New Zealand XI v Indians, Whangarei, 2nd day February 3, 2014

Rohit, Rahane make fifties in draw

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New Zealand XI 262 for 9 dec (O'Donnell 80, Pandey 3-42) drew with Indians 313 for 7 (Rohit 59, Rahane 60)
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The first five Indians in the batting order in the Whangarei practice game will all be part of the first Test XI in Auckland. Of them, the first three fell after getting starts, and the next two made fifties before retiring. All five spent at least an hour each in the middle but the Indians would have wanted the top-order batsmen to have had a longer hit on the flat pitch before the side heads back to Auckland.

M Vijay went in the second over of the second day, losing his off stump as he tried playing a pitched-up delivery from the crease. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara carried on without any trouble but Dhawan ran himself out, going for a third run after punching through extra cover.

Pujara was quite solid in his first outing after arriving in New Zealand. He left well, pushed forward to defend confidently, and cut in his vigorous fashion whenever he got width. Having motored to 33, he missed an incoming delivery off the back foot to be trapped in front.

Vijay played 56 deliveries, Dhawan 68 and Pujara 66. While none could reach the point where they had the luxury of retiring, whatever practice time they managed before the first Test was still better than falling early.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane helped themselves to some more batting practice, making 59 and 60. Rohit had a few unconvincing slogs at the spinners, but none of the mis-hits was realistically a chance. Both batsmen were hardly bothered against an attack comprising fringe domestic players. After these two walked off within a few overs of each other, Ambati Rayudu, the reserve Test batsman, put in an unbeaten, two-hour stint that fetched him 49.

Wriddhiman Saha did not last long but R Ashwin came in to play some outstanding strokes. He hooked successive sixes when he was bounced and pulled as convincingly. Ashwin cracked 46 off 51, and the match was called off soon after his dismissal.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • St0rmbringer on February 3, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    O'Donnell's comments regarding the pitch and the performance of various Indian bowlers was quite insightful (AND can be read by anyone!) he claims that the Whangarei Pitch was flat and that is why the Indian batsmen who will be scoring in the single digits come the first innings of the first test managed to put in some fifties etc. the only good is that they got a look at the other nz swing twin Boult. IT shall be fun reading what the forum selectors choose to be the final line-up on test match day. VARUN Aaron was sent home because? HE is the fastest, most disciplined bowler India has fielded in a long time. though he did look pale during the ODIs. Is he sick or something? Ishant still is the best Indian Prospect, he should bowl in tandem with PANDEY I think but I am no selector...

  • on February 5, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    For all those folks who say no Ashwin, is it fine if your employer sacks you for a bad patch you go through for months?

  • Naresh28 on February 5, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @al_bundy1 - agree with you Pandey is a better bet, although he is not experienced. He had such a great outing in SA with INDIA-A. Ishant has a problem - not able to use his height as an advantage.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 5, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Amit mishra: played 13 tests took 43 wickets avg 43.30

    Ravi Ashwin: played 19 test took 104 wickets avg 28.50

    Mishra wickets: 37 from 21 matches 18 from 5 matches v/s Zim 11 from 5 matches v/s WI 3 from 2 matches v/s Ban 5 from 9 matches v/s strong team.

    Aswin wickets: 97 from 75 matches 25 from 16 matches v/s Eng 24 from 15 matches v/s Sl 16 from 13 matches v/s Wi 12 from 10 matches v/s NZ 12 from 11 matches v/s Aus 6 from 5 matches v/s Pak 2 from 5 matches v/s SA+Ban+Zim

    So you can decide what is the fact.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 4, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Please, no more Ishant or Ashwin in any Indian team. Ishwar Pandey is way better than Ishant. The last time Ashwin played as a spinner against South Africa, who are known as bad players of spin, he failed to take a single wicket. Even a part time spinner like Duminy took 2 wickets.

  • laxmanrules on February 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @all_after_rayudus_average_in_india: Must keep in mind he plays in Baroda which is not really a road. (scores of less than 200 all out more than six times this ranji season). Plus, anyones whos watched Ranji would agree that he is among the best in getting teams out of trouble in difficult situations. Multiple match saving fifties last season were testament to this. Most were in low-scoring games on green and turning pitches. Plus, he has almost single-handedly carried Barodas batting for the past three years. No one bet

    Give him a chance before judging the man. He deserves his place in this side more than most. No one better to bat at 5-6.

  • boomslanger on February 4, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    since everyone's got a team, here're my improbables:Harbhajan Singh (capt.), Jiwanjot Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Baba Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Ankit Bawne, Dinesh Karthik, Amit, Mishra, Pankaj Singh, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Parvez Rasool, Anureet Singh, Natraj Behera, Mandeep Singh

  • boomslanger on February 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @Shane BOND HiyaShane! See that y're back up to no good! go at it. How's the back? Bowling at the Indians anytime? Talk to you soon

  • boomslanger on February 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @ black_bird SO he (STROMBRINGER) MADE A mistake regarding the BOULT. Given that O'Donnell mentioned his delivery swinging in from off to leg while remarking on swing bowlers it is easy to make the mistake. while he just made the mistake of mistaking a bowler's name, you are making the mistake of pretending to be a new Zealander. why? Stand up for your country man! India has achieved a lot more than a few cricketers. Whoever wins or loses at Auckland , it is a five day game that may be forgotten in five weeks. But we who live in "Our" countries shall do so for our forever. why do you have to pretend (goes for everybody who has decided that their original nationality is shameful or disgraceful for the sake of a GAME!!) you are a white man of another nationality. Specially if you act SELECTOR FOR INDIA IN THE SAME PIECE? Many good Indian writers here with good command of English. India has the largest English speaking population in the world and the largest amount of English publication!

  • StreetView on February 4, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @joe232 Looks like you misunderstood my comment. I was also criticizing Nohit and his fanboys. @Night Angel And why are many people hyping up Rishi Dhawan? He has decent Ranji stats but they cant be considered good enough. Its like Sir Jadeja having Ranji triple hundreds despite him being a below average batsman. Dont prop Rishi up just because he plays for your favorite IPL Team.

