New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day February 18, 2014

India hang on for a draw after McCullum triple

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New Zealand 192 (Ishant 6-51, Shami 4-70) and 680 for 8 decl. (McCullum 302, Neesham 137*, Watling 124, Zaheer 5-170) drew with India 438 (Rahane 118, Dhawan 98, Dhoni 68, Southee 3-93) and 166 for 3 (Kohli 105*, Southee 2-50)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Brendon McCullum brought the whole of New Zealand to its feet in becoming the first New Zealander to 300 runs, New Zealand then possibly indulged for about half an hour after having fought hard for close to two days, following which Virat Kohli scored a century to make sure India didn't lose the Test they would have thought they had won two days ago. New Zealand won the series 1-0, and India ended their second successive tour without a win.

Given 67 overs to survive, India were in strife and would have lost their third wicket in the 13th over had Kohli walked or even shown signs of guilt after edging one through to BJ Watling, but he showed those niceties were not for him when there was a Test to be saved.

For about 46 minutes in the morning, the New Zealand economy came down to a standstill, the GDP took a beating and Basin Reserve cheered every single on as McCullum became the first New Zealander in 84 years of their Test cricket to register a triple-century. What made it sweeter was that he had come out in the first session of day three with an innings defeat and a squandered series lead imminent. By the fifth morning, though, the match had been saved, McCullum was 281, and it was time for a little indulgence, a phase of play where he would bask in the applause.

Before McCullum could get there, though, his partner Jimmy Neesham became only the seventh man to score a century on debut from No. 8. He had played a vital part previous evening in keeping McCullum together as his body and his concentration threatened to disintegrate after close to five sessions of intense grind. Neesham took all the pressure off by taking a majority of strike and the responsibility of run-getting.

Neesham began the day on 67, and continued to bat in a carefree manner. His driving into the leg side remained a feature of his batting, and he was no slouch when India pitched up too far outside off. His pace on the fifth morning again allowed McCullum to stay in the background, but McCullum went from 284 to 288, 289 to 293, and from 293 to 297 in boundaries. The anticipation arose as much with each of those shots as it did with good defensive ones. When, on 293, he edged one that fell short, the Basin heaved.

Off the second ball of the 199th over, McCullum took the single to go to 298, but that gave Neesham four balls to beat him to his landmark. Neesham was 94. And he pulled the third ball, and managed to lob the deep square leg who had completely misjudged this. Off the next ball, McCullum ran as hard as Neesham; the hundred was now done.

When McCullum steered the first ball of the next over between slips and gully, the triple had been achieved. Father Stu McCullum was in attendance, seemingly the whole of Wellington too, there was not a bum on seat, and the applause continued for about four minutes. It was an emotional moment, and McCullum could face only two balls as the only New Zealand triple-centurion. When he did edge Zaheer Khan, he didn't take Neesham along with him. Had he done so, they would have set India 380 in 77 overs.

Instead they batted on for 10 more overs to add 55 more runs, refusing to dangle a carrot. Perhaps all the hard work over the last two days was too much to ask to be risked, especially when they led in the series. Be it at it may, the extra time allowed Neesham enough time to register the highest score for a No. 8 debutant and to take New Zealand to their highest total ever.

India played out the four overs before lunch all right, but in the first two overs after the interval, Trent Boult and Tim Southee got the openers. Shikhar Dhawan fell padding up to a ball that would have clearly bounced over the stumps. Steve Davis went the other way soon as he let Kohli off when it could have become 31 for 3 with 55 overs to go. Dhawan would have sat inside the dressing room wondering where the generosity had disappeared when he padded up. Kohli was great at his play-acting, not looking behind, giving away no signs of anxiety, and scratching his guard again as he awaited a decision.

Southee created some excitement in the second hour of the middle session. He got Cheteshwar Pujara with hostile short-pitched bowling, making it difficult for the batsman to get his glove out of the way as he attacked the ribs. He produced two more opportunities before tea, but the wind carried a top-edged hook from Kolhi over long leg, and he himself dropped a return chance from Rohit Sharma eight minutes before tea.

As far as similarities with the great Kolkata Test go, this Test was following the script: India took seven wickets in that final session. Here, though, Kohli was the difference. He ended the New Zealand summer with a glorious session of sparkling shots all around the wicket, giving New Zealand no sniff. With an on-drive in the 49th over, Kohli became the 16th India batsman with three or more centuries outside Asia and Zimbabwe, and also made sure hands would be shaken at the end of the 52nd over, the earliest the teams could have agreed to a draw.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY DarwinAkbar on | February 18, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    What a fantastic series win for NZ (rank: 8) against the second-rank team in the world! The Series has completely changed the way NZ will forever look at Brandon McCullum. As for Indian fans, I say as a Kiwi it was a far closer series than what most people are saying. The first Test could really have gone either way. The main difference between the two teams is McCullum, and NZ had slightly better bowlers. Look from our perspective: we crashed for 105 and 192 in two innngs, and in the others, we were 30/3 and 94/5. Had India possessed a Mitch Johnson or a Dale Steyn, there'd been no McCullum heroics. We'd have crashed to an innings defeat in the second Test for sure. So in spite of the record run-scoring, there are definitely top-order batting problems for NZ. Otherwise, this has been a wonderful summer: 36-ball century from Anderson, three consecutive centuries from Ross Taylor, Williamson's contribution in the 4-0 ODI result, and McCullum is the icing on the cake.

  • POSTED BY SudeepSonawane on | February 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Congratulations to New Zealand and Brendon McCullum for scoring a triple century. Commiserations to India. Kiwis played much better throughout the tour. India should say thank you, goodbye to coach Fletcher and skipper Dhoni who is clearly is not up to it in unlimited overs that Test cricket is all about. His team selection is questionable. He persists with cronies with limited skills. He ignores Amit Mishra with a sort of vengeance that enemies have for each other. He shows his disapproval to national selectors by giving one over to Stuart Binny in the ODI he debuted. He has the gumption to remove his gloves and pads and bowl four or five overs. No wonder, Dhoni has completely lost the plot. His dubious record in Tests is growing, not because some of his men play poorly, but due to misfits like Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin. Parvez Rasool, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ishwar Pandey should be given extended opportunities if India seeks to do well in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | February 19, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    fguy : Your comments do wreak of sour grapes and I must say Indian fans really have a brilliant way of selectively mixing and matching figures and formats . To round things off you have thrown in insinuations of match fixing. All of this simply because India lost. You and others like GRVJPR & GrinDAR simply cannot give credit to the opposition for playing good cricket, what is the matter with you?.

    GRVJPR & GrinDAR : Reading your comments leads me to the conclusion you should become Scifi writers because all your submissions are great works of fiction.You clearly see things that others don`t.

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 19, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Lot of comments here on how come India is ranked #2. Well, let me tell you the reason. We are ranked #2 because we played better than every other team bar one in the last 2 years or so. Who else do you think deserves #2? Australia may be on a winning run now but just months back they lost to England and were thrashed mercilessly by India. England have been abysmal for a long time drawing a series against New Zealand and getting annihilated 0-5 by Oz. Every other team is only winning at home while losing in heaps away. The other teams are not worth mentioning as they have not won anything worthwhile of late. India have been consistent despite going through a transition phase. We bury teams in India while we don't lose badly away like the other teams. In fact, we have reached winning positions in all 4 of our last away tests only to be deprived of a win due to umpiring errors and/or luck. All this with a young, inexperienced team. Mark my words, India will reach the summit in one year.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 19, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    alot of people advising others to "lose graciously". go thru the comments of your own countrymen & see how gracious they are in victory.. yes, there have been a few ungracious comments from us but the vast majority have complimented nz. there has been no reciprocity in grace shown to us though with almost all comments being the equivalent of laughing in our face. if we are sore losers then they are gloating winners who rub it in the face of the opponents. calling india "pathetic" etc.. they forget that they won the series effectively by 40 runs & forgetting their teams even worse performance in India. atleast we won the series in '09. remind me when nz won a series in india, ever?

    also, they keep bringing up the 4 million vs 1.2 billion argument. well, if population is the index then bcci have been too lenient. they should take 90+% of icc revenues & nz should really only get 0.01% since that will be more than enough for their population

  • POSTED BY WASPAM on | February 19, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    It seems that Kholi decided to ignore that he was actually caught behind and continued to bat. Its sad that the gentlemen's game has hit the rock bottom in the face of competition. Brian Lara would have walked away under any circumstances if he felt he was out . He had walked away a few times when he was actually not out. That for me is a dying feature today. Money, greed and false values have buried true sportsmanship. Up to the time he decided to continue to bat having edged on fifth day of the match, I liked Kholi's aggressiveness and positive approach and but any more.

    We need to see aggressive, positive, competitive cricket all the time. That does not necessarily mean that you win by hook or crook. I cant imagine a player enjoying a hundred having actually dismissed before he scored the century. I think cricket was a gentlemen's game in India before the IPL started. Not any more. Resurrection is remote possibility. Well played NZ. Wasantha Pamunuwa

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    New zealand was a better team and they deserve to win the series.

    The main reason for India's poor performance is our poor bowling attack.BCCI should focus on producing quality fast and spin bowlers.with the resources at its command, it can definitely unearth and train bowlers. But sadly, it focuses only on the commercial aspects of raising more money.with the result, the cricket fans of the country becuase of whom so much revenue is generated is short changed and are often disappointed with the performance of the team. Dhoni gives the impression that he is not interested in test cricket, probably because of the lack of talent at his disposal and he is also biased in team selection. If Pujara had played in the ODIs, he would have got exposure to Newzealand conditions and would have performed better in the tests. Rohit is a flat track bully and he scored only in 2 innings out of the 16 inings he played in SA and New Zealand including ODIS.,Rrahane is a solid batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Well. The series is over. We can refer the test series as dropped catches series. Both teams had the chances to win the series by 2/0. But dropped catches costs both the teams infact it ended in favour NZ. After the series if we analises our young performances, I think both SA as well as well as NZ tour were a big experience for all our youngsters especially for batsmen. Since their debue after NZ series our youngsters are placed as follows - Rahane 5 matches, 379 runs with avg of 47.30, 1 hundread and 2 fifties. Dhavan 7-534-48.54-2-1. Vijay 22-1304-35.24-3-4. Pujara 19-1650-58.92-6-4. Kohli 24-1724-46.51-6-9. Rohit 6-454-53.54-2-1. Vijay, Kohli & Pujara has played over 20 tests matches and Rohit, Shikhar & Rahane just started. Only Pujara and Rohit has test avg over 50 and rest over 40. Definately its a promising performances against worlds best bowling attack. The little worry for India is bowling department. But I am sure Sandip Patil & co will think positively about it. ATB India

  • POSTED BY HughMyron on | February 19, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Good call in regards to Baz's triple ton, alesana85

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 19, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @tests_the_best - why are you and so many of your fellow fans struggling so much to admit this was a brilliant innings? The whole cricketing world is currently lauding McCullum, and NZ in general, for what was one of the greatest fightbacks in test history - and all Indian fans can do is try to downplay it. The world is right, you are wrong.

  • POSTED BY DarwinAkbar on | February 18, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    What a fantastic series win for NZ (rank: 8) against the second-rank team in the world! The Series has completely changed the way NZ will forever look at Brandon McCullum. As for Indian fans, I say as a Kiwi it was a far closer series than what most people are saying. The first Test could really have gone either way. The main difference between the two teams is McCullum, and NZ had slightly better bowlers. Look from our perspective: we crashed for 105 and 192 in two innngs, and in the others, we were 30/3 and 94/5. Had India possessed a Mitch Johnson or a Dale Steyn, there'd been no McCullum heroics. We'd have crashed to an innings defeat in the second Test for sure. So in spite of the record run-scoring, there are definitely top-order batting problems for NZ. Otherwise, this has been a wonderful summer: 36-ball century from Anderson, three consecutive centuries from Ross Taylor, Williamson's contribution in the 4-0 ODI result, and McCullum is the icing on the cake.

  • POSTED BY SudeepSonawane on | February 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Congratulations to New Zealand and Brendon McCullum for scoring a triple century. Commiserations to India. Kiwis played much better throughout the tour. India should say thank you, goodbye to coach Fletcher and skipper Dhoni who is clearly is not up to it in unlimited overs that Test cricket is all about. His team selection is questionable. He persists with cronies with limited skills. He ignores Amit Mishra with a sort of vengeance that enemies have for each other. He shows his disapproval to national selectors by giving one over to Stuart Binny in the ODI he debuted. He has the gumption to remove his gloves and pads and bowl four or five overs. No wonder, Dhoni has completely lost the plot. His dubious record in Tests is growing, not because some of his men play poorly, but due to misfits like Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin. Parvez Rasool, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ishwar Pandey should be given extended opportunities if India seeks to do well in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | February 19, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    fguy : Your comments do wreak of sour grapes and I must say Indian fans really have a brilliant way of selectively mixing and matching figures and formats . To round things off you have thrown in insinuations of match fixing. All of this simply because India lost. You and others like GRVJPR & GrinDAR simply cannot give credit to the opposition for playing good cricket, what is the matter with you?.

    GRVJPR & GrinDAR : Reading your comments leads me to the conclusion you should become Scifi writers because all your submissions are great works of fiction.You clearly see things that others don`t.

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 19, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Lot of comments here on how come India is ranked #2. Well, let me tell you the reason. We are ranked #2 because we played better than every other team bar one in the last 2 years or so. Who else do you think deserves #2? Australia may be on a winning run now but just months back they lost to England and were thrashed mercilessly by India. England have been abysmal for a long time drawing a series against New Zealand and getting annihilated 0-5 by Oz. Every other team is only winning at home while losing in heaps away. The other teams are not worth mentioning as they have not won anything worthwhile of late. India have been consistent despite going through a transition phase. We bury teams in India while we don't lose badly away like the other teams. In fact, we have reached winning positions in all 4 of our last away tests only to be deprived of a win due to umpiring errors and/or luck. All this with a young, inexperienced team. Mark my words, India will reach the summit in one year.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 19, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    alot of people advising others to "lose graciously". go thru the comments of your own countrymen & see how gracious they are in victory.. yes, there have been a few ungracious comments from us but the vast majority have complimented nz. there has been no reciprocity in grace shown to us though with almost all comments being the equivalent of laughing in our face. if we are sore losers then they are gloating winners who rub it in the face of the opponents. calling india "pathetic" etc.. they forget that they won the series effectively by 40 runs & forgetting their teams even worse performance in India. atleast we won the series in '09. remind me when nz won a series in india, ever?

    also, they keep bringing up the 4 million vs 1.2 billion argument. well, if population is the index then bcci have been too lenient. they should take 90+% of icc revenues & nz should really only get 0.01% since that will be more than enough for their population

  • POSTED BY WASPAM on | February 19, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    It seems that Kholi decided to ignore that he was actually caught behind and continued to bat. Its sad that the gentlemen's game has hit the rock bottom in the face of competition. Brian Lara would have walked away under any circumstances if he felt he was out . He had walked away a few times when he was actually not out. That for me is a dying feature today. Money, greed and false values have buried true sportsmanship. Up to the time he decided to continue to bat having edged on fifth day of the match, I liked Kholi's aggressiveness and positive approach and but any more.

    We need to see aggressive, positive, competitive cricket all the time. That does not necessarily mean that you win by hook or crook. I cant imagine a player enjoying a hundred having actually dismissed before he scored the century. I think cricket was a gentlemen's game in India before the IPL started. Not any more. Resurrection is remote possibility. Well played NZ. Wasantha Pamunuwa

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    New zealand was a better team and they deserve to win the series.

    The main reason for India's poor performance is our poor bowling attack.BCCI should focus on producing quality fast and spin bowlers.with the resources at its command, it can definitely unearth and train bowlers. But sadly, it focuses only on the commercial aspects of raising more money.with the result, the cricket fans of the country becuase of whom so much revenue is generated is short changed and are often disappointed with the performance of the team. Dhoni gives the impression that he is not interested in test cricket, probably because of the lack of talent at his disposal and he is also biased in team selection. If Pujara had played in the ODIs, he would have got exposure to Newzealand conditions and would have performed better in the tests. Rohit is a flat track bully and he scored only in 2 innings out of the 16 inings he played in SA and New Zealand including ODIS.,Rrahane is a solid batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Well. The series is over. We can refer the test series as dropped catches series. Both teams had the chances to win the series by 2/0. But dropped catches costs both the teams infact it ended in favour NZ. After the series if we analises our young performances, I think both SA as well as well as NZ tour were a big experience for all our youngsters especially for batsmen. Since their debue after NZ series our youngsters are placed as follows - Rahane 5 matches, 379 runs with avg of 47.30, 1 hundread and 2 fifties. Dhavan 7-534-48.54-2-1. Vijay 22-1304-35.24-3-4. Pujara 19-1650-58.92-6-4. Kohli 24-1724-46.51-6-9. Rohit 6-454-53.54-2-1. Vijay, Kohli & Pujara has played over 20 tests matches and Rohit, Shikhar & Rahane just started. Only Pujara and Rohit has test avg over 50 and rest over 40. Definately its a promising performances against worlds best bowling attack. The little worry for India is bowling department. But I am sure Sandip Patil & co will think positively about it. ATB India

  • POSTED BY HughMyron on | February 19, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Good call in regards to Baz's triple ton, alesana85

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 19, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @tests_the_best - why are you and so many of your fellow fans struggling so much to admit this was a brilliant innings? The whole cricketing world is currently lauding McCullum, and NZ in general, for what was one of the greatest fightbacks in test history - and all Indian fans can do is try to downplay it. The world is right, you are wrong.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @ Known Strangerr You are confusing issues here. MSD's captaincy/Srini's selections are surely harming Indian cricket who have rarely been this pathetic abroad. But do ask yourself honestly: If this was the scoreline after a test in India would the pitch not be called a flat track???? I have no issues with pitches but I do want to point that every once in a while, every country get a pitch that aids a draw. Just dont label India as the only place where this happens. Its not like only India struggled, even NZ struggled to bowl us out.

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | February 19, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Congrats NZ on series win but without taking anything away from McCullum, does any batsman these days even feel special when they score against India in their home grounds? Recently AB DeVilliers scored a 91 against a fiery Mitch & co which I have much higher regard for than his century in the 200+ stand he had with Faf against India at J'burg.

    I have high regard though for a batsman scoring well against India in India. I rate Kevin Pietersen's knock of 186 in Mumbai when they were 0-1 down on Eng's last tour to India as one of the best innings played by an overseas player in India. But Clarke's 329 not out at the SCG, Cook's 294 at Edgbaston & McCullum's triple century hardly makes me appreciate their batting efforts coming as they did against a very mediocre bowling attack (BM's effort though is more creditable as it came from 94/5). I hope more people appreciate this fact before heaping praise on what was essentially piling numbers against one of the weakest attacks going around.

  • POSTED BY whensdrinks on | February 19, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @battinwala - seriously, you are complaining NZ weren't playing witha "sporting spirit"? What about the doctored pitches every team gets in India and India's refusal to use DRS? Pot - kettle - black

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | February 19, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Well played NZ, now the ICC should adjust the rules so India and England MUST win to justify their non demotion.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 19, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    I think Indian Fans are naive calling for changes in the dressing room. Cricket has officially become a Business in India and the First Rule of Capitalism is not to fire employees but train them. What I am saying is this is your Playing Eleven foreseeable future, Support it and enjoy the roller coaster ride. Brendan Well played and must be nice to be part of 300 club. Ishant awesome bowling in first innings but too bad could't finish.

  • POSTED BY nzalien on | February 19, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    @ battingwala

    I am proud of Brendon's decision and as a NZ'er we were all hoping he would bat through. It was not for the records at all, but for the Series win! The draw in the second match was a means to an end.... A Series win! Had it been for the records we would have declared when he was out. Lose graciously!

    @fguy

    Countries can't control how India play outside of India. We want them because they are a great cricketing nation and bring out the best in us! We also have many Indian residents here in NZ and the games have such an amazing atmosphere. Lose graciously!

    Blackcaps we are proud! Bring on the T20 WC and One Day WC. Coming into form.

  • POSTED BY kr_kinshuk on | February 19, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    The Indian bowling is average but, it's made to look worse by it's fielding. Not only in New Zealand, India dropped sitters in South Africa as well.

    Indian bowlers have been required to pick about 12 - 13 wickets in every innings. Not to mention what those dropped catches must be doing to the bowler's morale.

    And on top of that our captain and coach don't have any faith in thier own side. Packing 8 batsmen in the side and going in with only 3 frontline bowlers shows that Dhoni and Fletcher trust neither the batsmen nor the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    If you are gonna blame McCallum for declaring late and resulting in the draw, then you have to blame Dhoni equally for the defensive field placements and reducing the scoring rate. Had McCallum and co. had been able to get 50-60 run the day before, I'm sure they would have declared at the end of 4th day or very early on the fifth. 325 in 80 overs was very unnecessary risk, specially considering how the pitch was behaving and they didn't have any spinners for the old ball. Perhaps he could have declared 5-6 overs earlier but I doubt that would have changed things by that much.

    Seriously, you can't blame BMac for being defensive on the last day, when his counterpart had been doing so for the rest of the match, and the whole series.

  • POSTED BY JAH123 on | February 19, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    @ battingwala: Don't be ridiculous! Why would NZ risk throwing away a very important series win - not to mention cheapening McCullum's amazing innings - just to make the match 'competitive'? I don't think you'll find too many NZ fans who were upset that their team didn't give India a look-in. I am an Australian and I love the fact that Clarke's first instinct is to go for the win, but even he would have been happy to bat India out of the game in this situation and ensure a series win. If this was the first test in the series, or NZ were behind, then giving India a target would have made sense. It wasn't, so it didn't.

  • POSTED BY anupam9992 on | February 19, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    India need bowlers who can take wickets, not who score runs, if India need to rebuild its team, first they need to expell both these spinners and should bring Amit Mishra and Ojha, (Ojha was the leading wicket taker in recently concluded W.I series, and he dosent get a match to play in the immediate series with SA and is expelled from team for NZ tour), Vijay averages 26.5 in his last ten innings(6 tests), he has only 1 half century(97), without that his avg is 18.6, we need an opener who lays the foundation, dont know how many more chances he gets, Rohit was successful as an opener, he should open the side(if selectors still feel that Gambhir,Sehwag are not necessary), and Rayudu should be played, No doubt,Ambati Rayudu is a better player than Vijay,Dhoni should leave test captaincy, he should quit tests and focus more on odi's, Kohli needs some time 4 captaincy, many may laugh now, but Rayudu is better captain,check how he lifted Baroda in Ranji & India u19i,Plz bcci rebuild Team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 19, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    lol lots of indian fans complaining about flat pitch.. ironic I think. kohli lost my respect for not walking. umpiring wad mediocre at best, but no way did it all go against india in fact probably the other way. 2 facts Mccullum batted brilliantly and anyone who says otherwise obviously watched a different match . and nz did not bat to draw the test match they played to win the series.

  • POSTED BY Mintsweety on | February 19, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Posted by fguy on (February 18, 2014, 19:35 GMT) "this is why all countries cricket boards die to have india tour them --

    1. the boards get huge revenues

    2. the teams get easy wins, easy series wins & rating points

    3. their batsmen get to make career best highest scores, they can set batting records & improve their average without breaking a sweat

    4. their bowlers get easy wickets & improve their ER & S/R stats & dont have to be out for too long in the field to do so

    5. their debutants get to make an immediate impact which helps build their confidence for the future

    6. their out-of-form players are able to return to form

    so really win-win all round for them (only people who have to suffer are indian fans) "

    ...and in turn all other fans have to suffer Indian fans looking for excuses, blaming umpires, full moons etc.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 19, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    dear rajesh kumar. will see your players stamina in the upcoming england and Australia tours. nothing to worry about ranking. it will be ok after those tours. good luck indians.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    i am feeling ashamed by seeing few indian fans commenting on umpiring errors....

    For god sake give opponent a due credit...NZ may not be a gr8 team but they are 6 time semifinalist in World cup...they have produced legendary players throughout their history...

    If you think you were robbed by umpiring errors then go ahead and have DRS...Every country is fro DRS but India is against...is this attitude not stone walling cricket???? Even NZ got few decisions like Anderson and watling got few dubious decisions...

    If we have to blame someone for loss by all means blame bowlers and fielders who never take the best of the opportunity given...

    Coming to BAC 300, he is not selfish, its their country who expected him to score, their legend Crowe wanted him to do so, and by the way indian fans telling like we almost chased 400 against SA then BAC must have thought he needs good enough total to make sure either NZ win or Draw so thats not selfishness...

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 19, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    @fguy: could not have said better...

  • POSTED BY Bishop on | February 19, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    5. It was a terrific test series between two fairly evenly matched teams. There were two tremendous fightbacks - India with the ball in the first test, and then NZ with the bat in the second, along with many other twists and turns along the way. NZ had the advantage of the home conditions, but India had the advantage of winning every toss, and bowling first in very helpful conditions. All in all, a great summer of cricket. Thanks to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Mickey Arthur can be fired; Andy Flower can be fired. What prevents from Duncan & his useless sidekicks Daws and Penny getting fired. If at all there is any, I don't see their contributions.

    At least on the TV, I often see them sitting lethargically in the back rows in the dressing room. As lethargic as Zaheer strolling down to stop a ball speeding to the boundary. As lethargic as almost all Indian fielders in Test matches. Their electrifying fielding can last just for 20 overs, and if stretched bit, may be for 50 overs. Just don't have the strength, energy or intent to last 5 gays?

    These are additional handicaps India have, in addition to:

    a) A defensive Captain, whose tactics can work, only when the opposition batsmen have to take a risky route.

    b) Lack of any set of bowlers who can take 20 wickets in a match, any where, more so, overseas.

    c) Lack of a proper pair of openers, for Test Matches.

  • POSTED BY Bishop on | February 19, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    1. If McCullum had indeed put personal milestones ahead of the team winning, he would have declared as soon as he hit the 300, and taken the not out to boot. The fact he didn't shows he honestly thought the pitch was good enough for India to make the runs. 2. I have no problems at all with Kohli not walking. Rightly or wrongly, walking is a thing of the past. Throughout the series, poor umpiring decisions went both ways. 3. I don't think Indian supporters should complain about the flatness of the pitch when their side won the toss, and got to bowl during the only period when the pitch was offering assistance. Furthermore, their ludicrously slow over rate on the first day cost NZ a chance of bowling more overs while the pitch was still fresh. 4. Battingwala: Most idiotic comments on here. Show me the last time Clarke declared fewer than 400 in front. 325 was not enough. You seem to think it is your right to be gifted a getable target on the last day. It is not.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    One more chance frittered away - one in SA and one here to register a win abroad. Our cricketers donot have the ability of the carpenter to drive in the last nail fast and timely. In this series NZ top order was no better than ours. at least Dhavan scored one century and one near century. After cleaning up the top we always allowed Brendon and others to flurish. Adding insult to injury is the drop of catches. One thing to be lauded at Wellington is the brave heart showed by our pathtic bowlers. Though knee jerk chopping is not warranted, some of the baggages have to be dropped. Neesham played his first test and contributed. When do our selectors going to have confidence in debutants waiting in the wings.

  • POSTED BY leighsydneychina on | February 19, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    What is going on in Indian cricket. We have batsmen refusing to leave after being given out. India refuses to use any technological assistance for the umpires and now they refuse to be honest in batting. Nobody else has a serious problem with DRS. India should be forced to use it because they are so dishonest in their play.

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | February 19, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    @battingwala

    The game wasnt safe for nz at the end of the 4th day, only 325 runs ahead, why on earth would he declare?!

    Bmac did exactly the right thing for NZ, not himself. His 300 was his prize and byproduct for getting NZ to that point, and he rightfully took it

    Every other sane captain would have done the same thing, your posts come across as bad sportsmanship.

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    @ battingwala, NZ did not play for records.For a no.8 ranked test team, isn't it an achievement to win a test series against a no.2 team? After all the hardwork they have done since day 3 of the 2nd test,they cannot risk the series.Instead of criticizing NZ for late declaration,appreciate their effort.Indians are completely outplayed and give the credit where it is due.

    # an Indian fan

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 19, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Some terrible Indian fan comments on here. Grow up.

  • POSTED BY AH_USA on | February 18, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    I don't remember seeing an innings like what BMac has just played in a long time...simply outstanding! Not only did he bring NZ out of the jaws of defeat, he also put them in a position to win the game. Kudos to Watling and Neesham for their role as well. NZ is playing good and positive cricket and they have some good and most importantly young players who can carry this team to the next level. Well done NZ. Cheers from a Pakistani fan.

  • POSTED BY NZLankan on | February 18, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    @battingwala: you need to go find a new sport to watch mate...the black caps with our struggling rankings wipe the floor with your team across both formats and you talk of sporting declarations to help bail you out. Almost as much chance of that happening as Kohli walking....

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    kohli had to score a match winnig 100 in the same test Rahane scared a "match winning" century

  • POSTED BY IAS2009 on | February 18, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    battingwala, it is rubbish to talk about sportsmanship when kohli did not walk away after a huge nick to keeper, NZ did the right thing not to declare, they need to win the series, if India needed it more they should have grabbed it. why NZ will squander the hard work of two days and give India a chance to win, Why dhoni was so defensive on 4th day, he could be more aggressive and got some wickets or might have given quick runs and make NZ declare earlier.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | February 18, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    GRVJPR : Gosh I cannot believe how many of your submissions have been published. The sad thing is that, in amongst all of your rabid one sided, biased and very selective memory comments you sadly forgot to simply congratulate the Kiwis on a great victory. The real truth is that if people were to only allowed to read your comments one might be led to believe that India actually won the series. You and other so called fans only end up coming across as ungracious poor losers who are continually making excuses for the India teams performance. today the wind was not blowing in the right direction, yesterday the temp was too low and the biggest excuse is that the match is not being played in India.

