New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 1st day February 6, 2014

Williamson, McCullum flatten India


New Zealand 329 for 4 (McCullum 143*, Williamson 113) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

When MS Dhoni won his sixth consecutive toss of the tour, in the first Test in Auckland, he smiled sheepishly at his good fortune on an overcast morning. By the end of the first day, though, the smile had disappeared and his greying beard took prominence because India had endured a forgettable day. Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum scored aggressive hundreds during a rapid double-century stand for the fourth wicket, consigning New Zealand's top-order stumble to a distant memory.

More than the volume of runs, the manner in which they were scored was remarkable. On a grassy drop-in pitch at Eden Park, India's bowlers applied pressure in the first session and New Zealand lost three wickets for 54 runs before lunch. After the break, though, the stirring riposte from Williamson and McCullum changed everything. They had got together with the score on 30 for 3 in the 18th over and added 221 in 51 overs.

Williamson and McCullum launched a counterattack and picked up runs in similar regions but by employing entirely different methods. For every silken Williamson straight drive, McCullum played a powerful punch; for every neat back-foot push through cover from Williamson, McCullum cut violently; for every controlled pull from Williamson, McCullum unleashed full-blooded slaps. In between, there were urgently-run singles as they took on tiring fielders.

Williamson was the enforcer early on, using his range of shots to manoeuver the ball into gaps on both sides of the field. Zaheer Khan was driven to the straight boundary, Ravindra Jadeja was lofted towards the sightscreen and Mohammed Shami was punched stylishly through the off side. Williamson, the leading run-scorer in the ODI series, had brought his form to the longer format.

The lack of pace from India's bowlers helped McCullum too, as he used his quick hands to punish anything marginally short. And there was plenty of friendly short bowling from India. One such delivery from Ishant caught the top edge of McCullum's bat and sailed over the wicketkeeper to bring up the half-century of the partnership, off 73 balls. Another top edge gave Williamson the six that took him to his sixth consecutive half-century against India. They may have been top-edges but the deliveries were worse, and Eden Park's straight boundaries were short.

They then unfurled a flurry of straight drives to bring up the century stand. McCullum was the first to reach a hundred, off 135 balls, with a powerful drive over long-on off Jadeja. Two overs later, Williamson completed his majestic hundred - his fifth in Tests - with an inside out drive off the spinner. He was finally dismissed in the 69th over, edging an innocuous Zaheer delivery down the leg side to Dhoni. Corey Anderson, the new batsman, survived nervous moments early on and ensured New Zealand ended the day without any further damage.

The morning, however, could not have been more different. Under gloomy skies, Ishant sparked India's attack to life, taking two key wickets, and keeping New Zealand quiet. He accounted for Hamish Rutherford in his first over, the batsmen playing away from the body and falling to a sharp diving catch from Ajinkya Rahane at gully, and then dismissed Ross Taylor via another sharp catch, by Jadeja at short mid-off.

India, however, were left to rue a missed chance at a crucial moment. With New Zealand seeking a way out from their troubled start, Williamson was dropped at first slip by M Vijay off Shami. He went on to score 81 more. Shikhar Dhawan had also dropped Peter Fulton early on in the innings and misjudged a top-edge off McCullum later in the day.

Ishant, after bowling his first six overs for eight runs, failed to control the run flow, while Jadeja, Zaheer and Shami remained profligate throughout the McCullum-Williamson stand. The bowling and fielding summed up India's day.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 7, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    All of your mainline bowlers have gone at 4 plus economy rate except for Shami. Why not play 11 batsmen who can ball somewhat. I think they'll be better than these because it doesn't look like India is going to have any luck finding genuine bowlers.

  • on February 6, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    And Ishant Sharma gets a new lease. Selection for the England Tour is well and truly confirmed.

  • on February 6, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Ishant Sharma on his usual ODI mode. 9 overs 60 runs 2 wickets. Atleast he is providing some entertainment. Watching Zaheer Khan bowling appears like it is a Seniors Cricket Match.

  • on February 6, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    waited overnight to see some fight from indians but .....i think india should come back immediately ...very painful..

  • AvidCricFan on February 6, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Our spearhead Ishant was elated by getting two fluke wickets. This playing eleven selection is pathetic. Zaheer is well past his prime. He is mostly bowling at 125k. It is not going to bother Kiwi batsmen. Instead of Ishant and Zaheer, Yadav and Aaron should be in be in the team.

  • MinusZero on February 6, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    India seemingly have a batting factory with endless runs of great batsmen. On the other hand South Africa have a fast bowling factory with an endless run of great quicks. Maybe India should get some advice. Their fast bowlers are rubbish. Ishant has huge potential, his height could potentially make him a very difficult bowler to handle like Ambrose and McGrath...someone please, give him some coaching!!

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    pitch is dead already..draw looms..

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    why not Ishwar Pandey after good performance in practice match

  • truecric_fan on February 6, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    At 379/4 and with both Corey and McCullum looking god, NZ may post a strong total but with the strength and depth of our Indian batting I expect India to pile up a massive total as well. NZ bowlers will be tested by Kohli, MSD and Pujara.

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    I was supporting the return of Zaheer Khan but not anymore. He is bowling at less than 130 now. Why should we play him? I don't expect him to bowl 140 but this is such a half hearted approach. He is clearly saving himself for a long day. Sorry state of affairs.

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    All of your mainline bowlers have gone at 4 plus economy rate except for Shami. Why not play 11 batsmen who can ball somewhat. I think they'll be better than these because it doesn't look like India is going to have any luck finding genuine bowlers.

  • on February 6, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    And Ishant Sharma gets a new lease. Selection for the England Tour is well and truly confirmed.

  • on February 6, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Ishant Sharma on his usual ODI mode. 9 overs 60 runs 2 wickets. Atleast he is providing some entertainment. Watching Zaheer Khan bowling appears like it is a Seniors Cricket Match.

  • on February 6, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    waited overnight to see some fight from indians but .....i think india should come back immediately ...very painful..

  • AvidCricFan on February 6, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Our spearhead Ishant was elated by getting two fluke wickets. This playing eleven selection is pathetic. Zaheer is well past his prime. He is mostly bowling at 125k. It is not going to bother Kiwi batsmen. Instead of Ishant and Zaheer, Yadav and Aaron should be in be in the team.

  • MinusZero on February 6, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    India seemingly have a batting factory with endless runs of great batsmen. On the other hand South Africa have a fast bowling factory with an endless run of great quicks. Maybe India should get some advice. Their fast bowlers are rubbish. Ishant has huge potential, his height could potentially make him a very difficult bowler to handle like Ambrose and McGrath...someone please, give him some coaching!!

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    pitch is dead already..draw looms..

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    why not Ishwar Pandey after good performance in practice match

  • truecric_fan on February 6, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    At 379/4 and with both Corey and McCullum looking god, NZ may post a strong total but with the strength and depth of our Indian batting I expect India to pile up a massive total as well. NZ bowlers will be tested by Kohli, MSD and Pujara.

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    I was supporting the return of Zaheer Khan but not anymore. He is bowling at less than 130 now. Why should we play him? I don't expect him to bowl 140 but this is such a half hearted approach. He is clearly saving himself for a long day. Sorry state of affairs.

  • davidpeter on February 6, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Why India does not go with five special bowler ? They have to go with five bowler because of five days game. If I was captain I always go with five special bowle, Three seam bowler one all rounder like Irfan Pathan or Binny. Specially when they play in Australia, England, South Africa, News Land and WI they have to go with four faster and one special spinner not like Ravinder Jadeja. I do not know when India will start using five bowler in test cricket, they have to otherwise fast bowler will not able to carry load of hard work and injury will happen very often.

  • davidpeter on February 6, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Why India does not go with five special bowler ? They have to go with five bowler because of five days game. If I was captain I always go with five special bowle, Three seam bowler one all rounder like Irfan Pathan or Binny. Specially when they play in Australia, England, South Africa, News Land and WI they have to go with four faster and one special spinner not like Ravinder Jadeja. I do not know when India will start using five bowler in test cricket, they have to otherwise fast bowler will not able to carry load of hard work and injury will happen very often.

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma steaming in but its not going over 130 kmph.

  • Des_65 on February 6, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Everything with this Indian team is bad. Only fit to play IPL and may be in home conditions. Can people of India boycott IPL and do not go to see the matches? May be not - then get use to see this time and again.

  • Temuzin on February 6, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    @ BhushanB: and I had watched binni bowl that one over for 8 runs. Even kohli bowls better than Binni. Heck rohit can bowl better than him. The guy is a pedestrian and not worth even comparing with vinay Kumar and Praveen kumars. It was not the run scored in his over but it was his balls. He did not excite anybody watching that match. He came out pure mediocre. I wish Dhoni should have given him more overs to feel the real heat up their. it was good dhoni shelved him from the embarrassment which was due on that day.. Get the highlights and see for yourself.

  • Temuzin on February 6, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    @bhushanB: None of the new players you have mentioned are better than the current ones. Captain and Coach are watching them day in and day out in the nets. That's why team management including captain has not much confidence in them. You talk of Binny, he is no where near to ashwin, Bhuvi and Jadeja and will never be. He is just a mediocre player good for ranji . So stop talking about base less friend club. Do you think new comers will be anti to their captain? all of them have friendly relationships. And selecting some body for sake of changing the team has not yielded any good result so far. Now if you want everybody should have as many chances as Rohit sharma then team India will not even win at home.

  • on February 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Ha ha reading all these comments and not one has been about the quality of batting by the kiwi's. Kane Williamson is in the form of his life and the quality of Mcullum is well known. I think India should count themselves lucky that Taylor missed out yesterday or it could be a lot worse. Looking foward to us having a bowl. Once kholi and the captain are out the rest of the batting lineup holds no threat.

  • jiten27 on February 6, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Dhoni should try all the spinners instead of space bowler. after new ball ishant sharma gave plenty of runs which he bowl short ball . he is not experience bowler, he is useless, he should let ashwin to play . how come umesh yadav is not playing instead of zahher. he is faster than zaher. zaher got tired after 8 overs . we can see from his face. he is good in odi but not for the test. how come they put down slip catches. one dhawan drive front of rohit, and second one is Vijay. why they r close to each other when u fielding in slip . keep the distance. I salute the rehane what brilliant catch he caught it. just like atheletic. rest of them have very poor fielding. dhoni you going to loose this test. I am not wishing loike that but youe teammates put you down.

  • Nampally on February 6, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    @Francis Mel:Your defence of Dhoni's safety first tactics is surprising! You also appear to say that India cannot produce a Fast bowler >145 KPH! Firstly Dhoni's tactics are those of Losing matches. If Dhoni wants to play safety first then (a) He needs 5 specialist bowlers in his XI - 4 pacers + 1 spinner (b) Needs to bat first after winning the toss - Pitch gets worse on Day 5 (c) Bowling plan vs. each opposition batsman.That is the minimum leadership a captain has to exert. Secondly India has good crop of bowlers who can improve with practice. But if Ishant & jadeja occupy 2 Test spots, only 2 other bowlers can get in. How do you develop bowlers with such tactics? India already has Aaron bowling consistently at 145KPH.He recorded few balls in 150 KPH range in NZ ODI's. Coach him to maintain a line on or outside the off stump + bowl length- not short. This is Dhoni's job to direct him. A winnable SA Test series was lost because of Dhoni's mind boggling XI selection & lack of tactics.

  • gham on February 6, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Brillian display of bating by Kane Wiliamson and very well supported by the captan but i have to say that poor bowling from india,,,

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 20:41 GMT


    Completely disagree with you to give the players a break....It is a cash cow... rather than give a break.. ROTATE.... With the kind of players that have played in the past and waiting on the fringes... IND can definitely field three teams at any given time..... and they all will perform similar if not great......

    After all mediocrity is easy to achieve...

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT


    Are you referring to the IPL stalwarts like Jadeja, Ashwin, Rohit, Vijay, raina (feel he finally he learned his lesson in SA...looking forward to how he plays) Guess so... because you wont let non-IPL Pujara into the ODIs...

    they have 4 dozen more cooked, uncooked and only good in IPL type of matches players team ready to replace current players

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    From what little I saw yesterday, the so called Spearhead - Ishant sharma bowled mostly at 125 Kmph.... thats at least 5 kmph slower than bhuvi

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 20:26 GMT


    When you get new guys in like Rahane, Rayudu, Binny, Bhuvi, Ojha, Aaron, yadav.... The captain needs to show some confidence in them... we all saw how Binny was treated... All these new faces that are not in Dhoni-Fren club... know the sword is hanging on their head... they only have a chance or two.... and are put under undue pressure...... they know they are not the sharmas, or rainas or ashwins or jaddus....... to get as many or even 10% of the chances......

    Most recent classic example, the way Binny was treated in that ODI (just from the score line.. I tried my best to watch the ODI series, but literally slept in the cant really tell if he had to bowl 30 balls to complete his single quota of over)

  • glen1 on February 6, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    India should play with eleven batsmen; periodically ask Dhoni to bowl. We have Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, and others who can bowl. Just play for a draw in tests and a win in ODIs.

  • Temuzin on February 6, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    I really pity on Indian team management playing not stop cricket. Players will feel burnt out if they feel as much as team India is playing. With so much non stop cricket players will not be able to perform as per their ability. BCCI should really consider giving players at least 1 months break after each series. BCCI should let them recoup a bit. They are not machines.

  • cricketloveruk on February 6, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    the way wicket is playing it seem it will be drawn game

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Basically .... we stupid IND fans... are billions in number, waste our lives watching these insipid games.. and contribute to the TRP ratings, and hence the soaring AD revenue for BCCI.. making it rich....

    And in return BCCI has zero transparency policy.. and does the same idiotic selections.... with all its politics.... no accountability to the Fans....

    All the IND greats that I've admired growing up have all retired... there is talent in the young gen... but they are so ill-managed...... seriously it sucks to be an IND cricket Fan.....

  • kumarsSansai on February 6, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    @Javed Ahmed, Agree Javed, Nice observation and thought

  • empross on February 6, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Looking forward to introducing India to Trent Boult. FYI India, Boult is the best of NZs bunch of talented bowlers and just a month ago rolled the West Indies like pastry

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    @binojpeter. You may have a point that playing 4 seamers will lead to slow over rate leading to suspensions. However you can always play 4 seamers but have each seamers bowl lesser overs. This adds variety to the attack and also keeps the seamers fresh. So it is possible to play 4 seamers and still maintain the over rate.

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 19:56 GMT


    I think the people asking for 4 seam bowlers are implying the 5th spinner playing as well........

  • Temuzin on February 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    contd.. But the desires of Indian fans to win is so much intense that they are now myopic. They should accept THE fact that India do not have 2 quality fast bowler and no good spinner at the moment. Jadeja is their best option. And keeping all mediocre bowlers in the team will not help because all of them will be thrashed out of the park. So its smart thing to do is to play on your strength which is batting. Now lets pray our batsmen will be able to salvage a draw.

