New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 4th day

'Mixed emotions' for Dhoni after rollercoaster Test

Abhishek Purohit in Auckland

February 9, 2014

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'Need to capitalise on situations better' - Dhoni

MS Dhoni's wicket brought about wild celebrations, New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 4th day, February 9, 2014
MS Dhoni was disappointed at not pulling off the win, but had plenty of praise for the quicks' performance in the second innings © Getty Images

India were 301 runs behind New Zealand on the first innings. They rebounded from that position so well that at one stage they needed 185 to win with eight wickets remaining. To go down from that point left MS Dhoni with "mixed emotions" after a rollercoaster of a Test. He was proud of the way both his bowlers and batsmen had fought back in the second innings, but disappointed that India fell short by 40 runs in their chase of 407.

"I think it is mixed emotions. The first innings we didn't bowl well to start off," Dhoni said. "The first session was good, but I think it was one of the best bowling performances if I see the second innings - definitely in the last two-three years - especially on a wicket where there was not much assistance after the first session. I think the second innings by the bowlers really brought us back into the game, and gave us something where we could have said, yes, this is a big target, but we can look to chase it down."

India were 222 for 2 in the chase with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan going strong but Kohli tried to pull a wide one from Neil Wagner in the 61st over and fell for 67. While Dhoni said batsmen had to make the most of such situations, he added that the phase where India lost wickets to the second new ball hurt them more.

"Our batsmen batted well in the second innings. Close to the 85th over, we lost a few wickets and we had a tough decision (Ajinkya Rahane's) at the same time which meant we were short of 30-35 runs and that was the crucial phase. The second new ball would have moved for maybe five-six overs maximum. That was the period when if we would have not given our wickets, we would have got those 40 runs. So there were quite a few things that did not go our way."

Despite their efforts in the second innings, India had conceded too much ground in the first, when they won the toss in overcast conditions and let New Zealand pile on 503 from 30 for 3. Managing 202 after that only added to their woes.

"Both departments we could have done better," Dhoni said. "Especially if you see the second innings bowling, there were hardly any shots played through the point region which meant we very tight, we were bowling close to the off stump area. Because of that, we used that same fielder in the short-cover position and we got a few catches there so I think yes, we gave away a few deliveries to score in the first innings because of which we were at the receiving end.

"Once you get a couple of batsmen going, they have spent a bit of time ... it was a wicket where you could have gone on to score big, (like) how Brendon McCullum scored. Yes, there were a few missed catches also, but those are part and parcel of the game. Anyone and everyone can drop catches. I won't really point that. Yes, that also contributed to some extent."

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Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Dhoni's captaincy in NZ's 2nd innings was brilliant. 5 slips and even a leg slip despite starting over 300 behind. What would Alastair Cook do in the same situation? Everyone on the boundary and NZ crawling to a 500+ lead at their leisure. Anyone criticising Dhoni after this is nuts. I'd gladly swap Cook for him anytime.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

the time has come that india need a young new captain with fresh planning and mindset.india has to get rid of doni now.he dont have the india how to win games outside the country.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

It was lack of commitment and I would blame Dhoni. If Lara can stand alone and win tests scoring beyond 100's why don't our bats men do. The same lacking in the final one day too, which could have been easily won. This test was in our hands and its ridiculous that we lost.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

To sum up the position Dhoni should have taken the initiative and he having won the toss opted to bat first. Pitch is full of wear and tear and playing in the fourth innings is a difficult task. When Jadaja showed brilliance the real spinner Ashwin or any other good spinner should have been added in the team India knowing fully well New Zealanders or Australians are weak in facing the genuine spin. Proper planning is lacking. The defeat has become inevitable.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 23:51 GMT)

4-0 in England, 4- 0 in Australia, 2-0 in SA (SA gifted a draw), 2-1 to Eng in India, NZ now 1-0 ..this is MSDs performance Overseas. Thanks to poor captaincy from Mcullum that this match got intresting . Had Mcullum asked India to follow on match would have been over in 3 days. MSD should resign and handover captaincy to younger...that you ng captais should in a selection meeting say "its difficult to play with a senior like dhoni" and ask dhoni to decide on his last test match ..yes Inidan batsman have a longer shellf life than any other crciket team in the world..but thats the way it is the name of young you cant just ask players who have played well to retire ..please god save us from DHONI

Posted by sheru-sher on (February 9, 2014, 23:41 GMT)

Now that BCCI has succeeded in making India cricket elite , it is like the tail wagging the dog because India is not in the top 3 cricket teams of the world and was never for any prolonged period like Austrailia or the West Indies. I am curious to see if BCCI will decise on the Future Tours and if Flat tracks/Dust bowls will be artificially made and flown around the world as part of India's team implements kit. Then India will surely dominate.

Posted by Viratkohlirocks on (February 9, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

@cricket_lover1, surely your kidding! drop rahane and jadeja! Jadeja turned the game around with his fielding in the 3rd innings. He literally took every catch and provided one wicket. He then scored runs i this match at an average of 55(not out in the first innings), and he took some real blinders. The only thing he had done badly was his bowling on the first day. He was actually probably india's best player in the match. Rahane had one poor test match, also a horrible decision, and not to forget he averaged 146 in the test macth against SA. Vijay is the only who could have done better (dropping mcculum in the 20s)

Posted by Ravs1504 on (February 9, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Well , after being of fan of dhoni i can safely say he is not test material and not even test captaincy anymore..He is too fixated with ideas and doesn't follow the 'horses for courses'. Although i didn't mind them losing this match as they showed some fight but still there is a lot more desired from the team. God saves us from Mr Fletcher and whoever has been our bowling coach.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

Indian cricket please accept that you are losers. Well Done NZ. Have some respect for oppositions. NZ played well.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 9, 2014, 21:42 GMT)

Till Dhoni stays in this team- canters,comfortable/close wins will end up tight and/or comprehensive defeats.This man is a disaster and I'd said this even when he scored 200 against Oz last year that it was the best time for him to be dropped from tests so someone fresher,more positive,more gutsy and more sensible can take over to end his reign of negative,defensive,cowardly cricket. As predicted,he has managed to ruin what is a good enough team that can win overseas if given the right direction and correct selections.His pathetic judgement and atrocious keeping make him the biggest culprit and liability in the team.Ind could have won in SA and probably sealed the series in the 1st test itself. We should have won this game after Dhawan and Kohli's splendor.It rubs off on the team,his cowardice,his negativity,defensive attitude even if individually very proactive positive players themselves.Kick out MSD at-least now or RIP Ind Cricket.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (February 9, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Although I feel sorry for India, the loss was fair. India had lost the game in the front end. Putting on a great show in the second half of the match and getting close is irrelevant. Had McCullum enforced the follow on then the game would have over even sooner! We shall see in the next Test whether India's bowling performance in the second innings was a turn for the better or just an aberration. I believe it was an aberration - Even weak bowling attacks get lucky occasionally and it is NZ batting here! The fact remains, Zak is aging and lacks stamina - his lack to pace is not a huge issue because he has the skills but lack of staying power means India can only rely on him for a couple or 3 wickets from him per innings, maximum. Ishant, on the other hand, is not only slow but also erratic. The fact that he managed 6 wickets in the first innings, after the horse had bolted, means he will retain his place.

