New Zealand v India, 2nd ODI, Hamilton January 21, 2014

Aggressive NZ aim to push India off top

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Match facts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0100 GMT)

Big Picture

In Napier, New Zealand made it clear that they were going to go hard at India. It's a series they have waited long for, quite nervously too, given the BCCI's reluctance to honour the FTP and accountability to none. Now that it has arrived, New Zealand are out to make full use of the shortened version of the tour.

It is shaping up to be an evenly matched series: for all their aggression with the bat and the ball, and the brilliance in the field, New Zealand will still need their best at all times to get better of India, as was evident from how Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni nearly won a lost match all on their own. There was a lot of back and forth in the first ODI with both sides showing tenacity at various points of the match. If they can keep that up for over the next 10 days, we might be in for a memorable ODI series.

After the Napier win, Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan, the bowler who did the most damage, have both said they were glad at how the bouncers worked against India - four specialist batsmen fell pulling - and that there will be no let-up despite the absence of Adam Milne, who consistently bowled around 150kmph in his first spell. Hamilton, however, might be the closest to home for India. It has slowed down recently, has been helping spinners, has short boundaries, and should bring India good memories of comfortable wins in both the Test and the ODI on their last trip to New Zealand.

There is added incentive for India to win in Hamilton. If they don't, they will momentarily lose their No.1 ranking to Australia.

Form guide

New Zealand WLWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
India LLLWL

In the spotlight

McClenaghan is all set to become the second-fastest man to 50 ODI wickets. He currently has 47 in 19 games; Ajantha Mendis reached 50 in 19 ODIs. It's McClenaghan's strike rate, though, that is stunning. He gets a wicket every 20.4 balls. The next-best strike rate for anyone who has taken a minimum of 47 wickets is 27.1. It's McClenaghan's ability to take wickets, never mind the runs he might concede, that New Zealand will look forward to.

Interestingly, and some might be stunned by this, among Indian bowlers who have taken a minimum of 50 wickets, the best strike rate belongs to Ishant Sharma. His economy rate of 5.7 is similar to McClenaghan's 5.8, but Ishant doesn't compensate enough with a strike rate of 32.9, which happens to be India's best, though. As usual, Ishant, the trooper that he is, will keep fighting with the heat on him. Despite bowling that superb last over, Ishant was the worst bowler in the first ODI, going at eight an over. It won't be long before India look past the spirit of Ishant. He needs a big performance some time soon.

Teams news

New Zealand have been hit by the injury to Milne, and they are almost certain to bring in Kyle Mills.

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt.), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9. Kyle Mills, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

India don't discuss their XI before a match, but there are two places that will be debated: Suresh Raina's and Ishant's. The recent slowness of Seddon Park should give the two spinners another go. Unless India make an extremely bold move of playing Stuart Binny ahead of a specialist batsman or bowler, it is unlikely he is getting his debut here.

India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina/Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Ajinkya Rahane, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Pitch and conditions

The groundsman Karl Johnson is not sure why it is happening, but Seddon Park is observing a recent trend of slowness and assistance for spinners. However, it has rained heavily on the two days leading into the match so there could be something in there for the quicks too. It is going to be interesting to observe the pitch's behaviour, especially if it is overcast on match day too.

Stats and trivia

  • R Ashwin has taken only one wicket in his last 80 overs in international cricket.
  • The Napier win was New Zealand's first in the last seven attempts against India.
  • New Zealand have won only one of their last five ODIs at Seddon Park.

Quotes

"One thing I learnt in South Africa was when you are batting, whatever you are doing, you need to commit to it fully. Because people are bowling at you at 140-145 kph, there is not much time to decide and think later on, after the ball is bowled. Whatever you want to do, you got to read the length and commit to the shot. If you want to leave the ball, you have got to commit to that."
Virat Kohli on one of the challenges of facing quality fast bowling

"We're not going to be nice to them, we're going to get in their face and let them know that we're here and we're going to put our mark on the build-up to the World Cup."
Mitchell McClenaghan promises more aggression

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on January 22, 2014, 2:27 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.

  • on January 22, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    India..what can we say...some teams can only play at home. Dusty, dead and lifeless tracks in India are there natural habitat along with crowds egging you on. It's been a while before the SA tour that India had been outside their comfort zone and it showed.

  • TSJ07 on January 22, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    After the final eleven news it is confirmed that we will loose no.1 ranking today probably never to regain it in future.Whats going on here with the selection??

  • on January 22, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    I don't think that New Zealand's true aim is to "push India off the top". Their real focus is not to bring other teams down the ranking but to raise themselves up. The Kiwi culture is far more relaxed and and less selfish compared to teams such as Australia and South Africa

  • on January 22, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    Rain? Warned you.... and with every over lost... the gangley, wirey Indians wil feel the heat of a Black Caps team that has bigger hitters and bigger frames. Boundaries and sixes (most hit) win 94% of all short form games - Fact. If this is 25 overs each way or something... I need only hark back to Queenstown. If reduced, they should play Neesham as floating hitter.... along with Corey (obviously)... fingers crossed for 2-0 and the respect we should have got from Indian fans after the first game. 11 Kohli hundreds chasing had won India 11 out of those 11 games.... but the 12th....? We still got you. That says something.... but if think series still a cakewalk India, I say good... you don't play these next few games like your lives depend on it, like we will, you will lose. Go the Black Caps!! Let's erase this Waikato hoodoo.... there are two games there after all (sneaky BCCI)l

  • Rawdy.Raathore on January 22, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    replace raina with pujara. Find more all-rounders before WC 2015.

  • Smash42 on January 21, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    India will belt NZ in the remaining ODIS and will win both tests, probably by an innings.

  • on January 21, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    With the performances in SA and now in NZ, and with Dhoni's team selections (read Ishant Sharma), India deserve to drop to no. 3 or even lower. Is Jadeja supposed to be a batting all-rounder?

  • AvidCricFan on January 21, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    As long as the Indian team has players like Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, NZ can accomplish their goal of defeating India. Rohit Sharma is very tentative outside the off on seaming and bouncy wickets. Raina is undone by short balls. Since Ishant is bowling at around 132-135 speed with limited variation, he is a very average bowler who can be taken to cleaners.

  • dinosaurus on January 21, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    If England lose today (possible) and Australia win the last two against England (likely), India's loss of the #1 ranking won't just be a temporary blip.

  • Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on January 22, 2014, 2:27 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.

  • on January 22, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    India..what can we say...some teams can only play at home. Dusty, dead and lifeless tracks in India are there natural habitat along with crowds egging you on. It's been a while before the SA tour that India had been outside their comfort zone and it showed.

  • TSJ07 on January 22, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    After the final eleven news it is confirmed that we will loose no.1 ranking today probably never to regain it in future.Whats going on here with the selection??

  • on January 22, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    I don't think that New Zealand's true aim is to "push India off the top". Their real focus is not to bring other teams down the ranking but to raise themselves up. The Kiwi culture is far more relaxed and and less selfish compared to teams such as Australia and South Africa

  • on January 22, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    Rain? Warned you.... and with every over lost... the gangley, wirey Indians wil feel the heat of a Black Caps team that has bigger hitters and bigger frames. Boundaries and sixes (most hit) win 94% of all short form games - Fact. If this is 25 overs each way or something... I need only hark back to Queenstown. If reduced, they should play Neesham as floating hitter.... along with Corey (obviously)... fingers crossed for 2-0 and the respect we should have got from Indian fans after the first game. 11 Kohli hundreds chasing had won India 11 out of those 11 games.... but the 12th....? We still got you. That says something.... but if think series still a cakewalk India, I say good... you don't play these next few games like your lives depend on it, like we will, you will lose. Go the Black Caps!! Let's erase this Waikato hoodoo.... there are two games there after all (sneaky BCCI)l

  • Rawdy.Raathore on January 22, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    replace raina with pujara. Find more all-rounders before WC 2015.

  • Smash42 on January 21, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    India will belt NZ in the remaining ODIS and will win both tests, probably by an innings.

  • on January 21, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    With the performances in SA and now in NZ, and with Dhoni's team selections (read Ishant Sharma), India deserve to drop to no. 3 or even lower. Is Jadeja supposed to be a batting all-rounder?

  • AvidCricFan on January 21, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    As long as the Indian team has players like Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, NZ can accomplish their goal of defeating India. Rohit Sharma is very tentative outside the off on seaming and bouncy wickets. Raina is undone by short balls. Since Ishant is bowling at around 132-135 speed with limited variation, he is a very average bowler who can be taken to cleaners.

  • dinosaurus on January 21, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    If England lose today (possible) and Australia win the last two against England (likely), India's loss of the #1 ranking won't just be a temporary blip.

  • on January 21, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @the dark knight your playing XI is an ipl team if am not mistaken...and i dont see why raydu is considered a good player...indian team has always been on a very strong batting side..all they need is bowling attack..but with the talent like ishant...the hopes will be let down...shami is the only good bowler in the team at present...and finally..hatsoff to self proclaimed sir jadeja....i hope this prick performs some day...

  • boomslanger on January 21, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I think India should bat first so that their batsmen can play without the pressure of score to reach. New Zealand made 292 last time and you could see it holding back Sharma and Dhawan. And after two early wickets, the heat was on Raina and Rahane in the middle order.

