New Zealand XI v Indians, Tour Match, Whangarei, 1st day February 2, 2014

Pandey takes three as Indians get good workout

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Indians 41 for 0 trail New Zealand XI 262 for 9 dec (O'Donnell 80, Pandey 3-42, Ashwin 2-45) by 221 runs
Scorecard

The Indians got what they would have wanted out of the first day of their practice match in Whangarei. The New Zealand XI batsmen lasted long enough to give the Indian bowlers a six-hour workout on a nice batting wicket and after a sizeable opening stand, the wickets came regularly for the Indians to keep running in under a hot sun.

The visitors' luck with the toss finally ran out in the absence of MS Dhoni, who had won it all five times in the one-dayers. The India captain did not make the trip from Auckland to Whangarei, and Virat Kohli also stayed behind. Rohit Sharma led the side, with Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sitting out.

Ishwar Pandey was the pick of the bowlers, finally getting a chance on the tour as the teams decided to use 12 players each. Pandey had not been considered ready enough to feature in any of the five ODIs, and he was the fifth bowler to be used, taking the field after the first drinks break. He made the opportunity count as he was sharp and disciplined, finding bounce just outside off stump. Apart from an over where he tried out the short ball a few times and was pulled for boundaries, he rarely strayed in length or line.

Among the new arrivals, Zaheer Khan did not extend himself too much, but was accurate as usual. He also worked up a decent rhythm, beginning with an opening spell of 6-4-7-0. He sent down 18 overs in all, and apart from the normal slow chases on the field, his efforts did not seem to strain him.

The lone wicket he captured was that of Anton Devcich, the opposition captain and only international player in the New Zealand XI side. It was a straightforward Zaheer dismissal of a left-hander- inviting the drive outside off and finding just a bit of movement to take the outside edge.

Umesh Yadav also did not go flat out, and eased himself into the tour. He did start to run in faster as the day progressed, but he often remained on the shorter side and was taken for a few runs towards the end as the last pair of batsmen had a slog.

Ishant Sharma struggled with his front foot, as ten no-balls showed, and was unable to find a measure of rhythm for large parts of the day. As always, that wasn't for lack of effort. He ran in harder as the day got hotter, and generated good bounce after tea. He dismissed the opposition's highest scorer, the New Zealand Under-19 captain Robert O'Donnell, who was taken by a diving Ajinkya Rahane at gully after making 80.

Soon to be bound for the U-19 World Cup, O'Donnell played several confident pulls, especially off Ishant. He also cut well, and stepped out to R Ashwin to loft him down the ground.

Ashwin was steady, tossing it up generously at times and also bowling flatter in between. He broke through for the Indians after they had gone through 30 fruitless overs in the morning, trapping George Worker lbw on an attempted sweep.

M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan batted out the seventh and final hour of play after the hosts declared on 262 for 9 at the end of 78 overs. There were a couple of deliveries that didn't carry to the cordon, but Vijay left well overall and Dhawan struck a few crisp boundaries through extra cover.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Al_Bundy1 on February 4, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    India should aim to win this test series, or at least win a test match. If Dhoni wants to win, he should play 5 bowlers - 4 pacers and a spinner. Sir Jadeja can fill in the role of spinner/all rounder. Please, no Ishant or Ashwin. In the last test Ashwin played, he failed to take a single wicket. Even part time spinner like Duminy took 2 wickets. Ishwar Pandey deserves a chance. Zaheer, Shami and Yadav can be the remaining pacers.

  • naren1983 on February 3, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    We have lack of form with batsmen, better we should go with 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers including Jadeja. Team should be Vijay, Shikhar, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Zaheer, Pandey & Shami. Hope Dhoni will go with this XI, he will always consider safer side than be taking risk. But if he try to bring Ashwin, definetely Shikhar will be out and Ashwin & Jadeja will play as all-rounders. But this option will collapse. Will India bring pride back in Test at-least ?

  • zexmanoz on February 3, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Really excited to see fight back spirit of india in test match...pandey and pujara will be the player to watch.lol ....

  • Humdingers on February 3, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - nicely said on the first part. Problem with only 4 bowlers is that if (i.e.: when) 1 or 2 start getting carted around, they all run for cover! India can't do without the 5th (spinner or seamer).

  • Humdingers on February 3, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    An U19 player carted the Indian bowlers around....Signs are not looking good for the Test Series. Hopefully another whitewash which may FINALLY lead to the ousting of both Fletcher (permanently across all formats) and Dhoni (keep him for T20's and ODI's - but not as captain of ODI's).