  • St0rmbringer on February 3, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    O'Donnell's comments regarding the pitch and the performance of various Indian bowlers was quite insightful (AND can be read by anyone!) he claims that the Whangarei Pitch was flat and that is why the Indian batsmen who will be scoring in the single digits come the first innings of the first test managed to put in some fifties etc. the only good is that they got a look at the other nz swing twin Boult. IT shall be fun reading what the forum selectors choose to be the final line-up on test match day. VARUN Aaron was sent home because? HE is the fastest, most disciplined bowler India has fielded in a long time. though he did look pale during the ODIs. Is he sick or something? Ishant still is the best Indian Prospect, he should bowl in tandem with PANDEY I think but I am no selector...

  • on February 5, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    For all those folks who say no Ashwin, is it fine if your employer sacks you for a bad patch you go through for months?

  • Naresh28 on February 5, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @al_bundy1 - agree with you Pandey is a better bet, although he is not experienced. He had such a great outing in SA with INDIA-A. Ishant has a problem - not able to use his height as an advantage.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 5, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Amit mishra: played 13 tests took 43 wickets avg 43.30

    Ravi Ashwin: played 19 test took 104 wickets avg 28.50

    Mishra wickets: 37 from 21 matches 18 from 5 matches v/s Zim 11 from 5 matches v/s WI 3 from 2 matches v/s Ban 5 from 9 matches v/s strong team.

    Aswin wickets: 97 from 75 matches 25 from 16 matches v/s Eng 24 from 15 matches v/s Sl 16 from 13 matches v/s Wi 12 from 10 matches v/s NZ 12 from 11 matches v/s Aus 6 from 5 matches v/s Pak 2 from 5 matches v/s SA+Ban+Zim

    So you can decide what is the fact.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 4, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Please, no more Ishant or Ashwin in any Indian team. Ishwar Pandey is way better than Ishant. The last time Ashwin played as a spinner against South Africa, who are known as bad players of spin, he failed to take a single wicket. Even a part time spinner like Duminy took 2 wickets.

  • laxmanrules on February 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @all_after_rayudus_average_in_india: Must keep in mind he plays in Baroda which is not really a road. (scores of less than 200 all out more than six times this ranji season). Plus, anyones whos watched Ranji would agree that he is among the best in getting teams out of trouble in difficult situations. Multiple match saving fifties last season were testament to this. Most were in low-scoring games on green and turning pitches. Plus, he has almost single-handedly carried Barodas batting for the past three years. No one bet

    Give him a chance before judging the man. He deserves his place in this side more than most. No one better to bat at 5-6.

  • boomslanger on February 4, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    since everyone's got a team, here're my improbables:Harbhajan Singh (capt.), Jiwanjot Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Baba Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Ankit Bawne, Dinesh Karthik, Amit, Mishra, Pankaj Singh, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Parvez Rasool, Anureet Singh, Natraj Behera, Mandeep Singh

  • boomslanger on February 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @Shane BOND HiyaShane! See that y're back up to no good! go at it. How's the back? Bowling at the Indians anytime? Talk to you soon

  • boomslanger on February 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @ black_bird SO he (STROMBRINGER) MADE A mistake regarding the BOULT. Given that O'Donnell mentioned his delivery swinging in from off to leg while remarking on swing bowlers it is easy to make the mistake. while he just made the mistake of mistaking a bowler's name, you are making the mistake of pretending to be a new Zealander. why? Stand up for your country man! India has achieved a lot more than a few cricketers. Whoever wins or loses at Auckland , it is a five day game that may be forgotten in five weeks. But we who live in "Our" countries shall do so for our forever. why do you have to pretend (goes for everybody who has decided that their original nationality is shameful or disgraceful for the sake of a GAME!!) you are a white man of another nationality. Specially if you act SELECTOR FOR INDIA IN THE SAME PIECE? Many good Indian writers here with good command of English. India has the largest English speaking population in the world and the largest amount of English publication!

  • StreetView on February 4, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @joe232 Looks like you misunderstood my comment. I was also criticizing Nohit and his fanboys. @Night Angel And why are many people hyping up Rishi Dhawan? He has decent Ranji stats but they cant be considered good enough. Its like Sir Jadeja having Ranji triple hundreds despite him being a below average batsman. Dont prop Rishi up just because he plays for your favorite IPL Team.

  • Greatest_Game on February 4, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    black_bird predicts "Innings victory for india is on the way. my prediction is 2-0 in favor of india. Dhawan, rohit, dhoni, kohli will make 100s. Mark my word. Due to poor umpiring decision, india lost the odi series. but test cricket is different. and india will trash nz like they do everyone at overseas."

    Dude, do you know which planet you are on. India gets beaten overseas by everyone, including NZ, as we recently saw. India lost the ODIs - plain and simple - & it had nothing to do with umpiring decisions. Nothing at all. That is such a pathetic excuse, it is like Nohit batting. New Zealand were better with the bat and with the ball, just like SA were. India can't win a match overseas.

    Dhawan and Nohit will fail. Kohli & Pujara will be India's main hope, with Rahane as backup. Dhoni rarely scores much in tests. Shami will bowl well (I think,) and the other guys will not. India will lose. End of story.

    Time to wake up man.

  • on February 4, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @blackbird. Uhm, one or two decisions went against our way in odi's not India's and what is this "trashing?" Enjoy cricket man, not "trash". I beleive tests to be a close affair and hope for results in favour of NZ.

  • androyuvi on February 4, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Laugh at me if you want, but Ashwin is going to get selected ahead of Jadeja if only one spinner is being played. Reason being, in tests Ashwin is simply better than Jadeja.

    Now to answer your counterpoint saying Jaddu is better than Ash, let me remind you guys that Jadeja picked his 5fer in Durban pitch which assists spinners. But again answering why Jaeja got picked ahead of Ashwin for the Durban test, it is just because SA team had more right-handers.

    And you can read O'Donnell's comments regarding Indian bowlers in the practice match, especially about Ashwin.

    But if I am allowed to select, i will go with 5+1+5 combination, with both Ashwin and Jadeja in the playing XI.

