New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton January 28, 2014

Taylor ton delivers series triumph

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Crowe: NZ have dominated through the series

New Zealand 280 for 3 (Taylor 112* Williamson 60, B McCullum 49*) beat India 278 for 5 (Dhoni 79*, Rohit 79, Jadeja 62*) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It took its time coming, it tested a few nerves, but New Zealand finally sealed their first series win at home in five years, not counting the ones against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. They should have won it three nights ago, they should probably have won it more comfortably tonight after having reduced India to 278 and then reached 54 for 0 in seven overs and 182 for 2 in 33. They will be thankful that they had their two most consistent batsmen - Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson - in the middle when Ravindra Jadeja started to turn the ball square after he himself gave India a fighting total with 62 off 54, a much more assured innings than the one that tied the previous match to keep India alive.

Williamson now has four half-centuries in four matches in this series, and Taylor made up for missing out on one in Auckland by turning this into a big one once he crossed 50. Taylor's innings was exceptional in its discipline: he didn't try his favourite slog-sweep, in fact he scored just 10 runs in his midwicket arc. Most of his runs came behind and in front of square on the off side. India couldn't be accused of showing similar discipline when they batted, but they were also put under pressure by a superbly disciplined start by Kyle Mills and Tim Southee, which led to their repetition of the shot that has been getting them out. Between them Southee and Mills bowled three maidens, took three wickets, and conceded just 78.

India surprised everyone by not only getting rid of their stubbornness but going to the other end. Not only did they drop Suresh Raina, which was long overdue, they also left out Shikhar Dhawan for Ambati Rayudu, and decided to bat first after having invited the opposition 20 straight times outside Asia. With no specialist opener in the side, India moved everyone up by one spot, which meant India's best batsman was now opening.

However, the opening spells that Mills and Southee bowled would have frustrated the best of openers. There was nothing to drive or cut, forget getting too straight, and India would have had to take a risk if they were going to score. The first risk was taken to the first short ball bowled, and all Kohli managed was a top edge off Southee. Soon Mills got a similar response from Ajinkya Rahane. In between the two dismissals, Rohit became desperate, somehow hit the first boundary of the innings, enjoyed a drop from Taylor, and India still reached only 28 in 10 overs.

More good luck, and some classy Rohit shots, followed, and a 79-run partnership shored India up. However, the luck soon ran out. Rayudu top-edged Hamish Bennett, and in an ironical turn of events Rohit edged Kane Williamson for a catch down the leg side. Of all the bowlers, of all the manners. From 151 for 5, India came back remarkably with two batsmen who applied themselves before taking 100 off the last 10 overs. Say what you will about the strategy, Dhoni proved his batting worth with a third fifty in a row. Jadeja, at the other end, showed Auckland was no fluke, and played the cleanest knock of the three fifties in the Indian innings.

It was a good comeback if you look at the way India began: two boundaries and 28 runs in 10 overs. New Zealand hit two fours in the first over, reached 28 in the fourth, and were well on their way to hammer India when Jesse Ryder paid once again for his tendency to stay leg side of the ball in order to create room for his off-side hits. That played-on dismissal was followed by Martin Guptill's lbw - the first such dismissal of the series - and India now had an opening.

The opening began to look wider when Jadeja turned the first ball he bowled across Williamson. He beat the bat three times in the first over. R Ashwin provided good support from the other end. The second 10 overs of New Zealand's innings were the most crucial period of the match. Both Williamson and Taylor played with utmost caution, scored just the 30 runs, saw the asking rate reach 6.13, but didn't give the spinners a wicket.

You would have expected Dhoni to take one of the spinners off and continue attacking with one, but he completely took the pressure off by removing both Jadeja and Ashwin. Suddenly all the pressure was eased, and Taylor and Williamson - 24 off 37 and 17 off 38 respectively - cashed in. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron and Rayudu all conceded boundaries as 63 runs came in the nine overs before Ashwin was brought back.

By that time, you would have thought, the game was over, but Jadeja turned it around with a run-out off his own bowling. Another nervous period followed as Brendon McCullum, searching for form, on a hat-trick of ducks, fumbled around a little and the asking rate went past six again. Taylor, though, stood firm at the other end, and guided his captain through hitting timely fours to keep the requirement within reach.

The next call of duty was to play out the two remaining overs of Jadeja. That done, the two finished their highest-successful chase against India in style, turning what had looked nervous into a comfortable win with 11 balls to spare.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cjscanada on January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Great show by the Kiwi's. The won this series through self belief in playing aggressively and backing themselves. The Indians understandably tried to get their eyes in but took too long to adjust themselves. Not too disappointed as this is a new team and will learn to deal with new conditions. Kane has been consistent for the Kiwi's and Martin Guptil; what an asset he is. The bowlers bowled to a plan and they have managed to frustrate Virat. Our fans should accept the fact that our bowlers are what they are, irrespective who who we bring on. We currently have Shami and Bhuvi who are good. I would continue to give Aaron a chance. It is not about speed but variation if you have to do well in the short games. Jadeja continues to prove everyone wrong. Ashwin will bounce back as he has a smart mind. I remember Anil too struggled and they both have the intelligence. Give Ashwin some time and he will develop well. India have an uphill task to win the last game as the Kiwi's are on fire.

  • jb633 on January 28, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Excellent performance from NZ it must be said. It is interesting to see how the sides doing well at the moment are those with a captain who understands the modern ODI game. Both Clarke and McCullum have quickly worked out that you need to take wickets to win ODI games. Containig ghas become impossible and Cook, Dhoni, Misbah and Matthews need to shape up quickly if they are to have any chance of doing well in WC2015. The aim of the game should be wickets.

  • Syed4cricket on January 29, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    BCCI should not waste their money by sending Indial players outside the Asian sub continent. Atleast they will not bring grief to their ardent cricket fans.BCCI should use their muscle power to ensure that all matches,tournaments including world cups nvolving India should be played in India because our players do not have the skill to succesfully play on fast bouncy pitches...

  • cricfan_aus on January 29, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    In my opinion the performance of Team Ind in 4th odi is the worst of the series so far. First three games were close or entertaining. Defending 278 for the ind bowlers is almost asking for a miracle as they been leaking 300+ in almost every game no matter which pitch for past one year. Really feel sorry for Dhoni and specially Ind cricket fans(as being one myself). As some of the posts suggest BCCI should make an effort to get some of the players, specially bowlers to play in out side sub continent tournaments to get experience. Our batting is strong but with some flaws which can do with a bit of patience, advice and corrections by the coaching staff or the veterans. Overall am happy with team Ind performance in the series except the 4th odi, they have been very competitive despite having a toothless bowling attack.

  • PMadhavarao on January 29, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, As expressed by many Indian fans like me, it is very disheartening to see such poor performance from your team. As we've seen your batters consistently get out to the "Short" balls and it is well known to the world cricket teams that Indian batter are NOT good players of the "Short" balls. So, here is my advise to just "duck" from those "short" balls and stay away from them at least during the first 25 overs or so. Since they can bowl only two short balls , it not a big deal ducking under them. also, they are NOT going to bowl two short balls per over consistently so, no need to worry about "dot" balls. This strategy will keep your wickets in hand at least the initial 25-30 over and you can be adventurous and hook / pull from a strong position. It is meaningless to hook/pull (by your batsmen) when you don't have a solid base. I hope you and your team understand and follow this simple strategy and win the final ODI. CricInfo - please publish for the benefit of the team.

  • WishIndiaImprove on January 29, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Very simple to solve Indian team problem. Allow players to play other countries club cricket. BCCI wants to make money and keep them in India. How are they going to learn. How abt Pujara, Kohli and Dhawan plays in English county cricket. Jadeja, Rahane plays for BBL, Dhoni, Ashwini plays in SA, few players to WI. These are some names if we co-operate with other countries even top Ranji players will get chance to play in other clubs. We need to coach them, don't just send them to international matches only. Think guys.. answer....

  • on January 29, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    It's really frustrating to see so many offensive comments against Dhoni and Co. While I do agree that India has had problems with their bowling, due to which they lost most of their matches in SA as well as NZ, their batsman AREN'T FTBs, as they scored 270 in almost every match, and batted brilliantly in SA. Also, if People from Asia are FTBs, aren't teams like SA, Eng, Aus and NZ Fast Track Bullies, because they get beaten comprehensively on India's Flat Tracks? If Indians are tigers at home, aren't SA, Aus, Eng and NZ Tigers at their homes too?!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 29, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @ReluctantBlackCapsFan...Thank you for answering my question. I assume that you played enough cricket to answer my question. Here is another question to you. What do you think of NZ batsmen's talent...? Let me phrase it differently...Can they bat on so called flat tracks? I presume they can bat better than FLAT TRACK BULLIES as KIWIS bat all the time on VERY FAST PACED BOUNCY PITCHES WHERE NO Indian batsmen CAN BAT as they are not as talented as black caps ..batting on flat tracks should be piece of cake to them...correct? if so why did they get BEAT their "you know what" when they have better batting and obviously better bowling than India?

  • scarrule on January 29, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Are u people watching these matches for real how can u say india a flat track bully when they scored above 270 in each game. They lose only coz of there bowling. Yes if u say pakistan batsmen flat track bullies thts okay coz FTB's are able to bundle out on 50 runs.. Lol yes u myt say there's no shame in getting all-out on 50 runs against world's best bowling attack. Bt against the same attack in IND-SA test series the top 3 highest run scorers were indians.. Even steyn went wicket less in two of the innings.. Nd it was jst one bad session in whick virat was wrongly given out. That cost us the whole series. Actually was in driving seat for atleast 7 days out of 10 day series.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 29, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Agree with @ F.Hashimi - To be honest Afghanistan has better fast bowlers than India at the moment. The way India plays now they will have a slim chance in the coming world cup.

    This is what happens when our Selectors keep selecting bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Unadkat and Vinay Kumar again and again. It's not that we don't have good bowlers playing in Ranji Trophy. Actually if we replace India's fast bowling unit with J&K's fast bowling unit, they will perform better.

  • cjscanada on January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Great show by the Kiwi's. The won this series through self belief in playing aggressively and backing themselves. The Indians understandably tried to get their eyes in but took too long to adjust themselves. Not too disappointed as this is a new team and will learn to deal with new conditions. Kane has been consistent for the Kiwi's and Martin Guptil; what an asset he is. The bowlers bowled to a plan and they have managed to frustrate Virat. Our fans should accept the fact that our bowlers are what they are, irrespective who who we bring on. We currently have Shami and Bhuvi who are good. I would continue to give Aaron a chance. It is not about speed but variation if you have to do well in the short games. Jadeja continues to prove everyone wrong. Ashwin will bounce back as he has a smart mind. I remember Anil too struggled and they both have the intelligence. Give Ashwin some time and he will develop well. India have an uphill task to win the last game as the Kiwi's are on fire.

  • jb633 on January 28, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Excellent performance from NZ it must be said. It is interesting to see how the sides doing well at the moment are those with a captain who understands the modern ODI game. Both Clarke and McCullum have quickly worked out that you need to take wickets to win ODI games. Containig ghas become impossible and Cook, Dhoni, Misbah and Matthews need to shape up quickly if they are to have any chance of doing well in WC2015. The aim of the game should be wickets.

  • Syed4cricket on January 29, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    BCCI should not waste their money by sending Indial players outside the Asian sub continent. Atleast they will not bring grief to their ardent cricket fans.BCCI should use their muscle power to ensure that all matches,tournaments including world cups nvolving India should be played in India because our players do not have the skill to succesfully play on fast bouncy pitches...

  • cricfan_aus on January 29, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    In my opinion the performance of Team Ind in 4th odi is the worst of the series so far. First three games were close or entertaining. Defending 278 for the ind bowlers is almost asking for a miracle as they been leaking 300+ in almost every game no matter which pitch for past one year. Really feel sorry for Dhoni and specially Ind cricket fans(as being one myself). As some of the posts suggest BCCI should make an effort to get some of the players, specially bowlers to play in out side sub continent tournaments to get experience. Our batting is strong but with some flaws which can do with a bit of patience, advice and corrections by the coaching staff or the veterans. Overall am happy with team Ind performance in the series except the 4th odi, they have been very competitive despite having a toothless bowling attack.

  • PMadhavarao on January 29, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, As expressed by many Indian fans like me, it is very disheartening to see such poor performance from your team. As we've seen your batters consistently get out to the "Short" balls and it is well known to the world cricket teams that Indian batter are NOT good players of the "Short" balls. So, here is my advise to just "duck" from those "short" balls and stay away from them at least during the first 25 overs or so. Since they can bowl only two short balls , it not a big deal ducking under them. also, they are NOT going to bowl two short balls per over consistently so, no need to worry about "dot" balls. This strategy will keep your wickets in hand at least the initial 25-30 over and you can be adventurous and hook / pull from a strong position. It is meaningless to hook/pull (by your batsmen) when you don't have a solid base. I hope you and your team understand and follow this simple strategy and win the final ODI. CricInfo - please publish for the benefit of the team.

  • WishIndiaImprove on January 29, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Very simple to solve Indian team problem. Allow players to play other countries club cricket. BCCI wants to make money and keep them in India. How are they going to learn. How abt Pujara, Kohli and Dhawan plays in English county cricket. Jadeja, Rahane plays for BBL, Dhoni, Ashwini plays in SA, few players to WI. These are some names if we co-operate with other countries even top Ranji players will get chance to play in other clubs. We need to coach them, don't just send them to international matches only. Think guys.. answer....

  • on January 29, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    It's really frustrating to see so many offensive comments against Dhoni and Co. While I do agree that India has had problems with their bowling, due to which they lost most of their matches in SA as well as NZ, their batsman AREN'T FTBs, as they scored 270 in almost every match, and batted brilliantly in SA. Also, if People from Asia are FTBs, aren't teams like SA, Eng, Aus and NZ Fast Track Bullies, because they get beaten comprehensively on India's Flat Tracks? If Indians are tigers at home, aren't SA, Aus, Eng and NZ Tigers at their homes too?!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 29, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @ReluctantBlackCapsFan...Thank you for answering my question. I assume that you played enough cricket to answer my question. Here is another question to you. What do you think of NZ batsmen's talent...? Let me phrase it differently...Can they bat on so called flat tracks? I presume they can bat better than FLAT TRACK BULLIES as KIWIS bat all the time on VERY FAST PACED BOUNCY PITCHES WHERE NO Indian batsmen CAN BAT as they are not as talented as black caps ..batting on flat tracks should be piece of cake to them...correct? if so why did they get BEAT their "you know what" when they have better batting and obviously better bowling than India?

  • scarrule on January 29, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Are u people watching these matches for real how can u say india a flat track bully when they scored above 270 in each game. They lose only coz of there bowling. Yes if u say pakistan batsmen flat track bullies thts okay coz FTB's are able to bundle out on 50 runs.. Lol yes u myt say there's no shame in getting all-out on 50 runs against world's best bowling attack. Bt against the same attack in IND-SA test series the top 3 highest run scorers were indians.. Even steyn went wicket less in two of the innings.. Nd it was jst one bad session in whick virat was wrongly given out. That cost us the whole series. Actually was in driving seat for atleast 7 days out of 10 day series.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 29, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Agree with @ F.Hashimi - To be honest Afghanistan has better fast bowlers than India at the moment. The way India plays now they will have a slim chance in the coming world cup.

    This is what happens when our Selectors keep selecting bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Unadkat and Vinay Kumar again and again. It's not that we don't have good bowlers playing in Ranji Trophy. Actually if we replace India's fast bowling unit with J&K's fast bowling unit, they will perform better.

  • hellraiser9 on January 29, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Indian team a settled unit? good joke by dhoni.. may be he meant settled at the rock bottom of the sea. Rohit sharma - man this guy applied fevi kwik.. untouched, he will serve india for 20 yrs ( scary thought) .. bowlers? very generous they give away runs in india , outside , everywhere.. to the opposition team.. selection? absolutely horrid team selection. Why are the selectors so blind? Are they seeing the matches at all? It is disheartening to see indian team stoop to such low level. Every team is having a go and laughing at the way our team is playing. Dark Days.. Dhoni? please for gods sake. Please understand the pain of indian fans and whole india. Stop this torture. Why are you hurting sentiments and feelings of billion people? The performance of Indian team is much more painful than watching "SAW" movie series.

  • on January 29, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    It, is no surprise at all to cricket knowers .This team has been average throughout its history , and proof is their win loss ratio. On batting front all players are FTBs and sitting ducks on offshores .on bowiling front 110 kph is their pace bowler with stright delivery being the biggest weapon ,club level at best . There rank is only due to calling minnow teams, to home pancake turfs and with home umpires and with finiancial clout to manipulate the game as is evident by The World Cup 2011 scenerio .

  • on January 29, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Statistics conceal more than they reveal . 20-20 world cup was won by yuvraj , 2011 world cup was won by tendulkar gambhir and yuvraj .dhoni didn't perform even in a single match apart from the final where he conspicuously promoted himself above yuvraj. I am not saying dhoni is a bad player. He is a good hitter but that's about it .He is mostly praised by mouthpieces of BCCI (you know who i m talking about)He is mostly overrated by everyone and certainly not a legendary material. He has been lucky .He is very clever too as whenever team wins he takes the credit but whenever team looses he is found to be blaming someone or the other. Suresh Raina has not performed overseas for a long time. Rohit Sharma has got such a long rope. These are talented players no doubt but there is other talent in this country waiting to get a chance which wont happen until there is a major shift in the BCCI and Dhoni is removed as a captain

  • rahulStillHeaded on January 29, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Hearty congratulations to NewZeland !! Playing beautiful and well thought out cricket.

    For Indian fans please consider these thoughts:

    Momentum is everything in ODI cricket. Look at NZ, they have a clear game plan for Jessy Ryder to go after bowling. Even in this match they could consolidate because they already had good runs in first 10 overs. The only match we drew was when we got a great start.

    If the ball is swinging and seaming and you leave it, it is understandable. But if you leave it just because you think you should, it is pre-meditation and it will kill the momentum (I am referring to Rohit) Even in SA he got dismissed to a straight delivery by Steyn because he completely pre-meditated the leave. The main concern is he is not a GOD or a newbie that we have to wait till his so-called talent shines on all of us.

    It is easy to blame bowlers. NZ has conceded more or less the same amount of runs. Entire world is scoring 300+ , at least this pitch was easily 300+

  • on January 29, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Excellent cricket by newzealand....they have a very balanced side now...good openers , solid middle order , firepower down the order...great fast bowling assets...the only thing newzealand lack a bit in is spin bowling...if vettori makes a come back , this nzl side is the team to beat at home and also in the world cup 2015...please people do no argue on this as newzealand was far superior to india and you should accept that Nd give credit

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 29, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @Albert_cambell. You may have short memory. You missed CT. That too in India? You missed Three nations. I think that was in WI? Do not twist it as you like. :P

  • DataQue on January 29, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Awesome Cricket - New Zealand!!! As I have said in my previous comments: India will be sent to cleaners; well they are sitting at cleaners... Concluding statement for Indian cricket: Expect these results from 'over paid & under talanted' players!!!

  • Indiamustwin12 on January 29, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Yes i agree to all of your comments. But most of the comments emotional rathar than technical, all gealous over indian team, i dont understand why people always blame indian team as flat track bullies, look at the subcontinent teams like srilanka and pakistan they more below then india all over. I agree indian bowling is pretty ordinary but indian batting far better, examble there are many spectular innings as well in the particular series also, but srilankan legend like mahela and sangakara, what about them? They even score a century in australia or newzealand england, why many centuries sangakara and mahela hit against australia, and south africa or newzealand soil and whats the average of them while chasing, srilankan supporters must think that and comment on indian team, sangakara and mahela scored more than 30 centuries in test cricket , but those morely scored in ssc or kandy or galle? So what about them as flat track bullies, look sachin and look at his records in australia. Thats why he is a living legend, sanga and mahela cant touch the feet ever, yes we loss the series, there are many concerns about the team, but dont try say india as flat track bullies, look at the records that shows indian batsman are more capable in all conditions. Kiwis just won a series, but what wil happen when they come to sub continent? So i just try to understand every team has a upper hand in their home soil, but india done better in the past. Dont blame dhoni to all, he is best odi captain. No doubt on that. Look at his success rate. And srilankan supporters go and check the stats of your players in foriegn soil! Thats far far below than us.

  • on January 29, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    dhoni is just a below average opportunist player who knows how to score his runs but doesn't know how to win matches for India...India hasn't been able to win a single match in South Africa or in New Zealand...That says a lot about his poor captaincy...he has ousted all the other players apart from the players which are either from his agency or have the backing of BCCI president. BCCI should pay attention to the poor cricket Indian team is playing .It is busy in finding ways to fill their already cash laden pockets with more money by arm twisting the rest of the boards. Dhoni is only playing because he is backed by the president of BCCI other wise players like him with below average talents don't stand a chance of holding their own in international cricket.He should be content in hammering poor bowlers on flat Indian pitches in IPL where he wins man of match awards galore . In international cricket I don't remember him getting MOM awards for a long time.

  • on January 29, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    India didn't win any of the last 7 matches they played. They won only one match in last 9 matches. ICC should ban India from ODI or ICC should divide ODI playing countries in two parts and give demotion to India to the lower class countries. India should play cricket with Papua New Guinea, Chad Republic, North Korea, China, Ghana etc for next 5 years.

  • ashu_79lko on January 29, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    hope indian fans will not complain about NZ dishing out greentop pitches, which was the excuse when NZ gave a 5-2 hiding ti India in 2002-03. All the pitches this time were good batting tracks with 270+ scores in every game. ironically, auckland which offered most bounce was the only game which india didnt lose. NZ are building up very nicely for WC 2015 and IMO would be a top contender for the trophy especially in their own backyard. Best of Luck New Zealand!!!!

  • priceless1 on January 29, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @VKholi_theGreat ha ha excuses excuses , BTW i didnt see any fast bouncy pitches during this series , you guys just lost to a better team

  • Cricsnake on January 29, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Indian cricket team is in a transition period at the moment. India should try for a different strategy now; As India has plenty of cricketers they should nurture specific players to be competent in fast & bouncy tracks. India is the only country in SC who can do this; they have more than enough financial & physical resources. Make separate squad for tours in Eng, Aus, SA, NZ and mix them with the team dropping few local heroes. See Pujara, he is a superb player in tests coz he is specialized in test batting both local & overseas like great Dravid. We used Tilan Samaraweera & Prasan Jayawardena as specialized test players and they did well when required. India can do better than that if properly manage their ample resources.

  • on January 29, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Well done Kiwis.Great show and great come back.

  • on January 29, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Jeff Ritchie you need to check the stats before making comments like "NZ last won a series against a major opponent back in 2009 and that was the West Indies." NZ beat Eng 2-1 in June 2013 & SA 2-1 in Jan 2013.

  • AricentHarish on January 29, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @ SL_rockz, Sehwag scored 234 runs in 13 innings for Delhi this season with a fifty and an average of 19.5

  • Rafelgibt on January 29, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @bul98 on (January 29, 2014, 5:20 GMT) Mate you just said what i wanted to say for such a long time but couldn't utter...Hope IND fans would help the BCCI to walk in the right path leaving the INVASION of world cricket (Though I would not mind if they take away the BIGGEST slice of the ICC earnings but not the expense of other counties desire to play CRICKET)...All the way from a die hard Bangladeshi cricket fan...

  • santhoshg016 on January 29, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I dont think INDIA wont do well in overseas since they use to play flat track pitches in INDIA.. First of all poor selection for NewZeland tour.. Yuvraj should not have been dropped, and Dinesh karthik should have been in the squad instead of Rahane, Rayudu, Ishant should have been dropped,. I dont know why BCCI is not giving a chance to Dinesh Karthik he is good player in overseas conditions.. So its time to make some good selection from BCCI for future tours.. hope INDIA will do well in Test match series..

  • MichaelBurton on January 29, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Our cricket is struggling big time these days. Men's team is getting humiliated by the No. 8 team in fast bouncy conditions. Women team lost the T20 by 2-1 at the hand of mediocre Lankans.

  • MichaelBurton on January 29, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Our cricket is struggling big time these days. Men's team is getting humiliated by the No. 8 team in fast bouncy conditions. Women team lost the T20 by 2-1 at the hand of mediocre Lankans.

  • bul98 on January 29, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Except Indian fans, rest of the cricket world loves to see India loose because of there board attitude and money power. India is bulling rest of the world cricket by this two tier and what they did against SA recently and IPL circus. India can only win in India and they will get crash any where they go. PAK best them in there own back yard. Best of luck NZ sweep the Indians just like ENG, Aus, SA did. So called world champs in there own home only. Rest of the world watches Indian matches just to see them loose and BCCI and Indian fans think everyone wants to watch them. They are like Los Angeles lakers, New York Yankees , Dallas Cowboys, whom there fans loves them but others hates them.

  • pommy80 on January 29, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Well, where are those Indian fans now who thought it would be a stroll in the park. Yes I remember seeing those 4-1 scoreline's after the first ODI. Simple. India are a average team who got beat by a far better team. BCCI better stop the two tier system or they will be playing Ireland,Kenya a lot more often if these performances continue.

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Hinding behind the failures of other teams is not gonna work for you indians. everybody says why pak bashes misbah the same reason you bash dhoni, i thnk he the best captain ever for india makes best use of available players.

  • SL_rockz on January 29, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    India need Sachin to open the innings..Dhawan,rohit ,Kohli all failed.... OH , I forgot he has retired know.. :(( ..Then bring Viru....I wonder why is he treated like this..Away fans like me loved him even when he thrashed us...Because he is got such beauty and attraction like Sanath when he is playing. Indian fan please comment is he not doing well in indian domestic seasons?

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    india is paying for commercializing cricket and making it a business of fours and sixes, if a bowler doesnt know how to use conditions he useless with all the grass same goes for ind bowlers others get penalty and they get nothing out of pitch, in india life is miserable for bowler so who would want to be a bowler. and the idiot board still determined to make cricket a business not learning, board policy reflects on ipl and india (home) cricket and the result of same can be seen in away cricket. no some one commented about pak being beaten by ireland and zimbabve but royally forgetting their loss to BD in same WC and 2012 Asia Cup. everybody knows Pak unpredictability that one day losing to ireland they can bring (forget india) even aus and eng to their knees, whitwash of eng in tests when they were no 1, beating india at their home, beating SA in their home even after losing at own home, and recently last test vs SL. Now indians have nowhere to hide but behind the Eng defeats. SHAME!

  • WC2011Champs on January 29, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Congrats NZ! They look like a great team for WC15. Don't tinker much. India is a different story. They need serious introspection. There are two areas that have to be addressed ASAP - opening batting and opening bowling. India batting has been alright but from 30 for 3 and 10 overs gone really puts the game in recovery mode. And ironically the opening bowlers need to replicate 30 for 3 in 10 overs to apply early brakes and mask the weakness of the death overs. Without early wickets you can't put any pressure and without pressure there won't be any more wickets. India's overseas woes are directly related to bowling. Start with a bowling coach.

  • akhilraj on January 29, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    People who are criticizing rohit are really blind..you people are fond of criticizng him with no reason..when the score is 22/2..if he tries to speed up playing his shots nd got out..u will say dat he is nt playng for situations nd got out playng a poor shot..if he tries cool down the things nd speed up later u will say dat he is putting huge pressure on middle order..did u ever think what will happen if he got out playing the shot early in the innings..dis doesnt create any pressure..nd 4 the people who r sayng dat he is flat track blah..blah.. Jus try to play a single shot of him in recent match..plz dnt criticize any1 with no reason.. What is rahane,kohli,dhawan dng in previous innings..did anyone think of dem...y always rohit,if ur crazy of criticizng try any1 else...

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    when the team is not doing well, skipper moves around his people to see if they can get a different outcome

  • hasib9 on January 29, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Not so "big three" on the field eh! Hope they lose the 5th odi as well.

  • ReluctantBlackCapsFan on January 29, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    @Nawab67. Flat track bully essentially means: On wickets that offer very little assistance to the bowlers, Indian batsman can trust there will be minimal uneven bounce or sideways movement, they bat hard with little fear of losing wickets and they can prosper in these conditions. As soon as they play on wickets offering swing, seam movement or bounce their batsman struggle to cope.

    The strange thing about this series however is that the pitches have been very much flat tracks, if a little slow or two paced at times. If the Indian batsman are struggling to compete on these wickets then we may see some big collapses come the Tests, as I'd expect the opening sessions to show a sea of green and some big swing with the red kookaburra.

  • punterdgr8 on January 29, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @sillypointshortleg,they aren't travelling supporters,mate!of course,thre might be a few o them but i bet 95% of the indians u find there are expats.the same is the situation wid pak followers in sa.in fact,ind,pak,sl,ban have ppl all across the globe from scandinavian iceland to sudan and far off in bolivia(yes,i mean it).that's the reason majority of the boards want india to travel and majority of them don't support their own teams through thick and thin(ca and ponting saga during the sydneygate).majority end up in massive losses when the tour is curtailed for school-boyish egoistic reasons ala sa and majority get elected as presidents and pm's when they want to "stop the boats"(eg;aus,france)

  • Water_Bottle on January 29, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @androyuvi.. Neither I want to see binny in the squad. There are many talented players outside. But I dont agree with playing ashwin as the main spinner's role.. Jadeja may be quite okay, but last game they didnt hit ashwin and jadeja, and its not because of their bowling abilities, its because that playing big shots was not needed for NZ. If in any day the opposite batsmen are in a mood to attack, they will definitly choose ashwin and jadeja. I am not blindly saying this, i am seeing their bowling in all the matches. Tell me any one batsman whom u think is afraid of ashwin or jadeja.. Nobody.. If you want them in them team coz of their batting, its okay, give them promotion.. but not as lead spinners.. Bhajji was better.. or try some others.. Giving them this many chances is ridiculous.. its partiality and purely based on captian's personal interest. A captian should not be like that.. Other talented players will lost faith in cricket because of this captian..

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Harry Barnes you need to check the stats before making comments like "even if it is at home", NZ last won a series against a major opponent back in 2009 and that was the West Indies.

