New Zealand v India, 5th ODI, Wellington January 30, 2014

New Zealand seek to deny India that winning feeling

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Match facts

Friday, January 31, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0100 GMT)

Big Picture

The series is gone, the No. 1 ranking too for now, but how are we doing with the memory of winning a match? India need to be reminded of that feeling.

Their long sojourn away from Asia began with the tour of South Africa in December and now halfway through the New Zealand tour, they are yet to win a match. They must be reaching a stage where they start to doubt themselves and everything around them. When they are reminded of their previous long trips outside Asia. Especially worrisome will be that except for the Wanderers Test they have never really been ahead in a contest despite whatever encouragement they can draw from the rearguards that ran New Zealand close in three ODIs.

This might be a dead rubber, but India need to reassure themselves they can win before they go into the Test series. That this is not the same nightmare of 2011 playing itself out again. Somehow, through individual brilliance or through dogged teamwork, India need to win a match. New Zealand need to do everything within their powers to convince India that they are indeed back on the treadmill of defeat. They will not want to be very generous with resting players. They will want to maintain that psychological hold over Indian bowlers, they will want to keep denying the Indian batsmen easy runs, and with that any confidence going into the Tests.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

New Zealand WTWWL
India LTLLL

In the spotlight

Kane Williamson has been beating India at their own game. He is superb against spin, he is never hurried, he clams the whole innings down, he doesn't take undue risks, and has been setting up solid platforms for the hitters to go big. Actually he has spoilt the big hitters with his accuracy: if he scores 50 or more in Wellington, he will share the second-longest streak of fifties for New Zealand with Roger Twose and Martin Guptill, and will be only one behind Andrew Jones.

MS Dhoni is one run short of 8,000 ODI runs, and will be the fastest to that mark for batsmen who bat so low down the order. Amid all the chaos around him - the ordinary bowling, the struggling batting - Dhoni has displayed a Williamson-like consistency scoring 40, 56, 50 and 79 not out. Can he conjure something to take his side one step ahead and actually register a win?

Teams news

New Zealand have called up uncapped Canterbury quick Matt Henry, who took a first-class five-for last week. There might be a few bowlers with niggles, but Nathan McCullum also said they were pretty keen to "nail the series 4-0", so don't expect changes just for the sake of it. Tim Southee is likely to be rested, meaning that Hamish Bennett will keep continue to keep his place in the team.

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

India, averse to change for so long, suddenly pulled two out of the bag, which unsettled the batting line-up a little. However, Dhoni later said that Virat Kohli at the top of the innings was probably a one-off, and that Ajinkya Rahane was not going to open in ODIs. This might mean a return for Shikhar Dhawan. India might also look to give Ishant Sharma a go in order to get him into rhythm before the Tests.

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

Stats and trivia

  • Since the introduction of the new field restrictions in October 2012, India have conceded 300 or more 11 times, five more than Australia who are second on the list.
  • Over the same period, Australia have scored 300 or more 10 times; India have managed eight such scores.
  • Of the 60 wickets that have fallen in this series, only one - Guptill in Hamilton - has been lbw.
  • Expect a lot of orange shirts: Tui has extended its "catch a million" to the first two people - it used to be one - in the crowd who catch a six one-handed. This is also the last chance to "catch a million" in this New Zealand summer.

Quotes

"It would be lovely. When we set out for this series, just a win would have been fantastic, but the way we have played in this series, to be as consistent as we have been, 4-0 will be a fantastic result."
Nathan McCullum says New Zealand have eyes set on extending India's winless streak

"I don't think there is a big difference in what the sides are doing. It is about small things. We are making little errors. It is just that we panic a bit, and we have to reduce that percentage. I don't think there is any major problem why we are not clicking in batting and bowling."
Ravindra Jadeja wants his team-mates to do the little things right

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Al_Bundy1 on January 31, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    We have already lost the ODI series, so there's no harm in giving a chance to Ishwar Pandey and Amit Mishra. We are losing anyway !!

    Seriously, we need good pace bowlers and wicket taking spinners. Ashwin is a complete waste as a spinner. He has taken 1 wicket in last 7 ODI. On top of that he is a lousy fielder. Why can't we try Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool, Iqbal Abdulla, etc.??

    As for pacers - Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Singh and Anureet Singh have been doing well for past few Ranji seasons. Why not try them instead of the same old Ishant Sharma, Unadkat, and Vinay Kumar??

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on January 30, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    India will try to turn the every stone and have to do that , but indian bowling attack is near the zero power. Dhoni and his home-made team has only batting strentgh so lets see......

  • on January 30, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    The Kids should know what is waiting for them outside India. However I rue the decision of the board - not to take player's like Shehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Yuvraj to keep them in the mix. At least 4 -5 players should be experienced in the bunch, to make it a balanced combination. My take -

    Openers - Sehwag - Gambhir - Shikhar - Cheteshwar ( Two of them) One / Two / Three - Kohli - Ajinkay - Rohit - Raidu - Raina ( any three) Captain - Dhoni All rounder - Binny or Bhatia or Yuvraj ( any one) Spinners - Jaddu - Ashwin - Amit - Harbhajan ( any one or two depending on pitch) Fast Bowlers - Shammi - Zaheer - Irfan - Aaron - Umesh ( any two or three depending on pitch)

  • Karthik78 on January 30, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Good team will learn even from winning. This is where, India missed. When India was continuously winning in ODIs, they should have tried different combination (at least from Bowling area). Instead they stick with same combination and now once they are not able to perform, new players are also struggling in International games! Even in our winning games, our bowlers never performed, but they were hiding in the performances of our batsmen!

  • on January 30, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    We will win ( www) this one. India is very hungry to win and will want to show why it used to be the # 1 side in the world. NZ will be stunned today.

  • zn264 on January 30, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    PFFFFTTTT what a joke, after the thousands of comments from Indian fans before this tour I thought were we going to see a white wash right? I mean you were telling us how poor our batting and bowling line up was...now it's all India's fault and most of you can't even say we're the better side. Anyway, let's hope NZ can take some of this form into the Test Series, which will be a whole nother battle! I Love India coming to our shores, but some of the fans need a reality check!

