CA Chairman's XI v Indians, Canberra, 1st day December 19, 2011

Kohli positive after Indian top order wilts

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Indians 4 for 162 (Kohli 55*) v CA Chairman's XI
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On a rain-hit day in Canberra, the Indian top-order batsmen did not make use of what could be their last chance to bat in a competitive match ahead of the Boxing Day Test. They slipped to 4 for 84 against the CA Chairman's XI, after play had begun two hours and 40 minutes late, before a positive partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steadied the innings.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were rested for this tour match, while Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and Zaheer Khan were included in the thirteen after sitting out of the first game. Ishant Sharma, whose fitness is still doubtful, also missed out.

After choosing to bat on a gloomy day - there was an interruption for bad light soon after the play finally began - the Indians lost Sehwag for a run-a-ball 12, caught off the bowling of Peter George. Gautam Gambhir, like he had in the first tour game, fell after getting a start. He was bowled for 24 by Jason Behrendorff, who was the most economical of the Chairman XI bowlers with figures of 1 for 8 in nine overs. Ajinkya Rahane, India's reserve opener on the tour, also failed for the second time in two innings, and when he and Gambhir were dismissed in quick succession India had crawled to 3 for 53 in 21 overs.

VVS Laxman showed signs of repairing the innings with Virat Kohli. Laxman struck a couple of fours - including a well-timed on drive - before missing one from left-arm spinner Jon Holland while trying to work it to the leg side. Holland had replaced Doug Bollinger from the Telopea Park end, after the fast bowler - who's looking to work his way back into Australia's Test team - had failed to pick up a wicket.

Rohit Sharma was dropped first ball at short leg, after pushing at a delivery. Kolhi, who's in a race with Rohit for the No. 6 spot in India's batting line-up, counterattacked. He too had a bit of luck early on, edging wide of the slip cordon, but he made the most of it, driving through the covers, pulling and punching down the ground for boundaries.

Kohli brought up his fifty, and Rohit too began to show some aggression. He drove twice through the covers and lofted the ball over long-off to bring up India's 150. The pair added 78 off 104 balls before stumps - though Rohit was dropped once again, by Usman Khawaja in the slip cordon off legspinner Cameron Boyce - to take the Indians to 4 for 162.

The Chairman's XI captain, David Warner, left the field a couple of times during the day to get treatment for a sore back, though it wasn't deemed a serious problem.

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  • kenishah on December 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    i expected rahane 2 do well but hes out of form at the moment i suggest he does som bat drills and bats regularly in the nets. he could get india's bowling coach 2 bowl at him n the other indian bowlers. gambhir needs 2 start converting his starts into 50's if not 100's. he needs 2 stop chasing the ball outside off as it always leads 2 his dismissal. he should tak 2 duncan fletcher bout dis prob n he could help him out. i tink sehwag should not try attack straight away wen he opens but he could first settle down n if he does dat den this could be a key ting for india 2 win test matches all over the world n regain dat no 1 test rank n stay ther for a long period

  • zenboomerang on December 21, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @satish619chandar... "Decent warm up for Indians.." ... lol ... India would have been better served playing 2 4-day matches against a State team & Aust A team - just as England prepared last summer... In todays game India declared early so it didn't have to play a full days play to finish the match... The pace bowlers have hardly done anything - Zaheer, Ishant - no wkts... Dhoni is dropping catches... The only 2 batters to make runs in India 1st innings were dropped 5 times... In Oz 2nd innings not 1 wkt was achieved by India... Game finished 3 hours early... I would be very concerned at the lack of endeavour by the Indian team on the field...

  • zenboomerang on December 21, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @satish619chandar... Very unusual logic... lol... I was comparing a bowler (Holland) with a SS average of 44.3 against O'Keefe 25.55 & Lyon 35.27 SS (24.59 Tests)... So using your logic about Warner then India are set for major batting collapses as Sehwag, Gambir, Rahane, Laxman, Dhoni failed with the bat in their last match against a weak bowling attack on a flat deck with small boundaries... Sorry but your logic comparing bowlers to batters is faulty... You may as well compare apples with oranges...

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Mr.Nam ally's thoughts in the postings from him are really encouraging& very good.But the facts remain that it is next to impossible to force a result in a tour match of 3 days. But early wicket of Warner gave some hope. But no chance now. KOHLI'SREMARKS knock was magnificent.the anxiety of a upper hand from the Chairman's elevens possible good show was thwarted by Kohli&againRohit&Jadeja& the wicket of Warner.Any how more hopes for a good show in the Boxing Day test against Aussies.Our Batting line up & fairly outstanding bowling from ZK,Mithun,Aswin& Ojha would be our deciding factors for a triumph in First Test.this win is a must for India for further progress into recapturing tha first rank we enjoyed for sometime.SL good show also needed to control SA rising beyond India. All the Best to all concerned. Long live Team India's efforts to a bright future!And a 100 th 100 from Sachin Tendulkar the living Legend& enormous record Holder!! SreedharanMundanat

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    it's a good day for kohli to prove himself as test player.........good luck for down under....team india

  • rohanblue on December 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    i am 100% sure india is going 2 lose the series, bring dinda and i will be 200% sure india is going 2 lose it badly, where is irfan?

  • mlkt on December 20, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    we r doing exactly the same thing what we did in england...took unfit struggling players over there and hoped that they will get fit and win us the series....4-0 whitewash to a team who went there as no 1 test team should have taught our selectors and bcci some lessons....but have not really learned anything from that...maybe our players(they certainly have potential and ability) can win/draw some match/es....but the attitude remains the same....will abain be followed by some home series against WI/BD/Zim...and we will keep wondering why we dont win series abroad?

  • FrankMeister on December 20, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    WELL WEll well wat views do u hve of the second day guys???

  • on December 20, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Rather than bringing back Dinda, Irafan should be back in the squad. Play with 5 batsman and wk. and use 5 bowlers

  • satish619chandar on December 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    @zenboomerang : Your comparison between Holland and Lyon is funny.. If i say, Warner who got 100 in last test itself got out for 3.. The rest of the batting lineup will score less than that, will u laugh or not? @anukrtiti : Sachin, Dravid and VVS had decent hits in last warmup.. Viru and Gambhir are our concerns but their batting depends on how they perform on the given day.. Fast bowlers and openers need to strike on the big day..