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Dhoni shuld pick Gambir as a opener, first down batsmen shuld be pujara, second down virat third down is yuvaraj, fourth down Rohith nd fifth down dhoni, my team fr next world cup. 1. Gambir 2. Dhwan or if need change him 3. pujara 4. virat 5. yuvi 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. Binny 9. varun arron 10. umesh 11. zaheer 12. Bhuvanesh or praveen kumar 13. Rahane 14. Dinesh karthik 15. irfan pathan 16. ashwin or mishra..this is the best team

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Useless selection, not giving chance to Pujara. Messing up the batting order and wasting Rahane and Binny. What a royal mess! Bowling is ok, I am not too worried since they are inexperienced and will learn. If Ishant can be in the Indian team for so long I don't see a reason of dropping or even criticizing Shami and Bhuvi. What is Dhoni going gaga over the spinners. They just bowled economically in one match. Neither have they don't that for so many games not have they been getting wickets. Try Parvez Rasool and Ishwar Pandey for chrissake!

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Dhoni blunders : why dhoni sent virat as a opener i cant understand wt logic in tht virat is ur best batsmen u hav preserve him and u dont want expose ur best batsmen against two new balls..? Ashwin is become alrounder or he took wiket once a full moon..? Rahane can open in onedays why not u used him..? ofter ten overs why not used pacers instead of spinners if spinners wer bowling why u spread the fielding instead of u would hav restricted singles..? dhoni captaincy has been defencive its npt suitable to abroad conditions..? indian bowlers giving runs lik freebies its very shame full fr bowlers..

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    you kept talking about new Zealand winning it. India has lost big time they cannot bowl people out they need an over haul the fielding sucks why don't you mention all this like before you are going to keep your eyes shut

  • Paulk on January 29, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    This New Zealand performance was a sort of revelation to me. How can they be ranked so low ?(no. 9?) Even if they had the advantage of playing at home, they seem to have the making of a strong core and support acts with the current members. Thay have almost always been a force to reckon with and always punching above their weight and I believe with this current group of players they will be a force again. It will add another dimension to world cricket if they come good.

  • ThilankaK on January 29, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    WOW !!! what a captaincy ! rahane is a regular opener but he comes @ No 3, kohli is there best player & he is regular No 3 played as a opener, binny played as a all rounder but ashwin & jadeja came before him & couldn't bat & gave only 1 over but rayudu bowled 3 overs even not bowl in IPL, rohit who normally bowl 2,3 overs but not today ! raina who came to the form in last match but t'day rested !! look It's clear Dhoni is doing favouration !

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    wat an inning great exhibition, this inning is total contrast to the inning which he played against Pakistan 2011 world cup, i guess this is the 1st century score in international cricket without a boundary in leg side, with New Zealand building up the next world cup wil be much more interesting , we will hav 4-5 team performing at par with each other

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Its nice to see one of the SMALL SEVEN giving the self proclaimed BIG THREE a reality check.I guess the classification is based purely on money and not necessarily on success!

  • astopal on January 29, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Directed @ all diehard Indian cricket fans who are still unable to accept the fact that Indian cricket reflects the politics at the top. Dhoni will continue to be captain till 2021, till srinivasan or his rubber stamps are at the helm and he is in Chennai Super whatever. Even if now Dhoni loses to Bangladesh and West Indies in test cricket playing away. All of us forget that he is the worst indian captain in tests in last 15 years losing 4-0 in aus, 4-0 in england and losing to england at home. Yet there are people defending him and singing his laurels. And now he has started losing in ODI's as well. India should not be given special status in ICC. Any country who does not respect test matches should never have clout in ICC, unfortunately our fans have very low bar of expectations. They will again be happy when we beat bangladesh or some other minnow.I don't know what is worse Indian Politics or Politics of cricket.

  • on January 29, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Worst performance from india as usual.Rohit is taking ages to get started.Looked like a 350 wicket .Wonder why there was binny in the team.Dhoni deliberately did not give binny more overs to bowl or promote him ahead of jadeja.Very very cheap politics by him.He is digging his own grave.After all indian cricket is much more than Srini and Dhoni..Isn't it?..With this team,India will not even go to quarterfinal in WC2015..We can just play ipl and pass a resolutuion in ICC that india will not play tests or odi's

  • on January 29, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    nw indians searching 4 reasons I guess dhoni is a class player and a gd captain thts all bt India cant beat any team outer asia withot dhoni India won the t20 world cup because of misbas horrible reversesweep in the final ball and champions trophy should hv been won by England bt they paniced tri series in west indies won by terrific batting by dhoni in the ffinal over and world cup and other matches lyk asia cup and other series in asia are hv to be won by those flat track bullies only in India they can prove bt without dhoni india is a poor side not even hv a wicket taking match winning fast bowler

  • sdesilva on January 29, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    The sophistication of Indian fans is on display. Calling their own players by names, Pisshant for Ishant & No-hit for Rohit. Its not a surprise that the players houses get burnt when the team loses. An embarassment to the region.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 29, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    t20 wc semi lineups - SL,Pak,WI,Aus . Aus v SL in finals . Aus with great chance to win their 1st t20 wc. But SL are a great side themselves and are most dangerous at home esp. and will be a very tight contest in final. But the Aussies will be desperate to win their 1st cup in t20. So they are bit ahead. In the WC in Aus/NZ in 2015 the S/F lineups are NZ,Aus,SL,Pak. Pak with their fantastic pace -and spin- bowling to challenge the hosts Aussies in finals.

  • on January 29, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    The only teams performing well in overseas conditions are South Africa and Pakistan. If justified ranking system is introduced in icc then for sure India will be on 8th or 9th rank team in the world.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 29, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    It is proven that apart from the top 2 teams in the world in all forms -Aus and SA- there are 4-5 other teams much ahead of Ind . Pak,SL and NZ will any day thrash the o/hyped FTBs from Ind in any neutral venue other than their home venues and in all big tourneys -t20 wc, 50 over wc etc. In their home tracks they may win of course! Not long before Ind are at no.5-6 in rankings. Their proper spot. Congrats to NZ on another thrashing ! 1 more to make it 4-0 !

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Time to try Ishwar Pandey, Sehwag, Uthappa, Manoj Tiwary & Rishi Dhawan

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    the result of IND vs NZ so far: India (0) NZ (3), BD vs NZ; 3 vs 0. therefore BD vs India is 3 vs 0. it should have been 4-0 if one of the ODIs were not washed out.

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    @Nawab67 Why are you bringing something of 4 years ago. It's not a good thing to live in past, is it?

  • anjum170674 on January 29, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    but still so few teams performed so badly abroad like india has done in the past few years.

  • lillee4PM on January 29, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Thanks Ross, Aus back on top of ODI rankings above india; we are in your debt!

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    What an outstanding understanding Taylor and Williamson have. long may it roll.

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Sub Continent teams need to learn how to play on other surfaces.

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    @Muddasar Tariq Very interesting you choose to make comments based on selected games on selected pitches. Need I remind you that your Pakistan team was made to lick the dust by minnows Ireland and Zimbabwe not too long ago. And the Afghans almost rubbed your noses in too, and you were lucky to escape. As for India, I am sure you know as well as anyone in this world, come another big tournament on the world stage, the champions will find an extra gear and perform. Unlike Pakistan which will perform like a true ranked 6 team.

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    @Solid_Snake Don't forget that you Pakistanis have been on your knees with outstretched hands to be allowed to play in IPL.

  • Antony_Lucas on January 29, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    The unfortunate thing for the indians is the venue for the 5th ODI in Wellington, is the only venue of the lot that will genuinely favour NZ. Plenty of bounce, a 2paced seaming wicket with not much help for the spinners. McClenaghan will come into play again big time. Hope to see Westpac Stadium at least 95% full for this one.

  • on January 29, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Team india performance as expected a consistant failure overseas in SA and now in NZ ( so far 7 ODIs - 0 Wins - 1 NR - 1 Tie - 5 defeats ) great...

  • gcblackcapsfan on January 29, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    So proud of the Blackcaps performance. This team will be (barring injuries) extremely formidable at the 2015 world Cup. Former Aussie Captain Mark Taylor has already labeled NZ as a 'Dark Horse' for the next years Tournament!!

  • Marcio on January 29, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    I have been a longtime critic of Dhoni & the BCCI & the way they selfishly manipulate home conditions & the media to create artificial results in India. It made me feel sick to see the big smile on Dhoni's face during recent victories in India, especially after it was revealed he was personally responsibly for pressuring pitch curators to provide his team with wickets that suited his own batting style & India's style of play.

    All this is his own fault, and that of the team and BCCI. They haven't won a single game in any format game since they left for SA. That's what happens when you go for quick, easy results at home and do not make any attempt to address long-term needs.

    So will Dhoni and co now admit this and provide a variety of types of playing tracks next tie SA, Aus and Eng tour India? No. It will be the same old same old. Meanwhile India will keep getting perfectly reasonable tracks provided for them when they travel to those countries. Everyone is sick of this crap.

  • on January 29, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Just out of curiosity, when do we start counting Zimbabwe and Bangladesh? Or is there a clause somewhere that says the bottom two nations in cricket's top tier don't count?

  • Eijaz on January 29, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    This happens when BCCI and staff are focusing to be Don of cricket world by joint venture of England and Australia. BCCI if you wanted to rule cricket world, win cricket matches in grounds and don't bully other cricket nations. Focus on your selectors who cannot find 2 fast bowlers out of 1.2 billion people. Indian team earned respect by playing good cricket (winning and losing is part of the game) and don't hijack cricket becoming Big3 gang. Also same thing applies to England cricket board, focus on cricket after shameful defeat in Ashes. (cricinfo please do post)

  • on January 29, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Just a reminder to those suggesting NZ were also only good at home. We did just beat England & SA in ODI series AWAY.

  • on January 28, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    @nawab - A flat-track bully comes from cricket, but I believe it's used in other sports as well. It usually refers to a batsman who takes advantage of easy batting conditions and dominates bowlers. It can also mean someone who does well in easy conditions but not against good opposition in difficult conditions.

  • Albert_cambell on January 28, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    @Nawab67. Not really mate. NZ won ODI series 2-1 in ENG and SA. PAK won the ODI series 2-1 in SA. We won the ODI series 4-1 in UAE. NZ levelled the ODI series 1-1 in SL. SL levelled the ODI 2-2 in AUS. WI levelled the ODI series 2-2 in NZ. Pak won the ODI series 2-1 in India. Except for ur team, all the teams are proving to be competitive in away tours. Your team is the only team remains win less in away tours.

  • on January 28, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Just imagine india playing all the matches Overseas and the look india in ranking, I think India is worse than bangladesh and Zimbabve. Hats off for Pakistan a team which has played every single game overseas still at Number 1 in t20 ,4 in test and doing really well in Odis,

  • bazj77 on January 28, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    It's funny how the writer of this article saw more negatives out of NZ's performance than that of the Indians, who have been average on theirtour to say the least. India were supposed to go to NZ and blow them off the park but like England have been pathetic - particularly with their bowling efforts where they have conceded more than 6 runs an over in every match they've played against the Kiwis and have gone for plenty in the last 15. People are underestimating the Kiwis (they probably don't mind that at all) but remember they've won series in both South Africa and England in the last year and could well be a solid bet at the ODI World Cup this year

  • on January 28, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    just goes to show on nz day...we can beat anyone. ..and are starting to put a team together that actually looks good. ..now to do it overseas on a consistent basis. ...oh I forgot how can a population of 1.1 billion cricket crazy indians not have some decent fast bowlers??? or fielders also... yes they can bat... just remember guys if you treat them like rock stars. ...they will act like rock stars!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 28, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    @solid .....in that case your team should left international cricket long time ago...don't you think? Thinking and you? I may be asking too much

  • willmot on January 28, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    India part of the "Big Three" , not as far as the cricket is concerned,LOL.....

  • on January 28, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    With the ODI series lost in NZ the team has to rethink of reviving the seniors back into the line for the T20 and ODI 2015 WCs/ First the averages of Shikhar in the overseas matches along with his technical flaws makes Gambhir the prime candidate for the T20 and ODI WCs along with Sehwag who have proven success.

    Yuvraj was good in the India WC win and can play well at Australia WC as well.

    Since the opening pace attack is young Zaheer and Harbhajan has to play or they can get Mishra as a better wicket taker than Ashwin, so for the next T20 and ODI WCs the teams should be same and young fielders are not good enough if they don't have the basic skills. The teams for both are:

    Gambhir Sehwag Kohli Yuvraj Rohit Dhoni Jadeja

    Zaheer Shami Aaron Mishra

    I don't like adding a slash in the selection process. I think Mishra is a better wicket-taker than Harbhajan and Ashwin. Though Harbhajan is a proven success in T20 and ODI WCs Mishra is dangerous.

  • F.Hashimi on January 28, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    To be honest Afghanistan has better fast bowlers than India at the moment. The way India plays now they will have a slim chance in the coming world cup.

  • on January 28, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    just watched the highlights indias performence was a bit of a circus wasnt it misfields and drop catch need to practice more in the IPl nets

  • on January 28, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Your talking about Binny should have been given chance. You shouted and screamed that Aaron should be playing, he did and got distroyed.

  • JRP100 on January 28, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    At this rate a completely new team will be needed for the world cup in new zealand.. dhawan and rohit have pretty much failed completely in the sort of conditions they are likely to face in the wc, rahane continues to score too slowly in ODI's, theres no replacement in the 15 for raina as rayudu also scores too slowly (although should be given another go). The team management has to decide if it wants to give this bunch another go in england or if they will select another set of players for that tour to expose them for those conditions. India better pray gambhir performs well in the vijay hazare trophy, gets selected for the asia cup and performs again there and in england as he would probably be the best odi opener in the WC. team by the world cup gambhir, rohit/dhawan/kl rahul, kohli, rayudu, s tiwary/k jadhav, dhoni, jadeja, binny/ashwin, b kumar, shami, aaron (aaron should be given an extended run given he's the only bowler bowling close to 90)

  • on January 28, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @nawaz67 guess what pakistan trash india in india so wat u think abt them lol flat track bullies

  • shizam on January 28, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    I don't know what the argument is about. Its very simple. Indian batting has been exposed on fast and bouncy pitches. As far as bowling is concerned, India has never had a good bowling attack as they have never had express bowlers. All India can do is score runs on dead Indian wickets.

  • on January 28, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    This clearly shows that India is still not good enough at playing away matches. They can only win comfortably in home conditions but their away record is the opposite. Probably Indian batsmen are too much used to their own cement kind of pitches where almost every ball can be hit for a six or four. India's bowling has always been ordinary but now it looks like most of their new top-order batsmen are also not world-class. You can only be called good only if you can play well at home and away. Example - South Africa, Sri Lanka ... at times Pakistan and Australia.

  • on January 28, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    As a neutral observer,, in nutshell- the problem with indian team is their below par bowling attack. They leak so many runs without taking wickets that their batsmen cannot make. Today india's total was very competetive but the bowlers as usual could not defend it and took only 3 wickets. India needs 2-3 very penetrating bowlers if they want to succeed overseas..

  • MiddleStump on January 28, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    @Nawab67: I get your drift. I guess "spin chickens" don't wish to acknowledge they are clueless on spinning tracks. So they explain their defeats to "flat track bullies".

  • ccrriicc on January 28, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Drop Rohit Sharma and you will flourish. His slow chanceful innings is very thing but graceful - it destroys the momentum and weighs heavy on the rest of the team - his 79 was as good as 7 or 9 - get rid of him; and then why did yoiu pick Binny? Mr. Kohli is no opener, if you had to - you should have asked Ashwin - his bowling is worthless - but he could be a good at Number One.

  • techie77 on January 28, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    It is really pathetic to see Dhoni blaming bowlers without looking at his own captaincy performance in terms of leading the bowlers. Dhoni does not seem to really have any fast bowler mentoring skills. All the fast bowlers that have joined the team under his reign have just gone in wrong direction(good-> worse). He seems to have a deep seated preference for spin bowlers based on his playing in Indian conditions. He needs to be more creative in his handling of fast bowlers and develop bowling plans he creates for them. (think back to backing and mentoring that Ganguly provided to his bowlers. He made bowlers like Zaheer, R.P Singh look much more effective by providing good bowling plans to support.) In case of Dhoni, if India is bowling, he will give the top 2 bowlers 10 overs, if they get hit for a boundary, he will immediately switch to containing runs. This allows teams to develop partnership. Instead come up creative bowling plans for fast bowlers to take wickets.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    We have good pace bowlers currently playing in Ranji Trophy. Bowlers like Samad Fallah, Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Singh, Anureet Singh, etc. Sadly they don't get chances because of lack of connections. At the same time mediocre bowlers like Mohit Sharma, Unadkat, Vinay Kumar get plenty of chances because they play for favored franchises. If we stop favoritism and makes selections based solely on merit, we can have very effective medium pace battery. Zak can lead and mentor them because he knows how to use his brain, as opposed to you know who.

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    the same west indies team which was destroyed by india at home drew the series in new zealand recently that shows west indies r good team in overseas condition as compared to home track bullies

  • on January 28, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Totally stuart binny's talent wasted by dhoni... binny shud hav been promoted in place of ashwin rahane shud hav opened with rohit

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on January 28, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Guys please explain me...What exactly is the meaning of "Flat Track Bully"...Is that describes a Batsmen or a Bowler ? If it is just a pitch trait, does that mean everybody scores runs or only certain bratmen score runs? If it is "just" certain batsmen, Why not others? Just curious.

    Talented NZ team came to India and lost. With their Superior bowling and Great Batting they should have trashed India in India. I would think so if didn't know the result...especially the way they batted on Fast KIWI pitches... Somebody who played higher level of Cricket out there explain us.... .Enlighten us

    One thing for sure is Every team is a "Home Track Bully". They bark at their homes... bar none. Here and there some teams make noise not barking...but very rarely. That is my assesment of current status of Cricket teams.

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    indian are still dreaming there are no 1 side in odi wake up guys australia is the no 1 odi team if u win nxt match stil cant get this spot india away record after west indies series L L NR D L L L D L I have not seen worse than that for world champs of past

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    I think indian fans are forgetting something. THIS iS post tendulkar Dravid and ganguly era. Every team goes through this stage. Most of the teams went through this stage when india had big guns playing and indian fans though they are superior to all other teams. Except kohli and dhoni rest of indian team is average players or even club level players. Overrated Ipl players will be one off wonders only. So moral of the story is don't laugh at others failures and conclusion is that indian fans will Have to lump it for some time to come. Well pity on them

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Newzealand rocks..Taylor is a masterclass ,love the way how this team do business taking care of the flattrack bullies(India). Is the two tier system still viable, when we have two of the three teams getting trashed in a One-Day format? The ICC needs to have a new look.

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Nice to see us beating one of the top teams, even if it is at home as usual. To me, Indias biggest problem is its fast bowlers like always. However to produce fast bowlers maybe they need to make a few domestic wickets with some grass on it? This would give them assistance through the lower leagues as well as much needed experience on wickets they face overseas. I know in India conditions it is hard to get grass on a wicket, but with all the money surely it is possible. Also it would help the batsmen learn to bat in harder conditions (all the pitches in this series have been pretty batsman-friendly). It has helped NZ a lot having Hamilton turned into a pitch that offers something to slow bowlers as it forces the batsman to learn how to play on different pitches in the domestic league, which may be why we are suddenly getting better against spin? Anyway expect much greener wickets in the tests, which should give the quicks a better chance, on both teams

  • Solid_Snake on January 28, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Wow..One more defeat..Plz team India..When will we see a win coming from India :( I guess it'll never happen..First India started getting thrashed in Test matches..Now in ODI as well..Next is T20..Same thing would happen in T20 as well..Champs playing like minnows..Batting,bowling,fielding..Failure in all..Plz go back to your IPL and leave the real cricket for other countries..

  • Dilbar786 on January 28, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Congratts NZ from Pakistan, well deserved

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Everyone talks about the pitch, condition, youngster and the fast blowers but what my question is do the world No-1 Team and worlds best captain Mr. Cool MSD needs the best pitch and condition for his players to win against the No-8 Team??? The world No-1 Team must win at any pitch or condition at any time against the Team which is ranked No-8.

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Oh. Feeling sorry for Indian fans. But I heard somewhere that India are gonna play overseas more this year. So they should prepare for that humiliation too ;-)

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    I don't understand where people are coming up with this "flat track bully" bit. This failure is not about batting at all. Indian batsmen have performed reasonably well, in both the SA tour and here in NZ. The reason the results aren't 2-2 or even 3-1 in India's favor is simple: Indian bowling sucks. Even small countries like SriLanka and NZ, with a much smaller talent pool, have better bowlers. This is a tragedy actually. When we had decent bowlers like Srinath and Zaheer who could match NZ, the batting totally lacked spine. Now the batting is good, while not great, and the bowling is the worst among test playing countries

  • on January 28, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    we need to improve our bowling,what will happen if the opposition asks india to bat first in a crucial world cup match.our batsman will not score 300+ everytime.

  • m_ilind on January 28, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Other than Kohli & Jadeja, there is nothing to write about this Indian team. Don't really understand the hype surrounding the others. Nobody has had any success overseas, barring an odd inning or two. Pujara is a must for India's one-day team. Players like Gavaskar had sensational debut series away from home, if that's the yardstick used to judge future stars.

  • on January 28, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Indian team has not been doing well in overseas conditions ,their bowling as well as their batting has been exposed many a times in overseas conditions,Ms Dhoni is always looking to bowl first and contain and this has been a strategy which has been quite successful in the past ,but now many teams have worked india's formula of liking to bowl first and then chase the target,hence Ms Dhoni needs to reassemble his troops and work out a new plan.

  • on January 28, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    New Zealand, good job winning the match and the series .. But your fielding is just horrible guys.. How many catches and run out chances did you miss? Strong batting made up for some of the blunders but you need to improve in those other areas. All in all good show.. Ross Taylor was superb as usual.

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    SL_rockz: Thanks. I am an Indian cricket team fan but sick of 2 billion selectors on cricinfo out of 1.2 billion population of India. Some of the Indian fans have no knowledge of cricket and so delusional; that they think only their (selected by them) team is fit to win. And even if that team failed win then sack the captain. There are many on this board whose only mission is to "Sack Dhoni". They failed to understand that unless we have two good fast bowlers, India will lose many many more matches no matter who is their captain. in fact Dhoni with his street smartness and shrewd brain has been able to hide this weakness of India. Any other captain will be seriously exposed to the point where no one wants to be a captain. Always remember what happened during and after sachin and dravid resigned from the captaincy.

  • Amsyrocker on January 28, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @ MiddleStump - Ishant Sharma bowled good in 2007 era during test series at Australia, believe me, since 2008 the guy has gone in and out and got chances after chances for being lanky.. Do you think Varun Aaron has been carried away for such a long time ? During his debut in England, he was good, and after he got injured, this is just couple of matches he's played. If he and Yadav get even half of the chances which Ishant got as blessing of Dhoni, India's situation would be better..NZ is playing superb, boundaries are short, Aaron was touching 143 kmph regularly unlike Sharma who is pedestrian bowling at only upper 130-132 kmph.... Stick to the bowling line which in sometime gives you 60/4 of opposition in 8 overs rather than 45/0 at the same time. I find all these players - Rohit, Raina, Ishant, Ashwin and Jadeja have been given abundant chances and it's bound to happen that once or twice in 20 Odis they click..remaining is a history

  • on January 28, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    i appreciate the way new zealand played today, no doubt india has to bounce back to prove its claim of having world batting line up.

  • sillypointshortleg on January 28, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    I'm ecstatic that NZ have done so well, but at the same time I'm impressed how many supporters of India were able to travel to NZ to be at the matches. They were very vocal. They sometimes seemed to outnumber the NZ supporters. Shades of the 'Barmy Army' in Australia! I noticed the same when Pakistan were in South Africa recently. Huge numbers of Pak. flags and loud support for them. Good to see those economies improving so much that their citizens can travel overseas to support their teams.

  • on January 28, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    some suggestions- 1) dont make ipl the yardstic for team selection.its an eyewash. 2)give your players ample rest,especially the skipper who has undergone tremendous wear and tear,both phisically and mentally. 3)go ahead with the idea of three tier team selection i.e,different teams for different formats. 4)let dhoni lead the odi team,kohli the test team and jadeja the t20 team. 5)encourage domestic competition by drafting players like anureet singh,rishi dhawan,amit yadav,jasprit bumrah,jalaj saxena,kedar jadhav,sanju samson,mandip singh,kl rahul,samad fallah,shreyas gopal,ankit bawne,vinay kumar,iresh saxena in the national team in either of the three fomats without waiting to test their credentials more and more. 6)prepare fast as well as turning tracks during domestic matches. 7)allow the use of drs,everybody knows it has some loopholes but by refusing its acceptance,a typical conventionalism detrimental to team interest is being displayed. 8)last but not the least, dare to CHANGE

  • on January 28, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    my squad for 2015 world cup.these players should get maximum opportunities before the world cup. 1.gambhir 2.dhawan/sehwag 3.virat kohli 4.rohit sharma 5.yuvraj 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.harbhajan 9.shami 10.umesh yadav 11.vinay kumar 12.ashwin/mishra 13.zaheer/aaron 14.rayudu/rahane/raina 15.rishi dhawan/binny

  • on January 28, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    INDIA Lost the match because of poor captaincy 1) Why virat kohli opened when rahane is a regular option to open, he shuffeled all his batting order in a cruicial match 2) When rohit was batting with dhoni they must have taken the powerplay in over no. 32 with ashwin to follow 3) poor bowling options between over no. 20 to 30 Dhoni is now not The right choice as captain he lacks innovative thinking, kohli is a right choice as India is a young team and need a new captain with aggressive thoughts of handling the things

  • MiddleStump on January 28, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Emotional Indian fans will not understand. But after watching Shami and Aaron there is no doubt that Ishant Sharma is the best fast bowler in the team. And Raina is a far better player of the short ball than Rahane and Rayudu. Binny and Kohli are only marginally faster than Jadeja and only slightly slower than Bhuvaneswar Kumar. That sums up the situation. Wait. Tendulkar is still the best opener. But he has retired. Now how many think India will win more than a couple of games in the next World Cup?

  • on January 28, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    no comments for dhoni. yet he failed to prove his captainship abroad. i agree that now its time for Kohli ..................

  • Leg-Breaker on January 28, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    NZ PERSPECTIVE:

    NZ can gain a lot of confidence from this series - they were close to beating the windies - the win here shows that they are improving rapidly.

    Key takeaways for the NZ batting line up will their confidence in playing spin against Asian teams. They need to be careful because Ashwin's reputation is better than his talent so they should not get too overconfident. But in general, their batting has been good with the exception of Ryder who may want to take dancing lessons to move his feet. B Mc, Guptill, Taylor, Williamson, C Anderson, Ronchi all contributed.

    Ronchi has to improve his keeping - the Ashwin stumping miss was horrible and this game he let a ball go through his legs. NZ fielding has scope for improvement - taylor dropped a sitter off Rohit and Hamish dropped easy ones.

    The key will be the lessons they have learned in handling pressure and seeing off pressure situations - this will stand them in good stead as they have been tested in all the games.

  • khs_shk2000 on January 28, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    can anybody tell me how many times India win or lost the ODI series in NZ?

  • on January 28, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    dhoni 's captaincy is totally out of world .kohli played world class innings on no. 3 ,what on the earth compelled you to move him as an opener when u have specialist opener rahane in team .why he gave binny just one over as he is a swing bowler can be effective due to lack of pace as all we see how good brendon and ross play pace .plus rohit is a better part timer and spinner than rayudu

  • sergio11 on January 28, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    with series gone..love to see Eshwar and Mishra getting a chance in the last odi..and Binny up the order..NZ played really well...prob for IND is the seam attack..every bolwer struggled its not just Ishant..with the 2015 WC fast approaching IND need to find 3 or 4 decent bolwer...Umesh must have been in the side..he is some one who had success in AUS condition before,so this tour must have been a learning curve for him..hopefully he will get chance to play in the test..but Rayudu batted really well...and Jaddu all of a sudden playing like a top order batsman...still dont think number 6 is the right place for ashwin,seems to be little too high for him..Binny or Jaddu should bat at 6..With Rahane struggling..love to see either Robin Uttappa or Dinesh Karthik at 4..Dinesh was droped for no reason..he is some one who enjoys pace and bounce...

  • on January 28, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Zak, Vinay kumar should be given the chance again. Both are wicket taking bowlers. Raina, ashwin must be dropped. Pujara should replace Raina. Binny should replace ashwin.

  • on January 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Congrats new Zealand for the series win. Its a great display of aggressive cricket from the kiwis. I have been fan of new Zealand tesm since they won an odi series against s. Africa at their backyard. From that point of time they have been playin good cricket especially in one days except the Bangladesh drubbing. It is unfair that they are at 8th position in ICC rankings‚ and the way they defeated the mighty India they should be in the top five teams. As far as India is concerned, I would say that are a very good side. Only thing they are lacking in is their bowling department. Spinners are doing their job very well but the pacers are north up to their expectations. And if this problem continues then they aren't gonna make their over seas record better.

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    lost the count how many matches have india lost abroad so called big three flat track bullies in future why not pick the best players from ipl and give them a run in the team o just remembered normally the top performers are players frim other countries bad luck india make harbahjan the captain bring back gautum and shewaq irfan as allrounder robin uttapa as keeper parveen kumar munaf balaji as bowlers team is sorted better luck next tour may the pain of losing continue

  • KaizerChief786 on January 28, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    I think there should be a tier system for One dayers as well... India can be in tier 2 :)

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    India Lost ODI series, but all those 3 matches were fantastic if we look from batting side. Indian bowlers are not up to either defend the modest total or take crucial wickets when bowl first.

  • Raj1960 on January 28, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    NZ showed the young Indian side how to bowl in places where run scoring, even on an easy pitch is difficult. And NZ batsman showed Indians how not to give away your wicket. Indians, Sharma, Rayadu, Rahane, all gave away their wickets bu offering loose shots. Indian bowlers gave away 8 easy boundaries in first four overs. The match was over at that point. Dhoni's captaincy was a suspect by taking 6 bowlers and using the part time bowler for three overs. It was an all round defeat for Indians. Which I hope is a good lesson to learn from for a young side.

  • myStraightTalk on January 28, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    wow. Dhoni blames the fast bowlers after given ample time to prove his captainship abroad. He failed to try all the fast bowler in the pool and instead sticked with Ishant all the time. India got the No 1 because of talent in the team and Dhoni failed in utilizing the talent abroad. He has to learn from NZ in rotating the fast bowler effectively. Its time for Kohli and its not too late. If india is series in winning the world cup they have to change the captain now.

  • SL_rockz on January 28, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    cricketsunami

    You said the summary and reality of all comments...