  • Navraj1967 on January 30, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    I can't understand strategy of Sir MS Dhoni. Why he has to make two changes at once. Even if he had too then Why he changed the batting order for Virat. When he knew only Virat Kohli is performing right now. And also When Captain can't decide when to bat or bowl first. He shouldn't be Captain anymore. Why he is always blaming bowlers for not performing???????? When you choose your bowler don't you sit with the board and recommend who and why do you wan't???? Then why to blame others. When you can't make right choice. 5 and 5 will never work for any team. What happened to Irfan and Yuvraj ??? I am very positive it would have huge difference in our team.

  • Coolcapricorn on January 30, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    It would be ridiculous if the bench strength is not fully tested in a dead rubber match by the likes of Mishra, Pandey etc not chosen for this last match of this series. Great MSD tried some new options & tactics in the previous match and so such experiments should continue in this final match. I think Mishra has been very unlucky in not being chosen for team so far, maybe because his batting is not as good as Ashwin or Jadeja's but I believe he will take more wickets than them. Picking spinners to mainly contain the opposition hasn't worked both in SA & NZ - so Mishra deserves a chance to show if he can be more effective by taking wickets. Hope Rahane & Rohit swap batting positions & Kohli goes back to his No. 3 slot.

  • on January 30, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    India with Zero victories out of Six overseas ODI and 9 losses out of 10 in overseas Test matches still has the same arrogant and conceited attitude. They are just admirable.

  • Underbelly83 on January 30, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Come on NZ! Crush them! I hope Jesse Ryder puts on a good show with his bat!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 31, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    We have already lost the ODI series, so there's no harm in giving a chance to Ishwar Pandey and Amit Mishra. We are losing anyway !!

    Seriously, we need good pace bowlers and wicket taking spinners. Ashwin is a complete waste as a spinner. He has taken 1 wicket in last 7 ODI. On top of that he is a lousy fielder. Why can't we try Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool, Iqbal Abdulla, etc.??

    As for pacers - Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Singh and Anureet Singh have been doing well for past few Ranji seasons. Why not try them instead of the same old Ishant Sharma, Unadkat, and Vinay Kumar??

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on January 30, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    India will try to turn the every stone and have to do that , but indian bowling attack is near the zero power. Dhoni and his home-made team has only batting strentgh so lets see......

  • on January 30, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    The Kids should know what is waiting for them outside India. However I rue the decision of the board - not to take player's like Shehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Yuvraj to keep them in the mix. At least 4 -5 players should be experienced in the bunch, to make it a balanced combination. My take -

    Openers - Sehwag - Gambhir - Shikhar - Cheteshwar ( Two of them) One / Two / Three - Kohli - Ajinkay - Rohit - Raidu - Raina ( any three) Captain - Dhoni All rounder - Binny or Bhatia or Yuvraj ( any one) Spinners - Jaddu - Ashwin - Amit - Harbhajan ( any one or two depending on pitch) Fast Bowlers - Shammi - Zaheer - Irfan - Aaron - Umesh ( any two or three depending on pitch)

  • Karthik78 on January 30, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Good team will learn even from winning. This is where, India missed. When India was continuously winning in ODIs, they should have tried different combination (at least from Bowling area). Instead they stick with same combination and now once they are not able to perform, new players are also struggling in International games! Even in our winning games, our bowlers never performed, but they were hiding in the performances of our batsmen!

  • on January 30, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    We will win ( www) this one. India is very hungry to win and will want to show why it used to be the # 1 side in the world. NZ will be stunned today.

  • zn264 on January 30, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    PFFFFTTTT what a joke, after the thousands of comments from Indian fans before this tour I thought were we going to see a white wash right? I mean you were telling us how poor our batting and bowling line up was...now it's all India's fault and most of you can't even say we're the better side. Anyway, let's hope NZ can take some of this form into the Test Series, which will be a whole nother battle! I Love India coming to our shores, but some of the fans need a reality check!

  • Navraj1967 on January 30, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    I can't understand strategy of Sir MS Dhoni. Why he has to make two changes at once. Even if he had too then Why he changed the batting order for Virat. When he knew only Virat Kohli is performing right now. And also When Captain can't decide when to bat or bowl first. He shouldn't be Captain anymore. Why he is always blaming bowlers for not performing???????? When you choose your bowler don't you sit with the board and recommend who and why do you wan't???? Then why to blame others. When you can't make right choice. 5 and 5 will never work for any team. What happened to Irfan and Yuvraj ??? I am very positive it would have huge difference in our team.

  • Coolcapricorn on January 30, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    It would be ridiculous if the bench strength is not fully tested in a dead rubber match by the likes of Mishra, Pandey etc not chosen for this last match of this series. Great MSD tried some new options & tactics in the previous match and so such experiments should continue in this final match. I think Mishra has been very unlucky in not being chosen for team so far, maybe because his batting is not as good as Ashwin or Jadeja's but I believe he will take more wickets than them. Picking spinners to mainly contain the opposition hasn't worked both in SA & NZ - so Mishra deserves a chance to show if he can be more effective by taking wickets. Hope Rahane & Rohit swap batting positions & Kohli goes back to his No. 3 slot.

  • on January 30, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    India with Zero victories out of Six overseas ODI and 9 losses out of 10 in overseas Test matches still has the same arrogant and conceited attitude. They are just admirable.

  • Underbelly83 on January 30, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Come on NZ! Crush them! I hope Jesse Ryder puts on a good show with his bat!

  • Haiderpakawsome on January 30, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Ind can only expect another loss with lack of quality bowling. For sure it is going to be 4-0. Hope during the final presentation Dhoni would give credit to the quality of cricket NZ have displayed rather than finding excuses for the loss.

  • on January 30, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    I hope Matt Henry does get a look in for this game, very exciting prospect - a new Mills with slightly more pace? Can't believe the amount of depth we suddenly have developed in the last year or so, this has been brilliant to see.

