India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 28, 2014

Fumbles prove costly for slapdash India

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah
From loose shots to dropped catches and a missed stumping, India were guilty of producing a few too many errors in a match of wafer-thin margins
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Toss, dew made the difference - Kohli

Two matches into the Asia Cup, India have already made a rich contribution to the tournament's blooper bank: two collisions, one bowler taken out of the attack for bowling two high full-tosses, four dropped catches and a missed stumping.

Six of those eight moments came against Sri Lanka. All of them added up. In a match of wafer-thin margins, in which an edged boundary from Sri Lanka's No. 10 may have had a substantial impact on the result, the errors from India were so plentiful they must have wondered if they had let a big win slip.

In the end, things became particularly slippery when Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, struggling to grip a ball drenched in dew, bowled nine full-tosses in the last five overs. Had India taken their chances before that, the dew might not have proved such a decisive factor.

"We could have played smarter cricket," captain Virat Kohli said after the match. "If you see some of the decisions also, they went against us. In the first two overs [of Sri Lanka's innings] itself there were two lbw shouts that were very close, and then we also missed chances. That happens in cricket, getting a favourable decision or not, but the chances that we get, we should at least hold on to. I think that hurt us. But overall, I think we didn't play as smartly as we had done against Bangladesh."

In that match, the mistakes didn't really cost India. Varun Aaron was forcibly removed from the attack, but it was quite conceivable he may not have bowled for too much longer, considering how expensive he had been. Mohammed Shami's bones may have hurt a little when he crunched into Ambati Rayudu while trying to catch Shamsur Rehman, but he came away with the ball.

Against Sri Lanka, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan were left both red-faced and empty-handed when they went for the same catch. Fielders colliding twice in two matches might be a coincidence, or it might be evidence of sloppy calling.

Kusal Perera was on 7 at that point. He went on to make 64, but not before surviving another missed chance when Ravindra Jadeja dropped him in the deep on 36. Jadeja deserved full marks for effort, running in from deep midwicket and throwing himself forward, but he would have been disappointed with himself for letting the ball pop out when his elbows hit the ground. Once he'd done all the hard work, he would have expected to complete the task. He had dropped another catch a little while before that, an even harder one, diving to his right from cover to intercept a well-struck cover drive from Lahiru Thirimanne.

The openers put on 80. When Ashwin dismissed Kusal, Sri Lanka's score had moved to 134, and they needed less than six an over to win. Two wickets from Ravindra Jadeja then dragged India back into the game.

It could, however, have been three wickets to Jadeja and potentially game over; Dinesh Karthik fluffed up a stumping in a manner that must have been hilarious to everyone bar the die-hard India fan. Karthik must have felt more than a touch uneasy when he felt the swish of thin air against his gloves, and positively ill when the third umpire confirmed that Kumar Sangakkara had got back in his crease by the time he'd taken the bails off with his second attempt.

Sangakkara was on 30. He went on to make 103. Sri Lanka won with two wickets in hand and four balls to spare. And India still had time to miss another chance, Dhawan dropping a dolly at mid-off to let off Thisara Perera when Sri Lanka needed one run.

"Even in the last ball, you never know," Kohli said. "They needed one run and if had taken that catch we could have probably got Malinga out."

With the bat, Kohli said India could have scored 25-30 runs more if the batsmen had played more responsibly.

"I think when we were batting, those three wickets that fell - I think it was Shikhar, Rahane and Dinesh Karthik. We lost them in quick succession, in [the space of] about 20-25 runs. I think that was something that really hurt us during our batting because we were 175-odd for 2. From there on I think we were in a position to get to 300, but we lost those three quick wickets."

At that point, with India 175 for 2 with 15 overs remaining, Rahane tried to hit Sachithra Senanayake over cover and sliced the ball to backward point. Four overs later, Karthik arrived at the crease following the dismissal of Dhawan. Third ball, he went for a full-blooded pull off Ajantha Mendis and top-edged a catch to mid-off.

The pull isn't a bad shot on a slow pitch, and he might not have picked the carrom ball out of Mendis' hand, but he should have been expecting it, having seen how he had taken his first two wickets. It might have been a little too early in his innings to attempt such an expansive shot anyway.

Dhawan's 94 would have provided the batsmen waiting their turn enough clues to how the pitch was behaving. It hadn't been a typical Dhawan innings, because he had recognised it wasn't possible to play his usual game when the ball simply wasn't coming on to the bat. He had played within himself, and waited for opportunities to pierce the off-side field when the bowlers gave him room.

After India's win against Bangladesh, Rahane had said the pitch was particularly difficult for a new batsman to score runs on. And so it proved against Sri Lanka, after the loss of those three wickets. Ambati Rayudu struggled to get to grips with the conditions, Stuart Binny fell by the wayside, and India's new-look middle order ended up looking bad.

Binny's contribution, in the end, amounted to a four-ball duck and four unthreatening overs full of leg-side singles. At the presser, Kohli was asked whether he should have picked a third seamer or a third spinner in Aaron's place rather than Binny.

Kohli's explanation, that India had wanted to beef up their batting, made sense in theory, considering the inexperience of the other middle-order batsmen. But an extra specialist bowler, in hindsight, may well have proved more useful. But such questions may have been superfluous had India taken their chances.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BrainsRam on March 1, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    If not for the dropped catches & stumping, India would have done better. Now as we move on to the quarter-final, tweak the batting order a little bit. Drop Rayudu and bring Pujara in. We need to groom Pujara for ODIs. I would suggest Dhawan and Rahane to open as both will run well and rotate the strike. However, if we are grooming Rahane for No.4 for the World Cup, have Pujara or even Karthik to open. Knowing Pujara, he will rotate the strike and so will Karthik who is a busy player - also the experiment with Karthik as opener will give a back-up keeper for the World Cup. I will persist with Binny and expect him to deliver the goods soon as dropping him after 1 match without much of exposure is unfair(we gave a VERY Long ROPE to Sehwag/Gambhir/Rohit/Raina et. al) & 1 or 2 failures doesn't make anybody a bad player.

    It is a matter upto the selectors as what their plan is for Rohit. He is being ridiculed as Nohit by many in this forum. Give him a break and make him fight for his place.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on March 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    If you are not going to play Mishra even on spinner friendly Bangladesh pitches then why even take him there? He was the man of the series in Zim where India won 5-0 under Kohli's captaincy. But how soon we forget. The opposition spinners are taking bulk of the wickets yet our mainline leg spinner is warming the bench. Pathetic selection at best. Get Pujara and Mishra in the mix before its too late. Let Rahane open instead of Rohit and replace Binny with Mishra because he can take wickets and score runs as well.