  • asim.ashraf on January 28, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I have a quick question. Every year we see so many promising youngsters from India in the IPL demonstrating the amount of talent your country possess, but we don't see them flourishing in the International arena. Why is it that we see same faces over and over again? Why are your selectors not able to spot two good bowlers? Isnt it a failure on your selectors part to make use of a platform as good as IPL? I am from Pak and would appreciate a response from fellow Indian fans. Thanks

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I guess India is short of wicket taking bowlers.. No matter how many ppl you change, the ultimate thing is that they can't take wickets to win matches... Am extremely disappointed with the bowling effort.. Fast bowlers are not taking the crucial wickets which are essential to win games!!

  • jb633 on January 28, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    India and England are the two worst sides in international cricket at the moment. England have turned into a complete rabble and India are pathetic outside their home patch. So much for the 'Big 3', surely ourselves and the Indians are prepping themselves for tier 2 cricket.

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    I wonder y r not indian bowlers effective becoz we all know that india have flat pitches and indian bowlers bowl in these pitches when played at home my point is there is no help for fast bowlers on indian pitches but still fast bowlers of india bowl on these pitches continuously but when they bowl on seaming pitches of australia and england still they r ineffective inspite conditions suit bowling more and when foreign bowlers bowl on indian pitches they r still effective inspite of the fact that they have conditions against them

  • Navas08 on January 28, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Dhoni should stop giving preference to certain players..one should be in the team based on their current form. Gambhir, Sehwag didn't get as much chances as some of the players had got in the current line up.

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    india need Pakistan's extra bowlers like wahab, tanvir,rehman

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I agree with the comments of cricketsunami. hundred percent well said. The blame game goes on

  • sunnysigara on January 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Everything is not lost for IND. India competed well. In 1st match Dhoni got out in crucial situation , in 2nd match India DID score more runs than Nz (still lost due to stupid DW), in 3rd they tied, In the last game, absolutely brilliant batting by R.Taylor took the match away. Give credit where its due. Nz played brilliantly.Ind will only improve from here.

    And plz dont bring up no1 or no8 thing. Nz beat Sa in Sa & Eng in Eng.How come they are lagging in no.8? ICC ranking doesn't show true nature of the team. Here is the real ICC ranking of top 3 ODI teams: 1. AUS, 2. IND, 3. NZ. Others are not far behind.

  • Nampally on January 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    After this pasting by 7th ranked ODI team, will Indian Selectors open their eyes & prepare a team for WC 2015 which has balanced bowling & batting? India needs to run coaching camps for Bowlers with full fledged coaches on hand. They have lot of raw talent which needs to be blended into disciplined bowlers with proper length, direction & control. Unless BCCI & the Selectors spend the rest of 2014 directed towards that end, India will be an "Also Ran Team"! On faster green pitches, India has not played well any where in the world- England, Australia, SA or NZ. So the Indian players need to be conditioned to perform well on these pitches. BCCI should not bury its head in the sand! One way of preparing for it is to send Two India A Teams to play overseas for 3 months. Secondly, India needs 3 different captains for 3 formats. India A Team should be used as a tool. BCCI should devote 80% its energies on Cricket team organisation than on internal Politiking & financial matters. Ok, BCCI?

  • androyuvi on January 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    @Water_Bottle : Mate, I agree with his batting position, but probably Dhoni was saving him for slog overs. But unfotunately for Binny, Dhoni and Jadeja see through the overs by themselves.

    Regarding bowling, this pitch is clearly helping spinners, and that is why Rayudu got to bowl more than Binny. Still a Binny the bowler could be better than Rayudu the offspinner. But again you have to be in the captain's shoes to see what exactly is happening and what needs to be done. All said, i still stand by my point that Binny cannot replace a regular bowler in the side; his bowling is just an added value, 4 to 5 overs, to be a backup for the one off bowler on the respective day.

    I don't mind Binny playing the game instead of Raina, but I surely wont agree to replace a Ashwin/Jadeja/Aaron with Binny.

  • Surajdon9 on January 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Just few little questions! Correct me if im wrong! But do not use abusing words towards me! 1. India only played one T20 match in 2013! Still they are at No.2 in the rankings! How is this possible? 2. India Lost 8 tests out of 8 in Australia and England! Still there rank is NO.2 how is this possible? 3. India can't win a overseas ODI series ( Yes yes the had beaten Zimbabwe 5-0 ) Still there ranking is NO.2. How is this possible?

  • AJMonis on January 28, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    I think I say that before, but no harm in repeating. As India generate 80% of ICC revenue and have more cricket following population than all other cricket playing countries combined together, so, India should play in India only and other countries should visit them in India to play. In this way, India won't lose any series (Test, ODI or T20), regardless if they have world class batsman and bowlers or not. I think India should demand for this in the current ICC meeting too.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    sounds like excuses to me ,new zealand has emphatically beaten india and the world is coming back to order,go new zealand.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    well played by NZ,finally it is proved that india is don only in their home outside away they are nothing.....

  • Lion83 on January 28, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    India must bring Gambhir. Yuvaraj, Shewag, Zaheer for the world cup 2015 otherwise it will be tough for this overrated team.

  • marlboro19 on January 28, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Fair enough. A team with such an awful bowling attack should not be the No. 1 team in ODIs. AUS , at least, has a balanced side; they don't have a Dhoni or Kholi, but neither are they stuck with fruitless fast bowlers. If you look back at the last match, the inflection occurred when the asking rate in the second inning reached 6 r/o, thanks to the spinners. After that you are supposed to contain the opposition and take an occasional wicket, as the onus is on the opposition to try and score each delivery. Indian fast bowler's couldn't do that, and that instant summarizes why Indian shouldn't be ranked No.1 at the moment.

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    I loved comments from many Indian fans here. If one is to summarize, it goes like fans have got a lsit of players they want to play in the team. Sadly that list is comprised of more than 20 players. after every loss, fans start calling for other players drubbing the previous one. And this game of musical chair goes on. But in the process fans dont forget to blame captain and selection team. Reason, if raina is selected captain is criticized, raina is his friend , If Rayudu is selected, he is criticized why not Pujara, if Rahane is selected, he is criticized why not Gambhir, Yuvraj, if Ishant is selected, he is criticized why not Aron, Jadeja, why not irfan , if ashwin is selected why not Mishra, if Mishra fails why not ashwin or harbhajan singh, this rant goes on and on....

    But the fact remains that India need two good fast bowlers who can bowl good yorkers, bouncers and can keep their line and length. Unless we get taht, Team India will lose many more matches.

  • marlboro19 on January 28, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Fair enough. A team with such an awful bowling attack should not be the No. 1 team in ODIs. AUS , at least, has a balanced side; they don't have a Dhoni or Kholi, but neither are they stuck with fruitless fast bowlers. If you look back at the last match, the inflection occurred when the asking rate in the second inning reached 6 r/o, thanks to the spinners. After that you are supposed to contain the opposition and take an occasional wicket, as the onus is on the opposition to try and score each delivery. Indian fast bowler's couldn't do that, and that instant summarizes why Indian shouldn't be ranked No.1 at the moment.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 28, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    blame BCCI. BCCI's ban on indian players taking part in foreign leagues is the only reason of india oversees mediocre performance. when you let young player go play in foreign leagues it helps greatly to develop a players skills and experience in different conditions. BCCI are blind. sometimes money makes people stupid.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on January 28, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Congratulation NZ , wish you get stronger day by day (from a Bangladesh fan). Happy to see Ryder back in action, I like his play. Dont understand why they did not play like this against Bd , perhaps they could not adapt to Bd condition/pitch. Anyway, all the best.

  • IndCoach on January 28, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    When the hell these selectors going to learn? Why not Pujara included? Why did they drop Dhawan. Only person deserved to be dropped is Rohit. Loosing is good only. Then also this Indian management will not get sense. Because their part, money is getting filled in their pockets. Till Rohit open, India is going to taste worst defeats only. For the next 10 matches he wont get more than 10 runs. That is what going to happen. No professionalism in Indian cricket. No 1 spot in Cricket rating is because not India improving, it is because others are going down and pushing this bloody players up. Stop boosting about your past records and perform consistently.

  • drnaveed on January 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa ,totally agreed that there should be a two tier Test system according to your suggestions. furthermore ,the BCCI , should plan that all tests being played by team India abroad , on SA , AUS , ENG , NZ , SL and PAK grounds ,should not at all be counted as international matches , or even first class matches ,and should also do not consider those test matches on home grounds also ,in which their team looses.should consider indian team rankings only on home ground performances only ......

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    welldone nz congrt after long time win series at home

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Water_Bottle: You have no idea what you are talking about. Ashwin made 65 in last match in pressure situation and it is logical that he get chance to bat early to use his form. Now Binni did not get a chance as Dhoni and jaddu went not out. Jaddu almost won a match on his own last time and he was playing great in this match too, so he should have been given number 5 position. Regarding Binni bowling, he gave 8 runs in the first over, but more importantly he was nervous and was not threatening either. Binni was very nervous when waiting for his batting. Good that he did not get a chance other wise it might have ended in failure. Rayudu is an allrounder and better than Binni. So what is wrong in giving Rayudu 3 overs?

  • Jimmycool10 on January 28, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Why Dinesh Kartik is out!!!....why not rahane batting as opener!!. Rohit got licence for next 10-15 games. Rohit is not a OPENER. his starts are poor brings partner (even whole team) down with his slow game in first ten overs. At least Binny should have tried at top in place of dhawan to surprise nz. Only good decision was dhoni come up in the order. hopefully ishwar gets a place in next game....

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    rohit sharma would have scored 150+ if he played till the 45th over.he got out very unlucky in the 31st over.he is the best finisher in the current team and india could have reached 300+.i also think that dhoni should have sent binny ahead of ashwin and he should have given couple of more overs to binny.it looked that he feared that if binny performed then media will put pressure on him to drop one of his csk mates.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Why no one is talking about the failure of the Indian team coach as if he does't exist! We have a fat coach and must be with fat paycheck..why does't some people ask him questions like on what basis Kholi was sacrificed as a opener ?

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    its not matter abt captaincy.its a matter of talents of players.this newzlnd team got talents for winning world cup.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 28, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I think with the ICC revamp in place we may never tour NZ again. Apart from mandatory tours of Aus & Eng, Bcci will send our team only where winning is possible.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    With the current form of the batsmen like Kane Williamson, Guptil, Taylor, Anderson and the captain, it seems almost impossible for any team to beat them in their own conditions. Also bowlers like Mills, Southee, N Mc Callum and company are in very good rhythm. With the WC 2015 around the corner on their soil, they seem well on their way to create a new history. Best of luck Kiwis.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Everybody is blaming the bowlers for the loss, but seriously the batsmen aren't playing any great shakes either. The Indian board, as usual, demanded flat batsmen-friendly tracks with short boundaries. They didn't realize that while that makes the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja look like world-class batsmen, it also turns Ross Taylor into a Brian Lara. Not taking anything away from Williamson and Taylor, you have to admit they're scoring rather too comfortably than they've ever had, against weaker bowling attacks.

    It's this BCCI tactic that's biased towards their batsmen which is ruining the bowlers. Watch Bhuvi when he first came . What a fantastic swing balls he produced. Shami wasthe best bowler after Steyn in SouthAfrica. Give them a proper pitch and they will run through this NZ batting lineup. But no , we are more keen on over-rating out batsmen. Only the great Kapil Dev has had guts to speak about this publicly.

  • gauravm5 on January 28, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Time has come for Dhoni to start spoon feeding his bowlers. he should have asked Shami & Aaron not to give too much width outside off stump to NZ batsmen.

  • Coolcapricorn on January 28, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    As soon I saw the bowling line-up at the start of this series, I feared MSD hadn't learnt a thing from our SA debacle & so it proved. Even though we tinkered with our bowling selection in the last two matches, the series was lost! It has been seen spinners in both SA & NZ will at best do a containing job & take the odd wicket but they r not going to take a glut of wickets as they do back in India. As for our pace bowling, thankfully Ishant was at last dropped but Shami has started leaking runs after looking good in SA. We have to persevere with Shami, Aaron, Yadav etc & hope they become good reliable strike bowlers but it looks a bit bleak & very worrying! Besides his words, MSD's actions on the field too [e.g. 4th day, Durban Test where the new ball was not taken] shows he really doesn't have any confidence in his seam bowling at all! Rohit takes just too many balls to get going which led to the team scoring 60 after 20 overs - which is not good enough & maybe why we lost today.

  • GRVJPR on January 28, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    There is a notion that one who can play test cricket can play ODI easily. But there are certain demands of ODI cricket, like you can't just keep leaving balls in ODIs, you must show ability to accellerate the innings. I have to say RAHANE is a failure here. He played short balls even poorer than RAINA. In fact Jadeja handled it better. RAINA maintains an average of 35 with strike rate of 94. If other batters do their job Raina's performance is totally acceptable.

  • nilb on January 28, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    India should stick to playing only in flat slow pitches in India. Everyone knows they cannot bat or bowl in any other pitch. It's very easy to predict a whitewash in the Test series.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Rsharma, Sdhawan r Ggambhir, Vkohli, Arayudu, Sraina, MSdhoni, Rjadeja r Rashwin, Sbinny, Zkhan, Mshami, Isharma r Bkumar. Arahane. ll b d best team!

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    india hv t learn how to bowl in newzlnd pitches.

  • AltafPatel on January 28, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    India's bowling was not bad but NZ batting outclassed India.

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    poor play by india today. poor decision to shift kohli who seems settled at no 3 spot.could hv experimntd wit rahane openin if at al dhawan was to be dropped. there ws absolute no justification in pickin stuart binny for tis match.poor fella din bat n got to bowl 1 over.wats d point in pickin him up as an all rounder in playi 11.n dhoni made rayadu bowl 4 overs whose bowlin was horribly bad.when aaron shami bhuvi ver goin fr so many runs cld hav testd binnys bowli.nothi to loose.binny sure to get dropped nxt match fr no fault of his. really praise nz to drop in form anderson n gv chanc to neesham.dhoni shld get a cue frm tis.whethr u loose or win keep rotating ur players.unfortunately favoritsm dominates in team india.hoped to see pandey gettin a game.but alas....

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Hope dhoni does not believe that this series is still alive...dhoni is a good keeper and a v good odi batsman...but for the odi's he should give the captaincy to kohli and play as a player...this is the way forward...it is simply no good for dhoni to blame someone or the other everytime after a loss...his record as capt outside the subcontinent is pathetic and he should accept that...why blame everyone else except himself

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Its good that India lost.. Take it as a learning curve,, what we need for 2015 wc is experience,, zaheer should play wc, he was the top wicket taker in 2011 wc,, she should be there to groom our young bowlers, also its very important we realize the importance of bring irfan pathan back, he will add balance to the side,, also gambhir deserves a look, he is a man for big occasions, wc 2011 final,, icc T20 final,, he was the top scorer. these changes will make India look stronger.. can also try out Pujara in the middle order to lend stability. these four players , zaheer, irfan, gambhir and pujara should be there in WC 2015. we dont have variety in our bowling,, we need a left arm angle,, bringing zaheer and irfan will solve it, our bowlers idealy should be zaheer, shami, pathan, jadeja and i dont know who can be the fifth one,, could be bhuvi, praveen kumar or umesh. and dont worry,, asia cup is coming,, we will roar back to winning ways.

  • obaiii1 on January 28, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    I do not understand why is everyone criticizing the batting... IMHO India batted well throughout the serious, the only concern is their bowling. it is not always about speed. They should bowl better line and length and hit the dig hard in these pitches/conditions, that is when you get that extra bounce and the bowl hurries onto the batsman. I thoroughly understand when Dhoni is talking about this. Whoever played cricket will understand what he is talking about, but unfortunately here everyone is commenting and shows their expertise. In this match since India had too many bowling options/part timers, I would have played Shikar Dhawan for Ashwin, so that Virat Kohli was not sacrificed and India could have had a regular opening pair.

  • Water_Bottle on January 28, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    @androyuvi.. dear buddy.. I am not a fan of Binny at all.. But, selectors picked him as an all rounder. If captian picked him in the playing XI, then if his intention is to try and see the best of him, he should have asked him to bat today in place of ashwin. There was a wonderful chance of testing his batting ability. You told that Binny was taken in place of Raina, then why he didnt bat in his place (Raina bats before ashwin in all matches). And also, if we are sticking according to your logic in bowling department, y dhoni given 3 overs to a non-bowler. Yes, if dhoni's intention is to remove Rayudu and Binny permanently from the team by proving that they are not capable, then he did right in today's match. Now, he will bring back dhawan and Rain in place of rayudu and binny in next match. Why giving so many chances to his mates and very few chances to others.. Remember Yuvi scored a 50 in his second last game and dropped, but raina is yet to score a 50 in last 20 odd matches.

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Great job Black Caps! Keep your momentum!

    To Indian supporters: stop being so dramatic. One team always has to lose, and the world is not going to end because they lose a few cricket games on a long tour. The Indian team has plenty of talent, including ALL of the bowlers, and they'll bounce back soon enough. Depending on a few results, you guys seem to think your team is either utterly useless, or unbeatable gods. like there is nothing in between.

  • Imranshakeelkhan on January 28, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Gr8.. Cricket by both teams. I did analysis of Indian cricket from last many years that they always win matches in India easily. Their batsmen , bowler perform A+ in India but no sooner, after giving wonderful performance in India, they go out of home grounds they fail badly to perform anything else. According to my analysis India did not won 45% matches out of home ground whereas 97% wining ratio in home ground. Overall India wins matches in home ground easily but not out of India.

  • Cricsnake on January 28, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    SL_rockz Well said. Most of the captains and selectors choose the best they have and whom they are confident of. It's easy to criticize and say drop somebody or select another one when the team fails. Confidence is the most important thing when you got to play. A captain as well as the whole team should be confident enough on themselves during the match. Otherwise it's useless though you got the best XI on earth.

  • Anisengupta on January 28, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is allowed to have his way with the team, India can never win in overseas conditions. To all those who says he is a great captain, they should look at his captaincy records while playing overseas. In your own backyard with turning pitches, you can always win matches. But how good a cricketer or captain you are is proven when you play in alien situations. Dhoni is probably the worst captain in such situations. And what a way to encourage a debutant like Stuart Binny - he is a much more accomplished batsman than Ashwin and yet you send Ashwin up the order just because he played one good knock!! While all regular bowlers were thrashed, you give him just 1over? Was he trying to protect him? This is a game of big boys and you can't protect a new player like that. Grow up Dhoni!!

  • KrikIndFan on January 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Bravo Kiwis!, you deserve this one!*applause*, not once did you gave any sign of weakness to the opponents. As for Ind, why o why we don't have the same fighting spirit playing outside as we do at home ? Our bowling is so below average that even if we manage to put out 300+ batting 1st, bowlers might give away the win in <50 overs. Some good lessons on what's on their card for the WC.

  • Lion83 on January 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Indian Fans few months ago talked about best young batmens in the world likes of Rohith. Dhawan. Raina. Rahane etc.... now they talk about bringing Gambir and shewag in for the team. This is the actual class of flat track indians , highly exposed to the whole world in the last two series. This pitches are in NZ are no real facy and bouncy pitches and they turned a lot but Indian team cannot win even in this kind of pitches now. They strugggling to pick the right combination for the world cup now. Jadeja & Aswin must be sacked from the team because they are in the team to take wickets not for scoring runs . If they cant pickup wickets against spin weak NZ then its a problem. Real Class of indian batting yet to be exposed in the test matches.

  • Nampally on January 28, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Sadly Indian bowling could not defend a total of 278! Poor state of batting & bowling is grossly evident. They just captured 2 wkts + 1 Run Out whilst giving away 280 runs in 48 overs. This does not reflect the status of ranked World #1 Team. I thought India reached a respectable & defendable total of 278 & was sure it may lead to a win. But for Ashwin, Jadeja & Kumar, the rest of the bowling was up & down "Rubbish" to put it mildly. Why was Binny included when he bowled just one over? Even a batsman/WK Rayudu bowled 3 overs. If Binny was taken as a fast scoring all rounder, he did not bat either. Secondly, with no recognized opener why was our best bat sacrificed as an opener? Ashwin was a good bet at that spot. Kohli, Rahane & Rayudu all perished trying to pull short pitched balls even before they were set or due to wrong choice. This is irresponsible batting. It was on the whole a very disappointing tour of NZ. India needs an overhauled Team for 2015 WC Team in NZ & Australia!

  • Manowara on January 28, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    This is what i was thinking all the time when a team become no 1 and try to continue at the spot no 1 cricket fans thinks the other teams are at school level and only their country knows how to do this and that. The crasey cricket fewer ppl should realize that the game of cricket would changing drastically at any time. For example we thought Australia would never be defeated a year back. Do not worry fans, India will bounce back soon. The best thing to undestand is that any of the other team would bounce back to top. Do not be discourage over these defeats. Keep on critisizing the other teams of their defeats.

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    the best that india could do in this series so far was just a tie. what really matters at the end of day is either you win or loose?? poor performance by india, they are just good at their own home made pitches n thats it. everyone praising india must admit it here on!!

  • BowledYa on January 28, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    The world cup champs have yet to win a match in 11 played so far between South Africa and NZ tours. I believe they need to concentrate on improving their game rather than playing politics within the ICC. No amount of veto powers or money is going to make them win outside India.

  • da_man_ on January 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Farcical match. India lost. Hopefully there'll no more of this nonsense from April onwards. Need the BCCI to put the following clause into the position paper: Every team will throw matches against India, or they will never play against India again.

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Great Job Team India. Now its time to drop the playing 11 and give other domestic players chance. Dhoni is such a poor captain and the whole team is nothing but a flat track bullies who only performs in their home grounds. and still people say they have best batting talents. what a shame world chumps !!

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    First of all Kohli should not have opened. Not becoz he can't but because we need him at no. 3 to stabilise the innings after the loss of an early wicket as per usual. Secondly our bowlings has such large gaps it is unbelievable. Our bowlers have resigned to the fact that if they bowl first then the indian batting can chase anything under the sun. But today they were out of their comfort zones and asked to bowl second and still they failed miserably. Shami may take wickets but he is so so expensive. Bhuvi seems to still know what he is doing somewhat. Why the heck was Rayadu bowling when jaddu and ashwin were creating pressure. I feel Dhoni sometimes looses the plot. He is a great captain but he is left stranded at times by our "wonderful bowlers". As for Ishant Sharma, the guy needs to get a haircut because half the time he can't see where he is bowling as his hair keeps covering his face.

  • Hashimbaig on January 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Before the start of the series i wrote espn cricinfo about that india cant win with a young team. They need gambhir and yuvraj. And they dont have a good fast bowler. They need a experienced fast bowler like zaheer khan to help the team in a bad situation, and a spinner they need harbhajan sing. they will lose next match watch and see.

  • sagerider on January 28, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    YEAH kiwis! We've got a great team right now and it's great to see them doing so well. Congrats! Chasing such a large total made me a bit nervous because of our tendency to self destruct under pressure sometimes. The guys with the bat have really improved over the last year, becoming a lot more consistent. Congrats to rosco for the ton and good to see bmac get some decent runs. Mills and Southee were fantastic but some of the other pace could improve their length and variety a bit when it really matters - like not put the last ball of the innings right in the slot for Dhoni to launch it in to orbit for example.

    Looking forward to another win in wellington!!

  • jb633 on January 28, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2013-14/content/story/679829.html?comments=all#usrcomment

    If fans want to read the comments in the link above and then compare it with the comments on this page, I think it provides a great example of what is wrong with Indian cricket. When India win at home their players are described as 'superhumans' and very rarely do the board look at the big picture. The players are being cloned to play on flat, dull wickets. More damaging than what this does to the batsman is what this does to the seamer. India are not alone in their struggles away from home, but surely with the finances available and the interest in the game, they should win everything both home and away. What is the point in bowling seam up in India if all you are used for is basically cannon fodder? India have absolutely no chance of retaining the WC2015. They have the worst bowling line up in world cricket and you need both aspects to fire in a global tournament.

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Well i am from Pakistan and i pretty much follow every match thats been played. Indian batting is much better than the reat of the world and it has always been like that however the problem is their bowling. Currently india's best bowler is zaheer and in past srinath etc but even zaheer , srinath etc were very average if compare to waseem waqar ajmal mc grath warne flintoff . Out of 1 billion population cant u get 1 express bowler??? One spinner??? I would blame the selectors and the captain for this

  • El_Toro_Loco on January 28, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Way to go team NZ! Pedal to the metal keep the "mission humiliation of team india" continue at full pace. Ciao

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    What a performance from NZ ..... ALL credit goes to PAKISTAN. B)

  • TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on January 28, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Hi all,

    Great victory for Kiwis to winning the match as well as series. Let's see if India can get the consolation victory in last match or not. I always believe we should have atleast one practice match before playing international matches even for ODIs. Why FTP doesn't stress this, they can't understand. Hope Indian players got good feel of how Kiwi wickets can be before the all important WC 2015. Hope everyone understood that there are no Demons in Kiwi pitches like how it was hyped before the series. Also, great team spirit showed by Kiwis and the series overall was played in good spirit in contrast to other Series Down Under(Ashes). This is very good for international cricket. Corey Anderson is the biggest gain of this series, hope he becomes one of the Game's Greatest All Rounders. All the best for Corey, the GAME needs players like him.

    Regards, True Cricket Fan from a Remote Village in India

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Congrats to NZ, they thoroughly outplayed the then number one (now number two) team in the world. They showed that come the world cup they will be a force to reckon with. As for India, lets see what plans they choose to prepare themselves with a fast approaching World Cup.

  • Aniyadu on January 28, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @ androyuvi. when Team wins its all coz of captain who made the bowling changes in right time and right field placements. And all credits to Dhoni and not to bowlers. When lost as expected he has to blame everyone. Binny bowled well in ranji tropy and in IPL too. He deserved more overs. Remember jadeja and ashwin came to team first on IPL basis. The Players whom Dhoni trust are given more chances than other players!! how can you anyone judge by only one debut match.? and without giving a chance how can you say he not better than anyone!! Atleast now let Dhoni realise its all about team game and nothing is in hands of a captain. When India wins he is captain COOL and when lost Captain HOT.

  • vrkp on January 28, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    In my opinion the main reason for the series defeat is poor squad and playing XI selection more than the poor bowling and top order failure.

    Dhoni made three blunders today which i think is the main reason for defeat.

    1. Moving Kohli to open the inning. He basically sacrificed Kohli to keep his friend Rohit in the playing XI. If he wanted to drop Dhawan (we all know that Rohit has Permanent residency in our playing XI) then why not promote Rahane who at least has experience of opening before and also opens for RR.

    2. Dropping Raina in place of Binny knowing well that the pitch is slow esp. after Raina started to score some runs at no. 6 which should be the correct place for him and also his bowling wud hv helped here.

    3. Having selected Binny, Dhoni choose to give him just one over. He must have seen something extraordinarily rubbish in Binny's bowling to decide not to give him one more over. he could have played Amit mishra in place of Binny as he knew the pitch is slow.

  • bhushan80 on January 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    IND team for last ODI: 1. Rahane 2. Rohit 3. Virat 4. Raydu 5. Binny 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Pandey 10. Shami 11. Bhuvi

    For God's sake let the newcomers bowl and bat, not like today what happened with Binny. Shame on you Mr.Dhoni!!!!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Talent, Application, Discipline, & Teamwork! A true winning combination! That is what NZ is now. You bat first or bowl first; it doesn't matter. They are strong on all the four traits mentioned above; both in batting & bowling. I hope NZ bosses will not tinker too much with this fantastic group.

    If you are not extremely jingoistic, any true cricket lover will enjoy watching you guys play.

    Among the four traits, India is long on "talent"; but short on all the other three -- Application, Discipline, & Team work -- at the moment.

    Congratulations to NZ. And, good luck to the talented India boys to 'fill up the gaps', and start winning.

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    I cant understand the criticism towards ROHIT SHARMA. Agreed he was inconsistent in the past but there's no doubt about his class. Last year or so he's been pretty consistent. he's a sort of player who can shift gears at will. ppl criticizing his slow strike rate at start of the innings double-speak if he throws his wicket to a rash shot. give this guy a break & be rational with your comments. He will go down as one of the classiest batsman given the skills he's got. he shouldn't let his guard down.

  • vrkp on January 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Kiwi team for the brilliant series win. Overall, they were excellent in all dept compared to India - From an Indian fan.

  • goldenpower on January 28, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    In our team need big hitters to play in overseas.So bring yusuf pathan will open bat, give change his wicket not important. In World Cup our team 1) Yusuf Pathan 2) Gamphir 3)Kohli 4)Saurav tiwary 5) Raydu 6)Dhoni 7)Manoj Tiwary 8)Jadeja 9)Rishi Dhawan 10)Pandey 11) shami

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Well done New Zealand! Now let us just segment cricket along the 'Big Three' and 'The Rest of The Scrap'. India has really been cut down to size in SA and NZ. And I knew this! Some people talk a good game of cricket and some actually play one. India definitely belongs to the former!

  • JustAnObservation on January 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Ashwin has taken just 41 wickets in 38 ODI matches outside India at an avg of almost 40. In the last six matches, he has taken just 2 wickets at an avg of 190. Still, he is getting selected? Why???

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Not only India,nowadays all countries are playing well in home grounds only

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Can't believe this Indian team became no. 1 in ODI ranking. NZ got banglawashed few months back and defeat the Indian team. I guess, even Bangladesh cricket team play better cricket than Indians. BCCI should take precautions because their fans will be disappointing to see India knocked out from the first round of next year's World Cup.

    However, NZ deserved this win. They had been working hard and well done guys!

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Bring in Irfan Pathan and ashish nehra ,they will do better than the current team

  • androyuvi on January 28, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    @Water_Bottle : List A figures of S. Binny is 37 wickets from 49 matches, at 36.86. Not to mention that he took three 4W haul, which means he took 12 from 3 matches, and 25 from 46 matches. This is ListA figures, and lets not worry about international quality bowling. And being a Dhoni, does he have to judge a player only by watching him bowl in a ODI? If at all he is taken in playing XI, it is certainly not because he would complete all his 10 overs. He replaced a batsman - Raina - to be a hard hitting low-end batsman. Also who should have bowled less in this ODI? Ashwin and Jadeja both are economical in this ODI, aren't they? So no point in giving their overs to Binny. That leaves us with three other premier pace bowlers. Do you really believe that Binny would have done a better job than Shami/Bhuvi/Aron? Please dont pick a fight just for the sake, mate. And Dhoni is the one who gets criticised, not the arm critics like us. He knows what to do.

