New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton January 27, 2014

Expect similar starts, but will the end be different?

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Match facts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0100 GMT)

Big Picture

The series has produced three close finishes, but there has been a certain caginess to both the sides. New Zealand have been wary of the Indian batsmen, India have been wary of Indian bowlers.

New Zealand have been over-aiming in the last 15 overs, scoring massively in spurts but also losing wickets to end up with scores either par or slightly over par. India have won the tosses, but even on a slow pitch and despite having failed chasing of late, they have refused to bat first because they don't want their batsmen to be under a similar pressure of over-aiming for an Indian-bowlers-proof total. The New Zealand bowlers, like their batsmen, have been superb in the first 35, but it is the resilience of the Indian batting that took the first two matches close and tied the third to keep the series alive.

Coming back to Hamilton for the fourth ODI, expect a similar script. The pitch will be slow, which will become slower in the second innings, so New Zealand will want to bat first, set up a solid platform in the first 35, and then go big in the last 15. India haven't given any indication they will change their plan of chasing whatever their bowlers give them to chase despite the slowness of the Hamilton pitch. Except they will want more from their batsmen and their bowlers in the first 35 overs, New Zealand will have similar demands in the last 15.

India can't win the series now, but if they win both the matches they can keep their No. 1 ranking besides just leveling the series.

Form guide

New Zealand TWWLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
India TLLLL

In the spotlight

Brendon McCullum has captained the side superbly and refreshingly aggressively, but he hasn't yet come off with the bat. He is one of the explosive three - Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi being the others - to take advantage of the platform set by the top four, but he hasn't been able to reprise the form he displayed in the series defeat against England last year when he scored three consecutive half-centuries. He will first want to avoid a hat-trick of ducks, and then do something about having scored just one fifty in his last 15 innings.

Suresh Raina's drought has been longer. He has scored just one fifty - that too against Zimbabwe - in his last 30 innings without any threat to his place in the side. The rope must be getting shorter.

Teams news

It will be interesting to see if New Zealand go back to Kyle Mils on the slower Seddon Park pitch after Hamish Bennett's showing at Eden Park. It's unlikely Correy Anderson will be rested yet with the series still alive.

New Zealand 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt.), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9. Kyle Mills/Hamish Bennett, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

India are likely to retain the XI that tied the Auckland ODI. Suresh Raina is feeling good about his sore elbow.

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

Pitch and conditions

R Ashwin expects the pitch to be quicker than six days ago, but the basic nature of the Hamilton surface is unlikely to change. There has been rain around, but it is unlikely to be a threat to the match.

Stats and trivia

  • The last 20 times that India have won the toss outside Asia, they have chosen to bowl.
  • New Zealand have never lost a home ODI after posting 300 batting first.
  • Corey Anderson has registered both a hundred and a five-for in ODIs after just 12 games, a new record. Greg Chappell, the previous incumbent of the record, took 16 games to achieve the feat.

Quotes

"I used to be surprised initially when I was going away from India to see so many India fans. Now wherever we go even to England or Australia, it is lovely to see the hospitality we get in terms of fans. There was a situation in the Champions Trophy when we outnumbered the English fans in the final."
R Ashwin thanks the expat Indian

"That's cricket. Things like that happen. What we have done against West Indies and this series ... we haven't had many of those times. For a little while there, I guess everyone gets excited and under pressure, you fumble things and you miss chances. You are thinking of the outcome instead of the processes. Like i said before, if we keep going with the same mindset we have had for a while now, then in the next game, we shouldn't make those kind of mistakes."
Luke Ronchi's answer to whether New Zealand cracked under the pressure in Auckland

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | January 27, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    slower wicket so i'd play neesham somehow not that i would want to drop bennett after his performance but you have to use the best players to suit the conditions so not too sure what the selectors will do. hopefully they go away from this plan of over the top short ball bowling and just go back to good odi bowling with good variation, bennett showed them where to bowl, the rest just have to follow his lead, im not saying don't use the short ball because it has worked they just need to be smarter and more accurate with it and what ever they do they should of learned not to attack the indians stumps, if nz learn from the mistakes of auckland we will win, if they do the same thing india will probably get their first win one thing we can expect it will be close.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 28, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    @ Nampally wrote "Kohli, with the best batting average in the ODI's...Ashwin & Jadeja the top spinners… Rohit- one of the 3 "Double Centurion" in ODI's, Dhawan as the prolific ODI bat."

    Rubbish. Complete Rubbish. Despite his dip in form, Amla still has a higher average than Kohli. Furthermore, Narine & Herath are higher ranked ODI spinners than Ashwin and Jadega. Rohit may have scored a double, but that was in Ind, on a dead flat track. He is a complete failure outside of India, as is Dhawan, as non-prolific batsman as one could see outside Ind. Notably, he has been dropped.

    Facts are facts. Get yours right.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | January 28, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    Binny is capable replacement for Raina... with additional benefit, as he can bt anywhere in the top 7 and make impact. Bowling... as good as or complementing Raina... I kind of see the grip is loosing on Raina... it backfires to cry on silly things lik batting 4th or 5th or 6th for that matter... His experiment and adamant stance cant help even religious support from Captain... Good shuffle.. if not for this match... atleast for the long run...

  • POSTED BY Raja75 on | January 28, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    I want to predict on thing. I am 90% sure these both matches will be won by India. Either very Easily or with some thrill. But it is for sure India will win. Pattern: NZ NZ Tie IND IND. 10% chance of upset.

  • POSTED BY bhadra on | January 28, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    very good selection for odi # 4. too good. hope this will shut down all arguments.

  • POSTED BY skobe on | January 28, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Finally, Dhoni is willing to challenge by making good changes in the batting line up and also willing to bat first.Hope and pray that they come up with a win today to stay alive in the competition.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    What a looser Team India is when playing outside their comfort zone , I meant outside Sub continent - They, Opposition and every body knows they are scared of loosing if they allow opposition to bat 2nd. Irrespective they are loosing any way!

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | January 28, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    @silentassassin_88 are you mad Dhoni is not blaming that he is short of bowlers,but his bowlers are not doing well.There is no difference of having 5 or 6 or even 11 bowlers in the team if they all go for 7 or 8 per over. Raina is scoring 30's with a strike rate of above 100 which is more important, better than rohit and rahane . your comment claims that you are against raina, dont be biased.I am not supporting him but i am saying that no other player can do that in the absence of raina.dont say that binny can score like him, he cant even play in indian conditions. And more over what Dhoni can do with that kind of bowlers, he cant go and bowl alone like what he is doing in batting . with this kind of bowlers even god(not sachin) cant set an aggressive field set. Don't ever say that he is fearful,l your son will laugh at you.You cant find a better captain, we need to find atleast average bowlers to solve our problems.

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | January 28, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    In the article: "India are likely to retain the XI that tied the Auckland ODI. Suresh Raina is feeling good about his sore elbow." And with that all of us are feel SORE about his good elbow.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 28, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Please guys if india is not performing that doesnt means u will gv opinions on them. U r ntn but a public. Every body has good ot bad times. If indians are bad then i ask your country to go above us. If we are flat pitch bullies then why cant your country beat us on that flat pitch. We are awsome in our conditions. So u guys are jealous of that.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | January 27, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    slower wicket so i'd play neesham somehow not that i would want to drop bennett after his performance but you have to use the best players to suit the conditions so not too sure what the selectors will do. hopefully they go away from this plan of over the top short ball bowling and just go back to good odi bowling with good variation, bennett showed them where to bowl, the rest just have to follow his lead, im not saying don't use the short ball because it has worked they just need to be smarter and more accurate with it and what ever they do they should of learned not to attack the indians stumps, if nz learn from the mistakes of auckland we will win, if they do the same thing india will probably get their first win one thing we can expect it will be close.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 28, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    @ Nampally wrote "Kohli, with the best batting average in the ODI's...Ashwin & Jadeja the top spinners… Rohit- one of the 3 "Double Centurion" in ODI's, Dhawan as the prolific ODI bat."

    Rubbish. Complete Rubbish. Despite his dip in form, Amla still has a higher average than Kohli. Furthermore, Narine & Herath are higher ranked ODI spinners than Ashwin and Jadega. Rohit may have scored a double, but that was in Ind, on a dead flat track. He is a complete failure outside of India, as is Dhawan, as non-prolific batsman as one could see outside Ind. Notably, he has been dropped.

    Facts are facts. Get yours right.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | January 28, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    Binny is capable replacement for Raina... with additional benefit, as he can bt anywhere in the top 7 and make impact. Bowling... as good as or complementing Raina... I kind of see the grip is loosing on Raina... it backfires to cry on silly things lik batting 4th or 5th or 6th for that matter... His experiment and adamant stance cant help even religious support from Captain... Good shuffle.. if not for this match... atleast for the long run...

  • POSTED BY Raja75 on | January 28, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    I want to predict on thing. I am 90% sure these both matches will be won by India. Either very Easily or with some thrill. But it is for sure India will win. Pattern: NZ NZ Tie IND IND. 10% chance of upset.

  • POSTED BY bhadra on | January 28, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    very good selection for odi # 4. too good. hope this will shut down all arguments.

  • POSTED BY skobe on | January 28, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Finally, Dhoni is willing to challenge by making good changes in the batting line up and also willing to bat first.Hope and pray that they come up with a win today to stay alive in the competition.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    What a looser Team India is when playing outside their comfort zone , I meant outside Sub continent - They, Opposition and every body knows they are scared of loosing if they allow opposition to bat 2nd. Irrespective they are loosing any way!

