India v New Zealand, tri-series, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Successful second wind for Styris

Siddarth Ravindran in Dambulla

August 10, 2010

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Scott Styris plays a drive, India v New Zealand, tri-series, 1st ODI, August 10, 2010
After two international comebacks at the age of 34, Scott Styris is now an integral part of New Zealand's World Cup plans © Cameraworx/Live Images
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Six months ago, Scott Styris' international career was on the rocks after he was axed from the one-day side for the home series against Bangladesh. The drop came barely four months after his recall for a limited-overs series against Pakistan. How many can make two international comebacks after turning 34? Yet, Styris is now firmly back in New Zealand's plans for the 2011 World Cup, and he gave another demonstration of his usefulness on a tricky Dambulla track to set his team up for a victory that pushed them to the No. 2 spot in the ICC rankings.

An inexperienced New Zealand side wasn't given much of a chance coming into the tournament and it seemed to show why when it tumbled to 28 for 3 in the face of a hostile new-ball spell from Ashish Nehra and Praveen Kumar. That brought together Styris, the most experienced man in the line-up, and Ross Taylor, their captain and most important batsman. The two senior players just about managed to survive the next few overs, before getting more settled once the spinners were brought on.

Styris, in particular, had a nervous beginning. There was an lbw appeal from Praveen which Hawk-Eye suggested would shave the outside of legstump, a close caught-behind shout in Abhimanyu Mithun's first over, before being saved by the height on being struck in front of middle by Mithun's stock incutter. His biggest reprieve was a missed stumping off Pragyan Ojha when he was beaten by the turn after waltzing out of the crease, but the sharp spin meant Dhoni also failed to collect cleanly.

By then, the pair had added more than 50 runs with Taylor unleashing a bunch of boundaries. With Mithun suffering a heat stroke and the senior quicks having already bowled plenty of overs, Styris then cashed in on some amiable left-arm spin. Boundaries off Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja were mixed with sensible singles and before you knew it New Zealand had moved to 150 off 30 overs.

Then Taylor risked taking the batting Powerplay early. Styris' boundary-count shot up in those five overs, at the end of which 300 was in New Zealand's sights and the two batsmen seemed to be in a race to reach triple-figures. Styris drew level with Taylor on 89 with a straight swing for six off Ojha but a fifth ODI century eluded him when he was dismissed two balls later. On a pitch where 240 was talked of as the par score at the toss, Styris had piloted New Zealand to 219 for 4 with more than ten overs to go.

"The bounce is spongy here. It's not true bounce as at WACA or some of the pitches in South Africa. It's a tennis ball bounce. On top of that it spun fast," Styris said after New Zealand completed their win. "It was particularly tough to bat on and that's why Ross and I are particularly pleased with the runs we were able to get."

The 200-run victory was New Zealand's biggest over India. "We are obviously delighted with the result," Styris said. "We were missing [Brendon] McCullum and [Daniel] Vettori and perhaps we didn't have the same respect from the opposition and the media."

Today's performance extends a rich vein of form for Styris, who kickstarted his attempt to re-cement a place in the one-day side with a cool 34-ball 49 in a big chase against Australia in his first match on comeback. He put in four solid contributions with the bat in five games that series, and has continued the run during his stint with Essex over the New Zealand winter.

With emergence of Grant Elliott and the presence of Jacob Oram, New Zealand aren't exactly short on medium-pace allrounders and the competition for spots remains fierce. "Some nine-ten months ago I was a bit on the outer, which was disappointing. But since than I have done well in domestic cricket, in the series against Australia and for Essex," Styris said. "Always wanted to play in the 2011 World Cup and if you put performances on the board you have the right to be picked."

It's been a long time since Styris bowled his full quota of overs, but he insisted there was no move to play as a specialist batsman. "I still want to have a big role with the ball, I have a couple of niggles that are holding me back a bit but I think over the next 6-8 months I will continue bowling hopefully a lot of overs," he said. "While in the past I have bowled 10 overs in every game, maybe now I'll bowl six to seven overs in each."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 13, 2010, 19:17 GMT)

Hahahaha. POOR INDIANS. Atleast they deserve some sympathy. Good job black caps. Next time beat them even more comprehensively.

