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

'We're not going to be nice to them' - McClenaghan

ESPNcricinfo staff

After taking four wickets to consign India to defeat in Napier, Mitchell McClenaghan has carried on with the same aggressive form off the field. Not only was McClenaghan at India with the ball, he was also in Rohit Sharma's face just before he hooked McClenaghan straight to long leg. McClenaghan said there wasn't going to be a let-up.

"These guys are good players but at no point are we going to back away from a fight," McClenaghan told Fairfax NZ News. "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."

McClenaghan's most crucial strike was when he came back to dismiss MS Dhoni with a sharp bouncer to trigger a collapse that brought New Zealand back into a match that was fast slipping out of their hands. He said the short ball was an important part of his plan against India.

"When they [India] go to Aussie they get bombed," McClenaghan said. "It's something we've got with our attack, we've got guys who can bowl good bouncers. We know there's a few of their guys who like to hook compulsively. It's about picking and choosing the times that we use it and the grounds we use it on because they all have different dimensions. We'll just have to be really smart about the lines we use it on."

Dhoni has spoken about the need to play the shots to the short balls because you can't keep leaving alone two balls per over. Virat Kohli, who negotiated the bouncer well in South Africa and in Napier, has said that it is important to at least get into positions to play the bouncer so that you watch the ball more closely, and leave them better should the need be. However, the bouncer always becomes an issue when India go out of Asia because some of the others are not as good at facing them.

McClenaghan said this series against India is massively important for them, not just because India are the No. 1 side in the world, but also because this is the World Cup year. "It's a huge series against one of the best sides in the world," McClenaghan said. "Leading into a World Cup in our backyard we want to have consistency. This is our best team that we can put out on the park. Hopefully we can let everyone know around the world that in our own backyard on our grounds and our decks, we're not to be taken lightly come 2015."

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  • Android on January 22, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @Deepak He made his debut in South Africa the then no. 1 odi team. Took a 4for including Amla, Ab, smith. Then went to England and champions trophy. Then to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Uh, expect him to bowl on moon? Get your facts checked.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    @Shane Bond: and how many matches has he played outside NZ? He thinks his short ball bowling will always be successful. Even mystery balls have been cracked, how long will these bouncers stay? He talks so much about plans based on ground opposition, etc., lets see him perform when he is clobbered round the park. It is going to happen sooner or later and may be in this series itself. The truth is there are very few who can play short ball well and most of them struggle. But only Indians are condemned for not playing it well. As Kohli said, it is all in the way you position yourself for it and play. Those teeny tiny details which they need to work on. Once they do it, people will be left with nothing to speak about them, or will they? As Hussey once said about Raina, that doesn't understand why people say he can't play short ball since according to him, Raina can play it pretty well. The problem is he tries to get too aggressive when he sees the short ball. It is just a matter of time.

  • Rahul on January 22, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    McClenaghan and co are absolutely right to be aggressive and in your face with Indians. What baffles me is why MSD do not select someone of Yadav's pace and try to retaliate in his own way. His backing of Ishant is baffling. We dont need pundits to make it clear to us that Ishant is not made for ODI bowling where the batsmen look to be aggressive and lot of field restrictions are in place. Surely Yadav wont do any worse then Ishant. If you are not going to play your only bowler who can bowl fast consistently in SAF and NZ then where are you planning to utilize him? Or is it as the conspiracy theorists point out the fear of success in MSDs mind that makes him stick to guys in his inner circle.

  • Android on January 22, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    @Capitalist He has 6 four wicket hauls and 1 five wicket haul. 47 wickets in 19 matches. Better than any of your "capitalist" bowlers.

  • RAVINDER on January 21, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    @GRVJPR:- We have fast bowlers but we do not give chance to them.Yadav played well in CT in ENG and then against he was played in one match against SA and dropped.But players like Ishant,Raina,Ashwin are being picked consistently. Once Dhoni and his boss start selecting proper Indian ODI side we will start winning more matches. I am a big fan of Sandip Patil who always played aggressively in an era when hardly anyone would play like that but he is loosing my respect by choosing such team as per the direction of Dhoni and his boss. And worst is, we fans and Indian govt cant do anything to restore pride these guys are loosing at rapid rate.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Clearly, the so called "weakness" of the skills of Indian batsmen with respect to the hook/pull shot is getting oversold a lot. India do not play in those conditions and hence do not practice those shots much. Clearly, as Kohli voiced, it's a matter of being in good fitness and preparing for it - nothing more, nothing less. It's not as if batsmen from other parts of the world are supermen or vice-versa. The Dravid's and Tendulkar's of this world sweated their way to magnificence and command over their skills and believe it or not, there is no second way to go about it. My arm-chair advice, get cracking with practicing those (we'll definitely need that for the world cup) and be smart about using it.

  • Marky on January 21, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    LOL, one match takes 4 wickets talking like he has taken 200 wickets. Please talk after the series has been won. I bet you he is going to get tonked in the 2nd match and NZ are going to get trashed.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    As a NZ fan, I wish McClenaghan, Southee, etc. would just bowl, without copying Australian-style, unfunny, yobbish sledging.

  • o on January 21, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Mitchell McClenaghan quickly becoming one of my favourite players, a real character that's great for the game !

  • Ashok on January 21, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    McClenaghan's Loud Rants should be countered by thumbing the Nose to counter his "Hot Air"! Clearly it is a Gamesmanship & verbal goading battle. I wish a cool guy like Dravid or Kumble was in charge of this team as the Manager/Advisor. Dhoni & Kohli have come out with statements that they will counter it by playing the hook shot - With 4 of the top Six falling to short balls does show lack of common sense on part of Indian batsmen. In SA. Morkel & Steyn tried the bouncers & India ignored them totally. Result Steyn had 1 wkt for 167 after nearly 3 innings. Morkel twisted his ankle with his futile bouncers! Ignore this guy & his bouncers. Dhoni & Jadeja both fell to him because they tried to hit the very first time he bowled short one- facing him in very first over. You judge the pace & bounce by watching it for a couple of times before trying to Hook. I expected more common sense from Dhoni. His foolish OUT cost India the ODI #1. Hook them only when you can do it safely or leave them!

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