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

India's batting woes abroad continue

The fact that India were rolled over twice by Australia's second-choice pace attack suggests the failures in England were not an aberration but confirmation of a trend
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For the 71 minutes that Sachin Tendulkar was at the crease this afternoon it felt like India had gone back to the dark ages: the master on a plain of his own, and the rest doing poor impersonations of Test batsmen. Australia looked like they were bowling with their great men again. The ball was wobbling a bit in the air, jagging off the seam, and the wicketkeeper was gathering most deliveries with his gloves pointing towards the sky. It felt very 1999, or 1992.

And then it got even worse for India. Tendulkar attempted a cover drive and sliced the ball to gully. Including their first-innings collapse, India had lost 14 wickets for 132 runs. They were up against an Australian attack with a combined match experience of 53 Tests and a total wicket-tally of less than 200. One of their new-ball bowlers was playing his third Test, his partner was coming back from injury, and two of the three fast bowlers might not have been playing the Test had Ryan Harris and Pat Cummins been available for selection.

So then, there was the truth. The world's most prolific, most experienced and most feted batting line-up had been rolled over twice by Australia's second-choice pace attack. They may not be second-choice bowlers for much longer, though, for they were marvellous. Only the sight of the tailenders got them to aim at the throat; otherwise, their devotion to the fundamentals of bowling was magnificently steadfast.

Throughout the Test, they kept their pace up and bowled excellent lines, but the most remarkable aspect of their bowling was the length they maintained. They had heeded the advice of their bowling coach Craig McDermott - who, incredible as it may sound, bowled to Tendulkar in 1992 - to keep the ball up.

It is one of the simplest principles of quick bowling. The full ball creates the opportunity for three of the most common forms of dismissal: caught, bowled and leg before. The word hostility is attached to the short ball but, though they bowled full, there was no let up in aggression from the Australia bowlers in this Test. It was just that they targeted the stumps more than the body. It resonated in the scorecard: India batsmen were bowled seven times, and, if you include the time he was bowled off a Peter Siddle no-ball, Rahul Dravid alone was bowled three times.

James Pattinson was named Man of the Match but it must have been a marginal selection: there was not a lot to choose between all three. Ben Hilfenhaus got seven wickets, as many as he had managed the whole summer last year, and Siddle and Pattinson got six each. Hilfenhaus has returned with an extra yard of pace, and his swing intact. Pattinson has it all: pace, swing and seam. But it is Siddle who looks the most improved bowler.

As in the case of England's Stuart Broad, Siddle is no longer the enforcer charged with bowling the heavy ball. His menace now comes from bowling full and fast, and he has added a touch of swing to his bowling. Tendulkar looked the best batsman in the match and Siddle dismissed him in both innings, once shaping the ball in and once moving it out. In both cases Tendulkar had been drawn in to the drive by the length.

Both teams came in to this series facing questions. Though they won, Australia have not found all the answers. Their top order remains a worry. Shaun Marsh failed twice, while Michael Clarke and David Warner had a start each but failed to press on. Michael Hussey, though, found his feet again, when it was most direly needed. The biggest positive was the sight of a familiar man steadying both innings. Ricky Ponting is unlikely to recapture the majesty of his youth, but in a bowlers' Test his half-centuries could easily have won him the Man-of-the-Match award. He can now go through the rest of the series without being hounded by calls for his head.

At the start of the Test, the big questions facing India pertained to their bowlers. There were fitness concerns about Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav and R Aswhin were both inexperienced. As they have done many times in the past - the summer's England tour was an exception - the bowlers exceeded expectations. However, alarmingly, it seems the poor batting performance in England was hardly an aberration.

In fact, it was merely confirmation of a pattern. Since they posted 364 in challenging conditions in Cape Town in the first Test of the year, only once have India managed to go past 300 in 16 innings away from home - and that includes six innings against West Indies. Neither of their openers has scored a hundred this year - in Gautam Gambhir's case the drought stretches back two years. Only two of their batsmen have managed to score a hundred away from home and only Dravid has managed more than one.

Some of the weaknesses in the Indian batting were glaringly apparent in Melbourne. Gambhir poked at balls he should have comfortably left alone and his long run of failures must now count as a serious worry. His uncertainty outside the off stump has always been noticeable, but the best feature of his game, his mental strength, seems to have deserted him. He now deals with the new ball with jabs and prods, and while he may get away with a few on low pitches in India, in Australia the edges are certain to carry to the cordon.

There is nothing unusual about Virender Sehwag collaborating in his own dismissals, and he is certain to go flashing at the first hint of width in Sydney. But that he averages 29.53 this year, and came in to this series with scores of 13, 11, 0, 0, 8 and 33 in away matches points to a batsman without the security of runs. His 67 in the first innings here featured some blazing shots, but also two clear chances and a near miss.

It has been three years since Sourav Ganguly vacated the No. 6 spot amid clamour for young blood, but that position is far from taken. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have both been tried and abandoned, and Virat Kohli finds himself facing the heat now. He was unsettled by the short ball in the West Indies, and found his defensive technique exposed in the both the innings at the MCG. He is likely to keep his place for the next Test, but only just.

For the first time since 1977, India started this tour with genuine prospects of winning their first-ever Test series in Australia. The fourth day began with the rare opportunity of starting an away series with a win. In the first session, they enacted a familiar routine by failing to knock over the tailenders. The last two Australian wickets extended the target by 74 runs to ensure India began the chase as underdogs. But the most damning fact of the day was that with 30 runs, Ashwin was the second-highest scorer for India in their second innings.

From here it would take a remarkable batting turnaround for India to keep the series alive. The New Year could not come any sooner.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | December 31, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Most of our top order batsmen not excluding the great master are riding on past glories... persisting with them kills the career of many promising batsmen. Drop Gambir, Sehwag, Sachin, Laxman and bring in new blood. Look at how the new crop of batsmen and bowlers are doing... Kohli, Ashwin, Umesh ....

  • POSTED BY basusri133b on | December 31, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Our batting has always been brittle on foreign pitches. I cringe when I read the " vaunted Indian Batting Line up" referred to by journalists. Except at home, we have always performed poorly abroad (except Gavaskar, Tendulkar & Dravid).

    But nothing has ever been done to correct this problem.The BCCI is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. This is an organization run by Lalas & Banias - Until the day we have cricketers running this body, we will always face embarassing defeats abroad.

    We need to lay down wickets in India that will help our players learn the art of facing fast bowling. And we need to develop bowlers who can bowl consistantly at 140+ Kmph.

    Why have we never used the services of our great spinners like Prasanna, Bedi , Venkatraghavan to coach and train the younger generation ?

    There is no dearth of talent in our country, considering the passion that all Indians have for this beautiful game, all that is needed is proper guidance & management.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    If one man's weakness cannot be found even after 21 years, it should be a madness for new generation bowlers. But how you succeed against the planning is important. Virat kohli or rohit sharma may be modified according to their weakness to get rid of them. But the trio wont be changed. That is the fate we all facing now. Hope they may conceal their weakness atleast one test on oz soil.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | December 31, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    On the first look everybody, including me, thought it is India's batting which has failed. However, when I look closely I see a different picture. The fact is, Umesh Yadav, eventhough he got many wickets in the match, he got his wickets through bad shots from the Aussies than him bowling peaches. Ishant Sharma did bowl with pace and produced some(a few) great deliveries. His height is an asset and that makes the opposition batsmen uncomfortable. But, he too did not produce great deliveries consistently. Zaheer Khan, being the most experienced, has bowled magnificiently for unfair rewards. But, the reason for him only getting a very few wickets is that he was bowling at 125- 134 kph. In that pace, international batsmen are expected to play 8 out of 10 balls safely. Also, the reason why tail-enders are able to bat well was because there was not enough spice in the bowling to trouble someone who doesn't have any pressure to make a big score. Please note, no Indian bowler got a fivefer.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    it is the IPL tht ruined indian test cricket...yes it has helped da limited overs cricket where it needs flashy hard hitting players... take a count how many players have been selected into indian test side based on IPL performances and upto some extend limited overs....vijay,kohli,raina,yuvi.... vijay atleast had more than 10 matches..utter failiure,....yuvi given enof chances...raina not a test material at all...kohli...wenevr gets out tries to blame it on the umpire...actually compare this people wth players with test match attitude...always puts dere heads down...grind da bowlers kinda attitude... badrinath- 2 tests pujara - 3 tests mukund - 5 tests..provided da OK batsman of da england tour , jaffer-was sacked based on one tournament see all this negleted players never make the buzz in IPL...in first class yes...but ya ranji trophy is no way near to test carrer..but they have the basic understanding of test cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    those who are speaking ill of indian batsmen should realize that the indian bowling is even more pathetic! As for india's batsmen,well they are highly overrated flat pitch bullies and its been proven just now!

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    @CricIndia 2008 India are world chanpions, but TEST CRICKET is the REAL DEAL. I hope you are not saying that because India lost to Australia in the first test. However, I'm saying that India has a better chance winning at Sydney, but, if they don't, they will lose the series 3-1, or worst, 4-0.

  • POSTED BY ind_Cric_girl on | December 31, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Aussies will get a mauling in teh remaining tests. Soemhow limped, scrapped to a freak gifted away win. Not any more...

  • POSTED BY Des_65 on | December 30, 2011, 21:55 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?

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | December 30, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Judging by the contributions here it looks as though India fans have finally woken up and can smell the Java....Mmm! What a lovely coffee roast!

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | December 31, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Most of our top order batsmen not excluding the great master are riding on past glories... persisting with them kills the career of many promising batsmen. Drop Gambir, Sehwag, Sachin, Laxman and bring in new blood. Look at how the new crop of batsmen and bowlers are doing... Kohli, Ashwin, Umesh ....

  • POSTED BY basusri133b on | December 31, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Our batting has always been brittle on foreign pitches. I cringe when I read the " vaunted Indian Batting Line up" referred to by journalists. Except at home, we have always performed poorly abroad (except Gavaskar, Tendulkar & Dravid).

    But nothing has ever been done to correct this problem.The BCCI is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. This is an organization run by Lalas & Banias - Until the day we have cricketers running this body, we will always face embarassing defeats abroad.

    We need to lay down wickets in India that will help our players learn the art of facing fast bowling. And we need to develop bowlers who can bowl consistantly at 140+ Kmph.

    Why have we never used the services of our great spinners like Prasanna, Bedi , Venkatraghavan to coach and train the younger generation ?

    There is no dearth of talent in our country, considering the passion that all Indians have for this beautiful game, all that is needed is proper guidance & management.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    If one man's weakness cannot be found even after 21 years, it should be a madness for new generation bowlers. But how you succeed against the planning is important. Virat kohli or rohit sharma may be modified according to their weakness to get rid of them. But the trio wont be changed. That is the fate we all facing now. Hope they may conceal their weakness atleast one test on oz soil.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | December 31, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    On the first look everybody, including me, thought it is India's batting which has failed. However, when I look closely I see a different picture. The fact is, Umesh Yadav, eventhough he got many wickets in the match, he got his wickets through bad shots from the Aussies than him bowling peaches. Ishant Sharma did bowl with pace and produced some(a few) great deliveries. His height is an asset and that makes the opposition batsmen uncomfortable. But, he too did not produce great deliveries consistently. Zaheer Khan, being the most experienced, has bowled magnificiently for unfair rewards. But, the reason for him only getting a very few wickets is that he was bowling at 125- 134 kph. In that pace, international batsmen are expected to play 8 out of 10 balls safely. Also, the reason why tail-enders are able to bat well was because there was not enough spice in the bowling to trouble someone who doesn't have any pressure to make a big score. Please note, no Indian bowler got a fivefer.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    it is the IPL tht ruined indian test cricket...yes it has helped da limited overs cricket where it needs flashy hard hitting players... take a count how many players have been selected into indian test side based on IPL performances and upto some extend limited overs....vijay,kohli,raina,yuvi.... vijay atleast had more than 10 matches..utter failiure,....yuvi given enof chances...raina not a test material at all...kohli...wenevr gets out tries to blame it on the umpire...actually compare this people wth players with test match attitude...always puts dere heads down...grind da bowlers kinda attitude... badrinath- 2 tests pujara - 3 tests mukund - 5 tests..provided da OK batsman of da england tour , jaffer-was sacked based on one tournament see all this negleted players never make the buzz in IPL...in first class yes...but ya ranji trophy is no way near to test carrer..but they have the basic understanding of test cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    those who are speaking ill of indian batsmen should realize that the indian bowling is even more pathetic! As for india's batsmen,well they are highly overrated flat pitch bullies and its been proven just now!

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    @CricIndia 2008 India are world chanpions, but TEST CRICKET is the REAL DEAL. I hope you are not saying that because India lost to Australia in the first test. However, I'm saying that India has a better chance winning at Sydney, but, if they don't, they will lose the series 3-1, or worst, 4-0.

  • POSTED BY ind_Cric_girl on | December 31, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Aussies will get a mauling in teh remaining tests. Soemhow limped, scrapped to a freak gifted away win. Not any more...

  • POSTED BY Des_65 on | December 30, 2011, 21:55 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?

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | December 30, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Judging by the contributions here it looks as though India fans have finally woken up and can smell the Java....Mmm! What a lovely coffee roast!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 30, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: You say "Batting is least of our problems. The Captaincy is". I disagree with your notion. In the final analysis after all said & done, India needed 292 to win the First Test. If Indian batting was half as good as you think, the target should have been easily achieved with 4 experienced guys with over 8000 runs in Tests facing young guys like Pattinson, Siddle & Hillfinhouse on a sporting pitch.These 4 together with Gambhir & Kohli mustered just 63 runs between them.Bowlers like Ashwin & Yadev saved the blushes by getting over 50 runs between them. When these batting stars cannot get the job done how can you say batting is least of our problems? I would say it is a "huge problem".As far as Captaincy is a matter of concern. But who is the alternate choice?Dhoni is a self taught village cricketer with limited education or training. BCCI should arrange some training courses to upgrade him. Nevertheless, the MCG test was LOST by Indian Batting Failure.That is the Truth.

