New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland

Jadeja, Ashwin keep series alive with tie

The Report by Sidharth Monga

January 25, 2014

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NZ's bowling was one-dimensional

New Zealand 314 (Guptill 111, Williamson 65) tied with India 314 for 9 (Jadeja 66*, Ashwin 65, Dhoni 50, Anderson 5-63)
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Ravindra Jadeja slaps the ball over third man, New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland, January 25, 2014
Along with R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja snatched a tie from the jaws of defeat © Associated Press
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On a surreal night when New Zealand kept swinging between the spectacular and the silly, they just couldn't conjure enough to close the deal against a resilient Indian lower middle order, which snuck a tie to keep the series alive. New Zealand had the game won when they brought together R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with India still needing 131 in less than 15 overs. After that they had opportunities to kill the game off, but dropped a catch, missed a stumping, and couldn't hit the stumps.

When it became really desperate, Martin Guptill, who had scored a century earlier and taken a blinder earlier in the match, pulled off a sensational catch at the boundary to bring New Zealand right back. And then came the wides, another drop, another missed run-out. They just couldn't put it past Jadeja, who with No. 11 for company, took 17 off the last over, bowled by Corey Anderson, who had taken five wickets. They might even have something to say to the umpires who denied them the wickets of Jadeja and Suresh Raina, and twice wided them unfairly. India faced the brunt of poor judgement of wides once themselves.

It was a difficult night to explain. New Zealand could have scored 350. They could have been bowled out for 289. They could have won by 50 runs. They could have easily lost. Hamish Bennett, with all the titanium in his reassembled back, made a superb return to international cricket with back-to-back maidens to Virat Kohli, and then the timely wickets of Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and figures of 2 for 41 in 10 overs. His last act of the night was to drop Jadeja in the 49th over, and with that a 21-run win. Ashwin dived to complete threes, Jadeja turned down singles, umpires forgot the wide law, didn't hear edges, and in the final act of disbelief, Jadeja didn't even try the second when two were required off the last ball.

Tim Southee took the fumbling New Zealand past 300 with 27, went for a few, took a swerving blinder off MS Dhoni's bat in the outfield, but couldn't quite get to another offering from Jadeja when India still needed 64. Luke Ronchi played his part with 38 off 20, but missed a regulation stumping chance a ball after Southee had reprieved Jadeja.

What of Bhuvneshwar Kumar then? He got the rampaging Jesse Ryder out, kept India in it with just 48 off his nine overs, but when he had a chance to catch Southee at third man, he parried it for a six. Against a team that would turn a six into a catch later. India themselves missed at least four run-out opportunities during the 155-run second-wicket stand. Raina dropped a sitter from Williamson, who scored his third fifty in three matches.

When Williamson eventually fell, in the 33rd over with the score 189, he had set New Zealand up beautifully. This is about the time when New Zealand have been going berserk this series. You can look back at the period harshly, but New Zealand looked to set a target that was India-proof and small-boundaries-proof. Except that this time many of their shots resulted in wickets, the running went awry, and seven wickets fell for 90.

There was no momentum to be carried into the second innings. New Zealand were underwhelming after the 35th over, but they also had that bonus of 25 runs thanks to the drop by Bhuvneshwar. India came with all the momentum, though. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came out attacking, and took India to 64 in nine overs. That's when Bennett and Anderson intervened. Bennett took an over to warm up, but bowled serious pace and to his field. Anderson was wily with his bouncers and changes of pace. Twenty runs and four wickets, including Kohli's, came in the next nine overs.

The game looked over then, but in a remarkable show of tenacity, for the first time in India's ODI history, their Nos 6, 7 and 8 all scored half-centuries. Dhoni kept India alive with his, Ashwin made them dream, and Jadeja was the man standing.

With Dhoni and Ashwin at least, there was no slogging involved. However, the 55-ball 85-run partnership between Ashwin and Jadeja began to became a serious problem only after the 40th over when New Zealand were forced to go back to Nathan McCullum after having attacked with the quicks for long. He should have had both the batsmen in successive deliveries, but you can't take away from the stylish shots of Ashwin that made New Zealand desperate.

In Nathan McCullum's next, when Ashwin went for a second six, Guptill intercepted it, took it over his shoulder and in the air space beyond the boundary, before leaving the ball, stepping out and coolly coming back to complete the catch. India still needed 46, and Bhuvneshwar was to soon get out to a sharp bouncer from Bennett.

Now it was only Jadeja, who has so often been meek with the bat. So often a helpless part of batting collapses. Grudgingly respected for his bowling and still ridiculed for the mismatch between his three triple-centuries in Ranji Trophy and his ability with the bat. In his redemption, he played calmly, kept pinging the short straight boundary, didn't panic when he saw the asking rate climb when he refused singles. It was still New Zealand's game to lose when the last over began with 18 required.

Anderson had been the hero thus far, and he was given the responsibility of closing out the game after he and Bennett had troubled Jadeja with the bouncers. In this over, though, Jadeja was a step ahead of the game, and set himself back to pull the first one for four. The other tactic had been to cramp Jadeja when he backed away, but to the second delivery Jadeja shrewdly moved back in to earn a wide. With the second and third balls, he couldn't do anything, but didn't give the strike to No. 11 Varun Aaron, who has quite the penchant for ending up in these last-over situations with the bat. It was down to fours required off each of the balls left.

The next ball Jadeja flicked off the rib for four. The difference here was he was expecting the short ball. The next one was even better: a flat six pulled over midwicket. Now with two required, New Zealand needed to cut their losses. They spread the leg-side field, put every one up on the off side, and Anderson bowled outside off. Jadeja failed to beat cover, finished the single comfortably, but for some reason didn't go for the second. The second was not on, but you never know what fielders are liable to do under such pressure situations. Jadeja and Aaron had nothing to lose with the second, but they didn't go for it. It was a difficult night to explain.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

Jadeja should have walked. and why do India insist on no DRS when they play?

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

Well payed India.Finally the tail came to the party.

Posted by Crinklyoldbugger on (January 25, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

you people need to keep some perspective on all this. It is not real international cricket. Real international cricket is Test cricket. This stuff you are all talking about is just hit and giggle. If the world of test cricket is about to be changed by the so called "big 3" then the Indian nation (along with Australia and England) should be absolutely ashamed of itself. We in the rest of the cricketing world will never forgive you. Ever !

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 22:46 GMT)

I don't understand why India never produce good fast bowlers. The quickest indian fast bowler i ever saw was Anil Kumble. LOL

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Well played team India. Here on I am sure India will be on top remaining entire series. Today everyone except Kohli & Rahane played their parts. Rohit & Shikhar finally found there golden touch once again. Have anybody watched Rohit's effortless 4 sixes ! Simply superb. It's not bouncy wicket but only lack of luck only affecting Rohit. Since SA every time he is facing 300+ target. And on bowler friendly wickets and against quality pace bowlers Shikhar &Rohit has to go for runs without getting much time to settle down. Today our opening stand was 64 runs in 9 overs. Nice batting by both the openers. All the Rohit & team India

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

Blackholesun: What do you mean by one time performance? Jadeja was great in Champions trophy with the golden ball and also won the most important match in CT which was in similar situation as today. He was second most wicket taker in Indo-AUS series and has been a very effective bowler and outstanding fielder for team India. I think Jaddu needs to be given Number 5 position for him to build his innings before counter attacking.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

I enjoyed watching ind-nz match today,thanks to brillient jadeja ashvin pair.Though Ashvin bowling could be better,his batting alone should secure his sellection.I hope there are no other fast or seam bowlers are not waiting on bench somewhere like our star batsman PUJARA.I only hope that there is no dirty politics.

Posted by jb633 on (January 25, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Excellent game of cricket for the neutral. I know a lot of guys can't stand India but I must admit whilst sometimes some of the trash talking fans can wind me up, I can't take my eyes off them in ODI cricket. Win or lose they are always entertaining and good to watch. NZ have been playing really good cricket in the ODI series and deservedly lead 2-0. I would like India to win the next game so we can have a grandstand finish in the 5th ODI.

Posted by Blackholesun on (January 25, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Good to see Jadeja contributing today and I hope it is not the one time contributions. In India the scene is like this, you perform in one match and seal your place in playing eleven for next 10-12 matches. After that you again perform in a match and the cycle continues ! That dropped catch by Kumar at 289 cost the Indians the match. There will always be if's and but's, one can easily say had the NZ latched on every catch, India would have lost the series.

Rohit seems to be back to his olden days, just when you think he is settled, he throws away his wicket. Can't believe that Raina is still in the playing eleven ! But that is the way it happens in India (read first para). Why is Binny not getting a game is beyond my understanding. Shami is a good bowler but he is leaking runs to. He needs to fix that leak soon. Dhawan flat track bully? Yes it seems to be !

I wonder what will happen if the team keep playing like this? 2015 World Cup will be played in Australia and New Zealand !

Posted by palla.avinash on (January 25, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Now i can announce my self as genius in cricket and good addict of game of .The cricket.Today morning i said to my brother that jedeja needs to be played at no 4 which crowe said after the match, the reason i said i want jedeja to bat at no 4 because he usually plays at position no 4 for saurastra his home team and he takes time to settle and batting lower the order never gives him a chance to play many balls and lack of partners makes him to force his batting than which comes natural to him .Well today's match one of the greatest i have ever seen in my life like ashes 2005 and 434 chasing. My team would rest shame for 4th odi and play pandey in place of him.My playing with batting order for 4th odi will be Rahane,dhawan,kohli,jedeja,rayudu,dhoni,binny.mishra,buvi,ishwar pandey and aaron.I hope cricinfo will be happy with my views on my truely loved game cricket.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (January 25, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Even though Jadeja batted sowell he doesnt deserve to bat at no 7. This new no. 8 is fine for him, Still feel Binny should be tried now.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

Why doesnt anyoe talk about the Indian bowling? They concede over 300 runs in every match. If spin's their strength, why not bring in Pragyan Ojha who i believe is the only genuine orthodox spinner in India. Why always put pressure on the batsmen? Its a contest b/w bat and ball, its only fair that the bowlers are held accountable. I find it hard to believe that they cannot find a single good pace bowler in the entire country!

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

IND beaten by NZ, NZ beaten by BAN, BAN beaten by ZIM, means ZIM on top, wonder how IND is No 1 team !! Oh sorry now No 2 !!! after this series No. 3 !!! going to bottom yaar !! with this school boy bowling attack more suitable for playing with associate members not international cricket !

Posted by addy_fan on (January 25, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

India's playing eleven should be RAHANE, DHAWAN, KOHLI, ROHIT, RAINA, DHONI, JADEJA, BINNY, ASHWIN, B.KUMAR, SHAMI...With RAHANE opening with DHAWAN can provide a better start. KOHLI can play freely if ROHIT comes at no 4 cause they do have the firepower. RAINA can carry on with his 30's streak. BINNY there in the line up will certainly provide a more strong batting lineup and he does have the firepower too. DHONI as known as the world's best finnisher can carry on to his job. JADEJA along with ASHWIN can play sensible as well as firing cricketing shots. Now for the bowling side KUMAR & SHAMI lead from the front with the pace, swing & bounce. They will surely get help from BINNY as he bowls a good length and line. We all have seen what BINNY can do in the IPL. ASHWIN & JADEJA with their spin can help in reducing the scoring rate. According to me this shall be a good playing eleven for India..India should look forward to it..What say guyz..Am i right or am i right??

Posted by colossalNORTH on (January 25, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Good play by India. They fought well till the end. Need to take care of the slow bouncers , how many of them got out in a similar fashion. Dhoni, Dhawan, Sami etc., need to keep the bowl down or clear the boundary. Now that Rohit has scored 38 with two dropped chances and after 5 unsuccessful innings, according to Dhoni his place must be sealed in the side for the next few series? Ryaudu and Binny will come back without playing a game, now that MSD has proven his faith in the side is finally working alas! after loosing 4-5 consecutive games.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 25, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha:

If one goes to a Savannah Jungle and still fails to notice a single tree there then it doesn't mean the jungle has no trees, it shows Ineptitude on part of the observer.

Many Pak fans here will tell you that the Indian crowd gave a standing ovation to Pak in Chennai. Do you know what is YT? Search there for the 7th Ind-Aus ODI and see how Faulkner was applauded by the crowd for his 100. There are numerous such instances, practically in every match, too many to be mentioned here.

Or you can choose to be like this only.

Why would the crowd applaud a 6 scored by the other side unless it was something special. Why would the crowd celebrate their team losing a wicket? You are asking from the Ind crowd something that your own crowds don't do. Did Eng crowd applaud Dravid when he got his 100 in 2011?

This combined with the events I mentioned in my prev comment means it is quite odd that you talk about sportsmanship.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Alberto: Jadeja has always been performing as a bowler. His batting and fielding is a bonus for the team. But I hope his allround abilities should be expressed more. Beware, Jaddu has a way to silence his critics with man of the match performances like todays.

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

so many comments here are refering to an india victory.... yes they played bloody well and were helped by some poor officiating.. the game was a draw!!! please remember that.

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

GRVJPR ,We are all for the drs so we have to play to your rules. I missed that so called incident but i'm pretty sure tv umpire could overule that.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 25, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

The opponent teams will be happy as Jadeja secures his spot with this once in a blue moon knock. I will be waiting till 2016 january to see his next performance.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

ProdigyA: Very soon you are going to include Rahen in the same sentence. Rahane, Rohit and Raina should be replaced. Because Rahane in last 2 matches has done nothing, but escaped fans scrutiny as fans are too occupied with Raina , Rohit and Ishant at the moment.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Sidharth Monga Good that Jadeja did not for the non-existent second. Had there been a run out, India would have lost by one run and series would have been gone

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 25, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

@ Mark Gill , then by the same yardstick Guptill should have told the umpire when he touched the rope while fielding MS Dhoni boundary. India would have been winners easily.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 25, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Even though it was a great knock by both Ashwin and Jadeja, I still think Ashwin has to be dropped. Some how Dhoni needs to find a place for Rayudu, he is an exciting talent and deserves a chance, instead of repeated chances to Rohit or Raina.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Changes should have been made but not now. India will feel abit of momentum. And these guys seem to now have gotten use to nz conditions. Bring in another batsman and they will struggle to get use to the conditions with 2 remaining games.

Posted by shot274 on (January 25, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

@Mark Gill. Completely agree!As much as umpiring decisions are part of cricket when there is a method to address it and a team refuses to acknowledge it , the onus is on the players to assist the umpires. Atleast 10 million people around the globe knew he nicked it apart from Rod Tucker.And that has kept the series alive! Indias lower order batted brilliantly but even the most diehard Indian supporter would or should agree that had it been any other team (who all accept DRS) they would have lost.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

I always knew cricket is a game of uncertainty. But I thought this applies to only teams playing cricket and not the fans commenting on cricinfo threads. But boy after reading all earlier comment on this thread, I couldn't stopped laughing. All critics of Ashwin, and Jaddu have been slapped hard by these two with both bat and ball in this match. Priceless.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

i think judging india on all aspects based on past three matches is not correct. watch the high lights once of third match..... its the small grounds and asknig rate tempting indian batsman to go for big shot and got out. especially this is true in dhoni case ..... I ddint see corey anderson as threating bowler at all. Our unnecessary aggression costed us..the matches

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Why are you blaming poor Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for dropping the catch and allow it go through his hands.? Was that the only drop? Jadeja was dropped two or three times by NZ but no blaming for that. Angry with your opinions.. But I agree with your opinion that CA Pujara should be brought in the team instead of SK Raina. Hope the Indian selectors consider this...

Posted by VickGower on (January 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

To all those who are calling for Pujara in the ODI team, pause and think for a second. He has had both his knees operated on, ODIs have become so frighteningly physical, it is very risky, both for him, and his team, to have him diving around in the field. Just look at today's game. Even the best fielders were having trouble coping with the physicality of the game. How silly it would be to lose Pujara the test player amidst all this. An injured knee could take another year out of his test career...

Even with healthy knees Pujara was never very athletic. Giving away 5 - 10 extra runs, dropping a catch, could negate even his good batting effort. Again, look at the impact of fielding on today's game. Fielding is no long a tertiary or even a secondary skill. If you are going to be the top team you just can't afford too many weak links. As it is Ashwin's athleticism is a challenge.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

@Harmony111(the real one, not the many impersonators here).Completely agree with you mate, India matches get so many comments here, many from non-Indians expecting India to do badly and whinge about DRS. And they have now started writing rubbish comments about India while impersonating known Indian supporters like you. How pathetic is that?

Posted by SavetheCricket on (January 25, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

@Yogesh Gupta I tried to show some information for Gzero while he commented on BD wins. I am not underestimating NZ cricket just try to compare that minnows are now improving too fast where Big threes drafting is threatened on their progress. (You can see my previous comment). Also for your kind information Shakib did not play the series & Tanim played only two matches.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Dinesh Venkatasethuganesan on (January 25, 2014, 1:01 GMT) Should have dropped Jaddu or Ash for binny,: Do you still believe that. Both players you were droping for Binny saved India today both in bowling and batting they were the best, India had to offer.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

@Vipul Gupta on (January 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT) If Dhoni stays the captain, India are on course to NOT even reach the quarter finals of the world cup next year. And if Dhoni is not the captain India will lose all its matches and will be knocked out at first stage of the world cup next year. Mark my word, I have said it first here on this thread.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Nz bowled poorly and dropped Jadeja twice so only had themselves to blame. In saying that if india wont have tv umpiring review systems they need to walk, yes I'm talking to you mr Jadeja.

Posted by waitara on (January 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

@ Shane Bond. Hear, hear. What rubbish Diamond2017! Sounds a bit like sour grapes. India are a great side. NZ is looking and playing like a great side, with talented players in the team and on the fringes. So good for NZ and for cricket.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Very well written arricle. Brilliant match. Shortest comment here

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Indians do not at all deserve the win here.. If SRT or Azhar could have been there, they simply could have walked out there keeping the game spirit in. Because of the Indian team's cheap tactics, NZ bowler could have lost the faith and this will at last kill common man's interest in the game which is ought to win by NZ. if for a Win, Indian players are craving and cheating the game itself, I am shamed of being an Indian admiring Indian team. Shame to indian team. All the respect goes to veteran and legendary cricketers like SRT, Azhar and Srikanth. They are truly Indians. Indian audience do not need a fake or fluke win which was given by Jadeja.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

What a wonderful game of cricket it was. India vs New Zealand the 3rd ODI.

Their is no one to be blamed for the the Tie,Then again their is that But.......

If I have to take a point which cost India of not winning the match, will be the catch drop from Bhubaneswar Kumar of Tim Southee that cost the 6 runs & brought the difference in the end.

What's ur say on that?

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

So Dhoni,s much criticized boys played a very good game today. They just need to keep it up like this.