Posted by RamanKohl on (February 9, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Kohli played the worst ever shot, that was the reason India lost, period!. It was a slow shot pitch ball, being two down batsmen for Team India, he was supposed to finish the game and stay at the crease until 400 plus, knowing Rohit and Ajyanka are unpredictable and Dhoni with limitation. How could Kohli play that wasted hook shot of a pathetic delivery? He did not gauge bowler was trying to tempt him with bad balls? India as usual have made ordinary looking New Zealand bowling as heroes. Brandon getting a double hundred is unimaginable? All I can say pathetic bowling strategy in the first innings and reckless batting costed India game. Lesson for Kohli is to watch Dravid, Gavaskar and Laxman videos and learn about patience and concentration? May be meditate that will help him calm down his reckless mind. For Rohit and Ajyanka - Believe in yourself and bat confidently, don't be like a sheep waiting to be eaten by the lion. Your physical and mental demeanor needs change -

Posted by sheru-sher on (February 9, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

Why worry.?No problem......BCCI and India will always be No1 of the elite group of teams and might eventually find a real , genuine fast bowler.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

@AryaYadav - the truth.... Albeit not written in perfect English (not criticizing as your English is way better than my Urdu!! lol).... finally, we see a stark, honest and factually bang-on the nose admission of what the real issues are here. And from an Indian. The pearl amidst the endless comment sand and grit...

I would add only that Dhoni needs to respect his opposition and their efforts more after individual losses and not just series defeats. He sounds like a baby and it makes me cringe. I don't respect him as much now as a player, due to the fact I have realized, if his endless excuses and lack of gracious credit-giving is anything to go by, that what I thought was fearlessness and composure was perhaps just arrogance and delusion. Since the latter is now all I hear from his and everyone's mouth. Except for that one concession-free comment from AryaYadav. Very brave. Accepting shortcomings by congratulating the wining team will perhaps spark a turnaround.... Ignorance will not

Posted by MyOpinion on (February 9, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Dropped catches in 1st innings is the main reason that cost India this match. With average bowling India need to take those chances with both hands. The catches and the fielding is the MAIN difference between 1st and the 3rd innings score.

Posted by Leggie on (February 9, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

@jocricss: absolutely right. It was a magnificent SA effort that proved why they're the number one side in the world. They proved how they can up the game by the IInd test despite appearing to start off behind.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

India's test ranking don't deserve to be in the top 4.

Posted by asaghar on (February 9, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

..Most of the countries thrash the visitors.They are 'lions' at their grounds.We watched what happened to Aus in England & vice-versa.And now India got what it used to give to the visitors.I am surprised at Indians getting a 'pride' at such drubbing !And I wonder how Indians would have celebrated if it had won even ONE match !!

Posted by jocricss on (February 9, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

This defeat actually contextualises the SA vs. Ind draw in December @ the Wanderers quite beautifully:

-Any 4th innings chase of over 350, regardless of time remaining, is a massive ask (there must be a reason why it is rarely pulled off). That SA came so close was in itself incredible and the "but they were so close to a world record" argument, considering they won the series, is anecdotal.

-Momentum swings towards a bowling side when target falls under 80 and key middle-order batsmen fall can be dramatic and immeasurable. See ABV & Faf scenario...

-The context of a series is critical. With the draw a non possibility in this game vs. New Zealand, India absolutely had to gun for the runs, which they did valiantly. However, had a draw been an option in a "late in day 5 scenario with fading light", given the "quality" of their last 3 batsmen, wouldn't have India shut up shop to ensure not going 1 nil down?

Conslusion: critisicm of Steyn & Philander by romanticists was ill-placed.

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (February 9, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

India should play with four seamers looking at the performance of Jadeja and Aswin in the current series..Bring in Ishwar Pandey/Yadav in place of Jadeja..Rahane should be replaced with Rayudu in the next test..Rohit + pujara + Kohli should fill in for spinner slot..India don't need a specialist spinner in NZ conditions...what the hell Wriddhiman Saha is doing in the current test team..when you have Rayudu as a backup wicketkeeper in the squad..instead he could have picked Binny as a pace bowling alrounder..and could have been tried in any middle order batsman or spinner is not playing else could we find a fast bowling allrounder??..Dhoni keeps doing the same thing again and again despite india loosing all the test they played recently...Please change your stretegy for the sake of Indian cricket..don't be selfish...its not CSK..its indian international cricket team....

Posted by HDG1978 on (February 9, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Am really interested in how Dhoni feels after the Auckland Test. Whether he continues in the Indian team, lives or dies is of no concern to me. Plz forgive me Cricinfo (Need to express my disappointment a bit harshly) NZ deserved to win for India's lacklustre performance in the 1st inns. India should have won the Jo'burg Test in SA though. And just bcoz the experience of Gambhir, Harbhajan etc (Yuvraj/Sehwag not really) does not get a look-in under Dhoni,who in trying to cobble up his own coterie is causing India's recent reverses. God save Indian cricket from MSD plz.

Posted by AryaYadav on (February 9, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Time and again we have suffered in AUS, ENG, SA etc. but we forget when start winning in India. So, no point crying cribbing, shouting, abusing, blaming ….etc.etc. live with this in frustration  The problem is, in India we get more assistance form our tale Enders too which is big null outside India. Plus we bank on our spinners. We know this since ages that same combination or strategy is not going to outside India. But what wprepare is not visible in approach and result since start till date. Then as viewer or cricket frantic we start abusing and blaming after poor performance on foreign soil. We talk about who should play how should play etc. most of the time on the basis of regional bias etc. (sorry to say this).

Posted by anuradea on (February 9, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

flat track bullies, They simply can not win outside India. Although this looked close India never had a chance and the only reason it even looked close was that the NZ batsmen had a session of brain freeze and over confidence to be bowled out for 105. This proved that even if NZ play that badly, India still can not beat them. I am wondering where all those indian fans who were bad mouthing the Sri Lankan team and the triple by Sanga are now. Also, serves them right for not agreeing to the DRS, because if they had agreed they would certainly have won this game with the incorrect decisions over turned. HA HA!!!! maybe now they will agree and it will go wrong again as it happened to them against Sri Lanka first and the only time they used it. Beware Indian fans a 6 - Nil is looming over your heads and please get the BCCI to schedule only Home games, and that is absolutely possible for them as they seem be able to get people to agree to anything these days.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Mainul Please stop watching tom and jerry . Please note it is not real. Reality is India is a cricket powerhouse and that has got nothing to do with their team but it's fans and their ability to spend money Funny even if India is beaten one and all these teams would invite India over say a Pakistan and lol Bangladesh . It is that money which you cannot ignore. In real world tom always gets the mouse

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

@ Taleender. Sehwag , Yuvraj and Harbhajan back in the international team - any international team not just Indian. Are you serious? Did you just wake up from your hibernation after 6 years ? They are not able to hold their own in domestic cricket in Indian conditions also these days. i would rather we give chances to Umesh and Varun. One of them could have made the difference in the first innings and not given away 500 runs.

Posted by Shreyas_HM on (February 9, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

India fought back brilliantly in the second innings but you've got to say they didn't deserve to win this game. Here's why: * Letting New Zealand get to 503 after 30/3 * Getting bowled out for 202 after 138/4 * Chasing 407 to win India were 222/2 and needed 185 with 8 wickets in hand...this meant that they needed ~23 runs per wicket with ~140 overs left in the match...but for some reason they batted like it was the last day and lost their last 8 wickets for 144 (18 runs per wicket) Having said all that, you've got to give credit to New Zealand for the way they played. After nearly 12 sessions, I personally felt that New Zealand won 7 and India won 5

Posted by TaleEnder on (February 9, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Just one more question to Mr. Dhoni.. The fact that Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Harbhajan etc are not in the team.. is it purely accidental or a well planned set-up.? Dont say non-performers. You have time and again proved that non-performers can hold a place in the Indian team.. Experience and character will help you cross that extra yard Mr.Dhoni.. Think!! If you dont want them in your team, then better you quit..

