Sri Lanka v India, Asia Cup final, Dambulla June 25, 2010

Ashish Nehra sets an example for India's struggling quicks

India's fast bowlers, and Ashish Nehra in particular, raised their performances against Sri Lanka to secure their first Asia Cup title in 15 years
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With his perennial hangdog expression, slouching gait and general uncoordinated air, Ashish Nehra looks the antithesis of the stereotype of the menacing fast bowler. In addition to those qualities, his average bowling speed is only in the mid-130s, but as the Sri Lankans found out in Dambulla, Nehra can be a redoubtable opponent on a pitch that assists the quicks.

In tournament finals in Sri Lanka, Nehra's performances have run the gamut from 0 for 65 to 6 for 59 without proving match-turning, but he changed that with an eight-ball spell that ripped through Sri Lanka's middle order and ended their hopes of a first home one-day title in five years.

First up was Mahela Jayawardene, a master of the art of killing the bowling softly in limited-over matches. He was foxed by the extra kick and swerve Nehra extracted and feathered a catch to the wicketkeeper. MS Dhoni, renowned for his cool demeanour on the field, realised the importance of the wicket and celebrated extravagantly, flinging the ball up and pumping his fists.

Then came Sri Lanka's most improved cricketer, Angelo Mathews, who had already played a couple of fine hands in the tournament. He was beaten first ball, as it snuck between the bat and the stumps, and was gone next delivery, nicking as he threw a square cut at a wide delivery.

Two overs later the contest was effectively over when captain Kumar Sangakkara's attempted pull off a short delivery hit high on the bat and lobbed to Zaheer Khan at mid-on. At 51 for 5, the India's 15-year drought at the Asia Cup was set to end.

Nehra's performance followed an incisive start from the new-ball bowlers, Praveen Kumar and Zaheer, who got the ball to jag both ways and routinely had the Sri Lankan batsmen fishing for it. The trio had combined figures of 26-3-105-7.

Dhoni lauded the seamers, but cautioned about getting carried away by one effort. "Consistency (is what I'm looking for). I'm not the sort of person who goes really up after one performance, and gets bogged down after couple of them," Dhoni said. "When it comes to talent, no one can doubt the talent that Zaheer, Nehra and Praveen have, it's a good sign they did well in conditions that helped, they made it a point to get the opposition out cheaply. It was one of the best performances by the fast bowlers in recent times."

Coming into the tournament, India's weakest link had been the bowling, particularly with the likes of Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth going through a fallow period. Given the frequency of injuries to the first-choice pair of Zaheer and Nehra, India need the likes of Ishant to be groomed and ready in the run-up to the World Cup.

As bowlers who burst brightly onto the international firmament and then had a slow fade out, they needn't look further than Nehra for inspiration to work their way back. Nehra was a regular in the one-day outfit for most of two-and-a-half years after the six-wicket haul in the 2003 World Cup that everyone in India remembers him for. Since then a bunch of operations on his ankles and stress fractures of the back kept him out of competitive cricket for two one-year spells. His career looked headed for oblivion, but he battled back and some stirring IPL performances pitchforked him back into the national team, where he has been a fixture for more than a year now.

That never-say-die attitude will come in handy for Ishant & Co, who may have more natural talent than Nehra but seem to lack the nous and temperament to shackle aggressive batsmen.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on June 25, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    "The guys were pumped-up to perform..." Dhoni said. I am here to convey to MSD that we Indians have always pumped you players in every match, but until and unless there is a real retrospection into your deeds and influencing non-cricketing factors are checked you people donot take cricket seriously as the issue of 150 crores of us. Now that your team has won this cup, you will keep us on waiting for years together for the next cup. Leave about the next cup, the next performance most probably be a flop as there is no consistency in us. MSD must think about this seriously and respecting our emotions he must chalk out lines for the team to perform consistently without involving in non-cricketing domains.

  • on June 25, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Congratulations! Ashish Nehra, you have done for which you are known and many a fans like me would love to see you in this destruction process of the top order. AN is always known for his spearhead performances. No doubt over to say that AN has set and example for all the quickies as to how to use the conditions properly even when the pitch is medium with the pace. AN is really known for his whit and determination. Keep it Up, the real Hero of this great grand finale win!!!