Posted by MiddleStump on (January 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

There are currently only two teams in the world struggling to win a single game in any format. It would be wise to have an extended Test and ODI series between England and India. This would be the new Ashes. Surely one of them will then be forced to win.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

The way Jadeja & Ashwin are performing, they look like batsmen who can bowl. Maybe it is time Dhoni replaced one of the batsmen (other than Kohli) with Binny.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

India has really found an all rounder in R Ashwin. There are real chances for him to become one of the best spinning all rounders of the game. Best of luck for the Tamil Nadu boy.

Posted by VinodGupte on (January 25, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

both the teams played some very bad cricket and nobody deserved to win. now that nohit sharma has scored 30+, expect him to play another 115 matches without doing a squat.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

NO IF NO BUT ONLY CRICKET..don't talk about the umpire's decision, it happens sometime. Well seriously India can't survive with this squad, Indian team depends on Kohl. This team has Dhawan, Raina, Rahane, Dhoni who can't clear the fence easily and if we talk about short bowls my dear who play well those bowls..Ross Taylor ?? Ryder ? or Watson or Amla...No one can, if bouncer goes well..but Indian bowlers can't bowl like that, Actually India never got the quality bowler but one more thing India has lots of quality batsmen who can demonstrate any kind of bowling attack. The only problem is the current squad of India, otherwise except SA no one can easily defeat us. Please selectors select few good openers like Viru, Gauti, if they're out of form then replace them by Pujara and DK, then Kohli, Yuvi, MSD, Irfan/Yusuf/Jadeja, Rohit, Bhajji, Yadav, Bhuvi, Shami, RP/Munaf/Pravin...and if pitch is same in both innings then always prefer to chase

Posted by ramli on (January 25, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

It is disgusting to find hate among the comments ... sport is one thing that teaches one NOT to hate but compete ... forget nationalities and enjoy competition ... that is what sport is all about ... if you can't do that, at least leave these columns for the sake of sport ... go hang out with WWF sort of things ... definitely not cricket ...

Posted by Allanwilliams23 on (January 25, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Dhoni & Selectors Get Pujara im Place of Raina he is a good fielder thats it & Use Binny for the next 2 games

Posted by Jimmyvida on (January 25, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

NZ having very good pace bowlers coming out of the woodwork right now. Good for them. For Ashwin and Jadeja haters, both bowled 10 overs for 47 runs. As is being said they leaked runs. On the other hand Southee, Mc Clenahan and Anderson kept things tight by going for 74, 76 and 63 respectively. Do you know if Ashwin/Jadeja had fielding like NZ to back them up, they would have leaked maybe 35 runs each. I also said that Pujara should be included only to find out he is not in the ODI side. So, that's that. Rohit should bat in the middle.

Posted by SD214 on (January 25, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Raina does not deserve to be in the team. How many more chances does he need to prove he cannot play overseas.

& get the names correct when you write the articles. It was Shami who let the catch go through his hands for six.

Heck of a nail-biter that amazingly ended in a tie even though there were blunders all the way

Posted by vick2025 on (January 25, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

I agree with many of you that India need to bring Pujara in. I hope the selectors are keeping an eye on these games and the players involved. In the long term, it is better for India to have a batsman who is consistent rather a 10 second fire-cracker. NZ did well in terms of bowling and the batting but they shouldn't feel too bad for the tie since they are facing No1 ODI team. But so far I think NZ has great potentials. I also believe India can take on any team in the world if they have those "consistent" players in the team, so it all depends on who BCCI wants to play. Good Game.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Finally a fight back from India. Ashwin and Sir Jadeja finally woke from self induced mediocrity coma. Varun Aron looks like a thinking bowler, unlike our so-called pace spearhead. Send Ishant back home and let Varun play the remaining ODI matches. India would have comfortably won this match if Bhuvi had held on to that catch when NZ were 289 for 9. Ishwar Pandey also deserves a game, maybe in place of catch dropper Bhuvi?

Posted by vkumar_086. on (January 25, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

All Indian players are highly overrated flat track bullies as they can be thrashed with immense ease. They should have been whitewashed in SA but rain saved them in the 3rd ODI and umpires helped them in the 1st test by giving Kallis out when he was not out. India got hammered in the 2nd test as they thoroughly deserved it.

Posted by hnlns on (January 25, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

This match was thoroughly enjoyable in spite of a mix of excellent and poor cricket by both sides. The oddly shaped Eden Park and its excellent pitch provided some great entertainment for all. Hope India get the much needed boost from this match and go on and win the next two ODIs. However, they will need changes in the team due to the poor performance from its openers especially.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (January 25, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

If Pujara comes into the Indian team,, I am 100% sure that one of the player in the current squad has to give up his place. That person could be either Raina, Or Rahane or Rohit. Rahane is just entered so he is safe for now if he performs. Rohit is blessed with good hands, and Raina .... I think he is also blessed good hands and that is the reason why Pujara is not getting a chance to the Indian team. Common selectors.. what he has done wrong? He has scored tons of runs in domestic cricket. He plays faster than Rohit. More consistent than Raina, more reliable than Rahane. what more do yo need from a player ? Funny thing is.. after CT2013 in England, selectors gave chance to M.Vijay for WI tour knowing he is not better than Pujara. Next in Zim Tour they dropped Vijay and selected Puraja. And immediately dropped Pujara without any point. It is like musical chairs.. great job selectors.. keep it up..

Posted by vkumar_086. on (January 25, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

India should have lost today as they never deserved to even tie as such. The pitch today was a flat expressway possibly imported from India through BCCI facilitation for sure. No Indian victory should ever be recognised as it is totally null and void as umpires often help India win matches as proven by uncountable examples.

Posted by Overseas_Stats on (January 25, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

I completely agree with Suresh. Also don't forget as usual Suresh Raina Failed on outside pitches. Lion with spinners and lambs with pace.

Posted by uksar on (January 25, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

If Ashwin is indispensable part of the team then I think Dhoni can consider him in opener's role in Rohit's place and push Rohit down the order in no. 4 or 5 spot. To maintain a good strike rate in the upfront, he (Rohit) needs to play high risky shot, so I don't think opening is his forte. On the contrary, Ashwin looks so classy when he is in good touch.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

@Shanebond...Bond..You also must accept gracefully that your bowlers are nothing special like johnson or steyn or yourself:).They are just medium pace bowlers who can wilt under pressure.They can't get away just by bowling short pitched stuff.Also,if indian batsmen can score 314 against your special bowlers,your batsmen should have scored around 500 against mediocre indian bowlers.So not a good sign for you with the world cup nearing..We have 2 WC titles already but i don't remember if you have any WC title..Dont get me wrong..just i said what i tought..By the way,i am a huge fan of you..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Jadeja couldn't possibly miss the fact that he clipped the ball to the keeper!

With all the poor fielding and crazy bowling at the end, that clear but not close let off, was the game.

NZ bowlers should be fined for arguing with the umpire.

Posted by JustMyView on (January 25, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

One more thing,Indian batsmen are not good in bouncer balls,.. why every one says like that as though all other batsmen can hit sixer in every bouncer ball,NO,.. Bouncer balls are tough to hit when it is with perfect speed.Only difference is when we play in fast pitches Indian bowlers dont bowl many all others could bowl more

Posted by krish_virgo17 on (January 25, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

I think its high time pujara gets a look it into the squad and ask him to open along with dhawan.rohit could either be dropped from the side or placed in the middle order depending on team balance.I think we deserve more consistent performances from rohit hes been given the longest run.Ashwin needs a bit of advice and more matches overseas.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

If Dhoni stays the captain, India are on course to NOT even reach the quarter finals of the world cup next year.

India are placed in the same group as Pak, SA, WI and Ireland.

Get ready for a debacle, guys. Mark my words.

Posted by Suresh.C on (January 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

I surprised that people are praising Rohit's knock up front. He continues to refuse to take singles which is very critical in an ODI. Just bcos he scored run-a-ball 39 doesn't meet he has perfomed. He scored 28 runs of boundaries which means he has taken 33 deliveries for 11 runs which is a crime in a match like this. He has to be sacked for his careless attitude and to be replaced by Pujara. Pujara could be the next Hashim Amla for India becos of his technique and sheer dedication.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

this match had everything possible in a one day match..huge score, wickets,spectacular catches, drops,missed run outs,good bowling, century,last ball tie,sixes,good batting,silly shot selection,..what else you want

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

@hayder Zaman are you talking about pak bowlers who failed to stop currently weak zimbabwe team from winning their famous test win recently?

Why people say indian bowlers are weak I cant understand.. Its new indian bowling attack they need some time to gain confidence. Its matter of some time.. day by day they will find confidence and will find way to win overseas.

every team's greatest bowlers ( warne, mcgrath, murli, kumble , akram ,waqar etc ) have suffered for some period of time before become great bowlers.

Every fan should have keep sportsmen spirit while commenting also. Every team has good time & bad time. Like currently Aus have good time , eng have bad time ..

Every team is lack in positive psychology when they loose in most cases. best example is W.indies. They have very good players though they are loosing.. So you cant blame on single player.. With positive attitude even Mumbai Ranji team can beat S. Africa or Aus in their own backyards or any county team can win.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Pujara for Raina, anyone?

Posted by BangbangKohli on (January 25, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Absolutely stunning performance by Jadeja and Ashwin. Never seen India fight back this way before. The battle is on! go men in Blue, you can do impossible, surprise all, good luck in the last two matches, just believe in yourself, youre #1, "The World Champ'!

Posted by ShanNachimuthu on (January 25, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Bring Binny in place of Rahane. Bat first next time. Now the cool captain becoming frozen captain. Give away 300+ runs and leave the rest to luck while chasing. You know very well your bowlers will give away 300+ runs all the time in any sort wickets. If you are confident enough in chasing that then why don't you bat first, post 300+ and apply pressure on the opposition.

Posted by Ajmal_Magician on (January 25, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

@HaritGautam : you don't go into this much small details to crave for a victory. If you start taking credits for such things and demand different outcome then alot of other things would also unfold such as Jadeja's clear nick.So I suggest to rest the case after all you are the #1 team, do you need to reside on such minute things to claim victory though we understand the frustration of not having a taste of victory for such long period outside India.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

one more series abroad that dhoni as captain fails to win...that too against low ODI ranked NZ...series alive? really

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

I feel Dhoni is a good captain and an amazing Batsman/Keeper. They need to slowly and gradually bring back there aggression. They never had the best bowlers in the world. The strategy was mostly to put on an amazing total which used to put pressure on the opponent. They have amazing batting lineup no doubt about that, Its just not working outside India for a moment. Exposure actually comes when your playing other teams outside your Country.

Posted by JustMyView on (January 25, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

I dont understand one thing here,lot people bashing Dawan, Rohit, Raina, Aswin. And people say that how many match we can depend on Kholi to win the macth like this, Actually speaking Kholi score hundred in first macth did he make India win,NO. Second match scored he 78 runs, Did he make India win, NO.Third match he is the one who really played worst.Can we drop Kholi for the next two match?, No that is not the way to over come problems,. though I know that Kholi is the best batsmen in ODI currently. You should see the bowls bowled to him and the fielding setup. No one could have played,Thats is how you should attack the batsman. Main reason that we are loosing is because of Dhoni's attitude. winning a toss and fielding first even we lost all the macthes when chasing recently and batsmen are already in pressure. why, is he out of his mind ?.No one is there to ask him why.that is the reason he refuses the senior players I guess.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

@Diamond2017 Southee? Mcclenaghan? Bennett, Mills? Don't get me wrong but we have 17-20 years old bowlers who are better than the best ones you choose to represent a country. It's high time you guys learn to respect other teams not because I'm saying, but because they demand it. NZ pitches are nothing of what we had before 2009 but we still managed to do what your "bowlers couldn't. And accept defeat rather than moaning about D/L and ties.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

India is now bringing some good crops of fast bowlers. The bowling coach need to help them stay on track and teach them how to figure out batsmen strengths and weaknesses.

Too many stray deliveries cost India the match. It was not the two drop catches by Raina and Bhuvy.

Left Ishant alone. He did his duty for India and he still has some cricket left in him and some experience to pass on. But remember, he has to cut his hair, he loses direction with the hair blocking his vision.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Everyone knows about the weakness of Indian batsmen, short pitch deliveries. The problem is that Indian batsmen themselves are doing nothing to change that reputation. They are still playing rash shots on short-pitch deliveries. They are still top-edging to the fielders. They are still playing the deliveries, which they should at times "leave". The bowling has always been our weak point in the history of 75+ years of Indian cricket, except for the the spin-trio/quartet in the 1960-70s. To gain the No. 1 position is half victory. To sustain the position & become ruthless & merciless in the game is other part which sadly we lack. Maybe it is part of our culture.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 25, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

India wants to save Pujara for the WC; he doesn't need too much preparation. Ashwin has certainly improved in batting. Jadeja has always been capable. Together if they get 4 wickets for 100 runs then certainly India is going to win matches. It is so because now there is life after Dhoni in batting as Ashwin and Jadeja are capable of striking 100 together at 130-150. For the well being of Team India Kohli should hand the No 3 spot to Raina because Kohli can do well at No 4. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Amit Mishra and 2 Indian pacers doesn't matter who they are because they are all bad.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

I feel Dhoni is a good captain and an amazing Batsman/Keeper. They need to slowly and gradually bring back there aggression. They never had the best bowlers in the world. The strategy was mostly to put on an amazing total which used to put pressure on the opponent. They have amazing batting lineup no doubt about that, Its just not working outside India for a moment. Exposure actually comes when your playing other teams outside your Country. The time when you think your the best , that is the time when some one better is standing in front of you.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

@Gee Gulati : Sometimes catches win matches. Raina potentially can take brilliant catches and roll his arms over a bit. But calls for dropping Raina are understandable. But Dhoni is probably banking on the fact that top 4 play majority of the overs and Raina only has to chip in at the end where he can tonk a few and run aggressively between the wickets.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 25, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

i did n't watch great game. All i saw was nz panicked and feeding short ball after short ball for jadeja to hit. I think nz bowlers become ishant sharma's overnight. Mccullum captaincy was awful.

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

Sidharth, you have put in words, the pulse of the match very nicely. People who saw every ball of the match full will understand exactly. One of those rare matches where the "glorious uncertainties of cricket" won.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Drop Raina and bring in Pujara .

Posted by Jimmyvida on (January 25, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Guptill should have been man of the match, for his century and for the two catches he took. I pay to see fielding like that. As far as the Indians are concerned ground fielding is not part of the game considered with any seriousness. India is fighting hard with SL for last place when it comes to ground fielding. Most of the NZ sportscasters are clear on one thing: the difference between the two teams is FIELDING.

Posted by tendlya on (January 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Does anyone realize NZ would have been 289 all out had Bhuvneswar Kumar taken a catch on the boundary instead of palming the ball for six? Heck even if he didn't catch it and prevented the six India would've won here! I can't understand why the Indian team was celebrating every wicket so much towards the end of NZ innings as if NZ were 189 for 8 or something. The Kiwis were losing wickets going for their shots (and still scoring a lot of runs) but the Indian bowling and fielding up to a certain extent still remains shoddy and their celebrations masked this fact. Now that the match is tied there wont be any analysis and the Indians will go back to their mediocre ways.

Posted by Pindia on (January 25, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Don't agree with Hanumall's comments on Duckworth Lewis. If you are you are forced to bat for less over than expected then you have to be compensated for the fact that ideally you would have paced your innings differently. It's the same reason I don't think it's fair that Corey Anderson's century is considered an ODI innings when actually it was a T20 innings and Afridi's century is I believe a better feat...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Pujara for Raina, anyone?

Posted by Pindia on (January 25, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Good match. Issues for India are BOWLING, inconsistent batting from the upper middle order and the balance of the team. Only certainties on present form are Dhoni, Kohli, Jadeja. Probables are Rohit, Ashwin (for his batting!) and Dhawan (on last year's form). Mishra should get a go and Arron and Yadav have to come good if India are going to be a true number one team, in any format. Politics probably mean Sehwag and Gambhir are not to return but their experience at the top should not be underestimated. The ultimate problem is likely to be pace/swing/seam bowling. Luckily for myself at the big tournaments either Pak or India usually fire!

Posted by ns_krishnan on (January 25, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

@Hanumall: YOu seem not to understand DL method at all. Let's say a team is 150/0 at the end of 30 overs.They can put to good use their 10 wickets in hand over the next 20 overs and get to 300. Now suddenly if they are told that they will get only 10 overs more ( a total of 40), they can not make use of those 10 wickets properly. Had they been told before the start that they would get only 40 at the start itself, then instead of preserving wickets unnecessarily from 20 th to 30th overs, they could have started to increase the run rate and be 170/3 at the end of 30th over. The DL method tries to compensate for the disadvantage of the team batting first as they do not know that the game will be curtailed. Yes, I agree it might set a target that is slightly too much or too less some times, but the principle of asking the team batting second to score many more than the team batting first is correct, especially if the team batting first had lots of wickets in hand before the interruption.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

It's amazing to see people posting messages referring "ashwin n jadeja has replied to their critics". No doubt they played well but one cannot ignore facts like its a one off performance in many games from them, their bowling still was by and large average, jadeja had many reprives, etc.

In the same breath people rubbished varun aaron, who still to get a decent run in ODIs.

Finally finding rohit sharma's, so called talent, has become like digging out treasure from Doundiya Kheda.

Its high time, we stop backing people who are inconsistent.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Bring in Pujara! It's ridiculous the he is not in the Indian team on overseas tours, and Raina is.

Posted by moss4u on (January 25, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Fantastic game of Cricket indeed. Poor Umpiring Cost NewZealand a match. Well played Jadeja after getting life from a bad decision by umpire. Lets hope it go like that way.

Posted by melvn on (January 25, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

A fine blue moon day & Jadeja has batted well & in the process he reserved his place for the next world cup. Rohit & Raina as usual were at their possible best in foreign conditions.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

what a game of cricket I loved that.,,.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

that's the reason why people call him sir jadeja.,,.

Posted by HaritGautam on (January 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

I quite can't fathom the utter failure of ICC to implement a rule which benefits the team batting first, and which if would have been implemented, India would have been declared the winers. During India's batting, there was a shot which was stopped by the NZ fielder and touched the rope while fielding. Had India been batting first that would have been declared a boundary at the end of the innings and the score would have been increased, as it just happened in a recent game of Aus V Eng, so why was India not rewarded those 2 runs and declared winners at the end. Why ??? ICC ???

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Diamond 2017 : you can't keep yourself in delusion that India is playing its 60% team that is why its loosing. I guess you are implying that the bench warmers in the likes of ishant, pandey and binny would make your team 40% better LOL. I bet these players won't even be allowed in 2nd eleven of any other team let alone final 11. So their goes Indian merit. Enough said. Search some quality pacers and allrounders in a country of 1 b or else consult your neighbour.We have Usman shinwari much more pacy nd talented than your final 11 bowlers but he ain't even in 2nd 11, courtesy Ajmal, Gul, Junaid Khan,M Irfan Afridi, Hafeez,Rehman,Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali Cricinfo post

Posted by HaritGautam on (January 25, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

I quite can't fathom the utter failure of ICC to implement a rule which benefits the team batting first, and which if would have been implemented, India would have been declared the winers. During India's batting, there was a shot which was stopped by the NZ fielder and touched the rope while fielding. Had India been batting first that would have been declared a boundary at the end of the innings and the score would have been increased, as it just happened in a recent game of Aus V Eng, so why was India not rewarded those 2 runs and declared winners at the end. Why ??? ICC ???