Posted by Lermy on (February 9, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Fascinating test match. India fought back, could have won, both sides played aggressive cricket. I hope the second test is as close. It would be nice if India win because they have played some very good cricket at times, had some tough decisions go against them, and NZ should be well pleased with how competitive they have been in both the one-dayers and this test.

Posted by wapuser on (February 9, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

IT was really lovely to see how Indian bowlers bowld in THE second innings. But for me THE batting of moccullum . Great player with a great innings. India have to adopt and learn how to play new ball. Well intrestting serie. Newzeeland start believing in their selves.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Indian team getting in losing mode. Should have won the first test in SA also.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (February 9, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Overall it was one hell of an outstanding test match which gloriously captured the tremendous uncertainties of the game.A side with deficit of 300 runs isn't asked to follow on, gets the opposition out for 100 odd and shows good application in the last innings but still falls short because of the gravity of damage in first innings.The game will remain etched in memories for a long time just like the Jo'burg game & proves again Tests remain a top draw. Dhawan showed great temperament to battle it out and score a 4th innings hundred in the face of a daunting target.Lets hope this helps him improve his game abroad in the long run.Quite a feat to score 100 abroad by an Ind opener in 4th innings after 35 years.Shows how challenging is it to bat in 4th ing.Kohli was doing well but should have applied more like Jo'burg to take his team home.Counter attack on new ball was a good tactic too as 50 came in <5 ovrs.Some promise was shown but wud only matter if they are able to win in Wellington.

Posted by TaleEnder on (February 9, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Mixed Emotions.. Umm.. Mr.Dhoni, we are not interested in knowing how you feel.. It does not do any good for us.. Can you inspire the Indian team to victory? If not, just quit.. Period..

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Yes! Mixed emotions. I felt really importance of second innings bating of MR.V V S. Our own Lax-man, can any body fill that position better than LAXMAN. He could have carried all runs and win with tail-endears so easily. And did that many times too.

Posted by anupkeni on (February 9, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Team India have made the Blackcaps look better than what they actually are in this series.

Posted by mainul079080 on (February 9, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

I am very glad that India lost. Whenever they loose any match my heart is filled with joy.I remember one episode of Tom and Jerry cartoon where Tom's size reduced to an ant's one very dramatically when he drank a chemical solution in order to get stronger and bigger with an evil motive of killing Jerry. But instead it backfired and Jerry just made a mockery of Tom.India is that Tom now and was always and will be.They will never change. They want to capture the cricket world but on the field, the real area of showing power, they are like an ant. India always thinks of themselves, never of the wellbeing of their neighbours (Tom has the same character).Being a citizen of their closest neighbour country we feel it the most.Go NZ go at the Indians...Go Jerry go at TOM...

Posted by Nampally on (February 9, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Kohli's undisciplined shot was a major mistake that cost India the First Test. after Dhawan & Kohli were cruising for an easy victory ! Umpiring was poor at best. The LH seamer was guilty of repeatedly breaking the return crease & not being no-balled by the Umpire. Dhoni's out was a No ball & as also Zaheer's out. Rahane was adjudged out wrongly. These are Big outs in a 41 run loss due to Umpiring errors. Nevertheless Kudos to India for fighting back in the game with splendid second innings bowling & fielding followed by great batting till 220 for 2. Then all the above errors jointly toppled India down. Dhoni appeared to have a brain cramp taking singles off the first ball for 6 overs with ZAK at the other end. It appeared ZAK is the main batsman. This was also a major factor in the loss. Dhoni should have launched his offense with ZAK at the other end. He could have got 50 off the 77 required when ZAK came in. Instead his share was just 7 in about 30 run partnership - Leadership?

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

NEW ball costs the match, what a strange EXCUSE!!!!! Lol

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 9, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

All marks to Wagner. He may not even be a fair test bowler, but he has heart. He gives it 200%. What more can you ask from your bowler. He howls four almost wide, a bouncer and an attacking ball. That worked like a charm. Again I say top marks to you Mr. Wagner.

Posted by bplusa on (February 9, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

India shoud only play at home and avoid playing abroad to remain in top 4. OR offer some benefits to weaker Boards to be able to win outside. After all they are Biggest of the BIG THREE

Posted by vsroc on (February 9, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (February 9,2014) Team India missed the golden opportunity,offered by their pace bowlers,of winning the first test match played against New Zealand at Aukland.Our ba- tsmen failed to be patient while playing the second innings.Perhaps,we miss- ed the calibre batsman like V.V.S.Laxman,who rose to the occasion of winni- ng the matches for India by chasing the challenging totals on number of occ- asions.Further, our bowlers lacked the killer instincts in restricting the first innings total of New Zealand.Our catching needs a lot of improvement. New Zealanders capitalised these weaknesses of India in achieving a sensational victory.Finally,the second innings score of 41 runs by Ross Taylor made the difference between the two teams.

Posted by Ajay_Toronto_ on (February 9, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

can we PLEASE see Yadav, Aaron and Shami playing together in the 2nd Test....and give NZ a dose of own brand of genuine pace in their conditions, especially considering Wellington's history of being pace-friendly...

Posted by Deepak_Shankar on (February 9, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

I didnt give Indian team a chance when they were bundled for 203 runs in first innings due credit to the team for the comeback in bowling and batting.Both departments stepped up well and did a great job.Across all posts regarding the match many people have blamed umpires and said Rahane was not Dhoni was not out and stuff let me remind those great fans that bot teams were at receiving end for some poor umpiring Rahane was plum in front in first inning was not given out cory anderson had a bad decision and also BJ Watling so come guys dont brag on half the story both teams played was a great test match enjoy it and feel happy stop complaining. Some people even went to level of saying SA NZ paid umpires so they give decisions against India was laughable is all I can say.BCCI and Dhoni are against DRS so live it and now BCCI taking full control of ICC DRS will shelved be happy and keep blaming others for our losses kudos to the great indian fans who cant accept when other teams play well

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni, you cant complain about bad decisions. India has chosen not to use technology (kind of odd given the number of IT folks in India!) one cannot have their cake and eat it to. India may have even won if that LBW wasn't given...

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

dis indian team is trying evrythng to win but somehow dey manage to lose it. its just one of dose testing times for a team wen watever dey try just doesnt come of but dis was an amazing fytback by india go india go we fans will olways support u

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Dhoni unnecessarily got into shells, even shielding himself behind Zaheer, when aggression was needed from him. He is the man in form. Wonder why he could not promote himself ahead of Rahane. Situation at that time needed that. It's time MSD seriously thought of coming at no. 6 on a regular basis.

Posted by ZkAneela on (February 9, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

Poor and shameful excuses by Dhoni.but hang on,only Dhoni is not responsible for all this???yeah right,thnx.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

BCCI will come with a decision not to change the ball after 80 overs! LOL

Posted by lefty84 on (February 9, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Excellent test match. Great show by kiwis especially Wagner for his lion hearted effort in one spell. That really made all the difference. Nice fight shown by India as well after a very poor 1st innings show.

For all the Dhoni bashers - he's not correct in giving excuses but cut him some slack guys. He's not the only person responsible for 10 test loss. First 8 tests he carried an aging Indian team past it's sell by date. Now he's having a very inexperienced team (batting) in SA and NZ. Even the famous middle order of Dravid, VVS, Sachin & Dada took time to win overseas. This team has already shown promise in SA and NZ. They will only get better. We should thank MS for leading team India in this transition.

