Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, final, CLT20, Delhi October 6, 2013

Harbhajan gives Mumbai the double

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Mumbai Indians 202 for 6 ( Smith 44, Maxwell 37, Tambe 2-19) beat Rajasthan Royals 169 (Rahane 65, Samson 60, Harbhajan 4-32) by 33 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A furious finish from Mumbai Indians' middle order propelled them to a monumental total before a chase-breaking over from Harbhajan Singh snuffed out the last of Rajasthan Royals' spirit, driving Mumbai to their second major title of the year, as they won the Champions League final by 33 runs.

The Royals bowlers had been disciplined in their first 12 overs, which only cost them less than seven an over, but a Rohit Sharma onslaught unseamed their resolve and the remaining batsmen took maximum toll on a waning attack. Glenn Maxwell provided the most frenzied death-over innings, mauling 37 from 14, but Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and even Harbhajan struck at over 200 to help plunder 120 runs from the last eight overs of the innings.

Eighteen-year old Sanju Samson was imperious in Royals' response, and he led Ajinkya Rahane in a 109-run second-wicket stand that provided a fine base for the chase. But even as Rahane completed his fourth fifty on the trot, the Royals' scoring slowed, and Harbhajan eventually sunk the opposition in a 17th over that claimed three wickets and cost only four.

Before that over Royals had needed 48 runs from four overs, and with seven wickets still remaining, a successful chase was conceivable, particularly as Rahane remained in the middle. But it was Rahane who made the first mistake, advancing to swat a full toss straight to deep midwicket, when it seemed he could quite easily have muscled it over the Feroz Shah Kotla's short boundary. Two balls later Stuart Binny was undone by some extra bounce and had his leg stump removed, before Kevon Cooper missed the last ball and overbalanced, and a sharp Karthik did not miss his chance.

The most disheartening sight of the match followed in the next over when, having demoted himself to No. 8, Rahul Dravid's final act on a professional cricket field was having his leg stump flattened by a prosaic yorker from Nathan Coulter-Nile. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar had fared little better, when he missed a Shane Watson inducker by a distance to have his own off stump uprooted.

Two days shy of his 42nd birthday, Pravin Tambe delivered another remarkable spell, and he might wonder how his team-mates could have indulged the opposition so meekly when he had conceded only 19 from his four overs, while taking the two wickets that placed him atop the tournament wicket-takers' list.

Halfway through Mumbai's innings, Royals might have thought they would have to bowl poorly to concede 170. Smith had been effective at the top of the innings again, but by his standards, his 44 had come at a relatively humdrum pace - off 39 balls.

It was Rohit though, who got low to wallop a Stuart Binny slower ball high into the night in the 13th over, that began the sequence that beat the wind out of Royals' attack. Two more fours off Binny took the over-tally to 16, before Sharma shuffled around the crease and manipulated the field to score heavily in the next two overs as well.

He had some help from Kieron Pollard as they punished Cooper's errant lengths in the 16th over, which cost 20 and featured a monster pull and a towering slog over wide long-on, and the breathless pace was only heightened when Maxwell arrived next over. He clipped his first ball to square leg for four, before sending the next ball - an almost identical delivery - into the stands on the leg side with a more powerful pick-up stroke.

A straight six, a glanced four and an improvised reverse-scoop over short third man followed, and with Karthik and later Harbhajan also going big at the other end, Mumbai laid down a daunting challenge in the space of twenty minutes. Courageous though their reply was, Royals could not match them.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on October 7, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Really an end of an era.. so emotional seeing the match yesterday.. cant believe that my hero Sachin, the man who revolutionized limited overs cricket, wont be seein in colored clothing anymore.. and Dravid, ah, what a player, what determination.. few could match his grace on and off the field.. its ironic that his team lost which in a way tells the story of his career, always being mentioned 2nd after Sachin.. though am a die hard Sachin fan.. wanted RR to win simply coz of Dravid.. he deserved a percfect send off especially since Sachin got to play in the victorious WC 2011. I was literally in tears yesterday.. the moments of the match were Sachin and Dravid giving interview toegether and Sachin running all the way to pat Dravid on his back after he got bowled, however Dravid should have been given a guard of honor by both MI and RR.. but alas thats his personality as well, never wanting to hog the limelight!! a Salute to the Legneds! will be missed, Cricket wont be the same anymore

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    End of an Era I must say...2 Legends came and showed amazing Character for the Grand Finale. Dravid, A Gentleman and a great ambassador of Cricket. Its obviously quite emotional when team and people around you treating a bit different to you in the last match of your career. Smith ran all the way to the Dug out for the Guard of Honour to the Little master and Its all happening with all the international players in your team and also not in an international Match. its shows how big personality they (Sachin and Dravid) are in cricketing history. Although RR didnt go through but they have won the Millions of Heart. No Big players, the most economical team and still performing absolute class. Samson, Binny and Ofcourse Paddy are the unsung heroes for the Royals. Thanks Dravid for all the entertainment for last 15 yrs. Good luck...Cheers!!!!!

  • JoyJunior on October 7, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Great effort by Rajasthan Royals... Absence of Brad Hodge disturbed the balance of the side . Overall, it was a good show by the Royals in IPL and CL under the leadership of the Wall, Rahul Dravid. Cricket field is going to miss this greatest ambassador of the game, but his expert opinions will strengthen the commentators box .

    Congrats to MI for their double. Hope India's future is safe in the hands of Rahane, Rohit and the young Samson. Not sure how Indian cricket missed the magical leggie Tambe !!!

  • Naresh28 on October 8, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Sachin closes another chapter in his career. Now one left. I am sure he will fade away from tests as well. He knows there a few young turks up for the post. There are so few tests been played these days. Probably he will play two home matches in tests and then bid farewell to the game. Lots of fans he hate him did not see him when he was young and raw like Sanju Samson today.

  • on October 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    In all this hulabaaloo abt two legends leaving the stage, one should not forget abt rohit sharma's captaincy. Kudos to Kumble, wright & co for handing him the captaincy bcos the old adage goes-'' if u want to discipline the naughtiest in the class, make him the monitor. His leadership skills apart from his batting were exuberant. He showed why the selectors,dhoni, keep backing him up despite his inconsisitent performance in the past. But now he is truly on path of glory.If not as brilliant as dhoni, he's got the potential to be a very succesful skipper for team india across all formats.

  • on October 8, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    What a fitting finale & blitzerig farewell to two of the true legends of the game. One went with truimph & other faded away in thin air. it was match of contrast in every aspect. It was battle royale in which mumbai had a young turk crowned an yr ago as prince who was egging his troops 2 hold their fort in midst of enenmy attack & wait to deliver the fatal assault when the enemy ran out of ammo, & in contrast the rajasthan had an ageing emperor who forwarded his young comanders & held himself back. It was like a boxing bout in which rohit led mumbai held on like a resilient boxer who was waiting his oppnent to run out of steam & then deliver the fatal blow. truly rocky balboa style !

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Spinners sometimes appears as Magician in Cricket,as such, Harbhajan Singh, who turned the flow of the Match in different direction. We saw his such magnificent performance many times. Congratulations Harbhajan Singh.

  • VinodhG on October 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    For all the Dravid fans going gaga about bringing new Talents, The environment in RR was already cultivated by Warne to encourage youngsters and I really doubt if Dravid had anything to do with it. Rahul as mentioned by Sanjay Manjrekar always adapts himself to play with all the Constraints, but never had the will or backbone to break out of the constraints except while facing Bowlers in the field. He never had the backbone to stand against Greg Chapel about the methods on handling the marquee players and had lost us the WC in 2007 with the Best Indian Team ever assembled for a WC. I am really admire Rahul as a player but never has a captain and it is too much to credit Rahul for bringing up new talents like Sanju and Rahane as the credit must go to RR support staff Though I am a sachin fan,I do accept that he also was never a good captain and both Sachin and Dravid had their own share of problems So instead of finding faults ,lets salute two of the greats to have ever played cricket

  • They.Ra.S on October 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @TRAM I never wrote that badrinath is not good batsman. even lot of players sitting outside of Indian team, did u spoke about them, no. u r speaking only about badrinath & may be other TN players only becas I believe u r from chennai, thats why. I also from chennai. what my word is if u don't know about rohit, don't write any bad comment about him. we never (MI fans) write any comments that he is not a good batsman like that till now (becas we genuine fans), becas of u (csk fans who commented on rohit & MI) only I wrote that. now coming to doni, u said he made 15 runs in last over, I think u r not continuosly watching IPL matches, rohit scored more than 20 - 25 runs in last over thrice once for deccan twice for MI. even he score for deccan when that team is not good. he didn't get oppurtunity like that in international, even if he get like that he will win 2 overs spare like gambir said in australia when doni won a match in last over & other was tied becas of him but it was our match

  • GrindAR on October 7, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @gokuS: people forget things very fast. After a week, 2013 clt20 is gone from memories of many. RDs mastery and classy strokes never goes out of memory.. He will be remembered through the players he groomed into RR (see Rahane & Samson). They will be more reliable and consistent players for team India if they are provided opportunities. Regardless of SRT's achievement, he did nothing outside himself. We have seen what RD is capable of. I can bet, if he is put into a situation where he has to build a team to compete against mighty SA. He will be able to, a lot better than an official team India. So, he will be inside cricket but taking more wider influence role than as a player alone can do.