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

This series is not alive, India can not win this series and New Zealand can not loose this series from here.

Posted by pk_vatakara on (January 25, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Guys dont't focus only on Rohit, SIR Jadeja will also be in the team for another 10 matches scoring under 10 Of Course!

Dhoni can breath at least!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

This is why it is said about cricket that its not over untill its over, should have been a super over fans and players deserve a result of their hardwork and wait. and now talks of dropping ashwin and jadeja will be over.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

it defies every logic in books, why pujara is not in ODI team and what expectation does dhoni have from raina. he is the biggest question mark in current odi team.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 25, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta, TropicPleasure meant to say that if this match was stopped due to rain around the time Dhoni got out, the match would've gone in favour of New Zealand. You never know what can happen. A rearguard action might just save you from the jaws of defeat. Faulkner proved that a few nights ago.

Posted by DJDoubleUU on (January 25, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Sidharth - Awesome writing, seems like you were completely into the game and felt every vibration of it, you article forced me to register and add comments. Congratulations on excellent writing!

Posted by AvidCricFan on (January 25, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Great game. I gave up watching the game when India were 5 down. Wish India had won. Coming to the team make up, Raina's continued inclusion in the playing eleven needs serious consideration. Aaron should be given chance to settle properly. This ground was difficult to bowl considering short boundaries. Even Shami went to cleaners. Dhawan needs to sort out the hook/pull he is playing. He was playing fine until he attempted to hook. If he doesn't mend his ways of playing half hook/pull shot, he will not succeed on bouncy wickets. Rohit Sharma, in spite of having all talent, does not have right temperament and shot selection. Rahane is not inspiring on number 3-4 position. India should seriously look at Pujara to bring stability in the middle order.

Posted by IndCoach on (January 25, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Please dont even say Rohit played a decent innings. He will play 1 game out of 10 games. I still wonder how come a person with that attitude is representing a country as a batsman. Why don't the selectors give Pujara a chance and make him play constant ODI. He will definitely play far far better cricket than this nonsensical Rohit. Let him go to Ranji games and play some county matches till he proves. Why Rohit got so much support? Why Indian Cricket is influenced by Political background. Indian Cricket will not blosson until this types of under rated players are around. They can play well in the home ground. But no use to be an International player. So let him play only matches played in India. Not outside the country. I curse the whole Indian Cricket, if they play this type of lazy buggers in the team. They won't win a Single match at all. Give chances to only who performs constantly, even if it is from under 19. U selected Sachin at 16. See how he performed. Why not others??? Wakeup

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Exciting match. But in a most ridiculous way. Sublime cricket interspersed with the drama of absurd in the extreme. It is not even a comedy of errors; it goes much beyond that. If one ignores all that, was exciting to watch!

Such a match is followed by a similar mix of comments. An absurd one on the D/L method, in this match (?), is pointed out in another comment posted a couple of minutes ago.

Posted by Hanumall on (January 25, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

See what a hand luck plays in cricket. Wednesday NewZealand 271 for 7 in 42 wins over India 278 for 9 in 41.3. Saturday India 314 for 9 in 50 ties with NewZealand 314 for 10.

India is down in the series 0-2 with two to go, and loses its no. 1 ranking thanks to the palpably unfair application of the Duckworth and Lewis formula and not because of inferior performance.. It is absurd that a team which scores more runs chasing (in absolute terms) is declared the loser whatever the circumstances. D&L is badly in need of an amendment there. D& L can apply only to reduce the target for a chasing team , not increase it.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

super partnership jadeja Ashwin

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@Posted by TropicPleasure on (January 25, 2014, 11:23 GMT): You wrote:

"The glorious uncertainties of cricket. This match is a perfect example of why the D.L method is absurd"

Which match you were following? When was theD?L method used in THIS match?

Posted by The_Cover_Drive on (January 25, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Umpires didn't forget laws of wides...it's the cricketers surprised me so silly questioning the Umpires & their decisions ...Batsmen can turn left to right or right or left or turnaround and jump...Umpires reference is not the Batsman but of course the Wide Limits / Marks on the Pitch...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

well, if innovations work and people still want to be innovative -then Mr v suggestion is no bad either. Dhoni and Kohli as medium pacers, Raina, yuvi , ashwin and rohit as slow arm left and right hand bowlers would work and you have 11 batsmen- why not try this wonderful combination once ?

Posted by sarashan on (January 25, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

With the current Team India is looking at QF exit in the next year world cup. Just because of the format India will get into QF

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

This was one of the best ODI recoveries india has made though it did not cross the line. Nevertheless good batting display. If India is to win the 2015 World Cup it needs to have 3 genuine all rounders and all batsmen needs to be trained in bowling. Similarly the tai lenders to need to be trained in power hitting instead of slogging. Ashwin has very good cricketing brains and if you see most of his shots were quite stylish as we'll . The best teams are the ones who recover despite early debacles....

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Very happy for Jadeja, irrespective of catch drops and all those things, which normally happens in cricket.. This is Jadeja's best innings in ODI along with his 30 odd in CT final.. He has to consistently deliver these kind of performances to cement his spot as all rounder.. Great performance from Ashwin as well with bat..

He along with other bowlers needs to work very hard to enable batsman to deliver win in overseas..

Posted by balaji28 on (January 25, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

For all those who said ashwin and jaddu should be dropped,this match is a clear answer. Ashwin took the wicket of danger man corey anderson and hit an classic match saving 65 runs while took 2 crucial wickets of ronchi and guptill and a match saving 66.what else can these guys do and these wickets were taken in a lifeless wicket for spinners.when everyone failed these two spinners have done a one man army job by saving the series.Next match binny should replace either rahane or raina,while ambati rayudu should replace dhawan or rohit,while ishwar chand pandey should replace varun aaron.Atleast in the future series dinesh karthik,pujara,vijay,baba aparajith,pervez rasool,pankaj singh and dhawal kulkarni should be included in place of rohit,dhawan,rahane,raina,amit mishra,ishant and varun aaron.

Posted by Prakmca on (January 25, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

As Jadeja and Ashwin had hit 50s, they will continue to play another 25 ODIs. 5 Bowlers concept never worked for India. Thats why we lost the few games. As Jadeja hit 50s, we CANNOT call him as a ALLROUNDER.... He is just a bowler. In the past Srinath also had hit 50sonce in a while, but we never called him as allrounder. If they continue to play so many ODI, anyone can hit 50s.

Definitely axe will fall on Varon, and Dhoni may recall his favorite Indian greatest fast bowler again......If the new comer fails perform, they will be removed immdly. Ishant continue to perform poorly for so many years now, WHY HE IS STILL IN THE SQUAD???????????or he will be replaced by bowlers like Vinay kumar.....

Mr Dhoni & selectors, please pick the team for India not for an Individual......

Posted by Diamond2017 on (January 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

After seeing these matches I can easily see that new Zealand attack is nothing special. It is being made to look above ordinary due to the below par Indian top order. Even with the mediocre bowling attack India has ( after long delayed dropping of I sharma ) we can still win matches based purely on our batting. More than anything else dhawan and rohit need advice from seniors how to put a price on their wicket. And raina needs to be dropped for gambhir/rayudu/rasool. Somebody has to click with kohli in the middle order along with a backup batsman if he fails.

1)dhawan 2)rohit 3)kohli 4)gambhir 5)rahane 6)dhoni 7)rayudu/rasool 8)ashwin 9)shami 10)bk 11)aaron

This is the best team there is. Basically in this series NZ is playing at 100% and INSIA is playing at 60%. As usual the haters are out, no guessing who they are...!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

i think umpire rod tucker made a very poor decision,and thats why india draw the game

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Well Jadeja and Ashwin...have it in them ..only Dhoni can see that...and this is for all those who say that they are in team cause of their IPL team relations...losers see what they are capable of..and all u guys say Raina should be removed what abt Rohit sharma and Shikar dhawan zero scores not only in NZ but also SA..So what i suggest trust the captain and give chance to his ideas and the team will perform. I agree abt bowler Ishant Sharma being dropped.

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (January 25, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

It's not only a tie for India but also giving more chances to those who were out of form... Surely Aswin , Jadeja ,Rohit, have earn another 25 more games for them. Just like Chandimal did tht in 5th ODI vs Pak. I can't believe a batsman fell for the same shot after 9 years of his career. Ishant Sharma was blamed by every fan for leaking runs ,but the truth is NZ batsmen are targeting a bowler to break free. As we have seen today they have targeted shami. Now India can't win the series,but NZ has good opportunity to seal the victory and kick out flat track bullies.. Good luck NZ and India.A fan from SL.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Hi readers I have an opinion and i would like to share this with you. In my opinion india should play with 11 batsman i.e dhawan, sharma, kohli, raina, yuvraj, dhoni, jadeja, rahane, ghambir, kartik, ashwin. These are my playing eleven, i have not added and bowlers in my team because i guess the amount of runs they give away everytime its better to ask the batsman to bowl all 50 overs atleast even if they conced even more then 350 runs they have enough batsman to achieve that target.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Great batting unit ...superb match ..nz giving ind a tough ask...u can expect such results fm ind...thy r da best batting side..n neva fogt d luck of dhoni!!!

Posted by amitdashore on (January 25, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

lol.. too much speculations about Bangladesh series n this one. BD was playing at their home, n now NZ at their home. while BD has improved a lot over last few years, India fails to pick up players according to the playing conditions, rather just keeps picking up the same rusty side again n again. when sachin, sehwag n gambhir were playing, no 4 batsman was virat kohli. now there's no one of that stature at same position! while it may be argued that pujara is a test batsman, but even in tests he scores at good pace, n he is very comfortable while batting on bouncy pitches. also dont forget that he plays in IPL for RCB! he sure can hit them long. dont underestimate players, just choose them wisely. also bowlers who can hit the deck, rather than skid r more useful on such pitches, hence Vinay Kumar, Munaf or Umesh Yadav would have been a better choice, if in good form, over Aaron, n Ishant, given his form(out of). so better n smart selection is needed.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Bangladesh beat NZ in Bangladesh, not in New Zealand. If India was playing in India or even in Bangladesh they wound have comfortably beaten NZ

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

@SavetheCricket : Williamson got injured and missed whole series. http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-new-zealand-2013-14/engine/match/668953.htmlBesides BD beat them at their own backyard and last time i checked we also clean swept BD at our own backyard, so the comparison you are trying to make is not fair. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/467881.html

BD is definitely improving but not yet there.Let BD beat NZ in NZ with their current team and then may be we can compare the two results.

Posted by RipBDcricket on (January 25, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

Nz missed a oppertunity to whitewash india.this is why they have been never ranked amongst top 5.ind is such a poor team who always gets lucky,thus their weakness gets covered.poor ind fans needs to preapere for a disaster 2014-2015 season.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Both ravi's have done well atleast for a tie

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

I think Jadeja and Ashwin played well. I am ot going to answer all these criticisms. But, I say some are in faith as if they might happen or not. I just wanted to express the Dhoni should've taken more responsibility. First, he should have come up the order(like in WCfinal) after two games where he played at the end very well. It shows he's in good form. Second, after getting all these starts, why not he convert his batting to the end and to a win. IN all these three matches, when he was batting, there was a great chance of pulling d game.

Everyone in the team hava bulk of talents. Those who say drop rohit,or raina or rahane--- i juzz wanta say that they need a new mindset. Everything should be taken as postive. this team is a good team, we need more time to dive to Rayudu and Binny. The problem is that when we r talking about individuals, raha, raina, dhoni, ash, jaddu....everyone needs to bat up d order.. But , Dhoni has done right thing to ppull Ashwin up...

Posted by cric_roch on (January 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

So if 300 odd mark continuously crossed in NZ, AUS, UAE and BD its all fine , but if its is crossed in India , its all problem for every one.quality of cricket in not good.... If AUS cant win india, ENG cant win in AUS, SA cant win in UAE, SL cant win in UAE its all fine , but if india fails abroad......then its problem for every one

This is called jealousy , No other team has achieved half of what india could do in last five years...We were No 1 in tests , Won ODI,t20 world cups and champions trophy...T20 WC was in SA and Champions trophy was in ENG. Ofcourse foreign test series has been a problem in last season, that going to improved ,they did better than expected in SA.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

too many experts. dont knw how many can run atleat 100 meters without much fuss..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

Kohli out for 6 off 20, Jadeja not out 66 of 45? No one could have predicted that. Best team for overseas: Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, A Nayar, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja, Shami, Aaron, and Pankaj Singh.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 25, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

@Gzero- i agree with you mate, this NZ and tbh most of those of the past, is a very good team and underestimate them at your peril. I think they will be finalists of the '15 WC..they are a good young team who genuinely play as a team...

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Umpires were on another planet

Posted by dadasupporterNO.1 on (January 25, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

I hope dhoni persists with rahane in remaining 2 ODI's he'll take time but i think once he gets set in international ODI arena he could be crucial part in middle order , improved performance from rohit dhavan and raina but still got out after getting set #frustrating also hv faith in aaron dnt go back to ishant watsoever jadeja's batting was surprise package

because of india's poor bowling batting looks bad actually india hv crossed 275 each time

Posted by SavetheCricket on (January 25, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

@Gzero : Against India: MJ Guptill,JD Ryder,KS Williamson,CJ Anderson,LRPL Taylor,BB McCullum*,L Ronchi†,NL McCullum,TG Southee,MJ McClenaghan,HK Bennett against BD the NZ team : AP Devcich,HD Rutherford,GD Elliott,LRPL Taylor ,CJ Anderson,BB McCullum*,TWM Latham†,JDS Neesham,NL McCullum,KD Mills,TG Southee,MJ McClenaghan,KS Williamson,AF MilneC Munro... Only Guptill & JD Raider didn't play. So, there are not so deference on both squads.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

Is this a series b/w no 8 team vs no 1 ?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Its time for MSDi to give Raina rest and then only he can make himself trained well in domestic circuit and got fit and get back to form for the WC2015, even a child can figure out Raina's form,but unfortunately i donno why MSD doesn't figured out that yet ,Pujara is a test player if he got a shot in odi i am not sure how the outcome will be 90% he will also struggle a lot like Rahane so please keep Rahane Pujara and Ashwin out of the ODI squad these three suit only for test conditions, bring back Gambhir into the ODI squad my 11 for ODI 1)Gambhir 2)Dhawan 3)Kholi 4)Rohit/Ashwin 5)MSD 6)Yuvi 7)Raina/Binny/Irfan 8)Jadeja 9)Buvi 10)Shami 11)Aron even if Team india is not ready to retain gambhir means atleast try Raina as a opener there is a chance he may do that well because he always plays the powerplay well and if team india is not ready to remove ashwin from the squad means please try him as 2down batsman he will do well he got the patience and technique in batting as a batsman

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

The moments of Jadeja and Ashwin's sixes made me speechless.....Well deserved tie for both team on batting.

Posted by Rohit... on (January 25, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

Dear Mahi Bal, India don't have superstars in the arsenal now... You can ask for Mr. X but he will fail and then you will advocate for Mr. Y who will fail even sooner... Let the team management decide who is best for the team... Till now, only Kohli is capable of claiming a place in the team but he alone cannot play... He needs 10 more players to play with and it would be better if he plays with someone he believes is fit to play with... This is a country of huge population and thus there are more opinions and more options for the team contribution... Stop whining and trust the team management who has made it to top team presently.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Well done to both teams to play a good game of cricket ultimately cricket wins and instead of 2 test match their should be 3 match series, Series around the world shows that overall the cricket has become more competitive and their is no clear winner or leader of world cricket, 2015 is going to be an even world cup and can have any winner

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

I have seen that many times Nz captain Bcullam lost his momentum also lost his confident i don't know why last over blowed Anderson as if he is not a perfect of these condition doesn't mean that he is not capable not these sitaution he is not suitable Bcullam can be used Tim southe that moment ! anyway good game ...love the way watch the game it's Thrilling as well as excitied ...best of luck for both teams .

Posted by RipBDcricket on (January 25, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

@Gzero,you r saying there was big diffrence in the squad of now from which played against BD.well friend we all know what happened in 2010.there was full strenth NZ who were also whitewshed by BD.i dont support BD but in the last series bd played without shakib and tamim.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 25, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Harmony111. I am sorry that I did not see or hear the Indian applause you speak of. Maybe I'll tune into one of those occasions one day. But meanwhile I'll just have to go on my twenty years of observations on games in India. And to date all I have heard is silence when a non-Indian player hits a boundary. That's the honest truth.

Posted by Ajmal_Magician on (January 25, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

@Gzero : Through what criteria has this NZ side went into to differentiate them from their previous side and call this side as SA nd Aus beaters. This side hasn't achieved that in actual. And if you reckon beating Ind is the criteria that unfortunately I dont consider it as reliable benchmark anymore specially not with that bowling of India and 2 actual batsmens.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 25, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

bad luck to india on almost getting over the line but it was a definite improvement from first two matches so indian fans should be happy. i didnt see it but there seems to be a lot of people claiming jadeja hit the ball and didnt walk..when the same thing happened to Sangakkara in our last test there were many indian fans calling him unsporting, is this different as i dont see those same people criticising now?i still think New Zealand will win the series but good comeback from india...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

msd u rock. u played very well but upper order not support to u properly.due to which india tie this match other wise india will win the match. it was a bed decision to not select youvi.because he is only the player to give support in bat in such type of condition.today ash and sir played very well.

Posted by sergio11 on (January 25, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

If Ind go to world cups with this team..they will not even see the super 8s..middle order batting and ofcoz 3rd seamer..i thought varun aron was quicker than 143kmphr...god in ipl5 he was reaching 150 regularly..what happended there?? dropped speed..may be that injury..Raina is clearly struggling..when chasing big score we need a confident player there..with inablity to play short ball..Raina wil always struggle...Rahane..its to harsh..just 3 games..bt since openers also nt perfoming Raina strugglng...middle order is a big void..we cannt expect Kholi and lower middle order to win every single games...need some consistency there...and Aaron for god sake ball faster..may be bcz of the short straight boundaries he dropped his paces..still most time he was below 140..we dont need another line and lenght baller...need a baller who can ball really fast in short spell as the 3rd seams....

Posted by Karunk on (January 25, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Play Ashwin as a batsman in place of Dhawan or Rohit and bring in Amit Mishra or Stuart Binny.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

say whatever , but THIS india team will be termed as one of the best chasers for quite some time... i can always stay positive when THIS team starts to chase....