For all India haters - Even Indian fans hate BCCI and it's pathetic plan of big 3. But don't show the hatred on players.

This started going down with Eng tour and the ascend will start there as well. Wait n watch.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

After ICC revamping, the Big Brother can manipulate international schedule giving India maximum home series resulting into #1 spot for India in all the three formats of the game.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Well to start with Indian batsmen flatter to deceive, in the first I never thought they'll lose only 1 wicket between morning but the next couple of hours all the good works gone to dogs. But proud of this fight by our Indian team & keep fighting regardless of the opposition, scores, etecetera., etecetera.,

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 9, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Wishing India another loss in 2nd test, this Duncan flethcer has to go & if India wins again he will have more reason to continue.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

hahahaha, for India........

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 9, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Time to drop Rohit. Can't believe I am saying this. I began to see Rohit's problem during the ODI series with WI. Both times he got out to outswingers. Didn't think much of it until he went to SA. His problem began to be quite obvious. He actually suffered in that series. Now he is in NZ. Looks like he hasn't tried to correct his faults. After Kohli got out, he came in and no matter what was bowled to him he had no shot for it. Went on defensive even when half volleys were bowled, the ones he should cut he was prepared to leave alone. He just didn't look like Rohit. By that time Dhawan had run out of steam. He stayed and stayed doing nothing. He plays the swinging ball too far in front. Look at Williamson, look at Chanders. If he cannot work this out he will always be baggage. Other than this one fault, he is one of the best around. But that fault is going to cost him and India. Rahane's LBW decision was not a mistake. It was deliberate.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

hahhaha. now with the approval of big three proposal, it will be beneficial for india to decide a home series with every team as it will be helpful financially and for indian cricket as well because away series will produce same results for india

Posted by wapuser on (February 9, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

I guess Dhoni needs to change himself and the team he shouldn't blame on luck basically the performance was bad that's why India sorry Dhoni lost

Posted by sumit1982 on (February 9, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

I think top 7 Indian batsmen play with little patience and take some time since India got to 407 in total 205 overs .But they are always in hurry that makes them mistake which NZ blower has found the weakness.

In next match dhoni need to play amit mishra and rest Rohit sharma. Hai wht about umesh yadav is injured or wht.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

hahahaha, for India........

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

How could a team win after dropping a dozen catches? India needs to attend a fielding boot camp.

Regarding LBWs, umpires should have access to TV replay just like runouts and stumpings. No need for DRS. But again, what good is a TV replay when Wagner gets away with no balls of the side crease.

Now the big two have suffered some big losses, we may see some changes.

Posted by KrisRam77 on (February 9, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

No Excuses, in the first place 503 should not have been conceded after winning the toss and bowling to make it worse 202 is a very ordinary effort by the batsmen. Overall the first innings performance with both the ball & bat was the difference. Come on Team India you can pull one back and square the series. Good Luck. No wrong in losing abroad with a young team, hopefully they learn from mistakes and perform better in future assignments. It's better to lose with youngsters than with the 40's in the team.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Guys India don"t know how to win, they know how to loose from good positions!!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

If india thinks BIG 3 as a honour of ENG and AUS. that s a third class thinking . before BIG 3 india was playing major role of world cricket and they was the one and only decision maker in spite of any challenges. India invested money and they had been controlled the world cricket for lone lone time. BIG 3 is a trap well planed and set by ENG and AUS . India made lost their monopoly power themselves and due to be beg from AUS and ENG for each and every critical points. but still they have to invest 80 % of money investing of world cricket but shering . This is not a big 3 but BUG 3 lols

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

I think India just cannot play the pace and bounce. Its natural as their real classy players have retired. India were never as dominating as Aus were. They dominated every where including in India. I think they need time to rebuild. You cannot replace Sachin,Drivid,Laxman easily. And they don't pick Gambhir that is sad.

Posted by ANKYZ on (February 9, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

In order to win test matches abroad, few changes are necessary now, 1. BCCI should form the first OPPONENTS SELECTION COMMITTEE which selects the 11 players of the host team. 2. Neutral umpires (preferably from BD) should be appointed by and all their expenses paid by BCCI. A Result- analysing committee should be constituted which pays heavily to the umpires who work unusually hard in the field. 3. Net Cash counters should be formed around the boundary and opponent fielders be paid handsome amounts there and then, if they contribute to the grandiosity of mighty Indian side. This instant prize money should be tax free. 4. For the time being, Dhoni should be directed to change his customary end-of-the-match speech. He must make every Indian cricket lover believe that a thrilling defeat is financially more suitable than a tame victory. "After all money is all that we play for".

Posted by Jagdish3k on (February 9, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

The fact is plain & simple India are losing & losing overseas. One more fact that team selection is biased. A coterie of CSK is not only in T20I, ODI but also in Tests. Dhoni clearly has become biased and insecure and that is the reason Gambhir is not there. However, they can't give excuses after excuses after losing. Time has come to at least think about next Test captain be it it Virat or Gambhir or anybody else. Because in tests Dhoni lacks Idea. He also lacks ability to spot talent for making a test team. Dhoni has been a great captain of India.But I think his time as test captain is over. In any case I don't see him as captain after 2015 WC. Until then India will keep on losing but will have same coterie of players i.e. Murli Vijay, R Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant etc. Give us some change even if we lose it will be a direction in future.But disregarding 10 test losses overseas and loss to England in India is hard to fathom.

Posted by wapuser on (February 9, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

I think the game was over when India conceded a mammoth lead of 301 runs. After that it was just a matter of time. The kind of performance our bowlers showed in the second NZ innings was just a miracle, and we know miracles don't happen everyday. But that mercurial performance will pave the way for some good for nothing bowlers like ishant and sir jadeja to get their place cemented in the next test. Now it looks they are likely to be coming back to India without a win.... WHAT A SHAME.... Even the west indies managed to level the ODI series against new Zealand...

One more thing I would like to add is that‚ it must have been BCCI's decesion not to include T20 in this tour because India haven't won a single T20 game against new Zealand. This way, they have avoided the further humiliation...

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Dhoni should quit as a captain. I feel that he is out of ideas!

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 9, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

If india want to build a good fast bowling unit these are the players. Shami (swing), RP singh(swing + Phase + left armer) , munaf patel (spot on line & length), Unadkut (swing + Phase + left armer) and mohit sharma(impresssive)

Those guys are the best india have and this attack got the vareity and control for a test match.This is what I can see as a neutral fan.If I'm wrong correct me.

Posted by StevieS on (February 9, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Dhoni wants a green wicket? mmmm Trent Boult and Tim Southee are licking their lips. Sorry Dhoni but or quicks are better with a moving ball than yours, they grew up bowling on them.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Come on India don't make excuses by saying that some bad umpire decisions cost us the match. Umpires also give these worst decisions against New Zealand, but you just watch on the table which shows 0-10 in overseas series. Face the truth.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

congratulations NZ. Though we lost, I do not feel embarrassed because I knew we fought well, very well. That is what most of us fans want. We need to get few things right. Our slip catching is pathetic. If regular catches taken, the first inning lead could have been just 150-200 max rather than 300. In bowling, I would like team to show intensity each time they bowl. We may not have best skilled bunch, but what stops them putting that extra efforts every time. When they did, they got results by having opposition at 105. Bowlers can watch & learn by seeing a certain Wagner. He was the real man of the match for me. The intensity he showed even late in his spell was amazing. His wicket of Dhawan in 8th or 9th over in spell, was what I think changed the game. Also, Dhoni is poor as a test batsman outside subcontinent. He should always attack, that is the best chance he can get reasonable scores. It is about believing in his abilities. Hitting in 1st inning could have made the lead less.