  • on February 3, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Team India mindset is 'how can they draw" the series. Two Drawn tests will tarnish India's status. NZ have a great incentive if they win 2-0, they will move up one notch above West Indies in Test Ranking. From the Practice game it is obvious Indian think tank has concluded they can not reasonably take 20 Wickets in 5 days of Test Cricket. Another Indication will be if Dhoni opts to field after winning the toss.

  • on February 3, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    I'll go with 4 bowlers with jadeja all rounder, zaheer, Umesh, shami and pandey

  • on February 3, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    nz could not win west indeis but beaten india badly...what does it mean..r we deserving for 9 odi ranking out side india...

  • buntyj on February 3, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    its clear to everyone but msd that pandey merits a decent opportunity in the indian team. well done pandey ; ashwin wouldnt be a bad captain if he could improve his away bowling- this is now his 3rd away tour time he started adjusting to away pitches n kookaburra ball. of course msd sees him as indispensable and spin slots filled but ojha n rasool (though i'm not sure they would get more wickets away but deserved a chance) have been unlucky and in future kuldeep yadav n maybe even shreyas gopal may be breathing down their necks; msd has said he needs a seaming allrounder. y not ask the selectors for rishi dhawan for england.

  • on February 3, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    ohh..no varon aaron not in test squad...why india do this...pujara was not in odi even after knowing the current batting order in odi unable to play 50 overs in sa...is there any way to bring varon in test squad ..

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 4, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    India should aim to win this test series, or at least win a test match. If Dhoni wants to win, he should play 5 bowlers - 4 pacers and a spinner. Sir Jadeja can fill in the role of spinner/all rounder. Please, no Ishant or Ashwin. In the last test Ashwin played, he failed to take a single wicket. Even part time spinner like Duminy took 2 wickets. Ishwar Pandey deserves a chance. Zaheer, Shami and Yadav can be the remaining pacers.

  • naren1983 on February 3, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    We have lack of form with batsmen, better we should go with 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers including Jadeja. Team should be Vijay, Shikhar, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Zaheer, Pandey & Shami. Hope Dhoni will go with this XI, he will always consider safer side than be taking risk. But if he try to bring Ashwin, definetely Shikhar will be out and Ashwin & Jadeja will play as all-rounders. But this option will collapse. Will India bring pride back in Test at-least ?

  • zexmanoz on February 3, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Really excited to see fight back spirit of india in test match...pandey and pujara will be the player to watch.lol ....

  • Humdingers on February 3, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - nicely said on the first part. Problem with only 4 bowlers is that if (i.e.: when) 1 or 2 start getting carted around, they all run for cover! India can't do without the 5th (spinner or seamer).

  • Humdingers on February 3, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    An U19 player carted the Indian bowlers around....Signs are not looking good for the Test Series. Hopefully another whitewash which may FINALLY lead to the ousting of both Fletcher (permanently across all formats) and Dhoni (keep him for T20's and ODI's - but not as captain of ODI's).

  • on February 3, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Team India mindset is 'how can they draw" the series. Two Drawn tests will tarnish India's status. NZ have a great incentive if they win 2-0, they will move up one notch above West Indies in Test Ranking. From the Practice game it is obvious Indian think tank has concluded they can not reasonably take 20 Wickets in 5 days of Test Cricket. Another Indication will be if Dhoni opts to field after winning the toss.

  • on February 3, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    I'll go with 4 bowlers with jadeja all rounder, zaheer, Umesh, shami and pandey

  • on February 3, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    nz could not win west indeis but beaten india badly...what does it mean..r we deserving for 9 odi ranking out side india...

  • buntyj on February 3, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    its clear to everyone but msd that pandey merits a decent opportunity in the indian team. well done pandey ; ashwin wouldnt be a bad captain if he could improve his away bowling- this is now his 3rd away tour time he started adjusting to away pitches n kookaburra ball. of course msd sees him as indispensable and spin slots filled but ojha n rasool (though i'm not sure they would get more wickets away but deserved a chance) have been unlucky and in future kuldeep yadav n maybe even shreyas gopal may be breathing down their necks; msd has said he needs a seaming allrounder. y not ask the selectors for rishi dhawan for england.

  • on February 3, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    ohh..no varon aaron not in test squad...why india do this...pujara was not in odi even after knowing the current batting order in odi unable to play 50 overs in sa...is there any way to bring varon in test squad ..

  • on February 2, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    For the first test we cannot pick Pandey quickly ahead of the current lot like Yadav. India has been waiting for a bowler of the pace of Yadav for the last 60+ years. Both Yadav and Aaron are the quickest pair since 1932. The speed guns had Aaron peak 149.7 kph and consistent ave pace of 143 kph in the ODIs . The Indian think tank prefers swing of Zaheer, Bhuvi and Kapil in the past. Both Aaron and Yadav bowl seamers/cutters like Srinath does at a higher pace instead of swing.

