Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney January 1, 2012

Rohit ready should he be picked

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Rohit Sharma has said that he is mentally ready should he be asked to make his Test debut at the SCG on Tuesday. If he is asked to play, it will be in the place of Virat Kohli, who has scored 107 runs in seven Test innings away from home. Kohli was dropped after a disappointing tour of the West Indies, and then scored two fifties against the same side when recalled for a home Test. In the first Test of this series, he scored 11 and 0.

Rohit said he has to stay mentally prepared all through the tour, even if he doesn't get a game. "Of course [I'm ready]," he said. "I don't want to be unprepared. My preparation has to be 100%. It doesn't matter if I am playing or not. Preparation has to always be the same. I have to be ready [to play] each and every time. Because you never know, somebody might get injured on the day of the Test. You have to be ready."

Rohit should know about injuries on the morning of a Test: one he suffered during the warm-ups cost him his Test debut in Nagpur, against South Africa, in early 2010. Under MS Dhoni, India have been known to given players a decent run before dropping them, if required. Keeping that in mind, smart money has to be on Kohli getting another chance.

They haven't been told either way as of now. "As far as the team combination is concerned, we have not decided anything yet," Rohit said. "Maybe tomorrow we will have a better idea as to what the wicket will be like. Probably by tomorrow I will be told whether I am playing or not."

Rohit said the morale in the team is "very good" right now. "We really had a good time off," he said. "We had a team get-together yesterday, which was nice. And we got back again today to see how we are going to take it forward. We don't want to think about what has happened. We need to focus on what we have to do now. The process is still on. Hopefully things will turn around for us.

"We spoke about what went wrong, and what we need to do, and stuff like that. Which always happens, whether you win or lose. That is nothing new for us. As I said, we need to keep doing the right things."

Rohit gave credit to the Australian bowlers for their performance at the MCG, but denied the notion that the Indian batsmen might be shaken up or intimidated. "Not shaken up," he said. "They really bowled well, we need to accept that. Our batters also batted well in the first innings, but somehow we didn't manage that in the second. Credit goes to their bowlers."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ThirdRenegade on January 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Rohit Sharma with his experience of having played in Australia should be an automatic selection now with Kohli's failures, Laxman's ineptitude & Dravid's inconsistency. The problem now is the earliest he'll get action is at the WACA in Perth, a fast, bouncy surface which he should relish. Don't know much about Sharma's technique but he was not played for a long time since the 2011 WC, the shorter version of the game.From his interviews, he seems to be an intelligent cricketer who deserves an outing in the middle. Also India needs to have someone who can counter the Australian bowlers or the game will be over

  • howzitt on January 4, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    it's a tough situation! you can't afford to drop Laxman who is living on past AUS glory, sachin who is wai....ting to get 100th century. one of them should be rested to get Rohit in. best bet is to get Rohit to open with Shewag

  • Happy_AusBang on January 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I think Gambhir is the one who should go but the question is who else can open? Perhaps Parthiv Patel. I would like Sehwag to come in at 3 or 4 down where he would be more devastating, otherwise he is wasted as opener. The main problem however is India's bowling. I have been saying this for some time now. India needs to find some fast bowlers quick.

  • on January 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    The senior batsmen in the side like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman have proved that their days are over. Like Dada Ganguli & Kumble these should announce their retirement and make way for youngsters. If given early entry youngsters at least will mature for future and at least they will excel in the field if not with the bat to save many runs.

  • on January 4, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    yes bt instead of gambhir..

  • longandshort on January 4, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma must be watching the Indian batting and chuckling "what amateurs!"

  • longandshort on January 4, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Drop Gambhir, Dravid, Laxy and Kohli. Get Rohit and some young blood in. Nothing to lose situation as it cannot be made worse than it already is. And then F I G H T like made bulls.

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @Posted by RandyOZ on (January 02 2012, 04:21 AM GMT) - What are very times times? Still it makes more sense than most of your comms I suppose

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Rajchamp on (January 01 2012, 05:50 AM GMT) - You say that England's record in Sri Lanka is nothing short of pathetic. I disagree. It's a losing record for sure but in the last decade . prior to the last test series they've not lost a series by more than a solitary test. See you're actually contradicting yourself here by defending your own sides overseas form and then criticising another for the same thing when the other side has a similar sort of record overseas. Anyway , it's pointless - the past is the past. It's up to India to set the record straight in Australia and if India fail against an inconsistent Aus line up then it only lends to the doubters arguments just like if England fail in Pak and SL Also in another post you define recent history as anything in the last 20 years and this has absolutely no bearing on what's happening in today's cricket world

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 2, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Quite Funny Statement from Rohit, Some Seniors like Tendulkar, Sehwag or Vvs should tell him wake up it's not an Indian Flat Pitch!!!

  • ThirdRenegade on January 4, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Rohit Sharma with his experience of having played in Australia should be an automatic selection now with Kohli's failures, Laxman's ineptitude & Dravid's inconsistency. The problem now is the earliest he'll get action is at the WACA in Perth, a fast, bouncy surface which he should relish. Don't know much about Sharma's technique but he was not played for a long time since the 2011 WC, the shorter version of the game.From his interviews, he seems to be an intelligent cricketer who deserves an outing in the middle. Also India needs to have someone who can counter the Australian bowlers or the game will be over

  • howzitt on January 4, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    it's a tough situation! you can't afford to drop Laxman who is living on past AUS glory, sachin who is wai....ting to get 100th century. one of them should be rested to get Rohit in. best bet is to get Rohit to open with Shewag

  • Happy_AusBang on January 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I think Gambhir is the one who should go but the question is who else can open? Perhaps Parthiv Patel. I would like Sehwag to come in at 3 or 4 down where he would be more devastating, otherwise he is wasted as opener. The main problem however is India's bowling. I have been saying this for some time now. India needs to find some fast bowlers quick.

  • on January 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    The senior batsmen in the side like Sachin, Dravid and Laxman have proved that their days are over. Like Dada Ganguli & Kumble these should announce their retirement and make way for youngsters. If given early entry youngsters at least will mature for future and at least they will excel in the field if not with the bat to save many runs.

  • on January 4, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    yes bt instead of gambhir..

  • longandshort on January 4, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma must be watching the Indian batting and chuckling "what amateurs!"

  • longandshort on January 4, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Drop Gambhir, Dravid, Laxy and Kohli. Get Rohit and some young blood in. Nothing to lose situation as it cannot be made worse than it already is. And then F I G H T like made bulls.

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @Posted by RandyOZ on (January 02 2012, 04:21 AM GMT) - What are very times times? Still it makes more sense than most of your comms I suppose

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Rajchamp on (January 01 2012, 05:50 AM GMT) - You say that England's record in Sri Lanka is nothing short of pathetic. I disagree. It's a losing record for sure but in the last decade . prior to the last test series they've not lost a series by more than a solitary test. See you're actually contradicting yourself here by defending your own sides overseas form and then criticising another for the same thing when the other side has a similar sort of record overseas. Anyway , it's pointless - the past is the past. It's up to India to set the record straight in Australia and if India fail against an inconsistent Aus line up then it only lends to the doubters arguments just like if England fail in Pak and SL Also in another post you define recent history as anything in the last 20 years and this has absolutely no bearing on what's happening in today's cricket world

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 2, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Quite Funny Statement from Rohit, Some Seniors like Tendulkar, Sehwag or Vvs should tell him wake up it's not an Indian Flat Pitch!!!

  • ste13 on January 2, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    I also think that Kohli should be moved up the order and Rohit Sharma should be added at 6. Laxmax should be rested. You cannot rely on the big trio forever. Invest in the future, even at the cost of the series.

