New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland January 25, 2014

McCullum rues one that got away

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When MS Dhoni got out, India needed 131 with four wickets and 86 deliveries left. Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin's half-centuries ended up tying the match, and Brendon McCullum admitted it was "potentially" one that got away. New Zealand were so close to sealing the series with what looked like a third successive victory but it was not to be, and McCullum praised India for their fightback.

"A great game of cricket. It ebbed and flowed the whole way through that second innings," McCullum said. "Credit to India, when they looked as if they were out of the game, they flexed their muscle a little bit and got themselves back into it. And just when we thought we had it again, obviously they came back. The innings that Jaddu played at the end was pretty awesome.

"We had our chances, there is no doubting that. Definitely had our chances - a few catches and a few run-out opportunities and a few things - but it is a tough one. It was a great game of cricket to be involved in, just disappointing that didn't get the result in the end but a tie is a tie."

McCullum said New Zealand were pretty sure Jadeja had nicked Mitchell McClenaghan behind in the 47th over when he was given not out. But while he felt there was little New Zealand could do about it, he said his bowlers could have bowled better at the death.

"Our plan was very much to keep the ball out of Jadeja's arc and we obviously got hit for a couple of sixes straight towards the end there. The wicket was pretty slow, so obviously a little bit tough to use that short-ball tactic to the effect that we have so far in this series. When you don't win, you obviously question a couple of things but I still thought we were pretty good without being top draw."

India needed 18 off the final over, and New Zealand only had allrounder Corey Anderson as the seam option as the specialist quick bowlers were done with their quota. McCullum said that was because he had used someone like Tim Southee to try and take wickets earlier, and added he had enough belief in Anderson to give him the 50th over.

"It's not always going to work, poor fellow sitting in there at the moment is a bit upset but it's the nature of having those opportunities in the death as well. He again learnt a lot tonight about bowling and seems to me that he is learning quicker than anyone in international cricket about batting and bowling at the moment. We will keep backing him, he did a great job for us today with the ball and gave us the opportunity to win the game and whilst he didn't close it out, I thought he did a really good job and he will learn a lot from it.

"Obviously Tim is another death bowler for us but at that stage of the game, we were looking for wickets. We knew that if we kept taking wickets, then we were going to be in with a pretty good chance of winning the game. Corey is one of our options at the death. So is Tim, Mitch as well. We have used Kane (Williamson) at the death at times as well.

"It's about how the game plays out based on when you need wickets, when you need to push and when you need to hold back. Today we were pushing and hence we went to Southee a little earlier and left Corey at the end. Even Nathan had to bowl pretty deep into the innings, under the circumstances when you are chasing wickets."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TrueFactors on January 26, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    If India want to win WC15 tournament, then team need what they had in 1983. More batting + bowling options. Technically better, adapting, utility players.

    On AUS/NZ pitches, we need more pace allrounders who bowl with accuracy at military pace.

    Balanced team need: 2 openers, 2 bat, 2 bat with P/T bowl, Four allrounders (Pace vs. spin: 3+1 or 2+2), and one wickettaking Faster for start and at Death.

    Based on above, I see this team....

    Openers: Dhawan, Pujara, JJ singh, U.Chand, Gambhir etc.

    2 Bat: Kohli, MSD

    2 Bat + P/T bowl (or, WC to let Dhoni bowl): Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit, Rayudu, Karthik, L Rahul, C Gautam, etc.

    Spin allrounders: B. Aparajit, Ashwin, Jadeja, P. Rasool, etc.

    Pace Allrounders: S Binny, A Nayar, I Pathan, R Dhawan, B Kumar, S Yadav etc

    One wicket-taking Faster : Shami, Sandeep Sharma, Aaron, Unadkat, Yadav, Vinay etc.

    I dont think it need 150+ bowler. Team need bat till No.10, and most can bowl, at accurate line/length. It will form a best team for competition.

  • johnhamilton on January 26, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Agree that bendon maccullum needs to start contributing more with the bat but to say that nathan didnt contribute much is rubbish. He was arguably our best bowler on the day, he created the pressure with accurate bowling, and was unlucky not to get at least 2 wickets. As for the game, it was NZs to lose, India will be much happier that they managed to avoid a loss. A lot more chances to win for NZ than India, and with DRS it wouldve been a NZ win.

  • Nampally on January 26, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    It has been often said "Chances Win Matches"!. Both India & NZ blew their chances & the final result - TIE- is justified. So there is no need to feel sorry. Two previous ODI's were won for NZ by Corey Anderson. He did more this time in bowling by claiming 5 wkts but luckily for India, failed in batting. His early dismissal should have helped India to get NZ out<250. But some shabby brain cramped full tosses by Shami to Ronchi let NZ slip by.To make matters worse, Kumar let a catch thru' his hands for a six which helped Southee to compile another 25. India let another chance slip by after missing 5 Runouts, earlier. Fortunately for NZ, both Kohli & Rahane failed which led to mini collapse. But then later batsmen responded. Ashwin & Jadeja nearly won the match for India till Guptill's fantastic catch. Yes Jadeja was great in the last over of Anderson to get the 18 runs to tie. It was a see-saw battle ending in Jadeja nearly winning or losing!. Cricket - A great game of grabbing Chances !

