Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day January 13, 2012

Banter suggests India are resigned to defeat

Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma replied to sledges from Australia's openers by telling them things would be reversed when Australia tours India. That is indicative that India have already conceded this series
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You don't really get worse days in Test cricket than when the opposition has nearly taken a lead, with all their wickets in hand, at the end of the first day. The sledging contest - or banter as David Warner called it - between India's Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma, and Australia's Warner and Ed Cowan was indicative of where the India players are at. They were not at the WACA for sure. Sledged about their batting averages, Kohli and Ishant defended the Indian batting unit by telling the Australia openers it would be a different story when they came to India.

One can only hope the whole India side does not think that way because it suggests they have already conceded this contest. The remarks, Warner said, told Australia that India were resigned to defeat. "In my mind, they think they are bowled over already," Warner said. "The challenge I see for them is they have got to work out how they are going to play outside India. I don't know where Indian cricket is going to be at when [Sachin] Tendulkar and [Rahul] Dravid retire over the next couple of years.

"Time will tell if we win 4-0, or if we win 3-0. Hopefully we can get this Test out of the way. Hopefully we can capitalise on the start we have got and win this Test."

To single out Kohli's sledge on a day on which he top-scored during India's shambolic innings would be to make an easy target of a young batsman playing his seventh Test; but his attitude might point to something intrinsically wrong about the direction this team is headed.

Today's play, believe or not, for a little while, did seem to be headed in the right direction for India. There are spells in Test cricket when you can easily take your eye off the action. Spells when you know nothing is going to happen, when the cricketers appear to be prepared for a post-lunch nap, when the atmosphere is one of contentment from a good meal, of a gentle breeze, of drooping eyes. There isn't much assistance from the pitch at such times, the batsmen look set, the runs trickle, and you can read the newspaper.

During this series, spells like that have only occurred when Australia have been batting. India's innings have been edge-of-the-seat stuff. There is always something happening, or something threatening to happen, which is a credit to the Australian bowling as well. Even when Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had a 117-run partnership at the MCG, Dravid was edgy, Tendulkar was shutting up shop, and you could not miss a second of the action.

Today, though, India managed to enter a spell of relative calm for a brief while. It was a huge achievement. For the first time in the series there was a period of play when India were batting and there was nothing happening. It happened just after lunch.

Perhaps it was because the wind from the east, the drier variety that helps swing, had died down. Perhaps it was the heat. Perhaps Australia had stepped back a little. But during the first hour after lunch, with Kohli and VVS Laxman batting, you somehow felt India might go through a session without incident. Kohli kept flicking, Laxman struggled but he didn't look like he would get out. Then he cut and pulled boundaries. After the afternoon drinks break, though, Australia picked up the intensity. Kohli's runs dried up, and the loose drive away from the body duly arrived.

That has been the story of this tour. India's batsmen have not spent enough relaxed minutes on the pitch. The bowlers have come hard at them and, except for Tendulkar, most of them are spent by the time they reach a decent score.

Warner explained why India were not able to have prolonged sessions of calm batting. "If you bowl the fifth or sixth stump line [outside off stump], they don't like leaving the ball," Warner said. "They like trying to hit every ball so if we keep them fishing outside off they are going to nick one. And that's exactly what they have been doing."

India lost their best chance of winning a series in Australia in Sydney in 2003-04. Now they have just one finger on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It won't stay there if they keep thinking about what they will do when teams come to their backyard.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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

    @dunger.bob... Agree with your comments... It is also somewhat funny that some of the Indian players are saying "wait until you play us at home"... lol... Most of the top Oz players now play IPL yearly, while also doing stints in County cricket... So our players are getting conditioned to play in various conditions while Indian & English players do not... I can see a lot of improvement for Ozy players but none for themselves...

  • on January 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Thanks for giving a chance to Comment: Same Thing Happened with England in England. England Came to India and They are 5-0. Same thing will happen to Austrilia Sure.We have to accept results.Where Bangladesh unable to win Matches in there own Den. This Comment is For @banglafan: They are mice on their tailored pitches but any pitch having bounce turn them Cockroaches :) More I need to say?

    Comment with Courage.not to just show your Comments please.Win & Lose always be there in Game. yeah i accept if India dont Play fair, It hurts.Encourage THem instead of Discourage if you can.We are not experts comment on Any Team.

    Already India showed by being Number One Test and Oneday Team.Lets give a chance to other teams.if i am anybody hurting excuse me. Encourage them dont Laugh at Them or get Angry on them when they are wounded. thank you

  • Naresh28 on January 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    INDIA should look at ATUL SHARMA as a fast bowler. Fast bowlers make good batsman look tentative and thats what is happenning with Indian batsman. We dont have anything to give back when we are bounced, swung out. We have one in YADAV, but th extra pace of ATUL would be good.

  • VAS4 on January 14, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    One must feel sorry for the elderly people in Indian team. Struggling to even walk fast - Zaheer, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman. Once the ball past them, it is a boundary. But certainly wont give up! Stay there and block the entry for youngsters. Our fate!

  • gulbali123 on January 14, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    come on guys lets have bouncy pitches all across india and let the champions practice with tennis balls being thrown up their throats..... this will make them have some ov their own coz at the moment they are void ov it...

  • Bang_La on January 14, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @banglafan, you are so right! And India became snobbish and attained a sense of superiority thru media and billboard propaganda being models for corporate consumables. Though Sourav added some courage but the Indians again went back to Gavaskar narrated "why me?" era. They are tigers on their tailored pitches but any pitch having bounce turn them mice :) More I need to say?

  • VAS4 on January 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Indian fans should not lose control. We are yet to lose the T20s and ODIs. But it does not matter, we have IPL!

  • Vpx23 on January 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    TEAM INDIA - 'FIGHTING FIRE WITH DYING EMBERS' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • indianpunter on January 14, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Never mind the brave face. Kohli is towing the official line, which is fine. But, India has some serious soul searching to do. Where do we go from here.? 1. Its time for at least 3 players in the indian team, Laxman, sehwag and Dravid to go. Laxman or Dravid has to be dropped in the next test itself for sharma. 2. Dhoni as test captain has to go. How can he captain such a rag tag team of no gooders? 3. Do a detailed review after the tour- leave no stone unturned. Question everything. the setup, the machinery, the support staff.. ( yes, i am dreaming). This collective denial ( all is well) does not work. Emphasise fitness, commitment and performance ( what is Zaheer Khan doing in the field and with the bat?) India is paying the price of non chalance and lack of planning. I saw this indian team practice in

  • AKS286 on January 14, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    so agrees with my comments on harris in the column "hussey not thinking for 4-0 yet" & "marsh worth preserving him". check once again. BEER MUST REPLACE ONE PACE BOWLER.

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

    @dunger.bob... Agree with your comments... It is also somewhat funny that some of the Indian players are saying "wait until you play us at home"... lol... Most of the top Oz players now play IPL yearly, while also doing stints in County cricket... So our players are getting conditioned to play in various conditions while Indian & English players do not... I can see a lot of improvement for Ozy players but none for themselves...

  • on January 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Thanks for giving a chance to Comment: Same Thing Happened with England in England. England Came to India and They are 5-0. Same thing will happen to Austrilia Sure.We have to accept results.Where Bangladesh unable to win Matches in there own Den. This Comment is For @banglafan: They are mice on their tailored pitches but any pitch having bounce turn them Cockroaches :) More I need to say?

    Comment with Courage.not to just show your Comments please.Win & Lose always be there in Game. yeah i accept if India dont Play fair, It hurts.Encourage THem instead of Discourage if you can.We are not experts comment on Any Team.

    Already India showed by being Number One Test and Oneday Team.Lets give a chance to other teams.if i am anybody hurting excuse me. Encourage them dont Laugh at Them or get Angry on them when they are wounded. thank you

  • Naresh28 on January 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    INDIA should look at ATUL SHARMA as a fast bowler. Fast bowlers make good batsman look tentative and thats what is happenning with Indian batsman. We dont have anything to give back when we are bounced, swung out. We have one in YADAV, but th extra pace of ATUL would be good.

  • VAS4 on January 14, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    One must feel sorry for the elderly people in Indian team. Struggling to even walk fast - Zaheer, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman. Once the ball past them, it is a boundary. But certainly wont give up! Stay there and block the entry for youngsters. Our fate!

  • gulbali123 on January 14, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    come on guys lets have bouncy pitches all across india and let the champions practice with tennis balls being thrown up their throats..... this will make them have some ov their own coz at the moment they are void ov it...

  • Bang_La on January 14, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @banglafan, you are so right! And India became snobbish and attained a sense of superiority thru media and billboard propaganda being models for corporate consumables. Though Sourav added some courage but the Indians again went back to Gavaskar narrated "why me?" era. They are tigers on their tailored pitches but any pitch having bounce turn them mice :) More I need to say?

