New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland January 24, 2014

NZ starting to show consistency - Southee

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Need to attack Kohli early - Tim Southee

If they beat India in Auckland, New Zealand will win the series against the world champions, to go with ODI series victories in South Africa and England. All this in the span of a year. Three successive wins over a top side like India will mean so much to New Zealand, often thought of as a lukewarm drawcard in cricketing and financial terms.

One reason for that is their inability to string together consistent performances, especially against the big sides. New Zealand had the chance to beat West Indies at home recently, but lost the final game to end the series 2-2. Consistency is what their captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson have been saying New Zealand would like to achieve, and Tim Southee thinks they have started to do it.

"We have always been competitive in limited-overs cricket," Southee said. "We have shown we can beat anyone on our day. It is the consistency we are starting to show. We are not where we want to be. We are starting to get there. Good sides win series consistently and that is where we want to get."

A win at Eden Park will seal this one for New Zealand but as Southee said, India are too good a side to just roll over. What has been encouraging for New Zealand is that they came through the first two games in Napier and Hamilton despite both being hard-fought affairs, especially the one at McLean Park. Southee said the team management had liberated the players enough for them to play freely, and the results were starting to show now.

"We are playing an aggressive, attacking style of cricket," he said. "That is the approach Brendon and Mike (coach Hesson) have brought to this side.

"They have worked very well together and it is showing that we can go out there and play our natural game freely. We are a naturally exciting batting line-up and have got ball strikers all the way down. If they go out there and put the runs on the board as they have, it will allow us bowlers to be aggressive all the way through the innings."

Perhaps the only sore point for New Zealand has been the number of catches that have gone down. McCullum called for more "attention" on the field from his men after the Hamilton match, but felt the ground-fielding had been decent.

Southee said fielding was something New Zealand sides had prided themselves on for a number of years. "We want to be the best fielding side in the world and have got some exceptional fielders. The likes of (Martin) Guptill and the two McCullums. And Jesse (Ryder) throws himself around as well. The bowlers work hard on it and it is important we have got ten guys and a wicketkeeper out there who can field."

The eleven men will have to come together for a third, all-out burst on Saturday. It is rare territory for a New Zealand side to be in. It will be rarer still if they can conquer it.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 25, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    india will show today what he can do i think india won the match in 45-47 overs today

  • SirBobJones on January 25, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    NZ will do their usual World Cup performance...over achieve in the group stage and make it through then give some team an easy ticket to the finals by getting their collective ani kicked.

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    What the hell is Ashwin doing in Indian team....waste of a place....frontline spinner pick only a wicket in last 8 matches.....throw him out and bring Binny in as jadeja can fill the shoes of ashwin as a spinner in ODI's so that Dhoni will have lots of options in batting and bowling...

  • Alexk400 on January 24, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    When it comes to batting , India have 2 perfect ODI players dhoni and kohli. Rest all patch up. NZ has 4 players Kane , Taylor , Ryder and Corey anderson. Rest are all not good for international level. Brendon mccullum need to find slot when Ishant sharma bowling. Because he can make mince meat of ishant sharma. But mccullum struggle against shami and bhuvi. if NZ wants to score of shami they must go to pitch of his ball and hit at extra cover SIX. he is ideal bowler for that shot. High arm action makes him easy to hit if you can move to pitch of his ball. To hit bhuvi and wait for the ball. Its easier to hit buvi if you can stay at crease. Bhuvi is more clever so if you make a move he will adjust compared to shami. Anyone can hit shami. One thing i advise nz is hit out shami and that makes indian bowlers shoulder drop. you can also attack spinners. NZ need 300 runs every time to beat india. Corey may not successful in every game , ryder and mccullum has to come to party.

  • Snowbadger15 on January 24, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    @AlexK400 Ronchi just won us a t20 series against the west indies and you want him gone. give him a break. You are right to a lesser extent about Nathan McCullum as he seems to be only good for keeping the runs down in odi's but his batting has been quite disappointing. NZ is just starting to find consistency but people just feel the need to criticise us after leading 2 nil against the worlds no 2 ranked odi team.

