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

New Zealand aim to complete hat-trick

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Match facts

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0100 GMT)

Big Picture

The last time New Zealand won three ODIs in a row - against teams other than Zimbabwe and Associates - was in early 2010 when they put together a string of two wins against Pakistan, three against Bangladesh and one against Australia. Since then, consistency has been a problem with them. Right now is as good a chance as any for them to get that consistency and ruthlessness back into their game. They have the motivation: they are playing against what started as the No. 1 side in the world, a side most watched in the world, and in the World Cup year. More than the motivation, though, a really good unit is coming together for them: they have a good mix of solid and attacking specialist batsmen, an explosive allrounder, bowlers who like to attack and win games, and fielders who add 20 to any total they post.

Only two times in the history of ODI cricket has a team gone down 2-0 in a five-match series and has still managed to win it. South Africa did it against Pakistan in 2003, and Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in 2005. Forget that India might regain the No. 1 ranking momentarily if England beat Australia in Perth, in a relatively longer term, they will need to become the third team to script such an incredible turnaround. To do that there are issues they need to address: one of their specialist batsmen has not scored a fifty against a full-time team in his last 23 innings, one of their bowlers is defying gravity by not getting dropped, and their spinners have become ineffective because of the new field restrictions.

It is immense credit to the batting of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni that India came close in both the first two ODIs. That is why New Zealand know they can't take this visiting team lightly. They will be desperate to finish their hat-trick of wins lest India draw blood and start looking for that hat-trick of their own.

Form guide

New Zealand WWLWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
India LLLLW

In the spotlight

Rohit Sharma has faced 1025 deliveries in the first 10 overs of ODIs. Of those, 718 have gone been dots. He hasn't even been hitting many boundaries at the start. Shikhar Dhawan faces 60% dots as compared to Rohit's 70, but he manages the boundaries, which shows in his run-rate of 5.76 in the first 10 overs as opposed to Rohit's 3.67. So on an average, when Rohit bats 10 overs - and he tends to face 35 of the 60 balls - there are close to four overs unscored of. Granted it takes all sorts and Rohit is more than capable of making up for slow starts, but when your bowlers are conceding 300 in every game you put too much pressure on yourself with starts lacking urgency so often. It will be interesting to see if he changes his strategy a little without entirely losing the solid bases.

Jesse Ryder has looked in golden touch during the first two ODIs, but hasn't stayed on long enough. In the first ODI he flicked a delightful six in the first over, in the second he beautifully drove the first ball he faced for four. He has gone at a good strike rate without slogging, nor has he got out playing outrageous shots, which means a long innings cannot be counted out. India are looking for ways to keep Corey Anderson quiet, but they will have a whole new set of problems if Ryder manages to stay on the wicket for 30 overs.

Teams news

Eden Park is a quicker pitch than Seddon Park, so New Zealand will think of playing the quicker Hamish Bennett ahead of the wily Kyle Mills whose cutters are more effective on slightly slower surfaces. They are not yet likely to rest the "fatigued" Corey Anderson.

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/Hamish Bennett, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Suresh Raina took a blow on the left elbow in the nets on the eve of the match, and has a sustained a soft-tissue damage. If he doesn't turn up fine on the afternoon of the match, Ambati Rayudu or Stuart Binny might get a look-in. Ishant Sharma will be under pressure again. Varun Aaron bowled a long spell in the nets so he might be in with a chance.

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

Pitch and conditions

A beautiful sunny day is forecast in Auckland. The oddly shaped ground will be a challenge to defend, but New Zealand won't mind that the square boundary is longer than the straight one.

Stats and trivia

  • R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have played 72 ODIs each. Only Ajit Agarakar and Tim Bresnan are ahead of them on list of most runs conceded after 72 ODIs.
  • Rohit Sharma hit 20 sixes in the last three innings of the series against Australia. Since then his six off Kyle Mills in Hamilton was his first in six ODIs.
  • MS Dhoni is 130 short of reaching 8000 ODI runs. He has played 211 innings so far. Brian Lara, the third-quickest to the landmark, reached 8000 in 211 innings; he is also the fastest non-opener to the mark.

Quotes

"They will also have to take a call on Ishant Sharma, who unfortunately is either unwilling to learn or is incapable of it."
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar lays into Ishant Sharma

"I don't think we have bowled particularly well to him when he's first come out and it has almost allowed him to get in and get going. Once he does that he's shown he's pretty hard to stop. He is in great nick and our job is to get him as early as possible."
Tim Southee wants Virat Kohli early

Agarkar: Time to give Varun Aaron a go

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 25, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    India's woes are not batting outside the subcontinent, but bowling. Only good bowling unit can win matches abroad. Dhoni is not inclined to change his strategy, he hardly makes any changes. This bowling attack is leaking consistently above 300 the last 10 matches or so. Dhoni is overconfident in his batting unit thinking that they can chase down anything. This could only work in subcontinent pitches. Despite 5 successive loses outside India, he still persist with bowling first. Hope he lose the toss this time

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    ishant droped to binny.nd aswin drop to amit mishra,rohit drop to raydu

  • TRAM on January 25, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    It has taken 72 ODIs to finally say negative about ISharma by the same Gavaskar who has been calling him "unlucky Ishant" all these years. Gavaskar and Shastri have been addressing RSharma as the "highly talented player" now for 116 ODIs. He is playing his 117th today. Probably RS can fail 100 more times before Gavaskar says negative about him.

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    i personally belive muhammed shammi is indias best bowler

  • CricketFanIndUS on January 24, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    One good innings from Rohit is all it will take for a turn around in the batting side. All the best Rohit and Dhawan!!

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    While I am a big fan of MSD, he is blundering in team selection right now...Ishant should surely be shown the door without fail...The highly over rated Rohit Sharma should also be put on notice...Time to give a chance to Varun Aaroon....N I dont understand why Pujaara is not in the team???

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    I cant believe Ashwin is playing another match.

  • boomslanger on January 24, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Well the gambling odds for todays pre-match are as follows: India win=72%% NZ win=110% Toss: 50/50 India/NZ India batsmen odds to score: Virat: 9/4 Rohit/Nohit:4/1 Shikhar:4/1 Raina:6/1 Shoni:5/1 Raydu:8/1 Binny: 16/1 Ajinkya:11/2 Jadeja:16/1 Ashwin:50/1

    Bowlers odds to take wicket:

    Shami: 2/1 Kumar:10/3 Ishant:7/2 Mishra:7/2 Jadeja:7/2 Pandey:4/1 Binny:15/2 Kohli:12/1 (These are comparative odds. Kohli does not have a 120% chance !)

    Martin Guptil has the odds to be MOM. If anyone's interested, can post odds post Toss too.

  • ganeshfromCA on January 24, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Can someone going for match in New Zealand stand with a board asking Dhoni these questions? Irritate Ishant and Ashwin with shameless comments. I guess they have became hard skin by now.

    Good bowlers get injured and unable to play sometimes but look at Ishant he is not getting injured but keep bowling pathetically.

    1 hour and 15 mins for Team selection miracle. I have very less hopes.

  • goafghanistan on January 24, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    I'ld be giving Guptill a rest he looks like he's struggled recently, apart from that our batting lineup looks the strongest for years, all are capable of scoring quickly if they hang around. In saying that though Im hoping for an india win, with a nice close game just to keep the series interesting

  • on January 25, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    India's woes are not batting outside the subcontinent, but bowling. Only good bowling unit can win matches abroad. Dhoni is not inclined to change his strategy, he hardly makes any changes. This bowling attack is leaking consistently above 300 the last 10 matches or so. Dhoni is overconfident in his batting unit thinking that they can chase down anything. This could only work in subcontinent pitches. Despite 5 successive loses outside India, he still persist with bowling first. Hope he lose the toss this time

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    ishant droped to binny.nd aswin drop to amit mishra,rohit drop to raydu

  • TRAM on January 25, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    It has taken 72 ODIs to finally say negative about ISharma by the same Gavaskar who has been calling him "unlucky Ishant" all these years. Gavaskar and Shastri have been addressing RSharma as the "highly talented player" now for 116 ODIs. He is playing his 117th today. Probably RS can fail 100 more times before Gavaskar says negative about him.

  • on January 25, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    i personally belive muhammed shammi is indias best bowler

  • CricketFanIndUS on January 24, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    One good innings from Rohit is all it will take for a turn around in the batting side. All the best Rohit and Dhawan!!

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    While I am a big fan of MSD, he is blundering in team selection right now...Ishant should surely be shown the door without fail...The highly over rated Rohit Sharma should also be put on notice...Time to give a chance to Varun Aaroon....N I dont understand why Pujaara is not in the team???

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    I cant believe Ashwin is playing another match.

  • boomslanger on January 24, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Well the gambling odds for todays pre-match are as follows: India win=72%% NZ win=110% Toss: 50/50 India/NZ India batsmen odds to score: Virat: 9/4 Rohit/Nohit:4/1 Shikhar:4/1 Raina:6/1 Shoni:5/1 Raydu:8/1 Binny: 16/1 Ajinkya:11/2 Jadeja:16/1 Ashwin:50/1

    Bowlers odds to take wicket:

    Shami: 2/1 Kumar:10/3 Ishant:7/2 Mishra:7/2 Jadeja:7/2 Pandey:4/1 Binny:15/2 Kohli:12/1 (These are comparative odds. Kohli does not have a 120% chance !)

    Martin Guptil has the odds to be MOM. If anyone's interested, can post odds post Toss too.

  • ganeshfromCA on January 24, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Can someone going for match in New Zealand stand with a board asking Dhoni these questions? Irritate Ishant and Ashwin with shameless comments. I guess they have became hard skin by now.

    Good bowlers get injured and unable to play sometimes but look at Ishant he is not getting injured but keep bowling pathetically.

    1 hour and 15 mins for Team selection miracle. I have very less hopes.

  • goafghanistan on January 24, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    I'ld be giving Guptill a rest he looks like he's struggled recently, apart from that our batting lineup looks the strongest for years, all are capable of scoring quickly if they hang around. In saying that though Im hoping for an india win, with a nice close game just to keep the series interesting

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Surely Dhoni will drop Ashwin and Ishant for this game. He won't drop Rohit or Dhawan.