  • VAS4 on January 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Indian fans should not lose control. We are yet to lose the T20s and ODIs. But it does not matter, we have IPL!

  • Vpx23 on January 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    TEAM INDIA - 'FIGHTING FIRE WITH DYING EMBERS' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • indianpunter on January 14, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Never mind the brave face. Kohli is towing the official line, which is fine. But, India has some serious soul searching to do. Where do we go from here.? 1. Its time for at least 3 players in the indian team, Laxman, sehwag and Dravid to go. Laxman or Dravid has to be dropped in the next test itself for sharma. 2. Dhoni as test captain has to go. How can he captain such a rag tag team of no gooders? 3. Do a detailed review after the tour- leave no stone unturned. Question everything. the setup, the machinery, the support staff.. ( yes, i am dreaming). This collective denial ( all is well) does not work. Emphasise fitness, commitment and performance ( what is Zaheer Khan doing in the field and with the bat?) India is paying the price of non chalance and lack of planning. I saw this indian team practice in

  • AKS286 on January 14, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    so agrees with my comments on harris in the column "hussey not thinking for 4-0 yet" & "marsh worth preserving him". check once again. BEER MUST REPLACE ONE PACE BOWLER.

  • sankardasiga on January 14, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    How to get this message across to the Indian team and coach? When things are not going right for you as a batsman, start of the innings, for sufficient time - play straight in the V, push and do not drive hard, do not cut or shuffle - even if the balls bowled are short or offering width or there are gaps in the field - all of which are traps. Then when you are a bowler who is not express, just do the job of bowling on the off-stump and right length, ball after ball, unmindful of the situation the situation - what the score is, who the batsman is and what his so called weaknesses are (realize that you are unable to exploit it due to your lack of pace and talent to swing). I request a true Indian fan in the stands to hold the placard - "Play in the V and push, do not drive or cut or shuffle", when India is batting & for one hour atleast each time a batsman comes to bat, and, the placard - "Just bowl on the off-stump and the right length", when India is bowling, rest of this series

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    There is a principle in life: only change is permanent. We have enough philosophy on this. So if you think you have done well in the past, it is useful, but it is not enough to win. These days matches are won by surprise and newness. Can't people read this phenomena? No country has actually dominated Cricket like the windies did. The aussies dominated yes - but other countries started catching up. The past decade has had many countries clib up and go down soon. In sports, some are expected to dominate till age becomes a factor. Sampras in his peak was defeated by Federer who in turn lost to nadal who in turn lost to Djokovic other things being equal. Hewitt and Murray are unable to win coz they lack that one more level. Mental things are fine but it starts with skill. the coaches must look at the trend. Kirsten is now outdated. Flower is blossoming. Why? Mendis is not a threat anymore. No one is afraid of an Ambrose. A rookie Cumins runs through SA. Why? India needed a new thinking :)

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    yes, the point on India giving up is valid, and stupid of the Indian players. But the bit in the article about Indian batting being edge of the seat stuff is so stupid. What a waste of my reading time. Poorly written article.

  • Meety on January 14, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty - good to see the Lions losing to Bangladesh A!

  • Happy_AusBang on January 14, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Warner did bat well but also with a great deal of help from the Indian bowlers who were dishing out lollipops to him. It seems like they did not see where Australia were pitching the ball and what they were trying to do. I don't know whether it is a question of skill but certainly this Indian side does not seem to have learnt much over the course of the series here and before in England.

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Australia are showing why they are number 1 in the world. Destroying India on far better batting pitches than in England and then blasting runs to all parts to put them to the sword.

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Well, this test appears to be a fight between a tiger and a lamb on a barren land. This has been the case with India in England as well. No fight at all. Fans are disappointed not because of the loss, but the manner of the loss. Meek surrender followed by another meek surrender, with each surrender beating the earlier one. It doesn't appear to be a issue with the skills, but something else, as this was pretty much the same team that was No 1 sometime back. I wish Australia humiliate India by scoring 700+ as this team is overrated, as like its board, which acts like a bully. The only way to get this team as well as the board to ground is when fans disconnect with the team and the selling power of BCCI is lost. That is when probably you see better pitches at Ranji matches, better domestic competitio

  • on January 14, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    What is umesh yadav thinking ?? Trying to bounce australia out,, he is not a good learner of the game,, he should see how australia got there wickets!!! He carrying same stuff on 2nd day as well !!!

  • on January 14, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    And now kohli drops warner. way to back up a sledge haha

  • banglafan on January 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    I hate to say it, but India, you asked for it. All this playing big brother in the sub-continent, being snobbish while deciding not to play with lower level test neighbors is finally coming smack into their faces.

  • on January 14, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    When they said they would take care of the Aussies when they tour India, they only meant to save their dignity(Its also the truth - Aus will get flattened in India.). Besides, when India were bowled out for that score and taunted and insulted about it, that's the only way they could come back. I am with the Indian team on the banter although they played bad cricket.

  • satishsasikumar on January 14, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Well Aussies going Waka Waka in WACA...

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    India,s batting gods seemed so lost against this Australian team, almost human. Fragile and nervous not like Masters of the game. I guess Time has finally caught up with them! Yet each time I see Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Tendulkar and company I,m looking for a fightback, I still think they will win 2 test @ least.Greatness digs down deep, India is aging but is still a great team. They won,t let the fans down.

  • Lord_Trickster on January 14, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    @ Sateesh Thota: Could we please have your "Aussies cannot be allowed to played in IPL anymore in near future.." threat in writing? It might rate highly in your country but that mickey mouse comedy (led by Mr cliche himself) rates so badly here in Australia that it isn't even televised on free to air. And I hope it continues to be the "success" it has been, with winners not being paid, shambolic organisation, but most of all, having led to India's massive fall from grace in the only real TEST of cricket skill. Enjoy your "world Champions" standard of cricket. (PS how many have you won? - 2 is it?)

  • Lord_Trickster on January 14, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @TheBengalTiger: Who is this "Australain" team to which you refer with such disdain?

  • Robster1 on January 14, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    History tells us that repeatedly India have played poorly outside of the sub continent - plus ca change....

  • KAIRAVA on January 14, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Here's my prediction after the end of day 2: Australia - 552/4 decl. (Warner fastest ever double ton, Ponting & Hussey racking up 100s) & India at close of play - 11/2. (Sehwag & Dravid come & go & are already in the dressing room). And I can also predict what gonna happen on day 3 - India folding up just before tea for 241 (Gambhir, Laxman score 50s & Tendulkar again misses out on the most elusive 100th 100 after being dismissed by Siddle for a 37).

  • plod on January 14, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    How is Warner a loud mouth? He is asked to attend a press conference, he is asked questions, which we can't hear, and for a change a cricketer is refreshingly candid. What happens, he gives his opinion, everything I agree with and he gets crucified Well build a bridge and get over it you dullards! David Warner is the next big thing and fasten your seat belts because it is going to be an unbelievable ride. How many people hit in the scone can get up off the canvas and promptly belt the first two balls out of the park, his new nickname, "WOM Warner" Weapon of Mass destruction, sorry but, WOMD doesn't sound right.

  • on January 14, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Then why tour overseas. For go-karting. Ridiculous comments. This young bunch is fit for playing only IPL.

  • ajayb92 on January 14, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    India's fragility away from home has got hidden for a while now. Even in south africa they suffered an embarassing loss in the 1st test but their bowling + tendulkar rescued them in that series. It's time they start grooming for the future, atleast if you play people like Rohit Sharma and lose then they get experience, rather than losing with the same ageing lineup who havent got alot left to offer the team. Needless to say, Australia's flaws have been covered by india's pathetic display. Australia's true test will come against south africa next summer.

  • Precioustar84 on January 14, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Wait til you come to our backyard?! Is this the mentality that Team India is riding on? I was hoping that this wasn't it like some of Indian fans I've come across on facebook but can't believe this is how some of the players are also thinking the same. Virat - you truly are making yourself look like a fool or better yet proving my initial impression about you was right. Soon you will be the joke of the team just like Sreesanth had become. Ishant Sharma is already an overhyped bowler by no one else but Dhoni. Virat seriously need a talk from the seniors because this is not how new generation players of India should be thinking like!! Virat has too much talent and looks on his side that I feel he's already being too cocky for his own good. And Why do we have Ranji matches if no one ever gets selected from there based on performance and merit?

  • Drew2 on January 14, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    @cricketcritic Warner was acting in response to the sledging between himself and Sharma, but I agree, keep your mouth shut. Failure is now not an option to prevent loss of credibility especially from a man at the very beinning of a career. Imagine if Phil Hughes had said something like this after his initial success at the beginning of his career.