  • Alexk400 on January 24, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    There is only one improvement. That is corey anderson. They still have nathan mccullum and luke ronchi. Two useless players. These two can not play real fast bowlers. They struggled against muhammed shami in last 2 ODIs. I think nz need to find alternative wicket keeper and better all rounder than nathan mccullum ( but i have seen him make good scores against weak bowlers) . You are as good as your weakest link. Another weak link in nz is openers. Ryder is ok but guptil needs to play better with hunger or they need to find another power hitter at top.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @wapuser....Consistent high scoring has been happening only in Indian matches on all tracks worldwide. The same tracks however look lively in non-Indian matches producing only low totals… The fact of the matter is, exactly same happens on Indians tracks too & It might surprise many that even avg ODI inns totals on Indian (so called flat) tracks (excluding Indian matches) is only 240, which is no different than world-wide tracks. Pak, on last tour of India, conceded 200 below totals in all 3 ODIs. This clearly proves that Indian tracks r not flat at all.

    Same is true with ODI rules: as Avg team totals (in non Indian matches) have hardly changed since ODI rules change. Only Indian bowling is getting more thrashing.

    This clearly proves ODI rules change & Indian tracks r not batting friendly. It is only due to the combination of exceptional Indian batting & very poor Indian bowling that Indian matches (both innings) are high scoring & scores getting even higher since ODI rules change

  • t20superstars on January 24, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    India hasn't won a single international game after the retirement of the great legend 'Sachin Tendulkar'. Sachin retired 2 months back and will no longer share dressing room with the team. Is this getting into the players minds when they walk out onto the field every time? Is the team missing out on the inputs given by Sachin? Is Dhoni waiting for Sachin to comment about his team selection and tactics on the current series, until he makes any change in the remaining ODIs?

  • munna_indian on January 24, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Lets have some mutual respect for our opposition. yes, we are passionate about our nations and would want our team to win but that doesnt mean that we use this forum to get into verbal slangs and demean other nations. as an Indian supporter, we should enjoy good cricket played by any side. This is just a sport and not war.

  • latecut_04 on January 24, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    For India to have ANY chance players who should NOT be selected are 1.Ishant Sharma 2.Aswin (not necessarily in that order.BOTH have to go.)Play Ojha/Binny/Iswar in place of Aswin but make sure he is a 10 Over bowler(not usre Binny is that type although i havent seen him play.)Swap places of Rohit and Rahane.Put Dhawan and Raina on notice.Play Jadeja as the spinner(let it be hes better than Aswin and another bowler can alwasy play like Ojha)he may score valuable runs down the order one of these days when he gets enough time and India needs them badly.STICK with this side with giving Varun Aaron and Umesh also being chances to see if they fit in.

  • on January 25, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    india will show today what he can do i think india won the match in 45-47 overs today

  • SirBobJones on January 25, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    NZ will do their usual World Cup performance...over achieve in the group stage and make it through then give some team an easy ticket to the finals by getting their collective ani kicked.

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    What the hell is Ashwin doing in Indian team....waste of a place....frontline spinner pick only a wicket in last 8 matches.....throw him out and bring Binny in as jadeja can fill the shoes of ashwin as a spinner in ODI's so that Dhoni will have lots of options in batting and bowling...

  • Alexk400 on January 24, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    When it comes to batting , India have 2 perfect ODI players dhoni and kohli. Rest all patch up. NZ has 4 players Kane , Taylor , Ryder and Corey anderson. Rest are all not good for international level. Brendon mccullum need to find slot when Ishant sharma bowling. Because he can make mince meat of ishant sharma. But mccullum struggle against shami and bhuvi. if NZ wants to score of shami they must go to pitch of his ball and hit at extra cover SIX. he is ideal bowler for that shot. High arm action makes him easy to hit if you can move to pitch of his ball. To hit bhuvi and wait for the ball. Its easier to hit buvi if you can stay at crease. Bhuvi is more clever so if you make a move he will adjust compared to shami. Anyone can hit shami. One thing i advise nz is hit out shami and that makes indian bowlers shoulder drop. you can also attack spinners. NZ need 300 runs every time to beat india. Corey may not successful in every game , ryder and mccullum has to come to party.

