Australia v India, 1st Test, Melbourne, 4th day December 29, 2011

India must learn to get tail out - Dhoni

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After India's 122-run loss at the MCG, India's third first-Test loss on their last four tours, MS Dhoni said it was the batting that let the side down. The team, he said, also need to come up with ways to run through the opposition's lower order.

"We thought with a 230-odd runs [overnight] lead, if we could get them for 240 or 250, that's a very gettable score," Dhoni said. "But I felt 290-odd was also a score we should have achieved. The wicket was good, it was not like there was too much wear and tear on the wicket. I think the batting line-up flopped in both the innings.

"First innings, we got off to a decent start. We had a kind of a partnership going, after that we needed to capitalise on it. We were not really able to do that, because of which we were close to 50 runs short. In the second innings, wickets kept falling at regular intervals, which meant getting close to 300-odd runs was more and more difficult. Just that we need to get consistent with our batting."

The Indian batsmen began this year in overcast Cape Town, facing dream spell after dream spell from Dale Steyn who was ably supported by Morne Morkel. Led by Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, they fought the conditions and the bowling, and managed a draw. That, sadly, was the high point of their Test cricket this year. Since then they have played 16 innings away from home, and have crossed 300 only once. One of those innings was a declaration at 269 for 6, another a score of 94 for 3 in a chase. That leaves 13 innings when India haven't crossed 300, which is a minimum requisite to compete in most Tests.

For the England debacle the batsmen could be given some benefit of doubt because of the pressure a toothless bowling attack on them, but here India actually had an attack that matched Australia blow for blow, except for bowling the tail out, where you have to argue captaincy played a big part too. Dhoni agreed about the batsmen's flaws, but chose to give credit to the Australian bowlers too.

"There are a lot of things that could have happened [differently with the batting]," Dhoni said. "But at the same time you need to give credit to the opposition bowlers because of the line and lengths they bowled. A lot of the batsmen who got out, the delivery was close to the off stump. Some of them came in, some of them just held their line. They bowled really well and they pushed the batsmen to play most of the deliveries.

"The batsmen had to guess if it [the ball] was coming in or going out. Consistently they bowled well. And session after session, they bowled in the same areas. At some point of time you may commit an error. Maybe that's what happened in this game."

Dhoni credited the Indian bowling, too, which in turn meant the batsmen needed to clean up their act even more urgently. "The bowlers did their job in this Test," he said. "We didn't start off really well in the first innings, but in between we got quick wickets. And we were able to put pressure on the opposition. In the second, when it came to bowling, we started off really well. Overall the bowling department did the job. Just that we need to put runs on board."

However, they needed to find a way to run through the tail as well, he said. "It [Australia's lower-order contribution] didn't deflate us," he said. "It's something we need to keep an eye on. Even in the first innings their lower order put decent runs on the board. In games like these, both the innings together, if the amount of runs goes to 90 or 100 for the tail, it's a big amount of runs to chase. We need to come up with ways to get the tailenders out."

The defeat at the MCG, and the England debacle, leaves India with a mixed year. "It was a good year for us as a team," Dhoni said. "At the same time there were phases we didn't do really well, the England series being one of the patches where we didn't win a single game. The World Cup, being one of the most treasured things, gave us immense pleasure to win it, but we weren't as consistent as were last year. That's something that does happen in cricket. Overall it's a good year, that's what I would say. If we had performed better in England, it would have been a perfect year. It doesn't always go that way."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    its high time that BCCI MADE SEHWAG OR SOMEONE ELSE THE CAPTAIN WHO WILL BE SURE TO BE IN THE TEAM FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THE TEST CAPTAIN DHONI HAS FALLEN TO THE VICTIM OF PETERS PRINCIPLE HE HAS RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF HIS INEFFICIENCY PETERS PRINCIPLE SAYS THAT EVERY MAN RISE TO THE LEVEL OF HIS INEFFICIENCY. DHONI IS GOOD IN INDIA BUT WOEFUL ABROAD. HE IS A BETTER WICKTKEEPER THAN A BATSMAN. HIS FIELD PLACINGS ARE REALLY CADAVEROUS TO SAY THE LEAST

  • on January 1, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    When was the last tym vvs laxman scored a centuryor atleast a useful contribution outside india ?? In my child hood ?? He is just gud in indian flat pitches !!! Thats the fact.he was terrible in. England series always getying out for single digit scores !! According to stats he is gud..in australian pitches except mcg !!i dont see. Any dkfference when he plays on othr australian pitches !! He is either out of form or taking things too lightly .winning matches in indian pitches wont make a legend or 4th innings superstar even kohli,rahane and rohit sharma can do tht.or even any ranji playr. Laxman is 36 now cant even bowl , not a great fieldr like ponting either just can only bat and frm past 7 away tests he falied very badly with bat now say.ne. Now say me 1 thing why shd he still be playing in the team ?? When in form players like rohit sharma whose advantage is scoring against fast bowlers shd rest and warm the bench ?? Sharma is 100 times bettr fieldr and can bowl too

    No offence !

  • Abhayaprada on January 1, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @hyclass "on a difficult and deteriorating wicket on which all of the best batsmen from both sides struggled" - Sachin had no problems and averaged around his test average. Ponting did well. Also everyone agrees that the wicket held up very well for all four days. Yadav bowled well in both innings and improved in the second innings taking four wickets and seven for the match. Your analysis is shaky.

  • here2rock on December 31, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    I find it really hard to believe Dhoni blaming the bowlers for not cleaning up the tail when there is only person who should be held responsible that is Dhoni himself. What was he thinking with those field placings? Get your head right for the remaining three matches or it will be 4-0.

  • samvarma on December 31, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    We need to get rid of the hype and just get into business. Improving the batting (especially of youngesters) should be the first priority. We need to have atleast 4-5 youngsters ready to fill in the shoes of the 'greats'.

  • TRAM on December 31, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    There are 2 kinds of comments: 1. Result-based ("get the openers out in 10 overs", "Mr.X scored less, so drop him!"). 2. Cause&effect-based ("should have set forward shortleg to tail-enders", "Mr.X should have bowled from north-end" etc). IMO, the type1 comes from common people who only enjoy cricket scores (and not the technicalities). The type2 comes from experts (degree varies). Unfortunately we see some experts make Type1 comments. Shastri would say "India need to make at least 30 runs in next 10 overs" ..(funny). It never ever works that way. Ask any real player. But, "target bowler X" OR "target onside", etc will work. Saying a result without addressing "How to achieve it" is not a pro's comment. Dhoni's "need to get tail-enders out!" is one such. :-) Many Aus/Eng commentators are excellent in giving Type 2 comments. Of Ind commentators, Ganguly is OK, even better than Gavaskar (who I feel is biased).

  • kingcobra85 on December 31, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    So convenient to blame the bowlers for everything. Get the batting sorted out Dhoni you included

  • salman_ak on December 31, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I must say Indian Batsmen are like faithful husbands they perform wonderfully well at home. But are useless at foreign tours.

  • sacnit11 on December 31, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Yes, INDIANS are failing to pick the tail. If we look at the second innings, the last AUS pair added 43 runs wherein the highest partnership in INDIAN innings is 36. Also Pattison scored 37runs, which no player in INDIAN scored. Kohli should be dropped from Test and rohit should replace. Dhoni should improve his batting in Test matches, if he plays attacking shots will help him to score runs, if he go for defending as he does in ODI it wont help me here. We should beat AUS, as NZ beated them. We should win this series.. All the best guys..

  • on December 31, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    The only way you can get rid of Tail is by bowling bouncers at them like Pattinson and co. did. Hope he gets them back at Sydney in plenty from Indian bowlers. MCG was no big deal as it was meant to be Austarlia's happy hunting ground and so the result should not be taken seriously. Just play the natural game you have faced better...

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    its high time that BCCI MADE SEHWAG OR SOMEONE ELSE THE CAPTAIN WHO WILL BE SURE TO BE IN THE TEAM FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THE TEST CAPTAIN DHONI HAS FALLEN TO THE VICTIM OF PETERS PRINCIPLE HE HAS RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF HIS INEFFICIENCY PETERS PRINCIPLE SAYS THAT EVERY MAN RISE TO THE LEVEL OF HIS INEFFICIENCY. DHONI IS GOOD IN INDIA BUT WOEFUL ABROAD. HE IS A BETTER WICKTKEEPER THAN A BATSMAN. HIS FIELD PLACINGS ARE REALLY CADAVEROUS TO SAY THE LEAST

  • on January 1, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    When was the last tym vvs laxman scored a centuryor atleast a useful contribution outside india ?? In my child hood ?? He is just gud in indian flat pitches !!! Thats the fact.he was terrible in. England series always getying out for single digit scores !! According to stats he is gud..in australian pitches except mcg !!i dont see. Any dkfference when he plays on othr australian pitches !! He is either out of form or taking things too lightly .winning matches in indian pitches wont make a legend or 4th innings superstar even kohli,rahane and rohit sharma can do tht.or even any ranji playr. Laxman is 36 now cant even bowl , not a great fieldr like ponting either just can only bat and frm past 7 away tests he falied very badly with bat now say.ne. Now say me 1 thing why shd he still be playing in the team ?? When in form players like rohit sharma whose advantage is scoring against fast bowlers shd rest and warm the bench ?? Sharma is 100 times bettr fieldr and can bowl too

    No offence !

  • Abhayaprada on January 1, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @hyclass "on a difficult and deteriorating wicket on which all of the best batsmen from both sides struggled" - Sachin had no problems and averaged around his test average. Ponting did well. Also everyone agrees that the wicket held up very well for all four days. Yadav bowled well in both innings and improved in the second innings taking four wickets and seven for the match. Your analysis is shaky.

  • here2rock on December 31, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    I find it really hard to believe Dhoni blaming the bowlers for not cleaning up the tail when there is only person who should be held responsible that is Dhoni himself. What was he thinking with those field placings? Get your head right for the remaining three matches or it will be 4-0.

  • samvarma on December 31, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    We need to get rid of the hype and just get into business. Improving the batting (especially of youngesters) should be the first priority. We need to have atleast 4-5 youngsters ready to fill in the shoes of the 'greats'.

  • TRAM on December 31, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    There are 2 kinds of comments: 1. Result-based ("get the openers out in 10 overs", "Mr.X scored less, so drop him!"). 2. Cause&effect-based ("should have set forward shortleg to tail-enders", "Mr.X should have bowled from north-end" etc). IMO, the type1 comes from common people who only enjoy cricket scores (and not the technicalities). The type2 comes from experts (degree varies). Unfortunately we see some experts make Type1 comments. Shastri would say "India need to make at least 30 runs in next 10 overs" ..(funny). It never ever works that way. Ask any real player. But, "target bowler X" OR "target onside", etc will work. Saying a result without addressing "How to achieve it" is not a pro's comment. Dhoni's "need to get tail-enders out!" is one such. :-) Many Aus/Eng commentators are excellent in giving Type 2 comments. Of Ind commentators, Ganguly is OK, even better than Gavaskar (who I feel is biased).

  • kingcobra85 on December 31, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    So convenient to blame the bowlers for everything. Get the batting sorted out Dhoni you included

  • salman_ak on December 31, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I must say Indian Batsmen are like faithful husbands they perform wonderfully well at home. But are useless at foreign tours.

  • sacnit11 on December 31, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Yes, INDIANS are failing to pick the tail. If we look at the second innings, the last AUS pair added 43 runs wherein the highest partnership in INDIAN innings is 36. Also Pattison scored 37runs, which no player in INDIAN scored. Kohli should be dropped from Test and rohit should replace. Dhoni should improve his batting in Test matches, if he plays attacking shots will help him to score runs, if he go for defending as he does in ODI it wont help me here. We should beat AUS, as NZ beated them. We should win this series.. All the best guys..

  • on December 31, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    The only way you can get rid of Tail is by bowling bouncers at them like Pattinson and co. did. Hope he gets them back at Sydney in plenty from Indian bowlers. MCG was no big deal as it was meant to be Austarlia's happy hunting ground and so the result should not be taken seriously. Just play the natural game you have faced better...

  • Ngaraj on December 31, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Kapil's suggestion earlier of playing only two of the three old timers (Rahul,Sachin, VVS) and getting another young gun on role needs to be definitely visited without bias.May be even Gauti has to be rested with his poor form. As for bowling to the tail, it could be a bit more of aggression and discipline with the same set of bowlers and needs to be complemented with Dhoni's more aggressive field placements. One cannot remove pressure on batsmen after their side loses 5 or 6 wickets, and that also depicts our strategy to be too defensive!!

  • Murtaza. on December 31, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    In Australia, Dhoni has to show more belive in his bowlers, quick bowling changes does not work in Australia. If Dhoni knows about Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis that how good they were just because thier captains had belive in them. In India you can with spiners but not here, Use your fast bowlers with long spells.

  • jos59 on December 31, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    When is India going to learn to let go of VVS and Dravid and the other no hopers in the side. India sucks when they travel overseas. I agree they are paper tigers overseas. Moreover the BCCI are bullies and need to be brought down to earth..

  • only_sehwag on December 31, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    drop Gambhir and kohli immediately...take 2 bowlers in their places..don't waste the spot on another batsman who cannot bat in tests...3 years since ganguly was kicked out, india still searching for his replacement...

  • only_sehwag on December 31, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    @srisri

    Agree with you 100%..only sehwag has the capability to deflate any opposition on any ground...without his contribution in the first innings, I doubt India would have reached 200..He is not consistent but that is how he plays...he will surely fire in one of the four tests ...the aussie bolwlers will leave the ground in tears on that day..

  • hyclass on December 31, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    @ROXSPORT...Dhonis fast bowling brigade bowled with aplomb.Zaheer and Ishant were outstanding.Yadav showed promise and skill but also bowled more erratically in the 2nd innings.Ashwin,from his first over in the 2nd innings,bowled quite poorly in both line and length,a point noted by all the TV commentators.It is unacceptable for a finger spinner to be that loose.No captain can risk the well being of his close in fielders under those circumstances.The ball doesnt turn as far or fast in Australia making control of primary importance.I doubt that Ashwins batting can be relied upon for regular runs,now that his dislike for short-pitched bowling has been exposed.His 1st innings demonstrated far more substance and batting skill and his 2nd innings more luck.As for bowling changes,Dhoni restricted Australia to par and below par scores.The difference is that Australias tail batted in home conditions,making it more effective,while Indias tail batted in foreign conditions that tested the best.

  • hyclass on December 31, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    There are times when cricket supporters can be profoundly obtuse and manage to entirely miss the essential points. When Dhoni was ill behaved and publicly critical of umpire Harper,whose unmatched record of 96% success in Inidan Test matches should have afforded him greater respect,Dhoni was roundly applauded by his home crowd.Ultimately,DRS,which wasnt in use onfield,but in the commentary box and would have prevented the uninformed opinions escalating,showed that not only was Dhonis conduct unacceptable by any captain,but that 8 of the 9 disputed decisions by Harper were correct,vindicating the umpire.No apologies or reprimands were forthcoming.Forward to this series in Australia.Dhonis has only lost by 122 runs.His team was in the Test in its first innings on a difficult and deteriorating wicket on which all of the best batsmen from both sides struggled with varying bounce and pace.The difference for Dhoni is that Australias tail was playing in home conditions while Indias tail wasnt

  • here2rock on December 31, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Dhoni must learn how to set up the field placings for tail, he leaks too many easy runs when tail is batting. For god's sake, atttack them!

  • kiddan22g on December 30, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Wake up call for the so-called fames batting line up. Can't depend on sachin and sehwag to win matches for India. What was required was 4-5 fifties from top order batsmen to chase the total but sadly we got none.

    Anyway, hope you guys had fun on 5th day of the test match which you used as day-off after your wonderful performance with the bat. Shame !!

    Btw, I can't count the number of times last 4 opposition batsmen have scored more than 100 runs against India. May a statistician can help me and help Dhoni realize that you don't give easy singles to last 3-4 batsmen.

  • kiddan22g on December 30, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    It was a pathetic job by the batsmen. Gambhir bats with an angled bat and open face and will always edge to slips or get bowled of the inner edge. He gets away with this technique in odis but not in tests. Sehwag lacked application when it counted. This is Laxman's last series anyways after poor england series and dull west indies series. Dhoni is not a test batsman at all. He has proved it time and again. Ashwin is not a match winner, he may be clever but not threatening at all. If you are playing only one spinner, he ought to be the best one. Harbhajan is a better bowler and gutsy enough to back himself. However, he will have to work hard to come back into the side.

    Positives were the bowlers- Zak, Yadav and Ishant all bowled well. This proves that the fast bowlers have to be 100% fit to make an impact on the game. Ishant was easily bowling close to 145 kms//hr which is a good sign.

  • skijock82 on December 30, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Varun Aaron seems to be capable of good bowling to the tail. Bring him in instead of Ishant.. Bring in Rohit too. He needs to be given test exposure in Australia.

  • jiggspk on December 30, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Indian cricket team is a giant at home and a wet cat out side. No need to criticize the players. Let them play their and wait for the next series at home.

  • 5wombats on December 30, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    @East_West - have to respond to your post. Agree. Watching India in England in the Summer 2011 we could only conclude as you do that India batting is overrated. I posted this before the series but cricinfo never published. Also - I posted after Laxman was interviewed in Australia that he was most unwise to make any comment. As in England - he did not deliver. Dravid is worthy and Tendulkar has to be kept in the team - but the overall picture for India batting is not great. Give it a year, not more than two and Dravid + SRT will retire. World Test Cricket needs great players to perform - so I take no pleasure when I observe them not performing.

  • ROXSPORT on December 30, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    I think Dhoni erred quite a few times with early bowling changes. He could definitely have given one more over to Ishant (after he had got rid of Clarke), Umesh (in the same spell, as he was causing a few problems to Ricky), Zak (on quite a few occasions) and he definitely erred by his field placements. No Forward Short Leg & no Square Leg to the tail-enders. It is not only about the way you bowl, it is also about playing on the mind of the batsman. Ashwin, too, should have been given at least a couple of short legs when Ponting & Hussey were starting their partnership in the second innings.

  • Naresh28 on December 30, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    @arten - you may want new guys like Pujara, but India can only play with the team members selected for this tour.That is the bench warmers.

  • srisri on December 30, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    All these negative comments wouldn't have been there.. if Sehwag Shined. We won the test matches outside subcontinent mainly due to his blitz as opener. When he fails, rest follows. He might shine in one of the remaining tests and the end result looks like 3-1 (Aus-Ind).

  • anku.dutta on December 30, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Dhoni has al last admitted he has to learn something.... actually he should... he is still a novice in test captaincy... shying away from bold decisions will not help... he should take lead in the field and take control over proceedings... rather than wait for something to happen... he sould sometime stop the proceedings and walk to the bowler and set an attacking field to cause some uneasy time for the tailenders....it should not be left only to the bowlers to get him the wickets... he should help them with attacking and catching field positions... and play some mind games with the batsman... if any doubt he should consult with S.Ganguly or Ricky Ponting...

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    This time, they have worked out Laxman. Laxman CANNOT play on the front foot; so a full length swinging ball will pin him on the backfoot and get him. McDermott changed the length this time; in the prior tours, the Aussie bowlers pitched short-of-length and it did not swing much. After looking at the England-India matches, McDermott has figured it out.

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    guys IND showed good fight in the first 3 days, which lacked in the 4th day thats all need the home team to roll over IND.About individual performances only SRT,Dravid,Sehwag(Bipolar disorder) delivered in the 1 innings,bowlers did more than asked . Last but not least Cappie need to score runs and bit more aggressive.All those balme MSD, Viru, VVS, will mute soon!!!

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Pataudi and Venkataraghavan were the only captains who could think clearly on their feet and be aggressive when required. Gavaskar was good but somewhat defensive. The others are all pretty ordinary captains, Sachin being in the bottom rungs.

