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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

India VS New Zealand 2014: News

MS Dhoni should make way for a new captain in Tests: HT poll

Cricket fans are of the opinion that the 'captain cool' MS Dhoni should make way for a new skipper in Tests, an online survey conducted by HT on Tuesday suggested.

Is captain Dhoni letting too many matches slip away?

Can there be any excuse for losing a series against this New Zealand side? Tuesday's is the fourth straight series defeat for India away from home, but the one most humiliating. HT poll result: Dhoni should make way for a new captain in Tests

India vs NZ 2nd test: A very, very special one from McCullum

It was neither Eden Gardens nor VVS Laxman, and India at the receiving end, but Brendon McCullum’s match-saving and probably match-winning innings has had all those qualities that made the Indian great’s innings one of the most special in cricket history.

2nd Test India vs NZ: Flat wicket, flatter Indian performance

Ruthlessness is the hallmark of great teams, as West Indies and Australia showed during their eras. The key is aggression, making sure the opposition never gets a chance to come back once you take control of the match.

2nd Test India vs NZ: McCullum raises stock as Test batsman

For McCullum, the steady trickle of runs than a torrent, in nearly six hours braving right hand cramp and a left shoulder problem on Sunday, will go to establishing himself as the premier batsman in the side.

Kiwis divide focus between Test and IPL auctions

New Zealand may be have kept India down throughout this series, but there is no doubt their focus in the last few weeks has been on the build-up to the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auctions.

Upset with Team India's inability to 'capitalise' in New Zealand: Dhoni

Skipper MS Dhoni praised the Indian team's overall fightback against New Zealand but was unhappy that the batsmen didn’t make it count on a pitch that was good for batting.
South Africa factor helps New Zealand scale new heights

South Africa factor helps New Zealand scale new heights

The quota system in South African sports has pushed a number of players to ply their trade abroad. England has been the favoured destination for many, the county circuit providing them exposure and livelihood.

He can get swing at pace: Is Shami the next Zaheer?

Mohammed Shami has showed very early he is no journeyman bowler. He could bowl the heavy ball, the one that doesn't appear fast but thuds into the bat, was the verdict of experts.

Shikhar Dhawan’s scorecard in his last 7 Test outings makes a pathetic reading

With his failure in the first Test against New Zealand, Shikhar Dhawan’s scorecard in his last seven Test outings makes a pathetic reading: 132 runs at an average of a mere 18.87.

Williamson's success mantra: All is well when you keep calm

Kane Williamson seems to be perennially in cruise control. For a 23-year-old, his maturity and uncomplicated batting with emphasis on innings building stands out in an era of the slam-bang approach.

Ludhiana-born Inderbir Singh, Ish, named in NZ Test team against India

Inderbir Singh Sodhi, Ish to his teammates, has been named in the Kiwis Test squad and is sure to divide loyalties among his Indian fans as the Punjab-born 21-year-old attempts to impress against the Indians in the first Test, in Auckland, on February 6.

New Zealand series a déjà vu for Indian cricket

It must be a sense of déjà vu for Indian cricket. It was in 2002 that they suffered humiliating defeats in both the One-day and Test series in New Zealand, always a tough place for touring teams.

Dhoni becomes 4th fastest to complete 8,000 ODI runs

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday became the fourth fastest batsman to complete 8,000 runs in one-day cricket during the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington.

Basin Reserve in Wellington: a walk through cricket's history

With technology galloping ahead and the game constantly evolving, preserving heritage is a nice way to look back in wonder. The Basin Reserve in Wellington, which staged its first Test 84 years ago, must be one of the most beautiful sports venues in the world.
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