Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla June 16, 2010

Seamless return for India's injured

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After Tuesday's hard-fought tournament opener, the second match turned into another chapter of the Asia Cup's long history of one-sided encounters. India won't be complaining though after a hassle-free victory over Bangladesh in a match in which they welcomed seven regulars back to the XI.

Sterner tests lie in wait but the Indian management will be satisfied that three players returning from injuries - Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Virender Sehwag - didn't show any fitness trouble. Zaheer and Praveen had some problems early on against the rampant Bangladesh openers, but recovered after the brief onslaught. Sehwag, in fact, had shrugged off his shoulder worries so much that he wiped out the Bangladesh tail to finish with career-best figures.

Once the bowlers had done the job, Gautam Gambhir orchestrated the chase with another sensible innings that was more about placement than power. A strike-rate of 80 is pedestrian in most one-dayers these days, but with a tiny target on a track which wasn't tailor-made for batting, it was sufficient.

Gambhir said it took a while to switch to one-day pace after playing months of Twenty20. "When you are in Twenty20 mode you want to really hit the ball and these aren't the conditions for that," he said. "You have to graft your way through, and initially I was thinking of hitting the ball before I realised I have 50 overs, and not 20, to play."

Another factor to which the players must adjust to in Dambulla is the slightly dim floodlights, which Lasith Malinga talked about on Tuesday and MS Dhoni commented on after today's game. India will be thankful their batsmen got their first chance to play under lights when the requirements for a win weren't taxing. Adding to the floodlight trouble is the fact that it gets harder to bat as the match progresses.

"If you saw the last game also, the ball does a lot more [under lights] than in the afternoon," Gambhir said, "the kind of atmosphere here, the kind of breeze and kind of wickets here, it would definitely do a lot, anything around 250-260 will be a very good total on this track."

India's job was made easier by an all-too-familiar Bangladesh collapse after the top-order had galloped to 77 for 1 after 13 overs. There was a rash of bad strokes, but the Indian spinners were spot on as well. "It [bowling Bangladesh out cheaply] was the prefect platform for the top-order batsman to just go out there, get used to the wicket, get used to the conditions, and try and play a long innings," Gambhir said.

The win also came as a relief after the dismal World Twenty20 campaign and the embarrassing defeats in Zimbabwe and Gambhir credited the break for refreshing him. "You come back fresh, you forget what happened at the World Twenty20, you have more energy and you are more eager to perform." Also, victory with the bonus point reduces the pressure to win in the high-profile match coming up against Pakistan, who can't afford another defeat after the opening-day defeat.

It wasn't all hunky-dory for India though. Gambhir wasn't near his best, and the finish could have been more interesting had Tamim hung on to a catch at third man off Gambhir soon after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were dismissed off successive deliveries. The ever-dependable Dhoni saw India through, but the youngsters missed out on a chance to get used to unfamiliar conditions. The pace department also needs improvement, though Zaheer was hostile in his second spell

Dhoni and his boys will face far tougher challenges in the rest of the tournament but they will be pleased to have not stumbled at the first hurdle.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • rohanahuja on June 19, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @Here2rock INDIA great minnows?You must be joking!Remember India lost border-gavaskar series in 2007 because of sydney umpiring

  • SrikanthKeshav on June 17, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    @Lava_Ind

    Ur stats are from test matches abroad.. Test players in indian team are really good.. no doubt.. Pls look into the current ODI team and name one player other than sehwag who can play well on alien conditions.. One can easily say that indian ODI team will not even come close to a series win in Newzealand or England... India have their best chance of winning a world cup rite now since its being played in the sub-continent...

