India in Australia 2011-12 January 27, 2012

Stop the madness

Ben Hilfenhaus’ body is built for a purpose, and you can’t imagine that purpose was ever running, diving and throwing all in one motion.
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Ben Hilfenhaus’ body is built for a purpose, and you can’t imagine that purpose was ever running, diving and throwing all in one motion.

Hilfenhaus doesn’t have the body shape of an athletic fielder. He’s not a huge man, but he’s got a solid trunk on him, more tree than ballet dancer. There aren’t many moving parts. It just all seems to be made to propel the ball at a fair rate and swing it away.

That’s why it was odd that a Hilfenaus run, dive and throw was the final sign that India have just not been up to it this summer. The whole thinking behind the incident told you everything you needed to know about Team India.

A nightwatchman came in for a No. 7 in a dead-rubber Test that was already lost only for the proper batsman to try and farm the strike and be run out by a few centimetres when the opposition fast bowler threw the stumps down as India’s star batsman didn’t quite dive to full effect.

There isn’t a part of this run-out that doesn’t show India just hasn’t been with it this series. They are every bit the middle-aged guy with a comb over and party shirt dancing on his own in the corner of a crowded nightclub.

The idea that Wriddhiman Saha, who had handled himself very well in the first innings during a tough period, would need a nightwatchman is absurd. But let’s say that he wanted one.

Why was Virat Kohli trying to get on strike so bad, it wasn’t as if India needed that single, any chance of winning the game had disappeared long ago? Surely it wasn’t so that Ishant Sharma didn’t have to face Nathan Lyon, known tail-end destroyer that he is.

Even Virat’s dive was not fully stretched out, it was a technical error in the middle of a bunch of basic cricket smarts errors. Perhaps he was tired. Mentally and physically.

And why didn’t Sharma say no, any single there was unnecessarily risky, and he must have known his job was to face the bowling, not stand at the non-strikers end.

Also, why is Ashwin India’s spokesman, they have a media manager already, so why is Ashwin sent out every time India have a bad day when the average age of the side is 110-years old. Surely one of the experienced players should come out, Tendulkar hasn’t come out once, and VVS only once.

And while we’re talking about it, why was Australia p***ing about with stupid batting and not just slogging to set a total. They had five wickets in hand. Just have a go.

Can you even believe they batted on for 11 minutes after lunch? I mean why does it really matter if they are 500 runs in front or 478, or 283,095 runs in front, it wasn’t like India were going to go for one total, or feel psychologically obstructed by another.

This is all ridiculous. If I were Virender Sehwag, I would have probably requested the extra 30 minutes be tacked on to the day’s play, because what is the point of a fifth day in this Test.

My main fear at the moment is that CA and the BCCI will conspire to add another Test to this series and ESPNcricinfo will request that I cover that Test.

Just end this. Now. Please. Come on. I’ve done my time. This is pointless. Help me.

I don’t care about Ponting’s comeback, Clarke’s good PR, Virat’s finger, Dhoni’s suspension, Sehwag’s natural game, Siddle’s wrist position or even Sachin’s pointless statistical milestone, I just want this all to stop. Even you Big Bash, you can p*** off too. Please end Australian summer. I don’t care if I’m abducted by rough-loving aliens, just get me out of here. It’s enough already.

Eight is more than enough for me.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • Tim on February 14, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    After that run out, the rest of the Indians should have gone out into the middle of the ground, dropped their daks, bent over and let the Aussies finish the job.

  • Arun MAK on January 31, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Someone asked the Indian cricketers why they were failing so repeatedly on their tours of England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand... (To Be Continued...) Captain: (Somberly) "They asked us to take the tours, but never said we have to play cricket." So their Board decided that their future tours shall be only against School Kids, that too only below the age 12.

    Sachin, hold on for few more months. IF LUCKY THE RECORD WILL BE YOURS.

    CAN THE OTHER BOARDS SEE IF THE TEAM THEY CHOOSE TO FACE INDIA HAS MORE GIRLS IN THE AGE 5 - 8? LET INDIA TOO WIN SOME MATCHES ON YOUR SOIL.

  • MAK2607 on January 31, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Hilarious indeed. I remember one of their commentators saying, "The series is already over and now all they have is to play for their pride." Pride? What pride? Even if they are stripped to nothing in the middle of 'Times Square', in broad day light, they will still call it Marketing for their IPL. It is high time the other Cricket Associations take some stiff action to safeguard cricket. Just because india generates more money, they have their say? Reminds of two Quips, one by Geoff Boycott, when he said abt an indian bowler:he wouldn't bowl my grandma in the back yard & 2nd:Gayle applying for indian team. no point in hecking Jarrod. If the Indians had any real self respect, they should stop patronizing. KICK OUT SACHIN, DRAVID, DHONI. PRAGYAN OJHA - WHENEVER HE WAS IN THE TEAM / SQUAD... IT WAS A DISASTER. JUST SCRAP THEM ALL. START AFRESH

  • Meety on January 31, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Without doubt the whole Nightwatchmen then run out saga was amongst the dumbest cricket I'd seen in a test match. At lest Allan Donald getting runout in a W/Cup semi was due to a high pressure situation. I thought it was very poetic that Hilfy performed the run out on the "star" batsmen, given his whining in the press about the nasty Ozzys & Hilfy being singled out! Ahhh lovely!

  • robin on January 31, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    I regularly watch the two chucks, you guys are awesome! your irreverent and caustic remarks on all and sundry is just hilarious Hope to continue seeing you and your writing on cricinfo. Keep it up!!

  • Nikhil Damle on January 30, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    I am with you on this one! Since they wouldn't stop, I just switched to the Oz Open. Thankfully, Paes (all of 39), Djoko and Nadal made my weekend brighter than it ever has been this Australian summer, rather its been more like the English summer!!

  • Ramanna Rai on January 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Very well written,unfortunately Indian fans thrive on this madness, it won`t stop them from worshipping cricket even if it is 16-0 ,all that they need is cricket and cricket ,even more so with the addition (or addiction???)of IPL, such GROSS waste of time, can understand if it is world cup, wasting time on such series where a professional team does not seem to bother about any improvements,unashamed of defeats is not worth it.Attitude of Gambhir and Sehwag is shocking especially after thier post series comments on turning pitches, or winning in India 2-0 , God save Indian cricket rather the Indian fans, plesae utilise your time in something worthwhile, I have already wasted few minutes here ,but I swear to myself NOT any more on this topic.