Posted by wapuser on (February 9, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

This is the first gift for big three... more to come lol

Posted by sharadgargconnect on (February 9, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

I predicted that india will loose 2-0. India lost this test,will loose next one too. I predict india will go down in test rankings as well. this should be no5 or no6 side in both formats of cricket. india is definately not no1 / no2 team in both odi and test cricket. i think sehwag, gambhir, praveen kumar and mishra should be back to give some revival to indian cricket.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

losing is losing India cant argue and make reasons for their lost. but it is clear that India slowing that they are slowly getting better and better but it wont enough to win . talking about umpires decisions is not only the reason for their lost. It is clear that they are disappointing themselves about objection against DRS as stupid decision . India will definitely disappoint again sooner about arrogant and fool decision on big 3 plan which will badly affect for indian cricket when they sharing income with AUS and ENG while investing 80% of investing for world cricket

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

BCCI come on it is too much take drs or get out mr srinivasan

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

I seriously wonder like how as Dhoni manage to get a new excuse every time he attends a post match presentation. Well what is the point sticking around with names who aren't performing.Well if that was the case Gambhir and Viru to must have found their slots intact in the team. Dhoni is just getting monotonous with team selection. half of team India is merely playing on Dhoni's grace rather then talent. well you dropped out players like amit who is an all rounder and supported with bat every time team needed lower down the order(even 2day playing for ROI). And give jadeja just not sure seeing a player who is not even to yhe level of street cricket.. whatever well I guess Dhoni must have good habbit og giving thesd lame excuse so far and if this continues its sure a day would come where he even falls short of giving excuses..Shameful act

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

it was a close match but d decisions frm umpires ws wrong 2 giv every batsman out lbw rahane.nd dhoni's no ball every decision is wrong it's d umpire fault 2 giv out wit one shout frm d bowler but d batsmans plyd well in d 1st innin india shud hav hav scored 100 more runs it would hav been a better chance 2 win d match thy did thr job let's hope tat nxt match ind wil win thr's a better chance 2 win d 2nd match

Posted by JAYPEs on (February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

I can't stand the Indian fans, They must accept the fact that They only got an average team only performs well at home or the conditions favour. It is horrible and irritating to hear The Indian fans roaring"INDIA GEETEGA" when India hit 4 or 6. Nobody enjoy good cricket anymore, all they want is a win. NZ were outstanding in both bowling and batting. India wont make it even if you give them two chances each for their batsman in every innings. they simply wont win outside India, they don't play as a team. Indian team is fooled by the huge fan base away from home. Indian players don't realize that their fans are only there to be seen on TV at any coast. Ashwin even said this. India cannot bring any more talent to the team as they are all talented but big headed, only thing they have to do is think straight, be normal and play natural. It helps U rip the stardom out of your heads too. NZ bowlers are not idiots, U cannot hit all balls 4 and 6. confidence is better not over confidence.

Posted by stating_the_obvious on (February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

@Francis: Yes you are right, DRS won't be able to remove all umpiring errors, but it will remove howlers such as Rahane's lbw decision. In fact no technology is 100% perfect. DRS will definitely improve the accuracy of the decisions. If there are tough situations where a definite decision cannot be made with DRS, then you should not expect the umpire to call it correctly in real-time without any replays. Yes, India can criticize poor umpiring decisions, at the same time people can criticize India for rejecting DRS without valid reasons. I guess that's what most people are doing here. As a cricket lover and Indian cricket fan, I would have preferred DRS in this match as that would have overturned the howlers against India as well in favour of India.

Posted by U.A.1985 on (February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

@Francis Mel - you are only giving lousy excuses and in the process you are saying Indian won the that a joke or what?

Posted by U.A.1985 on (February 9, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Why are Indian fans not throwing some light on the no-ball by Ishant Sharma (on which Watling got out) and on poor decision of Corey Anderson? Also why not people throwing light that Rahane was out in first innigs?

Posted by arunkolly1987 on (February 9, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

I think it is the time to pick a new test team.this current indian team is worth noting for test cricket.i think indian foreign trips should be avoided otherwise indian test rankings will son be below under newzeland.the players like jadeja,ashwin,dhawan, etc are to be avoided.i think indian pitches should with bouncy pitches.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

The only thing india lose the test is vijay dropped the catch of kane willamson in first innings!! That would have colapsed NZ.. Two sharmas played well only!! For rohit its his 5th test and he only contributed in first innings.. Ishant also bowled good spells than others so he took 9 wickets.. The real blunder is that kohli went for a wild bad slog then dhoni's worst negative captainship.. He should be thrown out!!! He is the only cause for the failures!!

Posted by sundoo on (February 9, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

This is going on for long .All this training ,coaches of all kinds ,calisthenics big money have not anyway improved our cricket abroad.Then and now same standards.Why did Jadeja play such a irresponsible shot .Most of the players have no tempermaent .The Sharmas ,a waste most of the time. Their prize money etc should be recovered.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Indian Cricket needs a 'Tehrir Square' to get rid of the Srini / Dhoni nexus. Dhoni has been lucky- most Dhoni fans will crucify me - and selfish. What more evidence does one need than today. At 324/7 at the fall of Jadeja's wicket, he made no attempt to farm the bowling, exposing the tai-lenders while trying to prop up his batting average of around 23 overseas for the last 3 years. In the 42 ball partnership for the 7th wicket, Dhoni faced just 10 balls, exposing Zaheer with the rest. After 10 defeats in 11 overseas test, the time has to change the Captain.

Posted by wapuser on (February 9, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Few bad decisions like Rahane and Dhoni cost us most. We played really well on top in the second innings getting NZ 105 all out and then a century by shikhar dhawan who has shown his capability again. I must say India will come back in the next match and gives a draw to end this series.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Nobody can argue that DRS is flawed and India is well within their rights to reject a flawed system. Having DRS does not guarantee all onfield umpiring blunders can be corrected. This is a foolish notion going around. To say India cannot criticise poor umpiring simply because they do not accept DRS has not merit whatsoever. I dont care what the result is as India has clearly won this Test. Wagners no balls claimed Zaheer and MSD and maybe even the others.

Posted by g8TestLover on (February 9, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Remove sharmas first, there are so many waiting in the queue. Surprised to see non performers getting, hell lot of chwnces. 1.2 billion pple awaits!

Posted by joe7sanchez on (February 9, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

come on friends...very good comments....shut the thing if u dont know anythin abt dhoni's contribution.....@siddharth kharel and armchair jonny

Posted by potter22in on (February 9, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Of-late Dhoni always gives the odd /bad umpiring decision as the excuse. He(BCCI) is the one who is not agreeing to DRS. ( DRS may not be 100% foolproof, but it gives the chance to rectify blunders- which is what ,its very purpose). You can't have the cake and eat it too? Next what about the wrong decisions which helped him win matches? ( Ian Bell decision in Champions Trophy finals). Dhoni should accept that India was beaten when NZ got 500 and they were bowled out for 202 in the first Innings.

Posted by lasfri on (February 9, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Dont wish to sound too critical. After all, I do think Dhoni is the best there is among all current and past players at finishing really tight games. But now three occasions on this tour where he could have finished the match for us (the 1st ODI, the tied ODI and now this test) and he got out before completing the job. Three occasions which most others would have found difficult, but which Dhoni, at his best would have closed off without batting(pun unintended) an eyelid. And yet he failed. Is this the beginning of the end of an era?

