Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day January 15, 2012

Dhoni banned from Adelaide Test for slow over-rate

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MS Dhoni, India's captain, has been banned for the Adelaide Test after India were found to be two overs short of the required over-rate in Perth. In Dhoni's absence, Virender Sehwag will captain the side in Adelaide. Wriddhiman Saha, who debuted in Nagpur as a specialist batsman in unusual circumstances against South Africa in 2009-10, is the reserve wicketkeeper on tour.

India sent down 76 overs in 362 minutes in the only innings they bowled in at the WACA ground. There were allowances made for the 10 wickets they took and other interruptions for movement behind sight screen and injury timeouts, but India were still found short.

Dhoni pleaded guilty, and said he was aware of the regulations. He was fined 40% of his match fees, and the rest of the team was docked 20% each. This was India's second over-rate offence in the last 12 months. Dhoni had been on notice after India were found short in Barbados in June-July last year.

The rule regarding the over-rate offences was changed last June. Earlier captains were allowed three such offences within a period of 12 months before they were banned, but in its meeting in Hong Kong the ICC board accepted the ICC cricket committee recommendation that captains of international sides be suspended for a match when found guilty of two such transgressions within 12 months.

India played four fast bowlers in Perth, a tactic which might have eventually pulled their over-rate down.

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  • Liontamer on January 18, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    What a joke !...2 overs short and the captain gets banned ?.. What an horrible rule. do you realize what this does ? You took away the last opportunity the man had to redeem himself as a test captain in this particularly lousy series. He lost three in a row, at least give him an opportunity to fight back on his own terms. All senior players should give a finger to BCCI and ICC and what ever governing body there is and make their own league. Call it "players only league". And the so called fans, learn to stand behind your team and players thru thick and thin. They got outplayed alright but they are also under tremendous pressure to perform, else some loose their place and some get their houses pelted with rocks. Why play cricket under those conditions ??

  • on January 17, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Oh dear!!!! Dhoni being dropped is good. He has been performing awfully. But now we are stuck with Sehwag (the slasher). Unless he changes his attitude, having him open is disastrous for India. Is there no one who can open with Gambhir? How about Ashwin? He is sure to play in Adelaide. Make Dravid the captain for this test. What do we have to lose?

  • on January 17, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Dhoni will be awarded Man of the Match for the final test....

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    instead of india if aus were losing the matches then the same question arises for australian bigges that when ponting or hussey are going to retire...??? its natural for the indian supporters to be upset in the situation like this... but insted of making such rediculous questions we should back our players... may be they could perform better in next game...

  • johnathonjosephs on January 16, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Oh my, I feel this is India's best chance to win a match!

  • ROXSPORT on January 16, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    One of the hallmarks of a great player is knowing when it is time to say good-bye. Sadly, none of our seniors are even talking of their retirement, let alone declaring their time. You just have to look at India in the field to see that it is time to say good-bye. Once the ball eludes their hands (or any other part of their body) it invariably finds its way to the boundary since the old legs do not have enough in them to chase it. Time for Rahul was just after the England tour when he was the lone bright spot in the Indian gloom. Similarly, Sachin could have played the ODI series at home against the WI to get the monkey (of his 100th hundred) off his back & declared the Aus series to be his last. That way he could have played much more freely. Laxman should only play in home test matches to pass on his experience & guide the youngsters in the art of playing spin. Finally, India need to groom Suresh Raina for test cricket as he brings so much value to the test side..contd...

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Like long long back, M A K Pataudi was asked to lead the team, it is time, some youngster is given the opportunity. Neither Sehwag nor Gambhir are certain of their position in test team. That leaves only Virat Kohli to take over the reigns, as he definitely deserves the mantle. Drop these useless above sadi openers and bring in Ajinkya Rahane & Abhinav Mukund. Rohit & Manoj Tiwary are to be in middle order, after Virat as one drop. If Raina improves his technique, he can come after Manoj. As far as WK is concerned, for tests, may be Karthik can be yet another chance.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    NOw dhoni will have time to think about cricket!Til now he was only thinking about go karting and stuff like that.I dout Dhoni ever thought of winning a single test mach.Indians never had a plan or strategy of winning just as same as England tour!

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    good thing vvs is retiring after tests, pls pls dont include him in the 4th test. take rohit sharma instead. Dont know why no body is picking him ??

  • schizad1 on January 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Call this sub-continental attitude, I can bet that with Dhoni not playing, the Indian batting line-up may suddenly click, they may not win the 4th test but will certainly make fight of it and open a pandora's box for a new Captain.

  • Liontamer on January 18, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    What a joke !...2 overs short and the captain gets banned ?.. What an horrible rule. do you realize what this does ? You took away the last opportunity the man had to redeem himself as a test captain in this particularly lousy series. He lost three in a row, at least give him an opportunity to fight back on his own terms. All senior players should give a finger to BCCI and ICC and what ever governing body there is and make their own league. Call it "players only league". And the so called fans, learn to stand behind your team and players thru thick and thin. They got outplayed alright but they are also under tremendous pressure to perform, else some loose their place and some get their houses pelted with rocks. Why play cricket under those conditions ??

  • on January 17, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Oh dear!!!! Dhoni being dropped is good. He has been performing awfully. But now we are stuck with Sehwag (the slasher). Unless he changes his attitude, having him open is disastrous for India. Is there no one who can open with Gambhir? How about Ashwin? He is sure to play in Adelaide. Make Dravid the captain for this test. What do we have to lose?

  • on January 17, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Dhoni will be awarded Man of the Match for the final test....

  • manas.tiwari9 on January 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    instead of india if aus were losing the matches then the same question arises for australian bigges that when ponting or hussey are going to retire...??? its natural for the indian supporters to be upset in the situation like this... but insted of making such rediculous questions we should back our players... may be they could perform better in next game...

  • johnathonjosephs on January 16, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Oh my, I feel this is India's best chance to win a match!

  • ROXSPORT on January 16, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    One of the hallmarks of a great player is knowing when it is time to say good-bye. Sadly, none of our seniors are even talking of their retirement, let alone declaring their time. You just have to look at India in the field to see that it is time to say good-bye. Once the ball eludes their hands (or any other part of their body) it invariably finds its way to the boundary since the old legs do not have enough in them to chase it. Time for Rahul was just after the England tour when he was the lone bright spot in the Indian gloom. Similarly, Sachin could have played the ODI series at home against the WI to get the monkey (of his 100th hundred) off his back & declared the Aus series to be his last. That way he could have played much more freely. Laxman should only play in home test matches to pass on his experience & guide the youngsters in the art of playing spin. Finally, India need to groom Suresh Raina for test cricket as he brings so much value to the test side..contd...

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Like long long back, M A K Pataudi was asked to lead the team, it is time, some youngster is given the opportunity. Neither Sehwag nor Gambhir are certain of their position in test team. That leaves only Virat Kohli to take over the reigns, as he definitely deserves the mantle. Drop these useless above sadi openers and bring in Ajinkya Rahane & Abhinav Mukund. Rohit & Manoj Tiwary are to be in middle order, after Virat as one drop. If Raina improves his technique, he can come after Manoj. As far as WK is concerned, for tests, may be Karthik can be yet another chance.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    NOw dhoni will have time to think about cricket!Til now he was only thinking about go karting and stuff like that.I dout Dhoni ever thought of winning a single test mach.Indians never had a plan or strategy of winning just as same as England tour!

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    good thing vvs is retiring after tests, pls pls dont include him in the 4th test. take rohit sharma instead. Dont know why no body is picking him ??

  • schizad1 on January 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Call this sub-continental attitude, I can bet that with Dhoni not playing, the Indian batting line-up may suddenly click, they may not win the 4th test but will certainly make fight of it and open a pandora's box for a new Captain.

  • Scheduler on January 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    PLAYER SO ARROGANT AS SEHWAG BECOMING THE CAPTAIN THAT TOO WHEN HE IS IN SUCH A BAD FORM (DUNNO WHEN HE WAS IN FORM FOR AWAY TOURS).THE SELECTORS ARE CRAZY.INDIAN CRICKET IS NOSEDIVING

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    dhoni is the man of the series in england in odis, u dont that and he is man of the series in india vs england , he is the 3rd best score for india in england in tests and he lost only two series in tests as a captain , what others has don more than dhoni ,

  • tusharkardile on January 16, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Can ICC/Match referee please review this decision and check if Laxman, Vinay, Gambhir and Sehwag can also be banned for a game or two?

  • Sachit1979 on January 16, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for Dhoni. He won't have to solely own another whitewash within 6 months as a captain. Now Sehwag would be there to co-own with him.

  • dm2012 on January 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Playing XI-Shewag,rahane,sachin,rohit,virat,mithun,umesh,ojha,shah,ashwin,zaheer

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Good riddance. I guess this is the best news to come from Perth yesterday. Now lets say that we are so much concerned by over rates rule violation which is sacrilegious, we would strictly act by suspending Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman as well for the Adelaide match.

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    it been a good break for dhoni to shape his future in test matches and also it makes saha to make his place in 4th test. If saha performes well and BCCI has to think of replacing the wicket keeper batsman and think of future test matches in abroad as dhoni is inconsitent of swing bowls. Atleast he has withdraw his captaincy in test matches, so that there willl be chance in picking up the best performed wicket keeper batsman.

  • 9ST9 on January 16, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Oh no no no India, Shewag is a slogger like Dilhsan, good if he gets going but poor technique. SL made Dilshan captain and look what happened?( Having said that what else is left there to happen to India?) Bottom line : Never make sloggers test captains. P.S ยด high time Tendulkar Retired. Or he will become a nother Sanath Jayasuriya. Thank god tendulkar is not a MP. Whew!

  • atthipatti on January 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    For those Dhoni supporters who are disgusted about their Hero's ban, I join you guys in feeling for Dhoni!!! How mean ICC can get? Ban him for wasting a few minutes due to slow over rate? But failed to reward him for finishing the match much early and saving us 2.5 days!!!!! Give credit where its due!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nair_ottappalam on January 16, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Dhoni should be the first person to be phased out of the test side. And this one test ban is a blessing in disguise for him. No much change in wind is expected at Adealaide. Rohit may not fit in rightly at the middle order spot in these conditions.

  • on January 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Shewag captaining India!!!!Some times the medicine he worst than the disease.

