India in Australia 2011-12

Haddin should focus on his keeping - Zaheer

Sidharth Monga in Perth

January 10, 2012

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Brad Haddin reacts after dropping Gautam Gambhir, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 3rd day, January 5, 2012
Zaheer Khan: "Brad Haddin should focus on his keeping. That looks really fragile to me. He needs to start moving." © Getty Images
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It has taken two Tests, but it has begun. Perhaps it's got to do with the time the cricketers got off their cricketing routines. India and Australia have resumed their verbal sparring. It began with Brad Haddin saying on a radio show that India are mentally fragile, and that when put under pressure, they "turn on each other". Zaheer Khan has responded by telling Haddin to mind his own game, which according to him is fragile.

Suppressing his laughter, Zaheer said, "Brad Haddin should focus on his keeping. That looks really fragile to me. He needs to start moving." Zaheer was alluding to the three catches Haddin dropped in the first two Tests. Zaheer went a step further. He said that Haddin seemed to be the designated big mouth of the Australian team.

Zaheer was asked if the two teams were now breaking the sort of unwritten pact of mutual respect they have been following, especially keeping in mind the bitterness on India's last tour here. "I think by the sound of it Haddin has been appointed for that in the Australian team," Zaheer said of the possible mind games coming from the Australian camp.

Zaheer was also asked if Haddin was lucky to be in the Australian side after the ordinary show in the first two Tests. "He is doing all the talk," Zaheer said. "So he is definitely playing his role."

Peter Siddle chose to steer clear of the controversy, but was forced to say a line or two when almost all the questions in his press conference revolved around Zaheer and Haddin. "[It is] just a lead-up to the Test," Siddle said. "The pressure that we have been building as bowling partnerships, and a bowling unit is what has been working for us, that's what is putting the pressure on. Whether you call it intimidation, whether it's just good team bowling, whatever you think, but that's what Bradley was getting at. The pressure we have been building without bowling."

Siddle said he had no idea why Haddin said what he said, and that he has not spoken to Haddin about it. Siddle, though, said there was no designated big mouth in the side. "There is no appointment," he said. "These things come out. Zaheer is saying he should concentrate on his keeping. I wouldn't like to see how good a tip Zaheer can give him on his keeping. I don't think it's his place to say that either. Just a part of the game. Zaheer is going all right at the moment, so he likes to say those things.

"I think we are all nice and friendly guys in the field. We are all nice to our opposition. That's how we play our cricket. That's obviously it. Brad's a very competitive cricketer. He does like to play it hard and fair. Me and Jimmy [James Pattinson] like to bowl our bouncers, stuff like that."

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Posted by AidanFX on (January 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Zaheer is pretty much hopeless once the shine goes off the new ball - he tries very hard first spell - and then the subsequent spells he ambles in and doesn't even try hard.

Posted by Mayan820 on (January 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Yes, Si Baker, I must admit that I was quite pleased with England's demolition job of the Ausies during the last Ashes, but it was obviously still not nearly enough, because their supporters are as arrogant as ever before. Someone much DEADLIER than England have to have a go at them and my money is still on Pakistan to finish them off in their own country in such a way that they and/or their supporters will be silent for the next decade or so. The Pakistanis would have done it before already, was it not for their erratic batting performances, but the latter has improved remarkably under their new captain who has a very cool head on his shoulders. After Pakistan has finished their work, the Proteas can have another go at them to see if they can perhaps improve on that 47 all out.

Posted by wclplayer on (January 11, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

@Praxis: If that is true Haddin should also worry about his keeping batting woos instead of worrying about the other teams performance

Posted by Praxis on (January 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Andrew Hughes wrote on the last post of 'The long handle' that... "No, the Indian players shouldn't worry too much about the fact that an Australian called Brad is saying these things; they should worry about the fact that he's right."

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (January 11, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

for india it was andhaman...for europe it was australia

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (January 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

the origin of aussies is no secret...the ones sent to prisons in by british in olden days

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

zaheer and haddin seem to have similar personalities in the arrogant way they go about their celebrations (especially in this series), but on this occasion zaheer has hit the nail on the head. haddin's game is falling apart and he needs to go - goading the opposition in his current form, especially when the opposition is down, is poor at best

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

CORRECTION: the 10/11 Ashes.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 11, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

@RanydOz....I think ANYONE who criticizes Haddin is spot on! Keep up your good work! To all Indian fans out there.....95% of us Australian fans think Haddin is a hack and we don't want him in our team. He makes our bowlers too potty mouthed. It's not their would you like to see all your hard work spilt all over the cricket field?

Posted by Rawlonski on (January 11, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Why do people get so upset about hearing the truth. You would have to be a die hard Indian Cricket fan to argue that the Indian team did not lose it a bit and get down during the last test (and the English tour for that matter), but at the same time, it is not a bright man that says stupid things to the press and gives what is an out of form but skillful team a huge dose of motivation.

More time with the fielding drills and less time with the press is a stong recommendation for Haddin..... and Zaheer!

Posted by anver777 on (January 11, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

I wonder Aus selectors may start "TALKING" about dropping Haddin if his bad form continues like this.......So like Zaheer said he should concentrate more on his cricket & think of his future career which is already in jeopardy !!!!!

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@Mayan820: You seem to have quite a short memory. England didn't just *destroy* the Aussies in the 09/10 Ashes: we chewed them up & spat them out. Three innings victories in five Tests - followed by our merciless 4-0 demolition of a mediocre & gutless Indian team - & how many times did our players verbally trash the opposition in the way Haddin & Zaheer are now attempting to do? ANSWER: they didn't; they let their on-field performances do the talking. A lesson there for us all.

Posted by Gozunder on (January 11, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

The last time Aussies got under the Indians' skin, they got belted. Hope all this useless banter spurs the Indians, the bowling has to come together, Zak and Ishant must go all out at the Aussies and Sehwag needs to kill all speculation about a rift in the team by blasting the oppostion bowlers!

