Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 3rd day January 5, 2012

We need to show some fight - Rahul Dravid

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Rahul Dravid has said he expected India to do better in Australia than they did in England, but both their batting and bowling have been disappointing. India lost the first Test of this tour inside four days, and are struggling to save the second. With two days to go in Sydney, they need 354 more to make Australia bat again, with only eight wickets in hand. That leaves the last eight wickets at least five sessions to bat. There is rain around, but on the third day it arrived only well after stumps, and only for about 10 minutes.

Dravid said there was not much to aim at right now, except to bat for a long time. Looking back, though, he admitted they expected a better performance. "It is disappointing," he spoke of the five-match losing streak overseas, which is likely to reach six at the SCG. "Obviously we didn't play well in England. We thought definitely we would play much better here. Things haven't worked here, but still time to go. It is disappointing and we are not happy about it."

A big share of the blame, he said, lay with the batting. "The key for us is to keep them on the field for a long period of time," Dravid said of the Australian bowlers and fielders. "If we can keep their bowlers and fielders on the field for more than 100 overs, then we can put them under pressure and see some of their bowlers wilt. Sadly, in the three innings we have played so far, we haven't been able to do that. They kept us on the field for a long time today. We need to try and do that.

"They are coming in hard, running in hard. After drinks, the last 15 overs they came in really hard. Hopefully, if we are batting after tea tomorrow, that's where their real challenge is. If we can hang in there, play out time, and have them on the field for a long timeā€¦"

Dravid has been bowled in three out of four innings but said he wasn't unhappy with his touch. "To be fair, there have been a couple of pretty good balls," he said. "It's not like I have got out, you know, inner-edging. A couple of good balls, a couple of things I could have done differently. I feel I have been batting well, but I am just getting out. Hopefully in the next couple of Tests I will be able to convert one of these starts. I got 60 in the first game, I thought I was batting well in the second innings, till I got a pretty good one."

Dravid admitted his side was against a good attack, but that was no reason for India to sit back. "They have bowled well," he said. "No point saying they have bowled well. We have got look at ourselves and do something about it. They haven't given us loose balls. Even today, even though we were playing solidly, they didn't give us too many loose balls. They have bowled well, they are a good attack, but I believe we should play better as well."

Another disappointment, Dravid said, was how listless India looked on the field. "In the sense, okay in England, we were not always with our best attack. Due to injuries and various other reasons, our bowling attack in England wasn't the best possible attack," he said. "Here we had the best bowling attack we can possibly hope for. Obviously disappointed. Once partnerships develop, and runs go, we need to pull it back and try to control the runs. Having said that it's not easy. Even if we don't take wickets, we have to stop the run flow."

Saving the Test, according to Dravid, was not on the Indian players' minds at the moment. "I don't think we can think about saving this game right now," he said. "We need to go out there and show some fight. And bat as long as we can. Who knows what can happen? We have got quality batsmen who can bat long periods. It's hard to think about two days from now right away. I am sure the guys will go out and fight and do the best they can. And we will take from there."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 6, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Where will India team get this inspiration.. Will gods or former greats will come and teach Indian team how to bat well. It is time for Dravid to retire gracefully and let Indian team try with some young players. Even players like Laxman, Dravid or Sachin able to save India in tests. So, what is the point of them being in the team?

  • DINESHCC on January 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    DRAVID_GRAVITAS: "Retirement" may be a honour for them. But "sacking" will be the correct proposition.

  • agneepath007 on January 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Dravid is defending himself only...actually he better had to admit that he has a weakness rather than still saying that he batted well..and a very good ball got him out.... Its a real shame for the World Champion to lose 6 Test Matches away..!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Dear Dravid, dont mind these critisms... Whn u played well in England there was none to encourage your good innings.. People always see the bad in us and not the good.. Love to see a very good innings in the up comming matches...

  • coolitbaby on January 6, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @Ahsan Naeem : Agree with you completely. First ones to go should be Dravid and Tendulkar. Sehwag needs to play in middle order, and Laxman at 3. Pujara and Vijay need to come in, and one of them should open with Gambhir.

  • maddy20 on January 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @Rakim The wall has lost its bricks in between bat and pad. The very basics of cricket are not being applied. Dravid should blame himself first for batting like a rookie. ITs about time we kicked him out of them team, coz it does not look like he is playing good at all. Too many inside edges, beaten outside off on numerous occasions. He's lost it!

  • satish619chandar on January 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Yes.. Dhoni need to be relieved of captaincy in tests for sure.. When things go awry, he makes things more awful.. Give him one or two series as non captain and if his batting doesn't improve, remove him from tests too..

  • mtrivedi19 on January 6, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Dhoni looks totally disinterested in playing test matches, I think he's been forced to play test matches. Believe my words you will see totally different dhoni once one-day series and T20 starts. India seriously needs to look for quick apt replacements for Sachin/Dravid/Laxman. As of now we havent even found number 6(Ganguly's) replacement. if this three dont click no one does anything overseas. I wasted my time and money to see this deflated indian team playing test matches. Lots of words no action..'We will bounce back', 'Two weeks coming before series begin will perform better',two practice matches will help us acclamatise'. Sehwag in both the matches have shown world and australians how technique is very important and not just strokeplay and hand eye coordination. Openers are there to wear of new ball so middle order can easily accumalte runs, if you dont have patience just keep playing One days and T20. No wonder why we dont have spectators in ground in india 4 any test matches.

  • Alexk400 on January 6, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Thank non existent God for stopping sachin from scoring 100. All sachin fandom would have forgotten india's stinging loss. I think it is better to use younger players and Drop dhoni from Test. he can't captain well. He can't bat well. He can't wicket keep well in TESTS.

  • Anil_Koshy on January 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    India will go down 4-0 in Australia, then they will win against some other side at home. Nobody, will remember what happened in England and Australia, the problem will never get resolved, India will continue to be Lions at home and Lambs abroad. India should develop a side that can play in different conditions, Dhoni should lead India only in helpful conditions because he does not have the calibre to handle things in difficult condition, he should focus on IPL and TV commercials where he is good at.