  • POSTED BY phermon on | February 18, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Insist on DRS against India. REfuse DRS against Australia

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | February 18, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    @Fguy Spot on mate, couldn't have put it better! However sadly I don't see things are going to change as our selectors are as spineless as our bowlers and we are going to be thoroughly mauled on our next away tours in England & Australia. The resurgent Australians in particular, are going to make 'mincemeat' in whitewashing our team and gaining sweet revenge for their 0-4 series defeat on their last tour to India. Unless our selectors have the guts to strip MSD of the Test & ODI captaincy - who has become so deluded that he thinks he has got a very good bowling attack rather than a powder-puff one which is more realistic - our suffering will sadly continue! :(

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    people need to stopp bagging india anf start realising that nz are a very good team nowdays

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    As an Indian, I am really sorry for the comments by @Rajesh Kumar. NZ thoroughly deserved the victory. Taking nothing away from them. NZ played well, no body can deny that.

    We need to look or young fast bowling talents in our county circuit. Dhoni, needs to stop favoritism and give opportunity to those who deserves. Though few of the umpiring decisions were given against us, same were the treated out to NZ too and these things happen. Thank you for a great series NZ. We have a lot to learn and this series was a great eye opener.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 18, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    @battingwala - Personally I think Bmac should have declared earlier because the ball seemed to be moving around in the morning and I felt his side had a chance of winning. However I cant blame the guy. NZ rarely win a test series and against one of the top tier teams it's quite a big deal so I can see why he wouldnt risk that. Also if he declared overnight he would have denied himself the glory of becoming the 1st ever NZ player to score a test triple and Neesham a chance of a debut ton. I guess he wanted to set the highest team total from a NZ side which is quite a feat when you consider they were 5 down for less than 100. For me regardless of anything else BMac and co should be applauded for steering his side away from inevitable defeat before anyone has a pop at him for anything else.Whether due to bad luck from the Indian bowlers or great performances by the NZ batsmen or a combo of the 2 - if you dont take 20 wkts how can you say you deserve to win a test match?

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 18, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar, the kiwi team and fans are a gracious, humble, and nice bunch. Let's give them the credit they deserve. They should be ecstatic as they have defeated a team stronger than their's. But I understand where you are coming from. There are so many posts making fun of India's performances away. Most of these comments are from fans of 2 teams whose performances home and away are below average that they are languishing at the bottom of the ICC rankings. As you rightly said, India deserves its top ranking. At home, we are unbeatable and our away performances are improving. It wont be long before we win an away series, just wait till we get to England this summer. We gave one almighty scare to SA and with a little bit of luck, we could have drawn that series. And then there are some teams which lose 0-3 in SA and others that lose 0-5 in Australia, lol. Sri Lanka can only compete against Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    @loudmouth : "Nz is now a force to reckon with in world cricket" mate it was always a dangerous force but beating an average India doesn't take them to some new level as you still are fresh from that banglawash. a real test would be to beat Pak, Sri Aus or S.A even in your own soil..

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | February 18, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    @ Rajesh.Kumar: So you mean weaker team like BANGLADESH should let INDIA to win in any tournament because BAN can not achieve anything in the tournament? If INDIA can not beat a team like BANGLADESH, then INDIA do not deserve to move further in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand! This year's summer of cricket is the best I have enjoyed for quite sometime. The individual performances shine big and bright. The team effort is amazing. Though New Zealand is still low in the rankings, the brilliant performances by our players led by an aggressive captain indicate that New Zealand will soon be a power to be reckoned with in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 18, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Re Kholi not walking - I've not seen the incident yet but I don't have an issue with players not walking regardless of how concrete it looks. However I saw a game (cant remember which one but it was in the last 6 months) where Kholi shouted "Walk" to an opponent (think it may have been vs Australia) when he was fielding. What is not good is the double standards of the guy. Great cricketer but strikes me as a guy who will accuse other players of doing things which he himself is guilty of

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 18, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Congrats NZ. Superb fight by Bmac,Neesham and Wat Personally I'd like to have seen BMac declare much earlier and go for the jugular. I thought the Indian bowlers were still causing problems earlier on in the day inc an edge from BMac which fell just short of MSD before he made his triple ton. I stopped watching before the declaration as I felt that the chances of an exciting finish were diminished. Fine with BMac doing this and going for the safety first win as he had personally done so much to get the team out of trouble and I guess this was their 1st success vs a top tier team for some time. Just wonder if he could have got the win to close the gap on SL if he declared while the bowling conditions looked good?

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 18, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Why are people calling for Dhoni's head? Sure we didn't win and we let NZ off the hook. But such miracles happen once in a decade. Remember, the 2001 Eden Gardens test. VVS and Dravid defied the Aussie attack (which had McGrath and Warne) for one full day and turned a match that we were going to lose into a memorable victory. This is a young team and at least we did not lose the game like the Aussies did. Any team would be deflated after that batting performance by McCullum, Watling, and Neesham but not India. Kohli replied back with a ton of his own. Had there been enough time, India has the batting power to pull off a remarkable win even. So, let us give our brave cricketers some more time and judge them by their performances in England. Vijay needs to go, there is no doubt about that. Play a bowler instead. We will be guaranteed a series victory in England.

  • POSTED BY thozar on | February 18, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Disappointed with the result would be a huge understatement. As one of the top test sides in the world, we are expected to easily beat the #8 side. Instead, we ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline. If not for the poor decision against Rahane, we would have won the 1st test and NZ may have been so down and out that we could have won the second test too. Instead, we have lost the series. However, great fightback by Kohli to register another ton. Dhawan was in blazing form, Rahane is already showing glimpses of VVS in him, and Rohit did well also. Pujara did not have a great series but with an average above 60, he is going to be the pillar of the Indian batting for years to come. One average series is not going to change that. Vijay needs to go. Jadeja should play as an allrounder. In England, we should play the following side - Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Zak, Shami, Yadav. Depending on the conditions, Ishant instead of Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    @Sreesam krishna : another indian fan with shrewed thinkin "any other subcontinent team would have bundled out for less than 100 " for your kind information sir Pak won their Odi and test series last time they toured NZ in 2011 which your Indian team can only dream off . Please talk some sense..Cricinfo Modz plz publish.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Read most of the comments above. Newzeland were underdogs but playing in their backyard. India lost the momemtum after tea on 3rd day. Welk dine McCallum. Give credit to good captaincy and batting. If we change the captain coach and team every time team loses than we have call up dome of commenters from cricinfo to play!! Murali vijay has been a dissapointment as opener. Will Shewag get a chance coming to England this summer?

  • POSTED BY Percy3 on | February 18, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Kohli will be India's star batsman of the future. His unnecessary on field aggression and arrogance need to be curbed however for him to achieve universal recognition. What a contrast from the gentlemanly Tendulkar. India does not need a bad boy image.More dissapointing is the lack of candour displayed in this test where he could have owned up to a blatant snick instead of acting in a misleading manner.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 18, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    @fguy: You are awesome... Absolute truth/facts... and to add to that.. it overall make test cricket dull and non-competitive...

  • POSTED BY awoody on | February 18, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    The majority of Indian fans are gracious in defeat but a few comments on here have annoyed me. Firstly umpiring did not turn either of these tests, NZ received 2-3 pretty bad decisions in the first test as did India and I recall a similar number of poor decisions in this test going each way. On this subject also if India refuse to use DRS then they have little to complain about.

    Secondly this pitch was not Flat. Yes NZ has produced some pretty flat pitches over the last few years but this was not one of them. For a day and a half it was green and offered great swing/seaming conditions. It was bouncy with good carry early on but became more variable on the last day. for 2 and a half days it offered great batting conditions but also still saw swing for the new ball. On the final day if either team had possessed a proper wicket taking leg spinner the pitch had deteriorated to the point where they would have been a real threat. NZ could have produced a Flat wicket by rights but did not.

  • POSTED BY Ajmal_Magician on | February 18, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Overlooking the Ifs and buts which INDIAN fans somehow always manage to find, Team India deserves a 7th or 8th rank in all form of games. 2-0 in Odi vs S.A, 1-0 in test in S.A. Came to NZ thrashed 4-0 in odi and 1-0 in tests. After all this winless streak the fans still brag about their batting, I say even bangla batters win their team some matches with the bowling they have but Indian batters couldn't even win their team a single match so please don't sing their songs..Worse batting lineup apart from kohli who if would have walked after his nick in this match so called Indian batting would have still managed to loose this match at the flattest of pitches..Lol this Indian team is so fluke..I pity 1 billion Indian fans who bring so much revenue to other boards only to see their team thrashed.Indians thanks for your money but it won't stop us to thrash your team . Yeah it could be rude when you think about it but thats how it is :) cricinfo post plzzzz....

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | February 18, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    I believed that Brendon made the right call. As a captain, I would have opted for Brendon going for 400. Against India's fielding, that was very likely. If he had declared giving India all day to make 325 with the wicket playing better and better NZ would have lost. All India needed was any 2 batsmen to spend some time at the crease and that was that. I have said this 1000 times, only when India's players can perform reasonably well in the field, and not just stand around in the sun, trying not to get their clothes dirty and trying not to sweat, they will never win overseas. Also remember, more and more overseas players are getting sub-continent experience in the IPL, so winning at home may also come to an end.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Funny how Indian fans find rejoice at their batting lineup..Lol.. What you people forget is that your batters were playing against an 8th ranked team on flat deck and still you managed 10/2 on day 5 with openers failing yet again.. Seriously after giving this much chances batsmen are bound to perform in one or so innings like dhawan (biggest flat deck bully). I find Indian batting bigger fail than their bowling except kohli, who can present wickets on platter out of nothing.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 18, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    @Mintsweety: I did not whine about the bad decisions... NZ did not outplay India in 1st... may be one innings... thats all.... the appropriate result shd be 1-1... Only area India were not as good or half as good was, sharp fielding consistently... Collapses did not happen in Indian innings... NZ collapsed 2 times in as many tests... The bad part on India again was their worst fielding... but everyone blame on their bowlers... As a team they have to fix that very core issue... their complacent of sleep walking fielding habbits costed them dearly... when a team drops more than half a dozen catches, you know what to call them... They were good in that dept here and there... but no where near stable or consistent... The fan base of India is extreeeeeeemely good at blaming their bowlers, as if their fielders are all Jhonty Rhodes... It is a shameful fan base... not criticising the actual issue and then blame at their convenience... Shame of them

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    GRVJPR - Wow, you really are a piece of work. Your statistics are like grabbing 1 year where the Dow went down and saying "See, you should never buy shares, they always go down."

    Had you added the previous year to your 'huge' (sarcasm in case you didn't understand) sample size, you would see that ENG won in IND, SAF won in AUS, NZ won in SRI, ENG won in IND (again), SAF won in ENG (twice), AUS won in WI (twice), ENG won in SRI and SAF won in NZ. And that is just 1 year.

    So, as you can see, many teams win on foreign soil on a frequent basis. Just not India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Meanwhile in other news, Afghanistan U19 lads beat the Aussies by 36 runs. True story.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    @mintsweety. Its not fair to say that India lost the first Test due to umpiring errors but were prevented from winning due to certain errors at absolutely crutial juncture of the game. The Umpires repeatedly kept missing Wagners no balls and infact they continued to do so in the second Test. Atleast two wickets that Wagner took were no balls. And no way NZ outplayed India. Infact India outplayed NZ in the second innings to rattle them out for under 100. India made a very good chase of it and would have probably won if not for those errors.

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | February 18, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar on (February 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT) some people never learn do they? Your blabbering is hilarious! Who says other teams are "jealous" of India? Jealous?? Jealous of what? Washed in England, washed in Australia, beaten in India by England, beaten in South Africa and now beaten in NZ. And rest of world is supposed to be "jealous", eh? You are getting ridicule you deserve. Why don't you take a break bud. Nobody - absolutely NOBODY is jealous of India.... so get over your delusion.

  • POSTED BY YAYAVAR on | February 18, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    I congratulate McCullum on his triple ton and winning the series against India. I would have applauded his gamesmanship if had declared the NZ innings earlier and set an exciting target for India to level the series. Instead he chose to play safe and made sure that India do not win the test to tie the series. May be he did not have enough confidence in his bowlers seeing the plight of Indian bowlers or he was scared of Indian batsman. I believe he was playing for his records. In the history of game he will be known as a first New Zealanders to score a triple ton. People will forget this record in time, but, had he not played for his records, he might have brought an exciting end to game which might have gone either way and he would have been honored for his spirit. That would have been worth the time and money people spent on watching this game.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 18, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    i usually dont indulge in the loose talk of match fixing but in light of recent reports one cant help but wonder how much someone in a position to influence the outcome of a match would've reaped in after NZ saved this match after they were 94/5

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    It is unfortunate that erroneous decisions by the umpires went against India more than against New Zealand. India would have won the 1st Test. In the 2nd innings India lost batsmen caught behind off the pads, one given out with a no ball etc. 13 against 11. However India has themselves to blame for not winning the 2nd test. The batting and bowling were OK - fielding was poor. McCollum was given too many lives. Better luck next time to India. Congratulations to the Kiwisa.

  • POSTED BY satchander on | February 18, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Great going Dhoni....Now become the first Indian captain to get whitewashed in back-to-back series in Eng and Aus...Lose 0 - 5 in Eng (Jul 2014) and 0 - 4 in Aus (Dec 2014)....As Gavaskar rightly said "Dhoni still has a lot to offer as Test captain " ( he meant losing some more series)

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | February 18, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Very disappointing for India! The batting looks okay: Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane and Dhoni look good, although the captaincy has been dismal (as it has always been in Tests overseas). Ashwin, Jadeja, Ojha and even Harbhajan make up a decent spin attack. The fast bowling, however, is atrocious. Zaheer is old, Ishant blows hot and (mostly) cold and they are both too slow. Yadav and Shami are okay... Bhuvneshwar needs to better his old-ball skills and then be brought back...

  • POSTED BY Mintsweety on | February 18, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    @grindar India most certainly did not lose the first test due to umpiring errors. NZ outplayed them comprehensively. Simple as that. NZ also got plenty of dud decisions go against them and if you want the drs to correct bad decisions...wel you know who's fault it is it isn't in place to start with. You lost because you weren't good enough, and 2-0 would have been a more just shoreline. End of discussion.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Rajesh Kumar...the very definition of a poor loser and a blot on otherwise proud and honourable Indian cricket fans. In answer to some of your queries and factual errors, New Zealand HAVE won an ICC trophy - the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy and who did we beat in the final? India. Have NZ ever won a Test Match in India? Yes, twice, in 1969 and again in 1988. Is it an achievement for us to have beaten India in a series after twelve years? Of course, why would it not be? India is a great cricketing nation with a far better record than New Zealand and we've loved having you here and just for a change we got the better of you. Be gracious and accept your loss.

  • POSTED BY battingwala on | February 18, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    ICC should seriously change test match rules in order to have them result oriented. look at this test match, a high scoring draw and some selfish cricket from new zealand to make records like triple century and highest test match score. take lesson from australians, west indies team of the 70s/80s and even south africans and england. these countries dont play for records. another suggestion is to ban all batting friendly pitches during test matches which would mean a real test match for everyone. pitches should be bowler friendly either seam or spin.team captains should not be given any kind of opportunity to go away with a draw. test matches must produce result.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | February 18, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    @fguy

    I am with you. I've cancelled my Willow subscription which I had non-stop since 2011 WC....

    --------------------------------------------- the only way things will change it seems is if we fans turn our backs on the team till things are corrected. once the endorsements etc dry up & we fans stop treating these average players like rockstars will they get a kick up their collective backsides.

  • POSTED BY battingwala on | February 18, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Very very unfortunate and disgusting from a sports point of view and considering the timing and nature of a typical test match cricket. although brendan stated that he was undecided on batting on 5th day but ultimately he went for the records which is not a sportsman spirit. look at the australians, they really are the best. they dont aim at records, they aim at results. even south africa aim for records. new zealand had more than enough lean 325 or so on the final day and should have straightaway give india the batting in order to have a good chance of a competitive test match and producing result. test cricket will ultimately suffer due to these kind of approaches. watching 5 days of cricket and still no result. shame.

  • POSTED BY Indiaforever on | February 18, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Firstly, I would like to say congratulations to NZ and all the centurions, they all batted amazingly well. It is true that McCullum got dropped twice, and both of the catches were easy at this level so India need to fix up on their fielding big time. Even in the first test, the dropped catches let NZ get away.

    In terms of India, big changes need to occur, starting with Dhoni and Fletcher. They both should be sacked or should resign (in my dreams) and we should start grooming another captain, preferably Kohli. The team selection in both tests and in SA have been quite bad imo. In conditions that suit swing bowling, we don't pick Bhuvi kumar? Also for pace we should go with Yadav who is a wicket taker. Batting wise, I would get rid of Vijay, but would include Rohit Sharma, he deserves a fair chance, plus he has scored runs.

    Overall, annoyed about the test series but what can the Indian fans expect when India play away from home with Dhoni captain? Nothing much.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 18, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    this is why all countries cricket boards die to have india tour them --

    1. the boards get huge revenues

    2. the teams get easy wins, easy series wins & rating points

    3. their batsmen get to make career best highest scores, they can set batting records & improve their average without breaking a sweat

    4. their bowlers get easy wickets & improve their ER & S/R stats & dont have to be out for too long in the field to do so

    5. their debutants get to make an immediate impact which helps build their confidence for the future

    6. their out-of-form players are able to return to form

    so really win-win all round for them (only people who have to suffer are indian fans)

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 18, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    I see lots of trash on Kohli not walking when nicked... I think nick is something batsman can feel only when there is enough sound or vibration or to that fact visible deflection... If he did not walk when it was clear that he was confident that he nicked is the case you can criticize. Btw, India lost the 1st match due to umpiring errors when they were chasing (4th innings), they lost few wickets due to that... why there was enough nonsense then? Anyways, apart from everything, now-a-days, you should consider, compensation acts. Like when a team gets too many bad umpiring decisions, players had to counter the howlers to save the team. In that view point, he not walking can be counted towards that... but there are still few howlers left to be compensated.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    A lot of readers...and even commentators & sports writers are talking about how India needs better bowling. The huge difference between India & other teams - India has a marginally above average bowling attack, our fielders make the bowlers look pedestrian at best. Good bowlers will mostly create opportunities, the fielders have to take them. 1st test - Specialist Batsman M Vijay dropped a sitter, thereby helping NZ out of trouble. 2nd test, Specialist Batsman V Kohli dropped a sitter, thereby almost beating India.....As it turns out, Kohli could & did bat brilliantly to save India....However fact - if Kohli had caught McCullum when he was on 9, India probably would have won without needing Kohli to bat again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Great Kiwi batsman. New year bring 2 record of kiwi. 2014 year very luck for kiwi cricket.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 18, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    look at Oz & Eng. after serious losses there were huge repercussions. they sacked their captains, coaches, even their best batsman. here it looks like the indian team is a govt job where they just have to punch in & they can chill till retirement age.

    actually the whole situation isnt fault of bcci or players but us fans who are happy with mediocrity/home wins/ipl

    the only way things will change it seems is if we fans turn our backs on the team till things are corrected. once the endorsements etc dry up & we fans stop treating these average players like rockstars will they get a kick up their collective backsides.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Nz nearly have two test bowlers and two test batsman in the top ten. Can't remember that ever happening. Mccullum 11th though

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 18, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Of all one thing that felt good was, NZ implemented the recovering and capitalizing skills in this tour than the ones before starting Eng tour to NZ season last time... when NZ managed to give away matches to Eng from formidable positions... that too in their own grounds.... BM showed a lot of Laxman-ish qualities in the tests (batting with lower order)... Hope he continues this form with other opponents as well. Lets see how he goes from here.... The consistency factor is what not so good for NZ.... I would say.... that has become a new norm for most teams now-a-days... Winning heavily and loosing heavily is the reality of current team setups.... Not sure how Aus is going to carry on differently...

  • POSTED BY AlSmug on | February 18, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    @Aamirkhan dont worry you wont be no2 for much longer and if the bcci continue to format 2 test series nothing will change , ridiculous not enough time to adjust to the conditions but on this occasion nzeanad just out classed the flat track indian team

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | February 18, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Luckily, NZ dint have enough overs to bowl out India in the 2nd innings. Kohli should have walked out when he nicked that bowl to the keeper. Otherwise NZ could have won that matches. The two matches India avoided the loss happened due to bad umpiring. I dont know when do we see get to see Indian players playing with good sportsmanship spirit. First Jadeja during the 3rd ODI and now its Kohli. NZ deserved to win both series 5-0 and 2-0.

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | February 18, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Okay let's take eyes away from India and see this.. One of the worst flat wickets in recent times. Virat scored century on 5th day.. Crazy. Also, nz won at home which India always does. Not a big deal guys. We should worry when we can't win at home. And pak fans can u even play at home? No. Sorry don't talk about India

  • POSTED BY Leg-Breaker on | February 18, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Indian batting has impressed - Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, and Dhawan seem to be finding their groove - we need to be patient - give them some rope just like we did for other guys. Vijay and Rohit need to be go ASAP if the captain needs more bowlers. With these two, there is a potential for one end to get exposed and while 438 was a good score, India lost the chance to win when they managed only 438 - the par score should have been 500 - 550 Kohli has to change his attitude - scoring a 100 on a wasted cause does not absolve him of irresponsible catching - BMac's drop was a sitter. Not a hard chance - I hope the replay haunts him for a long time to come and he becomes less brash. Bowling is inconsistent - good in patches; pedestrian most times - fielding, captaincy, & selections incomprehensible. Mishra shd have been in. Shami shd be coached - he bowls many balls that release pressure - he follows Ishant & Zaheer and that is a bad habit. Overall a series that shd have been drawn was lost.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | February 18, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Why do batsmen get consecutive tons against India at such a high rate? Really suprised with the ranking system, we haven't won a single away test in 3 yrs and yet ranked 2nd!

  • POSTED BY marlboro19 on | February 18, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    This was a very close test series,and Nz won it by a difference of 40 runs. From a pure cricket point of view, this is a positive outcome. Both NZ and Ind looked improved. They both are young sides , and it was a good contest.

  • POSTED BY ShamimH on | February 18, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    A big win for New Zealand, swept the one-day series, record batting by McCollum in winning the Test series and literally destroyed India. And all this talk by India to restrict test series to limited number of teams. They may still want to restrict to 4 or 5 teams, so be it. It will end the passion for Cricket. Imagine, Soccer's World Cup restricted to 7 teams that had won the Cup (Uruguay, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Argentina and Spain), and the games would never have the World wide following it does now. Go ahead - India, England and Australia - restrict the game, please do and don't wait for the results.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | February 18, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    The only positive from this test is that India did not lose the series 2-0 . They managed to draw the game , so Dhoni should get some credit. Dhawan should be spokesperson for the team . he is a straightshooter -he admitted the catches they dropped cost them the match whilst Pujara was ok with the fielding lapses "dropping catches is normal " If they lose the England test series in UK , Dhoni must resign as captain. Maybe they should now play Bangladesh in BD , to test their team strength and get their batsmen back in form by scoring some triple hundreds ..

  • POSTED BY Leg-Breaker on | February 18, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Congrats to NZ fans and the team for a great victory and breaking all kinds of batting records. This was a superlative achievement given the absence of Ross Taylor. I was impressed with the level of talent - all newcomers stood up to be counted - matt henry, hamish bennett, corey anderson, jimmy neesham - if they can find a reliable set of openers, they will be a force to reckon with for a long time to come.

    Good Job and enjoy the win.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | February 18, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Mr.Farooq you should be shamed on your team performances, not me. Please accept the fact that Indian bowlers are not good enough to get 20 wickets!

    Apart from that I bet you this will be Brendons last triple and for that matter even he would not pass 200 marks in rest of carrier...of course unless he meet Indian bowlers again in test match..haha..ha..ha

  • POSTED BY andaman99 on | February 18, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Congrats NZ !!!Great well deserved WIN and McCullum played captains innings.

    The current Ranking of Indian team is total gimmick and should be calculated correctly by giving higher points for home away win and also how many matches you play away & at home turf.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 18, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @John Worley if he got to face a bowling attack as poor as ours he'd be scoring 500 on a daily.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | February 18, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Somebody says India has weakest bowling attack. That's not what Dhoni said. "Fantastic" was the word he used for his bowling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    never saw such poor bowling attack that allowed a less than ordinary batsman like McCullum to produce an extraordinary triple century. Shame on Indian bowlers and India.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | February 18, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Do not blame Indian bowlers.... Bowling comprise of bowlers and fielders (98% of balls goes to fielders or rolled on the field before reaching boundary)... India played good for 5/9 days... the test series consumed. Last two days of 1st and first 3 days of 2nd and to an extent last innings as well. Now they have to go back to dressing room and find just top three reasons for why they gave away the game to NZ from the winning positions on both the matches... Just they have to be honest and brutal in telling the facts. DROPPED catches costed both matches... main thing... it is not 1 or 2... it was more than half a dozen

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Rohit Sharma got to go. He should be replaced by Binny.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | February 18, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    that has got to be one of the worst test wickets i have seen. nothing in it after the 1st session for spinners or seamers. & india is criticised for "flat tracks"?? it doesnt get flatter than that. but double standards will mean no criticism for that groundsman.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @amailag. shame on you denying the greatest effort by Brendon, test cricket has ever seen. it was miraculous no matter who eas opposition. I know indian batting is week but still it wickets and conditions were not so bad for bowlers....

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | February 18, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Had Kohli been given out, India would have been in serious trouble of losing this Test. The weakness in India's bowling is very evident, but what about the batting? It's too much reliant on Kohli, the rest can't be trusted. Congrats to NZ for saving this Test & to McCullum, such an innings can only be played when you have pride playing for the country & not just for money! IMHO.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | February 18, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    India's obsession with T20 and ODIs has clearly hurt their long game performances when those games are played under fair conditions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    well played NZ

  • POSTED BY amilag on | February 18, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Actually India could be proud of their achievement. They managed to complete a tour without being white washed..ha,.ha,,,ha..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    @Dinkepo. Did you just wake up from a coma and type a comment? FYI Dhawan scored century in the first Test and scored a 90 odd in the first innings of the second Test.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    @Carson Alexander. Congratulations on your win. NZ deserved it and have our respect. WRT to your comment on India losing another Test series. Well as a kiwi you sure know whats that like, dont you?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    U AJ Rajput. Yeah Pakistan did hammer SL by scoring 300 in 50 overs at over a 5 per over. Great batting and trust me all of cricketing world enjoyed that one but what do you think was the role played by SL bowling attack and dead as a dodo UAE wickets and not to mention typical Angelo Mathews negative cricket?

  • POSTED BY amilag on | February 18, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Indian team is weakest bowling attack in test cricket. below Zim and Bangala. so Brendon can't be proud of his triple..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @John Worley. Both our little masters have not scored triples but our Nawab of Najafgarh has scored two :o)

  • POSTED BY amilag on | February 18, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    when is the last time India won a test match outside the subcontinent? Why they are at no.2 in ranking? pls explain.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    I consoled myself saying if Kohli or Sharma would have held on the simple catches India could have won. But then BJ and Neesham went and ruined that for me. Neesham played so well with such class and confidence. Well played New Zealand. I hope they keep this up and inspire a new generation of cricketers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    dhoni tactics are outdated , india has to play 5 batsman +1 dhoni as keeper + 1 fast bowling or spin bowling allrounder depending if playing within or abroad and 1 specialist spinner and 3 fast bowlers always , present combination is useless

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    you played a gem , this is one of the best similar to laxman 281 at eden garden , test cricket at its best

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Actually India won a crucial toss so they could bowl on the helpful 1st day, to believe the commentators. Calcutta 01 was to repeat. McCullum was understandably not so keen as Ganguly was then about an early declaration; this, and some faulty umpiring, both then and now, came to India's favor respectively.

  • POSTED BY batman_gothamcity on | February 18, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Congartulations to NZ and McCullum for the series win . Agree with the feautured comments that this was a close series rather than one sided what some fans are making out to be . Even the SA series India played well except the 2nd innings 2nd test collapse which resulted in series loss . The Indian batting looks good with Dhawan ,Kohli , Rahane and Dhoni's performance . But the bowling selection was questionable. Jadega /Ashwin in overseas will always be failure as they require spinning pitches or they can be only in a containing role .In England Ohja / Mishra should be tried as Test bowlers . New young seamers to be also tested in tour games .India have to play well overseas to be respected which applies also to other nations who fail miserably in Indian pitches . If you fail you cannot say doctored pitches that's not fair .Lastly BCCI to make sure to have more practise games for players to get into the groove.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Mccullum will be at peace with his performance as a player now. Last five years he's had a monkey on his back. Expecting a relaxed devastating mccullum in the next year or two. Look out world cups

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Scoring runs agianst Weak indian bowling bowling is beconing famous nowadays and rightly so. I bet McCullum can't get past 50 against SA and Australia with steyn gun and johnson firing bullets like balls at him. His average without the indian biwling would have been below 35 in test cricket which is a shame. He is a brilliant wicket keeper but all in all an average batsman who plays funky shots and gets out as he gave those two chances during that triple hundered he was lucky though.

  • POSTED BY Genaral on | February 18, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    McCullum 'the great one' just began his career as captain.impossible things will coming soon.

  • POSTED BY keerthitommy on | February 18, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why india is not playing with 4 fast bowlers. Shami , ishant , zaheer , pandey .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Playing a Test match with 3 specialist bowlers and one allrounder is like playing a football match with 9 men and a one legged player. You might draw the game if your lucky but you are most likely to løse. And to think the Indian team warms up for every match playing football.