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Rohit's approach in the first 10 overs slows down India considerably and also does't allow Dhawan to be his natural self. He at least needs to rotate strike which he fails to do miserably. Also his form has fallen considerably after the time he made mockery of Aussie fast bowlers on our flatbeds. Pujara, Gambhir and Kohli come the WC should be mainstays of our batting line-up. Yuvraj is a matchwinner and he needs to be given more opportunities. Raina if he is able to overcome his technical deficiencies and fear against the short ball can be a dangerous customer. Irfan Pathan and Jadeja when played together in the side provide the team with complete balance down the order and can prove perfect foil to Dhoni. This way you have two anchors with Pujara and Gambhir at the top, Dhawan the agressor along with Kohli who can play both roles, Yuvi in middle order with Dhoni Jadeja and Pathan as finishers along with Ashwin, and Shami and Zak the faster bowlers.

  • on March 2, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    You don't have the right to talk about umpire decisions. You are the people who are against the DRS i think.

  • here2rock on March 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @BrainsRam, I don't see no reason for dropping Varun after one game, the guy has been warming the bench without getting a game for months, he is dropped after one bad performance. A good bowler is a good bowler regardless of the pitch, India need to have weapons, his job should be to go flat out and bowl as fast he can in quick 2-3 overs spells. India is lacking the X Factor they had with Sachin, Yuvraj and Shewag, they pick ordinary side. Rahane and Rayude are not really cut out to play ODIs, Rahane looks so out of place. Binny is not a bowler or a batter, sorry but too ordinary for International level.

  • RoshJ on March 2, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Well played SL!!

    Minnows India did live up to expectations...played like novices..oh that fielding! HILARIOUS to say the least!!

    Some bigmouthed Indian fan wrote a couple days back India will treat BD an SL matches as "practice"..well looks like the Indian team took the word "practice" quite literally, the PROBLEM was they forgot to "practice" enough!! LOL

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Please Kohli stop making excuses to be honest you'll played poor cricket on the day.But on the bright side you'll played poor cricket and came close to winning so that is a positive so if you'll had played good cricket the story might have been different.Honestly from a sri lankan perspective iam shocked the way mahela played,he needn't have playedt that shot to cover,if he has just rotated the strike with sanga ,we could have got 30 runs minimum from the powerplay,and it would have been smooth sailing from then,in the end we lost several more wickets which added pressure to sanga and luckily he delivered.We need to play smart cricket.Anyways well played team SL

  • on March 1, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    poor fielding cost India.

  • GRJVPR on March 1, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @GRVJPR: You can fool people by choosing a username closely matching mine. But, (" India is the best fielding side" ) this sentence is enough to understand your cricket knowledge! don't joke mate!

  • GRVJPR on March 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @GRJVPR, You can fool people by choosing a username closely matching mine. India is the best fielding side. Pakistan and Sri lanka are pathetic road side teams.

  • BrainsRam on March 1, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    If not for the dropped catches & stumping, India would have done better. Now as we move on to the quarter-final, tweak the batting order a little bit. Drop Rayudu and bring Pujara in. We need to groom Pujara for ODIs. I would suggest Dhawan and Rahane to open as both will run well and rotate the strike. However, if we are grooming Rahane for No.4 for the World Cup, have Pujara or even Karthik to open. Knowing Pujara, he will rotate the strike and so will Karthik who is a busy player - also the experiment with Karthik as opener will give a back-up keeper for the World Cup. I will persist with Binny and expect him to deliver the goods soon as dropping him after 1 match without much of exposure is unfair(we gave a VERY Long ROPE to Sehwag/Gambhir/Rohit/Raina et. al) & 1 or 2 failures doesn't make anybody a bad player.

    It is a matter upto the selectors as what their plan is for Rohit. He is being ridiculed as Nohit by many in this forum. Give him a break and make him fight for his place.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on March 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    If you are not going to play Mishra even on spinner friendly Bangladesh pitches then why even take him there? He was the man of the series in Zim where India won 5-0 under Kohli's captaincy. But how soon we forget. The opposition spinners are taking bulk of the wickets yet our mainline leg spinner is warming the bench. Pathetic selection at best. Get Pujara and Mishra in the mix before its too late. Let Rahane open instead of Rohit and replace Binny with Mishra because he can take wickets and score runs as well.

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Rohit's approach in the first 10 overs slows down India considerably and also does't allow Dhawan to be his natural self. He at least needs to rotate strike which he fails to do miserably. Also his form has fallen considerably after the time he made mockery of Aussie fast bowlers on our flatbeds. Pujara, Gambhir and Kohli come the WC should be mainstays of our batting line-up. Yuvraj is a matchwinner and he needs to be given more opportunities. Raina if he is able to overcome his technical deficiencies and fear against the short ball can be a dangerous customer. Irfan Pathan and Jadeja when played together in the side provide the team with complete balance down the order and can prove perfect foil to Dhoni. This way you have two anchors with Pujara and Gambhir at the top, Dhawan the agressor along with Kohli who can play both roles, Yuvi in middle order with Dhoni Jadeja and Pathan as finishers along with Ashwin, and Shami and Zak the faster bowlers.

  • on March 2, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    You don't have the right to talk about umpire decisions. You are the people who are against the DRS i think.

  • here2rock on March 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @BrainsRam, I don't see no reason for dropping Varun after one game, the guy has been warming the bench without getting a game for months, he is dropped after one bad performance. A good bowler is a good bowler regardless of the pitch, India need to have weapons, his job should be to go flat out and bowl as fast he can in quick 2-3 overs spells. India is lacking the X Factor they had with Sachin, Yuvraj and Shewag, they pick ordinary side. Rahane and Rayude are not really cut out to play ODIs, Rahane looks so out of place. Binny is not a bowler or a batter, sorry but too ordinary for International level.

  • RoshJ on March 2, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Well played SL!!

    Minnows India did live up to expectations...played like novices..oh that fielding! HILARIOUS to say the least!!

    Some bigmouthed Indian fan wrote a couple days back India will treat BD an SL matches as "practice"..well looks like the Indian team took the word "practice" quite literally, the PROBLEM was they forgot to "practice" enough!! LOL

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Please Kohli stop making excuses to be honest you'll played poor cricket on the day.But on the bright side you'll played poor cricket and came close to winning so that is a positive so if you'll had played good cricket the story might have been different.Honestly from a sri lankan perspective iam shocked the way mahela played,he needn't have playedt that shot to cover,if he has just rotated the strike with sanga ,we could have got 30 runs minimum from the powerplay,and it would have been smooth sailing from then,in the end we lost several more wickets which added pressure to sanga and luckily he delivered.We need to play smart cricket.Anyways well played team SL

  • on March 1, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    poor fielding cost India.

  • GRJVPR on March 1, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @GRVJPR: You can fool people by choosing a username closely matching mine. But, (" India is the best fielding side" ) this sentence is enough to understand your cricket knowledge! don't joke mate!

  • GRVJPR on March 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @GRJVPR, You can fool people by choosing a username closely matching mine. India is the best fielding side. Pakistan and Sri lanka are pathetic road side teams.

