Sri Lanka v India, Asia Cup final, Dambulla June 23, 2010

India look to improve finals record

India seek to improve their appalling recent ODI record in non-bilateral series against a Sri Lankan team whose only chink seems to be a lack of batting depth
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Something for the trivia buffs to start. When was the last time India won a multi-team ODI tournament without a headline performance from Sachin Tendulkar in the final? Answer: The Natwest Trophy in 2002, when Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh, barely out of their teenage years, announced themselves as the next big things in Indian batting.

On Thursday, against a Sri Lankan team whose only chink seems to be a lack of batting depth, but whose top five have helped themselves to plenty of runs over the past week, India will also be seeking to improve an appalling recent ODI record in non-bilateral series.

MS Dhoni played down India's performance in finals, saying there was no extra "big-match" pressure on his side. "We won the last time we played a final in Sri Lanka," he said. "Somehow we have not been able to win [on other occasions], maybe the performance isn't good, or whatever the reason, but I don't think there's too much of pressure on you just because it's a final."

After six barren years following that famous victory at Lord's, things appear to have perked up under the leadership of MS Dhoni, with the team winning the final CB series in Australia and then capturing the Compaq Cup in Sri Lanka last year. However, those victories were all inspired by masterly innings from Tendulkar, who is missing from the squad, as are two other match-winning batsmen, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj. That only adds to the burden on India's bowling attack, which hasn't done anything this tournament to fill Sri Lanka's batting with dread.

Zaheer Khan has had expensive first spells before recovering, Praveen Kumar's bowling has been mostly amiable and questions still swirl about Ashish Nehra's fitness. The spinners have generally had a better time, with Harbhajan Singh having a good game against Pakistan and Ravindra Jadeja being his steady, economical self.

"I am quite happy with the bowling performance," MS Dhoni said after the loss to Sri Lanka on Tuesday. "We have bowled mostly in the afternoon session when there was not much help for the bowlers. They have done well in patches, but it will really feel good if you can win some games after scoring 230 or 240. You cannot always expect your batsman to score 280 or 300, it's good if it happens so, but our strength is batting."

The lack of a quality allrounder is also hampering the Indian side. Jadeja is ostensibly filling that slot, but hasn't inspired confidence with the bat during the Asia Cup, which means India are essentially playing five specialist bowlers. Dhoni backed Jadeja to perform, saying that he had the potential to be a consistent allrounder.

"Ravindra Jadeja has done well in the IPL and domestic games. Now he has got fair amount of chances in international level also and we are hoping that he clicks," Dhoni said. "He has done well in the bowling department, now we hope that he stands out with his batting performance because he is the kind of guy who can give you stability at No. 6 or 7. There are not many players that you can spot right now [as alternatives]."

Success for India, though, will likely be based on their batting might. Gautam Gambhir and Dhoni have lent steel to the side, but youngsters like Virat Kohli, who are likely to be squeezed out of the XI when Tendulkar & Co return, haven't grabbed the opportunities they've been provided in Sri Lanka.

Kaif and Yuvraj made themselves indispensable to India's 2003 World Cup plans with their audacious innings eight months before the marquee tournament in South Africa. If one of Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma can turn in a similar starring role against a well-oiled Sri Lankan unit, it will push them ahead in the tussle for a permanent middle-order slot. And it will improve India's abysmal record in tournament finals as well.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • cricbee on June 25, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Ppl whoever questioning the abilities of Jadeja either have poor memory or dont know cricket. See his bowling averages in 2009 T20 world cup or any one-day internationals he played. He got an excellent stats in bowling dept many times better than bhajji. I understand he is not a good hitter and sometimes finds it difficult to rotate the strike. But how come Irfan is a replacement? can he bowl morethan 110 KMPH when he comes to 2nd spell? For the name sake he is a medium pacer. Even afridi bowls faster. Irfan is good at batting but there is no slot for him. Because the likes of Raina, RS, kohli, sehwag can easily complete his spell and bats better than him. Also Raina over RS? lets come to batting. RS is more skilled and has more class than Raina who couldnt hit anything above waist. In bowling and fielding both are equally good. Attitude wise RS has to improve a lot which Raina did a bit recently after given responsibilities of captaining a team in IPL and Indian team.

  • maddy4cricket on June 24, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I dont care if India loses in finals or not.But please stop playing against Sri Lanka.Its so boring.We have had enough.Dont kill cricket please.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on June 24, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    In the attached image, you have discussed Rohit Sharma whereas the image is of Raina, Zak, and Ojha...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 24, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    It is funny. Malinga is bowling from both ends at the same time. he is now bowling 46th over and just finished 45th over.