  • Vikram_Rathore on January 26, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    I just can't understand how Gavaskar praises Rohit Sharma as a Great Talent, despite him averaging in early 30s as a specialist Batsman!!!! Mumbai bonding I would think. When Rohit & Ishant play for India, its like Indian team has 9 players against 13 players from the opposition! Its time to drop the useless Rohit IPL Sharma, pick Rayudu & get Ashwin to open the innings. May be Binny can come in the place of Raina for a couple of games, although Raina may be persisted with in preparation for the World Cup title defense...

  • Karthik78 on January 26, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    @Asadujzaman Shamim, it is not about one or two series, it is about overall performance. Hope you won't forget Champions trophy which was not held in sub continent, and it was in England. The cup is won by India while Pak finishes last. Don't say by watching one or two series, also India has never surrendered and did fight well in all the matches and not like Pak.

  • mxnmxn on January 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Its not Dhoni's team played well in the last game. They play like this in every game. Its NZ who played the bad cricket. Sorry to say, but after watching last 3 one dayers, I reckon both McCullums are not contributing to the team efforts. Captain should lead by example (by scoring runs and taking catches) ... not just adjusting the field every two minutes. IMO, NZ is winning by chance.

  • StevieS on January 26, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Every country has to say you start using the review system or you can play with yourself. New Zealand won this game if it was any other country they were playing against.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 26, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    As Capt.Meanster has mentioned,Kevin Pietersen was an off spinner and used to play for Kwa Zula Natal in that role even as late as I think 1999 when the English team visited South Africa. He was a big hitting lower order bat in those days. But then when he moved to England he realised that he had a greater chance if he played as a batsman.Ashwin was an opening bat but gave up batting as his first choice because of a series of unending failures. It was then that he took up off spin bowling and found recognition with that trade. One can see that he is a very organised batsman with all the strokes that the Rainas of this world would envy. And he is completely fearless against the fastest bowling. Maybe they should try him out in the top order.Similarly Jadeja should be given more responsibility in batting. He hails from a part of this country from where Ranji,Duleep were and from where Pujara comes. It is something in their genes I suppose. We could well have another Mankad in Jadeja.

  • ProdigyA on January 26, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    I saw the full match replay on espncricino and was really impressed by Ashwin's batting, even though his bowling was still very defensive and just about ok but not good enough for a strike bowler. I think he should be given a chance to open, drop rohit or raina and give a chance to rayudu.

  • on January 26, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A great game of cricket. Who would have thought Jadeja to do the heroics though fell marginally short. I think the opposition all over wants to bounce out Indian batsmen and the Indians will be pretty comfortable with short balls before the WC starts. Hey guys, bowl more short stuffs.

  • TrueFactors on January 26, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    If India want to win WC15 tournament, then team need what they had in 1983. More batting + bowling options. Technically better, adapting, utility players.

    On AUS/NZ pitches, we need more pace allrounders who bowl with accuracy at military pace.

    Balanced team need: 2 openers, 2 bat, 2 bat with P/T bowl, Four allrounders (Pace vs. spin: 3+1 or 2+2), and one wickettaking Faster for start and at Death.

    Based on above, I see this team....

    Openers: Dhawan, Pujara, JJ singh, U.Chand, Gambhir etc.

    2 Bat: Kohli, MSD

    2 Bat + P/T bowl (or, WC to let Dhoni bowl): Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit, Rayudu, Karthik, L Rahul, C Gautam, etc.

    Spin allrounders: B. Aparajit, Ashwin, Jadeja, P. Rasool, etc.

    Pace Allrounders: S Binny, A Nayar, I Pathan, R Dhawan, B Kumar, S Yadav etc

    One wicket-taking Faster : Shami, Sandeep Sharma, Aaron, Unadkat, Yadav, Vinay etc.

    I dont think it need 150+ bowler. Team need bat till No.10, and most can bowl, at accurate line/length. It will form a best team for competition.

  • johnhamilton on January 26, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Agree that bendon maccullum needs to start contributing more with the bat but to say that nathan didnt contribute much is rubbish. He was arguably our best bowler on the day, he created the pressure with accurate bowling, and was unlucky not to get at least 2 wickets. As for the game, it was NZs to lose, India will be much happier that they managed to avoid a loss. A lot more chances to win for NZ than India, and with DRS it wouldve been a NZ win.

  • Nampally on January 26, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    It has been often said "Chances Win Matches"!. Both India & NZ blew their chances & the final result - TIE- is justified. So there is no need to feel sorry. Two previous ODI's were won for NZ by Corey Anderson. He did more this time in bowling by claiming 5 wkts but luckily for India, failed in batting. His early dismissal should have helped India to get NZ out<250. But some shabby brain cramped full tosses by Shami to Ronchi let NZ slip by.To make matters worse, Kumar let a catch thru' his hands for a six which helped Southee to compile another 25. India let another chance slip by after missing 5 Runouts, earlier. Fortunately for NZ, both Kohli & Rahane failed which led to mini collapse. But then later batsmen responded. Ashwin & Jadeja nearly won the match for India till Guptill's fantastic catch. Yes Jadeja was great in the last over of Anderson to get the 18 runs to tie. It was a see-saw battle ending in Jadeja nearly winning or losing!. Cricket - A great game of grabbing Chances !