  • POSTED BY shishir7 on | December 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    India has gone back to the old times. This team doesn't look like the team which played so well before under Ganguly. There is no passion or determination to do something. If India continues with this mindset then the result will be against India.

    India should be pricing for their wicket. India should try to build partnership rather than thinking ahead. Once you get the partnership going then pressure will be on the Australian.

    I DON'T THINK THIS AUSTRALIAN TEAM WILL BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE PRESSURE COMPARED TO THE EARLIER AUSTRALIAN TEAM.

    It is just a matter of tactics and who is well prepared.

  • POSTED BY Cric_info_pak on | December 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    over rated indian team ... what happed to fan who say that pakistan srilanka , windies, etc will be in one league , n india , south africa , aussie and england in one league well the present indian team can't even beat bangladesh in bangladesh on fast track ..... last five test 10 inninings india can't even score 300 ..... some strong batting line up ....

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    I think people have made really good point about Dhoni. Some how I feel he is in test team not because he is the best keeper- batsmen available in country but because he is captain of team India. I do say he has excellent cricket sense and mental strength for limited over cricket but when it comes to real cricket, he falls apart. Just think of his better innings in away cricket or say in subcontinent too, I end up after scratching my head to only one which he played as some 90 odd in losing cause in south africa last year. His vulnerability to new ball in test cricket is still the problem, he is yet to overcome. I do believe he has this in his mind that he is not only a keeper in team but a batsmen also and most important a captain upto whom his team look to get a inspiration.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    randy 0z i really accept aussies have best attack becsuse sa in 2011 full indian side was drawn series england won but injured side but this was fit side and aussie attack is beat on planet mind you india have serious player tendulkar smashed bowlers like donlad pollack on green top also dravid sehwag hmmm they are ageing but still best is best and aussie bowlers strikes best and fit not like england unfit indian team and are on aky high

  • POSTED BY avsandeep on | December 30, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    It has been the same story all over again. If the senior players can not apply themselves then what is the point in retaining them. I feel Laxman has to make way for Rohit Sharma. Let the seniors make way for other younger players. Winning or losing is not the matter as we are losing inspite of seniors being in the team. I also feel Dhoni was defensive in his approach and we do not have anyone to replace him. Kudos to our bowlers for their sterling show.

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | December 30, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Given the amount of stick England get about playing away, seems like India have a similar problem.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I kind request everyone don't say India have strong batting line-up. Threatening batting lineup never comes with no of runs or no of centuries scored by batsmen. Its because of the performance in overseas. What Laxman is doing in the team? I agree he was a good batsman (not present) Whenever the team is in trouble he will not play If his place is trouble he will play. He is hitting a 50 or 100 for every five innings. It's good for him to retain his place not for the team. Mukund has done well in England. If Mukund was selected in place of Rahane we have an option to drop Gambir. Now Dhoni doesn't have any options to change the opening pair even Gambir is under performed. Sending Mithun, Ojha & Rahane is total waste of money, there are not going to play in a single match. How come they are better than sreesanth, Pathan or Bhajii. Don't forget Agarkar, he is only 34 still more than 2 years more cricket left on him.

  • POSTED BY muski on | December 30, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Drop Gambhir for the next test and bring in Rohit Sharma. As usual Dravid becomes the sacrificial lamb and takes up the opening with Viru. I have always said that what ails our cricket team is their mental strength. MSD's batting luck seems to have deserted him and has severly exposed his jump jack technique. However considering that India will not play outside the sub continent till 2014, Dhoni will still finish his career as a great " Test " batsmen for India. Atleast for once Ian Chappell has spoken some sense when he said Dhoni is not aggressive. When you have somebody at 27 for 4 why cant we go for the kill?

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    enough of service from elders...drop laxman, dravid, bring rohit, ajinkya rahane in their place, they are raring to go...

  • POSTED BY rkannancrown on | December 30, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    The real problem is certainly the batting for India. Dravid batted well in the first innings. Sehwag was circumspect early in the first innings but he became bad after getting fifty. In the field also, India messed up by allowing Australia to wriggle out in both innings. Dhoni started spreading the field with Hussey & Ponting looking in trouble and Australia at 4/ 40 in the second innings. The fourth morning defensiveness was a continuation of the same. India had an opportunityto bowl out Australia for under 100 in the second innings but Dhoni showed no faith in his bowlers.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 30, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @IPSY . KUMAR SANGAKAARA THE BEST BATSMEN OF FAST BOWLERS ON FAST PITCH . ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? LETS TAKE A LOOK , KUMAR SCORE 1 CENTURY IN ENG TOUR WITH CONTINUOUS FAILURES IN OTHER INNINGS , WHILE DRAVID SCORE 3 CENTURIES ONLY IN THIS TOUR ALONE , KUMAR JUST MADE HIS CENTURY IN SA WITH SCORES FOLLOWING 0,1,0 . WHILE TENDULKAR MADE 111 & 146 THEIR LAST TOUR . ALSO SANGA HAS MADE ONLY 1 CENTURY IN AUS WHILE SACHIN HAS MADE 6 THERE . JUST ONE WIN & DON'T BE EXCITED.

  • POSTED BY ListenToMe on | December 30, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    It will be 4-0 or 3-1. If India lose in Sidney it will be 4-0. We need consistent players for test matches. We don't need several Sehwags. Gambhir and Kohli should be replaced with Rohit and Rahane. Else we will lose all matches.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    The Dhoni altruism should be deconstructed and there could not have been a better way to find the deconstructing than Dhoni's own captaincy tactics during the match. I mean your bowler is bowling fast furious and accurate and yet you have a sweeper cover and a deep square leg for him. Rather than boosting bowler's confidence you are making him feel conservative. Rather than giving him three slips you are conceding easy singles. I hope Saurav Ganguly will tell Dhoni about his loopholes. There is no point saying that we could not get the tail out when you yourself opted for defensive fielding. On the other hand if Australia go on with four quickies in next match. They'll pay the price. Once sun opens out at SCG pitch will get slow and helpful for spinners.

  • POSTED BY Abhi69gupta on | December 30, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Maybe I am little more optimistic, but I think we need no to be worried about the failure of our batting much. The reason to say this is, in England our batting lineup weren't in full strength and also, we are a shaky starter abroad. I think it was just a bad match for us and we should believe in our batting lineup. Hope we'll bounce back in Sydney.

  • POSTED BY trumpoz on | December 30, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    The hoodoo abroad for India will not easily be fixed. I honestly think that one of the reasons for Australia's complete dominance in the McGrath, Warne, Ponting, Waugh era is the exposure Australian batsman had to different wicket types..... that was during the days of Perth being fast and bouncy, Melbourne being slow and low, Brisbane being great for bowlers day 1, great for batting 2-4 and spinning 4/5, Sydney being a spinners paradise. IMHO the BCCI should look at encouraging groundstaff to produce something other than dusty turners which would assist younger players to develop a more well-rounded game.

  • POSTED BY 5why on | December 30, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Dhoni needs HELP in the art of Captaincy. Let him go over the video comments which Saurav Ganguly made throughout this Test match. This was a lesson in the art of captaincy. There were several palpable deficiencies in the tactics which must be first realized and then corrected. Saurav's incisive comments and criticism should be used as an opportunity by our captain who has lost 5 Test matches in a row when playing abroad.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | December 30, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    How about a Boot Camp for our Galacticos...especially Mr. MSD, who plays like a chimp and not a champ. Dravid needs to get his rock solid concentration going, and Sachin needs to get a big score and hang in for a full day, same is the case with VVS.... We can write off the pretty dudes Gambhir and Kohli...They may as well be making plans for KKR and RCB.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | December 30, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    As invincible and well balanced as India's batting may seem, their jitters abroad remain. They have never been a good side away from home and although there is time to rectify that reputation, they need to work long and hard to fix it.

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | December 30, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    @kickittome70: I think the media has gotten on to you as well. DRS is wonderful to watch on television, provides all the entertainment that a cricket fan can look for, but is certainly FLAWED. This remark comes from one of the most respected umpires in the game - Simon Taufel. During the MCG test, Ian Chappel also mentioned it as a work in progress technology. BCCI objects to it purely based on Indian player's recommendation and they have no axe to grind here. I'm not a big fan of BCCI, but at least on this issue they are clean.

  • POSTED BY him1618 on | December 30, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Great article Mr Bal. The England series and this test have revealed that behind this shoddy garb of being called one of the best Test sides in the world, the Indian team is a sorry figure of mental frailty. I am increasingly getting convinced now that the ascent to No 1 in Tests was a happy fluke, a combination of many series at home, and luck favouring them in South Africa. Whenever they have faced arduous conditions, they have performed only to redefine the term "pathetic". Now matter how much we boast of our batting line-up, the fact remains that old ghosts of swing and pace continue to disarm them out of their wits. Dhoni's captaincy also has become abhorrent, lacking sting and the desire for attack, the fact evident by how we've given away runs to the tail many times this year. Even if India win this series, they will remain pathetic for me, for actually, if we think of it, they have never dominated their oppositions. 3-1 or 4-0 Aus.

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | December 30, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Even though i am sad that India lost but it was very heartening to see our bowlers giving troubles to opposition. Until Dravid and Sachin were at the crease India looked on course for a good lead in the first inning. Disappointing performance by Laxman, Kohli and Gambhir. Sachin was the only batsmen who looked in control and was the top scorer for India in both innings but he too needs to play long innings. Sachin looks in good form and i am sure its the pressure of that 100th century which is making him nervous once he goes past 50. Once that century will be achieved he will score many more. His batting was a delight but we need big scores from him. Ponting and Hussey were great and overall a great match, no team looked clear winner from day 1 and both had their chances until India lost it on the 4th day. Hope to see more of this great cricket in coming matches and hope to see India win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Sambit - there's no need to write an article on this...batting in the last 16 innings abroad has been extremely poor..so there's enough reason to worry.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I still believe Rohit sharma is best batsman after 3 Masters. God knows what is wrong with indian selectors give him long run please.

  • POSTED BY ecricl on | December 30, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    @ankur. Gupta- i agree with u, this is the greatest batting line up of India. with i suppose 30 thousand plus runs and 100+ century.

    brother how people will evaluate this line up 2o years later. Not a series win in Aus, SA, a single series win in England , possibly a single drawn series in aus. But thrashing wins, triples, doubles--- all at home, can u plz tell me how many test this great line up won abroad (after 1995)? so where is the greatness? India is a tough place to win, other teams won every where but found it hard to win in India. Where as ur Team won only in India and won almost nothing abroad LOL.so which team will be considered better? what a great team!, this guys failed to excell as a team, rather they excelled as indivual . so is this a great team?

    there were a few indivual heroics outside but most went as personal record for TEAM INDIA what u got? problm is ur media made ur anticipations high by making this players near to god to gain money & pulblicity, advertisem

  • POSTED BY NeoTheSaviour on | December 30, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Indian's batting is overrated. Only Sachin and Dravid are world class. Remaining all who are boasting batting averages of high 40s or 50s are flat pitch bullies. Be honest, Sehwag (even though he may hit 1-2 half centuries in the series), Gambhir, Dhoni, Kohli all looked like glorified tail-enders in first test (and in Eng Series). Laxman is also giving the vibes that he is all done. On positive side, t it was nice to see Indian pacers posting some challenge. And at last regarding cleaning up tail, the biggest problem is with Dhoni. The time you get no 6 or 7 and tail-ender hits 1 boundary his tactics totally change he doesn't attack them enough. As Chaplle rightly Said he is "Over Defensive" captain.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    another great innings by mr.sachin amid collapse?he is the highest scorer in a total of 169 and missed his 100th by just 68 runs..he would have got the hundred and india would have lost by some 40 runs if only ashwin was batting at kohli's position at number 6..sachin lacked the support at the other end to get his 100th hundred..phew waht have u done mr.dhoni u spread the field for pattinson and hilfenhaus but u did not promote ashwin

  • POSTED BY er.Vaibhav on | December 30, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    and one more thing i have faith in msd captaincy too...this man at a very young age has brought enumerous no. of glories for india right from his first odi tri-series win as a captain in australia to the draw test series in s.a. to the wc2011 and many more...none of the captain before him except dada,with the same team had brought so much success for indian team as this man had done..yes he is making some bad decisions from last season or so but this is not a reason enough to say he doesnt deserve to be the captain aany more because let me tell you all wheather you except it or not india doesnt have a better captain than him right now not even close...

  • POSTED BY prasanna_79 on | December 30, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    We need to try out some solid left handed bats like (Shikar dhawan,Abhivan Mukund for example) in the middle order as No.5,No.6..,as our batting is full of Right handers enabling the bowlers to easily settle down into the channel.. By having left-right combinations we can unsettle the bowler's line & length a little bit , thereby producing more scoring oppurtunities for the right handers as well.. If we have domestic openers as middle order bats..,we have the added advantage that they can face the second newball confidently as well..(Remember that Michael Hussey used to open for his first class side..) That's where,the failures of Raina and Yuvi as test players have hurt us most.. Also we need to look for a Solid Wicketkeeper batsman..,definitely dhoni is not a test match material..,more so in foreign conditions..

