New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, 4th day February 17, 2014

McCullum 281 not out, NZ lead by 325


New Zealand 192 and 440 for 5 (McCullum 228*, Watling 124, Neesham 67*) lead India 438 by 325 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It began as a "let's see what we can do" minutes after lunch on day three. Then it became about taking it to the next session. Then to the next day. Along the way it was about making India bat again. Even the most fanciful of New Zealand players or fans wouldn't have thought or planned how they would go about it but, close to five sessions later, New Zealand are the only team in a realistic position to win this match. Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling added 194 to their overnight 158-run stand without ever looking in trouble, helping New Zealand take the lead to 325 by stumps. When the two came together, New Zealand were 152 in arrears.

This is possibly New Zealand's best rearguard ever. McCullum became the first New Zealander to score back-to-back double-centuries, and finished the day 19 short of their first triple-century. Watling played the longest innings by a New Zealand wicketkeeper and fell only two short of the highest by a New Zealand No. 7 in the second innings. Together they put on the highest sixth-wicket partnership, at 352 runs, in Test cricket. And when Watling finally fell, Jimmy Neesham came in and smacked an unbeaten 67 off 96, the third-highest by a New Zealand debutant at No. 8.

Numbers, though, don't do justice to the stories. The task New Zealand's batsmen faced was enormous. They were going with an aim of just batting and batting for days, and at any point for a major duration in the partnership one bad ball could turn the whole match back in India's favour. Having put in a huge effort on day three, New Zealand still began the day at 6 for 5. Just imagine the cruelty of getting out at any point in the first session, and watching India come back.

MS Dhoni, too, decided to test their patience as opposed to their survival skills. Having spent most of the last afternoon waiting for a mistake, Dhoni attacked for about half an hour on the fourth morning before resorting to his fancy fields. At one point, he asked Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami to bowl from round the stumps with a seven-two off-side field. It is not hard to imagine that they struggled to bowl wide outside off. The only chance created with India still in the game was by Zaheer Khan, deep into the first session, but India had just one in-between slip that couldn't get to the catch that a second slip would have taken.

It can't take away from the feat of McCullum and Watling. McCullum struggled with back and shoulder pains even on day three and has a dodgy knee. Watling had kept for 103 overs, and got a 37-over rest before coming out to bat again. They still showed intent as the fourth day began. Now that they were in credit, they knew runs would push Dhoni further on the defensive. Defensive he became, but now he struggled to even stem the flow of runs. The bowlers were not able to follow his outlandish plans, and kept straying every now and then. Fifty-six runs came in 13 overs in the first hour.

The slips came out, the knuckle-ball slower balls from Zaheer Khan stopped landing, Shami and Ishant went back to bowling one loose ball an over, and India were already waiting for a mistake, or the new ball. The seeds for this were sown on the third day, when India's fields suggested they were waiting for the new ball, 40 overs away.

Milestones kept falling by the wayside. When McCullum went past 137, he had beaten his previous best aggregate for a Test series, 370, also against India. When he shouldered arms to Zaheer in the 118th over, at 312 balls, he had played his longest innings too. That leave was part of the only spell where India found some control through Ravindra Jadeja and Zaheer. Four maidens were bowled consecutively, but the two batsmen were too well set and too determined to let that draw them into a loose shot. The shackles broke as Jadeja angled too far into the pads, and New Zealand were off again.

There was little happening for India. Just before lunch Jadeja beat Watling with one that ripped across him. Watling walked towards square leg, and you could imagine him grit his teeth and get his concentration back. Every time they played a false stroke - and there weren't many - Watling would make sure they gathered themselves again. A Watling walk to square leg. A quiet word to McCullum.

In between, McCullum found time to display some brilliance. In the 142nd over, with India already beaten to pulp, he found the boundary beating three men around the point region, and a man behind them in the deep. Soon they walked back together for a session break for the fourth time. The routine was same: a wee knocking of the fists, a quiet pat on Watling's back.

The third new ball arrived in the final session. It claimed Watling. The Joe Pesci to McCullum's Robert de Niro. The lead was an even 200 with three-and-a-half sessions to go. McCullum tried to do to the third new ball what he did to the second. Beat it out of shape. This time, though, he was understandably fatigued. In the 164th over, he played and missed at Ishant thrice. Then, to the fifth ball, he left alone. The capacity crowd at Basin Reserve roared out an applause louder than one for a six or a wicket. They were with him. McCullum appreciated it, and went back to concentrate, to draw those powers out of somewhere. The moment of New Zealand's home summer.

Turned out McCullum didn't need to beat the ball out of shape. Neesham showed he was more than capable of doing it. The game is now New Zealand's. They will hope McCullum gets to his triple in the first three overs so that they can have a shot at two new balls while going for the unlikeliest of victories. Maybe not. After all they have a series lead, and an incredible comeback to defend.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 18, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Indian bowling needs a big time change. I agree those wickets they got were good but what happens once the ball gets old. They are just clueless. Zaheer khan needs to retire man. Shami lately has not been able to swing the ball. But has a fantastic seam position but needs to give it an angle can't just bowl straight all the time. Sharma is mediocre amd will stay mediocre though he got a few wickets.It's about time pandey aaron and shami take ovet with stuart binny or rishi dhawan in the side. Otherwise we will just have to face these humiliating situations again and again. Jadeja and ashwin should be reserved for home conditions because they are fantastic at home.

  • Manush on February 18, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Great show done with a purpose. hats off to McCullum. In the process, he exposed our bowling strength. From a sure defeat now looking to win a match, fantastic achievement by the captain and his tail end players commitment to the game. NZ under his captaincy a blend of some seniors and new talents has emerged as a very promising side in international cricket. Dhoni's poor show in Test cricket continues.!!!

  • on February 18, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    I believe north/south India should have their own teams. India is a huge country and by doing that we will see the hidden/ignored talent!! We lost again cos we have the worst bowlers!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Rather than playing practice football before the Test match, India should practice fielding.

    Kolhi like Yuvraj Singh, is an excellent ground fielder, but they both drop easy catches.

  • Blackholesun on February 17, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Why is New Zealand not declaring? If they wish to win the game then they MUST. There is no way India can score those many runs in 65-70 overs.

    By not declaring they are letting an opportunity go bye, they are ruining their chance !

  • chechong0114 on February 17, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Why is NZ still batting? This is the sort of thing that continues to kill the sport of cricket and the main cause of why the game continues to yield so many empty seats and so little public interest worldwide.Here NZ is trying to force a draw thereby they win the series 1-0. To the team a huge victory but where is the fun in that to the average fan. The game is already considered by many to be long, dull, boring and very predictable. But to add insult to injury they are dragging it out to a complete lull thereby squeezing and suffocating any opportunity of a true result. These are the things that need to be changed about the sport very soon and by that I mean now. This game is being played over 5 days and yet it still is ending up in a draw where is the paying patron getting value for his money.And they wonder why they cannot draw more people into the stadiums, right there is the answer. This sport needs some serious overhaul, it has been around too long to be in this state.

  • on February 17, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    test matches require good bowlers. You need to be able to take 20 wickets and unfortunately india undoubtedly have one of the best batting attacks in the world if not the best, but their bowling falls very short. Unless talented bowlers cone through the ranks, india will always struggle at test level. they will continue to do well in the odi and t20 format as that is a batsmans game and the bowlers need to simply restrain the runs and the wickets will come. With test matches bowlers have to earn their wickets and this bowling attack is toothless and has no direction and no star lead bowler to turn to. well done mccallum brilliant batting! i think even i could score a few runs against this indian attack, and my eyesight is poor!! im not bashing india as some ppl suggest, it is constructive criticism. money cannot buy you everything.

  • truecric_fan on February 17, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    By not declaring after his great triple hundred, B Mac has proven to be a worse captain than MSD. Modern day cricket captains are a joke. Very negative cricket by McCullum, same guy did not have the guts to enforce follow-on in first test and almost lost.

  • Blackholesun on February 17, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Congratulation Brendon McCullum for a record breaking effort ! :) Neesham too deserve a Congratulations :)

  • on February 18, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Indian bowling needs a big time change. I agree those wickets they got were good but what happens once the ball gets old. They are just clueless. Zaheer khan needs to retire man. Shami lately has not been able to swing the ball. But has a fantastic seam position but needs to give it an angle can't just bowl straight all the time. Sharma is mediocre amd will stay mediocre though he got a few wickets.It's about time pandey aaron and shami take ovet with stuart binny or rishi dhawan in the side. Otherwise we will just have to face these humiliating situations again and again. Jadeja and ashwin should be reserved for home conditions because they are fantastic at home.

  • Manush on February 18, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Great show done with a purpose. hats off to McCullum. In the process, he exposed our bowling strength. From a sure defeat now looking to win a match, fantastic achievement by the captain and his tail end players commitment to the game. NZ under his captaincy a blend of some seniors and new talents has emerged as a very promising side in international cricket. Dhoni's poor show in Test cricket continues.!!!

  • on February 18, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    I believe north/south India should have their own teams. India is a huge country and by doing that we will see the hidden/ignored talent!! We lost again cos we have the worst bowlers!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Rather than playing practice football before the Test match, India should practice fielding.

    Kolhi like Yuvraj Singh, is an excellent ground fielder, but they both drop easy catches.

  • Blackholesun on February 17, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Why is New Zealand not declaring? If they wish to win the game then they MUST. There is no way India can score those many runs in 65-70 overs.

    By not declaring they are letting an opportunity go bye, they are ruining their chance !

  • chechong0114 on February 17, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Why is NZ still batting? This is the sort of thing that continues to kill the sport of cricket and the main cause of why the game continues to yield so many empty seats and so little public interest worldwide.Here NZ is trying to force a draw thereby they win the series 1-0. To the team a huge victory but where is the fun in that to the average fan. The game is already considered by many to be long, dull, boring and very predictable. But to add insult to injury they are dragging it out to a complete lull thereby squeezing and suffocating any opportunity of a true result. These are the things that need to be changed about the sport very soon and by that I mean now. This game is being played over 5 days and yet it still is ending up in a draw where is the paying patron getting value for his money.And they wonder why they cannot draw more people into the stadiums, right there is the answer. This sport needs some serious overhaul, it has been around too long to be in this state.

  • on February 17, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    test matches require good bowlers. You need to be able to take 20 wickets and unfortunately india undoubtedly have one of the best batting attacks in the world if not the best, but their bowling falls very short. Unless talented bowlers cone through the ranks, india will always struggle at test level. they will continue to do well in the odi and t20 format as that is a batsmans game and the bowlers need to simply restrain the runs and the wickets will come. With test matches bowlers have to earn their wickets and this bowling attack is toothless and has no direction and no star lead bowler to turn to. well done mccallum brilliant batting! i think even i could score a few runs against this indian attack, and my eyesight is poor!! im not bashing india as some ppl suggest, it is constructive criticism. money cannot buy you everything.

  • truecric_fan on February 17, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    By not declaring after his great triple hundred, B Mac has proven to be a worse captain than MSD. Modern day cricket captains are a joke. Very negative cricket by McCullum, same guy did not have the guts to enforce follow-on in first test and almost lost.

  • Blackholesun on February 17, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Congratulation Brendon McCullum for a record breaking effort ! :) Neesham too deserve a Congratulations :)

  • Alexk400 on February 17, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    This is greatest inning by not just newzelander by anyone. 98/5 with so much pressure... whether flat wicket or not. Not single freebiees and indian bowlers bowled very tight line. I really think mccullum learnt more from kevin williamson than anyone. Because he learnt patience and grinding from him. Its augurs great for nz if they can find two good openers. They can even win world cup if they can find a better consistent attacking opener. They have star studded massive all rounders in Anderson ,Neesham. Every team wants one pace bowling all rounder , nz got two.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 17, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Great knock from McCullum but I don't really understand the point of NZ batting on and on and on and Wagner blocking balls and waiting an age for a sight screen when he's facing Jadeja. We've seen the reason test cricket is great and also the reason people are being turned off test cricket all in the same breath.

  • Alexk400 on February 17, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Brenden Mccullum the GREAT. :)

  • Shaggy076 on February 17, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    I know you haven't won a series for a while NZ, but Mccullum try and turn this amazing innings into a game victory, test cricket needs every game played for a win/loss and not for a draw. I'm ok with you batting 10 overs into the last day but you have gone way to far now.

  • on February 17, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    If anybody want a record century play against India in any country other than India bcz they have the weakest bowling attack in world cricket. Surprisingly they were in no 1 position for a short time, they make more money in cricket than any other country and India have the most popular icon called Sachin...Poor cricket!!!!

  • ChuckerCarn on February 17, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Congratulations Brendon McCullum, great moment for NZ. As an aussie, I wouldn't normally comment on a non-aussie article, but this one deserves thousands of comments. Great ticker from the Kiwis and great leadership from McCullum.

  • Selfishkar on February 17, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    God of Cricket played for 23 years and 200 tests without a 250+ score which more than McCallum and Sangakkara combined has played, both of whom have triple centuries this month alone.

  • on February 17, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    What else can you expect from a team of flat track bullies?

  • on February 17, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Newzealand should not declare early otherwise india will loose if they declare after tea then india will get the opportunity for of luck india for draw don't loose all the wickets.

  • anto_eee on February 17, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    wowwww..what a innings from NZ capt..302 great man ...after RD and VVS am watching you...great..hats off

  • anto_eee on February 17, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Thanks to mr.Ishant sharma for his best innings 160 runs without wickets and helping neesaham and mcl to reach their hights bowl them on crucial time with short pitched balls...keep it up

  • on February 17, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    In as much as I support the Indian cricket team, I have to give credit where it is due. The New Zealanders, especially McCullum, Watling and Neesham were magnificent. The Indians have only themselves to blame for being embarrassingly imcompetent on the field. What seemed to be a sure Indian victory at one stage of the game might now well be a New Zealand win.

  • Temuzin on February 17, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    This is one of the rubbish pitches where every one is able to score over 600 runs. I an shocked no one is calling it a road. Is it because it is in NZ and not in India?

  • basusri133b on February 17, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    We are paying the price for going into this test with only 3 seamers. It is hard to fathom how the team think tank could have decided to play one bowler short. Considering the fact that we are in a must win situation. This is something that Coach Fletcher needs to answer. This seems to be the extent of our tactical nous. Depressing isnt it? Kohli and Ishant let Mcullam off twice. Why on earth is our slip cordon positioned so deep? A couple of yards closer and Kohli might have caught Mcullam in the slips off Zaheer. We will be hard pressed to save this game. The series has been lost.

  • Temuzin on February 17, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    So One team made over 400 and now another is making 600 for 6 wickets. Is this a rubbish flat track or those adjectives are reserved for only Indian pitches?

  • RK.Chandru on February 17, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Truly, Dhoni's magic wand is deserting him these days. He's bereft of ideas when the going gets tough. Basking still under, "Who will bowl the last over?..." even after a decade isn't going to help any more. There have been numerous false moves since then which have cost the team very badly. His liking for a few players has only denied the chance few other players deserved. He has made it amply clear by defending Jadeja going aggressive when he had a set batsman at the other end for company and ample time (more than a day left if I'm correct) at his disposal. Ashwin would have made a difference had he played the first test as Ashwin is better equipped as a test batsman and has a level head to play according to the situation. And even in this test, MSD wants reasonable numbers for Jaddu and he proved it by bowling him more than any other bowler as he wants a few more wickets in his tally with which he can play a few more series. I bet on any day, Ojha is a far better bowler than Jadeja.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 17, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Um, glen1, if short format cricket is suited to only non-Caucasian countries then why is Australia ranked #1, and why have they won four world cups? Let's face it. The reason India doesn't do well at tests as they should is because they have a short-sighted pitch doctoring policy which creates a delusional mindset - which is subsequently exposed as soon as they have to compete in neutral conditions. Secondly they are lazy. Their management and players have an attitude of entitlement and don't have the physical and mental discipline to sustain 5 days of tough cricket. I see this in other developing countries as well, where newly found wealth is creating these kinds of attitudes in the young. There is this idea that we are victims and the world owes us because we were colonised. Sorry, but every country has its hard luck history. England was invaded five times and the Germans bombed the crap out of them in WW2. But they don't go round thinking somebody has to pay for it.

  • CbeCricket on February 17, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Great batting from McCullum and Watling. Hope McCullum get his triple, he deserves it. It would be wonderful if Neesham get his ton on debut. Dhoni is useless in Tests and he cannot think beyond 50 overs. Get rid of him from tests and let players like Dinesh Karthik get a chance to play.Jadeja and Rohit will play for India with below par performances when Dhoni is at the helm.

  • 1maccas on February 17, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Why are Indian fans slamming their bowlers? After two and a half days cricket they had New Zealand at 286/15, include New Zealand's second innings of the first test match and it's 391/25! It's not like they didn't continue to create chances either. From there on in it's been a master class from McCullum and Watling peppered with a little luck. It's been test match cricket at its absolute best.

  • on February 17, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    How did Brenden M do it? He was hurting physically; on pain killers and he still kept the Indian attack at bay. Just goes to show that there are leaders of men and then there are 'true leaders". The latter lead from the front and can deliver miracles when needed. This game is headed for a draw for sure. Mr. Defensive Dhoni will never win tests for India. He doesn't have the tactical brains needed for winning tests.

  • on February 17, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    rohit batra we are not thrashing india.u can check my previous comments, and lyk me many pakistani and srilankan fans have actualy pin point india's weaknesses. we are here to see good and productive cricket and to comment about played well but its more lyk india played defensive cricket.

  • on February 17, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    glen 1 , best test record is of west indies, highest test score is of west indian, highest test run getter is of india, highest test wicket taker is from srilanka, fastest test bowler is of pakistan, fastest to reach 100 test wickets is from pakistan, fastest test century belongs to west indies and many records more and 2ndly australia, sa etc dont come in european coutries. Australia just got thrashed by england at their home, and england lost to Australia 5-0 at their every team is going through this dont talk rubbish widout even knowing the records.

  • Mervo on February 17, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    India's over seas problems are not caused by poor captaincy or by the odd dropped catch. It is about the bowlers. Jajeda was bowling at almost 100km/hr! No 'spinner' can get flight and variation at that speed. There has been much said about the lack of pace bowlers. That is true and needs new selection, coaching and wickets with actual grass in them for encouragement. No more green outfields and rolled mud low, slow centres/wickets. However, they really need to coach spinners, for when the low slow turners do not work. Use of flight and variation to test the batsman. Being the Indian spin coach right now must be the easiest job in the world-in India!

  • RVC-38 on February 17, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    @ glen1 on (February 17, 2014, 20:24 GMT) I am biased in fact very biased, but I think Australia will be 1 or 2 in all formats in the next 12 months

  • kent1978 on February 17, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    typical brown skin mentality. inferiority complex. Indian cricket team thinks that they can never defeat white guys on their soil. Hence just give up. On other hand, Neil Wagner can come in running every time with ferocity and hurl abuses at the Indian batsmen. Allan Donald did it, Rahul Dravid kept quiet.

  • cheesemethod on February 17, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    glen1. Thats a very short sighted statement regarding race and format. Considering NZ just beat India 4-0 in the ODI series and with the amount of world cups that Australia has won and while NZ are on the improve on the test game, their record cannot rate them as high as fourth.

  • cricarch on February 17, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Who says Kiwis cant fly!!

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Sorry to dis-agree with you.... You say Jadeja and Rohit are not criticized... come on.. they are the joke of the decade.. if not the century... one is branded SIR and the other as NOHIT .... what else do you want?

  • Rexton87 on February 17, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @glen1 What a sad and pathetic character you must be as your thinking reflect in your brainless outburst. If West Indies is suited to T20 where would you place the all conquering team of 1970s and 1980s and I can refresh your memory that they were not playing T20. Similarly where would you place the 90's Pakistan team who toured England in 1992 and 1996 and beaten England thoroughly and comprehensively in Test matches. If India is suited to merely one day cricket how could they produce the most technically correct test batsmen of all times namely Gavaskar , Tendulkar and Dravid all scoring over 10,000 test runs. Teams go through phases peaks and troughs and only a dimwit would come up with a classification you invented.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 21:06 GMT


    Sorry mate, your future prediction of "Great IPL but a mediocre second-rate national team." has already happened.....outside of the sub-continent...With the last 10-12 tests.. and now the defeat(s?) against a No.7/8 team...

    If ICC has a dual ranking system, where they rank a team @home and @away-home.... I am sure India will be ranked rock bottom for @awayhome in tests....

  • on February 17, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    @Glen 1 before making any comment please measure the level of your knowledge on topic which you want to write. I mean to say srilank, Bangladesh, Pakistan all are independent country with own language , land boundary and government. these three country are not Indians. second things Australia and new Zealand are not in Europe.

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Sorry state, My dear indian friends,There were only two world class teams produced in sub continent. Kapil Devs 1983 world cup winning team & Imran Khans 1992 world cup winning team.No point succeeding only in our conditions.That is true cricket is profitable business in India because of the simple theory in marketing- more demand more profit. Similar to your bollywood masala films.We must produce good bowlers,Good fast bowlers.Big strong lads with discipline,application & bit of brain .Not this 130-135k average guys.Guys with 140k average,who can easily produce 150k at will. Common India you can do it,1.5 billion people-If you cant,stop playing cricket.

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy. We need to publicize the dropped catches because they are the main culprits. In the 1st test match, India dropped about a dozen. In this test, Kohli dropped McCullum on 9. Why Dhoni stands so far back and misses so many chances is beyond me. And I see the Indian bowlers, specially Shami, waste so much energy by bowling short balls, none of which bother any batsman. And the last test could have been won had Dhoni and Jadeja played like McCullum and Watling. So, in short, everything needs to be improved: from performances in all three departments to coaching.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 20:52 GMT


    Sorry to differ with you glen... yes you can complete in 100m, 200m, 800m...... you just cannot compete with the same players in all the three formats....

    You just need to pick your players/teams for the formats and then train them in the specific skill sets.. and then you can compete in all three....

    Well India is not short of people.. or for that matter players with the skill sets... its just they are so ill managed....

    If at all IND players are well managed.. then INDIA has the bench strength to play all three formats at the same time...and still be competitive........ for that matter.. it can play all three formats at the same time........ in Sub-continent, as well as in European countries at the same time.....

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Most of the peoples are saying y give extra money to India,eng,aus bcoz these 3countries only gaining more money. Wherever india go and play their people came a lot and cheer, Look at the odi against NZ 1st 3odi how many Indians came and support, same happen in Aus,eng,sa,westindies,. Now Other than india,aus,eng look at the crowd coming to watch the match in their own country. If the tests are played in india,eng,aus the ground wil occupy above 75% in week days and 90 to 100% in weekend. But other countries are not like. So icc earn lot of money only these nations playing time through TV rights etc etc..

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on February 17, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    I've never had much time for Brendan McCullum, never really rated him. However, I think he might be changing my mind for me.

    It does go to prove what many people said a while back: why on earth was he opening when he's best suited to the role of a counter-attacker at number six.

  • glen1 on February 17, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Ok, my dear India friends, it is time to say good bye to test cricket. With all the technology and pitch preparation, there is no more room for surprises but to think inwards. Without going into major worldly issues, let's accept the fact that T20 suits the West Indians both in style and abilities, One day cricket suits the Indians (India, Pak, BL, SL) both in style and abilities, and test Cricket suits the style of the Europeans (Eng, Aus, NZ, SA) both in style and abilities. You decide what you want to follow but don't ask for everything. You cannot compete in 100m, 800m and marathon at the same time; case closed!

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Well done, Brandon!! We must give credit to this guy. It is not easy to score a double hundred (& possibly a triple) especially when your team was on the verge of losing the game. He is the VVS of NZ team. However, Indian team need to review their bowling options. If we can't win with 458 against SA and 240 odd lead against NZ, then there is something wrong with bowling & fielding strategies. Hope to see better cricket from India against Eng & Aus.

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Very good effort by Ishant sharma. Got 6 wickets. very good. and left the catch when maccullam on 30 to let him score on 300 good effort By Ishant. We have brainy bowlers. like Irfan, Parveen etc. Theny why we bring Ishant. By Ishant india will loose. Go india loose and always keep Ishant and we will never win.

  • Batmanian on February 17, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Even thinking about declaring betrays a real 'What would Michael Clarke do?' In McCullum's approach. Cf batting first in the first Test. Yet, declaring would be so harebrained, it would be pure NZ - resulting of course in this very strong Indian batting card monstering the harmless pitch and providing another of those classic close-but-no-cigar moments for the ever brave Kiwis. Watching the Kiwis beat Australia in Hobart was great, but seeing NZ one-up after almost stuffing up two Tests against India will be even better, and I hope I don't have to watch the Indian scoring rate for three sessions to experience that - there's no need to stuff this Test up twice, Brendan.

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    The first two days when India was in control, I did not see a single Pakistani supporter comment. today yhe come outnod yhe woodworks. Get a life guys. appreciate the NZ fight and effort. don't just bash India.

  • sTruthHurts on February 17, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Three things come to mind: 1) How great Test cricket is. By far the best form of the game. 2) How McCullum has made me and many others eat our words of criticism. A great innings from a great cricketer. I am humbled by what he has done. 3) What a bunch of arrogant rich men are running the ICC totally out of touch with what the world wants and what is good for cricket. Australia, India and England your administrators are arrogant, selfish people only interested in making themselves richer at everybody else's expense. Under the new regime this series, this game, this innings will probably not happen.... All cricket fans the world over will miss this type of drama that we all love to watch and enrich our lives with. McCullum you are a legend.

  • on February 17, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Mammoth effort by Watling and Brendon. Reminded me of the Dravid-Laxman parnership in Calcutta.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 19:58 GMT


    I do not agree with NZ being a better team, but do agree that they showed extraordinary spirit

    Not sure which team you support, but say your team clashes with a better team.. would you just accept defeat and just go through the motions... Do you want your team players.. to just accept that the opposition is a better team.. and play for a defeat...?


    If you are playing a better opposition.. then you should put more time in planning.. picking the team.. in practice.. getting acclimatized to the conditions, weather, pitch... put aside your petty politics and pick the horses for courses.... Manage five pacers if you need to...

    If you get into the middle with no strategy for someone like McCullum that just slammed a double century... with the same bowling.. same team.. now thats what hurts the avg cricket fan...

    The bowlers picked are doing their best in the middle.. but the question is.. have we picked the best team to be in the middle..

  • greek-paratha on February 17, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Indian players seem to be preoccupied with the money on offer in the IPL.The sub-continent players have never been disciplined enough or mentally strong enough like their 'white' counterparts when it comes to the lure of the lucre.So,they could say that the IPL is very successful;well,the English Football League is successful too,but how much is that due to the influx of non-English players.If India aren't careful they'll end up like the England football team.Great IPL but a mediocre second-rate national team.

  • shot274 on February 17, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    What we have seen from BM and Watling is not superb or excellent it is virtually unbelievable!! Whether India has a poor attack or not(and you honestly dont need a stretch of 10 hours with one wicket to gauge that!) is besides the point. I have never seen a rearguard effort and then turned into one which can potentially be a winning one quite like this one. For me the performances of DuPleisis, Atherton and all those who have saved matches pale into insignificance compared to BMs grit, courage and sheer determination. Lets forget nationalistic point scoring. Just bow to the absolute brilliance of NZ and their captain!

  • mahepaikar on February 17, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    mccullum batting for one nd a half day..we never knew this guy,definately the responsibility of captancy has made him a bettr player..waiting for a dramatic final day..similar situatn in which pak won just a few days ago,if nz declare..even a draw big challange for india.

  • pradeepsays on February 17, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Today's report is an unbelievable read. Either the pitch is a sleeping beauty, we will know soon enough when NZ bowl, or just mediocre cricket by the world's 2nd ranked team! Just looking at the records over the years it is significant to note that most of the big partnerships for all countries have come against India. We just don't have the bowlers who can churn out wickets when the pitches are unresponsive. We need to have inventive bowlers who think out a batsman either by pace, swing or spin. Just bowling like a workhorse over after over and hope for the batsman to make a mistake is a mistake!! It is a big challenge for Dhoni as a captain. His defensive captaincy is to a large extent a manifestation of poor bowling stocks! In the absence of out and out pace we should focus on training our young spinners under the tutelage of past spin legends. Atleast we have the pitches for spin. The current crop of spinners rely on subtle variations more than actual spin!!

  • anton1234 on February 17, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    They should not declare on overnight score. Why do they want to risk drawing the series?NZ only require a draw to win the series. I say, either play quickly as possible for 10 overs and set India 400 off 80 overs or simply play on until all out. But setting 325 or so off 90 overs is a risk not worth taking at all.

  • on February 17, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @ SchoolGirlCricketCaptain when i says U i mean to say U as a nation…just picked any match of the countries and read comments then u realize what u ppl comments about others…just look at ur records outside India…just look at ur bowlers stats…well in terms of big 3 i agreed with others…if any one to be in big 3 as far as performance is concerned then Aussies and SA are the only who deserve to be in…u guys are in big 3 just coz of money which is equally acceptable coz there is no doubt abt ur cricket budget is huge….but i don't understand why u drag other countries in ur comment…just read here what ur nations is saying about this match….

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    2.) They do not crouch and raise with the ball as they should.. instead they stand..bend a bit while the ball is being bowled.. and raise even before the batsman plays it.. now if the catch is low.. how can someone on the way to standing up, reverse his direction and catch it

    3.) Everyone knows that our slip fielders... ofcorse whose positions are determined by our WK Dhoni, stand far behind than they should.... There are days when WK used to stand up to the stumps for bowlers bowling in the 120 kmph.... but for some reason our DHONI feels that they are express fast.. and stands at least coupld of feet behind.. and so all those catches do not carry...

    How many slip catches did you see.. that did not carry.. VS... how many went above their head or caught the slip fielders at an awkward height....

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    My three reasons why IND drops so many catches in the slips 1.) Excellent fielders like Kohli.. who are good for positions like point, gully or some of those where the fielders close in a bit while the ball is being bowled.. they try to anticipate the ball movement.. likes to dive to stop a travelling ball...ppl like yuvi, raina, rahane, kohli, jadeja... belong here..... Now slip fielding is different, there you need someone with more composure, focus, who moves with the ball (than before or after the ball).. you do not need flamboyant dives here.. but utmost focus, quick reflexes and safe hands... Dravid, Laxman, tendulkar (when his fingers are good)... I think Pujara, vijay would be better in this position... The problem is that bowlers can't be here.. and the today's batsmen are all so-called aggressive in batting & fielding.. and there are not that many with the balance, composure & focus that are pre-req for slip fielding

    2.) They do not crouch and raise with the ball as they sh

  • on February 17, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    What a marvellous come back by NZ... World record partnership for the 6th wicket,,, simply amazing,, stayed up late at night just to watch Big Mack batting under extreme pressure,,, what a turnaround by NZ... what a courageous effort!!! loved it. NZ deserve to win.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 19:25 GMT


    Sorry Boss, you got me confused... few things I want to clarifiy

    1.) I am ALSO blaming DHONI for his selection tactics.. getting his/CSK buddies into the team, not playing with four seamers on such seam-only-friendly conditions 2.) Now coming to Shewag and laxman.... I am sure Laxman was pushed out of the team un-ceremoniously... because he was practicing hard until the day (/week) before the series and suddently announced his retirement... My guess... the powers that be may have gone to him with some kind of a DEAL.. and he however humble he may be.. got hurt and gave it all up.

    Then Shewag.. I am not so sure.. of his tactics in the slips in the last few games he has played...he did spill some sitters, and was not crouching to the ground (refer to Dravid on slip fielding position)...

    3.) You completely lost me on Clarke, Smith, or NZ batters

  • on February 17, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Sreekanth Surendran>>Unbelievable you compare Brendon over Kohli & Dhawan. Insanity

  • on February 17, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @sshawn : I don't have that kind of mentality. I want who can perform well can be in team. Here jadeja,rohit also not perform well but most peoples never blast them. That's the only thing I told. Look out the rohit performances in last 8odi & 4test very bad performances same in jadeja case. but peoples still need them y?? Thats y i told like. My reply is for who can think always partiality not to everyone.

  • nicevans on February 17, 2014, 18:56 GMT


    Fair enough mate, but i still find it baffling that people couldve called for maccullums head without a viable alternative.

    Yes, his form warranted discussion, but the reality was there was no better replacement.

    Ryder has too many off field issues and they were never going to change the batting order of a winning team (despite the shiteness of our opening pair). Both Guptil and Ryder have technical defiencies in their games anyway, papps was too old. Latham was the standout candidate, but with no experience at test level

    Most importantly Bmacs expertise as captain and experience were invaluable, dropping a captain mid series /season (especially with the short time between series) was never a viable option.

  • nicevans on February 17, 2014, 18:50 GMT


    Fair enough mate, but i still find it baffling that people couldve called for maccullums head without a viable alternative.

    Yes, his form warranted discussion, but the reality was there was no better replacement.

    Ryder has too many off field issues and they were never going to change the batting order of a winning team (despite the shiteness of our opening pair). Both Guptil and Ryder have technical defiencies in their games anyway, papps was too old. Latham was the standout candidate, but with no experience at test level

    Most importantly Bmacs expertise as captain and experience were invaluable, dropping a captain mid series /season (especially with the short time between series) was never a viable option.

  • SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on February 17, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    @Khuram Noman, the answer lies in your last comment itself. I've always appreciated good cricket whether or not it comes from the team I support, for us or against us. I've never leveled baseless allegations against a specific poster (like you did). You're actually defending and siding with people who senselessly post stuff like "NZ should field their U-12 side 'pitying' India" and "...not able to produce a single fast bowler from 'uncountable' humans" or "...its a shame to call Indian team in the big 3" (either nothing to do with the game played on the cricket ground or could have been said in a sensible and matured way). I hope you get my point now. I'm the first to admit that India has been outplayed in all departments by NZ during this series and am actually happy for them and salute the resolve, attitude, and spirit of their cricketers. That's what I watch the game for.

  • on February 17, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Its high time to get rid of Dhoni from test captaincy.... Lets have the aggressive Kholi as our aggressive captain..... See Aussies n proteas, their aggressive approach gets them the fruitful results... Come on Cowardice dhoni... pl step down from test captaincy.... let us poor indian fans enjoy the overseas wining....

  • Silverbails on February 17, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    There's now only two results possible: either an NZ victory (more likely) or a scrapped draw from the Indians (far less likely). I don't know why they've waited so long, but the black caps should decalre overnight, and then simply pummel this hapless Indian Test unit into submission, to claim a well - deserved 2 - 0 victory!! All this Indian team will do now is to simply survive the 5th and final day of an appalling series. Pathetic displays all round from them. Well done to the NZ for demonstrating how to clinically take apart an inferior team. Here's hoping that India survives the last day, but I'm not expecting that they will...

  • johnathonjosephs on February 17, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Wow, the Bangladeshis have never let someone score a triple century against them in the entire history of their Test Cricket, until recently when Sangakkara scored one. Most of these were on flat tracks too in Bangladesh. The Indian cricket team in the last 2-3 years alone have given a 290 to Cook in England, a 300 to Clarke in Australia, and now another (probable) 300 to McCullum in New Zealand. Surely if Bangladeshi bowlers can prevent 300's on flat subcontinent tracks, Indian bowlers would be able to do the same on pacey England/Aus/NZ tracks? Just goes to show that Indian bowlers are worse than even the Bangladeshi bowlers.... Forget about the Indian batting, they really need work on their bowling

  • test_cricket_lover on February 17, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Surely the best rearguard action since VVS Laxman's 281 against Australia. McCullum and Watling displayed the attitude one has to have when playing the classic format of the great game.

    Before this match Dhawan said India are still learning to win. And there cannot be a better illustrative lesson in front of their eyes than the McCullum-Watling partnership and the one-pointedness they displayed for nearly two days.

    Time to think now. Time to think about the mistakes. There is absolutely no need for Jadeja to make 26 runs in a hurry and get out when a batsman like Rahane was well-set and going good at the other end. Even Zaheer seemed like he wanted to get out as soon as possible.