  • Ganchu on December 30, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Why this laxman is in the team, he never plays any Ranaji match in India nor he plays any kind of county matches and then on what marit he is selected in the test team.I think it is time to give some chance to younger players,atleast they should gain some experiance otherwise results are same

  • AidanFX on December 30, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Be nice if I had pay TV then I could watch some international cricket as well as my own team every summer. But that said I am well aware of Sehwag. Seen him perform excellent on Aus shores before - scoring aggressively. Also aware he scored 300 in a day in Test not too long ago so the cliche "that's how he bats" should seem logically fair enough to me. Yet watching him 1st and 2nd inns (did well 1st inns) throw away his wicket in second I have to say the guy surprised me (despite what I already knew about him). He was lucky to survive against Lyon. Each attacking shot he played was not middled and although he got a boundary each time - it was evident his batting was arrogant & unwise. Dravid also played well 1st inns but it occurred to me his age is a factor. We've made a lot of noise about Ponting's form and subsequent strange shots lately but Dravid much the same - played at several didn't need to; left some unconvincingly and had his stumps knocked over three times.

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Dhoni is a good captain and a very good wicket keeper but his batting in Test cricket needs a lot of application and improvement. Like Dravid he needs to apply himself in the crease and play patiently and smartly. Shewag needs to be more responsible and play according to the situation and doesn't need to be always excused for giving his wicket away with rash shorts in name of his natural game remember " A player is as good as his last game". Gambhir, virat kohli and lakshman needs a lot of practice in Auzzies condition otherwise they are going to suffer a lot. They don't know to play rising deliveries and to play in crease with back foot. Our players are all good in front foot but fail miserably to play the back foot shots.In Auz condition we need to stay deep in crease while batting that will give that extra time to spot the ball and play the shot with soft hands.

  • g.narsimha on December 30, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    W E dont need to give exuses to anybody ,win or loss it metterto us, one great india basher with out any sustance in the habiot of making insulting coments like indians lacks guts, cant bat in fourth inning bla bla i just checked the stat guru, to my surprise , india was the world record holder in highest fourth inning victory in wi in 1976 against the mighty wi ,our other highest scores are ,445 in adelaide,429 at 0val in england ,397 in lords in eng ,the list goes quit long but the india bashers teams 4th,inning performance is very pathetic ,todate their highest fourth inning total is 343 that too , in dubai,in2010, so beforeposting insulting , coments one should see him self where he stands , those who are making fun of our greats should see no bady from their country stands shade near to our greats ,we have fait our team will bounce back, last time we beat aus 2-0 but those who are making fun of our team should know in 2 decades they have not won a series agnst aus in home

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    India look hungry in the first 3 days, but not on the 4th day. Starting from sehwag everyone played miserably,can exclude SRT coz he played well till wickets tumble otherside then he played wide of the off-stump delivery. He woudlnt do it if he is not affected by the slide on the other side. The remaining line up is a big 0. There is no fight offered by IND on 4 th day,thats what paining the most. No team changes required i guess, its been a habit to get the top order out quick and stuck up with the tail , if IND corrected this they can roll over AUS with ease.

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    the 139 runs scored by <aus>bowlers both the innings together really cost INDIA the match. india need to rethink on their batting because ashwin batted well(30,32) than gambhir ,vvs laxman and kholi

  • ArtenKunwar on December 30, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Dhoni is a lucky mascot rather than a good player and a captain. actually Saurav G. is far far better captain and player than wt dhoni is. this is a time to say goodbye to dhoni from captaincy and give this role to Sehwag. even dhoni is a sub-continent player, he dnt know hw to bat in overseas. dhoni is totally a overrated individual. if Sachin and Rahul were nt in this team then they may bundled out with a mere score of less than 100. it is not about senior players...even at this age they are making India proud with their performance. So, give captaincy to Sehwag..and say goodbye to Kohli from test as well and there is a guy who best fit is the Pujara..call him...even in these condition play with Rohit..Gambhir needs a rest and Mukund or Rahane should get a chance...Ashwin should bat before Dhoni in the overseas..you cant always rely on Dravid and Tendulkar...no doubt they are the genious..but other should perform as well. Pujara..,Badrinath.., Yuvraj must be in the top 15.

  • samba5 on December 30, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Gambhir, dhoni, kohli it's better to play the matches which held in india by going away from the home your are becoming the jokers every time. I think these three has to learn batting tips from ashwin and yadav.. I can't under stand why you are including kohli in the team, up to know i didn't seen even single test match played by him. And how many days you will depend up the rahul and sachin..Even at this age they are scoring the runs which youngers can't. the only difference between rahu, sachin and younger ones is they are passionate about the game and you people passion about the adds

  • wolf777 on December 30, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Get rid of sixth batsman and bring in Irfan Pathan as an allrounder. Four bowlers are not enough to bowl out the tail. Look at the recent results. Lord's test - Zack gets injured and India is down to only thre bowlers. The next test, England was allowed to escape after 8 down for less than 100 runs. Again, four bowlers were not enough to finish off the tail. Same story in Boxing day test match.

  • coldcoffee123 on December 30, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    With due respect to Dhoni, since the world cup, he is not the same captain he used to be. His mind is cluttered. He has lost everything he has touched after the world cup. CSK, Champions league, England and now Australia. He is taking India captaincy for granted and seems to be satiated with what he has achieved so far. Atrocious field placing. Time for a new captain. Or get ready for 4-0.

  • East_West on December 30, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    As usual WE HAVE AN OVERRATED BATTING lineup........Laxman talks the most BUT delivers nothing - so called Test Specialist- he has all the time in the world to prepare in India and acclimatize ..but when it comes to delivering - he is a BIG ZERO - Dravid and Sachin should swallow their FALSE PRIDE and EGo and let younger ones take care of it - his socalled 100 should be in a Ranji match! Gautum should be dropped, he thinks his place is guaranteed - Kohli is useless outside - we are essentially a FLAT TRACK experts - all these excuses of "slow starters" is kind of getting too boring - what happened to our o-called #1 Test rankings? guess we were chosen by fake system rather than real talent - our team is full of loosers except our bowling - Yadav such a great prospect, Zaheer is walking time bomb, Ishant is a walking clinic - Ashwin the intelligent one who reads the pitch better than Dhoni and Sachin - well......we are in for a big surprise - as I said before, laxman SHOULD RETIRE

  • kenishah on December 30, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    well i tink india lost mainly cos of ther batting. ther bowling was really gud exept a few sessions here n ther. also another thing is that wen the tailenders wer batting dhoni didnt bring the fielders in instead he let them take singles freeley n let them keep the scoreboard ticking. dhoni could hav saved those 100 runs the tailenders scored if he had brought the field in

  • tanstell87 on December 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    First question to Dhoni - why he sets defensive fields....he should attack all the time....he missed an opportunity last year against South Africa at Cape Town...SA were struggling at 130-6 with series drawn at 1-1....India had a great chance to win test series in SA....Dhoni set a defensive field & SA escaped to 333/10.....the match was drawn....series was drawn....Australia 166-8 & Dhoni again set a defensive field....result is for everyone to see....the in-out field works in ODIs but in test cricket it doesnt work out.....i hope he learns his lesson & begins with a win in new year...

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    INDIA WILL LOSE 4-0 ENOUGH SAID . THIS TEAM IS FULL OF JOKERS & THE BIGGEST ONE IS DHONI .

  • BustIPL on December 30, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain after Imran Khan. He knows what talent he needs to inject in the team but these seniors are holding on. I think dhoni should be involved in the talent hunt committee and India can find replacements. As far as tail is concerned Indian bowlers became complacent and over confident after initial success and could not get over tail. We all know that it is Indian problem that they feel on top of the world and soon see the slide. Also, yadav bowled some good balls but also bowled lot of ordinary stuff. Also ashwin bowled faster and flatter fearing his flight stuff will be hit. Hopefully ZAK will get into more rythm but I have no expectations from Ishan as he is seriously depleted.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Still how many year It required to learn....If u say the date I'll start watching test cricket from that day.

  • dmqi on December 30, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Yes I agree, Ganguly should be brought back in. Even if he would not score many runs, he will use his brain to win.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    alex i have read many of yourcomment against india hmm lolzz england win was fluke if they are so greatwhy they loose in 2007 in england and drew in 2002 1-1 in england and they cant winin india this year they beated injured aussies and india eng neva won in india atleast india 2002drew won in 2007 and again they whitewashed in one day just wait sixmonths in india they will be whitewashed as for aussie they are miles away than england india won in england series they have won odd test in aus but not series both india aussies are difficult tobeat at home england is average team and bet me nextfew months will prove

  • veerakannadiga on December 30, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Most of the test playing nations are more or less playing at the same level,except for England, that's the reason they are the No.1 test side........ NZ winning vs Aus, SL winning vs RSA. On a given day they are either superb or they are very poor.As for India, we never were really quality test team, either the batting or the bowling letting us down.We being NO.1 for some time was more because of we not loosing matches, somehow managing to draw and an occasional win here and there. We always(even now) lacked the killer instinct.Just afraid to imagine how we are going to fare in the remaining tests, once the injured Harris,Watson & Cummins make it to the playing XI.We Indian fans better be braced for dreadful times ahead. AMEN

  • jonesy2 on December 30, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    just wait till warner and marsh get hold of india's bowlers

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I think at this moment India's bowling attack is stronger than batting,before the tour media was always talking about India's bowling attack ,they didn't tell a single word about their batting.I think they thought that that their batsmen would handle Aussie pacers easily,that's why batting was not their concern.But in reality the fact is completely opposite,India's Strongest batting lineup failed dramatically,at this moment batting is the main problem of India because they are playing away from home,that's the main problem.

  • shahbazhussain on December 30, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Top 5 teams giving worse performance in Test Cricket in 2011:

    1. Bangladesh 2. India 3. Sri Lanka 4. Australia 5. New Zealand

    Enough said!

  • shahbazhussain on December 30, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    The MCG show is a clear proof: India are now 2nd bangladesh!

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    The solution to this one and been that always...but was never implemented..by BCCI.. Simulate these pitches in India as much as possible, that grooms good pace bowlers and trains batsmen to handle such bowling.. I have been watching cricket for past 15 years.. Have heard so many people saying this time and again..but pitches in India remains soft , spongy , barren without a tinge of grass , ideally suited for spin. We are going to win home series in India and never can win in the same scale abroad.

  • vak1997 on December 30, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Drop vvs, virat, gambhir, dhoni 4 next match...

  • Jay_1978 on December 30, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I am wondering what Dhoni is doing in team, what is his contribution in test matches. Last three Foreign tours including SA, would somebody tell me what Dhoni has done that allow him to stay in team. I am sure if somebody else take place of Dhoni there will be much better batting lines we can have. if loose 5 wickest in 300 runs, i have no confidence that we can reach 350 because we can't rely on Dhoni for evern 25 runs.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    I think India should get rid of M S Dhoni from test squad,And not getting the logic, how long selectors gonna use these veterns in test team.......

  • nyc_missile on December 30, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Mark my words,unless Dhoni has an epiphany or a massive transformation in his thought process this tour will be the poor fab three's water loo..4-0 on cards sadly :( Pray to God to put some sense into this Dhoni in the New Year.He is the sole reason behind the loss,we can discuss commitment and technique of the top order and tailender Dhoni,but ultimately we lost the match when we failed to nail Aus at 27-4 we could even had been chasing 100 runs to win..

  • rkannancrown on December 30, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    A few years ago when Indian cricket had an opening batting crisis, Dinesh Karthik was pitchforked into the role. He got decent runs against SA in SA & England in England. However, he was jettisoned the moment Sehwag got back into form. The selectors need to look at these options as well. On current form,. Ishant appears to be a better opening bat than Gambhir.

  • hyclass on December 30, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    In SA,the Australian team bowled the hosts out for 96 and were then bowled out for 47.People only remember the visitors knock. In the Boxing Day Test,each innings was lower than the preceding one.It is equally possible that if India had batted first,the match result might also have been reversed. The general impression being given is that this was a great cricket wicket,even though the match lasted less than 4 days of a scheduled 5 day contest,costing CA a considerable amount of revenue from its premier summer contest.It played two heights and two paced.Great batsmen from both teams struggled on it. A great deal more good would accrue if this was seen in context.The patterns of batting by both teams were similar.Its not as though India werent in the contest.Dhoni may have let the play drift with the last wicket partnerships,but Clarke also missed tricks with his field placings,commented on by Chappell at the time.Indias bowling looked top class and its batsmen have peerless records.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @Alexk400: I do respect ur posts.. But when Sachin plays, we win without any pressure.. So the pressure is created ONLY when he gets out right? How ridiculous it is to name runs scored by a batsman as selfish!! I would never call any run scored by a batsman as selfish, unless it stops a team from winning.. @amarnath79 : One failure from Bhajji.. Did u start to watch cricket from that match only? As far as Dhoni's captaincy, Apart from Hilfy, he can have attacking field for everyone.. He is the only one who ll slog.. All others have a decent technique and play normal game.. If Hilfy scores coupe of boundaries, can have in-out field.. I would not blame his batting when the much experienced n technically strong guys fail like novice.. Scoring runs is their responsibility.. But blame his captaincy.. It was very poor this match..

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    The world has not come to an end and nobody died because of the loss of 1st Test at MCG. However, let us all get out of the emotional syndrome of reacting to a defeat but draw correct lessons. The failure is due to wrong approach to the game. We proritize individual achievements over the team and leadership issues. We do not see that individual contribution should count on the team performance and not put individual over team. Whether Sachin acieves 100th international 100 is not important. He made a contribution of 73 in the first innings but the team could not build on that. There is a great deficiency in Sachin's chatacter. He does not bat when the team needs him most. He always fails to come off when India wants to win. The "greatest batsman" does not bat under pressure. Is he really the greatest? The other greats like Lara, Richards, Gavaskar, Viswanath & even Laxman have often come off when the team is in desparte situations. Then what is great about Sachin Tendulkar?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira, agree with you completely. You wrote under another article apologising to MBS92 and JG in which you mentioned that the problems can be much deeper than you thought. Yes, that deeper problem is Dhoni. Nobody else. Nothing else. I always thought our squad of 15 or 16 is weaker than England or SA or Australia. But that fact shouldn't distract us from recognizing the pattern that is very clearly visible now. You have the opposition on the mat, spread the field - in SA; you have England running for cover in England - spread the field; you have the Aussies on the mat not once but twice at MCG, Dhoni's mantra is - spread the field. Come on, he is indeed behaving like an ODI/T20 Captain. No seriously. Unless Dhoni behaves like a Test Captain, there's no hope. ODIs and Test Matches are like chalk and cheese. One doesn't have to be a great Captain to see the difference between the two formats. Just some cricketing brain should suffice. Dhoni doesn't seem to have one.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    i think rohit sharma is a better player than virat kohli, but dhoni will stick to the same team,he has to be an aggresive captain

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Include rohit sharma in the 11

  • kensohatter on December 30, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Indian 'fans' crack me up... They are so vocal pre test about their so called greatest team but at the first sign of trouble they call for all their heads! The fact of the matter is India cant afford to have four players retire at the same time. Australia faced a similiar problem a few years ago at the end of the Waugh era and most recently cut Katich to ensure young players kept coming through. India like Australia must have patience during this time and realise that wins are less likely (although in Indias case they were never a dominant team anyway). Tendualker and Dravid should be kept to help mentor the youngsters much like Ponting and Hussey are currently doing for Australia.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Well I think we didn't bat well and that was the only thing why we lost the test.I was surprised to see Laxman and Kohli batting this way.Had they tried to play a bit defensive in the initial stages in their respective innings we wouldn't have had a collapse in the first innings after the top 3 out of 4 getting 60s.I think this should be the last chance as Rohit Sharma is still knocking the door.I think technically Rohit is more sound than Virat Kohli.So its Dhoni's call.It's been the tradition of not starting well & then making a comeback in the series for India.Let's see what happens.All The Best Mahi!

  • DINESHCC on December 30, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    AMARNATH79: At last you find out the reasons: Ashwin scored 62 runs and taken four wickets in the match. Is that the reason for India's loss?

  • DINESHCC on December 30, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    When Ashwin and Umesh can bat freely in both the innings and scored around 90 runs together, what our top order is doing?

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    but dhoni when will u learn to play cricket in test especially in Australia , hv u seen ur record in aussie soil 10 test and u made 170 run.

  • Naresh28 on December 30, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    India should look at fast bowler ATUL SHARMA for future games.

  • Naresh28 on December 30, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    In 2011 test series by INDIA GAMBHIR has failed and a replacement should be looked at.ROHIT SHARMAshould be tried as opener or swop with Dravid. This is the only change that should be done for next test. I was most dispointed when ROHIT was not selected for 1st test. Rohit has proved his mettle in side games. Kohli brings energy to fielding and should be given last chance with bat.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    I am really worried when these 3 top class retie, because it doesn't seems like any new comer is more likely to cop with the overseas pitches.India need to prepare some young guys on how to play quick and pacy tracks.

  • Chris_P on December 30, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Gee guys, settle down. It's only a game. You are very hard on your team. Every team goes through ups and downs, take the bad and enjoy the good.

  • Mano3185 on December 30, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    First of all... Dhoni must see what he has done so far in this series....

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    MS Dhoni's men will look back and rue the missed opportunities, but they can't escape the fact that this was their fifth consecutive loss overseas,

  • Mani_CricketFan on December 30, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Why Dhoni is still in the team ? Just because he is a captain, doesn't mean he should play every match. He never performs in the testing conditions. When other players doesn't perform good, they are dropped. Dhoni isn't getting dropped. I think he should be dropped from the test squad and from foreign tours as Irfan and other players were dropped. If captain doesn't perform, he should not play. Players should decide their captain before the match starts, and not the captain. Captain for the team, by the team.

  • here2rock on December 30, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    India does not have a hope when the captain of their team fails to recognise the reason for India's failure to finish off the tail. It is the cpatain not the team.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    ... from between our legs

  • cricket4ever6 on December 30, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    IND's problems start at the top. Sehwag's current technique is not suited to AUS/ENG/SA conditions and must either change it (as he did on a previous AUS tour) or be replaced. And sorry Gautam, but you need to take a break and sort out your technique and get back your form.

    In the middle order, Laxman is out of form and should be rested. Virat's current technique is not suited to these conditions and should be replaced with Rohit Sharma.

    Rotating out these players successfully will be hard, but it must be done starting with the 2nd test.

    The only difference between the sides at the G were Siddle and Pattinson's *batting* in home conditions against a young IND attack. Once IND's tail problem is fixed, AUS will be exposed.

    That is all IND needs to do. It finally has a balanced attack capable of taking 20 wickets anywhere in the world, and needs to nurture this attack carefully.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira, agree with you completely. You wrote under another article apologising to MBS92 and JG in which you mentioned that the problems can be much deeper than you thought. Yes, that deeper problem is Dhoni. Nobody else. Nothing else. I always thought our squad of 15 or 16 is weaker than England or SA or Australia. But that fact shouldn't distract us from recognizing the pattern that is very clearly visible now. You have the opposition on the mat, spread the field - in SA; you have England running for cover in England - spread the field; you have the Aussies on the mat not once but twice at MCG, Dhoni's mantra is - spread the field. Come on, he is indeed behaving like an ODI/T20 Captain. No seriously. Unless Dhoni behaves like a Test Captain, there's no hope. ODIs and Test Matches are like chalk and cheese. One doesn't have to be a great Captain to see the difference between the two formats. Just some cricketing brain should suffice. Dhoni doesn't seem to have one.

  • db24 on December 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    @Samarth22 - Australia doesn't prepare green-tops - they only occur in certain locations due to localised weather conditions. Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart tend to start a touch green because they are in wet-weather areas. Melbourne is a bit different because the MCG has drop-in pitches. It's almost impossible to generate a green pitch at the WACA, and particularly in a La Nina summer like this one.

    I agree with several comments from Indian fans. Dhoni is a good player who needs to learn how to adjust both batting and tactics. The big 4 batsmen are ageing (last chance VVS?), and the transition will be difficult. They will bring in Rohit Shama for Sydney. I wish India the all best for this tour, and it will be great for both countries if India can win in Sydney and keep the series alive.

  • svel on December 30, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    @ rajat-column - - irfan pathan ?! r u kidding me... with 120 kmph pace... and no swing... even lyon will hit a century if he bowls ... i personally think that our bowling attack is really really good... but our batting needs tuning...