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

For anyone to comment with any real authority on this match should have watched every ball and not just the scorecard.

Posted by ManojBrock on (February 9, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

Dhoni should realise its his time,he has to do something.Thinking of t20 he should resign as a captain,promote others like yuvi,who has got the highest strikerate in t20 for India.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

We lost the test due to poor batting decisions. When Kohli was well settled and going for big score he chose a poor shot, a wide delivery to pull. We lost the match after Kohli left. Entire blame in Kohli .

Posted by potter22in on (February 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

This is not a close test, as the scorecard or the victory margin suggests. NZ made the mistake not enforcing the follow on. Had they enforced ,this would have been over with a big (Innings ?) victory for NZ. Of-course, they had a 400+ lead with which still they could beat. Indians especially, Kohli and the top batsmen are still not great players of pace bowling. They capitalise on the ,only weak link in the opposition bowling (spin) bowler- Imran Tahir in SA and Sodhi here at NZ. Dhoni is trying to hide the fact that, India have lost their 10th overseas match and still cannot win a test series overseas.

Posted by harmske on (February 9, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

wooooo what an epic win for the kiwis. so relieved to wake up and see the result. when i left the test rahane & sharma were still at the crease so felt the game could've gone either way. what a great test!

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 9, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

It is time Dhoni added Ashwin & dropped Rohit / Rahane from the 11. We will have 5 bowlers & also a better equipped batsman in Ashwin. Dhoni always cribs saying we lack allrounders, but we have 2 in Jadeja & Ashwin use them to win test matches.

Posted by indian1986 on (February 9, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

I just cannot fathom people's comments abt Rohit and rahane also praying for India to loose? If you look at the amount of test matches these young batsmen have played, 3 of the top 5 have played less then 10 matches. Coming to the replacements whom people are suggesting were part of 0-8 overseas drubbing should we go back to them? yes may be Gambhir is there any one else who is really been denied a place? This the India's best batting line up. Give them sometime yes we are loosing but not as badly as everyone thinks. Any one who have watched the MATCH in full (not just the scorecard) would agree that it was more of NZ good bowling than India's bad batting. Test is the best!!!

Posted by nothingnew on (February 9, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

starting from 4th innings , India made a mistake . they had more than 180+ overs to chase . They need 2 or more good partnership . one time India was 222/2 but Kohli want to be legend . still no manace with test . He need more time to be perfect test batsman . I don't know what happen to Pujara . He is really good test batsman ,has potential to dominant over the opposite . what a shame of Dhoni . i don't know why dhoni keep put Jadeja in Indian test squad. we have seen so many great power hitters in Test than Jadeja . they know the game . but Jadeja ? He is just ordinary player . I believe IPL has destroy indian test . They don't have any test momentum . I believe dhoni should be resign from test captain .He is not tactic player . He is waiting for something happen from other end . i wish indian and NZ on their 2nd test . but i bet India will loose again (12 of 13 away ? )

Posted by ManojBrock on (February 9, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

What the Indian selectors are going to do? Will they bring the change..No,but yes they brought the change by dropping series winner like yuvi..If one series matters in poor display,then even dhoni shouldn't deserve a place..The selectors team should include Ganguly..He ll show you the winning team..Remember dhoni survies as a captain by other's performance and his luck!If that is his success,then why he goes on blaming

Posted by Navaneeth1717 on (February 9, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Well. Deserving team won. We were left playing catching up. The second innings bowling was great and unexpected. Hope the bowlers learnt something and would carry this forward in next match. But no complaints there. Kiwis played great cricket and they deserved the victory. Kane and McCullum were fantastic. Indians batting in second essay was also good. Hope they carry that into next test.

Posted by armchairjohnny on (February 9, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

It's not nine men that India play with, but eight! The two Sharmas in addition to Dhoni himself are not good enough for international test cricket. 10 out of 11 Losses overseas is completely unacceptable. As long as these overseas losses continue, India will continue to the despised laughing stock of world cricket.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

after loosing 10 matches in a row he stills says that he is confident in chasing target. dhoni is not good captain, he does not learn from mistakes, if team wins he takes all the credit. he likes to bat at last and sometimes he takes all the credit if comes at last and win matches for india. Fast bowler did good once zaheer came back in the side , under dhoni captainship this fast bowler were hammered all around the ground. dhoni have no idea on how to handle fast bowler in depth overs in ODI. He wins toss everytime, everytime he choose to field and he thinks that he is able to chase any kind of target but what it does is it puts tremendous pressure in young indian side when they look to chase huge target. He does not have faith in fast bowler, he does not know how to handle team. yea he is good in hitting sixes by coming at last and takes all the credit but if we look overall game his captainship is very bad

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

When i got up and saw India 230-3, Shikhar Dhawan batting on a 100, I was really hopeful that our horrendous run outside sub-continent is about to get over, and we can pull of something special. To be fair we foyght back really well, our bowlers did a splendid job but I guess the game was lost in the first innings, when we were bundled out for 202 and a lead of 301 was too much. However, we batted well in the second innings but we needed either of Shikhar or Virat to bat till the end, because we all know the value of a well set batsman under these conditions. Credit to NewZealand they made the most of the second new ball and from there on as we kept losing wickets, it was difficult for Dhoni before he perished. May be the DRS would have helped us in scripting history

Posted by ManojBrock on (February 9, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Yeah once again Indian captain blaming on something,why can't he go back and pick the perfect 11,whenever they go overseas they don't fight.It's time people of India are tired enough to believe in these why they have dropped yuvi,viru,gauti after seeing one series,why others including those who havent performed well in this series should be dropped..That includes Dhoni too..

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Umpiring is poooor

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

It was a close contest..dead bowlers suddenly came alive and made the match evenly poised and pitch stood true through out the the fourth day....Kohli's over confidence to take the bowler on when he already scored a boundary in the over shows his still incomplete as a test player....Pujara looked a bit too complacent & comfortable and took things for granted as if he filled Dravid's shoes..going at the ball harder..Southee reminded him he is still not yet mistake not learnt...Rohit cannot be trusted and Rahane is in no man's land....have no clue wats happening after he reached NZ....MSD was waiting for Jadeja circus to finish...An agonising end to an Indian fan who woke from 3 in the watch NZ thrash India by a huge margin...err...just 40 runs :(...

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Until Dhoni stop being adamant about the two Sharmas , we are never ever going to win. We have been playing with 9 men for so long now.

Posted by critic_luva on (February 9, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Firstly, well done NZ. However I cannot understand how Wagner can be consistently bowling noballs- cutting the return line with his back foot- and not be cautioned or called by umpires. It is known that he goes very wide but neither the standing umpires take notice nor does the 3rd umpire bring it to the attention of the standing umpires. Yet these are our 'Elite Panel'. Give me a break.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

I'm really surprised to see those lame excuses by the the Indians, I mean come on, you guys lost 10 test matches out of 11 away from India and still not accepting it, stop crying and accept that you guys are no good in away conditions. Well done NZ, you guys made cricket proud.

Posted by Rj_Kiwi on (February 9, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

Many Indian supporters are too hard on their team. We saw Indian batsman start to make adjustment to playing in NZ conditions. The team is full of talent but lacking experience. So why blame Dhoni and carry on expecting to win in foreign conditions. And look at how NZ struggle in India and subcontinent - they could not even beat Bangladesh last tour. As far as the bad decisions goes, Wagners foot looked okay to me but the decision against Watling was obvious and was missed the umpire. It was a poor LBW against India after lunch but this was one wicket in the whole game. People, the quality of the umpiring was very high. Many LBW decisions were turned down because the umpire made the right call. And overall NZ could have had much more luck with decisions. Several smart caught behinds were given and they were right. Indian supporters - realize 2 things, 1. India had Lion hearts today, and, 2. If you can do better, then make the Indian team and do it.