    The swing attack with Pandey Zaheer and Bhuvi is preffered but India since 1932 has not had much success which is why the pair of Yadav and Aaron who is know in the plane to India was better. The eco rates of Yadav and Aaron is about 3.4 in Test matches but because of the Indian batting we can make up for it. The SA tour was an example of lask of wickets. The philiosphy is to have a better eco rate and then take wickets rather then pace. Anyway the Test bowling attack is

    Zaheer Yadav Shami and Jadeja

  • DJRNZ on February 2, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    India easily has the worst bowling attack out of all the decent teams.

  • glen1 on February 2, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    So many comments here about having Mishra in the playing eleven; but he is not in the test team. He was in the ODI team, but Dhoni saw him off without a match; he bats reasonably well and could have been given a game. Mishra's performance in England may be the reason he has not been included in the test team. Play Pandey, Zaheer and Yadav for the first test as both Shami and Bhuvi have tired legs and look spent after ODIs. Jadeja should play as spinner, ahead of Ashwin.

  • Nampally on February 2, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    @boomslangar: Yes, Aaron was bowling consistently in 145 KPH + range but annulled the wkt. taking ability with his erratic length & direction. Dhoni should have instructed him tidy up his errors. But he is just a captain in name. There is no leadership! Aaron, Yadev & Shami are all good young bowlers who had very little coaching in their lives. Intensive coaching will help them into wkt. takers. What is BCCI doing about it? Zippo! It is the job of the Indian Selectors, Captain & the BCCI to work together in developing Boys into Fast Bowlers! The commitment from BCCI is totally absent. India has lot of talent but it is coming to the fore only by accident. Shami & Yadev are villagers as is Dhoni. They became cricketers by chance/accident. They need coaching in their respective posts to represent India in an efficient & profitable manner. BCCI is busy counting its Millions of $ of profits. But it is not spending that fund for benefitting Cricket at all levels. BCCI needs to wake up NOW!

  • gauravm5 on February 2, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Indian fans blame Dhoni for sticking with Ishant why they never put any comment on selectors for including WORLD's worst MEDIUM FAST BOWLER (among those who played more than 50 tests) in the 15 men squad. He doesn't have the pace to trouble even a number 8 batsman, cant swing or seam the ball plus his poor line & length... After his every poor show in tests in India, he says "In tests in India, fast bowlers' job is to contain runs". When some reporter reminded him about his bad performance in England & Australia, he responded with this statement "In England and Australia, the bowlers didn't do a bad job, just that there were not enough runs on the board." But when batsmen put a target of 450 runs for SA to chase down in the first test in SA, he failed to pick wickets and said PITCH was favouring bowlers.

  • gauravm5 on February 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Ishant playing practice match is an indication that dhoni is again going to pick his most favorite and world's worst MEDIUM FAST bowler (among who played more than 50 tests) for the 1st test. Ishant will definitey fail & Dhoni would back him by saying u cant judge a player because of one bad test performance. After the first test against SA, Ishant said "I feel Zaheer Khan's presence has made a world of difference to his bowling. It's great to have Zaheer back.Both (Mohammad) Shami and me are young. The way Zaheer guides us is brilliant. And then he bowled so well". BUT after first test, he as usual AGAIN lost his form after first test. Thats nothing new with Ishant, his form comes once in a year and lasts only for one ODI/Test.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Well done Ishwar Pandey. I hope he gets selected instead of Ishant "Flop" Sharma. MS Dhoni has clearly been a negative influence on some of the young Indian bowlers except his CSK buddies Ashwin and Jadeja. We need to leave the IPL club mentality behind in order to prosper at international cricket. Also, Amit Mishra deserves a look in. He's a leg spinner and is a wicket taker. I am sick and tired of Dhoni persisting with Ashwin who is a mediocre bowler. Ashwin is more a batsman and the way he plays his shots reflect that. I don't think Ashwin should play the first test. My team would have the following bowlers: Mishra, Pandey, Shami and Aaron/Bhuvi. So 3 quicks and 1 spinner. India MUST go in with 6 batsmen. The batsmen should be: Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane and MS Dhoni. Sorry but Rohit Sharma will miss out.

  • Cricfever_PM on February 2, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    I was expecting Pandey in ODI's but at least he should make debut in 1st test and play Zak, Shami/kumar, Pandey & Jaddu and play the same batting line up which played against SA. Pls no Ishant or Ashwin for god sake.