    Again, if it is going to be 6+1+4, Ashwin alone will get picked. If only Ojha was there in the team, Ashwin had to fear for his place in playing XI, but certainly he won't have to for Mishra.

  • on February 4, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Badri stats .....117 matches 167 innings.... 21 not outs...... 8754 runs......highest of 250... average of 59.95...... 30 hundreds..... 39 fifties....... 8 doubles........yet this is a guy who has not got chances in the indian team.......if he had been jn another country he would have been a main asset by now.......poor selection ........had he got the chances that rohit had got he would have crossed about 3500 runs by now...,...!!!!

  • black_bird on February 4, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Innings victory for india is on the way. my prediction is 2-0 in favor of india. Dhawan, rohit, dhoni, kohli will make 100s. Mark my word. Due to poor umpiring decision, india lost the odi series. but test cricket is different. and india will trash nz like they do everyone at overseas.Advance congratulation to india for winning the test series.

  • on February 4, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @JonocricketNZ - He is a spinner. A short, knome-like spinner... he is not Tranet Boult, well done on that, but he is also not a medium-pacer, nor an opening batsman nor a lemming.

  • on February 4, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    @Stormbringer - Woah!! Why did you write that? And how did your comment get the highlighted slot??!? "The only good thing for India was that they got a look at the NZ swing blower Boult"!? It was Jono Boult NOT Trent Boult. A spinner!! And a foot shorter!! For that alone your piece should not have been printed. Sorry, but the test will be tough. We have named a poor team (NZ side) by leaving out some better players AND the Indians retired and could have got 100s in that NZ XI match, they were just changing pace and there were only benefits.

    I know NZ are awesome and our ODI team is, flat-out, more complete and more competent than India. But the tests will be different, f still winnable nevertheless. I predict a 1-1 series draw and doubt there will be too many single digit scores except from batsman who totally fail. Please do not highlight comments that confuse Trent and Jono Boult!? Makes everyone involved look silly. Go the Black Caps!!

  • St0rmbringer on February 4, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    @abeymathew Only problem is shehwag's gone for cataract removal and Gambhir id trying on ne crutches. though RAvi SHastri and Gavaskar doing duty as commentators as well as Siva are available, will they do or shall we call in VISHY too?

  • on February 4, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Dhoni is the one of the best captain India ever produced...He won so many matches including world cup. Still his batting on best. blame bowling and top orders not him.

  • time2goback2dbasics on February 3, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    @streetview,righty said,becoz of him many othr good player are not getting chance..a overhyped player showing class against outswing bowling..lol

  • abeymathew on February 3, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    India need to make some big changes.. 1) drop dhoni from captaincy. He is too defensive 2) drop rohit, raina, Aswin, ishant, Raidu, dhavan from all formats 3) bring back gambir, zaheer, vijay, pujara, rishi, in all formats 4) drop dhoni from test 5) need to play with 4 pace bowlers+ 2 genuine all rounder 6) make gambir as captain in all 3 7) dont give too much burden (like SRT 1996) to kohli now.. leave him free 8) lets play jadeja at 5, he is more than a big hitter

    So it should be Gambir, vijay, pujara, kohli, jadeja, dhoni, rishi, bhuvi, zaheer, yadav, shami Now we hv 7 batsmen, 6 bowlers..

  • on February 3, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Good practice. Hoping the bowlers perform well in the tests.

  • Temuzin on February 3, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    joe232: Please don't insult Badrinath by comparing him with made of sugar Tiwari. Tiwari is always on injured list. He plays a few matches and then gets hurt. He is most injury prone cricker India has everf produced. Plus he did not put the world on fire by his batting when ever he got a chance. His runs came on flat pitches. he was given chance in Australia and he failed. r and making him captain.

  • SevereCritic on February 3, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Need to take 20 wickets to win a test. Dhoni, his defensive captaincy and his bowlers are not really capable of doing it. Now, the batsmen are more than capable of batting out the tests for draws. So, if India loses, then blame the batsmen; if they win, then credit goes to the bowlers; if they draw the series, then credit to their batsmen.

  • on February 3, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    crazy comment. Dhoni at present is the best captain. Who the hell will ever think of Rohit sharma as a captain. Cray mind

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on February 3, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    I think its about having a group of 3-4 leaders in a team at the same time, currently India have two in Virat, Dhoni and Zak for leading bowlers, rest are still trying to prove they are good enough for international cricket. Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni,Kumble, Sehwag, Ganguly, Laxman formed India's core leadership group that saw them do well at home as well as away in the last decade. Current team would need to put in great amount of work to achieve that consistency, Rahane, Rohit, Dhawan n others have a lot of potential but they will need time to learn, its their first time in tests on foreign tours. Only worry is the bowlers that coming out of domestic circuit, some guys have done well but they arent upcoming young blood. So its going to be a long journey and one day India will be on top again, but there maybe some very tough tests to pass for this Indian side along the way.

  • Jonocricketnz on February 3, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Stormbringer They didn't get to have a look at Boult - it was his older brother, the medium pacer Jono Boult....

  • Hummingbird0 on February 3, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    @MandarSathe and @ Streetview,

    Rohit as captain for Indian test team? Let's see whether he can handle swing first of all. If comes out shining with century then that is a bright idea. If not Rohit should be gone for ever. In place of him, Manoj Tiwary need to drafted in. But if he scores good runs, I for one believe that he is captaincy material. I also donot want pressure on Virat. Let him play as he is now.

    But this series should be curtain for break or make for Rohit Sharma. If Rohit shines , he can be considered for captaincy. If not , bye bye Rohit.

    Nevertheless, Dhoni should be dropped. He is a defensive captain and confidence killer of new players.

    Besides, Dhoni averages 26 in overseas but his average got inflated because he plays well in India( it is 48!!! in India)

    So much for a wicket-keeper test bat. KL Rahul, Sanju Samson and even Ambati can keep. Then y this baggage? Please, captaincy should be for Pujara/rohit/kohli.

