New Zealand XI v Indians, Whangarei, 2nd day

'Got what we wanted from practice game' - Rohit

Abhishek Purohit in Whangarei

February 3, 2014

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Rohit Sharma drives during his half-century, New Zealand XI v Indians, Whangarei, 2nd day, February 3, 2014
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  • India were tested with bouncers during the one-dayers and they will face more of the same in the Tests, New Zealand XI captain Anton Devcich feels. Getting some batting practice against the stuff from his young bowlers is what the visitors could take away from the practice match in Whangarei, Devcich said.
  • "We had a couple of tall pace bowlers who generated good bounce off the wicket," Devcich said. "The Indian guys have been found out with the short ball a little bit and I think they are going to cop a little bit more of that during the Test-match series. If they can take anything out of this [match], I would say [it is] playing the short ball.
  • "We have watched the TV just as you guys have and we have noticed that they have got out a lot pulling and hooking. So we thought we may as well test them out as well and see if they have done their work over the past few days. And they played it pretty well, to be fair, so credit to them."
  • When asked which Indian player stood out for him, Devcich mentioned Cheteshwar Pujara, who looked quite solid before falling for 33. "Pujara, he looks really organised and looked like he knew how he would like to play his play. He was really organised. We had to work really hard to even look like getting him out, so I think the Black Caps boys, we know [they] are going to have to work really hard, bowl really well and hopefully get him out early."

The New Zealand XI for the tour match against the Indians had only one international player in captain Anton Devcich, and the two-day affair would have meant little more than a centre-wicket practice opportunity in a game environment for the Indians. Rohit Sharma, their captain, was satisfied with what his side had been able to take out of the opportunity on a flat pitch. He said the fast bowlers had a good workout, and the batsmen also had a decent hit.

"We got what we wanted from this practice game," Rohit said. "All the batsmen got in and made some runs, which is a good sign before a Test. We are ready and both the batsmen and the bowlers got what they wanted from this match. I am happy with how things went in the last two days. We are looking good and raring to go for the Test."

The top order of M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara all got starts but the highest anyone of them managed was 33. Rohit did not read too much into it. "I won't say it is disappointing. They had a decent outing in the middle. They got a feel. It is always disappointing to not get runs. It is not an issue. I am sure it is a matter of one good innings and things will change quickly. That is what I feel and I am sure those guys also feel the same."

Rohit said all his bowlers were able to get some overs in, and felt Ishwar Pandey's performance (3 for 42) stood out. "If you look at their bowling analysis, they probably bowled 15 overs each, which is pretty good on day one. We had to rotate the bowlers. We had to see all the fast bowlers who were in the squad.

"Pandey bowled really well. Given the conditions, he stuck to his plans which is why he got rewarded with three wickets. All the other three fast bowlers also did well. They did not get the wickets they wanted. But Pandey was the one who got really stuck there."

Rohit himself made 59 during a two-and-a-half-hour batting stint in the game and said he was feeling good about his game at the moment. "My state of mind is really good. Nothing to worry about. I am enjoying my game. It is a different ball-game now. The Tests are different. It was good to have got some hit before the Test. So looking forward to the first Test."

The Indians had only a day between the fifth ODI in Wellington and the tour game, and will have two days to travel to Auckland and get in some more practice ahead of the first Test. Rohit said one had to be mentally ready to deal with the hectic schedule, and that the Indians had been using the time they had between the one-dayers to work on their games.

"We got enough time during the one-dayers. We had three days [actually two] in between every ODI. Everyone used that time really well. They worked on what they wanted to work on. It is up to every individual how they want to prepare for a game. I might be different from someone else. Someone might be different from me.

"We have got to accept what is in front of us. We knew it was going to be very hectic. Mentally we have got to be ready and everyone is ready. It is all about how you adapt to all this mentally. Touch wood, there is no injury. We travel tomorrow, get a day off tomorrow and next day we might have practice before the Test. [That] is the only day we get to see what we can do.

"We got to get back together as soon as possible because there is only one day to have a good team session. There are two guys who are missing, MS and Virat. Hopefully, we can go to Auckland and get together. It is really important that we get together and play as a team."