  • jiten27 on January 30, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    pujara and kartik should have been team, also v zol u/ 19 years should be try out, , all bowlers r good , selectors should try those players before world cup. thoese players should have chance on bouncy wicket.

  • on January 30, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    i am sorry to indian cricket fans but ind have world worst bowling attack that is way india will never win any series outside asia and today they wil face defeat again and comparison of ind winning record with Pak Pakistan is far better team than india. india have lollypop bowlers.

  • on January 30, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    So whats the difference between Ban, WI and India. Of course BCCI is the strongest among the three. Other than that Dhoni with recognition three big cups, Kohli masterclass. Nothing much to say.

  • F.Hashimi on January 30, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    So New Zealand is trying to white wash one of the big three!! oh wait!! the empires gifted one to India.

  • PMadhavarao on January 30, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    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.

  • Greatest_Game on January 30, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    If NZ field a full strength team, and don't muck around with the bating order, it is difficult to see how India can win barring New Zealand collapsing. India can't deal with the NZ bowling, and India's bowling is cannon fodder for the Kiwi batsmen. India's fielding is good though.

  • pitch_curator on January 30, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    I think what is hurting India big time is the two new balls and 4 fielders outside the circle. This keeps out the spinners while bowling and gives the opposition bowlers new ball effectively till the 30th over to keep bowling the two quick short balls in an over. It also cuts out reverse swing which is the only decent thing Indian fast bowlers can do. It gives non-sub continental teams an undue advantage both in batting (the ball hardly spins) and bowling (part time seamers are also much much better than part time spinners with these rules). India needs to adjust game plan quickly. 2 Full time spinners wont work and we need Pujara at the top for solidity.

  • sixesandfours on January 30, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Bring Shikhar and Ishwar Pandey into team - Give rest to B.Kumar - he is having no swing now a days with not much physical stamina and he is very much predictable with pace around 120K, he should be sit out. India should not panic and good results will come with every learning from failures. Improve bowling as per fielding plans and Virat must stepup as Vice-Captain to stand at mid off and work with bowlers to continue to talk and encourage. Best wishes to build a strong bowling and batting team. God Bless you India Cricketers!!!

  • abeymathew on January 30, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    anyway these team or not doing good now.. we lost the series also. so this is the time to make some experiment. i think jadeja can play big innings if he came up the order. so dhoni dont want rahane to open the innings, and kohli at no. 3, then y not jadeja.. jadeja, rohit, kohli, rahane, dhoni, binny, aswin, bhuvi, shami, varun, panday see.. now we have 7 bowlers and 6 batsmen plus aswin.

  • rparmar on January 30, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    we need fast bowlers to bowl a consistent line and length for five overs each; and that is to the field and see how they will improve; that is the problem; that should be the test before selecting them in EACH match! They are bad compare to NZ fast bowlers; too bad for internationals; and slow interms of speed;

  • ProdigyA on January 30, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Batting- Dhawan, Rohit (sorry played well last match), Kohli, Rahane, Rayudu, Dhoni.

    Bowling: Jadeja, Shami, Bhuvi, Varun, Pandey.

    In - Dhawan (it was unfair to drop him, needs few more chances along with Rahane and Varun), Pandey and Mishra (everybody has been tested, they need to be tested too.)

    Out: Ashwin, Binny (I have no idea why is he in the squad at all).

    If Dhoni's love for Ashwin forces him to be in the team, then have him open by dropping Dhawan or Rohit.

    I dont know why Rohit is not allowed to bowl.

  • amilag on January 30, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Tour starts with Mr.Dhoni sayin "we should not take NZ lightly"..

    It ends with Brendon saying " weshould not take India lightly".. Ha..ha..ha..

    This sum up the series...

  • ProdigyA on January 30, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Ishwar Pandey must be given a chance in place of Binny, and see how he does. Also give Ashwin a break and five Mishra a chance.

  • TRAM on January 30, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    India must keep trying new medium pace bowlers before WC2015. Winning/losing does not matter. If SBinny does not play another game it would be a proof of Dhoni's open arrogance. Binny might have entered because of influence. But that does not mean he can be treated like this - name-sake entrance and no real opportunities. More so for Pandey who should have played in the first place instead of Binny. He can now come in place of Ashwin. Call it "Ashwin rested", if you want.

  • on January 30, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    the 5th Odi line up shld be Dhawan Rohit Kohli Rahane Dhoni Jadeja Mishra Bhuvaneshwar Binny Shami Aaron ..if they need to win the last odi

  • ICKY on January 30, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    India will soon win a match when they go back at home. They are Lions at home and lamb abroad. So are NZ , Aus and England. No wonder all 4 are supporting a system where you can choose to play at home as long as you want and improve your ranking. India has been number one due to home games, and they are going it to make it legal with proposal of Greedy 3 to hijack Cricket.

  • Sahil1361 on January 30, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Dhoni should bring back Zaheer, Gambhir and Sehwag Until the world cup . India team need experienced players plus young fellas can learn from them too. Also It will give a decent chance to the boys to retire with pride after they have contributed over the years. I feel sorry for them, We are not Australia, We are Indians.

  • cjscanada on January 30, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    The way the Kiwi's bowled to our star players including Dhoni was certainly to a plan. Although Dhoni and kohli to a certain extent did play well, they did not allow them to play their natural game. Part of the reason is the openers. There should be a plan for one to be aggressive, whilst the other is circumspect. Innovations are required. Whilst Dhawan has not been able to adapt, Rohit has become too defensive, creating pressure for the other players. He certainly is an enigma, as the talent is there but mental frame of mind is not. So when do we decide to do away is another problem. Do we have the players to replace him? With Dhoni's emphasis of giving a long run leading to the World cup, will return to haunt him. Instead give youngsters a chance. Right now it appears that players are trying to stay in the team rather than play the situation. The bowlers do not have any plans, as they look immature, bowling short. Hope Mishra gets a chance. Its the last game so might as well.

