Brendon McCullum’s challenge: To get the best out of his squad
February 20, 2014

It has been an ‘Indian Summer’ for Brendon McCullum and the New Zealand cricket team.

India tour of New Zealand: Booker, Grammy and now 300
Brendon McCullum, NZ’s first triple-centurion, made it to the front page of Daily News, a rare high for cricket in a rugby-crazy nation. A spectator risks a limb to watch McCullum complete his 300 at the Basin Reserve on Tuesday.  (Daksh Panwar)

Following India’s winless streak, Daksh Panwar catches up with a nation on a celebration overdrive.

India’s away woes continue, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni sees improvement
February 19, 2014

India did not win a single game on their shortened tour of New Zealand, losing both ODI and Test series.

After Wellington ton, Virat Kohli breaks into top-10 ICC Test rankings

Kohli jumped two places following his knocks of 38 and 105 not out in the Wellington Test, which ended in a draw.

Virat Kohli won’t walk, he’s run hungry

Virat Kohli’s obsession with batting can even be discerned during practice sessions.

Didn’t know this would mean so much to our country: Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum reflects with humour and honesty on what has been a historic series for the nation.

Notable notes: A walkabout at wellington

Curator of NZC’s museum at the Basin Reserve turned out to be much younger than his job profile.

Brendon McCullum’s 300: Rise of a nation

All of New Zealand exhales as McCullum becomes first Kiwi batsman to score a Test triple hundred.

I wasn’t feeling nervous until I saw size of crowd: Brendon McCullum
February 18, 2014

Brendon McCullum’s innings was the highest score for a New Zealand batsman in a Test innings.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni appreciates the way Indian bowlers took challenge

After the 1-0 series loss, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose not to be too critical.

Brendon McCullum’s 302 seals series 1-0

Brendon McCullum scored 535 runs in the two-match series, having also scored 224 in first Test.

281: Very very special

Similarities between Laxman’s Eden epic and McCullum’s masterclass go well beyond figure of 281.

We paid a heavy price for dropping Brendon McCullum twice: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan summed up the mood in the Indian camp after Brendon McCullum’s marathon effort.

Tired and tested Indian pace attack

India seamer Zaheer Khan went wicketless for 36 overs after his three strikes.

Bowlers did a very good job and bowled in right areas: Cheteshwar Pujara
February 16, 2014

While wickets didn’t come in the last session, a couple of close chances went down in the field.

Brendon McCullum, Watling keep New Zealand alive

India must win the match to level the two-Test series after New Zealand won the first game at Eden Park.

For big match temperament, Ajinkya Rahane turned to ex-Customs official

Poyarekar never imagined that Ajinkya Rahane would seek his help to be a better batsman.

For this fan, sound of the game is music to his ears

Jones has been blind since birth but has religiously attended most matches at Basin Reserve for last 30 years.

Ajinkya Rahane makes ground

Ajinkya Rahane maiden Test ton to put India in a position of strength; New Zealand 24 for 1 after trailing by 246.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s innings gave me a lot of confidence: Ajinkya Rahane
February 15, 2014

Highlight of Indian innings was the 120-run seventh wicket partnership between Rahane and Dhoni.

On Valentine’s Day, the love story of a ground

It’s a unique initiative for a cricket ground. It reminds you of love padlocks commonly seen at bridges across Europe.

Ton-up Ajinkya Rahane anchors India to big lead at Basin Reserve

Ajinkya Rahane had anchored India’s innings with a compact approach in holding up his end .

India tour of New Zealand: Mane-man scalps six

Ishant Sharma’s career-best 6/51 bowls out NZ for 192; Dhawan’s 71* leads India to 100/2.

Notable notes: Discounts and safe bets
February 14, 2014

At the Basin. It’s lush green, indeed. Ain’t colour blind, can’t really make out the pitch.

I’ve been bowling well since South Africa tour, says Ishant Sharma

After Ishant Sharma’s heroics with the ball, India were placed comfortably at 100 for 2.

Ishant Sharma’s best puts India ahead

Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasted little time asking New Zealand to bat on the green wicket.

India tour of New Zealand: No half measures

Unlike in first Test at Auckland, India will have to dominate game right through if they are to draw level.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni skips pre-match interaction, team official refuses to allow questions on IPL scandal
February 13, 2014

A team official also refused to allow any questioning on matters other than the Test.

‘Will keep as much grass as possible’

Curator Sipthorpe said it was a guarantee that the captain who would win toss, would like to bowl first.

We want to keep them winless; clean sweep possible: Tim Southee

Tim Southee spoke about wanting to keep India winless on the tour.

India tour of New Zealand: Dealing with a tinge of green

Players who went unsold and for good money will have to set aside IPL happenings to deal with spicy track at Wellington.

Two of a kind: Meet the McGlashans
February 12, 2014

While Kiwi cricketing families consist mainly of men across generations, siblings Peter and Sara break the clutter.

Neil Wagner epitomises everything we want to be known for as a team: Brendon McCullum
New Zealand
February 9, 2014

McCullum rated his double-hundred in the first innings as the best knock he has ever played.

We will take plenty of confidence out of this game: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni

The skipper admitted that India could have done better with both bat and ball in the first innings.

Neil Wagner strikes blows as New Zealand beat India by 40 runs
New Zealand

India fought back brilliantly with the ball to give themselves a fighting chance of achieving an unlikely victory.

An all-round turn around

India fall 301 behind but Shami with ball, Jadeja in field and Dhawan with bat get side back on track