  • on October 7, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Really an end of an era.. so emotional seeing the match yesterday.. cant believe that my hero Sachin, the man who revolutionized limited overs cricket, wont be seein in colored clothing anymore.. and Dravid, ah, what a player, what determination.. few could match his grace on and off the field.. its ironic that his team lost which in a way tells the story of his career, always being mentioned 2nd after Sachin.. though am a die hard Sachin fan.. wanted RR to win simply coz of Dravid.. he deserved a percfect send off especially since Sachin got to play in the victorious WC 2011. I was literally in tears yesterday.. the moments of the match were Sachin and Dravid giving interview toegether and Sachin running all the way to pat Dravid on his back after he got bowled, however Dravid should have been given a guard of honor by both MI and RR.. but alas thats his personality as well, never wanting to hog the limelight!! a Salute to the Legneds! will be missed, Cricket wont be the same anymore

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    End of an Era I must say...2 Legends came and showed amazing Character for the Grand Finale. Dravid, A Gentleman and a great ambassador of Cricket. Its obviously quite emotional when team and people around you treating a bit different to you in the last match of your career. Smith ran all the way to the Dug out for the Guard of Honour to the Little master and Its all happening with all the international players in your team and also not in an international Match. its shows how big personality they (Sachin and Dravid) are in cricketing history. Although RR didnt go through but they have won the Millions of Heart. No Big players, the most economical team and still performing absolute class. Samson, Binny and Ofcourse Paddy are the unsung heroes for the Royals. Thanks Dravid for all the entertainment for last 15 yrs. Good luck...Cheers!!!!!

  • JoyJunior on October 7, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Great effort by Rajasthan Royals... Absence of Brad Hodge disturbed the balance of the side . Overall, it was a good show by the Royals in IPL and CL under the leadership of the Wall, Rahul Dravid. Cricket field is going to miss this greatest ambassador of the game, but his expert opinions will strengthen the commentators box .

    Congrats to MI for their double. Hope India's future is safe in the hands of Rahane, Rohit and the young Samson. Not sure how Indian cricket missed the magical leggie Tambe !!!

  • Naresh28 on October 8, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Sachin closes another chapter in his career. Now one left. I am sure he will fade away from tests as well. He knows there a few young turks up for the post. There are so few tests been played these days. Probably he will play two home matches in tests and then bid farewell to the game. Lots of fans he hate him did not see him when he was young and raw like Sanju Samson today.

  • on October 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    In all this hulabaaloo abt two legends leaving the stage, one should not forget abt rohit sharma's captaincy. Kudos to Kumble, wright & co for handing him the captaincy bcos the old adage goes-'' if u want to discipline the naughtiest in the class, make him the monitor. His leadership skills apart from his batting were exuberant. He showed why the selectors,dhoni, keep backing him up despite his inconsisitent performance in the past. But now he is truly on path of glory.If not as brilliant as dhoni, he's got the potential to be a very succesful skipper for team india across all formats.

  • on October 8, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    What a fitting finale & blitzerig farewell to two of the true legends of the game. One went with truimph & other faded away in thin air. it was match of contrast in every aspect. It was battle royale in which mumbai had a young turk crowned an yr ago as prince who was egging his troops 2 hold their fort in midst of enenmy attack & wait to deliver the fatal assault when the enemy ran out of ammo, & in contrast the rajasthan had an ageing emperor who forwarded his young comanders & held himself back. It was like a boxing bout in which rohit led mumbai held on like a resilient boxer who was waiting his oppnent to run out of steam & then deliver the fatal blow. truly rocky balboa style !

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Spinners sometimes appears as Magician in Cricket,as such, Harbhajan Singh, who turned the flow of the Match in different direction. We saw his such magnificent performance many times. Congratulations Harbhajan Singh.

  • VinodhG on October 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    For all the Dravid fans going gaga about bringing new Talents, The environment in RR was already cultivated by Warne to encourage youngsters and I really doubt if Dravid had anything to do with it. Rahul as mentioned by Sanjay Manjrekar always adapts himself to play with all the Constraints, but never had the will or backbone to break out of the constraints except while facing Bowlers in the field. He never had the backbone to stand against Greg Chapel about the methods on handling the marquee players and had lost us the WC in 2007 with the Best Indian Team ever assembled for a WC. I am really admire Rahul as a player but never has a captain and it is too much to credit Rahul for bringing up new talents like Sanju and Rahane as the credit must go to RR support staff Though I am a sachin fan,I do accept that he also was never a good captain and both Sachin and Dravid had their own share of problems So instead of finding faults ,lets salute two of the greats to have ever played cricket

  • They.Ra.S on October 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @TRAM I never wrote that badrinath is not good batsman. even lot of players sitting outside of Indian team, did u spoke about them, no. u r speaking only about badrinath & may be other TN players only becas I believe u r from chennai, thats why. I also from chennai. what my word is if u don't know about rohit, don't write any bad comment about him. we never (MI fans) write any comments that he is not a good batsman like that till now (becas we genuine fans), becas of u (csk fans who commented on rohit & MI) only I wrote that. now coming to doni, u said he made 15 runs in last over, I think u r not continuosly watching IPL matches, rohit scored more than 20 - 25 runs in last over thrice once for deccan twice for MI. even he score for deccan when that team is not good. he didn't get oppurtunity like that in international, even if he get like that he will win 2 overs spare like gambir said in australia when doni won a match in last over & other was tied becas of him but it was our match

  • GrindAR on October 7, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @gokuS: people forget things very fast. After a week, 2013 clt20 is gone from memories of many. RDs mastery and classy strokes never goes out of memory.. He will be remembered through the players he groomed into RR (see Rahane & Samson). They will be more reliable and consistent players for team India if they are provided opportunities. Regardless of SRT's achievement, he did nothing outside himself. We have seen what RD is capable of. I can bet, if he is put into a situation where he has to build a team to compete against mighty SA. He will be able to, a lot better than an official team India. So, he will be inside cricket but taking more wider influence role than as a player alone can do.

  • GrindAR on October 7, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Best show by Rahane and Samson, under pressure, they built the best possible reply, they should have continue to play. mumbai played 3 games in trot in the same ground. No wonder they won this match.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    End of an era; But you guys went on a high. Because of you guys team India are here or else it would of been a different story. Thank You

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Posted by IPSY on (October 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

    I fully agree with you. Sycophants do crazy things. But it was up to a mature Sachin to politely decline such gestures. Instead, he was also enjoying thoroughly and behaving as if it is HIS heroics which won the match for MI. In fact it was the batting of Rohit & Maxwell which primarily won the match. Even the MI bowlers' success was mainly the result of the 200 plus, RR had to chase. And, the main contributors to the 200 plus is the whole bunch of batsmen (Of course including Sachin's three good looking boundaries. Even Sachin knew that the whole world knew that the third boundary was a beauty. In fact he held the pose for a few more seconds, (probably for the photographers) even after the ball was surely speeding to the boundary, unchallenged). Great SHOW!

  • anshu.s on October 7, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    @ menon_v, i strongly disagree with you , CL is a much more meaningfull cricket than meaningless India vs Australia ODI series , they are not playing any Test matches and 7 ODI'S is an overkill of massive proportions , you are one of those fans who finds the idea of clubs and franchises playing T20 as meaningless but when T20's and ODI'S are played by national teams they acquire great meaning for you and becomes proper cricket as you call it .Cricket should have gone club/franchisse way long time back just like in Football and American pro sports , why should all the money, attention,spotlight be restricted to just those elite 15 cricketers representing national team , what about the rights of domestic cricketers, don't they deserve some stardust and limelight too ??

    Dravid retired only yesterday from all forms of cricket weather you like it or not and apart from Shastri i find nothing wrong with other commentators who covered CL.

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Actually Tendulkar got away on 1 when facing the same bowler as he 'cover-drove too positively' and then cutting a sorry figure off the very next ball. The impact of his escape however was minimal.

  • IPSY on October 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    I'm tired seeing Sachin being lifted as a hero by his team mates for DOING NOTHING! This strategy demoralises the younger cricketers who work their tails off for their team to win, and not being properly recognised at the correct moment - they just don't say anything! Why Mr Tendulkar thinks he must just have this habit of only turning up to make up team numbers, and doing nothing, then have the guys hoisting him skywards as if he's the hero of the match? The humble 'gentleman', Rahul, 'The Wall' Dravid will never ever do that! That's why I like the man so much. Tendulkar likes too much fame for trivia!