  • Snowbadger15 on January 24, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    @AlexK400 Ronchi just won us a t20 series against the west indies and you want him gone. give him a break. You are right to a lesser extent about Nathan McCullum as he seems to be only good for keeping the runs down in odi's but his batting has been quite disappointing. NZ is just starting to find consistency but people just feel the need to criticise us after leading 2 nil against the worlds no 2 ranked odi team.

  • Alexk400 on January 24, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    There is only one improvement. That is corey anderson. They still have nathan mccullum and luke ronchi. Two useless players. These two can not play real fast bowlers. They struggled against muhammed shami in last 2 ODIs. I think nz need to find alternative wicket keeper and better all rounder than nathan mccullum ( but i have seen him make good scores against weak bowlers) . You are as good as your weakest link. Another weak link in nz is openers. Ryder is ok but guptil needs to play better with hunger or they need to find another power hitter at top.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @wapuser....Consistent high scoring has been happening only in Indian matches on all tracks worldwide. The same tracks however look lively in non-Indian matches producing only low totals… The fact of the matter is, exactly same happens on Indians tracks too & It might surprise many that even avg ODI inns totals on Indian (so called flat) tracks (excluding Indian matches) is only 240, which is no different than world-wide tracks. Pak, on last tour of India, conceded 200 below totals in all 3 ODIs. This clearly proves that Indian tracks r not flat at all.

    Same is true with ODI rules: as Avg team totals (in non Indian matches) have hardly changed since ODI rules change. Only Indian bowling is getting more thrashing.

    This clearly proves ODI rules change & Indian tracks r not batting friendly. It is only due to the combination of exceptional Indian batting & very poor Indian bowling that Indian matches (both innings) are high scoring & scores getting even higher since ODI rules change

  • t20superstars on January 24, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    India hasn't won a single international game after the retirement of the great legend 'Sachin Tendulkar'. Sachin retired 2 months back and will no longer share dressing room with the team. Is this getting into the players minds when they walk out onto the field every time? Is the team missing out on the inputs given by Sachin? Is Dhoni waiting for Sachin to comment about his team selection and tactics on the current series, until he makes any change in the remaining ODIs?

  • munna_indian on January 24, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Lets have some mutual respect for our opposition. yes, we are passionate about our nations and would want our team to win but that doesnt mean that we use this forum to get into verbal slangs and demean other nations. as an Indian supporter, we should enjoy good cricket played by any side. This is just a sport and not war.

  • latecut_04 on January 24, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    For India to have ANY chance players who should NOT be selected are 1.Ishant Sharma 2.Aswin (not necessarily in that order.BOTH have to go.)Play Ojha/Binny/Iswar in place of Aswin but make sure he is a 10 Over bowler(not usre Binny is that type although i havent seen him play.)Swap places of Rohit and Rahane.Put Dhawan and Raina on notice.Play Jadeja as the spinner(let it be hes better than Aswin and another bowler can alwasy play like Ojha)he may score valuable runs down the order one of these days when he gets enough time and India needs them badly.STICK with this side with giving Varun Aaron and Umesh also being chances to see if they fit in.

  • saikarthikg on January 24, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    India will win in the 3rd ODI.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @vijay bro this hamilton track was a road and still india lost and I agree with Shane Bond if full 50 overs would have been allowed NZ could easily score 350 with your 3 fast bowlers conceding around 250 runs

  • creebo777 on January 24, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    india bowlers really needs to perform,nz looking good,solid batting line up but still lacks a 3rd seamer,they can win the world cup with this squad

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    dear Lankan fans, please stay out.of this article, you.and your useless players are not the need of the cricket.... don't know why you guys always untreated.in.Indian cricket... lol now that your entire team is a passenger except Sanga, you guys are least eligible to be commenting about competitive cricket.... lol...