  • desiboy454 on January 21, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    India should go on to win the series, but they will have to fight till the last bit to win. If Ishant Sharma plays all the remaining matches it will become harder for india to win. I dont get it, I am baffled by the selectors and MS dhoni. He seriously is a waste, I dont see the guy improving. I will give it to him that he runs in hard and gives long spells but those are worthless when he cant take a wicket. 2nd problem, is with Ashwin, I think he needs a kick up the backside, he is not threatening at all. Give binny a go. 3rd, Jadeja is not batting at all, he is batting like a tailender, when he really should be scoring 25 + runs when needed. 4th, MSD needs to stop sticking with the same 11 that lose, give some ppl on the bench a go. 5th, Dhawan n raina should not hook, they are poor hookers. 6th, Rohit needs to concentrate and get some runs or bring GG back. For 2nd ODI: 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. Raina 6. MSD. 7. Binny 8. Jadeja 9. Kumar 10. Shami 11. Aaron. LETS GO!

  • Hasun888 on January 21, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    When Bangladesh beat NZ and NZ beats India...its really hard to justify icc rankings. These results just show that the so called associate nations would do equally well as these so called top 8 teams. Time and time again we have seen so many upsets from lower ranked teams and associate nations. If only these lower ranked teams and associate nations got more chances, cricket would become a lot more competitive. The elimination or reduction of bi-lateral series and the introduction of season based cricket in all nations would make for really good cricket. Like 2 seasons of cricket in a year...and 2 seasons of rest. The 2 season will be held in 2 different continents (like Europe, Nz and Aus, Asia, and south america). The top 12 teams play against one another twice in that continent and then this format continues in other the other continents for the remaining season. Each year the continents will change and the teams can do whatever they want in there two off seasons (have series).

  • Greatest_Game on January 21, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    @ Francis Mel , frustrated with Ishant the Terrible, wrote "And to think India is No 1 inspite of Ishant Sharma is just unbelievable."

    Not for very long, mate. Wave goodbye to #1.3.5 ODI thrashings in a row. India are not ar home on their nice dead tracks where Nohit can score 200. This is the REAL world, where Nohit can't score. Nor Dhawan, nor Raina.

    Destroyed by SA, whipped by NZ, the ODI specialists are beginning to look like the ODI amateurs. No wonder the BCCI, ECB & CA are trying to take over cricket - it is the only way they will win!

  • Greatest_Game on January 21, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    The headline "Aggressive NZ aim to push India off top" is obviously all about the cricket, and not about the ICC - it is exactly the other way around there. I wonder of the Kiwis will be told that they have to let India win one - after all their board does not exactly look like it is doing a Haka and showing any mettle!

  • truecric_fan on January 21, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Huge opportunity for India to level the series, pitch conditions will surely assist Ashwin and Jadeja. NZ will miss Milne. I predicted India to take this series 4-1, do not let us down Dhoni. Please select your team on merit and not favoritism.

  • jiten27 on January 21, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    I totally agree with Raja.sh , 1.Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. kholi 4.Ashwin 5.rayudu 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.jadeja 9. B.kumar 10.Shami 11.pandey but one change we should try pujara instead of ashwin, or wt else can be done try amit Mishra instead of jadeja, if pujara is in n.z than we have to try him , if still in india than rhit sharma is fine. ..............but no way raina. he just like ganguly , give him bounce ball he will be out before I finish my tea. so its not worth.

  • Greatest_Game on January 21, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    @ Raja.sh wrote "Today's match: 1.Dhawan (FAIL) 2. Rahane 3. kholi 4.Ashwin (FAIL) 5.rayudu 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.jadeja (FAIL) 9. B.kumar 10.Shami 11.pandey

    Dhawan has been found out. He really has. He will fall trying to hook/pull the short ball. He can't time it at pace, and he can't leave it after too many years of feasting on flat tracks. He is no better than Nohit.

    Ashwin. Fail, bat and ball. Jadega too. This is not the IPL, & this is not CSK. The rest of your team looks interesting - I think Rahane is due, though Kumar is too rough still - nothing subtle there.

  • CricketChat on January 21, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Missed one Ind player in my last comment that should definitely go whether anyone else goes or not, Raina, who has been nothing short of abysmal failure for many matches in a row now.

  • on January 21, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Silly to talk about replacements who are not part of the squad The fact is Ishant doesnt know what he bowls If he gets a wicket or a good delivery its more a fluke than a plan If Dhoni has any element of boldness he should replace Ishant with Aaron and get Rayudu in for Raina And if Ashwin is unable to contribute in this match too then get Binny to replace him at Auckland

  • truecric_fan on January 21, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Huge opportunity for India to level the series, pitch conditions will surely assist Ashwin and Jadeja. NZ will miss Milne. I predicted India to take this series 4-1, do not let us down Dhoni. Please select your team on merit and not favoritism.

  • CricketChat on January 21, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Would like new look time. Include Binny, Rayudu and Mishra. Dhawan, Rohit and Jadeja should be made to sit out this match.

  • on January 21, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    If India wants to win this match they need to drop Raina and Ishanth and include rayudu and binny

  • Alexk400 on January 21, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Kohli is phyically fit. Rohit sharma is not.

  • kamerryn on January 21, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Should be pointed out that Ajantha Mendis' first 50 wickets included 22 against a shambolic Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates - hardly titans of the game - and without having to play vs Australia, England or South Africa. Conversely, McClenaghan is on the verge of managing the same feat in one more game without a single wicket vs a minnow and only Pakistan left to play amongst the big teams.

    Taking nothing away from Mendis as a bowler, but objectively it's difficult not to rate McClenaghan's performance so far as being the more impressive of the two.

  • Nampally on January 21, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Instead of McClenaghan mouthing off, it is better to walk the Talk!. His economy rate (5.8) is even worse than India's most doleful bowler, Ishant Sharma(5.7)!. Mitchell was lucky to get Dhoni & Jadeja to bad strokes off short pitch deliveries. His wkt. Tally is also surprising 47 in 19 matches. Hope the Indian batsmen will deal with him properly. If the Hamilton pitch is likely to be spin friendly & slow, as predicted - it is not likely to give NZ's 4 pacers as much help as in Napier. . Ishant failed even on a fast bouncy pitch in Napier. How does Dhoni justify retaining him when Aaron is available? Secondly with Shami having back problems, is he really fit to play? India would have done well to include Pujara from Test squad to reinforce their batting. Will Rohit waste 23 balls for his 3 runs again? Ashwin with correct technique is better opener than Rohit. Rohit more useful,lower. Dhoni's Bizzare XI selection & his irrational tactics + excuses are baffling. Indian Selectors to Note!

  • on January 21, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Dhawan Rohit Virat Rahane Pujara Dhoni Binny jadeja shami bhuvi pandey should be playing 11.

  • on January 21, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    all super star players like gambhir;harbhajan;zaheer;viru;yuvi;Irfan;Yusuf ;vinaykumar;etc all people r thrown out to play ranji previously these super stars are also performers when they loose the form they have sent back y not ashwin ;jadeja;rohit;ishant; bcci should step up to remove these players from 15man squad and let Stuart binny;gambhir;ishwar pandey;rayadu;robin uthappa;varun Aaron;karun nair;kedarjadhav;mithun;sanju Samson; dhawal kulkarni;vijay zol;dinesh karthik ;and bring experienced players like gambhir;harbhajan;zak; atleast they have aggression on their face

  • DJRNZ on January 21, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Mitch, Boult, Southee, Wagner, Bennett, Milne, Bracewell, the the old head Mills and the brilliant Bond as coach plus an aggressive Captain..... NZ pace bowling has never looked so good!! Not to mention the all rounders Anderson and Neesham to back them up. The likes of young Matt Henry in the wings... very exciting times for NZ if they can stay injury free unlike past NZ quicks. Good to see an attacking mindset instead of the limiting mindset NZ used to have with our slow / mediums a few years back - Larsen, Watson, Harris etc.... Good to see some aggression Still some of the Indian supporters making predictions makes me chuckle..... beware NZ etc.... :) not worried at all!

  • jerryman on January 21, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    India cannot be complacent . Believe they are taking NZ easy as they are just going on their ranking . In an ODI a few quick wickets or a little cameo can change a possible victory into defeat. NZ quicks must use their strengths and give them some short pitched bowling to invite them to play the pull shot . Maybe the captaincy in ODI should be handed over to Kholi .Dhoni should just play as keeper/batsmen . This way Raina and both ishant & rohit sharma can be replaced with players in form . No point carrying baggage /dead weight players . Good luck to both teams . I hope to see more fast bowling on NZ pitches to test Asian players ..

  • bhushanB on January 21, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    For those away ODIs and WC2015, I would like to have Kohli/Pujara to pay as No.3, No.4 depending up on the situation... if we lose an early wicket in the first 10-15 overs or if the conditions are too testing with the new ball, Pujara should come in as No.3... ...... if we had a blazing start then Kohli should come in as No.3

    lets be more dynamic and surprise the opposition... its getting boring to already know whos coming in next.. and plan the bowlers already....

  • TRAM on January 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    For the India fans, Expecting a change when nothing has changed is stupid. Has Dhoni changed from his selection/match approach? Has the team changed? No.

  • Anil_Kanamala on January 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Final Eleven should be: Dhavan, Rehane, Virat, Rayudu, Dhoni, Raina, Binny, Ashwin, B. Kumar, Shami & Varun Arun. They must do some changes from the earlier 11. Rohit continues failure won't help India to beat NZ. He was taken 23 balls to get 3 runs when we chasing 280+ runs? Unbelievable STUFF!!! This will affect Dhavan's stroke play as well!

  • Alexk400 on January 21, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    NZ can not win all games on Anderson alone. They really need 300+ in every ODI to win games.

  • on January 21, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Rohit will certainly come good tomorrow. ..

