Review: Positives, negatives of Ind Vs NZ series

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Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 14:53 [IST]
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With India registering a comprehensive 2-0 win over New Zealand in the two-match Test series, India and New Zealand have a few positives and negatives from the tour.

Review: India Vs New Zealand Test series

Playing its first match in 16 years in the absence of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, India's Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli did a fabulous job as they added 428 runs in the Test series, to be the top two run-scorers in the series.

India's spin duo showed how dangerous they can be at home, having claimed 31 wickets off the two Tests as Ashwin walked away with the honours as he took 18 scalps with 12/85 being his best in an innings.

While all the youngsters impressed it was the seniors who let the team down incase of India, as Sachin Tendulkar scored 19, 17 and 27 in the three innings, and was bowled miserably on all occasions leading to a hot debate on whether it is time to retire.

If that was disappointing, openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir recorded their first 50 plus stand in last few innings, and struggled to play their natural innings, as it raised doubts about Gambhir and Sehwag's form.

Moreover, Suresh Raina who has played 16 Tests so far, also failed miserably as he recorded just 58 runs in three innings.

Zaheer Khan, the most experienced bowler went wicket-less in the first Test, as it was the first time he finished a Test at home without claiming a wicket.

Though he completed 100 wickets at home, he wasn't very impressive, as youngster Umesh Yadav and spinners took all the honours for restricting the opponents, as Khan finished with 3 wickets from 2 Tests.

Apart from Dhoni, none of the batsmen were consistent while talking about seniors, as they depended on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to do the job throughout the series.

But that also suggested that India have found suitable replacements for Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who retired from international cricket recently.

Similarly, New Zealand also had its share of positives from the tour, though they lost it 0-2, as Taylor was quite happy with the team's performance in the Bangalore Test after they got hammered by an innings and 115 runs at Hyderabad in the first Test.

Tim Southee was very dangerous in the seond Test, as he played only one Test and was truly amazing at Bangalore, as he claimed 8 wickets in the Test, with 7/64 in the first innings, his career-best bowling figures.

Jeetan Patel, the only spinner for New Zealand impressed everyone having picked 7 wickets in the series with a career-best of 4/100.

Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult were impressive as well. Though they didn't claim wickets, they bowled very well, especially on tracks that assist spinners and most importantly, they are in their early 20s, which is another positive sign, as they have already created an impact.

But New Zealand faced a lot of problems with the batting order as skipper Ross Taylor was also not consistent but managed to score heavily in the Bangalore Test.

Apart from Kruger van Wyk, James Franklin and Kane Williamson, others failed to create an impact.

With 157 runs off 4 innings, Taylor was the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in the series, while Southee took the honours for being the best bowler for Kiwis having claimed 8 wickets in the only Test he played.

This also shows that Indian seniors need to take a lesson from the recent series though they won it comprehensively. New Zealand put up a great fight in the second Test as they challenged the hosts having claimed 5 wickets in the second innings to put pressure on the middle-order.

Though the Test series was more one-sided, twenty20 game would be equally poised as both the team would look to put up a good show.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 6, 2012, 14:52 [IST]
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