New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland

NZ's problem of the knockout punch

One of the most important issues New Zealand need to sort before the fourth ODI is their ability to shut the opposition out after getting to a strong position

Abhishek Purohit in Auckland

January 26, 2014

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Brendon McCullum leads his team off after the tie, New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland, January 25, 2014
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Not many would have bet on New Zealand beating India in three successive matches. The ODI in Auckland showed one of the reasons why. Few top sides would have allowed the opposition to come within one shot of winning from 184 for 6 in a chase of 315. New Zealand had a golden chance to finish the series in Auckland but blew it spectacularly. And for all their recent resurgence and Brendon McCullum's confident vibes at press conferences, it is this failure to deliver the knockout blow that they have to weed out.

New Zealand almost gave the impression that they were pleased at having tied the Auckland match, when it actually had been theirs to lose for a considerable period. McCullum even said they had done reasonably with the ball and on the field, when they had actually allowed what had been a long tail in the first two games to all but run away with the match.

"I think we are obviously proud of the way we are playing at the moment and the characteristics that we are showing in some of the cricket we are playing is very good," McCullum said. "They are the expectations we have of ourselves. We don't always live up to them. We are starting to see a team that is growing in confidence.

"We executed our blueprint pretty well for a majority of it. We lost our way for a little bit. In the field and with the ball we were okay, so from that point of view, I hope it sends the message that New Zealand is starting to get there as a one-day team and can really compete against big nations. We just need to keep backing it up and do it consistently."

Kane Williamson felt New Zealand had been "calm" in tough situations against quality players.

"When you play a world-class side like that, you know what they are capable of. You can sometimes let go and they will get away from you at times," Williamson said. "You get a wicket and you pull it back and for some reason, you can be quite calm in that situation. And I think we were and I think we have been in the last few games.

"It's an important lesson to take forward into the next two games because I think in tougher times, you have world-class players that can take the game away from you but if they get dismissed, whether they score a hundred or not, you have every chance of winning the game. The likes of Virat and Dhoni are extremely dangerous players but if you can get them out, especially chasing, you can defend anything."

New Zealand sent back both Kohli in the 15th over and Dhoni by the 36th over in Auckland. Yet, had Ravindra Jadeja managed to connect the last ball better, New Zealand would have failed in their defence of a substantial score. This is not to run down what has been a performance way above expectations against the world champions. New Zealand did manage to hold out a stiff counter from India in both Napier and Hamilton.

But as Jadeja and R Ashwin went after them in Auckland, they cracked.

Their fielding, something they pride themselves on, reprieved both batsmen with dropped chances. There was a missed stumping as well. They had relaxed their guard after the huge wicket of Dhoni, and you could sense some panic among the ranks. Boundary balls, wides, the occasional misfields. The wheels had come apart but, fortuitously for them, Corey Anderson just about got away with a very poor final over.

Which is why the fourth match at Seddon Park becomes even more crucial for New Zealand. India have sensed the hosts can be vulnerable even when they are on top.

"Hamilton will again be a huge game for us," McCullum said. "It's a good test for us. We are playing against the best and we have been confronted with some pressure situations and we are learning a lot about ourselves which is good. It should hold us in good stead in 12 months' time."

McCullum would want New Zealand to apply those learnings as well, for such a meltdown could prove far costlier in the World Cup next year.

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Posted by shane-oh on (January 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

@RSairam - you are confused, NZ beat South Africa in South Africa, and England in England. Whatever valid criticisms you may fire at NZ, and ability to win away isn't one of them.

Posted by shane-oh on (January 31, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

I'm a bit confused as to whether this article is meant to be taken seriously or not - the team which has just pulverised India in the series has a problem delivering the knockout punch? The team which has beaten South Africa and England away from home in the last 12 months? Strange ideas...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

stupid comments/article from those who hardly follows NZ .... they the team in last 10 months won ODI series in SA and Eng in their own turf... where since WC India hardly won any series(except zim) out their country ..... in fact NZ do not a good record in their own ground in recent times....

