India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 2, 2014

'We showed a lot of character' - Kohli

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'Proud of our boys today' - Kohli

With three overs remaining, Pakistan needed 17 runs to win, with four wickets in hand. Three of India's frontline bowlers had one over left of their 10-over quotas. Virat Kohli decided to bowl out his two seamers first and leave R Ashwin to bowl the last over of the match. The strategy nearly worked; India took three wickets in five balls in the last two overs, and left Pakistan's last-wicket pair nine runs to get from four balls.

Two sixes from Shahid Afridi won Pakistan the match, but Kohli said he was proud of how India fought, and didn't think he had gone wrong in leaving Ashwin to bowl the last over.

"Not at all," he said, after the match. "I knew that if I put the seamers in before and Ashwin comes to bowl, they will go for it. Wickets is all we wanted. If Afridi and Umar Gul had just played singles they would have won easily. I took that risk of putting the seamers in and making them hit the ball.

"We almost pulled it off as well in the end. Those last two sixes were not quite off the middle of the bat. One side was a small boundary, but that's how it goes. We almost pulled it off and I'm really proud of the way the team showed character in the field and with the bowling as well - 245 against a team like Pakistan and on that wicket with the dew is not easy to defend, but I think the guys showed a lot of character."

Kohli said India had done particularly well to run Pakistan so close considering the experience gap between the sides.

"If you compare the experience of our team with their team, it's massive, it's huge," Kohli said. "And in international cricket it really counts a lot. You can get away with it in Twenty20, but in the 50-over format you need to show a lot of character and that's exactly what the boys did.

"If you see the kind of batsmen they had and our bowlers with the inexperience they had, still to put up that kind of fight… I mean you see Amit Mishra, he gave only 28 runs in 10 overs, took two wickets, bowled brilliantly against the likes of Misbah, Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi. So I think it was a commendable effort and I'm really, really proud of the way the guys fought it out."

Kohli praised the efforts of Amit Mishra, who came into the side for the first time in the tournament and took 2 for 28 in his 10 overs. Kohli hinted the legspinner might start featuring more frequently in the team's plans.

"Well that's one thing you can say now," he said, when asked if Mishra should have come off the bench sooner. "If he went for 70 in 10 I don't think you would have asked me that question. But I've always been really impressed by Amit Mishra. He's an attacking bowler, which I like as well. He always likes to make the batsman take on that extra fielder inside the circle.

"The way he bowled with such a small target to defend I think it was brilliant on his part. The amount of character he showed, he certainly put his hand up. In the future as well, if we want to play with three spinners or we want to go with the same kind of bowling attack, he would certainly be one of our priorities. He's brilliant with the ball, turns it on any sort of wicket and today he showed what he could do. I'm really, really happy for him."

After seeing how the spinners had controlled the ball better than the pace bowlers when dew started playing a part against Sri Lanka, Kohli decided he would select Mishra as a third spinner against Pakistan.

"Well the last game, the way it panned out… even with the dew, if you can get the wicket to dry out, and these wickets are pretty dry, so if the bowler can bowl three deliveries in an over on an area, it's much better for the spinner. He has more of a wicket-taking chance compared to the fast bowlers. With dew coming in at the end, the fast bowlers tend to go for plenty of runs. That was the idea in the last game itself.

"Rohit Sharma had contained them [Sri Lanka] pretty nicely and there I made a decision that we should go with three spinners. These guys have a lot of right-handers in the squad as well and Mishra turns the ball, so I wanted that attacking bowler in the bowling line-up and it almost paid off for us. I think he and Ashwin were the difference in the game today. The way they controlled that situation was magnificent."

As had been the case in their previous match against Sri Lanka, India missed chances on the field, with a missed stumping from Dinesh Karthik proving particularly costly. Kohli repeated what he had said after the Sri Lanka game - India would have to play smarter cricket.

"We are making mistakes regularly, which we need to correct because they are costing us in international cricket," he said. "If we make three or four crucial errors in each game, it's quite costly in the end. That is one thing we have to learn from and improve on because there's quite a bit of inexperience in batting and bowling. People learn from mistakes and I hope in the coming games we don't repeat these mistakes and play more smartly at crucial times."

India still have a chance of reaching the final, but they will probably need other matches to end in upsets. Kohli said he was not going to worry about other results.

"Well, I've personally stopped putting my money on the games that are left in the tournament," he said. "In Australia [2011-12 tri-series] as well, we were watching another game, and Sri Lanka almost beat Australia and we could have made the finals, but that didn't happen. Last time in Asia Cup as well we were hoping Sri Lanka beats Pakistan or Bangladesh, either of the two, but that didn't happen. All we can do is put up a strong performance in our game, try and get a bonus point, and then see. We'll know by March 4 what happens. We're just looking to improve our cricket and correct our mistakes."

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  • POSTED BY cricket_lover123 on | March 6, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I had hoped for India to at least qualify for finals. But nonetheless so far, Asia Cup sponsored by Cycle Pure Agarbathies had been fun especially to see team like Afghanistan play. We should all take cricket as a good sport; so what if India lost and didn't qualify for finals. Big deal! Next T-20 is coming up that's what I'm looking forward to. By the way I came across this really fun game based on Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Chamila, its now the most hated team in international cricket

  • POSTED BY bookiesXI on | March 4, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Vinod S Menon - are you out of your mind? Virat was great on the field? India was 20-30 runs short? The only reason you crossed 200 was because of umpiring errors! Jadeja was leg before when he was still in the single digits and he went on to make 50+. Ashwin was clearly caught behind but he refused to walk. Take the extra 40-50 runs they scored and you barely would have made 200.

    As for Kohli being a better captain than Misbah? Kohli is immature. As captain you should not be screaming and celebrating in the face of a tail ender (Saeed Ajmal) after getting him out. As captain you shouldn't make excuses for losing the match as Kohli did by saying that the boundary was short. India deserves a better captain. Kohli keeps making a fool of himself.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 4, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    At the end of the day, it is the results that matter! A loss is a Loss however you cloth & present it. India have lost to all & sundry. A world ODI #1 team should play in accordance with its ranking by winning the crucial ODI matches. What character Kohli is talking about when in the last over with 10 runs & one wicket in hand, India lost? There were 5 balls to dismiss a #11 bat & India gave away a single to this guy & lost. This is where the Winning qualities of the Champions show up. The sad part is India were swept in SA & NZ in ODI's. Now they come to Asian Championship & lose to SL & Pakistan. This is not "Character" of a #1 ranked team. Mr. Kohli. The XI selection has been very poor at best in SA, NZ & in Asia Cup. Let has show some "character" by putting in some deserving benched players- who are the real winners- in the XI. Mishra showed his character conclusively after being benched for so many matches. First play the BEST XI -that's where the real Leader's character shows!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Kholi was great in the field, what's up guys are you kidding me. We are 20-30 runs short. B.Kumar was pathetic for over a year now. Shami can only bowl to right handers. Ashwin is shadow of himself. Mishra the only bowlers looked threatening. Jaddu hip hop music god only knows about his tactics. Rohit throw his wicket, Rahane well left & Kathik slip it again and again. Still match ended last over. The pitch is 280+ pitch. Kholi captained better then Misbha, but he didn't have match winners. Though he felt the pressure, Kholi was impressive in field.

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | March 4, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    We show our character every time isn't it? Every game is a learning experience, so where are the results? Why do we keeping on struggling over and over again?

    Are we really learning anything? Doesn't seems to be, we are making the same mistake again and again.

    Do player listen to what the expert says?

  • POSTED BY shahzaibq on | March 4, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    India is missing a major trick by not picking Mishra over Jadeja or Ashwin... Batting is the main reason Dhoni keeps choosing Jaddu and Ashwin, but with Mishra showing the sort of damage he can do with the bat (in IPL) and the ball (always), I'm guessing Jaddu and/or Ashwin's days in the team are numbered.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 4, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Disappointing captaincy from Kohli, got tired of watching negative tactics in test cricket for years from Dhoni (he is the best in ODIs format). I was hoping big things from Kohli, a leader who could inspire the team. We are going the same path again. Can India produce a captain with imagination who can lift the team, make them trust their ability? Can India produce captains like Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor or Michael Clarke. Can Rohit Sharma be the next one to try? We can't have the same negative captain for another 10 years who is just too reactive, need a captain to make things happen in the middle.

  • POSTED BY 0mar1 on | March 3, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    The sad fact is that the generation of Indian greats is now gone: Tendu, Laxman, Dravid, Kumble, even Zaheer in his prime. These guys forged their skills in the furnace of International Test Cricket and applied it to ODI and T20.

    The current lot is more and more the product of the Indian Pajama League and simply can not dominate at the international level. They will win a match or two here and there but will hard to compete with teams which are focused on international competition rather than domestic leagues.

    Anyways, enjoy the upcoming season of IPL and the plummeting ICC rankings!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Much has been discussed about Kohli's immaturity. He is not suppose to do undue jumps on field. look at Dohni, as a Pakistani I always love players like MSD , Sachin, A jadeja who were cool and never showed their hate in the field. even Ashwin lacks the sportsmen sprit when Akmal cought him and he batted twice. and in experience team excuse is silly. It is same as a kid is complaining to his Mom that they bring big boys :). I think MSD is much better then Kohli. He should continue. India have serious problems in their bowling. Sort em out.

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover123 on | March 6, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I had hoped for India to at least qualify for finals. But nonetheless so far, Asia Cup sponsored by Cycle Pure Agarbathies had been fun especially to see team like Afghanistan play. We should all take cricket as a good sport; so what if India lost and didn't qualify for finals. Big deal! Next T-20 is coming up that's what I'm looking forward to. By the way I came across this really fun game based on Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Chamila, its now the most hated team in international cricket

  • POSTED BY bookiesXI on | March 4, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Vinod S Menon - are you out of your mind? Virat was great on the field? India was 20-30 runs short? The only reason you crossed 200 was because of umpiring errors! Jadeja was leg before when he was still in the single digits and he went on to make 50+. Ashwin was clearly caught behind but he refused to walk. Take the extra 40-50 runs they scored and you barely would have made 200.

    As for Kohli being a better captain than Misbah? Kohli is immature. As captain you should not be screaming and celebrating in the face of a tail ender (Saeed Ajmal) after getting him out. As captain you shouldn't make excuses for losing the match as Kohli did by saying that the boundary was short. India deserves a better captain. Kohli keeps making a fool of himself.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 4, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    At the end of the day, it is the results that matter! A loss is a Loss however you cloth & present it. India have lost to all & sundry. A world ODI #1 team should play in accordance with its ranking by winning the crucial ODI matches. What character Kohli is talking about when in the last over with 10 runs & one wicket in hand, India lost? There were 5 balls to dismiss a #11 bat & India gave away a single to this guy & lost. This is where the Winning qualities of the Champions show up. The sad part is India were swept in SA & NZ in ODI's. Now they come to Asian Championship & lose to SL & Pakistan. This is not "Character" of a #1 ranked team. Mr. Kohli. The XI selection has been very poor at best in SA, NZ & in Asia Cup. Let has show some "character" by putting in some deserving benched players- who are the real winners- in the XI. Mishra showed his character conclusively after being benched for so many matches. First play the BEST XI -that's where the real Leader's character shows!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Kholi was great in the field, what's up guys are you kidding me. We are 20-30 runs short. B.Kumar was pathetic for over a year now. Shami can only bowl to right handers. Ashwin is shadow of himself. Mishra the only bowlers looked threatening. Jaddu hip hop music god only knows about his tactics. Rohit throw his wicket, Rahane well left & Kathik slip it again and again. Still match ended last over. The pitch is 280+ pitch. Kholi captained better then Misbha, but he didn't have match winners. Though he felt the pressure, Kholi was impressive in field.