  • mbm1986 on January 14, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Reply to JustIPL, what do u mean a depleated india side, isnt australia also depleted, as i remember Dhoni was giving huge statments before the series that this is the best time to beat australia. India was the favorite and now u say india is the depleted side, the fact is it is australia who is depleted .

  • Rawlonski on January 14, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    I think it is great that it has been almost 500 runs since India took it's last wicket........ and then it was almost another 300 for the wicket before that.

    That is not just a whipping..... that is just outright embarassing!

  • on January 14, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    India's main problem is Virender Shewag ... Every time he got out either in 1st over or2nd over .... So whats his role in team ????????

    He should at least try to watch 4-5 overs ..... You can't expect your openers came back in 1st over in 90% of matches ..........

    If Indian really wanna defeat, they at least give chance to youngsters ... bcz they are our future .......

  • Itchy on January 14, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    @TheBengalTiger: Australians abusing Indians - two way street my friend!

  • Dashgar on January 14, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Its performances like this that make you start to question a team's test status. Time for everyone to get off Bangladesh and Zimbabwe's back because every team will have bad days. 12 months ago it was Australia, the last six months it has been India. Appalling day for India, this tour will end a few careers. Great stuff Aussie bowlers and Warner and Cowan.

  • longandshort on January 14, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    er ... no confidence. no hard work to practice. no team effort. The Indian team is only good as ball boys - they are fielding anyways most of the time. And the go-karting experience would be great to drive the buggy out to the middle. useless team. to top it useless coach. how much is this guy being paid by the BCCI?

  • DMS1111 on January 14, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    waddil....i think you spelt your name wrong....it should be wad-a dil....excuses ... excuses.....your just not good enough....our country bush side has not won a game for a while....how about you send your Indian test team out to the country so we can win our first game....

  • disco_bob on January 14, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    It's possible that Australia could go for the all time record of 1000 runs in an innings and still leave 2 days to bowl out the Indians, worth a crack there's never be a better time to do it against a top team and still win the match.

  • Bunswalla on January 14, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    At cricketcritic - having a go at Warner for stating the obvious. To flip your logic on it's head, leaving aside the fact that Warner has only played 5 or 6 tests, even a blind man can see how poorly this Indian team is travelling.

  • sachinsjaihindustan on January 14, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    When I was watching yesterday, I was under the impression that Ishant Sharma started sledging Warner first. But here Siddharth is suggesting that Warner and Cowan started it. Can someone please clarify?

  • Mary_786 on January 14, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Time for india to get youngsters in and time also for Aussies to get their veterans(ponting and hussey) to retire after this series before we face the same fate as the indians in the ashes.

  • andrew-schulz on January 14, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Monga, do you think there is still an 'if' about India losing the Border/Gavaskar trophy? You are as deluded as you were when you wrote after the first Test that it was still a contest between Australia's quicks and India's batsmen. As for 'waiting till you come to India', I repeat my comments that Australia would have won 2-0 late in 2010 if there had been a UDRS. Ian Gould's umpiring was simply shocking. I wrote at the time that Australia were far more likely to win in India than India were to win in Australia. Who's disagreeing with me now? Yorkshirematt, don't call Warner mouthy when you hear the dribble coming out of the Indian's mouths. Geez, they even sledged Cowan for pulling away when the bowler was running in to bowl. Can we see the hypocrisy in that?

  • righthandbat on January 14, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    I'm not so sure about T20 'destroying' Test cricket. If you hadn't checked, Australia, England and South Africa all play T20 and I don't see their sides having a lack of footwork or athleticism. The simple fact of the matter is - India have had a few great players (think Kumble, Tendulkar, Ganguly and co) who have managed to keep things together but now that is falling apart, and India badly need reform in their thinking about test cricket right down to the backyard.

    I'm not so sure about India giving Australia the beat down in a test in India right now - either.

  • cheesemethod on January 14, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Warners earned his right, afterall hes had a mic put in front of his face and i respect him for giving truthful answers. Am I the only one who hates typical sports PR?? ie. "Full credit to the other team, they'll bounce back, we got lucky etc". Lets have honest and transparency, much more healthy and great for promoting the game. I'm a kiwi but i've always respected Australias approach to test cricket - They play with controlled aggression & never play for a draw which is why they have been in so many memorable tests

  • Captain_Oblivious on January 14, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Ishant Sharma, the great pretender. Looks a million dollars when bowling, and has everything needed to be a great - tall, athletic, hostile, bounce, accurate, late movement. But he can't buy a wicket it seems. It must be lack of mental strength.

  • AQsq on January 14, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    All our Indian fans are making lame excuses about our team's performances and still being ignorant of the fact our team does not have the heart to play. A great coach once said excuses are like bellybuttons you always have one but they are useless. The attitude of our whole team is ridiculous they all look as if they just got out of bed and came to play. Come on team india play with some heart and passion, we will lose this match but lets give a good fight at least, you are representing your nation. Bowl your hearts out and aim for the batsmen's heads and then destroy their stumps with a toe crushing yorker. Bat with aggression and look to convert those twos into threes, beat that ball up until its in pieces and stop just poking at the balls. I love cricket and this is the series I always look forward too because of the great quality of cricket and the difficulty of the pitches. However, I only see great quality cricket at the moment and that is from the Aussies. Lets go INDIA!

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    I don't know why are the Indian fans mad at Warner. A while ago Sehwag opened his mouthful junkbox and indians supported him for saying what he felt. I believe Indians should now support Warner for what he felt.

  • RJHB on January 14, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    @dunger.bob absolutely spot on. Australia are never daunted when they play in India, even if its all against them, they still come out and make a game of it. Where's the fight from India? Its all too hard so they're just rolling over til Australia takes the foot off the throat. I look forward to the next time we do play in India, do your worst curators! If the Indians are fair dinkum (which I doubt they are) then half their current team shouldn't be there anyway!

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Kohli's behaviour really makes me sick. A guy who cannot score a 100 even after playing 7 tests is complaining about everyone. @TheBengalTiger, can you explain me how Australia abused India?

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    These perormances by the Indian team remind me of the lack of stomach for a fight so well demonstrated by my WI team. Actually it is worse given the class in the indian team. Wake up and fight India.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    don't read too much in to what was said on the field. they were too piqued, probably. it is truth, however.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    I really don't know why Zaheer khan is rated so highly! A bowler who averages 30+ should not at all be rated as one of the front line bowlers. Same goes for others , Ishant has played 40 some test matches now. I am sorry but the Indian bowling line up just looks very, very ordinary to go with an ageing batting lineup. 8-0 on the cards here and finally the world comes to know how over rated the Indians are!

  • dms1972 on January 14, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    If their attitude is that "It will be a different story when Australia come to India", then sadly for them, it won't be. Unless there is a complete change of attitude or they find players with the right attitude then they won't be winning anyway, not even in India.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    If people can remember 1979 when India toured Pak for the first time since the war. It was in this series that Bedi, Chandrashekar, Prasana, and Venkat - our spin quartet was hammered by Pak. After that serious they were all dropped and a new era started with Kapil. I have a feeling that the same may go for Sehwag, Dravid , Sachin and VVS. I beliieve that Dravid and VVS are gone after the series. I have a feeling that Sehwag is going to score a big one on the rest of the tour and save himself.

  • Digimont on January 14, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    So, what is Duncan Fletcher's record in Australia?

    India, time to get serious. Put some willing cricketers on the plane now. Drop Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, Sharma (and never pick them again for tests). Make Kohli captain and give him some lessons in when and when not to open his mouth.

    If you give your FORMER legends (Tendulkar excluded are now embarrassments, they will now be remembered as overrated cricketers, despite their good numbers) a home series, you will lose that too.

    Also, learn one thing. When you are getting flogged, SHUT UP, take it, decide it will not happen again and do what is necessary to ensure that is the case.

    Your batting is weak and lacking in character, your bowling pedestrian (which is sufficient on a sub-standard Indian wicket), your leadership non-existent and worst of all, your fielding is unworthy of a club side in Australia.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Posted by Sateesh Thota on (January 13 2012, 15:29 PM GMT)

    The Next sledge might be Aussies cannot be allowed to played in IPL anymore in near future..

    This Aussie wouldn't mind that at all. Go have your stupid IPL. Within a few years bottomless pit of money will dry up in this mickey mouse cricket and then what will India have?

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    I think JustIPL is suffering from a hefty bout of sour grapes.........

  • timmyw on January 14, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    I'm not willing to discount India. They have greats like Dravid and Tendulkar. Zaheer can do anything with the old ball. Virat Kohli is annoyed because he has copped abuse by the Aussie crowds and wants to give some back, fair enough. I personally get intensely embarrassed and ashamed when Australian crowds and players abuse visiting players. Ishant Sharma should keep his flap shut and concentrate on bowling. He hasn't been great this series and has been flogged all over the park in every game. Remember this game isn't over, and saying Australia have it in the bag already is a mistake.