  • POSTED BY aa61761 on | February 18, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Brendon McCullum's 302 is definitely the greatest innings I have watched in my 40 years of cricket watching, his 302 saved NZ from sure Innings defeat. It shows McCullum's mental toughness. Many greats would have given up at 94 for 4.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    I have never come across a single argument as to why a batsman should walk after a catch. It is not the batsman's responsibility or obligation to make such decisions. If this is so then batsman should also be allowed to approach the umpire to overturn wrong umpiring decisions. The other argument that it is against the spirit of the game is also flawed. In my opinion actions such as ball tampering, sledging, claiming grounded catches are against the spirit of the game. Also bodyline and negative bowling are legitimate strategies which are also not against the spirit of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    GRVJPR......You commented at the end of day 4 "NZ is not safe still, mark my words"....I marked your words only to find that NZ was safe right through the day 5 and that only India was unsafe as there was a threat of losing the test for major part of the day 5.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    I am proud of India's Test performances in South Africa and New Zealand. The future looks bright for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY aa61761 on | February 18, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    India does not have penetrative attack. India can never win a series in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa. India can only win on spinner friendly wickets. New Zealand has a decent fast bowling attack and even then India failed to win anything with all their so called great batsmen. India cannot field 4 decent fast bowlers on fast tracks and this is why India selects only 3 fast bowlers. Pakistan is the only Asian team who has won games in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa on the basis of their fast bowlers. In Test cricket bowlers win games and batsmen save games. India failed to do both.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    GRVJPR ....Very selective stats...you missed a point that south africa had won a test match in UAE. Atleast SA drew the series if not won it. Isn't the onus next on India to show to the world that champions trophy win was not just one off thing and that India can actually win a test match outside India thereby justifying its No.2 ranking?!

  • POSTED BY reluctant_fan on | February 18, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    To start with, India got what they deserved... may be slightly less. They should have gone down 2-0 given the level of skill/application exhibited by them. I think they were able to escape the 2-0 humiliation thanks to BC. His such a late declaration was very surprising. It came across as very defensive and it looks like he put personal/individual milestones ahead of team's interest. This kind of thinking is typical of captains of the subcontinent teams. But least expected from other captains. There were two flaws in his decision to declare when he did - 1. He overestimated Indian batsmen's scoring ability. He thought setting a asking RR of at least more than run a ball was safe. 2. He overestimated his bowlers' ability to bowl India out in less than 70 overs in very batting friendly conditions.

    He could have set a target tantalizing enough for India to go after and in the process increase his team's chances of bowling them out. Instead he settled for a tame draw to secure a 1-0 win.

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | February 18, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Sack the captain but retain him as a player. Build real cricket pitches at home, not ones designed to generate 300 runs in a 20 over match. The wins abroad will start flowing.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    India should have ptayed with 4 fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    rk_ks no one walks these days bro

  • POSTED BY krish2486 on | February 18, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    congrats to nz well played.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Rajesh.kun...lol...yeah u r ryt...u need to have alot of stamina to lose so much...and to keep getting hit around the park...giving away 300 everytime in odis and 500 in one innings of a test match...needs alot of stamina...

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    This should well and truly be the end of Dhoni as test captain, he has shown that he can captain only certain players regardless of how good or bad they are and this has completely eroded India's capability as a test team. There seems to be no strategic depth to India's bowling, dropping catches, unimaginative bowling, zero captaincy. India has gone backward from the Ganguly era. If the Dhoni regime continues we will get blanked in Aus and Eng 100%. Kohli captain, five bowler strategy, Amit Mishra back,Yadav and Aaron back, out go Jadeja, Zaheer and Ishant - totally useless, Ganguly as coach. Thats the way or India will hold the record for facing the most series losses away after the next two. But mind you if India do well in the Asia Cup and the T20 cup all this will all be forgotten and the certain Aus and Eng whitewashes will be condoned. I am betting right now Aus will beat us within three to four days in each test, with England we may see a fifth day.

  • POSTED BY Smack2000 on | February 18, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    India showed they have some good little troopers, unfortunately not enough of the side are up to international level. All teams go through a re-building phase with the retirement of great players and history has shown it takes 8 to 10 years to rise back. Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan are coming out of that phase now while India and England are just starting their decline (not sure what''s up with S.A). Keep your chins up India their is enough promise in your team to suggest they could be back to top form by the early 2020s.

  • POSTED BY rk_ks on | February 18, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    India should have lost the match. NZ played well and deserved a win. And Kohli should have walked when he was out. No offence if he didn't recognize that ball touched the bat, but if he did, he should have walked out. And congrats to McCullum. Superb innings.But people who are jealous on India, every team of current generation, is only strong on their home soil. Don't bash India. Please check your own country stats before commenting on India. From an Indian Fan.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 18, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    @ DarwinAkbar: What a fantastic series win for NZ (rank: 8) against the second-rank team in the world! Dont forget that Number 8 team was playing in their homes. All home teams are winning now a days. Except Australia who recently won a test in South Africa. Check the list provided by GVPJR on this thread. So I will not read too much into it.

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | February 18, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Why complain about Indian bowlers? Bowlers are doing their job perfectly, barring a few. It is the captain of the team who is clueless and not able to guide them properly. His defensive tactics is killing the bowlers, very afraid to attack. Change the captain and you will see the difference.

  • POSTED BY Zainnajam on | February 18, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Extremely well played, NZ. And, i think Dhoni should Step down as a Captain or show some more Control over the situations because these strategies are not going to Work now. Also, this has becom Dravid/Australia game, where, Austrailia learned the Dravid techniques and got him out with the same thing. N| are Getting even ebtter and better from each day and best of Luck Dominating teams Like India everytime !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Retour on | February 18, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Congrats to the Kiwis! Fantastic performances esp. McCullum. Reminds me of Laxman's performance against Aus in that famous series in Ind .... As for Ind, the team management has to pull up its socks. I agree with the consensus that captaincy in tests has allowed the opposition (not just in this series) to gain the upper hand at crucial stages. When the opposition is 3 or 4 wkts down, you need to psyche up the bowlers to go for the kill. I understand that Ind's bowling resources are not adequate but by allowing things to drift and wait for things to happen, the captain is putting bowlers in a mindset where they take it easy and lose the killer instinct required to close the game or win crucial moments. Even if you have a weak attack, but with right attacking strategies and creating that mindset, you will put the initiative on the bowlers to make something happen. They will keep trying and eventually succeed! Atm, Ind captain is not creating the environment for the bowlers to succeed.

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | February 18, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Today when we lost the series, i really didn't feel anything bad and all i thought is India did reasonably well in Tests. We don't really have anything to show in the results but both the tests could have gone either way. NZ really did better than us in bowling & fielding dept which made the diff btw 2 sides. But after going through the posts in this forum reminded me of SL fans bullying us when we lose to them which i never expected from NZ fans. I am sure lot of us would have felt the same.They should know that they didn't win all their matches in the past and are not going to win all the matches in future.What goes around may come around!!!

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 18, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    @jb633 agree Kerrigan could struggle vs India, but with the new drainage systems, I reckon the pitches will be dry. Further that if we repeat last year's dry summer. Also having Ali in the side should release pressure on him. Tbh I reckon this India batting line up won't struggle too much against a wilting, but still skilful Anderson and metronomic Onions in the same team. Kerrigan would perhaps provide a bit of variety to the attack, or so would Jordan, who has pace, youth, and championship performances on his side.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | February 18, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @Sreeram Krishna The reason why NZ deserve praise from winning the series was because they played with such determination & grit, particularly in the 2nd Test when then were in an almost hopeless position when they could have very easily folded. However they fought back & grabbed all their opportunities whilst we didn't grab ours! So we have to congratulate them, be magnanimous & show some humility in defeat! We wouldn't had to chase 400 in the 1st Test if we didn't concede 500+ in NZ's 1st innings due to playing only three seamers as acknowledged by you. As for the 2nd Test, why would NZ even give India any sniff of a chance of winning the Test when they fought back brilliantly from near defeat & were already 1-0 up in the series? Hopefully our young players have gained from this experience & totally agree with you - our Test series defeats in both NZ & SA was down to poor team selection - particularly in our bowling attack - which stopped us from winning both these series.

  • POSTED BY Vitruvius on | February 18, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Dhoni should continue as the ODI captain, but not as the test captain. He is too passive and looks hapless when situation becomes desperate. I don't put the entire blame on Dhoni though, because India has the poorest fast bowling attack in the world. God knows what BCCI sees in Ishant Sharma to have persisted with him since eternity. I say this regardless of the 5-wicket halls he took against NZ. The 2nd innings showed just how ordinary a bowler he is. Regarding spinners, India should play leg spinners outside India not finger spinners.

  • POSTED BY RAZIVSINGH on | February 18, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Its time for the selectors to take a tough call and look for new captain in the longer version and pick teams according to condition not according to personal liking which has been happening for quite a long time. Everything has got expiry date so does MR. Cool.

  • POSTED BY Yasiru123 on | February 18, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    well done black caps .. we are really proud of you guys. because you are calm team compared to India. Nobody can be the top every day. now Indians has to think twice about their team.because they think that they are the best team ever. your over estimations made your defeat. same thing happen at RSA..This was a great lesson for Indian Fans as well..

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Away record of teams in 2013/2014 : (Answer to why India deserves number 2 ranking) ------------------------------------- SL in AUS Lost 3-0 (Jan 13), NZ in SA Lost 2-0 (Jan 13) PAK in SA Lost 3-0 (Feb 13) Aus in IND lost 4-0 (Feb 13) ENG in NZ 0-0 (Mar 13) NZ in ENG lost 2-0 (May 13) AUS in ENG lost 3-0 (Aug 13) WI in IND lost 2-0 (Nov 13) WI in NZ lost 2-0 (Dec 13) IND is SA lost 1-0 (Dec 13) ENG in AUS lost 5-0 (jan 14) ---------------------------- Hopefully people have eyes and see it. Now talk to me who should be rank 1 or rank 10!

  • POSTED BY whippingBails on | February 18, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    It is very clear India still missing Anil Kumble. There is no one in the Indian of his caliber or determination to run down the opposition or clean up the tailenders. Kumble ws an expert at this, he was constantly thinking and preparing traps for the batsmen, especially when the team smelled blood. NZ were five down and were less than 100, there was blood all over and the sharks never came, instead Bazz and his coast guard crew manged to build a raft out of straw and convert that into a super speed boat out of thin air and Indian players stood there watching in awe dropping catches. Before long NZ and were cruising in their speed boats. India badly needs needs Kumble, who would come out to bowl with a broken jaw and get Brain Lara out. That is the mind set India lacks, to finish off when the iron is still hot.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 18, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    @CodandChips, intersting team selection for England. I would not bother with a spinner against India though and just make sure we create green tops. Kerrigan would get murdered by India anyway and is probably no better than Rohit Sharma as a spinner. We need to keep Anderson in the side (hopefully he is rested and back to form). I think Onions, Broad and Anderson would make up a decent set of seamers at home with Finn as the potential fourth. Obviously with Finn there is a lot he needs to do before May but he certainly has the ability.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 18, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Congrats NZ for the series Win. NZ played like winners in overcoming #2 Ranked India. The biggest single difference between the 2 teams was the Captaincy. While McCullum was able to select an excellent, well balanced XI, Dhoni failed to use logic or common sense in XI selection. His repeated blunders of choosing an unbalanced XI have hurt India badly. It is simple common sense that you DO NOT play with 3 specialist bowlers in a 5 day Test match. Dhoni has violated this fundamental corollary repeatedly & paid heavy price both in SA & in NZ. On the other hand McCullum converted a losing position into a winning position by his own contribution as in Test 2 second innings. He spoke to his bowlers constantly & had a plan of action against each Indian batsman by specific field placement. The way he got Kohli caught in short covers was a touch of genius. Dhoni had no plans for any NZ batsman. In fact Dhoni failed to use the Umbrella field till second innings First test. Well Done NZ/McCullum!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    India would have won the series if the Matches were played in India. I cant remember any series won by India outside India in 2013-2014. May be I missing any?

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | February 18, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Indians can stand around the field for longer periods than any other team without breaking a sweat.

  • POSTED BY S_M_G on | February 18, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    How final eveven is selected? Is India playing best bowlers? I can only see practice match results and straigth comapre (one day games). Bowlers not selected in tests must be doing something wrong in nets. Captain and manager has no desire to select any one. If samebowlers going to play next few series (Very very long rope) then I can't see any change in result.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @MrOMFS, Those 4 series that Aussies won in India was in Stone Age man, get over it! That was when Indian was newly Introduced in test cricket. It was like beating bangladesh now.

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | February 18, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Now its no win from 14 test matches abroad worse for any test playing nation.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 18, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    @GVPJR, Firstly your comments are embarassing and as always wholly inaccurate. India have been thoroughly outplayed in the series and NZ deserve the series win. There has been big improvements in the Indian side but still the bowling is of grave concern. For those complaining about the fact ENG/AUS/IND play more test matches this is not the fault of these countries but the it is simple exonomics. Because these countries actually raise revenue from playing test cricket they can play more of it. If people are so concerned about test cricket in their respective countries they should pay the ticket money and go and watch it. As for Brendan's innings nobody can take this achievement away from home. Forget the drops/pitch, he and BJ Watling have single handedly won a seris for NZ. The pressure he was under, given he was captain and the series was on the line, was tremedous. He showed so much character and I hope NZ have a top night to celebrate. Awesome stuff from BM.

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 18, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    I understand the main problem with the test ranking system is that it doesn't give any extra weight to a team winning overseas. If this is so then it's not a fair system. A team winning an away series should get more points. It makes sense but will ICC ever do something that makes sense?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Brandon played a great innings. Taking nothing away from him, he utilized the poor selection of Indian team completely. This was very obvious result. India is playing with 2.5 or at max 3 bowlers. Zaheer is aged 35, Jadeja was selected as batsman who can bowl. But now Zaheer is the main pace spearhead and Jadeja is the 4th bowler (not 5th bowler based on his merit). All NZ needed to do was to calm the initial strom in Indian attack, once the 3 bowlers wear out, it is just an easy path. That is exactly what Brandon did here.

    Dhoni is very aggressive as a player but as a captain he is the most defensive. Why does India need an additional batsman at number 8 in the name of Jadeja. Instead they should have played 4 professional bowlers with Jadeja as 5th bowler who can bat. The team selection shows that Dhoni has no faith in his batting line up. Have faith and play 5 bowlers, then only India can take 20 wickets conceding less than 300 in an innings.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Well done kiwis on a great summer. Two test series victories over West Indies and India is a good achievement and gives them a great base for the future. Some good players there who will be around for a few years to come. Future looks bright for the black caps

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    I don't understand why NZ is praised so much for their series win. India had the upper hand in most part of this series. They came so close chasing down 400 in 1st test. NZ played for Draw in 2nd test while India attacked and went for wickets. India may be higher ranked team in ICC, but this team is very young. Just compare the experience of our team with other teams that have toured NZ. India has done way better than most teams, anyother subcontinent team would have been bowled out for less than 100 on this greet top wickets. Better than what India accomplished before in NZ with greats like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. This young team diserves appreciation. An average Indian fan is always depressed and blashes India when they lose. There is nothing different here seeing some comments. But just think about this team and its experience. Also think about the green top pitch that NZ prepared. Still NZ had to play for a draw.

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 18, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Coolcapricorn

    Yeah, I agree with you on Dhoni's defensive tactics as I too have been critical of going with only three main bowlers. But don't despair as there is one positive about the helicopter man. He is a good tosser - he wins them all :-)

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | February 18, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Again the Bolwers had let india down, They could have won the first test in South africa if they had some pace in their bowling After giving 400 plus target we let SA of the Hook. here the Series could have gone either way the first test the drop cathes of vijay and in the second test drop catches of macmullan came and hut us Hard. The only team which looks good right now is Australia which can win the away series because of the form of Johnson(which will not last too long). The indian batting looks well settled. Now its time to find good bolwers who can run through the opposition. Zaheer is too old and ishant is ishant. Also the spinners are just horrible. So without bowlers how can you win a away test?

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | February 18, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    still there no replace as Captain in indain team except dhoni

  • POSTED BY pradip1127 on | February 18, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    My next tour Squad will be FOR test

    1. S. Dhawan 2. D.Kathik (wK) 3.Pujara 4 . Virat (V.C.) 5. Rohit (C) 6 .Rahane 7. V. Zol 8. S. Samson (wk) 9 . R. Dhawan 10. V. Aron 11. M. Shami 12. P. Rsool 13. R. Jadeja 14. B. Kumar 15. U. Yadav 16. I. pathan. 17. S. Binny 18. G. Gambhir 19. Pandey 20. K. JADHAV.

    Don't be surprise as I mention Rohit is captain becoz he will do better IF given extra responsibility. Virat and Pujara can play freely. And this Team will continue for Ten Test.

  • POSTED BY StreetView on | February 18, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    From 94/5 to 680/8 _/\_ Only India can do that.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    sumit1982 - NZ has previously won Test Series in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, the West Indies and Australia (which is something India has never done). NZ has never won in South Africa but then neither has India. India has won 10 away Test Series since 1932. Half of those were between 2004 & 2011 when Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid & Laxman were in the team. Prior to 2004, in 72 years of Test cricket, NZ had won more away Test series than India. Note that all figures exclude Bangladesh & Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY StreetView on | February 18, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    To all those who say Indians are FTBs who cant bat on green tracks , India is losing now just because our current bowlers are school-level . Please summon your brains and understand that. Our batsmen are doing well and some Sri Lankans who are basking on their Bangladesh glory should realize that.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Nothing great to cheer about....As i always keep mentioning, every test playing nation get to taste victories in their own den..i dont say they r incapable, but it is the records that speak..McCullums would just be able to dream of scoring a thriple ton overseas....India's win over the west Indies and Australia just made me more eager to see how they go in the following tour of New Zealand...Things went just as expected.....the same would imply for New Zealand....It would be interesting to see how the hundred scoring lads like Watling and Neesham react to overseas pitches.....

  • POSTED BY SaraJahanSeAchha on | February 18, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Could'nt agree with Darwin more. The outcome could have been 2- 0 as well in India's favor. With those dropped sitter catches in both tests. Team selection was India's problem without a fourth specialist bowler. This NZ team is however more capable than historically previous teams. They need to repeat against tougher teams like Australia and SA.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    imagine this indian team touring australia for a full test & one day series. they will be decimated by mitchell johnson & co. india has a bunch of promising youngsters who are not being considered. guys like stuart binny,ambati rayudu & others should be persisited with. was dhoni not persisting with suresh raina,rohit sharma & others.indian cricket is all about politics & big money

  • POSTED BY pradip1127 on | February 18, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    IF Dhoni still captaining India NEXT Tour ENG Result 5-0 to ENG.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | February 18, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    @fair_paly_1 Not only NZ but I think ANY side would revel in playing our mediocre bowling! Our bowling problems are compounded by our captain not only choosing the wrong bowlers but being so defensive in playing just three seamers which simply doesn't work in countries outside the subcontinent, both in Tests & ODI's too. As Indian fans who love our cricket & our teams, we just despair!!!

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 18, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    India tour England next, and with both teams looking to rebuild, it should be an enticing 5 match test series.

    For India, I would select: 1.Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Kohli (c) 5.Rahane 6.Sharma 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Yadav reserves- Samson, Ashwin, Rayudu, Another batsman (not Raina) and 2 seamers (not Khan or Ishant Sharma)

    Duncan Fletcher to stay as coach. Rahul Dravid and Tendaulker to be batting coaches/mentors. Zaheer Khan in charge of the seamers and Kumble the spinners. Not too sure about fielding coach- would need to import.

    For England: 1.Cook (c) 2.Root (if he needs a rest Moeen to open and Ballance in at 5) 3.Bell 4.Taylor 5.Moeen Ali 6.Woakes/Stokes 7.Davies 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Onions/Anderson (Finn?) 11.Kerrigan

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Did Pommy80 ever figure out y NZ are No.7? One swallow doesn't make a summer

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | February 18, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I haven't read all the comments (so many!) but from a cursory look I can see a lot of fan arguments and counter arguments. From an Indian perspective we could not have lost to a nicer bunch of guys. Other positives... it seems to have done a lot of good to NZ cricket. Fan expectation for the triple from Brendon was nice and unexpected. We can do with a few cricketing gods around the world a la Sachin, Dhoni etc. Good for world cricket.

    More competitive test cricket is the need of the hour.The NZ win adds a much needed correction to the current rankings, hopefully.

    The current uptrend in NZ cricket fortunes can only be good for the upcoming world cup going to be held in that region. Something tells me they are going to be hard to beat and may well go all the way.

  • POSTED BY Great_Lion on | February 18, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    India on the track to produce new record and that is "most away test losses between the period of successive world cups". Come on india, You can do it that easily.Another full year remaining to you guys. Keep this same team and don't get shewag and gambhir in to the team.keep your good works and You can archive this milestone.Best of luck guys.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Indian cricketers play a large amount of cricket and reap justifiable financial rewards. I don't why it makes fans of other teams jealous. For example, they played 3 ODIs and 2 tests in SA, now 5 ODIs and 2 tests in NZ. They will now go and play in Asia cup and then in T20 WC. After that they will play 2 months of IPL and soon thereafter they will go to England for a 5 ODI and 5 test series. Then they will play champion's league and then move to Australia for 4 tests and don't know how many ODIs. Can Pak/SL/Bangla/NZ players do that? Do they have that kind of a stamina or strength of character? Victory and defeat are two sides of the same coin, and have to be taken in stride. But what matter is participation. Does your favorite team participate in cricket to the extent of the Indian team? If yes, let me know. If no, then why not? At least, be a good sport, and don't be jealous.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Many people here have a lot of objections against India's test and ODI rankings. I very strongly recommend to these people that they go to statsguru and printout the record of their favorite team and Indian team during the period for which the rankings are valid. Then kindly explain to all of us, as to why your team should be ranked ahead of India. Now if your excuse is that your favorite nation does not play that many matches, then kindly tell me as to how India/BCCI is to blame for that. You should take that fight to your own board, instead of saying that the grapes are sour. The fact of the matter is that big 3 play a lot more cricket than others, and justifiably reap a lot more rewards. For example, why didn't CSA play a 5 test series with team Australia at home instead of a 3 test series which is going on right now? What are they afraid of? Getting hurt from Mitch Johnson? And if you decide not to play too many test matches, then why do you blame BCCI for that? Any answers?Thnx!!

  • POSTED BY MrOMFS on | February 18, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    @GRVJPR I think you are abit delusional! Australia has won FOUR series in India.. While India has won... Wait for it... ZERO test series in Australia (Out of 9 tours).

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | February 18, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Fact 1: NZ has a population of less than 4.5 milliion while India has 1,200 million plus (2012). Fact 2: NZ's national sport is rugby; India's is cricket. Fact 3: India ("ranked" as 2nd best by ICC) could not beat NZ in NZ. Fact 4: Brendon McCullum is only the second batsman to have scored a triple century in the 2nd innings ( a rear-guard action). The first is Hanif Mohammed, way back in 1957-58, in Barbardos. This too was an amzing rear-guard action as Pakistan followed on 400+ runs behind, and managed to save the game. HM did get support, obviously, from other batsmen, as BM did.

    As a Pakistan supporter, I was actually backing India at the start; but could not help supporting NZ by the end, given their sustained performance by a number of players and not just BM.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | February 18, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    i do not think this indian team can win one test match in england and australia way they are playing test cricket at the moment they do not have the bowlers to take 20 wickets and also they do not got the strong bating line up also.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Kholi's reaction to that edge just shows that the new generation of cricket stars does not want cricket to be a gentleman's game.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Well, well, well, just as well DRS was not in place for this series! Otherwise koli would have been given out And India would have lost by even a bigger margin. Perhaps there is a case for not using DRS at least from Indian perspective. I am trying to imagine how I would have felt loosing as badly as this to NZ if I was an Indian fan. I would perhaps give up following cricket for at least couple of years and perhaps take up another sport such as ice hockey! But then Indians don't play that do they? I'll just watch Bollywood movies!

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | February 18, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    INDIA will asia cup cup no one remember what happen in the past dhoni knows in india people like odis then test cricket if he india wins asia cup know ones remember that happen the past also nothing new india loss in over sees they come to india home pitches win every thing every one call them who gud they are and go over sees and loss these thing continue for so many times i do not remember any captain lose 10 out of 12 test in over see condition as dhoni dose .

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    To begin with India has to bring in a specialist spinner. We have seen enough of Dhoni's buddy Jadeja to figure out that he is not a specialist spinner who can win matches for India and neither can the bloke bat when required.

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 18, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    GRVJPR

    On the contrary, Gilchrist was in fact famous for walking off after nicking. I don't know about the others but I doubt if you are credible as you didn't know about Gilchrist. You often fantasise anyway as you did after day 4 by declaring "NZ is not safe still, mark my words".

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 18, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    @GRVJPR, Australia won 2 test series in India. Under Bill lawry and Adam Gilchrist. Ofcourse its pretty worrying given the real standard of Ozzies. But India (with the amount of hype), won mere 4 tests across different decades in Oz. @allindianfans, Pakistan have done it in style in UAE that does not mean india may do it. DONT FORGET Pakistan and West Indies were the teams that scored over 300 in Redball ODI cricket with no powerplay rules involved. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    gotta love Rajesh.Kumar's comments.

    those grapes must really be sour.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 18, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    This was a wicket where bowler like Aaron with express speed could have proved handful. Zaheer for all practical purpose if a spent bowler. He needs to think about retiring. Dhoni's defensive mindset is the main culprit for NZ being able to save the game and put India under pressure in the last innings.

  • POSTED BY osman_pk777 on | February 18, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    well no worries indian fans. bcci will arrange 75% tours in india rest 25% outside india. then indian team can beat other teams in india this was the main purpose for big 3 to compensate india money wise and victory wise. this is just a game 2 test each against nz and sa. now their return tours to india would be at least 3 tests each. very simple india will never learn by playing good cricket and producing good fast bowlers..

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | February 18, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    This pitch should have seen a result. There was swing, movement, spin and bounce. In both innings, the NZ top order crumbled. And then there was McCullum. One of the greatest captain knocks of all time, not just for the powers of concentration, the time he occupied the crease or the runs he scored, but because of the situation he came out to bat in. Watling and Neesham played contrasting innings, but both vital. India's bowlers worked hard, but couldn't get the breakthrough.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | February 18, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    I doubted McCullum but he has showed his true class. New Zealand dust also be happy that they have 2 talented young all rounders in Neesham & Anderson.

    For India, Sharma and Khanvtaking wickets must be a worry, as it means they will keep their place despite no t really being up to scratch. Any thoughts of a good change from Sharma were destroyed by his second innings effort.

    Dhoni is a poor captain still. His successes have always come down to individual brilliance rather than his captaincy. He is also a poor keeper. With Kohli showing his batting improvement, surely he'd be a good choice, with young Samson keeping?

    Amazing that Kohli isn't getting too much rubbish for not walking, considering it was the Indians mother than the Aussies calling Stuart Broad a cheat. Personally I have an issue with both, but to be fair hardly anybody walks currently.

    Duncan Fletcher should not be under fire. He inherited a wilting team, as has done well so far. Give him time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    In the end, cricket is a professional game, and it is the win or loss that stands out, not sportsmanship. Yes, Gilly walked, but if Australia had lost that semi-final, he would surely have been made fun of in the media. Whether Kohli walks or not walks is up to his discretion. The umpire is not standing there just to watch the match. He is paid to make the correct decision, and if he couldn't, so be it. Agreed, Kohli definitely edged the ball, but it was the job of the umpire to give it out. Kohli was well within his right to not walk. No sane player would walk when your team is drowning (except Gilly, maybe...he probably knew he had the world's most dominant batting line-up to cover him up in ODI's. Tests is a different thing). Sportsmanship is good, but winning is more important. Play tough, but play fair. And DRS...there was no DRS upto 6-7 years ago. No one complained then. Umpiring was also better. In my opinion, DRS has ruined the game forever. We were better of without it.

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 18, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    NZ have proved to be a very good side in this home series. But some of the opposing fans are commenting like sore losers.

    B Mac's 302 is the highest by a NZ batsman against any team. A score of 680 is the highest by any team in the second innings of a Test. NZ's most hundreds have come against India. Their 3 out of 5 top innings totals, all over 600, have been against India. It seems NZ revel in Indian bowling.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @spud87, India won test matches in SOuth Africa as well. So India has won test matches everywhere. What about Aussies, 1 series in last 80 years in India. What a shame!

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | February 18, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    To all espncricinfo fans---I on behalf on many real Indian fans apologize for the rubbish comment posted by Raesh Kumar and this GRVPJR whoever he is. Kiwi played better and impact cricket and deserved it more than India who fail to nail in both test matches and in 3 out of four ODIs.This is a cause for concern but I know no one cares till Dhoni and his boss are at top. I WOULD LIKE TO STATE THAT IF DRASTIC STEPS ARE NOT TAKEN AND ALMOST SAME TEAM GOES TO WC2015 WE CAN SEE THENTHE REPEAT OF 2007WC. MOST OF CURRENT PLAYERS ARE ONLY DUE TO DHONI COZ HE SEES SENIORS THREAT TO HIS CAPTAINCY.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @ aussie1993 , I also remember Michael Clarke, Warner, Steve Waugh, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jaywerdene, all pakistani, south african and new zealand and england players for not walking off after knicking the ball. Gilchrist and sangakara tops the list for not walking off along with AB Devilliers and Graeme Smith and Amla. Shame for cricket.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | February 18, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    To all those clamouring that Virat should have walked "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

  • POSTED BY spud87 on | February 18, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar

    69/70 - 88/89 about as many games as India have won in South Africa

  • POSTED BY fair_paly_1 on | February 18, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    India's woos in overseas conditions continue mainly due to defensive tactics of going with 3 pacers and relying on putting pressure by piling up the runs only. This strategy has worked in India but has failed time and again overseas.

    At the post match Dhoni, getting solace in India playing a session or two better than them and coming close is just taking the credit away.