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    It is high time Sehwag and Luxman are stood down, Rohit Sharma given a chance and revamp the line up. Last warning to indian selectors and BCCI, sack Duncan Fletcher even a standby Coach like Ravi Shastry can revamp this side to fire on 4 cylinders until we get an Aussie/south African coach. What we need is commitment from every player to stand up and play with a straight bat, learn to leave the balls. If every batsman and the coach look at the way they got out, it is clear that they gave their wicket away none of those deliveries deserved a wicket! It si good that Dhoni is stood down but I do question the motivation for it. As it did not affect the play, helped Australian batsman to recuperate and score runs more easily, AND THE INDIAN PLAYERS HAD TO BE IN THE HOT SUN FOR LONGER, nor it did hinder the match outcome. With 4 fast bowlers, 10 wickets falling and hot conditions, match finished within 3 days and a bit. Why suspend the captain? He did not deliberately slow down the overs.

  • ramli on January 16, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    God sent opportunity to Dhoni bashers ... come on sehwag ... all stars have now aligned properly for you to prove everybody that you would play well only in this situation ...

  • seanpaul27 on January 16, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I believe that this is ridiculous. I mean seriously, in a match that has not even lasted half distance? I believe that if a match reaches a resultin less than 4 complete days then any penalty should not apply.

  • ankit_81 on January 16, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Dhoni fined for delaying a game which finished in 50% of allocated time :)

  • ARUNAMAN on January 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    That is a good chance for Sehwag to make Dhoni out of test team. I guess he will be aggressive captain and will bat more responsibly. Dhoni is still a child and not mature enough. It was Ganguly who made the team for India and Dhoni was there to eat the fruit of his hard work but now the are no more fruits left and no Ganguly is there to help. The best India can do is that make Saurav Ganguly Indian Coach and see the thunderstorm. India is on this poor run because of casual attitude of Dhoni.He think he is hero after winning the world cup but people hate him now and the main reason behind all this is he was never a player of international level and it was just his luck which followed him for some years,so now please WAKE UP INDIA

  • Babloo3544 on January 16, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Why everybody is blaming Dhoni ? All fat and lazy Indian players are sold to IPL. And we supporters go to see them play on flat indian tracks. All true Indian cricket fans should use the social media to start a movement to kick out IPL.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    I dont understand...Dhoni saved 2 and half days for the umpires and officials, and they still ban him for a match??

  • on January 16, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    India will definitely not feel Dhoni's absence. I don't think Saha will be an improvement to this team but we don't have another choice. I was shocked on Vinay Kumar's inclusion in the team to Australia ahead of Irfan and his inclusion in the XI was even more baffling!!! I would bring Rohit in for Laxman..I always admired Laxman but it's time for him to hang his boots...He looks the most aged of the fab three with increasing waist lines and diminishing reflexes. Sorry VVS!

  • TRAM on January 16, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Stupid to follow the overrate rule when it did not affect the match !! If the match was drawn for want of time, yes it makes sense. But when the match ended in less than 2.5 days, what the heck?

  • xylo on January 16, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Aravindan Rangaswamy. When the top score is 80+ for a supposedly great batsman, it does not matter if he is a top scorer or not - this is like celebrating a guy who probably got 45 marks in a class where 90% of the students failed.

  • cricinfo_2010 on January 16, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Since 4th test LOSS is almost taken granted and Aussies are at cloud 9, it's a great opportunity for Indian team to do something different. SACHIN should open the innings with Gambhir and SEHWAG should go into middle order. India has nothing to lose, they should go allout attack from start. Even if they fail, at leat they tried something out of norm that can upset Aussies rythem. I think Aussie bowlers are bowling at good rythem because they are not challenged and India are too defensive in approach. If they succeed counter attacking in one session, it could be the turnaround they are looking for. my 2 cents.

  • PMadhavarao on January 16, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    blessing in disguise for team India. I am sure if not a win in Adelaide, I am sure fans will have something to cheer about !!!!

  • RSBali on January 16, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Dhoni to enjoy with Sakshi aunty......

  • deepak_sholapurkar on January 16, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Is it a deliberate attempt by Dhoni to get one match ban and miss the last test in Australia!!!. After this for next two years he will play only in India and after that retire from Test Cricket.

  • OzHarris on January 16, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Sehwag the new Captain.. Well done...a guy who cannot score 10 runs- who can ONLY score centuries against minnows and on also on flat tracks.(india ). is captain of India. Pathetic Lazy running b/w wickets.. people think he 'll bat through out the day and save the game.....which is untrue almost 99%.Mate.. take ur palms out of ur pocket mate..

  • BeatTheChamps on January 16, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Some are saying that this is a blessing in disguise. The same was said when Kumble was injured in the 4th test against Aus in 2008 and Dhoni captained the team in his absence. Well at that time we had Dhoni. But now?? Sehwag?? Oh c'mon!! No way that should happen. If Zaheer can stay fit, he should be the captain. At least he is putting in consistent performances.

  • Sano27 on January 16, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Actually the absence of a spin bowler leads to the slow over rate to some extend.....thus Vinay Kumar effect didnt help India either in batting or bowling and it also helps to earn one match ban to the captain!

  • Yazdegerd on January 16, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Being cricket fan, a test match of four days and 2 and half days hurts me alot. India was a superb test cricket side a couple of years ago but now everything turn around and it seems to me, India trouble started with IPL birth. There is a lot of pressure from franchise side on players to give 100% performance and many players give priority to short formate performance. Its right time for BCCI to shorten IPL schedule and let players to be more focused on national side. IPL most effected nations are India, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

  • ananthap on January 16, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    So what is Sehwag's claim for captaincy? Not done well for Delhi Daredevils even. Run of low scores.

    How about trying Kohli? At least he seems to think he has the capability. In the series against WI, he was always talking with the bowlers and fielders. Give eng blud a chance.

    OK

  • AQsq on January 16, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    All these Indian supporters that are criticizing and the other senior players on the team probably used to be huge fans of them. Do not forget people MS Dhoni has won us the world cup. I do not understand how people are blaming MS DHoni for the Indian team's failures. Probably the only aspect you can criticize is his batting. How can he control the fact that his openers cannot see through the new ball period, he cant have an attacking field cause his bowlers ball all over the place and have no consistent lines, and his fielders are fat and lazy. Team India needs to reconstruct their team and DHoni needs to ask for a team that he wants, one with youngsters. Sure initially there are going to be a heck of a lot of problems and wins wont come as easy, but once the team is more experienced you will start seeing a lot more enthusiasm and success. Also Aussies have played well at home lets see how they play in India, its east to criticize when your winning against a out of form team.

  • Meety on January 16, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    It's weird that their overrates are so slow, given that Zaheer has a relatively short run up. Perhaps the steely stares at the batsmen should be reconsidered? I noticed a test match against the WIndies last year when the pace bowlers operated they laboured for about 12 overs in about 80 minutes, but then the spin came on & they bowled the required 18 more overs in about 40 minutes! Another reason why India shouldn't use 4 pace bowlers! The other reason for their slow over rates, was from fetching the ball out of the stands so often when Warner was batting!

  • __PK on January 16, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    This is disappointing. Dhoni did so well in Sydney with the over rate. When Clarke, Ponting and Hussey were smacking them all around the park, it would have been so easy to slow the over-rate to frustrate the batsmen. But he didn't - he bowled his overs. Maybe Dhoni just didn't realise how much time you lose with four quicks.

  • msbemba on January 16, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    we managed to end the game in less than 3 days.. and Dhoni is being banned for Slow over rate !!. We made it up with fast batting rate !!Watsay ??

  • IAS2009 on January 16, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    this is the aussie team which was bowled out for 47 against SA and beaten by NZ at home, against INDIA they look like Aussies of 90 again, the so calle Batting giant India has been so bad for so long, only in the captaincy of Ganguly the team was a threat and never willing to give, if deep down analysis of so called batting line up is done playing outside India it is not that good, in short term India will be alright since they are playing mostly at home with ball coming at knee hight and not swinging anyone these batsmen could be superstars again, the same aussies bowlers conceded more that 400+ runs against england in their home series but now unplayable. India should replace Dhoni as test captain, he do not qualify in the test team, i am disappointed by his field placing which might have cost them MCG test, the runs added by aussies tail in both innings was difference in the end. Veru should have played his natural game no matter what, he gave his wicket away at WACA defending,

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 16, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Blessing in disguise. Much appreciated. Kudos, thanks and I'm grateful to ICC. Long live ICC.

  • on January 16, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    My biggest question is what was M.S Dhoni's reason for not bowling Inshant Sharma for about 20 overs. That was a huge mistake because Sharma was the most likely to cause the top order some trouble of the WACCA pitch during the earlier part of Australia's 1st Innings. That was where the game was lost for India. Why didn't the senior members of the team speak out about that? and kicktome70. The difference between Australia and India has been the Australian bowling which has been great. They were getting it in the right areas and getting it too swing consistently, which they haven't been able to do in the past few seasons. India's bowlers did not do that enough. I agree with you on the fact that Australia's batting hasn't been that good all the time but the bowling has been superb, world class and I think that it wouldn't matter who was playing Hilfy and co could have done that to any team.

  • on January 16, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Time to let Gambhir start building a new team instead of letting Sehwag captain. Play Rahane instead of Sehwag, Rohit for Laxman and Ojha for an underperforming Isant. Ashwin back in place of Viny. We can scarcely do worse than lose again but let us at least start building the next iteration of the team.

  • SanjivAwesome on January 16, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    ICC should have banned him for 10 test matches. That way we could have tried a new captain for longer. Does ICC ban under-performing senior cricketers too? Seems that is the only way we will see young blood in this geriatic team.

  • on January 15, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    India has to find another paceman. You cannot win in AUstralia or South Africa with pace ie 150kph. Its too bad that Ishant after playing 40 odd test is still so inconsistent. Look how the Aussies bowl. Seems like Indias bowling coasch dont know how to coach the bowlers. India also need 1 good allrounder..anybody remeber the days of Kapil Dev? The selection commitee should all be thrown out...going with the same team and using 2 medium fast and 2 slow medium bowlers none of whom can bat..Look at the difference..if this had happened to the AUssies they would have made immedite changes..Where is the pride?