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | January 28, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    @silentassassin_88 are you mad Dhoni is not blaming that he is short of bowlers,but his bowlers are not doing well.There is no difference of having 5 or 6 or even 11 bowlers in the team if they all go for 7 or 8 per over. Raina is scoring 30's with a strike rate of above 100 which is more important, better than rohit and rahane . your comment claims that you are against raina, dont be biased.I am not supporting him but i am saying that no other player can do that in the absence of raina.dont say that binny can score like him, he cant even play in indian conditions. And more over what Dhoni can do with that kind of bowlers, he cant go and bowl alone like what he is doing in batting . with this kind of bowlers even god(not sachin) cant set an aggressive field set. Don't ever say that he is fearful,l your son will laugh at you.You cant find a better captain, we need to find atleast average bowlers to solve our problems.

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | January 28, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    In the article: "India are likely to retain the XI that tied the Auckland ODI. Suresh Raina is feeling good about his sore elbow." And with that all of us are feel SORE about his good elbow.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 28, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Please guys if india is not performing that doesnt means u will gv opinions on them. U r ntn but a public. Every body has good ot bad times. If indians are bad then i ask your country to go above us. If we are flat pitch bullies then why cant your country beat us on that flat pitch. We are awsome in our conditions. So u guys are jealous of that.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | January 28, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    I am gonna stick my neck out and say India will win the next two. Also thanks for the SL posters and their ilk for the funny comments. Keep going guys, till you realise you are just making a spectacle of yourselves.

  • POSTED BY Ajmal_Magician on | January 28, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Common Team India, you gotta prove you belong from the BIG 3. Or else you don't have a right to relegate teams,after all your not better than the 8th ranked team with the performance you have put so far or are you. So do we relegate you instead??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 28, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    BCCI you are wasting your efforts in wrong things such as grasping the power in ICC. Look how pathetic your team is not being able to win since ages now outside India and getting bashing from an 8th ranked team. Maybe your efforts if diverted to your team instead, would bring some much needed wins for your side.

  • POSTED BY ssrinivas19 on | January 27, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    time to drop raina, come on, no 50 since jan last year, why is he even in the indian side when sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj have all been dropped for similar reasons?

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | January 27, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Today is the New Zealand collapse. They played their best cricket and they won't get any better. Guptill will start too slow and force Ryder into a rash shot, then Williamson, then Taylor. McCullum will get another sub 10 score and Anderson will hit a fast 30. NZ to score less than 150 today folks. India for the win, big day for Kohli to overtake AB Devilliers. McCullum to be under no pressure whatsover after his batting average drops below 30 and with Munro and Latham in the wings.

  • POSTED BY satchander on | January 27, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    @Chetan Asher: Yes I know you would do that and am with you on that but guess what Dhoni would just be thinking, "my boys are doing good, i will keep playing Raina, Ashwin, Rohit - my best buddies"

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 27, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Indian fans think no end of their team. If they don't pull their finger out they are going to loose tomorrow. Therefore it is no wonder that they should have a great team. There are 1.2 billion people which is probably more than the population of all the other countries put together. I have not got a problem with the Indian team. It's the few boastful and opinionated fans that I have an issue with. To those fans just look up the highest record test score to see who scored what against whom? Do you think your team can do better? Somebody said actions speaks louder than words!

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | January 27, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I've always considered India to be the favourite of this series regardless of NZ playing at home.

    However, NZ are the bogey team which once get a sniff of blood will go for the kill. Unfortunately, on the off days, they can be terrible, but good on them that they have played consistently well over the past few games. I don't see any change for the 4th ODI. If Ryder and McCullum's can get going, NZ won't be pushover.

  • POSTED BY bobbo2 on | January 27, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Come on NZ. Show the BCCI why the smaller nations matter and beat India today. You have the far superior bowling attack and the ability to score big runs.

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | January 27, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Bennett's performance indicates the utility of a Sachin or a Sehwag at the top. They would not let him settle into that rhythm. This is where the self-belief comes into play, where you take calculated risks to put the bowler off his game.

    It is a thin line between holing out foolishly and playing a deliberate uppercut. One that the current Indian openers have had limited success with.

    Exciting game ahead, it is always fun to watch the NZ team on their home turf. Their ground fielding is awesome and everyone is full of boyish enthusiasm.

  • POSTED BY drose17 on | January 27, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    1.dhawan 2rahane 3 kohli 4 raina 5 dhoni 6 binny 7jadeja 8 ashwin 9 b kumar 10 shami 11 pandey

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | January 27, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    "Suresh Raina is feeling good about his sore elbow". I am not feeling good about his sore form. Binny for Raina ? What would it take for Dhoni to make a change ..

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Its time to bring in Cheteshwar Pujara. I'm sure everyone thinks he's only a Test batsman, but on away tours, we need stability in the middle order. Pujara can provide that. Raina... well, everyone has his number now. Bring on the fast bowler, bowl short, get him to pull or hook, make sure you catch the ball; all too easy.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 27, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Abdul Nafeh: Its because Binny will go for 7-8 runs per over. remember we all fans were criticizing Dhoni and crying to drop ishant and bring in varun. Dhoni did drop Ishant and brought Varun and with only one game you are trying to drop Varun. Make up your mind what exactly you want. If Binny fails which he will then who. Varun is far superior bowler than Binny.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    No DRS - a choice that India should NOT be allowed to perpetuate (they even look angry when they DO edge the ball and are given out, that is how privileged they consider themselves) - is the ONLY reason this series is still alive... that and your noisy, manic fans, who were the only reason that the edge was 'apparently' not heard. Yeah, whatever, I was in row N of the North Stand and I heard it. India are cheats... the BCCI and the "big three' (or the underwhelming, deluded Amigos as I call them) have got nothing on us... why don't you break away and form a second-tier comp where you belong.... you can keep playing Bangladesh lots at home and keep juicing up your stats without pretending you are good anymore...

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | January 27, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    "The operation was a success but the patient died" is ironic. "The captaincy was superb but the game got away" is just silly.

  • POSTED BY CricketFanInLosAngles on | January 27, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    India need to play Binny and sit out either Raina or Varun. Preferrably Raina as he still has a long way to go before he is comfortable with short pitched balls.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    They are not even printing my awesome ones anymore and when I have a connection to the Black Caps that makes my comments relevant outside of my cricketing knowledge which is extensive. What a disgrace. Why do I not get my articles printed anymore? No swearing, valid points, early information, detailed NZ / local angles, good grammar and syntax... so, why?? Simple. I am pro-NZ (which cricinfo racistly allows the endless bashing of by exclusively Indian comments, when Indian fans are objectively manic and deluded) and I hate the BCCI, making insightful and harsh but literally accurate and justified comments about this waste of organisational space... but cricinfo are too chicken to print the truth. This is an English-based site after all and, as we all know, England are in bed with the BCCI, or trying to be. Hang your heads. Shame. Oh and your lack of KI versus Australia in that fifth ODI makes you a laughing stock and an abject disgrace. Worry about yourselves.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 27, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    @jiten27: You said :Unless selectors decide ( I guess;to select Pujara), Dhoni cannot do anything: is not quite correct. When Pujara was selected in the ODI series against England or OZ, I cannot remember, he was benched in 3 successive ODI's by Dhoni. Dhoni made him bring the drinks as a 12th man & then gave him tongue lashing (don't know for what) right with TV cameras on him! After that the Selectors did not select him for the ODI's. The fact is Dhoni does not like Pujara- period! Until India has a new ODI captain, Pujara will be excluded from the ODI's. Quite honestly it does not make any sense to exclude your best batsmen & keep announcing in the press conferences- India does not have a #4. Raina or Yuvraj are Finishers- Not #4. #4 position is for sheet anchors who stay there at one end to provide batting stability. Pujara did this admirably in Tests- both in India & in SA. Pujara saved Dhoni's skin twice in both the tests in SA but Dhoni's poor captaincy lost the series!

  • POSTED BY Cricket4Lifee on | January 27, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    MSD would probably go with the same 11 as game#3. Raina is the only weak-end in the line up from my view. Expecting MSD to play his characteristic anchor till the end. India should carry the confidence that the last game gives and end the drought of not-winning. Good luck team, you guys are always the best to us.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Replace Raina with Binny Get jadeja up the order It should work Binny can come good in the finish and bowl better

  • POSTED BY Leg-Breaker on | January 27, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    not sure what ashwin is happy about - we lost to SA in tests, in ODIs. lost the first 2 ODIs to NZ, tied the third one and effectively ruled a series victory out against NZ ranked 6 places below us.

    Negatives: Rohit, Raina, and Dhawan have been firmly put in the flat track bully category after the SA and NZ performances. Ashwin is horrible as a bowler If the boundary is not IPL size, Indians do not have any chance of winning Fielding was horrible - the number of run out chances missed was awful.

    Positives Ashwin's batting (does not condone his bowling) Jadeja's batting - too early to tell if it is a flash in the pan because of small grounds Ishant hopefully is gone Bhuvaneshwar seems to have found yorker length

    Things to do for india 1. new openers 2. shami needs to improve economy rate 3. find spinner - but if we find a good one, do we have drop ashwin or jadeja since their one batting display 4. force world cup to held in small grounds and flatter tracks

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 27, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    I like Abdul's comment. I would like to see irpha Pathan in that case.

