Australia v India, CB Series, Sydney February 26, 2012

Dhoni hits out at controversial decisions


MS Dhoni has said that India were at the receiving end of both the controversial decisions today in their big loss to Australia, which has left them only a small window in the back door if they are to make it to the finals. David Hussey was ruled not-out in an appeal for handling the ball under Law 33 as it was deemed he stuck his hand out to avoid an injury. Sachin Tendulkar was trying to complete a tight run when he found the bowler Brett Lee in the way near the striker's end. In going around Lee, he lost on valuable time and was caught short by a direct hit.

For Dhoni, Hussey was out "plain and simple" despite the explanation given by umpire Billy Bowden. Dhoni's argument was that Hussey's hand was stuck out far enough in front of his body to make self-preservation a dubious argument. "Like you said, protecting yourself [holding his hand close to the body] I was also happy, but if you are protecting yourself [stretching his hand further] it is not good."

Dhoni reasoned with the example of the dismissal of Inzamam-ul-Haq in Peshawar in 2006 when he blocked a throw with his bat. "I was involved in another run-out in Pakistan, where Inzi bhai defended something that was right at his face, and he was given out," Dhoni said. "In this case David was really lucky. I think he should have been given out, but it is not in my hand."

However, Dhoni forgot a technicality in Inzamam's case because he was given out for obstructing the field. Hussey couldn't have been ruled out for obstructing the field because he touched the ball with the hand not holding the ball. Hussey's case falls under the handling-the-ball law, and that law has provision for self-preservation.

Dhoni equated Hussey's outstretched hand to a handball in football. "In his judgement he was protecting himself, but his hand was too far ahead," Dhoni said. "Just like an example, a soccer incident where your hands are popping out and it hits your hand, you get a penalty irrespective of what's happening. So that's why I said, plain and simple, it is out."

About Tendulkar's run-out, Dhoni complained of different yardsticks on different days. "I need to give an example of what happened in the Brisbane game that I was playing in [on February 19]," Dhoni said. "Vinay [Kumar] was bowling, we had a slip, and we didn't have a midwicket. And the ball went to the point fielder, Vinay crossed the wicket and he was coming towards midwicket [to back up the throw].

"The umpire came up to him and said, 'You are not allowed to do that.' But he was doing something that was well within the laws of the game. I don't think we can justify the fact that Lee was going towards the point fielder. I don't think he had any business there. Then he stopped right in front of Sachin, which means you have to take a longer way, across him. That's my reading of that particular run-out."

In the game Dhoni spoke out, Bowden and Steve Davis were the umpires, but Dhoni doesn't remember who out of the two warned Vinay. Dhoni felt that tonight Bowden - the umpire at the non-striker's end when Tendulkar was run out - should have intervened.

"It was a bit unjustified," Dhoni said. "He [Tendulkar] had to take those extra yards. As the incident I spoke about, which happened a few games ago, I think Billy should have said something, because he was in a better position to see where exactly the bowler was and where he stopped. It was very difficult for Simon [Taufel, the leg umpire] to take a call because he had no clue as to which angle the batsman was running, and where Lee actually stopped."

"You have these umpires coming in for two or three games, and we keep on shuffling them. I may have a view in a particular game, but I may not be there in another game and the new man coming in has a different view and by that time it is our batsman who is standing there. So we will be on the receiving end from both the umpires."
MS Dhoni

Dhoni wasn't in the middle to remind the umpires of the Brisbane incident, but he felt it wouldn't have made any difference. "Once the decision is given, you can only sit there and cry and cry and it still goes in the opposition's favour."

Dhoni did call for clearer laws, though. "As I said, you look at it [the Hussey incident] and it seems out," Dhoni said. "I don't know why it was given not out. But what also can be done is to have hard lines as to this is what it is. What happens is, you have different umpires in different games, and like the umpire said [even] if it was an Indian batsman he would have given not out, but it's not there at that point of time. Things like this happen once in a while. It should be like, 'This is what happened, okay we should give him out.'

"Because if there are a lot of ifs and buts, you have these umpires coming in for two or three games, and we keep on shuffling them. I may have a view in a particular game, but I may not be there in another game and the new man coming in has a different view and by that time it is our batsman who is standing there. So we will be on the receiving end from both the umpires."

Dhoni said India could have done better to come back from those decisions. "The umpires took the decision so no real point blaming the decision because at the end of the day that will stay," Dhoni said. "What can be done is, in case of the Sachin run-out, the next batsman going in can try to stabilise the innings. In case of the David Hussey run-out, the next bowler can put pressure and try and get the batsman out. This is how it goes. Once the umpire has taken the decision, it stays."

Shane Watson, Australia's captain, said that Bowden and Taufel were two of the most respected umpires, and he was sure they had made the right call in interpreting the law. When asked about the Tendulkar decision, Watson cheekily said that he thought Tendulkar was upset with Gautam Gambhir's call.

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • frozeninusa on February 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Out of all cricket playing countries, the Aussies care the least about sportsmanship although they are the first to complain when the trick is played on them. It is not just this incident, we have seen this film played out in Australia many times. The real fault lies with the umpires who don't apply the rules consistently. I also have the feeling that Australia will make sure they lose the last league match to Sri Lanka to make sure they don't have to play India again.

  • soumyas on February 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    to everyone, i suggest to watch the video before commenting, LEE who was on left side of pitch, ST started running on right side of pitch, obviously LEE was further the pitch after the follow through, LEE saw ST running on other side so he crossed the pitch and started running in front of ST, then ST tried to change the direction and started to go around LEE, ST thought LEE will run little further so he can avoid collision and reach crease with minimal distance/time, so ST took lesser angle deviation, BUT was deceived by LEE as LEE he stopped suddenly which almost blocked his way, ST had no other way than to collide, so he had to slowdown to avoid collision and major injury. this fraction of sec delay was enough for him to fall short.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @slgamaya- i think u havnt watched d match and u jz saw the clippings in news channel.. nobody who had watched d game would say that sachin wont reach d crease eventhough lee havnt obstructed him... then there s no need to turn around dhoni.. he havnt done anything wrong as he knws d laws & so he appealed for that.... wen things go wrong its obvious that people start to comment against them whom they have praised ones..... then its surprising to hear watson's comment that he thought sachin was reacting for gambhir's call..... bcz its clear in the field that sachin was the one who called for the single....strange but we know thats the nature of australians.....

  • on February 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I think its the ICC's plot to make umpires make bad calls so that India would be forced to take up DRS

  • Shiju2011 on February 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    When I read some of these comments, some people are ridiculing india's appeal for D.H run out. Why? He was unfair to stop the ball with hands and thus handling the ball. Today one of the commentators also suggested it as not a handling the ball case. This kinds of justifications are only for ausies. And again, as Dhoni claimed, Vinay Kumar was told by the umpire that he was not suppose to come into the way of batsman the other day. I also saw it in the tv, but of course, do not hear what he said. The same umpire did not consider the block by Lee when Sachin was given out. This is partiality and Billy Bouden is becoming a burden to the game. If not to block sachin, why was lee there in his way? If it was to enjoy the stumping, he had many other options. He clearly took a full turn to come to sachin's way just to stand in front of Sachin. That is how it should be judged. Not that he was not aware of the batsman, but he should be aware that he is in the line of the non-striker.

  • mahesh8811 on February 27, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    dhoni just say we didn't bat and lost the game. if u still going to make silly excuse get ready to loose today game with bonus point.

  • drinks.break on February 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    If Hussey hadn't handled the ball, it would clearly have hit him, and there would have been no run out. India can't get the opposition out by normal means, so they sulk when their attempt to manipulate difficult, fringe laws doesn't result in sending the batsmen to the pavilion on a technicality. A clear sign of a team that doesn't know how to win.

  • vjyK on February 27, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @jude28:Even if you beat us Sri Lankans with a bonus point you will never match the NRR - simply explains lots of people bashing india/dhoni here are not aware of the rules :)

  • _Oracle_ on February 27, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @Nrayc: Bitter about losing in WC mate?? @David: Are you serious? Sachin had just changed the direction and you if you have ever played any sports, you would know diving after changing direction is not only hard but can invite to injuries..

  • SLMaster on February 27, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Also, why shouldn't Hussey block the ball. Indian are sloppy throwers. In the next over after the incident a throw from the field hit Hussey when standing next to umpire at non-strikers end.

  • frozeninusa on February 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Out of all cricket playing countries, the Aussies care the least about sportsmanship although they are the first to complain when the trick is played on them. It is not just this incident, we have seen this film played out in Australia many times. The real fault lies with the umpires who don't apply the rules consistently. I also have the feeling that Australia will make sure they lose the last league match to Sri Lanka to make sure they don't have to play India again.

  • soumyas on February 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    to everyone, i suggest to watch the video before commenting, LEE who was on left side of pitch, ST started running on right side of pitch, obviously LEE was further the pitch after the follow through, LEE saw ST running on other side so he crossed the pitch and started running in front of ST, then ST tried to change the direction and started to go around LEE, ST thought LEE will run little further so he can avoid collision and reach crease with minimal distance/time, so ST took lesser angle deviation, BUT was deceived by LEE as LEE he stopped suddenly which almost blocked his way, ST had no other way than to collide, so he had to slowdown to avoid collision and major injury. this fraction of sec delay was enough for him to fall short.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @slgamaya- i think u havnt watched d match and u jz saw the clippings in news channel.. nobody who had watched d game would say that sachin wont reach d crease eventhough lee havnt obstructed him... then there s no need to turn around dhoni.. he havnt done anything wrong as he knws d laws & so he appealed for that.... wen things go wrong its obvious that people start to comment against them whom they have praised ones..... then its surprising to hear watson's comment that he thought sachin was reacting for gambhir's call..... bcz its clear in the field that sachin was the one who called for the single....strange but we know thats the nature of australians.....

  • on February 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I think its the ICC's plot to make umpires make bad calls so that India would be forced to take up DRS

  • Shiju2011 on February 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    When I read some of these comments, some people are ridiculing india's appeal for D.H run out. Why? He was unfair to stop the ball with hands and thus handling the ball. Today one of the commentators also suggested it as not a handling the ball case. This kinds of justifications are only for ausies. And again, as Dhoni claimed, Vinay Kumar was told by the umpire that he was not suppose to come into the way of batsman the other day. I also saw it in the tv, but of course, do not hear what he said. The same umpire did not consider the block by Lee when Sachin was given out. This is partiality and Billy Bouden is becoming a burden to the game. If not to block sachin, why was lee there in his way? If it was to enjoy the stumping, he had many other options. He clearly took a full turn to come to sachin's way just to stand in front of Sachin. That is how it should be judged. Not that he was not aware of the batsman, but he should be aware that he is in the line of the non-striker.

  • mahesh8811 on February 27, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    dhoni just say we didn't bat and lost the game. if u still going to make silly excuse get ready to loose today game with bonus point.

  • drinks.break on February 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    If Hussey hadn't handled the ball, it would clearly have hit him, and there would have been no run out. India can't get the opposition out by normal means, so they sulk when their attempt to manipulate difficult, fringe laws doesn't result in sending the batsmen to the pavilion on a technicality. A clear sign of a team that doesn't know how to win.

  • vjyK on February 27, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @jude28:Even if you beat us Sri Lankans with a bonus point you will never match the NRR - simply explains lots of people bashing india/dhoni here are not aware of the rules :)

  • _Oracle_ on February 27, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @Nrayc: Bitter about losing in WC mate?? @David: Are you serious? Sachin had just changed the direction and you if you have ever played any sports, you would know diving after changing direction is not only hard but can invite to injuries..

  • SLMaster on February 27, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Also, why shouldn't Hussey block the ball. Indian are sloppy throwers. In the next over after the incident a throw from the field hit Hussey when standing next to umpire at non-strikers end.

  • SLMaster on February 27, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Like two blind mice. Both Lee and ST are old. Need a vision exam. Lee thinks he is at point waiting for the ball while ST ran directly at him. :-))

    According to rule Lee has the right to stand where he stood because he was there way before. But he knew that is the path of the ST. ST thought that Lee will keep going ... but anyway ST won't make it.

  • npse on February 27, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Reasons, reasons , reasons - please stop this mockery of the game. The entire summer has being of humiliation and disgrace for this spineless team. Dont blame the umpires for your pathetic and spineless performance Dhoni and co.

    Raina O Raina it is not enough to abuse and tap the back and shoulders of your colleagues for to actuallt score runs.

  • SLMaster on February 27, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Hussey was already near the crease when throw getting to him. There is not way getting him out even Hussey let the ball pass. In Inzamam's case Inzi no chance of getting back to the crease when the ball reach him. Inzi saw the ball coming towards the wickets later. It was surprise. That is why he was given out. Also, Sachin has no chance of getting to the crease befor the direct hit. So, I think it is a fair decision similar to a LBW.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Mr.Dhoni, Please stop crying, It does not look good at this level. Why don't you set the team right by removing Jadeja. That will serve you better. If your ego hurts i have one solution for you, Just declare him unfit or ill and just see the difference in the next game.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Many of us cant imagine that the World Champion Captain is down to such lame duck views

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Guys, I know the odds are completely against India, but lets hope they fight like world champions and get that bonus point win tonight....

    It is however very surprising that India fared so poorly even in the ODI series..when the bowling is not that hostile or fast... Almost three of the Aussie bowlers are dibbly dobbly around 130Ks and Indian batsmen still could not negotiate and get to 250 runs.

    I say what the heck, give manoj tiwary a chance and may be even send these players Irfan and Aswin higher up the order...

    Having been an ardent Indian fan for more than two decades, it pains to see India lose that bad.

  • hhillbumper on February 27, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Greatest batsman ever gets run out.Aussies cheat their way to a win. Dhoni is a great captain.All of these are a fallacy. indian cricket is about as well run as the Greek economy and maybe it is time that they just played with themselves and stooped lowering the standard of world cricket.

  • Kaze on February 27, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    *yawn* just knock them out and let them go home. Pathetic that Dhoni is ready to argue about run outs and handle the ball and Indian can't even make 200 when they bat.

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Sachin was out. period. Even if Lee was standing in the pavilion Sachin had no way of reaching that mark as the throw was sharp and he's just become too damn slow. There is no two ways of looking at it. As for the Hussey incident it is just pathetic that we have to resort to minor technicalities to get rid of a batsman. There are 10 or more other solid ways to get rid of a batsman but since the Indian bowlers have proved inept in finding the block-hole or getting their basic line and length right. I suppose this is the best we can expect. They have proven quite clearly that they are completely clueless in anything other than the dusty bastmen friendly pitches of the subcontinent. Cricinfo. I have conformed. It is hard to find analysis or comments in this section. You might as well rename this section "Rants."

  • oziejune on February 27, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Lee had no business to be there and stop abruptly. Where was he headed? nowhere. He had no chance to field the ball or collect the throw. Although he did not look back, he knew exactly what he was doing. Yes we lost to a better team, but Aussies are known to be cheeky, specially Watson. Lacks sportsmanship. India should put their heads down and start speaking with the on filed cricket performance. Game on then.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 27, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Why would you stick your hand out towards a projectile that's away from your body? If you want to protect yourself, then logically you keep your hands to yourself covering the parts of the body that a projectile is coming towards. Whoever that ruled David Hussey as notout was wrong. His hand was clearly intercepting a projectile (the ball) as opposed to forming the first line of defence by covering part(s) of his body. I support Dhoni on that front. That's my take on David Hussey's incident. Next, why didn't Sachin dive? Lee was well within his rights to stop wherever he wants to. It's the batsman's responsibility to go around the bowler. So, question is - why didn't Sachin dive? Well, that's not part of our Indian Team's core disciplines. We just don't dive but say that Lee was at fault. Lee may or may not be at fault. Leave him for the time-being. Why didn't Sachin dive is the bigger question that our team needs to address.

  • Lord_Dravid on February 27, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    this is ridculous! Hussey should've been given out plain and simple! and Lee had no interest in that area he was clearly trying to obstruct sachin..cheater! Looked like he badly didnt want to lose another CB series to india! Unfortunate india always fall victim to silly decisons.. now india should ban all cheaters from playing the IPL and dont comply by the spirit of the game *sigh* i feel better now! :D

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    many are arguing that its upon umpire call. but it is not only about two decisions. aussiie were misbehaving in the field in terms of sledging. if sledging is somuch allowed in the game then cricket should not called as gentle mens' game.

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    I like Dhoni, he just reminds everyone that when you lose it's painful and when it hurts finding excuses is the way to go.

  • suhrid on February 27, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    David Hussey not out? This's a spoil of any spots. One has natural right to defend. No question about it. But it can be done only at the expense of one's wicket. Either be prepared to be hit by the ball to save the wicket if it's coming towards you or protect yourself by stopping the ball at the expense of the wicket. There cannot be other rule. Brett Lee's a shown to be a great artist to hide his intention to be in way to Sachin. As rightly said by MS Dhoni, he has no business to be there. He was doing nothing and not in a position to do anything. He knew Sachin was running behind and he stood as if he was not aware of impeding Sachin's line. Great Brett!

  • cricsuhail on February 27, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Hope the selectors wake up and make some bold decisions on Feb 29. My team:

    1. Dhoni (Capt&WK - he is still a cool chap and was our best batsman/wk on this tour), 2. Kohli (V.C), 3. Gambhir 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Tiwari 6. Rahane 7. Raina 8.Karthik (reserve opener/keeper/fielder) 9. Irfan 10. Ashwin 11. Zaheer (if fit, else play Munaf for accuracy reasons) 12. Praveen 13 Umesh 14.Any other promisiing bowling youngster 15. Any promising batting youngster who can bowl. 16 (Reserves) - Yousuf - if he scores consistently domestic wise. he is a big time promise.

    Dropped - Sachin - Request to play TESTS for India. Get some rest and get back in shape (mentally and physiically). Dropped- Sehwag. Take a break and/or play some domestic cricket to get mind set right. Dropped - Vinay and Jadeja - No place in long term plans.

  • vjyK on February 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT have you seent he video? if so you would have noticed that David did stretch his hand.. doesnt matter why (according to law)! Good that you summarized the rule.. but did you understand? One doesnt need to stand in the crease to guard the wickets from throw. w.r.t- "David was running full stretch in straight line & had he not put out his hand it would have hit him which still wouldnt have been out under new rule" - same thing with Inzy's dismissal. It would have hit him, not the wickets!.

  • on February 27, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    I dont believe Dhoni didnt know. It just was playing catch SL off-guard just in case if they were casual about it.

  • r1m2 on February 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Hey what happened to this gentlemen's game??? Shouldn't Dhoni be reprimanded for criticizing Umpire's decision???

    One time they BCB, Dhoni ... say that they trust the umpires, so no DRS. But very next moment, they are not willing to accept two senior umpires' onfield decisions and move on!!

    How come ICC is not taking any action against Dhoni for this?

  • abdeek on February 27, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I don't think India has any say in this. After all, which team is world-famous for sledging and un-gentlemanly behaviour? India is a nice country, too bad it's blessed with a cricket team like this.

  • on February 27, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    What was Lee doing on the on-side, running across the pitch, when he was bowling over the wicket?! He cannot even backup a throw coming from the same side. This is really really cheap. No IPL for you Lee!

  • on February 27, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    loosing match against Aus is bitter poison for Indian fan,...That does not mean that Dhoni has to be quit silent, He is the Captain of World Champion Team, So he has Right to ask the bad, poor decision against his team mates,..even his Out also was a bad decision,...Why all are blaming Dhoni? His stand is Absolutely right, If SRT was not out Inning could have gone in another style and,.......Probably would have won easily,......

  • on February 27, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    the Indian media blowing the issue out of proportion and the financial clout of the BCCI cost umpire Steve Bucknor his job.So what do we expect next...Will a respected umpire like Billy Bowden be up against the wall.Have a lollypop team India rather than whining.You were outfoxed by the better team.Now atleast realise that a DRS would help you too in situations like the Hussey case rather than objecting to it.

  • shishirji on February 27, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Dhoni has every right to criticize umpires, who think they are above everyone , certain Daryl harper,steve bucknor too used to feel that way..they were rightly shown their place......and those who of you saying umpire's decision is to be respected , i would love to see your reactions when umpiring decisions goes against AUS playing in subcontinent...............also can someone explain, why D.HUSSEY is not out according to "ICC RULES", but INDIA is criticized for "MAnkading" which is also there in the "ICC RULES"!!!!!!!....cricinfo do publish!!!

  • MVRMurty on February 27, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Cricket is no more a gentleman's game. The people who taught the game to the world are modifying the rule book to a filthy book. If Billy Bowden or Simon Taufel could not declare David Hussey out in this game, this clearly shows their credentials that they are absolutely unfit to be umpires as well the ICC rules are becoming ridiculously hopeless day by day. We have known SRT to be the best man of the game. I dont know how the umpires and the players are not ashamed to play a game with such indiscipline. This is a shame to the game and the people who watch this game accepting these blunders. I pity the future of this game which I love so much. Please ban the umpires and as well the players involved(Lee, Hussey and Watson). I plead ICC to save this game of cricket. I cannot hate this game ever, but cannot love it as it is not played with any spirit.

  • Andanio on February 27, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Its not uncommon for teams to pull their every weapon in order to win a match when it is a must win situation. Australia and India both had to win that match to qualify for the finals. So, when India appealed with David Hussey run out it showed how desperate the situation is for Team India. Aussies players also don't have to beat the drums of fair play. Bret Lee clearly created an obstacle for SRT in the spirit of game and fair play, Watson should have withdrawn the appeal of that run out. Having 250+ on board even Australia's behavior shows their desperate situation in the field and the threat of SRT. If a doubtful stumping goes in the favor of a batsman then why not an obstacle in a run. In DH case, why the third umpire did not use Hawk eye or similar technology to see whether the ball was indeed would have hit DH on head, if not then it was clearly against the rules and he should have given out. In all India was Team India was really on the receiving end in their last game.