  • saffronist on March 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    i am satisfied with virat kohli captaincy.it was the bowlers who let India down, otherwise virat was good being aggressive and could take match upto the last over.Unlike dhoni, virat seems to be a more aggressive and dynamic captain.Hope India will win Asia cup

  • BalaSenty on March 1, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Kohli's team is not good except Virat Kohli. One man can not win matches, the team should play. BCCI and coach and MSD made Indian team weak by removing players like Gambir, Harbhajan, Schwag etc... Now neither we have bowlers nor we have batsmen. I know old players are not good, but still new players are very bad. India can not win matches

  • GRJVPR on March 1, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    India, the worst fielding unit in modern day cricket! sad but truth..

  • BrainsRam on March 1, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    @here2rock : Don't expect a toddler to run while he is yet to stabilize himself and walk properly. Conversely, don't expect your Grandfather or your injured uncle to run as well.

    Be patient with the current crop of new players. MSD wasn't a great keeper to start with. Kohli's temperament wasn't great when he started playijng. Raina, Sehwag, Gambhir & Yuvaraj had their share of long ropes given.

    Define the roles of each player and make them understand what is expected of them. Encourage and admonish when the need arises (treating everyone fairly).

    As for Varun, he was probably dropped for 3 reasons - 1) to strengthen the batting by bringing in Binny 2) To slow down the pace after reading the wicket and 3) his uninspiring performance in the previous match, hopefully in that order. He will get his chance soon. Don't worry. I will recommend that he or Amit Mishra come into the 11 in place of Rohit/Rayudu.

  • here2rock on March 1, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Not much joy if you are an Indian fan, poor batting, poor bowling, poor keeping, poor selection, Binny? Why destroy confidence of Varun, should have backed him in this match. Nothing to look forward to, bring back Yuvraj, Gambhir and Shewag. Nothing to get excited by looking at current Indian middle order. Bad days are here to stay for India.

  • binu.emiliya on March 1, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    People may understand the value of Suresh Raina in the the team now , we have rahane who can only bat, raydu he can bat only Binny not proved batting or bowling , pujara only good for batting so we are mssing Yuvi and Raina big time in SC pitches

  • MohammedNooruddin on March 1, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    I don't think India have a stable team for this tournament, Is Rayudy a better player than Pujara / Youraj. We miss Gambhir here, who is aggressive and gives a good start of the innings. When you see Rohit taking a stand looks like he is so lazy to go out there and score runs for India. This is not the team we are looking for. We need experiance players like Gambir who can open the innings Dhawan and middle order with Yujraj Singh who is the best finishers of the game. We Miss Irfan pathan here for his swing blowing and good alrounder. We could have win the match but thanks to Dinesh Karthick who missed Stumping for Sanga. Sanga never gives a chance and when he got a chance he scored a 100. Superb batting under pressure. Kumar should bowl continue 10overs as death overs he has only full toss balls. I'm a great fan of Gambhir & Yujraj who has won match for India. I'm sorry for Kohli, who is going all he can do with Bat but bowlers letting him Down.All the best Kohli for your next match!

  • on March 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    India's fielding gets worse by worse with every match. Who is their fielding coach and what is he doing? The middle order is not showing patience, and even the better batsmen go for the cross-batted shots too often. I think the team needs some changes. Players like Kedar Jadhav, Abhishek Nayar, Ankit Bawne, Parwes Rasool may be considered.

  • ALIASGARBAZARWALA on March 1, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    The dropped catch by Dhawan and Rahane, was a tragedy. It should have been Dhawan's catch clearly. Did not make any sense of Rahane running backwards to take a catch. Rahane' s feilding was also sloppy. But Sunil gavaskar is all praises for Rahane. Was Rahane's crash with Dhawan a coincidense.......Rahane's fielding was also sloppy.

  • on March 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    giuyz win or loss india will fight back but u do need to appreciate SL for latching on to the dropped chances and winning it.. kusal perera,K.Sanga wer fabulous to watch... it was a good fight back from india too... yes they missed chances this is a big learning curve... they lost in NZ and SA everyone blamed them for not batting and bowling well.... but they did their level best... and wen they do well and loss we still blame them.... on the other hand we should learn to appreceiate the oppsition team for doing so well... it was a tight game... without MS,Raina.. they handled themselves well and exp a defence of a total.... on the whole it was a good game and the better team won... no one to blame in both the camps... few mistakes need to taken care in both camps

  • prakash_mishra on March 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Now some fans are calling for Nohit's head.It would be a drastic decision to remove him in middle of the tournament.I agree that he is not good enough to play at Int'l level (and please all those ardent Indian fans, stop calling him talented and he needs to continue),as it is not worthy of your talent to fail every time you are demanded to take some responsibility. He was a make-shift opener and few 100 partnerships made Dhoni and those fans believe that he is good enough to carry on such responsibility for a long time to come. He leads MI and he himself doesn't trust his batting skills good enough to be an opener.Dhawan needs a good partner at other end,may be Rahane or Pujara. MY XI for match v/s Pakistan is : Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Sharma,Karthik,Jadeja,Ashwin,Mishra/Aaron,Shami,B.Kumar/Pandey. No Rayadu or binny anymore.Mishra or Aaron depending on the Pitch.Lets see if this team performs and go with the side as the condition demands.Rayadu and Binny only good to play IPL.

  • on March 1, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    @Laxman Subramanium, Agree with u man.......

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 1, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Well,the-so called-'new kid' on the block stepping well into capt. Dhoni's shoes.Well his post match 'performance' -after yet another defeat-cert. shows it.Too bad he failed to 'cr.' Sanga's special in his list of excuses! It was just sun,sand,dew...-:)

  • prakash_mishra on March 1, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I think 264 was a par score given three matches already played on the same pitch. Its like the pitch on the 4th day of a test match. it tends to get slow and quality spinners get maximum purchase out of such pitch. Plus its a sub-continent pitch, tailor-made for spinners.India should have gone with Mishra,Ashwin and Jadeja instead of Binny.If you look at Srilankan Line-up they went in with only one genuine pacer and three spinners as bowlers.I don't know if Kohli and team management felt that Binny is equivalent to Mathews and Thisara and felt they need to have at least one seaming all-rounder as Srilanka have two.Now that's the biggest strategical mistake one can make. You should not look at other's strength and try to match that even you don't have a similar weapon in your arsenal. Binny is no Mathews or Perera, either you compare the bowling or batting skills.Another thinking could have been that SL are good players of spin and that might have barred kohli to include 3rd spinner.

  • insightfulcricketer on March 1, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    A great fight back by Kohli and his wards against a good sl team. Few changes needed rohit needs to be rested .i think Pujara should be in his place.Amit mishra should come in Binny's place.if you do not play him now might as well stop the pretense and send him home.

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    No offence, but are Stuart binny and Rayadu competent to play international cricket. I think NO!

  • yohandf on March 1, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Kohli even mentioned about close LBW shouts . Really ? So that is the extreme end of lacking reasons for indian captain coz they are the ones holding grip against DRS .Sorry Kohli .

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    I guess INDIAN cricket have too may cooks !!! ..remember INDIAN didn't won WC SRL give way this the truth POLITICS ...