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | March 4, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    We show our character every time isn't it? Every game is a learning experience, so where are the results? Why do we keeping on struggling over and over again?

    Are we really learning anything? Doesn't seems to be, we are making the same mistake again and again.

    Do player listen to what the expert says?

  • POSTED BY shahzaibq on | March 4, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    India is missing a major trick by not picking Mishra over Jadeja or Ashwin... Batting is the main reason Dhoni keeps choosing Jaddu and Ashwin, but with Mishra showing the sort of damage he can do with the bat (in IPL) and the ball (always), I'm guessing Jaddu and/or Ashwin's days in the team are numbered.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 4, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Disappointing captaincy from Kohli, got tired of watching negative tactics in test cricket for years from Dhoni (he is the best in ODIs format). I was hoping big things from Kohli, a leader who could inspire the team. We are going the same path again. Can India produce a captain with imagination who can lift the team, make them trust their ability? Can India produce captains like Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor or Michael Clarke. Can Rohit Sharma be the next one to try? We can't have the same negative captain for another 10 years who is just too reactive, need a captain to make things happen in the middle.

  • POSTED BY 0mar1 on | March 3, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    The sad fact is that the generation of Indian greats is now gone: Tendu, Laxman, Dravid, Kumble, even Zaheer in his prime. These guys forged their skills in the furnace of International Test Cricket and applied it to ODI and T20.

    The current lot is more and more the product of the Indian Pajama League and simply can not dominate at the international level. They will win a match or two here and there but will hard to compete with teams which are focused on international competition rather than domestic leagues.

    Anyways, enjoy the upcoming season of IPL and the plummeting ICC rankings!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Much has been discussed about Kohli's immaturity. He is not suppose to do undue jumps on field. look at Dohni, as a Pakistani I always love players like MSD , Sachin, A jadeja who were cool and never showed their hate in the field. even Ashwin lacks the sportsmen sprit when Akmal cought him and he batted twice. and in experience team excuse is silly. It is same as a kid is complaining to his Mom that they bring big boys :). I think MSD is much better then Kohli. He should continue. India have serious problems in their bowling. Sort em out.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Here comes the excuses !

    So called big three.

    It is teams attitude which makes the whole world hate them. No one hated Dhoni or Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Tansar on | March 3, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    We have seen a slight glimpse of what BIG 3 wil be doing in coming matches. You will have one of them playing in the ground and two umpires from remaining teams. And then, will try their best to make the match in favor of that team. I wish them very bad luck and hope that ACTUUAL CRICKET will prevail.

  • POSTED BY known_stranger on | March 3, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    i have not seen an impressive fast bowler india have ever produced in last three decades. one on which you can rely on, who gives you wicket at times when u require it, a match winner like wasim, McGraw and malinga. i am not impressed with this present lot, these are ordinary medium pacers. Yes, on his day, ashwin is a match winner.

  • POSTED BY omarhanif on | March 3, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Ranjit Shan... you are funny man... you are truly rude as your fav player Virat. You both need to learn to respect others....i am not claiming large things like you as both teams can play excellent cricket and if India won you will show your class and if Pakistan won then i am no sure what will you say though i can imagine your crying face like your captain lolz

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    For all the comments about failures and disrespect... well this was a game of a lifetime for Kohli. He's just not mature enough to handle pressure situations so give him time to learn. Pakistan did play better hence they won. As for some Indians seeking revenge in WC T20... all I have to say is grow up and enjoy the sport rather than losing the respect of some. Good luck to all teams and may the best team win on the day.

  • POSTED BY SajidMirza on | March 3, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    So much comments from indian fans, trying to protect kholi. Kholi is a good batsmen no doubt but he is not a good captain even not a good character. A captain should appriciate the efforts of opposition but kholi (trying very hard to control himself from crying) at closing ceremony just trying to show how good they are. People said he is ponting part 2,, oohhhh come onnnn india, he is not just a finger nail of ponting. Ponting smith clarck cook misbah are good captain as well as they showed respect to opposition even they won or loss. They have big heart, so indian captain must learn how to respect other international team. Do not expect that every one respects you only because you are BIG3.

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | March 3, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    I have a question to all the people who demand appreciation for the opposition from Kohli : Why is it even necessary for him to do it? Isn't it the job of reporters and journalists to appreciate and wax lyrical about the good performers?! He gave a losing captain's perspective that included the mistakes that his side made. To say that he is not a good captain just because he doesn't appreciate the opponents is ridiculous! Not doing so doesn't make him disrespectful either! In the small number of matches that he has captained, he has shown a good mind and has the potential to become a world class captain!

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 3, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    I loved the look on Kohli's face when he came in presentation. He was crying.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 3, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar: What about retired officer lookalike Mishra? He easily looks like he is 60+. Indian team gave tough time to Pakistan because of two blatant umpiring decisions in their favor. Otherwise India didn't appear crossing 200 any time.

    No matter young or old team, tough or easy chase, the fact is Pakistan beat India and now our lead is 72-50. You are out of Asia Cup once again. Better luck next time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    here i saw a lots of cricket fans are given a bad opinion about virat kohli...that he doesn't say a few word about afridi as well as pakistan..team....so i'm a fan of virat kohli nd today i am telling u that listean all pakistan cric. fans......wait till 21st march that day u will see .....our team will take revenge on 21st march nd that day a lots of comment u will lestean from me (Ranjit_fan of Virat Kohli)....

    and at last don't forget who is virat.....?the record breaker........

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Actually leave Shahid afridi's batting and Sixes. Pakistan already Won by Hafeez and Shoaib Maqsood's partnership see below statistics and India (Mr. Kohli should consider lucky himself that he didn't get worst defeat due to Empire's 2 big blunders) other wise india target was between 190-200 and see when Hafeez dismissed pakistan score was 200, next 45 scores was made by Jadega who was not given out on 7 so Mr. Kohli face the facts and make courage to accept the defeat even your side played with 13 players 2 plyaers was give by empires as bonus to india but in vain their efforts as well.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | March 3, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Kohli is trying to convince BCCI that he can captain the Indian side. He is not cool and politically correct like MSD but he has the passion which was lacking in MSD recently. I feel Ind still need to settle on their strong XI for ODIs. Pujara should be tried as an opener. One of Ashwin/Jadeja should be dropped and Mishra should be the first choice spinner. Shami and Bhuvi should be backed up with a medium pace allrounder like Binny/IK Pathan etc. Saha or Samson should be tried along with Karthik to find the best keeper batsmen as backup to MSD. Finally MSD should captain IND in ODIs and T20s but not in tests. Kohli should be the test captain since that is where he will learn to become polished and a mature sportsman. If India continues to lose ODIs but learn and make progress then they can defend WC2015. If not the losing streak will continue.

    Pak played better but Ind gave them a run for their money. Kohli made a blunder with giving Ashwin the last over but Afridi came through!

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | March 3, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Some of the fans are so funny that they want to select players on the basis of IPLs. Here is his latest innings for you to decide how much good bowler he is:

    2/28 Indiav PakistanDhaka 2 Mar 2014 ODI 1/100 Rest of Ind v Karnataka Bangalore 2014 FC 4/83, 0/53Haryana v Odisha Bhubaneswar 30 Dec 2013 FC 4/169 Haryana v Gujarat Ahmedabad 14 Dec 2013 FC 0/0, 0/8 Haryana v Punjab Rohtak 28 Nov 2013 FC 0/78 India v Australia Nagpur 30 Oct 2013 ODI

    You will see that he is a fluke bowler who can take wickets of state level batsmen

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | March 3, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    prakash_mishra - India was lucky to cross 200. 8 bonus runs scored by Ashwin would have made the difference as well. Thanks to the umpire! But isn't it ironic that he was the one who allowed Afridi to score those 2 sixes? And Kohli you have to realize this as well. Your team would have been bowled out for under 200 had Jadeja been given out and would have had only 237 to defend had Ashwin been given out.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Kohli is following Dhoni's footstep.. They never appreciate the better team performance it seems they are proud loosing every single game .. Captain needs to show sportsmanship but acknowledging that they were outplayed by better team that never seems to be the case with Indian team..

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 3, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    India is missing Dhoni for sure.India would have won both matches if he were there. I like KOhli's captaincy. He is Ricky Ponting part 2

  • POSTED BY web_guru2003 on | March 3, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Although I do not like Kohli's on field attitude much (for example send off the he gave to Ajmal 3 balls before losing the game) but I give it to Kohli that he play the game with passion and things might happen in heat of the moment but is off field performance is not good.

    1) It was middle or not, Pakistan actually BEAT India and proved to be better team on the day.

    2) One of this excuse is that experience difference b/w 2 team and how Indian team is young. What about Ahmed Shahzad, Maqsood, Sharjeel, Junaid, Talha? They all are young and they all performed.

    3) I understand captain backing up his players but not saying a word about the opponent does not leave good taste. While he was making lame excuses about "not middle of the bat shots", why did he forget about the 3 key umpiring BLUNDERS going India's way?

    Kohli is an EXCELLENT batsman. He is one of very few that we Pak like but if he want to be a great captain too, he should start learning to give where its due.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | March 3, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Middle of the bat or not middle, the fact of the matter is that the better team won the match on the day. The fact that is very hard for the Indians to swallow. Every since the Indian tour of South Africa to the recently concluded tour in NZ, Indian team has been consistently on the losing side even with Dhoni in the team. So let's face the reality, this is the new team India which is not capable of winning too many matches.

  • POSTED BY kamilkhuwaja on | March 3, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    A wonderful batsman can't be a great captain..The worst thing about Kohli is his behavior on the field. And now after listening to his press conference, I really feel he should start accepting the defeats by appreciating the opponents. To him, those two sixes were not from the middle of the bat then why didn't he discuss about those umpiring blunders that just changed the scenario of the whole match.

  • POSTED BY azurecharms on | March 3, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Kohli saying there is large experience gap between Pak and Ind, but Pak has debutant Talha in this game and Sharjeel and Maqsood new in international cricket. He never once praised Pak team that Pak won fair and square. That's lack of character and cheapskate will never make Kohli a great cricketer and a great human being.