  • barryrichardsfan on February 2, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    It is very easy to get excited seeing a new fast bowler come to the scene, if you are an Indian supporter. Tall and strongly built, though not express pace, he definitely can serve as a better option than Ishant. Ind should play Jadeja, Kumar, Zaheer, Shami and Pandey as 5 bowlers. No point playing Ashwin as he seems incapable of troubling batsmen on pitches other than rank turners. But Jadeja and Kumar need to step up their batting big time to play at 7 and 8.

  • Karthik78 on February 2, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    India has many fantastic bowlers. Only thing is, we have to keep rotating them and make the places competitive. If we keep sticking same bowlers even after they were thrashed more than 300+ repeatedly (in ODI), no one can help them! Our bowling selection is utter waste.

  • Andy_D on February 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Having played several ODI in this NZ tour plus amount of experience Ishant has, he is not able to show his adaptability to the condition. Getting only wicket with the most run leaked shows his incapability to lead the bowling attack. Ishwor Pandey should definitely get a nod ahead of Ishant. Mixed feeling for picking Mishra ahead of Ashwin but Mishra deserve a shot. Shami deserve a spot as well. My lineup for 1st Test: 1. Vijay 2. Dhawan 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rayudu 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Mishra 9. Zaheer 10. Yadav/Shami 11. Pandey

  • on February 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    I can't see boult being affective in these test .. Moves it from outside of to middle looking for lbws but that is bread and butter through mid wicket for Indians. Southee however will have the measure of the Indians late out swing and good short ball. Series leading wicket Tacker for sure

  • on February 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Hahahahaa..... Ashwin as captan.... Yet he is not capable of picking 4 wickets in ODI.. I accept he is a capable batsman. it is not enough as a test bowler he form is ordinary. In South Africa we all witness his performance in a bowling friendly 5th day pitch. his one day average is 34.24. In IPL he is far better player thats y dhoni is supporting him but that is not enough to survive in international cricket.. In First class cricket Ashwins ave is 28.29 in 54 matches. Ojha ave is 27.15 in 77 matches. Jadeja ave is 25.72 in 49 matches.. Only in IPL Ashwins has better record. In all international format his record is not good as jadeja.

  • on February 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Ishant took a wicket! Guess that means he cant be dropped for the tour now. Perhaps Ishant has favor in the selectors, and even Dhoni.

  • avmd on February 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I'm a Pak team supporter and would suggest Indian team authorities to do what we have been doing successfully to find good fast bowlers. Take the risk on giving new fast bowler a debut , if any one LOOKS good . I watched Pandey and surprised why he has been held back. To me he is the best fast bowler India currently possesses. Tall, good action, domestic performance behind him and is of perfect age to be upgraded to higher level. Give him a good run, don;t put too much pressure on him about line and length and I'm sure he will deliver. He is your Ishant Sharma, but, with a brain, hopefully.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    we all Indian fans have to realize that we have overrated Indians and and underrated New Zealand on this tour. India is really not a top rate size in Australi, new zealand and SA condition. look at the way australian one day side play, look at the way their field and fearless batting. its the same way we expect our hockey team to win a medal (even gold) in olympics. they are no. 8 or 9 team in the world, indian cricket team is may be no. 4 or 5 in these conditions. we have to accept that.

  • boomslanger on February 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    When will Indian bowlers (Who are supposed to study these things more than you and I) learn that the Johnsons and Steyns look more deadly and take more wickets by reputation (compare The English seamers who bowled as hard and almost as fast as the aussies)and who are an exponent of this form of vapid bowling and were swatted all over the place. BUT I suppose, like fielders, the bowlers too are as inspired by Dhoni ...And the mysterious Mr Fletcher..

  • boomslanger on February 2, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Cont from previous post>>the issue is not with the bowlers speed but attitude. Indian bowlers (Bar Bhuveneshwar and Ishant) look their own brand of disarming caricatures: Shami always looks apologetically at the batsman, almost always smiles at the batsman after making the batsman uncomfortable with a short pitch delivery or a slower/faster one. His appeals to the umpire lack conviction where ten other bowlers would get the umpire to agree, Shami does not. He is the most apologetic bowler there is. Varun Aaron,other Indian cricketers, for that matter should pay for a sunscreen stylist. Let us face it, sunscreen is just not an Indian thing, cricketer or not. I have brown skin, I should know!). The fastest Indian bowler lopes in from a five step run-up (as though he is saving his breath for the extra 5 over spell his captain might ask him to bowl) and delivers the ball at a fairly quick pace but innocuous attitude. When will Indian bowlers (Who are supposed to study these things more

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    I'm a kiwi and half these guys I have never heard of. To get 260 declared isn't bad.