  • saikarthikg on December 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    I really hope Rohit gets a chance in the next match. It was surprisingly a decent bowling performance from Indian bowlers. Just a bit more consistency from batsmen, this would have been a hell more interesting to follow. What happ to the likes of Gambhir and kohli??? Expected a lot out of 'em, wrong thing to do i guess.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on December 30, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @ Gerard Pereira: Mate, exactly my thoughts. Dhoni is v. good in the shorter format both as a captain and a batsman. In ODIs and t20s you can push the fielders out and that works 'cos singles don't hurt. He is using the very same methods in test matches over and over and over again as Dravid_Gravitas has already pointed out. It was frustrating to see that in England. When the team tours overseas specially to SA/Eng/Aus, you just cannot afford to do this. He did this when Ponting and Hussey were batting in the 2nd innings under pressure, four wickets down and those two are too good. What happened then was only what was expected. Simple analysis will tell you, if you push fielders back to deep point and deep square leg and leave the gaps open, consider a 10 over period for two new batsmen. They can just nudge the ball off the back foot to open spaces and get around 25-30 runs easy. Thats about 15 runs per batsman u are giving for free in the first 40 minutes. Plenty to get your eye in!

  • Sanj747 on December 30, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    A good year. I guess he has to say that. Mate 4-0 in Eng, a loss here and series wins against the WIs is hardly what you would call good.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Honestly, I don't find fault in Ind batting/bowling display.. Can't expect a player to score big r take wickets whenever he comes to bat/bowl.. Dravid shouldn't drop catches like this.. That drop definitely added 50 to 60 more runs to target.. Bt, he shud b ready to take catches @ any point of time.. No excuses on dropping sitters.. And Dravid has been consistent in dropping catches of Big wickets.. Either he shud improve his catching r just move away from slips, esp the lone slip for spinners.. If Ind were chasing around 240, their approach might hv been different.. Atleast the result wud hv been more close.. And defensive captaincy of Dhoni proved atleast 100 extra runs..

  • indianpunter on December 30, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Dhoni needs to know that batting first is something u should almost always do. Those of us who saw the toss know that India would have bowled had we won the toss. That would have made this defeat even worse. It will be a monumental blunder if India wins the toss and send australia in (Sydney test) simply because there is some green on the wicket. The bigger prize is that we don't have to bat last. Dhonis comments are disappointing for the Indian fan and there is an air of ' couldn't give 2 hoots' .. This is all we can do " attitude

  • SanjivAwesome on December 30, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    I used to look up to Dhoni. But now he is blaming his bowlers for not getting the tail out? He should look within and consider how he can improve his captaincy and field placements to "attack mode" so that the opposition does not score an extra 80-90 runs. His diagnostic is wrong therefore, I am afraid, he will carry forward his mistake into the second test. Where is Fletcher's strategic plotting for our team?

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    common guys its just a 1st test india will loose another 3 to make it 8-0 iam inculding england series also

  • puneet1979 on December 30, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    It was atrocious to see Dhoni giving away easy singles to Ponting and Hussey in the second innings. What was he thinking? I agree that Rohit Sharma should be drafted into the team in place of Kohli. Rohit is such a precocious talent, which is getting wasted.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    y is this dhoni not looking himself first and complaining the batting n bowling....... a talented keeper must be able to dive and jump ...with his belly he cant do tat....

  • CricketFan365 on December 30, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Why being defensive on the field was only Dhoni's fault? There were senior players and coaches on the filed who could have suggested him to be more attacking. It's a bit harsh on Dhoni for me.

  • Romenevans on December 30, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    1.2 billion people of India knows to attack the lower order batsmen and not giving them singles gets them out and our captain don't know that and he is looking for a "Secret Formula" for that. LOL i have never heard this type of a joke in my entire life.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    What MS Dhoni is saying is Australia's tail is a shade better than India's head or top order. He is right. Can't argue with such clear logic.

  • atthipatti on December 30, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    What happened to Dravid?? He was supposed to be that "WALL" right??? Concrete wall or just a POP wall??? No seriously! how can he be letting the ball through the gate 3 times?? Strip him of his title till he stops goofing up. Gutted to see the way he was batting, I'm angry, annoyed etc. why could he not hang around and partnered with SRT? Things would've been different and I wouldn't be here ridiculing the great man. Hope he regains his touch back.

  • Ibanezfan on December 30, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I only have two observations. One, it's the the size of the fight in the dog that matters... Please Dhoni, quit test cricket now. That's the only way you'll do something of significance in test cricket. You can't bat anyway. No, I''m not counting your centuries in India because even Ashwin has one. Your captaincy, or lack thereof, is holding back a decent test team. Secondly, just implement DRS already. For all your whining about it, you're not exactly on a winning spree that is in danger of being cut short. You're losing constantly anyway. How much worse can DRS make it? I'd appreciate it if the Indian team I stay up late into the night to watch played international cricket at international standards.

  • jam-11 on December 30, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    worst worst performance. In overseas only jam and sachin playing good.ishanth have good technique than dhoni,gambir,vvs,viru,kohli. send ishanth ahead of all these players.ashwin also good. Drop Dhoni please.... for next match best 11 is viru,mukund,rahane,sachin,jam,vvs(rohith),parthiv,ashwin,ishanth,zak,yadav.

  • on December 30, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Dhoni should also add , " We must learn from our tailenders too" !!

  • rajat-column on December 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Until and unless India bring Irfan Pathan to this squad India is not gonna win any of these mathches. Remember Perth 2008...

  • on December 30, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    But you have loss by 122 runs if you get tail out early then you also loss by 22 runs :P

  • OMGitsSrikanth on December 30, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Aus deserves to win.Remove Ishant and Twitter boy kohli sould be rested for all tests to come and sent home to play ranji matches.he can score 130 odd runs in pratice match but in real match he scores Zero.At least give a chance to Rohit sharma..!!!

  • srinideva on December 30, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Don`t blame dhone alone. There are some senior players who have to advise the captain if the things are going different way.... of course he needs to improve his batting... Gambhir is ready to go home with his ugly shot selection put abinav mukund in place of gam... Advance happy new year guys

  • Vikky715 on December 30, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    It looks like our experienced batsmen are not hungry enough to survive the odds and succeed. The winning spirit seems to be missing since they are already accomplished palyers.Also, Dhoni's tactics is not well suited for Tests.Gambhir's replacement for the remaining tests should be thought through since he has difficulty handling foreign pitches.

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    First of all India should learn how to play in 4th innings of a match. Except VVS all other batsmen have poor record in 4th innings of a test match. Sachin always play nervously in 4th innings irrespective of form or target. Sehwag just wanted to maintain his image, except his career saving century in 4th test last 2008, he never tried to hang around. In 4th innings Dravid always play too much defensive which all bowlers to settle in, he should rotate singles once in a while. Kohli dont have the technique to play in seaming conditions. Not to forget our bowling, when these guys took out batmen they think their jog is done, and concede runs too many.

  • satanswish on December 30, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Indian never learnt anything despite No.1 in the past. Aussies reeling at 4-27, do you consider Ponting & Hussey as tailenders, Mr. Dhoni?? First try to capitalize on situation before commenting anything stupid. Indian flat-track bullies just fail outside subcontinental wickets. Dhoni & his Delhi puppets were never deserved to be No.1 in Test cricket. Only Tendulkar & Dravid are worldclass batsmen in his team others are just total failure.

  • SamRoy on December 30, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Dhoni is a terrible test captain (outrageously defensive). At least, he must resign from test captaincy at the end of this tour. I said at the beginning of the series that Australia are the favourites for the series (I expected 2-1 in Oz favour or 1-1); now having given up on Dhoni's ability as a test captain a 3-0 or 4-0 series loss are not entirely unlikely. India lost by 122 runs. They could have been chasing less than 200 had Dhoni had a semblance of an attacking mindset.

  • ihaq1 on December 30, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    i think rahane and rohit sharma should be slotted in as an opener and a change in teh middle order..rahane played well in england and rohit has been in form recently...and obviously ashwin should be the night watchman..probably ojha could be considered too..?

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    India lost a game they should have one. India is missing a thinking captain like Saurav Ganguly. Can he be re-instated as the 'non-playing' captain'

  • Alexk400 on December 30, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Dhoni did not lose this test match. It is lack of partnership when india needed one. Where is the fighting? People are playing as though they are alone. There is lack of team spirit when it comes to batting. They have to motivate and fight together. I do not see. All i see is every batsman is in their own island. It is all comes to LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY. If the top class batsman do not want to take responsibility , no one else. SACHIN is sole reason , he is very good in exibition (useless draw type - no pressure ) kinda matches.

  • Alexk400 on December 30, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    India will win only if sehwag gives start in overseas. It is quiet clear. He is the man. if he fails , procession start. if Media and everyone recognize his contribution and make him better than useless sachin , he will deliver. Sehwag only deliver when he gets the credit. Indian media still talking about sachin century not the loss. There is a reason india loses. No one care if india loses because losing is part of peace mentality gandian principle. No one cry if india loses. for me main reason for india loss is SACHIN. No one else. He gets the credit if india win , he don't get the blame if india loses. Pathetic.

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    I think it's pretty simple: our weak bowling against Aus weak batting, and Aus strong bowling against our strong batting. Match seemed evenly balanced because of that. In the end their bowling won the match for them. The so called stars Viru, Gambhir, Dhoni, VVS looked like chickens on hot tin roof!

    Bottom line: I see a 4-0/3-0 unless a change occurs in at least 2 of the four points above.

  • on December 30, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Wow, I am so glad to see the comments by so many users not supporting India blindly. I am an Indian and am very disappointed by this loss. All of the factors counted:

    1. Defensive approach to tailenders. Dhoni, a hallmark of a captain is he takes responsibility and does not distribute it in terms of "we". It is time you took responsibility of your defensive approach being the primary reason we could not polish the tail off.

    2. Lack of openers we can bank on. It is okay for Viru to go the way he goes as long as someone is there to support on other side. Having 2 openers who fire every now and then is too risky.

    3. Poor form of Dhoni and Virat.

    4. A bowler of the league of Wasim/Waqar/Steyn who can polish the tail off.

  • on December 30, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    include Ganguly if he wants to play because he got good domestic season for Bengal in Ranji trophy...

  • on December 30, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    YOu will not post my comments I know yet I will continue to try .

    The good work done by Sourav & Kumble in the past Aus tours have been thrown away by this "Spinelss Indian batting" !! Our nemesis "fast Bowling" which blew out India in England was temporarily forgotten while we beat WI in India has resurfaced in Australia !!

  • on December 30, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Dhoni's current tenure as Captain since the England tour is like UPA II. Lot of rhetoric and excuses with no real performance...

  • here2rock on December 30, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    You can not blame Indian batting in the match. The difference was the captaincy of Clarke and Dhoni. Clarke was postive and agreesive in both innings, Dhoni's was negative through out the game. You can not say that Indian are flat track bullies, Australian top order failed in both innings. It was only the poor captaincy from Dhoni which lost the game for India.

  • here2rock on December 30, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Fletcher and Dhoni need to go from Test match set up. Too negative and unprofessional in their approach. India should give the captaincy to Ashwin.

  • desi_picasso on December 30, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Dhoni shouldn't have said anything about bowling attack this game he should realize the reason for failure in ENG and in MCG is their batting line. India has always been a batting team. Good they didnt' pick Raina and it should be Gambhir sent packing now. Indians will never improve their pitches in India therefore the only way to improve is to send their batsmen to play county and other clubs in Eng and Australia like Pakistanis do. IPL is killing Indian test performance. BCCI should play high for test players so that they can afford to skip IPL and play in other clubs.

  • here2rock on December 30, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Gerard Pereira, spot on. Dhoni does not know how to attack the tailenders in test matches, he is playing them like ODIs. He is too negative. He made an fatal error by sending in a night watchman when India had the Aussie bowlers under the hammer. India sent them wrong message by sending Ishant Sharma instead of Laxman. They showed no confidence and paid heavy price for it. India has to think about replacing Dhoni in test matches. His record is too poor overseas.

  • zenboomerang on December 30, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    I cannot understand why so many "supposedly" Indian fans are dumping on Dhoni... One close 1st Test match in an away series... These are the same "Indian" fans saying to Aussies that Clarke position should be sacrosanct or that Ponting should be kept in the team, yet performances over the last few years have been so bad any other player would have been dumped a long time ago...

  • zenboomerang on December 30, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    @Nampally... Oz are a 2nd string attack?... Don't think so - beat SA in a Test away... Series win against SL away with a similar bowling line-up... Inexperienced Oz youngsters?... Think again... Pattinson is 21... Ishant 23... Yadav 24... Siddle 27... Hilfenhaus 28... Zaheer 33... Most top fast Oz bowlers debut in Test cricket by mid 20's... the only exception that springs to mind is Harris...

  • niceguy1977 on December 30, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Dhoni is useless for test cricket outside the sub continent, they should be looking for some alternative before the team slips to dead bottom

  • on December 30, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Indias top order needs to be changed. Keeping these grandfathers( Ave age 37) is not helping the up and coming players. Also They did not show the willingness to win. When you get paid so much and it is not dependant on your performance, no wonder they lacked energy.

    Poor captaincy on the part of Dhoni didnt help the matter. Sometimes the ego get the better of the players.

  • Nampally on December 30, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy works as long as all the players are firing & taking responsibility for their own performance. He does very little to inspire them to reach for higher levels. In other words he lacks leadership qualities.Media calls him Mr. Cool! What use is being cool when you are when you are slaughtered losing 4-0 in the series. You need to inpire your team to perform their best especially when you are a visiting team.That is the main role of a Captain.He is not even leading by Example!.He should have made an impassioned appeal to his team mates before the start of the second innings & not ask for it now. For example tell Gambhir to leave that ball outside the off stump well alone -Tell the openers to stay there for one session. There is no point in saying we want better batting from ALL, when he bats so poorly.Only 2 guys - Sachin & Ashwin got over 30 in each of the 2 innings. Gambhir, Kohli & Laxman were absolute ZEROS. In a team game ALL contribute - No passengers or Sleepers!.

  • 5wombats on December 30, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    During the England tour a lot of India fans were on here saying that Ind were "ravaged" by injury, and this caused the failure. True, many India fans gave credit for fine England performances. But many stayed with the idea, and said so here on cricinfo, that india were still better and would have beaten England had it not been for the injuries. So, a lot of india fans discounted the heavy defeat, even though in truth they only had two injuries; Zaheer & Sehwag. England also had two injuries; Tremlett & Trott. After this defeat India cannot use the "injury" excuse any more; this is full strength India team. In England the "weak" india bowlers got the blame for allowing England to pile up the runs - thus putting pressure on the india batsmen, who then failed. This was unfair on the india bowlers. Now bowling is Ok; India batting is clearly seen to be the problem - it is now and it was then. But nobody, especially not Dhoni, wanted to say anything to upset players or fans. Mistake.

  • on December 30, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    India's problem is its middle order. Once the top order folds, the middle order collapses like a tin-pin. Perhaps, Gambhir should be demoted to middle order and Ashwin pushed upward. Kholi is a great fielder but sadly, he is not cut out for Test batting. He too should be demoted to tail-end. Bring in Rohit Sharma and Vinay Kumar.

    What India needs is some overhaul in its betting order. Too much pressure is put on Sachin and Rahul. It's not fair. Big guns like VVS and Dhoni should also buck up. Otherwise, give way to younger players.

    Living on past glories is something India can ill afford.

  • Des_65 on December 30, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Difference between the two teams is the famed batting of India. Sehwag is a gamble - he may or may not play. If he plays the way he knows best, India has good chance of winning. He played in the first innings. Dravid also contributed in the first innings. Sachin was good. Ashwin was OK. But, the main problem was the other opener (Gambhir), and the middle order consisting of Laxman, Kohli & Dhoni. If they would have contributed, 123 more runs in total, India would have won. Indian tailenders also don't know how to survive & irritate the opposition bowlers. From the three fast bowlers only Sharma can bat and irritate the opposition. The other two should hang there without giving away their wicket, especially, in the company of the first 7/8 batsmen. Oz bowlers bowled a good line & length just outside off stump; always on target. Indian bowlers should improve a bit by not bowling short balls. Short pitched deliveries are good if well directed else cardinal sin in Oz. Yorkers after shortb?

  • on December 30, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    India is a 200 run team which is not good enough to maintain a high rank in Cricket. Their batsmen can only perform on slow dead pitches. On paper India looks strong, but in reality most of their batsmen have expired. They need new young talent.

  • simbu_v on December 30, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    It is rather irritating to see comments on playing Harbhajan in place of Ashwin. Harbhajan had a very long run and now he is of no use to the national team. The real fact is it is as good as we've lost the match even before we play if we have included Harbhajan. Regional prejudice and hatred shouldn't come into play when we are playing for the country. And Ashwin is a brainy cricketer with good batting and bowling skills far superior to Harbhajan at this instance. Just wait and see. He'd become one of the best allrounders India has ever produced.

  • Naresh28 on December 30, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    INDIA should get bowler ATUL SHARMA into team. This guy is fast. We need at least one fast pacer who can get the tail out.Batsman need to work in partnerships. For example setting targets getting to 25 run partnership.Gambhir needs to work on his known weakness and Shewag just wants to go at everything (throw wicket away) this type of batting is okay in INDIA but not in Australia. Akash Chopra's words of wisdom to batters were not heeded. Maybe Akash should work towards getting back into Indian squad.

  • Krizkan11 on December 29, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Although am an Indian supporter...I knew it when Australian lead crossed 220 runs..India is gonna loose...Simple belief..Whenever you see a Laxman getting out cheaply after batting for 35 balls..I don't belive any other Indian batsmen will last more than 10 overs apart from Sachin and Dravid.Dhone (he is waste as a batsman,may be good as captain but if you watched the match he was defensive when Australia were 6 down in first innings and the tail made valuable runs in both innings.Kohli..far more better batsman than Dhoni..give him one more chance..Gambir...get some self confidence mate...you are a great batsman..all you are lacking is confidence..Eat/Sleep/stay with Viru n you will get 50% of Viru's selfconfidence then you willl be our saviour in New year test..

    watch out for an innings from Gambhir and Kohli...trust me Dhoni will be a failure in this series...I wish him luck though..

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Giving textbook ansers in the interview doesn't make good reading. He should accept the facts and take up the responsibility for the team. He said bowlers did a great job. Considering after England it is a impressive but half job is still half and they have to finish tail. How is 240 gettable when they cannot get to 200. Sehwag, Dravid and Sachin can only save the series.. Its still not the end of series and they have a chance to start fresh in new Year..Lets support .. Go India..

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Well this has to be a first - Australia has beaten India and not one grizzle from Indian fans about the umpiring! And yet, who knows if India's staggering decision to not use DRS was a major factor in it losing at the MCG? While Australia suffered on the first day with two decisions that would have been reversed had the DRS been available, their major two runscorers in the second innings would have both had their innings cut short had India been able to review decisions against Ponting & Hussey. At least there should be no threats of quitting the tour this time as India has no-one but themselves to blame if some howlers go against them a'la Sydney 2008! haha

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Dhoni may want to listen to what Ian Chappel has to say about his captaincy; the field setting especially with their tail enders playing. Dhoni is an intuitive captain but lacks intelligence.

  • here2rock on December 29, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Dhoni was the main reason India lost. He went on defensive in both innings when the tail was batting. He spread the fileld like Don Bradman was batting. He is the one who needs to learn to attack the tail not give them easy runs. He also set the negative thoughts when he sent in the night watchman Ishant Sharma instead of Laxman when India had all the momentum on day 2, another tactical mistake by Dhoni. He won't learn from it, India will lose 4-0.

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas : Madness is repeating the same process over and over again and expecting a different result very much like Dhoni's field placings.

  • givemefood on December 29, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    VVS needs to go. Dravid needs to near a SR of 50. Gambhir needs to get his confidence back. These 3 factors are key for India to do well. I have a feeling this might be VVS' last test series.

  • avinash200j on December 29, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    All those commenting on sachin must remember one thing.....he played a good knock in the 1st innings and was looking good in the 2nd as well...but what could he do to save the match when all of his team mates were not able to support him and went to the pavillion leaving him at a stage of 81/5.......Even our bowlers have a part in this loss...they leaked too many runs to the tail enders which got us in to a very difficult position....Dhoni's tactics as usual were the same as from the beginning of his career the only thing is his luck seems to have ran out........