  • Shiju2011 on February 27, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    This is always like this. The umoires are always partial when India is in Australia. And the Australians are good actors worthy of Oscar.

  • Universalthinker on February 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Indian team performance in this series is not up to mark that is clear but at the same time What happen to India in last match was unfair..Replay shows clearly Hussey was extending his hand and he knows that ball is coming his way..He should have done some other way to keep himself away from the ball. It is clear obstruction. Moreover, What for Lee moved from one side of pitch to other side..if he is really going to stop the ball what for he is giving a pose like umpire witnessing the ball hitting stumps. He didn't even stop the ball..he knows clearly that the non-stricker path. Atleast Australian captain should have called back sachin..They played against the spirit of game.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    these things always happens to asian teams when you go to australia. last time around as well we saw the umpiring standards in sydney test by most experienced umpire steve bucknor, this yr as well umpiring are favourng aussies coz simon taufel dnt forget is an australian and billy is neighbour kiwi. pathetic display of umpiring, all discriminating decisions., even third umpire making blunders...

  • 360review on February 27, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @Trapper439, India will be glad to pack-up and leave, remember we were going to do the same last time we visited. Wonder why only India gets the "cold" welcome in Australia and England, but those teams never get the same when they visit India. As another comment suggested, Australians are being taught these tactics to ensure they have an upper-hand even without proper cricket skills. I guess the cat is now out of the bag, good luck defending or denying it.

  • OzWally on February 27, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    This subject has been done to death. The rules of the game supported both decisions (as we should know by the umpires checking upstairs to review both). Wouldn't be at all surprised to see India now threaten to leave tour early under protest. Dhoni then can be compared to the greats - Gavaskar and Kumble in wanting to take their bats and balls and go home if a decision doesn't go their way. Australian cricket backed down last time, perhaps they'll give India a free pass into the finals this time. Don't want DRS, but don't want to live by the umpire's decision. What do you want?

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    MSD look's like tempted, and need of shield to get tomattoes, and eggs on airport!!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @LWGLWG :" how bias the ICC towards India." : Don't forget 'cause of India and Indian cricket fans, Cricket is such a big game. India is the flavor of Cricket! without Indians, there will be no CHARM left in the Game of cricket! However, I disagree with ur comment that " ICC is biased towards India."

  • timeh on February 27, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Ian Bell called back when out during India test series.

    'Mankad' appeal withdrawn last week, batsman out.

    Now when the batsman is clearly worried about getting hit by a hard flat throw, and blocks the ball with his hand, MS and his girls circle the umpire trying to intimidate a change of decision.

    Sounds like India have forgotten how to win matches.

    Also, countless times I've seen Brett Lee do exactly the same thing in one-day cricket. Batsman plays the ball into the off side, Lee for some reason decides to try to field the ball in his follow through, taking 2 steps before realising he has no chance, and stops dead waiting for the throw.

    Sachin looks to step around him then just gives up. Maybe just looking for an excuse to not reach his fake record, because that would mean instead of people talking about his "100" hundreds AND his retirement, they'll only be talking about his retirement.

  • sashi94 on February 27, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Although an Indian fan, I really like Brett Lee as a bowler and as a person. I am sure he would rather bowl to Tendulkar and get his wicket than run him out in that fashion. But this is where the umpire has to come in and say, look.. Bret Lee did not do it intentionally but he was in the way of the batsmen and he unintentionally obstructed the run. So the problem should have been solved easily. The onfeild umpire Taufel was gun happy and gave him run out without calling for 3rd umpires advice. Being the great umprires he and Billy Bowden are, I expect better from them because this is plain and simply wrong. As for Husseys run out, i did feel the throw from raina was aimed right at his body and husseys reflexes took over.

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 27, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I think had this been the case with a non-asian player things would have been lot more different.

    Not only was hussey guilty of obstructing the field with his hand, Lee who has lot of interest in India, showed us the ugly side of Australian gamesmanship by blocking the greatest to have played.

    This shows that more than India it was Australia which was desperate and that Asians have always been at receiving end of such controversial decisions.

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Another controversial rule is mankading... If the keeper can stump the batsmen, for not behind the crease when the ball is live.... then why can't the bowler do the same to the non-striker.... In both cases, both of them are trying to gain undue advantage by being out of the crease.... Why is one a Valid out and the other a controversy.... Any thoughts?

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Like in soccer - It should not matter how/why it happened... But if it happens, then it is out.

    In soccer, no one bothers if the player willfully or unknowingly touched the ball by hand... If the player touches the ball by hand, it is a penalty... May be the opposition if it is too clever and accurate, they can just kick the ball right into the player's hand.. and get a penalty..

    Human interpretation of such things.. will be different from one person to another.. one umpire to another, one captain to another....

    Leave such decisions to.. rule of thumb and leave the human factor out..

    Unless you think cricket needs the controversy to keep itself alive....

  • pkhunter on February 27, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @Trapper. India lost and deserved to lose. That's not under discussion here, in case you're struggling to read the context and the headline. The discussion here is whether David and Lee were in contravention of now only cricket's spirit, but also its laws. They were. Feel free to add anything meaningful to the discussion.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 27, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Why do you stick your hand out towards a projectile that's away from your body? If you want to protect yourself, then logically you keep your hands to yourself covering the parts of the body that a projectile is coming towards. Whoever that ruled David Hussey as notout was wrong. I support Dhoni on that front. That's my take on David Hussey's incident. Next, why didn't Sachin dive? Lee was well within his rights to stop wherever he wants to. It's the batsman's responsibility to go around the bowler. So, question is - why didn't Sachin dive? Well, that's not part of our Indian Team's core disciplines. We just don't dive but say that Lee was at fault. Lee may or may not be at fault. Leave him for the time-being. Why didn't Sachin dive is the bigger question that our team needs to address.

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    bret lee was looking at the ball.he did not see tendulkar(old man).. tendulkar was runng towards the bretllee if he is not blind any one could see

  • JamesSmithee on February 27, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Now Indian fans talking about Brett Lee's spirit. Two three days ago they said no spirit just applied the low.

  • nashred on February 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Sure Srilankan fans. Sanga asked his bowler to bowl a wide delivery to avoid batsman's century and you blame India. India withdrew Bel's out for game spirit and you blame India. India played with true spirit and withdrew Chandimals run out and you again blame India. On all the instances including this match we were on the receiving end and on top of it we get criticized. Good for the game of Cricket.

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    These are good times for Australia. We shall see their true character when the pendulum swings the other way.

  • xxxCRICKET_LOVERxxx on February 27, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    India doing Maths....Australia is thinking....Sri Lanka is Roaring..!!

  • srivatsacertain on February 27, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @Punters_Mate: I am an Indian and my temper goes out of control like any other normal human being when a decision goes against my team and Sunday was no different, especially when Sachin was dismissed. But, after taking a deep breath and thinking over the matter, what you said is absolutely correct! The Indian board behaves as if International Cricket is its private property! Well said mate, it's high time the board, the officials, the players and the fans learned to accept the defeat and moved on!

  • Trapper439 on February 27, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I note with interest that in 400+ posts there has only been a couple of Indian fans willing to admit that their team was beaten fair and square. Seriously, just go home already. Your perpetual whining won't be missed.

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT Did the ball hit Hussey's body? No. Did he block the throw with his hand? Yes. Can anyone correctly predict what could have happened? No. Should the umpire decide by what happened instead of what could have happened? Yes. Moreover, BCCI hasn't said anything about removing those two umpires. Then why are you crying about BCCI's financial might?

  • xxxCRICKET_LOVERxxx on February 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I think India is still watching 2011 world cup finals........!! and thinking that they are the "Load of the Cricket"....anyway god bless India....

  • bigwonder on February 27, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @Punters_Mate, The problem Australians and their fans is that they never stop their sledging - on field, off field. Its like an addiction that does not go away - even after therapy. The biggest problem with Australians is that they cannot accept facts even when presented with technical details. They just want their own way - like they always had. No wonder Pointing had a long successful career..

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I don't understand what logic people use when they post over here. Apparently none at all. They just write some standard gibberish - if it's the viewpoint of India or BCCI it must be wrong. Take this current example. People are rubbishing India's grievances against the umpire's decision. Why - because they feel India has lost and shouldn't complain. Well genius, losing a match does not deprive one of the right to scrutinise the umpiring decisions. If you want to rubbish a claim you should do it based on what the rule book says. The Indians felt that even though the rule book stated otherwise the umpires decided to give Hussey not out and similarly decided to ask the captain to reconsider appealing in case of the Thirimane incident. The umpire's job is simple, follow the rule book. It shouldn't be his job to decide whether a batsman should be warned before running him out or what exactly went through Hussey's mind when he blocked the throw.

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Can somebody teach Dhoni that how to respect Umpires. These are top class umpires. Even they make mistakes sometimes as they are human beings. Dhoni is not seems to be cool anymore, he seems to me crying like baby on every game he loose. Just try to improve rather than bringing silly excuses...

  • Johnny_129 on February 27, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Good point joseajan (February 27 2012, 09:21 AM GMT)! Aus knew that they had a total that could be overhauled. And Tendulkar, although not getting many runs in this ODI series, has looked like the most dangerous Indian batsman while at the crease...and Aus find him intimidating! Aus only pick and choose as to when the 'spirit of the game' should be applied. I'm sure Aus would have exercised the 'spirit of the game' if they were comfortable about winning at that stage. Time for India to play hard - anything within the law is fine to appeal for and LET THE UMPIRES DECIDE.

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Team India should stop this non sense and start playing . If one has watched the match even a kid would understand that Brett Lee did not carry himself in the right spirit. But for a team known for sledging and abuse on ground , what else should anyone expect . Move on. Dhoni should stop doing such comments .when we are not winning. Start winning and do it.

  • nair_ottappalam on February 27, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Dhoni dont try to shield away from your utter failure by making lame excuses. Lets take Watson in SRT's place, Ashwin in Lee's place. What would have been your stand? Same way take Tendulkar in Hussey's place. What is your stand? The issue is we had the best on field umpires who have taken a fairly commendable decision. The main thing is that weren't there 10 other batsman in Indian side? Why did they collectively fail time and again during this tour down under? If at all SRT was recalled (as you did with Ian Bell) would you think the result would have changed in India's favour? SRT never looked like a player he used to be. Better opt yourself out of them team for fuming unwanted differences with your senior colleagues. You badly need a break.

  • shrastogi on February 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    In my book Hussey was out and it was aridiculous decision to give not out to him by umpires. But I've only one thing to say to Dhoni- what's the point of protesting when you couldnt possibly even score those lesser runs that Australians had made if Hussey had been declared out. India drastically needs to improve batting be it seniors or youngsters. 1999 tour to Australia was even poorer as India had only one win but as many youngsters ( Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly) got exposure and in later tours India fought firecely. Laxman was the only one apart from Tendulkar in 1999 to score hundred in tests though Ganguly got a one day hundred. Kohli has score one but where are other youngsters in tests ? As far as Tendulkar is concerned I think Lee didnt do it deliberately as he didnt look back to see where Tendulkar was running. And I'm not saying this because I'm a Tendulkar baiter.

  • manuach_80 on February 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    I believe that, Tendulkar called for that quick single, but couldn't keep up with the pace of Bret Lee who was charging down the pitch. Tendulkar had enough time to run inside the line of Lee, but Warner was quick enough to beat him with the under arm hit. To hide his poor judgement of the run, Tendulkar deliberately ran into Lee..

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    cm on dhoni admit it is ur point of shouting for other excuses man.personaly i expect genuine gentleman type character from you among very few in ur team.. cm on man :/

  • zafarov on February 27, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    As I recall there were 2 incidents with Inzimam. The first was during the last seies in Pakistan when he blocked the ball slowly back to I think it was Caddick. He was firmly planted in his cearse and there was no question of him attemting a run. Caddick, as sometimes fast bowlers are wont to do, gathered the ball and hurled it at the stumps. Inzi's instictive reaction to protect himself was to jump in the crease. The ball shatterred the stumps while both his feet were in the air. The third umpire obviously adjudicate that, that was indeed what happened and he was given out. I still can't fathom why. On the second occassion Inzi had used his feet , was out of the crease, when the throw came in directly at him and while still out of his crease he fended it off by excecuting the most perfect forward defensive stroke. Again purely instictively. I think he was rightly given out that time. Poor Inzi, world class batsman but frequently besotted with wierd run outs and hilarious situations.

  • voyager on February 27, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Now the big question is. Would there be any reprimand for Dhoni for make this statement??

  • itsthewayuplay on February 27, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Whilst a case can made for both sides of the argument in both decisions, India lost by 87 runs so I don't think they affected the overall result. Ind hasn't shown any fighting spirit or intelligence in their cricket in Aus or Eng last year. Better to accept and deal with the fact that SL has been there for a matter of weeks and after a slow start are looking a much better outfit than India who have been there for a couple of months. The batting overall as a unit has been shocking unable to adjust to the pace and bouce, whilst the bowling continues to be pathetic. Dhoni really should have used this series to let youngsters get valuable experience.

  • anver777 on February 27, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Dhoni & co i think its time to go home early.......... SL vs Aus final & the obvious champions SL !!

  • jupiterlaw on February 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    From one angle it looked like obstruction and from another angle it looked like self-preservation, so I would give the benefit of the doubt to the batsman.

  • Valavan on February 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Oh dear Dhoni. You are the master of excuses. Since June 2011 - Poor umpiring, Bouncy wickets, injuries, DRS, rain, D/L method, runs leaked due to aging legs, comon is there anymore excuses left in your tank. Pathetic state of BCCI reflects the indian results. Anyway once IPL 2012 kicks off, everything will be forgotten. cricinfo please publish.

  • on February 27, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Better to accept the lose. Why such arguments whenever India loses any match??

  • Wismay on February 27, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Will you reconsider the appeal? This is a standard question umpires ask an Indian captain when they know that opposition batsman is OUT according to RULES but the dismissal is somewhat uncommon!

    But when an Indian faces similar situation they just give OUT straight away and keep POKER FACE!

    See the difference.

    So this 'spirit of cricket' and 'will you reconsider the appeal' things should be kicked away from Cricket so that all teams play by the same rules and no one can take the advantage of 'spirit of cricket' by putting opposition team under moral obligation.


  • era89 on February 27, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    same dhoni who reject drs saying umpires mistakes are part of the games......shame xuse.....

  • Fourworldcups on February 27, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Irrelevant of whether it was the right decision by the umpires, Dhoni should have left it on the field. To complain consistently about umpiring just reeks of desperation and is just an attempt to deflect from how disastrously poor India have been all summer. Given the final score, you'd have to assume they'd have been trounced regardless of the two incidents. India has now taken Englands mantle as Team Whinge.

  • symsun on February 27, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Dhoni here is not reasoning for failures. He is making a point to ICC to make rules more clear and consistent. Its pity that only we are the ones who cry for fair play in every matters while others just try to play fair (with all loop holes to play in spirit of the game).

  • symsun on February 27, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    we have many coaches, physios from different countries. But still we lag to get a copy of the book "How to play unfair cricket within the spirit of cricket", from ausie or england players or coaches. May be its born in nature!

  • Green_and_Gold on February 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    If you take away the self presevation laws then whats stopping a fielder aiming at the batsman on purpose hoping that they will use their hand to defend the ball and then appealing for a wicket.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    When Dhoni does not know the playing conditions as simple as "If two teams end with equal points the team that has more wins over the other team advances" how is Dhoni expected to know any other rules that are more complex? Dhoni should let the umpires worry about the law and get on with foccssing on India winning.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    In the hussey incident Hussey did not change course he kept running in a straightline. Some should tell dhoni that according to the law he was actually not out. Unfair yes but not out. In Tendulka's incident he was actually out according to the law but Australia should have withdrawn their appeal. But that is totally up to Aussie like the other day when Thirimanne was given a life cause of the withdrawn appeal. If India had not withdrawn their appeal he would have been given out.

    The only problem here is that some teams think that you have to play with spirit and others think that winning the game is more important. Either way it will be much less complicated if the spirit portion is taken out of the equation.

    Dhoni has no right to complain about umpires having different opinions on different days when a review system is put in place to be fair to all teams Dhoni and India oppose it. This clearly shows that if the decision does not go India's way they are not happy.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Dhoni is a respectable cricketer. However, he should have displayed maturity by accepting the umpire's decisions with a smile and allowing the million++ audience to come to their own conclusions. No need to whine.

  • Hayes.Adam on February 27, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    It seems you lose and you cry, In the better way you can show sportsman's spirit and let the minor things fade away as umpires are only human and can make mistakes.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    A rule is a rule, why should the umpire made to interpret?. Dhoni has a very valid point. If this has happend in a soccer match its penalty, thats it no questions asked. Can a batsmen catch a bouncer to protect his head!!! Crazy , ambiguity everywhere. Wakeup ICC.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    The Indian cricket team complaining again, who would of thought. Perhaps if they concentrated on playing the game rather then complaining, they would do better.

  • peche on February 27, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    I remember seeing Lee do that to a West Indian batsman once. This may be a habitual thing difficult to correct.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Dhoni and India should go home now before they make bigger fools of themselves.

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Umpaires were reasonable faire in each incidents imo..why ind oppose to UDRS ..respect umpires decisions otherwise accept UDRS first.. creating controversies out of nothing ,damn this s annoying

  • IuR. on February 27, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Bottom line is that Australian tour is a complete FAILURE for Indian Team. now Dhoni and Company trying to divert attention of fans from their bad performance. it would be better if they work hard and improve their selves.

  • Potatis on February 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    I remember a time, no so long ago, where it was forbidden to criticise umpires in the media. What happened to that? Any player that dared to do that would get fined. Dhoni is a sore loser, pathetic man.

  • jude28 on February 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    No matter what excuses you make dear India, pack your bags and get ready to go home. Even if you beat us Sri Lankans with a bonus point you will never match the NRR. Also remember we have one more game after you. We are still capable of beating the Aussies. unlike you who gave them 3 bonus points, shame on you who call you'll selves world cup holders! wonder how you'll got that title in the first place! now the world knows based on your performances who deserved that cup!!!!!!! Bye Bye India see you in Bangladesh. Can't wait to see how you perform with the host......

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    dhoni has the power to speak....good one sir

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Aussies know to only cry and win a game, not try and win it. D. Hussey's & Sachin's dissmisal shows this.

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Comeon Man try to learn how to accept blame when you Deserve it ,"if you can't dance,don't blame the dance floor"

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 27, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Sachin was OUT!! the time for sachin is over in ODI cricket.........David hussey was out i dnt know why MR. BOWDEn gave it not out........

  • criccritez on February 27, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    MS Dhoni is not only a great cricketer, but he is also a true gentleman, I don't know how long we will have to live with this inequitable white laws of cricket. Ball was comming towards Inzimam ulhaq face when he blocked and was given out, yesterday when David Hussy blocked the ball which was atleast half a foot away from his boday was given not out, give me a damn break!

  • Punters_Mate on February 27, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    The problem with the Indian team and many Indian posters on this site is they only want the Laws of Cricket to work to their advantage. When the Umpires correctly apply the laws as in DH and BL cases the Indians invent a conspiracy theory that the Umpires have a a bias against India. Time to be a bit more mature guys.

  • Itchy on February 27, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @kurups: even Dhoni said that it was Taufel to make a call due to the angle of where he was and the distance he was from SRT and Lee.

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Please dont blame others for your failure.Try

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    I watched the whole match and in both Husseys and Lee's cases they could have gone either way. I think Hussey got away with that one. Yes he was defending himself but his hand was a bit far away from his body when the ball hit it, so that could have easily gone either way. In Lee's case once Gambhir had hit the ball Lee immediately ran towards it and the moment he realised that Warner was closer to the ball he immediately stopped with no idea where Tendulkar was. He didn't casually keep jogging and he didn't run back to the other side of the pitch (which he would have got in trouble for because if u are not going for the ball you are not allowed to run on the pitch [there are some small exceptions that include changing ends - but you need to make reasonable effort to jump over the pitch]) he just stopped. Tendulkar could have easily run around Lee the moment he saw him in his path but instead he ran towards Lee and changed course at the last minute and thats y he didn't make it.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT


  • on February 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @kimian: Two bad umpiring decisions can't be used as excuses for persistent Indian capitulation on this entire tour. Ever since the 4th and last day of test in Melbourne, when India had the match for the taking, that is virtually all that India has done on this tour to Australia. As for this one day tournament, this was India's 3rd bonus point loss to Australia. India has not been good enough, eg Doni's pathetic 14 off 49 balls, just like Australia were not good enough in the last Ashes campaign. But we don't make excuses and blame umpires, we acknowledge England were the better side and we took steps to start our climb back to number 1. All it seems that the Indian cricket board is going to do now, is moddy coddle India by only playing home series for the next 2 years! That is why India will never be a long term number 1, like the West Indies and Australia have been.

  • joseajan on February 27, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    When aswin 'mankad' thirimane everybody was discussing about 'spirit' of the game. then why Watson didn't withdraw their appeal when Lee stopped suddenly infront of 'Sach in's running path.. "Where is the Spirit of the Hame"??!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Also I think we should have stricter Respect campaign similar to Football, to avoid such controversies.. Any dissent should be punished harshly...

  • Romanticstud on February 27, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    What is with all these technicalities ... A hand used to do anything with the ball whilst batting is out ... If you cannot make your ground you are out ... If you are in the way of the batsman ... The batsman must go around you ... I saw an incident also in Australia a number of years back, where a batsman was deliberately stopped from taking his line ans had to run around the fielder and was also given out ... Dhoni was correct with the hand incident ... but the run-out was a run out.

