

Posted by ___KIWI___ on (January 19, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Once again the mighty kiwis prevail! Amazing team, only going to get better too! Lookout little Indians!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Truecric_fan you jumped the gun a little...but it's a blessing in disguise that we lost! Or how much ground do we need to clear for Sharmas to be dropped? I am a big Dhoni fan but his hard earned favouritism is hardly working now a days...hope Ishant gets dropped the least! Well played newzealand!! Good game..:)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

the number 1 side in the world beaten by the number 8 side in the world, probably because India can't win anywhere comprehensively unless it is at home. They bully sides at home, they play the game more than ANYONE ELSE but as soon as they get on another type of pitch they are found weak and wanting.

that isn't the number 1 side in the world if you ask me. For over a decade Australia destroyed everyone everywhere. They were rightful champions and I am a New Zealander. I don't enjoy saying that. India are not the World No.1.

India, furthermore, only won the world cup because it was staged in India to appease their fans. If it was played anywhere else they'd probably lose to another team ranked 8th in the world. lol.

Posted by thaikkathameed on (January 19, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

I bet as long as Dhoni is captain of Indian ODI team Pujara will not be in the playing 11. Dhoni is scared that Pujara will take over the captaincy from him. Therefore, he will definitely try to avoid Pujara entering the team by hook or crook.

Posted by sameer_warun on (January 19, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Now It's kholi ,I think he starts new era ! earlier It was tendulkar !! got 100 but match lost !!! sachin's 90% 100's IND lost in ODI's !!can search on cricinfo stats ! Sachin retired but kholi start ! but all these flat track bullies !

Posted by Sandeepbachhal on (January 19, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Thts y gambhir is essention in top order. Bring sehwag too.. Let him play till 2015 world cup. He has been suprb in kiwi conditions. In bowling in dont knw how can u play wid ashwin in these conditions? If u have jadeja thn let him allow to bowl full 10 overs & play wid another fast bowler. Plz dhoni dont support these non performing players.. Even i can make some runs after lots of failure.. So plz dont wait for these to come in to the form..

Posted by Cjg_NZ on (January 19, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

*Kiwi Die Hard Fan* That was a Terrific Game. Has been a while since I saw Kohli bat, but he was wonderful to watch, plays shots no one else can, picks gaps beautifully, great composure for his age, will be a great of the game. NZ fought hard all night, with ball and bat, bowling unit getting better game after game, Anderson and Southee bowled very well, the underated N McCullum, with McClenagan having that knack of taking wickets, looking good for the future. Not a side of pure batting stars but we seem to be compiling competitive totals more often that not. Not sure about India's over said "powerful batting line-up" Kohli is class, Dawan looks good, and dhoni is a great finisher but R Sharma, Rahane and poor ol Raina struggle more often than not. Shami and Kumar look like great prospects in the bowling dept tho. Cant wait for rest of series!!!

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (January 19, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

Where's the "India are the best" comments that make no sense? India actually played in this for crying out loud.

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

@SLslinga: let SL team win against Ind then i will defenitely accept that Ind bowling has hit rock bottom... :P

Posted by mensan on (January 19, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

NZ bowled well under pressure. Their score was not a winning score considering flat pitch and Indian batting. India needs to bring in some good bowlers. Otherwise they will be soon out of TOP 4.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Huh its not flat track bullies or otherwise. Every team wins at home and there are few who win outside. The guys who win outside consistently and against all opposition are the champions. If u ask me now, there is no such team. Aussies win in Australia, NZ wins only in NZ so is the same with other countries......India prepares pitches suiting them whether flat tracks or turning dustbowls. Its a home country's advantage and every one does it ......

Posted by Al.Turner on (January 19, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

true_cric fan obviously has not followed cricket closely enough....I called 5-0 to NZ and got a little flack for it......it was funny to see u had called it a 5-0 win to NZ before the game was over.....cricket has a knack of making people fools

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Dhoni's consistant backing of Raina, Rohit will be questioned for sure..... Sheer lack of class from India... Not including Gambhir is gonna b a serious mistake!!! . When u give so much chances to rohit... Why not Gambhir.... just coz he is in race to the captaincy>>????... come on guys we need to win matches!!.. Batting Except Kohli evry1 faltered when it mattered the most... bowling... Bhuvi was extremely eonomical, Shami did well.... But Dhoni need 2 seriously work on the team's composition(serious lack of exp in Flat tracks outside India)!!!

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 19, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Fellow Indians, looks like today the trolls from other countries are going to have a field day. Never mind. They also had a field day when India lost the first game to Australia in our recent ODI series, but then what happened afterwards. I still believe that India will win this series 4-1, or at least 3-2. But, for that to happen, players apart from Kohli have to perform. Because law of averages says that Kohli is also bound to fail once in a while, and in that event, what happens to the team? Dhoni has to understand that Jadeja cannot be considered an all rounder. Actually Bhubaneshwar Kumar and Ashwin are better batsmen than him. So Jadeja should be selected as a bowler, and if he is not good enough as that, then go for another bowler or batsman.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

15 extras bowled by NZ...India got much closer than they really should have...a bit inconsistent if you ask me, they will need to work on that to put India away in the next game. Some good bowling overall though and wickets at crucial stages. The bottom line is NZ put runs on the board - they are hard to beat if they can do that consistently. Maybe bring Boult in for the injured Milne for the next game, I'd love to see him bowl in the form he's in...be a good measure of his ability against Dhoni and Kohli

Posted by mensan on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

dhoni seems to enjoy too much power in selection. India needs serious overhaul of team. Kohli is very good. But rest seem to play well only in India.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Go and practice short ball india. lol an entire team cannot play fast bouncy track

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

indians now getting it from NZ?? seriously the best team in the world??

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

LOL INDIA a population of over 1 Billion people compared To NZ only a mere 4 million and still losses!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Flat track or not. First game of the series or not. India, the world number one team, just lost to the world number 8 team.