  • on February 3, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    L L T L L L D NR L L (India's Away form most recent first) lolz tells it all

  • MandarSathe on February 3, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    I can understand people puzzled on talk of Rohit being the captain... but it takes foresight for making good selection... mark my words.... Like he has done for Mumbai in last IPL & CLT20 last year... the additional responsibility is just the tonic that Rohit & Indian Cricket team needs..... Easy candidate for selectors to pick would be Kohli...but I won't hamper with his current sublime form by burdening him with captaincy.... if I were selector..I surely would have made Rohit captain for upcoming T20 world cup....

  • StreetView on February 3, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    There are People saying Nohit should become the captain . RIDICULOUS . Given his inconsistency he does not even deserve a place in the eleven.

  • Hummingbird0 on February 3, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Besides, Its disheartening that a fine player like Manoj tiwary do not have age on his side. Look at what Dhoni did, he never give break to Manoj and always prefer Rohit ahead of him, when he was fit. He ruined his career despite millions times better than flamboyant Rohit. Now, aged 28, I'm afraid , he would be our next Badri, to be renowned as a giant in FC with 60 average and never cut it to national side.

    Players like Rayudu, who averages 45 in Indian High way got the nod ahead of him. So even if Rohit sharma fails, Rayudu would be selected automatically and go on to become a Mohammed kaif like player. ie, inconsistent.

    Alas, If injury hadn't barred Manoj Tiwary, he would have been selected ahead of Rayudu. But it seems, like Manoj was sidelined for Rohit for years, Rayudu will fall in the line of selection as he is already in the side, even if Manoj if fit and ready to make the cut into national side.

    Manoj Tiwary is an another Badrinath, in making.

  • Nampally on February 3, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    This was a purely a match for some workout for both Bowlers & batsmen before the first test. That is exactly what they got. One positive from this match was Pandey's impressive line & length which he maintained thru' his 14 overs stint. India needs this type of consistently accurate pace bowling. It is unfortunate that Faster bowlers like Aaron, Yadev & Ishant cannot maintain their line, length & direction. India needs to focus & perfect this aspect before the WC 2015. In batting, One lesson from this lost ODI series is - India needs reliable opening batsmen + a sheet anchor Pujara in XI. It is left up to the Indian Selector & Dhoni to accept their folly/personal grudge against Pujara & include the ACE in the ODI XI. Alternative is India does not have an alternate batsman who can play on green bouncy pitches where the WC will be held. Indian batting in top 4 needs step improvement. With Pujara India stand a good chance of winning the NZ Test series. Indiai needs 5 bowlers in XI to win!

  • MandarSathe on February 3, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma made captain and things started looking different on a foreign tour for India: New Zealand XI 262 for 9 dec (O'Donnell 80, Pandey 3-42) drew with Indians 313 for 7 (Rohit 59, Rahane 60)

    Time up for Dhoni.. Rohit has potential of being next captain... IPL & CLT20 wins were first trailer of Rohit's captaincy......

  • Hummingbird0 on February 3, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    @Bharath Akkera, yoohoo, I would agree with @aliyosuf's comment. What he said was spot on. Manoj Tiwary( average's 60) is more talented player than Rayudu. And Statistics also won't lie, that is, Rayudu avg's only 45 in INDIAN ROADS. That means Rayudu is not scoring consistently and bound to more off periods like Gambhir. I was also baffled with the selection of Rayudu in Tests ahead of other deserving lads. YOU know who's more deserving in the test team THAN Rayudu or Rohit. It is Manoj Tiwary. But, When I saw recent Ranji matches the potential of ANKIT BAWANE , it was a lot clear there are more temperamentally better players are around here in India than Rayudu Like Jadhav, Pandey, Karun Nair

  • CricketMaan on February 3, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Whatever Team India does or does not, win or loose, play in spirit or not, use DRS or not, they will be criticized for everything and anything. Such is the wrath that BCCI has bestowed upon itself, it's nation and fans. We have forgotten its sport and win, loss are all part of it. Coz of the money it generates, India is expected to win and win only. No one has given credit to a wonderful NZ unit, they won more that India losing. With so much of negativity, pressure to win Indian players won't enjoy the game as much as many of thier predecessors did. Should i pity them or join the bandwagon in criticizing them for thier every move on and off the field! I dont know, for now I hope they restore some pride. How quickly we have forgotten that India won both ODIs and Test in thier last visit which inlcuded some of NZ's very fine players.

  • Raja.sh on February 3, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    How can people said within one practice match rayudu,dhawan,rohit is better players its just like kidding or shown like still not grown. Someone posted rayudu is better than pujara what a funny.. Look out last rayudu performances in odi just 20 and 30 with strike rate of 55 in odi. vijay and pujara just came into nz they want to settle few days if it is only they can manage the climate. Rohit, dhawan nothing done in last sa series not scored 30runs also but pujara and vijay played well. So how can u say replace rayudu?? And rahane last odi scores was 60runs from 5matches very bad performance but anyhow last sa test series he scored well so if u guys want rayudu in team means only one replacement available thats rohit, but our captain never drop rohit.

  • on February 3, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Ali yusuf@@you can not measure the ability of a player just by considering his average in first class matches..For instance what happened when jadeja was taken in to tests all of a sudden when he made 2 triples in first class matches...international cricket is lot to do with mental ability and batting technique. I would disagree wt ur comment on rayudu. don't simply come to a conclusion about this player just by seeing his current average and compare with youngsters like aparijith. off course aparijith has got good talent and he was a member of under 19 wc winning team. but rayudu once the captain of under 19 team which had team members like dhawan. ..raina. ..utappa. ..dinesh karthik. In his initial days he maintained Average more than 65...but the poor fellow became a victim of state cricket board politics..but where ever he played he wanted to show his ability with bat...now he became mentally strong by overcoming many obstacles..give him few chances.definitely will prove himself

  • on February 3, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Come Tests - Rayudu and Pandey will be the12th man - to see Rohit and Dhawan heroics and obviously MSD can claim - he is better thasn Saha after this game -:)

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @yoohoo, Ok. agreed about what you suggesting about Rohit. But Rayudu a test talent? Have heard about a lad named Manoj Tiwary, who unfortunately got injured time and again?