Posted by theRule19 on (August 13, 2010, 4:49 GMT)

Its just one more bad day on the field for the Indians...and there is no reason to think why they cant bounce back strongly in this series...as for NZ its too early to say anything and they will be judged against a better bowling line up against the Lankans...and it will be interesting to see how well they tackle that sort of an attack.

Posted by theRule19 on (August 13, 2010, 4:45 GMT)

Its just one more bad day on field for the Indian Team...and there is no reason why they cant bounce back strongly...as for NZ, its to early to say anything for them in the tournament... we will see how well they do against SL and India again.

Posted by nivek123 on (August 12, 2010, 9:31 GMT)

@Paddy Mohan Mate why are you always insulting the Indian team. Anyway you might be right about India not being no1 team. But it sure as hell aint sri lanka. if the sri lankan teams wants to be mentioned atleast in the same sentence as the Indian team, let them win atleast a test in India. And maybe in another 50 years win a test in Australia, South Africa etc as India have done. They Batsmen talk about not getting chances to play in these countries, but in the tests they have played so far there they looked distinctly ordinary. guys like Jayawardene etc can "ONLY" play in the subcontinent. Anyway yours comments have only given me the impression that among sri lankans too there are pathetic fanatics. So try to find something else to do rather than commenting on the Indian team all the time who have atleast achieved the no1 ranking,even if they dont fully deserve it. Cheers

Posted by Hindh on (August 12, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

@ pak fansIf india dont deserve No 1 rank then what about Pakistan they dont deserve even No 9 rank. LOL for all the sour grape Pak fans venting out their frustrations here. @ klobania look at ur team who r getting thrashed in eng before u talk of India. At this same dambulla india batted second against so called great bowling of Pak and chased down 268, where were ur comments then just dont blindly hate anybody.

Posted by Guduji71 on (August 12, 2010, 1:15 GMT)

I think Irfan Pathan is a class player and must be included in limited over matches atleast.

Posted by Guduji71 on (August 12, 2010, 0:00 GMT)

There is difference between well fought defeat and a defeat like this. Good teams don't get beaten like this. This was embarrassing to see india going down the way they did. The team like Afghanistan would have put up a better fight.

Posted by Bang_La on (August 11, 2010, 20:10 GMT)

Just look at the recent records. Consecutively Indian batsmen failed to tackle bouncers, Pakistani batsmen failed to play at tricky English condition, still its Bangladesh are only whipped. The most vocal spokepersons are from India, a country of 1.2 billion population could not produce a single world class fast bowlers in last six decades. They can not name five batsmen, with honourable exception Sunil Gavaskar. Just because they amassed stinky money based, on corporate marketing strategy to make cricket popular and crickrters as product models, the indians think they own the cricket world. What a shame.

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 11, 2010, 17:42 GMT)

@mike5181 - u need to get some sense into your head before talking nonsense. first of all its its not 4 million vs 1 billion on field, its 11 vs 11 and talking about nz being a better team than India in the last decade..u must me out of ur mind..forgot how India trashed nz in nz, and thats not too long ago..

Posted by Arthaurian on (August 11, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

What a thumping. Too bad it doesn't mean anything.

Posted by ListenToMe on (August 11, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

I won't blame India's batting. According to me the problems with the Indian team are as follows: 1. India does not have a single dangerous bowler 2. India does not give chances to promising youngsters. Instead they keep on trying with players who proved incapable the solution to these problems are simple: 1. Give chances to all promising players and choose the best among them. If they don't perform for a period of time, then give chances to others and let these non performers go back to domestic matches and come back. Instead of jadeja India can take Irfan or even a good batsman. Else promote Jadeja to No:4 and push Raina or Rohit down. Jadeja is simply a middle order batsman who can only consolidate and not attack.

If India is playing Jadeja at the current position, take my word, India will lose all matches they bat second and if Jadeja gets the chance to bat.

Posted by veryeavy on (August 11, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

Scotty Styris is NZ's Collingwood. Over and Out.