  • on June 17, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @AsherCA - Wasn't it Nehra who took the all important successive wickets, that of Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Ashraful which saw the downfall of Bangladesh's batting? And wasnt it Zaheer who like in the 2003 world cup and like on so many other occasions give away 16 runs in his first over. Zaheer Khan is the most overrated Indian bowler. His figures look better because he has played a lot of games in the era when a 400 plus total was unimaginable. He averages 48.41 since 2009 while PK and Nehra average 31 and 33 respectively. His rpo is in almost 6 since 2009 much higher than PK and almost equvalent to Nehra. He fails on both the counts of Average and Economy and we expect him to ''Mentor'' young players. They are surely better off without his mentoring.

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair ... "Virender Sehwag will blow away the Pakistani's with a mesmerizing spell of 7/23. I believe new ball duties should now be transferred over to him. If he can open the batting why not the bowling? "

    talk sense mate ... i mean ... 7/23... opening the bowling .... WOW ...

  • AsherCA on June 17, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    India's win is more remarkable on account of an entity called Ashish Nehra in the Indian team - he can't bat, cant field, bowls sometimes. His only contributions in the last several games have been run-donating, overs at the start of the opposition innings, resulting in well-set, confident batsmen facing Indian Spinners, at least one of whom is a part-time bowler. Jadeja suffered the bulk of Nehra's mess-ups in Zimbabwe. If Nehra bowls 3 / 4 overs for 25 - 30 runs against SL / Pak over the next few days, their batsmen being better than Zimbabwe will not give him free wickets. They will take heavy toll of India's part-timers, Nehra will improve his figures with one / two wickets in the slog overs & retain his position to continue beating India. I wonder what Nehra does to retain his position in the Indian team & prevent media from questioning his selection, in spite of such consistent match-losing performances.

  • provash on June 17, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Over the last few matches, it seems to me, Bangladesh becomes over-defensive after the departure of Tamim Iqbal... the opponents increase the pressure, pin them down, and the collapse accelerates... May be the only way out is to counter-attack irrespective of whethe a couple of more wickets fell... another thing they should bring a number of tail-enders up the order....because the psychological factors of losing key batsman early are quite clear..

  • spiritwithin on June 17, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    @here2rock...and on da same lively tracks of england the indian team did'nt lost a test series since 1996 and performed admirably in australia in da last two tours..and da lifeless concrete track is same for both da teams,so how come baring SA all other teams struggles in india,or d u forget how ruthlessly england were thumped by india in both tests and ODI in their last tour to india,mayb england r minnows too??or is it that only fast pitches where ur teams r comfortable r qualified as lively pitches whereas tracks in india where even mighty s.waugh's invincible struggles were lifeless pitch??winning in india for other team is as important as winning in aus,SA or eng or pak etc.,let da current eng,aus or SA team win a series here and than talk

  • vikicork on June 17, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I did watch the game and saw Bangladeshi opener miss balls against Zaheer

    Im not going on this match alone but last several matches that Zaheer has played including T20 ,he just dosent seem that effective and gives away too many runs

    Irfan would be a better option

  • indnumerouno on June 17, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    eliya abbas is true .........zaheer was unplayable after first over.......he was the best and praveen got kayes to french cut (edge past the stumps once).......he was second best after zaheer..........

  • Jama on June 17, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    I started watching cricket in 1996 because of Sachin Tendulkar. He is the best. Sehwag is another player whom i admire the most. Rest of the indian team is just a fluke. They can only play well in the dead subcontinent tracks. Sachin and Sehwag are the only 2 players who can dismantle any bowling attack in any part of the world. I might as well stop watching cricket when Sachin retires and i hope he plays 2 more world cups. Rest of the team is scared of quality fast bowling.

  • rohanahuja on June 19, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @Here2rock INDIA great minnows?You must be joking!Remember India lost border-gavaskar series in 2007 because of sydney umpiring

  • SrikanthKeshav on June 17, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    @Lava_Ind

    Ur stats are from test matches abroad.. Test players in indian team are really good.. no doubt.. Pls look into the current ODI team and name one player other than sehwag who can play well on alien conditions.. One can easily say that indian ODI team will not even come close to a series win in Newzealand or England... India have their best chance of winning a world cup rite now since its being played in the sub-continent...