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas The problem for Dhoni is that as a world cup winning captain at ODIs he hasn't worked out the difference between Tests and ODIs. He plays the two formats in exactly the same way. He hasn't worked out that by setting defensive fields in ODIs tail enders under pressure to up the run rate usually hole out. In tests under no such pressure they nurdle the ones and the twos putting the pressure right back on Dhoni and the Indian bowlers. There are no rabbits out there any more and everyone is expected to contribute. Even Yadav got as many runs as Dhoni and Ishant hung around for nearly a whole session. Similarly Dhoni uses the ODI batting manual in test matches, it is all bang, crash wallop. If Dhoni had concentrated on hanging around with Ashwin in the first innings India would have got close to Australia's total as Zaheer and Yadav are no mugs with the bat. What worries me is that Dhoni has become so powerful that not even Duncan Fletcher feels that he give him any advice.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    The difference between the English Summer and here is Dravid. Even if he alone played just like how he did in England we would have won. The rest of the story is the same with the remaining batsmen though the bowling improved by leaps and bounds. Captaincy as usual was atrocious.

  • Nampally on December 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Good year for India after 4-0 white wash in England! What a joke? Now against a second string Aussie attack, India batted like they were facing the greatest fast bowlers on Earth! Dhoni says the Indian batting failed - led by Dhoni's poor batting?.Even his captaincy showed lack of leadership when the Aussies on the first day were 5 down with Siddle & Haddin at the wicket. He replaced ZAK who took 2 wkts,. in 2 balls with Ashwin. What on earth was Dhoni thinking? Again with Aussies 4 down, India failed to clinch. In both the innings the tailenders for the Aussies carried them thru. Poor Captaincy!.Gambhir needs to be told off & sent back to India for his irresponsible fishing outside off stump.India cannot carry one failing passenger!.Fly in Mukund to open.Kohli failed twice. Replace him with Rohit.Dhoni needs to be aggressive with tail enders -Not defensive.India needs to play like champions NOT like losers. Beat the OZ bowling from inexperienced youngsters with mature batting!.

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Kohli seems to have technique to play in Indian pitches and he always doesn't accept when he is given lbws by umpires.Its doesn't look sportive.. May be He got used to it by playing IPL it seems..

  • on December 29, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Ian chapell talks the most rubbish i have ever ever heard. At one point he suggested mike hussy needs to stand down and let some youngster take his place as is not the case. Dhoni isnt an unimaginative captain, its more that he is more conserved after england and understandably. A word from duncan fletcher or co to get him back to his old attacking ways which were a hallmark of his captaincy of aggression then he would be fine. Its understandable that he isnt in a great place, when your team get drubbed 4-0 abroad then you do tend to be conservative. Especially given if your batsmen aren't scoring runs. India's batsmen need to find form if we're going to win this tour. Certainly possible with the way the bowlers bowled/ashwin batted! shows it can be done!

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Being cool on the field is not acceptable. While batting it might help. You have to show intent that you are after the tailenders and fire up the bowlers..Not showing postive emotions gives less pressure on fielders and tailerneders..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Oh Dhoni, how could you even do that? Spread the field when the opposition is under pressure? Even we didn't do that when we were playing Cricket in our University. Even with our dibbly dobbly 120 to 130 KMPH bowlers, we used to persist with 2-3 slips, gully, point, cover/extra-cover, mid-off, mid-on, silly point and shortleg once the opposition is 5 down. You don't seem to think of it, let alone persisting with it, even when the opposition is 8 down. We even used to remove mid-off and add another slip or thirdman and get the batsmen to drive through mid-off by pitching it up leading to utter carnage like outer edges, lbws, bowleds and miscues with the ball ballooning up for simple catches. I'm gutttttttted man Dhoni!!!!!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Breaking records on flat pitches and preparing spin pitches to beat the opposition at any cost are always there. If they have this intent, then we have to accept this loss and get on with it. You have to loss something If you want to gain.. evens upp.. No sportive pitches and No DRS.. this is what BCCI is..

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Dhonbi has Batting average in 20's outside the Sub Continent with out a century .. Not sure If we have better keepers who can play better away from India. We need a positive captain may be somelike atacking like sehwag, might effect his batting. Scoring more runs at home and increasing the exprectations of the followers is not new. It will keep happening.. This lost will be the lowest margin in the series.. Once toporder of Aus fires.. there will no chance.. goog luck veterans..

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Dhoni needs to perform with bat & captaincy! pretty ordinary personal performance. Khan is NOT playing to his potential! After Pattison's verbal shower, Khan's self respect needs to wake up! Ashwin - needs to be bolder! Gambhir - needs to sort his head out! Dravid - I am playing because Tendulkar is playing may not be a good argument. Ishant, Yadav - brilliant! Remember, Aussies are analysing your footage! Kohli - Did this guy play!! VVS - I am playing because Tendulkar and Dravid are playing is NOT a good argument! Victoria police - Great job at the venue, good number of evictions to allow cricket lovers to watch a great game. Thanks to your men and women who minded badly misbehaving adult children! public - record crowd, mostly cricket lovers who gave a standing ovation to Sachin on entry to both innings! Test cricket is alive and well! MCG - Needs to shape up! Fast unhealthy food all around, limited choice of drinks, some support staff not very helpful, seat allocations poor!

  • on December 29, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Only one left handed batsman caused indians.call Irfan ASAP and send vinay kumar back to India..R.Ashwin is a good allrounder but i don't think he is good enough spinner...unfortunatelly Harbhajan is out of games.I am afraid we might be loose this series by 4-0 margin.

  • agamgoyal on December 29, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    I have said it before too ..I will say it again(after this series as the indian selctors then also wont realise) ...Dhoni you are very lucky chap ....your luck is not which will win matches ....Remember one thing ..Luck always favors the brave ...Show some bravery and grit ......stop blaming others ....and just mincing words ...take some responsibility if you can ....or else step down as captain ...

  • akasharyan on December 29, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Mr.Microsoft Dhoni! Acknowledge that it's just a game and given India's rate of vulnerability in far north and far south, you won't get a rant! But still. I'd like to request you to be a little more dependent on bold captaincy moves (as Saurav did) rather on just luck and an element of ridicule. If you know what it means to captain India against the most technical teams of the world, I'd like to see you smiling at the end of the Sydney test and if you don't; well...please give up at least India's test captaincy. It's disturbing to see a field placement and captaincy moves ridiculous enough to make me wonder that "why are you Dhoni; the MS Dhoni?"

  • cric828 on December 29, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    It's very Simple you need to attack and have them to take risk to make a run. Very straight forward any one can tell. I'm sorry you don't know being Good Captain. No excuse please....

  • Samarth22 on December 29, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    The golden generation(SRT,Dravid,VVS) is on its last leg (sehwag/zaheer/bhajji/yuvi 2nd gen also not far behind). For early part of his captaincy i felt that Dhoni was a better captain than Ganguly but now I can definitely say that he was a VERY LUCKY captain. He is far worse than even Rahul Dravid/Sachin Tendulkar as captain. The most defensive that i have seen in 2 decades. FORGET ABOUT WINNING ANY TEST IN AUS. The ausies have tasted blood and will prepare all green tracks in all tests and be prepared for another 4-0 whitewash. This batting display was very familiar in 90s and, so was the inability to clean-up the tail. A phase in indian cricket is about to end and a total rebuil needs to be done. Our next tour out of sub-continent(to SA/Eng/AUS) is in 2014 so be prepared to witness downfall of indian cricket this decade. So as usual they will play well in subcontinent and the fans will forget these debacles till 2014. The IPL will speed-up the downfall. BCCI will keep on sleeping.

  • Desihungama on December 29, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Exposed! That should be the headlines tomorrow. This guy has played 185 Test matches, that's over 350 innings and when time came to see India through he continued to play his own game and threw it on Dhoni's shoulders to save. I would expect after playing 185 test matches that you would accommodate your skills according to the situation. Only when you play merely for records.

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    so after loosing this number of matches.. now u know mr dhoni that u need to get the tail out early.... actually the main problem is ur so called 'cool' behaviour which shud b agressive atleast on the tailenders...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    No seriously! Just look at the aussie scorecard - 5, 8, 3, 1, 6, 4, 0 - single digit pin-codes and then 60, 89, 37, 14 - four double digit scores which includes two tailenders. Who is to take responsibility for those four double digit scores that came against the run of play? Dhoni, it is for me. Our Captain allows the opposition off the hook much too frequently, or as a rule dare I say, for anybody's comfort except the opposition. 300 per se need not be the benchmark to win a test. Well, you might lose a test where the opposition scores 700 and you can't post 300. But how can one explain opposition going on to make decent totals from hopeless positions? The opponent captain is not a stupid to extend the same favour to our batsmen. This is the reason why we are not registering any wins at all whether we post a 300 or not. Sehwag's wicket before lunch is just not a wicket - it will be a huge blow that will take us down and pump up the opposition. Lot to lose there.

  • Mervo on December 29, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    I really don't see how this was a good year for India, as Dhoni suggests. They were white washed in England and total 'lambs' abroad. Only on the unusually slow Indian wickets can such batting techniques be sustained.

    No, India are a grossly over rated team and it goes to show that after England any team can win.

  • RSBali on December 29, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    I am an angry Indian fan and want heads to roll. Accountabilty start with BCCI. Pitches in India have to change. Fast and furious pitches that have bounce and carry.

  • on December 29, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Once again Indian batsmen showed that how poor they were when they face boucy pitch. They are good only in unsporting pitchs like sub-continent.India should play more ciricket with Ireland in Ireland soial....it will help them to learn how to play on bouncy wicket. I think that Ireland will be the best choice for India before they face England, S. Africa, Australia even with New Zealand.

  • Alexk400 on December 29, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    I do not want to hear any excuses. No zaheer, No sehwag , Lack of preparation , practice games , injured...etc etc. It is basically comes to who wants to win more?. Dhoni is still greatest man manager who is kinda conservative and do not want to take risks and hope he gets lucky. Well he is not lucky in overseas. He can't bat in Test when opposition has 155kmph bowler. he is a bunny for fast outswing. I see only one reason. Indians seriously not good fighters. Only pakistanis can fight. Indians are more softies and pacifist nature. There is a lack of team unity when is under pressure. I see people are fighting as individual not together. that is main reason. Also people praise sachin stat more than if someone like sehwag win the game on his own. I really think people need credit if they good stuff. Lack of credit for people fight to win games comparatively. India as country obsessed with useless sachin stats. So india deserves another 4-0 drubbing

  • PremZtalks on December 29, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Repeated Mistakes from INDIA - 1. DHONI has not clicked in Test format which affects his confidence in decision making. IN ODI's he looks like KING as he marshalls the resources brilliant way. To me, Dhoni should still feel proud as wicket keeper and captain and start making tough decisions - Change the batting order - put New comers Kohli/Rohit/Raina at 3/4/5 and ask the stalwarts - Rahul/sachin/laxman to take backseat. So the debutants can express them freely knowing the real power is behind them...which will get the best out of those players. I cannot imagine either raina/rohit/kohli shining at 6th down anytime sooner....

  • on December 29, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Dhoni had rarely shown his mettle in Test Cricket. After the world cup win, I became his fan. But still I would prefer to see him in Blue rather than in whites. He doesn't have that in him to become a great test player. Gambhir should be dropped and should opt for some county cricket in England where he can learn batting in dificult swinging conditions. Going back to Indian domestic cricket will not be fruitful for him. The selectors can give Wasim Jaffer a last chance in the test side. He is the best opener in India currently and is 33, but age shouldn't matter as he can play for another 4 years at least.

  • Alexk400 on December 29, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    "Sachin looked really fluent batting, India is reliant on Big 3" BLAH BLAH. When did they win anything on their own? Never. They are good scorers in Indian flat wickets. That too only in first inning. if you ask them to chase they choke. It is nothing new. I know exact reason why india fail. India do not have fighters. Indian media do not give credit to fighters who win the game for india. We see lot of hype and praise for people who score useless runs. It is serious psychological problem with indian society which do not like to fight. Too much pacifist!. If there is real WAR india won't win anything!.

  • rko_rules on December 29, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Yes and we must learn how to score runs 'ourselves' as well as a captain

  • on December 29, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    The Indian Team cannot offfer any excuses for losing, they have thrown this match away as they have done for many matches, why talk of the wicket, if tail enders of Australia can score and remain not out on both innings, amd make solid runs, besides ricky pointing can make good runs and so so too many other aussies, India simply did not want to play with responsibility, the only time in all my life i seen india play well was when they drew with new zealand and gautam ghambir almost battled for two days and more if i am not mistaken, inida to my belief is the best team but not conistent as they lack many features very solid with aussies in general. umpiring also cannot be trusted if advaced tech is there it has to be used with no limitations and restrictions it has to be considered in all doubts so the game is rewarded for the best best team. aussies were not at all good with this match inida could have given aussies innigs defeat were they carefull and play with responsibltiy.

  • Alexk400 on December 29, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    When was last time Dhoni scored in overseas swinging condition. NADA!. NEVER actually We have dead weight in VVS , DHONI. KOHLI

  • landl47 on December 29, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    In the light of this defeat, let's re-examine the England series. There, Sehwag played in two games, not fully fit, and Gambhir in three. Otherwise the Indian line-up was the best they could choose; Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Raina (who was preferred to Kohl- Kohli was inn the squad), Dhoni. As to the bowling, Praveen Kumar was India's best bowler by far. The others were Ishant, Sreesanth, Munaf Bhaji (2 tests) and Mishra (2 tests). All these were preferred to Yadav and Ashwin, who weren't thought good enough. So really the only changes in bowling were Zak for Praveen, pretty much a like-for-like swap, and different selections. India wasn't much weaker in England than they were here, and this defeat proves it. Australia were outclassed by England last year, so India are actually getting worse. This is the last gasp for an aging team and unless some new blood is found soon, India will be sliding further down the rankings.

  • on December 29, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    batsman need to shape up and prove why they are the best in the world cos if outta 16 test u cross 300 once it doesn't really help ur case!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, I'm with you on almost everything except about the things about Dravid. Yes, Australia won a fan in me as well. Dear Aussies, please humble us until Dhoni changes his mindless captaincy on the field and stops persisting with mindless selection of players for the final XI. That tweeting clown Kohli has to go. Rohit should come in.

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    When will Dhoni learn? His tactical errors during the game were the root cause behind loss. Pattinson scored more runs than any Indian batsman in the second innings, and with Hilfenhaus, they took the lead beyond india's reach. Thanks to the spread field.

    Zaheer beat Ponting's bat three times and amply troubled him in the first over Ponting faced when he came to bat in second innings. Score was 27/4 then and AUS was reeling. Dhoni duely removed Zaheer the next over and brought Ishant back - whose first ball was short and wide and slapped for four by - Ponting!

    Sachin stands in first slip and Dravid in third? Not sure if Dravid's got a problem (it was painful to watch him in the first innings - specially after he scored the first 25 so fluently. Is he the first one to get bowled three times in a test?).

    Why not shuffle batting order and make Aussies think differently? Dhoni does not seem to have plan-B at all. Dhoni needs aggressive mindset in AUS.

  • GardinerAG on December 29, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Failing to quickly get out & contain the tail-enders have become a habit for Indian team. Dhoni /coach need to address this immediately, should India desire to win.

    Seeing how swing bowling played crucial role, the team management should consider getting Irfan Pathan.

    Ajinkya Rahane / Abhinav Mukund should be given a chance to beef up the batting strength.

  • adyy0902 on December 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    First of all scrap the test Captaincy from MSD nd he shuld also b shown door from test team. He is not worthy of it. Send parthiv nd uthapa both as bat + keeper instead of msd nd saha. Then other one in the team should b ravindra jadeja + irfan instead of kohli nd vinay. My playing eleven for SCG wuld be. 1)gambhir (capt) 2)sehwag (vc) 3) dravid 4)sachin 5)vvs 6) rohit\ jadeja (if h reaches nd selectd) 7) parthiv \ uthapa (if they both re sent there)\ saha 8) ashwin 9) ishant / irfan (if he reache there nd pitch is grasy) / ojha (if spin top) 10) zak 11) umesh

  • donda on December 29, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Indian old is not gold and aussie old is gold. Ponting and Hussey who are oldies in aus team won the match and laxman , dravid and tendulkar did not.

    It is a series between old players and indian oldies are too old for fast track wickets now. Even new comers from India will not be able to adjust to fast wickets. Just accept that aussies are better at their home like india is in india.

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    As some people pointed out what Dhoni should say is "I should learn to set proper fields to get tailenders out.."....Former captains Sourav, Ian Chapell , Wasim were continuously pointing out his flaw even when just Ponting and Hussey were batting..New batsmen comes and he greets them with deep point , deep square legs and allows them to take single......And even in SA last test same thing happened, ENGLAND second test same thing was repeated.......Yes batsmen failed miserable but chasing below 250 and close to 300 is a big psychological difference...

  • Shan156 on December 29, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Rahul_78, how can you say that Kohli and Raina are/were inconsistent? They have consistently managed to get out cheaply all year this year.

    India had a good year only because of the world cup win. In tests, they didn't win a single test against quality opposition. Dhoni's captaincy beggars belief but why don't the bowlers insist on attacking fields against the tail? This is really baffling. When you have the opposition on the mat, finish them off. Yesterday, Zak, Ashwin and Umesh threw their bats and got a few boundaries but you didn't see Michael Clarke spread the field immediately. When a tailender throws his bat around like that, it is easy to get him out but you should persist with your attacking field. They may get a few boundaries but will get out soon. The fact that this simple concept is beyond a world cup winning captain's comprehension is quite baffling.

  • on December 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    gul is a average bowler both zaheer gul started same time carrers zaheer 280 in test 280 in odi gull is average bowler steyn is good new ball bowler

  • Shan156 on December 29, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @amarnath79, You made my day. I was expecting someone to throw this excuse, sorry, reason for India's defeat. If India had played Harbhajan instead of Ashwin, surely they would have won this test. Drop Ashwin. Recall Harbhajan. He himself said that he has a good 5 years of cricket left in him. Please retain him at least till the next series in England (2014).

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Dhoni should stop talking too much and start thinking about winning.

  • ListenToMe on December 29, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    @Agha Hussain Akram, first understand what is reverse swing! Steyn is not at all a swing bowler. Zaheer is definitely the best in reverse swing. He is an intelligent bowler.

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    I think dhoni made a mistake when he brought ishant by repacing zaheer in the start of second innings,, i know that ishant dismissed clarke but after that ponting and hussey played ishant and yadav easily. after that he brought ashwin to attack which helped both batmens to become solid on crease,,, dhoni should have brought riight after ishant bowled out clarke,,,, dhoni brought him later in the day but at that piont the damage was done ,,and zaheer got ponting and haddin in consective overs later,,that was only bad decision he made otherwise dhoni is the best captain in the last 3-4 years,,,,,,,,,,,,,PEOPLE who are commenting on players of both sides are idoits ,,,,they are playing on international level they certainly know way more than all of us ,, so think twice before commenting

  • ListenToMe on December 29, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    For the batting to be consistent, India should select batsmen who score consistently. With batsmen like Rohit Sharma and Rahane who are more consistent than an out of form Gambhir and ODI specialist Kohli, Dhoni deserves to be in this situation by losing this match. I can bet that with this batting line up, you will not see India winning any of the matches with their batting performance. All of their batting still depend on the fab 3. India should replace atleast Kohli with Rohit in the next game to try a good fight atleast.

  • TamilIndian on December 29, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    I would say defensive field settings for number 9, 10 and 11 batsmen were the number one reason for the failure. I would put the whole thing on Dhoni's captaincy.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 29, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    I don't care what people say but the I strongly feel the 3 'GODS' must retire ASAP. Or, be prepared to face the consequences. They are BLOCKING entry to highly talented youngsters waiting in the wings. To me, that's like blocking essential water supply to a thirsty town in spite of having a water distribution facility. Makes ZERO sense to me. I also strongly OBJECT the team members being allowed to tour with wives and girlfriends. Family only creates distractions and increases the no.of items on the shopping list. Last but not least, MSD the ICEMAN must be axed from the test team. He's been ICE COLD for too long. Pathetic batting avg in tests, average wicket keeping skills etc. His captaincy in England and now in Aus has been nothing short of incompetent. It's time to move on in 2012. If India want to win this series, they can still do so if they do something with their over hyped senior players.