  • on January 24, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    We need to someone stable like Cheteshwar Pujara in the playing 11... Currently we desperately need someone to stay at the crease with Kohli... My Indian team would be Dhawan/ Gambhir, Rahane, Virat, Pujara, Raina, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin/ Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Varun Aaron/ Umesh Yadav

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    This is the point - if Jesse indeed bats for 35-40 overs, India can kiss good-bye to this series. No need for any Coriander or Rhonchi/Wheeze or a Cane. Jesse seems to be in tremendous touch. We were lucky to get him early the other day. In fact, Jesse was his own undoing the other day. With our hopeless bowling, I shudder to think what the score-line would have been had he stayed even for 20 overs in the last match. Coriander would have simply garnished us and set something like 350 in 42 overs. Shameful bowling backed by Captain Fool. Clueless batsmen backed by Captain Fool. I love cricket too much to not watch it. My bad! Born and brought up in India. What to do?! ( -_-)

  • sheru-sher on January 24, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    @AsherCA on (January 24, 2014, 20:05 GMT) Ishant Sharma is the fastest bowler available for India.He is the only one that looks like a fast bowler.The others look like school boys trying to do a man's job.

  • jiten27 on January 24, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Let dhawan and ashwin can open innings, 3 kohli, 4 rahane, 5 rohit, 6 dhoni, 7 binny , 8 jadeja, 9 shami, 10 bhumi, 11 aaron............ now we should try with spiiner first first 5 overs so we can push down the score around 15 to 20 and then space bowlers they can push down score 15 to 20 in 5 overs ..so total would be 40 in ten overs ........keep changes every 5 overs spinner and space bowlers never let the bats man to settle down with one bowler let them make mistake, india should be ok,,,,,,,,we have biiny , shami, bhumi, aaron, as space bowlers........we have two spinner ashwin and jadeja.........rehane and kohli can boel, even rohit can ,,,,,,,.....so we r fine

  • on January 24, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar is livid with ishant's continued selection lmao

  • ilililililililililililililx on January 24, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is auful. I know India dont have good paacers but come on! Ishant is worse than MS with the ball.

  • bgshankar on January 24, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    I'm really concerned of the top order. If Kohli gets out cheaply, then this team will be done under 30 overs. I expect this to happen today. More failures now, better the preparation for the world cup.

  • on January 24, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Sharma's in Team India are taking us down..

  • TaleEnder on January 24, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Is Dhoni ready to bat first and defend the teams total if he wins the toss? Yes.. Indian batting is strong.. But chasing should be a part of strategy and it should not become a habit..

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 24, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Come on New Zealand give india a Kiwi wash !

  • SanjivAwesome on January 24, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Raina injury is a real loss to India that a player of his potential may not play for us. The team will miss his 9 years experience of potential-discovery.

  • abindia on January 24, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    A few observations on India's recent performance in NZ and SA. Dhoni is giving excuses about losing close matches. He is on the defensive trying to justify the team selections, which is not a good sign. Ashwin, Jadeja, and Ishant does not deserve a place in the playing eleven based on their recent performance. Stuart Binny ( though unproven in the international circuit) can be groomed to be the elusive all rounder we always want. At least worth giving him a few chances. Also give chance to the new fast bowlers like Varun etc. anyway the NZ series is already lost for all practical purpose, let's get a few new players on the field to give them some experience before the WC.

  • ali14pakistani on January 24, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    India to lose again, destiny, har har de har!

  • bijuphilip on January 24, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    India needs to do differently,chasing is still good option.playing eleven and batting order should change. 1.davan2.rayidu3.kholi4.jadeja5.rahane6.dhoni7.raina/rohit8binny.9.varun10kumar.11shami Jadeja should come early when RR rate is about to 7 not more than that,he is not capable of hitting 8 runs per over but he can manage run a ball. aswin and irsant shoun't be in the team.,if rohit is playing he should be a pinch hitter like maxweel or anderson of kwis. i hope india loose if india won't make any change this time then learn some thing from the mistake. Dhoni is a great player,but a worst captain. gambir or kholi should be given a chance as acaptain

  • BustIPL on January 24, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    India can still come back just they have to make NZ chase as they are still crossing 250. Indian spinners are not of good quality as other spinners are doing okay with these rules. With their board busy with politics, focus on cricket is dwindling making india slide on ranking table.

  • palla.avinash on January 24, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    MY Playing 11 Dhawan,Rahane,Kohli,Jedeja,Rayudu,dhoni,Binny,Amit Mishra,Bhuvaneshwar,Shami,Ishwar Pandey/Aaron. This is my team and ravindra jedeja to come at no 4 with kohli on other hand he can be a revolution.He is playing too low below the batting order.

  • bhushanB on January 24, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    @AsherCA

    When did Rohit set anything on fire... other than the hearts of hardcore IND cricket fans

  • bhushanB on January 24, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    My ODI X1 will be

    1) Dhawan... 2) Pujara .... 3) Kohli... 4) Rahane...(/Manoj Tiwary/Rayudu) 5) Dhoni... 6) Raina... (/Yuvi/Rayudu) 7) Irfan (/Rishi Dhawan/Binny) 8) Jadeja (/Ashwin/Mishra/Ojha) 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Yadav (/Aaron)

  • on January 24, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    c'mon indiA, PLEASE stop disapointing.

  • gauravm5 on January 24, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Rohit, Dhawan, Raina and Yuvraj batted like school kids against Steyn, Morkel and Philander in South Africa. On the other hand, Pujara made world's best bowling lineup looked like an average or not so good bowling attack. Why Pujara is not there in the Indian ODI team is more than shocking. Yes, he failed to score runs in his first 2 one day outings but if u see the history, players like Dhoni, Raina, kohli, Amla, AB De Villiers, Cook, Dilshan, Hayden, Gayle, Glichrist and sehwag did n't score more than 20 runs in their first 2 ODIs. AND also world's greatest batsman Sachin Tendular failed to open his account in his first 2 One day Innings. His first 6 ODIs innings scores: 0, 0, 36, 10, 20 and 19.

  • AsherCA on January 24, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Couple of failures when none of the other batsmen (barring Kohli) is scoring & the gang is out on Rohit. Forget setting the grounds on fire - have Dhawan & Raina done anything of value ? When was the last time Ashwin got 2 wickets (I repeat - TWO, not 5)...When was the last time Ishant gave less than run a ball ? Stage 1, India cricket lovers have to pray that Ishant hurts himself & is unable to stand on the field - the guy is too shameless & selfish to ask for a break, his heart & mind are both not in the game BUT Ishant definitely seems to have some high connections which ensure that his worse than school-boy performances do not earn him a kick on his ... (we all know what). Ishant & Ashwin should make way for Binny & Varun....That way, the zone quotas are met AND at least, we have a different set of passengers to lose with.

  • AMemon90 on January 24, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Rohit, Dhawan, Virat, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Aaron/Ishwar. If this is the selection for rest of the two ODIs I bet india is gonna win both of them But in between this selection is MS Dhoni lets see what he does hope he does this before its too late.. But Lose or Win Dhoni is the best..

  • on January 24, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Rahane can open with Shikhar Dhawan. Rayudu, Binny and Varun Aaron can replace Rohit Sharma, Ashwin and Ishant Sharma. And I would have Rayudu behind the stumps so that if need be Dhoni can bowl one or two overs.. Dhoni wont be very effective, but he can get in the swing at times and who knows in NZ pitches, he can prove effective enough to bowl 3 to 4 overs..

    India does have good part-time bowling department in Kohli, Raina,(Dhoni) and if we pick the aforementioned line-up, we will have decent bowling Department of Shami, B Kumar,Aaron,R Jadeja,Binny..

  • Coolcapricorn on January 24, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Apart from some of our clueless bowlers, do you see NZ using 'bit & pieces' part-time bowlers like we do??? NO, they have five main bowlers who are chosen bowl their quota of overs & aim to take wickets - not just containing the opposition like some of our aforementioned bowlers - & hence this is also why they have won the first two matches!

  • boomslanger on January 24, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    If I were a debutant, I'd hate to get picked for my debut here. First of a all a captain who is building pressure on me by chasing repeatedly even though his batsmen are off color and not in for it. The pressure on the bowlers to contain become more than a freedom to take wickets. Since India won the world cup, Dhoni has been trying to build the teams of other countries. Therefore you have a mediocre, technically half-baked player like Quinten DeKock becoming a prospect for South Africa (A team that must be full of vinegar after beating No.1 India 3-0.) Yes, besides the South African bowlers, their Pitch, I am sure the Indian batters also had the 300+ scores they had to achieve in their mind. Now, in New Zealand, he is helping their itty-bitty team to feel "consistent" and batters and bowlers that Indian captains like Ganguly or Dravid would have dispatched in short time and ensured them a short International career become bullies that take out Indian batsmen whenever they like..

  • Nampally on January 24, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @vishwas Reddy: As for fielding first, it is not a bad strategy. I have no problems with that on a foreign pitch. It gives you a feel for how many runs to score & decide your own strategy. On that score I do not blame Dhoni. You are missing my point. My question is when the Opposition had 170 for 2 after 33 overs, why did India give 100 runs in remaining 9 Overs to lose the match by 14 runs! This is where the Anderson & Ronchi come into question. You say the hitters can only produce big hitting once in a while. Corey got 68 in ODI 1 & 44 in ODI 2 @ S/R of 225. His S/R enabled NZ to win both the ODI's. NZ are still dependent on Corey for the 3rd win. So the India should be in a position to counter NZ's highest S/R batsman- what is India's answer? This does not mean other NZ batsmen do not exist. They have batted at a lower S/R. Someone came with an answer that Binny will be Indian answer to Corey in batting. But who will stop the Corey onslaught? Is Dhoni prepared to counter this?

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    I would make 2 changes in this line up. Get rid off Ishant and Jadeja because they are upsetting the team's composition and balance. In their place, I would bring in Stuart Binny who is an all-rounder and would give a lot more flexibility as the 5th bowler and extra batsman along with Varun Aaron who is a much quicker and efficient bowler than Ishant. Dhoni is making the same mistakes OVER AND OVER again. Why does he persist with Jadeja ? Is this some kind of preferential treatment ? Guys, you are playing for INDIA, keep that in mind. We need performances, not reputations to define the nation's cricket. This could be Jadeja's final match.