Posted by Rajnish_aggarwal on (February 9, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

It is true that DRS was rejected by Indian team so they cannot complain for the mistakes of on field umpires. But when the opinion of 3rd umpire is sought to check whether it was a no ball or not, it should be done correctly and logically. The fact is Wagner should have been warned number of times that his bowling hand was coming from out side the crease and should have been called no ball. What was teh 3rd umpire doing, by the way. Result is no issue. India lost the match officially but morally won. Hope Indian bowlers, particularly Ishant Sharma, become more confident and get the opposition out at smaller scores on wards.

Posted by gauravm5 on (February 9, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

With this performance, the highly inconsistent non-performers Shikhar, Rohit Sharma & Ishant Sharma have secured their place in the tests team for the next at least 5 tests. I can bet both Sharmas and Dhawan will not perform in the 2nd test. How could you expect India winning overseas by playing with only 7 players against 11 players opponent? Dhawan, Rohit, DHoni (world's worst wicketkeeper-batsman) and Ishant are liability in overseas tests. Selectors have replacements for these 4 but I don't think they have the guts to replace them specially Dhoni. If any selector asks to drop Dhoni from the test team, then that selector will be dropped from the panel.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

Im glad there is only one more test left, finally these over rated and flop starts will get some time off after so many hard defeats. NZ is an amazing sporting nation for its size. Suggestion of TEAM INDIA:please stop playing cricket, fly back home and make adverts and dance with Bollywood actors "this what you are good at!".

Posted by Rajnish_aggarwal on (February 9, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

India lost the match but saved its honor. After conceding 500 runs in the first innings and lead of 300 runs in 1st innings, it was quite shameful but some how Indian bowlers discovered that they can get the opposition out for 100 runs and got chance to come back in the match. For any visiting team, there are always 2-3 wrong decisions against them but after Rahane was given wrongly out, it should be expected, at least from the third umpire, not to be partial. But he chose to remain so. Not only Wagner's foot had touched the line before landing but his arm and other body parts were out side the imaginary crease line. The fact is that that many of his deliveries should have been called no ball by the third umpire. But when the batsman of a team which has already suffered a decision against them deserved to get the justice at a crucial juncture. I request the cricket experts to examine Wagner's run up and his arm regularly coming from out side the crease. Is it cricket?

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

So people want India to suffer because they don't support review system. If it's bad umpiring then it's bad anyways. One feedbackEr rightly stated that if boundaries can be checked before decision then why not obvious blunders. Even Dhoni's wicket was doubtful decision. The commentators were sure about it. At the end of the day, it's part and parcel of the game. Umpires could give better effort. If Simon taufel can do then every other umpire can do it. Since new Zealand won the match no one is complains about the umpires. World is always cruel to Indians

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

India players are too immature. As soon as they get set, they get carried away and throw their wickets away. India lost due to Dhawan and sharma going into their shell after kohli was out. Instead of ticking away the score and keeping the pressure on NZ bowlers, they put pressure on themselves and let NZ bowlers off the hook. Overs after overs were played maiden by them two. Its about time India stop being arrogant and accept DRS. They have nothing to loose but can only gain from it. I was appaled to see dhawan smiling when he was given out. I thought he should be angry with him self for going into the shell and creating the situation.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

We have seen the Modern day cricket undergoing many changes / instead of debating on DRS/ Review system. I think ICC should reconsider on LBW decisions - i.e. if the batsmen feels he has nicked the bat before hitting pad w/o review system in a series they can check with main umpire any number of times. At bowling speeds of 150 km/hr. umpires are bound to make mistakes in LBW decisions. In a test match the first innings decision will not cost much than the 2nd inns. where decisions cost dearly for both teams when closing on wins.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Cracking Test Match cricket, and richly enjoyed by a neutral.

Extremely interesting decision to look more closely as Wagner's back-foot no-ball on the Dhoni wicket, my own personal bug-bear. But very strange how the umpires looked only at that ball when he was clearly bowling no-balls in that manner all afternoon. I'm not saying it's easy to umpire (from personal experience it's not easy) but the good umpire, once he's determined from the first few balls whether there's any risk of a new bowler cutting the return crease, must be vigilant for it, and be prepared to call it. The laws say it is no better nor worse than a front foot no-ball.

The worst bowler I've known for it was Shaun Tait, who wouldn't have completed a single over in Grade A cricket, let alone taken a wicket, if umpired by me. The umpire's ignorance when umpiring Tait has been legendarily baffling.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (February 9, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

This is a very young Indian side. It took 3-4 tours for the likes of Dravid, VVS And Ganguly (Sachin is an exception but he is almost immortal) to come to terms with overseas wickets. The two tests one in Jo'burg and this one where India came tantalizingly close to winning will by a big learning curve to the young batsmen. However MSD should really look into his bowling stock and close in fielding. Zaheer is ageing and not taking wickets. It is time to bite the bullet and go for the youngsters like Pandey and provide them maximum exposure. MSD will do well to reassess his batting in overseas conditions too. Being a skipper and senior member he needs to score consistent runs at the crucial position at no 7. He is as safe as a bank in ODI's and if he can bring the same consistency to his test match batting it will serve India well. All in all a big disappointment but it could have been lot worse.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Indians are no way good outside their territory. This bitter fact will always remain untill and unless they start building their team accordingly rather creating monoply and complete hold in ICC to allow them to play on their favorite surfaces. Throughout this tour India has failed to capitalize on opportunities they had. Poor Bowling efforts, dropped catches and unnecessary shot playing has led them to remain winless on the tour. Dhoni too has been out of thoughts so far and himself not contributing much to the winning formula. Dhoni had the opportunity in this test to seal the deal and end the shackles his team in but he himself hasn't been able to set an example. Yet he would say that they played well but one should ask Dhoni that they are playing lowest ranked team among top eight. There isn't any excuse for not wining a single match out of six.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

I love the fact that all these India fans are whingeing about bad decisions by umpires. That's cricket, some go your way and some don't. Human error has always been in place in cricket, and if you don't want DRS, then don't complain.

You're forgetting the bad decisions that went against NZ, especially when Anderson was set for a big score. Stop complaining. India (aside from a day and a half of good play) just aren't really that good any more, especially away from home.

Posted by ThilankaK on (February 9, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

TOSS , the only thing India can win outside home !

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

India will never stop giving excuses whatsoever.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

And to all the Indian fans still complaining about the umpiring: these errors are easily rectifiable by the use of DRS. Umpires will make mistakes, DRS minimizes the blatant ones. Dhoni, Kohli and the other players who are opposed to DRS only have themselves to blame. When you don't use the best technology available, you won't have the best results consistently. This is exactly like not using the best players available to achieve the best results on the field.

Would you send a telegram instead of an SMS? If your answer is no, then there is no justification for being such a luddite when it comes to using technology. There is just so much wrong with the current Indian team and administrators' understanding of DRS technology, you would think they were all illiterate villages from the Dark Ages. They are certainly acting like it with their pig-headed stubbornness.