  • on January 6, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Where will India team get this inspiration.. Will gods or former greats will come and teach Indian team how to bat well. It is time for Dravid to retire gracefully and let Indian team try with some young players. Even players like Laxman, Dravid or Sachin able to save India in tests. So, what is the point of them being in the team?

  • DINESHCC on January 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    DRAVID_GRAVITAS: "Retirement" may be a honour for them. But "sacking" will be the correct proposition.

  • agneepath007 on January 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Dravid is defending himself only...actually he better had to admit that he has a weakness rather than still saying that he batted well..and a very good ball got him out.... Its a real shame for the World Champion to lose 6 Test Matches away..!!

  • on January 6, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Dear Dravid, dont mind these critisms... Whn u played well in England there was none to encourage your good innings.. People always see the bad in us and not the good.. Love to see a very good innings in the up comming matches...

  • coolitbaby on January 6, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @Ahsan Naeem : Agree with you completely. First ones to go should be Dravid and Tendulkar. Sehwag needs to play in middle order, and Laxman at 3. Pujara and Vijay need to come in, and one of them should open with Gambhir.

  • maddy20 on January 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @Rakim The wall has lost its bricks in between bat and pad. The very basics of cricket are not being applied. Dravid should blame himself first for batting like a rookie. ITs about time we kicked him out of them team, coz it does not look like he is playing good at all. Too many inside edges, beaten outside off on numerous occasions. He's lost it!

  • satish619chandar on January 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Yes.. Dhoni need to be relieved of captaincy in tests for sure.. When things go awry, he makes things more awful.. Give him one or two series as non captain and if his batting doesn't improve, remove him from tests too..

  • mtrivedi19 on January 6, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Dhoni looks totally disinterested in playing test matches, I think he's been forced to play test matches. Believe my words you will see totally different dhoni once one-day series and T20 starts. India seriously needs to look for quick apt replacements for Sachin/Dravid/Laxman. As of now we havent even found number 6(Ganguly's) replacement. if this three dont click no one does anything overseas. I wasted my time and money to see this deflated indian team playing test matches. Lots of words no action..'We will bounce back', 'Two weeks coming before series begin will perform better',two practice matches will help us acclamatise'. Sehwag in both the matches have shown world and australians how technique is very important and not just strokeplay and hand eye coordination. Openers are there to wear of new ball so middle order can easily accumalte runs, if you dont have patience just keep playing One days and T20. No wonder why we dont have spectators in ground in india 4 any test matches.

  • Alexk400 on January 6, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Thank non existent God for stopping sachin from scoring 100. All sachin fandom would have forgotten india's stinging loss. I think it is better to use younger players and Drop dhoni from Test. he can't captain well. He can't bat well. He can't wicket keep well in TESTS.

  • Anil_Koshy on January 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    India will go down 4-0 in Australia, then they will win against some other side at home. Nobody, will remember what happened in England and Australia, the problem will never get resolved, India will continue to be Lions at home and Lambs abroad. India should develop a side that can play in different conditions, Dhoni should lead India only in helpful conditions because he does not have the calibre to handle things in difficult condition, he should focus on IPL and TV commercials where he is good at.

  • Desihungama on January 6, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Do these aging cricketers even have the will to play? It didn't seem so from the body language. Or what are these aging cricketers playing for?

  • IndAus090 on January 6, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Rick will be the most Luckiest Person in the world if Sachin Out before his century.. Poor Ricky so desperate for records .....

  • on January 6, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    For those who are asking for youngsters.... do you think our gr8 IPL yuvi, raina can come at 4,5?

  • on January 6, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Mr.Wall, We respect you. you can getting 39 in a couple of day. Your time has already come please give way to youngsters.

  • JustOUT on January 6, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Again, with Ishant has your frontline bowler that shows how bad is your pace attack. This guy is terrible if he cannot get wkts. cannot imagine what will happen to the pace attack after zaheer retires and batting lineup after big 3 retires.

  • cric009 on January 6, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @ Ahsan Naeem - such kind of changes are very difficult to happen and expect for india. Like.. we wil ultimately give importance to Fast bowling, the Oldies wil ultimatly retire to give ways to youngsters, adopt some kind of DRS technology to reduce human errors, wil play 5 bowlers as we have enough good batsmen but we r crying for having good bowlers.. so on.

  • on January 5, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Come on Indian fans,just be real for once. India is not playing ZIM,WI orBAN,it's the Aussies at home. There is no coming back. This is a lost cause. In a few hrs time it will be 2-0. Start focusing on Perth.

  • Josephus72 on January 5, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Most important is the series. It's always about the series. There is a trophy to be awarded and due to India's previous success, they only need to draw the series. There is still a lot of opportunity for India to keep their hands on the prize despite a poor showing so far.

  • bugs1960 on January 5, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    With all due respects Mr Rahul--we are in this position becoz you are not batting well!!!What happened after you hit three centuries against Anderson, Braod, Tremlett, Bresnan who make this oz attack look pretty ordinary....So please stop talking and hit some big runs in the next four innings...to atleast enable losing with some respect....

  • AidanFX on January 5, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Dravid is right - he got 3 jaffas (four including Siddle's no ball) that could have dismissed any batsman on a given day; which says something about Aus bowling (all three suck through his defenses). The ball Sharma got Clarke with 2nd inns also a jaffa. Got to say, that although Dravid is still great - like Ponting age is catching up to him. I remember seeing Dravid bat against Aus in times past thinking "this guy is near impossible to get out". His ability to leave balls and his defensive shots when made to play have always been impeccable. Whereas on this tour aside from these dismissles - like Ponting in recent times, every now and then he plays a really bizzare shot. I've noticed him flirt at balls way outside offstump, and occasionally he gets tangled up a bit. Been a very good btasman and a gentleman of the game.