  • Solid_Snake on February 6, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Lol@India..Just look at the performance...Indiais starving for a win..They cannot even win from NZ..I bet if theyplay against BD right now,,India would lose to them as well...What a pathetic bowling attack..Even bowlers of Ireland,Zimbabwe are better than these "street cricket" level bowlers

  • Temuzin on February 6, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    I love comments from Indian cricket fans. Even though I am also fan of Indian cricket but find their rants so amusing. Indian fans wants only India to score runs score century after century and win all games, all the time. If they see their team is not winning but losing, then they have 4 dozen more cooked, uncooked and only good in IPL type of matches players team ready to replace current players. Their favorite chant now is to remove Dhoni from captaincy. Its beyond their comprehension that all available bowlers and batting replacements fans are proposing are no better than the current ones. Raina was replaced by Rayudu, he did not put the world on fire. Rayudu did not perform better than Raina. Same was Rahane in ODIs. All bowlers are of same category. None is any better than others. You select one he may play a few matches and then becomes liability. People calling for Mishra forget that he was a liability not so long ago. Same is true for Ojha, Chawla and Ashwin. Contd...

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Next thing for Srinivasan and BCCI to do...After the Push for the Big-3

    IND plays only in IND... forget about FTP, forget about bilateral series away from IND...

    If your country needs a share of the revenue from BCCI/IND matches, come to India and play...

  • binojpeter on February 6, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Those who say to field 4 seam bowlers is not understanding the situation. 90 overs in a test match is to be bowled in a span of 6 hours. That means, average over rate is to be 15 overs per hour. Seam bowlers can bowl only at a rate of 12-13 overs per hour. On other hand, spin bowlers can bowl at a rate of 17-18 overs per hour. Hence at least 20 overs in a day need to be bowled by a spinner to maintain the required over rate. Otherwise the captain will be suspended for the next match.

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Wow... one bad away Ashes, half the ENG team is gone, coach gone...another series, the captain will be gone...

    Series, after series, year after year.... 0 in the Won matches... same IND team chugs along....and along and along.... same coach, same captain, same team, same Sharmas.... same losses.....

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @thinkgood. You attribute the poor performance of the Indian Team to the amount of money they make. I disagree. They deserve the money they make. An Indian Cricketer sacrifices and risks a lot to become a cricketer. Read about Mohd Shami's or Dhoni's humble beginnings. A top footballer in the EPL makes close to GBP 100,000 a week. The Indian Cricket Team generates a lot more revenue than what they are paid. Also a sportsmans shelf life is very limited and an injury can end it anytime. Lets not grudge them their money which they deserve.

  • bhushanB on February 6, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Same team...same result...... what else do you expect

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    @CurrentPresident. A bowler Captain is perhaps what we need. You may be on to something here. India performed so well in Australia in 2008 under Kumble.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    @boomslanger. You seem like an avid and well informed cricket fan. I wanted to add that the BCCI is not just the richest in Cricket, which it is by a country mile but also one of the top five across all sports in terms of valuation. Valuation is also based on future earnings. The money basically comes from advertisers and sponsors. Star is for example paying BCCI USD 384,000 per match which is USD 284,000 which Sahara was paying earlier. This is because Sahara dell out with BCCI. Now its common knowledge that India plays the most games. Add to that the USD millions paid for TV rights for series involving India. The fact that the Indian diaspora around the World still watch and follow cricket gives a huge reach for advertisers such as softdrink and sporting good companies. The TV rights involving India sell for much more than that involving other Teams and this is split with the other Team and thats why all nations want to play India more often.

  • Vonklee on February 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    I think I just witnessed the worst bowling performance of the N.Z. summer so fat, matched only by the fielding, even though the catch to take Rutherford was a screamer. To have side 50 for 3 at lunch and then concede 270 runs in the next two sessions after winning the toss and in helpful conditions.... Must have been a hard watch for Indian fans.

    Its going to be a hot humid day and the ball should swing, if we get any play that is, rain is forecast all day. India can still bowl N.Z. out for under 400 if they can hit the right line and lengths but its going to need to be a massive improvement on yesterday.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @Diaz54. The Indian cricket Team has more than enough supporters and couldnt care less if the Barmy Army is supporting NZ. Its doesn't impact the Team in anyway. The Indian Team respect the strength of a very good NZ attack in home conditions and that will be what they will be concerned about. I dont know what joy some SL fans derive from constantly criticising the Indian Team. It only exposes your insecurity. The tree that bears most fruit also bears the most sticks and stones.

  • on February 6, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Although our recent overseas Test record is nothing to talk about but whats keeps me still interested is that India has not gone down without a fight. We have competed well in each and every Test and also been in winning positions. A lot of non Indians fans dont realise this or want to accept this and are too happy taking cheap shots but truth is this Team has the respect of its opponents and that matters more.

  • vrav on February 6, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    We keep saying that our batting has to do all the work and is far better than the bowling, if that is the case why do we need 7 batsmen + jadeja to keep the ship sailing. Why cannot we go with 5 bowlers to stand a chance in the middle overs!

  • on February 6, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Can you blame MSD safety first mentality? We are finding it difficult to draw overseas Tests and in these circumstances isnt it unrealistic to expect to win without fixing or accepting our weakness. Our reserve Bowlers are not impressive either. Yadav and Unadkat were not impressive when they got their chance. Bhuvi has his good days. Amit Mishra is top class but can he be so effective on a grassy pitch? Jadeja lends valuable balance with this average batting but superb fielding skills not to mention disciplined bowling of 30 odd overs which allows are seamers a rest. Mishra is no Kumble who not only is miserly but also attacking. Varun was also mediocre in the ODI. So we first bring ourselves to a level where we dont løse the match and then raise our game to win.

  • on February 6, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    We never have and probably never will produce bowlers who can bowl above 145 continously. Why do we keep kidding ourselves. We need bowlers who are smart enough to guage the right length and have the ability to bowl it on that line and length. We need accuracy and not pace. McGrath was deadly because he was accurate and not necessarily the fastest. And reverse swing. Thats our strength.

  • colossalNORTH on February 6, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    The way , it appears now this test is already lost. We just do not have the bowling forces or the commitment any more. The glamour of IPL and the shiny money is s big distraction too!!

  • Diaz54 on February 6, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I was watching highlights from Day 1 and noticed in the ground the well,known cheerleader of the Barmy Army, on the way home from Australia, was supporting New Zealand vigorously!! I guess he had no joy in Australia. I wonder if Indian fans noticed that,,particularly as being part number uno of the big 3 to see that number 2 of the big 3 do not support India...and this is not restricted to the cheer leader. Just think about it! .

  • nloharuka on February 6, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Outside subcontinent we need to play 5 bowlers consistently. If it's a green pitch then play 4 fast bowlers with Jadeja/Ashwin as your spinner. Dhoni at 6 and Jadeja/Ashwin at 7 should be good enough. One of the reason Pakistan is always more competitive outside subcontinent is because they have the bowlers to take 20 wickets. I think it's time we get rid of the defensive mindset and start playing 5 bowlers consistently. I have a hunch this might also get your fast bowlers to take more responsibilities while batting (Bhuvaneshwar Kumar) and we might just unearth the elusive medium fast bowling allrounder.

  • on February 6, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Guys dont forget our historic weakness to finish of the tail. In almost every single overseas Test match of recent times we have been on top but the tail has wagged. Even England came against a stoic Haddin in every single Test match but ended up losing 5-0. We give up and end up going through the motions. The NZ tail is long and strong and will be tough to finish off.

  • boomslanger on February 6, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    @Snowbugger15@Winchester.44 I am not "you" and/or have not been to India so I do not know where their monies are spread. I follow cricket mostly on cricinfo and try to watch everything from Sheffield to quad -e-azam tournaments including Plunkett. that the Indians have more money than your mind could imagine I have no doubt about. having said that, not just Indians but any country where this game is of any note has any reason to be arrogant about what is obviously a dying relic of a dead empire. not only that, the combined wealth of your cricket boards could compare to even the poorest of American baseball clubs or an europen soccer club. so the Indian move to consolidate this money for the betterment of cricket has some positives. do the darn math

  • on February 6, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Why are we Indian fans so surprised at the mediocre performances of our bowlers? Why the extreme criticism? Were they ever great? You can only expect them to run through attacks if they have the talent or potential. They are mediocre and good on their best day. None of them are great. Please manage your expectations.

  • GrindAR on February 6, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Fielders looked like they are in hang over all the times when they are fielding... they dropped catches.... most of them are lollipops... If you cannot hold it properly... you are wasting everyone s time and importantly damage the reputation of the team... pathetic

  • GrindAR on February 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Is this a chain reaction? transferred from team eng to team India....? They are wasting everyone s time sitting in NZ.... doing nothing.... shame on them...

  • on February 6, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    poor selection

  • HariVenks on February 6, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Guys all is not lost..India can still come back..obviously Day 1 belongs to NZ..remember 2nd test vs SA we were in commandable position ..then lost...SA did play well after that to beat India.....2nd day 1st hour is crucial...if it is overcast and Zak can swing with some help from Shammi and never know the momentum can change...hope to see a gr8 game of cricket...

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 6, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    After Dhoni's this team selection I started to think that Dhoni somehow wanted Viru,Gambhir and Yuvi out of the team for his personal reason that their own form. Look at the way they're performing. Unbelievable. Nohit Sharma is an automatic selection even failures after failures. What Dhoni has been smoking?

  • colossalNORTH on February 6, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    We need some bowlers with a killer instinct and we have no one at the moment in the team who can run thru a batting line up. Ishant and Zaheer are spent forces. We need the pace of youngsters like Pandey, Aron and Umesh and should be grooming them instead. MSD continues to be the stumbling block and for letting the young people in to the team. His continued belief in the team will continue to sink us. How many upcoming youngsters careers must be ruined , before his belief is proven wrong. Yes! both Zaheer and Ishant took two wickets but they bowled through out the day for that. Any mediocre bowler can do that. For the spin Ohja and Harbhajan must be tried again for the overseas wickets. The fielding is getting from bad to worse with every game. Where are the team coaches ??

  • CricFanKrish on February 6, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    I think we need to groom bowlers who can bowl consistently over 140kmph. Shami touches 140, so he qualifies for it. Right now we have just two others who can do that: Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. They need to be given opportunities in helpful conditions. Zaheer put in a lot of work in France, lost weight, worked on his fitness, but I am wondering if it all was worth it. He looks fitter, but that has not translated into wickets at the international level.

    We need quality spinners who can get wickets away from the subcontinent. Kumble was the last Indian spinner who did that consistently. Also, we have lots of off spinners, but no leg spinners. Why is Amit Mishra being consistently snubbed despite doing very well against the West Indies?

    Can some one please tell me what Rohit (or Nohit) is still doing in the side? It is not his failures themselves, but the way he gets out that is really driving me crazy. Why wasn't Pujara tried for at least one single ODI?

    We need answers from Dhoni

  • Great_Lion on February 6, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    I am sri lankan and deeply dissapointed about the bowlers currently selected in the indian squad.If you want to build a good fast bowling unit, bring back the RP singh and Munaf patel in to the team.They can swing the bowl with decent pace specially RP singh. Unadkut is impressive so you can add him for that pool.Give praveen kumar for another go.if you want bit of a pace , add umesh yadev.So these five are the best at the moment for india.Get a good fast bowling coach and trained them.If sri lanka had those players we'll surely manage them better than india.

  • on February 6, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    According to me, Dhoni now, overseas atleast, really needs to become little more proactive man. I 've been his greatest fan and will continue to be. But something lacks in overseas tests. Specially when we're bowling. I know we don't have a Steyn-Morkel-Philander esque bowling attack. I know that. And our catching isn't helping either. But, surely not an attack which can't stop 450 in fourth innings, which leads to 329/4 from 30/3

  • on February 6, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Yday itself I posted we have to select rohit instead of ashwin, ashwin can bat better than rohit in overseas. So we can bowl with 5bowlers but again he select both sharmas is main reason for to lose this match. Ishant picks wickets only if the pitch is peak for bowling conditions. zaheer also tired of bowling a long spell. Yadav and pandey in team means 1st day wil differ than now.

  • Silverbails on February 6, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Yet another hapless display from this extremely poor Test Team. Looks like 1 - 0 to the Black Caps. Flat track bullies at home; anything bouncy and fast and they're completely lost!! Anyway, let's see what the second day brings, although I'm not holding my breath...

  • ProdigyA on February 6, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    BCCI should stop whatever they are doing and first pull up Dhoni and question his team selection. He has been doing this repeatedly picking incompetent players giving no chance whatsoever to youngsters benching them years together. His contribution to Tests as a player is absolutely zero and as a captain he is doing more harm to the team than ever. He stands so far behind the stumps to protect his fingers and many catches in the slips dont carry to them.

    He should be immediately sacked from the Test team. If this performance continues, people will stop following Indian cricket and all the talk of the revenue will go down the drain. Its high time BCCI does something about Dhoni.

  • CurrentPresident on February 6, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I am convinced, it is not the individual bowlers but the lack of leadership being provided to them that is responsible for them being ineffective.

    The current attack is capable of being effective, but they are clueless under a faulty strategy that puts more emphasis on defending the run rate rather than attacking and taking wickets.

    Perhaps we need a bowling captain whose sole job is to lay out the strategy and then provide tactical leadership in the field to the bowling unit. The core aim should be to hunt down the batsmen of the opposing team like a team of lionesses hunts the buffaloes.

    Prepare first, gather information on each batsman's weak points, then figure out how to attack them with the right kind of bowlers and right kind of bowling strategy. We have all the tools - left arm swing bowler, right arm fast, right arm swing, right arm seam, leg spinner, off spinner. We just need to use them in the right way for each batsman.

    This is where we are failing.

  • rajeshs19 on February 6, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    I was surprised that Dhoni who knew there was a decent chance of bowling first did not go with 5 bowlers (to prep up an area he acknowledges as weak). The spinner, jadeja or ashwin can contribute with bat, and make up for the loss of rohit. Having that extra bowler - ishwar, would have provided better rotation. He realizes that he cannot get a fourth spell from Zahir

  • tests_the_best on February 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    I think the biggest problem Ind faces is not the pace dept but the lack of a quality spinner. Indian pace bowling was not that spectacular 5-6 yrs ago but with the presence of Kumble (and for a while after his retirement, Bhajji) there was atleast some support to the seamers to have an attack which was just about enough to take 20 wkts. But Jadeja/Ashwin are proving to be very ineffective on overseas pitches. Also the inability to quickly finish off the tail (again someone like Kumble is missed) means that despite the impressive batting, the best that Ind can hope for is a draw. It's about time to try out Ojha/Amit Mishra in overseas conditions.

  • mensan on February 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Indians are already thinking of IPL crores. Who would waste energy in a "money-less" test match?

  • mensan on February 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    India is now a T20 team, especially it's bowling. Remove Kohli/Pujara and batting is also just OK for a T20.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    India wouldn't have done any worse if they played all new bowlers... Iswar, Umesh, Aaron and Mishra. In fact I would think they would have done better with these bowlers. India effectively played with 3 bowlers (I may be generous)

  • amilag on February 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Another white wash on the card! Board should bring a proposal to win matches with this pathetic team!

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    I think Dhoni's golden run is over too with so many losses I away series. He's gotta rotate players and give chance to new players or should step down from captaincy. Though he is the most fantastic captain india has ever had no disrespect.

