Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Bowling puts India in another jam

Sachin Tendulkar could conceivably have scored a little quicker and helped India to 20 extra runs, but would the listless bowling have been able to defend even that?

Siddarth Ravindran at the Shere Bangla National Stadium

March 16, 2012

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Shakib Al Hasan smashes one to the leg side, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 16, 2012
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There couldn't have been too many better ways to have spent the Friday in Dhaka than watching the cracker of an Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh fans at the Shere Bangla National Stadium had the best of both worlds - getting to see the star batsman of the opposition make a century, a historic one at that, and then watching their side pull off an astonishing victory.

In the evening Sachin Tendulkar's seemingly interminable wait for the 100th hundred finally ended, and a torrent of tributes began to pour in from India's president and prime minister to the who's who of cricket. His fans were euphoric as their idol had achieved a landmark unlikely to ever be challenged, the new gold standard for longevity and success.

Mere hours later, though, the pacing of Tendulkar's innings was being questioned. Was it too slow, not only leading to India's third one-day defeat to Bangladesh but also endangering India's chances of reaching the final of the Asia Cup, and raising the stakes in Sunday's high-profile encounter with Pakistan.

There was a visible tentativeness from Tendulkar as the century neared, he struggled to pick the gaps as he seemed weighed down by the approaching milestone. His 147-ball 114 resulted in the second lowest strike-rate in 100-plus scores for him, so yes, it wasn't the most fluent of his innings. But then, his partner for much of the effort and one of the form batsmen in world cricket, Virat Kohli, was also having trouble picking up the pace. Besides, the final flourish from Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni boosted India to 289, a solid score on a track where the ball was stopping a touch and when the opposition had sent you in.

More of the blame for the defeat has to be apportioned to India's bowlers, and more credit to the pluckiness of Bangladesh's batsmen. Mushfiqur Rahim had boldly said on Thursday that India's bowling unit was among the weaker ones in the tournament, and he backed up those words with an ice-cool unbeaten 25-ball 46 to steal the game from India and at least some of the headlines from Tendulkar.

It is a familiar problem for India, who even during their World Cup-winning run relied more on their batting clout than on their bowling resources to pull through in tight situations. A consistent and credible option for the death is yet to be found, and now with the batting Powerplay being usually taken from the 36th over and the two new balls reducing the amount of reverse swing, it makes matters worse. Teams around the world are finding it hard to block the runs in the final third of the innings.

All three of India's fast bowlers are not express quick, and there wasn't much movement on offer either, making it paramount for them to be accurate. Instead, they bungled their lengths to routinely provide Bangladesh with boundary balls. Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar, hearteningly for India, tested the batsmen with some pinpoint yorkers, but they also served up too many length deliveries and several high full tosses that were duly dispatched. With the game heading for a tense finish, Irfan and Praveen offered two waist-high full tosses to Mushfiqur in the space of five deliveries. A six and a four resulted, and the match was gone.

After the match, Tendulkar praised Bangladesh's batsmen, and didn't think the target was too small. "Two-ninety was a decent total. Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition," he said. "They played good cricket, approached it really well. Our bowlers tried their best, this is just one of those things. If Australia can lose after scoring 434, whom do you blame then?"

Tendulkar also said that it wasn't the easiest of tracks to bat on. "We wanted to get to a good total. I was batting with Virat and we decided that 275 to 280 is a good total," he said. "He mentioned this wicket was different to the one we played on earlier [against Sri Lanka, where India made 304]. They needed 33 off the last three overs, I thought we were in control but there were a few very good shots."

Tendulkar could conceivably have scored a little quicker and helped India to 20 extra runs, but would the listless bowling have been able to defend even that? The delirious Bangladesh fans couldn't care less, as they trooped out of the stadium shouting slogans of victory after a thoroughly well-spent day.

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Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

whatever! Sachin should retire now! There is nothing else to prove for him

Posted by Super70s on (March 18, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

It is easy to blame the bowlers, but there was little they could have done on this track. The biggest culprit was Sachin's slow 100, but I guess it is heresy to say that. I was shocked by the next day's newspaper headlines; Sachin, Sachin, Sachin everywhere, and the Bangla win tucked into an obscure corner. We are happy with our losses as long as Sachin scores; no wonder we get plenty of that - Sachin runs and India losses.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

@ Priyantha Gunaratna : SL improved at a faster pace because they did not have to paly against 13 or 14 players in their opponent team like BD have been since long. Rather it was other way round, especially I remember your two test wins at home against India and Pakistan, when host country umpires used to officiate the matches, that were heavily criticized for bad umpiring. On the other hand BD did not get a sure test win in a away match against Pakistan due to very poor umpiring by Ashoka De Silva. There are numerous examples of bad umpriing decisions gong against BD. One can collect all the video footages and do a good research.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

bangladesh is improving. agree india bowling was less than perfect and srt score rate below par, and 289 was indeed a good score in mirpur. so the real credit goes to the planning and executing of the bangladesh batmen. they were superb to finish the game. give them proper credit please, dont just cry for whatever weakness india may have. and bangladesh bit sl next tuesday, and they in the final, - you said it right shakib. ts a bangla time now. go tiger. get the trophy in dhaka.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