  • kenishah on December 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    i expected rahane 2 do well but hes out of form at the moment i suggest he does som bat drills and bats regularly in the nets. he could get india's bowling coach 2 bowl at him n the other indian bowlers. gambhir needs 2 start converting his starts into 50's if not 100's. he needs 2 stop chasing the ball outside off as it always leads 2 his dismissal. he should tak 2 duncan fletcher bout dis prob n he could help him out. i tink sehwag should not try attack straight away wen he opens but he could first settle down n if he does dat den this could be a key ting for india 2 win test matches all over the world n regain dat no 1 test rank n stay ther for a long period

  • zenboomerang on December 21, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @satish619chandar... "Decent warm up for Indians.." ... lol ... India would have been better served playing 2 4-day matches against a State team & Aust A team - just as England prepared last summer... In todays game India declared early so it didn't have to play a full days play to finish the match... The pace bowlers have hardly done anything - Zaheer, Ishant - no wkts... Dhoni is dropping catches... The only 2 batters to make runs in India 1st innings were dropped 5 times... In Oz 2nd innings not 1 wkt was achieved by India... Game finished 3 hours early... I would be very concerned at the lack of endeavour by the Indian team on the field...

  • zenboomerang on December 21, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @satish619chandar... Very unusual logic... lol... I was comparing a bowler (Holland) with a SS average of 44.3 against O'Keefe 25.55 & Lyon 35.27 SS (24.59 Tests)... So using your logic about Warner then India are set for major batting collapses as Sehwag, Gambir, Rahane, Laxman, Dhoni failed with the bat in their last match against a weak bowling attack on a flat deck with small boundaries... Sorry but your logic comparing bowlers to batters is faulty... You may as well compare apples with oranges...

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Mr.Nam ally's thoughts in the postings from him are really encouraging& very good.But the facts remain that it is next to impossible to force a result in a tour match of 3 days. But early wicket of Warner gave some hope. But no chance now. KOHLI'SREMARKS knock was magnificent.the anxiety of a upper hand from the Chairman's elevens possible good show was thwarted by Kohli&againRohit&Jadeja& the wicket of Warner.Any how more hopes for a good show in the Boxing Day test against Aussies.Our Batting line up & fairly outstanding bowling from ZK,Mithun,Aswin& Ojha would be our deciding factors for a triumph in First Test.this win is a must for India for further progress into recapturing tha first rank we enjoyed for sometime.SL good show also needed to control SA rising beyond India. All the Best to all concerned. Long live Team India's efforts to a bright future!And a 100 th 100 from Sachin Tendulkar the living Legend& enormous record Holder!! SreedharanMundanat

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    it's a good day for kohli to prove himself as test player.........good luck for down under....team india

  • rohanblue on December 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    i am 100% sure india is going 2 lose the series, bring dinda and i will be 200% sure india is going 2 lose it badly, where is irfan?

  • mlkt on December 20, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    we r doing exactly the same thing what we did in england...took unfit struggling players over there and hoped that they will get fit and win us the series....4-0 whitewash to a team who went there as no 1 test team should have taught our selectors and bcci some lessons....but have not really learned anything from that...maybe our players(they certainly have potential and ability) can win/draw some match/es....but the attitude remains the same....will abain be followed by some home series against WI/BD/Zim...and we will keep wondering why we dont win series abroad?

  • FrankMeister on December 20, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    WELL WEll well wat views do u hve of the second day guys???

  • on December 20, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Rather than bringing back Dinda, Irafan should be back in the squad. Play with 5 batsman and wk. and use 5 bowlers

  • satish619chandar on December 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    @zenboomerang : Your comparison between Holland and Lyon is funny.. If i say, Warner who got 100 in last test itself got out for 3.. The rest of the batting lineup will score less than that, will u laugh or not? @anukrtiti : Sachin, Dravid and VVS had decent hits in last warmup.. Viru and Gambhir are our concerns but their batting depends on how they perform on the given day.. Fast bowlers and openers need to strike on the big day..

  • satish619chandar on December 20, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Decent warm up for Indians.. Only Cowan shined among the guys who were looking for spot in the MCG test and it was a good innings from him.. But are they having a opening to include him in the main 11? Zak did get thru the fitness thing.. Should work on getting the rhythm back sooner.. Nothing in the pitch for the fast bowlers though as we saw the home bowlers itself struggling to pick wickets under better bowling conditions.. Expecting a far superior performance from Indian team in tests after having decent hit in both warm ups..

  • on December 20, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    all those mithun and vinay bashers, just look at their bowling economy...and see how zaheer bowled!

  • ssenthil on December 20, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @DUKES11, I may agree on Sehwag will fall 100 out of 100 times against Steyn in a Green track or conditions favouring Fast bowling but when there is no help for Bowlers Sehwag will always score well, He does scored a Triple against steyn n co in Chennai. But I don't think all Australian pitches will be same. Perhaps Perth and and some extend Melbourne Sehwag will struggle but in rest of the place I expect Sehwag to go after the Aussies fast bowlers.

  • sharkwolf on December 20, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    I think Matt is right, this seems to me the most weakest Aussi Side, Indians hava a chance. but seem they ll miss that...

  • anukrtiti on December 20, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    good work,kohli and sharma................. but the team also needs to work!!!

  • zenboomerang on December 20, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    I know this isn't the full batting line-up for India... But still, a bit worrying that only 2 batsmen got runs with Virat Kohli being dropped 3 times while Rohit Sharma was dropped twice, first time without scoring... This was against a bowling unit that wouldn't rank in a 3rd Oz Team - Bollinger & George aren't consistent - Lalor & Behrendorff have just 6 FC games between them - Boyce & Holland both average over 40 bowling in SS... & Holland with 6 wkts was the destroyer... lol... Both Lyon & O'Keefe are way better spin bowlers... While medium to fast bowlers - Christian, Faulkner, Mitch Marsh, Cutting, Coulter-Nile, Butterworth, etc would rank above these bowlers...

  • on December 20, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    ... aussies will hav a hard time this time around.........becos think that zak nd ishant nd umesh 3 r playing d 1st match.......nd even ashwin ...ifeven he starts picking wickets........then no one can stop aussies from losing by 2-0 (or) 3-0. ......for sure ............even aussies don't know much about yadav......he was difficult to play in indian conditions only......wher piches dont help his kind of bowling..........now pich will favour him & he can easily bowl around 145-150 speed.............so be ware of him aussies........................

