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India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Kochi
Rameez Raja: 'Australia looked like the home team today'
October 2, 2007
Rameez Raja reviews the second ODI in Kochi where the Indians seemed to miss the plot
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"Sreesanth needs to cool it off and look at Zaheeer Khan's method of attack, which was simple, graceful and effective" © Getty Images
Australia today showed why they are the team to beat in 50-over cricket. Their attitude, fitness, and intelligence were on view today under the astute leadership of stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist.

India got a few things wrong right from the start. Bowling first on a tacky wicket didn't look like a bad option, but their bowlers let their captain down. They held the Australians down on the mat at 66 for 3 but couldn't seal the deal.

The other shocker was to bring in the boundaries by a good 15 metres, knowing fully well that they were facing Australia who were using their spinners. Australia had included two specialist spinners primarily for this reason.

The Indian team look tired on the field compared to the fiery Australians. I feel the teams from the subcontinent will get physically exposed in the 50-over game.

The Indian top order flopped because Australia read the pitch better and set the field accordingly, keeping India lurking in the dark. They set up traps for Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh [and] these were huge blows for India from which and they could never recover.

Australia looked like the home team today and came across as thoroughbred professionals.

For Team India, the honeymoon period is over. Today was a good wake-up call for them. Mahendra Singh Dhoni won't be pleased with his top order. The lack of partnerships and how the Australians tamed Ramesh Powar must be a concern for India. Sreesanth needs to cool it off and look at Zaheeer Khan's method of attack, which was simple, graceful and effective.

This is Rameez Raja for Cricinfo Talk.

Ramiz Raja is a former Pakistan batsman, former CEO of the Pakistan board, and currently a commentator and presenter

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Posted by Varun on (October 3, 2007, 14:09 GMT)

Dhoni played a typical textbook captains role. He used his resources well when he needed. Sreesanth is a good bowler and he proved it at banglore and kochi. He should try to concentrate on his line and leave the talking to the ball. Australia are full of mind games and India should not fall for it. We have pool of young talented players waiting for their turn to play on the international circuit. India should use those raw talents. Sachin, ganguly and dravid have done everything one should do in cricket and it is time for them to give place for young talent. We saw what young talent could do at the T20 world cup. If India can get themselves together, they will be the team to beat.

Posted by B on (October 3, 2007, 8:31 GMT)

India has got great talent and a great captain. What they need is to quickly adapt to the 50 over version. Senior players need to understand their roles. They are in the team to drop anchor and provide stability at one end while the younger dashers of the T20 find provide the acceleration. There is no point in the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly, when he joins the team, to take risks and throw their wickets. Their role is to be involved in partnerships. They should achieve to do what Dhoni did yesterday. It was sad to see the number of overs that were left with no wickets in hand in the latter half of the game. I would not criticise the bowling yesterday. Australia just had a better batting capability to score runs and they adapted to the changing pace, bounce and movement very quickly. It was disappointing to see neither Tendulkar nor Yuvraj read the pace and the field placements. Every member needs to understand his role in the team and achieve his potential. Come on India!!!

Posted by Saurabh on (October 3, 2007, 7:53 GMT)

Well, I don't think India's performance in this series has any relevance to their heroics in the T20 Championship. These two are different formats, it is not necessary that a team that's good in one format will be equally good in another. Bangladesh beat WI in the T20 but in a test match they will struggle to make them sweat. Similarly, India beat England and SA, teams that dominated them in the recent past. The format of the WC and the nature of the t20 makes it unique and different from the 50 over format, India had what it took to win in 20 overs, but over longer durations the team lacks the concentration and endurance to sustain the same intensity. However, it doesn't makes them any lesser champions similarly being the T20 champion doesn't automatically make them a better 50 over side.