  • on June 17, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @AsherCA - Wasn't it Nehra who took the all important successive wickets, that of Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Ashraful which saw the downfall of Bangladesh's batting? And wasnt it Zaheer who like in the 2003 world cup and like on so many other occasions give away 16 runs in his first over. Zaheer Khan is the most overrated Indian bowler. His figures look better because he has played a lot of games in the era when a 400 plus total was unimaginable. He averages 48.41 since 2009 while PK and Nehra average 31 and 33 respectively. His rpo is in almost 6 since 2009 much higher than PK and almost equvalent to Nehra. He fails on both the counts of Average and Economy and we expect him to ''Mentor'' young players. They are surely better off without his mentoring.

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    @ AndyZaltzmannsHair ... "Virender Sehwag will blow away the Pakistani's with a mesmerizing spell of 7/23. I believe new ball duties should now be transferred over to him. If he can open the batting why not the bowling? "

    talk sense mate ... i mean ... 7/23... opening the bowling .... WOW ...

  • AsherCA on June 17, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    India's win is more remarkable on account of an entity called Ashish Nehra in the Indian team - he can't bat, cant field, bowls sometimes. His only contributions in the last several games have been run-donating, overs at the start of the opposition innings, resulting in well-set, confident batsmen facing Indian Spinners, at least one of whom is a part-time bowler. Jadeja suffered the bulk of Nehra's mess-ups in Zimbabwe. If Nehra bowls 3 / 4 overs for 25 - 30 runs against SL / Pak over the next few days, their batsmen being better than Zimbabwe will not give him free wickets. They will take heavy toll of India's part-timers, Nehra will improve his figures with one / two wickets in the slog overs & retain his position to continue beating India. I wonder what Nehra does to retain his position in the Indian team & prevent media from questioning his selection, in spite of such consistent match-losing performances.

  • provash on June 17, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Over the last few matches, it seems to me, Bangladesh becomes over-defensive after the departure of Tamim Iqbal... the opponents increase the pressure, pin them down, and the collapse accelerates... May be the only way out is to counter-attack irrespective of whethe a couple of more wickets fell... another thing they should bring a number of tail-enders up the order....because the psychological factors of losing key batsman early are quite clear..

  • spiritwithin on June 17, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    @here2rock...and on da same lively tracks of england the indian team did'nt lost a test series since 1996 and performed admirably in australia in da last two tours..and da lifeless concrete track is same for both da teams,so how come baring SA all other teams struggles in india,or d u forget how ruthlessly england were thumped by india in both tests and ODI in their last tour to india,mayb england r minnows too??or is it that only fast pitches where ur teams r comfortable r qualified as lively pitches whereas tracks in india where even mighty s.waugh's invincible struggles were lifeless pitch??winning in india for other team is as important as winning in aus,SA or eng or pak etc.,let da current eng,aus or SA team win a series here and than talk

  • vikicork on June 17, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I did watch the game and saw Bangladeshi opener miss balls against Zaheer

    Im not going on this match alone but last several matches that Zaheer has played including T20 ,he just dosent seem that effective and gives away too many runs

    Irfan would be a better option

  • indnumerouno on June 17, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    eliya abbas is true .........zaheer was unplayable after first over.......he was the best and praveen got kayes to french cut (edge past the stumps once).......he was second best after zaheer..........

  • Jama on June 17, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    I started watching cricket in 1996 because of Sachin Tendulkar. He is the best. Sehwag is another player whom i admire the most. Rest of the indian team is just a fluke. They can only play well in the dead subcontinent tracks. Sachin and Sehwag are the only 2 players who can dismantle any bowling attack in any part of the world. I might as well stop watching cricket when Sachin retires and i hope he plays 2 more world cups. Rest of the team is scared of quality fast bowling.