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Nobody is blaming zaheer khan. He has bowled pathetically. he gave away runs at an economy of 4+ in a seamer freindly conditions. i do feel bad though for jadeja. The ball just won't turn at all for him. and there is nothong much he can do. India should have went with 4 specialist bowler. Can't reply on these three shami is alright. but sharma and zaheer khan. Zaheer khan needs ro understand that he is past his expiry date and needs to retire. He had always been an average bowler and now he is performing well below average.

  • batman_gothamcity on February 6, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Heard on one of Indian news sites that Umesh is not fully fit hence not considerd. If he is not fully fit then is he travelling like a tourist along with Mr Duncan Fletcher who seems to be in permanent state of Inertia .

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    What happent to Ashwin on 1st test against SA the Same thing happen to jadeja. 2nd test he picked 6wickets reason is that's a spinning pitch or else he not able to pick wickets on 2nd test also. And those 6wickets also useless one bcoz opponent to score 500+ time we pick many wickets wil not help team to win.

  • Collegefastbowler on February 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    There is something clearly wrong in Dhoni's approach to Test matches. We have seen this right from the Test series in England where he persisted in selecting bowlers who have long passed their expiry dates. What is the point in persisting with Ishant Sharma and Zaheer when more talented and effective pace bowlers are available? Varun Aaron bowled quite well with some real pace in the ODIs. Pandey bowled well in the single opportunity he got on this tour. Umesh Yadav is also available. This conservative approach of going with experience alone is not helping and we see the same mistakes being repeated again and again. Time for a change in captaincy for Test matches.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 6, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    I can't believe that Ishant was chosen ahead of Umesh Yadav/ Ishwar Pandey, Jadeja was chosen ahead of Ashwin, & that Amabadi Rayudu with a Domestic Average of 45 is in the Indian Test Squad! All that Rohit has done in his life is slam tons against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh & have a good run in a batsman dominated series against Australia on plastic tracks - and he is in the team 'automatically' & 'unquestionably' despite the average being in mid-30s...

    Even more unfathomable is instead of attacking with 5 bowlers, Dhoni is being defensive with 3.5 Bowlers! Absolutely insane!

    Dhoni & the entire bunch influencing team selection needs to be fired, if India are to do well!

    CricInfo, please publish!

  • 2nd_Slip on February 6, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    India outside flat Indian pitches = absolute joke

  • gauravm5 on February 6, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    For Ishant, 98% of the world pitches are flat and whenever he gets opportunity to bowl on bowler friendly pitches (2%), he backs his poor performance with the statements like:: "it was one of the bad day for me, that can happen to any cricketer"......"Indian batsmen didn't put enough runs on the board thats why we failed to put pressure on the opposition batsmen"...."my job was to contain the runs".

  • thinkgood on February 6, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Why India plays poorly on overseas tours? I thinks its got to do with their over adulation when playing in India . Compared to all the money each one of these Indian player make, NZ players make paltry. But look at the spirit. Cricket is hardly popular in NZ - atleast not as much in India. Yet, the NZ players do their job responsibly. Hope Indian learn from this.

  • myStraightTalk on February 6, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Can the selector sack Dhoni as captain in the middle of a Test match? If so Dhoni should be replaced by Kohli as captain to prevent india defeat in this match. Dhoni has no strategy and he is a predictable captain. He have not taken any responsibility so far for the mega failure of the indian team, instead he blamed the bowling and batting when india has clearly talented pools of players for any condition.

  • tests_the_best on February 6, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    India didn't bowl well post-lunch but to be fair to them, the pitch eased out into a batting beauty once the sun came out. And all the talk of KW being dropped as a game changing moment is going too far. Since it was a batting paradise, even if KW was caught, Anderson or someone else would have scored big and put on a big partnership with McCullum. I think all fans should reserve their judgment till India has also batted in this game. My guess is with the weather issues and the pitch being placid, most likely it's going to be a draw.

  • PerfectTen on February 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in place of Ishant and Ishwar Pandey for Vijay would have made more sense. Rahane should be groomed to open the innings to provide solidity in the overseas swinging conditions. Vijay can be a great option on flat tracks where the fourth seamer would make way for Ashwin/Mishra. Simply carrying people to give them 'exposure' to different weather conditions will not help you build a better team. Despite his two wickets early on, Ishant is a burden on the team in home conditions or away. It's irritating to see Dhoni's stubbornness!

  • on February 6, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Mccullum was never dropped. But Indias fielding was comically bad . How do the commentators keep going on about how india are good in the field now... They are terrible. Only difference now is that you have two or three capable fielders. The other 8 is a game of hide the passengers

  • yogicoolboy on February 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    For india to come back into the game they must bowl out Nz for under 450

  • fair_paly_1 on February 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    To all those disappointed fans: Don't worry about India's performance they will come back if and when BCCI changes its focus from money to cricket.

    Didn't you know by playing poorly against NZ, it was BBCI's ploy to reward NZ for siding with them in this revamp thing?

  • Herath-UK on February 6, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Surprised NZ fans' assumed elation;as one pundit pointed out if Ind is No.8,Aus is No.7 & Eng is No.6 & NZ is No.5 according to the new tier system,it is NZ who is going down.So what all this bravado on the field amount to? nothing.

  • wolf777 on February 6, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Ha ha ha...Dhoni was short of bowlers once again...his three fast bowlers got tired after the lunch from bowling constantly. .

  • on February 6, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    i beleve everyone apart from the indian fans saw this coming as it says in the article lack of pace from bowlers as a youngester i was told by a legend of cricket that test matches are won by bowlers as its the bowlers that need to take 20 wickets who have india ever had or have or infact will ever have who will set the cricket world on fire with his pace and im tlaking about bowling 90+mph all the time ishant is all over the place with his height he believes he can bounce a batter out zak is too old he is basically dead wood shami is new to the game and needs alot of practice and matches under his belt if india have these to show then you will not win abroad i would have gone with aaron and yadev as they have plenty if miles in their legs along with shami all relatively young inexperienced but plenty of fire in their bellies rather then dead horses like zak and ishant

  • yogicoolboy on February 6, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    They should have played Extra Bowler. Pandey should have been given a chance , As he did well in that warm up game. They should have played ashwin also.

  • Riz000 on February 6, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Being a Pak fan I must say watching India's bowling attack is same as watching street boys playing cricket in park lol. Problem with India is and always has been is their bowling attack which has never been good and now after Tendulkhar/dravid laxmans sehwag all gone India's batting oversea has become a major factor players like dahwan Rohit, Raina ain't international type.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 6, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Scoring 100 against India is not really big deal as the quality of Indian bowler sis below average. The result will depend on how well NZ bowlers do. India has a good batting line up and it wont easy to get 20 Indian wicket. It was a good first day for the kiwi but India can still save the test

  • on February 6, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Fulton should have been out 3 times on his way to twelve. He is an unco lanky walking wicket! How's he in the team. Rutherford needs to step up to. Latham has to come on for Fulton. Waiting is about the only person who could replace Rutherford but that's a big ask for keeper. However that would open space for Ryder in the middle order as he can't open in test cricket.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 6, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    As Sir. Martin Crowe put it, where is the fourth specialist bowler? Was not surprised to see Ashwin dropped, but thought would be replaced by Ojha or Mishra. Dhoni and team management has made some horrendous team selection decision throughout this tour. It's known that Zaheer has no pace and Ishant is wayward, Umesh for his pace should have been in the team. Dropped catches by Vijay has cost India dearly that too of McCallum and Williamson both of them who went on to make centuries.

  • tomar80 on February 6, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    I don't understand the rationale of playing four bowlers (or 3 bowlers plus an allrounder in Jadeja). To win test match you need to take 20 wickets, in order to take 20 wickets you need bowlers. If you have strong batting lineup and week bowling then the best result you expect is a draw. Why not pick another fulltime bowler in place of a middle order batsmen?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 6, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Well played Nee Zealand. Pathetic captaincy and team selection by the helicopter slogger.

  • Gabbagod on February 6, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    @Gagg. Much more interest in Ashes series than a Test against NZ. Crowds and ratings through the roof proves that. Maybe you could play during our lunch breaks against Nudgee U/12s.

  • Adam_Leban on February 6, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    From Himanshu; 'Bhuvi is our best swing bowler. Swings it both ways' lol. You are a funny guy Himanshu. Get into comedy.

  • henchart on February 6, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    MSD's captaincy has hit a dead end.Not only is he predictable but also increasingly obstinate especially in team selection.He ought to have batted today.India's bowling cupboard is barren to say the least.Leave alone 20 wkts ,Khan and Co. are struggling to take 10 wkts in a test.Ishant ,Rohit and Ashwin can take India only in one direction overseas ie southwards.But wait ,so what if result is 0-4 in ODIs and even 0-2 in Tests for India ?Are the Kiwis not touring India in October? Kiwis can be beaten black and blue on those flat tracks where even the likes of Harbhajan can score a century-That is how Dhoni might think and console rather delude himself !

  • Nampally on February 6, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    India paid dearly for the fool hardy Captaincy of Dhoni. From 30 for 3 to 329 for 4 shows total lack of leadership or tactics. Firstly, Dhoni persisted in his crazy XI selection with just 4 bowlers. This is insane for such a weak Indian bowling- now testing their endurance. Had India played another seamer like Yadev or in-form Pandey, things might have been different. But a stubborn & irrational Dhoni insists on his insanity- making the same mistakes but expecting better results! India needs a New Test Captain before they will smell any success in overseas tests. The second blunder Dhoni made was fielding after winning the Toss. In a 5 day test match, winning the Toss is a huge bonus for batting first. Now India has to bat on the 5th day on a crumbling pitch. What was he thinking? A tale of missed chances by the 2 opening batsmen - Vijay & Dhawan- added to the Indian misery on the field. Neither Jadeja nor Shami were able to take wkts! An inarticulate Captain sinks India further down!

  • Jason_Key88 on February 6, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Amusing to see Indians asking for Umesh Yadav. Every time, someone fails they ask for someone new; Aaron. Pity, most of Indian bowlers are awful, including Yadav. Having bit of a pace means nothing, when you can't even get the line and length right. Umesh is expensive and nothing to brag about. But Indian fans can try and once Umesh fails, they will just ask for someone else. Hah. Pathetic Indian team. GO Kiwi and the All Blacks.

  • androyuvi on February 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    India has to pick both Ashwin and Ojha irrespective of the venue. Spinners from both ends will contain runflow and induce wickets. With jadeja offering NO assistance with the bat, he is in the test team as a bowler, and it wouldn't need a rocket scientist to figure the better bowler between Jadeja and Ojha.

  • Critical_Analyst on February 6, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I was shocked and dismayed to see Ishant runnng into bowl. He is not doing anything different to what he was doing earlier. The Seam position is still awful, wrist pointing down legside and he is still bowling in the late 120's. The two wickets he got were more due to splendid catching than bowling. I hope Umesh Yadav is given half the chances he is getting. He has the ability to run through batting lineup's and he can utilise the chance to find some Bowling rhythm. I dare say India needs a change in Personnel as well as Captain. Dhoni,s stubborn captaincy has cost India dearly in Foreign tours and might cost us the World Cup. He keeps on going back to his tried and Trusted men and lacks imaginative captaincy

  • Blackholesun on February 6, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Very well done NZ ! I am an Indian so when I saw the score 30/3, I thought you guys will get wrapped up by 250 max.

    What a shame to India. With 30/3, you allow an opposition to end the day with 329/4 with two centuries ! India has shown time and again when it comes to abroad, they do not have the bowlers to go for a kill ! It was a disappointing and usual day from Indian perspective. What can you expect when you drop catches, even with 30/3 there were 2 dropped catches.

    Somebody please tell Ishant Sharma that he is a lousy bowler. He got 2 wickets because of brilliant catches. Zaheer was unusually expensive. Shami is a good bowler but why is he failing to get wickets on foreign soil? Didn't saw much of him today though.

    Doesn't feel like saying anything more, Indians have been a total disappointment today.

  • SOHEALPTEN on February 6, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Once gain Dhoni (Midas Touch) won the TOSS and elected to field. Then why do u enter into a match with 7 batsman when u don't want to utilize the numbers in your favour. What are these 7 batsman doing. If u are playing with 5 specialist bowlers then choosing to 1st Field is understood. But every time winning the Toss and not electing to BAT shows that Dhoni is scared and don't want his hidden talent of being coward to come out infront of all.

    Why would you go with 7 batsman when u don't bat first. And why on green top pitch you still go with just 3 fast 1 allrounder If at all any one fast bowler has his off day then you end up with just 2 ½ bowlers. Who is gona take 20 wickets.

    ITS GOOD EVEN. If all is well then how Dhoni will blame bowlers. How then Dhoni will become (Andhon mein Kana Raja) means- King with 1 eye among all blind….

  • latecut_04 on February 6, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    @barryrichardsfan and countless others who fail to understand dhoni's captiancy.its simple.the guy never understands test cricket.(forget playing it.)he always thinks about out scoring or limiting the scoring of his opponents.The bloke just isnt test class.He is best suited for 'limited' overs version becasue his cricket is 'limited'.Watch him bat like a poodle on a hot stove in the next 2 days.But what can be done when you have BCCI in command who are interetsed only in minting money.Even Dhoni needn't bother since he can fly 'helicopters' in IPL in the coming months.sigh!!!!!

  • CSpiers on February 6, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    you know you're in trouble when Jadeja is your front line spinner outside the subcontinent..

  • SportsObserver on February 6, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Probably BCCI will be successful in Bulldozing one more board to pass their bill, but whether they are successful or not, BCCI has effectively turned India World public enemy #1. You can feel it, whenever India is losing a game or doing badly, comments are pouring in from all-over the world, you can feel their sheer enjoyment. In a way BCCI has made neutral cricket fans interested in watching cricket involving India, all be it to see India lose! This can be a great business strategy.. Take Mike Tyson for an example, you either liked him or hated him, either way you wanted to see his match, he was good for business. Just like in WWE or Bollywood movies you need a hero and a villain. Now Cricket world has a villain and all the past-neutral cricket lovers are tuning in to enjoy Indian teams misery! BCCI is a marketing genius, but they are also dragging the good old name of India through mud, now India must decide what is more important- Respect of world OR more BCCI revenue.

  • Biggus on February 6, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Watching Jadeja bowl I find myself wondering what has happened to Indian spin bowling over the years. Guys like Bedi and Prasanna used to be masters of flight, expert at beating the batsman even before the ball had pitched, but Jadeja bowls absolutely flat, there's absolutely no deception in the air, and without flight and guile finger spinners are next to useless on tracks that don't turn square. So the question needs to be asked, "Why don't Indian spinners try to flight the ball?" Is it the influence of limited overs cricket, or is it just that they don't have to learn that skill since all they have to do at home is bowl darts and the ball will still turn square? Whatever the reason Indian bowling has reached a state where it's now worse than when guys like Mohinder Armanath used to open the bowling. The faster bowlers are still rubbish but now so are the spinners. This is what happens when you prepare rank turners at home, the spinners never learn the skills they will need overseas.

  • StevieS on February 6, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Shame Australia or South Africa ain't touring here this summer, can't remember the last time we played a test series vs Australia in New Zealand. 2009? Which is quite disgusting considering how close they are to us. But I guess 50 million tests VS England are far more important that one test vs New Zealand.