Posted by cricketcritic on (January 11, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

It's pretty hard to like the Aussie cricket team, even their own public have a job with that. As always you must admire their tenacity and fighting spirit, but the current team still has much to prove. Who is Brad Haddin? His remarks about Tendulkar, VVS etc are embarrassing - his efforts at test level do not qualify him to make these statements.

What irks me the most is that these guys think that earning a baggy green also makes them rocket scientists. Clearly they are not. The other day Peter Siddle said in almost one breath that he didn't know what Haddin was on about and then gave a cogent explanation as to what Haddin was saying and why. What a load of dribble.

Play cricket Aussie and leave oratory to people with brains.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

@Marcio...I am an Australian of Indian origin and I totally agree with you...Haddin was simply stating the truth...India do crumble under pressure more often than any other team. And as for Zaheer Khan and all the people here commenting on Haddin's really doesn't matter does it, when 1 or 2 players don't perform but the rest of the team excels and collectively they win a game...that is why it is a team sport. India on the other hand has only 1 or 2 players who are performing...and the rest are there for the ride...and the results are there for everyone to see...6 tests lost in a row. But I don't blame the Indian fans here...The Indian Cricket team is an obsession which they can't get over...a bunch of 11 Indians who don't play for their country but for self.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

I think only Zaheer and our team should focus on the GAME and rest of 11 AUSSIES should work hard on talking about us...

Posted by frommoonman on (January 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

"4 years ago an Aussie Wicket-Keeper had a bad game and he chose to retire at the end of the series - May be Haddin should take cue from Gilly instead" - That is what Zaheer should have said. :)

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Please bring Irfan pathan back into the team. He will bring a right balance in team at Perth.Will even strengthen the batting line up also.he should be brought at the place of Aswin.Drop Virat and bring Rohit . Please spare VVS for godsake.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

This war of words is just childish and gives professional cricketers a chance to let off steam. I think we shd not pay any attention to it - wherever it comes from.

Posted by here2rock on (January 11, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

They both should be thankful that they are in the team so shut up and play.

Posted by Oldwombat on (January 11, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Personally, i think all teams have lost the plot!! Why can't we play test cricket, or any form of the game, in a manner that befits the sport. Why do we have degrade ourselves and our opponents with this sledging. I is just a demonstration of very poor sportsmanship. I am appalled that Australia seems to be #1 at this. How about the new captain show his real class and put a stop to this. To me this would be a true demonstration of his commitment to the team and to Australia!

Posted by   on (January 11, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

A team which is badly thrashed should not utter a word regarding their opposition unless and until they defeat them.

Posted by prashkannam on (January 11, 2012, 3:22 GMT)


Posted by Kaze on (January 11, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Two louts running their mouths

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 11, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

Zaheer is spot on, Haddin should keep his big trap shut.

Posted by unregisteredalien on (January 11, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Love it. Good stirring from Haddin and good riposte from Zaheer. Looks to me like everyone's having a bit of harmless fun and it adds some colour to the contest.

Posted by sunnymate on (January 11, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

There are few stats that every OZ cricket fan should know before making such humongous statements about Aussies. All Indian Fan knows that India have done terrible test performance in Australian soil but OZ too have not done anything great whenever they have played in Indian soil in last 2 decades. Please scroll thru the below stats: 1)Australia in India (1996-97) Border-Gavaskar Trophy Result India 1, Aus 0, Drawn 0 2)Australia in India (1997-98) Result India 2, Aus 1, Drawn 0 3)Australia in India (2000-01) Result: India 2, Aus 1, Drawn 0 4)Australia in India (2004-05) Result Aus 2, India 1, Drawn 1 5)Australia in India (2008-09) Result India 2, Aus 0, Drawn 2 6)Australia in India (2010-11) Result India 2, Aus 0 so even Oz has only won only 1 test series in last 2 decades playing in Indian soil, if an aussie fan call this dominance then it is ridiculous..fact is like

Posted by Vishnu27 on (January 11, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

Succintly & well put Arjun Popat. Personally, I think Haddin is the one player in the Australian dressing room that clearly needs to zip it. His keeping & batting have been sub-standard for some time. Not to mention he's pushing 35. Surely Matthew Wade's efforts have to be worthy of a baggy green?

Posted by Vishal_07 on (January 11, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Finally, some controversy. This is what India needs to kee their cmpetitive juices flowing and come out aggressive in the next match.

Posted by shillingsworth on (January 11, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

@Nampally 'As soon as Fletcher left England, the team attained #1 Ranking.' Fletcher left England in 2007. They attained the #1 Ranking in 2011. @Dravid_Gravitas - your comments about Fletcher as a coach seem confused and rather odd. He wasn't the greatest player ever, nor would he claim to have been and I don't see how you can judge him as a captain on the basis of a single, rather freakish match. Furthermore, this has nothing to do with his coaching abilities. Totally endorse Zaheer's comments - hopefully Haddin will engage brain next time.

Posted by briggsy00 on (January 10, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Jaggadaaku You are a clown stop being biased you know damn well at the moment Australia are playing some decent cricket yes haddin is a spud But saying Australia wont play all there series in aus well is obvious

We beat srilanka away And while being dismal in that innings in south Africa We still bounced back and won the next test Something India won't do this series

And cricinfo You poll on why Indian batsmen are failing Maybe for good bowling? Not that there old Or there intimidated They have been around the game long enough to not let that happen Maybe they shouldn't always try and hit the ball so hard the chop on You can only do that on low flat boring tracks in India

Dw though your next 10 test will probably be against Bangladesh on home soil so your batsmen can get there averages back up so they look like on paper they can play when they come back to aus to get thumped again

Posted by TheBezzman on (January 10, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

Zaheer should focus more on the cricket being played, i don't think he's in a position to start sledging when his team got flogged by an innings and 68 runs. Although I do think Matty Wade should get a go, as he has been in really good form in shield cricket and for the Stars in the Big Bash.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

One innings and suddenly Australia becomes the no 1 cricketing nation. Please you have just compensated for that 19/9 in SA. England did not break the Indians yet ended up with a whitewash. Matt Prior showed his class but was humble enough to respect the tourist. Prior had got one up on Dhoni while Hadden is struggling to keep his place. Australia doesnt have a replacement keeper or Hadden would be long gone.