  • vattettan on December 20, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    @DUKES11: Ha ha ha.... Sehwag doesn't move his feet because of the pace??!! Sunil Gavaskar (and many other "technical" people) always says he doesn't move his feet (against fast or medium) but still hits boundaries at will. I don't know whether he fears fast bowling or not. That is in his mind and only he knows for sure. But I know he scores at a brisk pace against fast bowling. For the record, he scored one of his first internation test scenturies (if not the first) in South Africa. And many times he played very well in Australia too(if you are an Australian supporter and followed Indias previous tours you will know well about the 195, trying six and out). May be he fears fast bowling so don't want to play against those bowlers much and may be that is why he tries to hit them out of the attack! Of course it gets him out many times but he succeeds on other occassions which, again, is well known to the whole world.

  • Marcio on December 20, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Nah, @Matthew Thom. I can't see India winning this time, not in Australian conditions. Why go through and turn everything into a negative? Why mention 9/21? Why not the record 8/310 a week later to beat SA on their own soil? All the new players are very good, and Harris is hardly inexperienced. Warner and Watson are a weak link? There are some that might be thinking that they could annihilate the Indian bowling if they get a decent start. Pattinson will be a real handful, as will Harris if fit, and Lyon balances the attack nicely. This will be the best team we have put on the park since Warne and McGrath retired.

  • on December 20, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Virat Kohli has risen to the occasion & lifted the Indians to a reasonably good score paving way to put pressure& under extraordinary circumstances could even try to force a win provided the Chairmabn eleven become susceptible to pressure.David Warner's precious wicket adds to the feelings behind these remarks!Usually iin a 3 day game it is next to impossible to force a result unless Bowlers come up to deliver exemplarily. This happens very rarely. But there are few instances of a result. This means Batsmen & Bowlers excel equally well. Herevuntil now there is no room for such a claim. But in cricket anything is possible if a day belongs to a particular Team. So let us hope in this Match would her day to force a defeat on The Chairman's eleven. but it is yet a vain hope. But congratulations to Kohli for avoiding the possibility in the opposite way in favour of the Chairan. Sreedharan Mundanat

  • Shazzy_B on December 20, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    australia will win this series 2-1

  • rahulcricket007 on December 20, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @dukes11 . well last time sehwag made 32 & 43 in perth . ok. that is enough for an opener . oh .and in sa he scores 0 & 64 in centurion , 29 & 32 inn durban , 15 & 11 in capetown . he fails in capetown only . his perfromance in durban & centurion was not that bad , given the way the highest score from sa in durban test was 39 from prince in 2nd innings.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 20, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    I am gonna pay visit to all test venues to see India winning series on AuSSie land.. Melbourne is caling. :) - Prasant UNSW

  • giricrikfan on December 20, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    I think good cricket, will also be respected. in this game which team will play good cricket they will be respected, by fans.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 20, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    In form batsman Warner is bowled out by Mithun.. Actions speak louder.. that ZAK will get enough support from Yadav and co. If Pathan returns our bowling attack wud be just unbeatable... - Prasant UNSW

  • Shan_Oz on December 19, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    @ Nampally..no fast bowler intimdates shewag?! LOL..look at what happend in RSA against steyn and morkel, he had no answer...His scared of fast/short pitched bowling at the body, hence lack of feet movement and wafts outside off stump...His going to get a hard time, esp in Perth

  • DennyDavisParamban on December 19, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    I totally agree with Nampally. I have been posting similar messages to have 3 spinners and two fast/medium fast bowlers who can bat a little bit like irfan, ashwin etc. All through these years India's strength ha been spin until the exit of Anil Kumble in bowling. Then what is the problem in sticking with spin power to win matches? If it had been done in England, India could have salvaged some pride. And 2 spin, 2 fast + parttime spinners for ODIs instead of 1 spin + part timers. Indian fast bowlers are not good enough to win matches by their own except some of Zaheer Khan innings. Therefore, Ashwin, Ojha and Rahul/parttimer can take India to victory in Aussie soil. Two fast bowlers can give start by swing and bounce. More over these aussies are not good players of spin except one or two. Selectors, If you want India to win, consider the voice of Indian fans.

  • Nampally on December 19, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    @Punditp: The 2 names Irfan & Rahul is exactly what I was thinking. But putting Ashwin to open the innings is not on my cards. Gambhir & Sehwag must open and give India a strong start. They are India's best openers and they have to play responsibly in order for India ro have any chance of winning.First 6 batsmen picki for themselves. Indian batting depends on each individual. The last 5 are rotatable. If ZAK is fit, he will open the bowling with Yadev. Ashwin is one spinner always in. The last 2 are rotating depending upon a spinner or Pace friendly wkt. On spinners wkt. I am suggesting ojha & Rahul. On seamer friendly wicket It will be third seamer + a batsmen (if the seamer is not Irfan) or Irfan + Rahul. Irfan's position is not guaranteed due to selectors' lack of faith in him, even if he is sent as Ishant's replacement. These are the best tactics only if Rahul & Irfan will step in & Ishant sent back. Rahul & Irfan are both good batsmen too.

  • on December 19, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    India should easily win this series. Australia has a very inexperienced attack, makeshift openers, frail middle order (9-21) and little experience at the top level in hard fought contests. Lyon, Warner, Pattinson, Khawaja, Harris all less than 10 test matches. Having said that, India has too many ageing stars and and my belief is they have played one series too long and lacked preparation. This will be interesting!

  • bookie7600 on December 19, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    I was there at Manuka Oval yesterday. Kohli was playing good but the way Rohit came in and smashed everyone with ease was something. Dhoni has always chosen in-form players (remember Kohli ahead of Raina in World cup). Rohit Sharma will make his Debut on Boxing Day for sure and Kohli will surely be next in line.

