Australia v India, 1st T20, Sydney February 1, 2012

Vinay's redemption and Rohit's misfortune

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Improvisation of the day
The switch-hit is not quite the novelty it used to be, but batsmen keep doing it better. In the third over of the match, cramped until then by R Ashwin's straight bowling, David Warner became a right-hand batsman. He took a full ball from outside what would have been his leg stump, and punched it over what would have been long-off. If you had watched only from when he struck the ball onwards, you would have thought it was a classic lofted drive. Let's call it the switch-punch.

Jersey of the day
Changing jerseys at the start of a new series or new season has become a common marketing ploy, and Australia keep doing it. The change to India's jersey, however, was the addition of another big logo of their sponsors, Sahara, on the back of the jersey, under the number.

Welcome of the day
Rahul Sharma did not receive a warm welcome in Australia. With the rain pouring down, it was difficult to grip the ball. If that was not enough, Travis Birt smacked Rahul's fourth delivery back towards his face. It was hit with such fierce power Rahul could just about get his hand up to protect himself. Unfortunately, it goes down as a drop. To add injury to insult, the impact with his hand cut the little finger on his bowling hand, and he had to go off the field. He came back on to finish with figures of 3.4-0-27-1. That, though, included another dropped return catch, this one an easier one to his left, in the last over of the innings.

Redemption of the day, sort of
R Vinay Kumar's introduction to Test cricket was hostile. David Warner was the man who tormented him, hitting him for a six in his first over, and taking 43 runs off the 36 balls Vinay bowled to him. If Vinay has been having nightmares about Warner, tonight's game may ease his sleep a bit. He dismissed Warne after conceding five off two balls to him.

Haze of the day
If the two India openers were missing their hometown Delhi's fog and pollution, the organisers of the match made them feel at home. Massive fireworks went off during the short innings break and the smoke did not look like it would clear by the time the teams walked out. To add to that, a couple of giant torches went off as the Australia fielders walked out. The scenes during the first over were reminiscent of Delhi or Kanpur on a winter morning.

Misfortune of the day
Rohit Sharma spent the whole English summer in India, waiting for a chance. He went to England for the ODIs, and the first ball he faced reared up at him to break his finger. He was out for months. In Australia, he spent more than a month as subject of the debate over whether India were better off losing with young blood if they were going to lose anyway. India kept losing, Rohit kept spending time out of the side. When he finally got his first international game of the tour, today, he was cramped up first ball by a sharp offbreak from David Hussey. The ball hit his pad outside the line of leg before deflecting onto the stumps.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 2, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    now came to knw value of vinay kumar,he is da only consistent wicket taker right nw,who dedicate in field also!kudos man!really superb.

  • on February 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Rohit was a failure. Got enough chances then. Now in ODI team, where is the place for him?. Gautham Gambhir or Shewag to be dropped for that. Requires guts from team management to do that. Rather Badrinath, a much better test player, was dumped without much opportunities.

  • CricFreax on February 2, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    the XI for next game should be Gambhir, Sachin (sehwag can be dropped), Virat, Raina,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin, Umesh, Irfan, Praveen, Rahul

  • sathishvaiju on February 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Dinesh singh - Good comment on R(N)ohit Sharma, i like it dude. U r absolutely right.

  • Ajayvs on February 2, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    To be fair to Vinay, He looked the best bowler on the day along with Rahul Sharma. He was consistently clocking above 135 kmph yesterday. The poor guy is being written of after just 10 overs in test cricket...Probably there are many other holy cows to be looked at before gunning for Vinay..

  • AUSOME_AWESIE on February 2, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @Sashi94, lol again TYPICAL FLAT TRACK BULLISH INDIAN attitude, go watch the England Test matches you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, go watch the odis with England you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, watch the T20 with England you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, watch the india AUSTRALIA Test matches you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, 4-0, 3-0, 1-0, 4-0, that is exactly what is called being WHOOPED & WHIPPED my dearest friend!!!!