  • POSTED BY BatBowlCatch on | January 27, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Even as a Kiwi cricket fan I would like to see India win this one. What a thriller the final match would be and it would surely draw a bigger crowd. Don't get me wrong, I am behind NZ all the way to win the series. It's about time Brendon McCullum stood up too. He is proving to be a brilliant Limited-Overs skipper but there is no place for a cox in the NZ side. He needs runs. I often wonder if the top of the order would suit him better at this level. With Cory Anderson down the order providing the big hits most of the time I think Kane Williamson might be a better option at five or six to hold the tale together late in the innings. Too often recently both McCullum and Anderson have both been going hammer and tong and it's not a good balance. Tom Latham is lurking nearby and I think Williamson could handle the captaincy. I will add that we don't need any big calls like that before the World Cup so come on B-Mac, we need to see the best of you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Varon Aaron went for 6+ runs per over in the last odi and just bowled 7-8 overs. If thats the case, why dont give binny a chance in place of him. I am sure he wont go for more than 7runs per over. Plus his batting skills would prove out to be very handy in the ending stages. Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin, Jaddu, Binny Kohli and Raina can bowl the remaining 10 overs.

  • POSTED BY doni_lourdu on | January 27, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Most of them wrong with Aswin. He is the one who took wicket in ENG & AUS like Kumble & Harbhajan. Also good with bat. Currently India need one Medium Pace all-rounder and one Fast bowler. Kohli & Dhoni along with others batsman did good in recent times (Outside Asia). Our winning mainly based on fast bowling in outside Asia. With out a good fast bowling department India will continue their history by loosing. Hope Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron bowl well in reaming games

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | January 27, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    The benefit of playing two spinners in overseas conditions when you have three fast bowlers and a fast bowling allrounder warming the bench is beyond me. If Dhoni is afraid or suspension for not able to ensure 50 overs in allotted time limit, he is not fit to Captain. Other teams with faster bowlers seem to have no difficulties in completing 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY Tevin_Vincent on | January 27, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Indian team will have to focus more on their selection to overcome the recent tragedies in foreign wickets. There's no reason why they exclude their most eligible batsman,Pujara in odi format .He can give consistency in top order and accelerate later on. No.7 and No.8 position will be critical ,Jadeja and allrounder Rishi dhavan can play their part. Bowlers need to be compact with the situation. likes of Zaheer khan can give some Experience to the newbies out there. The optimum team for 2015 world cup will be :-- 1) S Dhavan 2 )Pujara 3) Kohli 4) Yuvraj Singh 5) R Sharma 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Rishi Dhavan 9) Buvi kumar 10) Shami Ahmed 11) Zaheer Khan substitutes :- 1) harbhajan singh 2) Varon Aaron 3) Raina 4) Umesh yadav 5) Rahane

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 27, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    I am intrigued by the heading "India seek new end to old story"! India came here as the favourites to Win this series but did not perform like world Champions against the 7th ranked team in ODI standing. This is the same team with Rohit- one of the 3 "Double Centurion" in ODI's, Dhawan as the prolific ODI bat & Kohli, with the best batting average in the ODI's, + Dhoni the best Finisher in the ODI's. Add to this Ashwin & Jadeja the top spinners & Shami a good pace bowler with lot of wkts. in ODI's since his debut vs. OZ in 2013. With so much all round strength, the Indian Fans expected a much better Indian performance. Hopefully the Tied ODI 3 will kick-start this Indian team to believe in themselves & their #1 standing. India should be brimming with confidence instead of diffidence to score or take wickets. Dhoni & Co: Pl. show your form that was exhibited against the OZ in the last ODI series in the 2 remaining ODI's. Be determined to Win & play like winners- Victory will be Yours!

  • POSTED BY Tevin_Vincent on | January 27, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    the optimum team for 2015 world cup will be :-- s Dhavan Pujara Kohli Yuvraj Singh R Sharma Dhoni Jadeja Rishi Dhavan Buvi kumar Shami Ahmed Zaheer Khan

    substitutes :-

    1) harbhajan singh 2) Varon Aaron 3) Raina 4) Umesh yadav 5) Rahane

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | January 27, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    so what has Rahane done to warrant a place. an average odi player at best. His average of 24 is the worst i have seen for a modern indian middle batsman and i am not even talking about how pathetic his strike rate is even with only 4 fielders out. The world cup is so close we dont need whole changes in the side. stick to the best resources we have and try to get yuvi, sehwag back in form. Aaron looks promising if he stays fit, bhuvi is skillful, shami looks tired

  • POSTED BY cjscanada on | January 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Varun, should be played in both the games and should not be judged until he has played at least 10 to 15 games. Rohit is missing self belief and his temperament is suspect and Dhawan is coming out of his honeymoon. Though India has not played according to their status, it is expected as this is a young team and needs to be developed. I wish we had lost this game rather than win it through unfair sportsmanship. This is why I like Dhoni, he would have walked. I am not surprised at the Kiwi's performance they have great attitude and give their best out. Their fielding is excellent and have exciting talent. If Jesse tries to harness his aggressive nature at least for the first 10 overs, this team will be one of the top teams to beat. I wonder why Neesham is not playing? Anyways though i would like India to win, it would be nice to see a good game and so far this series is very exciting. Good luck to both and hope the next two game remains as competitive.

  • POSTED BY jiten27 on | January 27, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Pujara is not selected for oneday squad, selectors did not select him, so dhoni cannot do anything. unless selectors decide. I wish selectors open their eyes , that wts happening to tour. then they may be call him. in tour they should try stuart binny instead of raina, he has scored 7 centuries and few fifties and medium space bowler , he will be useful, nothing to loose, it better for india.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    If we put two drawn series aside the scoreline for odi in Newzealand reads 3-1 in favour of the Kiwis.Figures make it amply clear that the Black caps are tough nut to crack at home.The story is not much different this time either with NZ either winning or worst squaring the series.The problem with team India as ever remains the same i.e,to let the odds invariably get the better of its bubbling desire to emerge supreme abroad a la the Aussies and the proteas.A win here or a win there would again wipe the bitter memories out till a new series causes them to surface again.The saga of consistency continues.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | January 27, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Raina, Ashwin and one of Rohit/Shikar should be out. Rayudu (at #4), Mishra(NZ are not good with leg spin) and move Rahane to open and play Binny as @6

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    End of MS Dhoni Era...... Start of New Era like T20 World Cup 2007 New Captain and Teams...... So Start of New Era like ODI World Cup 2015 New Captain and Old Members. (1. Sehwag, 2. Gambhir (Captain), 3. Pujara, 4. Kohli, 5. Yuvraj (Wice Captain), 6. MS Dhoni (Wk), 7. Irfan Pathan, 8. Harbhajan, 9. Z Khan, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Varun Aaron)

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    @prakash ya i agree with u but dhoni selection is worst why he was persisting with ishant , raina i don't know same way with jadaja as well but since he has batted in the last match that doesn't justify he is good. the match was on our side and we should have won it.still he couldn't cross the line but i think ashwin played brilliantly & sir jadaja couldn't do it what is the use of such thing draw ......

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover1 on | January 27, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Raina should not play next two games..DHONI should try Binny for next two games and see if he can fill in the gap of fast bowling all rounder. if he fails..no problem..but if india loose next two games with Raina playing..its will be bad for Indian cricket and the self confidence of new players like Binny. Dhoni Please remember that INDIA NEEDS A FAST BOWLING ALLROUNDER..period.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 27, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I've been rooting for Rahane to get into the final X1...and he did justice in the tests... but it is time that he gathers his act and performs in the next couple of ODIs..... He should remember that he will NOT get many chances like his other talented teammates like Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant.... or will he be brought back into the team like them.. as soon as someone has a bad day...

    He should realize that he needs to make most of the few chances that came his away after such a looooong long wait...... Sure, this will add more pressure... but take it on the chin.. and showcase your temperament and talent....

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    I would probably do a Raina out, Pujara in. Batting Line-up - Dhawan, Rahane Pujara Kohli Sharma Jadeja (LH) dhoni Ashwin Bhuvi Shami Aaron

  • POSTED BY dprasadh on | January 27, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    I am somehow not very satisfied with Rohit Sharma, he has scored for India in the recent past but that he did when the batsmen at the other end went after the bowling, helping Rohit to take his own time to settle in. But, like in the previous games, he has had a start and not been able to go for a big one, committing the same mistakes he has been for ever, now. If we are to compete with teams like AUS, NZ, SA in AUS/NZ conditions for the next World Cup, then we would have to experiment now. My team for the World Cup would be - Dhawan and Rahane opening, followed by Kohli, Pujara, Raina/Rayudu (depends upon how many chances he gets before the World Cup), Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron/Yadav/Mohit Sharma.

    Raina also needs to be taught that the place in the playing XI is not a given, by leaving him out for a few matches and having him practice hard.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 27, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    NZ are looking for a happily ever ending and India is looking for their once upon a time win . Who will triumph today ..

  • POSTED BY Wacco on | January 27, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Hyped and bloated India. No substance except Kolhi! If you cant beat NZ, doesn't deserve to be in top 3.