  • KARKRISH on June 24, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    1. Irfan Pathan is the only allrounder in India probable, for some reason Dhoni does not recognize him, also due to Irfan's blow hot - blow cold performances 2. Ravindra Jadeja is a fielder who can hold and bat and bowl a bit. Calling him allrounder is everyone's discretion 3. We're all SICK of Ind V SL, too much overdose. either noone wants to play with us, or, SL is too flexible for BCCI's schedule, or, something's wrong. there are more Ind v SL coming up as well (tri series with NZ)....

  • ra8ul on June 24, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Its strange that all the ppl here have some or the other suggestions to team india.Jadeja has consistently bowled at below 5 economy rate which even nehra or harbhajan are not able to emulate.He is 21 yrs of age lot of cricket left in him give him some time to come over his batting.Team india incl the team mangment has the best brains we have got let them do their job.Dont post mortem every loss like star plus,Aaj tak it dosnt help the cause of indian cricket it will worsen.news channels are doing their job by always showing negative news coz thats wat ppl like to watch.the fault is with us, news chanels and politicians are not culprit we are since we are vulnerable since centuries, when things go wrong we point fingers at politicians an blah blah.....we will continue to be negligent i belive.

  • manio on June 24, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    R.jadeja is not better than Irfan.Why T2o worl cup winners like Uthappa,Irfan,Rp singh were not given fair chances? And always depending Sachins,Yuvrajs,Zaheer?

    Please Dont play with slow Arm Allrounders attack with pace allrounders.

  • Viraj20190 on June 24, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    @ deenu_points, I completely agree with u. Even one of pathan brothers is better than jadeja. We won against pakistan only because of his TIMELY dismissal!!! Even Ashwin is a better all-rounder ; why not try him? Also, dhoni should bat at no. 3 in ALL MATCHES because with him all the batsmen bat well. Raina should come in at 4.

  • IshanG444 on June 24, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Ind vs SL yet again man come on

  • rsurya on June 24, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    R.Jadeja should be played only in 20-20s that to as a substitute fielder.

  • cricbee on June 25, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Ppl whoever questioning the abilities of Jadeja either have poor memory or dont know cricket. See his bowling averages in 2009 T20 world cup or any one-day internationals he played. He got an excellent stats in bowling dept many times better than bhajji. I understand he is not a good hitter and sometimes finds it difficult to rotate the strike. But how come Irfan is a replacement? can he bowl morethan 110 KMPH when he comes to 2nd spell? For the name sake he is a medium pacer. Even afridi bowls faster. Irfan is good at batting but there is no slot for him. Because the likes of Raina, RS, kohli, sehwag can easily complete his spell and bats better than him. Also Raina over RS? lets come to batting. RS is more skilled and has more class than Raina who couldnt hit anything above waist. In bowling and fielding both are equally good. Attitude wise RS has to improve a lot which Raina did a bit recently after given responsibilities of captaining a team in IPL and Indian team.

  • maddy4cricket on June 24, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I dont care if India loses in finals or not.But please stop playing against Sri Lanka.Its so boring.We have had enough.Dont kill cricket please.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on June 24, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    In the attached image, you have discussed Rohit Sharma whereas the image is of Raina, Zak, and Ojha...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 24, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    It is funny. Malinga is bowling from both ends at the same time. he is now bowling 46th over and just finished 45th over.

  • KARKRISH on June 24, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    1. Irfan Pathan is the only allrounder in India probable, for some reason Dhoni does not recognize him, also due to Irfan's blow hot - blow cold performances 2. Ravindra Jadeja is a fielder who can hold and bat and bowl a bit. Calling him allrounder is everyone's discretion 3. We're all SICK of Ind V SL, too much overdose. either noone wants to play with us, or, SL is too flexible for BCCI's schedule, or, something's wrong. there are more Ind v SL coming up as well (tri series with NZ)....

  • ra8ul on June 24, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Its strange that all the ppl here have some or the other suggestions to team india.Jadeja has consistently bowled at below 5 economy rate which even nehra or harbhajan are not able to emulate.He is 21 yrs of age lot of cricket left in him give him some time to come over his batting.Team india incl the team mangment has the best brains we have got let them do their job.Dont post mortem every loss like star plus,Aaj tak it dosnt help the cause of indian cricket it will worsen.news channels are doing their job by always showing negative news coz thats wat ppl like to watch.the fault is with us, news chanels and politicians are not culprit we are since we are vulnerable since centuries, when things go wrong we point fingers at politicians an blah blah.....we will continue to be negligent i belive.