Posted by SavetheCricket on (January 25, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

Please concentrate on Cricket not on illogical drafting........ try to realize where ban vs nz result were 3-0 and NZ vs IND series already 1.5 - 0.5 !!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Ohh my god ! Becas of this tie our captain got boost to keep this team and Ashwin,jadeja, Raina nd Rohith would play another 20 onedays , its our bad luck this loss would hav given new players to play next oneday.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

So India do not win the series and they must win two more matches to save the series.

Catches win the matches. And that catch of Southee dropped by Bhuvi when NZ were 289 for 9 cost India the match.

India need to bring in Pujara in the middle order.

India may not play another series for 6-8 months. So everything will be forgotten, and the next series they may win big in India. So goes the cycle of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Dhoni is experimenting for the good at present. My be, it will prove worthy during world cup. We cannot rely on our old players for along time. Australia were in the same situation a year back. Now there proved it. Same way, it will take time. By this way, what we are playing right now, we will be right positon to win the world cup.

Posted by yogicoolboy on (January 25, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Team India must give chance to binny/ rayadu in the next 2 matches and ask rahane to open the batting in the next 2 matches

Posted by Gzero on (January 25, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

@Ajmal_Magician - go & study the Nz squad that lost to BD & current squad, you will find the difference. this Nz team is in superb form & they are neck to neck competition with SA & Aus.

Posted by khiladi456 on (January 25, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

it looks like every bowler goes for 60-80 runs on these NZ pitches. Not sure if you need borderline specialist bowlers in the playing 11.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha:

Your comment is rubbish. Clearly, you have never been to India and you haven't even seen many matches on TV. When Faulkner got his 100 a few months in India, the crowd loudly cheered him. Go and check those moments on YT. Indian crowds have given standing ovation to their arch-rivals Pakistan even after seeing their team lose the match narrowly. Every time a foreign player get to his 50 or 100 or makes some other record, Indian crowds applaud for him. Yes the crowd does get quiet when India lose a wicket or concede a 6 but that is natural. Nowhere it doesn't happen.

If you from...

SL, remember Randiv's no ball?

Aus, remember Slate? Remember Watson trying to elbow GG?

SA, remember Donald stopping Dravid from running? Rem Kallis not applauding SRT's 50th 100?

Eng, remember how Dravid got ZERO applause for his 100 in 2011 even after the Bell-Tea issue? Refusing Martin Crowe & Smith a runner?

Pak, remember SRT's runout?

Rich if you talk of sportsmanship.

Posted by Essayl on (January 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Jadeja had a lot of luck, dropped twice, out once (thanks Rod Tucker!), still did well to get India close. Then again, high time he did something with that bat, to justify the all rounder tag. One swallow does not a summer make, and he has a lot to do before he can be considered a quality international cricketer.

His cricket brain surely needs improvement. Absolutely no way he should have settled for a single on the last ball. He should have been going at full tilt the moment the ball left his bat. The worse that could have happened was that he (or Aaron) gets run out going for a second, and the match is still tied. In such a tense situation, NZ could have made a mistake handing India the victory. Earlier, when Jadeja was dropped by Bennet, once again, in a critical situation, he was ball watching and only took a single to give strike to Shami, where he should have taken two and kept strike.

You can excuse lack of skills, but not lack of common sense.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

There you go India.......Awesome match...... . .Thanks for the Dhoni and Selectors who are always go with their plans on players by Avoiding criticism and blah blah.

Posted by din7 on (January 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

well done NZ..no need for worry..had not for that bad decision nz would have won but anyways such thing do happen all the time...thankfully nz didnt lose the match, so india cant win the series from here which is great achivement for No7 side aganst a no1 odi team or so called one...for all those callin them young...sorry they arent youngsters any more barrin few all have played more than 50 odis so they have enough experience its just indian batsmen are showin their true colours...stars at home pathetic outside cant even beat a no7 odi side..hahahah...even wi drew odi series....carry on NZ just one more win...no need to feel gutted...just poor luck...come on NZ the nxt match is urs!

Posted by ramli on (January 25, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

MSD just tells what India did or did not in a match during presentation ... It is not mandatory to say what the other team did or did not? Agreed, it appears one-dimensional, so what?

Posted by Gzero on (January 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

@ Manikandan Thathanoor Melur - i agree about raina & shikhar.

Give Rahane his time, he has proved himself in SA.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Game oVeR for IndiA. Even they cannot win the 7th ranked team. So, saaad !

Posted by princey on (January 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Really a treat to cricket lovers,specially to all Indian fans as it has been a time since our tail has snatched any match from the jaws of the opposition.Initially thought that the match is over and another display of pathetic performance from Indian team.

But today they showed that they are true world champ.

Hats off Sir Jaddu :)

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

yes Rohit's doing good as a opener but considering his last over hittings in IPL. He should be coming at 5. Dhawan, Gambhir, Virat, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin/Ishant.

Posted by Ajmal_Magician on (January 25, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

Comments of Indian bros seem beyond the levels of hypocracy. Its like they are on a see-saw ride. One day they criticize their teams performance and dhoni's persistance in selection and the the other day when the same team even draws the match, I dare say again DRAW's THE MATCH, they come here with comments like I knew "Dhoni had it" and "Thats why India is called champ".I mean what different has India done to conceding over 300 runs and resting their hope on some miracle in final overs while chasing.

Posted by ramli on (January 25, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

This match was pure competition and entertainment ... India redeemed themselves very well to stay afloat ... no matter what India haters may strive to derive from this ... well done India

Posted by Gzero on (January 25, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

I see lot of people complaining about India not using DRS.

Can someone make it clear why to use DRS even if it is giving wrong results?

Posted by subendu4u on (January 25, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

The Indian team fielding needs to improve considerably... You cannot drop catches and convert them to sixes against a good fielding side... NZ saves 10-20 runs on the field and at the end of the day, those runs matter.

Posted by Zycr9 on (January 25, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Still the same team .. almost.. Still Rohit sharma gets to play in YET another game.. still ashwin , jadeja.. .. Varun Aron should be given more chances.. ishanth sharma and rohit sharma should be sent back to ranji.. they can stay there.. even though jadeja, ashwin played well.. still. bowling is not up.. Dhoni continues to be stubborn and make the same mistakes.. for years.. this love affair with Rohit sharma, Ashwin should stop at some point.. 1) Dhawan 2) Pujara 3) Kohli 4) Rahane 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7)Binny 8) B kumar 9) Varun Aron 10) Shami 11) Jadeja/Rayudu

This team can do well.. NZ played very very well.. this tie doesnt mean india have improved.. just lucky thats all.. Indian team needs lot of changes.. non performeres should be sacked.. Unless Dhoni does this ..we indian fans can never expect a proper performance.. NZ is extremely dangerous side who ever is taking NZ lightly they are just foolish

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

India not got the alternative of Sehwag and Gambhir ...........Shikhar,raina & rahane just misfired rocket no one can depend on it.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

first of all where is indian cricket heading? no win on tour of south africa and back to back losses in newzeland and now they are very much happy with a tie.have the indian standards gone down? one knows that matches can be won or lost but the inconsistency is visible... the openers are seeming clueless despite the cameos they dont seem like making good patnerships the middle order looks lame despite virat the bowling department seems unworthy of playing international cricket ishat ashwin look out of sorts.bhuwaneshwar shami look clueless.despite all these problems they are given unworthy chances.i think sehwag should be given one more chance.gambir yuvraj also deserve one.pujara should be on squad for odi one cant doubt his technique. there is enormous talent in ranji throphy i think it is the duty of selectors to build a strong team on any given day and and against any given opposition

Posted by goldenpower on (January 25, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

pls give chance No4 to jadeja for middle order strengthened

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

@RobTay14 : lol what about he players not walking even when DRS is offered??? lol... get well soon kids....

Posted by ramsrr on (January 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

MSD experiments with youngsters is going to prove us costly..With 8th ranked team NZ we are struggling for a win and with top order and middle order fail to deliver...Now ashwin and jadeja (they lack consistency in batting) and saving this match is not a good judgement to make that we are consistent as it's a one of win which went Indian way to make it a tie..as we were 184-6 when Dhoni was out ..Dhoni has proved as a good captain in the past as many matured players like Sachin Dravid Shewag Laxman Gambhir helped the team win test and ODI as we kept No 1 ranking and seeing now struggling with upbeat Newzeland who are emerging a fighting team with a victory over WI recently and now giving a scare to Top ODI team India..way forward unless consistent opportunities are given to experienced cricketers like Gambhir Shewag and Zaheer khan in international arena,..you could visibly a downside in Indian's performance that too winning Australia and SA is going to be very difficult in WC 2015

Posted by Ramansilva on (January 25, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Kiwis lost their plot for a big total of 350+ and then spilled so many chances while fielding. Wide calls were harsh on them too. They should be happy to even tie the match. The moral winner is Indian team. Ashwin proved his worth as a batsmen in the team though he has been a mediocre bowler.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

However, team india comes back to their batting strength. 50 opening partnership really crusial and rohit maid it easily with his 4 sixs. aswin proves again he is also an allrounder. no comments about sir Jadeja. He is an entertainer.If our bowling department comes to the party, we can win next two matches.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

The team management should try out Ashwin as an opener and drop Rohit Sharma. This way they can also bring in Ambati Rayudu and test whether he is cut out for international cricket. Ashwin would surely score more runs than Rohit and at a quicker rate.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

Finally some resilience shown by Indian team...

Posted by Ajmal_Magician on (January 25, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

@Gzero That match in which Aus lost to Bang was 1 in hundreds mate. But kiwis cinsistently lost 2 series to Bang which tells u of their class, but your team Sir, is making NZ seem like a world cup contenders. So like somebody earlier said Aal is well and sadly its not the case. Think on real grounds and access where Indian team is standing at worl level with still no victories after ehat like 10 games of ODI's outside their shell so how come you expect them to win suddenly 7 games in WC in these conditions. I rest my case

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

some of the fans r very difficult to satisfy. they always have their if's & but's. some of them never fail to criticize players irrespective of their performance. for them what matters is them & their point of view. Everybody dons the role of selector here. if they have got nothing to say abt players, they bring in their views about morality, technology,blah,blah. And all these, fully knowing that their views/opinions r nothing but dust in thin air which will only b brushed aside.

Posted by Big_3_kills_Cricket on (January 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

We can bully the other cricket nations when the proposal has been passed. Specially we can ban the short ball, block DRS or other systems with an eye to retain our 1 st Ranking. I am pretty sure other cricket nations will stop playing cricket or just hand over us the win infront of our ALMIGHTY power WHAT a GENIUS proposal is that. !!!!!

Posted by RobTay14 on (January 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

@mzm149: Completely agree. If your team chooses not to have the DRS, then all your players should be walkers. India is ruining world cricket.

Posted by Kteam on (January 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

Still finding it hard to believe. -- two wides in the last over, a catch not given, anderson falling to ashwin -- too many things are not quite gelling. I dont quite see this as genuine...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

A Cracker of a Match. Jadeja Silents the Critics.

Posted by DataQue on (January 25, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

Pure luck for India!! NZ is going to win the 4th ODI and India can kiss their number one spot good bye!!!! Cheers...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 25, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

ChaseNZ: I will give credit to NZ. They are playing like a truly great team. If they can sustain this momentum till the world cup, they will be a strong contender for the title. But consistency is the keyword. They have talent in ample amounts.....

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 25, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

@amarish, I have long noted this in Dhoni. Not once have I ever seen or heard him thank the opposition or even mention them in a positive way. The only explanation I have is that itis for the same reason that Indian crowds are silent when an opposition player hits a boundary or takes a wicket or fields well. It is simply not a part of Indian culture. A amazed that someone in India has not mentioned this poor sportsmanship from Dhoni. But I suspect that they just don't care, as they see themselves as being above other countries and opponents.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

Jadeja was out but given not out. He should walk away himself, that's not a sportsmen spirit.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

@ ThilankaK Great logic my Sl friend. That is what we expect from Lions. LOL. So PAK lost to ZIM, And then you lost to PAK, So if you play ZIM you will loose to them. Right?? Just wanted to check if we are on the same page. And Just wanted to confirm if your record of not winning a single test series outside SL since 2000 still stands or have you broken it??

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

Assertive Indian: Losing to Bangladesh is no mystery. Many teams have lost to them. India, Pakistan, England, and SA have lost to them in some WC or another, while Australia lost to them in a tri-series in England. The problem is that BD is such a weak team that everyone believes that they can defeat BD by just showing up on the ground. In a sense Bangladesh drag down the level of cricket of their opponent. Kiwis probably were most unwilling to go to BD and play them. That is why they got whitewashed!!!! For example, India never invites BD to India. Because for one thing such a tour will not be financially viable, and secondly there is always a chance that the weakest of the team will defeat a strong team on some occasion. So best thing to do for BD to move forward is to put up a consistent performance in a World Cup and win the tournament like SL did in 1996. After that, just like SL, you will also be taken seriously.

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

There is one thing common between India & Nz.

their bowlers are not able to protect the runs scored by their batsmen.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

@Assertive-Indian : regarding why dhoni opting to bowl first.... i made a comment on that... do read, may be that may not be the reason, but still chasing is a very good thing in WC15 perspective....

Posted by TropicPleasure on (January 25, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

The glorious uncertainties of cricket. This match is a perfect example of why the D.L method is absurd

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

First of all congrats to Sir jadeja as he has confirmed his place in the team till the time he wishes to play.

Secondly if raina and rohit will take 70-80 matches to score and the selectors are still sticking with them then there is no point in selecting team because the batsman will remain the same and likes of ambati rayudu, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh karthik etc will never get chance. Even Sehwag would have scored a century or two if he had given this amount of opportunities. No matter how many times selectors and even MSD says that team is looking forward for 2015 WC the truth is and will be that the batting order will remain the very same and Rahane will become a scapegoat for Yuvi.

Harbhajan, Gambhir, Sehwag should consider themselves out of the team forever and Rayudu, DK, Rahane will warm up the benches and serve drinks to the player.

Varun after 2-3 bad matches will again make way for Ishant.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

i have been saying this for a while, jadeja must play at 5, he is being wasted by dhoni playing him at no7 or 8... he needs some time in the middle to get set, and once he is set, you just saw the trailers.... and he is much better bowler when he gets one wicket taking bowling partner.... just have some faith dhoni, shift the positions of jadeja and raina, not that i dont like raina, but to win WC15 we need a guy who is capable of building innings in the strat and make up for it in the end which is jadeja , and we need a man who has the ability to go for kil from the word go , which is raina ... shift these two positions.... and just watch the results...

Posted by johnhamilton on (January 25, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

@karthikrby

Nz were the 1st team to use the DRS system and have used it for every home series since. - except this series

You do the maths.

It is obvious it has nothing to do with it being up to the home side in this case.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (January 25, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

Although we may have come close to winning today's match, it doesn't detract from the fact that our slow bowlers still looked toothless & ineffective after the first PP of the NZ innings. They may have helped to bring down the NZ run-rate for a short while but again NZ were allowed to milk singles at leisure with NO pressure whatsoever, then also start scoring the odd boundary & allowed Guptill to find form. Only when Williamson & Guptill started motoring & the batting PP came, that's only when they NZ started losing wickets. However this clearly is the stage where we lose matches. The pressure is off Jadeja & Ashwin for now, ironically due to their batting contributions in this match & they live to fight another day. Shami had a poor day today but can be totally excused as he has been out star bowler in SA + in the previous matches this series. Aaron didn't seem to be bowling at express pace but he clearly needs more time. Thankfully Ishant was dropped at long last!

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

I was thinking about Natwest Trophy Final 2002 while watching this match. 18 runs in the final over was a bit too much but Jadeja nearly did it. India were handicapped cos they were 9 down. Had they been 8 down then the #10 batsman could have taken just that extra risk for a shot but #11 had to ensure he kept his wicket safe.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Bangladeshi supporters need to have a reality check. Their team did beat NZ but that was a while back when Vettori was skipper. This is a WAY BETTER Kiwi team, If Bangladesh played NZ today, they would lose every game. Show some respect guys. Just cause you hate Indian cricket team doesn't mean you also disrespect the Black Caps. Also, I suggest Bangladeshi supporters to hope they can at least draw with Sri Lanka in the upcoming series before commenting on Indian performances.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Good job by tail Enders when middle orders flop in batting,...!

Posted by mzm149 on (January 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Poor umpiring saved India from 5-0 whitewash. Jadeja should have walked away after he nicked.

Posted by Nero28 on (January 25, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Apart from ashwin all dhoni and jadeja played some joking knocks there. Good batsmanship from ashwin. Like the way he batted like a top order stroke making basman. But jadeja, is he the batsman with 50 fc average. He didn't bat like that class. He sent the lower order batsman to strike in the very first delivery of the over. Have not the least responsibility. He is lucky to survive after his blind swings. Ashwin was really free flowing and classy, and Dhoni? What is the meaning of throwing wicket scoring just 40-50 with no specialist batsman to come. But it is good decision to send ashwin upper the order with lot overs in hand and an specialist batsman at the other end. He is not like a big swinging lower order batsman but a middle order. India need one more allrounder because every replacement bowler concedes the same. Focus more on batting.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

India really need to work on their bowling, our fast bowlers are struggling to pick wickets. Spinners are doing containing jobs which is not enough to restrict NZL. India needs some real quick fast bowlers who can pick wkts at regular interval.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

now all fans will suddenly stop bashing ashwina nd rohit and go for rahane's head... come on guys, rohit took 100+ odi to prove his worth, it wont be that long for rahane.. give him some space... hope dhoni does that..

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 25, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

@ ThilankaK Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

Posted by ChaseNZ on (January 25, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Why cant indian fans and even indian captain ever give credit to the opposition...so arrogant.