  • on January 13, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Hahaha... Kohli FINALLy makes a score with 2 digits in it and thinks he has something to say now!! What a laugh.

  • marq7 on January 13, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @waddil: what tripe ar you posting about negative tactics? This is TEST cricket, not an ODI or T20. I have seen Dhoni apply 7-2 offside or leg-side fields and nothing is negative about that. The batsmen need to make the adjustment and force the bowler to bowl into his zone.

  • Harry_Kool on January 13, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Yep, real smart Ishant. Sledge the one guy who could do real damage to you when upset. Now if you sledged Cowan, maybe, but Warner? Your mark was as wayward as your bowling. Keep living your in your dream.

  • Sinhabahu on January 13, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    WOW! India has one more test after this and an ODI series to go, but they're already dreaming about playing back on the flat tracks of home!? Not exactly WORLD Champion material, are they?

  • Chris_P on January 13, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty. But they beat the mighty Windies at home and were ready to come here and win their first series. Even started as favourites!

  • Harry_Kool on January 13, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    @landl47. What game were you watching? Dravid & Sachin's balls were inswinging deliveries, not straight, Kholi was caught at backward point, not cover, driving at a ball moving away off the pitch, foot nowhere near the ball, VVS played an awful shot to a ball leaving him. What about giving credit to the bowlers then? The last 30 Indian wickets have totaled less than 600 runs, while Australia's last 771 runs has been for the loss of ONE wicket. Ashwin is not, repeat, is not there for his batting. His bowling was not required, therefore he wasn't picked. Surely he isn't amongst the best 6 Indian batsman around.

  • Kaze on January 13, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Warner should blitz them and make a triple hundred like Clarke that would be fun to watch :)

  • 5wombats on January 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    This is no more or less than what the india players were doing to England in india during the ODI series. They got away with it because they were at home and they were winning. Kohli was in the thick of it. They needled the England players to such an extent that they reacted. Then the india fans all howled about the "bad behaviour" of the England players! Remember the mid-digit from Kohli at Sydney? Unforgivable arrogance. Now, in extremis, on the receiving end of yet another flogging, some of the india players think they can excuse their performances by saying; "yeah - this is fine but it doesn't count, we don't have turn up here - because this isn't india". And all this in the hopes that the Australia players will somehow be impressed or intimidated. As if. The term "not a clue" doesn't even come close. The term "baseless arrogance" comes much closer. When a team or player is great the world can forgive arrogance. But if they're not great - it just looks ridiculous. Please publish.

  • SirViv1973 on January 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    The Ind team is being humiliated for the second away series in a row. This is going to be their 4th inns defeat in 5 tests away. I doubt the bowlers will even make much of an effort tomorrow as it will be that all too familiar feeling of waiting for the declaration. I still wonder though if the BCCI are even bothered. Nothing was done after the Eng tour and with IPL clearly not helping, they have just announced the longest ever tournament! I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually feel sorry for the Ind fans at the moment. When the tour is over the BCCI will probably bury it's head again as it did after the Eng tour. If they think just because they don't play a series outside the subcontinent for nearly 2 yrs everything will be fine they should think again. Eng arrive there later this yr and Aus early next, I think both teams will play an Ind side in transition and both will fancy their chances of turning them over in their own backyard.

  • on January 13, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Warner is speaking truth to India's advantage and is actually revealing their actual strategy against Indian batsmen. How nice but Indians like to take stick before getting free...Duncan Fletcher definitely has something to do. I knew that problems are going to arise with his appointment. After G.Chappell Indians know what's coming. His face his attitude and his past all expressed against his good performance with India....When in England's tour Nasser said about his secret conversation with Duncan I knew somethings up and we are gonna weep. Some body outside the team is damaging the current Indian cricket team since their minds are not properly working. But I am guessing Duncan wants Sachin and Laxman to retire or something of those sort. However, I was hoping Dhoni would be able to do some magic again but when he failed in England I realized that he is not God after all...and cricket is a team game..run by politicians ...

  • iptian on January 13, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    i think with the emergence of T20 cricket, IPL is now the top priority of the indian cricketers and their focus is shifting away from test cricket which is no longer the top priority.

  • cricket_lover777 on January 13, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Sorry to say to all the Indian fans- IPL HAs KILLED THE INDIAN TEST TEAM ! enough said ! Its better that we drop the Test format or scrap IPL if we want to see any improvement. But i doubt BCCI will ever consider of dropping IPL; any guesses why ?!

    Yup u got that rite- the money honey!

  • mh900 on January 13, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Yesterday, for the first time in 40 years, I found myself cheering for Oz, as Warner decimated an Indian bowling 'attack" which had the same intensity as that seen in local club cricket here in Perth. Most of the Indian posters on this forum are as one-eyed as I was, cheering for a team, when there's no "team". Some are even disillusioned enough to blame duncan Fletcher, who can only do what these losers "allow" him to do. Comments from Sharma and Kohli regarding Australia's next tour of India have only served to prove what a bunch of losers they are. As residents of Perth, this team has made us Indian expats a laughing stock, we are constantly asked why India cannot produce 11 decent cricketers out of 1.5billion people! So I ask the rest of you back in India, do not put these losers on a pedestal, shun them and treat them like the bunch of losers that they really are. That is the only way you can retain some sense of self pride - by abandoning these egoistic scoundrels from your lives

  • lazyplayers on January 13, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Tendulkar, the most overrated player in cricket. Indian fans - most optimistic souls of the world.

  • featurewriter on January 13, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Sharma should be quiet and focus on his bowling. The guy is extremely talented, but he clearly lacks discipline. Sadly, that's why his Test bowling average is over 36! That's shameful for someone with his talent. Pull your head in and bowl well. You're just playing in to your opposition's hands when you mouth- off. As fo Kholi, I truly expected a lot more from a guy with his first-class pedigree. Sadly, he hasn't looked anything like a Test cricketer in Australia. He is too inconsistent with the bat and in th field. There are four or five other extremely talented young batsmen in India who should get a look over Kholi before the next series. I'm a huge fan of Dravid and Laxman, and while they both may be struggling here a little at the moment, they've both come of big scores and good run of form. (And they have the runs in the board, so to speak, to warrant selection every time.) Tendulkar has looked in good touch. Really want to see what Warner can do today!

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India might be the powerhouse($$$$$$$$$$$$$ wise),but as for anything else goes they are a bunch of have club cricketers at best.And as soon as they go pear shape they start to point the finger at anyone bar themseleves

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    India has been the same on most of the foreign tours, especially to the tours outside sub-continent. Imagine a batting lin-up, where Laxman coming at no. 05....the strongest in the test-cricketing world, i guess....

  • JustIPL on January 13, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @sportsfan, perhaps india should start playing pakistan which will surely enlighten their spirit as it will be beyond any financial rewards just for the sake of india. we wait for asian ashes. aussies will have a real test during their ashes. beating this indian team that comprises heroes of the past who should have retired long before is no barometer of supermacy.

  • dunger.bob on January 13, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Hmmm, if the "wait till you come to our back yard" is the prevalent attitude in the Indian camp, then all I can say is they will get what they deserve.

    In the early days, 60's and 70's that is, the Aussies had a similar attitude when touring India. They had a siege mentality. Everything was against them. The heat, the flies, the food, the water, the pitches, the umpires and anything else they could think of were all lined up and preventing them from winning. They were beaten before they even started.

    I believe it was Steve Waugh who put a stop to that sort of looser thinking. He believed there were only two things standing in his way. The first is the opposition and the second was his own attitude. You can't control what the opposition does but you can control how you think and act yourself.

    So, these days, when the Aussies go to India, they may still get beaten, but at least they don't help the opposition by thinking negatively. In sport, its the only way to go.

  • JustIPL on January 13, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    You have scored the fastest century by an opener, please check.

  • cricketcritic on January 13, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    5 or 6 tests in and Warner is publicly musing about the future of Indian cricket. Yes he batted well last night but a test career and the right to speak like he just did is earned over a period of time.That India is clearly in a hole is beside the point. That notwithstanding this is clearly part of a co-ordinated campaign of mind games, and frankly its embarrassing when carried out by men of average intelligence. Warner, you're great bat but don't believe the rantings of Michael Slater on C9 that you're superman, just keep playing good cricket and keep your mouth shut.

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 13, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Sledging is what the Indian team can do outside India. Don't bother about the losses, but a simple try to fight back with bat/ball/field would not have given any such chance for any Aussie to say something like this.

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    India are sooo overrated. Tendulkar is the biggest has been the game has seen. The top order should learn how to use their feet before they can think to compete. The less said about the bowling the better. Sharma, please, not even a good club bowler in SA. Khan, totaly over rated. Thank you Aus for showing the world what India is really like. Warner - jou yster!!!