  • Lava_Ind on June 17, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    @here2rock - How good are Aus SA & ENG on spinning wickets (close to pathetic). they are worse than India on alein conditions. India wiped Aus 2-0, Eng 1-0 & SA 1-1 (on spin friendly conditions). On Pace friendly conditions Aus 2-1 (everyone knows what happened in Sydney) and Eng 0-1 (India victorious). HUH !!!

    look at the records before coming to any conclusions....

    INDIA ARE THE BEST - THE MOST IMPROVED TEAM OF THE DECADE

  • on June 17, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    lol... its funny how many people just luk at figures on cricinfo and decide who played welll or not..... U have 2 watch the game and den decide, ZAHEER, barring 1st over, was awesome, better than wat his statistics show... Batsmen had no clue while facing him while other seamers got lucky and got better figures coz batsmen tried slogging on them...

  • McGorium on June 17, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Seamless is right... The seamers hardly took any wickets! BTW, it might be just me, but presentation ceremonies have started looking like Movie Awards nights. There's an award for every minor thing. WTH is "Lord of the match?" Someone who chases leather, screaming "my Precious... It calls to us... we wants our precious."? Also, why do subcontinental presentation ceremonies have so many people on stage to shake hands with players? It takes the presenter 5 mins to introduce all of them. They already brand everything, from sixes, to "moments of the match", to catches... Now they create BS awards so that they can stick their names in front of them. It's getting ridiculous... Seriously, Fevicol Jodi of the match? I'm surprised they haven't branded the presentation ceremony itself...

  • sampreeth_crik on June 17, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    dhinda and ashwin should get a chance,zaher need a long break,meaningless odi's will create more pressure on him so.

  • on June 17, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    A very satisfying outing..althought they can be more ruthless ...but it is first game after a break...so cheers guys.......

  • CricEshwar on June 17, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Rust is out, it is all pure gold from here on from Team India.

  • sankar800 on June 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    I Don't know which 'Genius' gave that 'MOM'. It should have been Viru for his Magical spell!

  • kaarthik9925 on June 17, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Expect a fascinatimg contest between shoaib akhtar and veeru next match and I think Sehwag will go hammer and tongs against Pakistan.

  • Ignatiuscric on June 17, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Opening te bowling wit Praveen kumar is gonna back fire big time one day.. though he's got swing wit te new ball he is too slow through the air wit whch tht batsmen are gonna judge him... wit the openers of almost all teams goin into te T20 mood frm te beginning he can be seen sooner being targeted and pounded by te batsman... I was not too convinced wit te pacers barring te spinners.. wud be interesting to see India play against Pakis n Lankans.

  • here2rock on June 17, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    India is great against minnows of world cricket and on lifeless concrete tracks of Asia, they are not in the same class as Australia, South Africa and England in pace department and on lively tracks. They need fast bowlers and lively pitches back home for them to be really number 1 side in the world, otherewise they will never be the side they want to be.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Virender Sehwag will blow away the Pakistani's with a mesmerizing spell of 7/23. I believe new ball duties should now be transferred over to him. If he can open the batting why not the bowling?

  • vikicork on June 16, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    i dont believe we need 3 pace bowlers in a ODI since they invariably get hit

    Zaheer is unfortunately not effective anymore in ODIS ,i dont remember the last time he bowled economically ,i think hes still great for tests though

    ideal team for ODIS /world cup

    Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvraj,Raina,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Irfan,Harbhajan,Praveen

    We need to go back to Gangulys formula of playing 7 batsmen ,4 bowlers and dividing 10 overs between Sehwag,Yuvraj and Raina especially on subcontinent tracks

    If we had 3 good pacemen like Australia ,Pakistan etc then i understand playing 3 pacemen but when they are going to get hit time and time again may as well play a pacer who can bat like Irfan

    This team would be hard to beat with batting upto 10

    I know it wont happen unfortunately ,Dhoni while is inspiring cannot select a team like Ganguly could and Srikkanth of course is the worst selector we have ever had and will never give Irfan another chance

  • Deenesh on June 16, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Pakistan's combustible batting lineup will be the only thing india will be able to exploit. Pak's pace is better, but thier feidling is horrible. Hopefully India shud win that match, as they still need confidence

  • rahu367 on June 16, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    india did well against bangla but if they had to bat under light against pak they would definitely lose the match so batting should be more complacent by bringing in tiwary in place of rohit sharma and ashok dinda in place of nehra or harbhajjan to be more difficult to beat

  • JoseBautista on June 16, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    i thought sehwag was going to be M.o.M.

