Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 January 30, 2012

New faces will reinvigorate India - Raina

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Suresh Raina, who has been branded a limited-over specialist but wants to add significantly to his 15 Test caps, does not want to talk about what went down, and what went wrong in the Test series that India lost 0-4 in Australia. Raina says the limited-overs leg of India's tour will be different, and there is a josh [passion] to do well. The limited-overs leg begins with a series of two Twenty20s against Australia, the first of which will be played in Sydney's Stadium Australia on Wednesday.

Raina, who was not part of the Test squad, was asked to describe the mood in the dressing-room. "The motivation is good," he said. "The new boys [who have joined the team for the limited-overs leg] saw the matches. We haven't done well in the Tests, but there is a passion inside to do well. Andar kuch karne ki tamanna hai [There's a desire inside to achieve something].

"We have worked hard. The new boys have been playing a lot of first-class cricket and we have done well in internationals too. It will be a good challenge for the youngsters and we are ready."

Raina promised a better performance from the side. "Definitely. The one-dayers and Twenty20 games will go differently to how the Tests went. Hopefully we will give you positive results. In the World Cup we beat Australia in the quarter-final and hopefully we will do well against Australia again."

The week before India arrived in Sydney was a wet one and, though it was hot when India went out to train on Monday, the practice pitches at Stadium Australia, nestled in a corner under the roof, were still damp. All the Indians really managed on Monday was a long fielding session. Raina said fielding would be important over the next month and a half, over which India will compete with Australia and Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Bank Series.

"Fielding is going to be a big factor. We have to take brilliant catches, affect brilliant run-outs. We have to bat till the end and we have good allrounders. They can hit the ball as well as take wickets. We have good variation bowlers like Irfan [Pathan], Vinay [Kumar] and PK [Praveen Kumar]. They have been bowling really well. Hopefully you'll see good performances from them."

Raina was part of the squad that won the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia four years ago, but didn't play a single game. He said he has been working hard in preparation for his first international matches in Australia. "I went to the NCA [National Cricket Academy in Bangalore], then practised in Bombay. I am working on my wrist position and have been practising on bouncy wickets."

With the seniors under pressure, it is inevitable that Raina will get his third chance in Tests at some stage. Raina said it was important for him to show the world he can play Tests. "I have done well in the West Indies. I played three or four games in the domestic season, got a double hundred, and I am working on my batting. I can play Test cricket and I know that. I didn't do well in the England series, but I know I can play more and more Test matches. I do believe in my hard work, and whenever I get a chance I will prove myself again."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AbAdvani on February 1, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    with vinay kumar in the team, you can be rest assured India's performance will be consistent -might as well get whitewashed in T20's and ODIS -Kudos to Dhoni and BCCI for striving to get Vinay Kumar to get some consistency in the team

  • DINESHCC on February 1, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    INDIAN CRAZY FAN: I agree with you. During his tenure as captain he won many matches for SL. He is now back as captain. I think SL will win CB series.

  • sharj33l on February 1, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    hahaahahha....wow....a tough competition again but favourites are ausies:-)

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 1, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    New faces but same old result. Whitewash, whitewash, whitewash all over again......LOL

  • m_ilind on January 31, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    So therein lies the answer to India's test woes! Why aren't they replacing the aging players with the youngsters in Tests? They might as well have lost playing with a new team than playing non-performing seniors.

  • CricFreax on January 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Even though being a Indian and a fna on Raina, I believe Aus has the talent and advantage for winning. Here the old players are being blamed for nothing, the youngster wont be able to do anything when the experienced are failing. How many of these player have actually done their homework before getting into field. The Aus bowling is mind boggling for the Indian during the tests. they were puzzled on what to do with the ball. It wont be any different in the ODIs. Having young guns would nt make any difference. To be actually skilled against such bowling will only help. until then ther will be only talk... expecting 4/3-1/2 for ozzies

  • Silverbails on January 31, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Well, another MEANINGLESS T20 competition. And, it doesn't REALLY matter if the Aussies aren't perhaps the force they are as with other formats. WHO CARES?? The pinnacle of the series has now FINISHED.. The rest is just window dressing and completely and utterly meaningless....the sooner that this tour is over the better...In 4 years time, what WILL people remember - ONLY the TEST HUMILIATION of a 4 - 0 drubbing by the Aussies... And, the FACT that ONE of the the Holy Grails of Indian cricket STILL remains to be breached in the 21st century - TO WIN A TEST SERIES IN AUSTRALIA...Let's hope that the BCCI wake up, and that we see this happen in my Lifetime (although I'm NOT holding my breath on that one, at all!!)....

  • Drew12 on January 31, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    @anver I would say he/she was referring to the test matches but shaun marsh is also in the squad.

  • akskada on January 31, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    similar to the beginning of test series, it feels like the limited overs series would be exciting and intensely competitive but lets see if the end of the T20 and ODI series is different from tests.

  • anver777 on January 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @woodehaven24.... my dear friend you have not gone thru the Aus T20 squad..... FYI !!!! Brett Lee & David Huseey are much senior players (OLD FACES) than Warner who is relatively a NEW FACE for Aus in international scene....

  • AbAdvani on February 1, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    with vinay kumar in the team, you can be rest assured India's performance will be consistent -might as well get whitewashed in T20's and ODIS -Kudos to Dhoni and BCCI for striving to get Vinay Kumar to get some consistency in the team

  • DINESHCC on February 1, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    INDIAN CRAZY FAN: I agree with you. During his tenure as captain he won many matches for SL. He is now back as captain. I think SL will win CB series.

  • sharj33l on February 1, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    hahaahahha....wow....a tough competition again but favourites are ausies:-)

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 1, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    New faces but same old result. Whitewash, whitewash, whitewash all over again......LOL

  • m_ilind on January 31, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    So therein lies the answer to India's test woes! Why aren't they replacing the aging players with the youngsters in Tests? They might as well have lost playing with a new team than playing non-performing seniors.

  • CricFreax on January 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Even though being a Indian and a fna on Raina, I believe Aus has the talent and advantage for winning. Here the old players are being blamed for nothing, the youngster wont be able to do anything when the experienced are failing. How many of these player have actually done their homework before getting into field. The Aus bowling is mind boggling for the Indian during the tests. they were puzzled on what to do with the ball. It wont be any different in the ODIs. Having young guns would nt make any difference. To be actually skilled against such bowling will only help. until then ther will be only talk... expecting 4/3-1/2 for ozzies

  • Silverbails on January 31, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Well, another MEANINGLESS T20 competition. And, it doesn't REALLY matter if the Aussies aren't perhaps the force they are as with other formats. WHO CARES?? The pinnacle of the series has now FINISHED.. The rest is just window dressing and completely and utterly meaningless....the sooner that this tour is over the better...In 4 years time, what WILL people remember - ONLY the TEST HUMILIATION of a 4 - 0 drubbing by the Aussies... And, the FACT that ONE of the the Holy Grails of Indian cricket STILL remains to be breached in the 21st century - TO WIN A TEST SERIES IN AUSTRALIA...Let's hope that the BCCI wake up, and that we see this happen in my Lifetime (although I'm NOT holding my breath on that one, at all!!)....