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

Jadeja took the perfect decision in the end. Jadeja knew he was out when the umpire denied the caught behind. But he knew that he is the last chance to get the series live. So, in the end, he balanced both the ends beautifully. He made the series live and also did justification to himself by not trying to get the winning run. He played for a tie here... well done young man..I'm with you..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

Congrates team india..good batting by MSD,Sir&ASH.. I hardly see indian lower middle order fighting for the victory. Luck factor is secondary it a part of game. I think ashwin should be promoted up in the batting order. we had seen him playing well in the tests.. There were many comments about ishanth sharma good to see that he is not in the playing 11 but i hardly find any difference with varun . I saw lot of improvement in bhui's bowling today . I wish to see binny in the next couple of games in the place of varun hope for the best and india play up to the mark and level the series.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

On a more grim note. What is happening in terms of bowler development in India. There is no lack of talent but there is simply no development. Its not one or two bowlers. I can think of 7 in the last 10 years (Agarkar, Nehra, Irfan, Munaf, RP singh, Sreesanth, Ishant). All these guys were talented and match winners when they began. 10 years later not one of them have matured, or improved. Properly developed Sreesanth and Ishant might have become like Steyn and Morkel (one has swing, one has bounce and both were seriously quick to begin with). On the one hand we have the South African duo developed superbly by the likes of Allan Donald, and on the other hand Sreesanth and Ishant regressed dramatically. The only Indian pacer to have developed is Zaheer and guess what? He didnt develop in the Indian camp. He only developed after stint in county. I am usually very reluctant to criticise india but here they have failed structurally and unless they see it this way it is unlikely to change.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

Reviews left to use in a 47th over of an Odi game? Not so sure

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 25, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

Why does Dhoni keep opting to bowl after winning the toss? Wouldn't it have been nice for a change to bat first, so that Rohit and Shikhar would not have been under the pressure of a target, and could have played freely. If our bowlers keep giving away 300 odd runs everytime Dhoni opts to field, I think the cricket careers of Rohit and Dhawan will be pretty much over by the end of this series. And it is also high time that Ambati Rayudu is tried out in place of Raina for Rahane. Raina just makes thirty odd runs, and secures his place.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Series isn't alive anyway, there can be only one or no winners in this series now....but....the most inportant thing is that India will be tremendously boosted in confidence after this game...and with a team like ours ...they can be unstoppable once they've gotten such belief, so yes India would wrap up with two wins under their belt

Posted by karthikrby on (January 25, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

I have mentioned even in my previous comments. Just to win a bilateral series, dhoni could have chosen to bat in sa and nz just like pak does to win. Dhoni's aim is to build a complete side. He want his players to be exposed 20 to 30 matches before WC so they don't get nervous and play better than every one. All other teams is not willing to do that and focus on their win counts. Just imagine indian line up with ghambir (one down and push kohli 2 down) & zaheer (along with shami) in form. Not to forget irfan pathan can be used as 3rd seamer instead of bhuvi who will add great batting strength. He can bowl 5 overs for sure rest 5 can be covered by kohli and raina effectively. So indian bashers, just laugh until we become a complete side. Then you guys will never laugh until all these young age cricketers retire (atleast for 10 years).

Posted by amarish on (January 25, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Not a single word from Dhoni in the presentation to say NZ played well !! Well done Captain !

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

@Winchester666 : DRS is used in every match except indians?? lol where was DRS in pak lanka match? DRS should be provided by hosts , not visitors... its host countries duty to provide DRS. why dint SA provide DRS? why NZ not providing DRS?? lol... get over with it man...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

terrific game ! of all india managed to stay alive in the series. Indian lower middle order came to the fore finally. a much needed effort but just couldn't cross the line. But the strategy of field first is still unconvincing. dhoni did give his reasons in post-match conference, but I still believe our bowlers r putting a hard ordeal across our young openers. To their credit, they have done a fair job given their relative inexperience. lastly, some of the pak fans giving free advice for chop & change in indian team is uncalled for. they should mould their team first, esp @haider zahan.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

Next game Jadeja or Ashwin should bat at No.4 as pinch hitter. I am not saying this after today's performance. I had commented the same after 1st ODI

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

After tight match Dhoni should give chance to Rayudu. He is not on tour...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

What a great match? It will boost confidence of Dhoni 's eleven .

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 25, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

The way Kiwis are playing against India, they seem to be an excellent team. And they have defeated England in England, SA in SA, and SL in SL in ODI series. Then how come they are ranked so low? Is it because they got whitewashed by BD in BD two times? Actually getting whitewashed by BD anywhere in the world is pretty shameful. BD have defeated India in ODIs on 3 occassions which I can remember and in one of those cases India got kicked out of WC07. But in all the ODI series which India has played against BD, India has won the series. So Kiwis getting whitewashed by BD is truly mysterious. Probably it shows that Kiwis, in spite of having a very talented bunch of players, have not been consistent enough.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

now for the next match all will say drop shami because he went for more runs, lol....

any way i dont wish to see no more ishant, varun needs more matches , so does rahane... please dont drop rahane, play jadeja at 5 ( have faith in him ) he will deliver you wonders... those who bash jadeja should take some nap... give him some time in screase , he will be as good as any batsman, give him one wicket taking bowleing partner, he will be as good as any spinner..... just have faith dhoni... dont bring ishant back...

Posted by martin000 on (January 25, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

@Thilanka, What is that up to you mate? Even if we lose to BAN, its just a game. Are they supposed to lose all their games playing at international arena?? Oh wait!! They are not Srilanka to play the game (with negative spirit) either to lose or draw.

NZ seemed to be the deserved winners considering the fact that they batted, bowled and fielded better than us.I feel our team combination is still not right for NZ conditions,I don't know why dhoni is still stubborn to chase. Batting is our strength and chasing this 300+ tgts adding additional pressure to our lineup. We wer too defensive while bowling- showed no intention of picking wickets in middle overs. These are not indian pitches to go through the overs quickly in middle overs with spinners with less ecnm rate. Bhuvi's drop catch hurt India Big time by chasing 20+ xtra runs. Hope we learn from these matches and yield better results in upcoming test matches. Gud luck guys!!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

LOL. Kiwis threw it away. Well maybe this is the luck India needed to turn the tide. But still all is not well. One swallow does not summer make. Cricket is India's main sport. Only Chess, Hockey, a bit of doubles tennis, a wrestler here, a badminton player here, a shooter now and then, a good football player, a trifle in long distance swimming or a just-miss in relay...have ever made news. So Cricket is the sport most Indian males can play, want to play, and can match the bigger built players. So we expect India to be the best in this. Unfortunately, when it does not happen, then we question our players, selections etc. We did not expect them to win in 1983. But now we do. And BCCI has the money. So why can't India be like Brazil in Soccer or the NBA of basketball? How long will it be before "they cant play bounce" songs stop? With the money it has, BCCI should groom the best possible players. Make 4/5 pitches like at Perth for domestic matches. Let us prepare.

Posted by Gzero on (January 25, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

@Hyder Zaman - this has nothing to do with bangladesh, Nz lost to BD is a history now. BD had also defeated Australian team captained by Ricky Ponting. that does not mean that Aus was a poor team neither is India.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Wow the number of Indian haters in this forum is bordering on ridiculous. These people don't use their God given brains most of the time. To them it's all one way traffic - to put down Indian performances whenever they can. Too bad, India play good cricket most of the time in spite of such remarks. Fair game to both sides though. NZ played well for the most part but lost their heads following Dhoni's dismissal. Clearly, they didn't count on Ashwin and Jadeja's capability with the bat. That's a BIG MISTAKE. You can NEVER take this Indian team lightly in ODI cricket. Anyway, FINE performance by team India to salvage a draw. NZ will feel hard done and this is India's chance to win the next 2 games. Momentum has finally shifted in India's favour for the rest of the series. I also feel India need to make some changes to their line up for next 2 games. Ashwin played well but he has to make way for Stuart Binny. Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane need to be dropped for Rayudu.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

@Assertive-Indian : you just hit the nail man.... i was reply them in the begining, but now they really are very naive in their comments, they are not worth it.... ignorance is bliss... and oh man i dont even feel like replying after reading their english...lol

Posted by ozzystyle on (January 25, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

The third delivery of the 28th over made all the difference...Billy should not have called it a wide as it was well within the wide mark!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

India has finally taken a step in the right direction. Although Aaron was expansive like most other bowlers, he showed enough to suggest that he is a long term prospect - He will improve with a few games under his belt. Ishant should now divert his efforts to the riches of IPL - His heart and mind is already there. India need hard working pace bowlers, not glamour boys. Aaron, Yadav, Shami & BK seem the right sort of stuff. Congrats to India for pulling off a tie from the jaws of defeat - They could have even won it at the end. Hope they can do the same for the series!

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

when india lose they say they cant win outside india, flat track bullies, bla bla bla, when they win they say its aflat track, umpire errors, no reviews, bla bla bla, same goes when they tie.... lol.... just how much jealousy you have in you lankan and aus fan??? you are the most funny fans i have seen, and some project themselves as SA fans... lol.... these guys really watch THIER team play ever?? they just pops up in indian article, some lankan guys hardly comment in lankan matches , and some aussie guys just comment in indian section, and pak fans, need to say more.... lol...

Posted by prof_aks on (January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

Prof_AKS_BSP_India: What a sensational match, India almost lost the match. Jadeja and Ashwin, who were proving liabilities came strong and showed why they should be in team. Although one wish always remain: Why both batsmen did not run second run, there was no harm, but could have succeeded and won match!!!! but all is well that ends well. Series is still open for a draw and India retaining Rank 1.

Posted by rsk123 on (January 25, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

To people who talk about spirit of the Game: There is no more gentlemanship and spirit left in Cricket. Bad decisions tend to happen. The call to stay or leave is upto the batsman. Remember the infamous Sydney Test (Aus Vs Ind and lots if other matches). This match was finally crafted into History as 16th consecutive test win by Australia. Everyone will forget the game spirit and remember only the result after a while

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

What a game!!! This is precisely why Dhoni picks these guys. Not because they are CSK players but because they can win and tie matches on their own. As I have said Dhoni and Kohli are greats and are sublime. The rest however are terrific players who like all elite sportsman suffer from form. Dhoni and he selectors understand this and that is why India are at #1 or atmost #2. Let us compare this with Greg Chappel era where they were changing the team every match and series leading to massive loss of form and confidence. We lost great talents like Kaif, and Irfan Pathan lost his career there. If you notice even the big 4 like Sachin, Rahul, VVS, Viru had massive losses of form and were struggling. Only after Chappel and the MSD kirsten leadership came things turned out right. As an indian fan its great to see that we are not dependent on kohli. The guy is a machine but its great to know he isnt our only hope, unlike the 90s where we knew Sachin was the only hope.

Posted by johnhamilton on (January 25, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

@Aviral ashok

What poor decision against Kohli?

He was out, clearly showed on the replay.

Only his huge ego made him stand there in disbelief

Posted by MasterClass on (January 25, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

It just goes to show why T20 and even ODIs are not the real deal. Fun game, but not the real deal. For that we are waiting for Feb 6th. All else is just time-pass.

Posted by realfan on (January 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

i think the strategy is clear for india for WC15.... make the batsmen mentally strong enough to chased down targets... if they are strong enough to chase targets excess of 270+ in NZ ans AUS , even if they bat first they can give the opposition a target which should be enough for bowlers... tehy got it right for the batting point of view, its a very risky strategy, but indians are well known for batting and this will hardly fail.... my points on jadeja proved me right again... he is motre capable batsman than what dhoni made him look like...again here he came in at 35th over. which gave him 15 overs to bat.. this wont happen so often, he used to come when there are hardly 5 overs that resulted him to go for slog ( which he is not used to ), dhoni should have faith in jadeja and send him to play at 5 and shift raina to 7... this helps the batting department very much...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Lol Indian fans! This match is tied and India can't win this series and this performance is not different to the other two matches. Your top order failed and your bowlers conceded 300 again and Ashwin continues to fail with the ball and Raina can't get his head around short ball and talented youngsters sit in the bench despite any defeats! So all the problems are same despite the fact this is a tie and not a loss! So pls don't say your team is back on track! Mind you this is NZ that has been thrashed by everyone else in home and away!

Posted by Gzero on (January 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

@ Winchester666 - DRS is a controversial system, & we have seen that during ashes series in England. after ashes, Michael Clarke & Adam Gilchrist stated that they've started to understand india's point of view of opposing DRS. why to blame india if DRS is failing?

Posted by SamRoy on (January 25, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

MS Dhoni, India captain: I had faith in them (Ashwin and Jadeja), but my problems started when Jadeja told Bhuvi what he needs to do. ---- true but hilarious.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

At last Ashwin performs something on which he is not taken as specialist. However this lad is not chosen while team India is outside of India if he is not favorable to BCCI president. Hope India will regain some momentum from today's match as they are suffering heavily from their last SA tour. It also helped team India to un-tag them from "even dogs turn tigers in their own backyard"

Posted by neo-galactico on (January 25, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Anderson may have taken 5 wickets only because he has the least pace amongst the NZ bowlers, so India targeted him. Good on him but bowling him in Powerplays and @ the death I doubt it's a good strategy on Brendon's part. Anderson doesn't get much movement nor does he have extra-bounce to bowl bouncers and he doesn't even bowl yorkers. Good on India for fighting 'til the end...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

After once in a bluemoon performance of Rohit raina and ashwin its funny how Indian fans have forgotten all their past failures. Is this all thats left off a merit in Indian side. I still believe Rohit Ashwin nd Raina need to be kicked out of the side. Never doubted in Jadeja's capabilities though. Cricinfo post!! Pak Fan

Posted by cricketcritic on (January 25, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

Thrilling finish but too much ordinary cricket to call it a great game. NZ should have won, had their noses in front all game. McCullum's assessment of it being a "great game" was papering over the cracks of a shoddy fielding performance that lost NZ the game. And what was up with his field set on the last ball? No strategy there at all.

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 25, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

Ashwin will play 300 more ODIs now because of this one innings....need to play Binny in place of Ashwin & Rayudu in place of Raina in next ODI

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

@silverbails: What do you expect Dhoni to say ? Some folks will never be satisfied with India's performances. If India win well, you will say the opposition were weak and low ranked, if India lose, you say the team is pathetic. Give me a break ! I am an Indian fan too and I support my team through all situations. Please give hypocrisy a break.

Posted by FRpunk on (January 25, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

What a Great Game Of ODI Cricket . Fantastic . But it will ruined by number of people complaining about the boundries are short , Flat Pitch ,Blah BLah blah . More Runs = More Entertainment . so deal with it . i think Limited overs cricket should be batsmen friendly and Test Cricket should be made Bowler friendly . Rank Turners and Green Tops for Test Matches are much Better Then So Called Sporting wickets which even after playing for 5 days fails to give a result . Another Failure for the internet Darling Rahane , But offcourse nobody should touch him , it should always be raina who should be targeted even though he has scored more runs than rahane in this series . wish Yuvi had been here . in this smaller grounds he could have been Lethal .

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

I really pitty people criticising jadeja, its the umpire who needs to decide and not jadeja.....really feel sorry for the people commenting against a good knock against pressur....hahaha and wat is ridiculous is that people are commenting that last over jadeja left a lot of wides, nw really dont undrstnd wat these people want them to be hit... .may be these people know a better way and can apply as a" wide balls playing coach" for the indian team.....proud of u jadeja and ashwin and dhoni u rockkkkk.....

Posted by KapilsDevils1983 on (January 25, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

So when a howler goes against India, The sanctimonious on this forum say, bad umpiring is ok, and solely India's own fault : They oppose the DRS, otherwise they could have reviewed it.

And when India have a howler going in their favour : Ah! They only won it because there was no DRS. The holier than thou should look in the mirror to see what hypocrites they are.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Fans going over the top even on a draw and that too against a side which was beaten by ruthlessly Bangladesh.Such is the state of indian cricket LOL.

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (January 25, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

India were lucky tonight, very very lucky. If NZ didnt succumb in their latter batting overs india wouldve been a no show. New Zealands much condemned short boundaries (from the sub continent) were indias saving grace. India will savage a 2-2 draw at best. Brendon Mccullums inabiliy to instruct NZs paceman to stop bowling short rubbish allows this series to live on. From a NZ perspective, bring in Jimmy Neesham... NZ on the whole has got the team selection right but Guptill/Williamson/Taylor dont fit, only 2 of those 3 should be retained

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (January 25, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Apart from Champions trophy, India have only own matches outside India when Ishant wasn't in the team. He is a curse for India. Get in Zaheer, Pathan for world cup along with Shami, Bhuvi, Aaron and Pandey. Spinners are perfect even Ashwin showed he can be No. 5 instead of Raina. Raina was best finisher in 2011 world cup for India.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

No.1 Ranking saved great......

Posted by ram91106 on (January 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

@shaantanu Regarding your comment to Thilana...Bangladesh i think drew the series in Sri Lanka this time around...Not too long when Bangladesh regularly starts beating SL...going by Thilana's logic...what say???

@ ALL People bagging India for their overseas record...We had a poor overseas record in 2011...Before then ,from the turn of the millennium,we have been pretty consistent in our overseas efforts...One year doesn't make us perennially poor travelers... Check Statsguru if you need to...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Great match

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 25, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

My advice to the Indian fans: read the name of the person who writes the comments. If it sounds Sri Lankan or Pakistani, just don't read it. It is simply not worth it. All of them are saying the same thing, and it is not even worth a reply. I feel sorry for them today, they can't launch their all out attacks. For that they will have to wait for another day!

Posted by rsk123 on (January 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

It is better to use Ashwin as middle order batsman and a 5th bowler. He has shown many times that he is capable of batting. We can give him few chanCes (considering the no. of chances Rohit, Raina & Ishant got) as batsman up the order. We need to find a replacement for Raina, Rohit and Ishant. Rohit comes to occasion very rarely. If he didn't find his flow then he becomes a main reason for India loosing(25 or more dot balls). My Eleven - Rahane, Dhawan, Kholi, Pujara, (Ashwin as 5th/Binny as 6th), Dhoni(as 5th or 6th depending on Ashwin/Binny), Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami & (anyone except Ishant)........Please don't go back to Gambhir & Yuvi....they didn't do enough in the domestic circuit to make a come back...

Posted by Al.Turner on (January 25, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Just back from New Delhi at Eden Park,NZ ....what fun to be there....Indian supporters made it a real spectacle and at Eden Park the players are meters from me with no fences etc, the players react with us in the crowd.....NZ threw away this game in the last over...the two wides (even though one almost shaved leg stump....but India did not get to #1 by giving up. The "big snick" is a shocker, it makes u wonder! NZ will get 350 next time if bat first....that will get us the series win.....need to nurse my sunburn....cricket was the winner on the day........Boo to this idea of AUSSIE, INDIA & ENGLAND hijacking control....cricket will be worse off for the worlds enjoyment. I for one am bored of the constant Ashes series

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

Well played Ashwin and Jadeja! But both of them failed to show the guts and willpower as shown by James Faulkner for Australia !!!

Posted by I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on (January 25, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

India need improvement in their bowling and fielding . If bhuvi taken the catch of tim southee when Nz was 289/9 then the match was India's win.I am not saying this one will cost the match result but India should concentrate on fielding and catches to win the match...Last two odi's NZ won by their because of their wonderful fielding and bowling.Good luck India keep going.Love u India :)

In next match remove one fast bowler and add one extra batsman or allrounder,next match

Dhawan rohit virat rahane raina dhoni ashwin jaddu binny bhuvi shami...Hope India will win rest of the matches :)

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Such close matches will always make one look back and find minor events that seem to have a bearing on the result. Bhuvi dropped a catch of Southee when NZ were 289 but then Hameesh also dropped Jadeja, Ashwin got out when it looked like a 6 - that meant a dot ball, a wicket lost and -6 runs. There was a 2 that looked like a 4 but wasn't looked at, Southee dropped Jadeja, Shami/Bhuvi gave some extra runs to Southee in the last 8-9 balls, Kohli got out after consuming a bit too many balls, Rohit played a loose shot to get out, NZ lost their way after looking like scoring 350. A wide was given for NZ that wasn't a wide & India got some tight wides in the final over.

Lastly, Jadeja got lucky thanks to Rod Tucker.

