Brendon McCullum showed his growing maturity and desire to stamp his mark on New Zealand with an inspirational triple-century that salvaged the second test against India and sealed a 1-0 series win on Tuesday.
India conjured up hopes of a record run-chase before a lower middle-order collapse saw the visitors slump to a 40-run defeat against New Zealand in the thrilling first cricket test and hand over a 1-0 lead to the hosts in the two-match series here today.
New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner today said that the hosts will not be hitting the panic button just yet as they are confident of taking remaining Indian wickets needed for victory in the first Test, here.
India face a daunting task of scoring 407 runs to win the first cricket Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings to be skittled out for 105 and left the topsy-turvy match wide open, on Saturday.
On the second day of the first Test at Eden Park, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum who was unbeaten on 143 at stumps on the first day, went on to score a double ton against India and ensured that his side crossed the 500-run mark in the first innings.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Tuesday sought to play mind games ahead of the first cricket Test against India, saying the visiting batsmen are too attacking and that sustained pressure can get them to commit errors.
The lanky Ishwar Pandey finally got a chance to play a match on this tour of New Zealand in a two-day tour game and his three-wicket haul in 14 overs would surely make him happy after waiting in the wings for three weeks since India landed in this country.
Hammered in the ODIs, the Indian cricket team would look to make a fresh start in its so far disappointing tour of New Zealand when it takes on the hosts in a two-day practice game here tomorrow to build up for the two-match Test series.
Fearlessness, dynamism and flamboyance are the new traits one can easily observe in the young Indian team which has been currently locking horns with the world’s number one ranked Test team – South Africa.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly today rated Mohammed Shami ahead of the experienced Zaheer Khan as he said the young pacer would be India`s "best" as they begin a tough two-match Test series against South Africa in Johannesburg from Wednesday.
South African pacer Morne Morkel on Monday fired the first salvo ahead of the two-match Test series, starting here December 18, stating that the young Indian batsmen will miss `Sachin Tendulkar`s patience` in the middle and they should be prepared to face some hostile bowling from the home side.
It`s nearly two years that India haven`t played a Test overseas and as they prepare to take on South Africa at the Wanderers on Wednesday, it will be a trial by fire for coach Duncan Fletcher, who has now come a long way from the team`s 0-8 result abroad.