Afghanistan v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 5, 2014

India cruise to inconsequential win

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India 160 for 2 (Dhawan 60, Rahane 56) beat Afghanistan 159 (Shenwari 50, Jadeja 4-30, Ashwin 3-31) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Agarkar: India achieved little in win

Afghanistan's batting, apart from a match-winning partnership against Bangladesh, has been ordinary, particularly against spin. In a dead rubber against India, and in what was also their last chance to make an impression on this trip, Afghanistan's batsmen collapsed at the first sighting of turn. Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets in his first over, and then added two more to run through a middle order that was clueless against India's spin trio.

The three of them - Jadeja, Amit Mishra and R Ashwin - bowled unchanged from the 12th over until the 36th with combined figures of 25-3-73-7 during that period. Was it not for another Samiullah Shenwari riposte, Afghanistan could have folded well inside 50 overs.

Batting at No 8, Shenwari brought up his second half-century of the tournament and added 64 runs with the last three batsmen to avoid a capitulation. He farmed the strike, took vital runs off India's seamers during the Powerplay and despite appearing in trouble against the spinners, he was prepared to attack the loose deliveries. On a day when boundaries were hard to come by, he hit six fours and a six to take Afghanistan past 150.

The Indian team management had decided not to tinker with their playing XI, which meant there was still no place for Cheteshwar Pujara or Ishwar Pandey, the only two in the touring party not to get a game. Kohli, at the toss, mentioned it was important to be patient with the team. But contrary to that logic, they asked Ajinkya Rahane to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan, instead of Rohit Sharma. The captain, though, couldn't have asked for more as the openers added 121 runs to set up the chase that India completed in the 33rd over.

Like most teams, Afghanistan showed they were enjoying the challenge of facing the Indian seamers as they collected 52 runs in the first 11 overs for the loss of one wicket. But facing quality spin on these slow and low pitches is a different challenge altogether. The other day, Afghanistan had scored only 40 runs in 16.4 overs of spin from Sri Lanka and lost five wickets. Today, the story was no different. Kohli introduced Mishra, who had been impressive in the match against Pakistan, in the 12th over and immediately, it became apparent the batsmen were out of their comfort zone. Noor Ali Zadran, who had been impressive again the seamers, survived an lbw appeal against a googly first ball. And the next over derailed the innings.

Jadeja's first delivery - a quick slider that often buys him wickets of batsmen who are slow to come forward - beat Rahmat Shah's inside edge and thudded on to the pad. His third delivery would have pleased him more; it was slower, loopy, and dipped and then bounced to catch the shoulder of Noor Ali's bat for Kohli to take a simple catch at slip.

Jadeja's next over worsened Afghanistan's position as Asghar Stanikzai slapped possibly the only bad delivery the spinner bowled limply to mid-on. Stanikzai left disappointed, because he knew he could have hit the half-tracker anywhere. What followed was a period of play where a wicket never seemed too far. Like Jadeja, Ashwin had a wicket off his first ball, in the 18th over; Najibullah Zadran heaved at a flighted delivery but top edged to mid-on.

Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan captain, was caught behind for 6 off Jadeja in the 21st over and Mohammad Shahzad, who had been pushed down the batting order, scored 22 runs that were not enough to alter the script. When Shahzad was trapped plumb in front by Ashwin, Afghanistan had slumped to 95 for 7.

Mishra, who had figures of 10-1-21-1, was possibly the most impressive of the spinners, beating the bat with metronomic regularity. His legspinners gripped the surface to turn past the outside edge numerous times, while his googlies were unread. After seven overs of bamboozling the batsmen, he too had something to show for his efforts as a googly took Mirwais Ashraf's inside edge and lobbed to Kohli at slip.

However, he still ended with a wicket less than Mohammad Shami, who had dismissed Nawroz Mangal after a wayward start and then trapped Shenwari lbw in the 46th over to end the innings.

On a slow pitch that required extra application from the batsmen, Rahane and Dhawan adopted the ideal game: there was no attempt to play fancy shots and the two relied primarily on maneuvering the ball in the gaps. In the nine overs before the 45-minute break, the openers added 34 runs, hitting only two boundaries. They continued in the same vein after the break, nudging singles to lift the total to 76 in 18 overs. Again, only two boundaries came in that period.

The tempo changed from the first ball of the 19th as Rahane hit consecutive boundaries off Shenwari. He stepped out first ball and clipped the full delivery over extra cover, a shot to which he can now lay claim as his own just because of the ease with which he pulls it off - he takes it low on the bat and punches it without any follow-through. The second one, a wristy flick against the spin beating mid-on, was even better. Dhawan caught the urgency bug too, hitting consecutive boundaries off Rahmat in the next over, the second bringing the century of the stand, India's first in 14 ODIs. It was also the first time Afghanistan allowed such an opening partnership, highlighting the strength of their attack.

India's smooth glide momentarily hit turbulence as they lost both openers in quick succession - Rahane played across the line to be lbw and Dhawan was bowled by Nabi. Rohit Sharma, who walked in at No. 3, and Dinesh Karthik added the remaining 37 runs to complete the formality.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on March 10, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @nampally - AGREED their are some players like Pandey, Pujara, Yadav. These guys get chosen in the 16 but dont play a match. Surely there are some tired legs like - SHAMI. There was no need to burn him out in this last game. In fact PUJARA is an ex-U19 WC ODI player (reference: http://www.espncricinfo.com/u19-worldcup/content/story/237166.html Team selection leaves a lot to be desired. YADAV has not played domestic or international cricket for so long and just warms the bench.

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    You people always blame DK But even Kholi and Dhoni make mistakes frequently. The loss against SL was due to the fielding of elevenpeople not only DK

  • atifd on March 7, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    When India loses in tournaments or in any series, indian fans start to make excuses like it's a young team OR these tournaments don't matter instead of giving other teams credit for beating them. India can be world champs (albeit was a setup in 2011 WC) but they can't beat powerhouses in Asia ala SL and Pakistan so what does that say to the world about the 2011 WC that india won was all a setup because it was held in India and the final was played in India. Let's see if india can win again next year. My bet is they won't even make it to the semis next year.

    India is the 3rd best team in Asia, admit it indian fans. They didn't win Asia cup two years ago and guess what they won't win it this year either. The fact that this team is always in top2 in all formats of the game is because ICC is a puppet of BCCI. We will all see now that ICC will schedule series against WI, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe all minnow in india so india can get back to stardom. ICC and BCCI are a joke.

  • Nampally on March 7, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    @Al-Bundy 1: Yes, Gavaskar has already slammed the Indian Team management. Unfortunately I was denied access to comment on Gavaskar's article. India has many Fast Bowlers - spinners & pace bowlers. The real problem extends beyond just the Selection of Squad & XI. We have raw fast bowlers who can bowl around 150 KPH but lack direction & control in length. BCCI boasts about its wealth but does so little for the Indian Cricket. SL is asking for financial aid from ICC. As one Fan pointed out 80% of that aid comes from BCCI. SL take that aid to beat India! Why not spend that money to coach Indian bowlers? Secondly selection are highly questionable. Who can justify the exclusion of Pujara from the XI by both Dhoni & Kphli when Indian batting is so unreliable? Pujara is more reliable than Kohli & the internal politics successfully kept him out although it meant a 10-2 Loss record for India in last 12 ODI's. The same goes for the bowlers- Mishra benched consistently & talented not in the squad

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 7, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    India's biggest problem is the asinine selection committee and team management. They can learn a thing or 2 from Australia, or Pakistan. How does Pakistan keep on unearthing new pace bowlers like Irfan and Juniad? It's simple - because they take chances on new players. Indian selectors keep on selecting the same players in spite of repeated defeats, and the team management keeps selecting the same playing 11 even after they had lost last 10 ODI with these 11 players.

    It's time to drop mediocre players like Ashwin, Binny and Rohit Sharma from the ODI team. Replace them with Yusuf Pathan/Rasool, Rishi Dhawan/Irfan Pathan, Mandeep Singh/Jhadav. It's time to rest Bhuvi and Shami and try youngsters like Anureet Singh, Pankaj Singh, Jaspreet Bumrah, Umar Nazir, Rahul Shukla, etc.

  • Nampally on March 7, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @Naresh28: I see your frequent referrals to New Talent which is great! But the real problem with Indian team selection is there is lot of "favouritism". Even the Great Gavaskar slammed the Indian XI selectors for exclusion of Pujara & Pandey in all 4 Asian Cup ODI's. Gavaskar questioned Kohli "Are you worried that Pujara will score runs so that your favourites not consistent will have to make way? His questioning re: exclusion of Pandey followed the same line. My concern is when the Selectors pick a squad, only the Captains favourite XI plays whether they perform or Not. Dhoni & now Kohli have been consistent in this aspect of picking their favourites. India lost 10 ODI's out of 12, winning only against BD & AFG. There is a lot of new talent both in Batting & Bowling. One way to ensure the testing of New Talent is for an impartial selection Team to pick the XI. This eliminates Dhoni or Kohli or any Captain from playing their favourites+ testing & developing new Talent - AGREED?

  • Naresh28 on March 6, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    India needs to send players on more A team tours. Players like Mandeep Singh(batsman), Menaria, Netravalkar (left arm fast) and Umar Nazir(fast bowler) need to be tested. Some have already done well and there may be other hidden talents.

  • kumarsSansai on March 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    @Vimalan Ravindran I think like you people in our Selection team. That's the reason India cricket team playing worst to worst cricket. We are going to Play world cup not Sunday club match.

  • on March 6, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Afghanistan team played a good tournament, they beat Bangladesh and were close to even beat Pakistan. I hope Icc gives them more matches against test nations. Welldone Afghanistan keep it up.

  • on March 6, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    My team for W20 is in order Irfan, Rohit, Virat, Raina, Yuvaraj, Dhoni, Yusuf, Binny, Rishi Dhawan, Jaddu, suryakumar yadav. This team will win the W20 for sure, as this is composition of Batsman, hitters, bowlers and parttimers. Current squad is going to face another defeat in W20

  • Naresh28 on March 10, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @nampally - AGREED their are some players like Pandey, Pujara, Yadav. These guys get chosen in the 16 but dont play a match. Surely there are some tired legs like - SHAMI. There was no need to burn him out in this last game. In fact PUJARA is an ex-U19 WC ODI player (reference: http://www.espncricinfo.com/u19-worldcup/content/story/237166.html Team selection leaves a lot to be desired. YADAV has not played domestic or international cricket for so long and just warms the bench.

  • on March 8, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    You people always blame DK But even Kholi and Dhoni make mistakes frequently. The loss against SL was due to the fielding of elevenpeople not only DK

  • atifd on March 7, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    When India loses in tournaments or in any series, indian fans start to make excuses like it's a young team OR these tournaments don't matter instead of giving other teams credit for beating them. India can be world champs (albeit was a setup in 2011 WC) but they can't beat powerhouses in Asia ala SL and Pakistan so what does that say to the world about the 2011 WC that india won was all a setup because it was held in India and the final was played in India. Let's see if india can win again next year. My bet is they won't even make it to the semis next year.

    India is the 3rd best team in Asia, admit it indian fans. They didn't win Asia cup two years ago and guess what they won't win it this year either. The fact that this team is always in top2 in all formats of the game is because ICC is a puppet of BCCI. We will all see now that ICC will schedule series against WI, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe all minnow in india so india can get back to stardom. ICC and BCCI are a joke.

  • Nampally on March 7, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    @Al-Bundy 1: Yes, Gavaskar has already slammed the Indian Team management. Unfortunately I was denied access to comment on Gavaskar's article. India has many Fast Bowlers - spinners & pace bowlers. The real problem extends beyond just the Selection of Squad & XI. We have raw fast bowlers who can bowl around 150 KPH but lack direction & control in length. BCCI boasts about its wealth but does so little for the Indian Cricket. SL is asking for financial aid from ICC. As one Fan pointed out 80% of that aid comes from BCCI. SL take that aid to beat India! Why not spend that money to coach Indian bowlers? Secondly selection are highly questionable. Who can justify the exclusion of Pujara from the XI by both Dhoni & Kphli when Indian batting is so unreliable? Pujara is more reliable than Kohli & the internal politics successfully kept him out although it meant a 10-2 Loss record for India in last 12 ODI's. The same goes for the bowlers- Mishra benched consistently & talented not in the squad

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 7, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    India's biggest problem is the asinine selection committee and team management. They can learn a thing or 2 from Australia, or Pakistan. How does Pakistan keep on unearthing new pace bowlers like Irfan and Juniad? It's simple - because they take chances on new players. Indian selectors keep on selecting the same players in spite of repeated defeats, and the team management keeps selecting the same playing 11 even after they had lost last 10 ODI with these 11 players.

    It's time to drop mediocre players like Ashwin, Binny and Rohit Sharma from the ODI team. Replace them with Yusuf Pathan/Rasool, Rishi Dhawan/Irfan Pathan, Mandeep Singh/Jhadav. It's time to rest Bhuvi and Shami and try youngsters like Anureet Singh, Pankaj Singh, Jaspreet Bumrah, Umar Nazir, Rahul Shukla, etc.

  • Nampally on March 7, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @Naresh28: I see your frequent referrals to New Talent which is great! But the real problem with Indian team selection is there is lot of "favouritism". Even the Great Gavaskar slammed the Indian XI selectors for exclusion of Pujara & Pandey in all 4 Asian Cup ODI's. Gavaskar questioned Kohli "Are you worried that Pujara will score runs so that your favourites not consistent will have to make way? His questioning re: exclusion of Pandey followed the same line. My concern is when the Selectors pick a squad, only the Captains favourite XI plays whether they perform or Not. Dhoni & now Kohli have been consistent in this aspect of picking their favourites. India lost 10 ODI's out of 12, winning only against BD & AFG. There is a lot of new talent both in Batting & Bowling. One way to ensure the testing of New Talent is for an impartial selection Team to pick the XI. This eliminates Dhoni or Kohli or any Captain from playing their favourites+ testing & developing new Talent - AGREED?

  • Naresh28 on March 6, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    India needs to send players on more A team tours. Players like Mandeep Singh(batsman), Menaria, Netravalkar (left arm fast) and Umar Nazir(fast bowler) need to be tested. Some have already done well and there may be other hidden talents.

  • kumarsSansai on March 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    @Vimalan Ravindran I think like you people in our Selection team. That's the reason India cricket team playing worst to worst cricket. We are going to Play world cup not Sunday club match.

  • on March 6, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Afghanistan team played a good tournament, they beat Bangladesh and were close to even beat Pakistan. I hope Icc gives them more matches against test nations. Welldone Afghanistan keep it up.