  • POSTED BY aussie1993 on | February 18, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    australia is the best team in the history of the cricket their stats prove the fact with a win% of 64 nd 45 in odi nd tests nd also best win% outside home in both odi nd tests no one comes closer to australian records in tests and odi also

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | February 18, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I am also Indian but I wonder some fellow fans are behaving like that after the drubbing we have been getting overseas recently.We blamed seniors for two 4-0 away losses and then they were forced to retire.Now it has gone worse. No batsman or bowlers all over the world is scared of this Indian team and I can see the ranking plummet to 5-6 within a year.Just one person is responsible for this and that is Dhoni(due to his boss). Some of his decisions are atrocious like not giving any chance to players like Mishra/Ojha/Pandey etc.List is very long and and in every series its just his 11/12 yes men who are in his playing eleven.Rest are just passenger and are not given any chance even after getting beaten in 3-4 matches.His playing eleven was selected based on IPL matches and not domestic record except Rahane.Others like Kohli,Pujara have been selected by selectors.The likes of Yuvi was not given more than 10 matches but players like Raina/Ashwin/Jadeja kept playing even after 30 matches.

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 18, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @ aussie1993, yes but every one is not gilly to walk

  • POSTED BY Indian_Observer on | February 18, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @Kiwis: Congrats!!! You guys deserved to win. Hats of Brendon!!! Legend Stuff Mate!!! Scoring a double and a triple in back to back tests seems to be unthinkable to say the least.

    We weren't simply good enough to capitalize on winning opportunities. I think if NZ can maintain this level of intensity and their current group of players stay fit, they could be a serious contender for the 2015 world cup

  • POSTED BY spud87 on | February 18, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    India's away series record since 2001

    P:26 W:9 L:12 D:5

    Out of those 9 wins 4 of those were in the sub continent 3 were against Bangladesh 2 were against the West Indies the others were England, Pakistan, NZ and Zimbabwe. The rankings need to be re assessed.

  • POSTED BY aussie1993 on | February 18, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    kohli should have walked becoz he clearly nicked that I was having much respect for kohli but now I am sad becoz I know he will break all records in odi cricket of sachin but today what world saw will always be remembered kohli not walking after nicking

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Have Kiwis ever won a test match in India? This is an honest query...

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | February 18, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    @visualdp, Kid, It would be better if you look after your team's status instead of questioning India's Rankings. A team at the top is not meant to stay there itself and has to come down some day and teams like yours in the bottom always have something to improve and you have just did that. Be happy for that instead of questioning others. If you always expect us to play like a NO.2 and yours like a No.7 then what are you playing for at International level?? Just to lose?? Hope its not... Right. You have improved your game and be happy for that instead of demeaning others.

  • POSTED BY Aussie_Cricket on | February 18, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Awesome that McCullum got a triple and saved the test for NZ which was a herculean effort... but he saved the test for India as well by declaring so late. NZ should have gone for the throat and won the test, a 434 run lead is crazy for 67 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Rajesh Kumar grow up if kiwis produced green top it was India who benefited having them on mat on more than 3 occasions if we cannot captilazise on this advantage why blame them mate it is not just now India has been doing that for quite sometime now.Respect their efforts commitment and patience stop criticizing just for the sake of it.Few comments like yours leave the entire Indian fans look bad grow up think before you comment

  • POSTED BY spud87 on | February 18, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    GRVJPR

    From 2001 to 2011

    Australia P:42 W:31 L:6 D:5 South Africa P:41 W:21 L:10 D:9 India P:42 W:21 L:11 D:10

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    GRVJPR, your comments just get better and better! Comedy central. India the best team from 2001 to 2011? Really? What happened in the 2004/2005 Aus vs India series in India? Australia hold the record for test wins in a row twice, what years where the second of these achieved? Before you go trying to justify your warped view of cricket, maybe you should check facts.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 18, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    @GRVJPR dude lets give some credit to our batsmen too.in the last 2 series abroad our top 6 have done well,some look set for greatness.time will tell if they will live upto those heights.Pujara,Kohli,Rahane are all class acts.our batsmen have started to leave a lot more deliveries.NZ have been good.at the same time at different times in the test match we have found ourselves in a position 2 win which we havent capitalized on.credit to the Kiwis to have staged a fightback and hence the result.what duPlessis did at wanderers and McCullum along with,Watling and Neesham did was special.these are things which we dont see everyday.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    So finally Kiwis have a won a test match against India since 2002-03 series played on garden green tops. I won't even call them doctored pitches. But anyway, winning a test match against an opponent after 12 odd years, is that a great achievement for the Kiwi guys?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | February 18, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    3 medium fast bowlers and 5 Tests in England. Your'e kidding!! Why tour at all? Binny or Rishi the only two medium fast all rounders in the country won't even play for India A and Irfan is not the same. So even GOD cannot save India in England.

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    GRVJPR. Losing match after match, you mean like India :) Taking this hard ain't ya loser. India outplayed and humiliated. Go Kiwis.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 18, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    @GRVJPR and @Rajesh.Kumar guys we were beaten fair and square in the odi series and lets accept it and move on.---- @ all NZ fans lets accept that there will be some emotional fans from either side who will remain in denial.truth is u guys have won and deserved to win.lets not dig old facts and indulge in mudslinginging.i have some even better facts which no one over here has yet mentioned and could shock most of them.i need not disclose them simply because its no good to rake up the past.our team's core is an young group. we need better pace bowlers thats where we lack.its not just about bowlin fast,we already have Umesh and Varun who can touch 150k.its about bowlin consistently accordin 2 plans.hope the future holds better.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | February 18, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar: Bro is that comment really necessary after our team's humiliating defeat? I am an Indian and it really annoys me to read such comments from my fellow countrymen which makes our whole country look bad....Please show some humility and try to earn the respect...NZ played some amazing cricket and outplayed us in every department through out the series....give credit where its due..........Apologizes to NZ fans on behalf of such comment posters...Cricinfo pls publish..

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    @gladiatorgannicus, Mate it was a road. Absolute shame for cricket. If This was a result pitch, why can't New Zealand superior bowling managed to ball out Indian team whose batsmen haven't yet played 10 test matches. Its a black day for cricket.

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | February 18, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    I thing any cricket team who has go on win any series outside their country.That team will be consider as better team.Yes NZ has play much better cricket even their blowing attack suits on type of conditions.

    I will consider NZ better team when they go on win any series in sub-continent,South Africa,AUs ,England and Caribbean.

    First I think dhoni need to play 4 fast blower and Play ashwin rather jadeja when they play test match in overseas. Jadeja doesn't have those variations which ashwin can produce.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    AltafPatel.... 900 deliveries... 150 overs... 1.5 ODI's.... Lol

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Congratulations to New Zealand on wonderful display of the game. This series is mutually beneficial for the teams as it highlighted the weaknesses of both the contestants. For India, it's their bowling and fielding off course; for New Zealand, there's a serious issue need to be addressed urgently i.e. their top order batting, opening particularly. Moreover, all those people who call indians 'flat track bully' better know that it's their bowling which hurt their chances of winning, their batsmen are very much capable of challenging any bowling line up on any given surface (and this is coming from a Pakistani fan). For Dhoni, please leave this poor fellow now; what can he do if the bowlers don't support the batting? He's the best indian captain of all time, the only captain who enabled a team win all the major titles (WT20, WC, Champions Trophy), he just needs a good bowling line up which could back their mighty batting.

  • POSTED BY thenamesgould on | February 18, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Lol at Rajesh.Kumar's total meltdown. Leave Britney alone!!!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    @spud87, We rank number 2 becuase between 2001 and 2011 we did better than any other team. Other teams were loosing home series as well. India managed to win at home and draw in Australia, South Africa Win in England, west indies. So just don't start jumping. Now India is not playing well and loosing pints and it will be reflected in rankings soon. India deserves where they are. If others are playing good cricket, they will gain points and outrank India. Between Kiwis, Aussies etc have to win a series in India as well. This is just a hoome win for kiwis, which is nothing special.

  • POSTED BY Abubvs on | February 18, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar---Being an Indian, I plead to you not to post such non sense and derogatory comments abt NZ or in fact about any other teams.

    We have lost the series to Black Caps fair n square. Lets congratulate the Kiwis n move on.

    @NZ Fans : I apologize on behalf of my conutrymen(maybe 20%) for their silly comments and defense. Please dont brand all the fans as the same noting that we Indians at times become emotional. But belive we really appreciate good cricket.

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    GRVJPR. If you really want ICC to handout fines for poor pitches, than India would be bankrupt mate. Everyone is well aware of what types of pitches Indians prepare to inflate their averages; dust bowls, rolled mud, concrete pitches etc. No wonder, you lot get a hiding every time you tour overseas. Flat pitch syndrome

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar

    As an Indian Im struggling to make sense of your comments. We LOST. Fair and Squre. Why cant you just accept it? We did not have Steve Bucknor to screw us over here, nor were dropped catches given as out. What are you complaining about? NZ were a better team in the one dayers while the test matches were even. Each team had chance to win the tests, NZ did better. DEAL WITH IT. Yes we are world champs, yes we were no. 1 in tests, but none of these things helped us win the series. We won nothing in SA and NZ, not even a single ODI. If u were a true Indian fan, u wud b worried about India not criticize a good team just coz dey defeated us.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 18, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    what do you mean.this pitch had a definite result written all over it but for Mac's superhuman knock and our dropped catches.NZ by giving a green pitch gave us a chance to square the series which we failed.yes the pitch evened out later in the test but there was still something in it for the bowlers with the newball.only thing was there wasnt much for the spinners,nothing wrong in it,each team needs to play to its strengths.in India we have some pitches favouring spinners.thats the beauty of cricket,having different pitches.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 18, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Sorry, miscalculation to previous post. McCullam and Watling played 900 deliveries together that equals 3 full ODI innings. Great commitment and temperament. Hats-off men...

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 18, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    McCullam and Watling consumed 900 deliveries together, 9 full ODI matches, amazing commitment and temperament ! Hats off men...

  • POSTED BY visualdp on | February 18, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    @martin000: Please do not forget that WC2015 will be held in AUS & NZ. :) .Yes I accept those 2 innings were not good performances by NZ, but then why India couldn't win in such occasions. If they are a world class team they must snatch a even a single victory. Simply they do not deserve number 2 in rankings. Having said that I never said NZ is strong in subcontinent or better than other countries. I questioned about India's status. Cheers Boy .....:)

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Well done young India. Despite series of bad decisions against you guys you have managed good results, given that 8 out of 11 players haven't yet played 10 test matches. Shame to South AFrica, Pakistan, Sri Laka for loosing match after match despite experience of over 500 test matches.

  • POSTED BY spud87 on | February 18, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    A summary of India's last 10 test series

    5 Wins and 5 Losses

    4 of those series wins coming at home and 1 away, 3 of those 5 series wins came against West Indies the other 2 were against Australia and NZ

    2 of those series losses were 4-0 whitewashes against England and Australia the other 2 were 1-0 Wins to South Africa and NZ, and the last series loss was in India against England

    So there last 10 series accumulates to P:30 W:12 L:12 D:6

    So can someone please tell me why they are ranked No.2 in the world.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 18, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Kohli edged while score was 31/2 in 4th innings and didn't put spirit in trash for shake of saving lost ! Would have walked showing spirit wouldn't have India in critical situation. Hats off your generosity boy...

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 18, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Ishant again proved why is called inconsistent and unreliable. 164 without wicket never justify prime striker.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | February 18, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar: Bro is that comment really necessary after our team's humiliating defeat? I am an Indian and it really annoys me to read such comments from my fellow countrymen....Please show some humility and try to earn the respect...NZ played some amazing cricket and outplayed us in every department through out the series....give credit where its due..........Apologizes to NZ and other fans on behalf of such comment posters...Cricinfo pls publish..

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 18, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Dhoni will never forget catch drop of McCullam by Kohli at 9 that costed them series, first away win in 3 years and lots of records. It reminded them 2001 Kolkata test against Aus !

  • POSTED BY Dev23 on | February 18, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    What is all this fuss about Kohli, no one is talking about Dhawan's dismissal . who was not out but given out. I suppose if you don't use DRS you have to leave it to the umpire's decision. They know when they make a mistake and somehow I feel it gets balanced out. The same umpire gave Kohli out in the First Test when he was not out. POINT to be noted. There are many good players in the history of the game who never walked, Ponting is the top candidate in this category. World has changed Cricket is no longer a gentleman's game it once was.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 18, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Pitches like this one are Shame for Cricket. ICC should fine New Zealand cricket board for robbing the money of true cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | February 18, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Congrats to NZ, they showed tonnes of grit/determination & deservedly won the series. As for India, it is the same old story & Dhoni has to go as captain. Unbelievably he keeps on making the same team selection mistakes match after match! No wonder we lose or throw away winning opportunities. The Test series both in SA & NZ would have been won with a better captain! Our bowling is totally toothless when we don't have helpful conditions & our fielding has been complacent - with the dropped catches itself costing us the Test series! Do our selectors have the backbone to say enough is enough & make the captaincy + team selection changes desperately needed - I doubt it! They don't even have the guts to tell Ishant to get a haircut or wear a headband whilst playing as we saw what happened! Therefore the same old thing will happen on our forthcoming tours to England & Australia. As an Indian fan who has stayed nights to watch them, I've simply had enough of watching this same old rubbish!

  • POSTED BY stonk on | February 18, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    India's home record gives them no.2 in test cricket. From memory on their last tour to England they got whitewashed 4-0; on their last tour to Australia they got whitewashed 4-0; on their last tour to South Africa it was 1-0 to S.A. and this tour 1-0 to NZ. So their low, slow, spinners wickets in India keeps them at No.2 in the world. Fair or not, you decide.

  • POSTED BY Niraaz on | February 18, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    India should definitely learn to play cricket,, abroad. At home every team can play.. So Kapildev lifting worldcup abroad was far far greater than Dhoni lifting the cup at his own soil. This team.... Loss loss and loss abroad !!! so what if they can beat the same Kiwis at their spinning tracks 3-0.. Rather than anything if India keep on winning just at their own home and none abroad...this team India will always remain an average side as it has always been.!!!

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar - Seriously, do you know anything about cricket at all? New Zealand has won an ICC event. They won the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY loudmouth on | February 18, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Well done NZ. They look like a real force in world cricket again! In the shadows of the BCCI trying to own world cricket it's nice to see their team going without a win for two series on the trot. It's a shame that the Indian team will return home & all will be forgotten in the IPL circus. Kohli will be hailed as a hero despite not walking & scoring a meaningless 100. Not much for India to be proud of....

  • POSTED BY neanderthal on | February 18, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    There is a reason why India tour well during Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble era and why they dont in Dhoni era. Ganguly had the luxury of world class spinners like Bhajji and Kumble and yet backed 3 pacers and 1 spinner. Dhoni has no world class spinner in the team and yet persists with Jadeja and even talks of playing two spinners. If a mediocre player has to be backed and impoved by giving more exposure, why not a fast bowling allrounder like Dhawan? Why a spinning allrounder who will anyway not be potent enough in these conditions ever?

  • POSTED BY JasonGray on | February 18, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    It's nearly three years since India last won a Test away from home, how about that for a no.2 side folks!! I guess, India is only good for playing on dust bowls. I don't know, what is worse. The Indian team or their ignorant fans. Keep up.

  • POSTED BY Kev2805 on | February 18, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I don understand this ppl !!! If the players play well they give credit to them !!! if they dont the captains should be sacked !!! Its ridiculous !!! Dhoni has proved to be a better sorry the best captain for the indian team !!!

  • POSTED BY Scuderi on | February 18, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Australia and NZ are the form teams in the world with a year until the WC

  • POSTED BY mohanram82 on | February 18, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @ yoohoo... its clear to mccullum that the pitch assistants the batting.. so anything below 350 is chasable in that pitch..so he aim for series win ( as styen did it in johnesburg against india) ..if he lose the match from thr then it will be a series draw... it not selfish.. if its selfish he never bring every 50 runs with a six or boundary..

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar - More misleading comments from you. You are right, Sehwag has 2 triple tons and "the entire nation of NZ" (if I can quote you) has 1. However, Sehwag is the only Indian to have ever got to the triple ton so you should have said the ENTIRE NATION OF INDIA has only scored 2 triple tons. And a BIG nation it is.

    Let's take another of your comments. That BD has whitewashed NZ twice in ODIs. I don't want to talk about ODIs (why talk about hamburgers after you have just feasted in a quality restaurant) but I will stoop to your level for a minute.

    A little surprised that you would mention NZ being whitewashed twice by BD as NZ just beat India 4-0 in the ODIs so Bangladesh must be like 100 times better than India in ODIs then. Furthermore, NZ has whitewashed BD 3 times in ODIs. Guess you conveniently forgot about that stat eh?

    You may also be interested to know that although BD has won the last 7 ODIs, prior to that, NZ had played BD 17 times and won 16 of them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Every player in the indian team have shown taht they are capable to win matches but they are not able to win that is because captain of the team does not know how to win matches. Captain plans is failing miserably through out the tour. Player have shown what they can do be it kohli, rahane , pujara, shikhar, rohit, ishant, shami but captain is not able to unite a team and not able to make team strong with strong plans.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    @Rajesh. NZ won the ICC Champions trophy with Chris Cairns owning the game! Are there any other false assertions you guys want to make? Bangladesh beat us soundly in one season. We were well understrength. And in a rebuilding phase. Bangladesh have a world class all-rounder in Shakib Al-Hasan. Gazi is up and coming as well as a host of others. Give Bangkadesh some credit. They are another team on the rise. Very young and very talented. Tbh, I think the pitches we have now in NZ suit India far more than your rolled mud surfaces suit us.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Im appaled by some of my fellow Indian's comments critizizing our team for defeat against a "minnow". I find this term for the NZ team unwarranted and uncalled for. They say NZ is ranked 7th, so they are a minnow and we are ranked 2nd so we are a superpower. NZ are ONLY ranked 7th coz they do not get chances to play as much test cricket as other teams namely India, Aus, SA and England. They have played regularly against Bangladesh while the above stated 4 teams have not. Beating Ban gets you fewer rating points than say beating or even drawing a series against Aus. Consider this, India have 9 test matches scheduled this year against Eng and Aus which IF they win will result in good rating points hence high ranking. NZ dont even play half that test matches. Now with this BIG 3 Drama, they will get even less chance to play good test series against strong opponents. Rankin systems are absurd if you take all this into consideration. Teams who play less will never secure high ranking.

  • POSTED BY bc1992 on | February 18, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Rajesh Kumar, check your facts bud before posting, it might save you from a bit of ridicule. NZ won the ICC knockout in Kenya in 2000 (oh, and that was against India in the final) and that party pooper victory against SA in the 2011 World Cup took them into the semi finals. Just accept the fact that your team wasn't good enough on this trip down under, move on and have that copy of Wisden handy next time you try and score a point.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 18, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @yoohoo - not sure about your conclusion there, given the amount they have won in the last few weeks alone.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | February 18, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    What an innings from Mc Cullum, I think he was the striking factor in this test series, take him out of contention, India would have done well for itself! Reminds me of how Cook grilled India in India abt a year back!

    But this was a diff stage, NZ would have lost this match, and now the Big Mac of NZ cricket saved the day! The entire innings was poetry.... amazing to watch, and though an Indian fan I stood up to clap for him in front of the T.V. when he went past 100, 200 and 300.

    All said, I think India had their chances in this series, that they goofed up big time! They had NZ on the mat twice in the game and still cudnt win.

    Well played NZ! Amazing turnaround! You dont deserve to be a No.8 in tests, move up quick!

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | February 18, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    India were clearly the better team and would have won the umpiring been decent. Rahane and Dhoni were sawn off in the Auckland test resulting in NZ scraping through by 40 runs. Anyway, I am now looking forward to smashing Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    crom laughs at all you indian supporters who confidently predicted easy wins for team india against nz.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    lol shane-oh. I realised once it posted. Can't edit though. I would have Guptill in one of those places simply because despite his perceived lack of test form, he is still capable of hitting big scores more often than Fulton or any other opener we've tried. Pity bout Ryder. Would have been great to have Bmac, Guptill, KW, Roscoe, Ryder, Anderson, Bj Watling. To me that would be a dream team :)

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | February 18, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    the importance of mccullums knock can not be overstated especially with indias global takeover of the game, it has made a huge statement, talk of two tier cricket should just stop now, we just made a farce of that nonsense, mccullums dont forget the little guys knock was the most gracious of two fingered salutes you'll ever see, just brilliant and very important to let india know they arn't as great as they like to think they are and a reminder that all nations playing the game are as important to its future as india.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @Bharadwaj Kaushick your comments are totally misplaced mate.This pitch was a real beauty Kiwis got bundled out for 190 odd and Indians for 400 odd runs.Dont blame the pitch for lack of wickets mate blame Indian bowling unit who have no clue when they are asked to bowl long haul on a pitch where batsmen are ready to grind it out and blame it on MSD for his field placing and his attitude lay back wait for them to make a mistake and what happened was for all to see.People like Rajesh Kumar cant accept that our Indian team is no good beyond sub continent and some resistance shown by the opposition we go defensive accept facts give due credit to Mc Cullum and Kiwis for great performance if ur true Indian fan pray and hope Srinivasan and Dhoni are gone coz with both of them at helm such things are bound to happen MSD has indicated that 2 spinners (ASH JADDU) and 2 seamers shall be how he operates in any part of world however pathetic they may perform so be ready to face such pathetic things

  • POSTED BY nicevans on | February 18, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    @test tragic Maybe you should be talking to more informed cricket fans, because 99.9% of them were more interested in bacs 300 and winning the series 1 zip, over a potential risk/ loss and drawn series

    Bmac wouldve been crazy to declare at 325 ahead over night, completely gettable target for this indian line up, as shown today. Maybe he could have declared after his dismissal, but it wouldnt have made much of a difference, as soon as the new ball lost its shine, the indian batsmen were solid.

    More importantly cant believe people can find criticism in such a day, get a life!!

  • POSTED BY army7782 on | February 18, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    congrats zaheer...for 11th five wicket haul.....mashallah...ishant wicketless....that means ishant is back!

  • POSTED BY BlackHawk on | February 18, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Great performance from the Black caps! Love to see them doing well and especially against the Endians! From a grateful Sri Lankan supporter!

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | February 18, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I don't see why such a negative commentary on Kohli? Nobody walks, even the NZ players did not walk, so what is the big deal? Why this targeting of Kohli?

    And btw, if an Indian Batsman (or captain) had come back on the 5th day and played to make his 300 (when they already had enough lead), everyone would be saying that they are selfish and playing for records. But since it is the NZ batsmen, not a peep from anyone I see. Clearly, McCullum wanted the 300 and so did not declare and try to win the match. Even worse was waiting for Neesham's century... such selfish playing. They won't win too much in future at this rate.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 18, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    i dont understand what NZ vs BD match has got 2 do with this match.match was b/w Ind and NZ.NZ won the series due to doing well in all the 3 disciplines viz battin,bowlin, and fieldin.we did all right but we were not consistent enough and hence the loss.NZ did not have a good time in BD but that was a few months back.since then NZ have played well hence these wins.with Williamson,Taylor,McCullum,Anderson,Watling and Neesham their middle and lower order looks great.add to this their pace bowlers. instead of congratulating NZ and looking into our own failures some of us are harping on previous matches which have no standing on the present one.and nothings wrong in McCullum playin 2day to get to his triple.he has done all the hardwork to get there and nobody gives a triple hundred freely. also dont know who is happier today NZ fans or our neighbours?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Wow. Indian fans are the worst sore losers ever. It is way too hard for you to admit the best team won. We outplayed you all summer. No excuses. Your team did their best. Lets face it India have only been number one while Australia and NZ were rebuilding. Once. You guys talk like India have been number one for decades. In general India have been average the whole time. If it wasn't for money you wouldn't even make back page of the paper.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 18, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    @test_tragic - we won the series and saved what appeared to be an unsaveable test match. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 18, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar - you're really struggling to take this aren't you? I feel sorry for you mate, but losing is a part of the journey of being a sports fan my friend.

  • POSTED BY No1_Jon on | February 18, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Firstly congratulations to the Kiwis on a fantastic Test series victory - well deserved and it caps off a terrific summer of cricket for the Black Caps!

    As for India, well what a joke of team! Did they manage to win a single game of cricket on Tour? And this is the so called 2nd rated team in tests? - one that hasn't won a single test overseas in god knows how many years - Appalling ranking system!

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | February 18, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @DarwinAkbar - You are throwing the "found-out" word very freely, when most of these guys are playing their 6-7th tests.

    Rahane has one century, one 96 and a 51* in 4 tests (all outside subcontinent in SA and NZ).

    Dhawan has a century and a 98 in 4 tests outside subcontinent (and another century overall in just total 7 tests)

    Pujara has made a 153 in Johanesburg and a 70 in Durban, against a far better bowling attack than NZs.

    These are phenomenol numbers by any standard for any new batsmen!!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | February 18, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Hats off to BMc & co for the series win !!! they fought gallantly in the 2nd innings & richly deserves this win !!!

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 18, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @Willie Komene - just want to point out you have McCullum in there twice mate...love from Dobbo.

  • POSTED BY aauppal on | February 18, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Gr8 fight by kiwis, and shame on world's number 2 test team. I think apart from the bowlers, Dhoni's captaincy in tests is far below the standards he has set in ODI's, the main reason being his own batting performance in the tests.

    Weldone black caps!, and especially BM

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Cricket is being played like stick cricket these days.Dissapointed by India but it happens with the tourists.Brriliant cricket played by the kiwis esspecially BB Mcculum,BJ Watling &Neesham.Where did these guys come from

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    NZ and Bangladesh have a lot more in common as compared to what one may believe. Both teams have a party-pooper kind of philosophy. Although both teams have never won any ICC trophy (and probably never will), but they take great pride in spoiling other people's parties. For example, Bangladeshis are still boasting about how they defeated India in WC07 to end its campaign, although they didn't win anything themselves. Then they did the same to England in 2011. Similarly, Kiwis spoilt South Africa's party in WC2011, although they didn't reach anywhere even close to the semifinals. Small achievements is all they take pride in...

  • POSTED BY nicevans on | February 18, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Amazing innings from bmac!..

    That was the cricketing equivalent of mccaw playing on one foot to win us the rugby world cup final!

    Great team effort, the only change they should make is to drop fulton and bring latham in to open with taylor back.

    Neesham and anderson to fight it out as all rounders, and they should continue with sodhi bringing him in when the conditions permit

    I think neesham may end up superceding anderson as an all rounder at test level and could even be considered as stand in no.5 for injury, early days yet though

    Just proud of the team, coach and management, a great day for Nz cricket!

  • POSTED BY yjreddyindia on | February 18, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    did any one find that guilty(dropped catch of mccullum on 9) in the face of virat kohli even after scoring a match saving knock from him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    India didnt play to badly if u think bout it, it was just McCullum, Watling and Neesham just batted beautifully. Yes, they were tired and bowling rubbish lengths, but they started pretty well, MSD way to defensive. 6-5 on day 4 morning, would u not look to finish it off there n then bellow 50; therefore shami and Sharma should be on. But no, Jadeja was stopping runs so he needed to bowl. MSD poor captaincy. Kholi, Rahane and Dhawan batted well as well. However McCullum stole the show. Job New Zealand

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar. Huh, comments from this fella takes the cake. Are you really this thick or just a plain loser? There should be strong emphasis on education in India. Concept of logic and objectivity is missing, as this forum suggests. Lastly, Kohli's ton earns a draw? Really mate.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    kiwis played excellent cricket. Indians are gonna have a tough year ahead. they will lose in Asia cup. they will get white washed in England when they come. then they go Australia for another white wash lol. india are finished .

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | February 18, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    For the first time on this forum, I have to admit: Dhoni should step down as a test captain. In fact both tests were for India to win, and they failed to do so, mainly for poor tactics. India have resources to be a very strong test team - but in order to be winning you need an inspirational and aggressive leadership - just like Michael Clarke. Credit to New Zealand and McCullum, but it was more India failing to take the opportunities rather than the superior quality of New Zealand. Unless some changes are made, India will not win a single test in England. If changes are made, they should easily win.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | February 18, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    The selectors should take a leaf out of the English cricket board and sack the coach and captain for the country's sake...Dhoni is not fit for Test captaincy and Duncan is not fit for coaching Ind team...its as simple as that...going by this rate India will be out of the world cup preliminary stage itself for sure if we dont take immediate steps to control the damage

  • POSTED BY prij on | February 18, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @gladiatorgannicus: good point. I completely agree with you as an indian I can see sense in your comment unlike the others.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 18, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @ Ali Khan in the NZ version main heading is McCullum' triple wins series while sub-heading is Kohli ton saves series.

    in the Indian version main heading is Kohli ton saves series,while sub-heading is McCullum' triple wins series.

    whats surprising in this.for an NZ version u have an NZ centric headline and vice versa.all other versions it is Mccullum in headlines and Kohli in sub heading.whats new in this.all other news 4 all other countries follow same procedure.seems like u are reading a news paper or news website for the 1st time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    If this was the scoreline after a match in India, every Tom/Dick & Harry would be using adjectives like docile/shirtfront/flat for the pitch. But because it is NOT the subcontinent 1476 runs for the loss of 31 wickets @ 47 odd per wicket over 5 daysl makes for a sporting track !!!! The stereotype is befuddling.

  • POSTED BY test_tragic on | February 18, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @shane-oh You are way off the money re the declaration. Ponting would have played safe with the declaration (but possibly not as safe as McCullum did) but Clarke would have aggressively declared looking for the win. Maybe you forget he declared just short of taking a batting record himself while pushing for a win. He put personal achievement aside for a victory. The attrotious declaration today batting on and on was jaw dropping among the people I talked to. 4 days of absorbing cricket followed by that?!