    As a fan only of cricket, I'd be a bit disappointed if India had won this match, for there is something wrong about the way they winded up their batting in the first innings. Let the away win come once they fully deserve it. Till then, Learn India, be a humble learner. That will set your attitude right.

  • Sshawn on February 17, 2014, 18:22 GMT please shush up .. stop playing this north indian south indian card again .. there is no hypocrisy there is no divide its just Captains prerogative .. or BCCI .. BCCI chief is SOuth Indian! no he is still there and he is south Indian u need any bigger example..its people like you who always make s me wonder do u even cheer for team India or only South indian players .. disgusting

  • on February 17, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Mr Monga you are one of the better writers on here. Very well written article.

  • on February 17, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    The massive number of dropped catches in this series prompted me to look for the total number of catches we have missed in last 15-16 months. And the stats I found are shocking though not unexpected. We have missed 45 chances (missed catches and stumping and some easy runouts) in these 15 tests!! (Edges falling short due to Dhoni standing too deep have not been counted) In the series in NZ, total 10 chances have been missed with Mccullum alone being let off 6 times! Did better in SA, with just 3 missed chances Vs WI at home, 7 chances were missed Vs Aus at home, 13 chances were missed! In the home series vs England, we missed 12 chances with KP getting 4 of those and Cook 3. Culprits Not unexpectedly Dhoni is the biggest culprit of them all missing 16 of these 45 missed chances , ~35% . Pujara has missed 5, Sehwag and Vijay 4 each , Kohli and Ashwin 3 each! wow.....

  • kahvas on February 17, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Hats off to the New Zealand captain and watling. I think now if NZ declares India will definitely lose the match, since they will try to chase it down. If NZ declares by lunch or after an hour its a drawn match. Salute NZ's resilience. Love from an Indian fan!

  • Aatif925 on February 17, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan of Indian batting, I'm really disappointed. It can be argued that whether or not this is the best 2nd innings rearguard batting effort. But no way can we argue with the fact that it is the worst 2nd innings bowling effort in the history of Test cricket. Seriously, India should give nationality to some Sri Lankan or even BD bowlers - as they'd not to any Pakistani due to political tensions between the two countries - if they really want to perform better outside India. Current Indian bowling is a disgrace to the great sport.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Few of peoples asked bhajji should back, He struggle against ranji champions in india. What can he do in overseas against international team?? Jadeja,rohit are useless for india to play in overseas. Send India A team to play against Aus A, SA A, Eng A in their home grounds. Who perform well can select in india team for overseas is the only option for india to stop losing matches in overseas. If we select people on their performances in ranji or home ground. India never win matches in overseas.. Zaheer not had enough energy to play in tests. And Johnson increasing his speed, but Indians like zaheer,ishant is reducing their speed from 140 to 125. Now their are not seamers they are like medium pacers like ganguly,robin singh.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    @Gurdit Singh You got to b joking mate Rohit Sharma as our Test Captain! He is not able to score runs consistently & we will have him as a Captain! Hahaha.. Good Joke.. That will never happen..

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    @bhushan : totally agree with you... add to that the reckless never ending matches that the same.bowlers had to play through out the year.... if we look at the top two teams at the moment, AUS and saffas, they have their main.bowlers and even.batsmen rested.for the useless bilateral and useless trophies.... Harris, siddle are no where allowed beyond test matches.... philander hardly plays odis, and styne too is no playing many.odis.... where are look at our players.... same bowling for every tour, every bilateral series, every useless Asia cups.... soon we may see a considerable dip in the pace of shami.... or may be an injury in Asia cup is awaiting for him.... I.Dina team management really lacks some serious managers....

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on February 17, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Congrats to NZ and NZ fans...your team has amazed us...your team played really well...I hope it keeps playing in similar manner...always rooting for NZ....they have something different and they rise from their ashes like no one a phoenix.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    1.ON A FLAT TRACK WHAT CAN DHONI DO AND SAME OUR BOWLERS.if kohli had caught the catch when he is on 9. we may win by innings. 2.if India can restrict new land to 350 below we can try to chase it.or play for draw.OUR bowlers are very good in those conditions. 3.brendon had got his 3 double 100's against india all are saying.2 of them came on flat tracks(hyderabad and today pitch also).nothing great in it even i can come and score 200 against their bowling attack. 4.I don't think u deserve any credit's from us.common india i still support u gys.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Most of the fans blaming Vijay and ashwin while they not perform well. What is the reason behind it?? bcoz they are from south india?? Last SA series people blast more about ashwin but look at here very less comments about jadeja..Even he too failed to take wickets against world ranking 8. Ashwin struggled against No.1 team. Same what rohit done in international cricket?? he always failed to score runs. Once in a decade he play well but still people need rohit.. The reason is he is from Mumbai?? Rahane got enough chances in odi and never shown his batting always failed to score runs in odi but most of peoples want him always. So rohit,rahane,jadeja are ok for to play more than 100matches even they don't perform if players are from south india not allow to play even not do well in 5matches?? Whomever not play well remove them don't show whether they are south indian or north indian.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    this is not the indian 11. this is just dhoni's 11. if not one of harbajan, piyush &rahul sharma should add to the team. and I think bhuwaneshwar kumar is better than ishant. plz indiandian get rid of dhoni factor.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    harbhajan took 16 wickets on India previous tour of nz in 2009 which India won 1-0. jadeja is a very predictable bowler and he doesn't bowl the topspinner which harbhajan used to get wickets on flat pitches. harbhajan could still run through sides even on flat pitches. ashwin and jadeja are average spinners and they are playing just because they are dhoni's favourites and dhoni should also be dropped from tests,karthik is much better than dhoni. my best xi for future tests;- 1.dhawan 2.vijay/gambhir 3.pujara 4.kohli 5.rohit (c) 6.rahane 7.karthik 8.harbhajan 9.zaheer 10.shami 11.ishant/umesh

  • bplusa on February 17, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    From a commanding position India is no where near the victory in this match. Superb batting display by Macullumn snatching victory from the India; pressure is right back on India now how to save this match.There can be another twist in this match if Newzealand is bowled out in half an hour play. That will create interest in this match other wise India is down and out , me afraid.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Well done Brendan and I would want to see a first triple by a NZ player. Regardless of what everyone says this is purely a great knock and can't be taken away from him. 100% Credit to him for great innings so far along with Watling and now Neesham.

    As for India, all I see is immaturity and instability at it's best. Twice now India have managed to come on the winning situation and then lose it. First test and now.

    NZ deserves to win. Brendan deserves a 300. Good luck to bith teams!!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    @bhushan Totally agree with you . Same thing happened in Eng and Saffa as well. Steyn or MJ would go straight for their own captains jugular if they tried this.

    It's because of these long spells, often with discouraging field sets and fielding, that our bowlers break down and lose pace after a couple of tours. The list is endless of promising Indian pacers who lose steam withinh a year. Look at Aus, SA and even Pak on how they groom their pacers. It's high time Ind adm and fans treat their pacers wit a little more respect.

  • Aditya255 on February 17, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan, but throughout the match i was actually cheering for Watling and McCullum. They were just sensational, both single handedly changing the course of the match, and i will actually hope McCullum reaches 300. It's hard to see India lose 10 wickets in one day, seeing how this pitch is and how they batted first innings, but you never know with this Indian team. I say NZ bats half the first session, get a lead of 400, take India's slight chance of winning away, and give yourselves a chance with the ball. Even a draw would be sensational considering NZ wins the series either way.

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    cont... all these series within a span of 6 months.... players hardly get any rest.... I am guessing shami will get injured in Asia cup for his never stopping bowling in this match.... why can't we just have different set.of players, atleast different set of fast bowlers for different formats....all successfully test team have atleast bowlers who are made to limit their game only to test format...AUS - siddle, Harris SA - philander hardly plays odi, styne has played only handfuls of odis...why can't Indian team management do that??? atleast we can have 2 different captains if not 3... look at saffas, three captains for 3 formats, AUS 2 captains for 3 formats... even team like.Lanka is using this strategy now.... when do Indian team management learn???

  • ABKhanISB on February 17, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Instead of accepting that New Zealand is a better team with extra ordinary spirit, I see Indians complaining about Dhoni's captaincy or busy in team selection for coming games

  • on February 17, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    dhoni and Duncan are two moat defensive duo you can get.... combination of these two is the result of team India now....on top.of that the money minded.cricketing board scheduling the useless seriea back to back with out any rest, and again to add to that stubborn selectors selecting same.players for every match irrespective of the importance of the.match.... take a look here.... after CT13 players directly flew to WI where dhoni witness his first ever injury, after that.pretty much same squad was sent to Zimbabwe followed by useless odi seriea against AUS, followed by again overhyped Sachin retirement seriea followed by odi series followed by tour to SA which was poorly planed, and a gap of one month tour to NZ, again poorly planned, now within 15 days of time Asia cup.followed by t20 WC, followed by IPL.... omg... and same.players play day in ans say out.... and we wonder why our fast bowlers pace reduces drastically...cont.

  • Alexk400 on February 17, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    N srinivasan never replace dhoni. For BCCI winning do not matter , its about who brings more money. Less controversy is better. With dhoni everything is serene. You know what you expect. He is coporate dream. He may win occasionally keep his job forever. India can not win overseas series without risk taking. We already losing why not make change in captaincy?. What else there to lose? Make kohli captain , dhawan vice captain.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 17, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    congrats NZ,unbelievable mammoth effort by McCullum and superb performance by Watling and Neesham.dont know how the Ind team is feeling after dropping those catches.and dont even know how to describe our team performances.same thing in Wanderers and the same here too.from winning positions to this.dont even feel like watching cricket.,maybe a good thing i'll stop visitin Cricinfo and concentrate on other work.hope our team gets the 4 wkts early tomo and chase whatever the total.even if they do which does not look easy/possible there will be a no of questions 2 be answered.

  • sk123 on February 17, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    @bhushanB: You talk as if we select the team for Dhoni. It's pretty blatant that he plays his favorites when he can. It's his job to put a winning side in playing 11. If he choses to go with Zaheer, that's his choice. Also, Sehwag and Laxman would have done better than Vijay and Rohit .. and not dropped so many catches either .. just sayin. It's his team. He has to find a way to win. Who, in your opinion should be blamed, Clarke, Smith or the NZ batters? ;)

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Comeon.... I have not seen the SA vs AUS match.... but comparing Steyn with Zaheer....

    I mean Zaheer was never express pace like Steyn.. but had the guile... but bowling at 120+, the batsmen have time to adjust...... the three scalps that he got.. he bowled at 130+....

    Steyn still has that X-factor.. at least from what I remember from IND-SA series.... but he could be found wanting on flat pitches (even MJ was hit all over when IND beat AUS in India).......but there is no reason why he could not bowl his best and challenge MJ in AUS..

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    McCullum you writing one of the greatest test brave you great yiu dare. well done. i cant collect the words i can explain the glory of your style patience the situation you have played with. how poor dohni and company was.shame on you dhoni.

  • ashwineasy on February 17, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Dhon't captaincy was shocking. You have the opposition on the mat at 100 for 5 and you are trying to save runs instead of lookng to take 5 wickets. How are bowlers going to take wickets without slips in place. By having no slips you are taking the pressure of the batsman and sending the wrong message to the opposition. Full marks to Brendan for taking full advantage of rank bad captaincy. You can blame the bowlers and fielders but in the end it's the inabiltiy of Dhoni to exert pressure on New Zealand in the most ideal circumsatnces which helped New Zealand get away. The fear of losing by a team in a winning situation is a recipe for disaster. India deserve tott lose this test. Else we will not learn. The mindset needs to change else no amount of talented cricketers will help us. Remember in the last test New Zealand still won because they continued to attack when India were on top in the fourth innings. They never lost the belief.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Johan Kotze

    Very nice tongue and cheek comment. Refreshing to read from ubiquitous whinging.

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Gr8 batting by the duo. Hope Brendon gets triple hundred tomo.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    With his inability to manage 4-quick bowlers, DHONI is (i) setting up the team to fail to take 20 wickets outside IND (ii) putting lot of workload on the pace bowlers than they could take.. thereby making them inaffective... and then suffer a injury.. from which they may not be able to recover and be the same again....

    One of Rohit/Rahane should sit out.. and IND should play a pace bowling allrounder... or even a genuine pace bowler (if they cannot find that pace allrounder) outside IND, especially in ENG, SA, NZ, AUS..

    Now who to bench out of Rohit/Rahane.. is up to debate... or is it?

  • Fan1969 on February 17, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Amazing NZ and McCullum. They are doing to India what we did to Australia in 2001 at Kolkatta. NZ have found their Laxman (McCullum) and Dravid (Watling). As an Indian hope they do not find a Harbhajan equivalent and get India all out in 75-80 overs.

    To say, I was surprised is an understatement. I request all not to slam Dhoni and the bowlers. Sometimes the opposition plays just too well and you just applause them.

    Hats off to NZ, hope India pulls off a draw.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    In response to the comment about Ind Pace bowler plight...

    Totally agree with you.... Did you ever see Steyn or MJ bowl as many overs as Shami will not be a long time.. before the poor kid- Shami breaks down.... and can never be the same again....

    Remember ENG series in 2011, Praveen Kumar in ENG, or even Ishant for that matter in that series.. and ofcorse Zaheer broke in the first innings without having to bowl much.... I think Sreesanth was also treated similarly before...

    A fast bowler like Shami (he is the fastest among IND) needs a lot of rest and should be used in very short bursts.. to be effective...

    Original comment:

    Also, I find this over-blaming of the Indian bowlers somewhat unfair. Did you really expect 3 bowlers to take 20 wickets between them

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    As per test and odi stats..Misbah ul Haq is the most successful captain among the top 10 teams..Pakistani team was de moralized and laid down along with different controversies..despite having poor management, lack of international cricket in pakistan, weak cricket board and poor management..this guy Misbah ul Haq leads pakistani team to glorious victories over all its competitors...among top 8 teams, pakistan suffers the most..despite that fact. misbah not only builds pakistani team..but now, under his captaincy the team is rising..along with new talented players..the team's batting line up is improved by 50% along with the inclusion of lower order all rounders (anwar/bilawal) where as Ms dhoni, george bailey and alastair cook..these are overrated captains..specially cook and dhoni had a strong team but their poor captaincy exposed in all formats..hats off misbah...u have transformed a weak pak team into a devestating tornado! CHEERS and best of luck pakistan for Asia Cup and WC.

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Indian fans should not despair. Proteas supporters know how you feel. We also have a captain that is pretty second rate. It would be a fair contest between Smith and Dohni who the worse is. My money is on Smithie. Another thing our supporters have in common is that both our teams face a white wash. India have still day five to put matters right. The Proteas have none. (RSA) Minister of Sport called our football team "useless". He should rather address his comments to this Protea team. Our batsmen, are either out of form or throw their wickets away. AB and Kohli fall in the latter category. They take great pride in throwing their wickets away needlessly. Another common factor is catching. Here we have a fellow by the name of Dean Elgar. He is slighty worse than what you have. He cannot even catch a cold. Match that! Lastly: Both Dale Steyn and Zac Khan now mainly bowl military medium pace. Steyn, though, still looks impressive when he punches the ground after taking the odd wicket.

  • hasanjawaid on February 17, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    What an outstanding display of patience, control and resilience by McCullum and Watling, at least I haven't witnessed such a dogged performance from anyone in well over two decades of association with cricket. Leading from the front, McCullum and Watling's tenacity weathered the storm for straight two days reversing the expected outcome that favored India by a long shot than New Zealand but what a turn around and uncompromising performance by the two players. I feel the two days batting performance rightfully deserve a place in the annals of history and should be used in training/grooming youngsters and, besides, should serve as an eye opener to the so called top ranked teams.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Vishwas Reddy

    "why can't I be my own jury and judge when fans judge Indian players a flat track bullies by themselves???"

    So, you want to be like them too. What's the difference then?

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Everyone's forgetting that the game can still be very much India's with a quick wicket in the morning. And then it's the tail. Anything under 400 and a batting line-up this deep will do it.

    Also, I find this over-blaming of the Indian bowlers somewhat unfair. Did you really expect 3 bowlers to take 20 wickets between them? You do realize these are seamers and need proper rest between spells? I am very very surprised that Shami and crew hasn't come out and voiced their plight. Being a bowler on an Indian team is perhaps the most thankless job in any sport.

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    It is a shame for team India.India was living in a false dream land ,winning matches in their home ground .now is the real challenge. Although this will be a good experience before the World Cup.

  • on February 17, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    what a majestic innings, proves yet again the roaring lions back home are simply not wort it when it comes to play outside the sub-continent.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    In response to whoever posted the following comment (see below):

    Everyone is blaming DHONI because, he as the captain has the power to select the final X1 and he, time and again is selecting the same hapless bowlers into the final X1, time and after time, test after test... even after losing all (but one draw ??) the away tests in the last three years.....

    I can't understand why everyone is blaming dhoni. Just imagine putting yourself in his shoes. Think about you leading three bowlers one of which is a 35 year old bowler who literally bowles at high 120 ks with one delivery every two overs in 130s and is no use in the feild. The second bowler being just a mediocre bowler with 50+ test caps and yet not knowing how to take catch in his follow through because his 10ft long hairs git jn the way. and the third onw being a bowler who has just played 5 matches

  • jimmyvida on February 17, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    What did I say two days ago? Double century for Brendon and century for Watling. Could have been a lot more were it not for the 'fantastic' fielding by Indians and extraordinary field placements by captain Dhoni. I also said this Indian team knows 'how to lose a test match.' I update that:"How to lose a test match in 5 days." Lets be reasonable, Kohli, who was one of the best fieldsmen in the Indian sub continent after Dilshan, has now become one of the worst along with Inshant and Zaheer.

  • NCP1 on February 17, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    On paper Indian team is strong but in reality you can see better bowling and Batting from NZ. NZ may declare and give India some uncomfortable time tomorrow to scare them and claim a morale victory or even actual victory by bowling them out. Everyone knows that Indian Test cricket was at its peak when Ganguly was leading the great batting line up with reasonable bowling line up. How could anyone think Jadeja is a world class spinner, Indian team always had some good spinner. The team selection and Dhoni's captaincy is a real problem in test matches.

  • myStraightTalk on February 17, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Where is the IShant supporter? He is capable of taking wicket at any condition? Every Indian youngster should learn from him.

  • Kashi0127 on February 17, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Regardless of how badly India have bowled or how badly they have been captained, fact remains NZ have batted beautifully, with lot of courage determination and commitment. They deserve to win this match - not just save it.

  • Lion83 on February 17, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Please sack Dhoni and give the captaincy to kohli

  • Kashi0127 on February 17, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    @Iyer_Brain It was Ganguly and later Dravid who built the team. Dhoni is destructive batsman at times, but also destroyer of India team. His wins on India flat tracks have now become international joke.

  • myStraightTalk on February 17, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    India lost 13 away matches badly. I wish I have a job like that where my higher manager does not care about my result under my management(captainship). Who is the higher manager for the captain/coach/selector ? INDIAN PUBLIC? If I was Dhoni I would have resigned long time back. If I was selector I would have sacked Dhoni long time back.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 17, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Cricksunami. No dude you seem to be Dhoni fan. He is a legend no question but in T20 and ODIs. Part of Captain job is leadership and strategy which he clearly lacks. As a test captain, he can be attacking but look what happened he got 60 odd runs that's it, while he could have gone to make a century.

  • Stat1977 on February 17, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    What a mammoth effort from McCullum.You don't see this everyday.This is very rare combination of concentration,talent, maturity.Could he be the first to score a triple for NZ..He deserves it.It's unbelievable when it was 94-5 & now 571/6.This how you turn the game from a losing position to a winning position.Even a draw would well justify the efforts of Watling & Mac.All the best NZ, nothing could go wrong from here!

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Great work from the NZ... Heard Dhoni saying India will win world cup next year!!! Well... some serious home work needs to be done even before dreaming about that.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 17, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Dhoni got a great test team handed over to him in a Platter by Ganguly... he just travelled along with that great team and got all the records under his belt, without building a team like Ganguly did. Now, you can see there is nothing he can do to win a Test match, 5 Series Drubbings in a Row!!! Thanks to Dhoni, the next Captain has to pretty much build a team 'from the scratch'... All Dhoni's fans (of his captaincy), please stand up on the bench, and if you still have a positive opinion of him, please raise your hand and place it over your mouth.

  • mensan on February 17, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Probably Indian team is already thinking about IPL.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    With superstars like Tendulker, Dravid, Sehwag gone, Indian team look ordinary, and Dhoni looks mediocre. Even with Dhawan, Kohli, and Rahane. Imagine Misbah leading a team that has just one batsman like them.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    dhoni is litterally not taking any responsibility....and the management has some.kind.of.obsession with Duncan Fletcher.... my god why dint anyone sacked him after 2 white washes??? look at aus and eng management?? lost ashes, and Arthur gone, lost ashes and flower gone.... this obsession with Duncan is ridiculous.... why can't our team has India. coaches?!? venkatesh prasad was once our bowling coach and bowling was improved at that time robin sing was fielding coach and the fielding was top class at that stage.... these laptop coaches are of no use for a team like India, they need a practical coach who actually works with the players.... Gary did that successfully... I won't be surprised if dhoni and duncan combination leaves Indian team at its lowest by the time they leave....

  • nischi on February 17, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Indian supporters always support Indian team blindly(as far as they win) if they lose or get behind on fighting they just can't tolerate, when India lose only one wicket or non after playing entire day in india( more often happened), this is happening only because India always love to produce Batsman/Spinner/Batting track/Turning track. To win a test match you need to take 20 wickets which is mandatory, making runs is also important but when a bowler gets plenty of options and chances to try their skill at the same time batsman gets only one ball chance, still most cricketers in India desperately want to a batsman rather than a bowler, BCCI also keen to make batting track, IPL Franchisee also put their huge money on batsman thank god still there are some effective bowlers in India who are taking the responsibility even in such a crisis.

  • mensan on February 17, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    This is unbelieveable stuff from NZ. Only 1 wicket in nearly 5 sessions, 152 overs and 477 runs. Similar to what WI/Bravo/Sammy did to NZ earlier in the season at Dunedin.

    Yesterday I said NZ will almost surely lose this match but NZ has forced me to take back my words.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Indian bowlers can perform only when there is a lot of assistance from the pitch.It's really strange that a bowler who took 6 wkts in the first innings was struggling to even trouble the batsmen in the second innings.Another thing is the captaincy, he's called a cool captain, but actually he's a dull headed captain,most of the victories he achieved came with a twist of luck,not with his shrewd captaincy.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    India needs coaches like the one who caused Watson to leave India and who sent Warner to SA from England. Look at the team Australia now.

    Starting with Kohli, a few need to be taken off from playing 11 and send to fielding boot camp. Time to retire Zaheer. Dhoni should be made to watch reruns of McCullum's innings to show the difference between him and McCullum.

  • on February 17, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    india still loose the match

  • Temuzin on February 17, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    DesiPassion : Only reason Dhoni is in Tests is because he is the captain. Are you out of your mind? Which Indian wicket keeper batsman has better average than Dhoni? In the history of Indian cricket,he is the best keeper batsman and by that quality alone he deserves a position in any Indian team. Not only this team but all time great Indian team. Just check his records V/S all others.

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    India's problem is they don't have a good spinner who can perform outside India. Both Ashwin & Jadeja are good on Indian tracks but they are not effective outside India as they don't spin the ball like our spinners Bedi, Prasanna, Chandra & Co. India doesn't have a pace bowler like Neil Wagner who comes and gets wickets with his snorters when their main bowlers fail to get wickets. Until India gets some bowlers like this we will keep struggling outside India. The main thing is we need to think differently..............

  • TheBowlerHoldingTheBatsmansWilley on February 17, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Dhoni deciding 1 over after lunch to 'have a bowl' for 1 over and then go back to keeping illustrates how far Dhoni's captaincy has come.. What was the point apart from time waste (something India is No.1 in the world at, constant useless field changes and slow over rates)

    To seal Dhoni's decline in the neutrals mind, was placing a fielder 10-12 metres behind the wicketkeeper for a spinner.. The likelyhood of a reverse sweep top edge to two settled batsman?

    Great batting by NZ in particular McCullum and Watling.. I think NZ missed a trick and not putting India in to bat with 6-8 overs left.. Indian bowling unit is seriously pathetic

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Except Shami.. no other IND bowler seemed effective... with just another potent bowler at the other end, IND would have WON not only this.. but many others in the past.. that they missed after coming so close....

    Not saying the reserves will run through the opposition.. but atleast.. they will be hungry for that chance.. and will put everything that they got.. and if they do not have it.. will learn that they have to do...something special.. to get back into the team again...

    Now watching from sidelines. while the spearheads.. bowl without a plan or purpose...

  • AltafPatel on February 17, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    From 94/5 and requiring 150 more avoid innings lost and now 325 lead. Probably one of the greatest come-back in history of cricket. Well done McCullam, Watling and Kiwi team! Whatever results come on final day, you already won the match today and hears of millions of cricket fans as well.

  • Temuzin on February 17, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Boy, the adage " Catches win Matches" was never truer than this match. Kohli dropped a dolly from McCullum and look what he did to team India. Took the game away and humiliated all Indian bowlers.

  • AltafPatel on February 17, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    McCullam get life at 9 by easy catch drop by Kohli and the man added 272 more and still running. Probably the one of the costliest drop in history of cricket !

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    @Aashiyer; It was Kholi not Dhawan who dropped Brenden's catch. Dhawan did pretty well this test match. Kholi having forgettable test match here. His mind not on the cricketing field but elsewhere.. Otherwise difficult to explain how he missed such an easy catch. NZ can thank him for winning/drawing this match.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Of all what gavaskar commented... I liked the one thing he said yesterday.... A batsman does not need to look at the score card in a test.. neither his score or the team's score... all his focus should be on playing the next ball.. not the previous or the next.... Play to your strengths and just play as long as you can...... If there needs to be a change in the strategy... the Captain/management can send a note through the 12th man.... otherwise play to your strengths.. and just bat along...

    Then you will not have that anxiety at 96, or will not have that lapse of concentration after a 100.... your job is not done at reaching a 100....

    The mumbite in Rahane should take a backseat... that obsession with stats should be forgotten.... He should put the team's interests above his.... and to do that he just needs to long as he can... especially in tests.. where there is so much time left.....

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    McCollum should go for break Lara's record. He can do very easily because he is playing against Indian bowlers.

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Sack the captain & coach.Select the players based on domestic performance and not based on IPL records. And see the changes. You guys remember how India didn't chase paltry 100 runs in west indies few years back? Dhoni is not at all a test player let alone a test team captain. He is good in T20s and ODIs.

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Kudos to Watling... He has shown what test cricket is about... When Zaheer and Rahane were batting.. thought Rahane should have tried to bat as long as he can... and get as many runs as possible... there was ample time.. and he must have known that the pitch eased out.. and NZ will bounce back.. if they get a chance to bat on that flat track...

    When you get the opportunity.. first rule out the possibility of a win for your opponent.... It is great to declare in balance and spice things up.. if you have got the bowling to take the wickets... otherwise.. first pile up as many runs as possible..

    The way Jadeja counter attacked.. does not make any sense... there was hello a lot of time in the test... he could have stuck with Rahane... and built something similar to what McCullum & Neesham have done...... Rahane's innings was chance less.. only he can give his wicket away... Jadeja could have batted with more sense.. and could have come out with a 50+ score...

  • sudhindranath on February 17, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    The best strategy for NZ now is to take 15-18 overs to score 75+ runs so the target is 400+. That is enough time for McCullum to get his 300+ and also for Neesham to reach his first Test 100 Then challenge India to try and score about 5.5 runs per over in their 70-75 overs. And if Southee and Boult can get the first 2 or 3 wickets for under 50, there is a good chance that NZ can take this match.

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Don't blame Dhoni? He is the captain, the performance of the team is his responsibility. What about the coaching staff? Or Selectors? Imagine if Clarke or Smith had lost as many away games as this, they wouldn't have jobs. Look at what Australia did they sacked Micky Arthur when the team wasn't up to scratch. Lehman and Clarke took control and responsibility for the failures and turned it around, because that is their job. Dhoni is a great keeper and batsman and the other players aren't pulling their weight but the buck stops with Dhoni because his main job is captain, if he can't fix this he should be sacked, simple!

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    after these knoks, watling and mccullum is in my all time favourites cricketers. they played superbly...

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    hearty congrats to Brendon McCullum.... he's shown great character... and temperament... That is a monumental effort...

    Things would have been different if India played a (pace) bowling allrounder in place of Rohit sharma... The one chance IND got to test Binny, Dhoni squandered... now we will never know if he's got it...

  • bhushanB on February 17, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    NZ should bat an hour, McCullum should get his 300, get the lead past 400 and then ask IND to chase it under 80 overs....

    Ind has to bat well to make it a draw.... however flat the pitch may be... NZ bowlers will extract something with the new ball at least in the first 20 overs.....

  • ProdigyA on February 17, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    I hate Dhoni as a captain in both Tests and in ODI's. In Tests he does not even deserve to be in the team purely as a player. The biggest problem with Dhoni is selecting the playing XI. He keeps selecting his favourite players inspte of repeated failures.

    Aside from selecting the wrong set of players and playing four seamers, I think he did well as a captain in this match. With the limited resources, I think he did well. If he had selected someone like Umesh or Pandey, we would have won the match already.

  • anton1234 on February 17, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Since this match is very likely to end in a draw, I winder if NZ should allow McCullum to try and break the highest individual test score.

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    new Zealand Board should play their under 12 so that Great Indian team could win atleast one game..... bravo 1/3rd of Big 3

  • StreetView on February 17, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    To fellow Indian fans who just abuse our cricketers rather than acknowledge BMac, I dont often see other country fans deride achievements of our cricketers when we play extra-ordinarily(not often but...) like this, unless they are Sri Lankan :P We were thoroughly out-played these 2 days. Wish our batsmen have the fighting spirit of BMac.

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @fair_play_1 : why can't I be my own jury and judge when fans judge Indian players a flat track bullies by themselves??? are they not judging and giving tittles???? come on man... I am amazed you are still replying me....

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    People are talking about what India have done wrong but really what could they have done, this is the best test innings I've sat and watched since Lara's 400 in 2004, I'd love to see McCullum actually break it as NZ don't really need to bowl again in this match

  • on February 17, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    @fair_play_1 : lol.... this is quite obvious isn't it.. I have been involved in many arguments like these in recent past and whenever a person is out of agreement he or age rakes up issue of 1.2 b.... infact you will see many of such comments in thus article atleast a 50 of them.... and oh sorry if something offense you in my replies....

  • 2929paul on February 17, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    It is too easy to look at a performance by a team and be critical after the event, analysing what it did and did not do correctly and how individuals could or should have played differently. However we tend to forget the circumstances in which each decision is made, each ball is bowled, each shot played.

    When Watling joined McCullum, the match was all but lost. As the stand progressed, doubts would have kept into the minds of the Indians, thinking about other circumstances where they have failed to bowl out teams when in winning positions yet feeling that just one more wicket will win it for them. Doubts and fears, creep in and it must be the same with McCullum, knowing that one false shot could lose the Test and all his hard work is in vain. A battle of wills until the close of play. He can relax. Or can he? Quick wickets and a fast start by the Indian openers in the morning and suddenly the tables turn.

    This is Test cricket.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I can't understand why everyone is blaming dhoni. Just imagine putting yourself in his shoes. Think about you leading three bowlers one of which is a 35 year old bowler who literally bowles at high 120 ks with one delivery every two overs in 130s and is no use in the feild. The second bowler being just a mediocre bowler with 50+ test caps and yet not knowing how to take catch in his follow through because his 10ft long hairs git jn the way. and the third onw being a bowler who has just played 5 matches. If virat even takes over the test wins will still be hard to come by. Don't just blame one person for what's happening on the feild. There are 10 others that are responsible for it. He is fantastic captain and for gods sake appreciate everything he has done so far for this team you people.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    I am pakistani and I am not here to criticise anyone.but india cant play outside subcontinent, its a bitter fact.we pakistani have a better record outside subcontinent.even srilanka can win one or two odis outside asia.but look at india record , its pathetic. not a single win in last 11 matches.and its not happening first time.whenever india play outside subcontinent series, they suffer.main pbm is their bowling and believe batting is also not that much good either.dhawan and rohit sharma cant play outside asia.india has only one world class batsman I.e kohli but he even cant score run in every innings.pujara and rahane seems to be better player than dhawan and groom them. but india has to look seriously into their bowling.they need a bowling coach lyk waqar, wasim, mcgrath, pollock, akhtar etc.who can work on their basics.these indian bowlers even dont have the pace.india need a bowler who can bowl at 140+ kph whole day.with this bowling attack u cant take 20 test wickets.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    India is not at all a good team...Learn 4rm your rivals Pakistan ...not played even a single match at home and stil almost in every semi final......Learn dada learn............

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 17, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    India and NZ both seem to be tigers at home. India have never done well in NZ. These tests were India's best chance. In both Tests, they could not capture the opportunities. NZ has the same problems even when they tour similar countries like their's i.e., Australia or South Africa. They got thrashed when they visited India. Even lost 2-0 to Bangladesh in Bangladesh just few months back. I am happy for this NZ team would love to see them win outside NZ.

  • sumit1982 on February 17, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    I think main problem that Indian team facing that their not quality spinners are available right now except ashwin. During the time of Sir Kapil dev, Indian team has some 4 to 5 quality spinners that not only gr8 performance in homeland but also in overseas.India cricket history they are never produced enough quality pace blower except Kapil dev,chetan sharma,Javagal Srinath and zaheer khan .I thing being an Indian Fan these a serious issue.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Vishwas Reddy

    What is this nonsense about "you lost" and "I won"? So you are your own judge and jury?

    And what is this 1.2b issue that you are trying to create out of nowhere now by linking it with me? Isn't that obvious your own insecurities are coming out here.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @schoolGirlCricketCaptain read my reply as well and then look into ur's original post. "can u please remind me when indain fans were with Pak, Srilanka and Bang. whey they were losing any game ?"...u take its personally as haters because thats what u feel..... while its game of cricket and everyone has right to support one team like in any game...can u please let me know when did u support Srilanka, Pak, Bang. whey they were losing games?...

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @ Sreekanth Surendran For last 2 days the Pitch has become as good as a Billiard Table so it is easy to bat and then Dhoni's captaincy is like that a school Captain, where ball goes he put a help India get a good Test Captain.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    First things first. Absolutely great show by Mac! I am an ardent Indian fan. But, I salute him for what he did for his team, curbing his natural instincts and playing with all the aches & pains. Marvellous!

    He deserves a triple. It is not often one gets it. Half an hour would not make much of a difference for India's chances; one way or the other. Looking at the way the pitch is behaving, draw is the most likely chance.

    I feel grateful to Mac for conducting a free 2-day workshop for the Indian batsmen and Indian cricket admin.

    BATSMEN: The current top six is good; but not great, yet! All of them got a solid lesson in batting in TESTS. Except Rahane; who may not need it. Everyone else needs. Badly!

    ADMINS: Lesson is even bigger. India just don't have a set of bowlers to get 20 wickets, WITHOUT assistance from the pitch. Do something. Anything!

    After India, I am fond of WI & NZ. Delighted to see that NZ got the core; young talented players & a good Captain. Hope, WI does it too!