  • POSTED BY prakash_mishra on | March 3, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    India needed 260 or at least 250+ to defend the total.I knew that from beginning.In last 2 overs India scored only 8 runs.Jadeja could not hit a single boundary in those overs.That is where a finisher like MSD was missed.India did try with bowl and nothing much cane be done against likes of Afridi when he outsmarts you with his courage and will. I think India had lost it with batting itself and its commendable of Mishra who bowled a tight spell which gave India at least a chance.Rahane and Karthik took 96 balls between them and scored only 46 and then threw away their wickets. Jadeja bowled well in the match against SL but here he was the weakest link giving away 61 in his allotted 10 overs.B.Kumar has lost his initial over swings and is no good with old bowl.Ashwin is new Chetan Sharma. Karthik is a piece of joke behind stumps. I think likes of Samson should have been tried rather than tried and failed Karthik.If batting is your strength and you score 245 then gods help you team India

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 3, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Many Pakistani fans are criticising Kohli as being unsporting. let us face it, in the last over it was anybody's Match! Pakistan were 9 down with Junaid facing Ashwin. It was Ashwin's short ball which removed Junaid from facint the whole over. Ashwin should have got him out had he not given that single to win the match for India. So Ashwin made a crucial crutch error. It was India's match to WIN. Kohli is now praising Mishra but then why did he drop him from the first 2 matches when he has no wicket takers? Mishra was outstanding in IPL 6 last year along with karan Sharma. On sub continent pitches it is the spinners who do the magic not pace bowlers. Kohli needs to justify Mishra's exclusion from XI in the first 2 Matches. Pujara the best Indian batsman is still on the Bench. This is the second selection Blunder, Mr. Kohli. India cannot Win the WC 2015 without Pujara in XI. He is one of the best batsmen in the World today in any format of Cricket. Keeping him OUT of XI is India's LOSS

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | March 3, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    To all those ever cribbing people, watch the complete match and the comments before commenting. The slogger just cleared the boundary, especially the second six, which could have won by merely taking singles. If he was out everybody would have cursed him for going for the second six instead of taking singles, but that's the way he plays, without a brain, it pays few time but goes bust most of the time.

    Excellent captaincy from Virat, hope he will be captain of the test team.

  • POSTED BY adis26 on | March 3, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    As sad as it was to lose against Pak, there needs to be no shame in it. It was just a terrific game of cricket and one that as gripping from ball 1 of the game. There was a lot of fight shown by both the teams, mistakes on either sides, brilliance on either sides and just a hard fought battle. It is still sad when you are on the losing side but that's fine - I'll just have to take heart in the fact that the next match is not too far away. Also, India has done a lot of damage to Pak in recent multi-national tournaments and I figure we just had to be in the receiving end of things. Nothing to take away from Afridi though - that was one hell of an innings.

  • POSTED BY abid9 on | March 3, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    It always showed to me that Virat Kohli is full of showman and bias personality. He lacks sportsman spirit but that deficiency is most of the Indian cricketers. All three matches they played in Asia cup, kohli keep criticizing others and praising his team and talent to prove they are the best. If Mr. Kohli you have the best team in the world then this is the third one day series in a row you are losing and you don't have brave heart to praise other teams. India needs strong characters like Sachin & Dravid. It seems India is out of the tournament but I will say they are very strong side in home ground conditions.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | March 3, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    As an outsider...Pakistan showed maturity and character throughout the match. India...yes most of the guys showed maturity and character, but Kohli...hmmm, I dont think so. He needs to grow up. His actions were of a backyard punk.

    What I did like and was impressed with was how India fought this out, and made a match out of it, almost won it. Pak did not show any nerves but put themselves in a jam by playing poor poor poor shots, which showed that mentally they are not in the game playing for the team, they look like playing for themselves...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Captains make difference. Kholi could be a good batsman but not a good skipper like Dhoni. When u have striker like Afridi u do not give Ashwin to bowl. He has so much power that even if he club the ball on the tip of his bat it will sail over the fence.

  • POSTED BY Rexton87 on | March 3, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    I am a Pak fan and a huge fan of Kohli. He is talented batsman with confidence, hunger for success and his comabtive spirit is admirable. He was not far off when he said that Afridi's sixes does not come off the middle of bat. To Afridi's credit he did carve out thoses sixes from good balls froma quality bowler at a tense time in the match. Fans of both countaries should give credit where it is due , we are opponents no enemies.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 3, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @aruna-bandara, hypothetically, if Sri Lanka lose both their remaining matches, they will be left with 8 points. If India win their match against Afghanistan with a bonus point, they will be at 9 points. So, yes. India still has a chance to qualify. Number of Bonus points itself only get the prominence if everything else is equal. But, if you win a match with the Bonus point, your total points are increased. Therefore, Sri Lanka will be at 8 points and India at 9 points. Nothing else will matter after that. Anyway, we all know that is never going to happen. Realistically, Indians can start packing and make arrangements to get picked up from the Airport.

  • POSTED BY scarrule on | March 3, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Well i have to sl nd pak captains decided batting 1st coz they knew how good india is in chasing totals. I guess kholi was bit frustated for not winning toss coz he always like chasing no matter what the target is. Anyway cngrats to pak nd i think from now on will claim indian team as defensive. Rlly impressed, sl / pak fans will be jealous. Although pak fans less but we indian are rrly happy to see our inexperience bowling unit working. Come-on defending 270 nd 245 was never expected we thought it had been over within 40 overs. Its high time to stop calling indian bowling mediocore they are average.

  • POSTED BY mohd_asif on | March 3, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    I always thought Kohli would be a future captain and leadership material, but after listening to his comments, it seems he has a long way to go... Leadership requires sportsman spirit, and this man doesn't have any !!

    Regarding experience, i always thought you choose your best team available. If this is not India's best team, perhaps its time to kick the selectors out and get someone who can pick the best team.

  • POSTED BY Bogelking on | March 3, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    I do not agree with Xylofon. Of course Afridi was the difference between the sides seeking for a win, that was tantalizing here and there. But You have to know, that In International Cricket- whichever team you are facing against- one can only underestimate their rivals at their own peril. Though inexperienced, the present bunch in Indian teams know this fact, and the Indian batsmen giving sans respect to the opposition bowlers are not correct. This is a team in evolutionary stage. Wait for some time and see what wonders that they work.

  • POSTED BY muftee on | March 3, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Is Kohli really a good sportsman? Yet I have not seen anywhere that he has congratulated Pakistan on its victory. He did not say anything after post-match presentation. Instead he is trying to give excuses. Don't forget, two very clear 'OUTs' went in India's favour (Jedjeja and Ashwin), it's also part of the game as you said about dew and small boundry corner. Kohli! show yourself big, if you are and specially when you loose. You become poor looser.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | March 3, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Listening to Kohli it seems as if India won - they didnt.

    And Afridis two sixes explains part of the loss for India but it doesnt explain why they couldnt post a big total against Pakistan. That is explained by the simple fact that they should have more respect for the pakistani bowlers or they will always suffer. Even Sharma who got going was removed by Gul in the end.

    And yes, the inexperience comment makes no sense looking at the big picture, most people will agree here.

  • POSTED BY Barkas_Lungi on | March 3, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Hold on. I didn't hear Misbah saying India fought back well/Mishra scared the floodlights out of us. Did he? Why should Kohli talk about how good Pak were? Kohli and India is concerned about THEIR cricket and that's how it should be. We don't look at how well the opposition played. We work on our weakness.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    First of all to those criticizing Kohli for his wild celebrations need to ask themselves first - Aren't you expecting too much from a 25 year old? Misbah is 40,MS is 32 and with time he will settle down (he has improved a lot in last two years) Secondly Pakistan bowled well but batted poorly.What he said wrong when he says India fought well to almost snatch the match? Cant understand the venom from SL fans though.Making fun of India's overseas record,can anyone from SL,Pak or Ban tell me what is their record overseas?? Stop abusing and deriding our team just cz our board has become filthy rich for your boards to handle.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @Hassan Rafique Mir- This is a quality line about Kohli, nice one

    By the way " fighting spirit" does not mean that you literally fight with the opponent.

    Kohli is a very talented batsman and we admire his passion and hurt when India loses. Maybe be better not to burden him with captaincy as he is not calm enough and I do believe in long term his batting could suffer. Nobody complains of short boundaries in IPL and that last six was an amazing shot to get it over Long On as it was not a bad delivery and Afridi had to make so much room. Check out Afridis massacre of Murali in Asia Cup 2012 and Harbhajan and Kumble in the past and India will realise that they would have been better off to keep Ashwin away from him. Afghan will beat Lankans today so really India need to be very careful in the final game. Pak should go on and win the tournament from here but batting has to improve

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    i wonder some day this indian side will turn less arrogant and admit their side less bettet than the winning side... the same problem is more particular with kohli than dhoni.... dont you forget u never deserved to win at the first place its just that the loose wickets and flying catches turned you back in the game.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | March 3, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Pakistan are not looking into the details are commenting as if they deserve the win... Sorry Friends, India deserved to win as they were fighting against all odds, whereas Pakistan were running in favourable conditions... Once Dhoni returns, this team will show why they are unmatchable in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 3, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    "If you compare the experience of our team with their team, it's massive, it's huge,"

    Geez, Kohli, just add up the number of ODIs you and Nohit have played together and you'll realise what nonsense this is. It's ridiculous how much experience the Indian team has, even fringe players like Raina and Yuvraj have played more international cricket than the regulars from other teams.

  • POSTED BY Salman_Shakeel84 on | March 3, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Dear Kohli,

    You are a great batsman but not a good sportsman. I avoided to make such faces and grinning and showing teeth to batsman when I got wickets while playing street cricket.

    But you did it so as a captain of team representing billion people.

    I believe, Kohli must be trained by the like of Ganguly , Dravid and Tendulkar who were not only great batsmen but also humble that's why those batsmen are respected in Pakistan, SriLanka and Bangladesh.

    Kohli will never get such a respect if he continues with such arrogant attitude.

    Best Regards, from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY ravindran2369 on | March 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    India can be a better bowling side if they select 2 or 3 best bowlers from Afghanistan cricket and remove bhuvi and shami from the squad.

  • POSTED BY AravindVatsal82 on | March 3, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    looked biased on vk & so used to dhoni way,when young as vk has winning % so high when he scores 100 than any other batsman,he is taken the resp of leading,imagine no dhoni,BCCI bench dont have a captain unlike other american games where decision is made by coach here it is on field,he was so agressive with field setting when ashwin & mishra bowling to put pressure on pak which produce wkts almost paid off the last ov from Rashwn,he is genuinely expressive in the field some time looks school boyish but rem this is high profile game,u can react on the seats,but for me resemblence with the punter ricky ponting of aus middle order,agressive gr8 individual,fielder throwing around the field set stds,high win rate,big match player,etc.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    I am a big fan of him as a batsman but not as a player. He is too childish for the captaincy especially of the big nation like India. This now not even happens in street cricket.Anyways I am glad Pak didn lose to India yet again.... Thanks Afridi and Cheers

  • POSTED BY call_a_spade_a_spade on | March 3, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    The current Indian team clearly need to address a lot of shortcomings that are resultant of a bare talent cupboard and IPL-generated celebration of mediocrity. However, as the cliche goes, the first step to recovery is to admit one's mistake. Dhoni, for all the successes in the subcontinent as a captain, has dealt a severe blow to Indian cricket by firstly reestablishing a culture of favouritism and politically-motivated team selection since pre-2000 era, and secondly, by refusing to admit any fault lines in his excuse-laden post-match scripts. These practises have now become so deeply entrenched within the team environment that the new captain Kohli seems to already be a master exponent of it. However, this is natural behaviour from a person who knowingly perpetrates injustice, namely, selecting teams not on the basis of merit and ground conditions in this case, to divert attention from his acts and their consequences or to rationalise them.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Observer on | March 3, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    To all those who are questioning Kohli's sportsmanship, it is very important to know that he has also said the following which is not being highlighted in the media:-

    "The plan was to take the risk and hope he mistimed one. But credit goes to him (Afridi). He cleared the boundary two or three times and they won.Afridi is always a big hitter and we thought if we could bowl a carrom ball and if he mistimed it, we could have a match in our hands,"

    I don't know why the media is selectively highlighting comments. It gives a complete wrong impression of the player!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    It is hard to understand why indians start using the word "inexperience" again and again. Compare indian side with pak and u will find both sides balanced and equally experience (or inexperienced). And as far as Kohli is concerned, its like a mad street boy released in a cricket ground and told, "hey lad u r the captain!". He should learn how to behave on field. He was also gone out for 5, but didnt get such notions from Misbah. Its amazing indians are defending such attitude. Its bad! really bad.