Rohit said it was not going to be easy for a young India side, with many players touring New Zealand for the first time. "It is going to be a huge challenge playing away from home conditions. It is not that we have not done well outside. When we here last time we won the Tests and the ODIs. So that is the positive side we have to take. It is a young team. Lot of guys have come here for the first time. They are getting there. Everyone knows what needs to be done bowling on these pitches, what lengths, what line, what shots to play and what not to.

"Hopefully we will get a day in Auckland and we will go and see how the conditions are and prepare accordingly."

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Posted by Naresh28 on (February 4, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

Agree with @Vishwas reddy and @nampally. A five bowler strategy is important to take wickets and win. Not 4 like in the SA match is not getting India anyway. Forget the shoring up the batting. Its the bowling that needs careful consideration. The Team composition is important. An allrounder is missing.

Posted by Santyment on (February 4, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Very well done Pandey!! You were the find of India A tour of South Africa. Though underbowled ahead of Shami and Unadkat, you delivered with most wickets within 2-3 over spells you got and always was a partnership breaking bowler there... Favoritism for some players or not giving chance coz someone is new is hurting Indian cricket...I ll be happy to see you picked for first test as you delivered even after being fourth seamer, just imagine what harm you could do if given a new ball...Just dont lose heart if not selected for first test..keep up the spirit all the best...a big fan of you..

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

I am waiting for the day when Indian team's bowling attack for tests in overseas would be.like 3-1-1 combination, 3 fast bowlers, 1 spinner, 1 medium pacer allrounder.... only this combination should be able to give you all 20 wickets in a test match.... unless you does that, you can't even think of drawing a tests match let alone winning.... we have have bowlers who takes 5 wicket hauls regularly, instead we need to think of sharing the wickets among Bowlers, 5 bowlers taking 20 wickets in not big deal in.helpful conditions....

Posted by elwarko on (February 4, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Really looking forward to this, should be an excellent test to gauge how NZ are progressing in whites. Hoping for a 2-0 (to NZ) scoreline, so we get more tests in the shaky isles.

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 4, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

With so much of short ball practice before the world cup....it can only mean good sign for the Indian team.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

I really hope Ashwin gets into the test team somehow. His one day bowling has been a big problem but his stats in tests are remarkable. Using his stats he is clearly the best all-rounder in the world at the moment as he averages over 40 with 2 hundreds and with the ball he has been the fastest to hundred wickets in a century. His overseas record might not be flash but he bowled a lot better than his figure suggested in the first game of the SA series. I hope we stop looking at him as a pure bowler and look at him as a genuine all rounder in tests as he looks comfortable overseas against the short ball. A really brave move would be to drop Rahane (Ashwin scored more runs in one innings than Rahane did in the entire ODI series), and bat Ashwin at 6. Dhoni and Jadeja can follow meaning we bat till 8. Using Ashwin at 7 and 8 seriously undermines his batting ability, and as a test bowler he is simply superb.

Posted by time2goback2dbasics on (February 3, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

remove rohit/nohit sharma.he is panauti for indian team,according to some mindless people he is "raw talent".this guy is still raw after 100 match.may be he needs 1000000000 matches to prove himself.dhoni will never oppose this team becoz this rubbish team is his own creativity.looks like a political team rather than a cricket.with these jokers we are going no where,remember last tour of newzealand..what a hammering by india and this time get hammered..all over world.losing interest day by day..sorry to say.cricinfo please publish.

Posted by jango_moh on (February 3, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

lol @ all the childish remarks here about rohit talking to media etc.... some of us indian fans just type without thinking??? i believe this test team has a bunch of good young players, and it should be a good experience for them.....

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

the first question is that, is ashwin really deserve for a place in international cricket?

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Has anyone noticed that Rohit always scores runs when he is captaining the side? In a way Rohit Sharma is a strange batsman. On some days he struggles against all bowlers, even mediocre ones. On other days, he plays wonderful shots all across the ground. Sometimes yon can see both "struggling Rohit" and "elegant Rohit" combined in one inning. I personally feel he should play positively; that's when he plays the best. When he goes in a shell, that's when he struggles. The only thing he needs to sort out is the out-swinging delivery around the off-stump. He needs to cover the line of the ball better, like Kohli does. Whether Kohli leaves the ball around the off-stump or plays a cover drive, he is right on top of the ball while Rohit stays beside the line of the ball. This is calling for trouble in overseas conditions. Otherwise Rohit plays the balls aimed at his body pretty well, including bouncers.