  • malepas on February 6, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Great show Kiwis and well done,, u have a got a gym in Kane and Brandon is always great to watch, as for Indian bowling, fielding,,well,,if you can't take wickets on this wicket then you are in wrong profession, Zak bowing 77mph and Ishant at 82mph, only Shami in high 80's, what chance you got?? India seriously lacking in bowling department and that will start to have affect on their batting as they will be under huge pressure if NZ made 450. I think BCCI instead of trying to rule the world with its financial power should concentrate to improve its team performance on the field.

  • Crickaddict on February 6, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Really feel for Shami. Bowled his heart out in the first two sessions with no support from fielders.Easily would have got minimum of 2 in the wickets column- LBW of Fulton and missed sitter of KW. Wicket of KW at that stage would have changed the course of the game. Slip catching is pathetic. Will he become another Javagal Sreenath on the luck front in getting wickets.Currently the only bowler in this indian team who gives the feeling of picking wickets. With the age in his favour , need to stick with this lad in the long run even if he goes wicketless in few games.

  • Herath-UK on February 6, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    If NZ had the same will I think at the ICC ,the cricket would not have been subject to peril if the plan go through.NZ is consigned to second fiddle by its board whatever happens on the field .Did n't have the same gusto on principle as Sri Lanka showed. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • StreetView on February 6, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Given our 'great' bowling attack , we need 5 bowlers no matter what . Both Ashwin & Jadeja must play. And Ashwin bats better than many top order batsmen . That would be a well-balanced team.

  • Sultan2007 on February 6, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Toothless bowling. The composition is not right. Effectively only 2 bowlers. Shami + Zaheer and Ishant adding up to 1 more. Poor JAdeja. I feel for him. There is no way he could have made an impact on a first day grass top and especially coming on in the 20th over. That is a sub continent plot. This had to have been a 5 man bowling attack with Umesh as the 5th bowler. Only way to exert some sustained pressure. We HAVE to get this right in the next Test. This one is already done. Only 2 results possible for India. Neither one is ideal!

  • Toyohashi on February 6, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Great to see Williamson keeping up his good form. And good to see him with a new batting partner in McCullum, showing he doesn't only perform well with Taylor at his side. There may be some criticism leveled at our openers, but I'm still backing them. Losing our first wicket in the 10th over as opposed to the 1st over is a big difference in terms of the situation our no.3 batsman comes into, regardless of runs on the board. So as long as they can at least half see-off the new ball most of the time, and occasionally go on to big scores, I'll be happy.

  • CricketFever11 on February 6, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Very strong India Lol................

  • on February 6, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Love how India fans saying they have a young team. Well if you look at the Black Caps it fulton 34, rutherford 24, Williamson 23, taylor 29, McCullum 32, Anderson 23, watling 28, southee 25, sodhi 21, wagner 27, boult 24. Guys like ryder 28, milne 21, henry 23, guptill 26, mcclenaghen 26 are young as well.

  • barryrichardsfan on February 6, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Kane and Brendon were superb feasting on some ordinary field placings by MSD. Anderson when came to the wicket had plenty of gaps available to get settled, again poor captaincy. This attitude of MSD baffles me, he gives away easy runs which simply is not what should be in a test match. No disrespect to McCullum, but it was ideal to have him on crease at 3/30, as I feel his technical deficiencies could have been exposed by Indians. Far too many number of occasions where MSD has let the game drift away when more could have been done to exert control. But sadly he has not got that killer instinct. We need Kohli as captain.

  • jb633 on February 6, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    New Zeland are building a great nucleus for all formats of the game but they need to be ruthless with selection. Fulton is not a great cricketer. He can score runs when it is flat but against a moving ball he is a sitting duck. The contrast in his scores against ENG in the home and away legs are telling if you ask me. He struggles when it moves. NZ need to replace him. I also think they need to assess what they want their spinner to do and what role they require. Sodhi may have ability but I at the moment he lacks control and I think maybe McCullum can be used to just hold the game up whilst their quicks can blast from the other end. It is not the glamorous option but SA have used that ploy for years and they have been pretty successfulu. The good thing about both Sodhi and McCullum is they both contribute with the bat.

  • Adam_Leban on February 6, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Who will Indian fans ask for next? Every time, you ask for a player; Aaron etc, you get let down. Admit it, all your players are ordinary. Just made to play on flat pitches at home. India has one of the worst win ratio abroad and how they are ranked so high is baffling. Expecting Kiwi lads to hammer the Indians ay

  • jb633 on February 6, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Well played to NZ. India bowled well early doors and Ishant was by far the pick today. However Shami and Jadeja were cannon fodder. Seriously Jadjea is such an average spinner. He looks good on the dustbowls produced in India but he has no subtlety and bowls far too quickly. He has no plan B and can only beat people off the pitch. He reminds me very much of Panesar as a bowler. India's best spinner by a country mile is Ojha. I have been banging on about him for a year but he is quality. He gets the ball to dip and drift and bowls with greater variety of speeds. If someone gets after Jadeja he has no answer. Both Ashwin and Jadjea should go and Ojha should be used for all away tests. If it doesn't rain India will yet again be facing another loss away from home. Kane Williamson is improving game by game. His technique is excellent for all conditions as he plays the ball so late and with nice soft hands. He will go on to be something special I think.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 6, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    'A strong India is good for world cricket' says Srinivasan. If his only concentration is to make BCCI financially strong out of ICC then his priorities are all wrong person. India will keep suffering overseas with policies like that.

    If you keep milking money out of reputation of a couple of star batsmen, it's not going to work forever unless something is done to unearth pace bowling talent as well.

  • on February 6, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    great day of cricket, seems that a,lot if people are talking about the game been done and dusted within 4 days..check the weather forecast for Auckland tomorrow, doesn't look good. picking a draw sadly.

  • ultrasnow on February 6, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    I went to bed with the score 54/3 never imagined NZ at 300 odd for 4 at stumps. Only our bowlers could have brought around such a remarkable turn around. Well played NZ and specia mention l of McCullum, Indian fans will forever remember you for that special 158* in the IPL.

  • sundersingh on February 6, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    wonder what will happen to India when they play against England....5-0 or else.. Wait ECB we r coming to help u in the process of rebuilding ur team, after sacking KP... please select some ordinary players from the county and they can be made into legends at the end of the series..

  • on February 6, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Mr MSD where is bhuvi? At present he is our best swing bowler who can swing the ball both ways. when you have got overcast condition and when your bowling first why dint you make him play. He could have replaced any of the 3 seamer.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 6, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    @ criclovingmind I thought my eyes deceived me when you said there had been 4 drop catches and most of which sound pretty regulation!!!

    This is not good enough. There is no excuse for poor fielding in the professional era.

  • DRKILLDEER on February 6, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Sick and tired of seeing Dhni's "wait and see" captaincy. Although I feel that with this bowling attack, India will always struggle to take twenty wickets in a test match, but to level a draw with the Indian batting that they always had is always on card. But this phonie IPL studded side will not anchor the batting forl ong hours that is even required for a tame draw. The KIWIS had dine thier homework well and I can assure you if India would have batted on this surface, they would have been booked for scire less than 100. bet ya!!!!

  • kiwicricketnut on February 6, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @ boomslanger, nice cheap shot but i never went on about our super star status, i was merely rejoicing in a very satisfying day as a black caps fan putting the number two team to the sword, all i said was how it made a two teir system look farcical when everybody in test cricket is capable of beating everyone. nothing over the hill about our team, we are also young and rebuilding, i think only mccullum and fulton are over 30, maybe wagner? but our guys next in line are young and exciting, latham, guptil, henry, milne, neesham, hardly veterans, i think we will be more than competitive against your so called super stars for many years yet, especially at home. the lack of respect you show for nz cricket is dissapointing for someone who is a fan of the game it also shows a real lack of cricketing knowledge, its so called fans like you that make days like this even more satisfying for fans like me

  • ThePacifist10 on February 6, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    I dread the sort of combo Jade Dernbach and Ishant Sharma would make on a tiny flat pitch in a T20.

  • boomslanger on February 6, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Indian team's playing so bad, fans are changing nationality.

  • Sheela on February 6, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    In spite of having comparatively younger players than in the recent past, Indian fielding has deteriorated. During the last few seasons Indian bowlers have lost the art of bowling to their fields.

  • Night_Fury on February 6, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Well Played NZ!!! Our problem remains same, bowling. I think the time has come for ZAK to move on. Umesh Yadav should come back any how. If we dont get few breaks early morning, than it would be a long day tomorrow as well. Jadeja is not a test match material. We need Ajmal like spinner. I am disappointed to see that ""INDIA"" doesnt have a spinner. For a country which always boasted on having good spinners this is a new low. Earlier Harbhajan or Kumble were able to tie up one end and quick ones were able to bowl from other, whcih i think was one key as to why Ganguly's side was such as success. I am not hopeful at all on our batting. Unless KIWIS drop few catches, cant see Dhawan/Vijay/Rohit (always suvivie on drop chances) making big runs. This team is more or less running withou people performing. We need some change of guard. RIght now other than Pujara and Kohli, no one deserves to be in playing XI. This was not case when FAB 4, Viru and Gauti used to play. Where v moving??

  • boomslanger on February 6, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    @ Johnny_129 Given that Shaami and Aaron have been clocked at being some ten to fifteen klicks faster than Black cap bowlers during the Odis, if the Indian bowling is pedestrian, I wonder what your bowling is going to look like, mate, like playing on the ocean beach, not on the sand,only about two feet under, maybe? Dont have hidden a mitch away someplace now, have we?

  • rajcl on February 6, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    catches wins matches, if williams on 30, mac on 46 catch was taken its different story as indian i dont want to win this match, dhoni said building the team - yes he was not building team for INDIA - he builds team for himself,, ( back ur players is good thing but dont give chances to others is worst thing ) still i am big fan of dhoni change ur attitude give chances to some where for others

  • Nimme_1980 on February 6, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Better India should play only in sub continent regions, they are not deserved to be No 1 Side

  • Iceman29 on February 6, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @aussie1993: playing in subcontinent against India is a different ball game altogether...Ind plays pathetically only outside still didnt learn when your team visited Ind recently and lost the test series and one day matches:).....enjoy the number one status for the short span of time till you visit the subcontinent next time :)

  • prawinq on February 6, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Very rare moment in Indian history of cricket - NO SPECIALIST SPINNER IN TODAYS TEST SQUAD. It is Ganguly who actually harvested the good Indian cricket team, Dravid cultivated,,,,, finally Dhoni enjoying and spoiling the Indian cricket team...

  • Sandt on February 6, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Ha, Ha, Ha. India does it again. They had made mediocre team and players into world class players. Only thing is not Indian team but opposition team. This is great gesture by India. Well done. Keep it up and do this for all test playing countries. I don't understand when will BCCI learn from these mistakes. Keeping Dhoni as captain is a disaster for india now

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @Francis Mel : the fact that these 3 seamers looked ineffective is becauseof the lack of 4th seamert or may i say a seamer all rounder... the 3 main seamers were very effective in the first session, and thats it they are tired, and lack of 4th seamer made their life miserable ven more post lunch and tea session... imagine if that 4th seamer who is fresh in the match would get to bowl when NZ were 40 for 3 or 50 for 3 on seamer friendly wickets... that would have been a different game ..

  • twistedseatbelt on February 6, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    The reason why India wont win this match or the series is that the BCCI and many if not most Indian fans are still in Neverland - they actually believe that they did well in South Africa. Its like when the slowest kid in the class gets a pat on the back and a trophy for "Teamwork" or "Most improved". Looking forward to a 2-0 series win for New Zealand.

  • boomslanger on February 6, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    @ Snowbadger15 and cricketnut/butt or whatever. before you go to town about New Zealand's "SUPerstar" Status, you might consider a couple of things. MAn to man the Indian team is far more talented than the current new Zealand one. the young Indian team is rebuilding sand will have done so by the time the last test at Australian is done. By then Zealand's premier players will be over the hill (except for Williamson and maybe Anderson). India and will have been relegated to what New Zealand was; a crappy team against whom you could so count to winthat you did not even watch Telly when the black caps came to Auatrailia. I could guess scorelines with uncanny accuracy. India has like about twenty guys waiting in the wing for every one playing. Not even Australia and England have that kind of talent . This Blackcap side would not even qualify to play the Current domestic someday tournament being played in Indian. So be graceful for a few days in the sun and maybe you shall have some more

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    MSD has to step down. Enough is enough. Its better now than agter the England tour.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Indian fans it would not matter if we should have played an additional seamer in place of Rohit Sharma unless the 3 main seamers are effective.

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    what i find interesting is gavaskar not even praised rohit sharma once today.... wow what an improvement in comentry... instead he pariased rahane, shami... thats a great sign for indian comentry... was bored of hearing same old biased comentry day in day out about rohit sharma.... i remember after the epic chase against pakisthan in asia cup where kohli made 183 and rohti made 60+, ravi shashtri was praising rohit till the match is complete, he dint utter a word of praise aabout kohli, and even in the post match presentation, he was asking about rohit's batting with kohli and didnt even bothered tell some good things about kohli's batting.... man that day i thought indian comentry was dead... good to see gavaskar taking a different way... players should get credit for their effort, not for some " hidden talent " you claim that you have

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Tommysuckersaffa. I think we dropped 3. Dhawan dropped two and Vijay the third. Bmac and Williamson drops proved expensive.

  • CricSriLanka on February 6, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Flat batting tracks in India and T20 cricket are worsening the Indian Bowling attack.

  • Ibanezfan on February 6, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    I find it utterly puzzling why fielding continues to be such a weak point for the Indian team. Why are shoddy fielders even allowed into a top ranked team?! Is fielding not considered a serious enough criterion for securing a place in the test and ODI sides? How can a team possibly remain at the top with such sub-par performances repeatedly? Dropped catches have been bleeding this team for a while now. I remember the amount of noise that was made about the slow fielding of the seniors who were asked to quit. But this team has an abysmal record. They've dropped catches in nearly every singe match! Even if you're not good enough to field sharp all day, at least grab and hold the catches/half-chances that come your way. That's what top sides have done consistently.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Congratulations NZ for superb batting. Our bowlers and fielders are mediocre but nothing takes away from your performances. I hope our bowlers have learnt some lessons today and come out with a plan tomorrow and restrict NZ to under 450.

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @Shane Bond : i do agree with you on this... i never discredited brendon... i love his batting in ODI and T20, and he is not as bad as his stats show in tests either, he played for brittle middle order, yes, but many fans dont see that as a reason for NZ to persist with him... same might have happened with Vinit (for whom you replied earlier) and for a moment even i thought the same untill recently...brendon was definately not a lost cause for NZ... but one cant agree with how you related brendon's case with rohit, dhawan, ashwin, jadeja...

  • sundersingh on February 6, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa four! catches my friend... 2 sitters and 2 club level approach....

  • Karunk on February 6, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    1-19 , 2-23, 3-30, 4-251 & 4-329 (90 overs) This can happen only against Indian bowling attack on a pitch having grass and bounce.