bangladesh is improving. agree india bowling was less than perfect and srt score rate below par, and 289 was indeed a good score in mirpur. so the real credit goes to the planning and executing of the bangladesh batmen. they were superb to finish the game. give them proper credit please, dont just cry for whatever weakness india may have. and bangladesh bit sl next tuesday, and they in the final, - you said it right shakib. ts a bangla time now. go tiger. get the trophy in dhaka.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

bangladesh is improving. agree india bowling was less than perfect and srt score rate below par, and 289 was indeed a good score in mirpur. so the real credit goes to the planning and executing of the bangladesh batmen. they were superb to finish the game. give them proper credit please, dont just cry for whatever weakness india may have. and bangladesh bit sl next tuesday, and they in the final, - you said it right shakib. ts a bangla time now. go tiger. get the trophy in dhaka.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

agree india bowling was less than perfect and srt score rate below par, and 289 was indeed a good score in mirpur. so the real credit goes to the planning and executing of the bangladesh batmen. they were superb to finish the game. give them proper credit please, dont just cry for whatever weakness india may have. and bangladesh bit sl next tuesday, and they in the final, - you said it right shakib. its a bangla time now. go tiger.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

agree india bowling was less than perfect and srt score rate below par, and 289 was indeed a good score in mirpur. so the real credit goes to the planning and executing of the bangladesh batmen. they were superb to finish the game. give them proper credit please, dont just cry for whatever weakness india may have. and bangladesh bit sl next tuesday, and they in the final, - you said it right shakib. its a bangla time now. go tiger.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

agree india bowling was less than perfect and srt score rate below par, and 289 was indeed a good score in mirpur. so the real credit goes to the planning and executing of the bangladesh batmen. they were superb to finish the game. give them proper credit please, dont just cry for whatever weakness india may have. and bangladesh bit sl next tuesday, and they in the final, - you said it right shakib. its a bangla time now. go tiger.

Posted by rayaan2011 on (March 17, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

wow all these years India cant find a bowler who can consistently bowl good lengths and yorkers when needed n @ speed of 140 kph.. ?????? strange isn't it ?? i guess captain n selectors should stop playing politics!!! dhoni for heavens sake remove jadeja and bring other bowler who can bat a bit... n plzz get rid of dhinda n praveen kumar .. bring umesh yadav or ishant sharma or at least sreesanth... they are the one who even go for runs but get wickets at regular intervals .... our gr8 zak cannot be there forever.. so please for our sake take some good decisions and bring our old bowlers back and please where is our great offspinner bhaji,... bring harbhajan back he can bowl n take wickets when needed..............always blame sachin for loss.........tz disguesting!!

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 17, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Indian bowling was a joke especially in death overs , and SRT's 'blazing hundred' didn't help the cause , thanks to some big hitting by dhoni and raina India got atleast 289.. with the monkey finally off his back lets hope he returns to his fluent best against Pakistan

Posted by saif_bd007 on (March 17, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Why blaming SRT for 114 in 147 balls? Even Tamim took 99 balls for his 70. Its the aggresive batting of BD that own the match. This Same bowling side bundled SL for 250 after a very good start. Actually BD paced the chase clinically. Give credit to BD players and buy them in IPL. The are more than capable compared to the unknown AUS/ENG players.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

oh alright so now its bad bowling by indians, that cost them the match?? did the media realise it was equally an awesome static display of powerful batting by the bangladeshis?

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 17, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Apart from ineffective bowling, India's batting, specifically the way SRT and VK batted, caused India's loss. The scoring rate of 77 and 80 is bad in a long innings.

Posted by Navaidzuberi on (March 17, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Main blame of India's defeat goes to their bowling, but 114 runs by Tendulkar in 147 balls (almost 25 overs) proved too slow. It was obvious that after scoring 80, his main focus was on achieving his personal milestone!!! But we should not squarely blame him for this, in view of all the hype created by fans/media... Now its high time for Tendulkar to gracefully exit. Regarding "If Aus lose after scoring 434, whom do you blame then", obviously the blame is on bowlers who allow opposition to score freely with "friendly bowling"

Posted by lobsterchampion on (March 17, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

I am a die hard Sachin fan, but sorry to say I was disappointed by his innings. He should have scored at least 20 more runs. Having said that, 290 was a defendable total any way you look at it. Especially against a team like BD, India should have been able to defend this total. Bowling let us down. There is a lot of talk about who would succeed Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, but I think more important than that is how can India find good bowlers who can take 20 wickets in Tests and defend good totals in ODIs.

Posted by sa1chin on (March 17, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh! You have given a notice to established teams in limited overs cricket. Congratulations Sachin on a wonderful career. It is now time for you to gracefully retire from one day cricket at the end of this series, as India prepares for the next world cup. Down with Dhoni's partial selection policy of packing the team with CSK players. It is long overdue to drop Jadeja and one seamer and get Yusuf and Rahul Sharma in. It will beef up our batting and bowling. Pls comment on your selection recommendations.