  • Divinetouch on December 19, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Randyoz,

    India will still by an innings if they make only 162 against Patterson, Siddle, Lyon etc. Australia at 9/22 would fall below 26.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on December 19, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @pak and all those who r saying india r bad abroad well we drew in aus in 2003 in 2008 we won in perth last year ppl were saying we wll lose againt sa but we won in durban and well ur pakistan team were white washed in aus in both test and odi we also won in eng in 2007 and also we won inn pak nz and wi we won odi series in aus. we lost in eng due to ipl bcz we lost main players

  • NightRider001 on December 19, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Performance of youngsters like Kohli and Sharma means that seniors should quit but I don't think they would because they are playing for themselves only. for example, Sachin will keep on playing test cricket because he is afraid that either dravid or kallis would catch up with his runs soon. the only reason he is not playing one dayers is that he is well aware that current generation of batsman can hardly touch his one day records.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 19, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    why are people complaining that our bowlers will fail us? do they not see the injury list just was the case in england..aussies should count themselves lucky that our main swing bowler something which the aussis cant play is injured, and ishant who who trouble them on last tour has a dodgy ankle..despite this zaheer and umesh yadav are gonna rock! :) the aussies are going to be skittled out for less than 150 yet again!

  • nyc_missile on December 19, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    'hunksurat' makes a valid point,batsmen failed us as bad as bowlers in Eng, because we could surely have saved some games especially at Lords and the last test where we folded up in the last sessions on both occasions. This would have saved the humiliation of a whitewash and if not for the 'bell fiasco' where we ceded ground both mentally and competetively,2nd test was ours to lose and we did. On other note,Ishant Sharma should be reprimanded severely for being selfish in blatantly refusing surgery just to board the plane to Aus and banking on mere 'hope' to survive the tour with such a serious injury.Either Irfan or Nehra should be flown back as cover since they could be appropriate replacements as swing bowlers with Umesh being the faster option.I heard Ganguly was pushing for Dinda,that would be the lamest choice as he was carted around even in IPL forget lasting a test match..Finally big thanks to Cricinfo 4 promptly covering the tour game,we wouldnt have this gripping debate!

  • Punditp on December 19, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Nampally: Agree with your theory to go with 2 medium pacers and 3 spinners, however, it is thinking outside the box, not sure if our selectors will replace a fast bowler with a spinner. In the event of two injuries (Ishant + Zak (hope not)), replacing them with Irfan and Rahul would be ideal. Dhoni is always reluctant to play five bowlers, but this line up will give him a good balance, Irfan can bat lower order and with Ashwin's good batting technique you take a gamble with opener's slot. It would make an interesting XI. Sehwag, Ashwin, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Irfan, Umesh, Rahul and Ohja. Pipe Dreams!!!!

  • THINK_BEYOND on December 19, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    CONSPIRACY THEORY (Don't believe me): Wasim Zafar and Abhinav Mukund not picked up for Test series against Australia as they needed to serve Mumbai and Tamil Nadu so that these teams stay at the top in the Ranji Trophy points table. Gambhir was picked up so that Delhi cannot make the Ranji semis (anyway he would have scored in any Indian pitches even with his bad form and so was a threat), also heard that Irfan will get a call since Baroda is currently posing threat to Tamil Nadu in the league table, removing him from that team will surely ensure Tamil Nadu to reach the semi. However if TN beats MP then Irfan will not get a call anymore. Vinay Kumar and Mithun not playing for Karnataka in Ranji actually helped Karnataka to stay at the top in the points table, though the selectors felt by mistake that they are better bowlers and so threats for TN and Mumbai. Wriddhiman Saha picked up to ensure Bengal stays lower in the Ranji table (as this guy actually bats well in domestic circuit).

  • hhillbumper on December 19, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    good preperation again by India.Glad they are taking it seriously once more.Looks like they could go do down again.Whose fault will it be this time.Injuries? Try training harder then you might be able to field for a change

  • Lord_Dravid on December 19, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @RandyOz..this is just a practice match mate without tendulkar and dravid even..our experienced and talented batsmen dont need much practice anyway..whats good to see is our young guns kohli and rohit performing..i think you should brace yourself to see your team being out for less than 150 for the sixth time in two years! We're going to spin and swing you out to victory!!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 19, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    @prash smith . i won't put yadav in the same category as mithun , vinay . he has serious pace about 145 kph and is able to swing new & old ball . didn't you see the series against w

  • pinhead9810 on December 19, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    India, definitely has problems in the bowling department. I am now unsure if this is India's best of winning a series in Australia. It is really important for Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar & Laxman to turn up and score big, if India has any chance of winning a test.

  • Nampally on December 19, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    @Zico: Stop despairing about lack of pace bowling.Fair enough, India's pace bowlers have injury problems & replacements are poor, making their seamers ineffective. Change tactics by going to Plan B. Replace Seaming Sharma with a Spinning one - Get Rahul to replace Ishant. 3 spinners on 2 spin friendly Test wickets.Aussies can't play wrist leg spinner like Rahul. He is accurate, fast & bouncy. Ashwin & Ojha will be the other 2. If India win these 2 tests & draw 2 tests, India will still win the series 2-0. India beat the WI team with 2 spinners, who claimed 42 out of 60 wickets. Because the Aussie wkts. are bouncy, India should go with a bowler who can exploit it - Rahul Sharma.This spin trio is the best bet for India's win.Fans are saying Indian seamers cannot claim 20 wkts. OK, use the spinners to do the job & use the seamers(ZAK & Yadev) for making use of the swing with the New ball only. This way you have best of both the worlds - All Swinging All Spinning (ASAP) Indian Bowling!

  • WeeBee on December 19, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    india is going to lose this tour very easily ... !!! no balling attack , rough batting

  • Nampally on December 19, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    @Netcricketfan4ever:What I am saying is Pattinson may have pace but when challenged with Sehwag's power, he will crumble.There is no fast bowler who can intimidate Sehwag who improvises his shots to suit his scoring. This is not a fiction or theory, but a fact.Sehwag at his best controls the bowlers. India needs Sehwag & Gambhir to stay at the crease for one full session to get their batting line up going. Sehwag's recent ODI double century is solid proof of his ability.WI seamers were in 140 KPH + zone and pattinson is not much above that.I like to see in a high scoring game how long Pattinson & Co will last. If India send Rahul Sharma + a seamer as replacement for Ishant, India can still win the 2 tests on the spinning tracks.Theycan easily draw the other 2 tests on fast tracks thru' their strong batting. Much against your prediction, India will confound you with a convincing 2-1 win in the series. The solo loss may be in the first test - Indians are slow starters + Ishant issue!.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 19, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Finally So Called Indian Batting & Bowling Start Exposing!!! Now except Dravid day by day Indian Senior Players(batsmen & Bowlers) will be unfit and return to the home same as England tour!!! If Indian team loses this series than Poor Indians and their media will be saying that Indian team lose this series, because our senior players were unfit!!! Did you think about it why always this happens??? NO!!! Same typical Bollywood movie's thinking!!! After all this, if any series will come in India they all will be Fit!!! It's a bitter TRUTH but let me tell you that your team can only play in India. This is the truth and you should accept it. GOD safe Indian team on this tour!!!