  • Anonymous on January 30, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Very well written,unfortunately Indian fans thrive on this madness, it won`t stop them from worshipping cricket even if it is 16-0 ,all that they need is cricket and cricket ,even more so with the addition (or addiction???)of IPL, such GROSS waste of time, can understand if it is world cup, wasting time on such series where a professional team does not seem to bother about any improvements,unashamed of defeats is not worth it.Attitude of Gambhir and Sehwag is shocking especially after thier post series comments on turning pitches, or winning in India 2-0 , God save Indian cricket rather the Indian fans, plesae utilise your time in something worthwhile, I have already wasted few minutes here ,but I swear to myself NOT any more on this topic.

  • mohana.m on January 30, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    The bravo indian fans don't worry, because every body to time will come bad or good., so now time for indian cricket team is going bad .Dear fans rember that time when our team lift the world cup trophy,When all worlds fan's enjoied. So with in six month India will come back In No-1 Possition. Fans please belive India, and what's going on Ingland in Abudabhi.

  • mohana.m on January 30, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    India Have deffited white wash from aussies, dosn't matter but Idia have strong and Good record holder player, in a game loose or win dosn't matter, but here is not deffiated here is surrender our self . and Indian plaerwas demoralaised teir fans.and they have not played like bravomen. this is the shame for india because of we are greatest in the world, in every field.

  • Tim on February 14, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    After that run out, the rest of the Indians should have gone out into the middle of the ground, dropped their daks, bent over and let the Aussies finish the job.

  • Arun MAK on January 31, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Someone asked the Indian cricketers why they were failing so repeatedly on their tours of England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand... (To Be Continued...) Captain: (Somberly) "They asked us to take the tours, but never said we have to play cricket." So their Board decided that their future tours shall be only against School Kids, that too only below the age 12.

    Sachin, hold on for few more months. IF LUCKY THE RECORD WILL BE YOURS.

    CAN THE OTHER BOARDS SEE IF THE TEAM THEY CHOOSE TO FACE INDIA HAS MORE GIRLS IN THE AGE 5 - 8? LET INDIA TOO WIN SOME MATCHES ON YOUR SOIL.

  • MAK2607 on January 31, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Hilarious indeed. I remember one of their commentators saying, "The series is already over and now all they have is to play for their pride." Pride? What pride? Even if they are stripped to nothing in the middle of 'Times Square', in broad day light, they will still call it Marketing for their IPL. It is high time the other Cricket Associations take some stiff action to safeguard cricket. Just because india generates more money, they have their say? Reminds of two Quips, one by Geoff Boycott, when he said abt an indian bowler:he wouldn't bowl my grandma in the back yard & 2nd:Gayle applying for indian team. no point in hecking Jarrod. If the Indians had any real self respect, they should stop patronizing. KICK OUT SACHIN, DRAVID, DHONI. PRAGYAN OJHA - WHENEVER HE WAS IN THE TEAM / SQUAD... IT WAS A DISASTER. JUST SCRAP THEM ALL. START AFRESH

  • Meety on January 31, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Without doubt the whole Nightwatchmen then run out saga was amongst the dumbest cricket I'd seen in a test match. At lest Allan Donald getting runout in a W/Cup semi was due to a high pressure situation. I thought it was very poetic that Hilfy performed the run out on the "star" batsmen, given his whining in the press about the nasty Ozzys & Hilfy being singled out! Ahhh lovely!

  • robin on January 31, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    I regularly watch the two chucks, you guys are awesome! your irreverent and caustic remarks on all and sundry is just hilarious Hope to continue seeing you and your writing on cricinfo. Keep it up!!

  • Nikhil Damle on January 30, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    I am with you on this one! Since they wouldn't stop, I just switched to the Oz Open. Thankfully, Paes (all of 39), Djoko and Nadal made my weekend brighter than it ever has been this Australian summer, rather its been more like the English summer!!

  • Ramanna Rai on January 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Very well written,unfortunately Indian fans thrive on this madness, it won`t stop them from worshipping cricket even if it is 16-0 ,all that they need is cricket and cricket ,even more so with the addition (or addiction???)of IPL, such GROSS waste of time, can understand if it is world cup, wasting time on such series where a professional team does not seem to bother about any improvements,unashamed of defeats is not worth it.Attitude of Gambhir and Sehwag is shocking especially after thier post series comments on turning pitches, or winning in India 2-0 , God save Indian cricket rather the Indian fans, plesae utilise your time in something worthwhile, I have already wasted few minutes here ,but I swear to myself NOT any more on this topic.

  • Anonymous on January 30, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Very well written,unfortunately Indian fans thrive on this madness, it won`t stop them from worshipping cricket even if it is 16-0 ,all that they need is cricket and cricket ,even more so with the addition (or addiction???)of IPL, such GROSS waste of time, can understand if it is world cup, wasting time on such series where a professional team does not seem to bother about any improvements,unashamed of defeats is not worth it.Attitude of Gambhir and Sehwag is shocking especially after thier post series comments on turning pitches, or winning in India 2-0 , God save Indian cricket rather the Indian fans, plesae utilise your time in something worthwhile, I have already wasted few minutes here ,but I swear to myself NOT any more on this topic.

  • mohana.m on January 30, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    The bravo indian fans don't worry, because every body to time will come bad or good., so now time for indian cricket team is going bad .Dear fans rember that time when our team lift the world cup trophy,When all worlds fan's enjoied. So with in six month India will come back In No-1 Possition. Fans please belive India, and what's going on Ingland in Abudabhi.

  • mohana.m on January 30, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    India Have deffited white wash from aussies, dosn't matter but Idia have strong and Good record holder player, in a game loose or win dosn't matter, but here is not deffiated here is surrender our self . and Indian plaerwas demoralaised teir fans.and they have not played like bravomen. this is the shame for india because of we are greatest in the world, in every field.

  • Natwar Modani on January 30, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Good to see someone pointing out the problem with sending a nightwatchman for number 7 position in some reasonable detail. However, I think not enough blame to given to the captain (Here or anywhere else). Even if Saha wanted that cover, the captain should have put his foot down and told Saha to go in. I think for this reason alone, Sehwag should be considered captaincy material for future.

  • anil bhaskar on January 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Main reason for India's failure was India's openers, Sachin's century and lack of Dravid's form

  • Talha Khokhar on January 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Lets go Mr. Kimber the true cricket "IPL" is starting... lets forget about the boring test cricket and watch some exciting and high quality cricket... and you'll see the same players performing up to there max there... because thats what cricket is all about... big money... cool parties... and half naked chicks...