  • Nampally on February 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    It was nice to note that Pandey was the pick of the bowlers & was sharp + never wavered in his line or length. India needs this calibre of pace bowlers. Ishant is a wasted spot in the XI. I expected more from ZAK & Yadev than just one wkt. One thing good was the XI selection with Rohit Sharma leading the side. No more playing with 4 bowlers even if it were a 2 day match. Dhoni needs to learn this aspect & not put India in a jeopardy with 4 bowlers in a 5 dayTest, ever again! I would have thought that Saha should be tried much higher in the batting order. He is a patient Test calibre batsman, very patient but a consistent scorer. He missed out his chance competing against Captain Dhoni for WK spot! I hope the Indian batsmen good batting practice for the test match. Will India play with balanced test side with 5 batsmen + WK + 5 bowlers or same old irrational side? With 5 batsmen in it will be a competition between Rahane, Rayudu & Rohit for the 5th spot. Pandey should get his debut!

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @Arrow011 on (February 2, 2014, 10:27 GMT:

    Your suggestion to consider Stephen Fleming is an excellent idea. At least NS & Co will consider him, as he is also "part of the family", as Godfather Corleone might say!

    And, even on merits, he will be better than Duncan Fletcher, who doesn't seem to have added any value! Most Indian players will praise him (as they are doing now), because in Duncan's 'hands off' approach, they all can do whatever they want. A perfect antithesis to Greg Chappell.

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    @Venkat Sharma on (February 2, 2014, 11:39 GMT):

    Ashwin as Captain? You must be joking. Yes, he is a decent off-spinner (perhaps the best we have now); that too in helpful conditions. And, also shows batting skills, better than many regular batsmen in "Dhoni's playing XIs". Nothing more; nothing less.

    Let him first learn how to get wickets outside India. And also stop whining about the conditions. In that regard, he still has to grow and achieve "maturity" as a cricketer.

    Also be kind to him; don't throw him to the wolves. He will be chewed up by the superior scheming skills of many a prima donna, who often end up wearing Indian colours. He is NO Dhoni, to handle them, in a smooth Machiavellian way.

  • boomslanger on February 2, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    As in batting, so in bowling we see Dhoni's Yester-years mindset at work. Watching the final ODI Indian fans were pleasantly surprised, on reading one of the statistics tables pulled up the commentators, which tabulated the bowling speeds of seam bowlers from both sides for the match and it looked very strange for topping the table were two INDIAN BOWLERS! Varun Aaron and Mohmd. Shami!! top speeds being 150+KMPH for Aaron and late 140+KMPH for Shami. The closest NEW ZEALAND bowler (Whose coach has promised India mayhem and disaster on a green, seaming pitch) was a good 10 KMPH slower. For all of that, the ferocious Indian seamers hardly bothered the new Zealand batsman who powered their to a300+total. And the much slower new Zealand bowlers traumatized the famed , did-do-well-in-SAF, batsmen and punched them out for a sub 200 total. So how come the not so ferocious nz bowlers doing better than the Indian "speed-demons"?? COntinued in next post as I am running out 100chrs. Cricinfo pls

  • on February 2, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    so, now that one wicket of ishant got is the license for him to be in playing 11 for some more tests, and same goes for ashwin.... lol... I would like to see pace attack of shami, bhuvi, yadhav, and rishi dhawan as allrounder

  • StarHawk on February 2, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @Venkat Sharma, Ashwin doesn't use his brain when he is bowling. So, what makes you think he can use his brain if/when he becomes the captain? I don't know how some people think Ashwin is captaincy material!!! Let him get a few wickets first.

  • on February 2, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    India need a foreign bowling coach. Nobody wants to see Pandey.. please bring back pravin kumar...

  • on February 2, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    australian fast attack test...siddle starc johnson odi.....pattinson faulkner mac kay t20......cutting henriques pat cummins indian fast attack test....ishant bhuvnesh shami odi.....ishant bhuvnesh shami t 20.....ishant bhuvnesh shami

    no chance for rishi...ishwar...dhawal...yadav...varon....imtiyaj

  • on February 2, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Maharashtra played badly .....

  • on February 2, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Time to groom Ashwin as captain in tests till Virat can take over. He is aggressive calculative and has a great cricketing brain.

  • Bdcricketdebator on February 2, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Most of the indian fans r saying saying dhoni is a poor captain.i think he is a clever captain.he smartly brings his csk teammate in the attack when the oppossition look to take singles or no risk.when the attacking begins he brings the bowlers who r not death bowlers or csk bowlers.thus he protect his csk teammates.

  • JustIPL on February 2, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Here the fans are too bullish about Pandey creating havoc to NZ rookies most of whom are jut 19 years of age. Even these toddlers have been able to keep indian tigers from raring anymore. Good practoce for NZ U-19 players.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 2, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    The most irritating thing is when fans list the choice of their whole eleven in their comments as they are better than the selectors chosen to do this exact job.