  • Ahmad.Tazeem on December 29, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    oho oho oho oho oho..i can feel for indians.they expect a lot and everytime....................................................................u need pakistani fast bowlers to win matches in england,aus etc etc

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    dhoin wants to make runs in test match

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Its just the beginning guyz.....look out for stuff like this the whole summer until india is out of their home because they can only win in home.....lolx.....Cheers!!!

  • myStraightTalk on December 29, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Dont worry Ishant sharma and Gambir you will get another chance because you have played well long back when i was a child..

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    sorry 4 indian they can't win the series against weaker australia team................... :D

  • ccrriicc on December 29, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    When sehwag fails India fails, Gambhir should go to nets more, untill then Dravid should open. India should get Rohit Sharma in, drop Kohli and bring Ojha in- may be we can get the tail cleaned quicker. Finally, Dhoni should be dropped - but then he is the captain! If he continues with his "cool" (COLD) captaincy it will be 4/0 and the efforts of our terrific pacemen (Zaheer, Umesh and Ishant will come to naught.

  • Aanai on December 29, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    India's batting line up is much feared....much feared by Indian fans. But on the other hand, at least our batting is very consistent, whether it is in England or in Australia.

  • Indiaforever on December 29, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @David_Gratis i agree 100% with you. the main reason we lost this match was because of Dhoni as a captain and his stupid tactics

  • on December 29, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Everyone should understand what is what. A lead of 288 runs on a swinging wicket should be considered as 600 runs on a flat wicket. Cricket statictic has no meaning at all unless and untill we considered such factors swinging vs. the flate wicket factor. India has conceeded far too many runs. So their bowler has failed too.

  • Beertjie on December 29, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Agree with your point @Alexk400: "why do even Indian media worry about sachin 100th 100 instead of winning game? Priority is completely reversed. That is main reason for the failure." That and obsession with the shorter forms of the game will cripple India no matter how many great players emerge in the future. It's the same problem facing the Aussie batsmen.

  • couchpundit on December 29, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    1.Poor Field Setting for Tailenders they got free runs, Instead of saying India should learn to clean the tail fast, he should have said i need to be agressive with tail enders. 2.DRAVID Dropped Hussey 3.Great Sachin Instead of being Great decided to go back to pavilion. wonder whats great about him when he has not consistently showed greatness when needed. 4.Dont blame Kohli,Sehwag or Dravid, Rest of the batters are culpable Specially Dhoni i didnt see a Captains innings.

  • dmqi on December 29, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Mr. Captain, you said you are very happy, your team won the world cup. but by the gift of Pak bowler Umar gul and more importantly by the pak fielders, 4 times drop of Teldulkar, the highest run sorer in that match. Ausis did not do that many times and their bowler did not gift you 60 plus runs in 7 overs. Do you see the reality?

  • Imran-Akram on December 29, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Every time when kohli gets out he act like as he has been given wrong decision or the other team is not capable enough to get him him back to pavilion........

  • Rahulbose on December 29, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Unlike the Eng series, here Indian team have no excuses. Everyone was fit and playing , the pitch was a sporting one and they had two warm up games. Time to face it, this team is past its best. You can't keep playing old guys forever, get rid of all the senior citizens.

  • couchpundit on December 29, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Dude Dhoni...you need to attack tail enders and not give easy runs. Dont blame Bowlers they did exceptionally well given your stupid field setting.

  • streetblader on December 29, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    consistency my foot... with a highest score of 30 odd runs in australia, dhoni is the first guy who shud be shown the door... flat track bullies, and dhoni is the king of them all...

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Sachin's dismissal in the first innings was the turning point. Else India would have scored 400 and taken the game away. The lack of an allrounder was telling too - one more bowler was needed to finish off the tail in Aussie 1st innings. And the total failure of Gambhir, Dhoni, and Laxman put pressure on India.

    Kohli ahead of Rohit was a bit dicey as Rohit is a better batsman for test matches. Yuvraj did not shape up well. Saurav would have been ideal but I wonder why some players have been kept out. Yusuf played very well in SA remember? Utahppa should be given more chances. Irfan too. Moreover India lacks a left-handed bat in the middle. It could have helped.

    All these might have given say 30 here and there and made the match closer. India relies too heavily on Shewag.

    BTW why does the BCCI not have a pool of allrounders like a pool of fast bowlers?

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Zaheer the world's best reverse swing bowler? ROFL. Don't make me laugh. He's good, but not the best. The best reverse swing bowler is Steyn, Gul or some of the others.

  • dmqi on December 29, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    HAMM, WE NEED A MATCH BETWEEN INDIA AND PAK IN DEAD SARJAH PITCH. INDIA 580 OR 5 DECLARED, PAK 450 FOR 7, MATCH DRAWN ON 4TH DAY. BOTH SIDE HAPPY.

  • Mahesh_Eswar on December 29, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I saw this match ball by ball and my summary of this match is that aus showed more hunger to win than india. To begin with the par score for this pitch was 250. Anything 300+ was a very good score. So aus scoring 333 in 1st inns was very good. Had we batted 1st, we would have been bundled out for 175. Clarke was defensive to have batted 1st. It is high time we choose the right batsmen for the right conditions. We always select right bowlers but not right batsmen for any series. For aus, eng, sa and nz, we should take technically correct batsmen. We shld have had wasim jaffer to open instead of gambhir, pujara instead of kohli or rohit sharma. If we can get a better technically correct batsman instead of sehwag, we should take him. Sehwag, gambhir, kohli, rohit, yuvraj and raina are good for wi, sl, pak, ban and indian conditions. I was pleasently surprised with our fast bowlers. More than lots of exp, if the bowlers can bowl in the right channel,they will get wkts. Aus team has proved

  • Yazdegerd on December 29, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Its now time for India to change the flat track strategy at home. These big players are playing much of the cricket at home pitches. India has long been tactics to support only batsmen rather than fast bowlers. India has got some really good bowlers like Yadav and now should try some bouncy pitches at home to perform better abroad.

  • hhillbumper on December 29, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Zaheer Yadav and Sharma are a great bowling attack? Zaheer is not bad,Sharma is very over rated and Yadav did okay. Does the term hyperbole count for anything.Ashwin gets wickets in spinning conditions and is greatest player ever. Maybe you should stop saying how you have the greatest players ever and accept that you keep losing.What are you going to do to make it right.Are you going to keep making excuses or take actions to move them forwards

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    If one man who is a liability in the current Indian team its Dhoni. He is not made for Test cricket.. He does produce those occasional flashes but from a batsmen point of view he is a misfit in the team.. As a captain too not very innovative and too much defensive.. Another major factor in the loss, no foot work by most of the batsmen that too against the moving ball. Feet rooted to the crease, neither back or forward and trying to nick every ball..

  • samudralakiku on December 29, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Dhoni needs to learn batting in Tests before he starts to make these calls. If he is not setting an example, he is not good enough to be in the team. If he can not bat in sportive pitches, he should make way for someone else.

  • kaushal_raut on December 29, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Dhoni is the worst ever Test captain.He only knows how to lose tests from winning positions.I never see ultra defensive field setting for no.10 and 11 elsewhere except matches captained by Dhoni.Such a overrated and lucky captain ever.We cursed Sammy that he does not make in final XI.Now what about Dhoni after todays horror shot.Stop putting blame bowlers (they put good show)and leave test cricket.

  • Yasindu on December 29, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    First dhoni should learn to play test cricket or should retire from test cricket.......

  • socrep on December 29, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    As others have mentioned, it's a bit early to declare India irretrievably white-washed after a single test. The supposed weak link in the Indian team, the bowling, played very well, getting pace, swing and seam. The batting is good enough (and the Australian bowling not yet ruthless enough) to have a few good days on the tour yet. The problem with Dhoni seems to be similar to Ponting's captaincy, a ridiculously defensive mindset with the quality of players at hand. They both came into sides with talent blooming and later found that the natural decline of that talent required a more active level of leadership and risk taking. One could understand a defensive mindset if your team was inexperienced and would be lifted by a fighting draw or even a defiant loss, but if you have at your disposal, the best left arm seamer in the world, the most explosive opener, and the most run laden middle order in history, it appears foolish

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 29, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @Indian fans: ACCEPT your team is NOT good for overseas conditions. I was an Indian fan too BUT that was yesterday. I have LOST my faith in this team. For too many years have I waited for a good start to a much awaited test series. I don't think the 3 'gods' deserve any praise or worship by you folks. They are ordinary and average in my opinion. Gambhir is out of form and touch, Tendulkar was always over hyped and rarely scores when India is in trouble. I won't even go near Sehwag because he's an instinct player and that's OK in my books. TWEET BOY Kohli is NOT test cricket material. Lastly, Dhoni is not fit for test match captaincy. Too many questions to be answered in 2012 and no single solution in sight for this Indian team. Congratulations to Australia - you have got yourself a new supporter from today.

  • vallavarayar on December 29, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    By the way, SL won in South Africa. Just saying.

  • badalrocks on December 29, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    We had multiple opportunities to take the game away from Aus. Our bowlers did a better job than most would have expected. There has been this glitch of cleaning up tail enders and we don't have an ans yet for it. The wicket kept the bowlers interested for all 4 days but Oz fast bowlers were almost always on the money. All 3: Siddle, Pattinson and Hilfy were fast and accurate. But I still believe 292 was chasable. You don't often see Dravid being bowled thrice in a test match. But knowing our team, I am more than sure that our batsmen will bounce back. Bowlers did a great job in the 1st test and hopefully that won't change for the remaining series.

  • ARP4Cicket on December 29, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Does he ever blame his batting and captaincy? Poor field placements by him allowed tail to rotate strike. Kohli is not cut for Test cricket. High time we tried Rohit Sharma!

  • usmani_ on December 29, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    India only knows to win in home grounds,overseas their record have been very poor.They won the World Cup in home,won England odi series at home and won Westindies series at home.They canoot be no.1 side untill they start winning series overseas.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 29, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Well I think Indian Players should start participating in English County & Big Bash if both "Allow" them because Indian players can not perform well on their pitches!!! This is the only way to get experience on English & Australian Pitches. Pakistani & Sri Lankan perform better then Indians on green top pitches because they are used to by playing English County & Big Bash. Otherwise always this will happen to Indian team in future series!!!

  • AvidCricFan on December 29, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Looks like it will be repeat of the English summer for the Indian team. The team needs total rewamping.

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Soul crushing - these losses. Now 5 overseas test losses on a trot. But ofcourse the # 100 will stay top of mind share. So wrong.

    The opposition has figured out a recipe to blow up our batting. Sporting pitches, sustained hostile pace with some wiggle. So now I hear a lot of noise about improving our batting. Reality is that we will need to fight bowling with bowling.

    Do we think that if the first 5 are getting bullied by the bowling a Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit or Virat will bail us out? No way. I say we turn over our attention to the bowling. In England we just did not have an attack with Zak out so we got crushed. Now we've got some bite but we lack the stamina the opposition has which leads to tail wagging and deflation. We could help our batting a whole lot by shaving off a bit from the totals, reducing time on the field and most importantly letting the batsmen go out in a positive frame of mind. Its not their technique but rather their mindset/confidence that needs a boost.

  • on December 29, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    It happens when you are not selecting the right person for the right job. Gautam Ghambir or Sehwag both are not suited for Test cricket. They may be good for 20/20 overs but not at all for test cricket. These guys might have created records but those are on your own docile wickets. Your selector don't even considered Jaffer for Test cricket. I think he is one of those player who should be selected for test cricket. He is scoring tons for runs in domestic cricket and selector kept on ignoring. If domestic cricket has no meaning then why this is played. I have a suggestion, I think your domestic cricket should be played in every country like England and Australia then only you come to know your faults and weakness. We just kept playing cricket in our own docile wickets and in front of own crowed and we are not aware as to where we are at.

  • penamalli on December 29, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Its not getting the tail out of the opponent, its cutting the wagging tail that is out for the indian batsmen, specially Dhoni and other too like Gambhir. He knows that he wont be dropped even if he doesent perform continuously in 20 test. Look at ausises the best batsman Hussey was under pressure of being dropped out of team just for not performing in 4 matches. The system should change in India.

  • rocknroll123 on December 29, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    India has very capable batting line up to win games, bowling suppose to be the weak link. Bowlers did better than expected but batting couldn't live up to expextation. Australia is not an unbeatable team any more. Indian batsmen should focus on their batting and provide enough support to their bowlers. Good luck India and Australia for the rest of the series.

  • Crikoot on December 29, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Now is the time for some Indian supporters who vent out their frustartion on Bangladesh persofrmance despite India playing without DRS (less errors are being committed by umpires for Indians then any other teams), atleast ten times bigger population and resources than Bangladesh and the list goes on and on....Stop Bangladesh bashing and focus on cricket and meanness.

  • RSBali on December 29, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    4-0 England 4-0 Australia (one down and three to go in new year) Dhoni to follow the process and not worry about the result!

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Very puzzling when the leader of a unit that hasn't exactly set the turnstiles on fire this year terms the performance as good. India's achievement as a major Test playing nation suffered rude jolts & shocks with the first series which was versus South Africa.They were # 1 in the ICC Test Ratings but the English Summer put paid to that & now they remain #2 which I don't think they will manage to hold on to. This team is being rolled over into the mud by almost all the major Test Playing nations except West Indies who are no longer the force they once were. Again this team is showing a lack of adequate preparation, notoriety for being poor tourists, & clear lack of willingness to adapt to conditions & circumstances

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    @alex400: Sachin,VVS,Dravid dont make the team.......wat did KOHLI do? wat did GAUTI do? wat did DHONI do? if team loses, u curse the big 3...if it wins, u praise the waste 3.........

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    aussie great some foolish indian fans are critising indian team and some minnow team fans like lanks not even won single test in australai

  • ToTellUTheTruth on December 29, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    This was a match that was gift wrapped and delivered to Indians on a silver platter with a big note saying "Open immediately". And they didn't. Aaarrggghhh! The first emotion I felt when I saw the score of 95-6, was grief. Immense grief. And it continues.

  • NewYorkCricket on December 29, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    On not very helpful wickets, our bowlers will still struggle for 20 wickets. This wicket was practically unplayable for teams from the sub-continent. BCCI improve your wickets!!!

  • arvin on December 29, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    instead of blaming others in the team dhoni should learn to score some runs overseas against genuine fast bowlers... and it will also help if he took few lessons in test captainship and learn to use part time bowlers like sehwag/sachin/kohli when opposition tailenders frustrate india main bowlers...

  • mr.truth on December 29, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    India Team is not effective.It is fortunate for so long!

  • PiyushD on December 29, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @amarnath79 u r a genious and I guess a blind genious.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Dhoni was ordinary as captain. He has to have more fire, set a more positive field, putting batsmen under pressure. His poor field placing, allowing for easy singles let the pressure off, especially the tail and they were able to add about 100 runs. Schewag has to bat to the occassion.He has been for too long getting out to the obvious trap (he is sucked in by the "praises" but the Aussies and Brits, know his weakness and exploit it, the same with Gambir and his limp wrist...they are too predictable.) The bowling has more fire, but Ashwin is no Baiji, not yet, thiugh his batting was good. The team is too reliant on the Sachin/Dravid/Laxman. They have to find a reliable no.6. It is not Kholi. He fidgets too much. Where is Pujara? India lost this match. They need to copy some of the fire and dseire of the Aussies, who are laughing at their easy victory from what seemed as defeat. Good for them.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    I read somewhere in the commentary column that Gambhir's average since March 2010 is 30 and has scored only one hundred. Need to better pull up his socks. Having said that, we are dearth of quality openers at the moment. Really shattered to see losing the way we did. To say the truth, our batting looked pretty ordinary as if represented by a state team. Speaking of batting consistency, Mr. Dhoni where are you going to put some useful runs on the board in test matches. You have showcased some big hitting and scored runs when the top order scores and put the team in a healthy position. You need to score when the team is struggling. Batting at #7 also warrants application and commitment, not just hit few sixes and disappear.

  • timohyj on December 29, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Great bowling by India. Zaheer showed that he is stil the worlds best reverse swing bowler, and Yadav showed that he belongs at the international level, Isahnt bowled well without much luck and Ashwin bowled as well as was expected of him on the Aus pitches. The one thing that the Aussie bowlers did better than the Indians was that I felt they made the batsmen play more than the Inidans did. We were pretty lucky to have them 20 odd for 4, but the bating really needs to improve. Hopefully we have another great Indian second match comeback as usual

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Dhoni is too defensive in captaincy and not in batting.....pls yaar...remove him.....

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    These guys are not worth watching/ talking bunch of jokers BCCI should invite Bangladesh to India for a five match series so that Tendulkae can get his 100th century & he can retire- proved once again can never win matches

  • sandgroperdada on December 29, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Very disappointing performance. Feel very angry at Indian senior batsmen. They brag a lot, don't deliver. Coach should ban Sehwag from playing in the air till he scores 40. When has Tendulkar stayed the distance and guided India to victory? Though Dravid was bowled twice, he played well in the first innings, esp at the beginning. I predict he will shine, others will continue to flop. Dhoni played a reckless shot in the 1st innings, he can't do that. Should Laxman be dropped? In spite of Kohli's failure, he deserves some more chances, though he failed in England too. Time for the younger brigade. The seniors have such swollen heads, no one can tell them anything either. Drop Sehwag, that will teach him. Learn your batting from Ishant Sharma, he showed more staying power. All you need to do then is play your shots to the average ball, which you should be able to do if you are such star batsmen. It was a pleasure to watch Tendulkar and Dravid in the 1st innings.

  • on December 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Dhoni always find reasons :)

  • murty636 on December 29, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Guys, lets face it...our team BLEW IT, repeatedly... They let slip opportunity after opportunity and got their asses kicked. I too got up at 5 am and waited to see the miracle of India winning its first "First test" of a series win. It tasted very bitter when it happened but that's reality. Though it pains me to say this but the Aussies handled critical phases better and so they won. Good for them. And Dhoni IS a very defensive captain , whether people agree or not and leaked runs. Sad.. thats all. May the coming NEW YEAR BE BETTER in tests for India.

  • bigwonder on December 29, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @James Anderson, and England cannot play spin. Let's keep it simple dummy. SL players were not paid and once they got their salary, they are giving SA hard time. Indian players on the other hand are disappointed of not getting money from BPL hence the mediocre batting display.

  • ramki.star on December 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Dhoni you cannot keep learning new tricks in each match at the expense of losing! You should have learnt from past disasters! Dhoni is becoming like Ganguly, getting out cheaply in each match. Winning a match alone cannot appreciate a captain but its the captain's contribution which is required to motivate others. I can see old times of indian cricket when the top order collapse then the rest of the team follow within few balls! When is the team going to learn how to fight back. There was absolute no professionalism in the match by the way indians played. It was like as if they were eager to have a booze at the hotel pool as soon as possible. There was no remorse in their faces also. Better reduce the matches and play the windies.

  • bansamik on December 29, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Mr Dhoni, you are the most overrated captain India has ever had...this 2nd rated Australia team is much better than our star studded batting line up...you are lucky that you are not facing the Australia team with Hayden,Gilly, Mcgrath,Warne,Gillespie and others....but still you lost the match....thats why GANGULY is way way better than you....even Dravid is better captain than you and last but not the least test cricket is not for you....you better play T20 and one day where no technique no skill nothing is required...so please quit test cricket....better for you and for india.

  • deep123 on December 29, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    India's strength is batting. If batting fails everything will go wrong definitely. We lost Eng series because of batting. It is just near to impossible with winning bowling only. Even if bowling unit fails batsmen should cover all those mistakes or failures.

  • shabbasus on December 29, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    I don't understand why rohit sharma was not in the side in place of VIRAT KOHLI. I think he is much composed and knows the situation very well.. Also i think it's time for the old gods i.e. SACHIN, DRAVID and LAXMAN to make space for newer talent.. they can't hold up the place for another 10 years.. India has to come up with fresh blood and i think they have immense talent...Stop thinking about just winning, plan for the future too...

  • mensan on December 29, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    It was India's full fledged team that got beaten by Australia B team. Wonder what will happen when Cummins, Harris and Watson return.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    The series againest england (4-0) will be repeted .....because the Indians hav nt taught any lesson frm that tour.