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Nothing short of 400 runs on day 2. Australia will declare an hour before close of play with a lead of around 370. India will finish day 2 on 17 or something with 2 wickets down.

  • yorkshirematt on January 13, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    The new Hayden? Talented attcking opener. And a mouthy so and so to boot!

  • on January 13, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    people are suprised india have given up? They never play well away from India, ever, but with the age of their team and the way they are playing i dont even think they could win a series at home at the minute

    Who will score more? Warner or India?

  • Malret on January 13, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Why is Ishant even sledging? Shouldn't he pick up at least one wicket before he tries to sledge someone? When do these people at least try to stop making fools of themselves. Keep low man.. You are getting butchered. Say or do nothing out of the ordinary until the end of the series, keep a low radar and go unnoticed. That is what the Indians should do. They need to make this as pain free as possible, keep the embarrassment under the human tolerance limit, until they go home.

  • sportsfan on January 13, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Warner exposed the negativity put into indian batting by duncan fletcher. this was evident from the time indian team came to the caribbean after the 2011 world cup. indian batting has been failing ever since fletcher took over indian coaching job. even when indian bowlers took 20 wickets reasonably cheap in the first test, indian batsmen could not win the test. BCCI must get rid of fletcher asap if they want to see any improvement in the performance of this indian team

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Typiccal Indian talk...loser talk

  • gogoldengreens on January 13, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    India always gives in too fast - just read the posts by their fans... Perth once you get set & used to the bounce is a brilliant batting ground with electric outfield as the fact that 4 of the 7 fastest hundreds in test match history have been at Perth (3 of them have been in the past 5 years).... Just think what would happen if Sehwag goes nuts in the second innings on this pitch & Tendulkar stays in for two sessions and Dhoni has a blinder as well.... However being realist and an Australian fan think of how many runs we can get today with our 10 wickets in hand and watch em chase leather around in the sun.. Second innings will be lots more chin music India.... Good luck

  • cricket_lover777 on January 13, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    The inexperience show in Kohli.. already given up the series..way to go IPL for ruining our cricket!

  • Vilander on January 13, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    ITS JUST A GAME, PEOPLE HAVE NOT LOST THEIR LIVES. FIGHT AS WELL AS POSSIBLE TEAM INDIA.

  • on January 13, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    instead of beating others in away backyard and lifting the trophy, india seem to be pretty content by winnng at home! india can only, only win in their own backyard! What kind of 'world' champions are they? Its good that they're down to no. 4 in test ranking, they didnt deserve to be on top anyway.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    I totally agree with Warner. I dont see a better future of Indian Cricket after the retirement of Sachin The Great & Dravid The Great Wall. There is no doubt that India has the best batting line up ever but you cant always depend on Batsmen. Indian Bowlers should step forward & help their batsmen. Even Afghanistan has a better bowling line-up then India. Its actually shocking because India couldn't produce any world class bowler in last 10 years except Zaheer Khan. Whole India belongs to cricket fanatics & the population is over 180 crore but still no decent pace attack.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    LMAO..."different when they come India"...sounds very familiar doesn't it? I could understand rabid fans using that excuse but for actual players to say that tells you a lot about the mindset of Indians in general. I guess that excuse is in imprinted in the more than 1 billion people's mind.

  • Kaze on January 13, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    4-0 4-0 4-0 goooo aussies

  • Zeus777 on January 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Virat ' wota joke' kohli..guess he needs coaching in sledging as well as batting

  • srisri on January 13, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Looks arrogant but true. I hate to say but India will loose this by an Innings & 500 runs. Yes still 4 days to go with 20 Aus wickets. Marsh will score a double if not Warner or even Cowan.

  • sashi94 on January 13, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    4 Test matches and 10 ODI's later.. David Warner is a hot shot! The guy who made his name in the IPL is complaining about the future of Indian cricket?? get lost! We still support this Indian team 100% and we will see where you are in a couple of years time..

  • nkoch on January 13, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    As you soon will find out, Mr. Warner, cricket is a very funny game. One day you're at top and other day, you're in abyss. Every word of your sentence speaks of arrogance you have. That day is not too far when you'll be beaten down to dump.

  • CricketChat on January 13, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    It is obvious Indians have lost the heart to fight. I guess they must be waiting for the test series to get over as there is no real hope of salvaging anything at this point. The big take away for Ind fans and administrators is that the team needs an overhaul, both in batting and bowling depts. They must also accept the terminal decline of their batting stars and must look to invest in future now.

  • pakcriclove on January 13, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Definately India in India is a different side all together. They need to try something different. My suggestion to take Sehwag out, Rohit in and ask Tedulker to open the batting. Sehwag has always struggle in pitch like Aus and Eng. So try something different. Give this youngster some chance. They need guy like Ganguly who opened the inning in previous series to come in show some heart and turn things around. I do think most of this is due to mental issue.

  • nkoch on January 13, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    As you soon will find out, Mr. Warner, cricket is a very funny game. One day you're at top and other day, you're in abyss. Every word of your sentence speaks of arrogance you have. That day is not too far when you'll be beaten down to dump.

  • Dashelan on January 13, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Let's face it, the IPL has fostered mediocrity in the Indian players. Too much money, too many inflated egos and flat, lifeless pitches have made them think they are super stars. This is the wake up call India! On the sledging issue, at least Sharma and Kholi are showing some fight, even if not with bat and ball. Sledge on guys, the Aussies love it.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Bunch of quitters. At least show some fight

  • Desihungama on January 13, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Teams are judged by how they play abroad. Every one knows the conditions at home too well. As a Pakistani cricket fan, we really thank ICC for taking away matches from the dead pitches of home soil, forced the team to play all their matches away. Result? Pakistan may be the only team who are now familiar with different pitches, conditions, their bowlers are well accustomed to bowl at any pitch and can take the game to opposition's throat.

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Ishant Sharma should be ashamed of himself, keep your disgusting tirades to yourself and don't upset our David Warner or he'll belt you out of the park which he did "stand up and deliver".

  • OhhhMattyMatty on January 13, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Australia are just beating an already damaged and wounded beast. England are the ones who beat India for Australia. We broke their swagger, their confidence and their spirit. Australia are now just clearing up the mess England left!

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Well, we recently witnessed how West Indies played in their backyard and they didn't do bad! They showed a lot of character unlike the current Indian team, which is looking like a bunch of zombies! This team should probable have a 'tagline', something like 'Back from the dead', cause I don't see any life in them!

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Yes WHOLE of India is waiting for this to finish as soon as possible

  • landl47 on January 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    The fact is, India are batting so poorly at the moment that Australia doesn't have to do much more than keep plugging away. Hilf bowled a couple of very good balls to get the two openers, especially the perfectly pitched outswinger that got Sehwag. Otherwise, Dravid got out to a ball that was a foot outside leg stump Tendulkar missed a straight one, Kohli scooped one to cover, Laxman fenced outside off stump and the less said about the ' strokes' of Dhoni and Zaheer the better. Dropping Ashwin was a huge mistake as at least he put up a fight in the first two tests. We'll see whether India can still win tests in India when England tour there in the Autumn. It's very apparent that they can't beat the top sides any more away from home.

  • OzWally on January 13, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Although Haddin's keeping skills may be in question and his batting undeniably in decline, his ability to read the Indian tea leaves are spot on. His calling this Indian team "mentally fragile" has proved to be not only correct, but a massive understatement. You expect to see lopsided days like these during the early stages of a WC tournament; however, that may be selling a United States or Canada short. At least they are giving it 100%.

  • burleighboy86 on January 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Someone has to go, whether it be Laxman or Dravid. Personally, I'd say Dravid. Looks out of his depth in Australian conditions, despite what an exceptional career he has had.

  • Silloh on January 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    ...Good that Kohli is planning ahead. Grave pity though that he is not planning for India's second innings or maybe the next test of this series. May be it's because he is inexperienced but such banter in Australia only gives the Aussies the extra edge. When skipper Dhoni returns to India ,may be he will call for faster pitches rather than slower and in doing so, commence addressing the obvious issues to pace . Tendulkar and Dravid still have a lot to offer the youths and the younger Indians should let the ball or their bat do the talking especially in Australia and step up. Now is not time for sledging -see where Harbhajan is and hopefully it's temporary.

  • Rajdhaniexpress on January 13, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    No Indian Test Cricketer is in any position to sledge any one. Good test cricketer will do "sledgeing" with a bat or a ball or with a good piece of fielding. And true Indian supporter will boycott IPL because that has been the downfall . It appears once they get the money the players, the board BCCI and the government are not interested in the future of the young and upcoming?!! players!!