  • gauravm5 on January 24, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: You can say whatever you want but you need to accept some true facts. India has always been a better team than Sri Lanka. IN the last 48 ODIs (after 2007 world cup), India played against Sri Lanka, India won 29 & SL won only 15 with one tie & one abandoned. India won last 4 bi-lateral series against SL played in SL. India won Asia Cup 2010 beating Sri Lanka in the final and also India beat Sri Lanka in the final of the tri-series held in srilanka (also involving New Zealand) in 2009. India beat SL in the world cup final in 2011, beat SL in the semifinal of 2013 champions trophy and then again beat SL in the final of WI tri-series 2013. AND MOST -IMPORTANTLY, INDIA BOWLED OUT SL FOR ONLY 94 RUNS IN A LEAGUE MATCH OF 2013 WI TRI-SERIES.

  • LAKINGSFAN on January 24, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    So they're not dropping Nohit Sharma. Well, the result won't be different from first two ODIs for sure. NZ will win the series end of the day.

  • on January 24, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Ishanth Sharma - Our next bowling coach. God forbid. Lol :p

  • kahvas on January 24, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    @cricketsunami: Are you related to Jadeja, or are you Jadeja? I agree with you that he hasnt been bad as a bowler, but the way you're projecting him like an all rounder is utter nonsense. Jadeja's batting abilities are worse than Ashwin's. Just look at the way he stands. Bhuvi bats better than him. Most people wont have a problem with Jadeja if he plays as a bowler, coming in at 8 9 or 10, but you have to be delusional to believe he is an all rounder. He may have cracked a half century against England in Indian pitch, but lets face it. Most losers can bat in the first innings, can you recollect the last time he has won a match while chasing under like what Yuvi has done in the past. Corey Anderson can be called an all rounder, Faulker is an all rounder. Either your defination for all rounder is incorrect or you are delusional

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 24, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Frankly speaking Ishant needs to be laid off, give the lad a chance to reinvent himself, i don't even see him part of world cup plans. I mean who would belive its the same guy whom Ponting praised once? And yes please get him a haircut, its really annoying to see his locks dancing around when he bowls, do they not block his eyes? I remember i was taught to concentrate on the spot where you want to pitch the ball in runup, wonder with such hair if you could see infront at all while running.

  • ganeshfromCA on January 24, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    At this point our last 5 players are a WALKING WICKETS - Can't bowl and can't bat. Jadeja is no more all rounder. He is a failure in bat for last 20 odd matches. Cant blame him as he dont get enough time to bat at the criz. Hats off to Kohli and Dhoni for taking immense pressure and carrying batting. Law of avg suggest failure for both today.

    Atleast giving chance to Binny we we give ourselves a chance to have some score from him even if he fails in bowling. Cmon, he can not be bad than Ishant in bowling.

    5 hours and 40 mins away from selection Miracle.

  • on January 24, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    I feel that after losing this series, team India will not travel to New Zealand for a long time barring the wc 2015, citing reasons like non profitability of the series. (The real reason, they won't bother to face the kiwi fast bowlers on their home grounds)

  • Karthik78 on January 24, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Big Question in everyone's mind but not in Captain's or Board's mind: Why Ishant is there ALWAYS in the team??? It is very simple logic to change him even by third class bowler, but why people in authority missed it??? Another person who closely follows Ishant is Ashwin.

  • ProdigyA on January 24, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Drop the sharmas and win the match, it's simple.

  • on January 24, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    No they won't don't forget they are playing against no 1 team in the world

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    @gvarun1975: Do you know anything about cricket? How is jadeja failing. he is the most effective bowler we have, and is a great fielder. He is atleast being able to otwo jobs. How about Nohit Sharma? How much did he score since he is out of India? And his only job is to score runs. But I agree with you about Ishant sharma Though.

  • JoshFromJamRock on January 24, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    "They will also have to take a call on Ishant Sharma, who unfortunately is either unwilling to learn or is incapable of it."....LOL...That last part made my day.

    Ishant Sharma is the Tino Best of India for sure. On a batting note though, as a neutral, I thoroughly enjoy watching Kohli bat in ODIs. Watching Pujara in Tests is just as fulfilling. They're both technically sound, irresistible to the eyes and score heavily once in.

  • yugensacct on January 24, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Opening Pujara with Dhawan on a foreign soil should be as straight forward a decision as it may come. The 200 - scoring Sharma is clearly not a front runner outside the subcontinent as he is denting the morale of the batting line and making Gods out of otherwise mediocre bowling attack. The importance of an opening partnership is being downplayed and Kohli is being put into an awkwardly pressure cooker situation of having to not only carry the team but make up for lost time for the failing openers. Sad to say but luck apart player to player, plan to plan we are falling miles behind a number 8 team, and it is a bitter fact that we are justified losing these games.

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @love__pak: Totally agree with you. Unless India finds two good bowlers they will lose many matches. And if they cant find those two and Dhoni gone, they will lose all the matches anywhere in the world. Indian Batsmen,even if they are great cant score over 300 all the time against quality bowling in alien condition. It is only Indian bowling where teams will always score in excess of 300 no matter where the game is played. Thats why India is losing matches. Its not hard to understand. But Indian fans dont want to understand and start blaming poor Dhoni for everything which is wrong in Indian cricket.

  • gvarun1975 on January 24, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Dhoni Should be replaced as a captain with one else.he is still excellent as a player,but his golden days are over as a captain.And also he is very partial toward some players even though they are failing continously(jadeja,ishant etc)

  • on January 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    ipl is coming soon! don't worry ishant & co. everyone (incl the selectors) will forget the past.

  • ganeshfromCA on January 24, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Future everybody is talking about is WC in 2015 which is 1 year way. If you consider player selection for WC then it depends on Player's form, injuries, etc. at that time then it is too far away. Considering that India should be building pool of players, 1 to 1 for atleast core team members. Dhon's current strategy assumes same players will be playing WC which is mind boggeling. When time comes for WC selection he will be saying current players have experience in playing in Aus/NZ and Ishant with other jokers will be playing 2015 WC. Dhoni will fail and retire. Ready to play only IPL.

    I wont be surpised if he plays the same team today.

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy: I totally agree with you. Jaddu is being ruined. He is not a lower order batsman to start whacking the ball the moment he comes on the crease. he is more suited for number 4-5 position give him that chance and see if can make it his own position. Replace Raina's position with Jaddu. Bring in Pujara to open with Dhawan and drop both Sharmas. India will win matches with this team.

  • love__pak on January 24, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    apart from v.kohl & dhonii the entire indian team are home lions...& once dhoni retire from the indian team than indian can't win even in india.........he is a great leader

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Indian fans want anybody inplace of everybody so badly that they lose the sight of reality. All the bowlers India has in the country are no better than the current lot. all of them are same do good in a few matches and then get thrashed all over the park. you changed bowlers from Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Praveen Kumar, Mohit sharma, Sangwan, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit mishra, Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav and now guys like Binny and Ishwar pande. All of them are from same assembly line who will not be able to contain any decent team under 300. You chose any one of them and they will be thrashed because all of them are so poor that they are not worth other teams third line of attack. But fans become selector and keep selecting one after another. They became more knowledgeable than the team management who is watching them perform in the nets and start criticizing poor Dhoni. So Guys, here is my bet. Binny will be worst than Vinay kumar wanna bet? come on.

  • on January 24, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Dear Dhoni,

    I am a greatest admirer of captaincy... But please select this XI without changing the batting order to win the series head on... surely, it will work...

    Opening Batsmen: Dhawan, Ashwin Middle order: Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Binny, Dhoni Bowlers: Aaron, Shami, Kumar

    Sorry Jadeja : Since Binny is better option than u in NZ conditions..

    Sorry Kohli: U better play a bit down to groom young rahane (young by amount of international cricket played)

    Sorry Ashwin: I just want to remind u better batting pinch hitting capabilities than your predictable throwdowns..

    Sorry all other talented indians not selected in the squad: we want to change dhawan, ashwin and raina.. but no other not available in the squad...

    No sorries for Ishant & Rohit :(

  • rohan024 on January 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    i might be in minority, but i simply don't get the rational to include Stuart binny in ODI squad. He is at best a mediocre all rounder, one who averages more with the ball than bat. Till date, he has scored 669 runs in LIST A matches, that's it. And he is not some child prodigy like Tendulkar who got into the Indian team with little first class record, Binny is 29 years old. Anyone who thinks that Binny could play 2015 WC as an allrounder is smoking pipe.

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    all those who want mishra to play should take a break, leg spinner is bound to leak runs more than off spinner, and that too in alien conditions, leg spinner is just a bowler that should be punished , I agree mishra is better than ashwin, but think of it mishra's time is up, he can't get any matches from.here, he is in team for just to bowl in net sessions, I don't look much into that performance in Zimbabwe, he is already 32.... and I don't want even ashwin in the playing 11... I want an allrounder like rishi dhawan to be playing 11 in overseas tours and some one with pace must replace ishant, and the only option we have got is varun... so I would rather.replace ashwin with binny and ishant with varun and make jadeja bat at no.5 and play raina at 6 or 7 and give him.license to go.for it in the end.... playing raina who can't construct inning at 5 and playing jaddu who can construct inning at 7 is just no logic in that, no strategy.... dhoni is just ruining jaddu..

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Dhoni has to come out of its strategy of playing same player all the time. Get rid of Raina, Ishant, ashwin, please ashwin is not a good overseas spiner he cannot even keep the batsmen quiet, forget about the wicket. So use mishra as he can win u matches by his bowling.

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    I dont expect to see Dhoni changing any of his spinners and bringing in Amit mishra trw. By now New Zealand knows what to expect and how to manure it in the middle overs. add a rare Kohli failure and India will be absolutely trashed. But to be honest if India go to the match unchanged they deserve it

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    NZ have been building for the last 10 years and now they are reaping the rewards. They are peaking at the right time and are a force to reckon with in the next WC, given that it will be played in their own backyard. As an Indian fan, the big worry is MSD's stubbornness in retaining Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin and Ishant. Anyway you are losing try with young new blood and expose them to international cricket. Drop Rohit as well and promote either yourself or Kohli as opening batsmen along with Shikar. Finally for all those who say India can only win at home, look again at other teams and what they are doing. Even they are winning at home and not outside.