  • manio on June 24, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    R.jadeja is not better than Irfan.Why T2o worl cup winners like Uthappa,Irfan,Rp singh were not given fair chances? And always depending Sachins,Yuvrajs,Zaheer?

    Please Dont play with slow Arm Allrounders attack with pace allrounders.

  • Viraj20190 on June 24, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    @ deenu_points, I completely agree with u. Even one of pathan brothers is better than jadeja. We won against pakistan only because of his TIMELY dismissal!!! Even Ashwin is a better all-rounder ; why not try him? Also, dhoni should bat at no. 3 in ALL MATCHES because with him all the batsmen bat well. Raina should come in at 4.

  • IshanG444 on June 24, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Ind vs SL yet again man come on

  • rsurya on June 24, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    R.Jadeja should be played only in 20-20s that to as a substitute fielder.

  • ListenToMe on June 24, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    If Jadeja bats at No:7, surely India will lose, becoz he is a waste when powerplays are on. He should bat at No:5. He is good in keeping his wkt safe, but very poor in scoring runs. When consolidation in batting is needed in the middle overs, he will be useful. Sending him at the slog overs is the biggest mistake Dhoni does.

  • OnelikenoOne on June 24, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    If India want to make a proper batting line up for the world cup 2011, they should bring back rahul dravid

  • chokkashokka on June 24, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    At the end of the day what is baffling is that it is 2010 and ICC is flush with cash - yet they approve tournaments to be held in these podunk little venues that don't even have inadequate light fixtures.....the tournament is almost 2 weeks old and players have been complaining about the lights from day 1 - yet nothing has been done to remedy the problem. If it is all about adjusting to the pitch conditions why don't they just switch a tower off during the bowling power-play. Sri Lanka were quick to call their players in last year at Kotla due to unsafe conditions - and rightly so. The team batting second should do the same if the batsman are not happy with the light. Hard to believe this is an international tournament - final no less, yet the most basic of amenities ie. light, is missing from the match venue. Unbelievable!

  • cool_engineer on June 24, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    No doubt, Raina has made meaningful contribution, that has lead to India's victories or have brought India very close to victory against strong oppositions. Whereas all of Rohit's 46 innings have been, that of a mere opportunist. For instance apart from his 66 of 87 against AUS the match in which Tendulkar scored 117 of 120, and his latest century against Sri Lankan B grade side, all of his other fifty plus scores were in lost causes.

  • cool_engineer on June 24, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    INCREDIBLE DEPENDENCE OF TEAM INDIA ON TENDULKAR IN BIG FINALS

    It is appreciable that Cricinfo writers have finally noticed how instrumental are Tendulkar's big innings in big finals and how much has been the dependence of team INDIA on Tendulkar.

    The big match payers save their best for big stage, like Tendulkar whose average improves by 10 points from 45.12 to 55.54 in tournament finals with 6 hundreds and 10 fifties at a strike rate of 87 in tournament finals.

    Since the start of 1997 Team India has played 32 finals out of those India have won 9 finals. In all of those 9 wins Tendulkar was part of the side, in 6 of those wins Tendulkar was man of the match and in 7 of those wins Tendulkar was top scorer with 90 plus runs.

    No doubt, Riana has made meaningful contribution, that has lead to India's victories or have brought India very close to victory against strong oppositions. Whereas all of Rohit's 46 innings have been, that of a mere opportunist.

  • thinker1 on June 24, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    I dont understand what Indian selectors are doing, Our batting tail has become long... Ravindra jadeja can barely hit the ball against good bowling and he is batting at No.7 where we need a good hitter, which he is not, His personality is not suited for hitting, at No.7 a guy should be strong and bulky so that half hits cn croos the boundary...Ashwin is good we should play Ashwin..give me chances and see he also bowls well...

  • Rahul_78 on June 24, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I am surprised R Ashwin was ignored by dhoni in last match where it was of no importance. Even harbhajan was not playing still ashwin was denied the chance. It is strange considering he plays with dhoni in IPL for CSK. This regid attitude of dhoni becomes his undoing sometimes. Ashwin is a thinking cricketer and thts where he has an edge over other spinners. He is very different from bhajji and is comfortable opening the bowling where he can trouble dilshan who is the key to lankans opening combination. I am sure in few years to come given the right chances Ashwin will win games for india.