  • leleraja on December 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Dear Dhoni - Batting is our main problem. Please realize that Ashwin has more runs than yourself, Gambhir, Laxman and Kohli put together!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 29, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, couldn't you concede that there is a pathological pattern to your captaincy? - 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' - Chappelli saw it, Ganguly saw it, Shastri saw it, Jason saw it, Wasim Akram saw it, Tom Moody saw it. Somehow, you won't see it. Your coaches won't see it - from Kirsten to Fletcher. So, first start analysing yourself before you see the loopholes of our bowlers and batsmen. TBH Dhoni, it is a bit tiring now - 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' tactics. I've been following our team so closely for the whole of 2011 and I'm really tired by December 29th. Unless, you change your 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' tactics, there won't be much hope. Implementing the same tactics again and again, and expecting the result to be different is pretty poor. Well, India will have to continue to win despite your Captaincy as they have been doing for nearly 3 years now under you. Cricinfo please publish.....

  • Cric-opinion on December 29, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    A good test match overall. Australia definitely seeing encouraging signs and hopefully are on the way up again. India bowled well, batted poorly. Batting is not so much a worry in comparison to the boasting from Indian fans & media. Each time they fail I see biased indian fans say 'O come on it's a one off, wait and watch in the 2nd test' etc [Read comments from "aditya0788] but the truth/fact remains that they have failed in 4 straight tests against England and in the 1st one here. Barring Tendulkar to an extent no other player is extraordinary. If you are talking about Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid etc stats show they are not too ahead of Ponting, Kallis, Sanga-Mahela(by the time they finish), Yousuf-Inzy to name a few. It is just they have played so many games their accumulation is higher. It is time the Indian fans accepted this and not argue, support too much and be so upset about the failures.

  • AjitDJ on December 29, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Dhoni keeps referring to batsmen in third person, as if he's not a batsman himself. This is extremely irritating. He should first go and check how many runs HE has scored abroad over the last 1 year.

  • ahweak on December 29, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    2011 has been a good year only for ODIs. As far as tests go, India lost its number one ranking, a 4-0 loss and average performance elsewhere; how can this be a good year for Indian Test team. Dhoni is great for India in the short format, but he is pathetic as a player and as a captain for Test cricket. India are only gonig to get worse in test cricket and will likely be so for a long time.

  • JCrao on December 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    3 more excuses like this ... and end of tour with 4-0 scoreline ... come on captain, absolutely no visible efforts have been made to address the tailender dismissal issue since past couple of years ... you had these issues in SA tour (steyn and morkel etc ..), england tour (almost all of them 8,9,10,11) , West indies home series (roach and co) and now (hilfy, pattinson) ... history is repeating itself... now we are used to it.

  • zico123 on December 29, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    same story again n again, SHAME Team India, they keep making same mistakes again n again, how can they win if they don't seize initiative, they had Aus at 214/6 in 1st innings, from there couldn't grab the opportunity, Aus scored 333, then India was at 214/2, opportunity to take big lead and seal the match but only to fold next 8 wickets for 67 runs, then again had Aus 23/4, let them get off again to 140/4, then again had Aus at 166/8, from there let them get off again to score 240, how do you expect to win a Test match like this!! SHAME Team India

  • zico123 on December 29, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    had enough of Gambhir, he needs to be dropped ASAP from both Test and ODI team, he needs to go back to domestic cricket, sort out his technical flaws before playing for India again. he has developed such bad habbit of dabbing ball to thirdman, that it is out of his control now, even when 4 slips are waiting against new ball he is playing dab shot, and getting out in same manner behind the stumps again n again, he has to sort out this flaw in domestic cricket first, meanwhile India can try Rohit Sharma at opening may be, or Dravid opening and Rohit at 6.

  • Hseehtar on December 29, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    slectors searching a place to point fingers after 1 test, 1. batsmen 2.bolwers 3.captian or other players, who were ruled out during the best selection procedures

    NB- only 1 test match is over

  • Deepak on December 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    I am a staunch and loyal India supporter. But, I have to disagree with Mr. Dhoni here. He has to accept that we do lack in batting skills in these conditions. Only then, we can improve. I don't think it's just the 'first test' voodoo now. Did we do any better in 3rd and even 4th tests in England ? I really feel we are just 'carrying' 3 batsmen in the test team - Gambhir, Dhoni & Kohli. Yes, maybe I'm being a bit too harsh on Kohli, as he's really green, but then he hasn't shown the stomach to fight. Mukund would have been a far better choice than Rahane as the reserve opener. And frankly (& I know this will be controversial), Dhoni should stop playing test cricket. Veeru will be a better Test captain, I feel. A better wicketkeeper batsman will greatly help our cause. I am sure this won't happen soon, but it should. May sense prevail.

  • wolf777 on December 29, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    You need four bowlers and an allrounder for that. I don't know who is the brain-wizard behind the Six batsmen theory; but, it is not working. Clearly, you were out of options when Ponting-Hussey partnership carried on and the tail resisted. It is still not too late. Bring in Irfan Pathan from India and drop a batsman from the playing eleven. Not being able to finish off the tail is happening just too often to India. Same thing happened in the second test against England when despite losing eight wickets good 15-20 runs short of 100 runs, England were able to take the score past 200 runs. You need fresh fast bowler to bowl quick and on the stump to mop-up the tail quickly and the three options India had been bowling since the start and were getting tired on both occasions. It not the bating that lost this test match; it is the lack of fifth bowling option that cost India the match.

  • Texmex on December 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Chappel says is bets in the video - Dhoni too defensive with lower batsmen.

    For next match I would replace Kohli with Rohit and give Gambhir another chance. Looks like whoever gets the $2 M contract in IPL fails! Remember Yusuf Pathan

  • SaudAlvi on December 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    All went as I wanted besides Tendulker not making a 100 and India winning, I would be very angry if my team of 7 (SEVENNNNN) good batsmen and ASHWIN (OMG he plays with more sense and courage thn these so called great batsmen India has). I think they should look to make runs attack a bit once the target starts getting smaller bwlrs start making mistakes.

  • longlivewoodoo on December 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Drop gambhir. Go for rahane or try sharma as an opener. Virat shud get last chance. Greg chapell said right , there is panic after sehwag got out specially in chasing ( see what happened in mumbai against WI).

  • dsig3 on December 29, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Dhoni has always been defensive even when India were number 1. I remember him setting 7/2 fields and bowling 2 feet outside off stump when we played India at home. His first priority is to not lose. His second is to win. Steve Waugh was the exact opposite, he would rather lose than draw the game. You may lose a few games doing this but Cricket wins in the long run. Wise up Dhoni before its too late.

  • RNikh on December 29, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    He should have more trust in his bowlers... But even though a lot has been said, we should still remember that the man when leading the country has lost only 1 test series in more than 3 years! you have to expect these stalwarts of Indian batting to bounce back, and bounce back they will!

  • Dreamz_Unlimited on December 29, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    India was very disappointing in last 2 days of the test. I guess they lacked the spring in the action & spirit to provide a knockout blow when opposition's chips are down. Look at the way Australia fought on 3rd day's morning even after India were at 214-3, a very good position for India... Indian team lacked that spirit in the game. They were unable to provide the knockout blow when Australia was at 27-4. Whats most disappointing is India was loosing the very first game of the series when they are touring abroad despite of all preparation that was going in the series.. India needs to improve & fast...

  • docgtb on December 29, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    greatest batting lineup hahahaha

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Much feared Indian batting line up.

  • on December 29, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    You win the world cup in your own backyard and you think you are the master.

  • Jack_India on December 29, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Sachin looked really fluent batting, infact the only Indian in this match so far who looked comfortable. He did score the highest in both innings. Too bad it wasn't enough.

  • NairUSA on December 29, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Good assessment. You lose some and win some. It is better to tack back to the winning mindset and start winning the rest of the games.

  • Jack_India on December 29, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    In the first innings India were on top 'the 1st time' when Aus was 214/6, but then let their tail take it to 333. Then India were on top again for 'the 2nd time' while batting at 214/3 but added only 68/7 on the third day to finish at 282. Then India were on top again for 'the 3rd time' when Aus slipped to 27/4 but let Aus reach 179/8 that day. Even then India had a better chance but let Aus reach 240. Can't blame Dhoni completely. We need a FINISHER BOWLER. Someone like Waqar/Wasim to just come and clean out the tail.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Dhoni might have learnt a lot, had he picked up the conversation between Ganguly and Chapell. The words were clear, the field setting and the approach of Dhoni were definite ingredients on 'how to lose a Test match'. The batsmen lost the game for India, but Dhon's captaincy was found wanting. There should be changes in the team for the upcoming test. Rahane for Gambhir, Rohit Sharma for Kohli.

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni if u don't believe that u can win a test match in Australian soil then it's better to step down, there is much talent available in the country But, plz don't let down ur country.

  • CricketkaFunda on December 29, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    This is so embarrassing being and Indian fan after this match. We go at length to defend our players and cricket team but there shouldn't be any excuse for this loss. I am not embarrassed by the loss as in sports there is win or loss but the efforts and body language I saw from Indians were pathetic at times. They did not show aggression at many phases when, in fact, they were in control. They did not look hungry for win. They did not show any effort to change the history by winning first game of series when, in fact, they were very close at times. Dhoni showed very poor leadership qualities. I am in fact not sure whether he is good captain and did not like his captaincy since he started. Being cool does not make you a good captain otherwise we should put some robot as a captain . It was not his effort that we won world cup. He lack innovation and aggression. he did not have plan B. I don't like his style of captaincy whatever anybody says. May be fab 4 are over-hyped than deserve.

  • dharmadasa on December 29, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Good bowling by Indian quicks especially Yadav and Zaheer, very good bowling indeed by Aussie quicks Pattinson, Siddle and Hilfenhaus, some Aussie batsmen able to build partnerships, Aussie tail wags strongly, Indian batsmen all hopeless, can't believe 'world champs' can surrender so feebly. All of them useless except Sachin in first innings, even his second innings was poor.

    Perhaps India will fight back in Sydney, I hope so. The Aussie team has regrouped and got rid of dead wood (Mitchell Johnson, Phil Hughes, also Ponting has gracefully surrendered captaincy to Clarke and is supporting him, this shows great character by the Aussie team and management, I wonder will India ever make tough decisions? Time for seniors to retire. All talk of 'World Champions' is just hot air.

  • Kurapati on December 29, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    What Dhoni must do is to graciously quit the test cricket.. You are simply not the test material. Just because of Dhoni we lost the first test. He was neither useful in reducing the deficit in first innings nor try to stick in the crease in second innings.. This is not his first time though not saving the test, everytime whenever team needs someone to stick to the crease at one end - he always getsout with no intent to stay or to save the test. Such a wonderful one day player doesn't suit to test cricket at all. Who spread the field for tail enders if you are really interested in getting the tail out... Stop giving the reasons and we must look for a better Wicketkeeper/batsmen for test cricket..

  • Dashat on December 29, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    comments by MS Dohni in an Australian newspaper today.......was it a good wicket or a bad wicket? Make up your mind!!!

    "It was not an ideal wicket," Dhoni said on Thursday.

    "It had a spongy bounce. The short deliveries were not coming at fast pace.

    "They bowled a nagging line. Their line and length were both very good.

    "It wasn't the short stuff which had us worried."

    Dhoni said he thought 292 was a gettable target.

    "Even 292 we should have achieved," he said.

    "The wicket was good. There wasn't much wear and tear on the wicket.

    "Our batting flopped in both innings.

    "We have to be very consistent with our batting line-up.

    "The bowlers did their job in this particular Test."

  • Jawaidnazir on December 29, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Indian batsmen are tiger when they are in home.

  • VishyRules on December 29, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    How to play top class cricket for 3 days and ge tbundled out on 4th day? India demonstrates that today. Listless performance.Team mgmt shld send in Umesh,Ashwin and Ishant up the order.They bat well than the top order.Especially Ashwin bats better than most of the front line batsman.He can very well be sent in after Laxman and ahead of Kohli and MSD(Damn serious,not for fun).Disappointed with Ghambir and Laxman.And if India has to make a comeback for heavens sake get kiddo's like Kohli,Raina,yuvi,Rohit and the likes who are only fit for T-20s and ODIs out of the test team.Get some one like Pujara or Badri who is technically sound..Finally IN THE GOD'S NAME DON"T GET WHITEWASHED.....

  • spinkingKK on December 29, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter. However, I did predict an Australian win in this series. For those who are searching for an answer for India's loss, you should learn to give credit to the opposition where it is due. Australia was clearly the better team in this match and they will be better team in the series. Australian quicks went at their task with full throttle. Indian quicks can't afford to do that. If one of the quicks gets injured, they will lose the rest of the series!! This also explains why Zaheer was bowling at 125kph. Beacuse, the guys who are picked as reserves are just some spin bowlers pretending to be fast bowlers. Also, in all honesty and in all fairness to the Indian bowlers, Australian tail wasn't just an ordinary tail. They are all capable of making good runs. So, it was never going to be easy to get them all-out. Australia was slightly better in all the departments. Only places where India will have an edge is when you compare Sehwag with Warner and Ashwin with Lyon.

  • sriuma on December 29, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    o.k,fine we lost the first test,but not the series.still 3 more to go.i believe our guys will come back strongly like srilanka in SF.good luck guys. i feel overall the year 2011 is good for the Indian cricket team.lets hope 2012 will be better than this year.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    I think its going to be a cracker of a series in case India wins in Sydney. Ashwin will be more useful there. But seriously, Ishant needs to have more luck. Poor guy was the best of all Indian bowlers and look at his returns.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    @Gautham Va - Boy, I hope you believe in reincarnation, because there is no other way you'd be able to find that "big innings" from MSD.

  • Indiaforever on December 29, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    its funny Dhoni saying that the bowlers have to learn how to get them out, when it was because of his field placing that we didnt get them out and let them settle in.

  • Raj12345 on December 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Hello Mr Dhoni, your friend Kohli scored just few runs in this test. better don't talk about Aus tails, ask your batsman to score 30 runs in each innings and match is urs.

  • RandyOZ on December 29, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    India's bowlers are not the problem Dhoni. Like Australia, it's your batting which is failing.

  • GibyBangalore on December 29, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    What I think is that the bowlers thought that releived because they could take the top orders away. Once they could take the top order wickets, they would loose the seriousness and think that the tail would come their way and send loose deliveries that the tail enders and the real batter who hang there with the tail can make use out of that. The bowlers shouldnt loose rhythm until the last man get out. Dho has to remind the bowlers the same an support them by making them beleive that they can take all the wickets. This kind of statements would reduce the confidence of bowlers.

  • PallabBanerjee on December 29, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    It is funny that Dhoni is blaming the bowlers and safe guarding the failure of the the batsmen (he himself tops the list) who were the real culprits for this loss . I think anyone who likes test cricket and have been closely following Indian cricket would agree that this bowling is the best we have seen for a long long time

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    come on india.....i know u can bounce back .....buck up ...and put one straight across the aussies ..

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Very disappointing batting performance by India...I think day 3 and 4, 1st sessions were decisive and australia ceased the initiative in both these sessions....Dhoni failed with the bat on day 3 and lacked innovation and courage in field settings on day 4, wouldnt really blame the bowlers, this by far is india's best bowling attack in a long time...Batting was a let down, particularly Laxman who arrived more than 15 days before the first match and still could not contribute in both innings...Hopefully we put up a better show in SCG

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    How on earth can you get tail out with such defensive fields, specially when the bowlers are bowling their hearts out?? How long will we hide behind sachin and rahul?? how long?? Also to be observed it that besides tendulkar and dravid whenever other indian batsmen have scrored big runs the pitches have been not as fast or bouncy as they are in general. Please for God's sake pick players in term of their form and not fame. VVS has to dropped VVS as watching him on the field is like watching an old man with a stick.. Sehwag has to loose weight so that he can move a bit. Gambhir needs to tighten up his technique. Lastly, the blunt truth- Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit, Raina not fit for test cricket outside sub continent nor for bouncy fast pitches. One positive Bowlers did a good job indeed!

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    This should read "Dhoni should learn how to get the tail out". Time and time again Captain kool has let the tail off the hook by setting defensive fields. Trent Bridge, Swan and Broad, Lords, Prior and Broad, MCG Siddle and Haddin, and Pattison , Hussey and Hielfunhouse not to mention Ponting and Hussey when the Aussies were 27 for 4. Dhoni is a reactive captain and defensive captain who waits for the tail to make mistakes instead of a proactive captive who should have been trying to blast the tail out using the fire-power at his disposal namely Yadav and Ishant.

  • on December 29, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Dhoni,Yuvaraj,Raina,Kholee are not up to International standards,,Sehwag once again proved he is one of the most overrated players of all time & probably the biggest flat track bulle in modern cricket history.

  • PallabBanerjee on December 29, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    India needs to learn how to bat well in Australian, South African and English conditions and the captain heads that list , with an average of 27 something against Australia and without a half century till date. Stop complaining about the bowlers as they have been doing a fantasting job.

  • playitstraight on December 29, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    I am also laughing out loud with everyone here. Dhoni must set the fields correctly for tail-enders instead of putting defensive fields for easy singles and twos. Then maybe, they can take wickets. He is the one who must realize this, no one else.

  • thekillersatyam on December 29, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    sorry to say but MS please practise some tactics or for the sake of the team just bring back that luck which now it seems was the only thing which worked for you rather than your skill coz this defeat is nothing less than shameful......i am also left wondering that all the xperience that we talk about was sleeping at that point of time when dhoni was setting such fields ....are they afraid of him....or they just don't bother other than their towering records....for the sake of the team...coz really they wer'nt blind out there....whatever i' dont care ....all I want to see is INDIA win that's it...and improved strategies of course so we don't get mocked........

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @gautham even u reasearch for ur lifetime u cant get a match when doni played well in overseas, he can give great speech and indians will lke it

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    @amarnath 79 . i m pretty sure that bhajji would have been thrashed all around the ground by aussies . he is not in form , also he is not playing ranji matches . ponting is not afraid of bhajji anymore .

  • AussieGreekCricketLegend on December 29, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    I am surprised at criticism of India team - it is only 1-0 with three to go ... 50,000 run top order will hit back hard - real class and I look forward to an amazing summer. Happy that we Oz are putting up a fight... Really anyone could have won this!! Most pleased this is 4 matches!!

  • ns_krishnan on December 29, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    "you need to give credit to the opposition bowlers because of the line and lengths they bowled". What's the next excuse ? "The Australian team turned up" ? They are supposed to do that Mr.Dhoni. And you are supposed to play them better.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Its jus not about the defensive fields . Thats one part of it too tho . India has always found it hard to rip thru the tails . . So have we now . We need to build on that . The batting is more to blame . Dhoni needs to give more importance to his wicket . And i feel Rohit Sharma can be given a chance ahead of Kohli who hasn't done well even in the practice matches . Rohit fared betta . Apart from that i guess all are experienced enough to learn from their mistakes . If the bowling is as good as it was in this test and with some more aggressive captaincy from Dhoni , i feel the Sydney test would be a well fought encounter !

  • nawwabsahab on December 29, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    plz dhoni, put your head out of sand .... don't just "think" but start delivering outside subcontinent. we didn't have bad record in australis since 2003/4 but since last 13 innings out side our backyard, we are failing constantly. plz ask our paper tigers to deliver or "retire"...or plz set a series with zim aur bngladesh to give sachin his 100th 100 so he should retire.

  • BHUTORIA on December 29, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Mr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, you please learn to bat first. Just heaving the ball is not batting. Alas, what can we expect from you? You never had the technique like Rahul Dravid nor you have the elegance of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. You only have your Luck (which is running out), bucket of endorsements and Sakshi. Once Sachin & Rahul retires I quess we will have to quit watching matches featuring India overseas.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Look guys cricket is a game,the better team won you should not condemn Dhoni,he just won India a WORLD CUP for India ,something you did not see since 1983 just let him do his job.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    dhoni needs to BAT . . since he s the captain and srinivasan is the bcci chief, he s escaping..