  • POSTED BY Mob1le on | January 27, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    i want rahane to.open the inning with dhawan and rohit should move at no4 and binny must come in team in place of raina becausa raina is scoring max 30-40 runs in last 30 matches .my team 1.rahane 2.dhawan 3.virat 4.rohit 5.ashwin 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.binny 9.bhuvi 10.shami 11.aaron

  • POSTED BY bijuphilip on | January 27, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    If India use our batsman wisely ,ignoring the ego then india can be unbeatable. if get the toss ,opt bolwing,loose toss bolwing first. Batting order should be.davan.2aswin.3kholi4.jadeja5rahane6dhoni.7rohit8raina.9binny10kumar11shami.12aron for the world cup Gambir2davan3pujara.kholi5aswin6jadeja.7dhoni8rohit9kumar10shami11aron12rahane13sanjuvsamson14ambati15binny16abishknair

  • POSTED BY electric_waco_WAP4 on | January 27, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    @ABKhanISB...didn't India bat well last 3 matches? Why do you guys comment on these forums without logic? What I agree is India didn't do well in bowling department...but batting They did pretty good.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | January 27, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @Naga Venkat As u seem to b big fan of Rayudu, i would like u to remember a game in IPL6 where he nicked a ball to wk but was not given. It was a genuine edge & this guy blatantly nodded after nicking telling the bowler he didnt nick it. Not a behaviour u would like to see by a player that may represent this nation. This type of behaviour shd b shunned & such players shd b heavily penalised. Even Kohli in the last match shd dissent to the umpire on being given out caught behind correctly. He was literally angry with the umpire & acted as if he was wronged

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | January 27, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Raina out Rayudu in

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Please remember all the 3 games was closer one . we lost in few margins ...which means Newzeland bowling also bad ??

    its matter of pitch ...

    If you change the batting order to get some good runs on board and bowl some good wickets we can easily win the match .

    Not always commenting on Dhoni selection is too bad .he is the captain and he knows what to do ...

    people said Aaron , what happened ? same think will happen for binny and other as well ,,,they are in the squad , they will get the chances to play this conditions ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    MSD should be aggressive in field placing and attacking the batsmen. MSD has missed the trick lately, by letting the opponents to dictate terms, by not putting pressure on the opponents..!, Weather its in SA test series in 1st and 2nd tests or in NZ ODI series,.

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | January 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Before people dig up an article in which I may possibly have commented in a spiteful manner I want everyone to know that I posted my first comment yesterday in my two year cricinfo membership... All these spiteful remarks and hateful LOLing makes one's anger shoot up to the ionosphere and since its a slight on one's country and pride we feel honour bound to defend it by being even more spiteful to the others'..However this becomes a vicious cycle and frankly I am sick of this infantile behaviour by even well heeled individuals.... I am not especially pround of my first comment and its a heartfelt request to all posters on here that we do not indulge in petty bickering.. Once again I urge Cricinfo to weed out all spiteful,racist remarks and only post those comments that reflect a positive attitude and healthy discussion of player performances, team forms etc...We are better than street dogs that bark at each other for no reason...We should bear it in mind before posting anything...

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 27, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I hope Jadeja is sent to bat after Kohli at number4 position. He will do wonders. If Raina is selected then Raina and Rahane should go for slogging at the end. Batting position should be amended to give opportunity to Jadeja and ashwin to bat on either side of Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | January 27, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    We are surely better than the average citizen of any particular country who just lambastes another culture and its people just because they hate it... We are savvy knowledgeable people and its time we started acting the part... Otherwise we are no better than the much ridiculed American redneck stereotype...Cricinfo its a fervent request that when you moderate the comments weed out the hateful comments...Positive criticisms should be welcomed..However statistics posted just to spite one another and general insult should be met with a zero tolerance policy... This website has wonderful articles and blogs by Osman,Andrew Fernando,Sambit,Samir,David Hopps,George Dobell,Firdose and others...They don't indulge in these petty duels about which is the better team.. Why should we??? Are we a group of people highly insecure about our own culture and cricket teams that we need to resort to slagging the others??? Are we as people culturally intolerant??

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 27, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    @silentassassin_88

    Funny to read.... Thank Dhoni for FINALLY dropping Ishant.... the word FINALLY is temporary.. and his drop is not FINAL...

    Everyone thought that he will be banished for at least until after the WC2015 after the faulker over... what happened? One mediocre ODI for Bhuvi.. and in comes Ishant again...

    Same will happen.. just one ordinary game for Bhuvi or Aaron or Umesh... and the Spearhead will be back into ATTACK..

  • POSTED BY sidubudha on | January 27, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Rahane is in the squad?????? He should get the BOOT. Rohit Sharma has fallen off the cliff. He should be benched for a while.

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | January 27, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @ all posters People its high time we stopped bagging each others' team just for the heck of it...Engage in constructive criticisms that's good...However just because a team is from a particular region or continent, bagging it smacks of racism and its time we tried to weed this out from the posts... I am an Indian and I hate that that the national cricket board is riding roughshod over the proposals caring the least about others... However the hate doesn't have to extend to the players.. They just do the bidding of their respective national boards... Us Indian posters and subcontinent posters are generally accused of being arrogant and downright rude to our fellow posters... Reading all the comments be it Indian.Pakistani,Sri Lankan or any other we keep on insulting each others' players just because we perceive a nation to be a mortal enemy or reptilian in its behavior.. We use the Internet...we read the comments and are able to discern.. We post our thoughts... Continued

  • POSTED BY hamza893 on | January 27, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Its Ironic that India has not won its eight games that has been played abroad (One days +Tests) that shows how much they rely on flat tracks.I salute Kohli he is a very freat player.Sometimes I wish if Pak had batsmen like Kohli what team that would be.Anyways Best of Luck both teams ,my favourite one is NZ though.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 27, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @Atish_Man

    Sorry Man, I cannot Njoy the series of defeats for the No.1 ranked world champion team - IND, against a No.8 team.... and come on, the pitches are not even close to being as fast as their tour in 2003....

    yes, we tend to bring up the names like Pujara (not selected for ODI) etc.. because we feel that he will provide the solidity to the brittle top order...

    Wish I could shut off my brains and just open my ears and eyes and NJOY the rotten defeats.. one after another.....

    Believe me I am trying... but so far just as successful as the IND team outside of subcontinent....

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Dhoni will always have Ashwin, Raina & Jadeja with him in the XI, whether their performance falls to average level, or maintain their excellence.

    After the next IPL auction, things might change!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Except Williamson & Tyler all the other 5 in the top 7 are explosive batsmen (Two of them haven't struck form yet. I wonder what will be their score if Ryder & Mc Cullum also strikes their destructive form!) And, Williamson & Tyler are also too good, and can provide stability. Very balanced batting unit. Their top 7 looks stabilised enough and ready for the World Cup. They have enough good reserves too, like Rutherford. We should respect NZ in achieving this feat, well before World Cup, with far less resources, compared to our country, India.

    We are still groping! India's top 7 is still chaotic, and an extremely mixed & inconsistent gab.

    The entire bowling unit of India is far inferior to the entire bowing unit of NZ.

    If India draw this series, it will be extremely creditable.

  • POSTED BY sidh78 on | January 27, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    This is for the fan of pak & sl team who called india a flat track bullies plz check your team's test record in aus eng & SA. first we see pak record 2002- SA 2-0 2006- SA 2-1 2012- SA 3-0. Lets look at how they did in England. 2001- 1-1 2006-Eng 3-0 2010 Eng 3-1. In Australia its no better 1999-Aus 3-0 2004- Aus 3-0 2009-Aus 3-0. Whitewashed on every occasion. Now how bout Sri Lanka. 2000- SA 2-0 2002-SA 2-0 2011-SA 2-1. In Australia 2004 -Aus 1-0 2007-Aus 2-0 2012- Aus 3-0.Against England 2002-Eng 2-0 2006-1-1 2011- Eng 1-0.so dear pak & sl fan ur record in aus is Aus 9-pak 0 & Aus 6-SL 0 respectively in recent year.so please just tell me who are the real flat track bullies & fyi india won series in eng in 2007 and draw series(1-1) in south africa in last tour in 2011

  • POSTED BY silentassassin_88 on | January 27, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I don't see Dhoni dropping raina untill Raina retires. So the Indian fans should bear with this and start believing that Indian cricket team plays with only 10 players. Atleast dhoni should give jadeja, more chances in the top order ahead of raina. Indian fans should be thankful to Dhoni since he finally dropped Ishant Sharma even after Ishant played for NZ and SA and AUS in Indian colors.

    Every time in the press conference, i see Dhoni blaming weakness in the bowling department. If you are weak in bowling, why don't you select an extra bowler at the expense of Raina since Ashwin and jadeja can bat. If rain a is in the team for his fielding, he can still field as a 12th man.

    Dhoni lacks imagination nowadays and it is hurting the team a lot in tests and in ODIs recently. Since world cup is around the corner, it is better to search and groom the next Indian captain to replace dhoni after the worldcup. We cannot afford to have a captain with fearful and defensive mindset like this.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | January 27, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    India management & Dhoni are writing very wrong pages in the history of Indian cricket by giving Raina this long rope. Between Raina & RSharma it is very difficult to say who got long rope in their career. In the past, many Indian spinners career were destroyed because of the India's spin trio holding on to their place in the playing 11. But that was justified because the trio were performing well for most part and India's spin was dreaded by oppositions. Similarly giving long rope to player like Sehwag is justified too, because of the same fear factor he infuses in the opposition. But this - holding on to players **in spite of poor technique & poor performances** never happened this bad in the past. It **hurts India** apart from destroying the careers of top players like Badri, Kaif, WJaffer, etc.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    i think raina should be dropped and bring binni in.strenethen our bowling .dhoni should bat on no. 5 following with binni ,ashwin and jadeja .

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    I think Ashwin has said it right that the tie could be the turn around the Indians were looking for.The 4th match could be worth watching if India really bowl well.Indians have never bowled well in pairs for a long time for now and its time to end this.There is not a better oppurtunity than now.This could set the tone for the entire series.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 27, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    So much for Dhoni's settled side.... I guess the TIE with a No.8 ranked team is like a WC 2015 for them....