  • sriuma on January 2, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Rohit sharma is really a deserved player to a place in the 11,if you go by his batting form & his fluent strokes in the recent times.my 11 for scg is shewag,rahul,rohit,SRT,laxman,virat,dhoni,aswin,zaheer,sharma & yadav

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Rohit Shrama has the Technique to Tackle with Rising Delivery than Virat Kohli or even Dhoni atleast. Now the time has came for him to convert the Potential into performance .India definatley gonna revenge last tours Sydney Hummiliations from Australia

  • bharath74 on January 2, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    VVS should be replaced vt rohit but that is a very big decision, Kohli should not be dropped.

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @LillianThomson on (January 01 2012, 06:57 AM GMT) - I half agree with you - esp with VVS , but Dravid was immense this year in England when all the rest of his fellow batsmen failed to deliver. 25 isn't that old to start playing test cricket. Sorry for quoting Eng players but Strauss debut was at 27 and Trott at 28. Batsmen mature/peak at different rates .

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (January 01 2012, 10:20 AM GMT) No point in being bitter there. SL have had a decent win in SA and you might be right re what happens in the final test but surely it's more important to concentrate on the present than bring up stats which go back further than SL starting playing test cricket.

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I think India has a problem in that they are afraid to drop players who have served them well in the past but are out of nick now. Dravid , Tendulkar and VVS are all likely to have to be replaced over the next few years. The former has had a formidable season and ST hasn't been as woeful as some but VVS has been poor of late regardless of what he did pre this summer. How long do you keep underperforming players in your side purely because of past achievements ? Rohit in for VVS and a pace bowler in for Gambir.

  • on January 2, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    In my view the best batsman India have now a days is Sharma, he shud be there in the playing 11 at SCG

  • IndiaNumeroUno on January 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Gambhir out - Rahane in, Laxman out - Rohit in, Ashwin out - Jadeja in

  • manisacumen on January 2, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Rohti should be included ahead of Kohli. Ian Chappel was right when he said,"Rohit should be played in preference to Kohli. India will be making a mistake taking Kohli ahead of Rohit. I know they will pick Kohli..." These words came true, although Kohli could have also proved wrong. The point is Rohit deserves more than Kohli, even ahead of Laxman at this point of time.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I had predicted a 4-0 win for us before the series. Now with the first test already lost, I have strong suspicions that the prediction would be fully reversed in favour of aussies. It should not happen. If it does or even if india loses this series, 3-0 or 2-1 or 3-1, the trimurthis will be chucked out disgracefully. That will be very sad. The current aussie attack is definitely not great but when you have a dad's army, it doesn't matter how good the attack is.

  • veerakannadiga on January 2, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Rohit Sharma minus his attitude, could well end up being one of the best players India has ever produced. As I keep repeating, a man, no less than the Great Shane Warne has said that Rohit is the best Indian talent of the younger lot. Guys fantastic with his technique, but more often than not gets out, either because of laziness or because of overconfidence.

  • on January 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    I agree to gogoldengreens. Rookies should just prepare. There is too much talk before the match these days. India can come back. Form of Gambhir is the real concern at the top.

  • on January 2, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Rohit is a very gifted player and the best amongst the young brigade of Indian Cricket.He is not likely to get a place in the playing eleven at SCG but will definitely be playing for India in the coming time.It will be unfair to Virat kohli if the team management drops him after a failure in one test.rohit, Virat, Suresh Raina.Rahane will be stars of Indian cricket in the coming time provided they follow the steps of Sachin,Dravid and do not chase the habits of Yuvraj & bhajji.

  • RandyOZ on January 2, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    India is in for some very times times after the big 3 retire. They have literally blooded no one to come through the ranks and replace them. Poor administration really.

  • on January 2, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Rohit need to be picked ahead of Kohli, rohit can handle the short pitch stuff. First test India stared well but they didn't capitalise the initial advantage. India bowlers bowled better than expected and MSD's lack of killer instincts allowed aussies to comeback. Both the innings India had a chance to bowled out aussies between 150-200. Indian bowlers need to repeat the same attack more and more Ponting and Hussey. Even though they scored some runs in the first test I strongly feel that they are not at their best.

    Viru and Gambir needs to give a better opening for India so that our middle order can come play their role. Viru need not to change his batting style and let him play on his own way.

  • satish619chandar on January 2, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Well.. Rohit always had better technique than Virat.. Virat's experience in ODI format gave him the slot in first match.. I think Rohit deserves a chance.. I would give Rohit a chance now.. Virat's game is more suited in top order batting with pure batsmen..

  • only_sehwag on January 2, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @SRT_GENIUS

    Irfan is the best bowler in the domestic season?? LOL..which domestic season are you referring to??the joke of IPL/CL ?? Irfan is not among the top ten bowlers in ranji...needless to say that he is not among the top ten batsmen either...so much for an allrounder...a few more years, he will struggle to get into the Baroda team as well..

  • on January 2, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    rohit should be given the upper hand on kohli. he is a real and proved his talent in recent wi vs ind series.

  • spinkingKK on January 2, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    I suggest dropping Gambhir for one test and making Dravid open. Gambhir can still come back in Perth or Adelaide. Opening with Ashwin will be another option. Beacuse, Ashwin's defense is right and he has got the height to counter the bounce. His only problem is that he tries to play the shots which he plays successfully in India, but quick bounce makes it difficult to execute. Anyway, if somebody elase open in place of Gambhir, we can have both Rohit and Kohli in the middle order and create a competition between the two for the vacant middle order spot - Just like what happened in the tour game. If the team managment doesn't want to do that, then dropping Kohli will be the only option.

  • on January 2, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Rohit Sharma need to let the bat do the talking and nail his place in the Indian side. Out of the up and coming batsman he is the by far the best of them and needs to be in this Indian side before the Big 3 retire which I'd say is within the next 18 months to 2 years time.Sharma has great stroke play,a good eye,can hit the long ball and is just a class player. He needs to work on his temperament but if he does he can become a top class test player.

  • SanjeevHN on January 2, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    It was a mistake not to play Rohit Sharma in India. Now that Virat Kohli had his opportunity, we should move on. If you look at long term prospects Rohit Sharma is the best bet. Just like Laxman who scored tons and tons of runs at domestic level. Similarly, Rohit Sharma scored runs and he deserves the place more than Virat Kohli

  • Lord_Dravid on January 1, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    @BravoBravo..if you closely followed india's tour of SA a year ago you will have known india came closer to winning the series than SA. the series was drawn but india had the upper hand until kallis came to their rescue! and you say who cares about tendulkars runs but isnt that what prcisely measures a batsmen quality? at the end of the day that what it comes down to runs!

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 1, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    @only_sehwag: You need to follow Ranji. Irfan is the best bowler in the domestic circuit this season!

  • shamlaatu on January 1, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    I am Pak supporter but I would love to see Rohit play. I don't care whether India needs him or not, or whether Kohli and/or Gambhir has to be dropped. Rohit's batting style is Mirza Ghalib's poetry in motion. It will be a treat to watch him play in Australia.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 1, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @AidanFX..i think your right india we hit by a spate of injuries in eng and also by dodgy umpiring even with silly DRS! dont think we should read into it too much i know we are capable of beating eng in eng just like we did in 2007! :)

  • only_sehwag on January 1, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    ""now when ppl like rohit,irfan,rahul sharma are in gr8 form they r not given chance.."" ....irfan in gr8 form??????? try to follow domestic cricket and not just ipl..irfan' performance in the last Ranji trophy match has been pathetic with both the bat and ball...that too against a weak bengal side in baroda (his home ground).