Posted by RSairam on (January 28, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

@cmatnz - Agreed without excuses that India lost to the better team in the first two ODIs. But we did not get thrashed and some selection issues may have made the difference and it is worth debating atleast to win the remaining matches. I assume you only want to put counter arguement when mentioning about jadeja decision and hence will not respond to that.. Population? seriously ? Come on. So you say NZ will become world-beaters if they are 1 billion? there are so many factors like passion, culture, quality of living etc... It is not like we have 1 billion people playing cricket everyday. Although the passion for cricket is huge, we are not a sporting nation so far and trying to improve there.. Mind you, we are a team in transition and have done well in recent ODI tournaments (last year, home and away). Hope you know how NZ fared in India too..NZ does well at home as they showed against Eng, SA and now India..but remember Bangladesh also does well at home and has beaten NZ twice.

Posted by LondonNZ on (January 27, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

NZ may have lacked the KO punch but at least they have fired a punch. India for all their heavyweight bluster have delivered exactly zero. They've been lucky to win a toss and even luckier with the slice of dodgy umpiring to keep them in game 3.

Posted by BigINDFan on (January 27, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

Lot of heated opinions on NZ and Ind. NZ is going strong currently and in their backyard difficult to beat as WI found out and now Ind is finding out. The fact is this Ind team is new and have to learn quickly to play well together before the WC2015. It does not matter if they win or lose bi-lateral series like SA and now in NZ. It does matter whether they learn from their mistakes like never ever bring back Ishant. Drop Raina and drop Ashwin for a proper leg spinner who can get wickets. NZ deserves credit for their showing but as Purohit observes they have a tendency for a melt-down which teams like Aus and SA will pounce on. Ind's No. 1 ranking or their population has no relevance here since the game is won based on who played better that day.

For those who are harsh on the Ind team here is a summary of WC wins 1) Aus - 4 times 2) WI - 2 times 3) Ind - 2 times 4) SL and Pak - 1 time each. WC2015 is wide open given no one is dominant currently in ODIs.

Posted by AltafPatel on (January 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

NZ didn't bowl good length which India always had problem playing with. Full and short deliveries were bonus to particularly Dhoni and Jadeja. In SA, they were troubled with these sort of deliveries struggling to even past score 200. NZ even didn't changed line when Jadeja was hitting strongly on leg-side in final overs, they could have bowled outside off swinging the ball to break his rhythm. Anyway, it's not all-over yet. Still 2 matches to play to seal the series.

Posted by gcblackcapsfan on (January 27, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

McCullum will learn from his error of not keeping Southee available for the final over. The fielding was unusually shoddy and too many extras accrued. The boys will still be confident to win 1 more game and wrap up the series.

Posted by manuka on (January 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Pretty scathing report for a team that on paper should be 3 nil down. Nz and the team understand that taking on the juggernaut of Indian short format cricket with the limited resources and talent pool they have is a monumental task. To have even been competitive is extraordinary, for me they can be total forgiven on missing golath's eye in this instance.

Posted by Vindaliew on (January 27, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

With Australia, even when they're down and you have your foot at their throat, there's always this lingering fear that somehow it'll all go wrong and they'll turn the tables, and you just keep praying until the fat lady sings before you can finally breathe easy. With New Zealand, even when you're down and they have their foot at your throat, you still somehow feel that all is not lost and you may somehow be able to turn it around with a bit of luck. That's the main difference between a winning team and a nearly-won team. New Zealand need a bit of ruthlessness in their approach, and with this current team I have a feeling they will have a lot of surprises in store for everyone.

Posted by DaGameChanger on (January 27, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@Rehan..behaving like 90s Pakistan..and fans across world stopped reading. There have been only two teams who have dominated the world cricket i.e WI and AUS..not India, not Pakistan not SA. So stopped leaving in fantasy world as if Pak was defeating everybody in 90s' in their own den.

Posted by RSairam on (January 27, 2014, 5:43 GMT)


I dont think anyone in India carries the fantasy of being compared with WI/Aus invincible teams. Everybody knows that the bowling is weak and needs vast improvement. I see you yourself are carrying a fantasy that Pak team of 90s can be put in that bracket of WI/Aus!! Time to clear perhaps?

Posted by DaGameChanger on (January 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

@Qasim..Even India won 3-1 in NZ last time they visited and one test series 1-0. Nothing speecial that Pak achieved. India is under transformation after 2011 WC atleast we know how to win BIG TROPHIES and not to lose against ZIM..