  • on March 6, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    My team for W20 is in order Irfan, Rohit, Virat, Raina, Yuvaraj, Dhoni, Yusuf, Binny, Rishi Dhawan, Jaddu, suryakumar yadav. This team will win the W20 for sure, as this is composition of Batsman, hitters, bowlers and parttimers. Current squad is going to face another defeat in W20

  • on March 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    in vijay hazare trophy only team continuously making 300+ is baroda that is due to yusuf ...he must be in t20 squad...why rahane why not yusuf....tell...

  • on March 6, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    india can never win the t20 WC without yusuf n irfan...suppose u r facing the setuation of 45 odd runs in 20 balls..then how many times rahane can do this....pathan brothets can do this 4 times oit of 10.....yusuf sud b in place of rahane and irfan in place of mohit...only hope is yuvi and raina ..all the best team india..

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    it doesn't matter if we couldn't win the asia cup or bilateral series because we will win the mahor tournaments like world t20 and 50 over world cups.india are the favourites to win the upcoming t20 world cup.

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    ajinkya rahane must not play in indian one day team.i dont understand how this player come to t 20 team.is it the prize of doing well in test cricket? if shortage of player in india, india can play with 10 player.india will do better.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    I salute this great batting line up of Sri Lanka....

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    The boyz played well, santar, and we didn't lost to india this time..almighty is great

  • on March 6, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    CricSriLanka. There is difference between following cricket and trash talking India. For example Indians were following the AUS vs SAF Test but we didnt go that forum and trash talked Australia or South Africa.

  • on March 6, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka's luck seems to have finally run out. Sangakara is out. Jayawardene has gone back for naught keeping with this current form. I am sure Pakistan is making plans to come hard at Sanga in the finals.

  • on March 6, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    JJJake. We have no doubt Australia is a great Test playing team. They have bounced back really well and we look forward to playing an Aussie team in top form. A lot of Indians fans believe that we were denied victory in the Sydney 2008 Test and victory in that Test would have given us the Series. Anyway no need to debate it more than whats already been done. I hope India can put up a better display this time. I dont want draws and hope both Teams go for broke. I feel Pakistani batsmen will be found out on that Tour and they will have to work really hard on their ability to play the short ball. I hope Harris makes a full recovery too.

  • CricSriLanka on March 6, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @ Posted by on (March 6, 2014, 11:50 GMT): Yes you are correct! No one can say that you, me or anyone who post here are from a country in which they say that they are from...

  • CricSriLanka on March 6, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    @ martin000: we are not following IND, We are following our most loved sport "CRICKET"! That's why we love all the great players irrespective of the country, for what they have given to the cricketing world. Surely and obviously when players from other country play well against us, we do not like it. But when neutral matches are watched by us (SL) we support CRICKET for how they compete (latest being AUS vs SA test matches, OH! that is CRICKET), how single player changes the cause of the Game (Afridi's heroics vs BAN). And as a overall why Kevin Peterson was sacked (ENG best batsman), the retirement of the greats Sachin, Kallis, Smith, Swann...

  • ramz30380 on March 6, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @LionsofLanka - at last I am glad to see that there is someone sensible commenting from SL!

    In all honesty - I am referring to wht Sunil Gavaskar said - that as sub-continent teams, we should highlight our class players such as Sanga, Mahela who dont get recognised as world class players as much as a Hayden or Artherton! But here there is so much of Indian bashing going on! Sanga was humiliated not long before by the SLC - this is the state of affairs in SL cricket whereas an excricket great from Ind is trying to promote him!

    Let me tell you. just look at the sponsor's for Asia Cup - all Indian! If India wasnt playing, then there will be no such glamour, no money, no sponsorship and invariably no Asia Cup! U need not worship the Indian team, but stop bashin it!!!

  • on March 6, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    CricSriLanka. LoL. Even you cannot believe these words have been spoken by a Lankan. You prøve our point.

  • JJJake on March 6, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Both India and Pakistan get tour Australia later this year. We'll see then who is the better team against fast bowling attack. Combining both test series, 5 v England and 3 v South Africa: Australia has scored 5135 runs in their 16 innings at an average of 321/innings. Opposition has scored 3803 runs in their 16 innings at an average of 238/innings. Australia has secured 17 centuries in these matches Opposition has secured 4 centuries in these matches. Warner scored 1066 runs @74.3 Australia has lost 123 wickets out of 160 in their 16 innings costing 42 runs/wicket Opposition has lost 153 wickets out of 160 in their 16 innings costing 25 runs/wicket Australia declared in 8/16 innings Opposition declared in 1/16 inningsJohnson took 59 wickets @ 15.7It is pretty clear that the Australian batsmen and bowlers have dominated the 8 tests.

  • CricSriLanka on March 6, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @LionsofLanka: How can we say that YOU are from SL and not from IND.

  • martin000 on March 6, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @Lionsoflanka, Fair enought mate and we all appreciate your sensible post!!!

  • on March 6, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    LionsofLanka. Well spoken. I am glad to know that there is atleast one classy Sri Lankan around this forum.

  • LionsofLanka on March 6, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    It's an utter shame to see my fellow countrymen creating fake Indian names to post vulgar against them. Being true cricket lover, I can't hide my express & anger after reading bizarre postings by ours fans & fans from Pakistan. This shows we don't have sportsmanship at all. I can understand about Pakistan but what about us. It was just single round robin league in this Asian championship. I am pleased most of the games were closed encounters not one sided. India missed out narrowly. But we didn't beat them comprehensively as they were doing with us. And Pak fans, you don't posture being not playing on home ground because you are responsible for this not others. If you can't give security to visitors, then why make chaos over others for not travelling to you? Lastly, it becomes fashionable for us (we & Pak) to post anything rubbish every time on Indian threads. If we feel we are champion, then why do we need this?

  • martin000 on March 6, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Our poor neighbours here following Indian team irrespective of whether their team plays or not shows how much impact this Indian team has in world cricket. Pity that our poor neighbours eagerly paying attention to the decisions our Board makes and the press conferences we conduct. I can understand their hatred towards us which could be the best example for defining Jealousy. You jus can hate us which will have no effect but you jus can't ignore us!! You are not AUS or SA to earn respect from us. Here in sub continent we are the undisputed champions and you guys can day dream whatever you want.

  • on March 6, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully. When SL plays Jayawardene they are actually helping the opposition. He is SL's Ishant Sharma.

  • scarrule on March 6, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    All of u ''anti-india'' fans who are thinking that their team have beaten india nd will thrash in wct20 as well. Come-on say it, i want to record the prophacy made by u ppl. The fact is u people are too afraid to let the mmnt slip frm ur hand which is india's current form. This is estatic mmnt for u guys coz last year india didn't gave u any when india defeated sl in finals in wi. So enjoy now, oh let me remind in wct20 three experienced player are coming name '' dhoni-best finisher in the world'', ''yuvraj-- in his last t20 match he thrashed jhonson nd co nd made 72 chasing 202, not to mention his record of fastest 50 in cricket history in 12 balls include 6 sixes'' nd finally raina--''well ipl perfomance is considered nthng on int stage but in sub-continent this guys is even dangerous than dhoni if he on song nd can dismantle any attack on this dead pitches-- u call indian batsmen ftb well real bully is on its way nd make no mistake he will bully u'' so, tell me are u gus rdy??

  • on March 6, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    There is no joy here for India they continue on a downward spiral. Who cares if Ashwin and Jadeja look good against Afganistan? There is no difference in Dhoni or Kohli as captain I still believe Dhoni is selecting the teams. I am angered by the lack of opportunity given to Binny and Pandey, these are quality players waiting for the scraps after the big boys Ashwin, Jadeja, Rohit and company. BCCI are idiots Binny is not given a proper chance to try and cement himself in the team he get 1 oportunity to bat and 4 overs to bowl and they decide he is not good enough where as Dhawan and Sharma get ample chances even if they fail where is the justice? Hope India gets knocked out first round at T20 and 2015 World Cup with ll thei favourites Dhoni, Raina, Rohit, Ashwin etc.

  • Giant-Guru on March 6, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Well Indian team needs to celebrate this victory against Afghanistan as they probable did upon winning against Bangladesh. Well they may get another chance to celebrate if they win against teams like Nepal/Ireland/UAE in upcoming T20 worldcup. For we have become such a complacent and shameless team who just believes in playing and not winning against top 6 teams. Where is the spirit, the killer instinct, vanished, first I thought its Dhoni's stuborn attitude that makes him play the same fav 11 players without giving anyone else a chance to play but I now realize its the Indian team management culture not to experiment even if the team has to lose.

    As a die hard Indian and cricket fan I just wish our team management and captain be pragmatic and try different options to produce results that the nation would be proud of. We need coaches with guts like Chappal, Fletcher is like a sheep, so has the entire team looks on the ground playing against good quality bowling.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 6, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Once the cricket was gentlemens game. And it turn in to a game of money. Personaly i feel that the decisions of BCCI affect for lots of changes in the cricket history in recent past. They looked at the current cinario. India won WC and T20WC so best time to make proposals. The only threat agaist them were Aus and Eng. So they co-operate with them and called themselves as Big 3. Payed some underhand money for the ones that did'nt agree and took their vote.. ICC which respected by the whole cricket world, now under the guidance of BCCI. Money for anything. The whole cricket world in a lot of trouble.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    LOL @ThilankaK. SL played with Sangakkara and Jayawardhane against Afgan and now aginst BD too! SL have fear of losing the game with out them according to you. Isn't it? Your own words.ha ha ha

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    ThilankaK. Trivia for you. Which is the greatest cricketing nation in Asia to have won the maximum Asia cup titles i.e. 5 inspite of not competing in all Asia cups? Hint: This nation is also currently the Champion amongst all Cricketing Nations.

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    musa441. You call India an average side yet Pakistan found it so hård to beat us. You needed pure blind hitting by Afridi to win. You still havent beat us in World Cups. What does that say about your Team?

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    musa441. Even if everything you say is true, who cares? You are the crybaby here who is whining away. Lets talk Cricket. Come on.

  • Naresh28 on March 6, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Disappointed with Team India of late. We deserve the criticism we get from rival fans. At least we know we are bad and need to buck up in many areas especially the bowling department. Without one good bowler we will remain where we are - somewhere in the middle. Our bowlers at the moment are only average compared to the rest of the world.

  • karnamgiridhar on March 6, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    India came close in matches against SL and PAK. it was just that the last moments were not theirs. This very team with MSD of course did extremely well in test matches too in SA, almost won a test match. I don't see any lacunae in bowling in the current lot. Just give some breathing time guys. In the past few years are there any teams which remained on top for ever, highly competitive cricket, highly dynamic. So wait for couple of years. Its a building phase for 2014 world cup. Take it from me.

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    When Dinesh Karthik collected the ball cleanly in his gloves and took a swipe at the stumps when Sangakara who was so completely foxed that he didnt know where the ball was, he went to make perhaps one of the rarest of rare errors. With all SL batsmen before and after him, meekly surrendering to the mighty Indian bowling (in comparison to SL batting capabilities), this can only be described as gift. A victory coming from pure luck. Would I be proud of this victory? No I won't. I will quietly say thanks and be ashamed of this hollow victory. India has conquered Pakistan and Sri Lanka in this tournament, the only opponent they couldnt counter was LUCK.

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @martin000, "Its our performance abroad need to be improved" not only in abroad in India as well dear.... try to accept your defeat first...

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    legfinedeep. Let me get this correct. You do not support the Indian Cricket Team because you think the Indian fans are deranged? What is the connection? If your chief motivation to watch cricket is to root against India then what kind of fan are you? Tell me something, in the Australia Vs South Africa Test match, were you rooting against India too ;o) Maybe you need to give more thought to the word deranged.

  • baghels.a on March 6, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    @Musa441, how can you make unsubtianted allegations against any players on the basis of what a bookie said ?? even Mudgal report said it is just a allegation made by a random bookie and hold no legal weight. Indian won at WC 2011 beause they got help from umpires really ?? ever heard of concept of neutral umpires ?? then what stops BCCI from getting help from umpires anywhere Indian team plays if they are so influential ?? Pakistan even when they were playing at home were not good, so stop being delusional,India beat you fair and square last two times we toured there. Pakistan might not be in big 3 in financial terms but when it comes to rabble rousing on internet forums and putting across consipiracy theories you guys are certaintly the best.what arrogant fans are you referring to, if you want arrogance go to any football forum and just see how EPL ,Barca,Madrid fans behave and see how English media overhypes EPL and you will know.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    HassanSK. We are not just good at home but we are God.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket has asked ICC for a loan of USD 8 million. Since the mighty Indians contribute 80 percent of all revenues to ICC, in other words Sri Lanka wants India to lend them USD 6.4 million. And how do they propose to pay us back? Nobody wants to tour SL for Tests as can be seen by their Test kalender as its not profitable. How will it be profitable if you play the most boring and negative cricket in the World? So boring even Sri Lankans dont want to watch? Sorry we can't give you the money. Sorry we won't play you or host you either because there is neither any money to be made nor any competition. And boring cricket can kill interest in cricket in India.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    At last India WON @ Indians you just are good on your Indian dead Pitches

  • legfinedeep on March 6, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @FastTrackBully - please feel free to bash on my favorite team in response to me bashing the Indian team. You will find that I have NO favorite team. I support ANY side that is playing against India, and can't stand the Indian cricket team because they have the most deranged fans in world cricket. You exemplify one of them. Now, please feel free to take potshots at my favorite team :))))

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    ThilankaK. You are a Sri Lankan. Remember that. A mediocre team that has a few highs in an otherwise boring existence. If you belonged to a country like Australia or even Pakistan, who have dominated us at times, in the past, I can understand. Please dont stop with your comments as we will remember you in the times to come. India is doing much better than SL and I am not just talking cricket.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Solid_Snake. India will always have someone to play against and for that matter can have anyone they chose. What about Pakistan? Have you changed the Chairman of PCB or is it the same as last week? I have to so say PCB is a mirror image of your economy.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    UK_Chap. Where do you think India won the World Cup or the CT or the T20 WC. It døesnt matter where the Tournament is held, we will bring our A game. Meanwhile you guys can deal with your own insecurities by posting here. Proud fan of the mighty Indians, The World Champions of Cricket!

  • martin000 on March 6, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    PAK as usual almost lost to all the 3 teams AFG, IND & BAN but lucky sneak past them and on the other hand SL with the one man show of Sanga as usual reached finals with flying colors and everyone knows what will happen there. Over all, its business as usual for both the teams and no positives to take. On the other hand, India with a Second string team did really well to almost win against SL and PAK's full strength squad and demolished AFG and BAN.NOM!! Rahane, Rayadu and Mishra proved themselves. Over all, its a good Asia Cup for us to test the bench strength. It doesn't matter that we didn't reach finals coz beating these SC minnows does not prove anything. We have beaten them on numerous occasions in the Past and will beat them in future as well. Its our performance abroad need to be improved and we have to work towards that. IPL too is doing no good for our players but the part of taking place in SA may be handy.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Now for this one win.. india team will be unchanged for next 50 matches

    .......salute to those who brought politics in indian cricket

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    India Done well..U beat Afghanistan. .LOL... now good bye..SL got to play a Final

  • cvenka on March 6, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    I am pleasantly surprised with with our bowlers doing better than the batsmen! yes SL & PAK chased & won against us. But think of the situation differently if DJ has not messed with those chances! Only because of this messing we lost those games & possibly the ASIA cup.