Posted by Patchmaster on (January 10, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Zaheer is right, Haddin should focus on his keeping, because it glaringly obvious that he's Australia's weak link in the side, every since ENG destroyed his confidence in the Ashes series, Haddin has looked fragile. His sledging on the field, is just ridiculous, his mouth would suggest he has the batting average of Bradman and the glovework of Alan Knott ! Haddin, is a pretender to the keeping throne of Australia.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

LOL Good on you Zaheer. I would have said the same thing as you! As the french would say, touche!

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (January 10, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Siddle is talking like a saint or preacher in the church. What an _______ who lie in the day time. Every cricket fan knows in the world that Australia always give hard time to their oppositions, no matter the opposition is India, England, Pakistan, Zimbabwe or their old enemy-New Zealand. They are sledging, gesturing to send the batsmen back to the pavilion, fighting with the field umpire even if the third umpire clarify the mistakes, pre-game statements always of the oppositions. Mr. Punter used to be one of that kind of bullies. Now Haddin becomes the vice-captain, so he took Punter's place and started bullshiting and Saint Peter Siddle even praise Haddin, himself and his own team. If opposition team has hard time to survive against them try to encourage them. And if you won't be able to encourage them, try not to taunt them because you are host of this series. The opposition team will return back with bad impression of you. And AUS are not gonna play every series in AUS. MIND IT!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Err...are all of you being intentionally obtusely dense. Allow me to explain. Zaheer did not call a press conference specifically to say "Haddin should focus on his keeping. Bye now". He was asked, and he gave his opinion. He could of course, not do so but then that would annoy you as well. Secondly, yes India lost two matches. Don't know if any of you pick up on it, but that does not mean Australia did nothing wrong. Zaheer picking up on Haddin dropping catches does not comment on India's performance in any way. So's about we have some common sense. If it's not too much to ask.

Posted by Nischal82 on (January 10, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Zaheer is showing childish behavior as many others in his team. I don't understand why you guys are so defensive, reacting to every little thing & behave as so much unapproachable. Besides these, the middle finger row, how shamelessly Ishanth & Virat were showing their middle fingers to the australian crowd. I think they have forgotten that they are representing a country. I will not be surprised if that middle finger episode is repeated by some one else in the indian team. I can atest it will surely not be coming from Sehwag & Sachin as they are gem of a person, both on field and at off field.

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 10, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

to be fair Zaheer should concentrate on his fitness.he has bowled okay but to be fair knocking over the Aussie top 3 is hardly hard work is it.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

Seems funny to me that most teams seem to get on okay on in the field but Aussie always bump heads with the oppositions. A year or so ago Johnson and Watson behaved like idiots here in New Zealand and were an embarrassment to cricket and their country. They then complain about the abuse they were getting from the Kiwi public, I can tell you it is nothing compared to what teams have got when touring Aussie. Haddin is weak and probably trying to deflect attention from his poor form though. For me though, Aussie is the better side and I say that as India seem to be a totally different team at home - much better. Even when they travel to New Zealand they can play some really average cricket...... Why is that? Hope they can pull it back in the last 2 tests and Tendulkar will hopefully get that ton.

Posted by ian_ghose on (January 10, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

Ohh how cruelly does time change (And I should know about it). One day you are called MS Dhoni....on an other, you're called Darren Sammy....

Posted by ian_ghose on (January 10, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Zaheer Khan makes me laugh....he postures and fakes bravado and tries to put Haddin in his place. Sadly, his team got a pasting of a lifetime - with 3 centuries including a triple being scored of his bowling. I don't know how his supporters see it, but to sounds hilariously stupid.

Posted by swervin on (January 10, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

i can't believe ppl get too upset with some of these comments - it's all good fun though most of this is the media making a bit deal about a few offhand comments - if it was a few political leaders saying it it would be whatever... though india clearly should have picked harbajan (is he available?) - just for his aggression and ability to fire up his own team he's a great player

india have been a bit unlucky though may struggle in perth where aust even beat england, the australian batting line-up is still pretty fragile but at least it's improving...aus fan

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 10, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

dg you seem to want to put the blame on a coach thats only been in the job less then 7 month. the ideas the coach may have at the moment he has to get passed the elder players, and till they go he is wasting his time. maybe dhoni and the coach will get things working when these players move on and the betterment of indian cricket can only happen then. these guys have had their day and like ponting they will not go on their own accord. dpk

Posted by Shan156 on (January 10, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

@Mayan820, the difference is that when SA bowlers get mad, they take wickets. When Indian bowlers get mad, they go for some more runs. Try bowling out Australia twice (or, going by the Sydney test, get to their tail once - on second thoughts, I take that back - read it as "bowl them out at least once" since Australia have tailenders batting at positions #1 through #3 as well as #7 through #11:-)

Posted by Shan156 on (January 10, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

@TheBengalTiger, Great. Should CA also be fined for putting together a cricket team that has the gall to beat India? I mean, how dare they beat India? Aren't they supposed to please the most powerful cricket board by losing all games by an innings?

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

whoa! the heat is on... a bit of aggression can do wonders for both sides now... interesting battle of pride and words awaiting at perth. hope they dont make a mess of it and be competitive as per game.

Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 10, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Agree with Zaheer ...As I was reading the titles for the links to stories I saw the "Indians break" by Brad Haddin & was thinking - Brad keep your mouth shut you are lucky to be still in the team. All this series the puppets used for reports are sub standard who are lucky to be in their teams & or trying to make it in such as Rohit, Warner and now Haddin. Don't see those who are class players such as Tendulkar wading into it - they earn there respect on field not having to use their mouth to make a headline

Posted by Mayan820 on (January 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Nothing will please me more as a South African than to see Australian cricket utterly humiliated until their 2 decades worth of world cricket domination is nothing more than a faint memory. I can care less about which test playing nation actually destroys them. I will of course love it if the Proteas can do it, but they are not quite there yet, so . . . until they get there India, Pakistan, New Zealand, England or even WI's or Sri Lanka will do just fine for me. This new look Pakistan team is my pick to break the Protea record against the Ausies of 47 all out. Bring it on Pakistan! India, go to Perth and blow them out of the water. Destroy them Sehwag and Zaheer, please. Give your captain M.S. Dhon somethingi to smile about at the next press conference.

Posted by myStraightTalk on (January 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Clearly the 2011 world cup win by india in india is a luck

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

Great to watch to see both aussie and indian playeres to bat on a green grassy pitch. It will be 4-0 I think...........unless anything is possible.

Posted by torsha on (January 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

haha @people who are saying why Indian are writing on this post...We know our country hasn't done well in last 6 test matches overseas but Aussie also hasn't done well on sub-continent. The fact is that everyone is lion on their home soil. Zaheer is the best. If you are saying something, u will get back in reply. That's why i think Bhajji should have been picked. And well said Subendu Mukherjee..

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

any time zaheer tries to make a verbal statement, it backfires badly on him. look at what happened in england where he was trying to attack strauss.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (January 10, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Haddin's words should be used as motivators. There is no reason to retaliate. These are typical "mind" games that the Australians play and they think they are being so smart by getting under the opponent's skin. This is part of their style, strategy and their aggressive personality. The best answer to this kind of behaviour is to show your skill and expertise on the field and not get affected like I remember when Zaheer bowled one of the best spells after the jelly bean "mind game" incident in England a few years ago to win us the test (and it turned out the series). I hope this adequately motivates him and the other members of the Indian side.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

australians speaking pompously its d same team which was 21/9 against SA a few days back. Now as they have put 2 good performances they again think dey are d best....they everytym forget what v hav done to dem in d past....for indias batsmen its just a matter of clicking 2gether...nd u see career of more players lyk symonds ending soon....

Posted by LordOfCric on (January 10, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Haddin is next Kamran Akmal in making, he should concentrate on his cricket rather than making stories...........................

Posted by davlaw on (January 10, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

@subendu india has never won a series in oz.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 10, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

I love what haddin said , I hope anything that can rile up sehwag and make him mad and come out of his funk and start concentrating every ball not swishing outside off stump in the first 20 overs .. good for me. if he stay first 20 overs , Advantage India. He gifts his wicket every inning. Can he play like great player every game. Can he make opposition get him out. If he does it , he will be greater than sachin anyday. Intensity is lacking in sehwag.

Posted by soze_keyser on (January 10, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

I can't believe so many Indians still comment on these posts. Losing is a sin , it seems , in such a desperate country!!

Posted by Nampally on (January 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Well said Zaheer! Haddin had missed Sachin's catch in the second innings of the Sydney test. He should thank Hussey for saving his bacon. Who knows with that missed chance Sachin might have got his triple Ton. Ishant missed a caught & bowled off Clarke after he got 150 - resulting in a triple Ton. I saw several Aussie bowlers rudely waving batsmen to pavilion after they got their wkts. Siddle did this to ZAK after he got his 35 in Sydney. So it is not all that friendly atmosphere. Of course the Aussies got unexpected Wins in the first 2 Tests due to lack lustre Indian performance in all departments of the game. India needs to raise the level at which they are playing by a couple of notches. Indian batting can face the average Aussie bowling & score runs if only they go in with toughness, gumption and responsibly.A simple rule is to leave the balls outside the off well alone for first 10 overs. This is where Gambhir(thrice) & Sehwag(twice) got out. Show Haddin India is not Fragile!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

dear bro's,,,,

all are here are not professionally trained cricketers... we just speak up what we listen in tv channels and new articles not every body has same day........ more over Aussies are the best team who plays cricket, even their rank of past two decades shows that, but the matter is how they win the game.. cricket is a gentleman game but if u see, the best part of it comes from Asian teams, i am not saying this as a Asian, but as a cricket fan whole world know abt Australian team, and their psychological approach before a series. in this issue u can see haddin comment abt whole indian team.. just to replit zaheer remembered him abt his great great performance in second test especially...

Posted by Precioustar84 on (January 10, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

@Marcio - how do you know all people here are all Indian fans commenting about Aussies' arrogance? I think everyone knows how Aus start acting Differently the minute they start winning. Pretty naive and ignorant to make statements and judgements yourself without knowing who's who. Where are all these talks when Aus were losing? It happens to all sides so don't generalize that its only Indian fans make comments but you guys here love to make false assumptions here about everything as I see it on every article so do as you please I guess. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by Nampally on (January 10, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas:I fully agree with your assessment of Fletcher. As soon as Fletcher left England, the team attained #1 Ranking. As soon as Fletcher comes to India, the team is on a downward spiral & still going down. Fire Fletcher, if this team needs to build up some gumption & grit. Get someone like Kirsten.Secondly, Dhoni should NOT be given captaincy role in all 3 formats. In tests, it is best to go with a more outgoing guy - because "Mr. COOL" is blowing away the advantage by his irrational tactics. Aussies got an unexpected 2-0 advantage, thanks to Mr.Cool. I still believe if Sehwag & Gambhir give India a good start, India can score >400 runs. Dravid is due a Century too. Aussie batting is brittle & can be broken if Indian bowlers attack on or outside off with good length. Clarke's triple Ton was the biggest gift he will ever get. This guy was bowled twice against NZ, once shoulder arming!.Yadev & Ishant can get him if they attack the off stump.ZAK should get the top 3 Lefties!