  • vxttemp on October 7, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Sachin faced Wasim, Waqar, Imran and quadir in his debut series at 16. Back then we knew about him even before he got selected for India. In the same series, our great kriss srikanth, azhar and co(with the exception of Manjrekar) were struggling, Sachin showed his talent. Back then we were expecting Sachin to break Gavaskar and Border records. Man, he broke more than what we'd wished. Brings back memories of my school. To all who are criticizing Sachin for not retiring, you really don't know/understand/have the love/passion of sport. If you want bring the argument of his desire for records, I can only say "it is even better and increases my respect for him"(I'm in my 30's and I think about retiring) Man he has so much money and he has so many records but still wants to continue. I always wished to see Bradman bat. I wish my next generation will be happy to see Sachin bat and don't feel deprived like me.

  • nalinkad on October 7, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    All think that MI won the CLT20 2013. Yes of course; But obviously it won by T&T(and SriLanka ).Look at what MI's or CSK's even RR's ingredients. ALL possessed international stars. but T&T, not much. How well they had played this tournamant around Sunil Nariane(What ball to remove Rohit Sharma)Dwayne smith & pollard, two T&T players not play their country!!!!!!!! If it happened, you know the results.

    That why I said It won by SriLanka as well. Yep, Kadurata Marrons might loose their all games. But still he(Kumar) played for a Lankan team, not to another franchise though he lost huge amount of money. So that aspect SL Won CLT20 2013 along with T&T.

  • thecricketcritic on October 7, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    At long last the tournament has come to an end, thank god for that..With too much of this IPL and 'champions league' stuffed in, T20 is getting monotonous and extremely boring to watch on TV especially with poor commentary by the likes of Shastri&co..Really missing those days when you would just get glued to the TV sets not just because of how beautifully Tendulkar batted or Warne bowled but also how immaculately and passionately these feats were described on TV by greats like Tony Greig,Benaud,Ian Chappell or even Gavaskar & Shastri then.... Now its so disappointing to see such over-hyped tournaments killing the beauty of a cricket broadcast.And as for Sachin and Dravid playing their last T20,well who cares? For me Dravid retired from cricket at the beginning of 2012 and Sachin is still playing,too bad for the broadcasters, now they can't use these two legendary names to sell rubbish like CLT20 anymore..... Waiting eagerly for some proper cricket - the Ind vs Aus clash

  • mjrvasu on October 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    It was hard to stop tears when SRT and RD were leaving the field, only factor remaining is the former may be still visible on the field in a Test match.

  • Rohit... on October 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @ JustIPL :- You can't understand because you are a layman who looks only at the scorecard and not deep inside.... Watch Hussey scoring runs for Super Kings... His strike rate is the same as that of SRT or Dravid in the first 10 overs... Only when Raina gets out, he pushes the Urgency button... Until then he plays only the anchor role... SRT and Dravid's role are exactly the same... Let the other big hitters take the charge while they put on anchors... Cricket is just not about strike rate and people like you should understand this before commenting.

  • my_comments on October 7, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    What's wrong of SL being optimistic about Kusal? He is young and have time to prosper. Dhoni saw potentials in Rohit even when he was failing look how he is prospering. You are the person being ignorant, always thinking that IND is the only country that have talent and future potentials... Under grading other players and humiliating other countries... Did you even read any of my other comments...

  • JustIPL on October 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Still don't understand what value was added by Dravid, Tendulkar and Murali Vijay to their respective teams. All got stuck in the opening slot. Only once SRT got motivated by a milestone otherwise it was all waste of money. Their last match they won't like to remember let alone their followers both got bowled sweetly. On one end IPL teams go extremes in depleting other teams and then relying on players who are good for nothing.

  • on October 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    RR missed brod hodge very badly..if he was there things could have been different..would like to see hodge new captain of RR..

  • Iceman29 on October 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Kusal Perera = Jayasurya + Shane Warne + Ultimate Legend of cricketing world...but dont know when was the last time he got into double figures and also he should be given thousand chances even though he scores single digit scores in all the matches... I mean we are talking about more than the chances given to Rohit Sharma.....this will definitely make Kusal the Legend....Legends are only formed in SL no where else in the world....mind it...

  • Iceman29 on October 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    my_comments: OMG here we go again with the same song...Ind has over 1 billion population. blah...blah...blah.....i dont know when are you ppl gonna stop this..for GOD sake...Dont point out the Ind population for your country's failure to find good sportman...and FYI you are repeating my same comments...lol....its waste of time arguing if you are ignorant...

  • sreehk on October 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Ravi Shastri's commentary and his post match talks are frustrating. He mostly keeps emotionally and forcefully advocating some players and BCCI. Almost every time he talks as if he has some point to prove about them. Cricket takes backseat when he talks. Why was he going gung-ho about Harbhajan? Ok, he took some wickets in that over. But not really good bowling stuff. Rather than commenting technically he yells aloud tearing your television speakers. Sanjay Manjarekar seems to have matured a bit with his commentary mostly bringing balanced critical views. Somebody needs to tell Ravi that he talk about technical stuff rather than showing off on his insider information in BCCI.

  • Blade-Runner on October 7, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @sachinisawesome ; While you are going thru Statguru, sing this song -

    Waltz Sangakkara, Waltz Sangakkara - Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today - Who's that trundling in - just hit him for a six or four - Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today.

    Waltz Sangakkara, Waltz Sangakkara - Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today - All alone you might well be, but fight on till the day is done - Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today --- cheers !! lol

  • gokuS on October 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I have been RD fan from ages, it was disheartening to see again even at his last cricket match as a player he was just a shadow of SRT (Not blaming SRT here). Seems destiny has been unkind to him or people like him who are humble and dont push around their weight or show off their greatness, I dont know whom to blame society who does not see some person hard work and appreciate that or is this what is society today to show what you are... your arrogance. May be like RD I dont belong to this society we are just misfits who try hard to overcome our weakness and try to fit to only be seen down upon.

    But as saying goes... It is not ending of the story if it is not happy ending... (I know SRK.... )

    Waiting for more from him... I hope destiny gives him something of what he deserves

    May be I am just a blind RD fan who does not understand why once i a blue moon blinder inning of rohit sharma is better than ajinkya methodically crafted consistent inning... may be I m stupid... I m sad today

  • on October 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    RR lost today bcz of Dravid. He was the liability today. If there was any other accomplished hitter in his place RR would have chased down last 40 runs in 18 balls but far cry for slow Dravid

  • CRIC_FAN94 on October 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @Karthich S Sharma Do you think Dravid has quit international cricket as gentleman then you are completely wrong .Look at the stats below you will know the truth From 2007-2013 period Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 Rahul dravid 58 4190 191 43.64 13 Sachin 64 5247 214 51.95 16 The above stats show that dravid is not at his best from the mid 2007 itself and continued till 2012 and his only best series in this period was 2011 england tour(had a fair amount of luck in every century on the tour) In my view he must have retired in 2007 or 2008 itself as he was blocking no. 3 position in the team, but still he continued as he was lucky to have a great team in that period and team winning consistently This shows even dravid is selfish for 5 years but anyways sachin and dravid are great cricketers

  • on October 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I read most of the comments here..And one thing for sure that if RR won the final everyone would have sounded that CLT20 is the greatest tournament in the Universe...Just becoz MI won people saying its Just T20 and MI are lucky..RR won everything in Jaipur...For me the Turning point of the match was the watson's wicket..everyone talking about missing Hodge in the final but Watson was the main man and stage was set for me to win it for RR but I felt he choked and its not the first time..

  • IndianSRTfan on October 7, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Rahul Dravid. Sachin Tendulkar. Two guys who truly symbolized the Great Indian Dream. For many of us young Indian fans, we have almost never watched a cricket match without either of these two playing in it. Now one will never be seen in competitive cricket and the other will soon call it a day as well. At this moment India has many outstanding young talents and yet the thought of never seeing these two legends again leaves behind a vast sense of emptiness. To term it 'End of-an-era' doesn't even begin to describe it.

    For me SRT and RD perfectly compliment each other. Attack to Defense, Prodigious Skill to Jaw Dropping Grit, Domination to Determination, No.4 to No.3, Fire to Ice..Thank you legends, you guys, particularly RD coz SRT may yet get his chance, didn't deserve to go out getting bowled playing ugly heaves, but we don't care for that, we will always remember you for those awesome innings at Eden and Sydney, Adelaide and Chennai and many many more displays of sheer class..._/\_

  • on October 7, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    congrats Sanju...u played well...congrats to Rahane too..but rahane is not a runner between wickets. Dravid is a legend....he has given chance to play to sanju, rahane and over aged Tambe....at the same time youngsters in MI were sitting in the bench

  • on October 7, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    RR needed another spinner on this track. Also Dravid should have opened instead of Kusal who could have come in at 4. Watson could have played out the harbajan over. Also before him maybe cooper should have been asked to come in and go for a few big hits. But it was harbajans brilliance that did the trick.