    Ahead of Rayudu, MANOJ TIWARY should be inducted to the team. HE is miles above the likes of Rohit's, Rayudu's.

    Now, Rayudu's First Class average of 45 in Indian Roads is par with Yuvraj's 44 , Raina's 44. But agreed, Rayudu is compact and doesn't have short pitch ball 'syndrome'. But in Indian Flat pitches, a guy like Jadeja scored 3 triple tons and averaged 50 tells about the quality of pitches.

    Here, Rayudu can't even touch 50 in FC. This means he is not consistent. Much like Carberry (44 FC) , Compton (44 avg FC) of England. They are simply not consistent but doesn't seems to have any technical faults.

    For India to discard Yuvraj, it took 44 matches, for Raina it is 17.

    I wonder, how many matches will it take 'fans' and selectors to understand Rayudu can't be consistent. In FC, he is DEFINITELY not!

  • Nampally on February 3, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @Night.Angel: Your Test team has just 4 bowlers. Dhoni keeps making similar mistake of playing a 5 day test match with 4 bowlers which cost India the SA Test series. Your ODI team also has 4 bowlers. The first thing in XI selection is a balance between bowlers & batsmen. Without this balance even the best names cannot win the matches. Dhoni blunders in this regard consistently with the vain hope that he will pull off wins! Rahul, Sanju Samson are fine players along with another dozen good batsmen. So there will be lot of competition with others like: Zol, Bawne, Chand, Khadiwale, Mandeep, Jiwanjot, ++. Amongst the pace bowlers Aaron, Shami, Pandey, Yadev are likely to be the leaders with new talents in the background. Unfortunately the spinners are not as promising. Chawla, Mishra, Rahul Sharma have been not allowed to develop. Ashwin is erratic & Jadeja is still developing. Nadeem & Abdullah look good but not tried. I have a feeling the current squad will not change that much for WC.

  • vr.mandalapu on February 3, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Though we should not read too much into this practice match, we should however notice a couple of positives in it. One is the confident bowling performance of Pandey which increases the bowling options and the second one is the batters like Rahane and Rayudu getting into test mould.Especially Rayudu because this guy often does not do justice to his talent by being too adventurous even when it is not required.

  • ASK3 on February 3, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @Anupam Chowdary Maddineni, surely you're not suggesting Rayadu come in for Vijay? As good as a prospect as Rayadu may be, I wouldn't be having Vijay replaced by someone; based on his recent performances and his temperament and his ability to leave outside off.

  • nzcricket174 on February 3, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @St0rmbringer - Trent Boult was not playing. It was his older brother, Jono, who is an offspinner.

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Now our ODI team consists of players averaging 35 (Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit, Raina), it is a pale comparison to what we had when yesteryear stars like Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid's where players (all avg's above 40)

    They need to replaced with Pujara (avg's 55 in list A), KL Rahul( like kohli avg's 50 in list A), S Tiwary (47) , and k.Jadav (avg 50 like dhoni)

    Ashwin (avg 35 with bowl) is not an ODI bowler, but Amit Mishra is (avg 23).

    So my ODI team : Dhawan(he will be back), KL Rahul, Kohli, Pujara, Jadav, Dhoni, S.tiwary ,Jaddu, Mishra, Shami and Aaron.

    Test Team : Dhawan, KL Rahul (excellent first class player ),Pujara,Kohli (captain),Rahane, Rohit (avg 60 in FC), Sanju Samson(sorry no Dhoni, he can't bat in tests ), Jaddu, Zaheer, Shami, Pandey (NO Ishant ).

    Test (Simplified): Dhawan, Rahul, Pujara,kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Samson, jaddu, Zaheer, shami, pandey.

  • yoohoo on February 3, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @ali.yousuf - We saw how rohit bats in tests in SA, so let us stop that nonsense. As far as Rayudu is concerned, look at his performance on swinging tracks in NZ during the A-tour when only he made a century and everybody else was out for nothing. Look at his performance for the last couple of seasons for Baroda, it is very good! He is a real test match potential, and he could complete the middle order perfectly with kohli and pujara if given a few opportunities.

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    JOhnny, besides, I want Dhoni to be dropped from test team and hand it over to Kohli. Dhoni is too defensive in test matches and he can't score any runs. Even Ambati can keep wickets . So he can do the job. And Jadeja as a batsman was a flop in India. Do you expect him to score any in NZ?

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    @JOhnny-129, How come the inclusion two spinners can be an ATTACKING move in green top? Opposition bats can ATTACK these two out because of lack of turn. I will call that a bad move.

    If you want attacking move in green top, ATTACK with four seamers. Then there is a high probability of taking wickets. 4 fast bowlers + 1 spinner is the ideal for any green top.

    I haven't heard anybody telling attack the batsman with spinners in seaming pitches. So you don't make any sense to me. Likewise, your infatuation with Rayudu. Support someone like Manoj Tiwary. He is the next unfortunate batter after Badri in India

  • on February 3, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    so now Rayudu performed better than Pujara, Vijay, and Dhawan, still he will be left out to make a way for Vijay,

  • doc.qadeer on February 3, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    realy shocking to read comments about ashwin as a batsman...backing him due to hus batting???...his job is bowling where he is totly failed...bring irfan pthanor rishi dhawan if u need a bowling allrounder.... ashwin is only a t20 bowler... comments from pakistan

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @Johnny, Rayudu best bat after kohli and pujara to you? Do you follow Ranji Trophy. Well, I do. Averages do tell a story. It shows consistency in scoring runs. Rayudu is not a consistent player. Have you heard him topping the First class chart for most runs in any season . No. Because he is not.

    Manoj tiwary is the best bet after kohli, pujara, rahane. He avgs 60 in FC. That is 15 ahead of Rayudu. Even, Ankit Bawane, kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Mithun manhas, Dheeraj Jadhav, Badri, Jiwanjot singh, Nayar are miles ahead of Rayudu.

    Besides, Rohit is a flop in ODI because that is not his forte. He avgs only 35 in List A. But this is TEST, where he can the balls. And who told he was troubled with short ball? It was swinging deliveries that got him.