Posted by Nampally on (March 17, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@captainZaibee: I was not amongst those Indian Fans who took Mushfiqur's challenge lightly. It is Dhoni who needs to wake up & play a XI with 4 specialist bowlers. Indian bowling is the weakest in 10 Major Cricketing Nations. Considering this fact, India should just focus on developing 3 good seamers + 3 good spinners. This is partly highjacked by the Indian Selectors & partly by Dhoni. In Ishant Sharma, Yadev & Aaron India has 3 good seamers @ >140 KPH. In Ashwin, Rahul Sharma & Ojha India has 3 young spinners. This squad has only Ashwin & Rahul out of which Dhoni drops Rahul from his XI consistently. Rahul would have won the game Vs. BD. But Dhoni cannot play without his favourite Jadeja, the fielder, in his XI. Ashwin is the solo bowler left. He cannot perform in tandem with nobody!. Pakistan always has a leg spinner(Afridi)+ an off spinner (Ajmal) +3 seamers in the line up.Their batting may be bit dodgy but bowling is great.India cannot win with Jadeja instead of Rahul in XI.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Sachin century was part of the problem he could have scored faster and India could have got to near 320 but however the bowling unit needs a deep look - Jadeja is the biggest question mark.Are you listing Dhoni ?

Posted by braindead_rocker on (March 17, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Yup the bowling had an off day. India should have defended 290 against BD. The bowling was weak, the captaincy was bad. Dhoni is showing favoritism by including Jadeja after repeated failures. Yusuf Pathan was a even more better choice. I felt Vinay Kumar could have been better here but to be fair to Dhoni he thought he could try out Dinda who bowled listlessly.

Overall Sachin could have scored 20 more quick runs but as the article says given India's bowling, we could not have even defended 320+.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 17, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Forgive me for not buying that, indian bowling is no secret to anyone, everyone knows that its their batting that usually bails them out, it was way too risky to slow things down to a point of no return, I clearly remember the commentator on cricinfo saying "India will need to get a move on after Tendulkar gets his century" if you know you have a weak bowling and you play out maidens then even Bangladesh would beat you its simple as that.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

congrats to all BD fans...but watever u say it will still be called an upset..winning a match here and there doesn't make u a really strong tea...u gotta show consistency...if u can beat SL and make it to the finals...then u hav every right to call ur self a team with some power...for SL has been weakest team in this tournament(as per theri performance and injuries to their key players)...and dnt worry abt india..every gud team has a bad day..be it be WC champions or any other...we wld thrash Pak down and out...u better concentrate on the game against SL...it wont be a cakewalk as u might hav started thinking...best of luck to BD...i wld love to be proved wrong...

Posted by lananad on (March 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Simple formular Tendulkar scores India lose. Took 147 balls to score. India should have got more than 300 if Tendulkar was more aggresive. Congrats to him for reaching a personal milestone. End of the day it's a team game Personal records does not matter at all.

Posted by krv954 on (March 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

The funny thing about India's yesterday loss was that Sri Lanka are now back from the dead. If India loses their match to pakistan and Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by a Bonus point, it will be a Pak - SL final. And mind you both those scenarios are very much possible. Who would have anticipated that when SL lost their matches to both India and Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

INDIA MIGHT HAVE SCORED MORE RUNS IF SOME BODY ELSE THEN SACHIN HAD BATTED AS LONG AS SACHIN.IT WAS A PITCH WERE BOWLERS DID NOT GOT ANY MOVMENTS.I THINK BANGLA PLAYED UNDER A PLAN AND THAT SHOWN.THEY STILL IN THE MOOD OF HITTING LIKE IN T20.I THINK INDIA UNDER ESTIMATED BANGLADESH.IN CRICKET YOU CANT SAY THIS MUCH SCORE IS ENOUGH,YOU HAVE TO SCORE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE .

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

i am sure in next match ind shall win and it will be ik pathan who will come to indias fore

Posted by RajRao on (March 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Even a short glimpse of play is enough to notice the complete lack of intensity in our bowlers.. No wonder we get to see repeated let downs. Kudos to Bangladesh tho, their batsmen showed amazing determination.

Posted by andrew27994 on (March 17, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

There are some very smart Indian fans blaming Sachin for India's loss but the real cause of India's loss as always is, is their bowling. It is a shame for India that they couldn't defend a total of 289. Yes I know Sachin scored a little slowly but the real match winners are always bowlers. India cannot expect to be the champions without bowlers so blaming Sachin is of no use and it would never have made a difference in this match even if he had scored quicker. India's regular bowlers were worse than part timers like Raina, Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain. This clearly proves wrong to blame Tendulkar for India's loss.

Posted by Mehboob_hoo on (March 17, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

I think 290 is good score to depend against BD.But so poor bowling performance by Indian bowlers,they justing giving easy runs,so shame.I think India lacks of good quality bowling attacks.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

yes on this particular day and all other days Bangladesh is normally playing against 14 men, the 11 players and the three umpires. Why was there such desperate efforts to ensure an Indian victory?

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

This was supposed to be a low profile series for India. Need to blame everything a bit: One more 6 from batsmen, one less 6 from bowlers. Dhoni should have placed men in gully for a couple of early chances. Dhoni also missed a stumping early on by being too slow to collect the ball. Why is Jadeja still playing?

Posted by happy-go-lucky on (March 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Lots of people bashing, and rightly so. Throughout his career he has this habit of slowing down when he nears his century. This time it was too much and cost India the game. But he's only partly responsible. Majority of the blame must go to the bowlers.