  • Naresh28 on January 13, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    To the suggestion that fishing outside off-stump. Solution to this is take a OFF-STUMP guard I think? Short batsman will try and reach and get out. Taller batsman will put balls away like PETERSON does.

  • SamAsh07 on January 13, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Poor guys are being cats now, Indians are only Lions at their home ground which is so sad to see, I don't expect them to stay even in the Top 5 Test Team Rankings at this rate and the way they claim "Come to India, we'll show you". Pfft that was so immature of Ishant, oh wait Cricketers are rarely matured.

  • baskar_guha on January 13, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Here is advise to the Indian team, especially the young guns. Value yourself. Accept yourself. Do your best. If that is not good enough, acknowledge that. Move forward. Only one side can win a sports contest. Sometimes it will the same side that will keep winning. The challenge is to get better with each day. Sledging etc really has no place in sports but it works only when the opposition is insecure. Ultimately it will come back to bite the sledger.

    The Australians are always tough to beat at home. As are the Indians. It will take a very good team to do well abroad. Lets accept that the Indians are not that right now. Lets find out how the Indians can get better, clinically not emotionally. In the meantime, Indians need to just try to win sessions as building blocks. Even that may prove to be a challenge but you have to start somewhere.

    Indian fans need to stay patient and realistic. Hard to do but has to be done.

  • NRPOnline on January 13, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Mr Warner, too much arrogance is not good. Your turn will come soon. It is all karma. Besides, bowling negative is not something indian team will ever do. Bowling on 5th or 6th stump consistently may let you get away with wides in test matches. Those are negative tactics. Except Dravid AUS hasn't been able to get batsmen clean bowled too often. And why Dravid got clean bowled? Because he leaves all your 5th/6th stump deliveries alone and you guys are left with no choice to attack his stumps. Now since the age is creeping up, you can claim victory for getting him bowled. But by and large, instead of playing fair cricket you guys have been applying negative tactics. That's not cricket. And No, as much as you take pleasure in bullying Vinay Kumar, I still believe that the lad has cricketing integrity. He still kept on attacking your stumps versus bowling on 5th/6th stump. AUS wants to win by hook or crook but IND will stick to fair game. Thank you. We don't need an unfair victory.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Pathetic body language and team ethic. IPL ponies!

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    That is very negative of both Kohli and Sharma. Sharma in general sounds very nice though Kohli has some attitude problem as he was fined in the Sydney test as well. But waiting for Australia to come to India for a "revenge" type of competition, this attitude wont take them anywhere. One team ll come out victorious anyway and winning with a huge margin or losing with one dont make a difference but attitude does. Though there is plenty of time left in this game for both teams to make a mark, but is there any hope left in the minds and hearts of Indian players to prove it? We ll find in couple of days.

  • nlambda on January 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Kohli is just being honest. Truth is, we are regressing to the mediocre India of the 80s. Once SRT, RD, VVS and Zaheer retire, it will be back to the good old days of winning sporadically at home and always losing abroad.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Australia are ten times better than India in overseas matches. No matter what the Indians to do Australia in India, it is doubtful that Australia will perform worse than what India has done in England and now in Australia. Ishant's verbals echo those of millions of Indian fans who love to see their team thrash visitors on Indian pitches. Everybody in India is ecstatic when their team does well at home. For them winning is everything, and the quality of cricket comes second. Winning on such pitches means that demand for them contiinues, and this in turn leads to the team's overseas performances producing dreadful results. As long as the Indian supporters, the curators, the Indian cricket administrators and cricketers like Ishant Sharma feel that they can boast about winning at home, then the Indian cricket team has a bleak future. If the cricket ratings are changed whereby overseas performances are given much higher rankings, then India ought to be ranked amongst the bottom three.

  • Rakim on January 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Ishant, you ain't Dannis Lillee or Shoaib Akhtar son. Talk is cheap

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    So England thrash Australia and India. And Australia thrash India. So what's happening in his series is essentially a contest between two middle-ranking teams. But the likes of Warner give it a bit of quality.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    ha ha ha... same story.. same report...........it is easy for the cricinfo reporters to write something... because the plot is same.... india's approach towards the game was crystal clear if you see how zaheer was batting.... god bless this team...

  • InnocentGuy on January 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Vinay runs up to bowl like he is going to deliver a 170 mph scorcher.. And then the batsman goes "What the..?". He swishes his bat twice thinking the ball is about to reach him and finds that it's still mid-way on the pitch. He then takes guard again, looks up, and drives inside out over cover and the ball sails into the stands. Vinay runs up to the batsmen and gives him a cold stare.

  • RightArmLightningFast on January 13, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    this Indian team lacks the fighting spirit...they really need guys like bhajji and yuvi who have big hearts and are never shy to give it back to the opposition. these guys can actually walk the talk.. cmon team india ... you need warriors that are willing to grab the bull by its horns, not little kittens that flash their paws every now and then...i wonder how much impact fletcher's presence has on this time ... can we please get a coach that is a little bit more athletic ? fletcher's persona is reflecting in team india's attitude.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    i think its safe to say Kapil Dev has got it right... its time to move on... if we are going to lose tests..we should lose them with younger players....

  • pr3m on January 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    It's not disappointing that this is coming from the Indian team, what's disappointing is that it's coming from the guys who are gonna be at the helm for a while. One is a bowler, who should very well be at his prime playing in what was reputed to be one of the fastest pitches in the world, and the other is a batsman from who big things were expected. And that's why this is disappointing.

  • charus on January 13, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    this is really a sad thing that we are playing or showing or feeling like as if we are down. if warner can play so can veeru. its still 4 days left. we can resurrect like a phoenix bird. come on india come on. show the assusies that we are also men. we are also warriers. come on wake up. fight hard

  • Fairplay007 on January 13, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    A sorry state of affairs indeed, when Indian team with super stars are not able to put a decent score and we have "good lectures" from all Australian players on how to bat on these pitches and what's going wrong with Ind team.. I wonder if such comments are in response to the questions posted by the media or I would not be surpised if Aussies are coming with their own statements...

    When the state of affairs will change......?

  • Yazdegerd on January 13, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    I always label Indian batsmen Bullies of flat track and low bouncy pitches. They know very well its gonna be 4-0.

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    indian and srilanka should call back home immediately

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Indian batsmen have shown a lack of patience in leaving the ball. I think this is the result of playing too much ODI,T20 cricket and IPL. Another reason for this is the batting tracks are to flat and easy to score on in India. Against good quality seam bowling attacks outside India, India are always going to struggle. I think the problem India have is the most of the youngsters watch IPL and ODI and want to be like Tendulkar,sehwag and hit balls like Yusuf Pathan. But not many of them want to be like Dravid which they should be aiming themselves to be like for test matches. Its time to bring in Rohit Sharma in to the batting line up after this test. I cant believe both captains did not pick a specialist spinner for this test as even though the WACA is more favoured towards fast bowlers than spinners you still need variety in the attack. Also,in this test match I would have played Praveen Kumar rather Vinay Kumar as Vinay is a ODI bowler and doesnt have the control to suceed in tests.

  • bombay4u on January 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    One century does not make Warner a Bradman,i recall him fishing outside off and getting out several times, remember all the low scores warner, they were still in this current series !!!! The problem with indian is multiple , all the batsman have not applied themshelf and allowed Au to build pressure on them, i say go out and play your natural game hit the loose balls and dont try to just occupy criese, when Virat and Laxman started scoring runs, Clark oblighed and started to sperad the filed, so its matter of building pressure on opposition, it does not help that so many indian batsan are out of form and they should not have been given this chances, i would have dropped Shevag, Dravid and Laxman to bring in Waseem Jaffer, Rohit and someone else, no point in playing players just not in form, we did great disservice to Rohit in this 3 test not playing him. Bowling, perticularly Swing has been good but we need to adjust and play for runs not survival. Aswin should have played not Vinay

  • Mfalme on January 13, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    I am not anti T20. I really enjoy it. But on the other hand it's seriously affecting test cricket. In T20 the skill is to score of every delivery - take risk. But in tests the trick is how well deliveries are left alone - leave risk. After T20, batsmen, specially from India & SL, are finding it extremely difficult to shift gears for tests. It is evident in the on going test series between SA/SL & AU/IN. SL & IN batting debacles are more of poor shot selection (inability to leave harmless deliveries or turning harmless deliveries into wicket taking ones) by batsmen than very good bowling by the opponents. Unless the batsmen put up a good score bowlers with less experience cum physical & mental strength cum physique advantage will find it difficult to defend a meager total. Best solution for IN/SL is to have different teams focusing on the different formats to eliminate the need for batsmen to frequently adjust their playing styles to suit the different formats.

  • lense on January 13, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Funny these guys can even open their mouth after humiliating themselves and millions of fans

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Why waste so much space in all these reports? Write an obituary for Indian cricket and be done with it. Pull the TV converage and may be that helps Indian cricketers to foucs on the game than on their verbal diorreha.