Even if India win the rest of the games in the series - this result was hilarious considering how arrogant 90% of India's fans are that post on here.

Your batsmen are unbelievably good. But tonight most of them were weighed, measured, and found wanting by an inferior team.

If there is one thing New Zealand has that India doesn't, it is a far superior bowling line up. "truecric_fan" thinks that Kohli (one of the best batsmen in the world) walking all over NZ bowlers means they are bad. No, it just means that Kohli is a class act batsman. India's bowlers got to bowl to far worse batsmen, and couldn't even restrict them. How dare people attempt to suggest NZ has a weaker bowling unit than India.

Also - New Zealand didn't even hand out spicy green seaming wickets. They gave India a road to bat on, and batting is their strength, and they still lost.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

india should not play outside india.......

Posted by Hanumall on (January 19, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

In the absence of any warm up games the first ODI has become a warm up match for India. Rohit's and Jadeja's batting was an embarrassment (test players finding it difficult to put bat to ball!). Raina failed to measure up yet again. Players like Jadeja, Rohit, Raina, Rahane and even Ashwin perhaps need a few weeks to acclimatise themselves to the new conditions., before any overseas tour. With all that India could still have won the match, had Ishant not leaked as many runs as he did. But India will surely bounce back in the series.

Posted by calcu on (January 19, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Congratulations to kiwis for their stunning win but before our friends from sri lanka begin to criticize our team I will say that this is just a one-off loss for the No.1 ODI side and we will bounce back.

Posted by Dominic_Mohammed on (January 19, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

India will have to play as a team to win not to depend on one man. Like Sachin one day Kohli will also be stack as somebody who could not win matches, nobody says what the other 10 players were doing.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Our bowlers especially Ishant and Ashwin in the present team have bowled way too much to Sri Lankans and as a result may have looked fairly unplayable against them. Time to change things around in bowling. Jadeja not contributing with the bat is not helping either.

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

India and Dhoni will never learn from experience... they will continue with Ishant and Jadeja who have disappointed us countless times... its best time to replace nonperformers otherwise very very difficult time ahead for every Indian supporter in World cup 2015..

Posted by karthibala on (January 19, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Drop Rohit, let's Rahane open. play Binny for Jadeja or Ashwin two half bakers are not needed for the team. Include Raina in team only on subcontinent conditions, it's hightime we play Pujara in ODIs. i don't know why selectors dont see him as limited overs prospect atleast in ODI. OMG...don't know how long i have to see Ishant in our bowling line up...play varun/ anyone from street even if he's expensive @6runs...it's much better than 8+ per over. One joke i heard from commentators that Milne should be included into Test team....oh boy...first let him complete his 10 overs quota in ODI. U cann't make a steen or johnson in a week...grow up guys.

Posted by ADIDAS101 on (January 19, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

@ truecric_fan lol India should've easily beaten Nz on that track and with that partnership, if anything it was a choke. Virat is an awesome talent and kumar bowled really good, but I'm glad my boys won. Hopefully NZ can win this series good omens heading into our favourite sport, rugby :)

Posted by goldenpower on (January 19, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

our team have only two chasing batsmans ( dhoni& kohli). it's not enough.here need some changes.So raydu include in eleven for raina, pujara for rohit,mishra for ashwin, varun aroan(or) Binny for ishant.

Posted by Pridekiwi on (January 19, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

True cric fan what game are you watching??? Nz deserved the win and outplayed India. Apart from kohli India have plenty of work to do. C'mon the kiwis!!!!! Great win and set up series unbelievably

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

pujara must be in team ishant must not be in team...bcci...dhoni...

Posted by soumyas on (January 19, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

post match presentation, Dhoni said "Three important quick wickets of Me,Kohli,Jadeja was the reason we lost, we can't expect tailenders to win ". Question is, since when Jadeja became important wicket ? he always gifted his wicket easily, I don't remember a single game jadeja winning for India.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (January 19, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

@SLslinga - name atleast one batsmen who never lost a match and won the game for his team? How many matches Sanga or Mahela won for SL single handedly?Matt3030 - India just lost with 24 runs first game in NZ wthour any practice matches... and had 80% of chance to win after 44 overs, take the game in spirit. Where were you when NZ lost to BD (a whitewash or kiwi-wash).

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Congrats NZ well played...Mclenegan is amazing...There are some positives and negatives for Ind team...The positives are Ind seems to be improving in batting and Shami is good...the negatives are ishant, Jadega, Raina and Rohit...Ind team minus these guys will defenitely result in victory......Dhoni's idea to include these four guys even after so many failures is really questionable..Try Ishwar Pandey for Ishant...Binny for Jadeja and for God's sake remove Raina from the team...he is a sitting duck... Are you hearing Mr.Dhoni???

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 19, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

truecric_fan

How did this match prove indian bowlers are good????? :P .... IF you think this match proved they are good..Jesus Christ ....!!!! God may have mercy on you and your indian bowlers...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

I have to take this moment to laugh at truecric_fan and gsingh7. Eat your words now.

Posted by Lion83 on (January 19, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

India will loose their No 1 Ranking after this series surely. This shows how overrated this indian side is Just 2 or 3 series away from home they will be placed to 5 or 6 in the rankings apart from Kohli others are average batsmen who scored only on knee high slow and low indian wickets.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 19, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

csk players apart from dhoni are big baggage on indian team. look at ashwin average in batting and bowling in odis. even raina have better stats than him. even dhoni is baggage on indian test team. and they say raina is long tern number 4?rahane may be good in tests but in odis he and rohit have been failure so far in their careers. need to play new bowlers in sandeep sharma,pandey or rishi dhawan.why is ishant still in the team?