  • cvenka on March 6, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I am very much pained to note that even after not being able to win in the last 10 games consecutively (not considered win against BD & Afgan), the Indian management is not even trying to experiment with the available resources (playing reserve players like Ishwar pandey, pujara etc). Even in the case of Amit mishra it is a case of no other option available than the thinking to experiment. When are we going to learn? I dont remember Australia or England or SA not giving a single chance to one reserve player atleast once in their tours. ALSO many decisions were wrongly given by umpires & we take them in our strides without bothering to use DRS. Very pathetic indeed....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    WE, INDIAN FANS passionate to cricket and expect our team to win or at least perform well in all matches. We will criticize, suggest our team. But will not tolerate other fans doing this to our team. If you are 100% perfect, you can do that. We will criticize or bash other teams and fans as a REPLY to their acts (at least me). We know where we stands. We expect our team to be in first 3 positions and we did that over the years. Unlike our neighbors, we never slipped to 4 or less in recent times. I found nothing wrong in Indian fan's comments! We played brilliantly even in those lost matches.Otherwise, they could win for 5 wickets or before 49th over! A true fan will CRITICIZE, SUGGEST but stand with their team in all situations. Jai Hind!

  • musa441 on March 6, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Indians why are you guys so much crybabies? always make lame excuses and put lame reasons when you lose!! come on!! show some sportsman spirit and accept defeat!! You never were true champions!! Madugal report has shown that Dhoni and Raina are involved in match fixing but as usual they will be released as they belong to the PIG 3!! India won wc 2011 because they were playing at their home and the umpires were with them aswell. Whole world knows Indians deserve to be at no 6 not at no 1 or no 3!! If pakistan plays 80 percent of its games in its home grounds I can bet pakistan will win 90 percent of those matches and will be number one in a space of one year!! so it is no bigdeal to play majourity of matches at home and become number 1 or number 3. Indian fans your arrogant comments suites you when you will start winning abroad!! leave the past yes I admit when ganuly was captain India was truly a tough team as they used to win but this team since dhoni has become captain is average!!

  • on March 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    At last the BIG has won the crucial match and well done TEAM INDIA they were just one win away from going home and thanks to Afghanistan , they provided it India is the world number two team, so they deserved the win let us wait for the T20 ,good luck

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @Flat_Trac_Bally. Hope your doubts regarding your no:6 rank is cleared. I too hope Pak will win final match so that India could hold no:2 rankings. All the best for that.

  • espnsports347 on March 6, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Here is a good consolation for Indian supporter... . Star Sports HD telecasting the match that held at hobart in against srilanka 2012.May be you people can dream about about that win.lol Indian team already went back to home. Still i think sometime how india became world champion in 2011 where as they even not qualified for asia cup final.Hey BCCI ..... may be somehow by the diplomacy you r 1 one of three but how you would become no 1 team .........?

  • Gzero on March 6, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    No matter what the result of match is, people here want to blame India, for whatever reason they find.

    They must note that Both Srilanka & Pakistan have won the matches against india MARGINALLY, even though they being more experienced than Indian team. Pakistan's game was much superior to that of srilanka. If it would not have been sangakkara, they were out of much.

  • Monoz1976 on March 6, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I am pretty annoyed people talking about the past what happened long ago like we beat .... in 19.. We beat .... in the ...cup in 199.. Also I am annoyed people talking in conditional tenses like we would have won if he wasn't run out, if dew wasn't there, if the umpiring errors wasn't there, if we haven't missed catches, if we have won the toss, if DRS was there, If so and so players were/weren't there, so on. It is pathetic most of the commenters here don't understand that all these are part of the game and not a problem of the winning or loosing team. They are just living with past memories and future dreams. Only few people realize this truth and live in the present ( or most recent past). So, Pakistan and Lankans played better than all the other teams and rightly deserve a place in the final. We played better than AFG and BAN and rightly achieved the 3rd place in Asia. Let us see how we and all the others perform in the upcoming tournaments without just boasting your past.

  • Monoz1976 on March 6, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    It is amusing and irritating to read our fans comments even after being No. 3 in Asia just ahead of AFG and BAN. Most of our fans are pond of critisizing our players who perform poorly, but we are real boasters when it comes to comparing with other countries who perform well. We boast when we win which is totally acceptable. But, we just boast even if are thrashed even by minnows.

  • Monoz1976 on March 6, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    It is amusing and irritating to read our fans comments even after being No. 3 in Asia just ahead of AFG and BAN. Most of our fans are pond of critisizing our players who perform poorly, but we are real boasters when it comes to comparing with other countries who perform well. We boast when we win which is totally acceptable. But, we just boast even if are thrashed even by minnows.

  • on March 6, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    No one speaks about Amit Mishra, we have to Play Amit in the Playing XI T20 WC, he is in a good form and troubled all the Sub Con batsman,so considering the venue of T20(BD), we have to include him in the XI that will be good for Team India to win it again, all the best team india

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    @@ThilankaK. SL played with Sangakkara and Jayawardhane and Malinga. Hope thats the same reson for SL too. ha ha. look at own team first!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @ Flat_Trac_Bally. lols. you declared the winner before the finals! I can explain you why you are at no:6. Because you lost 2 matches to a lower ranked SL (at that time) , lost to ZIM, WI and tied to Ireland. For all these losses you will lost more points and opposition will gain more. For India, they lost to NZ which is placed above Iraland and ZIM and to SA which was no:3 at that time. Also, India won all matches in CT where Pakistan lost all matches. So, based on these results, you lost points and ended up on around 94 points and after winning 3-4 matches against top ranked team, you were able to accumulate few points. But it will not be enough for you to be at top of the rankings. With 1 game left, Pakistan is 11 point behind India. So, even that win may not be enough for you to overtake India. I think it is clear for you now.

  • Monoz1976 on March 6, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Congrat India for being No. 3 in Asia. The fallacy of ICC ranking is revealed quite frequently. It is really surprising how we are at No. 2 in ICC ranking when Asian Champion to be Pakistan is at No. 6.

  • on March 6, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    this is young indian team. even with there experienced like misbah n sanga playing they have struggle to chase a sub par total in asia condition.and i dont dont know long these play for them. atleast we have got talent there seems to be a lack of talent r temperament in these teams. so please look at ur and at their states and yell at other team. for srilanka please win one test in australia before mahela n sanga retire.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    At last Kohli tried to change the batting order. That was what required from game no:1. In-experienced middle order and a failed keeper were the problems for India. Hope Karthik will not get another chance. Rayidu is good in 5/6 spot the and Mishra is a good option BD tracks. Actually avoiding Raina in sub-continent pitches is a blunder! At least India fought hard till the last over in the lost matches, that is good. We know what happened another team when they played against Afgan. slipped to 6-117 and escaped. I am happy with the fact that there is no arrogant comments like 'we beat you and you in the last Asiacup and finalists....so we will thrash all of you'. :D

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    once sanga and mahela retired from cricket Sri Lankan flop will understand what transition means.

  • Monoz1976 on March 6, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Congrat India for being No. 3 in Asia. The fallacy of ICC ranking is revealed quite frequently. It is really surprising how we are at No. 2 in ICC ranking when Asian Champion to be Pakistan is at No. 6.

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    India's strength is spin.They arrived at that after lots of experimentation and losses. Varied Indian spin combination will any day do better than our best pace attack on almost on any pitch. spinners should work as a team. Individually they can't get support or win matches. The best Indian pace men will get whipped with second level batsmen in South Africa or Australia. And Indian players should be encouraged to play outside India in Big Bash, Bangladesh or elsewhere. This is where Australia, England or South Africa scores.

  • landofcricket on March 6, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    last asia cup SL lost all games & out..last CT pak lost all games & out..up & down comes for every teams..as far as icc tournament concerned india is best team in asia considering two odi titles,two ct title,one t20 title,even in asia cup india has 5 titles along with 1985 world B& H trophy title...if we take last decade india has highest winning percentage in tests & odis more than pak & sl ...india will come strong in upcoming t20 wc under best finisher in the world MSD....

  • Indian_Kari_Pakku on March 6, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    What a great achievement this is. Well done India. Superb performance. You once again showed to the world that India is the best cricket team in the world. What a brilliant captaincy by Virat Kohli. Way better than MS Dhoni. All other cricket playing nations now knows how tough India can be against one of the best teams like Afghanistan. This is what we call "real cricket" rather than playing with "Minnows" like Sri Lanka and Pakistan. 8 wicket victory against mighty Afghanistan once again shows the class of Indian players and as well as the great captaincy of Virat Kohli. Well done guys. Being an Indian fan I am truly proud of you guys.

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Ohh We Indians accept our defeats at the hands of the two best of the bests in the world currently. The Srilankans and the Pakistanis who do not have any more matches after this series. :P

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    most of the indians are not happy wth india team performence guys stop moking ur team all the other teams also came 2 play crickets far 4m they home why all the time india must win, its cricket any 1 can be batter then u but time 2 time

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Pak fans, BCCI is going rule to cricketing world that's the future you like it or not. India winning or losing is nothing to do with BCCI domination.

    Stop complaining now. Winning or losing is part of every game, today we are losing tomorrow Pak is going to lose its all part and parcel nobody is going dominate the game for long. All of the asian teams were underdogs 40 years back.

    I think you are hating Indian team not bcoz India is playing bad its bcoz of other reasons such as , 1. BCCI is dominating and earning hell of money, Pak board is not even fit to be called an administration. 2. IPL never recruits Pak players. 3. No nation wants to go to Pak and everybody wants to come to India to play. 4. Indian team is more popular more viewership.

    And to tell you, India team is going to live long and dominate te cricketing world. There are exciting players watch out for them. Just thst selection is very defensive soon you will see.

  • Desihungama on March 6, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Congrats India. They played well throughout the tournament and had their moments. Pak and SL games could have gone either way. Indian fans need not worry about their team performances as they usually play well in major tournaments and their silverware prove that. As a Pak supporter, I admit that. But it is also true over all Pak is a better cricketing nation than India and our head to head records prove that as well. In the end, both teams play exhilarating cricket and have fans on their toes and should be proud of their cricket.

  • on March 6, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    My Captain Cool Ms.Dhoni is not here. In pak match D.K missed many easy stumpings. It is a winning match actually. I hope the every one who criticize my india have forget the T20 Cup by Dhoni. The final with pakistan of the same condition with last over

  • gannyboy on March 6, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Overall it has been a pretty decent tour of India. They beat the two teams that they were expected to and put up a good fight against both Srilanka and Pakistan. Only thing to work on from now on is to find an established number 4 player for the team. Ever since the Champions trophy we have been playing around with the position. According to me you need to back someone like a DK or Yuvi in that position. Even though these guys aren't in best of forms they are match winners on their day and India needs to bring back Raina in the no.5 or no.6 position. That guy is too good to be left out. If i am not wrong Raina averaged somewhere round 35 in the calendar year when he was dropped.

  • AnoMaLy on March 6, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    People here are talking as if India was beaten comprehensively by SL and PAK when they were clearly not. Anyone who saw both the matches would know how close both the matches were. Yes India made a lot of mistakes and luck didn't favor them to turn those close matches into a win. India really needs to work on their catching and maybe Kohli is not the best person for slips. Bowling has improved maybe not as much as we want but there are signs. India should have rested both Shami and Kumar and picked Aaron and Pandey for Afghanistan. Also they could have rested one out of Dhawan/Sharma and opened with Pujara. India should not be afraid of making wholesale changes if they want to retain the WC. SL is the next biggest choker after SA enough said LOL

  • on March 6, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    post the big 3 issue there is lot animosity specially against india from pak fans and somewhat sl fans , they can only remain in anom sity and can do anything

  • AussiePhoenix on March 6, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Now I see why Indian fans spend so much time talking up India on other series page, eg SA-Aust Test match. It is too much of a reality check to watch their team get outclassed by Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

  • VinothSam on March 6, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    What a grate match. See how happy these Indians are. Welldone Indians. You have made it. Beating Afgan and Bangladesh was a marvelous performance. Let's go home and win all the matches which are played at home. Nomore away matches becaurse we are not good at it.

  • on March 6, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Are you so dumb @Muhammad Sumair? Since when did BD become king of cricket to you?! You need to chill man I mean okay I agree india played pretty good but it doesn't mean you have to degrade the other teams. Your talking as if Pak and SL didn't beat Afghanistan. Think before you talk man.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 6, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Drop that one. Include this one. We are the best! They are the best! Monnows! Big three!

    All made comments but do they listen to us when making the XI? All the teams are on the middle of the ground and we just wating our time with these nonsnce argivements. Lost my mind! We'r keep hating each other for teams who don'nt know anything about these things.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 6, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    What a victory. In all time this is the best ever victory made by india.! Woh! Cricket to the fullest! What a captain! Cool! Patience to his utmost! Love fans a lot! Very calm. Respect everyone. No individual goals! Everyone love him. India is the best team with team spirit. That's why they are one of big 3! These kind of victories display it to everyone.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 6, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    What a victory for team india. They played good cricket with the strong afgans. That's why india called as one of BIG 3. Always up to a challenge. After beating afgans they showed that they are the best! It'll give lot of confidance to kohli. :D

  • getsetgopk on March 6, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar: says tournaments like these are for Pak and SL otherwise they will go bankrupt. Well, nobody forced your mediocre team India to come and participate in it so I see no point in whining. Excuses for the sake of excuses is not going to hide that fact that India plays well only on doctored pitches and controlled environments. But I would like to make another point here, it is a myth that India plays well on doctored pitches. Last time they were beaten by two quality sides at home, both Eng and Pak had their way with India. The conditions in BD are a perfect mirror of what they are in chennai or mumbai, BD is India's home and again losing to both Pak and SL proves the myth to be only a myth with no substance to it. India a no track bully, period.

  • getsetgopk on March 6, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    @ NP_NY: yeah spot on about that. It was an experiment for India no doubt, every time India plays outside subcontinent is an experiment as they dont have a realistic chance of winning anything. This experiment was a grand success but only against BD and Afghan, unlucky for India that the NZ experiemnt went terribly wrong. Maybe India should conduct its experiements in a more controlled enviroment next time around.

  • on March 6, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    I think indian team need kapok,gaveskar binny and madam all !