    So with this so called settled team, Dhoni is going to defend the title in 2015.. in the same grounds..

    With this is the plight against No.8 ranked ODI team..... how will this so called SETTLED TEAM fare against, SA, ENG, AUS in these conditions..

    You need someone like PUJARA... in your ODI side... before you call it settled in any way..... Pujara, Kohli (in the current form) can provide that solidity in the ODI team

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man on | January 27, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Most peaople r getting mad. Everyone is throwing their best 11. Some of which r not even on this tour. Everyone is trying to b selector. In reality no one from team management cares about ur thought and will do their job. Just njoy the game of cricket. Although really funny to read these comments.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | January 27, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Obviously lack of long innings and good start from the openers has been the problem for India. RSharma with 117 ODIs, he should play like an experienced opener for them, not playing for his spot alone. Rahane can provide the solidity and strike rotation at the top order.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Waiting to see Neesham playing against India.I still remember his outings in the recent Champions League(particularly in the super over).As NZ cannot lose the series, I think it will not be a bad option to include him in the next match.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | January 27, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Dhoni's mindset is hurting India badly. His belief that Indian bowlers can never take 10 wickets and therefore should only contain has made the bowlers lose confidence in themselves! That should change and Dhoni needs to sit out for a few matches along with his CSK team mates, especially Raina and Ashwin. Raina is so scared that he is even dropping catches.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 27, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    All 3 ODI's have been close with NZ holding the edge because of Anderson & Ronchi's late on slaught. They won the first 2 ODI's for NZ by 24 & 15 runs. Anderson also starred in the ODI 3 Tie with 5 wkts. exceeding his 3 wkt tall in the first 2 ODI's. So NZ Minus Anderson may have lost all 3 ODI's. As for India, I still like to see Ashwin opening the innings with Dhawan.This will free up Rohit to bat more aggressively @#4. Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja & Raina can build up on this. This will give India an option to build a bigger total. Ashwin can deal with pace bowling better than Rohit. Indian fielders need to pick up those Run outs. Aaron should make the best of his chance by focusing on length & direction (off side). His frequent excursion to leg side & short pitched balls were expensive in ODI 3. Shami needs to avoid full tosses which proved very costly. Ashwin need to continue over the wkts. off stump attack. In the last match it was effective. Accept your chances & Win ODI 4. Go India!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    we absolutely have to select Raina in the XI. He is one of the most talented youngsters in tge world right now. He and Venugopal rao are the future of Indian cricket... Balaji and Pathan as new ball bowlers are good. And we have a decent medium pace all rounder in JP yadav and also Irfan can be really good with the bat. He might be the next Kapil Dev... Dhoni is good at 7. I feel he might become the captain some day. bhajji and kumble as the spinners are doing a fine job. If required we can. I feel we should have selected the yoing upcoming left hander Gautam Gambhir for this series. That guy can really bat. Overall i think Chappell is doing a good job as the coach. This team can surely win the 2007 WC.. ... ohhh waiittt.. which year is this???!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    I hope Binny will be playing next match, he can play crucial role with both bat n ball.

  • POSTED BY Sagarneel on | January 27, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    "New Zealand have been wary of the Indian batsmen, India have been wary of Indian bowlers" - clearly the best words that sum up the state of Indian cricket. I don't understand the logic behind selecting Ishant over Zaheer. Moreover, India needs a pacer all-rounder, and no doubt the selectors have never heard the name of Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Every one giving an axe to dhoni or changing team/order. I feel d team india played in last one day was near perfect. Just that india need to depthen their batting and they need a fast bowler who can slog if not bat those 1-2 crucial sixes in end. try rishi dhawan/praveen kumar... in any case their bowling wont be any worse then SHARMA JI.

    try giving pujara another chance but only after testing dhawan/NOHIT in this test series.

    give rahane/raina last 2 match and if they dont perform bring yuvi for world cup (20-20)...he will give 4 overs and india can still play another batsmen in dinesh kartik.

    and please give rayadu 1 match

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    whats going wrong with Indian team... What they thought.. Viru and Gambhir is 100 tim better the rohit ad dhawan... and Yusuf is 100 time better then Raina he is the best Allrounder a Big hitter and Mind blowing spinner. And Yuvi or pujara is better then rahane. and aron or ishant.... Zahir is 10 time better then this bowler... what going wrong with the selector..sehwag and yousuf One man army....

  • POSTED BY vrkp on | January 27, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    as we all know that Dhoni will play the same XI in the 4th match. But he should change the batting order a bit.

    This is my order for the 4th ODI:

    Nohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane, Ashwin, Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami and Aaron.

    Raina should bat never before Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Sameeratennakoon on | January 27, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    If India wants to win they should promote Dhoni in at 3. Otherwise it will be the same story for India. And their bowling unit is a freak . They must schedule a bowling reality show when they are back home. Otherwise any team overseas will thrash them and pull down their pants at the middle of the ground..A fan from SL.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    rahane dhawan kohli RAYDU DHONI BINNY JADEJA ASHWANI

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    my india team rohit , dhawan, kohli, rahane ,raydu, binny dhoni, jadeja

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    rohit sharma should continue to open because he plays the cut and pull better than any other in the current team.he just needs to bat more positively and back himself,he also has a better technique than virat kohli.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | January 27, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @Yousufahmed11. India do not have a home series in near future! . India played Champions Trophy,Three nation series, then SA tour, now NZ tour and next is Eng and Australian tours! Still you think India playing at home? Look at my own team SL. Who afraid to play in bouncy pitches and cancelled few tours! Even at home we were not able to beat BD or NZ. We lost to Pakistan too even it was a flat and spinning track. We are desperately looking to win against BD. Our own captain hired words from Dhoni to explain losses. Dews, over aged players, useless youngsters will not help us to be even home track bullys! A humiliated humble SL fan!

  • POSTED BY WeirdBeard420 on | January 27, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    If India are actually serious about winning, they should stop putting their best batsman in at #8

  • POSTED BY ABKhanISB on | January 27, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    If only India could manage to get two or more proper bowler, they might win. In foreign conditions, this so called mighty team of India is nothing more than a club team. In flat tracks of India they can make double centuries though

  • POSTED BY Patties1984 on | January 27, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Dhavan out Pujara in. (We need solid opening stands.) Rohit should batt in place of Raina. Rahane is a born opener. Kedar Jadhav deserves an opportunity. My team - 1>Rahane 2>Pujara 3>Kohli 4>Kedhar Jadhav 5>Rohit Sharma (great finisher) 6>MSD (great finisher) 7>Ravi Jadeja / Rishi Dhavan (best allrounders) 8>Amit Mishra (best spinner) 9>Bhuvneshwar (top class) 10>Shami (top class)11>Aaron (top class). Reserve batsmen 1>Yuvi 2>Vijay 3>Robin Uthapa 4>Yousuf Pathan Reserve pace bowler - 1> Sandeep Sharma 2>Shib Paul 3>Suryakant Pradhan Reserve Spinner 1>Harmeet Singh 2>Ali Murtaza 3>Iresh Saxena 4>Rahul Sharma

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    mr.mohsin9975 wat u will do if tomo rayudu hit a century in the game and india wins be quiet right dk is a selfish player see his records 79 matches with 25 av 6 fifties so please be quiet and dont talk rubbish right.even srt know wat is the value of rayudu comp to dk tats y mumbai indians retained him in this case dhoni knows wat can rayudu do he can win the place ahead of raina and rahane so please stop commenting abt great talented fellow like rayudu

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | January 27, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    We have to win both the remaining matches to prevent a complete humiliation at the hand of No. 8 team as we being No. 1. Even, it will give us just a consolation, we won't be able to completely get rid of cricket worlds claims of us being flat track bulies, home tigers, inflating averages and making legends by scoring bucketful of runs at home and against minnows, avoiding away matches with top 4 teams (SA, Aus, Eng and Pak), sitting ducks players in fast bouncy pitches (except Kohli and Pujara), having a captain who favours his CSK players, captain giving excuses before the match (shape of the ground) and after the match (dew), the list might go on.........Embarassed Ind fan.

  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | January 27, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Good comeback from team India in the 3rd ODI. I really didn't expect that. They will really comeback stronger and fight and win during the next two matches. I think the lack of match practice at NZ cost India for the first two matches. The Test series might go for India's favor as they are adapting faster to the pitches. Best wishes to both teams from SL fan.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    India Surely lost both the matches coz of stubborn Dhoni who never change the team in any condition.

    1. Why Ashwin and Jadeja ( why both use less bowlers .... first decide Jadeja is bating all rounder or bowling all rounder , if he is bowling all rounder then no need of Ashwin and if he is batting all rounder then he rarely perform. Ashwin is not a v good bowler in ODI atleast try some other player.

    2. Raina is good batsman in Indian condition but for 2015 world cup he is never be a good option.

    3. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan try few more game

    4. Yuvraj : he is better bowler then Ashwin and Jadeja and better batsman then Raina.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Indian bowlers haven't been on mark till now. they have given runs a plenty. Having said that, given their relative inexperience, they should be given some time. Adding to that, dhoni electing to field first is putting a lot of score-board pressure on our batting, especially openers because chasing 300+ every time is a herculean task. All in all this tour will be a good learning curve for our indian team given they will be touring in a years time for WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    looks great the wau indians are doing...at least they will learn from this and won't repeat same mistakes in WC16

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 27, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Rayudu, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron

  • POSTED BY Shankkee on | January 27, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    I don't think MS will make Raina sit on bench to give a chance to Binny. This is wrong MS, your CSK mate is consistently failing to deliver. He is struggling to reach 20 mark in each ODI, I don't understand why you are not resting him. Give a chance to binny, at least he can stop Kiwi's run flow in the mid overs effectively with his variations, which Raina can not do.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 27, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    If india are asked to chase once more they will surely win as they are coming into grooves. If NZ take care of dhoni then they can think of win otherwise indian top order may also come to play after tail scoring to earn a tie or drawn game.