Posted by KingOwl on (August 11, 2010, 14:20 GMT)

Says the author, "Styris, in particular, had a nervous beginning. There was an lbw appeal from Praveen which Hawk-Eye suggested would shave the outside of leg stump" Oh come on, aren't you picking at crumbs here? Shaving outside of the leg stump - when is that given out LBW, ha?

Posted by SnowSnake on (August 11, 2010, 12:21 GMT)

People criticizing India should realize that Indian test team is different from Indian ODI team, so different criticisms apply. Indian test team had Tendulkar, VVS, Dravid, (Gambhir & Bhajji in part). Indian ODI team is a C rated team with no Tendulkar, Gambhir, Khan, Bhajji etc. Also, yesterdays lbw of Kartik was not totally correct. The bigger disappointment is Yuvi, Dhoni, Shewag & Raina. They have played ODIs for a while. Shewag got out on a really stupid shot. Dhoni was run out as if he was trying to score one last run on the last ball of the series. When you consider that India only scored 88 runs, the run out looks even more stupid. More than Jadeja, it is Yuvi and Dhoni that should be kept out. Make players pay for their poor perfomance. There was a time when Yuvi and Dhoni would rescue India from the face of a terrible loss, now they make a situation worse by getting out as early as possible.

Posted by JattB0y on (August 11, 2010, 12:07 GMT)

India should bring back Irfan Pathan insted of R Jadeja. Hes just crap

Posted by Hindh on (August 11, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

India is a great team and win more than they lose. Look at the records they have won their last 4 ODI series in SL continuously ,How many teams have done that. This is just a one off loss.

Posted by Hindh on (August 11, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

With just 1 win NZ become no 2 in ODI rankings, what a joke. players r tired after a gruelling test series, give them a break.

Posted by DINESHCC on (August 11, 2010, 10:04 GMT)

When Ind, Pak, SL, BD lost matches so badly on the Australia, South Africa, England pitches (the so called swinging conditions), people comment that these teams are not capable of playing on the bowler friendly pitches. Whereas you see the other side. The teams like England, South Africa, Australia, Newzealand lost heavily (particularly test matches) in the sub continent pitches. For more than 30 years, England, Newzealand could not win a test series in India, SL soil. Australia, the world champions in all format, when they were in peak suffered huge defeats at the hands of India. Whenever Eng, NZ toured Sri Lanka they tasted huge innings defeat only. If the Asian country players are not capable of playing swinging conditions, it applicable to Oz, SA, NZ, Eng players also as they could not play on the spinner friendly tracks. Even in the swinging conditions, Oz lost to Pakistan very recently. Sub continent players are definitely better than the players of OZ,NZ, ENG & SA.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 11, 2010, 9:29 GMT)

So much venom from our srilankan friends. I had always supported srilanka before this series. But not anymore They have fanatics too. @ Paddy Mohan it is not over buddy. You might eat your own words.Lets c. Atleast dhoni didn't cry that they are still better team in the series like sanga.We still have better record in srillanka in odis. Now all tose who talk about india getting thrashed if they play in England. Didn't we play against the same attack(broad, anderson, sidebottom etc) in england and won the series 1-0? We are definitely not a worse side and this was just of the bad days.

Thanks to underrated NewZealand for bringing our stars down to earth. Hope they will learn their lessons and come back strongly.

Posted by   on (August 11, 2010, 8:31 GMT)

team and selectors should be both blamed. team for not performing upto the mark.

selectors for not selecting a good team. they are not using talented players like virat kohli, robin utthapa, abhishek nayar, manish pandey, saurabh tiwari

Posted by Chrishan on (August 11, 2010, 7:37 GMT)

Once again it showed that when the ball is moving the Indian batsmen struggle. They think they are great, scoring tons of runs on dead wickets but when there's movement their technique is exposed. How many catches were taken behind the wicket? SEVEN out of ten dismissals (which included an LBW and a run-out)! Most articles written leading up to this match were talking about an "inexperienced" NZ team, in batting perhaps but definitely not in bowling. Most tend to forget that before Bond, Tuffy was their strike bowler. Throw in Mills who can move the ball off the pitch, and Orams and Styris who are specialised one-day players and you've got yourself quite a handful to deal with.