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    @Nampally:as far as the ranking is concerned, to be frank I don't want India to regain no.1 place,if they win these remaining matches,they become complacent nd they again include ishant(even if he gets a 2for in 1 match he will be permanent member)india seriously needs to lose this series badly and rethink on their strategy of 1)y bowling first always? 2)y 2 spinners abroad 3)y jaddu playing so down the order(he is much better than just a slogger)they need to re think on these strategies and you are looking too much into Corey,like I said hard hitter doesn't have patience to build innings, once he is exposed to such situation he will be found wanting re. pujara:he is very special nd he is injury prone, he had 2 knee surgeries already, too much cricket will b disaster for him.I too want him 2 replace rohit, but think of it, why our openers failing?it's mainly because of chasing huge runs,one way 2 control huge targets is 2 pick wickets regularly which we can't expect with ishant and ash

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Dear Mr.India Captian- Please understand there is no shame in rotating the players. All those who have succeded in the past had done that.All Indians now thank James Faulkner for giving Shami a chance.Still then why can't you appreciate the importance of rotation ??? Aaron for Ishant is a must. And Ashwin is such a crap and should only play tests in India.His best bowling figures of 3/24 after almost 75 matches sums it all.Give Binny a go,Raina is required in the team,but not in his current position,he's just a slogger,and can only play a maxwell kind of innings.Rohit as an opener is poor,he wont make up for slow start means match is lost,that was the strategy of 80's which Sehwag changed,Look forward always please. Shikhar,Rahane,Kohli,Rayudu,Rohit,Dhoni,Binny,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron.

  • kahvas on January 24, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @crying_game: Averages are not always the right indicator. Agreed Gauti doesnt have a magic potion, and agreed he failed as well in England, WHO DIDNT? Also you will have to agree Gauti has played at number 3 and it takes pressure off Virat. Jadeja's average is 30, i dont remember the last time he made 30 runs during a high pressure chase, even in India's flat tracks. Forget about playing in foreign conditions.

  • lefthandopener on January 24, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Every ind fans wants varun aaron & binny in place of ashwin & ishant but tommorrow morning dhoni will again surprise all with his team selection

  • ssrinivas19 on January 24, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Raina, Ashwin and Ishant should be dropped for sure if India has to win this game. Time for Rayadu, Binny and Aaron to play. This is a no-brainer, i dont know why Dhoni and team management is taking so long to realize that.

  • sharma987 on January 24, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    For futuresake .....india shud play ishant,rohit and ashwin 2mrw and india shud loose...may be that way MSD and selectors might wake up.......

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    drop raina,ashwin,ishant and bring in binny,rayadu,ishwar/varun aaron

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    @boomslanger : It is because MSD has more faith in his batsmen than bowlers. Is it too hard to understand. Bowlers cant defend a thing, while batsmen have done it a few times and won. It is therefore called MSD is playing to his strength and if they don't succeed in that too bad because bowlers cant contain any team below 300.

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    @Nampally : dude, it's got.nothing.to do about Corey, you bring Corey Anderson to bat when team score.is 120 for 4 or 40 for 5 from 30 overs, he too fall.cheaply, as I see him , I found him like afridhi with little bit more technique, there is nothing special in.his batting, but I agree his.performance in past few matches is very good, that's because he has got the license to go for it in the death overs... like I said if India gets atleast 2 wickets in 15-30 overs. that exposes NZ's middle order who mainly consists of hard hitters, who are not known.to build partnerships which again makes a inroads for the Indian bowlers.. that's a simple thing to understand.... just replace either ashwin or ishant with ONE strike bowler and see the entire in bowling performance... if I had to give.credit to NZ's victory I will give it to Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in batting (who sets platform for hard hitters)and meceglan and Corey in bowling ( who strikes just when partnership starts to build

  • Criclockology on January 24, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    India needs to experiment, a steady opener, all rounders and fast bowlers are need of the hour. Aaron, Binny , Dhawan, Che in and Ishant, Rohit, Ashwin out. Raina is the best fielder and part time spinner with Jadeja. So, am standing by keeping him in the team and don't know who else need to be thrown out. If Che can develop his reflexes and fielding skills, Raina too can be ousted.

  • Temuzin on January 24, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @crying_game: Very well put. But fans like Kahvas will not get it. Because they are talking from their emotions and not from the brains. Any body demeaning Dhoni's ODI records as a finisher has no idea what he/she is talking. Dhoni is the games greatest finisher. Does that meant he will win all the time oh hell no. their will be a time when he will fail to. but he will do the job most often than not and there lies his greatness.

  • on January 24, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Why can't they give Amit Mishra a chance & replace Ashwin with him. He has done extremely well in IPLs. Ishant should be dropped & Rahane open with Shikar with Rohit coming in Rahane's slot or Ambati Rayadu replacing Rohit. No point in taking extra players on a tour if they are not even given a chance to show what they are capable of. Especially since Ishant & Ashwin are not performing at all. & Rohit is badly in need of a break from opening. In fact, Rohit can be sent after Dhoni. He would then have a slightly older ball to bash up his runs which he is capable of.

  • SJinUS on January 24, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    High time to dump under-performing Ishant & Ashwin! Get Varun & Binny instead. Do not let Rohit open! He needs to bat under some good top order cushion. I am sure a better start in batting can easily turn around the 15 - 20 run losses. Varun & Binny could be a perfect foil for Kane Williamson's form. The platform Kane is giving is the reason why NZL is posting big totals. Kane can be very useful chasing also as NZL has the most ferocious hitters in the world currently lined up in their lower order - Anderson, Ronchi and McCullum. Remember Brendon is yet to fire! Good luck Team India. Dhoni and Team Management needs to think out of the box to win a game in NZL.

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 24, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    No worries, NZ will make more than hat-trick. Unless the whole Indian team steps up to fight, India are done and dusted down under..

    I feel sorry for Kohli who is in such great form...no one else is able to support him in trying to win, except MSD..

  • boomslanger on January 24, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Any word on the pitch, anyone except it being on the "QUICKISH SIDE"???

  • John_Geo on January 24, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Why MSD never gives credit to the winning team (when India loses) in post-match discussions. He straight-away goes into the defensive and comes up with childish (silly) excuses such as losing the toss, bouncy tracks, fast bowlers bowling slow balls, slow bawlers bawling fast balls, injuries, bad light, dew on the ground, dew not on the ground, weather, humidity, top order not clicking, middle order not clicking, umpiring errors, bowlers not up to the mark, fielders having a bad day, etc. etc. Come-on MSD grow up!! When others trash you (which is almost certain in this ODI too), try to see it in a sportive way and recognize and appreciate that teams' effort on that day. Accept that you have failed and work on what went wrong and bounce back.

  • boomslanger on January 24, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    If I were a debutant, I'd hate to get picked for my debut here. First of a all a captain who is building pressure on me by chasing repeatedly even though his batsmen are off color and not in for it. The pressure on the bowlers to contain become more than a freedom to take wickets. Since India won the world cup, Dhoni has been trying to build the teams of other countries. Therefore you have a mediocre, technically half-baked player like Quinten DeKock becoming a prospect for South Africa (A team that must be full of vinegar after beating No.1 India 3-0.) Yes, besides the South African bowlers, their Pitch, I am sure the Indian batters also had the 300+ scores they had to achieve in their mind. Now, in New Zealand, he is helping their itty-bitty team to feel "consistent" and batters and bowlers that Indian captains like Ganguly or Dravid would have dispatched in short time and ensured them a short International career become bullies that take out Indian batsmen whenever they like.

  • hnlns on January 24, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    I hope better sense prevails and India will make the urgent necessary changes by sending out the two Sharmas, Ishant and Rohit, and bringing in Aaron and Rayudu/Binny.

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Whatever you guys do now.I hope you will bounce back yourself as a team and will be fit for the upcoming ODI worldcup in australia ...All the best for the team

  • crying_game on January 24, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @kahvas This is a tiring argument to keep bringing up Gambhir as some kind ofa magic potion! Top of it you are comparing him to Dhoni. The overseas ODI average for Gauti is 39.12 and Dhoni is 47.41! if you say thats because MSD comes at end and remains not out, then on the flip side Gauti has potentially the most balls to face, build his innings. Just because Dhoni makes those chases/finishes look simple most of the time it doesn't make sense for even a half decent follower of cricket to not see the importance of those innings.

  • Siddhesh31 on January 24, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    " One of their bowlers is defying gravity by not getting dropped " Hahaha .. Can't be a better way to express inability of Ishant..

  • RibhavBansal on January 24, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Just out of curioisty, if India loses tomorrow's match, will the No. 1 ranking go away again to Australia? If that is the case, then if it happens, that would be even a shorter duration than Australia's 2 day duration.

  • uksar on January 24, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    In the last four ODI, barring Kohli & MSD's scores the other nine batters have scored 143,105,127 & 121 runs for the team. If the trend remains the same hat-tric is very inevitable.

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  • CricketLoversRuleTheWorld on January 24, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    India will certainly loose again.. Why don't they bring some new replacements who at least can fight..

  • LegSpinBowlr on January 24, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    @Kahvas - You sound silly whining against dhoni who averages 42 abroad, and telling that he won world cup just because he had a right set of players. Get a life

    Rohits dot ball percentage is having a negative effect on the whole team and also on his opening partner dhawan, if this continues it will result both being dropped ultimately which is not good when you start looking for a opening pair just one year ahead of world cup. I would replace rohit with rahane, ishant with pandey, ashwin with binny. Ideally i would like someone else like Pujara to fill in place of rohit but since there is no option we cant do much about this tour.

    Jadeja needs to stepup his performance with bat otherwise he will just be another excessbaggage with the team

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    We won largely in India on success of ROhit, Shikar and Virat. Bowling was non factor as we gave 3 to 4 300 scores to Australia. Right now Shikar lost his foot moments and under pressure. Shikar make sure no pressure is on you. with pressure you can perform in 1 out 6 games. without you can perform 4/6. Dhoni knows your talent and he will not drop you for sake of 2 games. Rohit as you know remember how you played your 200 knock. as usual start slowly, in middle overs one 4 or 6 and end overs multiple. Last couple of games you were slow and cautious, but when you were able to hit a boundary you tried another. So be to basic, initial careful, middle overs single a boundary and end your wish. This makes our team win easily. Dhoni as everyone said you are little bit blinded on Ashwin, he can bat but not a regular all rounder. Spin does not work, so go with Binny who is accurate medium pacer and good hitter of the ball. no one can change ishant, try Aaron on he wil be asset.