    The funny thing is they have probably never played cricket in their lives and by becoming couch spectators they suddenly know it all.

  • on February 2, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Flower lost just one series badly in an otherwise brilliant coaching record. Yet he decided to step down . Fletcher has won nothing still continues to be the Indian coach. After continuous failures over d past 3yrs coach. captain & team combination remains d same. surEly Indian cricket fan deserves better than this.

  • Arrow011 on February 2, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @Kuruppath Balakrishnan - You are spot on, Dhoni is a captain just because of Srini, else his failures abroad are too many, more blame should be on Duncan than Dhoni also, he seems to be a very bad omen for Indian cricket. Even before Dhoni is removed from captaincy Duncan should be chased out. Time to bring another CSK connection Stephen Fleming as coach, you will see a world of good for Indian team.

  • Arrow011 on February 2, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    For heaven's sake get rid of Rohit, Zaheer, Rayudu & Ishant sharma. All 4 are pulling down the side in tests, none of these perform properly abroad. Time to remove duncan fletcher & dhoni also from their respective roles. Make Ashwin the captain as a bowler is always better to be a captain than a batsman in India. Kumble is the right example. Kohli should be ODI captain & Ashwin as test captain. The test team should be as under.

    1. Dhawan, 2. Vijay. 3. Pujara. 4. Kohli. 5. Dhoni (WK). 6. Rahane. 7. Ashwin (C). 8. Jadeja. 9.Rishi Dhawan. 10.Mishra . 11. Shami Ahmed. EXTRAS - 12. Sehwag. 13. Ishwar Pandey. 14. Manish Pandey. 15. Ojha. 16. Umesh Yadav. 17. Bhuveneshwar Kumar. COACH - Stephen Fleming (Another CSK choice, but he is one of the best minds in cricket now)

    ODI Team: Sehwag, Dhawan, Kohli (C), Dhoni, Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, 9. Mishra, 10. Pandey, 11. Umesh. EXTRAS - Pujara, Unmukt & Shami.

    Rishi Dhawan the real allrounder should always be in all formats.

  • mensan on February 2, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Indian bowlers are just average these days. I will attribute this to IPL. Indian cricketers no longer wish to play test or international cricket because they can make more money from 6 week IPL. To play and do well in IPL is prime goal of every Indian cricketer. They have altered their games to suit IPL. There is no room for attacking bowling in IPL which can prove expensive. So bowlers are content stopping runs. That is why all India is producing is bits and pieces bowlers who are not attacking or wicket taking.

    On the other hand, Indian ODI/T20 batting has improved due to IPL because batsmen are forced to play as aggressive as possible. India's decline as a test side will continue (because no wicket taking bowlers) and soon India will be in the league of WI and NZ.

  • on February 2, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    The indian thinktank is completely. How they take raina on a foreign trip when previously he was a complete failure. And how can one ignore the huge potential possessed by one and only pujara? Naturally he should be the first choice for any overseas trip for his ability to play the moving ball. Once wickets are saved the initial overs India have the potential in hitters to cover any runrate.

  • anvesh4444 on February 2, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    half the reason for India not winning a match is poor captaincy of Dhoni, he is partial to few players and completely defensive in tactics, i bet if Dhoni had captained today India wouldn't have took half the wickets and Ishwar pandey would be sitting on the bench

  • on February 2, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    i feel dhoni has to open to change,because you cannot win all the matches in all conditions and in all formats with the same strategy. the best way is make things to happen and not wait for things to happen. how many times have we seen this talented indian side be in dominant positions and lose the advantage and also lose the match. and an important thing is not to make too many changes in the side,when you are trying to comeback in the series and level it.we all saw what happened in the 4th odi vs nz. the players are professionals, they should not bother what the opposite captain or team throws at them.they should ignore the mind games and treat it as if thrash and let the bat and ball do the talking. just back the bentch strength and give hundred percent and do the basics correctly, all will fall in place.as they say too many cooks spoil the broth.too many ideas can go astray,if a simple and straight forward strategy is not made according to the context of the match.

  • on February 2, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Pujara , Ojha , Gambhir , Yuvi and Praveen kumar should be regulars for one dayers. Dhoni has got rid of all of them very cleverly and playing his CSK teammates , the consistent non performers Raina and Ashwin. Nobody is criticising this as blessings of Srinivasan is with Dhoni.. So no wonder we are on a losing spree...

  • manish1977 on February 2, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Feel a lot for a certain pankaj singh, he has probably done everything to break into team india. I still remember he and ishant sharma were a part of indian touring party to australia, where pankaj bowled decently in a practice match, but ishant got a nod ahead of him. Since then ishant has probably only bowled only one single spell till date and that has kept him in the test and ODI side for the last 5 years. painful............