  • on January 30, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    I am happy to see Jadeja's name in everyone's eleven. Four years back, I had seen him batting with 30 runs average and picking 2 wickets per match. That time itself, I could see a good allrounder in him and time proved that he is world class. People still doubt his batting credentials in test. He has played just 6 tests in his career and too batting at 7. He will score big in future if promoted in the order. People should understand onething that if he had born in UK or AUS or Nz, he would have been in their teams. India is full of flat track bullies batsmen n that why he bats at 7 or 8 still. The moment India tours abroad, those flat track bullies fail n show real colors. It is time to drop such n support hard working players like Jadeja who can bat, bowl n field n throws their body all over the field.

  • ozzystyle on January 30, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Let the teams do the talking...not the boards....you know what I mean. Go NZ!

  • KrikIndFan on January 30, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    The way Dhoni & Kohli have batted is outstanding. With the likes of some previous Aus batsman, there aren't many batsman who can bat in any part of the world the way these two does. Jadeja has shown what he's capable of inspite of all the hate he's been getting. Ashwin has the fighting spirit in him. India has always been one of the best batting line up in the world and they have successfully maintained that for quite a while. Only thing all fans are afraid of is the bowling, if we click in our bowling dept, this last match will be won easily. Best of luck India

  • Biggus on January 30, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    @DJRNZ:- Indian teams have traditionally been like schoolboy teams in the respect that EVERYBODY wants to bat, a few want to bowl, and NOBODY wants to field anywhere but the slips. Some of the younger players like Kohli are changing these tendencies but many are still old-school unenthusiastic fielders with all the athleticism of a potato, Ashwin being a prime example atm. Things have improved though, back in the '70s the whole team was like that but so were many players in other teams as well. What is true is that Indian players are taking a long time to become fully professional fielders, many still reluctant to do the little unglamorous things and the hard training required to be able to sustain top class fielding in a game situation.

  • AMIT_KUMAR3392 on January 30, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    "As Fast Bowlers Stock is not impeccable, so Dhoni should look Ishwar Pandey to try him before the tests and also for the world cup next year. He looks Promising in Ranji Trophy. Dhoni should speak to their bowlers and try to boost their confidence. BCCI should concentrate more on developing fast bowlers more than in making money or on ICC revenue Share"

  • ThilankaK on January 30, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Begining of the series dhoni said that they're having settle side ! NOW WHAT ???

  • on January 30, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Hello Friends,

    We all know it is very bad phase in indian cricket team.. but they still got time to build the morale and confidence.

    1) We can not replace any players with Sachin and Rahuls place..the only sign we can see in Pujara.. he is good bet in one day too.. Please selectors let him play for one days .. he will be wall our next wall.

    2) India need bowlers like srinath adn kapil.. he is the last bowler did good job .. we need someone like him.. at present no body is there.. everybody showing talent in some matches no consistency..we need someone bowl good length not short and bowl quick and straight to bat..

    3) Field setup is very bad.. they need to work on that.

    4) Please bring exp opener back , we need this very badly.. atleast we need Ghambir back.

    5) It is good sign Jadeja showed his real strength ..pls carry this until Wcup.

    Please consider Ghambir & Pujara to open, Dhawan, kholi,sbinny,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin/mishra,shami,yadav/padey,aron/kumar

    Dhoni pls try this team

  • JustIPL on January 30, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Khoni should try pujara and mishra to silence few of his critics. Surprised to see some fans on the forum still willing to go with the likes of Gambhir etc. In the fourth ODI he experimented to set a target despite winning the toss and shuffled the top order a bit. It was a good idea to be able to win both chasing and setting a target. I will suggest him to continue with setting a target despite coming closer in all the three previous ODIs while chasing.

  • alesana85 on January 30, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    The way Indian fans were talking up their team before the tour began I was expecting the All Blacks of cricket, maybe I shouldn't be so gullible. Interesting to see if NZ can close the series out, hope we get a full game it's overcast in Wellington this morning.

  • bhushanB on January 30, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Time to see the reserve strength....worst case scenario.. they will just lose.. just like the "all settled team"...If you see.. there are not that many options in the batting reserves...

    Dhawan.... Rohit (lack of options).... Kohli.... Rahane.... Raina.... Rayudu (Wk).... Binny.... Mishra.... Pandey.... Umesh.... Aaron....

  • gauravm5 on January 30, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Dhoni has shown his stubbornness by sticking with Ishant Sharma, selectors have also shown their stubbornness by excluding Zaheer from ODIs & BCCI has been showing their stubbornness by continuing with Duncan Fletcher. God plz save Indian cricket.

  • bhushanB on January 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    series is lost and dusted.... try all the reserves now....

  • on January 30, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    India should only visit Zim, Scot, Ire, and Caniya or they might play home series just. Indian batsmens are so poor to play in Eng, A US, SA, NZ . there is no baller in their team who got class. it's very easy to win playing in own country but scenario will be difficult to play out...

  • on January 30, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    india will win the match definitely........

  • Nampally on January 30, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    It appears that only guy who has shown responsibility & discipline in the Indian team is Dhoni in batting. He has scored consistently in all 4 matches while Kohli & Rahane's obsession for hitting the short pitch ball got the better of them twice. Dhoni played so well in the ODI 4 that had he come earlier in the batting he would have got another 50 runs. This sort of discipline is needed in batsmen & the bowlers before India start to win again. India has talent & ability. If India shows some responsibility & discipline as shown by NZ batsmen & bowlers, India is bound to win. I expected a country with such yogic background can also show some control as Dhoni demonstrated in ODI 4 in batting or Jadeja showed in both batting & bowling. These are the huge pluses which India need to carry to the XI guys. There is no point in keep on blaming new guys or pulling yourselves down when it is a team lacking in discipline of NZ side. No wonder Williamson & Taylor are scoring & their bowlers too.

  • DJRNZ on January 30, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Nothing against Indian cricket and am a fan of a few of their players but this really is the most over-rated team I have seen in a very long time. Did very well to win the last Champions trophy but aside from that are terrible overseas. I remember growing up watching Indian teams in NZ and thinking this and wondering why they didn't seem to make much effort in the field, was like they didn't want to get their knees dirty or mess up their hair.I remember thinking they thought they were on par with movie stars. Guess many of them might be in India and that gets to their heads.