  • Shashank on January 29, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    On his last visit four years ago, there were standing ovations at every venue from crowds that probably didn't expect to see him again. This time also we have seen same view across all venues he played, hoping that this could be his last test tour in Australia. I can bet my life on this that Sachin will return back again in next Australia tour. Believe it or not but he is Sachin and not any other cricketer.

  • TJ on January 28, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    "....when the average age of the side is 110-years old"

    That was EPIC lmao

  • Anonymous on January 28, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    senior players may be thinking the retirement age is 58 as in government service

  • faisal on January 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Why is it i dont see any Indain fan commenting on any of the Article these days. Comments section these days is so boring mybe Ashwin can come over and also comment on Indian fans behalf!!!!!! ........just giving some idea to BCCI maybe he is better off being the media manager for the whole Inda !!!!!

  • jegannath on January 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    This horrendous performance has had a really p****ng off effect not just on the Indian fanbase apparently .. more than the whitewash, it was the sheer lack of fight which is embarassing .. even if i were a neutral, i would loved to hav seen a good cricketing contest .. alas !!! N i fully agree with the pointless statistical milestone .. the indian public needs to realise this big time .. a debut innings of 15 that wins a test match is zillion times better than a hunderdth century that doesnt ..

  • Ali Tabish on January 28, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    At least we don't have to go through this agony till September.....BCCI have finally found the answer to their recurring problems in Test Matches......Just don't play any....

  • Aatman on January 28, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Couldn't agree with you more, this has to stop, this pointless, endless, relentlessly poor cricket by India.

  • Krishna Kumar on January 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Very good article, it has been a ridiculous performance by the Indians.Losing is part of the game but going down without a fight is nonsense. Please Indian cricketers, do not denigrate the cricket viewing public of 2 great nations. And to the senior Indian players,for heaven's sake, move on before you lose whatever remains of your self respect

  • China on January 28, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    India demonstrated they had less heart than a split caraway seed. Yesterday was their national day as well, and they looked about as dangerous as being flogged with wet spaghetti. I gave it up and went and did a lamb roast.

    Sharma summed it all up with his comment a couple of weeks ago- play us at home and see what happens. Its the T20 mindset of the IPL- I'll just get through this game and into the next one because it doesn't maatter and someone still has bags of cash for me. Unfortunately test cricket requires the application of mental stamina and demonstration of character. The absence of the former supports the loss of the latter

  • harmske on January 28, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    "They are every bit the middle-aged guy with a comb over and party shirt dancing on his own in the corner of a crowded nightclub." Brilliant, a very apt metaphor! Not only does this team not have it anymore, it also refuses to except that it doesn't! And for those thinking things can't get any worse, losing to a SL team that is completely in shambles (on the field and with it's administration) will surely be rock bottom...

  • Melbunite on January 28, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Eight losses in a row is more than enough for me too. So Cricket dial now switched to OFF alarm now set for Hello ASHES... Nite.

  • tez on January 28, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    well written,totally agree with every point.i have one gripe,im sick of them rubbishing nz's win over them as some blip,or just a game they lost that was suppose to be a warm up but know one told the kiwi's.

    kiwis may not have the stars that india have but they are a better cricket team,we are bad at tests,but if ozzie only got 3 tests a year and one of them was against zim im sure they wouldnt be as flash either. but its what makes money and thats it,once india (and its really not far away)are at the bottom of the heap,you wont see huge sponsors throwing money at them and getting there names on the boundary rope.give us 4 against the ozzies now and we might lose 4 nil.but we will play alot tuffer than that weak,team of solo acts. tezza

  • ashish on January 28, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Excellent article. Very well written. Thanks for understanding the feelings of the patrons & converting them into words.

  • Anonymous on January 28, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Sounds like someone needs a hug

  • Stevo on January 28, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    If they add a fifth test I'll cover it for you. You've got the best job in the world, stop whining ;)

  • Jay on January 28, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    hahahah Jarrod, I hear ya. You are not alone in this mad wild goose chase buddy. As an Indian fan I have spent the last 8 test matches bathing in fire. It was a horrific ordeal of HOLOCAUST proportions. Watching this Indian team was like having a snake slither around my body. I have had ENOUGH of these clowns. The Aussies could have actually taken the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after the Sydney test.. could have saved a lot of valuable man hours for many people including myself. Thanks BCCI and CA... I don't need ANY MORE cricket for a lifetime. No more IPL, no more Big Bash, no more Indian test matches. Enough for this lifetime.

  • Thinktank on January 28, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    It is high time to make sweeping changes in the team. New players with talent and energy be brought into the team who would play both for the pride of their country as well as remain aware of stay-as-you-play plan. In this case, the worse that can happen is that India will not win. That will not be any different from present. But the fresh players can learn and only get better. With present players like Sehwag or Dravid, who can remove their technical flaws in their batting ? They will remain the same as they remained the same always. Above all, the captain should be changed without any delay. Dhoni should accept the responsibility of the consistent failure not only in the matches and their outcome, but also he failed to generate the team spirit that is so essential for a team to win. His own batting performance has been dismal consistently. If all this is not done even now, there is no point to follow any match played by team India anywhere.

  • Will on January 28, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Please get a sub editor to look at this piece. Now. Please. Come on. This is pointless.

    Kimber obviously has something to say about cricket - he just needs some help writing it down

  • BringBack7TestSeries on January 28, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Please Jarrod, either stop whining or join "Team India" as their media manager :) I'll happily take your ESPNcricinfo gig!

  • Govind on January 28, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Thanks- first time anything about this ill-fated series made me crack a smile!

  • Thinktank on January 28, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    I share the agony of Jarrod for having to watch India playing cricket at international level in a manner which does not justify to even their place in the ICC. I saw them playing in England a few months ago and now in Australia they are back. Losing a match or two completely in any series can be forgotten if you can make a comeback fight in the remaining few. But with Indian cricket team, it is obvious the problem lies with the team both as a whole as well as individuals. I did not see a single player playing as if for their country. They had huge technical flaws in their batting, they had no desperation to save their wickets and thus any respect of their country's place in cricket. They did not have team spirited nor showed any signs of a group of well bonded players who support each other. We all know they are individuals with big egos thriving on their past performances. I was disgusted to see how their key batsmen kept throwing their wickets consistently in every innings.