  • bc1992 on January 24, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Geez Cpt.Meanster, take a downer dude. The whole point is that NZ is a team that is searching for consistency. Two close wins against an Indian team that clearly has some issues with team selection (even people who don't follow the game can tell at a glance that some of the bowlers are well past their best) does not mean that NZ have suddenly become a top three team or anything like that. But what they are showing is that maybe, just maybe, some consistency of selection and talent identification are starting to pay dividends and could in 12-18 months time bear some real fruit. And India "bat respectfully"? Eh? I'm scratching my head on that one......let's all link arms and sing "Give Peace A Chance" while we're at it............

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    well said CJ Anderson will be future star <3

  • iceaxe on January 24, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    I'll believe the consistency talk when NZ cease being clobbered after 3-5 games. Stringing 2-3 good wins, then getting a hiding is why NZ are down the rankings. Having near losses is one thing, but to loose badly, like the amount they did against WI in an earlier ODI was just disgraceful. If NZ can compete strongly against India through the ODI's and Tests, they will gain their credibility back. I do believe they are on way, and the team is looking the strongest it's been in years. Good luck to them.

  • CricketMaan on January 24, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Raina Out, so hopefully Rayudu/Binny in. Whoever broke Raina's elbow should at least be given a chance and i hope it wasn't Ishant.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 24, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    How does it matter - with 4-7 passengers in the Indian team? Till the time New Zealand don't stuff their side with lacklustre players they are bound to win. This is food for thought for the BCCI

  • rajcl on January 24, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    SA, NZ & NOW DUBAI, AUS PITCHES BECOMING FLAT,,,, oh, not REALY because INDIA is not playing thire , when & where INDIA scores lot of runs then its becomes flat otherwise credit goes to either teams, wait for INDIA to play DUBAI ,AUS THEN ITS BECOME FLAT

  • GeminiAwan on January 24, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    India can still win the series, if the remaining 3 ODI's will played in India...

  • Neel1943 on January 24, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @Zahidul Islam- Send Bangladesh to Newzealand and BD wont even stand a chance ! They cant even win in zimbabwe and yet you guys claim BD is best team. What rubbish ...BD is also one of the teams improving their level...But country seems to be still consisting of 80% illiterates.

  • rajcl on January 24, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    i dont see any issue in this indian team just they make replace 2 or 3 players & they were not winning but perfoming well & even AUS with punter & co strugling with full house , alwys nz is better than sa in home for odi or t20

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 24, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    New zealand should win the series 5-0.i dont think they need to go soft against this flat track bullies.nz showed show no mercy to this incapable side like india.

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    newzeland just got whitewash by bangladesh in odi , now india is getting whitewash by newzeland , imagine what will happen if bangladesh play against india now , the new uprising #teambangladesh

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    New Zealand have executed well, particularly the likes of Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson & Mc Glenahan's consistency in both matches. India wasn't too far for the win there. It's not easy to judge out India, they will come back strong. They are a better team in handling pressure situations quite easier. Need to praise New Zealand for their much hard work and have gained the much deserved wins.

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @Vijay Sundar. Yeah, dl "favoured us" right? We played 33 overs expecting our big hitters accelerating from 35-50. But rain reduced us to 42. You should feel fortunate man, or your bowlers would have leaked 350.

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    i agree with southee but NZ have nt well turning tracks of BD n will be tested again WC T20 plus Pak vs Nz in UAE this year.