  • PaddyRasta on January 15, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Dhoni is a powerful man who on occasion can get what he wants from ICC. I'll start a rumour - Maybe he decided he's had enough beating and "quietly" asked ICC to be banned for the next match. Did you not see the relief on his face when he was told that he was banned? lol

  • posybeon123 on January 15, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    YAAYY!! HE IS GONE!! if we only had a better keeper..

  • Masking_Tape on January 15, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    That's what you get when you play 4 "pace" bowlers. What you think you guys are? Australia or England or South Africa? NOO!

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Please ban SRT, Dravid, VVS & Ishant also. It will be a great favor on the indian fans, Please ........ Sirs, Selectors not helping, please , can the diciplinary comitee or what ever comitee can help us ??????. Thanx in Anticipation of favorable action.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    please ban him for a little more time, so we can find out if any one else can be the captain. Selectors not showing spine. plss..

  • chokkashokka on January 15, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    India is home for te next 2 years - can't wait to see these aussie, english and SA quicks on similar sporting wickets that I hope India have the gumption to serve up. I am hoping for square turners from the first session. World cricket is going to get extermely polarized - you can forget about victories on foreign soil for any team. England, Australia and SA squarely to blame - this chest thumpimg will extend and we are beginning to see the end of test cricket. Every home board will prepare extreme wickets - test matches will be over in 3 days. As far as India goes - it will be back with the test mace in 2 years of playing at home. Viewers in India have swiched their TV sets off for the this series in oz - lets see if Cricket Australia can find its own advertisers. Aus, Eng and SA may just have struck a blow to the hen that lays the golden eggs.

  • on January 15, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @ royramesh 3 old batsmen ''The comment sounds so offending'' These guys are legends just 7 test games have disgraced them to old mens SAD Indeed

  • sachin2010 on January 15, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    This was bound to happen....If not BCCI.....ICC took the opportunity to do the honors

  • Nampally on January 15, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Absence of Dhoni gives Saha a chance to play. Rohit Sharma should replace Laxman and Ashwin brought back into the XI for Vinay.Captaincy should give Sehwag added bonus to bat and get some runs.Unfortunately Ojha won't get a chance unless one of the Seamers is Out. Would Sehwag's captaincy be any better than Dhoni's remains to be seen.One thing is sure -Sehwag wins the toss. Can he win the match too? If Sehwag does one of the Warner acts and smash the Aussie seamers, India stand a good chance.But it is hard to say knowling how poorly he has been batting. Sehwag & Gambhir have let India down very badly.These guys are fishing for the balls outside the off stump. With bounce & swing uncertain on these Aussie wickets, it is not easy to play the same shots as they played on the Indian pitches.Tendulkar got out twice LBW trying wristy push to the ball coming into him, early in his innings.Dravid keeps getting bowled each time. These 4 guys have to produce if India is to get a consolation Win.

  • on January 15, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    finally something good is happening for india. he should not be playing test at all unless it is in India. he does have not technique to survive quick spills in bouncy pitches. His captaincy was very defensive. India could have won the first game if he had used right tactic. Aussie tail-under added valuable runs which turned out to be a match winning. 7-0. That is more than enough. Vinay kumar is useless, he bowls 125 in Perth. Are you kidding me! Is that is a best they can find in India? Dhoni should concentrate on Odi and T20 ,and let someone else keep wickets. May be kartik is a better choice for long run.

  • on January 15, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    ICC fined Dhoni for loosing 2 overs in alloted time... Bt didnt rewarded him for saving 2 nd half days of test :D

  • on January 15, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    mathews team is good....with sachin only indians r playing 2 and half day test....widout him it will become one day r 2 days...all shud mind that he is top scorer for india in 3 matches...

  • kickittome70 on January 15, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Just keeps getting worse for India. So much for them being "a brilliant batting side" - and so much for Dhoni being rated (mostly his home press) as the best skipper in the world. The Indian side dismally fails on both counts. I havent seen a touring side lose their spirit so quickly in a long time. It's really worrying and a black mark on Dhoni's leadership. And Zhaeer Khan needs to ask himself some big questions about what he thinks it means to be in a team. Make no mistake, the Aussies havent been great, rather - India have been terrible.

  • on January 15, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Now Dhoni Got good time for Go Carting, No Non sense interruption of Cricket... Suggestion: Hey Dhoni Why don't you ask some of your team mates go with you, May be Laxman, Sehwag, Here is the Big one Sachin, May be he can complete 100 laps there....But make sure no australian young drivers are driving in that circuit.

  • gilly121 on January 15, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    It is hard to belive India playing Auatralia in last three test matches... it seems like Bangladesh first class team playing with Australia on international level...!!!

  • ChuckyDoll on January 15, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    How about trying no captain! Let the seniors collectively decide the strategy.

  • KingOwl on January 15, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Why did India resort to delaying tactics? Now it is all clear! If not for these 'deliberate delays' on the part of India, the match would have been over in 2 days!

  • only_sehwag on January 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    good news..dravid should keep wickets...after all australia will be batting once only...not like dravid would have to keep for two innings...ashwin should come in place of gambhir, rohit in place of dhoni and ojha in place of vinay..

  • ggsg on January 15, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    hey Al_Bundy1 you have droped laxman. tendulkar sharma, dhoni is banned what about sehwag, dravid, kohli why not drop them ashwin what has he done to be in team past 2 test? please explain

  • DrAtharAbbas on January 15, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    A strange assumption is "Dhoni is a good captain in ODI's and T20's" Have people forgotten that whitewash in England was not just Tests, it included ODI's and T20 as well. In Australia, ODI's have not begun yet . . . . .

  • stalefresh on January 15, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    India win's Adelaide, Saha scores a match winning knock...then what? Well, then I wake up from sleep..ehh!

  • Paki.Fan. on January 15, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Absolutely stupid rule, specially considering the match finished in 3 days, this rule should apply if the game goes to the 5th day.

    On the other note India should be positive and give some youngsters chance what worse could happen.

  • on January 15, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    It appears Dhoni begged for the ban to away from the next mauling. Great way!. Good to indian team at the moment. Shah, Pl. try to score better than Dhoni!.

  • Abhimanyu on January 15, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Great news!! Looks like this is the only way to keep Dhoni out of the test team. He is the biggest disappointment of this tour. At least all the senior players were picked due to their past performances. Dhoni has nothing to show to be considered at test level. If he wanted to do any good for the team, then now would be the best time to announce his retirement from test cricket, along with Dravid. Why wait till 2013? He already made the statement that he wanted to defend the world cup and only way to that was to quit one format of the game by 2013. So then, whats the hold-up for? What are these guys (except Tendulkar) waiting for? They want to return home and play against weaker oppositions and pile their runs on flat pitches, then announce their retirement in pride? I think so...DO IT NOW, PLEASE!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    India will be no.1 team soon bcz they will not play abroad for next couple of years

  • on January 15, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Is this blessing in disguise ...

  • Vishal_07 on January 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    The ruling is ridiculous. If there is plenty of time in the Test, which clearly it was in this instance (match over in 2.5 days, and they are concerned with slow over rate by 2 overs), why not give the teams all the time they need to do the fielding placement, bowling changes, etc.

  • soumik on January 15, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    The olly graceful exit he could have had.What a shame..

  • nadu_1975 on January 15, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    bring on saha, ojha, to etst their test level ability. Maybe they would tour the same country in future this exp will help them

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    This series reminds me of the series in the yr 1999/00 wen India were humiliated by the similar margins with series ending in a white wash and poor agarkar achieving his dubious record of ducks. Likes of McGrath, Lee, Langer and Ponting were the emerging heroes. Then came 2002/03 when India toured again the land of kangaroos and under the belt of Ganguly and with the good batting performance from Dravid drew the series. Last time when India toured Australia was in 2007/08 where India won the perth test although they lost the series 1-2 to Ponting's men in the midst of monkeygate drama. After 2008, cricketing world saw the fall of australia as a test team which at once looked invincible. Hayden, Gilchrist, Langer, Warne, McGrath, Symonds were missed and poor Lee remained injured for a time. batting performance of Ponting started to go down and australian team lost the ashes thereafter. Now in 2011/12, india thought they might face weakest australian team in 11 years, they were wrong !!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I FEEL FOR DHONI..THIS GUY GOT AMAZING TALENT WHEN IT COMES TO BATTING....HE IS TRUE TEAM PLAYER AND HENCE DOESNT PROMOTE HIMSELF UP THE ORDER...HE LOOKED SET FOR BIG SCORE IN SYDNEY 1ST INNINGS BUT RAN OUT OF PARTNERS LIKE KOHLI TODAY..SAME THING HAPPND IN ENG IN 3RD N 4TH TEST..AND IN SAF 1ST TEST 1ST INNING..HE CAN BE GOOD PLAYER AT THE TOP....HE SHOULD QUITE KEEPING IN TESTS AND BAT UP THE ORDER AND IM SURE HE CAN PLAY MATCH WINNING KNOCKS..YES HIS TEST CAPTAINCY IS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF T20 N IPL..HE IS TOO DEFENSIVE IN TEST N ODIS ALSO SOMETIMES LACK KILLER INSTINCT..

  • Vishal_07 on January 15, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    The ruling is ridiculous. If there is plenty of time in the Test, which clearly it was in this instance (match over in 2.5 days, and they are concerned with slow over rate by 2 overs), why not give the teams all the time they need to do the fielding placement, bowling changes, etc.

  • seantells on January 15, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    still wana play shewag for final test? oh man IND had enough try something new nothing to lose anyway, at least will find a star(hopefully)

  • ashwin49 on January 15, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Ah. Lot of time fo go karting now. The break should serve him good.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 15, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    All members of the team who haven't played so should be given a chance in the 4th test. What's the worst thing that can happen - we might lose by an innings. We have already done that twice! Drop Laxman, Tendu, Vinay, and Ishant. Bring in Rahane, Rohit, Ashwin and Ojha. Dhoni has dropped himself, so Saha will get a chance. It's a shame we can't drop Sehwag. He has to play bcoz he will be the captain. We all know that Flat Track bully is useless outside the subcontinent.

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Finally some hope for India ahead of the Adelaide test...

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Hope this will turn out to be blessing in disguise for India and they can avoid white wash

  • AdnanSiddiqui on January 15, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for India ... Wish you best for the last test after getting rid of main reason of 7 consecutive defeats ...