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Why include St Binny when you don'want him to bowl Just one over is not enough to rate a bowledband his confidence will grow only if MSD gives him more to bowl.Rahane and Rohit as 1 & 2 and Virat as 3 will do good . Hope Dhoni realiss his folly in asking Virat to open Otherwise td team is Ok sans Ishant. Kashnath

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    To all indian fans , never praise or laud the indian batsman if they play in indian condition presently virat and pujara are exception .BCCI and the selectors please do not pat urself for finding any talent unless it is tried and tested at abroad. BCCI keep ur money in the bank and get indian team humiliated abroad. LIONS AT HOME AND WET CATS ABROAD

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    congrats NZ for a series win.they have outplayed india in all departments.the approach itself from team india is pathetic.dhoni has to try different combinations.ordinary fielding,poor bowling and senseless batting cause them dearly.debut for binny just one over and rayudu as a spinner for more three overs.poor tactics.i feel pujara deserves the chance in place of rahane. jaddu can bat up the order and go for the kill.aaron has to learn fielding then he can become a bowler.play umesh in place of aaron and amit mishra in place of one of the middle order player either rahane or rayudu.cos jaddu deserves to be a proper batsman if chances given to bat up the order,spinning all rounders are better than these so called proper batsman.rohit,dhawan,kohli,raina,jaddu,dhoni,ashwin,binny/mishra,bhvi,shami,umesh this should be the playing eleven and dhoni must consider chances given to rohit sharma .

  • LordKratos on January 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Well done to the Black caps for a deserved win in fact I expected nothing less from them. I knew that because their administration is too focused on getting all the money they can from cricket that their team would not a win a cricket series.

  • Bijap on January 28, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    I think Pakistan is the only team which can beat newzealand anywhere in the world. Recall the world cup 92 when nz were dominated the entire tournment but pakistan in a do or die match beat them in their last match and beat them again in the semifinals. Finally pakistan won the world cup I think same thing might happen in 2015 because pak are producing good young cricketers especially bowling. India definitely need to improve their bowling varun aron, ishant sharma, yadav are good bowlers they will be hammered in every match. Inida need to produce quality pace bowlers who are hunger for wickets. I don't think india will ever produce a bowler who can bowl 160 kmph.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    As a Kiwi have to say that we are in good form but India will be a stiffer challenge in the tests. Lots of average players in the Indian ODI team I am shocked I thought you put billions of US dollars into your IPL playground, and this is the team that drops catches (the collision was funny), and misses balls in the outfield.

    No i think Dhoni and co have the selections wrong, but he doesn't care i saw him in the post-match, he is banking his millions....

  • ChrisMarx on January 28, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    None of the SA pitches India played on were "green tops", not by a long way, and were actually some of the most batting friendly we have seen here in recent times. The NZ pitches looked even better for batting (especially with the short boundaries) and the fact that both sides have been scoring freely on them is a testament to this. However the Indian supporters all seem to think otherwise, which means that their players probably believe that they are playing on bowler friendly pitches as well. On pitches like the ones in recently prepared in SA and now in NZ you won't get batsmen out by just bowling quick and short, you have to either swing it or constantly bowl it in the right area to prevent scoring and frustrate the batsmen into making mistakes. Until India realize this and forget about the myth of playing on "green tops" they will continue to struggle overseas, no matter which fast bowlers they select. It's not about pace on these pitches, it's about discipline.

  • sharma987 on January 28, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Ranking system is big black hole: 1)Teams dont play equal no. of matches.Teams playing more matches get higher ranked. 2)Differenriate on basis of home and away tour ranks....else.team like india specially is scared to play abroad and plays 7 or 5 match series at home.

  • Biggus on January 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Oh dear, did the 'World Champions' lose AGAIN today? What a shame.......

  • cjscanada on January 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I do not understand people asking for a comeback by Viru. He was a great opener and had enough chances. His career was messed up by Gautam, to a certain extent on the Aussie trip, who aspired to be a captain and created lot of negativity. Though he is a good player, he is not conducive for a team game. I would much rather be on the loosing side than see someone play for himself rather than the country. The only disappointment to me was loosing Irfan Pathan, who was a dangerous swing bowler. Somehow we have never nurtured our bowling talents. Someone like Wasim would be able to guide them in the right direction. For the final game I hope Dhoni elevates Stuart up the order.

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    3 things are certain. 1. Status quo cannot prevail anymore. 2. This is not a "settled" side. 3. Indian fans ( me included), be prepared for a 1st round exit at the WC.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    well there is no doudt on my mind that indians are truly lions of cricket on there home soil but in overseas conditions they perform like bangladesh or zimbabwe or any other low rank team

  • swat1999 on January 28, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    India's overseas failure continue. Big 3 is not playing like Big

  • Naresh28 on January 28, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    A solution to the bowling is try out as many new guys as possible. The current just dont have it, meanwhile Pandey/Yadav sit on the bench. I would utilize a third spinner and two pacers. We dont have any options - drop Bhuvi. Play 5 specialist bowlers, Raina/Jadeja/Ashwin can be the allrounders.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    india only play in india!!i keep telling to my friends always

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 28, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    I can see my fellow SL fans and Pak brothers here to bash India! Seems like they fed up with own teams performances! We got humiliated by NZ and BD at home. We fear a total failure in away matches than the Indians. So, we play 'away' matches only in flat or turning tracks only. We will cancel tours if we have fears. But still we can beat BD. Look at our performance today against them. Lions roars.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Hats off to NZ for the brand of cricket they have played till now. A lot of people are looking at how bad Indians played in this series but noone seems to care how well NZ played. Be it batting, bowling or fielding they have been on top of their game. What catches the eye is the calm way in which they brutally murdered Indian hopes, these gentlemen have shown how to play hard but fair and with respect. Like any other Indian fan i am upset but there's nothing fans can do but enjoy the game.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 28, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    @Hirak Mitra You hit the nail on the head with your comment. The problem is the BCCI wants flat wickets so more runs are scored in IPL to increase the fanfare...Indian fans need to decide which is more important to them - a strong national team that wins overseas consistently or wealthy IPL board members / sponsors.

    Posted by Hirak Mitra on (January 28, 2014, 12:13 GMT) Everytime India looses away matches we supporters start crying for blood of the cricketers but the actual problem is the pitches that are prepared in India for domestic & home series. India will never win aboard till they create sporting pitches at home.

  • Gladiatorthrone on January 28, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    I blame my own countrymen who selected such political influenced team or bad selection . Whatever just what Rohit sharma doing here,after so many chances he will keep failing and when it comes home he fires few hundreds and justifies. He's clearly not match winner not better than sehwag. His strike rate and calm lazy movement gives me blood pressure.For ODI:- 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Robin Uthappa 3.Virat kohli(VC)4.Rahane5.YuvrajSingh6.Raina7.Dhoni(C)8.Ashwin 9.Shami 10.Bhuv kumar 11.Unadkat (Sub) 12.Irfan pathan 13.Jadeja 14.ishwar pandey/zaheer 15.Dinesh karthick We have beautiful T20 side:- 1.Sehwag 2.Uthappa 3.Kohli 4.Yuvraj(VC) 5.Raina 6.Yusuf pathan 7.Dhoni(C) 8.Rahul sharma 9.Bhuv kumar 10.Shami 11.Irfan pathan sub 12.Dhawan 13.Jadeja 14.Mohit sharma 15.Binny Test side:- 1.Shikar dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara(VC) 4.Rohit sharma 5.Virat kohli(C) 6.Badrinath 7.Dinesh karthick 8.Amit mishra 9.Zaheer khan 10.Shami 11.Ishwar pandey 12.Ishant sharma 13.Rahane 14.ashwin 15.Umesh yadav

  • Riz000 on January 28, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Being a Pak Fan i must say India will never ever produce even a single bowler like Pakistan. India lost to Pakistan @ home 2-1 then to England in eng 4-0 then lost home series to eng & got spanked by Australia 4-0 in Australia. i believe ICC should look into taking India's test and odi status away Indian batsman's are all flat track bullies apart from kohli.

  • pcexp on January 28, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Well played and well deserved win for NZ. Main fact here is just an average bowling attack of Ind. Just look at the performance of BHUVI and SHAMI in last 4 matches, they conceded almost more than 6-7 runs per over except in 1 ODI. I think Sri Lankan attack with LAKMAL and ERANGA is much better than this Ind attack. And of course no doubt Ind is not playing in home grounds.

  • SL_rockz on January 28, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I hate INDIA for dropping Such Beautiful and elegant cricketer ,VIRENDER SEHWAG, from their playing squad...Who is dhawan infront of Sehwag...Please bring him back.Such a lovely thing to watch him batting..We donot see your domestic seasons and therefore we miss sehwag since his last appearance ..It is too long now bring him back DHONI>..........................

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 28, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    BCCI is correct, there should be a two tier Test system.

    Tier 1 Eng, SA, PAK, Aus, SL, NZ

    Tier 2 IND, ZIM, Windies, BD.

  • wanyudo on January 28, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Quite good to see a side like New Zealand build up consistent performances across the series, really felt glad to see the way Taylor batted & with so much responsibility & maturity. Williamson' s bouts of aggression are certainly welcome as he seems to be batting with greater purpose in ODI' s. Also the way McCullum totally shut India down at the end was clinical to say the least.Certainly an all round effort to clinch the series:):)

    India on the other hand need to look into a number of issues, not least of which is their over reliance on their captain for setting a total but also the relative ease at which their pacers are being consistently played around for 6 plus an over without much risk & then at the end not unable to hit those right lengths or coming without much variations in their strategy or point of attack. Simply put- India need to figure out a way to play together as a team & learn from their recent experiences in South Africa, New Zealand & even Australia.

  • Stat1977 on January 28, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I now cheer black caps as much as I do for ALL BLACKS.Good win boys.It's a very good trend for up coming world cup.India was very lucky|(As always) to tie the third match, It would have been 4-0 by now.They can't win anything away from home flat tracks.It's proven.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    with great sadness i have to say Dhoni has lost his shine as a captain`!!! despite the fact that he was amongst the runs in this series or against SA. the biggest mistake he did was to elect to field in the first 3 ODIs in NZ and even at SA which never gave any opportunity for our batsmen or bowlers to settle and the result of which is total demovitation of the players which showed in the 4th ODI today and at the SA series as well. The dhoni i knew or rather we all knew was at his aggresive best and would always dictate terms to the opposition. So all of a sudden a very defensive approach???? very unlike dhoni. God bless the Indian Team. Too late for dhoni to even ponder over what went wrong. Three big crimes were committed 1. Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma , Raina , Ashwin and Jadeja persisted with for reasons best known to Dhoni. Ho 2.Varun Aaron drafted in the playing 11 ahead of a much better bowler in Umesh yadav!!!!!(because Varun hails from Jharkhand, the home town of Dhoni?)

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    India can beat anyteam provided they are playing at home...else dont even think like that

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I think india should concentrate only on IPL, international cricket on away grounds is entirely not their cup of tea.

  • jb633 on January 28, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @sachin_vvs_fan, thanks for your balanced comments and general knowledge of the game of cricket. I always like to read your posts and generally agree with most of what you say @cpt.meanster, why is it that whenever India lose your comments are missing? India have been absolutely mauled in what you say is the best format in the world. You are obsessed with how bad England are, but those in glass houses should not throw stones. Australia are by far the best ODI side in cricket. I hate to admit it but I feel another period of dominance coming from them, especially in ODI's. They have a plethora of good fast bowlers and good solid batsmen. They are far, far better than India. India have some excellent talents but they cannot win outside their homes until they get some good seamers. Constantly you hear the phrase 'flat track bullies' aimed to insult the batsmen. However their batting has been reasonable but the bowling is just inept

  • venkatesh018 on January 28, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    NZ are potential World Cup 2015 finalists with this team...That is how good they are.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Lets put India in 2nd tier while they r playing abroad, even take away their test status and banned them from playing any tournament as they will only disgrace the CRICKET standard

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Rohit sharma is really driving his critics crazy. well done mate. No matter what the fans with no knowledge of cricket say about you, you are a classy player mate. some of the shots he played once he got his eye-in would make any cricketer proud. no doubt sachin ear-marked you & kohli as future of indian batting. let me add pujara as well. Even the NZ commentators were appreciative of him. Well done ROHIT SHARMA. Just don't let your guard down. Some of your shots are so easy on the eyes, wow ! Only blemish is your circumspect ness on swinging deliveries off-side. rectify it and you will be world-beater. I am one of the legions of die-hard fans of yours. U indeed are destiny's child. make it count mate.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Dhoni is out of idea Rahney is in team after that Kholi is opening , Dhawan was droped Rohit is playng , Raydu is Bowling, In all lots of confusion ...

  • black_bird on January 28, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Who cares about this series?. The only future of cricket is now IPL. and we are very best at it.Interesting thing is, all players in the world wants to play ipl. ipl,india rocks.

  • anuprakir on January 28, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    The BCCI and Indian team should hang their faces in shame.They are the worst team when playing on fast and bouncy overseas pitches.How many more series they have to loose and how much more humiliation they have to face?.I am sure nothing is going to change.Come April every one will forget about this and will be busy making loads of money in that wretched IPL

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Everytime India looses away matches we supporters start crying for blood of the cricketers but the actual problem is the pitches that are prepared in India for domestic & home series. India will never win aboard till they create sporting pitches at home.

  • crangs81 on January 28, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I see people defending Dhoni for his batting but let's be realistic here. His Captaincy is a big issue be it his team selection, bowling changes, field placings(bowlers need to cop that one on the chin as well, bowl to your field) and general leading of the team when they are out on the field. There seems to be a serious lack of trust or even importance placed on the bowling with an attitude of "We're a great batting team, we'll get out of this." He seems too defensive in the field with a lack of attacking game plans to really take wickets

  • ashutosh.p on January 28, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Lets face it NZ played better, Binny is not international class not even domestic class, see his stats. Include Rishi Dhawan or Irfan for all rounder. We need Pujara for top order. Drop Ashwin he is not good outside india look for a better spiner from young players, Ojha is also a choice. groom Yadav and Varun then select them. For me team should be 1.Dhawan 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.Rayudu 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7. Jadeja 8.Rishi Dhawan 9.B Kumar 10. Sami 11. Eshwer Pandey + Ojha, Yadav, Rohit, Rahane, Varun.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    i recall Dhoni saying at the press conference before the series: " We won't take NZ lightly". and this was one of the headline in cricinfo. India never expected this after a very good tour to S Africa.

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Another defeat, another post-mortem, another away-loss, and another egg on Dhoni's face...This seems to be happening with alarming regularity!! Starting in '11 with bad defeats in the Aus and Eng tour, India's slump continues with a strong drubbing in SA (Steyned-to-Death) and now the most embarrassing loss to a lowly-ranked NZ team which is hardly known to have set the stadiums on fire...

    I wonder who gave this team the top ranking-Apart from winning a sham World Cup, on the sluggish and dead-as-a-dodo pitches on home territory, this team has done nothing of note. Personal egos are getting the better of Dhoni, who stubbornly makes stupid selection choices, and ignores star players like Gautam Gambhir, Pankaj Singh (one of India's best pace prospects) etc. This team is just bringing heaps of despair to its fans, and is going further down what looks like a pretty deep barrel ;-)

  • Aniyadu on January 28, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    We are not blaming Dhoni and selectors for the loss. When Dhoni himself is not ready to agree that other team team out played them. what else to expect. Dhonis overseas records is horrible! we need a change in test captain and a very different team selected on ranji not on IPL basis. Dhoni himself says no one is ready for captain ship yet. Wonder how can himself decide that?? He has to remember someone trusted him and made him as a captain.

  • jimbond on January 28, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    India has fared better than what I had earlier expected. This is very good preparation for India in the WC. The reason why Dhoni persists with the same guys is, that most of these guys will be playing in the WC, and given their problems in adapting, this team can only play better, and not all matches will be with NZ- some of the other teams will also struggle to adapt. By the next WC, he would have the nucleus of a team ready- Kohli, Dhoni, now Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, even Ashwin. Pace still remains a riddle, and another opener, but possibly Dhawan or Gambhir would step up by that time. Dhoni's gamble with Raina has not paid off, but he may still be persisted with, over the next few months because of his ability to play shots all around the wicket. The test series, and the WC would be interesting. The good news is that NZ have a settled team, and if Anderson and Neesham peak at the same time, have of their problems will be sorted out.

  • SL_rockz on January 28, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    1000+ comments received because india lost the no 1 ranking that day due to that loss. Other thing is that India does not have that x -factor in bowling.Batting is ok with kohli and dhoni..But all others are inconsistent . Indian fans boast a lot during CT about Dhawan. But look at now ...He is not in the team due to poor batting performances. ..kohli also performed consistently but last two matches raised some eyebrows about the consistency.But hope he will come good and handy in the last encounter. Dhoni performs every now and then.No problem with him..I believe he has the right to choose his own 11 to play.So i am not criticizing him for selection. Coz rather than most of arm chair critics he knows who to choose.

  • Rajesh1968 on January 28, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    If Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag were to come back for India, its 20/20 and 50/50 teams may be Gambhir, Sehwag, R Sharma, S Dhawan, MS Dhoni, V Kohli, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, B Kumar, M Shami and U Yadav

  • jjradha on January 28, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    See Rohit future captain of India performed today. We should not ask him to perform for the next 7 or may be 8 matches. I have a nice suggestion Rohit may be selected for one or two matches after another 8 matches. This way we can satisfy our ex captains. Here comes the IPL season and we all going to forget these humiliations.

  • CricketFever11 on January 28, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Now we can understand why BCCI want two tier cricket system. BCCI itself believe that India does not belong to the big league. Out side India, they all are passengers.

  • Darksack on January 28, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    We'll done NZ ,but who is that Bennett ? The poor guy shouldn't have played. NZ selectors should hang there head in shame! This fello has the poorest bowling action in first class cricket and hasn't done much fielding practice either ! I understand that NZ doesn't have much depth but surely to play for your country they must learn the basics of fielding. Fantastic and typical fitting spirit by NZ.

  • Nero28 on January 28, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    What is happening with India's no.4 ? Every their best batsman's are coming and going. Be it Yuvaraj, Raina, Rahane, Kartirk or today Rayadu. All loss their form and technique in the position, looks like club level cricketer. At best they are not scoring more than 30-40. Everyone ,who say to drop one or suggest their best replacement should notice every replacement is doing the same. No doubt Raina is still india's best no.6 if not dhoni. But what happening with your most suggested rahane, 49 runs from 4match. Who suggest dhoni at no.4 will have to daydream for a win if does so, because he is the best finisher who can take the team win. Better not to disturb anybody like kohli of 3 today or the opening batsman rahane or raina at 6. Bring new no.4. But if you don't get one than better will be bring pujara to do kohli's job at 3and bat kohli at 4 till the worldcup. Kohli is the only hope at no.4 now and can do something. Pujara can't bat like a ODI no.4. But he can bat in the same style of kohli at 3, patience first than some attack. Kohli had some success at no.4 in gone days.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    I guess NewZealand is a better team on these pitches and deserved to win much more than India. To be fair to India, this team lacks the experience in the overseas conditions. True, they have reached the number-1 spot but that was based on wins on home soil. Tours away from home are going to tough before the players gain that experience.

  • Deedee2013 on January 28, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    With the arrogance, partiality and inflexibility proven time and again, will the selectors now wake up and hand over the helms of the captaincy to someone with fresh thinking? After all, all the NZ captain did in the whole series was to have taken few calculated risks...

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I believe New Zealand has the most exciting cricket team at present. Being W.I. I was very surprise of how well their players performed in that series against W.I. They are big hitters, disciplined bowlers. New Zealand has the ingredients that makes up a successful cricket with longevity.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations NZ for a series win ! India might have lost the series, but to be honest, they were not much keen to win it either. I think indian think tank wanted to mark their men for WC 2015 which is one way of looking at big picture. Batting wise india is more or less sorted though most of the batsmen were not upto the mark. it is the bowling india should be worried. I think spinners will more or less be these two with Mishra having an outside chance. India needs four genuine wicket taking pacers. it will b interesting if dhoni would bring in umesh yadav instead of Binny. To be fair to binny it was not a fair debut, but I don't think india needs another bits & piece player for WC.

  • Rj_Kiwi on January 28, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    It is a shame India has come to NZ not realizing that NZ was about to get its formula spot on. Now its become hard to break in to the NZ. Indian fans are arguing as usual about who will be in the team but it does not matter they do not have 11 cricketers who can beat NZ at home in a one day series. India - Kiss your WC goodbye in 2015! India should win test series they have considerable class available, but strange things happen.

  • lankantone on January 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    if u climb a mountain one day u have to face the downhill. as same as that BCCI will face their declivity soon. we have to protect cricket for earn money dont destroy it because of money. you are also a ordinary team. there is no big 3 for cricket only BIG 10. this tournament proves that.

  • army7782 on January 28, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    I think people only criticize....they told raina be dropped and he was...they told binny be picked and he was...they told india bat first and they did..and yet they lost by 7 wickets...atleast they lost by 15 or 24 runs in 2nd and 1st odi...mc cullum was dropped...jadeja collided with rayudu....aaron misfielded much....what a waste.....

  • Prakmca on January 28, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Ashwin and Jadeja cannot play together. ONLY one spinner is enough... One should be replaced by GENIUNE batsman. If Dhoni keeps following the same strategy, India will NEVER win....

  • Smack-DAT on January 28, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    @Farrukh Ishfaq-Dear Farrukh and many more, good to know that you are very happy about NZ win, but what is the point in hating a team when you are dissatisfied with the action of its cricket board, even most of us are not happy with action of BCCI, but why to mix politics and cricket!! A true cricket lover will enjoy every good performance, irrespective of team. Doesn't matter if it is unplayable swing of Junaid, or spin web of Azmal, Gutsy batting by Misbah, Classy century by Mahela or stroke play of Virat. As far as Ind is concern yes over the years the overseas performances are reason to worry but let give this team some time but lot of development need to done in bowling department.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    This is a natural phenomena .Higher you climb the greater the fall . Wish they will make a come back soon. This happened to Ossies sometime back. We Cricket lovers are enjoying.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    why India looses series after series abroad?certain explanations- acronym for not responsible-n.r. dhoni-n.r kohli-n.r rohit-n.r. rahane-n.r. jadeja-n.r. aswin-n.r. shami-n.r. ishant-n.r. batsmen-n.r. bowler-n.r. pitch-n.r. selectors-n.r. (one can add as many) i think India would start winning abroad once some one starts taking responsibility for such perennial happenings.

  • shane-oh on January 28, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    @Willie Komene - Yo Willie! Dobson here...hope you see this. Oh and, well said, a simple "NZ played better throughout the series" would be very welcome right now. Exciting times for NZ fans, this team is stacked with talent!

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    BCCI selector . please recall Gambhir and Yuvi to Idian squad.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    good job.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    A catch, a run out, a 62 not out off 54 balls, and given away only 33 runs in 10 full overs, and still people here are slamming Jadeja. What does he need to do now to please people? Kumar & Ashwin are useless bowlers overseas. Rahane and Rohit only bat well 1 of 5 occasions. And yet Jadeja gets all the blame?

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    This is how India performs in away matches and THIS IS THE REASON WHY they want to employ BILATERAL SERIES AGREEMENT SYSTEM. I find this funny when they say Rohit Sharma and Dawan are the best batsman in the world. If they say Dhoni, and Kohli are good batsmen I would agree but other batsmen....commoooooooon

  • Prakmca on January 28, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    It's blunder from Dhoni to send Kohli to open the innings. why Rahanee was not sent to open the innigs?? becoz, he knows that sending Rahane to open along with Rohit will reduce the run rate. he wants someone to score quickly, he made Kohli a scapegoat. In that case he should dropped Rahane and retained Dhawan. Pathetic decision by Dhoni. Rahane NEVER fit into ODI squad....

  • Saqib.Pakistan on January 28, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    @Gopi Krishnan: now dont say "where are sachin and rahul" hahaha... Wat a day for cricket justice.. India losing in NZ and DUBAI.... great work PCB, CSA, SLC, BCB and team newzealand...not NZC

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    pick the best bowling attack: praveen bhajji zaheer umesh, don't pick shami in ODIs put him only in test make sure you have 3 different attacks for the formats. for me: test:jaddu zaheer shami ashwin umesh/ojha. odi:jaddu zaheer umesh/goni praveen/sandeep sharma, bhajji T20: jaddu bhajji ashwin/rishidhawan ,sandeep sharma,dinda/goni/Aaron this attack lack aggression so we need praveen bhajji zak goni etc.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Hey guys is this the same NO.1 Great Indian team , which is trying to split cricket in two tier system, but i wonder what will happen if they eventually ends up in the second tier after loosing so badly to lower ranked teams....

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    I am not sure you can lay the blame entirely on Dhoni (though pretty hard not to). Cricket is a TEAM game, and currently NZ are playing as a TEAM and India are playing as collective singletons. Also, asking to call back Harbijan, Yuvraj, Sehwag is not really a forward looking option as they are the old guard. It may stem the problems for a few months / year maybe, but they eventually have to be put to pasture, and the problem re-appears.

    NZ went through the pain for the last 4 years, giving the youngsters a chance to dip in and out of Int cricket. Showing dividends now. Well done NZ, you played the more positive and attractive cricket. Give credit where it is due

  • JagKhan on January 28, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    India does not have a bowling attack. There is no world class spinner, there is no express bowler, there is no world class bowler. What blows my mind is that India has a population of over 1 billion cricket fanatic people. Out of those 1 billion, they cannot produce at least 1 great fast bowler and 1 great spinner? Almost every country has an express fast bowler except India. India is known for its spinners, yet the current spinners can only contain runs and not take wickets. India is loosing because of its bowling. The BCCI needs to change the way cricket is being played at the domestic level. Get rid of those dusty slow tracks and introduce green bouncy wickets. This will encourage more people to take up fast bowling and become bowlers rather than batsman. Without big changes at the domestic level, India will forever be tigers at home and sheep abroad. Great bowlers can win you matches on any pitches around the world. With below average bowlers India will continue to struggle.

  • Jugg3rNAuts on January 28, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    BCCI should focus on his team performance rather than spoiling international cricket for money

  • ThePacifist10 on January 28, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @Chandra Mohan

    Rohit Sharma has been quite consistent over the past year. He has got confidence, technique and class. He performed brilliantly on the treacherous pitches in the Caribbean tri-series and has been scoring centuries. This is going to be a learning experience for him, now that he is a permanent fixture in the side. He'll come good. So will Jadeja. These two have of late given me the confidence that they can bat overseas. They are beginning to understand the value of these runs. See how sensibly they are batting now. Dhawan is new and will take time to adjust.

    Kohli susceptible on fast pitches? This was a SLOW wicket. Don't just toss phrases like that simply because he's an Indian batsman! He's got centuries in Jo'burg and Adelaide. Dhoni has been brilliant. I do, however, agree with you on Raina. Rahane deserves a chance though.

    Stop singling out the batsmen who have delivered in trying circumstances. Why don't you single out our bowling attack that has always failed?

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    wow!it's so cool series for nz.I congratulate them for meanigful winning series.so good job.

  • lyoung on January 28, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Kudos to NZ who obviously had a gameplan to chase down India's total, and executed it near-perfectly. Goes to show what NZ can achieve if they are given reasonable starts from their top two wickets. Williamson and Taylor can then build on the starts and set NZ up for a final 10 over bash with wickets in hand. I had doubts about Mills bowling at the death, but he was quite excellent and I don't understand why Neesham and Bennett didn't copy him and go around the wicket to Jadeja and Dhoni.

  • Saqib.Pakistan on January 28, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Indians are wold champions because WC 2011 was held in India... Otherwise they are not capable of being called world champions

  • Sagarneel on January 28, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    For all the words (deservedly) against the team and Dhoni in particular, I wonder what's the role of Duncan Fletcher? What's the role of the batting and bowling coaches? Do they exist at all? Or were they hired only to tell the Indian players how to play in India? This India team needed a reality check badly, and full credits to SA and now NZ for giving that. As a cricket lover, I simply LOVE this NZ team. They are as good as ever and always play as a super cohesive unit. Full credit to the black caps, these guys have all the qualities to do great things in the WC next year.

  • Water_Bottle on January 28, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @androyuvi.. First of all, I am not a fan of Binny. But, after seeing many of his performances, i feel like he is a decent player. Since when u started watching cricket because u were utter sure that binny cant ball 10 overs in any match. In T20, a bowler can bowl a max of 4, and he bowls at least 3 in all T20 matches. Is this bad? And is this way a captian treating some guy who is playing his first match? A captian should give him confidence and should try out for at least 3-4 overs. If the captian is not confident on him, why he selected him in the playing XI and wht dhoni learned from binny after 8 runs in 1 over? nothing.. Wicked dhoni just want to prove that binny is uselss and the wicked always wanted his useless mates in the team..

  • MaruthuDelft on January 28, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    As someone pointed out India scores over 275 even after early collapses so needn't worry much but should be sensible. Just imagine if India scores another 50 to 75 on top of it the pressure on other sides will start to tell. Then even Ashwin will start getting wickets!!! Only a few adjustments are required; Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina(He could do well at 3), Virat Kohli, Ajink Rahane, MS Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Mishra and two pace men; all Indian pacemen are same and poor!

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Few changes which would make Indian team a far more competitive one in Fast pitches zones/Overseas 1-P.Chawala or another leg spinner at the place of Ashwin 2-Gambhir a definite opener 3- Irfan phatan in the alrounder Role 4- Yuvraj for Raina 5- Sehwag for Dhawan Gambhir, Sehwag,Kohli, Rahane, Yuvraj,MSD, jadeja, Irfan, Chawala, BKumar, Shami this attack will let MSD to go with 2 front line seemers, than irfan jadu n chawala can complete 30 remaining overs and yuvraj and sehwag thr to cover any expensive option!! batting will be stronger than wat it is right now! Only this sort of combination can challenge top teams in WC15. (A Pak fan)

  • Greatest_Game on January 28, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    An emphatic win which highlights the growth and emerging strength of New Zealand, and the troubling weaknesses of the Indian team. Ultimately, as the series progress it is becoming clear that India's much touted batting needs much more experience playing on decent wickets, and until they get that they will be vulnerable, no matter how talented. India's bowling is a nightmare of their own creation, and will fail against any team on a track that does not offer solid grip and turn for their talented spinners. India's pace bowling is a joke, bar Shami, and will let them down every time. It is clear that india's rise to #1 was fueled by a mix of talent and home conditions, and that they will face severe problems outside of the SC until they can build an attack that can handle all conditions.