  • BravoBravo on January 1, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    @Mark Souza: You are right mate. IND batsmen need some helpful advice from their SL counterparts as to how to play on fast pitches, @Test-match-Fan: you are absolutely right. Tendul and Shewag are enough to sink this overrated IND team anywhere anytime outside their homegrounds. I will refer to IND vs SA test in Centurion (about a year ago), Tendul made 114 not out making sure that he remains not out as trying to avoid SA pacers and letting tailenders face the fury of SA bowlers. Result was IND lost by an innings and 25 runs. If he is the best batsman, at least he would have manged to avoid inning defeat for IND. He has yet to play a defining inning, who cares how many runs he made.

  • on January 1, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Rohit is next VVS in making. Indian team should extract the capabilities of Rohit and utilize them in Test matches. He already played good innings in ODIs in WI as well as in India... Hope we see some Rohit debuting Test matches in SCG and play wonderful innings to get India level the series!!!

  • Street_Hawk on January 1, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    I would play Rohit in Sydney..he is talented and capable of handling Oz fast bowlers better than Kohli...Kohli is not a bad player but I think lacks confidence outside India at the moment...may be playing some more tests in India will boost his confidence...and I think of Kohli as a player of Dravid mode (look at his stance etc..he is not as classic as Dravid)..and we should remember Dravid failed horribly on his first Oz tour in 1999..but he came back well in 2003...so Virat will do well eventually..just play Sharma for now..he is an ideal #6 anyways..will take Laxman's place and Kohli will take Dravid's place in future

  • PradeepR on January 1, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    This is going to be a green top and Kohli should be dropped and Rohit should play. Kohli shouldn't play just because he needs to be given sufficient number of chances. I hope India doesn't play him at the expense of the series. This second test is very critical in that if we lose this 2nd test too there is no chance of winning the series.

  • gogoldengreens on January 1, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Last week Warner this week Rohit.... What is it with Rookies giving their opinions - they should be practicing trying to nail a spot... Warner has gone off the boil since mouthing off

  • ksk154 on January 1, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    I would like to give kohli a good no. of chances because he is the only youngster who has shown consistency unlike other youngsters. I guess Rohit would debut only in the 3rd test if Gambhir fails in the 2nd test then Sehwag n Dravid would open the inns to give way to Rohit at no. 6.

  • charlie2921972 on January 1, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Kohli and Gambhir should be dropped and their places should be taken by Ojha and Rohit in XI, make Dravid or Ashwin to open with Sehwag, in this way atleast we can get an extra bowler since nowadays bowlers are scoring more than the batsmen.

  • MIG_X17 on January 1, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    I think Rohit must be included in the lineup, however in the place of Gautam Gambhir, but not as an opener. Dravid should asked to open alongside Sehwag. Playing one down player at opening slot isn't a blunder, because # 3 batsman knows how to tackle a new ball. Justin Langer used to play at # 3 when Mark Taylor and Micheal Slatter used to open for Aussies. After Mark Taylor quits Test Cricket, Langer starts opening for Oz. So it shouldn't be a problem for Dravid. Also that will make a way for another middle order batsman, who has ability to build partnerships and play long innings. BTW Gambhir has no role in Test squad when India tours outside sub-continent. If Aakash Chopra and Wasim Jaffar can be dropped after unsuccessful tour of down under, why Gambhir should be spared if he can't give justice to his place. A Mukund has a great temperament as a classic opener and hence he needs to be groomed.

  • IMEthan on January 1, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    seems few dumbos are selecting this team....i dnt understand,y indian always go by the names n records.... now when ppl like rohit,irfan,rahul sharma are in gr8 form they r not given chance...n when they will loose confidance then they not b able to perform upto their potential.... come on wake up guys 4-0 not again

  • Lord_Dravid on January 1, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    my instincts tell me the same team will play without rohit for this test match at SCG..if we dont perform then we'll field one or two changes for the remaining two test matches.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 1, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Simple. Drop Gambhir (Or Dhoni) and have RD fill the role (Opener/WK). Move Kohli to #3, as he always played at this spot all his cricket. Rohit will come in at 6. Can't drop any of the three seniors.

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Just a thought why not try Jaffar Pujara and Rohit in place of Gambhir Laxman and Kohli

  • Vedahametham on January 1, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    I like Maddy 20s comment. "The fact that you cannot put together a proper sentence annoys me even more!". Leave alone the readers who comment, may be sometimes writing in hurry or from their BBs, I am sorry to say that some writers(scribes) too can't. It becomes difficult to comprehend or understand when sentences are not written properly. sometime back I have commented on a sports site not Cricinfo, about the poor English and they blocked my id for future commenting. If an Internet site can't absorb a constructive criticism, I don't understand why they set up a public site. About Indian cricketing abroad, I don't know how long we, fans should wait before the side dominates in all departments. The paradox is we have the richest Board and a good following but our cricketers perform in patches on foreign soil.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    i dont know what indian selectores are doing,yet not win in austrlia any series and still they are persisting with old guns? wat a terrible condition this is? How many chances required to this laxman,tedulkar,sehwag,ghmabir ,Dhoni etc,why not new set of players,just because of the stats of these big guns india unable to win the series,keep them away from the team and put young legs in the team and check the differences.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    @only_sehwag: Yes mate I completely agree. Sehwag is definitely the most feared batsman for all the oppositions. He plays positively and gets rewards for his positive attitude. Only thing he needs to do is to not do anything reckless in the start of his inniings so that once he is set, he can take the game away from the opposition within minutes. That's why Australia wouldn't take India lightly even with a 1-0 lead. India certainly have the team to win this series but it depends on the attitude of the team as a whole. They have to be positive and also try not to be over-confident when they have the upper hand. I have always noticed this with the Indian team. That's why they had to pay the price for it in the last match, Trent Bridge, Lords, etc. even when it looked like they would win.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @Test_Match_Fan: I can understand if you want Laxman to be dropped as he has been short of runs but why would you want to drop Tendulkar? He is the man in form and in case you noticed, he scored his runs faster than Sehwag in the last match. He also has the best record at the SCG. I think dropping Tendulkar would be outright mad at this stage. Also I think that Tendulkar's best chances of getting his personal milestone "the 100th hundred" is in this very period at the SCG. Just hope he doesn't do anything ridiculous when he gets close enough to a 100.

  • Pritt32 on January 1, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    There needs to be passion and heart injected in India's performance at Sydney. Every batmen needs to fire such as Laxman, Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar. They have been given a chance even though they do not deserve it. Their batting is awful and ugly to watch at present. I hope R.Sharma ;s inclusion can help India back in the series. If the batting fails again, these players should be dropped in the final two matches. India need to think about the future as they cannot relie on ageing players any longer. We need to put little master milestone aside, as winning is important. It will be great if he gets it. It does not matter about the milestone, as winning the series is far important, but at present bleak as I feel team India is looking out of sort in the batting department and Dhoni's captaincy is too defensive.

  • Ubaidaleem on January 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I sincerely doubt that either Rohit or Kohli are well equipped to play on fast bouncy tracks. They are very good one day player are very elegant to watch but their first movement is to come on front font like any other asian player and drive on the up if the ball is pitched on good length. They will eventually learn to survive and thrive in hostile Australian conditions. One thing India can try to place someone (Raina/Kohli/Rohit) between Sachin and Dravid. Thats where they will learn the most. Less pressure with mentors around.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @ssenthil: I know what you mean about Ishant. But you got to admit that he has bowled at a good economy rate and not conceeded many boundaries. He has also bowled a good line and length. So what he has done well in the last match is that he kept things tight from one end and helped Yadav and Zaheer to build pressure on the other end. The pressure was only lifted when Dhoni spread the field around for the tailenders and that was the real turning point of the match.