  • Drew12 on January 31, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    @anver I would say he/she was referring to the test matches but shaun marsh is also in the squad.

  • akskada on January 31, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    similar to the beginning of test series, it feels like the limited overs series would be exciting and intensely competitive but lets see if the end of the T20 and ODI series is different from tests.

  • anver777 on January 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @woodehaven24.... my dear friend you have not gone thru the Aus T20 squad..... FYI !!!! Brett Lee & David Huseey are much senior players (OLD FACES) than Warner who is relatively a NEW FACE for Aus in international scene....

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Kritika, I tend to agree with you. India put up a good performance against England, no result in one match and tied another match which they should have won. If not for rains the series would have been either lost 2-3 at least or won with 3-2 margins. Even the matches that were lost were not lost badly. So, India did do much better in ODIs than in tests in England.

  • dunger.bob on January 31, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Raina sounds to me like someone who is not afraid to improve. Sounds like he has a great attitude. I said somewhere else that I won't be surprised if India smash us in the T20's because we are chronically bad at 20 over cricket. .. just can't get our heads around it yet. I think the first thing that comes to me is why would anyone care about a "game in the park length" cricket game anyway. .. Then I open my eyes and look around and see that millions upon millions do. If being good at T20 is the only way of getting ahead in this modern world, then I suppose Australia should start getting seriously serious about the format. .. seriously.

  • binender123 on January 31, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Those who are commenting here about the seniors...what right u have to mock them......i dont think you are Indian...Readers plz be aware of such kinds of comments....Dravid, Lax n Sachin are gr8 players and they will shine again.....

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Agree with Raina! He and other batsman were phenomenal in ODIs in England agaisnt England. Though we had lost, but we batted well and put up good score-275,306 etc. It was our bowlers and Rain(D/L method) that we lost. Hoping for a great fightback! We guys rock in Blue!BLEED BLUE! Cricinfo please publish.

  • thinktank1 on January 31, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Raina, Rohit, Kohli, Jadeja.. wow suddenly team India looks fresh and energetic.. these 4 can save atleast 30 runs fielding well. This is going to be an interesting contest. Forget test series.. let's enjoy ODI cricket.

  • IndianCricketFan001 on January 31, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    India will whitewash Australia 5-0

  • sacnit11 on January 31, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    @Prakshalan, if all the seniors retire @ same time then how will the youngsters learn to play test cricket and from whom.. Ponting was in bad phase for nearly 2 years, he got enough chance nd proved that he is still batsman to rely on. What kind of score did Dhoni make in Test cricket so far, why cant we ask him to retire instead of the seniors. youngsters ll learn from seniors nd not from dhoni. Let them retire one by one, first Laxman allowing rohit sharma to take his place, next Dravid allowing Pujara nd then Sachin, who will take his place???? In next few years, Viru will retire then what, who will be the destructive player as viru??? Simply asking seniors to retire will not help in anyways, First we should decide who fits in which place and then replace.. @ the moment Pujara is in bad form, he cant be allowed to play international matches..

  • anukrtiti on January 31, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    good changes from the test squad to do sth new after a decade...................

  • only_sehwag on January 31, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @Mann123

    First find replacements for Kumble and Ganguly who were forced to retire years ago so that the future generation could be build, then we can focus on the replacements for the big three..It is easy to drop, difficult to find a proper replacement.

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Hahaha...hope Raina can say the same after facing that first BOUNCER on Green Turf. I am sure the score card will look like. Raina (or any IND young gun) c keeper (or slip) b fast bowler (any) 0 to 10 runs.

  • class9ryan on January 31, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Parthiv Patel in the Indian line up for ODI s is horror 2 watch. He should be better kept in India and make him retire early. Do u remember he has a career of 8 years and no body can match his terrible record. I am eager 2 see Rohit Sharma and Rahul Sharma play.

  • sweetspot on January 31, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    India may not have the fastest bowlers, but it has the fastest fans - The fastest fans to turn negative! No wonder India is 119 ranked in the Human Development Index.

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Pujara, Rohit, Virat, Raina & Rahane should have played 20-25 Tests by now! Each Indian player should have a compulsory 1 year each of English & Australian county cricket experience over their career - spread out in monthly assignment every year, or whichever way it works out. But expose them, season them - and then expect them to do well in foreign conditions.

  • Precioustar84 on January 31, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Good for you Raina but lets not get carried away with talks. We(fans) are not happy at all about tests but its important for the team to stay positive and look forward to the next match. Hope all the good memories can carry the team through. The only two problems I see are the inclusion of Vinay Kumar and Tendulkar in the squad. I respect for Tendulkar but why does he need to be included in ODIs in Australia if he hasn't played ODIs since the World Cup? Sounds a bit ridiculous. And Vinay Kumar is the BAD luck in the team. I cannot understand why he continues to get a game when he has not delivered time after time. And Raina, sorry but please stay away from tests as much as possible. Some people like Yuvi, Raina, Vinay are truly not cut for test so lets try some from Rajasthan team, and you guys can stick to ODIs and T20s. Nothing wrong with being good at 1 or 2 formats. ODIs and T20s are played a lot in India so its not a big deal if you aren't in tests. Cricinfo please publish

  • Romenevans on January 31, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @ Sam Sooppersaud - Sachin was standout from the rest? Are you kidding me? Virat Kohli is the highest runs scorer from India in these 4 tests. Yes, you heard it right a rookie young guy who was ruled-out of the test arena, and they still say "experience and seniors are way to go"...i mean what the?

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 31, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Our Big 3 seniors have become like our politicians. They want to hang on to their gaddi (position) at any cost. Shame on them!! We expected this kind of behavior from Tendulkar - but not from Dravid or Laxman.

  • puneriMisal on January 31, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    The question is not about age unlike Leander Paes just showed ; it is more about the performance. In a professional sport more importance is given to performace rather than age...The critics are also saying the same thing that age is not a criteria but performance is ... Would our cricket stars retain their CA and their managers if they are not performing upto their expectations ? Would they not think about replacing under performing people and go in with a new set of people ? The same applies to Indian Cricket after the recent show in England and Australia.....

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    @yorkerguru : So, Australia and England should never speak about whitewashes just because it is their home game? Come on.. Win is a win whether in home or away.. SA should not be proud of 47 all out or 434 game just because they took it in home game?

  • on January 31, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @dms1972 I totally agree with you. In fact Ponting is far better then others since he took the burden of AUS captaincy for long time and he performed. That is one reason I put every one behind him. SRT and Kallis Never interested in taking captaincy saying it affects their batting. After Ponting I rate Sanga.

  • nair_ottappalam on January 31, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Raina, first find your ways to tackle the bouncy Aussie tracks. As many of the fellow netizens have commented, Sachin should make way for young blood. In case he hangs on for his 100th ton, it will just make matters worse for Team India. He has achieved something which no one in the near cricketing future can achieve. So its better for him to hang his boots before facing the agony of being dropped. The Indian selectors should also take bold decisions. I remember in 2003, CA asked Steve Waugh to make his intentions clear on retirement. It was a warning bell for the great Aussie skipper, who realised the situations and drew up a plan on retirement. That made many Aussie players make up their mind. India should give Sachin the same option so that other seniors like Dravid, Laxman can make up their minds. It will be the best option for Team India to keep Dhoni away from the 5 day format. Youngesters like Pujara, Rahane, Rohit should get their chances.