  • on March 6, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Big 2 Srilanka, Pakistan

  • CricketFever11 on March 6, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    So at the end of the Asia Cup India have beaten BAN and AFG. What an achievement. Lol. Yesterday They played like champions.

  • SL_WorldChampions on March 5, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    India won again: Batting second! If Afgans batted second they would certainly have punished mediocre Indian bowling all over the park. Lucky India.

  • CrapySaysThat on March 5, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Congratulations Team India !!! What a great win. You have proved once again that you can beat any team on your good day. You are the true champions with the best batting attack in the world. Wish to see more matches with Afghanistan as people love competitive cricket. Go India.. you have done it!!!

  • Gamaraala on March 5, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    look-ma-i-am-indian: SERIOUSLY? In what universe is 159<124?

  • SL_WorldChampions on March 5, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    I want to tell the world, that India admires this win by all means! Well done boys giving India a rare chance in winning a match outside home. It doesn't matter who the opponent is, we need a win very badly. And next time let everybody come to India, can beat them hard!

  • BangbangKohli on March 5, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    To all the India bashers and hate mongers, just feel pity for people like you. It shows your desperation, and jealousy. India still the "WORLD CHAMPS" and will remain so until 2015 and the only country in the sub continent to won the world cup twice and had won more titles than Sri Lanka and Pakistan, so chill out. This is a young team and will see you in 2015, until then shhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • I_Love_My_India on March 5, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I was blaming MSD for not picking Pujara. But I think it is not MSD but Fletcher or some one with enough influence is doing this. Shami is playing continously. They could have rested him and then give chances to Pandey or Aron. Also they could have tried Binny/Pujara instead of Rohit/Ashwin. I think Rohit has to get hurt and should be advised not to play for 3 or 4 months to pick some one instead of him...

  • on March 5, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Woah there! AFG's gonna play tests with that crappy batting lineup? Nice joke!

  • on March 5, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Please respect your fellow cricket fans. Why it is so much negativity on this convo. If any team win or lose it is problem here.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 5, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Ind are the current world cup winners, champions trophy holders, #3 Test team, # 2 ODI team, #2 T20I team. They lost all the recent away series Eng, Aus, SA and NZ. But those doesn't matter. What matters is the current situation. What is the out come of this series? Ind out of the Asia Cup. Only won against #9 BD (World Beaters according to BD fans) and #12 Afg. No need of excuses such as No MS, No Yuvraj, No Raina.

  • kumarsSansai on March 5, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    @Chamod Hishara or Chamod Hijra: so are you sure Pakistan bowling : 300+ against Bangladesh Bangladesh Bowling : Didn't defend 300+ Afganistan Bowling : Against Pakistan after good start what happened SL also not very good.

    About India: we know our bowling batting and fielding was not up to mark. That's why we are out from tournament.

    Even i have consider one thing here our ASIA all team are not good as compare to Australia and South Africa.

    Even if we think to make Playing 11 from Asia all team we cannot win over Australia and South Africa.

    So don't think your team is Super....

  • on March 5, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    After cruising to this victory , they can cruise back home now !!!!

  • Aus_guy on March 5, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Woo0!! what a performance by Indian Team, they thrashed NO-1 team (Afgan Team) in the world , wait and see they will thrash other weaker teams like Aus, NZ, SA, SL ,, by much larger margin than this... They are the world beaters now, OH wait.... Bangladesh captain said they will win against any teams in the world if plays in Bangladesh, so Indian team better look out for BD team. BD also can become world NO-1 if played all there matches in BD as per there captain,,,

  • on March 5, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    India is having a bad luck right now. They still have the proven batting line up. They are the current holders of championship and World Cup. Whereas the Pakistanis and Sri Lankans are just hard workers who pull off wins here and there.

  • on March 5, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    I am so glad the so called 3 Minnows are out of the Asia Cup. It is going to be a cracking final between my SL and Pak. I am not worried who wins as Pak is my second best team.

  • UK_Chap on March 5, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    SandipManjrekar : You know in your heart that the Dhaka match was played on a completely different flat track. If the PaK bowlers were that bad why did India not beat them ?. India were lucky to get to near 250 against Pak because of bad umpiring. On today`s game India followed their modus operandi, they won the toss and bowled first. Afghanistan did not score much more against Pak than they did against India. India were so desperate not to lose to a minnow that they missed an opportunity to try out some new youngsters.Afghanistan were already knocked out so had slightly less motivation than India. Francis Mel : As for winning competitions, lets see how things progress in the T20 cup and world cup next year. In case you did not know it is not being played in India.

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    India quaulify to go HOME after beating AFGHANISTAN

  • umbuly on March 5, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    This Asia cup debacle means nothing to our Indian players. They are concentrating their minds on the rave parties and big riches that April brings them every year in the form of IPL.

  • Solid_Snake on March 5, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    At last...Finally India won a match..Yayyy So which team is next to face India...I bet it would be Zimbabwe :P

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    which trophies are u lankans talking about u haven't won a icc champions trophy nor world cup neither t20 world cup

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I think Indian cricket team must get a huge reception on the airport. They beat BD and Afghanistan. Its a mighty great achievement for a minnow like them.

  • shoaib.rasheed on March 5, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Historical win by Great Indian Batting, Just Pure Legends :P Pls invite Ireland to India to get more wins :) don't take risk of visiting Ireland though.

  • ThilankaK on March 5, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Hey guys ! there is a hot news ! India won the match !!

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Changing the batting order for India has not proven anything. Opening pair batted like in a test match. Pujara would have done the same thing.

  • ThilankaK on March 5, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Hey you guys want me to praise Indian team ? no way man ! look at your side with out dhoni ! dhawan = pinch hitter like kulasekara some day work & most of days not, rohit = not me all Indian fans call him "no hit" that's all , kohli = only proper batsman in the team, rayudu = IPL bully , karthik = trainee wicket keeper , rahane = worshiping more than batting , no say about bowlers = disgusting ! only dhoni can play cricket like Thisara Parera !!!

  • AnoMaLy on March 5, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    @Ashantha Perera - Try not to choke in the finals LOL. Oh and Malinga must be thanking the LORD he doesn't have to face Kohli in the final. Its funny reading comments from SL fans trying to be funny mocking Ind. Its nothing but jealousy as it very clear they haven't won any major trophies and just really sore about it haha. My money is on PAK to demolish these minnows in the final. Oh and one last thing - have you paid your players yet?? LOL

  • ThilankaK on March 5, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    some Indians mention sehwag & gamhbir ! oh guys they're watching cricket with they're grand children ! lol ! one fool talking about last 16 matches with India so please look 16 matches before that 16 India only won 1 or 2 , still you people fear when calls jayasuriya's name ! only from 2011 you people wining with dhoni , with out dhoni , kohli looks like school boy cricketer & rest like under 17 team ! but all Indian agree about sanga " GOD OF CRICKET " , that's good !

  • chak-day on March 5, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Congratulations to india on their superb win against Afghanistan. Now Their task is to get more money, why dont they play nepal, maldives, barma, thailand, indonasia. etc and win all battles/wars (what ever few comments say here) and make lot of money and records.

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Fans are an impatient lot anyways. And they musnt forget the difference between a fan and a fanatic is the one who stands by the side even at its worst. because at its best even the critics praise you.

  • chak-day on March 5, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Ghana, Malta, maldives next in line for india to beat and make records. GREAT INDIA.

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    I see a lot of animosity from the Pakistani fans for the IPL. Its a classic case of sour grapes. Who stopped your board from functioning in a democratic and organized manner? Infact if I am not mistaken Pakistan was the more dominant team against India ever since cricket has existed, yet it could not be a force to reckon with when it came to managing the world affairs of the game. Two! Why you guys harping on this logic of bullies @ home? Sans the current SA Aus series every series the home team has won. Even BD beat NZ. Yet dey dont deserve test status. Even you know that. Team India is in a phase of transition our big guns have retired, we have a habit of blowing things out of proportion in here, they aint programmed robots, it takes time to rebuild. No one should know it better than you guys. Your entire country is in the phase of rebuilding there have been several road blocs yet you guys are fighting it out. As they say Rome was not built in a day

  • Des_65 on March 5, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    India did well. Only if fielding would have been good, they would have been in a different situation. Indian fielding was bad in NZ as well.

  • cricketloveruk on March 5, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    well done India, you proved that you are the best team

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Rajesh seems to have blind love for his team and that's understandable. That's what we have. Please don't underestimate Pak or SL achievement, they are in final and should be credited for that. Yes we are proud that our team beat India no matter what. Yes this team won the ODI Series in SA & Ind. We don't need to win tournaments by virtue of money, We don't need toss to be conducted twice (WC final). If you can support your team so could we & SL too.. Grow up and respect others.. I really feel sorry 4u..

  • Criktic on March 5, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    wow, india beat afghanistan, that proves why they are the real champions. who cares abt beating teams like aus, sa, pak, sl when they can beat afghanistan. its like winning a world cup all over again. is there a holiday tomorrow?

  • sumit1982 on March 5, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I think Afghanistan need to play consistent basis with the subcontinent test team.These will certainly help to improve.

    I think today Indian captain need to use the bench strength .I am very disappointed to see both pujara and pandey in the bench.

  • Karthik78 on March 5, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    People are finding ways to humiliate India, but only they can do by words. Though its recent poor form, it is the current World Champion (if it is luck, they won again Champions trophy in England). Also it is biggest of Big3, so no other way except your board has to bend for India. You can cry more but no help.

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    superb display of Indians they won a match against world class team... sir is incredible bowler.... T20 is waiting you to give another kick and enjoy only IPL to hide from cricket for some times... As Lions we will teach u if ur rubbish team meet us in t20 ....

  • flyboy_forever on March 5, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    all indian fans here would not like this but the fact remains that Pakistan is the best Asian team in away results to AUS, RSA,NZ and ENG.stats say that both in ODIs and tests Pakistan has an edge over IND and SRI, although SRI is a close second and against RSA has a better record than both IND n PAK.however overall PAK leads the pack, ind has a rather poor record. see the link for stats. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1 ;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=5;result=1; result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

  • PPL11 on March 5, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    @Ashantha Perera Thanks Sir, But i take your pardon - you i think lakes the knowledge of Cricket or i think you started watching cricket from 2014, Is it? If Yes then fine yes you can say this is the best india won in 2014 but If No then dont forget Dhoni and Co. Beat SL in WC final in 2011, Kohli Smashed SL on all corner of the ground in 2012 Hobart, Also remember the Champions Trophy in 2013 Where SL were thrashed by india and if you still cant then Tri Series final where Dhoni just needed 3 balls in final over to collect 15 Runs !! Grow up kid !!

  • amilag on March 5, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Major upset. India beat afgan! Can u believe it?

  • anupkeni on March 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/engine/ current/match/710307.html http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/engine/ match/710307.html . Afghanistan innings . India innings

  • amilag on March 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    This Afghanistan players can play for lPl and show colours as it is poor cricket.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 5, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Some naive comments from Sri Lankan and Pakistani fans regarding Indian expected victory against Afghanistan. At least India won by a bigger margin and with ease compared to both. This is understandable considering India being in big three and not them and having a feeling of being in Dikkat mode from India. These countries should realize that they get huge revenues by only playing with India. Do you really think there is any interest in a series between NZ vs BD, or NZ vs Pak, or Pak vs BD or BD vs. Lanka?

  • samincolumbia on March 5, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    India will have to be contend with the World Cup and Champions Trophy! India is doing it's fair share to ensure that it's poor brothers are given crumbs like the Asia Cup trophy.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Not bad outing for Afghanistan despite horrible batting against spin. They now know what is missing in their game and should fix that.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Even for playing the last inconsequential match, the Team Mgt doesn't bother to include the reserve players like Pujara & Pandey by sheer insensitivity, as sort of favoritism, pointed out by Sunny Gavaskar also.This has shamed these Reserve players, whom, if the Selection Panel had presumed not fit for including in the playing eleven, then why select them at all ?

    Indian Cricket seem to be different & unique in every aspect, be it in the Favoritism , Killer Instinct & Administration !

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Wow, What a performance India !!! Hurrah !!!

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    I think India has given chance to pak and sl by selecting a weak team

  • INTUTIONSXI on March 5, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    RP Singh, P Kumar and Munaf Patel should be brought back immediately in the shorter format for India. Ishant Sharma should play only in Test matches. Zaheer Khan has become old and his fitness is not upto the mark for ODIs and T20. India is under assumption that only Batsmen can win matches for Indian team which is not true. Inorder to be at no. 1 in ODI and to be a champ in 2015 world cup, BCCI needs to hire a good Bowling coach and expose more bowlers to have a strong bowling attack as well. RP singh, P Kumar and Munaf patel have experience of playing 60 plus ODIS each and their experience of IPL and domestic can be used for the coming overseas tours so that they are prepared well for WC 2015. At present Bhuvi kumar and Shami Ahmed are pressurised with lack of experience since we lost all the last 8 ODIs in NewZealand. and south africa. Amit Mishra should be played in all the Asia cup and WC T20 matches.

  • InSINuATE on March 5, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Oh man India IS THE BEST!! The best at home The best on flat tracks (at home only) The best at telling the world how amazing the Indian players are The best at losing on foreign tracks The best at IPL (a banana/pyjama league) The best of the Big 3 The best number 1 team Simple the BEST. Congrats on beating Afghanistan...you guys are the BEST!

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    I know India have won it but it was pathetic performance as highest strike rate your batsman had 84.84% and India chase with run rate of under 5.00, against Associate team, they should have won this match in 20 to 25 overs as India is one of strongest batting line, Kholi says in interview be patient and result will follow, you have lost 12-13ODI against test teams, how long Indian fans have to wait, I think India will win as soon as any team will visit India.

  • yvivekcb on March 5, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    2 minnows are going to play the finals, let those 2 enjoy this. But both can't win major tournaments like World Cup & Champions trophy. India is King in winning those major tournaments.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    The pitch used in bd and pak games was batting pitch that's y Pakistan have problems coz they are weak in batting. talk about India if they play in bowling pitch let's see how their players react to act . Indian pitch always prefer for batting. so in that sense Indian are flat pitch bullies.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Rajeshkun@....ipl earns the money for bcci alone..icc earns money from indian international matches...for india to play international matches , india needs international teams...if theres no international cricket...theres no international player to play in indian ipl...then...no indian will even watch indiam domestic teams playing !

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    @Supreet Singh, You were beaten by Bangladesh in last Asia cup, lately beaten by # 8 team Nz, your team can only beat Afghanistan and other Associates teams, your team really have to learn how to win against test teams, we can send coach to coach your bowlers so they don't allow opposition score 300+, you calling Pakistan team performance pathetic, really, you must be kidding

  • Fiiddoo on March 5, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Well done team india u have made all the Indians proud with ur stunning performance against Afghanistan ; keep it up !!!!!