  • POSTED BY indian1986 on | March 3, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    By reading the comments I just get a feeling that few people are waiting for Kholi to fail, with gods grace he hasnt given a chance to any with his batting, so they ll gang up against him for his captaincy? Pakistani fans are going berserk over a win and condemning Indians for IPL? get a life guys, get over IPL, u wont get a piece of it. You guys are forgetting the fact that ur team had made plans to gift wrap the match and give to us, it was a some brilliant hitting by Afridi which denied us the match. Lets enjoy the game not condemn each other....

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 3, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Dear kohli now dont find excuses those were two big sixes by afridi to win the match and any how win is a win so please mind it.

  • POSTED BY Elkapitano on | March 3, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    A word of advice to Indian Team Management, Jadeja would make for a far better replacement to MSD than Kohli. A captain is primarily supposed to have a balance by instilling a sense of calmness in the team keeping the killer instinct alive too. MSD does it brilliantly, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Clive Loyd, Imran Khan all had it - Kohli just gets carried away with every coming wicket. This is not the last game either side will play, end the game in a way so you don't embarrass yourself, your team and your fans

    Jadeja is way more composed and captain material.

  • POSTED BY Khan_Ji on | March 3, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Saving face is another thing and facing facts is another. Didn't Pakistani Bowlers restricted India to score under 250? A team that plays loads of IPL matches right round the year with average tour rate of more than Pakistan. The fact is that Kohli, or whoever is a captain, must show noble attitude of highest degree. After all he is a role model for the team. By making angry faces, he is just be-fooling himself. No doubt he is a good player with his bat.

  • POSTED BY Abubvs on | March 3, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Ulitmately we are World Champions and can live with that tag till 2015 WC and for sure we have rightfully earned the title.

  • POSTED BY Abubvs on | March 3, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    We Indians are quite impressed with Kohli's aggressive captaincy. However it is early days to draw a conclusion.

    However we accept that he should restrain himself and show more respect towards opposition players when they are out.

    But a small request to Non Indians--please dont over criticze him just for the sake of it..otherwise u guys will lose credibilty and turn out to be blind haters

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Was disappointed with the Bowling as they didn't go for the Attack ... but couldn't seem bowl Maidens overs either. The Bowling Unit need a Leader who attack the Stumps and bowl the occasional ball away (not the other way around!). Dhoni needs to return ... but as a Batsman, NOT THE CAPTAIN. P.s. Don't bring back Zak. The Youth need to Shine through. Jai Hind.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    this guy doesn't know a thing in the world is called "SPORTSMANSHIP". learn to praise others too. how he was behaving during the last overs is disgracfull for the gentemen's game. good reply from afridi. we blood green. pakistan zindabad.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    those two shots by afridi were mishits.

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | March 3, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Despite the results, I am going to go ahead and say that Kohli impressed me as a captain. If he is groomed properly, we are going to have a world-class captain. His management of the bowlers was awesome- He did give long spells when required (mishra's 8 over spell) and at the same time changed the bowlers frequently enough to not let the game meander. His decision, of giving every bowler 2 overs in the last 10, was astute captaincy. Last, but not the least, he showed belief in his main bowlers and they almost repayed him! And for people who have problems with his on-field attitude, grow up. Not every person can be like MSD. Sometimes, having a passionate captain can lift young and inexperienced sides like India!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @ Omair Ali. This is most balanced comment i have seen. i wish sport is played / watched without any political affiliation. Just imagine Afridi gets out and ind Won. Now all will praise Kohli. Pls enjoy the game and that's all. This is the beauty of Cricket that the result is not clear till the last ball is bowled.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Wow... and you want this guy to be your captain... learn some humility son and you might go a long way...

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Yep two loses for India but they were awfully close games that could have gone either way and lets also keep in mind its Kholi's first stint and the team changes are and huge. Anyteam limited over team without Dhoni is missing something huge. I think India did reasonably well despite the two loses and Kholi did a decent job as captain. I will question why he didnt bowl Ashwin in the 18th or 19th over yesterday but in hindisght everyone has a theory. Even against SL he brought in Ashwin when Kusal and Sanga were crusiing and got got the breakthrough and immediately brought on Jadeja who had an instant impact on the game. The guy is only very young and did a decent job and looks a natural leader to me.

  • POSTED BY Sanket2323 on | March 3, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    I think India/BCCI shoud focus on few things from the view point of 2015 WC: 1) Work on Gambhir and Yuvi with a special coach for them and get them back; 2) Work on Varun, Umesh, Shami and Bhuvi and ensure that they get the proper guidance under someone like wasim akram, mcgrath; 3) Ojha, Mishra and Ashwin should be under lens of Hirwani, Kumble etc. Team should be -- dhwan/rohit/rahane, Gambhir, Kholi, Pujara, Yuvi, Dhoni, Jadeja, mishra, ojha/ashwin/irfan/, shami, bhuvi/umesh. If Indian team would have given half of the chances to utthapa which has been given to rohit, utthapa would have done much better. Further, Ojha and Mishra can be really dangerous spin combo with jadeja. Try them.. they might not be good in aus then u can have rishi dhawan/Irfan pathan to step in. BCCI HAS TO TAKE POSITIVE MEASURES FOR INDIAN CRICKET. CHANGE THE COACH, GET SOME BRILLIANT COACHES AROUND THE WORLD. I HOPE ANY BCCI TOP GUN SHOULD READ THIS, PLEASE SIR.. TRY AND DIFFERENTIATE CRICKET AND POLITICS

  • POSTED BY Indian_Observer on | March 3, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Pakistani fans need to just Relax and Enjoy their Victory!!! Kohli has always praised Pakistani players in the past even when he had scored match winning 183 (Asia Cup) and 78 (2012 T20 World Cup) against them...Kohli's on the face attitude might suggest that he is very arrogant a bit like Ricky Ponting used to be...

    Cheers from an Indian :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    May be Kohli is the best batsman around BUT the worst player in terms of sportsman spirit. Like a talented kid unaware of the Gentleman's Game. Purely unworthy of the captaincy yet, MSD is like a God as compared to this kiddo.. A question for the fellows here praising his captaincy: "Who in this world will give Shahid Afridi a spinner to have a go in such a situation?" Final over by M. Shami could have done the trick for India BUT the talented batter and good for nothing captain could not think about it and that over was not an option.. What a pitty !!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | March 3, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    In my opinion, Indian team is a team full of youth while Pakistan team is more like a grandpa team, with a 40 year old captain, and a 50 year old player like Afridi (he looks 50 in any case). So I am glad that youngsters of team India played with a lot of intensity and gave a tough time to this grandpa team...

  • POSTED BY indian1986 on | March 3, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @musa441 I feel like laughing at ur comments. do u really know the meaning of Fair and square? it was good and close match respect for both the teams and honestly i dont see any excuses in Kholi's interview, he told the "Those last two sixes were not quite off the middle of the bat. One side was a small boundary, but that's how it goes" please note the last sentence. it was reason not a excuse. U not liking Indians is ur personal opinion, Arrogance being reason for that hard to fathom. Celebrating a wicket is a normal thing even Pakistanis do it, if Indians are arrogant they wouldnt have shake hands after the match. Guess u dint see that, Kholi had a smile on his when he greeted the players. Unlike u I dont hate Pakistanis...respect for both the teams.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | March 3, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    I don't understand what is the problem with these Pak/Bangla/SL fans. Why do you people want Indian players and fans to acknowledge your skills? Aren't you sure that you are skilled enough? This is truly bizarre. Folks, this is professional sports and it is always about I/me/myself, and self improvement. There is no special place for the opponent in these scheme of things, because opponents keep changing game after game. And why should a losing team acknowledge a team with which it does not share good vibes? Even Imran Khan said that a cricket match between Pak and India is like a war by other means. So let us leave it at that. There should be great intensity between the two sides, but no love and affection please. Otherwise, the intensity of cricket between the two teams will simply die down...

  • POSTED BY moshec on | March 3, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    whenever india loses, the captain says he is still proud of his team. Why not just call a spade a spade - batted poorly and were 30 runs short. Were not good enough - simple as that. Next time try harder.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @musa441. For you beating 'fair and squire' is winning by 1 wicket in last over? lol. Then SL won fair and squire lot of times against BD recently. too funny!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    i think kohli has done a great job to defend a paltry total and spinner was bowling well too so there is something which we missing in the in the team is dhoni otherwise we would beat paki and lanka easily...still good performence by indian and well played pak finally a win again india after 14 month...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 3, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    @ RoshJ. I can see your agony of a fan who a failed players like Chandimal in their team! Kohli do not want a certificate from you to show as a good batsman! If you know the meaning of Flat track Bully you must admit that biggest of them are in your team! You call them 'legends' and call others who scored runs in all tracks as flat track bully! lolz

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    No matter what the dogs will keep barking..... whether it's IND or PAK. IND lose is actually a blessing in disguise for their future, if they would have won Asia Cup, all their blunders over the last 3 months was made to be forgotten.... Thank God, it didn't happen. It's better for them to play as an underdog rather than favourites for the time being.

    IND bad phase began in ENG tour 2011, hope they can turn the table from the 2014 tour.....#JustSaying

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    After some good respected CRICKERTERS from India (In the Past) ARROGANT non - standard Money mattering (add anything as you like it) are teaming up as Team India. They are always says they did Good - not Best ! Cricket is all till the last ball is bowled - Whether you win by one single run or wicket at the very last ball or Loose the match same way, it is to be accepted. The Win shown by Pakistan Team is real. They won - whether it is from the middle of the BAT or short boundary - it matters to both teams. Afridi hit two consecutive sixes winning the match. That is it. Accept Kholi - you are so arrogant to show it instantly on your face and we see the ugliness of the Indian game. All HATS off to Pakistan team for the performance, enjoyment and courage shown... India - needs thinking more than twice to who to be include in the team to get respect of Game Cricket back to India.. else in next few years - India will be just a little worst than Bangladesh Cricket team. I wish so too.......