  • sg05 on February 2, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    IND need IRFAN and UTHAPPA too, uthappa has the ability to play well in especially FOREIGN pitches he s a WELL hitter in Foreign ground earlier days He done that in CB series also Opening partnership with sachin and helped(as a opener he done little bit) india to won the seies 1ST time in aus he blasted his every 50's in ENG,Aus. Sehwag will be well suit in Asian pitches

  • on February 2, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    I have a question and I hope I can get an answer here. It is regarding Tendulkar 99 centuries, which is a great achivement. I want to know how many of those centuries wer against Major test playing nations meaning that they were not scored against Namibia, Kenya, Zim, Bangladesh, Ireland, Holland, scotland, Bangladesh, and of those centuries scored against a major nations how many were in games where India won . ( Not including the draws/ties) and can we have the same STAT for Punter as well? My guess is Only 40 percent of Tendulkar tons were in wining causes, where as for Punter it will be more then 65 percent.

  • satanswish on February 2, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Even out streeside bowlers bowl way better than this guy called Vinay Kumar. Can't belive such an ordinary player played Test Match for India. Such mediocre players play for India purely as Dhoni Lobby.

  • AvidCricFan on February 2, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    India has problems with the Delhi openers. They have performed miserably in overseas tournaments of any format. How long will Shewag and Gambhir be persisted? They need to be given break until they sort out their technic and mental problems. Not sure why Dhoni is persisting with Vinay Kumar when he has a better option with batting allrounder in Irfan Pathan. Pathan will be as effective as Vinay Kumar in bowling.

  • on February 2, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    now came to knw value of vinay kumar,he is da only consistent wicket taker right nw,who dedicate in field also!kudos man!really superb.

  • on February 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Rohit was a failure. Got enough chances then. Now in ODI team, where is the place for him?. Gautham Gambhir or Shewag to be dropped for that. Requires guts from team management to do that. Rather Badrinath, a much better test player, was dumped without much opportunities.

  • CricFreax on February 2, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    the XI for next game should be Gambhir, Sachin (sehwag can be dropped), Virat, Raina,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin, Umesh, Irfan, Praveen, Rahul

  • sathishvaiju on February 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Dinesh singh - Good comment on R(N)ohit Sharma, i like it dude. U r absolutely right.

  • Ajayvs on February 2, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    To be fair to Vinay, He looked the best bowler on the day along with Rahul Sharma. He was consistently clocking above 135 kmph yesterday. The poor guy is being written of after just 10 overs in test cricket...Probably there are many other holy cows to be looked at before gunning for Vinay..

  • AUSOME_AWESIE on February 2, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @Sashi94, lol again TYPICAL FLAT TRACK BULLISH INDIAN attitude, go watch the England Test matches you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, go watch the odis with England you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, watch the T20 with England you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, watch the india AUSTRALIA Test matches you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, 4-0, 3-0, 1-0, 4-0, that is exactly what is called being WHOOPED & WHIPPED my dearest friend!!!!

  • sg05 on February 2, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    IND need IRFAN and UTHAPPA too, uthappa has the ability to play well in especially FOREIGN pitches he s a WELL hitter in Foreign ground earlier days He done that in CB series also Opening partnership with sachin and helped(as a opener he done little bit) india to won the seies 1ST time in aus he blasted his every 50's in ENG,Aus. Sehwag will be well suit in Asian pitches

  • on February 2, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    I have a question and I hope I can get an answer here. It is regarding Tendulkar 99 centuries, which is a great achivement. I want to know how many of those centuries wer against Major test playing nations meaning that they were not scored against Namibia, Kenya, Zim, Bangladesh, Ireland, Holland, scotland, Bangladesh, and of those centuries scored against a major nations how many were in games where India won . ( Not including the draws/ties) and can we have the same STAT for Punter as well? My guess is Only 40 percent of Tendulkar tons were in wining causes, where as for Punter it will be more then 65 percent.

  • satanswish on February 2, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Even out streeside bowlers bowl way better than this guy called Vinay Kumar. Can't belive such an ordinary player played Test Match for India. Such mediocre players play for India purely as Dhoni Lobby.

  • AvidCricFan on February 2, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    India has problems with the Delhi openers. They have performed miserably in overseas tournaments of any format. How long will Shewag and Gambhir be persisted? They need to be given break until they sort out their technic and mental problems. Not sure why Dhoni is persisting with Vinay Kumar when he has a better option with batting allrounder in Irfan Pathan. Pathan will be as effective as Vinay Kumar in bowling.