  • Raja.sh on January 21, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    How many chances for Rohit sharma. Jadeja is an batting all rounder but continuously he failed to scoring runs not cross 10runs mark. My playing 11 for WC

    1.Dhawan 2. Rahane/Vijay/Gambhir 3. kholi 4. pujara 5. D.karthik/Samson/Aparajith 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.Ashwin 9. B.kumar 10.Shami 11.Yadav

    Today's match

    1.Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. kholi 4.Ashwin 5.rayudu 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.jadeja 9. B.kumar 10.Shami 11.pandey

  • iceaxe on January 21, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Hoping this match isn't too affected by rain. The winner of the toss will gain a significant advantage.

  • on January 21, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Raining in Hamilton

  • Temuzin on January 21, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Rohit the pedigreed batsman, the batsman who is so pleasing to the eyes of many bombay experts, The batsman who has enormous talent and bats so beautifully in the nets,the batsman who has proper technique unlike lowly Dhoni and Raina has scored .... 3 , 0 & 25 , 14 & 6 , 19 , 18 , 4 , 12. runs in his previous 9 innings. There was also a time when this wonder hit (Nohit) has 5 consecutive zeroes against lowly rank team Srilanka. But a section of commentators, writers, fans and cricket administrators (selectors) are always praising him. Poor Rainas and Dhonis are always criticized even if they score twice more than this wonder boy. Hail Indian cricket and its one eyed fans.

  • bhushanB on January 21, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Did not watch the first ODI, but I am very curious to see how Rahane got out.... report mentioned a terrific catch...

    but its time Rahane comes out of these hard luck situations in ODI... REALLY like to see him in WC2015, along with Pujara.... They deserve it...on those away pitches....

  • TheDarkKnight1988 on January 21, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Soon vijay,badri ,raina,aniruddha,dhoni,jadeja, ashwin,mohit sharma,jakati,apraijith and balaji will be in INDIAN team, Dhoni is spoiling INDIA'S chances with his poor team selection,special water boys should be sent for every foreign tour,guys like rayuduaaron yadav binny mishra will never be ine the playing 11,but ishant jadeja raina ashwin will be der in every match

  • ssrinivas19 on January 21, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Raina should definitely be dropped, his last 50 was 1 year back, i dont know why he always makes it to the playing 11. Rayadu or Binny should take his place. Ishant should also make way to the younger seamers, dont think they can do worse than him. It might be a worthy gamble to drop Rohit too and give one of the youngsters a chance. Rahane and Dhawan can open, Rayadu and Binny will play in the middle order and Aaron/Pandey can take Ishant's place. I will be happy to see these changes.

  • gham on January 21, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I think that newzealand will beat India again because dhoni is selecting some ordinary players like raina and ishant as well as ashwin they should select raydu which i believe is the most talented batsman after virat kohli and also bring stuart binny because he is very good cricketer they should stick with ashwin in this match just to see how it,s going otherwise they should select an extra seamer because they have ravindra adeja who can bowl spin. Newzealand looking very strong though.

  • LAKINGSFAN on January 21, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    People always talk about Raina's shortcomings against a short ball but what about Rohit Sharma? I haven't seen him putting bat to ball for a long time in swinging conditions. I feel even half fit Gambhir would have been better choice than Rohit Sharma. I hope they play Rayudu instead of ever useless Raina.

  • on January 21, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    India should play Amit Mishra as he spins it big. The kiwis won't put up a huge fight against good spin bowling. Ashwin can be dropped for a few matches. Jadeja cannot play as an average economical spin bowler who bats sometimes. If Nohit, sorry Rohit can't handle the pacers, drop him for a few matches, get Rahane to open & play Pujara instead. He is surely worth a place in all overseas matches.

  • on January 21, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Unless McClenaghan has an inswinger to right handers, I don't see him being much of a threat. It's quite another matter that Rohit Sharma made him look extraordinary at the beginning. If you look closely, he got lucky with Kohli's wicket, few inches either side India would have won.

  • on January 21, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Ashwin is skating on thin ice. 1 wicket in the last 80 overs he has bowled makes for sad reading. he has to try his hardest to spin the ball a little bit more

  • on January 21, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    looking at WC15 india must try new faces in place of rohit (Nohit) sharma, Ishant sharama,Raina, R ashwin,R Jadeja... its hard to understand why Stuart Binny was nt tried in 1st ODI but hamilton might not the right place for his debut as pitch is definately slow n spinnners will.be handy on it. Varon Arun/Ishwar Pandey should be in for 2nd ODI with attacking amit sharma. Open with Pujara+Dhawan and give a chance to ambati Ryadu/Kartik in the place for Rohit n Raina. But MSD is not going to change the XI soon. As per my prediction MSD has got better chance for his team in 2nd ODI cos pitch conditions suited asain teams in hamilton than NZ.

  • harykrishnan on January 21, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    imho i wud like to see this batting order 1)dhawan 2)rahane 3)kohli 4) ashwin 5)binny 6)dhoni 7)raina 8)bhuvi 9)jadeja 10)shami 11)aaron ...i think ashwin should be given more batting responsibility coz among him , raina , raydu , binny nd jadeja , he has the best technique...secondly raina should play finisher's role that he played perfectly last world cup ...buildin an innings is not his cup of tea...he is best wen he tees off from the word go...binny is someone who needs time to build innings before attacking so he is better of at 5 ....and jadeja is NOT a batsman..he should come no earlier than 9 since bhuvi has a better technique , rohit should be shown the door nd rahane promoted to open which he is actually gr8 at and finally ishant's services is no longer req....time to blood real pace in aaron

  • on January 21, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    we need a fadt bowler that can shove boyncer at their faces. we are actually doing well agianst the short. It was amazing to watch dhawan kohli and dhoni. dhoni and fhawan unfortunately fell to short balls while attacking but at least they showed the intent. Bowlers gotta back them up.

  • on January 21, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    last match india lost just bec. of Rohit. he scored just 3 runs in 23 balls its totally unexceptable when they want to score at nearly 6 per over. Dhoni still supporting rohit. just look at his preceeding matches runs 3 , 0 & 25 , 14 & 6 , 19 , 18 , 4 , 12... He one of the luckiest man in earth. Huge talents were sitting on bench. Dhoni need to give chances for young talents, keeping world cup in mind. If this was the case during WC then surely the champions cant reach even semi-finals. I am hard core fan of indian team. But after seeing batting of Rohit, raina, jadeja..... ,actually they r frightening to face the ball, forget about scoring runs. I am totally not in a mood to watch tomorrows match, if they r playing in no. XI . I want to salute Kholi, Dhoni, Shami and Buvi for their consistent performance.

  • Lermy on January 21, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    NZ have traditionally started strongly but other sides like SA have bounced back strongly to crush them later in the series. I will be very surprised if the momentum doesn't swing India's way after a slow start, but hopefully NZ will remain competitive and the games aren't too one sided.

  • wolf777 on January 21, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Some good points from lots or people. It would be nice if we could at least give thumbs up or down.

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on January 21, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Love the quote by Mitchell McClenaghan! Love this spirit and confidence from the Kiwis, they most certainly have to be at their top to subdue India - they are proving that they are here ahead of the World Cup! Wish my team, BD, had more chances too, playing India is always a good challenge and fun. Corey Anderson made himself noticable when he played in BD last year, I knew he was a rising talent, great to see him and Brendan's team do good!

  • sixesandfours on January 21, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    India - Please do not play too much spin on NZ pitches. Ashwin is clueless and bring Sturat Binny and Ishwar in place of Ishant. Try to Keep batting tight with patience for Rahane, Rohit and Raina. Keep folks cal for Shikhar, Kohli and Dhoni. Bowling to the tight off stump with strength to field positions as NZ is not strong on Square of the wicket. Do not overbowl spin and NZ players good at slow bowling. All the best for a good contest. Playing XI - 1. Shekhar 2. Sharma 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. Raina / Raidu 6. Dhoni 7. Stuart Binny 8. Jadeja 9. Shami 10. Bhuvi 10.Ishwar / Ishant

  • Nampally on January 21, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: You are partly right when you describe this Indian XI. India is literally riding on the shoulders of Kohli in batting + on the shoulders of Shami in bowling. It does not have to be this way. But when talented player cannot get into the side because of Captain Dhoni, the side looks weak. India has a young fast bowler Aaron who is way better than Ishant & will be ideal foild for Shami. In batting India has Pujara- one of the best batsmen in the world today- but kept out by Dhoni. So India would have had 4 good players instead of 2. In ODI that matters a lot! India now has to "hope" that "Iffy" guys like Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Raina will perform. Hamilton being a spin friendly wkt. I would expect little more from Ashwin & Jadeja in bowling. But India still needs Aaron's Pace to counter the assault in "death Overs". NZ won the match in last 17 overs when they raced from 153 to 292. India wins with Aaron replacing Ishant. But it is tough to win with Ishant helping NZ bats.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Corey Anderson is in top form at the moment. He makes all the difference between the two teams. If he can not tilt the balance in favour of NZ single handedly, and need support from at least one solid bowler, Mitch (the potential bollywood star!) is there.

    There is no one in the Indian team who has a physique, anywhere close to that of these two 'giants'.

    Cory's slower pace also doesn't allow even the batsmen of Kohli's caliber, just using his bat to "guide " the ball to the boundary. Our medium-fast bowlers may learn by watching Corey closely and see how he picks up the wickets,even without express speed!

    I am ready to put my money on NZ to make a few pleasant surprises in the next World Cup. Our Indian team may do the same in a negative way, unless we drastically re-look at the men who need to be replaced; PRONTO!