  • Siddhartha on January 28, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    You just about summed up all the anger and hatred I feel towards the attitudes and elephants we have in our team

  • Jose P on January 28, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Why didn't you get out own your own? Why do you want someone to get you out? Did you get the virus of "non-get-outabilty" from the Indian senior cricketers and their senior coaching staff?

  • Ka on January 28, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Hilarious!

  • Ankit on January 28, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    you're getting well rewarded to do an easy job and you can't even do that properly - its all biased. Get over yourself.

  • Anonymous on January 28, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    if you don't like test cricket - get another job. I say keep em coming.

  • Gb on January 28, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Try to get some fresh air.

  • anuAddict on January 28, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Exactly, stop this madness! Madness of bringing young batsmen to tour and not giving them *any* game after continued abject failure of 'legends'. Madness of Changing *nothing* to try and shake off the entire team, management and administration from a long slumber that started in English tour. Madness of selecting a labelled failed bowler (Vinay Kumar) series after series when most generous of observers failed to see any spark for something that could become big. Madness to keep focus on 100th 100 when basic team milestones like tests going to 5th day, scores reaching 300, manage to get opposition out <400 (ie 10 wickets) have proven to be elusive and clearly out of team focus. Madness to let nutters with no sense of pride or background in the game run the entire cricketing establishment in a cricket crazy country. Madness indeed.

  • lolly on January 28, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Well it is more interesting when the Aussies are losing, I'll give you that. India have been visiting duffsville all summer. What a stupid series.

  • A thoroughly embarrassed Indian on January 28, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. Please for God's sake stop this crazy madness. This kind of cricket is insane. This should even be embarrassing for Australians. They deserve better cricket I am sure.

  • Matt on January 28, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Hilarious!! Bout time someone spiced up some of these dreary circket articles. The Indians have been a joke, and hardly acting in the interests of people following the tour with the media conferences, and not sending some of the greats out, especially since they speak quite good English. Good to see the belting they have handed out to a lack lustre and under prepared cricket side, whose only interest is talking about how much they are going to prepare turning wickets for a return series!

  • Roger D on January 28, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Haha, nice article. I want to address one aspect of it which a lot of people seem to have missed. There are two good reasons why Clarke chose to bat 11 minutes after lunch, and it wasn't to reach a round 500 figure.

    It was very hot and the Indians were already exhausted, mentally and physically. He brought them out again to make them wonder how much loooonger they'd be fielding in that heat, toiling away at a hopeless cause.

    The second reason was to disrupt whatever rhythm the Indian openers may have had. Instead of going to lunch knowing they'd be batting, they had to prepare to field again. This forces the openers to shift mindset mid-stride rather than in the relative comfort of lunch.

    The Indians didn't know it would only be 11 minutes. It could conceivably have been an hour. The whole purpose was to grind them into the ground by crushing what remained of their morale.

    Steve Waugh called it 'mental disintegration'. I'm very happy to see Clarke has a bit of attrition about him.

  • thermyan on January 28, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Why are you a cricket commentator? Maybe its time to start up that colourful vegan cupcake business or follow netball?

  • Abhi on January 27, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Haha! As an Indian fan.. I have to agree, STOP!

  • ravi on January 27, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    It was a constant torture on Indian Cricket fans. So much humiliation is just not acceptable. Infact there should be a mercy rule. Captains should be allowed to surrender/relinquish/forfeit a match when they see no hope. Or otherwise like in Golf, there should be a handicap system. Its a clear mismatch between Australia-Bangladesh, SouthAfrica-Zimbabwe and now add Australia-India to the list. It is just embarrasing to watch. If handicap system is there then atleast some intent or intensity to win would be there. hahaha.... am i getting too contemptuous!!

  • Sid V on January 27, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Amen to that!

    My boss is aussie and I've just begun to tune him out at work now too...I've gradually transcended down the scale from frustration to anger to apathy :(.

  • ray on January 27, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    it really is too painful to watch.....

  • Heels.0011 on January 27, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Couldn't have said it better myself! I feel your pain!!

  • SRB on January 27, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with you Jarrod Kimber. An Indian Fan.

  • Aloke Q on January 27, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    India just proved that they can not play outside India. What they need to do is to play series like Ashes between India and Pakistan, in India and in the middle east,if they do not want to go to Pakistan. They should play on bouncy pitch not tailored made pitch to create records of 15000 useless runs. Indian cricket board is the biggest stupid as India is going to be #5 team in the future. What a shame, they can not even draw a match, forget about wining. Get rid of half the players and build a new team and start playing with minos.

  • Vikas D on January 27, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    I share the sentiment.. 100%.. Stop the madness - NOW!

  • Nick brown on January 27, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    You idiot.

  • JK on January 27, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I coulnt agree with you more! Get us all out of there and please shut down the live telecast links! I cannot bear to see my team struggle like this.......

  • Adam on January 27, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Gee you're going to look like an idiot when the rain arrives with India 9 down. This could be the most exciting day of the whole series(es)

  • Sutiro on January 27, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    If you don't don't like covering cricket what the heck are you doing on this. Perhaps you should follow your own advice and p****off too.

  • Sutiro on January 27, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    If you don't don't like covering cricket what the heck are you doing on this. Perhaps you should follow your own advice and p****off too.

  • yougander reddy on January 27, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    cool article mann !! gud to see some one talking the facts.even im tired of seeing these selfish old trio playing and obstructing the place for likes of rohit and rahane .even dhoni shd go saha is wayy better and young too and scored 37 which dhoni tuk 3 matches to score leave tht 57 in scg.if india plays with the same team especially the batsmen i wont wonder india loosing its test status !! even afghanistan would put wayy better fight then this trio who think we know all .time up for the trio to bid bye and for dhoni too !! replace them with pujara,rahane,rohit and saha and manoj tiwary and mukund will be the reserves.thank god no laxman and dravid in odi squad otherwise we see samd selfish trio blocking the places for very talented youngsters.india has many youngsters coming up next time when they tour aus if pujara,rohir,kohli,rahane,mukund and manoj will be there. the result would read 2-2 !! in batting indian youngsters are wayy ahead of aussies !!

  • Shaikh Rahman on January 27, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    ROFLMFAO!!!