I am surprised where all those Irfan Pathan fans have disappeared. Througout the AUS test series there was so much hue and cry in this forum for his inclusion and anger at Dhoni for keeping him out of the squad, you would think he's Marshall and Lillee rolled into one. Wake up guys! Pathan is just an average bowler no better than the rest. As far as bowling is concerned our cupboard is barren!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

India has always had a weak bowling lineup, hey have prodiced world class bowlers like Kapil Dev and Kumble but all in all have been a fairly weak bowling side. This indian bowling is probably the weakest in the world, in all honesty the Bangladeshis bowl better. I dont think Sachin was completely to blame for this loss, Sachin has been implicated in many Indian losses, since he has achieved his century od centuries by playing selfish cricket. Had he not had this attitude Indian statistics might have been better, now will some Indian fan please tell me what is more desirable...Team India statistics or Sachin's ? As far as Pakistan is concerned....a very brittle batting line up but the strongest bowling unit in the world..better than the aussies since the ausies dont have variation...only speed. If Pak bats first and are able to put up 250 on the board, thats it..Game over India !

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Zaheer's absence is felt badly. I am still not able to digest why Zaheer is rested when there is no international schedule in the near future. His so called "resting" will cost India dearly. Had Zaheer been there 33 reqd off last 3 overs could not have given away!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

In cricket a century can never be directly compared to Win/LOSE... As the effort of bowlers and other other 5-6 batsmen significantly account for Win/lose in a game. Even if he had scored a century bowlers have to perform well to contain batsmen... This is somthing always good for Ponting who had better support than Sachin throughout the years.... I WANT A STAT of Ricky and Sachin centuries in matches with combined economies of the the bowlers who bowled 10 overs... This is definetly a better stat to compare than just looking at Win/Lose matches Vs centuries. On the other hand, scoring centuries and centuries is a different thing...still A win is not in Sachin's hand even if he scores a 70 ball century. With this I will also want a STAT of over all strike rate of Sachin and top three century. How you will explain even if Ricky scored a slow century and Australia still Won the game..... One should think and understand cricket before criticising Sachin..

Posted by captainzaibee on (March 17, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Well, Indian fans were all over BD fans when mushfiqur made the comments of attacking weak indian bowling attack and now Indian fans have gone under the shed. They all thought mushfiqur is dreaming and look how badly BD have dented the Indian fans n players. Fingers crossed for India Pak Match :)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Can't Understand why some of the fans are blaming sachin's innings, guys take a break...just look at the score... i mean 290 by no means is a easy total for any team, if Pakistan can defend 260 on a tight chase, i have started feeling that with the type of bowling attack Pakistan possess, and if somewhere in the future Pakistan starts managing 290 runs or close, i bet they will be unbeatable :D, sachin is a real masterpiece, show some respect for this legend,the world wont be having anyone of his calibre again, atleast in near future,though i am Pakistani fan,but i feel shame of those indians who blame sachin for this defeat, your bowlers just dont have the class and i am afraid after Zaheer what will be the future of india cricket, as the legends of Anil Kumble, Srinath are no more as well...

Posted by Nampally on (March 17, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Firstly the squad selected had only all medium pacers @125 - 133 KPH. On the other hand there were plenty of part time off spinners+ one genuine wrist leg spinner & googly spinner in Rahul Sharma.It is well known fact that Indian bowling is easily the worst of Major cricketing Nations. When the XI is chosen more focussed on all rounders than specialist bowlers, then alreadfy a weak bowling looks even worse. This is what Dhoni does every time + says he has no bowlers to choose from. Why on earth is Rahul Sharma benched for 10 games in a row & counting?.In a bowling lacking in accuracy & wkt. taking ability, Rahul would have been a "King", if only he replaced Jadeja who is in XI just for his fielding. . Rahul + Ashwin can bowl 20 overs+ take 5 wkts between them for @ <5 runs/over. An All rounder Jadeja at #7 has very little chance to score runs whilst a specialist spinner Rahul is India's NEED. Dhoni should place India above personal interests!. Pakistan has Ajmal(Off) & Afridi(leg)!

Posted by vallavarayar on (March 17, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Another milestone, which seems to have passed by Indian fans, the third loss to Bangladesh. It puts the Indian team up there with the teams with the most losses to Bangladesh. Tendulkar is just playing for himself. India can go fly a kite (which it usually does) as far as he cares.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Indian Fan should not blame Tendulkar, 290 was more then enough score against Bangladesh. It is their LOLLYPOP bowlers, who let them down. Till last 3 overs, match was in India's control

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

It was just another day of Bangladesh...It was just a bad day for India alongside some bad deliveries in the end by Pathan & Kumar. Sahin is a great player. Best of luck Dhoni and team India for the clash with the Pakistan. Hope India will bounce back with that crucial game of cricket.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 17, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Where was all the comments about Sachin's slow century after the Indian innings. Sunil Gavaskar thought 250 would be too much of a chase for BD, Sachin and Kholi thought 270 - 280 was too much. Be honest with yourselves guys ... you didn't expect Bangladesh to get 290. You didn't expect each batsmen to show the heart of a tiger.