  • Andy_D on January 30, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    "India might also look to give Ishant Sharma a go in order to get him into rhythm before the Tests." It will be absolutely discouraging for other bowler if Ishant is given one more opportunity. He got more than enough chance and couldn't prove his worth. India has nothing to lose now with the series and no 1 status gone. So, give chance to new lads!! But no Ishant Sharma - infact he should be part of team as well.

  • Test_Real_Cricket on January 30, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Get the bench tested using the rubber. Rest DHONI. Train bowlers don't blame, not good 4 a good captain.

  • on January 30, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Well played NZ..you deserve all the praise in the world.

  • on January 30, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    its time to give chance to gautam gambir and shewage back in team

  • SL_rockz on January 30, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    India is in loosing streak and will loose this match ..So if they loose this 8 losses in a row i guess... Shows the quality of number one side.. :)... Loosing 7 in a row means there is nothing good in the existing line up as a combination.. This is a team work..11 has to be perfectly matched to perform...So this combination is a waste of time...Raina is a waste investment...Shami is not learning and batsmen learned to bat at him. So he better start to learn them and come.... Sharma's are also not doing well but i guess ishant is good with compared to aron and shami... Dhawan's short career seems to be deflating and if he does not put up a show tomorrow it will end sooner than he anticipated...

  • on January 30, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Anyway, the whole series (and more) is lost. Why not we experiment with three spinners & two (any two, it doesn't seem to make any difference) pacers? The spinners are the only ones who is making any impact, if at all. I am including Ashwin, not because he is having any impact in bowling (proved inferior to Jadeja); but partly for his batting, and mostly from the feeling that Dhoni will never drop him.

    It is stupid to use Rayudu for BOWLING. Even his domestic teams use him only for batting, and if necessary for wicket keeping. Rarely for bowling. Using him as a bowler in internationals does not make any sense to me.

  • Raja.sh on January 30, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    There is need more changes from indian side.. Gave more chances for rahane in one day but he failed to score runs same in rohit he can bat well once in a decade last two series plus last two one day against west indies his high score is not cross 40. last match he scored 79 bcoz of dropped by 16. dhoni atlast removed dhawan and raina but he not interest to drop rohit bcoz he is a friend of him. He is the only cricketer to got more chances than anyone. Look at Viru,gambhir,dravid,ganguly,laxman and all if they not score runs for 5 to 8 innings they dropped. but in rohit case it not happen y??? Westindies (2innings) southafrica (2odi innings) 4test innings, then in nz 3innings so overall 11innings. Last innings also by luck if they not drop means it continue into 12innings but still he is in team.. Wat a tragedy..

  • drpramit on January 30, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Well after loosing series we dont have much to expect from India, but what we expect here is to give chance to those who are simply warming benches like Amit mishra, stuart binny , raydu & rahane should be given another chance & dhawan needs to bat again at top for test match point of view.

  • Sagarneel on January 30, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    I think it's high time that Dhoni and his team-mates start giving the respect that their opposition deserves. Instead of re-iterating cliches, let them just say that NZ played better than them.

  • on January 30, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Tim Southee will Play he will not be rested and Matt Henry will play in Place of Hamish Bennett. One change for team India. Ishant Sharma will replace Varun Aaron. It's Official.

  • on January 30, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @ Nampally No LBW's & So No Mishra. He would fail for sure. Instead indian bowlers should attack rather defend boundaries. Bowl out B.Kumar in first 30 overs. Bring ishwar, Play 4 Quciks. Drop Ashwin for this ODI. Play Rohit and Rahane at Top. Raina at 1 down. Play Virat and Dhoni at 2 & 3 Down. Play Binny insted of Raydu.... Rohit, Rahane, Raina, Virat, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, B.Kumar, Aron,Shami & Pandey. Binny should just slog their Medium Pacers. Virat is the ideal Option to replace Yuvaraj not Rahane/Raydu or Raina.

  • silentassassin_88 on January 30, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    This Indian squad has some talent, but they need to step up and perform. Right since the SA ODIs, the players seem to be more worried about their place in the team, rather than putting a combined show, like they did in Champions trophy in Eng. Players seem to be completely out of sync with each other. I don't expect a sudden turnaround. But it is still possible. All it takes is an inspired performance by a batsmen or a bowler to win. This is where we miss the likes Sachin/Dravid/kumble. Even when the team is down, these guys will never go down without showing up some fight and it keeps the team going. I have never seen any Indian ODI team without winning 7 matches in succession.

    Pujara and Mishra should be given more chances. Pujara can anchor the innings like Dravid and hold one end and Mishra can bring variation in spin. Its not a bad idea to play 3 spinners (Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra) and two pacers since Jadeja and ashwin can bat and they can compensate for a specialist batsmen.

  • sixesandfours on January 30, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Dhoni - Do not worry about the losses, learn from the mistakes and weeknesses. Try to give opportunities to the Bench as Australia gave the opportunities to youngsters bench and even losses they are now gettign to Number 1 team. Give a Chance to Pandey and Umesh chances in ODIs and tests. Give break to Bhuvi as he is fading away with his physical strength and Shami (too much expected of him and becoming weary of tiredness and over complacency). Give some chances to Binny and Rayudu.

    Dhawan, Rohit, kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Raina/Rayudu, Jadeja, Ashwin/Binny, Pandey, Shami/Binny, Ishant/Bhuvi

  • Nampally on January 30, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Dhoni's experimentation proved disastrous in ODI 4. So he may as well go back to his conventional line up. Having failed to make any impact with the pacers, I thought he would take his chances with Mishra, the leg spinner in the line up. Jadeja & Ashwin bowled steadily & economically but failed to take wkts. Mishra is risky but he is capable of taking wkts, if the pitch is conducive to spin. He bowled well in IPL too. With Shami & Aaron bowling just 14 overs between them @ over 7 runs/over, Mishra cannot be any worse. Binny is no better than these pacers but could be worse at his gentle 125 KPH. So India can go with 3 spinners + 3 pacers + Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Mishra +3 Pacers. Using Mishra will mean they are trying to take wkts. by showing NZ batsmen a new bowler of different type. Ideally, Pujara should have been in the line up to give credibility & stability to its batting. Instead of same old stuff, change the strategy & take a risk to Win!