  • Meety on February 2, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Simple plan for the next T20, bring back Sachin, Dravid, VVS & Ganguly. I also hear that Mo Azzharruddin is keen for a go too!!!! I think Sunny wants a part of the IPL riches too, give him a go. They'll play better & that WOULD be entertaining!!!

  • mjee on February 2, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Dhoni should have taken more risk early - you cannot expect to score at 25 runs an over in the final three overs!!!. They ended up 06 down preserved wickets but lost the match - better tried and lost than not try at all!. Also, people commenting on Sri Lankan team - at least we won matches on the South Africa tour. In current form the Aussie women's team will beat India!. I recall all the hype from everyone in India before the start of the tour about beating Australia - what happened to all those pandits!!! - SILENCE. LOL

  • on February 1, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    I dont understand all the hoopla about Rohit Sharma. I had said earlier he is a Nohit Sharma. He has proven that. First ball and he was bold. Its funny some fans are defending him by saying he was out because he was warming the benches lol. That means he will be out first ball in first match then, will make a few runs next over and then by the time series is over he may make a fifty and his fans and selectors will make him a real hit. But mark my word this guy is a great nohit.

  • Des_65 on February 1, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    How can the whole team play bad? Is it a conspiracy to ouster Fletcher. I wrote about it when India lost to England in 2011.

  • jaztech on February 1, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    It's probably worth mentioning that one of the reasons why Australia is so lowly ranked in T20s is that they have always, up until now, basically repicked the TEST team for the T20s, with the inclusion of 3 or 4 T20 specialists. Clarke as captain etc. was an absurdity which all the supporters knew would never work but which the selectors were to gutless, or insipid or whatever to change. I guess they finally got with the program by realising (man were they stupid before) that what you need for a T20 game is an ENTIRE TEAM full of T20 specialists. India are pretty much walking the path that Australia has taken up until its recent shakeup.

  • Des_65 on February 1, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    With the current form of the Indian team, even retired batmen can score big hundreds and bowlers take wickets.

  • spinkingKK on February 1, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    I was a big opposition to Vinay Kumar. However, this match proved to me that he does belong in T20 side. It was full committment from him. He bowled with increased pace and consistently troubled the batsmen and he had no hesitation in throwing himself in the field. Well done. Maybe he didn't have enough confidence in the tests and he didn't beleive himself that he belonged. India should bring in Irfan Pathan. I don't understand why Yousuf Pathan doesn't get a chance in T20's. He is India's biggest hitter. I beleive India should play Sachin in the next match.

  • MWaqqar on February 1, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    The problem with the big five Indian batsmen is they cannot be dropped and they know it. Plus being millioniers and undroppable they have lost their past vigor and will.

  • jsnaurvi on February 1, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Lot of people consider IPL as India's poor performance, but how many of you guys are going to boycott IPl... i hope none... Unless people stop going to stadiums and watching it on TV, BCCI is not going to stop that.

  • on February 1, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    If you notice, there is a familiar trend with dhoni. He starts really slow, and when the game is beyond reach he accelerates and he ends up looking good at the scoreboard. He has done this a countless number of times in odi's and t20. He does have the game but he plays in a shell and when the game is out of hand he becomes fearless and starts taking apart everything lol Don't get me wrong he plays good cricket at times but pressure has been getting to him lately. He used to be an excellent batsman and paced his innings well before he got the captaincy , he did play few good captain knocks but you can always argue they were all on flat tracks in the subcontinent. I still think dhoni is an asset to the team, just give the captaincy to someone else and let the guy do his freestyle.

  • Prakshalan on February 1, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Don't worry guys!!! - Sachin and Sehwag are great players after 20-25 failures they will comeback into "form" for "few games"...then we all forget about their failures and start praising them as heroes. If you want India to win then show the banners "No form - No place"!!!

  • mechikka on February 1, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Dhoni , I will tell this again you won the T20 world cup and World cup by fluke ( or you should thank Irfan, Rohit , Raina, Yuvraj). Irfan is far better player than Dhoni, why the selectors or team management do not realize this. Vinay Kumar, I can challenge I can smack his bowling on any given day.

  • MiddleStump on February 1, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Well at least Vinay Kumar is consistent. Whether it is a test or a T20, he goes for 7 an over.