Posted by cmatnz on (January 27, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

@Rehan Elahi

Right on - this Indian team have cultivated some kind of god-complex around themselves that is totally unjustified.

Posted by cmatnz on (January 27, 2014, 4:33 GMT)


Sounds like sour grapes mate: "The ONLY reason why NZ are 2-0 ahead are because of India's bowlers and Corey Anderson. Anderson accounted to 40+ runs every time he batted in the first two ODIs. Take that score away, India would have won both games and been ahead."

Wah, wah, wah! I haven't heard many Indian fans giving genuine credit to the NZ team - frankly you were well beaten by a better team in the first 2 games and all that's offered up is excuses and criticism of selection choices. I could argue the only reason the last game was a draw was because of Jadeja's ill-gotten 65 when he should have been judged caught behind on 42.

There aren't many excuses when you can't find 11 guys who can bat, bowl and field from a population of 1 billion better than a nation of 4 million.

Posted by abc3 on (January 27, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Pak is a mercurial team that have potential to cause some upset victories against big teams once in a while but over a prolonged period of time they are very inconsistent and lose often which reflects in their ranking. To be ranked higher you need sustained performance over a 4 - 5 year period and not a one odd superb performance once or twice a year followed by prolong period of mediocre performance. Rankings are a fair reflection of a sustained performance not one odd series victory.

Posted by abc3 on (January 27, 2014, 3:11 GMT)

Pak fans keep saying the same. But when you analyse the finer points, they were able to beat SA since they got used to their bowling for a month and half (even if it was in UAE) before they landed in SA. So the familiarity of facing same bowling over a period of time helped them to some extent, while India landed in SA and played ODI 2 day after they got there with no practise. Heck they couldn't even get one outdoor net session all through the ODI series since it was raining everyday. Some of these factors definitely change the outcome. Also pak fans keep repeating the freak 2011 ODI series where they won in India 2-1 but fail to look beyond that after which they were beaten twice in a row in Asia cup and Champions trophy. contd...

Posted by criconomics on (January 27, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

I agree with Cpt. Meanster! It baffles me when a team with stupendous batting talent exposes its weak bowlers everywhere and keeps the batsmen for 'chasing' down scores keeping various options in mind. Dhoni's days as a great captain are over. But India will drag him till the cows come home. I find it tragic the way people have gone after Ishant. In a country devoid utterly of quality fast bowlers, Ishant definitely deserves to be treated better whether you keep him in the team or not. Who do you go to? Almost dead Zak?

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (January 27, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Ashwin showed passion on the ground while batting. This was missing from Indians in the previous matches, except may be for Kohli. I would say, Ashwin kind of inspired Jadeja to perform to the level he did. When a lower order batsman like ashwin bats like he did is a clear motivation for rest of the team to up their ante. I feel this is the difference.

Posted by PK-KID on (January 27, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

@lionoflanka, Big Lol at You.Laughing at ya this JOke( indians are performing fair everywhere) lol,rehan ,me and Many Fans around the world wouldn't agree 0.0% of your coment,.What are ya talking About Mate? ya so called inexperienced indian team is Experienced more than 5,6 Years Intl Cricket Exp ,but the Fact is indian team is medicore at Overseas ,Sl is ordinary team aswell.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

Indian Captain is their weakest link. His understanding of NZ players, field placements, bowling changes has been pathetic. His selection of playing eleven shows a very stubborn mindset. He persists with Jadeja, Raina and Ashwin because that helps his CSK team in IPL. I doubt his clarity of mind and purpose. He is determined to turn his CSK team mates into stars because it brings money in IPL.

Posted by Winchester666 on (January 27, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

@ cpt.meanster -r u naive or what? anderson has been the difference? And u say it like "the only reason nz won" lol well guess what? That is how u win matches, players step up. I guess williamson hasnt scored 50+ in all 3 games, n mccullum hasnt bogged down india, taylor hasnt gone 50+ in the first two, ronchi hasn't contributed at the end, southee hasn't taken any wickets or tough catches, etc etc, get where im heading. It's a team game. If u want to reverse it u could say india with no kohli wouldn't of even come close in the first 2 odis. What a ridiculous comment by you. and lets not forget u'r only still in the series due to some poor bowling and some extremely poor sportsmanship by jadeja, firstly not walking and then by moving after the ball was bowled and deceiving the umpires into calling a couple of wides. Was absolutely disgraceful behaviour. Notice how he couldn't look simon doull in the eye when he received man of the match, he knew he didnt play in the spirit