  • ms2000 on March 1, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka being the smallest cricket playing nation with only 21 million people are stuning the world with 11 players. This show the capabilities of the Sri Lankans at Cricket.Theyhave beaten India and Pakistan easily. No mater what is teh outcome of the final sri lanka is the Top team in Asia now. The rankings will prove in in the months to come. The other Asian countries got a lot to learn from Srio Lanka. First of all the discipline that Sri Lanka has shown both in and off the field and the dedication to play for a country and not look for personal benefits as most players in India and Pakistan and Bangaladesh does. Come the world cup 2015 the Sri Lankans will show their might outside Sri Lanka. After all they were the finalist 2 times before! India need a lot of changes. surely they can find a better 11 out of millions of people and not depend of the present 11 who are mostly club level players outside india

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Same happened in the 2011 world cup final for SL.... it is DEW and missed chances which won the match for india...

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    The problem with Indian Cricket right now are several: 1) Absence of Quality Fast Bowlers, 2) Absence of Quality Spinners, 3) The batsmen who were expected to be the core of our batting right now are not there in the scheme of things. Guys like Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav should be preserved for test matches at this stage with Dhoni giving them the license to attack all the time but this doesn't happen as our captain is too conservative and relies on the method of chocking up of runs to take wickets which is an ODI method and not a test match method. Shami is our next genuine hope after Zak. Ashwin and Jadeja will show their usefulness in subcontinent but they will miserably in overseas tours unless they show an attacking intent and not containment strategies. India has been hurt by the loss of form of Gambhir Sehwag, Yuvraj and Raina who were expected to be at their peak of prowess at this time. Unless these problems are rectified, Indian cricket will languish where it is right now.

  • ats78 on March 1, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    I love the spirit of the Srilankan fans, they get so happy when they win one off games against india, just check the records and the history you will know who is the boss. they havent won any major tournaments after the 1996 WC but still try to be so arrogant and positive , well will see you in the finals guys. Hope you can show off something there..

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    seriously, guys learn how to appreciate winner than evaluating why india lost. except kohli no one is consistent at the moment. we do see errors only in lossing team in every game. so don't analyze the game as if India is unbeatable.

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Why not talky about the champions trophy? Because it doesn't fit your worldview when India wins? Very classy my friend! !

  • satyarad on March 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    I guess the Indian team selection is not right. They need to go with 5 specialist bowlers in order to defend moderate targets.

    Remove Binny, he is neither a bowler or add value as a batter at the international level. Add Amit Mishra in his place. Knock out Rayudu for his chip shot and bring in Pujara as an Opener. If Pujara is in 14, he should be playing than warming the bench. He is far better bat than Rayudu !!! Move Rohit down the order, may be at no 4.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @Sameeratennakoon. First of all look at own captain Mathews where did he appreciate the efforts of Indian spinners to keep it alive until last over. With all those fielding errors, SL down to 8 wicket and match finished only at 2nd ball of last over. Agree, Kohli never mentioned Sanga. But where Sanga mentioned it? He knows because of dew fast bowlers give full tosses at the end and let him to achieve it. It is funny that SL talking about gentleman's act. Ask Pak or BD what their opinion or just search these forums.lolz

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    seriously at least for once, dont be bias when writting these articles. india lost the match becoz srilanka played better than them.

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    And they said Rayudu ,Binny and Rahane are better than Raina.Raina never was out-of--form.He was a bit inconsistent and didn't manage to convert his 20-30 run starts into big scores.But he used to score when it mattered the most.He didn't perform too bad in england,nz,sa,wi. And you say that he couldn't face mitchell johnson and his bouncer.Now tell me ,who can?Neither english batsmen nor Proteans.Bring him back and never play with 2 bowlers and 3 allrounders.I'm remember raina used to bowl well and pick few wickets when he bowled.At any cost,you need 5 genuine bowlers and 6th option who can bowl well if needed. My team for future series:Shikhar Dhawan,Ashwin,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Sanju Samson/Saurabh Tiwary,Ravindra Jadeja,Umesh Yadav,Shami Ahmed,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 1, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Does Rahane can keep? If so, add Pujara as opener and play Rohit in middle order to strengthen it. Even if he can't, he will do as much as errors of DK only. Give a chance to either Pandey or Mishra than Binny. He is no threat for batsmen.

  • brian007 on March 1, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Typical India, Whenever they Loose They'll have millions of Excuses. Feel Sorry for the New Indian Team. Without Raina, MSD and Yuvi these guys looks very ordinary. To be honest MSD is responsible for this loss, cause of his special interest to few Cricketers many of talented lost their way to Indian Team.

    Then again MSD and Raina has lot of explanation to do with the IPL commission for bribery I believe! So that'll be end of his dominance.

    @pull_shot - Get a Life Bro, Admit that you lost and try to live with it. Feel sorry for all of those think like you.

  • sreehk on March 1, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA's profile: No RUNS, NO AVERAGE, NO STRIKE RATE. Eats 25 to 30 balls more than his score in every innings. Sucks the momentum in the first 15 overs and puts the opener at other end under pressure. Makes opposition bowling look like unplayable. By the time he lazily leaves the wicket entire middle order will be under severe pressure to recover run rate. Forget his contribution to the team, he adds so much negativity to the team, which is not good. Who gives Rohit the right to play in India XI. If selectors do not drop him Rohit should RESIGN ON MORAL GROUNDS at least!!

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Whenever India loose they will blame umpire. India only are against DRS. Its easy to put allegation on umpire once they loose. India is too strong team, win n lost are part of game. Still India has chance to come back into final and win the cup.So Mr.Kohli instead of finding old time alibi, try to concentrate in other issue and sort out the problem, try to win rest matches and bring the cup into India.

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    India lost. Admit it Indian fans. India made so much of mistakes. India is not a good team outside India. now don't talk about the champions trophy!

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    If we don't have good pace attack then replace Binny/Aaron with Amit Mishra....and what the hell wrong with kohli? by going with rayudu and binny is he trying to make vacancy for yuvraj and raina to add the finishing touch..seriously Pujara atm the best middle order batsman...kind of Pol2 going on I must say.. If you are playing in bangladesh with slow pace & low bounce you can't think of world cup 2015, as t20 world cup is closer and that too in bangladesh, and if your goal is only about the worldcup 2015 then start playing matches in England, South Africa, NZ, AUS instead of sub continent tours which India can't afford as these tours( AUS/NZ/ENG/SA) will lead to deterioration of player's/Team's brand value. giving chance to player is not the right thing, the place where chance is given is more important..NZ was the ideal place for Binny.. Rayudu is not the kind of player in these wickets.. Pujara is the ideal choice for spin..and India should go with Pujara against Pakistan Spinners

  • pull_shot on March 1, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @Sameeratennakoon post match presentation is not for honoring either srilanka or sanga, no sports man feels other guy has much ability than him, what he said was correct srilanka get away with small errors from india, remember before praising sanga india have only 4 bowlers+ 1 batting allrounder as bowler + dew to go with

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 1, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    It is the time to call wicket keepers like Sanju Samson and avoid tested and failed one like Karthik. Because of his batting abilities he got chance in the team, but he failed to do that. He is a big failure as a wicket keeper but still got keeping gloves!