  • POSTED BY 0782224536 on | February 18, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    i am very happy that India loss the match because the can only win the match in India but they can not win the match out said from India congratulation to NewZaland

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I can understand that for NZ fans, this is a David vs. the Goliath kind of thing. They feel happy that they have managed to defeat this Goliath called India, after a long time. The last time they won a test series against India was way back in 2002-2003 with garden green pitches on which the entire team scoring a 100 was a great achievement. If that is how the Kiwi fans feel, i.e., this David vs. Goliath thing, then I suppose they need to be congratulated...

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    McCullum 302 finally a Capital punishment for the Team India!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    My test 11:

    1. Brendon McCullum 2. Hamish Rutherford 3. Kane Williamson 4. Ross Taylor 5. Brendon McCullum 6. BJ Watling 7. Corey Anderson 8. Tim Southee 9. Neil Wagner 10. Trent Boult 11. Adam Milne

    12. Ish Sodhi 13. Tom Latham 14. Jimmie Neesham

    Those are the best players in the country right now. Nurture them and it will pay dividends.

    Watch out world. Adam Milne will be the next 150km/hr bowler to scare batsmen. He reached 153 kph in each of his outings in this season. And showed control this year. Only injury stopped him.

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | February 18, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @visualdp, Seems like you are the one who is crying in JOY mate!!! jus chill n stop flying... Yes we are terrible in bouncy tracks but you neither a master in spinning tracks where the tests would be over within 3 days. Wat do you call the scores of 105 and 192 in bouncy tracks?? Masters?? We know that we have lot of work to do before the next WC but what are you going to do?? As usual, will be happy with the participation or to the max reaching semi's?? No difference between you and the associate nations in major tournaments. NZ outplayed us in this series n no doubt in that but some of these NZ fans are out of this world for a victory in home conditions

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    For NZ fans who asked how many triple tons did the little master score? The answer is none. But if you ask how many triple tons did Sehwag score the answer is two! And how many triple tons the entire nation of NZ has scored, the answer is one! And indeed, Bangladesh has whitewashed NZ two times in ODIs. Just check statsguru...

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Gosh mate, instead of moaning Indians should appreciate Kiwis performance ay. It was a brilliant effort. But the comments from you lot are astounding. Surely, it's an indication of lack of education among 70% of Indians. Kiwi boys had their backs against the wall but they fought back. This is what test cricket is all about.

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | February 18, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @rajesh.kumar. What utter rubbish! Which batsman not out on 286 will declare and go to pavilion!?! What silly nonsense talking of greedy McCullum! Come on man - how many in whole history of world cricket have scored test match 300? Stop with ungracious sour grape and say how lucky you were to see such rare thing as test match 300.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | February 18, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @John Worley The first little master was G.R. Vishwanath and later Sunil Gvaskar. Unfortunately, the media hijacked the term and applied to a wrong person (Tendulkar). The 1st two I mentioned were truly greats - Vishwanat was a class I have rarely seen in Indian cricket and Gavaskar played under very difficult conditions with very little protective equipment seen these days. Tendullkar was a stastics making machine , compiling runs when it mattered the least.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | February 18, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Cricinfo Live Commentary : "Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, more excitement off the Sanga sweep as Pakistan wait and discuss the possibility of a review. They decide against it and Sanga breathes a sigh of relief as he had clearly gloved the nicely tossed up delivery outside off. Slip had taken it and that should have been a wicket" Hail Sanga, Hail the Legend. Link http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-sri-lanka-2013-14/engine/match/657651.html?innings=1;view=commentary

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Congratulations to the Black Caps! As a New Zealand cricket supporter and long-time supporter of Brendon and the Neesh, this was some test match to behold. A fightback that epitomised everything we as New Zealanders value as integral cornerstones of our culture and of our Sporting teams - an unerring refusal to surrender and a redefining of what should be possible. Self-belief is a powerful beast... it drives great sides and individuals to achieve great feats. Neesham, on debut, was astonishing. Baz, Watling and the debutante brought NZ back from the brink and then pushed us to a declaration. There was no case for an early declaration unless one does not understand cricket. We should have lost and India had their chance (a huge one - when Watling came to the crease, a draw was paying 250-1) but we reversed an impossible situation and thus, needing only a draw, gave only US a chance to win or draw, not India a chance to win. It was text book - like much of our cricketing summer.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 18, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Upon further inspection of NZ's record against Bangladesh I shall clarify. NZ has never lost a test to Bangladesh although they have drawn Bangladesh at least once. However, Bangladesh has won their last 6 straight ODIs against NZ.

  • POSTED BY madnayar on | February 18, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Congrats to KIWIS for a series win. There is not much difference between the 2 teams . Brendon did so well as Captain and a batter while Dhoni ran out of ideas . In the end the truth remains that indian bowlers cannot bowl any side out twice unless it is a rank home turner. ishant and shami didnt have any clue as to what to do against determined batsmen like BMC and Watling and even a no. 8 debutant like Neesaham. Team India again prove that they are just INCAPABLE of winning a test match or series outside India . The team is full of over rated players like Jadeja , Ashwin , Dhawan (notwithstanding his century ) who are assured of a place in the side with just one good performance .Poor indians like me can only lament this situation

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Love the caption to the photograph!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    As the Indian innings clearly demonstrated it is time for there are too many important umpire errors, which modern technology and reviewing systems, would clearly correct. Dhawan got a shocker, and then Kohli was given not out when he clearly hit the ball. One cannot blame Kohli for not walking, hardly anyone else does if there is not a review system in place. Although others may argue that Kohli's acting is every bit as good as premier league football players you do swallow dives in the penalty area.

    But had Kohli been given out as he should have been, the result could have been very different, possibly even a second NZ victory. Southee dropped Sharma, and the resilient Dhoni would have had to have been winkled out but the opportunity was there.

    It was great to see the high level of sportsmanship between the two sides.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    India should only play cricket in India or in subcontinental countries at best...

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Hard Luck for India, Congrats For NZ, For All those NZ,PAK & SL Fans time prove that ur wrong.

  • POSTED BY cricketforpeace on | February 18, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    First things first. Congratulations to the New Zealand team for an overall brilliant show clinching the ODI and Test series vs India. NZ were throughout the better team and deserve full credit! Special congratulations to McCullum for a wonderful effort which cricket lovers will always remember and cherish. The question to ask the Indian team management is how long a rope should this Dhoni be given. To lose a game or a series in sport is not a shameful thing. A captain is answerable for his team's performance. Dhoni, as a captain has shown consistency in all his efforts - first by abysmal team selection, second through poor bowling selections throughout, third by shoddy field placements with overall an uninspiring and insipid captaincy. Without further ado, Dhoni should be removed from the Test captaincy if India seeks to do better in their forthcoming tour to England. Continuing Dhoni in this post will only further India's woes.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    HAHA, McCullum is the Hero. But if you want to know who is the real hero, go to the main page of this site and choose the INDIA version from the drop down menu. The head line on indian version is VIRAT's TON SAVES THE DAY FOR INDIA :p Come on team india, give some credit to the KIWIs.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar - According to you, every time that NZ visits India, NZ is whitewashed. Really? Well, NZ has toured India 10 times. Guess how many whitewashes? ONE!!! In addition, India has toured NZ 9 times. And NZ has whitewashed India once as well. If you are going to contribute to these forums, at least be honest and don't make stuff up. How do you think it reflects on your fellow countrymen?

    And what about your ludicrous comment that Bangladesh has whitewashed NZ? NZ & BD have played in 6 Test series. One Series was a draw and NZ won the other five (4 of which were whitewashes). Please have some decency. These forums are meant to be an exchange of opinions, not a medium for sore losers to spew forth lies wrapped up in anger.

  • POSTED BY rajagopalan1000 on | February 18, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    India's performance is pathetic. We(BCCI) is a super bully off the field. BCCI is interested only in making money .Not interested in developing good fast & spin bowlers. I am surprised that a country of 120 billion is not able to produce quality bowlers inspite of the game being played for more than 8 decades. Dhoni gives the impression he is not interested in playing test cricket. He should not be captain India in tests. It was a big mistake not to select pujara for NZ one day series. Although the oneday series result would not have changed, it would have given pujara exposure to New Zealand conditions and he would have played better in tests. Rahane is a real test class batsman. Everything about him- his game,modesty,temperamant are to be lauded.

    Rohit inspite of his talk is a big flop.He has failed in 7 innings in south Africa and in Newzealand out of 9 inningsscored only in 2 innings(ODI & tests together). although zaheer took some wickets, he is clearly over the hill .

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 18, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @warnerbasher - what an absurd thing to say. NZ did what was required to win the series. King Clarke would have done exactly the same thing with a series on the line, as you are well aware.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Congrats NZ team. The way you guys performed in both ODIs and Test is amazing. Nobody would have thougt before the series that your performance would be such clinical. Though there were many close games which could have gone either way but you guys dominated in all the games except the last. This is the epitome of professionalism. If you guys keep performing the way you have jus done, you will be a force to reckon with in the World cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY visualdp on | February 18, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @martin000: Why are you crying?? Accept the fact that India is down an out in both series. What India should do try to rebuild as a team.Yes we all know India is terrible in bouncy tracks.They have failed to win a single match in Tests or ODIs in both series in SA & NZ. So I believe they have lots work to do before next WC

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 18, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @ Rajesh kumar- doesn't your statement apply to your team too? Don't embarrass yourself...

  • POSTED BY MonkeyBooBoo on | February 18, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    How did we evolve to this rabble.

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | February 18, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Kiwi fans, instead of being angry with Kohli for not walking, they should instead thank him for dropping a sitter from McCullum when he was only 9. Due to this generosity of Kohli, NZ were spared an innings defeat and today they got their first triple centurion. And talking of being grateful, be grateful to umpire Steve Davis too. He declared Vijay, Rahane, and Dhoni out in the Indian second innings in the first test, when India was cruising towards the victory. For this act of his, Steve Davis deserves a bouquet of flowers! But, it looks as though gratefulness is not a valued trait in this part of the world.

  • POSTED BY nicevans on | February 18, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Amazing innings from bmac!..

    That was the cricketing equivalent of mccaw playing on one foot to win us the rugby world cup final!

    Great team effort, the only change they should make is to drop fulton and bring latham in to open with taylor back.

    Neesham and anderson to fight it out as all rounders, and they should continue with sodhi bringing him in when the conditions permit

    I think neesham may end up superceding anderson as an all rounder at test level and could even be considered as stand in no.5 for injury, early days yet though

    Just proud of the team, coach and management, a great day for Nz cricket!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    ok reality check for all the overly zealous posters. 1. I agree most times the home team seems to have a big advantage-probably been for decades. Intensified with drop-in pitches. 2. NZ has had a bad 3 or 4 seasons since Flemming, Astle, Cairns, Nash, Harris, Twose all retired. 3. We are building a very solid and talented team. It does not revolve around 1 or 2 players. 4. Australia are the form team in the world. But I wonder how they would fare without Johnson. 5. I think SA are still second and NZ third on form. Aussie first. 6. NZ's weakness is spin bowling. Nobody good enough yet. 7. Dhoni is an excellent captain. He knew this weakness and knew we could not bowl them out 4th innings on day 5 pitch with no spinner. 7. McCullum was mindful of conditions on 5th day. If he and Watling could score over 300 runs on day 4 and India did same day 3 then with 10 wickets setting India 370 odd in 90 overs was quite gettable with Kohli around. You have to balance. not as easy decision.

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | February 18, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    The Black Caps were never going to bowl India out on this wicket. They were up 1-0, so why on earth would McCullum give them a sniff? If McCullum didnt feel obliged to provide an appreciative crowd with some entertainment in exchange for their attendance, he would have let his team bat on. Brendon McCullum deadset legend. Black caps represent

  • POSTED BY chathuradil on | February 18, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Fascinating innings from BM. When NZ were in trouble he showed his talent, how he built the innings was brilliant. Saving the game by playing sessions to sessions, building partnerships, reflects the qualities of a real world class player. I was with the game for all five days, even in my office and worth the time spent for this game. Surely I will watch this innings once again when I reach home tonight. Hat off for BM…..

  • POSTED BY DarwinAkbar on | February 18, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    For NZ, it doesn't matter that we didn't win this Test. It was a Test we should have lost on Day 3, from which McCullum and Watling manufactured a draw out of nowhere. With the series 1-0, it would have been stupid to risk undoing all the hard work with a risky declaration where India could win with their strong batting on a pitch that's still good for batting on Day 5. The Test will forever be remembered as the moment New Zealand finally broke the 300 barrier. Ever since Martin Crowe scored that 299 a quarter of a century ago (!), we'd been waiting, even as India and South Africa posted their 300s with Sehwag and Amla. Until recently, NZ conditions were not conducive to scoring 300s, and we seldom produce batsmen good enough to score them. Today, we finally broke the jinx and joined the other seven major Test nations. It should be viewed as a relief that a 23-year weight has finally been lifted off our shoulders!

  • POSTED BY sammysam on | February 18, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Ashamed to be an Indian supporter. Absolutely pathetic. Over 1 billion people and we can't find a fast bowler let alone 11 dedicated players who play for pride not money. I now see why we are called flat track bullies. We can't play cricket outside India. Bcci, dhoni, selectors and everyone who has influence in Indian cricket should hang their heads in shame. No amounts of wins at home can make up for this disgrace.

  • POSTED BY supacricfan on | February 18, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Virat is on the way to break all records..only bright spot on this disastrous tour along with ajinkya!!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | February 18, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Presumably NZ had a plan this morning but I was very surprised that they batted as long as they did. I thought that they'd declare when McCullum and Neesham reached their milestones. That would have left McCullum not out as well, which would have been nice. I very much doubt that India would have scored the runs they needed even then but, given that they were 1-0, I guess NZ wanted to make absolutely sure of the series win first, which is fair enough I guess.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | February 18, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar. according to your own posts what does it say for India that such a poor team beat you? Could you not just try to be a bit gracious and accept you lost. Sometimes you have to accept the other team was better. Well done to McCollum though.it was a great innings

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Great turnaround Black-Caps! Reading the posts I am astounded at the number of people complaining about NZ not declaring. They had a series victory on the line - why should they concede anything? Sounds like sour grapes of the worst kind - MeijiMura in particular needs counselling. Are your comments for real? Realise this will not be published as per usual.

  • POSTED BY bc1992 on | February 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar - we have a saying in this part of the world called "jumping the shark". With those fascinating and impressively insightful comments of yours, you didn't just jump the shark, you hurdled about 50 of em in a row. NZ should be proud of their efforts in this series and indeed the whole summer, now their challenge is to repeat these efforts overseas to make sure their ranking improves to a level most cricket fans feel they should be at. Fix the opening partnership and they are pretty much sorted.

  • POSTED BY gladiatorgannicus on | February 18, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    congrats NZ.India ran close in most of the matches but failed to beat in even a single one.it doesnt matter if u win by 1 run or 300 runs, a win is a win.the whole summer Kiwis have been superb.except for their openers everyone else have given match winning performances. BUT to ridicule the opposition by bringing population is deplorable.if u are askin 4 our achievements in sport we can talk of chess,kabbadi,tennis,badminton,boxing,archery,wrestling,billiards. all those who have had their education in India know that sports is not the one which schools give a priority. the country is yet 2 come out of poverty, while at the same time we have made tremendous progress in the fields of science and tech, and among the top few countries in space research.you can hardly name a handful of countries that have done as good as us in field of education. AT THE same time it would be nice if my countrymen could congratulate the Kiwis on their success.NZ is one f t favourites 2 win world cup.

  • POSTED BY Ani.Indian on | February 18, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Both India and NZ started the tour as young teams. The difference between the two sides was Captaincy. NZ is certainly looking forward for better show in the World Cup in their home turf. Whereas, India has lot too think and change about its leadership in terms of captaincy or/and Coaching for sure!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Back home during Aus series Mr.Kholi accuses an Aus player who he says nicked and was out and should have walked and what does he do here he nicks the ball to the keeper and stands ground Mr.Kholi dont complain others dont walk when you dont it yourself.Rajesh Kumar ur comments are funny man young indian team are you kidding me how long will you keep saying this.While talking about bad decisions India was not the only team which had bad decisions even NZ had a few.FYI Rahane was plumb in front in 1st innings was not given not out.Its India rather Dhoni and Srini's stand we dont want DRS so stop cribbing.Now you blame Mc.Cullum for loosing first test and drawing second wonderful.what was MSD doing in SA kept bowling with old ball till ump forcibly changed it get ur facts right dude before you comment

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @ Rajesh Kumar,

    Why so defensive? Why not just appreciate a good innings & series? In terms of who is better India are ranked number 2, New Zealand were ranked number 8? No one is saying NZ are suddenly the best team.

    In terms of umpiring decisions the first test featured bad decisions against Anderson & Watling for NZ, then against Rahane & Dhoni. In other words, both teams equally affected.

    If you want to complain about umpiring decisions write to the BCCI and request they use DRS to reduce the number or errors!

    In terms of the age of players, note that NZ were missing their best batsman of the summer this game and were playing two debutants.

    Relax dude and appreciate some great performances by both sides.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | February 18, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar, maybe instead of the sour grapes, you could acknowledge that India lost a criminally short Test series to a likewise inexperienced NZ who stepped up when it counted. You say that NZ only won because it was at home, but perhaps you'd like to look at the recent record of India, or any other country for that matter, abroad - a pretty bare cupboard of Test wins abroad all round. And then this comment about the Indian side as being young, yet in my eyes they are a very talented bunch of batsmen (Kohli, Pujara, Rohit, and Dhawan, Dhoni is no slouch) and two bowlers who together have over 450 wickets - on paper at least, India's test side is a good one, with similar experience to NZ. Or is this just about trying to win a few cheap points back? You could try saying "Well done NZ for an excellent series win" or "congrats to Brendon McCullum for an excellent fighting knock": it'd be a good start :)

  • POSTED BY chathuradil on | February 18, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    It's hard to believe, India having five tests in England even though they've been unable to win a single game for a while in away tests. tours of SA and NZ shows how they play away test. opps...I forgot. my bad. ICC is now BCCI

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | February 18, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    clearly insulting kohli doesn't get you published on cricinfo so i wont repeat myself. mccullum was amazing and must have been the greatest captains knock considering the curcumstances of all time. i want to talk neesham though, i knew he was good but he was better than good, he was great, his balance, timeing, defense and shot selection was impecable, he is a genuine test match batter let alone allrounder, he was in the lower order as insurance with no taylor but he could of been a straight swap at four he was that good. i know nikko chunn will be buzzing being neeshams biggest fan and you can add me to the list too. he has to stay in the xi, you cant drop a guy averaging over 150 with the bat but we need a spinner too so who misses out? the development of sohdi is still important. nz would be one of the youngest teams in the world especially now fulton wont be back, so the future looks very bright indeed, and now the country is behind our cricket team again, just magic.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 18, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Cricinfo Live Commentary :"Boult to Kohli, no run, there was a loud sound, but Davis and Kohli are both unmoved! That was a clean edge and New Zealand are denied! Terrific deliver from Boult, pitching on a good length and drawing the batsman into the drive. Very loose shot, especially with the ball working angle. And escapes.

  • POSTED BY DarwinAkbar on | February 18, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    About the Indians: I think it's pretty much what we expected. In both the ODI and Test Series, we see that their bowlers were terrible unless they had assistance from the pitch. They make up for bad bowling with very strong batting, which in sub-continent conditions, more often than not masks their bowling problems. Even still, one thing to note when judging Indian batsmen is to NOT look at their First Class or even Test averages, because they are inflated to high heavens by the particular conditions they have at home. Three Indian batsmen have FC averages above 60. Going into the Tests, I thought Che Pujara was going to be a real threat, but looking at his overseas average now, I think he's been found out in non-South Asian conditions. However, I can see a player of his quality improve. Kohli is pure class. Dhawan eventually learned to cope with NZ conditions. A few of their "over-rated" batsmen who were found out early on did come around and got some runs by the end.

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | February 18, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar. not bitter are you? can you also not make incorrect statements such as NZ get whitewash're against BD? NZ have never lost a single Test yo Bangladesh. In fact most teams haven't!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    HAHA, McCullum is the Hero. But if you want to know who is the real hero, go to the main page of this site and choose the INDIA version from the drop down menu. The head line on indian version is VIRAT's TON SAVES THE DAY FOR INDIA :p Come on team india, give some credit to the KIWIs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Every Team can play as heros when they play at home. So real heros are who can beat them at home or outside (oposit conditions). i think those teams need to be selected as top in the ICC ranks.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | February 18, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Brendon McCullum for prime minister. Brilliant, can't be bothered with the negative comments on a day all cricket fans should be celebrating a great test comeback. I still remember and celebrate the great follow on by India against Australia. As Dhoni said in his after match comments, there are just times when the batsman wear the bowlers down, keeping out the good balls and then reap the rewards when they are tired.

    Also, Neesham will be the bargain buy of the IPL this year. His performances in the Champions trophy last year shows what a good 20/20 player he is in Indian conditions. Add to that his new found confidence!!

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | February 18, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar - to answer your question, the better team is quite clearly the one that just pummeled the other one 4-0 in an ODI series and them comfortable won a test series. Seems quite simple really.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    In South Africa also the Indian batsmen were literally made to feel ashamed by their bowlers in the fourth innings by nearly conceding a match that could have been easily won by even Bangladesh!!The Indian bowlers are always interested in playing for their opponents rather than for their team.Every out-of-form player comes back to form when he plays against India.. Remember that Australia series, where Ricky slammed two tons when he was suffering from worst form dip of his career. Because of these bowlers India don't win any test overseas and their hard working batsmen are tagged "Flat track bullies"..A real Shame!! It is a shame because Indian batsmen put in their 100% effort every time. It is but natural for them to fail once or twice because these are still early days for them and they are always under huge pressure all thanks to their bowlers.Seriously, I want our selection panel to select 11 batsmen for their team and I can bet that they will put up a better fight than this.......

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @rajesh kumar...Congratulations you have just posted the most ridiculous comment on here! You say india have a young team..check the ages of Williamson,neesham, anderson, sodhi, Rutherford,watling...exactly your a sore loser! And your last comment 'so who's the better team?' Clearly us cos we smashed you for a month! Lol I can't even take you seriously lol

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    very disappointing by india. many would have thought that india will win both odis and tests easily as they are high ranked team playing with a lower ranked. but serious disappoitment. couldnt win odis and then test series. though they improved in tests but still not good enough. some players are just filling space. need to revisit strategies.

    well played by NZ. they played beyond expectations. BM played excellent and became 1st NZ to score 300. with BJ and Jimmy. great performance. they were down but fought back hard . hatts off. no body thought they can win almost every things against this strong indian team. good improvement for them and bright future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar - the only thing India won on this tour was the toss. 4-0 in the ODI's, 1-0 in the Test Series. The 8th ranked team beat the 2nd ranked team in 5 out of 7 games. And India continues to be utterly dismal, negative and unsuccessful away from home. So, now tell me, which country should not lose perspective here?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @ rajesh kumer..... india ranked no.2 in the world, nz ranked no.7, uv won every toss on tour yet you havnt managed too win any of the 7 matchs played! you question the umpires decisions yet you're the only country who doesnt want anything to do with DRS! this is a NZ team on the rise and an indian team who doesnt know how to play outside india, no wonder you want to monopolise the world of cricket that way you wont have to tour anywhere and continue to win on your lifeless boring pitchs

  • POSTED BY rocknrola on | February 18, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @CricIndia208. This is about test cricket here and no one said India is weak in Odi's. Bowling 10 overs in a match is different from test match bowling. Indian bowlers are not able to maintain same pressure throughout the match. In sub continent pitches spinners do all the bowling and they succeed but they fail on fast pitches.

  • POSTED BY truecric_fan on | February 18, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Congrats to team NZ and Macca - his innings will be remembered for a long time. The grounds and crowds in NZ were simply fantastic - good luck to both Ind and NZ for T20 WC. Apart from Ind I will cheer for this awesome young NZ team who played with their hearts and won our hearts.

  • POSTED BY RichardMLindsay on | February 18, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    There must be a few converts to our fair game since T20 on this blog. NZ has a proud cricket history and we do ok for ourselves. It doesn't matter about country populations when you take the field. Otherwise India would win everywhere, every time. Look at Australia with their 24m population...they do pretty well in lots of sports, don't they? NZ is a forerunner in rugby. Kenya and Ethiopia in long distance running. If it were all about population then China and India would be world champs in every sport. Some perspective please. NZ is proud to have taken on the WI and India recently and won. Let us enjoy the moment.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I would say that Kiwis are a rather weak team, a truly # 7 ranked team. Rankings don't lie at all, they are a true reflection of a nation's cricketing ability. That is the reason that any nation which Kiwis visit, they get whitewashed, including against BD. Let me ask the Kiwis, when did they last defeat India in India, while India has defeated you in your own land umpteen number of times including 2009. It is good that Kiwis have stopped visiting Zimbabwe, because something very embarassing could have happened there. Kiwis are a reasonable ODI team and good T20 team, but as a test team their ranking of # 7 is true reflection of their abilities. With this kind of a team, if you step out of your shores to play test cricket, you will get beaten by just about any team. It is a harsh reality of life...

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | February 18, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, Where were you mate when Faf was tampering the ball in PAK series?? Didn't SA lose respect from the whole world on that?? Nicking and not walking is entirely up to the batsmen and it is not the same as what your team did, so stop talking as if your team is full of saints

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 18, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Well done Black Caps, You rose to the occasion and gave so called "the best batting side" a run for money. What a tour India had, lost the ODIs 0-4 and Test 0-1 and all these thrashings were in the hand of a bottom rank team. New Zealand could have won the 2nd Test too, if Kohli had played the game in right spirit. He hit the cover off the ball and acted so innocent.And Mr.Davis conveniently bought Kohli's Bollywood stunts.He never had the courage or decency to walk off like gentlemen. Zero sportsmanship I must say and his 100 isn't worth a penny in my book. All in all, it was a great summer for Black Caps !!!

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | February 18, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @wapuser: Who's 'we'? Does that change for you according to who wins against India?

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | February 18, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Despite all the losses of series in all the versions of Cricket,India still maintains the 2nd rank inICC rankings. Thesis is indeed a heartening feature which gives hope for India to improve upon their performance before the Next ODI world Cup in 2015. Last WC was a feather in the cap of Cap of Captain Dhoni who still performs his part well though he does not get effective support from the Bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Bishop on | February 18, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    A month ago, I believed that McCullum should step down from the Test team to allow Jesse Ryder a spot in the middle order. The events of the last week have proved to me just how wrong I was. With their actions [Ryder's and McCullum's] you couldn't get a more stark contrast of determination, self-discipline, and commitment to NZ cricket.

    To those who are saying McCullum put his personal milestone ahead of the team...what absolute rubbish. 325 in 90 overs would have been a suicidal declaration - the pitch was batting fabulously well, and India have a strong lineup of incredible strokemakers. Yes, he possibly could have declared a little sooner, but that was a question of judgement, not of selfishness. At the end of the day, he made sure to protect the 1-0 series lead. Had we been 0-0, or even 1-0 down, I'm sure he would have played it differently.

    In a similar vein, congratulations to Jimmy Neesham (and bye bye Bracewell).

  • POSTED BY tom120 on | February 18, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    This is the difference between Ganguly and Dhoni. Ganguly tied the series against Australia in Australia, tied the series against England in England. He was the best captain India has ever got. Dhoni only backs his favorite players, doesn't give chance to other players. This is truly abysmal performance by Indian team, I don't remember in the reign of Ganguly India losing abroad in such a pathetic manner.

  • POSTED BY Chn2 on | February 18, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Good batting by Brendon, but what about Indian bowling. It might be one of the worst bowling display in test match history. Wake up guys else WC is going out of our hand.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | February 18, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Although Kiwi fans have every reasons to be happy, but they should not lose the perspective here. You barely managed to defeat a young Indian team playing at your own home. In the first test match, there were three wrong decisions against Indian batters in the second innings. With that kind of help from the umpires, and with a 300 runs lead in the second innings, you managed to defeat us by only 40 runs. And your captain did not have the courage today to declare first thing in the morning because he cherished his own 300 more than inflicting a whitewash on India. So you have barely defeated this Indian team 1-0 sitting in your own home. While every time that you visit India, you get whitewashed. Come to think of it, you get whitewashed against BD too!!!! So, now tell me, which team is better?

  • POSTED BY Gzero on | February 18, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Superb Innings by Bmac. one of the greatest by Nz Batsmen. This Nz team looks very well groomed.

    But i feel that Nz should have declared after Macs 300. This would have provided them more time to bowl out India. a win would have been a cherry on the top. I guess that's the difference between Michael Clarke & other captains. He sets a target that's achievable & then bowls out the team. also, Southee's contribution is going unnoticed, he deserves his credit for tight bowling.

    I appreciate the efforts of this new Indian team. their batting line up is in safe hands of Kohli, Pujara & Rahane. the only problem (As usual) is bowling. People talk about India's 11 defeats abroad, but they must notice that this new team has only played 4 matches overseas now. about half of the Indian players in team are playing their first overseas tours. Considering this fact their performance is plausible.

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | February 18, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @kingsachin....should be Kholi not walking and no DRS saves India from humilation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    After Australia and South africa series india will b rank 3 in test rankings and after england and india test series india will b rank 6 in test rankings.

  • POSTED BY googs1000 on | February 18, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @OttawaRocks. No its not the same team. Only Latham and Anderson played in this test and the last one day game in Bangladesh. The test serious was drawn. Maybe a bit of research next time mate !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    I think I should stop following Indian Cricket Team for sure.. I remembr Shikhar Dhawan mocking Shane Watson's injury in an ODI last October in Bangalore… Since then I have hated this arrogant, brash bunch of youngsters… Some Flat Track Bullies.. Not to mention of anything of bowlers.. They have let the country down .. losing in SA & now in NZ…..Missing FAB 4 (Sachin,Rahul, VVS, Sourav), Anil,Bhajji… What a Team we had earlier… Respectful,Dedicated, And Most importantly always had their feet on the ground despite success & failures …. Mr. DHONI possibly some soul searching to do now….. Next ASIA CUP, THEN World T 20, THEN IPL…. People will forget these disappointing results..I fear for this team…..Something worst around the corner.. CANT SEE THEM IMPROVING.. ATTITUDE,WORK ETHIC…SIMPLY NOT THERE…….