  • Pak_istan on June 24, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    LoL @ Chamipons heheh = When was the last time India won a multi-team ODI tournament without a headline performance from Sachin Tendulkar in the final? Answer: The Natwest Trophy in 2002,

    well Indan Has never been consistent with there perfromance and even they are never very good team ... yes there batting is there strength , Balling is the bigest weekness in the team inda.

    i must say SirLanka is Better team then inda. Go Sirilanka Win it out.

  • virani.dilip on June 24, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Can somebody BAN on Ind vs Sri for 2 year!! :P ....Really i m bored to see the match with srilanka and always loose badly!! :P

  • deenu_points on June 24, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    ENOUGHHHHHHHHHHHH.......... Its enough to test Ravindra Jadeja's Skills.. Plz dont say he is a all rounder plz.. His worst performance continuous. His poor performance was one of the main reason to loose ICC T20 WC @ WI and also previous T20 WC in@ England... Selectors plz point out this.. He doesnt prove anything. The turning point in the match against Pak (Sat Jun 19th) is R Jadeja's dismissal.. Bcoz.. if he was there @ crease.. Sure have been waste the bal and do nothing.. too scare to face agint Akthar.. Better give VRS to R Jadeja. Irfan Pathan is 1000 times better than this R Jadeja. I Pathan proved him with his bat no. of times. Or else find someone for this worst R Jadeja.

  • kaustubh101197 on June 24, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    India has been looking good in cricket for the past 2-3 years but if you talk about multinational tournaments, India have played 6 and have won 2. The middle order has to improve and the bowling attack should be changed. Bowlers like Zaheer and Ashish should be removed and cricketers like Tyagi should be brought in. Instead of Karthik, Naman Ojha should have been given a chance.

  • venga_criticric on June 24, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    World Cup is not the only priority cup to be looked at, every tourney does have its importance and I wonder the Captain and Commentators always tie up current matches to world cup and try to prove their point. Board of selectors want to rest the best players and test the youngsters - in the last tour of Zimbabwe where we were put to shame cannot be recovered(Its pinned in Cricket History). What does selectors do if the best players are injured and are lacking fitness during the World Cup season?

    I agree we are lacking dgr8 Sachin - resting, Sehwag injured, Yuvi out for some reason is a major drawback but the replacement team for sure have the potential to take the series up and lift the cup. There are several things lacking for a team composure, its just not the talent always matter, it is the attitude, strategy & seriousness which turns the coins. Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvi are full of such stuff and can boost the spirit of the team. Dhoni is no less but should do it with 8hands. V WIN

  • chokkashokka on June 24, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    At the end of the day what is baffling is that it is 2010 and ICC is flush with cash - yet they approve tournaments to be held in these podunk little venues that don't even have inadequate light fixtures.....the tournament is almost 2 weeks old and players have been complaining about the lights from day 1 - yet nothing has been done to remedy the problem. If it is all about adjusting to the pitch conditions why don't they just switch a tower off during the bowling power-play. Sri Lanka were quick to call their players in last year at Kotla due to unsafe conditions - and rightly so. The team batting second should do the same if the batsman are not happy with the light. Hard to believe this is an international tournament - final no less, yet the most basic of amenities ie. light, is missing from the match venue. Unbelievable!

  • kabir.mohammed on June 24, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    i would like to say to Mr.Kris tha what hapnd to IRFAN,where is he,is he lost some were,I would definetly have him in the side,rather than Jadeja & also Yousuf,as Both are Good Allrounders.

  • pknaik on June 24, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    India should play both Harbhajan and Ojha unless the pitch is heavily pace friendly since the spinners are much better bowlers than Nehra or Dinda.

  • ryan69 on June 24, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    Comparing Raina with Rohit and Kohli is no zest. He is one of the best in the number 3 in the absence of Gamabhir.As we know he is now batting down the order, he is the carbon copy of Dhoni. Athletic and attcking player.He already cemented his place in Indian team, no arguement in that. While RS and VK are just OK type of players. RS got the elegance but his game never matches the conditions you can check any game. He always plays his shots without concerning about the demands of the game.VK and Saurbah Tiwary are good competitiors for the final spot. India missing an allrounder while Jadeja hardly called a replacement.