  • Lion83 on January 30, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    India lost all the games in AUSTRALIA & ENGLAND now In South africa and New Zealand , any one can understand their weak record outside asia.

  • neanderthal on January 30, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Back in 2012 Dhoni said he already knew who will be playing in WC 2015 for India. It was clearly a stupid comment to make. What followed was unlimited chances given to plyers like Rohit, Ishant etc. I do not agree Rohit Sharma has been proven to be a good investment as scoring a couple of centuries after so many years of failure is not a sign of making amends.

    Now, the problem is we are in 2014 and Dhoni suddenly knows he has backed the wrong horses for Australia WC. Now there will be some hurried changes, may be none since there is so little time is left and may be some wrong choices will be sent to world cup. He will never learn to strategise or be a good captain when it comes to playing outside sub continent. All work done by previous captains like Gnguly, Dravid, Kumble wasted. Even Azhar never lost 8-0 ouside India. Horrible!!

  • on January 30, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    When you play test, ODI & T20 with same players this is what will happen. India should rotate their bowlers and few batsman even when they are performing well. No batsman or bowlers is going to be in form through out his career. If they have done that we would not have any injury worries as wells out of form worries. Basically our players are too much worried about their spot in the team. Apparently they concentrate only to get their form not the team winning. The only difference between India and NZ is the Anderson. Since he is not a established player, he goes all over the bowlers. India should test a all-rounder at 6 in every series. Pujara is a good player. If we keep him out of ODI it would be better for indian winning test matches. India should have a specific test side compared o ODI and T20. Rohit and Virat cannot play all the formats. May be we should try new players in ODI rather in T20 and test. Ideal option is to play two quicks and 1 spinner with 2 pace all-rounders.

  • Legend_tendulkar on January 30, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    I will not indulge in ludicrous activities like insulting international regardless of their performance but if things are working well then the smart thing to do is change a little bit.

    So for the English tour I reckon India's squad for Test and Odis should be: 1.Dhoni (c and wk), 2.Virat, 3.Pujra, 4.Rahane, 5.Manoj Tiwari, 6.Umukt Chand, 7.Dinesh Karthik/Parthiv Patel, 8.Shikhar Dhawan/Saurabh Tiwary/SanjuSamson, 9.Jadeja, 10.Harmeet Singh, 11.Piyush Chawla, 12.Praveen Kumar, 13.Munaf Patel, 14.Umesh Yadav, 15. Mohammed Shami, 16.Irfan Pathan.

    This squad in my humble opinion in much more promising than the one touring NZ. Not because the current team lack talent but because the above squad have players that have ability to learn quickly and also willing to work hard.

  • on January 30, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    This failure by both the openers surely will mean the return of Gambhir to the squad at least as a back up opener. The problem with our team is that it is filled with too many back up bowlers, who are no better than each other. We need to create a balance here. I expect better team selection for the Asia Cup. I know it might be a wild idea, but I suggest trying Rajat Bhatia as an all rounder for Asia cup.

  • Daniel_S on January 30, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Favourite part of this article - Dhoni showing "Williamson-like consistancy". Nice.

  • jerryman on January 30, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Hope NZ don't relax today and show their mettle with another victory. This is the only way India will make changes and start rebuilding . Believe now is the time for Dhoni to step down as captain in one of the formats . Think the ODI captaincy should be given to Kohli .. need for the younger players to learn the ropes and get the required experience . Kohli should learn to become more calmer and drop the arguing with umpire attitude. He has the flair for ODI ..

  • JustIPL on January 30, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    NZ should also give chance to few new faces against the world top team. If they play the same lineup and india secure a consolation win then they will look to carry the momentum into tests which NZ should not allow. It is a golden opportunity for NZ to unleash couple of players, preferably the faster bowlers to surprise india and build pressure for test series. It will keep india thinking of which combination to try for tests otherwise india will learn from the consolation win will establish some sort of winning combination.

  • MaXBroeder on January 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    The current Indian team, minus a few, lack the key elements of successful team - consistency and temperament. Once these two are achieved, they will be back to their winning ways. This requires a lot more coaching on two levels - mental preparedness and technique. If the coaching is there but they still fail, it is due to the proverbial slip between the cup and the lip i.e. their execution is lacking. Practice can only do so much, but execution should be the focus. The side is young and has the potential to be winners, but application to the task and execution is needed.

  • on January 30, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    For the last ODI india should play back their best XI so, they should call back raina who is getting starts and bring back dhawan. Dhawan needs to spend some time at the crease.. Ishwar pandey needs to be tried and shami should be given a break. Rahane is a class player in tests but when its comes to odi he looks very ordinary . 1.dhwan 2.rohit 3.kholi 4.rayudu 5,dhoni 6.raina 7.jaddu 8.ashwin 9.pandey 10.bhuvi 11.Umesh yadav

  • on January 30, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    I still can nit understand why is pujara considered a test prospect after juat two odi's even Msd himself dint click until the 9th or 10th had he been dropped india would have never had a great wicketkeeper like him. Give pujara a chamce for how long will they keep playing rahane he is indeed a test prospect plays slowly does not take too many risks upfront. If he is ever made to open for india when india is chasing 300 i bet he will do worst than Rohit sharma. Rohit sees off the bew ball quite nicely but then does not manage to stay on. One suggestion Get PUJARA in rahanae goes out. I am more than just sure pujara will do a million times better than rahanae. If you look at his test game he also sometimes tries to play quick to show the selectors he could be a good odi batsman if not t20. Ge deserves a chance. India will loose a big talent like him if they don't give him a chance.