  • Prats6 on March 1, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Kohli should open, Rohit at 4. Get a specilist at 3, Raydu is not, Pujara is one; Rahane at 5. Add a specialist bowler- Binny is not. We might still have a chance against Pakistan, else get ready to pack your bags.

  • Pavinasen on March 1, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    With all the terrible mistakes in the fielding & middleorder collapse ,India could take heart in their bowlers taking 8 wickets.But that does not make them a great team.I expect those guys that were given this golden opportunity to play to have taken it with both hands.Some of the players when playing for their country do not show that passion to win a game and yet they are star players in the IPL.So far I am impressed with Virat's captaincy,thats a positive for india

  • sreehk on March 1, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Shocking to see Varun Aron being dropped after just 1 match. Talk about Ishant, Rohit, and Raina how many chances were they given. The problem with current Indian combination is that both batting and bowling are weak. India looks confused in playing a specialist bowler or batsman or a utility cricketer like Binny. India MUST find a place for Pujara. So in Kholi, Rahane, and Pujara they have long innings players. Another 3 to 4 should bat around them. Ashwin not getting wickets in subcontinent is the biggest testimony of his capability. From the current squad, which is not ideal, my playing eleven would be:

    XI: Dhawan, Rahane, Kholi, Pujara, Karthik, Jadeja, Binny, Mishra, BKumar, Shammi, Aron.

    This team looks clear. I have a solid top 4 followed by 3 hitters for batting. For bowling I have 4 pace and two spin options. Only consideration would be to play Ashwin over Binny to counter left-heavy batting like srilanka.

  • on March 1, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Biggest mistake was to include Rohit Sharma.

  • on March 1, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Rayudu n DK just gave away their wickets, they could easily have add another 20-30 runs on IND's favour. DK must grab the chances he is getting, time is running out. Rayudu must prove himself on Sunday or else pls kick him out, there are no. of good players than him in IND domestic circuit.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on March 1, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    And nobody talks of Rohit Sharma's pathetic performance as opener yet?

  • mensan on March 1, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I wonder how many Indian fans were advocating for Binny to be given a chance in New Zealand. And now see what he has done. He is very overrated on the basis of IPL. Same was with Zol and Samson who failed badly in U-19 WC.

  • Sameeratennakoon on March 1, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    My respect for Kohli flattened down by his post match act. That's terrible he didn't congratulate Sanga or any SL player for their effort in presentation. He never mentioned about the good performance of SL players. He was all bluffing about dew factor and umpires decisions. We even Sri Lankans miss Dhoni these times for his gentleman act.

  • MeijiMura on March 1, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    India's fielding has been shocking. It was the difference between winning the recent Test Series in New Zealand 2-0 and losing it 1-0. Now India's poor fielding is hurting it in the current Asia Cup. It is not only India that is losing because of its fielding. Afghanistan were all over Pakistan, but thanks to a straightforward catch being put down they ended up losing a match they otherwise would have won too. India should have beaten Sri Lanka, but if you don't take the chances when they are offered to you, you'll lose more often than not and that is what has been happening lately. If India want to win this Asia Cup they had better start taking their catches and collecting stumping opportunities whenever they come along.

  • mensan on March 1, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    SL appears to have booked a place in final. PAK-IND game tomorrow is crucial for both (like a semi-final).

  • on March 1, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Indian fielders should pull up in the fielding. I don't know why people call Stuart Binny a complete package. hitting sixes in IPL doesn't make a player great. Ishwar Pandey should be given a rope. I am never convinced Rayadus batting ability though people rate him very high. Cheteshwar Pujara is ideal instead of him. If we have to win WC in Australia, Pujara's strong defence should be at no-4 or 5. And the process should begin now. So at least he will have 20-25 odd matches experience. It will be similar to Kohli in WC 2011.

  • fairfan70 on March 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Lousy team lost. So no regrets.

  • on March 1, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Look end of the day what matters is the result. It's awful to note so may excuses being made when you lose a game. India finds it hard to lose to a team who took advantage of India's weakness in crunch situations. Take up the defeat in good spirit and look to the end

  • hogwarts_cricket on March 1, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Not only the 4 dropped catches but the the boundary saved by Mahela also should have been declared a boundary. Even Bhuvneshwar's stumping was marginal and should have got the benifit of doubt. Kushal was clearly LBW to Bhuveneshwar but no given but Rohit's was given by the same umpire even though he was long was down the pitch. Mahela padded his first delivery from Ashiwn which looked out in real time but no replay was shown. So many factors contributing to India's defeat. The only good performance from SL was Sanga's magnificient innings but he too owes to Dinesh Kartik.

  • randikaayya on March 1, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    It ended like any other India loss. kohli is being a proper India captain blaming the umpires and weather for their loss? gavaskar drooling over the dropped catches, screeching that the drop was just a fabulous piece of fielding! Life goes on. Lol

  • on March 1, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Even on this wicket it was difficult for a new batsman to score. That is why India lost too many wickets in middle once settle batsman got out. Same thing happened to SL too. Sanga is class, and giving chances to him is always asking for trouble. Our catching/missing chances have cost us dearly in NZ too. May be have to do with players confidence? Overall we did not played that badly, bowled well bar dew restrictions. But SL played better cricket and deserved to win.

  • cmili on March 1, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    India's last 10 ODI status, LLDLLDLLWL.Only one victory and its against rank no 9 team(BD). What a shame??. But the point is, still Indian fans thinking they are world champions.How can they??Lol Lol.. same result in Sunday also and will knock out from Asia Cup too.They cant win in fast tracks in SA and NZ same as subcontinent pitches too.They are only heroes in INDIA in front of their home crowd.Really sorry about Indian Fans.You are just boasting.

  • SANATP22 on March 1, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Poor performance from bat, Rohit fails again & middle order Rahane,Karthick, Rayadu & Binny throw there wicket on lose delivery. Again this young side drop so many catches and Karthick keeping was very poor. Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuravj & Harbhajan can bat, blowing & fielding better than them. Ind vs pak match is curial.

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Can the same person make the most POSITIVE and the most NEGATIVE impact in the same match? Yes; Dhawan has proved, in yesterdays match, that this apparent contradiction is possible!

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Dhawan shelved his natural aggressive persona, and slowly built up his innings. That 'unnatural act' seems to have affected him in his fielding. In everything we do, we have to be our natural self to be fully effective.

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    It Dawned on BCCI that Dawes is not worth the penny, before this tournament. Yesterday, the Indian players proved that the fielding coach Penney is also not worth the penny

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Sri lanka has always been a strong contender for the Asia Cup. Now that they have defeated both India and Pakistan, in a sense they have already won the cup, irrespective of the final outcome. Well done Lions! SL has shown that (barring Sanga) a team with average quality talent can beat anyone if the will to win is there. Team spirit allowed SL to beat Pakistan - a team loaded with talent, but often dysfunctional. India looks solid on paper, as always. In reality, the bowling is very ordinary and batting is all too dependent on Kohli. Doesn't say very much about one of the BIG 3 in the "World of Cricket" . The Tigers should learn a thing or two about team spirit and national pride, from the lion-hearted Sri Lankans. Tamim, Mahumudullah, Sakib, Nasir etc., give the impression that they are doing Bangladesh a favour by donning the National colours. What a shame!

