Category: New Zealand

Ep. 95 Bonus episode: Craig Mc Millan on Spin, Sledging and Superovers

In this mid-week bonus episode, we get the golden chance to interview Craig Mc Millan, ex New Zealand Cricket, batting coach and now commentator.

We speak to “Macca” and deep-dive the incredible third NZ v Ind T20 just concluded on Wednesday, particularly Shami’s last over, the big hitting innings from Kane Williamson as well as Rohit Sharma’s sixes.

We also speak about his love affair with India and playing spin, being sledged by Australians, playing in New Zealand’s first ever T20 and playing in 3 World Cups and the 2007 T20 World Cup.

We also ask him what it was like to be in the dressing room as batting coach during CWC19 final, how the Kiwis plotted to defeat India in their CWC semi-final and which teams he thinks are favourites to win the WT20.

Podcast available on IVM and all major platforms. You can find links to the Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Castbox, YouTube etc here.

Link to Gilchrist comments on Macca https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/95176524/adam-gilchrist-names-exblack-cap-craig-mcmillan-as-most-underrated-rival

Link to first NZ T20 ever: https://youtu.be/N3Q6APn-E5U

India beat the Kiwis but questions remain unanswered

Well, that was a bit of a let-down, wasn’t it?

Going in to the final ODI of the series, the Kiwis had shown fantastic character and fight to tie the ODI series 2-2. However, Vizag saw India wrap up an easy 190 run win so that everyone could have an early night before Diwali celebrations begin on Sunday.

The Kiwis were bowled out for 79, their lowest score against India. Rohit and Kohli scored half-centuries. Amit Mishra picked up five wickets. The long tour seemed to finally get to the Kiwis and it looked like some of the Black Caps had already mentally checked-out.

While the win was a nice little Diwali gift, India will need to do some thinking. While the Champions Trophy 2017 is set to start next June (8 months away!), India only play three more ODIs before then.

Here are four question marks that continue to hang over India’s limited overs team.  Read More

India v New Zealand ODI series: Fantasy Cricket Tips and Preview

India v New Zealand ODI series 2016 (16 October – 29 October 2016)

The Teams

Coming off a crushing 3-0 loss in the test series, New Zealand will be banking on their explosive batting line-up for a fresh start in the ODI series.

The Indian ODI team looks fairly different from the test team – Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Bhuvi are injured, Raina is ill with viral fever and Ashwin, Shami, and Jadeja are all rested for the first three ODIs. 

While the Kiwis are #7 in tests (India are ranked #1), New Zealand are the #3 ODI team (India are just below at #4). The pressure will be on M.S. Dhoni’s men to win by a 4-1 margin and leap-frog the Kiwis in the ODI ranks.

The Venues

Dharamsala, Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Visakhapatnam.

Our Fantasy Picks

Here are our top 3 fantasy cricket picks from each side for the ODIs. Read More

New Zealand Tour of India: 5 Takeaways from the Kiwi-wash

Pure agony fuelled 1 Tip 1 Hand’s first ever blog post in August 2014. India’s tour of England was in shambles and Dhoni’s test side was on its way to losing 3-1. Virat Kohli was woefully out of form. The bowlers were ineffective, catches were being dropped and the Indian line-up was collapsing regularly – we even wrote a post about how the Indian test team cannot bat, bowl or field.

We really have come a long way since then.

Kohli took over the mantle of test captaincy after Dhoni decided to retire from test cricket. India actually competed in the test series in Australia. We won a tight series in Sri Lanka. The South Africans were humbled 4-0 in India. The scoreline was 2-0 in favour of India in the West Indies. Most recently, the Kiwi challenge was swept aside 3-0. Finally, Kohli’s India grabbed the no.1 test ranking.

Here’s our wrap-up of the India v New Zealand test series. Read More

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