  • POSTED BY Fahii on | March 3, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    What kind of character this is?? just lame-excuses, 1st get a single good bowler who could bowl death overs, indian has not any good bowler

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    India put up a good fight in both games they have played so far. Matches were tantalizingly close so let's keep results aside. Kohli's body language was an exact contrast of the great skipper Dhoni. He would make disappointing faces, un-motivating shouts and unrequired hue and cry. Not a sign of a good captain. India should look for a better option or they will destroy Kohli as a batsman.

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | March 3, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Almost pulled it off, lack of experience in our boys, missed chances, all excuses and Kohli is already beginning to sound like Dhoni......the bottom line is that they lost to both their real cricketing neighbours and now have to pack their bags and go home.....if Kholi is happy with this "magnificient" performance he should be happy to go home....nothing has changed, like Sunny Gavaskar said they are the Powermouse of the cricketing world and this must be something for the whole nation to mourn.....RIP INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I see everybody is blaming Kohli for the losses. But he has been very good captain. The only problem with this side has been batting, which has been too much dependent on Kohli and Dhawan. The inexperience in the Indian Batting is showing. Regarding playing the bench players, I think except Pujara everybody has played and I think he is going to play the next game for sure.The pitches does not suit fast bowling at all and really assisting spinners until the dew. Still with so much of low totals in last 2 games against really 2 good quality and experienced squads we almost defended those totals, so credit really goes to Indian bowlers. Now suddenly everybody is missing Dhoni. If it would have been him, no doubt India would have posted bigger total but those would have been easily chased because of his defensive tatics. I have seen Ashwin bowling over the wicket and attacking after a long time, which would have never been possible under Dhoni's captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    I think Virat has the right to show Attitude . In few Years he has shown great maturity . We dont want to see again a 4-0 loss away with Ishant still playing .

  • POSTED BY RoshJ on | March 3, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    bla bla bla..Kholi...you are a good batsman and it simply starts and stops there..I am sorry!!

    You are away too arrogant and dont even seem to understand the meaning of the word "respect"..look at the pathetic way you go about when an opposition batsman get out!! It speaks volumes of your "character"!

    Any way as a SL fan I did not expect much from this substandrad INDIAN team..they are just flat-track-bullies, the hilarious thing is that they are fast becoming flat-track-bullies-in-our-own- back-yard (FTBIOBY) team!!

    Glad to see the team BCCI is out of the Asia cup..good for cricket!! (some one said IND is one of BIG 3??nonsense!!)

  • POSTED BY Abubvs on | March 3, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Wow..so many non Indians worried about every bit of Indian Players actions..really appreciate your concerns towards Indians..We will try to improve..

    But lil confusion..r u happy with Indian loss or worried as so many wise suggestions keep flowing from everybody..Somebody please enlighten

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | March 3, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    When will that day come when an indian captain will stop making lame excuses? when will that day come when the indian fans will spit out their arogance and accept that they were beaten fair and square!!! ?? Come on !! i thought with those two sixes from afridi the arrogant level of indian fans and especially their captain would have taken a fall but I think thats not enough Kohli and Indian fans deserve 100 consecutive losses to come down to earth! Shame !! If indian fans and captain kohli would have shown some sportsman spirit and accepted defeat without making lame excuses really they would have been respected even by me and to be honest I dont like indians and the primary reason is this same arrogance !! This arrogance of urs are making the whole world hate you!! stop it or get opposed by the whole world in coming years!! cricinfo publish plz!!

  • POSTED BY Abubvs on | March 3, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    To all India Haters esp. SL Fans..We are quite proud of our side led ably by Kohli..Belive me..nowadays the commenta when India loses are becomin absolutely non sense not at all relavant to the match.

    SL Fans are losing the respect very fastly and in fact they r more happy when India loses then when SL loses..is this the true spirit of your game n ur country.

    Lastly, you are most welcome to criticize Indian team as we have got used to that and not expecting appreciation of good fight

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Comeon people. This was ind vs pak. A match that leaves tons of people upset n tons happier by the end of the day. Yes it was a gud fight put up by indians as expected and a batting order collapse nearly costed pakis the match. But Idun like kohli as a captain. Yes he is a world class player but he gets way too aggressive when it comes to captaincy.mr dhoni is far more better of a capt that kohli is. N look at him talking all fancy abt showing character. Well only if he cud learn from the history that pakistan team always comes under pressure while chasing n if its an ind pak game, pressure is on even befre the game starts. Pakistan's batting order collapsed as it always does in pressure situations. Pak had 3-4 exp batsmen I.e misbah hafeez afridi n akmal. The rest of them were pretty new and/or brought bak like its always done. Same goes for ind. Kohli sharma jaddu n dhawan are equally exp'd as the ones mentioned fr pak. So lets not blame the boundaries,experienced,keepers n whole lot of stuff

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | March 3, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Wow. With all the excuses he has come up with, will he have any left when India lose to Afghanistan?

  • POSTED BY Shavi on | March 3, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Showed character? Oh please. Kohli needs to understand that when he runs up to the dismissed batsman and screams abuse into their face it shows only an abundant lack of character. Making excuses after losing the game robs him of the little "character" he thinks he might possess.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    I really like post from lapas and every one knows kholi act like a school child in all the match he was screaming each Pakistani batsman face after when they get out but wow Pakistani team every one ignore his action till end of match and afridi slap his face with big slap he will remember all life I like Indian team and great man Doni what a gentleman he is I think Bcci will remove kholi from captaincy

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 3, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Accepting the mistake and wat the hell anyone gonna gain?? They better know wat they are doin so better stop posting baseless comments and start supporting the team

  • POSTED BY Rajiv789 on | March 3, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Virat is making same excuses as MSD, so he learnt it from him apart from the thigs like not take any risks etc.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Dhoni bailed out at the right moment. He knew this side is heading for a disaster. and with the arrogance this Kohli has this team is heading towards more trouble. Indians should start looking for a calm/cool captain..

  • POSTED BY Rajiv789 on | March 3, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    We had lot of expectations from Virat Kohli's leadership, but he is doing everything like Dhoni. Praising team performances after loss, not taking any risks. Like Dhoni, he had not given chances to the likes of Pujara. In this way we are not proceeding forward, rather going backward. If we can only beat the teams like Bangladesh & below Bangladesh teams, then we are no longer a good team. We should not praise such a team which losses abroad in each country by a fair margin. Rather we should analyse the faults & try to overcome them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    So many excuses in one article.. Man up Kohli. Dew is going to be there. U cant do anything about it. SL defended their total with Dew against Pakistan. Stop coming up with Silly excuses. Besides, how can you call this side a young side? These guys have been in the Indian set up for ages now. and they get the best experience by playing IPL which is next to international experience, with so many international players. I just cant believe when this guys will start accepting their mistakes.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Lol Sloger? Pakistan win 75 ODI where India managed only 50

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    All the excuses are being trotted out now , experience, dew and even the short boundary, but Mr. Kohli, were the ropes moved in when Pakistan batted ? or what it the same for Indian team as well ???? Why do you not cite the glaring mistakes the umpire made in your favour ???? Why don't you accept the fact that you were beaten, and that too by a side that does not have international teams touring their country, and also by an aging warrior who has not scored over 25 runs in his last few innings.

  • POSTED BY Lapas on | March 3, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    'We showed a lot of character' - Kohli,he Kohli never showed any character, when ever a batsman get out (As a matter of fact, any opposing team) he 'Kohli' approaches the batsman and screams on their face, he never seems to be cool in the field, scolding his team mates for mis-fields etc

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | March 3, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Good post match comments by Kohli, no doubt as Shoaib Akhtar also mentioned that Pak performance was of below standard and the match which should have been finished by 40 overs had gone to that thrill moments, credit must be given to Indian teams for their superb fight back and Pakistan who made it so difficult to win which they can win more easily, but made it in the end. India & Pakistan matches are always like that and apart from the teams & players strength, experience and past performances, the emotions and mental toughness matters and the team who controls them surface as eventual winner.

  • POSTED BY irfan0303 on | March 3, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Seven captains have hit hundreds in the Asia Cup, but Shahid Afridi is the only one among them to do it twice. Both his centuries came in the 2010 series, when he hit hundreds against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Afridi scored 265 from three innings in that series, at an average of 88.33 and a strike rate of 164.59.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | March 3, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    We r with u Kohli. With such an inexperienced team, without Dhoni, u have fought really well. Blind sloggers have their day once in a blue moon so nothing to be disappointed at. Good job overall.

  • POSTED BY rshan on | March 3, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Team India showed character alright, but Kholi you as captain didn't display sportsmanship. I have never seen before an Indian captain celebrate so arrogantly and sarcastically whenever a wicket falls. Your attitude towards your opponents is unbecoming. You need to watch the recording to see to yourself how ugly it is. You should take a leaf and learn from your captain Dhoni and his predecessors the likes of Dravid, Ganguly et al. They were all graceful and never behaved like you do.

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | March 3, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @Indika Prasad we dont need to fly back to india ...bcoz of t20 world cup my friend...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Kholi was very eager to point out that boundaries were short, both sixes were miss hits but completely forgot to mention the two crucial decisions that umpires got wrong. Mr kholi if it weren't for those errors in judgement u wouldn't have been able to post 200 let alone 250

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | March 3, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Kohli's comments are disappointing. Kohli has scored 81 runs against Pakistan in 8 innings at an average of 11 runs, if one excludes his so called one great innings of 183. Kohli should get some media training and start giving credit to where it is due. Pakistan has Sharejeel, Shahzad, Umar Akmal Sohaib Maqsood in batting line up so how are they experienced when India had Sharma, Kohli, Rahana, Karthik with years of experience. Kohli is creating a hype around Mishra who can not even get a regular place in Indian team after so many years. Mishra failed when it mattered on a helpful pitch. Kohli also conviniently forgot that his team benefited form two huge umpiring blunders. Ashwin was out on zero and even he knew it. Jadeja was polumb and Nigel Long did not give him out. This match was dragged and India should be out for less than 200! I have never heard a captain saying that two winning sixes were not from middle. How does it matter?

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | March 3, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    a captain of 2nd ranked side in ODI , saying , after losing to a 6th ranked ODI side , that his side showed a lot of character ...... strange ??? . what he would have said , had his side lost to number 1 side in ODI??? . some saying it is a young indian side , well every side these days is a blend of new and older players i.e. in-experience and experience players , indian side is not just alone. the fact is their fans should realize that their side lost to a better side on that day,don't look for the cause of losing yesterday in short boundaries, younger in-experience side,but look inside your team, you don't have a real fast bowler of any class, if mishra was good enough , why he is sitting out and is your 3rd choice spinner ,although he performed much better than ashwin and jadeja with the ball.your batting power , only plays on home grounds , their batteries seems to drain out once they land on foreign grounds .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    kohli is right .these were mishits. when Afridi connects kohli needs to see pakostan southafrica highlights......yes it goes out of stadium

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    - "Those last two sixes were not quite off the middle of the bat. One side was a small boundary"-

    Did you notice where the ball was pitched and where the shot was hit (from well outside of leg stump to extra-cover/long-off)? It was a difficult shot for anyone to play, that Afridi pulled it, is testament to his hard hitting capabilities.

