Friday 27 March 2009, 5:24PM
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Jesse Daniel Ryder, a 24 year old youngster in international cricket has made the world turn around and look at him, in the ongoing series against India. Ryder, born on August 6th, 1984 in Masterton, Wellington has so far played 7 test matches with an avg. of 51.54 excluding 2nd test and also has a good ODI record with an avg. of 39.84 at a strike rate of 91.13.

Thursday, early in the morning, when people in India were yet to wake up in search for their day, New Zealand has won the toss and elected to bat. India capped by stand-in captain, Sehwag struck early and made in roads into the middle order of the NZ team. This is when our hero, Jesse Daniel Ryder arrived to the crease.

Ryder started his game with a solid defence on the front foot and opened his account by playing the leg glance to perfection against seam head Zaheer Khan, of the Indian team. Ryder along with Taylor started to build pressure on team India by attacking their bowlers. Though, Taylor was rash in his shots, Ryder timed his boundaries to perfection, except for two shots when he edged, but went unpunished by the Indian fielders. One couldn’t write an article about him, without mentioning his flat six off Harbhajan Singh, which he swept off with a clean wristy swing of his bat.

Ryder and Taylor carried on with their batting and put on a double hundred partnership of 271 in 59.2 overs. Taylor's contribution was 151 and that of Ryder's was 108. They both came out to bat when NZ was 23 for 3 and pursued on till 294 for 3, when Taylor was consumed in by Bhaji's doosra.

Later Taylor continued on with a century stand with Franklin, Taylor (64) and Franklin (52) made 121 off 40.5 overs. They went on well except for the miscommunication in running between the wickets, which cost them Franklin's wicket.

Ryder, who was on 172 when NZ lost the wicket of Franklin, batted on and on. When he was on 197, he pulled the ball banged in by Zaheer, past leg gully to bring up his 200 in style. The boy from Wairarapa has claimed his well deserved debut double ton against his name. But, the next ball he was castled by Zaheer, when Ryder went for a big drive and got the thick edge.

Ryder would not have been an happy man, as he banged his bat on the ground before walking back to the dressing room. There was a standing ovation from the crowds, and he deserves it. What a fine innings from this youngster! Definitely, he has a great future from which NewZealand is gonna benefit. Atlast, New Zealand has found a good ODI opener and a middle order Test batsman.

Expectations in IPL2
After his fine knock in ODI and Test, much will be expected from the young man in the forthcoming IPL2, to be played in South Africa which starts on mid-April. He can be useful with the ball too, a right arm medium pacer who hits the line and length accurately.

- Karthikeyan C.N.                                                                               

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