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @vj3478: Yes u'll be not out if you are in ur motion and ur actions are not to give you unfair advantage.It is quite similar to the fact that a batsmen is not out if during the run he hits the wicket but while batting if it gives him undue advantage as for the depth of crease.So wht umpire considers is that whether u r interfering to gain advantage or not Inzi's case is being repeated,he was mainly given out on the rule 37 para 3 which avoids guarding the wicket,whereas clearly David was running full stretch in straight line & had he not put out his hand it would have hit him which still wouldnt have been out under new rules. So pls guys go read out some of the laws & pls those two guys are few of the remaining best umpires left in cricket, please dont use ur money might to throw them as well.Anyone part of the pro cricket knows tht to become umpires,u need to thoroughly go throu these rules,& for cricketers it is all hearsay and then to comment on technical issues is a joke for me.

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    by saying these type of things, can India hide their poor performance? Time up for Tendulkar. And as a Sri Lankan Love to see India Beating Australia when ever they play no matter what is da circumstance is. But these kind of sayings by a responsible captain won't take the Indian team back on track. Isn't it?

  • randhira on February 27, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Well ! Well ! I don't see any wrong in David Husseys actions. If Dhoni is saying it is out, I fear that something is wrong with him. If you watch the video, hardly there is nothing wrong in it. Regarding Tendulkar's run out I do not agree with the media. Pitch belongs to the batsmen. If the bowler is not allowed to run on the protected area they should also implement a new rule to avoid these things. I have seen many batsmen getting runout in similar fashions. Guys ! I like Brett Lee. He is the best player in Australian team. He is a good player to have in any team. I have watched him many times in the TV and I am sure he does lot to keep the game in a professional manner. We all should accept that there is a iisue in the Indian team and they should sooner take steps to overcome these issues.

  • Stonewareseventy on February 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    As a South African, I haven't been watching this Commonwealth Bank Series, and seeing the controversy on Cricinfo, just watched all the replays. I have to say (from an impartial point of view) that Australia are very cunning (putting it in the nicest possible way) in the manner in which they play - both those incidents were dodgy. Lee knew exactly what he was doing running in front of Tendulkar, and Hussey watched the ball the entire time with his arm outstretched. Cricket is a gentleman's game, so you give the players the benefit of the doubt - the problem comes in when the players are less than gentlemen...

  • pkhunter on February 27, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    David's hand was far from his body. Focus on running mate instead of protecting your well padded body.

    And Lee had absolutely no business stopping there. Don't tell me he didn't know Tendulkar was right behind him. Tendulkar could have easily dived.

    Australia can get away with murder on the field and the umpires, even the best of them, need to strap on a pair.

  • on February 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    India has fallen victim of Billy Bowden's another controversial decision... nothing more

  • Manojaratha on February 27, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Well said Nanda Gopal. The series as well as the famous Australian tour is over. Dhoni was expecting to hit a six in the last over and win a match in each and every game and until then he will keep blocking the balls. That will not happen every day as the Australian as well as Lankan bowlers are intelligent bowlers. So my advice for Dhoni is to try to concentrate on cricket rather than on advertisements. Don't forget three important rules in one-day internationals, rotate the strike as often as possible, try to stop opponents from taking easy singles and twos, and don't drop catches, and I think all the above three rules are far behind from the combined (seniors and juniors) Indian Cricket Team. I think everybody will agree with me now that India is the worst fielding team in the world currently.

  • BabarBaig82 on February 27, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Why do Indians always cry when then lose? Always giving excuses.

  • samuditha on February 27, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    i think hussy was not out.he just self protected.he ddnt try to catch da ball.ball came in to him.and sachin was unlucky in but i dnt think it can reverse it,he should be given out.only thing he was dam unlucky.and doni dnt talk useless stuff.go home and think

  • on February 27, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Tendulkar was out. It is the batsman's responsibility to avoid the fielder, provided the fielder is not deliberately obstructing the batsman's path.

  • sabee66 on February 27, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    If Tendulkar wasn't out he might have his 100 he would only add another 5-10 runs before give his wicket away............

    come on Indian team, hurry up ,go home

  • dunger.bob on February 27, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @ bobmartin on (February 26 2012, 15:56 PM) : as my mother used to say "opinions are like certain holes. Everybody has one and most of them stink" ... .... @ the Lankans ... you guys seem to have the wood on us at the moment. .. your players have taken to our conditions like ducks to water .. I love the control your seamers have over the slower ball.. some of them have 2 or 3 different slower balls. .. your bowlers are way better than ours in that regard. .. should be a great final series. ... It's up to our guys to find a way to beat you.

  • on February 27, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Expecting "Spirit of Game", that too in Sydney from OZ is a tall expectation.

  • on February 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    These are explanations given by a captain of a team which is breaking apart, a defense mechanism to be technical. One who is trying to put the fault to others, while covering his own fault will never be able to stand up. It's high time for Dhoni and the rest of the Indian to get real and accept the truth. They have never been a great team but individual performance has made them stand out! Mr. Dhoni, time to sit back and find correct your own issues. He rather looks a sheep ought to be slaughtered to me at the moment. ( Considering the way the Indians back watching would destroy the properties of the players, it's not a surprise though)

  • colombo62 on February 27, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Dhoni every match you want to find fault with the players as well as the umpires.Be a good sportman like Mahela play a good game. Look at our team how they play? David didn't do it purposely.

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    had it been an indian fielder instead of bret lee watson would be singing a different tune,and in my opinion tendulkar should have steamrolled on to brett lee,instead taking a diversion,and reached his stretching his hand while running,david hussey's clear and definite intention was to deflate the ball away from hitting the stump.if it is for self protection,he would be keeping his hand near to his body to save himself from the ball hitting his body.umpire billy bowden should have declared him out for handling the ball.

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Does this so called ' Spirit of the game ' apply to this Aussie or English Cricketers? Bell was out so was hussy.........For the sake of ' spirit of the game ' sachin should have been called back.....palin & simple

  • Rouky04 on February 27, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Absurd.......David should have been given out either he is obstructing by hand or by bat.......These type of incidents needs to be considered to enhance the rule book...

  • dunger.bob on February 27, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Dhoni is technically right. Hussey did interfere with the ball.... can't believe his explanation of why he thought it wasn't self preservation though... what a load of clap-trap. ... One man alone cannot speak for all men about how a man will react to a given set of circumstances. Dave Warner, for example would have maybe decided to head-butt the ball, his head being the densest part of him. I'm sorry Dhoni, I'm secretly a bit of a fan but you're way wrong on that one. Right on the 'he should have been given out" bit but wrong on the "it can't have been self defense" bit. ... as for Sachin.... Lee can not be expected to disaapear by magic. He started chasing the ball and the instant he realised they were taking a run he stopped. ... what does Sachin want ? a red carpet perhaps. A slight sidestep would have seen him run out by a lesser margin (sharp single, sharper fielding) but either way he was far too slowwwwww.

  • ONE4U on February 27, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni you already declared that Sachin is slow while fielding. How can he become "FAST" while batting??????????????

  • zenboomerang on February 27, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    So everyone, what is the first thing you do when someone throws something at you?... Yes, you shield yourself with the palm of your hand... What was the fielders reason for targeting the body?... Any half reasonable fielder knows whether he is likely to hit the batter or the stumps before he throws the ball... If the fielder threw the ball wider, then Hussey was easily home... Seems the fielder got away with a dangerous throw & it should be something that the ICC needs to add to the rule book for T20/ODI games...

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Don't know why ICC's new laws are alwayz create more CONTROVERSIES rather then solving...probably they should reconsider some of their laws like 1.2 inch LBW, runners and now these two...laws/rules are made for making healthy future cricket not for creating controversies...also the main problem i think is some umpires are not aware of the law properly like some players in 1.2 inch LBW, in WC-2012 Billy didn't give out, but very next match one another umpire gave LBW out even its with that ICC should have a clear view, otherwise those this will give bad name to this gentleman game...

  • on February 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Both the decisions are bad. There's a new rule that has been added recently by the ICC and that says: if the batsman obstructs the field when there is a reasonable chance of he being run out, he can be given out. In this case, if you will observe the throw was fast & direct to Dhoni and Hussey hung his hand far out to make "avoid getting hurt" argument ridiculous. In the Sachin run out case, as Dhoni rightly pointed out, Lee had no business to obstruct the batsman there especially when he saw a fielder running in to collect the ball. But the bad decisions were done and both went against India and what is aghast about both the decisions Simon couldn't have done a meaner job than this, sorry to say that.

  • andrew27994 on February 27, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Also you must realise that though Dhoni said that umpires are humans and its okay to make errors, the 2 controversial decisions were reviewed to the 3rd umpire so once again technology was the fault. So I don't think Dhoni's trying to use these unfortunate incidents as an excuse for losing the match. However, I wasn't impressed with his tactics yesterday. He should have given more opportunities to Umesh Yadav in the 1st half of Australia's innings. Yadav is a genuine wicket-taking bowler and should have been used in that manner. This bad tactic must have cost India at least 50-100 runs. Lack of aggression is the real cause for India's loss yesterday. Also I think Dhoni should put either himself /Jadeja/Ashwin up the order at No.5. This is a very crucial position in ODIs and it requires responsibility which obviously Raina has never shown. He is only good in the batting powerplays and slog overs. Also Sehwag should be dropped until he proves his form in domestic cricket.

  • Dhushan on February 27, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    As if this is a surprise. The only team in the cricketing world that can talk against umpire decisions & not get penalised. Well done ICC. Dhoni must be really glad that the media now has something new to talk about rather than about the Indian team's infights. But if this happened the other way around, the Indian player HAD to raise the hand to protect himself & the Indian bowler was definitely running towards cover point to collect the ball. PS: Indian team, you're almost out of the finals. Sri Lanka will make sure you are permanently out.

  • spinkingKK on February 27, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Dhoni is the King. He knew exactly what he was doing and now he is saying it as well. Iam not a big Dhoni fan when it comes to his captaincy and team selection. However, I am his fan when it comes to standing up to what he did and for the way he talks. He is not a softie. Dhoni means business and he seems to have a good brain. As a person who has gone through many similar injustices in life and sports, my advice to Dhoni: Please don't let the people change your way of responding to the injustice. You are the best.

  • Steve_Stifler on February 27, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    According to the rules of the game, Sachin was out; no doubt about that. The umpires erred by not asking Watson if he wanted to withdraw the appeal and not by ruling Sachin out.

    In my opinion, another 'spirit vs rules' situation...

  • Doogius on February 27, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    OK, so the ball goes to short backward point, Lee runs to field which means crossing the pitch (which he's 100% entitled). Tendulkar changes direction towards the pitch (watch it closely) to go behind Lee who he thinks is fielding the ball. Lee stops once over the pitch because he's not allowed to stop on it (running down the pitch, agan 100% entitled) and Tendulkar ends up running straight at him. If Tendulkar doesn't change his line, he's got a clear run to the line. But of course, Tendulkar couldn't be at fault, nor would he tell a fib about what happened, would he...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs. So, Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Umesh yadav, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar etc were in the Indian WC squad according to you!!!! I am not surprised with the face that SL fans and totally ignorant!

  • Asad_Haroon on February 27, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    watch out hussey's incident... Hussey seems out ... poor umpiring decision

  • Asad_Haroon on February 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    After watching the Tendulkar's run out, i got the initial feeling that bret lee did not do it intentionally. he saw gambhir dropping the ball short and ran to field it in his follow through ... but if he has done it intentional, i would call it real presence of mind ... batsmen do it by running in between the throwing fielder and wickets ...

  • arun3169 on February 27, 2012, 5:46 GMT


    Analysis points :

    A : Conditions for either batsman to be out under this Law B : When conditions do not apply


    A :

    Either batsman can be out under this Law. Appendix D sets out that a hand, whether gloved or not, that is not holding the bat is part of the batsman's person. It is, however, distinguished in this Law from the rest of his person in that, apart from the exceptions of Law 33.2, he is out if he wilfully contacts the ball with such a hand. It is important to note the word 'wilful'. Accidental contact is not a reason for dismissal.

    B :

    Law 33.2 states two exceptions. If a batsman fears that he might be injured by the ball, it is to be considered as an involuntary action if he fends it off with his hand. The umpire must judge whether such action is to avoid injury. Although such an involuntary act ought not push the ball far enough away to justify the batsmen running, there could be circumstances - overthrows for insta

  • RiazP on February 27, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    About the Sachin runout. Lee bowled from round the stump and landed in front of Sachin. Deliberately or Non this is clear in the replay. I think he didnt do it deliberately. But he obstructed Sachin in a close run. And just not obstructed it was difficult to come across be cause he literately half sat where sachin should have been. Playing cricket I know some team do apply these techniques. Runner block the bowler from stoping an on drive. Lee is a good person and a fighting cricketer- non typical aussie. I doubt he did it purposely, but the umpires should have reviewed it and discussed it with captain and TV umpire.

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Dude series is over, think of rebuilding the broken ship. We need a solid team for 2015, start working on that rather than talking about umpire decisions.

  • RiazP on February 27, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    My understanding of the situation. When David was running he was watching the ball and Dhoni as well was watching the ball to collect it. David thought a step forward would be in the line of throw he put hi hand in the wrong place and also turn his face to avoid the ball. He should not have done so. He would have made the ground even if it was a direct throw. But his mistake is he didnot duct. Rather he put his hand out. In hit out scenarios when you have the bat and leg you cant use your hand. Likewise while running you could block the throw by coming in between the stump. But shouldnt be allowed to use hand. Using the hand should be obstructing.

  • vjyK on February 27, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    "However, Dhoni forgot a technicality in Inzamam's case because he was given out for obstructing the field. Hussey couldn't have been ruled out for obstructing the field because he touched the ball with the hand not holding the ball. Hussey's case falls under the handling-the-ball law, and that law has provision for self-preservation. "-- can i sway away the ball wit my hand instead of bat? that wouldnt b obstructing the field as per the rule!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Imagine what precedent it would have set for the future if Hussey had been given out. Fielders and young kids growing up would have intentionally started throwing the ball on the running batsmen forcing them to either get hit or obstruct the ball. Both Husseys as well as Lee are genuine people and you can discern from D-Huss's expressions on the field that it was a protective reflex motion. It looked 50-50 on TV and it is good for future sportspersons that it was given Not-Out.

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @Nelson Raj: The ball wouldnt have gone on to hit the groin, if anything it was chest high..

  • kurups on February 27, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Good question from Jack_India! the umpires may have gone by the rules but the Lee incident was ridiculous. Just like the batsmen cannot alter the direction of their run, a bowler or fielder should not interfere in a batsman's run when in no need, even if unintentionally. well done sachin, you walked away in the right was a foolish run call from the highly overrated and techincally flawed Gambhir..Sachin was playing well and even if it may not have altered the outcome of the match, for sure Taufel scored pretty low in this horrendous decision!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    India please don't come back to Australia, it has been a pathetic summer of cricket.... SL can take your place next time, at least they play with heart.

  • thanuj on February 27, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    guys if im not wrong this is the second time sachine has involved this sort of a case.previously akthar unintentionally disrupted sachin while attempting to a run in a test match .even in that time sachine was given out.therefore sachine should have alter the cause.because he had past the same time u cant expect mercy from australians they will never revoke decisions but they expect spirit of the cricket from asian countries.hussy is not guilty according to common sense.he just tried to escape from injury.thirimanne should be given out but as usual big brother withdrew the appeal and gave an example to true spirit of the cricket.some how india were not good enough to be in the final.but that doesnt mean they are not good the probem was lack of prepardness (im sri lankan who spent two years at kolkata)

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    hi i feel lee is wrong... and did not play fair

  • shahid9522 on February 27, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    i agree with dhoni and I am a pakistani, I do remember that game in peshawar when Inazamam was given out trying to protect himself

  • kimian on February 27, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Dhoni is Right,India have been Robbed !!!!

  • Shehan4u on February 27, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    I think Dhoni you can blame your own country men in ICC at the top who is implementing ridiculous rules and complicating the game. If you want accurate decisions better agree for the DRS. You talk about accuracy only when the decisions go against you'll..

  • Netai on February 27, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    A bad decision is enough to loss a game. So we are very disappointed about this bad decision! Dhoni was in tension,and the tension grown after that bad decision this is my think. So I am also disappointed here.

  • Rahul_78 on February 27, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Ex OZ skipper Mark Taylor is one of the most respected voice in world cricket today. Commenting on Channel 9 he was of the firm opinion that David Hussey was out. That is good enough for me. Watch the video carefully 1. Hussey stretches his hand even before Raina has thrown the ball 2. He was clearly struggling in case the throw would have reached Dhoni. Regarding Sachin MSD is not making much of the sense. It was horrendous call by Gambhir to a ageing batsmen and Lee had no intention coming in Sachins way.

  • Ray24 on February 27, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Dhoni is just loosing his respect in making these lame excuses. He is trying to twist the interpretation to suit his side only. If he goes by the rules, all is OK. He is misquoting the Inzamam incident, where he didn't block a ball coming towards his face, but it was pretty low. And where was the sporting spirit then Mr. Dhoni - if anyone cares to see that incident on youtube, you'll see how unsporting it was of the Indians. India need to seriously make changes as they are going low by the hour. If they loose this hard earned confidence it will be very difficult to come out of this rut. Good luck to them.

  • spinkingKK on February 27, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Jack_India has asked a very very valid question. Why don't they ask the Australian captain if they wanted to continue with the Sachin's runout appeal? I have seen some Indian supporters asking the team to learn to perfrom overseas. Indian team was the clear winner when they toured here last time and won the Triangular. Indian team has also reached the World cup final in 2003 when it was played in South Africa. One bad decision can change the result of a series dramatically. If Steve Waugh wasn't famously given out for Handling the Ball in 2001 series in India, Australia may have won that match and the series instead of losing it 2-1. Australia were cruising at around 340/3 when the dismissal happened and were all out very soon after that. If Laxman or Dravid was wrongly given out in the famous Kolkatta match in the same 2001 series, history would not have been created and Australia would have won that series 3-0 and everybody would have hailed them as invincibles.

  • Aussie5566 on February 27, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    I don't know about the law.But I think that decision was correct because umpires know that law. By the view,it seems Dhoni is correct,but if we think little bit wider,he may wrong. Umpires never make such a bad mistakes...

  • Pkjinjala on February 27, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    I think dhoni was little bit right on occasion of hussey run-out, but I can say surely that umpires gave right decisions on both occasions to save big deafeat margin loss to india and surely helped india losing only with 87 runs, let me explain how , as per seen Ausis batting in this series, umpire gave not out then hussey made few run and finally got out while he had to play better game to get good score on that time, remaining batsment could not settled in as only were left around last 10overs, different batsment could have come to get settled when he got controversial not out, I think either chritian or other remaining batsment could have settled him self and could have got Ausis to expected 300runs score!! On the sachin case, even if either given not out or Ausis pulled back decision of out and let sachin played continuously, he migh have added 2-3 runs in his score then would have got out as per his form in this series. so, conclusion, india could have lost with more than 100runs

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    I think Dhoni is the last man to say something that doesn't make any sense. What ever he said does make sense and like most people I do beleive that the two decisions were unjust and I also beleive that the outcome of the match would have been diffFerent. Few years back Misbah was given out because he jumped after reaching the crease to avoid getting hurt on a throw from some fielder... wasn't he given out? I have always felt that how ever good umpires are they have one set of rules for Asian teams and other set of views for the rest of the cricketing nations. This very attitude should change and just like the players are punished even umpires should be punished if the make a mistake in giving any batsman out by giving their half match fee to the affected player. If an umpire errs three consicutive times in a year he should be suspended for for a match or two. India, Pakistan and Sri Lankan's are always at the receiving end this should stop immediate

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Totally useless argument. Indian team played badly and lost by 90 runs. It was a terrible batting performance you India deserved to lose. Lee never changed his line or running. He went straight towards the stumps. I see nothing wrong with that.

  • Rajeshts on February 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @Venki_Indian - Did you watch yesterday's match at all? You are Insane

  • asithaSL on February 27, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Ya, it seems kind of unfair for Indians.when they needed some luck, all against with them. Hussey run-out @ that point would have been key wicket. If it went Indians favor.., series may still alive...

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    wht wll happ if watson withdraw sachin s apeal......sachin ll b out below 25.... lolz.... i love sachin but dhoni unsettled top orders to get his favorite raina n jadeja,,,,,,,,,so plz dhoni dont b selfish

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    india pls come home soon!!!!!!

  • Radha4krishnan on February 27, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Australian viewers had Mark Taylor and Mic Slater at the commendatory box during Hussey incident. Mark Taylor read out the ICC rules and said as per the ICC rules David Hussey was lucky to survive. We shape our tools and the tools shape our work. We frame our law and policies and we dont follow it. I strongly object Cricinfo for writing about technicality and saying Hussey did not hold the ball. It is a shame on Cricinfo for defending Hussey not out. Even Cricinfo forgot that Inzi did not hold the ball when he was given out, how that was out not Hussey? Many say Hussey would have made it. I agree but he should have been given out for obstructing the ball because he had intention to stop the ball. May be he was preventing the ball hitting him but still he was out. Mr.Sidharth Monga please do contact Mark Taylor and learn what is ICC rules in this regard. Hussey out. Sachin Not out.

  • LWGLWG on February 27, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    I am referring to the criticism Indian Captain has made publicly against the umpires who had by then have umpired more than 350 one day internationals. How Dony got so much powers to talk??? Is that the money powers India has?? Now it is the duty of ICC to react to it. If any other captain criticize international umpires ICC takes immediate steps to take action. Now, all of you can see how bias the ICC towards India. This is a good point for me to prove it!!