  • on January 31, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Everything, I'm ready to believe everything .. even that Raina has learned to tackle bouncer - just not Vinay Kumar, please! The guy has no pace, no variation, and zero body language. He might be a first-class giant but doesn't look anywhere near international class.

  • IndianCrazyFan on January 31, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Sorry Dude dont see it happening. With the level of confidence in DHONI i see 2-0 and 4-0(vs Aus) coming and might be a victory 1 or 2 with SL which can happen.

    To me SL performed 100 times better than India after WC final they won ODIs in England and won a test and 2 ODIs in SA so they are more stronger in all aspects. Now with Mahela back as capt they will be more stronger.

    Unless Sachin fires his regular Master blaster ODI performance no way India will go to finals.

  • Trident on January 31, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Make Kohli a Test Captain and Raina for ODIs. Leave Dhoni keep Saha for tests as w/k

  • on January 31, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Ms dhoni wil make Rohit Sharma to sit i8n the reserves to play sachin and jedeja

  • CanadaCan on January 31, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Sorry, I typed in my earlier comment that Dravid should take guard on 'middle and off'. I think he should take on 'leg and middle'.

  • CanadaCan on January 31, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Someone here commented that Dravid should change is grip and stance. May be it is true but I think he should try taking his guard on 'middle and off'. I think curently he is taking it on the leg stump. I found that before the ball is delivered his 'gate' fully open (almost all his stumps are exposed). With bowlers bowling at mid 140s and with his slowing reflexes, he is not able to close the gate before the ball passes through. I think this is the reason, he got out bowled in all the innings. The stats also say the he was out bowled more times than any other batsman in history.

  • woodhaven on January 31, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    australian T20 has all new faces except david warner

  • on January 31, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Let's not second guess even before they have started. Hope to see the younger men play their hearts out and produce a competitive series. SL also was shaping up well, but they spoilt the momentum by sacking Dilshan.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 31, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Completely agree with @Rakesh_Sharma. As long as Sachin is in the team, this team will remain the same. He will infuse his selfishness into others as well. As Imran Khan said - Sachin should have retired after Worl Cup 2011 on a high.

  • S.N.Singh on January 30, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    OJHA SHOULD BE IN THE SIDE. HE CAN BOWL ECONOMICALLY ABD HOLD AN END. INDIA NEED TO PLAY THEIR LEG SPINNER AND OJHA AS A ACCURATE LEFTY SHOULD BE GIVEN THAT CHANCE. THE INDIAN SELECTORS CONTINUE TO PUSH THE REGULAR SPINNER OUT. INDIA BOWLING IS BUILT BY SPINNERS. INDIA PACERS ARE NOT GETTING WICKETS. WHAT ARE THESE SELECTORS THINKING. I WAS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND HEARTH BOWLED IN THE 5 DAYS CRICKET. HE WAS VERY AFFECTIVE. ALL THE YEARS INDIA WICKET TAKERS WERE SPINNERS ANY WHERE. WHY THE SECLECTORS AND COACHES DOING TO INDAI ?

  • on January 30, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    hahaha i cant believe the Indians are still optimistic... 8-0 whitewash in the ODIs boys.... SL is also gonna join the party n give out a 4-0 hammering :)

  • ved_mishra on January 30, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Very right @Murali, Vinay Kumar must have some politicians' connections :P. And yes, let's stop bragging about world cup win and also pondering about what happened in Test. Let's live in present and see how we can perform better in T20 and One day matches. Sachin still has the hunger to score runs and he is fit to play (He can definitely run quicker than Ashwin :) and throw ball faster than Vinay Kumar). Yuvi will be missed a lot. Raina is a positive player like Kohli. And Mr. Dhoni should be back in form very soon. After all, he is preparing for World Cup 2015 ( a little early.. huh..)

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    all the best Raina, play some match winning innings in the CB series

  • Raki99 on January 30, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    What is the Idea behind sachin tendulkar and zaheer Khan playing in the One day side. both of them are not going to be there for the Next World cup, Indian selections are the worst.

  • Nampally on January 30, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @Srisri: Are you quoting how Sehwag(4), Gambhir(6) & Laxman(4) got out in the recent 4 tests? Also the Indian batsmen were not getting caught in the cordon to the bouncers. Now India does not have Laxman - & Gambhir can be safely dropped to make room for Kohli, Rohit, Raina/Tiwary in the middle order. You must also realize that in ODI's a bowler is allowed only one bouncer/over. So it is easy to duck& leave it alone. The problem with Raina was he was going after hitting even harmless bumpers wide of the leg stump or sailing over his head. Hopefully he will correct that. Remember Raina, Rohit & Kohli are dominent hitters in ODI's along with Dhoni. So expect some fireworks if Sachin & Sehwag are off to their cracking start with sixers above the deep 3rd man. I also hope Dhoni selects economical Wkt. taking bowlers like Rahul, ZAK, Praveen, Yadev/Ashwin. All rounders in XI gives Dhoni this luxury 3 seamers +2 spinners.This younger team will play with lot of intensity & gumption to WIN!

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on January 30, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Don't include Vinay Kumar in matches. God only knows why he was included. He has no speed and no extra special skill. He does not belong in the international level.

    Hope Irfan will have his second coming. He is much better than most of the current Indian bowlers. And he is an all rounder. They should have played him in the tests. He had done good in the tests in Australia when he played. Must have been something to do with his not getting selected under Dhoni's captaincy.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on January 30, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @dms1972 I agree with you saying that Ponting is one of the best. I think you should consider Inzamam-ul-haq with the group too. As Imran Khan said, he is the best batsmen in the world against pace.

  • S.Jagernath on January 30, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    If Suresh Raina gets back into the test team ahead of all those who excel in Ranji Trophy,it would mean that Srinivasan & Dhoni ensured it.Parthiv Patel being picked as the reserve wicketkeeper is another enigma,he bats so poorly but often opens.Wriddhiman Saha's keeping skills were very,very impressive & his footwork is much more convincing than Dhoni's is.Saha should remain as the test keeper.

  • on January 30, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Selectors have to select some players,... like Rohit, Mukund, Wriddhi, Manoj, ... (of course, selectors will do this job better, not me), only for making a Test Team, (as was Dravid, Laxman for last few years; as Dhoni is going to quit Test and concentrate only in limited over matches), and the board should groom that team well at the NCA, send them England to play county cricket... ... ... if BCCI still wishes to send any team for international away Test series after two years,- when Dravid, Laxman will retire themselves, without any pressure from media or anybody else- and wishes to avoid such whitewashes.

  • NairUSA on January 30, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Need more runs from the Indian batsmen and less words. Hope the ODIs will give something to cheer. Eager to see what Coach Duncan can do to lift the side up. @ all the pakistan fans commenting on this article - you are inadvertently perpetuating your global image as a 'meddler' by posting irrelevant comments. Hope that is not what you are seeking.