Posted by Nampally on (February 3, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

@Joe232: First of all you cannot play the 5 day test match with 4 Bowlers in the XI. You need at least 5 regular bowlers, which may include all rounders who are good bowlers. If there are only 4 bowlers (3 pacers + 1 spinner) the fast bowlers are tired for the second innings. This is exactly what happened in SA First Test. ZAK, Shami & Kumar were too tired which enabled SA to compile a big second innings, In the second test Dhoni did not take the new ball at 80 overs because he said his pace bowlers were too tired! What do you expect when you flog the same 3 seamers with 3 days rest for Test #2.Dhoni has to choose either Rahane or Rohit & expect greater contribution from each batsman to have 5 bowlers. If he goes again with 4 bowlers after the SA test series loss, India will Lose again! It does not take a Genius to conclude that. It is pure common sense. He can try ZAK/Yadev, Shami & Pandey as 3 seamers+ Jadeja & Ashwin as spinners. That gives Rahane or Rohit, 8 bats + 5 bowlers!

Posted by LegSpinBowlr on (February 3, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Nohit Sharma saying good is No good for india, not looking good. Wonder if they already tell him what to talk, 2 50's and a new bowler got 3 wkts rather than an exprncd bowler still he says good, damn he must be on one hell of a crack ! The only good thing was the opposite team capt saying pujara looks solid and knows wat he wants. I think it will be all down to Pujara, Kohli and maybe dhoni

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 3, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Seriously some Indian supporters need their brains examined. Why are you guys blaming Rohit for talking to the media ? What can he do ? The media questions him and he's giving them answers. Wouldn't you do the same in his place ? Don't be ridiculous. India have a great chance to beat NZ 2-0 if they focus hard and put the ODIs behind them.

Posted by Hummingbird0 on (February 3, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Nampally, The truth is that, India cannot rely on individual batters in overseas conditions. You will never know, when your in-form batter would get out of the good deliveries. And in green tops GOOD DELIVERIES are plenty. That's why most team supports 7 main batters (SA, ENG,AUS).

If you want 5 bowler option, team should have to an all-rounder like kallis or Eng's ben stokes or Watson of Aus.

Do India have an all rounder. Yes, Rishi Dhawan.

And more prudent option be to drop Dhoni itself. He averages 26 outside India, and in India it is 48. Besides, he is crappy and defensive captain in tests. But Kohli is fantastic.

KL Rahul can bat, so do Sanju Samson. Besides, these two can keep. Select one ahead of Dhoni(unreliable bat). And drop Vijay/dhawan or Rohit. Rahul is a opening bat, Sanju a middle order. if Rohit is out select Sanju or vijay is out then select Rahul.

TEST: Dhawan, Rahul(wt), Pujara, Kohli(C), Rahane, Rohit, Rishi, Jadeja, Zaheer, Shami, Pandey

Posted by Hummingbird0 on (February 3, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

@Nampally, well first test would have been victory for SA if 6 batsmen + dhoni were not selected.

First of all, Rohit was preferred over Rahane in Tests. Rahane was added as the 6th bat, because everyone felt including commentators like manjerekar, A. chopra that Rohit would be ideal for swinging conditions. Dhoni Would have backed him anyway ahead of Rahane.

If, Dhoni, decided to go with 5 bowlers, it would be Rahane who would be left out. Had it happened, Rahane's important runs wouldn't hv took place. Because Rohit was a flop, the game would've shifted to SA favour with minimal scores that India posted in board.

SA would've won it easily, had Dhoni dropped Rahane ahead of the game. His runs was as VITAL as Virat's century.