  • big_al_81 on January 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    It seems a bit premature of Warner after just a handful of tests to be pontificating about the future of another Test team but I guess he's seen plenty of Indian cricket in the IPL. Maybe the nature of that conversation with Sharma and Kohli gives him the right though. WHether he's right or wrong to comment, he's certainly correct to identify (what the stats clearly show is) India's ongoing problem with playing outside one geographical area - the subcontinent. He's also right to point out that they have 2 properly world class batsmen in the team and that they, Tendulkar and Dravid, won't be around for long. When they've gone what will happen? Scary thought given what is happening with them still around!

  • Fairplay007 on January 13, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    CHeck If the message is getting posted.

  • kalyanbk on January 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    This feels like 1999 all over again. The golden era of the greats papered over faults at the grassroots level. It is dangerous when the players believe that somehow the conditions determine how well they play (come to our backyard). The truth is this was a pretty good batting wicket and most wickets fell by poor batting rather than a devil in the pitch. Somewhere Duncan Fletcher the coach has a job to do. It is dangerous when Ashwin is scoring more runs than Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni.

  • analyseabhishek on January 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    These results are only showing the brittleness and lack of grit amongst the Indian players. If not for his bowling, only the feistyness of Harbhajan Singh is being sorely missed

  • Mitcher on January 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Wow, it's okay for fans to spread the 'wait to visit our den' drivel. But for players to have that in mind on day 1 of a test match must be alarming for Indian fans. Ishant should be concerned how many more tests he will be given the honour to play in. As a quick bowler he should relish the opportunity to play on fast wickets. Instead he's only shown fire with his big mouth. Equally, not sure Warner should be telling media about what's said on field.

  • NeoTheSaviour on January 13, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    with 1) IPL money in place 2) not enough talent in India. 3)India's favourite son Sachin on verge of retirement.. We can safely Say R.I.P test cricket... God bless you..

  • sbharathwaj on January 13, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    warner nailed it!..india cricket is heading in the reverse gear....lots of things needs severe sorting!

  • AVaidya on January 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    India bracing for yet another innings defeat. And they might fare better this time, and get TWO extra days off for the Adelaide test!!! Such a difference in class between the two teams, amazing!

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Its good to read an unbiased article...

  • qasrazakaz on January 13, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    defeatist mentality has always been a case with indian overseas tours.It's nothing new

  • marq7 on January 13, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Indian players have to realize that World Champions win in most if not ALL conditions. The legendary West Indians and Australians did it. They didn't wait till they got home.

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    It's painful to see Indian team playing like this. This day can be counted as India's worst performance ever in a single day of Test cricket.Today's performance confirmed to Haddin's statement that Indian players do crumble quite badly when they are applied with pressure.Surly deep inside all have resigned to defeat after today's play and it is indeed impossible to come back.Your Leader is disinterested in test cricket.Reflexes are slowing down. So where lies the solution.Dravid has to go for the benefit of future....not because he has failed in this series but phasing out senior players must be done gradually and at 39 Dravid shouldn't mind retiring and laxman can follow the suit. India can have different opener for overseas tour because Sehwag seems to be a flat track bully. India still may not win matches but we can't afford to maintain status-quo

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    did this means india cant able to play outside india ?

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    wow. Kohli get ur head on straight. it will be a diff story when u come to india. wow

  • fast_gun on January 13, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    So Sad but true. . . I hope they can bounce back and not be thinking about going back to india just yet

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Never knew this day would come ''Warner commenting on india's best 3 batsmen technique in tests''

  • free_swinger on January 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Sad to see my team flailing and failing. But like for all of us, Father Time has come calling. I guess this is how it would have looked for Australia if Hayden, Langer, Martyn, Gilchrist, McGrath, Warne did not retire when they did and instead kept plugging away for the love of the game. Instead they left and Australia took its lumps with new faces for a few years and are now ready to dominate with more mature talent. Since we do things differently in Inda, we will take our lumps with fading greats and then take some more lumps with young guns and briefly blaze with talent mature enough to dominate and repeat the cycle.. Only, this seems to ensure that our peaks are shorter and valleys longer in duration. Little did I know that Durban was going to be the last hurrah for this group to be respected as players away from India. I wish we had a tour of South Africa now and see whether it is just England and Australia or if we cannot play South Africa too - you know, just to be sure?

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Ishanth sharma should be rested for his career If he can bowl his only type of delivery that got ponting some years back. How can someone bowl same type of delivery in 50 test matches.. hatss off to his precision..

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Test Cricket is a game of attitudes.. isn't it.. India's is not the best one right now..!

  • spence1324 on January 13, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Thats the problem with india they think only winning in india counts,fine I say but when people continue to think india are a laughing stock outside india then there fans should stop complaining!

  • gulbali123 on January 13, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    what a tour and what merciless bashing...must have sent cold shivers down everybody's bucket.....

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    It's not called "defending" the Indian batting line up. It's called "yapping"

  • jonesy2 on January 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    india have gone a step further than they did in england. run into a far better opposition here they seriously dont want to be here and have therefore brought disgrace upon international cricket.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    i m an indian but i really wish tht india will loss 0-4..... so straight 8 loss.......even after such shamefull loss.. see the attitude of ishant and kohli... shame less guys... now i can see.. where india heading in future........

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    The Next sledge might be Aussies cannot be allowed to played in IPL anymore in near future..

  • vimrul on January 13, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Great News .. like to see INDIA on this condition.

  • TheBengalTiger on January 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Its worrying that Australia think they can abuse Indians and not expect anything back. This lack of respect and pathetic behaviour from this Australain team is incredible. ICC should really have a word

  • gulbali123 on January 13, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    poor india....needs some serious help these days

  • thepeacemaker on January 13, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Can some cricket expert explain why is it that we cannot create a set of pitches all over India that are exact replicas of Australian/West Indian/English conditions so Indian players at all levels can get used to those conditions. BCCI is the richest cricket board so funding surely couldn't be the deterrent. The players are the same, the rules are the same, the equipment is the same - the only variable is the pitch.

  • ElvisKing on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Its definitely stupid to talk about "the Next time you visit India", are they going to give them a scare of batting in India, with our spinners ! Its like kids they are talking. First of all fight and give them a scare in their own backyard and then talk about their visit to India ! As a Test cricketer you are supposed to preserve your wicket and not play rash strokes just before any break. Sachin and Gambhir did it before lunch and then Kohli and Laxman before Tea ! Its been tough on the tour but dont be stupid and play even more stupidly with verbal match. The Team is paying a price for being overconfident with players and refusing to accept that new players should have been injected in the team after the first 2 losses.

  • Aussieresurgance on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Very interesting!! Wonder what Zaheer has to say about that? They may not be turning on each other, but it goes back to what Haddin had to say a few days ago - India doesnt exactly give the impression that they are going to fight for pride right now. They have been great front runners, esp at home, but that may also change if the big 3 retire soon. I can see India also struggling at home in the coming years... those departures plus the number of opposition players getting subcontinent experience in the IPL (thereby reducing the shock of the conditions over there) will consipre against India. In the meantime, LOVING the Aussies gradually rebuilding and gaining confidence since Sri Lanka, the depth that is building is encouraging. Would like to see some more domestic bats shining and want to see Warner knuckle down a bit more now - he talks of Indian bats nicking wide ones and needs to remember some of his own habits before taking on other teams with better bowling outfits...

  • Kaze on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    This India side will start getting thumped on their home grounds too. They simply don't have the batting when the senior players leave.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    India has a bowling problem more than a batting problem. If only India has more bowlers like Zaheer Khan.

  • Kaze on January 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    "of where the India players are at. " You finished the sentence with at, this reminds me of an Everybody Loves Raymond episode. Sir the least you could do is be professional and read what you wrote and actually use proper grammar !

  • SAcricFan on January 13, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Very poor banter by the Indians, how can they expect just to be competitive at Home, it is called International Cricket for a reason and that is playing cricket all around the World, by Ishant and Virat Sledging this they believe they can only win at home in India and I can tell you that this would not be a given either, this Indian team will definitly not be able to run thru one of the top teams ie. SA, Eng, Oz or Pak anywhere even in India!!!

  • cric4lyf on January 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    haahahahaha..well said warner...gr8 little master blaster...

  • pateltheking11 on January 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Everybody has now realize, India is loin in their own territory. They just not good enough team. Unlike Pakistan. Who hasn't been playing in their home for last two year, but despite has best winning ratio. India just need to quit ipl, and just work harder on their ranji trophy to produce more sunils, kapils and bedis. And i can expand this list to tendulkars, dravids and laxmans but I want these recent players in peak. It seems like they have passed their peak.