Posted by priceless1 on (January 19, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

was surprised to see Kholi's reaction after scoring his century, when India was looking down at the barrel with the game slipping fast from their hand :D

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 19, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

I think times is running out for Raina and Rohit. Rohit can be given a chance at no.3, if Kohli agrees to open. There is no harm in Kohli trying to open, because he is coming to the crease within 5 overs in any case. I think it is high time Ambati Raydu is given a try. Raina will never be successful in any ODI henceforth whether in India or abroad, because he has been found out by all teams. As soon as he comes to the crease, they start bowling bouncers to him. And then it is just a matter of time before he gets out. And Rohit Sharma by playing so slow and then getting out without scoring much is putting a lot of pressure on players who follow him. He should really go down the order or should be dropped from the team. One Virat Kohli cannot carry the entire team on his young shoulders all the time.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

india can perform only in india...!!!

Posted by sameer_warun on (January 19, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

Yes, IND will chase even 400+ in India but out side india they cant chase even 275+ this is real flat track !!!!

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (January 19, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

@Cricketlover54 - India lost the match because of 3 quick wickets which changed the game, do you mean No. 1 side do not lose any matches? When AUS was No. 1, lost BD, NZ (a series in 2007 before WC07). Why u guys always want India to prove?

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 19, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Anticipating the Match Presentation what will Captain Cool blame this time? Maybe the shape of the pitch. Lets wait and see.

@truecric_fan. The "weak Nz team" just beat your pathetic "no. 1" team. This isnt a fluke, India were destroyed in SA, now against a No. 8 side. India just can't play overseas, full stop.

Posted by cardassian on (January 19, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

Didn't think 292 was enough but great win in the end for New Zealand. Good to see NZ winning the first game as it brings the series alive. Kohli awesome performance and a joy to watch. A good welcome to NZ for the Indians.

Posted by keerthitommy on (January 19, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

India should get rid of ishant sharma ,Raina and jadeja. For the next match they should include rayadu,ishwar pandey and binny. Rohit should be given a chance in the next match

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

@SLslinga: first let your team win a single match against India...if that happens i will accept our current bowling is really hapless and worse :P

Posted by iceaxe on (January 19, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

Nice one NZ. Great win. Had thought 292 was not enough!

The first ODI was always going to be a tough one for India as they get used to conditions. I'm expecting they will come back strongly next time though. Awesome Kohli ton!

Posted by Lion83 on (January 19, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

This is a great exmple of Indian batting outside subcontinent they cant even win when their so called superstar scored a fine century. Now India is struglling even with Kohli scoring tons. others are just mabter blasters in flat indian tracks. The moment the pitches have something to fast bowlers they going to Struggle doesnt matter it is against the No 8 ranked team in the world.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 19, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

India performed better than anticipated. However, Ishant being cleaned bowled was a fitting conclusion to the match! Rohit and Ishant are brilliant when they perform at their best. However, they are far too inconsistent!! The team is far too reliant on Virat and Dhoni right now when overseas, in ODI's. We also require more pace to shake up the opposition - play Yadav.

Posted by cricanalyserbd on (January 19, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Hahahhahaahaha.... getting too much Mojaa.... ! :D

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 19, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Great work by New Zealand !!! Well Indian fans, We told you it would happen. And it happened. India lost. lol I don't know when Indian fans realize the fact that their team simply can't win anything outside India. Isn't their rank no.1 position a joke ? I see some Indians have talked about 5-0 series win for India here. lol Be careful what you wish for. lol Go Kiwis !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

AS Dale Steyn said " I have more runs than you in the series" to Nohit Sharma

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Next world cup in NZ & AUS & I don't think IND will come to super 8 with this school boy bawling attack !!

Posted by zn264 on (January 19, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

No more excuses please! It was a great track for batting but the Black Caps were just too good! I'm sure India will come back strong in game 2 but this kiwi side is on a roll. We were more dominant in the field and with the ball in hand! GREAT WIN! How does that feel? 8 beats 1! YES

Posted by siri12345 on (January 19, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

@grvjpr,harmony111 n dravidsachinplasticgravitas-guys why dont u guys post some more rules regarding game of cricket?coming back to cricket,i hope those pundits who were predicting india to win 2015 wc in australia,nz must have got a reality check.wen ind lost the odi series in sa and we tried to point out how pak beat sa just 7 days back indian fans were full of excuses saying how those pak wins were flukes and how sa were tired of beating pak in uae so they didnt took pak series seriously.but now let me remind u guys westindies team drew with nz team 2-2 just 7 days back and i doubt ind can win more than 1 match in this series.

Posted by gvarun1975 on (January 19, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Dhoni should take the responsibility for this loss.My straight question to dhoni is why jadeja who cant bat and on a pitch where there is no chance of spin and why not binny who can bowl a decent medium pace and good striker of the ball and also why Ishant sharma despite of his poor perfomances in recent times????

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (January 19, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

So now Australia just need to win 3 more matches against England including today's match and India need to loose 1 more match and great Ausis will be number 1 side in ODI again :)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

@truecric_fan you sound like a massive douche, I don't know what you have against New Zealand but the Black Caps are now 1 up in the ODI series.

Posted by Baundele on (January 19, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

Good performance by NZ. Such performances must be encouraged. On the other hand, if ICC creates rules to save certain teams, it will only discourage others to perform.

Posted by goldenpower on (January 19, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

Pls give opening chance to pujara instead of rohit.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

And NZ were written off before this began! How ya like it now, BOOM!

Posted by Dranath on (January 19, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

@ truecric_fan Apparently your username isn't correct with that level of disrespect. How does it feel knowing your team was beaten by a "tier 2 or tier 3" team? A "toothless" attack certainly seemed to do the job for us kiwis.

I have little doubt a team as good as Indian will bounce back, so hopefully we'll have a good, hard fought series, but a bit of respect from some of the more obnoxious Indian fans would be a welcome bonus!!