  • ms2000 on March 1, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    it is time to undersrtand that India is not the best one day side. In the months to come all will see how they drop in the rankings and get beaten by most teams outside india. On the contrarary Sri Lanka is clearly on teh right path and soon will see them performing the way they did in the middle and late 90's. The wheel turns.

  • D-Ascendant on March 1, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Obviously, the best way to improve India's performances will be to make some changes to the team. And I have something that should make N. Srini very happy.

    - Dhoni obviously comes back - Raina makes a return, as do Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra - Time to blood youngsters like Ishwar Pandey, Ronit More, Pawan Negi, Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar - Mithun Manhas gets a belated India callup.

    The playing XI then:

    1. Aparajith. 2. Manhas, 3. Raina. 4. Dhoni (c&wk) 5. Jadeja 6. Ashwin 7. Pandey 8. Negi 9. Mohit 10. More/Shankar 11. Nehra

    They switch to an all-yellow uniform.

    Now, it's all good.

  • VickGower on March 1, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    "Dinesh Karthik fluffed up a stumping in a manner that must have been hilarious to everyone bar the die-hard India fan. Karthik must have felt more than a touch uneasy when he felt the swish of thin air against his gloves, and positively ill when the third umpire confirmed that Kumar Sangakkara had got back in his crease by the time he'd taken the bails off with his second attempt. "

    I hope this reminds the Dhoni naysayers of the one thing they have always taken for granted: his wicket keeping skills. How many times has Dhoni fluffed chances? All those who truly understand the game have always maintained that Dhoni makes it into the team purely for his compact and effective WK skills. And how that was confirmed today. Must say, of all things, Karthik's performance was acutely disappointing. Is it too much to expect someone making a couple of million bucks in IPL might do some soul searching?

  • Sharath274 on March 1, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Got to say again that Rohit should bat down and either Rahane / Karthik / Rayadu who can rotate the strike should open with Dhawan.. there is a considerable lack of experience in the middle order and Dhoni is sorely missed here..

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    DK missed stumping of sagakkarra. That was the turning point.

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    VIRAT KOHLI -: Stop crying about bad decisions and missed chances and for the love of god be a bit gracious and say well played, Sanga and well played Sri Lanka. Geez man be a bit gracious without being a complete twat. Also your scream of F......k off to Kusal Perera was heard on the stump mic very clearly when Perera was dismissed. You seriously need to seek professional help to deal with your juvenile behaviour. Millions of young impressionable Indian kids playing school cricket who heard you spew out raw filth at a dismissed batsman may want to take the ill-advised route of following your theatrics. You are no longer a young inexperienced cricketer. You have been playing for long enough under a model Captain like MS and alongside much respected legends like Sachin, Dravid VVS and so on. You need to grow up quickly.

  • thaikkathameed on March 1, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Please drop Rohit Sharma from the team. If at all, if there is an unwritten rule that he should be compulsorily taken in the team then please send him 7 down or 8 down in the batting line up. Sending him as an opener is putting unnecessary tension on the other opener and the batsmen to follow. Normally he is taking 3-4 overs to open his account. Please take him in the team when India are playing only in India. HE IS A PROVEN FLAT TRACK BULLY.

  • GRVJPR on March 1, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    What can one do if quality of umpires are so bad in international cricket. As far as chances are concerned, except for DK stumping, all were brilliant attemps (which pak and SL fielders can't even hope in dreams to attempt). A very lucky victory for Sri lanka. It needed most experienced bastmen from their side to get them thorugh. India is too inexpereinced but they pushed them till the end despite everything against them. Also Rohit Sharma just wastes first 10 powerplays, no contribution from him. Enough of NOHIT.

  • samincolumbia on March 1, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    India currently has the worst fielding I have seen in recent matches. Dropped catches by the dozen in SA, NZ and Asia Cup now. No one even talks about them anymore. And the young guns are the most culpable, especially Dhawan and Kohli.

  • on March 1, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Wonderful win. yes Indians are making too much of dew. Sri Lanka defended the last 50 runs when Pakistan had 6 wickets remaining even with the dew. That is called good death bowling. I bet even with a dry ball B.Kumar and Shami would bowl good death overs.

  • on March 1, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    As A Sri Lankan We Are Happy That We Beat India After Some Time. It Was A Good Match Between Two Super Sides. We All Like Good Cricket. But As Usual India Has Many Excuses When They Lose, Like Dew Factor, Umpiring Drop Catches, And Ball Handling. This Is A Part Of The Game.India Is Very Defensive.They Never Got The Break Throughs At The Start. Sri Lanka Played A Better Game With A Plan. Now India Don't Have Match Winning Bowlers, Anil Kumble Was The Best. Pl Give Credit To Sri Lanka. Also Do Not Compare Virat Kohl With Sangakkara, Both Are Super Class On Their Day. Good Luck To Both Teams

  • on March 1, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    All was well except couple of unwanted bowlers like Binny and Rayidu.

  • on March 1, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    For someone like Kohli who doesn't walk after clearly edging the ball its a bit hypocritical to talk about lbw decisions

  • on March 1, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    MR DK the 12 crore IPL man single handedly cost us the match-inept batting and keeping.

    Who is in his right mind bought him for 12 crores I wonder!!

    Why is Pujara still not in the team ? Is he a threat to few in the middle order.

    SB -what a shocker? Club cricketer at best.

  • sheku125 on March 1, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Come on, Let us not talk about dropped chances of India alone. What about the other sides that drop chances and gift runs like Mendis gifted 12 runs to Shami? Edged four turned the match/ How Ashwin got a four of Malinga? The bottom line is Keeping was bad and the middle order in the absence of Dhoni suffered. People who go over the board about the new kids, pls give them time and don't think that they can replace the likes of Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, etc., overnight. Good bowling on a friendly track by Ashwin (he normally does well against Sri Lanka, irrespective of the surface) and Jadeja. Chances are to be taken and there is no point in fretting over the same and a marginal decision here and there.

  • on March 1, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Poor India..... Can't win without Dhoni.......

  • on March 1, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Binny had to be given a chance at some point but I guess he has been found out at the international level. I don't think his bowling can ever be a factor. Not in these conditions. Kohli is correct; his bowlers created chances this game, but fielders, especially Shikhar Dhawan was appalling. Is the fielding coach doing his job? Catches will be dropped; but this is now 2 games in a row that fielders are colliding trying to take a high catch. Are they even calling?

  • kra221 on March 1, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    absolutely ridiculous standards for an international team!!!