  • dilscoop_uk on February 17, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Instead of cursing India you should all appreciate the B Mc'cullum and Watlings effort. As a neutral supporter I really enjoyed this test, we should all admire the incredible resilience shown by them. This is why its called Test Cricket. Test of nerves, temperament and skills.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    first match when England toured India ( which they won 2-1) there was literally no assistant for fast bowlers, only zaheer and umesh yadhav were playing as fast bowlers and zaheer was usual 125kmph thuddler, it was getting hard for Indian spinners to take wickets, then there was slight reverse swing, and in comes umesh yadhav with his 145kmph speed... and England were quite troubled by that pace.... later he was injured and totally ignored in SA series.... another incident.... when India toured aus last time Warner was very attacking and there was again less assistance for bowlers.... then suddenly umesh cleaned up Aussie batting with a five for... again the trick was reverse swing with pace.... just shows you how important the pace is.... even here there was reverse swing, but that at 130kmph is of no use.... umesh is erratic, but he has pace which is what important.... by this time he should have been a permanent member in the squad, this is getting more ridiculous

  • jb633 on February 17, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @GoCho, I am an English fan and trust me India will win in England. We are in an utter shambles and you have some very good prospects. I just at least hope we can settle on a side that can be competitive. In England you should play B Kumar as he will get the Dukes to swing. For me Jadeja is just such an average spinner and I think Ojha should play every time.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 17, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Only reason Dhoni is in Tests is because he is the captain. It's time for a change in captaincy given his horrendous track record. But if captaincy is changed, he has no role/slot in the team. A slot for wicketkeeper skills alone will open up competition from several Wicket keepers. It's time captaincy is passed on to a Kholi.

  • anton1234 on February 17, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    India has always been an average team throughout history. It had a good few years under Gary Kirsten, punching well above weight, but we are now seeing them back to their normal status. India just can't produce great fast bowlers, just slightly above average ones.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    woow I have never seen Macullum in such a belligernt mood. He has overhauled the bowling lineup which of course was fragile.So r they losing the match

  • anshu.s on February 17, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    It can be hard being an Indian fan these days, not only you have to deal with bad performances which results in loses especially away tours which have become a recurring nightmare, but you also have to deal with enormous amount of hate mail, some of the Pakistani and SL fans are so relentless that they end up trolling most of the times, irrespective of whatever happens tommorrow our next engagement is Asia Cup, even if we win it it will be said :flat track bullies at it again or even most ridiculous claims like Pakistan and SL deliberately lost to India so that they don't anatoganise BCCI,there is just no winning with these guys because logic is replaced by irrational hating, all this flat track bully talks coming from SL and Pak fans who themselves are the best exponents of it is bit ironical and rich.Hats off to Bmac his innings showed today that even a so called T20 specialist can achive great heights in Tests if one puts his heart,mind and soul in to it.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Our team has got back to the days of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!But well done Kiwis!!

  • mikkkk on February 17, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    @shane-oh " It would be nice to see someone say something along the lines of "New Zealand have completely outplayed India in every facet of the game from the start of the tour to the end". "

    That's because people write their own thoughts not yours. If you wish to make that statement then feel free. Don't rely on others to do your thinking for you.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    @Ujeeth Nakkawita, India is rightly in big three. IN fact India is the BIGGEST among big three. Is it not true when we compare the size and population of India?

  • imtiazjaleel on February 17, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Again another Test will be end in a draw. I don't understand why ICC has not thinking to make Test more interesting. I feel there should be a limited of overs each innings say a max of 150 overs. I know it sounds odd, but 150 overs is not small number. Take for instance this test if NZ would have to bat only 150 overs their approach would have been different because they were 250 runs behind. suppose they would have scored 550 runs and India would have a chance to get 300 runs and it will be quite interesting chase. Now they will bat till lunch and give India target of 400 runs to score in less than 60 overs.

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 17, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    In telling contrast to other Tests of the winter, recent and less so, NZ and India are fronting up to responsibility rather more determined to have a contest. Where England in particular chose spineless drivel as their default NZ have really looked India in the eye and made every ball faced hurt for the Asian side. THIS is proper Test cricket-make no mistake about it. It was unthinkable 2 days ago that Kiwis would be 325 ahead on Day 4. The McC/ Watling stand was the stuff of heroes and the later runs with Neesham no less so. That McCullum is nearing a personal 300 is a fitting testimony to a brilliant rearguard of guts determination and skill. Day 5 promises more riveting stuff. I wonder if India regret playing Jadeja for Ashwin...strangley it is hard to think of too much else India might have done differently.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I really hope macullum to go for quick fire 300 and neesham for 100 , ans give Indians a target of 375-400.... the decision of Indian camp at that time will tell the result.of future series of india, if their coach, captain , batsmen decide to go for win and risk even if they lose, that will be good sign... if they play safe and bat for draw, then make it clear this won't improve any further....

  • ShaikhArsalan on February 17, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I bet all of the ppl who are criticizing Indian bowling today were ready to lift them on shoulders on the second day of this test.

    There was nothing wrong that Indian bowlers did today they bowled on target, good line, tried variations but no plan worked for them actually because of some brilliance and steel made nerves of McCullum. I would appreciate McCullum and Watlings batting todat rather than blaming Indian bowling

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    They still need 400 plus folks

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on February 17, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Why are my Indian brothers worried about this? Boys, relax ... keep in mind the next world cup is in this part of the world. We need this entire tour to be a huge loss and we're getting exactly that. We need the youngsters to get experience in these conditions, learn their lessons and come back with an improved technique next year to stand any chance of defending the World Cup title. I for one am ecstatic that India lost the ODI's and now have thrown away the Tests as well. It's perfect. Just the kick they needed to prepare for THE CUP!

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @fair_play_1 : I dint say "I don't like your replies " did I???? again you are being insecure.... I welcome every reply, and I welcome every ignore... I made a point generalizing some fans, and you replied, that means you included yourself in that generalised group... this is how you lost.... hope you don't deviate from Topic and bring in 1.2 b issue, if you do that you again will lose.... not everyone with the name "fair play " plays fairly.... some where in the back of your mind you had thought of exactly what I mentioned in first comment and you felt offended and you were quick to react....

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    This is the most heartbreaking performance from India. As an Indian cricket fan I cant believe this Indian team cant win the test match even with Zimbabwe. Bring new fast bowlers who can bowling consistently fast around 145. Otherwise Indian win looks like a joke.

  • Rags57 on February 17, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    I wish the selectors become wiser after this humbling from the number 8 ranked team - Dhoni deserves to be relieved of his captaincy and we need some fresh blood in the bowling ranks. Zaheer may be a canny bowler and he perhaps bowled brilliantly at the beginning of the second innings but such spells are few and far between these days. Let us understand the man is aging - let us have Umesh Yadav or Ishwar Pandey in his place. Ishant bowled well in two innings after a long time when there was some life in the wicket but he should be able to get the ball to rear up from short of a good length at pace considering how tall he is. He has not been able to do that consistently. While Shami Ahmed has been impressive he has been very inconsistent. Jadeja is not a test class spinner so all in all we need to build a good bowling attack literally from scratch. Make Kohli the captain and get a new bowling attack - will the selectors do that for the sake of the billion fans of India?

  • SJinUS on February 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Great comments by all! But with this lost or drawn (if lucky) test match India has matched their worst no-win streak of international games in a DECADE. Any more justification needed for this test team to be dismantled completely? Start at the top from Duncan Fletcher as coach, Dhoni as captain (play him as a wk), .. From being in such a dominant position after the 3rd day lunch, no other team leadership in the world can let go a test match like that! It is unbelievable and truly disgusting for fans watching from all over the world. Selectors, please find us a good genuine spinner! India has never won a test match just on fast bowling alone! We are trying to win a test match here with a one-day team?? That too after losing so many matches, we went without an unchanged side!!!! Are you kidding me??? Fire Fletcher as coach and Dhoni as captain and get a genuine spinner!

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Sorry to say, Indian dont have a cricket team, they have 11 players on ground. I am not blaming players, it management who urged them to prefer their own interests over team interests.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @fair_play_1 : I dint say "I don't like your replies " did I???? again you are being insecure.... I welcome every reply, and I welcome every ignore... I made a point generalizing some fans, and you replied, that means you included yourself in that generalised group... this is how you lost.... hope you don't deviate from Topic and bring in 1.2 b issue, if you do that you again will lose....

  • Aashiyer on February 17, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I really think that the main cause for this would be Shikhar Dhawan. I think so because in the middle of the game, Shami placed him in the right spot, bowled the right ball, and McCullum hits it straight to him. But Dhawan wants to be the show off so he try's it with one hand. Goes straight in and straight our.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    On the basis of India's strength which is batting and as the pitch still looks good, a draw is the likeliest result.

    But after 'Mother of All Come Backs' record batting performance and that too under pressure, NZ deserve to win.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @Assertive- Indian : you made a valid point, but you know how the so called neutral fans think " every pitch in India is flat or doctored, every pitch India win is either flat or BCCI power ( example : CT13) , every pitch on which India loses is green top, even if it's in India "

  • brusselslion on February 17, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Firstly, congratulations to the 3 NZ batters on a magnificent comeback. Irrespective of how good the bowling was, to save the game from the position that they found themselves in was an incredible effort.

    The report suggets that this is yet another example of Dhoni's ineptitude as a Test match captain. He is one of the best ever ODI players - and a decent enough captain in that format - but he is a liability to India as captain in Tests and should be replaced as captain.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    sa, pak, eng and aus are the only teams who could win this match with their bowling

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    On the eve now of something truly special. One of the great comebacks in sporting, let alone cricketing, history. But let us not underestimate the difference Jimmy 'Unleash the Neesh' Neesham has made on DEBUT in this test with the bat. The green top 33 on day one was, in and of itself, a good knock under intense pressure... second-highest to Williamson in an innings with no 50 posted. The second innings' knock of 67* (and hopefully counting) by Neesham saw NZ go from a perilous 200 run lead with four sessions left, to a lead of 325 with only three sessions and yet four wickets still remaining. They could have been all out for a lead of 250 quite easily. Neesham is no number 8 batsman and the decision to play him, along with Baz McCullum's singular, inimitable brilliance (and his long toil with Watling, who was dogged and awesome) has pushed us to the brink of a mammoth comeback and test series win. Must begin day 5 strongly and seal the deal. Kiwi hearts are swelling.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    gone are the. days of aggressive captaincy or ganguly, gone are the day's of aggressive selection, experimentation with team.combination with ganguly, gone are the days of intelligent bowling with Kumle..... I am sure if either ganguly or kumble were captains they wouldn't stick to zaheer and ishant fir too long.... actually dhoni was aggressive atleast in odis till Gary, I still remember the game against Windies, 100 runs in 16 overs with 7 wickets, and dhoni and Duncan just settled fir draw.....this is how the defensive mind set started..

  • NirajPawar on February 17, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Really amazing performance by mccullum and watling; they have turned an almost inevitable loss, into a possible match-winning situation. The indians have not made use of their chances and have not created enough chances to take wickets, through their one-dimensional, benign and ineffective bowling. India were set to win this match this time 2 days ago but will have to fight hard to draw the match tomorrow,forget about a win.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Vishwas Reddy

    When I don't agree or agree to a point of view, yes I do address others in my comments too, if you had noticed, just as you do.

    It's a public forum. If you don't like me commenting on your comments then that's unfortunate but I play fair :-)

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    A fantastic Test Match - and Series - for the neutral. Even with India's patchy away form, you'd have expected them to win at least 1 of the 2 Tests. Now it looks very much like 2-0 to NZ or, at worst, a 1-0 Series win.

    Fantastic display by McCullum & Watling.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    India should play a good genuine spinner like kumble not a pinch hitter like jadeja who can bat and bowl a bit. we need match winners like bhajji or kumble who can run through a batting side when the situation demands.

  • Darksack on February 17, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @big-poppa-94 you are saying that Mighty India can not produce fast bowlers! And your happy to have excuses for that! That's pretty sad,maybe Mighty India should stick to IPL so that they don't get humiliated playing CRICKET . After all any cricket team needs decent fast bowlers to make use of a nice hard shiny new ball.I feel sorry that you don't think India can have pace bowlers. I am sure all other Indian supporters like myself don't agree with your thoughts or excuses. Also We have not been playing cricket for that long "compared to the history of test cricket" so why would you think that cricket would not survive without India!!! As an Indian supporter I am embarrassed with your thoughts and I am hoping that we don't have too many Indian supporters with your view. Did everyone see the crowds down under for the ashes series?they were massive,over a million tickets were sold.And India were not playing!!! I think the cricket world would survive quite nicely without us!!

  • real_gone_gadd on February 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Great feat, ut how can you refer to two consecutive tests as "a series" ??

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    If Brendan keeps on batting tomorrow , who's knows he might end up breaking Brian Lara World Record 400 runs ! If they declared tomorrow , India got no chance getting 325 runs in one day ! Let hope Brendan gets the record cause he's deserve it !

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Ohhh is India among big 3 just becos of their money ????? hahah its a shame to call Indian team in the big 3. India is big only in India... Weldone BB

  • prakash_mishra on February 17, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    India is no top-tier team!! It is the composition of blind selectors who can't see that likes of Zaheer, Ishant,Jadeja are not good enough to play international matches;the players who don't have the skills to march forward in international arena; the indian fans who are arrogant and claim that Shikhar,Kohli,Rohit(no-hit) are the best batsmen in the cricketing world.The bowling mirage is broken and shattered into pieces today.Come tomorrow and you will see how these world-class batsmen will perform. I appreciate the effort of McCullum and Watling as they thrived and showed their mental strength.Let me tell you they are much superior in mental strength department compared to Indian players. But I also believe that this fight from Kiwis could have never come against any other bowling line-up,even against BD or Zimbawe.Its the pathetic bowling line-up specially pacers who can never intimidate the opposition batsmen. Ishant and Zaheer should never be selected again.120-130 KPH..hahaha

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    indians you need atleast one bowler like junaid khan... lolz

  • Assertive-Indian on February 17, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Non Indian fans keep accusing India of winning on flat tracks at home. That is not true. When India wins at home, it never a flat track, rather it is a spinning track, and in some cases a square turner from day one. The present pitch in Basis Reserve is a fine example of a flat track since the second session of Day 2. Whenever, foreign pitches have swing and seem to offer, Indian medium pacers do just fine, like they bowled out NZ for 192 on day one. It is when the foreign tracks are flat, then they begin to have problems. That is the reason why Dhoni had expressed his wish to get a green track in Wellington, which was only partly fulfilled, now that the track has turned flat.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Its great to see our worldclass bowlers and fieldsmen giving out less than 500 runs lead to the opposition on an excellent batting pitch. Its a great achievement. Our guys deserve all the money they make in IPL. Dear Kohli pl take ur GF for a walk when the match is on so that Dhoni can put a substitute fielder in your place, who can take atleast an easy catch.. If we say our display has been shamefull its an understatement. I pity what Dhoni could say when he has to face the mike during the presentation ceremony, after loosing this match. Also may god give you all the strength to cope up with questions from the media when you comeback home...

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    To all including me who are hoping for a NZ win or at least a draw and series win let us please wait before any celebration. Cricket is so complex, tough and unpredictable game so all 3 results are still possible in this test match. NZ should aim to play the whole first session tomorrow and try to post a huge total. If they get all out before that or if they declare soon then there is a risk of losing too. The first aim should be series win with 1-0, a 2-0 will be a huge bonus but Brendon should be careful in all his decisions tomorrow, cricket is a cruel game and can never be predicted easily, so Brendon should use all his prudence tomorrow.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 17, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Pathetic Indian bowling in un-helpful conditions. Indian seamers can take wickets only in helpful conditions. Initially it was India way with a certain 1-1 series draw. I am glad MC Callum and Watling took that away from India, otherwise Dhoni's horrible captancy in Tests would have been forgotten. Where is the 4th specialist bowler? How did he go with 3-bowlers in both Tests? It's time his leadership and team selection tactics are reviewed and questioned.

  • shane-oh on February 17, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @Iceman29 - boy, some people sure are over sensitive when it comes to their cricket. And the point is a valid one, very few contributors on this website have shown NZ the respect they deserve throughout this tour. It would be nice to see someone say something along the lines of "New Zealand have completely outplayed India in every facet of the game from the start of the tour to the end".

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Why dhoni is playing with only 3 bowlers , jadeja is a part time spinner,not regular bowler...bad team selection...instead of jadu amit mishra or pragyan oza should be included...

  • hnlns on February 17, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    I feel the Basin Reserve pitch has played similarly in the past with very tall scores in 2nd innings, so we should not be too critical of either the ineffectiveness of Indian bowlers or how NZ got rolled over on day 1. It is not easy for any human being to bowl around 40 overs and field for 2 days in almost very clear weather with the sun beating down. In this context, Kohli and Ishant must realize how penalizing it will be for the whole team if they drop even half chances on such a bowler's graveyard, although the pitch was venomous and spiteful on days 1 and 2 making the NZ batters dance to the tune of Indian seamers. The moisture evaporated off totally by day 3, making the pitch a real belter and the very same bowlers now look innocuous and like novices.

  • Assertive-Indian on February 17, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    @Parag Lakhani: India has already conceded 400 runs in an ODI against Lanka, played in India. But fortunately India went on to win the match. Batting first, India made 412 odd runs, while Lanka came close by making 405 runs. So people have already scored 400 runs against us in the ODIs.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 17, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @Dinesh Kanwar We might have felt Johnsons fury, but at least we know how to win away.....Best of luck.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    It is not about Quantity but Quality A team can win the match with 4 bowlers. Pakistan is doing so since ages now as both Afridi n Razzaq don't play tests, they go with 3 quickies and one spinner or two spinners two quickies combo..but its about the quality of bowlers u possess

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @fair_play_1 : you are the one who felt insecure and acted quick to reply with your comments as examples.... yes I am sensitive towards my country, aren't you??? and also I dint ask you to reply me.... just like many others you could have ignored, but you dint... tells about you.... peace

  • Coolcapricorn on February 17, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Due to this reverence we have for our star players, it is only in India where established players continue to stay on in the team despite continual poor performances by many of them & contributing to the team being whitewashed over & over again! We saw how this happened to the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan etc before they eventually had to be jettisoned. Even SRT should have retired atleast two earlier than he did as his performances had become so poor. On the other hand, Ponting retired at the right time because he knew he would be dropped by CA with no sentimentality at all. No wonder our players become complacent & even drop easy catches as seen in the current match. Our selectors really need to be ruthless like in England or Australia and not be in awe of these star names! They should also have the courage for example to tell Ishant to cut his hair or wear a headband as his long hair impairs his vision & could lead to dropped catches by him as happened in the current match.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Again its proved that MSD is just a defensive captain Steve, Ricky, even clarke also know the tactics after getting bunny 94/5

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @JordanMacmillan88 : you think this pitch is not flat??? God bless your cricketing knowledge

  • productivity on February 17, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Great going KWZ but i would suggest BCCI that kindly import some fast bowlers & spinners from pakistan just like ENG...........Or atleast allow PAK plaers for IPL to have some bowling experience.................Step down DHONI & put Virat as captain.....

  • Iceman29 on February 17, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @ CustomKid: You pointed out the issue exactly...good insightful comment...

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Kohli is the villain again dropping Mccullum a dolly catch.Poor series for virat kohli you are highly overated virat.Virat is bringing the team doqn in both tests.Dont understabd kiwi wickets 4 and 5 th day are best to bat.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    @venkat, to be fair with bowling unit, I would say this shows the importance of catches and proves' catches win matches'. Think of a situation if kohali held the first catch, bowlers did everything to win the match on 3rd day but fielders let down

    Now hope that batting unit does not fall down like a deck of card on 5th day

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    A day is not to far when India conceeds 300 runs in a t20 match,400 in an odi and 1000 runs in atest match innings..Awful..wake up selectors.

  • GoCho on February 17, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    @jb633 fully agree Yadav must play at the expense of Zaheer who does not have the stamina for 5day cricket. Get Ishant out as well and stop playing Jadeja as the 4th bowler (he is the 5th bowler at best). Ashwin is terrible overseas so try a new spinner and for Gods sake dont go back to the likes of Vinay Kumar, Unadkat and Mishra. And most importantly get Dhoni out of the test team. A few quick runs at no7 is hardly enough especially if his captaincy attitude is pathetic! Kneejerk reactions are needed before the England (I have tickets for day 4& 5 for Lords and Oval and am worried it will be a thrashing like last time) and Aussie tours, hope there are some sane heads who act before IPL euphoria takes over..

  • Assertive-Indian on February 17, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Safe to say that when Kohli dropped that sitter from McCullum when he was on 9, India effectively dropped this match. There is nothing wrong with our bowlers, or our captain, it is the fielders who are to blame. From second day onwards this pitch had become a flat one. Therefore, it was remarkable for our bowlers to reduce NZ to 94 for 5, on the third day. But, courtesy our fielders, we have not been able to take the remaining wickets even now. And, I feel sorry for Ishant Sharma. Even though he took 6 wickets in the first innings, he will be made the scapegoat for this one, because the poor guy could not get a wicket in the second innings. I hope that our selectors don't take their decisions by reading the comments section of Cricinfo!

  • Iceman29 on February 17, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @jasonsmithkiwi: what is your problem? did you even tried to read the comments from the bottom? most of the comments gave credit to NZ...what else do you expect? do you expect every comment here in this forum to always praise NZ?? where were you a couple of days back when Ind performed better?? Respect is not a one way street...each individual has their own rights to post whatever they want its none of your business to tell us what we should post...

  • mikkkk on February 17, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    My god how did India mess this up? I woke up this morning expecting them to have won easily. You often hear Indians drop into the conversation that they are ranked No2 in the world. Just shows how easily those things can be manipulated by not venturing outside your own shores for 18 months and then show a yellow streak when you are supposed to play the best team in the world and play one of the weakest instead. All this done without any sense of shame.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    this is toooooooooooooooo much...........A Watling walk to square leg.

  • on February 17, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    @Ahmed : exactly.... our bowlers make legends out of no where.... just imagine, a batsmen who has an overall average of 36 score 3 double centuries against India and 2 in consecutive matches.... my god this bowling us made to break records...

  • Jason_Key88 on February 17, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Everything will be avenged on Indian flat pitches.. lol..classic Indian style revenge.

  • Rajiv007 on February 17, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    I wish the Phantom "Cris Martin" should have delayed his chance to score some RUNS against this kind of attack and get rid of... Incredible bowling by Indians..hats off.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Vishwas Reddy

    What I meant to say was (like my comment) there is a vast majority appreciating NZ comeback as well but yet you miss the point and are getting touchy.

    Vast majority of India criticism is genuine here and much of that from the Indians. So, don't be so sensitive or getting worried if people reply to you. Chill...

  • pardo on February 17, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    OK - time for some humble pie. On these pages I've repeatedly said Baz wasn't worth his place as a non-keeping batsman. I was wrong and hereby issue a full and complete apology. I always loved watching Alec Stewart bat so I've just compared their two careers to date. Both played 38% of their matches just as batsmen rather than keepers. Both averaged 34 as keepers (Stewart slightly higher). As non-keepers Stewarr averaged 46 and Baz 44. Given the quality of the bowling he faced (Waqar/Wasim, Walsh/Ambrose, Donald/Pollock) you'd say Alec Stewart shades it but, still, that is illustrious company to be keeping pace with. Even more astounding though are their records as captain - Stewart averaged 39 in 15 tests as skip while Baz is currently averaging 52 from 14! Well played sir. You have just played two of the best innings ever played by a kiwi.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Most heartbreaking, frustrating two days. India will not win an overseas match with four bowlers. If batting is our strong suite then have the courage to to play with 5 batters. Never again will I believe that Indian win is a formality

  • avinashbalu on February 17, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    one drop catch is gonna cost us a match

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @venkat : yeah I know, infact I said in previous comments that this bowling doesn't deserve a win.... I just hope our batsmen prove that this wicket is a feather belt.... Indian captain surely won't go for win, he is afraid of losing and whitewash,

  • Vinit_Sharma_Singh on February 17, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    You'd think that in a country with a population of over 1 billion people there'd be at least ONE person who can bowl :s

  • JustAnObservation on February 17, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Lets see what Dhoni says at the post match quizzing and whom he blames for the failure to seize the initiative. The problem lies with the selectors. When back to back series were lost against Australia and England, they should have acted fast. However, not only did Dhoni continue to be at the helm of affairs, but the contract of the coach was also renewed. Any other country in the world would have sacked him, but the coach was rewarded for being a yes-man to the captain. India does not seem to have any strategy for any NZ player. Waiting for a player to commit a mistake is not even average captaincy. Giving your part-timer the last few overs of the day is like throwing in the towel. Anyone who saw Greame Smith's dismissal yesterday would have certainly noticed the hard work done by the Aussies in planning his dismissal. A fuller length delivery inducing a flick straight into the hands of a fielder placed at an unconventional spot between short leg & backward shortleg. Superb!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy................Let me add sth for your info............De Cock has been complete failure in SA domestic since Ind left SA...................Ponting, in his last 4 years in cricket scored only 2 100s & both on India's tour to Aus where he looked invincible against Indian bowling scoring 200 & 100

    Actually every batsman looks invincible vs Indian bread & butter bowling

  • AFanOfGoodCricket on February 17, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    First of all, well played NZ, McCullum especially. I think this is the problem if you go into a test with 3 1/4 bowlers, the 1/4 being Ravindra Jadeja. Ravindra Jadeja and a lot of the other Indian players like Ashwin are not equipped to play test matches. But the selectors just don't understand. Even after running into the same problem in SA, the same policies and team selection continue. You need to go with 4 pace bowlers and 1 full time spinner overseas. I doubt if India will win even 1 match in 2014. Hopefully there is a 2 tier test and India gets relegated to the 2nd tier as it deserves.

  • Sunilkatke on February 17, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Even teams like Bangladesh / Kenya win one out of 5 matches they play, with Indian team its a different story altogether. what i see is Indian complacency and people who have no record in cricket ruling the selection committee. lot of politically influenced people have become a part of BCCI, its like a Golfer selecting a cricket team for international tournaments. i request BCCI to conduct "Cricket India" contest across states to invite fast bowlers and all rounders for a trial, you will find bowlers faster than 140 kmph in thousands and in the same way all rounders and batsmen, u will have allot of people to choose from and that how u can build a new potential team over a period of 2 to 3 months.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Hats off to Brendon McCullum, great challenge for world cricket this man now became a responsible batsmen.

  • Manoj1234 on February 17, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I can't believe dhoni can survive this beating. VC Kohli should be the unhappiest man now for dropping the match. No team will be afraid of india for a long time now

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    no need for should keep on batting and batting and batting...they have won the series so no neee to win this test :)

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    And for those who say people dont perform well away from home, when a team is ranked worse than WI you have to thrash it to pulp.Kiwis havent beaten anyone at home and it is precisely the reason that the tests shouldnt be even competitive.Fact that they are winning now the series as well, tells you a story India is at best just about on level with SL and Pak and not even close to the no 2 spot.I call for an overhaul of ICC rankings .Some people get rating points just to draw, as i remember when in 09 India beat NZ they were like no 2 v no 7 India won 1-0 and got 4 rating points and in 2010 when Aussies beat NZ 2-0, they didnt even get a single rating point.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    @PFEL: You missed Ganguly man in the list!

  • FnPKiwi on February 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Coming from a NZer I think its maybe a little harsh to criticise the Indian pacers, they bowled for over 2 days bowling about 40 overs each and they didn't give up, they ran in hard the whole time. The biggest issue is only having 4 front-line bowlers just isn't enough for a 5 day game.

    India doesn't have a great pace bowling attack and maybe Zaheer Khan has had his day, but they didn't bowl that bad, dropped catches determined batting, a flat pitch and tiring bowlers lead to the end result. Those bowlers still bowled their heart out and they should be applauded not just criticised.

  • tauranga on February 17, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    What a wonderful summer for New Zealand cricket. All forms of the game have seen the kiwi's rise to a new level. This squad of players is only just begginning to fire & a couple of the younger players must come to the UK to play a season of County cricket. Guptill & Williamson both gained invaluable experience simply by playing regular cricket in different conditions.

    The Indians are are proud country but never seem to perform well away from home. The IPL is a huge "earner" for Indian players, but again, playing away from home would prepare them for the future.

    Well done NZ, from a Pom who is suffering at present.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    James Neesham is going to be a superstar of world cricket mark my words.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Blaming Indian bowling will take credit away from BAZ.... and BJ...... well wat can i say......... i can feel how NZ fans are feeling nw..... This is wat India did to GR8 OZ.... and since then India's grph went high....... i hope its start of new era for NZ as test team.......... gr8 resolute batting..... a High Class test knock!!!! Watling man u have earned 1 more admirer !!!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    This has been a god awfully great knock from McCullum.That he didnt have an itch to go for it any stage of two days and just grafted along is super considering this guy can get 158 in 70 balls or 225 in 350 balls.Its easier for a grafter to bat through such situations., to be naturally attacking and coming out with this , Its a superlative effort..If Kiwi cricket does good after this it would be because of this, but then they dont get to play a proper test series anywhere.And yes he shouldnt declare overnight, 300 something no kiwi has achieved and he has to get there.Amla did it for SAffers in 12 ,time NZ enters that league too.If not for that reason Jimmy Neesham is on cusp of a debut Hundred, he would be gutted if the inning is declared now.And Indian bowlers have great records in India, once they get out of India they struggle,reason the SG ball reverse swings ,other ones probably never and precisely the reason why overseas bowlers struggle in India too.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    @vishwas reddy....

    Even if the pitch becomes highway still Dhoni or indian team will never go for win...its either NZ win or Draw...NO WAY india can win this match...its now 12 matches - 10 loss - 2 draws (may be 11 loss and 1 draw)...

  • StreetView on February 17, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Unbelievable batting by McCullum & Co. Hope India bat out tomorrow. Our bowlers are the ones to blame. Dhoni, unusually though was attacking and had close-in fielders but our bowlers let steam away. Seems we need to wait till the England tour to win a test overseas . Hopefully we will win something there !

  • Jason_Key88 on February 17, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    This is one of NZs' all time greatest sporting achievements, the ODI series and the tests. To think, we are only a nation of 4.5 million with limited number of players to choose from unlike 1.2 billion India. yea, we won more medals at the Olympics than India as well. yep yep :)

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT


    "NZ is not safe still, mark my words"

    After what you have seen and read by the cricket writers, do you still think India deserves a victory? Or are you just a diehard fan who only sees one side of the coin?

  • munna_indian on February 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    in india, no one bothers about the game and they are looking only at money laundering. its the IPL that matters and not national team's performance. it has taken just one whitewash for the english team to dump their coach and their key player. where as for india, inspite of twin whitewashes and two other series debacle overseas( SA and if we include this test series), the accountability will not be there. dhoni has imposed himself along with money monger srini and together they have plans to ruin the game in india. its time someone takes note of it and shun autocracy.

  • Sunilkatke on February 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Team BCCI and Dhoni is a dead duck now and for another 2 years i guess, they will take at least that much time to learn from their mistakes. i sometimes think that i am a better bowler than the countries team has. and m not kidding...

  • karnamgiridhar on February 17, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Anyways Mcullum and Neesham are for runs. BY beginning of second session, Dhoni should have kept 5 slips, point, silly point, short mid on and attacked. atleast once in 50 deliveries will edge past the bat for somebody to hold on the catch, why did dhoni ever stick to basics for the whole day.

  • Sultan2007 on February 17, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Its amazing how many batsmen have their career bests against India. Alastair Cook, Bell, Petersen, McCullum (3 doubles), Jayasurya, Michael Clarke. Even Graham Gooch. And this is just off the top of my mind without having to research Statsguru!

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @fair_play_1 : again I made you to reply me.... well did I say YOU said that???? that comment was meant for those who think like what I mentioned in comment.... if you find it offensive, then you seriously have some problem.... again I am saying this "that comment is only for those who think like that " of you ain't one of them you would not be replying me....chill....

  • jingopack on February 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    this is really sad....infact i had a gut feeling the moment the partnership between these two batsman crossed 50 runs.... is it goin to be a repeat of what happened in johnsburg?....we cannot trust our bowlers....and it happend exactly the SA it was no 1 team but this..i am sure mc cullum wont b able to repeat this against any other team...including zimbabwe.... i am stopping following this indian team...they might stil go back and thrash teams in india perhaps...but it no more excites me

  • SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on February 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    @Khuram Noman, read my post carefully and then read the ones posted by people from Pak, SL, and BD. You'll understand what I mean. And how do you think I'm blaming other countries? I congratulated NZ for their good play and blamed Fletcher and Dhoni for this insipid performance.

    There's a difference between logical criticism and trying to mock at any cost. But haters won't understand.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 17, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    With NZ facing a huge deficit on the 1st innings, why was Dhoni so defensive? The prospect of NZ or any other team winning from this position would have been extremely low. Putting the question differently, under what circumstances would Dhoni EVER decide to attack? The fact that India is already behind in this short series, a win would have been all the more important. NZ were simply magnificent - and I wish BM to complete a triple century and for NZ to go on and win. THEY DESERVE IT.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Gutted for India, thrilled for New Zealand a team that plays cricket in the right sprit . The New Zealand team are the unsung heroes of world cricket approachable friendly and endearing off the field competitive and determined on it. While our Indian superstars strut around with giant egos rubbing shoulders with the mega rich and Bollywood stars they produce absolutely nothing on the field. Take for example Kholi a gifted cricketer who threw away his wicket when India were cruising to victory in the first test and drops a sitter of McCullum to cost India the second. Compare Rohit Sharma another pampered super star who drags a ball so far outside his off stump to needed a step ladder to reach it to Watling what a difference in approach. What about Jadeja who threw his wicket away in both tests. What was he thinking ? he could easily added another 100 to 150 runs with Rehane who was batting superbly. Head must roll if the team has to move forward.

  • drnaveed on February 17, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    MSD , don't tire your so-called world class bowlers any more , give them some rest tomorrow ( Because you know , even if they bowl , they are not going to take wickets , like today , bowl with non-regular bowlers ) , after-all , your players will have to play the all important event of the year , i.e. IPL .keep them fresh , and without injuries , for that particular tournament.

  • RogerC on February 17, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Indian selectors should seriously rethink the bowling strategy. Its time to go back to having one fast bowler and three spinners. There are so many good spinners in India like Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Sharma. Its a crime to select mediocre fast bowlers and keep talented spinners out just because of the belief that overseas wickets need fast bowling attack. Only good bowlers will take wickets. Today Most of the overseas players are poor playing spin compared to fast bowling. NZ would not have survived a triple spin attack on this wicket so long.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    @sanjaykk you have summed it up very well our boys have given up all Thoughts now on IPL7

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Vishwas Reddy

    My friend you are too sensitive about anti-India phobia, I think. Most things are said in jest. You would notice, there are a few Indian fans who are very arrogant as well. After day 1 they were getting all cock-a-hoop about an Indian victory and Ishant becoming a next Johnson.

    Did you read my comment then - praising NZ batting efforts and criticising Dhoni tactics? And I am not a New Zealander. This is how the match has been so far as I see it.

  • on February 17, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    in the words of the great richie benaud "catches win matches!". with so many players to choose from why india sticks with the same inafective bowling line up is beyond me. with that being said superb innings from our captain! and watling and wagner will probably go down as our best imports ever

  • heathrf1974 on February 17, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    If I was in McCullum's shoes I would get the 300 and then declare. But I guess even he is thinking that.

  • kickassPakistan on February 17, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I have never seen a more innocuous bowling side than the present Indian team. Dhoni might be a valuable asset in limited form of cricket but truly he is out of his depth as a skipper and player in test cricket. India needs to think ahead and make Kohli the test captain

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 17, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    VishwasReddy. Mate, if the pitch was so easy to bat on, than what does it say about India's bowling, and the entire team? Fielding wasn't impressive either. Your team has been outplayed in this entire tour. Pathetic

  • Rajeshj on February 17, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Truly a monumental performance from McCullum... I think NZ deserve to win the test exclusively for his/Watling/Neesham's performance.. The Indian seam bowling attack looks a lot suspicious.. They bowled like tigers when the pitch offered good support on 1st day and 3rd day... they are good in short bursts, but after that they were listless.. Same thing happened in SA also.. And surprised to see little criticism about Jadeja's wicketless outing in these two tests.. He has taken just 2 wickets so far and that too of mishits.. If Ashwin was playing in this match, the amount of criticism and blasting that he would have taken would be extremely high.. Jadeja should count himself to be lucky to escape criticisms.. Probably its because unlike Ashwin Jadeja is born in Saurashtra.. Also surprised to see early calls for Vijay sacking.. Dhawan was so pathetic after debut but enjoyed a long rope.. I don't see a merit anywhere..