Posted by polarcricket on (January 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

What a win. Looks like ya get Kohli ya get India.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

I would blame Rohit. He should atleast try to take few singles instead wasting bunch of balls and putting pressure on the rest. Why not swap the place between Rahane & Rohit and Binny & Jadeja,

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

new zealand wins and the indians still call them weak and minnows, story of my life.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

jadeja is a redundant part in the team.. pain for the tail.. could play an extra better bowler.. who will also contribute a couple of extra runs and wickets.

Posted by Zaheerahmed on (January 19, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

No.1 side (India) beaten comprehensively by No.8 side (Kiwis) and no body calling it an upset.

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 19, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

kohli is a pure class but rest of indian team home bullies becoz this pitch is flat but indians cant now play on flat pitches also india definitily going to lose no 1 spot to australia

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 19, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Who said India number one on flat track? India is number one only in India. If the matches are played in Abudhabi India is number 6 after SA, Aus, Eng, SriL,Pak and NZ.

Posted by mwjay on (January 19, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Sheer talent vs Flat track bullies

Posted by B_Puthur on (January 19, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

@Johny_129, truly said.. they need to prove themselves before they can be part of the squad again.

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 19, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

Truecric_fan, NZ have just smashed India, perhaps you and the Indian board of control would like us in another tier to allow India to have a chance at winning a game away from home! NZ to win 5-0 maybe? :-)

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Oh my god !! flat track bullies once again beaten in out side India ! but this one is real flat track but beaten by NZ A team !!!

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 19, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Great batsmen means great batsmen.they can win u every matches whatever possition they r in.but unfortunately kohli and tendulker the flat track duels r half great as they only score for their own recored.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 19, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

nine down now`. ishant sharma needs to do a faulkner and win it from here on. he has the height and strength to achieve the feat. come on ishant . do a faulkner

Posted by B_Puthur on (January 19, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

When you watch Rohit bat, it looks like watching 'Spiderman' fighting a demon within. . not sure how long it's gonna take for him to win :-(

Posted by TusharG on (January 19, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

Same mistakes, same old story. Flat track bullies...Raina, Ishant need do some meditation..Dhoni's backing for few individuals need to be questioned??

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 19, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

Despite this being their first ODI in NZ, Indian team has played very well. Game 2 India will be way too hot for a weak NZ team to handle. Did you see how Virat destroyed their bowlers. Amazing batting.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 19, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

I think India is losing because the wicket is not flat, oh wait it still is but the "No. 1" side is losing against a No. 8 side. This is a wake up call to IND fans, India Does Not deserve No. 1, perhaps in Flat tracks but overseas Below 5 seems rational.

Posted by ali14pakistani on (January 19, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Things have changed! India loooooosing unfortunately!

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 19, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

India the most over rated team in the world! Looks like a one man band with Kohli!

Posted by Vivfan on (January 19, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Kohli is in a class of his own, Great player to watch. But disheartening to know the rest of the players he plays with; Dhawan/Rohit/Raina/Dhoni/Jadeja are all absolute flat track bullies. Kohli must open.

Posted by kahvas on (January 19, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Ravindra JA RE JA is out for a duck, but betch yaa Dhoni will still have him at number 7. Jadeja has zero talent as a batsman, and still Dhoni follows the 70's mantra of team filled with bowlers.

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 19, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

We have been very harsh on our Indian Bowlers but today's ODI has proved that our Indian Bowlers are way better than the toothless NZ attack. Kohli has walked all over them all day. NZ team has had more exposure to ODI cricket than India recently and keep in mind they are playing like they are on on their home soil. Great work India, go for a 5-0 drubbing of NZ. NZ will be relegated to Tier 2 or Tier 3 status.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 19, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

@iceman,when i say hapless nd out of form bowling it got b indian bowling.unfortunately u dont know about ur own bowling.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 19, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

India will win the ODI & Test series IF and ONLY IF they drop Rohit and Ishant from the playing eleven.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 19, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

PLAYER to PLAYER on any surface, in the air, on the water, in space, anywhere in the universe. Kushal parera vs Shikhar = Dhawan(Obviously), Dilshan vs Rohit shrma= Rohit(Rohit is much more pleasing to watch and isn't a slogger), Sanga vs Virat = Virat(as virat actually wins matches), Mahela vs Raina= Raina(Raina has a better average, bowls as well, fields better as well), Thirrimanne and chandimal vs any batsman in INDIA = Indian Batsman(Well do I have to explain), Matthews vs Dhoni (Dhoni ofcourse, has won all the major trophies), Parera(IRON MAN) vs Jadeja = Jadeja(Well where is Iron Man), Kulasekra vs Bhuvi= Bhuvi(Younger, bowls faster than kulasekra), Malinga vs Ishant = You decide(India always want malinga to play), Herath vs Ashwin = Ashwin(Check the rankings and 100 times better batsman than herath, Herath gave 20 runs against NZ c team in final over so can't handle pressure), Eranga vs Shami= Shami(Eranga who? oh yeah he gave 15 runs in final over)

Posted by VinodGupte on (January 19, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

well, rohit sharma took a hundred matches to acclimatize to international cricket before scoring some runs of substance. give him some more time. a hundred matches in SA and a hundred in NZ before he scores a 50. let's not lose our hope on this talent yet.

Posted by yogesh.gg on (January 19, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

SLslinga on (January 19, 2014, 6:38 GMT) : You have got amazing sense of humour , i give you that.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (January 19, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

some worried indian fans here but you are still in the best position to win the game, especially with dohni and kohli at the crease, from an nz perspective though they look like the only indian players we have to worry about, rest of the team looks shakey, gonna be a tighter series than most predicted i think

Posted by Hetdave19 on (January 19, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

Dhoni must understand, one cannot give chances to inconsistent players like Raina & Rohit, they will play once in blue moon. If that's the case then bring back Sehwag or go for Pujara straight away. He by no means is a slow player and will surely be best in overseas conditions.