    Well done to NZ. They have proven to be giant killers at home, and if they continue their development will compete with all around the world.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Dhoni is the principle culprit in spoiling Indian cricket team. He wants only praises and ruins others chances. Raina, Ashwin, jadeja, ishant are not players of International level. Rohit sharma,,,, pls throw him away.. he is NO HIT sharma.... Ojha is much better bowler than Ashwin.... Yuvraj on day is way way better than Raina & Jadeja put together.. pls bring back pathan, gambhir, yuvi.... Dhoni should be kicked out of da team for playing politics and spoiling indian team,, just like ganguly..... Virat to be made captain.....

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    dhoni himself to be blamed, no sane guy will not send kohli to open, also choosing everytime though he deserve any chance at all and needs to be kicked out

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Indian's will have to live with tag of flat track bullies unless they learn to play pull on foreign pitches . SA has exposed Indian weakness and now NZ bowlers are exploiting same weakness against short bowl.

    Dhoni needs only to be blamed for his rigid approach, not being innovative or trying to do something new with the batting line up or bowling combination when things are not going his way . While chasing he deserves a praise of taking burden that should have been shared collectively . Besides he keeps on trying the same players Raina, Ashwin all the continue to be liability . The new players are given chances only when there is a pressure of losing series as was the case in SA and New Zealand . Rohit though successful in India and England does not seem like he will play well on responsive tracks but will continue to get chances .

    Amit Mishra- Selectors want him in 15 but Dhoni does not want him eleven for some strange reasons, no matter how bad others bowl

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Newzealand! you just made my day !!!! India First Improve your overseas cricket then try to dominate the world of cricket. Sponsors can't win matches for you :) and Please Don't ruin the spirit of the game with Big 3.be a member and behave like a member. that's how every sports work.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    where is virender sehwag and gautham gambhir they did fail but they were two class players .look at the record of sehwag in new zealand he has got 3 centuries in newzealnd 2 of them came in the most dreaded series india had in 2002/03 what are the present openers doing even if sehwag was not consistent he would be getting those quick 30-40 runs by dominating the oposition ad putting them under pressure Gambhir also lies in somwhat that category but more consistent we have to bring them back if want to do anyhting in the 2015 world cup just look at rohit sharmas average in NZ he has got 46 by where did it come from with out scoring more than 1 fifty in 7 matches it is just that he reamined not out so dont conside the fact that he has a good average in NZ

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    instead of blaming Dhoni and selections, maybe you just need to admit that NZ are just the better team right now. Maybe not man for man, but as a unit they are a lot better than India.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Great series and New Zealand team in general and their coach Mike Hessen do deserve a special accolades! Indian team deserves Sehwag and Gambhir back or else they will get be caught wanting on overseas tracks. Seriously start looking for the world cup in earnest. Kohlli to open against is Kiwis may be right but he will struggle quality opening attacks of Australia and South Africa..........so that was a flawed decision.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    1. Dhawan/Sharma 2. Pujara 3. Kohli 4. Sehwag 5 Manoj Tiwary 6 Dhoni 7 Jadeja 8 Ashwin/Ojha 9 Irfan Pathan/Binny 10 Bhuvi 11 Ishwar Pandey/Shami

    Total squad players india should take on overseas: Dhawan, R Sharma, Pujara, Kohli, Sehwag, Manoj Tiwary, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha, Binny, Irfan Pathan, Bhuvi, Ishwar Pandey, Shami, Robin Uthappa

    Rotate the crap out of these players & find a winning combo lol

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    What Team India & BCCI does not understand is that they are missing their best player Gambhir in the team......................Losing 2 ODI series agains South Africa & New Zeland has given a look as to how vulnerable and susceptible this team can be in fast pitches. It would be the same during next years world cup too.

    This team is a bunch of over rated fools.

    1) Rohit Sharma - 1 Match he performs and he is out of form the next 5 - 6 matches

    2) Shikar Dhawan - Too big for his boots. He thought he is the best player to replace Gambhir / Sehwag

    3) Kohli - Consistent but again susceptible in fast pitches. Can perfom only on flat or spin friends tracks in India

    4) Raina - Cannot play any ball that pitches above his waistline. Highly vulnerable and has been given too many chances at the cost of other players

    5) Ajinkya Rahane - He still needs to play some domestic matches to be considered. Should also not be considered for Opening role

    Comments to Continue...................

  • bilolll on January 28, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    I greatly admire indian batting but it is the indian bowling that are letting them down in every match..If you concede above 300 in every other match then it is not easy for the batsmen to always perform...BCCI should find young fast bowlers who can bowl above 140kmph consistently wth seam and swing instead of finding ways of earning money if they want to achieve their lost status as no 1 team...

  • lyoung on January 28, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Given that the next World Cup will be held in Australia and NZ on pitches that bounce and India has been struggling with short pitched bowling, they should be concerned. But probably better they find that out now, so this short tour of NZ will be invaluable to them.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    I think India does not deserve No.1 ranking till they learn to win games on foreign tours.

    Today's match again highlights the fact that Dhoni's captaincy quite weird . He did right by dropping Raina and giving chance to Rayudu but at the same time he dropped Dhawan instead of Rohit .Dhawan , at least has been looking till he gets out to a false shot . Rohit not at all looked comfortable but has still managed to hold on to his place. Rahane should have opened with Shikhar with Kohli at no. 3 . Why would you like to fiddle with his position ? Sending Ashwin ahead of Stuart Binny was bizarre . It shows either Dhoni does not have confidence in Binny as a batsman or he was going by Ashwin's last innings . But it does not inspire confidence in a newcomer like Binny .

    Indian bowling depends heavily on Shami who himself is a new comer and is a learning stage of his career . He is only bowler to challenge Kiwis. Jadeja and Ashwin have been restrictive at best in this series .

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    1. Rohit/Pujara 2. Dhawan/Sehwag 3. Kohli 4. Dhoni 5. Rayadu/Rahane/Manoj Tiwary 6 Ashwin 7 Jadeja 8 Bhuvi 9 Shami 10 Ishwar Pandey

  • MichaelBurton on January 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    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.

  • Bishop on January 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Loving this NZ lineup. Ryder's natural aggression allows Guptill time to get set, and we know he can bat big and change gears when required. Williamson and Taylor are brilliant at building innings, and McCullum, Anderson and Ronchi give us the firepower. Bowling isn't quite there yet, especially at the death. Mills and Southee both had outstanding games today, but they have struggled with consistency. Mitch takes wickets but is often expensive, and the less settled bowlers (Milne, Neesham, Bennett) have been a bit hit and miss. I don't understand why Boult isn't considered worth a run. I also don't understand the criticism of NMac... Sure he doesn't take bags of wickets, but he is consistently economical, fields like a demon, and gives us some batting "insurance" down the order. Seems a pretty useful player to me.

  • rajattiwaari on January 28, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    No need of doing over analysis. This is a simple case of one team outplaying another. As a fan, I am disappointed with the result but i have faith in this team,all the players and of course in the captain as well. Although, sometimes I have to question MSD's approach as a captain.He comes across as a captain who is stubborn, gives umpteen chances to some players(and doesn't to the some others) and is at times too defensive.

  • VJGS on January 28, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    @Siva Gnanam Why are you blindly hating Dhoni? One moment you say that he picks only CSK players (Raina was dropped, by the way), then you say that he always picks his favorite players - Rohit and Ishant (again, dropped). That just doesn't make sense. And how can you blame him for not selecting Sehwag, who is another flat-track bully? He hasn't even scored a century for Delhi in Ranji Cricket... on what basis would he make the team? A similar story follows Yuvraj, who has failed to utilize his opportunities even on home ground. You want non-performers to be dropped, but Sehwag and Yuvraj to be on the team? Also, Yuvraj is one of Dhoni's best friends. So going by your logic, shouldn't he be in the team if Dhoni picks only his favorites? I agree that Gambhir should've been picked, but how do you know if it was Dhoni or the Selection Committee that overlooked him?

  • victortrumpet on January 28, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Indian fans love to wheel out that chestnut about every team is good at home and terrible away, yet England smacked India last year on their home soil in the test series, and then only beat Australia 3-2 in ODIs, by having to produce a record run chase every time, all the while Australia were without their best two batsmen and their captain. Not to mention SA's away record. So please accept the reality that not everyone is as terrible as India is away from home. 1.2 billion divide by 4 million = 300. That means India should be able to field 300 teams as good as NZ. Are you kidding that's the most astounding mismatch in world sports. And you lost!

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Surely India cannot lose the series ... they are generating 80% of the revenue! Up ye Kiwis ... money talks everywhere else, but in sports, its mouth should be tightly shut.

  • lyoung on January 28, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa. Indeed, Rohit was dropped by Taylor at slip, an easy chance. He played well for his 79, along with Rayudu and Dhoni, they were threatening to set up a bigger total than what India finally got. Rohit finally got strangled down leg side, a tame dismissal really.

  • Praba10 on January 28, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Why ppl are blamming rohit he had strike rate arround 85. wat else u ppl want. Dhoni r u playing for india or CSK?

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    I am Curious about people Who blame Dhoni for this Loss. It should be the bowlers who should hold responsibility for this. I think he is playing the role of the Captain much better than other indian captains we've seen. Whenever the team is in trouble, he anchors and put them in a respectable position. I didn't imagine a failure in any of the series, be it in Home or away. He can only do the changes in field or decide who should bowl. It is upto the bowlers to put in extra effort and become a great fast bowler or spinner. International cricket requires use of mind. Pace,swing are secondary only. 278 was a competitive score and with good bowling we could've won it. Without a better bowling unit, it is difficult to win abroad and i hope Zaheer should be tried in near future in ODI's too..

  • sreehk on January 28, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    World cup team: Dhawan, Rahane, Kholi, Pujara, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja, Shammi, Varun, Yadav. Extras: Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ashwin, B Kumar, Mishra.

    This combination gives India 6 proper batsmen, 6 proper bowlers, 2 all rounders. Perhaps the strongest that I can think for India. Why is this hard to see for selectors??

  • MichaelBurton on January 28, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Am I the only one who believes that we are the worst ever No. 1 team at all time? Am I the only one who believes we are getting humiliated recent times due to favour team selection towards CSK by Dhoni? I think not.

  • sreehk on January 28, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    At the end of SA tour Dhoni said "the team is settled unit now". But perhaps he forgot to add in the end "at the bottom of ocean". He also said "these days we do not really experiment" referring to Chappel era. But both these statements have fallen flat on the face. Firstly everyone witnessed that leave alone settling the team is struggling to make a meaningful combination. Secondly, the team has experimented with Kholi opening, Rahane at 3, and Rayudu at 4. Clearly Dhoni and his "think tank" have picked some favorable individuals. Batting lacks depth and firepower. Bowling lacks bite and hard to see where the wickets are going to come from. No defined roles for most of the players. Where is this going? Dhoni has managed to nudge out Yuvraj, Pathan brothers, and Sehwag in quite a political manner. It is time that Dhoni feels the heat.Batting needs Yuvraj, Pujara, Pathan bros to add solidity and firepower. Bowling needs Mishra and Yadav for variety.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Batsmen has done his work bt bowlers has did not work

  • Cricsnake on January 28, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Congrats NZ for series victory. India gave good fight but it was a day off for Indian pace attack. Spinners did well but they've gone wicketless. Pacers didn't pick wickets on time and did not put enough pressure. Anyway it's all abt NZ. They deserves the victory. Taylor, Williamson and Brendan all played brilliantly with bat and their bowlers restricted powerful Ind to 278. But hope Ind will bounce back in the next match. I'm pretty sure that Ind will surprise all of us during the test series. We saw that in SA. I'm not happy to rate Indians as a flat-track bullies. They proved they are not during CT and SA. Indian batsmen need more match practice in fast & bouncy tracks.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Tired of watching Indians loosing overseas series over and over again!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 28, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I didnt watch the game but is it true that Nohit Sharma (rohit) was dropped on 14? Surely he has cooked his goose and needs to go. Why does Ashwin still gets picked? Why does Jadeja bat so low down? Dhoni is an excellent wicket keeper batsman in ODI and T20 cricket but his captaincy skills leave much to be desired.

  • FRpunk on January 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Another Failure for the Internet Darling Rahane . He has Never Been a Good ODI player . Averages less than 25 i think . But offcourse nobody will criticize him here . Irfan Pathan should be brought back when he is fully fit , because he is still is our best Pace Bowling AllRounder . I Get it Rahane is Perfect for Test and he has even Proved that by Performing against SA but he is always Massively overrated by some of his fans here . BTW Well Done to NZ . U guys have been Brilliant . even though india are losing but still it has been an entertaining ODI series . Great Pitches as well . Full Credit to NZ

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I m baffeled at why india doesnt play Pujara in odis. Calm heads and correct techniques are often better than muscles and moustaches. if he is good enough for tests, he is more than good enough for odis, especially outside india.

  • Nandu_Athadu on January 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Many comments here say that India is not a best team..agreed. on the flip side which is BEST team of the lot???.I can only think of SA (mostly in Tests than ODIs) because of its consistency on home and foreign soils..Its funny to see many comments claiming their home side as best and degrading other teams just to project their home team..This is not correct. You need to be optimistic about your team and the same time shouldn't bring down other teams...India is n No.1 rank mainly because of the past success under Sachin, Shewag, Gambir, Rahul, Bhajji n Kumble. This is a new side and will take some time to understand indvidual roles and find the right combination which suits to the match situation. On this note I personally feel solidity is missing in the middle order. Give Pujara a chance. try him well before the WC. GG n UV used to play these roles better...Kohli cant handle every match..I am worried that Binny may sit out for last match due to Dhoni's strategy..

  • RVC-38 on January 28, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Congrats on a comprehensive series victory, the best all round performance I have seen by the Kiwis since the Crow boys and Dicky Hadlee used to cross the ditch and push us around, and the black uniforms make you look much tougher than the tan ones :)

  • CGKK on January 28, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    I know that Dhoni is famous for his helicopter shot but I saw another player tonight at the game with a similar helicopter style. Rayudu's bowling was like a "helicopter landing with no blades spinning and empty on fue"l.

  • JustAnObservation on January 28, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Why was Ashwin promoted ahead of Binny? Why was Rayyudu, who has taken just 10 wickets in FC matches, given more overs than Binny? Why is Ashwin still persisted with despite taking just 2 wickets after conceding more than 350 runs in the last two series? The game-plan seems to be that both Rayyudu and Binny should be projected as failures and Ashwin be touted as an all-rounder. The favorites like Raina and Ishant will now be easily drafted back in the side for the final ODI. Ashwin and Ishant will play the final ODI, pick up a couple of wickets each and get selected for the next match and the next series and the series after that. As regards the loss of series, a few scapegoats are there: Rahane for not performing brilliantly, Shami for conceeding too many runs, Bhuvi for failing to make an impression, Aaron for being inconsistent. The captain and the coach are never blamed. If the Mumbai cricket coach can be sacked during the season for the team's failure, why not Team India's coach?

  • tom120 on January 28, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Dhoni said you also need luck in your favor to win matches. He said Rohit's dismissal was unlucky. He forgot that Rohit was dropped on 14, he's ore lucky than any other cricketer in the world to be playing international cricket. Rohit has always got at least one reprieve in every match. India was lucky to tie last match, if catches hadn't been dropped and umpire hadn't given a wrong decision. How much more luck do you need? Dhoni is full of excuses.Today's pitch was again slow, but yet India lost the match. India is not a good team outside subcontinent. Deal with it. Feel good for NZ, all the India fans said India would beat NZ 5-0.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Dhoni should give answer to the question that why he did he include Stuart Binny in the playing eleven? Only for fielding? Dhoni wasted talent of such an allrounder who can be used like Corey Anderson in new zealand conditions. Also, bhuvi lost his swing and pace and still he is getting chance in every match.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    india never produce good fast ballers in their soil becz they pitches like batting paradise. we cannot think about Matches like eng.aus.newz. pitches. the results are always margine and spectators can watch brilliant matches.(nail bitting)

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    sorry to say Indians did nothing new....it was very much expected .... they can't perform out side sub continent as time and time they proved... where ball is moving and track is bouncy they seems to be lost ....specially in south Africa..Australia..England and New Zealand....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 28, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @SL_rockz. Just wonder where were you when SL lost to NZ at SL. Was that a credit? :D

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    my previous comment made yesterday continues like this- ".....and the saga of consistency continues.......!no hard work guessing consistency of what.

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    matured guys always rules in nowadays cricket.....

  • on January 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    In all matches India scored over 280 which is a great total & Indians still callling it batting failure & recommending batting lineup changes????????????....................Terrible.................If any other team had consistently scored 280 against NZ they would have won 80 % of their matches.............................It is only Indian bowling failure ADMIT IT

  • Sajj144 on January 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Poor performance as you would expect from the tigers of their homes-but not surprising. BCCI should focus on making their team no 1 to avoid relegation rather than trying to use their caste system in ICC.

  • SL_rockz on January 28, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Kohli was out for two very low scores on last two innings..SO ABD will again will top the table of ODI batsmen ...It is clearly visible that INDIA are just home track bullies who invite teams to india and triumph in india.... Num 1 side will never lost like this to NZ even in NZ... Pathetic.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    @yes Kay r - you have asked us to take your word that NZ can only beat Zim and WI. I presume you wrote your comment 18 months ago before NZ beat Eng in NZ, Eng in Eng, SA in SA, and now India in NZ. No problems though, your apology for your grievous omission of these important home AND AWAY results is graciously accepted!

  • Ragshas on January 28, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Why is Ashwin still in the squad, give others a try atleast !!

  • demonjaya on January 28, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Congrats kiwi boys.We hope you will win next game simply.Don't pass any chances for Indians because of they can't playing with respectful.

  • shot274 on January 28, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    However bad Indias bowling, fielding or captaincy may have been let us not forget how well NZ have played. The lowest score posted by India in this series is 268 and they are 3-0 down! Bravo NZ. You have outplayed India.This current NZ batting line up in ODIs and in form could potentially beat most teams.

  • drnaveed on January 28, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @LDuminda : oh , you want to say that India lost the matches here in NZ , just because after winning the toss they made the wrong decisions every time?. just because of that??? ,it is not just that you win the toss and you win the match ,a nd vice versa , in the end you have to perform well to win a match . you are closing your eyes ,at the performance of your team, they don't have a bowler of any class at all ,with this bowling they cannot get the opposition out in any match , their world class top 6 batsmen , with the exception of kohli and dhoni ,bat well only on their own pitches. they had a poor tour of ENG , AUS , SA ,and now NZ. were the toss factor again responsible for the IND loses in those matches in ENG,AUS ,SA ???. please comment.

  • Mitty2 on January 28, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @bigfella67, oh yeah! Their team has so much potential, both their test and ODI bowling line ups are very good - anyone why doesn't Boult play ODI's? Williamson's a gun and is great to watch when batting, and is the obvious future leader. Taylor's in great form, and both Mcullum and Anderson are huge hitters - not to mention Rydee and Guptil. If all are firing this batting line up can post huge scores. Mills was impressive today, Southee, consistent as usual, was tight and Bennett looks a good prospect. Reckon NZ have a big chance for the world cup! I'd have them as second favourites - under Australia.

  • benjer on January 28, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Well played NZ! very well done:) very good performence by selfish India:P how could they belive India is one of the best team in the world!! poor performence continue in abroad....keep it up big boss...........

  • LongLiveTestCricket on January 28, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    The criticism of the team by the fans of the game from India and other countries is deserving.You can't perform so poorly abroad at such a stretch.More appalling is the manner in which the defeats came and very little changes were made in the first 3 games.When Dhoni keeps on saying that he does not like to change things much, he should also be willing to own responsibility for the poor performance and apologize to fans instead of making excuses.His captaincy was poor today. Gave only one over to Binny while 3 to Rayudu,bowled inexperienced Aaron with the pressure of last overs,took off both spinners together,3rd man& fine leg fielders were too square in the beginning, fielders were standing too deep within the circle despite knowing batsmen were only going for singles. Also, bowlers erring providing too much width at the start. All these might be little things but with the initiative of the captain things can become a lot better.On top of it poor fielding which gave 20 extra runs.

  • Samdanh on January 28, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @ThePacifist10: Feel sorry for you that you need to club every other country with India as home bully, except graciously leaving SA out of this. Looks like you are not following cricket played by any other country other than those played by India. Check with statistics over last 3 years and you will know. Sympathise with you that India's run of losses overseas continues.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 28, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Wow, New Zealand chased that score down like they were playing 3rd division club cricketers.

    Hope being humiliated by the No.5 team and now by the No.8 team doesn't ruin the BCCIs proposal as being one of the BIG 3!! Under the BCCI's new proposal, 'lesser' teams like New Zealand wont be able to play 'greater' teams like India. LOL.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    so thats 5 odi lost in last 7 odi outside india so we all know how good they are outside their own soil .

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    I am a Pak fan and I have a lot of respect for the Indian team, it really is impressive. Im a huge fan of Virat Kohli since he is the only one who performs consistently outside India, the rest of the team...honestly people like Dhawan, Sharma who are powerhouses in India are meek anywhere outside. Jadeja is turning out to be a great allrounder though I feel it is still early to actually comment on his batting however Sharman, Rahane, Sharma are really not good enough for International cricket. Shami will be found out eventually I feel, ashwin is not as good a spinner as India makes him out to be. This Indian team is very different outside their country, this has become engraved in stone now.

  • MUHAMMAD.WAQAS on January 28, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Dhoni is world class wicket keeper batsmen , he played good knock almost in each and every match . I believe India other batsmen are not performing outside India , we cannot blame Indian bowling too because we all know they have not good bowlers and we cannot expect anything from them . If India Strength is batting then their batsman must show out class innings at least every other match like Pakistan strength is bowling and its bowlers perform in every other match that's why they are successful in South Africa and against Srilanka recently .But India are failing contentiously which result their losses against South Africa and now in NZ .

  • alipk52 on January 28, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Last year Number 6 team gave them humiliating defeat at one of the BIG THREE at home, did i mentioned both humiliating series defeats came at the start of new year!! this time around number 8 team welcomed them with even more humiliating series defeat...ohh boy NZ Win with such ease, i thought at once NZ is playing against Afghanistan :D

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Dhoni should be held accountable for all the selection blunders especially bowlers starting from Ishant Sharma, Unadkat, Mohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar and all those medium slow bowlers and ofcourse Suresh Raina. Please select fast bowlers not medium slow bowlers and batsman who do not jump around ( like raina) when somebody bowls short at them. Especially playing Ishant Sharma and Suresh Raina for an extended period did cost india

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    India is nothing out of indian soil. Also BD, Zim can whitewash india easily. whatever india claim themselves as a big side and its totally rubbish

  • victortrumpet on January 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Amazing David and Goliath performance by the remarkable Kiwis! And let's be honest, I don't think there's another sporting event in the world where a team with a population 300 times smaller than its opposition, can lay claim to conquering them and wow, so devastatingly. To think the entire population of New Zealand could fit into a quarter of Mumbai, or Delhi, Or Kolkata. Astounding performance! Commiserations to that lumbering giant, India!

  • androyuvi on January 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Stuart Binny is nowhere near an international player. Even in IPL he never bowled more than 3 overs. His batting may suit T20, but i dont remember him building any innings. If at all he needs to be in the team, it will be in place of a batsmen. For God's sake, people please check his stats and see how many wickets he took in howmany matches. He can never bowl 10 full overs in a match. At most, you can expect him to bowl 3 to 4 overs, which a certain Raina or a Yuvraj can do any day. You need a genuine all rounder like Abhishek Nair or a Rishi Dhawan who is capable of bowling 8 over atleast to replace him with another bowler.

    And as Dhoni always mentions, India cannot bowl 4 seamers (all rounder included). India cant depend on all 4 semaers to click on any given day, whereas Indian spinners are much bette relatively.

    And speaking of spinners, we dont have any better performers than Jaddu and Ashwin. Mishra gave away 78 in 10 overs in his last outing.

  • sandeep33 on January 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    India lost the match only bcos bowlers let us down,,in tha batting point of view india seems ok,,indian team will sort out this very soon,,and i hop india will bounce back hard in future,,its too early to write us down,,remembr no one predicted india winning champians trophy

  • hellraiser9 on January 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Once more Rohit sharma gets selected.. dhawan gets dropped , raina gets dropped.. Binny gets to bowl one over.. wow.. this is not the way to go about things.. You need pujara at the top of the order.. and bowling same old story.. when they bat well .. they give away runs ,, poor fielding and Binny getting just one over.. it is terrible captaincy.. poor team selection is costing Dhoni and he is not making use of the players properly... He needs to get rid of Rohit sharma.. first.. even though he scored in this match..its high time..Dhoni understood how rohit plays.. 79 in one match and then sit in the team for next 25 innings..without scoring.. he is the badluck in indian team.. Untill Dhoni changes the team and gets rid of Rohit sharma and takes pujara in his place and more importantly MAKE USE of the players selected..Binny bowled just one over..just one? how do you justify that? terrible.. Dhoni has to change.. the team...ANOTHER SERIES LOSS... and that too in NZ ..WC next year..

  • shyam857 on January 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    OH GOD still how many years i need to listen this lame reasons from our captains saying our bolwing is pooor horrible and worst, BCCI instead of thinking how to make money cant you find 3 fast bowlers in entire 120 crore population???I dont understand why we pay for that bolwing coach, surely the number is raising now its a long while now we tasted a win out side india,4-0 in eng and in Aus other than a tie and win over SL we have nt managed a win over Aus and 2-0 with SA and already 3-0 with NZ, wat preparation we are having for the WC god shud know...

  • Sachit1979 on January 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Sometimes I think Indian fast bowlers need a Pakistani bowling coach. Someone like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram or Aaqib Javed who could teach them what should be the attitude while defending targets specially low targets. Pak bowlers have been good in defending targets for years. We have ingredients but don't know what should be the perfect recipe. Moreover bigger part of responsibility also goes with approach of BCCI towards Cricket in India. On most of the Indian pitches India concede and easily chase 300+ targets. It gives boost to batsmen but what is the gain for bowlers specially fast bowlers. With this intent, India may keep on performing well within subcontinent but results would be same outside. I don't blame Bhuvi or Shami or inexperienced Aaron for this debacle. It clearly shows lack of preparation at team management and background infrastructure's part.

  • gavinfrank on January 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Well done NZ. You deserve a pat on the back. Im a die hard Indian supporter and will always be , but lets give credit where its due. To my fellow Indians , lets stop bashing dhoni , ishant,raina , jadeja, rohit , ashwin . No matter how badly they play these guys will always be in the scheme of things for Indian cricket. Instead lets concentrate on applauding the kiwis for playing better cricket , and it has to be said they were the better team in all departments, hence the result. If you felt the first 3 matches were close , NZ simply thrashed India in the 4th. It pains me to say that but its the truth. I truly think NZ are strong contenders for the WC in a year's time and there is no shame in losing to them as they are bloody damn good...accept it. They need to move up the rankings as it does not reflect their true ability. If India exit the WC early , which looks likely .....Ill be supporting NZ all the way. I have new found respect for the black caps!!

  • Harmony111 on January 28, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    It is quite interesting that some ppl here seem to comment with the sole intention of insulting India. For them the actual match stats do not matter.

    When India lost the 2nd ODI in NZ, that article got a 1000+ comments. Not one of them admitted that 297 in 42 overs was a tough-tough task & Ind lost only by 15 runs. For them all that mattered was that India had lost.

    When the 3rd ODI ended in a tie, because India had not lost, it got not even 600 comments. Again, not one of these guys praised India for tying the match at 315 from being 184/6.

    Here, now that India have lost, in 2 hours we've got 300+ comments. I am sure this too will see 1000+ comments cos India have lost and these ppl just have to say something or the other.

    India could have been 3-1 up to be honest but NZ showed they were better on those key moments. Corey has been immense in 3 matches & today Taylor saw NZ through.

    Ind needn't worry. A few gaps are ruining it else the team is good. We need just one fast bowler.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Any fast bowler join team will become poor since his strategy for seem bowling is poor. even in Test match played at south Africa he often spoil winning chances.. Our bowling coach must be replaced with any senior experience coach..

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    India were beaten by a better ODI team. No shame in that. NZ are a team on the rise and India are in a rebuilding phase. Never discount a team with class players. Dhoni and Kohli are still top shelf and if you get Sehwag and Gambhir back you'll be back in business. In ODIs you only need one or two individuals to hit good scores and the bowlers to graft away a couple of early wickets and field like demons. But in my heart I think the top four form ODI teams are (in order): NZ, Australia, SA, SL. England and India will be dangerous, but are both struggling at present. WI are the wild card. If they field a full team and feel like playing their best they will be the team nobody wants to play. NZ are experts at ODI now.Ryder, Guptill, Williamson, Taylor, MCCullum-5 guys who could blast a hundred on any given day. Also Colin Munroe is not far behind. He is class also. Add Anderson, Ronchi, N.McCullum, Southee, Milne, and Mills we look good with the option of Bennett and Neesham.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    No marks to Dhoni in this match. Why did he not give Binny a few more overs? The youngster did not get to bat either. If you want to think about future, you need to invest in the younger ones. And does Ashwin think that he is bowling at 160 km/h? He is the only one to bowl a no-ball. The height of indiscipline.

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Whats exactly are you talking about kholi? You mean Amla and Ten Doeschate never had two successive failures? For the record i would rate Kholi ahead of Amla when it comes to chasing. Guess not too many disagree with me. Perhaps you could take a break from watching Indian players if they are pathetic to watch. No body is forcing you? do they?

    @akanuruddha " Being a Sri Lankan and I prefer to see India loses rather than SL wins.." We all know that. Still remember how you celebrated India's exit in Asia cup despite SL being the worst team in that tournament(lost all matches)

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    About time dhoni stopped the excused and admit defeat to a superior team. There is only way for india in the rankings now!

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Well done NZ - the dark horse of the 2015 World Cup. I think they should be rated third favourite behind Australia and South Africa. From an Aussie point of view, nothing would be better than an ANZAC final!

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    India should learn how to play cricket outside India. Then they should talk about others who will play test cricket or not.

  • KRHUSSAINI on January 28, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    After South Africa India lost series to NZ also. They are tigers only in their backyard.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 28, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @Ahmad Tariq. If you think CT@ England was a batting paradise, please tell me the 300 + scores in those games. lol. silly.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Looks like New Zealand and Australia will be the teams to beat down under when the World Cup rolls around next year. India and England seem to have a lot to do before they get ready for battle. By the way Dhoni shut up all his critics who were complaining about his choice of players and batting last. It seems that he knows the strength and the weaknesses of the manpower available to him pretty well. Suddenly dhawan and Raina are missed for their 20 -30 run cameos. Who would have thought it would be so. Dhoni it seems is the captain who does the most with the least. Without him as captain india would not be in the running at all. Maybe we do need the ICC revamp and the protection off the big 3(so called). India would be in danger of being relegated. Just struck me that it is like the World Cup where it is made sure that india and Pakistan don't get knocked out early. Remember the commercial disaster we had with the World Cup in the windies?