  • YesKayR on March 1, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    when you watch a hindi movie.. you feel.. aah.. we have seen this movie (same story) before...felt the same watching yesterday's match.. india cruising at 150/2.. flops to get only 264.. heap of wkts lost by opposition except one major batsman.. who takes it away from india.. also had the twists and turns of a Bollywood movie.. karthik doing the blunder to let the 'HERO' off the hook(had it been Dhoni a million people wud have pounced on Dhoni's inability !!!!!!!!!!). post match comments which you have heard a million times - 'dew', 'we were 20 to 30 runs short', 'decisions went against us, but thatz the way game goes' - all those. End result also typical of a Bollywood movie - India losing in a tight finish. Dhoni taking a break is good - that he can see how poorly our bowlers bowl.. from a spectator view point. ishant must be wondering there are other bowlers who give 70 plus runs... but why people point finger at me only.. his only fault is he is consistent in doing that!!!!!

  • Des_65 on March 1, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    The young Indians are fumbling everywhere. Same thing happened in NZ for both one-dayers & test matches and hence the final outcome was bad for India. When old cricketers were playing, same argument was given for Sehwag, others were OK. It was argued that with young cricketers this will improve but I think this is going down hill. Indian catching (at least) was better than this even in the old days (even 50 years ago). There are at least 3-4 players in the current and young Indian team who are bad fielders. If this continues, it will be difficult for India to win matches.

  • on March 1, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    They don't want DRS in their games and then go on to complain about decisions that could have gone their way. So childish of Kohli. As a captain, he should learn to accept that they are going to get those just as they get some in their favor as well. But then again, he has Dhoni to look up to and he likes to complain like that as well.

  • Gunston on March 1, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Plenty of ifs and buts...same as in the NZ tour..."if mccullum was caught", "if Watling was given out"...etc etc...never ending production line of excuses.

  • kohli_ponnaya on February 28, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Poor Kohli...looking for lame excuses, no credit given to the brilliant efforts of the opposition, signs of a weak captain.

  • vish2020 on February 28, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka won because India gave them too many chances and of course umpire missed two big LB shouts. Sanga played well but still india should have won. Need to win on sunday now to make finals.

  • spinkingKK on February 28, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    It is very unfair to comment that India's new look middle order looked bad. It is a pitch on which the batting was difficult. So, when the wickets fall late in the match, it is expected that some of the new batsmen will fail. Because, they are up against quality spin bowlers in a slow pitch when they have to up the scoring to get a good score. Overall, I think the Indian batsmen did well. Bowlers have also done well. It is the fielding which has let them down. Even Jadeja's two missed catches, even though everybody says that it was a magnificent effort, should have been taken at this level. Bad decisions from umpires didn't help either. But, India only got themselves to blame for not accepting the DRS. In any case, Sri Lanka played better on the day. India, in my opinion, is the best team in the competition. That middle order is very good. I believe Karthik should bat at 4, Rehane 5 and Rayudu at 6.

  • Coolcapricorn on February 28, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Besides the obvious problems with our weak bowling, our fielding too has become poor lately with dropped catches costing us matches & series losses! Need to get this sorted asap.

  • Temuzin on February 28, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Look, India's bowling is joke. Only jadeja deserves to be in the team as a good bowler plus outstanding fielder and good batsman, every body else will not find place in any other international eleven. Binni, Karthik, Rohit, Rayudy, Mishra, pandey etc should not be included even in 15 squad. because they are not at international levels. They may play good in one or two matches but will fail in many many matches causing defeats to the team. Selectors should invest in young brigade if they have to select half baked players. At least young ones will gain experience. These close to 30 years old will never be good. Instead of doing things right. fans and media come up with funny suggestions and then bay for their captains head. No captain can do anything if your bowling is 4th rated. Hail MSD for at least winning in subcontinental conditions with such pathetic bowling.

  • on February 28, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    could have, would have, should have, typical excuses from flat track champs. Keep it up Kholi kuttu and company.

  • Tivid on February 28, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    So, Karthik can you list the excuses for the loss in terms of importance? What's the biggest? Was it the dew, dropped catches, poor umpiring, full tosses bowled, the edged 4, india's team selection or the pitc?? Anyting else I missed? All I see here is a lot of If's and But's, Could have's and Should have's and May have's. What's the point of this report?Is it to send a message to your players or is it to say that the play of Sri Lanka didn't have anything to do with thier win?

  • on February 28, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    What is Rohit doing in the batting line up?

  • Farooq3 on February 28, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Indian fans must realize that because of their week bowling attack, the Indian team always remains under threat with any score less than 325!

  • SLSup on February 28, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Kohli is right, dropped catches can be costly. Like the sitter he dropped against NZ before McCullum scored the 1st 300 for NZ.

    Did he say bad decisions HAPPEN in cricket. What wisdom! That's what DSR is there for but I guess that's not an option since BCCI won't like it.

  • on February 28, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Because of Kohli s captaincy atleast it was a close contest,unlike dhoni where he would have waited for things to happen

  • Nampally on February 28, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Indian XI Selection is irrational & lacks basis. A balanced ODI XI should have 3 Specialist Bowlers who need to bowl 30 overs between them+ 2 or more bowling all rounders bowling the other 20 overs. This leaves a WK/Batsman + 5 specialist batsmen. In today's ODI, India had just Shami & Kumar as 2 specialist Bowlers. Where was the 3rd Bowler? They had 3 All rounders to share 30 overs but Binny bowled just 4 overs whilst Jadeja & Ashwin bowled 10 each. Kohli needs to justify as to why he chose Binny (instead of a specialist Bowler) when he bowled just 4 overs? Clearly flawed XI. Secondly 3 of the specialist Batsmen Rohit, Rahane & Rayudu + WK Batsman Karthik just got 57 runs between them on a true batting strip. Why was Pujara- the most reliable batsman "Benched"? If there was so much emphasis on batting Pujara should be #1 on the list.Most bone headed bowling was reserved for the last 9 overs by Kumar & Shami who lost the match from a winning position by feeding full tosses to batsmen!

  • on February 28, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Why do you talk bad of Binny? Talk about Rohit Sharma's colossal failure in Cricket.

  • on February 28, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Mr.Dinesh Karthik,in spite of having talent you are NOT succeeding in international level.

    Please do a honest self evaluation understand, what is wrong and get better at it. Even you got many call backs....Please score some runs boss....

  • on February 28, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    It was tearful bowling of Shami that let India down. He bowled beautiful yorkers to Sangakara and when A.Mendis came to bat gave him a good length ball instead of the Yorker ! One would have thought that after his trip to NZ and the experience gained there would come in handy, but not for Indian bowlers. They do not use their brain one tiny bit only try to use brawn ! Dew may have been there but then every one uses Towels to dry them.Hopeless ...Of course dropping catches was crucial too but this takes the cake.

  • on February 28, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Do Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny even look like an international cricketers???

  • haq33 on February 28, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Don't bother picking extra bowlers or batsmen. For the the next match, pick an extra fielder....that should bring the total number of competent fielders up to 2 in the team.