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Actually, hats off to the bowlers. In a country where the batting-centric IPL circus is the most important fixture in the calendar, these guys come out to trundle in with the ball again and again on unhelpful wickets. What incentive do they have? Yet they do it. Ideally, at least half our domestic tournament pitches should simulate the ones we encounter abroad (a mix of them), so that domestic matches are played on both spin-friendly as well as fast, bouncy tracks. That will be the way to build a strong bowling attack. Else, this sorry state of affairs of not having an attack that can take 20 wickets will continue.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on February 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @Sreekanth Surendran I don't think it is entirely fair to pick on Dhawan for having "thrown his wicket away". After the first innings of the first test Dhawan has been universally acknowledged for playing straighter, leaving a lot more balls outside off stump and avoiding the hook shot for the most part. In other words, he has curbed his natural instincts in the interests of his side and deserves credit for that, as his results in the last two innings show. Dhawan has shown he is learning and adapting to overseas conditions - but he is very much a work in progress, not the finished article. He has only played 4 overseas tests - he has nowhere near the experience of someone like B-Mac. Moreover, Southey deserves some credit for nabbing Dhawan on 98 in this match with his "scrambled seam" delivery which Dhawan clearly misread. Also, it could be argued that Kohli DID throw away his wicket away with that hook shot against Wagner in the last match as well as the first innings of this match.

  • CustomKid on February 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Epic not much more to say and that is coming from an Aussie. You can't discredit those individual knocks or partnerships. When you are 5 down and still 150 behind the pressure is huge. Those rubbishing MSD, give the guy a break. Yes he has no plan B,C,D or E but that is hardly his fault. If you want slam anyone slam the BCCI for they way they administer the development of the game. They develop very good batsman and spinners on dry dead wickets. There is absolutely no incentive to be a young quick bowler in the subcontinent. If they put some life in their home pitches, not only could they develop quality quick bowlers who could exploit overseas conditions it would add another string to the bow of their batsmen. If they did that they would not only become competitive but they'd start winning on all surfaces around the globe. rather than being the toothless tigers they are now when away they would truly give their fans something to cheer. Their loss.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    A brilliant piece- as much as the New Zealand bating.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    India can not win in foreign home batsman is scoring 200 in odi centuries were what...the match tie was also by luck...champions shall not lose by huge margins...look at macculam one man against indians that too following deficit and setting target...hats off to him...

  • Scuderi on February 17, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    McCullum should go for 300 and a lead of 360 -370 or whenever the RR gets above 4.5 per over for india. Tempt them into a chase and go for the win.

  • noptijhopti on February 17, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Its astounding how my indian mates continue to bash their bowlers.guys indian bowling departrmant has never been one to set the world ablaze.nobody claimed that the bowlers have a license to fail at least.what the indians always claims is that their batting line-up is the most talent-studded one and one of the most fearsome.every indians seem to be so proud about guys have you please counted how many times your unworldly and much much vaunted has failed to deliver overall? Is there any other batting lineup in the world that is so so much talked about in the media?so why u people are almost never after them?please disregard sporadic good performances by your batsmen

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 17, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Little appreciation from the Indian fans would be nice mate. Most of the posts from Indian seems to be biased and over the top. Are you guys using this forum to vent your personal problems? Calm down.

  • PFEL on February 17, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Dhoni, Cook, Smith . . . they are all such terrible, dour unimaginative captains. All capable of turning a strong winning position into a draw or even loss. The best teams in history have been attacking. West Indies of the 80s, Waugh/Taylor/Ponting's Australians would never have more than 2 men out, and Waugh would always have at least 3 slips. Watching the captaincy of Cook during the Ashes and Dhoni over the last few years in all forms has been cringeworthy. World cricket needs more captains like Waugh, Stephen Fleming, Clarke etc. Not just for the good of their own teams but for the good of cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on February 17, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @SHENBAGAM on (February 17, 2014, 10:12 GMT), naming any person God for any reason is ridiculous but, regardless, very few people have ever played an innings like this. McCullum himself wouldn't have if India had taken either of two catches he offered. Maybe on some of those occasions that such an innings was required from Tendulkar, he would have achieved it too if he had been dropped twice. I'm belittling McCullum's achievement but it's always easier with some help from the fielding side.

  • sanjaykk on February 17, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    they have undone everything sauvarv,dravid and laksman worked to win matches abroad. During gangulys time india won a match at least in south africa,aus,england,west indies( still strong to an extant), newzealand, pak,sril even if indian did not win the series. INdia has lost nearly 10 now and they are likely to lose this one too( there will be a collapse chasing 350 period!). And problem is no body is going unpunished. the captain just blames all n sundry( dhoni not a test captain period!), kohil is still obdurate and hasty( he goofs up all of a sudden!). the batting will get strong as there are some good elements there but bowling just sucks! zaheer is past his due date( he has lost his pace) and other guys are still very young. There is no solution in sight with still tougher tours a head( england and aus to follow after ipl tamasha!). god save indian cricket on foreign soil and world cup this time is in australia people!

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    hoping for the record breaking innings.....

  • ozzystyle on February 17, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Watling, the Joe Pesci to McCullum's Robert de Niro!!!You cannot put it better!!!

  • sanjaykk on February 17, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    a horrendous day for indian cricket. they had no purpose and pathetic bowling performance. this indian team does not have wherewithal to get 20 wickets on even conducive wickets. zaheer ran out of steam, sami cannot swing the bowl forever( he still is not a finished product), ishant cannot move the ball(once ball gets soft he is done). dropping catches also did not help indians cause. this team has forgotten how to win abroad. This is a very sad story for indian cricket as they cant win abroad any more and this scenario aint gonna change for long time to come. It will require ignominy of world cup exit for dhoni and co to resign to start a fresh! As no body has balls to upset the money spinning spree apple cart! In couple of months time there is IPL and all this would be forgotten. They will also play a no importance t-20 world cup( india wont win this one as there are 2 bouncers allowed per over). This team has hit nadir in terms of bowling and that is a very bad news! they have undon

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 17, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Proud of our Kiwi boys. Brendon deserves all the credit. How can India be ranked no.2? They folded when things stopped going their way. They have to show, they are not merely flat pitch players. Cheers

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    As a Black caps fan this innings from McCullum fills me with pride, also the way Watling stuck in there to grind out a hard fought 100 batting with with his captain to take a world record was fantastic! What ever happens from now this test will stick in my memory for years! On a side note, watching the game all day on sky I thought Dhoni was very proactive with his fields and he seemed to be constantly thinking about how to get the next wicket, unfortunately there was more than a few dropped catches, if they were taken this game could be over by now or at least be close to being over... So Indian fans please don't be too harsh on Dhoni, he's a truly great player and good (not perfect) captain. PS, 5 odis and 2 test matches don't define a team, India is full of awesome young players who will go on to match the recently retired greats, give them a chance they'll learn lots from this and become like the team of old!

  • St0rmbringer on February 17, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Only India could have turned almost certain victory in three days to almost certain defeat in five!!

  • andy2142 on February 17, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Well done New Zealand!! What a fightback!! How costly has that dropped catch by Virat has proven (when McCallum was on 9)? Maybe the most significant drop after Herschelle Gibbs of Steve Waugh in the World Cup. Both of them have cost their team the match after being in a comfortably winning position.

  • Iceman29 on February 17, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Mr.Pujara said that the fielding has been good..I wonder if he was reading what Dhoni has written down in a paper and passed on to him before coming to the press meet..Nothing taking away from the NZ wonderful effort they have put in....but we lost the series mainly due to poor fielding...the bowlers created chances but the fielders let them down....We definitely need to find a new coach donno what Duncan fletcher is doing so long..Dhoni if he has at least little concern towards his country will step down as the captain...

  • Naresh28 on February 17, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Indian BOWLERS are boring in test matches!!!! Gone are the KUMBLE days!!! He bowled well all over the world!!!

  • jb633 on February 17, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    @GoCho, I could not agree more. It is great to hear the opinions of proper Indian cricket fans who don't just go an troll on any other sides articles. I must admit it is because of such trolling that i went off Indian cricket, whereas in the past I had supported them only behind my own side. As per this game you have to say hats off to both Brendan and BJ. The wicket is incredibly flat but this is an incredible effort. The price for a draw when BJ came in was at 250/1 which shows you just how amazingly well they have played. India have done ok but on wickets like this they should have played Yadav who can beat people with pace through the air and take the pitch out of the equation. I hope Brendan bats to beat Lara's record.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    my guessing is macullum aims for 300 and neesham for quick fire 100 ..and then they declare with a target of 375-400 for Indian, Indian batsmen tries to win it ( batting is always the strength for India, and Indian batsmen will go for win , I can make sure of that) atleast I hope they prove this pitch just became a highway as the game progressed.....

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @SHENBAGAM : why do you want to bring Sachin here??? can't you just concentrate on this particular match or the team members of this particular teams???? this shows your desperation.... come on guys grow up...

  • Dev23 on February 17, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Career defining innings for Mccullum, he is normally associated with shorter formats ODI and T20 cricket. He has demonstrated what can be achieved with a bit of discipline and a lot of determination. His innings is a lesson for players like DHONI and JADEGA who are only ONE DIMENSIONAL, the only way they know is attacking. India could have won the First Test if Jadega had shown some restraint.

  • bobbo2 on February 17, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Us long suffering NZ fans finally have have something to be excited about this last year. Great knock by McCullum and a Watling. Stuff of legend. McCullum is the right man to captain NZ because he has that grit about him. Hats off to coach Hesson too. Doing a great job.

    And let's stop all this bickering between fans. India should have won this game but two amazing batting displays have denied it. That's what test cricket is all about. If NZ make 30 more tomorrow which then should I see no way they will lose.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    well played Kiwis and brilliant knock from Mcullum. Its very rare you saw that sort of inning from any one...@SchoolGirlCricketCaptain i don't understand why u blaming other countries for ur team's poor performance...can u please remind me when indain fans were with Pak, Srilanka and Bang. whey they were losing any game ?

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    @rapidvelocity : haddin is wicket keeper... you must be saying Harris is think..... yes the main problem without our bowlers is the instinct with which they bowl...this was not there when ganguly, kumble were captains and Gary, John Wright were coaches..... Duncan is ruining this team like a boss, same goes for Dhoni....

  • CricktingGenius on February 17, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    I don't see how people can criticize I Sharma! Sure he has got no wickets this innings but in the context of this NZ vs IND series he has shown to be a world class bowler. Every bowler, McGrath included went entire innings without getting any wickets. Why blame the Indian bowlers for a loss, they would have bowled NZ out for under 200 2 times in the same test if Virat Kohli didn't drop that simple catch when mccullum was on 9. Bj would NOT have got anywhere near the score he did without Mcullum backing him up at the crease. I'd say he would have crumbled for under 30. In other words kohli costed India 400 runs by dropping that catch. Mccullum was also dropped on 30 odd. So it wasn't the bowling that costed India it was the fielding.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa on (February 17, 2014, 10:08 GMT), I will accept, on current form even BD is better than us. We are pathetic and no shame accepting that. But this coming from a team, which is still have to heal from Johnson's bruises does not look very good. I guess, you are just lucky that you are playing only 3 matches. Even after 3, it is possible that half of your team is in hospital and few of them may tempt to take retirement. At least we here are sure that, if all our current bowlers take retirement, it will just do us better.

  • sergio11 on February 17, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Well play Mccullum...awesome inng..BJ also..excellent fight let me ask some thing...the pitch...its a road...everyone will tell running making in subcontinent is much much easier when compare to overseas...these days many even started to count the number of century got in overseas and subcontient sepreatly..and rate batsman based on the number of centuries overseas..3-4 day pitch in india or in SL...let me ask,will it be like this???in subcontient...bowlers get great deal of revers swing with the old ball..and spinners are always in the tell me guys.its is right to say subcontinet wickets are easy to bat?...taking nothing away from Muccullum,i am not talking about his inng,i am talking about the Pitches..and the recent "2 type of century" culture..

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    wow.... just wow..... I just went through all the comments...and man tell you what, fans seriously have some kind.of grudge against india, not only Indian cricket, not only Indian cricket fans, not only BCCI, but the entire India.. I mean seriously why do you guys rake up 1.2 billion always??? why so you guys bring only BCCI in big 3 issue??? why do you guys blaze all your guns when India dint perform???? yes you should criticize Indian players, but here I hardly see any comments mentioning macullum and watling's effort????? they are not even appreciated.. come one guy's atleast you can appreciate them with just one comment.... one thing is clear, whenever a team plays against India two types of comments can be seen, 1) Indian players are mediocre ( which our bowlers are) 2) BCCI, money, 1.2 billion doctored pitches....... apart from these there won any any comments regarding oppositions players... wow... great going WORLD CRICKET FANS..well played macullum and watling, :-)

  • shane-oh on February 17, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    @nicevans - it's a fair point that the criticism of McCullum has been out of proportion, but it's also a fair point that he didn't contribute enough in tests for a long time. He's a divisive character among fans, for whatever reason. However, I think that, regardless of which side of the McCullum divide anyone has been on in the past, everyone ultimately wanted to see him succeed and deliver, which has now happened. He's taken that step up to brilliant and NZ is much richer for it.

  • Rick_T on February 17, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Yousufahmed11 - Sorry mate but this is not India's "largest winless away streak." Not even close. The chances of India winning tomorrow are slim so that will make 14 away Tests (June 2011 to Feb 2014) where India has not had a win.

    But this is nowhere near India's record. From Aug 1993 to Jan 2000, India went 22 Tests away without a win. From July 1986 to July 1993, India went 26 Tests away without a win. From Feb 1981 to Jan 1986, India went 25 Tests away without a win. And from June 1932 to Jan 1968, India went 43 Tests away without a win.

    So from June 1932 to Jan 1968 (36 years), India had 43 away Tests for no wins. And from Feb 1981 to Jan 2000, India had 76 away Tests for 3 wins.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    waiting for McCullum's 300

  • shooting on February 17, 2014, 10:17 GMT


    But what if Tim Southee scored 200?

  • USIndianFan on February 17, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Basically improve the catching. Last two matches India will lose/draw because of fielding.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    India definitely paid a great price for putting down Brendon McCullum twice. The New Zealand captain was reprieved on 9 and 36, by Virat of all the persons and he ended the fourth day batting on 281. The Third day wicket, was pretty good. Unfortunately Ishant dropped McCullum and India paid a heavy price. A major impediment is his Hair. He should tie it in a Pony tail., which not only looks good but also would protect the hair from covering his eyes, and wasting/ dropping c& b chances

  • S.Seshachalam on February 17, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Inspite of the commendable performance by McCullum and Watling, we need to take note of the shabby fielding and bowling performance from India. We have let New Zealand off the hook when at one stage they were 5 down for just 94. Indian bowlers failed to take the initiative and kill at that point of time. No use commenting the same old story. High time to have a new talented bowling set up. Sack Zak and Ishant immediately. Let this be their last test match.

  • SHENBAGAM on February 17, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Every one says Sachin is God and Dhoni is captain cool. Has Sachin in his career of 200 test matches ever played such an innings like McCullum. In fact many times it was needed from him but rarely did he play a match saving innings. Please remove the God tag from him.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 17, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Wow! What a come-back it is with highest sixth-wicket partnership, at 352 after NZ were 5-94. With this sort of performance Macullum would have forgotten all his pains and aches and instead inflicted a different pain on India. Its legendary stuff - mother of all comebacks.

    Dhoni's style of play was disappointing. After winning the lottery at the toss it still didn't help because of inadequate bowling resources and going for defensive tactics. I wonder if any captain has ever gone into a test match ever with just 3 specialist bowlers. Such defensive tactics and don't really deserve a victory.

  • Sultan2007 on February 17, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Shades of the great Kolkata Test! Will the Kiwis be able to pull this off? They cant lose but can India bat out the day with their inexperienced batting line up and NZ with 5 bowlers who can afford to have 4 slips and a gully all day long? The Kiwis deserve to win this one!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 17, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    The question now remains. Which team is better Bangladesh or India?

  • Sultan2007 on February 17, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    INdian bowling has been found out again. They had SA on the mat in the 1st Test recently and couldnt close the deal. And here again. The moment the pitch becomes unresponsive they just dont have the firepower to force the issue. Its evident once again that Ishant's poor seam makes him toothless and while Zaheer is game and bowled long spells he lacks the bite. Ishant is the weak link. In the interest of Indian cricket, he has to make way for Umesh or Pandey

  • GRVJPR on February 17, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ for fight, but I have to criticise the pitch here. Yes you want seam and green tinge for first couple of days but spinners should also get some help by the end of 3rd day. Spinning art is dying art and pitches like this kills it. No way NZ could have survived if this was India. But problem in India is it start spinning from day 1. Just like Indian needs to balance out pithces, so does New Zealand and South Africa. This is just a road. NZ is not safe still, mark my words!

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    There is a limit to how bad can you be but this Indian team has just shown that even the word "abysmal" fell lightyears worth short of describing them.They are just barely good with bat(as against the ease with which opponents score against them,they appear to struggle every ball they face),fielding best and top notch??!!seriosly??Try saying that again after counting the number of drop catches.And at last bowling,well...if you want to know what it means to "utterly and disgracefully suck" at something,there is no better example that this INDIAN bowling line-up..

  • rapidvelocity on February 17, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    i cannot get my head around this , i was watching the SA vs AUS test match - siddle bowls at 135 kmph , haddin at 140 kmph , mitchell johnson 145 kmph - these are the top 3 fast bowlers for AUS , bear in mind i did think sidddle was a medium pacer - turn over to IND vs NZ match and the lead indian fast bowlers- ishant bowls at 134 kmph and what is pathetic is zaheer khan the spear head of indian attack bowls at 125 kmph - cmon is this a joke - how are you ever gonna take 20 wkts in a test when you are bowling at this pathetic pace - figure it out cos i cant !!!

  • lokesh0210 on February 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @Saravan: lol ... shame on ppl like you who think good for csk and not about Indian team's performance overseas. IPL has ruined Indian Test Cricket and techniques of our cricketers - batsmen only think about slogging and bowlers only think about not going for too many. There can never be another Sachin, Dravid and Kumble this way in our team. Indian businessmen and franchises has ruined our sport.

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    hey cricksnake are we watching the same match. indians will win 50%. yeh they will at toniht in your dreams. but they will lost or luckily draw tommoroa infront of your eyes.

  • Fazaljamee on February 17, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Mr.Cullum Good Luck for Triple ..

  • on February 17, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Guys, don't critisize your team when they are loosing. Have some sports man's spirit. It is the same team which has been holding the number 1 spot for a long time. They are same players, whom you have been praising for tormenting other teams at your home grounds. So just relax & try to support your team when they are down. At the end it is just a game.

  • McCricket_ on February 17, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Brendon McCullum, take a bow. As an Aussie fan I'm happy to say I'm finding your innings as engrossing as any in the last 10 years. I just wish I put a tenner on NZ when you came to the wicket at 3-down. I thought about it, then saved my money. Foolish me.

    So, fellow fans, when do they declare? Methinks McCullum nurses himself to 300, ups the tempo to aim for a lead of 360-380 in super quick time. No more or too much time is lost and India can shut up shop. That's only 35-55 runs, and will only take 45-60 minutes out of the day. 2 and a half sessions to bowl India out for a most famous come from behind victory. Go the Black Caps!!

  • stormy16 on February 17, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    That' just a phenominal performance by McCallum and NZ - its basically come back from the dead and surely one of the all time great comebacks. I can think of India doing a similar thing to Aus and of course the Headingly/Botham test and NZ have done similar deed but have obviously not won the test. Not sure what to make of McCallum who looks such a lose player at times but you cant say much about a guy who makes back to back double hundreds other than what a great player. He was always a good and very dangerous player but you always felt he would give you a chance. I guess 2 double hundreds on the trott takes him to a new level at a batter. The amazing thing is there is still a day to play and surely the draw is the front runner. I would be tempted to declare overnight but that gives the powerful Indian batting line a chance. If NZ are not interested in pushing for a win, they can bat India totally out of the game and have a go around lunch time. They do lead the series so have choices

  • JG2704 on February 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Absolutely immense rearguard action from BMac and co.

    Now I wonder what he does from here? Currently (acc to ICC rankings on ESPN) NZ are 8th and 6 points behind WI. So I wonder if a win in this game would see them overtake WI or if a draw is enough? I wonder if he should declare on the overnight lead or soon after and go for the lead? India are probably one of the most Jeckyl and Hyde test teams who are both very dangerous and very vulnerable at the same time Good to see some sensible comms from many Indian fans and interesting that the fans who are often found trolling other country's threads have gone missing

  • A.Ak on February 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Give credit to the batsman, I think its more very good batting than a bad bowling.

  • amilag on February 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    This time around flat track bullies exposed to whole cricket world! Team India-Team of flat track bullies

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Team India is smartly moving towards another loss on the foreign soil just due to over confidence triggered by the first inning's lead! Morning cannot keep showing the day, especially, when you have nothing for a 'rainy day'!

  • cricketlover111 on February 17, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    What a magnificent day for NZ cricket. It reminds me of Crowe and Jones at the basin reserve in the early 90's. Don't forget the contribution from Watling who I understand batted longer than any other keeper ever in this innings. I just think it was great and all talk of India not performing, a flat track, dropped catches etc will take nothing away from what was an astounding performance. Well done NZ and may we see many more over the next few years.

  • rmaganti on February 17, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    The chief of selectors,Sandeep Patil needs to take the most important decision of his life after this series, which is to sack Dhoni as captain from both Tests and ODIs. He is the most defensive captain India has ever had after Bishen Singh Bedi.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    More than anything else.. I really envy these NZ pitches.. How good they are for test cricket... Both batsmen and bowlers get their chances.. A green top for first two days, which turned into a flat batting track as it deteriorates... Need to have such pitches in India..

  • drnaveed on February 17, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    @ Ashwin Ram ; , you are simply closing your eyes on performance of your team. instead of giving credit to the NZ side , instead of appreciating performances of the NZ batsmen McCullum , Watling , Neesham ,you are simply saying that the pitch has now become very easy to bat on, when these 3 NZ batsmen are in there ,and that the match is heading towards a boring draw ,unless there is a sporting declaration by McCullum .you should have said some thing about your bowler's un-ability to take twenty wickets in an abroad series, you don't have any class bowler who can perform well abroad consistently , yes , they all become champion bowlers on your home grounds.had the indian bowlers taken those 10 wickets in this innings , you wouldn't have been saying any thing about the absolute belter pitch ....

  • dunger.bob on February 17, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    @ Big_Poppa_94: I can't quite tell if you're being serious or not. If it's a joke - haha, very funny. If it's not a joke - well, the same actually, haha, very funny. If India pulled out of Test cricket the rest of us will probably have a party then just get back to it. .. I'm sure the Kiwi's would love to play more tests.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    dhoni and BMAc play for csk this season. good for csk.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    according to the some indian fans dhoni is only not good in test captaincy. may be odi matches after the test matches ha ha. what we know is he fails both odi and test. will see what happen in the t 20s. same thing what else ha ha.the big 3 hoooooo

  • Sawankumar21 on February 17, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    To be honest , fielding has let India down more than bowling . In the first innings of first test , if sitter catches of Williamson and Mccullum had been taken , NZ would have scored atleast 200 runs less. In 2nd innings of current test , the drop by Kohli has already cost us 272 runs. If he had taken that catch , we would have won by an innings on 3rd day.

  • Simoc on February 17, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    The turn around in NZ test cricket fortunes after the move to McCullum as captain must be the best in history. The much criticised coach (especially by me) Hesson deserves credit as well. The tough decisions are the worst and this could not be better proof that they got it right. I am stunned by how good McCullum is. Having thought he is a T20 specialist. It would be great if the openers could set a platform.

  • aadi1295 on February 17, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    I think India will not taste a WIN in this test either..

  • SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on February 17, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Well played Brandon and Kiwis. By the way, have Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh declared a national holiday yet for their cricket fans to celebrate poor performance of the Indian cricket team? The posters from these countries seem to be even more happier than the rightful Kiwis.

    Drunken Fetcher should be sacked immediately and Dhoni stripped of the test captaincy. I can claim that I select and marshal my resources better than him.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    13 years on, McCullum becomes Very Very Special! Shame that we could not get out Watling and Neesham at least.......toothless bowling and that too broke the record of Jack Fingleton and the Don from 1937. Now this is quite like the Kolkata test match of March 2001......lets see if Boult and Southee can provide a finish.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    I'm going to give some serious credit to Hesson, while it easy to look at a home summer in isolation, one can't help but feel that this NZ team is heading up. Also, during these Indian tests BMac looks like he has 're-aligned' his stance and back lift against the quicks, body is much more side on and backlift very straight.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    this same zew zealand team was beaten back and blue by minnows bangaldesh ....

    why cant india? is team ranked lower than below bangladesh in ICC team ratings?

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Congrats to NZ from across the Tasman. They're building a fine team atm, and I hope it can continue to serve them so well.

  • Jugur on February 17, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    India desperately needs a new Test Captain. Dhoni has to realize that this is the bowling squad that India has and he needs to be creative enough to get best out of it. i hate how casually Dhoni blames the bowlers for every game they lose. Ishant bowled a spell without any slip when NZ was trailing by 100+ runs on 3rd day. Dhoni needs to be more assertive, proactive and find ways to create more chances. All three fast bowlers bowled well till the first session of the 3rd day, and when the things got tougher Dhoni wasn't taking any initiative at all, rather he was more happy to get into his defensive cocoon and switch bowlers around Brendon. I can understand England, Australia and South Africa but India is about to lose a test series in NZ, and the worst part is it could be 2- love tomorrow. Now let's face it, Dhoni's negative and defensive thinking might be one of the reasons why Indian team has lost 11 out of 12 away tests.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on February 17, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    At the rate India's test cricket team is going they are heading towards the relegation vortex zone.

    Interesting times indeed.

  • Cricsnake on February 17, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Kudos to MacCullum ! He is superb and his innings would (arguably) be the best innings in 2014 so far. I'd love to see such a hard earned Triple from him tomorrow. I still believe India has the chance of winning. The probabilities of India win 50% NZ win 5% and a draw 45%. If India want's to win they should get the next 4 wickets much cheaply and early as possible. Strong Indian batting line-up will chase a target below 400 much easier. If target increase the risk will be there. I think India will fight with spirit in the second innings. They might play more positively and do not adapt negative tactics like Mathews. A hard-fought loss is much worth than such a negative and pathetic draw. Contracts to both teams for the last day.

  • stonk on February 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Same old problem, same old solution. Make flat spinning tracks in India so that they can win. Flat track bullies can't win anywhere else. India can't win away from home, End Of. Bye Bye flat track bullies!!!

  • GoCho on February 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    One good thing after this humbling test defeat for India is that most Indian fans (esp the likes of gsingh7, cpt meanster) will stay away form the comments section and we could have meaningful discussions. They cannot wait for the IPL to start, I am sure : D!

  • tom120 on February 17, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Well fielding is a very important aspect of the cricket. India dropped 2 catches of B.M and he made them pay for it. But, still credit where its due. Kudos to Brendon.

  • GoCho on February 17, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    I love it how Indian fans write this whitewash off by saying all teams struggle abroad. Does anyone remember a team that was winless outside for 3 years? Even SL and Pak have won a game or two. I think India, NZ and WI should be in the bottom half with along with SL. Only SA, AUs and Eng clearly belong to the top half in the rankings.

  • shane-oh on February 17, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    So good to see McCullum finally delivering consistently in the test arena. I've felt for some time his place in the test team wasn't warranted but he has certainly silenced all critics this summer. What an incredible last couple of series he has had. I'll be happy to see us take the conservative approach on this one and bat out much of tomorrow to secure the series and cap off a brilliant home season. Hope to see Baz knock up that 300, he deserves it, and also hope to see him continuing this form for the next few years, this should be his prime.

  • Big_Chikka on February 17, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    congrats to b mccullum, leading from the front, and worthy of a place in most if not all international playing 11's around the world.............would like to see a declaration and some spicy bowling to enable he and nz to close this series with a win......

  • AnthonyMD on February 17, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    In response to @ Big-Poppa_94, I don't get your logic. Peter Siddle is a vegan and he bowls with pace and aggression, and I also grew up in the 70's and 80's and India had a bloke by the name of Kapil Dev playing and if memory serves me correctly as well as being handy with the bat he could bowl fairly quickly, 400 plus wickets is testament to that, so don't bring your lame excuses regarding cultural differences being the reason India don't have a decent pace attack, it is just a cop out.

  • CaptainPiha on February 17, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Astonishing test cricket, just astonishing. Brendan and BJ have given us one of the great fight backs of the modern era - I've never been prouder to be a New Zealand cricket fan and I consider myself super lucky to have been at the Basin for every ball. Onwards and upwards to triple figures please captain!

    And a word about the Indians - an exciting team with some great batting prospects. Kohli aside (the kid is a genius) Dharwan and Rahane look very promising and I'd pick Jadeja just for his fielding (he bowls not unlike our own Vettori, nice tight line and good variation of pace). Alas the pace bowling unit is a bit ho hum. More touring, less IPL will fix that.

    And finally, please PLEASE Indian fans on this forum how about showing the same respect for the opposition that your team does. A little credit where it's due will get you a long way to overcoming the arrogant tag you find yourselves lumbered with.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Spectacular day of test cricket! I must admit at lunch yesterday I had serious doubts that NZ would push it into a fourth day but I'm over joyed to be proved wrong! McCullum has been spectacular, my one criticism of him has been his inability to shelve the rash shots to get himself out and put his team back under pressure, but he seems to have finally managed it! Watling on the other hand has been absolutely brilliant! He's the lower order batsman that we've needed for years! a bloke that can grind it out when the top order has collapsed and a guy that the top/middle order can trust to hold up a end so they can concentrate on batting not on farming the strike or scoring quick runs before they run out of partners. We're developing the core of a great side all that's left is to find a set of consistent (consistently good) openers! Come on B Mac, get your 300 and seal the series! Bat India out of it! They are to good to give a sniff!

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    The pitch has become an absolute belter.Similar to the pitches available in India for ODIs.This test match is headed for a boring draw,unless there is a sporting declaration by B-MAc in the first session.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    5 bowlers that's what we need..and clearly a different strategy overseas as opposed to home conditions. Dhoni has hopefully accepted this. A 4 bowler team is clearly not working out - it is leading to overworked and fatigued bowlers. Zagreb is not getting any younger and you can't be expecting him to bowl 30 plus overs every inning. Neither they get enough break between rotations. I hope this does not continue. Come on MSD you can do it. Also we still have 4 spots for the taking in the team - at least for overseas - Vijay, I sharma, R sharma, Jadeja. Get new players and give them a chance rather than just making them benchwarmers!

  • indian1986 on February 17, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    @kbza86 My frd, Indian Bowlers have been bowling for 170 overs and u expect them to be tired and you could see that they were trying there best, ZAK even bowled at 137. Remember he has bowled more than 40 overs by tht time. We have people who can bowl at speeds of 150 not sure how long will they sustain with 4 bowler theory. This story abroad will continue till we find a fast bowling all-rounder, I see some hope in Rishi Dhawan but not sure how good is his batting in testing conditions. There is one more thing to look at, its the batting. we still are very young side most of them have played less then 8 tests and this is there second test series abroad.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @AnthonyMD It may be hard to believe ,but most of the pitches in Ranji Trophy and Irani trophy are green tops.

  • on February 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    New Zealand should make 100 + runs then send India in to bat make them attempt to make the highest set fo runs to win a test match the kiwis are playing great slow cricket its sensible.

  • CricketZen on February 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Those criticising Dhoni must've been watching a different game to me. He tried a huge amount of inventive field placements, rotated his bowlers well (although admittedly he could've turned to his part-timers sooner), and even he turned in an over of bowling himself! You can't say he didn't try everything in his power to upset that amazing partnership.

    And not only that, but in the face of an extraordinary, once in a lifetime display of batting, he had the grace to acknowledge and congratulate his opposing captain. That's true sportsmanship. and he deserves better than all the vitriol he gets from supposed fans.

    What if he comes out tomorrow and wins the game for his team? What will you say then?

  • John.cric.lover on February 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Why isnt anyone talkin about the chances of B-Mac breaking Lara's record of 400... Dont see any reason y he wont...

  • clherath on February 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    McCallum's 3 top scores (all double hundreds) are against India and 2 of them are within 8 days of each other of this month. Remarkable, he sure has an appetite for Indian!

  • kiwicricketnut on February 17, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    @ nicevans, good on ya, you stood by mccullum and now he makes the rest of us look stupid and you get to shove it in our faces, why not, mccullum has been amazing just like you assured us he could be so i don't mind you having your i told you so moment. but we wern't that dumb, he hadn't had a ton in 3 years, his average was in decline, his body was packing in, the only thing saving him was his captaincy, before this golden summer i don't think it was unreasonable for him to stand down from the test side but im so glad i was wrong, words can't describe how brilliant he has been, he has earned the right now to retire on his on terms, not from the selectors axe, and after giving nearly half his life to this nz side i think that would be a more fitting end, i for one will eat humble pie and not call for his head again.

  • Solid_Snake on February 17, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Hahaha lol..After many many years..There was a hope that India will win a test match..But that only hope now long gone..Hahaha..Indian record is getting better & better day by day :P

  • iNsiDers on February 17, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    This clearly shows that 1st innings bowling was just one time but India. They are indeed most overrated team.

  • danny_az on February 17, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Well well where is #bleed blue now? Loving this! Virat Kohli hopefully will be a lot more humble now.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    MSD for all his trophies is a lousy Test Captain. He should step down solely on the recent away record. Its time we played with 5 specialist bowlers and since we cannot do worse what do we have to løse? Sure if the catches were taken we wouldnt be in this situation and sometimes its just not your day but with 3 specialist bowlers and 1 allrounder as your bowling attack, you are always going to struggle. Please dont bring back Ashwin but consider a seamer like Yadav or Aaron for England. I do not see the English batsmen caving in to a weak attack as ours.

  • AnthonyMD on February 17, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    As an Australian supporter, I have watched this Test series with interest. While i am a huge fan of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Pujara, India just don't seem to place an emphasis on developing a balanced bowling attack. Yes they have the world's best spinners, provided they bowl in Subcontinental conditions, but honestly don't have a quick that warrants consideration. Zaheer Khan has always been an honest toiler, and being a left arm bowler often proved to be a handful, but Ishant Sharma, 6 or 7 years ago could nave been anything but just hasn't come on, I will never forget the ball he bowled to Ricky Ponting in India in about 2008/9 perhaps where he beat Ponting all ends up and knocked over his off peg, it was one of the best balls I have seen. It couldn't hurt India to prepare the odd pitch in India that assists pace bowlling, as it stands now there is no incentive for a young bloke to come through the ranks and bowl quick in India. Ultimately it is India who suffers in the end.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on February 17, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    rofl I don't get this logic.

    People say they don't want Ashwin because he's not good overseas and then when Jadeja doesn't do much, they want Ashwin.

    Oh and to the plebians who say India are paper tigers? ROFL! No one is performing well outside of home apart from I guess Aus and SA. May I remind you how NZ struggle in the sub-continent?

    Might I add that culturally, Indians are vegetarians so how the hell are they supposed to have the physique to become fast bowlers? Also, it is near enough difficult to produce green-tops in India because the sun burns up the grass. Accept the fact, instead of putting down India. lol most of you know NOTHING about cricket any ways.

    Still, India have a complete trophy set.

  • Mitty2 on February 17, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    NZ. How I absolutely love you. New Zealand has 0.37% of India's population. India have 0.37% of New Zealand's heart ;). Such an amazing, remarkable turnaround. BMAC and Watling... Wow - a world record, coming in at that stage under the whole pressure of the situation. Although admittedly it's quite easy against India at home (because they're an absolute shambles) and because of Dhoni's insipid captaincy, the whole construction of blocking everything to gradually scoring quicker once the pressure was released was and is a classic example of why test cricket is the best. It's like a Faf innings, except a day early. The fact that NZ are in have effectively saved their position is incredible, and the fact that they have a chance of winning is just... Ridiculous. If they win this it will go down in history as the second coming of kolkata 2001. Oh and rankings... 7 v 2. How the hell did India get to number 2? This could be 11 straight away losses. Pathetic.