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    india will lose next odi.no doubt

  • Aravind_Verified on January 28, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Dropping dhawan is the first step of recalling gambhir..unfortunately the test squad is announced early..otherwise he would definitely play the 1st test

  • BigFella67 on January 28, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    As an Oz cricket tragic, well done to the Kiwis. You guys are building a very good young team that will, I think, rival the great Kiwi team of the mid 80s. Building around real talent like Taylor and Williamson, mixed with Southee, McLenaghan, Corey Anderson and a hopefully re-focussed Ryder, I hope to see big things from this group.

    As for India, I wouldn't read too much into this. If you can get over this seeming allergy to playing away from the sub-continent, there is too much class in this group (Kohli, Jadeja, Ashin and, of course, Dhoni). I'd love to know why Pujara can't get a gig in ODIs - he's brilliant in tests.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @ CRLShamalka what went wrong hahahaha is your team is so over rated its pathetic ! ...... you have NO bowlers that would even make a 2nd grade club side. Best openers in the world hahaha yes Kohli and Dhoni are world class but thats all you have ..... the rest are rubbish

  • androyuvi on January 28, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    [2/2].....

    9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    10. Mohammed Shami / Umesh Yadav / Varun Aaron

    11. A tall bowler, please be it not Ishant Sharma, or a left arm fast bowler. This is where we miss Zak the most. We dont have the variation in the seam department that Zak provided over the years.

    If I was allowed to pick my eleven, this would be it. 1)Shrikar Dhawan 2)Murali Vijay 3) Virak Kholi 4) Chateshwar Pujara 5) Rohit Sharma / Yuvraj Singh / S Raina (Left arm batsmen in the slog overs is so vital) 6) MS Dhoni 7) Ravi Ashwin 8) Ravi Jadeja 9) Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10) Shami 11) Zak

    If found a seaming all rounder, then he can come at 6, and MSD can move up to 5.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Could have just given an odi cap to ishwar pandey if dhoni wanted to make Binny bat after jadeja/ashwin and make him bowl just 1over. There is a need to balance the team well.

  • Mehul_Ved on January 28, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    I don't think, Indian Bowlers are bad and I can't believe its the same Dhoni who won us the 2007 world cup. He is getting ultra defensive day by day. Agreed he is a very good lower order batsman, but issue here is his ability to take bold decisions, which we are missing. Gone are the days of Joginder Sharma bowling last over. Now he is just waiting to get things happen, if it does not, then he does not have any plan B. The strategy of containing from one side is really not helping Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He is not a containing bowler he is a wicket taking one.

    Dhoni's strategies have made Indian Bowlers even more defensive and ordinary. When given these bowlers to likes Steve Waugh or Ganguly they will be the one of the bests. Even a spinner like Ashwin now is just a containing bowler bowling from round the wicket to stop the flow of the boundaries which Dhoni is just obsessed with Saving rather than having close fields in last 3 over needing run a bowl to win.

  • JimmyDean on January 28, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @Afzal M Faridi , don't worry my countryman, aussie1993 is a fake Lankan causing trouble as he is jealous of losing to Bangladesh.

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @afzal after 2-0 against sa in odi then 1-0 in tests and now 3-0 against kiwis total 6-0 out of 9(2 draw and 1 without result) so india are winless from last 9 international matches

  • hokeypokey on January 28, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    New zealand!! Only 4million live on our islands, and we are smashing india....brillant games and crowds.. Ross taylor ...took full control of that batting effort tonight.. Super star..

  • Ammo666 on January 28, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    This is India's destiny especially playing overseas & another tthing players are so overrated & always boast up with arrogance doesn't matter where their place stands..i hope there will be fair judgement in ppls mind at least about this so called legendary IND...& only give them the place where they meant to be in real world!! Wake up! Indian fans!

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    With the pathetic bowling & captaincy that Ind has, no Bradman can win them games.......AS SIMPLE AS THAT....This Indian bowling is leaking 300 to mediocre side & 350 to good sides every time on all pitches.

    Indian bowlers don't have pace, cannot bowl in an off stump channel & Dhoni makes it worse for bowlers by keep changing fields requiring different lines & length from his bowlers, not letting them settle into a good line length.

    Taylor scored 80 % through point region & dumb Dhoni kept leg side field for him. For spinners Dhoni must always keep deep point & ask bowlers to bowl off stump good length always

    For pace bowlers Dhoni must stick to basic plan of deep fine third man always in place & ask bowlers to bowl short of good length at pace on off stump throughout the match.

    Field must be set to Make opposition score great shots of good deliveries & only singles of bad ones. Currently India is leaking edged boundaries of good deliveries & middle of bat boundaries of bad ones

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    alot of indian supporters bagging on dhoni. he is the only player that had come close to taking the game away from nz. correct me if Im wrong but it sounds like hes copping a lot of blame for team selection.. do india cricket not have selctors? also blaming the pitch??? nz pitchs are actually wrll suited to indian team. india lost because their pace attack have no discipline. and thats fact!!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Well played NZ, all credits go to ROSS TAYLOR...

  • ThePacifist10 on January 28, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Our batsmen can perform anywhere. That's what I sincerely believe. It's our bowlers that are crap. NZ have played well, but you have to admit, every team except for SA is a home bully. The reason why India is singled out is because of the unrealistic expectations of some of our fans....

  • madnayar on January 28, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Congrats NZ on the series win. Team India once again prove that their bowlers are not capable of bowling a side out unless they have pitches tailor made for their spinners. Feel sorry for the batters like Kohli whose efforts go in vain. Dhoni's rear guard action cannot win matches always.Four matches played by the No. 1 team against No. 8 team and the result - 3 losses 1 tie. What are they going to do in the final one dayer? Ashwin is in the team as a strike bowler and has taken 1 wicket in 4 matches at an enormous cost. Rest him for the next match and give a chance to another batsman.

  • humi_cric on January 28, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    In continuation to Mr. Mizanur Rehman post, I also heard a darft is in process where 3 more points (which Mr. Mizanur Rehmand missed, just leaked out) are under serious discussion (in the deferral proposal): 1. In the last 15 overs (while India bowling), 13 fielders allowed to field for India (as India generates more revenue then any other board) 2. As India doesn't like DRS, so while India batting no DRS but while bowling DRS should be used, as other boards like to use it. 3. If one bowler having a bad day at office then Indian captain can call any bowler from the 15 players squad (ver generous).

    I just got the message that they wanted to add one more point that Indian captain should be allowed to play twice (if got out) because -----.they are again ready to threaten other boards that India will not take part in any event (specially abroad) if this proposal not approve. More to come, as meeting is in progress. Follow the report

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    India please organize a hoemseries against B'desh and try o win that! BIG 3?? LOL

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and have no qualms admitting that NZ outplayed India and deserved winners who have played top quality cricket. But do I think India played below their potential. ofcourse I do. And if there is so much criticism for them then it means even the detractors think so. You won't criticise a No 11 batsman for not scoring a 50 will you? Having said that India has not played as bad as the results show. They have competed well given your weak bowling attack. Unfortunately our bowling attack is underperforming. We never had and dont have a strong bowling lineup but that døesnt mean we dont know how to win big Tournaments.

  • sturdysai on January 28, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    What a captaincy blunder - Have Binny in team as allrounder - neither given ball to bowl (yeah only one over) nor promoted up the order instead of Ashwin. If he is to be exposed then why to pick in the team in the first place. Pacers need to be thought what discipline is. Credit to Rosco and Williamson - once again they did the job of consolidation after quick wickets. Finally - there was no umpiring blunder to save the match unlike last match.

  • androyuvi on January 28, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    [1/2]....... I, an Indian, am not going to blame Indian bowlers anymore, they certainly don't have it in them, nor they never had. I am being let down by the "mighty" Indian batting line up. After these 4 matches, I can see only 5 guys have concreterd their spots. 1 & 2.. Opening combination has to be sorted out. [Shrikar Dhawan/Gautam gambhir & Rohit Sharma/Ajinkya Rahane/Murali Vijay] I still believe a combination of GG&MV will perform better than SD&RS.

    3. Virat Kholi

    4. Anikya Rahane / Rohit Sharma / Chateshwar Pujara (Indeed the most important spot in the batting line-up. Overs 15 to 40 should be batted by 3 and 4.)

    5. Suresh Raina / Yuvraj Singh / Dinesh Karthik / Ambati Raidu / MS Dhoni

    6. MS Dhoni / Stuart Binny/Rishi Dhawan/Irfan Pathan

    7 & 8. R Jadja and R Ashwin (batting order may vary according to conditions and situations. And these spinners are the best we have. Also, India can't aford to bowl 40 overs from pacers)

  • bobbo2 on January 28, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    India has no bowling. Outside India they are an average side. No chase is ungettable with .that attack. NZ probably could have chased 320 plus today

  • LDuminda on January 28, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Whole sieries India took the wrong decision to Bowl first or Bat first..first two ODIs they could ahve won had they batted first coz ball was suddenly started to swing and seam aroung in the 2nd half in both those matches.thats why India lost them. and in the fourth ODI they could have won had they batted 2nd coz pitch got easier to bat in the 2nd half and ball was seaming around in the first few overs..3rd ODI was the only match the pitch didn't change and it was a tied match...India unlucky and NZ lucky..

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Indian bowling was hapless!! It was very disappointing to watch them bowl.. India would need equivalent of 350 every match to make a win. Teams have figured out Ashwin who is a trick bowler running out of tricks. Jadeja & Ashwin are not match winners like Kumble or Bhajji. Binny, Raydu, B.kumar all just don't belong at this level. Good lord seems all the good work laid out by Ganguly's and Dhoni's WC era team has totally unravelled. The next gen players (Raina, Dhawan, Rohit, Ishant, y.yadav) who trained and travelled with previous gen are uttlery disappointing and fruitless!!! It will be a real tough road for Indian team in the coming years... Atleast in the 90's we had Sachin and Kumble, who we got now???

  • ThePacifist10 on January 28, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I'm convinced that we probably have the best batting line-up in the world...and most definitely the worst bowling line-up in the world. Can't blame Dhoni for what happened today. As a wicketkeeper, all you can do is watch your silly bowlers get slaughtered despite having batted so well.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    4 zip for the kiwis in Welly , should make the tests interesting

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @Ahmad Tariq & other haters : India no.1? Lost against no.8? oh really? So kindly stop calling NZ no.8 no.8 team!!!! when you say ranking system is misleading, so it is true, don't you get it? :) NZ is now a great team with great talents in own backyard, how many times i need repeating it?

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    well played NZ..all credits go to ROSS TAYLOR

  • VJGS on January 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    This series had been all about close finishes except for the one ODI that India batted first. That just tells a tale of how poor the Indian bowlers are - whether in bowling friendly conditions or not. Instead of spending all their time worrying about more income and increasing their power, the BCCI could, for a change, try and rope in some good bowling coaches to mentor some of the talented bowlers like Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. Congrats to the NZ team, though. Their young bowlers have consistently managed to keep a leash on some of the best batters in the World. As for the Indian batsmen, I don't think they would be too disappointed with their own performances - especially Kohli, Jadeja, Rahane and Dhoni. This and the last series has given them adequate exposure in foreign conditions and hopefully they could start producing good results before the World Cup defense begins.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    #Kohli suddenly exposed to outside India conditions?

  • PPL11 on January 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Some of here are acting like India is a First team ever been beaten away series, give me a break guys WI of 80s and AUS of 2000s were too beaten by team ranked lower, didn't they?

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Series wins against India, England and South Africa ..... World Cup here we come, funny how many times ive heard teams only win at home ???? Yeah see we beat England and South Africa away, when was the last time you beat anyone away from your flat decks .... NZ would score 500 on your flat decks with this Team.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Robin uttappa and gambir need opening slots

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Well done NZ.what are the Indian supporters excuses now. They want to control world cricket yet they can even win in other countries.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Indian bowling was hapless!! It was very disappointing to watch them bowl.. India would need equivalent of 350 every match to make a win. Teams have figured out Ashwin who is a trick bowler running out of tricks. Jadeja & Ashwin are not match winners like Kumble or Bhajji. Binny, Raydu, B.kumar all just don't belong at this level. Good lord seems all the good work laid out by Ganguly's and Dhoni's WC era team has totally unravelled. The next gen players (Raina, Dhawan, Rohit, Ishant, y.yadav) who trained and travelled with previous gen are uttlery disappointing and fruitless!!! It will be a real tough road for Indian team in the coming years... Atleast in the 90's we had Sachin and Kumble, who we got now???

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    New Zealand simply outplayed India by their batting, bowling and fielding. We never get a good start from openers and our fast bowlers give away runs especially in the first few overs while our openers struggle to score against their pace bowlers.Suresh Raina consistently failed while Rohit Sharma, Rahane and S. Dhawan played in patches. The fact is that we do not fare well in Aus, Eng, SA and NZ. Dhoni did his best thru the bat. Lot of soul searching required.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Indian bowling was hapless!! It was very disappointing to watch them bowl.. India would need equivalent of 350 every match to make a win. Teams have figured out Ashwin who is a trick bowler running out of tricks. Jadeja & Ashwin are not match winners like Kumble or Bhajji. Binny, Raydu, B.kumar all just don't belong at this level. Good lord seems all the good work laid out by Ganguly's and Dhoni's WC era team has totally unravelled. The next gen players (Raina, Dhawan, Rohit, Ishant, y.yadav) who trained and travelled with previous gen are uttlery disappointing and fruitless!!! It will be a real tough road for Indian team in the coming years... Atleast in the 90's we had Sachin and Kumble, who we got now???

  • Jwese on January 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    We Indian Fans have a very short term memory I read someone comment that said Ashwin and Jadeja Should have been dropped.We lose one series and want the captain who has won us every ICC trophy to be sacked. I agree we need to improve our bowling but MSD knows the players better than us. Overseas Dhoni expects the spinners to b economical which they are doing well he wants the pacers to take the wickets which is exactly the same thing SA and NZ do. But our fast bowlrs are always defensive just like in indian conditions except Shami who bowls with a wicket taking intent I wouldn't and I'm sure MSD will not drop him If all the pacers look to attack then the opposition would have to take risks against all the Pacers to score and the other two fast bowlers will take around the same number of wickets as Shami and wickets will slow the scoring The bowlers need to work on their lines Bhuvi and Aarn need to attack like they did when they started As for the batting WE'RE JUST FINE

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    binny is very good allrownder.bt doni is a selfish guy he is vested binny talent. why sended ashwin early .that place binny diserve and only one over dhoni saving ashwin spot and srinivasan suports this team nt win world cup

  • Mitty2 on January 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Shameful effort from tier2 Zealand. The relegation system is working well (credit to India for thinking of the system) but teams like tier2 Zealand are so bad they need to be relegated again. How dare they beat India, in fact, they deserve 5 more relegations.

    Oh, and, for a man who reached such a turning point in his batting and bowling and is going to be better than sobers (plus with more arrogance) Jadeja might need to start working on his fielding ;)

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    @all indian fans. I wouldn't hit the panic buttons at all. Last time India were here Sehwag and Gambhir were in great form. Raina was made to look good alongside them because they got India into comfortable positions quickly. You've lost Sachin but gained Kohli (who IMO is in better form than the little master was on his last tour here. Each player has a role. India are just missing the right chemistry atm. You don't just replace Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Segwag and Gambhir overnight. Dhoni is one of the best captains I have seen. He has patience, which is key-he realises that all that really matters is winning the World Cup next year. He knows that Jadeja and Aaron are good lower order batsmen. If Sehwag and Ghambir get back into form then your team will look like this: Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Sharma,Rahane/Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Aaron, Shami, I.Sharma. That batting order is formidable when it is in form. The only worry I have is with your bowlers.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Having watched this match, I've completely changed my mind about the ICC revamp. I am now supporting it fully. They're right about India being the prime draw in world cricket: watching that highly comical drop in the last over was sheer entertainment, and watching India blundering about is very amusing indeed. Jay Hind!

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    300 wouldn't have been enough to defend with this bowling line up. So no point in faulting batsmen. A well deserved victory for NZ. No coriander son today but they still won. They have been better side through out tournament. They look well balanced in all departments than India. They beat SA/ Eng in past at home don't know how they are ranked num 8

  • MelbourneMiracle on January 28, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    We've seen in the history how the No.1 teams been brought down to earth but not as much as the way that this No.1 team has been brought down by Kiwis. Because we know how vulnerable the Kiwis are in short format of the game though they've managed to become Semi-Finalists in many big ICC events. On top of everything, India should've easily run-over NZ as we all the know IND's strength on the paper. Rohit & Dhawan, probably the best ODI opening pair going around...Virat, perhaps the best ODI batsman in the world at the moment and Dhoni, arguably the best Cricketing brain and the best finisher in the world. They have match winning all-rounders in Jadeja and Ashwin. However they still couldn't compete against the ever so vulnerable NZ in this series. What did exactly go wrong for India? Can't they really play on seaming, bouncy tracks? Do they need a change in helm with fresh ideas? Can they really be a force in WC 2015 on seaming, bouncy tracks in Aus, NZ? What went wrong for India?

  • FnPKiwi on January 28, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Why are people so shocked. NZ have a good team now, the rankings is because of the previous NZ teams over the last few years. I wouldn't say we have a great team but we do have a very good team that will be competitive against anyone right now. India have some great players in Kohli and Dhoni but some holes in other areas and with home advantage its not that surprising NZ is coming out on top.

  • 9ST9 on January 28, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @Kashi0127 - naah don't worry mate - all India have to do is bring a proposal that ensures that the rankings of the big 3 do not fall below #3. simple as that. money can do many things you know.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Does this mean Ishant Sharma will be back in the side? (a concerned Indian Fan)

  • USAMAAJMAL678 on January 28, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    wow...they cant even win a single odi against an 8th ranked team and they want to make a 4 teams pool and keep themselves in it where they cant be relegated...maybe bcci are afraid if they make a fair league their team will get relegated all the time...

  • BhaskarHajong on January 28, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Well done NZ. U deserve it. Yes, its true Our batsmen are flat bullies. Next they should tour bangladesh to gain some form like they did after the 2007 wc disaster. But take nothing away from nz they played really well.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Fantastic match, fantastic win

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    All haters go to sleep! and watch your team and tell us how many you won outside home ground (if you have one?) :)

  • 9ST9 on January 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @shane-oh - I don't think Indian fans understand the word humility mate. Guess it has to do with upbringing. The word will be wasted on them.

  • chin-music on January 28, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    No surprise that India lost, but what is surprising is why Indian fans feel their losing to NZ in NZ is in any way a surprise. India's entire fantasy of it being a cricketing power is built on having periodic phases where they play only at home/sub continent for extensive phases & then emerge as "highest ranked", batsmen with "above 50 avg.", "fastest to this & that " etc -- the minute they have to play outside their zone , they show up for what they really are - a very average one-day side & certainly way-below-average test side.

  • nawazcric on January 28, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    India lost because of ordinary bowling, aaron,bhuvi,shami were not on the money. BATTING ofcourse would improve but bowling has been problem in the last one year,india need swing bowlers with pace.

  • waqarsimair on January 28, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Tremendous victrory from NZ against the so called the Champions...They(India) should have invited them at their home on flat pitches and chased 360+ in every game...

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    This is a joke. World number one side (achieved that status by playing majority of their games on their home soil and in front of home crowd) is unable to win a single game against World number 8 side. Just goes on to suggest how misleading rankings can be and how India managed to triumph in 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions trophy. Preparing wickets that gives nothing to the bowlers, batting paradises.

    It will not be surprising if India propose to prepare cement tracks in the near future to assist their batsmen.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Minnows? NZ is a minnow? who is saying that? Bring your team and play with them, they are really full with new great talents and on their own backyard! Hard to beat them, though we managed with close encounters!

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    White wash continue away from indian flat wickets. Not only that Indian can't field away from their grounds either.. :) I always wonder how could world weakest bowling attack claim No1 ranking for a while. next world cup winners can be NZ, SL, PAK or AUS Good luck Indian!

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @aussie1993 : when did we loose 10 abroad in row? Are you asleep? its 5th game in row (and close ones too), not 10th, we won Champions trophy before we went outside India i.e in SA 2-0! Get your records correct, haha!

  • RoshJ on January 28, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @ cricksnake...best spin duo in the world? You must be joking mate!

  • TGiles on January 28, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @Rameez Ahmed Shaik Ganguly was never a legend, a nasty overbearing joke, and Sehwag, fun batsman but doesn't deserve you putting him alongside Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Kohli? Genius, but why make him open? And please can you India supporters lay off Dhoni, he is superb.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Again! You guys will forget this embarrassing loss and cheer Sir Jadeja and the CSK boys in IPL. The day you boycott IPL you will win again! Humble request to Indian followers!

  • johnhamilton on January 28, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Great win by NZ!

    Bowling still not quite right, but we have the depth in talent., great century from taylor, kane excellent again, and good finishing by bmac

    @kiwicricketnut.. Ryders footwork has never been good in all formats, great hand eye coordination is where his talent lies.

  • Avi56 on January 28, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Well Now we feel the importance of 3 players who should ideally be in the team.. 1.Gambhir - His form at the opening might have been bad but he has played middle order many time for India- U need matured batsmen at the no.4 position. Earlier there was Dravid the wall. Gambhir is know to be the second wall. Gambhir is much more better batsmen than IPL Raydu/Rahane

    2. Yuvraj - Barring the batting knock of Ashwin in the previous match he is completely wasted as an extra bowler. You have Jadeja Bowling spin..why not go for a Batting All Rounder wit yuvi doing the part time bowling?

    3. Zaheer Khan- He may not be in His Prime Form but ZAK has always been an Unsung hero for India. he may not take wickets but can control the First spell very well infact can save around 15-20 runs in the first spell.. Dhoni told we were 20-30 runs short. Well why cant we say we should save 20-30 runs.

    We have the young blood no doubt but we need to the Combination of Both young and experience. Dhoni only Exp

  • strokemaker11 on January 28, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Bring back Gambhir. India is missing someone to anchor the innings.Everyone knows India are pathetic outside subcontinent and they fight hard even in subcontinent to register series wins.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Aviral Ashok. Where are you? 5-0 win for India, eh? Lol.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    The better team won.Congratulations to NZ! Rohit is my favorite player but I think he needs to rotate strike. He just keeps defending and as a result he needs to take some risks at some point which results in his downfall.If he gets that right he'll be far more consistent. Rayudu is nowhere near Yuvi's class. Yuvi would have performed here against NZ in these small grounds. My team- Dhawan Rohit Kohli Yuvi Raina Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Bhuvi Shami Zak

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Dhoni and team has once again proved that they can win only in home conditions and can win in overseas only when the wicket is flat.I could not understand how long dhoni will back these so called talented players who can't play when ball bounces above knee high. With england and australia tour coming up we can surely expect a whitewash. Rather these players can play only in IPL and bring some pure talent who are interested to serve their country in tests and ODI.

  • Dalajit on January 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    I'm totally agreed with rahulStillHeaded...what he said about Rohit. Really difficult to understand why they are so much rigid in changing Rohit place who is scoring whatever with his purely luck early on as NZ given so many dropped catches early in his innings or else he could have gone in every innings before completing a double figure. Poor Dhawan, who feels the pressure becuase of Rohit had to try scoring qucikly and in the process getting out as well. Dhoni...you are now very predictable and one dimensional and your selection were very one sided. You choose only your prefered players not what the condition demands. Selectors needs to think seriously about WC captain as the WC is in Aus & NZ where Dhoni's strategy would be a failure like this series.

  • imtiazjaleel on January 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Before, the spinners were complaining that there is no help from the pitch, but what happened today, they got a good wicket to bowl and still cannot take a single wicket in 20 overs. I believe Dhoni should have continued with Jadeja and Ashwin for another 6 overs and applied more pressure by field placing and not conceding singles at that time if we had got Ross and Williamson OUT definitely the match would have gone to the wire.

  • JUCCric on January 28, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Well played NZ... The home-grown tigers are on the knees against innocent KIWIS.....

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Well, can someone please explain why S.Binny was selected for the match???, he bowled 1 over for 8 runs, and was not used as a batsman, a wasted selection

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    To all whinging indian fans, man up and accept this defeat with some humility.

    Your very good team has been comprehensively outplayed by a fantastic young, up and coming and very underrated NZ team. give some credit to the opposition for winning the game, rather than moaning about how india lost it. The conditions were in your favour, you won every toss you have the 2 best players in the world but NZ have simply been better. Accept it and move on.

  • ramli on January 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    All of you wanted a change in the Indian team and to bat first ... this was done ... still ... I think NZ did not relent at anytime in executing the plans ... this did not give India any chance to sniff victory ... India just did not execute their plans well ... what a captain can do? bat well personally and hope others to do their job, which they did not ... yet another disappointing performance overseas ... as simple as that ... better luck in test matches

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Last I checked the population of the world isn't even 10 billion how can India population be 100 billion

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Sad to see India routed out. Congrats New Zealand for winning the series. Hope at least India wins the last match and make it 3-1 which looks better than 4-0

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    At the moment Team New Zealand is playing very nicely.their Team work is outstanding.Taylor done a out standing job. but every Player is in form.I Hope they Develop their Ranking Position.wishing to Taylor for his great contribution to win The Match and Series.

  • keyuru2 on January 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    India need Gambhir and Harbhajan. Bhaji has a brilliant economy rate and is a big match player. It doesn't mean they need to drop Ash or Jadu either. If their best three bowlers are spinners, so be it!

  • black_bird on January 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    What more do you guys want from dhoni?. he is batting consistently at tough condition, when no one else can bat.

  • Philippe on January 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    pls don't write anything against India fellas. we all know tht india is the best team of all the times but in India only. Dhoni is the world class captain but in India only. Players like rohit, dhawan, jadeda, dhoni himself, ashwin all r world class but only world class in India. Probably kohli in this team is odd one out.

  • DJRNZ on January 28, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    This series win is even better for me because of all the people in here saying how easy it will be for India to win. Now lets wait for the 'wait to you play us at home' comments. India are hugely overrated. Oh yeah, lets demote NZ to a second tier competetion.... Geez, what a joke! This how the BCCI / Big 3 propsial along with thier overrated team makes India the laughing stock of international cricket.

  • Fazaljamee on January 28, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Well done NZ, Once again Indians proving that they cannot won the series out of the India , don't worry dhoni arrange a ODI series against NZ in your home and blast them as usual.....

  • goldenpower on January 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    our team need strong batting line up. So select players from domestic who have 50+ averages in ODI. And also pick only 4 Solid wicket taking bowlers like Pankaj Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Iqbal Abdulla, anureet Singh,unadkhat,Santheep Sharma,Rasool.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    By this way we cant prepare ourself for 2015 WC. Remember, with this team only we have won the CT in typical English overcast conditions. At opening Spot Rohit scored 9 half centuries and 2 centuries including 209 against Aussies. Out of this record Rohit scored 7 half centuries outside subcontinent. Still is it fair to take doubt about his opening slot ? No friends. What Rohit is doing wrong at opening ? Absolutely no point in wasting him at 6/7. Shikhar too is very good at opening slot. Agreed he is not getting score over 30s at the moment. But its ok. Every big player has to go through the phase. I am sure Shikhar will come up very soon. After nice SA tour Rahane too lost his form in NZ. He too will find his rhythum very soon. No need of getting panic. Evrybody has that much tallent and international class. Dear friends lets give them best wishes. India will gain their top spot very soon with the same team. All the best Dhoni. All the best Rohit/Shikhar & Team India.

  • scarrule on January 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Okk i see lot of fans criticising indian team. Its true that this team is very ordinary team in odi's overseas but just go easy on them its not like they are not trying. Its just that there ballers are nt skill full when compared to even pakistans bowlers. The team is trying rlly hard to come out with shiny colours bt seems like they can't. After champions trophy in england there is no significant win overseas barring zimbabwe nd west-indies. Bt when it comes to test this team is well deserved for no.2 ranking . In south africa sereis it was jst one bad session which cost them the series the session in which virat was wrongfully given out. Top 3 scorers in that series were indians against world's best bowling attack. All d best to NZ there another virat kholi equivallent player waiting for u in the test team. Pujara. Beware.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    By this way we cant prepare ourself for 2015 WC. Remember, with this team only we have won the CT in typical English overcast conditions. At opening Spot Rohit scored 9 half centuries and 2 centuries including 209 against Aussies. Out of this record Rohit scored 7 half centuries outside subcontinent. Still is it fair to take doubt about his opening slot ? No friends. What Rohit is doing wrong at opening ? Absolutely no point in wasting him at 6/7. Shikhar too is very good at opening slot. Agreed he is not getting score over 30s at the moment. But its ok. Every big player has to go through the phase. I am sure Shikhar will come up very soon. After nice SA tour Rahane too lost his form in NZ. He too will find his rhythum very soon. No need of getting panic. Evrybody has that much tallent and international class. Dear friends lets give them best wishes. India will gain their top spot very soon with the same team. All the best Dhoni. All the best Rohit/Shikhar & Team India.

  • shane-oh on January 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    @kiran1989 - I think you meant to write that it was a series win for NZ because they comprehensively outplayed India in all facets of the game. Please, a is a little humility too much to ask for?

  • erihana on January 28, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Nice work NZ, in fact, excellent work. Incredibly composed (what has happened?). Williamson and Taylor are having great seasons, keep it up.

  • deano118 on January 28, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Actually, pretty sure NZ are ranked 7th, not 8th, not that it matters. Great performance from NZ, pretty clinical tonight and deserved series win. Some terrible poor-sports on here tonight too. Ugly.

  • Kashi0127 on January 28, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    India absolutely deserved to lose. I feel sorry for youngsters like Binny who are forced to play under Dhoni. If BCCI does not wake up, India might end up being 6th place in next world cup under Dhoni captaincy.

  • CricketFever11 on January 28, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Two tier system should be introduced in ODI's and India should be played with associate nations. Lol........

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Now they want to have two segments India, Australia and England super teams. How super teams perform against minor teams????????????????????? Cricket is unpredictable. Though you get T20 bignames that isn't cricket. India never ever dominated the world like WI or Australia. But they think now they are dominating. They were humilated in SA now in NZ.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    ICC should pass a new rule. In away matches India will bat 50 overs and opposition will bat only 45 overs.