  • royramesh on January 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    THIS IS A GODSEND OR A CUNNING PLAN OF DHONI TO DROP OUT OF THE TEAM. NOW INDIA HAS A PROPER KEEPER. ONLY A SMALL PROBLEM REMAINS OF WHAT TO DO WITH THREE OLD BATSMEN.

  • MathewsAdelaide on January 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Adelaide Test Indian Eleven:- Rahane - Sehwag (openers),Dravid (Wicket Keeper),Aswin,Sachin,Rohit Sharma,Kohli (4 middle order batsmen) Zaheer,Yadav,Abhimanu Midhun,Ojha(4 Bowlers) THAT IS THE BEST TEAM I CAN CHOOSE FROM INDIAN CURRENT TEST SQUAD,Sehwag does not deserve a place in the eleven BUT luckly he is the Captain absence of Dhoni. I dont think Saha can do anything in the first test in a bouncy pitch..

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Welcome decision :), right step towards improving things in Indian Test cricket. henceforth we need to ensure at least 2 middle order batsman in test team so that they can learn from the senior partners and also plan to phase out senior trio. I don't believe anyone can give their best at the age of 38.. 39.

    I am big fan of these trio but everything needs to be plan out no one is bigger than game and everyone have limit.

  • Raj12345 on January 15, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Very good. Good for Indian team. Is it Dhoni tactic to avoid another poor happening from him. He knows next 5 years easy test cricket on flat pitches. He will be kind hitting sixes. more ever IPL on the way, so we fans forget all.

  • Singham3june on January 15, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    afffffffffffffsd sehwag rocks

  • sripree on January 15, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    sehwag as captain. Are you kidding? This guy is totally out of form and will not deserve a place in the side. Drop sehwag and vinay. Bring in Rohit and Ashwin. Ask Gambhir and Ashwin to open. Ashwin can definetly score the 10 runs that Sehwag scores.

    My Bold move for the future. Make Virat captain for the last Test. He is young and will be brave. So let us see what he is made of.

  • Shams on January 15, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    @tfjones1978 How do you penalize a team bowling last under your scheme? Does it mean you can bowl out a side with a few runs to get, celebrate victory only to later find you've lost because of a slow over rate? ODIs had this problem earlier where only the team bowling first was being penalized, thankfully they've gotten rid if the rule.

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Lot of angry Indian fans - India won the world cup didn't they? and they are the proud organizers of IPL/Champions league! what else do you guys want? you should know by now that money can't buy happiness and finally about Tendulkar he should be a man and retire from cricket 99 hundreds will be very bradmanesque

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Unlikely we will see anything brilliant from Sehwags captaincy. He's not the brightest spark in the box is he? i mean just look at the way he bats. He hurls his bat at everything like a madman. Who wants a madman to captain India

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Sehwag is utter rubbish. The guy can't bat. Sorry to all the Indian fans but you should watch the way he bats and ask yourself is he batting sensibly and for the team? short answer is NO. The longer answer is that he doesn't know where his off stump is, he flashes at everything,win loose or draw. He is not someone you can rely on and most of his prolific runs have come on flat decks. Dravid is getting old now and his judgement is going. He was bowled through the gat 3 or 4 times this series. Laxman should have been shelved last year as he clearly is way past it. SRT is now also showing fragility. As for Gambhir he is a different player to what he was 2-3 years ago. God knows whats happened to him but he seems to lack the fight he was once known for.

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    well icc should have considered the match has ended in 2.5 days maybe a blessing in disguise but gauti should be captain

  • razaqaiser on January 15, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Instaed of penalising the captain or banning, I suggest to add penalty runs in the total of opposition...e.g for each over bowled less, add 5runs to the opposition total. Same for One Dayers and T20. This will ensure that teams bowl the required rate.

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    A blessing in disguise!!!

  • analyseabhishek on January 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    The decision to play four seamers really backfired- a spinner would have bowled his overs quivkly. And the form of the batsmen is such that apart from Sachin n Kohli, no one will be missed!

  • on January 15, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    ICC has done what BCCI couldn't LOL

  • Romenevans on January 15, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    LOL! Finally blessing in disguise. But in other way still hopeless situation because the captain will be Sehwag....Oh boy, somebody save this sinking ship ASAP.

  • on January 15, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Honestly, Dhoni seems more interested and involved in his job as CSK captain rather than India. Time for India to get rid of the old horses.

  • Sakthiivel on January 15, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    This will be Worst possible thing that can happen to India. May be match will over in two days else some Aussie may score 400+....

  • ElvisKing on January 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Now we will find out if Virendra Sehwag has been in really bad patch of batting or was he just batting badly under Dhoni's Captaincy ? From the way he has been batting in the series he has never looked to seriously take on the opposition and has given away his wicket as if he were offering gifts to Autralia.

  • on January 15, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Dhoni is out of form since last couple of series. No contribution to his team in Australia with bat as well. He should give up his captaincy. India need a new leader.

  • on January 15, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    it's too much to bann dhoni for a slow over rate howerver their wickets has fallen before the 90 over soo what is the problem with icc and dhoni is a great captain and need not blame him for the loss of test match he is a winning captain he bought us to 1st position soo bcci need not blame dhoni & its responcible of all the players in teem to bat well its a team fault its a prblem on batting side so need to improve!

  • tahalateef on January 15, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    I wish Tendulkar scores his hundred in the last test match. It has been a long wait now and perhaps that is now the only interest left for me in the series.

    Wishing him the best of luck.

    A proud Pakistani

  • cricketizgood on January 15, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    India has no one to captain in tests. Dhoni is not capable in tests and so are Sehwag or Gambhir. All three are worst performers in away tests, so their place in team is not permenant. SRT, Dravid, VVS are yesterdays news and should not captain the team as its their retirement time around the corner. Zaheer is mostly injured and so if he is captain then every now and then we will be searching for a substitute captain. Yadav, Kohli, ashwin, Ishant are too young to be a captain for atleast tests. This was the entire team that played last three tests. Sorry I forgot Vinay Kumar but its good to forget him. So I think we don't have any choice but to go with Dhoni as captain.

  • on January 15, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Imagine if India goes on to win and Saha scores few runs. Dhoni then don't have to wait till 2013 to decide on his test career.

  • world.cricketer on January 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    let us hope this will help us atleast to draw the final test

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    why shouldnt ojha ,rahane,rohit sharma get a chance to play lets rest laxman , kohli ,ishant or vinay , anyway ganguly is the ever best captain of team india .he is the man who built team india,why shouldnt he make a comeback common dada

  • AvidCricFan on January 15, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Dhoni will not be missed in batting. His leadership with all team handicaps he has been dealt with is questionable too. Now Shewag is one who needs to be benched too. He has not performed in test for a long time. The players that need to be benche for Adelaide are Shewag, VVS, Dravid, Vinay Kumar. Vinay Kumar was pathetic. He may have played the last test.

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I believe that team spirit is reduced in the field, planning and encouraging each other is degrading. This is the best time for the transition and let the young fellows get some experience and moreover don't try to experiment with big series. Still i don't know why our guys are not mentally prepared when they were down?

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Whoever made this rule needs psychiatric assistance. Does anyone believe that this penalty is reasonable for a "2 overs short" in a Test match which finished almost "2 days short"?

  • siddhant328 on January 15, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @ Rajesh Das @ Khawaja Mustafa : Completely agree...

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

    There's no saving this team. There's no "better play in the next game" for this team. I'm of the opinion that Dhoni planned his exit from the last game.... Even in his absence India wouldn't win/draw unless the new breeds Virat and Rohit guide them.

  • objective_cricfan on January 15, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Look how fast Hilfenhaus, and Co. march back to their bowling marks to save time. Ishant and Zaheer are busy arguing with Warner and slowly trudging back. Playing 4 pacers was stupid especially when the speed of the 4th was about 125 kmph. In Adelaide India might even play both Ashwin and Ojha. Adelaide does provide aliitle assistance and spin is India's strength & Australia'a weakness and also the two are better batsmen!! Drop Ishant & Vinay. Also drop Gambhir & Laxman and play Rohit & Rahane. Dhoni has dropped himself! Sehwag has to play as we can't have a non playing captain!! Unfair to ask Sachin or Dravid to do the job now as they need to focus on batting. In any case we have to search for a replacement captain in Tests so lets try out Viru who may bring in some fresh ideas.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on January 15, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    India have a bit of a break now and so can call up some fresh blood before Adelaide. They should go with this XI: Rahane, Dravid, Gambhir(c), Tendulkar, Kohli, R.Sharma, Karthik(wk), Ashwin, Zaheer, Ojha, Yadav.

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Best news of the tour for sure.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 15, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    If India win next match... I'll shave my head...:-)

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    M S dhoni is a good captain for the ODIs and an okay captain for T20s. But not as even as good captain for the tests. As he said he should retire from the test format. He is a good odi player and will continue to be.

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    But he did his best and finished the game in two and half days. Come on !!!!!!!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    When Dhoni is banned for the slow over rate while bowling, shouldn't he be awarded for finishing the match early while batting

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

    This is really shocking & pathetic!!! How come Australia with 4 quick bowlers complete their quota when India with 3 pathetic bowlers and Sehwag bowling spin cannot complete their quota?????

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    That's unfair. Indian team finishes the match under three days and still being fined for time wasting!!! but probably ICC also wants to give some relief to Dhoni...at least he will be spared from loosing continuous 8 tests.

  • stark-truth on January 15, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    He will be mighty relieved - can focus more on his main love - shooting ads and posing for pictures in endorsements.

  • nzcricket174 on January 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    The slow over rate is because David Warner smashed so many fours and sixes it slowed the game down.

  • sal485 on January 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Wonder If series would have been 1-1.Then this ICC run by BCCi would not have dared to ban dhoni.

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    sehwag as captain....good so sehwag has another chance to flash at everything and stay clueless as he always does. what a waste of getting a fresh batsman in. nothing happening in adelaide too ....can they just walk over and let the aussie celebrate ...

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

    Dhoni is such a waste as a TEST captain, He is agreat 1 day & T20 captian.

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

    Regardless of who the captain is, it will be another defeat and another 4-0 whitewash, but the sad fact is tha the main culprit, M.S.Dhoni will not be at the receiving end when the final nail in the coffin in hammered.