  • knan on January 1, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to keep his dreams alive of winning a series in Aus, he should be bold enough to play Rohit at the cost of Kohli. Even though Gambhir has been struggling of late, he would be a better performer than Kohli. Rahane after his decent debut in England has been struggling of late. Seems to have lost his mojo. My team would be the same , except for Rohit replacing Kolhi.

  • amittsg on January 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    He is ready and give results, give him a chance!

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @ThirdRenegade Why do u want to replace Ishant & Ashwin.. they are doing well both with ball and also with bat ??? Only one change Dhoni has to do...

    If Kholi retained then he should bat ahead of VVS or after MSD

    If Kholi replaces Rohit then he should bat ahead of VVS or after MSD

    So that we can handle both experience and technique in the middle and lower middle order instead of losing big 3 and leaving the lower middle order with more pressure on Dhoni and tails......

  • m_ilind on January 1, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    India's bowling attack has shown that they can perform in Aus conditions. Zak and Ishant are coming back, while Yadav and Ashwin are good discoveries. It now depends on our famed batting line up to decide the outcome of this series. The form of Gambhir, VVS and the contentious No.6 spot will be our main worry.

  • ThirdRenegade on January 1, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    It's a bit of a puzzle how some players who get into the side purely on the basis of performances in the IPL, ODI Series & World Cup contributions but by very little contribution in First Class, Ranji, Duleep & Irani Trophy Cricket. Players like Waseem Jaffer {In 200 first-class matches, Jaffer has scored 15,081 runs at an average of 50.60 with 44 centuries and 73 fifties}. He also played 31 Tests scoring 2000 (Avg.64) runs but strangely was never a regular member of the squad. Another name is Cheteshwar Pujara {Highest run-scorer in the 2006 Under-19 WC with 349 runs coming at an average of 116}. In 3 Tests he played he has a highest score of 72 & 107 runs to show for his efforts. Unsure on what parameter Kohli & Sharma are automatic choices for the Test Matches. Kohli's performance (107 Runs in 7 away tests & Rohit, a debutant) shine over the above stalwarts

  • shamid on January 1, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    the only batsman in India that can play the short ball comfortably is Pujara. whatever has happened to this guy? he is not even considered in the probables anymore let alone the starting 12. India needs to groom batsman to play hostile bowling, when they do have one he is tossed aside and forgotten about. I also think Jaffar should be on tour. he is in prolific form and has a far better technique that both Sewag and Gambir. Sewag technique in flawed and the Aussie bowlers has worked him out. he got 3 chances in the 1st innings and never got going. he got out in both innings due to poor technique. Gambir is way too tentative. Sachin is the only batsman who had the right approach....... Attack the aggression!!!!!!!!!

  • ThirdRenegade on January 1, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    In the 2nd Test at the SCG, India have no option but to come out with all guns blazing! This is the only surface besides which aids spin especially for wrist spinners so pace won't win it for a side. Even the curator has testified to that. Quite a lot of changes are surely needed to roll over Australia. For one the attitude has to be mentally very tough unlike at the MCG where India were very casual in both batting & bowling. It didn't have the heart of a side that tasted blood & weakness of a team struggling to get it's act together (Aus). Gambhir must make way for Rahane, Laxman for Rohit, Ishant for Abhimanyu Mithun & Ashwin for Ojha. Kohli need not be dropped as he can come good. Also there must be a tough & stern team talk on how to hold an end in Test Matches unlike ODI's & how to polish off tailenders. Others the bets are off for this match, might as well watch on TV

  • Test_Match_Fan on January 1, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    drop Laxman and Tendulkar, play both Kohli and Rohit

  • TRAM on January 1, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    >>>>>Under MS Dhoni, India have been known to given players a decent run before dropping them, if required.<<<< Is that so??? How many chances Kholi got and how many Badri got? (in Tests).

  • Raghavsalooja17 on January 1, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Rohit deserves it !!!Kohi no doubt is a good player , but he needs to get mature , and concentrate on batting rather than showing tattoos and stupid aggression

  • maddy20 on January 1, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @landl47 Very well put. I was thinking of the same, but considering the fact that Kohli is yet to prove himself in the longest format, they might give Laxman another go.

    @area1985 Don't you guys have anything better to do? Write something sensible or give us a break. The fact that you cannot put together a proper sentence annoys me even more!

  • Sarangarajan on January 1, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    If any one has observed impartially,for some time now, Sachin has been batting splendidly.The only hiccup has been that he couldnot score that elusive 100. That apart, any one bowling at him should be concerned with his form and technique. Wih Zaheer and Ishant going through the rigours of test cricket without problem only augurs well for the team . You have a great plus of Umesh"s bowling.Am sure that the Indian Batsmen will play far better than the Melbourne test.So looking ahead posiitively, India has to gain from now onwards.Aussies had put all the eggs in their basket too quickly and am sure there is nothing much to expect from them. let us see how the series go farwrad.

  • only_sehwag on January 1, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    some people are blaming sehwag's attitude...without sehwag, India would have been bowled under 175 in the first innings too and would have lost by an innings...his shot in the 2nd innings was reckless, but at least he contributed in the 1st innings..

    the main problems are kohli and gambhir...they failed in both innings...kohli at least has fielding skills and can bowl a couple of overs if required...gambhir is a total liability on the team...

  • GMathews on January 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    OF COURSE ROHIT MUST PLAY IN KOHLI'S PLACE,WHATEVER HAPPENED WITH RAHANE IN THE PRACTICE MATCH, RAHANE must play in the opening position with Sehwag. GAMBIR and KOHLI BECAME 20/20 - ONEDAY PLAYERS,the way Gambir shown going after outside the offstumb ball reminds that,hes poor in leaving those balls. Kohli also a poor performer of bouncy test wicket, India must try how Rahane/Rohit cope with situation.RAHANE did a good job in England. India needs to groom some youngsters while their 3 seniors retirement.

  • ankush0531 on January 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I think Rohit is much better than Virat kohli VVs Laxman Sehwag and Gambhir in Techinque. He is technically perfect than all the above players. I think Laxman Sehwag and Gambhir are out of form... So far as Virat is concerned, his tecnically as well as mentely very poor and not fit for test cricket like Yuvraj ,,Bewan..etc..If india want to win series than they should ponder over R. sharma.

  • only_sehwag on January 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Rohit maybe ready but we are not ready for another trial and error which has been going on since ganguly was kicked out...its better to take 2 bowlers in place of gambhir and kohli..

    yuvraj should be given a couple of chances in the future when he recovers from his illness...ashwin has made good contributions with the bat, but his primary job is that of a bowler...and he has failed in that...

  • Vin2006 on January 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Certainly, Rohit can be given a chance for 2nd test in place of Gambir. He's a great player!

