Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

Dhoni lauds bowlers' will

MS Dhoni heaped praise on his bowlers, saying that they had tried everything they could during the Test, and that only exceptional batting from New Zealand made the difference in the end

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

'I feel a little bit embarrassed'

Brendon McCullum, who became the first New Zealand batsman to make a Test triple-hundred, reflects on the historic innings during his post-match presser

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Dravid: Dhoni needs to take risks to win overseas

Rahul Dravid says MS Dhoni deserves a chance to set right his poor overseas record as captain, but stresses that the only way to win abroad "is to take a few risks, take a few gambles"

Day 4

516dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

McCullum 281 not out, NZ lead by 325

Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling added 352 in a record sixth-wicket stand, making sure New Zealand were now the only team that could win this Test

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

Watling relishes game-changing grind

BJ Watling said he and Brendon McCullum just focused on coming through the next delivery and the next over for the eight-and-a-half hours their 352-run partnership lasted

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

NZ undecided on batting tomorrow, says McCullum

Brendon McCullum has said that New Zealand will decide overnight whether they will push for a 2-0 series win on the final day of the Wellington Test or settle for 1-0

Day 3

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

India fielding 'fantastic' overall - Pujara

Brendon McCullum's 114 and BJ Watling's 52 was part of New Zealand's best sixth-wicket stand in second innings as they took the Test into the fourth day

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

India second-best against resolute McCullum

Building on the chances he got in the field, Brendon McCullum scored his toughest hundred yet, ensuring India's substantial lead was wiped off, in spite of some diligent play

Day 2

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

Rahane shows his X-factor

When he first played for India, Ajinkya Rahane's shy demeanor left many wondering if he had the extra edge in personality that separates top-class international players from the rest. He has now dispelled those doubts

Day 1

516dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

India surge through impressive Ishant

The much-maligned Ishant Sharma continued to confound his critics by registering personal best of 6 for 51 to help bowl New Zealand out for 192

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

'We missed our lengths a little bit' - Williamson

After crediting the conditions and India's bowlers for New Zealand being bowled out cheaply, Kane Williamson said his side's bowlers could have done better, after they let India end the day 100 for 2

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

Ishant's good avatar steps up

This version of Ishant, when he appears, you wonder why the bad one even exists. You wonder why the good one appears so sporadically over so many Tests


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Time for Zaheer to consider his future - Dravid

Rahul Dravid has said it's time for Zaheer Khan to start contemplating his future as it will be difficult for the bowler to survive the rigours of five Test matches in England

537dAbhishek Purohit

The sprinter who ran a marathon

Brendon McCullum's epic innings in Wellington had far greater significance than just being New Zealand's first Test triple

50dBrydon Coverdale in Christchurch

McCullum could go out with all-pace attack

In his final Test, in a series New Zealand cannot win, Brendon McCullum has floated the possibility of playing an all-pace attack on a pitch he deemed 'not pleasant' for the batsmen

516dMartin Crowe

How McCullum helped me let go

Not scoring a triple-century has weighed heavy on this writer, but New Zealand's captain has helped lay that personal bogey to rest

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

'All-seam attack a no-brainer' - McCullum

Brendon McCullum has said picking an all-seam attack for the second Test against India was a "no-brainer" on a grassy pitch that he expects will be quick and bouncy

516dAbhishek Purohit in Wellington

'Calmer' Dhawan ready for Wellington

Shikhar Dhawan said playing straight and being patient would be key to succeeding in New Zealand pitches and said the fightback in Auckland gave India confidence going into the second Test

516dAbhishek Purohit

New Zealand's green gamble

On the surface, a seamer's paradise looks like the way to go against India, but with a few struggling batsmen in the team, a backfire cannot be ruled out

Finally the series


Number of years gone since New Zealand last won a series against India, in 2002-03

Kohli's climb


Number of India batsmen with three or more centuries outside Asia and Zimbabwe. Kohli could become the 16th

Memories of Kolkata


Number of wickets Australia had lost at tea in <i>that</i> Test. If India lose seven in final session, it will cap off all similarities

Chances of a draw


Number of times India have batted out more than 67 overs in the fourth innings to draw away Tests

Wonderful Watling


Record for most catches in a two-Test series. BJ Watling has equalled it



Kohli's score when he was caught but not given

Chances of a win


Least number of overs New Zealand have taken to bowl a side out in the fourth innings. They have done so 10 times in fewer than 70 overs

Streak broken?


New Zealand's longest winning streak in Tests. They have three in a row this season

Two plus three


McCullum has become the third batsman, after Bradman and Hammond, with a double and a triple in consecutive Tests