  • POSTED BY er.Vaibhav on | December 30, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    no matter what you all say i have complete faith over our indian team...ya alright they are having a very bad last season since wc2011 but i m not gonna say that they dont deserve this and that or they are not capable of doing this and that..i had faith in them when they won the wc,i had faith in them when they lose 5-0 test series against england and i have with them now too...let the aussies and others say whatever they want but as a true indian fan i will always be with them..win or loss

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | December 30, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Poor batting and poor tactics from India. Knowing fully well that Australia was effectively playing with only 3 quicks if the openers had seen out 20-25 overs of the new ball then Australia's bowling resources would have been really stretched. There is a lot of praise for Sehwag's style of batting (and rightly so) but people forget that we have also lost quite a few matches beacuse of his pooor 4th innings stats. Trying to play the same way irrespetive of match situation is naive. And to back that approach by stating that it is a natural game is even more foolish. We need to have one opener in the mould of Akash Chopra.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 30, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    For me there is a problem that can not be rectified easily unless there is a way someone who can complement Sehwag. Gambhir is getting out too quick. Dravid is playing too slow and creates his own pressure in second innings ( he should only play first inning). Infact all indian batsman are good only for first inning because there is no expectation. When there is expectation they all get nervous and throws the bat around...you can see that in magnfied form in tailenders. Hahaha.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | December 30, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    This australian attack may only have 50 wickets between them. But, they are very very good. I will rate them better than McGrath/Gillespie/Lee trio. There was not much pace in the McGrath era. Lee had pace. But, he was erratic and spraying the ball everywhere. So, combined wickets and combine runs means nothing. Indian batting had combined runs of 60,000. But, they failed. Experience is only good if you can combine that with the aggession. Indian batting legends haven't lost their class. But, they have lost their aggression and fire. Their concentration is also diminishing they can't bat long innings anymore and they drop dollies in the slips. I am not suggesting to drop them. Because, India will be a punching bag for the oppositions without them. India need one or two young attacking batsmen in the line-up to counter the aggression of the young Australian quicks. Bring in Rohit Sharma. I don't care how. If it means dropping one of Gambir,Kohli, Dravid or Laxaman, so be it.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 30, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Disgraceful how Siddle is compared to Broad here. Siddle is a far far far better bowler than that pretty boy. Spose at least he's English though.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | December 30, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    I beleive India played alright in this match. It was unfortunate that the Australians have put together a more spirited performance and they have won it. As Ian Chappel pointed out, Dhoni may have been too defensive in his captaincy when the tail enders were batting and that may have cost the match for India. Indian batting doesn't need tingering for the next test. If anything, we can bring in Rohit Sharma in place of Kohli. Not because Kohli failed in this test. Rohit is the future of the Indian cricket and he is in good form. We don't want to waste him anymore and the only spots available are the No.6 and the opening slot. If he can open, then it is even better. We can have two young guns in the line-up. India's weak link is their mediocre reserve fast bowlers. That puts added pressure on the 3 main quicks to look after their body when bowling. They didn't have the luxury of the Australian bowlers to steam in at the full speed.

  • POSTED BY Vista12 on | December 30, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    I think there are some over reactions to India's loss - the batting lineup is still class but they have had a bit of a reality check this year. I was reading the Aussie newspapers after day 3 and all the local media was writing Australia off, saying how "pathetic" the team is in regards to their batting collapses and how they are staring at an inevitable defeat in this test. Now today, not a mention of the batting and its all sunshine and glory. Very fickle. One good win for India in Sydney and no doubt everyone will be praising the Indian batsmen again and slating someone in the Australian team calling for dramatic change.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    SRT 15K+ runs, Rahul 13K+ runs, Viru and VVS 8K+ runs. Why cant we find 123 runs between these four. Aswhin clearly needs to be promoted to the middle order. Bravo the bowlers answered the critics by taking 20 wickets. The question is can the batsman make a century. I am not even talking of SRT. Can Veru bat for a couple of sessions at the Sydney without getting out. Can Dravid and Lax cover their wickets. The others clearly doesn't deserve to be mentioned. The Aussie bowlers don't deserve the fame. They got away because it was India and not England. It is time the legendary batting lineup delivers.

  • POSTED BY Hodra99 on | December 30, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Indian team is in SERIOUS trouble...not just in this series, but going forward. Who do they have after Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag reire??? These are 4 batsman who will be gone from the game very very soon, and nothing is coming through their system remotely like these guys. Yuvraj Singh, Raina, Kohli, Pujara, M. Vijay. etc.. are decent ODI players and bashers in T20, but none of them have the technique to play REAL cricket....TEST cricket. Afraid its all doom and gloom for the flat track bullies now.

  • POSTED BY Guduji71 on | December 30, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    I think this is the time India should start looking at young players. Look at Yadav new young palyer with energy and aggression. If you are going to lose, lose with giving chance & experience to young players. These oldies Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman they all need to be replaced with youg batsmen. India may lose two or three series but eventually they will be on the track. The thing I like about Pakistan is they keep giving chances to youngsters instead of aging players. See Asad Shafiq is playing inplace of Muhammad Yousuf. I am sure if it was India Muhammad Yousuf would still be in the team for Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq. The other point is Dhoni is not a good test Captain. He is too conservative as pointed out by Chappel.

  • POSTED BY on | December 30, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    @Azhar Babar, plz don't bring Brian Lara here. we are talking about India's failure not about West indies and Lara Sachin Comparison. Go and check the fact of how Lara performed in 4th innings. He is much worst than sachin Tendulkar in 4th innings. His only glory is that he played a famous innings against aussies (153), thats it. If one Innings make you an immortal, then VVS laxman is a btter batsman than Lara b/caz I think his 281 versus Australia was much better than Lara's 153. Why you guy blame Sachin each time when other people scored none in the entire test. Sachin was the top scorer in the Indian side.

  • POSTED BY hiren888 on | December 30, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    great performance by Australia. I will give them that. But, the pattern looks similar when Australia toured India in 2009, where australia just couldnt get india out in Bangalore, once again they had india on the ropes. in Nagpur as well, australia had india again on ropes, but just couldnt get dhoni and bajji out. People who are calling India flat track bullies, should look at their own pits, where australia has failed to win a test match in 4 years and 2 tours. so, if india cant adjust to upward bounce, as per Mr Chappell, australia is the same when in India. we will see how likes of siddle, Pattinson and Hilfenhaus perform when they tour India..

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | December 30, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur on December 29 2011, 15:40 PM GMT, you write; "I would stick my neck out and say we (india) have the "greatest" batting line-up ever and we lost due to our own errors." Are you not aware of the contradictions in this statement? If it is the "greatest" - how come it loses as frequently as it does? And how come, as the article states; "only once have India managed to go past 300 in 16 innings away from home". This points at the fact that this "greatest" batting line really isn't that great at all. Not any more. On the other hand, there are some very circumspect Indian fans on this conversation who realise the truth; we salute you and your grace in defeat. This was a good match for us neutrals to watch. Always nice to see that wonderful blue Australian sky... on Sky! More please!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    all the top teams teams in world r the kings of their homes. ind crased aus 2-0 last year. eng 4-0 to ind and back to return tour ind hammered eng 5-0. winning wc in their own country. tht was the story of whole 2011. i hope to see a better 2012, not a previous script....HAPPY NEW YEAR to all cricket lovers.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 29, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    @indian fans - two observations from other people on these posts. One Australian batsman bat 1 yard forward of the crease. This I think helps to disrupt the length of the delivery but might open up stumping chance. Secondly Indian batsman are known to bat individually instead of performing as a team. Thus one person may score runs and everyone else gives scrathy 30's. We need at least two standing up and scoring big. Big talk from Shewag and Laxman before the job is done is really stupid.You cannot scare opposition with idle talk if you cannot back it up. Both Shewag and Laxman are eating their words. Also I feel Duncan Fletcher is not proactive as a coach compared Kirsten. Gambhir has flaws but no attempt is made to correct this. Pattison batted better than most Indian batsman

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 29, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    @Flash007, thanks for the trip down the memory lane. Nostalgic and yet very pertinent. Don't castigate our batting, that's my mission, for a reason. They have earned respect not with flash in pans but with their consistency. I completely agree with your multiple posts. Their bowling was really good. Big up to them and much respects to Pattinson, Hilfy and Siddle in no particular order. I would really like to know how many teams would have chased that total against such relentless attack like a pack attitude of the Aussie pace trio? Absolutely top notch bowling. But, I'm very proud of our team too, especially our batsmen. The problem is with the pattern with which we lose grip on matches in SA to England to now Down Under. Dhoni screwed up some basics big time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    India can only win on their on pitches , everyone knows that their strength is on flat pitches but other than that they are like other team. India's all time greatest batsman looks very ordinary against inexperienced attack. I wonder how will they perform if they play against Pakistan or South African bowling attack (away). India's result away doesn't do justice to their crown. Nobody believe's that they are best team in the world. Just like Pakistan is unpredictable, India is predictable abroad !!

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | December 29, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    Terrific analysis except for the two missing points as a few people have pointed here,DRS & Dhoni's utterly defensive captaincy which brings the whole team morale down.Ian Chappell was bang on in his analysis on Dhoni's ultra-conservative tactics.In fact due to his past appreciation of Dhoni after WC win,he might have held his opinion back a bit.Absolute joy to hear his views always,how I wish we had more of such neutral and incisive commentators who think of the game rather than country.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Indian batsmen not showing the willingness of staying for long time. When the situation is threatning, they need to play defensively in the initial period. Particularly the opener should play out the first 20 to 25 years. Then automatically, things will be easier for others to follow. There is a deep hallow in the batting as, No.5,6 and 7 are totally out of sorts. Alteast one of them should learn to stay there for a while. Even Ashwin looks good. May be, he can bat down the order whenever quick wickets fall !. People often say's laxman should be dropped !. Anybody can vouch for this for his loose shots here and in England. It is time India need to find Ranji team young greats and not T20specilalist for Test matches. T20 shots do not work here. For No.6 spot, Till we find the right guy, we may use all rounders like Irfan, jadeja or Yusuf. Definitely, they would have contributed better than laxman or Virat. Selectors don't learn decades after decades.

  • POSTED BY TequillaGuy on | December 29, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    @DravidGravitas,I totally agree with you(see my comments on this page) Questioning Dhoni's tactics has become almost blasphemous now.No one is willing to point a finger at him.I have never been a fan of his captaincy,mainly because he does not look like a thinking captain.He is very poor tactically and is not a great thinker of the game.I have seen lot of cricket and well,I do not expect him to be Cronje or Fleming,but at-least you should be aware of the basic tactics like putting pressure on opposition when they are down.Ponting and Hussey were under lot of pressure from Aus media and public.What does our brilliant captain do?Spread fields so that they can take easy singles and doubles.The worst part is he does not even realize the mistakes he is making.He instead chooses to blame the bowlers and believe it or not,kookaburra ball for tailenders scoring runs!He has good man-management skills but a good captain-NEVER!His fieldplacements have resulted inBhaji's loss of confidence as well

  • POSTED BY kickittome70 on | December 29, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    I feel as an Aussie, we have started really preparing outrpitches for more bounce and movement by making them a bit greener. I think that the BCCI should look at changing 1 or 2 (?) of the pitches at bigger stadiums in India with more grass to prepare the Indian team for green wickets. The INdian wickets have for decades, been flat dusty batting strips. I feel that this may have not prepared your batsman for the overseas tours. And dont get me started on Dhoni (or BCCI?) refusing the DRS. Ridiculous! Should be mandatory everywhere. Dont know this has happened but just proves that the BCCI is a law unto themselves. The Yadav kid is a really good find. Very quick.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    The same old story goes on and on .........India loosing the first test of an away series has become a norm .... lets see if they can bounce back and salvage some pride !

  • POSTED BY agamgoyal on | December 29, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Please team INDIA ....Don't give us HOPES anymore ...I am scared because I know they will be shattered again ...lose the other 3 matches as you lost in England ...I am die hard optimist and Indian fan but i know the reality !!! pls dont play well in any of the innings in the next test ..pls dont give us DREAMS anymore!!

  • POSTED BY agamgoyal on | December 29, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    I think India might win a test over here ..but the series will definitely go to Aussies..maybe 2-1....and India doesn't deserve to be no. 1(which they were few months back) , not even deserve to be in contention for it ...I have been following cricket closely for almost 15 years but i haven't seen a test match in which a team has failed to seize the initiative minimum 4 times in this match....Aus 1st innings 212/6...final score 333....Ind 1st innings 214/2 ...final score 282 ....Aus 2nd inn 28/4 ..180/8 ..final score 240 More than the failure of the batsmen .. it is captaincy failure ..Dhoni is a conservative unimaginative captain ..as rightly pointed out by Chappell .. Though it was heartening to see the Indian bowling attack , but they also failed to dislodge the aussies tailenders ...they all together made more than 100 runs in both innings combined ...If India wins at the SCG , it might be able to make the final scoreline 2-1 in aussie favour ...if india loses it is 4-0 to aussies!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Great article, Sambit. As always, your assessments are spot on and objective. And more importantly, free of disillusions about Indian team's abilities abroad. My only concern is that why didn't we highlight these glaring voids prior to the start of this test. In my opinion, winning at home made us all forget the alarming issues India faced in England. Why did we yet again had a concern about Zaheer's fitness after the same mistake we made in England? Luckily for India, Zaheer did a great job of finding his rhythm and staying away from injuries (an advantage of playing in sunny, dry summer in Australia).

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 29, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Batting is the least of our problems. Captaincy is. How could you resort to 'spread the field when the opposition is under pressure' tactics when the need of the hour is trade some runs for wickets? Their batsmen were reeling not once but twice at MCG, and our Captain was generous enough to spread the field. When our batsmen were under some pressure, their Captain isn't so stupid and held the game by the scruff of the neck.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | December 29, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: Now, now matey. Seems most of your countrymen are being very gracious in defeat. No need to get petulant. Maybe take this one on the chin since you would've been one of the first on here gloating had India won. But...they didn't...

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | December 29, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Upon watching the Indian second innings highlights these are my observations: None of our batsmen seemed really troubled and so no need for panic. Poor shot selection by the Indian batsmen mostly except for Sachin, but he needs to step up too. Sehwag plays the way he plays. Gambhir got a good ball. Bad decision for Laxman given out on a no ball. Kohli is not worth it at the moment for tests at International level. Rohit Sharma needs to be in the team. Dhoni being the captain needs to brush up his technique for tests, but at the moment I don't see any other better wicketkeeper-batsman in India pushing for Dhoni's spot and he is a good captain so it is up to him to tidy up his act. The bowlers were good with both their bowling as well as batting.