  • Vikram_Rathore on January 26, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    I just can't understand how Gavaskar praises Rohit Sharma as a Great Talent, despite him averaging in early 30s as a specialist Batsman!!!! Mumbai bonding I would think. When Rohit & Ishant play for India, its like Indian team has 9 players against 13 players from the opposition! Its time to drop the useless Rohit IPL Sharma, pick Rayudu & get Ashwin to open the innings. May be Binny can come in the place of Raina for a couple of games, although Raina may be persisted with in preparation for the World Cup title defense...

  • Karthik78 on January 26, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    @Asadujzaman Shamim, it is not about one or two series, it is about overall performance. Hope you won't forget Champions trophy which was not held in sub continent, and it was in England. The cup is won by India while Pak finishes last. Don't say by watching one or two series, also India has never surrendered and did fight well in all the matches and not like Pak.

  • mxnmxn on January 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Its not Dhoni's team played well in the last game. They play like this in every game. Its NZ who played the bad cricket. Sorry to say, but after watching last 3 one dayers, I reckon both McCullums are not contributing to the team efforts. Captain should lead by example (by scoring runs and taking catches) ... not just adjusting the field every two minutes. IMO, NZ is winning by chance.

  • StevieS on January 26, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Every country has to say you start using the review system or you can play with yourself. New Zealand won this game if it was any other country they were playing against.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 26, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    As Capt.Meanster has mentioned,Kevin Pietersen was an off spinner and used to play for Kwa Zula Natal in that role even as late as I think 1999 when the English team visited South Africa. He was a big hitting lower order bat in those days. But then when he moved to England he realised that he had a greater chance if he played as a batsman.Ashwin was an opening bat but gave up batting as his first choice because of a series of unending failures. It was then that he took up off spin bowling and found recognition with that trade. One can see that he is a very organised batsman with all the strokes that the Rainas of this world would envy. And he is completely fearless against the fastest bowling. Maybe they should try him out in the top order.Similarly Jadeja should be given more responsibility in batting. He hails from a part of this country from where Ranji,Duleep were and from where Pujara comes. It is something in their genes I suppose. We could well have another Mankad in Jadeja.

  • ProdigyA on January 26, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    I saw the full match replay on espncricino and was really impressed by Ashwin's batting, even though his bowling was still very defensive and just about ok but not good enough for a strike bowler. I think he should be given a chance to open, drop rohit or raina and give a chance to rayudu.

  • on January 26, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A great game of cricket. Who would have thought Jadeja to do the heroics though fell marginally short. I think the opposition all over wants to bounce out Indian batsmen and the Indians will be pretty comfortable with short balls before the WC starts. Hey guys, bowl more short stuffs.

  • on January 26, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Actually, nz needed to beat up the umpires for giving so many wrong decisions against them. thats why india does not want to use drs. what a pathetic view of the game. still you are #1?. ireland/afganistan will beat you up so badly at foreign condition.

  • on January 26, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Jaddu should have tried for two on the last delivery rather being content with 1. There was nothing to loose except win. Probably forget same was done by NZL last pair and in the process loosing their last @ Bat. That reminds me of Tie game should actually be awarded to team with more wickets in hand!

  • on January 26, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    It was good game and nice to see Mc giving credit to Indian team. I wish, Dhoni too learn to say that opposition played better rather than what we did wrong after every defeat. NZ has all the gradient for making of a challenging team for WC15. I hear some NZ supporters arguing about short ball policy, but straight boundaries were so small anything missing by an inch on full ball would just go for a six nothing less. Also Jadeja edge not being given out was harsh and cost NZ the match. But I have different call on this. I have seen bowlers bowling more than 3 balls above shoulder height and still not being no-balled. It is when one go above the head they wide it, but according to rule 2 valid bouncer should be between shoulder & head. Some consistency would be appreciated. All in all a good game and we live to fight another day.

  • on January 26, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Dhoni should have checked weather forecast before handing over bat to NZ in 2nd one day. It's good to chase 300 so many times but giving away 300 so many times should also be a concern. Indian spin is pushing back where they have to improve as fast bowling is/was always a issue.

  • on January 26, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Time to put Rohit Sharma on notice. Lucky enough with 2 missed opportunities to get to 39!! This time thankfully he didn't block and get out. He has been playing from 2007 and 7 years is just too long for a player to cement his place. Name a player who has been persisted with for 7 years, losing games, destroying careers of other talented batsmen etc etc.

  • dbriggsnz on January 26, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Given the respect that McCullum and NZ continue to show India, it would be nice if MS Dhoni actually acknowledges our efforts in the last 3 one dayers. I haven't heard him directly praise NZ for anything they've done...only make up excuses for his own players. The guy just comes across as arrogant. Fantastic series though, and last night's game was one of the best I have ever seen. Bring on games 4 and 5!

  • cricketlover111 on January 26, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Great game at Auckland' Eden Park (or was it Eden Gardens?) . The support at the ground for the Indians was amazing, one of the best atmospheres at a game I have ever been too. A number of Indians fans that left after Dhoni went out must have been disappointed, you missed a great finish!