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @cricindia208..haha your one of those bitter india supporters everyone is eluding too.Just give credit where credit is due..we SMASHED you fair and square! Your right we have never won a world cup, neither have S Africa but we have one thing in common. ..we hammered the 'world champions' lol

  • POSTED BY Santander on | February 18, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Ha Ha did not win anything.

    Bunch of overpaid , over hyped team.

    Powerful batting line up ha ha in their dreams

    Congrats to NZ thoroughly well deserved

  • POSTED BY Dinakarans on | February 18, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Notice one thick India never won after the STAR sponsors

  • POSTED BY Karunk on | February 18, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Congrats to McClum & NZ team for the series win. Showed lot of grit & determination. Overseas tour by Indian team must be mouth watering for batsmen of host country. Test against India gives them plenty of opportunities - to set up new records, out of form batsmen will get their touch & start scoring centuries, double & treble centuries become norm, on debut centuries, host side will get a chance to improve their test ranking etc...The most defensive visiting captain plays 4 bowlers (actually 3 with Jadeka being ineffective on these pitches) in a must win match to level the series. No wonder NZ lost just one wicket on fourth day. It is time for India to host series against ZIM, BG etc. at home to get back their rankings, their topline batsmen to start scoring centuries, Ashwin, Jadeja & Ojha to take 5-6 wickets and Dhoni to improve his captaincy record.

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | February 18, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Congrats to NZ , The Better Team has Won . Well Done Brendon for an Epic 300 .

    Honestly why should we the Indian Fans even Care about this team . Seriously Why ? Our Board Certainly Does not Care . The Bcci is too Busy being part of the " Big 3 " . When will the board Devolope Fast Bowlers who can Consistantly Bowl @145 kmph . So Much for the Learning Experience . So Much for getting Ready for the 2015 World cup . Does This Test Losses does`nt Mean anything . and If u Don`t Play Like World Champions then whats the point in Winning the cup at all .

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | February 18, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    OttawaRocks CricIndia208 If you guys have got nothing positive to say about your own team fair enough, but why do you have to put NZ down, does it make you feel better or are you just bitter people.

  • POSTED BY GDubNZ on | February 18, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @CricIndia208 - Learn to accept good performances. Going on about how many World Cups India have won is not the point of this post. Its about this test. Yep India have won world cups etc...... and well done to them...... I think you need some perspective.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I see so many interesting and funny comments on here. Why is it, wherever i go on cricinfo forums... Indian fans just can't accept defeat by a stronger and better side? I see excuses of capt Dhoni, selections etc... This time, India had all the advantages. Winning the toss on a green top, no ross taylor and a great start. Stop with the excuses, you were beat by a better side. You can't win outside of India, you are not the number 2 test nation in the world. I would place you somewhere near 6th-7th place

  • POSTED BY Adoh on | February 18, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Well done NZ. Once again India fail to win on a surface that doesn't equate to playing in the mud. How many years now has it been that India has not won a test match outside of India?

  • POSTED BY Sagarneel on | February 18, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Watching NZ, Pakistan and WI doing good in cricket are possibly the best sights of the game. I'll repeat what I said before - this Kiwi team has the right players to win the next WC. India, on the other hand should quickly arrange for a test series at home, to prevent catastrophic things from happening. Oh wait! The IPL'S coming up, we will forget how bad a team we really are and start adoring the mindless hitters as they make merry on tracks engineered for them.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | February 18, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Almost all nations are impeccable at home, saying that NZ havent managed to dominate India in the way other top nations currently do.Had NZ toured India with spinningatracks , the match would have been over by 3rd day, no second thoughts there. So pls NZ fans , understand that u have only managed to win and were no were near dominating as other nations do. Neesham Anderso BM wont last few overs on spinning tracks against Ojha and Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @abdul sami...Pujara? really? yea he is great at home but how many runs has he scored in this series? You are right about kohli though, that guy is a real pleasure to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    As expected - Indian Loosing another overseas game with defensive tactics by Dhoni. What did Jadega doing in this match? 52 Overs for 115+ runs? Is this is called a true All Rounder? WHY YOU CALL HIM SIR ???

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | February 18, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88 & jasonsmithkiwi, We Indians always loved NZ team and we never felt bad losing to NZ unlike losing to Pak or SL. But fans like you are no different from Pak & SL fans. Fans like you who always brings in the population constraints in a sport represented by 11 players from a country shows who really is Illiterate and ignorant. I will remind you guys that you just played this series in your home so plz be grounded. Winning at home itself may be a big achievement for you guys so cherish these moments instead of demeaning others.And those who are begging for giving credit to NZ team instead of us whining abt how badly we played, Oh!! Come on!! Its obvious that the team won should have outplayed the team lost and it's not like being a lost opponent fans we should point that out. But it is must for us to point out what went wrong with our team.At least we don't belittle your victory unlike all the fans throughout the world belittle ours victory.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Unimaginative captaincy... Dhoni lets the match drag away. Should seriously start thinking about different captains for the various versions of the game!!

  • POSTED BY Digimont on | February 18, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    @OttawaRocks Yes, it is the same team that lost to Bangladesh. How BAD does that make India? The Indian fans have been swarming over the South Africa/Australia series pages, claiming they're the best team in the world. Well, they all look silly now.

  • POSTED BY indian1986 on | February 18, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    I see few people are asking for wholesome changes to the squad. But who are the replacements? If you think of batsmen, the current lot are the best in the country. I dont see any player who is been denied a place in the team, yes may be Gambhir. People talk of Rayudu, he is hardly knocking the door and have not set the ranji charts on fire. His average is 45. The current lot has there first class avg at 60s. Coming to bowling, yes there can be few changes, we cannot go in to a test with 3 and half bowlers. Having said that, can Varun or Umesh bare the stress of bowling 20 -30 overs in one innings. They have a history of injuries, Varun or Umesh can be played only when India are playing with 5 bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Mintsweety on | February 18, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Look guys I do think you're all being a bit harsh on India....that is to say I do think India will win something next season - promotion from the second tier!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | February 18, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    The scorecard might not say that India did not lose, but India lost the respect of all when Kohli was blatantly caught behind & did not walk. Had Kohli done the right thing the Indian batting may not have held up, so either way, India lost.

    I don't expect the BCCI's stand on DRS will change anytime soon.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Well played black caps. Certainly proved better in all areas on field. All praises for Big Mac. Whaddaplayya!! Saved his team, saved a match, won a series that too single handedly. India dint play bad though. All the ODIs were close counters and so were the test matches. Their bowling is a bit problem but the pacers did bowl well in 2nd innings of first match and 1st inning of second. Infact they bowled really well in 2nd innings of this match as well before Watling came in with McC. A rare sight of indian players missing catches but then...that is Test cricket for you. May be this will be an eye opener for managements who want to get bigger share of world cricket. Again, Well played NZ. Cheers

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    I dont know how many of you were thinking the same. NZ should have declared much before and offered a fight, rather than giv india no chance to win. Mc Cullum was jus playin fr his 300. if sachin had done that, there would been a huge debate :(

  • POSTED BY pommy80 on | February 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Haha India! A bit of humble pie for a team that thought they could walk over NZ. How on earth are they number 2 still??? Even Bangladesh could give them a good running, and that's saying something!

  • POSTED BY Sumankumar12 on | February 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    McCullum scored 10% of his career test runs alone in this 2 match test series.

  • POSTED BY BatBowlCatch on | February 18, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Thank you for such an entertaining match Brendon McCullum. You stood up when it counted. Most New Zealanders will remember this day until they pass away. We've had so many big disaster events in recent times that are moments we will never forget. But its moments like these, similar to the All Blacks world cup victory, that balance it all out and make us remember the good things in life. A major record broken by such a well deserving combatant. Thank you for the pleasure I have gained in the last three days that came from pure sportsmanship. Forget the politics and the money, this is what it is all about. The most important aspect of the 302 was that it saved the match and the series. By putting the team first, the personal milestone just fell into place. The New Zealand cricket fraternity stands before you and applauds. Congratulations.

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | February 18, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Ah ha ha ha ha. So, marvellous (according to their fan) India humiliated AGAIN outside of their own home, ha ha ha. Now perhaps India fan will climb down from over inflated opinion they have of their team. Few India fan are here now. They go away when team when their team is is away. Plenty say oh India can only win in their own home - but they can't even do that: don't forget that only a year ago England beat India 2-1 in test sereis in India all seem to have forgotten this most conveniently. Pakistan also beat them in India in ODI series. India most certainly not world beater. When they go away from their home they always lose. Pick any format - it do not matter, when India play away from their home they will lose it. Do not say oh - this is young India team! This is still BEST team available for India. Do not say oh fantastic innings for Kohli conveniently forgetting MAGNIFICENT 302 from McCullum!

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 18, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I like all this Kiwi bravado. Its the same team that lost to Bangladesh. How about some perspective, eh?

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | February 18, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Pity NZ have never won the World Cup. India are the current world champions and have won it twice, the Champions Trophy twice and the World T20. Not sure how many people will remember this series one week down the line. But the World Cup wins, no one forgets!

  • POSTED BY biloo007 on | February 18, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    congratulations New-Zeeland and what a knock from the attacking man BMcclum,,atleast he tell the world that NZC is in safe hands. MS dhoni is the only man to lead india ,,so my dear indian friends be realistic and kohli and Gambir are NO WHERE to dhoni,,,best of luck MAhi,,our favorite player . Love from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY kiran_2014 on | February 18, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    What is going wrong with Indian bowling squad inspite having IPL and domestic tournaments. Do all the bowlers in this country hopeless after being filtered through many selection rounds ?? or the captain/mgmt. do not see the deficiency of quickies who can bowl consistent 140+ KMPH ?? It is still puzzling why Ishwar pandey is not given a chance.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | February 18, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Virat Kohli casually dropped McCullum, allowing him to take the match away from NZ, then got the thickest of all edges to the keeper and pretended nothing happened and refused to walk. Not a shred of integrity. He did not SCORE a hundred, he stole one.

    And people call for him to become India's captain? What tactics can we expect from India then? The BCCI must love him.

  • POSTED BY Dowite77 on | February 18, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Can someone explain to me the (non)sense of having a 2-match Test 'series'?

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | February 18, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    congratulation Mc and NZ . You deserved to have 300 runs and series won . you did great job . I thought without Rose you couldn't draw this match . but Epic happened for NZ . Brilliant performance for both test that you played . good luck . Hope you can continue till world cup . we need stunning cricket in world cup . waiting for that . good luck Brando

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    There seems to be some discrimination against left arm spinners in the world in general and India in particular (exceptions Ban ,Herath and Vettori).They have to be decent batsmen to get into the team or are overlooked. The worst thing Dhoni has done is destroyed Ojhas career the guy got 9 wickets in Last test. He has the flight action and everything to be successful abroad. Yes he can't bat but then what are the seven above him for? Dropping catches? India has to pick him .Looking at the way he is treated the hopes for Kuldeep Yadav (U 19 chinaman spinner ) are even lesser. Another U19 left arm spinner harmeet Singh has not played a game since last march or so (he was called one of the best by Ian Chapell)

  • POSTED BY AMRUTH on | February 18, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Lots of over 300 individual score in the last decade. Thanks to T20 cricket. Batsmen tend to play fast with varities of shots on offer

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Rathore on | February 18, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    What a performance by New Zealand. This time, India cannot hide behind Umpiring errors, Toss, Weather, Injury to key players, Work Load, Schedule or sledging. NZ beat them fair and square, and they have been humble with their post victory statement... As a South Indian, I believe in meritocracy against allegiance and I really wish NZ wins the World Cup this time, for they deserve it. Go NZ!!!

  • POSTED BY trumpoz on | February 18, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Can someone please explain how India can be ranked number 2 when they cannot win away from home?

    By the well done to NZ - always great to see anyone beat India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    New Zealand deserved right from the day 1 of the series. Congrats to the Kiwis. while I congratulate them, I am apalled at the way we lost the series. I squarely blame the tour selection and importantly the Selectors, its humilating defeat after our debacle in australia, england and again england in india and the list continues. Ravi Jadeja can be a good oneday bowler/batsman as he relishes smashing ball outside the park and beyond the concrete structure. But as a test match bowler, there is lot to be desired. He does not know to bowl Flight at all or he really does not know what to do in test match conditions. He is a good 10 over bowler to say the least. I am shocked that we go on tours with only 4 bowlers, what happened to Pragyan Ojha, he is by far, the country's best left arm spinner, we replace him with Jadeja is a logic which only DHONI can understand and he is admant in promoting so called SIR Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY Wacco on | February 18, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    India is not at all a test for the current NZ squad in NZ. Play against Aus/SA/Eng and find out how strong you are. NZ is probably 4th seed in the current form closely followed by the Asian countries.

  • POSTED BY Masculineffort on | February 18, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    I think India should now play some tests in WI, Ban or Zim to get some overseas test wins under their belt, pronto. And if that does not work out, they should fast track Ireland to test status and play them there. If even that does not work out in a win, they should just play at home. Why travel abroad? After all home is where the heart it.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    So after nearly 4weeks of touring India didn't manage to win a single game? Shame considering a large number of Indian fans were saying how much they'd smash us and we would be lucky to win a match even before the west indies series had finished. Maybe some of you should think before you post in future as with all your population and money, you cant buy team spirit and determination. Wish there was a t20 series just so we could win all formats.Well done New Zealand,tore them to shreds.Not even our national sport!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    i m from pakistan but i think indian team is not bad as everybody think , problem is not in batting but the bowling , kohli is real hero of cricket along with him some especial batsman are like dhoni pujara .they need to improve there bowling.

  • POSTED BY cmili on | February 18, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    No victories for last 12 international matches for India (4 tests + 8 ODIs). What a shame for world champions.This is due to overconfident of Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    WHEN are we going to get a bowling Allrounder for India like KAPIL DEV? At least there are some pretenders like Binny ; Why not encourage them so that they improve, by playing them in Tests? instead of playing the same steroo type combination of 6 batsman & 4 Bowlers? At this rate, India will only win tests at home. and it will be another whitwash against England & australia.

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Dravid was the only Indian player, who could play well in tough situations. Much better than Sachin, much better. But I know, how regionalism etc works in India so perhaps, Dravid did not get the rightful credit. Anyway, Kiwis proved lot of folks wrong. India once again showed, they have a lot of work to do if they wish to win abroad. Even with Sachin, Dravid etc India got pummeled in 0-4 in Aussie and England. So, all this talk of the glorious past is silly. India's win overseas are very few. Well done to our Kiwi boys

  • POSTED BY johnhamilton on | February 18, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Amazing knock from bmac!

    Arguably the greatest ever from a nz batsman.

    Great team performance as well, and credit to the selectors and Hesson, one of best seasons ever!

  • POSTED BY MonkeyBooBoo on | February 18, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Great cricket New Zealand. It was a real win the toss, win the match type pitch. In my opinion N.Z did the right thing by shutting India totally out of the game. In return it meant a series win. Saw a tweet from an ex Indian opening batsmen questioning The N.Z. captains decision to bat on. Basically the draw was a win and a big win at that. For N.Z series win don't come along every day especially against a team 6 places higher in the rankings.

    I've also heard people say rankings don't mean much, and the are winning me over on that debate. Going through Cricinfo stats page on series wins I have found an stat that backs up the statement. I didn't delve to deeply but here is two examples. Aus v India past 11 series(7 played in India). Past 12 years or so N.Z play 1 home series against India to every 2 played in India. Also more tests are scheduled for the Indian home series............basically its a farce.

    but more importantly, today is all about N.Z.

  • POSTED BY crick_wizard on | February 18, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Team selection is something I am never able to understand with India under Dhoni. This is a must win test for India and they turn up with just three bowlers. Jadeja can be a decent 5th bowler at best but no way a 4th bowler, especially overseas. Even for that role, I feel Ashwin would be a better choice since he has the temperament to play long innings in tests, unlike Jadeja. Ideally India should have played 4 quicks and ashwin, or 3 quicks, ashwin and Jadeja. I am not speaking after the fact, but this is something that struck me when I saw the squad on day 1.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Absolutely amazing innings from mac...they were down and under at 95/5...at that stage the cricinfo headlines said that india was heading towards an innings win and mac came and played the innings of his life and that too under back pain...immense pressure was put on him but he played a gem and the best innings i have seen in a while...indian bowlers have a good day once in a blue moon and think that they are world beaters-definitely not !....watling and neesham too played very good and vital innings...the ranking system is flawed and this is just more proof of it...south africa was the deserved number 1 though...india should stop playing outside home to cling on to their top rankings...but the world now knows the truth..well played newzealand...a team to watch out for in the 2015 worldcup that too is on their own turf...

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 18, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Overall, not a bad test series for India. Given we have a young group with most still cutting their teeth (out of the shadows of the Big 6 who are all now retired), the bowlers & batsmen did alright without being great. However, the big disappointment was the fielding - the dropped simple catches cost India the series. The difference between this team versus our old veteran team from days gone by (with Bhaji, Kumble and a younger Zaheer) is that when the chips were down the old vet group were always good enough to produce fresh catching chances. Our current crop of bowlers is not of that calibre … yet … although with continued overseas tours we should see them improve. Final thought: to place India in a better situation for overseas tours, India should always play 5 bowlers. One option is directly subbing Vijay with Ashwin (playing as an opener and spinning option). Another option is Rahane subbing for Vijay as an opener with an extra bowler carried on the team. Keep improving India!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    well i think that something fishy is going on in the indian dressing room..team is bored of MSD captaincy and strategies..heard a lot about Ishwar Pandey..wonder why he is not given chance instead of Ishant Sharma..well honestly i am bored of this tall guy..dont know how he get so many chances..Rohit is only ok for Sub-Continent..Indian Selectors should make two teams..one for Home and one for Foreign tours..

  • POSTED BY Lalankan_sri on | February 18, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Good job black caps. Back in form. Unstoppable.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Aussie and NZ are my fav for T20 World Cup NZ have great team 1 : guptill 2 :B Mac 3 :Kane Williamson 4 :Taylor 5 :Anderson 6 :James NEESHAM 7 :ronchi 8 :N Mac 9 :southee 10 :macglehan 11 :Milne

  • POSTED BY deepakRajbanshi on | February 18, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Everybody can win matches in their home pitches and same is the case here, Its not that Indians didnt fight. They fought well. afetr all this playing in tough conditions indians will rock in Asia cup and T20 wrld cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    But I doubt that their current batsmen can do much better. As for MJ undoubtedly he will be effective even in subcontinent. Eng barring one series against Ind where they were at their best have not much to prove.Especially post KP Swann era they will struggle in subcontinent. SL Ban Pak don't have too great a record abroad. (SL Ban have hardly played abroad recently. I don't think subcontinent teams playing in subcontinent can be called playing abroad. SA have not really performed too well in subcontinent having said that they have hardly played. So I think for all the flak India gets (much of which they truly deserve),they aren't the only ones performing badly in alien conditions

  • POSTED BY alfaomega on | February 18, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Its a big concern that of the last 4 away tests, 2 that should have been won with ease (SA, 1st test and NZ, 2nd test) have been drawn, 1 that could have been drawn (SA, 2nd test) and 1 that could have been won (NZ, 1st test) have ended in draws or have been lost. Doesn't say much for either the batting or the bowling or the fielding. In this test even after Watling's dismissal India had a real chance to win had they cleaned up the tail for another 50-60 runs. Instead they allowed Neesham to get a 2nd innings century on debut. Murali Vijay's place as opener and Rohit Sharma's place in the middle order need to be re-considered. Maybe Ambati Rayudu would make a better choice in the middle order. And just maybe its time to think of Gautam Gambhir as opener again. The bowling of course needs some serious muscle and fire-power and we need a spinning all-rounder who can deliver outside India.

  • POSTED BY austentayshus on | February 18, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    As long Dhobi is captain of Indian team .. Non performing people like sharma jadeja vijay dhavan are in the team .. get rid of dhobi and yes he is good to play in IPL..

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Here i want to say something to them who all r asking why praising to NZ team for win in their home country .First of all my dear friends even though NZ is playing in their home country they were 8th in ICC ranking and where as IND NO 1 in ICC ranking.so being a no 1 team they were failed to win a single game.When Australia was no 1 they were winning all game irrespective of country and ground .again the praising now nz is getting a lot less then the Indian players getting hyped when they were winning with a incomplete west endines team in home turf.Everyone knows indian players getting more hyped then any other cricketing players nation.The tour of SA and NZ shows them what they are capable of.

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | February 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Congrats to Kiwis! you played really well, BM was fantastic and I guess we got a taste of our own medicine :-) (kolkata 2001)..u guys have a great bowling attack and if u can find good openers, we will be having a strong NZ team for some years. I love that, the black caps play cricket hard and fair. You guys always punch above your wait. Waiting for you to find a few more Ross Taylors and Kane Willliamsons - from an Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on | February 18, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    As an Aussie this was a GREAT knock to watch (Mccullum) plus a great result (no disrespect towards the Indian team), New Zealand helped Oz get the ODI number one ranking by beating India now they might have helped us climb up to second in tests if we can beat SA(IF...). Anyway it was one of the best innings I have seen for a while so congrats to Mccullum, also why do India continue to pick Ishant Sharma? He has a good spell every now and then but its few and far between.

  • POSTED BY pt_pt on | February 18, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Long live New Zealand cricket, today was a special and historic day. Congrats to McCullum and his team on the series win, very well played, you have made many Black caps fans very proud.

  • POSTED BY Matadore on | February 18, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    India and Bangladesh r trying hard to Prove each other better

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Well two things I would Like to say is that 1.Those who said India would easily defeat NZ in both series were and are still wrong .Even before this series I knew NZ have a fantastic team I mean a bowling partnership of Southee and Boult is amazing and in next three years time when Harris Johnson Steyn are gone they will be best in the world. Kane Williamson is one of the few young batsmen along with Kohli Pujara and Steve Smith who is going to define this next decade.Openers are a prblm but they have a plethora of replacements and some good ones in that. The seam attack in depth is second to just SA and Aus .So as I expected they were gonna fight but 4-0 and 1-0 are pretty surprising. Secondly I noted that India is the most trolled team when they play abroad. Right now none of the teams are good playing abroad. In NZ most batsmen will be nearly duds on raging turners barring KW and Ross maybe. Aus got rolled over 4-0 in Ind yes it was a different team and all that contd

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | February 18, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @jasonsmithkiwi , to my knowledge, Laxman and Dravid have played more match-winning/saving innings for india in tests than anyone else in recent times. So you could be right.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | February 18, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I have said this before at the end of SA series and I will say it again. As long as the selectors start thinking beyond Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan, the prospects of an overseas test victory for India is bleak.

  • POSTED BY Great_Lion on | February 18, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Kohli is the only world class player india have. Rahane wil be a good batsman.But others are real flat tracks bullies.Pujara and dhawan are really overrated. india,What are you doing with shewag and gambhir.Did you see sehwag double hundred in sri lanka. Get those guys to your team and they are real match winners for you.And also what is RP singh,Munaf patel and Harbhajan doing with you.Get those players in to the team.These indian board don't know how to use their resources.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | February 18, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @Batmanian: cheers mate...Sensible !!! We can conduct some reality shows where the winner gets a hge money for bowling fastest...By that means we can get raw pace. then groom them only to play tests...Then look at results...

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    John Worley - Tendulkar did not score any triple centuries. His highest Test score was 248.

  • POSTED BY manish1977 on | February 18, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Thanks 2 Brendon McCullum for a reprieve he provided to the men in blue. We avoided another defeat because he delayed a declaration. Now it is high time that Mr. Sandeep Patil & co take some tough decisions and drop a few players, likes of Rohit Sharma (astonishing that he has been given so many chances only because he is "so talented"), Ishant sharma (he bowls a decent spell once in while and gets a few more matches to play, with that he has managed to play a good 55 tests, taking wickets @ around 38, good for a bowler considered to be the spearhead of indian attack), Zaheer khan (lets face it, he a gone player, the other day i was watching the match, he was chasing a ball, literally walking not even jogging, that says it all). I am perplexed why manoj tiwary is not being given a chance. his player profile on espncricinfo says that he was mysteriously dropped (by the way he had scored a hundred in his last ODI outing). Same is the case with pankaj singh.

  • POSTED BY Ozzz.z on | February 18, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    I'm a massive fan of Kohli and Dhoni and as an Aussie the fans of the Indian team make it hard for the rest of the world to like India. For those calling for Dhoni's head Why? He tried everything in this match and at the end Stillwater as very humble in defeat. I don't know about you guys but I'd like to have a skipper that's a great sport and a good role model for children. How many times has Dhoni saved your butts? His an epic batter and a great keeper. NZ won due to the skills not because of Dhoni captaincy. Get over yourselves please

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | February 18, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    McCullum played a great innings making the most of his luck but that does not change the fact that he is a poor captain. He nearly cost NZ the fist Test by his foolish decision not to enforce the follow on and here he could have declared overnight but waited for his own personal landmark and then let NZ bat on to make it seem he wasn't playing for his landmark and cost NZ a great chance to win 2-0. India would have stuggled if they had to play 90 overs on Day 5.

  • POSTED BY indian1986 on | February 18, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Rambo88 I would just ask u one question. Have u watched Southafrica and New zealand series? i guess not. Scorecard doesnt show the actual picture. And by the way Indian team doesnt claim itself to be No.1.well if they have i havent seen any comment by Dhoni or any team member. In last 4 test matches India is been a part of 2 Historic tests, which is big for young team as India where Dhoni is the most experienced player. You talk of CB series...I only get the memories of Kholi thumping 183, was it against Srilanka? Hmm i guess so. Stop comparing and just enjoy the game as it is. Proud of our boys!!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | February 18, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Diff b/w SL and Ind .SL find a way to win from 67 for 8 even though v lower opp. - mind you Bang are a dangerous force at home- showing character.Ind had toss,and some luck and the bowlers used it to put up a winning position. But had to end up in batting to save the game in last 2 sess. in final day. Pak of course has best bowling of the sub cont. Their pace attack is as good as any -Aus,SA the like. Expect Pak,SL to be the big sub con. threats in t20 wc . In Asia cup it looks like a fight b/w Pak vs the SL lions in final for the cup.

  • POSTED BY deepakRajbanshi on | February 18, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Are you guys joking?? How was MSD defensive i dont know.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Will India ever learn to go with at least 4 specialist bowlers for Test matches where you need to take 20 wickets to win ! Jadeja and Ashwin will never win matches outside the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    @ Bashar Hatem Ali Sarang New Zealand strong only at home

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I fail to understand that here is a team who cannot win a single match on tour outside India, not once but on many occasions in recent past and yet is the top ranked team in the world? The best way to be saved from this humiliation is to stop playing cricket outside India or visit on Zimbabwe, where the BIG BOYS can show the world their prowess. WHAT A SHAME!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Bad luck guptas - Brent Kiwis too good

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    shikhar plays well but got to be more consistant middling the bowl on to his bat. vijay is out of form or is he that much only and like that on abroad???. rohit god only knows what demons he see in bowling of first 50 balls he face. looks like getting out to any next ball with tension more than attention. this approach gives huge confidence to bowlers.

    kohli rahane and pujara(not quite to himself in scoring in this series)are good bats to be followed by dhoni.

    rest nothing much to talk on batting.

    ozha and amit Mishra may need a second look and they can bowl lot better compared to ashwin (btb isnt he more a batsman?) . these two with jadeja can be a good combination to have in your 15 member team.

    its time to say bye bye to raina ishant and zaheer. should be in are umesh, varun bhuvi and shamiand eshwar pandey.

    for one dayers vimalkumar and dhinda can be considered again.

  • POSTED BY JasonGray on | February 18, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Bitter, emotional, angry and ignorant; great ways to describe typical Indians on this forum. You lot sure have a chip on your shoulder mate. I always knew, Kiwi side was going to give a tough time to India. Indian fans expected an easy series but look what happened. In Cricket, nothing is predictable. So, learn to be objective and try to debate with logic, not emotion. Cheers mate

  • POSTED BY AB-50 on | February 18, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Its a shame that Indians have lost to a 7th ranked ICC Test team.Bowlers are definitely the culprits.They cannot think of victory in Tests,if they can't take 20 wickets.Every time,when they have are close to doing that by taking the last few wickets to wrap up the opposition's innings,they give up,like in the latest match -- had to settle for a draw instead of an innings win and salvage the series 1-1.NZ have certainly resurrected themselves after defeating India both in ODIs & Tests after having lost similarly to Bangladesh.Its time for Inidan selectors to pick bowlers from U/19 or Ranji teams.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Indian didn't win anything ha ha

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | February 18, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    This young Indian team has a very long journey ahead this year. After this series they go to the Asia cup and after that to T20 WC. Then we will have almost two months of IPL, followed by a tour of England consisting of 5 tests and 5 ODIs. I suspect that we will have to send a B team to England, because most of these guys will be injured by the time IPL is finished. Then later in the year they will travel to Australia. I am sure these guys will earn a lot of frequent flyer miles...

  • POSTED BY Mintsweety on | February 18, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Well done NZ. Shame the drs wasn't in place to give Kholi out and NZ a deserved 2-0 lead. Still NZ winning the series was fairly comprehensive and just.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    May be too much of Cricket for Indians. They must forget bats balls and bails for sometime take good holiday and try to make a good come back.