  • DEV_ME on February 27, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I havent seen the Hussey incident, but did see the Sachin incident. Brett Lee was at fault : 1. Lee was nowhere near any possible fielding position 2. There was no chance that Lee could have fielded or backed up the throw. 3. Lee knew which is the running path of the non-striker; as a bowler, they are not supposed to stray in that line. 4. Lee not only ran in the path, but also stood there right in the middle as if trying to watch the fun / run out; but neither the ball nor the batsman were in the frame (so what was Lee watching haunched up?)

    In my opnion, Sachin should have smashed into Lee with his bat on Lees big backside. In case of collision with bowler, it was definitely not out.

  • Prats6 on February 27, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    MSD keeps saying there is no point crying, and thats what he does, cry after a loss!

  • balarev1808 on February 27, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    indians play always good cricket...aus never play good cricket..

  • azmat20031 on February 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    As if sachin would have scored a double and taken india to finals.....infact sachin first tried to get gautam out in previous over but couldn't so gautam took intiative and got sachin out.....sachin and gautam including sehwag are liability on team india...

    jadeja is another burden...india needs complete overhaul

  • cham_ruchiran on February 27, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs : good comment.

    India should focus on performance as a team. It seems to be Dhoni don't get full support from his team mates. Also he doesn't know the rules. This is not the 1st time. I remember in WC match vs England (the match which tied) he (Dhoni) argues with the umpire regarding a LBW. It's better to learn rules and respect umpires and other teams.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Wonder if Dhoni's comments and interview to media falls within ICC's code of conduct. He did the same and got away with it in case of Steve Bucknor and Darryl Harper. Looking at histroy, it seems that Simon Toufel and Billy Bowden have umpired their last matches, at least when team India is playing.

  • dibbu on February 27, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Okay these are two different things. 1) Indians have not played up to their potential and have been beaten on all accounts. 2) Australians have been cheating, and getting away with it especially because they are playing at home.

  • jmcilhinney on February 27, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Lots of people will want to jump on Dhoni for this but they will do so unfairly. For a start, you can bet that he was asked about these incidents by the journalists so he is simply answering the questions he was asked. Also, he is not trying to say that these incidents are the reason that India lost. He accepted that they didn't play well enough and that's why they lost, even if these incidents made it more difficult. Personally, I doubt that Hussey thought "I'm going to knock this ball away so I don't get run out" but, by the same token, I've never seen any other batsman in a similar position use his hand to deflect the ball. By the rule Dhoni quoted Hussey would be out, but he quoted the wrong rule, that's all. As for Lee obstructing Tendulkar, I think he did. Maybe he didn't do it intentionally but he made no play on the ball and he'd have to know that the batsman would be running in that vicinity. He ran into the batsman's path and stopped. Sounds like obstruction to me.

  • K.A.K on February 27, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    The team needs a down time. This series has been too long and too depressing for the Indian team. Fortunately it iwll be over in a few days. Guys, go home and rest. Avoid all media and critics and chill it out. India has a decent team that needs to pull itself together after taking a short break. Good luck Dhoni and rest of the team members.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    India should rematch with Australia because of these two controversial decisions. But how about if this doesn't happens again and India lose. Maybe the blame will go to hit the fast and bouncy pitches. Dohni might say, the made these pitches to suite the Australians.

  • avibala on February 27, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Dhoni is right. Lee had no business to stand there, he is bowling over the wicket. He wasn't fielding the ball and if he had to back up, he had to be in the opposite direction. His sole intent was to make tendulkar's path more difficult. If thats not against the spirit of the game, I don't know what is

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Run harder Sachin, what a lazy effort. Speaks volumes doesn't it?

  • Cool_Jeeves on February 27, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar cannot be out. Whether it is Lee or Warner. He must be adjudged only by a global online real time viewer poll. All other batsmen must be asked to submit to 1st/2nd/3rd/4th umpire. This way Tendulkar can get to his 100th century, which he missed by 86 runs because of Brett Lee.

  • OpenTalk on February 27, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Nice cover up Dhoni! If you can't fo the job, just leave the space for new talented person. Don't blame on others!

  • Amitaabh on February 27, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Hi Bret Lee:

    Not to say that what you did is in the spirit of cricket-- but --At least have the guts and say openly say that : "Yes, I did it"

    That way fans will respect you more..not for your cricketing skills, but for your honesty..!

  • ObjectionalWords on February 27, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    India played terribly, don't blame the umpires.

  • PunjabiJatt on February 27, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    David Hussey was protecting himself; he could have stopped and run again; as Sachin had to run around the bowler! It is well rehearsed move, when batsman goes for drop single, bowler go in way of running batsman and get some time to get a batsman out. It is all set, sometime wrong button pressed to reversed the decision, so on. Well done Mr Proctors.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Australian here. thought hussey shoulda been out. as for tendulkar i think that decision was right. lee only had eyes on the ball and not tendulkar.

  • venkateshkm on February 27, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    If one looks at the final position of Lee, it appears he was trying to make sure that he blocks as much of the running path of Tendulkar as possible. The position Lee was in, is usually the position when you are receiving a throw standing next to the wickets. Odd to see that he stopped midpatch and that too stood still. Would it not have been logical that he goes towards the wicket and possibly in the path of the thrown to the side opposite to where the throw is coming from? Having said these, i think Tendulkar would still have been run out because the throw was direct.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Australia knows "By Hook or Crook", India knows "By spirit of the Game". That makes the huge difference between Winning a match in the World of Cricket. Australia never try playing Spirit of the game, they never think in that way. Indians never win "By hook or Crook.." way they never know how it can be done.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    >Dhoni forgot a technicality in Inzamam's case because he was given out for obstructing the field.

    Hogwash! What a load of crap... So you obstruct the field by hands and get the benefit of "Handling the ball!"...

  • vjyK on February 27, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @Alamgir Islam:A bad call from Gambhir & an equally bad response from Tendulker. Why he did not say "NO"!!!---- coz Tendulkar didnt knew that Lee would come in between:)

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    "Hussey couldn't have been ruled out for obstructing the field because he touched the ball with the hand not holding the ball"

    Why would Hussey be holding a ball?

  • vjyK on February 27, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Guthers007:Dhoni doesn't know what he is talking about - the Laws are very clear and in both instances, under the Laws, the Umpires made the right decision! --- yes dude, then what did the LAW say abt MANKADING .. refer to captain?

  • pitch_curator on February 27, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Well, if it is the runner's duty to avoid the bowler while running, it should also be the runner's duty to avoid the throw while running. I simply do not understand how Hussey can not be out and Tendulkar is out. Either both of them are out or not out. Whoever is arguing both the decisions are correct are clearly guided by their feelings towards Dhoni/India and not by logic. Tomorrow batsmen will use their hands to stop the bouncers. Since the batsmen is not in danger of getting out due to the bouncer, for self preservation he will stop the ball with the hand not holding the bat. Will that also be given not out?? Pathetic decision by the umpires.

  • evdogs on February 27, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Want to talk about spirit of the game? It's amazing that nobody in the entire Indian establishment, let alone fan base, has recognised the ongoing disgusting behaviour of Virat Kohli. Yesterday at the SCG while he was fielding on the boundary he singled out Australian supporters in the crowd and had security remove them for heckling him. I've never seen anything like it in any professional sporting arena. If an Australian player did this in India, can you imagine the controversy? Dhoni ended up moving him to the in-field because he realised Kohli was completely out of line. Let's not mention his mindless one-finger salute or his public labelling of the Australian crowds as a bunch of "drunks". And this is without even going into the overwhelming dissent that Kohli shows upon every one of his dismissals regardless of how obvious they are...I get the feeling because he is one of your most talented batsmen in a tough time for Indian cricket it is easier to overlook his terrible behaviour.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    MS Dhoni is better off getting his act together in reviving team India which is having a terrible tour down under. This is following similar fate last year in England. India should think ahead of the future of Indian cricket instead of worshiping non performing heroes of the past. Give them a proper farewell and send them away and start rebuilding the team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    If we stop splitting hairs and hide behind the laws of the game, interpreted differently by different umpires at different times, as explained by Dhoni, and instead go by the spirit of the game, then, Thendulka should have been recalled by the Aussy captain, as anyone who saw the replays of the incident could clearly see that Lee ran up and positioned to block Thendulka's path. As for Hussy, he should have been given out, if not under the laws the game then at least under the Spirit of the Game. Much is spoken about the 'Mankad' committed by India but no one says how the Indian captain gracefully ignored the laws of the game and recalled the batsmen who was correctly given out. Similarly, SriLankan captain warned an Aussy batsmen who was well outside the bowler's crease, trying to steel a run, rather than do a ' Mankad', which is within the laws of the game. So lets go by the spirit of the game, and Captains intervene to override unfair decisions the umpires may have to take.

  • TerryOZ on February 27, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    How did Sehwag got out? Surely Hilfenhaus should not be allowed to bend so low to catch that ball. And surely the umpire has no right to put his finger up to give him out. Surely someone else can be blamed for his poor performance. Please anybody to blame but the Indian players themselves. This is how sad this whole Indian team has become. And as I said before, umpires better NOT make any mistake against Team India without the DRS because the big muscle BCCI will see to it that their careers are finished. And that is how India and the subcontinent teams has been playing cricket. Hell, they even bend the bowling arm rule to 15 degrees so that they can chuck the ball to win a game. Alas, that did not seem to get them much anywhere, did it? So on they go looking for reasons to lose and therefore, they will always lose. OR they can be ruthless like Australia who actually dropped one of the best batsman in the world just to win a game. Can Team India do that? So far, it is obviously NO.

  • RasCric on February 27, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    OK, so when arguing against DRS, you guys say umprie decision is final and everyone should accept and move on. But anything goes against you, you discuss umpire decision on tele?

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Well, let us give credit to Dhoni, who at least spoke the controversial decision those are going on against one nation and in favor of the other although there is much difference in obstruction as Dhoni Pointed out. I propose a review to be sent to third empire in such cases to make a decision as umpire see things with only one angle and third umpire can have views from many angles. I remember same incident with Tendulkar in India against Pakistan and shoaib Akhtar was on bowling end but Pakistan showed the maturity and called backed Tendulkar, Australia also should have showed that Maturity, but these people are only hungry for win, this is what i have seen over the years, Pakistani, Indians and West Indians will show up this spirit but not the others...

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Did anyone else notice that rather than sprint the entire way and ground his bat prior to getting across the crease, Sachin seemed to momentarily slow and complain about Lee? Maybe if he'd done either or both of those things like most would, he'd have made it home. He just slapped his bat down, rather than ground it. Cost him some valuable time.

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    It is true - David Hussey was out and was not given out. TV channel 9 commentators were reading and re-reading the law according to which no matter what the situation was if a player handles the ball, he is out. The question is which part of the law was not clear to the third umpire? But having said that, even if David Hussey was given out and Australia scored below 200, still in their current form and their attitude towards the game, India would have certainly found a way to lose this match as well as they had been doing all summer. Sorry state of affairs!!!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    I think David Hussey and Sachin both are not out. Umpires should have contacted third umpire for Sachin's run out to see Lee's position and moves. They did this for David H but NOT for Sachin's case. Sorry, both umpires may be great but they are NOT correct in this case. And the cost of that wrong decision is very high.

  • SueRidgepipe on February 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    They should have BOTH been out. I had sympathy for MS and the Indians about the Hussey decision. Then they started winging about the Sachin run out, and lost all credibility. India are playing like old men on the field and carrying on like old women off of it.

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Guys. Just take. When was last time any umpire supported India. These are western Umpire and no matter how good they are, when there is dotted line, they will give in favor of Australia, England etc. You have to live with it, and just work harder. No reason to make excuse.

  • Aussieah on February 27, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    This is always the case with Aussies.They have never played the game with spirit and will never do in the future.Agree India did not play well but game has to be played in the right spirit which the Aussies will never understand.Hussey knows deep down he is out but like all Aussies do he will not play in the right spirit.Good going Aussies!!!!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Hussey should have been out I feel. He was still out of his ground, so I don't think you should be entitled to handle the ball. You're always taught as a kid if it hits you then at least it can't hit the stumps. Had he been in then fair enough. Tendulkar was out though. Lee is entitled to go after the ball if he thinks he might get there and when he realised he wouldn't he stopped immediately. He never looked around and didn't dodge around. Tendulkar could very easily have gone around him.

  • farkin on February 27, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    MS Dhoni is totally wrong he has only India to blame for it by them not using the "Umpire Decision Review System"

  • johnathonjosephs on February 27, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    The "supposed" World Champions really at the sword right now. It is the same world cup team (without Yuvi and Munaf) that won the world cup, but so far on this tour, they have only won 2 games out of 8. Compare that to Lanka who was the other World Cup Finalist (without Murali) and they have only Lost 2

  • on February 27, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Who cares really... even if David Hussey was given out and Tendulkar not the result will have been the same. Just get on with it, too much whinging by Dhoni. As of now, India is the worst team to follow. Barely anything exciting with the Indian team.

  • JustOUT on February 27, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Weather D.Hussey was given out and Sachin was given not out, nothing would hv changed the end result of India losing the match. .PERIOD

  • OzWally on February 27, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    These 2 incidents aside, anyone else notice Australia's team comprised 7 players with 23 games or less of ODI experience? Haven't missed a beat with the retirement of their greatest OD player ever (Ponting) and still have Clarke and a handful of bowlers to come back into the team. Perhaps the Indian selectors could learn something here about how to rebuild an aging team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Well,this is not the first time Team India feels they are in the receiving end.There where many controversial decisions against India in the past.Then why don't India support DRS system?Why do they pretend as if they respect Umpair's decision.Take off that mask and support DRS system. At least justice will prevail by doing so.

  • armanigeorge2 on February 27, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Dhoni and sachin not playing for team india,they playing for own records and good is one of the sekfish game. plsease this play for india.forget blaming to each other.its one weakpoint for team india.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    It was a bad call from Gambhir and Sachin was more upset with him and he forgot to appeal against Brett Lee's interference, because he was too busy screaming at Gambhir... too bad.. and David Hussey has done a Maradona (hand of God), for sure!! To avoid the fielder striking the stumps, you make sure to run between the stumps and the ball, you don't stretch your hand... no way man...!! Don't they wear groin pads in Australia? Maybe that's his excuse... he forgot to wear his groin pad and that's why he's allowed to stretch out his arm... Good Call, Billy!!

  • armanigeorge2 on February 27, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    match referee and third umpires know,who is out and who is not out, why dhoni asking silly resones unnessesry.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Dhoni is right! and those who are asking to stop the discussion they should know that it should be discuss for the Cricketing rules as if it shouldn't happen again!

  • roshdbest on February 27, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Most of the things Dhoni said are correct,but these sort of things shouldn't be excuses for loosing a game.It was a huge loss.Batsman didn't perform.Anyway many teams have had terrible umpiring decisions in India.I remember once when Sri Lanka played a test match in India there was a slip catch and umpire gave it out and when batsman looked at him,he scratched his hat with his hand and it was not out.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    I suppose it was the umpires fault that Sehwag hasn't made runs all season too

  • CUSE on February 27, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Dhoni, Don't worry buddy. UMPIRE'S ERRORS ARE PART OF THE GAME !!!! ha ha ha lol !

  • Dashgar on February 27, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    The commentators are all divided. I'm sure Hussey will claim he defended himself, Dhoni thought he blocked it to cause a run out. Every second viewer has a differing opinion. The only people who agreed are the people who no doubt understand the rules the best, Billy Bowden and Simon Taufell. How about we listen to them.

  • subodhs on February 27, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous !! The biggest issue should be the loss and not the two decisions which were merely an unfortunate incident. Hussey was NOT out and that was a defensive gesture on his part to avoid a ball clanging into him. Sachin on the other hand was unfortunate that Lee happened to be on the way. Lee was NOT at fault. And for Sachin to show his frustration at Lee is understandable in the moment of the game. However once the game is done - there is no more point in pursuing this simple unfortunate event. Making a big deal of this is like wagging the dog ! trying to distract from the real issue - which is the non-performance of the IPL Divas. The people not performing should be "rested/rotated" or whatever is the word du jour. Please dont be fooled by all this distractions.. Dhoni needs to be 'rotated' out. Please get the best performers from the Ranji season - they cant fare much worse from these superstars - atleast this would be a reward for toiling in the Ranji games.

  • TorontoMarine on February 27, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Dhoni is desperately trying his best to shift the attention of all towards these controversies to avoid criticism for the defeats and early exit from the tri series. People do understand cricket.

    In this series Tendulker could not win a single match for India, no reason to believe that he could do it in this match. Tendulker still be short of ground without Brett Lee being in front of him.

  • Meety on February 27, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    @tfjones1978 - well said. I didn't see the SRT incident, but the Hussey one I saw a gazillion times, I thought he should of been given out under the rules of the game, & that he should of taken one for the team when running that single. However, I also think the umpires probably came to the right decision OUTSIDE the laws of the game. I think that D Hussey was home & hosed, & even a direct hit wouldn't of got him out. With Sachin, I read that he stopped running - which would not of helped his cause, if he got close, he could of had a justified whinge.

  • voyager on February 27, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    It has been a very very long tour MSD!! when is it ending!!

  • PlayerStu on February 26, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Doni seems to fail to realise that you are only ever out when the umpire puts his finger in the air to indicate it. Doesnt matter what he thinks.

  • on February 26, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Clearly dhoni can't find anymore excuses for his teams dismal performance! Brett Lee was after the ball for a runout only to see Warner had the better shot and law states its the batsmen who has to move around the bowler! And hussey clearly trying to stop a hard cricket ball cleaning him up

  • on February 26, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    What happened to "They don't need to be God, because it is a game which is full of mistakes. I don't mind it, it's part and parcel of the game. "

  • on February 26, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    It's hard to imagine anyone just letting the Raina throw hitting them in the guts at full velocity - that would hurt. Batters take evasive action fairly often so that's not new.

    Lee had every right to try and field the ball, so not sure what the actual problem with Tendulkar getting run out would be. Maybe if he tried to make it by running as hard as possible and diving, he would have got there, but he didn't bother to.

  • thekobra on February 26, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I absolutely agree with Dhoni. Hussey's hand was out way to early to be called self defence. It was a brain freeze plain and simple and he should have been on his bike.

  • on February 26, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    David Hussey should really have been given out - no excuses. Tendulkar could have easily run around Lee, but still would've been run out. Thirimanne should have been given out. However none of these can excuse the pathetic batting display by the Indian team. They really need to get rid of the top three and give some opportunities to some young blood. Umesh Yadav is the only player who is giving 110% and doesn't seem to have an inflated ego.

  • whyowhy on February 26, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    India does not want DRS, they complain and "cry and cry" about any decision that goes against them and they do not have any umpires in the international panel since Venkat - Feel sorry for them maaan, after all they want to control world cricket and this is not the way to get about it.....go home and recover or the excuse will be too much cricket.

  • on February 26, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I think dhoni is right. D. hussey is out and Sachin is not out

  • Venki_indian on February 26, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Mr Dhoni, better concentrate on team and performace rather than these useless talks...Its all part of game...Sachin is out, one cannot blame Lee there..And you should not have appealed Hussey's run out;

  • landl47 on February 26, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Well, I guess Dhoni's now in the excuses business. Saying that the umpires' decisions were wrong is just trying to save face; India lost by 87 runs, so this wasn't a close game where they were unlucky. I don't think under the rules the umpires had a choice in the Tendulkar incident, but Watson could have called him back because there's no doubt he was impeded, though clearly unintentionally. That's what I think Clarke would have done.

  • shiv_cric on February 26, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Dare i say, the inevitable happened. India has never looked like beating Oz this whole summer. All these happenings are minor aberrations and couldn't be counted as having mattered too much in the final outcome. Sachin is himself to blame for his dismissal, firstly, for going for a run which wasn't there and secondly, having made the decision not to put in the required effort to see it thru - when you are a batsman tight singles call for you putting in a dive when it matters or atleast bull doze through anybody in the path (doesn't matter if you fall, atleast you would have made the effort), after all you have to protect your wicket at any cost. This meek surrender wasn't expected of a batsman who could have probably dictated proceedings, but this is just conjecture and thinking of his form lately that is being too optimistic...David H's was out by all counts. He just got a reprieve given that he might have made it. Also, what would have gone to his adv is he would have dived.

  • on February 26, 2012, 23:27 GMT


  • CSpiers on February 26, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    lol at Dhoni acting like he's the encyclopedia on the rules of cricket, comparing it too Inzi? major fail. Also tendulkar was out out out, lee was running towards the ball and then let warner get it, what's wrong with that? It's sachins problem for not veering earlier, how could lee know where sachin was? he had his back to him. You're a joke Dhoni, who failed hard in this particular match, sour grapes? definitely.

  • kitten on February 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    'I think a more clear-thinking captain than Watson might have withdrawn the appeal. Don't know if the umpires gave him that option or not, but it would have been the diplomatic thing to do - and my impression is if it was the other way around Dhoni may have withdrawn his appeal'. These comments were by 'Jimmers', and I tend to agree with them. Speaking as an onlooker, even in England when Dhoni withdrew the appeal against Bell, a lot of cricketers including Chappel said that they would never have done that. That is how the Australians play, hard but by the rules. If you make a mistake you pay for it. Even the case against Tirumanne, according to the rules he should have been given out, and not asking the opposing captain what he wanted top do. This didn't happen here in both cases, with the umpires making the decisions. There is a lot of inconsistancies going around, and no wonder Dhoni is speaking his mind. He is never one to whine, and he is a good captain.

  • Guthers007 on February 26, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Dhoni doesn't know what he is talking about - the Laws are very clear and in both instances, under the Laws, the Umpires made the right decision!

  • D.V.C. on February 26, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    The handling the ball, and obstructing the field laws make more sense now than they ever have. They are fine. Because a player can no longer deviate his running line to get in the way of the ball, if Hussey had tried to swerve and still made contact with the ball it would have looked bad, and he could well have been out. The batsman is allowed to do one thing to protect himself only, he can put up his hand (not holding the bat), and that's what Hussey did. ul Haq was out because he used the bat, and you're not allowed to do that.

