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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

India vs New Zealand 2012: News

Tendulkar at NCA ahead of India-New Zealand series

Senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar began preparations for the upcoming New Zealand Test series with a practice session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Don't compare the youngsters with the greats of the game

India start a new season at home, where they will always be firm favourites in spite of what has happened in the last 18 months of Test cricket, both on and off the field. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Indian fans will settle for nothing short of victory

If we were to ask the two teams exactly where this Test series sits on their priority list, their answers would tell us plenty. John Wright writes. John says

Pujara a blast from the charming past

There are certain old school, endearing characteristics in Cheteshwar Pujara’s personality that make him an oddity in a world dominated by flamboyant cricketers who flaunt their stardom. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Adding to repertoire will help Ashwin

Ashwin has a very good record in India and I hope he uses this experience to become better overseas. He must try and add variation to his repertoire. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Taylor's defensive mindset surprising

More than the moments during the match, the first Test between India and New Zealand was about the passages of play where the Kiwi skipper Ross Taylor let the Indian batting off the hook. Aakash Chopra reports.

Kiwis need to be precise and decisive

The second Test starts off with India holding the advantage by a distance. If New Zealand are to put up a better show, than what they did in Hyderabad, they will need to raise their game by many notches. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Virat has shown he can thrive under pressure

In the end, India squeezed home in a terrific Test match. Regardless of the cynics, who may point to another Test loss, New Zealand can be proud of the vast improvement and the fight they showed. John Wright writes.

Does he still deserve a place in the team?

There are a few ways of telling when a top-class batsman is waning, and being bowled regularly is one of them, Ian Chappell writes.

He will know when it is time to exit

Living with the word “retirement” hanging over your head is an unwanted burden you carry when you are into your late thirties, John Wright writes.

Ashwin-Bhajji contest could be a bonus for India

You can't argue about the weather, and now India and New Zealand will be hoping for a game on Tuesday. Plan all you like but leading into a big tournament, nothing can replicate hard match practice. John Wright writes.
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