  • GRVJPR on January 21, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    What irritates me is that why in India we don't have a pacy bowler to give them back the same stuff. Then we will know better who plays the short stuff well. Also McGlashen has come out and declared that he will not spare India. I mean this is amazing. An useless bowler has mustered guts to speak like this while if one of our bowlers do that then our own fans ask him to keep quiet.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Varun Aaron is Odis n umesh yadav in test is what India needs along with shami and bhuvi..uthappa should replace rohit sharma and binny should play instead of jadeja or ash win..rayudu or yuvi should play instead of raina..that's perfect xi for wc2015

  • viru-319-219 on January 21, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Guys praising Dhoni's captaincy please think for a while...... He is dragging Team INDIA backwards with his politics. He plays his favorites ahead of capable and selection of Ashwin after bowling 80 overs for 1 wkt ahead of Mishra who is a genuine wicket taker proves that and another such lucky guy is Jaddu. I agree he has been best bowler for India in last year but where did we play our games (home on slow turning tracks). Forget it .. he plays as an all rounder and he did not face 10 deliveries of quality pace on fast tracks. Are you playing him as a bowler? definitely not ..so he too should have been dropped. and another one is Raina and India has far far better batsmen than Raina and they have been sidelined. When player of Viru,Yuvi are dropped who is this guy to still be in team. and there are many more who are waiting because of his politics WC 2007 - It was Misbah's mistake and not Dhoni's captaincy thet won India WC. Dhoni had everything set for Misbah giving Jogi final over.

  • cricket_is_all_about_timing on January 21, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    I dont understand why some people are still including rohit sharma in their eleven below. He is the laziest cricketer I have ever seen. No commitment at all. Watch vk how hungry he is to score runs and prove himself,how focussed and determined he is to score runs.And Dhoni, for god sake give amit mishra one chance he has more variations and deceives batsmen with his googlies(he may go for runs though).

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    After the first few knocks during some of which he was assisted by dropped catches, Dhawan has hardly set the world on fire. My pick for the 11 would be - Rohit, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rayadu, Dhoni, Binny, jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav.

  • viru-319-219 on January 21, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    There are few changes that need to be made 3 must and 2 optional

    1) Please replace Ishant, he lost his pace and bounce and is just looking to save himself from going for too many and most importantly he looks to be low on confidence. 2) Replace Raina ... How many chances for this guy when he gets out in same fashion every match and opposition bowlers start bouncing him from first ball and he has no answers at all after so many years in international cricket. 3) Rohit needs to show some intent at top of the order. He cant just consume deliveries and get out. this has been happening for last 3 ODIs now and he has become a reason for India going at slow pace at start of the innings. He can win India 1 match out of 10 batting like that but he is building pressure on other batsmen with his approach.

    optional:

    4) Replace Jadeja ... Is this guy playing as a bowling allrounder or batting allrounder. If bowling it works only on slow piches and if batting Please ... 5) Play Mishra for Ashwin

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Spare a thought for Manoj Tiwary. He was dropped after scoring a century in favor of Rohit Sharma. 1.5 years later we are still debating Rohit Sharma's place. Hopefully, Manoj Tiwary doesn't go into depression wondering about getting dropped. If anything Rohit Sharma owes it to people like Tiwary, Rahane, Pujara, Manish Pandey, etc over whom he has been picked to be more consistent and repay his faith. Now Rohit Sharma must be feeling indispensable and comes out to the media and says "You guys are the ones worried about me. I was never worried".

  • rohan024 on January 21, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    i really like this NZ team, and genuinely believe that they can surprize everyone in 2015 WC. They play all their league matches in NZ, have every chance to finish as 2nd in Group A with Australia at No:1 (though NZ wud ideally like to finish 4th so that they play quarters in NZ as well), and with quarters likely against Pak or WI, i would put my money on NZ to reach semis atleast. Very good bowling attack, exceptional fielders, and a solid batting lineup which on most occassions should put up a score of 275+. It could be even better if Mccullum agrees to don wk gloves during the tournament so that they play an extra batsman instead of Ronchi. Go NZ go.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Guys do you think Dhoni will give genuine pacers like aaron a chance. I think our spearhead Ishant will come first change and NZ will make one more big total and in the press conference Dhoni will blame the middle order.

  • on January 21, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    I hope ishant, raina, rohit, jadeja, Ashwin play today and perform poorly. And then India loses no 1 ranking. Then only dhoni will remove them from the team for World Cup.

  • Albert_cambell on January 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    I can already smell a crushing defeat to this Indian team from the hands of kiwis. Virat played an innings of his lifetime in bouncy wicket during the last ODI. Therefore you cant expect him to score 100s in every ODIs. So he will most likely fail today. Dhawan,Rohit, Dhoni, Raina can only perform in flat wickets. Its unlikely for them to score a decent score in these wicket. Any team would love to keep Rahane in the crease as he scores runs slowly. Jadeja, well I dont know what to say about him.He bats worse than those tailender batsman. Bowlers like Ishannt, Bhuvi wont even get picked by Associate teams.Shami is just in good form. But he will be exposed soon. I dont know whats Ashwin doing right now. Is he doing spin bowling or doing some break dace. Overall this team lacks players who can perform in these type of wickets. Good luck to Kiwis. Enjoy your win tomorrow. From a die hard protea fan.

  • Waves239 on January 21, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    It's not the individual talent but Indian team's composition is the major issue. Ashwin is considered to be front line spinner and Jadeja is included in playing XI who can bowl and add batting depth. Major issue is more often than not Ashwin looks good with bat and Jadeja with ball. Even in the presence of these two Raina bowls way too many!

    India is missing player like Robin singh at no. 6 or 7 who was a sharp fielder, slow medium bowler and adds fire power to batting depth. India should look forward to Stuart Binny and later consider Irfan Pathan if fit. This series is big test for Rohit, Shikar opening partnership and give some space for them as they showed some character in last few months.

  • on January 21, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    rahane should open the innings and nohit should be replace by binny.... jadeja shoul be given a chance to prove him as an allrounder promote him and give him some confidence as a batsman.... if ishant is playing give him the new ball else he is a waste

  • wolf777 on January 21, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is a good example of why India is having difficulties in completing 50 overs in the allotted time. Just look at his walk back to his run up. He walks back as if he is out for a stroll. At around high 120KM per hour speed, it is hardly a bold move to play Stuart Binny in his place. Actually, one of the spinner needs to go as well. NZ is not likely to present India a slow turning track. What is the need for two spinners then? India must play four fast bowlers. Australia, South Africa, England they all have fast bowlers who bowl faster than Indian bowlers and they all are able to complete 50 overs. What is Dhoni's problem? If Dhoni cannot manage his bowlers and complete 50 overs in time limit, he deserves to be penalize. 'I cannot play four fast bowlers because I get penalize for slow over rate' is the most preposterous excuse I have heard of picking two spinners.

  • sandy_san on January 21, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Dhoni is really wonderful captain. He keep his nerves when it comes to nail biting finish. Only thing which hampers dhoni's captaincy is his playing XI selection. Persisting with Ishant sharma even after several beatings he gets.The more persistance with Ishant, the more worser is our death bowling. Wonder when will he comes to know abt this !!

  • CodandChips on January 21, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Why on earth do India keep picking Raina and Ishant Sharma. I know the above stat mentions Sharma's strike rate, but he is a poor bowler. Raina averages 35 at a strike rate of 90, which isn't great, and he isn't destructive enough to merit a place on that alone. Also his game vs quick bowling is worrying.

    For India, if I could pick anyone, I'd pick (and continue for the world cup): 1.Dhawan 2.Sharma 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Dhoni 6.Rayudu 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Yadav - Pujara to give stability at the top.Yadav has pace. Jadeja in my opinion is a better cricketer than Ashwin (although Ashwin is probably a beter batsman).

    For Newzealand, I'd like Hamish Rutherford to get a go. I know he has dreadful list A stats but he's shown a lot of promise in tests and T20Is.

    1.Guptill 2.Rutherford 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.McCullum 6.Anderson 7.Ronchi 8.McCullum 9.Southee 10.Mills 11.McClenaghan

  • on January 21, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    rahane should open the innings and rayudu should get chance in place of rohit and binny should get chance in place of ashwin.

  • Cricketismyheart on January 21, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    I think Dhoni should give chances to the Rayudu, Varon and Stuart Binny. He should replace Rohit sharma, Jadeja and Ashwin. Ishant sharma should get a Break and bring in Pandey .

  • Gladiatorthrone on January 21, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    I blame my own countrymen who selected such political influenced team or bad selection . Whatever just what Rohit sharma doing here,after so many chances he will keep failing and when it comes home he fires few hundreds and justifies. He's clearly not match winner not better than sehwag. His strike rate and calm lazy movement gives me blood pressure.For ODI:- 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Robin Uthappa 3.Virat kohli(VC) 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.Raina 6.Rahane 7.Dhoni(C) 8.Ashwin 9.Shami 10.Bhuv kumar 11.Unadkat (Sub) 12.Irfan pathan 13.Jadeja 14.ishwar pandey/zaheer 15.Dinesh karthick We have beautiful T20 side:- 1.Sehwag 2.Dhawan 3.Uthappa 4.Yuvraj(VC) 5.Raina 6.Yusuf pathan 7.Dhoni(C) 8.Rahul sharma 9.Bhuv kumar 10.Shami 11.Irfan pathan sub 12.Kohli 13.Jadeja 14.Mohit sharma 15.Binny Test side:- 1.Shikar dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara(VC) 4.Rohit sharma 5.Virat kohli(C) 6.Badrinath 7.Dinesh karthick 8.Amit mishra 9.Zaheer khan 10.Shami 11.Ishwar pandey 12.Ishant sharma 13.Rahane 14.ashwin 15.Umesh yadav

  • on January 21, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    bring gambhir in the position of rohit sharama or dhwan ...it will be better choice to win

  • on January 21, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    the only way india will overseas is.....ishanth shud retire himself from all formats...because dhoni will never drop him...