  • POSTED BY AravindVatsal82 on | March 3, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Keeping cricket as a winner we saw what we expect from IND/Pak encounter,first 10 over belong ind,then pak until rayadu,jadeja pulled back to respectable target for bowlers to bowl at,though it was 20~25 runs short OR i would say karthik dropped the asia cup twice,when he missed the stumping vs Slk & against pak was crucial the situation were ind needed just wkts to put pressure under opposition no matter who the player was since it brings new player into the crease,but i want to press on the kholi's as a captain was really agressive in setting the field & bowling chages, except they allowed afridi the strike,mind you these shots were not from the middle,expected from him but just one bad day for ind having missed out,but just did not deserve i would reason being the errors made during both batting(karthik taking time unable to clear bound when needed,even with rayadu doesn't look can clear boundary at will which raina's,jadeja,dhoni can do with clean striking & bow jadeja did't get wk

  • POSTED BY indiancricketfan12 on | March 3, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Surely we are proud of our boys. They played good hard cricket , but unfortunately couldn't finish of the match. We have no problem losing the match fighting till the end. But credit have to be given to Pakistan team the way they hung in there amid all the pressure. Also for Sri Lanka, Sangakara played one heck of an innings.

    We lost both the matches and have to admit there is no chance to make it to the finals and Afgan game won't be an cakewalk, but the experience they got from this should be invaluable for the future.

  • POSTED BY sujeemuller on | March 3, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    After taken one wicket Behaving like a mad school boy shows how good the Indian captain. He is a class player but acting is like a monkey not make you a wise captain.. respect other players and try to be a person to make your country proud. . Hope this kids / Kholi learn nothing from Mr. Cool dhoni

  • POSTED BY aruna-bandara on | March 3, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @Indika Prasad Even SL lose all remaining matches and India win with a bonus point, they wont be in finals, Look at the rules bonus point and net rr aren,t matter INDIA IS OUT OF THIS ASIA CUP. CHECK THE RULES UNDER POINTS TABLE. I'M SURPRISE EVEN CRICINFO DIDN'T REALIZE THAT. http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/engine/series/671665.html?view=pointstable

  • POSTED BY kamranwasti on | March 3, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    A little humility would help this guy. They actually lost to a very poor Pakistani team, who for all their experience, have no worldbeaters other than Saeed Ajmal and may be Shahid Afridi to an extent. None of the Pakistani fast-bowlers has been hyped like Shami. They struggled against a debutant fast-bowler and the among the bastmen who scored, only Hafeez is an experienced hand (apart from Shahid Afridi). They key lay in playing aggressive wicket-takers like Mishra. This was lost on Dhoni and co. in 2011 as well when they played him on slow English wickets in 2011 (which they called 'super-fast' and green and God knows what) and dropped him for the truer, bouncier Australian wickets (like the one at Adelaide which always spins but was deemed 'green' them). This was a one-day game but if they take an attitude anything similar to this to Australia and England for tests, then the goose is already cooked.

  • POSTED BY Vasunigam on | March 3, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    This is very obvious now that -1. India missed Dhoni as a batsman primarily & as a wicketkeeper (he is never going to miss stumping chances of Sanga & Maqsood). 2. Gautam Gambhir is pretty much required in the side as opener (with proven record on fast pitches & age on his side) as Rohit Sharma is only good in sub continent 3. Middle order need to test Pujara & please dont forget Yuvraj - with his batting suits to fast pitches & also he can role his arm over besides his fielding abilities. 4. Bowling is always a woory for India but as WC is in AUS & NZ so get some swing bowlers (as pace is not our cup of tea) & be permanent with them - Zaheer,Shami,B Kumar,Umesh Yadav & may be Ishwar Pandey (given his ability to swing the bowl)

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    i think its time to take DK out and bring pujara in also give ishwar pandey a chance in this game in place of buvi maybe and give the gloves to rayudu cause DK and rayudu are almost the same kind of wicket keepers the bowling needs to get a change with ishwar pandey i would like to see aaron back but the spin dept must be the same and pujara in place of DK but should bat at 4 maybe...

  • POSTED BY imrankhattak on | March 3, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Yes Kohli showed his character alright, when Ajmal got out. This guy is not cut out to be a good captain because of his immaturity and arrogance.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    No need to wait till March 4th mr Kohil. If Sri lanka loose next 2 games and india gets a bonus over Afganisthan there is chance for India. If srilankan win Afg game today you will have to fly back to india.

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | March 3, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    At-last Indians are quick to learn and change squads, bringing Mishra is welcome sign as he is going to play major in WC T20 than Ashwin & Jadeja. Knowing our middle order weak, opposite team attacking with their best bowlers against us. Rayudu shown some character, Rahane is still searching for consistency, DK's poor performances affecting the team badly. Its all over, no need to wait for Pakistan to lose against Bangladesh. They will win it with bonus point, since Bangladesh lost to Afghanistan and Pakistan won bonus point against Afghans. Time to think about WC T20 team. Kohli has improved a lot as Captain and started thinking positively, accepts the mistakes, learns quickly. This is what Young Captains should learn first before success hits the head.

  • POSTED BY kamran85 on | March 3, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    I am from Pakistan glade to win match and celebrated it for long 4 hours after match with dhol and bhangra. But I feel it is a smart press release from captain. He can get angry with player in dressing room but should not blame other players on media like mushi did in last match. He want to became hero without knowing that he had made only 23 in 42 balls which were not enough for captain against team like AFG.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    it was evident to me that it would be a sri lanka and pakistan final...india were no where in the range as the batsman were not able to put totals above 300.

  • POSTED BY YesKayR on | March 3, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    ok Mr Kohli.. we have seen the team's character, resolve etc etc.. NOW PLEASE SHOW US HOW TO WIN... Last 11 matches we have only one victory - against Bangladesh.. a team that lost to Afghanistan. people have now started talking about Samson replacing karthik etc etc. I do wish Samson all the best.. but keep one thing in mind.. he has played well in the same domestic formats and IPL as jadeja or karthik. so don't think they are great performances which will ensure that he is going to be a great success in Int'l cricket. we have seen Binny, Varun Aeron , Umesh yadav etc etc.. they all looked ordinary once they play int'l matches. Kohli (and to an extent Shami) looks like the only players of international class in this team.

  • POSTED BY IMG_SL on | March 3, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    - "Those last two sixes were not quite off the middle of the bat. One side was a small boundary"- is this a quality of Indians? or just Indian cricketers!

    This man doesn't know any thing about the sport. you can not win every match. Just accept the defeat and your mistakes. Don't make silly comments.

  • POSTED BY casimpk on | March 3, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    well Pakistani team isn't that experienced as well! Talha made his debut & he bowled brilliantly, which proves the fact that it is not always the experience that counts on the day. Kholi, you need to accept the other side played well! India's strength is at batting & Pakistan's strength is at bowling, the better team won.

  • POSTED BY romirom on | March 3, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    extreme level of optimistic. Still think india got chance to through to final. But how? If afg beat srilanka and bangladesh beat both pak and srilanka and india beat afg with bonus point.

  • POSTED BY thaikkathameed on | March 3, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Poor Kohli, he has been brainwashed by Dhoni. That is the reason he is repeating whatever Dhoni says after losing a match. Come on VK be sportive and accept that the better team won, don't give lame excuses like your ex-captain.

  • POSTED BY sanjayasenewirathne on | March 3, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Actually Sri lanka beat Australia in that match in 2011-12 tri-series and kick india out. I cant understand the reason for his lie. And india have no chances in this asia cup too. check rules for 2 teams with same number of wins. bonus point or net run rate aren't matter in that kind of situations. Little bit surprise even Cricinfo staff didn't know that. His tactics are same as dhoni, you can call it defensive or smart. But he really needs to work on his emotions in celebration of wicket. If your just a another player that might be OK, But when your Captaining your national side you should not insult other players. And he need to give some credit to winning team as well @ PMC

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Kohli is showing lot of maturity and grace in defeat. Good luck future Captain, good job.

  • POSTED BY sanjayasenewirathne on | March 3, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Actually Sri lanka beat Australia in that match in 2011-12 tri-series and kick india out. I cant understand the reason for his lie. And india have no chances in this asia cup too. check rules for 2 teams with same number of wins. bonus point or net run rate aren't matter in that kind of situations. Little bit surprise even Cricinfo staff didn't know that. His tactics are same as dhoni, you can call it defensive or smart. But he really needs to work on his emotions in celebration of wicket. If your just a another player that might be OK, But when your Captaining your national side you should not insult other players. And he need to give some credit to winning team as well @ PMC

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Yes India missed Dhoni for keeping and batting BUT not for captainship. in recent time, more time india lost game because of his leadership. Do you remember when india bowler defend such total ? The way Kohil is leading is much better than Dhoni. I hope they dropped Ashwin and continue with Misra now.. second India need to find good opening, Rohit should go.. He always played one 50 when there is high time to dropped him. I still think Poojara is much better than raydu/rohit/rehane. so one this guy should make a way for poojara. dinesh will go once dhoni is back.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    he he what a funny not middle of the bat

  • POSTED BY aruna-bandara on | March 3, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Get your Facts right Mr. Kholi ,SRI LANKA DID BEAT AUSTRALIA AND KICK INDIA OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT. And seems to be you ALWAYS have excuses to your losses. Dew, Toss, missed opportunities etc. At least give some credit to the winning Team. And your expressions after every wicket isn't acceptable either. It's not how great captains reacts to those situations. AND INDIA IS OUT OF THIS ASIA CUP. CHECK THE RULES UNDER POINTS TABLE. I'M SURPRISE EVEN CRICINFO DIDN'T REALIZE THAT. http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/engine/series/671665.html?view=pointstable

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | March 3, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Kohli is learning fast and is proving to be a worthy successor to Dhoni when it comes to press conferences and giving excuses. He got out to a bad shot, again! And he gave up an easy single by bad field placing which allowed Afridi to regain the strike for the last 4 balls. But he talks as if India have tied a World Cup final match.