Posted by DJRNZ on (January 19, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Very interesting reading all these comments compared to comments made in the last few weeks. This game isn't even over and the Indian supporters are having a cry.... pathetic really!!!!!!

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni said he is looking at Raina as a long term prospect for the number 4 position..wow if a talentless flat track bully like Raina is the trusted number 4 for Ind...then nobody can save India...Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina are clearly not fit for this one day team when playing abroad...even a school kid can figure out that but Dhoni cant...

Posted by Joe-car on (January 19, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

As far as I know GREATEST GAME is an Indian fan chaps, and anyone who disagrees with his assessment of Dhawan in SA is either in denial, biased or didn't watch the tour at all. I for one remember him getting out at least twice to poorly executed pull/hook shots.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 19, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

easy chase for Indians here as no more than 4 fielders allowed outside the inner circle. kohli nearing century. hope they finish job with few overs remaining.

Posted by Hetdave19 on (January 19, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

Raina has got many chances in the past two year and he consistently failed to produce any innings of impact. Don't know why the team management and Dhoni is still persisting with him ahead of Ambati Rayudu!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

now dhoni and is team should practice in this series' to how to lose in next world cup. and then play more ipl matches to entertain their families.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

Can't bear to watch this anymore! Kohli is the lone man out there... again... deja vu Sachin! Can't figure out Dhoni winning the toss and deciding to chase all the time( he did the same in SA also) Rohit Sharma ate up too many balls to deny India the roaring start they needed to show why they are No 1 side in the world ( atleast against the No 8 side). Again a repeat of what happened to him against Steyn in SA. Can't understand what are the so called coaching professionals being paid in the team for, when the team keeps on making the same mistakes and the same decisions. Is it Dhoni or is it Duncan who's making these lame decisions for the team? Or these guys have gone back to Azharuddin days when the motto was" tomorrow is another day" Time for some tough calls to drop : Ishant ( useless bowler beyond doubt) Rohit (flatters to deceive) Ashwin( unable to bowl outside India) Rahane( Not made for one day cricket as a middle order batsman) Maybe then we can start to win some games!!!

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Rohit and Shikar are poor players abroad they can only play at home,Why is Ishant in the ODI team,big mystery,poor bowler,look at the Newzealanders bowl even at 130 speed they are getting wickets,time to give the bench players on the park

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Dhoni is clearly testing the patience of an average Indian cricket fan with his selection of final eleven. Many a time he is saved by a couple of players in good form. But it may not always happen.I suspect some invisible hands are playing this irresponsible game.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (January 19, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

I have seen Rohit on multiple overseas tours and his body language is just not right. The self-belief that Virat displays is missing from Rohit, who does not think he can succeed. He probably can do well but until he has the self confidence, he is not much use.

It's embarrassing how Dhoni keeps selecting and defending Ishant, just because he can. Between Rohit and Ishant, we are blocking some promising youngsters.

Posted by jimbond on (January 19, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

The more Rohit Sharma plays in ODIs, he is doing more damage to himself. I believe he is a decent Test player (Possibly even in T20s, but he is simply unsuitable for ODIs, as even Sehwag was). Rayudu definitely deserves a look in. India should reserve Ishant Sharma for matches in Australia and SA only. Even Virat Kohli looked more potent as a bowler than Sharma.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

I am again stressing the need of changes in the squad...There should be specialist opener always whether you play in fat track or bouncing track..rohit is not a technically sound like virat,dhoni and raina...also the spinners dept now should try with alternate spinner than ashwin...ashwin is struggling again...i feel the openers slot either should share with gamphir or murali vijay not with sharma...

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

@SLslinga: when you say "hapless and out of form bowling" do you mean SL bowling... :P

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 19, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

This adam milne guy seems to have lot of pace.i did not see him much against newzealand.but i saw him against bangladesh.he was taken apart there actually.his economy was i think 7 runs per over in that odi.

Posted by linguboy on (January 19, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

@Greatest_Game: Atleast that paper tiger won us the CT2013. What have your great players done for your team??? how many WCs they have won for SA???

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

@Slslinga : your name exactly suggest why you are against kohli... lol I remember how he takes advantage of the hapless mediocre Lanka bowling unit everythime everywhere.... not to mention he alone can demolish Lankan bowling which is inferior to my gully bowlers...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

Now it's official.Rohit is a Home Turf Bully.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

@Greatest game : exactly that's why dhawan has 4 centuries outside subcontinent and oh yeah one against saffas too...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

@slslinga ; just like how he single handedly demolishes Lankan mediocre ever out of form bowlers on any track.... lok

Posted by kahvas on (January 19, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

This team reminds me of the Indian team in the 90's. Only difference is Sachin Tendulkar is replaced by Virat Kohli. If he gets out, please switch off their TV sets and goto sleep. India need 7 proper batsman. Jadeja is not a batsman. India need Gautam Gambhir and Pujara in the ODI side. I hope we lose this series badly and Dhoni is axed as the captain. He wants his buddies Jadeja, Ishant, ashwin all of them to play at the price of a batsman. Remove Ishant, bring Binny in.

Posted by Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on (January 19, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan should have told Rohit Sharma that they were playing an ODI and not a Test. He should also have reminded Rohit that they were no more playing in South Africa against the dangerous Steyn, but against much harmless New Zealand bowling attack. What a pathetic & torturous batting struggle to score a mere 3 runs from 23 balls. This guy by his negative approach of not even rotating strike, brings tremendous pressure on fellow batsmen.

During the entire tour of South Africa he had the same negative approach & it is unlikely that he will change in the following matches in New Zealand. Better send him back to India and send Kedar Jadhav or Rishi Dhawan as replacement.