You all thought that after Shakib, Bangladesh would collapse. You ignored the dubious decision where Kholi was kept in and should have been out for a GD and Shakib should have been left in. India are not out of the tournament yet so don't worry ... if you think you're the best now is the time to prove it.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 17, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Mushifiqur Rahim predicted the bowling of ndia would let them down at it did. All of the Bangladeshi batsmen not only showed up Indias weakness but also showed a new never say die spirit that reared it's head ever so briefly against Pakistan.

Sachin was dead right when he said that you have to give credit to Bangladesh. Sunil Gavaskar suggested 250 would be too much for Bangladesh to chase, Kholi and Sachin thought 270 - 280 would be enough ... wrong!

Give credit where credit is due and now this result makes for a very very interesting tournament.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Bangladesh played really Well,Shame on Indian bowlers yet again yes they really worthless,If Pakistan would have made 289 than they ended up winning the same by atleats 80 runs so as Sri lankans.I m an Indian but always disturbed how do we have ordinary troop of bowler of such avast populated country

Posted by Lovetesh on (March 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

I don't think Sachin century is the cause of India's loss. 290 is a good score to defend. It is the failure of bowling unit. Why is Jadeja in the team when Raina is bowling more than him? Try Rahul Sharma instead of him. Ashish Nehra should be there in absence of Zaheer Khan as experienced head in the death overs is sorely missed.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Now that SRT has reached another milestone and nothing more left to achieve he should think of retiring voluntarily. Perhaps he should stay for just one more season to find a suitable replacement and generally help rebuild the team after the recent dismal tours. India should bring down the average age of the team to about 25 years and work on a winning formula.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

These are really immature comments from most of the INDIANS regarding the ability of SACHIN. You people should thankful to GOD that you have been gifted The most phenomenal cricketer in the century, THE TENDULKAR who lifted the team a numerous occasions. You people forget everything so early. I am earnestly requesting these people to recognize & respects those who deserve the thing.

Posted by sudhakar_billapati on (March 17, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

this is what will happen when selfish personal glory overtakes the team cause and requirement. tendulkar is agreat palyer no doubt.with his play records should happen but not on the other way. has he played a match winning innings when team required like it required in second innings of first test against australia chasing a winnable total and go on to make a century in the process of making our team win,if that type of century happened to be a 100th 100,then it would have been called a GREAT.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

We should play rahul sharma ..... 2 spinners and two fast medium should make a good combination.... and we should get y pathan in place of jadeja... he is proven of no use either with bat or ball.. and manoj tiwari in for rohit...

Posted by RD28 on (March 17, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Accept that Tendulkar was Selfish in getting to the 100 th 100 in process costing India extra 15 runs, But he needed it to get rid of the additional baggage on his shoulders brought by very people who were bragging him for his 100 th 100, every one are asking about my 100 th 100 and no one are are talking about 99 hundreds I made so far words by Tendulkar says it all, Now this baggage out of his shoulders would mean it will allow Sachin express himself more positively which in turn will help Indian cricket so i will not worry about the extra 15 runs it costed for India, what I would worry about is our Bowlers arent good enough to defend 290 against Bangladesh ,Dhoni's Favouritism is hurting Indian cricket, when will Dhoni realize that His fav's Vinay Kumar and Praveen Kumar are not even club level bowlers they are Pie chuckers as KP says, They are slow good for nothing bowlers who feed opposition with Full tosses at least irfan can be categorized as All rounder, wake up Dhoni

Posted by Sakthiivel on (March 17, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

India would be much happier to lose to Bangladesh even before 1 year if Sachin got hundred because Indian selector can now will get some guts to drop sachin. But Im really afraid of Indian mind set as media started projecting Kohli may break sachin record in future. Guys individual records not going do nothing, pls leave that kid he is doing much better job to India.

Posted by No-ryan on (March 17, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Sachin's first 50 came of 63 balls and second 50 came of 75 balls. I think that is unacceptable. The claim that Bowlers wouldn't have defended it, even if Sachin had scored the 20 runs more which he owed to the team, is laughable. Poor bowling shouldn't be a free pass for batting selfishly. Sachin knows he is playing for an inexperienced bowling side. He just had to bat sensibly instead of playing for records. Last 10 odd odi games Sachin has been playing poorly. If you add this playing for personal record, it makes it worse.

Posted by vkypak on (March 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

stop crying india lolxxxx....ur so called heroes just play for their own records.....

Posted by RajeshNaik on (March 17, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Where are Irfan fans and India fans hiding.....? Speak up.....

Posted by Sarangarajan on (March 17, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

This Sachin bashing goes on and on whether he scores 100 or 100th 100. 114 out of 146 balls is not as bad as it is made out to be considering the sluggishness of the pitch.If anyone has seen his batting for the past year or so, it has been very good and inspiring to say the least.That he could not score his 100th 100 for one year reveals how the game Cricket is so full of uncertainties. To suggest that he should retire now is amateurish as there is no one who can replace him in Indian Cricket in terms of talent, record and present form.We Indians are really fortunate that we have a legend like like Sachin among us.Instead of blaming Sachin, we should introspect about our so called 'bowling'. Mushfiqur Rahim was dead right calling our bowling as the weakest in the tournament.Sachin we are proud of you.We indeed are for the past 20 odd years or so.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Tendulkar always give chance to youngster. he played less ODI cricket in last 3 years.