    Dravid has been dropping a lot of regulation catches these days. As someone else mentioned here before me, the runs he contributes to the team total need to be evaluated against the catches he drops.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | December 29, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    what great batting line up? They cannot win Test matches abroad! I am fed up with tales of Very very specials century in Sydney and Calcutta 10 years ago or Rahul Dravids 'heroic' resistance in England. If the bowling is good, and you cannot score runs, how are you a great batting side? Not Marshall, not Akram, not Mcgrath, but Pattinson and Hilfenhaus? Give me a break ! Virat Kohli is the ODI and IPL proclaimed Indian future, who is in danger of having his technique exposed mercilessly by fast bowlers; he is uncomfortable against fast bowling and poor defensively. As for Dhoni he openly declares himself to have poor technique, as if that absolves him of all responsibilty. 4-0 thrashing in this series, and the old timers need to go. What is the point of losing with the 'best batting line up'? What best?

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 29, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Gupta Ankur.The greatest batting line up ever. You don't win enough tests. The 48 Invincibles were better.Windies line up of 70s was better.69 Springboks.On current form England is better, Saffers are better,Sri Lanka in their own conditions are better,Pakistan are better. You can keep looking at the averages but great batting line ups fire as a unit.not getting 300 in last few overseas tests?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 29, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    I have no good opinion of sambit ball now when he talk against UDRS. Ponting would have been out at 15 if UDRS in place. UDRS favours weak bowling team. India is one. Indian bowlers can't create many chances when chance come we have to get it . Without UDRS it becomes whims of umpire who try to balance his outs and not outs. i hope india loses 4-0. In back of mind i want india to win but that is not reality. I thought bad feeling in england were gone. It seems like it is not. Team is selfish. Why sehwag try to play in Air when india need good opening stand. It does not make sense at all. Only one thing i see is no one want to win as long as sachin is around. They all will score big in first inning though because it is all about stats.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 29, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    A good summary of the Indian batting Woes, Sambit. In my opinion Gambhir should be sent back to India with a replacement like Mukund, brought in. Gambhir has Zero self confidence and has got into a bad habit of going after all balls wide off the off stump.He is constantly doing it. On Aussie pitches, one has to just keep pitching him there & he will fall.So he is a dead loss. The second aspect that needs to be addressed is one more pace bowler in Ashok Dinda, who is a good wicket taking bowler.In Sydney he will be an ideal choice.India can go with 4 pacers in ZAK, Yadev, Ishant & Dinda + Ashwin as an all rounder. Ashwin batted better than the top order batsman coming in at # 9. He can bat #7 after Dhoni. The third point is replacing Laxman with Rohit Sharma. VVS is all at sea with pace bowlers.Kohli was just as bad. Try Rohit @#5. So India needs 2 new guys added to the squad -Mukund to open the innings & Dinda to reinforce the pacers.Rest of the batting must get the job done with grit

  • POSTED BY Flash007 on | December 29, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    How can a team become pathetic if they fail in a country or two in a matter of just 6 months? Every team play to their strengths in their home conditions. Our 2nd string team might be able to beat Aus in India. Just because every team loses to us in India doesn't mean they stop touring us. Our team is a much much better touring side than they were a couple of decades back. That itself is a great achievement. We should feel proud that our great batsmen have atleast got us to this stage. They have done enough to earn a lot of respect. I expect the next gen players to take our touring abilities to the next level. England had bowled exceptionally well like a pack and the Aussies today have done the same in this match. They would have been a handful for anyone. Let's accept that they bowled great, probably one of the best our team got to face in Aus. However, I believe in my team & believe that they shall bounce back. If they don't, that still doesn't make them any lesser. Proud of them.

  • POSTED BY sunny_us on | December 29, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Really not much unexpected with India loosing their first match...Trend continues. Virat needs more time and sooner bring Rohit in at no 6 better of we'll be. Also bring Pujara back from whereever he is and send Virat to get some serious practice with live pace and bounce. He should take this as a challange and come over this issue otherwise he'll be a sitting duck everywhere. Hoping for India to do much better at SCG but the problem areas should be corrected no matter what.

  • POSTED BY StopSmoking on | December 29, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Very well written. I and many I hope, were aware of this problem-situation, but you just put it so well. I think water has clearly gone over the danger level now, it's time to step up or our team will drown again like 90's (where we won only one test in away tour). And personally, I can't see that happening all over again. I am not just ready to accept that this team is THAT terrible away after promises they showed in last Aus. 07 Eng, and recent SA tour. We needed to tighten screws. Apparently, we haven't. Let's see how do we improve from here, I still say it's India's series to lose more than Aus. will beat India.

  • POSTED BY Flash007 on | December 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    ...continued...Would like to understand which other batting units would have chased this total against such consistent fast bowling! Dear friends, would like to remind you that India has failed in only 1 Test series in recent memory and that is in England. Which other team didn't? Understandably so when England's bowlers are at the top of their game and we had our own issues to deal with. This Test Series is far from over! Remember SA tour? And people have such short memories! The axe is on Laxman's head again! The only real failure this guy had was in England! Kindly let us understand one other series where he did not give a match winning/saving contribution in the last 2 years! Stats are misleading and don't always tell the true picture. Let us be proud of our team for what they are. They have been one of the most consistent sides & achieved a lot of heights in the past decade and are responsible for whatever glory we have today. Lets not demean them and try to lash out irresponsibly

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 29, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    No no. 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 as well 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 scores from hopeless positions? The opponent captain is not a stupid to extend the same favour for 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 as well.

  • POSTED BY Flash007 on | December 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Wow!!! Congrats to all the Indian fans here...India loses the first test in Aus & so lets burn all the batsmen to the stake! Job done & dusted. Great way to reward a decade of achievements. First of all, lets try to be a bit more empathetic to our team. We have lost this Test match thanks to a brilliant display of fast bowling by the Aussie trio. It surprises me when ppl talk abt our batsmen falling to 'inexperienced' bowlers! Are you kidding me? Look around, everywhere there are young talents shining through...Cummins, Pattinson, Philander, our own Umesh & many others! It doesn't matter if a bowler is raw, all he has to do is bowl in the right areas and stick to the plan and he is bound to get wickets. Aussie bowlers have done the same & got rewarded. Being a McGrath doesnt mean he would always bowl the greatest spells and being an 'inexperienced' Pattinson doesnt mean he cannot bowl devastating spells. The Aussie attack was great in this match. Period. Continued...

  • POSTED BY TequillaGuy on | December 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I am surprised that Sambit Bal talks about Indian batting collapse but not a word on idiotic captaincy of Dhoni. He has never been a great test captain and I was totally taken aback by the comments he made after the match. He said that it was difficult to get tailenders out as ball was not doing much after 17/18 overs! Really? Ganguly was surprised too! If the thought that spread-out field had something to do with the way tailenders batted has not even crossed Dhoni's mind, I don't see India winning any match in Australia.Dhoni has been responsible for the series draw in SA when we should have won and we won the home series against Aussies in-spite of his captaincy. Captaincy becomes very crucial in close matches and as both teams are flawed, Dhoni's captaincy can turn this decisively in favor of Aussies. He is very poor tactically and does not have a cricketing brain.It was Zak's brilliance which got Ponting,otherwise 100 was there for the taking with spread-out fields.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    When India started batting, I thought they had a chance IF they could bat 50 overs...What is truly amazing is that the batters knew what to expect this time, having gone there early, and STILL India lose like they always do overseas. Gambhir is surely a serious worry, but will keep his place because there is no one to replace him. Kohli really needs to be replaced with Rohit Sharma. The bowling attack should take care of itself. I agree it was a great win by Australia, but let's apply the same standards to them as are applied to India. The Aussies have won at home, in familiar conditions. And if people say that Aus have also won in other countries, then India also won in WI, NZ, Eng and Pakistan in the last few years. Australia face the same challenge as India- winning in unfamiliar conditions. And they have been only as consistent as India in that respect. These jeers come from killjoys who are jealous of India's position in world cricket . You can criticize w/o getting persoal...

  • POSTED BY nickydude on | December 29, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    How much u criticise him, blast him for being fluke, or whatever, or admire Sachin & Co,for their classical game, it is the START which Sehwag gives matters 9 out of 10 times, even his 67 in first innnings helped for the confidence, else that also wud've been a disaster & in second inningsm if you saw the body language after he was out, the match was almost given up.

  • POSTED BY Ehsan_Satti on | December 29, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    How come a test playing nation could not cross 300 runs in an innings with three batsmen test average above 52 and two batsmen with average 46.6. Either stats are not correct or batsmen are no more effective. Its now time for some people to say goodbye to cricket and make space for fresh blood.

  • POSTED BY soumik on | December 29, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Same old story.But I do feel sad for those who still gather enough courage to support this team who has a perennial problem of loosing tests away from home.It's because of them,probably,cricket is still thriving in India.Otherwise how could one still be so hopeful about this team that was humiliated so badly in England?Also I don't know,if SRT ever contemplates of playing one heroic inning like Lara before he retires,then be rest assured,it will be 200 of hundreds and even more (of course if his age permits and his famous "hunger" for cricket does not abate).

  • POSTED BY inswing on | December 29, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    As expected, most blame the batting for India's loss. Actually, bowling has a somewhat larger share of blame. The wicket was quite helpful to bowlers, and Aus demonstrated that. Considerable sideways movement made it very difficult for batsmen, if you bowl the right length and line. Indian bowlers gave away at least 50 runs too many in both innings. Too many loose balls resulting in easy fours in helpful bowling conditions, but only received praise. The winning target should have been 192 instead of 292 and India could very possibly achieve that. Dhoni's typical overly defensive captaincy contributed as usual.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 29, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Sambit, this Indian batting is HYPED beyond wildest imagination. Indians refer to the 3 oldies as GODS, incarnations of great personalities etc. But they simply fail to understand the simple concept that GODS are perfect beings who have NO failures. It's a sad thing for Indian cricket given the culture we are subject to from a young age. Movies, dramas etc. We Indians seem to have a pin-ball view of the universe. Some of us don't seem to realize there are greater and better things away from home. The Indian cricket team is living a life of reputation and past glories. They never seem to correct anything. This happens series after series. I am a college graduate. My logic tells me that if Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman etc have been to Australia since 1999 and NEVER won a series, then there is ZERO probability of them doing so this time in 2011-2012. You don't need to take courses in probability theory or statistics in order to predict the outcome. Think about it.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | December 29, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Does any Indian fan think Harbhajan Singh would have made a difference? HS' best performance in Australia was 3-101 but that was against a very good Aussie batting line-up. Ashwin took 3-81 in the first innings but against a brittle Aussie batting line-up. Also, HS has a test 50 to his name in OZ land. But, Ashwin too scored a couple of 30s in this test.

  • POSTED BY ecricl on | December 29, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Hello!! wasnt there a debate whether Dhoni is the greatest captain of India just bfor this year? Now every one out to get dhoni. problem is Indians over rated their players too much, T-20 or ODI can make them super man but super mouse in test.a single 20/30 innings can even win a ODI or 20/20 but not test. where u need skill. india lacks that, so with so called fabulous so so and the greatest of all batsmen (LOL) India thought they r the best. but only in home. man if u r good enough to play 150 + test then u shuld be good enough to hit a century in every 5 tests. so that makes at least 30 century and what a great cricketing carrier u turns out to be ( u become a legend of game). thats what i think of this so called 100 th 100th staff. SRT played long so he is getting there, this isnt greatness but endurance.........and pure statistics no magic in that if he was any where near DGB fuh...........for marketting policy media made SRT equal to DGB ...........rubbish

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | December 29, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    The most heart-warming fact about cricket in 2011 is the return of the bowlers, specifically fast bowlers. English batsmen made merry but they played mostly at home but every other team batsmen have struggled and bowlers have had a good year. Gargantuan scores made quite so often usually leads to boring draws which could easily kill test cricket. Thankfully, every team, even India, has good fast bowlers now and that means it is not going to be easy for batsmen to score heavily as they did in the past. Irrespective of which team you support, this fact should come across as a good thing for you if you like cricket.

    Re: the Border-Gavaskar trophy, it was a great win for the Aussies but something tells me that this is as good as it will get if their batting doesn't improve. India's batsmen are aging but they won't keep failing all 4 tests. India have a good attack in their possession; so, if OZ batting doesn't improve, OZ will lose the series. OZ should drop Lyon and pick Harris.

  • POSTED BY Always-positive on | December 29, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Ponting played his part but how long can he continue ?, Australia on the up !! after 1 win against an Indian team who don't know if they are playing T20 or test match cricket. I remember during England's dark days every time we won it was the start of a new era of success only to all fall down again. I would say Australia are in that position at the moment, 1 win does not make a good team, consistently winning is what makes a good team, Australia will get there but they are not there yet, far to fragile !, win one test collapse the next. @RandyOz....best bowlers on earth Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn !!!!!!!!!!, don't say it if u can't back it up.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 29, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Cricinfo please publish. Stop castigating our batting line-up during such an important tour. Shall we? I may not have the cricketing skills of Dhoni but have watched 'a lot' of cricket just like Bal. People are making tall claims about our pitches, the inability of our batsmen, inability of our bowlers so on and so forth. Well, note that the opponent batsmen were also reeling twice at MCG when Dhoni, somehow, strangely, lets it go; same story in SA, same story in England and now same story Down Under. Commentators crying about that pattern!! When there is a pattern in the results and a pattern in Dhoni's Captaincy in the field, why not consider that the results are more in sync with the Captaincy of Dhoni, instead of dissing a proven batting line-up over the years? Problem is Dhoni doesn't even seem to consider that he might be the bug here. I suggest only two changes for the next match. 1) Dhoni should learn to set fields for tailenders. 2) Rohit in place of the tweeting clown Kohli.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 29, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Mr.Bal Thank you rPoster by Sachin who reaches greatness every passing match by not winning india any match specially in bowler friendly conditions.