Posted by lucyferr on (August 11, 2010, 7:28 GMT)

I didnt know where to say this, but that photo of Tuffey in mid air with a wide-eyed Dhoni looking on... whoever took that shot totally struck gold! Does Cricinfo have a Cricket Photograph Of The Year contest?

Posted by Hindh on (August 11, 2010, 7:17 GMT)

Had india bowled second Pravin kumar and nehra wud have been unplayable and NZ wud have been rolled for sub 100 total. So dosent matter India have squared the test series 1-1 which is wat most fans wanted. In dambulla it is win the toss win the match.Nobody cares these meaningless ODI series anyways.

Posted by klobania on (August 11, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

wat a match man wat a match kiwis youngsters outclass the most over rated team in the world i m still looking for words the way indian team bundled out. so finally kiwis brought indians down to earth. where r those guyz who were over appreciating indian team after 3rd test. see that was i try to pointing at believe me after that defeat might never be risen to occassion for more than a yr. i dont see any sort of miracle come back after such defeat i mean 200 runs in odi and that is too in sub-continent pitch (the pitches abt which indians calling unsupporting and damped ones). i dont think if india hold their chances can impact any thing in end result. now teams must start thinking to declare after scoring 100 runs or so when playing in bouncy tracks and that is too against india. atleast then india might avoid humilating follow on in odi.

Posted by usman_nile1994 on (August 11, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

I don't blame dhoni for his tactics. His only fault his keeping faith in Jadeja and Sharma and Mithun. Jadeja is not a good all-rounder. R Ashwin should be given chance. He is much better bowler than jadeja. Though not better with bat but is consistent with ball. Rohit Sharma has been given a lot of chances. Sometimes he looks to copy Tendulkar. C Pujara should replace him. Why is pujara neglected despite having a better 1st class avg (60+) and also playing well in A tours. And for Abimanya Mithun he is not a dangerous bowler. He and Ishant do not deserve place. Nehra and Kumar should be part of test team. And z Khan should replace ishant.

Posted by usman_nile1994 on (August 11, 2010, 5:23 GMT)

Kairava you are absolutely right. No indian pakistani and srliankan batsmen can play in english swinging conditions like they play in sub-continental pitches. Sa Eng and other teams also struggle some times against swinging bowl but they are used to play there and so they play better than us. Its the fault of Cricket boards who should have used bouncy and swinging pitches in sub-continent but now because of their fault our batsmen struggle.

Posted by SachinIsIndianCricket on (August 11, 2010, 4:33 GMT)

It has become a habit that whenever India loses, then all sort of crap coming up. It was one of the bad day for the team and they'll bounce back. NZ have really played well and rememberthis article could have not been written if the opportunities given by Styris was captialized by the India.

Posted by Balumekka on (August 11, 2010, 3:58 GMT)

Being a Sri Lankan, I feel sorry about our sub-continental teams. All our fans are blinded by the national pride, and expect to bring sun and moon from their national teams. Yesterday's match was yet another sorry example for it. Most of the readers commented Indian team as the "gods of cricket" after the 3rd test between INDand SL, now trashing them in to pieces in these blogs. This is similar in Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well. Still I couldn't see a comment saying that India should play their Test team in ODIs as well, so that at least they could bat full 50 overs....I bet there will be at least one such comment from a disappointed Indian fan. Guys, lets not overrate our teams. They are ordinary most of the time, we do not have super star teams now (all our countries had sometime ago) and they struggle in testing conditions. Look at the captains of subcontinental teams... Are they really inspirational captains? Think about Ranatunga, how strong he was, Same as Imran Khan and Azar...