Posted by samudralakiku on (January 10, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

@vvs167 - Can't agree with you any better. You are spot on. Dhoni should be the first one to be dropped from the test team.

Posted by shahbazhussain on (January 10, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Well, Haddin expressed what he saw in the field for 10 days in two tests. I dont see any negative coming from his comments except a core point that his team management are focusing on how they can easily dismantle the indian squad. I see he expressed two or three points from the agenda with which they are already dealing india. I dont see if Zaheer performed better than Pattinson. In fact haddin is pretty good than Dhoni. Look at the comments how people are taking on Dhone alone. I think it is time to think about only TEST cricket. The only culprit I see is the T20 league coming ahead. You will see all these Dhoni's men will perform extra ordinary in IPL. Coz They all are club cricketers and they love to play for their club not for country. If they ever had love they would have one all formats immediately after CWC11. Teams rise in cricket if and only if they perform well in Test cricket. If you dont show your skills in longer version - you are a club cricketer not a professional.

Posted by sashi94 on (January 10, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

@ Plod.. very correct about the population disparity between India and Australia. But how many players get to represent Australia during a test match and how many for India? its 11 (ELEVEN) players per side in a any format of the game. Its a dirty remark with strong australian flavor but your population statistics dont mean anything here.

Posted by Romenevans on (January 10, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

If it was Dhoni instead of Zaheer, he would have said this >> """Well, Yes! I agree, Haddin is a Great Player, Probably the Best W/K batsman in the world, and he has all the right to say whatever he wants to say, i give a damn to that. I'm too thick skinned to be bothered about what people say" Oh! yeah il'll still spread the field the moment scores goes 27/4 and i will also keep a deep point for Hilfy and lyon, no matter what you, i just don't care dammit!

Posted by torsha on (January 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Well reply by Zaheer. Australia has started playing mind games here. Few of them don't know but to got under the skin of some of Indian players. That's why I was agreed with Ravi Shastri when he supported Bhajji for this tour. Who is siddle here to say? He just got in picture cuz he took tendulkar's wickets 2 times. Come on sub-continent pitch and then talk Mr. Siddle! He also came in between when Sehwag and Pattinson got into verbal war. If you're saying something to India, then be ready to take that back!

Posted by givemefood on (January 10, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

I don't know about rest of Indian cricket fans but I'd like to see some changes in the batting line up starting with the polite disposal of VVS and Dravid. Gambhir should take some time off and return to 1st cricket as well. If the batters don't do their job then the captain can't do much.. although Dhoni needs to improve his batting average in tests.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Mr Brag Haddin, a big-holed mouth is OK, but a big-holed glove is NOT!

Posted by Valavan on (January 10, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

@All Indian fans, So much fume about haddin's comments. It was not a good action by Haddin to speak out when the tour is on progress. But i was wondering, where did you all go when Rohit sharma made a point that aussies cant play moving ball, so just pinch yourself whno started all these mind games even before test series. Haddin probably playing the 2nd last series or even last. cricinfo please publish

Posted by givemefood on (January 10, 2012, 15:39 GMT)


Forget Dhoni and Fletcher. What are your thoughts about Dravid? Should he not be the 2nd person dropped, after VVS? Even if he's scoring.. his scoring rate has been @ a SR of 36. Even 20 years ago SR of 36 was considered below average. How can our team score well if selfish characterless men like him warm the crease and not score? Dhoni has to consider his position in the test games. He cannot prolong not scoring. But then India has no other choice at the moment.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

@vvs167 - You are absolutely right. When I first heard that VVS should be dropped for Rohit, I too felt the same. If anyone misfit in this batting lineup is, it is Dhoni. Its no secret that he's not technically sound. He himself admitted that and the way he got dismissed in SCG proves it. Definitely, he's a package. But the greatest quality of a package is that it could be customized and adapted to any situation. He's not a bad keeper either. There's no one in entire India to challenge his calm cricketing brain or his keeping skills. So, I hope VVS will not be dropped and also I feel that a double from VVS is right around the corner. If all the remaining 6 batsmen fire, no worries if Dhoni is still a misfit. He has the ability to evolve and adapt.

Posted by heshan666 on (January 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

At the moment all indians are under pressure .so they tempting to say many words to salvation from their mentaly downfall.Always indians are aggressive but you need to show your character.Enough words but no works.Thats why indians didn't perform well as they should,under that circumstances.Zaheer.let's stop talk.keep doing your job

Posted by stFleming on (January 10, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

What happened to Zaheer Khan now??? His team is in trouble and if Haddin said something, then he didn't said wrong....He is right...Zaheer should focus on his team's win rather than focusing on Haddin...India haven't lost a test overseas for the past 6 matches...Haddin can say whatever he wants because his team has outclassed India in all departments...So Zaheer should focus on his cricket rather than worrying for Haddin...Australia will win 4-0 this time..i m sure..

Posted by CricketAbhimani on (January 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

These mind games show that somewhere Aus is expecting an Indian backlash. Ind has won at Perth in the previous series. Even then India were 0-2 down. The mind games thus show that in some way India has a good chance to come back. Aus knows that Ind team's real potential. In earlier situations like the SCG, India, trailing by 468 would have crumbled to say, 150 or 200 all out. The best thing about this Ind team is that they don't crumble under pressure. Dhoni is being criticized for his captaincy, but it is mainly under him that India have become quite unbeatable. The present team has learnt to excel under pressure. Ind chased down 275 in world cup final after losing Sehwag and Sachin early. I don't any of the present teams would have done that. I repeat, mind games by Aus show Ind can come back. Nothing is guaranteed, but at least they have a chance. India should focus on the game and nothing else. Aus plan these tactics well, but Haddin's views, after his recent poor show is laughable

Posted by eyballfallenout on (January 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

this should be a fun match up here, i must be watching for the Zaheer runs into bowl to haddin: what will it be, a short one, full on the toes or wide down leg for 4lb?