  • Jaga2011 on January 24, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    @rmaganti..Bang on my frnd. Although I believe Dhawan deserves a longer rope while Pujara coming in for Rohit is a sureshot one. Rohit has been around for far too many years and too many games without stamping his authority in anything other than IPL.

    I really don't understand this Dhoni policy of playing the same 11 non-stop in the name of "backing individuals". Atleast to some extent, it may justified when the team is winning. When the team is losing non-stop? And in any case, any professional team must be able to handle atleast 2-3 changes without allowing it's routine to be shaken up.

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    My XI- Rohit Dhawan Kohli Rahane Raina Dhoni Binny Jadeja Bhuvi Shami Varun

  • on January 24, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    The simple fact is ....that india has to lose the series 5-0 or 4-1 or these bowlers will play again and again....where is munaf , zaheer , bhajji...these guyzz won u the world cup for gods sake.....

  • aravind077 on January 24, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Rohit & dhawan will bounce back in 3rd ODI .. India will win

  • gauravm5 on January 24, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    How many Indian cricket fans know that Ishant owns a cricket academy where he coaches youngsters having desire to play for India.

  • jainmanu on January 24, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Following 11 should play considering Raina is injured and the Auckland pitch is fastest in New Zealand: (1) Dhawan (2) Rahane (3) Rohit (4) Kohli (5) Rayudu (6) Binny (7) Dhoni (8) Mishra (9) Shami (10) Aaron (11) Pandey. * Binny in place of Jadeja because he is a cleaner hitter and bowls medium pace. * Mishra in place of Ashwin as Ashwin has proved ineffective on foreign pitches. * Try Aaron and Pandey for atleast 2 one dayers. * Open with Rahane as his best innings in IPL has come while opening.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Dhoni should give a chance to Varun and Binny a chance to show what they can do... Even if they disappoint it can never go any worse than what Ishant and Raina have been doing..... Rohit and Dhawan are not in the form they were in 2013.. but its fair to give them some more chances... atleast it will help them to get the form back together as openers by the 2015 World Cup.... Dhoni should promote himself up the order...its been high time he take the role of building the innings....!!

  • Waves239 on January 24, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Before commenting or criticizing on Indian team performance just wait, New Zealand is playing really good cricket at the moment and hence the result. They are able to post decent totals and been able to pick wickets at key moments. Have never seen this stability in NZ team composition, comprising hard hitters and establishing big partnerships in the middle overs.

    Coming to India, the issue is always with bowling. Playing with two spinners besides using Raina and Virat as other options shows MSD's belief on seamers. Come on! with World Cup around the corner, we got to use and test our bench strength on faulty areas when things not working. Ashwin/ Jadeja should be sacked for Binny and Ishant should leave space for Varun/Pandey. Raina's discomfort is seriously tested everywhere. Rayudu deserves chance. Both team composition and opening partnership failure is putting middle order under huge pressure.

    All the best Team India! Looking for turnaround.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Rohit Rahane Kohli Dhawan Dhoni Rayadu Binny Bhuvi Aaron Pandey Shami

  • sixesandfours on January 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma played 72 ODIs and conceded most runs and least wickets. 88 Overs for Ashwin with one wicket. Keep a better combination for 3rd ODI -

    Keeping Binny will give death bowling and batting options for India.

    1.Dhawan 2.Rohit/Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Rahane /Rayudu 5.Dhoni 6.Rohit/Raidu 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Ishwar/Varun.

  • SJinUS on January 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    @Nampally, good thoughts! Ishant needs to be dropped from all formats so that he can consider going for some training in conditions which assists fast bowling. To survive in Indian conditions (w/o bleeding runs), players are forced to try varying lines & lengths and that has messed up his consistency. To survive this series, I think this comes as a blessing to try out new talents. But how much experimentation team management is willing to try on this crucial 3rd game is to be seen. Dropping Ishant for Varun is an easy decision. But the only way India can win a match is by improving batting, especially opening. Don't expect Kohli to click always. Since Pujara is not there in 15 (whom I would've picked for any foreign tours with eyes closed), next match they should promote Rahane to open with Dhawan and bring down Rohit to #4. Drop Ashwin for Binny as he can hit the ball better - our answer for Anderson. Rahane, Dhawan, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Binny, Kumar, Shami, Aaron.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I am sure whatever be the suggestions from different quarters be for the team to be playing in 3rd ODI, but I am sure the two Sharmas would still be there. Does not matter if the batsman Sharma scores even a duck and the bowler Sharma gives away 100 runs in 5 overs without taking a wicket. After all Dhoni does not have any "Sharm" therefore he is fulfilling this by including the Sharmas instead

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    If Dhoni doesn't sack Ishant & get in Yadav/Aaron/Pandey, we r losing this series tomorrow

  • mahendra1 on January 24, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    In my opinion, India going for WorldCup 2015 with playing 11 in S Dhawan,M Vijay/ V Sehwag/ A Rahane/ R Sharma?, G Gambhir, V Kohli, M S Dhoni, S Raina, R jadeja,H Singh, R Dhawan,V Aron, S Ahamed Extras: W Saha, K M Yadav, U yadav, I Sharma

  • rmaganti on January 24, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    My playing 11 will be Rayudu for Raina, Varun for Ishant and Stuart Binny for Ashwin. You have a winning combination. If Rohit and Dhawan fail in this match, then Pujara and Vjay from the Test team need to drafted in for the one-dayers in their place.

  • kahvas on January 24, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    We Indian fans are not self deceptive like some other fans that back up their lousy performance by commenting against other teams online. At least we except the problem and there goes the discussion. I really hope we lose 5-0. The reason: Dhoni needs to go as a captain. The whole world has kept him on a pedestal, which he does not deserve. He won the world cup not because he was the captain, because he had players that can bat in any situation. Except the world cup innings, which was mainly supported at a critical stage by Gauti, Dhoni hasnt played one match winning innings where he comes in early and has played till 50 overs. He may hit a few sixes here and there, but that doesnt work everytime. India need Gauti back, Pujara included, some new batters. Jadeja, Ashwin, Ishant, etc should be sent back. They do not have the talent to play in foreign conditions. If Jadeja comes in at #7, we're losing the match before it begins.

  • colossalNORTH on January 24, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I am sure some of the youngsters in the current ODI squad must be raring to go and make a difference so that the sliding fortunes of the Indian team could be stemmed. They must be wondering how bad the likes of Rohit , Ashwin, Ishant, and R. Jadeja have to perform before they are considered. And MS continues to claim " we are a settled unit" . With so much new talent at hand we continue to persist with the non-performers. Instead the likes of Aron, Rayudu, Binny and Amit Mishra continue to watch from the sidelines How many matches the current combination must loose , before major changes are considered? Time to put national pride ahead of personal pride and favors. When was the last time Ashwin took a wicket or Rohit scored over 10-15 runs! Do not even remember. As far as MSD is concerned the game is much more dynamic now as compare to the past. What worked in the past may not work now. Look at Australia , how many new players they have tried in the past 12 months?

  • wolf777 on January 24, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    "They will also have to take a call on Ishant Sharma, who unfortunately is either unwilling to learn or is incapable of it." - Sunil Gavasker I think the later is true...However, he will be given one more chance and he will produce same garbage again...and if he picks up couple of wickets, count him in for at least two more series...

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    I like Dhoni for his intelligent captancy but that is past now. He started looking stubborn these days by retaining few players for long periods even though they are not performing and I observed that he doesn't give such chance to all players except a selected few. I dont understand exact motto.

    My team for coming ODI:

    Rayudu - Dhawan - Kohli - Rahane - Dhoni - Raina - Binny - Bhuvneswar - Varun Aoron - Shami - Iswar Pandey

  • Water_Bottle on January 24, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I am from kerala and I was the captain of my school, college cricket teams, and now captain of my office team, so I believe i know little bit abt cricket. Dhoni is the most wicked and greedy captain I had ever seen, who is selecting team of his choice to make money. This is ruining Indian team. I now seriously hate this team and want to lose all the matches under dhoni. If I was the captian, i would pick the following for 3 rd ODI from the available squad - 1.Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Rayudu 5.Dhoni 6.Rohit 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Umesh/Varun.

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    who wants sachin when kohli is there??????

  • sumit1982 on January 24, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Tomorrow match is important for India Team prospective not only keep alive in the series but also keep the firm position of No.1 ODI side in ICC ranking after Aus lose to England in WACA.

  • Nampally on January 24, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy: The real reason for Indian losses in both ODI's has been Corey Anderson's batting & bowling. Fans seem to be focussed elsewhere. The longer Corey is at the crease, Indian chances of winning recede. His hitting is so destructive that in ODI's it is the winning factor. Get Corey & Ronchi Out early, India has a chance of winning. I agree that Ishant should never have been in the squad let alone the XI. India's 3 Pace bowlers should be Shami. Yadev & Aaron with Kumar the 4th. India needs reliable opening bats + Pujara in the middle order-#4. India also needs a new Captain for ODI- Kohli - is the best choice. Indian Selectors need to address all these issues, if they wish to select a team on ability. But winning the next 3 ODI's is crucial for India to retain their #1 status. So for ODI 3, go with Shami, Aaron & Kumar with Binny replacing Ashwin. I would have replaced Rohit with Pujara to open the innings, as a stop gap. But containing Anderson+ others, is Key to winning!

  • KrikIndFan on January 24, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I won't be shocked to see Tigers loose this series, the way the Black Caps are on fire right now. But I doubt 5-0 is what Ind will provide and hoping they give it all they have atleast in the 3rd ODI. Dhoni has surprised us numerous times before with his cool head, sharp mind and experience to win it back. Its hard for any Ind fan to see them lose against any opponent. I am a die hard Indian fan but if there's one team I would love to see them win against us, glad its the Kiwis. Damn NZ! you never cease to amaze me. Good luck both of ya and may the best team wins!