  • Snowbadger15 on February 6, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut your right, especially about giving coaches credit, I love seeing this arrogant Indian team fall flat on their backs as their fans were boasting that their bowling would knock over our batting on green pitches. of This so called big three, only Australia are truly dominant at the moment as England are a joke right now, they have an incredibly naïve board and coaches.

  • dunger.bob on February 6, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    That's a good day's batting by any standard. Another 200 from the 6 remaining wickets and NZ should be safe at the very least by Tea tomorrow. India might come out pile on 600, but even if they do NZ shouldn't lose the match.

    It's a real no brainer I suppose, but India's only hope of winning from here is win the 5 or 6 sessions. If they keep slipping it's 1-0 to the Kiwi's.

  • nicevans on February 6, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Well done to Bmac and Kane.

    Kane looks to be a Nz great in the making, love watching his strokeplay.

    Great innings from Bmac, should keep the knockers quiet for a while.

    Unfortunately it looks his chronic back injury might end his career, looks like he is playing through quite a bit of pain.

    Btw.. his last test century wasn't 3 years ago, it was only a few months ago vs the Windies.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 6, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Hi, I didnt watch the game today. Can someone confirm the number of dropped catches by the Indian team?

  • StevieS on February 6, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    I agree Snowbadger15, we have to fit Ryder in the team, he is at least one of our top 3 test batsman. The only way is either Mccullum gets dropped, won't happen now as this hundred will buy him another 2 years no matter how many failures he has inbetween or move him back to opening. His record as a opener wasn't to bad, averaged about 35 if I remember correctly.

  • aussie1993 on February 6, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @indian fielding has now become bad along with their bowling if we take kohli and dhoni out of equation india cant win even at home

  • sundersingh on February 6, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Guys dont misjudge the pitch, before NZ quick bowlers have a crack on this pitch... I am expecting a follow on From our TEAM : DHONI'S IX or BCCI IX. Ishwar pandey should be there instead of rohit sharma... and make non-sense excuse about the overrate.. urge the bowlers to bowl quiker in time. we are behind the overrate only because of to many boundary.. Ask NZC to provide ballboys for indian bowling. And i am shocked when our legendary Batsman sunny Gavaskar taking about plans for the next match, on the first day of the test.. whether to have 4 or 5 bowlers.. Numbers does not matter ,the intensity that we need is not there for the test matches like as it is in IPL.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    @boomslanger I didn't say we sack 3 bowlers I said or atleast what I was saying is to sack Dhoni as captain for just going with 3 bowlers and part time bowler jadeja.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    dhoni did a big mistake by not giiving chance to ishwar in place of rahane or rohit...

  • ca2ca on February 6, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    First day was a display class batting (Williamson) and sloppy fielding (India). Wonder why India place 4-5 slip fielders when they drop nicks and tunnel fours.

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Same old story for India. Stop playing away series. Go home.

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Williamson and McCullum showed that we have nothing to fear with the bowling side of India. only India's batsmen will save them. Go on the Black Caps.

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @realfan You're right. But the fact is Brendon played as a keeper for about 60-70 of his test matches and I feel that's quite respectable for him (Boucher?). And to be honest he played for a brittle batting lineup where he often had to open and has played at 3/4/5/6/7/8 positions. He is quite reckless sometimes (plenty of times) but it won't be fair to call him a lost cause for NZ.

    And like all players you mentioned he too got into team on the bank of u/19 and FC. Sehwag is (was?) great but he had the luxury of strongest middle order (dravid, tendulkar, laxman etc.) and he could have afforded to lose his wickets but not Mccullum.

  • Snowbadger15 on February 6, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @mitty2 then Sharma is definitely the worst to take 150 test wickets. pleased to see Brendon knuckle down and score some quality runs in a captains knock which we desperately needed. Kane Williamson is showing that he is extremely talented and will be world class in a few years. Hopefully baz kicks on to a double and Corey gets a ton to take us to 500 odd. The openers are a concern as Fulton only takes the shine off the new ball on flat decks and Rutherford is impatient. ideal 11 Latham, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Anderson, Watling, Southee, Sodhi, Milne/Neesham, Boult.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 6, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    how good is it to be a black caps fan at the moment, so satisfying putting this two tier sysem to shame by denying the so called big 3 as we did to england last summer, aussie would struggle to knock us over at home as well so why seperate everyone, it cant be on performance can only be about the money, which makes our performances even more satisfying, keep it up fella's and well done hesson and bond you have these guys humming.

  • nach on February 6, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    same bowlers....same problem....same old story since SA tour. could have tried pandey and mishra. Dhoni just refuses to change his resources and strategy :-(

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    india despite being a country to more than a billion lacks genuine bowling latent

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @androyuvi : nobody is suggesting all pace attack.. everyone is suggesting an attack of 3 gunine pacers, 1 seamer allrounder, 1 guinine spinner.... i dont think this attack will decrease over rate... india was never in trouble with over rate....

  • prakash_mishra on February 6, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    And the disappointment continues.Same bowling line-up which was unable to defend 458 at Wanderers.The only reason these three seamers are playing because they were able to bowl out Proteas for 244 in 1st innings at wanderers and Dhoni thinks this is the answer to all the batsmen in the world.wake up Dhoni before its too late.Zaheer is playing because he has lost weight in France and nothing else. Ishant is still reaping the fruits of Perth 2008. Shami had a good test debut and I am pretty sure both Indian management and fans think he is the next Waqar or may be even better. That is the arrogance level of BCCI and Indian cricket fans.NOw ust wait and watch how India loses both tests and then be prepared to see a similar debacle in England and Australia.well IPL is coming and I am pretty sure likes of Rohit,Dhawan,Vijay,Rahane,Dhoni,Ashwin,Jadeja,Ishant will do pretty good in IPL and all Indian fans can enjoy that.But at this moment I want Team India to loose this test series 2-0.

  • Kashi0127 on February 6, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    The biggest problem for Dhoni is he is winning toss most of the time. And the dilemma is he cannot chose to bat because India might set a new record for lowest total. He cannot chose to bowl because India bowlers will be thrashed all over the ground. I wounder if there is possibility of conceding toss? This way at least Dhoni need not go through mental torture of deciding.

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    the problem for india is their team selection ... they select the team as if they are playing for a draw... whats the point in selecting only 4 specialist bowlers?? and in that spinner is just to hold one end ... it doesnt make any sense... and oh man, dhoni has got to be the most pathetic captain overseas... he is o longer a good keeper that once he was, he is so much reluctant to take charge, he stand too deep for keeping , as if our bowlers are super fast and the bouncers will bounce over his head... come on man come front, stand little bit further up to the stumps... i have seen some edges were not carying, even in SA series and ENG series he was standing too deep... out bowlers doesnt have the pace to stand too deep....

  • CodandChips on February 6, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    @All Indian fans relax. Just 1 day of cricket. You have a young team- this will take time for them to evolve into a great team. New Zealand generally produce flat pitches anyway.

    But saying that, failure to win the test series in NewZealand was the first sign of decline of the England team...

  • boomslanger on February 6, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    @loveTestCricket it seemed that Ashwin was at first, Rohit Sharma at second and Dhawan at third slip positions. Kohli seemed to be patrolling the boundary most of the day. DID not SEE him come to the slips to drop a catch. @PARTHU COMMANDER which three Indian bowlers would you like to be sacked along with Dhoni? don't you think its a bit drastic? India will not be able to field a team anytime soon. Anyway, I dont think Dhoni is as much a problem as much as the esteemed Coach Fletcher. HE is taking BCCI for a very long ride and ruining Indian cricket once for all . HE says a few enigmatic words ever so often, and claims credit for any bit of good work the Indian team (as individuals, not as team) does and pockets a fat check and laughs his way to the bank. If Andy Flower( who has a much better cricketing pedigree) can be sacked after a mere five match loss, why is he sacrosanct? I think he is heading pell mell into his thirteenth straight test match loss, is he not? and not a murmur fro

  • chirag23 on February 6, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Dhoni seems to be a kind of a captain who works on a limited over theory of dry the runs and wickets will follow even in test. But the fact is his theory has been completely going wrong even in shorter formats, and that is the major reason for Indian bowler loosing aggresive intent and looking flat day in and day out.....Simple he is not a captain for future now... please change ASAP.

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @Shane Bond : i think you got it wrong this time... dhawan, rohit, ashwin, jadeja are still young and they havent even played 20 matches yet... i am talking about test matches... and coming to sehwag he is averaging 46 in australia , and i think thats pretty good for a opener from subcontinent... not that i am not giving credit to maculum , he played briliantly today ( with some luck i must add ) , but for a guy who played over 80 and played in middle order averaging 36 is not upto his calibre.., and one will think like what vineeth thought... no team will play a player with average 36 after 80 matches...

    coming to rohit, dhawan, jadeja, ashwin... they all have forced their way intot he team... they all have impressive numbers in domestic level, i dont know if they can suceed in higher level , but saying lack of resources made these guys playing for india is not acceptable....

  • ShanNachimuthu on February 6, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    You have got only three pacers plus a spinner. The purpose of inclusion of the spinner is to give rest to pacers, not for taking wickets, because he is bowling T20 line to contain the run flow. Among the three pacers only one is in-form (Shami ) and the next one is totally out of sorts ( Ishant ) and the last one is old and ineffective ( Zak ). Inducing an wicket taking opportunity by this bowling attack itself a big thing to happen. So your fielders must be in 100 alertness to grab the every opportunity produced by the bowlers. But your fielders and standing in the slip cordon as if they are standing in beach watching the sunset and enjoying the evening breeze. Nevertheless your bowlers did more than expected. But your fielders let them down. Looks like you guys gave a wild card to Williamson so that he can score freely. MSD, I feel very sorry you. Your friends are letting you down all the time. Vijay, Its not just you dropped Williamson, you dropped the match and series. Pathetic...

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Drop all the current bowlers. Bring some spl bowlers like rp,praveenkumar,nehra,irfanpathan. India will never win by having such unexperience bowlers.

  • ThePacifist10 on February 6, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Prepare to lose boys! You have selected ISHANT SHARMA. The man who performs once in a blue moon! From 30/3 to 329/4. Pathetic. Zaheer should retire immediately. Shami was unlucky to have the chances he created dropped. Ishant got too lucky with his wickets. Silly shots, the both of them. Ishant must never ever don an Indian jersey again. Bring in Pandey and Rishi Dhawan to support Shami! Dhoni, you have disappointed me again! All the onus will be on Kohli and Pujara to perform now!!

  • androyuvi on February 6, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    To all the arm chair critics, there is an import thing called OVER-RATE. Please understand what over-rate is and then talk about playing all-pace attack.

    Sadly for India, our spinners are better than our Pacemen even in away conditions. So deal with it. There will be atleast one, if not two spinners in our team irrespective of the venue.

    Best spinning pair in the country is Ashwin-Ojha. Ojha got kicked out because of Jadeja's performances in India [crazy!]

    And there is AMIT MISHRA, who bowls better than Jadeja, and he sure would bat better than Jadeja.[??]

    If One spinner, just go with Ashwin/Ojha depends on the number of left and right hand batsmen. But again if you choose Ojha, you will miss Ashwin's reargaurd.

    If Two spinners, either Ashwin-Ojha or Ashwin-Mishra. Obviously not Ojha-Mishra.

    Jadeja, you can play him as a third spinner if you play in Indian pitches, if needed.

    Jadeja is not an internation quality batsman, please stop expecting runs from him.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on February 6, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    The bowlers seem to be getting a lot of flak, but what about the ridiculous fields Dhoni set for them? I was appaled to see a solitary slip and a fielder at sweeper cover with the score at 170 odd for 3. Instead of going for a wicket or two and taking control, MSD was waiting for one of the batsmen to make a mistake, like he always does. The ploy works in the sub-continent, but on the truer pitches abroad its a recipe for disaster.

  • SachinRao on February 6, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Without wasting any time we shd sack fletcher, dawes and the entire coaching time. Try to get back Gary kirsten or John Wright. We should reconsider dhoni for test captaincy atleast. Need an aggressive captain. Zak, ishant, should have made way. Pandey and yadav shd have played instead. If we were with 5 bowlers we shd have played bhuvaneshwar. If it was 4 I wd have played mishra over jadeja.

    NZ got off the hook. I think they will pick Latham and Guptill as openers in the next match.

  • DilipKumarTiwari on February 6, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    One of the worst Team India with mindless captain, who keeps his fav players in Team. They don't even think about pride of Team. It's better to watch cricket match of any other Team.

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    it is difficult to comprehend that y is dhoni making ishant play as I m ready to lose a game in expense of giving exposure to raw talent .looking forward to seeing India doing well at least batting department. dearly want Rahane to go on well as he raised immense hope from S.A. tour

  • happy_kiwi on February 6, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    What a day of cricket! Terrific knocks from both williamson and mccullum. What made it better was they both stood up when their team needed them! As a masive black caps fan im excited about what im seeing from this side. Finally they are starting to put together some consistency on a regular basis. What people forget is that this is a young side and I feel they are still another year or two away from there best cricket. Guys like Williamson, Anderson, Sodhi, Boult, Southee are future stars of the game. The openers are still abit of a worry. Rutherford is young and will get better but fulton's future is in the air. I thought Shami bowled very well without little luck. If I was an indian fan I would be stoked with how ishant bowled. Good to see him bowl well and all though he is frustratingly inconsistent his talent can not be questioned. Jadeja is a class tweaker and he will bounce back from today. Hopefully weather doesn't ruin this test. The next four days are going to be a ripper!!

  • androyuvi on February 6, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    I have been crying about this all along. Jadeja is not a test spinner, atleast in away conditions. Jadeja's 6fer is on a SPIN-FRIENDLY Durban pitch. If at all anyone had cricketing sense, they would know the difference between Ashwin's SA match and Jadeja's SA match. Jadeja's batting technique is as bleak as it could be. Ashwin should have been the first choice.

    And to all who suggest why not go for 4 pacers, even with Jadeja-the guy who actually darts- India was far behind in over-rate. If India had gone with 4 pacemen, then we could only bowl 70 overs a day.

    Ideal combination, 5+1+5(Ashwin, Jadeja/Mishra, Ishant/pandey, Shami, Zak)

    IT IS A BIG BLUNDER TO LEAVE OUT THE SPECIALIST SPINNER, who knows to bowl topspinners, who also averages 40 with the bat.

  • StevieS on February 6, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    What a nice way to wake up! Ominous signs for India with still lots of batting to come, remember our number 11 has a test 50 and averages about 20. Anything less than 500 at this stage would be a disappointment.

  • Naresh28 on February 6, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @WAPUSER - Yah I said a similar comment earlier. We miss a bowler like SREESANTH - when he was on song India won overseas matches. He was a real wicket taker.

  • choppa13 on February 6, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Umm go Brendon for all the Kiwi supporters that rubbish him, apart from Ross who else has scored 2 centuries this summer? Come on NZ get behind your captain and team way to go Brendon and Kane just keep on keeping on this is your tour to shine

  • Harry31j on February 6, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I wonder what is India's bowling coach doing? I remember how good Shami & B Kumar were when they 1st appeared in international cricket. Let alone improvement or even remaining at previous level, they've actually become worse bowlers after some months in the team. Is the coach trying to improve them or disrupting their natural style?

