Team India kicks off the year with a trip to New Zealand, the first of the
many tours Mahendra Singh
Dhoni and his men will
undertake in 2014.
The visitors have an upper
hand in the Test series since
New Zealand hasn’t beaten
India in the five-day format in
over a decade.
“The last time we toured
the country, we won. So, psychologically also, we are better off,” Niranjan Shah, vice
president, Board of Control
for Cricket in India, who was
the team manager when
India toured New Zealand in
“Most of the young players
are fairly experienced. They
won’t take long to adjust to
the conditions,” Shah said.
“Virat (Kohli), Cheteshwar
(Pujara) and Ajinkya
(Rahane) are technically
sound. It is also a good thing
that the selectors gave one
more chance to Rohit
(Sharma). I believe he should be persisted
with. Only Shikhar (Dhawan) needs to
click. But he’s a good player and shouldn’t
take long to get back his form.”
Yuvraj Singh was dropped from the
one-day squad on the basis of poor form.
He was part of the team for the home
series against Australia and the West
Indies, and the ODI leg of the tour to
South Africa, but failed to make any sig-
nificant contribution with the bat.
He scored 19 runs in four innings against
Australia and was dismissed for a second-
ball duck in the first ODI against South
Africa at the Wanderers.
Uncapped player Ishwar Pandey,
replaced Pragyan Ojha, in both the one-day
and the Test squad. Pandey, who was the
leading wicket-taker in the 2012-13 Ranji
Trophy season with 48 scalps at 21.06, followed it up with another brilliant season
with the ball, with 30 wickets in eight
games at 24.76 in the current season,
including a couple of five-wicket hauls.
Stuart Binny was the other new face to be
included in the ODI squad.
Binny, who has scored 281 runs including
a century and taken ten wickets from six
games, has put together some good performances in the ongoing season.
Varun Aaron, the right-arm pacer, was
recalled to the one-day team after having
recovered from a back injury. Aaron has
picked up 20 wickets from six matches at
21.95 for Jharkhand in the current Ranji
Team India has lost nine of its last 10
Tests on foreign soil, failing to adapt to
seaming conditions, something that
prompted New Zealand coach Mike
Heeson to urge the curators to prepare
New Zealand has a good crop of young
fast bowlers in Tim Southee, Trent Boult
and Doug Bracewell, giving Heeson
enough confidence that they can run
through the formidable Indian batting
Up-and-coming Odisha sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick is hoping to strike it big in the sport as he gears to train under Glenn Mills, Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s coach.
Mallick, 21, will undergo a four-month stint in
Kingston, Jamaica, under the watchful eyes of Glenn Mills
at the Racers Track Club.
Mills is the club’s head coach and has worked with the
two fastest men in the world currently — Bolt and Yohan
He has also coached the Jamaican Olympic athletics
team between 1987 and 2009 and played a major role in
the nation’s rise as a sprinting superpower.
“I will be training with Mills for four months,” Mallick
said. “It is like a dream come true since every sprinter
dreams to work under a coach who has worked with the
Mallick said he was aiming to better his timing in the
200 meters sprint to qualify for this year’s Commonwealth
and Asian Games.
“In Jamaica I will work with the coaches to improve on
the timing. If I improve my time by even a fraction of a
second I will qualify for the Games. I am also looking to
work on my fitness,” he said.
Mallick has a personal best of 10.50 seconds in the 100
meters and clocked 21.22 to win the gold medal in the
men’s 200m at the National Open Athletics
Championships in Ranchi last September.
The good showing enabled him to secure the training
stint at the Racers Track Club in Jamaica.
“After my performances in Ranchi I sent my timings to
the club after which they agreed to accept my application
for the training,” Mallick said.
He is hoping to better Anil Kumar Prakash’s national
record of 20.73 seconds in the 200 meters, before
attempting to win a medal at the Asian Games later this
Mallick was heartbroken after he failed to qualify for the
London Olympics in 2012.
“I had a big injury in 2011 which ruled me out for nearly
a year. If not for that injury I was confident of qualifying
for the Olympics,” he said.
Odisha sprinter to train under Usain Bolt’s coach
Amiya Kumar Mallick is
gearing to train under
Glenn Mills in Jamaica.
ODIs to be held at Napier (January
19), Hamilton (January 22 and
January 28), Auckland (January 25)
and Wellington (January 31).
Two Tests at Auckland (February
6-10) and Wellington (February 14-
ODI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma,
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati
Rayudu, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin,
Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant
Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishwar
Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron
Test: Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay,
Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli,
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane,
Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan,
Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma,
Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav,
Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey.
India ready for Kiwi outing
India have an upper hand in the Test series since New Zealand hasn’t beaten
them in the five-day format in over a decade.
COURTES Y: BCCI