Posted by steelo_esq on (August 11, 2010, 3:57 GMT)

Not often you'll hear an aussie say this.... lol but go NZ u lil rippers, thats sticking one up the Sub Continent. And as for the people who continue to say bangladesh are always hard done by, wake up smell the coffee all teams worldwide get good and bad calls from umpires, you can't continue to blame that for your lack of success at the top level, even the super stars of cricket get absolute howlers its this little thing called human error... DEAL WITH IT

Posted by KAIRAVA on (August 11, 2010, 2:48 GMT)

India has got into a habit to start the decade with a sub-100 score. In 2000, it gave the worst performance of all time by getting all out for 54 and thereby getting smashed by a huge 245 run margin against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. Now this happens...

I wonder what happens if we take this ODI team to England and play a triseries involving England & Pakistan instead. When the ball does a bit, this batting sans Sachin, Dravid, Laxman would give a great competition to Pakistan in getting bowled out to sub par scores.

Posted by JoseBautista on (August 11, 2010, 2:39 GMT)

India needs experienced bowlers, and I also think instead of keeping jadeja, you could take back laxman or dravid. Those 2 aren't allrounders but jadeja doesn't do anything at all so it will be helpful. Sorry again for being off topic. their seriously needs to be a comments section on the bulletin page. I agree with you SanthoshSivajothi.

Posted by JoseBautista on (August 11, 2010, 2:33 GMT)

India wouldn't have lost badly if they had a good balance of experienced players and young players. Actually they would have won. I hope BCCI won't be this crazy while taking players for the world cup. I know my comment is off topic but you people out their should notice.

Posted by bhat.raj on (August 11, 2010, 2:28 GMT)

Dhoni's captainship is very poor now a days.He is playing with virtually 6 batsmen and 3 bowlers. Jadeja is not batsman/nor a bowler and he has not used Mithun. He has used 4 spinners on a seamer friendly pitch and Mithun deserves a better treatment than this. Dhoni looks confused. We don't have a strategy. It looks like no matter what type of pitch it is/which opponent it is, we have a predetermined playing 11.

Posted by bhat.raj on (August 11, 2010, 2:24 GMT)

Dhoni's captainship is very poor now a days.He is playing with virtually 6 batsmen and 3 bowlers. Jadeja is not batsman/nor a bowler and he has not used Mithun. He has used 4 spinners on a seamer friendly pitch and Mithun deserves a better treatment than this. Dhoni looks confused. We don't have a strategy. It looks like no matter what type of pitch it is/which opponent it is, we have a predetermined playing 11.

Posted by wasiullah on (August 11, 2010, 1:32 GMT)

The demise of India & Pakistan recently shows the unpredictability of cricket. Unfortunately Bangladesh do not get judged the same way, they get judged much harshly as they are a soft target.

Posted by Bang_La on (August 11, 2010, 1:28 GMT)

Nitin Sundar wrote, among others, in the Bulletin "............ their bowlers let the conditions do the work for them as India's technically inept batsmen crumbled without a fight." Enough said. hahahaha

Posted by   on (August 11, 2010, 0:56 GMT)

What is Jadeja and Kartick doing in the Indian Team..defies any cricketing logic...:(

Posted by vikicork on (August 11, 2010, 0:50 GMT)

I was thinking of taking TVN sports subscription to watch games like i usually do but continued politicisation of team selection has left me frustrated and i decided just to look at live up date scores on cric info

Im just waiting for Srikkanth to finsih his term now

only then will we see Irfan Pathan back in side

No Abhimanyu Mithun (promising but not for ODIS ) no Karthik and Gambhir being rested ,Uthappa in ,No Ishant and No Sreesanth Srkkanth needs to go

Posted by Jarr30 on (August 11, 2010, 0:19 GMT)

Dhoni & Co thought they were chasing 88 rather than 288.Time to give the boot to yuvraj and get some youngters like Pujara or Dhawan.Congratulations to the Kiwis.Well done.

Posted by salmankhan1234 on (August 10, 2010, 23:44 GMT)

what a pathetic performance by Indians. How are they #1 in test? ranking should be consistent base team. loosing with the great margin should eliminate 1 position down. And for punishment 3 match series against Canada or USA.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 23:17 GMT)

Well done NZ!! Great start to the series!

