New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Twenty20, Auckland

'Ryder's selfishness' to blame for defeat - McMillan

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 23, 2012

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Jesse Ryder made a half-century on return from injury, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Twenty20, Auckland, February 22, 2012
Craig McMillan: "He actually took about six (balls) trying to get a single and then he hit to the fielder and thought 'Well I better hit one out of the park because this just isn't working for me' © Getty Images
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Craig McMillan, the former New Zealand batsman, has blamed New Zealand's defeat in the third and final Twenty20 at Eden Park on Jesse Ryder for slowing down the scoring so he could get his half-century. New Zealand were coasting towards their target of 166, needing 17 off the last four overs, but lost by three runs and conceded the series 2-1 to South Africa.

McMillian, now a television commentator, said Ryder was guilty of putting himself before the team's needs. However, Ryder found support from his team-mate James Franklin, who said it would be unfair to single out one player for the defeat.

"The reason New Zealand lost their momentum in those last four overs is because Jesse Ryder was trying to get one run for his 50, it took nine (sic. 7) deliveries to get that one run. It's always dangerous when you put yourself ahead of the team and I think that's what Jesse Ryder did last night," McMillan told Radiosport. "I've gone through it last night, the reasons why I thought we lost, and when you need 16 runs (sic. 17) off four overs, which is 24 deliveries, you do it in a canter. You basically get bat on ball and you win easily."

Ryder, who returned to the team following a calf injury, had raced to 48 off 29 balls before slowing down. He added only four more runs to his score, off 13 balls, and then scooped Johan Botha to Morne Morkel on the leg side, increasing the pressure on New Zealand. They needed 8 off seven balls after Ryder's dismissal.

McMillan said the other batsmen were also culpable, but Ryder had to accept responsibility for putting New Zealand in that position.

"Yes, the others had opportunities to win the game in terms of Franklin, [Tim] Southee, [Doug] Bracewell, Nathan McCullum, will all be disappointed they didn't bring New Zealand home," McMillan said. "But the reason that New Zealand were put in that position last night was because of Jesse Ryder's selfishness in trying to get to 50.

"He changed the way he was batting. He actually took about six (balls) trying to get a single and then he hit to the fielder and thought 'Well I better hit one out of the park because this just isn't working for me'. There were a couple of swings and misses and all of a sudden New Zealand are under pressure where they need seven off the last over.

"This defeat falls squarely on his shoulders and he has to wear it."

Franklin, who remained unbeaten on 9 off eight balls, backed Ryder and said the team should take the blame.

"He [Ryder] played brilliantly last night," Franklin told NZN. "It's very much a team game, and there were other guys that came in after that had the chance to win the game. None of us did that, so to pin it on any individual I think is very much unfair."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

"Any good team will say; the inform batsmen is to stay til the end and every other batsmen that comes out should go for it. In this case, Franklin comes out thinking hes there to play to the end, and that puts pressure back on Ryder who then changes his gameplan again to be the big hitter again."

Spot on. Franklin was guilty of doing the same thing today in the ODI loss.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

MCMILLAN IS JOKING,IS IT HARD TO ACHIEVE 8 IN 7 BALLS?FRANKLIN IS RIGHT BUT NOT AT ALL MCMILLAN!HE SHOULDN'T BLAME ANYBODY,HE LOST SOME MATCHES FOR HIS TEAM[BY MISSED CATCHES,RUNOUTS AND POOR BATTING].

Posted by gothetaniwha on (February 24, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

And this is from a player who use to face square leg when he faced Warne . Amazes me some players when they go in the com box , they forget how ordinary there records are when they where players , thats why they are in the com box now .

Posted by SimpleGuy0405 on (February 24, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

I wouldn't blame Ryder for the loss. Yes, he clearly slowed down to get to his 50, but only for 2-3 deliveries. Later on, he wanted to slog and get going. However, he wasn't able to do so. This can happen at any stage of the game. You are scoring runs and suddenly find it hard to come by. T20 is of that nature, the fate of the match can change pretty quickly.

Posted by mjs28 on (February 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Its true though. Ryder choked at the wrong time. NZ were well on top. Ryder should of went on to win the game but he wasted deliveries then got out tring to repair his mistake.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

way to blame the top scorer of the game for losing....also very rich of craig mcmillan to have a go at ryder.......ive seen some of his innings and i seen some of the worst shots to lose games ,,,,,he was a average player and and even worse comintator.maybe he should try tiddly winks

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Well that is means that the South African bowlers were not that good to have kept the scoring down to what it was, and that is bull. Cricket does not worklike that. You can only play as well as the opposition aloows you to play.

Well done South Africa for causing the choke!!!!

Posted by duncanmoo on (February 24, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Come on NZ so you blame the guy who got 52 off 42 balls? He got 52 for heaven's sake! Find someone else to blame BB McCullum 18 off 19 balls? or perhaps blame good bowling, but to go after Ryder is wrong!

Posted by Arthaurian on (February 24, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

the scary part for NZ is that it doesn't get any easier from here on

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

"The reason New Zealand lost their momentum in those last four overs is because Jesse Ryder was trying to get one run for his 50, it took nine (sic. 7) deliveries to get that one run. It's always dangerous when you put yourself ahead of the team and I think that's what Jesse Ryder did last night," McMillan told Radiosport. "I've gone through it last night, the reasons why I thought we lost, and when you need 16 runs (sic. 17) off four overs, which is 24 deliveries, you do it in a canter. You basically get bat on ball and you win easily."

I wont blame Jesse Ryder but everyone including and especially media AND fans for placing undue emphasis on batsmen's numbers like 50 and 100. We know the havoc such numbers are causing in India now!

Nobody is obsessed with the number of aces hit by a tennis player, no. of birdies scored by a golfer etc even in such individual sports. Yet in cricket we are madly after such meaningless stats. It has become so after such exclusive focus on them. S

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