  • muthasleem on December 29, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    He is attending lots of training programmes to give excuses ratehr than studying the game

  • usernames on December 29, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Though it can't be done this series, Dhoni has to give up test captaincy. He does not contribute to the test team's performance in any way -- his field placements are very negative. I'm not someone to knock a player down easily. He has been great in the ODIs but, notwithstanding his ODI form, purely on the basis of his test form, he doesn't deserve a place in the side, let alone being the captain.

    The problem is there is no one who can replace Dhoni as a captain in the test team right now. The seniors are going to retire an year down the road, at maximum. There is no youngster whose place in the team is assured and that leaves us with Dhoni who is, at best, a mediocre test player. If Gambhir were performing well, he would have been a good choice but he's going through a lean patch himself.

    However, all that said, we still need to groom at least a few youngsters so that over time, we can get rid of Dhoni as a captain. He robs the test team of easy victories with his negative fields.

  • TheAceofSpades on December 29, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Don't worry about getting the tail enders out. Please think of your own batting first which is worse than a tail ender. Even Ishant and Umesh batted better than u. You and your batsmen should have scored more than 300-350 runs in the first innings and not given them a lead of 50 odd runs.

  • FoollyFedUp on December 29, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    MSD : Bad News : You are an incompetent captain outside of India. There is no luck, no skill and no strategy. Good News : You just need to tide through this 4 test massacre. India does not tour overseas for the next 2 years. Same applies to Virat Kohli.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    India needs to now buy the stadiums where they play,fly in there pitches from India all before the rest of the tests.There is no way they can improve with a Tendu one man approach to cricket.Pathetic waste of time conclusion

  • ilovecricket1234 on December 29, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    This is the prime reason why we need Irfan Pathan. He can bowl and he boy can he bat! At least when the "batsmen" capitulate like usual, we can at least rely on Irfan to help out in the batting department. But he will not be picked for obvious reasons.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    punter and hussey rocked..... when will our players adapt to the given conditions. everyone was in hurry to get back to the dressing room. as if there was a Christmas party arranged by Mr. Fletcher and MS Dhoni

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Why blame only Dhoni ?? Each & every Indian batsmen couldn't play on overseas(SA, AUS,NZ, ENG) wickets. Even Dravid & sachin after 2 decades of batting aren't comfortable playing genuine seam or swing bowlers on consistent basis. As for Dhoni, he comes 6 down ..most often left with tailenders to bat & save a match. Too much of an ask. As for his technique ... this technique won you the world cup guys.. not sachin's technique??? Regarding his defensive technique & spreading the field. Obviously Indian bowlers to blame for that...They are too indisciplined & have leaked runs to tail-enders ..Dhoni's is aware of that & try to minimize the damage.. he may have faulted on 2,3 occasions but this same technique helped him defeat Australia in India last time.The reason for defeat here is too much of stroke players in Indian team. Sehwag , gambhir ,sachin, Laxman, kohli..all are stroke players, plays on the up ..dangerous in swinging conditions..

  • Harmony111 on December 29, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Horrible performance by India. It was stupid enough to go from 214/2 to 282 and then allowing the Oz tail to score that many runs. Dhoni surely needs to look for some advice from others on how to keep the pressure up. He has been very ordinary in some of his plans for the tail. This test match was just like the 2nd Test match against Eng. In fact worse. Like there, India failed to get a big total in the 1st innings and allowed Oz to score runs in the 2nd innings and then failed to even put up a fight in their 2nd innings. I was and am in a very bad mood right now and this defeat has spoiled my new year celebrations. The vacations has been ruined. Laxman's time is perhaps over. Zilch contribution. I guess Dhoni has to say good bye to tests since he does not give the viewer any confidence that he will stay. I was at least expecting India to fight while chasing 292, instead say simply collapsed. The pitch and the bowling was helpful but not all that great to be AO for 170 in 47 overs.

  • CricketMaan on December 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Yes please! Give all credit to Aussie bowlers, why not invite them for a dinner and hail thier effort..Did you hear what Haddin said the other evening..'Its not a charity match'..so dont be so charitable. Humiliating 5th test loss on trot

  • CricketMaan on December 29, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Dhoni must learn DRS first so that he is not tailing BCCI..DRS or NO DRS..292 should have been chased by the worlds most hailed batting line up..not so!! and why is he so adamant on Virat Kholi..Rohit has proved he has better technique....lastly Ishant for the first time in the TEST bowled a full delivery and guess what he got a wicket..so he needs to learn that too.

  • keshav021 on December 29, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    MR Dhoni... with due respect first you play like a batsman and not like a tailender. there is nothing the bowlers can learn, you have to learn to set up the right field for tailenders. Still long way to go into the series, so get you act right and lead the team. Its high time gambhir has to perform else he has to make way for others.

  • Al_Pinto on December 29, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Drop Gambhir and ask Rohit Sharma to open with Sehwag. Gambhir lacks the technique to handle fast bowlers on fast pitches - keeps poking outside the off stump with no feet movement, cannot play on the front feet, and looked nervous throughout. Rahane got his chance in the tour opener and failed too. Rohit has the right technique and temperament, and is in form. If I were to drop another player, I'd drop Dhoni.

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Dhoni..learn to bat yourself..then blame others..loser No.1..Tiger at home and pathetic loser abroad..stop blaming the team..blame yourself first

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Well Dhoni let me help u. It's about learning to play cricket when the ball gets old. Let's say 40ov+. Check this out Aus 1st Inn (6-214;67.1ov)-(10-333;110ov). 2nd Inn (6-148;42.5ov)- (10-240;76.3ov). Ind 1st Inn(6-238;79.2ov)--(10-282;94.1ov). 2ndInn(6-81;26,1ov)--(10-169;47.5ov). As u can c both teams r having the same problem, but the Aussies r handling it better. So call tailenders can bat better than those in the past & so they have to be treated as batters. Captaincy comes into play when the shine is off the ball & it is not reversing, and that's Mr. Dhoni,s concern. Well Dhoni u attack. U don't play 3 quicks to play defensive cricket. U attack tailenders. Force them to either defend themselves or play attacking shots, that's how u get them out. Good Luck!

  • VivekKumarAnand on December 29, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    What are you talking about MS? You got Hussey out 4 times! And that's just in the 3rd innings. I can't understand why we keep insisting on not using DRS. Yes, the technology is not perfect, but they are good support systems for human decisions. When used in conjunction, hawk eye, hotspot, and snickometer are incredibly helpful. Besides, it's not as if we use technology that the tech will make the overturn decisions..it will still be up to the 3rd umpire...there's layer upon layer of human intelligence to counteract machine error (if any). Shouldn't there be some technology to counteract human error (God knows there's an abundance of them..just look at this match)?

    Also, Dravid missing that catch? It's as if he didn't expect a catch even though he was in the slips...you need to have more confidence in your bowlers...

    Speaking of confidence, it was shocking when after a magnificent day 3 you returned on day 4 with a defensive field. One would have thought you wanted to get the tail out

  • backwardpoint on December 29, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    One correction @ Sidharth Monga - if you are referring to the 300 the Indians made in Eng as a case where they crossed 300, I think its borderline and not 100% true. They were 300 a.o -so *technically*, they didnt cross 300 there either.

    Having said that, its shocking and disheartening to see this kind of a buckle down. Particularly when batting is the (only, till this match) strength of this team. 4 players with approx 45k runs amongst them. [the total tally of runs for the team wld come to > 50k runs] and cant manage 300 runs on avg on an away pitch? For 10 consecutive innings? (just taking eng and Aus matches).

    it speaks of a greater rut in the overall development of the team. What will happen if the big 3 leave? Can the rest make 200 atleast?

    More pertinent qn - if the big three, leave can we atleast stitch a capable 5-6 batsmen at this juncture? Time will tell. BCCI needs some real soul searching to do - except that there is none there to take interest in these things.

  • shishirji on December 29, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    well, if a team can't bowl out the tailenders cheaply.....it does no favour to their own intrest.....and whts the thing with deep sq. leg , not a single ball went in the air there, yet dhoni persisted with it........TOTALLY DEFENSIVE APPROACH!!!! cricinfo plz publish!!!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    I totally agreed with salam-india's comments. Dhoni must quit test cricket and concentrate on his IPL commitments and advertisements. He is nothing but an "extra player" in indian team squad. Everyone talks about failure of Gambhir, Laxman and Virat but what about Mr. Dhoni? Can anyone knows when was the last time he played a match winning or match saving innings for india in series abroad?

  • Rags57 on December 29, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Instead of repeating what happened in the match, Dhoni should focus on analyzing why they happened and what the team intends to do. Saying we need to get the tail out means nothing - what is his analysis of why they were not able to do that. Why is it that journalists don't ask a point blank question on why Dhoni set an in-out field for the tail enders or why there is no consistent pressure applied when the opposition is well and truly down - 120 for 8 in England, 214 for 6 becoming 333 here and 27 for 4 becoming 240 - the trend is truly worrying.

  • sanjaykn on December 29, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    .. tendulkar must stop that dreaded cover drive which has bought his down fall so many times. He cant play that till set! And indian lower order sucks! India will also miss a fighter like bajji( we know he was not in great form but australia would have bought the best from him!). It is hard to see india come back here! indian fans are crest fallen today!

  • sanjaykn on December 29, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    india need robin uttappa, he can handle short and bouncers and have all the strokes in the book! He can also intimidate. He performed splendidly last time around in odi's! He needs to be given chance. Gautam gambhir is too short to handle the balls which continue to climb above waist all the time. And he cant stop poking outside the offstump! The aussie pitches are unplayable unless we can get the opposition out under 160! Anything above 175 was unchasable on this track! our bowlers only bowl 2 unplayable deliveries in an over. They must put all the balls on good length( ishant bowls short all the time. He neither gets lbw nor bold!) Ashwin has a chance but needs outside the offstump line! yadav digs in short and wont work on green tinge( he can rip apart if he gets consistent, and zaheer needs stamina to finish off the tail!). Dhoni needs to get aggressive in the field set! Shewag nees to cut the ball to the ground and not in air( he looked good actually). Tendulkar must stop that

  • msreek24 on December 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Plz get rid of Rahul Dravid, SRT, Lax.. they are too old now.. yes they were great but u need good fielding unit, groom the youngsters.. for the future.. dont want these stars who are just a disgrace in away conditions.. plz play them only in Indian pitches for their stats and get rid of them..

  • knan on December 29, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Well done Aussie bowlers. They bowled the right length and line on this pitch to stop the Indian batting line-up. The first test is an indicator that this series will not be as one-sided as the Eng-Ind series. The result would probably be 2-0 or 2-1 for Aus. Ind should now drop Gambhir for the next test and bring in Rohit. Technically Rohit seems to be far more sound. Also VVS is struggling off late in conditions not easy for batting. He needs to watch out or this could be his last series. Ind bowling was good and it was refreshing to see Zak and Ishant in full flow. Umesh has been a revelation. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Probably the pitches at the other venues would not be so bowler friendly , throughout the match.

  • AidanFX on December 29, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    @ CricIndia208 - Yeah until you appear in four straight and win three in a row - Celebrating on that as the all end all is irrational - enjoy it by all means but it is meaningless right now in terms of your Test team

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @salam-india:u cant blame only dhoni...wht happen to gambhir,laxman and new guy virat..i think india have to give a chance for Rohit sharma...

  • Alexk400 on December 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    World greatest Batting line up is a big joke. Indian tail start once sehwag gets out esoecially when if we are chasing to win. This is nothing new. India even failed in bombay against shaun udal. Sachin, dravid and vvs are big talkers but do nothing when india needs to win. They score all kinda of runs when there is no pressure. VVS was telling whole world 4-0 drubbing against england was due to lack of preparation , what happened now? Simple. Indian batting rely on Sehwag every damn time. Can you people give him some relief? He once jump started the inning in chennai against england , i know it is difficult... Indians are not pressure players. FLAT TRACK BULLIES not greatest batting line up. Sachin oh well he chokes millionth time now. Why do even Indian media worry about sachin 100th 100 instead of winning game? Priority is completely reversed. That is main reason for the failure.

  • drnaveed on December 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    dhoni should not look upon his bowlers to get the opposite tail out quickly as possible , rather he should look upon himself to do some more aggressive captainship, he gave away too many easy singles , doubles to the australians.

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Dhoni captaincy was worst this year...the less said about his batting is more..i look at matt prior and then look at dhoni in white clothing and you will get the difference.dhoni should be rested ( dropped) from tests and captaincy should be given to sehwag..

  • drnaveed on December 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    dhoni should not look upon his bowlers to get the opposite tail out quickly as possible , rather he should look upon himself to do some more aggressive captainship, he gave away too many easy singles , doubles to the australians.

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    What rubbish. Dhoni doesn't even deserve a place in the Test team, let alone the captaincy. He and Gambhir are certified flat-track bullies, absolute liabilities with the bat, and the weakest links in this team. I have absolutely no idea how do they justify their place in the team.

  • shuvoroy31 on December 29, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    For years the gullible media & public alike have been misconstruing Dhoni's non-chalance as 'coolheadedness'! The man has made more money than Sachin in half the time and with less than a hundredth of the latter's ability. No wonder his captaincy screams a lack of motivation! Serial-offender Gambhir should be summarily dropped & consigned solely to the great Bollywood saga of IPL, which inflates his cockiness to the same extent as it deflates his ability & test-avge. His replacement? The next man on the street can't do much worse, so let the regionalism of the 5 wise men decide that. Laxman too has reached the end of his rope, sacrilegious as it may sound to some. He has been a special player & I think has been eulogised enough for his fans to stop whinging about neglect. Kohli just doesn't make the cut at Test level, especially in pace-friendly conditions. Bring Rohit in & throw Pujara into the mix - the lad should pay greater dividends than Kohli in Tests in the long run.

  • drnaveed on December 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Sorry to say, Indian batsmen once again proved that they are lions or tigers (whatever you call them ) on home grounds only, and not abroad.it was a match b/w indian experienced batting line up and australian new look bowling line up, and the later won the battle.could be last series for laxman, and for SRT ............. lagay raho munna bhai (for that 100th hundred), i dont think you will get it on foreign soil . ................? who knows

  • Raquesche on December 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Captain has to understand that he has to set up an attacking field to get the tail out. This has been the problem with lot of the Indian captains including the one who is regarded as the best. With no bat pads and close-in fileders for an off spinner,its like ajoke happening over there. When you won most of the things gets unnoticed, but in reality theres a lot of things which needs to be improved. I think a conversation with Ganguly could help him organize the setup better.

  • on December 29, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    I recommend that india replaces Gambhir with Ashwin as opener. Gambhir can come at #7 or drop him for Rohit sharma in the middle order.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Anyway, India looses the first test. From next series onwards, let's skip first test.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Both the world champion and the runners-up cant play cricket on fast bouncy tracks.

  • RohitSankaria on December 29, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Field placings in the first session were pathetic. How can you let a number 10 or 11 take easy singles ???? Our so called giant batting line up has almost always crumbled under pressure in away tours, but then this happens to most of touring teams. I think our inability to capitalize on a good start given by the top order in first innings was the turning point. We let Aussies of the hook so many times in this test match, and you cant expect to win a test match after doing so. Aussies are a real competitive unit and they always have been. Well bowled Pattinson, you have got the temperament to bowl at the highest level. Just amazing how Australia and Pakistan keep coming up with quality fast bowlers !!!

  • Kaartyk on December 29, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Mr Dhoni, you have really great strategy but not in test matches. We have seen this in English tour and now Aus. Defensive fielding for last 4 batsmen.... introducing Ashwin in new ball & not Sharma who ended taking last wicket. disaster... I bet with my friends if Aus lead >200, India will loose choking.

    Gambhir, I think you need to go back to state cricket & get your front foot right. This is not T20, there will be 4 sleeps plus gully. I think Rohit deserves chance over Gambhir.

  • serious-am-i on December 29, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    come on this is hilarious to say it short. I thought India might win, I woke up at 2pm only to find out India has lost. Damn. Gambhir needs to be given a serious wake up call perform or lose your spot. He can't take the things for granted because he was the top scorer in WC finals. I never understood why Kohli was taken in place of Rohit Sharma at the first place, Rohit deserved the spot better he plays the swing and bounce better than Kohli. Getting the tail out doesn't mean giving easy singles. Block the singles let the tail go for shots and get out. There are some thing called Yorkers, Slow Bouncers as well first make ur bowlers bowl them. For god's sake remove Dravid from slips he has been a howler in the slips for the past couple of years. All I remember is him dropping catches more than the ones he held on. Finally, Dhoni needs to decide if he is taking Test Cricket seriously or not. I haven't seen a real serious knock from him in a crunch situation for a long while.

  • cric4zh on December 29, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    please mr. dhoni tell the BCCI to put a logo ` L` on shirts so we can know u guyz r still learning...

  • Major_Hammad on December 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Ponting & Hussey are the batting hero for Aust in bowling favour conditions. Ponting shuts the mouth of critics with fifties in both innings, what a top class player Ponting. Ponting will be top scorer and Hussey 2nd top scorer at the end of series.

  • somu1984 on December 29, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Bowlers did a fantastic job by restricting Aussies to 333 in First innings but again our batsman have showed vulnerability against fast bowler and yet again failed to cross the 300 hurdle. All the credits goes to MS Dhoni for not able to bat in test cricket. Can someone tell me how often he has scored past 50 runs in overseas and resulted in winning a match. I feel that MS Dhoni is not serious about Test Cricket and always engage in endorsement. Unless we bat to our potential, we cannot win matches overseas. Everybody will say bowlers are culprits but I'd say batsmans' are even more culprits.

  • aditya0788 on December 29, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Look look look, one test defeat and all are commenting as if they know more than the players. First lets talk about getting the tail out - that was just a COINCIDENCE that the Aussie tail lingered on, get them to Indian conditions and I am pretty sure they will not last even for 5 overs, combined. And this is for people who feel that Dhoni should quit playing in Test matches, would you people rather do that then, go there, become the captain and take decisions and I am pretty sure that that match will go down in the Guiness book as being the first test match to get over in 2 days.This is the problem with Indians, all are Sadists big time,one defeat and look-Hell has fallen over.India has the firepower to completely oust the Aussies in the remaining 3 matches. Its just a matter of finding feet and even if one of the other batsmen succeeds in doing that,I think Aus will be in on a really sticky wicket.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    It was good to see the fast bowlers bowled very well, hope Ashwin will be back in Sydney.. I think they need to drop Virat Kohli and make Rohit Sharma play in place of him. Its big time even Ghambir is also not learning from his mistakes..I didnt expect Doni to make same mistake like what he did yesterday having Defensive field when they were 27/4.. what is the point in having defensive filed for no 8 and 11 batsmen giving them easy 1 and 2's. Hope they will comeback in Sydney..

  • St.as.ram.rod on December 29, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    He is chicken and cant say that what is right against the celebrated batting lineup. He should say that lower middle order collapsed and in second inning except Sachin, no one stuck to the wicket... This is nothing but a shame and disrespect to the wonderful performance and exp of Zaheer and exuberance of the Ishant and Yadav.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Well played Australia. With the conclusion of the 1st test match, I feel vindicated in my realization that England weren't raking up 700s in the Pataudi trophy because India's bowling is that bad, but because Dhoni's captaincy is atrociously defensive. Time for the golden boy to reconsider his position in the test team. Moreover, I am fine with a captain being cheerful in post match interviews even after his team has lost, but when he is the biggest reason for letting his team down, I wouldn't mind seeing him a little grave and somber at times.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on December 29, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    As I had mentioned yesterday: India had "No Chance in HELL" !!!.... of winning this Test or the Series! :P Interestingly the so-called "Pop-Gun" Bowling attack of India were able to take 20 Aus wickets without getting tired / injured, but the "Best Batting Veterans" of the World were not able to go past 100 Runs (in the 2nd innings) against an inexperienced / young Aus Bowling attack!! ;)

  • shrastogi on December 29, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Dhoni should also have said that since top order batting didnt click for India the Indian talienders need to bat like Australian tailenders ;-). This problem of tailenders tormenting Indian bowling is not new and by now team management should have worked this out. But it doesnt appear that someone has pointed this out to the new coach. Sometimes tailenders would score runs but it shouldnt happen on regular basis. In the last tour the Perth test that India had won saw Mitchell Johnson and his partner score a lot of runs while chasing. With a four prong bowling attack this would remain a problem as by the time tailenders come into picture your main bowlers start to tire.