  • qayyum1007 on December 19, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    In australia we need swing bowlers....So plzzzzzzzzz call irfan ASAP....as we are missing praveen kumar..........!!!

  • hunksurat on December 19, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    4-0 drubbing coming soon. Everyone keeps pointing out Indian bowling but our batsman showed no spine what so ever in England. They could have atleast saved some matches. They were as poor (not money wise.... lol) as our bowlers were. Some food for thought.... I think we should have two sets of players...players for IPL and players for test/ODI. Once selected in national team they can only represent team India and be mentors or play say 4-5 games important games in IPL. This was half of our "quality" (LOL) bowlers would not be injured at the same time. People your thoughts!!!!!

  • on December 19, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Lets be honest shall we? is Varum Aaron really a threat to any top class international team, if he were fit and playing? I dont think so. Just look at his stats. He's only been in the game 5 minutes. How can someone like this be a threat to anyone? same applies to Mithun,vinay and yadav...they are sub standard bowlers who have absolutely nothing to offer at test level. The only thing they'll offer the Aussies is lots of beachball sized deliveries that are wide and short and easy to hit.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 19, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    This is best chance for Kohli and Rohit to cement their places. It is tough time for Dhoni to chose between them. Though bowling dept luks week, it is strong enough for out f form Clarke's limping side.

  • on December 19, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    This series is taking a worryingly familiar path. India playing in alien conditions without a credible international seam bowler. Australia playing good cricket following last winters Ashes defeat. Expect a comprehensive series win for Australia and a period of rebuilding for India following a second successive away defeat!

  • Caveman. on December 19, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    India simply does not have the bowlers for the task. Ishant is injured. Zaheer will be soon injured (such is the norm). Umesh, Vinay and Mithun? Most of the better Ranji teams wont find that a daunting prospect, let alone the Aussies. This is in fact a good time for the Aussie batting - Ponting, Hussey and Haddin - to find some form. If Aussies persist with Usman and Hughes, both of them should finally find their mojo. Indian bowling has that effect - they provide out of form batsmen to find some form for tougher tests ahead. As far as batting goes, Laxman and Sachin are past their prime, the new crop doesnt like bounce, form and big scores elude Gambhir and Sehwag is hit or miss. Its upto Dravid (yet again) to shore up the batting. 4-0, 3-0, or 3-1 at best in favor of Aussies.

  • zico123 on December 19, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    like India-england series again Indian bowling department is injury hit, Ausiies are lucky that Preveen, Varun, Sreeshant are injured and Zaheer and Ishant's fitness is uncertain, with full bowling line up India would have easily beat England in England and Australia in Australia

  • maddy20 on December 19, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid should have played this one. Rahane is useless anyway so Sachin should have got some more time at the crease before the boxing day fight begins!

  • Yevghenny on December 19, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    netcricketfan4ever, don't forget their collapses against England - I know I wont!

  • manishkulk on December 19, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Worst Indian bowling attack ever !. It's a shame to play test cricket with this horrible bowling attack. I would be shocked unless Aussies make lots of mistakes they will never get bowled out even once in this series. I see Aussies playing only one innings/match in this series piling 500-600 and India with their horrible opening pair will get bowled out in the first innings pretty much in every match or the match will get dragged and become draw. The only result I see in all matches - Aussies win or draw. India with this pathetic bowling attack will not win a single, if they save a match it would be as good as winning. These are not spinning tracks in India..

  • on December 19, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    At the end of day one who mentally and physically prepare to face hostile competition far away from comfort zone of home conditions wins the battle.

  • zico123 on December 19, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    BCCI pls send irfan as cover asap, and don't withdraw Ishant, if he recovers he might play atleast 2 test matches if not all 4, pls don't send Ashok Dinda, he is no different than Mithun or Vinay, pls send Irfan, otherwise if Zaheer to miss a game, it will be all rookies left - yadav, Dinda, mithun, vinay, no experience, it will be disaster, so one experienced guy Irfan has to be there, please please

  • manishkulk on December 19, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Drop Gautam Gambhir, he has lost his confidence to play cricket. He should play more Ranji matches. This guy is damn lucky. They can open with Dravid and Viru. Kohli and Rohit both can play if Gautam is dropped. Dravid did open in WI, so why not now ?. He can play at any number.

  • on December 19, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Rohit and Kohli both should be playing. Admittedly Laxman is irreplaceable in his batting but he needs to be dropped to accomodate better fielders and runners between wickets. In big grounds in Aus running will be important. Also, youngster should be eased in by dropping seniors one by one (unless they retire themselves), instead of dropping them all at once (or all 3 retiring at the same time!) and suddenly having a top order with less than 10 tests between them! I wont even talk about the Indian bowling - which without Zak is comparable to Bangladesh (even WI and NZ have good pace bowlers!).

  • on December 19, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @david phan: Dude..Australia is lucky that Praveen Kumar and Varun Aaron are injured. :P

  • Romenevans on December 19, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Recall Venkatesh Prassad, Abhey Kuruvilla, Sreenath or Robin Singh or perhaps Sanjay Bangar LOL if needed or do anything but please please please never ever play Mithun. This guy is a complete joke and it will be an insult to all the fast bowlers to call him a fast bowler. Never seen such a one dimensional bowler like him..who just jog in to bowl the same delivery 6 times in an over. What a waste of time seeing him bowl.

  • netcricketfan4ever on December 19, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    @Nampally, Dude, what you say sounds good in theory but as we know in cricket, theory seldom works. You say Pattinson is inexperienced, true, but he swings and seams at a good pace which is more than enough to trouble the Indian batsmen. Harris when fit will always ask questions but like Zaheer his fitness throughout the test series will be a big question mark. Sehwag is the only Indian batsmen that can cause some panic in the bowling attack, but I am not too sure of his consistency. SRT plays more like a Kallis these days and so he along with Dravid and VVS would be gradual accumulators. I am very very skeptical of Dhoni's performance with the bat and firmly believe that he does not belong at the Test level.