  • forzaps on January 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    I recall, after the T-20 WC in SA where India crumbled frequently, a comment from Dhoni to the effect that Indian batsmen struggle in foreign conditions just like foreign batsmen struggle in Indian conditions and that it was part of the game. I found that comment extremely worrying - A test cricketer at the highest level essentially saying that its ok to get drubbed. This seems to now have set in to the Indian/BCCI mindset, that these foreign tours can essentially be written off and we'll show you when you come to India. Extremely unfair to the fans, oh well, the only thing we can do is stop watching so the BCCI feels the pinch.

  • anilkp on January 13, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Mind game was that, was it? Haddin proved how accurate and solid his statements were, and Zaheer proved how hollow were his! The Indians did not have guts of any kind, why poke your nose? If you have no guts to fight on the field with bat and ball, why big-mouth the opposition, even if as a response? Know your weakness, admit it, and work on how you will improve. The millions worldwide that follow the talk, the action, the result and the disappointment should be spared a thought to: they are the people who support you, and you must try to live up to their expectation. The million fans are not demanding that you smoke all teams in the world effortlessly; they merely want that you show some genuine fight. We fans can take defeats; meek surrender is something that hurts us to no end.

  • Noboundary on January 13, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    There is something wrong with this team... although everyone including the media keep pouring accolades whenever there is a remote chance truth is this team is a broken one. Questionable leadership, questionable attitude, serious problems behind the facade of unity.. reluctance to phase away expired seniors for new blood.... conservatism. Who says only Dhoni is conservative? The selectors are even more conservative... keeping seniors just because they did well on their last tours years ago is an extremely foolish way of making decisions. They should have looked forward instead of backward! The WI home tour gave them an excellent opportunity to test a second 11 ... they missed it!

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    This is why I think the likes of Virat Kholi wouldn't last too long. He is unable to back his arrogance with performance, he should really take a lesson out of the likes of Tendulkar who has performed everywhere in the world and yet very humble. He has become the laughing stock of late.

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Geez. Warner is even telling them the AUS tactics. Ghats like the Indians telling MacArthur they were coming in from both sides. When your opposition respects you so little it is telling you its secrets, you know things are REALLY bad.

  • anilkp on January 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    He is absolutely right; no team can win after folding for 160-odd and conceding 150-odd without taking a wicket--all in the first day. Dhoni's demeanor would say that death does not hurt; but hurt it must! If it does not hurt the team now, nothing will hurt them, and they will make no remorse, and hence, no improvement. You cannot take cricket as a matter of stochastic events, that one bad day does not mean next day is bad. That's not true. This is a seriously perfect continuation from what was left in England last summer. If heads do not roll now, Indian cricket will suffer big. The set-up needs sweeping changes. The old trio are true legends, no dispute, and with due respect to them, we need to move forward. If we as a nation have to lose matches and series, why not with youth? Olds are dead ends; but the youth will learn from defeats and will toughen up for the future. Please BCCI, ask the legends to save the national cricket right now. Thank them for all they have done, say adios.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    ISN'T THIS STUPID THINKING ? WITH DHONI THINKING ABOUT 2015 WC & ISHANT & KOHLI THINKING ABOUT AUS 'S TOUR OF INDIA WHICH WILL BE IN LATE 2012 . GUYS THINK ABOUT PRESENT .

  • premendrasinghal on January 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    well said Warner. Our team deserve these words, no one is understanding their part or role in the team when they come out to bat. It looks that they are playing for themselves not for the team. They haven't applied themselves to the situations. I don't know what has happened to them. They are taking help of sledging that isn't Indian cricket team at all. First play your role in the team everything comes next. Release your pressure by performing for the team the opponent will be under pressure themselves.

  • Yevghenny on January 13, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    utter disgrace and an insult to the paying public. It was funny at first, but now it's just destroying the integrity of test cricket - and they don't even care! I'm sure Dhoni will come out and say "hey guys come on we are just easy going don't shout at us".

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Kohli doent have patience to play test cricket,he always argues or trying to show himself aggressive......He has to be replaced with Rohit Sharma !!!!

  • moko58 on January 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    This cricket team under Dhoni has looked spent on the England tour as well as this one. Indian fans now do not want a victory - all they want is a fight. Not a sledging match at which Indians are becoming prolific, but a cricket match. And for that , they need new folks , new ideas. But in India the current stars are revered to God like status and it is tough for the selectors to give them a rest. This lot has been there , done that and they need to make way for a new set of people who will fight for their places and the country.

  • Texmex on January 13, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    I bet Dhoni is strategizing now. When will Australia declare? please..... My suggestion - let them keep this 6+ run rate. that way they would be 600/2 by end of Day 2. India will fold on day 3 and we can get an extra 2 days for go-karting... Yeh......

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Warner is right. Wall of India has been breached again. India are done for this series. 4-0. Indian cricketers can enjoy their vacation nicely now. India will lose in 3rd day or 4th day morning. They have 2 extra days to enjoy long vacation. Hopefully, they will practice good in net sessions and if they get time, they can enjoy go carting again or sky diving.

  • indianpunter on January 13, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    The sledge says a lot about the mindset of the Indian team. They have already conceded the series 4-0. I thought Virat Kohli would captain the Indian team in the future. Very disappointed that he said this. Isn't there any guts or gumption left in this Indian team anymore? I am as ashamed as i am gutted. I have tickets to sunday's game. Does anyone want it?

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  • indianpunter on January 13, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    The sledge says a lot about the mindset of the Indian team. They have already conceded the series 4-0. I thought Virat Kohli would captain the Indian team in the future. Very disappointed that he said this. Isn't there any guts or gumption left in this Indian team anymore? I am as ashamed as i am gutted. I have tickets to sunday's game. Does anyone want it?

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Warner is right. Wall of India has been breached again. India are done for this series. 4-0. Indian cricketers can enjoy their vacation nicely now. India will lose in 3rd day or 4th day morning. They have 2 extra days to enjoy long vacation. Hopefully, they will practice good in net sessions and if they get time, they can enjoy go carting again or sky diving.

  • Texmex on January 13, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    I bet Dhoni is strategizing now. When will Australia declare? please..... My suggestion - let them keep this 6+ run rate. that way they would be 600/2 by end of Day 2. India will fold on day 3 and we can get an extra 2 days for go-karting... Yeh......

  • moko58 on January 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    This cricket team under Dhoni has looked spent on the England tour as well as this one. Indian fans now do not want a victory - all they want is a fight. Not a sledging match at which Indians are becoming prolific, but a cricket match. And for that , they need new folks , new ideas. But in India the current stars are revered to God like status and it is tough for the selectors to give them a rest. This lot has been there , done that and they need to make way for a new set of people who will fight for their places and the country.

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Kohli doent have patience to play test cricket,he always argues or trying to show himself aggressive......He has to be replaced with Rohit Sharma !!!!

  • Yevghenny on January 13, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    utter disgrace and an insult to the paying public. It was funny at first, but now it's just destroying the integrity of test cricket - and they don't even care! I'm sure Dhoni will come out and say "hey guys come on we are just easy going don't shout at us".

  • premendrasinghal on January 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    well said Warner. Our team deserve these words, no one is understanding their part or role in the team when they come out to bat. It looks that they are playing for themselves not for the team. They haven't applied themselves to the situations. I don't know what has happened to them. They are taking help of sledging that isn't Indian cricket team at all. First play your role in the team everything comes next. Release your pressure by performing for the team the opponent will be under pressure themselves.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    ISN'T THIS STUPID THINKING ? WITH DHONI THINKING ABOUT 2015 WC & ISHANT & KOHLI THINKING ABOUT AUS 'S TOUR OF INDIA WHICH WILL BE IN LATE 2012 . GUYS THINK ABOUT PRESENT .

  • anilkp on January 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    He is absolutely right; no team can win after folding for 160-odd and conceding 150-odd without taking a wicket--all in the first day. Dhoni's demeanor would say that death does not hurt; but hurt it must! If it does not hurt the team now, nothing will hurt them, and they will make no remorse, and hence, no improvement. You cannot take cricket as a matter of stochastic events, that one bad day does not mean next day is bad. That's not true. This is a seriously perfect continuation from what was left in England last summer. If heads do not roll now, Indian cricket will suffer big. The set-up needs sweeping changes. The old trio are true legends, no dispute, and with due respect to them, we need to move forward. If we as a nation have to lose matches and series, why not with youth? Olds are dead ends; but the youth will learn from defeats and will toughen up for the future. Please BCCI, ask the legends to save the national cricket right now. Thank them for all they have done, say adios.

  • Marcio on January 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Geez. Warner is even telling them the AUS tactics. Ghats like the Indians telling MacArthur they were coming in from both sides. When your opposition respects you so little it is telling you its secrets, you know things are REALLY bad.