  • Kavum on February 1, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said: "Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another". This is absolutely true of these "fans" who post here. Drop Sehwag? The man who set an ODI individual scoring record just the other day? He was a Demi-God then and received the adulation of all these "critics". How fickle can you get? Get a grip!

  • rapidchase88 on February 1, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Dhoni should come up!! at 1 down. He really played well today. Indians need some strong PUSH some one like him or VEERU, One big win single handedly then I think they will be back again. Looking for one BIG BANGING KNOCK. They also can experiment with PATAN at 1 down if SEHWAG goes early then dhoni can push himself up in the order 2down. Then Raina/Kohili/Rohit/Jadeja it really looks good for win. Why rahulsharma/jadeja/ashwin 3 spinner got selected, its a surprise in today's match.

  • Hurricane08 on February 1, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Not sure what the definition of failure is in the Indian dressing room. We are still persisting with Sehwag/Gambhir as openers? Why?

  • Ganchu on February 1, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Everybody critisisng Vinaykumar,but think about experianced and great players ?what they have done ? --zero

  • Ganchu on February 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Its time to replace Shewag,he don't have any responsibility and simply throw the wicket,atleast Uthappa could have been given the chance provided his multi skills

  • aravabalaji on February 1, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Well Sehwag is another Yusuf Pathan in the making. Always belying expectations. Can he not fight for himself (of course with performance)?

  • palla.avinash on February 1, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    we indians never talk good about bowlers who bowl vinay kumar proved that he belongs in highest when it comes t20 and odis,next rohit sharma was out of because of his lazyness rather than delivery.he needs to change his attitude.rahul sharma bowled with his full heart,if dhoni would have made david hussey stumping he would have more wickets and india might have.sehwag never performed when the ball swings even his fielding is poor and gambir is getting runs but he needs to convert then 1 century will make huge difference in gambirs game.

  • Unmesh_cric on February 1, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Rohit Sharma was in great form when he arrived in Australia...with very good performance against Windies. He continued his good form in the practice matches in Australia. But the team management just let him warm the bench for one month. He should have been picked at least for the last Test. I hope he is still in good form and being on the sidelines for so long hasn't affected his form. Generally, Rohit and Kohli bat well together...looking forward to some good partnerships by them in the ODI series.

  • on February 1, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    dhoni its enough, get out of the team.....

  • on February 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    what Dhoni was doing there,at one stage 15 from 25 balls.

  • immit13 on February 1, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    What is Sehwag doing in this young team? Where is Varun Aaron? will he never get a chance to play in Australia? Where is Irfan & Yusuf Pathan? should have played good bowlers atleast, how come Vinay Kumar is getting so many chances? does he have anything yet to prove??? that is is totaly ordinary at this level. TOTALLY RIDICULOUS TEAM SELECTION! CB Series finals will be AUS vs SL...Team INDIA should only play IPL where they can hide the team's/player's shortcomings by getting highly paid world class players.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 1, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @ZUBER21886 . ROHIT IS A GOOD PLAYER . GIVE HIM 2- 3 MATCHES AND HE WILL SHOW YOU WHY HE IS CONSIDERED GOOD BY ALL CRICKET EXPERTS OVER THE WOLRD ? ALSO 1 T20 BATTING FAILURE / SUCESS DOESN'T PROVE ANYTHING . EXAMPLE IS SHAUN MARSH WHO MADE A BLISTERING 99 IN BBL & DIDN'T EVEN MAKE 99 IN WHOLE 4 TEST MATCHES .

  • sashi94 on February 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    AriGold.. the world cup was in 50 over cricket.. not in t20. Go watch the quarterfinals, Ind vs. Aus. You will see who got whooped!

  • pritpalpabla on February 1, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Another defeat on the tour... I knew it.. That's why I didn't bother to wake up early in the morning(03:30AM EST time) to watch the match... thank god I choose my sleep over India's match ....

  • on February 1, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Come on INDIA .... get use of Irfan, we can utilise in all formats of the game...... But this is the first time, in which we surrendered to australia's spinners... especially to part time spinners.............