Posted by cricket_ftw on (January 10, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

India should have had Sreesanth or bajji or both if they plan for an australian tour. It would have helped the team in many ways. Anyways the bowlers which india got now arent picking up wickets. So it doenst matter if bajji and sree are in team .

Posted by Harry_Kool on (January 10, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Works both way here guys, I read a stack of stuff from the Indians on how they Australia couldn't play swing, their recent poor form etc, where were all you moralists then? I would say, without doubt, there have been far more said by Indians over the past 4 weeks (not the last 2, and understandably so) so let's be fair here. I would also remind you "fans" that what I have read from former Indian test players was far more savage than what Haddin said.

Posted by NairUSA on (January 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Zaheer said what everyone, including cricket australia, wanted to say.

I am sure the aussie WK will drop more catches if he sticks to his amateur mind games rather than collecting balls.

Posted by AidanFX on (January 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@ bobbo2 - you issue with Haddin is valid - and the majority of views expressed by Ind and Aus fans alike bear testimony to that - but as for Pattinson - you are so off the mark. I would recommend you visit the CA website and watch the press conference in full. It was utterly shameful of the press the way they twisted Pattinson's word; especially given how young the bloke is. For starters the guy did not come out and say "they [Ind Batsman] are intimidated by us". He was asked firstly if he thought their batsman were intimidated, he replied with an expression of doubt because he recognized they were experienced and professional batsmen- he then clarified a the manner in which they might be intimidated; namely the line and length bowling. His words were grossly twisted and paraded by the press. He was not the first person to use the word intimidate - the press were; it was a blatant set up.

Posted by Django on (January 10, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Haddin's comments are actually spot on. I think the whole wide world can see it. Seems to hit a nerve there with Zaheer. I have never found Zaheer Khan's aggression anything but embarassing. The man, damn fine bowler that he is, is still a medium-pacer at best. He ends up embarrassing himself and his team when he has a bat in hand. And doubly so in the field. Every batsman out there should be looking to pinch at least one extra run when the ball goes to Zaheer, the only thing stopping them could be the inability to suppress their laughter watching him attempt to field.

That being said, Brad Haddin should get his own house in order before starting to mouth off about the opposition. He is possibly the worst keeper in the world at the present moment, even worse than some makeshift keepers. If he is the best Australia have...... well, they got problems.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

The mind games have started from Australian side and Indian side have to be aware of that. India is down 2-0 but there are two more tests to go. Go give your all and make India proud.

Posted by vvs167 on (January 10, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Well, Dhoni shouldn't be playing Test cricket, really. By his own admission he is not a great keeper; nor a gr8 batsman, but a 'package'. So by defination, not being a 'specialist' in either discipline should he really be playing this format of the game? i wonder...

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 10, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

During our tour to Windies I was very critical of Fletcher and Dhoni. Now after all these months, this is what we have. Dhoni is clueless irrespective of Fletcher - circa India at Newlands. But still since Fletcher took over, the clueless protocols have taken a totally different proportion - Windies escaping from us and Fletcher finds no fault in Dhoni; in England - England escapes from a hopeless situation; Windies in India - the series result is not a true reflection of the contest; in Australia now - Dhoni is clueless in a class of his own. What's Fletcher doing? What are his credentials as a player in that minnow Zimbabwe team? Didn't Kapil Phaji thrash his team by a nice rearguard action at Turnbridge Wells? What was Fletcher doing then? I guess Fletcher doesn't have an idea as to how to guide the team he is playing in or the team he is coaching, when the opponent is on the mat. This is what I understand of Fletcher. I guess he needs to go along with Dhoni.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 10, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Dhoni, the ODI cum T20 Captain has failed this team bigtime. How would you explain Boucher, Fidel, Swann+Broad+Bresnan and now Pattinson+Hilfenhaus (Aussies escaping twice at MCG and once at SCG) getting away from hopeless losing situations? Of course I'll give credit to the opponents. BUT I want to look at Dhoni as well while appreciating the opposition. Please don't listen to this bloke Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India has been winning despite him. India reached no.1 courtesy sterling performances of our batsmen though the opposition managed to escape, courtesy Dhoni's atrocious captaincy. Now that the batsmen have struggled in England and Australia to put up huge scores, the passages of play when the opposition escaped are turning out into disheartening opposition wins or horrible draws. Dear BCCI, see the obvious pattern and drop this substandard player cum ODIish+T20ish Captain. Don't persist with him anymore lest Oxford Dictionary might include Fool as the new synonym for Cool.

Posted by AidanFX on (January 10, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Marcio is spot on there - and I am eagerly awaiting the spider web that will appear on the Haddin article to see how many violent comments there are lol.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

There are few stats that every OZ cricket fan should know before making such humongous statements about Aussies. All Indian Fan knows that India have done terrible test performance in Australian soil but OZ too have not done anything great whenever they have played in Indian soil in last 2 decades. Please scroll thru the below stats:

1)Australia in India (1996-97) Border-Gavaskar Trophy Result India 1, Aus 0, Drawn 0 2)Australia in India (1997-98) Result India 2, Aus 1, Drawn 0 3)Australia in India (2000-01) Result: India 2, Aus 1, Drawn 0 4)Australia in India (2004-05) Result Aus 2, India 1, Drawn 1 5)Australia in India (2008-09) Result India 2, Aus 0, Drawn 2 6)Australia in India (2010-11) Result India 2, Aus 0

so even Oz has only won only 1 test series in last 2 decades playing in Indian soil, if an aussie fan call this dominance then it is ridiculous..fact is like Indians are weak on faster pitches, Aussies are weaker in spinning tracks..