  • palla.avinash on January 30, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Just drop rohit sharma for god sake his slow batting puts pressure on other batsmen and give chance to mishra and pandey and drop varun aaron. my team dhawan,rahane,kohli,rayudu,jedeja,dhoni,binny, mishra,ashwin/buvi,pandey,shami. choose 1 between buvi and ashwin. this is undoubtedly best team from the sqaud.

  • deepak.krishnamurthy on January 30, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    The Indian cricket team appears to be repeating history each time it tours abroad, namely not being able to win, or to even put up a good show. This time around, even though Rohit Sharma has shown good skills, it is surprising that a player of his talent can get so bogged down. This in turn affects the batsman at the other end, leading to a succession of maidens, leading to a flurry of rash shots to try and make up for the scoreless period. The bowlers also seem to lack the basic skills in differing conditions. Fair enough, this is a new-look side, but they had better get their act in order before they become a mockery in international cricket.

  • on January 30, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    My team for the next gameDhawan, Rahane, kohli, Rohit,Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Mishra Bhuvi Pandey.Shami

  • on January 30, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I don't know wrong with the selectors, Rohit is a big hitter don't try him in the opening splt bring back Gambhir we cannot forgot the contribution he made to the team in winning T20I and WC .put down Rohit in NO.4 or even in No.6 he is basically a finisher so he can do that well.In bowling department please give chances to the new guys rotate them. Please utilize the IPL bcci should tell the teams to give chances to new young bowlers who are doing good in domestic circuit instead of giving chances to overseas bowlers in the playing 11 to sell more tickets . IPL is not helping indian cricket we should use IPL to find new picks for our country but i dont thing happening now so please change that and give chances to our young bloods definitly you will get more seam options more than any country in the world.MY 11 1)shikar 2)gambhir 3)kholi 4)jadeja 5)dhoni 6) rohit 7)yuvi 8)binny/irfan/ashwin 9)shami 10)zaheer 11)buvi/aron/or any new picks please dont give chances ishant,vinay,rp

  • on January 30, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    kiwis are far more better than present Indian team.they don't have perfect openers neither do they have wicket taking bowlers.And kiwis deserve the win

  • on January 30, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    My team for the next ODI is Dhawan, Rahane, kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi, Pandey, Shammi.

  • gautam129 on January 30, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    i would like to say india team must be play 5th ODI with these player.... 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Stuart Binny, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar.. all the best team india

  • on January 30, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Gosh - if you look around, the only captain who complains about 2 new balls is Dhoni. Dhoni loves the ball to be old, so that he can control the pace of the game through the pace of the game. In fact, if someone offered him a ball that is 100 overs old to be used as the starting ball in an ODI, Dhoni might love it... Don't worry Dhoni, if you read the changes the BCCI has proposed, the technical committee will soon be headed by India and the 2 balls in ODIs will soon be gone.

  • on January 30, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Play any Indian player we still gonna loose this match to

  • Jube on January 30, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Can I understand why Rahane cannot open?? He is stable , has good technique, proven in several IPL games and can rotate strike .... Rahane at the top will also help make way for both Rayudu and Binny to play. Would also like to see Mishra and possibly Pandey too maybe in place of Ashwin and Shami/ Bhuvanesh

  • on January 30, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    prediction-India winning the last one. Reason-not only consolation such victories make people forget the defeats and all remains well with Indian cricket.

  • cricket_redemption on January 30, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    team india badly needs a specialist opener who has the capability to play short balls as well as death bowlerrrrr.

  • goldenpower on January 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Our team need changes in world cup, especially Bowling Dept. My Team- 1)Pujara 2) Ghambir 3)Kohli 4)Raydu 5) Rohit 6)Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Rishi Dhawan 9) Pankaj Singh 10)Amit Mishra 11) Shami 12) Pandey 13) Dinesh Karthik 14) Rasool 15) Binny

  • chapathishot on January 30, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    The Indian situation remindes me of backyard cricket with my brother.I was a better batsman than him but he was a better bowler than me .The problem was that he could get me out even if I score a lot but I could never get him out unless he had some lapse in concentration.Same here as Indians are better batsmen than kiwis but their bowler are able to get them out.But our bowlers are not able to get them out.Indian team dont have a wicket taking bowler.

  • on January 30, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    My Squad For the 5th odi

    Rohit Dhawan kohli Rahane Raina Binny Dhoni Jadeja Mishra Bhuvi Pandey

  • on January 30, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    my playing 11 rohit, rahane,kohli,rayudu,rains,bunny,doni,mishra, I pandey, Aaron,sami

  • on January 30, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Why rishi dhawan who is highest wicket taker in this season and even succeed as batsman in tough seeming condition deny the chance and binny comes in with his poor run in domestic cricket.. India lacks a good cricket camp and a good bowling coach. Dhoni doesn't know how to set field for each bowler in different wickets. Opening bowlers must be accurate bowler like shammi must bowl later. Pankaj shing is bowler who has shown his temperament even in bating pitches.. Arron back from injury played only 2 domestic game was selected is something ridiculous.

  • True_Indian_Raj on January 30, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    My Team would be: U.Chand/Sehwag/Rohith; Rahane; Virat; Pujara/Rayudu; Dhoni; Dhawan/Raina; Binny/Irfan; Jadeja/Ashwin; Shami; Bhuvi/I.Pandey/Vinay kumar; Unadkat/Umesh yadav

  • Waves239 on January 30, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    I am ardent cricket fan from India. First of all congrats to NZ for winning the ODI series so convincingly. Team composition along with reserve bench suddenly looks solid for a team looking for consistency. I hope Anderson and Neesham can emulate what Cairns and Harris have done. Kane is my pick of the players in this series!

    Coming to India, certainly everything looks wrong. I wonder whether main eleven bunch do know their individual purpose. Why is Ashwin in the team? Certainly not as a lead spinner anymore. If team management believes in his batting skills make space for Mishra/Ojha in removing other batsman.

    Seems Bhuvi enjoyed his first season in international cricket and now been worked out. He failed to outfox the batsman in recent times. Time for him to step up! Umesh, Varun should work on the consistency more with out dropping pace. Shami needs to hold on to the promise shown recently. Jadeja should be tried in place of Raina and that allows space for Binny at 7.