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    "Hussey couldn't have been ruled out for obstructing the field because he touched the ball with the hand not holding the ball." How could he touch the ball with the hand not holding the ball?? Hussey was definitely out because he touched the ball with his hands while it was still in play. Did anyone else notice that he stopped sprinting and lined up the ball to purposefully knock it down? If he continued sprinting for his ground he would have made the run easily and the throw would have gone behind him so he wouldn't have had to touch it. Because he wasn't going to be run out it can't be out obstructing the field but he definitely should have been out handled ball. In any case it made no difference in the match because India's batting is so bad.

  • orangtan on February 26, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @Huzsain Faiz such euphoria when India beat Pakistan in the World Cup again and again and again.

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    aussys missed 2 opportunities today to win heart and mind of cricket lovers all over d world for some stupid tri-series trophy=1]david husseys decision 2}bret lee s decision , and aussys still would have won considering poor form of indian team .

  • Zahidsaltin on February 26, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and think strongly that Dhoni is 100% right in his views.

  • bowzer on February 26, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    The call could have gone either way. Hussey could have been given out for ball handling but if you at where his arm was, it was to protect his body. He was never going to be run out. SRT should have ran into Lee, then he would have more of a case. It may have distracted Warner too and he could have missed. But in the end India still had a lot of opportunity to win, they just batted more poorly than the Aussies. I thought the Aussies total was about 30-40 runs short. They only made about 50 runs in the last 10 overs. Dhoni should have looked has how he's batting, taking almost 50 balls to make 14 runs. He put the rest of the batsmen under pressure. Pathan is batting too low in the order.

  • Mervo on February 26, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Poor Dhoni - so wrong on both counts. How, in the millisecond that you have supposed to consider how far extended your hand is is defending yourself? Amazing analysis and the batsman's job is to avoid the bowler and other fields men. Badly chosen run - pure and simple. Yet more excuses for a team of too many, too old, players.

  • Vincent49 on February 26, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    I reckon david Hussey's arm was out as a natural reaction to stop the ball from hitting him in the guts. I dont believe there was anything sinister.

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    1. Sachin's run out. There was no real run there and for those who're not familiar with the law of cricket here - the bowler should stay where he is and NOT give way for the batsman taking the run. It's the batsman's responsibility to go around the bowler to complete the run.

    2. David Hussey's not out. It's very lame to compare Hussey "handling of the ball" to a penalty in soccer. Soccer is played by foot ONLY and using a hand is almost barred in the game. Nor does it make sense to compare with Inzamam's "obstructing the field" decision. Here, Dhoni also claims that Inzamam was defending a ball that was "right at his face". Another exaggerated comparison.

    Bottom line: Indians have this mentality of complaining about others rather than looking at the dirt behind their backs. Dhoni's batting was clearly poor, look at his Strike Rate with the bat in this match (and Indian fans, please stop bringing up his Record Average in Successful Run Chases here). We're talking only about this ODI..

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Take the umpires decisions and get on with the game. Dhoni is always whining about something.

  • Lmaotsetung on February 26, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Excuses...excuses...excuses. I think we should no longer call him captain cool...more like Captain Excuses!

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Taking the results and consequences out of it and just analyzing the facts, I think Dhoni's got a valid reasoning there. After all it's a game where one run and jus one ball can make all the difference in the final outcome of the event.

    Overall it's not the end of the world losing the CB series, It's just a another series, every team goes through rough patches in the long history, Indian team performance is something to think about seriously, and sure Indian cricket will become strong again.

  • Zoro_1 on February 26, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    David Hussey was on his way to at right speed to make it to the crease before the ball hit it. So he is anyway not out. Had he not defended with his hand, the ball would have hit him and the result would be the same. Or the ball may run elsewhere allowing them another run.

    In Sachin's case, Lee didn't do anything. He was just there and Sachin knew where he was the moment he started his run. Sachin ran slowly at which speed he could not have got to the other end anyway before the ball.

    Good decisions. LBW decisions and denials were also very good.

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    This is plain ridiculous. I am an Indian and i am thoroughly disgusted by such narrow mentality from Indian players.Hussey was not out and Sachin was out....get over it. U are making all Indian people look like cry babies.Dhoni, u didn't appreciate the umpire's contributions in the world cup. As soon as a single decision goes haywire, the whole world turns upside for the Indian players,

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    For me, the funniest point of the match was Gambhir's "Spirit of Cricket" display while batting. He gloved Brett Lee's sizzling bouncer and Wade dropped it and the ball went for 4. Billy gave it as leg-byes and Gambhir immediately went up to him and showed his glove saying he hit and the 4 should be given to him. I'm sure if Wade had collected it, he would be showing his helmet to Billy!

  • insightfulcricketer on February 26, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Sachin ran in a straight line from non-striker to strikers end.While Lee was running diagonally.How the hell would he know where Lee will stop? In such a crucial play he could not have stopped otherwise Gambhir was history.

    David Hussey had no business to stick his hand out .His mission was to get to the crease on the other end and not look at the throw. This was no club game but an international game.

    Umpires should have reversed both the decisions. India would have still lost but these two decisions were totally unfair.Shame on the umpires.

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    maybe dhoni should stop playing and become an umpire if he thinks he could do better.

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    @tz07 Umpires judging the intention of a player happens in practically every sport.

    Creating a rule without such judgment is harder than it looks: If you were to simply take out the "you can defend yourself" part, fielders could deliberately aim for the batsmen...

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    if you win these comments not come in to a talking point.of course umpires to be respected at the end of the offense on India Dhoni you guys have to be more competitive.

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Its So True India Produce Stats Legends However Other Nation Produce Match Winners. I am sure its time to drop Desperate Dhoni, Sachin, Sehwag.... If India is serious for future cricket.

  • vishnumc on February 26, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    I personally feel that Dhoni is not blaming anyone here as he has accepted India's poor run in this whole australian trip.... This is just his way of expressing his disappointment....

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Part of the problem is that these laws have been drafted by lawyer types meant to confuse people. Why not list out all possible scenarios and say simply out or not out?

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    The only team in world cricket that refuses to use DRS, because they insist that it is always better to abide by the umpire's on-field call, has no right to EVER criticise the umpire off the field. Hypocrisy.

  • on February 26, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Many have written that Hussey should've been out for obstruction, even though the law is very clear on that point. If he had used his bat, or his head, yes, but his free hand, no: "Furthermore, it shall be regarded as obstruction if while the ball is in play either batsman wilfully, and without the consent of a fielder, strikes the ball with his bat or person, other than a hand not holding the bat, after the ball has been touched by a fielder."

  • EvoRyder21 on February 26, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Indian fans have been complaining that India is not consistent, but they fail to realize this Indian team is very consistent in one thing, that is finding controversies in each game so that they can use it as an excuse to get away from the fact that they are playing some awful cricket and Dhoni does a good job at press conferences in exploiting this advantage. My own observation tells me that even if David Hussey was intensionally obstructing the ball and given out then: India still would have lost because David Hussey only scored 54 at the end, India still lost by 87 runs. But watching the replays closely, you would see that David Hussey was not stretching fully to reach for the crease which tells me that he was confident he would reach the crease before the ball but when he saw it coming in his direction and its human instincts to avoid a hard leather ball because it crashes into you. I think India need some directions and that is towards an International airport in Australi

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Watching the game live from SCG, I got contrasting pictures. In the stands, the Aussie fans were clearly outnumbered, dominated and outclassed by the Indian spectators. Looking at the real action it was a perfect contrast, forget about the result, it felt bland right from the word go. The Indian side just doesn't have their presence felt. The way they were fielding, well, most of the local clubs make better fielding sides. Each of the Australia fielder looked twice as big as their Indian counterparts. It was no contest right from the start. Even then, one expects a fight. What you get is a timid submission. Captaincy was all over the place. There is a rule change and two new balls are used. So, what is the purpose of opening with Sehwag? Sehwag should have been brought down the order. Dhoni should have promoted himself ahead of Raina as he takes time to settle. Batting order never changes despite failures. Wonder what captaincy MSD is doing if he refuses to change anything.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Inzimam's case was different. It has been put into wrong context here by everyone incl Dhoni.. Before that game in Peshawar, during a test against Eng, Inzimam was standing inside the crease after playing a delivery back to the bowler, Harmison. Harmison then threw the ball back aggressively towards Inzi. Inzimam, to save himself from getting hit, jumped slightly and moved away from the ball. Ball went onto hit the stumps while Inzi's feet were still above the ground. England appealled and he was given out (there was no intention of taking a run). Then came the game at Peshawar wher Inzimam blocked the ball yet was given out. Whole of Pak were perplexed to say the least!

  • Aubm on February 26, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Watching the game when Tendulkar was run our I was thinking "unfortunate for him, but not even the most die hard Tendulkar fan would think Lee blocked him on purpose". Of course, now reading these comments I can't believe I was so naive. Unbelieveable stuff reading these comments.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 26, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    His excuses aren't even relevant especially on the run out. Vinay Kumar was NOT in trouble because of running to the point fielder, but for RUNNING ON THE PITCH. In this case, Brett Lee ran to the point fielder, but instead of running down the pitch, he ran on the side, accidentally getting in Tendulkar's way. Unfortunate really, but I feel Tendulkar would have been run out anyways since it was a direct and he was nowhere near the crease (he was running at full speed but just didn't have a straight path to run in). Dhoni's excuses are really hurting India. The first step in rehablitation is ADMITTING you have a problem. By making excuses to hide bad performances, you really aren't helping yourself. If Dhoni admits there are problems (nothing to do with the top 3), selection and fans can start making changes to the Indian team

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    umpires took the right decisions.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    i am an Indian but I still want an Sri Lanka-Australia final..Because India is currently not playing well..Sri Lanka can be an stronger and better challenge for Australia. Again one thing Sri Lanka taught that batting in those conditions is not as that hard as pretending by our great batsmen. As far as the controversial runout decision is concerned,I hope Sachin will score that much waited century in the next match..That can be his only consulation.Atleast something good news from Australia....

  • johnathonjosephs on February 26, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Look how Dhoni is equating the run out incident to soccer hand balls. We're not playing soccer Dhoni, we're playing cricket. Why is the Indian team trying to play cheap tricks this series? I know they want to win, but trying to do so shamefully will only make the loss worse and the wins guilty ones. I'd like to point out that 3 balls after the Hussey run out, Hussey was standing in his crease when a ball came hitting him in the groin area (not sure who's the fielder). Shameful and cheap tricks won't help Team India right now and I see a retirement of Sehwag and Tendulkar imminent

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Dont cry for silly incidents like how we play GULLY CRICKET. Pls take ownership of these huge losses and come back SAFELY. and try to beat the lions. you guys are always strong in ur home with the smaller grounds show ur colors away from home also.

  • YorkshirePudding on February 26, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Olny a few months ago Dhoni was saying the umpires decision is final and that players shouldnt argue with them. I suppose thats as long as the decisions go Indias way and how dhoni thinks they should be, in the end they are the complaints of a captain under pressure.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 26, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Really shocked when I saw Dhoni appealing for David Hussey's run out. Especially with all those "spirit of the game" questions coming at him after the Thirimanne incident, he really stamped his foot down today showing that if its in the rule book, its going to be appealed for regardless of spirit of cricket. Bad mood really because if Hussey had not put his hand up, the ball would have hit him in his rib cage and not gone to the wicket anyways. Regardless, EVEN IF magically the ball missed hussey and went to Dhoni, Hussey would still not have been run out. REally feel for Tendulkar's dismissal though. Though Lee did get in his way, it didn't put Tendulkar off by that much, but the run out would have been closer ( i still think he would have been out since it was a direct hit)

  • Jack_India on February 26, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Why didn't the umpires get the fielding captain involved to check if he wanted to withdraw Sachin's run-out appeal in 'the spirit of the game'?

  • Kolpak1989 on February 26, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Stop whinging Dhoni. The umpires made a decision, so just get on with it.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Hussey was Not Out... and sachin was out... matter closed.. Oz win

  • njr1330 on February 26, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    As someone who is neither an Australian nor an Indian - but is both a cricketer and a lawyer...I feel able to say that David Hussey was the Outest man in the city of 'Out ' on the planet 'Dismissed' !!

    ...and all I can say about the umpires is: 'Should have gone to Specsavers' !!

  • Amitaabh on February 26, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Forget it, India should stop playing with is not worth it..

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    This is for those who commented tht Dhoni if finding reasons....."Whatever he said makes lot of sense..... if thts one of the reason for them to loss a match yes it is..... We need to agree tht we are not playing to our skills...... 1. Against SL - 1 ball less bowled... Result match drawn..... it boosted SL players to perform well in next matches 2. Against Aus - Vinay Kumar was warned for running on the pitch when for stopping the ball not for his follow thru.... result damaged his line and lenght (today it was done by Lee but no warning) 3. Against Aus - Before Hussey stopping the ball (which should have been given out).. he was in Ashwini way when he was about to stop the ball and run.. every ball and run counts for batsmen and bowlers.. 4. Dhoni against UDRS - Yes when human beings can make mistake why not machines. even UDRS could not have judged warnings for Vinay, Run out of Sachin and Hussey handling ball.

    When we have lot of technology and experience at hand we need to use

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    A bad call from Gambhir & an equally bad response from Tendulker. Why he did not say "NO"!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    so sick of hearing India complaining... its kind of irrelevant when you can only manage 160 in the chase anyway!

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 26, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    So 4 run out incidents, India in receiving end of all 4. (1) Vinay kumar backs up; gets a warning. (2) Hussey extends had, given not out. (3) SL batsman thrimanne, given not out on umpire's behest. (4) Lee blocks Sachin but given out.

    And to top it opposing captains Mahela and Watson acting all superior!

  • MiddleStump on February 26, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    India did not deserve to win as a team. Having said that, Dhoni is correct on both incidents. Watching the game on tv, Hussey was looking behind him as he was running and then put out his hand deliberately as soon as the throw was released. So the 'self defense' theory simply does not hold. Lee certainly had the right to move in his follow through. But he was wrong to deliberately stop in front of Tendulkar knowing fully well the batsman was trying to complete the run. It was also in bad taste. The umpires are also making a mockery of the game by trying to iterpret every appeal as they please. If the laws exist, they must be exercised in every case. Otherwise let us get rid of the laws that are meaningless and move on.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 26, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    It is clear we have been defeated by a well oiled Australian unit and there is much to learn and re-build from here. I think Dhoni is fine talking about his opinion on the decision - and then move on. As a fan, I will be unhappy if he just goes on and on about it.

  • tgevans on February 26, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    As those who actually understand cricket have already pointed out, what David Hussey did with his outstretched swat was a simple and straightforward error which any competent umpire would have readily given out. Bowden and Taufel are decent umpires, but this was a bizarre and inexcusable mistake on their part. The Tendulkar run out is a little more complicated. Lee did get in his way and placed a body block that forced Tendulkar to rethink his running lane. It would be hard to argue that it was intentional on Lee's part. It would've been up to Australia to rescind the appeal, but that's not going to happen. These incidents point out that there is something seriously wrong with the rules. Fans are clueless and umpires have no idea how to apply them with any consistency. As players and officials are slowly realizing, DRS has been terrible for the game. It is better to have clean laws that make playing and umpiring simpler.

  • OutCast on February 26, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Hello India & Mr.Dhoni ! Is Dhoni fuming for the foregone opportunity against SL (Thirimanna)? Thirimanne should've been out and poor Sehwag withdrew the appeal. All Hussey did was used his hands to defend his thigh area.. remember 2 games ago Raina was hit in his thigh and he was in excruciating pain- jumping up and down? Hussey wanted to avoid that and even if he hadn't blocked the ball, Hussey would've been well safe before the throw reached the wicket.. it shouldn't have been reviewed in the first place. As for sachin's dismissal, Lee was clearly going for the ball and not a single time he looked back to see Sachin's path to block him. Lee was purely concentrating on getting to the ball AQAP and run Sachin out, Sachin saw Lee was heading and he should've run different route, but the bottom line is EVEN IF LEE WEREN'T THERE, SACHIN COULDN'T HAVE MADE IT COZ THERE WERE NO SINGLE TO TAKE. Gambir was so desperate to give the trike to Sachin coz Gambir was struggling to score singles

  • PakiLuv on February 26, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Common now, stop blamming umpires for a Loss, take it as a Man and say Australia played better than us and deserved the Win, nothing wrong with that. Why is India not happy in any way, with or without DRS? Dhoni needs to see Pak vs Eng test match and onedays and see there were wrong decisions given by umpires for both sides, but no commentator, captain, coach or player mentioned that after the game. We have to take the umpires decision and move on. Why nobody talks about how Sachin was saved by DRS in World Cup???

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I dont think we deserve place in Finals... wit the pathetic effort we have shown in just chasing 250............Now viewers should rethink on watching IPL which is just a money making event for cricketers....... Instead one should give credit to the way Indian Hockey team won.... Better to shift focus n treat any game as a game.... Less hope on cricket make players understand that they need to do better r else they will not be looked upon

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    dhoni always has excuses... i think in both the incidents umpires have taken the most suitable decision... i dnt see anything wrong in them... y cant he talk abt faults of his own team in a more gentleman-like manner rather than saying silly excuses... we all saw wut has happend... dhoni's poor performance off-the-field continues... after all these defeats he should resign like dilshan did before the tournament paving the way for a better captain rather than making silly comments...

  • tz07 on February 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    how can a judgement be made on the basis of "intention"? There is no device to measure that. So there should be clear rule about a batsman coming in the way of the throw.

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    In The Tendulker incident, Tendulker should have changed his position to run around Lee. Instead he just ran towards Lee. If he had an issue with Lee there, he might have gained a better result by actually pushing Lee out of the way. Certainly in that situation, Tendulker could have done a lot more than he did, so that is why he was given out. Yes, certainly David Hussey should have been given out, but again, the spirit of the law would always be called in Australia and if that situation was on the other foot, India probably would have said that Australia played against the spirit of the goal by appealing, so its all about perception and the time it happened. These two decisions didn't stop another poort performance by India. they batted very poorly and irresponsibly, so to cry foul against these decisions is a complete copout. Its time India took responsibility for their poor performances, rather than look for excuse after excuse.

  • Bruisers on February 26, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Its about time for the ICC to set strict rules on dismissals like Mankading, Obstructing the field, handling the ball... Also DRS has to be made mandatory for all international matches..

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 26, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Funny Excuses From Captain Cool to his People!!! Well For Indians Don't Dream the Things and Accept that Indian Players Can't Play Outside the India!!! When Anyone Accepts his Weaknesses and Start Working on it Only Then He Can be Good & Great!!! Good Luck

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 26, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Well.. all these controversies aside, the Indian team is simply not good enough to play in the best of 3 finals. SL for their part have looked like world cup finalists but the Indian team DON'T look like world champions. Sure the Aussies have been known to play ILL MANNERED cricket throughout their recent past but the fact remains the target of 253 was within India's reach. It was India's game to lose and they lost it, period ! Dhoni should now focus on winning the last game and then return back home with some pride. For the next 2 years team India will play at home and I am sure they can smash every opposition who set foot there BUT the major concern is overseas tours here on. Bad luck India, it's time to make some tough calls in selection. I think Sachin and Sehwag are DONE.

  • vajira12 on February 26, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    It was a bad judgment by Gambir. But I am sure Brett Lee knew exactly what he was doing (obstructing the runner while making sure to appear he is not being aware)

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    A south african player would NEVER do that, he would be sprinting his body to the other side diving.

  • pexon on February 26, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    If Mr Hussey had not stuck his hand out to protect himself he would've been hit by the ball - Not Out. Lee was after the ball - nothing wrong there - when he realised the fielder would make it he stood still, he had no idea what Mr Tendulkar was doing, if he moved he could've got in 10's way, was he meant to click his fingers and disappear maybe? AND Sachin wasn't making his ground anyway.

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Just stop going to Australia. As simple as that. It's a ongoing issue all the time.

  • bobmartin on February 26, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    @ Saquib Khan on (February 26 2012, 16:06 PM GMT) "If I would have been the Indian Captain.. i would have asked my team to walk off the field after Sachin's incident.... Zero Tolerance." That would have made no difference whatsoever to the result, because under Law 21.3(a) (ii), India would have forfeited the game by refusing to play, as Pakistan found out in the 4th Test at the Oval v England in 2006 when they refused to play because they disagreed with an umpires decision.

  • deadzone64 on February 26, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    I believe David Hussey simply reacted without thinking. The guy is a class act and a very honest, kind man. He would of been kicking himself for momentarily forgetting to think. Having said that, he definitely should of been given out, regardless of his lack of intent. As for Tendulkar, I think most everybody else here had it covered - A bad call from Gambhir, blissful unawareness of position from Lee, and lack of foresight from Sachin (who was looking at Lee long enough to realise he wasn't going to move, and perhaps should of adjusted his path accordingly). It all happens so fast. There were no dubious intentions from either team in that match. Hussey got very lucky and by the rules of the game, should of been gone.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I agree. After what I've seen today, after what I've been seeing of Indian standards in this series so far, Sri Lanka surely deserves a chance to play in the finals against Australia, over India. What a pathetic performance by Sehwag (I'm an ardent Sehwag fan even before he hit that 309 against Pakistan, and still am), Raina and Jadeja all through the series. Tendulkar's run out was really unfortunate. Believe me he could've made it if not for Lee so innocently standing in his way. He could've gone on to make a century and win us the match. But what say? India just didn't deserve it. I'm impressed by Irfan and Ashwin's batting performance. In fact, stunned by Irfan's improved ability at six hitting. Those grounds in Australia are the largest in the world. He got as good as his brother at six hitting. Probably got a lot better at timing the ball than Yusuf. Dhoni, as always, was strong on and off the field. I wish Sachin scored a century in Australia this series, esp. against Australia.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    When umpires are doing the right decision and they agreed to work without DRS why we sttill think about drs. I support dhoni what he said is 100% right and do the good umpiring decisions for any side

  • kas82 on February 26, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    sounds like a bad case of sour grapes!