  • POSTED BY Simji_SRT on | January 27, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    My team for the 4th ODI - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Raina, Binny, Jaddu, Shami, Bhuvi, ishwar pandey.

    Dhoni, pls go with this eleven.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | January 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    In theory if you are happy with a batsman scoring 30 off 40 balls every match he plays then why does it have to be Raina, any batsman can get you a quick 30 in this squad but with say Binny there is a chance of improving on those 30 runs. Same theory applies to Ishant, any bowler can bowl 50/0 in 10 overs then why him? Thank god he was replaced though, but i don't think Dhoni will sideline Raina just as yet, but aren't we expecting too much for batsmen to come good while chasing over 6 rpo? Joy of batting first with the freedom of building an innings is missing for some of these guys Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane, Raina to name a few.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    India will go crushed as well in both of coming matches, a team who did not win even a game outside after playing 8 odd matches including test and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Shankkee on | January 27, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Oh Please Captain Sir..!!! No Raina again... Please replace him with talented allrounder Binny. Raina's bowling is nowhere when compared with Binny. Raina isn't able to bat well in middle order which we all think Binny can do. Secondly, open with Rahane instead of Rohit. Rohit isn't able to counter first 15 overs seem bowling since SA tour. I don't understand why he been sent to open after so many failures. Hence, 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Rohit 5. Binny 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwin 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Aron Please listen to us for a single time Mr. Captain and all the best from all Indian fans.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | January 27, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    I personally feel that ,when Dhoni asked for a medium pace allrounder ,he wanted Rishi Dhawan,who is a bowling all rounder but got Binny can never be useful in Newzeland with short boundaries and Corey Anderson.So he has carry him through the series and leave him out.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 27, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Indian never has the temperament to succeed in overseas conditions. They lack champion cricketers they only have flat track bullies !!!

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | January 27, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    The moment i see Rayudu's name in the comment, i just skip it. He is worse than Rohit. I call him the Chamara Silva of Indian Cricket. Also he's a bad fielder. He is no WK either. So calls of him replacing MSD in ODI/Test r ridiculous. He was touted as a child prodigy ala SRT, but must say those were baseless observations. Kartik is better than him anyday, just as a batsman. Stop mentioning Pujara. He is not in the ODI squad. Pick Binny for Raina in the next game. Its really ironic that MSD keeps mentioning that India dont hav a medium pace allrounder & also never picks one if present in the squad.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | January 27, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    The moment i see Rayudu's name in the comment, i just skip it. He is worse than Rohit. I call him the Chamara Silva of Indian Cricket. Also he's a bad fielder. He is no WK either. So calls of him replacing MSD in ODI/Test r ridiculous. He was touted as a child prodigy ala SRT, but must say those were baseless observations. Kartik is better than him anyday, just as a batsman. Stop mentioning Pujara. He is not in the ODI squad. Pick Binny for Raina in the next game. Its really ironic that MSD keeps mentioning that India dont hav a medium pace allrounder & also never picks one if present in the squad.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    India selects Ishant Sharma each time to give the opposition some hope and make the contest a little even :o) India has won the World Cup, the Champions Trophy, become the richest and most powerful Cricket playing nation so they can't win everything can they? The tree that bears most stick and stones also bears the most fruit.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    take stuart binny instead of rahane ,we will get a bowling option as well

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    I am not saying anything new but I feel we should keep saying this until it penetrates the deaf ears of the Captain, Coach and Selectors. Ishant Sharma is not performing at this level. Infact he is being counter productive. If the batsmen have to make up for the runs conceeded then we might as well play a mediocre or untested allrounder. If we experimenting with batting second keeping World Cup in mind then why don't we give an opportunity to Binny, Mishra, Rayadu? We can open with Rahane and drop Rohit on form. Raina also need to be rested.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    pick dinesh karthik - he only had a poor series in WI but lots of people struggled there apart from rohit sharma and to an extent kholi from India. Those pitches were very bowler friendly and scoring was difficult. I reckon pick him over rohit or raina. Problem with dinesh is they keep changing his position. Secondly, rohit has problems over judgement of his off stump - something nagging bowlers can easily expose. He could get away with it in his golden run with dhawan or kholi doing all the scoring and tests against WI, where pacers were erratic but with dhawan not scoring as consistently rohit is being found out. Notice test series South africa - out of 4 dismissals 3 were affected by nagging bowlers in philander and kallis.

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | January 27, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Please oh please don't pick Raina. I might have to choke myself!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    It is better to replace Ashwin with Stuart Binny, who is an all rounder, can bowl medium fast and bat little in newzealand conditions. Aswin proved inefficient in bowling as spin is not effective in the foreign pitches , has not performed to the expectations. Better to have more all rounders in team like ajay jadega.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    in the last 20 matches india have always bowled first because they know out side their own home and flat tracks their bowling cannot help their batsmen hope in the next game or so they are put in to bat and in the 2nd innings NZ take the indian overrated IPL net bowlers apart well done NZ for punching above your weight against the so called big three

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Our pacers are not up to the mark, besides, our strength had been spin, considering the bowling figures of last 3 matches, it clearly suggests that Amit Mishra should replace the third fast bowler (Varun Aron in last match ). Indian fans wish to know that how Amit Mishra stands as a bowler in comparison to chosen two of CSK !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Too many cooks should not spoil the broth. We do have excellant talent & bench is very strong.It is time for Raina whos is also a talented player not giving 100% of his ability batting.. BCCI must look beyond Raina & Dhoni must step down from captainship & give it to Kohli. Nurturing talent is important. Ishant Sharma must be dropped for ever he must go back to basics play domestic games. GIves chances to Pandey,Binny who are just warming the benches. Selectors Wake cup call foor you!!!

  • POSTED BY yogicoolboy on | January 27, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    India should bat first after winning the toss. When they bat second the pressure is on them if they have to chase targets

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    According to me there are some changes to be done in batting order in the ODI team as follows,Dhawan,Rahane,Virat,Dhoni,ashwin,Rohit,raina,jadeja,kumar,sami,aron. because rohit having difficulty hitting in a new ball and also increase the required runrate which gives more problem for down order batsman,whereas dhoni is succeeded up in the order(example World cup final and many times).ashwin is best 3rd down best place because if he face alteast 30 ball get 20 to 25 runs that enough ,we will have strond hitter down the order,and also ashwin not having problem of hitting short ball.since we have more batsman down the order will have confidence to hit,which normall not happens. whereas raina,rohit and jadeja will be handful to increase the death runrate. ashwin batting average Test 39.40,ODI 18.13.

  • POSTED BY Toyohashi on | January 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Hoping to see NZ bat first again. I can see any one of Guptill, Ryder, Williamson or Taylor go on to make a big stable innings, while one of McCullum, Anderson or Ronchi have a good death innings. A formula that's worked well so far, and I really hope for McCullum's sake that he's the one to put in a significant contribution with the bat this time around.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    @kamran he isnt performing mste and not even in domestic i guess thats why!

  • POSTED BY yogicoolboy on | January 27, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Pujara should get a game in the next series

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | January 27, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    India won the CT 2013 due to 2 reasons. All pitches were illegally imported from India by ship and hopefully this can be prevented for the T20 world cup this year and 50 over world cup next year. High time Bangladesh navy tighten their ocean security to prevent Indian pitches from coming into the Bangladesh territory. India also won the finals of CT 2013 PURELY BY LUCK! Ian Bell got an atrocious howler of umpires who had to make the BCCI happy or they would have tasted the medicine Bucknor and Harper received!! Such injustice in the cricket world today.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 27, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @ Harmony11l Its funny its coming from a fan of a team which has not won a single test series outside Sl since 2000. And teams fight with each their to play SL so they can improve their rankings.

    Here are some stats for IND VS SL Matches 15 IND - 11 SL 3 NR 1

    So if winning 3 matches out of 15 make India SL's pucnhing bag then you should get a brain surgery. LOL.

  • POSTED BY yogicoolboy on | January 27, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    in the next series they should give pujara a chance. It will bring solidity to the middle order

  • POSTED BY caldruid on | January 27, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    @albert_cambell

    Even the most sane Indian fan knows this team is not as strong as other ODI sides. So take a chill pill man. The SA series is over. I also wish Monga wouldn't talk about rankings. The ODI rankings really are a joke.

  • POSTED BY yogicoolboy on | January 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    I think rahane must open the batting instead of rohit, as rahane is not comfortable at nos 4 position. If we plays in the opening slot he can play freely

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    india will loose dz one & they ll confirm there no 2

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    It is very difficult to chase 300 plus runs always. I don't understand why Dhoni had not elected bat despite winning the toss three times. Now a days i think he is short of best plans. God also cannot save Indian team the way the team management acting at present.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Pujara's knee is troublesome. If he keeps playing both tests and ODIs he may soon bring his end to his talented career. (Dont the selectors know to include him in the ODIs? They know but they might not want to risk by selecting him in the ODIs). Possible solution is to throw Raina out in non sub continent matches and bring in Rayudu or Manoj Tiwary.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    M from Pakistan m a big fan of Sehwag.Can anyone tell me why Sehwag is drop from team and why Ishant sharma is playing.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | January 27, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @Harmony11 ... India are as good or bad as most other teams in the world today as far as overseas results are concerned ... so no worries even if you keep on airing anti-India views ... we won't get tired too ... we have CT-2013 in the bag ... and that was won, wher, in England!!!