  • Zigor on June 16, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Sehwag is back, So is India ! Viru rocks !

  • jafer4234 on June 16, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Well Well Well congarts to team India for winning comprehensively....... The medium pacers once again struggled to find rythm in the initial overs. It would be interesting to see how they bowl against pakisthan and srilanka. Chasing here in lights is gona be very difficult and have to see how the teams batting second here cope up... or else it would be a one sided matches...

    For world cup 2011

    Replace ravindra jadeja with irfan pathan... bowling attack ( zaheer , praveen, nehra , harbhajan) all rounder irfan ... and a few part timers..

    Irfan is lot better than jadeja.. we have got so many part time spinners so why waste a guy like irfan for jadeja who is good for nothing.

    wc2011 : 1. SACHIN 2.SEHWAG 3.GAMBHIR 4.YUVRAJ 5. DHONI 6. RAINA 7. I PATHAN 8. HARBAHAJAN 9.ZAHEER 10.PRAVEENKUMAR/ISHANT 11. NEHRA

  • laXa on June 16, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    GOOD PERFORMANCE BY TEAM INDIA. ESPECIALLY AFTER TEH KIND OF START BANGLADESH HAD. THE INDIAN BOWLERS DID WELL TO RESTRICT THEM. HOWEVER THE REAL TEST FOR INDIA WILL BE AGNST PAK AND SL. INDIA IS A VERY GOOD TEST AND ONE DAY SIDE. BE IT WITH OR WITHOUT SACHIN THEY ARE STILL WORLD BEATERS IN BOTH THE FORMATS. EVEN IF THE SACHINS N DRAVIDS WERE A PART OF THE T20 WC INDIAN TEAM WOULD HAVE STILL FAILED. IN ONE DAYERS N TEST U HAVE AMPLE TIME TO PLAY AWAY THE SHORT STUFFS BUT THATS NOT HTE CASE IN T20. SO GUYS BE PATIENT WITH THE TEAM. IN MY OPINON THIS INDIAN TEAM IS THE BEST INDIA HAS EVER HAD. LETS BACK DHONI & CO. GO INDIA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pritpalpabla on June 16, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Satisfying performance from Team India... Getting a bonus point is going to make some difference in the table at the end... Still Pace department isn't convincing at all.....Pak is a good side against spin.. so plenty of work needs to be done by India...

  • starsagitarian on June 16, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    I read an article from Aakash Chopra where he cited that traditional rivalry and pride induced the state association to leave grass on the pitch to help their seamers unsettle the opposition batsmen... causing the dibly dobly pacers to garner huge wicket harvests... !! if its true then this flaw was on display for the first 10 overs of the Bangladesh innings today... !! India needs a stronger and more coaching centric institues like the MRF pace foundation for our fast bowlers to really get trained for the tougher jobs... !! u cannot dream of a world cup with a good for nothing bowling unit and a "work in progress" tagged bench strength... !! i

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  • starsagitarian on June 16, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    I read an article from Aakash Chopra where he cited that traditional rivalry and pride induced the state association to leave grass on the pitch to help their seamers unsettle the opposition batsmen... causing the dibly dobly pacers to garner huge wicket harvests... !! if its true then this flaw was on display for the first 10 overs of the Bangladesh innings today... !! India needs a stronger and more coaching centric institues like the MRF pace foundation for our fast bowlers to really get trained for the tougher jobs... !! u cannot dream of a world cup with a good for nothing bowling unit and a "work in progress" tagged bench strength... !! i

  • pritpalpabla on June 16, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Satisfying performance from Team India... Getting a bonus point is going to make some difference in the table at the end... Still Pace department isn't convincing at all.....Pak is a good side against spin.. so plenty of work needs to be done by India...