  • on June 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    ishant sharma should not play on indian wickets because he doesn't do well...use him for australia, SA, and england and he will deliver..as for indian conditions we need more of munaf patel and rp singh who can bowl quick...also a fast bowling all-rounder aka irfan pathan is a much better option than jadeja even though jadeja has done much wrong in ODIs.

  • Zookinii on June 25, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    How did Sri Lanka go wrong? 1. Maharoof - yeah he was good in a dead rubber. A dead rubber means nothing though. India is a talented side and you need your best players for a final. Maharoof is not one of them, you could see by the way he was fielding. How much did he give away? Welegedara would have been a better selection ahead of him as his general skills are quite better. 2. No selection of Samaraweera - this player is perfect for the situations SL found themselves in today. He is a class act, he could definitely be SL's equivalent to India's "wall" if he was given more opportunity to play and develop. He's also a centurion. No idea why the hell Kandamby was selected before him. After Mahela, Tharanga, and Dilshan were dismissed I knew there were no more capable batsmen available to deliver the team. 3. Sangakkara really needs to use another wicket keeper in future. He can't bat and wicket keep in the same game now. It's too draining on him phyysically and it affects his batting!

  • on June 25, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    @AvidCricFan: Karthik indeed was a surprise MOM, but why is everybody hooked on to the fact that Nehra bowled brilliantly, when he did not. The quality of Indian pace bowling is so shallow that an OK performance from them seems to be followewd by a celebration of them. Zaheer bowled better than Nehra, with Nehra just being more lucky. His wicket of Mahela Jayawardene alone warranted note. Mathews, Sangakkara played rash strokes. Thank God, Karthik got the MOM, else Nehra would be there for another full year. Bring back the Pathans and Ishants, BCCI.

  • on June 25, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    great win! congrats to the team. But touting this as a 'bowlers win' is incorrect and premature. Its more a one off performance. Neither Zaheer nor Nehra have enough pace and consistency to trouble quality batsmen. I kinda agree with Sanga...they did seem to have a bad day.

    India needs genuine pace bowlers, not medium pacers with top speeds in 130s. Ishant showed great promise during the Aussie tour when he toyed with the great Ponting. Even Irfan had good pace when he began his career. Somehow Indian pacers tend to fall to mediocre bowling speeds and lose the all important spunk that is required of a quality fast bowler. We need a dedicated bowling coach and I dont mean Prasad who had only two pace modes in his time : slow and slower

  • AvidCricFan on June 25, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I don't understand why Nehra was not Man of the Match. We won this match not because of Karthik's batting, but exceptional bowling performance from Nehra. While Karthik performed in this match, I still have doubts about him being a consitent all weather opener.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 25, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    As per "Sageleaf" comments "India didn't win but SL just gave away the match". His comments are somewhat similar to Sangakkara's complacent comments. If this is true then no team will get appreciation for winning. Mistakes of one team is advantage to other teams. If India had bowled and fielded this way (did against Pakistan too) in previous matches against SL then India wouldn't have lost even single match. Good India lost to SL in dead rubber match and that really helped Dhoni's team team not to make mistakes(like SL did in final). I appreciate SL's performance in this series. Everything worked for them and also they really played well. Its always good to have confidence but not complacency.

  • maddy4cricket on June 25, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Nehra on his day bowls reall well.But he is not very consistent. I wonder what sreesanth,ishant and RP Singh are doing.

  • 3rd_man on June 25, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Dilshan should adjust his game to the situation.how can he try to go after from ball one,without spend more time on the wicket?there are some issues with lights & pravin is swinging the ball.Attacking batsman doesn't mean by hitting the ball from ball one.Gilchrist,heyden,sewag they ll take some balls to get eye in before go after balling.I think those players got very good defence,so they can negotiate moving ball. dilshan should be solid & confident on his technique.These are international bowlers.they got talent thats why they are in the side,not like maharoof.so you must give some respect till you get in.Kandambi is awful in ground fielding.He improve his fitness.I wonder what happened to our fielding standards?many coaches there,wonder what they do.Mahela,kapugedara malinga and sometimes kulasekara are the best.many say dilshan is the best fielder,but he never picked blinders like mahanama once did.when he bat well,you cant expect 100% in the feild from dilshan.