  • rajcl on January 24, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @Cpt.meansteR U even forgot pak were beaten by zimbambwe & also tough contest in that sereis,

  • Vivfan on January 24, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I still remember your comments in SA saying that "Yadav's pace will be too much for SA" SA batsman wont be able to handle Shami/Bhuvi and co. Lol. and recently stating that NZ batsman will fail if they prepare green wickets, Haha. Hilarious. Dravid/Laxman/Ganguly/Tendulkar days are over, India are no longer a No. 1 Test/ODI team. Focus on the future and evidence suggests that India will struggle where ever they tour.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @Ants bull Both the match where NZ won were close games and fyi second match with Duck worth lewis giving that equation only india have lost else it would be 1-1

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Great to see the Kiwi side playing well once again. I still have fond memories of watching Astle, Harris, Carins, Fleming, Bond etc playing and doing so well. Once the team starts winning and actually shows some passion/fight, it will go a long way to win back many lost fans. Lastly, world cricket needs a strong NZ, West-Indies as there are so few cricket playing nations. It makes it more enjoyable to follow Cricket as each country as their own approach to this great game.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    NZ team is emerging with the young players with southee taking the lead as experience fast bowler and India batting is not aggresive now a days even though they had some 300 plus chasing in home still they cant match the Viru and sachin opening combo coming to bowling Kumar is economical and shami is taking wickets the third bowler who needs to support kumar and shami is not doing well that need to be corrected

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Cpt.meanster you forget about ur loss against pak on ur home ???

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    On their Day, Newzeland is far superior than any other oposition...they play smart cricket and have immense talent...I believe Pak Newzeland Australia South africa will make up for the WC15 semis

  • xtrafalgarx on January 24, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I kind of agree with Cpt.Meanster. No team is complete, with the possible exception of SA though after the retirement of Jaques Kallis it will be interesting to see how they go. India only need to get a couple of batsmen and a bower or two in form to be dominant around the world. Australia need to get their ODI attack as good as their tests then they will be world class.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - dude learn to read. The article is titled "NZ starting to show consistency" - because this is the fourth ODI series against Top 7 sides they have performed well in over the last year.

    Nowhere in the article did it claim they think they are the best in the world like you seem to think. The two teams in this series are very evenly matched, with Corey Anderson and the NZ bowlers being the difference so far.

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 24, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @Albert-cambell,newzealand in transition?quite funny.lol.do you even know when fleming bond astle retired?if one player like vettori retires it calls transition?i think thisis the best nz side for sometimes.

  • CricketFever11 on January 24, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    As per proposed ICC structural changes, BCCI can schedule cricket only in India so that we can see more and more ODI double centuries. Moreover, BCCI can invite WI, Zim in order to give fitting farewells for their totally out of form players.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster - you clearly do not understand what southee said...he said starting to show consistency. Compared to the last two years NZ are demonstrating that they are not as prone to collapsing as they used to. Very sad to read such a negative post.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Nz won the series against sa in sa england in england.......india only win in there home .....In shaa Allah nz win this series with 5-0

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Nz players should be banned from making comments to the media and focus on playing to win matches. I'm so sick of hearing talk the talk and then failing to follow through. Have they forgotten their last odi performance barely 2 matches ago? 2 close wins can hardly be called consistency. Got a long way to go before you win back my support nz

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: The fact that India are able to beat everyone at a competitive level with such a weak bowling attack is itself a credit to them. Winner of two world cups, 1 Champions Trophy, 1 World T20, no.1 team in test cricket between 2009-2011 and winners of several bilateral ODI series and tournaments; recently the no.1 ODI team etc. If there is ONE team that deserves a lavish praise, it's INDIA. Now I know of many teams with twice the bowling capability than India's but with not even half the accomplishments.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: At least India bat respectfully and came close to winning both games. If PAK was playing NZ now, they would be bowled out for less than 150 every time. Can't believe PAK are an international team with no batsmen other than Misbah.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Shahidjk I think you din't got the message he was trying to convey. We've defeated South Africa and England in their own backyard but lost against Bangladesh away and drew West Indies at home. This was an inconsistent performance. Meanwhile as you say, "Performers" like India are the best?