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Yes Rohit should be picked and the out of form Gauty should be dropped it`s a no brainer. Dreavid can open,Kohli and Sharma to bat ahead of VVS.Dhoni needs to prove that he can play outside of India.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I know it`s early days but the signs are already there...same old,same old.... If we go down 4 nil or even 3 nil a complete overhaul should take place,i mean wipe the slate clean and build from scratch.Add each name on merit not past reputation. Fletcher should be given total control,no interferance from bcci, but what are the chances of this happening? Practically zero, The bcci are more than happy to enjoy the financial rewards that Indian cricket generates,they are quite happy for team India to lord it up at home,things will never change.Our brief spell as number 1 test team got to our heads a little bit and most of us dreamt of great things but the dream soon turned into a nightmare in England,now it looks like continuing.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Rohit must get his place

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I just hope India can at least draw the series or lose no more tests in Australia,I just hope this is not a repeat of England,if it happens India will again become poor travelers!this time bowlers will perform but the batsmen have not clicked as a unit since SA tour whats happening,we need to beat quality sides,if NZ can beat australia we are a far better batting side than them!

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Replace Gambhir with Rohit to open with Sehwag. Gambhir should fix his technique for tests. Rohit can eventually replace Rahul. They are extremely talented, they just need to focus right.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    I think there should be some changes in the batting order ; Laxman should promote to no 3 ; Dravid is in fine form and he should come in no 5 and carry the innings further with the lower order ; Regarding Gambhir ; he has to score runs and should not give more pressure by wasting his valuable wicket ; if the opener get a minimum of hundred run partnership then India should score big ; Since England series India unfornutaley did not cross a 300 mark land (except the series played in India ) and that point need to be concern !

  • Freewheeler on January 1, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Though I am not an advocate for swapping players after one bad test match, there is a case to be made for including Rohit Sharma in place of Virat Kohli. In addition to his burgeoning confidence, Rohit will be handy with his offspin - a trait that won't be overlooked at the SCG. Ajinkya Rahane has not inspired any confidence whatsoever and so I'll give Gambhir another chance to fail. This armchair critic's $0.02.

  • Nampally on January 1, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Rohit will get a chance because there were 4 batsmen from the top 7 who failed miserablyin both the innings - Gambhir, Kohli, Laxman & Dhoni. Common factors lacking in all these guys is poor foot work, lack of patience & determination. In case of Gambhir fishing for the balls outside the off stump. Does Rohit have good footwork so necessary to play the moving seamers? If he does not use his feet properly he is not going far either.Indian squad is so poor that some guys have been put in as reserve bench players only. So it is difficult to replace eternal failures. For example there is no alternate opener to back up Gambhir. Either Rahane or Dravid will have to become emergency openers because Gambhir is so poor.Mukund was the opener for one series & now he is just a man who tops the Ranji batting this year.No all rounders( like Pathan, Jadeja) in the side is a huge hole to fill in. Rohit should grab his chance with both the hands and score big. He is a determined & deserving youngster.

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Batting except VVS laxsman everyone looks good & its better to pick up R.sharma in his place also boost up fielding ,running b/w wik only lack is experience Bowling instead of I.Sharma better to have mithun or V,arun or Ohja

    Dravid and sachinand zaheer really showed the class in the matches hats off

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Ok Rohit should come Ghambir is not playing well and he is an opener Rohit can only take the place of Virat, Vijay or somebody else has to come to open with Sehwag who is not Dravid.

  • charlie2921972 on January 1, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    India should take inspiration from Sri Lanka to level the series and go ahead to remain in top team practically rather than on papaer

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    India havent made more than 300 in any innings outside india in 2011......this is a serious problem for indian batting line...some changes should be made.....remove ghambhir...open with ashwin or dravid....n play rohith sharma.....our bowlers look good but there lack of attacking captaincy from dhoni has benefited aussies....hope Indian team will do well in scg

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    can not give concern to all country players only the indian are given priority

  • SomeCents on January 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Despite the fact that Rahul got bowled 3 times, he & Tendulkar showed the tightest technique. Ashwin was the next best! Even Sehwag just swishes and hopes for the best! And is Dhoni finally getting exposed????

  • SomeCents on January 1, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    It would be incredibly stupid to replace Kohli after 1 test where virtually everybody failed. Furthermore, Gambhir & Laxman look totally inept. Laxman does well in Oz when there is PREDICTABLE bounce. When the ball seams/swings he looks like a novice. He looks more flat-footed than Sehwag. As for Gambhir, throughout his career he's been prodding outside the off stump like that. Finally, bowlers have caught up to him. Do you see any adjustment that he's trying to make? I don't! But India doesn't have the guts to drop these 2 guys!

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I wonder why no one is looking at the performance of Ishant Sharma!!! Despite he has clocked at 152 kmph he was never threaten to take wickets many a time nor he has created opportunities and he was hugely inconsistent. With his Bowling avg over 35 after 40 Tests and his Bowling Avg in Aus over 65, he is not reqd for us in SCG particularly unless it's a green top. I guess India should go with P Ojha inplace of Ishant Sharma for SCG and Adelaide perhaps in WACA Ishant should play. After Sreesanth it's time to chop one more "Talented" but never delivered person from Indian team. I would give Gauti one more Game and for Laxman as well and at present I would ask Kohli to correct his weakness and play Rohit as Kohli have enough talent and age on his side to make a comeback.

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @henchart, if you don't know, India's last win in WACA is without H Singh, as he was dropped from the Team. Stop saying what he has done. A Bowling avg over 100 at Australia, A Batsman would be proud of this number for his Batting Avg.

  • cric4lyf on January 1, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    INDIA MUST PLAY WITH THESE PLAYERS IF THEY WANT TO WIN Sunny deol,salman khan,shahrukh khan, amir khan, (sunil gavaskar, ravi shastri they think that they are experts), govinda, akshay kumar and RAJNIKANTH.... although Rajnikanth can play alone and win..

  • KiranKumarVG on January 1, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    As of now nobody should worru about 3 big names Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman they still have lot of cricket left in them. only concern just like the one day team we dont have test players in the teamfighting for a spot. In the one day team we have lot of players fighting for a place in the team the bench strength is really very strong it may be due to IPL ? thanks to IPL ? But test team we still couldnt find a players replacing Gangully . We had Yuvraj Kaif ,Raina Kohli etc etc and now it might be rohit. fist of all we must have a strong bench strength then we can obviously think of replacing the dravid or laxman or Tendulkar. I just like IPL Ranaji should be made private and we should have foriegn players playing the coach etc etc. It should be made competitive enough to raise the youngsters. Just like what Dravid said at Don Bradmans speech. may be Ranaji should be shown live and day and night should be done etc etc.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Rohit Sharma in place of Laxman or at worse replace Gambhir with him

  • cricketisagame on January 1, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Mar D'souza.. seems like you started to follow cricket since last week...

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    oh no not another 4-0 white wash.if at all that is the case let us play only fit fast bowlers instead of ishant sharma and zaheer khan.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    it is time to make changes in the team so include rohit sharma in place of either Gambhir or I personally feel that one of the 3 seniors should be voluntarily rested and play rohit because same old batting line up is not getting desird results

  • rohan024 on January 1, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    There are few things, which can never change in Indian cricket and one of them is to pick players based on immediate past performance rather than evaluating players on overall skills..Jaffer scored a double century against Pakistan in Kolkatta immediately before the Aus tour in 2007 and guess what they dropped Gambhir and Sehwag to play Jaffer in Aus. Only after 2 test matches in Aus where Jaffer lived up to his reputation of 'good only at home' player, did Kumble pick Sehwag and he scored a century immediately. This time also, Kohli ll play the 2nd test match and only in 3rd match we will see Sharma playing and scoring runs...