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

Disaster really from a Kiwi fan. No way should NZ have lost that match. Poor poor bowling at the death by Cory Anderson and MacCullum made the dreadful mistake of not having Bennett or Southee for closing out the final two overs. Needing 18 of 6 in the final , it should have been blockhole bowling from Anderson , instead he bowled balls short of a length allowing Jadeja to swing away. Anderson is a bowler who does not have the technique for bowling at the death.Howler from NZ really. Lets hope MacCullum and Hessan have learnt from that.

Posted by SameOld on (January 26, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

This NZ fan is pretty happy that these are the kinds of problems NZ has lately. It wasn't so long ago they were wondering who to pick and how to compete. Now they are wondering who to leave out and how to close out games they have led since ball one.

NZ played well, but could have been better. Considering they posted 300+ and took nine of ten wickets on offer I think that bodes well. Three strong performances in a row is even better news.

Yes, quite happy with these problems.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

Unfortunately, Nathan McCullums ego is far to big for the Black Caps. All he needed to do was rotate the strike to Ronchi to keep the runs ticking over and they would have set a total well beyond what India chased down! N-MAC has a self-serving mindset and should be benched as he is proving time and time again his focus is Heroism and glory and he is not a team player.

Posted by TheMonkeyThatLivesInYourHead on (January 26, 2014, 22:40 GMT)


Very poor stuff from you. The NZ B side they sent to Bangladesh to play on the worst pitches in the world is different from the one India are facing now. It's more like the NZ side that beat Eng away in Eng and SA away in SA. Tell me, how did this Indian side, or even Sri Lankan side, do when they were in SA last. Because from my memory they lost, badly. So which sides have trouble beating who away from home?

Posted by TrueFactors on (January 26, 2014, 22:26 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: Aparajit, Ashwin, Jadeja, 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, U 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.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Rather than talk abt nz'z problems u you write about india's inabilty to win outside the subcontinent. this indian team cannot beat NZ what will it do in the next world cup against teams like SA and Aus? if dhoni is capt, india will not even reach the semi-finals of the next world cup.

Posted by Dani-Successful on (January 26, 2014, 21:52 GMT)


You should manage to move Indian pitches along with the team too...Indian can beat any team in their home ground only... Pakistan has been playing outside for more than 5 years, but they've maintained their standard quite nicely... I wonder if india beat ban in ban.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (January 26, 2014, 21:05 GMT)

NZ have a tradition of being very good in home conditions. They even beat the might West Indies of the 90s in a home series. Even now, they are twice as good at home (isn't everybody).

Indian team is young and the most it is missing is the self-belief. They are missing 'Baap" players like Sehwag, Yuvraj and Tendulkar who could impose themselves on the game. Make the opposition bowlers scared. Right now, only Kohli and Dhoni are in that category. It makes a big difference. Rohit Sharma can be so good when he is not busy scaring himself.

Hopefully, more games like the one Ashwin and Jadeja played, will build that self-belief. Hopefully, we will bring Pujara and Yadav in the ODI game too.

Posted by Gazzaman on (January 26, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Umpires will always make a mistake or two. This is why the DRS system was introduced, to correct the obvious errors. In this game, two Indian players were clearly caught behind, mistakenly given not out, and did not walk. If the Indian players refuse to walk, then their team must have DRS forced upon them.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

Missing Vettori - enough said

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 26, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

@Qasim Mahmood: My dear, Pakistan beat SA in that ODI series because Pakistan have a good bowling attack. Your batsmen were poor throughout that series and also in the series back in the UAE. India have better batsmen than Pakistan any day of the week. The problem with India is that their bowling is very poor and that is making MS Dhoni take negative decision by bowling first. He's simply not confident to bat first because he feels no matter how many runs his batsmen make, they simply might fail to defend the total thanks to their insipid bowling and smallish NZ grounds. The ONLY reason why NZ are 2-0 ahead are because of India's bowlers and Corey Anderson. Anderson accounted to 40+ runs every time he batted in the first two ODIs. Take that score away, India would have won both games and been ahead. Also, we need to give credit to NZ's top fielding. They easily save 10-15 runs in the field compared to India. I still believe India can win the last two games and draw the series.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 26, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