  • kapsitash on March 5, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Well played young Team India.Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina will be back for the T20 World Cup and Team will be complete.The performance given by young team has been good and competative without Stalwarts.Srilanka with mahela and Sangga could only beat us with a wicket in close game.Elusive win to Srilanka against India.For the first time Srilanka has got something to cheer against India.Pakistan must be amazed with their elusive win in tournaments against India.Supporting Pakistan ffor finals as srilankan fans and team is flying too high.T20 world cup is around the corner.We will have all guns blazing, than we will see which team is better all anti-India fans.Until then enjoy ur short celebration, coz Party may be over this T20 WC.

  • muftee on March 5, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    After today's win still Kohli talked about mistakes of own team, rather to appreciate a single word for Pakistan and Sri Lanka team. Poor sportsmanship really. Make your vision and heart bigger Mr. Kohli! if you can?

  • HawksEyeFocused on March 5, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    India beat the better and stronger team Afg.....Now I'm team India's fan. An ardent new fan of team India from Pakistan!!! lol

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Wow what a great victory! Congrats India.

  • Sankalpana on March 5, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Well done Team India........what a great victory....You showed us you can win matches outside India...and win matches not only on flat tracks....what a great bowling unit....i think the best in the world....I think they can even beat Ireland, Scotland, Kenya and even Zimbabwe (may be in India)....

  • Vitruvius on March 5, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    I have stopped watching India matches. Boring impotent fast bowlers, mediocre fielders, same players in all the matches, no exciting players etc. I don't care if India loses anymore. And i think the BCCI and the players don't care either as long as they are getting the money. No pride, no desire to win. Indians should learn from the Aussies and the Proteas. They play their heart out for the country.

  • HawksEyeFocused on March 5, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    India played very well to beat the stronger team Afg.Bravo! BCCI should make changes in FTP by sending team India to BD and Afg to improve their away records. I sincerely wish the same position for team Iindia as currently they are now in Asia cup in the upcoming ICC tournaments as well. Bravo team India! One another superb win U registered into ur account against a stronger team!!! Well done!!!

  • TheProfPak on March 5, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @Supreet Singh: Sour grapes mate. Please try to learn to give credit where due.

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @Francis Mel yeah right.. SL to India... which is the only place they can win a match. India should tour Afghan more often I guess.

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    india's performance has been the worst. I just read one comment that "PAKISTAN got lucky". Lol I found it very amusing that how lucky you got to be to chase your record highest total. No credit to the batsmen and especially Afridi who not only won the game against BD but also against india. Thrashed ashwin and jadeja around who wer econsidered to be the best bowlers (for some reason). Thing is, its cricket so lets support the sport and not be biased. india failed so accept it. If you want to capitalize on the w/c win and that make you forget the failure of this tournament then by all means keep remembering it. Good luck to PAKISTAN for the final who actually made it with effort.

  • AussiePhoenix on March 5, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Congratulations India, you almost made it to the final. If only you'd beaten a team in your own division hey. Oh well, at least the win helps maintain your ranking. Well done Afghanistan, playing with heart, knowing they lack the experience of the big guns but still taking them on. The picture of the spin kings patting each other on the back is priceless. Keep trying India, you'll learn to play proper cricket well one day.

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    First of all Respect and Regards to the Afghans.They played very well and showed their potential.I hope they play consistent and in big tournaments. Secondly as an Indian team supporter I am a bit disappointed that we couldn't make it to the finals inspite of running both SL and Pak close.Lastly,to SL fans spitting venom,your team finished at the bottom in last Asia Cup and India haa beaten you too many times in last 5 years so keep your views to yourself.For Pak fans ridiculing, remember just yesterday your "best bowling" was battered by Bangladesh!

  • BigINDFan on March 5, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    To be fair the IND matches against SL and Pak were closely fought and any team could have won if they reduced one or two of their errors. This means there is not a lot to separate these 3 teams based on this series. BD disappointed their fans by underperforming and part of the reason is their inexperienced captain. So before fans start fighting whether SL o Pak is better than Ind or vice-versa, remember the real test comes in Aus-NZ during the WC. Aus are in supreme form right now with Mitch Johnson on fire and they will be tough to beat in their backyard. Honestly SL, Pak and Ind all stand a fair chance in the WC if they play to their full potential. Ind is struggling at the moment like every team goes through when rebuilding plus due to bad selection and uninspiring captaincy from MSD. If they correct those mistakes they can push the other teams hard in the WC. Right now Sanga, Afridi and Kohli are pushing their teams forward. The others need to help them consistently.

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    wow wat a match!!! india beat afganistan wat a performance by Indians..congratulations

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    oh oh congrts india for big win i think you will play afgan and zim for win after long time india get win from world no 10 bd and afgan.you are the loosers pak and sl is the hero in asia ok go home and play ipl you cant lost because thats only your domestic you cant play cricket with best teams lost to Nz.Eng.Aus.Sl.Pak you cant go home bye i ndia

  • bouncer709 on March 5, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Very funny few Indian fans saying Indian team is in transition and testing players, but on the other forum we are seeing they are cursing Kohli and team management for not trying new players. Even Pakistan dare to test new bowler against India, and then dropped main bowler Juanid Khan against BD and gave chance to Fawad Alam, Abdul Rehman and Talha. But India wanted to save their face against Afghanistan and did not try any new player in a dead rubber.

  • martin000 on March 5, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    @Sandy_Bangalore, Instead of showing your frustrations here, why don't you hold a bat and do something great for Team India if you really are an Indian fan (as ur name suggests) which i really doubt!! If you really have 0.1 % cricketing brain you should be knowing that this Indian line-up performed really well in this Asia cup especially the spin bowlers. In fact Jadeja & mishra were the best of lot of all teams including Ajmal and Mendis. Even in Tests in SA & NZ we did reasonably well which even the sensible fans from other countries are aware of. Its the fans like you who write off when we don't get the desired result and will be over the moon and bullying others when we start to win matches. Stay grounded mate!! Guys like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kumble, Yuvi, Laxman, Harbajan, Zaheer cannot be replaced overnight and you have to be at least patient if not supportive.

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    pathetic performance by pakistan,@supreet singh,need to loosen that turbine a little,cutting off the bload flow to your brain,waitttttttt it must be 12 pm.

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    They should Relook at Asia Cup Format..Smthing like IPL.. topper should be in Final and 2nd and 3 rd slot team should fight out as semis and meet topper..

  • nilb on March 5, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Wow what a thrashing. This kind of matches prove that team India is on the top of the world. Best team in the Asia to beat Afganistan efficiently and best in the world. This tournament is lost just because Dhoni is missing and because the team is young. If Dhoni and Ghambhir were in the team they would've easily gone to the final and win it easily.

  • Stat1977 on March 5, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    What a match.Mighty India finally beat Afghanistan, the best match ever!

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    They should Relook at Asia Cup Format..Smthing like IPL.. topper should be in Final and 2nd and 3 rd slot team should fight out as semis and meet topper..

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Rooting for Pak now...best of luck guys...i hope the all time bridesmaid at least lift a major cup once in a decade...

  • Santyment on March 5, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Feel really bad for Pandey...He was given only one game, warm up match against NZ and picked 3 wickets more than any other bowler with Zaheer and Ishant when not even given new ball. He took highest wickets ahead of Shami and Unadkat in SA for India A...I was so keen to see him play..Next tournament, he is not in squad and after that not sure he will be selected or not...Talent really wasted and two series lost badly.. (Ojha and Pandey in NZ)and Mishra and Pandey in this Asia Cup), though Mishra got chance and he proved himself but it was too late... Pandey is a CSK guy now and may be this can help his career....Bad management...Raina and Ishant are coming back..wait..

  • myStraightTalk on March 5, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Unless the administration is capable of becoming more professional, forward-thinking and transparent then we risk alienating the common man. Indeed, this is already happening. Loyal fans are becoming increasingly disillusioned. This is very dangerous because it is not the administrators or players that sustain the game - it is the cricket-loving public. It is their passion that powers cricket and if they turn their backs on cricket then the whole system will come crashing down.

  • Nampally on March 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    There is 80% support for inclusion of Pujara & pandey in the Indian ODI vs. AFG. in Polls - today's Cricinfo article by Gavaskar- Why No Pujara and Pandey . I was not allowed access to comment on that article due to some error in input! However I made my comments & how I felt as an India Fan for prejudicial treatment by Dhoni & Kohli for Pujara. As one of the commenters said Dhoni & Kohli are like 2 Brothers & will follow the same policies. Gavaskar questions "Are you afraid if Pujara scores heavily one of your favourites has to make way for him? He is 100% right! This stupid & childish politicking has killed Indian team in all formats of the game. India need to put a guy like Pujara to lead the side in order for him to be in XI. I ask why Not? That is the only way to eliminate controlling freaks like Dhoni to be in a position to drop world class stars like Pujara. Pujara would be accepted by Australia, NZ, SA or England with open arms - ONLY in India, their Best Batsman gets dropped!

  • myStraightTalk on March 5, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    India win here by not testing the bench strenth(giving chances to other bowlers and batsman in the indian bench). Very very bad decision by the coach and captain. Because of the defensive approach india is not winning game against Pak and SL. This shows india is a week team with untested bench strength.

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    joy for indian , weldone against afgan , look at them how much they happy after beating afgan , lol

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    well done India, since December they have played 12 odis,lost 8, drawn 2 and won 2. That too against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But don't worry that's enough to keep them no. 2 in icc rankings. money talks doesn't it.

  • yogicoolboy on March 5, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Well done virat for giving and asking rahane to open. Hope he opens in the world t-20 also. Coz he is much more comfortable opening rather than in playing at nos5. Now indian team is in a fix as what to do

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    to all sri lankans criticising india for their recent performance-:we will see what happen when sangakkara,malinga,jayawardena and malinga retire.sri lanka would be worse than bangladesh in their transition period.sri lanka is a very weak team without sangakkara.sri lanka can never achieve even 10% of what indian team has achieved.

  • snaidu2010 on March 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I really dont know why Pak and SL fans are feeling so great about their teams. The pak team just about won their match with AFG and took the Ind match only in the last over with just 1 wick remaining. None of their wins were comprehensive, while SL have been in Bang for the last month so the least that can be expected of them is to win since they know the conditions. And didnt Pak lose a test and ODI to ZIM a few months back. What has SL won outside the sub-continent in the recent past? So lets all just calm down and not try to bring other teams down just out jealousy. Bottom line being if no IND then not a lot of sponsorship for any team. IND is just going through a rough phase. Till 4 months ago AUS were being called the worst team and now look at them.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Pujara must be included in the Indian Middle order, he will bring the stability that a RAHUL Dravid brought to Indian ODI team in the late 90s and 2000s.

  • royals1986 on March 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Grow up all of you who criticize india. Before even pointing fingers at india just remember that. India had pummelled both PAK and SL in major tournaments and that is what matters. If SL and PAK are such a world class sides then why arent they in the top rankings. You guys depend on only one match winners in your teams. We play with 11 match winners. Its just that you guys got LUCKY that you are in finals else India would have pummelled you in the finals as well. As far as the IPL goes, IPL is a bread and butter for many overseas cricketers where their boards dont pay them well. the boards in SL adn PAK are ill managed and hence can only envy teh Indian board. For india its country first and unlike other teams.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    A good consolation win.What a way to sign off the tournament.Bowlers did well.Best of luck India for WT20.

  • yogicoolboy on March 5, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Hope mishra gets a long rope in the comming matches. He bowled very well

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    ThilankaK. You can keep talking and we will keep winning the major trophies. We may løse a few battles but we win wars! And enjoy SL one of win against India. Why dont you send your SL to India to help us get back to our winning ways?

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    congrats to india.they have shown us that they are the best team in worls.wow, wat a perforamance against mighty Afghanistan.who says india has the worst bowling or they are flat track bullies or they can only win in india or in last 12 or so odis they just won two, one against king of cricket BD and one against mighty Afghanistan. gr8 performance. we salute you

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    ThilankaK. You can keep talking and we will keep winning the major trophies. We may løse a few battles but we win wars! And enjoy SL one of win against India. Why dont you send your SL to India to help us get back to our winning ways?

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    this is the greatest victory at all time made by Indians, congratulations !

  • Rohit... on March 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Chill Guys !!! I think Rahane in the top & Rohit in the middle order will strengthen the team... The Middle Order needed guys who can hit the ball hard... Plus Dhoni & Yuvraj will return for the WT20... Hold your breath now as the team will become experienced and match winner again, especially with Kohli leading the team.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    India did well to get third position beating Afghanistan. Congrats India on superb display.

  • true-cric-lover on March 5, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    there have lots of comments about played against AUS ENG NZ & RSA teams in their home(AUS ENG NZ & RSA) or natural venue. please quarry in cricinfo against those teams with IND PAK & SL for last 20 years. do not forget that test debut of IND PAK & SL are 1932, 1952 & 1982. result will show you which team is better. note that recently most matches played by PAK in UAE also include to this quarry and it should not be fair. test - PAK>IND>SL ODI - SL>PAK>IND T20 - SL>PAK>IND keep cool friends and follow the link: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1 ;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=5;result=1;result= 2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmin1=01Jan+1994;spanmin2=01+ Jan+1994;spanval1=span;spanval2=span;team=6;team=7; team=8;template=results;type=team

  • njr1330 on March 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Has the time come, to ditch Bangladesh and give Afghanistan Test status?

  • NP_NY on March 5, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    This whole series was an experiment for India, so no need to be too worried. 1)what should the middle order composition be in the absence of Dhoni, Yuvi and Raina 2)who should open, 3)what bowling combinations to use in slow pitches (not that they found many answers in the fast bowling department), etc.. It's going to take time, there is some rebuilding to do before the world cup. At least we beat the teams that we were expected to beat, except SL. I guess we just got tired of beating them (9 times in the last 12 games including two finals) :)

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    atleast indian team show where afghanistan team stands. where teams like pak or bang make afgh big thing by there low level perfomance. truth is that pak is just lucky to be in that spot.... otherwise it was pathetic perfomance by pak against bang and afgh....

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    atleast indian team show where afghanistan team stands. where teams like pak or bang make afgh big thing by there low level perfomance. truth is that pak is just lucky to be in that spot.... otherwise it was pathetic perfomance by pak against bang and afgh....

  • Retour on March 5, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Ind tends to be inconsistent in tourneys. Either Ind bows out early or goes all the way. This tendency has resulted in Ind winning more major tournament than rest of the Asian teams combined. To illustrate, Ind has 2 ODI WC wins, 2 CT wins, 1 T20 WC win and #1 test ranking > Pak, SL, & BD combined 2 ODI WC, 1 CT and 1 T20 WC

    Reflecting back, I would rather see Ind being inconsistent in performing in every tourney, but consistently winning major tourneys.