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 23:14 GMT)

Very positive result for NZ. Especially witn Vettori, McCullum and Ryder to return. If Williamson can live up to his potential before the WC NZ, for probably the first time ever, will have some positive selection headaches. Who to leave out? Ryder, McCullum, Guptil, Taylor, Styris, Oram, Hopkins, Vettori, Tuffey, Mills, McKay looks like a very strong team to me. With Southee, Williamson, N McCullum, Elliot & McGlashan meaning there is capable backup for batting, kepper/ batsman, allrounder, fast/ medium and spin. If only these players had the mental discpline to play test cricket to their potential.

My only question is why persist with Ingram when he clearly doesn't have the technique to play against quality bowlers and with BJ Watling is sitting on the side lines?

Posted by mike5181 on (August 10, 2010, 23:13 GMT)

Finally someone knocks some sense into these indians....they are average and they think they are gods of cricket...New Zealand has been a better one day team than India for the last decade its ridiculous that New Zealand was dubbed as the weak team out of the three. 4 million vs 1 billion and we still thrash you...I did not see one post even mentioning New Zealand in the pre-game stories...hope you have learnt your listen from our C team. NZ attitude>India, NZ character>India, NZ fielding >India, NZ bowling>>>>>India, NZ batting>India. Kane Williamson spinning> Indian Spinners.

Posted by mlhgja on (August 10, 2010, 22:44 GMT)

How can Vettori get his job as captain back? Taylor looks in charge as captain...

Posted by JamesWelch on (August 10, 2010, 22:40 GMT)

Like SanthoshSivajothi said, this article is about Scott Styris. Why do Indian supporters only ever talk about the Indian cricket team? Show some respect to a hardworking player that you lot would be lucky to have and go cry about your awful side somewhere.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 22:39 GMT)

When India loses no Indians are commenting, but when they win we see 200+ comments! Guys I will help you with "excuses" for your teams wonderful performance yesterday. How about this - Tendulkar was not playing, Gambhir was not playing, Karthik is from South (?), Yuvraj is left-handed (?), match was in Dambulla - not enough? I can help you guys with more :)

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 22:35 GMT)

hey hey hey... ho ho ho... Indians what happened? Now you know why people not accepting you nowhere near No.1 team in the world? I just loved every bit of yesterday's match and was a delight to watch Indian batsmen struggling against NZ.

Posted by jawana on (August 10, 2010, 22:28 GMT)

Lolllll Indian team played like an associate country. Even IRELAND could have done better than this. I think INDIA will be completely thrashed by SL as well. So, just waiting for SL, NZ final.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 10, 2010, 22:16 GMT)

"we didn't have the same respect from the opposition and the media" True cricinfo published an article yesterday dismissing kiwis and favored india for this ODI. NZ is always a dangerous side in shorter format .Gud to see styris scoring few runs (though he had his chances) But 288 is a definitely a tough target on this pitch (thanks to our bowlers). when i saw the score board reading 28/3 i was surprised by our bowlers performance but they restored my faith back soon. I know this space is for styris but excuse me too. Technically india is playing with 10 players, 6 batsmen and 4 so called bowlers and only sehwag and raina are in gud form (and they can bowl too). The entire nation knows where the gap is and who that player is. If conceding 45-50 odd runs (in general) and scoring 20 odd runs is the criteria to become an allrounder then we dont need an allrounder we can very well replace that spot with a proper batsman It doesn't matter we play with 4 or 5 bowlers the result would be same

Posted by rboy425 on (August 10, 2010, 22:08 GMT)

SanthoshSivajothi buddy ur right this is beyond the joke Jadeja how many chance he has been given doesnt even desere to play ranji.Also dhonis tactics to use praveen kumar only for 9 overs is questionable he difinetly is underbowled at several occasions .This guy reminds me of young glen mcgrath should play all forms of cricket for india.