  • Samirl on February 26, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    India lost by almost 100 runs in a not very high scoring game. Instead of looking at how we batted overall, Dhoni is again trying to divert attention to silly incidents that would not have mattered in the long run - we lost the match because we scored only about 60% of the required runs. I guess he should have said Sachin is too slow!

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    stop giving reasons, they would have lost anyways...such a joy to watch the indians loose

  • Zaaid on February 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    I think Sachin's dismissal was not even the case of 'spirit of the game'. Consider it from Lee's point of view. He must have thought he had a chance to go for run out so he ran towards the ball but stopped when he felt it was out of his reach. We all know bowlers often cross the batsmen to block their way. Lee could do like that too. He had put himself in such a position that moving left/right or staying at the same position; had equal probability of him obstructing Sachin. Yeah if he always knew that ball was out of his reach then yeah he really should not have come in Sachin's way. But i dont think this was the case.

  • posybeon123 on February 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    agree with udrs now please to stop this

  • say2mahesh on February 26, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    D Hussey instead of completing the run, watched at S Raina throw and stretched his hand forward and stopped the ball. Also the throw was coming at hip height only, so if Hussey carried on with his running he might have escaped from the throw or the throw might have struck in his lower part of body which is already well protected.

  • PanGlupek on February 26, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    For a bloke who doesn't think technology should be used to help umpires, he does whinge about thier decisions a lot. Ok, whether DRS could have been used here is another matter, but seriously, almost every match Dhoni has a whinge about umpires.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    @samuda DRS would not have changed the decisions talked about here!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    No point squabbling on decisions when the overall performance has been poor...

  • Deepfreezed on February 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    let me guess that this is the reason for the defeat this time? every match there is some kind of excuse. This was also true during the English tour and now this tour. Excuses never fail.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    i m an indian and huge fan of cricket and sachin.........but i think hussey didnt do any thing intentionally to avoid ball..and dhoni appealed against him... now when it tendulkar turns.... dhoni s crying.........its really poor play and captainship by dhoni.... he was arguing with empire ...poor exampke of captain when he s wrong.............i really hate dhoni for his batting style , now even for his captainship and his decision of young player and rotations...................he s only culprit of indian debacle.........

  • mak0786 on February 26, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Im agree india played very poor cricket in this match and entire tour and im not a big fan of MSD either but we cant ignore the fact those decisisions were clearly against india and MSD(captain)is right in putting his point why Hussy should have been out and SRT not.we should not criticise him for that but ofcource he has a lot to explain why india is playing consistantly poor cricket.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Game Over :) thank God World cup didnt happened outside India in 2011 else the tag of World Champion would have been missing with the miserable performance both against England and Australia..

  • Cheeki on February 26, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Let us be honest with ourselves. It would not have made a difference to the end result. We deserve to lose. Sri Lanka and Australia have played better than us and its only fair that they contest the finals. I hope that Sri Lanka win. Dinesh Chandimal is a super star in the making. I do hope Chikka and his team tap Tendulkar on his shoulder and say "Thanks for the Yeoman service, but your Times up in ODI's my friend"

  • Naren on February 26, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Dhoni is not graceful in defeats anymore. He is scared of his position maybe. David Hussey's case would not have resulted in a run out if he kept running without putting his hand. So no point cribbing about that. Tendulkar's case might have some value.

  • singhrahulrnc on February 26, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I think David hussey should have been given out...regarding sachin dismissal there was not Lee fault,there was never a single there...Coming to Team India the selectors must drop players who has not performed in One Day Series in England and CB series in Australia...The selectors have to take a harsh decision..getting used to the condition of Australia why BCCI could not arrange IPL in doing so all the younger player will get more time to get used to the conditions in australia...Let hope selectors take a note of two series in England & australia and then pick a team for Asia Cup...Although Asia cup is in Sub Continent,these players only can do a wonder for team and also India will be touring outside sub continent almost after 2yrs...But for the future of Team India selectors must change 4-5players from this team..Hope these posts does not go in vain....

  • samuda on February 26, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Dohni < if you are not satisfied with two umpires its high time to agree with DRS ;P

  • ttyX on February 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    SL is so much better than this team of crybabies and rightfully deserve their place in the finals...

  • RameshRayaprolu on February 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    MSD trying to find reasons again !! I thought India will never win a single game in this series, however MSD tried hard in the beginning of series to prove something..

    But the underlying truth is, the Indian team's performance has degraded to their worst in last 15 years...I guess, this would continue for many more years...

    India must find players who can perform consistently...

  • Rezaul on February 26, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I really cant understand how these two experienced umpires put themselves into this controversy. It was crystal clear that D Hussey was Out. Everybody (commentators, audience, players) has seen what happened there. Even Australian commentators told that it was OUT. And in Sachinś Run Out, anyone who watched the game saw that Lee was running across and intentionally stopped right in fornt of Sachin and it made Sachin to go around and was caught short. Again, it was umpireś call to warn Lee. I have seen games where in such situation umpires save batsmen in this kind of situation. So, Dhoniś criticism is fair and honest call. More importantly, millions of audience from all over the world have right to know what happened there. Could be two very experienced umpires officiating but they got it wrong in both cases. I doubt that same decisions would come if it were an Aussie/English batsman. So, Dhoni is right. Attacking Dhoni for his comment is unfair.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Dhoni is just trying to hide his face by highlighting such incidents. however he is forgetting all this is part of game & everyone has to bear it. If you respect the game then you should respect umpires decision. I know this comment wont be posted but i'll still make it.

  • Ghoomta___Bandar on February 26, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    @Posted by Shamik Ray on (February 26 2012, 17:25 PM GMT)

    Why don't you take it up with the ICC? Better still pull out of ICC. Surely IPL is where the action (and money) is. Who needs to play cricket outside india? Certainly not India. I assure you this step will be mutually beneficial to india and the rest of the cricketing world.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    UNJUSTIFIABLE things keep on happening in this series...... frm both point of views it was the Indian unit who held the upper hand.....However its really a very shameful fact that in a world of cricket full of so many technologies ,rules and guidelines.....these type of mistakes r generally destined not 2 happen............but it ws on the cards today................So this match has naturally brought up controversy n has given path to some disrespect for the Spirit Of Cricket..............wat the situation it may be............GOOD DECISION CAN ALWAYS BE THE REASON FOR GOOD PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    dnt knw wt to say abt d incident !!

  • RANILSAM on February 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I dont think SRT would have made it even without the obstruction. It was a really bad call from Gambhir.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    lets forgive 2 controversy... if sach is out..what other batsman r doing..

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    and please don't say lee was unaware of sachin's position.all who play cricket and who had bowled they would tell u that a bowler always know where is non striker and which course he will take while is just a simple matter then to place urself in the course and btw what was lee going to do, go to point and then throw and before the batsmen arrive in he RAJNIKANT or CHUCK NORRIS.

  • Precioustar84 on February 26, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Where's the spirit of the game? ...Who cares. We lost. Dhoni as you said others should've taken responsibility to carry the game forward after these incidents but truth is that we did not!! Instead of focusing more on umpires making controversial decisions, you can simply tell the media that you are not interested in discussing it. Take the high road!! Let's move on to real problem which is after giving 20 chances to our players, only couple have shown their responsibility. Why is Sehwag, Raina and Jadeja still in the playing X1? Let's focus on that.

  • ca2ca on February 26, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Who ever were right in both incidents, Dohni didn't mention true cause for the loss today. When you see leading batmen have an averages as

    Tendulkar 17.33 R Sharma 15.80 V Sehwag 8.75 , what do you expect ? and today dear Dohni took 49 balls for his meager 14 runs. come on guy, make up do rounds before giving lame excuses.

  • adillove on February 26, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    It was the decisions made by umpires if anyone say they did mistake maybe he's right but if you say that the umpires did it by taking Australia side then I think you are claiming a match fixing against an umpire. Come on people it was just a call look at the way Lee came in Tendulker way, Lee didn't looked back to see Tendulker is coming maybe some of you say that it was his mistake but it also makes Lee innocent because he didn't saw Tendulker coming he run for ball if it is coming to his side then saw it going for warner he stopped to see if warner can make run-out all he did was to not look back at Tendulker and try to run off the pitch and stop by seeing the fielder reaching for the ball.

  • srikrishsri on February 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Common guys..., start packing your kit... IPL is nearing.... Sachin needs to be completely fit to please Mukesh's mumbai INDIANS... and of course, dhoni, needs to do justice for his 10 crores..... Start playing for the nation guys... enough of this... Play like world champions.., Give your best for the nation and not for the clubs you play for...

  • Advanced_Donkeys on February 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    What?..Ashwin top scored?How was that happened? especially when India have got super batsmen like Sehwag (Aggressive than Viv!), Sachin (Better than Bradman!).

  • deepaksam on February 26, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    The frustrations of missing out the finals is making Dhoni make such irrational statements. He needs rest!

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Hussey was out !!! He clearly obstructed the ball with extended hands .. what more do you want ..

  • VAS4 on February 26, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Horrible display by Indian team. If There were supposed to be 7 batsmen. If Tendulkar gone, let him be. But what about others? Once again the top scorer is Aswin!! Hussey was out, that is another story. After that incident he only scored another 15 runs only. So Husseys stay was not a big blow. Please for God's sake, Drop Sehwag and give a chance to Tiwary or Parthiv.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    india vulnarable in overseas........

  • vivek_khyati on February 26, 2012, 17:24 GMT


  • on February 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Of course India didn't lose because of those two decisions - they lost because Australia played better cricket than India, no debate. That being said, just as an observer of the game - he is correct on both counts. The laws are unclear, and there certainly needs to be a clear, more uniform ground on which these are doled out. When Murali wandered out crease to congratulate Sangakkara on his century, McCullum ran him out - the ball was in play, and it was all legit. But if it was Ian Bell, ump and players would expect Dhoni to reconsider his appeal - what does it make of the laws?

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Dhoni is right in his saying.....this is not the first time that this has happened to INDIA.....remember the Sydney test....the same things happened there....still there is no improvement...It's like the situation is only with INDIA...had it been Australia at the receiving end...they would have lashed out at the Indian board for not being within the rules of the game or for not maintaining the so called "SPORTSMAN SHIP"

    We could actually see that the Aussies are ignoring the controversy....only because the decision went in favour of them....

  • alvinmanoj on February 26, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Dhoni is mistaken by saing that in Inzy's case, ball was coming right at his face. The ball was below waist high of Inzy and he was far out of his crease. Vinay Kumar was crossing the field to backup throw, which is not allowed; if there is no fielder to backup, dont throw. But Lee was coming to pick the ball when he saw Warner pouncing on it and stopped, so nothing wrong in it. Please dont cry over no-facts when u loose so badly. Anyway those two decisions wouldnt have changed the fate of India who lost yet again very badly.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    to me the hussey not out decision was the right decision. If he did not stretch his hand out he would have had to run directly into the path of the ball to make his ground - which he would have. It was definitely a case of self preservation. Atleast that's how I call it. Please comment. @squarepeg that was exactly what I said at first two of the best umps were out there.

  • DMS1111 on February 26, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Tendulkar was run out by a bad call from Gambhir...........very......very poor batting from India.....bad luck to umpires to deal with whinging indians......SL are much more professional then India....everytime they loose there are excuses...excuses....excuses...

  • sathish008 on February 26, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    2 ugliy controversies that should have gone India's way. Anyways no blame games, we dont deserve to reach finals.

  • RATKILLER on February 26, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    lets say that decision was wrong, and spare Tendulkar, then what about others? was he the only player in the goddamn Indian team!

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    well well well.....another excuse..... its high time to make high descitions

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    First of all kick out sewag and bring, i forget the player name who play for KKR Y HE SITTING ONLY???????????????????????

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Hussey was absolutely out. There was a clear attempt to obstruct the ball. Hussey did not happen to plant his hand but it was a deliberate act. He should have been given out. Why didnt Dhoni argue like punter? He should have persuaded the onfield umpire for the third umpire to step in the matter. Poor umpiring. I cannot say much for B Lee coming in the way of SRT but if the Rules says you cannot be in the way of the batsman then he should have been warned at the same time. All in all, the batting for India has proved the debacle all through the series.

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    very few ppl understand that this was obstructing the field and inzi's case was handling the ball. of all pppl dhoni dsnt understand. lol

  • hulkulkar on February 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Leave out SRT. What about the contributions from viru,kohli,raina,gambhir and dhoni ??? It was pathetic to see ashwin top scoring for India. When bowlers themselves can score why can't the batsmen ?????????????????????? Stop blaming Mr.Dhoni

  • MN-USA on February 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    C'mon stop whining. This is a sport and things happen and you have to move on. What next- Dhoni usually loses the toss...umpires do alter the coin? Wind at fault flips coin the other way. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE GRACIOUS ON PART OF DHONI IF HE WOULD SAY...THINGS HAPPEN AND INDIA PLAYED BADLY (as have been playing throughout the series). JUST A REMINDER: It's the same Dhoni who has been drumming that "he trusts the decisions" made by field umpires rather than a decision through technology. Now Mr. Dhoni don't want to trust Umpires as well. (It shouldn't be like "my way or highway)..What to expect next from Dhoni: prepare a list of umpires of his own choice to tour with team India where ever they go...Stop whining...India played bad and lost...PERIOD

  • golubhai on February 26, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Well to all those who are criticizing dhoni saying that he is making excuses firstly just watch the interview... In that he has clearly stated that the batsmen are not in form which is quite correct.And he only said abt the incident when he was asked by the press.. He just gave his views on it. And in Sachins case it was clear that there was no need for lee to go there as he was not backing the throw & umpires shuld have referred to it as it was done in case of David Hussey. Hussey was clearly out. In the last game of india Raina got struck by the throw coming in and had cramps due to it but he didn't put his hand or bat to save him...

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Stop crying and focus on how to win on foreign land. The so called youngsters apart from Kohli are worthless, useless. And after that Dhoni have unsettled the seniors with his stupid policies. The head which should roll are Duncan Fletcher who's a sore loser. Dont unsettle and disrupt the seniors and first find a proper replacement for them otherwise u will lose ur captaincy

  • Jimmers on February 26, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It's not fair to accuse Dhoni of making excuses here - he's obviously going to be asked about these controversial decisions and he's just giving his opinion on them. I actually have a lot of sympathy for the bloke - the Hussey and Tendulkar decisions were both very borderline and on another day with another set of umpires might easily have gone the other way, and that might have affected the result. The Hussey one looks bad, but it's hard to prove he did it deliberately - would be a brave umpire who gave him out for that. But in the case of Lee/SRT, I think a more clear-thinking captain than Watson might have withdrawn the appeal. Don't know if the umpires gave him that option or not, but it would have been the diplomatic thing to do - and my impression is if it was the other way around Dhoni may have withdrawn his appeal.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on February 26, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Nothing like a little smokscreen to hide another woeful batting display. When will Dhoni get the message that India need to go back to basics and stop blaming the every man and their dog for every thrashing?

  • on February 26, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    It's simple ! Indian supporters would agree to what Dhoni has said while the others would all blame on India performers. That's why neutral decision makers are needed, which are the umpires. Hence their decision stands right ! :-)

  • venkikk on February 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Im an Indian and i must say im offended by dhoni's reaction.May be the decisions went against india, but that is not the reason why we lost.Dhoni is simply making lame exuses. I believe most indians r not like him.

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  • TheTrueSport on February 26, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @woodhaven24- hussey should have been given out. if he had been given out, the lead would have been chopped by 34 runs! if tendulkar had not been given out, then he could definitely have narrowed the lead significantly. so, dhoni isn't whining. he is just hitting out at the wrong calls that were made. india actually did play well, but these two calls hurt them. don't make negative comments on indian side when they lose: when india loses, everyone lashes out at the team, but when other teams lose, they say "we'll do better next time". if they are under that sort of pressure, and can't satisfy their fans, then how are they supposed to perform???

  • Jamesyussi on February 26, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    True Mr.Dhoni..Still i remember the Ian Bell's run out..i think they lost the match but dhoni and co werent complaining...sehwag withdrew his appeal in losing cause..still everyone thinks he is looser??come on guys this was crystal clear that the double standard umpiring once again struck in SYDNEY...

  • ProdigyA on February 26, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    I really had respect for Bret lee on par with Gilly but now I'm sorry Lee u have let us down.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    inzamam didnt handle the bowl either. he obstructed the field clearly intentionally with his bat while standing outside the crease. mark taylor was also surprised at the third umpire's decision. sachin was out even if bret lee wasnt in the way. that was his call for single and a poor one. he seems to have got this bad habit of making excuses for failures rather than accepting mistakes. problem with indian cricket is that it either doesnt believe in moving on or it doesnt have the courage to do so. sachin shud be pressurised by selectors to retire from odis and sehwag shud be dropped for careless batting.

  • squarepeg on February 26, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Umpiring decisions can go this way or that, and these two are amongst the best umpires in world cricket. Even without these decisions, how does Dhoni explain the way India batted today? It is a wonder how some players live of their fame, and some players just don't learn. Sehwag is there to score runs, regularly, and not take a wicket or two here and there. As for Sachin, time for him to think whether he is doing justice to India and to himself.

  • kitten on February 26, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    As a neutral, Dhoni is not whining, he is right on both counts. Ofcourse the Australian supports will think otherwise, but can one imagine what would have happened if the roles were reversed? Even Tony Greig and Ian Chappel were certain that DH was out. Dhoni has a clear point when he said that Hussey's hand was away from his looked like he was trying to prevent the ball from going to Dhoni. I also feek sorry for Tendi, even though Lee might not have done it deliberately. But I also think that Tendulkar should have made the dive, maybe things would have been different. The authorities should look at all these situations, so that things can improve in the future, and things are more clearcut. One would not like a decision to be one way at one time and then with another umpire, a different decision is arrived at. But at the end of the day, this Indian team performed horribly, and changes need to be made. Sehwag, Tendi, Raina, Jadeja, should be dropped. Period

  • TharinduKoralage on February 26, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Don't cry MSD it seem you cannot see the team's under performing (Or u r finding excuses to save ur houses). You lead ur team to win the WC but u r a disgrace 2 the gentleman's game. This wasn't the 1st time. Take examples from ur own team mates Viru & Sachin, how they reacted in the scene of Thirimanne even though the batsman was clearly wrong. That's what this game about companionship & respect. I think Viru didn't cry even though the guy made 60 odd runs. Learn to respect the opposition. Pls don't spoil the beauty of the game

  • AvidCricFan on February 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Even with these decisions going against India, it still doesn't absolve poor overall batting performance from team India. They still have to go through the motion of playing one last game before heading back to India after a disaster Aussie tour. Lot of the team short comings were exposed in this tour from aging greats to young brigade that lacks skills to excel at the highest levels of the game. Team India is probably is slightly better than the bottom of the cricket playing countries when playing outside of India but nothing more. Even the SL team came across better prepared. This is a team from small island country compared to the team from one billion plus country.

  • dabbler on February 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Why's nobody talking about Australia not playing within the 'spirit of the game' now? They play cricket too, you know. It's not us Indians who have to keep the flag flying every time, be it Ian Bell being run out when he looked certain he knew what he was doing, or Brett Lee obstructing Tendulkar. The Australians could have recalled Sachin. They didn't need to do it because Sehwag did it once, but it'd be nice, for a change, to see them practice their "hard but fair" style of playing. It's us Indians and Asians in general who get ourselves in a rut while playing Western nations, and we seemed to be tickled pink whenever their media lauds us for playing in the 'spirit of the game'. They couldn't care about it less themselves, but won't mind if we do. What a bunch of lousy hypocrites.

  • shanazbhat1 on February 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Mr dhoni very sorry on your part---it is not u it is BCCI's money machine speaking & true sportsmen never speak like this,,,,if a player from any other team would have spoke like it,,he would have been facing enquiry,indiscpline,fine,ban,,,,,,,etc till now----sorry on your part

  • senal83 on February 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Wining just like some of the Indian fans when they were defeated comprehensively. However, I agree with him 50%. D. Hussey was out there is no doubt. But Tendulkar was out. Note that it was his call and you'd expect Lee to go to the right to collect the ball and you, as a batsman is suppose to run around the bowler. Further, Tendulkar is not 25 anymore so I think it is Sachin who is to be blamed. A lot of rift between SL and IND fans I see. As a Sri Lankan fan I agree Indians played bad cricket and did not deserve to win. But Sri Lanka although are doing well, need to maintain the consistency (Still not in the final). Then I think they have proven a point. All in all SL and PAK have done better than IND in bouncy tracks... I wish IND all the best and rejuvenated with young blood...Now its time to get rid of expired LEGENDS and improve the younger attitude. Look at Kohli he is super talented but super duper irritating with his behavior. He can learn from Chandimal. Good luck SL & AUS

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    sour grapes....shame on u.highest paid with lavish lifestyle in the world yet u bring the country down..its perfect time to kick out highly commercialized game&support other games as well.Likes of Kohli driving Audi's & failing to score in a crucial game today..shame. Why wasn't Rohit played.Support Sardar Singh &Co. who represent us in London this year

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    This is ridiculous !! The Indian team is so good at doing this.....putting the blame on others and complaining about silly things won win you matches. Just agree to the fact that you people are not good enough !!