  • cricket4ever6 on January 30, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @dms1972, Ponting not only never played McGrath and Warne, but there were very few dominant opposition bowlers in his heyday. Eng and WI were in decline, and SA were mostly in between the Donald/Pollock era and the Steyn/Morkel eras. Look at Tendulkar's statistics against the great bowlers of his era, and there is a huge difference between him and Kallis/Ponting/Dravid. Lara is similar to Tendulkar in that respect, and had neither great batsmen nor bowlers (his peak was after the great WI bowlers) to give him a platform. Kallis had a better team around him, but still had to face different conditions in India and the great Australian bowlers, and his statistics are significantly better than Ponting. Don't get me wrong, Ponting is a unquestionable great, but he is clearly behind Kallis, and not in the class of Tendulkar or Lara, who were acknowledged greats in their early twenties, not at the end of their careers.

  • on January 30, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Good luck team! I'm sure Raina will prosper in tests like in ODIs.

  • Cricket_Geek on January 30, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Dhoni whatever he touched was gold intially. Many of his initial test series were in the sub-continent. His in-out fields were ok in India where the grounds were small. Even then we felt he was defensive but it did not matter because he was winning. But in large grounds his deep set fields were found wanting as the batsmen were regularly nor onlt running singles but converting them to twos. Aggressive captain backed up by consistent bowlers is what India needs. From where they are going to get it is anybody's guess. If we need separate captains for tests & one-dayers, so be it. We need to groom the next test captain urgently

  • on January 30, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I am disappointed by the comments in this forum. Those who watched the matches (and I did, every single painful over) will attest to the fact that the Indian batsmen faced a relentless battery of fast-medium bowlers who were swinging and seaming the ball throughout the innings. The Indian bowling on the other hand, with the exception of short spells, was dishing out ordinary fare. Even when these spells happened through an inspired effort by one bowler, almost without fail, the bowler at the other end gave it away. Combine this with a string of poor results from our openers and an out of sorts #7 batsman in Dhoni, the middle order folks were in a pickle. With the England series in rear view, under pressure by the Aussie hunting pack, and dealing with their own impending exit from the game - all of these must have contributed. I would suggest "Out of My Comfort Zone" by Steve Waugh as a must-read for all cricket lovers trying to understand what makes a top batsman tick.

  • on January 30, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Next Best test 11 (experiment) : Rehane, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohil, Sehvag, Sharma, Shah, U.Yadav, V.Aron, Oza/Ashwin, R.R. Singh

    Reserve : Bist, Saxena, Jadeja, M. Tiwari, Mithun, Hemal Patel

  • on January 30, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    I am looking at Suresh Raina's stats from the past few games he has played in domestic cricket. Only one innings above 50, no wickets in bowling. Wonder what is the evidence to say he has improved. I think even domestic bowlers have figured him out now.

  • on January 30, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Indians are back where they best at, am sure IPL pros will do wonder here too like they do IPL in india.. opss I totaly forgot india in Australia !!

  • Cricket_Geek on January 30, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    We do have a glut of fast bowlers to support Zak. But just that they either get injured or not consistent. So many of our fast bowlers are over-rated. I guess even when Kapil was there he was alone & did not have enough support. To win tests abroad, a strong bowling attack is a must. India is missing a trick as they have always concentrated on their batting abilities. The bowlers always required big totals as they have never been consistent. Every session in test cricket is important. One bad session or one bad day is enough for you to lose a test match. When Srinath & Prasad were at their peak, they did manage to get the opposition out cheaply even if India did not make enough runs. They always kept us in the hunt. But now with no consistent support for Zak, winning matches abroad is going to extremely difficult. With such a heavy workload, Zak is bound to breakdown more often than not & when he is not around, ther is nobody to take over

  • cric_tamasha on January 30, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    I do not understand Vinay Kumar's role in ODI. Is he spear away fast bowler only or an All-rounder. I want to see the South zone selector who proposed him. I think I can also get into this team with some support from zonal selectors....

  • Precioustar84 on January 30, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Good for you Raina but lets not get carried away with talks. We(fans) are not happy at all about tests but its important for the team to stay positive and look forward to the next match. Hope all the good memories can carry the team through. The only two problems I see is including Vinay Kumar and Tendulkar in the squad. I respect for Tendulkar but why does he need to be included in ODIs in Australia if he hasn't played ODIs since the World Cup? Sounds a bit ridiculous. And Vinay Kumar is the BAD luck in the team. I cannot understand why he continues to get a game when he has not delivered time after time. And Raina, sorry but please stay away from tests as much as possible. Some people like Yuvi, Raina, Vinay are truly not cut for test so lets try some from Rajasthan team, and you guys can stick to ODIs and T20s. Nothing wrong with being good at 1 or 2 formats. ODIs and T20s are played a lot in India so its not a big deal if you aren't in tests. Cricinfo please publish

  • samudralakiku on January 30, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Folks, No matter whether the youngsters perform or not, they should be given chances to prove themselves. We can not depend on the veterans for long. They already proved that they are waning stock. Most people kept talking about their experience. My question to them is, have you seen any of them going and sharing their experience in the field? I did not see that. I do not think their experience is going to help any of these youngsters.

  • SunnyD on January 30, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Kitten. Tendulkar's name is there because it is a common squad for t20s and one days. He won't play t20s.

  • SunnyD on January 30, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Well said Raina except the refernce to the one day international played at home conditions. Refering to Vinay Kumar was more of being diplomatically correct. I think India will lose t20 but will do well in one day series because bouncers are more effective in t20 than in one day matches. I think Irfan/PK will surely make a difference. SRT will play a big positive role especially against Austrailia. Sehwag will play good against SL.

  • cricketfanwrites on January 30, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    What has Rohit Sharma not have? Is he a poor lad without Political connections? India's cricket will continue to suffer for as long as selections are done without merit.

  • S.Jagernath on January 30, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Suresh Raina is trying to manipulate the selectors into believing he is more capable than his competitors.His first-class average is atleast 10 runs less than any of his competitors.Raina being picked will just hold back the careers of quality batsmen.Any of these including:Cheteshwar Pujara,Robin Bist,Ashok Menaria,Mandeep Singh,Rohit Sharma,Ajinkya Rahane,Abhinav Mukund,Shikhar Dhawan,Virat Kohli or Manoj Tiwary would be a much more valuable & capable batsman.India cannot afford to pick Raina again.

  • Mann123 on January 30, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    People who back LAXMAN, DRAVID and Sachin I have one question. If you don't give chance to people like Rohit, Rahane, Pujara a chance in test cricket, how would you even know they are not in the same class. Were the first three born legends, NO. They started as any other players and become great. So give future a chance. Anyways, one day series should be surely more competitive with SL also coming off fast pitches of South Africa.

  • on January 30, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @AidanFX: Ishant has not been a part of Indian ODI Squad since 2009. Speak with authority atleast before blaming Sachin.

  • srisri on January 30, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Hahaha...hope Raina can say the same after facing that first BOUNCER on Green Turf. I am sure the score card will look like. Raina (or any IND young gun) c keeper (or slip) b fast bowler (any) 0 to 10 runs.

  • Prakshalan on January 30, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Our senior Criketers are like our Old Movie stars...Eventhough there are young successful Heros are emerging still old Heros want to act like youngsters to dance with young girls. Shame on you Seniours.. "Retire and keep the respect" for what you have contributed so far.