  • STres on June 24, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Come on all Indians, the team you have sent is the best available, win or loose, stop talking of Sachin, Yuvi , Shevag and co, they are no longer in the equation for whatever reason, the other competing teams don't care a damn.

    I hope the Media nd the commentators stop giving excuses in advance --Batting first or second, The players who are dropped or rested, the weather, the sun the rain etc: The players should not think of these stupid remarks but just go on and try and win, this is becoming a joke with all listeners even with some Indians and is also getting to the players they too now make stupid excuses, take Dhoni, he says the Asia cup is just preparation for the world cup, he deserves to loose then, he also talks of batting first or second, it is the same for both teams, they talk of the heat but we have heard of the 45 to 50 degree heat in Delhi, Chennai etc ,where people die by the hundreds. SL just plays to our best- win or loose after all it is a game and not war

  • rambadi on June 24, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    You know perhaps India should be focusing more on becoming a consistent team and winning matches "in general" as opposed to improving its record. The way Sri Lanka had been hammering India over the last few days, India's chances of winning the final is bleak, to say the least. But, the funny part is the sub-continental cricket teams are all so damn inconsistent that I would not be surprised if Sri Lanka messes up this one. When is a really strong and consistent cricket team from the sub-continent ever going to emerge? Or will that ever happen?

  • neer_allrounder on June 23, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    hey guyzz lets forget about raina n others ...talk bout bowling department..whats rong wid zaheer now is he too sure bout his place ..it's been while since he has five wickets in a match..n how bout othes..they all r wayward...ashwin shud get a chance in place of jadeja..n lets play saurabh instead of kartik....n shock lankans..

  • kalyanbk on June 23, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    I don't see any reason why they shouldn't play R Ashwin in the final instead of Jadeja. The last time he played against Sri Lanka he scored 38 and took two wickets. That is much better than Jadeja's current performances. Ashwin can also open the bowling, an area where India has not prospered.

  • laXa on June 23, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Well said skuller. There is no need to mention Suresh Raina in that list. He is one of the quality players India have in their line up. I guess Dhoni should drop Dinesh Karthik, send Kholi as an opener, SK Raina one down and use Tiwari as a floater. Dhoni is a gambler and he should gamble with Tiwari and lets throw him straightaway in a big match. Not sure y selectors are ignoring Irfan Pathan with the world cup nearing. He deserves a chance. Win the toss, bat first, win the match. I know this team is no longer depending on Sachin. Go INDIA GO

  • keecha on June 23, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    I sexond the previous comment only. When I was reading the last paragrapgh, just thought to myself, why should Raina still be in the race for a permanent slot in the team? May be it is now up to Yuvraj to fight for it, looking at the current scheme of things. Raina just looks composed and he is already a permanent member in ODI's. May be a vice captain also and can lead the team in Dhoni's absence.Looking at this series' progress so far. if I were Dhoni, I would gamble by picking Saurabh tIWARI INSTEAD OF kOHLI FOR THE FINAL. kOHLI NO DOUBT IS A GREAT TALENT BUT HAS NOT BEEN IN GREAT TOUCH IN THIS SERIES. Anyways good luck team India. Go and win the final....

  • cricrup on June 23, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Don't you look at the statistics? Virat Kohali has made the maximum number of runs for India this year. Look at his average! He also has made the fastest 1000 runs in ODI for India.

    Suresh Raina is a true finisher at number 6............you can not make runs at that number everyday!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 23, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    The team fielding better will win. I think both teams are equal good in batting & spin bowlling. SL may have have an edge in fast bowling because of Malinga's death yorkers in the last few overs. But I believe it is fielding. IND won against PAK because IND were superior in fielding in that match. But SL's fielding was very good against IND the other day. If IND can perform same fielding effort they can win the final against all odds.

  • pratadd on June 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    hey, what happende to irfan pathan? he was and is a very good allrounder..he lost his pace but he still took 3 wickets in the 2007 t20 wc...i know it's a long time, but then he clicks when it matters...unlike jadeja who can only bowl.irfan is way too good with the bat, and does not play ugly swipes that probably even dhoni plays...i say get irfan back, and you have a great allrounder...

  • Sanki88 on June 23, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    I agree with skuller. I am a sri lankan supporter, but I believe that Raina deserves something better than the words above. Everything else sums things up well.

  • IndianGunners on June 23, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I Agree @skuller below. THis article still says Raina fighting for spot with virat kohli and rohit. Its not at all correct. raina is a very good and matured player, played lots of match winning innings and crucial innings. I dont agree with this statment from Siddarth Ravindran .