  • SanjivAwesome on February 2, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    The frontline India bowlers could not take 10 wickets! And what were Yadav and Zaheer doing not "going flat out"!! Are they playing for India or for fun? Every game where they are not hitting the deck in NZ, giving 100%, is a game their team will lose! Isn't there better stock than the trundles of Ishant and Pandey? Our lacklustre little boys are in for a severe Kiwi caning. Test series will be 2-0 to the highly effective, competitive and technically superior Kiwis. Who is the "big-3" on field? Cricinfo, please publish!

  • ThilankaK on February 2, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is a very good bowler, problem is the way he handle because dhoni is a poor captain (out of last 10 ODI his opponents got 300+ or RR 6+), earlier matches he took gamble at many time and with his luck he won it but now It's gone, earlier when he touch to something It become gold, so my team Rohit is the captain. my team ; 1.Vijay 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.Rahane 5.R.Sharma* 6.Dhoni(wk) 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Z Khan 10.Shami 11.I Sharma perfect balance 8 batsmen (ashwin with 2 centuries & jadeja with 3 first class triple centuries) & 7 bowlers ( with Kohli & Rohit)

  • on February 2, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Too much resistance to change his crew, by the Captain is not only hurting India's performance, but may also demoralise those talented players, waiting in the wings. Or, sitting on the bench and carrying the drinks, to be more precise.

    I really doubt whether the Coach & Vice Captain (as is usually the case) has any role in choosing the playing XI. Dhoni's "proximity" to NS seems to have gone into his head.

    This is obstinacy at best, or autocracy at worst. Latest example is Ishwar Pandey's omission, even from the dead rubber. The poor boy; he can only 'answer' by performance. And that is waht Pandey did today.

    Dhoni as our Captain is a Hobson's choice. He is a good Captain, especially in shorter formats; so we want to keep him.But, looking at his extreme obstinacy, he should be stripped of the Captaincy.

    Can't spit; can't swallow.

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Dhoni has proved that he has made a great mistake by not giving any of the chances for pandey in five odi's. Same mistake is done on the matter on Parvez rasool on the zimbabwe tour after winning the series by 3-0 that means for 5 odi matches india won 3 for remaining 2 matches he has not given any of the chances. I don't know parvez rasool is not deserving a chance in the team? i advice dhoni to get rasool a chance in the team.

  • Bdcricketdebator on February 2, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    This Nz xi was full of unprofessional players.ind bowlers were effective against this team but i am afraid they wont b as effective against nz team.if nz prepare green pitches i think they can easilly win 2-0.go for the kill nz.

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Can't count much of this match for team selection cconsidering a weak opposition. Though the high no. of no-balls could see Ishant Sharma sitting out of 1st Test.

    My Playing XI would be :

    A simple, moderate strategy XI - Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Shami, Zaheer, Bhuvi / Pandey / Ishant

    Aggressive Team Strategy - Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Zaheer, Shami, Bhuvi, Ishant / Pandey / Ashwin

    The chance of selecting a more aggressive team is rare considering poor batting by India.

    Shami's place is fixed. The 2nd pacer sgould be between Bhuvi and Zaheer - both playing together would mean less intensity and pace. Third pacer should be Pandey or Ishant ... though people are against Ishant but still I think he should be in the playing XI

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    test x1 dhawan vijay pujara koli rahane r.sharma dhoni jadeja m shami khan pandey

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Dhoni made a big mistake by not playing pandey at least in the last odi in which the results didnt matter. Oh well, if I start counting mistakes of dhoni then I need few days of typing. He needs to start selecting team for India by seeing who is right and not picking his friends for gully cricket in ranchi.

  • ThePacifist10 on February 2, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Let Vijay be in the Test team. He cannot play ODIs very well, as we saw in the Caribbean. He got a lot of chances. Plus, it's better if he just continues to play Tests. Pujara and Pandey need a crack at the ODI team however. Aaron must be persised with and Shami must improve. Despite his stats over the last three ODIs, he is a good pace prospect. The last day in Whangerei will tell us the story of the Indian batting for the Tests. Then we can draw up an XI.

  • Lalz on February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Hope India will play with 5 Batsmen+ 1 wk + 5 bowlers( 1 spin + 4 mpacers). Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu/Saha, Dhoni, Jadeja, Shami, Pandey, Zaheer, Bhuvi. will be a good combination. If Dhoni is not yet convinced by Sharma's and Ashwin's failures, Sharma will be coming after Pujara and Ashwin for Bhuvi/Pandey..