  • on June 25, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    "The guys were pumped-up to perform..." Dhoni said. I am here to convey to MSD that we Indians have always pumped you players in every match, but until and unless there is a real retrospection into your deeds and influencing non-cricketing factors are checked you people donot take cricket seriously as the issue of 150 crores of us. Now that your team has won this cup, you will keep us on waiting for years together for the next cup. Leave about the next cup, the next performance most probably be a flop as there is no consistency in us. MSD must think about this seriously and respecting our emotions he must chalk out lines for the team to perform consistently without involving in non-cricketing domains.

  • on June 25, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Congratulations! Ashish Nehra, you have done for which you are known and many a fans like me would love to see you in this destruction process of the top order. AN is always known for his spearhead performances. No doubt over to say that AN has set and example for all the quickies as to how to use the conditions properly even when the pitch is medium with the pace. AN is really known for his whit and determination. Keep it Up, the real Hero of this great grand finale win!!!

  • on June 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    ishant sharma should not play on indian wickets because he doesn't do well...use him for australia, SA, and england and he will deliver..as for indian conditions we need more of munaf patel and rp singh who can bowl quick...also a fast bowling all-rounder aka irfan pathan is a much better option than jadeja even though jadeja has done much wrong in ODIs.

  • Zookinii on June 25, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    How did Sri Lanka go wrong? 1. Maharoof - yeah he was good in a dead rubber. A dead rubber means nothing though. India is a talented side and you need your best players for a final. Maharoof is not one of them, you could see by the way he was fielding. How much did he give away? Welegedara would have been a better selection ahead of him as his general skills are quite better. 2. No selection of Samaraweera - this player is perfect for the situations SL found themselves in today. He is a class act, he could definitely be SL's equivalent to India's "wall" if he was given more opportunity to play and develop. He's also a centurion. No idea why the hell Kandamby was selected before him. After Mahela, Tharanga, and Dilshan were dismissed I knew there were no more capable batsmen available to deliver the team. 3. Sangakkara really needs to use another wicket keeper in future. He can't bat and wicket keep in the same game now. It's too draining on him phyysically and it affects his batting!

  • on June 25, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    @AvidCricFan: Karthik indeed was a surprise MOM, but why is everybody hooked on to the fact that Nehra bowled brilliantly, when he did not. The quality of Indian pace bowling is so shallow that an OK performance from them seems to be followewd by a celebration of them. Zaheer bowled better than Nehra, with Nehra just being more lucky. His wicket of Mahela Jayawardene alone warranted note. Mathews, Sangakkara played rash strokes. Thank God, Karthik got the MOM, else Nehra would be there for another full year. Bring back the Pathans and Ishants, BCCI.

  • on June 25, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    great win! congrats to the team. But touting this as a 'bowlers win' is incorrect and premature. Its more a one off performance. Neither Zaheer nor Nehra have enough pace and consistency to trouble quality batsmen. I kinda agree with Sanga...they did seem to have a bad day.

    India needs genuine pace bowlers, not medium pacers with top speeds in 130s. Ishant showed great promise during the Aussie tour when he toyed with the great Ponting. Even Irfan had good pace when he began his career. Somehow Indian pacers tend to fall to mediocre bowling speeds and lose the all important spunk that is required of a quality fast bowler. We need a dedicated bowling coach and I dont mean Prasad who had only two pace modes in his time : slow and slower

  • AvidCricFan on June 25, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I don't understand why Nehra was not Man of the Match. We won this match not because of Karthik's batting, but exceptional bowling performance from Nehra. While Karthik performed in this match, I still have doubts about him being a consitent all weather opener.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 25, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    As per "Sageleaf" comments "India didn't win but SL just gave away the match". His comments are somewhat similar to Sangakkara's complacent comments. If this is true then no team will get appreciation for winning. Mistakes of one team is advantage to other teams. If India had bowled and fielded this way (did against Pakistan too) in previous matches against SL then India wouldn't have lost even single match. Good India lost to SL in dead rubber match and that really helped Dhoni's team team not to make mistakes(like SL did in final). I appreciate SL's performance in this series. Everything worked for them and also they really played well. Its always good to have confidence but not complacency.

