NEW ZEALAND VS INDIA

  • Team India returns home after dismal tour of New Zealand February 20, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned from New Zealand after losing both Oneday International and Test series, in what turned out to a disastrous tour. Soon after landing here last night, all the team members took connecting flights to their respective cities. India lost the fivematch ODI...
  • Time has come to look beyond 'defensive' Dhoni: Amarnath February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath says the time has come to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy as his "defensive approach" has resulted in the country's prolonged failure on foreign soil. "Dhoni is a defensive captain who allows opposition to make a comeback in the game. His record is...
  • Will split captaincy address Team India's woes? February 19, 2014

    Ten defeats in 15 overseas Tests without a win in over two and a half years is a cause of concern for any team whether in transition or not. And India are now suffering what Australia did after the exodus of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh and Adam...
  • Brendon McCullum's triple century lands him careerbest ranking February 19, 2014

    Dubai: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's matchsaving knock of 302 in the Wellington Test against India has helped him jump eight places to a careerbest 12th in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen. McCullum, who became the first New Zealander to score a triple hundred, helped draw the second and...
  • New Zealand media hail 'Captain Fantastic', Brendon McCullum February 19, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand media dubbed triple centurion Brendon McCullum "Captain Fantastic", as Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said his unfancied team was finally reaching its potential. "Our greatest innings," trumpeted the New Zealand Herald's front page on Wednesday, accompanied by a picture of McCullum with his arms aloft after scoring 302...
  • Dhoni must take a few risks to win abroad: Dravid February 18, 2014

    Wellington: Former captain Rahul Dravid has backed the underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni to stay on as Test skipper for at least a year but added that he would need to take a "few risks" to win abroad. "I think he's got to realise this very quickly, that if he wants to...
  • MS Dhoni can give Test captaincy to Virat Kohli, says Martin Crowe February 18, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand's former skipper Martin Crowe feels India's chances of defending the title at next year's 50over World Cup could improve if Mahendra Singh Dhoni hands over the Test captaincy to Virat Kohli. "I would say that if India want to defend the next World Cup, I think MS Dhoni...
  • Kirmani bats for underfire Dhoni, downplays string of losses February 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Former stumper Syed Kirmani on Tuesday backed MS Dhoni's captaincy, saying too much should not be read into India's fourth consecutive series loss overseas as he felt every team goes through a bad phase. "It does not matter whether it is four losses or five. Every team goes through it....
  • India had a great chance of winning both Tests: Kris Srikkanth February 18, 2014

    India had all the chance to win both the Tests in New Zealand but squandered the opportunity to extend their winless streak abroad. ...
  • Dhoni's India slammed after New Zealand tour flop February 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India's latest away series defeat at the end of a dismal tour of New Zealand triggered calls on Tuesday for a change in leadership and a warning that financial muscle does not translate to onfield success. A majestic triple century from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum in the...
  • India bowlers squandered winning positions in two of last four Tests February 18, 2014

    India are winless in 2014, and while that remains a surprise in ODI cricket for the current World Cupholders, on at least two occasions in the last four Tests, Indian bowling failed to respond when the batsmen had put the side in a winning position. It happened once each on India's...
  • Amit Mishra should have been given a chance: Ghavri February 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Leggie Amit Mishra, who has been virtually a passenger with the Indian touring team without getting into the playing eleven, should have been tried out by the team management during the New Zealand series to show his mettle, said former India pacer Karsan Ghavri. "I think other spinners should be...
  • McCullum shows maturity with Wellington triple century February 18, 2014

    Wellington: Brendon McCullum showed his growing maturity and desire to stamp his mark on New Zealand with an inspirational triplecentury that salvaged the second Test against India and sealed a 10 series win on Tuesday. The 32yearold's 302 at Wellington's Basin Reserve capped a golden summer for the New Zealand captain,...
  • India retain second position in ICC Test team rankings February 18, 2014

    Dubai: India have retained their second position in the ICC Test team rankings following a draw in the second and final Test against New Zealand, which won the series 10. A twoTest series loss has resulted in India slipping from 117 ratings points to 112, which means that they are ahead...
  • Dhoni satisfied despite disastrous New Zealand tour February 18, 2014