  • crimsonbull on February 17, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    I am a die hard India fan. India is rebuilding, there were no complaints about Dhoni's captaincy. McCullum is in a Zone. He may never get into this form again. There is a 4th innings to come. NZ is not a great team either their away record is poor.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    great goin kiwis....u made the fans proud from ur performance and fight back..... @shah syed.....yes its not pakistan who can chase the target within 2 sessions :)

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    truly commendable performance by skipper barandon

  • Coolcapricorn on February 17, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Congrats NZ & BM for your great disciplined batting & series victory - this humiliation you have heaped upon us has shown up MSD's arrogance & our toothless bowling attack which is probably the worst in the world! We are again going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory or throw away a winning opportunity which we are very good at! Hopefully we will now get rid of MSD as captain who simply refuses to adapt when playing abroad despite continuous failures & whitewashes. This is both in Tests & ODI's too. He keeps on choosing the wrong bowlers & the wrong bowling composition - playing with one seamer short too - on these wickets abroad - acting like he is still playing on the spinning tracks back home. If he remains, we are going to get blitzed & whitewashed yet again on our impending tours to both England & Australia. Our fielding has been complacent too with all these dropped catches & our batsmen have to learn in seeing how BM has batted with such grit & determination.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Duncon fletcher should be removed immediately , he has dented indian pride alot .

  • baskar_guha on February 17, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    To all the folks who take shots at the big 3, remember NZ cricket is helped enormously when India tours. If India is relegated and NZ cant play them, so goes the money NZ gets which is sizable. Soon you will be just watching rugby all the time. That is the reality of the sport ... get used to it and stop emoting.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on February 17, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    When NZ win big tournaments instead of irrelevant Test matches, then we'll talk.

    I hope BCCI just retire from world cricket, so that world cricket suffers. Let that be a lesson to whoever doubts on the mighty BCCI.

    No BCCI = no cricketing revenues

    BCCI and India drive cricket on a global level, so all other teams should just bend over and lose to us.

    Oh and shame on you pretentious Indians who put down India. Not true fans are you?

  • Diaz54 on February 17, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Legendary stuff by the captain. Well,done NZ deserve to win from here!

    England in June July await India.....after all the rain we have had in England, plenty of seam movement for the Indians to contend with. Dhoni better start writing excuses for the script he will need to read out with his usual drum expression and over analysis! That said I am looking forward to watch India' best bat ....Kholi bat well.

  • Diaz54 on February 17, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Legendary stuff by the captain. Well,done NZ deserve to win from here!

    England in June July await India.....after all the rain we have had in England, plenty of seam movement for the Indians to contend with. Dhoni better start writing excuses for the script he will need to read out with his usual drum expression and over analysis! That said I am looking forward to watch India' best bat ....Kholi bat well.

  • TMSer on February 17, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    dhoni and fletcher need to get out the idea of paying just 4 bowlers - desperately need the bowling all rounder (ashwin in india, who overseas?- if that means training B Kumar up to improve batting and replace Nohit Sharma so be it. India has a young team but talented that's accepted , but correct steps must be made now. As to the point raised about india finding an out and out fast bowler- maybe we need to take a leaf from engand, SA, Aus etc books and start to import the talent that is not in abundance domestically

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    once again it has been sorry tale for the indian team,hats off to mcullum and walting.they played fantastically well but unfortunately indian fielders and bowlers were once again disappointing they let mcullum and walting off the hook by dropping some catches and inconsistent bowling further after getting a 200 plus lead in the team any team would have have put the opposition by tremendous pressure india did that till they pick up the 5 wickets for a paltry target after that they really go for the kill.i have a bad feeling whenever the pitch doesn,t assist bowlers they become more ineffective and inconsistent also their fitness level is always questionable further the batsmen once they got in to double figure they don,t carry on the good work also the youg indian batsmen aren,t learning fro their mistakes. if indian bowlers cannot get 20 wickets in test matches they will never win a test match in overseas still i feel indian gteam isn,t playing as a unit. kiwis were playing as a unit..

  • venkatesh018 on February 17, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Dhoni is being defensive not only in his field settings-He is ultra-defensive even in team selection. Even with this array of dazzling batting talent at his disposal, he never plays 5 bowlers in the starting XI, even when the nation faces a must win Test to avoid a humiliating series loss against the No.8 Test nation. That is what gets my goat.

  • cric_fan123 on February 17, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Dhoni could write a book "Listless Captaincy - How to use defensive fields when opposition makes 10 runs without loosing a wicket?" :) I might be attacked by CSK fans who will remind me of T20, WC wins etc but then they need to accept, we as Indians are always nostalgic, never knowing when someone just needs to move on. While Dhoni has moved out Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid et al, when will he realise he also needs to move on.

  • mohanram82 on February 17, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    i think neesham have to fire tomorrow morning and reach his maiden test hundred and there a declaration..( hope mccullum might crossed 350 at the moment)... hope for the best result..GO NZ GO...!!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    @Tests the best feeling sorry? well they dropped way too many catches and deserve it .BMAC would've gone long by now and Ind would have been batting. It is really surprising that kohli and rohit dropped catches.Both are exceptional fielders in limited overs

  • InternationalCricketFollower on February 17, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    India is probably the most overrated team of all time. Also the current cricket team is a great case study for cricket. You cannot be a good team with just a decent batting line up. You need bowlers and you need fielders.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    BM has an average of almost double against India comparing to his average against rest of the world. It shows how pathetic this Indian bowling.

  • Moppa on February 17, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @dunger.bob, not quite, checked the stats and apparently Gooch made 752 in three Tests v India in 1990 (including 333 and a ton in one match). He is closing on the 2 match series record... Jayasuriya vs India in 1997, where he made 571, including 340 in one innings. McCullum is on 514... so if he gets to 339 he'll pass the record. More generally, agree with the comments here congratulating McCullum for shaking his T20 slogger image and proving himself as a Test batsmen of true class and grit - top notch effort, well done!

  • Leggie on February 17, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    While McCullum's efforts need to appreciated, one should also closely look at what this Indian team has made of it's opposition batsman. Since July 2011, there have been 1 triple century, 7 double centuries and 8 more scores of 150+ scored vs this Indian team. The Indian bowling stocks have taken a plunge, and for a true follower of Indian cricket, 200+ scores by opposing batsman doesn't surprise anymore. We can argue forever if this is due to spineless bowling or unimaginative management tactics/captaincy, but the reality seems that opponent batsman will score against India. If India is really serious about it's Test cricket, then there should be a selected set of players who get a chance to play in the county cricket in England and get to fine-tune their batting or bowling skills. This is not in any shape now, and for the foreseeable future. Hardcore Indian cricket fans have nothing else to cheer other than reflect on the glorious days of Indian cricket between 2001 and 2011!!!!!!!!!

  • delboy on February 17, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    This is TEST cricket. I hope the BIG three use games like this to realise that cricket matches are not decided by how much money a particular board brings to the game. Reward financially or otherwise MUST be linked to performances and results. I cannot imagine a system where India and England are guaranteed non relegation regardless of being thrashed by minors..?.?..?

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Harry_67. How do you know, he is a Pak supporter? Your assumption also reeks of biased mind-set. Indian fans are also responsible for posting negative messages towards Lankans, Bangladesis and Pakistanis on this forum. Everyone needs realize, it's just a sport and learn to have fun from it.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Paper tigers are being humiliated on foreign soil ones again. They will be glad as just a day after they can come back and then paper tigers will make 200 in one dayers, fastest hundred ashwin will score century haha

  • alchemist_sandeep on February 17, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    u cant win a test match with 3 bowlers. replace jaddu with ashwin.....he is not a specialist spinner. how one can hope win a test when u go with only 3 bowlers

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Brendon mcculum won't get a game for CSK now!!

  • FSL2013 on February 17, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    if NZ wants to settle for draw then best bet is to bat till lunch and it will be a draw and they win the series. If they want to go for the kill they will need to declare after playing aggressively for 10-15 overs. 375 in 75-80 overs will test India's nerves. They have lost the series already losing by 1-0 or 2-0 makes no difference. If India decides to go for the total it will be an exciting 5th day of test cricket.

  • Ven61 on February 17, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    McCullum has done a Laxman! Brilliant effort! The series belongs to him despite the follow on blunder.

    If one captain was outstanding, the other showed his mediocrity once again. What else did Dhoni need to attack? He had runs to spare! When will the man learn that test cricket is different from T20?

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    and this is not Pakistan team playing who will chase 300+ runs in 58 overs. Lol

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    If only Kohli or Sharma would have held on the chances offered by BMac!

  • CricketingStargazer on February 17, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Quite astonishing by New Zealand. Now they can inflict the ultimate indignity on India by attacking for a few overs on the last morning and challenging India to make around 360 in just over 80 overs to save the series. And if it is accompanied by a McCullum triple century. This guy has so much talent it is hard to understand why he has had several quite barren years before suddenly blossoming again.

    This could turn out to be quite a last day. How much fight has been beaten out of India?

  • Adam_Leban on February 17, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Remember all the jive from Indian fans before the series started? All quite now ay. B-Mac seems to have come of age this tour. really proud to be a kiwi supporter

  • kbza86 on February 17, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    India's bowling attack is really hopeless...surely Fletcher saw that in SA and in the first test match...Mohamed shami is thier best bowler because of his raw pace, but he too was bowling 132 consistently which we all know is not going to trouble I pose this question to Indian fans..will we ever see a raw paceman coming from India? With all bowlers doing so badly, is there a solution to this huge problem? spinners can take 100 wickets in no time (ashwin) in subcontinent, but will not be as affective it not time to change your policy??

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    And they said "india eye Innings win" Then they realised they not playing in their yard :-D

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Hahahahahaha Poor Biggest among the Big three , i feel sorry for the game of cricket and its my ADVICE for BCCI that forget about the money just concentrate on their limited talent of cricket, i am amaze to see that they are not able to produce a single fast bowler from uncountable humans, feeling sorry for their limited talent.

  • NostroGustro on February 17, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    The big question is: will BMac go for the test win, or the series win? We know he takes risks to win, but I bet his desire for the 1-0 series win by making this one safe will just edge out his urge to win this test and complete a whitewash. Or will it?

    Either way, he deserves to complete whatever he aims for, and I bet his team will be busting a gut to get there.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I think kiwis deserve to be in top 3 rankings. Now they are better than pommies and India .If not in top three they at least don't deserve 8 th rank.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Indian Cricket Has gone down recently, Ordinary bowling ,average Batting, don,t know how they are classified as one of big three

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 17, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Not sure why people are bashing our bowlers. When a fielder doesn't hold on to a catch, how is that a bowler's mistake? Not once but twice Mac was dropped. And once by that ugly hair guy, as his hair blocked his right eye. So, go slow on 'let us bash the bowlers' slogan. Full credit to Mac for making those lives count. I'm very happy for him that he dug deep for his country when it mattered the most. What about the blue-eyed poster boy Kohli - dropped a sitter? Don't we all know that catches win matches? So, how is it that Pujara also goes easy on dropped catches in the conference yesterday? The culture of our team is dishonest when it comes to fielding and catching. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. That's it. Shame! It was disgusting to see Pujara playing down the significance of dropped catches. We dropped catches in the first test - paid the price. Dropped catches in the second - paying the price. Well, we dropped the series, not just catches alone. Simple as that!

  • Adam_Leban on February 17, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    happy very india is being humiliated like this. they deserve it ay. they played like a minnow side. kiwis climbing the rankings

  • nicevans on February 17, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @ru4real etc

    The point i have made on many occasions on here is not whether Bmac deserves criticism or not, of course he has deserved it at times.

    My issue has been the amount of criticism being disproportionate to his actions.

    The whole anti Hesson /Maccullum thing was tedious to say the least, and driven by the way the captaincy evolved.

    But some people on here and some in the media took it way too far ... look for Mark Reasons article as an example.

    As i noted previously Hesson deserves some credit for the current state of Nz cricket.

  • tests_the_best on February 17, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    It seems the easiest way to a triple century these days is to play against India. McCullum's top 3 highest scores, including a most likely triple are against India. Michael Clarke's highest of 329 not out is against India and also Cook's highest of 294 is against India.

    Even considering the fact that the pitch is perfect for batting, there's no way a bowling unit shouldn't be able to take more than 1 wicket over nearly 5 sessions which also saw 2 new balls being taken. India's bowling now seems to be the worst amongst all countries bar Bangladesh.

    As an Indian supporter I really feel bad for India's young batsmen. First it was failure to win after setting SA 458 to win. Then it's the first innings of Auckland test and now the current innings where the batsmen had set them up for victory. It's a touch of irony that NZ not only have the top 2 team totals but also the lowest 2 team totals for this series. All 4 of them seem to revolve around whether McCullum clicks or not.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Brendon is scoring big runs with one of the weakest bowling sides in the world.He is conveniently increasing his batting averages and that's not fair.

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    This is the beauty of test cricket , people was in ground applauded wen macullam left the ball after beaten 3 times on the row that is the flavour test cricket has hatt's of to the royal format of the gentleman game, test cricket will never die. unless bcci stops playing ipl and encourage our player's to go and play domestic cricket.

    dhoni should realize that he is over bowling zaheer khan, in second new ball in 1st 13 overs he bowled zak 7 overs in a sterch , young shami bowled only 3 overs. he should manage his bowlers smartly. but zaheer gentle pace of 125kmph will not work if he bowls like this in future in foriegn tours. india need bowler who bowls rapid pace of 145-150kmph should be used 3-4 over spell with max pace.

    with this bowling attack india cannot win test match overseas. they should forget winning.

  • Mutunga on February 17, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Slight correction @venkateshkm - New Zealand has 4 million people, not 30 million. Hats off to the Indian team for being good sports - lots of handshakes, no tantrums or sledging - even though things aren't going as they hoped.

  • Kulaputra on February 17, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    If New Zealand go on to win this game, Basin Reserve will be Eden Gardens in reverse.

    As rearguard actions go, this must rank very high, along with Eden Gardens Laxman and the Botham test

  • on February 17, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    McCullum has learnt to live in the moment. And in doing so, he has conquered himself. The fact that the Indian bowlers were vanquished in the process was merely a footnote to the proceedings. Hats off!

  • Harry_67 on February 17, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    I am an ardent Indian fan living in NZ and am disappointed in the Indian performance at the same time would like to congratulate NZ esp McCullum and Watling for a great and dogged resistance. However It is sad to see the comments by some so called cricket enthusiasts eg. Atif Masood, there is no need to get nasty mate!! That reeks of jealousy, I'm guessing you're a Pak supporter, a team I admire greatly and no matter how passionately I support India, I will never make comments like that against Pak team, learn from Afridi who rightly said in one of his recent interviews that some Pak cricket supporters need to get over hating Indian Cricket team. Comments like Atif Masood's shift the attention from a great batting performance by NZ! Grow up mate!

  • Surajrises on February 17, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    This is what I was talking about. I was thinking India might be able to bowl out NZ once Brendon gets tired but our bowling attack is so pathetic that we can't even get a tired player out forget about cleaning up the tail. I really hope India slip further down the rankings so that they do not feature in the TOP 3 teams and also that BCCI don't dictate terms... I have no doubts that NZ will fancy their chances tomorrow morning after declaring once Brendon gets to his Tripple Century and Neesham gets his Century. And if India's luck is further bad and if there are overcast conditions, then in the end we will have to say in Ravi Shashtri's words, "Its All Over".

  • yorkslanka on February 17, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    well done to Baz on a fantastic effort and showing what true backbone is all about. As a neutral, i have always liked the way he plays becuase he relies on his character as well as his skill and issomeone you would always want on your side in trouble..Similar to Haddin or Alec Stewart...Kiwishave taken another game away from india and they deserve to get a win in this match but will probably be a draw now..

  • Sir_Francis on February 17, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    NZ are very quietly getting quite good. Taylor, Ryder & Vettori aren't even playing. Hope Australia doesn't have to play them too soon.

    And even if this game peters out to a draw it proves why some people enjoy Test cricket above other forms of the game.

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 17, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    India has gone nearly two tours without a single win. Wow.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on February 17, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    MinusZero, when you say India needs to find some decent quicks and you mean QUICKS, how exactly do you expect them to do that. When a country of over one billion people cannot produce world class athlete's (no sub 10.3 second 100m runners no sub 2hr12 marathon runners ever) how are they going to find that elusive explosive athlete the out and out QUICK. I guess they may try to find one early from another country and buy their loyalty.

  • venkatesh018 on February 17, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @venkateshKM-the scenario you suggested is not too far away. All India's overseas Tests will be played at Chepauk,Eden Gardens and the Kotla.

  • ram91106 on February 17, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Yes we do need all the assistance we can get at home...we are not offered a batting paradise when we tour so its naturally fair that teams coming to India cope with raging turners but is it being done at the expense of the bowling stocks?? On a square turner just a bit of tweak will get us spin but what do we do when the wicket doesn't turn significantly?? Have the spinners been so mollycoddled that they have lost the ability to extract even a bit of spin in overseas condition?? After all during Kirsten's tenure didn't we play in Australia in Bangalore,Mohali where batting conditions are good and best them? Didn't Harbhajan get us bags of wickets in South Africa and New Zealand? When England toured in 2008 didn't both teams play on a fair wicket in Chennai?? KP had so much batting that he declared and set us a target.have the bowlers who won us matches in AUS, SA,NZ,WI,SL suddenly become ineffective? Or are the beliefs of the coach percolating to the very bones of our cricketers.cotd

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    India's team is alright, they are just playing outside of their comfort zone.

    The blame lies with BCCI. It is being run as a corporation and only concerned with profit. Hence they groomed players to make 200 in T-20 on dead wickets because that is the cash cow. Cricket be damned.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    McCullum and Watling have surely played one of the finest knocks in New Zealand Test cricket history i would love to see McCullum scoring a triple gud luck mate...

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    very ll done nz u are just punishing the all headed indians.. well done.. keep it up

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on February 17, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    NZ should not declare until BMac is not out. Wonderful chance for him to break the records. If he bats all day tomorrow, the test will be drawn and NZ will secure 1-0 win. BMac should have good massage today, spend evening with physio and get the onslaught going. Dhoni is the best captain india have when his bowlers are made impotent due to too much T20 cricket then what he can do. He has made india chase tough targets as he is a batsmen not a bowler. Even in this innings Ishant bowled better economy then Shami. Wthout Kohli & Dhoni india would lose to afghanistan or bangladesh even.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Very very sad that a cricketing nation like India can lack such bite even when way ahead in the game. The problem is not necessarily the team or their preparation its deeper then that. It starts back home where a more balanced approach needs to be taken. Everything in first class cricket is set up for either massive scores or spin bowling therefor encouraging only these two disciplines. But then we can ask why Pakistan has always had really good fast bowlers? its simple its about strength and diet. Look at the physiques of Pakistan fast bowlers, Pakistanis look strong and fit eating meat in their diets where Indian fast bowlers are either seriously skinny and weak or overweight. My suggestion is to identify talent and get them on proper diets and strength conditioning although its a bit difficult to get that from a veg diet.

  • pietime on February 17, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Amazing is all I can say. I was lucky to go to the Basin and hopefully I will be there tomorrow for potentially Bmac's 300. This is one of the proudest moments for me as a Kiwi supporter. I nearly cried when we beat Aus in Hobart bahaha. Bmac and Watling are heroes in NZ. Good on you guys and the rest of the team.

    Ok to the Indian fans. You supporters sound mad. Don't drop Dhoni yet. Your bowling is not that bad at all and your batsman are awesome. This happens in cricket. We have been apart situations like this in the near past. NZ vs Eng Eden park where Eng survived and India did the same thing in Napier a few years back where they had to survive 2 days.

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 17, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    To do well and win when the chips are down, are true signs of a great team. India sadly, does not have the grit to fight back as stats shows. Kiwis are known to tough it out when everything is against us. All Blacks and Black caps are an example of this mate.

  • portman on February 17, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Absolutely stunned with the pair of these Kiwi batsmen, McCullum and Watling. The Captain so often wasteful in the past has surely turned a corner this summer, did not believe he had this in him, and have not favoured him in the past. All has changed now a true Captain for all NZ cricket fans to follow. Watling has always been honest, sensible and controlled, but not one you would think would share a part in a world record of this magnitude. Truly magnificent and a moment to be proud of for all NZers. What will he do tomorrow, declare or bat on. McCullum has been called an aggressive Captain, however if he bats on he wins the series and may notch up 300 - a huge temptation. Personally I think NZ can win this if they declare, this talk about T20 making big targets attainable is wrong, batsman coming in and hitting 30-40 off 20 balls doesn't win Test Matches. Well done guys

  • Herath-UK on February 17, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    However india will take a relief knowing the fact that this partnership is way behind the record partnership of Sri Lankan duo Sanga & Mahela which is at whopping 624!

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Trust India to make a 'great' batsmen out of an ordinary one! That is the quality of the Indian bowling attack. An 84 test veteran who was averaging about 35 runs an inning has now tagged on an additional 4 runs per innings and is now close to averaging 40 thanks to this series. Couple of more series against India and Brendon McCullum will be averaging close to 50!

  • Rayvolution on February 17, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Dhoni desperately needs an overseas win. BBCI should immediately organise a quick morale boosting tour of Bangladesh!

  • dunger.bob on February 17, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Amazing, just amazing. I knew McCullum was no mug but I had no idea he was this good. .. What's the record number of runs in a 3 Test series? MCullum must be in with a shot at that I would have thought. .. What happened to the Indian bowling? Are they the same players who bowled in the first innings? .. I'm sitting back here shaking my head at this match. It's like a roller coaster. .. C'mon guys, you're making me dizzy.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    I really hope NZ dont try to enforce a victory by declaring early in the morning. They need to bat for at least 15-20 overs in order to get rid of any chance of India trying to level the series. On another note, I think its high time Dhoni gives away his captaincy. India needed a big overhaul and they are on the right track by hiring new talents. The only roadblock is conventional and defencive captaincy by Dhoni. Give Kohli or Pujara a chance. India need a complete turnaround if they want to come out of these consecutive losses.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    great effort by brendon and bj. will be an interesting day tomorrow

  • RichardMLindsay on February 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    This is why we love test cricket!! The Basin always offers a bit over the first two days and then flattens out. This is par for the course. Both teams don't have any quality spinners to take advantage. Where are Kumble, Harbajan and Vettori when they are needed?? Great knocks today but I would have attacked more if I were Dhoni.

  • venkatesh018 on February 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    This is just the sort of epic, spellbinding spectacle only Test Cricket can provide....The satisfaction and self-confidence which this amazing comeback-from-the-dead series win will give to the Kiwis should re-ignite their quest to be a major force in Test Cricket once again. Because they have got the team for it and a Fantastic Captain at the helm ! (And the Big Three should provide them all the support by playing meaningful three Test series against the Kiwis both home and away because NZ Cricket and Test Cricket both deserve it).

  • RichardMLindsay on February 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    This is why we love test cricket!! The Basin always offers a bit over the first two days and then flattens out. This is par for the course. Both teams don't have any quality spinners to take advantage. Where are Kumble, Harbajan and Vettori when they are needed?? Great knocks today but I would have attacked more if I were Dhoni.

  • Vimalesh on February 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    You're right Macca-let Wellingtonians fill the Basin. Here's a request for the rest of us NZers that he or his employers might assist with:...put the fifth day on free-to-air, just like the good old days!

  • Mervo on February 17, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Well done Brendon. From an Aussie, that showed guts and determination. How disappointing India's pace bowling was and their much vaunted spinners can't do it the air. If the wicket does not turn they are as toothless as their pace bowlers. Very disappointing for them. Long gone are the days of Kapil and the bowlers like Bedi who could use flight and variation.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Incredible knock. McCullum going all MJ Clarke like all of a sudden on India, well played that man! Must be one of the very best cricket innings ever played. VVS kind of stuff, isn't it? Great job by BJ and young Neesham to stick in there with him. NZ all but sealed the series, great stuff fellas!

  • Mervo on February 17, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Well done Brendon. From an Aussie, that showed guts and determination. How disappointing India's pace bowling was and their much vaunted spinners can't do it the air. If the wicket does not turn they are as toothless as their pace bowlers. Very disappointing for them. Long gone are the days of Kapil and the bowlers like Bedi who could use flight and variation.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Incredible knock. McCullum going all MJ Clarke like all of a sudden on India, well played that man! Must be one of the very best cricket innings ever played. VVS kind of stuff, isn't it? Great job by BJ and young Neesham to stick in there with him. NZ all but sealed the series, great stuff fellas!

  • Naked_Cricket on February 17, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    This will forget for India, after this years IPL . Until then indian batters and bowlers are worst for indian public and selectors. THEY NEVER LERAN ...!

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    mr.dhoni plzzz resign ur captaincy,ur not capable of it....

    do only in T20 for CSK..

  • ram91106 on February 17, 2014, 7:43 GMT it any coincidence that India's defensive mentality crept in with the appointment of Duncan Fletcher...if we remember England during Fletcher's regime were unbeatable at home...except when the opponent played exceptionally well it was always a case of England bullying the opposition at home and surrendering meekly away...if we remember our decline started immediately after theWC 2011 triumph during the Windies tour...16 overs 100 runs 7 wickets...agreed to a it the safety first concept drilled in by the coach that has made us laughing stocks?? The same team that played and won consistently in Aus,SA,NZ,SL,WI suddenly finds itself under a quagmire of defeats...granted that the batting lineup is young but don't we have two experienced campaigners in Zaheer and Ishant?? How is it that the bowling is so ineffective??Is the coach's mentality that overseas tours are far less than home series so concentrate on bolstering the home wins record???Contd

  • BHAGWAN-XI on February 17, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    In icc ranking NZ should have at no. 2,3 or 1 too, and india should have no. 10 or 11 or nothing ? We are at no. 2 or 3 because we have won at home all time or won overseas only against WI, ZIM OR B'DESH . Now what should do for WC 2015. When I sharma got 6 wkts we are very happy but result is that now we are in trouble and its should be clear on day 5, when NZ bowling and we are chasing 450 plus. So we going for drawn or lose after very much winning position. Its very big Question when you have not clear that who are our best bowler to play up to for next year WC.

  • Amjad_Bukhari on February 17, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Oh, dreams of Dhoni broken again. he is not going to draw the series even and risk is there that they are beaten on 5th day. Now India should spent money on hiring fast bowlers from Aust, Eng, SA and from Pak for playing outside INDIA. or now being in control of ICC, they should make Rule that when India visit NZ, Aust, Eng and SA, no tean will score more than 350 against them and Ind team will be awarded 75 runs extra as bonus when they bat. Then I hope Ind will win outside India.

  • amilag on February 17, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Money can't do everything...this is a perfect example...

  • venkateshkm on February 17, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    I also propose that there should be proportionate representation eg if NZ has 30 million people and they want to play 11 people, then as 1.2Bn, we should have a proportionate number of players, that way, we can accomodate everyone in India who thinks he wants to play in the national colours and most importantly, we cant be all out at all and there will be no place in the field where the opposition can score runs. I am sure this is a workable remedy to our performance woes and just hope BCCI buys into it.

  • Herath-UK on February 17, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    This weak indian attack is probably going to make the highest run scorer in the test history tomorrow. Sangakkara just made a triple & soon after it is now the turn to Mcullum. Best Luck.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    dhoni captainship is poor, he cannot captain a side anymore, the more selector believes in him the more india will loose crucial matches outside subcontinent. At the end of third day i was hoping for newzealand to make come back. I am very happy for newzealand team. Brendon mccullum knows how to play for country and how to captain a side whereas dhoni looks very very bad captain.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @humi_cric Nah mate, Martin was way way way way better.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    well NZ batsmen have played the innings of their lives. as a Pakistani it could be a high time to grind the indian team and their fans. but after reading the comments against Dhoni i thought i would defend him. Dhoni by nature is not defensive as his batting shows. the problem is the indian bowlers. captain cannot do anything if his bowlers do not respond as they are supposed to. they let NZ loose and Dhoni had to set the defensive fields.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    It will be good to see him go past Martin Crowe's 299 against Sri Lanka in '91 - been waiting all my life to see a Kiwi batsman get a triple ton :).

  • austentayshus on February 17, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    From T20 hitter to Test batsman

    BMac you transformation has amazed me !!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @Lin Comp I agree with majority of your comment except that we are talking about a test match and a day 5 pitch agreed 300 plus can be achieved on one dayers but on a day 5 pitch chasing 350 plus and winning I dont think that is gonna happen for that to happen few factors need to be considered that track is utter flat track no uneven bounce or movement or turn Indian bowlers should be bowling to Indian Batsmen and any catches given must be dropped any ball hit beyond 30 yard circle should be given 4 or 6.If all this happen India will win for sure.From where I see it kiwis shall go a bit slow till Baz achieve 300 and both shall attack outright and score another 70-80 runs Baz needs 19 and Neesham 33 for respective milestones that by itself accounts for 50 consider another 50 runs and India shall be asked to bat given Dhoni's mentality I am sure he would prefer kiwis to bat longer so he can try for a draw which is for which he playing whole day today

  • prasanna on February 17, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Hats off to McCullum, Watling and Neesham for rescuing NZ. The inexperience in Indian bowling attack keeps getting exposed, first in SA where they had the opposition on the mat on the last day only to end up in tense draw and now. They somehow think that after 4 - 5 wickets, things will fall into place easily and it's a matter of time. Remember this is not subcontinent where that may hold true, but in overseas conditions, we need to earn every wicket by maintaining that discipline for very very long time.

  • Snowbadger15 on February 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    @nicevans it would be hypercritical to criticise him after making a double ton. Watling played a beautiful innings and really grinded and frustrated the Indians while baz has being played fantastic this series who really bailed us out to day and saved us with Watling from an innings defeat to a probable draw, possible victory. Baz has really stepped up this series and has captaincy has been good despite not winning a toss all tour. The openers are useless at the moment so both should be scrapped for the tour of the west indies. Test 11 for the west indies Latham, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Anderson, Neesham, Watling, Sodhi, Southee, Wagner, Boult

  • amilag on February 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    IPL heroes goes out of India nad become Zeroes....come on team India...sir Jadeja.....captain coooool....

  • Bringbackbuck on February 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    McCullum this series has finally gone from a wicketkeeper batsman who doesn't keep any more to a specialist batsman who values his wicket and bats responsibly - great to see him reaching his potential at last after years of frustration at him getting in then throwing his wicket away with a rash shot. Absolutely stunning, will be stoked if he gets the triple.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    RIP indian bowling and number 1 rank for good

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Line in the sand moment. Dhoni has to step down before his defensive thinking percolates to the entire team. Bowling attack completely refurbished. We'd rather fail with Varun Aaron , Umesh Yadav and Ishwar Pandey (Pankaj Singh if selectors believe) rather than failing with Unfit Zaheer who can give you one good spell at best and Ishant Sharma - highly dependent on conditions. I doubt whether we have performances outside India even on our agenda !!

  • byc89 on February 17, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Despite winning the toss almost every time and playing when the situation favors, India is almost set to loose this match too. A lot of suggestions from most of the fans here but Dhoni & co. are not going to read the suggestions published here. At the best, Indian fans can only pray that some day India will win at least 1 test match abroad. India did not have a good overseas record even under other captains but the record under Dhoni's captaincy is even worse. All and sundry associated with the team India are responsible for this. A brilliant performance by few players now and then but no collective performance. Seems situation wont change in the near future.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Is it not a blessing in disguise? Time to change old guard. For God's sake ask Mr. Dhoni to take rest [although, not well deserved]. Let's have a new young captain, with a younger team. Even if they loose heavily, it would be learning curve.

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on February 17, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Same situation which Pakistan was facing against Sri Lanka.

    India need to come into Pak mood in order to win from here.

    In the first session , they need to bowl out NewZealand asap.

    After that go for the target even if its 5 runs per over.

    Pak pulled it off last time against Sri Lanka. Let us see if India does the same

    But a great game in the making !

  • SLisBestinEarth on February 17, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Hope Black caps thrash this flat track bullies to 2-0 & thus make Eng:4-0 / Aus 4-0 / SA : 1-0 / Newz :2-0.. Play with us our Nuwan Pradeep, Lakmal, Kula will trash you to 2-0 in any part of the world.

  • Jwese on February 17, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I really feel ashamed when I see my countrymen making our own team look horrible when they lose.When Aus were 0-7 down the FANS did not say that they were the worst, and now that they have won the ashes & defeated SA they are not over the moon saying Aus is the greatest. SA were downright bulldozed by Johnson.Are their fans calling them No.8? After Dhawan got a ton We were like India will win this by an innings, we will win the 2015 WC. MSD is a good captain and I actually admire him for not calling it quits 2 preserve his own record and expose the inexperienced youngsters. I agree some of the decisions MSD makes as a captain are inexplicable but you have to get behind your team and support them. Those asking for Gambhir probably did not watch the Aus series he just hung his bat outside the off stump and edged to the slips.No disrespect but this team is as good as any. Let us learn to appreciate the opposition and give credit where its due Superb knock by BAZ under pressure.

  • cricfansince91 on February 17, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    No praise can be enough for Brendon Mccullum, he has single handedly saved the Test for his side & I daresay may even end up winning it. this shows that more than Talent it is the Mental Strength and Determination which lead to success.!!! even Watling's contribution was no way less!!!!

    On the other hand no criticism of the Indian Captain's handling can be enough, how can you explain having only one(sometimes even none) slip when you have over 100 runs' lead and have to take only 5 wickets to win?? Apart from favouritism and not being able to contribute with bat overseas, M.S.Dhoni is also guilty for wrong moves at wrong times, he experiments too much when Conventional methods is the need of hour & letting things drift when some thing "out-of the box" is needed.!!! This is time to do away with Dhoni the captain, because as it is with his leadership and greats like Rohit, Raina, Ashwin and Ishant, India WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEND THE WC IN 2015. Period

  • drrao.nit on February 17, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Dear Friends: Before expecting more from Dhoni & CO why dont you ask bcci to provide the kind of fast pitches to get the support to the bowlers as well as the batsmen so that they can learn how to play on fast pitches. Without providing the required infrastructure to the players you can't expect the player to perform.

  • dogandbone on February 17, 2014, 7:29 GMT is a very cruel game....what would have happened if BMac had been caught on 9 like he should have been.....yes the knives would have come out again and probably rightly so....since then he has batted how a number 5 batsman should bat so full credit to him and I hope he breaks the three hundred barrier as I feel it will drive the likes of Taylor , Williamson to bigger and better things...I agree with many that the hundreds Taylor has been scoring has pulled the others along to another level. .may this competition continue as we now have the talent to continue to break records...Also a big well done to BJ as without his support BMac wouldn't be where he is and nor would the team.....great result for him and the team....India you have been a big disappointment....a couple of sessions during the whole tour is all nz has seen from a team so highly painted as #2 in the world...very disappointing and over rated...bring on Aussie!

  • joe7sanchez on February 17, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    yesterday the comments were different and it changed again....u all are Chameleons......just sit tight n watch day one will manage india better than dhoni now.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Dhoni has been snoozing the alarm and going back to sleep. 180 overs and unable to bowl out the opposition !!?? Jo'burg and Wellington - Most frustrating experience for Indian fans.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 17, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @Cricthink, you say 'money is the root of all evil'. So why don't you give your money to me mate ;-)? You be pure. Stay away from money. I'm sure you don't even touch money. Cheers...

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 17, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Great innings by McCullum and Watling. However, what I can't understand is why some Indian fans are crucifying their own bowling attack in this match. Surely you can see as well as the rest of the world can that McCullum was dropped twice, and then Dhoni's option to have one floating slip meant an edge through the cordon was missed even though India were still WAY ahead in the match at that point.