Posted by jezzricho on (January 10, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Read PLODS comment below..nothing much else to add to that really :)

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

I am a Pakistani a big time fan of cCicket, when it comes to Cricket i am a big fan of Asian teams, I have nothing in common with the Australian i support India, India will get back in the game soon they are 2 down & 2 more to go, get em India. Pier Wasif

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

KarachiKid, your comment makes no sense. I could argue that it was Zaheer who was being more polite by focusing only on Haddin and not the entire Aussie team.

Posted by amarnath79 on (January 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Thats why Harbhajan would have helped. Along with his experience against Australia, he would have got under their skin too.

Posted by Siddiee on (January 10, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

@ Marcio - It surprises me too. All of India says that the team lacks intensity and have been intimidated by aus bowlers which has been visible all this while so whats wrong if haddin feels that too. Our team is there to play cricket and not make relations so what is this talk about aussies being arrogant ? Zaheer should too realise that giving away his wicket and strolling in the field in lathargic manner because he has taken 3 wickets isnt what he is in team for.

Posted by bobbo2 on (January 10, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Hadden's comments, while they may be true to an extent did not need to be said publicly and particulary from him who is not batting or keeping well. Australia is also 2-0 up the series so why bother? The Australian team behaviour was just starting to improve before Haddin and recently Pattinson have started thier antics. Australia ae not all that great at the moment and would be beaten hollow if they were playing England.

Posted by Dashgar on (January 10, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

@Arnab Don't know how you can criticise Peter Siddle's attitude. He's one of the most honest personalities in world cricket. Think about who you're talking about before spouting rubbish like that.

Posted by isildur_elendilson on (January 10, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@Marcio - should be playing mario :) and aus ... we do understand, u are champs no more, may be umpires don't play for u anymore? :D

Posted by S4CHIN_IS_GOD on (January 10, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

@ PLOD How long Australia playing cricket? Who invented ODI games. Let me tell you and give you history lesson. you have been playing for ober 100 years test cricket and West India dominated before you. You invented ODI Games and India Won it before you only been playing cricket as sport for over 20 years. India Won T20 World cup before you and With intelligent minds made IPL so that your top class player make money. I am sure they werent getting it in 21 million population country.

Posted by Mayan820 on (January 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Oh dear B. Haddin . . . now you have insulted India and made Z. Kahn mad! I am afraid that comment will cost Australia the 3rd test just like the Ausie arrogance cost them the Newlands test when they made all the Protea bowlers thoroughly mad. That was a big mistake and so exactly is this comment of yours. I sincerely hope you have also infuriated Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Kholi, Dhoni and Ashwin, but especially Sehwag, Kholi and Dhoni, in the latter order.

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@Marcio : It really happens.. When Australia lost 2-0 in India last time, no comments from Aussies too.. Now winning and starting to comment.. It happens bud.. Haddin had no job to get that comment going and the same with Zak when the team is losing.. Looked really kiddish from both sides.. In this series, India had revived two careers and made a normal captain once to gain huge respect in the nation and a guy who never picked 5 wickets get two in a row.. I wouldn't be surprised if Haddin scores a century and a quicker one too and rub salt on Zak's wounds..

Posted by spence1324 on (January 10, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

@plod,'england not competitive' not bad for a team thats number1!

Posted by PerfectTen on (January 10, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Agree that Indian players should not hide in a corner and not respond to the Aus' jibes. But a better place to respond is the field. Unfortunately, India has shown not little, but absolutely NO fire there and trying to score points off it. It's important to choose good team management staff on tours like this who can positively convert off-field aggression to the one needed while playing. Especially when the captain is struggling to motivate self & others. Folks like Ganguly should play a positive role instead of sitting in the commentary box and deriding his own peers of the past. May be he is upset that not many in this team consider him good enough for that, given his many episodes of escaping from a difficult situation.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

i don,t think so india come back in this test series actully they are not able to draw the test series and aussi was looking to whitewash india ,,,,,thus,,,,,,,

Posted by Captain_Crick on (January 10, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Haha good amount of words exchanged from a good bowler amongst wickets and a wicket keeper struggling with his keeping. Irony is that the one playing his role better is on the losing side while the 'out of sorts' one on the winning side.The onus is now on the10 players from either sides to live up to their words and help their sides win while Zaheer and Haddin are busy in their prematch war :p

Posted by vivek_khyati on (January 10, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

these verbal attacks have been an integral part of aus tour.. but, it suits more to the team in driver seat.. zaheer teased haddin for 3 dropped catches.. just imagine, what would have been indian team's condition had he picked all of those.. so, rather than replying, indian players should concentrate on the game and do all the talking with their batting, bowling and fielding.. haddin has actually succeeded in his ploy.. the intention itself was to make zaheer say something back.. haddin did not had to bat even once in sydney test.. and all indian batters had to face the music twice.. so, in this spat haddin has nothing to lose; its zaheer who can lose his track.. zak has survived till 3rd test and that is a good news for india.. best wishes to him.. and may india win the perth test.. :)

Posted by crh8971 on (January 10, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Haddin is very lucky his team mates have covered for his inadequacy in the first two test. If Aus had lost the first two and Haddin had put in identical performances there would be many, many calls for him to be dropped. And they would be right. Haddin is now at best the third best keeper/batsmen in the country. He has dropped more catches in this series than Healy or Gilchrist would in a year. It is amazing how the NSW dominated cricket media is saying he has done enough to keep his spot. Time to bring in Mat Wade and time for Haddin to shut the hell up!