    But the big concern is India's bowling. I wish in a rather sadistic way either Mithun or Vinay Kumar get injured soon so that Irfan can make his way. Not to say Irfan is going to win you matches but at least he is a swing bowler which gives some hope.

  • CricketMaan on December 19, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    It wud b intresting to c if Kholi can covert 50 into 100 and Rohit too, that will at least send a possitive msg to dressing room. i hav np with SRT, RD not playing though GG seems to be searching that elusive 100 which has dreaded him since Jan 2010. With Viru style of you get me before i get you, GG searching that 50/100 a lot depends on RD, SRT and VVS whcih is no surprise. For Aussies, its Usman who could be the irritation for not converting, while Ricky will find form with a 100 in MCG, Huss might be the thorn in India's flesh. Can Ashwin make an impact, can Zak play 4 tets, will the mystery around Ishant unfold, will Vinay or Mithu make merry..those questions will be the painpoints for India

  • on December 19, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster This is a 3 day game dude.Yup,And do agree with your point that India could have gone a bit early.5 rubbish odis vs the Poms(even if its a revenge series) was not even needed in the first place.Could have had the Windies Series a bit early.Due to Big Bash games are at Canberra.But still they managed 2 tour games.Better than England where we had just 1 tour game,then another in the middle of the test series,after the test series disaster 4 warm-up games for the odis when the schedule should have been 3 warm-up games,the 4 tests and then the limited overs games!

  • hunksurat on December 19, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    There is buzz around this time that India is going to beat Australia in their den. Lol are you kidding me. Look what happened when we visited England. The Sachin's, the Dravid's and Laxman's could even save a single test match, let alone even a thought of winning one. I know Aussies are currently vulnerable to swing bowling. But only threat they have was from PK who is not in the team. And other rookies (vinay kumar and useless mithun) can pickup any wickets unless they are gifted some. I am sure this series is going to be a better one than the one just ended in England (Simply becoz Aus do not have same quality of bowlers any more). I think we will see this score line Aus:Ind 3:0, 3:1 or 2:1. I am big Indian fan but unfortunately we never deliver when we are expected to. I am praying that Viru Lax and Zak come to the party. They are the only one who can change everything

  • on December 19, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Except Gambhir not getting runs everything is good.Nice to see competition between Rohit and Virat for no.6 slot.Only problem for India is the 3rd seamer for MCG.

  • MothiMB on December 19, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Loving the trash talk. GG indeed needs to find form in a hurry. As the middle order is getting solidified, it is time for some good openers to be considered in lieu of Viru and GG. Rahane played so well in England that it is unfortunate he is going through a bad patch right now. Our problems in the near future will be in the opening positions. It is not clear how GG has become an automatic despite poor form - he is not like Viru who has patented the hot-today-cold-tomorrow two step ....

  • netcricketfan4ever on December 19, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    As much as I would like to take a dig at RandyOZ, I am afraid what he said might be true. And for those who repeatedly point out that Aussie's recent batting collapses, point to note is that they are against good bowling attacks- Pak, South Africa and as for the collapse against Kiwis, the conditions were as close as the Kiwis could get in NZ- swing and seam.

    Let's not compare India's pedestrian bowling attack to Pak and South Africa. With Ishanth doubtful, Zaheer's fitness always a question mark and pretty much useless baggage in the form of Mithun and Vinay Kumar, it is going to be VERY HARD for Indians to win a test. You need bowlers to get 20 wickets and I don't this attack getting 20. India's best chance may be Sydney with Ojha and Ashwin coming to play.

    Aussies are the favorites to win the series- 3-1 or 2-1.

  • on December 19, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    i dont think should be dropped becoz his last three matches scores are 41,65,55.he has done enough to get another chance.@randyOZ first look at aussies line up and indias rookie bowling

  • Sano27 on December 19, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    @randy oz:162??....really??.....everyone is worried about India's bowling department due to the injuries which left out their frontline bowlers.....i admit that Aussies bowling department is pretty good eventhough the guys are inexperienced in the international level.....but you still think that Australian batting is better than India......even 50+ runs seems to be a tough task for the Aussies in recent periods....hope that a Warner effect might help them to get atleast 150....

  • Romenevans on December 19, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Still better than 21/9 ROFLMAO! Now, Go Cool off.

  • Nampally on December 19, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    India missed a golden chance of getting some much needed batting practice on the Aussie pitch by resting Sachin & Dravid.Both batted well in the first tour practice game.Perhaps Dhoni felt that they had enough practice & was afraid of risking injuries.Nevertheless India did well to reach 162-4. It is essential for Sehwag & Gambhir to stay at the crease for full one session. Seeing the shine off the new ball & getting a good start is thekey for Indian batting to do well. Many Oz fans seem to throw some names like Siddle, Pattinson, Harris, Lyons, etc to think that these guys will do as well as they did against a weak NZ batting.Siddle & Harris played in the IPL and Indians are aware of their bowling. Pattinson @ 21 lacks experience. If Sehwag gets going Pattinson will look ordinary.Lyons is an off spinner & India have played many such bowlers on turning wickets. India should aim at least 450. Sehwag & Gambhir need to give India a good start to make it happen.Good Luck Guys - Lets GO!

  • ajith.kartha on December 19, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @RandyOz- 162 wouldnt be too bad if Indians can get to it, they might still have a 100 run lead the way Australia is batting these days!

  • FrankMeister on December 19, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ, Harris - Pattinson won't be likely to play at least until the 2nd Test... Siddle is inconsistent and lyon - well we all know what came of the world's best spinner swann when we faced him - heck, he ain't even the world's best spinner anymore...

  • rahulcricket007 on December 19, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    @randy oz . cool down mate . sachin , dravid didn't play in this match . however gambhir 's form is still worry . good point virat - rohit batting . like to see how warner plays tommorow & zak bowls to him.

  • Nick.coll on December 19, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I don't think ozzie can beat India this time, This Indian Line up is well xperienced and would have won Test series last time but everyone knows wat happened in SCG....I know it's hard to digest for all Indian fans but watch outt ozzie, India will come hard against ozzie this time. It should be an Xciting series but it looks like IND will win it this time..Good luck ozzie..........