    As for Sehwag being the captain, nothing will change. India has done historically nothing in overseas tests and that cannot change. Is the captaincy going to make Sehwag move his feet whilst batting?

  • m_kamb on January 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    all are talking about dravid,laxman and dhoni, why not to kick sachin tendulkar?

  • Fanatic_cricko on January 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Dhoni and the rests should be rewarded rather than penalised for finishing the test before half of the stipulated time. ICC should review again.

  • sal485 on January 15, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    ICC should apreciate the effort of Dhoni, he was trying to take the match in 4th day by slow over rate.Otherwise would have ended in 2 days.

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Indian Board wants to change captain.. That is why he is banned for a match..

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Suarav Ganguly should be made non-playing captain of India instead of Dhoni though Dhoni is a playing member his contribution is almost zero and is destroying the team.

  • Vedahametham on January 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    As selectors and BCCI do not have any guts to take drastic steps finally GOD chose his way. If you observe other sides they debut their youngsters in overseas tours where as we do it on home soil. That is the stark difference in nurturing proper talent. There is lot of substance in what Rajesh Das has said.

  • MandarSathe on January 15, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    This is good news... Dhoni is main culprit(for negative tactics) n Opening Pair for consistently having a score of 25 for 2 to start our innings... My batting order for Adelaide.. Sachin (Best man to counter new ball from our side for this test match) Dravid ( these 2 r the best bet to play out first session) Kohli Rohit Laxman Sehwag ( hit n miss lucky draw approach is fine at no.6 not opening in AUS condition. he can be dangerous like Gilly at down the order) Saha Zaheer Ojha Mithun/Ishant ( play Ishant if he bowls consistently a yard fuller at nets else he will remain good looking bowler with empty wickets column) Yadav

  • on January 15, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Now is the time to bring in as many youngsters as possible into the team. We have lost the series anyway and it doesn't matter if we lose the last test as well. At least the juniors will get a chance and they can be tested. After this series, its going to be long before India play overseas tests. Time for Dhoni and Sehwag to take some tough decisions.

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

    The best news on the tour. I believe India will put a better show in the next test in Dhoni's absence. Hope he will get injured plying go-karting so that he won't take part in the one day tournament.

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    What a cruel thrash by the Aussiez.... For India; tiger at home & cat at abroad.... :-) This team doesn't hove the right to be the world champion. If the WC 11' was arranged out of the sub-continent, this poor "Team India" never won the WC.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 15, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    It was deliberate ploy by Dhoni to get banned in order that: 1. He can avoid 8 thsuccessive defeat abroad under his captaincy 2. Avoid getting out in single digit in both innings, 3. Go for some sight seeing and go-karting.

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Well, this may help India but I still think the rule is too harsh

  • gilly121 on January 15, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    it's very hard to bealive that India playing to Australia, it's seems like Bangladesh first class team playing to Australia in a International format...!!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    it is a blessing i disguise, thank u ICC. so we are not gonna be whitewashed

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I want to give one suggestion.....If India wants to win Test matches then plz plz remove Duncan F lecture...and replace a new coach....as well as the team management should take decision to Sehwag sit out.....for couple of months..

  • captian_buddy on January 15, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    cant dravid keep ? sehwag,gambhir,dravid,srt,kohli.sharma,laxman,ashwin,zak,ishant, and yadav should play @ adelaide

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Sewag can do no worst i feel...

  • chad_reid on January 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    lol @hawkeye that was hilarious

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    How does slow over rate matter when India are wrapping the whole damn test in under 3 days?!

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    What I can't understand is this . . . If Dhoni "just can't resist pushing at balls outside off stump" in tests, what changes take place in the man when he plays ODI's? If he does the same in ODI's, what exactly makes him a better (even a good) player in ODI's then? I don't get it. If he pushes at balls outside off stump in ODI's he will, likewise, be out, soon, and for low scores. Why isn't he? Is it because ODI's are usually played on more batsmen friendly tracks or because ODI bowlers bowl a lot fewer deliveries outside off stump (this can't be true) or because edges doesn't carry as well on these ODI tracks (This I also find hard to believe) or what is it that makes him much more successful as an ODI player? I would love to know . . .

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    why are u guys just going after the captain..The captain is always as good as the team is..When we have 3 guys wanting to play in their wheel chairs for personal glory ,there is no hope for cricket in India..Not now, even in the past Kapil extended his time to get 20 wickets for world record..Look at the example of Kumble who hung up his boots without being told to.

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Atleast now rohit sharma will get a chance

  • ShoaibAfridi on January 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Trust me Dhoni will be one happy and relieved man

  • cricketcritique on January 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    How Lucky...I wish this should be the last test Dhoni should ever play...clumsy,disgraceful and absolute nonsense...cant even stay on the wicket forget about scoring runs...Helicopter shots would work well in placid insipid wickets...delighted that he has let known about his vaunted batting prowess....Looking forward for a One Day Test match(Sounds like a Paradox)but folks never underestimate this team..cheers

  • UmarKhan85 on January 15, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    the surprising thing i see now is that before the series began all my Indians friends here were saying it's gonna be a heck of a series and how India will win it. but after the third the views have drastically changed. the point is when India wins a single game their fans rate them as the best in the world and the moment they lose. they bring them like anything.

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    perfect words in this situation: "Blessing in disguise", only time will tell .......

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Should penalise Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid, and Sehwag for their appalling performances as batsmen in this series as well...

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    About time too...Dhoni continually is guilty of slow over rates. Ridiculously slow in England,and this game should have been over even quicker. India should imo look to play two spinners wherever possible, as their pace attack is a big part of their problem-has been for years but the three batting legends have spared their blushes more often than not-not any more...2 spinners would obviously help the over rate, and i think the bowling attack in general on most pitches.

  • Super_Swap on January 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Dhoni, Laxman , Dravid, Sehwag - Out Saha, Rohit sharma, Ojha, Ashwin - In Make tendulkar captain as Sehwag can not contribute with bat due to his weak batting technique (no leg movement). Let Ashwin open the innings. Remember these Australian bowling side is capitalizing Indian's batting technique flaws. Only batsman with flawless defense and technique will servive.

  • crindex on January 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Shame on us Indians who are happy to se this ban on Dhoni. Barely 6 months ago you (Indian Cricket Fans) were lauding him as the world's best skipper. Now that the team as a whole failed to post a test win abroad, you throw mud at him. Sick.

  • nkoch on January 15, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    blessing in disguise. Can they also penalize Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid so that fresh blood can get a game this series?

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Shouldn't there be a fine for finishing a test match in under 4 days. Dhoni's absence wont be missed on the batting front.

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    This should be a blessing in disguise. It also means that Sehwag is going to keep his place. I would actually see if the team management have the guts to allow Rahul Dravid or SRT lead the side & have Sehwag sit out. Get Rohit Sharma in place of Sehwag. Let Gambhir and RD open the innings. VVS come in at 3, SRT at 4 Virat at 5 ,Rohit at 6. Wriddhiman at 7, Ashwin at 8, followed by Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav. This combo will ROCK ... Believe me guys, India will win Adelaide. And for the BCCI they would do better to look @ the batting order. Have the young guns bat alonside RD, VVS and SRT. Arrange the batting in such a way thatat any given point, in the top 5, a younster like Virat or Rohit is paired with SRT or VVS or RD. Continue this trend for a year irrespective of performance. In a couple of seasons the Three Musketeers would have handed over the reins to Gen Next. As for MSD, forget about 2013 or 2015, take a hard look at yourself NOW MSD. You cut a sorry figure

  • dnarmstrong on January 15, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Harsh but it can't possibly hurt the team one little bit.. Although you could certainly debate whether viru deserves his spot in the side for the next test. The indians need a Donald trump in there, get the axe out. These young blokes have to learn in the furnace, sharma and rehane will rack up good numbers at home and still be nervous when they play overseas against a good team again in 2 years or so.

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    If India win the next test match then Dhoni will lose his captaincy for sure.......

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    How does slow over rate matter when India are wrapping the whole damn test in under 3 days?!

  • Mervo on January 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    What a completely stupid ruling, if this is in fact true.

  • dsig3 on January 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Probably for the best. Fresh captain may give the Indians some inspiration.

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Yippee! So finally some good news for team India. This will be a good chance for the new captain Sehwag. Although I don't expect anything great from this team, change in captaincy was the most necessary tonic at the moment. Thanks ICC.

  • andrew27994 on January 15, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Well this news may just help India a bit as far as their batting is concerned. Dhoni is not tailor made for Tests. He just can't resist pushing at balls outside off stump. That's why he can only succeed in limited overs versions. Sehwag has also looked a decent captain. At least he has looked attacking which is most important in Tests. I wanted Saha to get into the team ever since the dismal performance in Melbourne. My India's XI would be Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Kohli, Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Saha, Ashwin, Ishant/ Vinay, Zaheer, Yadav. I am happy with the bowlers India have, maybe Ishant should be rested because he hasn't had much success in this series despite bowling well and might be worn out so Vinay could get another opportunity. Also I think Kohli should come ahead of Sachin. That's where he gets most of his runs in ODIs and he's a much better player when he bats in the top order. Tendulkar has batted at No.5 when India have used night watchman so why not bat at No.5

  • gogoldengreens on January 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    This match was the perfect example of the flip side of 4 pace bowlers working up against the other argument of it is a bad tactic... Australia pulled it off - India showed why you don't do it unless you have the right bowlers!! Costs Dhoni a test as well...

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Strange that BCCI did nothing to stop this... probably they r too embarrased to do anything. But for indian test cricket this might be a blessing in disguise and india could win a test under some positive captaincy of viru.

  • amajeed on January 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    There is news about division and rift in the Indian team on the issue of captaincy, probably this is the result of deliberate delays by the players to create problem for MS Dhoni. Indian board should take serious note of this and reprimand the culprits.

  • whippersnapper on January 15, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    A bit harsh. Two overs down seems quite inconsequential considering the game lasted two and half days. Oh well......

  • on January 15, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    This might actually be a good thing for India. I'd say put Rahul Dravid in as your replacement wicketkeeper to Dhoni, bat him at No. 6 and push either Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli to No.3. That's the only way they'll be able to compete with us Aussies in Adelaide, one feels. Laxman down to No.7.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    It had to happened...before anyone else throws him out of the team

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    It may be a "blessing in disguise" for India...