  • POSTED BY Fan1969 on | January 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Pujara outscored even Kohli at times in SA, so I cannot understand the selectors mindset that he is just a TEST batsman. He has a good pull shot needed in overseas conditions.

    Pujara must play for either Raina or Rahane with the latter edging Raina out. Raina has been out of form though he being a left hander and his ability to get the big boundaries makes me still not certain that I will not replace Rahane with Pujara.

    Ideally Pujara must open overseas with Rohit at No. 4 and reverse roles in sub-continent conditions.

  • POSTED BY 11_Warrior on | January 27, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    My Team for rest of the series 1) Dhavan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Jadeja 5) Rayudu 6) Dhoni 7) Binny 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Aron. Please note that Jadeja plays at no 4 for his domestic team Saurashtra, & Rahane has played as a specialist opener in most of his First Class & list A matches.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    I think 5.75 is the new eco rate for the team for the seamers in ODIs since the 2 new balls. Even though Junaid and Irfan have better eco rates in the sub-continent, Indians should have emphasized more on reverse swing, slower ones, bouncers, yorkers and variations in length.

    This is the main reason why Dhoni experimented with bowling first so that he can improve the Indian bowling attack. Batting first with 300 on the board was easy for the bowlers to relax a lot more and not practice the yorkers and the slower ones in the death

    Shami has a good average of 28.1 but his eco rate is about 5.67. This will be higher for others because of the new rules but as along as the averages are below 27-28 the wickets can slow the opposition down.

  • POSTED BY zexmanoz on | January 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    I'm indian cricket fan from Nepal..being the world no 1 odi team,i dont see any perfectionist in thier game play..we see so many domestic league just like ranji trophy are held and i am damn sure there are more talented players than these 11 squads..Raina,well i dont think he should be in team.getting out multiple times with same short ball..Rohit,hitting double hundred in home side is not adequate to prove ownself as liable batsman..and well talking abut bowler department,what the hell is this.every time world is humilating for bowling squad but still dhoni has over confident in his bowlers and so they have to get ashamed lose with the team ranked at no.8.. I guess we can see political involvement in selections...i dont wanna see rohit and raina in the squad.they dont deserve in the team . Sad to say that my favourite is no more favourite but yes i love pujara,shami,kohli the most.they are emerging best players

  • POSTED BY pt_pt on | January 27, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    India will again be under pressure to win this game to stay in the series. You would would think that of the teams will crack under pressure sooner or later and we will not get another close game as we have seen in the last 3. One thing is for certain New Zealand will bat first again and India will chase.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I really envy whoever are picked as 'passengers' outside the 11 in Indian cricket, particularly in ODIs ! Players like Mishra, now Pandey and Aaron, they get to bowl in the nets, watch the matches from good seats and even get paid for their troubles ! Wonder when the passenger culture will change in Indian cricket...Wondering what poor Raina must do to be benched....My sympathies with players like him, Ishant and Rohit, who despite their efforts continue to get selected and cannot enjoy their stay in scenic, foreign locales....

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    We need a very good middle order batsmen, I think this is the right time to include Pujara to make middle order very strong before we play world cup.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | January 27, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Indians are now global whipping boys AKA PUNCHING BAGS! You will see Halley's comets in the sky more often than seeing India win any match. If India makes it to round 2 of the T20 world cup, that is the biggest upset in the history of cricket.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | January 27, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    @Yousufahmed11: I know you are from pak...Don bluff here. Your nation not even in a position to host a world tournament...even a bilateral series. Worst batting team ever in history!!! 1992 WC was a fluke !!! Have you ever been in top 3 in TESTS???

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | January 27, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    I am not quite sure Dhoni keeps chasing 'because of lack of faith in his bowlers'.He wants his side to chase as much as possible before the all important WC.Perfectly fine with that.What if we lose the toss in an all important match in WC and end up chasing despite being comfortable batting first and piling up good scores courtesy the likes of Kohli and Pujara(expect him to come in sooner or later in place of Raina).India should treat this match as a WC QF and aim to retrict NZ to below 300.for heavens sake its possible.Last wicket for NZ added 39 runs in the last match which is quite unacceptable.Also Aswin's role in the side needs to be revisited.(yes,you read it right)he cant play as a batsman who can bowl because he just cant be that against quality bolwing attacks consistantly.He shoudlnt be feeling easy after bowling so poorly and should know his place is under threat.To be honest as a team NZ is slightly better(due to their outstanding catching)despite their poor spin options.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | January 27, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: First let your country win a silverware then comment about india!!! remember you are talking about indian team which has won all silver wares!!!! Don cry buddy

  • POSTED BY LovedFansofIndianCricket on | January 27, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    NZ won 2 matches and tied 3. But it keep on changing XI in this series looking on pitch condition. But Neither dhoni nor coach interested to change our openers or changing our bowlers.So our selectors should note that pls select 12 or 13 members for next series onwards. Umeh, Binny Mishra may return to india. I think Binny should return India because hi team is playing Ranaji Final

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Does not matter how much you criticise the Indian team, they are the current ODI champions and the Champions trophy winners. The latter played in cold seaming conditions and they were the best team. Moreeover they beat England in a T20 format in the finals. I live in NZ and as an ardent supporter have been following the Indian team in all the grounds, sure there are problems but they are fighting hard. Good on them , go Inida , Jai Ho. Regards Bhavani Peddinti

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    The last game between ind and nz was indeed a great game but I have to say this again skipper Dhoni is a very stubborn captain the last odi was the perfect opportunity where he should have opted to bat first and put some runs on the board becoz he tried chasing twice both times the team failed, india would have lost the series in the last match itself had it not been jadeja and ashwin who batted out of their skins to salvage a tied match so my advice to dhoni would be to bat first put some runs on the board field like mad, ask his bowlers to bowl good line and length becoz the newzealand batting is inexperienced they are bound to faulter in a big chase....

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    EXPECT SIMILAR STARTS: This is the Topic which we are discussing. On thing in the last 3 matches that is India batted 2nd. Also with that one more thing in all the 3 matches our Opening Stand is not fair. Especially Dhawan is totally out of performance. But Dhoni still giving chances to him. However he does not performs well. Will he considers Rayudu this match? Also one more change an All Rounder can given a chance. Stuart Binny - We had seen his Batting as well as Bowling in IPL. He will be a perfect replacement for Dhawan. If he comes in Rahane may open the batting. No need for Ishant. Also we may have a try for Mishra too. This will be a perfect Indian team to give tough fight. Will Dhoni consider this??

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    I hope to see Indian Bowlers to win the match for them. They should not rely on their batsman to win for whatever total they give. They have a chance to level the series and I hope they grab it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    strangely, India still unable to produce good bowler when they play 15 test in year and 50 one days . India lacking good spinner too . Ashwin may be good in india only.. May be in India .. Not sure in India alos

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    In the 3rd ODI India of course played well. But its unfortunate match ended in Tie. But in the forthcoming next 2 matches India must win. It means a hard work is required. For this Dhoni must definitely make changes in the team. Even though the start is similar this should be maintained steadily till 50 overs if India bats first. But in all the 3 matches India bowled 1st. Bowling seems not good. If the Start is like this, then we cant expect the end will be different. Wickets should be picked in frequent intervals and fielding must be efficient especially in the death. If all comes together good then it will be a success for India.

  • POSTED BY anniebansal on | January 27, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    india should also improve their fielding and throws..in last match many close run outs were escaped due to poor throwing.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 27, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    No need to include IShant. Shami is there to do Ishants job. If they drop Shami, then there is still Bhuvi and Varun in the side to leak runs.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | January 27, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @Yousufahmed11, perfectly summed up and I fully agree with your analysis.

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | January 27, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    If the pitch is on the slow side, I fail to understand why India cannot deploy 3 spinners and squeeze the NZ batting. Bringing in Mishra for Aaron might not be a bad idea.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Why cant dhoni drop raina.i have noticed that they drop everyone.but not raina

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 27, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Summary of the series 1st ODI- Played on a green pitch. Kiwis won. 2nd ODI- Played on a slow turning wicket. Kiwis won. 3rd ODI- Played on an express highway(Similar to what u find in Bangalore). Game tied. Still India couldn't win anything when they were provided a flat track in overseas countries. I think Indian players are not ready to take on the big boys in overseas conditions. They should play more games with Afg, Neth, Kenya, UAE on bouncy wickets before taking on the big boys. But I still doubt if they can at least compete with these teams.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 27, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    We can also understand why BCCi does not want to keep DRS. They can get favourable decisions from the umpires during crucial times of the game.

  • POSTED BY Ashrit365 on | January 27, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    DHONI doesnt have confidence in his bowlers and has over confidence in his batsmen.each and every time we cant expect indian batsmen to score 300 plus .atleast once in a while if indian bowling manages to keep new zland below 250 it will be a cake walk for indian batsmen

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    yuvraj should not even be in the team. he is a lazy player. he should retire. he cant bat. he cant run.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 27, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I seriously think Pujara deserves a trial in ODI outfit. He is compact yet can up the ante when required. Who would he replace? Maybe Rahane?