  • kiwicricketnut on January 26, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    our bowling was so one dimensional, when they were under pressure they just went to the short ball, its like the only plan they had, but they didn't execute it well at all, way too many wides and let india off the hook, hamish bennett showed them exactly where to bowl to these guys, on a fifth stump line at good pace on a good length, not short, you can set a field to that kind of bowling and keep india under pressure, as soon as you attack the stumps they cart you through the on side with powerfull wrist play, we need to be more disciplined in the areas we bowl and use the short ball as a shock delivery. my question is where were the wide yorkers, and slower balls, didn't see many of them but saw two bouncers every over, way to predictable. nathan mccullum is a one dimensional spinner as well who can only seem to bowl around the wicket, its not flash, missing vettori. alot for shane bond to sort out before the next odi thats for sure.

  • Alexk400 on January 26, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    This useless mccullum let jadeja become almost javed mianded. Its unbelievable. This will hurt nz for long time. I do not even mind nz losing to india. What i find astonishing is that these nz bowlers let useless ashwin and jadeja become mianded like. Nz have clueless ishant sharma bowlers. I am really mad at whole nz team.

  • Bishop on January 26, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    @hokeypokey...Agreed sending Anderson in at 4 was a big mistake. With 17 overs to go, you need someone who can build an innings...the situation was perfect for Taylor. I can only think they wanted Anderson there for the Powerplay overs. Corey unfortunately showed his inexperience by trying to do too much too soon.

    Also a big error from Ronchi - although his power hitting was invaluable, as soon as we had those two (needless) runouts, he needed to rein it in and make sure he batted through with the tail. Southee bailed us out, but it looked for a while like 280-290 was all we'd get.

    But really, we lost it in the field - an uncharacteristically poor performance (Guptill excluded), not only the dropped catches and missed stumping, but also we just seemed incapable of hitting the pegs...

    Still, we live to fight another day. Bring it on.

  • on January 26, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    India should look for other bowling options, shami needs a break, try ishwar too. what is the use of having so many bowlers in squad, Raydu should play next 2 games. He is a good hitte,r suited more for ODI

  • yetigoat on January 26, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    McCullum now offers less than NZ's last specialist captain, Lee Germon. At least he kept wickets..... McCullum just offers "interesting" captaincy options

    Nice face fungus though

  • likeintcricket on January 26, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Chasing 300+ score every time and getting so close is a sign of class batting. But India has two many batting all rounders and no true world class bowler. If they can produce couple of good bowlers they could become a real threat at away series too. But one should include DRS system in every matches now. This system has improved a lot and it is the future of all sports. Jadeja played an excellent inning but he got away with a bad decision and drop catches. NZ are very strong at home in limited overs cricket as like all the good teams and they can beat any side at this moment.

  • punerisachin on January 26, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    I do not agree some of the comments above. If Jadeja nicked and did not walk then there was another instance when Raina pulled a shot to deep midwicket and ran 3 runs but the fielder touched rope and umpire still didnot gave boundary. That would have sealed the match for india than a tie. So for knowing he touched the rope he still did not let umpire know shall we ban him for 5 matches as well. McCullum has shown good spirit by saying we can't do much about that nick.

  • on January 26, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    I wonder if it might have been better giving Nathan McCullum the ball at the death as he had been bowling at a good economy rate, whereas the fast bowlers were all getting tonked at that stage. McCullum only went at just over 4 an over most of the innings and had been creating chances. I think Brendon could put a bit more faith in him. Also a few bad umpiring decisions there. Hamish Bennet bowled briliantly. He's got a good record so far in ODIs. Seems like a lucky accident for him that Milne had an injury. I'd like to see more of him. He seems to have a maturity about his bowling.

  • Ambaarr on January 25, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    India should have been credited an extra run after a third umpire review clearly showed the NZ fielder had his foot on the rope while the ball was in his hands. The NZ commentator at the time (Simth) even wondered how the umpire passed the umpiring exam! So technically India won this match. Team totals have been adjusted (even recently in Eng X Aus series) after an innings break. Wonder why the same could not be applied here. The Indian "support staff" at the ground instead of being freeloaders, should have brought this to the attention of the officials.

  • on January 25, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    The umpires had a shocker in the New Zealand bowling innings. I would also agree that Corey Anderson batted at the wrong time, NZ didn't really play consistent enough for the win either. Much improved New Zealand team at the right time though.

  • Foxymoron on January 25, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @boomslanger I don't think arm chair critics dislike Brendon McCullum, or at least they've warmed to him. There was the whole way he usurped the captaincy by being best of buddies with a new coach most hadn't heard of. His inconsistencies with the bat are the real issue though. When he was keeping the wicket, he played an excellent role in the team. People question whether he can make the team on his batting alone. Specifically in tests. But his captaincy has come to the fore - especially when he has the players whom can attack in the way that he plays. I am very glad that, while it didn't work in this game, he isn't afraid of promoting Anderson ahead of himself. Ultimately, NZ cricket tends to rely on the team effort, rather than worldclass individuals. The NZ team looks like a well oiled machine, plus specific players are in excellent form and maturity... Williamson, Southee, Boult and Anderson, specifically, as well as Taylor ironically.