  • on January 21, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Game two looking like its going to be rain effected. Batting 2nd crucial I would say.

  • shahzaibq on January 21, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    What does the author mean by "India... will MOMENTARILY lose their No.1 ranking to Australia." How can the author be sure that India will regain the Number 1 ranking? Australia might stay there, or someone else could overtake both India and Australia... To say that India will only lose the number 1 ranking 'momentarily' is speculative writing at best!

  • goldenpower on January 21, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    we quickly change form out players in world cup.So must be include domestic aggressive guys like KM Jhadhav, Samson, zol, Rishi dhawan, KL Rahul, Rasool.

    My Support XI- 1)Pujara 2)Dhawan 3)Virat 4) Zol 5) KM Jhadhav/Raydu 6) Dhoni 7) Binny 8) Rishi Dhawan 9)Mishra/Jadeja 10) Varun Aaron 11) Shami

  • Temuzin on January 21, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    No buddy should be allowed to even touch Kohli's position. Rohit (Nohit ) Sharma is only good in Indian condition particularly in IPL. Keep him there and bring in Pujara to open with Shikhar. Remove Ishant and bring in Varun. You will win the match.

  • ProdigyA on January 21, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Captain cool Dhoni will not drop Rohit or Raina as they are still "youngsters" and still need plenty of chances to prove themselves. They can also bowl, which is useless as they will never get to bowl.

    Ishant Sharma must be dropped, no questions about it. It's better to play with 10 players rather than playing him.

  • aussieperthindian on January 21, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    It is way past the time that I.Sharma needs to be dropped from all forms of international cricket-obviously internal politics are playing heavily on his inclusion-but what's new in India about that!! It's who you know that matters and not your performance. Drop Raina asap-useless against quality fast bowling. R.Sharma-all talent but no temprament-doomed to fail at higher international level forever-many others like him in the past-shame but sooner that reality is realised sooner India choose the right batsman for the future-Rohit will have the odd good innings but never show consistency or reliability-not good enough I'm afraid for international cricket-weak link-out he goes! Pujara has to be in for his class and consistency-big mistake to leave him out of ODI squad. Yadav or Aaron-no Zaheer-too old and past his sell by date sorry to say-truth hurts! Maybe Binny for Raina. Alas no changes will be made and Kholi will have to do it all and Indian politics will never change!!

  • on January 21, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Why is Pujara not playing in ODI team..? Better than Rohit to open in abroad conditions..Or in the the place of Rahane..

  • Nampally on January 21, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    An unchanged XI is not the answer after a Loss! It is a repeat of the SA tour when Dhoni insisted on playing the same 3 seamers for the 2nd Test with 3 days rest. MSD failed to take the second new ball when due + gave the excuse of his Seamers being "Tired", for not taking it in timely manner! He had 3 reserve seamers in the squad then. India has Aaron- a bowler who has clocked 153 KPH at his fastest- in the squad, apart from Panday & Binny. If the squad players are permanently benched despite dismal performance from the likes of Ishant Sharma, why do the Selectors include additional 5 reserves? MSD is doing India more harm than good by depriving all youngsters their due in the XI + being instrumental in Team losses via "Bizzare" XI selection. No wonder India is unable to develop new bowling talent when talented guys adorn the "Bench" while MSD favourites can be in XI irrespective of how badly they are performing! If Raina is NOT used as an All rounder, bring in a specialist batsman.

  • on January 21, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    McClenaghan is a good bowler but should not get carried away by the first ODI result. Be as aggressive as you want and one day you will wear yourself out, sooner rather than later ! See what happened to Milne ! For India I think they should change the Bowling coach as he is not able to get the bowlers to bowl well in right areas.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 21, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    I think comments should be discontinued. Let the readers enjoy the thoughts of the well meaning author rather than be put off reading comments like the ones we get to read. I really wish cricinfo would heed my word.

  • Shrikar_11 on January 21, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    What are these double standards? How is the focus on Raina but everybody (along with cricinfo's blessings) blithely look over an opener who hasn't got to 20 runs in the last 5 innings? Unbelievable.. a number 7 batsman generally needs to score quick and has plenty of pressure on him, an opener however needs to be able to touch the ball not scratch his way to single digit scores after 3 and 4 overs, and guess what, rohit sharma can't play the short ball either, the only difference is that he can't seem to play full balls, but thats ok, he has blind support from the sheep..

  • on January 21, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    People complaining about MSD should never see the game of cricket again. the rewards he has contributed to the team can never be ignored. there are times when a captain of such a high quality side can face pressure and he at all times proves to be on the better side. all of you who are commenting against the performance of team india overseas, should go and watch the last champions trophy footage. the tour of newzealand has just begun nd there are more matches to come. i would be happy to see varun aaron playing his game instead of ishant. ishant sharma is a quality player but he's almost certain of a place in the WC2015. since the wc is going to be hosted by those two nations in which newzealand is a part, as you know will have pace and bouncy tracks. hence this particular tour provides more exposure to the players. also i would like to see rayudu coming in as we all know wot he's capable of. we should all support the team rather than complaining about 'em. #diehardindianfan #cheers

  • Bharathjaz on January 21, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Dhoni should keep ishant only for test matches. Umesh yadav is the better option. Raydu Should find a place in the playing XI. The Tricks of Jadeja won't work in Australian Conditions so Better to drop him and Binny can Replace him.I seen him bowling over 130 Kph, Better than the current Fast(medium) Indian bowlers. Dinesh karthi is better than Rohi(Nohit) sharma, at-least he is reliable for 30-40 runs in every match. This plan is up to world cup, after that India should brings the lights on young sanju samson and baba aparajit, they both are immensely talented youngsters. I'm Praying very long days That India should get a Extreme pace Fast bowler, still its a dream.!!!

  • sixesandfours on January 21, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    India Please do not play too much spin on NZ pitches. Ashwin is clueless and bring Sturat Binny and Ishwar in place of Ishant. Try to Keep batting tight with patience for Rahane, Rohit and Raina. Keep the batting tight with Shikhar, Kohli and Dhoni. Bowling to the tight off stump with strength to field positions as NZ is not strong on Square of the wicket. Do not overbowl spin and NZ players good at slow bowling. All the best for a good contest.

    Playing XI - 1. Shekhar 2. Sharma 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Stuart 8. Jadeja 9. Shami 10. Bhuvi 10.Ishwar / Ishant

  • on January 21, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Wonder why ppl want to change Kolhis batting postion ... as he is doing very well at his current postion

  • on January 21, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Make Rahane open in place of rohit sharma, use ambati rayudu in 4th place, use stuart binny in place of raina, and for gods sake take either one of Pandey or Aaron in place of Ishant. Please indian cricket team management, please.

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Pujara, Vijay, Kohli, Rahane, R.Sharma, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvneshwar, Zaheer, Shami. 12th man, Raina.

  • Avdesh_kumar on January 21, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Dhoni should make some changes before its too late. Mishra for Ashwin as he also can bat somewhat. Varun for Ishant because of the speed at which he bowls, it'll be helpful in seem friendly pitches of New Zealand. Binny for Raina as he is a talented allrounder with good strike rate. Also, Rohit to move at 4th position and Rahane should open, coz Rohit is unable to face shiny ball at fast pitch since SA tour. Mr. Captain please listen.

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @sandy Dhoni is someone who does exactly opposite of what we expect and he proves that he is right.. so always expect the unexpected from him.. :)

  • Rajeshj on January 21, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @Praba10: Then Dhawan and Rohit are living in whose shadows.. Don't get too myopic with facts..

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Why Rohit kept showing as Opener and no one questioned his place in eleven even after his complete failure in SAF and pathetic show in NZ...

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    @viswas reddy ...yaa aus deserves to be no 1 in odi ....may be u r just a msd or ishant fan ....better go n watch some serious crk ....

  • Rajeshj on January 21, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Can't agree more that Raina has to go with Rayudu being given a chance.. Another probable change could be that Binny gets a chance ahead of either Rohit or Jadeja, who have been quite miserable so far in non-Indian pitches.. Regarding the pointless criticism on Ashwin, I think he bowled decently in the first ODI for a spinner with no life/conditions suiting spin bowling.. Even a local spinner like Nathan Mccullum went wicketless.. I am sure if Mishra had played in his place, he would have been blasted all over the park just like what Jadeja faced in the match.. Such is his type of bowling with no variations.. Jadeja/Mishra can at best be considered only in Indian conditions.. Ashwin may not get wickets in overseas matches but provides control and reduces scoring rate.. you can check the facts if you want.. By the way, why is this criticizing crowd going silent on performances from Dhawan/Rohit.. because they are the blue-eyed boys from Delhi/Mumbai???

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    1. sharma 2.dhawan 3.virat 4.raina 5.rahane 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.ashwin 9.b kumar 10.shami 11.ishant

  • sandy_san on January 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    If i understood Dhoni's captaincy correctly, he would go with same XI. As he mentioned about positive from death bowling after first match post conf. Ishant must consider himself luck to get go only because of dhoni. Things would have different under different captains. As current state of India cricket, a debutant player will get change only he has warmed the bench for atleast 10 to 12 matches. Also Dhoni lacks confidence in debut players. If i remember correctly, in Shami's debut ODI matches, he didnt get a chance to bowl at the death. This shows dhoni's lack of confidence in debutants !!!