  • NP_NY on March 5, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    @Rashod Chamikara Bandara: Geez, calm down buddy. This is just a sport. No need to slam the Indian team just because India has beaten SL 9 times in the last 12 games, including two finals. Maybe the Indians don't want to go home. Maybe they want to do some sightseeing in BD. So why don't you take a chill pill and enjoy the sport rather than hating the other teams. :)

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    MaruthuDelft. Once again what you predict and reality is different. Kohli has international 100s in Australia and South Africa.

  • sandy_bangalore on March 5, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar: I agree 100% with you. India is a very attractive proposition for the likes of Aus, Eng, SA and now NZ. Other teams are tough to whitewash, but India is never hard. 4-0 in both Aus and Eng. And then 3-0 in ODIs in SA, and then 4-0 in ODI in NZ. Not to forget test series loss to both. When you have such a gracious visitor, and a batting line up that is made up entirely of flat pitch kings, why wouldn't someone want to invite them over on a regular basis?

  • KingSalz on March 5, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Haha @rajesh.kumar, you can just tell from the way you talk you don't know much about cricket. Pakistan are actually the most travelled side in the world. And we don't get invitations? That's why we beat India @ India, SA @ SA, WI @ WI, ok wait I'm getting tired. Pakistan games are amongst the most watched cricket teams in the world. I don't think you watch too much cricket.

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    now indians need dhoni support if not India will losss more marches

  • AshwinMS on March 5, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    OK that's it,hope SL defeats Bangladesh,Afghanistan deserves that 4th place more than them.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 5, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @ Rajesh.Kumar: Congratulations to you on an impressive victory of your team india over Afghanistan & gaining the bonus point which may help your team to qualify for the final..... Oh wait what? Pakistan has already kicked your team out of the tournament. O' well IPL circus is just a few weeks away so please lift yourself & start feeling good about yourself. Ciao

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Indian team bowling below par compare with Afganistan its a big shame fr them, Half of the players does not hav skills to play international cricket, first exclude Rohith,Rayudu,Ashwin,Bhuvanesh nd dinesh karthik this players frm the team, Then include Yuvi, praveen kumar,Irfan pathan, umesh yadav, yousuf pathan, Gambir nd Rasool... then team automatically team wil win..

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Go home Biggest three and play home series and IPL,things you are good at :-P

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Indian Fans who condemn Sl and pk win against India,Understand fact that matter is currently Sl and pk better than IN.thats all.it dosent matter what is the margin as long as we win.You are out of Asia cup.Take this win against Af and go home.

  • call_a_spade_a_spade on March 5, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I take this opportunity to congratulate India on a comprehensive victory. People raising their eyebrows at my gesture will hopefully understand the magnitude of this success after reading below. This Indian side is in transition after senior batsmen, who mostly played Tests, retired about 2-3 years ago and some slightly less senior players were left out due to consistently sub-par performance. Add to it the combined age of the players & you will find that they are a very young side, barely older perhaps than any (definitely Pakistani) under-19 squad. Also, one must recognise that Afg have played fantastic cricket throughout the tournament & is a minnow only on paper. It is very commendable to win against such a side in a canter as India did. Also, one would do well to remember how the matches against Pak & Srl went to the wire, which is an achievement in itself! Add to it a win against BD & one must say a very good campaign for a young & inexperienced side that is in transition.

  • bouncer709 on March 5, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Indian BCCI very clever, they kept their last match with Afghanistan in Asia cup, thinking they would know what run rate required if the points equal, but Afridi kicked them out of the competition completely. and I see one more fine chase by India. Well done. But useless win

  • Naked_Cricket on March 5, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Now we know Dinesh Karthik and Aswin both not walking when they nick .Great sportsmanship of 1 of BIG3 .Great work by Afghan bowler"SHAPOOR" to pat him back .

  • lionking1 on March 5, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    At least indian team can go back to India with their head still...they beat both Bangladesh and afghans.proud moment for the best team in the world....and also captain who tries to be nice but can not be nice with his attitude probloms.

  • KingSalz on March 5, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Another bad bad badddd decision from the umpire, this time it's Billy, surprisingly. Unbelievable!.

  • ambrosefan on March 5, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Right now, India is a mediocre cricket team. Except, Kohli, none perform well consistently in one day team. I would rather have gambhir and yuvi than players like rohit or rahane. about Indian bowling , its just a sad story. Unless we get top class spinner and a decent pace bowlers, we are never gonna win anything overseas.Need to drop rohit, ashwin, shami, ishant. BCCI must focus on finding some decent fast bowlers now.

  • AshwinMS on March 5, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Shenwari excellent with his bat and ball,It would be great if he was the same in the field,but he isn't

  • LALITHKURUWITA on March 5, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    I am sure India can play Plate final. Tomorrow match between BA and SL will decide who will play Bowl final.

  • KingSalz on March 5, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    @rajesh.kumar, Asia cup is here to show which team in Asia is the best, so for you to say your not a fan of it, is ridiculous. Plus, if the big three are going to be in charge, it's probably the only competitive Pakistan might get after the World Cups and Champions Trophy. And not to forget, it's tournaments like these that associate Asian teams get to have a chance to showcase their skills.

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    afghanistan has too many allrounders. they has to replace few allrounders and bring professional batsmen. and it also seems that nabi doesnt do homework against opposition batsmen. i really hope the do better in world t20.

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 5, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @ Chamod Hishara Still your team has only won 4 matches out of last 16. LOL. So much talk but I think you don't remember that your team went winless in the last Asia cup. Even pummeled by Ban.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 5, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Looks like India will cruise through this match, and may even win by 10 wickets. But the thing is that this is a pointless exercise for India, and there is no glory for India in this. Asia cup should be relegated to teams like SL/Pak/BD/Afg so that they can get the satisfaction of winning against each other. If Asia cup didn't exist then how will Pakistan ever make its highest ever chasing total against BD, and then feel like a world cup winner?

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    india lost to sl and pak narrowly pak fans pl do not forget that

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    please remember pak fans that 40 pc of the pak -afg match was with agf, pak struggle to win that is not jn case of india

  • Blackholesun on March 5, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    What's the use of this performance other than India registering one more win in their win record. When it mattered we faltered, had it been the case of one or two match one can understand, but it has become a regular feature starting with SA tour.

    How long will it take for the so called inexperienced players (some of them have already played 60+ ODI).

    Today's match didn't matter and I am wondering why didn't we gave another chance to Binny, Aron. Someone mentioned Akram gave tips to Aron, what's the use if he is not going to get the chance.

    Poor decisions by the team management.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    gambhir may be not in his top form but he is far better than dhawan and rohit at opening spot....... rohit should play in middle order

  • ThePositiveGooner on March 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Indian bowlers should learn from Afghan bowlers how not to concede extras. Afghan's disciplined bowlers have only conceded 2 extras (at the end of 16th over) whereas Indian bowlers in the opening overs itself conceded more than double the extras that Afghan bowlers have conceded. Shame on Indian bowlers and the fans who claim they are a decent bowling side.

  • SandipManjrekar on March 5, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Look at the fans from PAK & SL. They are coming here on the base of their team's achievements in this Asia Cup. Achievements??? Winning by whiskers in much favorable conditions than the opponents. These fans showing impressions that they are world beaters now. Win by 1 wicket is their role model of winning standard. They are settled unit but still struggled against testing combinations & permutations by Indian Selectors. When I watched BD batsmen thwarting so called best best bowling attack(read on this forum mostly by their fans only) at will. World's best bowler Ajmal against Mushqafir, Shakib, kayes & new kids from BD...and Ajmal's face after every shots. The best contender for W/C 2015 is PAK as termed by their fans ...and their world class fielding yesterday. Grow up wapuser, Mobin_My_Name & SL's ThilankaK like minded fans!! You become laughable stock here when all of us reading your silly posts. There is nothing new for Indians to achieve more but for u?? what?? U have a lot to..

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Even Pak and SL will go through that when Ajmal Afridi Misbah Sanga mahela retire. They might also lose more than they win. But I don't think I'll ridicule them. So let us all praise each others teams efforts. I know half of your frustration is with big 3 and u think that ur boards will be deprived in one way or another. But even kallis said that BCCI will look for good of cricket .I think we could start mending relationships by having Ind vs Pak and Ind vs SL series which will also bring a lot of revenue .Boards and fans should stop fighting and focus on the game.Also looking forward to SL and Pak final. An Indian and more importantly cricket fan

  • prasworld on March 5, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    We have had enough of Rohit, and dhawan . so slow on power plays that was never there when sehwag and gambhir were there . plz selectors enough of rohitand company . how many chances will thet have........

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    indian players are fight hard against big guns afgan, they will win and come to india as they have won asia cup good keep it up and take rest for ipl

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    After this performance , Indians should move upto rank 1 and take alead of 100 points in the ranking table

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    The most boring chase ever by a cricket team .

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    I see a lot of negative comments by SL and Pak fans in Every India match and even India fans sometimes pass a lot of such comments. But no one has ever talked about the closeness of the two games vs SL and Pak.Especially pak game afridis sixes were very close to boundary. Truth be told SL are better than India at the moment. Pak batting has just started to fire in Asia cup .Afridi Hafeez and co are not that consistent as Misbah having said that when they play they finish off the game. So I think in the last two years it can be said that Ind has been better than pak in Odis. Now we are going through a transition phase (no big deal as every team goes through it not an excuse for sure) which is I think hampered by the fact that except for dhoni only three others have played 100 matches.Kohli Rohit and Jadeja. None of the pacers have played 50 matches talking about shami buvi Aaron. We will lose more matches than we will win for some time and there is no shame in that contd

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    @mobinmyname. dont talk if u dont know what ur sayin. ur team will never have such legends as yuvi, sehwag and many more. india is clearly the best but havin a poor run like ur team does for much longer stretches. u all seem to forget very quickly who are wc champs n champ trophy!! u are all talk bcoz ur team wins a few games in 5 years

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    India is one of the worst bowling line ups in the world no doubt..

  • Valavan on March 5, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    @YousufAhmed, so India - Dhoni = Rebuilding side, whats it at all, someone said about gambhir, sehwag and yuvraj, dont they know they were dropped due to poor form. How many matches does Rohit/ashwin/jadeja need to play to call them experienced. 200. hehe pathetic. cricinfo please publish.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    rahane should only play tests.he is not an ODI player.he averages 30 in list A cricket and he doesn't have the ability to play the big shots.yuvraj should replace him.rayudu and yuvraj are very good for middle order.

  • ThePositiveGooner on March 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Afghanistan batsmen don't play against spin bowling. Hence Jaddu and Co got the wickets. What is concerning India at the moment is the new ball ballers who are unable to take wickets in their first spell. Of course Shami got a wicket today, but that is with the massive help of an inside edge. My point is if Indians are to win at T20 world cup, they need to find that extra bit of confidence in their bowling.One cannot simply win a game by a strong batting display. Bowling also holds key. Am also disappointed today that India didn't pick Ishwar Pandey or Cheteshwar Pujara. Clearly if the team is out of the tournament, you got to give your reserve players a chance. And India has not done that. Pretty much disappointing. Finally at least am happy that Rahane got the nod ahead of Sharma to open the innings along with Dhawan. I have been screaming it to do so since the series started.

  • pull_shot on March 5, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore i think what u say every thing except jadeja issue, i think he performed well consistent enough in NZ series and asia cup, bowled ok in SAF test

  • Valavan on March 5, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    India can play 5 test series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, would help their so called legends to blow up averages. Few can try to break Lara's record. cricinfo please publish.

  • byc89 on March 5, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @rajesh.kumar...i agree with you completely

  • CricketFever11 on March 5, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Wow India Play Like Champions against AFG........

  • pull_shot on March 5, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Really great to see wasim akram giving suggesting Varun aron he has identified shami, pakistan & indian fans should take notice and behave accordingly as after all we r brother with same fore fathers

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    ladies and gentlemen Air India flightis ready for take off from Dhaka to Delhi please carry ur passport and boarding passes and proceed to boarding gate go home biggest three :-P

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    rahane should be replaced by yuvraj.rahane's list A record is very poor,he should play only in tests.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    selectors should select....gambhir and sehwag as opener instead of rohit n dhawan. See Pakistan have trust in afridi and he shows what he can do. Like that Sehwag and Gambhir can do it for India.....they don't waste balls instead they like to dominate bowlers and don't care about the opponent whether it is Australia or Bangladesh they like to dominate.

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 5, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    @MR_ICC These legend yuvraj raina sehwag gambhir who r missing in Asia Cup Remember a Kid Called Junaid Khan destroyed there career in there home town.

    N ur future Legend Kohli didnt Score Double figure.

    Bring them back n result will be same.

    I still remember a commercial

    No Lame excuse again plz

  • phunny_game on March 5, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    @Riz khan: Buddy you forgot a big event where India earned quite a few points called Champions Trophy. You also forgot a tri series with SL and WI where India won the cup. And then a small series in ZIM (which i don't think would have mattered a lot as far as gaining points is concerned). That does not mean we are doing very well currently, but just answering your query.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    well done india.play next matches against kenya , scotland , ireland, zimbabwe , Namibia , papua guinea.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Finally Fletcher is coming to right thinking getting Rahane to open. Rahane is a good opener with a better technique and Sharma is a better middle order player. What a big blunder , not giving Pujara and Pandey a game. WHAT IS HAPPENING??? My team for World Cup is.............. Openers. Dhawan, Rahane, Gambhir Middle order Kohli, Pujara, Sharma, Dhoni, ( Raydu / Raina ) Spinners. Jadega, Mishra,( Ashwin, Rasool ) Pacers. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishwar Pandey, ( B Kumar / Parvinder Awana)

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 5, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    If tournaments like this are not held, SL, BD, and Pak cricket boards will go bankrupt. But there is no compelling reason for India to participate in this tournament and strain our players so much. India is the bread winner of world cricket, and all the Indian revenue is now due to IPL. So we don't actually need international cricket, just international players who participate in the IPL. But for Pak/SL/BD such tourney are important, because otherwise who will play them?

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    l love this new fighting Afghanistan team entry .Indian

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    all the best and finish it in 30 ovrs...