  • Nampally on January 24, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    In response to Gavaskar's comment on Ishant, I think this Guy is "incapable of learning". India need to force Dhoni to replace Ishant Sharma with Aaron. Each time Aaron is included in the squad Dhoni has benched him. Dhoni does not want the best batsman in India, Pujara, in the ODI.Does Ashwin deserve to be in XI on Fast paced wkts? Do we need 2 Spinners?Is Dhoni irreplaceable with such poor captaincy + ZEPO strategy? These questions need to be addressed in selection. India is a much stronger ODI team with Kohli as captain + Ishant OUT + Pujara IN. These are basic facts. As for the tactics, India need to address the X-Factor- Corey Anderson- who has single handedly won the 2 ODI's with power hitting + surprising 3 wkt hauls. It was Anderson & Ronchi who nearly doubled the NZ total in last 17 overs in ODI 1 & 100 runs in last 9 overs in ODI 2. What is the strategy to contain these 2 guys? Dhoni has given every possible excuse to cover himself except the "obvious lack of strategy"!

  • rayinto on January 24, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Love this David and Goliath battle - and am rooting for the underdogs ( on paper). Go Kiwis Go!

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    India will be whitewashed in this series as well if MS Dhoni does not Let Rohit, Ashwin, and Sir rest for the three more ODIs, they have played enough cricket already.

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Time to make some changes in Indian team.My suggestions are Mishi,Rayudu,Aron for Aswin,Raina & Ishanth. keep raina as 12th man for fielding and open bowling with aron and bhuvi; aron's pace will hurry the batsman and bhuvi can get batsman out playing early shots because of the speed difference. a leggy is always a wicket taking option & mishi has proven it many times rayudu is as handy as raina with the bat as we saw in the ipl

  • on January 24, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @Carl Sinclair on (January 24, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

    Carl: These "sons" had been troubling India all the time. In NZ, Cory Anderson & Williamson. In England, Jimmy Anderson & Kevin Pietereson. In South Africa, Aviro Peterson & Robin Peterson. Oh,my god. These sons; trouble makers!

    By the way, you refer to the Coriander. There is an excellent market in India for Coriander. Leaves or seeds do not matter. IPL auctions might give you further proof.

  • cricket_is_all_about_timing on January 24, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    All dhoni bashers, one question for you.have you ever watched dhoni's post match interviews? If so,didn't u observe how OPENLY he backs his gambles if team wins?eg: In 2011 wc final taking sreeshanth in place of in form ashwin,giving last over to joginder in 2007 final,giving bowling to ishant in ct final 2013(I think he supported this move even in an ad),him coming before inform yuvraj in 2011 final etc. What all these examples suggests? He desperately wants to SHOW the world that his moves are always correct and others are wrong. He deliberately stressed above mentioned issues during interviews and enjoyed while doing so.It is because of this attitude he persisted with jadeja ,despite his failures early in his career, till he started playing well. He is never going to drop players like rohit,ishanth,ashwin till they perform, just to show the world that he was never wrong. I suggest you guys to save your energy by not criticizing him here.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    We always had been slaves of the past reputations of our players (built in entirely different conditions).

    ROHIT & DHAWAN: That alone is keeping our openers "Slow" Rohit & "Inconsistent" Dhawan in the XI. In the case of these two,that too, only the recent past!

    ASHWIN & ISHANT: So is the case with our "leading" spinner Ashwin & "leading" pacer Ishant. In the case of Ishant, even the past reputation is missing; except the past hyped-up hopes! And a few tests where he troubled Ponting (that seems to be eons ago!)

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    When India start losing, the play like a punching bag, getting smacked till death. I am confident they will lose this match as well thereby losing the series. An adamant Dhoni will play the same 11 in the same order. So the only interest that remains in the series is how many more centuries is Kohli going to hit.

  • pradeepchintu on January 24, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Best of luck to team India.I hope their come back will be very strong

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    why ishant is being allowed to practice with the team at all ??don't even think of playing that bloke again....replace rohit with rahane and bring rayudu at no.5.stuart binny should be given chance ahead of aswin who has forgot to take wickets any more.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 24, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    New Zealand will always be above India at home but vice versa away.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    You cannot change players on every single game. It is right India lost two matches. But those two matches were evenly poised at 45th over. From there only India lost the game. It is right that Ishant does not deserve a place even in 16. Also India does not want 2 spinners in the pitches in New Zealand. It was only because of some such tactical errors India had cost those matches. I am sure Kohli's brilliance would help India to come back in the series. But one thing to say that the Show was much better than early since there were contests between teams in both the ODIs played.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    I am getting a feeling that dhoni is doing with ishant exactly what he did with viru, gauthi, bajji.... give one full series to prove and then leave him permanently... viru got England series, pak, AUS test series ans he is no where now, same.goes with gauthi, and bajji too got matches against England and aus and now he is out of picture.... if this happens with ishant too, glad I will be the first one to fire crackers.... look at this ishant got series against AUS, WI, SA and now NZ.... just a hope that the same pattern continues.... hoping to see ishant no more in blue jersey..... just a hope...

  • yogicoolboy on January 24, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Give chance to binny and ishwar pandey

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    More chin music please get under their skin show the so called big three how good they are for me aaash and ishant are must starters they are the only two bowlers in the last 3/4 months who are bowling their hearts out ipl makes wonders for these players 2 months worth of net practice and this is how they perform change the team get shewaq gautum etc back

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I don't think there is anything India can do. 5-0 on it's way. Nobody can stop Coriander Son.

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I don't see any changes in the team, if at all there are changes I can see only rahane to be left out ( going by past record of how dhoni treated rahane) ... I just hope rahane to play more matches... just a hope.... but you know dhoni very well....

  • on January 24, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    people stop blaming batsmen, they are doing just fine... it's only two guys who needs flight ticket back home... ishant and ashwin... they are just not enough for India... look at this in every previous matches Indians were 60 for 2 for 15 overs and then the batsmen at 3,4,5 just milk these two bowlers with no pressure, jadeja is the.only one who puts some pressure, if anyone of ishant and ashwin takes.one or two wickets in between 15 to 35 overs that unsettles the opposition batting line up and jaddu will be able to put more pressure. in the opposition that results in more wickets.... instead of that ishant and ashwin just helps opposition to build partnerships and shami bhuvi, jaddu picks some wickets in the end and ishant as usual.go for runs with one lucky wicket.... that gives Indian batsmen 290+ target evertime regardless of pitch condition, that puts more pressure.on.opening batsmen due to required run rate... just think of this one or 2 wickets in 15-30 overs is the difference.

  • s381769 on January 24, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I think it's high time that India should play with XI batsmen rather than combination of bowlers and batsmen because whether they play combi it's sure that they are going past 300+, so why playing with combi,,,try it and see if it works, m sure atleast India may win a match with my suggestion..

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Four losses in four games, I think it is time Dhoni rethinks his strategy. Opening pair has to be be shuffled, without an iota of doubt. If you are planning to leave all balls on the corridor of uncertainty then Rohit Sharma should bat lower down the order. The recommended starting eleven is 1) Dhawan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Rohit 5) Dhoni 6) Ambatu Rayudu 7) Binny 8) Jadeja 9) Bhuvaneshar 10) Shami 11) Aaron. Rohit has to bowl spin along with Binny and Kohli to cover the 10 overs. Ashwin is not performing at all and time he gives way. Ishant is worse than net bowler and should make way for Aaron

  • ThePacifist10 on January 24, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    So we're back to No.1. MSD has a chance to rectify his absurd selections in Hamilton. Shamefully, I smiled when I heard that Raina was injured. Might be the only thing that forces Dhoni to try out Binny/Rayudu. I really hope there are huge changes in the team, including the ditching of Raina, Ishant and Ashwin (unlikely but I'll quote Martin Luther King Jr. when I say "I have a dream".) Pandey or Aaron should come in for Ishant, who should never have set foot into an Indian team dressing room after Mohali.

  • Sachit1979 on January 24, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    I think Rahane and Dhawan can swap batting positions. Rahane has got temperament that could be used to diminish the shine of new ball and then Dhawan could come to bat and find reasons to raise his mustache again at number 4. Stuart Binny ahead of Ashwin and Aaron ahead of Ishant has to be certainty. Rayadu replacing Raina could be another replacement.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 24, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    India can never win outside India as long as we play Ishant, Ashwin, and Rohit. Ishant and Ashwin are there to give freebies to the opposing team batsmen, while Rohit is there to put pressure on India's remaining batsmen. If Dhoni and Duncan are unable to see this, maybe it's time to drop them as well.

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    I think, it might be a good idea asking Rahane to open with Shikhar, with Rohit coming in at # 5. Dhoni should come on # 4. Ishant certainly needs to make way for Varun, and may be Ashwin comes ahead of Jadeja in Batting, purely on Jadeja's current from. Alternatively we need to try Binny some where.

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Disgusting team selection

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Why dhoni trying to biased on raina ashwin jadeja ishant rohit and dhawan if veeru is not in form then what rohit doing gauti is not in form den what dhawan doing yuvi no form what raina doing pathan yusuf no form what jadeja doing where is zaheer parveen nehra munaf umesh what are selectors doing from 125 crores they cant even find 11 ti represnt india . Bt yeah they cnt do so bcz they are greedy they are biased they are not going for talent they always go for money

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Everyone is asking team changes. First things first, if we win the toss, bat first. Nz, aus, wi, eng, pitches are bouncy, fast but neither of them offers any swing. So if we bat first overseas, we have quality batsmen to put 300+ totals. Once we put good scores on the board, same bowlers will be much better, as it will be the turn of opposition batters, to bat under pressure. 1. Win toss, bat first. 2. Replace ishant with Aaron, 3. Replace Ashwin with Mishra and 4. Jadeja with binny.

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I think it is a time now that Gambhir should be given one more go now. Although he had afew bad choices before, now hw should be in a different frame of mind. He looks in form also.

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    What else dhoni need why rohit dhawan ishant ashwin and jadeja in the team

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    We can not argue Dhoni's trust in the batting abilities of the likes of Rohit, Ashwin and Raina. However, despite repeated failures, if he doesn't look at other options (i.e. Rayudu, Mishra and Binny), an India supported like me will only wonder why Dhoni is so stubborn when it comes to choosing the playing XI.