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Does McClenaghan have the inswinger that comes back into the right hander ? I didn't see him bring the ball back into right handers in the 1st ODI.

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    This article's analysis of Ishant bespeaks pathetic standard of Indianbowling that no 1 ODI team India's bowling is far poorer than a mediocre team NZ..........................................TIME TO THINK & BE ASHAMED TEAM INDIA

  • on January 21, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    @by BradmanBestEver .........Geoferry didn't play ODI ccricket ....run rate pressure requires u to connect every ball

  • panipapa on January 21, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    india is a vetter team than newzeland

  • samincolumbia on January 21, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Dhoni as usual will play the two Sharma's and project Raina, not to mention the great Indian 'spinner', Ashwin. So, essentially, India has to try win the match with 7 players!

  • Praba10 on January 21, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Raina,jadu,ashwin,ishant these guys living in MSD shadow.

  • boomslanger on January 21, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    @Mr.McClenaghan : Whatever, Mr.McClenaghan- India's been there and done that. After facing Aussie tripe[The best of Johnson, Watson and Clarke] in India and getting a load of Steyn's/Morne's and philander's face in South Africa, it is doubtful if the Indians will be shivering in their camp tonight at the news of your promised aggression. This kind of talk needs to backed up by real intimidating and hostile bowling, the kind that only Shane Bond has produced for New Zealand. Indian batters are likely to take apart such bowlers who talk the talk but cannot walk the walk when it comes down to the match day... Let us see how you do going forward, Sir ...

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    India must have won the last match. The Bowling was not effective. Also Dhoni & Virat played well & gave hope for win. But wen they lost their wicket the whole Batting order totally collapsed. In the 2nd ODI changes must be made in both Batting as well as Bowling parts. Will MSD consider this. Dhawan's role once again failed. Rayudu should come in place of him. Also Ishant must be replaced either with Binny or Aaron.Mishra should be also considered in the coming matches if Ashwin's Bowling is not effective. Considering his Batting alone keeping him in the team without efficient bowling attack doesn't good. Will this possible.

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I think the selection committee is doing a great job by making available to Dhoni some really talented youngsters hoping that that he would build a good team for future.But Dhoni is clearly giving a message to selectors that he would use these youngsters only to carry drinks and do clapping whenever his pet team scores a boundary by chance/mistake.A big chasm between the selection committee and the team management.

  • tenfan on January 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    It should be 1. Rahane 2. Dhawan 3.Kohli 4. Rohit, 5. Dhoni, 6. Raina, 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin . 9. A Bhuvaneshwar 10.Ishant 11. shami for this game. We definitely need to interchange Rahane and Rohit's batting position to get the best out of them in seam bowling friendly conditions. Rohit can play big role if not facing new ball. Raina should be be given on more chance but he should never bat before # 6 or 35 overs. Should be replaced with Rayadu/Binny with one more failure here.

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Mishra for Ashwin, Aaron for Ishant, Binny for Rohit and Rahane opens and finally Pujara for Raina.. A little light on the batting but We will be able to control them for under 250.. My team is, Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Mishra, Kumar, Shami and Aaron.. Check it out, ideal one day team.. 4 all rounders and 5 batsmen and two fast bowlers who will bowl fast instead of putting it there and thereabouts and two spinners with one who will really spin the ball instead of floating it up there to get hit..

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @Chaitu87 on (January 21, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

    Fully agree with your suggested team composition. Including the substitutions.

    By the way, India had been too generous with more than just the two you mentioned. The list is longer: Ishant, Rohit, Raina, Jadeja (if he doesn't regain his batting form)... and even Ashwin! Nearly half the team?

    Can't understand Pujara's exclusion. He can be equally good for any of the top THREE slots; as good as anyone in the team now, if not better.

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    It's high time Rayudu got a game. Dhoni's persistence with non-performing CSK team-mates is really frustrating now. Raina & Ashwin should be dropped; so should Ishant be. Umesh for Ishant, Rayudu for Raina and Binny for Ashwin would complete the team. You can't have a guy who has picked just one wicket in his last 80 overs in international cricket, in your team. Come on Mr Dhoni, wake up, please!

  • Iceman29 on January 21, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    @ Chaitu87: Your team is good but instead of Yadav who is tried and tested we should be going with either Varun Aron or Ishwar Pandey..considering the bowling abilities Ashwin has better ability than Jadeja...atleast he scores some 10 to 15 runs that is the only advantage that Ashwin has otherwise both are useless...

  • shivam730 on January 21, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    The triple R's Rohit Sharma,Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will keep on playing until they retire like Sachin though they are not even 1% of Sachin..

  • Coolcapricorn on January 21, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Firstly, Rohit & Rahane need to swap batting positions due to Rohit struggling to get going. Raina needs to be dropped as his weakness against the short ball is so evident & so does Ishant for simply yet again being mediocre & clueless! Then unless it is sure the Hamilton pitch will assist spin, then maybe India can persist with two spinners in the team - as this really has been disastrous as we've seen in the last match as well as on the SA tour. In these 4 matches, Ashwin & Jadeja have conceded almost 100 runs or over each time & taken a miserable 3 wickets between them - their bowling being totally ineffective as these figures clearly indicate. As we saw in the first match, it simply allowed NZ the opportunity to play risk-free cricket against our spinners & re-build their innings after the loss of their openers - which is why they got to nearly 300 which proved to be a winning total.

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    mr DHONI please play my XI 1.S Dhawan vs corey anderson, 2.rohit sharma vs martin guptil, 3.v kholi vs ross taylor, 4.str binny vs luke ronchi, 5.sk raina vs jessi ryder, 6.ms dhoni vs brendom mccullum, 7.rav jadeja vs natan maccullum, 8.buvaneshwar vs mitchel, 9.vr aron vs tim sothe, 10.mohammed shami vs kyle mills & 11.amit mishra or ashwin or rahane if u have doubt in batting strength

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    despite many failures dhoni not changing his team combination becas his choice players lik ashwin,jadeja,Raina,ishanth nd Rohithbwould loose thr place in the team .

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    one thing we must have to remember that the Asian units are very good or unbeatable in Asia but outside the Asia they always under performed. So No. 1 team doesn't mean that they can't be beaten by anyone in the World the only problem with all the Asian Teams they are self destructive at times. So in my Opinion the Ranking Should be made on Home as well as Foreign Tour's performances also only that way the team could be recognized the No.1 team in the World.

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    dhoni against changeshis team combination

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    India Sould go with Stuart Binny instead of Ishant Sharma n also Drop Rohit Sharma Out Side India and give Chance to Ajinkya Rahane Open With Shikhar Dhawan. Raydu Should Replace Rohit Sharma

  • welcome_views on January 21, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Whats wrong with Zak... why he is not part of odi team...and if MSD so dearly wants play Ashwin then please ask him to go back and work another one year on his batting ..he has a better chance of competing the likes of Raina and Rohit in seaming and bouncing conditions & atleast that will vacate one permanent place for bowler......I still cant forget Rohit dancing all around against Steyn in first ODI at SA where he managed to put bat on bowl after 14 deliveries he played and missed... hes just not good enough in such conditions....and he will continue to do nothing in NZ too...

  • Iceman29 on January 21, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    @Cric_fever_forever: Thank u for your wishes buddy...

  • Gladiatorthrone on January 21, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    I blame my own countrymen who selected such political influenced team or bad selection . Whatever just what Rohit sharma doing here,after so many chances he will keep failing and when it comes home he fires few hundreds and justifies. He's clearly not match winner not better than sehwag. His strike rate and calm lazy action gives me blood pressure.For ODI the team has to be:- 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Robin Uthappa 3.Virat kohli 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.Raina 6.Rahane 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Shami 10.Bhuv kumar 11.Unadkat (Sub) 12.Irfan pathan 13.Jadeja 14.ishwar pandey/zaheer 15.Dinesh karthick We have beautiful T20 side:- 1.Sehwag 2.Dhawan 3.Virat/pathan 4.Uthappa 5.Yuvraj 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8.Rahul sharma 9.Bhuv kumar 10.Shami 11.Irfan pathan sub 12.Yusuf pathan 13.Jadeja 14.Mohit sharma 15.Binny Test side:- 1.Shikar dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Rohit sharma 5.Virat kohli 6.Badrinath 7.Dinesh karthick 8.Amit sharma 9.Zaheer khan 10.Shami 11.Ishwar pandey 12.Ishant sharma 13.Rahane 14.ashwin 15.Umesh yadav

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Jadeja batting and bowling worst.. Dhoni must reject him from india team... Ishant best in test matches, But he doesn't select ODI matches...stuart binny replace for jadeja place... Aaron replace for ishant... OPENING BATTING FOR INDIA VS NZ (DAWAN & KOHLI) 3.Rahane 4.Rohit 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7.Binny 8. Ashwin(but better chance Rasool) 9.Buvanesh 10. Shami 11. Aaron.... This is Better Team Battle NZ ground condition.... JAI GO..... I am lot of Angry with JADEJA... Faulkner (AUS) is Best all rounder in this Place... Sachin = Virat kohli (Little Sachin)... He must Bat with Opening... JAI GO JAI GO.... VANDE MATHARAM... JAI BHARAT MAADHA JI...

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    gambhir dhawan kohli pujara y.singh dhoni binny pandey b.kumar sammi mishra

  • 1312Bikash on January 21, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    It's really disgusting and frustating see ishant, ashwin and raina within the playing XI evry time.Ishant should be dropped..he does not bowls like an international bowler..,even Afganishtan's bowlers are far better than him..,he does not have any consistency..and raina...well ,,..i think if anyone's wicket is easier to get then it'll be of raina...put fast bowler on operation and u'll find raina in dressing room...in place of ashwin binny should be given a go..,,he is really talented player..he will put his 100%..and india need him for next world cup...a good allrounder who can bowl medium pace...,,

  • srinideva on January 21, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Before and After SA series Rohit- He was a "Hitman" after SA series back into his mojo of "NOhit". this guy is most hyped and criticized cricketer in the 21st century.