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    not so much unexpected after odi series. before the tour i was of the view that india is far strong than NZ as rankings speak in both formats. but they have disapoointed every one. selection has question marks throughout the odi series and now again in test match. any way you cant say much until india bats in 1 st innings but certainly they had lost a good chance with good conditions.

    well olayed by nz. both KW and BM played great. it was not easy early on. had some luck but played superb. if they can add 120+ then it will be dumifficult for india to win it from there

  • ListenToMe on February 6, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    This is expected. There is no common sense used by Dhoni. In ODIs he tried everyone except Varun who is like an ODI specialist bowler. Now they have given chance to everyone except Umesh who is a test specialist bowler. India will lose both matches if Umesh does not play.

  • osman_pk777 on February 6, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    well don't worry indian fans now bbci has taken step for big 3..they will surely bribe umpires and all sytem for their team this is the only thing left for Indians for them to become good international side .remember money cannot get good bowlers as you need to improve your bowling.

  • Iceman29 on February 6, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    NZ have some amazing players such as Williamson, Anderson etc...Amazed by the calmness and consistency showed by Williamson...well played NZ...the rankings should be revamped for sure...NZ does not deserve the current ranking they should be atleast in the top 5...Ind should be in NZ's ranking..I even doubt if Ind should be in 8th...

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    I really can't figure out why you would play ZAK and Shami together to be honest. ZAK is basically an older, slower version of what Shami offers now. Ishant actually makes sense, he fills the role of the hit the pitch back of a length bowler that is highly regarded on pitches with pace and bounce to get batsmen back in their crease. All India really need to do is replace ZAK with a genuine pace bowler that can swing or seam it a bit with the new ball, and has the guts to pitch it up. Might be an idea to use a spin bowler who actually rips the ball with some flight in search of drift as well, but I know the only choices in Dhoni's mind are Ashwin or Jadeja, both terrible on this kind of pitch, so I won't go there.

  • Coolcapricorn on February 6, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Spin bowling simply doesn't work much in NZ as it didn't in SA - so simply don't understand why some fans are claiming both Jadeja & Ashwin should have been chosen for this 1st Test - particularly when Ashwin took only ONE wicket in the ODI series at an average of 277! The error was choosing only three frontline seamers [unfortunately we don't have a seam bowling all-rounder like Corey Anderson] which means they each have an increased workload - so as the day progresses & they become more tired & less effective, the opposition batsmen can simply cash in! So no wonder from maybe a winning opportunity of NZ being 30-3, we have again thrown the match away due to these repeated selection blunders by our inept captain!

  • kris_p on February 6, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    MR.DHONI why are you playing with only four specialist bowlers in overseas. Did the same mistake in SA and paid the price. We used to have very strong batting line up, but not now especially when we play in overseas. Please add another fast bowler to the line up. You cannot take 40 wickets with 3 pace bowlers and a spinner with part time bowlers. 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers must be there to balance the team. Also its very disappointing to see the catches dropped. If not in overseas where are you going to utilize your fast bowlers. What is the point of having Umesh, bhuvi,pandey in team and making them sit on the bench. Ridiculous

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    harbhajan took 16 wickets in 3 matches on NZ tour of 2009 and he was the highest wicket taker in that test series. dhoni is a very biased captain,he removed all the seniors so that nobody could challenge his decisions. india needs the experience of harbhajan and gambhir to do well overseas and dinesh karthik should be given a chance in test matches.

  • balaji28 on February 6, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    After ashwin started flighting the ball in the just concluded warm up match against kiwis,it is disappointing to see ashwin isn't figuring in this team,ashwin could have played instead of rohit or rahane or jaddu.everyone will ask a question jaddu took 6 wickets at durban and jaddu took 6 wickets because durban wicket some what supported spin but here jaddu wasn't able to tame any batmen as there is nothing for the spinners.while ashwin was applauded for his spell in the just concluded warm up match but I don'tt know why he haven't been given an opportunity in this match.While ishwar chand pandey and bhuvi should be there in place of ishant and shami, it would have been a different story if these 3 changes were there. Dhoni should have some common sense while selecting team composition atleast in the future matches.

  • Iceman29 on February 6, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Another humiliation waiting for us Indian fans and to our country...When will the selectors wake up?? We are gonna loose the world cup this time due to the idiotic selection committee and arrogance of Dhoni...It is still time to revamp this pathetic team with new sure there will be lot of talented players like Kohli, Pujara and good bowlers as well..but the sad part is we will never know since Dhoni selects the same team again and again...

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    one bowler india really misses is sreesanth.....he used to deliver crucial wickets away from home.....

  • Muimui on February 6, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    What has happened to India's Spin Bowlers , I would agree with Martin Crowes comments on the radio today that in the tradition and history of Indian test spinners jadeja would be the worst to play test cricket in living memory

  • srikanths on February 6, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Again back to Pujara and Kohli to do the rescue act.But law of averages could just about catch with them also as it is doing with Dhoni in terms of test wins are concerned. There was a time , Dhoni just wouldnot lose anything but suddenly after Eng and OZ series abroad, he just doesn't seem to be winning anything at all barring the home series of course where he still is the master

  • Muimui on February 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Hey Mitty2 Nice comments but you will find BMac scored a century 3 tests ago against the w Indies not 3 years ago as you claim , maybe it seems when you don't watch he scores 100s

  • latecut_04 on February 6, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    there is only one way to describe India's performance on day1-SHAMEFUL.Now first things first and credit to Baz and Williamson for counter attacking and putting NZ in a position from where they should dictate terms despite losing the toss and 3 early wickets.but all those dropped catches,terrible length and batsman friendly deliveries,lacklustre attitude,disinterested body language--just what was the Ind team doing in Eden Park today after morning session.It looks like the moment opposition counterattacks they give up.Or in another words THEY SIMPLY ARENT UP FOR A FIGHT.i am not among those Ind fans who worship sachin/always want Ind to win..but this performance is just SHAMEFUL...the entire XI need to hang their head in shame, and 'bowlers' thank your stars you were born in India.Period.Indian players are all set for summer.IPL.. easy cricket easy money easy life...BCCI head(??)blabbers about a strong India being good for international cricket.How about being a decent side first

  • MMHS on February 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    I think the idea of bowling first wasn't bad, the execution was poor. On that wicket had MS batted first, IND might have gone to lunch 5/6 down & thereafter chasing the rest of the game. MS's biggest mistake was to take an ODI spinner, with no turn, flight or variation instead of Mishra. But he had to take with CSK team mate!!!!, otherwise Mr. Srini might get upset. Actually, in ODI MS kept Mishra out so that his performance doesn't block his 2 CSK pals Test selection. I thought 1 more wicket before the 3 front line pacer tired out could have changed to entire equation. IND just don't have the back-up bowlers to keep things tight & at 36 ZAK can run only for 15 overs a day. Still IND can come back as the scoring rate has left enough time, but if the Kiwis put anything near 500, it 'll be extremely difficult to save the match, unless it rains. I don't think it's that good a wicket to pile up almost 350 in a day with just 4 down.

  • vinudupa on February 6, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Great captaincy by MSD...Don't understand how Dhoni selects Jadeja as a spinner in the team.......hats off to him.........genuine leg break bowler Amit mishra has been made to warm benches,God save India.

  • Crickaddict on February 6, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Time forTeam mgmt (dhoni) to think out of box like gavaskar did for Shastri.Drop one of the non performing openers (SD / MV) , open with Ashwin (bcoz of his batting technique and started his carrier as top order batsman).replace jadeja with Pandey.Bring in Umesh in place of Ishanth or Zak. 4 pace bowlers and a spinner with 6+1 batsmen.

  • Masculineffort on February 6, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    So what if we got whacked by the NZ cricket team. Our Board has way more money than the NZ cricket board. That's what really counts! On-field mediocrity, off field dominance. Now, that's Indian cricket. And that's what we're really talking about, Baby!

  • 22many on February 6, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    And todays effort from the country that wants to take control of world cricket...if this is all they can dish up then the future of Indian cricket and world cricket is in trouble. Well done to Williamson and to McCullum who I believe, played one of his better innings today. Very disappointed in the Indian bowling attack and honestly, the fielding was very basic....even club players would get their arses kicked for some of the carry on we witnessed today.

  • Lermy on February 6, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    India seemed embarrassed to have won the toss yet again, and apologetic at taking three quick wickets. Its like the good old days when India were not really competitive overseas at all. But maybe their batting will put things into perspective.

  • alesana85 on February 6, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Bravo Mr McCullum, valuable runs at a great time. I really hoped you would make a decent score in this series, you came through.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Vinith Xavier Then same should apply for Dhawan, Sharma, Ashwin, Sehwag, Jadeja, isn't it?

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Openeing batsman is the always the Kiwi weakness. McCullum got way too much criticism in his time at the top of the order. He did a reasonably good job there by our standards but his hard fought 60's and 70's got criticised for some reason. Stick him back there and get Ryder, who no doubt needs to give his game some thought at this stage of his career (like Taylor has done) his chance to make s middle order position his own. That's the trie NZ batting line up.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 6, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Indias popgun bowling attack is no match for NZ even on a spicy, green wicket. This is not a good start for India, Kiwis will kick on from here and get a very challenging total.

  • StreetView on February 6, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Ashwin instead of Rohit and Pandey in place of Zaheer would have been better. Ashwin is a better batsman than Rohit,Dhawan and bowls too. Zaheer in bad form now and need to be replaced. And poor cricket from Dhawan dropping those 2 catches.

  • rameshpoplay on February 6, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    It was plain and simple bad bowling and fielding by India that allowed NZ to come on top. After 30-3 they just forgot how they had bowled earlier. It had nothing to do with the counter-attack. NZ just put away bad balls. These were so many that the run rate looked great. Crucial catches were dropped in the slip. This had nothing to do with they not standing at the right distance as Gavaskar kept repeating throughout the day. The first catch was going to Sharma, but Shikhar dived in front of him and the catch was dropped. The second dropped catch went straight into Vijay's hands and popped out. Shikhar also misjudged a top edge to square leg and let it go over him. Jadeja bowled really badly. His balls on the leg were pulled away for fours. In between all this 2 plumb LBW decisions, one of Shami and one of Zaheer were not given, further adding to India's problems. Does it require coaches and captains to tell the bowler what line and length he has to bowl? Poor bowling, poor batting!!

  • LongLiveTestCricket on February 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    So far, Dhoni has proved that he is good only for waiting for wickets, which is an approach that used to work for him in ODIs with old rules and home Tests where spinners keep on doing the job of taking wickets.Result now is that he stands badly exposed and cannot win a single game overseas. What can you say about the captain who keeps long-on/off in Tests for first ball of a new batsmen.Keeps persisting with same fielders in slips like Kohli who have dropped a huge number of catches there.Does not have any plan on asking his bowlers to bowl one side of the wicket.Quite clearly, the bowlers are bowling balls in 6 different areas in one over to get a wicket when they actually need to be consistently bowling 6 balls in the corridor of uncertainty.Short balls are more or less wasted at such low pace and sent to the boundaries.We can see the same story being repeated time and again, but Dhoni keeps on claiming there is no issue and where is that Fletcher hiding with his ZERO contribution.

  • JSatish on February 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Just another normal day :(

  • jargan83 on February 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    India seem to be returing the good old days of the 90's when they couldn't beat anyone away from the sub-continent

  • Coolcapricorn on February 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Totally predictable rubbish from the Indian bowlers - aided by a totally inept Indian who keeps on repeating the same selection errors in helping the opposition. Hence again today from a position of strength when we had NZ at 30-3 on a pitch assisting our seamers, we've simply thrown the match away! Our fielding was equally rubbish today & even when one/two 'catches' were falling slightly short of our slip fielders, no attempt was made whatsoever by our slip cordon to move even slightly forward at all. To do well in trying to win a match abroad, you simply CANNOT go with just three frontline seamers in your side but MSD never learns. He repeats the same selection mistakes in ODI's too & so once again as in SA, we have thrown away a winning opportunity yet again & chances are we will now get drubbed 0-2 by NZ in this Test series. Time for the arrogant MSD to go!

  • Karthik78 on February 6, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Can someone tell Dhoni/selectors to rotate the bowlers at least. Shami was good, if you keep playing him till every batsmen get used to do or till he feels exhausted, he will go for wicket less. Samething happened to all bowlers in India. If we keep using them, every batsmen get used to their tactics. It is wise to rotate the bowlers and keep healthy competition in bowling

  • Practical_person on February 6, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I think Indian fans need to come to terms with the fact that this is the best team India has selected and we are medicore overseas. Ishant Sharma was good in Australia and needs a boost in confidence. Very few Indian batsmen have technique to negotiate overseas conditions barring Kohli and Pujara. I believe Rohit Sharma has got the talent and technique and over time will perform in overseas conditions. NZ are a great team despite what their rankings suggest and please have the decency to acknowledge their good performance. Nowadays all teams are kings at home and useless overseas. Selection changes won't resolve the problems and areas need to be rectified at the grassroots level. We need competitive wickets at the domestic level, better identification of talent, etc. Cricinfo please publish.

  • mzm149 on February 6, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @truecric_fan: Well, New Zealand managed to score more than double of what you predicted and that too with loss of just 4 wickets.

  • Cricsnake on February 6, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    It was a good day for NZ. They did well. Williamson would be very dangerous in the near future; an emerging great. Corey Anderson is the most impressive player to me. If nurtured properly he would be another Kallis. I've faith on him. Indian bowlers were quite average today but might comeback & attack tomorrow. Match will be a draw as Indian batters would score quite similarly.

  • Mitty2 on February 6, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Kane Williamson is an absolute gun. Well done to him - expecting big things. Mccullum I've always loved to watch bat - pity I couldn't today - and good on him because he hadn't scored a century for over three years. Plus he's the only captain along with Clarke in world cricket who actually have a positive mindset, for which he should be accredited for.

    What are India doing persisting with Zaheer? He's bowling 125km/h. You know what you get from him as well as you know what you're going to get from the world's worst bowler to have taken over 50 wickets in Sharma - and that's crap. Shami should still be persisted with, but surely you've got to bring in one of Aaron or Yadav. Jadeja failing on his non-preferred turgid, dry tracks as expected. Oh and as everyone's a fan of Dohni's captaincy (sneer), can someone explain to me why Rohit was bowling to C Anderson when he was just coming in?

  • sumit1982 on February 6, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Game has gone out of reach of India.If India playing in their country if NZ reach 329/4 on first day .I can say game is on reach.

    But India playing in overseas in green top pitch so, where 329 is equivalent to Indian pitch Nz is around close to 500.The performance Indian batsmen playing in last couple match in overseas being an Indian fan is not good to watch.India batsmen need play for bigger partnership.

    Is umesh yadav is injured.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    I cant understand some of the Indian supporters out there! I have 3 comments to make. 1. The right thing to do was to win the toss and bowl - the wicket was green and the overhead conditions were in favour of bowling. If the Williamson chance was taken it could have been a different story. How is that Dhoni's fault? 2. Dhoni is all class! Support the guy. My only criticism would be that he should back himself more - more up the order and allow an extra allrounder (Ashwin) to be picked. He is wasted at 6 or 7. 3. Perhaps the Blackcaps could be given some credit? I thought Williamson and McCullum were awesome!