  • niraj13 on January 5, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    India really needs a fighting spirit like Dravid said, which seems to be lacking unfortunately. They need to take inspiration from the Aussie unit. Even when the aussies are down, they are not out. The fire is still there. I wish Sachin gets his 100th ton here. It's about time!!!! Not only will he save the match for India, he will get that monkey off his back. This will eventually help India for the rest of the series. Go India! It's time to show what you are made of!!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    India should lose this test to allow for major changes in the side.

  • on January 5, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    India needs a different test captain. Let Dhoni focus on ODI and T20. Dhoni is not a test captain at all. India won two test series this year (one at home and one away). Dhoni captained neither one. Both in the Eng series and now the Aussie series we have been terrible. The body language and the lack of intent is very disappointing. Captain needs to lead from front - always encouraging, chatting with players, keeping the morale up. Dhoni looks listless and disinterested on the field.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on January 5, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    No Use of Such Statements if you can't Perform Well!!! Indian are no more fool!!! Sorry to you Dravid!!! But onward the Real Cricket GODS for Indians are Clarke, Hussey, Young Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Siddle & Ponting!!! Good Luck Indians with New Cricket GODS!!!

  • Rakim on January 5, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    The Wall is missing 2-3 bricks

  • moBlue on January 5, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @cricfan4uever: i couldn't agree wichoo more! but having said that, i think it is time IND took "gambling" out of the equation at the top! we need someone solid at the top with sehwag at #1, or else sehwag needs to be moved down to #6 where he made his test debut. an aakash chopra - or equivalent; maybe even a dinesh karthik with instructions *not* to play flamboyantly - sedate, solid on AWAY pitches, predominantly a dead-batter intent on getting the shine off the ball, boring even, along with sehwag; OR two specialist openers who can be positive without being out-and-out gamblers... easier to find the former than the latter. i adore sehwag, but i think sehwag with someone *not* solid, stoic and reliable, is losing us more matches than sehwag might win for us! i am not sure even an in-form gambhir is soild enough on AWAY pitches. if we solve this problem, the middle order gets enough of a "cushion" from the new ball that they can flourish afterward. this is technically why we've failed

  • SirViv1973 on January 5, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Difficult to see how India are going to save this match, they need to bat until at least tea on day 5 to be safe. I would think if they can take it to a 5th day and make Aus bat again, that will be some sort of achievement from the position they were in when Aus declared.

  • on January 5, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Hello Dravid .... you got out (clean bowled) 3 times, now most of the bowlers know your weakness, simply put you cannot play a good length ball which is swinging in. Please correct your flaw and then talk big.

  • kirkeet-fan on January 5, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    House cleaning starts with Dhoni, Gambhir, Z Khan, I Sharma. Sehwag should only be played in the first couple of matches in a series!!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Tendulkar will NOT get his 100th century in Australia. Who does India play next? BCCI should arrange a series against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe so that he can score his 100th century...then drop him, dravid, sehwag, & luxman & bring IN sharma, vijay, raina etc & START 2 BUILD a new Indian team that is more energetic in the field too.

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 5, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    runs do not matter now, only wickets !! My guess is that this match would close before Tea time on Day 4. If not, India would have "showed some fight" before loosing their 6th consecutive test outside the sub-continent :) :) !! In any case, 0-2 on the cards in favor of the Aussies. Indians are also improving their chances to make it 0-4 :) :) !!

  • SanjivAwesome on January 5, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Dravid gone. India gone. Rest of our players just don't have the technique nor temperament to hang in there. I will follow up this post in two days time.

  • Gopu84gk on January 5, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    As a Indian fan i dont want be rain tomorrow that will ruin a class 300 of michael clarke.we have to show some good fight and we need to bat whole day tomorrow which will give some relief to indian fans.

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    We should not talk of retirement since i have not seen any good replacements either. We continue playing test cricket but our all emphasis and money is 20 / 20 cricket. What are we doing.

  • 5wombats on January 5, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas; "So, these guys will have to retire without a series win down under". Mate - my respects to you. You are here as ever - win or lose. Admire that in a fan. Look, plenty of top cricketers played out their whole careers without any series wins at all against Australia home or away! One of my favourite players Graham Thorpe was due a series win against Aus and he was expected to play in the 2005 Ashes. If he had he would have enjoyed his swansong in Test cricket with, finally, an Ashes win! However, a young whipper-snapper called Ian Bell took his slot for the First Test at Lords and Thorpe walked away. This was a guy who hit a not out ton on debut against Warne, Hughes and friends in 1992. For years I despised Ian Bell, even though of course it wasn't his fault! These days I rate Bell as highly as Thorpe - but it's Bell that has enjoyed 3 series wins against Aus, including in Aus. Thorpe got nothing out of Aus series in spite of 13 years for England. It happens!!!!

  • on January 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    imagine if gambhir scores a big hundred tommorow and Laxman and Tendulkar both scores a double hundred the day after. PERFECT

  • Nampally on January 5, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    India needs to show more than "some fight". They have an uphill task to draw this game. If Dravid was at the crease, India had some chance. But with Indian batting in such a disarray it will require an effort equal to that of Clarke, Ponting & Hussey to draw this game. Can Gambhir, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni & Kohli deliver such an effort? After 3 for 37 the Aussie lost just one wicket to get over 620 runs. This must be go in the guiness Book of world records. It is sad to say India does not have the same guts to frustrate the opposition as the opposition did to them. If India plays with an intent of Pay back for being left in the field for 2 days, some determination will come into the side. Aussie bowling is steady but not outstanding. If the Indians bat with leaving all balls outside the off stump & playing straight bat shots, they stand a good shot at saving this match. But it is tough to show such patience & India need to develop it otherwise the series will be over in a hurry!.

  • on January 5, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.