    Rohit has scored 148 runs in his previous 7 innings at an average of 21, with a half century(72) seven matches ago. His next best in the last 8 matches is 20. Raina scored 160 runs in his last 8 matches at an average of 22.85 with a high score of 36. I am certain Rayudu or Binny can do a lot better than these two batsmen.

    Ashwin has taken 7 wickets at average of 56.42 in his last 8 ODIs.

    I wonder if Mishra would bowl worse, or to that matter even Binny!

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Why they are not going fir gauti and veeru

  • SinSpider on January 24, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    India is losing a lot of matches because we have just started touring outside India on pacy and bouncy pitches with no help to the spinners. These have always been difficult for us because 1) Our pace bowlers are largely useless even on bouncy and pacy tracks 2) When our spinners are ineffective because the pitches dont turn 3) Because of 1) and 2), our bowlers are taken to the washers 4) We largely depend on our batting line up to chase down large targets. 5) In the last few matches, only Kohli, Dhoni and to some extent Rahane have looked positive. All others, including Dhawan, Rohit, Raina, Jadeja have failed miserably. So there is no way we can chase down big targets.

    All said, it just takes one or two matches to break the shackles. Hopefully that starts with the 3rd ODI. Good luck India.

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Will be intresting to see the changes made in the side for remaining matches and dhoni tactics to chase in odi's outside india is very suprising. he puts a lot of pressure on the batsmen by choosing to chase as 10 out of 9 times ind will concede 300 scores bowling first. In ind its easy to make up but since only few batsmen except dhoni and kohli are in some gud form india chances looks very weak in this series

  • mzm149 on January 24, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Whitewash by Kiwis will be the most delightful thing ever. May be BCCI will not let that happen. After all they bring the most amount of money in ICC. How can they lose? How about this resolution: India has to win each and every series no matter how.

  • rajcl on January 24, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @Blade-Runner we accept not deserve no1 but at present no team has deserve no1 because all teams r winning max in home even zim beat pak at home & bangla can beat india , sl ,pak, nz at home & u under taken nz in home in my opinion they were betere than sa in nz ( styries , mcmilon, crains, mcculum, ryder ,taylor,& corey like other big hitters in there team because of home nature ) even punter & co strugling there ,,atleast we can win 2 in this series other wise we dont deserve no2 also

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    @Blade-Runner . No wonder fan of a 8th ranked team thinks the ranking is 'nothing' lol. We lost to NZ at their home but your own team lost at home. Not even home track bully? We desevers no:1 ranking because we won CT, Tri series ABROAD and beat AUS (not BD or NZ) at home. We accumulated point thru that. May be England and WI are 'home tracks' as per a mediocre SL fan!

  • CricketMaan on January 24, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @fb-fan - sorry i could not see your name! Gambhir is not in the team coz of his tiff with Dhoni and Duncan. Duncan is known to keep troublemakers outside team for a long time. Remember - Swann! Gambhir in his part has been too vocal about captaincy and his relating with Dhoni strained after the WC final and the ODIs in Australia. Since then he has been out both form (although he is there and therabouts) and attitude. Viru is over and only a miracle will bring him back to playing XI. The sad truth Vijay who played few ODIs could not perform and put pressure on Rohit, and DK has been snubbed although he is decent. A radical thought would be Rayudu or Rahane. But chop and change is not the way Dhoni operates, so i see Rohit in the team for some time. Rahane on his part could not play as a opener in England and failed. That leaves with Rayudu. If only Unmukt carried on his U-19 form to A tours and International level !!

  • SinSpider on January 24, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Ashwin should be promoted to open the innings in place of Rohit Sharma. He has a better chance of scoring runs. No pun intended!

  • on January 24, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    My squad

    1 Dhawan 2 Rahane 3 Kohli 4 Dhoni 5 Rayadu 6 Raina 7 Jadeja 8 Binny 9 Bhuvi 10 Shami 11 Aaron/Ashwin

    This squad has

    #1 - 5 bowlers with Raina/Kohli as part time bowlers #2 - Deep batting lineup (Everyone except Shami can bat) #3 - No Rohit Sharma or Ishant Sharma - which means India would FINALLY play with 11 players instead of 9. #4 - A LOT more time in the middle for Dhoni who is the best batsmen India have after Kohli. Plus he's the most experienced. If he comes in to bat in over 20-25, just imagine if he gets settled. He would score hundreds and murder oppositions in last 10 overs at will.

    Raina/Ashwin/Jadeja should be given 2 more ODI's, if they still don't do well, try Mishra/Rishi Dhawan instead of them and bring Manoj Tiwary/Pujara/Uthappa etc on next tour . How does that sound?! Perfect.

  • balajit on January 24, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    To all my fellow Indian fans, Guys no point in suggesting about team selection our stubborn captain with his rigid thinking will not change the team. To rayudu, binny,mishra & Aaron enjoy beautiful locales of NZ since you wont chances to play. It is so surprising to even see name of Ishant Sharma in this article for possible team selection.

    India with bad team selection in all probability will lose the series what with just 4 players out 11 have showed in past two matches so it is virtually 4 v/s 11. NZ deserve to be in this position cause they have been the better team.

  • Naresh28 on January 24, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Like the comment "defying gravity" by the author. Funny.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Indian Fan nothing to worry ........"WE R BACK TO NO 1"................despite very poor bowling. Tomorrow's match even if our bowlers leak 500 or 700 still we will remain NO 1........................

  • jiten27 on January 24, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    we r first in odi ranking, aus lost, England won today.

  • Suresh.C on January 24, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Gavaskar should stop being biased on supporting Rohit. It's high time Rohit should be sacked just for his careless attitude towards his game. Get Pujara in and he could be a perfect partner for Dhawan.

  • t20superstars on January 24, 2014, 11:52 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?

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Bring Pujara into the team at no.4. At this point of situation its important to rotate and strike the ball really good, which Pujara has that capability. He is good striker of the ball at any given situation. As we Indians we don't have faith or confidence in Raina or Yuvi or Rayudu at No.4. Its time to pick the right talent in the right slot.

  • OE-Chores on January 24, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Everybody with a soul wants New Zealand to win this. Not that it will matter one iota to the way the game is administrated, but it's important on a symbolic level. Go the Kiwis

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    If Shewag & Gambhir is out from the Team due to Poor form ,then what the hell Ishant ,jadeja,Rohit is doing in the Team ???????

  • looloogun on January 24, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    sharma <o o> sharma the rohit could try a better bat sponcer design or else return to old ton one and should bat at 4 ithe shant should be a test mast specialist should not get into odi or t20 .

  • Blade-Runner on January 24, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    @ rajcl; Yeah..but you guys didn't do anything to deserve it. lol First, you lost it deservedly 'n then got it back undeservedly. Al in all, your rank no.1 spot means nothing. lol Not to mention how they got it in the first place by playing at home on flat decks. On topic, Rank no.8 New Zealand are too hot for home track champs like India. Indian trundlers are an easy prey for Kiwi batsmen.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    India will be staring down the barrel if Jesse 'comeback' Ryder stays for 15-20 overs, combined with Corey for some 7-8 overs and Ronchi for 5-6 overs. Throw the dependable Kane Williamson in the mix - I never expected that India will become underdogs so soon into a series. The quality in the Kiwi ranks is truly an eye-opener and has to be seen to be believed. Very excited to watch Jesse, especially after what he had to go through. Good luck NZ. You won a fan here from India. Let's see what you guys got in the third ODI. India is going to come hard at you. Beware dudes! We are the current World Champs in this format.

  • Naresh28 on January 24, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    TIME Rohit Sharma came out of his defensive shell. He is capable of better if he puts his brain in gear. He is no longer a young gun but an experienced campaigner. Give him this last chance.He should bat like he is playing a T20 game. Dhawan should only watch out for falling to the trap of cramped steepler.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    The main thing with Ishant is that his form lasts for only one ODI & one test match.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Indian batsmen have always been strong even though their bowlers have conceded much runs. In the 2matches, batsmen have failed here leaving MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli the exceptions who have pushed the team to a near win. India must strongly replace Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin, giving their places to Varun Aaron and Stuart Binny respectively. India can get an all rounder(Stuart Binny) by exploiting him chances overseas. It's the time to leave out R Ashwin, his gravity! India is a tough team who handles pressure situations quite better. And that depends on the rest of their players to perform their best. Go ahead strong, India!

  • jiten27 on January 24, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    raina ,ishant sharma and ashwin has lot of chances to play game and they haven't prove , so please drop them give chance to some one who is knocking the door like pujara, binny and mishra

  • Rashbo on January 24, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Indian in deed a much capable team to do wonders against anyone in the world. No doubt about it. But, every individual have their own competition there and they feel they are the best in world meaning underestimate others. Its great to see they are losing matches and they will lose their grip.LOL

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    also I would like to see ghambir play at the top

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 24, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    India would be a stronger batting side if Rahane opened instead of Rohit and Uthappa replaced Raina.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    I totally agree selection changes are needed in Indian side. I think Rahane should open and ishant sharma must be replaced even maybe bringing back zaheer Khan fot a bit would do India good.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Aus just lost and we are #1 again temporarily. I would say we are most undeserved #1 at the moment the way our team is. I am not saying we are playing that badly. We are just a bad team, with wrong selections and offcourse NZ are not responsible for these wrong selections. They are good team playing better cricket. Most of the guys who are expected to perform are performing with few exceptions. It is the guys who should not be in squad in first place are the worry. 2 changes are desired desperately Binny in place of Ashwin and Varun in place of Ishant. Moving Rahane to top, we can drop Nohit and bring in Rayudu too. But other 2 (Ash,Ish) changes are must. I will keep Raina who will provide off spin option while Ashwin is not in the XI. WIll Dhoni listen, don't think so. If he persist with his crooked thinking we are destined to lose, we should and we do NOT deserve #1 with this team

  • Mujibur on January 24, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    If India need to be won balance three ODIs, Ishant Sharma should be dropped. India got so many options on their face attack, we do not understand why they still hanging IS.

  • rajcl on January 24, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    after 2 days we r back india is the no 1 team as on today lets hope they will not lose this as soon & lets see what india is capble wait for end of 24 hours time starts,,,,,,,

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Every time Dhoni cant be Right ,now time comes when he take some hard step to save India pride in foreign soil , Now give chance to those player who is consistent or those who did't got chance.