  • Rahulbose on January 30, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Does anyone seriously care about this series after the humiliation in tests? Anyway don't see much hope for India in ODIs either, they will do better than Srl though.

  • Meximillion on January 30, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Good Idea its the time for Tendulkar left the place for Rohit.

  • dms1972 on January 30, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    I am so sick and tired of those who dislike Ponting claiming that he never faced Warne and McGrath as the basis for their argument that Ponting isn't a great player. It is NOT a valid argument. If it was, then so too is the fact that Lara never faced Walsh and Ambrose, Tendulkar never faced Kumble and Harbajhan, Kallis never faced Donald, Pollock and Steyn. And we would end up with no great players! Just face facts and admit that Ponting is one of the all-time greats, along with Lara, Tendulkar and Kallis.

  • ChuckyDoll on January 30, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    One of the first things this one-day team needs to do is start with a clean white drawing board. They need to forget about how they beat Australia in World Cup. That's history. That was a different condition, a different Aussie team, a different preparation. This is brand new Aussie team. If anything the Aussies have given a blue-print of how to make Indian batsmen uncomfortable.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    i wish they dont include that stupid Vinay kumar who does not have any variation in his bowliing.and his body language is the most irritatiing as if has taken some 500 wkts . i wish to see rahul sharma's bowling on these tracks as he can even bounce the ball along with spin coz of his height.

  • sriram177 on January 30, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    hope raina has improved on playing short pitch ball ..................assuies will using more short ball against you... what on earth mr pathiv patel is doing in the team..parthiv patel should retire even before laxman or dravid.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    i am a pakistani and all i want to say is that Pakistan and australia have faced this problem so it is very important that india do not make wrong decisions, they must play young goons but also keep the senior players. Becuase india may not have the best bowling they are a bunch of stong batters, so i think batsman should be the same with chnages in all round area and the bowling unit.

  • TRAM on January 30, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Bad omen for Raina. He talks to the media before he performs ...! So did VVS before the Tests series.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:06 GMT

  • kitten on January 30, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    ' Vikram on (January 30 2012, 09:15 AM GMT) How come Sachin is in the T20 squad? I thought he officially retired from international T20 cricket?' I was also under the same impression that Tendi had retired from T20s. Could anyone please enlighten me on this score? Tendi is indeed a brilliant batsman, but seeing that he too is under pressure, wouldn't it be advisable to rest him, and give a chance to another youngster? A young pair of legs would certainly save a few runs in the field? Anyway, we can get blue in the face, but the selectors will do as they please. Hopefully, we will not have the results in these ODIs s we did in England.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on January 30, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    As long as Tendulkar is still in the team nothing new.The team will be new in the real sense when Tendulkar is no longer in.Till that time it is mere cosmetic change.

  • lokphy on January 30, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @Rizwan: I understand your behavior, but you should keep in mind that India ODI team is different than test. So wait for at least one or two macthes and then pass your such comments.

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    I wish and pray they do well in limited over matches but I dont think they will :( Sadly. Australia and Sri Lanka are tough teams to beat

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    All people know that India is a very poor team at the moment. They cannot win a match outside the India.Hence by including Suresh raina there will not be a different. That was a big mistake that Australian Cricket Board has done by including such a poor team to CB series.even Bangladesh can beat India. if this series could be a tight one if AUSTRALIA , SRI LANKA AND PAKISTAN or a SOUTH AFRICA even ENGLAND could be a competitive team. Including India is a waste to this tour.

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    its better if he shuts his mouth and let his bat do the talk!!!

  • StatisticsRocks on January 30, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Doesn't matter as Test Match is the true test on one's cricketing abilities and BCCI clearly does not care for test matches. till now it was only AUS and now SL joins the party in hammering IND. Unless BCCI is willing to make drastic changes to the system that identifies talent, not necessarily to the team, India cricket future is bleak. Very soon the day will come when we will stop playing test matches or ICC will ban India from playing test matches.

  • hharish on January 30, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    HA HA HA . What a joke

    "The new boys [who have joined the team for the limited-overs leg] saw the matches" and "We have good variation bowlers like Vinay [Kumar]", They have been bowling really well"

    Something is not right. Did he see Vinay bowl in perth? Talking wont take you anywhere Raina. Perform or Perish. You definitely have a place in the Indian Pathetic league(IPL), that produces fake cricketers.

  • AvidCricFan on January 30, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    If Shewag and Gambhir are persisted, India will have problem at the top. Hope Gambhir is rested. His technic for Aussie condition is wanting. SRT may delivery in ODI format, as will play with run getting mindset where he is more effective. Shewag is still a question mark. He may perform intermittently but not consistent.

  • SLfan on January 30, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    This will be a great series, no doubt about that ! Hope every team will play competitive cricket and it will be a great time for us as cricket fans...Mahela, no matter what ever the result, please make sure you guys play competitive cricket with fighting spirit and that's what most Sri Lankans expect from our team... Wish good luck for all three teams for a great contest !

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    I have watched all the 4 Test Matches, India vs Auatralia. I was disappointed, to the pointed of be saddened at the dismal performances of such great batsmen, like Tendulkar ( though he was the standout of the rest of the so-called senior batsmen) Dravid, Laxman,Sehwag. With reslects to Dravid getting bowled nearly all the time, I feel that his fault is his grip on the bat. He needs to reasses his hand poistion on the handle and the positin of his wrist in his stand. Also I feel that he needs to stand more "square" facing the incoming bowler. Sehwag, what can I say! With respect to Sehwag, his style is his style. But if he insists in being this flamboyant in his shot selections, this is irresponsibility. This is test cricket, and a batsman must occupy the crease. His style of batting is mostly suited to the One Day Format. I think Laxman's time has come. Bow out with rpide while you can! Pacemen, stop banging the ball so short of a length. Take Australia's example. Pith up the ball.

  • PACEGUY on January 30, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    UNEXPECTED RESULTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4-0 r u kidding me Aussies vs world's most powerful batting line-up

  • PACEGUY on January 30, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    there still not even a single Quick Bowler in da Indian Attack where as the Aussies have Quickies dat r world class

  • PACEGUY on January 30, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    the selections are pretty mad, i really do hope MS Dhoni will be playing

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    In England after the humiliating test defeat , Indian team played well in the ODIs but due to certain reasons couldn't win a single match either though there was a century from Virat. Hope this time India win the triangular series as we can see some young bood pouring in.

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Even Sri Lanka will hammer this BCCI team out of shape.

  • AidanFX on January 30, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    So it appears Tendulka is holding up Sharma's spot - smart

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Looking forward to see Raina bat. Currently anyone is better to watch than our test batting lineup. He did well in England ODIs. Hopefully he will repeat those performances.