  • henchart on January 1, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Kohli will be given one more chance and so would be Gambhir.Laxman will also play harping on what he plucked on previous tours at SCG .Indian cricket team gets picked on the basis of sentiments and past records and not on horses for courses.Ideally,Gambhir,Kohli and Laxman should pave way forRahane ,Rohit and Ojha.5 Bowlers with Dhoni at 6 and responsible Ashwin at 7 will be a bold but unlikely move.One thing is certain , if Indians dont redeem themselves at SCG,funeral awaits them at WACA.Mind you ,there is no turbanator around to provoke and take the Aussie bull by the horn ,this time .

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    i think gambir is not playing up to the mark .....he looks too casual on the feild and i think he has some distractions giving him a break will always hepl to his cause rohit desreves the place in the team if rahul can open if not then rahane should have the look in...on the case of kohli its upto the captain because rohit is in prime form as well kohli in shorter format, decision between them should be made verycarefully.......

  • area1985 on January 1, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @rahul cricket ur comparison has been going for ice ages, funny part was ur team couldn't won a single series in down under for more than 60 years

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Hi everyone, not going very far but if we look at the performance of kohli in the 1st test, he was not convincing at all, His confidence is very low, No foot movement, and No experience as such when it comes to play abroad. On the other hand, rohit has performed exceptionally well in the last few matches with an average of 76 in this season with to 90's again Windies and he also has a ton recently under his belt against railways recently which could be a booster...Rest the other Middle order batsmen has to take the responsibility to take India to a respectable total from a gud start which they couldn't Capitalized in the 1st innings. With the lights of Sachin, Sehwag, dravid, Laxman, Dhoni and Kohli/Rohit and a good performance by the bowling attacks should encourage india to perform well in the second test. Good Luck Team India

  • area1985 on January 1, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    This is a just a overrated series on paper like eng india series result will be 4-0 for aus, unless rain comes and washed one game for 3-0

  • landl47 on January 1, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Rohit and Virat should both play. India needs to look forward, even if it means dropping a series. A middle order made up of players 38, 38 and 37 has no future. Get Rohit in while a couple of the older players still have some game. I'd drop Laxman.

  • LordOfDCric on January 1, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    I hope India will pull it back. Otherwise it will be another boring series.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Team I guess will remain same. The players just need to calm down. Gambhir might again falter though, because in the first test, he looked so assured of giving catch practice. It will be interesting to see if Sehwag can beat Hussey with the uppercuts. I am sure Sachin will score a hunded at SCG. Happy New Year India.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @Arrow Bowman: I wouldn't call the West Indies bowlers as minnows. They have some decent bowlers like Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo and Narine. Also considering the fact that no one else performed as well with the bat in those series( including Virat) it is a great performance. Also Virat is very young and hasn't played many first-class matches, so he will lack experience in tests. Also I notice he looks a bit tentative sometimes like Dhoni. Both like to be attacking but are too defensive in tests which puts them under pressure and they finally get out playing a rash shot. If you expect good performances from these guys then they will need to bat to their strngths.

  • Lord_Dravid on January 1, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    i really do think rohit sharma should be given a chance..why dont we just try him for even one test! He seems a highly skilled player. Good luck and we all love you rohit! :D

  • yogi.s on January 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    All the people saying that rohit has a better chance to succeed coz of 2008 vb series experience would do well to remember that gambhir did very well in that same series and yet looks out of form totally. While i do agree that rohit's form off late has really been good i cannot see reasons for disagreeing with the team management if it chooses to give kohli another chance although, I feel kohli has not managed to crack the test code as yet sadly. In the last match he was out in the first innings trying to play a ball he could well have left alone and in the 2nd innings he played across the line. Both times he was trying to score, a typical one-day mindset, he should learn to leave a lot of balls and play with straight bat. Finally whoever gets picked I just wish they play a good hand coz one more failure by team India would really be devastating for the fans on the back of an abysmal Eng tour and a familiar bad start to a series at the MCG.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has better technique than Kohli and Gambhir. He should be given a chance but may be he won't get it unless Kohli fails miserably in the next 2 tests or someone is injured.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Also I think it is also a good idea if Saha gets the gloves and Dhoni bat as a regular batsman.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I also feel that the reason Dhoni hasn't been successful in test cricket is that he tries to bat too defensively which is not his game. He doesn't play his shots early in the innings and gets himself under pressure and then finally plays a rash shot. It has been happening again and again and again. He should think like Sehwag who believes in playing his strengths. And anyways as he bats mostly with the lower order batsmen, the situations require him to bat aggresively most of the times. I hope Dhoni tries to bat himself because he can be the most destructive batsman when he is in form and India so badly need that.

  • andrew27994 on January 1, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Dhoni has always been India's most successful middle order batsman in ODIS and one of the best in the world. But in his absence, it was Rohit Sharma who took over his role and he has done it successfully even under tremendous pressure. So I think he should be given a chance in the Sydney match. I'm sure he won't find problems batting on this pitch. Many people believe that he could be the ideal man to take over after Tendulkar. So if Tendulkar can bat well on this pitch, why not Rohit.

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Gambir and Laxman both should be out of team and get Rohit Sharma a chance, even Ojha should be playing in syd test

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    The sample of performance by the Indian batting at MCG in face of sustained pace has a clear message for the remainder of the tour which is " BLOWN AWAY BY PACE" ! The name given by the Aussie Media as "Flat Pitch Bullies" to our batsmen is 100% correct and I do no see the name being changed ! We hoped that with a incisive pace attack which India is having now is something we had always dreamt of !!! But alas we never imagined that our batsmen are"Flat Pitch Bullies"!!!

  • spot_on on January 1, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Happy new year to y'all fellas ... :)

  • IndiaNumeroUno on January 1, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    drop Gambhir and bring in Rohit!

  • AidanFX on January 1, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 - thankyou for using caps lock to make block letters - "your point is so important" - and the extra big size letters matches the importance of your post and makes me want to read it more; India have to make some serious hard decisions - as it is they left Eng pretending there were no issues; they were just hurt with injuries and and never mind "we will thrash Eng next time they come to us" - yes smart mentality that!

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Any cricket tour overseas is not easy for Indians as you all know, especially the first two test down under, India should have been very cautious, with such experienced batting line up, first 5 batsman have played 610 tests for India, and the second innings Indians played against inexperienced aussie attack was very unprofessional, hope they have reliased their mistakes in Team meeting and Indians should strongly come and face the Australian team in the SCG from 3rd Jan 2012, Let this be a good start for Indians this year.

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    May be Kohli deserves one last chance ... He has been consistent in the shorter form of the game and just needs a good innings....

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Drop lazy Gambhir he isnt in international standards taking his place for granted get in Rohit in place of him.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    So the musical chair for the #6 batting spot goes on...since Ganguly's retirement, India has had Yuraj, Rohit, Raina, Kholi, now back to Rohit...LOL

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    aussies will be punching the indians in 2nd test........

  • S.Jagernath on January 1, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    If Gambhir is left out,Rahane should come in as a direct replacement.Rahul Dravid must remain at 3,that is his position & should not be subjected to doing the job of an opener again.

  • likeintcricket on January 1, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Dropping Kohli is like dropping your future.Why not drop Sachin for a change? As Ian Chappel pointed out Ponting has less opportunity to come back into form as compared to sub continent players who play on dead tracks. These Oldies always find a way to get back into the form at home and make their fans happy again. Australia should select four fast bowlers and bombard them with bodyline shortpitched bowling. These batsman have got brilliant techniques but they are very soft against intimidatory bowling as once pointed out by Shoiab Akhter ( and he was right). Another thrashing of 4-0 will surely crack them up this time.