    Dhawan - Great year (2013) thanks to dropped catches and Indian Flat pitches. this guy have some real issues in short balls even more than Raina.

    Jadeja - He was an all rounder. After SA series - Forgot how to bat. He scored tow or three triple centuries in Domestic cricket.

    Ishant - consistent. Whatever the pitch and condition. He is no use. We better try some bowling machines.

  • Phooey on January 21, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Its been a long wait, and we're not there yet, but this NZ team has a ton of promise. Our quartet of young pacebowlers are raw but very talented, and in a couple years should be pretty formidable. Our batting has becoming fairly experienced and Guptill, Ryder, Williamson and Taylor all should be on the cusp of delivering on their considerable potential. And then of course there's Anderson. We just need one of our young spinners to step it up and this could be a world class team.

  • on January 21, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    @himmat : yes dude a team which allowed opposition to chase down 350+ targets in two consecutive matches really deserve to be no.1 ..lol.. .

  • calcu on January 21, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    I think we are in for a intresting series even though I believe that India will win this match.

  • Chaitu87 on January 21, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    India have been too generous with Ishant and Rohit. It's time they realize that talent is being rotten back in the dressing room. Rohit has had just one good series in the recent past that too on flat tracks in India. Agreed that he played really good cricket but barring his performance in Champion's Trophy, his overseas play is way below standard. I wonder how Pujara was given a chance and then removed. One bad series saw Dinesh Karthik out. Ishant is still a youngster after playing 50 Test matches. Yuvi dropped from team but raina still gets a chance. Not sure about the plot behind but this seems as ridiculous as it can get.

    As much as I respect the great MSD, this is a really pathetic selection.

    I think Rahane should be promoted to No.1 replacing Rohit, bring in Pujara at 4, drop Raina; play only one spinner Ash/Jaddu and bring in Binny, Drop Ishant and play Yadav

    Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu, Binny, Dhoni, Ash/Jaddu, Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav

  • Cric_fever_forever on January 21, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    all the best to both teams . especially our neighbors from subcontinent. i have gut feeling they would get off the mark tomorrow. so indian fans just chill dhoni knows his job. by the way can anybody tell at what time highlight would be telecasted?

  • HarrowXI on January 21, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    India should give NZ 85 runs in 10 over rather than ask Ishant to Bowl.

    a) He frustrate the fans and b) It save the time.

    Its shame that NZ cant score 300 runs despite a brilliant performance by Ishant sharma. ISHANT THE LEGEND

  • on January 21, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    I dont know , From what basis the Indian selectors selecting the team? How Ishant getting chance again and again? Rohit and Jadeja both are having no brain at all. Rohit continuosly loosing his temper once bowlers start to sledge. Jadeja dont know how to bat according to situation.Binny, Varun and Rayudu should get chance instead of Jadega, Ishant and Rohit...

  • himmat on January 21, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Come on New Zealand......help us Aussies topple the overrated team off the top and bring in the team that deserves it !!!!

  • Sachit1979 on January 21, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Varun Aaron should definitely make it to playing 11 in place of Ishant. Ambati Rayadu ahead of Suresh Raina would be a right move but only if it happens.

  • Naresh28 on January 21, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    ITS quite OBVIOUS that India have still not settled the team selection for overseas games in both ODI and Tests. Its frustrating to us fans - when a team of 16/17 players and the playing 11 is always the same. Dhoni should realize and drop his theory that a player would come good. They have been given enough chances and failed. PUJARA should be in the ODI team - can he be drafted in? Is this allowed? Ishant is just not a an ODI player ?

  • Bijap on January 21, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    My Playing XI for the tomorrow match if india want to win the match or show some character.

    1. Rahane,2.Shikar dhawan 3.Kohli 4. R Sharma, 5. Dhoni, 6. Raina, 7. Binny 8. Pandey/aron . 9. A mishra/jadeja 10. Bhuvaneshwar 11. shami.

  • on January 21, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @Shane Bond : are you really the Shane bond The speedster from newzeland, if that's true, then it's very good to see players are interacting with the fans....

  • on January 21, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    India XI : 1. Dhawan, 2. Rahane 3. Kohli, 4. Rohit 5. Dhoni 6. Rayudu/Raina 7. Binni 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Ishwar/Aron....Ashwin is lacking confidence...give him 2 match rest, then give 2 match rest to Jadeja and Rohit...Rayudu, Raina and Binni , Aaron , Ishawr should get 3-4 matches...if Raina perform at number 6th keep him otherwise leave him , give Rayudu and Pujara 10 matches to show their potential in diff situations..make a team for world cup 2015....Ishant should have given a rest ..try Ishwar, Pankaj Singh..

  • humi_cric on January 21, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Tomorrow, I know what will I do first when wake up, check the playing 11 of India (even before leaving the bed, though I am a neutral fan - Pakistani team supporter). Ishant Sharma is very much like Mohd. Sami of Pakistan, exactly same line and length but we kicked him out after few matches but I.Sharma got too many chances, unbelievable. I think selection committee is more responsible than MS Dhoni, they give MSD 15 players (out of 1.28 billions) to choose for final 11, I am surprised on which basis selection committee select him everytime?????? last series performance???? India got one very good strike bowler (Mohammad Shami) after a very long time, just one more similar type of bowler is required, B. Kumar is a good bowler with the new bowl only, so not a Test match and ODIdeath overs bowler. So tomorrow if MSD gives I.Sharma another chance than don't blame him, main culprit is Indian Criket Selection Committee. Anyway, good luck to both teams, expecting an interesting/close match.

  • tanstell87 on January 21, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @Ravi1438 - ll tel perfect team dhoni..vijay..badrinath..raina..saha..jadeja..mohith..ashwin..aparajith..anirudha..akila dananjaya...

    u forgot to add Michael Hussey....now that he is retired he can play in place of Rahane

  • rezmata on January 21, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Rohith, Raina and Jadeja are FTBs. Why does BCCI persist with them outside the subcontinent... I do not know. Puyajara is a more technically correct and can find the gaps and ancor innings... like Dravid did. Give him a chance and see how he adapts to ODIs. There is no future with the FTBs. Also, everyone's figured out Ashvin now... he doesnt pose any threat - Magic always dies when its discovered. But class is permanent. Ashvin is magic and not class. Why not invest on Rasool? and Ojah is treated unfairly, hes got a good head on his shoulders.

  • HarrowXI on January 21, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Its quite frustrating to see MSD strategy. He wait for disaster to happen and then make a changes in playing XI. With WC is a year away you need a Fearless Player who have desire to do something in life.

    Looking at Body language and performance of Ashwin,Ishant Raina & Rohit. They are taking there places for granted. May be they are tired of playing constant cricket and need a break.

    Its a high time to Bring Pujara,Sandeep Sharma,Irfan Pathan,Baba Abarjeet and Sanju samson into ODI.

    MSD is keep playing same eleven again and again and again and waiting for MIRACLE to happen. Ishant and Rohit and Dhawan are simply not good enough in overseas pitches. TIME FOR CHANGE BEFORE INDIA KNOCK OUT OF WC 2015. May be drop MSD as a captain.

  • on January 21, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Totally agree with others' comments. Ashwin definitely needs a break. If we can't try Binny in these conditions where else will we try him!! And what to say about Ishant.. How long can he cary on based on that ONE spell to Ponting..!!! Enough!!

  • Ravi1438 on January 21, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    ll tel perfect team dhoni..vijay..badrinath..raina..saha..jadeja..mohith..ashwin..aparajith..anirudha..akila dananjaya....Mr srini & Mr capt cool working out for dis perfect team f chennai super kings as an indian team....hope ll see dis team soon...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 21, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    It is the time to remove one spinner and give a chance to S Binny. Aswin must sit out also, think beyond Ishant. Every should get a chance to find the right combination before WC. That must be our aim.

  • on January 21, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Every yer just play in hope 150 match how can you say you ar no 1 team come to play again bangladesh we will wash you bangla wash

  • venkatesh018 on January 21, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    NZ must replace Milne with a quick bowler in Bennett or Neesham. Kyle Mills on a slow surface won't be ideal.

  • on January 21, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    India is gonna drown in some deep kiwi crap.

  • santhoshg016 on January 21, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    INDIA need 2 Changes Drop Jadeja and give chance for Stuard Binny, and in place of Ishant, Varon Aeron should be Replaced.. Raina should be bat at no 6, he is good player at no 6. he averages 51 at no 6th spot. Dhoni should bat at no 5 as he did in last World Cup.. just think if dhoni bats at no 5 and Raina at 6, Binny at 7, Ashwin at 8 its makes a huge difference in batting side.. My team is 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.KOHLI 4.RAHANE.5.Dhoni/Binny.6.Raina.7.Binny 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi.10.Shami.11.Varun Aeron..

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @chillu_chillu New Zealand don't have firepower? Tim Southee is not economic? Kyle Mills averages 26 in odi's with 4.3 runs per over. Mcnath is better spinner than both Ashwin and jadeja in NZ. Neesham And corey bowl well. And how can you forget Kane Williamson? Ryder, Williamson, Taylor and recently corey can bat well. Don't know what world you're living in.