  • on February 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    why Gambhir-Sehwag again, we already saw them a lot

  • om.pani on February 1, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I think these days ashvin is better batsman than shewag.give some break for shewag

  • Kavum on February 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Another highlight was our favourite commentator's latest addition to the English Language via a gloriously mixed and mangled idiom. Probably meaning to say "ahead or the game" or "ahead of the curve" and probably having practiced "behind the eight ball" (which means exactly the opposite), methinks I heard him say that one side was "ahead of the eight ball" when placed in an advantageous position. Any one else notice?

  • indushekhar5432 on February 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    y all talk abt vinay ! talk abt virendar sehwag s performance/ gautam gambhirs performence vinay is just a learner yet wt hs happend 2 t openers! poor batting sehwag is playin as if he dont want 2 play

  • arvin101 on February 1, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    It's time to drop Sehwag.. It's gonna cost us just 4 runs every match.. We could survive that..

  • zuber21886 on February 1, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    poor Rohit sharma, could have done better if given more chances

  • rahulcricket007 on February 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    IT'S TIME WE START FINDING A GOOD OPENER . SEHWAG IS TOO IRRESPONSIBLE.

  • on February 1, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I feel sorry for India really. If only they worked hard and learned lessons from English tour instead of bragging and media hype they create all the time.

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    India have started the T20 right where they left test matches. One big difference in Aust tour is that here they have a chance to beat Srilanka in ODI. otherwise it is going to be Replay of England tour.

  • AriGold on February 1, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    World cup winning team and captain beaten by a debutant player/captain with a team with only one current test player.... hahahahahaha... how fake are the world champions????

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Took a VOW, NOT to watch coming T20 & Tri-Series .. PATHETIC. Looser attitude from Shewag, Ghambir, Ashwin, Dhoni... Embaressment to see Oz spinners win match while ours loose. Dhoni's pathetic keeping ..missing crucial stumping, catches, leaking runs behind wicket. Shewag body language on ground from start was of looser. Dhoni lost his apetite for winning games, no sense in leading team with looser attitude.. need to give him break from cricket for some months. All test players should be sent back to india else their looser attitude disease will infect the fresh minds too. PATHETIC

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Does Gambhir still want rank turners prepared at home??? Becuase Aus spinners demolished the PAPER TIGERS today! Aus spinners figures: 10-0-48-3

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  • on February 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Does Gambhir still want rank turners prepared at home??? Becuase Aus spinners demolished the PAPER TIGERS today! Aus spinners figures: 10-0-48-3

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Took a VOW, NOT to watch coming T20 & Tri-Series .. PATHETIC. Looser attitude from Shewag, Ghambir, Ashwin, Dhoni... Embaressment to see Oz spinners win match while ours loose. Dhoni's pathetic keeping ..missing crucial stumping, catches, leaking runs behind wicket. Shewag body language on ground from start was of looser. Dhoni lost his apetite for winning games, no sense in leading team with looser attitude.. need to give him break from cricket for some months. All test players should be sent back to india else their looser attitude disease will infect the fresh minds too. PATHETIC

  • AriGold on February 1, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    World cup winning team and captain beaten by a debutant player/captain with a team with only one current test player.... hahahahahaha... how fake are the world champions????

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    India have started the T20 right where they left test matches. One big difference in Aust tour is that here they have a chance to beat Srilanka in ODI. otherwise it is going to be Replay of England tour.

  • on February 1, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I feel sorry for India really. If only they worked hard and learned lessons from English tour instead of bragging and media hype they create all the time.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    IT'S TIME WE START FINDING A GOOD OPENER . SEHWAG IS TOO IRRESPONSIBLE.

  • zuber21886 on February 1, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    poor Rohit sharma, could have done better if given more chances

  • arvin101 on February 1, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    It's time to drop Sehwag.. It's gonna cost us just 4 runs every match.. We could survive that..

  • indushekhar5432 on February 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    y all talk abt vinay ! talk abt virendar sehwag s performance/ gautam gambhirs performence vinay is just a learner yet wt hs happend 2 t openers! poor batting sehwag is playin as if he dont want 2 play

  • Kavum on February 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Another highlight was our favourite commentator's latest addition to the English Language via a gloriously mixed and mangled idiom. Probably meaning to say "ahead or the game" or "ahead of the curve" and probably having practiced "behind the eight ball" (which means exactly the opposite), methinks I heard him say that one side was "ahead of the eight ball" when placed in an advantageous position. Any one else notice?