    EPIC

  • Fazil on January 27, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    We need a new Captain ( In Tests )I think Dhoni is good captain and player for 20/50 over format, he batting is not there for Tests. Virat can be grommed as a captain as he has talent, alibility to fight till last moment and carector which is whats needed to Lead, not saying this just because he scored a a century, i can see why he would be a good captain so i would make him vise Captain until then either Zaheer or Sachin can Lead. I never understood why Dravid streaches so far to play ordinary shots and does not move out of his creise to fast bowler, not like he is going to be stummped. VVS is completely done and no reason to take him in the team, we should acknowledge what all the 3 have done for india but time to retire two. Sachin i dont get it, he was playing so good and why is he defending to lyons, after he been the best player of spin so many years, its pethetic. Shevag and Gambhir should be dropped, bring in Rohit, Raina & Badrinath & Tivari.

  • Dig on January 27, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    The 11 minutes after lunch was to make sure the Indians had to go off to lunch, get up, all come out again then go back in. It's a very useful tactic to disrupt the mindset and emphasize one teams control over the game

  • Fazil on January 27, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    I agree with the comments here i could not take watching the game after VVS threw his wicket away for the 8th time in the series, that time was for caution and perhaps Virat may have been very tired to make that run decision, it boggles my mind why inform Rohit was never given a chance , it may be different if one out of 5 batsman were failing but this was like mass suicide of batting talent, so indian needed to make a change after 2nd test, playing extra spinner here would have helped a bit but ultimately batsman keep commiting grave mistakes, there is nothing in the pitch just look at how Shevag plays, first 6 shots he played were all catches and he should have been out the first ball he faced, he plays just as good of a shots on the ground , why does he think he need to give cathing practice to au is beyound me, i would never make him captain. His feild positions were shamefull and his lack of understanding of game is even more embrasing, please get a caption who can think.

  • Jacques Potgieter on January 27, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Very funny dude!!! and sadly also true! :-(

  • Uday on January 27, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    "There isn’t a part of this run-out that doesn’t show India just hasn’t been with it this series."

    Wow triple negative. Mind blown!

  • Anonymous on January 27, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Dude go to a shrink.

  • Ravi on January 27, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Funny article! But there is truth in this! So many irrational happenings defying explanation in this test... most are however from India side. Unless Clark wanted to give more rest to his bowlers their grafting was unexplainable. Kohli is part of India's future... he has a long way to go by way of improving temperament. As for the 4 senior musketeers... if any of them entertains any notion of a continued test career... it will be utterly shameless and brainless. The concept of honorable exit is unknown in India... sportsmen, politicians.... they refuse to call it a day unless forcibly ejected....

  • Ravi on January 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Funny article! But there is truth in this! So many irrational happenings defying explanation in this test... most are however from India side. Unless Clark wanted to give more rest to his bowlers their grafting was unexplainable. Kohli is part of India's future... he has a long way to go by way of improving temperament. As for the 4 senior musketeers... if any of them entertains any notion of a continued test career... it will be utterly shameless and brainless. The concept of honorable exit is unknown in India... sportsmen, politicians.... they refuse to call it a day unless forcibly ejected....

  • Syed on January 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    This incident can be used to quieten Kohli whenever he opens his mouth (which he will do a lot). I can imgine some interesting sledges to him duirng ODI part of the tour.

  • rohail ahmed on January 27, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    this article represents the frustration experts have regarding this series who were expecting a much closer series... trust me even as a pakistani i was expecting a much better series but this series has just destroyed my hopes....BUT when is INDIA's next overseas series in 2014.So who cares india will again win for the next 2 years so all will be forgotten and INDIA will once again be world champions...... its all the FTP's and the ICC FAULT

  • Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar on January 27, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Well Said!!

  • Kedar on January 27, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Freaking AWESOME!!!!

  • Rosco on January 27, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    They batted on for 11 minutes after lunch so the Indian openers didn't have a lunch break knowing they'd be going straight in to bat afterwards - just the 10 minutes of innings changeover. Gamesmanship.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 27, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    I hear you. End it!

  • Anil on January 27, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    I agree. All Indian fans have had enough. We wanted the team back home midway through the English tour too. It is sad to see India perform so poorly in countries where it matters. Dravid played so well during the difficult tour of England, what happened to him all of a sudden? Why is the media hyping Sachin's 100th ton, it is a meaningless statistic. Whoever counts total centuries in international cricket? He has already scored more than 50 in tests. Maybe 50 in ODIs will be a milestone. Aussies gameplan to sledge the opposition out of the contest seems to have worked again. I wonder why the Indians let it get to them even when they know what the Aussies are upto. Indian team must be breathing a sigh of relief now that they dont have to tour outside the indian subcontinent for another 2 years!

  • Nitin on January 27, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    me too.

  • Narayan on January 27, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Well said. This is team is not ready for any thing serious. There is some thing wrong in the team. Despite all the arguments, when did all the bid three failed at the same time. The whole attitude and body language reeks of defeatist attitude. There is not one man in that team that might be standing up in their hotel room and saying enough is enough let us fight, we got nothing to loose. Some how every body withdrew themselves into a shell. They need a leader who is a fighter. More like Ganguly.

    Now having said that, it is time for seniors to walk away. May be one home farewell test ? It may be a fitting end so they can score some meaning less on a flat wicket so at least they have a gracious exit. Overall this test proved out that, yes there are better wicket keepers than Dhoni. And yes our youngsters can play at international level. And yes Indian public should take BCCI to task by not buying any match tickets. The biggest culprit in this is BCCI. The clean up should start there.

  • sandy on January 27, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Nice. As an Indian fan, I feel India just gave up and are trying to get thru the schedule. Whats the point in playing if one team is not interested at all. Doesn't seem right but you can see that on faces of Indian Players. Gone are those days where they loose first match of away series badly and comeback like tigers for the second match and sometimes pull off a spectacular win. However that seems to be gone now. There is no self belief. But there is IPL. I am pretty sure IPL will be scrapped in another 2 years. But damage is already done. All promising youngsters are lured into money and not they don't have enough patience to bat for more than 50 odd balls. Recovery will be a very long one for team India. At some point all the teams become week but they just don't go down as bad as Indian team. First thing I would do is remove fletcher. Call for a domestic series with ZIM or Bangladesh. Let Dravid and Laxman retire on high note. Let Sachin score his 100th hundred.

  • criclover on January 27, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    "Just end this. Now. Please. Come on. I’ve done my time. This is pointless. Help me." lol, that was funny but so true. The whole tour was pointless after the first test match.