    Another good proposal by gerrardl: Let's put our heads together and come up with a proposal to stop India getting THRASHED by any old team. Perhaps demanding batsmen from non-big-3 teams to retire hurt after they reach 40 is the next step forward. And so help you ICC, if you don't pass this proposal we will never play in the World Cup again!

  • Ramansilva on January 28, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Dhawan the paper tiger did not even get a chance to play. Ashwin became hero to zero in few days..... runless and wicketless. Kohli also fall flat on the ground and Dhoni is the only consistent player home or abroad. That is why I admire him so much.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    brings Gambhir, bhaji , yuvi , Z. Khan

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Disappointing by india. Before this tour, i was of the view that what is the big deal? A no1 odi team playing with no 8. and no2 test team playing with no8. India should be rolling. But this odi series has shown that there will be lot more to watch in test cricket.

    Odi was suppose to be india's strong part. and they lost it. 1st they lost to no 5 and no NZ. apart from 2-3 players, rest were just passengers. Had to work a lot if they wanna come back in test series.

    Well done by NZ. They really played beyond expectations. Well done. a really big achievement for them

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    So No. one team can't even win a single match against no.8 team.. Indians please if you have least of sense , dont claim yourself no. 1

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    NEW ZEALAND couldn't win th3 5 match series against a West Indies team without Gayle Samuels Darren Bravo Pollard Rampaul but here they win the series with one game to spare against India..that puts things in the perspective doesn't it..no wonder BCCI doesn't want their team to tour abroad.And for crying out loud New Zealand is ranked 8th in the world. Nice team work.a good example of playing selfless cricket..Ryder bangs at the start..Guptill steadies Taylor and Williamson consolidate and Anderson Ronchi blast off at the back end..good template with world cup in NZ.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 28, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    No wonder the BCCI want to put in a proposal that stops India from being Relegated in their new two tier proposed structure!!! LOL

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Well done New Zealand!

    Where are all those supporters who predicted a comfortable 5:0 series victory for India?

    Maybe the BCCI should push it so that the likes of WI or NZ are demoted to division 2 or division 3. To prevent further such humiliations in the future.

  • Avi56 on January 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    What a Great Victory for NZ...this probably the best cricket they have played in the last 4-5 years...NZ have finally found their combination right.. reason why NZ won: 1. NZ fielding - exceptional fielding and they put a lot of pressure on INd and the indian batsmen were frustrated that they could not even take singles. You restrict the opposition from taking single u win..It was the other way round for Ind 2. Form of Williamson and Taylor - The middle order were the best highlight of the series. These 2 players followed each and every rule of Good Batting. They din go for big shots instead played ground shots, tried to hit boundaries as low as possible and when the time was right unleashed their demon. Excellent batting. 3. The 1st spell of 20 Overs Bowling: The bowlers were all correlated.if one guy dint bowl well the other did...if one guy saved runs the other took wickets. southee/mclenhegan/bennet/mills/anderson/milne all of them supported each other and kept scores low

  • GeminiAwan on January 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    India should concentrate on cricket, not on proposalssss......

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    I think only thing is more responcible for both SA & NZ defeat is our inexperienced bowling unit. But as others I m not in favour of removing anyone. They did their best. But as I mentioned inexperience counts. Never mind. This phase is always comes in every country. Every team has giving some time to settle everyone. Mere critisism is always unfair for any team. Our batting strength is coming up nicely. Why to shout evrytime Pujara Pujara... Ups and downs are the part of any cricketer. Last 4 ODIs Rahane not scoring. Last two ODIs Virat too faied. Today both got out to bouncing deliveries. So should we start immediately critisising Rahane or Virat that they cant play short pitch deliveries ? Rohit Sharma. He hits 9 sixes to NZ bowlers in this series, all to pace bowlers. In first ODI he got out to short ball, but nit due to nontechnick, it was a goid shot unluckily went streight ti fielder. Still can we say Rohit is not playing short ball good enough ?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 28, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for series win. India need to find proper combinations before the world cup. There is a huge gap of Yuvaraj in the middle order which put the lower middle order in pressure. Playing 3 all rounders is not good. Rest Ashwin and include one more batsman.

  • Salloman on January 28, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    We should also give credit to Kiwis for playing a good series. We all know Indians are pathetic outside their own grounds and crowd. But the kiwis are showing a different class too. If these Indians play outside their country for 3 to 4 series in continuity, they can certainly slip to number 5 or 6 in rankings.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Another pathetic batting display from team BCCI, notwithstanding some lucky blind swinging towards the end. What a debut for young Binny - didn't bat and Dhoni had so much confidence in his debutant all rounder that he was given a single over to bowl even though other bowlers were going for 6+/over. I won't be surprised if he's dropped for the next match. Such are the ways of team BCCI Capt. Cool.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Good batting again by both team..... No harm.....Every team have upper hand in home grounds

  • KosalaDeSilva on January 28, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Did I hear that one of "BIG THREE" beaten....wow that's a shocker..... Think these big 3 shouldn't play with other teams ....Oops....

  • Night_Fury on January 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Well Played NZ. The deserving team won. There are lots of positives for NZ which includes the likes of Anderson. Few positives for India as well in terms of Jadeja and Aaron. As i have mentioned earlier as well, the problem with our Indian Team is IPL and flat decks. If any one watched the way Rayadu got out today, would confirm that. Just before getting out the played a loose shot and was almost caught on 3rd man. After consuming 50 odd deliveries his job had to be to play out entire 50 overs and get India over 300. Not even in 1 match the opening was sizeable. They try to play too many shots too early and thats IPL for you. I miss Sachin. I am sure he would have anchored atleast one innings together. For all those who have followed Sachin, would know that even when he used to begin slow, by the time he finished he was run a ball as an opener. Our openers are not doing that and putting pressure on Dhoni and Kohli. Something somewhere is amiss!!!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Remarks above are baseless. Its bowelers and the way their skills nurtured are the reasons of failure not the captain.

  • sumit1982 on January 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Main difference between India and NZ in these match .

    Is the NZ pace attack which is much discipline in compare India.

    Dhoni made mistake by promoting Kholi as opener he is not opener he takes some time and latter on the innings he is on charge.

  • bakanata on January 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    why are you all hating on dohni he is an awesome player without him india wudn't have even got close last few games its not dohni's fault india's bowlers can't hit a good line and length and the top order has been terrible give the captain a break he cant do everything

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Well the nature says it all.Beating teams on their home turf is becoming imppossible.Even though India lost the series,we can see that the teams which come to India to play also get a thrashing.So if its a home game,win is likely for your team but if its an away game,forget about winning the series and matches

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Man what a bunch of moaners. New Zealand were better on the day give some credit. New Zealand is finally showing some genuine batting variety and talent instead of just a few sloggers who fire once in awhile. Our bowling hasn't been the best at times either, we have just out batted India. Your moaning is a discredit to your country and your team. New Zealand outplayed you. You get another chance on Friday. That's sport.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Always a proud supporter of our cricket team through good times and bad and today was magic. Level headed maturity shown by the top order and a team on the rise. Respect to India they deserve credit and will bounce back in the tests (should be 3 matches) but need to learn from this for the world cup. Proud as boys.

  • akanuruddha on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan and I prefer to see India loses rather than SL wins..

  • paulvandy on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Get rid of the Bowling & Fielding coaches, Aaron is BRAIN DEAD, has he been mentored by Pisshant ? For Dhoni to give Binny just 1 over is Disgracefull. Indian selectors made a mistake by not taking Yuvi to NZ for ODI's.Opening the innings with Kholi was also a mistake, Rahane maybe ?

  • NextSana on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I can see lots of Dhoni bashing by Indian fans going on but I hope Indians won't act stupid and do something bad to players or their property cause Indians are renown of that kind of behaviour. They should understand this is just a cricket series and winning and losing is part of the game.

  • cardassian on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Such an important win for NZ. Well done boys, we're proud of you!

  • cricketlover111 on January 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Well done NZ. Very much the dominant team in this one day competition and we certainly deserved the series win. However, the Indians have had some good experience in this part of the world leading into the world cup. They will only be better for it.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    BCCI is not attempting to build fast pitches or groom fast bowlers. Their main interest is minting money through IPL. Which is not good for Indian Cricket. IPL gives international players to know Indian bowling strengths (playing spin well) and Indian bowlers get nothing. A country with 100 billion people cannot produce 5 good fast bowlers. I won't blame Dhoni for being conservative. Shame on BCCI for not investing on Indian Cricket future. All board members should have cricket background. Other businessmen should not be allowed in BCCI at all.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    All the comments overs here indicate how jealous all countries are of India!!!hahaha!#proudtobeanindian

  • thaikkathameed on January 28, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Ok, now we can bring Ishant back to the playing 11. That will complete the icing on the cake.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Well played NZ. A deserved win there. Ross Taylor and Williamson are playing some rock- solid batting there. And where bowling is concerned, I am very very impressed with Southee. He's world-class.

  • crangs81 on January 28, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    As great as this series win has been for NZ I'd gladly swap it for a test series win. Both would be great though :D

  • Dalajit on January 28, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    I'm totally speechless and hurt the way the entire series has been played by India and the strategy & tactice of Dhoni. He needs to think out of the box while playing in SA, ENG, AUS & NZ. He is good in doing captaincy Indian condition but always confused us with his plans & strategy while playing in those countries. Why you had included Binny is a strange if you don't want to utilize him as an all rounder and many more such decision while selecting playing 11 during all these 4 matches. Seriously, he needs to think about Pujara to balance the middle order and please come out from your CSK bias. There are so many other players available without getting much chances however giving falied players chance after chance are not acceptable to any fan of India. At least win one match of the series by playing your reserve and test them if they are capable enough.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    I believe Indian fans are gone out of mind becoz of losses. They are blaming Rohit for his slow start even the poor guy scored 79. He showed if he didnt had those slow starts and negotiated new ball then our 3 and 4 would have struggled bad time. Ashwin and jadeja bowled well and people are against them that they went wicketless. India lost not because of spinners they lost because of their pace bowlers. I dont know why people are praising Aaron. What he has done in domestic cricket apart from that 153K delivery. It is high time we should look for good consitent bowlers instead of going for speedsters. Praveen Kumar is the most talented and Umesh needs more opportunities. Plz dont bring pathans,yuvraj,bhajji,sehwag, back.Let them prove first in domestic cricket.

  • Umair.Khalid_UK on January 28, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    In South Africa and now in New zeland its show how the indian team can perform in Green top and bouncy pitches..... Sorry to say but in 2015 world cup one thing out of two should be changed....the attitude of Indian team or the Pitches in Australia and NZ.....where is Ghambir....?

  • Lakpj on January 28, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    This looks really great for NZ for next year's WC. With Jesse, Guptill, Kane, Ross, McCullum brothers, Ronchi and Corry A they poses one of the dangerous batting sides in the game with plenty of fire power right down to no 8.In-fact I won't be surprised if they do quite well in the T20 WC also. Only problem for them would be the slow wickets in Bangladesh. But come the WC they will have a big chance.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Need some change in captaincy. Dhoni is a history now. Bring back Sehwag/Ghambir. Let Dhawan take some form back. Drop Sharma, he can score runs only at home.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Dhoni should step down as a Captian.. He doesnt know how to manage talents like Sehwag and Gambhir. Dhoni is partial about his team selection which constitutes 4-5 players from CSK.... Seems like Rohit and Ishant are very close friends of Dhoni...... T Srinivasan and Dhoni will collectively burry the fame of Indian cricket spread all over by the legends like Ganguly, Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Kumble, Laxman..... Bring back Gautam Gambhir into the team.. Woukd like to c Gauti or Kohli as the skipper.....

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    again only one change i suggest is remove rohit and stick with the same 11 (add shikar). dont see much difference without Ishant, by for he is better fast bowler compare to others.

  • INDSlider on January 28, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Another humiliation from the No. 8 team. This is not good for the No. 1 team.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    i was under the impression india were going to be a challange. how wrong was i, they were terrible.

  • Crickeee on January 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @sadSajith That Indian team is still there, if they play on thier on dead pitches : ) By the way, if i am not mistaking, we are very good friends. This is UT : )

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Well, well, well! How about that? Mighty has been humbled!

  • Shaktiamar on January 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Dhoni has once again proved why he shudn't be captain but still is a fine player.If Sachin, Rahul & Gavaskar can all flourish after leaving the captaincy, why is he so adamant that none can captain except him.Are we going to see him resign only after losing the next WC in 2015 or wait till Srinivasan loses his hold over BCCI?His team selections are parochial to say the least-Ashwin,Jadeja,Raina,Aaron-all are indebted to him for a spot.Think on the other hand about Ganguly who had Deep Dasgupta dropped after scoring a Test Ton and saving a test in SA in 2001, bcoz he couldn't do his main wk job right.The more we think about the golden generation of nineties and noughties and today's team, we realize how luck we were to see them in flesh as we may never again see the likes of them again.

  • alesana85 on January 28, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Tremendous victory from NZ against an overhyped opposition, Taylors excellent 100 taking nz to a important series victory. Without Anderson we still beat the "world champions". Good to see McCullum get amongst the runs.

  • kiran1989 on January 28, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    series victory for newzealand because of their no:3 and no:4 and lack of indian bowling attack . bring on pujara at no:4 .we need solidity in the batting line up.

  • Messa1 on January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    well done New Zealand. Well deserved victory and a well deserved ton for Taylor.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    great work from kiwis , indian cricket team really miss such game changing bowlers like zaheer, irfan, kumble....,,definitely we will find some decent game changing bowlers ..otherwise we will not win single match from outside asia...but don't blame dhoni..

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Its funny how everyone bashes Indian bowling when they lose.Jadeja and Ashwin are very good spinners. Also Shami and Kumar are quite good bowlers. It all comes down to how your fielders support your bowlers to take wickets. Indians fielders do not exert any kind of pressure on the opposition. Secondly, one must remember since last decade India's basic strength is batting. If batsmen are not scoring runs, they have a very hard chance of winning.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    had a go at the bowling but there isn't much wrong with our batting at the moment, only thing is using ryder as a pinch hitter isn't working, they have obviously given him a license but he needs to reign it in a bit, bat properly and move his feet. for india no offense but im a club hack from a weak local comp and im a better bowler than binny, think he only got one over and it was the worst rubbish i have seen at international level, that was even worse than rayudu, if he is the answer to your allrounder problem then you have big problems, hopefully nz rest southee for the tests now the series is won, maybe even rest anderson again, they need to be fresh for the tests so give some fringe players a game. great day to be a black caps fan well done boys, made a mockery of the world number one.

  • gerrardl on January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Let's put our heads together and come up with a proposal to stop India getting THRASHED by any old team. Perhaps demanding batsmen from non-big-3 teams to retire hurt after they reach 40 is the next step forward. And so help you ICC, if you don't pass this proposal we will never play in the World Cup again!

  • YesKayR on January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    all who thought bringing someone in instead of Ishant, will do wonders have to look for more options. I too wanted Ishant out and bring Aaron, Yadav etc.. just that it will give a relief at the start of the match to look at some different names in the playing XI... and keep our hopes alive.. playing XI for the next match in batting order would be Rohit, Rahane, Kohli, Dhoni, Rayadu, Ashwin, Jadeja, Binny, Yadav, Pandey & Aaron. (It is not that this XI is a world beater... just a try.. and give a break for Shami, B Kumar etc etc and try out Pandey and Yadav..

  • Waqs77 on January 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    LOL what a brilliant show by world no. 1. Lost 2 consecutive series from No. 5 and No. 8. Not only that, but could not win a single match from last 7 ODIs played outside their den in both series. Today World no. 8 chased a total of 280 like they were chasing 180. Pathetic bowling line up. Best bowlers... B Kumar and shami. Bowlers in women cricket ball faster than both of them. And still they compare themselves with Australia when they were No. 1. Now lick new ranking which u got by inviting windies in ur country and thrashing them.

  • PrasPunter on January 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Trans-Tasman rivalry shall wait for another day !! But for now, Congratulations Black Caps on a fine series victory !!

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    it s again proved that india isn't the best team even though they think that it is. well done kiwis. you deserves it. all indian team acts and shows to the world that they are the genius for cricket. but they dont know what they are capable of. only they can do is appear as actors in front of a massive croud In india and run a show.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    India can win only at home. This is their history. Out side of india they are nil and their bowiling attack is getting 300 in every match. You can't win matches with your batting only. Batsmen can save the match but bowlers can win the match for you.

  • Diaz54 on January 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    What can say for the so called big 3 can't win away. Last movements were hilarious ,,dropped catch both on field and by the Indian supporter and then integers injured hit by the ball. Well,played NZ being small nation.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Absolutely stoked by the win! Kiwis and most of all cricket needed that series win! Its a small step in ensuring or atleast making the world realize that this Big 3 drama is farcical and unfair proposal. This game is unpredictable and this game is ours! It doesnt belong to the power hungry board officials and corporate media giants. Cricket Zindabad!

  • BustIPL on January 28, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    So it proves that india are expected to win by only one way and it is by chasing that too when dhoni comes big in association with tail and part timers and that too not every time. Otherwise, whatever they score they cant defend. All new talented indian bowlers are well short of being world class. Any name indian fans take for fast bowlers, all have been failures. Dhoni's ploy to make a spinner out of Bhuvi failed miserably. One more gift for big 3.

  • kohli_kuttu on January 28, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    absolutely pathetic effort by india. Can't even win against the #8 ranked team. We should cancel all the tours outside of the sub continent and ONLY play in india. At the moment we can easily lose to Afghanistan or even Ethiopia

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    India should be placed in tire-3 in ODI division for such amazing performance & forced to play only against Zimbabwe, Afganistan etc. for at least 1 year :D

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    does any one need any thing else to say us 'Flat Track bullies'????

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    1. Don't blame Dhoni. He's the only one who consistently scores. 2. Stop listing your whole replacement team. Everyone has a different opinion, all you're doing is taking up space. 3. Well done to New Zealand. Beating India is never easy, i don't care what anyone says.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Why doesn't anyone see that India's best #4 Batsman is already in the team! Rohit Sharma - he's a middle order bat through & through; with great skill to end the innings well! Please get him out of the Opening slot!

  • Al.Turner on January 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Looks like my educated and well informed unbeaten one day series is on track! I admit I said 5-0 however! Looking forward to my test series win prediction.....we can handle the spin, we can out bat anything those Indian legends can dish up.....we are 5 steps ahead and we know we can do the job.....anywhere in the team can do the job....what an innings Taylor, Williamson and McCullum....good to rest Anderson and one of our top bowlers. Respect is deserved.....

  • duff80 on January 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Getting really fed up with the Indian fans on this site blaming the loss on India's poor performance. What about giving their opposition some credit. NZ batted brilliantly throughout the series and deserve more plaudits.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    height of bad captaincy by dhoni Error:sending kholi to open when there is Rahane. Error 2:given onl 1over to binny Error 3:Changing the bowling unnecessarily when jadeja &Ashwin creating pressure,and bring them back too late

  • yorkslanka on January 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    And there we have it again ..another away series loss for india..congrats to New Zealand and as expected ,you have won this series comprehensively...some positive signs for india so all is not lost...

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    I guess we shouldn't participate in world cup 2015 with this unit. MSD needs to be removed from captainship. Virat should lead d team. Enough of rohit raina kumar ashwin. Get Sehwag Harbhajan Zaheer back. MSd bats up d order.SEHWAG RAHANE VIRAT MSD YUVRAJ TIWARY BINNY JADEJA HARBHAJAN ZAHEER PRAVEEN SAMI AARON Make dis team n see we will defend d world cup

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Come on New Zealand good job they think they are number one now you prove they are not congratulations.........our happens srilankan

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Selectors, please remove Dhoni from captaincy from all the overseas matches.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    indian cricket team really miss such game changing bowlers like zaheer, irfan, kumble....,,definitely we will find some decent game changing bowlers ..otherwise we will not win single match from outside asia...

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Look at the figures of all those three fast bowlers it looks horrible. The indian batsmen's will have a worst nightmare on thinking how much more they need to post if they bat first. Now i support dhoni on why he was fielding first after winning those tosses. Worst bowling record ever!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    great kiwis u did it well..Ross Tayler u re the hero ..superb inning ..

  • sadSajith on January 28, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Once upon a time there was a team called india...:)

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I am a die hard Indian/Fan and must wake up at my 3 am here in Ukraine to watch all 4 matches but Dhoni and his old (lucky) tactics aren't working anymore, these dumb bowlers can't ball simple stump to stump lines (always throwing some off side and bounces which aren;t working at all), openers can't bat, India either need bowlers or DRS, i am tired, i am tired of supporting the team, i can not awake all night and morning & not sleeping and yet seeing them loosing over and over again, BCCI needs to stop thinking only about profits from TV/Etc. I feel shame!

  • VSC011 on January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    I think true fans of Indian Cricket will relive once MS Dhoni is dropped. he is the worst player as well as skipper on foreign soil. India Must consider Kohli for this position. he batted well in all conditions and in all formats. he is the guy who can inspire the other teammates to raise their performance level. also has experienced of captaining of under 19 as well as IPL. moreover he deserves the place in side on his merit. Strongly feel that Dhonis time is over, we are just not capable to win overseas under his captaincy. he could have easily won the last two ODIs for India if the matches were played in Indian subcontinent. somehow he managed to score useless fifties to avoid criticism.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Weldon kiwis. This will be end with 4-0

  • truecric_fan on January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    A very sad day for Indian fans. We were expecting a strong performance after the series loss in SA and 2-1 loss to Pak on Indian soil. We believed Ind would win by 4-1 in NZ. This is a shocking defeat. #8 ranked team beat us comfortably. It almost seems like most Indian players like Ashwin, Rohit, Raina, Jadeja have invested heavily (bribed) to remain in Indian team despite not having the capability to be match winners or world class players. BCCI and selectors too busy making money to care about results. Time to sack BCCI Management and selectors and fire all non performing players. Worlds richest board unable to produce even one lethal bowler is not acceptable.

  • mwjay on January 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Ohhhhh what happen to the "BIG 3".May be they are waiting till revamp passed.

  • priceless1 on January 28, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    wow, Aron is a great replacement for Ishant Sharma indeed :D

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    A dominant display by NZ. What is most pleasing is that NZ beat India at their own game. With flat pitches offering little for bowlers, except Hamilton which was almost subcontinent like, man for man NZ's batting lineup outclassed India.

    This series is the coming of age for Kane Williamson in international cricket. Bodes well for next year's world cup.

  • DataQue on January 28, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Yahoo!!!! NZ send Indians to the cleaners!!!! Well played NZ and please win 5th ODI as well.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    We need some experiance Bowling coach and a change in captancy.

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    3 international series loss in a row for world champs this is horrible australia even though they lose in india 3-2 but still won 2 games and almost final india now without international win for last 10 matches horrible away record

  • AneYako on January 28, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Tier one Champs...only at home

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I am feeling that csk playing new zealand as they played in champions trophy good.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I think india needs to go back and pull players from one of their 12 year old domestic teams. Their basic knowledge has to be better than what they are fielding today.

  • vkumar_086. on January 28, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Another game played by India and another AS USUAL COLOSSAL THRASHING suffered by the MINNOWS OF CRICKET INDIA!! I am simply in CLOUD NUMBER 9. India should be relegated to tier 2 WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!! Even Bangladesh will easily thrash India today as they are a great side.

    Anyone will see Halley's comets in the sky more often than seeing India winning.

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 28, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    NZ win ...and I am sure the result will be the same in the next match...

    as expected, India done and dusted...they are never world no#1 team with this composure...

  • srinideva on January 28, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    My fellow Indian fans are more worried about the dhoni`s decision on batting 2nd in the last 3 matches. S Binny is good for T20 only where he can rotate his arms for two overs and score some quick runs. In ODI cricket you need to bowl 10 overs. Hope the fans will learn from this and believe in the man who is doing the job as profession.

  • YesKayR on January 28, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    someone had just mentioned in the cricinfo commentary that we don't have 'match changing bowlers' .. perfectly said. some one who would come and change the course of the match with a spell of 3 or 4 overs.. wasim akram. waqar, Allan Donald, shoaib akthar, shane warne, muralitharan... we have not had bowlers of that stature or caliber at any point of time... but there were some who have done it occassoinally.. kumble, kapil, .. but of course only on very very few occasions.. shami showed promise with his reverse swing in his first test.. but has been very disappointing... Take my word... this NZ team is only good enough to win against India, WI and Zimbabwe.. Poor Binny... he has nothing to show on his debut..Just check some score cards of yesteryears... and you will find names like this who has played for a couple of matches and has disappeared forever... Does anyone remember who is Sunil Valsan? he was the only player who did not play any match in the 1983 World cup, which india won

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    any chance of giving NZ some credit here?? Two teams out there... NZ have now beaten India 3 times and 1 tie in 4 games... we deserve some credit boys...

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    australia defended 217 few days ago and this indian medicore bowling cant defend on helping seaming conditions australia are permanently now no 1 for long time even if india wins next match

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    haha india lost the match

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    It again proved Dhoni's mistakes causing India to lose series. Why the hell Kohli,Rahane sent in top positions instead of Rayudu. Rohit again proved he's poor starter which resulted the low score in the series. Why was Ashwin/Jadeja given chances inspite of poor bowling/wkt less on bouncy pitches? Dhoni should know whom to take on bouncy pitches who can bat or bowl better. Always sticks to that CSK group for all matches....

  • Haleos on January 28, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @YesKayR - you can definetely blames dhoni. He is responsible for selecting a good team. Players like Rayudu in the team are doing no good to indian cricket. When has ashwin taken a 5 wicket haul in ODIs last? Dont know what logis dhoni and co follow to select teams nowadays. We won the world cup in spite of bowlers like ashwin and co.

  • VSC011 on January 28, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    I think its all over, another serries lost for India thanks to uninspiring captaincy and poor bowling attack. badly need a change in captaincy, Dhonis defensive tactics have stopped working now. We need someone who can bring new energy in team. Kohli is the best person for this job who can bat under any circumstances and in any conditions unlike Dhoni who scores only in batsmen friendly pitches.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    I am afraid Dhoni is past his sell by date as a captain (Not as an ODI batsman). If Michael Clarke was captain of this team, we might have seen been results I suppose.

  • Pridekiwi on January 28, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    So so proud of the black caps! Dominant and World Cup contenders for sure!

  • Haleos on January 28, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Fail to understand the logic of selecting Rayudu. Playing well for Mumbai in IPL should not qualify an individual for national duties. I am sure there will be hundreds if not thousands of other deserving players who are overlooked. Well we can not expect much from Srini and Dhoni. The duo will definetely ruin Indian cricket if not world cricket which BCCI is making all efforts to do. Ashwin has ceased to be a bowler in limited overs. We dont need a batsman who can bowl. We have jadeja who is 1-- times better than Ashwin. We need wicket taking bowlers.

  • Hishon on January 28, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Indian fans you need to stop being so hard on your team, they have bowled particuarly well this game. India have been out played, plain and simple but once they gain there confidence and experience they will be a awsome team.

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on January 28, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Well , Well, Well!!! One of Big 3 (i.e India) is on the verge of getting a humiliating ODI series by # 8 ICC ranked ODI side (i.e. Newzealand)

    A good lesson and pill for those who are supporting the concept of big 3 in world cricket....

    So are you still gonna day dream that people gonna follow the cricket involving big 3. The day when Big 3 concept materializes , it will RIP cricket.

    Well done black caps for showing so called #1 ODI side their reality...They are minnows team outside India!

    BRAVO Newzealand!

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Captancy need to be changed.. Just like Test match in south Africa Dhonis strategy to use Rayidu and other let them find easy to win in difficult situvation..

  • MaruthuDelft on January 28, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    India has lost the match. Bowling is so poor. And it is an illusion to believe that India has talent in the batting line up to compensate for it. Only Dhoni and Kohli are good enough. But Dhoni with his preference for the bits and pieces cricketers is killing Indian cricket. India needs someone like Ganguly to rebuild.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is captain, India cannot win even a single match in foreign soil. Better to infuse new blood i.e. new captain, who can take things in a positive manner and win atleast a few matches abroad.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    There is nothing to watch. i can tell whos gonna win without seeing Score board.. its New Zealand..

  • Gladiatorthrone on January 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    I blame my own countrymen who selected such political influenced team or bad selection . Whatever just what Rohit sharma doing here,after so many chances he will keep failing and when it comes home he fires few hundreds and justifies. He's clearly not match winner not better than sehwag. His strike rate and calm lazy movement gives me blood pressure.For ODI:- 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Robin Uthappa 3.Virat kohli(VC)4.Rahane5.YuvrajSingh6.Raina7.Dhoni(C)8.Ashwin 9.Shami 10.Bhuv kumar 11.Unadkat (Sub) 12.Irfan pathan 13.Jadeja 14.ishwar pandey/zaheer 15.Dinesh karthick We have beautiful T20 side:- 1.Sehwag 2.Uthappa 3.Kohli 4.Yuvraj(VC) 5.Raina 6.Yusuf pathan 7.Dhoni(C) 8.Rahul sharma 9.Bhuv kumar 10.Shami 11.Irfan pathan sub 12.Dhawan 13.Jadeja 14.Mohit sharma 15.Binny Test side:- 1.Shikar dhawan 2.Vijay 3.Pujara(VC) 4.Rohit sharma 5.Virat kohli(C) 6.Badrinath 7.Dinesh karthick 8.Amit mishra 9.Zaheer khan 10.Shami 11.Ishwar pandey 12.Ishant sharma 13.Rahane 14.ashwin 15.Umesh yadav

  • fair_paly_1 on January 28, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    278 is a good score from the batters but whereas any top team is most likely to defend it, it's looking unlikely if the Indian bowling is able to do it - bar run outs.

  • YesKayR on January 28, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    poor bowling again.. it is not that someone believed that India could defend 278. NZ in all matches have reached 200 before the 40th over.. that speaks volumes on our weak bowling... cant blame Dhoni when we don't have bowlers good enough to bowl 6 good balls in a over. There is always a four or six on offer in every over.. especially in the 1st or 5th or 6th ball. Binny joined that club with a last ball boundary offered in the only over he bowled.. if this Indian team is playing against a Rest of India team, wont be able to defend 278.!!!!!!!!!!!! may have been thrilling to watch dhoni and jadeja score runs at the fag end of india innings, but I should add that batting has also been a failure which has added to the bowling miseries.. A case where 2 NEGATIVES are not adding to yield a POSITIVE...