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Big challenge in front of india.....in new zealand india will suffer a lot.....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 21, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Dear Mr. McClenaghan, you do realize that we have deadweights in Nohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and Ishant. That's 5 players. You can get in our faces or on our necks, throats, bellies, ankles, knees or what have you. The result will be the same - our trusted players will be giving you hard-time without any doubts. Please consider yourself fortunate that you don't have to deal with Pujara, Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. Dear Sir, it would be a shame to you all, if you can't beat this hopeless team filled with that Dhoni's blue-eyed poster boys. Such is our obsession with cricket that, though we know that injustice is being meted out to deserving players, we still continue to follow our cricket team. One of the poster boys will make one good contribution and lo and behold statements galore that he has disproved his critics conveniently forgetting that the critics have been proven correct on all the umpteen occasions they failed. When our fate is this bad, why wouldn't you get in our faces?

  • Sandeshgk on January 21, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Why Rohit is so defensive????

  • Sandeshgk on January 21, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    After winning toss india need to take batting rather than bowling. Please Drop ishant and raina

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli Suresh Raina Ambati Rayudu MS Dhoni © Ravindra Jadeja Ravichandran Ashwin Varun Aaron Mohammed Shami Bhuvneshwar Kumar

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    well done NZ push the so called big three over the top they are all flat track bullies who only know how to play home as soon as they step out the whole cricketing world sees how good they are make them dance with some beautiful chin music be in their face sledge them annoy them go on NZ

  • CricketFever11 on January 21, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    India can use 3 1/2 hour of the day productively, if they do not ball and start chasing 300 runs.

  • chillu_chillu on January 21, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Not to worry. India has far more ammunition when compared to NZ. They will win this series. NZ quicks are not that great. MM takes wickets but is too expensive, all the other NZ bowlers are average. They have only one class batsman in Taylor. India should drop ishanth & bring in yadav. Binny for Ashwin/jadeja. Wholesome changes not needed.Go India Go. Dhoni is the best.

  • barryrichardsfan on January 21, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    for the sake of common sense please someone from the selectors think of pujara in ODIs. A good top order has a solid player, and here Pujara does not even has a strike rate problem as the great Rahul Dravid used to have early in his career. But with his greatness, his perseverence , Dravid ended up as those bulk of a stats best as any in the world and the most valuable player of the team for so long. Pujara Dhawan Kohli Rohit Rahane Dhoni Jadeja Irfan/Binny shami umesh mishra. Ashwin is not as good a bowler as Mishra is. Unfortunately for him and the team dhoni has been persistent with ashwin. But he has consistently shown in the ips that he can hold his own gainst the best in the world. others completing the squad should be r.dhawan Aaron/Awana jhadhav/gambhir nehra/pankaj

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Again it is becoming a one man(sachin tendulkar) team time like the the 90's.it's high time to remove Ishant and jadega/ashwin and get in pandey /aaron and Binny if you have selected him than you should use him.Look at Ishant averages it's 39 in test and 32 in ODI's it more look like as a batting averages.

  • Hannibal_Lecter on January 21, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    I think considering the recent form of Ashwin in the ODIs, Amit Mishra should be given a chance ahead of Ashwin. He is a witty leg spinner and atleast would pose intriguing questions to New Zealand batsmen who are susceptible to quality spin bowling.

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Ishant is useless and has not improved after 6 years of playing and should be sent home at once

  • ThePacifist10 on January 21, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Put Ishant and Raina on the next flight back home. Useless players with no good figures over the last 2 years. Might as well have them play for the other team. Bring Pandey in place of Ishant. Binny or Rayudu should replace Raina. But for god's sake, Raina and Ishant should be barred from the national team until after the World Cup. Enough chances have been given to them. If MSD gives those two yet another chance in the 2nd ODI, he had better be ready to toss over the No. 1 ODI ranking to Australia, on a platter.

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    i must say rohit sharma is playing like a kid trying to settle himself and not bothering abt run rate or keep the score board ticking.the first thing india must do is throw him away and place rahane at the opening space

  • iceaxe on January 21, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    NZ need to show their consistency. If they do, we'll be in for a great match.

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    New Zealand is clearly showing the intent and determination to improve and ready themselves for the world cup.But unfortunately Dhoni and company is practicing post match analysis as if they want to become good commentators later.If we look at the past wins, even in India it was top order that did the job and made up for the weaknesses and lack of form of the 'experienced' middle order.Once the opening pair started going early, the defeat loomed large.But let me assure you we will not learn any thing from this and it will be visible tomorrow when the final eleven is announced.

  • rock_kamran on January 21, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Why ishant again and again? And why dhoni is nt replacing ashwin,, he is nt a spinner anymore, he has become a batsman. Just play jaddu, and for over rate there are rohit and raina to bowl in middle overs.

  • on January 21, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    i have to say...aus n nz are building and peaking a height at the right time..as t20 wc in coming nearby...i hope nz win this t20..after a long hard works where they always used to fade up when they were abt to win something..

  • ketaann on January 21, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    It will be great to watch mills back in side. It will not create any differnce even though india make couple of changes. kohli,dhoni needs to perform better to give india victory because only 2 are capable to do this, others are useless specially, jadeja.

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    pleasseee, when will umesh yadav get a chance?

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    More than Ishant; I am worried about Ashwin.. He has replaced Harbhajan as premier spinner for India. However he has not been unto that level in past one year or so barring couple of his good spells. Its high time Ashwin goes back to his basics. A break from International cricket will surely help him. I think Parvez Rasool or Karan Sharma should be tried on in next assignment. Same applies to Jadeja who has looked far more uncomfortable while batting than even Ishant. He has purely been playing as a bowler who can field. Raina like Gambhir is slowly falling out of flavour with the selectors and it won't be late that we see Pujara or Sanju Samson. I just hope India finalises it core group of 20 players for next year World Cup.

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Want 3 changes from India in next match. Rayudu for Raina. Binny for Jadeja. Varun for Ishant. We cant stay in Virat every time. All players need to contribute. Specially Rohit and Dhawan. What they are doing in seaming conditions. India need Gambhir top of the order. Why Dhoni chose to field every time ? Dhoni should try to bat first and Put the big score and try to defend that later. Hope INDIA can win tomorrow.

  • Chandru81 on January 21, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Drop Raina and Ishant for this match and give chance to Binny and Aaron .

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    How do we get rid of this Ishant Sharma problem? I mean there is a limit to everything and we are way passed the tolerance limit. Today other Teams are happy to be facing Ishant Sharma. Nice predictable short of good length deliveries at just the right pace, good enough for 70 to 100 runs per game. Who wouldn't like that? And to think India is No 1 inspite of Ishant Sharma is just unbelievable.

  • dunger.bob on January 21, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Go you Kiwi's. You're building yourselves a very decent team here, pity about Milne though.

  • Iceman29 on January 21, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    The only way to stop the talk is go on full attack against the Kiwi bowling and let them know that we are not pushovers and we are keen to prepare for the world cup too...

  • CricketMaan on January 21, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Dhoni believes that pace will undo Indian bowling for the Coreys, Taylors, McCullum's and Ronchi's love pace! So can't see Aaron, Umesh play although both are awfully short of match practise.

  • CricketMaan on January 21, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Seems like Mitch is echoing Mitch. Do all Mitch's think alike?

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    NZ will be better served if they use this determination, ambition and aggression for each and every opponent. Then perhaps they will win more often.

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    It's nice to see NZ team is doing well.

  • ICCexpert.... on January 21, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    come on Kiwis, give these flat track bullies a white-wash.........

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Dhoni should drop both raina and Jadeja and try with Binny both raina and jadeja dont have form right now

  • P0isonal on January 21, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Well said mitch, show them new zeland don't go for win in every match but go for development in all departments. From nepal i wish u all the best for world cup.

  • CricketFever11 on January 21, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Come on NZ. Hammer these Indians. They do not deserved to be the world champions.

  • muthukumar.velusamy on January 21, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    India atleast have to make 2 changes.. Rayudu should replace Raina & Varun Aroon/ Pandey should replace Legendary Ishant sharma. Both openers Dhawan & R.Sharma should also be put on notice.

  • kirkbrae on January 21, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Replace ishanth with varun. Barring 3 or 4 players rest of the team members are looking like passengers. Play with intent.

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Really? I was guessing their aim would be to take a 2-0 series lead rather than push India off the top!

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I think Ashwin is use to strengthening the batting Line For NZ's...Nothing Use for IND from him...

  • Shaikh-s on January 21, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Not very likely as Indians are very good batting in the world

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  • Shaikh-s on January 21, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Not very likely as Indians are very good batting in the world

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I think Ashwin is use to strengthening the batting Line For NZ's...Nothing Use for IND from him...

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Really? I was guessing their aim would be to take a 2-0 series lead rather than push India off the top!

  • kirkbrae on January 21, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Replace ishanth with varun. Barring 3 or 4 players rest of the team members are looking like passengers. Play with intent.

  • muthukumar.velusamy on January 21, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    India atleast have to make 2 changes.. Rayudu should replace Raina & Varun Aroon/ Pandey should replace Legendary Ishant sharma. Both openers Dhawan & R.Sharma should also be put on notice.

  • CricketFever11 on January 21, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Come on NZ. Hammer these Indians. They do not deserved to be the world champions.

  • P0isonal on January 21, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Well said mitch, show them new zeland don't go for win in every match but go for development in all departments. From nepal i wish u all the best for world cup.

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Dhoni should drop both raina and Jadeja and try with Binny both raina and jadeja dont have form right now

  • ICCexpert.... on January 21, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    come on Kiwis, give these flat track bullies a white-wash.........

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    It's nice to see NZ team is doing well.