    Also Sanju should have taken a sip of water when he took a short break before getting out. He adjusted hi pads etc but after 50 got tense. For a couple of overs he should have played quietly to get his second wind and some strength back. It was a fitness mistake.

    BTW CLT20 must look to include teams from Ireland, Kenya, Afghanistan, Netherlands. etc in a per-qualifier. The top team must be invited to play in the qualifiers before the main CL.

  • on October 7, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    In limited overs game, once Ind got rid of decent Dravid, Ind rose & rose: won Asia cup 09 & defeated AUS legendary team in AUS in 08 CB series with Sachin's brilliance, then became world champion (Sachin again top scorer from Ind) & then won ICC championship.

    Ind called him back for Eng 2011 ODI series & Ind couldn't win even single game bcz of Dravid'd brilliant S/R of 70……….

    In this series so called stylish Dravid got bold every time he played....At least Sachin produced cracking glorious mouth watering shots in every inn before being dismissed. In today's game, knowing his limitations, he kept himself at 8 among bowlers & still he couldn't even attempt to chase 40 runs in 20 balls. Today's inn & his 80 runs inn of 110 balls chasing 300 vs PK in ICC champions trophy 09 must win game that ensured Indian defeat, sums up his limited overs carrier.

  • Blade-Runner on October 7, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @Albert_cambell ; You are spot on. Unfortunately some people can't understand it or don't have a stomach to see the truth. Playing so matches doesn't make someone a legend. So Dravid isn't a legend by any means. The word "legend" should be used only for players like Sangakkara - the fastest to reach 10,000 runs and highest batting avg. 57.00.

  • on October 7, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Wow..heart-filling to have seen two legends playing together..disheartening being it was the last time...strongly believe the trust and affection to these two pillars have helped cricket immensely to hold back its reputation in crisis...true classics on and off the field...cricket fraternity will miss u badly...need to wait for years to see such par excellence players cum gentlemen..

    Can't miss mentioning a word for Sanju Samson..so much of talent being unleashed..excellent technique and stupendous composure in pressure games in such a young age..way to go comrade..

  • my_comments on October 7, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @ Iceman29: Even Jayasuriya was not that good when he started his career so why cant SL be optimistic about Kusal. just remember even warne got only 1 wicket in his 1st outing giving away 150 runs in 45 overs.

  • my_comments on October 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    @ Iceman29: First of all please read the whole of my comment, I was referring to the comment made by "Posted by on (October 7, 2013, 0:54 GMT)". so get your act together, read all the comments before publishing your reply.

    I know this is CLT20, but does your other IND fans know it? IND fans who are commenting are now becoming the selection panel of BCCI, aren't they? taking about and evaluating all the team members of IND. and even the future team members of IND cricket. GOD sake this is CLT20 not IND team. so i think you should point your finger at the IND fans not me.

    And there should be more talented players in IND than SL/AUS/SA because IND population is much higher than these other contries. in 2012 IND 1.237Bn, SL 20.33Mn, AUS 22.68Mn, SA 51.19Mn - So IND should have more than 100 of good players to compare with 1 SL good player not 100.

  • SolFish on October 7, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Congratulations Dwayne Smith, your greatest fan here on cricinfo, I've read all the comments here, not one word about or for you. As I said numerous times he is the most unappreciated and underrated cricketer here and in the WI, 44 runs, 3 catches, 1 run out, the most consistent MI batsman, Man of the Series a most fitting tribute to the hard work he has put into his game, he has to, for the moment he fails in any game the axes are sharpened an ready to strike, everyone was calling for Pointing or Maxwell, to replace him, it shows his strength of character to keep working against the odds. He was ignored at the start of the IPL season, and came in as a replacement, then cemented his place, in the team, became their most consistent bat, lets hope against the odds that the WI takes a leaf out of the MI book, on Dwayne Smith, for failure is a stepping stone to success, keep up the good work Dwayne.

  • srinideva on October 7, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    It was ironic that a player who is not fully retired from the international cricket get the guard of honor, but the man who was just played his last match in his carrier gets nothing..this is looking crazy..but both are greats in world cricket..everyone knows dravid much respected cricketer than SRT...

  • Albert_cambell on October 7, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Rahul dravid is a good player,but cannot be considered as a legend. HE did poorly in SA(29.71 AVG) and SL(33.10 avg). When other Sub continent batsman dont do well in certain countries,indian fans insult them by calling them Flat track bullies., but when their player does poorly in other certain countries they call him a legend.

  • Rohit... on October 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    People are blaming rahane for not attacking in the middle overs, but they are totally wrong... Rahane & Sanju Baba are not natural Power hitters...They are expert in playing in the gaps and take singles... But due to the high asking rate, they were forced to hit the ball out of the park & thus drained out after 8 overs... it was not just rahane, but Sanju also felt the heat... All the balls that they hit at the end were falling short of the players who were standing near the rope...& it was a short boundary, yet they were thoroughly drained all their energies in the first 8 overs... So, Be easy on them.

  • Naresh28 on October 7, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @nampally - So Right there. Rahane is definitely ready for India. Shukla can also be co-opted into the pace pool. Malik and Dhawan are promising players. Sanju Samson sparkled in T20 format - just a little more time and he would be a good prospect for India. Juneja playing in A-team is good prospect for TEST squad. Zol may be young but can be an ideal left hander. Surprising player is Tambe. I am sure now that the Indian selectors have begun forming an idea of who is good for which format. I have complete faith in them and to me it seems this is the best selectors we have.

  • on October 7, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Two mistakes Dravid did were bit keeping a couple of Tambe overs for the death and not opening himself. How great would it have been to see him opening one last time. Instead he came in as a sideshow at 8 and allowed an inexperienced batsman open. Would have loved to have seen him walk out with the trophy. He never got any of the trophies or accolades that Sachin got, but he was undoubtedly more valuable for the Test side. I can't believe that's the last we'll see if him! Farewell to a true legend of the game ands thorough gentleman. Bye Rahul! Please come back for more IPL! Or even more Test matches!

  • venky91 on October 7, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Once again Mumbai Indians were lucky. In CLT20 2011,they won because they played with five foreign players.In IPL they won because of the off field troubles for CSK. And even yesterday,they gained because of an injury to Brad Hodge.3 time lucky Indians. . . .

  • fishface1971 on October 7, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Glad this farce is over for another year... Does anyone REALLY care who's won? Rubbish format, will never have any credibility until it's truly representative of the best teams. Should be rebranded the 'IPL Play-offs'

  • vish57 on October 7, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Rajasthan Royal despite their loss have won the hearts of cricket fans, playing with unheard names, Dravid demonstrated what a person he is. He has found the talent in youngesters like Sanju Samson and vetern like Tamre. Mumbai and Chennai with star studded teams ( their teams are better than any international team) cannot pat themselves for Victory. Let us hope IPL-7 players auction is fair to all teams

  • Iceman29 on October 7, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @my_comments: LOL.. Where did Ind team come into this forum...for God sake this is CLT20... Please read the article before you publish your comments....We have seen Kusal's batting and how he performs dont overrate him by comparing him with Jayasurya...we have 100's of players who is better than him waiting to get chances.....the only qualification he got is foreign player thats it....RR has made a terrible mistake by including him in the team i guess..

  • nayonika on October 7, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Tnank you Rahul Dravid for the pleasure you gave us with your impeccable batting all these years. You have put down your bat. Now,pick up the mike and talk to us during matches in your correct English. You have retired from playing the game but not from the game itself. Wish you and your family all the good times in the future days

  • KK_Cricket on October 7, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    As well Rahane played, he handed over the game to MI but not attacking between overs 10 to 16. He was the set batsmen and had to get going and take the pressure off new batsmen but he didn't. Here's where he lags behind likes of Raina and Rohit. If he wants to play for India, he has to have this ability of hitting big ones once set. No one expects him to make 100 off 60 but once you are set, you should be able to put full tosses out of the park. The ball he got out to, should have been a 6 and I am sure, Royals would have won as that would have spoiled Bhajan's and Rohit's mind set

  • ashok16 on October 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Champions League reminds me of street cricket back in the day. The kid who brings the bat/stumps would get to bat an extra innings. And now with IPL/BCCI/match fixing shenanigans thrown in, who knows what is real and what is not.

  • KoolDaddy on October 7, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    My comments are for the ICC. The Champions League T20...is it an Indian sponsored tournament or is it ICC sponsored tournament. What are the basic rules? I presume since it is CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.....champions from different cricket playing nations participate. How come there are 4 teams from the IPL and none from INDIA?? IPL teams should not be allowed to participate whereas only the Champion from Local Indian teams should be playing as is the case for all the other countries. There were 2 teams from Australia. Both of them were Champions? Everybody all over the world are commenting that the Indian Board throws funds in the face of the ICC board members to keep them quiet. If that is not true why 4 IPL teams were allowed to participate? I would like the ICC to reply and no one else.