    Dhoni needs to stand up and be counted as Captain and batsmen. Batting in Flat pitches which is trade mark of Sachin,Dhoni and VVS is not sufficient. Throwing away you rwicket in 4th Innings is unforgivable and thats what your poster boy did.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | December 29, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    The bowling was not that great from Aussies. They were never put under pressure. Apart from Dravid, Sachin and Sehwag, all Indian batsmen had the body language of someone who knows he is not good enough to be playing. If you think like a loser then humiliating defeats should not come as a surprise.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | December 29, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    What does it take the Indian batsmen to realize that they need to bat from a yard infront of the batting crease to smother the uncertainity of a full ball? All the batsmen are stuck on the crease effectively increasing the wicket taking ability of every bowler. Experienced batsmen like RD, VVS...do they need to be told how to handle this kiind of line and length? In their 100+ test match? Come on guys!!! Ever watched how Hayden used to bat? Are these guys that afraid of short ball that they do not want to stand a good yard in front to counter the full ball? Aaarggghhh!!! Indian lost the test on the first day, when they let Siddle and Pattinson put on more than 50+ runs. The same crime committed in the second innings too. MSD's captaincy raises some serious questions about his IQ.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    It was wonderful advertisement of test cricket & habitual performance 4om India on foreign clime.India did d same ,as they had done in past.Not going so back,performance was totally replica of England tour.Again,analysis,speculations are going on.what had team done,what now needs to be done.But if we see the lackluster performance again triggers the loopholes in back home technical system,structure.Our batsmen couldn't play inswing balls,short balls,bouncers,yorkers.Where is the issue?Our domestic playing conditions needs imported look.Fast pitches,bouncy tracks are the need of hour.But mere making such pitches wont solve this problem,The practice,determination are more imp than this.As a hardcore test cricket Fan,i would like to see such matches where results swing like a pendulum n In the end spirited performers won the hearts.As an Indian fan ,I know we will fight back,n fight back hard.

  • POSTED BY vamanan on | December 29, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Dhoni may allow Ashwin to bat up the order. Not as opening batsman :) though. It will be worth trying him as number 5. He applies himself; has a good technique to block one end and score runs too. Kohli would deserve few opportunities but not at the cost of sacrificing a win. Pujara or even Ravindra Jadeja may be a better try at present than Kohli. Dhoni should put some runs on the board; at least a score more than the highest score of last 4 batsmen.

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | December 29, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    India better play at home only !! :D

  • POSTED BY loyalIndianfan on | December 29, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    India seem to envision the inevitable more than any other teams.If they lose 4 or 5 wickets they give up and succumb to rash shots.They need to dig in and preserve their wickets.You never know what might happen. A number 7 or 8 batsmen can score a century in this sport!Also, I still want to hear the Indians get aggressive on the field.It helps to pump each other up thus enabling them to knock over tailenders quicker!Fletcher is not providing much direction! And Dhoni needs to get a little more animated!Your Mr cool is not winning Tests rather losing them!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Dhoni is the weakest link in the team now. His captaincy, his batting both are below par. Specially, his captaincy and defensive field placements when #7-11 bat speaks of his mindset. He is unable to attack fearing it may falter. It was his lack of aggression on the 4th day that led to an overall drop in the fighting spirit of the Indian team. His batting in test matches continues to deteriorate. He is stuck in his successes in ODI style of batting. Indian Cricket has more talent than Australia, however, the leadership lacks aggression and imagination. Dhoni is the problem. He also lacks the large heartedness of a leader. He lays the blame on others without ever commenting on his performance. In victory he is arrogant and in defeat he is a whiner.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | December 29, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    "The world's most prolific, most experienced and most feted batting line-up had been rolled over twice by Australia's second-choice pace attack."

    I believe it should say "The world's most prolific, most experienced and most feted batting line-up on INDIAN PITCHES had been rolled over twice by Australia's second-choice pace attack.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    wow pattinson is something!! hope he doesn't go the johnson way!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | December 29, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    The contribution of Gambhir, Laxman, Kohli and Dhoni was negligible in this match. Perhaps they all seem to suffer from some mental block when starting or what. Laxman's dismissals were disappointing and so were Kohli's. Gambhir needs a tutorial on where the off stump lies and Dhoni is well Dhoni - Going in and coming out simultaneously. If I was the selector, I would drop Dhoni and Laxman immediately. I don't see Laxman any longer than this. He failed utterly in England and here too. This defeat would have been palatable had India lost by 35 runs on Day 5. But they were 80 odd for 6 !!! The match was over by that time. I am amazed to see that Yuvraj singh, Virat Kohli, Sureh Raina are all extremely good ODI players but become stone in test macthes - whether in India or abroad. On the other hand, Michael Clark scored 151 against India in India in 2004. I guess all the new players must be given mandatory mental conditioning lessons. Very disappointed.

  • POSTED BY samudralakiku on | December 29, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Truly disappointing batting by India. Some of the members of the team do not deserve to be on the team. Dhoni is not good enough to be in Test team. I dare say most other teams would have performed better against this Aussie team (not to under rate them. They have a good bowling attack, that can be a great one in future).

  • POSTED BY PrajithR on | December 29, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @IPSY .Your assessment is not supported by facts. Consider batting AVG. of Sangakkara & Tendulkar in AUS, ENG & SA (pitches there being conductive to fast bowling and also they have a strong bowling attack)... Sangakkara : 19 Tests- 38.21 (with 3- 100s)... Tendulkar : 49 Tests- 53.20 (with 15- 100s)... On what evidence you say Sangakkara is a better batsman than SRT of fast bowling?

  • POSTED BY teamxxx on | December 29, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    well it is a very sorry performance by Team India,with having such a gr8 batting line up just not up to the mark.the only positive for India was their bowling the way their seamers(ZAK n yadav) put some heartining performances,it was worth watching,but i got one point from their bowling and that is,,,Team INDIA is surely missing a kind of bowler who can get the tail enders in no time,,like wasim n waqar,coz i have seen the Indian bowling in England Series,Team India face similar kind of problem there too,and about India's batting i think the time has came when Indians say good bye to some of their greats n legends and let some good young talent from Raanjhi trophi,and if you want to stick with these players for more 2 to 3 years then just dont allow them to play in IPL,coz these players are playing test matches as if they are playing 20-20 game,and i tell u ppl that you are not getting kind of tracks as you have in sub continent,so the batsmen need to spend more time on crease...

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | December 29, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Australia's fast bowlers were simply brilliant in their demonstation of bowling good line and length, and as a West Indian, I hope that WI bowlers have looked on and taken note. Like other teams from the Sub-Continent, India is really only good at home, and so I am not surprised at their failure yet again overseas. Despite everything however, I couldn't help feeling sorry for Tendulkar. He really looked class while he was at the wicket, but yet again failed when it was a perfect time to score that much sought after 100th century. I hope he succeeds in achieving his goal this series, and recommends that he, Dravid and Laxman gracefully proceeds into retirement, making way for a young breed of Indian batsmen.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | December 29, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    I'm not sure what is the hue and cry about. India played to it's potential. Why people, particularly Indians, can't get this reality.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    The one thing I don't understand, is that nobody (except maybe Ian Chappell) is asking Dhoni about the field placements that he employed on the 4th morning. Australia were only 230 ahead, and he had a deep point a deep square leg a deep fine leg. Yes the batting collapse(s) were indeed the final reason why India lost, but many a times it is the intent that sends the signal. If MSD had shown intent yesterday by keep attacking fields and making Australia work hard for their runs, who knows....Australia may have been bowled out for around 250 or so. India may still have collapsed, but at least they would send a clear message,"We are working on our batting. Look out though....when our batting clicks, we will come back strong at you." On the other hand, Michael Clarke and his men executed their plans to the ace; slips, gully, point...leaving the cover open and bowling full and swinging at pace.

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | December 29, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Replace Gambhir with Rohit sharma in the second test in Sydney and play 5 bowlers with two spinners.

  • POSTED BY OzWally on | December 29, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Great win by the Aussies, but memories of collapses against NZ and SA are still fresh. This is a young, exciting team but be prepared for more bumps in the road fora while yet. And how do they find room for Watson, Cummins, Harris, Johnson, Khawaja, Hughes, etc? A good problem to have. As for Indians, barely a year on top with 4 of the best batsmen of their generation and all now not far from the finish line. Who's next?

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Indian team is on decline believe me. Most of Indian batters are 33+ and about to retire. New comers are all either t20 or ODI players and got no temperament. Bowling department is improving though which is good sign.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    well i told u IND needed to escape MCG test but they lost well had they batted first story would have been different,IND lost the plot of 1st innings collapse,rohit sharma was in good touch he shuld have been given chance,yes decline is there after all SACHIN finally bid aideu to MCG as for as tests are considered,IND is slow starter team and should have leart lesson after pasting in ENGLAND,Bowlers did very well but we lost because of POOR batting and LOOSE captincy in 2nd innings,why our captain cool has become so defensive remind him NAGPUR test VS AUS 2008 where he led very well,COMMON IND GET UP AND CONQUER AUSSIE,LET THEM BE CASUAL AND ENJOY THIS SUCCESS,thank GOD IND dont have STEVE BUCKNOR IN SCG this time unlike 2004/2008 when he denied IND both test wins and probaly series wins,so I am hopeful IND just need to win toss and BAT first score 350 and then we shall see how good PATTINSON can swere to SEHWAG,,

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    It doesnt matter how many practise games India have, we still manage to lose the first test of an overseas tour. No excuses team India this time...you are just not up there... No grit shown by the batsmen to guts it out in the middle...You cant lose 8 wickets for 68 runs in the first innings of a test and still expect to win against a good side.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | December 29, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    I think it will "hypocritical" of aussies or SA fans to slam indian batting when they themselves keep getting out cheaply at their own "home" soil.

    I would stick my neck out and say we have the "greatest" batting line-up ever and we lost due to our own errors.

    If we can get our batting do well, as they usually do, aussies will be losing this series....

  • POSTED BY arvin on | December 29, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    not a word against dhoni coz writer does not want to be in dhoni's bad books and not a single word about twin failures of laxman coz he happens to like him... with cricket columinst like him analysing indian cricket debacles... india will never stay at the top for long even if somehow they manage to get there...

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    remove DHONI and N Srinivasan..........

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 29, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    DUNGER BOB,U R WRONG THIS INDIAN TEAM CAN'T COME BACK, OUR TEAM CRUSHED A BILLION HEARTS TODAY, WE DON'T CARE IF WE BAT WELL AND LOSE , BUT WE CAN'T DIGEST BAD BATTING, TOTAL TEST REVAMP IS REQUIRED AUS WILL RUN AWAY WITH THIS THING, OLD BATSMEN AND A NON BATSMEN DHONI

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 29, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    How can we win playing with six batsmen Dhoni never a test player and never will be IF MR WOMBATTS IS LISTENING, IT IS GUT WRENCHING BUT I ACCEPT ENGLAND AND AUS ARE WAY AHEAD OUTSIDE THE SUBCONTINENT I JUST HAD HOPES CAUSE LAST FEW YEARS WE PLAYED WELL IN AUS,SA AND ENGLAND, BUT NOW AGE HAS CAUGHT UP

  • POSTED BY Brunglet on | December 29, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    This must go down as one of the most irresponsible batting display by an India side. Apart from kohli, who most certainly will have a date with the match referee, every other batsman gifted it to the Aussies. The used to be 'wall' no longer gets in line with the ball. its sad to see him struggling to protect him stumps. the next test starts in 3 days and they know what is required, lets just hope they become more competitive then.

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | December 29, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    For all those who are rooting for Pujara, please remember that the reason he is out is because he was injured, operated and was still recovering when the selection was made. Please start following news & scores about your favorite players ;-)

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Test Matches are played session by session with deep concentration, consistency & faults & blunders kept to a minimum. The start of Day 3 can be hailed as what not to do in a session. 7 Wickets fell for 68 Runs which is testimony to a very indisciplined, incoherent & incohesive approach. It could be accounted to good bowling but the fact was that not a single batsmen was playing for the team cause. It sort of reminded you of the way children in kindergarten, crude urchins, street kids play, almost like loose cannons dangerous, but only flashes in the pan. Very immature & stereotypical captaincy, Dhoni will certainly not retain his post if India lose the series! Australia have gained a major psychological advantage more so their bowlers & they have the upper hand as the team won't change much for the Sydney Test in any case. The team in 2003 had so much more fight than this & that had a lot to do with Saurav Ganguly. I'd say Dhoni's head is on the chopping block

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    The bottom line is Indian batsmen do not, as a rule play well as a unit outside the subcontinent. There might be exceptional individual performance here and there - Dravid in England, Laxman and Tendulkar in Australia etc. - but as a unit, they lack the skills and temperament to take on a decent pace attack. A great batting unit - Windies in the 70s/80s and Australia in the 1990s/2000s mostly click at home and abroad. As long as Indians continue to buy the media and money generated hype about their side, India will never be a truly great test match side.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | December 29, 2011, 15:01 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.

  • POSTED BY murty636 on | December 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    I am an Indian and am sad for the way we lost. Though it pains me to say this, we BLEW IT.. Full credit to Aussies, they DESERVE to win.... We had them on the ropes 4 times but couldnt "finish" them off. 1st when Aus was 214/6, but then let their tail take it to 333, 2nd time while batting at 214/3 but added only 68/7 on the third day to finish at 282, the 3rd time was when Aus slipped to 27/4 but we let Aus reach 179/8 that day. We topped it by letting them add 61 for the last two wickets. And Finally, when we had to score 292, it was NOT impossible. In fact , it was still a God given opportunity to reach that elusive Grail "Winning the first test in ANY Away series"...AND WE BLEW IT. AUSSIES RICHLY DESERVED THEIR WIN TODAY and lets accept it.