  • on January 25, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Marta im saying the pitches have been roads. i was Arguing because someone has said newzealand only win on these green tops. But in reality the pitches have dry flat roads. Not even remotely green tops. What are you on about

  • scott22 on January 25, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    @boomslanger NZers tend to not like McCullum for a bunch of reasons. To start with, he has a brash, cocky persona that is at odds with the general NZ psyche of hard working humility. When he first came onto the scene he was a potential world beater - amazingly talented batsman and an agile keeper with a good cricket brain to boot. However, McCullum has failed to capitalise on his talents and averages in the 30s in all formats, which is perhaps ok for a wicketkeeper batsman, but is definitely short of the mark since he gave up the gloves years ago. In addition to this, I doubt brendon will ever be forgiven by the nz public for his role in the nz cricket captaincy coup in late 2012 when ross taylor (a much more popular figure in nz) was dumped out by coach mike hesson + baz.

    You may think MSD is stubborn and doesn't captain well enough but NZers can't understand that as he has been enormously successful and has a great batting record, unlike mccullum who consistently lets nz down.

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    it is always 300 plus scores , even the teams chasing in New Zealand. nobody complaints now . the pitch is great ,sporting ,wickets not flat bla bla . havin the smallest of boundaries too. but when the same happened in india , no mouth were shut coz its flat rubber. cud someone give us an explanation pls? is team india biting u all when played at home? kiwis just smashed a 280+ on a tiny flat road. lol. the new record holder deserves to be or not, time will tell. he he.

  • LukeDuaneOldfield on January 25, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    @boomslanger

    He (McCullum) averages 30 in ODI's and 35 in Tests, he can't bowl and is no longer a keeper due persistent back issues. Put quite simply if it were not for coach Hesson dumping Taylor from the captaincy in favour of MCCullum (something that caused a massive backlash among cricket fans here) thenit's difficult to see McCullum as anything other than a exciting T20 player.

    His captaincy is like his batting, it's aggressive but it's also hit or miss... yesterday was miss he bowled Bennett too long in his first spell and he promoted Anderson up the order unnecessarily and then relied on him at the death. Personally, i don't dislike the bloke but i certainly have my doubts about him in our Test team.

    Imagine if Dhoni's average was 30/35!

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster in your opinion 2003 Indian series was boring, IMO I loved it, I loved the wickets falling I loved the so called great batsman looking like idiots. There are two sides to the game of cricket, and especially in these days of T20 cricket it mostly favours the bat, well I love when the ball dominates. Also how would preparing a greentop in a place where grass grows well, be any different to preparing a dry pitch in a place that has a dry enviroment?

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 25, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    @Jai Correa: You will be surprised to know that Ashwin was an opening batsman for his state Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy a few years back before he turned to bowling off spin. He's like an opposite reflection of Kevin Pietersen. KP began his career as an off spinner and then became a batsman, Ashwin is the vice versa. Ashwin will be more than happy to bat in the top 3 and in an interview he did say he would play the role happily if given.

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    India would have won all three one days, one can notice the losing margins- 1st ODI lost by 24 runs, 2nd ODI lost by 15 runs, 3rd ODI match tied.by the growth trend we can highly expect our team to win remaining 2 ODIs but for that MSD and Coach should fine tune their strategies, a team cannot be expected to chase 300+ score in every other game, there is certainly some strategic issue for our bowlers being so ineffective.India needs to ATTACK more and more..games cannot be won with such defensive mindsets, Ashwin and Jadeja show would certainly boost overall team confidence but we seriously need to find a wicket taking bowler , Jadeja n Ashwin bowl more of a containing the batsmen stuff.Their approach needs to be questioned by the bowling coach, taking wickets always ensure containment of runs...

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 25, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    @Hayden Field: Are you serious ? If there is ONE way to kill the game of cricket, that is to play it on a green top where both teams could be skittled out for less than 150. It happened back in 2003 when India toured NZ. All the ODI games were low scoring affairs. It was BORING as hell and made cricket look weak, less charming and dull. Think about it, if NZ only played on green tops, they would continue to remain in no.8 position in the ICC rankings. Cause when they come to India, they will be smashed to bits. ODI cricket is meant to be played on good batting surfaces with some bounce in there for the bowlers and batsmen.

  • boomslanger on January 25, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    A QUESTION TO ALLNEW ZEALAND SUPPORTERS: WHY IS BRENDON McCullum DISLIKED so much? Having followed the series very closely I have found it easier to dislike Indian Captain Dhoni for his stubbornness (The word "stubbornness" can be replaced by a simile : "Selfishness") to bat first and choosing a team that appeases himself rather than going horses for courses. problem

    But I have noticed nothing. yet, that might compromise Brendon as a captain,

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    NZ had the game in the bag but let it slip with poor bowling and dropped catches. .. you can't bowl 2.4 extra overs (16 wides) to a team with the batting class of India and expect to win....

  • on January 25, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    I think that putting Ashwin at the top would not be a good idea, because facing the new ball and the old ball are completely different animals. However if someone like Rahane was dropped, pushing everyone up the order, then put a bowler in the side- mishra or anyone BUT ishant sharma!