    How many times do the Indian bowlers have to get someone out before you're satisfied? Just because he didn't get out doesn't mean they were to blame, there's only so much a bowler can do. If nobody else is going to help out they're certainly not to blame for that. If you have to have a go at someone how about Kohli for his multiple failures and a crucial dropped catch that cost India this match? Guess not, he is the golden boy after all.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Congrats to B Mac & whole NZ team for their effort. They are totally deserve 2:0 win.

    But I would like to say something (lot) about THE GREAT INDIAN BOWLING. What a great effort from them. Look at against SA, They give them above 400 to win the match in above 4 season, but thanks to SA Batsman (Choker) for denied themselves a Historic Win. AND now, at one stage NZ 94/5 and now 325 lead (and counting...) but this time NZ going to WIN this match.

    I am a huge Indian Cricket fan, but I would like to tell the world cricket If any team want their Batsman out of from or team ranked below, they should invite India on their home and play minimum of 5 test series. If SA, AUS, ENG, or even WI or ZIM invite India to play 5 each test match series, I am definitely sure after 25 test match India ranked 8th in test. What a shame of whole Indian team and particularly MSD. He don't want to (Mishra in ODI and Pandey in Test) have a GO.

    Go NZ Go!! and greatest test victory...

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Great batting from BM and for NZ you guys will win this series so don't worry. This team India can't beat us here in Canada with my local club team so how they can win this match against NZ.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Miserable to say the least .India need to recuperate. I would suggest sending some of the bowlers to eng to play county instead of IPL .India needs bowling in tests.

  • SameOld on February 17, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Well, Baz sure has proven his critics wrong again today. Even as a rusted-on supporter, I've had my doubts at times over the years. No more. Baz is NZ captain until he quits, his back gives out for good, or he dies of old age as far as this fan is concerned.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he declares before play tomorrow to give his bowlers the best chance of taking all 10 wickets. Despite what some say, he's always put team first. Giving up his chance at 300 for the team's chance at a win would be perfectly in character.

    So the only question is: Do NZ have enough to feel safe? Considering Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni and Jaddu can all score very quickly, NZ might want to set 350+ in 80 overs, thereby pretty much forcing India to bat for a draw. 1-0 up in the series, they could also just bat through to lunch or even later.

    But I reckon a declaration just before the start is on the cards. Either that, or Baz & Neesh come out swinging from ball one. Either way, I'll be watching every ball!

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on February 17, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    One of top 3 getting humiliated once again by so called lower caste and lower tier team.

    Just loving it!

    Finance do not make you a king, However, Good Cricket does.

    Newzealand is the King !!

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 17, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    India must be wishing they were back home, playing on flat pitches and dust bowls. that way, they could inflate their averages and pretend to be good players. rubbish team mate

  • Foxymoron on February 17, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    McCullum just silenced every critic he has ever had. Including me. Amazing determination and concentration. He wants this sooo bad!

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on February 17, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    This match is going to be draw now. T20 players who are playing tests for india will not be able to chase it as it is just very good batting that is keeping NZ ahead, their footwork, short selection, timing all are excusite. Dhawan, Kohli & Dhoni should take a chance to justify indian test ranking. Otherwise, they are small3 of world cricket in the ground while big3 by money.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Its confidence! Indian bowlers can't produce magic when opposition bating is flying. Indian curators has to prepare 50% 50% wickets which encourage fast bowlers. Its hard to believe out of 2nd largest population they can't generate pacer like Mitcheal Johnson while neighboring country Pakistan is producing tons of pacers. Make good pitches and let fast bowlers to grow.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    dear sathish sanath scored 340. you forgot it

  • Jai_India on February 17, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Can we get Mitch Jhonson for 2 hours please!!!!!! Our bowlers seem to have no idea what to do.. Any way we are not winning so why not test some young bowlers!!! It is pathetic that we cant get one good fast bowler from the second largest populated country in the world.....

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    its expected,nothing new

  • anton1234 on February 17, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    There is no reason for NZ not to play on until they are all out. A draw would obviously win them the series. But do they dangle a carrot by setting India around 360 or 370, knowing India would have to go for it and play with a good deal of risk? But in the age of T20 cricket a big total even in 80 overs is not as daunting as it once was. I would therefore play on until all out, and hopefully set over 400.

  • Dysan25 on February 17, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @MinusZero, That question's bugging me too. Don't they coach to bowl Yorkers and Slower Balls in the Pace Foundations, Clubs and elsewhere in India ? or is it deemed too Un-Indian-like to be practising ? ..

  • anton1234 on February 17, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    There is no reason for NZ not to play on until they are all out. A draw would obviously win them the series. But do they dangle a carrot by setting India around 360 or 370, knowing India would have to go for it and play with a good deal of risk? But in the age of T20 cricket a big total even in 80 overs is not as daunting as it once was. I would therefore play on until all out, and hopefully set over 400.

  • jahbert58 on February 17, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Keep saying India playing 4 bowlers not gonna cut it playing against good teams. India batting line up is too good to be asking their bowlers to take 20 wicket to win games. when are they going to learn.

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    At the end of the second and third day, India had a bright chance of a rare victory overseas. Now, they face another test loss overseas. If this is what India can do against NZ, what is going to happen in England and Australia later this year. I am really frightened at the very thought of Mitchell Johnson. We'll have to start praying for the safety of our players. That can only save them. Overseas test victory - where are you? Will we ever see you in our lifetime? Hats off to McCullum and Watling - great going...

  • venkateshkm on February 17, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    From now on, all of India's overseas matches will be played in India. By order BCCI....seriously, we have never had a lethal bowling attack like Aus or Pak for as long as 40 years or maybe even earlier. It is frustrating to watch a India test match when they travel, they just dont have the bowling to win tests against most teams. And then we have Dhoni who is perhaps the most talented captain we have had for some time but who is very defensive and does not know how to win test matches. Its too easy playing in India. We need Clarke to play for India. Lets just hurry up with the citizenship please. We wasted an era of great batsmen, and we cant waste another great batting ( Kohli, Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane etc ).

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 17, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    94/5 to 571/6. I want to give credit to Mac for the fairy tale innings and it will be hard to digest for them if they don't win from here (even a draw will be somewhat unjustified) but more than that i am angered at our bowlers and captain and our batsmen who are equally complacent(Kholi and dhawan should aim for those daddy hundreds not just hundred). We should play more overseas to give ourselves a fair chance to acclamatize and even win a series. 2 test match series wont be enough to get the experience or to win the series. We were not bad in SA one more test could have given us a chance to draw. And one more game here could have given us more experience. BCCI please.........

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Dhoni bowls, Kohli Keeps, Kohli Bowls Dhoni Keeps....Dhoni bowls, Kohli Keeps, Kohli Bowls Dhoni Keeps....... Commentators says, "What The H is going on"? Can't you play an extra bowler for Christ sake? End this misery for fans's sake please.

  • Iceman29 on February 17, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Full credit goes to Mcullum and Watling...the way these two guys batted for almost two days is amazing..Ind should lose this match the selectors will lean only from humiliation...but i doubt Dhoni will not be sacked and he himself will not get down from captaincy plus he will continue with Ishant, Zak and Jadeja and Ind will find it difficult to stop the overseas loosing streak...I wonder why the experts like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri are not commenting about the non performers...may be they are afraid about BCCI...

  • John.cric.lover on February 17, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Its time for Dhoni to resign. C'mon... He's a very defensive captain thats it... Which'll work in the shorter formats... But you need imaginative captaincy to succeed in test cricket... He has to step down as test captain... Someone fresh is needed...

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    india can only win on dead pitches at home on front of home crowd

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Instead of blaming the Indian bowlers,who not too long ago rolled over NZ for 105 and 192...we must appreciate the effort of McCullum and BJ....Aus fans never blamed WArne and co for Kolkata 2001 buteven they appreciated Laxman and Rahul for their efforts...I am not saying Our bowlers are in the same category of those legends but our guys put in their 100%(except maybe Zak at times) Having said that India missed a trick by playing 7 batsman...they should have played Ashwin or another quick....

  • on February 17, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Maculam not a test player he always play good against india all 3big hundred against india very defencive captaincy and always bowler hurt india 1 j'burg test not defend 458

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

    Indian players are nothing but overrated paper tigers ay. So hype around them yet they are so ordinary. Cricket gets lot of bad coverage thanks to India as well; betting etc. Clean up mate

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Still funny just like our players my fellow Indian fans still keep harping that come to India we will see or how many games you won in India.Come on guys accept the facts India is not good outside sub continent lets face it and as a matter of fact even in India if we have a seaming surface with certain movement Indian batsmen will struggle.During oz series in India one match the ball seemed and moved immediately all tracks became flat tracks.England SA Aus everyone has beaten us at home no doubt on that aspect.we have never won a single series there and about last aus test at home majority of side was rested for ashes.I am sure if the present squad comes to India now they will beat us fair and square.For India the way ahead is throw Dhoni off test team prepare sporting tracks which have pace bounce movement and develop a nice a proper squad.With WC in nz aus I feel India will be out in league stages or max super six unless BCCI mandates India will play final or we wont play world cup

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    I think better india stop playing cricket outside sub-continent. waste peoples time by playing this kind of poor cricket.. even they can't hold a easy catches.

    Make the match from winning position to losing position. india only can do this miracle..

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

    one word - dhoni. what will it take for him to be taken out of captaincy ? srinivasan being kicked out ?

  • Cricthink on February 17, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    INCREDIBLE is one ward to describe BMAC's innings and the 6th Wkt partnership with W'ing. You need to take 20 wickets to win a test match, scoring 600 , 700+ is not the only thing in a test match. It gives you the cushion to set attacking field and be more aggressive, but you need the Fire power to get 20 Wkts, Sri lanka did learn this a few times , however they had variety in their attack ( SL ). India does not and at this rate will never will. Farewell to this match. Sickening to see BCCI trying to take control of World cricket when they can not produce a winning combination. Money is the root cause of all evil, and this is the out come

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    This Indian team has shown time and again how to loose from winning positions..

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    I am Pakistani I must say India need Wasim Akram and Saeed Ajmal type bowlers and it is not difficult to copy them with all the technology. Unbelievablet Ashwin is not playing. 40 overs are too much for fast bowlers, they are really dangerous when ball is new. In a team, Two genuine fast bowler, two spinners, two bowler all rounders exactly like Afridi and , 5 specialist batsmen. None other combination is good but sin for India. Other sin is there is no cricket between India Pakistan so, eventually both teams would be knocked out from world cricket. It is important for Pakistan and India to Play like Ashes series , it should be called " WW111" SERIES" every year, include one test, two one days, three T20's so new generation of India Pak get motivated and look forward for those otherwise like hockey they would be removed from cricket and replace by Australia and England. Indian cricket politics paralyzed these two nation progress in all fields including cricket.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    @Afzal M Faridi. Thats the problem you Indian fans have. You start believing again in this mediocre bunch (both batting and bowling) just after one performance. I bet all would be good when india would call WI or bang at home and beat it, and you would start believing again and their would be happy ending with the book closed and placed in some dirty attic to catch dust.

  • nicevans on February 17, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Amazing innings from Maccullum, also Watling, Neesham So happy for bazza, hopefully silence the critics both on here, and in the media ( Mark Reason as an example) No point in saying you got it wrong when you wanted the guy dropped in the first place! I wonder where regofpicton is with his anti Maccullum stats, sam fisher et al.. On a serious note, that was a fantastic day of cricket for Nz cricket as a whole. Credit must go to Mike Hesson as well

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 17, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    If I were in Dhoni's shoes, this is what I would say to my team members, "When you are winning a series, it doesn't matter whether you win 1-0 or 2-0 except for the sake of some added sweetness of the bigger margin. A series win is all that matters. Likewise, when you lose a series, it doesn't matter whether you lose it 1-0 or 2-0. Either of those numbers is still counted as a series loss. So let's go and give it our all to draw the series. Go have fun. Play happily and freely and toy with the Kiwi bowlers".

  • Adam_Leban on February 17, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    good stuff lads. really proud of the kiwi lads. indians don't have the grit to fight back when the chips are down. that's why they have such poor win ratio abroad. feel sad for indian fans, who support their ordinary team, thinking they are something special. NOT.

  • Great_Lion on February 17, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @black_bird ok.ok. we can give ishant and vijay to lot of time.Plz don't drop them.we like those guys.Keep them in the team and team india has a good future.

  • BruceJ on February 17, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    I think the Indian supporters need to give more praise to their bowlers. I watched much of both tests to date. In the 2nd innings in Auckland and first innings in Wellington the Indian bowlers were tremendous. If the catch off McCullum had been taken on 9 the game would likely have been over yesterday. Even in this innings the bowlers were very tired but bowled very good line and length. I think the field placements became too defensive and therefore difficult for the bowlers to attack. Ishant Sharma has had a good series and Mohamed Shami was tremendous at times. NZ just batted very well in the middle order yesterday and today.

  • venkyind on February 17, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    if rahane or kohli ,pujara ,rohit had the luck that mccullam had he would have scored 500!!!!ohh how lucky he was and ithought at once that all the luck in the world is in the newzealand team but eventhough well played mcullum but the 1st test double century was better even he gets a triple now kohlis catch drop reminds me of gooch dropped on 8 and he reached 333

    india team done well but some fielders was complacent i think india can still win this match as it is a flat batting pitch and remember they chased 360 and 351 in 43 and 49 overs respectively and they chased 330 in 40 overs so i will never rule india out especillay when it comes to batting...i will always rule india out when it is bowling!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Indian team would never win a test match overseas till dhoni is captain. Because of him jadeja or Ashwin play in place of wicket takng spinners like Oza and Mishra. Similarly zaheer, ishant play in place of umesh yadav, iswar pandey or varun Aaron. Even if these players come into 15, they always warm the benches. Our bowlers can not take 20 wickets. If they bowl well, fielders will not catch. If bowlers bowl well and fielders catch well, batsmen will not play well. If the bowlers, fielders and batsmen all do well together, then also we will not win due to dhoni's defensive captaincy. Dhoni can not inspire team to do well in all 3 departments for 5 days. Selectors will get sacked even if they say a single word about dhoni. A further 9-0 is on the cards under dhoni I.e. 5 losses in England and 4 in Australia. It seems we have to face this embarrassment at least till 2019. Dhoni will not retire till that at least. ---- a very much heartbroken indian fan..

  • vinudupa on February 17, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    what would happen when you have only 3 bowlers in team,and bowl stop swinging?MSD is hellbent on making JADEJA a test lease with OJHA/HARBAJAN/MISHRA would have taken a wicket or two.......thanks Dhoni for being the best captain India ever had !!!!

  • nusratv on February 17, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    The way this Test match is going is not good for world cricket. India is a major earner for cricket worldwide and cricket survives because of the revenue India generates. No team should be allowed to beat India, the big three must now incorporate this in the ICC constitution, just like the big three agreed that they will not be relegated in a two tier system. Here are a couple of suggestions how this can be achieved, if any team looks likely to win against India they should be forced to forfeit the match before its over, if that sounds too drastic, then they may deliberately play badly and go for a draw at least. Other suggestions are welcome.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    No worries folks! Our board will dial a few calls before Asia cup...our mediocre team will win it, then massive media coverage and woooah! All this overseas thrashing will be forgotten as if nothing happened and then get ready to be thrashed again in England because the same team will be playing there too!

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    For breaking Or setting world records in batting every nation has to schedule a home series against India. Among the current test nations, India probably has the worst bowling attack & the least pro-active captain. Any team, except Bangladesh, would have won the Wanderers test against SA from the position India were in. Just imagine, we almost lost the test after setting a target of 450 odd runs! Only India can achieve this. And they are on the verge of doing it again now in Wellington. Of course, you can't expect much when a team get whitewashed repeatedly overseas & yet the captain stays on as if nothing has happened. Utterly shameless!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    NZ should not assume that they have already saved this test (or won it). Such thinking will be a blunder. In this era of 20-20, 50-50 overs and with indian batting running very very deep till 7th or 8th down and even the tailenders too contribute nowadays, so NZ should try to bat as long as possible; if possible at least till lunch. The plan tomorrow is not only to hit runs but also to waste time as long as possible. Cricket being the most complex game and among the most difficult games with so many factors coming in to play and also with batsmen nowadays can chase any number of runs by switching to 20-20 or 50-50 overs mode so NZ cannot be complacent now. Chasing even around 400 runs in about 70 overs is not an impossible thing in today's cricket era and with strong stroke makers like indian batsmen. NZ should take the 5th day extremely seriously otherwise they may repent later. All the best NZ.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    I had written yesterday that it was India's game to loose and India has lost it.All the hardcore India fans were like over the moon saying Kiwis will be gone before lunch and India would win blah blah.As expected B.Mccullum and Walting grinded their way thro and played awesome innings.It was surprising India bowled well in 2 innings second innings in 1st test and 1st innings in this match now we are back to your olden ways.Once the batsmen get set Dhoni goes defensive waits &waits for them to commit mistake which more often than not doesnt happen.He is happy in containment saying let them take risk.He kept bowling with old ball in SA till umpires said enough and changed the ball.High time he was removed from captaincy opportunity cannot present itself better in a plate with your opposition 5 down and lead of 5 runs instead of attacking our man goes defensive and tries to contain an result 320 runs 1 wicket a match which should have won now is gone one more international series gone

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

    Just one word for McCullum and Watling - RESPECT. Hats off to you both - from India. You reminded us the greatness of Dravid and VVS for the best rearguard action in the history of cricket. They won the match for India from a done and dusted hopeless position. Congrats to you both and thanks for bringing us back those lovely memories of Kolkata 2001.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Total indian bowling failure. gr8 job done by maccullam nt an easy work to do bt ppl lik maccullam caliber cn do so..its jus bn unlucky fo Indian team dt matches which are in their reach thy loose bt if u compare da series agnst sa n nz India hav tried alt n their batsmen also doing bt wn u dnt hav luck u cnt do anything. ..bettr luck in England team india..

  • thozar on February 17, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @indian1986, sensible post. I was going to post the same. I hate posts like "I am an Indian fan and it is better if we lose this test because it will cause this change" from one section of Indian fans. C'mon guys (and girls), we should support our team even if they select someone who we don't like or select one less bowler and one more batsman or whatever reason. Did you guys notice that India has been getting more competitive when compared to the England and OZ tours in 2011? Let's throw our weights behind the team and cheer them through thick and thin. Go India!

    Everyone enjoyed this test but not because India was poor but because 3 NZ batsmen played out of their skins and defied our attack and converted a sure defeat into a probable win. Let's appreciate the cricketers and not trash anyone. They are all giving their best. No one plays to lose.

  • amilag on February 17, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Brendon you beauty! Wonderful concentration! However you will have to be careful when you are playing against other test nations since you will not get this type of third grade bowling attack, defensive field setting and defensive captaincy!

  • MinusZero on February 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Plain and simple, India need some decent quicks. And I mean QUICKS not medium pace. Also why does no one bowl slower balls and yorkers in test cricket? They would work even better in tests because the batsman isnt expecting it.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Everyday we see a captain complaining about an all seam attack saying over rate will be slow. I see a wicket keeper who doesn't go quickly to the other end when the over is finished. A wicket keeper who stands so back that the ball doesn't reach him or the slip after taking an edge,as if Mitchell Johnson is bowling. A captain who has played over 80 matches and still needs a Zaheer to motivate and advise his bowlers. Last day I watched ABD running from one end to the other after the over was finished. This was after facing Johnson for almost whole of SA innings. So see who is responsible for slow over rate. Is it the bowlers or the captain who is too lazy to run to the other end and doesn't encourage the bowlers to finish things quickly?

  • dalboy12 on February 17, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    What a comeback from NZ, McCullum gets a lot criticism here in NZ for some reason. Surely, those critics should crawl back into their holes now. Also great innings from Watling and Neesham. For you Indians fans - I won't be too hard on your team Shami, Sharma especially have bowled well on a pitch that is offering them nothing. Dhoni has tried plenty as captain. Part of the reason this innings has been so good by McCullum is that due to the state of the game (ie..India could still win it), the Indians have been at him all day and bowled well. It has not been a case of the bowling and fielding team giving up. Although they must be ruing dropped catches yesterday. It will an interesting day tomorrow.

  • mondotv on February 17, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Wow wow wow - I hadn't been following this match as it looked like a foregone conclusion but however bad India were that is just remarkable from Brendon McCullum.

    This is why there is no other game on earth like Test cricket. Over 5 days fortunes can change and more than once.. and every now and then something heroic and unforgettable happens. Keeps you coming back for more...especially with players of the calibre of McCullum and Johnson now on show.

    I hope it doesn't end in a tame draw. Wouldn't justify all that hard work for me. You want the great performances rewarded with a win.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @ thozar, IndianSRTfan: We can brag about our past because we have achieved a lot in the era of Sachin and before. But, on our current performance I have to agree with Maruthudelft. Definitely Lankans are a far better side than us in recent time. Look we are pathetically trying to stop away winless streak in both tests and ODIs. But Lankans have won against Saffas and Pak recently among top teams just forget about wins aginst bottom half of the ranking. I am not amaized if we struggle to beat Bangla in Bangladesh. They are such an improved bunch than our overhyped one match wonder players. Sakib, Razaq, Gazzi are way ahead than Jadeja and Ashwin. Players like Ishant will never be even in Ban A side. I was embarassed to see Dhoni bowling and not sure if Pujara and Dhawan would bowl tomorrow to get BigMac out.

  • Ozzz.z on February 17, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Best rear guard in the history of test cricket. Hats off to BMac Watling and Neesham win or lose you did more than do your country proud you did international cricket proud. Even Indian fans are being supportive towards the feat.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    what can I say, you people have said it all. one thing that i may add is that as long as India does not develop a mentality where results are more important than individual records. India will continue to suffer these humiliations. I mean, no one can take away the fact, that Mcculum and company have batted out of their skins and they deserve every praise that they are receiving and then some. In my humble opinion that has to one of the best second innings batting performance in recent times.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    McCullum = legend.

  • humi_cric on February 17, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Simply amazing, wow, what a fight from NZ captain and lower order. I must say the wellington crowd is also amazing, very knowledgeable and supportive (for both teams). Hope tomorrow more wellingtonian will come to witness few more new records for Kiwi team (may be one of the greatest test victory in the entire history of NZ cricket). Though I am a neutral fan but seriously thinking to wake up early in the morning, as first session is also very important and wanted to see B.McCullum scoring first triple hundred from Kiwi side. Once both McCullum and J Neesham reach their milestone, I know, fun will begin (serious hitting) and don't want to miss that, TBH. In this series, B.McCullum looks to me bigger player than Martin Crowe and Ross Taylor, or may be because of this bowling attack I got this impression. Anyway, good luck to both teams, though I am supporting New Zealand team (From a Pakistani team supporter).

  • sumit1982 on February 17, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    History can be made in 18th Feb 2014 at The Basin Reserve first NZ batsmen go on to score 300 runs. Hats off to the NZ skipper what patience ,determination and application show by him.

    Match has gone out of India hand.If India are crazy going on to chase 360 last day they will lose the test series by 2-0. Dhoni need to play four fast blower now on when they travel outside subcontinent.

  • ZaneMartin on February 17, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Can't say enough how much my respect for McCullum has gone up today. I suspected he was in real physical trouble even at the end of play yesterday and I doubt he has let on just how much pain he has been in today. What a feat. To the Indian supporters I can only say I think your bowlers have toiled manfully but have lacked the help from a dead pitch to reward the good length they have maintained. Huge effort from them albeit with some strange captaincy, and I don't think the NZ innings reflects their efforts. The Basin Reserve is like that - massive second innings scores are common there (refer 1983/4 vs England, and 1990/91 vs Sri Lanka)

  • black_bird on February 17, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Indian team is still too young. give these guys some time.once dhoni, ishant, dhawan,vijay get more experienced. they will trash everyone.

  • Black-Zero on February 17, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    What a captain's inning McCullum has played.Hats off to him. If he makes a triple tomorrow, he will be only the second player to do so in third innings of a test after Hanif Mohammad.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    This why world call test cricket is the best,finest, exotic and classic form of cricket.

    What a Resurrection of New Zealand,

    **** hey Kiwis.. Just fly like Phoenix bird. **** fly fly up and over sky.... kiwis.***** **** clouds are showering applauds on you. **** you made history and thats gonna write in golden words.

    you guyz deserves applauds for every run. What a passion, determination and talent. I've seen MSD was clueless in front of BJ watling, Jimmy neeshem and Brandan macculam. Excellent. !!!!!

    Wow, take a Bow....Captain, Brandan Macculam. Its been excellent to watch u in the crease. Well, hats off bj watling and jimmy neesham. ....Bravo ... Bravo. ...

    Infact, Virat kohli might be crying for his over smartness while fielding and and ishat sharma might be disappointed due to his uncut hair. Brandan Macculam will be much more thankful to both for helping him for lifting up his sinking ship to safe shore.

    I am confused,very very confused, where i should stand.. ?? As

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Team India like Vijay and some of them nor ready to fell and take risk to get hte catch. because if they get injured they wont play in IPL.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    This is what test cricket is about. Great Innings for the Brendon McCullum .

  • karnamgiridhar on February 17, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    some serious thought to be made by every member of the Indian team. Being in a position to level the series, now praying that NZ should not allow them to bat again. 90 overs are quite good enough for the pace attack of NZ on the 5th day pitch. Bowling, fielding, batting, team selection, captaincy all to be reviewed boys. Good luck!

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @khurram gulzar...very simple just 40 days if the bowlers bowls with same intensity as in first two days ..otherwise it may take longer..because they get tired ..

  • Dilbar786 on February 17, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Hahaha, so wht am i laughing at ..ind bowling? ind fielding?ind captain? Noo All of the above

  • indian1986 on February 17, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    First of all congrats to the NZC and B. Mccullum. Absolutely fantastic innings, never expected this amount of concentration from Mccullum.

    And coming to India Bashing by few of the people, Really have u really watched the match or just the scorecards? If u dont like BCCI blame BCCI not the players. Players are not the one who claim to be no 1 why mock the players who are giving there best on field.

    @wapuser really? slap on the face of India? not sure if this is a game to be played or war mate. Both teams have played some extraordinary cricket and given some much needed life to the test cricket lets commend tht.

    For some srilankan fans who pop in only when Indian cricket team looses or does badly, where were they when srilanka played defensive cricket against BAN and drew the test? A hard fought loss is better than a tame draw.

    Even if i hate the Idea of 4 bowlers in a test or hate Dhonis captaincy in test, I dont want India to loose. Lets support our team guys!!! Wish India wins.

  • IndCrab on February 17, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Brilliant from Black Caps

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Hats off to McCullum. I have been a regular critic as I have always felt frustrated at his inability to live up to his talent but we have seen something very different in this series. He has put real value on his wicket and scored the type of hundreds reserved for the truly great players. I hope glorious summer of NZ cricket is the beginning of a special period in our cricketing history when we have the belief as well as the skill to fight our way out of difficulty and turn what appears to be certain defeat into hard fought victory.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    I am Indian, still would like to see India lose tomorrow, because they need to learn not to be complacent and McCullum's fairy tale innings deserve a win and should not go waste.

  • IndCrab on February 17, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    As an Indian , this must happen sooner or later to dismantle useless players like Rohit , Dhoni , Ishant and Zaheer Khan. Atleast Sandip Patil will change the Bowlers.Ishwar Pandey , Varun Aaron , Umesh Yadav and Anwar Ahmed must play for ever along with Irfan Khan Pathan

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    five sessions ..150 overs ...india took just one a drastic change is required in indian cricket..dhoni plz leave captaincy...zaheer sud b given life time acheivement award...bring young bowler...ishant should be given a post of ranji coach...bring gautam....dump fleture ...reduce ipl matches or on every 4 yr...allow indian players to play big bash...otherwise i will resign from watching cricket.

  • MAYURESHmagic on February 17, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Ishant fails then everything fails. He runs into overconfidence after few success. He can't move the ball and he is still useless.

  • Marby on February 17, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    I'm sure there are a lot of disappointed Indian cricket fans who will heap blame upon their bowlers. But credit should be given to BMac and Wattling who played innings to match VVS Laxman v the Aussies. To score the best partnership for the sixth wicket is due to great batting, not the bowling side......and to score 500+ runs in a 2 match series tells of a batsman in the form of his life. Thank you NZ cricket for giving us long suffering Black Cap fans a summer to remember because of your exceptional performances.

  • prpdepan on February 17, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Great showing by the kiwis.McCullum has been superb. Hope he gets to his triple ton. They should declare halfway through lunch tomorrow setting a target in excess of 400 to the Indians and have a crack at them. The game is NZ's to lose from here on.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    This why world call test cricket is the best,finest, exotic and classic form of cricket.

    What a Resurrection of New Zealand,

    **** hey Kiwis.. Just fly like Phoenix bird. **** fly fly up and over sky.... kiwis.***** **** clouds are showering applauds on you. **** you made history and thats gonna write in golden words.

    you guyz deserves applauds for every run. What a passion, determination and talent. I've seen MSD was clueless in front of BJ watling, Jimmy neeshem and Brandan macculam. Excellent. !!!!!

    Wow, take a Bow....Captain, Brandan Macculam. Its been excellent to watch u in the crease. Well, hats off bj watling and jimmy neesham. ....Bravo ... Bravo. ...

    Infact, Virat kohli might be crying for his over smartness while fielding and and ishat sharma might be disappointed due to his uncut hair. Brandan Macculam will be much more thankful to both for helping him for lifting up his sinking ship to safe shore.

    I am confused,very very confused, where i should stand.. ?? As

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

    Fantastic batting by the captain and the wicket keeper. MAMMOTH and it is not going to end. Many more records will be created. After yesterday's performance, I am not surprised or shocked by the massive total of NZ. If India can make 438, NZ can also make such big totals. I cannot recall one single match on foreign soil where the India bowlers got the opposition for small total in both the innings. We just do not have the bowlers to take 20 wickets. In last 11 test matches on foreign soil, we lost 10 and batsman had scored at will. Records galore. As for the result, India will be all out in 2 sessions. NZ can declare first thing tomorrow morning and can win by tea. If NZ bat on then they will give India a chance to draw. It is NZ all the way and they deserve it.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    indian bowling beaten to a pulp how can you go in a test with just 4 bowlers zaheer aka zaak has seen his best days shami is not experienced enough ishant said since SA tour he has been bowling well two 6 wicket hauls and now he is back to square one jadeja is no world beater india are missing a bowling allrounder who can get wicket or two with his medium pace and score 30-40 crucial runs the nation of over a billion and cant even produce a fast bowler dhoni should step down as a captain and give some one else a go 3-4players need to be changed how can india from a winning position are all of a sudden in a losing one if you dont get rid of the dead wood now it will hurt india but again well played NZ thats how teams fight back enjoyed maccullum and waltings batting thats how test batting should be grind the opposition down hope to see NZ win

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    The new face of Kiwis, this year belongs to them. Sailing the ship when the water is still is not a test case. The nerves are tested when suddenly there is stormy weather. Black caps proved that they can come out of the woods like "never say never again". The match was in India's pocket and India is no ordinary a team. But New Zealanders pick-pocketed the winning coin from India's pocket. Quite a remarkable achievment.

    Whatever be the result of this Test match on the final day, Kiwis have moved from danger zone to not only safety zone but it would not be surprising if they go for a kill.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    The Kiwis batted very well and probably one of the all time best performance. The pitch was not offering much assistance and it wasn't easy for bowlers out there. You are not going to create a lot of chances and the rare chances should've been grabbed. If at all someone needs to be blamed, it should be the captain for playing only 3 seamers. BCCI should start grooming somebody else to take over the test captaincy.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    nz will surely win tommrow.lets see after lead of 400

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

    Excuse me! I have few questions,

    1. When was the last time India won a test series outside the subcontinent? 2. When was the last time India won a test match outside subcontinent? 3. When was the last time India won a test match outside India?

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    For the sake of Indian cricket a five test series should be arranged in Zimbabwe/Bangladesh to regain confidence of Indian cricketers, as they one of the big threes do not deserve this humiliation. After all they are bread earners to world cricket and should be treated with respect.

    It will do a lot of good to them as they will proudly say that they have won an outside series and their players are capable of winning not only in India but overseas also.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    I think India should start touring Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as they would present the best chance for India to win a test abroad. (Can't speak with surety though). Travelling elsewhere is just a waste of time .

  • IndianSRTfan on February 17, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    India need to desperately start a long overdue 'bowling transition' now. And by that I don't mean stop-gap arrangements. The batting order transition is more or less done now. But the bowling attack which once won India matches with the services of Zaheer (younger, pacier, strike bowler version), Harbhajan, and Kumble, is gone for good and yet we don't have a settled bowling lineup. Shami is inexperienced but good,.....and that's it. And if we keep playing him in every match, we will bowl him into ground like so many others before.

    Sandip Patil and Co. showed a lot of guts replacing some of the most celebrated batting icons in India's cricketing history, they need to do the same with this bowling lineup. There are potentially 4-5 young fast bowlers, all with different strengths, waiting in the wings. Unless we magically find three bowlers with skills similar to Steyn, Morkel, Philander, India HAS to play with 4 fast bowlers and Ashwin/Jadeja in overseas conditions.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    drop chances and guy ran away with it, but then he never looked back, no6 and no7 gave them too good support, well i must say its good that we Indians saw it, otherwise if we had won this match easily, we could have believed our bowling without making any changes for future (possibly captaincy, bowling, etc) now India/BCCI gonna deeply think about bowling department or that's it for us, we never gonna win with such bowlers, we miss Anil/Bhajji combination and 3 quickies, it can never be the same anymore..

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Im so glad we have national selectors and not the general public picking players. Only two months ago we were calling fro McCullums to be dropped. lol.

  • kepler22b on February 17, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    siddhartha87 on (February 17, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

    I can't see the poms beating you guys 5-0; they are a bedraggled lot at the moment. Their two seamers will do well but you have very good batsmen. They only have a couple of really good batsmen (particularly as they amazingly sacked KP) so your bowling weakness may not be fully exposed. You need a good spinner.

    4-0 is your standard in Australia, and if Johnson stays in form you will be smashed (like others at the moment so there will be no shame)

  • Prince_Mul on February 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I never never imagined NZ would come out on top after their pathetic batting collapse in the first innings. No team should have after being effectively 6 for 5.

    This is captaincy at its worst. Simply not acceptable to an Indian fan following cricket for years.

    I mourn for my country, for the greats who played for it and for all the true Indian l fans out there.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    india looks in trouble since southafrica series. they are lacking good bowlers and batsman why not adopt yuvraj who have enough talent on both. nz are looging good need to climb on ranking

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    @Sathees Athisivan: What about Sanath Jayasuriya's 340 against India

  • Giant-Guru on February 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Now this is what Dhoni and Company is very good at, giving away the advantage by being very 6 wicket haul and Ishant started to speak in press conference like a parrot what about your tens of innings going wicketless. The Indian team seriously needs mental strengthening as they showed a poor batting performance in the first innings with the exception of 3 players and when they bowled out 5 NZ batsmen in 2nd innings they started to ponder that the show is over...but it jusr began when McCullum's two very easy catches dropped, Ishant Sharma didn't even tried attempting to catch the ball....he has not learned anything from his experience and will never. Although being an Indian die-hard fan I just wish NZ win this test match, as the best team should be rewarded for their performance and they have shown us that with patience, perserverance, conscience, temperament and a sense of accountability towards their country and countrymen unlike our fat pay bullies.

  • Naresh28 on February 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    INDIAN BOWLING has lacked any bite since ANIL KUMBLE left the scene. It is evident that for Dhoni to win a test match he needs 5 bowlers. NZ have played well as a team with even their lower order contributing.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    dropped chances hurt india ishant dropped a catch of M.clarke in a test & he scored 329* he dropped A.cook's catch & he scored 190 ishant dropped b'mac on 36 & he is 281* & still going........