  • on February 3, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan took 49 wickets from just 8 matches @ 20 avg. Some guys argue that it from helpful wickets. Even guys like Philander, Anderson takes wickets only from helpful pitches. Most international fast bowler haven't taken many wickets in Indian subcontinent.

    For overseas, in helpful conditions, it is more better to have a swing bowler than Ashwin.

    And Rishi Avg's (40+) more with the bat than Ashwin in FC , despite batting at 7,8 in his team.

  • cornered_again on February 3, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    take your money India but leave our sport alone... Just because you have more money you want to control our sport ? you will make the rules,,,you will decide where the world cups are played..GOD save our beloved sport from these business man

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 3, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Ishant and Ashwin are club level players. They should never ever be selected in any Indian team. Ishwar Pandey is better than Ishant, and Jadeja is better than Ashwin. Outside India we can afford to play only 1 spinner. If Dhoni still picks Ishant or Ashwin in his team, that means he has completely lost it and he should be relieved from captain's position.

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    @TRAM, you don't make any sense. Why would Rayudu, who averages 45 in Indian flat tracks should be picked ahead of Rahane (60 FC average) or Rohit (61 FC average) in the TEST team.

    I agree that Rahane and Rohit are poor in ODIs. That too shows in their in List A averages. They are 35 category. This applies to Rayudu as well. He averages 35 in List A. How come Rayudu came into ODI AND TEST team is beyond me.

    I too agree with you about the 'free baggage' Ishant Sharma. But Zaheer is the only silverware in this bowling line up. Nobody in the real mind want Zaheer not to be selected in this pathetic scenario that Indian cricket team has found themselves to be in. That's why you sound to me senseless. Otherwise point out your reasons to support your claims .

  • Johnny_129 on February 3, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    @ ali.yousuf - Disagree. Rayudu is the next best bat after Pujara, Kohli and possibly Rehane. He has a compact technique and plays the short ball better than the others. It is Rohit who is the loose-canon in this Indian line-up. Average alone does not tell the full story. However, I believe India should make an attacking move - drop Rohit and play BOTH Jadeja and Ashwin along with 3 pace bowlers???!! India really struggles to get teams out with 4 bowlers - It will be a real toil for 4 specialist Indian bowlers to bowl a Test team out twice. Our pacies may well be household names that seem impressive enough at their best. However, on any given day not all of them are at their best, if any. Furthermore, the bowlers need to bowl as a team, to a well set plan. Jadeja and Ashwins batting combined is equal to or greater than Rohit alone and in some cases they can score bigger the Rohit individually!! Hope Dhoni finally pulls his thump out of his eehs!!! If only one of the pacers could bat!!

  • TRAM on February 3, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Ashwin can open in place of Dhawan so that AMishra OR Pandey can come in (Dhawan out). I wish Rayudu plays with Rohit & Rahane sitting out, but I know Dhoni wont do it (And also the standing instruction is, Mumbai players MUST be in the team). If Dhoni plays Ishant/Zaheer, that would mean he does not want to try new bowlers for the future. India is doomed. And his complaints about weak bowling are meaningless. These two (Ishant/Zaheer) cant get club level players out (esp with new ball), and they are they going to get at Test level? If India fails in bowling, let it be by giving chance to youngsters rather than oldies.

  • 30-30-150 on February 3, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    It's time we had a series between "Dhoni XI" and "Rest of India XI". "Dhoni XI" refers to the current set of players backed by Dhoni even after continued underperformances. "Rest of India XI" should comprise of the best players from across the country who have proved themselves at the domestic arena. We all know which team would come out victorious if such a series is played ;)

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    St0rmbringer, yes, your best prospect Ishant avg's almost 40 with the bowl after 53 matches!!

    He averages 44 in Aus, 45 in Eng, 47 in SA. These are were green tops are prepared. In helpful conditions he fared that bad. What should we fans expect, to keep playing him and loose the game?

  • Srilanka-rules on February 3, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Selection of Rayudu ahead of other talented players still baffles me. He averages only 45 in flat tracks of India in FC whereas players like , Manoj Tiwary (60), Bawane (55)Nayar (54), Jadhav (52), Manish Pandey (54), Badrinath (60), Aparjith (55) are way superior than him. (There are plethora of other 50+avgs in Indian FC)

    Some may argue that its the temperament, but again, Ankit Bawane , Manish Pandey , Jadhav are more superior in terms of that also.

    Other hard-digesting fact is despite averaging 35 in List A matches how come he was selected for ODI's? Is Ipl is the real way of entry to Indian team?

  • gauravm5 on February 3, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    There are 90% chances that Dhoni would pick his most favorite & world's worst test bowler (among all who played more than 50 tests) for 1st test. We all know Ishant would fail to deliver a decent performance in the 1st tet & dhoni would again back him saying that u cant judge a player just on the basis of 1 bad outing then we all know what would happen; India going home with 2-0. After this, Selectors would again include Ishant for England tour & history will repeat itself means ishant not performing in 1st test and dhoni again backing him saying "u cant judge a player just on the basis of one bad performance", so Ishant wud continue to b there on the field for first 3 tests After the 3-0, Dhoni words wud be "now as we all know series is gone its the time to give some chances to under performers to prove themselves". Same wud happen in the Australian tour; Dhoni backing IShant again saying we need to identify our 5 fast bowler for world cup. DHONI BACKING ISHANT IS A CYCLE WITH NO END

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    And some may even argue that Ashwin when bats resemble Laxman. And further claims that he can become a player of Laxman's caliber in terms of batting. But facts cannot be covered up. Ashwin avg's 35 in FC whereas Laxman's was 55. It shows a daylight between their prowess and skill.

    But Ashwin in India is indispensable. He is our Philander in rank turners. But he should only play in subcontinent.

  • on February 3, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Can we expect some fightback from Indian team in Tests ? Can we expect atleast 1-1 draw if not series win ? Why Aaron not in test side? Mr. Dhoni Are you going to bring back your brother I Sharma ?? Are you mad ?

