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

Dhoni banned from Adelaide Test for slow over-rate

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 ??

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 14:36 GMT

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

  • manas 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...

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

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

  • R 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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 ??

  • Shehzad 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.

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