  • hokeypokey on January 25, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    What a game people!! Was brillant...twists and turns..thats why india are number one and we are 7or 8 (cant remember) the way they got out of a sticky position, applied pressure to our bowlers and got away with a amazing draw..we had chances. One other thing, I never want to see anderson go in before ross taylor, when taylor is proven to build an innings and everyone else can hit around him..taylor is the best batsmen we have to analysis a situation and can muscle it later on..it was a gamble that caused uncertainly in the order.enjoyed the game

  • marts30 on January 25, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    @Sam Fisher you don't make green tops in ODI's o_O When has Eden Park ever been a green top for an ODI? Or any venue for that matter? It was hard and fast pitch, good for bowling and batting.

  • on January 25, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Indian Cricket does not like the DRS...how about we change it from this, to that if there is proof of an edge....if they do not walk a 5 match ban? Also that the umpire gets half his match fee deducted for having a poor game.

    @ Sam Fisher - the BCCI demanded NZ cricket let them play on roads....Hesson asked for the pitches to be green.

  • Nampally on January 25, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Yes, NZ had their chances but failed to capitalize on them- McCullum is right. But so did India. In a space of 2 overs in Kumar's bowling, both Guptill & Williamson survived 3 chances of being run out. Had one or both were out, their 176 runs combined would have been reduced to about 40 & their total reduce by at least 125 runs. NZ had already 3 run outs even when India missed 5 other run out! If India can focus on converting these run outs then NZ have a lot to worry about! NZ should also realize that Guptill pulled out an unbelievable catch off Ashwin who was well on his way to carry his team to Win with 65. My advise to Dhoni is: 1. Let Ashwin open the innings & drop Rohit to #5. Ashwin is a better opener than #8. 2. Ashwin was also more economical bowling over the wkts. 3. Shami needs to avoid feeding Ronchi with full tosses. His 38 @ S/R of nearly 200 damaged Indian momentum. We got 2 more ODI's & India needs to win both to Draw the series. Implement some of these observations!

  • Harmony111 on January 25, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @C S Karthik: Buddy, when do we ever rely on our bowlers? We always rely on our batsmen to bail us out. :-p

  • cric_roch on January 25, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    So if 300 totals consistently scored in NZ, AUS, UAE and BD its all fine , but 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. Bilateral series are all for money making ,big long tournaments are tests of teams endurace. Ofcourse foreign test series has been a problem in last season, that going to improved ,they did better than expected in SA?

  • cricketcritic on January 25, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Mccullum needs to pull his head in, everything he said there relates to OTHERS when in fact he needs to look closely in the mirror. He scored his second duck, oversaw a shoddy fielding display, chose Anderson to bowl the last over, and set a WOEFUL field to the last ball, almost like he wanted to get it over with quickly. He also makes sweeping statements to the media only moments after his team walks off the field - make no mistake this is the Brendon McCullum show and to hell with NZ cricket.

  • on January 25, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    We have two more matches left and we can't always rely on our bowlers. Not that our bowling department is weak but we need some swing and medium pace too. Givng Ishwar Pandey a chance will be a great idea cause he's an excellent swing bowler and can get pace and bounce on this wicket. I'm 100% sure his inclusion or Stuart Binny's can change the game. Binny can bat as well but the best replacement for Ishant Sharma's position will be Pandey and Rayudu of course deserves a chance as he is potentially capable to handle the middle overs. Give Rayudu a chance instead of Rahane!

  • on January 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    There is no doubt that nz has played well . But if we analyze we will notice that india was in the match in all the games played till 95th over if anderson had to find form against india only , what one can do . On home soil you can do very little against the batsman like anderson , afridi,jaisurya. If they will, fire you have to loose the match.

  • on January 25, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    @ Lorde Buddha

    Planet you on? New Zealand won the 2nd ever, the 2000 edition of Icc Knock out tournament which got renamed the "Champions Trophy"

  • InsideHedge on January 25, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    If the Indian team improve just 5% in all the areas - very doable - we can cross the line overseas. As it stands, the facts are that we haven't won a single game since leaving India at the end of the West Indies series. Desperately need a win now.

    Plenty of areas for Indian think tank to ponder over. Ideally, would have closed out the NZ innings at 289 when Southee offered a catch to Bhuvi which really should have been taken. And our inability to take singles is a major problem; credit to McCullum for his aggressive field placings, MSD conversely offers PLENTY of singles to the likes of Williamson.

    Finally, credit to both teams. Great advert for the game, looked like a terrific atmosphere. I'd also like to see MSD mention NZ in the post match interviews rather than just concentrating on his team. C'mon MSD, I know it's not deliberate but you're an experienced skipper.

  • KiwiPom on January 25, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    The real reason we didn't get up to win this game was because we didn't get enough runs. This stems from the decision to change the batting order and promote Anderson ahead of Taylor. From then on we fell between two stools. Nobody quite knew what their role was. We virtually gave away the last 5 overs. We should have stuck to what worked in the previous games.

  • on January 25, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Aswin and Jadeja were given ultimatums ... To perform or go. Maybe the next game India can bat first and for a change the bowlers can win it for them. Play Binny for a batsman and things should change. Or get irfan back. Also we need Shewag or yousuf back.