The funny thing is that Aussies will say they wait for the umpire rather than walking when it is about them but will ask the other players to walk if they get an edge. Eng can't really claim to be saints after Broad's refusal & others got dirty hands too so no one should cry.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

My Squad For the 4th odi Rohit Dhawan kohli Rahane Binny Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Bhuvi Mishra Aaron Pandey

Posted by AVIRAL_Ashok on (January 25, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

@bringbackbuck So was d poor decision agnst kohli!!! Tke it!!

Posted by johnhamilton on (January 25, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

Great game! But really the black caps should have closed that out I thought the Nz bowling was slack after we had them on the ropes with dhoni gone, but well done to the plucky Indians for hanging in for the draw.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 25, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

Difficult to say whether I feel good or bad after this result. When NZ were 288/9, India should have restricted them close to 300, and then this would have been an easy victory. But then when the Indian innings started, the way openers were playing and scoring at 7 runs an over, I thought that we will win in 45 overs. After that the collapse occurred and we were 80 odd for 4. From there it looked like a sure defeat. And the due to efforts of Dhoni, Ashwin, and Jadeja we came this close, and in the last ball we needed just two runs. If Jadeja had not backed up too much towards the leg, he could have hit that ball for a boundary and we surely would have won. That is where I feel bad that instead of a victory, we had to settle for a tie! Let us hope that India will win rest of the games and the series will be tied 2-2! That, I think will be a fair results for both the teams who have fought so hard! And what should be done with Rohit, Dhawan, and Raina, is something for Dhoni to decide.

Posted by Winchester666 on (January 25, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Some people saying accept the bad decision pleasssssse, drs is used in every match expect for the indians. Just because 1 team out of 10 refuses to use modern technology should not mean they are granted their wish. Where is the majority vote?Disgraceful by jadeja and india.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Hahaha, Bangladesh beat NZ IN Bangladesh, not in NZ. India thrashed this NZ team 5-0 twice at home and won 3-1 when they last toured NZ. Have Bangladesh won anything outside of their country ???? So funny.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

indian supporters that were slagging aaash and jadeja in the last one day all of a sudden are full of praise for them the indian fans make me laugh

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

people talking about jadega not walking back after nicking the ball. What if he was given out without any nick on bat, he'd still have to go. So there's no point in pointing finger at jadega. i think it's not his fault. Mistakes of the umpires r also part and parcel of the game. So stop blaming jadega

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

jadeja was out as he edged the ball straight to the keeper but the umpire didnt give him out.as he failed to notice the edge NZ bowlers and the umpires tried very hard to help india win but still the best they could do was to tie but for me india lost better luck next tour

Posted by harshthakor on (January 25, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

One of the all-time great O.D.I's of all time which reminded you of a Hollywood thriller with continuous twists and turns ending in an unexpected climax.The stand of Ashwin and Jadeja is one of the best 7th wicket partnerships I have ever seen in a run chase of 300+ score.Infact 2 great catches of Dhoni and later Ashwin almost ensured the kiwis of a victory.The Kiwis should have won this game after the fall of the 4th,6th and 9th wickets but their nerves faltered at the death end.Jadeja displayed the death -defying nerves of a soldier relentlessly battling to the very brink and proved that in cricket a game is not over till the last ball.It is ironic that Jadeja was actually out with the score at 286 but the umpire could not detect the edge.That wicket would have sealed the series for New Zealand.

The Kiwis played the marginally better cricket in the game but in batting and bowing let the game slip at crucial junctures.Anway the series has now been kept alive.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Pathetic fielding and bowling display by new zealand. I was shocked , never seen them this bad before. Neither teams deserving a win in the end, thus a tie most probably the right result to wake both teams up. Poor decision (No drs) saves india.

Posted by shaantanu on (January 25, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

@ThilanaK: since Ban beat this same NZ team at home 3-0 n since NZ is beating Ind at present so by that logic Ban would beat India.I hope that is the answer you were looking for and i hope u r satisfied......but even then your SL team cant beat India

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

Jadeja 2/47(10) & 66*(45). Ashwin 1/47(10) & 65(46) balls.Now all the haters know why they are in the team.Economical bowling,key wickets (Anderson,Guptill & Ronchi) and awesome rear guard batting. Brilliant stuff. @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist how does it feel?? You bash Ashwin & Jadeja,they make you eat your words.

Posted by mrcricket300 on (January 25, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

@ThilankaK Before the Banglasesh series, NZ has won a series against South Africa in South Africa and won series against England in England.

They are an unpredictable team. One day they'll be beating top tier nation comfortably, the next day they'll be losing to teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

They're very strong at home though.

Posted by Bringbackbuck on (January 25, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

You'd think from the posts by Indian fans here celebrating and slamming the Black Caps that they'd actually won a game...you do know what a tie means, right chaps? Yes, you got out of jail because your governing body has a problem with DRS which would have seen Jadeja given out - but you now can only draw the series at best.

Poor effort by the Black Caps in the field, which is a big change from normal - Guptill still a standout though, one of the greats wherever he is in the field. Death bowling just didn't have any ideas. Throwing in some yorkers would have won the game every much as DRS would have.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Very well, Jadaja got a good chance to showed his batting talents to Cricket World. His Amazing Performance helped India to keep alive this series as tied.

Posted by sergio11 on (January 25, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

@@Waqar Mirza....at one point wen Guptil and Williamson were going 350 was on the cards..they managed to pul back that to 314...so decent effort...yeaa ABDUAL RAZAQ is a gud played no doubt...and jaddu is long way frm that class of finishers...bt got to admit ABU Dhabi is flat track..AUCKLAND pitch is very bouncy and fast compared to that..and see the records...Jaddu won more match for IND already than RAZAQ done for PAK my friend..that was the 12th or 13th man of the match under 100 odi...plus a GOLDEN BALL at the champions thropy....

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

Dhoni n Ashwin were good. Jadeja was phenomenal. I am curious what did he have to lose by attempting the winning run anyway. Would have been run out most likely but why not. Am I missing something here?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Great game of cricket overall. Thanks to Indian and New zeland cricket teams for the wonderful entertainment.Has been a very entertaining series. Looking forward for the next matches.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Poor fielding, poor umpiring and some poor bowling. But, this match is freaking awesome. Phew! I cannot remember the last time my heart racing for a cricket match, (may be the Eng V Ind tie in the WC2011). And, jeez give credit where it is due. Last two matches India went down fighting and now they pulled of a tie out of nowhere. I don't remember the team being so determined. They usually shut shop early. This is so awesome. My american friends just saw how exciting cricket can be.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

What a match! I hope there weren't any heart-attacks! ( 0 _ 0 )

Phew! Nail biting stuff! Oh where are my nails?! ( O _ O )

Kudos to both the teams. NZ has just shown us again that they are no pushovers. Well played Jadeja. Well played Ashwin. I guess they now have license to stay in the team for the next 10 matches as passengers. Congrats to Guptill on his century. Congrats to Coriander on his fifer! Fantastic cricket all around! I'm enjoying this series a lot! Only downside is the tiny ground with huge stands ( 0 _ 0 )! What's going on with such tiny ground? Is this one of the venues for World Cup?

Posted by cooljack_143 on (January 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@Harmony11 well said very well said, some ,most of the people watch Ind games to see Ind loose,I wonder if they really don't like Ind whats the point in watching matches that are played by Ind.These people dont hav matches in their country but come and comment here.Very funny!!

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (January 25, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Aswin is classic batsman but he can't slog. that's why I have to tell India have wasted him for all 72 ODIs played before. Jadeja proved he can play good also but he needs some time to set. Dhoni made a good opener from failed middle order batsman. Is he brave enough to make a great all rounder from failed spinner? can he put Aswin on no. 4/5? Jadeja must play up in the order than Raina. Jadeja can't slog from 1st ball. he needs some balls to set but Raina can slog from 1st ball & can play great roll at no.7 which he played in WC2011. India don't need so many changes but need to change batting order.

Posted by purvangns007 on (January 25, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

I dont know if anyone noticed this or not, but the difference was 1 wrong decision by the third umpire where a boundary was not signalled even though Anderson had touched the ropes. Onfield umpire misses are till acceptable as its human error but third umpire??? No ways with the modern technology available today...

Posted by JT0511 on (January 25, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Another NZ meltdown in the closing overs -especially McClenaghan, whose lack of contro (and self-control) coupled with one doubtful umpiring decision (not from Billy Bowden) gave India a chance of victory which Jadeja took. (But why didn't he and Aaron try for a second run off the last ball which would have given India victory?)

Posted by cooljack_143 on (January 25, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Anderson got wickets just of the mistakes by batsmen, as they feel his pace suitable and try to go on top.Nothing special abt his bowling he is just lucky but batting wise man he is strongggggg!!!!!!!Ind played like Pak today ( you never know which side turns up on a given day).Ind got lucky with those decisions,,,but still had those errors not been committed we sure wouldn't have seen such a great finish.

Posted by Silverbails on (January 25, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

So, in the end Dhoni was "happy with the draw". This is what is so wrong with the Indian team: they simply don't want to win badly enough. Sad, when you get so close, but typical of this pathetic Indian outfit. So, all they can hope for now in this useless series is simply to draw it. They'll be lucky not to lose this series 4 - 0…Ashwin seems more like a batter than a bowler; surely how bowling must be his main focus…Jadeja always a fighter, though...

Posted by Sudhir65 on (January 25, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Jadeja clearly nicked the ball in 47th over. He should have walked. Or may be he is now following Stuart Broad.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

People are now asking for DRS, I would rather go back some 10 years back when even if the scores are same, keeping more wickets means winning the game. So pls keep the discussion based on current regulations & situations. Ok, coming back to bad decision now. I don't think this is the 1st bad decision in the history of the game, right? So accept it as part of the game like drop chances or so. Kudos to SIR Jaddu!!!! Awesome!!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Rohit & Dhawan - Should have made the platform Virat - Bad luck Rahane - lot to be learned Suresh - should convert the starts into decent ones if not a big one. Dhoni - great shot by him and the greatest catch by Southee Ashwin - Has proved with the bat and hard hard luck at the end Jadeja - Good fight but lost the hold Bhuvi - lost the match before India begins their innings. Shami - more dot balls and lost hope Varun - Should have batted before Shami

India - Should have won the match but not bad at the end to get a tie. New zealand - extras at crucial times & fielding errors (except guptils great catch) cost the match.

fans - mixed feelings.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Poor from the NZ skipper. Not only did he play a bad shot to get out for ANOTHER Duck! But he also throws a ridiculous shot at the stumps, with no chance of a run out. For it to hit and only ricochet away to give India that one extra run they needed to draw the game! You really do expect your Captain and someone with as much experience as McCullum to be smarter!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Who is out and who is not out.. Umpires decide. I think you were watching match for first time..

Posted by sergio11 on (January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

@@heartbreakerz first meaning ful knock from jaddu?? come on man...batting down the order that guy have 8 international 50s..plus final of Champion's thropy its him who help ind post 128 with some power hitting with Kholi...take his 40 odd runs from 128..he playd really wel today..yes he is having problem with short ball but wen the ball is there to hit OMG..great alround effort from him..well played india..wel played NZ

Posted by Akhter786 on (January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Disgusting effort by New Zealand. They deserve to loose. McCullum is short of ideas in tight situations. Let down by their casual attitude after rocking indian middle order nd the silliest of silly Catching.

Posted by thunda.masala on (January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Well fought battle...this is the kind of stuff that heroes are made of!!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Take that critics of Ashwin and Jadeja. A decent bowling spell followed by outstanding batting from the two. Whether anyone agrees or not India is the top one day batting team in the world and have proved it once again today.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

well done india ..... the bowling was off the line but the middle order batting was superb. what a great game !!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

Unspirited game by Jadeja even though he was out. Though india drew the match they lost the pride. Poor cricket spirit by Indian Team

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@ThilankaK Fantastic logic. I don't remember Bangladesh ever winning a single match in New Zealand. I also don't remember New Zealand winning a single match in India the last time around. But India have beaten Bangladesh every time we've toured there.

Posted by t20-2007 on (January 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Lotzz of fun...Ppl getting bitter with India's tie...but India gonna win the world cup this time arnd too..so mark my words

Posted by RahulFantasyCricket on (January 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST: What exactly is the 2nd dodgy umpiring decision? You only mentioned one. As for Kohli, he was enquiring the umpire on a "dodgy" umpiring decision which was clearly a legitimate delivery (ended up as a wide). And Kohli, like most batsman, was disappointed at his dismissal NOT the decision. You don't seem like a brutal analyst at all!

Posted by rahuly243 on (January 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Lost by 24 runs in 1st match, Lost by 15 runs in 2nd match, then a tie. India is getting closer and closer to victory. I hope they will start winning now.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (January 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

I see the match on TV. I always see more Indian fans than NZ fans. What is going on in New Zealand?

Posted by kingcobra85 on (January 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

All the people just read all the comments at the bottom just too funny. truecric_fan syas "on (January 25, 2014, 2:31 GMT) When will Dhonis love affair with mediocre players like Ashwin and Jadeja end. "

LOL more funny comments below.

Posted by Akhter786 on (January 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Medicore fielding by kiwis... Who says they are the one of the best fielding sides. Every now and then they drop catches, easy ones. Kiwis will feel the pinch. They have been head butted into the belly. Surely McCullum will b disgruntled a lot. This is as good as loss. Last seven overs in baoth innings sums it up fr New Zealand.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Jadeja gets a man of the match for blatantly getting out and only being saved by India's refusal to use the referral system every other country in the world is happy to use...

On top of that his dancing around the wicket... ridiculous that they were wides. If he stood still every single one of those deliveries would have hit him. How can it be a wide if it hits the batsmen. If the batsmen moves away from the ball after it is bowled that is his fault. It was him who decided to take up his stance leg side, and it was him to danced off side as soon as the ball was bowled.

Then they give him man of the match? Unbelievable. As opposed to the guy who scored a century and was stunning in the field and SHOULD have been on the winning team had the umpiring not been the worst I have seen in recent memory.

Posted by ramli on (January 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

SRT has nicked and stayed ... rarest of rare walk ... why single out Jadeja .... everyone has a reason ... let us enjoy the fight-back by India and the great competition dished out

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Jadeja and Ashwin slapped many critics on their face today.....

Posted by rajuramki on (January 25, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

For all those who hate CSK players , here is a piece of statistics from this match . Between the 4 CSK players Raina,Dhoni,Ashwin and Jadeja , they scored 212 runs out of 314 and were involved in 7 of the 10 dismissals . India would have lost the series but for the very special efforts of these players . On the whole, a lost match was tied by India , to keep the series alive.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

gud game by jaddu.. what a sharp thinking at the time play... i really liked the way of leaving wide balls..

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 25, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

New Zealand can never push the stake through the heart, they get close, but just can't quite reach the promised land.

Posted by vrkp on (January 25, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

After 3 failures, now everyone will be after Rahane. If Nohit was playing well once in 10 matches and if ishant plays once in 15 matches, why not give few more chances to Rahane?

The main reason for our failure to win this match is our fielding, if Raina is dropping catches means you can imagine how we would have fielded.

My only concern is that Dhoni may try to bring ishant for the next match just because Aaron gave 50 runs in 7 overs. please Dhoni, dont think this as your personal XI.

Posted by momer79 on (January 25, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

india match get 1000 comments bcz of their high population.

Posted by jango_moh on (January 25, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

jadeja and ashwin proved they can bat.... positive for india for sure.... now the top order needs to turn up, and dhoni needs to bat first!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

@ BRUTALANALYST: Don't be so naive. Didn't you see Mitch McCleneghan whine every time the umpire rightfully called his wide deliveries 'wide' ? There was plenty of whining from the Kiwis in this game. Being a 'brutal analyst', how did you overlook those facts ?

Posted by MEHATELK on (January 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

@ThilankaK same newzland team beat sa in sa, but same bangladesh team tied the one day series in yr home soil that never happened before with any other major teams, bangladesh scored more than 600 runs in yr lively pitches( according to SL fans their pitches are not flat lol)

Posted by Bringbackbuck on (January 25, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

To those commenting on the number of wides from the NZ bowlers - while there was some errant bowling there were also some shocking calls from the umpires (the final over where Jadeja jumped inside a delivery, a delivery much earlier in the innings that was called wide despite being easily 6 inches inside the off stump tramline). That, combined with Jadeja not walking in spite of giving an edge that everyone except Tucker registered (not that shocking given the pressure on India after two losses) and the mistakes in the field, was where the game went missing.

DRS must be present for situations like the Tucker decision, where the dismissal is so clear yet the umpire appears to be on a different planet.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

Why the hell you guys are always hammering India no one talks about aus getting hammered for 300 and then loose

Relax I think this kind of phase evry team goes through

Posted by Rohit... on (January 25, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Jadeja has booked his ticket for the WC 2015... The openers are showing intent and Kohli is all set to officially claim Sachin's kind of respect from the Cricketing World... Dhoni is in good nick as well and Raina is willing to fight... The problem is still the bowling line up who keeps on gifting runs and India's No-4 Slot... Rahane needs to make use of the opportunity in the last 2 matches or else Gambhir / Yuvraj can claim the place in no time.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Finally jadeja made it,but i think selectors should consider zaheer khan back in odi side as the upcoming world cup is in Australia.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

very uninspirited game by R Jadeja.. even though he was out, he did not get out of ground..instead he is made HERO. shameful indian team...Totally unspirited.even though they drew the match.. lost the pride.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

This is why we are champs!!! No matter whatever be the situation we never short of surprises , whatever Dhoni and Kohli couldn't do it in previous two occasions, today the two spinners batted their way to a glorious Tie!!! well done Sir Jadeja & Ashwin

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Newzeland deserv series tittle

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Corey will struggle as a bowler.. He has the most wickets in the series. And took 5 today. How are some people aloud to post on here. Jedeja was outstanding.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Just watched last 2 overs of the watch. Great play of cricket from both teams. Finally Jadeja did well with the bat for India. Anderson gonna be a great all rounder of current cricket. Picked up 5 wickets and bowled crucial last over and ended up with a TIE game. Congrats to both team.

Posted by nicevans on (January 25, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Well that was disappointing from a Nz perspective, they really let India off the hook there. Bowling and fielding was sloppy, and they really should've scored 340 + after that start. Great game though, and well done India for never giving up!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 25, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

newzealnd treid too many short balls..and some went for boundry and some are above batsmans head (wide) ...they over looked on indias week ness...and its back fired..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

so... for every one who questioned Jadeja and Ashwin PLace in the team..... i think they got the answer!!!

Posted by ashokvetri on (January 25, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

well played india.. positive comeback from ashwin, dhoni & jadeja....

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 25, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Another moral victory for India. India had one wicket in hand compared to NZ,s all out for the same total!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

A great game! A tie was a fair result.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (January 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

So in the end an Umpiring Error turns out to be the turning point of the match. This match shows why #DRS has to be there in all games.