  • Krizanna on January 27, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    COULDN'T AGREE MORE! What a shocking tour! What a disastrous performance by India. I have never seen a worse Indian touring side in living memory!

  • vrm on January 27, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    well written! ..magnificiently undertoned and yet supremely sarcastic!! now, to put it bluntly, its a classic case of "the emperor is naked". not that team india were ever really emperors of test cricket, but this is an atrocious showing, with very few parallels in test history (yeah, we pehaps can take consolation there is bangladesh to keep us company). no, it is not just about losing 8 tests on a trot but the manner in which they were lost; abject surrender with no fight. Shameful performance!!!

  • Asadpk on January 27, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Hillarious, talk of rubbing salt....

  • XYZ on January 27, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    You guys dont have dare to talk about Sachin, you guys always owns the dirtiest palyers of the Gentelmen's game of Cricket,will u please shut up and mind your own business.

    One fine day, India will bounce back storngly, please come back that time

  • Jason on January 27, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    That was hilarious. People are looking at me funny after my laughing out loud on a crowded bus!

  • Chucka-Chucker on January 27, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    How many chucks would one chuck chuck if that one chuck could chuck the last two chucks?

  • anks on January 27, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    mate uare a fuckhead... come to india biddy we will flog u

  • Sens on January 27, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Jarrod, do you think you're Harry Potter to actually name the "He Who Must Not Be Named" and slight his wait for the stat milestone wait and also find fault at never turning up unless he's had milestone achieved?

  • darkstar on January 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Very well put. The ridiculousness of the proceedings is just unbearable. Coming into the dead rubber I'd hoped India will at lease play for pride. But it turned out to be too high of an expectation. At this point all I want is for this thing to get over.

  • Matt on January 27, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Nice.

  • Ashish Gupta on January 27, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Very well written. Just summaries very well how bad this test series was for India. Great work!

  • Andy on January 27, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Wat is your problem AH?? If you cant watch the game, switch off the TV and shut the f*** upmf. I don't _stand why a flank like ucry about something which is paying ur burgar. Yes the contest was poor, but they are at least doing some action.

  • Cricket in the USA. on January 27, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    "And while we’re talking about it, why was Australia p***ing about with stupid batting and not just slogging to set a total. They had five wickets in hand. Just have a go".

    Spoken like the great cricket analyst and tactician you undoubtedly are. I also enjoyed the nonsensical analogy to the middle aged guy in the nightclub. Are ESPNcricinfo actually paying you to write this dreck? If so, kudos.

  • Rileen on January 27, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Or maybe you could just take a vacation, or resign?

  • Imran on January 27, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    true!! a lot of nonsense altogether.

  • Ahmad on January 27, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Thanks for the entertainment during my lunch break, I can't finish my food because my abdomenal muscles are sore. This article sums up India's tour, cricket giants careers and Australia's pathetically scheduled summer. Great job Mr. Kimber

  • Xav on January 27, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Brilliant - keep it up!

  • Sham on January 27, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Eight? Eight Indian innings?

  • Machoman on January 27, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I am totally with you man. As an avid Indian supporter, I am so pissed off at the performance. I wouldnt be as mad if Team BCCI (dont want to call this an Indian team) if the guys showed a fighting spirit and lost. All I see is lame excuses all around. Yes it is not your home soil so what give atleast a good fight. You (BCCI Team) not only embarrass yourself but us fans who believe you are Team India. I agree with you and I am done with it and so should be the aging trio.

  • SSP on January 27, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    You are right, I hope the aliens do show up. If you have a problem, just quit and keep quiet. Stop crying like a baby in an article. The sarcasm does not help either, if you are a reporter, or a journalist, be professional, and stick to your job and dont falter ... else whats the difference between your performance in your field, and the cricket on display. Both of them suck.

  • Max on January 27, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    yeah Mate totally agree, just stop this bulls*** . its super anti climax. its not even a nightmare (remember you can wake up from a nightmare).

  • Aim4plus on January 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    I agree Chuck. Let the the middle-aged guys with a comb over and party shirt go home. We have seen enough. I can't take this any more.

  • Killer on January 27, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Wat an article Jarro really appreciated for nail downing the real fact. Yup Team(Bleed)BLUE deserve more Whitewash :P Whenever u ask abt d worst performances they wud say Cricket is a funny game. The real funny things Team blue are lethargic, abnegated Team(Bleed)BLUE never appreciate d opposition when dey performed up 2d mark. Anyhow if espn wud arrange another test match i wonder how Ashwin will reply to d media bcuz probably it might be another innings defeat. Common oY ur team Blue deserves lots of defeat and I'm loving it

  • Nachiketa Joshi on January 27, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I hear you, buddy! And I am waiting the winter (as opposed to your summer) to end in this part of the world, while being at the wrong end of the no-contest!

  • ray victor on January 27, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    It is simple to understand actually. Virat knew that none in the Indian batting lineup can stand up to this type of aggressive bowling, let alone Ishant. So, he just wanted to shield Ishant from getting out. Even if it was Dhoni at the other end, I think he would have done the same thing. Haven't we lost 4-5 wickets in the span of 1-2 overs in this series? Some of our batsmen are well past their prime and the remaining ones are woefully out of form.

  • Raman on January 27, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Great writing, Sir- hits the nail on the head.

  • Manju on January 27, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Excellent.

    Now the Indian 'fan'atics, who I'm sure will whinge here as well!

  • Richard Bryan on January 27, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    I like the sarcasm. But truth be told you've put the right finger on it: a reference to "Sachin's pointless milestone." This is all about him. As the presumed top bat in the world, I have generally been appalled by his approach. Can you imagine putting Lara in his shoe. West Indies perhaps would have lost all test matches but I am sure Lara would taken it to the Australians in at least one of the test matches. Someone's bowling figures would have suffered. Sachin has shown little intent even while batting with the usually reliable Dravid. Can you imagine Lara batting with Chanderpaul and take the same dour approach? The sight of Sachin groping against Lyons was painful. Alot of times, he wins the comparison with Lara as the batsman of their time. But I am sure even he would admit, Lara has more stomach for a fight against any pacer or spinner than he has. Now,he'll likely to feel hopelessly miserable about not achieving the milestone of 100 centuries.

  • KC on January 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I hear you brother. As a fan, I have had enough of this mindless series as well.

  • rp on January 27, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    brilliant!