Posted by Nampally on (February 3, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

It was a practice match especially for the new arrival- Vijay, Pujara, Saha, Pandey, ZAK & Yadev. Both bowlers & batsmen got a workout. In 2 day game it is not possible to get a result & I am sure none was expected. Indian top 4 batsmen are more or less settled- Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara & Kohli. There is one spot @#5 to be filled with Rohit, Rahane or Rayudu. #6 is for Dhoni. This will be followed by 5 bowlers- Unless Dhoni makes the same mistake of playing 4 bowlers & deprive India any chance of winning. The First test vs. SA was an easy win had India played 5 bowlers. You cannot make such fundamental mistakes in XI selection with a weak Indian bowling. In batting Pujara & Kohli have to produce big scores as sheet anchors+ All contributing too. In bowling ZAK, Shami & Pandey/Yadev, Kumar need to be good. Pandey's consistent line & length from this game is needed! India is better off with these 4 pacers + 1 spinner. A much better show than in ODI's is needed by ALL in all departments.

Posted by m_ilind on (February 3, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

These guys should just shut-up and play. Looks like they are playing more for the media than for the country. The lack of performance is having an effect! a single 50 and the players are all over the media!

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

first your bowling was taken apart by some fringe county players and then your top order failed is hardly got what we wanted from the practice game is it you will struggle and so will your team mates as you will be bounced out if NZ won against england who are used to seam bouncy tracks im afraid you will find it extremely diffcult to score runs better luck next tour

Posted by karthivijay on (February 3, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Yes, with this fifty, he will play more than 50 international test matches without scoring... he got what he want

Posted by yoohoo on (February 3, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

@ali.yousuf - stop looking at useless statistics. Look at his performace in india-a tour of NZ on swinging wickets, where he hit a century when everybody else made nothing. And his avgs are not very good because he was playing for a bad team - andhra - for a long time, and then he was in ICL and could not play ranji for 2-3 yrs. Look at his performance for baroda over last 2 yrs. He was once considered the next sachin, but due to politics (of shivlal yadav) poor guy could get into team only now, even though he is the most senior of the lot (even Raina is younger than him)! Before commenting have some knowledge, just knowing names is not enough. Manoj Tiwary is injured, Nayar has bad technique which was found out in A-tours, Pandey has been out of form for 2 years now, Jadhav and bawane need to prove more on swinging conditions in a-tours.

Rayudu has worked very hard, and had to deal with lot of politics to reach here. It will a great achivement if he can perform to his potential !!

Posted by India_Keep_Roaring on (February 3, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Agree with Gurdit, on replacing Dhoni with a much better wicket keeper batsmen - Dinesh Karthik... Singh saab make Kohli Captain Of India or bring back Gambhir with addredresponsibility of leading the Indian Test Team.... This is the reason why our Greatest Captain is not considering Gambhir for selection because he will take his job for test atleast..

Posted by sheru-sher on (February 3, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

India team for 1st Test vs NZ that will play better than present members 1Gavaskar 2.Sehwag 3.Dravid 4 Tendulkar 5. Vishwanath 6.VVS Latchman 7.Kirmani 8. Kapil Dev 9 Shrinath 10 Kumble.11 Bedi.

12 man MSDhoni Towel man Kholi

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

well, comments coming against Rayudu is making me laugh, those who follows domestic cricket closely, will know much about Rayudu, he is better than most of the players in XI, AMBATI RAYUDU, U R GREAT, KEEP GOING, ALL THE BEST, how can i forget ur last ball six!!!!!!!!!

Posted by IndTheBest on (February 3, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

If India have to win any of the test match they must play 4 medium fast bowlers and one spinner. Five bowlers must be Zaheer, Shami, I Pandey, Jadeja and one from B Kumar/U Yadav in the game. No Ashwin or Ishant Sharma please. WC and top four batsman are already selected. They must pick only one from Rohit/Rahane in the team to boost middle order.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (February 3, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

rohit sharma pleased with drawn warm up: What elese can we expect from flat track, ipl talented rohit sharma.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (February 3, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