  • tappee74 on February 26, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    India's cricket seems to be on the decline and is stuck on the path of frustation.Their performance in Australia is horrible.Blaming umpires is lame,Billy and Tuffel ,two reputable men,are unfairly accused of situations which bear no justification.I am not sure if there would have been any controversy,had those two decisions gone in favour of Australia.I looked at the game on telivision,and thought the umpires did their job.Whether Hussey's obstruction was a deliberate ploy is unclear.The return,like all returns was a fast one to effect a run out.The ball seemed to be targetting Hussey,hence it must be assumed that the batsman took evasive action to protect himself.If on the other hand he did it because he sensed danger of being run out,then only Hussey knows the truth.Tendulkar is a highly reputable cricketer,respected in every corner of the globe.It will be seen that the fielder was not facing him, and did not purposely blocked him.This seemed to be a situation of pure misfortune.

  • cool2cool on February 26, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    and I thought Bret Lee and Hussy brothers are the real gentlemans in the Aussie team...

  • cool2cool on February 26, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Only India has to show the "Spirit of the game" all the time and each other team plays by the rules of the game...

  • satish619chandar on February 26, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    So a bowler has full rights to comeand stand in the path where the batsman s gng to run.. A good rule to be followed by bowlers in case of quick single towardd point.. Just give ur fielder extra coupke of seconds to get the job done.. Watttaaa fairplay.... Only.thing to, dont look at the batsman.. Anyway, u know it by default where he ll run..

  • akskada on February 26, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    if it was not for these controversial decisions, India would've gone on to win the CB series undefeated and all the wins would've been convincing enough with great margins.. enough with excuses dhoni, i think its time to show similar competitiveness in the field like you do in press conferences...

  • spas on February 26, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I dont understand why indian captains start crying after the matches which they couldn't handle situations and trying to emphazise that one or two incidents cost them those matches. If they play good cricket throughout, no need cry about mankading or getting someone out obstructing field. Last year they were good enough to win the world cup. they lack something now, but thats something within them.

  • abizar on February 26, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    It was unfortunate to see Sachin get out in the manner in which he did, however, that is no excuse for other 10 members of the team to not be able to collectively make the 250 odd runs needed. If India had won this match I really really doubt that MSD would have made such a big deal about it.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Many people had gone overboard parising Dhoni and saying he is a better captain than Ganguly. At the end of another thrashing I can safely say that Dhoni is surely a better captain than Ganguly. He is better than Ganguly in getting whitewashed, being thrashed out of sight, dividing the team and of course comming up with excuses to justify every defeat. In england it was injuries, in asutralia it is the seniours or the pitches are too bouncy and today the umpires.

  • madras_boy on February 26, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    India has given this game away in the spirit of the game !!! I can foresee major changes in our ODI team after this tour for sure !!! Sehwag was not performing after the world cup while sachin has been unpredictable. Lets play sachin only in test matches until he scores a century which will relieve all the pressure... I am sure sachin has one more season of great form before he retires and that will happen only after his 100th hundred. Probably time for Vijay and Rahane to enter the ODI team now.

  • Sowndar.mage on February 26, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Australians or not a gentle man's at all form of cricket thats why they do for sachins out arguing david hussey not out, umpires also one austrailan another newzeland all same continent... Why indian team play must give win with out play ... for all must remember Ian Bell runout

  • area1985 on February 26, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Seems like dhoni is become a tired man & desperate for a another suspend , any way he can get icing on cake from the knock out punch from srilanka on tuesday!!!!!

  • Sam_k14 on February 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    HERE WE GO INDIAN FANS! Every time India loses you have milion excuses. Look at the margin of loss. You lost even before you started batting. Just because you won the world cup (which was a fluke), dont think you can beat solid teams like Australia and SL. Outside your country, India is a very ordinary team. Be happy you were invited to play.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    India should they are the worst team in the series ....... And tring to look for resons...... ii is a stupid act ......... all d best in the next series.....

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    umpires and controversial issues arent the issue with india you know....its their team management....i mean...look at india side....half the side is senior players whole catch cramp every game and have to leave the field..aint there a new cricket law for that??? also how can u have yadav umesh on the field and bring him on at over no.15 ...that makes no sense at all.... i think the entire of indoa cricket needs restructuring.... and im glad to see australia back on top ...mainly cuz they are expoilting their new young talent....and they are performing

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    who the hell does Dhoni think he is to comment on decisions based on umpires?! it is up to the umpires to decide if it is out or if it isn't! and if the umpire has made a wrong decision the match referee will take care of it so Dhoni doesn't need to whine about it! I used to like Dhoni those days but now he thinks he owns cricket! ICC should be ashamed that they didn't punish Dhoni for Daryl Harper's incident as well! i think he should mind his own business and focus on correcting the errors his team is making and stop whining about stuff that is of no concern to him! if he wants to make decisions he can retire and go become an umpire. if he wants to be the captain he should be more responsible. imagine if every captain comes out after matches and talk about what THEY "think" is out? it would ruin cricket! poer stuff from Dhoni!

  • Balumekka on February 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    See.... They discuss small issues over and over again but meekly surrender with bat and ball on the field. Stupid fans keep on arguing about the team selection for next match, and what if this didn't happen and that happened ect. Funny isnt' it?

  • mazdonal on February 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    MSD was absolutely right in all his objections. Clearly double standards are applied here. Somebody should speak out and I am glad that he did in this way. Referees and umpires must be applyig the rules correctly and without ambiguity. That is why they are there. In the commentary. Mark Taylor was quoted as saying that in his mind there was no doubt that Hussey was out. India was clearly hard done-by on these two crucial occasions. What business was it for an Aussie to be umpiring anyway. It is a clear conflict of interest.

  • satish619chandar on February 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    All these incident is going to help is, give a free pass for media and the hawks who pounch on everyime India loses.. Already the "Excuses" cry started even without reading the article.. I think Indian team shd stop attending the press conference itself..

  • rkarjunan on February 26, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    When Nothing is going his (dohni's) way he is blaming umpires and escaping.

    Why India sorry (dhoni) didn't give a single chance to Manoj Tiwary over Raina, Poor performance from Raina. Dohni defending Raina cause of Chennai Super Kings team mates. Raina Played all games but rohit sharma and Manoj Tiwary just back up players...... Look how Australia give chances to all players. If they can Drop Ponting for poor performance why cant India do this to Sachin Sewag Kholi jedeja.

    I think Dravid and VVS Lak would have saved India from these horrible defeats.

    Now Indian players will be in great form from April for IPL cause its all Money and for nation nothing. Either IPL should be banned or People of India should start supporting Football and hockey.

  • SatishT2105 on February 26, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    It is a case where Team India have batted 2nd in 7 consecutive games in the land of Oz. I would wanna see them bat 2nd in Hobart for sure, if its a Day Game, because that's the only way our bowlers are gonna be able to compete against the Lankan Batting, which has hit prime form. You can't bat 2nd at the GABBA, MCG & SCG with 4 out of form batsmen and simply hope for Sachin & Sehwag to click and Gambhir & Dhoni to weave their magic. You need a team that clcks like a camera when the moments are right. Unfortunately, the last year after the world cup has been a very poor one for a variety of reasons.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    No one ever supports our team India in overseas.If India play well and Sachin get near to 90's then Sachin will be out mostly wrongly judged...How many times Sachin wrongly judged as lbw.IF one can count it then he aleady got over 100 international centuries...Better luck next time India..We are the current world Champions....we will come back more power and Sachin will redefine himself...

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Any word from Dhoni on his teams utter capitulation with the bat yet again and an innings from him that could have dried paint?

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    dhoni was just diverting the attention of media from there awful performance throughout this tour. he better look into his team and make changes.there lads are just playing for themselves and for there own records.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    that's just ridiculous. Just because Lee didn't look at the non-striker's end, Do you think he didn't know Tendulkar was rushing in from the other end. Did he tried to make path for running in batsman. "No". He sat there blocking the pitch. Only Aussies can see no problem with this. DH blocks the ball in self defense, another ridiculous show of pretend by Aussies.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    If I would have been the Indian Captain.. i would have asked my team to walk off the field after Sachin's incident.... Zero Tolerance.

  • stormy16 on February 26, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Thankfully for India we can talk about these irrelevant incidents and not talk about how pathetic this star studded side has been in Australia this summer. Today was the day the to put up a fight and win a game and stand up and be counted byt instead its more of the same. The batters just looked poor and totally unable to handle the conditions.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Sorry Dhoni that BCCI was not there to tell you that whatever you think should be a final word in every situation. It doesn't matter where Lee was, it was Tendulkar's job to make his crease. I think what Dhoni really wants is that nobody intervene their batsmen if they are running so they never have this issue or more like just don't send players in the field so India can win... Stop making excuses and start playing cricket. A game is won by playing it and not by blaming and playing cheap tactics. He is so spoiled by BCCI that now he thinks every decision should go India's way. Somebody needs to remind him that WC is over and outside India things are not under BCCI control, especially in Australia.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan who wanted India to be beaten in this match. Nevertheless, what it really happened out in the middle was a mar to the spirit of the game. All two decisions would've been given in India's favor and its obvious to a third eye. Rules must be plain and simple in any sport.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Truth is our batting was really careless and irresponsible , no use blaming umpires for the defeat

  • Lord.emsworth on February 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Cut the sentimental stuff. Law 42 and law 33 and every other law has to be followed to the letter. Otherwise remove them! The sooner people stop calling cricket a 'gentlemens game' the better! Cricket today is hard. No one gives in an inch and its all about fighting tooth and nail. Modern cricket is right up there with American football, Football, rugby (eye gorging) and other top sports. I'm not saying its a good thing but thats sport evolution...from gentlemens game to maurading gladiators. Tendulkar & Shewag shouldnt have let off Thirimanne. They should have been ruthless like the Aussies....

  • S.Alis on February 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    I told ya, umpires are not 100% perfect. BCCI should take some drastic steps after this lose. Call some Aliens to do umpiring in Indian matches.

  • nilakshan.anand on February 26, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    stop bullying others dhoni & team india.incidents happens in every game..but only india make it such a big issue..stop crying and try to win matches.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    MSD (the cry baby) then please use UDRS. You have no right to question umpires as you are against UDRS. and both the run out decisions are CORRECT

  • m_kamb on February 26, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    what about those controversial decisions with which india become no 1?

  • bobmartin on February 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Funny how when something controversial happens, this site is full of experts who claim to know more about the Laws/Rules than the highly paid ICC Elite Umpires. I don't need to wonder how many of them have a copy of the Laws and the ICC Playing Regulations, because by the very nature of their comments, they can't possibly have or if they do, they are totally incapable of interpreting them. It's beyond pathetic some of the inane comments they come out with.

  • yusuf97 on February 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    dhoni is right. when the rules says that handling the ball is out then it is out..AND the sachin matter lee stopped in front of sachin just to see the ball hit the stumps..if he was so eager for a runout then he would have gone behind the stumps to collect the ball..aussies are really not showing gentlemans game... in future they will have to pay for it...let them come to india...

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    When the We askd abt UDRS Dhoni Said Tht thy will respct the on ground Umpire So he must accpt all descisions tht made bye the On field Umpire

    Bye Bye Bye Dhoni

  • m_kamb on February 26, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    mr dhoni we will see how will you react when lightning fast throw comes toward you,will see you try to protect yourself or let the ball hit you.

  • fadms on February 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Let me not even bother to comment......what else can Mr Cool say. Indians!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    This is Bowden's 3rd mistake;He cannot digest if he has gvn Out to David Hussey.See how long he took for the decision. On Watson's comment, note since Bill Lawry's time itself it is known Australians are cunning players> Had he lost this match it wld have been a different story. Anyhow past is past.Let the selectors have the guts to sack Viru,Gautam, Sachin for the coming ODI's and let the trio Sachin, Laxman & Dravid call the day immediately paving way for selectors to build a young team keeping in mind the WC 2015.

  • 4evercricket on February 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Come on Guys.... This is just one of the questions that was posted to Dhoni and he expressed what he felt... He never said this was the cause for losing the games...... He accepted it was the failure of the batsmen to finish the games that has brought down india in the entire series... Stop calling him as crying baby... Media is really playing around the bush now.... Check this link for the actual post match interview

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    what a joke by Dhoni...david hussey was out? then every team would throw at the batsmans head so when it hits the batsman he's out

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Hi I am from srilanka and what i have to say is Indian team now has some serious problems in within the team loosing all ways bring problems and personally i think gahbiar,shewag,tendulkar,raina must be dropped and dhony must be sacked from the captaincy since he after the trump win 2011 he has lost his head .give kholy to lead team India he is the next best thing . and some young blood without sharma and raina. then it will work up we like to c india doing well ....but dhony plsssssssssssssssssssss stop thin nonsense coz your team is week an unfit so the best thing is to except the defeat and think wise how to come up...all the best India

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  • on February 26, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan who wanted India to be beaten in this match. Nevertheless, what it really happened out in the middle was a mar to the spirit of the game. All two decisions would've been given in India's favor and its obvious to a third eye. Rules must be plain and simple in any sport.

  • Dilruksh on February 26, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    come on mr dhoni cricket is a gentlemans game theres no point...and dont find various excuses now !!!!

  • Dax75 on February 26, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Whinge whinge moan moan, whats new with India. Accept it and move on.

  • Inutero on February 26, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Lee had no business to be where he was stationed, is confirmed from the angle of the bowler. Lee was apparently going to field a ball played behind the wicket, when that area was crowded with the Aus fielders. He aborted this attempt midway and took two steps to the right to stand directly in the line of the non-striker who was running in? It is just coincidence that the non-striker was short by less than a yard from the crease. Sachin was fully into his stride and running hard as Lee suddenly came right in front of him, he first intends to by pass Lee from the left and then had to go through the right, losing time and an yard more to run. Lee has played enough cricket to know where the non-striker would be running. Even school kids sway out of the way of the batsmen who go for a tight single. The Ausies who play hard cricket- in the rowdy way- has seldom lived up to school level character or sportsmanship. Hope kids don't learn from them...

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Dhoni has lost it, where is his so called captain cool ness now, come on Dhoni you are way better than that.

  • kunderanengineer on February 26, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan and I've seen the replay of the Lee-Tendulkar incident several times and personally I feel that Lee did not deliberately obstruct Sachin.He was genuinely going for the ball and stopped only because he saw that Warner had already reached it. It was certainly unfortunate from India's point of view but it was a judgement call and could only be construed as obstruction if there had been deliberate intent on Lee's part but there was no clear evidence of that so I too would have given Lee the benefit of the doubt. I think the bigger question that Indians should be asking is how did they manage to let the game slip away after being comfortably ahead on the run rate at 60 for 2 inspite of the 2 controversial incidents? A good team manages to overcome an umpiring decision that they disagree with rather than use it as a crutch after the match.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I'm not a Australian fan, But Dhoni, For goodness sake, go fly a kite. U R complaining about Tendulkar's Run Out. But what you need to figure out is, can Tendulkar run any more. He is a dead man in the middle. He's playing like a greedy cow. He's want's to get the 100 century. but it's better if he can come back when he's in form.

  • Miss_Watson on February 26, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    It's the same story over and over again. India lose, India cry about umpires and the opposition team. Half the team, mostly the more experienced players look like they don't want to be there and that cancer filters down to the younger up and comers.

  • VJGS on February 26, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I agree with what Dhoni said - poor umpiring but that is not the only reason for the loss. You expect world champs to do much better in far worse situations.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    honestly to me, this is not a special article. this is typical indian captain's excuse.not other than that... Please some one show me a match that Dhoni appreciate his opponents?first of all learn to accept the decisions. not to argue and dont show ur colors in front of camera with insulting to others. thanks

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Dhoni that may explain one match, what about the rest of the horror tour you been having? The fact of the matter is that Indian team has never performed well outside the subcontinent and with this attitude it never will .. India always over promises but under delivers !! Is is so hard for BCCI to come up with one good pitch that resembles Australia's and have the Indian team practice on it before going to Australia? And then comes Tendulkar, The legend!! the blah and the blahs. Seriously a guy who cannot master a bouncer. Being a legend on Indian pitches is one thing and then being a true quality batsman is another. Stop patronizing Tendulkar and come back to reality. And, yes this is coming from an Indian who loves the Indian team, but also likes to say the way it is!

  • DaDaL0G on February 26, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    hahahahaha wot an excuse to get rid of trouble , Dhoni dont try to cover yourself in lame excuses please everybody knows the law. its your bad time but we hope india would comeback strongly at home :D

  • bul98 on February 26, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Sore Loosers - Lost 8 test matches, lost all the ODI in England and now in loosing in Australia made Dhoni and Team India a cry baby. Sachin couldn't score on this tour so now he blammed B.LEE, like he would have scored if was not given out. It's time to retire but Mr Tendulkar just like Ponting but every thing will be forgotten once IPL(Boring) Starts and Chenni will WIN!

  • samindashj2002 on February 26, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    INDIA has always excuses after loose....i think dhoni doesn`t know what he is saying...when umpire decision goes india way...its right or wrong does not matter for them also backing umpires very well but if its go another way blaming umpires very badly..what u call it ...stupid loosers

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Dhoni's comments clearly show that he is very disappointed after yet another bad series...Tendulkar was clearly out coz Lee didn't obstruct him purposely... It was purely accidental... If India had won this match, Dhoni wouldn't be talking about this incident...But, on one aspect, I agree with Dhoni...David Hussey shud have been given out... His hands were too stretched and it clearly shows that he handled the ball willfully...Hussey himself should have walked after he handled the ball... He shouldn't have said that he handled the ball to avoid himself from getting injured...

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Dhoni is a real cry baby... he is the one told that he want the on field umpires to make most of the decisions and therefore they dont need the UDRS.. now what?? you need Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar to officiate in India matches? and give all Dhoni's appeals out or what?

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    accept that u lost and move on stop crying u cry-babie pakistan just lost all the odis against england but they did not resort to crying

  • LeonardH on February 26, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Umpiring decisions have never been 100% accurate. It won't be the last time this happens. So here are some other things that 'Team India' (what the hell is that anyway?) could have done instead of griping to high heaven:

    1. Not left it to the last match to try and wriggle out of a bad situation and leaving no room for a bit of bad luck

    2. Agreed on UDRS - which was developed for this very same reason (i.e stopping people from blame-shifting by simply whining about how unfair fate is)

    3. Fielded as well as Australia

    4. Batted with the same attitude as Sri Lanka did (just compare how safe and patient Chandimal - not the most stylish player - was in comparison with Virat Kohli)

    Lee was doing nothing illegal. Rules of Cricket allow a bowler to stand his ground - and Lee wasn't even aware of Sachin coming up behind . If Tendulkar decided he still wanted the run, then that's his problem, he has to run around Lee.

    You can't steal runs and then expect reprives. That's whining too.

  • Agnar on February 26, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    India's captain is not different from some Indian fans. Hats off to Indian fans who are behaving like gentlemen/women.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 26, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    first thing is that india have to admit that they have batted poorly it was a chaseable target.batters mainley caused todays match.suresh raina failed completely, apart from fielding jadaja is waist when youvaraj singh comes then there is no place for jadaja.pattan should bat up the oder also dhoni have to bat up the oder. india have atleast try some experiment in batting position. badarinath players need to be taken in the team who have good defence.Rohit sharma does not deserves to be in oneday team just like peterson.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Dhoni making excuses as always

  • gayansumeera2 on February 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Now Dhoni is blaming at the umpires' decisions,but he doesn't agree with bringing on UDRS for the matches also.Sole purpose of this crying of Dhoni is to conceal their inability to win matches outside india, Poor indians!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    losers always have an excuse..

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Tendulkar's run out was simply a bad luck for him. There was no wrong from Bret Lee. I think Hussey was out, but Indian Commentators and Umpires thought it was not. What can be done? Its a game and to follow a game and umpires is called a real sportsman ship.

  • Mani_Majra on February 26, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Mr Dhoni...Let me tell you one thingh......sachin dismisal might be bit controversial...but apart frm that 10 batsman of a world champion team are not capable of make 250. ...Ind team only Home champion

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    dhoni cool captain now a days have started to lose everybody is cool when u win...

  • imadhawa on February 26, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Its not fair that India spoke about rules.coz they dnt care rules.They should use UDRS 1st.Y dnt they use it?

  • Deccancharggers1 on February 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    He is just answering a conference....Is that a cry???Decisions always against India.Dhoni might have won toss atleast today....:(

  • FIPL on February 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    What ever you give you have to take it BACK Mr Dhoni. You knows Inzamam was protecting himself from Injury and fielder was not really running him out he was just throwing the ball back to keeper and spirit of the cricket said you should have not appealed but you did. so please stop Crying NOW

  • sid.bpp on February 26, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    someone plz explain how can our captain keep manoj tiwary out of indian team after a century in his last match and keep giving raina opportunities as if he is dhoni's son in law???

  • Chrishan on February 26, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Let's not forget that India lost by 87 runs. Even if Hussey got out for a duck, India still wouldn't have won because they didn't go past 200. And all the whining about Sachin, give me a break. What happened to the so called greatest batting line-up in the world? According to Dhoni because Sachin was "unfairly" run out the other batsmen couldn't even get the score past 200. Without blaming all these incidents for his losses, Dhoni should accept responsibility for India playing well bellow par.

  • valvolux on February 26, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Wouldnt be a tour of australia without a whinge from india. decisions are decisions.....and if i remember right....india wanted to leave things to the on field umpires. remember day one of the first test? no one from india was complaining about the shocking umpiring then. does dhoni remember that he made one run every 20 balls in this match? thats where you lost it mate. go home, prepare another flat track, get sachim his 100th ton in another boring draw, then get the bcci to change some more rules and manipulate the schedule so you have 2 years straight on the subcontinent....then wait another 16 years till you have another world cup at home. then you might be number 1 again.