  • on January 5, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Dravid.........Huh? What are you doing there man? "Players" movie releases tomorrow. Come - First day first show

  • nepalBS on January 5, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    ITS NOT OVER YET!! i still believe in the Batting line up. Gambhir looks in a good touch, he is regaining his confidence, Master is in a good touch as we have seen in previous innings.. so if you take 100 + for these guys makes it 200 at least.. and yea Laxman and Kohli, i feel they gonna prove themselves their class in this game.. i believe it, they will save it! may be too wishful wish but yea..!

  • on January 5, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Time for Dravid to make room for Rohit Sharma (or even Ganguly from the commentary box). You can try your luck in Ranji Trophy.

  • on January 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    This shows what a loser attitude Dravid has. He has given up already. All the talks about his technique, being Mr. Wall, how do you explain being bowled 4 times already?

  • Raja_S_R on January 5, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Hope we Show some Character to at least Psychologically ,to play in a positive frame of Mind...Whether we lose or win we should put minimum 500 runs on board ...

    Also pity that we are known for Developing players like Jayasuriya,Andy Flower's,Adam's,Chanderpaul's,Mahanama's etc and New addition to this list is Mr.Clarke ... The confidence that he has fetched from us now will be known in coming years ..

  • mustufa on January 5, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Can someone get Laxman a pillow and blanket on the field, he looks like he wants to take a nap all the time.

  • Rahulbose on January 5, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    The most surprising thing is how easily this team full of legends gives up on a test match. Dravid is already talking as if the series is over, mentally preparing for another whitewash.

  • Scallopian on January 5, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    is it just me, or is getting BOWLED a lot worse than "inner edging." At least when you are inner edging, you at least partially hit the ball. When you get bowled, you COMPLETELY miss the ball- Dravid has done that four times this series, (one was a no ball from siddle). I'm obviously still a Dravid fan- he is an irreplaceable great- just thought that was a little funny :)

  • JackJak on January 5, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Try Jaffer as opener and Mukund, 3. Pujara 4, Rohit Sharma 5. Manoj Tiwari(he bowls good part time leg spin)(or)Yuvraj Singh(left arm roller) 6.Rayudu or Uthappa as keepers 7.Stuart Binny or Irfan Pathan(bowling batting allrounders) 8.Manpreet Goni or Sangwan(bowlers who can bowl field and bat decently) 9. Rahul Sharma(looks the best among our spinners as of now-even if he cant turn the ball too well he is accurate, gets good bounce and would have been better than Ashwin) 10.Umesh Yadav or Varun Aaron 11. Pankaj Singh, Ishanth Sharma or Sudeep Tyagi as (tall bowlers who can extract some bounce) Subs: Deepak Chahar(perfect for England -swing bowler-when conditions cater to swing bowling)

  • suGuha on January 5, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    C'mon VVS. We need at least a century from you. You can do it. Have confidence and don't fall for outside-the-off-stump bait. You alone can save this match and don't disappoint the Indian fans.

  • on January 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Once our Batsman start to perform the Confidence will be back and we will be unbeatable. The doubters will start praising. Wait patiently India has the potential and they will prove it.

  • crindex on January 5, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    I think the 'Wall' has crumbled. India has to find a new one.

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Must draw this one if we are to win the last 2 matches. Otherwise, we will be finished. It is a mental game now and these 2 days will separate the men from the boys. Hope VVS is not out for a single figure again.

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Dear friends at times i feel as if there is some understanding as to when they visit , they will lose and when we visit we will lose... so everything is fair and square...god knows???? this is the world of fixing..

  • on January 5, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Dravid is a batting legend, however even Dan Bradman in his days would have been clean bowled. As long as Dravid is human is likely to get out regardless how much ever correction he makes. Let us be very clear that a confident, athletic Aussie bowling attack delivers consistent line and length and increase the risk of a batsmen edging, nudging, missing and gaping a hole in their defense against the ball. I understand Sehwag's natural style is to be aggressive but his shots this series were plain simple arrogant and not treating the bowling at merit and wish he played as he did with WI. Unless Indian batsmen show some confidence by sticking to basic test cricket batting rules and letting those short, outside off/leg stump balls go, there is no hope for saving the game

  • Pilko_Pump_Pants on January 5, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    The problem lies with the BCCI . All they are interested in is the money. That is why players play the IPL and then need a rest for a test series in the West Indies. That should tell you where their priorities lie .Mediocre players score tons of runs on flat tracks in India but once they go abroad they get found out. After India went out in the group stages of the World Cup in the West Indies the BCCI said they would produce faster wickets to enable their batsman to perform overseas. 4 years later and we're still waiting.Things are bad now , wait until Tendulkar & co retire , then things will be even worse. It is down to the BCCI to put test cricket first and not the money. I cannot believe how little criticism the BCCI get . Being an Indian fan i can't wait to see these idiots out of the game and the game run by people who care about the future of indian cricket instead of lining their pockets

  • immit13 on January 5, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    I have noticed this with India that the Team is not looking to fight which is the BIGGEST worry, not sure why we don't seem to fight back? are we so intimidated? is TEAM INDIA so hopeless in TESTS that we can't even stretch a match to the 5th day? Instead our margin of defeat keeps increasing as we progess in the series. The same trend is currently being followed.. Melbourne was a loss, Sydney a bigger loss and may be they will set some new World Records in PERTH... problem seems to be our captain cool Mr. Dhoni, he does not really know how to WIN a TEST, for sure he knows how to win ODIs and that was evident in the way India fought in England ODIs last year even though they lost 4-0, yet d fight was there. Mr.Dhoni ur techniques work in T20s, ODIs and specially in IPLs. PLEASE concentrate on your strong points and hand over TEST captaincy to someone more capable...Sorry, you are a real HERO for us Indians but I don't like how you captain TESTs. Ganguly was the BEST i can recall...