  • sampreeth_crik on June 23, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Suresh Raina is a permanent fixture in ODIs,he is the best among the new generation batsmen around all teams,he his ahead of morgan,duminy,kandabmy,umar akmal,guptil,fergueson. and he is a complete batsmen who can play all kind of shots. i not understand why he his comparing with kohili,R.sharma.........

  • MuhammadOsama on June 23, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    skuller do u really think raina would bother reading an article on cricinfo???he surely has better things to do.well i am pakistani and i do like the indian outfit but think their bowling is really weak..ravindra jadega does not deserve a place in indian side,they hav much better players in domestic...

  • skuller on June 23, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I still dont understand why people think that Suresh Raina is not a permanent fixture in ODIs.....he is the best among the new generation and is developing into a big match player....please stop writing such articles because if Raina reads it and starts to feel insecure its a loss for the Indian Team

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  • skuller on June 23, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I still dont understand why people think that Suresh Raina is not a permanent fixture in ODIs.....he is the best among the new generation and is developing into a big match player....please stop writing such articles because if Raina reads it and starts to feel insecure its a loss for the Indian Team

  • MuhammadOsama on June 23, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    skuller do u really think raina would bother reading an article on cricinfo???he surely has better things to do.well i am pakistani and i do like the indian outfit but think their bowling is really weak..ravindra jadega does not deserve a place in indian side,they hav much better players in domestic...

  • sampreeth_crik on June 23, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Suresh Raina is a permanent fixture in ODIs,he is the best among the new generation batsmen around all teams,he his ahead of morgan,duminy,kandabmy,umar akmal,guptil,fergueson. and he is a complete batsmen who can play all kind of shots. i not understand why he his comparing with kohili,R.sharma.........

  • IndianGunners on June 23, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I Agree @skuller below. THis article still says Raina fighting for spot with virat kohli and rohit. Its not at all correct. raina is a very good and matured player, played lots of match winning innings and crucial innings. I dont agree with this statment from Siddarth Ravindran .

  • Sanki88 on June 23, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    I agree with skuller. I am a sri lankan supporter, but I believe that Raina deserves something better than the words above. Everything else sums things up well.

  • pratadd on June 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    hey, what happende to irfan pathan? he was and is a very good allrounder..he lost his pace but he still took 3 wickets in the 2007 t20 wc...i know it's a long time, but then he clicks when it matters...unlike jadeja who can only bowl.irfan is way too good with the bat, and does not play ugly swipes that probably even dhoni plays...i say get irfan back, and you have a great allrounder...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 23, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    The team fielding better will win. I think both teams are equal good in batting & spin bowlling. SL may have have an edge in fast bowling because of Malinga's death yorkers in the last few overs. But I believe it is fielding. IND won against PAK because IND were superior in fielding in that match. But SL's fielding was very good against IND the other day. If IND can perform same fielding effort they can win the final against all odds.

  • cricrup on June 23, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Don't you look at the statistics? Virat Kohali has made the maximum number of runs for India this year. Look at his average! He also has made the fastest 1000 runs in ODI for India.

    Suresh Raina is a true finisher at number 6............you can not make runs at that number everyday!

  • keecha on June 23, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    I sexond the previous comment only. When I was reading the last paragrapgh, just thought to myself, why should Raina still be in the race for a permanent slot in the team? May be it is now up to Yuvraj to fight for it, looking at the current scheme of things. Raina just looks composed and he is already a permanent member in ODI's. May be a vice captain also and can lead the team in Dhoni's absence.Looking at this series' progress so far. if I were Dhoni, I would gamble by picking Saurabh tIWARI INSTEAD OF kOHLI FOR THE FINAL. kOHLI NO DOUBT IS A GREAT TALENT BUT HAS NOT BEEN IN GREAT TOUCH IN THIS SERIES. Anyways good luck team India. Go and win the final....

  • laXa on June 23, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Well said skuller. There is no need to mention Suresh Raina in that list. He is one of the quality players India have in their line up. I guess Dhoni should drop Dinesh Karthik, send Kholi as an opener, SK Raina one down and use Tiwari as a floater. Dhoni is a gambler and he should gamble with Tiwari and lets throw him straightaway in a big match. Not sure y selectors are ignoring Irfan Pathan with the world cup nearing. He deserves a chance. Win the toss, bat first, win the match. I know this team is no longer depending on Sachin. Go INDIA GO