I strongly feel India have the WRONG players on this tour. First of all, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Ashwin and Jadeja are all not the right players for these conditions. Yes, Ashwin and Jadeja helped bat India out of a hopeless situation but their bowling on this tour has been abject and completely short of decency. Raina, Rohit, and Rahane simply don't know how to play short pitched bowling against good decent fast bowlers. I would rather bring in a few more youngsters who have the ability to play fast bowling on bouncy pitches to give them some practice or a kind of auditioning before the world cup. As it stands now, India don't look like they can defend their title in 15 months time. Yes, they are one of the BEST teams in the world in ODI cricket at the moment. But, they have a lot of issues still when it comes to facing good fast bowling. Also, Dhoni's negative attitude doesn't seem to help their cause. Why in the hell is he winning the toss and bowling first ?

Posted by cricketcritic on (January 26, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

@ Nigel - yes I agree, just I'm more interested in my team (NZ)!! If I were an Indian fan I'd be concerned at their performances, especially given the talent the team has. I can't see India winning the WC out here

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Let us not forget the 2nd match was curtailed to 42 overs and India could not get the revised target by D/L method

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

@lions of Lanka impressed with your indepth cricketing sense..

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

@ lions of Lanka.

What ou taking about mate, Pakistan won away series again at newzealand in 2011, now in 2013 they beat mighty South Africans in their own den, while India and feeble srilanka can't even win a single match let alone series, get your facts straight before posting vividly.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

First it was a good game altogether and India made a mockery of the score with two part time batsmen scored all the wining runs. India's top order has still two more matches to belevie in themselfs and bat long, which will eventually win games for them. Ofcourse the bowling has to improve and be adjusted to the small grounds. Tight line should be maintained from the seamers, since the grounds are small the margin of errors should be negligible. Go India Go !

Posted by LionsofLanka on (January 26, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

@Rehan Elahi

Very poor stuff from you. I am die hard Sri Lankan fans still any fan on the world including me wouldn't agree 0.1% of your comments. Present Indians squad is not experienced plus they are playing well below their capacity. (May be 30% of their capacity) New Zealanders are familiar with grounds particularly batsmen who know where to hit in these small grounds. They struggled when toured outside their nation even against BD. SRT was example when he opened for the first time in his career & batted according to these predefined shaped grounds. Ashwin & jadeja did same thing in last ODI but others didn't. They used conventional style which isn't useful here. As a Pakistani, you don't need to understand when Moin, Inzamam did same styled batting in 1992 WC. I must tell you that Indians are performing fair everywhere & in our nation too whereas Pak can't bat anywhere; cheaply bowled out in 50s, 60s every now & then against lowly ranked teams too.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

First it was a good game altogether and India made a mockery of the score with two part time batsmen scored all the wining runs. India's top order has still two more matches to belevie in themselfs and bat long, which will eventually win games for them. Ofcourse the bowling has to improve and be adjusted to the small grounds. Tight line should be maintained from the seamers, since the grounds are small the margin of errors should be negligible. Go India Go !

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (January 26, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

I am afraid Rehan Ilahi the West Indies side of the 80s and early 90s cannot ,I repeat simply cannot be bracketed with Pakistan of 90s. Even the Australian side thereafter was very good but that was largely because the other teams were not in the same league.I wish you were not so obviously biased.

Posted by Manoj1234 on (January 26, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

India has done well, despite the scoreline. Dhawan and Sharma have been doing reckless batting and their dismissals were almost like unforced errors. If we replace the NZ bowling with Aussie / SA bowling in same conditions, it would have been a disaster for india.

Posted by PK-KID on (January 26, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

NZ Gonna Beat Medicore Team India by 4-0 ...india Shouldn't Tour Outside Home..I hope BCCI gonna workout Soon

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 26, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Teams getting all out consistently for 49 and 99 are mediocre and Pakistan is a prime example. Getting beaten by Zimbabwe and not being able to win a single game in England during the Champions Trophy are mediocre as well.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

Good show and India should come back from next match onwards.

Posted by ramli on (January 26, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

NZ did not dominate in any of the matches ... they played better cricket than India ... that is all ... give credit where it is due ... India did remarkably well to tie the match ... if they play better cricket in the rest of the matches, you will see a different result ...