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    India are useless away from home. They need to learn how to play away from their doctored wickets.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Hats off to a wonderful and gutsy performance by the Kiwis. They have batted India out of this game. If India really think that they can come out of this situation then they have to bat out of their skins. This is one of the appaling performances by the Indian bowling contingent with due respect I fail to understand where they leave their brains before stepping onto the field. You have great situation wherein the batsmen have done their work and provided a match winning lead on fiery wicket which has pace and bounce. Ultimately you let the kiwis fly after half of the team has been sent back this is the result you can expect. Time and again Indians have proved their inability in taking 20 wickets in a test match. I feel the field placements were totally out of place and Dhoni really never attacked with full force force. All the while he was more keen on defending runs rather than placing the whole team around the bat and choke the kiwis. NZ will win this match hands down. India has lost

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    This is what happens when we drop him at 9 and 36 and then several hard chances here & there, you just gave him too many chances, Virat is always dropping catches and hurt India again and again! But can't believe that Waling and Neesham played pretty well without giving a single chance, dunno know what's wrong with our luck these days :( - pls pls publish!!!!

  • Vitruvius on February 17, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    One should congratulate NZ for showing India how its done. A stronger NZ augurs well for cricket. But i must say that the pitch now looks flat. Indian bowlers like usual looks ordinary. England, Australia, South Africa and now Zealand, Dhoni has persisted with the same set of bowlers barring few changes here and there and results remain X-0 no matter where they go. Dhoni looks hapless in test matches. He is unable to make radical changes and bring in new ideas. Fast bowling has never been India's strength but what about spin bowling?? India, known for its prodigious spinners for years now dont have a decent spinner?! The problem lies in persisting with finger spinners outside India. Instead, Dhoni should look at wrist spinners like Shreyas Gopal or even Amit Mishra. Drop Rohit, Ishant, Zaheer for gods sake and let Jadeja move up the order and have a leg spinner in place and find 2 good fast bowlers. Everyone is sick and tired of Dhoni and his pet bowlers who are so inept.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    I believed and had planned it out and how.... but then I am unique 8-) lolz!! Anyhow, one of the great efforts in sporting history!! Go the B.Mac and go the almighty Neesh!! Black Caps' fans believed, but then we are as crazy as the team! Good thing we are too.... As believing in what's possible prevents you from achieving the impossible.

    Oh and on the 'declaration' Indian fans are dreaming of.... Not likely guys.... We want the series and to validate on the greatest comebacks ever. India have to win.... so why make that any more possible than necessary? B. Mac know this.

  • alcapoon on February 17, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    To :NP_NY!

    R you kidding. Really fed up with this Indian Team going through transition excuse time after time. Grow Up.

    Here is current Indian team First Class + List A games combined Dhawan=200+ Vijay=150+ Pujara=160+ Rohit=250+ Rahane=150+ Jadeja = 150+

    New Zealand team First Class + List A games combined

    Hamish Rutherford<60 Kane Williamson 180+ Tod Latham <80 Corey Anderson <70 Neesham < 50

    Read stats before commenting out such useless excuses. Its clear which team is going through transition.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Wooooho.... Wat a shame ... By all means 2-0 is on the cards.... Well done kiwis....pace attack of india --what a joke..

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Well, that's it. The dream of equaling the series is gone now. India has lost the test match and this is more frustrating. Its high time to take some stern action against this 'star- studded' team of no gooders. Newzeland were on the backfoot and we have allowed them to win from a position, where they were in dire straits. Maybe its time for Mr. Dhoni and his ilk to say goodbye or may be India should never play any test. Hats off to the kiwis though.

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    This is what happens when we drop him at 9 and 36 and then several hard chances here & there, you just gave him too many chances, Virat is always dropping catches and hurt India again and again! But can't believe that Waling and Neesham played pretty well without giving a single chance, dunno know what's wrong with our luck these days :(

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Dhoni should give ball 2 ishant and sleep with all fielders on ground bcoz every try failing I hat big 3 especially 1

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Once there was a time, when almost every country players go to England for playing county cricket, where they got enough gutts to play on bouncy tracks. As a result every county had a bunch of good crickters who r capable of playing in all condition. But now Indian r only playing in india and whenever they go away from home, they behave like club levels team. along with all that they r still thinking they r 1of BIG-3. what a joke. Just look at the record, Team India didnt won a match outside india since June 2011. they should tour to B.Desh or Zim.

  • sunny_18 on February 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Hats off to new zealand. The way their players has played, simply marvelous. As far as India is concerned, they should restrict themselves to play at their home ground or in IPL. Overseas tours are not meant for them. Its a waste of Indian money and time of Indian fans. Being an Indian fan, its was painful to watch BM innings but the way they played, they deserve to be ranked much above India

  • Samar_Singh on February 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Ishant who could have never made in any Test side(except India with avg of almost 38 per wicket after 54 Matches) getting his carries best 6/51, So one have to admit that Ind first inning bowling was just a fluke !!!

  • hnlns on February 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    For a guy more suited to be a T20/ODI kind of cricketer, what an astounding series has this been for B Mac, totaling 500+ runs in 2 tests, with a double century and now a triple century waiting. How much more can an individual be expected to contribute and what a way to lead by example !!!! He should go on to achieve the personal glory of 300 not out and then ask Indians to chase about 350 in 80-85 overs, which will give his bowlers a fair chance to even snatch a victory and a great series result for the Black Caps. Wishing B Mac all the very best at this greatest hour of his cricketing career, even though I am very much an Indian supporter. Feel sorry for Team India that they are at the receiving end of this.

  • vivekanjvisvas on February 17, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    We can say very clearly now, NZ are the ones who deserve a series WIN. Indians are having issues not in just team selection but also in attitude. If we look at the way NZ batsemen came back in this test from no where, then it's fair enough to say Indians should have won the last match while chasing. Indians having attacking instinct but with no common sense. With less than 100 runs required, Jad and MSD threw their wickets away. NZ definitely learnt from it and now, NZ captain is not letting India bat again any time sooner and hence batting to draw this test match. Sure that's the only result here. Jad is not at all a test player, Ashwin and another fast bowler should be in the team for a batsman. Dhoni ji - what are you going to do if you have so many batsmen in the team without proper bowlers. No wrist spinners available in India for you ?Indian is not willing to change the team and we are bound to see many more failures in the future too if this approach in team selection continue..

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    That's it for Dhoni... He should resign from captaincy. Kohli should be more responsible than this. Otherwise Indian management will have to do everything on behalf of players...

  • on February 17, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    A simple question of arithmetic: if a bowling squad takes two days to get one wicket, how may will it take to get a team out twice in a test match?

  • nade123 on February 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Wow, McCullum has single handedly changed this series. This series shows the difference b/w having a lot of super talented players like India has versus having players like McCullum who are willing to fight it out despite all odds. I am hoping NZ wins this test as well, so India's over hyped players can realize - Talent alone does not guarantee wins... Its all about the heart and your willingness to fight.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    mccullum good man good batsman take care

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Mahdisa u forgot sehwag scored 292 against u.and how many test matches u won in India subcontinent condition

  • amilag on February 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    This was quite expected. Indian bowlers can't take 20 wickets in test match. But Bangaledesh can. Indian bowling is the worst in test cricket.

    This quite alarming for ICC to change ranking system before it becomes a joke. How India can be on top three when they have not won a test for years in outside subcontinent? (forget about series win)

  • kiwicricketnut on February 17, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    once again truecric_fan spoke and once again the complete opposite happened, when will he learn he is india's biggest jinxer, im expecting a bit of hate mail from indian fans being thrown his way, asking him not to predict anything in the future because its happened way too often to be a fluke so thankyou truecric_fan for your contribution to nz crickets greatest summer its been a blast.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    That was amazing, how well composed and lengthy that effort was, it was a setting for a fairy tale as to have the scoreboard like that on Day 3 with an almost certain outcome, India roughly needing 5 wickets in a day and a half after taking 5 batters for just over 90 runs. black caps looking at the mountain of a task batting through 2 days for the draw... The importance of that partnership is significant beyond just this match too, as it's the last batting innings for them in the series and batting for a series win by way of a draw. Anything less than a record and the Blackcaps would have featured in another one of those meaningless rearguards that happen so often in test match cricket. What's more for the Blackcaps, they are going to get a result with help from the weather where so often NZ test matches are impacted by the rain at some point in the game, usually not in a good way for the home side. This time Wellington has put on a beautiful 5 days both the people and the weather.

  • StuL on February 17, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    I don't think anybody would have thought that Brendon would have gone back to back double tons- it was game over. Now towards the end of his career he has a chance to become the highest scorer in NZ test cricket.

    Don't underestimate his personal drive and determination to learn and help others. I doubt there will be a declaration this time unless the game is well safe. The importance of the series victory is clearer than giving the opposition another sniff, it's a lesson for the younger players. They had a fright and there will be plenty of old heads saying " get the score and close it out"

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    It is indeed not a match between ICC # 2 & 8 from any way. Need to understand BCCI rules the world but surely not this team of BCCI.

    Things will turmoil more if following continues:- 1) Dhoni njoying (cool) captaincy in all versions with no expression & inspiration. 2) Batsmen njoying shot selections (like preparing for IPL-7) with their places. 3) Fast Bowlers njoying bowling with (out) plan which suits their speed & length. 4) Spinners waiting other Teams to tour India where pitches assist them fully.

    Test match is over, now eagerly awaiting IPL-7.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    What a great performance from NZL. it wasn't expected as they'd lost five wickets with just 150 runs on the board, and now they are in a commanding position thanx to the epic innings from Mccullum and Watling. this performance of NZ is beyond the wildest dream of NZ supporters. As for our Indian bowlers, they ain't getting any support from the pitch. something they were getting on day first. Its really pathetic that our bowlers are not able to take the wicket on a pitch like that. If you can't take 20 wickets in a test match you can't win.

  • Samee0324 on February 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    HAHAHAHA! Poor indians exposed again outside the country!! Its not india where they can bat and bowl! anyway, Hats off to NZ and Macculum!! Every team is not like Pakistan who can beat SA world's no.1 in their homeland!!

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    An amazing show of commitment and application by McCullum and Watling. Great to see some old fashion test cricket where the bowling side is being questioned for great lengths whilst the batsmen defy their every attempt. New Zealanders will be rightly proud of their team and despite the gulf in ranking, its been a quality series so far. As for India, their under-par bowlers have lacked any sort of edge, epitomised by their over reliance on an ageing and clearly past his best zaheer khan. If only, they could restock this department a fraction, of how well they replace batsman.

  • IndianSRTfan on February 17, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    @Maruthudaft: "SL is faaaaaar better from India". Yeah 14 years without an overseas test series win, 18 years since the World Cup win, and you expect us to believe that? Measure of a success should be absolute, i.e. 'We won this against XYZ in tests/tournaments of importance, so we are good" You know your team is pathetic when it starts getting relative. Forget absolute, even relative to India, SL's performances are ordinary.

  • alexlovell11 on February 17, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    The whole Cricket World is changing in both ODI and Test Cricket. India are getting worse by the game and will fall down the rankings like crazy. Australia are on their way to being the best in the World again mainly thanks to Johnson and a few others like Smith, Clarke and Haddin. South Africa is dropping to 2nd. England is much the same as India now. New Zealand is rising and getting better and will probably end up ranked 5 or 6.

    Predictions for Test and/or ODI rankings soon:

    1. Aussie 2. South Africa 3. England 4. India 5 -7. To be duked out by: Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand 8. WI 9. Bangladesh 10. Zimbabwe

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    If India were given to chase 400 in 70 overs,they should try to achieve it....Dhawan & Rahane is in good form..Jadeja should be promoted before Kohli....For India a lose or tie is lose of the go for it...

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    NZ is best in choosing captains , look how strong them become after being captain e.g Martin Crow,forgot name of left hander, Vitori and now MC.

  • mahdisa on February 17, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Can any body go to yesterday first ball of the first session when isanth come he is like acting as he is the hero and attitude is like lion....its not prediction that we will win the match. But not like..... the confident and way how they are in patient in the ground . learning how long by IND for hundred years don't compare BD or SL based on the population and availability of option for the bowlers............

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    If Brendon scores 300+.. He would the 3rd person to achieve this after Graham Gooch(1990) and Micheal Clarke(2012) to score 300 against India!!

  • PrasPunter on February 17, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @lordofnelson , in my opinion, this is the best chance for NZ to win a test-series against india in more than 10 years time. They would rather play for time, bat till lunch , get the lead over 400+ and then declare, to make sure they don't lose this one. They must not take chances here to blow away this opportunity.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Great stuff and they should bat on tomorrow and not give India a sniff of a victory target. Rohit sharma might well say to Wagner 'see you in India'. It's the only place they win lol

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Well I don't think it is or some other day,this was going to be happen to team india....slow and uneffective bowlers,Flat track bullies,Lazy fielders.I think it is not the players fault who are playing;actually this shows mentality of the society of people in we are living.In india,people watches cricket only for fun and for them fun meaning batting involving four and sixes and BCCI fulfill there wish honestly by building dead,flat pitches,fast outfields and for this they pay money.they don't care about the fact that whether this is right for cricket or for the players who are involved in it and this thing also BCCI know.players know this thing very well and they go for batting option.if someone opt for being bowler,his enthusiasm and confidence gets killed by these circumstances and after that if bowler find suitable bowling circumsatnces for him,he doesn't have that much energy left.So instead for blaming Dhoni and team,we should look into our own collar.

  • Greatest_Game on February 17, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @ thozar writes in indignation ". No team is as hard to beat as India at home and seldom does anyone seem to do so….Australia and SA have no hope of winning a series in India and the less said about the rest the better."

    SA HAS won a series in India. Australia HAS won a series in India. India has NEVER won a seres in SA or Australia.

    My response was to a post criticizing McCullum. The poster set up the premises of the argument, & I completed the logic.

    I don't think India's bowling is weak. The wrong bowlers are selected, & a very bad "home pitches" policy stunts the growth of Indian pace bowlers. India are capable of producing a fine pace attack. The BCCI does not let that happen. Big batting makes money, they seem to believe. Bowlers are there to toss pies!

    If India prepares more balanced pitches, & invests in training pace bowlers, they can compete anywhere. But, of course, the rest of the world would be on a more even footing in India, & that home record might suffer.

  • Samar_Singh on February 17, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Sunday morning one of the so called Leading Indian News channel was saying "From now only India could win this test match and NZ is about to suffer a big loss" and bla bla bla. Today I watched the same channel and there was almost no coverage of this test match. Is this any ethic not to give news of the same match when India could well be in the losing side. This things happens especially with so called no 1 news channel. Well played BMac and team NZ. Just thrash the so called paper giant.

  • johnhamilton on February 17, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Fantastic innings from bmac!

    Hope he goes on to score a triple tomorrow, but when asked about batting tomorrow he said he will sleep on it.. hope not, dont declare bmac!

    Great innings from watling, fantastic gutsy innings,and neesham near the end as well

    As on the news tonight, one of the best days in nz test cricket history, so proud!

  • bhatgokul on February 17, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Not taking anything away from NZ, especially McCullum but this is no surprise that a winning position has been squandered away once again! The only expectation now is that the Indian team plays for a win and not shamefully try to salvage a draw! Not only will that ploy backfire royally but will actually ensure they lose 2-0.

  • Draconarius on February 17, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    What a comeback. You would have to think the match and series are done for India. McCullum will likely bat on till he reaches the triple and, I imagine, a minimum 350 lead (though 400 would be better) before declaring and taking a shot at wiping India out. India's best hope is a draw. As usual.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Tip for newzeland Just bat throughout the first session and put 100 runs ..With around 425 to win from 2 sessions means to maintain the runrate of 6.6 which is highly impossible because either india will go for kill and lose few wickets and get back in shell or they will not go for it from the start..No matter how good indian batting is, still they cant maintain 6.6 for 64 overs with red cherry

  • sundersingh on February 17, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Even now it is the fault of sharma, This time it is "SHARMA" who made indian team staring down the barrel with drop catch of McCullum

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    india you need at least junaid khan and saeed ajmal to bowled out any team

  • DarwinAkbar on February 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Looking at the situation, NZ has basically batted to the point where they can't lose this match unless they become too adventurous (i.e., declare first thing tomorrow morning). With the series 1-0, I am guessing NZ would want to play it safe, bat for a little bit in the morning, and put the match totally out of reach of India with the lead somewhere around 400. BMac might get 300, and everyone whacking the ball for a bit. India will then have to survive maybe 75-80 overs for the draw with NZ fully going for the kill.

  • JustAnObservation on February 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    I am indeed waiting to watch what Dhoni says at the post match quizzing and whom he blames for the failure to seize the initiative. The problem lies with the selectors. When back to back series were lost against Australia and England, they should have acted fast. However, not only did Dhoni continue to be at the helm of affairs, but the contract of the coach was also renewed. Any other country in the world would have sacked him, but the coach was rewarded for being a yes-man to the captain. India does not seem to have any strategy for any NZ player. Waiting for a player to commit a mistake is not even average captaincy. Giving your part-timer the last few overs of the day is like throwing in the towel. Anyone who saw Greame Smith's dismissal yesterday would have certainly noticed the hard work done by the Aussies in planning his dismissal. A fuller length delivery inducing a flick straight into the hands of a fielder placed at an unconventional spot between short leg & backward shortlg

  • Crick_Expert on February 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    What a brilliant performance by Brendon McCullum against WC team. The world test cricketers should watch this test match as lesson.

  • balaji28 on February 17, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Each and every indian captain failed overseas and I think india needs a good captain to replace dhoni until then dhoni should be there. Virat kohli shouldn't be named as captain as he will become tensed during critical situation and if he given the captaincy the same thing happened during sachin's captaincy will be repeated by kohli too.For example india's u-19 captain vijay zol is showing dynamic approach and calm too, these kind of things may work. Rohit sharma should be dropped as he wi;ll score well in one innings and fail in 3 to 4 innings continuously while zaheer should retire as he lacks speed.India on any condition should play with twin spin option viz jaddu and ashwin or pragyan and ashwin.Atleast from the future tours india should go on with 5 bowlers in each and every match-3 spinners & 2 pacers in sub continent while 3 pacers & 2 spinners in other overseas conditions.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    traditional indian bowling once again going to cause the match in international arena. same on u team india. well done newzealand

  • Built_4_the_Kill on February 17, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Dhoni, a shrewd captain in the first 80 overs of a test match and totally clueless after that. Once New Zealand passed the 80 overs mark, they knew the captain of India will go into a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in endotherms also known as hibernation.

    Yes we witnessed one of the greatest 4th inning knock of all time and two equally good supporting knocks, however there is no way you can justify bowling 900+ balls for the sake of one wicket. And of those 900+ balls I don't recall seeing Dhoni communicating with any bowler to set a trap (line of attack). Another away series all but gone.

    Tomorrow, if New Zealand bat fore one hour they surely will add another 50 runs and will take out at least 16 hours from the available 90 overs leaving India to chase 375+ runs from the remaining 74 overs. Which means India will have to score more than 5 runs per over, a run rate never achieved by any team when chasing 350+ runs in the 4th inning. If new Zealand declares tomorrow.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    One reason Indian team suffers is because of playing a 5 day game with only 4 specialist bowlers.

  • lionspaw on February 17, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Every time Virat Kholi misses a catch India looses.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Ms Dhoni seemed to go to sleep with his field placings again today helping the NZ camp in the process.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I have to admit I had dismissed the blackcaps chances yesterday afternoon. Hats off too mccallum and watling they showed how too play test cricket. From being down and out to now being in a position of strength. Hope to see baz and jimmy post their respective milestones tomorrow morning and bury this down and out indian side

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    You hyper-critical Indian fans have to realize that the pitch is playing well and the New Zealand batsmen playing have batted superbly under great pressure. Indian bowlers are bowling well, it could have been different if India had held their catches. Leave Dhoni alone-he is a fine captain and leader of men.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Kudos to Kiwis, being an Indian fan, its disheartening to see the bowlers struggle against the opposition, especially after the terrific display in the first innings. Hope the misery would end tomorrow, but the match is far from India's hands and McCullum has eventually played a captain's knock to literally 'Knock' India out of the series. Nice to see Wicketkeepers doing a splendid job as a batsman, an example set and characterised by greats like Gilchrist, Sangakkara and Dhoni. Hope India fights back and avoid a probable Whitewash once again.

  • siddhartha87 on February 17, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    So India can't beat even New Zeland now? They should be prepared for 0-5 against England and 0-4 against Australia

  • IHateBIG3 on February 17, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Like Indian batters, Indian bowlers also love their grounds. They are capable of converting any green top into Indian soil when they bowl on it :P

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    First of all Hats off to Brendon McCullam for playing one of the splendid Knocks ever by a captain almost starting from 5 for 6 runs .What happened to our Captain Cool the Great MSD? he seems to be well short of ideas now , its time for the BCCI to think beyond Dhoni for Overseas tours .This is just simply beyond understanding a whole bunch of experienced Bowlers incl Zaheer Khan take only 1 wicket in a entire day and that too on a pitch helpful for Bowlers .

    What the media says is very correct Indian cricket team under MSD are only tigers at home and lambs overseas....

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Dhoni the worst captain India have ever had? The same captain who took India to number 1 in the test rankings, the same captain who won India the world cup. Its about time India starting taking New Zealand seriously, the Black Caps beat India in a clean sweep in the one dayer's and have now all but beaten India in a test series. And yet the BCCI wants to move NZ down to the second tier of test playing nations and considers NZ a second rate team. Not so second rate now India huh?

  • Crick_Expert on February 17, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Salute to Brendon McCullum on this great performance. Hope he will become first NZ batsman who score 300+. BM fan from PAK.

  • Iceman29 on February 17, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Dhoni and Selectors should admit that currently we dont have bowlers who can take 20 wickets.....Dhoni's field placing is as defensive as it could be...when will this guy lean that Ishant will take wickets only when the pitch has something and Zak is getting old...Jadeja is absolutely not a test material...pathetic bowling and worst than Afghanistan..

  • Alexk400 on February 17, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    I do not think people blame indian bowlers. Actually i was always hard on them. But this inning is all about mccullum concentration and watling vigilance. They waited for bad balls. Pitch eased out but there was lots of pressure on those batsman. What actually missed was lack of counter strategy. Dhoni is kinda Fixed with his methodology of applying pressure , he was waiting for NZ batsman to make mistake and it never happened. If anyone want to blame someone , its dhoni lack of imagination and may be he is not a risk taker. He just want to protect himself. He failed to attack and waited for new ball to get wickets. It did n't work. I think ishant sharma and sami bowled as good as they bowled for me. Even zaheer occasionaly good but i would have picked young bhuvi over old tired zaheer. Mccullum inning was great inning in that monumental pressure on him , if he gets out his team will lose.

  • kepler22b on February 17, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    DarwinAkbar - fantastic.

    Arijit_in_TO on (February 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT) Yep, now you know how we felt.

    Where was Ishant when you need him; he regularly does this and must be infuriating to have in your team.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Apologies if someone else has said this, but this puts McCullum on the verge of entering a very exclusive club - batsmen who have hit a 200 and a 300 in the one series. Members to date - Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Michael Clarke

  • Samdanh on February 17, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    India fans should not relate this pitch conditions to what they laid out when Eng, Aus and WI visited over the last 1-2 years in India. This is a quality sporting wicket which is turning out to be 60:40 batsmen favoured, while pitches turned out in India were turning from day one hugely favouring the local team than opponents. Flat tracks in India-certainly that would be the case when SL, Pak or Bangladesh tour India. If you are blaming this pitch to be a flat one then India should not be chest thumping that they played well on difficult overseas conditions - the 438 odd in first innings was just on the same pitch. The only concer for India should be that whatever they did or do, NZ is doing better. Having said this, the match or series is not over yet. Both teams can try to win from here. But by end of 4th day NZ is in a strong position

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    I am not surprised if our arm-chair critique fans would brag about why BigMac is not declaring the innings yet sothat our socalled GREAT players can try stealing a luckily win somehow to end our winless streak. This is the only way we can win an away match as we are good in hit and miss play.

  • thozar on February 17, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft, you say "SL is faaaar better than India". How? Care to explain? What is there to question on India's achievements like the 1983/2011/2007 (T20) world cups? How about the come-from-behind win against Australia in the epic 2000-2001 series? Did you watch how we hammered Australia last year same time? Now, the same Aussie team has thrashed England and now beating SA. I agree that our bowling and fielding could be better but even the most optimistic NZ fan would have expected the reversal of fortunes in this test. This kind of miracle happens once in a decade. Even the Aussie attack boasting McGrath, Warne, and Gillespie failed to take a wicket for a whole day in Kolkata. Would you call them and their captain Steve Waugh poor? I would simply give credit to McCullum, Watling, and Neesham instead of blasting our attack. India has been extremely unlucky but our fortunes would change.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on February 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Great turn around by NZ. I am indian cricket fan but want NZ to go for win and make it 2-0. Inept captaincy by Dhoni and team selection.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    There is nothing much to worry. We have triple century specialist SIR Ravindu jadeje & Dhoni's pet M.Vijay

  • mwjay on February 17, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Now its evident why BCCI is trying to cut the profits of minnow boards .Using that tactic they might be thinking to make weak oppositions and eventually do their best to win matches using their slow bowlers.

  • regofpicton on February 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Wonderful innings by McCullum, wonderful support from Watling & Neesham both. But half a dozen long hops to McCullum in the morning, give him his 300, what's the betting he would NOT declare? On this pitch I reckon this Indian side could score 400 in a day eeeasy. Someone should have tipped Dhoni off tonight - MOST unimaginative

  • mahdisa on February 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    For All of Indian fence This is not first time that indian team getting punish every body can remember 1996 VS sri lanka - Jayasuriya and Mahanama got (340 +225) two days full (180 overs + two session before and after. Indian they can play in home with making pitch by spin ball.even they cannot play through out the condition or nature of ground. then taking Aswin and cricket in same manner how AUS and SA playing ,Earning money is not a points in Cricket like BCCI. Better to show quality cricket with patient..........

  • sundersingh on February 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Hoping this time Rohit Doesn't tell WAGNER " we will see u when u come to India".... guys please focus on cricket more than anything.. u r professionals in cricket and not in acting

  • MiddleStump on February 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Nothing surprising. Over a long period averages don't lie. Zaheer averages 3 wickets per test, Ishant 3/test, Shami 4/test, Jadeja 5/test. That adds up to 15 wickets per test. India went in to a test match they had to win in order to square the series with just these 4 bowlers. Well, they got their 15 wickets and the buck stopped there. New Zealand will probably have to declare after McCullum gets his triple hundred and try for a well deserved victory. Of course he could also probably get to 500 and a team score of 900 with Zaheer Cant and I Shant leading the bowling attack.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Yes, I do agree with Supreet Singh. Our batting haven't done any wonders. Our team standard comes out only in overseas series. That is the reason why we have so many home series last year. We have lost England Series and Australia Series in 2012(if I am not wrong), where Dravid was the only batsman who scored centuries. Now we have lost South Africa and New Zealand (about to) series. Don't we need to rethink about Captaincy. I feel that Dhoni gets all the hype only because of home series. He is as good as his team, which has Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman when he has won the overseas series.

    BCCI and the team captain are more concerned of IPL but not the national team. Ultimately the game and it's fans are losing.

  • wildernick on February 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Proud kiwi and lucky enough to of witnessed this feat on the telly. McCullum's knock is up there with the best..300 tomorra Mac!

  • IndianSRTfan on February 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Some times all you can say to the opposition is 'Well Played'. Regardless of whether Indian bowlers could have bowled better, this was something extraordinary. The pitch going dead flat helped but even so it was a magnificent effort. Well Done BMac, BJ Watling and Jimmy Neesham. What a fightback! India are paying for those dropped catches now.

    @Greatest_Game: Worry about your own team mate. You're getting thrashed on your home tracks tailor-made to suit your own attack. We saw pathetically your batsmen coped with genuine fast bowling (not even swing). So well that they barely crossed 200 twice. Now the mystery of dead as dodo Durban track for second SA-IND test is well and truly solved. And speaking of playing only on home tracks/familiar conditions, how many times did SA tour India for a test series in last 3 years?

  • Nocricketforbs on February 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Brendon McCullum is very unfortunate to born in NZ.If he play for India and scored two double centuries(possible triple ) for India. He would become highest paid player from BCCI and highest earner from advertising. He will cement his place for another 10 years.

  • sundersingh on February 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    anway i hv dropped the channel from my package... bcoz i dont want to hear this NZ commentary praising this innings and compares it to VVS at kolkata... IT is not the coaches , trainers, physios who can make u to win matches.. At the end of the day "IT IS THE BASICS THAT MAKES U TO WIN MATCHES"

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Has India or Sl ever, and I mean, ever had a pace attack to croon about? Not one bowler here & there, but at least 3 if not 4 at the same time? In the last 50 years of test cricket, have 50% or more of all major batsmen scored their highest test score against India or SL? Must be the case.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy, with Indian bowling every track becomes flat track no wonder Indian tracks r also supportive, Pak just proved exactly that on their last tour to Ind in 3 matter how good batsmen bat, u need bowlers to take 20 wickets to win games. With bowlers as rare as dinosaurs, Ind can only produce draws. Indian bowlers can only take wickets on home made dust bowl wickets

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    I think my 14 months old boy is bowl better than indian international cricket bowler.

  • lordofnelson on February 17, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    NZ should bat for 10 overs in the morning, Bmc to his 300 and slog a quick 100 more runs for a 400+ lead. Then let loose Boult, Southee & Wagner to try and run through what must be a dispirited side.

  • vish2020 on February 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    I think it's a captains fielding tactics and coach of India are the culprit. Lets change coach and captain before next tests and see results. What do we have to lose?

  • alesana85 on February 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    The two partnership between McCullum & Watling has to be one of the best I've ever seen by two NZ batsmen. From the position they were in to where they are now, NZ for the first time in this match have their noses in front. Before the series started I put a lot of heat on McCullum about his lack of runs in test cricket, not only has he scored runs, he has scored heavily & scored vital runs to secure a probable & well deserved series win. Hats off McCullum, & to this NZ side for proving the haters wrong & the summer of entertaining cricket...

  • Arijit_in_TO on February 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    India are on the receiving end of what Australia felt in Kolkata with Laxman and Dravid with the obvious difference being the quality of the bowling attacks. Hats off to McCullum and Watling: simply brilliant. New Zealand deserve to sweep and will put the Indiam batsmen under tremendous pressure tomorrow with their superlative fielding, tight bowling lines and imaginative captaincy.

  • DarwinAkbar on February 17, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    281. Where have I seen that number before? Oh, yes, that's right! V.V.S. McCullum!

  • Greatest_Game on February 17, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @ Posted by KANCHANA623 made my jaw drop with this comment: "What on earth is Dhoni doing here? Rohith should be the captain and Dhawan should be his assistant."

    He has to be joking, right? Put the 2 most inconsistent players in charge. Nohit as skipper? Really?

    The mind boggles.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    If you are a batter out of form just face Indian bowlers, if you are bowler who cant get wickets just bowl to the Indians. If you want to see somebody carrying a big L on his forehead just look at Dhoni.

    NZ definitely deserve to win this series. My hearty congrats to you. You guys showed real resolve.

  • Kashi0127 on February 17, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Indian players, particularly the so called survivors have perfected one art. "Perform well occasionally - you will retain your place in the team". With the exception of Kohli all others have excelled in this. And this is seen in Inshant Sharma, Zaheer, Dhawan etc. And Dhoni totally lacks any innovative thinking and makes sure some of the players never succeed in their career - example Binny, Vinay Kumar, etc.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    McCullum, brilliant. What a knock. I'm an AUS fan and love seeing NZ do well.

  • thozar on February 17, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    The bowlers look like they gave up too fast. It happens when you drop a batsman (who loves feasting on your attack) when he was on 9 and 30+ and then goes on to make a double hundred. Tough luck India but NZ face a tricky situation which they wouldn't have dreamt of at any point after their 2nd innings started. Do they declare and if yes when? Remember India scored at 4+ RPO in the first innings. With nothing to lose, India should go for the runs. But Dhoni and Fletcher are defensive and they may decide to settle for a draw which could work in the NZ bowlers' advantage. If McCullum decides to declare after a quick bash tomorrow morning and set us a 350+ target, Dhawan would be key. If the kiwi bowlers get him quickly, then shut shop (but still put the bad ball away) and play out for the draw. Then again, if I were Dhoni, I would go for the target. It does not matter if we lose 1-0 or 2-0 but if we pull it off, we will draw the series. Miracles do happen, ask NZ fans.

  • prinson11 on February 17, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Another Pathetic Bowling Display by Indian's.......Brilliant Batting Display from McCullum, Watling & now Neesham........ Hopefully McCullum should break Lara's record of 400 2morrow....If there is little help from Indian bowlers & not to forget fielders......

  • MurtaMac on February 17, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Fantastic stuff by NZ. India would have dreamed of coming to the ground before play began this morning and thinking they can wrap it up before lunch. McCullum is a fantastic fighter and India's bowling is absolutely rubbish! What a glorious opportunity to win a test on foreign soil...gone!!

  • Cricket.Patron on February 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Forget it Guys..Nothing is gonna change with Team india...BCCI will continue with Dhoni as Test captain..Dhoni will continue with same selection of batsman and bowlers..India will continue to choose test after test, series after series,,,Whitewash after whitewash,,,A new change is that we have started to loose ODI series too from SA tour,,,

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @ Sreekanth Surendran For last 2 days the Pitch has become as good as a Billiard Table so it is easy to bat and then Dhoni's captaincy is like that a school Captain, where ball goes he put a help India get a good Test Captain.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    this match is gona draw

  • Blackholesun on February 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    A Superlative effort by New Zealand. What an inning Brendon McCullum has played !! Watling supported him very well and congratulations to him as well for his hundred. Neesham is playing well too. Never seen anyone facing 500+ balls. And surviving 2 full days is not a joke. It was simply an outstanding innings.

    As for India, I just can't believe that our bowlers could take only 1 wicket in 2 FULL DAYS !

    I am unable to understand what went wrong with Indian bowlers. New Zealand is in great position now and who knows they might win it tomorrow. And if that happens that will be real shame for India.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    my god wt a pathetic bowling nd captaincy is so superb fr opposition, giving so many freebies to the opposition batsmen,,,

  • Assertive-Indian on February 17, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    This is a fine example of the fact that catches win matches. If Kohli had not dropped that sitter of a catch when McCullum was only on 7, there was a good chance that we would have got innings victory on the 3rd day itself. I don't blame Ishant for dropping his catch because it was a very difficult chance in the follow through. Now, if BMC decides to take a bit of risk, and declares first thing in the morning, there is a solid chance that we will lose this match. I don't see India winning this one any more. So whether we lose are draw this match, we have already lost the series. And Dhoni's saga of lost overseas test series continues unabated.

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

    Legendary stamina, fitness, skill, concentration and leadership from McCullum. Total champion. Super support from Watling and Neesham to both get personal best scores. Inspirational. You know the Kiwi bowlers will come out tomorrow hungry for the kill, India will fold, NZ get a superb 2-0 white wash.

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

    Give captaincy to every one but dhoni. We are nowhere near good enough compared to NZ congrats macullum

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    lead as I see right now stands close to 330. As much as Mac & Watling has frustrated us, I will have to salute them for their courage. It need real something special for what they have done. From trying to finish & force a win on 3rd day, right now we are staring at defeat. We are the worst cricket team and I really hope that rankings soon start to show that rather than frivolous #2. NZ are going to be a top team, just find some good openers.

  • DarwinAkbar on February 17, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    V.V.S. McCullum ends the day on 281!

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    In the first test first inings Nz scored more then 500 nd then scored 102, our media praised our bowlers nd india lost the matches nd then second test nz scored 192 nd once again everyone praised media nd expert but wt happend now in second inings, so dont praise our team our bowlers has been pathetic nd captain dumb nd deaf, dont talk abt coach who is earning freebies..