And this will keep happening over and over.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

This is why in my mind Dhoni will never be a good captain or test match player. Never ever has he single handedly won a test match like this for India in his 10 years or atleast been the best player in a losing cause(like Dhawan today). When the team is down, havent won anything in like years, as a captain you should stand up but Dhoni has never been able to stand up in test matches. If he knows it was a wicket where you could have gone on to score big, then why did'nt he. When has he? And he is not even admitting that his batting has been one of THE biggest concerns for the team in all those losses. I dont see any hope of Dhoni contributing to a test win overseas which means he has no place in the team. As a keeper, as a batsman. I dont care who you make the captain(ideally i would prefer Rohit, but thats for another day).

Posted by danish30 on (February 9, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni, if you really feel Ajinkya decision was tough and could have cost you the test match, why dont you use the DRS and keep talking against it always ??Also don't forget, NZ also got 2 tought decisions

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

How can Dhoni whinge about umpiring decisions when he himself advocates against using DRS??!! If DRS was in play, Rahane would have been in and India could have won. You make your bed and now you sleep in it.

Posted by SupaFielder on (February 9, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

To all the Indian supporters complaining about umpiring....just remember that the WORST decision in the match was the appalling howler that saw Anderson given out in the first innings. He was well set, against rubbish bowling and highly likely to get a BIG hundred. Rohit should have been given out cheaply in first innings for clear LBW.......India had plenty of GOOD fortune from the umpires decisions - just as they had some mis-fortune.

India had the best of the batting conditions - they inserted New Zealand after all. The reality is that India have been inferior to New Zealand throughout the tour so far.

Posted by rangesh12 on (February 9, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

I witnessed the today match in Auckland, whcih saw the pendulum go either way.The current indian team do not have Dravid like batsmen to counter the quality bowling.Thye are all strokmaker which givesequal opportunity to bowlers to take wickets.Seems India batsmen is affected by playing too many onedayers.

Gavaskar was right in assessing we need patnership (min 2 100s) which is not there.The will and grit missing in the middle order batsmen.Till a good test match and good batting wicket.

Posted by Sam_M234324 on (February 9, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Does Dhoni ever give credit to the opposition side or does he always just utter a series of excuses and what ifs which culminate in him being 'very happy' with the performance? It's almost like he's very dismissive of the opposition's ability to win key moments in the game and therefore win the match.

Posted by Humdingers on (February 9, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

This is the BEST thing that could happen to India. Hopefully it will be another whitewash and then FINALLY we will see the end of Fletcher, Dhoni (in Tests), Zhaeer and Ishant. That may trigger the others to get their act together or face the axe as well.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Watling was bowled off a no ball, Corey Anderson in first innings got a really poor decision too he could have scored a lot more, so india cant blame umpires, just one poor decision against Rahane. Whine all you want Indians you decision not to have DRS

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan is back ... all it takes is a dropped catch, as has been proven time and again

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 9, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

Real reasons why Team Dhoni lost - blunt "pace" attack led by an ageing and unfit Zaheer. Batsmen who simply can't score runs in crunch situations - Nohit Sharma, Ajinkya (PS - Dhoni, I think umpring errors are inconsequential when your team is performning so far below par!), and Murali Vijay. Bowlers who put no premium on their wickets - these guys should pick up the bat and practice - it would be too much hard work, though. Finally, Bowlers who cannot take 10 wickets - the second innings is merely a fluke performance, of Hayleys-comet proportions - it is too much hard work for a bowler, though. Finally, Dhoni's pathetic response to fielding "Yes, there were a few missed catches also, but those are part and parcel of the game. Anyone and everyone can drop catches. I won't really point that." As I had posted last month, Team Dhoni is deservedly headed for a 0-2 Kiwi-out!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Umpires could have referred to third umpire to make sure that there is no nick for LBW outs similar to certain instances where umpires referred to third umpire whether bowlers bowled 'no ball' before gave out for a catch. When a team chose such a huge total, umpires should be doubly careful before gave decisions for outs when facilities are there for fair play. How many times, how many wrote on this issue and ICC should formulate rules on this or strictly advise umpires to avail technology wherever necessaery.

Posted by gothamknight on (February 9, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

It was an entertaining game that ended in disappointment with regard to the indian camp and its followers. First innings bowling was difficult to watch - the bowlers seemed to have no plan to the batsmen whatsoever, which contrasted their class act in their 2nd bowling innings. (a little to late though). The batsmen are very capable against the NZ attack. What angers me is that they lose their temperament - in the 1st innings, the many of the batsmen got out to nothing deliveries - shikar, pujara, rohit. and then in the second innings the same thing - virat, dhoni, jadeja, even the tail. They get out playing stupid unnecessary shots that make the bowlers seem better than they are, even if they are very good. All the batsmen (yes, even the tail) need to make the opposition earn their wicket not just hand it to them.

And about the umpire decisions, why cant the technology be used whenever it is required by the umpire - it means the right decision is consistently made. Unlucky Rahane.

Posted by U.A.1985 on (February 9, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

So sad to see Dhoni bringing in the umpire decisions. I salute McCullum who was all praise for Jadega when Jadega clearly nicked one in the 3rd odi. Dhoni - what you said are not words of a real leader. I had a better image of you but you disappointed me. Certainly not a great cricketer.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 9, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

Yup, that 300 run lead was just too much to surmount. Don't forget that in close run chases, we often see a run out, at least we were spared one of those tragedies. Besides, you can't expect every batsman to get a significant score, you have to allow for a couple of failures.

Ideally, both of Dhawan and Kohli got themselves daddy hundreds. For Dhawan, this was a do or die innings. Comments would be different had McCullum held onto the catch that he offered early in his innings. But this inns will have given him tremendous confidence. In the end it was a superb delivery that dismissed him.

Dhawan, Pujara and Rohit received really good deliveries altho Rohit didn't cover the line by taking a stride forward - a small error but it cost him his wicket. Rahane was unlucky but I was never confident that he would get too many. Despite being a Mumbai fan, I have serious concerns about both Rohit and Rahane. Both are good fielders too but they always look shaky.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (February 9, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Indian's can't complain about umpiring errors. If their board chooses not to use DRS, then they have no right to whinge when things go against them.

Posted by Anukalp_23 on (February 9, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Great game of cricket ... But i think in context of next test pick 5 proper bowlers... its ok if we loose anyway from here we can't win the test series ... left ajinkya out(his 25 avg outside subcontinent certainly won't win matches for us) and bring in ishwar pandey(at least we can amend for 300 runs deficit if our premier bowlers are tired or one of them is not clicking)...but with 6-4 u can't win matches and pull of 400 every time its like once in a blue moon situation..give it a go see all great test team has atleast 4 seemers is upto selectors or dhoni, hoping for a gud decision :)

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (February 9, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

Ultimately, only one Indian batsman converted a start into a 100 plus score. Bad decisions notwithstanding, the outcome would have been quite different if even one of the starts had ended in a three figure score.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

India in previous 11 away Tests: 0-10

India in previous 8 away ODIs: 0-6

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Stop complaining about bad decisions when you do not want to give DRS a chance! You reap what you sow!

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 9, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

DROPPED catches from first innings played crucial role in the defeat - its time the guys who lost those crucial moments admit their mistakes. Some batsman are also lazy players.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

Really a good game but fall of wickets in NZ 2nd innings was more of poor batsmanship rather than brilliant bowling. India can't win overseas. Simple !!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Fact is, India is brittle against furious pace. They had a chance to win. The target was reachable. But they collapsed against furious quick bowling. Its as simple as that.

Posted by jbentham on (February 9, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

BCCI, still no interest in the DRS? Regards, Cricket Fan.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

more hard work need to young batsman...

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