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @RandyOz 162 is more than enough against the Oz bcoz they wont score more than 47:)

  • Rohan_K on December 19, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    These southies are talking too much about Rahane...He is 100 times better than Mukund and deserves an Indian berth. Mukund went to West Indies England and not just performed badly but showed he did not have enough at the Test level. He has scored runs in challenger trophy on flat n slow wickets at Indore. Rahane has done alright in International level in the limited chances he has got. Failing in two tour games does not mean he does not deserve to be in the squad. @RandyOz - Australia have toured India recently and lost to Mumbai in three day tour matches...That does not mean if India are 162/4 cannot bat against average bowlers like Pattinson, Lyon, Harris etc....

  • silly_pt on December 19, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @svel:we have already seen what Mukand is capable of in WI & England.It's unfair to comment on Rahane without him playing a single test match. After all, he was best Indian batsman in emerging players tournament held here in Australia. He deserves a chance if regular openers are unfit or failing.If he doesn't perform then he must be dropped. But not without giving opportunity. Cricinfo please publish

  • heathrf1974 on December 19, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    This is actually not bad from India and encourging to see batsmen Kolhi and Sharma compete for that remaining batting position. I think Kohli should get that spot. I wouldn't be too concerned with the top order getting out early as there would have been some moisture in the wicket following the rain (however, Ghambir has been on the decline). As an Aussie I am more concerned about our batting and hope our batsmen get their act together when the Boxing Test begins.

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    The only worry is Gambhir's form. if he clicks,the middle order has lesser work load. He needs to find his form ASAP! While Ajinkya hasn't quite cashed in on opportunities, I love the way Rohit and Virat are shaping up for future. Though I would say going for Rohit in 1st test is a safer bet. And guys! Chill! Don't read too much into these practice games. They are just for helping the team find correct combinations. Infact in my view, Drop Gambhir and include Kohli in the team somehow.

  • SamRoy on December 19, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @RandyOz I know. But I also know Sehwag alone can score 400 in Adelaide which Australia may not score in two innings put together (given their tenacity to collapse. 21/9. Is it so old that you forget the worst batting performance of all time?). But having said that, Australia are certainly the favourites as India has never won a test series in Australia.

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    The only worry is Gambhir's form. if he clicks,the middle order has lesser work load. He needs to find his form ASAP! While Ajinkya hasn't quite cashed in on opportunities, I love the way Rohit and Virat are shaping up for future. Though I would say going for Rohit in 1st test is a safer bet. And guys! Chill! Don't read too much into these practice games. They are just for helping the team find correct combinations. Infact in my view, Drop Gambhir and include Kohli in the team somehow.

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    dont make stupid comments about team india u will see team india trounce aussies in boxing day test match

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    @RandyOZ: 162 will be still enough against a team which bundles out for 47 !

  • mayankverma.mak on December 19, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Rahane's selection for this tour is just a wastage of a seat. Even if one of our openers gets injured Team management would prefer to play both Rohit and Virat with Dravid being the make-shift opener. Instead Harbhajan Singh should should have been in the squad, although but his presence in the dressing room would have mattered a lot. You can't really on two totally new spinners who have no experience of Oz conditions.

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    all india needs is for sehwag to fire...one knock of a 150 could make these highhanded australians suffer from battered baby syndrome after which it will be only a matter of time that they will capitulate.pattinson could go the saqlain mushtaq way.end of carreer after sehwag thrashing.and i feel for lyon.poor guy is the stuff indians play on the streets.

  • serious-am-i on December 19, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @RandyOZ: With your bowling attack any one could easily score more than that. The win or loss for India is going to depend on how Indian bowling performs. If bowling fails pressure mounts onto batting and subsequently they are going to buck under excess pressure.

  • on December 19, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    lady fortune on our side!!!!!!!!!!!!! bt cannot take away da credit 4m virat n rohit............ good goin guys............... all da best 4 da rest of da match!!!!!!!!

  • Technical-1 on December 19, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    LOL These Batsmen are Slow Indian Pitch Subcontinent Bullies! LOL lets see how the handle the Boucing Balls!

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @randyOZ hahaha..dude..that bowling line up is no wasim waqar or mecgrath warne that u sayng thy will lukcy if thy make 172! relax..u expecting alot frm thm if u say nythn of ths sort!

  • zapeta on December 19, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Australin Selectors are patiently waiting to Announce their team, Assesing game of Indian Batsmen. It shows the amount of Pressure our Indian Batsmen have levied on Australian Team these days. One more Double is always on cards from Sachin-Sehwag Pair as Australians too are going down with injuries.

  • baskar_guha on December 19, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    We know Sehwag is mercurial but Gambhir needs to stick around. Rahane is better off in the middle order in tests as his technique against the new ball is iffy.

  • ssenthil on December 19, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    I guess the Pressure is on Gauti now. He hasn't scored a century since Early 2010, though I value his score of 91 against SA in Capetown in Jan 2011, apart from that Innings, Gauti hasn't played any valuable Innings in Tests. So he comes under a great pressure. India now having better reserve openers who are Avg 60 and above in FC Cricket (Rahane and Mukund) he must perform to be in the team. I wish he come good as soon as possible perhaps as quick as in Boxing day test. His Avg during this period also fallen to below 30. So he need to score few big fifties at least. Gauti ur time is running out too quickly.

  • nav84 on December 19, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @randy_oz you better worry about your team scoring 50 without a 10th wicket partnership of 26

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @ RandyOZ

    Harris 35 Wickets in 8 matches at average of 21.37

    Siddle 91 Wickets in 27 matches at average of 31.65

    Pattinson 14 wickets in 2 matches at average of 14.00

    Lyon 24 wickets in 7 matches at average of 24.59

    Total Wickets between them = 172...!!!! and they will take 10 wickets on Boxing day...!!!

    You must be joking ?????

    Compare with Zaheer

    273 Wickets in 79 matches at 31.59 and don't forget that half of these wickets are taken in sub-continent...!!!

  • ssenthil on December 19, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    @RandyOZ, That will be good enough for India to win against a team folding in 47 and 136 :D

  • CheerforUnderdogs on December 19, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @svel : Abhiav mukund's weakness & his bat speed was exposed against England. By now, oppositions would have made him a bunny....