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Shami has picked up where Ishant left off.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    indian batting luking fragile outside india they dont deserve to b no 1

  • cricpanther on January 28, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Kohli also wanted to become captain and take full charge of the team, that's why at crunch time game, he is not giving his best and some how he is playing bad and that cost india to loose!!! Captaincy issues and player controversies should be short out before any tour and for India team it's still going on because, more chances are given to one time captain...Dhoni, not any more chances given to any one if captain fails, and selectors have no vision to see another players as a captain!!

  • aussie1993 on January 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    indian fans before this match drop ishant,dhawan,raina and bring in binny and aaron but no difference in the performance pure home track bullies all in this indian team except my fav kohli bowing is worse than zimbawe

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Even though India might lose this, it is a much better approach. The previous approach is ok for flatter pitches. Now we have Binny. The next step is to sort out the bowling. But kohli should not open. As it is Rohit is a new opener. So shikar in form or gambhir or shewag should play. raydu, Raina in form, yuvraj, or yousf who call all bowl a bit should play. 1 Shikar (gambhir), 2 Rohit (shewag), 3 kohli, 4 rahane, raina (raydu, yuvi, yousuf. karthik), 5 dhoni, 6 jadeja, 7 aswin (harbajan) 8 binny (irfan pathan), 9 yadav, 10 shami 11 aaron (bhuvi, others) should be the core group.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I think it's become involuntary instinct of Dhoni to let the game drift in middle overs. Just when we needed to attack more and take wickets out comes Dhoni's wicket waiting strategy throwing the ball to Rayudu. What's the use of conserving Jadeja for later when game has drifted away. Poor captaincy on top of consistently bad selection policies.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    its not a good score to chase NZ

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    India won't win. our batting was slow . keep dreaming .

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 28, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Wasn't it a hasty decision to drop Raina. He got starts in every innings he played. Wit his bowling skills he is almost equal to Rayudu who is bowling with his weird action. Ashwin batting at 6! Seriously! Oh you gotta be kidding me. Binny didn't even get to bat. Not sure he is confident enough to bowl now. NZ look favourites to win only if Jadeja can do some magic with the ball now...

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    If we able to get one of them before power play, i am sure india will win this match with ease

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    bad openers

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Guys take a look at basant mohanty bowling statistics . he is the only fast bowler i found in India having a bowling economy of less than 4 , 3.71 to be precise , in list A .I think he deserves a chance in India especially overseas , if basant can have an economy of 3.71 in india he could be the solution for many questions . he along with shami and bhuvi. selectors open your eyes and give chances to new guys rather than to guys like ishant .

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I think NZ are win this match. Let us see.

  • Cricsnake on January 28, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Jadeja and Ashwin bowling superbly. This is the way you should keep pressure on batsmen. This spin duo seems the best spin combo in the world. Hats off to them. NZ should fight back hard now. We missed Anderson badly. This match is much more interesting than the previous ones.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    there must be inclusion of shami

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Great that Jessie Ryder has been given full license at the top of the order but surely the desire to thrash everything to or over the boundary has to be curtailed somewhat when you are averaging about 20. If both he and Guptil go early it puts enormous pressure on Williamson and Taylor as the lower middle order have shown they don't have the temperament to build an innings.

  • ketaann on January 28, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    sensing like msd will say in presentation ceremoney that 'we fell 20-30 runs short'.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    nd may be win.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @rahulStillHeaded : You Summed up the frustration of Indian fans quite well. Manoj Tiwary is confined to wilderness after scoring a 100 thanks to R.Sharma. We have wasted good forms of Rahane and Rayudu for Sharma. It looks like Rohit Sharma is happy playing for his place. It's like the 1990s where Sachin used to play to win matches and others were selfish trying to retain their places. This team has Kohli in a similar role but we have Dhoni thankfully.

  • humi_cric on January 28, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Wicket is behaving like a typical Indian wickets, much more for the spinners. India should win this match. Good luck to both teams.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Shami struggles to get to the crease and seems to lose all momentum. Ashwin should become Indias Gavin Larsen. He has no flight, dip or turn.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Hopefully Dhoni doesn't resort to his trademark "Wicket Waiting" strategy today. Got to make things happen in middle overs, take wickets.

  • rahulStillHeaded on January 28, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    I am so appalled. To accommodate Rohit Sharma we are sacrificing players after players. Who in the world starts in ODI's so slowly ?? England did it recently and paid handsomely. No other team follows that strategy. Even India never did. But just to accommodate Rohit Sharma's plan we have change our team strategy !! The other opener is the poor person trying to up the ante. The middle order is always under pressure because of this. This is atrocious !

    Such politics or blind sight !! I am such an ardent fan but I might not be following future matches of India.

    And they talk about elegance ?? His drives are with feet planted, his leg side heaves are mostly from inside edges, his shot selection is abysmal, he doesn't know how to take a single and he is an Indian opener !!

    Indian team will get what they deserve thoroughly.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    NZ trying to slow down jadejas bowling rate. Indians need to push through and force these two batsmen from conversing after each ball.

  • IndianSRTfan on January 28, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @screamingeagle: He has a problem accepting that and many other facts, especially where non-SA players are concerned, they reign supreme, crumbling under pressure faster than Duminy's average, but supreme.

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    India need to grab this opportunity with both hands. Nz Are two down Come on guys

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    shami 's run cup to the wicket is very bad..... to correct other wise big lose to his career

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    its turning ;)

  • latecut_04 on January 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @the momnet NZhave scored 54 in the first 7 overs.Is tehre a poorer opening bowling 'ATTACK' in the world.On the same pitch where NZ bowlers held Indian batsmen to ransom Indian trundlers(Shami you are disappointing after the great start..!)are dishing legside dollies and 'friendly' bouncers....at the moment india being torn apart.even if we win this match this bowling WONT get us anywhere in WC.also can the Indian bolwing coach claer his butt off the place.he is a himalayan failur in tests and ODIs...ofcourse not everything is coach's fault but a few things can be rectified by him and for quite some time the guy has been having it easy.especially with all these youngsters coming he should have taught them a bit about 'control'.at the moment they are all worse than their predecessors(esp a certain Agarkar)..oppositin batsmen just wait to face them!!!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Why drop dhawan? He could have moved rahane up and dropped rohit to #4. The team will live and die with kohlis fortunes at the top if he goes at the top of the innings.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Off to a bad start the indian bowlers. Guptill will struggle to the balls pitched up not back of length yet they keep banging the ball short. What are the support staff doing if not prepping bowlers about where to bowl to each batsman?

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Pujara at number 4 ........

  • MaruthuDelft on January 28, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Shami fades; as they pointed out in SA his run up to the wicket is not correct.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    i see all indians talkin abt stuart binny lol but guess what jus cheked his recent performences last wicket he took was in dec lol hahaha

  • sssugat on January 28, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    I would love to see Kohli opening again....he loves challenges, doesn't he?

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    lets not forget these are short boundaries so it might not be a too uphill ask afterall

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Oh boy, what an innings from Rohit. He has already taken a photocopy of the score sheet to retain it in his trousers. That would be handy for him for the next 2 years or so to show how he masterfully stroked his way to a chanceless 79 on a dreadful pitch against the fiery bowlers of the 8th ranked NZ team and dare selectors to drop him from the team.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Gud batting display by indian team though strt of d inning ws again disappointing......rahane is spoiling all chances he is getting.......pujara shud be included in ODI squad...hope dt bowlers wil make dis india's day

  • JimmyDean on January 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Cum on Men in Blue, we can beat da Men in Black.

    We are da Smurf, we will prevail from Mr Tommy Lee Jones and Mr Will Smith.

  • latecut_04 on January 28, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    I havent seen the match or Indian batting so cant say about the pith.But judging by cricinfo reports NZ opening bowling was good and we are NOT going to repeat that.This score would most probably be underpar unless pitch is sluggish/slow.MUCH NEEDED changes but wrongly implemented.right from the top.Ajinkya and Kohli/Gauti to open.(yes he s easily the best available especially considering his fomr in domestic circuit.).Pujara to come in and not Rayudu.Good that Binny gets a go but has to see how many matches he gets to settle down.also debuting here may not be good for him.have to wait and watch.Also sto playing Aswin(yes yiou read it right am not mad but if otehr batsmen in India cant do scoring then we should quit playing ODIs..bring in Umesh/Ojha.there we have depth in batting and bowling.Replacing Raina with Raidu is like opting for cough instead of cold...problem persists via different form

  • AVIRAL_Ashok on January 28, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @muhammad marji are u serious?? I mean how come u are so sure abt india's fortune?? Ha ha

  • VickySuperXI on January 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Dhoni made a wise decision of trying Rayudu and Binny. if Rohit and Rahane open then both will eat up the first few overs.wise decision to bring kohli to open with rohit. At any day rayudu is a reliable player than Raina. Binny Can be a good finisher, along side Dhoni. Binny can do the Robin singh act for india. This team should be tried in next 10 one day'ers, as it will take few matches for the new comers to settle down and play with out pressure of being ejected again.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    if india takes 40/2 in 10 overs india will have very good chance

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Even though it's late, Dhoni FINALLY called the right shots. Dropping Suresh Raina. Giving Rayudu a game and debut for Binny.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Rahane Opening would have made some sense.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Cool guys nop.. Dhoni will take care of it...

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    India will win because of dhoni maind game

  • CherryWood_Champion on January 28, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    I seriously wish Binny makes a difference here. The guy seems to have lots of potential, but will he make it count would be the million dollar question. Good luck to him.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 28, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    wow i was all for neeshams inclusion but he got smashed today and didn't look like taking a wicket and when he was given one on a plate he missed the stumps when it was 99% impossible to miss them, i hope he makes up for it with the bat. after another toothless performance from nathan mccullum, i think i want to see sohdi in the odi side as well now, not taking wickets is allowing teams to launch and hurt us later in the innings which i know is most teams approach these days but still a spinner not taking wickets are just passengers, still a talented nz squad but there is still improvements to make in the bowling, resting corey for no reason may come back to bite us

  • IndianSRTfan on January 28, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Hey Greatest_Game, hope you followed the game, guess what, our lower order performed brilliantly, know the lower order? it includes batsmen and all-rounders coming after the middle order. What's with you and averages? Get your team to get out of cozy home surroundings and play out a bit more matches, averages will plummet faster than Dale's fastest deliveries. As far as Amla with higher average than Kohli, how many centuries has Hash scored in 'chases'? Better still, how many centuries in a 'winning chase'? Even better, how many centuries in a 'winning chase' while 'chasing under pressure of a 300+ score'? Even more better, how many centuries in a 'winning chase', while 'chasing under pressure of a 300+ score'', in a 'knock out game, series decider or a final?'. By all means keep your averages, we'll be more than happy to keep trophies. Cheers

  • sandyyyymani on January 28, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Hey guys technically india has won the third match, there was boundary scored by raina which was not given.......

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Shifting the batting lineup is a bad idea. Kohli needs to be fixed to no 3. If it aint broke then dont fix it. There should be like for like replacement. Rahane should open if playing. Rayadu is a gutsy player but døesnt look like an opener so he should bat at no 4. Dhawan should be dropped for the next game too. Rahane needs an extended run for he has earned it.

  • tom120 on January 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I don't believe it. NZ catching has been very ordinary. Nohit was dropped on 14 and made 79 runs. I didn't see the match, just saw the scoreboard. How is the pitch? Is 279 attainable?

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    All who think that the target is not big must know that this pitch is slow. something indian bowlers are used to. we can expect a good performance from Jadeja and Ashwin with the bowl. if bhuvi and shami provide some early breakthrough then later Ashwin and Jadeja can keep the things on tight leash. I hope for an india win today.

  • screamingeagle on January 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    @Greatest game, I dunno what your beef with Kohli is. He is quite easily the best ODI bat these days. If you cannot accept that, too bad.

  • BustIPL on January 28, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Now jadeja will be the man of the match. He found his groove at last and will be the player to watch during next world cup.

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Stuart Binny will be key to the result today. If he holds his nerve on his debut and doesn't go for much, we can defend this total, especially since Ishant Sharma is not there to concede 70 odd runs. Runs saved is runs earned. I have a good feeling boys. I predicted a turnaround after Game 2 and I might be right.

  • YesKayR on January 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    as I said earlier that if Dhoni flourishes, we can reach 260 (reached 278, thanks to jadeja's hitting as well. some poor 'indian type' of bowling by the kiwis helped too - I mean no Yorkers, 'hit me for six' type of balls.. hope our bowlers will rise to occasion. Binny gets a golden chance to prove what public have been opining about.. hope he shows he can be a good one day player.. 278 is still a below average total only because of our weak bowling... let us hope Team India can surprise their supporters and pull this match off.. ALL THE BEST..

  • CherryWood_Champion on January 28, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Rahane should have opened with Rohit. Nonetheless it was a good recovery by Rohit and Rayudu from 22 for 2 to a respectable one, laying the foundation for Dhoni and Jaddu take charge.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    hahahahaa india will loose :D

  • chillu_chillu on January 28, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Not a bad effort. Bowlers must come to party though. From what I can read in Cricinfo pitch has some life in it. Come on shami lead the charge !!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Going for too many big shots against decent stingy pace bowling. Pinch the singles when bowling is tight but no.... all the indian batsmen want to play the big shots. They are easy to plot for. McCullum knows to keep attacking because none of these batsmen can rotate the strike and will eventually succumb to pressure. Such aggressive fielding/bowling has to be countered with smarts... steal 1s/2s off every ball, wear down the fielders and bowlers and punch the odd boundaries when you get the chance. Too many dot balls.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    its a great and bold move from msd. still I think rains should be playing, maybe at 3. rayudu is not the best replacement for raina..

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Very happy to see Raina dropped. He didn't deserve to be in the Indian team. I hope Dhoni doesn't give him another chance, or he might just score a 50 by fluke and then play on for another 2-3 years. As for Dhawan,he needs some tweaking on his batting skills, especially with the shot ball, he could play again for India.

  • sergio11 on January 28, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @Ravi Kumar....Useless??? saw the pull played by jaddu of the bolwing of bennet??well played jaddu again...278 on a slow pitch,with few ball turing,i think ind hav a real chanc to win here...its all in the hands of spinners..dont think our seamer will be as successful as kiwi's..williomson and taylor will be the key for NZ..get them out early with no anderson and out of form mccullum...yeeaa...lets see..

  • MaruthuDelft on January 28, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    It is not possible to build up a team for WC because with excessive cricket played today an individual player could suddenly lose form. Dhawan won the Champions Trophy for India but now he is dropped. However Harsha Bogle predicted Dhawans failure quite early.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Team looks good but batting order still need changes.....

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @Lokesh, you listed legendary names and they are better than any lineup in the history of cricket. Comparing them with these lads cant be justified.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    this s full of mistake by dhoni....today target must be a 300+...due to change in opening we can't reach tht....kholi must to play in his no.3 position.....rohit done his job....

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 28, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    NO mention of superstar all-rounder Corey Anderson or the best bowler Mitchell McClenaghan in this article ? WHY aren't they playing in a must win game for NZ series victory . . .

  • ShanNachimuthu on January 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Now both batting and bowling look deep. I am confident India will defend the score and it will be a close contest. All the best Team India.

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Well played sir jee. You are now playing like true champion all rounder for team India. Go get em now with your bowling.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Rohit IPL Sharma's innings today was one of the most selfish innings in recent times. His innings has probably cost us 20 - 30 runs. For some reason, he can't even look to rotate the strike !! Common singles are better than dot balls any day.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Had to appreciate the effort of dhoni and jadeja.Good fight at the end by India after a gloomy first half.

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @harmony11l. Your analysis and reading of the game is so astute. You must be tired of being right all of time, right? A nice counter punching innings from India. Come on guys get behind the boys in blue!

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    I would bring back gambhir and uv in place of rahane and raina

  • ihmubarak on January 28, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Good to see a fresh team from India.

  • mahi678 on January 28, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    some replacements....... and everyrthings falls into right place. the team for this match is more balanced. good depth in bowling and batting as well......

  • Sandt on January 28, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Once again Dhoni making another blunder.Why should you drop Dhawan. He is getting start in all innings and need to give him backing by the captain. And after dropping him he makes another blunder by sending Kohli as opener.He is our best player and doing well at no.3. What is Rahane doing. He is an opener and why cant you get him in that position.Dont understand Dhonis tactic. He seems to be out of mind when touring outside India.

  • YesKayR on January 28, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    yet another below par performance from our batsman. we can reach 260, only if Dhoni flourishes. 260 will be too low a total to defend with the quality of bowlers we have. When did we have our bowlers bowl at least 5 overs and had given runs at less than 5.5 or 5 runs per over? (jadeja & ashwin did in the last match - but that is a 'once on a bluemoon day' type. Hope Binny delivers with bat and ball today.. best wishes to him..

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Again, slow start from Rohit which resulted acceleration in the middle order & lost wickets. Rohit had some luck in his shots today. He's still lazy to rotate the strike. Always plans to hit 4's or 6's. I don't understand why Kohli has been sent opening. May be they could have sent Rayudu so they could have build gud opening partnership. Kohli, Rahane lost their wkts cheaply playing foolish shots. Still don't understand why Ashwin/Jadeja are in who r useless on bouncy wkts. Dhoni's useless decisions & taking no-form batsman may lose series today.

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    very unlucky dismissal for rohit sharma,he could have easily reached 150.

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Watching our batting display today, I think our previous generation viru, tendl, dada, dravid, yuvi was by far the best batting lineup we probably ever had. The current generation can't even rotate strike properly.

  • green_eagle on January 28, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    The main problem with India in batting is that they can't get a healthy partnership going on bouncy tracks. And there death bowling is less than non existent.

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Rohit Well Payed 79 Score

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Dropping Dhawan though leaves India without an opener. Then get gambhir or shewag back. Raina's is fine. But don't we have a better allrounder who can play at 6 rather than at 8?

  • MaruthuDelft on January 28, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    That is bad. Raina should have been tried at No 3. India tries to balance with all rounders who are not genuinely all rounders; Jadeja, Ashwin and Binny. How can Ashwin be an all rounder? An all rounder would be extremely strongly built and fit like Kapildev, Kallis......

  • truecric_fan on January 28, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    After a very shaky and lucky start, Rohit has build a solid foundation for Dhoni, Jadeja and Ashwin to build on.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Very surprising move by NZ to have dropped Corey Anderson, although he's been impressive throughout the series,. On the other hand it's a surprising move for India to have batted first, even a score of 350 will not be sufficient for India.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    what abt rohit sharma!! he shld have been dropped too..

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Rayudu has shown good confidence.....should have carried on......He looked as if he belonged... Good luck...

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Dhawan's exclusion was a brave n positive decision.. but should have opened it wid rahane.. anyways... nice to see india change their tactics finally... n finally trusting all rpunders too

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    India I'll surely loss without these batsmen....Even rahane can be replaced by Raina.... sure India might loss. .. with his bowling side.... with strong kwis....

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    How in the world did Binny get past Irfan Pathan?

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Can't believe that Rohit is not yet dropped. In every match his catches are dropped. If not he wouldn't even have scored more than 20.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    This might end the chances given Rahane. Probably if Rayudu hits it right with a big number, he makes a commanding way in test cricket too replacing Rahane.

    But then also I feel Pujara should be in the scheme of things before the World cup 2015.

    Hope India win the match and from here on play the series as Knockout.

    Chak De

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    This might end the chances given Rahane. Probably if Rayudu hits it right with a big number, he makes a commanding way in test cricket too replacing Rahane.

    But then also I feel Pujara should be in the scheme of things before the World cup 2015.

    Hope India win the match and from here on play the series as Knockout.

    Chak De

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    Now itz time to prove binny.... commm onnn binny commm onnn....

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    It is about time that team India started to work out their best XI for the World Cup 2015. Raina has had a long run without success. This should be a warning to Rohit and others who do not perform that there are very good players bidding their time and are ready to take up their place. Am also happy that Dhoni decided to bat first for once - this will put pressure on NZ (or any other team during crucial matches) and will also allow the Indian batsman to bat freely without undue pressure. Go team India!

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Rhonci seriously can not wicket keep.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    raina is dropped.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Change is always for good. Giving a long rope is good. But too much long rope is not good, bcoz you have to pull back the rope also. Although it is a very painful decision for DHONI to drop Raina (CSK), but at one point or the other, harsh decision has to be taken in the best interest of Indian Cricket. Mr. Ashwani, take wickets, bcoz primarily u are here as a bowler, not batsman. Your Rope is also getting too long. Plz remember. Harbhajan, Jalaj are breathing on ur neck.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Thats how you rebuild an innings. With strike rate of 40's. Disgust to watch india batting

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    india played well at home. Biggest example of Shikar complete failure on outside india.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    why Rohit sharma still in XI..he just wastes around 5 overs every match in dot balls. He must be dropped from team now

  • vkumar_086. on January 28, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    As usual another humiliation is awaiting this overrated flat track bully XI. I am more than 100% sure that this boring useless Indian batting lineup wont even pass 100 runs today. NZ U15 bowling attack will be able to get this Indian batting lineup dismissed easily. Kohli scores only when BCCI smuggles expressways in a ship from India.

  • on January 28, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Great move by India this time as they dropped Dhawan and lomg time failure Raina but I still think why Ishwar pandey didn't handle debut in this match in place of Bhuvi. I wish Binny will play his best at international level and prove his worth as a team player. happy to see Raydu back on XI..hopefully he will make Dhoni wrong with his performance who was sticking to same squad from long!!!! Wishes for Indian team.

  • JimmyDean on January 28, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Cum on India you can do it!

  • gothamknight on January 28, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Good to see that the selectors can drop a few players, but I still think that the batting needs to be strengthened - only 5 specialist batsmen?!! Crazy. I thought Rahane would be dropped over Raina since he has been scoring less runs. At least Raina has eased the pain a little and stuck around a bit with Dhoni. He even had an acceptable strike rate whereas Rahane wasted balls which made the target that much harder.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Rohit score 150 plus India win if not dhoni hzv to com with excuses as usual

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    As always Rohith had his initial luck.. One thing i can't understand why Dhoni is always insisting him to open the innings..he is far better later the innings

  • TRAM on January 28, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Hello, Bhuvi, Shami, Are you guys watching India batting? Can you guys count please? As I write this, NZ first 9.2 overs. 1. How many short outside off balls NZ bowled? 2. How many full balls on the pads? 3. How many wide balls NZ bowled. NONE. NONE. NONE. The conditions are absolutely not helpful for bowlers. No swing. No seam movement. Good bounce. Yet India are 23/2. It takes lot of hard work to bowl like that. Hope you guys can work harder and get that standard.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    pathetic start.200 seems unlikely

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    What have I woke up too? Too undo the joy in seeing Rayadu and Binny in the side, we go and sacrifice Kohli. I mean talk about killing the goose that lays the golden egg! btw Dropping Dhawan ahead of Sharma shows the Teams confidence in Sharma. Maybe he is playing to a plan, which is start slowly and stay till the end. Only that he hasnt been able to stay till the end.

  • Raja75 on January 28, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    No worries India will win these last two matches probability 0.9 out of 1.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Pressure mounts on every batsmen batting with Nohit as a results we get sometime dhawan ,kohli ,ajinkiya sitting in pavilion . Wouldn't be surprised rayadu also gets out early and then as usual Nohit too gets out

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Droppimg dhawan is definetly not a good move. Dhawan is a class opener. If a batsman has such a good run two series back deserves to be shown faith in.

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    All Rahane fans should remind us about how many total runs has this talented cricketer scored in this series?

  • kohli_kuttu on January 28, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    I dont know when our mediocre team start performing outside our flat tracks. Absolutely pathetic to see the way our "legends" are playing in fast and bouncy pitches and getting humiliated by the #8 ranked team in the world. Since when was kohli an opener, gone for 2 runs. Shame

  • Greatest_Game on January 28, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Wow. Kohli gone for 2, Rahane gone for 3, Nohit dropped on 14 - I guess India are banking on their bowlers again - the batting of the bowlers that is, not their bowling of course.

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    guess this is good byes for Rahane... welcome back Raina.....

    Sorry Rahane.. but you did spill the chances you got.. At this level such a shot at the beginning of the innings is highly disappointing....

    Good luck with the tests..

  • azhar_ahmed1 on January 28, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    i hope binny has his fair slice of opportunity in team india as does rayudu i wonder why virat kohli was slotted to open ahead of rahane

  • mahi678 on January 28, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    what a rare scenario? 6 main bowlers fielding in the team? 2 all rounders 1 bowling all rounder and 3 specialist bowlers. i think there will be no problem from bowling side today. 260-270 score will do for india. one thing i say raina was out of 11 because of stuart binny. any how change is always good thing to do.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Dhawan should have been taken in place of Rohit

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    the heavens have blessed Rohit today... such a regulation catch put down.... Wow Rohit.. Njoy your day...

  • ImpartialExpert on January 28, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Indian batting inadequacies have been exposed quite clearly by NZ. It's different against SA. They were totally unplayable. Here by just working on the weaknesses NZ have been able to keep the batsmen quite. But I do not think our coaching staff is smart enough to design a set of proper net sessions that can help them.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Gud move..drop jadeja,ashwin .get yuvi back n mishra/ojha,gambhir n sewagh should get a chance too..dhoni should've up the order..!!

  • ImpartialExpert on January 28, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Dhawan and Rahane should have been opening today if they wanted to change the opening partnership. Dhawan is being put under too much pressure by Rohit. But I think Dhawan has to sort out his pull shot. He has been giving chances with his pull shot ever since he started second ODI stint. Looks like the opponents are able to take them now.

  • Greatest_Game on January 28, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Hey Nampally - hope you are following the match. I guess you noticed that the "prolific ODI bat," Dhawan, has been dropped, no doubt because he has been a prolific ODI failure since the Saffas found him out. Vitrat Kohli, who does NOT have the highest ODI average - he lies below Ten Doeschate & Hashim Amla - was NOT dropped. Yes, Neesham held the catch, Southee claimed the early wicket, and Kohli went for a mere 2 runs, driving his batting average further down. He will be down below Bailey & Amla in the rankings soon what with his second failure in a row.

    I was also wondering if you know that Ashwin & Jadega are not, as you posted after the preview report, tyne ton ranked ODI spinners. Narine and Herath are.

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Instead of Dhawan, Rohit should have been dropped. He is too slow for ODIs and puts a lot of pressure on other batsmen.

  • ImpartialExpert on January 28, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    Dhoni is not a great tactician. Not even a good one. That's where he needs the help of the coaching and managing staff. I am not sure they are doing a great job. Kirsten did a great job during his time. The tactics were so great that it fooled me into thinking Dhoni is a tactician. Either give captaincy to somebody else or change the coaching staff

  • Rahul17_1983 on January 28, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    worst team selection. Atleast shuld have opened with Rahane and kept Kohli at 3..

  • Temuzin on January 28, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Boy, why nohit sharma is getting so much cjances? He puts so much pressure on other batsmen from his slow scoring and body language. 17 balls for 3 runs, what is he playing? test cricket.

  • Noni on January 28, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    Finally...Raina out. Still not able to believe. Already checked few times to make sure. Dropped Dhawan after 9 innings and Raina after 90 innings (at least looks like). Could have played one more batsman at the cost of a bowler.

  • menonsuraj on January 28, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    As i thought, nohit sharmas dot balls add pressure on kohli and he did perish

  • IndCricFan2013 on January 28, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Bring Pujara to open or Vijay to Open if Dhawan is not doing good. or even Rahane, worst case Ashwin too. SAVE KOHLI. Do not try and make him Sachin. Ok, give him one more chance before giving him

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Why Dhoni didn't open with Rahane ? Who is an opener...Instead of ruining his best No 3 batsman Kholi... doesn't make any sense

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    so three allrounders in binny, jadeja and ashwin.. now where are the specialists?

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    At least some changes but still cannot say we will win

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Good decision. Both players are aggressive and good at finishing innings. Binny can double up as a bowler.

  • IndCricFan2013 on January 28, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Poor Amit Mishra, When it looked like Ashwin or Jadeja is going to be dropped, they bowled well and scored 50's. So, Kohli experiment fails.

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Rahane ... you are next in the firing line... Raina does not have to wait for more than a match.....

    be careful.. good luck

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    What a bad decision by newzeland they Hv rested their best player in a must win match. Now i think this series will be drawn

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Two mishits and a LBW shout on the back leg... Rohit started setting things on fire..

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Hopefully rohit scores a ton.. and joins Dhawan with 5 centuries........only he has taken 100+ ODIs to get there.....

    I guess he must have scored more runs at a better strike rate than dhawan in the recent past to edge him into the final X1

  • menonsuraj on January 28, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Not a bad one ! At least we could know whats in the stock now . They fail or not doesnt have to feel bad as it only does good to know the strength nd weakness . Dhoni finally hearing something from the mass. Sad to see rohit gonna fail again , who should have been a must exclusion.

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    have a bad feeling about this....could be Rohit's one off to cement his place for the next two years.....

    He somehow (??) made it ahead of Dhawan.... and we all know how...

  • Longmemory on January 28, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    I hope Raina and Dhawan have actually been dropped. I am expecting a news release any moment saying the former has not fully recovered from an earlier injury and the latter is indisposed - or some such rubbish like that. Indians never drop players - only catches.

  • Longmemory on January 28, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    I hope Raina and Dhawan have actually been dropped. I am expecting a news release any moment saying the former has not fully recovered from an earlier injury and the latter is indisposed - or some such rubbish like that. Indians never drop players - only catches.

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    have a bad feeling about this....could be Rohit's one off to cement his place for the next two years.....

    He somehow (??) made it ahead of Dhawan.... and we all know how...

  • menonsuraj on January 28, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Not a bad one ! At least we could know whats in the stock now . They fail or not doesnt have to feel bad as it only does good to know the strength nd weakness . Dhoni finally hearing something from the mass. Sad to see rohit gonna fail again , who should have been a must exclusion.

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Hopefully rohit scores a ton.. and joins Dhawan with 5 centuries........only he has taken 100+ ODIs to get there.....

    I guess he must have scored more runs at a better strike rate than dhawan in the recent past to edge him into the final X1

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Two mishits and a LBW shout on the back leg... Rohit started setting things on fire..

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    What a bad decision by newzeland they Hv rested their best player in a must win match. Now i think this series will be drawn

  • bhushanB on January 28, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Rahane ... you are next in the firing line... Raina does not have to wait for more than a match.....

    be careful.. good luck

  • IndCricFan2013 on January 28, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Poor Amit Mishra, When it looked like Ashwin or Jadeja is going to be dropped, they bowled well and scored 50's. So, Kohli experiment fails.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Good decision. Both players are aggressive and good at finishing innings. Binny can double up as a bowler.

  • on January 28, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    At least some changes but still cannot say we will win