  • ThePacifist10 on February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Excellent. Vijay appears to be getting more consistent. His temperament has significantly improved. It looks like the 97 he scored in Durban may have been the turning point in his Test career. Good for him. Looking forward to some good performances in NZ. Pandey was superb. He should get his Test debut this week. Zak, Shami and Pandey would be a good attack. Jadeja could be the spinner. Ishant must not be given a match until he gets his act together. He also needs a haircut.

  • http.ashok.in on February 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Pandey makes debut in 1 test he is prove that tour match taking 3 wkts india bowling 1 test zaheer shami pandey jadeja

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    i think these performances would likely to be considered for toss up between Ishant and Ishwar. Ishant as always works harder but shows no progress over his control..If dhoni doesnt keep his favorite player in the 1st test then Ishwar will surely get a chance..

  • ThilankaK on February 2, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is a very good bowler, problem is the way he handle because dhoni is a poor captain (out of last 10 ODI his opponents got 300+ or RR 6+), earlier matches he took gamble at many time and with his luck he won it but now It's gone, earlier when he touch to something It become gold, so my team Rohit is the captain. my team ; 1.Vijay 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.Rahane 5.R.Sharma* 6.Dhoni(wk) 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Z Khan 10.Shami 11.I Sharma perfect balance 8 batsmen (ashwin with 2 centuries & jadeja with 3 first class triple centuries) & 7 bowlers ( with Kohli & Rohit)

  • on February 2, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    ic pandey needs a place in indian playing XI

  • on February 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    This is exactly why Ishwar Pandey should have given a chance in the dead rubber ODI....But stubborn as he is, Dhoni made him (& Amit Mishra) carry drinks for the whole tour....Time he gets some brains himself....And gets Pujara/Vijay/Pandey into the ODI team too...

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  • on February 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    This is exactly why Ishwar Pandey should have given a chance in the dead rubber ODI....But stubborn as he is, Dhoni made him (& Amit Mishra) carry drinks for the whole tour....Time he gets some brains himself....And gets Pujara/Vijay/Pandey into the ODI team too...

  • on February 2, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    ic pandey needs a place in indian playing XI

  • ThilankaK on February 2, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is a very good bowler, problem is the way he handle because dhoni is a poor captain (out of last 10 ODI his opponents got 300+ or RR 6+), earlier matches he took gamble at many time and with his luck he won it but now It's gone, earlier when he touch to something It become gold, so my team Rohit is the captain. my team ; 1.Vijay 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.Rahane 5.R.Sharma* 6.Dhoni(wk) 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Z Khan 10.Shami 11.I Sharma perfect balance 8 batsmen (ashwin with 2 centuries & jadeja with 3 first class triple centuries) & 7 bowlers ( with Kohli & Rohit)

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    i think these performances would likely to be considered for toss up between Ishant and Ishwar. Ishant as always works harder but shows no progress over his control..If dhoni doesnt keep his favorite player in the 1st test then Ishwar will surely get a chance..

  • http.ashok.in on February 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Pandey makes debut in 1 test he is prove that tour match taking 3 wkts india bowling 1 test zaheer shami pandey jadeja

  • ThePacifist10 on February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Excellent. Vijay appears to be getting more consistent. His temperament has significantly improved. It looks like the 97 he scored in Durban may have been the turning point in his Test career. Good for him. Looking forward to some good performances in NZ. Pandey was superb. He should get his Test debut this week. Zak, Shami and Pandey would be a good attack. Jadeja could be the spinner. Ishant must not be given a match until he gets his act together. He also needs a haircut.

  • Lalz on February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Hope India will play with 5 Batsmen+ 1 wk + 5 bowlers( 1 spin + 4 mpacers). Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu/Saha, Dhoni, Jadeja, Shami, Pandey, Zaheer, Bhuvi. will be a good combination. If Dhoni is not yet convinced by Sharma's and Ashwin's failures, Sharma will be coming after Pujara and Ashwin for Bhuvi/Pandey..

  • ThePacifist10 on February 2, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Let Vijay be in the Test team. He cannot play ODIs very well, as we saw in the Caribbean. He got a lot of chances. Plus, it's better if he just continues to play Tests. Pujara and Pandey need a crack at the ODI team however. Aaron must be persised with and Shami must improve. Despite his stats over the last three ODIs, he is a good pace prospect. The last day in Whangerei will tell us the story of the Indian batting for the Tests. Then we can draw up an XI.

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Dhoni made a big mistake by not playing pandey at least in the last odi in which the results didnt matter. Oh well, if I start counting mistakes of dhoni then I need few days of typing. He needs to start selecting team for India by seeing who is right and not picking his friends for gully cricket in ranchi.

  • on February 2, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    test x1 dhawan vijay pujara koli rahane r.sharma dhoni jadeja m shami khan pandey