  • Manush on January 15, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    The real culprit for the Indian debacle is the BCCI. The craze,the popularity and the priority for the shorter versions over the 5 days game, which is the real test for skill and caliber, has brought down the interest in the players and further the failure our players to play long and patient innings barring Dravid is due to this shorter version's influence. Dhoni on his part had been from the beginning a one day wonder boy and had very poor record as a test cricketer. He has been nicely relieved of his embarrassment by banning him for the last test.!!Shame brought to India again by poor selection and priority combined with lack of will to promote improving skills and bringing young talents as opposed to looking at records.

  • bobmartin on January 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    So Sehwag gets to keep his place and gets promoted to captain, but at least the team wont be any the weaker thro the loss of Dhoni.

  • amajeed on January 15, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    There is news about division and rift in the Indian team on the issue of captaincy, probably this is the result of deliberate delays by the players to create problem for MS Dhoni. Indian board should take serious note of this and reprimand the culprits.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    WOW....WAT A GOOD NEWS ...VIRU PLEASE GIVE US A VICTORY IN NEXT TEST ...BEST OF LUCK INDIA

  • asutariya on January 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    He will be banned for not only one test but for all three format of the game.....

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Guess.. lack of spinner is the cause for this punishment. Another reason for why Ashwin should not have dropped.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 15, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    4th test Adelaide:Ind 399(Saha 107,Kohli 90,Sachin 9) Aus 405(Ponting 155,Warner 105,Siddle 48) India 204(Saha 71,Ishant 30,Sachin 5) Australia 198(Haddin 45, Hussey 41,Ponting 38):Result:Match Tied:Breaking News:1.Dhoni retires from tests 2.Saha is the new test captain 3.Laxman announces retirement 4.Saha announces that if sachin wants to stay he will have to open the bowling for us and do the keeping whenever i feel tired.India's team for home series vs england: Saha (c),Mukund,Gambhir,Kohli,Rohit,Dravid,Pujara,Ojha,Harbhajan,Aaron,Ashwin,(12th man-Sachin Tendulkar)-for refusing to keep wickets during sri lanka tour in july when saha was hit in the face while coming up to the stumps for vinay kumar mistaking him to be a spinner.

  • chappelis_last_blast on January 15, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    he probably did'nt want to play anyway! He is over rated as a batsman and should be stripped of his captaincy for to big series losses. Can't see them winning in Adelaide also. Sachin and Yadav is worth there spots but the rest need a good hard look at themselves.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    it was dhoni,s wish which is fullfilled...i think now other players should also be thinking of such bans and going home after such humilation

  • mrsaify on January 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Mr.Dhani will be quite happy with this ban, as on paper his captaincy will be recorded as 3-0 loss to australia, instead of 4-0, and the new man who will face the heat will be sehwag.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I hope this proves as a blessing in disguise for the Indian team..

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    He hinself would have requested. At least this would makeget out of the firing line...

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    India played four fast bowlers in Perth, a tactic which might have eventually pulled their over-rate down. WoW. Why this did not happen with Australia? Strange reasons to justify incompetence

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Are they world Champions?

  • ThKhan on January 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Atleast Dhoni will be saved from the humiliation and 4-0 white wash once again :)

  • pkhunter on January 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Welcome Rahul Sharma. And remove Vinay to bring back Ashwin. Better team.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    ICC should impose some extra punishment for whole team.

  • Woodsy71 on January 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Dhoni suspended for slow over rate??? Please......if he had sped it up the game would not have gone into the third day !!! Suspend the Indian top order as well. I charge them with "Failure to produce a contest"....a far more serious crime than slow over rates. Once again India you have failed to produce on foreign soil.

  • Hodra99 on January 15, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Indians should see this as the best thing to happen to them on tour....at least there is now a chance they may have a captain in Adelaide with at least some imaginative instincts. Also someone who can bat and show some ticker!

  • sankar8000 on January 15, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Let us see how Viru Performs as a Captain and Batsman in this final test ?!

  • shot274 on January 15, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    How can one we fined for slowing proceedings when a match doesnt even last half the distance!!!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    NICE.... you can't ask for more....

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    yes...being a captain he could not be removed from team..now he is out..let he not make into the TEST side ever...

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    fantastic...tis is kinda blessing in disguise for team India...now atleast i can c a keeper who is enthusiastic while appealing for a wicket...hopefully w.saha can make 20-30 runs contribution as the aussie tailenders do..somehow avoid whitewash for gods sake..

  • sharj33l on January 15, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    hay.........thats gud for MSD , he will not see one more defeat as a captain:-)

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Dhoni is always slow with the over rate, finally penalized. Rightly so

  • chad_reid on January 15, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmmmm very interesting seems like a planned move by ICC (BCCI) to see how sehwag goes as captain dhoni is always a legend in my book after what his done for india good or bad and im an aussie you cant blame dhoni for his performance when the get flat lifeless pitches in india what do you expect on pitches in aus eng and sa indians who blame dhoni should be ashamed of themselves when winning you love him and losing than he should be sacked shows what they know about cricket

  • indiaworldchamps2011 on January 15, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    this could be the blessing in disguise for indian team... not that i have very high hopes but still it could be a positive change will let the selectors see that how indian team fares without dhoni n possibly relieve dhoni of the test captaincy for good

  • inblue on January 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    good and one better news already for team india, now drop anyone one get and rohit in

  • eyballfallenout on January 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    its all happening here for India

  • amit.80s on January 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Its a blessing in disguise and I hope they make Dravid keep and get Rohit in but thats highly unlikely coz Dravid is 39 now so saha will get a chance but his batting is not any good and Shewag who will be doing captain duties also saved his place in the team. Ashwin will come in for Vinay but I hope they try Ojha once but once again they need someone with bit of batting abilities so hard luck for Ojha. So the only real change we can see is Rohit coming in for VVS but once again they might chose experience over youth and let Rohit wait for the ODIs.

  • yasokul on January 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Now Am sure. India is gonna win the last test as the main culprit and ofcourse senior laxman must be left out. Shewag is always attacking guy.. he will do it right...

  • S.Jagernath on January 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    India might win now!Hopefully Ajinkya Rahane & Rohit Sharma get to make their debuts.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    As if India's woes were not enough already!

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Blessing in disguise or icing on the cake?

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Dhoni is a nice man. Let him rest as India takes 4-0 drubbing.

  • tfjones1978 on January 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Ive said it before and I will say it again ... its a stupid rule (and Im an Aussie!). The rule is stupid for several reasons: [1] Players shouldnt be given bans for anything on the field unless it is bringing the game into disrupt (eg: Umpire/Player Abuse or worse attacking another player/umpire). [2] Fining players to me should be against the law ... in most countries (including Australia) an employer can not force an employee to pay for breaking something, incorrect customer service (eg: refund incorrect) or similar ... why should a player be financially penalised when normal employees cant!

    The solution is simple: Australia batted for 76 overs when 78 should have been bowled with run rate of 4.8. Penality should be 150% of the run rate for each over not bowled. Thus 2 (overs) x 4.8 (runs) x 1.5 (penality) = 14.4 ... rounded to 15 runs.

    Australia should have been all out for 384 with the penality runs being counted as extras. Thus, winning by innings & 52 runs!

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    one change in the playing eleven for adelaide is already made, Dhoni out saha in, laxman out sharma in, vinay out ojha in.

  • muthums_kumar on January 15, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Well well well Dhoni has been under tremendous pressure and needs a break from the game; We are to realize high time that the hype created by an Indian loss or Win is been atrocious; Lets put our hands up and support the team during crisis; There are problems to be handled but there is an expert panel to do that. Lets do the job of supporters to bring the team back!!

  • JB77 on January 15, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Well Bill 'Tiger' O'Reilly once said that even a well-trained collie-dog could captain a test team....perhaps India could use this as an opportunity to test that theory. Perhaps the collie would even set more attacking fields?

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    That is incredibly harsh! It didnt affect the outcome in any way so who really cares if they come up a couple of overs short! All the ICC is doing is further damaging test cricket by banning a wonderful player from leading his team in Adelaide when his team needs him the most.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    this might be a blessing in disguise for india

  • JG2704 on January 15, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    I seem to recollect that he was warned and warned throughout the test series in England so he can't feel too hard done by. Well I guess that judging by the comms on these boards that many Indians won't be too sad about Dhoni not being in the side. It seems to me that this was the only way that India were going to make changes to their fragile batting line up.

  • dhruvans on January 15, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Wow, sometimes I do not understand certain laws, banned for a slow over rate because he fell 2 overs short........ quite funny, because the indian team would have an extra 2 and a half days of test cricket to bowl those 2 overs. The punishment doesnt fit the crime in this instance.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    This is so ridiculous.... the match ended in less than three days! I have no special liking for Dhoni, but I think this decision is a bit harsh! If the match lasted the 5 days and ended in a draw then I'd agree but after losing as badly as they did? Wow!

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    This could be a blessing in disguise for team India.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Ridiculous. Two overs short. It obviously had a massive influence on the game...

  • drnaveed on January 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    it will not make any difference in the the out come of the series result (i.e. 4-0), however mr dhoni will take 3 or 4 days additional rest (by not playing the Adelaide test)...............

  • Happy_AusBang on January 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise. India could try another player without anyone losing face. Parthiv Patel could be the wicket keeper and opener. Sehwag could come down the order at no. 4. Rohit Sharma should get his debut. Aswhin should come back at the expense of Vinay. One of the icons will have to be dropped but who is it going to be? If I had a say, it would be Sehwag, but that won't happen because he is vice-captain. I have a feeling they will drop Laxman which would be a shame because I think the Adelaide pitch would suit his batting perfectly.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    The first sign of silver lightning !! :)

  • Cricinfone.Syndrome on January 15, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    More misery for Indians down under but i m sure many of the fans would feel immense pleasure to hear this, although not in a conventional way. In my view, i think Dhoni is a supreme leader and a batsmen WITHIN indian cricket but unfortunately he has greatly spoiled both of his skills by unnecessary association and venturing into BOLLYWOOD as a result of which he is simply loosing the focus. & yeah in btween, being a Pakistani all the best wishes to the intelligent, matured, disciplined & focussed Misbah-ul-Haq for acheiving sort of supremecy over World Cricket for the Subcontinent.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    this is best news for India in this tour!!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    india will probably gain from this, Dhoni's captaincy and batting from has been terrible in this series and he has been a sitting duck. Boldy Can be a better captain and saha will bring a new refreshment to the team

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    The time it took the players to retrieve the ball from beyond the boundary should have also been taken into account by the match referee.That may have cut Dhoni some slack..