@Madan, really? How come Rayudu got in the scheme of things? I saw him playing for mumbai in one season excellently. Is it also the criteria for your infatuation with Rayudu? This guy averages only 45 in Indian Roads in FC and in List A it is more poorer(35). Somebody like Manish Pandey or Ankit Bawene or Jiwanjot singh will do better than your Rayudu @Madan, really? How come Rayudu got in the scheme of things? I saw him playing for mumbai INDIANS in one season excellently. Is it IPL, the criteria for ENTRY TO INDIAN TEAM. This guy averages only 45 in Indian Roads in FC and in List A it is more poorer(35). Somebody like Manish Pandey or Ankit Bawene or Jiwanjot singh will do better than your Rayudu BESIDES , Rohit avgs 60 in FC and 35 in List A. That's why I believe he is a test player and not an ODI player

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Got what we wanted from practice game. Dont worry millions of fans, Rohit got it what he wanted, he is ready and will do everything single handed now. Since its a test match he cannot favor NL by wasting balls, don't know what will be his selfish plan this time.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (February 3, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@Madan, really? How come Rayudu got in the scheme of things? I saw him playing for mumbai in one season excellently. Is it also the criteria for your infatuation with Rayudu?

This guy averages only 45 in Indian Roads in FC and in List A it is more poorer(35). Somebody like Manish Pandey or Ankit Bawene or Jiwanjot singh will do better than your Rayudu

Better Rohit avgs 60 in FC and 35 in List A. That's why I believe he is a test player and not an ODI player

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

@Madan Shivakumar..Rohit Sharma's domestic first class record- Mat Inn Runs Best Average 100s 62 93 5135 309* 61.13 18

Rayudu's domestic first class record Mat Inn Runs Best Average 100s 83 136 5361 210 45.8 14

In addition to that in his first four test matches, Rohit has an average of almost 67 with 2 centuries whereas Rayudu in his first 6 odis till date has managed only 158 runs with just one fifty. Quite clearly you don't follow the game close enough to make such strong comments

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

@BCCIRoxx Only a matter of time Indian batsmen got adjusted to the conditions??? LOL Barring Kohli, Indian batters look far from settled. Dhawan kept hooking and pulling straight to fielders. Rahane barely crossed double figures. Rohit apart from a scratchy 79 seemed lethargic. Rayudu showed some application but won't be picked ahead of CSK boys. Jadeja will continue to plunder runs only against Ranji-class bowlers. Dhoni's overseas Test record is pathetic to put it mildly. And if you're relying only on R Ashwin's services for rescue, I wish you good luck. NZ will only have themselves to blame if they gave any wicket to "unlucky" Ishant!

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (February 3, 2014, 12:13 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?

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

dhoni should be replaced by dinesh karthik for tests and rohit sharma should be made the captain. dhawan is also not going to stay for long in the team.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

oh give me a break chap! all this talk will vanish once a pacy bowler gets his hand on a new ball in swinging conditions ; then he cant even lay bat on ball let alone score runs... and he feels happy about scoring a 50 in some dumb practice game on a flat deck against mediocre bowlers...prove yourself in the tests rohit .. you are depriving so many other deserving batsmen like rayudu

Posted by BCCIRoxx on (February 3, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Guys, Let's not dwell too negatively for a drawn game or reading too much in results of ODIs to predict test. This is indeed a really good practice for our batters and more importantly for our bowlers. It was only a matter of time for our batsmen to get adjust to the conditions and I reckon, with Dhoni and Kohli already got adjusted (as depicted by their ODI form) and the current crop of youngsters got good confidence and runs in this match; and yeah Rohit is right in this regard. Further, I want to state that very recently our young guns have fought very bravely and competed all ends against the TOP and BEST bowling lineup in SA. So, of NZ, it will be an easier walk for our bastmen! For bowlers, I would state that they got better preparation than batsmen. They got to work and test themselves on a flat track and I reckon, on a helpful deck, a fitter Zaheer, an always express Umesh and a raring-to-go injured tiger in Ishant will tear NZ batting apart. 2-0 or min. 1-0 in India's favor.

Posted by Night.angel on (February 3, 2014, 10:26 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?