  • Nampally on January 30, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    I expect a superior performance from India in ODI's than they did in the Tests. The reason is (1) A younger team with a winning attitude +intensity (2) A better all round team with 2 All-rounders + a wrist leg spinner, who may all be in XI (3) A faster & much better fielding team. The attitude of this team will be totally different to the Test squad which lacked mental strength & intensity.Test team depended entirely on their top 5 batsmen. When they failed the team looked like Minnows. The ODI team is balanced where each of the XI players will produce. The only problem is Dhoni as a captain must abandon his defensive tactics & have a rational team selection. The bowling is tough selection. Rahul Sharma,P. Kumar,ZAK, Ashwin/Jadeja may be the 4 bowlers supplemented with all rounder Pathan or a seamer.Dhoni should realise that Rahul is the first choice spinner above Ashwin, who was ineffective in Tests.The top 6 are likely to be Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni. Good Luck!

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    What a shameless side, still saying that new faces will reinvigorate the side. As if it will win them back the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Hope the young guns fire nd give us fans something to cheer about...

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    India will definitely do well in ODIs n T20s

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Carefull Mr. Raina Australian ground all are very much swing the ball

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Lets see what you so called young do....

  • jerryman on January 30, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    ha ha , will be different , one consolation they cant lose by an innings.. hopefully all teams play competitive cricket and its not one sided .. good luck to all 3 teams .. may the best team win.. how the teams handle pace will be the deciding factor ..

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Parthiv Patel? What on earth is he doing there? He is useless

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    yes ODIs will be different from tests - India cannot loose by an innings in ODIs...!!!!

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on January 30, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    plzzzz wake up seniors...now juniors r ready for replacement...if youngsters get regular opportunities then one day will come when these youngsters will become world best...gud luck young boys for badla tri series...peelo ki peeli krdo londo...

  • itsthewayuplay on January 30, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    'Hopefully we will give you positive results' I hope Suresh is talking in terms of positive performances rather winning and losing. There's no shame in losing to a better team if you have given your best have India really given their best in the last 8 away tests. Suresh also says that 'We have worked hard' but it's more important to work smart and part of working smart includes knowing when when to work hard i.e. putting in the hours and when to ease up. After all NZ beat Australia in Australia in a 2 test series and India couldn't manage 1 win in 4 attempts. How did NZ do this? Through intelligent cricket backed with hard work and self belief.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 30, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Andar kuch karne ki tamanna hai [There's a desire inside to achieve something] - this is the spirit Raina - keep it up. Youngsters are hungry to prove themselves. They will give a fight, unlike the Big3 Oldies + Big2 openers who surrendered meekly. Win a couple of matches and prove that the youngsters have got what it takes to win. Maybe that will open the eyes of BCCI

  • SUNILSUB123 on January 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Pls dont talk big things do it in the field

  • Anujbnd on January 30, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    India lose 4-0,Aus won 4-0,Sri Lanka won last 2 ODIs both of them were 300+ run chases.I think AUS and SL will be finalists in CB series, SL will win AUS 2-0 in finals. :P

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    SL vs AUS in the final. Feel sorry for indians.

  • class9ryan on January 30, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Irfan Pathan's real test begins down under. I think its the best chance for Rohit Sharma as well to silence the unjust indian selection commitee

  • raghu36 on January 30, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Hope we see india winning.......go raina!!!!!!

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    we will win odi series and prove all people why we are world champions BLEED BLUE !!!!!!!!!

  • Romenevans on January 30, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Thankfully these young kids at least speaks and show their passion, on the other side see those shameless oldies that don't even come to press conferences and hide their faces in pavilion and then? They still dont want to retire.

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    YA We should back him up.He is certainly a potential in our eleven.Give him more chances and guide/correct him properly.

  • gorsi on January 30, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Watch out for Jaddu... He is has been in some real form off Late ...

  • ONE4U on January 30, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Such huge claims were also made before the test series.

  • manusloving_89 on January 30, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    we have to wait and see.!!!!!!

  • nandooo on January 30, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    I like it that Raina didn't defend himself by comparing his perofrmance with the rest of the team. He is acknowledging the fact that he didn't do well and that he is focused on doing better. Raina, Kohli and Rohit are all great prospects for the future. They, as a team, will bring better results than what our Senior batsmen of today brought us, purely because these guys have a never-say-die attitude and believe in each other whereas the senior batsmen were mostly hung up on their own capabilities.

  • on January 30, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    you have nothing to do in Australia this tour

  • on January 30, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    You Raina is the most courageous player in current indian team... Go for ur shots and show victories for indians.... Rock on Sanu.... Try to get couple of big innings in 1st 2 matches.. then Man of the series ll be urs MR.Raina..

  • srinideva on January 30, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I accept all things what he said. but one thing was hurt me that start with Vinay kumar. his bowling like street cricket match. If he play another ODI for india then GOD will need to save india..... Don`t waste people money to accomadate those kind of bowler. please publish CInfo which you never did.

  • peshawarwazir on January 30, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Ksngaroo will thrash and crush india in twenty and odis too.....dont expect nothing from these Ipls lions..message from pakistan

  • birdz_eye on January 30, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Don't see a dramatic turn around for team India in the coming tri series though one odd victory here & there can be expected from THE WORLD CHAMPIONS, reason is the constant denial to accept they are NOT any way near to be competitive "at the moment". You need to let it go all the so called greats of the past are passed to their expiry date. Let your heads down, start from the scratch, stop mocking around & focus on improvement with in your limits. That is exactly what Pakistan are doing after hitting the bottom i guess same formula would work for the Indians provided if they are not reluctant to follow the path of Team Pakistan.

  • pravineswar on January 30, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Raina, if u intend to play more tests, i suggest you play 2 to 3 seasons of county cricket soon to widen your shot range. Also, improve your bowling bcoz it wud be better playing a batsman who can bowl useful overs at No.06. Just think what Hafeez, Watson,Vettori, Kallis bring to their team.....

  • Chuck_Nunchuck on January 30, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    says the person whos still vulnerable to shortpitch bowling and bouncers! god help us!

  • LindaK on January 30, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    this young team can surprised Indian Selecters it's about time to give this young blood a run,

  • on January 30, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Raina Is Right ...

    Likes Of Irfan Pathan , Praveen , Jadeja , Raina Himself Can Win Matches for India In Any Condition .............

  • on January 30, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    i think india will win the commenwealth bank series and t20 series

  • whyowhy on January 30, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Zaheer and Tendulkar are bunnies on the field, a ball hit to them will mean two runs especially at the death....so the fielding is already looking very heavy to say the least........

  • ZIMMYZIMMY on January 30, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    A Mukund,A Rahane, S.Badrinath,C.Pujara, V.Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh raina, Yuvraj singh,Varun aaron, Ishant Sharma,Irfan pathan, Pravin kumar,,Umesh Yadav ,R aswin,Pragyan Ojha.

  • Abhimanyu on January 30, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Is this a joke?? Raina can NEVER be a test cricketer!! everyone knows that he can't handle short pitch bowling, and he has been given enough chances already. The funny thing is that he has already proved this in front of millions who watch cricket. There is there is enough bating talent for test cricket (Pujara, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwari, Rohit, Rahane) all waiting for an opportunity.