  • POSTED BY Indiaforever on | December 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Its the first match of a series, you can expect this result, but maybe the manner in which we folded in both innings was the real problem. Gambhir had a good series in SA in the start of the year and so i expect him to come back strongly. Sehwag only plays one way and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt, even though he shouldn't have gone for the uppercut 15 mins before lunch because that gave Australia the upperhand for the rest of the day. Dravid, Sachin and Laxman will all come back strongly and will produce match winning innings. We need a quality number 7 batsmen and Dhoni is not that, so we should change dhoni with a better batsmen/wicketkeeper.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | December 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I would like to mention that in 2007-08 under Anil Kumble, India lost the forst Test at Melbourne by 337 runs.That test match was really one sided in Australia's favour. That was an inequal battle but no-one really wrote obituaries in the manner they are doing now. This Test was lost by India by 122 runs, but there were definitely moments particularly on the 3rd day when many people thought that India would win and break their bad record pf losing the first Test of a series played abroad and of course their Melbourne record. The point is that Indian bowling is good and Australia cannot believe that they have escaped to victory and that the future is rosy. In Sydney, India could win even if the last victory there happened in 1977/78. The Australians will not produce a green top there because they could be destroyed by Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav even if Siddle,Hilfenhaus,Pattinson and Harris will be waiting with the look of green lipped mussels.Australian batting is too brittle for words.

  • POSTED BY ahweak on | December 29, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Do not expect much to change. 300 is going to be a challenging total even in the remaining tests. Champion teams fight tooth and nail, they do not fall like these guys did in England and in this test. Indian batting is overrated and can only do well at home. All the statistics thrown around about their away performances in the last ten years show that they were decent only for a short period of time. For most part, they were not that good. I will bet on the Indian batting line up struggling over and over again outside India.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    5 successive defeats in 5 away Tests. Are our best batsmen simply not good enough? Especially in seaming conditions

    Well as Anderson-Broad-Bresnan and now Siddle-Pattinson-Hilfenhaus have bowled, the fact remains that our batsmen allowed them to bowl in the right areas

    There are two ways of forcing a bowler to bowl short. One is to stand a yard outside the crease (this also helps counter the movement) and force the bowler to pitch shorter or risk a half volley. Openers like Matthew Hayden and Sunil Gavaskar did this regularly - but it takes courage to do this on fast bouncy pitches when the bowlers are bowling 150+Kph

    Second is to drive as often as possible (even on the rise if need be) - but to always drive in the 'V' showing the full face of the bat. Else, in seaming conditions a cover drive will be a thick edge to gully

    Overcoming challenges like these make a batsman a great one. Not numbers. The next three test matches will tell us if our great batsmen are still great.

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | December 29, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Gambhir to go. Promote Dravid as Opener. Move Laxman to his favourite No.3 and include Rohit ahead of Kohli.

    I guess time for Dravid or Laxman or Sachin to pack their bags and let youngester to take over after this series. We can't afford all the three to go in quick sucession. Hope the selectors wake up and start managing the situation.

  • POSTED BY longlivewoodoo on | December 29, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Most diasaster player is gambhir. He cann't play outside of subcontinent. He even don't try to slap the ball like sehwag does still gets caught behind stumps. He even doesn't know which ball to leave . Try rahane or sharma. Laxman has started talking too much. I am enjoying my game since dhoni bhai and kumble bhai came. He has taken australia as a guranted team to score. He thinks , he will come and get run. Tendulkar as usual doesn't participate when it has to be actually counted . Don't talk about no. 6 . That has been jinxed by ganguly. No issues with sehwag.

  • POSTED BY cricketcrazy555 on | December 29, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Nothing new for India, I know it's hard to digest for Indian Fans. India can't win a test series in Australia even with 3rd or 4th string team.

  • POSTED BY PallabBanerjee on | December 29, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Our batsmen have a history of failues when they touring in England, Australia and South Africa , but these are forgotten very soon because following these tours we would invariably have a series in our country when our famed batting line up would be unstoppable , even the likes of Dhoni, Kohli would be scoring centuries and they become super heroes over night.

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | December 29, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    It is quite accurate to say that Tendulkar looked the best batsman in this match. However, the Indian commentators need to understand that he is not the best batsman in the world, an error they continue to make when commentating. The batsman with that title is Sri Lanka's KUMAR SANGAKARA. In fact, none of the FIVE BEST BATSMEN IN THE WORLD is playing in this India-Australia series. Tendulkar had that title when he was the most consistent run getter in the world. Right now, he is only having marginal success, and can't be described thus. The Indians need to know once again that just having the most runs and 100s in test cricket is not enough to make him the best batsman. Hell no! When you see any of the five best: Sangakara, Kallis, Bell, etc, they seem to be in a class above the Little Master. The best of them, Sangakara has much more time for his stroke play, especially against fast bowling than Tendulkar; and in general he is much more exciting against any type of bowling. He's No 6

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | December 29, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    What a disappointment! I don't think any thing can fail more gloriously than India does. Please drop Gambhir! Let him earn his place again. After all the talk, the bowling actually did well and took 20 Aussie wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    I am Pakistani. But I think India will pull back like Sri Lanka. This Series will be even. Good Luck next time Team India

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    @Smithie, can't agree with you more. I am an Indian but I think it is really a shame, first of all, that the BCCI is being mulish in not accepting DRS (in FULL). It is a bigger shame that our commentators stubbornly keep making ludicrous comments about DRS being bad (like, "I'd rather have a human making a mistake than a machine"!). But the biggest shame is the so-called keepers of the game, the journalists also toeing the same line!!

    It is rather baleful. Even if DRS was faulty and even it got only 50% of the referred decisions right, we're already on the right side of the Ledger. And while everyone else has accepted DRS, there must at least be some good in it.

    Why, for God's sake, can't we accept it, please? Please accept this and write FOR DRS, than making churlish allegations against it.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 29, 2011, 14:34 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

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 29, 2011, 14:33 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.

  • POSTED BY airaf25 on | December 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    @CricIndia208, test cricket is the ultimate form of the game and india are not world champions at it... never were. india had many chances through out the test to put australia away but they couldnt grab it. they still have a chance to come back in the series.i think they should play rohit sharma in next test. he plays the short ball pretty well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    In the second inning, I kept on waiting for an Indian batsman to stand up to Australians. But nobody did. It's a shame. Sehwag, Ghambir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni are big names but they did not have any answer for Australia's attack. And I don't mean to make Indians fans upset, but when is Tendulkar going to "win" a test match for India? Last night, it was another opportunity for him but he did not deliver. In his 180+ tests, Tendulkar should have had at least 8-10 matches where he took India home. In that case, Brian Lara was much better. India has to win overseas and their batsmen have to score runs if they don't want to known as home-ground bullies. On a positive note, Umesh Yadev looked very good. He has a good built, good speed and looks for wickets.

  • POSTED BY RNikh on | December 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    The Aussies were absolutely superb with each one of 'em contributing... Great signs for the future for them. But India too will bounce back, and for those who found this test exciting get ready for a fascinating start to 2012!

  • POSTED BY AjaySridharan on | December 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Indian bowlers bowled with a lot of heart, including Ashwin who put in a much improved performance in the 2nd innings. The batsmen however cowed down like a bunch of spineless cowards! Dhoni's body language, and consequently that of the entire team on the field sucked, his leadership was uninspiring and lacked aggression and intent. When Ashwin and Ishant could bat with relative ease, it is a shame that the rest of the lineup couldn't. Lack of intent was very obvious with even the way Dhoni batted in the 2nd innings. He was batting with Ashwin, who looked good to hang in there for 50-60 runs given how confidently he was stroking, Ishant has proven that he could hang in there, time was not a constraint in the game...and to throw his wicket away like that was not captaincy material. He is proving more and more to have just rode his wave of luck, and lacks imagination. The batting line up has nothing to write home about and are mediocre at best

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Ind batting is now a worry, GG's old flaw is back, bowlers now have an eff plan to get Viru, SRT, RD and VVS. Ind need to come up with a startegy to counter this

  • POSTED BY Jack_India on | December 29, 2011, 14:04 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. We need a FINISHER BOWLER. Someone like Waqar/Wasim to just come and clean out the tail. On the batting side 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.

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | December 29, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @hhillbumper spot on assessment,the last 5 overseas tests reads like this won a massive 0 and lost 5 sums it up really.Anyway thay can go back to there nominal tatics of only winning at home to try to get the world no 1 team spot back (no away series for next 2 years).

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | December 29, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    the batting is in decline especially due to the new crop of quality fast bowlers emerging around the world; the youngsters cant yet fill the seniors shoes; bcci have missed a trick by not sending youngsters to play a season of club cricket in oz and a season of county cricket before the seniors retire. indeed, pujara has recovered, n he, dinda, mukund n jadej n maybe rahul sharma wouldve surely gained by being sent to oz to play club cricket rather than ranji trophy at this point in their careers; emergence of fast bowlers after a long gap also means the test batting averages of the test batsmen of past 20 years must be reduced by 7-8 each to facilitate more meaningful comparison and also means the hook shot- a dead art in india- must be mastered by the young talent; as far as india is concerned pacy yadav is raw, zak now not pacy n effective with old ball only and ishant will beat the bat more often then get the edges. p kumar n aaron are injured; fit dinda is missed; n jadeja

  • POSTED BY deepak_sholapurkar on | December 29, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    If Gambhir and Virat kohli failed in the next match also then we will see them getting injured!!! and returning back to india.

  • POSTED BY DrPrashant on | December 29, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I think its really difficult to lay the blame on anyone for this defeat. Yes, the bowlers did exceed expectations - Ishant and Zaheer in terms of holding up with the workload and Umesh and Ashwin with their bowling - but they were guilty of not being able to polish off the tail, in both innings. The 61 runs that they allowed on the 4th morning went a long way in affecting the psyche of the batsmen chasing. At the same time, the batsmen failed to capitalise on the great position that they were in in the first innings and conceded that lead of 51 runs instead of actually taking the lead. At the end of the day, I would look at those two numbers - 51 and 61 and they together almost equal the margin of the defeat!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    I wouldn't use the term second string to describe the AUS attack. Although Harris, Watson, Johnson and Cummins are out injured, these guys are good. I have watched Hilfenhaus in state games and he has looked really good thus year - faster and mire variation than his Ashes debacle. Siddle has picked up too, although sheer aggression, rather than brain-power and variation, remains his strength. Pattinson has genuine talent, and at 21 will spearhead the AUS attack for years to come. What I am saying is that these guys make a much better bowling unit than what we saw during the Ashes. It's not just that conditions are more bowler friendly after day 1 (they are) or that India are awful. India have a good batch of quicks here too, so this series will be an exciting one where batsmen need to earn their runs.

  • POSTED BY Flat_Pitch_Bully on | December 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Relax ppl, keep the faith! India will rock this series, wait n watch!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Ghambhir, Laxman and Kohli failed in both innings. To prevent this series becoming a whitewash, batsmen should be made accountable for their failures. The series is already lost, at least the selectors have to make changes for the second test. Drop Ghambhr and Laxman and bring Rahane and Rohit sharma in their place. That may not be a solution, but at least the Rahane, Rohit and Kohli will be tested for the remaining series and gain experience.

  • POSTED BY dscoll on | December 29, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Ind batsmen play very correct cricket (except shewag) and when the ball is doing nothing (in the subcontinent) they are very diffecult to get out. However, when the ball is moving around Ind batsmen are simply waiting to get out. They need to be more +ve, but old dogs can't learn new tricks. If Ind are ever to become world No 1 again they need to send their best young players abroad to practice on moving wickets or they need to play all their matches in the subcontinent, which as Syed Abid Raza Rizvi says they are going to do after this series.

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | December 29, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    I always had respect and watched with awe whenever Laxman was at the crease.However the time has come for him to be sent into the night. I would do the same with Dravid sooner. Agreed Dravid and Laxman have performed decently but they are visibly tired legs.They look dis-interested while fielding and in case of Dravid he is dropping crucial catches frequently.This is the first sign of age catching up. Laxman played very poor shots in both the innings. The second innings dismissal was lack of field awareness which I attribute to lack of concentration.

    Drop Gambhir get Rahane Drop Laxman get Rohit Sharma.

    With above changes the Team might still lose but atleast they will be investing into the future.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | December 29, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    This is the exact reason why we were disliked as #1 Test nation!! we DO NOT deserve it, never DID..and the way, our so-called #1 test nation plays is a JOKE!!! I very well said on this website that LAXMAN will be clueless and useless as a Test Specialist....in England he could not deliver it, Sachin just can't save a test match [based on his sad state of affairs with 2nd inning knocks], and when was DHONI a Test quality player [outside subcontinent]?? Rohit would have been a good choice versus Kohli! UMESH is a pleasant and god sent! now, we know why AUSSIES were #1 test nation, isn't it? - Determination, Discipline, and Dedication.....and Drive, all these ingredients are missing in the INDIAN team, especially Fab/Fake 3!!

  • POSTED BY RAONANDURI on | December 29, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Indian batsmen are so over-rated and that fact is again proved in this first test at MCG. Every-one talks about their so called powerful batting line-up but where are the results ? Two wins in australia in the last thirty years ? when you boast of with this kind of batting lineup which aggregates a stagerring over 50,000 runs ? SACHIN IS SO OVER-RATED, I cant imagine anyone in any sport who is more over-rated than him. He plays for records is pretty apparent for the discerning eye. He can never play under pressure.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | December 29, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    @CricIndia208 - You are wrong, Tests are the traditional form of the game and matter a lot, maybe not to you. Zaheer bowled really well and for long spells, which is good news.If only Ishant can take wickets instead of controlling the run flow, that would be a huge bonus. Ashwin has been a disappointment, but he is not as bad as Harbhajan. Anyways, it is better if the same squad is selected for the 2nd Test, as it gives more experience. Good luck India!

  • POSTED BY AussieGreekCricketLegend on | December 29, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    My focus - Ponting. Class under severe pressure --- Ponting was under such pressure he was passing diamonds yet he saved Austin from embarrassment and then bowlers won it!!!

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | December 29, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Indian fans (and I'm one) let's give credit where it's due. Aussies played like champs. They might no longer be all conquering unit they once were, but they are still good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Kohli had enough chances till now...West Indies tour and now this one..Robhit hasn't got a single , better play Rohit, he looks to be in good touch.. Also Gambhir isn't curbing his pushing outside off-stumps tendency. On seaming conditions.. its calling for own downfall time and again. Bring Rahane instead. Ask Sehwag to stop his WWF stints, talking like WWF wrestlers and also tries to bat like that....We don't want "Fun Package" ... we need solid starts.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Lets accept the fact that India are tigers at home lambs outside....a fan's heart starts pounding when Sehwag n Gambhir go out to open, both are so tentative at the top of the innings...All the so called greats have failed to win a series Australia, SA in their 10+ year long careers.....should they be really called greats just because they've scores thousands of runs for themselves???