Dhoni's unstinted support to Rohit, Ashwin & Jadeja is flabbergasting. The Chennai Super Kings affiliations should not blur his thinking & approach to national side. These three guys are useless in conditions of New Zealand & Australia. The earlier he understands this, the better it will be for Team India.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 19, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

Shikar Dhawan - paper tiger. Again he shows his weakness against the short ball. Like in SA, caught trying to hook. He has been found out, like Rohit!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

Ashwin's batting probably is what is saving him and for Ishant Sharma probably his long hairs (can't think of any other reason why he is still in the team). If Jadeja starts contributing with the bat consistently then perhaps Dhoni might start looking at Ojha as an option in ODIs.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 19, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Wow a flat track bully like virat kohli still there for india!nz bowlers must be out of form.kohli is a batsmen who takes advantage of hapless and out of form bowling,not to mention flat wicket!!

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (January 19, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

rohit sharma, sure flat trak bully in current odi team. He failed in SA and now in newzealand.

Posted by gajanan_londhe on (January 19, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

Rishabh: "God. Why? You give a couple of 150k+ bowlers in a population of 4 million and forget to put even 1 of these in a country of 1.2 billion... @Rishabh: Indian please was only knowing that they need 11 people to play cricket, so they asked for batsman's only from god, then were don't know that they needs some bowlers also in team to take wickets

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (January 19, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

rohit sharma, sure flat trak bully in current odi team. He failed in SA and now in newzealand.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (January 19, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Here is the ODI order outside India: Kohli sould do sachin and open the innings. 1) Kohli 2) Dhawan/Pujara 4) Rohit/Rahane 5) Raina/Raydu 6) Dhoni/Karthik 7) seam bowler all rounder 8) Spin allrounder - Ashwin/Jadeja 9) Swing Bowler - Kumar/ ?10 )Shami /? 11) Fast Bowler/?

Posted by baranasai on (January 19, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

is there any body think we should give Viru or his partner Gautham a chance as the present openers are not yet ready to play in overseas conditions atleast Rohit to me. Any body support me- look at Rohit how much he struggled to score the 3 runs-he could have done few singles here and there-pathetic the way he succumbed. May be some body can open the innings rather than Rohit atleast for now as he has put immense pressure on other players

Posted by Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on (January 19, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

What is wrong with the "flat-track-bully" Rohit Sharma? I don't understand his negative approach of remaining stroke-less and not even rotating the strike (3 runs from 23 balls, strike rate of 13.04). He has been given too many opportunities. Enough is enough. This guy will be disaster for India's world cup campaign, as it is to be in New Zealand & Australia. Favouritism towards him should henceforth be stopped and he should replaced.

BATTING CHANGE : Allow Rahane to open with Dhawan & let Rayudu play in the middle order. (in future, Kedar Jadhav may please also be considered).

BOWLING CHANGES : Replace another subcontinental-bully, toothless Ashwin with Binny (let us at least try and see the effectiveness of his gentle medium pace). Also replace the expensive Ishant Sharma with Varun Aaron. The utility of Jadeja on New Zealand pitches is questionable, as even Kiwis are using 4 pace bowlers. Let Ishwar Pandey replace Jadeja.

Dhoni should give up his conservative approach.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

anyone still thinks ashwin or ishant are the bowler of international stands. my God bhajji was far better than ashwin (wicket less and cluless)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

If MS take my suggestion rohit shouldn't be at first 11 on NZ tour, he can only play in subcontinent, gambir should come as he had experience playing in NZ , rohit should go back to India , 3 in 23 balls put pressure on kholi to play shot , go back boy

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

oh sorry shami I forgot to praise you, I was so frustrated with our so called bowler ishant.... shami is the find for India, if we have one.good fast bowler who actually can atleast control the run flow that would have been great for us.... but you know ishant sharma is our most experienced, most hard working unlucky bowler..... he is very unlucky, every batsmen goes after.him and not other...lol

Posted by ketaann on (January 19, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

well done indian bowlers. You acheive a feat which is chakewalk for others by conceding less than 300. Now if they loose from here everyone should blame batsmen.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

India opting for 5 bowlers. This could be a tricky chase if early wickets fall which is unlikely. Not sure if Ashwin even falls under the category of bowling, he is more of a batting allrounder

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

after the steyn treatment in SA has Rohit Sharma hit a mental block again...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

I the more I seen rohit batting the.pitch seems.to behave.like a.grazing field.... on the contrast kohli 's batting makes.pitch look like a high way.... that's what you need "hard work", not.some " hidden talent" which was.never to be seen....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 4:23 GMT) : Here http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/668963.html Players missing: Guptill , Ryder , Williamson, Taylor, B. Mccullum , Anderson .. This is as good as whole new team and there is no comparison at all.

Posted by baranasai on (January 19, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

Rohit sharma has no clue as how to play the first ten overs. He never was in the picture so timid and self destructive today wasted 20 plus balls has damaged the Indian start -He played like a test match game .sad to see him play like this. we need a new opener soon the way he has played today

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

3 for 23 balls is usefully contribution indeed... look how much he made the bowlers tierd.... lol

Posted by Selfishkar on (January 19, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

You people are being hard on Ishant Sharma, only few matches ago he took a 4-fer in South Africa. You can't expect Ishant to take 4-fer in every series, let alone in every match.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

I like to big match but it's like lasy game

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

stop bringing ipl into this match. god sake get a life . new zealand are easily gonna win this match . india will be bowled out for under 220

Posted by lonewarriorram on (January 19, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Nohit Sharma after match on his dismissal: "shot was on. I didn't execute properly". When will he learn to rotate strike in his early part of innings? Frustrating for us to see his too defensive approach early on.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Is Rohit Sharma India's latest flat track bully?