  • Bonehead_maz on February 6, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    When the anger (can already feel it) starts because India will lose at least half of their tests in SA, NZ, Eng and Aust, and win less, it should be directed at the BCCI not the players. Please don't attack your players! I can't imagine how many millions of dollars it took to successfully convince anyone........ "lets take a team and pull out Sachin Tendulkar (enough already).. Raul Dravid, VVS Laxman and even Sehwag too and convince our supporters we bat even better" I am sure Modi would have spent less on such a useless marketing mission. ?

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    what happen to indians lol why all you guys went quite suddenly haha 30 for 3 and 330 for 4 lol hahaha indian team should stop playing cricket lol loosersss

  • BustIPL on February 6, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    India got the initial advantage for sure and then NZ got their grip. I dont think it was counter attack by NZ just the initial advantage that india got.

  • Biso on February 6, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    When will Dhoni realise that it is lot better to bowl at pace ( never mind a bit erratic at times ) rather than render dibbly dobbly nonsense at the international level. We have Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron who can be faster than any of the NZ bowlers. Unless Ishant gets back to his potential pace drop him. Even Zaheer bowled at much lesser pace than he did at SA. What is the point in having these highly paid bowling coaches who cannot get the bowlers to bowl quicker, the average pace should be at least 90% of their ability.

  • Naresh28 on February 6, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    USUAL stuff from Indian bowlers. Apart from early pressure nothing much after that. A tactic that is used by most teams to get away from India. They know that India wilt after the initial burst. The last time we saw a good bowling effort(overseas) was when Sreesanth was on song.

  • erihana on February 6, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Can NZ get another 120-140 runs min? 460 a good score, anything over bloody lovely. In a perfect world, 200 by tea, declare and have a good crack, good length, look for swing after tea... "in a perfect world" mind you.

  • TurbojetXI on February 6, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    NZD 490-510 Range 1st innings, IND 230.. NZD 2nd Innings 270.. IND 200 Match over in 4 days or Follow on and match over in 3 days.. Hope it doesnt get worse than this..Glad avoided watching.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    this is the problem with indian bowling .if somebody counter attack like 1st day batting by mccullum and kane williamson then they can't do any thing .they will just leak runs with out any is in their blood. no need to worry

  • MaruthuDelft on February 6, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Why is Rohit allowed to continue? Sack Fletcher first. He destroyed the career of Badrinath.

  • atuljain1969 on February 6, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Ist day on expected lines. Dhoni, even though having 8 batsmen at his disposal, chooses to field first. What does it means, not confident of his Batsmen putting up good show.

    Again the team selection is the same staple diet. Rohit / Ishant / Jadeja. Why can't the players like Pandey, Yadav , Mishra or Rayyudu given chance. In S Africa they failed and yet they are persisted with.

    Need a captain with a vision and looking beyond stubbornness. He feels his backing of non performing players will make them do some wonder someday, but it is a wonder when they will do it.

  • BustIPL on February 6, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Even WI did better than India a short while ago. NZ have shown they are no more a minnow as they have got some real match winners recently. Good toss by Dhoni to win and avoid batting first. Otherwise, the match was over on third day. At least with this game might go to the fourth day. A very big challenge for indian batsmen also who have to come upto the hype given to them by indian media and fans.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Dhoni please think!! Get aaron ot pandey into attack atleast in next match!! however u r gonna loose with this team so please give them some chance!!.. what dhoni really think is like how he won the 20-20 world cup by giving chance to a worst bowler at a worst situation!! By mere fluke he became a big hero in india.. As a indian fan i feel only this if dhoni is not there right now everything will get fine sooner!! Ganguly is far better than dhoni!!

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    high time Dhoni is sacked as captain. How can he play with 3 bowlers and 1 part time spinner? If ashwin is not good then play another spinner. Why play jadeja as a bowler? What am insult to other spinners in the squad.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Inexplicable team composition again . MSD is just hell bent on making Ishant and Jadeja play 100 tests irrespective of any performance metrics . How do you get in a Jadeja and not play Ashwin ( genuine spinner) or for that matter not give Mishra a chance !!!! I have given up on MSD's captaincy . But then , as long as IPL n chennai super kings are there I don't think any of these will ever be rectified . I pray to god that somewhere some one like a DADA comes and takes Indian cricket to safety . I feel sorry for all those who are not playing since they would have atleast put their heart out and tried lot better than Ishant , Jadeja .

  • Bonehead_maz on February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    "A toss would have love to have won"........and hopefully batted ? So why bother ?

  • MiddleStump on February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    The simple truth is that Zaheer Khan is over the hill, Shami cannot move the ball, and Ishant Sharma cannot believe he is still being picked to play in the team. The reserves are even worse. It is so bad that it feels as though Agarkar is bowling from both ends. New Zealand never had it so good on a seaming track. Having scored around 300 runs per innings in the ODIs with ease, they should probably set a target of around 600 runs per innings in the tests. The only thing worse than the Indian bowling is their fielding. And that is because India have not batted yet. New Zealand should win this series 2-0 with probably one test by an innings. And unless India perform better I am not buying tickets for these one sided thrashings. Watching them on TV being slaughtered day after day is bad enough.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Bad selection. Jadeja does not deserve a place in the test side. Both in terms of bowling and batting Ashwin is better. But than may be ashwin would have been playing and result would have been the same. More than anything I dont see fire in the way things are being handled. Instead of waiting for things to happen they should try for make things happen. Mentally this team is really fragile. Everyone needs to have inner fire like kohli.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    I was lucky enough to enjoy the game at Eden Park today. I was looking forward to watching Taylor dominate - the worst Indian bowling I can recall. Terrible line and length, Dhoni looked devoid of any strategy. On another day perhaps the wickets would have come, but you can't luck your way to 100. McCullum, though I fear this will cement his role in the team for another two years, and Williamson (so elegant to watch live) deserved tons.

    India, you should be ashamed. Children, you act like men but you are not.

  • Alexk400 on February 6, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Actually ishant bowled well because he was on the stumps and pitched up. When ever he bowled short , he was destroyed. So he is putting in effort. Zaheer simply has no gas in the tank. Shami just unlucky. Jadeja kinda weak in Test. He need another spin bowler to shine. He is more containment type bowler who gets wickets only if batsman go after him. So basically india have fast bowling and spin bowling cupboard empty. I can see why dhoni said india is tuned side. He was living in parallel universe.

  • diehard-indianfan on February 6, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    I am a indian fan but i would like india to lose by an inings and 200 runs so that more pressure will be on dhoni to give up captaincy.Maybe dhoni is preparing for IPL by exposing his CSK team to NZ team..

  • SA_Ahmadi on February 6, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Aaah!!! I really don't understand why is Dhoni electing to bowl first in six consecutive matches, while the result has been the same, As an indian cricket fan I am really disappointed that a batting team doesn't rely on its batting,Come MSD if you are reading these comments at least try to elect bat first only once in this tour if you win the seventh toss.

  • yogicoolboy on February 6, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Dont know why Pandey wasnt included. It was a mystery to us. He bowled well in the warn up game. Could have played both ashwin and Jadeja

  • Rajiv007 on February 6, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Very Very Bad and Irresponsible Captainship by DHONI. The Bowlers are OK today to start off but never been helped by the captain. If India loses only Dhoni will be responsible for that, nobody else. And I dont know if its me but all the players were not interested to play. If you don't want to play please give others chance.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    bad decision keeping specialist bowler ashwin sitting out and jadeja in.,ashwin good average in test batting also.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 6, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    good to see the captain step up after taylor failed, great partnership, shame williamson got strangled but it was always going to happen with the amount of bad balls bowled it was always going to be a bad ball that got him out but he just looks like he is in total control. hope this is a sign of some sort of consistancy from mccullum with a ton against the windies and now india, we need this from him so i hope it continues and turns it into a big double ton tomorrow, these two at the crease could take the game away from india very quickly tomorrow and they only have themselves to blame, i swear its like watching ten year old kids in the field, it really is pathetic.

  • taslu613 on February 6, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    willianson is a sheer class .I love to see him batting.He has every shot in his armor. He is going to be backbone of newzealand team.well done kane.I am a big fan of yours.

  • shahnbej on February 6, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Very discouraging fielding, dropped catches now we discussing only the bowlers.

  • on February 6, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Hard to understand dhonis captaincy antics his choice of ravinder jadeja ahead of amit mishra and r ashwin , his field placings , bowling changes . Very negative captaincy.

  • S.Seshachalam on February 6, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Height of stupidity!! 1st day of 1st test of the series, India could have batted first and tried to pile on the runs. As if we have world class bowlers.....the decision to field first was really ridculous. Zak a flop as usual. High time to change the entire team including the captain. Sandeep Sir, hope you are listening. We we fed up of seeing India being thrashed repeatedly during overseas series. Selection committee wake up....

  • on February 6, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Too much boasting in the commentary about Mccullums intent ,looks and beards and so on. Keep in mind he is a guy who averages 36 in tests and has survived only due to lack of good batting resources in NZ. To thrive against an poor India Attack is not a big achievement. Do this against the Aussies in WACA, SAF in South Africa and then boast about the looks intent and beards. Indians body language was that of a dead snake.

  • buntyj on February 6, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    wheres ishwar pandey? again shows that tour bowlers should be selected on the basis of ( away if available) strike rates

  • army7782 on February 6, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    If india don't get mccullum and anderson early then nz looks like making 500 something

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 6, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @CurrentPresident- Yes ,you are right .IPL has definitely affected batting . The way likes of Ross, Brendon ,Warner are smashing stroke filled tons in quick time in tests and consistent at that validates your point. Well, in another way I suppose ! And all of these look good for plenty more big 1s in future. Apart from the usual IPL f/works of course !

  • YesKayR on February 6, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    aaah... yet another typical Indian bowling and fielding performance. 30/3 to 325 for 4, with McCullum , who is out of form, scoring a hundred , on a green pitch. Dropped catches, edges falling short of slip (it is actually slips standing a foot or two deep to 130 kmph bowlers). As I have said before when the batsmen counter attacks, our bowlers run out of ideas and give them more freebies.. looked like somehow they wanted to finish off the 90 overs and get back. Indian batsmen will find it difficult to reach 250 on this wicket. Another defeat looming large for the mediocre indian team to another mediocre team.. Williamson scoring his 6th consecutive fifty - all against this hopeless & friendly Indian bowling attack. Disappointing and disgusting.. to say the least.

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    seriously dhoni should rethink on test captaincy and more over on his test keeping, you were standing a yard far away from where you should have seen standing... come on dhoni step up in atleast keeping, you cant do that in batting and captaincy... step forward in keeping atleast...

  • truecric_fan on February 6, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Nice to hear Gavaskar acknowledging the efforts of Shami.Regarding Ishanth, we should keep the faith, these 2 will be key to Indias success in WC.

  • on February 6, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    pure indian bowling ... NZ ll be win .. cheer NZ

  • rajkirp on February 6, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Last year and year before that the Indian team was doing well. Top of the rating charts in all three formats. This year onwards, the team has started struggling. Is there a correlation between the change in sponsor (I think the sponsorship money is also lower) and team performance? Food for thought.

  • heathrf1974 on February 6, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    I noticed a lot of Indians bag Ishant, but who else do you have? The bowling depth is very shallow indeed.

  • YesKayR on February 6, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    For tourists who are interested in visiting south Africa and new Zealand, please contact Binny, Umesh Yadav, Aaron, Saha, Ishwar Pandey etc etc

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    guys dont get upset by seeing shami's figures in this match, he bowled much better, i watched the match from the start, he had atleast 3 catches dropped of his bowling and one LBW not given in his favor....

    and giving ishant sharma a wicket is a sin, and ross taylor made a great blunder for giving his wicket for a non deserving ball bowled by non deserving bowler...

  • Rajeshj on February 6, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Quite a poor team selection might realy cost us this match.. Rather than stacking the batting line-up with non-performers like Rohit/Dhawan, the team would have been better served by including Ashwin, who is a better batsman than these two.. Its a mystery on why Dhoni prefers Jadeja for test matches.. Jadeja is a one-dimensional spinner who is best suited for the shorter formats.. He is more of a part-timer than a proper spinner.. He slogged hard for his 6 wickets costing 150-odd runs in a spin-friendly Durban pitch.. Ojha would have been the better choice than Jadeja.. I still feel Ashwin-Ojha is the best spin combination available to India at the moment.. And above all its even more a mystery on why people shout hard for the inclusion of Mishra (he is a proven failure and doesn't have right temperament to persist if carted away for runs) and Razool (who sometimes easily gets blasted out even in helpful Indian pitches)..

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    man i am starting to like this Kane Williamson.... he is awesome... he along with kohli are the best emergoing younsters... hatsoff to him for this good effort, lucky he got away with one slip catch, but unlucky he out for bad ball.... and brendon macculum is very good fromt he time he has taken the captaincy... NZ IS THE TEAM TO BEAT IN WC15.... all the best guys...

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    its no point persisting with zaheer anymore, the youngsters are eager and willing to gut it out... zaheer may be fit and may bowl long spells, but his 125kmph balls are not worrying any batsmen.... time to hang his boots....

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa : you better make more appearances in lankan matches.. why you bother about indian matches...

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    ishant sharma is a good bowler, but he tries too many things.... he should get his wrist position correct... he hardly hits a ball on the seam... the seam always woblles and that decreases the pace by another 3 -5 kmph... in one match he tries to swing, in another he tries to bowl fast ( 135kmph ) in another he hitts the deck... this isn't going to work in any manner...... he needs to take his coaches ( not indian bowling coach , his personal coach ) and get his wrist position right and concentrate on one type of bowling, either bowl fast, or either try and swing.... if he gets his seam straight anf hit the seam on the pitch his pace will gradually increas up to 140-143kmph... he needs a break , go anf play in one full ranaji season, get back tot he basics, he was good when he had his basics right...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 6, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    At least India is dominating in trying to control and Administration of cricket. Not in the sport itself.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Nice 1 @CGKK .Absolute gold . At the way NZ are going and the way Zaheer's pace wears down in harmonic fashion as the day/overs go by,Dhoni would be having 2 slow L/A bowlers in his 3-man pace/1 spin attack by the end of NZ inngs. somewhere near tea tom. both bowling 95 kph darts! Even Dhoni would be stumped !Nothing like he'd planned/bargained for before the game .Personally thing it's a mistake dropping fastest bowler Aaron. Nothing atleast he would've rushed a few NZ bats and a poss. mistake.

  • CurrentPresident on February 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    We talk about IPL affecting batting, but it has had an even worse affect on bowling. The bowlers now bowl too many variations to prevent scoring and have forgotten that the traditional weapon in test matches has been subtle variations.