Posted by shishir7 on (March 17, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

India miss Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma & Yuvraj Singh. Hopefully they will recover soon and will be back in the Indian team.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Indian bowling attack is life less without Zaheer khan. it is india's good luck india win world cup with this weak bowling attack. india always back their bowling with batting but it not happen all the time. against england india post over 300 but match drew just because of weak bowling. india should improve their bowling. don't blame sachin.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

This INDIA told that they will not hos BANGLADESH till 2020....what a JOKE...We also dont wanna play with INDIA...we should maintain our player's quality...they need to face big challanges ;)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

No need to blame any batsman or Tendulkar for loss. The Indian bowlers do not deliver the best.

Posted by jam-11 on (March 17, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Last time we lost against Bangla because of Ganguly slow and selfish batting, this time sachin. next time ????????dhini!!!!!!

Posted by AbAdvani on (March 17, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

More than Sachin, I would blame the selectors for picking a toothless bowling attack -even a half-fit Nehra is a better slog bowler than the likes of Vinay Kumar or Praveen Kumar -a bowler who bowled his heart out in the semi finals against Pakistan and who injured himself trying to take a diving catch deserves to be treated better -it's shocking to see even the media completely ignore Nehra. Dear selectors -you can keep showing as much faith in vinay kumar -the fact is he is not going to cut it in international cricket -neither does he have pace, variation or swing and neither can he contribute runs as a lower order bat-he wouldn't qualify even for club cricket in Pakistan. Also, it's time to bring back bhajji for ODI -he is a better allround cricketer than Ashwin who should get the award for the most slow moving fielder in international cricket -he is going to cost you catches and runs in the field

Posted by kp_jersey on (March 17, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

At last some realistic analysis after all the short sighted criticizm of Sachin's 'slow' 100.This not only belittles his own achievement but also Bangladesh's. If India had won the match, I bet these same people would be praising Sachin's 'beautifully paced' knock. If he got his 100 quickly and India lost , he would have still been blamed because India seemingly lose when Sachin scores heavily... so he can never do right !! The truth is stark and simple - India's bowling just couldn't cope with the pluck in the BD side. If you cannot defend 288 then the bowlers and captain have to take a large chunk of the blame. Let's give credit where it is due . I am also amazed by how gracefully Sachin tackles all the meaningless bashing . Not once has he criticized the Indian bowlers instead choosing to praise to praise the BD batsmen.Also, his reference to SA's successful chase of 434 against Australia is pertinent and puts things in perspective. You really have to be proud of this fella.

Posted by part_time_cricketer on (March 17, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Yes it is true... India lost due to Sachin's slow batting... for the sake of HIS 100... not for INDIA...

Posted by kantipur on (March 17, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Tendulkar slow century cost the match. Wicket was flat 289 was not a par score. Tendulkar made 80 of 102 balls and suddenly took 36 balls for next 20 runs when he should be accelerating.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Why shod srt be blamed when he scored 175 against aus in 140 balls chasing 175 then again we lost because other10 batsman cld not score 150 in 160 balls and don't forget the chennai test

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Dhoni unable 2 use Dinda...

Posted by Abhinay15 on (March 17, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

how can a player think of playing out 25 overs for just 114 runs.True India has no bowlers to bowl the first 10 and last 20 overs of a game.After playing cricket for most part of your life how is it possible to not learn line and length bowling.Its pathetic they call themselves bowlers.

Posted by orangtan on (March 17, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

No doubt India's bowling was its usual low-calibre stuff but a batsman like Tendulkar should not have slowed down so much after getting to 80. Perhaps boundaries were not there for the taking but singles and twos should certainly have been worked especially when the batsmen hed been there for so long.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 17, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Do not blame the bowling. As soon as Sachin made the ton, I was sure now even if India put 500 runs on scorecard they gonna loss.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Bangladesh do have match winners particularly at home in ODIs. However, their progress has been too slow considering they have been a full member of ICC for now about 13 years. If you take Sri Lanka, considering that due to internal unsafe security situation they played very little cricket at home and even overseas tours were not so frequent they had done remarkably well in both tests and ODIs within the same time span. Bangladesh's case for full membership was rushed through ICC following a single ODI win against Pakistan in 1999 WC which was a wrong criterion. Still this is a historic win and they outplayed India in their batting strategy and application and full credit should go to them. Regarding Sachin's go-slow tactic for an illusive hundred that definitely cost India the match perhaps the Asia Cup. If they had scored extra 20 runs with big hitters like Raina and Dhoni coming to bat bit early 300+ target would have been very stiff to achieve even if bowling was inconsistent.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Indian bowling is the reason for India''s Loss...not sachins batting...it will be clear when u see the match properly @yougander Reddy

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 17, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

I have lost count of the number of times Sachin has scored meaningless 100s for his team. That he didn't score his century for a full year against Eng and Aus is instructive about his career as a fellow mortal on planet earth. May be now we will hear about the next milestone all fans of India cricket have been waiting for more than a year. Yawn.