  • IndTheBest on February 28, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Dropped catches and stumping can never win you matches no matter what kind of team you select. Flip side of this is that it's easier to blame the team selection after the game based on the outcome, captain and team management always have to take such decision before the game, sometimes those decisions doesn't work. Binny definitely deserve another game but that should be again Afganistan not against Pakistan. In the next game, Pujara must come to open the inning with Dhawan. Rohit Sharma must replace either Rayudu or Rahane in the middle. Ishwar Panday should come for Binny in next match. Though Binny should get another game against Afganisthan.

  • Greatest_Game on February 28, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    ""If you see some of the decisions also, they went against us. In the first two overs [of Sri Lanka's innings] itself there were two lbw shouts that were very close, and then we also missed chances. That happens in cricket, getting a favourable decision or not …" Virat Kohli

    Hey Virat. MSD is not there. SRT is gone. USE the DRS! Wow, amazing idea, huh? What, you don't know where the DRS is. Ask the BCCI, man...

  • godshand on February 28, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Nothing wrong in loosing but efforts were clearly missing from the Indians. Anyways, it's good they won't be complacent. Pujara's omission is illogical.

  • street_smart on February 28, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Pujara in..Rayadu out. Over & over we get back DK in side. I get it that he scores heavily in domestic but it's enough of chance a player can get in ODI. He may be a good batsman but he is not good keeper. I would give a decent run to W.Saha when Dhoni not available in ODI. He is a very good keeper & quite decent a batsman.

    Binny should get couple of chances before we try Ishwar Pandey but not Varun Aaron. He neither have swing nor seam movement. He jsut bowls fast & sometimes staight line.

  • Tweety20 on February 28, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Commiserations to India for all the mishaps and the loss but a win is win and SL made it home thanx to our Lion Sanga. SL has gained a reputation of delivering nail biting thrillers and I knew this match will end the same way.Keep it Cracking SL...! JAYA SRI.

  • FawltyBean on February 28, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda - Kohli this is how everybody win and lose, not just India or you. Would've been nice if you give credit to how well Sri Lanka & Sanga played under pressure, but you are brought up right to do that.

  • Rahul_78 on February 28, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Whatever is the outcome of the match I am so happy with the rejuvenated India and Captaincy of Virat Kohli. After long long time Jadeja, Shami and Ahwin actually looked for wickets. Till the last runwas scored Virat had a belief that 1 more wicket will change the fortune of his team. This is a green a team and careless dismissals of Karthick and Rayudu hurt India big time. Not to underestimate the classy Sanga. But I would much prefere India going down fighting then loosing in last few overs looking to content the opposition till the lat breath under MSD. Whatver is seen today augurs well for India in future and this series. If only selectors are watching and listening to Ian Chappell.

  • Adnan-Ahmed on February 28, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Very sloppy display from India in the field, and apart from Jadeja none of their bowlers looked dangerous.

    That said, the fact that due seems to be playing a crucial role in theses games is a shame.

  • jerryman on February 28, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Next game against Pakistan is now virtually like a semi final game . The loser of the game is likely going to be out of the finals barring some rather unique permutations. They must find a way of bowling at the death especially the last 5 overs of the game . However some credit for India for taking the game into the last over . They possibly will need a new coach in bowling . Better to have a local coach familiar with the conditions , someone like Kumble . Good luck to both teams for Sunday , may want to rethink the opening pair for batting as well . Rohit if playing should come about 4-5 down

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Don't worry Mr. Kohli. You can set up the most aggressive field ever but players will drop dollies and your bowlers will bowl rubbish. I pity Dhoni and now you too. No amount of good captaincy and save you if you are defending a total with this pack of bowlers.

  • santhoo24 on February 28, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    well.. that's life. No excuse for missed chances. But credts where they are due, well played SL. It's hard to as SL fans to be classy. So until India beats SL, SL fans have the bragging rights. Enjoy your win.

  • pipsonian on February 28, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Notice how Indians twist and spin things to make themselves look like victims. No praise for Sangakarra's inning from Kholi or how well Mendis bowled. India is always all about themselves.

  • pipsonian on February 28, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Notice how Indians twist and spin things to make themselves look like victims. No praise for Sangakarra's inning from Kholi or how well Mendis bowled. India is always all about themselves.

  • santhoo24 on February 28, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    well.. that's life. No excuse for missed chances. But credts where they are due, well played SL. It's hard to as SL fans to be classy. So until India beats SL, SL fans have the bragging rights. Enjoy your win.

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Don't worry Mr. Kohli. You can set up the most aggressive field ever but players will drop dollies and your bowlers will bowl rubbish. I pity Dhoni and now you too. No amount of good captaincy and save you if you are defending a total with this pack of bowlers.

  • jerryman on February 28, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Next game against Pakistan is now virtually like a semi final game . The loser of the game is likely going to be out of the finals barring some rather unique permutations. They must find a way of bowling at the death especially the last 5 overs of the game . However some credit for India for taking the game into the last over . They possibly will need a new coach in bowling . Better to have a local coach familiar with the conditions , someone like Kumble . Good luck to both teams for Sunday , may want to rethink the opening pair for batting as well . Rohit if playing should come about 4-5 down

  • Adnan-Ahmed on February 28, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Very sloppy display from India in the field, and apart from Jadeja none of their bowlers looked dangerous.

    That said, the fact that due seems to be playing a crucial role in theses games is a shame.

  • Rahul_78 on February 28, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Whatever is the outcome of the match I am so happy with the rejuvenated India and Captaincy of Virat Kohli. After long long time Jadeja, Shami and Ahwin actually looked for wickets. Till the last runwas scored Virat had a belief that 1 more wicket will change the fortune of his team. This is a green a team and careless dismissals of Karthick and Rayudu hurt India big time. Not to underestimate the classy Sanga. But I would much prefere India going down fighting then loosing in last few overs looking to content the opposition till the lat breath under MSD. Whatver is seen today augurs well for India in future and this series. If only selectors are watching and listening to Ian Chappell.

  • FawltyBean on February 28, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda - Kohli this is how everybody win and lose, not just India or you. Would've been nice if you give credit to how well Sri Lanka & Sanga played under pressure, but you are brought up right to do that.

  • Tweety20 on February 28, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Commiserations to India for all the mishaps and the loss but a win is win and SL made it home thanx to our Lion Sanga. SL has gained a reputation of delivering nail biting thrillers and I knew this match will end the same way.Keep it Cracking SL...! JAYA SRI.

  • street_smart on February 28, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Pujara in..Rayadu out. Over & over we get back DK in side. I get it that he scores heavily in domestic but it's enough of chance a player can get in ODI. He may be a good batsman but he is not good keeper. I would give a decent run to W.Saha when Dhoni not available in ODI. He is a very good keeper & quite decent a batsman.

    Binny should get couple of chances before we try Ishwar Pandey but not Varun Aaron. He neither have swing nor seam movement. He jsut bowls fast & sometimes staight line.

  • godshand on February 28, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Nothing wrong in loosing but efforts were clearly missing from the Indians. Anyways, it's good they won't be complacent. Pujara's omission is illogical.