Posted by ramli on (January 26, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

@Balasenty ... this is the same captain and team that won CT 2013 ... where ... in England ... so, be prepared to eat your words in a few days time ... comparing economy rate of yester years is pointless ... the playing conditions are different now ... in a sport, be prepared to enjoy the competition without prejudices ... have belief in the young team ... they will deliver soon

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

@unbealvable i just want to sort out my point that everyone who is representing his team has an ability.that is why they are there .newzealand players are good ,but indian players are also fully talented to do anything.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

@KrishnanAndy: check the comment on the different threads on cricinfo, all the Indian fans were calling Ashwin and Jadeja mediocre, and also to Ishant and Rohit. Ashwin has just taken 2 wickets in the last 100 overs in SA and NZ. His bowling is pathetic overseas, so is he world beater to you? Why are you giving example of 1983 WC and Champions ship in 1985? they were 3 decade ago and they were the only series India won overseas. India lost all other test and ODI series in England, Aus, WI in those times in 80's and 90's. After winning the 1983 WC, India was whitewashed 5-0 in India by WI. Overall Pak has much better win/loss record in Test, ODIs and T20, whether in subcontinent or abroad.

Posted by BalaSenty on (January 26, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Inda lacks fire power and I don't think India can ever win in ODI series, may be not even with non-test playing nations with the team of DHONI. Now also India will loose the series in NZ, no need for NZ to panic. Rohit, Dhawan, Raina, Rahane and Ashwin will work for the series loss and Dhoni will prove it that he is not a good ODI captain overseas and all preparation for both T20 and world cup ODI loss. Come on India, you better stop playing overseas to keep our pride. Poor NRI's come to all matches to see you loosing! pathetic selection by Patil & co.

Posted by unbeleaveable on (January 26, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Ravinder I would never ask an Australian for their opinion because You never get an honest answer, having played against them in international sport, they are great when they beleave they are good and pump themselves up like they are at the moment, but like any bully if you stand up to them they aren't so great. I respect an Indian point of view any time before an Aussie

Posted by Rick_T on (January 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

mark2011 - Hi Mark. Actually, of the 8 major cricket nations, NZ has the 2nd equal least number of ODI draws. Only Sri Lanka has fewer draws than NZ.

Posted by wapuser on (January 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Rehan- That's just senseless bashing of India which I believe is out of pure jealousy. None of the Indians can even think of comparing their team to the WI and Australian teams you mentioned. And seriously mate, Pakistan? They were good in the 90s but never near dominating the world. Sorry. And why does India get the stick for performing poorly abroad? Comparing the whitewashes of 2011/12 to this is plain and simple defying of logic. There is a hell of a difference in the team, one was a team full of aging superstars and the other a team of newbies. They have won matches at home a lost abroad. So? The same is happening with every other team. And before raising an opinion about India's overseas struggle have a look at your own team, who have not done any better in the last decade. Leaving out the poor post 2011 performances, you would find an excellent away record for India. Much better compared to your homeless team. So I'd suggest you to keep your baseless criticism to yourself.

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (January 26, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

I am an INDIAN and i am saying. jadeja is a curse to indian cricket, his batting is below mediocre.this innings was a fluke. he wont play match winnings ever under pressure ever.specially after chasing.first batting he his pull shot doesnt even cross 30 yard circle.DHONI's persistence with same team is no more rocket science, be ready to see that ishant again in 4th odi.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

@unbelevable .you are talking about new zealand players s ability .but think once what will happen if india batsmen played according to their ability .ask aussies about it ,rohit 's 200 and chasing 360 and 326 .if pitch is swinging then bhuvi and shami both are deadly too plus pace of varun aron

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

new zealand will definitely beat india because our batsman will not chase 300+ everytime in these conditions.india need to have the experience of harbhajan and zaheer outside india if they want to win matches with the ball.harbhajan was dropped because he wasn't taking wickets but his economy is far better than ashwin outside india,check his record in 2009 india tour of new zealand but ashwin is neither containing nor picking up wickets so he should also be dropped.