  • coatsie89 on February 26, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Quite an embarrassing press conference from Dhoni really. Just accept that your team aren't as good as you think they are. Oz out played you, end of story. Be man enough to admit you were poor. Regardless of decisions that did or did not go your way, your top order is an absolute disgrace and you won't win any games until they learn how to score a run!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I agree that India were very unlucky to be on the wrong side of both decisions. Hussey should've been given out. Tendulkar and Lee was would've been annoying, but those things can happen in any sport. A trip to youtube normally has me frustrated by reading comments about how everyone is out to get India, and how the Aussies are cheats. But this time I think I could understand that sort of reaction! Maybe it's not sending the right message seeing Dhoni comment on these things. But the journalists will always ask those questions and I have no problem with a bit of honesty.

  • Chris_P on February 26, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Of course MS, let us not focus on the poor batting efforts of your team, it is sole reason you guys lost. And of course, when you didn't want a DRS, it was because you were happy with the umpire's right of call. Oh yes, that's right, woe is me, woe is us, we never get any breaks at all, never., boo, hoo, hoo!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Please leave the team seniors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    there is another big loss waiting for india against srilanka on tuesday...let c after the serious did BCCI take any action of the player's who have not performed well like Sachin,shewag........

  • CyclopsXMEN on February 26, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    ehhem gog check replays of matches youl see other cricketers also running around your ballers , it happens normally ,,, stop whining , Ehhm World Champs :P . Talking about Unjustice Talk about the sri lankan teams last 2 World cup finals youl find something there much more interesting .

    ok leave all those , what about the rest of the 8 wickets ?what about 2million worth ja-deja ? ( is he worth the money ? )

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    @torsha the fact that Tony Greig thought David Hussey was out would be the biggest indicator that the umpires made the correct decision in saying not out. Also Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar, ex-Indian players thought it was not out.

    Also good analogy by Dhoni with the football reference, except the ball hitting the arm isn't handball. The arm must hit the ball.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    The underperformers has to be shown their way out , the huge names in the indian cricket had become history no longer worth playing for India and bringing the team down , come on there are more agressive players waiting out side the squad to perform after all we had won the worldcup and we need to see a new indian team with Dhoni as Captain , bye big two openers

  • ApurvDanke on February 26, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    to all those naysayers who say dhoni is diverting attention to umpiring decisions ... let me remind them...australia was 200/4 when hussey and wade partnership was broken..and then they kept losing wickets to limp to 252...had hussey been out it would have been 119/5...surely india would have restricted them to below 200...this would have completely changed the complexion of the match..indian batsmen would have played much more freely without the tension of high run top it all tendulkar was looking good for a big score...but was unfortunately run out...lee should have only made his way across him if he was trying to run him out...he should have known he had no chance of doing that..instead it was the point it was clearly a case of him deliberately obstructing tendulkar to stop him from completing the run... time for a review of the laws...

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    brett lee was not at all wrong.. it was just an unfortunate incident.. brett lee did not come in sachin's way deliberately as the replays show that he was not even looking at sachin tendulkar..he just ran to field the ball.. and realised that david warner had already collected the he stopped.. it was just an unfortunate incident..l

  • jonesy2 on February 26, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    just when you thought india couldnt become more of a joke. more disgraceful and typical whining from dhoni, he shouldnt be able to get away with all this stuff all the time. the fact that they are complaining about the tendulkar run out is just hilarious. embarrassing. you got cleaned up by the best team in the world. deal with it

  • drvp on February 26, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    tendulkar was well and truly obstructed by lee!... and hussey was out!, but the holier than thou GOD of CRICKET got his just desserts.... remember how he got thirimanne back, just to look like an angel!!!!!... shoot yourself in the foot and lament at leisure later!

  • rohan024 on February 26, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Australia won it fair and square...dhoni, pls dont be a crybaby...u lost bcoz we played pathetic cricket, accept it like a man..

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Indian cricket team was a world champions in blaming and telling silly things

  • CreamIce on February 26, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Oh give it a rest. Oh yeah Indians never actually get beaten they just always get screwed over by the rest of the world. Making these childish excuses every single time after defeat only makes your own selves look pathetic. Be a man and quit crying like a little boy and make excuses every time you lose something.

  • Nuwas on February 26, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    If this Dhoni guy needs to challenge the umpires so much why don't he let DRS system to be involved in games IND plays!!! this is ridiculous!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Funny how the Indian commentators disagreed that Hussey was out.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    yeah It was very clear that Bret Lee came on Tendulkar's way intentionally... umpire should have looked into it

  • Khann6 on February 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Dear Dhoni,

    These things happen when you playing in the ground. You cant stop them. You should accept your defeat. It was one sided game and your team were far far away from win. So there is No point to make excuses.


    khalid khan

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    O rly? Wat would u say if Pakistan was in india's place?

  • RishvaDanny on February 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Come on Dhoni, you have said umpires are only human and that we need to accept their decisions although not consistent all the time. This is one of the reason why you and your board reject the use of DRS. Nowm, here you are whining about one umpire on one day give a decision against you, and another umpire replacing him on another day giving a decision again, against STOP CRYING my Dhoni baby!

    You cannot have your way all the time just because your board is the richest cricketing body in the world, you cannot support umpires when it comes to DRS and oppose them when it comes to other decisions and cry for unfairness.

  • SriLankanLions on February 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    To be honest, I think David Hussey should have been given out. That was a very close run out chance as well. And about Sachin's run out, Lee was smart enough to do what he did. But you can't really complain about it though. He was heading towards the direction where the ball was. It's a 50:50 call really. Sachin was clearly unhappy. But can't do much about it. But Hussey's run out was a blunder in my opinion.

  • avi82 on February 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    I think Dhoni is absolutely right and India should also stop thinking about morality from now onwards and simply go by rule book. There was no need to recall Thirimanne in game against Sri Lanka and also Ian Bell against England. If both were out as per rule book then so be it. Having said that if the match had been close then that could be taken as excuse not this one

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 26, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I think a similar incident happened in ENG vs SL series and ENG called back SL player who was involved in similar run out

    ABout Hussey there was no need to strech his hand that far.

    however these two decisions cannot be an excuse for another poor outing from the team. Common dhoni

  • thinktank1 on February 26, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Best way to beat Aus is to rotate the strike and unsettle their bowlers and we are very bad at that. Anyone observed David Hussey bowling 15th over ? They know that only way to get Kohli out is to frustrate him and Hussey is an economical bowler.. bowled 4 dots to Ghambir. Next over you see Kohli getting out. and with Ghambir having trouble with rising outside off leaving deliveries.. Either bowling rising wide deliveries or tight line for sehwag.. away swinging deliveries to Sachin.. They have a plan to all Indian batsmen and they executed it perfectly. Indian batsmen doing the same mistake again and again by not rotating the strike. They should learn something from Wade and Hussey brothers :)

  • Faizan_Bahadur on February 26, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Thats exactly what happens when your team is losing starts to complain about stupid things...I remember when australia were losing the ashes and some substitute fielder ran ponting out,he started crying about that thing....when team is winning he becomes Mr.Cool.....when team is losing he starts crying..typical of Dhoni

  • A.Z.Abbasi on February 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Although I do not support whining or arguing about any on-field decision after the match, I am with Dhoni here. India was on the receiving end of bad decisions today which in fact did not require any laws but common sense. How to run between wickets should not be told to a player like Tendulkar (one with most ODIs played) but his opinion must be respected. The outcome of match would have been different if the decisions were made correctly or I may say without bias.

  • suve on February 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Didn't Dhoni win the Spirit of Cricket award last year?, Even if it should have been out, He shouldn't be Whining on about it so much. If India had won the game, Im sure he would have said "The Umpires made the Right Desicion". A captain shouldn't make statements like this especially after losing the game. If the umpires said it wasn't out, then it wasnt out. Get on with the game. The biggest problem of the series was India not taking DRS, not this obstructing the field thing, if they had taken it India would be out of the tournament last week.

  • crick_wizard on February 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    on the subject of DRS, Dhoni says that umpires are human and its ok for humans to make errors and that we have to move on...even assuming that the umpires made a wrong call today, why does he make a big deal out of it...? its just a simple way to divert attention from the mauling india got!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @seema jones: where did you get that law?? then why simon warned vinay kumar in other game??

  • burner1985 on February 26, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Completely agree with WhitesXI. Didn't see the Hussey incident but clearly Lee didn't even look over his shoulder and had no idea where Sachin was. Some of the Indian fans should stop whining, the two decisions didn't ruin anything, poor cricket did. Dhoni is losing it. I regarded him as one of the most level headed captains to take the field but he has lost it this tournament.

  • tfjones1978 on February 26, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I believe the law should be changed to allow the Third Umpire to replay the incident and decide whether the ball if not obstructed by the batsmen would have gone on to hit the stumps before the batsmen got in OR in the event that a fielder is near by whether a standard fielder would have taken the ball and taken the stumps off before the batsmen got in. If the umpire deems that the fielder intentionally threw the ball into the batsmen then this rule doesnt apply. The law on obstructing the field should be the same as handling the ball. The law on batsmen being obstructed when running should use a similar approach where umpire decided whether batsmen would have made his ground if the batsmen kept on running straight. Its 2012 not 1877, we have the technology to determine whether a player would make his ground or not, lets use it. Its better for a tight decision on this matter then just giving them out or not out because of a technicality.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Come on Mr. Dhoni. you have become an excuse expert. Instead of accepting defeat gracefully you are trying to belittle Aussie win. If these two incidents have not happened you think India have won? Secondly home team always enjoys some advantage, so no need to cry over the spilled milk.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    For God Sake! Dhoni stop finding excuses and start playing Cricket! There are has been plenty of talks through out this series and the result remains the same....Australia is winning and we are losing! Its High time, Dhoni should learn something from the Aussies and that is "Hard Work". For a change let your bat do the talking Mr Dhoni!

  • Unmesh_cric on February 26, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Somehow, I feel Dhoni is just trying to distract the attention from Indian team's poor performance today.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @Seema - What you are saying is true, then everyone will stand in the path and making it disadvantageous to the runner!! It may be according to the law, but against the spirity of the game!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    If Hussey would have given out on that occasion, still they might cross 200 and IND wouldn't cross 200 though Sachin had been given "NOT OUT" . Dhoni, what more can we expect from you if take 49 ball to score 14 when target is more than 250

  • Wannabekenobi on February 26, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Come on world champs, enough is enough... Get on with the game.... Handling the ball? is that what the world champion team has come to now? Dont even go there. Even the run out..... You should have won the game by playing good cricket not blaming it on silly incidents. Dont stoop so low.

  • TheBengalTiger on February 26, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    So now everytime theres a run, can a firelder just go and stand int he way? is that how it works? riddiculous

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Funny to see Mr. Cool losing it. If he knows the umpire's decisions would stay, why cry? Play and win the games; if you can't lose and go home.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Thats OK MSD, Please dont cry & justify.... focus on IPL, seems IPL is the only tournament where you satisfy ;)

  • mubs62 on February 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Oh Mr.Dhoni giv me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! accept de fact that u indians never played proper cricket rather than blaming the umpires n hus n lee.

  • Herath-UK on February 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Though you may a point here but matters finally is your team's overall performance and honestly you did not deserve to win today .Lady luck has turned your way many times in the past as in the WC final so take a bow home gallantly without kicking a fuss.Let the Lankans take care of the Aussies. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • justanotherfan13 on February 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Here goes his complain!!!87 run defeat was not enough to shut him off!!

  • vak1997 on February 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    agree with dhoni. the umpires could have done something on this issue. injustice to india!!

  • woodhaven on February 26, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    when u lose that badly ,no excuses seems like logical then. stop crying dhoni

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    da game was full of controversial decisions...which cost india...

  • Dashgar on February 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I wouldn't want to be Dhoni right now. At the end of a second horror tour. It's disappointing he has resorted to blaming umpires, just as in England he blamed injuries. India have some serious problems with their team and that's all he should be talking about. Classic case of who are you going to believe? The embattled captain at his wits end or two of the best umpires going around.

  • VinodGupte on February 26, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Hussey should have been given out. As for Lee blocking SRT's way, only Lee can tell what he was trying to do. But you cannot blame Lee right away. SRT was looking good today, leaving deliveries outside off and hitting anything that was loose. Had he stayed for 10 more overs, IND would have won. BTW, Dhoni needs to cut out his obsession with Jadeja who is good for nothing. Pathan is the all-rounder we were looking for, and he needs to play up the order. Drop Jadeja forever and play Tiwary. And yeah, drop Sehwag and Raina too while you are at it.

  • pr3m on February 26, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I wanna see this blow up big time. Just to see if people actually blame two decisions for a pathetic show. Watson's remarks just show the class of the man, but Dhoni has been steadfast in trying to deny controversy throughout the tour. Is he losing his cool, or is this his style of saying what he thinks?

  • Nirmal250187 on February 26, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    This is not a Gentleman Game from Australia. Lee Was Wrong.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Dhoni be positive man, I think this all is a reaction of defeat and also causing out of tournament.

  • Mann123 on February 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    What else can be said about it. Sore loosers. Why do indian team always have excuses ready, bad umpiring, bad luck to loose toss, batting in harder conditions. Is there something more real missing. How about poor batting?

  • muffy_55 on February 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Cmon DHONI - we have been the world's greatest team. Dont cry for silly incidents like how we play GULLY CRICKET. Pls take ownership of these huge losses and come back SAFELY. Thank you

  • torsha on February 26, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    When Ian chappel and Tony Greig agreed that DH was out then there must be truth in it and ofcourse Lee came in a way of SRT and Tendulkar never say anything whatever happened on the ground but you can definitely see on his reaction this time. This is utter shame.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    no point in whinning now !!!!

  • mimran00112 on February 26, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    examples of Inzi bhai are correct but after doing that in past India also lost their matches against Pakistan & today they also lost the no worries these unsportmens things cant effect the things....Due to these dismissals Pakistan win & due to these negative things India lost the game....So India needs to improve current performance & forget all the past....

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Aboslutely correct Mr. Dhoni

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    i want India to end up this tour with another BIG defeat against SL as well. so that i have a feeble hope that BCCI would start considering reshuffle in the team

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    According to the law, it is the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler; not the bowler's to make way. I hope Captain Whiner understands that!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    The umpiring is getting poor day by day.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Dhoni doesn't mind a whinge, does he? Should the bowler disappear and let the Little Master through? Where exactly can Lee go? He has as much right to be there as Tendulkar.

    As for the Hussey decision, whilst a little more controversial, the rules state a player may defend them-self from the ball if in danger of being hit and can do so with the hand NOT on the bat...

  • era89 on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    excuses...............same old dhoni.......come on dear.enough is enough.........

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Ya now cry and make gud umpire Bowden to retire.. go and complain to rich papa BCCI and they will throw out the teacher bowden. He should answer what happened to another batting collapse than give 15min lecture of how umpires performed...


  • on February 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Billy bowden next steve bucknor

  • Marcio on February 26, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Nah. Just saw it again, and Hussey was clearly protecting himself. Hussey was running full tilt and there was no way he could change direction in the half a second between when Kholi threw the ball and when it hit him. Stop whining!

  • Chamindra on February 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Whatever the outcome that came / could have come due to those two incidents. The Indians does not deserve to be in the Finals. They are by far the worst team when compared with the rest. Aus vs SL will be the ones contesting for the finale and SL will surely Win it All. Time for India to get rid of the oldies and dance to the new Era. Your World Cup Run is Over, Time to look for a much needed Change.

  • CanuckCricket on February 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Here we go again, maybe some members of the team will be signed by Bollywood directors since they can provide drama. The last time India were in Australia, they created an international scene after the Sydney Test...they blamed umpires and the Aussies...they even rallied support from Asian sides like SL. That's why we got the DRS system, and now its gone, why again? This time, there's a bit of drama but no international sympathy. India must focus on picking a side purely based on performance, they have massive wealth of talent in India. SL dropped Tharanga and AUS dropped Ponting.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    He was surely out both under the laws for obstructing the field and handling the ball. Obstructing the field can be both by using bat and the person. I think Dhoni has a valid point in relating it to handball in football. Hussy had his hand stratched too far from his body and is surely been given the benifit of doubt by Bowden. But nothing so special in Bowdens decision as the unwritten part of the law states it very clearly that Western umpires should give the benifit of doubt to the western Umpires where as the Asian umpires feel it a way to qualification to again give this benifit to english and Australian players.

  • PrasPunter on February 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Where ever you go, there is always only one team that complains about everything - from the make of the ball to the pitch , to the umpiring decisions , whatever, whatever. And no prizes for guessing !!

  • Sano27 on February 26, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    well at first sight it seems to be Lee obstructing Sachin's vision....actuallly Lee was very well aware that Sachin will came on that way....Lee just stood there rather than going towards point was Umpire's call & they made the wrong decision....bad luck for the Indians !

  • whitesXI on February 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Got to agree with Dhoni on the DHussey run-out, the hand was a fair way out in front I'd have had no hesitation in calling him out. Disagree on the Lee/Tendulkar call though, Lee ran after the ball immediately and only stopped after he saw that Warner was tearing in, further more Lee didn't take his eyes off the ball, or look over his shoulder to see where Tendulkar was, I've seen many bowlers throughout this summer move out infront of runners after looking at them, getting in their way if only to inconvenience them, this was not one of those times

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    the match was ruined from India, both the decisions going against,shocking thing was how come umpires read Leez mind that his action was unintentional,in one case where new rules were set and Hussy was surely out,there came the umpires going against the law,making mockery of new ICC rules?it happened the other day also,if rules are rules & Sachin was out<hussy too must have been out..simply ruined india out of the tournament.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    A very cunning move by Dhoni to divert the attention from the disasterous performance of his team to umpires.

    They have beaten comprehensively and thats the truth. Take nothing away.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    very .....very poor umpiring from billy and taufel.....bad luck india.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Wow I mean Shane Watson! WOW!! It'd have been better if he said this "Ummm mate I don't really see the point of commenting on these past incidents. We won and that's what matters."

  • bhaloniaz on February 26, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Why can not Dhoni see that umpires can be wrong at times and an appealing system might help?

  • samudralakiku on February 26, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Dhoni should rather look to win matches than get into this kind of useless talk and find excuses. This team really disgusts me. They are not playing 50 overs in any match and conceding bonus point in almost all the losses. The worst thing at the moment is to be an Indian fan. This team goes one step backwards every match.

  • GeemanSL on February 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    These decisions could have gone either way. Dhoni cannot blame the umpires as they don't have the rule books open to make decisions. Lee's case, he is completely unaware that Tendulka is running towards him, so that was completely unintentional. If ST dived, he could have saved his wicket, but the man is nearing his 40s and he didn't dive. So stop making excuses and plan for the rest of the tour. India needs to get their act together. Clearly the team is dysfunctional at the very top, captain and vc have their favorites and they dont play as a unit. Dropping jadeja and bringing him back clearly shows that there are certain things they don't agree. My thoughts are with the players, it is still a good team. But they are not clicking as a team.

  • playitstraight on February 26, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Dhoni bhai, please stop complaining and accept the fact that we were outplayed by a better side today who did not even have some of their first-class players. It is sad to see great players of the class of Tendulkar complaining about a simple run-out which was totally Sachin's fault. It is better to just play the game, and enjoy it, whatever the result may be.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni cent percent. Good he is raising it.

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  • on February 26, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni cent percent. Good he is raising it.

  • playitstraight on February 26, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Dhoni bhai, please stop complaining and accept the fact that we were outplayed by a better side today who did not even have some of their first-class players. It is sad to see great players of the class of Tendulkar complaining about a simple run-out which was totally Sachin's fault. It is better to just play the game, and enjoy it, whatever the result may be.

  • GeemanSL on February 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    These decisions could have gone either way. Dhoni cannot blame the umpires as they don't have the rule books open to make decisions. Lee's case, he is completely unaware that Tendulka is running towards him, so that was completely unintentional. If ST dived, he could have saved his wicket, but the man is nearing his 40s and he didn't dive. So stop making excuses and plan for the rest of the tour. India needs to get their act together. Clearly the team is dysfunctional at the very top, captain and vc have their favorites and they dont play as a unit. Dropping jadeja and bringing him back clearly shows that there are certain things they don't agree. My thoughts are with the players, it is still a good team. But they are not clicking as a team.

  • samudralakiku on February 26, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Dhoni should rather look to win matches than get into this kind of useless talk and find excuses. This team really disgusts me. They are not playing 50 overs in any match and conceding bonus point in almost all the losses. The worst thing at the moment is to be an Indian fan. This team goes one step backwards every match.

  • bhaloniaz on February 26, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Why can not Dhoni see that umpires can be wrong at times and an appealing system might help?

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Wow I mean Shane Watson! WOW!! It'd have been better if he said this "Ummm mate I don't really see the point of commenting on these past incidents. We won and that's what matters."

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    very .....very poor umpiring from billy and taufel.....bad luck india.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    A very cunning move by Dhoni to divert the attention from the disasterous performance of his team to umpires.

    They have beaten comprehensively and thats the truth. Take nothing away.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    the match was ruined from India, both the decisions going against,shocking thing was how come umpires read Leez mind that his action was unintentional,in one case where new rules were set and Hussy was surely out,there came the umpires going against the law,making mockery of new ICC rules?it happened the other day also,if rules are rules & Sachin was out<hussy too must have been out..simply ruined india out of the tournament.

  • whitesXI on February 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Got to agree with Dhoni on the DHussey run-out, the hand was a fair way out in front I'd have had no hesitation in calling him out. Disagree on the Lee/Tendulkar call though, Lee ran after the ball immediately and only stopped after he saw that Warner was tearing in, further more Lee didn't take his eyes off the ball, or look over his shoulder to see where Tendulkar was, I've seen many bowlers throughout this summer move out infront of runners after looking at them, getting in their way if only to inconvenience them, this was not one of those times