  • immit13 on January 5, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Fight? what fight is he talking about? when they can't even put in minimal effort to trouble the oppostion. Such and experienced and celebrated batting line has looked most vulnerable againt NOT SO world class attack. Been a big follower and supporter of Sachin, Dravid & Laxman for years and for sure we can't take away from them what they have rendered to India and world cricket as a whole. Having said that I feel it really asks for great timing & sense to retire ON A HIGH when you got a chance.They all had such a chances but they continued like a greedy gamblers trying to overcome WORLD RECORDS and now have put themselves and the Team (by replacing probable youngsters in Team) in Jeopardy!!!... BEST TIME FOR INDIA SELECTORS TO MOVE ON... GIVE CHANCE TO NEW BLOOD, FRESH REFLEXES & NEW TALENT (even at the sake of failure, which is still what we are getting). INDIA SELECTORS, 4-0 in on cards anyways why not be +ve atleast? DHONI's captaincy SUCKS big time in TESTS.

  • cricfan4uever on January 5, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    I think India's problems on England and current Australian tour are due to lack of confidence and motivation. i don't think that clarke is more skilled than dravid or Ponting is more skilled than tendulkar or hussey is more skilled than laxman. I watched the 4th Test Match against England at the Oval ground and it was very saddening to see the Indian team's body language. It seemed that they were forced on to the field against their wishes. The difference can be seen in Gambhir's batting approach in the 2nd innings. this time he seems more confident maybe because his place in the team is on the line. I always believe that you can still beat a highly skilled team but it's very difficult to beat a highly confident team which Australia is right now. From what i saw of Ishant in England, he's a good prospect, he runs in and tries hard but he's not skilled enough to take wickets. Dhoni's captaincy and field settings amuse me. Once our attack does not pick wickets, shoulders drop.

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    The batter with arguably the tightest defense in world cricket, being clean bowled in defense. Three clean bowled & a bat pad dismissal, all in defense. Dravid said that they were good balls, I agree. But he is also very good. Next, Dravid is a very good player of the swinging ball, as we saw in ENG. agst Anderson. Hilfenhaus is swinging it at pace on a helpful track. So ,what's going wrong? My take is Dravid was late on all those defensive shots. In other wds beaten for pace. Why? I can't say. But the WALL is been penetrated too often for my liking & India's. He has to revisit his technique before Perth test.

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    oh oh he got bowled again

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Suddenly Australia who were out of sorts against a energetic and new look New Zealand have from nowhere been rejuvenated courtesy our "WORLD CUP WINNING HEROS" . Question is are our team really so great ! The shocking part is the Indian Team of '2003 ,'2007 which had Sourav instead our rising Star "A Mr KOHLI" had the grit and technique to battle out against the then "WORLD CHAMPS" the Maurading Aussies has suddenly aged so much that they are all our of sorts as how to combat seam & swing ? Something is either terribly wrong or our 3 Mr dependables are "Over the Hill" ? How much more humiliation do we have to face ? will ever there be a " Light at the end of this dreary hole that India is in?

  • on January 5, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    "We need to go out there and show some fight. " - Correct attitude. However, Rahul himself now on need to hit the full balls, rather than trying to defend with bat pad gap, to avoid getting out bold. Before getting out, he did hit some classy shots. But perished with too much defense. Look at Clarke, he attacked every ball near his bat.

  • nkoch on January 5, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    two doubles from two batsmen and india will save the test. Too optimistic? Hell yes!! But never impossible. Miracles do happen, one has to believe in the fact that they do

  • Sreerang on January 5, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    The problem from whatever I have seen of Indian batting in the 2 tests seems to be more of temperament. There is no question or doubt about the ability of the Indian batsmen. And yet, they have looked apprehensive in all the innings except Sachin who, surprisingly has come out very positive and then allowed the fall of wickets at the other end to disturb him. Dravid, unsure of his footwork, Sehwag caight in between offense and defense, Gambhir poking uncertainly and Laxman looking completely clueless. Wonder why should these accomplished and proven stalwarts should have a lack of self belief.

  • PradeepR on January 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I don't see that happening Rahul. Except for Gambhir who is playing positively scoring runs too, the rest are going into a shell and when that happens you play a lot of balls but don't score runs. Sachin played 42 balls for his 8 runs. If he is in that mode he will probably play 100-150 balls more for a 30 or a 40 and if he gets out the score is still where it was and this is of no use. If people are just playing out time and not making runs we will lose this match for sure. You have to play out time as well as make runs and that is when we can harbor hopes of at least drawing the match. Otherwise the match is in Aussie hands already if everyone that is yet to bat gets in this defensive mode.

  • ChuckyDoll on January 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    "When you play all forms of cricket, you play mediocre".... well said by Hussey. As long as the public fill the pockets of Indian cricketers, they could care less if they lose 6 or 60 tests in a row. It is okay to abandon test cricket just don't make a farce or it. I watched every single ball that Indians bowled in Aus 1st innings and it was painful.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    i feel its time fr dravid to hang his boots aftr this series..he drops catches nd gets bowled cheaply..he lacks the proper technique nd is nt as quick as he was in his early days..so btr retire v r bored of seeing ur batting

  • Texmex on January 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Let us see Aus ended Day 1 at 116/3 and Day 2 at 482/4. Can indian batsmen emulate them on Day 4?

  • Beertjie on January 5, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Well said, Dinos Allo. It's time for a staggered retirement plan in which SRT too must play his part. Zak will have to leave within a year, too. If the selectors can't make such calls Indian cricket will continue to slide. But the levels of fitness required should ensure at least fitter (even if not as talented) athletes take their places. Then team India can compete overseas as well.

  • henchart on January 5, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    India will survive ,if the outfield is drenched and no play is possible for 2 days!MSD will be mouthing his usual inanities tomorrow or the day after on why his team is down 2-0 .The veteran trio should bid adieu to test cricket in the larger interest of the game but they wont.How about arranging a tour of 2 tests and 5 ODIs to Bangladesh or a tri series involving India,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to enable Tendulkar to get his 100th 100?Each team will play the other 3 times and the top 2 teams will play a best of 3 Finals.Sehwag also wants toboost his ODI average!