Posted by Sultan2007 on (February 3, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

Its the Indian bowling that doesnt look settled. Zaheer has to play. As does Shami. Depending on how Umesh is bowling - and I havent seen him of late- I would pick him as the 3rd seamer. And then it has to be Jadeja over Ashwin. He is bowling better and there isnt much to choose in their batting and Jadeja is a vastly superior fielder. There is no point thinking about a 5th bowler especially if it is to be a spinner given NZ conditions. I wouldnt play Ishant in any case. Already given too many chances. Needs to sort out his release or make way. Try Pandey if a 5th bowler is at all to be considered. The batsmen will be Vijay/Dhawan/Pujara/Kohli/Rohit/Rahane/Dhoni

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

Ashwin shouldn't be in test squad as his bowling is more suitable in T20s not even in ODIs. I think jadeja alone would be more sufficient to manage spin in New Zealand.

My 11 for next Test: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, M Shami, Umesh or Iswar and Zaheer

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 3, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Play 2 spinners & 3 pacemen for now as there is no 3rd spinner in the test team. Ashwin, Jadeja, Pandey, Shami & Zak.

People complain so much on Dhoni, before he is nudged of the captaincy it is D.Fletcher coach who has to be chased out. Ever since Duncan came India has always lost overseas, his flabby figure does not motivate any player I guess. Bring in Stephen Fleming as coach, locate him in NZ & hire him there itself. If all 15 players go out in a search with their magnifying glass they are sure to find Stephen Fleming somewhere in his hometown. He is the best man for India.

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (February 3, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Only disappointment was Ishant. He should stay out. Pace attack should be Zaheer, Shami and Pandey.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

@sreehk, I am with you. Being an hardcore Indian, as much as I want India to win, but even more than that, I want my team to do well overseas, compete well and play right team combination. That is not possible in Dhoni's regime. Ready to take short term pain, want us to lose 0-2, so that selectors and bigger than game Srini too start to feel that we are heading nowhere. We were better due to Ganguly's aggressive captaincy, who favored the talented not like Dhoni who favor his CSK coteries. Dhoni won trophies, but due to blood investment of Ganguly in talent and our greats. Once those moved out greats as well as talented one, whatever the reason, we are again in pre 2000 era. Even Faulkner could not get rid us from Ishant, please NZ, you do us this favor...

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 9:15 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.

Posted by sreehk on (February 3, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

Rohit got what he wants now, India will get what all Indians want after two tests! A 0-2 drubbing. India should loose every away game. Dhoni should lose his test slot and ODI captaincy. This will be for good. Gavaskar finally opened his mouth on Dhoni's flabbergasting selection policies and plans. By merit Dhoni does not even merit a place in tests. For an Indian, I am really rooting for NZ to win, this tell a story how much an Indian fan is vexed with team management.

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (February 3, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

I'd rather have Ashwin open with Vijay and play four more bowlers...He looks far more composed than most Indian batsmen....with four bowlers + Ashwin, the load on them will certainly reduce

Posted by cricketanand12 on (February 3, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

Probably ash win should be a good captain.I like dhoni but at this AS it will be tough for him to keep the wicket and spend five days on ground. He isn't batting well in tests . ash win is a thinking cricketer.he seems to be very calm and cool headed and beat thing is that he is an all rounder.

My team:l rahul ,vijay,pujara,kohli,rahane,jadhav(jadeja,ashwin,rishi dhawan,pankaj singh and ishwar pandey.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Vijay and Dhawan got out cheaply to a second rate bowling attack. Rohit says we got what we wanted. Ashwin got two wickets against non-international cricketers. Rohit says we got what we wanted. Sharma got two wickets against non-international cricketers. Rohit says we got what we wanted. NZ gave us a flat wicket while preparing a green one in Aucland. Rohit has no idea what he is about to receive!

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

i am really surprise indian selection in test cricket same players and maybe same result will come whitewash.what a joke ishant sharma is worst bowler in last year but again play if it is ausralian team then maybe they will change entire team

Posted by ramli on (February 3, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@rezmata ... don't be too sure ... Ashwin as a No. 7 test-batsman might still spoil NZ party ... you just wiat!!!

Posted by rezmata on (February 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Im realy glad Ashvin got 2 wickets in this match. Now he will defenealy play in the test series and thereby India will be a bowler short.

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