  • TRAM on October 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    The best remark that came out in this tournament is Ravi Shastri's declaration that "Rohit can walk in to all formats of the Indian team". I didn't know a T20 form can be interpreted as Test match or ODI skill. It is true that Rohit is in great form. But bloated comments like these only make other better performed Indian batsmen inferior. There are those who have scored centuries in T20 prior to this tournament. When would the Indian commentators learn to be professional & impartial at least outwardly?

  • on October 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Why should one pat the back of a guy who is going to play international tournament in a month time? Do you want everyone to pat his back and give him a god of honor just to see him once again coming to play? This was dravid's last appearance in cricket matches altogether and not like your hero who will come and become the first person to score a century at the age of 80.

  • Cricfever_PM on October 7, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Best of luck MI for their win in CLt20!!! The grand finale witnessed two greatest players in the cricketing history have played each other one last time. We will RD as player and the man who lead by example for many youngsters, and can't miss Sachin as well but day will come everyone to retire so they did. Best of luck for RD who entertained us over the past 17 years!

  • FAB_ALI on October 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Strong and Lucky MI won the cup, unlucky but bravest RR won the hearts........We missed you Hodge and will miss Dravid forever. For Sachin, thank god he's over, it has been really embarrassing to see him getting out (in ridiculous manners) these days.

  • Tian31 on October 7, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Thank goodnes the 20-20 circus is over for a few months at least. Now we can get back to watching some proper cricket, namely test cricket.

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    do anyone feel like missing HODGE in this match???? man i missed him badly... if only we had him instead of perera..... that would have been an another story altogether.... there are some players in this cricketing world whom we dont see their performance when they are in the team , and leave them out and we miss them badly.... to name some DRAVID ( tests and ODI middle order for india ), KALLIS ( do i need to say anything about this man???) HODGE ( i got to say AUS clearly wasted him, he can even score plenty even if he gets into AUS team now ) Matt prior ( he is another player who is underestimated heavily )......

  • my_comments on October 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    On Kusal issue - He did not play the whole tournament, how can you expect him to play a major role in this chase , while players who played the whole tounament didn't do well too - Kusal scored 8 of 4 balls while watson 8 of 8, binny 10 of 8 and yagnik 6 of 5. And suppose Kusal succeeded the everyone will say that RR have harvested another new talent.

    @ Posted by on (October 7, 2013, 0:54 GMT): When IND team fight and lose they are still talented while other team fight and lose to IND still the IND team is talented. Dont be so bias.

  • Philippe on October 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    I think its became ppl's habit to criticize sachin for everything. He may be truly called as the Saint of cricket all the times.

  • Iceman29 on October 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Knew RR would lose this game as they are out of the comfort zone but they did surprise by almost chasing 200...the positives for Indian cricket is Sanju Samson and Tambe..Rahane is also gud but he is not performing for India anyways he should be given chances....I know the selectors wont consider Tambe since he is above 40 but boy does he look energetic in the field and he is very accurate.....Being an ardent CSK fan my second favourites are MI because of Sachin...Congrats MI..MI look very dangerous with Maxwell in the lowerorder....

  • ImpartialExpert on October 7, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    If you are test cricket lover only then you have no right to comment here because in all probability you haven't watched this match. You can not watch a test match with your entire family but you can do so with a T20 match because the ladies in the family also watch T20. Test cricket is definitely interesting but t20 is great as well. So shut up if you do not like T20. This is not your forum

  • my_comments on October 7, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @ sachinisawesome: The reason why Dravid was congratulated for his career is as this is his FINAL appearance in any form of cricket. but Sachin is suppose to play at least in one test match...

    Sanju is really a good future for IND, he is a good example to batsman who are not that very big built, but to be honest he too was finding it hard to clear the boundary after the 8th over. So obviously as Bajji pointed out; it became hard when the ball became old.

    On Kusal issue - how can you

    @ all the critics of Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi - Tahe that! who stated that this was the poorest pitch for T20s and stated that BCCI should not even consider for ODIs. Nearly a score of over 200 was chased!

    It is true that Hodge was really missed by RR but you should also remember Malinga didn't play for MI through the whole tournament.

  • sachinisawesome on October 7, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @ BULTY Your comment is out of jealousy rather than any sense. Please be like your humble Idol Dravid. Dravid was more mediocre than Sachin in this tournament so don't blame Sachin for everything.

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    most number of wickets and the highset run scores both are indians.still you have doubt indians are much better than the cricketers form other countries in T20 also

    please bro, when you have 4 or 5 Indian teams and very few other teams, what else do you expect?

  • sachinisawesome on October 7, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner I don't know about anyone else but your comments are getting dumber with every Kushal Parera's dismissal. You are running out of excuses. You have blamed toss, whether, pitch, umpires, Spectators, Oppositions and now his partner. Lets see what excuse you come up with in Parera's next innings. I will be waiting for that as your next jayasurya is destined to fail.

  • GOD's XI on October 7, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    i being a sachin fan......... but rahul dravid....... seriously hats off to the living legend.... demoting himself to no 8 in his last appearance....... team comes first rather than personal emotions....... yougsters should really cherish this idol....... will definetly miss u Wall...... A complete team man...... your emotions made me speechless yesterday......... congrats mumbai indians...... but dravid ur silence and sadness to leave the cricket field said it all......

  • Rohit_Nene on October 7, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    When RR & MI qualified for finale we got that on Sunday cricket will win & not MI or RR.

    We got chance to watch two legends for last time in a single frame.

    But today i feel the win of MI made all well. Because if RR won it then lots of people & media might critisized Sachin for that. But all ends well.

    And i want to say people like "Karthik S Sharma" your respect towards Dravid is good & we thanking you for that but blaming Tendulkar every time without any reason became habbit for people like you.

    Before blaming him you have to think that Sachin had major contribution in WC2011 victory.(You may know what happend after his wicket vs SA & ENG & his knock in Semi against PAK where others surrenders). After that he played very few selected ODI's & also performed good if not best.

    Also he is second best scorer after Virat in Australia where your so called young talent dropped their weapons in foriegn conditions.

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    I wish this day was not coming to see jimmy's last innings of career, thanx for everything, u r a legend, miss u jammy :(

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Still rr won hearts of many..no other team would have given chance to tambe and samson...proud of u rd and rr.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 7, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    The most positive aspect of this tournament and the earlier IPL 6 is the emergence of Rohit Sharma as a batsman and more importantly, as a very good Captain.It may be early days yet but I think his best as a batsman could be actualised with the added responsibility of being the captain. I have always believed that luck matters a lot in captaincy and he may be having that as well. Like in the game against TT and yesterday Rohit did have the rub of the green on his side. In fact it was he who turned the tide with his batting in the last two games. And then bringing on Harbhajan,, a proven failure in recent times, for a crucial over smacks not just of acumen but is a lot about luck. An so Harbhajan took three crucial wickets in that over to put paid to RR's remarkable chase. I hope Dhoni is rested for the ODIs and Rohit is made the captain in lieu. It could be a great change. Sanju Samson could take over the big gloves. He has the fearlessness of an early day maverick from Najafgarh.

  • BULTY on October 7, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    MI won; no doubt on that; were they worthy winners? The question needs to be answered especially when they were given benefit (requested or not) of a venue change to cover up for loss to RR in first match & wash out in second & their sneak past T&T in last league match was a drama in my opinion. RR were on back foot even before first ball was bowled in final having missed Hodge the pinch hitter. Tendulkar hogging the limelight y'day night even after mediocre performances was a joke. Commentary by Ravi Shastri was all biased in favour of MI. Even post match comments by Sunny praising Rohit's leadership to skies (he had to make a mention of RD's leadership out of compulsion) was also biased. Wonder how Star Champion award was given to Smith when he kicked stumps after his dismissal. Starsports promoting such people? Shame on them. Sad we will not see RD ever again as a player in cricket field domestic or international. Gentleman to the core & true sportsman. SALUTE HIM. ADIEU JAMMY

  • sachinisawesome on October 7, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    RD is a great cricketer no doubt and RR is a fantastic team. But nobody noticed that when Sachin got out nobody from RR not even dravid came up to sachin to pat his back or to congratulate him for his career. But when Rahul Dravid got out the whole MI team went to Dravid to congratulate him, even Sachin. Its very strange. FYI I love them both but Sachin is my favorite.

  • vipinchirackal on October 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    most number of wickets and the highset run scores both are indians.still you have doubt indians are much better than the cricketers form other countries in T20 also

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Mumbai done it. This time and all time for Tendulkar. Now limited over cricket is over for me. #GOD #Sachin

  • sandy_bangalore on October 7, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Harbhajans send off to Watson and especially, to Stuart Binny(who is just a journeyman Indian pro), was absolutely in bad taste. And we all thought that his time away from Indian team would make him a more humble man, respectful of the opponents, despite their stature. A few might commend this so-called aggression, but other than the delivery to Cooper, the rest were obtained when the batsmen tried slogging and gave away their wickets. All this shows why he has the least sympathy out of the quartet of Zak,sehwag and Gambhir, all who are out of the Indian team.