  • POSTED BY Manso on | December 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    DRS, I feel India is being a Bully, just for the sake of being a BULLY! It shd be introduced by ICC imdtly. I hv a suggestion. Fr the time being let not players appeal against Umpire's verdict. YES IT NOT CRICKET to question the Umpire. But, Umpires are human too. Why not ask the Umpires if they are in doubt, then dont gv a decision imdtly. Just call upstairs, discuss with the 3rd Umpire, and let the Umpire clear any doubts in the filed Umpires mind. Then give yr decision. FINAL DECISION. No reviews. In this way the Umpires can hv time to make sure thier decsion was made with 2nd thought and verification.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Another 4-0 beckons! Lets give the old boys some rest now. Thanks for all your magnificence boys, but Rahul SRT, and VVS must now make way. Lets blood the youngsters. We are losing badly anyway, the youngsters cannot do worse. It would be a sorry end to magnificent careers, but they should have stepped away in glory, much like Gavaskar did.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    sewag, rahane, dravid, sachin, vvs, rohit sharma, saha and tail...ths wl be the ideal line-up where everyone can atleast bat for a session each before losing their wickets...........no dhoni or virat...they play for money...

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | December 29, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    NOT TO WORRY ITS A TREND FOR US TO LOSE THE FIRST MATCH THEN WE BOUNCE BACK NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT WE'RE JUST GETTIN USE TO THE CONDITIONS..INDIA STILL LOOKS A BALANCED TEAM..AND I STICK TO MY PREDICTION INDIA WIN 3-1!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Batting in swinging & seaming conditions requires other set of skills ..which only 1 or 2 players have in this current team.. Dravid & sachin.. all others look highly vulnerable. Even Sachin couldn't control his promptness for driving on up..so many times that has brought his downfall. Sehwag shouldn't be in top order or even in playing 11 on overseas tours..instead select an opener with solid technique..(don't know who is that? may be Rahaney should be tried..he looks solid).. Another opener (Gambhir) should b purely picked on form..Gambhir has a tendency to run down ball to third man ..he isn't suited on bouncy wickets...try Mukund..he did reasonably well in England.Dravid, sachin..now no:5 & 6. Laxman should retire ..give way to rohit/virat. No 6..don't be susprised I would prefer ravindra Jadeja..he is a much improved cricketer now.Additional genuine , smart bowling option.(get him to Aus now) No:7 Dhoni..& rest..Else India loosing 4-0 for sure...

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Even if Australia has chased this target,they would have failed to do this..so I dont think terming India as Flat track Bullies is right .. If so, what Fast Track Bullies SA could do in their own backyard?? why they are losing in Kingsmead? They have lost to AUS,ENG,IND and now SL .. will you term SA as Flat track Bullies?? Indians dont have patience to utilize the pitch..Pitch was good enough to get runs.. But poor shot selection costed them.. Sachin and Sehwag played unnecessary shots etc..

  • POSTED BY MagnusBuchan on | December 29, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Yet again the Indian batsmen don't have the ability to dig deep and grind out a result. Sehwag is a preposterous flat track bully; he should stick to batting in 1 day cricket on roads. Laxman and Tendulkar are past it. India should be looking to the future.

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | December 29, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    ...we need @ least 10 practice matches more than any other team bcos we are paper tigers but real tigers @ home....but we can be fried and eaten live abroad especially our batsmen....and we will have the same script of lost chances and dhonis tremendous capability of excuses and a conservative approach!!

  • POSTED BY din7 on | December 29, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    some indians here are getting the face of reality (for ur info i m an indian). As i always told indians are tigers of home and nothing else. And ya the so called sehwag ......as i always wrote in my comments is nothing more than a flat pitch bully or otherwise drop his 2 to 3 catches and he will score 50 or 100. Gambhir another nothing more than a flat pitch bully barring sachin, dravis and vvs thers's no one in indian team who can play on good tracks. yes in next match they might score 400 or 500, sydney always a good batting track. But the truth remains and will always be there.............bitter it BE!

  • POSTED BY Shridhar_Malur on | December 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    The question that needs to be asked is whether a line-up that reads Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Sharma, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Zaheer, Ishant, Ashwin and Yadav would have fared any worse and if the answer is "Probably Not", then it is time for the Indian selectors to do some serious retirement planning so that the legends are eased out gracefully over the next 12 months. However taking Kohli as a representative of the new line-up, the answer to the question is an unequivocal "Yes", which means a slide down the test rankings is inevitable. This could well be the ideal scenario that the BCCI has been working towards which is to have more of the senseless T20s and ODI series at the expense of test cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    well well ,there we go,1-0 and all the hell breaks lose.Lets give credit to Australia they were definitely better than us.There is still scope for India to improve and restore pride in the remaining matches.Also Sachin haters please take note -who was the best Indian batsman in this match and also whenever he misses a century, India invariably wins!!!Please stop this nonsense about criticising Sachin and wake up to the fact that there are 11 players in Indian team and all are paid equally ,it is time everybody contributed,otherwise even 2 centuries from Sachin in one test will not be enough to save the match,let alone winning.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    India helped England to reach no.1. Now is the turn for Australia..at least they have chance to overtake few others but with Sri lanka performing against SA, seems it is only India going downhill..... At this rate, Cricket followers in India will vanish as rapidly as it has happened in Eden Gradens. Once Tendulkar retires, all stadiums in India will wear deserted look. It is high time BCCi should invest in Tendulkar to increase his longevity otherwise the cash rich board will be on its way to bankruptcy!!

  • POSTED BY VivekKumarAnand on | December 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Indian bowling did the same to Australia. They 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.

    As for batting, I thought the reliance on the old names was the killer for India in England, and is the killer for India in Australia. It wasn't just the Indian conditions that obliterated England in India - it was the fresh blood. Take out Sehwag (seems to give away more runs in field than he earns with his bat), Laxman and Gambhir. Inject some fresh blood. Even if we lose with them it's fine - these matches don't mean all that much and the youngsters get to experience and learn.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | December 29, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    As far as I can see, you are going to have half your top 6 retiring at more or less the same time. Surely your board has a plan to ease the transition, or is it already too late to stagger it somehow.

    As far as the rest of this series is concerned, it's only just begun and India have a habit of bouncing back from slow starts in Australia. I wouldn't get too despondent, we tend to follow up a good performance with a shocker, so we could just as easily blunder you right back into the series in Sydney.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 29, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Sehwag an awesome batsman? Yeah on flat pitches he can hit the ball but when did he last play well when needed.Great batsman win matches when the going is difficult.That is none of the so called Fab Four

  • POSTED BY sanjaykn on | December 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    saurav ganguly at no 6 is dearly missed! no body has been able to fill that slot! If other 3 players are good enough to play at his age, he was too! He was thrown out despite a success with the last aussies tour! saurav would have been a hit in england just like dravid and no doubts about it. And he knows how to hold fort and bat with the tail. The youngsters are not learning at all( yuv,raina, kholi.. who else now?). And now he has become indias curse in the commentary box( we have lost 5 in a row now with him in the commentary box and may be another 3 will follow soon!). what goes around comes around yeah?

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    any how india are loosing in abroad.better be with youngsters.

  • POSTED BY indyarox on | December 29, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. Lets admit Indian test team is done and dusted now. The batting is pathetic & it so sad to see ppl like Laxman clinging on to the team. He is past his sell by date now. Good to see the young bowler Umesh doing well. But thats the only positive from this test. I think its time for us to slip down the Test rankings around 5 or 6. England, SA, Aus and Pak look much better in Tests. Guess it was bound to happen with IPL batting techniques our batsmen were bound to struggle in foreign conditions. Appeal to all India fans stop expecting too much from the Indian test team & instead enjoy thier one day successes. Got to admit they have one hell of a one day team.

  • POSTED BY shuvoroy31 on | December 29, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Sambit you were in the forefront of the "clamour for young blood" to force Ganguly to retire in a meaningless rush. Your ilk painted rosy pictures about swelling reserves of talented youth, much of which in the last couple of years have proven to be significantly beneath test standards, including Kohli, the apple of IPL-crowd's eye. Asking Gambhir to open in Australia is like asking Umesh Yadav to open in Australia against McGrath, Lillee, Thomson & Lindwall combined. Do not confine him in this ruthless cage of test cricket, let him bloom in all his cockiness & thirdman-edges in the natural surroundings of IPL. Laxman too should think of his graceful exit sooner than later - he has reached the end of the road & can only produce flashes in the pan than sustained good performance throughout a series. Invest in Rohit & Pujara - they might still pay some dividends. As to the 2nd opener, let it be an opportunity to show which of the 5 regions wield most power in the selectors' meetings.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Being a true fan of test cricket, i really admire this SEA-SAW test match. James pattinson made crucial 37 to take lead far beyond the indian expectation.and well strucked 6 wickets begs this match for aussies. I think kohli should be replaced by much awaited RG sharma and laxman should have to play the role of SANKAT MOCHAN. Gambhai also have to put runs under his belt.most importantly dhoni should have to leaen from his continously repeated mistkes- giving most precious runs to tailenders. I hope next year should brought a faboulus win at SCG

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | December 29, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Its not a trend, dearest Bal. These batsmen are kinda over-rated

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Dravid got bowled 3 times this match - hardly "the wall" anymore, but he was one of indias better batsman. A few weeks ago, people were caling Sehwag superhuman, i still believe the guy hasnt got any cricket intelligence. A king pair in england didnt help either. A move down to #7 where he has a license to bat would be better. The SCG isnt the spin friendly paradise it used to be, it wont be the home away from home india knows. India would be better off using this tour to make some batting adjustments, or else the tour, while it wont be the disaster that was england, will be some form of disaster. I cannot see how they can win any test match

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | December 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    For the first time I have seen a solid Indian bowling attack which can trouble a top team. Bowlers need to be backed by the batsmen to win. Too many dead pitch in the subcontinent has made Indian players king at home and cat at abroad. How is IPL helping now the Indian batsmen who are good in hitting sixes?

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Simple solution although it will bring some for-the-time-being misery..Indian Batting greats should retire at the peak of their career just like McGrath , Warne , Justin Langer , Imran Khan did. Yes there will be a gap for sometime but it will get fixed with time or induct a couple of fresh blood like pujara in team in place of laxman/dravid. People will run after me after reading this but let one new guy play with at least couple seniors instead of 4 new faces coming with no body to guide them in dressing room and on field. I guess I made sense

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | December 29, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Mukund and Rahane will be applying pressure in Gauti, since Sehwag is more established with over 8000 runs and have 2 triple century to his name. So Gauti under tremendous pressure rather then Sehwag

    Laxman played his last match winning knock in 2010 Durban and perhaps in Kolkata, however home performances doesn't count much here. His Away Avg in 2011 became below 30, That includes 1 match in SA, 3 match in WI, 4 Match in Eng and again 1 Match here, so it's a lot of matches and apart from Barbados he is a failure in rest of those. So 1 in 9 match? More over He hasn't scored centuries in SA, WI and Eng, Laxman had an Avg of 22.75 in England with a HS of 56. However bad form Sachin and Dravid goes, they doesn't gone this bad for the truth. I m not writing off Laxman yet but he also now have to prove himself to be in the playing 11 after a bad year. The Adv though he next going to SCG his most Fav ground after Eden, But a Failure there, he would be under pressure as well.

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | December 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Very well written article Sambit. India's batting has actually been a concern for the last two years and the fact that this team struggled against some batting friendly conditions at home against opponents such as New Zealand and WI should have been addressed lot sooner. I can recollect at least two Harbhajan Singh centuries that bailed out India, and also one blazing 75 in the West Indies. Batting collapses had become quite common even in the ODI formats, some notable examples being the collapses in the World Cup matches against WI, SA and England. India's batting problem precisely lies in three areas.. 1) Opening pair of hit/miss Sehwag with an out of form Gambhir - with no alternate in sight 2) Ganguly's spot still being vacant 3) Dhoni's lack of contribution - especially away from subcontinental wickets. Indian batsmen MUST start playing those long innings that they are reputed for in bowling friendly conditions. If not, Indian fans should better brace for another 4-0 whitewash!!!

  • POSTED BY nadu_1975 on | December 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    CricIndia208 u should then play only ODI why poke at test matches. its not your cup of wine.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | December 29, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    So apart from Dravid and Sachin, No batsman deserve to play a Test in 2012 based on form. Indian selectors learn that Bowlers are Poor after England Whitewash, They need another whitewash in Australia to realize they need to change the batting line up as well?

    The Away Avg for Gambhir, Sehwag, Laxman, Virat (Worst of all) and Dhoni is really Pathetic.

    I guess it's time to move on, Perhaps another whitewash will make things or India Batsman will find it a bit easier in SCG and score few and retain their place. But For a complete year, away from Home (None of them in Sub-Continent) shows who are real FTB and who are class players.

    Laxman have to do what Dravid had done this year, another bad performance, Laxman place will be seriously questioned considering Rohit in the bench.

    Kohli must spend a season with county against moving balls, else 100 out of 100 time, he won't even survive 10 quality fast ball. He is a sitting duck. Nothing much diff from Raina.