  • maddy4cricket on June 25, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Nehra on his day bowls reall well.But he is not very consistent. I wonder what sreesanth,ishant and RP Singh are doing.

  • 3rd_man on June 25, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Dilshan should adjust his game to the situation.how can he try to go after from ball one,without spend more time on the wicket?there are some issues with lights & pravin is swinging the ball.Attacking batsman doesn't mean by hitting the ball from ball one.Gilchrist,heyden,sewag they ll take some balls to get eye in before go after balling.I think those players got very good defence,so they can negotiate moving ball. dilshan should be solid & confident on his technique.These are international bowlers.they got talent thats why they are in the side,not like maharoof.so you must give some respect till you get in.Kandambi is awful in ground fielding.He improve his fitness.I wonder what happened to our fielding standards?many coaches there,wonder what they do.Mahela,kapugedara malinga and sometimes kulasekara are the best.many say dilshan is the best fielder,but he never picked blinders like mahanama once did.when he bat well,you cant expect 100% in the feild from dilshan.

  • vikicork on June 25, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Ive been one of the people not happy with Nehra or Zaheer for that matter and while im very happy with this win ,on flat Indian wickets they simply are going to get hit Again we need IRFAN back in side and sooner selectors realise this the better Dhoni himself just prior to the final bemoaned the lack of all rounders in the side

    We should include both Pathans in the fifteen players shortlisted

    Team for world cup --Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Raina,Rohit,Irfan,Harbhajan,Zaheer/Nehra,Praveen if track is aiding spinners then Yusuf or Jadeja in playing 11 instead of Zaheer/Nehra

    Reserves --Yusuf ,Jadeja/Ashwin,Kohli,Karthik,R.P Singh ( Unless Ishant has learned to vary his pace he shoudnt be in side )

  • mrgupta on June 25, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Even after loosing an almost one sided Final match Sanga was insisting that his team had a bad day and they were the superior team otherwise. I think being confident is good but he sounded complacent. This will not help SL in the WC2011. Both SL and India won 3 games each but India won the all important Final. R.Jadeja i feel is though statistically contributing but i think Irfan Pathan would be a better asset for the team. Infact during IPL Irfan was among the best Indian allrounders. I really hope selectors give him more chances so that he can be ready for the WC next year.

  • on June 25, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Congrats to India!

    I feel Maharoof, Murali and Mendis are not aces any more. I don't mean any disrespect to anyone of the three but all three of them, I think, would be a liability and not an asset going into the World Cup in 2011. If Malinga doesn't fire there is no one!!!!! Kulasekara, Malinga and we need another classy bowler. Unfortunately Murali doesn't cut it anymore :(

  • Scube on June 25, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Congrats to team India on the excellent win! But in order to be more consistent to regularly challenge the best sides, we need a good bench strength in our bowling dept and for that we need Ishant, Irfan & RP to find their best form soon! If Yusuf can become a consistent lower middle order batsman at the Intl level, that'll perfectly fit the plan too. But, in my opinion, We also need Jadeja to lose his already average bowling form so that he can be permanently sent to RR to remain as their everlasting superstar! I don't ever see him becoming an asset in batting, so much for an allrounder!

    @shrastogi, I can't agree more as India would still have easily beaten Aus in the CB series, won the Compaq win in SL (the first final victory against SL in this decade!), won the ODI series against SA, etc. without Sachin! It's nice to sound like a joker once in a while!

  • Rahul_78 on June 25, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    I have noticed Sangga has bit of a foot in the mouth syndrome. He was gung ho prior to finals and made some bold comments after wining the dead rubber. Also after loosing the finals he was indicating indirectly tht his was the best team. There is afine line between being over the top and quitely confident. I was a great admirer of mahela in this sense. He was calm and calculated in his approch. Sangga wld do well to take some advice frm his close friend.