  • S.Jagernath on January 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Mark Souza...Kingsmead was neither seaming or swinging,just turning!India has 2 experts on seaming pitches in Sachin Tendulkar & Rahul Dravid,Rahul Dravid's century at Trent Bridge recently is the perfect example.India competed very well except for that ridiculous collapse.I do not understand Virender Sehwag's approach,he is very aggressive in all conditions & fails in most.Gautam Gambhir might need to be dropped from the test team,he might be a bit too complacent.If India would like to retain Virat Kohli for the SCG,VVS Laxman might have to sit out.Virat Kohli's technique is not organised enought yet,Sharma & maybe even Ajinkya Rahane should play in the middle order together in place of Laxman & Kohli.The bowlers were brilliant,Dhoni was their only problem.

  • longlivewoodoo on January 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Make gambhir out of squad . He plays like t20. Bring sharma in team. Even laxman can be dropped. He looks too much satisfied with what has he done yet.

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    i said before MCG give to rohit i say it again nothing against virat i am sure they both will form base of indian batting line up in future maybe no 6 doesnt suit virat he needs no 3 or no 4 so give to rohit he has better technique virat too is good but he is better but looking at virats test carrer is very convincing no convincing innigs till date WI he was horrible in Mumbai he got twin 50s but both i was disappointed in first innigs he should have pressed on to get a 100 and in 2nd innigs he should have stayed till the end that would have described kholi the test batsman and again mcg he was horrible he needs to sought it out fast or he will go the raina line which i expected for raina but i dont expect from him .

  • jonesy2 on January 1, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    i hope gambhir plays......

  • naga25french on January 1, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @mark souza : thanks for a making me smile in this new year day by posting here .

  • Romenevans on January 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Dropping Gambhir and giving him the wake up call is a must now. This guy is lazy and taking his place for granted. Kholi and Rohit both will play. I'd rather see a young indian side getting thrashed but learning their game, rather than see those Oldies failing and keep playing on the base of past records. 3 Daddies have to retire now!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 1, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @MARK SOUZA . SL HAS WON FIRST TEST IN 2 YEARS . THEY LOST BOTH HOME & AWAY MATCHES EASILY . JUST WON A MATCH AGAINST SA & YOU ARE TELLING INDIA SHOULD LEARN FROM SL . TELL YOU INDIA IS MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN SL . WE WON 3 SERIES IN ENGLAND IN 1971 ,1986 , 2007 . DRAW SERIES IN AUS IN 1981 , 2004 . DRAW SERIES IN SA IN 2011 . YOUR SL TEAM WILL BE THRASHED BY SA IN CAPETOWN .

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I find it hard to understand why seniors players r finding it so hard to play in these conditions apart frm Sachin...this must be thier 3rd or 4th tour to Australia...and that too they left early this time to Aus...cant blame newbies like Virat..seniors its high time u show more responsibility.Gambhir is playing very casually like a oneday game....kudos to the bowlers who were least expectd to perform especially Yadav..why is always necessary to lose the first test??? its become an excuse now..also this ws mentioned by Dhoni in the press interview..Indians also let go when they r on top of situations..

  • khalith on January 1, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Hi everyone firstly my hearty wishes to al happy new year let me come to d point I hope rohit wil be better than virat coz he's played in aus in 2008 cb series n helped india to win a match along wit sachin he s experienced in aus soil so he deserve d place in playing XI definitely he'l make some useful runs gud luck boy go n do wel

  • correctcall on January 1, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    So which DRS camp within the Indian dressing room does Rohit sit?

  • criclover999 on January 1, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar together in a test match will sunk aussies as Rohit Sharma has a fighter in him not like kohli

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Indian Team-members and BCCI should keep one thing in mind..and that is "KEEPING THE GOOSE THAT LAYS THE GOLDEN EGGS ALIVE."...And the Goose is the performance of the Indian team and eggs are the results. Any sport comes with three possibilities - A WIN , A LOSE and a A DRAW . So, the GOOSE might not lay a GOLDEN EGG everytime and that is perfectly acceptable for the followers of the game. But what is not acceptable is if the GOOSE is not there itself or made to starve. If there is no performance , people dislike following it. Perfect example is the performance of the INDIAN team in England , they did not offer enough fight after the mid of the second test..as a result poor turn-out of Spectators in the Home test Series again WI. Even though India lost the last series Against Austrailia in 2008-09, the followers were not disheartened because the performance and the effort to win the till the end. Players:PLEASE KEEP PEFORMING and BCCI: PLEASE ENSURE AND ENABLE THE TEAM TO PERFORM.

  • sameer111111 on January 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    It's high time that Rohit be picked for the team. His technique is quite good and problem is his temperament, which he seems to have improved recently. Kohli is very similar to Raina, good on Indian pitches but struggles outside the subcontinent, specially in tests. All the fair and lovely commercials wont be able to change that. Selectors have already blundered by wasting a year and a half on Raina when it was very obvious that he wont do well in SA, England, etc. Hope the same mistake is not repeated with Kohli.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Same 11 is okay, no need of this Rohit who is a lazy bone & is not as good as Virat is. Rohit's most scores are against minnows west indies in Indian pitches, he is yet to make a substantial score against any other bigger team. If Dhoni wants to dig his grave he has to include Rohit.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    The Indian team not only have to improve their batting, but they also have to improve their fielding. In the 1st Test, they conceded unnecessary runs through poor fielding and throws from the outfield. More emphasis should be placed on fitness, positioning and accuracy of throwing.

  • addiemanav on January 1, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Those who say that gambhir is a 'walking wicket' should check again!'walking' involves foot movement and i dont see any kind of footwork in his play this series!!But i dont think dhoni will drop him in the next game.infact i dont see any change in the line-up in sydney.unfortunately for rohit he might get a chance at perth which will be the bounciest.things will be tough for him!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Indian team really has to do something. Indian fans wont not accept another whitewash like England. They are silent because of the World Cup victory, but failure in Australia will not be accepted. I guarantee it.

  • usernames on January 1, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I echo the thoughts here: get Rohit in place of Gambhir and get him to bat at 3. You don't want two youngsters to bat at 5 & 6 respectively.

  • WeeBee on January 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    You know He should be given chance ! .. Kohli performed poor away from HOME, so lets try Rohit Sharma this time! .. But i think Dhoni prefers Kohli on Sharma. Dhoni gives few last chances to the bastman who dont perform, and i think again KOHLI will be selected.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Well said, Rohit. Thats the sign of a good and hungry player. Look forward to see you playing.

  • katandthat3 on January 1, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    I'd probably go with Rohit to come in and replace Gambhir but have him bat at 3 and move Dravid to open as he did on the UK tour with great results. There isn't much difference between 3 and opening but would be better for Rohit to debut at 3, he has the game to handle that position. Leave Virat at 6. India have the team to bounce back but certainly think the Aussies can bat better also and they'll need to.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    mr. dhoni, please kindly give an one chance to rohit, because virat is good bats man, but he need more experience in first class cricket ( indian domestic , 5 day game)

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    he really deserves a place in the playing eleven......but who'll convince dhoni???? india need a confident and consistent batmen....not a media made character like kohli

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on January 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Rohit should definitely play. He should replay Gambhir or Virat. Rohit is a more complete player and he is in form. His batting technique is definitely suited for Aussie conditions.

  • indianpunter on January 1, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Rohit has to play. Drop Gambhir. Either he opens or plays at number 3 ( with Dravid opening). I cannot see Gambhir scoring a run in sydney. He is a walking wicket.

  • cricmatters on January 1, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I would really like to see Rohit Sharma in the team. Instead of dropping Kohli, Gambhir should be dropped with Dravid opening the batting with Sehwag.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Personally, India should go in with the same squad. Kohli, should be waited on for a bit more possibly assess him after the SCG Test. If , however, he has a poor game there then Team India may induct Rohit, special consideration to be allotted to Rahane (an (apt substitute for VVS).