Posted by sergio11 on (January 26, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

@Rehan Elahi..90s pak??? pak will be better suited...before and after that year..same same ordinary team who hd never won a single match again IND in a major compatition....yeaa IND won Champions thropy in didnt watch it??yeaa IND did in style..i think u said ind lost to AUS,END and SA in test did u?? not to ZIM right?? no1 here claim IND is "the best team" ...but see the records..aftr 2007..3 major tournament title..including world that record we generally associate with a ordinary team??no man..shikar played below 35 odi and you want him to he like brandman in that small span?? still he was the MAN OF THE SERIES in champions thropy...pak,sl are all playing in flat tracks not just many pak or sl players hav a double ton in odis???..Rohit got one....

Posted by KrishnanAndy on (January 26, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

This is in response to Rehan Elahi's post. It is amazing to see how utterly biased one can be. India has practically won all the various ICC shorter format tournaments and both the 1983 world cup and the recent Champions Trophy victories happened in England. As also the inaugural World Cup T20 win. Even the World Championships that India won about two decades back was Down Under.

Calling Ashwin and Jadeja as mediocre again smacks of totally partisan views that hardly takes into consideration recent performances. In this case, the third tie.

India has probably got in new comers to settle in far quickly than Australia (still struggling to replace the likes of McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist, etc as well as Pakistan).

No team has really been able to replicate the level of the 80s Windies perhaps with the exception of South Africa.

Krishnan Anand

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

@Rehan Elahi,India has been consistently scoring over 275 in three matches and were very close on winning the first 2,not like the pakistan team which struggled against mediocre SL at their own home which they consider as their fort,lost and ODI and a TEST match to zimbabwe,pakistani batsman and are worst than indian bowlers for they don't have a wicket-keeper who averages above 16 in so many matches

Posted by unbeleaveable on (January 26, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

NZ played unbeleavable bad and drew the game. What does that tell us? If they play to their usual standard they will thrash India. We have played 3 games and NZ have not played as well as they can, what will happen when Jesse plays as well as he can, what happens when Brendon does? 350 - 400 is not out of the question, what happens when the ball starts swinging properly and Southee is unplayable? Yes NZ blew it but even then India didn't win.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

India has this fantasy that they are an 80s West Indies, a 90s Pakistan or an Aussie side of the first decade of the 21st century. They aren't simply. They have been beaten in every department whenever they've played abroad namely England 2011, Australia 2012, South Africa 2013 and New Zealand. They are only good at what they've always been; playing at home. Their "Bradmans" at the top of the order can't play seam, which they intelligently avoid the threat of by preparing cemented wickets. They have a below average bowling attack and project the mediocre likes of Ashwin and Jadeja as if they are world class. If India needs to be respected in World Cricket, then it needs to learn the art of playing all around the globe and not treat cricket as a Bollywood affair!

Posted by yogicoolboy on (January 26, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

Well played jadeja and Ashwin Hope they do well in the remaining matches also

Posted by Nigel_R_CZ on (January 26, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

@cricketcritic - Surely the real story is that India have still not yet managed to beat a team ranked 5 places below them after 3 games?

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

A bit more credit where it's due would have helped. Yes both Ashwin abs Jadeja were dropped early in the partnership, but that doesn't automatically mean they would have smashed it the way they did. I'm sure had it been Australia instead of India, such an article wouldn't have come out!

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

nz batsmen will never touch a ball with a bat in spinning tracks.

Posted by mark2011 on (January 26, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

what a goos chance NZ blew away to seal the series... I think NZ has some fate on getting matches tied relatively more than anyother team...if one checks the stats, i think Its NZ that hold for record of having so highest tied matches .....wht a pitty so many times NZ involve in ties....Good luck for next 2 mtches to seal the series..

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (January 26, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

The only other team that could let this happen is India. I won't blame NZ bowling either, they lost it a bit while batting in the last 10 overs, they could have easily managed 350. I am really not surprised with the Jadeja n Ashwin they have this capability n thats why Dhoni backs them, those who have idea of domestic cricket in India would know better. Now i am hoping this performance will help these two bowl better in coming matches.

Posted by ramsrr on (January 26, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

A well written article...New Zealand is raising in ODI squad and improved in batting and bowling front and they need to be ruthless and to have the killing instinct and win matches

Posted by cricketcritic on (January 26, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Well written this is the real story, not McCullum's positive spin. NZ blew it.

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