  • on October 7, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    congrtas to MI ... you are bound to win with 11 international stars....... i found lots of positives for team india.... 1) rahane : man he is becoming another dravid with rohit sharma shadoowing his talent... you are the golden bad winner, highest run getter, you would expect to be direct entry into the indian team.... and here comes rohit with 100+ matches with out being made any notable achievements getting chances again and again... may be rahane is destined to be future test material for india ( atleast i hope ) 2 ) sanju samson : man look at him, 18 years old , and he can hit it big, he doesnt slog, he will hit you with clean technique... he is wicket keeper also.... i would assume he will be playing for india in around 3-4 years from now , once dhoni retires.... 3 ) rohit sharma : though i dont like him, he is back to form ... and thats good for india....

  • Rodc on October 7, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    the gentleman era of Indian cricket just ended yesterday,the legend of sachin & rahul will always be remembered and suddenly i'm feeling old today as the players i have adore all my life for last 20-25 years are all gone.we will have to find new heroes,maybe we will have some one day in rahane and pujara.

  • on October 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    first of all , this is my first comment on cricinfo after a long break ( since ausie india test series )..... came here just to say I MISS THE WALL..... i would describe END OF TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE IN CRICKET with JAMMY retired from all formats.....end of pure cricket/ selfless play/ gentlemen's play...... i cant describe JAMMY in these words.... but i really do miss him...... its amazing how we dont even have an article in CRICINFO about DRAVID'S gift to the game.... i found whole page of article about sachin's records when he retired from ODI... never the less... JAMMY doesnt expect these kind of articles though.... though a die hard fan of RR... i am happy that DRAVID played for the team's win....SALUTE.....

  • Fijicricket on October 7, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    @Jeff Pinfold-Yes the matches were live in all cricket playing countries and even you were interested!

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 7, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    KM01-- you need consistent performances in India and abroad for youngster to replace Sachin.. Sachin is not because of selfishness but he proved that he is still the best and they keep him in the team. it is not Sachin's fault..

  • nkoch on October 7, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    great game of cricket. Congrats to MI. Good to see a spinner flighting the ball in T20 match. Great job Bhajji. Samson and Rahane were awesome. Former is the rising star of Indian cricket and latter is a 11am sun no one wants to notice. Wait till he gets to noon and all stars and moons will fade away. Goodbye Dravid and Tendulkar.

  • WonkyBail on October 7, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    bobmartin on (October 6, 2013, 20:51 GMT) Beautifully put, T20 is like WWF wrestling with the vacuous fans foaming at the mouth as former greats and never have beens play a game that is sub sub standard.

  • Vishal_07 on October 7, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Talking about the team spirit, every MI player patted Rahul on the back when he got out, but did RR do the same for Sachin earlier in the day?

    I wasn't watching the game live but didn't see it in cricinfo's commentary and nobody mentioned this in the post match report.

    If it is indeed true, and somebody please correct me if I am wrong, then that doesn't reflect well on RR!

  • on October 7, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    To those who say that India is scared to tour SA (incidentally, I checked their Facebook entries; interestingly many are NOT from SA, and looks like a vain effort by third parties to taunt India):

    Look at the 18 year old school kid Sanju Samson, or 42 year old hitherto unknown player Thambe; the new set of India cricketers know NO fear. And not over-awed by ANY opposition. Whether they win or not is just an outcome. But, will not be lacking in courage & efforts.

    We are eagerly looking forward to visit to England, where we were thoroughly demolished last time; worse than what we ever faced in SA. We are also eagerly looking forward to at least THREE test matches with our South African friends, before that (hopefully).

    Incidentally does any of these players look the scared type: Dhawan, Dhoni, Raina, Karthik Jadeja et al? Even Rohit? And, the reckless Vijay? Or, guys in the possible reserve, like Parthiv? Win, or lose: they fill fight it out.

  • on October 7, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Who is the real Rohit Sharma? The one who appears on the field in MI Jersey? Or, the one who comes out in India's colors? Jokes apart; hope he continues this form in the forthcoming 7-ODI series with Australia. There, he can match wits with Glen 'Big Match' Maxwell, his MI colleague, and international opponent.

  • TRAM on October 7, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    @They.Ra.S, re your stats Dhoni/Raina/RSharma: I wrote similar few years back, supporting Badri. Badri's T20 stat avg=28.59 @ S/R 112.37 is only slightly less than Dhoni. The stats do not show how important the innings were. A Dhoni's 15 runs in the last over OR a steadying 30 runs by Badri when the team was 15 for 3 in a bowler-friendly condition - are not shown in stats. Both Raina & Rohit were given very long rope. But IMO Raina has scored a lot when it mattered. I cant prove in stats. Yes Rohit is in great form. But whats the point supporting one who is so well supported by many commentators for last 10 years? One has already said that Rohit should "walk in to ALL 3 FORMATS of Indian team"!! I dont think ANY PLAYER has that much support in India. Half that support, Badri would have been a permanent test player for India. Even in todays match, no one mentioned Karthik's important 5 ball 15 runs. Since they dont mention, people like me try to mention them, thanks to cricinfo.

  • Nampally on October 6, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    The CLT20 Final revealed a few talented players from the 2 finalist teams alone, who need recognition. Two of the brightest amongst batsmen are Rahane & Sanju Samson. Whilst Shukla, Rishi Dhawan & Malik are talented seamers needing encouragement. Although Rahane has been included in Indian squad but repeatedly benched in the past. It is about time he gets his chance. He won the golden bat award. Keeping him benched this long is too frustrating. Sanju Samson is an extremely talented WK/Bataman at a young age of 18. His power hitting has Budhi Kunderam stamped all over it. He deserves to be fast tracked just like Tendulkar was. Shukla has genuine pace & hostility in 135 to 140 KPH range but needs to be coached with Dhawan & Malik not far behind. India is in need of seamers & these 3 can be added to the long list of promising Seamers needed to be coached. I think the Selectors should be watching these youngsters & exploit their talent by suitable recognition in a timely manner.

  • on October 6, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Congratulations MI....still proud of RR for the way the underdogs responded,bye bye rahul,srt...Thank you for the entertainment,special word of praise for sanju samson !!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 6, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Congratulations to MI. Maxy did the damage by getting those 20 extra runs. RR bowling erred too during that passage of play. But full credit to Maxy for putting the RR's bowlers under the pump and making it happen for MI. As Dravid said, how good were Ajinkya and Sanju! Jaw dropping, to say the least. RR slowed down a little too much around the 9th over mark and let the run rate climb. Binny's choice of cow-corner was asking for trouble rather than trying to go straight. How badly RR missed Hodge. Last but not the least, that man Rahul Sharad Dravid, he simply redefined the term maximizing the available resources. Held the team together in the face of fixing allegations against their players and owners involved with bookies. As I said before, I will be sad if RR lose but won't be surprised. The loss of Hodge is just too much to take for a team already running low on personnel. Very proud of Dravid. Thanks a million to Rajasthan for believing in that great man - Rahul Sharad Dravid!

  • SL-USA-Lions on October 6, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Great to see Tendulkar & Dravid in the T20 format one last time. Both are great Cricketers. I never personally liked them. You don't have to like them but you can still respect them. I admired them both as great Cricketers and role models for up coming guys to learn from. Thank you for everything Tendulkar & Dravid. We will miss you...

    That being said we are all missing the big picture. To me T20 has taken over Cricket. The truest form of Cricket which is Test Level has taken a big blow. For that matter even the ODI's are not the same anymore...

    All we see is a money driven T20 format. It is exciting and lucrative for the players. But for the purist is it the real game, test or challenge? That remains to be answered...

    And we got to see sup plots within the tournament itself... How some players who were persisted by their national teams for quite some time, who never performed for them as expected suddenly performing to their potential. What is the secret? Are we missing something?!

  • TRAM on October 6, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Reason for the match result was that Dravid and some RR bowlers froze in their last 4 bowling overs. Dravid did not control bowling nor slow down the match nor did he change the field setup. Its is the sum of (Maxwell+Karthik_Harbajan)'s brilliant batting and the bad bowling + captaincy that cost 59 runs in 21 balls. They took away the match but they were let to do that as well, as is the case always.

  • on October 6, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    RR is my fvrt team bcoz of Dravid he is a legend for me his all innings specialy in test crkt was awsome his cover drive,cut and flick i just love them i will miss him...and abt this final RR played well but mumbai was better bcoz ov their international players

  • on October 6, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @Blade-Runner

    Kusal Parera AVERAGE Twenty20 - 14.27 T20Is - 24.16

    In his LAST 6 ODI INNINGS he could not able to cross double figure. Still RR gave him opportunity to play. Allhas!! He couldn't even judge running between the wickets & suicide to run himself out. Really he should be called as dumbest player. But you called Rahane.