  • POSTED BY sajid7137 on | March 3, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Kohli scored only five runs before he was caught behind off Umar Gul. In his last Asia Cup match against Pakistan Kohli had scored 183 runs off 148 balls to chase down a target of 330. Excluding that match, from eight innings, Kohli has managed to score just 83 runs at 11.86 against Pakistan in ODIs. That says that he is Pakistan's bunny.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    This loss has to inspire the team selectors and include Mishra in the one day team regularly as the first bowler.. It really was an exhibition of classical leg spin bowling.. Pakistan batsmen were all at sea against him.. Remove his 28 for 2 in 10 overs, the four other bowlers had to defend 218 in 40 overs with 8 wickets.. That is around 5.5 an over and in that pitch it was doable.. Now the bowling must really be scrutinized.. ashwin has taken 5 wickets in two matches after going wicketless for over 90 overs in international cricket.. Funny only these two performances will be remembered.. And why Jadeja plays at 7 I don't understand.. He should bat 6.. That way an extra bowler can be packed.. Ashwin or Binny can bat 7.. If you are going to make 300 number 7 will have very little to contribute.. And with this bowling you cant defend 250.. Play an extra bowler and see the difference.. Pakistan does it.. We have much better batsmen..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Great effort by the Indian team. Cut out the mistakes, young batsmen need to up their strike rates in ODIs not by going for big shots and getting out but hitting the gaps and rotating the strike. These are the areas for improvement. I also hope Varun gets another go at the top of the innings with the new ball. He has the pace to knock off early wickets and place the team in a good position. I would think Ashwin should make way for mishra if only 2 spinners are playing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    grow up Kohli. dew dew dew. it's always the dew, isn't? First learn to bowl and field when there's dew. go back to practice matches.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Yet another loss which we let happen thanks to some inept performance in the field. Kohli was found wanting in the most crucial game albeit the fact that he is the best talent in this side of Asia. The keeping and batting from Karthick has been a big let down for someone like me who expected him to be pugnacious and step up in MSD;s absence. If anything we need to look at our ability to put up big scores on board and yes as mch as I hate admitting it we did miss our finisher MSD.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    I think that this team is Perfect Dhoni team. Kohli should be concern about that. He also gave a bold decision to take Mishra who has been used to be a tourist in Indian team, perfectly can say Dhoni's team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    No point, I always see team should learn from mistakes, but when will they learn actually after several loses we don't see any improvements. plz put out Ishwar pandey inside and drag bhuvi out, there is not point in having in the team, as he does not make any diff. My team for WT20 is in order Dhawan,Rohit,Kohli,Raina,Yuvaraj,Dhoni,Binny,Jaddu,Irfan,surayakumar yadav,Rishi Dhawan. composition of full 11 batsmans and part timers. I think we don't need any bowlers in specific in t20 format as they will not make any diff, part timers will perform better than them. Actually team should be a composed of batsmans, bowlers, allrounder and parttimers, but we are lagging in specialist bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Two sixes from Shahid Afridi won Pakistan the match, but Kohli said he was proud of how India fought, and didn't think he had gone wrong in leaving Ashwin to bowl the last over.

    "Not at all," he said, after the match. "I knew that if I put the seamers in before and Ashwin comes to bowl, they will go for it. Wickets is all we wanted. If Afridi and Umar Gul had just played singles they would have won easily. I took that risk of putting the seamers in and making them hit the ball.

    "We almost pulled it off as well in the end. Those last two sixes were not quite off the middle of the bat. We almost pulled it off and I'm really proud of the way the team showed character in the field and with the bowling as well - 245 against a team like Pakistan and on that wicket with the dew is not easy to defend, but I think the guys showed a lot of character."

    Brave words from the future indian captain.. Pakistan was lucky... afridis last 2 sixes were miss hits. He was lucky.. india didnt have the luk

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    India stll can get to the final if SL lose both the remaining games and if pakistan lose to BD and if india beat Afg with a bonus point...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Wow! Kohli is proud of his team's loss to Pakistan !

  • POSTED BY Guduji71 on | March 3, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    Kholi is very good player but his Captaincy is not good enough. He needs to show some maturity particularly, the way he behaves and makes faces to the out going batsman is very immature but he is young and I believe he will learn with time.

  • POSTED BY khanofcricket on | March 3, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    I like Virat as a batsman but here he is giving lame excuses. 1)short boundaries - are you serious. It was the same boundary for both the teams unless he is suggesting that the boundary should have been extended for Pakistan. 2) India has a young side compared to Pakistan - I guess he didn't notice that there was a debutant, Talha in Pakistan and a few others who have fewer ODIs than many Indian counterparts. If umpiring errors didn't happen there was no match at all.

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | March 3, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    M. Asad from NY, USA. Come on ......'not coming from the middle of the bat' -- experience/ in-experience .. it doesn't sound good from a captain of a team like India. Anyway Good Luck for the next game !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | March 3, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    That sounds like his stock phrase to pat himself on the back when they have lost yet again! This Captaincy thing is clearly not working for Kohli!

  • POSTED BY Wazacricket on | March 3, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    kohli never accepts defeats as he always comes with if s and buts ..... And he never gives credit to the oppositions performance ..his excuses were childish as he was saying they did nt have experience ...as we all know but India dropped Raina and youvraj because they are out of form ...it's not Pakistanis mistake for picking them..India went in with their current on form players but could nt win the match and India doesn't look a good side either in batting and especially bowling... Kohl i if u have won matches before this it's sheer luck as you guys don't have quality bowlers like Pakistan and India just been filling overs from part timers like jadeja,rohit,kohli,and few others ...it worked for sometime in subcontinent pitches but now everyone is picking on their weak link.. India has the worst bowling line up out all the test playing nations worse than Bangladesh if u think of it properly..I request cricinfo to publish as never publish when Indians are criticized

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Let's be honest the only fight Pakistan had today was against itself. Poor cricketing shots and some irresponsible batting by akmal and Co. Then umpiring decisions just made the score look even heavier. And now Kohli needs to grow up fast to understand that even a not middle of bat shot needs some power to guide it through the secure boundary ends! Pathetic comments.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    Oh the spin now. Had two decisions been given, the leg before against Jadeja and the caught behind against Ashwin, Pakistan would have been chasing down 215 or so. That Pakistan got their in the end was a fair result.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    It's about time the team management realised spin is India's strength. Sticking to three seamers has been nothing but stubbornness. India lacks the quality in that department. Play to your core strengths.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    This isnt the right game to judge kohli for captaincy, it was alot of prayers only and Pakistan pulled off a miracle. Thats that.

  • POSTED BY AmkNJ on | March 2, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    I have been surprised to see the interview of the loosing captain and not the star of the match Shahid Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    I agree, Kohli should have been more humble in defeat. Who cares whether the 6 was from the middle or an edge? It takes a man like Afridi only, to stand up and deliver like that. His feat today should not be belittled, specially by the Captain of the losing side. Even Misbah acknowledged that only Afridi had the confidence and ability to go after the carrom ball like that. He is a legend. He still has mind blowing records and Kohli will do well to show him the respect that he deserves. Look at his transition today. He is usually not scoring runs, but takes wickets all the time. And at critical moments like today, he delivers with the bat as well. Those 2 sixes should have won Afridi the"man of the match award". In my book he is. Go Tigers

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 2, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Well played Pakisthan. Well fought India. The fact is, being young and inexperienced is not an excuse to lose. But, losing itself is not unforgivable. Someone has to lose in a match. It happens to be India in both crunch matches. But, well played. India has got some brilliant individuals in the team. One or two mistakes are costing the game for India. I have watched too many ODI's to know what would have worked. In my opinion, in the last over, Ashwin and Kohli made a big mistake. When the number 11, Junaid, was on strike, there was no pressure created to prevent a single. You have a marauder, luckily, at the non-striker's end. You should prevent him getting strike. India should have put the challenge to Junaid to hit out, by putting close-in fielders. Instead, they gave an easiest of singles to him, as if Afridi is the one you wanted on strike. One DOT ball and there was a good possibility of a run-out on the 4th ball and game over. It wasn't a tough ask to bowl a dot ball to number11

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 2, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    All of sudden Dhoni is the Man and missing player for Indian fans. They said otherwise at the end of the NZ tour. Fans said Dhoni should be removed and they got their wish. Now the fans talk about Dhoni. Did Indian fans forgot about NZ and SA tour already???? Turely India need Dhoni and team India is not good. India carried away leaving behind Shewag, Yuvi, Gambir etc....

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | March 2, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    He talks rubbish. India were only in this match because of Pakistan's self destruct countdown being initiated during the chase and earlier thanks to poor umpiring during the 1st inns. Other teams would have won convincingly. Why does he continuously claim that some baseline difference between his team and the opponent is the "excuse" for India's loss, I.e. The so called difference in experience??? They are professionals. He would serve his own team better by simply saying, look Pak played better and deserved to win and should have wrapped it up sooner and we need to improve, as opposed to this nonsense that our boys are amazing and the loss is just because we have less experience than them. I can guarantee U Afg have a different attitude than this and will teach Kohli a lesson very soon hopefully, despite their relative lack of experience. If Kohli really thinks it is a problem, take your team out of all t20 competitions up to the world cup and schedule more Odi's.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    "Team showed character"??? .. Had it not been for schooboy errors from Shehzad, Misbah, Akmal and Maqsood, India would have probably lost conceding a bonus point. With due respect to Virat's batting talent, he proved himself a characterless person for not even mentioning his opponent's efforts.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | March 2, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    In today's match Kholi did every thing fine - except, IMO, he could have set better fielding in the last over to avoid single for the #11 Pak batsman. A Ricky Ponting would have certainly not allowed that. Aus would have certainly had the 10th wkt runout!

  • POSTED BY sajid7137 on | March 2, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Kohli can be just be Kohli a batsman, just like Tendulkar could never become Gangulyi.Kohli is always trying to find excuses for failures. People who has started calling for change in Captaincy now should realize that what a great captain Dhoni is. Man, are you Indian in your senses that you want to replace a guy who won you T20 World Cup, 50 Overs World Cup, who led you to become No 1 Test team in the world, Champions trophy etc. Use him till he lasts. Write my words, Dhoni is a once in a century kind of leader for Indians, if not for other countries. We Pakistani, though much better than all other countries in quality of fast bowlers which we have except South Africa at the moment, are finding it difficult to come up with a close proximity of something like Waseem Akram, Imran Khan or Waqar Yunis. You might be astounded to know that we do not rate Shoaib Akhter at all. Greats are greats, do not mix them up with medicores. Kohli has still a lot to prove even in his batting.

  • POSTED BY DarthKetan on | March 2, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Sound reasoning about going for wickets....good aggressive thinking, which I hope he persists with because it will yield dividends in the long run....

  • POSTED BY expertpanel on | March 2, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if India actually looses to Afghanistan, let alone a bonus point. Seriously, except for VK there really isn't anything else to separate the two.The past is the past, the world cup is not going to add any runs to the score card.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    IND is missing MSD- the batsman most rather than his other two abilities for which IND has already dropped Asia Cup..... IND will meet PAK again later this month. A WC game, may be they will bounce back. BEST OF LUCK!!!

  • POSTED BY expertpanel on | March 2, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    India doesnt look so big now, does it?

  • POSTED BY AmkNJ on | March 2, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Virat Kholi did mention the courage of today's loosing side and forgot about the two sixes in the last over except that those were not from the middle of bat. I think Afridi showed great courage by sending those two balls for sixes against the run of the game especially when three wickets went in the previous over and winning momentum was with India, Afridi repeated history with two might blows to Indian supremacy as Miandad did with his famous six in 1986.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Guys had Dhoni been there, this match would have been over by 40th over itslef as he would have never picked Mishra. Kohli is young and trying to prove his credentials and there loser about it. He is saying what he felt and actually he pulled off the game. Those appreciating opposition thing stuff will come to him once he matures more as a captain. Please let him learn and leave him alone. He doesnt depend on luck so nothing magical will happen overnite.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 2, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    sportsmanship anyone?