  • POSTED BY AnupamRaj on | February 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    It is unfair to criticize India for its performance in this test series. They almost won this 2nd match until Brendon McCullum snatched it away from them with 'once in a lifetime' type of inning, a VVS inning. McCullum's double hundred in the first match was also the only difference between the two teams. Only thing bad for India apart from few missed catches was playing Ravindra Jadeja, who is a economy bowler, not a wicket taking bowler. India were winning the 2nd test in SA too earlier until Faff du plessis saved the test with a gem of an Innings as well. Tough luck, India.

  • POSTED BY JasonGray on | February 18, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    India badly exposed once again. Indian fans, tends to be ignorant and illiterate as this forums clearly shows. But little appreciation towards NZ would be good. You guys are very emotional and your comments towards NZ is over the top. Calm down mate. Well done B-Mac and NZ.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | February 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    India needs to study how England and Australia put together large stables of Test-quality pacemen. True, they've been trying in earnest for twenty years, but they need to work something better out - a pace academy with a campus in Perth or Brisbane and Australian and English club cricket for the youngsters. More work on the skiddy seamers, too.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    NZ plays up and down. They need replacement openers who can attack from first ball. Also they need one 150kmph fast bowler to knock off opposition tail

  • POSTED BY Assertive-Indian on | February 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    I think it is high time that Dhoni accepted DRS. I feel that the only person in the team who opposes DRS is Dhoni, younger lot I'm sure will support it. For example, today Dhawan was clearly not out, and Kohli was clearly out. Not that in the long run it made any difference to the team, but it did to the individuals. Dhawan could have gone on to make a big score, while Kohli got an undeserved century.

  • POSTED BY Tbilisi on | February 18, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    it was expected result so i am not amazed ! GO BACK TO YOUR FLAT TRACKS. let your media say very good about you let so called IPL put your posters in the streets let the disco lights switched on & have fun regardless your pride or emotions of the Indian cricket fans.......

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | February 18, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Here is a small example on how am telling MSD is not that bad... MSD kept VIRAT in that position for that particular shot and it worked but virat dropped it. Should MSD be blamed??? Nor the drop ishanth made because of his hair. For this also MSD should be blammed??? Some people might argue that why not go for 4 pacres...Ok is it fine to go with 6 batters in these conditions??? Then all were shouting at MSD for keeping ash in the team . He took him out and put JADDU in...Now whom to blame??? Fact is spinners are not going to win in these pitches.They are just gonna hold one end up. Moreover with 4 pacers, we are gng to be back in over-rate!!! come-on fans is there a counter arguement??? FACT IS: Please groom good bowlers from under 16!! Atleast after 5 years we get decent bowlers.Currently even in ANJI we don have international kind of bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Had you seen an aussie or an englishman didnt walk, an outrage would have ensued.

    Lets just face it, people doesnt walk these days. Full stop.

    No matter what country you come from, nobody would walk in a very crucial part of inning like today. So stop acting like one country is the one who is playing with "the spirit of the game" and acting all saints.

    Nobody will walk, and its up to the umpire to call it. Clarkey was right, if everyone knew you nicked it and you didnt walk, thats your reputation gone.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhoni for another successful stint at being a defensive and incapable overseas test captain. Congratulations to Indian bowling team for consistently being poor. I am sorry Kohli chose to be flamboyant and practically dropped the match for you guys. But, we should have been able to create another opportunity. Oops, Ishant Sharma dropped a catch of his own bowling...Bravo!!! Mitchell Johnson in current form would have gotten NZ out thrice and here we struggled to get them out twice. Ishant Sharma, you had a great series, but you are pretty mediocre bowler. Zaheer, it's not a walk in the park. It's test cricket and you hardly look like a wicket taking bowler. None, except Shami look like they are going to get wickets. Taking nothing away from McCullum for a heroic effort, but really it was India who lost it!

    Writing's been on the wall. Dhoni should give up captaincy. Zaheer should retire immediately. Ishant Sharma should go play county cricket to improve.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @zexmanos... you didnt obviously watch the game Bmac came in at 95/5 his team under the pump.. indias bowlers were bowling very well and were well and truly dominating. he batted 13 hours injured to score 302 runs against world no2 team which by rights should have won by an innings it was a hard fought and courageous innings under real presure to save a test series win. and for all those bagging indian team. they competed well throughout the series and could have won in many instances. please do not underate this nz team they are not like the nz teams of old. black caps will be major threat in world cup.

  • POSTED BY sahbas_s on | February 18, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Not going to even follow the test matches until MSD is sacked as captain. Can't really imagine not winning this test.all credit to BMc though. Rahul Dravid said it before that the bits and piece cricketers are not going to be helpful in challenging condition, not sure when the selectors will realize about jaddu,ashwin,vijay(he wud be dropped soon as he is not with csk now).Unless you try someone like Amit mishra n bench strength, don't keep complian about lack of potential wicket takers

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | February 18, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    We as fans should back our team. Look at aussies they lost 8 consecutive tests but now they are ruling!!! All because they backed clarke since none were experienced enough to take captaincy....Look at MSD, When he captains CSK he wins matches because that bowling unit is better than indian unit so it suggests that a decent bowling attack is what MSD is looking for.If he does that then India can compete and who knows can win in alien conditions. Look at WC 2011...Our bowling attack was by far the weakest but somehow we had a bit of good bowling by ZAK which was eneough for him to win the world cup...Poor MSD.He does take india to higher positions which we never dreamt of earlier and now we are hating him because he din hav good bowling attack!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    When technology is there to minimize errors here are people who argue for errors evening out! And they're heard only because they're powerful, not just good!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Best strategy is play at home only and IPL. Why to take a chance. Pay mouth watering financial package to visiting teams. Makes lot of commercial sense. Empower the on field umpires, no technology allowed. we can go back to home umpires only as was the case until few years ago Any thing is possible now.

  • POSTED BY Mahesh4811 on | February 18, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    "Careful Jimmy, you might turn to gold" that caption made my day :D

  • POSTED BY chathuradil on | February 18, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    dear dhoni, r u still sticking to the captaincy? don't be that greedy. Let someone else to win the team outside India. How many you lost away now.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | February 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Kohli making most of his luck to a 100. But the game was up already and NZ were by then going through their paces and waiting for the end. But only 1 man's story the match is about-McCullum . 'Epic' performance ! Need to say no more .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @lovemyindia Make that 4-0 and 3-0 and besides we're no. 7, no. 7, no. 7 in all rankings (have to go up) not at the top. I think you got the message.

  • POSTED BY ChrisEmm on | February 18, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    @ luvmyindia - Someone is a little bitter. Why are they praising NZ?? I would praise any team who beats india 4-0 in an ODI series at home or otherwise and comes back from NZs position yesterday to score 680 including a triple century and two more 100s. India are a fantastic side full of champions but they weren't good enough to win a single game in NZ so....how about showing some humility?

  • POSTED BY prof_aks on | February 18, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Prof_AKS_BSP: India saved the match due to late declaration by NZ, some dubious decision abt Virat Kohli (might be a compensation for Shikhar LBW by Davis) and then fine knocks by Kohli and Rohit to save further damage. Any way bowling can not be blamed, batting was superior from NZ.However congrets to BMc, all centurians, hard luck Shikhar to miss by 2. After every test series especially overseas, we and media (Indian) resolve to be alert for future but it happens then again. Now focus on Asia, IPL ,T-20 all in Indian subcontinents so no regrets. Again Ind-Pak ties and all excitements, keep it. No need to wake up at 3 am ,Good commentary by Sunny and others, Thanks to cricinfo for good coverage although delayed may be due to some technical legal reasons. Good day

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Wow ! MS plz resign,When will u resign when indian team will be in 9TH Position in ICC ranking.........

  • POSTED BY PureMagic on | February 18, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @luvmyindia Why you ask? well your comments answer our critics

  • POSTED BY Saumen on | February 18, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Why people are praising New Zealand? They are also performers at home. If people around the world criticize India for being lions at home then why they don't when other countries also winning at home. Can NZ come to India and win a series or even draw test? They lost completely last time they visited. So they are also home performers and failures abroad. Even the minnows Bangladesh thrashed them at their grounds. Wow what a performers NZ are. NZ record in overseas is bad then India in last 5 years. Have NZ won any WC? Even in 2015 WC, they won't won in their home grounds too.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I think all the teams must invite India to tour for the following reasons. 1. It ensures good revenue for that cricket board. 2. Enables out of form team to find form. 3. Tests exciting fast bowlers against Indian Batting. 4. Enables the players to break records 5. Provides more ICC points in the ICC group to go up the ranking. NZ, SA,AUS and ENG please invite India to tour regularly.

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | February 18, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    ITs kohli's catch that draws the match.....

  • POSTED BY JustAnotherCricketFan on | February 18, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    just wondering, is it time to call NZ backyard bullies! or too soon? well done McCullum though!!especially the circumstances that he walked in to bat, and almost forgetting the fact he's been in pain through most of it cos of dodgy shoulder.

    although i think, with Kohli showing same grit in last innings shows that india have also come a long way from the falling of the five towers in 2012 to coming very close to winning matches overseas. and if they keep coming close a few times more, pretty soon they are gonna starting converting a few of them. they are gelling together very well and once you get in a rythm, all you need is one win to completely transform.

  • POSTED BY sherlockoz on | February 18, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I think some of you Indian fans are a little harsh on some of your better performers. As a player Dhoni is fantastic, as a captain not so good. Ishant Sharma has received some astonishing comments on here, but he has been a standout performer, Shami has also been great (without a lot of luck), Kohli is simply Kohli...magnificent. India's problem is they seem to lack the stomach for the battle....does this come from playing too many games on easy tracks at home and not enough experience in other conditions? Many of the top order were making one of their rare visits overseas.....is it that there is now too much money for them at home....that they do not want to travel overseas?As a Kiwi, I can tell you now, that we may lack the natural talent of the Indian team, but our players have guts. They may be not as talented but they will fight like hell for their country and team mates, their livelihood depends on it...what about the Indian team?

  • POSTED BY gagagaga on | February 18, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    India is currently number 3 test nation in the world and sliding. How low will they go with this bowling attack?

  • POSTED BY hellothereeveryone on | February 18, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    India lose to even Newzealand if they are not playing at home!!!!! Makes you think they are one of the most over rated team in the history of the game!!!! I think Indian fans should be more realistic.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Now every one knows why india doesnt allow DRS

  • POSTED BY SRAMESH5 on | February 18, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    India looses the plot always due to unimaginative captaincy of M.S.Dhoni in selecting bowlers for the match particularly abroad. He should have opted for the extra yard of pace of Umesh Yadav instead of the medium pace of Zaheer and Ishant Sharma. MSD always opts for experience and past reputation over emerging talent. Mitchel Johnson made a big difference to the Aussies because of extra pace at 145 Kph + We have the bowlers to bowl at Kph but the inexcusable thing against MSD is he does not even try the extreme when available. It is high time we change the Captain for Test Matches. MSD lacks vision & strategy for winning series abroad. He is a formula captain and just sticks to uniform game plan irrespective of the available resources.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Kohli has proved that Cricket is still a Gentleman's game by walking when he nicked the ball. Great sportsmanship Kohli.

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | February 18, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Overall a very good performance from KIWI side, Congratulation for a series win. Being a big fan of Virat Kohli, bit disappointed that he didn't walk after a big edge (Umpire Steve Davis can make mistake),but Kohli definitely knows that he nicked. Personally feel that M.Shami should not take part in Asia Cup, as he continously bowling too many overs since last two months, if he gets injured than India doesn't have the luxury like we (Pak) have, Umar Gul (almost took 8 months to comeback after injury) and M. Irfan (still not fit), but we still have Junaid, Talha, Bhatti ---, few mediocre/flat bowlers like Rahat Ali, Sohail Tanvir etc. Zaheer Khan bowled 50+ overs at this age (super-fit) in one innings, impressive. Anyway, good series for Kiwis, hope Pak will visit NZ or AUS before WC-15, as I heard that PCB is trying to arrange a short series with two boards, hope BIG BOSS allow them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    the bowler india miss most is sreesanth.....he had the ability to produce a wicket taking delivery out of the blue.....

  • POSTED BY zexmanoz on | February 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    I dont McCullum is the real hero..Anyone can threaten any team in their home grounds and his triple hundred is not a count as he punished world's poor bowling attack India.Kohli is the real hero..He has secured tremendous achievement even in overseas in spite of being young batsman..

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | February 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Ross Taylor, is not even in the team....

    India's bowling is really horrible ......

  • POSTED BY Giant-Guru on | February 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    The Indian team need some serious psychological training on how to win matches and a good coach and captain to guide them through on field on "how to win matches". For that to happen we need to change, but change what....Yes, to begin with the Captain and the coach and followed by few players and appointment of a psychological trainer, a bowling and a fielding coach. A complete change in the structure of the team who has forgotten the lessons of "How to win matches" even when the opposition gives them to you on a silver platter.

    Does Dhoni has temperament to bat for 1 full day, not talking about batting for 2 days like McCullum, the answer is a BIG NO. A lack of conviction, committment, mental strength, planning and killer instinct is what is lacking in Dhoni and is being mirrored in the whole team..with Srinivasan on his side the Indian team has become more like Chennai Super Kings Team, and who cares about the fans. This series lost will soon be forgotten in IPL drama, what a shame

  • POSTED BY mrd1911 on | February 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @ luvmyindia on (February 18, 2014, 4:12 GMT) Exactly!!! NZ lost to Bangladesh and then thumped India! Remind me what the respective rankings of India and NZ are?

  • POSTED BY PureMagic on | February 18, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Home lions bite the dust yet again!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Truly inspirational!!!, from what it seemed at one stage to be an innings defeat to a complete turnaround and forcing the issue. The NZ Captain and his trusted generals, take a bow. Quintessential Test Cricket....

  • POSTED BY sephotrig on | February 18, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Some of the comments on here are amazing, saying NZ should have declared earlier to set up the game, why should they? For a side like New Zealand to get a series win over India is a massive achievement no matter if it is 1-0 or 2-0. By declaring when he did it meant that he could attack with no fear of India getting the runs. Seems like some Indian fans on here have a sense of entitlement that sides should give them a chance of winning.

  • POSTED BY vishwa1111 on | February 18, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    I saw how bangladesh fan's and commentators enjoyed a draw ..........I don't think india will do that....This is a miracal thankz to poor show of indiann batting and bowling in away from home..

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Oh God ! The hunter became the hunted in the end !! Thanks Virat & Rohit that you had your head on your shoulders to steer India to a commendable draw. Where did we go wrong will be a matter of fierce debate but one thing is clear that these unwanted tours take their toll on players both physically & mentally- beating in South Africa and thrashing in New Zealand will have bad effect in Asia Cup as well as the World T20 in addition to sagged morale and fatigue. Today's stunning news is that Afghanistan U-19 beat the Aussies and if the same trend is continued the day is not far off when it shall be our turn.......wake up B.C.C.I.

  • POSTED BY chin-music on | February 18, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Reality check for India fans !! After 10-0 out of last 12 overseas tests across 4 different opponents ( & the reamining 2 nearly lost) -- I hope nobody still thinks that bad luck/poor selection/insufficient acclimatization/biased umpiring/unfortunate injuries etc etc etc have anything to do with why India is a rollover for any half decent team playing cricket on any pitch which is not a customised Indian dirt track. Perhaps time to accept that maybe there isnt sufficient "talent" to win games - as defined by enough good batsmen/bowlers/fielders to beat the opposition's corresponding combination.

  • POSTED BY anupkeni on | February 18, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Team India has now gone 971 days and 14 test matches without winning an overseas test match, their last overseas test match win coming against West Indies in Jamaica on 23-6-2011. With Team India now scheduled to play 5 test matches against England in England and 4 test matches against Australia in Australia over the next 12 months, the number of overseas test matches played by Team India without a win may well increase to 23 by February 2015. Team India will most probably lose 0-5 to England and 0-4 to Australia as neither Alastair Cook nor Michael Clarke will allow Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team to win or draw a single test match on their home soil.

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Did the little master ever score triple century, No. Did he ever play an inning under so much like this, NO. It shows, how much you can hype a player through marketing. Dravid is the only good player India produced. Little master or God as he is known in India, lol is all hype. Kiwi boys made us proud. Everyone is talking about Cricket once again :)

  • POSTED BY Waqs77 on | February 18, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Now its complete two away tours and india could not get a single win across formats.First SA tour and now NZL tour....not a single win. Someone please teach india how to win outside home.

  • POSTED BY Rambo88 on | February 18, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    This Indian team is rubbish, They don't have bowlers who can take 20 wickets in overseas conditions thats the truth and thats why they have not being able to win any test matches outside sub continent, its so sad how india used to call themselves the number 1 test team when they haven't won anything outside India.

    This Indian team needs some bowlers badly, its sad how the worlds second biggest population and cricket is treated as a religion can't find any express fast bowlers. look at the australians , they have limited human resources but still manage to find bowlers who can bowl 145+ . Im a sri lankan and i really like the indian team, its sad how they can't find bowlers who can't take 20 wickets.

    Sri lanka might not be the world champions atm but i can proudly say that we went to south africa and won a test match and nearly won the ODI SERIES, then in australia we won a ODI series (2010) , CB series finals, and won a t20 series we have improved so much in bouncy tracks.

  • POSTED BY Giant-Guru on | February 18, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    "All too often in away Tests, MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher have been happy to sit back and wait instead of going on the attack" - Sidhart Monga rightly pointed out in the article "Defensive Dhoni Hurts India Again"....well the present Indian team and the results they produce are a true reflection of what goes on, behind and on the field, in the mind of the captain and the coach. They seems to be happy in each other's company, Dhoni is happy that Fletcher doesn't interefer in anything Dhoni does unlike the ones most hated G. Chappal (who revamped Indian cricket). And Fletcher gets to keep his job by not opposing and not meddling (happy not to work and still get paid hefty sums).

    BCCI has never been so sloppy in supporting any captain before like they are supporting Dhoni, we all have to agree that Dhoni is a Captain by chance and not by virtues. The guy must go, so should Fletcher, if India needs to register any wins abroad and at home or we beat Zimbabwe's record of loosing away tests

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    @Anjana Nishal Dharmasiri.Please win atleast one Test in India which you never did.What about your Lankans?You lost atleast 12 of you last ODIs out of 15 which you played against India.Virat needs to thank umpires?Where were you when Virat was given when the ball brushed his shoulders and was given without even edging the ball in 2nd innings of 2nd test in Durban 2013?Even your Sangakkara has something like 16 ODI 1000s from 350 matches,but VPK has 18 from 130.So its just because you hate Kohli for chasing down 330 in 36 overs against yoy?

  • POSTED BY dunedintech on | February 18, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Quite simple really, catches win matches. Still, this much vaunted Indian team yet again fails on the road. Back to the tailor made pitches in Mumbai and Chennai fellas.

  • POSTED BY kingsachin on | February 18, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Kohli ton saves Test for India?

    It should be "Kohli's dropped catch saves Kiwis from loss"

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    how many tests and series have india lost abroad its a shame and the guy that they want to take over from dhoni is all ready showing how good he is by edging the ball and not walking i thought cricket was a gentlemens game where is the spirit of cricket gone but then again drawing a test is better tgen losing one i looked up the meaning of dirty in dictonary and it came up with kholi india better luck next tour when you go and play the likes of zimbabwe ireland scotland or the new associates that have won ODI status

  • POSTED BY cric_leo on | February 18, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    kholi is good batsman, but his ego will haunt himself........shame

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | February 18, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    many reasons but bowling most- to have bowlers who have a chance to bowl sides out on good batting wickets and not due to help from the conditions india must select bowlers whose long form fc strike rate over at least 2-3 full seasons of domestic cricket is about 50 or better; we dont. the bowlers selected arent too bad and can take advantage of helpful conditions spin at home and for seamers away to artificially gain respectful overall stats, but wont win too many away matches for india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    some are saying about kohli got another chance. but how about mccullum got few chance... the end result is kohli has guts to play such a free flowing inning even though india was in panic of loosing...

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 18, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @ Ilyas Wadi

    I don't remember when was the last time a top Test team lost a test match against a team like Zim who is even struggling to save its test status..oh wait ...I do :P

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | February 18, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    First of all I would like to congratulate NZ they truly deserved the series win...Hats of to Mccullum...while taking nothing away from NZ effort, from my point of View Mccullum didn't have the guts to declare earlier and go for the kill...that would have given equal chance to India and to NZ as well to take 10 wickets...It would have been very interesting then....But this is just saving the test match and going for a series win...nothing big in this..India lost another test match along with the series from winning position...

  • POSTED BY EldoPaul on | February 18, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Its high time the Dhoni should take a call on his captaincy, Hope this humiliation will remind him the value of VVS who was unceremoniasly kicked out by MSD. Maybe more worried about the fate of CSK in the coming IPL????????

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    What an excellent summer of Cricket. We are a nation of only 4.5 million, just embarrassed India, which has the second largest population in the world. Funny thing is, Cricket is like a religion in India. The country doesn't succeed any sport internationally as well. Just look at their Olympic medal tally compared to NZ. Kiwis always punch above their weight. Awesome stuff ay

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | February 18, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Congrats NZ for the fine series victories !!! Well played !! Time to resume the trans-tasman rivalry - Nice way to check where both the teams are !! Been some time since we played tests or ODIs !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Again disappointment!!!! Come on India,should I watch r should I leave???

  • POSTED BY Man_from_Mountains on | February 18, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Kohali's century saved the match but due to MSD's defensive captaincy we could not win the match which could be won on 3rd day easily. Poor fielding by Indians because they dropped catches which later turned very costly for India. This is very bad result for me as an India fan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    every team is strong at home... no big deal....

  • POSTED BY Andy_D on | February 18, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    " When McCullum edged Zaheer Khan, he didn't take Neesham along with him. Had he done so, they would have set India 380 in 77 overs" . I think, NZ should have more faith in their bowlers and should have declared then. India wouldn't be able to reach the target for sure but it will create wonderful contest. But NZ didn't risk anything at all. also, by playing two bowlers for 10 overs have tired them and also loss motivation to win as they know nothing to lose from there. Anyways, it 's great match and heartfelt congratulation to McCullum.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Reaction of Kholi on completing his 50 and then his 100 is showing that he is ashamed of his act he did today. He is a good player as well a good actor. He has respect of his innings, but he don't have respect of his country by showing such shameful act. he has to dedicate his 100 to Umpire.

  • POSTED BY deepakRajbanshi on | February 18, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    It is not that Indians played badly in this match. After making kiwis kneel down in the first inning Indians batted really well in their 1st innings. Indians bowled beautyfully in second innings as well and ripped top orders of NZ, but after that the pitch turned very very very flat. And , yes India dropped crucial catch. Otherwise they really played very well. We can see that even Indian in second innings were easily scoring of NZ bowlers. So hats of to Indian team for showing fight. Hard work for bowlers after the pitch turned batting paradise completely after 3rd days of game

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | February 18, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    If you are objective luvmyindia you would know why. Just take. Look at the magnificent multilayered designer pitch that greeted Autralia in Chenai last time round. You can't do that stuff and expect others to respect you.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | February 18, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Well done Kiwi's !! That's the way to improve your ranking ! Keep that up and you'll rocket up the charts. You seem to be building over there and are looking good for the next few years. While it's true that you can't rely on McCullum getting triples at will, I think some of you other guys showed they were up for it as well. All in all, a real boost for NZ cricket to knock over the no 2 side in the world.

    India seemed to blow hot and cold, especially the bowling. The only thing that seemed consistent was the sheer class of Kohli. .. He's a contender, make no mistake. Seeing the back of him should be the number one priority for any bowling attack he comes up against. Gutsy, skilful and super determined. He's an Indian Steve Waugh.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    india only good at their own back yard

  • POSTED BY RobTay14 on | February 18, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @luvmindia: What are you talking about? Not only were those ODI's, but that was a whole other tour. You are just a bad loser, who can't stand that their country was absolutely belted. A population of four million beating a billion. Good job Kiwis.

  • POSTED BY Winchester666 on | February 18, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Luvmyindia -and we've also drawn test series in aus and sri lanka and won odi series in england and south africa over the last couple of seasons, and this despite us being an average team. We know that and we're constantly told that.

    In fact we rarely get credit for any victory, go through the comments of all 5 nz wins vs india this summer and 90% of the comments will be about how bad india played.

    While in india, cricket is followed like a religion with indian cricketers being elevated to a god-like status. Yet you can't win anything overseas. It also doesn't help that you have the most arrogant fans and the greediest, most stubborn administrators in the game and people like rubbing in indian losses because of it.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | February 18, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Congrats to BMac and Jimmy Neesham for their record feats; however, NZ showed poor judgement and rather low confidence in their bowlers' capabilities. They should have declared and set India 380 in 77 overs and tested the tired Indian team. Kohli made the most of the good fortune by getting to another century. This test ended in almost similar fashion to the one here in 2010 where MSD continued batting until safety was guaranteed 200% and NZ had to chase 600+ to achieve a series equaling win. Four years on, the role reversal has happened and NZ have come out high this time and the Indians without a single win to show on the tour.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    @lovemyindia Make that 4-0 and 3-0 and besides we're no. 7, no. 7, no. 7 in all rankings (have to go up) not at the top. I think you got the message.

  • POSTED BY Hanumall on | February 18, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    What a great innings from the NewZealand captain! I think this feat will inspire the boys and girls of NewZealand for a long time to come. Hats off, Brendan! A NewZealand win would have been the icing on the cake. This is what one would like to see in cricket (in fact, in sport in general). IMHO, sport is about show of character and determination in difficult situations, and not about gamesmanship and winning at any cost.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | February 18, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    I'm looking forward to India touring Australia later in the year. If we keep our form I'm sure we'll repay your 4-0 thrashing.

    Congratulations to the black caps. Their summer has obviously showed that they are better than a 7th ranked team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Muhammad u have not UR own ground to stand

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | February 18, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    WHAT NEXT FOR INDIA? 3 years since an abroad win, 14 tests abroad, 9 losses. This is MS Dhoni's record. He is answerable not just for this series or SA series. He is answerable for last 3 to 4 years. Three years is too much of time and this definitely calls for some holistic changes including approach. Sack Dhoni, he is not President of India. Bring more young blood, prepare them for test rigors. If Dhoni continues as test captain, it confirms dirty politics and some vested interests fooling billion people.

  • POSTED BY ShawnWoodsworth on | February 18, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    luvmyindia. But we embarrassed your overrated team mate. India failed to win a single match this entire series. haha. Go All the Blacks and Black caps

  • POSTED BY uboatlover on | February 18, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    one of the best saves of cricket. congrats to McCullum and nz.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Guyz india lost test series and even I can't see enough cheer for Kiwis. Still people garing up indian batsmen for draw. Please come out of the indian box and think as cricket supporter. This time Kiwis played out class in both the formats but people starts talking about upcoming t20 & asia cup events which are more suitable for india as they are champ on their own soil. No one talking a bout test ever highest partnership, no one cheer enough BM for their remarkable captains inning but still talking about Dhoni and his future plans.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I was expecting 2-0 but dhoni and his team turned into 1-0 hats off . India has to play 2015 World Cup on same conditions .

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Kohli showed real poor sportsmanship , what a shame !

  • POSTED BY Winner_Stands_Alone on | February 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    @VKohlitheGraet: And yet you bashed Sanga for not walking after ball had brushed very top of his glove faintly. I appreciate you not being a hypocrite. Sad to see India loosing like this, worst is that they are loosing them from such winning positions...Well played New Zealand! Hope India can bounce back soon...

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | February 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I would repeat the suggestion of playing Rohit or Vijay (not both) at the top and adding a specialist bowler. If we lose because the batsmen of the caliber of Rohit, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane did not do their job, then that's an acceptable risk. It won't happen that often.

    But without the proper bowling depth, we will never win. Whatever our batsmen score will not be enough. Even on foreign pitches, a specialist spinner can be quite effective (just look at Lyon and Swann) or depending on the pitch you can add a young fast bowler, who will keep everyone fresher in the second innings.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Hahahahhahhaha! Indians u guys can win matches in ur back yard only! on dead flat pitches! u think All people are senseless ! Now be ready indians to face the music in NZ,AUS WorldCup 2015! Hahahhahahah Defending Champions. hahahahahahah!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    lot of wrong decisions behind the indian little success. you see what kholi does today. great sportsmanship. stay as nothing happen after a thick edge. bcci accept drs if you can. are you brave enough bcci. no you're not. we saw great spirtsmanship from sachin but not from any other indian playerm thank god to umpire mistakes.

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | February 18, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Another country and captain that focsues on personal achievement rather than team goals. Why does Australia allways have to set the standard for entertaining cricket and a drive for results. NZ should have batted with more intent last night and then had a full 90 overs at them today. BORING!!!!

  • POSTED BY outforhatrick on | February 18, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Accepted indian test cricket has reached nadir the lowest point in their cricketing history, better to impose a self exile, until hey become competitive enough at world stage.. no need to play this type of substandard cricket, better have more A team tours and better domestic cricket setup as an improvement plan. coming to dhoni, its high time he goes away from test cricket for all the good reasons.. coming kohlis dismissal and others bashing him, please remember every player will get good and bad decisions in their career, cricket finally evens out, remember the no ball for dhoni in first test match, forget about dhawan lbw...many for both sides.. even drs will not give 100% accurate decisions..

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | February 18, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Still Dhoni shamelessly want to hang on with captaincy? He should be either resign from test captaincy or sacked with immediate effect. But this won't happen easily until Srini mama is there at BCCI. When is his term ending as BCCI president? I m waiting

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    this overrated indian side got what it deserved.a word to all,great players don't hit balls and refuse to walk.if you think that you are such a good player.you should not be snicking balls on a wicket that no#7 +#8 made centuries on.