  • Sageleaf on June 25, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Well guys, India did not win but we gave the match away. I was at the match and was very disappointed with our fielding. Sri Lanka did not make any attempt to stop boundaries. If you watch the game on tape, you could see how many runs we could have stopped. India excelled in fielding, also bowling a tight line and length. If we have batted first, we could have won the game. But it's not an excuse and the lights also played a big role. Then again we played superbly against India in our first match before the final. Mahroof did not have a great game by taking 5 wickets. It's the lights and accuracy helped him to take wickets. Nehra is a good bowler and he got assisted by lights too. That was the difference. I thought Mahroof's fielding was very poor. How could he get to play for internationals when he doesn't perform well in our domestic tournaments? Aravinda, don't get carried away. The world cup is near and we have to be better and tough. No excuses and experiments please.

  • Dr.M.S.ARVIND on June 25, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    India needs Irfan no doubt esp in SA tour year end. But for WC do v really need a 4th seamer. India are gonna go with Zak, Nehra for sure and PK or anyone of the tested bowlers. In batting beauties at India where we are gonna play we need a second spinner who can bat too and who else is spinning allrounder apart Jadeja or maybe Ashwin. So its good to persist with Jadeja.

  • on June 25, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Congrats to the team. Dinesh Karthick has time and again proved his material as a batsaman. I think whenever he is in the team Dhoni should handover the wicket keeping gloves to him even though he did claim a part in 5 dismissals in the final. Dhoni can be more focussed if he allows Dinesh to keep wickets when he is in the team. Anyways Congrats to the team and to Dhoni in particular for impressinve batting dispaly in the tournament.

  • 3rd_man on June 25, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    its very close to world cup,sl looking to repeat 96,but I dont think we have players like aravinda & ranathunga,who were match winners shown their character by winning games for the SL.they could absorb the pressure,& be their till the end.unfortunately Mahela and sanga, never proven that.I cant remember a game that they done that after playing so many years.I cant think what Maharoof doing there.got 5 other day, just a luck i thought.Thisara should be there instead of him, who can really bat and field brilliantly,he do well against india.I think maharoof should drop indefinitely till he improve fielding& batting even the bawling. after all of these years mahela couldn't fix his problem to fast bowlers out side the off stump.i don't know why he couldn't do adjustments to his game which exposed so many times.sanga should give up gloves to chandimal and take responsibility as a batsmen. he should be 100% when batting, only guy who can be consistent sl batting.

  • OpeninBatsman on June 25, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    still there are some sick ppl doubting Ravindra Jadja... JADEJA has done really well for India he has scored @ an Avg of 35 wid a strike rate of 80.. also he has taken 26 wickets from 30 matches what more do u want from some one who is your fifth bowler

  • diri on June 25, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    lets not get to carried away guys,its just 1 win

  • Da-Silva1996 on June 25, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    I agree with SLfan that we need players that give 100%.Maharoof was awful in all respects of batting, bowling and fielding.He clearly has no talent and i for one was not impressed with his 5 for the previous match because it was one of those bizarre fluke that cricket tends to bring out from time to time.Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis need to be added to the team to bolster the batting/bowling.We accept SL lost but not so comprehensively considering their standards and quality players, as well as their current form.As SLFan stated we have quite a few players warming the field which are affecting the team to play to it's full potential.Anyway i am glad India won because hopefully this has finally woken up the selectors to drop players like Maharoof, Kapugedera and Kandamby which have failed continuously.Chandimal scored a century in under 5 matches, the above mentioned nowhere near!