  • Pradeepmani007 on January 24, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Newzeland have got all attacking players,that why they go in attacking mode.They lag in technical players who could adopt to situation. Adaptability is less.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Very funny. Since when have NZ become one of the 'big boys'. Forget NZ, since when have PAK become one of the 'big boys', a team that is equally hopeless on bouncy wickets ?! A team that has failed to beat India in every world cup encounter ! Just a couple of games and NZ have become one of the 'big boys' huh ? LOL

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    It's funny to hear these kind of speeches from the Kiwis following two close HOME games against India. The last time these guys came to India, they were walloped 5-0. It's funny how teams think they are world beaters after a few good HOME games. Seriously, no team is really worthy of being mentioned as world beaters. SA comes the closest but even that's only in test cricket. The rest are good mostly at home. Dear NZ, please keep your feet on the ground. Knowing how good India are, I would remain quiet until the series has been won.

  • Albert_cambell on January 24, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @ShahidJK. India are world class unit without any proper bowlers..lol. NZ are in transition right now after the departure of vettori,Fleming,Bond, Astle.etc. But now they are finding good replacements like Williamson,Anderson,Guptil, Mclaneghan..etc. Soon they will be world class team.

  • Matt3030 on January 24, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Time for the NZ batting line-up to fire and show the Indians what it can really do......

  • Philippe on January 24, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Problem these days is that... if any team plays few good matches on their home soil they start quoting that they r the best... & showing consistency.... the same goes with India, NZ, ENG, Aus as well... NZ by no means is a world class team... but surely India & Aus are world class units at the moment...

  • ravindran2369 on January 24, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Newzealand will win, if Ishant, jadeja, ashwin, Dhawan and rohit play

  • Albert_cambell on January 24, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    My request to ICC, please dont give any overseas matches to India. They should play with Nepal, Afghanistan, Kenya, UAE on bouncy wicket before taking on the big boys in overseas conditions. But I still doubt if they can atleast compete with these teams.

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  • Albert_cambell on January 24, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    My request to ICC, please dont give any overseas matches to India. They should play with Nepal, Afghanistan, Kenya, UAE on bouncy wicket before taking on the big boys in overseas conditions. But I still doubt if they can atleast compete with these teams.

  • ravindran2369 on January 24, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Newzealand will win, if Ishant, jadeja, ashwin, Dhawan and rohit play

  • Philippe on January 24, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Problem these days is that... if any team plays few good matches on their home soil they start quoting that they r the best... & showing consistency.... the same goes with India, NZ, ENG, Aus as well... NZ by no means is a world class team... but surely India & Aus are world class units at the moment...

  • Matt3030 on January 24, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Time for the NZ batting line-up to fire and show the Indians what it can really do......

  • Albert_cambell on January 24, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @ShahidJK. India are world class unit without any proper bowlers..lol. NZ are in transition right now after the departure of vettori,Fleming,Bond, Astle.etc. But now they are finding good replacements like Williamson,Anderson,Guptil, Mclaneghan..etc. Soon they will be world class team.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    It's funny to hear these kind of speeches from the Kiwis following two close HOME games against India. The last time these guys came to India, they were walloped 5-0. It's funny how teams think they are world beaters after a few good HOME games. Seriously, no team is really worthy of being mentioned as world beaters. SA comes the closest but even that's only in test cricket. The rest are good mostly at home. Dear NZ, please keep your feet on the ground. Knowing how good India are, I would remain quiet until the series has been won.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Very funny. Since when have NZ become one of the 'big boys'. Forget NZ, since when have PAK become one of the 'big boys', a team that is equally hopeless on bouncy wickets ?! A team that has failed to beat India in every world cup encounter ! Just a couple of games and NZ have become one of the 'big boys' huh ? LOL

  • Pradeepmani007 on January 24, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Newzeland have got all attacking players,that why they go in attacking mode.They lag in technical players who could adopt to situation. Adaptability is less.

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Shahidjk I think you din't got the message he was trying to convey. We've defeated South Africa and England in their own backyard but lost against Bangladesh away and drew West Indies at home. This was an inconsistent performance. Meanwhile as you say, "Performers" like India are the best?

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: At least India bat respectfully and came close to winning both games. If PAK was playing NZ now, they would be bowled out for less than 150 every time. Can't believe PAK are an international team with no batsmen other than Misbah.