  • afghan_cric_lover on March 5, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    we diffinatly need professional batting coach ,, i dont know why Afghanistan cricket board dont provide a batting coachh ,,our players are all talented but they dont hve experience ,,our main bowler hamid hassan is still unfit he is the backbone of afghan team i hope he get well soon ,,remember india was bowled out for 52 in the first days of cricket back in 1960 or 70

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 5, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Victory and defeat are two sides of this coin called sport, or, for that matter, life. If two teams play, one will win and the other one will lose. Even though team India has lost games in recent times, but, it is the same team India which won the ICC champion's trophy for us last year. I am sure team India will do very well in upcoming T20 WC as well. This tournament was not very important, and, only positive out of it was that someone like Rayudu got a few games. Team India normally saves its best for ICC events, and performs when it matters the most. So let Pak and SL also enjoy the fruits of victory for a while (too bad for them that only one of them will emerge victorious in the final), otherwise, who else will they defeat? Our young players deserve some rest, so I am glad that they are going home early, and that this match will not last its full allotted time.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    brilliant work by sir jadeja keep it on jaddu bhai

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @aqib , Amit Mishra ? Best leg spinner ? No one can say that. Lack of exposure and he turns only on helpful wickets, lacks variation compared to herath And ajmal

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Wow Jadeja took wickets against Afghanistan ! I'm sure he'll move up a few notches in the rankings now

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    bro amit mishra is not a world class spinner.....hehehe..who said that he does not contain....

  • fair_paly_1 on March 5, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar

    Maybe you didn't get my sarcasm so let me translate that for you. If you have such a low esteem for India for fear of losing against a minnow then doesn't logic demand that they should first get better playing minnows only to get into good confidence and then play a better team?

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 5, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    @look-ma-i-am-indian lolz what achivment in recent past 14 or 15 matches lost n still holding number 2 spot u got to b kidding :)

    No india no cricket lolzzzz Pakistan still survived wdout india n most important winning.

  • Mr_ICC on March 5, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    India current World Cup Champion, current Champions trophy champion and Pakistan ??? they won a tight match against India, lost to Sri Lanka and was butchered by Bangladesh and Afghanistan ROFLLL. So called champions of Asia stay where u are. We shall see ur flight at the upcoming World Cup, when we have our Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina, and compny in full force.

  • partyanimal on March 5, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    India Is the no 1 Asian team,but can't produce the winning. bowlers never bowled for Captain fielding setting or Captain not support the bowlers with his fielding, some time look like there is no game plan the way the team act. There is plenty of time to fix all the problem before the world cup.This world cup Real challenge for India they have to face the live pitches.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    BD is a better nd strngr side thn india this serious..Evn though thy lost bt dstryd evry team-

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Dear indian brother Pak n SL batted first and suffered during batting. Bowling is Afghan's strenghth. They never suffered while bowling. Here is same scenerio too. No matter Afghan batted first but got low score as in prevoius matches. Now India can get to it easily while chasing. We could have comparision if India had batted first.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Kindly do not talk about skillset of INDIA, failures are happening because of the squad taken by the captain and board, only those people are responsible for everything. BCCI and captains tactics should be questioned, as we are always sticking to 11 players through out the tournament, we are not making any changes and opportunities are not shared. one good example is Pandey, who is been used to sit idle along with pujara, these people to restrict themselves from joining the team next time and better should play for their states atleast as we are expecting. look at the squad taken for W20 we are awaiting for another defeat. My team in order as follows Irfan,Rohit,kohli,Raina,Yuvaraj,Dhoni,Yusuf,Binny,Jaddu,Suryakumar yada,Rishi Dhawan. We don't want any specialist bowlers, as we all know what they are capable of. Better play with this team and W20 is ours. All these can bat and bowl well for India.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    These ICC rankings are certainly dubious, since 2012 India has been both bludgeoned in one day and test cricket at home and abroad, Pakistan beat them first in a one day series end 2012 end in India, start 2013; they got hammered by England in tests, just scraped by Australia in the one dayers 3-2 at home, got hammered by New Zealand 4-0, also lost to South Africa in test series and one dayers cleanly taken out, now they lost to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. and they still manage to gain a point to 113. The guys who invented the rankings are pretty ordinary.

  • ramz30380 on March 5, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    @ThilankaK you can talk when SL tours NZ, SA, Aus and Eng and come out on top! Till then there is nothing u can say and bash the Indian team.

    Indian team is re-consturcting together a young team, not so much can be said abt ur team as it still depends on Sanga, Mahela and Malinga! They are not going to be around for eternity and we will see how SL blossoms w/o them!

    Remember mate that the WC will be in Aus and NZ, it doesnt matter that we have lost at least these young guns had enough match practice on those wickets and remember we ran them close - the series was more closer than what the results suggest!

    Just for the sake of your over zealous comment mate, I want Pakistan to beat you full and center in the Finals and retain the Asia Cup! Go Pakistan, shall cheer u in the finals!

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 5, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Paksitan SL all let Afghan score much more. Great Indian bowling being shown here bowling them out. Haters and jealosers can hate and be jealous but this team has future. Ashwin and Jadeja - lethal combination like Ambrose and Walsh of past. Team India has good pacers too, why do people complain? Pure jealousy.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    I always wonder y amit mishra is not a regular fixture...I mean easily he is the best leg spinner in the world right now who has control over line length spin and the pace He should play test cricket above ashwin

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @look-ma-iam- indian Pakistan and Srilanka struggled?? They restricted afganistan to the totals where u restricted them(credit to indian spinners) and they did it with dew and with afghan batting second which is their strength I guess u do not follow cricket but just brag about Pak and Lanka!

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    India needs to win big matches like these. you guys think its not a serious series for India? It is ASIA CUP. you will be a champion of the entire continent. Afghanistan needs a professional batting couch. they are physically strong but not mentally. we don't blame them they are new and they have done much better then others.

  • ihmubarak on March 5, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    @ scarrule Typical comment of a frustration. Indian team fails not because of a lack of talent but because of fear of these kinds of comments when team fails to win.

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 5, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar yes we rarely invited by SA n we become first Asian nation to beat them in SA. Followed by u indian receive 3-0 thrashing(rain safe 1). We rarely invited by Nz n we beat them. Followed by u indian receive 5-0 humiliation(jadeja nt given out).

    Nw humiliation in Asia cup n ur excuse iz Asia Cup Iz nt Important.

    Sour Grapes :)

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    just one thing to say... which teams are in the final ? pak vs sri lanca not india lol

  • Naresh28 on March 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I FEEL SORRY FOR PLAYERS LIKE YADAV, PANDEY - they dont play any international cricket or domestic cricket and ONLY WARM the bench. How ready will these players be when their chance comes at short notice? LOOK WHAT MISHRA HAS DONE when given the chance!!!

  • AshwinMS on March 5, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @ ThilankaK Virat Kohli led India to victory in 9 matches so far without Dhoni.Missing him in the team is a problem indeed,but you're no different.Your team is a waste without Sangakara.

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 5, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @ThilankaK - India honoring Afghan by playing full team. Even India U19 could defeat them easily. India U19 could even defeat SL and PAK and BD senior teams.

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 5, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @Mobin_My_Name - do not display your jealousy. Team India past achievements make them top side in ODI. Also do nt forget they contribute entirely to games well-being in the world. No India no cricket. They deserve to be #2 if not even #1. Few losses due to bad luck and resting players after long series should not make best team in the world go down in rankings.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 5, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @Mobin_my_Name: If you have problems with India being # 2 ranked team in ODIs, please send an e-mail to ICC or, if it is urgent, call them to get the ranking changed. We Indians simply don't care about rankings etc., we will support our team even if it is ranked # 10. That is the end of the story. I'd prefer that we walk out of ICC, and have year round IPL instead....

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    As said before Asia cup is waste of time. Instead of Wasting time team india should play other opponents. however it is a good idea if India would have played entire series with Afghan. as means of helping them out instead of always playing SL and Pak.

  • tanstell87 on March 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    @ThilankaK - i agree with you buddy....Sri Lanka looked strongest side in the tournament...even some of us Indian fans predicted that the young Indian team without Dhoni & Yuvraj is a distant 3rd in Asia Cup...that being said with Afridi back in form it will be difficult for Sri Lanka to upstage Pakistan but it will a good final between top 2 teams of the tournament...& India should have benched Rohit for Pujara & Shami for Ishwar...

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 5, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    While other weak teams PAK,SL struggled against Afghan, and Bangla lost to them team India is demonstrating how to deal with a new side. This shows true class of team india and prove wins by Pak and SL were just fluke wins.

  • fair_paly_1 on March 5, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Rajesh.Kumar

    As "there is a huge amount of shame if we lose" to minnows then why have Asia cup at all? Minnows should never be given an opportunity to compete against a good team. Who cares? Let them suffer. Limit cricket to "big 3" only. BCCI should only get in bed with the big ones. Nice sentiments - Bravo!

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @ ThilankaK: as usual cheap shots continues...SL has beaten India after so long in Asia and only because of Sanga...Sanga is the only class player who is rescuing SL team i dont know from how long ( i cant even remember) almost all the matches. on the other hand Ind team does not possess even none of the senior players such as Sehwag, Sachin, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Zaheer, Bhajji etc.. and you still say that India only depends on Dhoni....we will see how your team performs if Sanga retires...nothing is permanent my friend...we know your weakness and in time that will be exposed too...

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 5, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @ ThilankaK SL vs IND last 16 games IND 11, SL 4, NR 1. Its unbelievable how you even comment in front of India.

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 5, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @ ThilankaK Its amazing how much you talk after reaching a final that too when India doesn't have their best ODI player and they are going through rebuilding. You very conveniently forget how you were pummeled by BAN in last Asia cup and went home winless even after playing your full strength team. Let me remind you again that you have not won a single test series outside SL since 2000. And you have still not won the final. All PAK has to do is get sanga out and you will fold for under 50.

  • scarrule on March 5, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @mobin its coz there is gulf b/w no.2 nd no.3 odi ranking coz preivous team which thrived on shewag ghambir yuvi nd some early success by this team. So even after losing this many games they are still second which clearly shows how good previous team was. Bt not to wrry our team is in rebuilding phase nd once settle will be a force to reckin with.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 5, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    This tournament is meant more for teams like SL, Pak, Bangla, and Afghanistan who rarely get invited to play anywhere else in the world. But for India, this tourney is a waste of time. Let Pak, SL, BD, and Afg play each other till eternity, but we need to give some rest to our players, because they have a very long journey ahead this year, with tours to Eng. and Aus coming up.

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Leave sri Lanka and Pakistan ..... forget them just concentrate on their ability they can win against Afghanistan and make a record in ten over complete target

  • scarrule on March 5, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @Thilanka u calling it india's best 11. Lol. Ur team must be feeling good that shewag gambhir yuvi nd dhoni are not playing . Nd yeah pujara ranks 4th in icc test ranking . I'm sure that mean smthing while ur legend was scoring triple century on roads of BD. Pujara was scoring 153 against dale steyn nd co on those bouncy pitches so u must feel lucky that u won toss, ur captain is just too afraid to some total '' say 300+'' to even this indian A team.

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Varun Aaron is being given a chance once in six month and he is immediately removed if he leaks runs...So by going that logic Ishant should have played only 2 or 3 International matches...is this what the message we are giving to the upcoming players that no matter what your talent is you should be a favorite to the captain and the selectors.....the captain and the selector should learn from Pak on handling fast bowlers and spinners....

  • ThilankaK on March 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    comparing other sides SriLanka is way higher than others ! even Sunil Ji mention his commentary that SriLanka is the all time strong team & all time campions in Asia ! India maintain only for 2 & half years they're winning form ! now they're going down the barrel !!

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Afghanistan will come different in T20 tournament. We need to play more ODIs to understand how to bat in 50 overs game. We only came for a mission to upset and once we did it we have just stated paying our same old style of batting. The positive I take from this tournament was our excellent bowling and fielding but with more catching practices. Negative was we never looked comfortable against the spinners. And also to bowl with sense in death overs. Well done to my team despite having limited resources

  • ThilankaK on March 5, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    WOW ! India play like world champions selecting full side against Afghanistan ! that much of fear ??? oh ! no ! very sorry about pujara & panday ! now Indian fans you have to agree with me with out dhoni India looks more than minor side ! even flat tracks they can't win. others please don't mention flat track bullies to India because they can't win in any track ! only they can win is toss !!

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    i think we have to see sehwag , gambhir,yuvi in side....

  • Mobin_My_Name on March 5, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Well i just check ICC ODI Ranking India #2. Plz sum one help me out here after humiliation against SA,NZ n nw In Asia Cup y still at #2??

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    totally wrong idea. they should have given chance to everyone in reserve bench in this dead rubber. and as such pujara should have been included in playing eleven in absence of yuvraj, raina nd dhoni

  • partyanimal on March 5, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    India got more positive from this Asia cup other than any other countries,compare to other Asia cup participant countries only India got strong Cricket board it's help the present and future growth of Indian Cricket. India got young talents,but Captain is the one unite all the power on the field,Even though experience players doesn't know what Captain want and can't able to execute the game plan. This is not an one man show, it's team effort kohzi need to learn so much, aggressive or arrogance doesn't help for as a captain. Here he got chance to learn from the mistake once he realize it he is the 2015 world cup winning Captain. wish him all the best.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 5, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Asia Cup tournament. I mean who are we trying to impress here? And what are we boasting about? That we can defeat teams like Bangladesh and Afghanistan? With due respect to BD and Afghan fans, there is no glory for India if we defeat you, however, there is a huge amount of shame if we lose to you. That is why I feel that Dhoni is such an intelligent guy, that he decided to give this tournament a skip, so that he his fresh for the T20 WC. I hope other Indian players who will participate in T20 WC, will also be fresh, having played this tournament.

  • fair_paly_1 on March 5, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    To all those blaming "motives" and "limited intelligence" of fans not comprehending the reasons behind Kohli not choosing players sitting on the bench for this match, let me ask you. Do you think a stand in captain would have complete powers to choose his team and all that management team out there would have no say?

  • Karunk on March 5, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Kohli is continuing on the footsteps of Dhoni. Bench (Pujara & Pandey) should have got the chance in this dead rubber match. Could have rested Shami in this match. He is playing non stop cricket. In last six months. he has played all the test and one day matches and looking jaded and just going through motion. He needs rest and change. Usually, captain does not want to change the winning combination. But both Dhoni and Kohli are not keen on changing even losing combination. Selection committee should step in and talk to the captains, to give others a chance in dead matches like this.

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: That's exactly the question we all Indian fans have...right now Ind team is messed up due to Favoritism and its ruining Ind cricket...Dhoni and also Kholi now is only including their favorite players even though they are non performers, they are not playing for the benefit of their country but for their own benefits....that is the main reason for Indian crickets downfall for the past couple of years...Even Sunil Gavaskar has started to post questions publicly about this favoritism in the team

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    its really disopint , we wait to see pujara play in this game , , dinesh Kartik is waste

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    I totaly agree with sandy

  • schetti on March 5, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    afgan can bounce back !