  • 5wombats on January 5, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Dravid is by a measure the best of the Indian players. His attitude to his game is exemplary. Unlike some of the buffoons on show (Sehwag, Dhoni...) he is a selfless team man. In England he was head and shoulders above the other india batsmen on show. I expected him to continue his fine form where he was the only batsman to come to terms with Englands' world class attack on thier own pitches. However, it just hasn't happened for him thi time. He is the one India player that I do feel for - because if the others around him took the same attitude that he does then he wouldn't be in a losing team. Shame on the rest of your team Rahul Dravid - you deserve better.

  • crindex on January 5, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    This is sad coming from a batsman who is praised as "The Wall" . These excuses from Dravid means India needs to rethink their top order and middle order batsmen selection. Old guards need to either quit voluntarily or need to be 'rested' in favour of young guns who are waiting anxiously at the sideline. If India looks at its younger players , they will find another wall in Chateswar Pujara, another little master in Rohit Sharma and another Very Very Special one in Kohli or Rahane. India needs to keep an open mind and start identifying young talents, This is the lesson from England and Australia that can be learnt. I only hope selectors are listening and watching intently and intelligently.

  • Nampally on January 5, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    While I agree with Dravid in principle, I find it hard to believe the manner in which the Indian batsmen have thrown away their wickets due to reckless batting.Even on Day 3, Sehwag's shot was totally uncalled for. Gambhir nearly committed suicide again in the first over flashing at the balls outside the off but was lucky it cleared the slip cordon both the times. Gambhir played well thereafter - leaving the balls outside the off and generally playing straight bat shots. One thing Dravid forgets is that India has 4 batsmen with over 8000 runs in Test cricket, out of which 2 are already back in the pavilion.On the very same pitch, the Aussies batted 5 sessions, lost only 1 wicket while scoring over 600 runs!. There has to be a will, determination & confidence in yourselves to do what Aussie batsmen did. Why are Indian batsmen missing this? Indians throw away their wkts. while Aussies don't.That is the main difference."Do NOT throw your wkts" should be #1 priority!. Good Luck on Day 4.

  • big_al_81 on January 5, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I'm reading a lot about the fab 4 here but to be honest, the only one who would get into even the other subcontinent sides over the last 12 months would be Dravid. Pakistan have better openers, Sangakkara and Jayawardene are better than Tendulkar and Laxman on current form. Dravid was awesome in England in an otherwise embarrassing tour. In fact a top 6 of Taufeeq, Hafeez, Dravid, Sangakkara, Misbah and Jayawardene would be quite handy. They would at least show some fight in overseas tests! Check the Cricinfo Test XI of 2011 for a pretty fair summary of where these teams are at right now.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    'Need to show some fight'?? We have to fight right now... not just 'need to show fight'... it's getting hard for we Indian cricket fans to keep justifying the greatness of our present Indian batting line-up on these performances.

  • on January 5, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    What a pathetic display!!! I am an Indian living abroad who lost interest in the game in the 80's & 90's but have been following cricket for the last 3 years guess what? nothing has changed after 25 years.

  • Sudee143 on January 5, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Everyone is talking about the replacement of Fab 3 ,,, but who is there to replace them ,, Untill now , we are searching a suitable replacement for Ganguly ,,we did't get. we tried Yuraj , then Raina , in between Badrinath and now Kohli ,, and probably Rohit in next test... But big Hole in the middle order is still there... and now if we replace the Fab 3 ,, then india will start losing the matches in home condition too......

    So wat BCCI has to look forward is to allow these younsters to play in English and Aussie County Cricket ,, rather than wasting time for IPL ... some steps has to be taken for these youngsters to play with proper technique in seeming conditions... otherwise India's future looks miserable

  • agamgoyal on January 5, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    For me the result doesn't matter as much as the Indian team fighting it out ... Pls India show us some fight ...All the Indian cricket fans (cum critics :P) are with you ....Don't surrender meekly ..I know we might lose the match and the series ..but remember one thing ...A Warriors job is to battle and not to worry about the result...Battle it out ...GO INDIA GO :)

  • starincricket on January 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    its important that we need to show fight and stay long as Rahul said. I would say, its more rely on who are currently on the crease gambhir and tendulkar. if they make sure to survive the first session,and play big innings definetly things would change.Hope india will back drastically

  • serious-am-i on January 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    What ever happened as happened, lets move ahead. There is nothing more left to lose. Given away triple century to a player, gave away 2, 250+ partnerships back to back. Brought players out of form into form anything more left ? May be Shaun marsh is the only one who is remaining to score some runs. Anyways, what Indians can do is play one session at a time make sure not to loose wickets if they can save wickets from going down in a couple of session then there could be some hope of saving test match. For now even if batsmen decide to play for records its alright let them play for it at least. Its been too disappointing to say the least for an Indian fan. Even if VVS plays well in this innings he should be rested for Rohit Sharma as they don't have the guys to call it as a drop. Let the youngsters get a chance to show up by the way VVS was playing it would have been better if we played with 5 bowlers take in Ojha or Mithun or Vinay they could score than single digit scores which VVS doe

  • on January 5, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Yes, your team certainly made a comeback in Durban during their last tour and if it wasn't for an injured J. Kallis's centuries (one in both innings) during the last test at Newlands you would have won that series in South Africa 2-1. All of this after the Indian team was demolished in the first test at Centurion Park by South Africa. If you don't call that a fight back, I don't know what a fight back looks like. You can do it again team India. You can, I know you can. The Ausies expect you to lie down and die now, but please get up and FIGHT until the very last ball. If you fight, you have a chance, always. If you give up, you have no chance. In the end this is what counts . . . NEVER TO GIVE UP. This is one reason why I will always be a Protea supporter. This side have been knocked out many times, but they don't know the meaning of giving up, ever! It does't matter where they play and I know this is true of the Indian cricketers as well.