  • nataraajds on June 25, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    congrats to Dhoni & co for winning asia cup after 15 years beating SL in srilanka is great. credits should be given to D.Karthik, Dhoni & Rohit for his sensible batting and all indian bowlers did well and nehra was extreemly good. India should have scored 30 more runs because they did not play well in 40-50 overs and atleast one of them should have made a big score. again our batsman did not play well to malinga. Afridi is automatic choice for man-of-the series for mind-blowing batting. we must appreciate SL boad for hosting this Asia cup successfully at Dambulla and not even one single match was effected by rain during this time..great

  • on June 25, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    I think the team should alos prepare their bench strength in fast bowling by firstly not testing any brand new 20 year olds who had a 1 good domentic season, rather they should concentrate on bowlers such as Munaf, Sree, RP, Ishant and Irfan who have put in decent international performances and need some spicing up in the NCA or the MRF pace academy and need to get their confidence sorted out. i wonder what is this policy of the selectors who pick ppl like Dinda, who are at best average over the others ...

  • SLfan on June 25, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    We want real competitors like Thissara, Chandimal in the team along with guys like Mathews, who are giving their 100 % always. No need of having inconsistent players in the side, who performs only for retain their place in the side, nothing else. A single player's body language can do a huge difference to the whole team's attitude, either towards good or bad. Y'day we saw that how some of our fielders did their job, by letting the ball to go through their legs. If someone is named as a 'bowling allrounder', I believe that he should be able to score more than 10 runs definitely, & also do a considerable job as a bowler & as a fielder...So, Aravinda please think about this.

  • TheMeanMachine on June 25, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is the only seam allrounder India has and I wonder why are they giving him the cold shoulder. With a splew of spinning allrounders, India can well afford to play with just one specialist spinner.

    When Sachin and Sehwag return, India's batting will be very top heavy and with Karthik and Kohli in the reserves, good time lie ahead.

  • on June 25, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    lol... i dnt get how sum people comment wothout watchinf the gamez... i can assure u that Zaheer has been unlucky all the tym, 2 b honest, i lyked his bowling more than nehra's last nyt......... he jst kept surprising the batsmen with his fast swing, i was literally shocked sumtyms after seeing how sum batsmen were lucky enuf not 2 b out on rippers...... and how bout that outswinger which surprised Tharanga and left him dazzled only jst 2 miss the off-stump....

  • sircha on June 25, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Nehra has always had the talent.It's only now that his quality is being realized by the Indian team.He is easily the most express bowler in the team and can consistently hit a speed of 135-140 kmph in the opening overs.He seems to be the only bowler who can rattle quality batsmen.Zaheer Khan has always been the consistent bowler and Praveen Kumar, the nippy one.I still feel we have to bring back Munaf Patel,Sreesanth,Ishant Sharma and RP Singh because they have the experience at the international level and can be easily retrained to perform at the highest level.

  • shrastogi on June 25, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Nice victory. First step towards world cup 2011. It so happens that all the sides in the world are testing new players. Asia Cup has come after 15 years and without Tendulkar. Why was he spending time with family when we had to play Pakistan in Asia Cup ? Was he trying to throw his weight around hoping India would lose and his importance would remain. In the current scenario we can play the world cup without him also with no major downside as even new players would know Indian conditions. Australia has been defeated by Engalnd in the current series and we lost to the same side in India despite Tendulkar. So his presence doesnt guarantee anything.Ishant should be retained for tests and as an option for world cup along with current trio.

  • on June 25, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    well done nehra congrates india

  • on June 25, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    The Seam / Fast bowling option for India still remains a worry . Yesterday under lights and wind there was good assistance for our military medium slow / seam bowlers. If the conditions are not supporting we still lacks in this area. Zaheer is a shadow of what he was .. Nehra is really a support bowler and Praveen Kumar ,no idea why his there ...

  • Vivek.Bhandari on June 25, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    all those who say Nehra doesn't deserve his place as he can't bat or field, should realize that at least he can bowl, most importantly in the powerplays...and there is no harm in having a classical number 11 in your team if he can bowl his full quota with taking wickets...if at number 11 he's required to bat, then what are the other 10 doing...? And yes, we really need yuvi and irfan back in the side...moreover jadeja hasn't done anything wrong but still india really needs a seam-up bowler who can bat...

  • on June 25, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    good bowling by ashish nehra

  • on June 25, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    What a great victory for india. It was a great answer to the face for few who were commenting against Indian bowling. So india are 5 time champions in the end.