    Wellington: Despite his team overwhelmingly crushed by New Zealand during the tour, India skipper MS Dhoni on Tuesday put up a brave front, saying it was "quite a good performance" by his team in the Test matches. It turned out to be a disastrous tour for India as they remained winless,...
  • Time to say goodbye to MS Dhoni the Test captain February 18, 2014

    In January 2012 Mahendra Singh Dhoni had hinted that he might quit one of the formats by the end of 2013. We're in 2014 now; Dhoni is still there playing everything and finishing two forgettable tours to start the new year, perhaps wondering looking at his worsening away Test...
  • 2nd Test: India hold onto a draw, NZ win series 10 February 18, 2014

    After Brendon McCullum's historic triple century batted India out of the second Test at Wellington on day five, Virat Kohli helped the visitors overcome a toporder failure with his sixth Test hundred and hold on to draw a Test they looked like winning two days ago. All eyes were on McCullum...
  • Brendon McCullum first NZ player to score Test triple century February 18, 2014

    Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to score a Test match triple century on Tuesday during the fifth day of the second Test against India at the Basin Reserve. The 32yearold McCullum had resumed on 281 and brought up the milestone with a late cut for his 32nd boundary...
  • As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 5 February 18, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After Brendon McCullum's historic triple century set India 435 to chase on Day 5, Virat Kohli struck his 6th Test hundred to earn India a draw. Day 4 roundup: Bowlers win you Test matches because you need 20 wickets to win...
  • Better for India to lose 20 than not take an outside chance to win February 17, 2014

    At the end of the first session on day three, India could hardly imagine the nightmare they would be starting at five sessions later in the second Test against New Zealand that has been turned on its head by the hosts' middle order. India led by 246 at the end of...
  • Milestone man McCullum on the brink of greatness February 17, 2014

    Wellington: An exhausted Brendon McCullum stood on the cusp of history on Monday after he had saved the second Test against India and set up his side up for a tilt at what would be an astounding victory on the fifth and final day. The 32yearold captain ended the fourth day...
  • Proud BJ Watling relished grinding India with a century February 17, 2014

    Wellington: The cricketing cliche of taking each ball on its merits and then switching off to deal with the next was never more appropriate on Monday as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted New Zealand into a strong position in the second Test against India. The hosts were 571 for six...
  • Shikhar Dhawan still hopeful of a win on Day 5 February 17, 2014

    Wellington: At a loss of words to explain India's poor performance, batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Monday conceded that New Zealand have turned the tables on his side in the ongoing second cricket Test but insisted that the visitors still have a chance to not just save but win the match. The...
  • 2nd Test: McCullumled NZ stun India by taking a 325run lead on Day 4 February 17, 2014

    Bowlers win you Test matches because you need 20 wickets to win one. India were once again taught that lesson by New Zealand on Monday when Brendon McCullum's second consecutive double century, BJ Watling's 124 and a worldrecord partnership of 352 for the sixth wicket between those two pushed the...
  • McCullum, Watling break world record for sixthwicket stand February 17, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and B J Watling broke the world record for the highest sixthwicket partnership with a 352run stand against India in the ongoing second cricket Test here on Monday. McCullum and Watling scored 229 (not out) and 124 runs respectively to break the previous record of...
  • Brendon McCullum scores third double ton against India February 17, 2014

    Wellington: Brendon McCullum became only the second New Zealander to score two double centuries in the same series when he passed the 200 mark Monday in a remarkable gamechanging innings against India. Fighting off pain from back, knee and shoulder injuries, the New Zealand captain reached 200 midway through the afternoon...
  • Team India's frustration in New Zealand caught on microphone February 17, 2014

    Indian bowlers were once again put under pressure in New Zealand on Monday when a 300plus partnership between Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling continued to pour cold water over India's hopes of winning the second Test. And the frustration of Team India was caught on microphone. New Zealand erased India's 246run...
  • As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4 February 17, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brendon McCullum (281*) struck his second double ton of the series in a world record stand with BJ Watling (124) as India could take just one wicket on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, which ended with NZ 325 runs...