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @NP_NY : exactly.... these stubborn selection and.not daring enough to drop the so called hard working bowlers is what costing India..... time to get rid of extra baggage zaheer, ishant and it's high time.umesh yadhav should have been leading pace attack by now... he has been impressive in past.... to many bowlers wasted in the past.... still there is no point persisting with ishant who is by far the worst bowler the game has ever seen and zaheer who is trying very hard to block the entrance of other bowler.... and omg...nobody is talking of removing dhoni from captaincy???? it's time for that.... he is very inconsistent in his captaincy....

  • Jay.Raj on February 17, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    To everyone who is blaming dhoni and bowlers, i think they tried their best after bowling one full day yesterday. its just that bmac and mates were too good.

  • RoshJ on February 17, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Well played NZ...amazing how a "small rest" can achieve!

    Re India...what more can you expect..they are just a glorified team, it seems only BCCI in between them and losing even their test status!! 20 something away losses? Not won anything outside their flat-tracks??

    Now what? Will there be another extraodinry meeting by the big three to decide that India will not play in overseas venues? Wont be surprised!

  • Jaganplus on February 17, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    phew normalcy is restored. Dhoni should have been gone from test captaincy long back. I can't even care to mentioned the reasons anymore-- I have in past and for some reason it didn't get published (probably change of article). ANyway, BCCI won't drop him, at what point he really looks at the mirror and it hits him that 'wow i have lost 11 or 12 matches outside india in a row'. BTW that's go to be some kind of record .. no?

    As far as bowling goes yeah it's weak.. but you want 3 bowlers, no supporting fielding... well then things have a way of turning out as they should :)

  • Alexk400 on February 17, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Awsome. Mccullum played like champ. Every minute every run was under pressure. I really hope NZ win this game that would be sweeeeeeeeet. Also if mccullum makes his 300 tomorrow it will be bonus. India bowled really well actually , it is just that mccullum and watling concentration was higher level. What india missed is specialist spinner to put under pressure.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    four centuries from indian bowling top order. part timers also join to the party. pooooooooor

  • AneYako on February 17, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    India going to end up win-less this tour

  • NP_NY on February 17, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    I see a lot of SL/BD/Pak fans jump on the "slam India when it is down" bandwagon. All teams go thru highs and lows. At least India has had its highs very recently with the world cup and champions trophy wins and was number one in the test rankings and ODI rankings not too long ago. That is more than the other sub-continent countries can ever wish for. This team is going through a transition and sure is painful to watch as an Indian fan. But India will bounce back. At least we are better than the other sub-continent teams one-on-one.

  • DataQue on February 17, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Awesome batting from New Zealand; especially McCullum!!! New Zealand has repeatedly proved that Indian bowlers are not even club level!!! Yet these loser bowlers are making massive money in IPL; a flaw in system and a blind eye from the IPL management!

    Anyhow, I careless about IPL but outplaying India in all departments is a very comfort feeling!!! Cheers to New Zealand all the way!

  • JustAnotherCricketFan on February 17, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Oh man, people keep hating on the Indian bowlers, and its well deserved for most part, but Credit where credits due, and McCullum has been absolute brilliant!well done mate!

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    see these indian bowling attack. rohit kholi dhoni. only raina left. dhoni should try with the pujara and shiker. this is like abcb.anybody can ball. poor captaincy.

  • sundersingh on February 17, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    NZ is playing for win abut they are ensuring a draw first so they will put india after 1st hour tomorrow.. hope India draws the match.... please MSD dont spoil ur image in world cricket

  • Analytical_Sathya on February 17, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    To all those my fellow indians, don't think that India's cricketing future is bleak.. Just a change in captaincy (I don't mind if it is Kohli,Gambhir,Rohith or Pujara)..see for yourselves how the fortunes change!! My personal choice is Cheteshwar Pujara

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    could this be NewZealand'S KOLKATA , EDEN GARDENS?? two guys turned the match around in a similar fashion to our great RD & VVS... no way our bowling is anywhere near the great aussie bowling attack of that match but you have to hand it to BMac n & JW for such a great show of batsmanship n fighting it out...

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    present the most awkward moment in test cricket - getting quick wickets in team batting 1st 2nd innings.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Friends, there are lot of similarities in India, our prime minister Hon'ble Manmohan singh having ruled India, now he is keeping cool and clam except blaming other parties. Dhoni, having done little bit for india and after getting good name, now he is continuing his cool and calm without talking to bowlers or fielders to perform better while match is going on. He will talk only during presentation ceremony (which is inevitable), that bowlers not bowled well, batsmen not batted well, fielders not fielded well, etc. One thing I can tell, see how bowlers of Australia taking wickets in home and abroad conditions making south african team life miserable. If Ishant can take 6 wickets in first innings when pitch is helping seamers, I can take atleast 7 wickets. Bowlers true performance will come out only when they are able to get wickets irrespective of the pitch conditions. If the bowlers not bowling well dhoni should talk to them, tell them during the course of the match. OMG Indian team!

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Dhoni blunders hurting indian team nd fans, last four matches played on bouncy tracks v missed oppartununity against SA in the first test becas v dont 5 th bowler, Dhoni has been rejecting 5 bowler option if v had 5 th bowler we could hav won two test matches nd against NZ, even v dont hav part time bowlers in the team, In this test why dhoni included spinner ? he could hav included pandey or umesh, we badly missing another bowler in this test on bouncy tracks our 3 pacers tired bowling so many overs in day nd our spinners has been big disaster on bouncy tracks, I will be very happy to see india loose this test..

  • parikshit_Ops on February 17, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Couldn't help but comment..

    First of all, Congratz to NewZeland Fans and players, you guys are superb, your country is of real character.

    Dhoni needs to kicked out if he doesn't resign, Indian teams have been bad when touring, yes they have been but not that much . 11 Defeats in 12 Tests what kind of captaincy is this. Srinivasan saved him time and again. But now his number his up.. Oh! Come on, Fans.Stop scolding Ishant, Zaheer for every defeat. Look at inspid, unimaginative captaincy. Pathetic fielding. Indian bowlers did dismiss NZ for 192. That was good bowling but you got to take the catches, right.. Anyway we thought Kohli is immatured, Pujara is young. Who wud do the captaincy. Its time now. Give captaincy to Pujara. What more could happen, we wud continue loosing. But there's a chance that we may not. Its humilating and disgusting to read scoreboard.Dhoni take the blame for this and leave captaincy, otherwise soon you may be leaving not only captaincy but your place also

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    these are the sort of innings india needed from jadeja and dhoni in the last match but they blew it away.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Dhoni the worst captain ever!

  • Cricket.Patron on February 17, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    A full day of bowling in the test & yet could manage to take just 1 wicket..Shows the standard of indian bowling and skill of the bowlers...Very dissappointed..problem in all departments compounded with inept captaincy..We can switch the rankings with NZ after this test.

  • Iceman29 on February 17, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Well played NZ you deserve to win the series....Only our team can lose a match from the winning position...How costly was the drop catch by Kohli? Well now we know the answer....Dhoni should be immediately sacked along with the coach or else no way we are gonna win a test match abroad...

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A well balance team must have five bowlers, with the tail starting no earlier than number nine. Four bowlers cannot bowl out the opposition twice. Also, a good team knows the difference between those who perform under tough conditions, and those who perform only when they know that they are one bad innings from being dropped.

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Take a bow B MAC 550 odd runs in two match series that too at this difficult stage . Great

  • austentayshus on February 17, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I think BMac would look to get that milestone 300 and put india to chase 350 +

    opposite what pujara said yesterday its now NZ match to lose from here

  • on February 17, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    it happens only in happens only with india...bcci is governing ipl so who is there to look after national team..

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    bcci should arrange zimbamwe tour as soon as possible. otherwise indian fans destroy indian cricketers properties again.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    my question is, is india still in its transaction period or are they not good enough?? becose everyone is talking about bowling, but if bowler is making a chance for feilders for catches and fielder are not hanging on to it, what's bowler fault. and our batting havent done wonders yet.... discussion would be appericated...

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    I am pretty sure Ban, Zim and Ire have better bowlers than our overhyped bunch one match wonderers.

  • Great_Lion on February 17, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    McCullum you beauty.... greatest fight back ever.

  • Notasgoodastheythink on February 17, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    What a pathetic team these Indians are. They claim to be one of the top 4 test teams in the world, yet have no clue how to play on anything outside their clay pitches at home. Can't even beat the 8th best team when leading on the first innings by 250 runs! Laughing stock. Has there ever been a half decent pace bowler from there, aside from Dev?

  • KeepitHonest on February 17, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Hope there are wholesale bowling changes to come in the future for Indian bowling. No Ishant, no Zaheer, no Jadeja/Ashwin overseas - 5-man all-seam attack needed with Binny being the 5th seamer/allrounder. Pick Aaron & Pandey. Dhoni's defensive mindset also needs questioning. Tired of watching such mediocrity.

  • Collegefastbowler on February 17, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Try out some of the other promising fast bowlers instead of the same old trundlers who bowl barely at 130. There is Aaron, Pandey, Umesh, Pankaj Singh, Sandeep Sharma and others. Give these bowlers chances. Also when the pitch favors swing bowling then go with the required number of pace bowlers. Totally unimaginative selection and captaincy.

  • amilag on February 17, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Ha...ha....I am happy more than my team wins! sanity prevails..go Kiwis go...

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @deven Sharma : yeah... IPL auction is over na.... how can he perform from now????

  • KeepitHonest on February 17, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Indian team selection is too slow to keep up with the times - too timid. Dhoni to blame too for selection. Indian team is not professional enough to tighten the screws on the opposition - batsmen throw away their wickets when team has a 200+ lead - bowlers are toothless - we saw it in Durban - we are seeing it again here. India will get its clock cleaned in Australia.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    are we playing in "so called Indian flat tracks " or in newzeland??? some how I feel this pitch will eased out more on day 5.... it's just getting better and better for batting.... taking no credit away from kiwi batsmen, this just isn't the.pitch where you can take 10 wickets in 3rd and 4th innings.... and yeah Indian bowling doesn't deserve no.2 status.... some serious problem with the mindset if Indian bowlers and captain....

  • MaruthuDelft on February 17, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    I think after this test match Indian fans should stop comparing India and Indian cricketers to others. Every Indian cricket accomplishment has something to be questioned or a weak point. Indians don't have the heart to compete when elements are equal to both sides. Sri Lanka is faaaaar better than India.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    my question is, is india still in its transaction period or are they not good enough?? becose everyone is talking about bowling, but if bowler is making a chance for feilders for catches and fielder are not hanging on to it, what's bowler fault. and our batting havent done wonders yet.... discussion would be appericated...

  • Nampally on February 17, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Dhoni's irrational selection of XI alone is enough to debar him from Caotaincy of Indian Test & ODI teams. His selection of playing 5 day test matches with 3 specialist bowlers on a consistent basis has lost India many Test matches. This test is also heading for a defeat unless rain saves India. from 94 for 5 NZ has reached over 500 for the loss of one more wkt. You cannot expect the same 3 bowlers to perform for 4 days in a row & expect them to take wkts. There should be some understanding of Human anatomy & physical limitations of a Cricketer. Dhoni lacks some basic understanding of these aspects. Six Batsmen + an alrounder + 4 specialist bowlers is standard approach. Indian Fans have been protesting against Dhoni's team selection for the past 3 Tours but to no avail. It is high time for the Selectors to take some action by appointing New Captains for Tests & ODI's. It is embarrassing to see India losing so many Tests because of the Captaincy blunders!

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Here's hoping the Kiwi's push for a win and slam that final nail in the coffin of Capt Cool's test career. Young cricketers all over this great nation will rejoice when team BCCI and Capt Cool part ways. Capt Cool is third only to SRT and MA in the all time race for the worst test captain ever.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Haha Dhoni maintains his impecaable record overseas 11-12 overseas. Way to go Dhoni , Fletcher brigade. I bet India will lose this test and the series 0-2. Honestly do we have the worst bowling attack in the world.

  • venkateswarlu84 on February 17, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    I am enjoying this Indian-Team losing every-time :) India need an end to this "arrogant, stubborn, useless, selfish, controversial (now ipl, so team India), biased selection and cunning behavior to find a cause for the lost match (has anybody saw this captain mentioning NZ good play?)" captaincy. Presently, this can happen only in this way.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    2014 belongs to the captains year,1st mathews and misbah done their job at Dubai ,and now maculum on fire :)who said test cricket is over

  • NP_NY on February 17, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Doesn't matter how the wicket is playing. If you have to bowl 120 overs to get the a wicket, first the team doesn't deserve to win or even draw the game. Second, it is time to drop the entire bowling attack and look at a revamped team. There is Ishwar Pandey, there is Umesh Yadav, there is Bhuvi and there are good bowlers like Pankaj Singh who for some reason never gets picked. There is also Sandeep Sharma. Why persist with the likes of Zaheer and Ishant who are highly inconsistent at best.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Our future of cricket is very bleak. We are getting thrashed outside home conditions. It is not expected as a top ranking team. In both tests and ODIs we have a very long away winless streak which I have never seen in any major team. We had very high hope on our U19 team because only Pak could defeat our team on their day. But, all the dreams are diluting with the warm up thrashings we recieved from Lankans and Saffas. BCCI would use different strategies such as cutting off away tours, focussing on home series, arranging more matches with minnows, denying DRS and passing new resolutions to keep our ranking and BIG 3 status, but nothing will hide the bitter truth.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    India bowling stander like UAE ,natherland even one of those fast bowler they even not touch up 140km/h speed . So bowler need lot of improvement

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Our future of cricket is very bleak. We are getting thrashed outside home conditions. It is not expected as a top ranking team. In both tests and ODIs we have a very long away winless streak which I have never seen in any major team. We had very high hope on our U19 team because only Pak could defeat our team on their day. But, all the dreams are diluting with the warm up thrashings we recieved from Lankans and Saffas. BCCI would use different strategies such as cutting off away tours, focussing on home series, arranging more matches with minnows, denying DRS and passing new resolutions to keep our ranking and BIG 3 status, but nothing will hide the bitter truth.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Keep playing 3 fast bowlers overseas and this will happen. Dhoni's obsession for playing spinners and spreading the field when No.6-7 are batting has cost us at least 7-8 tests where we would have won the match but ended up with a draw or defeat.

    Go NZ, we Indian fans are with you, we deserve this defeat, because our stubborn captain will never listen to us. Keep scoring runs and tomorrow come out all guns blazing and white wash them with 4-0 and 2-0 win.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    It is pathetic to see how our team is playing in away matches. I was expecting a new start by our players while stopping there largest winless away streak from this match. All my dreams are going to fall down. We have a lot of one match wonderers like Ishant. We shouldn't appreciate them for their once in a while performances. I along with my country fans started bashing Lankans for their close wins as No. 1 team against No. 10 team Bangla. But, I am ashamed now for that as they atleast won the both matches when we test No. 2 team are getting humiliated by the depleted No. 8 team with the absence of Ross Taylor.

  • dogandbone on February 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    yep @ McCullum being dropped on 9 and 30 odd....glad to see this happen...the catching efforts were so casual they deserve to get smacked around like they have....they could have been on the plane home by now ,instead they are chasing leather around the basin...

  • Yuosufahmed on February 17, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    It is pathetic to see how our team is playing in away matches. I was expecting a new start by our players while stopping there largest winless away streak from this match. All my dreams are going to fall down. We have a lot of one match wonderers like Ishant. We shouldn't appreciate them for their once in a while performances. I along with my country fans started bashing Lankans for their close wins as No. 1 team against No. 10 team Bangla. But, I am ashamed now for that as they atleast won the both matches when we test No. 2 team are getting humiliated by the depleted No. 8 team with the absence of Ross Taylor.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Ishant Sharma back in form after just one inning...oh i mean back to his "mediocre form"

  • Night.angel on February 17, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Well, it should be expected when Dhoni is at helm. He went on with his defensive captaincy and containing once Mccullum starts playing shots.

    Twice, bowlers induced edges from McCullum's bat but there was no slip fielders!!! Dhoni was already in his containing role, hoping that a freebie would be on offer.

    Besides, some people where complaining that Indians are flat tract bullies. Is it? Batsmen are playing beautifully but with a negative captain and poor bowling how can any team win?

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    respect to Bazz and Wattling ....

  • Bangla.tiger on February 17, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    good wishes for NZ from Bangladesh fan

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    @Greatest Game From now on, you're my "weakness". Nice answer mate.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on February 17, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Indian cricket is going down.. They should only play IPL...

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Please make dead flat wickets for Team India on every overseas tour so that they remain top on ICC ratings.

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @Thozar, You are kidding yourself if you think that India were unlucky not to beat S.A in the first test. They just don't have bowlers that can take 20 wickets outside India. Simple!

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    so india have taken one wicket since before lunch time yesterday? While this has been a very long day for McCallum and Watling, I think it it has been much longer for the entire Indian Team, and every watching in India. I thought it was all going to be over by afternoon tea (yesterday)

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 17, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Dhoni is paying the price for playing with only 3 specialist bowlers... and 1 batsman less. I don't know if Jadeja can stake his claim on either of the 2 departments! May be he is there for fielding! Only Dhoni knows that just like how only Gavaskar can see the 'hidden' talent in Rohit Sharma...

  • on February 17, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    @Greatest Game From now on, you're my "weakness". Nice answer mate.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Everyone was talking that match will be over within three days. Now Brendon and Watling has taken match to fifth day & there is a chance that black caps might win it.

  • MonwarBGD on February 17, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    India don't deserve to win anything away from home..... that's true is going to prove once aging.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Running towards 300, best of luck to him

  • black_bird on February 17, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Wow, too many hundreds from indians. sharma, khan, shami. well done boys. win the series please.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Poor bowling attack india deserve to lose

  • MaruthuDelft on February 17, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    The same old India. You can't improve. There is something wrong in the minds.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 17, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    this is epic, i had all but written us off but wouldn't stop watching in case of a miracle and here we are getting exactly that, this by far the most satisfying summer of cricket i have ever witnessed as a black caps fan, that partnership between mccullum and watling was the best i have ever seen, they spent so long together they could of had a civil union, it was just amazing and now dear i think it we may actually win, which was unimaginable yesterday, even if we end up losing this game im a very happy black caps fan, well done mccullum, hesson, bond and co looks like there is some real pride in playing for your country being shown out there.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Ishant stop bowling......

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Dhonis defensive captaincy is going to cost another match .his field placings bowling changes are vry poor. What the hell duncon fletcher is doing .he should be removed immediately .

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    India is one of the BIG 3 who decides the fate of all us "smaller fries". They have decide to keep most of the revenue for themselves and who are we to protest or murmur? They are No.2 in the world and NZ is almost a minnow. But over the last few months I have seen the world's number TWO pumelled to pulp, first by SA and then by the Kiwis. Can't wait to see them facing the Australian quicks in Australia. That will be a sight to behold. Indian players are cocky without talent; and barely any runs to back up their swagger (except Kohli of course). Its time they were cut down to size and the Kiwis are doing just that.

  • ThilankaK on February 17, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    this is fun yaar ! highest 6 th wicket partnership ! Its against India & prv best legend Mahela J & Prasanne J also against India !!!

  • gladly on February 17, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    India is worst test team when there is dhoni as captain give to kohli a young leader but still he cannot do as well since our bowlers are not enough to take wickets in foreign conditions as well as indian conditions coz england beat us series this is ridiculous.

  • stonk on February 17, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    India don't deserve to win anything away from home. Remember the South African rearguard action when the nearly won, chasing a target of 450+. Well ditto here. New Zealand should end up with a lead of 250 to 350 and then we will see what the Indians are made of. Probably American 'Red Indians' would have done better.

  • thozar on February 17, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, you seem to forget that winning at home is not always easy. Australia and England lost at home to SA, and SA are losing at home to Australia. There is a myth that winning at home counts for little. I guess it has nothing to do with the fact that India have the best home record. No team is as hard to beat as India at home and seldom does anyone seem to do so. England won after 28 years, if they play now, they will be thrashed. Australia and SA have no hope of winning a series in India and the less said about the rest the better. By the way, we don't have a weak attack. Shami is one of the best young bowlers, Zaheer is very skilled and highly experienced, and Ishant is getting some form now. Jadeja has a great average. What we are missing in this test is another bowler. Had we selected Yadav instead of Vijay, match would have been over by now.

    Also, don't forget that we almost beat SA in SA. With a little bit of luck, we would have certainly won.

  • KANCHANA623 on February 17, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    What on earth is Dhoni doing here? Rohith should be the captain and Dhawan should be his assistant. Kholi should be more consistent and should overcome his attitude problem which leads him to be the laughing stock in international cricket. Dhoni should play only as a wk batsman in the team.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Oh yeah and one thing comes to mind that Dhoni and Brandon McCullum are now CSK Team do you think what I think !

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    India cant perform away from the country. That's why there trying to buy ICC. Good cricket by Kiwi's.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Still searching for its first win since 13 away matches..This Indian team is pathetic beyond limits, and this is nothing to take away from brilliant brilliant NZ. Hats off to this NZ team.

  • karthibala on February 17, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Before blaming bowlers for it, i would like to talk about the missed chances. Virat missed a lolly, just b'coz of his casual attitude. U don't have to look spectacular on camera, u just need to do what is good for the team even if it doesn't look spectacular. Ishant chance was tough though but at this level u got to take them. Dhoni's captaincy is horrible..when we are 150runs ahead he makes bowlers to bowl a defensive line without a slip.Dhoni is a good captain on ODI & T20 not the same in test. He is basically a defensive captain whic hworks well in ODIs & T20, in tests you cann't keep sitting and waiting. Sometimes u got to make things happen. Of course u don't have Johnson kind of bowlers to make it happen...but still captain has to give his bowler the license to attack through his field placement. He just follows the ball in his field placement all through y'day. U cann't run a game as a captain following the ball. Dhoni to keep ur rest of repute, kindly step down from tests.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Kiwis will bat till tomorrow morning tea..and indians are gonna chase the total in the remaining overs...outcome..a draw nd kiwis won the series..

  • inswing on February 17, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Dhoni is an inept captain. Unfortunately, it will only take a couple of ODI victories in India for people to forget all this and will start calling him a great captain again.

  • Cool_Jeeves on February 17, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    I am thoroughly satisfied that the Indian team looks set to leave with an unblemished loss record. We worked hard under Dhoni to get the patent on all blanks, and recorded 8-0 in England and Australia. South Africa seemed to be an aberration, thanks to Kohli and Pujara, but here in NZ ,we still have a chance to avenge our draws in SA. A leadership change will happen after the new government comes in post general elections in India.

  • Cricket.Patron on February 17, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Good For NZ...and very good for India..The indian bowlers need a reality check of their skill....Just bowling well in bits & pieces in few sessions is not going to win matches for them....Good that Mccullum & Watling giving the indian bowlers a hard day on the job training..Ishant back to old ways again..He talked about bowling well after first innings of NZ..When will he make the ball do the talking?

  • Greatest_Game on February 17, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @ Selfishkar commented that "McCullum is the ultimate weak attack bully, he has three double hundres against India, none against anyone else."

    And good for him. Well done Brendon. You take your chances when you can & where you can.

    Of course the fact that he is playing for the team ranked #8, against the so-called #2 team, adds an air of irony to the concept of "weak attack bully." How did the "weak attack specialists" get to the #2 spot? By playing at home on dead flat tracks tailored for "weak attacks" of course, and playing the weakest opponents they could muster up at short notice. The "home track bullies" against the "weak attack bully," and we know who is winning. Just goes to show how weak "weak" really is, does it not?

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    new Zealand have shown once again that they're not going to get hammered and probably the best side with a fighting spirit, not all teams can take a match this far after a sub standard first innings, has been a wondeeful test series to the lovers of the linger game.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    only dhoni can do this. icc test captain of the year.hats off

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    macullum score 300 , watling score 200 .... go on are doing great job.... gosh this is just 2 match series.... wonder how many double hundred we.must have witness if this series was more than 2 matches.... India surely produces batting legends.... legends.for their own team and legends for opposition....

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    I truly hope this is the last test match of Dhoni as captain for the wellness of this team. How pathetic he is with his tactics for a test match. Sheer disgrace. I hope he himself should decide to quit the captaincy for god sake since selectors are not going to sack him.

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    no wonder our bowling attack produced legends out of no where.... cook, se kock, macullum, watling.... omg.... looks like ishant had enough impression created for IPL auctions.... certainly this batting line up dont deserve these bowlers.... such a disgrace to bowling.... can you imagine a guy with an average of 36 in tests scoring 3 double hundreds against India and that too back to back double hundreds???? this bowling line up deserves least possible rank....

  • on February 17, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    If the Kiwis can win it... my greatest out if box prediction or forecast would come true. They have already slapped on Indian face... Cheeers and well done Kiwis. I am backing you up.

  • mainul079080 on February 17, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    I am really enjoying the the humiliating condition of the Indians players .They are always overrated by their fans. Sachin was one of the great batsman no doubt but the way Indians portrayed him in their comments in the past was simply disgusting.Sachin at best is in the same line of Ponting, Kallis,Lara, Dravid but trying to compare him with Bradman, Viv Richard is absolutely nonsense.They are way way above than him.Even Sangakara (he is also great no doubt) will score at least 1000 more test runs than Sachin if he is given the chance of playiong 200 tests. And there is something very wrong with this ICC ranking. How on earth a team can be no 1 by only winning at home and thrashed 11-0 in 12 consecutive overseas tests!

  • ThilankaK on February 17, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    OH Dhoni ! can u please tell me what is the theory of put a fielder behind the wicket keeper ???

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    This is why we say.." CATCHES WIN MATCHES"..... when u offer two three lifes to a batsman of Brendon calibre, u will be always at receiving end.... Basic errors... 1st inngs No balls to Kane, and second innings drop to brendon... then how can u win... Come on Dhoni and co.... u r international cricketers... not school boys.....

  • Collegefastbowler on February 17, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    India has gone into this match with only 2 bowlers and so when a partnership builds the bowlers get tired and become ineffective. Shami Ahmed is one bowler, Zaheer and Sharma count as only one because Sharma is erratic with brief flashes of brilliance combined with long stretches of mediocrity and Zaheer is well past his prime. Jadeja is there more for his fielding and batting and is not a regular bowler. Varun Aaron was bowling at 150 ks in the ODIs and someone of his pace would have been effective on this pitch. Pandey is also cooling his heels. Again it is wrong selection and conservative approach by Dhoni. This match as well as the one in SA where India had a lead of 450 should both have been won. Unimaginative approach towards bowling resources is the problem in both cases. Time for change in captaincy for Tests.

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    You guys talk of Flat batting wickets in India this one beats them all, as in India you could spin the ball not on this Wellington pitch.Dhoni is a Gentleman and does not like to trouble NZ batsman so he continued with Jadeja and Ishant and Shami and Zak and forgot about others who could turn an arm over tiill they got to 400 ! Well done Dhoni, now its your time to Resign and save your prestige or else you will be kicked out. Never seen an unimaginative Cricket Captain, be it Test or Ranji or University, Dhoni takes the cake.He is only good Captain for ODI , where he knows containment Business is big Business ! It would be no surprise if Watling scores 200 and Brandon 300 , the way Dhoni has filed placing at 440/5, just push and stroll and take a single. The new ball wont do any differently, just watch. It would be better if India lose miserably after this, so the Selectors have the Guts to change the Captain, Even Jadeja would be a better captain, at least he scores 300s..

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Indians always count there wins before they have them. the bowlers bowlled very well at the start but once again dropped catches ruined them. anyones game at th moment

  • Priyanka_Cricket on February 17, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    poor indian team at its best,

    Its really annoying to watch a No.2 Test Team struggling with New Zealand... 97-5 and now 428-5 .. i mean really?

    they should tour West Indies now to get some away wins. enough said

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    no comments well bat mccullum and watlin

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Paper tigers!!!

    India getting a response which they are so used to when laying test match abroad.

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    If somebody has to shine in cricket they should play on India. dont understand whether Indians have stuff. See other teams they play with concentration, determination and play for pride of their country and not like through away their bats after getting few ruins like we do.. if others play they will make double hundreds, record partner ships etc. when will our people play like that, may be money and position making them not to play with head down, I think India will give a chance for NZ to make 400 partnership which I don't like.

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    India deserve this negative turnaround.No such attribute as is essential for converting efforts into victory appear visible in their approach.Depth in bowling is missing.Vital catches have been dropped.The team as a whole is not working as a cohesive unit.IPL is in the offing so players are rest assured of financial security despite the current dismal show.something very unusual has happened to Indian cricket in present times.Quantity has increased manifold,be it the number of players,be it the perks they get or be it the exposure they are getting but unfortunately Quality is slowly but steadily going out of business.

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    what a innings from brendon and watling india should gain and raise upper hand

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Indian bowling attack is even worse than Bangladesh. Another series whitewash

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    wow! well done NEW ZEALAND

  • Nuwas on February 17, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Enjoying so much this duo's (McCullum & Watling) resistance & display of true cricketing spirit.

  • anisaraus on February 17, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    the best innings from New Zealand, good rescue mission now time to attach,

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    4th day session 2 is going to finish but non of the indian bowlers are not able to take wickets, im confused are they first class bowlers ? more than 100 0vers bowl without wicket... wakeup guys this isnt a practice match.....

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    what a good captain dhoni is.

  • mensan on February 17, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    "I was thinking what if McCullum scores double and Watling scores a hundred. Then who knows." Exactly that has happened. I think McCullum all 3 doubles against India. So he likes to feast on Indian bowling. NZ lead in 169 and growing rapidly now.

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    ohh..cant believe this..only india can do this...not giving much credit to nz cos this is the habit of india..

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    What we are witnessing for the last 2 days is something extraordinary and exceptional innings. These two are incredible. Hats off!

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

    What is happening to India? How can a team with such a powerhouse batting line-up have a bowling and fielding unit so inept and leadership so clueless? Time to hand over the reigns to Kholi, at least he might be a tad more creative than Dhoni.

  • disco_bob on February 17, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    It is very satisfying to see the Indian bowlers being taken to the cleaners by our New Zealand brothers, due to the dismissive and complaining comments about 'bodyline bowling' regarding Johnson's exhilarating and thrilling display of pace. What they'd give for an MJ right now.

  • playboy142 on February 17, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    McCullum dropped on 9 and 36 by Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma. Now India are paying the price for that.

  • Selfishkar on February 17, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    McCullum is the ultimate weak attack bully, he has three double hundres against India, none against anyone else.

  • on February 17, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    this is disgrace.... such a shame for any bowling line up.... yes India bowling faced similar sisituation against saffas.... but they are world.class batsmen.... but come on... macullum and watling??? 300 runs???? this is ridiculous...... no.wonder, the thuddlers look like world beaters against Indian bowlers.... this is the day when many of us fans lose hope on Indian bowling.... they bowled well yesterday...but today from.the very first ball no intent, no aim... nothing..... I hope we lose this match... I think this bowling line up destined to be in the losing side.....

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    india goint to be white wash again.

  • ShanNachimuthu on February 17, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    This what would happen if you go to a test match with only two bowlers. The only one best thing remaining in Zak for Indian circket is his retirement. The chances are getting better and better for my 0-2 prediction to become true. Thank God this is happening. Otherwise the same bowling attack will retained for 10 years.

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Great batting by NZ, please continue... good luck

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    go you good things! McCallum for pm!

  • Dhanno on February 17, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    My exact emotions mr. monga. i wanted NZ to take it a session, or just next 15 overs and a drinks break since yesterday. if you do that, you can set small targets and which is what Mccullum and waling have done. I hoped there would be a century and a double in this innings and we have got it now. Hopefully NZ can make it to 275+ lead and then India will have to chase the game on last day to mke it 1-1. Good going test cricket.

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Just waiting to see Mccullum new record for himself and NZ against pobre India...

  • Greatest_Game on February 17, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Quite amazing to see this match still going. It is looking very much like a possible choke of monumental proportions by India is on the cards. If NZ manage to hang on for a draw it will be a major achievement, and a body blow for India. If NZ do the seeming impossible and win this, their stature will be really enhanced and India will sink to an ever new low: Dhoni will face questions he may no longer be able to answer.

    A lot of futures hang on the result of this engrossing encounter.

  • page8383 on February 17, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    This is unreal!!! Go kiwis! What a fightback. Some good young players in this team for them.

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Just waiting to see how M. cullum makes a new record for him and NZ ...against India...

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Test cricket at its best.

  • on February 17, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Why is it so hard for you guys to note we are playing a test a bowler short and Dhoni's mindless defensive captaincy results in us losing games.

  • AussiePhoenix on February 17, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    You can't keep a Kiwi down! Especially not with unimaginitive cricket.

  • AminGhadiya on February 17, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    It's all about session, both are thinking positive, and playing out each session, if they carry on like this, NZ would become clear favorite,

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Right now I see India as one of the most weakest team abroad they only have strength home even west indies did better than them in new Zealand am pretty happy for new Zealand thou because I Dont like India team why do they need more money when they can't even beat a team that rank so low at home

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    McCullum, you hero, thank you for denying team BCCI and Capt Cool a freak win. It must be drilled into their thick skulls that you cannot win test matches with 3 bowlers (one of whom is 35) and a captain who has little confidence in them (one slip while pushing for a win!!). Whatever the result of this match, Capt Cool is burnt toast.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Good batting from the captain.Brendun is always an explosive player.Go for your best score ever Brendun.

  • SHENBAGAM on February 17, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    This fighting attitude of Kiwis is the one lacking in Indian team for many years. Dhoni has never lead his team out of troubles. And now i, Kiwis will be thinking of "why not win this match, instead of drawing ?"

  • Martyr82 on February 17, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    If any team can turn a winning position into a draw into a losing position, India are short odds favorites. Their two tests in South Africa showed that.

    People will be surprised when NZL win this one, but in hindsight, they shouldn't.

  • zexmanoz on February 17, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Getting frustated seeing least averages batsman beating Indian bowlers..Poor indian bowling...Ishant is back in his form.I guess you got it :p ...Poor captaincy by dhoni..RIP to indian batsman,once again they need to chase tremendous run chase to of luck indian batsman.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Dhoni should not be indian cricket captain any more. Selectors should appoint an aggressive captain instead of cool captain.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    How is it possible that this format of the game is in 'trouble'? Maybe it's because there isn't enough test cricket?

  • Zahidsaltin on February 17, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Well done NZ, what an effort. Hope to see them go on to save the match.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    However this game ends eventually, hats off to the big Mac and BJ. This innings should serve as a case study in cricket academies.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    However this game ends eventually, hats off to the big Mac and BJ. This innings should serve as a case study in cricket academies.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 17, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Well done NZ, what an effort. Hope to see them go on to save the match.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    How is it possible that this format of the game is in 'trouble'? Maybe it's because there isn't enough test cricket?

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Dhoni should not be indian cricket captain any more. Selectors should appoint an aggressive captain instead of cool captain.

  • zexmanoz on February 17, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Getting frustated seeing least averages batsman beating Indian bowlers..Poor indian bowling...Ishant is back in his form.I guess you got it :p ...Poor captaincy by dhoni..RIP to indian batsman,once again they need to chase tremendous run chase to of luck indian batsman.

  • Martyr82 on February 17, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    If any team can turn a winning position into a draw into a losing position, India are short odds favorites. Their two tests in South Africa showed that.

    People will be surprised when NZL win this one, but in hindsight, they shouldn't.

  • SHENBAGAM on February 17, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    This fighting attitude of Kiwis is the one lacking in Indian team for many years. Dhoni has never lead his team out of troubles. And now i, Kiwis will be thinking of "why not win this match, instead of drawing ?"

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Good batting from the captain.Brendun is always an explosive player.Go for your best score ever Brendun.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    McCullum, you hero, thank you for denying team BCCI and Capt Cool a freak win. It must be drilled into their thick skulls that you cannot win test matches with 3 bowlers (one of whom is 35) and a captain who has little confidence in them (one slip while pushing for a win!!). Whatever the result of this match, Capt Cool is burnt toast.

  • on February 17, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Right now I see India as one of the most weakest team abroad they only have strength home even west indies did better than them in new Zealand am pretty happy for new Zealand thou because I Dont like India team why do they need more money when they can't even beat a team that rank so low at home