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    On green tops. I'm sorry did I not see 630 runs last night. Try doing that on a green top! All the games have been scores of close to 3 hundred. The tracks are roads!!!!!!!!!'

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    It was a brave effort from Ashwin and Jadeja and in the end to hold on to a tie. I really really appreciate the effort which Jadeja has put in at the end since there was lot of pressure. I just closed my TV set when they were 9 wickets down and appreciate this turn around. I also appreciate the consistency of Mr Dhoni and really he has been playing well on all surfaces. My inference for this whole tour is, the guys will have to be given at least 3 practice matches before they can get into the real game. Mr Sunil Gavaskar's comments are very fabulous compared to all commentators. From experience he really assesses the whole situation very well and that with no coincidence that comes from experience to the the game of cricket. I am speaking just from the viewpoint of a commentator and should not be mixed with his efforts whcih he has put in for India as a batsmen. Lets hope that in the remaining odi's India will win alll matches! With rgds vernon pat, Bangalore

  • Brahams on January 25, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Ray24 - You comment - 'their team is very average and can only win at home' is true only for test cricket and not one dayers!

    India is a GIANT in ODI unlike NZ, which performs well mostly against subcontinent and weaker teams, and that too if the pitches are a bit spiced up.

    Having said this, this NZ team has the making of a good team. To get respect from Indians and the rest of the world, NZ has to win a World Cup or a Championship Trophy. Even coming to ONE final is a big thing. Bi-lateral wins played at home on green-tops do not help the cause.

  • on January 25, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Mccullum should be ruing the fact he's contributed nothing and averaging about ten in all formats in the last year. How is he excused.. He's a specialist batsman. I can't deal with it. How long will this walking wicket be able to throw on an nz top

  • vkumar_086. on January 25, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Jadeja is mega overrated. Nothing special about what India did today. Umpires helped India avoid a real thrashing and prevented it from being 3-0 NZ. If DRS was there, Raina and Jadeja would have been dismissed and India would have lost as they deserve to.

  • ramli on January 25, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    An umpiring mistake cannot be the reason for a result ... it is part of the game even with DRS, we have all seen .. why, India can also cry about the D-L method that ruled India as loser despite scoring more than NZ in 2nd ODI ... stop moaning NZs ... and grow up ... Hamilton is waiting

  • kowalski on January 25, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @ Ray24, Seriously? Two wins and suddenly NZ is a world class team? Especially in ODIs? Much better than India? I dont think you realize how hard it is to beat an in form Indian Batting line up anywhere in the world. NZ has won two matches against the No. 1 ODI team in world, NZ should feel proud of it! And. Stop. There. And yes, I dont remember NZ doing anything noticeable in India. It takes skills to bat everywhere. Lets see what Anderson does on absolute dead pitches. Only then will we know how 'skilled' he is. Lets call spade a spade :) India bowled poorly. Thats all. You dont win one match and suddenly DRS is a match saving requirement? India is at the receiving end of most of umpiring howlers and they dont seem to cry about it! Get good umpires (I thought billy was a good one!)

  • keecha on January 25, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Dhoni,however seasoned he is, can take a cue from this interview of Brendon. He is looking to take wickets. Today Dhoni was after wickets.The full team had that mindset.That does make a difference to the result.

  • manishwa on January 25, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Sad, everyone saw the edge of Jadeja - but no one spotted the NZ third umpire when he didn't rule a clear boundary on the ropes (while Dhoni was batting). The fact is - more than thirty years later, one thing hasn't changed - NZ umpiring.

  • Ray24 on January 25, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    What a howler from the umpire that cost NZ the game and the series. Too bad that BCCI can bully through to protect its incompetent team. The Indian fans should get their act together and voice for a DRS. They realize deep inside that their team is very average and can only win at home. To improve their performance they should work hard and honest, that will only benefit Indian cricket in future.

  • on January 25, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I think this will be a turning point in this series, India will take a lot of heart from this performance and I think they will draw this series now!

  • Akhter786 on January 25, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    With due repsect to sir jadeja and same abomination to kiwi fielders ,I am of the opinion that neither side deserved to win. Some people may argue that neither deserved to loose.

    Look at the fielding and bowling and batting of both the teams. Nzl were cruising to 350 had brain fade to all batsmen and should have been dismissed around 285-290. India came back and then let it go again with some pitiful batting once power play was over. Nzl were all over them, but became too casual and once Dhoni departed they just felt cozy and slept soundly , fielders more so. Then came back and this time should have been theirs game, but some how managed to snatch a tie(as good as loss confidentially) from the jaws of a victory.

    I wonder what McClenaghan will b thinking now after bowling such rubbish, when he had tweeted earlier about Faulkner's heroics against England," learnt a lesson today, games can be lost from such situations also"

    Alas! He had learnt nothing!!!!

  • Ray24 on January 25, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    What a howler from the umpire that cost NZ the game and the series. Too bad that BCCI can bully through to protect its incompetent team. The Indian fans should get their act together and voice for a DRS. They realize deep inside that their team is very average and can only win at home. To improve their performance they should work hard and honest, that will only benefit Indian cricket in future.

  • Nero28 on January 25, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    @Moza1968 who said you that yorker can't be hit for six. Yorkers can be hit to sixers. You should watch Kohli's CB series 133* how he hit Malinga's fast yorkers for severel sixes.