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Ashwin played some shots in practice match and you guys vouch him as an international batsman? He can surely play some eye-catching cover drives but he is only a 30 avg player even in domestic FC.

    If you are looking for an allrounder what you guys want a spinner or a swing bowler.

    Rishi Dhawan took 49 wickets from just 8 matches @ 20 avg. Some guys argue that it from helpful wickets. Even guys like Philander, Anderson takes wickets only from helpful pitches. Most international fast bowler haven't taken many wickets in Indian subcontinent.

    For overseas, in helpful conditions, it is more better to have a swing bowler than Ashwin.

    And Rishi Avg's (40+) more with the bat than Ashwin in FC , despite batting at 7,8 in his team.

    Do you want a spinning alrounder or a swing bowler in green tops? Stop vouching for Ashwin. He is only good in subcontinent//////

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    What is the fuss all about? Ashwin as a batsman is a joke. He can play some eye-catching cover drives but he is a 30 avg player which cannot be consider as International.

    Even Rishi Dhawan averages more than 40 despite batting deep as No: 7,8.

    Do we need a swing bowler who took 49 wickets at an average of 20 from 8 matches in recent tournament or a spinner in green tops?

    At best, Ashwin can take 1 or 2 wickets in overseas but Rishi can even top the bowling along with some good runs.

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @AjitDJ on (February 3, 2014, 9:49 GMT):

    Who knows; it may be good for India; if Ashwin transforms into a good batsman.

    "Once upon a time", his bowling was good; but no more. Even "once upon a time" he was ineffective in unhelpful conditions. And, he constantly ended up whining about pitches and/or new fielding rules. A little tired of hearing that.

    At the moment Jadeja's part-time spinning is better than Ashwin's. Let them just swap places.

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    R. Aswhin as an ODI bowler has never took a 4-wicket haul even in domestic List A matches. And he gives 5 runs per over. No wicket taking ability in ODIs and marginally contains the opposition.

    Mishra has an bowling avg of 23 in odi's and has many 4and 5 wicket haul when compared to Ashwin terrible 33 bowl avg with not even a single 4 wicket haul.

    So who is better?

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Now our ODI team consists of players averaging 35 (Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit, Raina), it is a pale comparison to what we had when yesteryear stars like Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid's where players (all avg's above 40)

    They need to replaced with Pujara (avg's 55 in list A), KL Rahul( like kohli avg's 50 in list A), S Tiwary (47) , and k.Jadav (avg 50 like dhoni)

    Ashwin (avg 35 with bowl) is not an ODI bowler, but Amit Mishra is (avg 23).

    So my ODI team : Dhawan(he will be back), KL Rahul, Kohli, Pujara, Jadav, Dhoni, S.tiwary ,Jaddu, Mishra, Shami and Aaron.

    Test Team : Dhawan, KL Rahul (excellent first class player ),Pujara,Kohli (captain),Rahane, Rohit (avg 60 in FC), Sanju Samson(sorry no Dhoni, he can't bat in tests ), Jaddu, Zaheer, Shami, Pandey (NO Ishant ).

    Test (Simplified): Dhawan, Rahul, Pujara,kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Samson, jaddu, Zaheer, shami, pandey.

  • YesKayR on February 3, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Rahane, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Ashwin, Dhoni, Jadeja, Zaheer, Pandey and Yadav, B Kumar (12th man) should be the team for the test. Ashwin here is considered a batsman, who will bowl to give rest to pacers and if he ever gets a wicket, it will be bonus. Jadeja is important as he will fill the 11th spot in the team as no one else is good enough. He may score 10 to 15 runs and can bowl. The pure batsman in that no: 6 position we have also may not score more than that. What a plight!!!!!!!!!!!!. Shikar dhawan can cool his heels in the dressing room.

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Ashwin should consider taking up Wicket Keeping duties.

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Varun Aaron should be given an extended run.He has the pace and will develop the required skill.But somehow Dhoni likes only Ishant Sharma.Now that he has got two wickets in a practice match he is likely to play both tests and all the Indian cricket fans can pull their hair out.Enough chances have also been given to Rohit Sharma and Dhawan.It's time to look for their replacements.

  • Night.angel on February 3, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @DhairyBoghani, Which game were you suggesting that Ashwin took wickets? He should play only in Indian conditions that too in the test matches only. In ODI's he haven't even taken a single 4 wicket haul and this is true even in List A matches.

    Ashwin, Ishant, Raina should be dropped from Indian team. Rohit should play only in tests and T20s, no ODI's since he avg's only 36 but if he was selected, should play as a slogger in late overs.

  • AjitDJ on February 3, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Looks like Ashwin wants to give up bowling and settle down as a batsman.

  • rajuramki on February 3, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Not a single player from the current crop of Ranji players is good enough to play test cricket . Performance in the ranji hardly counts , as the whole tournament is flawed . Let us not fool ourselves , go by the performances in Ranji trophy , and feel that some players are ready for the next level . India's performance abroad will improve only if the players are exposed to pace friendly tracks and by offering them lifeless wickets or dust bowls.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 3, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @skabc23 good team. but you should pick up Bhuvneswar Kumar. If pitch provide swing he is classy as we saw in Eng/Wi. He was best at debut against Pak where pitch was providing swing. NZ and SA are drop in pitches so he can fail but in Eng/Aus/Wi/in any contry where pitch is grassy he is our bestest bowler.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 3, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    After watching performence of all team I think Aswin is now matured to get some wickets abroad. He is batting so well. On playing Shorter & Faster balls he is more confident then Dhavan/Rohit. So I think India should play with 5 bowlers if wickets are not so much green. Dhavan should be left out as he neither had patient to play in test nor aggretion of Sehwag. My eleven for first test : Vijay Aswin Poojara Kohli Rahane Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Kumar Shami Panday. if pitch is very green replace Aswin with Yadav.