Posted by STLA on (March 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

In cricket a century can never be directly compared to Win/LOSE... As the effort if bowlers and other other 5-6 batsmen significantly account foe Win/lose. Even if he had scored a century bowlers havento perform well to contain batsmen... This is some always good for Ponting who had better support than Sachin had throughout the years.... I WANT A STAT where Ricky or Sachin centuries in matches with combined economies of the bowlers who bowled 10 overs... This isdefinetly a better to stat to compare than just looking at Win/Lose matches where centuries were scored. On the other hand, mere scoring centuries and centuries is a different thing...still A win is not in Sachin hand even if he scored 70 ball century. With this I will also want a STAT the strike rate of Ricky Sachin and Close batsmen when they scored centuries and specially how you will explain even if Ricky scored a slow century and Australia still Won the game..... One should think and understand cricket before commenting..

Posted by mansoor777 on (March 17, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Sachin tendulkar slow century cost India the Match

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

In cricket a century can never be directly compared to Win/LOSE... As the effort if bowlers and other other 5-6 batsmen significantly account foe Win/lose. Even if he had scored a century bowlers havento perform well to contain batsmen... This is some always good for Ponting who had better support than Sachin had throughout the years.... I WANT A STAT where Ricky or Sachin centuries in matches with economies of the bowlers who bowled 10 overs... This isdefinetly a better to stat to compare than just looking at Win/Lose matches where centuries were scored. On the other hand, mere scoring centuries and centuries is a different thing...still A win is not in Sachin hand even if he scored 70 ball century. With this I will also want a STAT the strike rate of Ricky Sachin and Close batsmen when they scored centuries and specially how you will explain even if Ricky scored a slow century and Australia still Won the game..... One should think and understand cricket before commenting...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Selfish batting cant win matches !! 114 of 147 balls wow sachin proved his title soo well he plays for his centuries more thn for the country !! Its an batting paradise and he was scoring at a snail' s pace .

Hopefully now after this series sachin retires and the likes of manoj tiwary and rahane can get a chance and yuvi arrives then team selection would be hard.

Sachin the biggest elephant in the dressing room right now shd retire.

Leave the fact of 100 centuries sachin also has a record of maximum centuries in vain !!

How many matches did he win out of 450 matches ?? Atleast 100 ??

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja need to open the batting as well as bowling.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

what is the equation now if both BD and India loses their next matches against Srilanka and Pakistan can BD still go to final? what does run rate say ?

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Maybe the three bowlers need to learn from Veron Philander. Bowls at the same pace around 130 km/h, but is exceptionally accurate. maybe Praveen should really learn from him, considering the same pace, and similar movement of the ball. India bowling has really suffered accuracy. We miss Zaheer!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jam-11 on (March 17, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

India score slowly. but in bowling we miss vinay kumar.we should have tried Rahul for jadeja. In dept praveen is waste,irfan aslo average. but vinay is ok(not so good as nehra or prasad)and we should try rahul and also ashwin. please dhoni drop jadeja bring rahul and drop praveen/dinda bring vinay and if win the toss please chase.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 17, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

India's bowling seems weakest in Test nations. BD's bowling line up is far better than them, in fact Zimbos bowling attack isn't worse than India.

Posted by JaneJosephene on (March 17, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

my friend was commenting from the start of the match if tendulkar make a century india will lose the match :D Hopefully Tendulkar will make another hundered against Pakistan :P

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

shouldnt he just retire now lets the cricket world gems from indian youngs guns... I believe his time is up... You should retire otherwise you will be remembered as another Kapil Dev who didnt want to let go...

Posted by Major_Hammad on (March 17, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Congratulation to Bangladesh team and players from Pakistan. Excellent, Top Class and Superb performance by Bngladesh batsmen, 10/10 to Bangladesh performance. My one of most Favourite Players Shakib Al Hassan also Played superb. Enjoy the win, I am expecting Pak vs Bng Final.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Ofcourse 100th century against Bangladesh on a dead pitch after literally begging for one for over one year is a BIGGER news than loosing to BANGLADESH ;) ... Congrates any way a milestone indeed :D

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (March 17, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

India is like dropping like stone down a well - nobody heard the splash yet, and nobody care....

Posted by Horus on (March 17, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

It is plain n simple that india lost becuz of Tendulkar's century..but we donteven have the guts to acknowledge that...Tendulakar showed the India symbol at the helmet...what a joke

Posted by ummii on (March 17, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

I have never felt so much happy for our Pakistani team victory as i am now for bangladesh crushing india, GO TIGERS,, beat lanka in next match and meet us in the finals...

Posted by part_time_cricketer on (March 17, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Well deserving victory for Bangladesh. The problem with Indian bowling side that they couldn't come out of the HANGOVER of Sachin's hundredx100, so they leaked plenty of runs to Bangladesh, which caused them the match and also their chances to the final.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

My local club side has far better bowlers than India. Their pop gun attack is cannon fodder for teams worldwide.

Posted by crystosis on (March 17, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

I wonder what happened to Munaf. He was good with death bowling

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 17, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Blame everything on sachin.

He should not only score 100s, but also make sure his club-level bowlers don't bowl full tosses and cost us a match against a No-9 ranked team.