  • Dead_Motherboard on January 25, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @Charindra - I hate to bring something as silly as "facts" into the equation, but India won two major ODI trophies - the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013 - with the DRS in place. Now, I'm certain there's a deeper conspiracy to that as well and I'm sure you have the hard evidence to prove it, but it does directly contradict your claim that India would never win a game with the DRS involved. I eagerly await your measured and consideredresponse.

  • ASK3 on January 25, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Ganesh Ram Palanisamy, there was no opportunity for a second run; the fielder stopped the ball at a shortish cover and by the time they'd completed the run, mid off was already converging with the ball and the bowler backing up at the stumps; no way in the world could they have made that second run.

  • on January 25, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Jadeja didn't try second run. This is due to selfish cum defensive typical Indian mentality.

  • Moza1968 on January 25, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    A game of mystery. One mystery - how India are either one or two in the rankings depending which day of the week it is. They have been generally very ordinary in New Zealand. A few signs of genius but nothing spectacular. Look tired, lazy and overpaid.

    Mystery two - why all the short rubbish from New Zealand? Were our bowlers all following instructions to bowl short? I like the aggression our guys are showing, but they really lost the basics tonight. You can't hit a yorker for six - it isn't complicated. Short stuff can be smashed anywhere, and wides in the last over??? It was either a stupid plan, or hopeless execution, and either way cost us a the chance of a 3-0 lead and a series win with two to play. Eventually India will find some form, and it will probably be in the next two matches. Golden opportunity dropped boys. I have a horrible feeling you won't learn anything from this and we'll see more short pitched garbage next time too.

  • on January 25, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    What a pity Brendon McCullum still hasn't learned after 230 plus one day internationals about how to pace his own innings.

  • Alexk400 on January 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Bad captaincy. Complete panick by nz as whole team.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 25, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    since india opposes the drs it doesnot mean india or any other country deserves bad decision. And also drs with that cost not designed to eliminate howlers! why drs supporting people had cried when wrong decision was given using drs. That catch was clearly umpiring error and umpiring error is the parcel of the game since the cricket's very 1st match. india would have won many matches if indians look at these kind of umpiring errors in thd past.

  • on January 25, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Rather than criticizing India one should praise them 4 a tie rest is all luck ...mr charindra

  • on January 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    It is again abundantly clear why India don't want the DRS in operation. They would never win a game with it. And even with two match-turning umpiring errors in their favour (Raina and Jadeja), they can only muster a tie. How lame.

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  • on January 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    It is again abundantly clear why India don't want the DRS in operation. They would never win a game with it. And even with two match-turning umpiring errors in their favour (Raina and Jadeja), they can only muster a tie. How lame.

  • on January 25, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Rather than criticizing India one should praise them 4 a tie rest is all luck ...mr charindra

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 25, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    since india opposes the drs it doesnot mean india or any other country deserves bad decision. And also drs with that cost not designed to eliminate howlers! why drs supporting people had cried when wrong decision was given using drs. That catch was clearly umpiring error and umpiring error is the parcel of the game since the cricket's very 1st match. india would have won many matches if indians look at these kind of umpiring errors in thd past.

  • Alexk400 on January 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Bad captaincy. Complete panick by nz as whole team.

  • on January 25, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    What a pity Brendon McCullum still hasn't learned after 230 plus one day internationals about how to pace his own innings.

  • Moza1968 on January 25, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    A game of mystery. One mystery - how India are either one or two in the rankings depending which day of the week it is. They have been generally very ordinary in New Zealand. A few signs of genius but nothing spectacular. Look tired, lazy and overpaid.

    Mystery two - why all the short rubbish from New Zealand? Were our bowlers all following instructions to bowl short? I like the aggression our guys are showing, but they really lost the basics tonight. You can't hit a yorker for six - it isn't complicated. Short stuff can be smashed anywhere, and wides in the last over??? It was either a stupid plan, or hopeless execution, and either way cost us a the chance of a 3-0 lead and a series win with two to play. Eventually India will find some form, and it will probably be in the next two matches. Golden opportunity dropped boys. I have a horrible feeling you won't learn anything from this and we'll see more short pitched garbage next time too.

  • on January 25, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Jadeja didn't try second run. This is due to selfish cum defensive typical Indian mentality.

  • ASK3 on January 25, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Ganesh Ram Palanisamy, there was no opportunity for a second run; the fielder stopped the ball at a shortish cover and by the time they'd completed the run, mid off was already converging with the ball and the bowler backing up at the stumps; no way in the world could they have made that second run.

  • Dead_Motherboard on January 25, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @Charindra - I hate to bring something as silly as "facts" into the equation, but India won two major ODI trophies - the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013 - with the DRS in place. Now, I'm certain there's a deeper conspiracy to that as well and I'm sure you have the hard evidence to prove it, but it does directly contradict your claim that India would never win a game with the DRS involved. I eagerly await your measured and consideredresponse.

  • Nero28 on January 25, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    @Moza1968 who said you that yorker can't be hit for six. Yorkers can be hit to sixers. You should watch Kohli's CB series 133* how he hit Malinga's fast yorkers for severel sixes.