    To be Continued

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | December 29, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Indian Batsman in Tests for the year 2011:

    G Gambhir - 8 Matches 470 Runs @ 31.33, HS: 93, 4 Fifties and Avg in India: 68.18, Away Avg 27.50

    V Sehwag - 7 Matches 384 Runs @ 29.53, HS: 67, 4 Fifties and Avg in India: 49.00, Away Avg 17.37

    R Dravid - 12 Matches 1145 runs @ 57.25, HS-146*, 4 Fifties and 5 Centuries, Avg in India: 63.80, Away Avg: 55.06

    SR Tendulkar - 9 Matches 756 Runs @ 47.25, HS:146, 5 Fifties and 1 Century, Avg in India: 43.60, Away Avg: 48.90

    VVS Laxman -12 Matches 773 runs @ 40.68, HS:176*, 6 Fifties and 1 Century, Avg in India: 99.33, Away Avg: 29.68

    V Kohli- 5 Matches 202 runs @ 22.44, HS: 63, 2 Fifties, Avg in India: 57.50, Away Avg: 12.42

    MS Dhoni - 12 Matches 510 runs @ 28.33, HS: 144, 3 Fifties and 1 Century, Avg in India: 41.25, Away Avg: 23.06

    R Ashwin - 4 Matches 182 runs @ 36.40, HS: 103, 1 Century, Avg in India: 40.33 and Away avg: 30.50

    To be Continued.,

  • POSTED BY jaisan on | December 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    The most worrisome line for any Indian fan, 3 years since Ganguly left, the middle order spot is still open. We all know very soon another 3-4 spots in the line-up is going to open up....then what?

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @hhillbumper : agree 100% mate. good on flat spinning pitches. otherwise cant bat, india, i.e., and they say aus can't play swing! ha

  • POSTED BY Stone-Aamir on | December 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    The fall of complete Indian batting lineup against moderate inexperienced second string Austalian attack is surprising. We were expecting some fight in the last inning but it just confirms the recent Indian failures in England. God knows what will happen to Indian test batting once Sachin and Dravid will retire. No wonder they might stop playing tests outside subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY cric4zh on | December 29, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    a new year gift from the `L` team

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | December 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    LETS AGREE WITH FACTS AND FIGURES WE INDIANS ARE TIGERS @ HOME AND BUNNIES ABROAD..FACT...PERIOD!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    @SYED ABIV RAZA RIZVI . YES THE NEXT OVERSEAS TOUR WILL BE IN 2014 JAN IN SA , THEN JULY - AUG 2014 IN ENG , THEN DEC 2014 IN AUS , THEN CWC 2015 , THEN JUNE 2015 IN WI ,THEN IN AUG 2015 IN SL , THEN DEC 2015 IN NZ TOUR. SO THAT'S NEARLY 2 YEARS TIME IN WHICH INDIA WILL PLAY CRICKET OUTSIDE HOME . OKKKK , NOW GO & COOL OFF . ALSO INDIA PLAYED MORE TEST THAN PAKISTAN OVERSEAS . WE WILL PLAY 5 MATCH SERIES IN ENG IN 2014 .

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | December 29, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    KEEP ON DEFENDING BATSMEN AND KEEP ON HAVING DEFENSIVE FIELDS...AND KEEP ON GIVING EXCUSES FIRST OF MR DHONI INMPROVE UR BATTING OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT AN THEN SPEAK!! ELSE U SHUD RESIGN FRM CAPTAINCY AND COACH MR FLETCHER ALSO NEEDS A BOOT BEHIND HIS BACK!! CAPTAIN COOL IS TOO COOL AND THATS BACKFIRING AS FAR AS RECORDS OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT GOES!!! THE JHARKHANDI SHUD RESIGN!!

  • POSTED BY kam_uk on | December 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    DRS - Ponting out LBW - quite possible India lost this test match due to their stubborn stance on DRS- RT Ponting 15* (28b 1x4) Z Khan 6-1-12-0 Over 17.1 Khan to Ponting, no run, big appeal for lbw, as Zaheer hits Ponting on the pad from round the stumps, comes in with the angle as Ponting lunges forward, looked to have struck him outside the line of off, nope, ball tracker shows it hit him in line and would have taken middle, there you go. This would have put Aus on 55-5 and a chance of shooting them out for 150ish which India would have chased. With decisions like this going against India maybe one day the penny will drop. The recent revised version of DRS in Pak v SL series worked well - only one failed referral per team per innings and minimum of 50% of the ball hitting and/or missing to overturn a decision. This puts more emphasis on the umpire also players can't "try their luck" with DRS either. Best way forward and it will be used during Pak v Eng.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | December 29, 2011, 10:41 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.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    @CricIndia208 Tests are the most important!!! The rest is just like a joke compared to test crcicket

  • POSTED BY Rags57 on | December 29, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    It is not surprising that we find ourselves in this position given that we have only two batsmen - Dravid and Tendulkar - who are technically sound to play on such tracks. Laxman may have been successful in the past in Australia but with three genuine pacy swing bowlers in the Australian camp now and his known weakness against the moving ball it is difficult to see him succeed even though we are all hoping he does. Gambhir is becoming a liability now and like Harbhajan was dropped due to lack of performance, he should be dropped so he goes back to domestic cricket to hone his skills against the moving ball. It may be worthwhile to give Rohit Sharma a chance at Sydney since he seems to be the best technically in this batting line up after Dravid and Tendulkar. He can even be asked to open the innings with Sehwag. It is difficult to see India succeed without taking some drastic step.

  • POSTED BY Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on | December 29, 2011, 10:34 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!! ;)

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    In the last two years, Dravid has dropped a number of slip catches which have proved very costly for India. We should deduct these additional runs given away by Dravid from the runs Dravid scores. We can then assess Dravid's true contribution to India.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | December 29, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    SAMIT YOU EXPECT VIRAT TO REATAINED IN THE SQUAD . WHY? ROHIT IS TECHNICALLY BETTER THAN HIM .

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    im indian fan but i like australians game..they r very good since from 1990's they r in number one position in both ODI and test's...its very nasty blow .the indian lezends dnt know how to bat in bouncy and swing pitches very shame...so again prroven that indians r great in spin pitches(home) only..they r nt at all good in aus,sa,eng pitches...they never learn how to play in those 3countries im watching cricket since from 1992 ..india wil never one the siries in both aus,and sa pitches...

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 29, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    India are terrible abroad. Mind you when you are facing probably the best attack on earth you can't blame them. Pattinson the next superstar along with Yadav, Cummins and Philander!

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | December 29, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    KEEP ON DEFENDING BATSMEN AND KEEP ON HAVING DEFENSIVE FIELDS...AND KEEP ON GIVING EXCUSES FIRST OF MR DHONI INMPROVE UR BATTING OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT AN THEN SPEAK!! ELSE U SHUD RESIGN FRM CAPTAINCY AND COACH MR FLETCHER ALSO NEEDS A BOOT BEHIND HIS BACK!! CAPTAIN COOL IS TOO COOL AND THATS BACKFIRING AS FAR AS RECORDS OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT GOES!!! THE JHARKHANDI SHUD RESIGN!!

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | December 29, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    KEEP ON DEFENDING BATSMEN AND KEEP ON HAVING DEFENSIVE FIELDS...AND KEEP ON GIVING EXCUSES FIRST OF MR DHONI INMPROVE UR BATTING OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT AN THEN SPEAK!! ELSE U SHUD RESIGN FRM CAPTAINCY AND COACH MR FLETCHER ALSO NEEDS A BOOT BEHIND HIS BACK!! CAPTAIN COOL IS TOO COOL AND THATS BACKFIRING AS FAR AS RECORDS OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT IS CONCERNED!!

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | December 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    All batsmen struggled in this match. In my opinion it has alot to do with some pretty good bowling as you mention. The Aussie attack is not a second string attack as you infer. These guys were always there but they had to wait for a spot to open through injury or poor form. Pattinson and Hilfy have been groomed for years. Pattinson will be better than Cummins.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Indian batsmen lost it on mindgame. Sehwag is awesome batsman, but he needs to adjust his (pyro)techniques as the pitch demands. He was the key batsman, and he has no business throwing his wicket away. Gambhir was a wrong selection. Team should be selected on form, not on history or past credentials. Rahul Dravid was bowled twice (thrice including the noball). I can't believe he is so cheap! may be he can figure out what kind of practice he needs. Sachin Tendulkar has no fault. He usually falters on second inninngs. If anyone pinned hope on him, that's because Sehwag, Dravid and others got out quickly. Laxman, another luxary. God knows when he would click. But it is disappointing that he did not give a fight on second innings, which probably most people expected. They made the attack look like a champion attack. Just like in England. Look at Ashwin or Ishant. It's the mind, baby. I hope our batsmen learn from them. Meanwhile watch '81 test match on youtube for solace (India won)!

  • POSTED BY amit.80s on | December 29, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Aus were 214/6 and end up making 333 then Ind was 214/3 and bowled out for 282. Once again Aus were 27/4 and end up making 240 and Ind in second innings never put up the fight. Can somebody tell them that it isnt over untill the last bowl bowled or the wicket fell or the run scored.

  • POSTED BY godimbored on | December 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    The No. 1 Test position is now a distant memory for India, and will remain that way for the forseeable future. At this rate Pakistan will overtake India before too much longer. Australia appear to have touched bottom and are now on the way back up.

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | December 29, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Samit Bal time for you as the Editor of Cricinfo to call for full DRS to be adopted uniformly.The howlers were there for all to see and a blight on a great Test. Your reluctance to express editorial opinion on this boil blighting the face of cricket is a disgrace to your journalistic integrity.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | December 29, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Quite well written and I hope analyst in the Indian team reads this and comments and passes them on to the team. Dhoni in his post match presentation was unperturbed about the sorry state of Indian batting. So someone needs to tell Indian team where they stand. If this aussies team had been playing in India they would have lost 4-0 to India in 4 test series. But this is Australia where even the second string attack has bitten Indian team to dust. For a team for whom Pattinson was a KKR discard the bat needs to talk. I dont agree to too much chop and change but for second test I would like to see Rohit Sharma in the team. Kohli had experience of emerging players but in one day format. Sharma has been here in 2007. Most would not agree but even Sehwag needs to be a bit careful if Gambhir gets out early. My hope is still with India to pull of a series victory and for that Indian bat needs to talk good.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 29, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Flat track bullies would be the best label.On Current form the batting line up needs complete restructuring.It is no good living on past achievements or if so why not get Gavaskar out of retirement.This line up is so over rated and chokes under any pressure.To get knowcked over by Aus second string attack is pretty poor and where are all the Indian fans with their predictions of now it will have to be 3-1.This is not a good Aus team and india are at full strength.So why did it go so wrong then? Not used to having to bat when things don't go their way and too much petulance and arrogance!

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    guess what... for the next two years indians are not playing any test outside subcontinent... their next away tour outside subcontinent is in Jan 2014 in SA....

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | December 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I think we should ban the Indian team from touring England, Australia and South Africa. Every series has to be played in India with the above teams because looks like they're not worth going on tours there.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Nothing new from India - just like most South Asian teams - most players are tigers at home and cats abroad. Like Australia India has an aging batting line up they better start using the new talent abundent in India

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | December 29, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    This test does not matter. INDIA ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS. WHO CARES FOR TEST CRICKET ANYWAY.

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  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | December 29, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    This test does not matter. INDIA ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS. WHO CARES FOR TEST CRICKET ANYWAY.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Nothing new from India - just like most South Asian teams - most players are tigers at home and cats abroad. Like Australia India has an aging batting line up they better start using the new talent abundent in India

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | December 29, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    I think we should ban the Indian team from touring England, Australia and South Africa. Every series has to be played in India with the above teams because looks like they're not worth going on tours there.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    guess what... for the next two years indians are not playing any test outside subcontinent... their next away tour outside subcontinent is in Jan 2014 in SA....

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | December 29, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Flat track bullies would be the best label.On Current form the batting line up needs complete restructuring.It is no good living on past achievements or if so why not get Gavaskar out of retirement.This line up is so over rated and chokes under any pressure.To get knowcked over by Aus second string attack is pretty poor and where are all the Indian fans with their predictions of now it will have to be 3-1.This is not a good Aus team and india are at full strength.So why did it go so wrong then? Not used to having to bat when things don't go their way and too much petulance and arrogance!

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | December 29, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Quite well written and I hope analyst in the Indian team reads this and comments and passes them on to the team. Dhoni in his post match presentation was unperturbed about the sorry state of Indian batting. So someone needs to tell Indian team where they stand. If this aussies team had been playing in India they would have lost 4-0 to India in 4 test series. But this is Australia where even the second string attack has bitten Indian team to dust. For a team for whom Pattinson was a KKR discard the bat needs to talk. I dont agree to too much chop and change but for second test I would like to see Rohit Sharma in the team. Kohli had experience of emerging players but in one day format. Sharma has been here in 2007. Most would not agree but even Sehwag needs to be a bit careful if Gambhir gets out early. My hope is still with India to pull of a series victory and for that Indian bat needs to talk good.

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | December 29, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Samit Bal time for you as the Editor of Cricinfo to call for full DRS to be adopted uniformly.The howlers were there for all to see and a blight on a great Test. Your reluctance to express editorial opinion on this boil blighting the face of cricket is a disgrace to your journalistic integrity.

  • POSTED BY godimbored on | December 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    The No. 1 Test position is now a distant memory for India, and will remain that way for the forseeable future. At this rate Pakistan will overtake India before too much longer. Australia appear to have touched bottom and are now on the way back up.

  • POSTED BY amit.80s on | December 29, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Aus were 214/6 and end up making 333 then Ind was 214/3 and bowled out for 282. Once again Aus were 27/4 and end up making 240 and Ind in second innings never put up the fight. Can somebody tell them that it isnt over untill the last bowl bowled or the wicket fell or the run scored.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Indian batsmen lost it on mindgame. Sehwag is awesome batsman, but he needs to adjust his (pyro)techniques as the pitch demands. He was the key batsman, and he has no business throwing his wicket away. Gambhir was a wrong selection. Team should be selected on form, not on history or past credentials. Rahul Dravid was bowled twice (thrice including the noball). I can't believe he is so cheap! may be he can figure out what kind of practice he needs. Sachin Tendulkar has no fault. He usually falters on second inninngs. If anyone pinned hope on him, that's because Sehwag, Dravid and others got out quickly. Laxman, another luxary. God knows when he would click. But it is disappointing that he did not give a fight on second innings, which probably most people expected. They made the attack look like a champion attack. Just like in England. Look at Ashwin or Ishant. It's the mind, baby. I hope our batsmen learn from them. Meanwhile watch '81 test match on youtube for solace (India won)!