  • POSTED BY Kirk_Levin on | February 18, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Lol, at the Indian team. Easy pushovers who fold like chairs under pressure. India has gone two tours without a single win now. Yep. All that from a nation of 1.2 billion. Kiwi lads played well. They humiliated India, so called no.2 side. what a summer.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    llyas in England check record

  • POSTED BY jack500197 on | February 18, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Whow what a nice test match!! Both teams played really well. It was good to see a real test with some good bowling and excellent batting. I wish I were there!! The crowd was amazing, they appreciated real good cricket. This was enjoyment of some good test cricket and records. Thank you!!!

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 18, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Congrats to McCulllum for saving his team from certain defeat.

    Kudos to Kohli too for saving his team from potential defeat.

    NZ as a team has improved a lot. Their batsmen Williamson, Taylor and McCUllum have been scoring runs consistently now. Corey and Neesham, both all-rounders give them the much needed balance, and their fast bowlers Boult, Southee and Wagner are making the ball talk. This team can challenge any top team in their home. Only weakness is A Good Spinner. So they might struggle in sub-continent.

    Ind as a team has improved a lot too especially considering the fact tht SRT, Dravid and VVS are gone and its youngsters Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane etc. have taken up the challenge and are scoring runs overseas too. Kohli has nw scored a hundred each in his last tours to Aus,SA n NZ. Fast Bowling has improved too. I think Umesh and Aaron who bowl 145+ consistently should be considered too. Ashwin / Jadeja can be picked depending upon the form.

    Enjoyed the series.

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | February 18, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    So India end the series without a single win...backyard heroes

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 18, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I read an article by one of the cricinfo staff that Dharwan had 'found a new gear' and was to be an opening batting great. Looks like normal play and form has resumed. Wow, how as Kholi huge edge not given out. DRS where are you!?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    People criticized when the ICC rejig happened with India getting more powers. See how we revived the interest in test cricket in NZ.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | February 18, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    First of all I would like to congratulate NZ they truly deserved the series win...Hats of to Mccullum...while taking nothing away from NZ effort, from my point of View Mccullum didnt have the guts to declare earlier and go for the kill...that would have given equal chance to India and to NZ as well to take 10 wickets...It would have been very interesting then....But this is just saving the test match and going for a series win...nothing big in this..India lost another test match along with the series from winning position...

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    This could Well be the best performance of NZ in last two decades. I'm not too critical on Indian bowlers.. They bowled their heart out. Got NZ below 200 in two innings and put India in a really good positions in the other two; couldn't capitalize on those. Captacy and fielding has been India's disgrace.

    Hope they can turn it around by the next away series. Wow.. NZ didn't allow India at least a single win.. Never imagined this result.. Not even in the widest of my dreams.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | February 18, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @luvmyindia That's because IND shows the most clear difference out of all the subcontinent teams when playing in flat tracks at home and faster tracks away. FTBs

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | February 18, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @Thomas Libyh At home, NZ has beaten India in test cricket more times than the other way around.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    come on anything is possible against indian bowling. All you need is energy. Even wagner was looking good he would have scored a century too against mediocre bowling of zaheer khan and ishant sharma. Our latest mediocre sensation shami failed too. McCullum should have never declared to see how far can they bat. I mean 1000 seemed possible to me. Neesham 200 on debut and wagner 100. thats all that was needed. Come on guys credit goes to indian bowling too. A country of 1.2 billion has to turn to a 35 year old bowler who is barely bowling to get wickets. Sums it up for our selectors and bcci's head srinivasan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Mcculum didn't want a win, he should have rushed to 300 and have declared as soon as he reached to 300. well batting by him.

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | February 18, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Well - a fitting conclusion to the effort put in. For the last two days, the only excitement in this match was McCullum's record breaking innings. Perhaps it will boost cricket ratings in NZ (that would be a great outcome).

    That was once in a lifetime innings, but what hurts India more in the long run is the innings of Watling and Neesham. If two lower order batsmen can bring in a century in quick time, it is time to take a good look at yourself. It says you have been ground in the dust.

    I say this again and again, India need an extra bowler to compete for five days of test cricket (let alone win). It can be Amit Misra or Harbhajan or Yadav or Aaron, but they cannot win with three and a half bowlers.

    And Dhoni needs to stop over-estimating his tactical skills. Doing the simple things right is more productive than trying a complex tactic that cannot be executed properly.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | February 18, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Come-on indian fans. Please be gracious in giving credit to great innings. May i know whom should be the captain after MSD??? Is there atleast 25 matches experience in this side??? Don be reactive. Be pro-ative...Not only MSD even clarke or ponting or many great captains would struggle to win TEST MATCHES with such horrible BOWLING attack!!! What can MSD do if catches are dropped??? What can MSD do if bowlers are unable to sustain pressure??? Don't tell umesh would have won you matches... No the problem lies in our domestic level!!! Are we having a decent FAST BOWLER???? Or did we have any fast bowler whom the opposition feared in our cricket history??? So come-on its not MSD alone..Yes he has done few mistakes but not because of his captaincy we lost!!!

  • POSTED BY Draconarius on | February 18, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    What a match. Well played NZ, and especially McCullum. Scoring a triple is special enough, but to score your country's first ever with the match and series on the line is truly a mammoth achievement.

    India are facing some serious questions, primarily with their bowling. If they persist with this lame attack then they WILL be looking at a repeat of the 2011/12 tours of England and Australia later this year.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    what a terrible match report if you didnt know the result you would think Kohli saved the day,......I think Mccullums heroics far out weigh anything that your biased press reports state, Kohli should have walked, he's not bigger than the game, no one is. But then again all kiwis must bask in the glory of Bmac, he was sensational in his pretty much two day stint at the crease, breaking all manner of records including highest ever score by Nz against all countries. India you didnt bowl badly just that you lack someone with pace surely there must be some speed demons in that massive country of yours. In this little country of ours we've already got a few than can go 140+, goodness knows what speed Milne could get up to. Nz bowling stocks are very good at the moment probably thanks to the bowling coach Mr S Bond. Batting concerns are the openers will be the last time we see Fulton but who do you replace him with? Williamson bring in another specialist? Redmond, Papps, Guptil into tests?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Great show by NZC .. kudos to big mc.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 18, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    The time has come for India to consider their test captaincy. Dhoni clearly LACKS ideas required for the 5 day game. He should be sacked immediately and replaced by somebody else, preferably Kohli. OR, make Kohli the ODI and T20 captain which would immensely reduce the pressure on Dhoni. Clearly, something is not right with the team. We seem to either lose or draw from winning positions. This is the 3rd test match I have witnessed overseas which could have been won by India. This is not good because India need to start winning away from home soon. I also feel Zaheer Khan should be shown the door, he's old and lacks energy. Lastly, Murali Vijay should be axed and Gautam Gambir should be brought back. I also feel Jadeja and Ashwin are useless overseas as bowlers. It's time to bring back Ojha and Mishra into the team. Importantly, Dhoni MUST resign as captain of the test team. I hold him solely responsible for EVERY overseas loss.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | February 18, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    this is how BCCI won the match for India with out playing cricket ! Not Using DRS ! ashamed on you BCCI !

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | February 18, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    don't remember when we won a test match outside subcontinent, if only we had decent bowlers. something got to change probably the coach, because this loosing streak only started after fletcher joined the team. india were no 1 in tests and had just won a world cup when Gary kirsten left

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | February 18, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    If Kohli's edge given, Indian will all out for 100 for sure !!!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | February 18, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    You can have all the batsmen you want, but without good bowlers, you will never win test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    "McCullum seems to have lost his nerve setting India 434 in 67 overs when there was an opportunity to win a test match is something Dhoni would do."

    yeah, like he did in the other test match victories overseas. oh, wait!...........

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | February 18, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Finaly Not Using DRS save the match for India !!!

  • POSTED BY Lashariz on | February 18, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Well played NZ. You deserve this series. Shame on "Big One" who remained winless in South Africa and New Zealand tours, they did not win even a single match in both tours. Indians would like to propose another rule that all cricket should be played only in India......

  • POSTED BY AniketSinkar on | February 18, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Dhoni Is the finest captain India ever had, especially overseas..What a envious and great record he has..Its because of his great record overseas that we have Srinivasan as the president of BCCI and the owner of CSK and not the other way round. Seriously !!! Tendulkar was removed as a captain for losing to a stron South african team and the great Aussie juggernaut of late nineties and 2000's. what will it take to remove Dhoni from Test captaincy, maybe losing to USA, China or Germany???

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    @chechong0114 why espnCricinfo would even bother publishing your inane comment beats men.

    Why would people pay "half price" admission to see a certain draw. Probably because the game is being played in New Zealand, and New Zealand thanks to this draw have one the series. Therefore, people get to go to the ground to see NEW ZEALAND beating INDIA in a test series, and be a part of history, regardless of whether New Zealand batted "too long."

    NZ should be penalised? You should be banned from watching cricket you sore loser. By the way - NZC doesn't have debt. They just earned a record broadcasting fee from India to beat them around the ground and leave people like you so badly hurt. Thanks a bunch for the money and the easy wins.

    I guess India is just lucky their supporters will still pay to watch such a stale bowling line up, a woeful captain and players put on pedestals far too frequently.

  • POSTED BY SA_Ahmadi on | February 18, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Congrats to Kohli for his century, and well played NZ, and Lets not blame Dhoni for that coz almost all teams have bad records abroad, Remember Dhoni team white washed Assueis in 2013 and no one said it was clarke who lost the series,When Pak won the series in India every body said why is India loosing coz they are No.1, but now SA is badly beaten by Assies no body is blaming Smith, Lets admit its cricket and it happens, all the best to team India in Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY cric_crazy123 on | February 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    great inning by Baz but you lost some respect (atleast for me ) by not going for an early declaration instead going for personal records.Being captain of team, u should always go for victory. Giving 435 odd runs to win in 67 overs is just ridiculous. yes india gets what they really deserve. but i will always criticize baz for not declaring.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    tremendous application by macullum.... that drop from.kohli must be the costliest drop ever in the test cricket.... kohli surely was not in mood while batting... his face looked disappointed....hope he does well for India in future..... anyway for us Indian fans... so close yet so far.... the wait continues.... in last 4 matches they came so close and yet they disappointed..... frustration continues..... well may be something big is waiting in future.... hoping to sew some improvement in bowling, some retirement in bowling (zaheer) someone should be dropped ( ishant) .... but they forget everything when they play in useless Asia cup, t20 and IPL.... anyway well played macullum, well played kiwis, well played India....

  • POSTED BY luvmyindia on | February 18, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    When india wins at home everyone criticises india but when other teams wins at home everyone praises that team.Wow!! Why everyone is praising NZ?They lost to bangladesh 5-0 and then 4-0....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    in millions of population they cant produce good fast bowlers like Pakistan Africa and Australia

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    they r only bad at their own back yard on those flat pitches

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    A stupendous performance by Brendon McCullum and great support Neesham. I believe they didn't give their bowlers enough time to go for the kill.A resilient performance by Kohli as always. I think he is becoming the lone ranger fighting to save matches. Its time for the new promising stars - Persistent Pujara, Belligerent Dhawan, Flambouyont- Vijay and the Talented Rohit Sharma to support Kohli. I believe if any of these guys can play some big scores then the day is not far when we start calling them the new famous five. I think Dhoni and the selection committee should re think their strategy on the bowling contingent selection to go for the future series. We have been beaten totally in this series and its time for the team to regroup and rework the startegy for the future. With World cup within one year its high time that the management really puts in some serious effort in strengthening the bowling department.Great work from the NZ team. But the real test for them is away from home.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    I ccant remember when last india won a test series out of asia against a good team

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | February 18, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Kohli has just notched up another100 geeze he is a good batsman, congrats to BMac well done putting your name in NZ sports history, and young Neesham looks the goods, congrats NZ on a series victory we need strong performers in world cricket and NZ are on their way.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Its back to the drawing board for Indian Test Cricket. It must be an all time low when even NZ look good against you.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    I certainly hope Virat dedicates his hundred to Umpire Steve Davies at the press conference. This has been a two man innings from him.

  • POSTED BY luvmyindia on | February 18, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    When india wins at home everyone criticises india but when other teams wins at home everyone praises that team.Wow!! Why everyone is praising NZ?They lost to bangladesh 5-0 and then 4-0....

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    test matches are won by quality bowling ,if your bowling don't have enough gas to take 20 wickets than i am sorry.

  • POSTED BY Anjana_nd on | February 18, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Someone please teach Kohli to go for catches with both hands. As an Indian its disheartening to see such a talented cricketer doing simple mistakes. There is no doubting of his talent but his ego prompts him to do such things. Plus he did not walk when he edged it to the keeper and the edge was heard here in India yet the umpire missed it. he always had my respect up to now but after this game he made India lose the match as well as lose my respect for him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Wow! Indians somehow find a way to lose matches from winning positions. What is their secret?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    wow..... just wow is what I can say fir this great effort from macullum.... this is easily one of the greatest innings I have ever watched.... congrats for getting first 300 for your country..... this is mother of all comebacks...... he batted for almost 13 hours and he again comes to field.... just amazing..... something to learn for our captain.... great match this....

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGraet on | February 18, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    I am so very disappointed with Virat this match, no only did he drop McCullum when he was on 9 he did not walk when he most definitely edged one behind to the keeper. Expected a bit more from him as a good player.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    India loose series for sure wat r sharma trying to prove here???he just scare to get out cheaply com on man show some respect for ur country score or out

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    I thing kiwis are getting form . the want this victory in test series .India can not perform in overseas in any format they want money and money .cricket is divided by them by big-3 propose. indians are home track and flat track bullies expect v.kohli so India should found a new batting coach. and the best est worst bowling line up is India in the second innings at one stage 92/5 at another stage 466/6 india can't pick wickets constanley so they should get wickets in quick time.but my supports to newzeland come on kiwis

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    That was a great knock by brendon. Congrates brendon. Ur team really tread the Indianz under ur feet and make them realize their real status in cricket and where they standz when it comes to the field, when they are out of their home and when they are at the international level out of the ipl.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    That was a great knock by brendon. Congrates brendon. Ur team really tread the Indianz under ur feet and make them realize their real status in cricket and where they standz when it comes to the field, when they are out of their home and when they are at the international level out of the ipl.

  • POSTED BY Al.Turner on | February 18, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    I took a moment to take in my surroundings to really burn in my memory NZ best ever innings.....had a scotch and had a mate, standing on the deck watching the TV with the Radio commentary and the sun was as hot as any day in summer! I did the same 23 years earlier (concentrate on the moment) with Martin Crowe and that was burnt on my memory 299.....highest individual score , first 300, highest 6th wicket world record, NZ highest innings record, highest score debut for 8th batter.....I recall saying this is it Watling and Neeson is all we have with McCullum so all need to make their highest ever scores and batting is getting easier.....it was a far off hope.....now we have the series as it should have been....haha...and I win a $100 off my mate for NZ NOT LOSING A TEST this summer in NZ.....we been doing good on one day scene too uh...our Golden summer and many more to come....thanks for the Entertainment boys.......too of the world

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    NZ if do fielding better than this and also bowl just around the off stump and make indian batsmen play almost every ball then they could improve their chances of winning this test. But they are neither fielding that well nor are they bowling that well so this one is definitely heading towards a draw. NZ is bowling unnecessary short pitched balls, frequent leg side balls, or wide of the off stump balls, all these are waste deliveries, just bowl full on and around the off stump make the batsmen play every ball and take your chances, but it seems they are not hungry for one more test win so they are playing quite ordinary. But a series win of 1 - 0 is very sweet, especially when it looked like a leveled series with 1 - 1 only couple of days ago. Congrats NZ, well done!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    He is the Bradman of NZ I reckon. Well done!

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | February 18, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    india, please go for it. you can do it. you have nothing to lose.

  • POSTED BY 12kris on | February 18, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    India has a real problem in Tests abroad- and that is mental. It plays on their mind if they do not begin the tour well. And how can they begin well if they land in alien surroundings only a few days ahead of an international match. And talking about the schedule, they should always have the longer version matches first, and play themselves in. It has invariably been the other way around in recent times and the stained dagger can be traced to the cup-boards of the BCCI. At least when they play abroad, there should be a few players cast in the defensive mould. They should be coached not to be impetuous and avoid out-going balls and to weave out of short-pitched balls. One thing about Newzealand's attitude. They are a cute Country every way, but suffer from a provincial attitude. The TV replays are a give away. The latest example is the wrong lbw decision against Dhawan in the second innings. While other TV replays were repeated, this was cut short half way through, until much later.

  • POSTED BY tausif.khalil on | February 18, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    First ever seen turning match, from inning winning position to defeat. same on Dhoni and co.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Tess they did bat India out.but mccallum didn't push for a win,perhaps to achieve a personal milestone.or was he too scared of indian batting lineup.a total of 360 runs would have set up an excellent test match.what would have been the case if the OZ had been in same position.

  • POSTED BY JJariwala on | February 18, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    I have revolutionary idea for BCCI. We are 1 billion plus people and Cricket is the only sports that we enjoy. BCCI is richest and has enough resources. Let us groom country specific specialists - like NZ specialist batsmen, bowlers, captains, coach et al. BCCI can employ and place few players, say 50-100 of them, for 3-4 months in NZ and let them become NZ specialists. Let them train in and out to survive and bloom those conditions, atmosphere, bounce, pace, grinding, short ball and whatever there may be. Similarly, let us have England, Australia, South Africa, WI specific batsman and bowlers. Pick 16-20 players to make a team from those players when we visit those countries. BCCI surely can do this. We really need this and we must do this. Cricket is bread and butter in our country, as far as sports goes. That's the only sport most of the people know. Please have this posted and I like to see reactions of this idea. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY CANADIANDESI on | February 18, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Catches wins matches. Dropped catch cost India 293 runs.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | February 18, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Congrats Mac culllum, now i would say india is never going to a test match with ishant sharma and zaheer(sorry but true) and with out allrounder in team, please kick Dhoni,Rohit sharma,ishant,zaheer. Please give shami rest kid is bowling and bowling from south africa series if u continue then he will be other ishant sharma bowling at speed 125-132 khph which brings nothing to table

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Well batted Brendan match saving innings...one for the ages...up there with VVS Laxman 281 @ Calcutta...

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | February 18, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    What a pity for India.from a winning position on the third Day ,when NZ was just 95/5,India crumbled to a pitiful situation on the final day.Now at 55/3 India has to face another 42 overs with an effort to make the match a draw allowing NZ Aseries win.But anyhow,loosing 1-0 ,the series could become better than 2-0. I had made a posting about not under estimating NZ .this didn't find light. Congrats to Brendon McCullum& Keeper Walting for their record Partnership . Nowif Indiaescapes defeat in this test match ,it would be one of the Best achievements India ever had in Test Cricket.but no need for utter disappointment. Cricket isa game of Glorious uncertainty. So Indians could still hope to. Retrieve their golden days. Again as is done byTheAustralians.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    "...only the seventh man to score a century on debut from No. 8" - lol. Such brilliant stats - what are the odds of a number 8 scoring century. And, that too on debut. And still being seventh :)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Where indian fast notable take wickets.while lost 3 in 25 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I'm really looking forward to Capt Cool's last test innings later today. I'm sure it'll be short and sweet. Team BCCI fans, bid your Capt Cool farewell. He's burnt toast at the end of today.

  • POSTED BY stonk on | February 18, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Come along India, show some fighting spirit or you will be ever defined as "Will play at Home, can't play away". Aww it's my bat and ball and I don't want to play.

  • POSTED BY Ha8rick on | February 18, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    When will the selectors get rid of Dhoni as a captain and make Virat Kohli the new Captain. Dhoni is not a great leader and unimaginative as ever.

    V. Vijay should be kicked out from the team, forever. 1 Good score in 10 innings is not good enough to be in the Indian team. 3 innings and 48 runs?? Thats shameful!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Great! Both 7 & 8 got a Century! Has this happened before? That also in the second Innings!

  • POSTED BY VillageGreen on | February 18, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    What a pity its only a 2-Test series. Could India have bounced back, or would NZ have completely crushed them? Congrats McCullum & Co & the whole of NZ cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Newziland very strong team

  • POSTED BY ShanNachimuthu on | February 18, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Congrats McCullum for your triple. You made your countrymen to feel proud about you. You bailed out your team from the jaw of defeat and put it in a winning position. Little disappointed with your timing of declaration. Anyway Good luck to you and your team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    I would have loved to see India play the first 20 overs like a T20. Send Jadeja, dhawan to open followed by more strokemakers. Get 200 in the first twenty for 2-3 wickets. Leave Vijay and Pujara at the bottom to play out a draw if needed. I dont think it matters whether you lose the series 1-0 or 2-0. Its a lost series either way.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Hats Off NZ ... Socially McCullum

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Brendon McCullum (302) became the first New Zealander in 84 years of their Test cricket to register a triple-century.

    It is so special that it came in 2nd innings when his team was trailing by 246 runs and they were at 94/5 when he took the in charge. Good captains innings.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    My God! These Kiwis have proved to be the toughest of the tough. They are diamonds in the rough. To keep the World's No2 at bay and finally toy with them is no mean feat. I wonder if Indians still like to call themselves, the BIGGEST of the BIG 3. Lest we forget, even the Titans eventually vanished; the unsinkable Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage. Pride and arrogance are dangerous traits to have.

  • POSTED BY Vishnu27 on | February 18, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Go Black Caps! Awesome efforts from Macca, BJ & Neesham. Incredible stuff. You've put a big smile on my face here in sunny Perth. What a fight back. What a captains knock, ably supported by another street fighter in BJ, with the young pup Jimmy delivering the KO blow. Pure kiwi gold. So impressive. India are truly utter rabble away from the dustbowls.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Most of the current Indian team needs to be sacked. Batsmen who can't play pace and swing, bowlers who can only bowl for a few overs at a decent pace, and a captain so defensive, it has led to India's worst performance in overseas test EVER. If this had happened to any other team we would have seen a complete overhaul. Probably speaks volumes about the docile BCCI, and the lackadaisical mindset of the Indians in control of Indian cricket. Absolute disgrace.

  • POSTED BY GrumpyFan on | February 18, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Virat Kohli's action of not walking is a disgrace even as we indian fans are still seething at his dropping McCullum's easy catch that changes this match. Apolgogies to NZ fans!!! That does it for me - no more watching this sport.

  • POSTED BY JJJake on | February 18, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Congrats to McCullum and the NZ middle and lower order. Credit where credit is due. You Kiwis have had a great test team for the last few years without getting many accolades. Out of all the teams that have toured Australia recently.. . NZ was one team that really pushed Australia. NZ did a lot better in Australia than India and England. The so called "big two". Both India and England complained that Australia bowled too fast for them.

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | February 18, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Amazing performance by McCullum to become the first New Zealander to make a triple century in Test Cricket. I think as soon as he made the triple century he should have declared especially as Neesham had already brought up his maiden Test ton. By having at least an hour at the Indians before lunch they could have taken two or three wickets and put them under pressure for the remainder of the day. New Zealand could have made a statement in turning around a game they were destined to draw by winning it, but they remain an essentially conservative cricketing country who are destined to never dominate the sport given their negative approach to the sport. They're a much better ODI outfit than Test outfit anyway.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | February 18, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Virat Kohli gets an edge so thick it could be heard across the grand canyon. Dies he walk? Of course not. Honest Indian cricketers - endangered species? Nope - extinct.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    That was a big nick from Kohli of the bowling of Trent Boult. Kohli knew it well what he has done but decided not to walk. Everyone in the ground and their nanny heard the nick except for Umpire Steve Davis.

    No Indian would ever complain about this till the end of times, all they would whine about would be the Dhawan LBW and how poor umpiring that was.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | February 18, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Amazing innings. Well done Brendan!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    And Kohli caught, what a terrible decision by Steve Davis

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    here they are. the big 3.going to lose again. if this is pakistan they will try to won. but this is one of big 3 they just want to draw it. will they.

  • POSTED BY raveekoomar on | February 18, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Congrats Baz !!!! You did the Black caps proud. Hope this kiwi team reaches some heights of their neighbour Australia or atleast some of it. Looking at the way Australia is playing right now i think there should be one express super fast bowler who bowls short spells of 4-5 overs and keeps the batsmen on their toes while the rest try to contain runs or choke the batsmen. Chappell did it now Clarke is doing it. Why cant other countries find such fast bowlers??? Shame that pitches are made more batsmen friendly like Holding said, there should be bounce if not tinge of green in the pitch. Come on ICC make pitches more bouncy and carry. That way we can see more lively cricket. What say?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    2-0....wow... I never would have believed this possible. Well done Dhoni and team India. Masters of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | February 18, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    What is the point of day 5 or the rest of this test match now. There is no way that India can get 425 runs in 3sessions. So NZ will try to bowl them out and seal a 2-0 series win and the Indian batsmen will just stay there and block every ball for the rest of the day. Now tell me what fan in their right mind will take there hard earn money and pay to see this foolishness. Get my point. NZ should be penalise for batting so long and thereby ruling out any chance of an exciting day five. These are the things that test cricket need to change, these are the things that are killing test cricket and the decisions makers of the game need to work to remedy if cricket nations like NZ and Sri Lanka are to ever be able to dig themselves out of all their dept and start making money. People need to begin to seriously advocate to the ICC for aggressive changes in order for them to start making money.

  • POSTED BY Sabiaah_Naz_BD on | February 18, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Congratulations Brendon! Hope Kiwis will win this match to make things sweetest. Also to show india that they need more power in the ICC to make some changes in the rules of cricket to stop their never ending humiliation.

  • POSTED BY Djawid on | February 18, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    India at its miserable best ..15 away tests and no win ?11 lost test matches and counting.. which number does india hold on icc test rankings..2..???what a JOKE,cant buy ranking with money BCCI,gotta win some games otherwise this glasshouse is going to shatter soon....

  • POSTED BY Dinkepo on | February 18, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    All over, as usual Dhawan an Vijay goback pavilion fast to take rest and watch other batters struggling, why this people in the team so long without any contributions, until yesterday everyone talk about this pitch become plat and easy for NZ batting what about now how the pitch change favour to bowling and lost two quiick wickets, MSD don't excuses you are proofed as current indian captain and team not capable to won a single game on overseas, this is true!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 18, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    really nice batting and good captain sip maccllum

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    India ten for two. Going to be interesting!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Congratulations for becoming first triple centurian of NZ.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Good job McCullum. Keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    thats right great going kiwis India has lost another series amen

  • POSTED BY Cantbowlcantbat on | February 18, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Unbelievably conservative tactics from NZ. They could have easily declared overnight and given themselves a full day to KO India without fear of losing. For a team whose wins are few and far between, you think they'd go for the kill rather than just inflate their batting averages. A 2-0 series victory over the No. 2 Test team should be much sweeter than any individual performance.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Excellent performance by Mucullum boys. They deserve a victory

  • POSTED BY cheesemethod on | February 18, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Good declaration. Not the typical aggressive one that would normally come from McCullum but given the situation that NZ came from, not giving India any chance of winning is the main goal

  • POSTED BY cafecoder on | February 18, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    "I get dropped for important tours: Ishant Sharma" - 0/164...hehehe

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 18, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Well played to Brandon and Neesham for their superb centuries. But talk of defensive captains. Brandon has just shown how much defensive a captain he can be when he needed 435 to defend in 67 overs on last day of the match. He simply killed the interest in this game. He should have declared immediately after his triple and Neesham's century. That would have been interesting.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    NZ has declared way to late. To try and win this Test match. They should have declared just after Mccullum got out.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Pakistan turned a Test that had been an abysmal advertisement for cricket for four days and one session on its head, with an incredible batting performance after lunch on the final day, when they scored 302 runs in 57.3 overs to sucker-punch Sri Lanka and level the series Their run-rate of 5.25 was the highest in a successful chase of a 300-plus target.

  • POSTED BY cruisecontrol on | February 18, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    A lot of chance. A lot of astrology. A lot of embarrassing gumption. Lot of pretense and superficiality. In short, no substance and no style. Will Ishant Sharma get a haircut now, please? I don't want to state any more of the obvious stuff.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    How many test triple tons did the "Little Master" score?

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    McCullum seems to have lost his nerve setting India 434 in 67 overs when there was an opportunity to win a test match is something Dhoni would do.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    One of the greatest innings I have ever witnessed. So proud of Watling & Neesham hanging in there with Baz too. NZ fast becoming favourites to win 2015 world cup at home..

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    One of the greatest innings I have ever witnessed. So proud of Watling & Neesham hanging in there with Baz too. NZ fast becoming favourites to win 2015 world cup at home..

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    McCullum seems to have lost his nerve setting India 434 in 67 overs when there was an opportunity to win a test match is something Dhoni would do.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    How many test triple tons did the "Little Master" score?

  • POSTED BY cruisecontrol on | February 18, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    A lot of chance. A lot of astrology. A lot of embarrassing gumption. Lot of pretense and superficiality. In short, no substance and no style. Will Ishant Sharma get a haircut now, please? I don't want to state any more of the obvious stuff.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 18, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Pakistan turned a Test that had been an abysmal advertisement for cricket for four days and one session on its head, with an incredible batting performance after lunch on the final day, when they scored 302 runs in 57.3 overs to sucker-punch Sri Lanka and level the series Their run-rate of 5.25 was the highest in a successful chase of a 300-plus target.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 18, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    NZ has declared way to late. To try and win this Test match. They should have declared just after Mccullum got out.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | February 18, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Well played to Brandon and Neesham for their superb centuries. But talk of defensive captains. Brandon has just shown how much defensive a captain he can be when he needed 435 to defend in 67 overs on last day of the match. He simply killed the interest in this game. He should have declared immediately after his triple and Neesham's century. That would have been interesting.

  • POSTED BY cafecoder on | February 18, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    "I get dropped for important tours: Ishant Sharma" - 0/164...hehehe

  • POSTED BY cheesemethod on | February 18, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Good declaration. Not the typical aggressive one that would normally come from McCullum but given the situation that NZ came from, not giving India any chance of winning is the main goal

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Excellent performance by Mucullum boys. They deserve a victory