  • crindo77 on January 30, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    There we go again, another Test reject talking big. What bouncy wickets was he practising on in India? The same ones that Devang Gandhi used 11 years ago? And plz God, why is he again talking about Vinay Kumar? That fella should be on a plane home RIGHT NOW, I'm sure his family members havent recovered from witnessing the MAULING he received in Perth. And make no mistake, Aussies sniff out the lollipop bowlers and shifty batters. Playing Vinay Kumar in Perth was like giving a sniff of blood to a pack of wolves. They'll rip him apart. And Vinay Kumar, no disrespect, looked like a whipped animal, devoid of any resistance, drooping shoulders, embarrassed looks, looking as if he would run for cover given the first opportunity. This sort of player will do no good to India's team spirit. Unless the master plan of Dhoni, Fletcher and Srikkanth, is to get thrashed in the ODIs as well, go down rock bottom in all formats, and then start cleaning house. But who am I kidding....

  • shan.shan on January 30, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    i m a pakistani and huge fan of Indian batting line up specially Dhoni Sehwag n Laxman apart from that i think BCCI needs to take some hard steps and agree with Raina this is the right time to bring new faces into the side and atleast one gud n geniune fast bowler who can bowl 150+ like wasim waqar shoaib mohammad zahid n amir

  • RAMEEZAMS on January 30, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    India after their crucial 4-0 defeat in England didn't win T20 & ODI series as well... But the fight they showed was a lot better compared to tests with most of the players as youngsters ! Bowling was unfair.. But now it looks like a well balanced squad ahead of the series.. So as an Indian fan lets hope India will bounce back ! Pathan is back & Raina, Dhoni, Kohli are far better as a limited-over players Zaheer too will add confidence.. All the best Guyzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • PiyushD on January 30, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Hope is all we have.. let's see.

  • shadabkhankhan on January 30, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Best Of Luck Young guys, but please sachin should not play in ODI specially against Australlia. If he want to play, then play against srilanka in place of sehwag as opener not in place of gambhir or any youngster. please folow this, sachin in the sake of the future of indian cricket, atleast we can expect this little help from Mr sachin tendulker.......

  • Shredderwoods on January 30, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Forget tests. We WILL do good in ODIs. COME ON team INDIA.... We shall win the series with some of the greatest milestones. Aaane de.

  • on January 30, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    what d players need tradition(test cricket) or entertainment(t20)??????????????

  • on January 30, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Result will be the same a complete white wash ,,,more humiliation is waiting for indian team dream on india

  • veerakannadiga on January 30, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Keep the lid shut. Talk less and let your performances speak. Good luck.

  • kiranvg on January 30, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Let the bat do the talking ! Please dont talk too much before the start of the series ! first show and then talk . Let the bat do the talking ! Same thing happened with the test team these guys talked too much about ricky ponting and hussey and both came into form and thrashed India 4-0. remeber we had also lost one day series even in England.

  • Dhanavignesh on January 30, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Yes raina.... We r here to support you.... yes limited over game is different frm tests. fielding is much more important in 20 0ver match. We are happy to see the line up with SACHIN, SEHWAG, RAINA, DHONI, GHAMBIR, KHOLI... (NOTE: WE 3 WEEKS BEFOR HAPPY TO SEE THE LINE UP OF TEST TEAM TOO)....... ANY WAY THERE IS A GOOD 20 OVER CRICKET AWAITING THATS FOR SURE.... WELCOME RAINA

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    common india we will rock in t-20s and triseris

  • praveenchopra on January 30, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    why not give chance to robin uththappa and amanpreet singh?

  • RaoBobby on January 30, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    No matter what format you play In all format you have to make runs you have to take wickets and you have to win matches which you cannot do outside india so stop showring dreams to the nation about what happend in quaterfinal against australia past is gone.

  • ultimatewarrior on January 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    What bad had done Pragyan Ojha?? Whyn't he had get even one chance on Australia tour?? If Ashwin got 3 chances with bowling and fielding not upto the mark, Pragyan Ojha certainly has done well on the fast pitches of England (County) and Africa (IPL)....If Team Management wanted to stick same 11 even when we were loosing badly, why they had selected young players like Ojha/Rahane/R Sharma?????

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    cant stop laughing when i see a player like raina start talking about playing away from subcontinent.... never player a single match in australia and he is here to assure you about the positive results....

    Sidharth Monga...may be u should stop writing for cricket or we should stop reading in cricinfo....why seniors are under pressure....dravid didn't perform just in this series he was brilliant in england and laxman too (considering his performance back home) sachin is also goodm just that he is not getting that 100 thats it... and come on have some sense when you say "it is inevitable that Raina will get his third chance in Tests at some stage" ... after the disastrous tour in england, how on earth can somebody give him another chance??....forget about all this...just give me one good match saving performance from him away from sub-continent or at least a convincing one....then he will deserve another chance.

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Raina is absolutely right. Need more youngsters under so experienced senior players like Dhoni, Shewag & Gambhir. Need to make a game plan and take inputs from senior and junior players. Don't hesitate to drop some reputed ex-gaint who's performance now is not so good enough and selected just for some records in case the fortune will favor him.

  • world.cricketer on January 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Mr.raina no words please only performance needed. indians used perform rather than talking now scenes are reversed. please don't let iindian fans down.

  • criccritez on January 30, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    You guys can do it, I can put my house on it (not like boycott). I am a die hard pakistan cricket fan but it definitely hurts when india lose to england or australia, India is a far better team than Australia and egland, but like wise our Primal fear is our own media and Retired Crickters. Well Past is Past, only pick the best out of it. I am looking forward to see a battle (like"300") in Commonwealth Series.

  • ultimatewarrior on January 30, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    It is possible only in India that Raina can get his 3rd chance before Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwari, A Rahane get the 1st chance.....How long will new local stars will wait like SA Yadav, Robin Bisht, V Saxena only BCCI must have some idea....Might be waiting for B'desh/Zim drubbing India by 4-0....

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    all the best suresh raina because team india desperately needs you you are excellent in batting some times tight bowling and a terrific fielder.you will help team india come on raina you are the most destroying batsmen in both odi and twenty twenty hopefully you will done a better show against aussies and srilanka chak de india raina rockssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Best of luck Raina.Iam ur biggest fan

  • anver777 on January 30, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I think Raina is rightly labelled as a limited over player for Ind...... Virat is a better player & very fast learner than Raina for tests.....he'good only for one day show, a crowd puller of course !!!!!!

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    There wont be an innings defeat this time around... :P

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

    How come Sachin is in the T20 squad? I thought he officially retired from international T20 cricket?

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    No love lost yet! Lets see if shorter format can bring any change.

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    LOL , didnt they utter something similar before England ODI's too ?

  • candyfloss on January 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Absolute madness.Ajinkya Rahane is being sent back and Sehwag and Sachin will play the odi's? Talk about long term planning.Oh and by the way dont make the mistake of playing Jadeja.

  • BalaSenty on January 30, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    New faces should make India proud,otherwise World champions India will bite dust when they return India. In ODIs I do not want to see Gambir, instead one can give chance to others as Gambir wants rank turners which may not be available. As far as Raina, he should know how to play in bouncy pitches as he did not do well in WI. I hope Irfan might do well and so also PK. But I doubt Vinay? Hope India save their face and it should happen from T20. If they loose T20 then ODI will be tough. As an Indian fan I want to see INDIA and SRILANKA in CB series Finals, Hope it may not be dream, a reality. Tendulakar can he do well? If he htinks for 100th ton, then it is all over. I hope MSD will try to save his face by wining CB series. God bless India.