    Go INDIA!

  • fair_paly_1 on January 30, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Why is there no pitch report?

  • on January 30, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Sehwag is unabe to perform even in domestic cricket.. selection must be looking the performance of Domestic cricket(Ranji & Duleep Troofi) not in IPL. I know Rohit is not a good opener but he is far better down the order. Rohit will be a good captan in ODI.. In test kholi or Pujara should try. Dhoni is the best ODI player but he doesn't know how to motivate players..

  • CricketFever11 on January 30, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    India should be demoted to second tier and allowed to play with associate nations so that they can win overseas. Outside of their own flat track they are just passengers only.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 30, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Do not criticize India for losing just 3 matches against the team that had the best record in NZ. I am pretty sure India will bounce back very soon if India is given the opportunity to play against Afghanistan, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.

  • arup_g on January 30, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    The team preview worries me. Straight away Dhawan is back at the top of the order. Binny's place isn't certain after one game where they didn't let him do anything, and Ishant Sharma is down as a possibility! OH HELL NO!!

    Why are we bringing back out of form players?! Dhawan's been dropped...one game out isn't sufficient time for him to find form unless he is hitting every average Indian bowler out of the nets...?

    Yes Aaron had a bad 2 games, but bringing back Ishant Sharma is not the answer!! He will never be the answer! I'm telling you now - an old Kapil Dev can do a better job than Ishant! Why have we taken Ishwar Pandey? To sit and watch us lose?! PLAY HIM! He is there to play so why are we not utilising a good bowler. Give the guy a go!

    My XI - Rohit, Rahane, Kohli, Rayadu, Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Shami, Pandey

  • on January 30, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    india lose 10 matches from home away and still indians thought they are the best.. we all other countries already knew they are not a best team .. india is a big country and have lot of people ,but their bowlers poor than club bowlers ..shome on u india .can't u find a international class bowlers from ur country. respect to other countries and stop saying ur are the best ..forget about past years and think about prsent and future .

  • MichaelBurton on January 30, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @ Raheel Iftikhar: You are spot on mate. We are now in the big 3 only from the money. But from the cricket, we are among the small 3.

  • Santhosh-Iyer on January 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    All the "R's" (R ashwin R Jadeja R Sharma)--- so called Dhoni Brigade, got license for another 10 games, courtesy their last 2 match bat/bowl performance out of 10 or 15 nothing games...Another R (Raina) could not even do that & final out of 11 !!! Now another R (Rayudu) has joined the Brigade :) We need changes in team ASAP..

  • on January 30, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    1.Rohit 2. dhawan 3.kohli 4.rayudu 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.bhubaneswar kumar 9.amit mishra 10.shami 11.pandey .Rahane should play only test or only open the innings in odi

  • MichaelBurton on January 30, 2014, 10:23 GMT

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

  • on January 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    its time for indians fans and cricketing pundets to get out of fools paradise about there supremacy. ...... wake up folks...hats off to srilanka for their resurgence.

  • on January 30, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    those who are commenting against india balling and battung line up i think they forgot that this is the team who recently won champins trophy without losing a single match and all those matches which they won are played outside india

  • on January 30, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    so called world best team has been exposed. even indian players and boards have closed there eyes on the fact that they are worthless overseas....... playing alot at home will further aggravate the issue and only take india to dead closed end.

  • on January 30, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    my playing 11 line up for india.....1. sehwag 2. gambhir 3. kohli 4. rohit 5. yuvraj 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. harbhajan 9. praveen kumar 10. zaheer 11. shami ahmad.....i think this is the best combination of both youth n experience in both bating and bowling department for playing in abroad n in home conditions...india should do this changes

  • on January 30, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    India can never win !!! I presume Zim are better than these over rated player.. God help Ashwin and Jedeja they are the club cricketer have no place in this level . We need cricketers with potential technique not the slogers like Ashwin and Jedeja and thee bowling is pathetic how can anyone can earn a place in international side with such horrible ...

  • on January 30, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    good luck both teams.

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  • on January 30, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    good luck both teams.

  • on January 30, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    India can never win !!! I presume Zim are better than these over rated player.. God help Ashwin and Jedeja they are the club cricketer have no place in this level . We need cricketers with potential technique not the slogers like Ashwin and Jedeja and thee bowling is pathetic how can anyone can earn a place in international side with such horrible ...

  • on January 30, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    my playing 11 line up for india.....1. sehwag 2. gambhir 3. kohli 4. rohit 5. yuvraj 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. harbhajan 9. praveen kumar 10. zaheer 11. shami ahmad.....i think this is the best combination of both youth n experience in both bating and bowling department for playing in abroad n in home conditions...india should do this changes

  • on January 30, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    so called world best team has been exposed. even indian players and boards have closed there eyes on the fact that they are worthless overseas....... playing alot at home will further aggravate the issue and only take india to dead closed end.

  • on January 30, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    those who are commenting against india balling and battung line up i think they forgot that this is the team who recently won champins trophy without losing a single match and all those matches which they won are played outside india

  • on January 30, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    its time for indians fans and cricketing pundets to get out of fools paradise about there supremacy. ...... wake up folks...hats off to srilanka for their resurgence.

  • MichaelBurton on January 30, 2014, 10:23 GMT

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

  • on January 30, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    1.Rohit 2. dhawan 3.kohli 4.rayudu 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.jadeja 8.bhubaneswar kumar 9.amit mishra 10.shami 11.pandey .Rahane should play only test or only open the innings in odi

  • Santhosh-Iyer on January 30, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    All the "R's" (R ashwin R Jadeja R Sharma)--- so called Dhoni Brigade, got license for another 10 games, courtesy their last 2 match bat/bowl performance out of 10 or 15 nothing games...Another R (Raina) could not even do that & final out of 11 !!! Now another R (Rayudu) has joined the Brigade :) We need changes in team ASAP..

  • MichaelBurton on January 30, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @ Raheel Iftikhar: You are spot on mate. We are now in the big 3 only from the money. But from the cricket, we are among the small 3.