    Ajinkya Rahane wins the Golden Bat for his 288 runs. The Golden Wicket goes to the 41-year-young Pravin Tambe for his 12 wickets. Local talents put RR in final but devastating MI were unstoppable. Nobody should dare to call Ranane responsible for RR's lost. You did. You did commented rash on MI also about malinga's unavailability. I don't know how you make it but I can judge your cricketing experts.

  • Captainman on October 6, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Finally this pointless boring tournament is over. Can't believe there are no International games but boring CLT20 where its mainly IPL teams.

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    @bbnn agree completely. Rehane is uninspiring and despite all the praise that he gets when he scores, his tame dismissal, off a full toss, is testimony. The run out was, even if if it was a tight call, his fault. Again, I remember at least four occasions when Samson called for the second run and Rehane was either too complacent or just for no reason decided he won't go for the second - these were occasions when the ball went to the deep fielder who had to run around to gather the ball. It is a shame he ended up with the golden bat. @Hotu Chainani you have to be joking to want to give man of the series to Rehane, it is not about scoring the most runs, it is more about making yourself stand out and get your side over the line.

  • archilion on October 6, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Rahane, despite of his brilliant stroke play, must be blaimed for their loss. He did not take the charge of the chase when needed, and ran like a lazy novice cricketer. He needs to work on his attitude and running if he is eyeing a place in India XI. Samson might have caught the eyes of the selectors. Just a little bit finishing and he can be a great asset for India. Dravid and Sachin will be missed big time. I have grown up watching them play and it was a scary thought that I will not see them play anymore. To see Sahin play in white cloths for India is the only hope for some time.

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    I thought, the Man of the Series should have been awarded to Ajinkya Rahane. How does it matter that he was not on the winning side? He performed brilliantly, through out the tournament - which included 4 half centuries on the trot. The Golden Bat and the Golden Ball recipients should have received monetary awards too.

  • Nampally on October 6, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Congrats MI for CLT20 League championship. Rohit Sharma, Maxwell & Karthik were the real architects of MI reaching 202 after being 104 in 14 overs. RR fell apart in the last 6 overs under the MI onslaught with undisciplined death bowling. MI cashed most of their runs on the leg side - their strength. But RR bowlers kept feeding them on the leg stump instead of outside the off stump. Tambe did a brilliant job with 2 for 19. Unfortunately RR had just one Tambe. Why did Dravid field 3 WK's is a mystery! Outstanding batting by Young Samson (reminds me of Kunderam) & Rahane carried RR to a winning start 117 for 1 in 12 overs. From 137 for 2 in 14 overs, the last 8 wkts fell for just 32 runs due to Rank Bad Batting. Menaria, an outstanding batsman,is far superior to Binny or Yagnik but was excluded & Watson failed. Sadly a winnable game was lost by RR thru' poor XI selection + undisciplined batting & poor death bowling. Farewell to the legends - Sachin & Rahul. Thanks for the great memories!

  • bobmartin on October 6, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    It was a great shame to see Rahul Dravid sacrifice his wicket in a vain chase for runs...with a shot that belied his unquestionable talent.... But that's what T20 cricket does... Makes masters of the art of batting look like circus performers and world class bowlers serve up pies... all in the name of entertainment for the masses..It debases the whole ethos of the game of cricket

  • Vishal_07 on October 6, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    All good things come to an end, so it is with Rahul and Sachin. To me both went out on top with their teams doing pretty well in both this year's IPL and CLT20. Lots of respect between the two greats for each other, lots of humility, and of course lots of runs.

    Among the Indians in both the teams, glad to see both Ajinkya and Rohit doing well. Future of Indian cricket is in great hands.

  • senator333 on October 6, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    @Jeff Pinfold Yes millions of cricket fans outside India not only care but they also watch & enjoy every T20 match.

  • on October 6, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Dravid was the liability today.................It there was any other accomplished hitter in his place RR would have chased down last 40 runs in 18 balls but far cry for slow Dravid

  • on October 6, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Hats OFF rahul.. You have truly put rest to the adage that " No one remembers the guy coming second".... Will always miss you, sachin, sourav, laxman & kumble....

  • SanjivAwesome on October 6, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    An enjoyable game. T20 is so much fun. Oh, and it is most certainly cricket - for the modern century!

  • Blade-Runner on October 6, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    It was very unfortunate for Kusal Perera. He started the innings well , but was run out by his partner. Rahane must be the dumbest cricketer in the world. He was camping at the non striker's end. Thats the reason RR lost.

  • gauravm5 on October 6, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Sanju Samson today ended international career of Parthiv Patel & Wridhimann Saha. Dinesh Kartik's international career is also under scrutiny.

  • bbnn on October 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Rahane is not a team player , he may be brilliant with his stroke play in the initial overs but he slows down after his 40 always ,last time Hodge was there but this time no such luxury for RR , I am not understanding why Dravid always avoiding Ashok Meneria he was in good batting form and What value Yagnik is adding to the team ? I am very much sure if Meneria was there in the eleven the story would have been diffrent and Dravid should keep one over of Tambe for the final overs

  • KM01 on October 6, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I'm surprised Sachin Tendulkar didn't get the man of the match. It's staggering that his fanatics ("fans" seems a little tame given the blind stupidity oops love they have) can't see that both MI and India win despite the little man rather than because of him.

    India is more than one man. It is the height of selfishness on Sachin's part for him not to give way to others when he is in this situation

  • on October 6, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    love u sachin and Rahul its not all about who won and who loose,,,u both won our heart,,,u lr like trure warriors and son of mother India,,,people love you more,,,,who is great i dont now there is only one difference between both of you,,one senior and one is junior,,,,as dravid told thats ittttttttttttttt love i both

  • on October 6, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    rahul with out you ...there is no interest in watching cricket...we will always miss your batting...

  • Phantom96 on October 6, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    even though my beloved mumbai won, i am not happy. how can anyone celebrate when an unfillable hole has been left in cricket. it will never be the same again. thank you rahul, yoou really were a wall which india could lean on, you have earned your retirement. god of cricket has gone from limited overs cricket, sachin, you are the best

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 6, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Snehal Patel I like to see Sachin to continue for another year in test cricket till all youngsters settles down in Indian team.

  • on October 6, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Does anyone outside of India actually care about T20 cricket?

  • usernames on October 6, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @ViddyR: Right on. Hearing them is unbearable most of the time, even when they are being biased in your own favour... it's absolutely amazing how no one ever calls them out on that.

  • on October 6, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Sanju Samson........u are great...

  • t.feroze on October 6, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Hahaha can you bleave misbah hit the most number of sixes in the tournament...

  • t.feroze on October 6, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    hahaha misbah has hit the most number of sixes in the entire tournament.............can u b leave it

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Sanju Samson wow what a talent. such a cool head. yet to see a more mature 18 year old cricketer. Can teach a few International players how to approach a run chase. Rahane what can say JUST BRILLIANT. Congratulations MUMBAI INDIANS

  • cricketcritique on October 6, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    The game was lost twice.In the first Innings instead of holding PT's final over for the new batsmen Rahul allowed PT to bowl at settled batsmen. Rahul could have promoted himself up and could have toyed around with the spin of Harbhajan during his final over thwarting the wickets that fell in a heap .Nevertheless, Rahul has been an thorough bred professional and a great gentlemen throughout his career.Normally a very astute leader ,could not stomach his baffling captaincy .Would have loved to watch the gr8 man holding the trophy.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    wat a suoer match...seeng two.legends play fr the mast tym..specially fr dravid..wat a true player he is on the fueld ..off the field...hatts off n salute to wall...may indian cricket produce players.like him...god bless dravid..wish him.all the best fr future...

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Congratulations to my favorite team MI for winning the trophy. For millions of Indians like me , this sport was all about Sachin, Rahul and Ganguly. With all of them gone, it will never be the same again.

  • sreehk on October 6, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Dravid vs Goliath! What a pity that RR's 1 star team had to face a 11 star team of Mumbai. That Thambe and Samson threatened MI in itself is a victory for Royals. Had Hodge been there, they still stood a very good chance of winning this one. Somehow MI victory did not demand respect, may be it might have if it had come against CSK. The divide was too much between the sides. Waiting for the new player auctions and would like to see a bit evenly matched teams rather than these obscenely star studded teams. The difference was each Royals victory was victory of the sport! Perhaps Rahul Dravid's legend is more strongly associated with irony than victory and yet he remains humble. That is what makes him special sportsperson.

  • sundersingh on October 6, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    u all losers RR lost those culprits who r called spin bowlers..... if 1 or 2 spinners r there then match could in RR hands... million dollar baby Maxwell will be dismissed for a duck if spinner is bowled to him irrespective of any class.....