  • Happy_AusBang on January 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise. India could try another player without anyone losing face. Parthiv Patel could be the wicket keeper and opener. Sehwag could come down the order at no. 4. Rohit Sharma should get his debut. Aswhin should come back at the expense of Vinay. One of the icons will have to be dropped but who is it going to be? I have a feeling it could be Laxman which would be a shame because I think the Adelaide pitch is his best opportunity to score runs.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    is this the only way to get a chanse for new players????

  • chaitu3656 on January 15, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Blessing in Disguise for Team India.. What if Saha Scores a Century in Adelaide?? Am I asking for too much??

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    it good sign for India better dhoni should retire from test following dravid, Lakshman give chance for youngster in 4th test rohit, rahane should be given chance...bcci should take hard decision for future good test team

  • MenFromMarts on January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Gambhir should be the one charged. the amount of time that guy takes to throw on a couple of shin pads !!! It is as though he is getting dressed for the Academy Awards.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    dhoni relieved finally....:P

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Now if india play test against Bangladesh, than i m sure that they will lose......

  • Adeel9 on January 15, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Thank you ICC! You did what selectors couldn't do!

  • Foos1000 on January 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for MSD.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Well its a good sign for india as Dhoni wont be there in the forth test.... I think virat kohli should be made captian insted of sehwag even Zaheer is a batter option for a Captian........... the series is already lost.... So its better if chance is given to the youngster to show some talent.... I hope india will make full use of the last test..... if cant win atleast learn something

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    totally irrelevant ruling. Shouldn't the match situation(how game ended) play a part when taking these judgements? Have any of these matches(Ind-Aus) gone the distance and ended in tame draws? Although I think it may be a blessing in disguise.

  • on January 15, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Good riddance ! Let dravid lead the side,

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    he shud have been dropped if nt bannd... his battng is pathetic in tests.. i wonder when the selectors wud take ths step...

  • spence1324 on January 15, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Lets be honest does Ms Dohni care? He has not looked the least bit interested in this tour and the england one.

  • jimgraham on January 15, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Dhoni has had a good run in the test matches in the not too distant past. His good luck has now run out exposing the weaknesses in his batting style for test cricket. Its about time he should step down from this format and perhaps concentrate on ODI and T20I. His statement to retire from test cricket in 2013 is a defensive approach to save his position. The test ban imposed on him for Adelaide match is a boon in disguise. He should voluntarily step down or should be removed from this format now, before any more embarrassing loses like the present series in Austrlia.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    waise bhi dhoni was not goin to play the 4th test.....and i believe his test career is over.He is a wonderful captain and batsman in other formats of the game but not in tests.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Hmmm...is it a boon in disguise for India?

  • Bigbanger666 on January 15, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Any chance of India spitting the dummy and taking there bats (near new condition) and going home. Maybe they could bully their way through a dodgy appeal again?

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Cant do any harm, the bloke was hardly scoring anything.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Great Decision. Finally a chance for Indian team to think out of the box.. Its all in the game Mr. Captain cool. Viru do the best and win the final one atleast... Rohit you got the chance prove it...

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Great timing, "Skipper"!!

  • vaidyar on January 15, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    At least he can't be accused of losing the series 4-0.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    we have nothing to lose...no worries...perhaps it is good that young saha will get a chance,dhoni is purely useless in test cricket

  • vishimon on January 15, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    I would rate this as the best thing to have happened for India on the tour after the batting of kohli and the bowling of umesh yadav.....

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Dhoni banned for not letting the match get over within 2 days..

  • hnlns on January 15, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    This is the best thing that has happened to MSD. He has faced a rather rough and tough last 6 months versus England and Australia. Better to be off field and refresh his mind and come back with a fresh mind rather than face another depressing defeat at Adelaide. Let Sehwag face it and have a feel of how hot the seat is.

  • chrismo on January 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Such a disapointing series! Should have given NZ 4 test and India 2

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for India. Oh wait, did someone say he had to be dropped anyway?

  • ATIF_SHAHZAD_Cricket_Fan on January 15, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Very good newz for India.

  • stark-truth on January 15, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Sure shot way of avoiding playing the Aussies. Inzamam pulled out couple of times from playing them in Test Series, citing some mystery Aussie-team specific injury, leaving young lambs for the slaughter. Dhoni has found a novel way though and this time the lambs are not young either :)

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    A nice opportunity to look for an alternative for a captain/wicket-keeper. Dhoni simply is not good enough in tests...

  • Buggsy on January 15, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Wow. Just wow. I came here thinking this was the headline for a Two Chucks piece...

  • amajeed on January 15, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    There is news about division and rift in the Indian team on the issue of captaincy, probably this is the result of deliberate delays by the players to create problem for MS Dhoni. Indian board should take serious note of this and reprimand the culprits.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Well this will not being any difference as we know the results though he plays or not it is 0-4

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    blessing in disguise? i think so.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    over rated aussie team for sure .. 2 guys got the runs ,, and pathetic batting by india

  • ashok2507 on January 15, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    thankfully something to cheer for fans..hope sehwag will be more proactive as a captain n will provide the much needed inpiration..n guess saha will score the same no of runs as dhoni if not more..

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    last thing the team wanted..

  • Shueb on January 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Finally the place is now available for Rohit Sharma... bring him in lets see what he can do.... Hope VVS is not axed, it makes no sense to axe a player just because he is getting older

  • sanghvir on January 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Is it a blessing in disguise for team India ?

  • itsganu on January 15, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. Anyway Dhoni is not interested in test cricket so it would not matter much. The only sad thing is making viru as captain. BCCI should form a new team and make Virat as Captain this is the best choice now. All three should appear no matter who makes the way. I don't think anyone expects miracle in Adelide. Bring in Rohit,Pujara,Rahane too.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    at last dhoni will be totally free duri ng the adelaide test and he can take his entire family for a great holiday in south australia. there will not be any tension for him and playing 4 days test cricket ( overseas we are not wasting the fifth day...we keep that as the reserve day for sight seeing! ) has been boring for a man who is interested only in 3 and 1/2 hours cricket! our chairman will support all these because his survival depends on such cricketers....god save indian cricket

  • tan_vkfan on January 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    i hope virender sehwag helps the team by captaincy if not getting runs and i really feel rohit sharma should get a chance and rahul dravid should keep the wickets

  • DESIELEVEN on January 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Gr8 News for India, how sad that ban does not cover shewag and Laxman too :-)

  • arun_padmanabhan on January 15, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    phew..!! finally, something for the indian fans to cheer!! but, captaincy should have been given to gambhir, as viru itself is woefully short on confidence...

  • agamgoyal on January 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    If not the BCCI, atleast the ICC have listened too the cry of the Indian fans ...:P

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    may be India will win this match with some luck

  • apki100 on January 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Thank God for small mercies.Couldn't they have banned him for more than one test ?

  • qaiserjaan on January 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Really Good News for Dhoni & Team India..Now they will have One more Excuse for the Adelaide Defeat...Dhoni will be a releave man now...And all indian will say that bz MS is not playing so we lost the 4th match as well...Bhagwan always help them to make excuses...

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    MS Dhoni banned from Adelaide Test for slow over rate.............. But in his defence he finished the match in half the time than exppected....... :) Who will captain the side nw......... I dnt think Sachin or Dravid will even touch tht thing rt nw.

  • Sinhabahu on January 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    How could he be banned for a slow over rate when his team finished the match in two and a half days?

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    this is good news. dhoni was highly unimaginative as a captain and his batting has been well- pathetic. It was so damn irritating to see him put men on the boundary line for a no.11 batsman.

  • JustOUT on January 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    He will welcome this whole heartedly

  • crindex on January 15, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    This is putting salt over the wound... feel sorry for Dhoni.

  • ShaolinX on January 15, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    I wonder if the ICC would have had the balls to ban him if the series was still alive.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    INDIA is expected to bundle out slower in the 4th TEST match as they have a new captain.

  • vinjoy on January 15, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    I am interested to know how BCCI reacts to this. The series at 0-3, and now Dhoni banned. What if Sehwag leads to a win in Adelaide? Hmmmmm

  • bMike on January 15, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    I don't know whether they have intention of slowing down the over-rate. But even during the world cup finals India's over-rate was very show & Indian batting inning was started very late because of that & it was a big disadvantage for SL bowlers that the ball didn't swing or couldn't bowl yorkers as the ball was wet at midnight.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    make no sense when test get finished in less than three days and plenty of over and time is left it's harsh

  • Akshaynij on January 15, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    M.S Dhoni's captaincy skills in the test arena has been far from satisfactory. Wish we could say something different when it comes to his batting. I guess it's better we find a replacement soon considering the fact that he has already made it clear that he is retiring from test cricket by end of next year.BCCI should come up with a more concrete solution to our overseas debacles and fast.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    dhoni deserves to be suspended so he can learn a lesson.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    I feel sorry for Dhoni & india Its to humiliating to loose in just 7 sessions

  • sud_vm on January 15, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT ???? This is ridiculous ...... if he is banned for not bowling 2 overs on time ...... then wat about finishing 3 full test matches before the completion of 5 days ??? hehe

  • AjitDJ on January 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Dhoni is probably elated and jumping in the air after hearing this news!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The real culprit for killing Test Cricket in India is BCCI. The failure of our team to play for 5 days Cricket, is largely due to,playing only the shorter versions, its craze and priority. Barring Dravid all others including Tendulkar are affected by the shorter versions influence and the result is we are unable to find anymore longer innings from our otherwise talented Cricketers. Dhoni from the start has been one day wonder boy who cares little for anything else.This is the last thing to happen in this doomed tour of Australia. Shame brought by BCCI with poor selection process and poor planning. !!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    oh thanks God! finally he's out of the team

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    god is great....atleast india will perform better in last test as dhoni was doing nothing and it was like india played with 10 men in first 3 test....he dont have class not aggression...ban him for every test...

  • Nalinikanta on January 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Blessing in disguise.... LOL.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    A perfect start to rebuild.. Hope d ban stays for more tests.. No more DHONI please..