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    indian will lose 8-0, i'd love to have pakisthan in this series, instead for india, pak,aus,sl, what a cracking series that would be,

  • yorkerguru on January 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    "In the World Cup we beat Australia in the quarter-final" - Again that is a home game man... Don't speak about past jubilance please... That too in home matches!!!! when you're playing in alien conditions... Work on playing the bouncers...

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Best of luck for our new Team Indian.. Men in Blue Show how difference it makes when you have new and younger team members in team. Gautam,Virat,Rohit,Raina,Jadeja,Irfan & Aswin.... we want you all to fire..

  • x-squire-x on January 30, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    guess they're content to be good at the shorter game only.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    lets hope that rejuvenated team does well in ODI and t20. Best of luck

  • ashish_gajjar on January 30, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    raina is right because of player like Raina,Tiwary,Jadeja, Pathan, Rahul Sharma,Rohit sharma, Praveen Kumar.Virat Kohli make big different in test or odi result and my first xi -sachin,sehwag,gambhir,virat,raina,msd,irfan,jadeja/ashwin,praveen,zak and umesh....... and hope some matches for rohit,rahul or manoj... not for vinaykumar........

  • satish619chandar on January 30, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Bouncer awaits you buddy.. Considering the woeful form of top order, you might end up in the field sooner.. Difficult to clear the grounds in Australia too.. The biggest plus will be better fielding and running between the wickets.. Also, spinner ll be a key component.. I wouldn't be surprised if Rahul gets games ahead of Ashwin.. My starting 11 for first T20 will be Viru, Gauti, Virat, Rohit, Dhoni, Tiwary, Jadeja, Ashwin, Umesh, PK, Zak.. Might think about replacing Tiwary with Irfan or Rahul if need backup bowler..

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Raina you are the future for Indian Cricket.Pls work hard for your Negative things( Short balls),Come back into Test Cricket.All the Best For your Future & Commonwealth Bank Series.

  • DINESHCC on January 30, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    After losing two T-20s, he may say that ODI is different from T-20 and after losing all the 8 ODIs, he may say that IPL V is a different ball game

  • sacnit11 on January 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    We(All INDIANS) hope you guys do good in T20 nd ODIs, but it is bad to see you guys Surrender the series so easily. Raina you should not forget that the last time INDIA won CB series only because of Sachin, who took responsibility nd played beautifully in two finals.

  • LoveLanka on January 30, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    For sure... Lets make it a different story.... forget about SL joining the party... i want to see IND giving their fans something to be happy about... SL will be looking to upset both AUS & IND... but the real game is still on with AUS & IND even though the test are done.... let us bring back some pride to our fans... but i cannot forget the AUS spirit right now.. but it was with their test team.. not the same they have for ODIs. where they will also need some time to come to a rhythem. that is where IND & SL should make sure that they don't get a upper hand early on... if we do that... GAME IS ON.... cheers.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Raina, We would like to read numbers not the words. Don't throw ur wicket easily or by attempting foolish stroke otherwise u r dashing batsman who can hit all over the park. All d best.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    i strongly believe that india will do well in T20's & ODI's.....

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    "New faces will reinvigorate India"- an apt comment from Suresh Raina. If only India understood this during the Testing times of the Test Series. New Faces? Wait. Aren't we also in store for what probably will be the greatest anti climax in cricket history should it happen- the 100th 100 with an old face? Good Luck Team India- it's one Mission Impossible even Bollywood will fail to write the scripts for.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    My Team for t20s Gautham Veeru Raina Kohli Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Irfan Zaheer Praveen Umesh

  • rahulcricket007 on January 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I CLEARLY REMEMBER DURING LAST TOUR OF AUSTRLIA WHEN DHONI DROP GANGULY &DRAVID FROM THE TEAM & GIVE CHANCE TO ROHIT SHARMA , UTTHAPA , EVERYBODY WAS STUNNED & NO BODY GAVE A CHANCE TO WIN SERIES TO INDIA . BUT INDIA WIN IT . NOW THE SAME REVOLUTION IS NEEDED FOR TEST TEAM TOO . IT'S TIME TO DROP SENIORS & INCLUDE SOME YOUTH IN TEST TEAM .

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  • rahulcricket007 on January 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I CLEARLY REMEMBER DURING LAST TOUR OF AUSTRLIA WHEN DHONI DROP GANGULY &DRAVID FROM THE TEAM & GIVE CHANCE TO ROHIT SHARMA , UTTHAPA , EVERYBODY WAS STUNNED & NO BODY GAVE A CHANCE TO WIN SERIES TO INDIA . BUT INDIA WIN IT . NOW THE SAME REVOLUTION IS NEEDED FOR TEST TEAM TOO . IT'S TIME TO DROP SENIORS & INCLUDE SOME YOUTH IN TEST TEAM .

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    My Team for t20s Gautham Veeru Raina Kohli Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Irfan Zaheer Praveen Umesh

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    "New faces will reinvigorate India"- an apt comment from Suresh Raina. If only India understood this during the Testing times of the Test Series. New Faces? Wait. Aren't we also in store for what probably will be the greatest anti climax in cricket history should it happen- the 100th 100 with an old face? Good Luck Team India- it's one Mission Impossible even Bollywood will fail to write the scripts for.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    i strongly believe that india will do well in T20's & ODI's.....

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Raina, We would like to read numbers not the words. Don't throw ur wicket easily or by attempting foolish stroke otherwise u r dashing batsman who can hit all over the park. All d best.

  • LoveLanka on January 30, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    For sure... Lets make it a different story.... forget about SL joining the party... i want to see IND giving their fans something to be happy about... SL will be looking to upset both AUS & IND... but the real game is still on with AUS & IND even though the test are done.... let us bring back some pride to our fans... but i cannot forget the AUS spirit right now.. but it was with their test team.. not the same they have for ODIs. where they will also need some time to come to a rhythem. that is where IND & SL should make sure that they don't get a upper hand early on... if we do that... GAME IS ON.... cheers.

  • sacnit11 on January 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    We(All INDIANS) hope you guys do good in T20 nd ODIs, but it is bad to see you guys Surrender the series so easily. Raina you should not forget that the last time INDIA won CB series only because of Sachin, who took responsibility nd played beautifully in two finals.

  • DINESHCC on January 30, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    After losing two T-20s, he may say that ODI is different from T-20 and after losing all the 8 ODIs, he may say that IPL V is a different ball game

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Raina you are the future for Indian Cricket.Pls work hard for your Negative things( Short balls),Come back into Test Cricket.All the Best For your Future & Commonwealth Bank Series.

  • satish619chandar on January 30, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Bouncer awaits you buddy.. Considering the woeful form of top order, you might end up in the field sooner.. Difficult to clear the grounds in Australia too.. The biggest plus will be better fielding and running between the wickets.. Also, spinner ll be a key component.. I wouldn't be surprised if Rahul gets games ahead of Ashwin.. My starting 11 for first T20 will be Viru, Gauti, Virat, Rohit, Dhoni, Tiwary, Jadeja, Ashwin, Umesh, PK, Zak.. Might think about replacing Tiwary with Irfan or Rahul if need backup bowler..