  • on June 25, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    congradz indian cricket team .... i'm happy to see thendulka ,gambhir and nehra performing well..i think the mysterious srilankan doctor heel them well to beat srilanka ..heheh :P just kidding..but you know it's funny isn't it ..srilankans help other players to recover from there injuries..and we get penalized from them..:) but no worries that's human nature ..we can't help..:)

  • braindead_rocker on June 25, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Nehra is top class no doubt....Congrats to India for beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on June 25, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Hats OFF to Nehra..whom almost everyone wrote off before first IPL started. I could see lots of talent & never wrote him off. Its great to see Nehra fought injuries & come back strong...I wish him all the success. NEHRA -- please keep up the great work & continue your Magic in 2011 World Cup...Cheers, Kumar

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 25, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    The thing about indian quickies or rather medium pacers is that the wantadecent first spell with wicket or to in their initial spell then they can build on the pressure if the conditions are are helpful like if bhajji get wicket in his first over then he invariably ends up with 10-2-30-2 or figures in that range and hence if indian quickies aremore disciplined and pick up two wickets and a wicket here and there by an excellent effort by raina and kohli or rohit then bhajji is dangerous then india can tighten their screws consistently but unfortunately its not going to be the case hence hard work needs to be done in bowling and fielding go india go

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  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 25, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    The thing about indian quickies or rather medium pacers is that the wantadecent first spell with wicket or to in their initial spell then they can build on the pressure if the conditions are are helpful like if bhajji get wicket in his first over then he invariably ends up with 10-2-30-2 or figures in that range and hence if indian quickies aremore disciplined and pick up two wickets and a wicket here and there by an excellent effort by raina and kohli or rohit then bhajji is dangerous then india can tighten their screws consistently but unfortunately its not going to be the case hence hard work needs to be done in bowling and fielding go india go

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on June 25, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Hats OFF to Nehra..whom almost everyone wrote off before first IPL started. I could see lots of talent & never wrote him off. Its great to see Nehra fought injuries & come back strong...I wish him all the success. NEHRA -- please keep up the great work & continue your Magic in 2011 World Cup...Cheers, Kumar

  • braindead_rocker on June 25, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Nehra is top class no doubt....Congrats to India for beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • on June 25, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    congradz indian cricket team .... i'm happy to see thendulka ,gambhir and nehra performing well..i think the mysterious srilankan doctor heel them well to beat srilanka ..heheh :P just kidding..but you know it's funny isn't it ..srilankans help other players to recover from there injuries..and we get penalized from them..:) but no worries that's human nature ..we can't help..:)

  • on June 25, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    What a great victory for india. It was a great answer to the face for few who were commenting against Indian bowling. So india are 5 time champions in the end.

  • on June 25, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    good bowling by ashish nehra

  • Vivek.Bhandari on June 25, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    all those who say Nehra doesn't deserve his place as he can't bat or field, should realize that at least he can bowl, most importantly in the powerplays...and there is no harm in having a classical number 11 in your team if he can bowl his full quota with taking wickets...if at number 11 he's required to bat, then what are the other 10 doing...? And yes, we really need yuvi and irfan back in the side...moreover jadeja hasn't done anything wrong but still india really needs a seam-up bowler who can bat...

  • on June 25, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    The Seam / Fast bowling option for India still remains a worry . Yesterday under lights and wind there was good assistance for our military medium slow / seam bowlers. If the conditions are not supporting we still lacks in this area. Zaheer is a shadow of what he was .. Nehra is really a support bowler and Praveen Kumar ,no idea why his there ...

  • on June 25, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    well done nehra congrates india

  • shrastogi on June 25, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Nice victory. First step towards world cup 2011. It so happens that all the sides in the world are testing new players. Asia Cup has come after 15 years and without Tendulkar. Why was he spending time with family when we had to play Pakistan in Asia Cup ? Was he trying to throw his weight around hoping India would lose and his importance would remain. In the current scenario we can play the world cup without him also with no major downside as even new players would know Indian conditions. Australia has been defeated by Engalnd in the current series and we lost to the same side in India despite Tendulkar. So his presence doesnt guarantee anything.Ishant should be retained for tests and as an option for world cup along with current trio.