Posted by Marcio on (January 10, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

It didn't take long for the "Aussies are arrogant and bad sports," to come from Indian fans - once AUS started to win again. I noticed these allegations went quiet when India won games. That tells you all you need to know.

Posted by Marcio on (January 10, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

I'm amazed that people actually fall for this media spin. Haddin didn't say anything that anybody else hasn't been saying all week, including former India players - and hundreds of Indian supportters here (now these same supporters are angry because an ausssie said it!) In fact Haddin's been a hell of a lot more polite than most here. Now, just imagine the headline to this article here was "Siddle blasts back at fuming Zaheer", then the first line went something like "Angry words continued to fly back and forth between..." Sound ridiculous? It's no more absurd than anything else written on what haddin said, which was nothing but an honest, accurate take on what Australia have been doing, and the weak response by a crumbling India.

Posted by plod on (January 10, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Arnab Banerjee where do you come from? Aussies are aggressive and in your face, that's why we are so successful, a population of 21 million versus a billion and counting. How many World Cups, test number one spots have we held in comparison to India and all other countries??? Aussies are good sports and we are the first to shake hands and have a beer with the opposition. As for bad sports, have you forgotten Sourav Ganguly? Harbajahn SINGH? Give me a break. England will never dominate test cricket or ODI cricket like we have, because they are not born competitive. Hence most of their side is not english!!

Posted by Cricket.Nellore on (January 10, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

These 2 are the guyz who just speak but does not perform

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

india, especially khan shouldnt antagonise, that can be dangerous, especially at the waca

Posted by denwarlo70 on (January 10, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

"When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do" That's exactly what Zaheer Khan is doing and I don't see anything wrong in that. The Aussies don't like to taste their own you know what hence, various backlashes. I am a Sri Lankan who is not a fan of team India nor team Australia but when an Asian team takes on any other than an Asian, I support the Asian team obviously. India, you are two down but you have two more to go, so go on get those two, all the best.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Zaheer first you focus on your fitness.. play the next 2 tests without breaking down. :)

Posted by AidanFX on (January 10, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Next time CA put this guy up for press conferenece - keep Haddin away

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (January 10, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Silly exchanges. Bring on the cricket. As an India fan, having ridden the emotional roller coaster - enthusiasm, disbelief, despair, anger, acceptance - I am ready to watch a bowler-friendly 3rd Test.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Haddin would fit well into the Indian team at the moment.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

"I think we are all nice and friendly guys in the field. We are all nice to our opposition. That's how we play our cricket." Siddle, love you for your reincarnation as a full length bowler. But regarding this statement- you must be the joking! You guys are the sorest losers that ever were!

Posted by 5wombats on (January 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

True. Haddin better at yap than he is at catch and bat.

Posted by JavedKhanAfridi on (January 10, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

These are all psychological tactics that Australians are very good to use. Although India are already down, but they have the capability to bounce back. That is what MS Dhoni has to do. Instead of defensive frame of mind, he should go all out attack at Perth. Replace VVS with Rohit Sharma. Tell everybody ,"WE ARE HERE TO WIN". There is nothing to lose here.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (January 10, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Yes, yes he should. That and batting as well but who doesn't love a little verbal before a test.

Posted by Cricket.Nellore on (January 10, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Yes. True words from Zaheer. Haddin should focus on his keeping. You also need to focus on your bowling !!!!!!

Posted by dockhaul4 on (January 10, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

boiling point finally arrived. i hope Indian team is not trying to divert attention from their performance to the off field events :) either they prove Haddin wrong or just accept the fact

Posted by Tashfeen on (January 10, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Look who is talking. Zaheer Khan should try to finish the series on his 2 legs before talking.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (January 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Ohh Ooo! Just vividly remember Matty Haydens (in)famous interview to another radio channel before a test match in the last OZ tour. A lot of Indian cricket fans will be sending 'Thank you'cards to Haddin if India do well at Perth. He seem to have stirred something that MSD and Duncan have failed to deliver so far on the tour.

Posted by KarachiKid on (January 10, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

I think what Haddin said was general and not targetted one player, but Zaheer's rejoinder is a bit idiotic and typfies current lot of Indians overly agressive nature. They should not have taken it personally, what Haddin is saying is correct for any team, not just India.

Posted by Lees_Legends on (January 10, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Hahahah good comments Zaheer. Haddin in no position at the moment to be talking it up. Actually well he cant play cricket properly so talking it up is pretty much what he is useful for

Posted by TheBengalTiger on (January 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

See how much more respect Indians show than Austrlians. Zaheer just mentions Haddin, doesnt insult the rest of the team. Haddin felt the need to insult the entire Indian team for no apparent reason. despicable behaviour by Haddin, him and CA should be fined. Ca should also be fined for not controing abuse from their crowd.

Posted by Samdanh on (January 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

It is high time both teams steer clear of indiscriminate observations. Haddin has started it and no wonder Zaheer is fuelling it by dragging the entire Aus establishment instead of limiting his response to what Haddin has said. So far the series has gone through smoothly. Let it continue to be so. Let players show their mettle in their games on the ground in matches than outside.

Posted by BalaSenty on (January 10, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Australians always want to play mind games. Indians don't bother on that as they have to now save the series or loose it from here. Both are possible. Better now Indians can concentrate on one dayers slowly. I want to see India and Srilanka in finals, throwing Auatralia out. That will be a good treat for Indian fans which will remind Austarlia about their 47 all out collapse in SA. Austarlians are roaring in their own den, but if they come out they will also be white washed. Now the era of Austarlian domination in Cricket is never possible. So let them talk for now, hope India get the fire to transform it.

Posted by Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on (January 10, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Love the last line! Brilliant!

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 10, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

It will do a world of good for the Aus to remain calm and do the talking with performances on the field rather than these verbal jibes. Haddin, just mind your game !! why kindle the indians !! they will come back hard if these sorts of things are done to them !!

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