  • Ram on January 27, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Love your article..I say end this misery. Just game one showed how well prepared Australia was for the series. They worked out each and every weaknesses of the Indian outfit. Professionals to the core. I got bored after India lost 2 in a row. Sack BCCI now!

  • Rajdev on January 27, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    You wrote: "...the average of the side is 110-years old." You mean total age?

    Although Indians have played like 110-years old!

    Rajan

  • gurucharan singh on January 27, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    i love this man's analysis of players in both the teams, he writes with elan, not sparing the self-praising by the cricketers and the roles that Ashwin or anybody takes over as a spokesman, Ashwin should keep quite being the junior most and let the seniors do the talking, if at all they have anything to talk about. well written articles, says it all, hope the players and the CA and BCCI read it. singh

  • Nasir Khan on January 27, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Lol man you need to chill :P

  • AK on January 27, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Good one..I feel exactly the same.

  • Sanjeev Hans on January 27, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Well said...!!!

  • mtg on January 27, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    the whole Indian show (the world champs) is farcical, deeply embarrassing and hopefully will diminish the exaggerrated importance given to cricket. no two ways of the conclusion that players in asian continent are tigers in their pitches and mouse abroad. lacking versatile playing talents-they do not have it. we won world cup because it was played in India-period. let the boys come back, let some retire and let others go deep into meditation and really resolve the root problem. without that, no viewership, no ads, no money, no cricket as we know it. i think even the IPL will see a colossal drop in attendance.

  • Anonymous on January 27, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Whenever India lose match Pakistan supporters always enjoy it, but India's past two overseas tour are so disasterous that even Pakistani don't care about it, It's more like we know they not going to lose the match, but they will be thrashed by their opponent...... Cheers

  • Ture on January 27, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Its cricket!!!!! honeeeey

  • Fahad on January 27, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I was hoping to see you two in UAE! But then we all learn from mistakes, don't we?

  • Anonymous on January 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    What a pointless article.

  • muthu on January 27, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Perfect way to vend out the frustration. It is real too dude. No point in flying down to all Overseas and loosing n-0. We are world champions only in 1 day and that too conducted at home!!! Wake up guys and replace the whole team.

  • sahil on January 27, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    The legends have fallen ,no matter how much it resembles the tag line of a hollywood movie. Its true ! I laughed (depicting the misery of an Indian fan ) only during the press conference and he funny bit of responses by the Indian players. Come on , we deserve something better..... Dravid you deserve better. Dhoni should get some award for his views At the end of the day ,we have to realize that these are our best 11 men and we have to make do with them. I they are not good fielders we have to accept it. I believe as the captain of the Indian national team he should do much better.

  • Indian Fan on January 27, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    My feeling exactly man, please make this nightmare stop! India Please stop playing cricket for a couple of years!!!

  • Dave Law on January 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Not the least bit funny. Nice grammar though.

  • Bhavin on January 27, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    And your point is?

  • Anonymous on January 27, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Excellent article. There was no need for a night watchman and that suicidal single. The only change required is that India should send Virat Kohli at # 3. Excellent point about SRT - why doesn't he come out for press conference?

  • A kumar on January 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Totally agree. Last thing I want to do watch, read or hear about is Indian cricketers victorious back in India. Arrogant and delusional. Have the balls to play some county cricket and shape up.

  • Deepak on January 27, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    this is not madness, its a child abuse done publicly. Ashwin saying -- "there is nothing to be embarassed, we have given our best". Out of the last eight overseas test defeats, 4 are by innings, 2 by over 300 runs margin, 2 by over 120 runs margin. Is this the best you got??

  • nicky on January 27, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    i agree with every word and through your blog i'll request the indian team to come back ..i've had enough of this slaughter..please save them..disband /sack the whole team n build a new team..the team which is full of players who value records more than wins deserve to be kicked..i'm sure bangladesh and zimbabwe must be missing india.how about a test series with ireland..atleast we will support irish cause for test membership as we all know any team/member out of form only needs india to regain their form.

  • miserableindianfan on January 27, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    lol! agree with you, end this already.

  • Umesh on January 27, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    By far the best article I have read on cricinfo in ages now. I am sure this echoes the mental state of every (Indian) cricket fan after watching this rubbish what they conspire to call a "test match".. its neither a "test" nor a "match"

  • Alok on January 27, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Mate, I cannot agree more.

    This has been shambolic to the core. (Indian supporter here!)

  • Sembian on January 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Heard that Sehwag walked over to Clarke at the end of day 4 and asked (on behalf of Team India) the Oz team to pick someone their own size...

  • Peter on January 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Jarrod, your article was interesting enough and asked some valid questions, until the last couple of paragraphs. Do us a favour stick to writing your views on sport, not comedy, YOUR NOT FUNNY. Better still, why dont you P*** off and do something else if your job is so horribly boring.

  • Waqas Naeim on January 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    You ungrateful clown! Good one.

  • Steve on January 27, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    About time we dominated a test series. I for one can't get enough of Australia winning convincingly. Even batting on after lunch when the Indian openers may have expected a declaration. Master tactical stroke from Clarke that has paid off handsomely. And Ponting's comeback - absolute gold!!

  • Chris on January 27, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Mate, You are meant to be a sports commentator/reporter. What is with the p*** poor article? I do hope a big alien called Bubba makes you his play thing

  • Venu on January 27, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    It's more than enough for everyone! Having to hope against hope that the 3 'Legends' of Indian team will roar one final time each time they came out to bat is enough. Crowds giving a standing ovation each time these 3 go back to the pavilion after yet another failure is enough. Ishant Sharma being called 'unlucky' match after match is enough.

    Indian season should have ended after the World Cup victory. We should have had a quiet 2-3 months to savor it, gloat over it.. tell the world we are the champs of the 50 over format. Not hang our heads in shame as the team loses every single Test

  • sachin on January 27, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Sad..........it hurts to C India like this. As a fan of Indian cricket am hoping this nightmare just end...some how..just end it...tired to read news about how badly Indians played and outplayed by rivals...my sport enthusiasm is exhausted. You said it in the last paragraph.. that's how it really feels. Wish this never happend....

  • Nitin on January 27, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    hmm...

  • navin on January 27, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    I want this all the end quickly as well. very disgraceful playing by the Indians.