    Variation is not one bouncer, one down the leg, one slow one, two outside off and one yorker per over. Variation means 5 balls on the same spot moving just a shade in or out and one surprise one. Look at Philander, look at McGrath or even Hadlee.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 6, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Absolutely loving this ! Nothin's changed from the 1 day series. Well,almost. Ross missed out for a change but with a poss. 3 inngs. vs the Ind bowlers left we can expect at least 1 huge 1 from Ross' big blade in coming days. Well, Ind bowling maintaining usual stds. as always ,of course ! With NZ looking good for a really good with Mac in the mood to make this something special, we're looking at something well above 600 odd in 1st inngs. With some help for seam/swing from the surface it is far from a flat pitch -at least from the persp. of Ind bat's penchant for 'flat' tracks back home-and NZ has decent bunch of fast men to exploit it.Maybe Ross will have very little batting to do in 2nd dig if at all. Maybe NZ may have no need to bat again...

  • basusri133b on February 6, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    A lackluster performance by India. Clearly Dhoni has no interest in Test matches. The slip cordon was positioned at least a foot behind where they should have been. Our slip cordon is not up to Test standard. Team India needs to seriously consider the composition of the slip fielders.Is this not obvious to the fielding coach ? And why did we not bat first ? It is ludicrous to put in the opposition when we have such a mediocre bowling attack. The BCCI will better serve Indian cricket by developing good bowlers & batsmen. We will be lucky if we get away with a draw in this game.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 6, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    In India fast bowlers are not good; why play 3 fast bowlers? Traditionally Indian spinners have been better? Why not play 3 spinners? With Ashwin good in batting India can play Zaheer, Shami, Mizra, Jadeja/Ojah and Ashwin replacing Rohit.

  • Bonehead_maz on February 6, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    I know Indian fans writing here generally have a low opinion of Ishant Sharma. I'm an Aussie that understands why Dhoni (who has learned) persists..... he hits the pitch ! India as most countries have many talented bowlers, yet India has only one bowler of quality I've seen that "hit's the deck" (hands off Gurindah Sandu lolz). I think (as aussie) Ishant is better than I suspect most Indian fans think

  • SanjivAwesome on February 6, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Team Dhoni will lose 1-0 after this test. Incredelous he has selected the same bunch of losers for the test. Why doesn't BCCI send out a properly selected team India? Disappointed India fan.

  • on February 6, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    again ishant sharma, no fourth regular bowler, indian team gonna sink again with these mistakes. And in the post match interview MS dhoni once again sayiny that " New Zealand play very well they bowled out over out order too early bla.....bla....bla..."

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    like i said earlier india really need to think about bowling combination for overseas tests... 3 seam bowlers cant be and should not be bowled for tests in overseas... there should be one extra seamer... or atleast a seamer allrounder... day1 is not yet finished and they look tierd... spinners quality these days are not up to the level of kumble and bajji... you need a seamer allrounder and should go witht he combination of 3-1-1 ( 3 full time pacers, 1 pacer allrounder, 1 guinine spinner ) every all rounder will have a greatt ability of breaking partnership and chipping with atleast 2 wickets in the middle.... unless you do that you cant win a test match in overseas.... batsmen can only draw you match, its bowlers who win you test matches...

  • black_bird on February 6, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Well done ishanta sharma. you proved everyone wrong. way to be the great fast bowler of all time in india.India is in dominating position now.

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    dhoni seriously need to think about test captaincy and his test keeping skills.... he gave the first over after lunch to kohli??? just because to change ends of the bowlers??? if so why cant jadeja be given that over???? ok that apart, bouncers of ishant sharma are being collected at the waist level of dhoni, he stands so deep in the keeping, some edges have not been carried due to the deep standing of slip fielders.... if dhoni steps one yard ahead to stumps, slips also come closer.... and oh man, 4 slip catches have benn droped... lol... once upon a time we have a slip fielder who had buckets in their hands... dravid, laxman... we need to seriously think about slip fielders.... rahane, kohli, rohit, dhawan should be played are slip fielders.... vijay is no good,

  • on February 6, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Anybody want to make a century? Invite India for a tour. We have got very generous bowlers...worst in the world.

  • tuggah on February 6, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni, u have no idea what test cricket is, pity u

  • JustAnObservation on February 6, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    The problem with Indian selection is that in case India loses this match, Zaheer & Shami would be axed but Ishant would be selected not only for the next match but for the next few series because he has taken two wickets in this match!!

  • cricketloveruk on February 6, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    how can a team can win a test match with 4 bowlers, if one is not performing then you can't relay on 3 bowlers for the rest of the day, they need break before they come back and attack

  • skobe on February 6, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Dhoni once again opts to bowl , the same old results.Why would he not bat 1st in a test and put up a good score knowing his team can't take ten wickets without giving away massive runs.He never learns, Indian fielding has been poor,dropping catches , no enthusiasm in the field to put pressure on NZ.Honestly Dhoni needs to step down as a captain in test matches.Tired of seeing the Indians fail overseas tours.

  • on February 6, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    India in the field .. Better than any comedy. Hilarious stuff .

  • TRAM on February 6, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Here we go again. ISharma gets 2 wkts in the most helpful conditions that too batsmen making atrocious shots rather than anything special in the bowling. Zaheer gets the wkt of a batsman who gave chance after chance to bowlers.

    If IPandey and BKumar had played in place of ISharma and Zaheer, India could have gotten double the wkts in the 1st session.

  • on February 6, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Without taking the least bit of credit from the New Zealand batsmen, this is not even a club level bowling performance from India. Shame!

  • SachinRao on February 6, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    We squander a good session with a horrible display. Has become a routine. Murali Vijay shd be spanked for dropping a sitter. Our negative approach leads us into not picking 5 bowlers especially when you have jadeja currently batting at 8. Amit mishra or yadav wd have made a difference.

  • on February 6, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    I feel bad for jadeja. He is biwling on a wicket which offers literally no turn. That's like bowling on a flat track for a fast bowler he would keep getting hit. India should have played 4 seamers. Zaheer khan is useless, has leaked run. It seems that india will be chasing 500-600 now. match is slipping away.

  • Night.angel on February 6, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    India deserves to lose with this bowling line-up and an arrogant captain in Dhoni, who refuses to change the under-performers and his attitude.

  • sundersingh on February 6, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    may be they are playing for the declaration... before the drop in pitch dies.. very very ordinary bowling effort....fielders not backing up the this poor bowlers.. india future in this tests..i think NZ will score 350+ runs and bowled out IND cheaply and this test will end in 4 days..

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

    I turned on the TV and was amazed that Jadeja had increased his pace times he was bowling 125k. then I saw it was actually Zaheer Khan!!

  • sss_m19 on February 6, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    In SA game, atleast ashwin kept the run rate tight with his bowling,as soon as jadeja took 6 wkts in spinning track, he became best he is leaking at a rate of 4 runs from his first with whom will you replace him with? atleast spinners win game in india..but fast bowlers neither in india nor away..but still keep finding fault with those who perform ignoring the real faulters..

  • on February 6, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Is there one bowler in India who can actually bowl? I have never seen a less threatening bowling lineup in the Indian test team.

  • on February 6, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    new day same old story for team India.

  • on February 6, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    same old story.. India failing to take advantage of their strong position..3/30 to 160/3 with dropped catches and missed run out chances

  • pradeepsays on February 6, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Once again India cannot look beyond I.sharma. The poor guy keeping coming in and bowling not knowing what is going to come out of his hand. The scrambled seam says it all!!. A few occassion he did manage to keep it straight the ball did things. Almost 1.2 billion people can't explain why he is being persisted with. The two wickets he got, both due to careless batting rathen than any real skill of the bowler, should ensure Ishan't position for the next series!! Just like the 4 wickets in SA ODI got him to New Zealand. He will most likely play 100 tests for India and end up taking 100 wickets!!

  • StreetView on February 6, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Why Nohit is playing? Need a bowler in his place.

  • on February 6, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    letsss go nz u deserve to win

  • StreetView on February 6, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Why is Nohit Sharma playing ? Should have picked an extra bowler instead.

  • on February 6, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    You are kidding me right?? Justifying selection should have been done when he was 19 years old.. He should be commanding a place in this side.. What is wrong with the selection committee?? Why are they picking Zak amd Ishant for this format at all?? Are they waiting for them to break midway through a match so that they can replace them altogether?? And whynthis treatment for Zaheer when Viru languishes in anonymity?? Bring in Aaron or Yadav and Mishra.. Enough with these dibbly dobbly bowlers.. Next match Zaheer will be dropped for Bhuvi which is again a wrong step.. Bring in more pace for tests.. Not guile and control.. Guile and control needs to be in spin..

  • Nero28 on February 6, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    How can dhoni rely on a old zahir to bowl consistantly all match. The matter is not to drop him but play one more seamer. Think how pandey would have been effective with the bounce with ishant. With him dhoni have one option more when runs flow. It's very fool to play 4 bowler when there is no allrounder. Extra load on them

  • on February 6, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    These were the perfect conditions for the two New Zealand openers to show they had the skills and temperament to cope with a seaming ball - facing bowlers who can't really be described as much more than fast medium. Again neither were able to see off the new ball and relieve the pressure on the middle order. It is foolish to persist with Fulton who, with the exception of the English home series, has never looked comfortable at International level. Get a younger player in and give him the chance to blossom into an international test batsman. You would have to argue that Rutherford's time is also running out, despite his youth and promise. He is not showing the patience or application required. A side can't succeed in test cricket without a consistent opening partnership.

  • Johnny_129 on February 6, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    India may have had a bit of success this morning but I get the feeling that NZ recovery is only a matter of time - I'm sure that I am not alone in this thought?! Firstly, the conditions were very helpful to the bowlers. The batting conditions are improving fast and I am hoping like hell that India will not continue to bowl at this pedestrian pace - you find faster bowling in women's teams around the world!! Also, India's slip fielders are miles from the crease as if it was Malcolm Marshall bowling - most edges don't even make it to them!! This is pathetic cricket from India in very helpful conditions. I know they have 3 wickets and fans may think I am being critical but I Dian is making a lot of mistakes.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 6, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Worst slip cordon in the history of cricket?

  • truecric_fan on February 6, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    India could not have asked for a better start having taken 3 big wickets in first session. I wonder i NZ will be able to manage even 150.

  • Muraleemohanan on February 6, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Blunder's as often by dhoni starting a new section with kholi. Making things easier for Kiwies....

  • on February 6, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    good for it via luck ...

  • on February 6, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    We'll some how Ishant sharma hot those wickets, now is the time for India to go on full attack, they should not allow kiwis to settle in this over cast condition

  • on February 6, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    It so nice to see R. Ashwin on the bench.

  • AnotherCricketFan on February 6, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Has Ashwin become the Indian version of Mendis - the other mystery, carrom ball bowler, who was "figured out" by every batsman?

  • on February 5, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Great start by India. 32/3 in 17 overs.. Missed opportunity in the slips and a bad umpire decision had not been there, NZ would have lost half of their side now. Go India Go !

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 5, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Predictions: New Zealand batting in their 2nd innings before lunch on day 2.

  • on February 5, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Unfortunate to see dhoni keep on doing same old things even after disaster after effects. India need more accurate consistent bowler. Anyway India need lack bowler why can't they try Ishwar Pandey. Since this is a seeming wicket these bowlers may continue to the next as well. To me Dhoni is the boring test captan india ever had. He always frustrate new talents. India Must have gone with 4 Seem bowler and one spinner. In this match India lack swing bowler like Buvi in the opening and accurate bowler like Ishwar Pandey to suport Shami since shami is not that accurate.

  • SydneyIndi on February 5, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Here we go again! Ishanth is in the XI! Yes he has taken a wicket now! It seems all he needs to do is take one wicket in each innings (if not he is considered unlucky but bowled well! by his godfathers) and he will continue to be in the team! What on earth is happening here with Dhoni and Indian cricket? How many chances U want to give to continual non-performers? I think it is time for Dhoni to go. I am disgusted with the selection. It really defies logic. Remove the captain from selection process. Only the selectors + coach must choose the XI all times, otherwise, biased and self interested captains bring down our cricket. I am hopping mad with what is going on.

  • YS_USA on February 5, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Too bad indian fans are sleeping. Indian bowlers are bowling like world class seamers.

  • ReadThiS on February 5, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Quite happy with the selection of playing 11. Should be a last chance for Ishant Sharma. Will monitor Ravindra Jadeja. Good luck to the team!

  • Diaz54 on February 5, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Umpire from big 2 does not give out for the Owner from big 1! Horrendous decision, it no DRS use. Y Big 1!

  • on February 5, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Again Ishant sharma? come on man pandey should have been given a chance . He did all he can to make a test debut. but let's see what sharma does.

  • Batmanindallas on February 5, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Just great-Ishant will rip apart the NZ line up-really he will :)

  • _Skipper on February 5, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    This is the same team that lost against SA! What a shame for this selection. Rohit is a bad selection over Ashwin. 4 bowlers are not going to do it for this test. Really needed Ashwin who could also bat. Already dropped a catch! Sometimes I wonder about Dhoni's thinking. Hopefully they'll at least give a good fight.

  • Diaz54 on February 5, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Big one gets lucky with the toss again!! Let's see if that makes a difference. It should!

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  • Diaz54 on February 5, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Big one gets lucky with the toss again!! Let's see if that makes a difference. It should!

  • _Skipper on February 5, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    This is the same team that lost against SA! What a shame for this selection. Rohit is a bad selection over Ashwin. 4 bowlers are not going to do it for this test. Really needed Ashwin who could also bat. Already dropped a catch! Sometimes I wonder about Dhoni's thinking. Hopefully they'll at least give a good fight.

  • Batmanindallas on February 5, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Just great-Ishant will rip apart the NZ line up-really he will :)

  • on February 5, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Again Ishant sharma? come on man pandey should have been given a chance . He did all he can to make a test debut. but let's see what sharma does.

  • Diaz54 on February 5, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Umpire from big 2 does not give out for the Owner from big 1! Horrendous decision, it no DRS use. Y Big 1!

  • ReadThiS on February 5, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Quite happy with the selection of playing 11. Should be a last chance for Ishant Sharma. Will monitor Ravindra Jadeja. Good luck to the team!

  • YS_USA on February 5, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Too bad indian fans are sleeping. Indian bowlers are bowling like world class seamers.

  • SydneyIndi on February 5, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Here we go again! Ishanth is in the XI! Yes he has taken a wicket now! It seems all he needs to do is take one wicket in each innings (if not he is considered unlucky but bowled well! by his godfathers) and he will continue to be in the team! What on earth is happening here with Dhoni and Indian cricket? How many chances U want to give to continual non-performers? I think it is time for Dhoni to go. I am disgusted with the selection. It really defies logic. Remove the captain from selection process. Only the selectors + coach must choose the XI all times, otherwise, biased and self interested captains bring down our cricket. I am hopping mad with what is going on.

  • on February 5, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Unfortunate to see dhoni keep on doing same old things even after disaster after effects. India need more accurate consistent bowler. Anyway India need lack bowler why can't they try Ishwar Pandey. Since this is a seeming wicket these bowlers may continue to the next as well. To me Dhoni is the boring test captan india ever had. He always frustrate new talents. India Must have gone with 4 Seem bowler and one spinner. In this match India lack swing bowler like Buvi in the opening and accurate bowler like Ishwar Pandey to suport Shami since shami is not that accurate.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 5, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Predictions: New Zealand batting in their 2nd innings before lunch on day 2.