  • POSTED BY merandy on | March 2, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Kohli you need to learn to appreciate your opposition, if you want to become a respected captain. So far what I have heard from you that "all our defeats are "reasonable and acceptable" given that my team is young, has no experience comparing to Sri Lanka or Pakistan. We could win the match if that thing not happened or if this thing happened etc etc." You can not become a good captain if you are not humble enough to give credit where it is needed.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 2, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Kohli has come out in praise of Amit Mishra! What took him so long to include Mishra in the XI? Why did he drop Pujara for all 3 matches when his middle order is so unreliable? Yes Mishra & Ashwin kept India in the match today. Even Kumar got the late 2 wkts. But Ashwin needed to hold his nerve & not give a single to Junaid. That was the suicidal mistake! But if Kohli really looks at his batting, India needed 300 both against SL & against Pakistan to be in with a fighting chance. With so much emphasis on batting how can Kohli even dream of excluding their best batsman pujara from the XI? My advise to Kohli is to play his best team on current form, performance & capability. He did not do so Vs. SL. In ODI, if you choose 5 Bowlers, they have to bowl their 10 over Quota. Today there were 3 specialist Bowlers + 2 All Rounders. That was the best bowling side but batsmen had wrong names with Pujara missing. India missed at least +50 to their total without Pujara! That made the difference.

  • POSTED BY IAS2009 on | March 2, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Kohli to say that Pakistani team is more experienced is like big joke, and coming from a team captain and team who have all the players almost who won champion trophy not long ago, If Misbah have said it then it make sense since most players are new in Pakistan team. I think India did well to make a match of it after scoring below par score, Pakistan batting experience has lot to do with it. Captain make many calls during game some goes his way but some don't, Misbah biggest mistake to give Gul last few overs which leaked almost 30 runs, he could have gone to spinners who were doing very well. On India side to give single to JK in final over was the blunder of the game, there is no was JK can negotiate Ashwin's 5 deliveries and Afridi could've been a spectator from other end. Kohli reminds me of Ponting as captain although as batsman Ponting is one of the best but as person and Captain he was the worse person, It was any body's game at the end but Kohli should've been graceful.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | March 2, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    "One side was a small boundary, but that's how it goes. We almost pulled it off and I'm really proud of the way the team showed character in the field and with the bowling as well - 245 against a team like Pakistan and on that wicket with the dew is not easy to defend, but I think the guys showed a lot of character."

    For ONCE I want an Indian captain to just speak the bitter truth. For once. I mean the only people they are fooling by this bizarre appreciative talk is their own team. The public surely isn't fooled. You have lost pretty much all the matches you have played this year in ALL formats except for the one game against Bangladesh. 15 games in all I think. You make 100s of thousands of dollars, get all sorts of recognition, and this is what you produce? Really? For once it would be nice to hear, listen, we sucked at everything, citizens of India, I am deeply sorry for our performance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 2, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    You are not feeling well. Get well soon Kohli otherwise you will lose from Afghanistan as well.

  • POSTED BY Desiboi80 on | March 2, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    What's wrong with him saying it like how it is? Were the two sixes from Afridi not well timed shots? They absolutely were not from the middle and that's all Kholi said. Why is everyone after him not praising the opponents? Misbah, Hafeez or Afridi didn't mentioned how well India fought back. If he didn't shake hands with the opposing player after the game then I would call him a sore loser, but he did that quit alright. He doesn't need to show off for TV.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    yes pump fist to a number 9 batsman is is your character. grow up kid

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Pathetic schoolboy behaviour by Kohli again, by giving nasty send offs to Pak players and then crying like a baby at the end. If I remember Virat you also went a bit crazy after India won dead rubber against Pak in Dec 2012. Please learn some manners as a professional cricketer and start giving respect to opposition especially a team like Pakistan who have your number- you have scored 83 in 8 inns outside of 183 in Mirpur. Sharjeel, Talha, Junaid, Shehzad, Maqsood etc are all very young so your theory of Youth vs Experience goes out of the window mate. Also in case u dont know the Pak players dont play home games or get IPL exposure like your younger players. In the last 5 ODI against Pak, the Ind team has only won a dead rubber at home and rain affected CT game last year so its obvious that Pak are the more superior all round team even though batting is still work in progress.

    Cricinfo pls publish thanks

  • POSTED BY Sudhir65 on | March 2, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Good game by Kohli and rest of team. They fought till the end.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    well kholi six is a six whether its of the middle of a bat or from some where else.the evident thing is it is not easy for u to digest it.u need to grow up man very fast.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    character ?? Cursing at batsmen who are getting out and showing huge disrespect by not acknowledging that the other team played well be it Srilanka or Pakistan is no character mate !!

    You are an excellent batsman but you lack the character which Sachin, Inzamam and Dravid had who were legends but still humble. They respected their opponents and were humble in victory and defeat which you lack BIG TIME !!!! By the way " fighting spirit" does not mean that you literally fight with the opponent

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    And maybe ... just maybe .. the other team in the game... Pakistan ... (I think) ... played ok ... as well?

  • POSTED BY Indopithecus on | March 2, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Excuses, excuses. Superstar Kohli keeps coming up with reasons for repeated failures. He did that when India fell short against Sri Lanka. And who can forget India's brilliant campaign in the Antipodes? Now this. Perhaps he should look at his opponents and say 'Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan are better teams than ours and I must admit we are thoroughly overrated'. Then, and only then, can the spoiled brats in the Indian team get over hubris and assume they can win any game because the fans say they can. At least Dhoni spoke with his bat.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Observer on | March 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    India missed Dhoni the most. Dhoni is a game changer for India in ODI's & T20's. India also need to play Pujara, Ishwar Pandey, Amit Mishra & Yuvraj Singh together regularly in Indian ODI team to be more consistent.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    He needs to grow up fast ...

  • POSTED BY amumtaz on | March 2, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    I guess what he missed out was Pakistan too has a young side. Sharjeel, Junaid, Talha, Sohaib are also just getting into the team. Hafeez, Umar Akmal were out of favor and are still struggling for a regular spot in the team. So essentially, only Misbah, Gul and Ajmal are experienced, the rest are still making it in the team.

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | March 2, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Kohli is my man! I love him playing cricket. Being Pakistani fan, I still wanted him to score hundred in today's match. Alas he could not get to it. But he really showed character in the game and was almost near the victory. Mistakes are part of every game. You can only try to make less mistakes in future. Mistakes happen automatically they cant stop happening them. You can improve yourself to avoid. Wish you best luck VK, i hope you get a chacne to play finals. I want to see SL dropout!

  • POSTED BY SR84 on | March 2, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    India did play very well in this match.The Indian captain did not need to deride the winning team. Comments such as ''not from the middle of the bat'' etc. are not befitting a captain. Virat ends up sounding like a sore loser.

  • POSTED BY call_a_spade_a_spade on | March 2, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Kohli has so far shown absolutely nothing to cheer about as a captain. He has been pretty bland as a tactician, done nothing proactive at any stage of the 3 matches played thus far (throwing away the advantage gifted by Afridi's brain-freeze by letting Junaid Khan take an easy single is one of many instances where he preferred to sit back like Dhoni), continued Dhoni's legacy of favouritism by ignoring Pujara, and above all, displayed proficiency in inventing excuses to rationalise poor performances time and again. I guess there is very little to look forward to if he remains the automatic choice for the captain' post in future.

  • POSTED BY Stieprox on | March 2, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    lame excuses by Virat.he is afraid of appreciating opposite team.

  • POSTED BY shuhailyoonus on | March 2, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Kholi never appreciates the opposition after losing.. wit the kind of attitude he has it doesnt augurs well fr him fr the future to become a succesful leader.. he doesnt hv any of dhonis qualities.. I m a huge fan of kholi's batting argubly the greatest talent wit soo many centuries at such a young age bt sad to say never faced indian bowling lol..hw many more would he hv got..frm an ardent srilankan fan..

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | March 2, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Mr Kohli for once you can say that SL and Pak played better cricket than your own team on that day and won the game. Show some gentleman spirit rather than poking in the faces of the batsman who were just going back to the dressing room after being out.

  • POSTED BY KingSalz on | March 2, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    According to Sir Ganguly, experience has no effect on the match. Its how you play, is what counts. So for Kholi to say experience was the difference is ridiculous. Plus, if experience is the determing factor, then why were the likes of Yuvraj, Pathans and the Praveens not given a recall in such an important tournament (taking into consideration that Dhoni was "INJURED"). India are no longer the dominant team in Asia. It surely has to be Sri Lanka or Pakistan with their track records home and away.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Very good and brave captaincy by Virat. Appreciated !

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  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Very good and brave captaincy by Virat. Appreciated !

  • POSTED BY KingSalz on | March 2, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    According to Sir Ganguly, experience has no effect on the match. Its how you play, is what counts. So for Kholi to say experience was the difference is ridiculous. Plus, if experience is the determing factor, then why were the likes of Yuvraj, Pathans and the Praveens not given a recall in such an important tournament (taking into consideration that Dhoni was "INJURED"). India are no longer the dominant team in Asia. It surely has to be Sri Lanka or Pakistan with their track records home and away.

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | March 2, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Mr Kohli for once you can say that SL and Pak played better cricket than your own team on that day and won the game. Show some gentleman spirit rather than poking in the faces of the batsman who were just going back to the dressing room after being out.

  • POSTED BY shuhailyoonus on | March 2, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Kholi never appreciates the opposition after losing.. wit the kind of attitude he has it doesnt augurs well fr him fr the future to become a succesful leader.. he doesnt hv any of dhonis qualities.. I m a huge fan of kholi's batting argubly the greatest talent wit soo many centuries at such a young age bt sad to say never faced indian bowling lol..hw many more would he hv got..frm an ardent srilankan fan..

  • POSTED BY Stieprox on | March 2, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    lame excuses by Virat.he is afraid of appreciating opposite team.

  • POSTED BY call_a_spade_a_spade on | March 2, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Kohli has so far shown absolutely nothing to cheer about as a captain. He has been pretty bland as a tactician, done nothing proactive at any stage of the 3 matches played thus far (throwing away the advantage gifted by Afridi's brain-freeze by letting Junaid Khan take an easy single is one of many instances where he preferred to sit back like Dhoni), continued Dhoni's legacy of favouritism by ignoring Pujara, and above all, displayed proficiency in inventing excuses to rationalise poor performances time and again. I guess there is very little to look forward to if he remains the automatic choice for the captain' post in future.

  • POSTED BY SR84 on | March 2, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    India did play very well in this match.The Indian captain did not need to deride the winning team. Comments such as ''not from the middle of the bat'' etc. are not befitting a captain. Virat ends up sounding like a sore loser.

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | March 2, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Kohli is my man! I love him playing cricket. Being Pakistani fan, I still wanted him to score hundred in today's match. Alas he could not get to it. But he really showed character in the game and was almost near the victory. Mistakes are part of every game. You can only try to make less mistakes in future. Mistakes happen automatically they cant stop happening them. You can improve yourself to avoid. Wish you best luck VK, i hope you get a chacne to play finals. I want to see SL dropout!

  • POSTED BY amumtaz on | March 2, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    I guess what he missed out was Pakistan too has a young side. Sharjeel, Junaid, Talha, Sohaib are also just getting into the team. Hafeez, Umar Akmal were out of favor and are still struggling for a regular spot in the team. So essentially, only Misbah, Gul and Ajmal are experienced, the rest are still making it in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    He needs to grow up fast ...