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 5, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Oh! come on Mr. Dravid, stop kidding

  • indianpunter on January 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    will be over by tea tomorrow, rain hail or high water.

  • on January 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    why comment on India alone being lions at home? England had the same problems when they came to India, after being "lions" at home...to an extent Aussies and SA also are the same..!!

  • Texmex on January 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Dravid says all the right things.

    I dont think India are mere flat track bullies. Indian batsmen did well in Aus in the last 2 tours against a better Aussie attack. It is either the Fab 3 getting too old or just the captain who gets clueless in the field as soon as the opposition gets a partnerhsip going.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 5, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    So, these guys will have to retire without a series win down under.

  • andrew27994 on January 5, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Well Dravid, had you not got out today I would have said this game would be a draw but unfortunately with you out it looks 95% impossible to save this test. I wasn't happy with the way we batted. We could have easily been 4 wickets down had Haddin taken the catch of Gambhir and Tendulkar been bowled of the inside edge. I can understand this could be because of fatigueness but its no excuse for batsmen like you and Gambhir who don't bowl and field at slips and short leg respectively. But if India lose maximum 2 wickets tomorrow and if they score runs at an acceptable rate, then we may have hopes of saving this test. Personally I think a score like 401-4 would be an ideal score because I think there are chances that this pitch may help spinners on Day 5. So better to finish Day 4 with at least 6 wickets left. C'mon India, do the same thing they did to you guys. Make them toil 180 overs at least.

  • oblomov on January 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Being at the SCG watching today as a neutral (from NZ) - albeit one with an Indian bias - I was very disappointed to see Dravid get out today. He is a wonderful player and I doubt I will see him bat again. Over the years her has been one to stand up out here and really be counted. The ball that got him today was an absolute peach and he was playing wonderfully well at the time - so no shame in that.

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    love to see that nobody is talking about sachins' 100 now

  • annys on January 5, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Indian Test teams has lot of issues and it starts from their captain,if you ask dhoni how confident he is to go out tomorrow and score a fifty im sure he would say not very much because he just does'nt have the right game for tests as of now even though he is a great batsman in odi's and t20's . Our batsmen are not test match ready sehwag, gauti just came back from an injury, Dravid was in great from but he has always struggled to score against aussies, sachin has his own record issues, laxman is literally sleeping, virat is too young and inexperienced

  • Juniorklassy on January 5, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Yes ! we can show some resistance & fight..!! we are capable of doing it.. just what we Indians (Batsmen) need some application n patience..!! i still think India gonna fight back .... Come On Team India...

  • ansram on January 5, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Only if KOLKT 2001 can be repeated. But that was a time when there was no tamasha cricket....can India play out 150 overs and salvage some pride? This team has become a laughing stock.

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I have no idea why a batsman of Dravid calibre keeps getting clean bowled. He needs to fix this problem fast. He is a genius, cant figure out why its happenning repeatedly.

  • abhijeet1in on January 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    "It's not like I have got out, you know, inner-edging"... was that a dig at sachin? :). Ooohhh Rahul you are sneaky. I like it.

  • amjadmayo on January 5, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Test matches won by with help of blowers, it's my opinion that 70-30 ratio of blowers and batsman to won any test match. We have only one match winning blower that is Zaheer others are nothing, they may give just supporting role. Its better if our selectors find true talent in bowling department. Some time I am amazed that Pakistan has no international cricket in Pakistan in form recent years. Why that is not found in India???

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    I really do not understand why you guys are so negative in your thoughts. We have the batsman for the occasion and for sure we will see the best sooner

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    if india bats like australia losing 1 wicket in 2 says its possible hope tommorow gambhir captilises on this start to get a big big hundred and tendulkar once for all gets it and then vvs too shows his 2ns innigs magic we need 100s and big 100s nothing else is going to save the match all players have their own inspiration to do well but still i feel its tough

  • Anand_Nandakumar on January 5, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Wish I was at the SCG tomorrow to support the team. Have been to the Cape Town test Jan last year and SCG in 2008, and have seen this batting unit really fight hard with their back to the wall. Keep the faith guys. We can still save this test (and series) if we just bat over to over, session to session. I have tickets booked for the Adelaide test, and will be there no matter what.

  • bhardwaj.dss on January 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Don't worry Rahul, we have done almost a third of the task that you have talked about. We have managed to keep Ponting, Clarke and Hussey out in the field for very long hours. Well done! Now we just have to make the most of this setup.

  • on January 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    its never 2 late..wake up nw!!!!!

  • ozobozo on January 5, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I don't know how you going to show some fight, when you keep getting bowled!!!

  • Sour18 on January 5, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Being a fan of the Fab four (Now 3 ) i regret to say this but have to. On home conditions any batsmen is a champion but it hurts to see them surrender so meekly on foreign soil. Not that we are not equipped with tech or talent. If you can't survive rest in your homes. So much for favorites !! Its gonna be a whitewash ...

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Is'nt it funny that on a flat pitch even batsmen who have been struggling to score some runs for long time are made to look like Bradmans.Its a funny game cricket!

  • Naresh28 on January 5, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    I think Dravid should take an off-stump guard line. This might throw Oz bowlers off track.

  • sherishahmir on January 5, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Again disappointment from team India, it's next to impossible for Indian team to save this match. Indian batting comprised of the best bats at the moment among the subcontinent sides but they displayed the worst performance comparing with the rest of subcontinent sides of their recent tours of Eng, Aus & S Africa. If this Indian team cannot performs with these bats who all have above 45 average in general than I think they can never beat Ozzies in their backyard in time to come. All subcontinent teams r lion at home but become dog aon the tour of Australia, Eng and S Africa for which we all be ashamed off.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    No doubt, the Great Wall of India is beginning to crack. He was bowled out 4 times in this series already.