  • on December 29, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Dhioni be ready for another 4-0 defeat, I have lots of reason for supporting my statement

  • symsun on December 29, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    1) When we have a player like Dhoni who will never score abroad atleast in test match. 5) When we have Ishant bowling short of length and often trying to hit the stumps. 3) When we have a captain who goes defensive after getting the top order. 4) When we have bowlers who finds difficult when the opponent raises his game (no matter top order or tail ender). 5) And most of all when we have majority of batsman contributing nothing and learning nothing in both the innings (Gambhir, Lakshman, Kohli, Dhoni) 6) When the tail enders put some effort to stay in the crease and batsman not sure to leave or hit it out and get out. India cannot succeed Abroad.

  • Rahul_78 on December 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Dhoni had a mediocre test as a captain. His field placing was ordinary to say the least and he lacked imagination. Also major problem for India recently has been the batting of there 5th batsmen and Dhoni himself. Eralier Raina and now Kohli has been very inconsistent. Dhoni is also due to score some runs and he needs to score them briskly as he always bats with the tail. Rohit Sharma is technically better then Kohli. He should get a look in. If Indian famed batting lineup is not going to score even 300 then India can kiss this series good bye.

  • Happy_AusBang on December 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    I don't think it was all that good a year for India. To be thrashed so badly by England and then being comprehensively defeated by a depleted Australian side are hardly good signs. Admittedly India won the World Cup but there was a certain amount of luck there too. Really India only won against weaker teams in tests and they did not manage to smash them the way England smashed India.

  • oze13 on December 29, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Yes MS Dhoni you do need to learn how to set fields to get the tail out!

  • Romenevans on December 29, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    "India must learn to get tail out - Dhoni" Has to be the biggest Joke of 2011. LOL are you sure he said that? I mean, really? Giving singles to Siddle, Pattinson and Hilfenhaus by spreading the field was a great move to get the tail out. Well done Dhoni, No seriously. Period!

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Dhoni Ji U must learn to hold a bat in test matches first

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Dhoni gives a nice summary of what happened w/o acknowledging that he's at least partly to blame for letting batsmen off the hook with defensive fields. Dont worry about opponents tail.. worry about your own top, middle order.

  • Rajarunn on December 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    nice match ..god job autralia and good job indian bowling attack

  • salam-india on December 29, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    "India must learn to get tail out - Dhoni" no no Dhoni you must stop to play test cricket !! now days you are no use AS CAPTAIN (your fielding dont give any pressure to opposition batsmans).. and AS BATSMAN (you dont have any patient to play test batsman's shots)..I think I have the reson to say to quit Dhoni from test..??

  • FehmeedQ on December 29, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Our batting is letting us down big time. I think we need to explore the idea of bringing sehwag down the order as he struggles as an opener on fast and bouncy tracks when the ball is hard and new. His first innings was also pretty chancy. Maybe get Rahane up the order to open with Gambhir who needs to learn to leave the ball on line as well as length. Virat Kohli needs to be dropped, Rahane brought in as an opener and push sehwag down to 5/6. Indian bowlers bowled their hearts out in this test which is very heartening. What they need to do is make the aussie lower order batsmen uncomfortable. We do not have to bowl at them like we do to top order batsmen. Indian bowlers need to bowl 2 bouncers per over at their throats follwed up with yorkers at their toes. This will soften them up and they will play a rash shot.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    I can only lol... I can believe Dhoni just said that .. If bowlers are able to get the top order out in quick succession , what is there to learn to get the tail out... It was just a blunder in field positioning and rotating the bowlers . And I am still researching for Dhoni's big innings away from sub-continent ...

  • CricIndia208 on December 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    INDIA ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Indian Team don`t know how to play cricket, they know only other games, better tell them not play cricket rather than other games like.........

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    that will be really an competing task to do.. overconfidence of indians is the only reason for the failure of picking wickets..

  • krishchen on December 29, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Must learn to get the tail out - India needs a better captain than Dhoni, if not good Must learn to bat well - Must drop the over rated palyer & captain Dhoni & sub continent specialist Gambhir

    According to Dhoni "Overall, it was a good year", they only lost 4-0 to England, because there were only 4 test matches

  • Raju_Iyer on December 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    India blew their chances in this one when they conceded a first innings lead, rather than take a 50 to 100 run lead, the blame for that rests squarely with the batsmen; both the old guard and the younger generation. The bitter reality is that the disastrous run which VVS had in England, continued in this test. Both Gambhir and Kohli performed very poorly and Dhoni himself could not hang in with the lower order batsmen.

  • ssenthil on December 29, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Before that Dhoni must learn to use his bowers and believe in their ability else quit as Test captain rather then blaming. WTH you do when the opponent at 27/4? Spread the field? Even a kid doing captaincy won't do that. Dhoni is the most Pathetic Indian captain I ever seen in my life with all the best resource he has. Eng;and whitewash is the proof that he was nothing as Captain not withstanding his World cup win purely on the other members performed well. Sachin Leading run scorer, Zak leading Wicket taker and Yuvi leading all rounder and even in Final it's Gauti who is the Highest run scorer and most deserved MOM but Dhoni undeservedly got that.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Well Done Team India Came back to Original Form !!!!

    India better to go Back rather than playing such a worst cricket in world!!!! How come this players became international stars can't even play 300 runs... shame on Team India especially Doni........Looks like Team India is in hurry for Boxing Day Sales !!!!!!

  • ATIF_SHAHZAD_Cricket_Fan on December 29, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Dhoni don't worry clean sweep is on way............World Champions hahahaha.

  • hmmmmm... on December 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Don't blame the bowlers MS - it's your negative field settings that gifted extra runs. The batsmen, including yourself, batted like the scorecard read 2 for 200 chasing 290 not 6 for 81!

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Captaincy Course 101. Attack the tail, do not try to contain runs, especially when you take out top order cheaply. Somebody please tell Dhoni to give attacking field to his bowlers. He made this mistake in both the inns in this match.

  • sankar8000 on December 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    As a Captain Dhoni himself must Lead with his batting performance......In actual secenario he is an average test batsman but in odi,t20 he is good! Tests his batting so so...

  • rahulcricket007 on December 29, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    THEN WHY DID YOU GO DEFENSIVE ALWAYS WHEN THE TAIL STARTS ? THERE ARE MANY EXAMOLES LIKE CAPETOWN 2011 , DOMINICA 2011 , TRENTBRIDGE 2011 , NOW MCG . RUBBISH CAPTAIN .

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    when will MR DHONI EVER LEARN TO PRISE OUT THE TAIL AND START BATTING LIKE A CHAMPION SIDE OR AT LEAST PRETEND TO BAT LIKE A CHAMPION SIDE OVERSEAS!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    dhoni shd b proud of hw bowlers adapted to the condtions............yet stl the batters have failed to produce an innings where the didnt cross 300 agn..............4get abt gtn out tail ...........abt upto ur ability & adapt to prove we can play in any pitch .........................cz we hv a world class batting line-up dnt 4gt tht...........

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    WC OR NO WC GANGULY CAPTAINCY RECORD OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT IS FAR BETTER....THAN DHONIS AND HIS BATTING AS WELL....WE NEED AN AGRESSIVE CAPTAIN NOT A DEFENSIVE MINDSET LIKE WHT DHONI HAS....I THINK HES TOO COOL AND U CANT BE TOO COOL AFTER LOSING...HOPE HE IMPROVES HIS TECHNIQUE IN AUSTRALIA OR ELSE HE WOULD BE KNOWN AS A FLAT TRACK BULLY RATHER THAN BLAME BOWLERS FOR FAILING 2 PRISE OUT THE TAIL DHONI SHOULD DO A SELF INTROSPECTION IN HIS CAPTAINCY METHODS OUTSIDE THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT...I DONT THINK THERE IS A PLANNING IN HI CAPTAINCY WHICH DADA HAD IN PLENTY...AM ALSO SCEKPTICAL OF THE ROLE OF ONE MR DUNCAN FLETCHER..WHAT ARE THE INPUTS GIVEN BY HIM TO THE BATTERS AND STRATEGYWISE!!

  • baskar_guha on December 29, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    The Aussies had a plan for each batsman. Most Indian batsman did not appear to have a plan to combat the Aussie bowlers. That is unpardonable at the highest level. Dhoni and Fletcher need to get to work.

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    dhoni u should talk about your batting also....

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    India's biggest problem is their inability to think through pressured situations..they do not tend to change the game plan and adapt to their environment! Having Australia at 6-214 and then 4-27, and been 2-214 themselves, in the driving seat at one stage then going on to lose by 122 runs shows serious flaws in the top 3 inches!

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    India lost on their refusal to use the DRS. Could've had Hussey and Ponting out cheaply and early. The bowlers are not good appealers when it comes to LBW, especially Yadav. He should've pleaded for the Umpire to give them out. This India looks like the India of old, unbeatable at home, poor performers abroad. It could be 4-0 to Australia.

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    WC OR NO WC GANGULY CAPTAINCY RECORD OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT IS FAR BETTER....THAN DHONIS AND HIS BATTING AS WELL....WE NEED AN AGRESSIVE CAPTAIN NOT A DEFENSIVE MINDSET LIKE WHT DHONI HAS....I THINK HES TOO COOL AND U CANT BE TOO COOL AFTER LOSING...HOPE HE IMPROVES HIS TECHNIQUE IN AUSTRALIA OR ELSE HE WOULD BE KNOWN AS A FLAT TRACK BULLY RATHER THAN BLAME BOWLERS FOR FAILING 2 PRISE OUT THE TAIL DHONI SHOULD DO A SELF INTROSPECTION IN HIS CAPTAINCY METHODS OUTSIDE THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT...I DONT THINK THERE IS A PLANNING IN HI CAPTAINCY WHICH DADA HAD IN PLENTY...AM ALSO SCEKPTICAL OF THE ROLE OF ONE MR DUNCAN FLETCHER..WHAT ARE THE INPUTS GIVEN BY HIM TO THE BATTERS AND STRATEGYWISE!!

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    This is a long term disease for India.. No one had found the cure yet.. In fact, we haven't found the doctor itself.. This time i thought we had enough resource.. Zak with ball reversing, Ashwin and his carrom ball, pace of Yadav and Sharma.. But still, the tail resisted.. Not sure how many we are going to lose because of this.. I am not sure whether we should be happy that top order was not allowed much except for one partnership in each innings or whine for the inability to close out the tail..

  • indianpunter on December 29, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Dhoni's post match comments were appalling, to say the least, for committed indian fans. To say that " we are poor starters" and to say "we will do slightly better" reeks of non chalance, something that does not augur well for India. It was very disappointing to see India self destruct this way, without showing a semblance of fight. All the pre match talk was about the Indian bowling and how it would hold up and they did brilliantly. It is the batsmen who have let India down badly ( like in England). I cannot see Gambhir playing in Sydney. Get Dravid to open with Rohit sharma in at 3, or get Sharma to open

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    WC OR NO WC GANGULY CAPTAINCY RECORD OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT IS FAR BETTER....THAN DHONIS AND HIS BATTING AS WELL....WE NEED AN AGRESSIVE CAPTAIN NOT A DEFENSIVE MINDSET LIKE WHT DHONI HAS....I THINK HES TOO COOL AND U CANT BE TOO COOL AFTER LOSING...HOPE HE IMPROVES HIS TECHNIQUE IN AUSTRALIA OR ELSE HE WOULD BE KNOWN AS A FLAT TRACK BULLY RATHER THAN BLAME BOWLERS FOR FAILING 2 PRISE OUT THE TAIL DHONI SHOULD DO A SELF INTROSPECTION IN HIS CAPTAINCY METHODS OUTSIDE THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT...I DONT THINK THERE IS A PLANNING IN HI CAPTAINCY WHICH DADA HAD IN PLENTY...AM ALSO SCEKPTICAL OF THE ROLE OF ONE MR DUNCAN FLETCHER..WHAT ARE THE INPUTS GIVEN BY HIM TO THE BATTERS AND STRATEGYWISE!!

  • SanjivSanjiv on December 29, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Measured counter attack is sometimes goes a long way to disturb the line and length of the bowlers. India need to do that.

  • PiyushD on December 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Bring in Rohit Sharma, he is the man in form, I suggest drop Gambhir, he is not in form and Australia is not the place to bring him back in form. Either Dravid or Rohi can be used as Opener. My lineup for next match is Sehwag,Dravid,Laxman/Virat,Sachin,Virat/Laxman,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Zaheer,Ishant,Umesh. I doubt Dhoni will do this as in his eyes this will be a reaction but truth is that India is not getting good opening stands so necessary for the middle order to fire.

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    FROM 214/3 AND TO LOSE THE PLOT CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE INDIAN BATSMEN....NONE OF THEM HAVE THE GUTS TO FIGHT IT OUT...........HOPELESS....AND THE FAMED FAB 4 WILL AGAIN DREAM OF WINNING A SERIES ABROAD....FIRST OF ALL I AM NOT A GR8 FAN OF DHONIS CAPTAINCY IN TESTS AND OVERALL HIS CAPTAINCY OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT AND HIS POOR FOM OUTSIDE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT....TIME TO HAND OVER THE REINS TO SOMEBODY MORE AGRESSIVE...I WONDER WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MR. FLETCHER IS CNT HE SEE THE OBVIOUS FLAWS I THE FIELD SETTINGS OF DHONI...RIDICULOUS FROM 249/9 TO 292 AND ...A BATTING LINE UP OF MORE THAN 40000 RUNS CANT MAKE 292....SO WHO WILL DO IT...I THINK INDIANS DONT HAVE THE GUTS AND THE STOMACH 2 FIGHT IT OUT...HOPE DHONI LEARNS OR ELSE ITS TIME FOR HIM T HANG HIS BOOTSS AS FAR A TEST CKT GOES!!

  • SanjivAwesome on December 29, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    While India bowlers performed fabulously, Dhoni's lack lustre and chicken captaincy created defensive fields which, to their complete credit, the Aus tail enders exploited fully. Should we lose this series 4-0 like the Eng series, my reluctant conclusion would be that Dhoni is just not good enough to captain us outside Indian soil in test matches. He would have maxed his natural potential. Just another Yusuf Pathan who should be restricted to T20 and 1-dayers.

  • amarnath79 on December 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    When you drop an established and experienced player like Bhajji because he had one bad test in England (but then who had a good test there), this is what happens. Ashwin's bowling in the second innings caused Inida to lose this test.

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  • amarnath79 on December 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    When you drop an established and experienced player like Bhajji because he had one bad test in England (but then who had a good test there), this is what happens. Ashwin's bowling in the second innings caused Inida to lose this test.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 29, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    While India bowlers performed fabulously, Dhoni's lack lustre and chicken captaincy created defensive fields which, to their complete credit, the Aus tail enders exploited fully. Should we lose this series 4-0 like the Eng series, my reluctant conclusion would be that Dhoni is just not good enough to captain us outside Indian soil in test matches. He would have maxed his natural potential. Just another Yusuf Pathan who should be restricted to T20 and 1-dayers.

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    FROM 214/3 AND TO LOSE THE PLOT CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE INDIAN BATSMEN....NONE OF THEM HAVE THE GUTS TO FIGHT IT OUT...........HOPELESS....AND THE FAMED FAB 4 WILL AGAIN DREAM OF WINNING A SERIES ABROAD....FIRST OF ALL I AM NOT A GR8 FAN OF DHONIS CAPTAINCY IN TESTS AND OVERALL HIS CAPTAINCY OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT AND HIS POOR FOM OUTSIDE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT....TIME TO HAND OVER THE REINS TO SOMEBODY MORE AGRESSIVE...I WONDER WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MR. FLETCHER IS CNT HE SEE THE OBVIOUS FLAWS I THE FIELD SETTINGS OF DHONI...RIDICULOUS FROM 249/9 TO 292 AND ...A BATTING LINE UP OF MORE THAN 40000 RUNS CANT MAKE 292....SO WHO WILL DO IT...I THINK INDIANS DONT HAVE THE GUTS AND THE STOMACH 2 FIGHT IT OUT...HOPE DHONI LEARNS OR ELSE ITS TIME FOR HIM T HANG HIS BOOTSS AS FAR A TEST CKT GOES!!

  • PiyushD on December 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Bring in Rohit Sharma, he is the man in form, I suggest drop Gambhir, he is not in form and Australia is not the place to bring him back in form. Either Dravid or Rohi can be used as Opener. My lineup for next match is Sehwag,Dravid,Laxman/Virat,Sachin,Virat/Laxman,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Zaheer,Ishant,Umesh. I doubt Dhoni will do this as in his eyes this will be a reaction but truth is that India is not getting good opening stands so necessary for the middle order to fire.

  • SanjivSanjiv on December 29, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Measured counter attack is sometimes goes a long way to disturb the line and length of the bowlers. India need to do that.

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    WC OR NO WC GANGULY CAPTAINCY RECORD OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT IS FAR BETTER....THAN DHONIS AND HIS BATTING AS WELL....WE NEED AN AGRESSIVE CAPTAIN NOT A DEFENSIVE MINDSET LIKE WHT DHONI HAS....I THINK HES TOO COOL AND U CANT BE TOO COOL AFTER LOSING...HOPE HE IMPROVES HIS TECHNIQUE IN AUSTRALIA OR ELSE HE WOULD BE KNOWN AS A FLAT TRACK BULLY RATHER THAN BLAME BOWLERS FOR FAILING 2 PRISE OUT THE TAIL DHONI SHOULD DO A SELF INTROSPECTION IN HIS CAPTAINCY METHODS OUTSIDE THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT...I DONT THINK THERE IS A PLANNING IN HI CAPTAINCY WHICH DADA HAD IN PLENTY...AM ALSO SCEKPTICAL OF THE ROLE OF ONE MR DUNCAN FLETCHER..WHAT ARE THE INPUTS GIVEN BY HIM TO THE BATTERS AND STRATEGYWISE!!

  • indianpunter on December 29, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Dhoni's post match comments were appalling, to say the least, for committed indian fans. To say that " we are poor starters" and to say "we will do slightly better" reeks of non chalance, something that does not augur well for India. It was very disappointing to see India self destruct this way, without showing a semblance of fight. All the pre match talk was about the Indian bowling and how it would hold up and they did brilliantly. It is the batsmen who have let India down badly ( like in England). I cannot see Gambhir playing in Sydney. Get Dravid to open with Rohit sharma in at 3, or get Sharma to open

  • satish619chandar on December 29, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    This is a long term disease for India.. No one had found the cure yet.. In fact, we haven't found the doctor itself.. This time i thought we had enough resource.. Zak with ball reversing, Ashwin and his carrom ball, pace of Yadav and Sharma.. But still, the tail resisted.. Not sure how many we are going to lose because of this.. I am not sure whether we should be happy that top order was not allowed much except for one partnership in each innings or whine for the inability to close out the tail..

  • prashkannam on December 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    WC OR NO WC GANGULY CAPTAINCY RECORD OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT IS FAR BETTER....THAN DHONIS AND HIS BATTING AS WELL....WE NEED AN AGRESSIVE CAPTAIN NOT A DEFENSIVE MINDSET LIKE WHT DHONI HAS....I THINK HES TOO COOL AND U CANT BE TOO COOL AFTER LOSING...HOPE HE IMPROVES HIS TECHNIQUE IN AUSTRALIA OR ELSE HE WOULD BE KNOWN AS A FLAT TRACK BULLY RATHER THAN BLAME BOWLERS FOR FAILING 2 PRISE OUT THE TAIL DHONI SHOULD DO A SELF INTROSPECTION IN HIS CAPTAINCY METHODS OUTSIDE THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT...I DONT THINK THERE IS A PLANNING IN HI CAPTAINCY WHICH DADA HAD IN PLENTY...AM ALSO SCEKPTICAL OF THE ROLE OF ONE MR DUNCAN FLETCHER..WHAT ARE THE INPUTS GIVEN BY HIM TO THE BATTERS AND STRATEGYWISE!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    India lost on their refusal to use the DRS. Could've had Hussey and Ponting out cheaply and early. The bowlers are not good appealers when it comes to LBW, especially Yadav. He should've pleaded for the Umpire to give them out. This India looks like the India of old, unbeatable at home, poor performers abroad. It could be 4-0 to Australia.