Anyways, NZ were pretty poor with the ball after dhoni's wicket, too many wides, full tosses, few missed runouts n no attempt to bowl yorkers....so they have to work on these things. Jadeja played his 1st real meaningful knock in int. cricket, so well done to him.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

India cannot win the series from here on and only loose it or draw it, which is very unlikely as luck doesn't always resides by you. So I can see the #1 ranking going. Though congrats to India for saving it even though some odd decisions by umpire. 4-0 on the cards

Posted by momer79 on (January 25, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

poor umpiring, jadeja was caught behind.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 25, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Expecting another 1000 comments on this article. Why? Cos it involves India. Matches involving other teams struggle to get 200 comments and in rare cases they get 300 comments but anything related to India is watched across the world. Some watch it to see India winning, others watch it to see India losing. But here the match is a tie, I wonder if any watched it with that thing in his mind.

Jadeja was awesome. He really rolled the NZ bowling. The 6 he hit of J McClenaghan was mind blowing, he has a lot of flourish in that stroke of his. Probably he could have steered the final ball instead of driving it but it is an easy game on TV.

NZ had the game done but MSD, RJ & RA got India back into it. Corey is a good batsman but he will struggle as a bowler if he stays like this.

India have batted well in the 3 matches so far, falling just a little short each time. The slightest of extra effort could have meant 3-0 to India but that's what sport is all about.

Posted by tidus499095 on (January 25, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

well...everybody calls him a SIR.....says of sportsmanship.....No.5 bowler ranking...even after nicking at the ball stayed at the pitched.....and in last over dancing for getting wides....what if Kiwis would have done that.... People call it a Tie... if such was the case loss would have been accepted...rather than spoiling sportmanship...Shame om Jadeja...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 25, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

2 Extremely dodgy decisions changed the game, that1 form Jadeja was just as bad as Stuart Broad he hit the cover off it ! Some of Kohlis behaviour today was also very disappointing first arguing in umpires face over a wide when fielding then after a huge knick standing there staring at the umpire acting like he has been unfairly given.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

First.: A very good game game of cricket 628 runs scored with good fielding and specially batiing...secondly..: very Disappointed play of cricket from indians..fair enough that this is a batting track but they should try to restrict black caps under 300 mark i personally like dhoni but now the time when he had to bring changes in the team these are not the FLAt trackes of india where they can chase score more than 350 with ease..for black caps they should win that game quite convincingly rash bowling in the end..put the balls in the block hole..thirdly..so called SIR JADEJA is not ABDUL RAZAAQ that he can get them over the line as RAZZAQ did against SA in ABU DHABI the FAmous CHASE....

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 25, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

I find nz captaincy is plain awful. I do not blame anderson that much. Where is yorker. Short ball after short ball , they were feeding anderson. where was yorkers. I think there is systematic brain loss in whole nz team. They lacked total leadership. Nz just panicked. Simple. This gona hurt nz for quiet some time.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Well done india,after getting close to win in first 2 matches they finally managed a tie,and those ppl saying that neew zealand missed catches,stumpings and run-outs and getting many freebies need to watch first innings again,as there were dropped catches in NZ innings too and getting 21 extras compared to india's 18.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

it was a heart breaking game for nz. A great escape from india hope they drawn the series Now

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

ashwin played good and sr jadeja also this perfomence comes 10 mach ones so now dhoni nt changing playing 11 next 2 maches binny should waite..its realy bad india team is full control on dhoni thats why this is nt ours indian team its dhoni team....

Posted by Crinklyoldbugger on (January 25, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Crikey...NZ should never have lost that. Very poor bowling at the end. Very naive .

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Jadeja ....you deserve respect _/\_ man.....

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (January 25, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

great game.. Rahane has to go IMO, can't afford to have average odi players in the middle order. yuvi finding his form is our only hope i am afraid, give Rayudu a chance and get yuvi back in the next series, chand deserves a chance too

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

It is a fantastic effort by Ashwin and Jadeja. Kudos! that is the spirit! keep it up! Had it been 3-0 we would have lost the interest in the series. Atleaset India made it alive onceagain. Thanks to the brilliant batting of Ashwin and Jadeja.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

WELL DONE to both the teams ! What a FANTASTIC game of cricket. India were dead and buried after Dhoni's dismissal but thanks to Ashwin and SIR Jadeja, India are alive in this series. NZ will be ruing this tie and wondering what happened. Overall, NZ were brilliant in all facets of the game. India still need to put in a lot of thought into their team composition for the last 2 games as well as the world cup next year. I still feel India don't have the proper players for these conditions. It's time India go back to Sehwag and Gambhir as openers. Honestly, both those players won't do any worse than Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Also, Rahane and Raina need to be given ultimatums because both don't look good in overseas conditions. Lastly, it's time to give Stuart Binny and Rayudu an opportunity next game. Also, time to give some other youngsters a look in. Some notable names would be Vijay Zol, Sanju Samson, Unmukt Chand, Manoj Tiwary, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav etc.

Posted by momer79 on (January 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

poor umpiring, didn't give out to dadeja.

umpires won the game

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Congrats to India in keeping the series alive but that was an embarrassing effort by NZ in the final 15 overs. Hard to see why Williamson only got 2 overs and Nathan McCullum wasn't bowled out - not enough faith shown in them by Brendon despite it being a small ground. The Indian spinners had proved harder to get away than the quicks by some margin. Glad McClenaghan went wicketless as despite his great success I see him as a liability. He is not quick enough to be throwing in short stuff and doesn't have enough variety balls. He will get clouted in the world cup. Southee was very disappointing but great showing from Bennet. As I said before NZ were 30 runs short because of reckless batting by the middle order which was initiated by B. McCullum. To lose from where we were showed poor captaincy and execution.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

where are jaddu and ashwin haters now??

Posted by TaleEnder on (January 25, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

It seemed as if the ball was leaking oil in the second innings.. The ball never stayed in NZ fielders' hands and now they must have realised how costly those mis-fields and dropped catches were..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Caps bowled 14 wides ?

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 25, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

To all Indian fans ; Let me ask you one question , this is the same NZ team beaten by the BAN when they're in BAN 3 - 0 which IND can't beat, so my question is If this IND side play with BAN they will be beaten same results ????

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

@ Anand Kumar wrote "If only Bhuvneshwar had held on to Southee's catch when NZ were 289/9."

Dead right mate - that was a very expensive drop!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Jadeja you beauty .....!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Unbelievable. I have to hand it to Jadega and Ashwin. They pulled this one out of the fire. Not a victory, but neither a defeat, and in many ways a moral victory given the missed run outs and dropped catches by New Zealand. Certainly one of the most exciting matches I have seen in my time. In the end, New Zealand made enough mistakes to give India the chances that they needed to grab to stay alive in the series. As they sy, it is never over till the fat lady sings, and she is only starting now. And that is also why I never make predictions - you just never know, do you!

This keeps the rest of this series alive, and the excitement in the game. Roll on ODI #4!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Just watched the last over and i would love to say that dhoni men are champions because they never stopped believing

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (January 25, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

What on earth... yeah that's it. No more "advice" from me regarding team tactics and selection anymore.... sometimes you just gotta sit back and marvel at the grit and determination of others, when all seems lost.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

very very sad news......

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Deja Vu. Australia vs NZ 2006-07, Aus #1, but NZ win the series.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

CSK ties with NZ.........

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

very very sad news......

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

worse than losing....

Posted by Bishop on (January 25, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Dear ICC, please implement a two-tier system as soon as possible so we can avoid these pointlessly one-sided matches in the future.

Only kidding, another fantastic match. Well played both sides. NZ - dropped catches, missed stumpings, bags of wides...so very unlike you. Bravo to India's lower order (though you were a little lucky at the end of the 47th).

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

tie!!!! what

Posted by Gamaraala on (January 25, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

shame on Jadeja for not walking after nicking the ball that bad... not a sir after all..

Posted by AussiePhoenix on (January 25, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

#1 ties with #8, fair result. NZ - rue those drop catches.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

With the game going into the final over I have to say what a great effort from Jadega & Ashwin - whichever way it goes!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

If only Bhuvneshwar had held on to Southee's catch when NZ were 289/9.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Boy - another awful decision from Rod Tucker. I can remember clearly seven terrible decisions by him - including as a TV umpire. Sad state of affairs when umpiring is this bad.

Posted by Vivfan on (January 25, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Perfect opportunity for the kiwi's to win 5-0. India are lucky to be in No. 2 position, reality is that they would be around No. 5.

Posted by shyam4ever on (January 25, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Dhoni monotonous team-11 selection has in many recent times hurt him where it pains. Stuart Binny, being a successful alrounder is never tried. Dhoni has a predetermined thinking.

Posted by sumit1982 on (January 25, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Their no partnership in the match.

The way Indian team playing it looking another whitewash in ODI in overseas.

It can turn another disaster year for dhoni men in overseas .After previous overseas experience tour when they get whitewash by England and Australia.

Posted by lillee4PM on (January 25, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Aus loss to Eng at the WACA put Ind back on top of ODI rankings. So, come on Kiwis beat Ind again and give Aus another sniff at top spot in Adelaide!

Posted by skmohanty on (January 25, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Why are guys so slow today!! :)

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

its great to see kiwis doing well after being banglawashed .....ha ha ...india needs one more kohli in their side to win abroad...i am a big fan of kohli's batting style and he proved that he is not only a subcontinent specialist batsman...hope kiwis whitewash india..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Surely BCCI will bring more than 1200 million if they continue to lose this much!

Posted by hari997 on (January 25, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Its time Dhoni should make changes in his team....I guess my selection is somewhat correct: Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Pujara,Rahane,Dhoni,Binny,Ashwin,Yadav,Aaron,Shami ,this may workout... give Jaddu,Bhuvi some time till they find some form...!!!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Its funny how New zealand which was at no 8 in icc ranking became tough team for indian batsman lol even WI managed to draw the one day series in new zealand just recently which mean they are even better than india outside india. Pakistan even with poor batting managed to win series against south africa and sri lanka

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Don't worry India just invite Sri Lanka after this series to regain no1 spot

Posted by priceless1 on (January 25, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

This Indian team is lacking confidant , they have forgotten how to win matches, only solution is they should immediately arrange an ODI tournament with their favorite punching bag " SL "and get some confident going

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

poor indian side handed over no 1 ranking back to aussie

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (January 25, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

India need some Kiwi wash

Posted by gihan34512 on (January 25, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

@yousf India was horrible in Sa and now in NZ,but SL was better in Sa they won a test match and two odi s in Sa,what India did,nothing,by the way you should be supporting Pakistan pal

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

No matter what happens, Dhoni is a class act.

Posted by InfiniteWhite on (January 25, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

Surely India will break the record for the shortest stay at No 1, looking at what's happening in Auckland.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

I feel Dhoni is a good captain and an amazing Batsman/Keeper. They need to slowly and gradually bring back there aggression. They never had the best bowlers in the world. The strategy was mostly to put on an amazing total which used to put pressure on the opponent. They have amazing batting lineup no doubt about that, Its just not working outside India for the moment. Exposure actually comes when your playing other teams outside your Country. The time when you think your the best in the world that is the time when someone better is standing in front of you.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

this is what happens when you drop your star performer leader of the attack ishant is scarificed by politics within the team but at least india have shown consistency by what it looks like they going to loose again in the last 3 months one of the so called big three england won their first game against another so called big three wonder when will india the so called big three will win their first game abroad FLAT TRACK bullies only good at home honestly the main problem that india have is dohni who is running out of idras its better to go with a new captain at least the new captain will have a year to implement his ideas on the team before the WC give raina the captaincy he has spent long time with dohni both in the team and CSK he is always running up to the players and gives them encourgement he is also an experienced member of the team wonder how much say does fletcher have over picking the team or is dhoni responsible for picking up the players well done india may you keep loosing

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 25, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

India wont even make the semi finals at next yrs world cup in Oz and NZ! They just can't bat on fast tracks against fast bowlers!

Posted by AussiePhoenix on (January 25, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

India looking down and out, brilliant WORK from NZ. Or is it their doctored pitches again? I guess they have so much spare cash lying around they can afford to create pitches unplayable to the Indians. Never mind, a whitewash abroad isn't too bad, especially when you can't be relegated. Safety in numbers.

Posted by heartbreakguy on (January 25, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Dhoni should look at including players from other regions too in his team. He is persisting with failures from UP, Bihar, Jharkand etc.. also with only one south indian - R Ashwin just to impress his masters from CSK.

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

@yousf ur arrogance will take u nowhere we won 2 matches in tht series and almost final bailey:400+ in tht serie:watson:300+ :faukner scored a century in final at no 8 position india last 7 completed international matches(6 loses including this one win:0 draw:1 after posting 458+ poor flat track bullies

Posted by Matt3030 on (January 25, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Indian fans are such fair weather supporters! All on board when the team is winning but a few losses and they start bagging their own! loyalty is obviously not their strong point! Just except a better team is beating them on the day!

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (January 25, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

Dhoni & Raina are scoring at 7/over now. Can see another great finish by MSD? or he will be out at last overs to gift match to NZ as he has done in both ODIs. Can anyone imagine loss in any of this both ODIs with Dhoni not out till last?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

This is the reason BCCI wasnt to take dictatorial control of ICC, so that India can play most games in india to keep its ratings

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Its funny how everyone on here is saying how bad India are. Its true they arent great away from home. But lets acknowledge how good NZ have been. Very formidable and powerful batting line up NZ has that bats deep too. Good pace attack and a bit of depth in all areas. We've dominated in all areas in furst 3 ODI's. I think allot of Indian fans in India forget that we choose our players from a much smaller pool of first class players too. Considering this and a population of only 4 million in NZ aswell as cricket being our number 2 sport behind rugby unlike India. NZ looking good to give world cup next year a good shake! Well done NZ keep up the good work boys.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Dhoni should go. He is reactive. Just because Australia chased down big Indian totals on lifeless Indian pitches, he is always betting second. This on overseas pitches does not work. Atleast batting first India would bat freely and set 270 odd. Then the kiwis might still win but there is some chance. Fletcher and Dhoni should take responsibility for the losses since 2011 and go. Dhoni should play as wicketkeeper. I am going to stop watching such one-sided games. Many more will do so. Indian cricket will lose fans. Money will go. BCCI will become poor and on its way down have no friends. I think as a cricket lover and supporter I have every right to question performance. I don't get anything free and am expected to deliver world class stuff at work. So why not? Can't BCCI prepare fast pitches for training and Ranji in India? Can't they groom allrounders? Looks like no one wants India to win away from India so that money will stay within India when India plays at home ;)

Posted by gihan34512 on (January 25, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Guys that because sl was not given enough test matches,I support Pakistan apart sl but not india

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

i donno why the hell pujara is not playing.....probably cause hes not from bombay....or like rohit who is naturally gifted player .as repeatedly told by gavaskar and ravi shastri.. for all the lazy shots hes playing....pls drop rohit...and raina....

Posted by CricketFever11 on (January 25, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

Even restricting NZ to 314 is a big achievement for the world champion bowling line up as the headline suggests.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Last evening, Dhoni was spotted reading Einstein's works on relativity. After that, he propped Varun Aaron on the complaining Indian public, so that they could see how much relatively better Ishant Sharma was!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Without a wicket taking bowler for overseas conditions, and the loss of all the batsmen who can bat on non-Indian pitches, Indian cricket is hurtling to more pain. Also, if Dhawan and co cant bat in ODI, prospects of them doing anything in tests is bleak. The indian fan needs to brace up for anguish...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

@ Wäqär Älï wrote "only edge where india have over pakistan is WC matches...thats it."

Did you know that India have NEVER beaten SA in a World Cup match. Pretty ironic, but true!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

rahane unable to show his presence ...very small body cant hit the boll....need some big mans in team.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Never liked raina never will..... yuvi selected for the tour would have been a better choice!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

And, of course, Raina perished to the short ball .. again. Short ball specialist he is. Much like the Indian team, except for MS.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Suresh Raina not one for walking, is he? Umpire giving wides instead of wickets. Ha, but this time fate has it's way and Raina has no choice. Dismissed twice in the saw over - that is pretty weak! Caught on the off side and on the leg side - what a joker!

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

@ aussie1993 Yeah we saw what your fast track bullies did in India.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 25, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

@ gihan34512 Great to hear that. By theway how many test series have you won outside SL since 2000. Not a single one. How many ICC tournaments outside ASIA? Not even one. India maybe bad outside ASIA but Sl is pathetic outside colombo.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

virat, shakar and rohait play and make record on there own ground... in other ground they don't see where the ball is cont......

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 25, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Rahane is not going to work as a No. 4 in ODIs. He lacks the aggression and the ability to up the tempo that is required at that position.

Posted by Waqs77 on (January 25, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

India, a completely over hyped team. You can have an idea how they create hype about themselves. When Sachin retired two months back, india created a scene like cricket is going to die now. And when just a month later Kallis (equally great to tendulkar) announced retirement, it was just like as normal as any previous great retired.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Indian only play and win the mm matches in their home ground..... away they are nothing....

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@ gihan34512: they can't beat pakistan as well my dear. pakistan has beaten them in last series last year in their own country where they are considered strong and other team failed to beat india in india. So pakistan is having even better record against them as compare to other countries. In overall head to head record also pakistan is far ahead than india. only edge where india have over pakistan is WC matches...thats it. Otherwise pakistan has beaten them and can beat any time any place in bilateral series which they always deny to play.

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 25, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

Dhawan and rohit are wonderful to watch....They got great starts in this series... :P...I think they should be kept in playing XI... Shami also is a great talent..he never gives over 6 RPO and stay being economical when all others are pampered. .. Raina Vs Short Ball... wow there is no body in the history of cricket like raina who plays short ball well and who is not afraid of short ball... Go india GO !!!

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

127/4...Dhoni shouldnot worry..We have World's best allrounders Ashwin n Jadeja to follow at 7 and 8... Why would then Dhoni play Binny,Nayar,Uthappa,Karthik,Yusuf or Tiwary at 7...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

no doubt ....anderson hot favorite for franchise .....next ipl

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

I am still wondering why dhoni trust on Rohit, Raina , Dhawan , Aswin , Jadeja. They continuously are not performing from so many matches still they are being given chances.

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 25, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

wow !! Rahane is a wonderful talent... We love him..India got heaps of talented players coming up...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

I am wondering how did India gained the top rankings? They are almost going to lose an ODI series against a team which were just recently thrashed 3-0 by Bangladesh. What a shame India !!!!