Posted by ARJa on (January 19, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is again expertly proving he is only good in the subcontinent and the Caribbean (which of course is due to the pathetic nature of the opponent). Cannot be helped though. Not like there are that many players better than him in all of India in terms of batting. So, have to tolerate.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 19, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Rohit - 3 runs off 23 balls. His trip to SA certainly turned him back into Nohit! NZ bowlers have been shown the way!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

looks like the role of two sharmas are interchanged.... one who supposed to concede dot balls.is.going for runs and the other who is supposed to score is actually wasting balls..... irony if.Indian cricket.... but oh yes wait.... they ate the.only talented hard working guys we have.... lok

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

what the hell ishant is doing in the team

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

dhoni forgot to mention rohit that test starts on 6th feb and today's one is 50 over cricket game.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

the more I see ishant sharma, the more confident that the worst bowler in my gully team will get selected.... this guy is a joke...

Posted by gajanan_londhe on (January 19, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

On Corey Anderson 100 in 36 balls on New Year's Day. Sunny Gavaskar's comment "Fantastic performance. I took 36 balls to get off the mark"

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Looks like Dhoni is obsessed with all the "Sharma's" lol im one as well. Why on earth Ishant sharma is in the team? Even i can hit him for sixes.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

time to make some changes time to become more flexible its time to choose two quicks instead of Ashwin and Ishant when India plays abroad...

Posted by Zaheerahmed on (January 19, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Strange innings from Taylor in ODI against India today. On a batting paradise, small ground and against a friendly Indian attack he hit one boundary while facing 82 deliveries. He deserve a bonus by his IPL franchise.

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 19, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

India number 1? Maybe at home! If they played more cricket away and actually lived up to their agreed tour itineraries when touring they'd be more like 4th or 5th! should be 1 nil to N.Z. Tonight.

Posted by rajcl on (January 19, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

its NZ turn after INDIAS 2nd inngs pitch becomes flat ( if INDIA LOOSE STILL BONCY PITCH )

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 19, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Dhoni is ruining the future of Ind cricket....Is Ishant sharma better than the bowlers who are warming the bench...Why cant this guys just retire to save Indian cricket...What is the role of Ashwin and jadega in this team..are they in the team to just bowl out 10 overs

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

time to make some changes time to become more flexible its time to choose two quicks instead of Ashwin and Ishant when India plays abroad...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Aaron / Pandey cant be worse than 8 RPO economy. Got to substitute Ishant Sharma with either of them.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Ishant Sharma - Best bowler ever. Period.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Wel done NZ In shaa Allah nz will win the series

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 19, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

@ ThilankaK : Compare the team that played against SL and the one that is playing today. Wonder what does it take to talk that illogically!

Posted by gajanan_londhe on (January 19, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

It has been become too irritating to see Dhoni is persisting with same players without looking their forms. Though cricket is 11 players game everyone's performance get counted and yes, everyone make difference in a game. I am not against any players but if we look back for few month, ishant and raina are just to complete 11 member. but replacing these two by two other deserving player definitely will increase teams perforamce.. Hope Dhoni understant it.. all the best India..an Indian fan..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

it's really frustrating for the fans too that indian bowling is becoming worst with ishant sharma leaking runs consistently and jadeja not playing up to the mark, and for some reason new bowlers are not given chance at all. I think they want the batsman's average to go up by chasing totals close to 300, really pathetic.

Posted by zn264 on (January 19, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

Not a bad total by the Black Caps but India bowled extremely well in the last 2 overs to stop us getting to the 300 mark. Still, good to have runs on the board and a decent total to defend. Geez Anderson is looking good. Time to put a bit of heat on it boys and rip a few stumps out of the ground. Reckon India will collapse half way through, but will come close to snatching this...and then just fall short ;)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

it's really frustrating for the fans too that indian bowling is becoming worst with ishant sharma leaking runs consistently and jadeja not playing up to the mark, and for some reason new bowlers are not given chance at all. I think they want the batsman's average to go up by chasing totals close to 300, really pathetic.

Posted by darsh127 on (January 19, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

I. Sharma is worse than a part timer. Says it all right there. None of the other bowlers warming benches can do worse than this.

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 19, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

@Posted by Vivfan on (January 19, 2014, 2:56 GMT) a team becomes number one by winning more matches! winning the Champions Trophy in England , winning the World Cup . Taking certain number of wickets in certain numbers of overs have nothing to do with ranking. It's not rocket science .Grow up!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

breaking news!! major disappointment from the Indian pace attack as they fail to concede a 300+ total for the second successive match... both experts and the Indian batsmen are shocked at this lack of commitment from the bowlers... except the highly talented and inexperienced ishant who made a brave late charge by giving away nearly 8 rpo no other bowler quite showed the same hunger to win it for the opposition! kohli and co upset that they won't be able to push their averages up by much !! the selectors have quite a headache now! "call back vinay kumar" say the fans!!!!!!!

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 19, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

india has a joke of bowlers what a hit from anderson 122 meters record six if india can get a good start its their game otherwise new zealand will win this

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy - You were obviously sarcastic and I was only stoking or. No need to read much in between the lines.

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 19, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

REMINDER ! this is the same NZ A team that you all said defeated SL !! lamoo !!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

Can someone exactly tell me what the hell does Ishant Sharma bowl? Neither he has pace like Brett Lee, nor can he bowl a proper length during the death overs, he is so average that it is beyond belief.....

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 19, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

@ Vivfan : This team as bad it maybe but is far better than the SL team and its proven that they have thrashed SL everywhere.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

wow! sir ishant sharma is back to his roaring best! conceding a string of boundaries he pushes his economy rate to above 7 per over while keeping the wickets column intact! well done ishant ...dhoni has one big advantage! he doesn't need to prepare anything different for the press conference! same old things - he runs in hard ...hits the deck hard... extracts bounce ...is unlucky !!!!! India deserves to lose its no.1 spot!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Dhoni plays jadeja who can't bat neither he bowls . His average economy is 5.5 - 6 which Yusuf Pathan can also bowl atlest he gives us extra batting option too . Jadeja is not reliable at all

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

@Vivfan : this team is a kind of team which won WC11 and CT13... and yeah one can only become no1 by winning more matches... and that's exactly how India become no1