  • g.jeevan05 on January 5, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Common VVS show why special you really are!!!!!!!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 5, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    all the best team India. If we play to our potential we can be back. We did it in SA. Lets do it here.

  • PiyushD on January 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Even Dravid knows saving this Test is not possible. What more to say, everyone is disappointed at Indian show, I bet even Aussie cricket fans.

  • gordyfargus on January 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    As an Aussie I am very proud of the way fans are treating Tendulkar, but wish that Dravid would receive more appreciation. Probably the nicest international cricketer there is.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    the pitch has flatten out and you guys have to prove your mettle atleast now.. Survive 2 days and you will be confident for next 2 tests.. else.. you guys know about perth right.. mm..

  • Every_run_is_important on January 5, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Definitely this test is gone. I can't see any of the Indian batsmen lasting more than 50 deliveries tomorrow. Gambhir has to have luck at his side initially and then we can expect some fight from him. He has been the worst of Indian players over the last two years. Sachin gets start but throws away and expecting him to score runs in second innings under pressure, well we all know he cannot. Laxman has lost his touch completely. No need to speak about other batsmen. As Dravid rightly said, Indian Team cannot think about remaining two days. Start thinking about next Test Dravid and please show some fight. No 4 - 0 please. 2 - 0 or 3 - 0 is still fine but no whitewash...

  • JustIPL on January 5, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    One more test for great fab4. Dhoni deserved to challenge these stalwarts and thats why opted to bat where he could have bowled to take advantage reaped by aussies. ZAK's three could be 6 if India had bowled. Again dhoni should not be blamed for field placings as it is a non issue. Aussies were already out of india's control and it was a different proposition than playing against windies. I think full fledged indian team should have faced windies.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    SAVING THIS MATCH is just like catching a mirage in the desert now.one thing india can do is to bat for a long time and show what they are capable of.THIS is probably the worst time in indian history;though we have strongest ever test team.THINGS are really not going well for india.DRAVID WAS bold out due to the gap between bat and pad,YOU can hardly find any gap between dravid's bat and pad ,and i can say that this is a geological phenomena which occurs once in 10 years.BUT ALWAYS HOPE FOR THE BEST..........

  • veerakannadiga on January 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Hard luck Rahul you got a real beauty. Better luck next time. We always depend on you to either win or draw a match.

  • Great_Wall on January 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Wall India can fight back .You will play well. You can start attacking deliveries coming in and leave deliveries outside half stump. This plan might workout..... stop getting bowled. May be defending too much doesnt workout for you in Australian conditions. Will wait to watch you bat well in the next Test Match.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Rise like the phoenix India! Make a statement of intent-I wish that we are at 500/4 at the end of tomorrow's play :-)

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    No other way Wall.. Fans are continuously getting cheated from the England tour and still bank on u guys to perform.. We do need to be satisfied to the minimum atleast.. Wish the teams shows some grit and fight it out.. But i would expect a sooner finish tomorrow going on current form of the players.. Conditions might change as the forecast is a little rain..

  • on January 5, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    dravid and laxman should retire after the aus tour!

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  • on January 5, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    dravid and laxman should retire after the aus tour!

  • satish619chandar on January 5, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    No other way Wall.. Fans are continuously getting cheated from the England tour and still bank on u guys to perform.. We do need to be satisfied to the minimum atleast.. Wish the teams shows some grit and fight it out.. But i would expect a sooner finish tomorrow going on current form of the players.. Conditions might change as the forecast is a little rain..

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Rise like the phoenix India! Make a statement of intent-I wish that we are at 500/4 at the end of tomorrow's play :-)

  • Great_Wall on January 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Wall India can fight back .You will play well. You can start attacking deliveries coming in and leave deliveries outside half stump. This plan might workout..... stop getting bowled. May be defending too much doesnt workout for you in Australian conditions. Will wait to watch you bat well in the next Test Match.

  • veerakannadiga on January 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Hard luck Rahul you got a real beauty. Better luck next time. We always depend on you to either win or draw a match.

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    SAVING THIS MATCH is just like catching a mirage in the desert now.one thing india can do is to bat for a long time and show what they are capable of.THIS is probably the worst time in indian history;though we have strongest ever test team.THINGS are really not going well for india.DRAVID WAS bold out due to the gap between bat and pad,YOU can hardly find any gap between dravid's bat and pad ,and i can say that this is a geological phenomena which occurs once in 10 years.BUT ALWAYS HOPE FOR THE BEST..........

  • JustIPL on January 5, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    One more test for great fab4. Dhoni deserved to challenge these stalwarts and thats why opted to bat where he could have bowled to take advantage reaped by aussies. ZAK's three could be 6 if India had bowled. Again dhoni should not be blamed for field placings as it is a non issue. Aussies were already out of india's control and it was a different proposition than playing against windies. I think full fledged indian team should have faced windies.

  • Every_run_is_important on January 5, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Definitely this test is gone. I can't see any of the Indian batsmen lasting more than 50 deliveries tomorrow. Gambhir has to have luck at his side initially and then we can expect some fight from him. He has been the worst of Indian players over the last two years. Sachin gets start but throws away and expecting him to score runs in second innings under pressure, well we all know he cannot. Laxman has lost his touch completely. No need to speak about other batsmen. As Dravid rightly said, Indian Team cannot think about remaining two days. Start thinking about next Test Dravid and please show some fight. No 4 - 0 please. 2 - 0 or 3 - 0 is still fine but no whitewash...

  • on January 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    the pitch has flatten out and you guys have to prove your mettle atleast now.. Survive 2 days and you will be confident for next 2 tests.. else.. you guys know about perth right.. mm..

  • gordyfargus on January 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    As an Aussie I am very proud of the way fans are treating Tendulkar, but wish that Dravid would receive more appreciation. Probably the nicest international cricketer there is.