    Rohit,Raina,Jadeja & Ishant got ample amount of chance let them understand if they performing they will be in Team other wise they have to play in Ranji Trophy and correct there basic and after that on merit basis they Will get selected in Team.. ..

  • hellraizer33 on January 24, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    To Add, Rohit playing so many dot balls and not rotating the strike puts an additional Pressure on Dhavan as well.

  • mzm149 on January 24, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Come one New Zealand. Beat these bullies.

  • hellraizer33 on January 24, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Everyone seems to be selector here :) No offense meant to anyone and I share the same agony over the overdue changes. The core of the selection mentality has still not changed. In 90's or early 2000's a 10 match spot is fixed for you if you score a century or take a 5 wicket haul. It remains same now the only change is earlier no one explained it and now its explained as " we are showing faith in the player". Dhoni is one of the best captain cricket has ever seen but his decision of retaining player and showing kind of blind faith shall be scrutinized. I like the analysis in this article over Rohit Sharma playing the Dot balls, an opener can not play so many dot balls in modern day cricket. India always rides high on a good start, if India gets a good start they win most of the times; in circumstances like this we need someone more consistent and not some one who can score a big century or a 200 once in blue moon. Given the scenario, Rahane is better option to open.

  • on January 24, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Dhoni said we have a settled side now but just give a break for one series to Virat Kohli and see if it is a settled side!!

  • Great_Chucker on January 24, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    @Rashedur Rahman yeah NZ was walloped by india when they last played in India....Ur and SL fans have bitternes from the loss ur team suffers at hands of Indians that they project by comments they make ....does anyone want to play BD ..Simple NO...its same for you guys comments ..nobody cares what u think

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Now India has last chance to prove them self ,they are like wounded tiger with wall behind ,let made some changes in team Dhawan, Rahney ,Kohli ,Raydu,Raina ,Dhoni,Stuart Binny ,Mishra,Sami,Kumar , and prove that they can won matches Out side india..

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    I can see everyone wants Raina, Rohit, Ishant and Ashwin to be dropped but as all know it's Dhoni - The Boss who doesn't listen to anyone will make no changes. He wants all his followers to be in the team and sure all these are traveling to Aus-NZ for World Cup 2015. India will be out in the first round as it is in overseas not in Asia!! Poor Pujara also Rayudu who has done more than enough to get a place in the team but still sitting out.

  • skud on January 24, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    you still gonna lose ,if you go with same xi .come on dhoni its not a csk ,dont be stick with same eleven its an urg .all the best guys

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    I would not consider 3-4 changes at the same time.....may be i guess rohit shud be given a last chance in this series to prove himself....haha feel sry for ishant as he always faces the heat mor often than anybody, even i may say nehra was luckier than ishant, but i feel ishant shud be a lot more competetive to prove dhoni and selectors right the only thing goes in favour and dhoni still persisting wid him is his experience..may be dhoni can think of pandey or aaron if he wants to nurture any one of them.....the only change i wud suggest is mishra against ashwin, as ashwin really looks ordinary...

  • ramli on January 24, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Going by the adverse reactions from Indian fans, the best way will be to send a 22-membern team for tours matched for man-to-man. If anyone fails, replace him with the other. This way every fan will be satisfied that their choicest player is given a chance on the tour.

  • ramli on January 24, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    It is surprising that Indian cricket fans do not treat sport as such ... It is not that we are used to winning that much often either ... win or loss alternate in sport ... it is the competition that is important ... definitely India competed in the last two ODIs ... let it now up the ante by making the necessary adjustments ... to cut and chop the team after a few failures for the sake of it does not guarantee success

  • swat1999 on January 24, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    New Zealand deserve a Hat trick. Indian overseas woo continue....... India should not be control ICC with some awesome poor performance

  • Coolcapricorn on January 24, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    As for our batting, we clearly need to get Rahane & Rohit to swap positions and maybe Rayudu given a opportunity in the team. One can clearly see our two spinner strategy doesn't work abroad at all as we've seen in SA too - Jadeja & Ashwin have been totally ineffective & not been contributing anything with the bat too. Amit Mishra perhaps deserves a chance as our sole spinner & is no mug with the bat too. Hopefully Ishant will be finally dropped & Binny plus Aaron or Pandey brought in. if MSD stubbornly refuses to make any such changes to the team that are overdue, I am afraid we will lose again, lose the series & be on course for a 0-5 whitewash!

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    India can win this series. But if they want it, they have to drop Ashwin and I Sharma at least to bring in S Binny and V Aaron/I Pandey. The rest are okay. But R Sharma and S Dhawan have to be more attacking. They should build the same partnership they used to built before and take at least 60 runs in the first ten overs to remove pressure. Best of luck team India!

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Remove sharma from opening and put him as a middleorder.give oppurtunity to binny and raydu

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    please drop rohith sharma he is the god son opening plop middle order midle order plop once again opening is it right ??same kind of a suports why nt robin uttappa or gambir..saturday mach plesse drop ashwin and raina give a chance to binny and raydhu...

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    I don't understand the big fuss about Rohit? When was the last time and how many centuries has Raina scored? I haven't seen him score centuries even in Indian pitches except for IPL!

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Same old story India field first. Dhoni keeps the same team, Indian bowlers struggle NZ reach a big score and India falter. Indian fans no need to watch this match. Same team willl be retained and in the after-match discussion Dhoni will blame the middle order. So Indian fans enjoy your saturday no need to watch the match as the story is re-run again.

  • PAKFan4ever on January 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    What is Ishant, Ashwin and Rohit doing in indian team. And also Sir Jaddo who does not know how cricket is played. My advice send all to ranji except Dhoni and Kohli where all can hit another double hunderds and then comeback to international circuit to try their luck.This series is over for India.

  • taufiq_sg on January 24, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I am expecting the following changes for the remaining matches. Out: Ishant, Jadeja, Ashwin & Rohit In: Aaron, Binny, Amit Mishra & Rayudu

    Dhawan & Rahane should open the innings.

  • Pandyan on January 24, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think India should atleast make 3 changes in the team to stay alive in the series right now, 1) Drop Ishant and never consider him to play in any matches unless he does something unimaginable to get and bring him either Ishwar Pandey or Varon Aaron in his place. 2) Drop any of the spinner and bring in Binny in the team, two spinner playing in NZ is of no use. 3) Make Rahane to open along with Dhawan and make Rohit bat at number 4 for this series at least as he is taking much to time to get setteled in which is creating a lot of pressure as we always have to chase over 300 runs. These are the changes which should be done as of now to atleast win the next match.

  • rock_kamran on January 24, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to stick with two spinners,, why dont he try amit mishra? My XI would be. 1.rahane, 2. Ashwin 3.kohli 4.rayudu 5. Dhoni 6.raina 7.binny 8.bhuvi 9.mishra 10.shami 11.aaron

  • jain84 on January 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    If I was Dhoni, I would do these two changes : Ishant to make way for Aaron and Ashwin for Binny.

  • nzcricket174 on January 24, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    If Hamish Bennett plays put your money on an Indian win. No offence to the dude, but he is a step in the wrong direction. Somebody like Henry or Bracewell deserved a spot in the team as injury cover.

  • iceaxe on January 24, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    If Corey Anderson is "fatigued", I can wait to see him when he's fresh!

    I'm hoping Jesse will have a big innings. If so, NZ can expect a very big total!

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    While NZ look for an early breakthrough by getting Rohit Sharma out, India too hope for the same so that Kohli can settle in and play for a longer time :)

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Please drop Raina, Ishant, Ashwin and The Great Rohit Sharma they all got more than enough chances yar!! Try other players who might do better than these.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    It's been very though to recognize the same team who were utterly whitewashed by Bangladesh just a couple of months back. Good comeback by New Zealand; best of luck with the rest of the tournament.

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  • on January 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    It's been very though to recognize the same team who were utterly whitewashed by Bangladesh just a couple of months back. Good comeback by New Zealand; best of luck with the rest of the tournament.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Please drop Raina, Ishant, Ashwin and The Great Rohit Sharma they all got more than enough chances yar!! Try other players who might do better than these.

  • on January 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    While NZ look for an early breakthrough by getting Rohit Sharma out, India too hope for the same so that Kohli can settle in and play for a longer time :)

  • iceaxe on January 24, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    If Corey Anderson is "fatigued", I can wait to see him when he's fresh!

    I'm hoping Jesse will have a big innings. If so, NZ can expect a very big total!

  • nzcricket174 on January 24, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    If Hamish Bennett plays put your money on an Indian win. No offence to the dude, but he is a step in the wrong direction. Somebody like Henry or Bracewell deserved a spot in the team as injury cover.

  • jain84 on January 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    If I was Dhoni, I would do these two changes : Ishant to make way for Aaron and Ashwin for Binny.

  • rock_kamran on January 24, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to stick with two spinners,, why dont he try amit mishra? My XI would be. 1.rahane, 2. Ashwin 3.kohli 4.rayudu 5. Dhoni 6.raina 7.binny 8.bhuvi 9.mishra 10.shami 11.aaron

  • Pandyan on January 24, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think India should atleast make 3 changes in the team to stay alive in the series right now, 1) Drop Ishant and never consider him to play in any matches unless he does something unimaginable to get and bring him either Ishwar Pandey or Varon Aaron in his place. 2) Drop any of the spinner and bring in Binny in the team, two spinner playing in NZ is of no use. 3) Make Rahane to open along with Dhawan and make Rohit bat at number 4 for this series at least as he is taking much to time to get setteled in which is creating a lot of pressure as we always have to chase over 300 runs. These are the changes which should be done as of now to atleast win the next match.

  • taufiq_sg on January 24, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I am expecting the following changes for the remaining matches. Out: Ishant, Jadeja, Ashwin & Rohit In: Aaron, Binny, Amit Mishra & Rayudu

    Dhawan & Rahane should open the innings.

  • PAKFan4ever on January 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    What is Ishant, Ashwin and Rohit doing in indian team. And also Sir Jaddo who does not know how cricket is played. My advice send all to ranji except Dhoni and Kohli where all can hit another double hunderds and then comeback to international circuit to try their luck.This series is over for India.