  • laXa on June 16, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    GOOD PERFORMANCE BY TEAM INDIA. ESPECIALLY AFTER TEH KIND OF START BANGLADESH HAD. THE INDIAN BOWLERS DID WELL TO RESTRICT THEM. HOWEVER THE REAL TEST FOR INDIA WILL BE AGNST PAK AND SL. INDIA IS A VERY GOOD TEST AND ONE DAY SIDE. BE IT WITH OR WITHOUT SACHIN THEY ARE STILL WORLD BEATERS IN BOTH THE FORMATS. EVEN IF THE SACHINS N DRAVIDS WERE A PART OF THE T20 WC INDIAN TEAM WOULD HAVE STILL FAILED. IN ONE DAYERS N TEST U HAVE AMPLE TIME TO PLAY AWAY THE SHORT STUFFS BUT THATS NOT HTE CASE IN T20. SO GUYS BE PATIENT WITH THE TEAM. IN MY OPINON THIS INDIAN TEAM IS THE BEST INDIA HAS EVER HAD. LETS BACK DHONI & CO. GO INDIA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jafer4234 on June 16, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Well Well Well congarts to team India for winning comprehensively....... The medium pacers once again struggled to find rythm in the initial overs. It would be interesting to see how they bowl against pakisthan and srilanka. Chasing here in lights is gona be very difficult and have to see how the teams batting second here cope up... or else it would be a one sided matches...

    For world cup 2011

    Replace ravindra jadeja with irfan pathan... bowling attack ( zaheer , praveen, nehra , harbhajan) all rounder irfan ... and a few part timers..

    Irfan is lot better than jadeja.. we have got so many part time spinners so why waste a guy like irfan for jadeja who is good for nothing.

    wc2011 : 1. SACHIN 2.SEHWAG 3.GAMBHIR 4.YUVRAJ 5. DHONI 6. RAINA 7. I PATHAN 8. HARBAHAJAN 9.ZAHEER 10.PRAVEENKUMAR/ISHANT 11. NEHRA

  • Zigor on June 16, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Sehwag is back, So is India ! Viru rocks !

  • JoseBautista on June 16, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    i thought sehwag was going to be M.o.M.

  • rahu367 on June 16, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    india did well against bangla but if they had to bat under light against pak they would definitely lose the match so batting should be more complacent by bringing in tiwary in place of rohit sharma and ashok dinda in place of nehra or harbhajjan to be more difficult to beat

  • Deenesh on June 16, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Pakistan's combustible batting lineup will be the only thing india will be able to exploit. Pak's pace is better, but thier feidling is horrible. Hopefully India shud win that match, as they still need confidence

  • vikicork on June 16, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    i dont believe we need 3 pace bowlers in a ODI since they invariably get hit

    Zaheer is unfortunately not effective anymore in ODIS ,i dont remember the last time he bowled economically ,i think hes still great for tests though

    ideal team for ODIS /world cup

    Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvraj,Raina,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Irfan,Harbhajan,Praveen

    We need to go back to Gangulys formula of playing 7 batsmen ,4 bowlers and dividing 10 overs between Sehwag,Yuvraj and Raina especially on subcontinent tracks

    If we had 3 good pacemen like Australia ,Pakistan etc then i understand playing 3 pacemen but when they are going to get hit time and time again may as well play a pacer who can bat like Irfan

    This team would be hard to beat with batting upto 10

    I know it wont happen unfortunately ,Dhoni while is inspiring cannot select a team like Ganguly could and Srikkanth of course is the worst selector we have ever had and will never give Irfan another chance

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Virender Sehwag will blow away the Pakistani's with a mesmerizing spell of 7/23. I believe new ball duties should now be transferred over to him. If he can open the batting why not the bowling?