    Australia should definitely play four seamers, although, the induction of Christian would have been ideal in place of Lyon. This way the tail could be further extended and a worthy brisk right arm pace option. Harris , just might have to wait for the WACCA. Clarke will play the MCG winning combo.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    if dhoni really wants to win a test in ausies he has to bring in rohit in place of kohli,he should not stick to kohli as he hasdone with raina in eng tour

  • LillianThomson on January 1, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    This is where the over-long retention of Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid has cost India dearly. At almost 25 Rohit is in cricketing terms a generation older than people like Umar Akmal and is almost as old as Brendan Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Azhar Ali. But whereas those players have Test centuries and more than 1000 Test runs behind them, Kohli and Rohit (and Yuvraj, who is over 30) have basically missed the bus. It's too late to teach these getting-old dogs new tricks. And Rohit hasn't even scored 4,000 First Class runs in his entire life, whereas Vettori has more than 4000 TEST runs. India's selectors should have met with the big guns in 2009 and explained that Laxman was being replaced immediately, Dravid would follow in 2010 and Tendulkar would be replaced in 2011. They have gone into the England team with two established young batsmen who were young enough to adapt, and into the Australian one with Gambhir and Sehwag the sole batsmen the wrong side of 30.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Something needs to be done about gambir, low scores, falling for similar shots, overall confidence while playing seems to be missing. Id like to see dravid bat lower down the order since sometimes his slow block everything style of play affects the other players & the teams overall performance. Sehwag & tendulkar open, kohli,rohit,laxman,dravid,dhoni in that order. If 2-3 wickets fall early then send dravid otherwise waste to have him go at 30SR when guys like sehwag/tendulkar are batting well. Would be great to see a score near 300 at days end rather than an individual score 100 from 300 which results in a draw when you needed 101 off 300 or bowlers not having enough overs to have a go at the oppositions batsmen.

  • gruntledemployer on January 1, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Hope the gritty and gutsy Sharma gets a chance. He deserves to be picked for single-handedly winning us the LOI series against the Windies.

    The glamourous playboy Kohli has proven time and again that he is merely another in a long line of flat-track bullies.

  • sankar8000 on January 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Rohit should play in Sydney even though I pity Virat...

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Time for Rohit Sharma to get a game.....Virat Kohli has had his chances.....

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    but virat kohli deserved more opertunity. or at-least 1 test.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Whoever plays, this overrated Indian team will be thrashed. Indians should take some lessons from Sri Lankans about how to play in seaming pitches.

  • dms1972 on January 1, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Don't take seriously anything Gupta.Ankur says. He's so passionate about India that he cannot acknowledge a champion if that champion doesn't play for India. His logic is completely flawed and inconsistent. According to him, Ponting isn't a champion because the likes of Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer and Martyn made him look good and he never had to face Warne and McGrath, and yet Gupta.Ankur doesn't apply the same logic to Tendulkar who has had the likes of Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, and Ganguly around him, and he never had to face Kumble and Harbajhan. So, like I said, you cannot take anything Gupta.Ankur says seriously. When he tells us India were the better team in Melbourne, well you just know his passion for India is leading his thought process astray.

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    I think Rohit should debut in SCG but I know Dhoni don't have any Guts or backbone to do that. A Captain is so defensive against Tail ender, how can we expect him to make changes unless selectors make the call? He did the same in England to get white washed, Kept Playing Sreesanth, kept playing S Raina and kept playing H Singh/A Mishra. NEVER tried nothing new. Rohit is wasted in his form of life, by the time he get a chance, he would have forgotten how to bat in a match situation after benched for 1 month without any match practice. Rohit deserve a place in the 11 purely in merit and purely on his First class average and purely on his better Form. All the best to Rohit if he gets a Debut at all in SCG

  • Sasikey on January 1, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Good positive approach Rohit, keep going and entertain of all our fans in the upcoming matches. We are eager to see you on the ground with some cracking shots.

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  • Sasikey on January 1, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Good positive approach Rohit, keep going and entertain of all our fans in the upcoming matches. We are eager to see you on the ground with some cracking shots.

  • ssenthil on January 1, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    I think Rohit should debut in SCG but I know Dhoni don't have any Guts or backbone to do that. A Captain is so defensive against Tail ender, how can we expect him to make changes unless selectors make the call? He did the same in England to get white washed, Kept Playing Sreesanth, kept playing S Raina and kept playing H Singh/A Mishra. NEVER tried nothing new. Rohit is wasted in his form of life, by the time he get a chance, he would have forgotten how to bat in a match situation after benched for 1 month without any match practice. Rohit deserve a place in the 11 purely in merit and purely on his First class average and purely on his better Form. All the best to Rohit if he gets a Debut at all in SCG

  • dms1972 on January 1, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Don't take seriously anything Gupta.Ankur says. He's so passionate about India that he cannot acknowledge a champion if that champion doesn't play for India. His logic is completely flawed and inconsistent. According to him, Ponting isn't a champion because the likes of Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer and Martyn made him look good and he never had to face Warne and McGrath, and yet Gupta.Ankur doesn't apply the same logic to Tendulkar who has had the likes of Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, and Ganguly around him, and he never had to face Kumble and Harbajhan. So, like I said, you cannot take anything Gupta.Ankur says seriously. When he tells us India were the better team in Melbourne, well you just know his passion for India is leading his thought process astray.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Whoever plays, this overrated Indian team will be thrashed. Indians should take some lessons from Sri Lankans about how to play in seaming pitches.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    but virat kohli deserved more opertunity. or at-least 1 test.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Time for Rohit Sharma to get a game.....Virat Kohli has had his chances.....

  • sankar8000 on January 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Rohit should play in Sydney even though I pity Virat...

  • gruntledemployer on January 1, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Hope the gritty and gutsy Sharma gets a chance. He deserves to be picked for single-handedly winning us the LOI series against the Windies.

    The glamourous playboy Kohli has proven time and again that he is merely another in a long line of flat-track bullies.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Something needs to be done about gambir, low scores, falling for similar shots, overall confidence while playing seems to be missing. Id like to see dravid bat lower down the order since sometimes his slow block everything style of play affects the other players & the teams overall performance. Sehwag & tendulkar open, kohli,rohit,laxman,dravid,dhoni in that order. If 2-3 wickets fall early then send dravid otherwise waste to have him go at 30SR when guys like sehwag/tendulkar are batting well. Would be great to see a score near 300 at days end rather than an individual score 100 from 300 which results in a draw when you needed 101 off 300 or bowlers not having enough overs to have a go at the oppositions batsmen.

  • LillianThomson on January 1, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    This is where the over-long retention of Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid has cost India dearly. At almost 25 Rohit is in cricketing terms a generation older than people like Umar Akmal and is almost as old as Brendan Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Azhar Ali. But whereas those players have Test centuries and more than 1000 Test runs behind them, Kohli and Rohit (and Yuvraj, who is over 30) have basically missed the bus. It's too late to teach these getting-old dogs new tricks. And Rohit hasn't even scored 4,000 First Class runs in his entire life, whereas Vettori has more than 4000 TEST runs. India's selectors should have met with the big guns in 2009 and explained that Laxman was being replaced immediately, Dravid would follow in 2010 and Tendulkar would be replaced in 2011. They have gone into the England team with two established young batsmen who were young enough to adapt, and into the Australian one with Gambhir and Sehwag the sole batsmen the wrong side of 30.