  • Navi on January 27, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I have same sentiments as you have. It is much more depressing and terrible being an Indian fan. Please stop this bull s***. It's like watching same game again and again. Listening all the terrible excuses and comments from players again and again. I want all this stupid thing to stop. I've had enough of test cricket. Such a bad advertisement of cricket. These players are not even ashamed. Go to hell you Indian team and BCCI. I was never so much ashamed with anything. I have one last sentence to say for Indian team "It is better for you to know that you are terrible, than not knowing that you are terrible and behaving as if you are some great."

  • kalz on January 27, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    haha..its a good article reflecting the mindset of indian side on this tour.

  • subash on January 27, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    why is laxman still playing??? why is dravid still palying????? why is tendulkar playing in odi's??????? why is ishant sharma still playing????????? why is gambhir selected in odi team???????????? why rohit shrma is yet to make a test debut??????????

    i would rather follow zimbambwe , who has very less natural ability and a wonderful fightin spirit, im ashamed to be a fan and follower of indian cricket team.

  • Navi on January 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I have same sentiments as you have. It is much more depressing and terrible being an Indian fan. Please stop this bull s***. It's like watching same game again and again. Listening all the terrible excuses and comments from players again and again. I want all this stupid thing to stop. I've had enough of test cricket. Such a bad advertisement of cricket. These players are not even ashamed. Go to hell you Indian team and BCCI.

  • Venkat on January 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Way to go. Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Sid on January 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Jarrod

    I have been struggling to express how I feel about all of these losses and I have to say you could not have put it any better! I have seen both series and this Indian approach to everything has been baffling. Thanks for the two chucks they were the only saving grace

  • Sembian on January 27, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Heard that Sehwag walked over to Clarke at the end of day 4 and asked (on behalf of Team India) the Oz team to pick someone their own size...

  • SM on January 27, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    KIMBER - when you don't publish the comments of the readers, why do you care to put this COMMENT box mate! are you tired to see Indians playing like champs!! what a spinless indain team! I am ashamed to say that I am an indian supported

  • Harish on January 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Extremely boring series. Looks like Indians came to australia for sightseeing and shopping. Its a totally unacceptable. I am really ashamed. Please stop this nonsense series. I would advice CA to replace India with any other team for the tri series. As a fan, i want to see a competition. not a mismatch.

    PLEASE..

  • vinay on January 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I am very scared, Jarrod; it is almost like you are reading my mind and typing what I feel. The worst thing would be if BCCI arranged another 4-test series in South Africa just to complete the trifecta of losing 4-0 to all the best teams not called Pakistan. As it is, there is not enough alcohol on this planet to drown my sorrow in...

  • Amit on January 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    there is one thing that i could'nt agree with you more and that is stop this madness.

  • Offisapup on January 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    You mean you aren't excited about the main event? The show to end all shows? The Summer Slam? The 143 nail-biting ODI's that are about to be played over the next 2 months?

    Don't take your eyes off the ball. We need more "2 Chucks" to keep us laughing through the next 2 months.

  • Prakash on January 27, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Mr Kimber makes some very fair points. I do not know where he comes from (as in where he grew up) but I resent the 'tone' of the article though i do not question any of the content. If he is so bored, what is he doing there anyway? Did he expect a revival from India's batsmen? Did he expect SRT to get his 100th? Did he hope to see Clarke get his first triple? Perhaps he was expecting it to snow in Adelaide in the summer? If he was there for anyone of those things, then he ought not to be so sarcastic. A well thought out article ruined by the tonality. In fact, i submit that his attitude has been exactly like that of the Indian Team - not with it! C'mon Sir, you are obviously a well read and thinking writer... which sport and which sportsperson doesn't have a nightmare or two. Chin up man, in fact be a man - else you might as well cover the story about how the Aussie Dollar is now stronger than the US $!!! Prakash

  • jaki on January 27, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    really nice!!! awesome!!!

  • rainyday on January 27, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Haha, sorry bro, whoever you are. Atleast we could shut off tv after 1st game, your predicament is worse. Well good luck in getting through the "extra half hour" tomo!

  • Aziz Nortex on January 27, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Hilarious! You hit all the important points on the head.

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  • Aziz Nortex on January 27, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Hilarious! You hit all the important points on the head.

  • rainyday on January 27, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Haha, sorry bro, whoever you are. Atleast we could shut off tv after 1st game, your predicament is worse. Well good luck in getting through the "extra half hour" tomo!

  • jaki on January 27, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    really nice!!! awesome!!!

  • Prakash on January 27, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Mr Kimber makes some very fair points. I do not know where he comes from (as in where he grew up) but I resent the 'tone' of the article though i do not question any of the content. If he is so bored, what is he doing there anyway? Did he expect a revival from India's batsmen? Did he expect SRT to get his 100th? Did he hope to see Clarke get his first triple? Perhaps he was expecting it to snow in Adelaide in the summer? If he was there for anyone of those things, then he ought not to be so sarcastic. A well thought out article ruined by the tonality. In fact, i submit that his attitude has been exactly like that of the Indian Team - not with it! C'mon Sir, you are obviously a well read and thinking writer... which sport and which sportsperson doesn't have a nightmare or two. Chin up man, in fact be a man - else you might as well cover the story about how the Aussie Dollar is now stronger than the US $!!! Prakash

  • Offisapup on January 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    You mean you aren't excited about the main event? The show to end all shows? The Summer Slam? The 143 nail-biting ODI's that are about to be played over the next 2 months?

    Don't take your eyes off the ball. We need more "2 Chucks" to keep us laughing through the next 2 months.

  • Amit on January 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    there is one thing that i could'nt agree with you more and that is stop this madness.

  • vinay on January 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I am very scared, Jarrod; it is almost like you are reading my mind and typing what I feel. The worst thing would be if BCCI arranged another 4-test series in South Africa just to complete the trifecta of losing 4-0 to all the best teams not called Pakistan. As it is, there is not enough alcohol on this planet to drown my sorrow in...

  • Harish on January 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Extremely boring series. Looks like Indians came to australia for sightseeing and shopping. Its a totally unacceptable. I am really ashamed. Please stop this nonsense series. I would advice CA to replace India with any other team for the tri series. As a fan, i want to see a competition. not a mismatch.

    PLEASE..

  • SM on January 27, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    KIMBER - when you don't publish the comments of the readers, why do you care to put this COMMENT box mate! are you tired to see Indians playing like champs!! what a spinless indain team! I am ashamed to say that I am an indian supported

  • Sembian on January 27, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Heard that Sehwag walked over to Clarke at the end of day 4 and asked (on behalf of Team India) the Oz team to pick someone their own size...