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

I think we have ishant and ashwin in a team to make sure our batsmen gets more runs to chase...that's a good strategy.. lol

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

dhoni you beauty.... two mind blowing catches..... wow.... he is a damn good keeper

Posted by darsh127 on (January 19, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

As an indian , the more I see I. Sharma get clobbered, I feel happier and happier. I wanna see Dhoni's maximum ability to keep someone in the team despite doing nothing. Both the shama's in this case. India has a population over a billion and these people should value their place in the team. The following need to go immediately : I.Sharma, R.Ashwin (ODI) .. The following must leave if lack of form on this tour: S. Raina, R.Sharma

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

@anandh kumar : lol.... that was a sarcastic way of saying how ishant degraded himself.... hope you read through lines

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

Difference between Ashwin bowling in India to outside is quite extraordinary. His form outside might adversely affect his form in India !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

@yousuf : man you made my day... way to go

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

ishant sharma you beauty.... you can give game to newzelands hand in just one over... way to go.... we need more runs to chase....lol....

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 19, 2014, 3:38 GMT)

As usual it is easy for batsmen because India bowl. A few things never change. India is the greatest friend of batsmen all over the world.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

This is gonna be one real test for Indian batting line up..

Posted by thaikkathameed on (January 19, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

Why is Ashwin preferred over Auron. Ashwin is useless outside India. Ishwar Pandey and Auron should have been in the playing eleven. Ishant is there just to leak runs when other bowlers control the flow of runs.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy - Yes spin and cutters may be Ishant Sharma's future. He is bowling in mid 120s and there is no hint of movement. If you had any doubts as to whether Ishant Sharma has become a trundler, McCullum reminds us by stepping out and Smashing Ishant straight down the pitch

Posted by DD_f0rever on (January 19, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

Some really good fast bowling by Shami..bowling consistently @140 kmph and more importantly picking wickets.

Ishant needs to go..There are more deserving pacers waiting in the wings..Ishwar..Umesh..Aaron...even Binny can be tried as an all-rounder.

Posted by Vivfan on (January 19, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Just 2 wickets after nearly 30 overs, what kind of a team is this? How on earth did they become No. 1?

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 19, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

Great work by Indian bowlers. Very subdued batting by NZ. I doubt NZ will reach 250.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 2:51 GMT)

Sometimes Dhoni gets caught up in containment mode in middle overs rather than attacking for wickets. Batsman easily pick 5-6 runs per over risk free

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

this is same old story, get early wickets, relax ans leak runs in middle overs ( no one to take wickets in middle overs) and get smashed all over the.park in death overs ans you expect batsmen to chase down mammoth targets everytime.....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

ishant sharma might end up as a.spinner with very long run up... lol. .. look at him, he hardly crossed 130kmph..... even bhuvi is touching 135kmph at Times...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

good rahane is playing.... he needs atleast 3 full series

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

no pujara???

Posted by loks07 on (January 19, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

It is very difficult to support to same set of Indian players day in and day out, who have not performed well and others are waiting for their chances. It is also getting tedious for a passionate fan to hear that the Captain knows better than us. How long you expect me to support this blue team with Ishant, Raina and few others who give once in blue moon performance. Is Dhoni arguably the most stubborn Captain of India till date? Whoever believes that he has been the most successful Captain of India also needs to understand that those victories were despite poor selections of Joginders, Ishants, Chawlas and Sreesanths etc.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

why not select pujara for odi?? wat is the reason for this? ? he is the most technically sounded batsman now in the team ..so fast track he is the first choice..

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 19, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

PLAYER to PLAYER on any surface, in the air, on the water, in space, anywhere in the universe. Kushal parera vs Shikhar = Dhawan(Obviously), Dilshan vs Rohit shrma= Rohit(Rohit is much more pleasing to watch and isn't a slogger), Sanga vs Virat = Virat(as virat actually wins matches), Mahela vs Raina= Raina(Raina has a better average, bowls as well, fields better as well), Thirrimanne and chandimal vs any batsman in INDIA = Indian Batsman(Well do I have to explain), Matthews vs Dhoni (Dhoni ofcourse, has won all the major trophies), Parera(IRON MAN) vs Jadeja = Jadeja(Well where is Iron Man), Kulasekra vs Bhuvi= Bhuvi(Younger, bowls faster than kulasekra), Malinga vs Ishant = You decide(India always want malinga to play), Herath vs Ashwin = Ashwin(Check the rankings and 100 times better batsman than herath, Herath gave 20 runs against NZ c team in final over so can't handle pressure), Eranga vs Shami= Shami(Eranga who? oh yeah he gave 15 runs in final over)

Posted by shammini on (January 19, 2014, 2:21 GMT)

What is wrong with Indian think tank and more specifically, Dhoni?? WHY does Ishant Sharma always gets picked up despite the worst performances EVER by an experienced fast bowler for India (in his age group). He is running in and bowling at 125-130 kph, that too without any control. Even Dhoni and Kohli can bowl at that pace and probably with a bit more control. Someone in the camp has really seen something in him that NONE OTHER IN THE WORLD are able to spot. Really baffling, given that they do have better options in Aaron, Pandey, heck even Unadkat or Binny would rate better than him any day.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

ball went over the 30 yard circle and umpire signaled it as.six.... oh wait.... that's boundary line....lol

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 19, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

Dhoni still looking to justify his decision of bowling first in South Africa ODIs & persisting with proven flops Raina & Ashwin....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

Dhonis or whomsoevers fixation with I Sharma is tickin the nerves of many an Ind fan.. Whats worse is settin a bad example for aspirin quicks in Ind.. too few so far.. trouble a gud bat thru the duration of a series n cement ur place in the side for the next 5yrs.. He has the assets for sure.. but the word potential is simply thrown around.. start mouldin a decent 1st change or kiss defendin the wc goodbye.. which anyway is a far cry..

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (January 19, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

The way our bowling has started we may end up giving 330 plus runs again

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