  • vardhanrk on October 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    it might be the end of a long career for sachin tendulukar..as for as ipl career is concerned..and start of a long journey for ROHIT...as far as captaincy is concerned.ROHIT has discoverd his path and now,he wants to make it ''his own''

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Potential Tambe India debut ? :P

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Agree wid Karthik,,, ditto

  • sundersingh on October 6, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    with 10 international stars...... they should win, the real winner is CRICKET bcoz look at sanju & rahane intimidating the 10 international pros with their abilities.... awesome to watch both of them....

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Biggest mistake committed by RR was to include Kusal Perera in playing eleven. Once again he has proved an over hyped player who never ever compete at highest level. He can bat like on road in Sri Lankan domestic but miserable at international level irrespective of any opponent (even BD). Rahane & Samson proved captain Dravid's faith. Tambe was sensational throughout the tournament. RR was best outfit of local talents. There is nothing to be said about MI. They are true champion. Rohit has proved IPL 2013 was not a fluke. His critics should learn many things from him before posting any rash about him. Some should have shamed not to call his name properly. This forum doesn't permit to write such bad vocabulary but asks for good comments. Well done MI,RR & CSK for good show of CLT20. You proved local talents are equally good as overseas and they can compete with these players at highest level.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Tendulkar's blessing...............Whichever team Sachin plays for somehow wins.......Is it really true NO In a team game at max a batsman can only work for 3 batsmen but not for other 3 batsmen & certainly not for bowlers........Winning or losing is not player's responsibility in a team game of 11 players. A batsman's job is to enable team to achieve par total & it is bowler's job to defend par totals. MI had 11 good playrs that's why they won not bcz of Sachin & Similarly Ind didn't lose in early days bcz of Sachin's jinx but bcz they never had 5 good bowlers whatever he scores bowlers allow opposition to chase it down.

  • naudurivsm on October 6, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    The Power House Prevailed. !!! period.

  • binojpeter on October 6, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I don't blame RR for deciding to field first. It is also difficult to set a respectable target as you might lose wickets in that effort. But the problem is when you field first, you will have to bowl tight to restrict the opposition especially against MI which has a strong batting lineup. Unfortunately, none of the RR bowlers except Tambe looked good in the day to do that job. Samson and Rahane kept things interesting when they were in the crease but reality is that they were the only two RR batsmen in form and they did what they had to do, which is, score maximum when the ball is still hard. Any keen follower of the game knows that it is not going to be the same when ball starts getting soft and run rate will start coming down after that and pressure will build up and you still have to go at a huge run rate till the end in order to win against such a big score.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Dravid you are god of gods , will miss you alot , and yu have created a new star again known to the world as sanju samson ....

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Its the time for Sachin to call a day from all kind of cricket !!! thanks to him for playing and performing for 23 years but this is too much if he still continues..he must quit all cricket right away and give a way to other youngsters !!! I will be dying to see him leaving cricket!!

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Good final . Nice to see "Smitty" got man of the series and the proud sending off for DRAVID.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Proud for u Sanju MI won the title but u won our hearts... U shown the world that wat 1 million boy can do A local talent from kerala can do as well Be in RR shirt next year to... Don't go to any other franchise u will not get an opportunity to play for them Bye bye Dravid miss u our wall Dear sachin see you in the tests \As a keralite for sanju I'm feeling proud

  • They.Ra.S on October 6, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Hi CSK fans (only for those who are usualy used comment about Mumbai Indians & Rohit Sharma) We are not team winning the matches by fluke or LUCK. Do you agree now, of course you need to agree. Those who are commenting about Rohit saying that he not playing well for India only he is playing well for MI. Why you gus are commenting / comparing only abot him. Did you compare same statistic for raina, no because he is ur team, did you compare doni's IPL / CLT20 strike rate with T20I strike rate try to compare. Doni IPL avg. - 38.01, S/R - 141.15 in T20I Avg - 31.16, especially S/R - 114.90 (this may me a new young player s/r) Raina IPL avg. - 35.02, S/R - 141.37 in T20I Avg - 33.60, especially S/R - 136.14 Rohit IPL avg. - 34.43, S/R - 128.14 in T20I Avg - 29.50, especially S/R - 127.64 Now compare the above players int & IPL stats, common compare & tell me about doni's S/R if you guys know what is meant by comparison now compare.

  • bansal0612 on October 6, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    I like sachin most but Feeling very sad for Rahul Dravid... He deserves more in his last match... He is retiring now in the shadow of sachin... He is the true LAGEND... hats off to dravid...

  • ViddyR on October 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I find it strange that commentators such as Ravi Shastri or Gavaskar are so extremely biased to Mumbai Indians. Are they not paid to be unbiased and serve the viewers watching rather than favoring a single team?

    I thought Manjarekar and Ian did a very good job and of course not to mention Mr. Harsha Bhogle who is an outstanding commentator.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 6, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Dwayne Smith yet again produces another outstanding knock up top for Mumbai giving them a top start, he has to be man of the Tournament for me consistent throughout and to think he wasn't even selected in the 11 at the start of the IPL !

  • pull_shot on October 6, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Dravid deserves more as well rajasthan giving chances to uncapped indian players & up coming indian players

  • pull_shot on October 6, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Both legends and thanks to services to india. salute to legends and have to say dravid demands atleast 90% of praise of tendulkar. But have to say i didn't like d scene sachin congratulating coulter nile for dravid bowled

  • pull_shot on October 6, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    That was terrific innings from samson i am flattered to composure more than stroke play which is brilliant as well and have to say mumbai won because of dollars in auction each and everybody in that team except dhawan represent in international cricket where as yagnik,samson,tambe,cooper,binny,shukla r domestic players but can say well played both teams

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    End of an era. Farewell to a living legend; a gentleman cricketer: Rahul Dravid.

  • SL-USA-Lions on October 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Mumbai have just won... Thank you Tendulkar and Dravid for the memories...

    And for the record Smith & Pollard are still paper champs in my book... They just show up for the money...

    Where are you two when Windies need you to play big? Just worthless...

  • rajcan on October 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Rahane's running between wicket is very bad which caused a wicket too. Kushal was running to danger end where the ball is, yet Rahane didn't leave the crease and caused a run out.

  • rajcan on October 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Watson never have been a good batsman against spin, today took a chance against Harbajan and gave his wicket.

  • cricpanther on October 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Rahane hardly using his smartness, in terms of batting and running between wicket, getting out his partner RunOut!!

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @karthik Sharma, Well said. I certainly second your opinion. will miss you Dravid.

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Don't see #RajasthanRoyals coming back from that. Very good score put up by #MumbaiIndians.

  • bobbo2 on October 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    RR made a massive mistake bowling first. Finals are about pressure. On a road MI have gone out and smacked a big score. They have a good batting line up, they were bound to get a good score.

    RR had a far better chance if they had batted first.

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    This is not Jaipur! But near Jaipur hence RR could try!

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Kusal perera the man for todays match. Still the score is big i wish he can put up some runs. junior sanath im with you

  • pull_shot on October 6, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Please Ravi Shastri stop praising as Rohit sharma as world beater for quick 50 in t20 u can do what ever u want if he score 100 in test match atleast in odi for india

  • on October 6, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Dying to see Rahul Dravid Walk out with the CL-T20 cup. Purely for his spirit of sportmanship, his dedication to the game and his gentleman attitude towards quitting the international scene at the right time unlike some selfish and greedy players of his age who still prefer to play and block the spots for some raring talent on the bench!!!!!!

  • on October 6, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Dying to see Rahul Dravid Walk out with the CL-T20 cup. Purely for his spirit of sportmanship, his dedication to the game and his gentleman attitude towards quitting the international scene at the right time unlike some selfish and greedy players of his age who still prefer to play and block the spots for some raring talent on the bench!!!!!!

  • pull_shot on October 6, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Please Ravi Shastri stop praising as Rohit sharma as world beater for quick 50 in t20 u can do what ever u want if he score 100 in test match atleast in odi for india

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Kusal perera the man for todays match. Still the score is big i wish he can put up some runs. junior sanath im with you

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    This is not Jaipur! But near Jaipur hence RR could try!

  • bobbo2 on October 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    RR made a massive mistake bowling first. Finals are about pressure. On a road MI have gone out and smacked a big score. They have a good batting line up, they were bound to get a good score.

    RR had a far better chance if they had batted first.

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Don't see #RajasthanRoyals coming back from that. Very good score put up by #MumbaiIndians.

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @karthik Sharma, Well said. I certainly second your opinion. will miss you Dravid.

  • cricpanther on October 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Rahane hardly using his smartness, in terms of batting and running between wicket, getting out his partner RunOut!!

  • rajcan on October 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Watson never have been a good batsman against spin, today took a chance against Harbajan and gave his wicket.

  • rajcan on October 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Rahane's running between wicket is very bad which caused a wicket too. Kushal was running to danger end where the ball is, yet Rahane didn't leave the crease and caused a run out.