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 27, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    I know lot of people will be saying Jadeja and Ashwin innings were flukes. Well I feel the Indians came out attacking and thats the best way to play one dayers. A contribution from Rahane/Kohli in the last game could have changed the game. We ARE STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH in the BOWLING DEPT. But I must say that we were better without Ishant.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | January 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    At least 4 players do not deserve or merit a place in the eleven Raina, Rohit, Ishant, Ashwin. Definitely it has to be beyond MSD's personal choice of players. He cannot continue his diplomatic statements and dogged defense for his lobby. Yuvraj is by far better than both Raina and Rohit put together, and someone who has proved his ability time and again. It is clear that MSD does not want Yuvraj, Sehwag, Irfan and Yusuf Pathan as they are powerful players who can question Dhoni's abilities and hence nudged out politically. The four should be replaced by Yuvraj, Pujara, Amit Mishra, and a new pacer.

    Solid 11 would be: Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kholi, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Irfan, Shammi, Umesh Yadav. Extras: Ashwin, Yusuf, Varun, Dinesh Karthik

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | January 27, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I don't think the end will be different. We deserve a 4-0 whitewash after luckily escaping a sure loss in the last game. We are having the worst ever Ind team of all time. We are getting thrashed everywhere even by the No. 8 team. I have never heard that humiliation from any No.1 team in the world in any format of the game. Best thing for our flat track bulies to get their form and swell their averages is to invite Lankan or Bangladeshis for a home series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    I hope India finally gets it's batsmen to click instead of being 4/5 down for 100 odd chasing 290+ scores. There are only so many times Kohli and Dhoni can do it, not to mention Ashwin and Jadeja. Dhawan and Rohit need to take a hard look at what they're doing at the top. Get a start, convert it into a 50 or 100.

    As for bowling, can't really fault them. Shami has been their best and most expensive bowler. The spinners have restricted well enough and Kumar has been comparatively economical.

    India should remember they only survived till the end due to some unheard nicks and close calls in running. If they are to make it 2-2, they need to play out of their skins.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | January 27, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    I don't think the end will be different. We deserve a 4-0 whitewash after luckily escaping a sure loss in the last game. We are having the worst ever Ind team of all time. We are getting thrashed everywhere even by the No. 8 team. I have never heard that humiliation from any No.1 team in the world in any format of the game. Best thing for our flat track bulies to get their form and swell their averages is to invite Lankan or Bangladeshis for a home series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    play Raina on flat pitches he cannot deal with short fast bowling . Ishant needs to go back and work on his bowling keep him out for a year Aaron needs to play more matches he can be ready lethal,Rohit needs to be trained on overseas pitches and bring in fast bowler allrounders

  • POSTED BY dganger on | January 27, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I think Ashwin needs to get promoted in the top order, he should be playing in no 4/5. He looks a too classy player to bat down at no 7-8. In this way his confidence will boost up and can add value to this team, specially playing in overseas condition. Since his bowling is not much effective overseas i think its high time Indian think tank should seriously give it a thought. He looks much more solid , composed and at ease compare to Raina/Rahane/dhawan/NOhit.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I am sure with similar start the end will be similar too. Our payers 12 or 13 of them lack to play as a team with pride if nothing think of poor fans disappointed again and again. Dhoni has become one of those Captions'who is always right blame some body else. Murli has played before, even he will do better then Rohit. I strongly believe Dhawan's performance is marred by his partners attitude. He is now reluctant to take singles as that will expose Rohit. Any way that is the way Caption wants. Selectors are fools.Australian trainer might be good in verbal stories but practical training to suit the time is not for him

  • POSTED BY Niru23 on | January 27, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    I'm sure Dhoni must have something in his mind to bowl first.He seems to be working on all the weak points of the team.India will surely win the world cup under his captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    The organisers of this series really messed up. This match should of been played on the 27th, as it was a public holiday in Hamilton (anniversary). What's more, most schools are going back on the 28th and so are many workplaces. it would not be a surprise if there was a small crowd tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | January 27, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    India was so luky to escape in the last game otherwise this series is a cwhite wash for world champion indians. India has the worst record in overseas compared to Pak & SL. they lost 8 test matches and havent won a ODI for 6 games now.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    would love to see India bouncing back in the series & keep the series alive with there first win of the year. Common Team India..... U can do it.

  • POSTED BY Water_Bottle on | January 27, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Jadeja and Ashwin are again becoming over-rated players with a single performance after some 75 odd matches.. i am not saying that they are bad, they did well in the 3rd ODI, But the important thing is consistency. They should repeatedly do it like yuvi did in WC, or what kohli and dhoni doing now.. But I believe, as long as their captian is there, they will enjoy the benefit of playing in the main 11, and it is so ridiculous. They dont deserve to be in the team due to the "once in blue moon" effort. Dhoni is still waiting for Raina to score a 50, so that he can again continue with raina for 2 more years. i strongly believe that things will change after 2015 WC. India will be out in the first round itself, hope dhoni will retire immediately after that, and with him goes his friends vijay, rohit, dhawan, ashwin, jadeja, ishant, raina.. Hope i can see a corrupt-free cricket after that and again I can become an INDIAN FAN..

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | January 27, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @Harmony11l: Hi buddy... I can understand your feeling after being beaten to death by aussies!!! Ha ha ha..Don cry mate. 5-0 in tests!!! suuuper and 4-1 in Odi's!!!! he he he poor fellow

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | January 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    MSD's Ishant experiment has failed spectacularly and mission Raina is also a disaster. Cant believe MSD chose Raina to replace Yuvi's position at no 4 knowing well that next world cup will be played in NZ and Aus. The move not only messed up Yuvi but a seating duck against short pitch bowling was rewarded with promotion in batting order and A grade central contract. Sandeep Patil and co has been exceptional in their selection so far and they haven't shied away from taking big decisions in a country like India where hero worship is very high and fans take to street if their hero's are dropped. If MSD is going to be stubborn then time is ripe for Sandeep to weed out the non performers from the team.Still think Gambhir has a role to play in next world cup. He is very good ODI and T20 player and is equally good against spin in middle order. If Gambhir can slot in at no 3 then it will ease lot of pressure on Kohli and MSD can bat at no 5 which is the best suited position for him.

  • POSTED BY adeelicap on | January 27, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    NZ will surely thrash india to improve his rank from 8 to 7

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | January 27, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    @Vajira Malinga . And Home ground bullies looking very good against a hapless BD!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    at last flat tracks bulls lokking good in new zealand....

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    The organisers of this series really messed up. This match should of been played on the 27th, as it was a public holiday in Hamilton (anniversary). What's more, most schools are going back on the 28th and so are many workplaces. it would not be a surprise if there was a small crowd tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | January 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Another game and another as usual humiliation awaits this overrated flat track bully XI. NZ is far better off hosting Bangladesh or Zimbabwe rather than India at all times.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | January 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Another game and another as usual humiliation awaits this overrated flat track bully XI. NZ is far better off hosting Bangladesh or Zimbabwe rather than India at all times.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    The organisers of this series really messed up. This match should of been played on the 27th, as it was a public holiday in Hamilton (anniversary). What's more, most schools are going back on the 28th and so are many workplaces. it would not be a surprise if there was a small crowd tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    at last flat tracks bulls lokking good in new zealand....

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | January 27, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    @Vajira Malinga . And Home ground bullies looking very good against a hapless BD!

  • POSTED BY adeelicap on | January 27, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    NZ will surely thrash india to improve his rank from 8 to 7

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | January 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    MSD's Ishant experiment has failed spectacularly and mission Raina is also a disaster. Cant believe MSD chose Raina to replace Yuvi's position at no 4 knowing well that next world cup will be played in NZ and Aus. The move not only messed up Yuvi but a seating duck against short pitch bowling was rewarded with promotion in batting order and A grade central contract. Sandeep Patil and co has been exceptional in their selection so far and they haven't shied away from taking big decisions in a country like India where hero worship is very high and fans take to street if their hero's are dropped. If MSD is going to be stubborn then time is ripe for Sandeep to weed out the non performers from the team.Still think Gambhir has a role to play in next world cup. He is very good ODI and T20 player and is equally good against spin in middle order. If Gambhir can slot in at no 3 then it will ease lot of pressure on Kohli and MSD can bat at no 5 which is the best suited position for him.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | January 27, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @Harmony11l: Hi buddy... I can understand your feeling after being beaten to death by aussies!!! Ha ha ha..Don cry mate. 5-0 in tests!!! suuuper and 4-1 in Odi's!!!! he he he poor fellow

  • POSTED BY Water_Bottle on | January 27, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Jadeja and Ashwin are again becoming over-rated players with a single performance after some 75 odd matches.. i am not saying that they are bad, they did well in the 3rd ODI, But the important thing is consistency. They should repeatedly do it like yuvi did in WC, or what kohli and dhoni doing now.. But I believe, as long as their captian is there, they will enjoy the benefit of playing in the main 11, and it is so ridiculous. They dont deserve to be in the team due to the "once in blue moon" effort. Dhoni is still waiting for Raina to score a 50, so that he can again continue with raina for 2 more years. i strongly believe that things will change after 2015 WC. India will be out in the first round itself, hope dhoni will retire immediately after that, and with him goes his friends vijay, rohit, dhawan, ashwin, jadeja, ishant, raina.. Hope i can see a corrupt-free cricket after that and again I can become an INDIAN FAN..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 27, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    would love to see India bouncing back in the series & keep the series alive with there first win of the year. Common Team India..... U can do it.

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | January 27, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    India was so luky to escape in the last game otherwise this series is a cwhite wash for world champion indians. India has the worst record in overseas compared to Pak & SL. they lost 8 test matches and havent won a ODI for 6 games now.