Posted by david on (October 3, 2007, 7:23 GMT)

India really need to stop stuffing around with all the same old players. The team they sent to South Africa were enthusiastic, and played as if they were wanting to prove themselves as top cricketers. They get back home and have been poor again. Twice they have allowed the Aussies to recover from poor starts, and pass 300. I am sure it doesn't help having a bloke like Sreesanth, who was belted everywhere, carrying on like an idiot when he grabs one wicket. Given that Australia are still to get alot of very good players back over the summer, India will need to figure themselves out or they will have a hell of time come the tests.

Posted by mujib on (October 3, 2007, 6:21 GMT)

I just don't understand it: Sreesanth is being absolutely disgraceful. Yay kya kar raha ya, yar? He's heard that people like his aggression and makes a show after every ball! yar to hell with this kind of aggression. show it with the ball, not eyes and words! as Rameez said, learn from Zaheer. India needs spinning all-rounders. Powar is not firing, so bring Yousef Pathan for the last four one days. Also, Sreensanth over RP Singh? you've got to be kidding me. This is not test match and you need clever bowling. RP can provide that.

full marks to Uthapa! I just love his style of batting!

Posted by Chandrashekhar on (October 3, 2007, 5:30 GMT)

What's with "aggressive attitude" of Sreesanth that everyone is talking off...aggression is not to be confused with "show of emotion". Making a batsmen uncomfortable with a bouncer or beating him a couple of times with good deliveries and then glaring or given advice is not aggression. Aggression is getting the job done, to out-think the batsmen, to play according to the situation, to "deliver" (not emote) the knock out punch. I love to see histronics on the field a` la Connors, McEnroe, Higuita, but it better be backed up by "real" aggression and consistent performance, else it is just another comedy show on a different stage.

Posted by uchit on (October 3, 2007, 4:48 GMT)

Indian batting is still in the mood of twenty20.No top order player stayed there for a long time.They went to the crease and started playing risky shots and they failed to capitalize on their innings.They have to now come out of Twenty20 mindset and look to build the partnerships because thats the key of 50 overs game.

Posted by Jesse on (October 3, 2007, 2:21 GMT)

It's got nothing to do with pressure, Dhoni's Captaincy, or Rahul and Tendulkar being in the team. It's about time that India and Pakistan started preparing wickets that are worthy of lasting through both innings of a one day international. Leave alone the entire length of a test match. Both India and Pakistan often fall prey to their own ploy of preparing slow tracks that often becomes tough to bat on second.

The Boards and curators should realize, that gone are the days when our Asian batsmen could out bat any team on our slow turning tracks. With the amount of T-20 and ODIs being played today, every batsmen around the world has moulded their game to suit the latter. Due to which run rates are higher even in test cricket. Gone are the days of a batsmen taking 150 balls to score a oneday hundred, or facing a 100 balls and scoring 10 runs in a test match.

So we really need to prepare lively tracks, like Australia, England, NZ, SA etc.

Posted by Paul on (October 2, 2007, 23:33 GMT)

The greatest fast bowlers in our generation used the aggression tactics sparingly - Someone should tell Sreesanth this - Tell him to watch Marshall, Lillee, Wasim, Roberts, Ambrose and McGrath.

They did not mind the occasional verbal or stare but they used it with discretion and nouse.

Also, 67 for 3 are rubbish figures. he is going for over 5 to 6 runs an over and that is too much, even for a strike bowler.

I cant tell the difference betweeen Sreesanth and Nel - In fact, they come accross as buffoons. Someone should tell Sreesanth to pull his head in and use his god given talent, as he has the potental to be one of the best (if not the best fast bowler)in the world.

Posted by Hemantha on (October 2, 2007, 23:16 GMT)

It will be intersting to see what the match refree makes out of player behaviour during the 2nd ODI between India and Autralia.

Much has been said about Sreesanth, often with justification. However I am amazed by the fact that many commentators have turned a blind eye to Adam Gilchrist's reaction to a no ball call by the umpire. The fact that Gilchrist chose to question the umpire, in particular the manner in which he did so, was shameful behaviour on the part of an acting captain.

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