  • on February 3, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    dhoni looks out of place, does not know how to handle fast bowler, instead of trying to take wicket he is happy in just containing batsman especially in middle overs. does not know who is better ashwin or Harbhajan singh. If spinner does not take wicket in middle overs obviously fast bowler will be hammered in last 15 overs. How can you only think of containing batsman in middle over. and how can you become happy with your spinner if they have taken only 1 wicket in 5 ODI and 1-2 wicket in whole of south africa tour. actually dhoni is just enjoying a top position in a team and he knows that people cannot tell him anything especially selectors. The thing which bother me most about dhoni is that he is never discussing ideas with his team mates or bowlers he commands them to bowl in certain way and they have to listen to him. Selectors wake up and do your job. dhoni is not a good captain. Wake up selector before whole country wakes up.

  • on February 3, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @ Stormbringer. Actually the Boult they faced today was not Trent who is New Zealand's opening bowler. The man in the action today is his offspining older brother Jono, who is nowhere near as good.

  • vipinchirackal on February 3, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    except one national and some u19 players most of them at this nz teams were from university standard player and see how the performance of indian bowlers in particular ishant.i am sure we can treplace oour batsmen with betteroption at present but we can certainly find out some good bowlers.if it is not done immediately india cant perform better than this

  • on February 3, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    The test side look better prepared, but the important thing is form.The form of Dhawan is dropping and Vijay deserves another chance. The best we can hope for is a change in the openers slot if one of them fails, bring in gambhir as he is the option left of a batsman in form but who hasn't got a chance since IPL 2013. Good Luck for Team India.

  • skabc23 on February 3, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    One needs different temperament for Test and ODI. You can easily find out which player is good for ODI and which one is a better batman of Test by checking domestic records. When we look at the same we find that Rohit, Rahane, Pujara are having very good 1st class record but only Pujara is having good List A record. Also I checked record of KL Rahul and KM Jadhav. They are having very good List A record. In my view a good ODI and Test team would be- ODI : 1)Pujara 2)KL Rahul 3)Kohli 4)Jadhav 5)Dhoni 6)Jadeja 7)Raina/Gurkeerat Singh 8)AM Nayar/Binny/Rishi Dhawan 9)Sandeep Sharma 10)Shami 11)Pandey/Pravin Kr

    TEST : 1)M.Vijay/Rohit 2)Jiwanjot Singh/KL Rahul 3)Pujara 4)Kohli 5)Rahane 6)Dhoni 7)Jadeja 8)Ashwin/Ojha/Mishra 9)Sandeep Sharma 10)Shami/Umesh Ydv 11)Pandey...Ankit Bawne and MC Juneja Rahul can keep and instead of Dhoni one extra batsman can be given chance in Test. what's ur view guys?

  • matchfixerpkn on February 3, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Javed Ahmed..but ashvin avarages better than rohith,raina, dhavan,gambhir in testing condtion as batsman..he is batting much comfortably than these 4 against quality fast blowing...you can try his as opening batsman ....it may click ...

  • St0rmbringer on February 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Naresh28 Good observation! SO we can read?

  • Rohit... on February 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Rahane... Please Play Tests only... Let Pujara (with Domestic Avg. of 55) get the crucial No. 4 position in ODIs.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 3, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I Dont read too much in this practice game (on flat deck). If R sharma doesn't click the next game Rayud should come in his place.

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    tail enders remains a big problem for india as shown in this practice game also...so plz bring back varon in team who can easily finish the tail....mind it....

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    i am very angry and disappointed aftet reading a comment in which they are sayingvashwin should be captain. he must not be in team of test and odi...you can try him in t 20... i m seeing all matches u19 ..women...ranji...a team...all ..so mind my words..bring back varon he can finish tail of opponant easily....

  • RDBX on February 3, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    So even against a domestic NZ team our Ishant Sharma couldn't bowl under 4 RPO?

    WHY IS HE BEING CARRIED IN THIS TEAM?

    My request to selectors, please give that young lad Pandey a chance in tests also go with Yadav and Zaheer, would not be bad to go for a four fast bowlers attack if the pitch is suitable to fast bowlers as we know it will be.

    Best of Luck guys! Win something this time round.

  • thaikkathameed on February 3, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Still no chance for Amit Mishra, what a shame?

  • Naresh28 on February 3, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Good enough workout for the majority of the players on the indian side. To cross 300 is a good warmup for the main event. We dont mind who plays for India in the 11, just that they must contribute in their roles and not be carried in theteam as passengers.

  • on February 3, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    All the best Rohit & Rahane !!!

  • on February 3, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    All the best Rohit & Rahane !!!

  • Naresh28 on February 3, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Good enough workout for the majority of the players on the indian side. To cross 300 is a good warmup for the main event. We dont mind who plays for India in the 11, just that they must contribute in their roles and not be carried in theteam as passengers.

  • thaikkathameed on February 3, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Still no chance for Amit Mishra, what a shame?

  • RDBX on February 3, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    So even against a domestic NZ team our Ishant Sharma couldn't bowl under 4 RPO?

    WHY IS HE BEING CARRIED IN THIS TEAM?

    My request to selectors, please give that young lad Pandey a chance in tests also go with Yadav and Zaheer, would not be bad to go for a four fast bowlers attack if the pitch is suitable to fast bowlers as we know it will be.

    Best of Luck guys! Win something this time round.

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    i am very angry and disappointed aftet reading a comment in which they are sayingvashwin should be captain. he must not be in team of test and odi...you can try him in t 20... i m seeing all matches u19 ..women...ranji...a team...all ..so mind my words..bring back varon he can finish tail of opponant easily....

  • on February 3, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    tail enders remains a big problem for india as shown in this practice game also...so plz bring back varon in team who can easily finish the tail....mind it....

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 3, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I Dont read too much in this practice game (on flat deck). If R sharma doesn't click the next game Rayud should come in his place.

  • Rohit... on February 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Rahane... Please Play Tests only... Let Pujara (with Domestic Avg. of 55) get the crucial No. 4 position in ODIs.

  • St0rmbringer on February 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Naresh28 Good observation! SO we can read?

  • matchfixerpkn on February 3, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Javed Ahmed..but ashvin avarages better than rohith,raina, dhavan,gambhir in testing condtion as batsman..he is batting much comfortably than these 4 against quality fast blowing...you can try his as opening batsman ....it may click ...