He surely is dealing with more insane expectations then even god.

Posted by aativas on (March 17, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Unfortunately it has become a fashion to blame Sachin! He has set such high standards that his 'slow' ton is being discussed! If the bowlers can't defend 289, we have to find other options in bowling!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

There is no comment from Indian. Even cricinfo is reluctant to publish their comment because cricinfo always against success of bangladesh. I think indian supporter are shocked and dead.....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 17, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

INDIA IS A TEAM CONSISTS OF CHAMPION BATSMEN & CLUB LEVEL BOWLERS .SHAME ON ALL PEOPLE WHO R BLAMING SACHIN FOR THIS LOSS . EVEN DURING THE WC MATCH AGAINST SA WHERE INDIA MADE 296 & SA CHASED WITH 3WKTS LEFT . THE WHOLE BLAME WAS PUT ON BATSMEN .

Posted by NazimIsmail on (March 17, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Its the truth that our bowling is weak and hence the reason for loss to Bangladesh. In the earlier match Bangladesh were also close to getting 262 of pakistan, but the PK bowlers got the wickets and won the match. on the contrary, Irfan and praveen bowled full tosses which were hit for 3 sixers and four. You cant win matches like that. Credit to Bangladesh batsman for batting well and wining the match. In the match against Pakistan, India has to score 325 + or else it would be difficult to win against them too.

Posted by Mayan_Mahbub on (March 17, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Its not an upset....Its a win by a quality team.Its a SLAP to some of the Indians of low mentality.Um not blaming all the Indians.But really Bangladesh earned it......

Posted by needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on (March 17, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Why blame bowling.. when we pick a team of 3 genuine bowlers in dhinda(debutant),ashwin & praveen.. irfan and jadeja(trusted to bowl after raina and rohit) .. Blame batsman.. 8 of them out of which Sachin whom u r defending from head to toe would have easily got 20 more runs if not for wasted deliveries while looking for personal goals.. Indian bowlers would have defended 20 more but sachin couldn't score 20 more if not for another 30 balls

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 17, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

DURING THE RECENT WC . SIR VIV RICHARDS SAID THAT INDIA CAN ONLY WIN WC BY CHASING . THEIR BOWLING IS SO WEAK THAT IF THEY BAT FIRST & MADE 350+ ON BOARD THEN ALSO THERE IS NO GUARNATEE OF WIN .

Posted by Hasan-Shahid on (March 17, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Whenever a so called big team was beaten by Bangladesh the 'big people of big teams' start to say that they lost the match rather Bangaldesh wining the match. It happened in past and also here as well. People are arrogant a bit, they tend to forget that the Banglaedeshis have winners like Mushfiqur, Shakib (the best allrounder in word cricket now) and also Tamim- whom is also praised by a famous critic Geoff Boycott himself. So take it easy that India was beaten by a superior team on that given day and it happens in cricket. Someone had to lose and it was India who got hammered.

Posted by HarishVS on (March 17, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

I think this is the best piece of an article I have seen describing about the exact cause of Indian poor performances in ODIs. Even an 150 from Sachin in 125 balls and a 325 Indian total would not have made a difference in the end result of this match with bowlers like Irfan, PK, Jadeja and Co. "If Australia can lose after scoring 434, whom do you blame then?" It was a just a regular co-incidence that Sachin's landmark was put in a shade in this loosing cause with unpardonable bowling at the death.

Posted by salman_ak on (March 17, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Not to take anything away from Tendulkar, it was the Indian bowling and nothing else that has let them down once again. Pakistan defended 260 against the same side but India could not defend 290. Well played Bangladesh what else can you say. Did not look like that Bangladesh was playing a world champion for sure.

Posted by Baundele on (March 17, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Tendulkar did an OK job. He was under pressure and out of form; still managed to score the century. Even the inform Kohli and Gambhir did not score much quicker. Indian bowling was 'too many full tosses' at the end; but they kept the run flow in check for most of the time. The aggressive batting by Nasir, Shakib and Mushy put them under pressure. If you look at the Pakistan match, Bangladesh were chasing 260 against a superior attack and still Bangladesh were in a much more comfortable situation until their tail lost it for them.

Posted by nitintin on (March 17, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Its not only Bowlers Sachin's sadistic approach also must be questioned. If the bangla batsmen can hit so many runs, why cant kholi and sachin go for quicker runs in these batsmen friendly pitches. even in the first match gambhir and kholi consumed so many deliveries. Raina was better in both innings. Selfish innings by Indian top order batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

"Tendulkar could conceivably have scored a little quicker and helped India to 20 extra runs". Yes slow scoring is the real villain in this game in which Banladesh won. Once again India's chances of entering the final has been jeopardized. Sachin deserve some stone throwing together with bouquets.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

All they needed was some extra 50 runs. No excuses. After all the team that was bowling was Bangladesh. Blaming the track when playing Bangladesh is the limit.

Posted by Bangla.tiger on (March 17, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Birat kohli was out his 1st ball against shafiul bt umpire didnt give it out. Sakib was not out but umpire given out. atualy bangladesh won the match agains 14 man 11 indian players and 3 umpires. Good job. Finally Bangladesh won. Dont say its upset.

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