Posted by buntyj on (January 25, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

bowlers- it appears msd believes india dont have bowlers and emphasises economy rates (though some also attribute a need to have a link with csk) ; this works at home where ashwin gets wickets on customised pitches with sg ball or shami gets reverse but not away; while in overs limit cricket formats theres a plausible (though not necessarily many teams have shown over time that strike bowlers even if poor economy rates win overs limit matches too) case for this and ignoring a bowler like yadav (fc strike rate 50, tests away 50, tests home 46) but why ignore pandey and not select dhawan? both have sr around 50 and better economy rates but less pace than yadav; and surely in selecting new bowlers to give a chance to, the bowlers with best strike rates should be ahead in the queue? and how do you keep yadav out of the test team? similarly raina as a batsman seems to be in the time (like ishant everywhereand ashwin away) for non cricketing reasons.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

india team lack of quality bowling. and batting on bouncy pitches. india failed in the series.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

This match is a gone already India has lost this inside 15 overs

Posted by gadireddi on (January 25, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Please stop blaming Rohit sharma...he is a very fine player (He is such a class player _ Sunil Gavaskar's quote)..... Dhoni is the one to be blamed here today.After knowing from the previous games that his bowlers are conceding far too many runs and having our batsman under immense pressure.Why should he ask NZ to bat first.Our batsman are no run machines that each and every time they come to the crease they could score 300+ totals.It might be an appetite for both Kohli and Dhoni. But, You need to respect the conditions when you are a visiting team.I still think rohit is the future of indian cricket.Please don't hate him.he is trying ....trying.....Dhoni is not helping our cause.....Please bat first the next time around (Request to Dhoni) and see the difference...don't bowl kohli please................Drop jadeja for stuart binny _ there is no point in selecting him for NZ tour if you are not playing him. Atleast he could have played the ranji final.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Rohit and Dhawan failed again and they are still in the team. why don't BCCI give Sehwag and Gambhir few more chances. We all know they both gave indian team a flying starts like no other team. just saying

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

match is over guys...

Posted by love__pak on (January 25, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

kohli gone.......i think 60% of match gone from the hand of india.....india a quality bowlers like mystery spinner s.ajmal & the great wasim akram

Posted by gihan34512 on (January 25, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Indians are flat track bullies they can only defeat Sri Lanka,Pakistan and bangla only,they cant win against other countries away from Asia,even Sri Lanka playing good away Asia,here they are really flat track bullies not Sri lankans

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

oh my goodness this ground is so small 60 meter boundary still flat track bullies cant play kohli was undone by sum gud bowling

Posted by soumyas on (January 25, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Kohli should become captain, dhoni should stay just as WK, Pujara,Gambhir,Rayudu,Binny,Yadav should play.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

Oh Oh. Openers gone, Virat gone …Rahane, Raina and Dhoni are the only batsmen India has left. Virat never got going, which even Dhawan & Rohit did. With 2 new batsmen at the crease, I see lots of short balls coming up for Raina, and history would suggest he fails that test, but we may be surprised. Will India surrender the #1 ranking, again, so soon??

I thought India were due for a win when Dhawan & Nohit were effortlessly cruising along, but after both carelessly sold their wickets cheaply, and Virat froze, but it looks like a big ask from here…. whoa… especially as Rahane just sold his wicket for a peanut!

NZ are looking like giant killers now. It will take a massive Dhoni special to save this. And the track is not that flat, is it?

Posted by soumyas on (January 25, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

another defeat is waiting for us, NoHit stays NoHit for 100 matches and in 1 match on indian flat track he becomes HIT...then next 100 match continues to be NoHit...

Posted by Roysingh1972 on (January 25, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

Three is no way India could win this one, Go NZ

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

17 runs in the last 6 overs... Better indian team call off the tour come back home....

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 25, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Kohli gone = game over for India.

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (January 25, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

Kohli out. Match lost. Shami failed. Useless team. Need I say any more?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

Kohli uncharacteristically subdued !! Looking tentative. Not good signs for India

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 25, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Ind needs to get rid of Sharma's, they removed one now remove the other. Bring in Binny, Yadav.

To Nz'ers. You should be proud to have a player like CJ Anderson, I instantly became a fan after his innings in Hamilton. What a wonderful player. From a SL fan.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

I wish india loose today and loose the series.. They are really over hyped

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

Dhawan fails once again that's 8th odi in a row . Rohit just got lucky this time . I am a due hard Indian fan but want them to loose and want newzealand to teach them a lesson

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 25, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Nohit is trying his best to become Rohit. I really hope he does. How many more years should we wait for him to play like Rohit Sharma?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

Rohith playing only flat tracks piches ..lets see how he play today if 100 comes another 25 mach he play arame se

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Whoa!! Unbelievable. I can't believe it. Shikar Dhawan caught going for a hook shot. What is unbelievable is that he gets out like that in every innings. Does the guy ever learn. I guess not. If I was a betting man I'd lay a bet on him being dismissed like that every time. Guaranteed win!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

Dhawan throwing it away too often after good starts. He will rue missed opportunities like this where he had a very good batting track and Anderson and N.McCullum's mediocre bowling for the taking. He must avoid premeditated shots.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

I wish kohli get out early today.. Then lets see how much india is a settled unit,which it is according to Mr. Dhoni...

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 25, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

@ OneTipOneHand, well said. Indian cricketers in general are not fit enough. Even Tendulkar was not fit enough; that is why he was not able to play the pull. India as a nation still think fitness is secondary skill is primary. The only exception is Kohli; he understands both are equally important.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 25, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

Dhawan and Rohit Sharma doing well so far. About time they came to the party.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Hamish Bennett's action looks like a demo of how to get injured !!

Posted by tom120 on (January 25, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

Rohit once again very lucky, a dropped catch and a ball falling in no man's land. I think India will win today's match, it is a very flat pitch and the target is gettable with short front boundaries. Who knows may be Dhawan and Rohit may play well today.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

Common guys let us face the reality At the moment India does not have any match winning bowlers including Zaheer. Only in spinning tracks we have some chances and that England thrashed us in our back yard. Our batting is better than bowling so if we have to win we have set at least 350 then we have a chance. Now that is also impossible with likes of Rohit Raina So we have to accept we are just flat track champions We have to revamp our domestic cricket and abolish IPL then only we will be real champions in due course That also

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

I can understand NZ feeling that 350 was necessary on this small ground and after such a good start but it is painful to watch quality batsmen get themselves out before they have given themselves a chance to get in. With such a start you don't have to smash it from ball 1. B McCullum does it far too often and Anderson fell victim to the same expectation today. I worry that Ryder's approach will see him join McCullum's stats - surely a huge under achiever with an average of 30 in ODIs when teams now consistently score close to 300. It is amazing that he continues to earn accolades with such a mediocre record and I question if he should even be in the world cup squad. NZ have finished at least 30 runs short today and McCullum really started the rot.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Don't know why people are bashing Dhoni, and his decisions, India is the current No1, in rankings, to get there is not an easy task and to maintain it is evens tougher.IMO, the present squad is the best ever india has produced, results shows.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Let us have party Aswin got wicket

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

where r u vishwas reddy ?

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

fighting game on cards if openers give good start otherwise new zealand will win easily pitch has good bounce

Posted by Bringbackbuck on (January 25, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

On the day Brendon McCullum is dropped the Black Caps will become a much better unit - can't afford to have a hit and miss (mostly miss) player at number 6 who every now and then posts a huge score to remind us of what he used to be. We have plenty of hitting power, but someone to come in and steady the middle/lower order and not throw their wicket away needlessly would be fantastic.

Posted by taufiq_sg on (January 25, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

If Rohit opens with Dhawan, I'm sure India will loose again. Dhoni- please shuffle players according to their form & conditions.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

I am going to back New Zealand to defend this. India are playing with only 6 batsmen, 2 of them in form and 4 are questionable. The first 10 overs will be important, if New Zealand can restrict India to only 44 in the first ten, it will be a hard ask.

Posted by thaikkathameed on (January 25, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

Stupid Dhoni will not drop Raina, Ashwin and Jadeja for ever from the team unless this STUPID DHONI is dropped.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

india struggled with bowlers and still they haven't a world class bowlers ..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

still there is a chance for NZ to win the match .Only virat/dhoni/ Rahane can scores some runs .others dhaw/ Rohit/ raina max reach 30-35 runs , game over NZ win

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

India must bat first

Posted by mxnmxn on (January 25, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

I fully agree with Alexk400. Save Williamson, NZ don't have any matured player. I just wish this BCCI team do worse and lose.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

why India not bating first?

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

Shame India is rubbish, but they want to bully all the administrators. Pity they can't back it up with performers when they have to actually play cricket anywhere outside their own country!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

Well same old Story Again .. 300+ while deciding to bowl first . i mean why is dhoni doing this shit .. in the last 20 Odi's Outside Asia dhoni elected to bowl first on all 20 occasions .Why persisting with same decision or same bowling lineup for that matter.u Got to Drop Aswin ,jadeja ,Rohit , Raina and bring Back one of the 4 experience ones .. i Mean Sehwag's recorde In NZ against NZ is phenomenal .

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

shami 10 overs 84 runs varun aaron 7 overs 52 runs ishant should have bowled better than this

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

This is a repeating story. Lessons seem to be not yet learned. I think India needs separate captains in 3 formats of the game. Dhoni's attacking instincts olnly come to view when he is batting. As a captain, he seems to very much defensive and knows only one strategy, which match after match goes wrong. Ashwin and Jadeja together in today's team is a big mistake.

Posted by imanusharyal on (January 25, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

India have a tough task ahead. But if Virat Kohli continues to do what he does the best and is supported by at least two useful innings, India might well make the light work of this todal

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

I actually hate mccullum. Wish I could use explicit language to describe how bad he is.

Posted by mxnmxn on (January 25, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

Finally it happened. Don't even think about Ishant unless he trims his hair and mends his lousy looks along with his lousy bowling.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Just one good thing which was expected to happen... Indian team is in short of wicket taking bowlers.. If ishant or some X is dropped it doesn't mean that India can win games, they have to nurture wicket taking bowlers in all conditions..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Sharma, Raina and even Dhawan abroad have been very poor performers. Jadeja cannot play only as a bowler in overseas conditions-need an all rounder. Jadeja is not one when the ball is above knee level

Posted by OneTipOneHand on (January 25, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

Is that recent picture of Aaron? Look at this pot-belly! If this is the level of 'fitness' our fast bowlers have, no wonder they cant bowl very fast...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

This looks like a 350 pitch !!315 very much chasable. Rahane should open, Dhoni at 4 and Rohit IPL Sharma at 5. We can hide Rohit IPL Sharma with this batting order.

Posted by love__pak on (January 25, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

good enough target,,hopefully should have been a great match to watch....

Posted by Binuvijayan on (January 25, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

I dont understand the reason why Dhoni always wanted to bat second even he knew that the team is not performing well under pressure out side india. He should have taken chances.

Posted by B_Puthur on (January 25, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Dhoni is still adamant. Rohit will eat most of the overs in the beginning with literally 'zero' score, and Raina will be busy hitting nails on the coffin!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

No worries Shami, you could have acceptable figure in the end, but thanks to Kumar 'bowlers love' to drop an easy catch and could have NZ all out at 288, worst fielder!!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 25, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

Dropping Ishant is definitely a step in the right direction - He never kicked on after showing early promise. India's pace bowling issues run deeper than Ishant though. India should have at least 100 bowlers (from a nation of a billion) capable of bowling at international level. It took a tyre manufacturer to start the pace bowling academy. BCCI has done nothing to support the development of pace bowlers!! The richest cricketing board in the world is busy filling its pockets!!!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Another series will be loss becas of dhoni decisons, our team deserves it..

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

NZ giving a textbook demonstration of why NOT to shuffle the batting order. SA tried that for 2 years and went from a brilliant ODI side to the laughing stock of the shorter formats. As a Saffa I could not believe how completely useless they became. If you have a successful batting order - KEEP IT!!

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 25, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Brainless cricket by NZ. I will drop both mccullum. NZ lacks leader in lower down the order. if anderson gets out like today , nz has no chance. They play like headless chickens now.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 25, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

No Indian bowler is good enough to play international cricket. Indian WC win is not valid. Anything India wins inside India is not valid. India is pathetic. India needs someone like Ganguly to rebuild. Dhoni's short term unbalance approach has hurt India. He is over inclined to winning in India.

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Oppning shikhr & sehwag required.

Sehwag come back india need you.

Posted by Smash42 on (January 25, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Easy win for India coming up.

Posted by AlSmug on (January 25, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

There is no doubt New Zealand are an improving odi team from what we saw say 2yrs ago . However, they still need to tighten their fragile little minds ass a unit, outrageous running between wickets and poor aggression vs defense at crucial stages of the match , my advice tighten it!

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 25, 2014, 3:38 GMT)

Sensational comeback from India. NZ is 238/5, one more wicket and then wipe out the tail. On this wicket, Ind can easily chase 300.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 25, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Lol@India's bowling..Even Afghanistan bowlers are better than these Indian bowlers..Champs can't even win from NZ..No wonder they are champs at home against teams like WI,Zimbabwe ... :)

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 25, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

Mom award goes to Ashwin. Finally have taken a wicket. Now he is a sure for the Australian tour.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

Why scores are delayed on cricinfo app...???? Any idea

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 25, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

What is wrong with NZ grounds. Stright boundry is just 48 mtrs. Only indian grounds gets criticized.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 25, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Funny thing watching India bowling fearsome bouncers that disappear over square leg.

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 25, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

Now Varun Arron wil take 3 matches to get used to. By the time it will be over for good. Hope bcci with new draft invest some pennies on these pedestrians.

Posted by Andy_D on (January 25, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

Finally, Dhoni and Indian team mgmt. is thinking! no mater win or loss, so happy to see Ishant Sharma dropped.

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

what a medicore bowling from india ishant sharma would have loved to join the party

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

So how come Ashwin still plays?? I mean, no wickets for 100 overs says something about his capabilities abroad.. No?? Him not being able to breakthrough puts unwanted pressure on the quicker bowlers.. He along with Jadeja need to make way for Binny and Mishra.. They could possibly not do worse than these two.. Having a leggie is a luxury.. That with the class that Mishra possesses, Dhoni making him sit out only makes his decisions look stubborn.. I had earlier commented that Ashwin and Ishant would lose the series for us, and they might just have..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

It seem new zealand is again going for 300 + . Kudos to Indian bowling

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

well well well after 32 overs nz 185/1 ..350 is looking the minimum ..how will flat track bullies who are tryng to dictate the cricket world respond today ? !!!

Posted by CGKK on (January 25, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

33 overs gone....380 plus is on here!!

Posted by SAboucher on (January 25, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

such a stubborn stupid is Dhoni..really exposed...

Posted by boomslanger on (January 25, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Aaron was not a great choice on a bouncy pitch by a captain who is slowly getting delusional after the big Australian run chases in India. Pandey should have been brought in for his ability to bounce the ball at length. Poor Aaron will go for runs for no fault of his, I did say in an earlier post that New Zealand is not a good place for a debut or even a comeback. Poor Aaron has been striving to and succeeding in bowling at low to mid 140kph but this speed is just what will make him go for runs later, rusty as he looks . Shami did not seem too unhappy to give the ball to someone else to have a bowl. A carnage awaits our bowlers. Only Bhuvneshwar (who I used to ridicule earlier but I am happy to say for whom my respect has grown during this series) might come out of the severe mauling that shall start at the beginning of the batting power play. More disillusionment for me in the shape of Our Captain Dhoni who I thought was more imaginative than what he has proved to be.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

Looks like Rohit IPL Sharma's kind of pitch. Looks very flat. Surely he's got to score today. No excuses for scoring 10-20 runs at 50 strike rate and getting out.

Posted by Vivfan on (January 25, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

Ishant has been dropped, while his replacement is leaking runs as we speak.

Posted by ketaann on (January 25, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

nowadays seniors has not been given any respect by team management. This is reflection of dropping mills, all indian seniors who debuted before dhoni, greame smith's odi career is over. Younis khan, tharanga, maharoof, anderson , pietersen all these players must cosider now that their odi future is dark, very dark.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

93 overs since ashwin's last wkt ....oh my god !!!!

Posted by sreni on (January 25, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Thanks Dhoni for finally dropping Iscant !!!

Posted by kahvas on (January 25, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

Another buh buh buh brilliant decision by Dhoni to keep his Buds in the team with 6 batsman. I have Ja Dejavu that we're going to lose badly

Posted by pull_shot on (January 25, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

It's quite easy isn't if NZ play 3 or 4 quite overs of spin they sweep for a 4 with new rules of only 4 outside circle, so playing 2 is not good when will dhoni realises

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 25, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

When will Dhonis love affair with mediocre players like Ashwin and Jadeja end. They are a liability to Indian team.

Posted by ketaann on (January 25, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

ashwin is there it means series loss

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 2:20 GMT)

Good move by dhoni by dropping ishant. But still not easy to bat in Eden park tis is typical kiwi pitch...! Hard work for ind

Posted by pull_shot on (January 25, 2014, 2:18 GMT)

Oh god same and same again except ishant

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

to day also ind going to loose this match, because of our captain take a brave decision to bowl first.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 2:03 GMT)

I think it is difficult for flat track bullies

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 25, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

indian selectors r totally out of minds I think ishant ishant should be effective on this pitch becoz of extra bounce as he is a tall fellow

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

Happy to see ishant on the bench.!!

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

Thanks God why Aswin & Raina r still in d team?

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

Good that the BCCI dropped swan who is not lucky for the out door games.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

This match would win by nz nd as well as series... dont worry dhoni u can persist with this team fr another two onedays. one change not enough thy should hav changed at least 4 changes..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2014, 1:30 GMT)

It's a good thing that Ishant was dropped. But why are Ashwin and Rohit still playing? Why Dhoni, Why?? Have you completely lost it, you stubborn man??

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

Again bowling..? Again losing the match..:-(

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

I don't know why they have taken Stuart Binny if they are not giving chances. Ashwin or Raina should be dropped for their worst performance

Posted by GrindAR on (January 25, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

India can win this match if they play sensible. They have a good set now to trick NZ.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:17 GMT)

nz please show these home track bullies what happen when u play out of u r home

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:16 GMT)

my all good wishes to newzeeland

Posted by wapuser on (January 25, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

Shame for India ! The big three . 5-0

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

Ashwin should also be dropped ..I think its high time india think about rohit and raina before 2015 world cup

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

still ashwin?? com'on MS.. this is ridiculous.. Binny can do no worse than ashwin.. wen u have an allrounder in side and choosing a non performer ahead of him shows how much the captain wants his buddies in team.. Pathetic selection.. Good to see Varun replacing Ishant :)

Posted by AFanOfGoodCricket on (January 25, 2014, 1:07 GMT)

The trio of Raina Ashwin and Jadeja get another chance. Surprise surprise. These three are no good for international cricket but keep getting so many opportunities. Dhoni have been a big fan of yours but this is blatant favouritism.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (January 25, 2014, 1:04 GMT)

i am really dissapointed, why ashwin still in playing 11? Binny should have replaced him as he is good striker than ashwin and his medium fast could have helped india in nz condition.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

Should have dropped Jaddu or Ash for binny, he deserves a spot in this indian team as he is a genuine medium pace bowling allrounder unlike jadduwho doesn't or forgot how to bat. I think India ll test him after they loose this match nd the series as well.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 25, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

A very welcomed changed. Relieved that I don't have to see the uninspiring face and bowling of Ishant Sharma, staying awake the whole night here in USA. Four more passengers to go - Nohit, Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin. Strategies to be put to rest - chase always. If these changes won't be implemented, then Dhoni should be sacked.

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