Posted by pakistani_flair on (August 10, 2010, 22:01 GMT)

I thought pakistan played badly but India like always dont like Pakistan to take the limelight! LOL (",)

Posted by usman_nile1994 on (August 10, 2010, 21:55 GMT)

I would not blame Indian team. They play a lot of cricket. IPL t20 the never-ending Ind-Sl tours. How can you expect a team play well after playing so cricket. And also i want to say that Rohit Sharma should be excluded. He has been given many chances. All he can do is to perform against Bang Wi. I would like too see C Pujara in his place. Pujara has scored runs at 60avg and should have been given a chance to prove himself

Posted by CricketCritik on (August 10, 2010, 21:25 GMT)

Great show dudes. This is the real state of the world number 2's. They are good only on their own soil and in the sub continent. They are thrashed everywhere else. However, their people still have their heads-up with arrogance. wake up boys, time to get thrashed....

Posted by Gerrystackle on (August 10, 2010, 21:24 GMT)

Little ole NZ brings the overpaid superstars down to earth with a lesson in hard work. Simple as that.

Posted by ashraja on (August 10, 2010, 21:23 GMT)

I dont understand how India performed so poorly!?! Im a Pakistani fan and admire cricket as a whole. I really think India have a great setup domestically to produce great players but they are hardly given a chance. I think whilst Pakistan produces good bowlers, India produces good batsmen. Indian bowlers need to be given a proper chance. RP Singh is a great bowler as well as Irfan Pathan but BCCI does not pick them after 1 poor performance. They need to realise the World Cup is around the corner and must prepare for it NOW before its too late.

As far as Pakistan is concerned, we need to bring in a domestic structure like India's and pick players on merit rather than who they have links with!.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 21:19 GMT)

What happend to India ???? is really as Mr. Absarnaqvi suggests inspired by Pakistan. All the people who were after Pakistan (and I mean specifically all Indians) now what they have to say..... for me every dog has its day and day will come when Pakistan will be Champion team, remember the days when India can not even win a one day versus Pakistan that day will come surelly again cause you know history will repeat itself.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (August 10, 2010, 20:49 GMT)

I think India needs 2 captains. Doni would be on field captain. Another one Captain for the TOSS. Anyone who is most lucky in winning toss can be appointed. Dambulla is always favoured batting first. India still can win the trophy. But they are very weak in playing fast bowlers.

Posted by SanthoshSivajothi on (August 10, 2010, 20:43 GMT)

I know this article is about Styris so please excuse me for deviating from that. BUT, WHY oh WHY is JADEJA in the Indian Side???? Somebody please explain. Also, I hope there is a comment section in the bulletin article for each match. Please implement that Cricinfo, it would be nice.

Posted by East_West on (August 10, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

Way to go NZ! Excellent reality check to Indian super'ego'stars!! If this is our beginning to the worldcup dream, then forget about moving to even the second round in the worldcup!! Shame on you all!! It is high time we look beyond Yuvi! I wonder if ROHIT and other 'spectator' Indian cricketers do think of their "accountability" to Indian cricket! Oh! well! you folks are getting lots of dough! so who cares! Isn't it!! World cup! yeah! what a joke Indian team!!!

Posted by SnowSnake on (August 10, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

Congratulations, NZ for a very impressive all around performance. For India, the game was over in first 8 overs. Kartik's lbw was unfortunate, but all the other new batsmen could not do much. To me India appeared overly defensive or NZ bowlers were way too good. Dhoni's under performance both in test and ODI should be noted by the selectors especially since he is paid a lot of money. If he continues to underperform with the bat, he should be replaced.

Posted by cskmosey on (August 10, 2010, 20:10 GMT)

Well played by the NZ team. India will bounce back and should rest Jadeja and bring in Ashwin or even another seamer. Some how the rules have to change in playing under lights.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 19:46 GMT)

This is the Worst Indian game ever in the History !!!!

Posted by   on (August 10, 2010, 19:31 GMT)

Great stuff scotty! Taylor and Stryis had a great game!

Posted by IndianAnalyst on (August 10, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

New ball was not doing much under light, it was manageable, we can't blame the pitch for this pathetic performance by Indians. At least they should have scored somewhere close to 240, getting out for 88 not justifiable.

Posted by absarnaqvi on (August 10, 2010, 19:13 GMT)

Team Indian inspired by Pakistan today

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