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Kohli used to be one of the best fielders for India but recently his dropped catches has cost us lots of matches...especially in Newzealand (Mccullum's catch)...I think money has changed him and the others....I guess he is not even participating in catching practice and other drills like the seniors used to do in Ganguly era....there is no hunger to win matches amongst the current players..nobody looks like they are playing for their country...what is the coach doing about this?? Are the selectors noticing this slump in fielding and bowling...

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    As a cricket fan i could not understand why Rohith,Bhuvanesh,Ashwin,karthik nd Rayudu , Half of the team is filled with unskilled players,, why team is sticking with this players, why not pujara, pandey nd varon aaron has not given chance to play..

  • sandy_bangalore on March 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @SHUVOROY: Well said man! Its stagerring that such an overhyped team, basking in riches and wealth, not to forget media and public adulation, cannot win matches on a regular basis against top class opposition on a regular basis. Or against teams that dont even have the luxury to play at home! We are a one-sport nation, with all the human resources, yet can't perform when it matters. Or in challenging conditions. Anyway, its easy to predict what whill happen today: India will cruise past Afghan, and our supporters will be back to celebrating this mediocre bunch of non performers(rayudu, jadeja etc). So Indias two wins in 2014 so far have been against: Bangladesh and Afghan! Well done team India. You are the beacon of hope for non performers everywhere on this planet

  • ramz30380 on March 5, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    This is ridiculous - i expected Pandey and Pujara to be given a go here! BUt why are people here blaming the BCCI for this?

    This is the call of the on-tour selection committe which mostly comprise of the coaches and captain.

    This clearly indicates that its Fletcher's influence on retaining the same bunch much unlike our previous notions of blaming MSD! Cos Virat who was expected to be an aggressive captain is also fielding the same XI!

  • pull_shot on March 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft scoring against good attacks such as Aus,Saf is tough also with indian bowling chasing 300+ is difficult but he scored test centuries, name ur srilankan player that has done anything substantial leave centuries

  • TheProfPak on March 5, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Kohli has done this before in Zimbabwe (i think). In a dead rubber, he decided not to give a chance to Parvez Rasool. So, that is his style (may be objectionable) of captaincy. Another factor behind the decision could be the upcoming T20 WC in BD and Indian management might want to give more practice to their T20 specialists (Rahane, Raydu, etc.). But sooner or later, Pujara will be in the team; they just can't keep him out from ODI team forever. On bowling side, India need to have a good fast bowler. Aarun looks pacy, but he need more games under his belt to feel comfortable at this level. Shami will be tired in T20 WC as he is carrying Indian bowling too long for a fast bowler. M. Irfan was mis-handled by Pak cricket team management just recently (though he's different kind of specie).

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    This is the worst game we have payed since we started paying cricket. How come we batted with no sense against weakest bowling side of the tournament. They should learn a lot from their first three games. We really need to do something about our batting if we really want to compete. Our bowling is excellent but batting is worst

  • sandy_bangalore on March 5, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    India will most likely hammer Afghanistan today, and our supporters will start celebrating wildly, despite winning against a war ravaged nation with the combined earnings of the players a fraction of what the likes of Dhoni and Kohli earn, not to forget mediocre millionaires like Jadeja, and sharma, who perform only in the most favorable conditions and are found wanting even when there is a semblance of a challenge. Despite all the adulation, financial backing, human resources, its stagerring that we remain a mediocre team, with the odd victory leading to even more adulation and fat contracts. Nowhere in the world(except maybe English soccer) is there such a sense of disproportion between reqrds and outcome. Anyway, who cares as we beat Bangaldesh and Afghanistan regularly!

  • Blade-Runner on March 5, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    This leggie Mishra is a very good turner of the ball and I don't understand is how a mediocre bowler like Ashwin gets picked ahead of him. Ashwin usually gets smashed by every batsman. Just being curious.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Honestly my interest in this match was to see Pujara and Pandey perform , but I had my reservations. I am beginning to think that the team selection is beyond Kohli and Dhoni and there is a lot more than meets the eye. About my poor fellow Indian fans guys please don't give your team for the match cause no one is listening to us , there is some hidden agenda and that's killing Indian Cricket.

  • MaruthuDelft on March 5, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Now Kohli will score a century chasing and Indian fans are going to ask 'Is there any better batsman than Kohli?'. Remember in and against SA and Australia he is yet to play a match winning innings nor a century in ODIs in 11 attempts.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    india co8ld have batted first so that he could have posted a huge total in excess of 400 giving the fans some entertainment

  • thaikkathameed on March 5, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    I hope India get a bashing from Afghanistan. Now we call India "the minnows". Shame on India, it's a dead rubber and still the reserve players are nit given chance. Ishwar Pandey should have been given at least one chance and Rayudu should have kept wickets instead of Karthik. Mohamed Shami will tire out soon, he is already very expensive as he is exhausted, soon he will be another Ishant Sharma.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    wat politics goin on here in indian team managemnt.even pak gav chanc to mohd talha despite it bein a crunch game against india.its too harsh cz we hardly got any reserves wit experience.suddenly someon lik kohli gets injured n wat backup do we hav?atlst giv some one lik pujara sme exposure n confidence.same wit someone lik shami getti injured.no one to replace d alrdy pathetic pace attack....

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Why do I have this feeling that India wll lose toning ?

  • humi_cric on March 5, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    I tried to stop myself but failed, so I am writing here to ask my fellow Indians to please explain why PUJARA is not in the playing eleven on dead rubber match????? (sorry, if someone asked it earlier) For me he is just another Rahul Dravid, technically correct batsman. Any team, specially Pakistan, would love to have him in the team on any pitch on any day. Anyway, good luck to both teams. A Pakistani team Fan.

  • DILEEPMJOHN on March 5, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    I think India's ploy to play dead rubber with unchanged team is not that a bad idea.India lost both matches but those were last over thrillers.Based on the available resources, India played their best possible 11. Pujara have good technique but if he is given a chance and somehow couldn't get runs, then most likely his place will be out of ODI team when seniors return. But Rohit is given ample opportunities and if he is not improving Rohit will miss out next series and Pujara stays with the team. Pandey too will be unlucky to miss out from next series if he is unimpressive if given the ball today. If Bhuvi fails to impress, may be he will miss out next series and Pandey stays with the team.Other than Rohit and Bhuvi, most of the other players deserve to get a chance today.Hence unchanged team is not a bad idea

  • DouglasJardin on March 5, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Indian cricket team has become a puppet in the hands of few Big money and power seekers who care a damn about the passion of Indian cricket fans. Can't imagine a more stubborn decision than this to retain the same team .As Gavasker rightly pointed out if Pandey gets a chance he will Certainly peform. And that will send out the embodiment of Negativity called Ashwin for good. Which is what precisely Dhoni and BCCI chief do not want to happen coz that guy is right on top in their favorites list. I pity Pandey and Pujara and poor Indian cricket lovers

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Wouldn't have hurt if we played Pujara. Rohit Sharma too inconsistent for my liking

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    We are already out of Asia cup so why cant Kohli give chances to Pandey and Pujara?? He is following Dhoni's footsteps...over using Shami will result in serious damage...he is the only wicket taking seam bowler currently in our team..we should be really careful handling him or else he will be join the long list of Irfan pathan, Ishant etc...

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    India should be lose todays match.

  • Gaurang.dj on March 5, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Shame for selection... as it is dead rubber try reserved players.. and specially feeling pity for brilliant performer in domestic level in same format.. Chateshwar Pujara.. Averaging 61.85 with 7800 Runs in just 93 matches in List A along with 26 centuries.. which are pretty good figures... definitely kohli feeling insecure that his One-Down place he have to loose to a technically pretty much better player then himself....

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    At least Afghanisthan have the sense of trying players assume a different role by changing their normal batting order in a dead rubber..... Pathetic from Team Management of India to field the same team...

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    many people felt that if dhoni is no longer captain the team selection will be different...i had said that it will not be so and i am proved correct...many people thought that rohit will not open the innings and jadeja and ashwin will be dropped...i had said that will not happen and i am correct....the point is their selection in the team is not wrong and therefore whoever becomes the captain will not change them...

  • casimpk on March 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Bad decision by Indian team, Afghanistan are good when batting first, good luck to Afghanistan! :D

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Pakistan women vs india s dhoni 11

    Oh my goodness what a thriller in again lost in last over chasing 99

  • AltafPatel on March 5, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Amazed India chose to bowl despite knowing it's not easy to bat second against strong Afghanistan bowling and the record in the series tells so. Let's see whether gamble favours Champions of Champion and World Champion having single victory in last 3 tours or hit on their own leg.

  • KingSalz on March 5, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @rohit kumar, don't be silly. What has Kholi got to be jealous of? Yes Pujara is a good, solid player, no better than anyone else in that batting lineup. Although I do agree India should've played the reserves here. It's important for the likes of Pandey to play international matches and get comfortable with this level of cricket. Bad decision Team India. India need all the bowlers possible to win that t20 World Cup. Up until now, Shami seems like he's out of form, AFG 29-0, Shami's current over has gone for 9.

  • SachinRao on March 5, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Horrendous decision. Pandey and Pujara had to be given a chance. Makes no sense. I wd rather that shami, bhuvi be rested and aaron also given a chance. Rayudu shd have kept...it wd be a nice practice as he is default reserve during most tournaments. Had developed a fondness for Virat's captaincy....but he has proven to be no different with this decision. Parvez R. faced such issues earlier...and now its poor pandey. He was the best bowler in the warm match in NZ inspite of coming when the initial new bowl swing was negated. The team managements media gag shd be lifted and proper clarifications seeked.

  • SHEREHIND on March 5, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Shame on indian cricket , even after the losses everywhere they fail to get reseve players playing in final XI.

    What Kohli is doing , is he getting orders from somewhere else, or is he of the same mould.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    There you go Same team again.should of let binny & pandey to play.but no there r travelling just to visit bangladesh.well done management.learn from others.you dont perform you are out simple.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Even in a dead rubber against not so experienced side if new players or fringe players are not tried I wonder when they will be. non flexible n timid approach of think tank will cost IND big time. If you are scared to loose better not to play should ve tried new players n different combinations today atleast. I pity for the likes of pujara n pandey. also even an outstanding performance against AFG won't hide the shortcomings of certain players I sincerely hope that weaklings are not left hiding after today's performance n new comers are not made scapegoats.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    What do Pujara have to do to get into the playing XI??? Pujara has more talent and more importantly a patient approach to the batting which Rohit Sharma will never have in his life time. Rohit Sharma had unlimited chances to prove his talent but still he wastes good starts, starts slowly and puts pressure on other batsman. Duncan Fletcher should be sacked because under him India's record is just going worse overseas.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    This is a bad decision to ball first.. It shows that kohli doesn't have faith in his bowlers to defend a total even if they are playing with a minnow.

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Ideal opportunity to try out the Fringe backup players. Pujara should be starting but now will have another long wait. Glad Mishra has another game. Jai Hind!

  • Sana.maqsood on March 5, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    india should have been bat first to give their batsmen full 50 overs to play before t20 world....

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    gavaskar was furious for Kohl while not picking Pandey for this match. He quoted probably they didn't pick him cause they feared if pandey performed one favorite bowler of them will not be part of team.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    really ??? same side???? u must be kidding ....still no place for pandey nd pujara ....wat a pitty dis could hav been perfect outing nd match practice for dem knowing we hav nothing to loose......cant see anymore of b.kumar in playing 11.....nd rohit should hav given way for pujara...

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Bangladesh is not playing this match, so the pitch will be slow and low. That is a no brainer. India could have tried their reserves but you never know what is going on in the team or what plans they have. Really pity guys like Pujara and Pandey. The guy is too talented to warm the bench. Why even take him on a tour when there is no plan of playing him. He is exceptional in tests, then just tag him as a specialist test player. Or could Kohli be making sure his captaincy chances are not dented by this one tournament?

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Afghanistan should change najibullah to bring karim sadiq he is a good allrounder najib has done nothing in all matches

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    good decision by kohli. pujara would fail anyways.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    What a Shame Che Pujara is not getting Chances, Kohli is Jealous of Him or he want to save his favorites, and Middle order of India is already struggling, Pujara would have give them Solidity at the No 4 position, also B Kumar has poor Tournament and Ishwar Pandey must have in the playing XI or M.Shami would have been rested in this useless ODI.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    "Unchanged" how many times we will hear this word ? change is law of nature but it does not apply on indian team.

  • Sanket2323 on March 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH!!! This is a clear indication of whats going in the team. Undoubtedly Pujara is the next best batsmen india have discovered after Kohli; and he is not even getting a chance. Further, Ishwar pandey is highest wicket taker in Ranji and he is not preferred even against afghanistan. GOOD GOING BCCI - am sure soon there will be day and when people will stop watching cricket. Atleast i somehow dont want to watch your IPL this time.

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  • Sanket2323 on March 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH!!! This is a clear indication of whats going in the team. Undoubtedly Pujara is the next best batsmen india have discovered after Kohli; and he is not even getting a chance. Further, Ishwar pandey is highest wicket taker in Ranji and he is not preferred even against afghanistan. GOOD GOING BCCI - am sure soon there will be day and when people will stop watching cricket. Atleast i somehow dont want to watch your IPL this time.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    "Unchanged" how many times we will hear this word ? change is law of nature but it does not apply on indian team.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    What a Shame Che Pujara is not getting Chances, Kohli is Jealous of Him or he want to save his favorites, and Middle order of India is already struggling, Pujara would have give them Solidity at the No 4 position, also B Kumar has poor Tournament and Ishwar Pandey must have in the playing XI or M.Shami would have been rested in this useless ODI.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    good decision by kohli. pujara would fail anyways.

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Afghanistan should change najibullah to bring karim sadiq he is a good allrounder najib has done nothing in all matches

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Bangladesh is not playing this match, so the pitch will be slow and low. That is a no brainer. India could have tried their reserves but you never know what is going on in the team or what plans they have. Really pity guys like Pujara and Pandey. The guy is too talented to warm the bench. Why even take him on a tour when there is no plan of playing him. He is exceptional in tests, then just tag him as a specialist test player. Or could Kohli be making sure his captaincy chances are not dented by this one tournament?

  • on March 5, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    really ??? same side???? u must be kidding ....still no place for pandey nd pujara ....wat a pitty dis could hav been perfect outing nd match practice for dem knowing we hav nothing to loose......cant see anymore of b.kumar in playing 11.....nd rohit should hav given way for pujara...

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    gavaskar was furious for Kohl while not picking Pandey for this match. He quoted probably they didn't pick him cause they feared if pandey performed one favorite bowler of them will not be part of team.

  • Sana.maqsood on March 5, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    india should have been bat first to give their batsmen full 50 overs to play before t20 world....

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Ideal opportunity to try out the Fringe backup players. Pujara should be starting but now will have another long wait. Glad Mishra has another game. Jai Hind!