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    I am surprised how Gambhir was selected perhaps in the past form and not on currenr form and he is not a good fieder like Suresh Rina.

  • screamingeagle on December 19, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    But of course, everyone in India is a selector... Let these guys play and get some practise; do not start cribbing about player A getting only 12 balls and B getting 13. Let them just play. Jeez.

  • on December 19, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    India are EXTREMELY lucky Pat Cummins is injured.

  • bumsonseats on December 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    india should have been in oz a week sooner and played 2/3 4 day games as england did this time last year. they did not learn from their drubbing, england gave them. this could or should be the end of some of the great batters of india as i think it will be 2 - 0 to oz. then india have got to realize that big changes must happen to the batters and with it their position in icc league table. dpk

  • rkannancrown on December 19, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    I agree with Cpt. Meanster regarding India not playing quality attacks before the test match. Imagine the furore if England or Australia visit India and play against bowlers who are not in contention for a test team.

  • RandyOZ on December 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    They'll be lucky to make 162 against the likes of Harris, Lyon, Pattinson and Siddle!

  • sankar8000 on December 19, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    It is nice to see Virat and Rohit competing excellently for that spot! No need to think too much for Viru and VVs low performances here! In actual tests they will rock! I am worried for Gambhir...Sachin and Rahul should have played this match....

  • svel on December 19, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Abhiav mukund is far better player than rahane... hope he gets a chance atleast in the next series.

  • satish619chandar on December 19, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Hmmm.. We have both Virat and Rohit in good form.. The problem is with openers.. Hope they atleast play till 15 overs without getting out and set it up for the middle order.. Batting is our strength and usually batsmen are backed by bowlers.. Even in England, batsmen didn't score enough runs for the bowlers to perform.. Hope batting issues are resolved before the series begins..

  • kiranphy on December 19, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    they fought to get extra practise game and now important player not playing the practise match

  • Woorigal on December 19, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    This is a three day game, mate.

  • here2rock on December 19, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Mankua oval is not a test standard wicket. Once again BCCI failed in their role to provide decent practice matches. Whey are the test players resting? They had rest for a long time, in particular Dravid and Tendulkar. Why India is persisting with Rahane, the guy is a perfect player to set the negative tone. He is never going to socre more than a fifty off 150 balls at test level.

  • on December 19, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Resting Sachin and Rahul refers here as give chance to other players to get familiar with the pitch and environment.

  • bluebillion on December 19, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    The only worry is Gambhir's form. He needs to start converting these starts. Cant read much into Sehwag and Laxman not scoring ... both these players are the sort who wouldn't be able to motivate themselves for practice games.

  • DEDKIK on December 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Also, this is NOT a first class match as there are teams of 13. These matches will not even figure in the player's career figures.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    I just don't get this 'RESTING' business that's constantly happening in Indian cricket. Especially during such an important tour.. every practice game is vital. Sachin and Dravid should have played in this game as well. I am still not convinced by these cheap tour games India have been provided with. England had an ideal preparation to the Ashes when they had 3 tour games. I think all of them were 3 day games against quality state teams. Why is the BCCI being so spineless in spite of being a strong power ? they could have easily cancelled the WI ODI series and arrived a month early in Australia and asked for three 3 day games against state teams. I don't feel these 2 day games are doing anything good for India's morale. We have to wait and see.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 19, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    lets hope sehwag plays some responsible shots on boxing day test . my XI for boxing day - sehwag , gambhir ( he had to perform , his form is not good from the eng tour ) , dravid , sachin , vvs , rohit , dhoni , ashwin , zaheer , yadav , ishant 's replacement .

  • on December 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Today's lineup gives ideal future lineup for India after the retirement of Sachin and Rahul.Sehwag , Gambhir , Rahane , Kohli ,Laxman, Rohit, Dhoni. After Laxman's retirement Pujara can be brought to no. 5 position.

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on December 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Rahane seems to be bent on proving my hunch right - he is the devang gandhi/vikram rathore of bombay. first-class bully and nothing more. bring back Mukund!

  • on December 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    What is happening with my team.....

  • on December 19, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    real competition between two upcoming stars rohit and kohli..

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  • on December 19, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    real competition between two upcoming stars rohit and kohli..

  • on December 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    What is happening with my team.....

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on December 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Rahane seems to be bent on proving my hunch right - he is the devang gandhi/vikram rathore of bombay. first-class bully and nothing more. bring back Mukund!

  • on December 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Today's lineup gives ideal future lineup for India after the retirement of Sachin and Rahul.Sehwag , Gambhir , Rahane , Kohli ,Laxman, Rohit, Dhoni. After Laxman's retirement Pujara can be brought to no. 5 position.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 19, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    lets hope sehwag plays some responsible shots on boxing day test . my XI for boxing day - sehwag , gambhir ( he had to perform , his form is not good from the eng tour ) , dravid , sachin , vvs , rohit , dhoni , ashwin , zaheer , yadav , ishant 's replacement .

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 19, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    I just don't get this 'RESTING' business that's constantly happening in Indian cricket. Especially during such an important tour.. every practice game is vital. Sachin and Dravid should have played in this game as well. I am still not convinced by these cheap tour games India have been provided with. England had an ideal preparation to the Ashes when they had 3 tour games. I think all of them were 3 day games against quality state teams. Why is the BCCI being so spineless in spite of being a strong power ? they could have easily cancelled the WI ODI series and arrived a month early in Australia and asked for three 3 day games against state teams. I don't feel these 2 day games are doing anything good for India's morale. We have to wait and see.

  • DEDKIK on December 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Also, this is NOT a first class match as there are teams of 13. These matches will not even figure in the player's career figures.

  • bluebillion on December 19, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    The only worry is Gambhir's form. He needs to start converting these starts. Cant read much into Sehwag and Laxman not scoring ... both these players are the sort who wouldn't be able to motivate themselves for practice games.

  • on December 19, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Resting Sachin and Rahul refers here as give chance to other players to get familiar with the pitch and environment.

  • here2rock on December 19, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Mankua oval is not a test standard wicket. Once again BCCI failed in their role to provide decent practice matches. Whey are the test players resting? They had rest for a long time, in particular Dravid and Tendulkar. Why India is persisting with Rahane, the guy is a perfect player to set the negative tone. He is never going to socre more than a fifty off 150 balls at test level.