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    this news is body blow for india & this will hit the teams moral

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    It might be better for India........ Dhoni has lost his appetite for Test cricket...... Zero enthusiasm on the field ..... u better quit if u r not enjoying ur cricket...... I dont know wots wrong with laxman and dravid....... why didnt they retire with glory...... now to many ppl calling for their heads...... it takes away all the gud work they did over the yrs...... I hope tendulkar will also decide sooner then later .....

  • B.randy on January 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Well done Dhoni. A good way to avoid the humiliation awaiting India at Adelaide. Randyb

  • Jai_India on January 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Finally MSD escaped from the humiliation from the Australians. And Viru got a place in the team. Both are lucky in some ways. Hopefully the next test will finish in 1 or maximum 2 days. Biggest lose is for Star cricket who got the TV rights. There is no other way unless they make a deal with the australians :). See it will be 100th 100 for SRT in the next test for sure just because the team don't need it anymore. Pity on Zaheer and Umesh Yadav who have done well. Also Virat good luck for the next game. You can prove yourself for sure. i would consider VVS "big hearted" if he himself makes way for Rohit Sharma in the next test. VVS is no where near his prime form.

  • Prabh_Hundal on January 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    That is a good news for team india. Dhoni was the problem of india and now he is out so india can win in adelade. They also need to drop sehwag n laxman and play rahane n rohit because it is better to loose with youngsters then losing with old horses.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 15, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    WHAT A JOKE INDIAN TEAM IS ? A PLAYER LIKE SEHWAG WHO IS NOT MAKING RUNS & HIS BATTING HAS BEEN QUESTIONED BY EXPERTS LIKE GANGULY & CHAPELL IN I-BALL CRICKET EXTRA WILL BE LEADING TEAM INDIA IN FOURTH TEST . SAHA WHICH WAS BOWLED ON A DUCK BY DALE STEYN IN HIS FIRST TEST IN NAGPUR WILL BE PLATING IN THE MATCH . PLEASE SELECT ROHIT IN THE TEAM . YOU R WASTING A TALENTED CRICKETER . DROP LAXMAN FOR HIM .I BET IF TALENTED PLAYER LIKE ROHIT HAS BEEN BORN IN AUS , SA , NZ THEN THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER WASTE HIM LIKE INDIA IS DOING WITH HIM . NO CHANCE IN TEST SERIES AGAINST WI , NO CHANCE IN SERIES AGAINST AUS .

  • merajaan on January 15, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. Sehwag is a much better captain and much more aggressive with field placings and manages the bowlers a lot better. Dhoni has been useless with the bat as well so it will be good for someone like Saha to make a statement in the next match. It has been infuriating watching Dhoni captain throughout this whole series, allowing the batsmen to easily rotate the strike and lift the pressure. I hope Sehwag captains the test side in the future and Dhoni just captains the ODI's which is where his strength is. Now all we need is Rohit Sharma to replace useless Laxman who I hope retires after this series, and Ashwin to come back in place of useless Vinay Kumar then we will have a side that will give Aus a run for it's money in Adelaide!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    that is no problem for india i think they wanted to drop dhoni due to bad performance so they will be happy

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    O..That will help..We can hopefully draw the last test now,and prevent whitewash.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    This is good idea to chance for Sehwag to win the match..

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    outstanding captansi .............

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    very sad news for India. but considering indians have nothing to lose it can actually work in their favor too. new skipper with new ideas can lift the spirit.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    hm now there is hope that there will be some attacking cricket from india!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adnan143 on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    might be the only good newws coming out of this match, hope the balance of the team is corrected this time

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    this is actually a blessing in disguise for india!!!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    That's GR8 news for INDIAN CRICKET.............Team

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Poor Dhoni- The Scapegoat. Who will Captain India now? The Second Successive Overseas Whitewash Overseas is now just a formality. The Card House of Team India is falling down. It will soon becoming the Indian Team we are so familiar with.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Taking the captain away after the series was already won is stupid. Punish him by fining him not banning him from a side that is struggling. Lets hope Sehwag steps into the role and fires up the Indian squad. It should be a good pitch that will suit India but with it being almost two weeks away the groundsman may do some magic and produce a pitch that will bring the first five day test match of the series. Good luck to all but I have to say "Go You Aussies"

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Cannot think of a better expression than LOL and ROFL..

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    will it make any difference

  • TheGracefulScorer on January 15, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Is Ian Chappell happy now? He has done a good hatchet job to put MS under pressure!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Brilliant! This is the best thing that has happened to India on this tour..Dhoni has no leadership qualities in tests..no knowledge of test cricket strategies..and no batting skills for test cricket..if Dhoni is can read this comment, I ask him to concentrate on his limited overs game and be known for that rather than demoralising himself and his team in tests...

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    No problem as he isn't doing anything significant

  • itisme on January 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    A boon in disguise. Good for Indian cricket. I am sure India will fare better in the Adelaid test, even if they lose. We must thank the ICC for this favour. Australians will be sorry though.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    GR8 NEWS.....)))))))))))))))) ALL THE BEST W.SAHA...UTILIZE THE GOLDEN CHANCE U GOT...@@@@@

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Now this is Insult to an Injury, India already loosing the series without any positives in the 3 of 4 test matches. Australia cant hope for better

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Poor captain. The rule is absurd.

  • world.cricketer on January 15, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    great news..........................................................

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Yay, more go karting for the captain

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    This is expected. When they replaced Ashwin with Vinay, India started with one batsman and one bowler less. Plus this obvious problem of slow over rate with 4 seamers and captain like Dhoni. This ban may be welcomed by Dhoni as he can escape from the embarrassment of scoring two more single digit runs in tests.

    Had Rohit and Ashwin played, India could have scored at least 100 more runs in each innings of the third test and that could have given some scope for fighting. Why Dhoni to wait for two more years? He can very well say that he has played his last test and help India.

  • world.cricketer on January 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    great news for dhoni as well he will be happy that he is not going to lose 4-0

  • mughal29173 on January 15, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    i am not sure if MS Dhoni did it on purpose. few days back he was quoted as thinking about quitting test cricket. He is a marvellous one day player. Thats where indians excel very well. If u want to disagree with me then just watch the add for oneday series. How media is trying to play with the emotional attachment of the public by again showing the team as invincible etc etc. 10dulkar is still selling TVs on the TV. So i agree with the word overpaid stuff. Thanks

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    A positive from WACA indeed!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    what if Saha scores a century?!

  • syedmkr on January 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    A welcome message soon after a debacle at least to have a chance to avoid white-wash...

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Gosh.. at last it needed ICC to intervene and give the man much needed rest... now u can relax and start preparing for IPL Mr. dhoni... i wish sehwag get same facility too... :P

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    ban him from indian team too

  • Raj239 on January 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Blessing in disguise. He cannot bat overseas. Has a defensive approach has captain which only works in limited overs cricket. Needs to be dropped IMO. Uday Kaul should be tried out.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    This just gets from bad to worse for Team India

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    LOL this is hilarious new hahaha

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    This is getting worse for India by the day...First this thrashing in the hands of the Aussies and now Dhoni has to sit out...tough times!!

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    A good performance by Sehwag could bring more headache for Dhoni...

  • SAF80 on January 15, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Might prove to be a BLESSING IN DISGUISE for india...!!!

  • Rahul_78 on January 15, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Ha,ha,ha...try telling the Indian fans now that Dhoni hasn't done it on purpose!

  • vivekjagan on January 15, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    sehwag captain???????dis shud nt happen. gambhir captain. make rahane play remove laxman play rgsharma.. lost series and its good to try youngsters overseas.... good dat dhoni not playing ..please retire man...

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 15, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    A DIVINE intervention according to me !! a much needed change. Having said that, Laxman's axing is inevitable. Rohit Sharma has to be drafted in. Also, Pragyan Ojha needs to be brought in instead of Vinay Kumar.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    What!! Should he be given some kind of reward for finishing the game off in half the time?

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    M.S. Dhoni banned from the Fourth Test in Adelaide due to India's poor over rate maintenance in the Perth Test. If we win the Adelaide match, the one who captains that match will probably be named our permanent captain for Tests (unless it's one of the big three). :)

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Finally, what the bcci couldn't do..ICC did it................:)

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Sheesh, the Test finished with over 2.5 days remaining.

    There is letter of the law, and 'spirit of the law', and the officials have no concept of the latter.

  • SmellyCat on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    A blessing in disguise... surely..

  • rustyryan on January 15, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Best thing happened to Team India... :)

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Let Dravid take over the gloves and give a chance to Rohit. Batting will be strengthened and he can bowl a few overs of off spin too.

  • straight_drive4 on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    About time the ICC grew a pair and started treating India the same as other countries. Now they just need to enforce DRS in every game.

  • straight_drive4 on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    About time the ICC grew a pair and started treating India the same as other countries. Now they just need to enforce DRS in every game.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    thank God.. atleast we can see a fresh team at Adelaide..

  • indianpunter on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    blessing in disguise!!.....

  • RK.Chandru on January 15, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I'd say, blessing in disguise for both Dhoni and the team. But, why Sehwag? A player who does well himself only will command respect from the team. I doubt if Sehwag did anything noteworthy thus far.... Give Zaheer a chance.

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  • RK.Chandru on January 15, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I'd say, blessing in disguise for both Dhoni and the team. But, why Sehwag? A player who does well himself only will command respect from the team. I doubt if Sehwag did anything noteworthy thus far.... Give Zaheer a chance.

  • indianpunter on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    blessing in disguise!!.....

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    thank God.. atleast we can see a fresh team at Adelaide..

  • straight_drive4 on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    About time the ICC grew a pair and started treating India the same as other countries. Now they just need to enforce DRS in every game.

  • straight_drive4 on January 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    About time the ICC grew a pair and started treating India the same as other countries. Now they just need to enforce DRS in every game.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Let Dravid take over the gloves and give a chance to Rohit. Batting will be strengthened and he can bowl a few overs of off spin too.

  • rustyryan on January 15, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Best thing happened to Team India... :)

  • SmellyCat on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    A blessing in disguise... surely..

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Sheesh, the Test finished with over 2.5 days remaining.

    There is letter of the law, and 'spirit of the law', and the officials have no concept of the latter.

  • on January 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Finally, what the bcci couldn't do..ICC did it................:)